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By Phil Hecken

The Daytona 500, one of the most famous of all the American stock car races, is today. In fact, the Daytona 500 is often referred to as the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing” and the “Great American Race.” Unfortunately, yesterday afternoon, a really scary crash took place, injuring at least 28 spectators (one or two of them critically). According to the Halifax Medical Center, where most of the injured were taken, “One adult is in surgery with life-threatening head trauma, and a 14-year-old is in critical, but not life-threatening condition.” (update, as of midnight last evening, none of the injuries was considered life-threatening — phew). It’s a dangerous sport, for drivers and fans. Here’s some video, shot by fan who was seated near where some of the wreckage flew through the fence and into the stands. Scary stuff:

While those events will cast a pall over today’s race, most fans and drivers know that accidents like this are a possibility. If you’re interested, you can see more crash photos in this photo gallery. My thoughts and prayers, as I’m sure all of those involved with the race, go out to the injured.

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Before the big wreck made big (unfortunate) news, the big story of this year’s Daytona 500 was its pole-sitter — that Go Daddy Girl herself, Danica Patrick. It’s not only the first time a female will sit on the pole for NASCAR’s biggest race — it’s actually the first time a female won the pole for any race in what is known as NASCAR’s “Sprint Cup Series.” I’ll certainly be rooting for her — as I’m sure will millions upon millions of NASCAR and non-NASCAR fans. I almost wish I had a ticket to the race. Hopefully some intrepid UWer(s) will be there to give us a detailed rundown following the event.

I’ll be the first to tell you I’m not, unlike John Kerry Maureen Dowd, a NASCAR aficionado, although I have watched the Daytona 500 before. And I will certainly watch at least some of the race today, not the least of which is because I’m hoping to see history.

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I’d hoped to be able to bring you a post similar to this epic preview from UW Webmaster John Ekdahl (who will be at today’s race) in 2011. Unfortunately, I’m not proficient enough to do so (but I’ll have a few historical notes below). I am hoping the race fans among the Uni Watch readership will comment today and talk about the race down below. I find I learn more from the UW readership than I could possibly hope to glean from a dozen articles on the Interwebs. That 2011 post that Ek wrote contained this amazing nugget from UW mainstay Terry Proctor, who, in the comments that day, wrote:

The rice burners have been in NASCAR since 2007. We still don’t know what engine they’re running. Is it a race-tuned truck engine out of a Tundra? Or is it a 350-cid GM block with Toyota components? Whatever it is it should not be allowed to run in NASCAR. FORD uses a race-tuned 351-cid block, Chevy uses the 350-cid block. They’re all bored and stroked to 358-cid, the maximum size for NASCAR.

You know I’ve been a FORD man all of my life. I’ve followed racing for more than 50 years. So let me explain a few things to you about racing. First, if not for the innovations pioneered and invented by people involved with FORD racing NASCAR would still be a bunch of rednecks running their ”˜shine cars on Sunday at the county fairgrounds.

The Wood Brothers, who have run only FORD products since they started in the early 1950s created the modern pit-stop choreography that is now a part of all motor racing.

The chassis set-up of every NASCAR vehicle running today is based on the modifications that the late Ralph Moody of Holman-Moody made to the 1965 FORD Galaxie that won 48 of 53 NASCAR top-series races that year.

When “Litle Joe” Weatherly was killed at Riverside after his head struck the retaining wall in an otherwise minor crash Holman helped devise the window netting which keeps a driver’s head inside the cockpit.

Moody also helped develop the fuel cell following Fireball Roberts’ untimely death in 1964 after his car exploded at Charlotte, NC.

And following Tiny Lund’s death in 1975 Holman-Moody helped develop drivers’ door bracing as part of the roll cage structure for added safety.

Bud Moore proved that a FORD 351-cid engine could run at NASCAR speeds in the early 1970s when the horsepower/cubic inch wars were at their zenith. Ol’ Bud took a 351-cid FORD block, put in the allowable heavier rods and piston rings, tuned it and showed up all the brainiacs at Chevy, Mopar and NASCAR. NASCAR finally figured he was right and now the maximum size for an engine is 358-cid.

And today every vehicle running in NASCAR’s top three series receives its rear power from a FORD 9-inch rear end. Jimmie Johnson, Jeffy-poo Gordon and Little EEEEEEEEE all have FORD rear ends covering their pretty-boy posteriors!

But are any of these FORD-associated people whose technical advancements have allowed NASCAR to grow into the sport it has become receive any credit? No! All you hear about is Dale Sr., Jimmie Johnson, Junior, Gordon, Harvick ad nauseum.

And now I see where the government wants to stop the Army from spending money to sponsor a NASCAR team. If that’s the case then why doesn’t Chairman Obama tell the boys at GM and Mopar (that’s Chrysler to you uninformed) that since we, the taxpayers are picking up the tab for these two companies that they stop wasting money that they (and we) don’t have and pull out of NASCAR racing completely.

FORD could then go head-to-head with Toyota. At least those two own themselves!

That’s the kind of knowledge you will only find on UW! So bring it on folks — teach the rest of us about NASCAR and the Daytona 500!

And now, a few of my own recollections of the race:

The first “true” Daytona 500 was run in 1959, (although shorter races had been run on the beach near the track previously, where “early drivers used windshield wipers and radiators to combat the sand”). It was won by Lee Petty (a surname even non-NASCAR fans should recognize) and featured photo finish. Originally, Johnny Beauchamp had been declared the winner, but that call was reversed after “several days of poring over finish line photos.”

The Petty name, as mentioned above, is pretty much synonymous with Daytona. While Lee won the first Daytona, his son, Richard, won the race 5 years later and kept on winning. The 43 car and Daytona go together like, well, Petty & Daytona. Richard Petty, who drove some pretty cool looking cars at Daytona, won in 1973 and 1974 (first driver to win back-to-back), won the race a record 7 times, in three different decades. He’s pretty much the undisputed king of NASCAR, and the most successful driver at Daytona.

And of course, in one of the saddest days in all of racing, in 2001, when Dale Earnhardt (another king of NASCAR), was killed while racing at Daytona. I actually watched a portion of this race (although I did not find out about his death until the next day), while snowed-in on a ski trip with my then-wife.

If you want to know more (and more than I could ever tell you) about the history of the 500, you can look here or here. But, I’d rather hear from you, Uni Watchers — talk to the rest of us non-NASCAR folks about the race. Any of you ever been there (or are planning to go)? If you are there today, make sure to send us some first-hand reports, k? And some cellphone pics!

The race will be shown beginning at 1:00 (ET) on FOX. Weather is iffy, and scattered showers are expected throughout the day. It probably won’t be enough to cancel the race or even delay it till Monday however.


Some Actual Uni News…
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Yesterday afternoon, Kansas threwback against TCU:

They were honoring the 1988 National Championship team (which was led by Danny Manning). More photos here. And there is a closeup of the jersey here. I remember that NCAA final against OU (watched it at college) and twas a great game. For those of you old enough to remember that (or even if you’re not), you can read more about the 1988 team & championship here.


Friday, the Orioles unveiled their Earl Weaver Memorial patch. Here’s how it looks on the sleeve of Buck’s half-sleeve warmup and the O’s on-deck circle:

The patch will be on the right sleeve of the jersey this year — here’s a (not so great) view of it in action.

Nationals Mets Baseball

Earlier this year (or maybe it was last), the Mets unveiled their 2013 All Star Game Patch, which they are wearing on their left sleeve:

Here’s a smaller but better photo.

all sport uni tweaks

Uni Tweaks Concepts

We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.

And so, lets begin:


We begin today with Adam Hainsfurther, who has a new crest for USA Soccer (make sure you view it at full magnification for maximum constitutional effect — trust me):

USA Soccer Shield - Adam Hainsfurther

Hey Phil,

So early this week Paul mentioned how USSF introduced its “new” centennial shield which sucks about as much as anything else associated with US soccer. I took it upon myself to mock up a new crest.

Description: The Eagle, the national symbol of the US as we all know, is prominently featured in the new shield clutching a red & white ball. I added 13 stripes that come out from the bottom of the Eagle. Gone is the italics, goodbye stupid looking stars. Hello beautiful new US Soccer shield/logo.

-Adam Hainsfurther-
Sports Writer
Danville Register & Bee

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Next up is Max Allen, with an Astros concept:

Astros - Max Allen

Dear Uni Watch:

My name is Max Allen, I am from Prairieville, Louisiana. That’s right on the outskirts of Baton Rouge. I’ve been a reader of Uni Watch for about two years now. I’ll have to admit it’s become an addiction. Uniforms have been a passion of mine ever since I began playing Little League Baseball. I also helped in the design of the new uniforms of my peewee football team(I still didn’t like the final product, but they kept all the colors right). Thanks to you guys at Uni Watch you have kept my OCD running long enough to notice the slightest misspell of a name. I love your website and like to thank the whole Uni Watch crew for keeping the public up to date and informed on Uni do’s and Uni don’ts.


Max Allen

PS: this tweak was inspired by the new uniforms the Astros unveiled and the classic look of the BP jerseys. Hope it’ll get featured.

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Next is David Firestone who enjoyed tweaking the one year NY Giants logo:

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For this concept, I took the 1975 New York Giants logo from Chris Creamer’s page, cleaned it up, and tried some color changes with that logo.

David G. Firestone

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Next is Paul Robinson who has 3 AFC South Concepts:

Hi Phil,

I’ve just started doing a series of concepts for NFL teams as though I worked at Nike and got a pass from the league to just go nuts. I was in a bit of an AFC South mood to start with so these are my ideas for the Titans, Texans and Colts.

Titans - Paul Robinson

I’ve gone with the flame from the primary logo on a white helmet, and the sword from the secondary logo on the shoulders.

Titans - Paul Robinson

I incorporated the horns from the logo into the shoulders, put a sublimated star under the number on the front, and incoporated the Texas flag into the pant stripe.

Colts - Paul Robinson

This ones a bit of a departure (maybe more than a bit), I originally mocked up this design before last season, back then it was just blue and white though. The silver kind of worked its way in after I reworked the horshoe logo and included silver.

The plan at this stage is to do one for each team by the time the Draft comes around, so I’ll probably send some more through as I complete them.


Paul Robinson

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And we close today with Anthony Huynh, with a Texans concept:

HoustonTexansConcept - Anthony Huynh


I photoshopped a possible Houston Texans uniform design. In my opinion, the Texans’ uniforms currently look to conservative, just like how they play ;), (I’m not saying they should go oregon style), but I think they should do a more BOLD uni. Photoshop made the uniform look to chrome, but I think you’ll get the idea. Please don’t hesitate to critique it.


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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.


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Colorize This!

Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.

Although two of the big three colorizers have been busy (or at least they haven’t sent me anything), today is still chock full because John Turney has been very busy. So busy in fact, that we might be able to call today’s installment “John Turney’s Colorize This!”

Click on each image to enlarge.

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Every colorization today (except as noted below) is by John Turney.

NYG vs Yellow Jackets - John Turney

NY Giants versus Yellow Jackets

#22 is Hap Moran. Did my usual colorization and guessed at the colors of the signs. Followed Gridiron Uniform Database for uni colors. Then added a 1936 Kodachrome filter

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Packers vs. Packers - John Turney

1937 Green Bay Packers vs Salinas Icebergs

Green Bay Packers versus Salinas Iceberg Packers

Research from PFRA suggests the Iceberg Packers wore Silver and Blue, on far left is a young Don Hutson.

I included the original of the colorized one for comparison

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs LA Bulldogs - John Turney

Another NFL game versus an independent team

Byron Whizzer White carries the ball Pittsburgh Pirates in a 14-14 tie with the Los Angeles Bulldogs

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NY Yankees vs Boston Bulldogs - John Turney

Red Grange with New York Yankees of AFL versus Boston Bulldogs in Yankee Stadium

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John also included a colorization he did not do, to compare techniques of colorization from different eras:


This is from the cover of a Sports magazine, and I think this is a colonized photo done with airbrush over a black and white shot. Shows that it was being done a half a century ago.

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We also have a photograph that perhaps one of the more intrepid colorizers might want to take a shot at. It comes from James Ashby:


Dear Paul or Phil,

USA Hockey posted this great photo of Times Square in New York City being renamed Youth Ice Hockey Square ca. 1968. The mix of jerseys is great and it might be ripe for colorizing.

James Ashby

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The next colorization candidate you should all be familiar with, since Paul featured it as a splash photo this past week. And the request comes from him:



See above — lots of early Mets in that photo, which might be a good colorization candidate.

I’ll put it in the Ticker next week, so please don’t use it tomorrow. But anytime after that is fine.


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And finally, what follows is not exactly “Colorize This!” nor a request for colorizations, but it still falls under this sort of purview. This comes from Mike Clary (looks like the first three auctions have ended):


Here are some ebay auctions for colorizations with production codes, done by the people over at Topps

Michael Clary

2003 Topps Tribute Baseball Match Print Photos. Roy Campanella DODGERS

2003 Topps Tribute Baseball Match Print Photos. Mel Otto New York GIANTS [Mel “Otto”??? — PH]

2003 Topps Tribute Baseball Match Print Photos. Jimmie Foxx ATHLETICS

2003 Topps Tribute Baseball Match Print Photos. Jackie Robinson DODGERS

2003 Topps Tribute Baseball Match Print Photos. Duke Snider DODGERS

2003 Topps Tribute Baseball Match Print Photos. Babe Ruth YANKEES

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Phew! That’s it for today. HUGE thanks to John Turney for his efforts. OK, folks, lets keep those colorizations coming Uni Watchers!


Oscar predictions…

I am usually pretty good at these, but I haven’t been paying as much attention this year as in the past. Still, gonna pick my top six. Here goes:

Best Picture: Argo
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Director: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

No huge surprises there (and isn’t there always one?) but that’s my call. Feel free to pick your own six below.


That’s all for today folks. Sorry there wasn’t more “uni” news — I know I can’t please everyone even if I tried, so there you go. At least you got a break from a certain topic that a number of you feel is played out. Everyone have a great Sunday — enjoy the Oscars and/or the Daytona 500. Or maybe both.



NASCAR Charlotte Auto Racing

One For The Road

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“In my eyes, the Earl Weaver patch is all kinds of terrible. I feel badly for the Weaver family. If he’s really famous and beloved enough to feature the number, then all the text is gratuitous and ruins the design with busy-ness. If the text is needed for people to know why the team is wearing a no. 4 patch, then the number needs to be secondary and the text primary. And even accepting the mistake of having all that text, it’s too small, the letterforms too thin, and the serifs too busy. Shoulda stuck with the 4 by itself, or a text “EARL” or something simpler and more direct.”
–R. Scott Rogers

Comments (132)

    So… let’s see… don’t care about NASCAR… skip… skip…

    Colorizations are good, as always.

    I like the Titans concept.

    I’m not sure what’s going on with Anthony’s Texans thing though… is that supposed to be pink numbers? There’s definitely better ways to make them red if that’s the idea?

    What the heck Phil? Was my poster not worthy of being posted?


    Are you cryin?…. are you cryin?… There’s no cryin’ in Uni-Watch design!

    I’m kidding. I am sure that the Uni-Watch crew is going to do a special feature on the awesomeness of striped shoulder pads. Alright I am kidding again…

    Actually … now I am curious, why is this design NOT here?

    Richard Petty is shown with his 1957 Oldsmobile convertible race car. Convertibles once raced in their own division in NASCAR.

    FWIW Richard Petty and his family have raced cars from all of the Big Three. Plymouth, Dodge, Ford, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac.

    Another link about tonight’s Penguin game:

    “It’s a Blue day again today. We are required to wear our alternant 3rd jersey 6 times this season. After today 3 more”

    Now we know.

    I think it’s “at least 6 games” judging from the Sharks wearing their all-blacks so often, and the Capitals wearing their alternate 16 times last season on the road (link)

    Don’t watch NASCAR. Don’t really care.

    You know, has UniWatch ever done a story on MMA? THAT would be compelling to read, the various fighting attire for both men’s and women’s in the UFC. (Who here DOESN’T like Dana White?) Heck, even throw in the WWE–yes, it’s fake, but we’ve covered non-sports uniforms before. Like last week with the KKK.

    Hello beautiful new US Soccer shield/logo.

    The eagle’s pose is much too “Germanic.” Spelling out “United States of America” is nightmarish if you want to embroider such a crest.

    While a new crest for US Soccer is needed, this wouldn’t be my choice.

    Actually that heraldic eagle is reminiscent of link Its head should be pointing in the opposite direction, however, as per the Great Seal of the United States.

    That redesign is hideous, sorry.

    It’s ironic that the designer calls the centennial crest awful. It is an ode to the 1950 World Cup team, I do believe. It’s essentially the same crest right?

    Why not have a little throwback to honor that team that made history? It doesn’t do much for me, but it does beat what we have now with the “flying” ball.

    I thought the wings seemed a little… German.

    Not too crazy about the rest of the design, either, though it is an improvement on the US Soccer Federation’s current logo.

    Personally, I’d ditch the gold; choose a different font; use “USA” instead of the full name; probably not put the word “soccer” on there, as the ball sort of implies what sport we’re dealing with; change the eagle; use 13 stripes; omit the Preamble; and use deeper shades of red and blue (much like the USSF has done over the past 15 years or so).

    Adam Hainsfurther needs to stick to writing about sports and leave sports design to us professionals. Just because you have design software doesn’t mean you should use it…or at the very least, don’t share your work with the public.

    Some of you don’t care about NASCAR, so you’ll skip an article? I personally could not have less of a care about the NBA, yet I read the articles about it on here. Why? To broaden my knowledge base.

    As far as the quoted comment in the article, could it be any more biased?

    One uniform related thing I have noticed, and have been meaning to ask some of my friends with better knowledge about, is how all other drivers have the sponsorship patches embroidered into their fire suits, yet on Danica’s suit they look screen printed on. It isn’t a question of different manufacturers, as she uses an alpinestars suit like all of the drivers from Hendrick Motorsports do, yet the HMS drivers have their logos embroidered.

    The rice burners have been in NASCAR since 2007.

    I’m sorry, “rice burners”? Please help me understand how this phrase is not racist.

    “I’m sorry, “rice burners”? Please help me understand how this phrase is not racist.”


    Wait, what? Isn’t Terry talking about car engines?

    It’s not a phrase I’d have chosen to use, but if you consider it racist, then I apologize. I copied it from Terry’s comment that day for context. I believe someone was asking about how long Toyotas were racing in the 500. I had assumed he was talking about cars and engines.

    I’m sorry Eric but I was just, as Phil mentioned, trying to explain how long Toyota had been in “Cup” racing. And the term has two schools of thought behind it.

    One is as I used it. To describe an Asian-made or engineered vehicle such as the countless hopped-up “tuner cars” (Mazda, Toyota, Honda, etc.)that are a favorite of today’s youth.

    The other can be looked at as a mild racial slur that you apparently feel is the case. Mia culpa.

    Would you refer to Ford, Chevy, and Dodge engines as “double quarter-pounder burners”?

    That’s too long and doesn’t roll off the tongue very well, but I think “burger burners” would be an acceptable compromise.

    I think it originally referred to motorcycles when Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and others came in the 1960s. Today’s cars, even domestic makes, have parts sourced from various countries like Japan, Korea, China, Italy, Germany, etc. I used to have a 1994 Dodge Ram and it had a Mitsubishi starter.

    Yes, not appropriate for a site that is so strongly opposed to racist language and American Indians. Not cool.

    I, too am a NASCAR fan. I’m relative rarity here in Boston. It took about 45 years, until I took my young son to a race and I was hooked. Sometimes I’ve taken to proselytizing to those exclusive major four sport lovers. The sights, smell, colors and especially the liveries were the magnets for us.

    Now, (disclaimer follows) I’m not trying to direct the content, I could have skipped over it, or never opened the site, and fully appreciate my view isn’t important to proprietors. I get all that.

    But honest to god, in view of yesterday’s discussion, I’m truly fascinated you published the offensive term “rice burner.” Wow.

    It is fascinating. The comment is made apparently about a car. If someone in Japan referred to an American car as a “hot dog burner”, I would not even flinch. However, if Asian people are offended, that must be taken into consideration. I guess the consideration must be if even ONE Asian is offended, the comment is offensive. How else could your objectively measure offensiveness? Given the issue that shall remain nameless, it is a great debate.

    I love the Daytona 500 (and the Indianpolis 500 too) as once a year events, but I never got into the points race and the the week-to-week of Nascar, I think it’s because the season culminates during NFL season (at the same time) and there’s no way I’m going to watch those so why bother.

    But for a one day thing, today is great. I like that they run their biggest race to open the season, we don’t even need to watch the rest of the year!

    And a woman on the pole? What do you expect, after all Florida is the strip club capital of the world.

    Nah, it probably is. I was going for funny, not for not being offensive. But like your original comment, it’s here in the comments. If Phil takes it and puts it in the lede, that’s on him.

    As a Titans fan, I love that concept, though it’s probably a tad out there for an NFL uni. That said, we absolutely need to adopt that helmet.

    I concur,

    Mr. Robinsons Titan “Liar, Liar pants on fire” set is pretty slick. Kudos also for his Texans pants… those are cutting edge and first rate.

    This man bears watching… definitely some there there.

    “Some there there?” I think you missed a word…

    His Texans pants have promise, but I don’t think they work being white. The cleverness of using the Texas flag for a stripe is sorta lost when the pants are the same color as half of the flag pattern. For full effect I think you’d need to use a 4th color for the pants… probably either silver/gray or metallic gold.

    No missing words. It’s a reference to Gertrude Stein’s quote about Oakland, CA in 1933: “There is no there there.”

    The Titans helmet reminds me of the Birmingham/Rhein Fire of the WLAF/NFL Europe/NFL Europa. Not a bad thing.

    Great job, Paul Robinson. The teaser of 3 AFC South teams has me wanting to see more of your work.

    Love the Heatmiser helmet for the Titans. The sword on the shoulders is a little heavy-handed and the concept would be lost on 300-pound lineman that abruptly tailor their jersey tops to end at the armpit. I do, however, love the 3D quality to the beveled number on the chest and back of the uni.

    Love love the Texans concept. What first appeared as random white shapes on the top make complete sense as the horns of the bull. I appreciate the navy sleeve, red sleeve look as an homage to the logo. The sublimated star is a subtle way of one-upping Dallas. The flag on the pants is cool, but may need revisiting. It is a little too literal and does not work on a white pant. Maybe try some edgier or natural waving looks to break up the linear bottom that does not match the flowing shapes of the top. And a general note, thin down the numbers a tad.

    I will award some points for effort with the Colts. The thing surrounding the sleeve numbers is modern and screams Seahawks, college football, and everything Nike is about these days. My critique is not with any of that; I find yours to be far more pleasing on the eyes. My problem is with the helmet. Lose the back horseshoe and the Alabama numbers. Put the logos back on the side of the helmet, make the helmet white, and take that sweet piping from the pants and make it your bisecting center line. The pants are awesome and I’m glad the stripes don’t go all the way to the knees. Mimic that in the helmet. Some of my comments are the same as above: thinning down the numbers (see: Texans) and wondering how the shoulder numbers will read on the lineman (see: Titans).

    Grade A work, all told. Well done, Paul. Can’t wait to see what is next.

    …and in other uni news yesterday, NC State basketball wore black alts that just said “State”, they looked more like San Diego State than NC State.


    I don’t like car racing, at all.

    I would look at some uni-related racing stuff though. It all interests me. I wouldn’t look at it like I do with “real” sports uniforms. :)

    But, I second the uni article on MMA and WWE! That would be a fun article. Art Jimmerson is at the top of my list…link

    Is the branding of the Gen-6 cars a natural extension of of the vehicles used or is it Nascar’s version of logo creep?

    The Gen 6 is more along the lines of manufacturer logo creep. When the Gen 5 cars, aka “Car of Tommorow” debuted, the manufacturers complained that they were not real representations of their cars. The safety debate was solved after the Michael McDowell wreck at Texas, but there was always the issue of the cars being designed as a NASCAR template rather than to look like their real life counter parts.
    The Gen 6 car is designed to look as much like the showroom version as possible, and they look really good.

    I’m against names like Redskins and terms like rice burners, and I hope there will be some sort of retraction here at UW.
    Here is everyone’s chance to show some consistency.
    I hope that all of the folks that are fine with team names like the Redskins and Indians are also in favor of terms such as rice burners. Instead of attacking UW proprietors, I would like to see comments bashing white liberal hypersensitivity. I want to hear that good ‘ol… “I’m tired of all this PC shit.”

    I’m tired of the PC stuff. And as a son of a Vietnam vet, I’m used to hearing “rice-eaters”. My Dsd hates them, as he took gunfire from Asians in the 60’s. So, the outcry of “rice burner” gives me a chuckle more than anything else.

    I guess I’m pretty “PC” because I hate terms like “baby killer”. Does that term make you chuckle?

    I’m tired of this PC shit too. It’s too expensive to keep updating every few months to run the latest software. It’s much more affordable to just play console games.

    The rice burners have been in NASCAR since 2007.

    3 things:

    1. That was written back in the halcyon days of 2011. What was the reaction then? Have our sensitivities really changed that much in 2 years?

    2. It was written for the comments, not the article. Phil put it in today’s article, calling it “an incredible nugget”.

    3. He’s talking about Toyota, a car company. Not Japanese people. I’m not sure it’s possible to be racist against inanimate objects.

    To be fair LI Phil did reply with a “wow”, but there was no outcry over “rice burner” in 2011.


    Although, like I said, it was in the comments, so perhaps a lower bar.

    The “rice burner” comment is somewhat ironic in this case, considering that at the time that Toyota debuted in NASCAR, their Camry was the only NASCAR model based on a street car model being built in America at the time. Ford’s entry was built in Canada, and Chevrolet’s was built in Mexico…not sure if that’s still true today, but I used to work for a benefits vendor that supported Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Kentucky, and the workers there were VERY proud of this.

    I’ve got an Impala, engine manufactured in Mexico and car assembled in Canada. They ran the Impala in the Sprint Cup the past 5 or 6 years.

    As an 80’s vintage Kansas fan, I really liked yesterday’s throwback stylings. If you compare them to an original, you can find some nits to pick, but they got the overall look right.

    Either adidas tried a whole lot harder with these than they did with the (weak) 20th Anniversary road blues, or someone in Bill Self’s office MADE them try harder. And I thank them for it.

    The over the top coverage of Danica Patrick makes it seem she won the race already, yet only nine pole winners have gone on to win the actual race. I don’t root for Patrick, not because she’s a woman, but her performance has fallen way so far below the hype and publicity she has pursued.

    I have much more respect for Serena Williams(a real athlete), who does the occasional endorsement, while becoming one of the greatest women players of all time.

    I’d be very surprised if she makes a dent in the results today. Kudos for winning the pole but she hasn’t been a player in the races she’s been in on this circuit. As well, today is a crap shoot.

    Danica’s a good driver. Making that transition from Indy cars to Nascar isn’t easy and I think she’s done it faster than a lot of people have. I think she has a lot of potential and she does have a very good crew. It’s funny to me that her winning the Daytona pole has gotten so much more hype and press than when she won an actual race in Indy Car.


    Not only did her results in today’s race “make a dent”, she was in the top ten the entire day.

    I’m not a Patrick fan, but as a longtime NASCAR fan, I think the hype she gets is well deserved.

    Danica ran a good, very safe race today. She is far from the best IndyCar driver but so far doing a much better job making the transition than some of the other past Indy drivers (Hornish, Dario), albeit equipment (Hendrick engines) surely has a lot to do with it.

    I seem to remember the “rice burner” term being used in the car magazines of the ’70s and ’80s to describe Japanese cars. It wasn’t used as a racist term back then to my knowledge. Of course that was a different time.

    It evolved into the “riceboy” phenomenon of the ’90s and early 200s. This page doesn’t look like it’s been updated in at least 10 years, but explains it and attempts to explain the “Is it racist?” question in the FAQ:


    Not sure it succeeds at that, but there you have it.

    I really like the Texans concept. It looks so much better than the dull-typical-navy-blue uniform they have now. Indy’s style, to include the font, is also pretty cool but not to replace the current time-less uniform.

    I just wondered how many things that are okay now, will be offensive in 30 years. I wonder if anything ever goes the other direction, and becomes less offensive. It kinda makes it all feel arbitrary.

    Sort of like the stars and bars being used on Dukes of Hazzard. I don’t think there was ever anything written in the ’70s and ’80s about the Confederate flag being offensive, at least not in relation to the show; it just was a symbol of the old South. But now the flag is considered a symbol of racism.

    The billionth article on Native American imagery, followed by an article on NASCAR. Is there no god?

    In the context of recent discussions on offensive stereotyping vs. cultural pride, I would love to pose a question to the Uni Watch world. MMA fighter Cain Velasquez has a very prominent tattoo that reads “BROWN PRIDE” on his chest. Since MMA fighters don’t wear shirts, the tattoo is pretty much part of his uniform. Another, lesser known fighter (Toni Valtonen) has a tattoo reading “white pride”. People have generally been ok with Cain’s tattoo. However, people have gone as far as making Toni cover up his tattoos when he fights. So I ask you, do you see a difference in the two tattoos? If so, why? If you think both are fine (or offensive), why so?

    I think the big thing is that in this instance it used in a derogatory manner. As someone who very closely follows the sport, it is usually meant in a very racist manner.

    If rice burners is offensive, then what about Cornhuskers? If I was from Nebraska, I’d be offended…especially with that giant smiling, white, dumb looking farm kid mascot. And where is the outrage over a bratwurst mascot costume wearing a lederhosen or calling someone from Wisconsin a cheesehead?

    If rice burners is offensive, then what about Cornhuskers? If I was from Nebraska, I’d be offended…especially with that giant smiling, white, dumb looking farm kid mascot. And where is the outrage over a bratwurst mascot costume wearing a lederhosen or calling someone from Wisconsin a cheesehead?

    Your three examples are easily distinguishable from “rice burner.” “Cornhuskers” is a name Nebraskans have adopted for themselves. Moreover, it describes an occupation, not an ethnicity. Nebraskans consider the term symbolic of the state’s no-nonsense, hard-working values.

    “Cheesehead” is a term that Packers fans and Wisconsinites in general have taken to heart and turned into something they (literally) wear with pride.

    And the bratwurst sausage in the Brewers’ sausage race? It’s catering to the German heritage of many Milwaukee residents, who, by all accounts, love it.

    These are examples of terms and imagery that the groups of people in question use to celebrate themselves. Why would they be offended their own cultural self-identifiers?

    I know the bottom ad rotates and/or is chosen by some algorhythm, but wasamused that right below the Danica picture was an ad for aviator sunglasses.

    I love the Colts concept by Paul Robinson. I do not think the Colts are an easy uniform to redesign but Paul R’s is probably my favorite reconsideration I’ve seen.

    The problem with a debate on the correctness, or lack thereof, of terms like “redskins” and “rice burners” is that it requires empathy and nuance, two qualities in short supply these days. Both terms are meant to fetishize a people taking away their complexity and throwing them into simplistic categories meant to highlight some qualities and diminish others. Yes I know the argument has been made that the “rice burners” term is being applied to an inanimate object, but that’s a pretty cheap and ineffective defense. Would you be happy if corn was called a “redskin snack”?

    Fetishization is always reductionary, but we humans seem to need categories to understand our world and some forms of reductivism are less damaging than others. Personally I use a people’s level of power in a discourse to decide whether or not it is offensive. There were a lot of people of Irish decent in positions of power at Notre Dame when that mascot was chosen. Not so many Native Americans in the NFL. The “rice” stuff stems from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam when Americans needed to think of the Asian “other” as nonhuman enough to bomb the crap out of. Given this history I won’t use it.

    I’d be hard pressed to write two paragraphs that better express the essence of this debate than these two do. Excellent encapsulation of a complex & highly charged topic.

    I was at the race yesterday, Danica only lasted about 40 laps so that was unfortunate. Turn 4 seats so we weren’t near the carnage.

    It was just a real bizarre scene after the race outside the stands, ambulances everywhere and not the complete celebratory feeling as there usually is after the race. Information was slow to come in as to what happened, was getting info from friends watching on TV.

    Looks like the weather should hold up for today though. I hope Paul enjoys it!

    That photo of the car on the beach is from a time-trial set up of the course. For the actual races, 1) The cars ran the other way [south-to-north along the beach counterclockwise], and 2) The start/finish line was on the paved backstretch, not the beach.

    Um… Am I the only one that noticed how similar the eagle on the U.S. soccer crest tweak is to the Nazi eagle?


    I wonder why Kansas’ home uniforms in 1988 didn’t have gold trim. The road uniforms did. And they had gold alternates.

    I thought the Kansas throwbacks should have gold as well. I can’t find a color definitive photo of the 1988 version, though. I wonder if the Adidas folks couldn’t, either.

    I’ve hoped KU would get some gold alternates, now that they never play Missouri. I think they would be cooler than the red alts.

    I own a 1988 Kansas home white. It has no gold on the trim.

    The road blues did have a little bit of gold, the trim was striped red-gold-blue-gold-red.

    There was a gold third set that season, which was worn once for a road game at Western Carolina. (Larry Brown had to be doing someone a favor there.) KU won, but did not play well, and the golds were reportedly given to the JV squad. KU put a set up for auction in the last year or so, here is a picture: link

    I doubt you’ll see KU wear gold in the near future. Bill Self doesn’t even like the red alternates that are worn twice annually as part of the adidas deal, they get worn during the exhibition and early nonconference games every year.

    Here’s some background on how that ‘sponsorship’ came to be:


    Might seem less offensive after you read it.

    Could someone please explain to me why NASCAR mandated sponsorship on the back of the roof of the car? It is next to invisible when the cars are at speed, and completely invisible on the roof cameras…

    I don’t think that’s “mandated”, since there quite a few cars without back roof/rear windshield(?) sponsorship, specifically the 2, 22 and 33 that I’ve seen thusfar.

    It is not mandated. There were actually quite a few uni-esq changes this year, but I’m not sure anyone would care. For instance, the sizing on the numbers is more standardized.

    It’s quite viewable when viewing shots from the rear, but I agree it looks odd.

    I would guess it was a concession by NASCAR to make up for the reduced visibility for sponsorship on the rear of the car–between the taillight decals, the faux undercarriage/exhaust decals, and the rear-facing tv camera units, the rear end has barely any room for a decent sponsorship decal.

    New to NASCAR for 2013 is the NOW (Name On Windshield).

    Looks like there’s a bit of inconsistency with that already…the Busch Brothers (Kurt in the 78, Kyle in the 18) have their first names on the windshield but the Labonte’s (Terry in the 32, Bobby in the 47) do not.

    The rule was phrased “Driver name on windshield” There is no mention of full name or last name. The manufacturers logo on either side was never mentioned either,.

    The manufacturer’s logo was deemed allowable by NASCAR two weeks ago.

    As for the Labonte’s, from what I have been told since Terry is not running the full schedule they were not concerned with having it differentiated for the race.

    I’m still trying to figure out the “we don’t know what engine they’re running” comment. Toyota developed its own 358 CID (4.185″ x 3.250″) pushrod V8 when it first joined NASCAR. I thought that was common knowledge, and why it “should not be allowed” is beyond me — Dodge pushed the design envelope further than Toyota was allowed to.

    (Truthfully? That whole rant reeks of xenophobia. We’re better than that.)

    It’s apparently a two year old rant, so perhaps at that time it wasn’t known what engine what is the Toyota cars? I don’t know. The Chairman Obama part got me. The bailout of the auto industry worked out just fine and was in no way a Communist takeover.

    It’s been known since they entered the sport what type of engine Toyota has been running, it’s not a secret by any means.

    Sorry, but the rambling quote about Ford and NASCAR is highly biased and slightly racist. And I’m from Detroit AND a Ford guy.

    Ok guys, I think I’ve made a major discovery.

    I’ve noticed something MINDBLOWING that EVERY Uni-Watcher and diehard hockey fan has overlooked since this particular logo debuted in 1982: The New Jersey Devils logo is NOT just a ligature of an N and a J with devil horns and tail, it is also a *silhouette* of a flying Jersey Devil for which the team is named!

    Think I’m crazy? Look at the logo!


    The thing that convinces me this is the case is the left part of the N doubles as a bent flapping wing! The top of the J has horns because that’s the head, the bottom of the J looks like a devil’s tail because that IS the devil’s tail! Combine all three elements and the logo suddenly is a silhouette of the legendary Jersey Devil flying through the air towards the right! It has to be, why else would a professional graphic designer “fix” a logo that the WIFE of the TEAM OWNER designed! Before the team played their first game they had a temporary logo, here is a picture of this prototype designed by the owner’s wife:


    The N-as-wing is NOT in the prototype logo, that’s why it’s white and not red. I think the professional designer noticed this missed opportunity and felt it would be a stronger yet simpler logo if the N and J were combined. Except he didn’t tell anyone it was a subliminal silhouette of the team’s mascot! Pure and utter genius!!!

    To back up my claim, the legendary Jersey Devil on wikipedia is described as having wings, horns, and a tail, and all three features appear in the final version of the logo:


    And here is a drawing of the Jersey Devil from 1909 if you still aren’t convinced LOL:


    I don’t know who created that NY Giants 1975 logo at Creamer’s site (a third grader using MS Paint? *), but it’s a horrible representation of the real thing.

    Two examples of the real thing:


    I have limited graphic arts abilities, so I shouldn’t criticize too much, but I find it hard to believe that no one in the uni-verse has been able to come up with a better re-creation of that logo to date.

    * – This is not a condemnation of D.Firestone’s tweaks, but of the original version found at Creamer’s site — the gold standard of accurate historical logo preservation.

    Oregon State wore special turquoise uniforms yesterday to celebrate the Native American heritage of one of its seniors, Joe Burton. According to, this uniform is part of Nike’s N7 program to bring fitness to Native American communities.


    It seems that Adidas is going to redesign the logo for MLS


    As a fan of the league, I say that this is high time to move out of the 90’s and come up with a more timeless logo

    I wrote last year’s Daytona 500 preview post here, and as a long time fan I’m rather disgusted with the comments Terry made. They are the typical ignorant views of old which have no place in the world today. It’s pieces like that which give the sport the uneducated hillbilly look that it has been trying to shed and, frankly, I would have thought UW had higher standards than that.

    Plus I work closely with one of the teams and I could refute some of his comments, but alas there is no point. We have postings all the time about sports I’ve never even heard of and they are treated with respect, not sure why this has to be so different.

    A uniform doesn’t have to adorn just an athlete, it can adorn their machines as well. Why do we focus on helmets? Or goalie pads? Are they not an extension of the “uniform” the athlete is wearing?

    Just disappointed is all.

    And if anyone here would like a factual and proper review, similar to last year but shorter, let me know.

    Best Picture – Argo
    Actor – Day-Lewis
    Actress: Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
    Actor Supporting Role – Alan Arkin (Argo)
    Actress Supporting Role – Hathaway
    Director – Spielberg

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