By Phil Hecken
With a headline of “MMUW,” you know that football season is here. Or, it’s pretty close, actually. This past weekend (and as well as Thursday & Friday) featured a ton of NFL preseason games, some of which gave us our first glances at new uniforms (or tweaks) as well as another round of college football uniform unveils. Johnny Ek covered some of the college unveils over the weekend, but there were others as well.
There’s a LOT to get to (and that you may have missed), so lets dive right in, beginning with the NCAAFB:
• Kent State Golden Flashes:
Nike has tweaked the Flashes (in a good way) this year — they’ve dumped the superfluous contrasting-color collar and side striping and stuck with solid blue jersey. They’ve also replaced “FLASHES” as the wordmark and replaced it with “KENT STATE.” No news on if there are new helmets, and the pants look to have stayed the same (solid gold).
• Colorado State University Rams:
The Rams switched from Russell to Under Armour as their uniform supplier, and surprisingly, these are very conservative. They’re not all that different than the uniforms that the Rams wore last season, and homes are still are green, with gold numbers and gold lettering on the jersey, while the road jerseys are white with green numbers and lettering. The gold pants have a wide green stripe running along the outside, while the white pants have a green stripe along the outside from the hips to the knees. You can read more about the new unis here
• Furman University Paladins:
Furman will go with a bunch of possible uniform combinations this year, as they have a white, purple and black set (the black jersey and pants are new). The six uniform combinations include white pants/purple jerseys, white pants/white jerseys, white pants/black jerseys, black pants/purple jerseys, black pants/white jerseys, and black pants/black jerseys. That’s a really long video (at least as long as video reveals go) so if you just want to look at some stills, look here (h/t ModernUni @TheModernUni, Furman Football @PaladinFootball, and Eric Chamberlin).
• Louisville Cardinals:
The Louisville Cardinals haven’t done a “full” reveal yet, unveiling a their new home jersey on Twitter. According to this article, “While they have only showed us the front of the jersey, we can already tell that the number font seems to be the same as what the basketball team wore this past year. The sleeves are also pretty cool ”“ one side reads “Cardinals”, while the other side has the script Louisville ‘L’.” Note the new black pants as well. The jerseys, not surprisingly feature the trademark treadmarks, and we also get a glimpse of the new “AAC” patch on the left shoulder.
• Wisconsin Badgers:
No photo (or video), but the University of Wisconsin Badgers football team will wear a decal to honor former manager Kevin Green (h/t R.J. ”@BrachTalk84).
• The Ohio State University Buckeyes:
Not a major tweak or news, but the OSU Buckeyes have changed their pants’ stripes — on the left is their old set, with the thick black stripe, and on the right is what they will wear this season. This is in addition to the previously announced changes: New collar with Nikelace, the buckeye leaves on the back of the collar, and a new NOB font (notice the letters look thinner, taller, and closer together, and the “S” is different in this example).
• Toledo Rockets:
Toledo already has some of the worst uniforms (and probably the worst number fonts) in football, but the new gray uniforms have a noticeably smaller wordmark from last year, and no outlining around the numbers or the word “TOLEDO”. It’s hard to tell from that one shot, but the piping may have changed as well. (h/t Dan Bly)
And in the League where they play for pay, there were three completely new uniforms this year (one of which we saw last week, with the Dolphins), but the Jaguars and Vikings also broke out their uniforms in game play for the first time. In addition, there were some tweaks and updates to several teams.
• Jacksonville Jaguars:
OK — when one cannot say anything nice about something, one shouldn’t say anything at all right? That’s kind of the way I feel about the Jaguars new uniforms. Whether it’s the odd fonts or the shiny shoulder material, or teal “sleeves”, or the color-shifting helmet — I really don’t like any of those things (nor the pants “stripe” that isn’t really a stripe but is truncated). But, when you consider what the Jags used to look like, this is actually an improvement. And the uniform, despite the monochrome look, actually looks OK from the front. Yes, it will take some (a lot) getting used to, and now, it’s not what your daddy’s NFL player’s wore, but it is what it is. And I understand the J-ville fans like them. So that’s what is important, right? Maybe not on Uni Watch, but for better or for worse (five years, anyway), this is what the Jags will be wearing. You can see more photos here.
• Minnesota Vikings:
The Vikings also introduced their new uniforms during pre-season action. A couple of things stand out — most of which falls into the category of addition by subtraction. They’ve dumped their awful older duds, with all the superfluous bumperstickers (and contrasting collar a/k/a neckroll), and cleaned up the look — the shoulders have a gold stripe with a still-amorphous white shape, and an asymmetrical pants striping, but that looks OK. It’s the crazy custom fonts (where the first number of any two-digit number appears to “bleed” or “sail” into the second number) that look a bit odd. And then there are the helmets — the shade of purple on the helmets doesn’t match the shade of purple on the jersey. Yes, I know traditionally, more recently, and even on the throwbacks, the purples haven’t matched. But — they they basically fixed that problem with the previous set. This is a NEW set in 2013, not a throwback. There is no excuse for the purples not to match now. You can see more photos here.
• Teams to Keep the “Neckroll” (Rams, Bengals, Saints):
The Bengals don’t look that bad with the neckroll, since they have those “stripes” on the shoulders, but the Rams and Saints continue to look as bad as ever. These are the only three teams that elected to keep the Nike signature “neckroll” collar on their 2013 uniforms.
• Teams to Ditch the “Neckroll” (Ravens, Broncos, Redskins, Chargers, Bills, Buccaneers)
The six aforementioned teams have all elected to dump the neckrolls (thankfully) for 2013. Over on Chris Creamer’s Sportslogos.net there is a nice article detailing those changes and showing the “before” shots. The Bills didn’t just dump the neck roll, they got a non-Nikelace this year.
• Chargers New NOB color:
• Patches & More:
The Browns, after several years, have finally ditched the “AL” initials on their sleeve, while the Titans have a 15 year anniversary patch, and the Colts have a 30 seasons away from Baltimore patch.
Phew. That’s some rundown (and there are surely some changes I’ve missed — so if I did — please shoot me an E-mail, tweet at me, or post anything missing in the comments below). I’ll make sure to get them into tomorrow’s post.
OK readers — that’s quite a bit for a Monday morning, so I’ll just grace you with a (rather large) ticker today. I also ended up having major computer problems late in the evening, so that’s going to do it for today.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I’m pretty sure we’ve seen these before, but another look doesn’t hurt: Michael Schwartz found this great NYT photo of Army QB Rollie Stichweh in the air, knocked around by two Navy defenders. “Check the name on those jerseys. Drive for Five. That little font on the helmet? Beat Army. I found you feature the Beat Army helmet in a post December 10th, 2011, but nothing on the P(hrase)OB. This link has an explanation of the Drive for Five, a motivational saying used by Navy coach Wayne Harvin.” … The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Athletic Department has released a new identity package (thanks to Mark Albanese). … Posted this last week, but one more time in case you missed it — The Detroit Free press is having a best logo in the state contest (thanks to Forrest Page). … “Here’s the third shirt for my favorite soccer team” says Robert J. Hudson, “FC Sochaux-MontbÃ©liard – who is owned, as the jersey sponsor emphasizes, by Peugeot. … Mesut Ã–zil doesn’t look hugely thrilled at getting his own logo, created by top advertising agency Ogilivy and Mather. Much more here (from Cort McMurray). … Here’s a slideshow of many, but likely not all, “official partners” of Manchester United, says submitter Yusuke Toyoda. He asks, “Say, who is the official telecommunication parter of Uni Watch in Malaysia?” … One of Thursday’s Shorpys seems of interest (nice find by Charles Rogers). … The Golden State Warriors have introduced a new secondary logo (from Mike Rowinski). … Apparently NFL.com hasn’t gotten the memo that the Dolphins have a new helmet (great spot by Ryan Bohannon). … UW’s “Sunday Morning Uni Watch” guru Terry Duroncelet is also a drummer. So, he writes, “So I was trying to look for some videos on the DW 8000 longboard pedals for shiggles in the wake of DW releasing the 9000XF longboard pedals (finally!), when I came across this band playing a live show with a kit that had the Royals’ KC logo on the bass reso.” … Justin Kline saw this on the Facebook page of Ronnie Richardson, an MiLB (Eugene Ems) player that he went to high school with: bats emblazoned with the guy’s Twitter handle. “I’m sure Rovell will want one of these,” says Justin. … The NFL won’t allow Colts defensive end Robert Mathis to use his special face mask on game days (thanks, Brinke). Here’s more on that (from TommyTheCPA). But, apparently the funny facemask ban doesn’t extend to everyone (thanks to Brooks Simpson) … We’ve definitely seen the white pillbox caps worn by the NL All-Stars in 1976, and this wire service photo was featured back in 2010, so many of you may not have seen it yet (found by Leo Strawn). … Fans of the Waffle House streak may also like this “nice” Braves retro wallpaper (Brinke, again). … Some sad new out of Seattle as the Huskies’ Helmet Car is now part of history (thanks Matt Busch). … Good spot by Andrew Domingo who noticed that when the San Diego Chargers were playing on Thursday, CBS used the old logo to transition from real time to replay. … Here is the logo for the Japanese Volleyball League’s (V.League) 20th season (from Pacific Rim Correspondent Jeremy Brahm). … What’s that logo on A-rod’s left sleeve? asks Brinke. “Does he have his own Nike logo? (Like Swingman for Griffey?)” … Not sure if Paul can add this to his list of “players who wore zero,” but this Chargers’ fan jersey is pretty clever (thanks to Brandon). … Busy man Brinke also found this article which states Mark Sanchez should strop trying to make his signature headband happen. … Season ticket holders for the 2013 Western Hockey League champion Portland Winterhawks will get their own championship ring, (from Harvey Lee). … Many of you sent this in, but Ahmad Billal Samady was the first: pictures of LeBron James wearing his alma mater’s new football unis, which he donated to St. Mary’s St. Vincent’s for the upcoming season. … Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Kansas City) were the Omaha Force Saturday night for Star Wars Night (thanks to Eric Leach). They went all out with matching hat and check out the stirrups! … Check out this special football “throwback” that J.E. Burke High in Dorchester is busting out this year. For their Thanksgiving Day game with rival New Mission, they will be wearing special gray uniform with a large “B” over the stomach and chest, with a small number in the left corner. It’s very similar to what Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, etc. have done the last few years (h/t to Brendan Hall). … Kevin Clark, the New Jersey Devils PA announcer, wanted to pass along the new Stadium Series logo. … Check out the batting practice caps worn by the Kansas City Royals on August 9th. They were made by Luis Mendoza’s wife. Pretty cool! (thanks to Aaron Johnson). … As Ken Griffey, Jr. was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on Saturday night, the current Mariners squad decided to honor The Kid by rocking his signature look while gazing on from the dugout (Brinke yet again). … Paul forwarded me this picture of a shank bone taken at the Yankee Stadium steakhouse by a friend of his. I can’t quite make out what it says — anyone? … The new World Cup 2014 Referee Kits have been leaked (thanks to Pat West). … This one comes from Chance Michaels: ” Milwaukee Braves shortstop Johnny Logan passed away on Friday. The first photo in the accompanying gallery is interesting. It’s captioned ‘Shortstop Johnny Logan in his Milwaukee Braves uniform in 1955, the year he led National League in doubles,’ but that’s wrong. The jersey is a dead giveaway–the Braves never wore the city name–that it’s from his time with the minor league Brewers, 1948 or ’49.” … Awesome — the front page of August 9th’s Lake County News Herald has a Browns helmet buggy on it! (h/t Jay Mazzone). … Oops! JayJay Dean caught this during the Hawks/Chargers game — two 46s on one play! … “Saw this shirt at the Crazy Horse Monument & Museum in SD,” says Eli Swanson. … “Noticed this interesting sock detail while checking out photos of the Falcons game,” says Andrew Edwards “Former fellow Beav, JacQuizz Rodgers using a seperate red wristband-esque wrap around his calf with standard white crew socks. Haven’t seen that technique used before in acheiving the two-tone NFL sock look.” … Good observation from Aneury Pichardo who asks, “Since the patriots end zone logo will change (and the new logo is used on the website as well), wouldn’t it make sense to change the logo on front of their uniform too?” … Meet the ‘Simpsons’ writer who named the Dodgers-affiliated Albuquerque Isotopes (thanks to Christopher C. LaHaye). … This is pretty cool: Hyatt Werling was given some old memorabilia by a fellow Steelers fan, which included some old tickets from Steelers games she had attended. One of these tickets was for a Steelers-Jaguars game, and he was surprised to find that the ticket featured a picture of one of the unused Jaguars prototype helmets. … Speaking of cool — this is a cool chart of the Red Sox/KC game on Friday night (thanks to Lose Remerswaal). Paul linked to their charting of the All Star game a few weeks back. … And, yesterday the Blue Jays wore their red tops for “Canada Baseball Day.”
OK guys and gals. That’s all for today. Apologies if there are some small mistakes or misspellings or anything else — like I said, I had major computer problems last evening and was trying to work this off the laptop instead of the desktop.
Have a great Monday, and I’ll be back tomorrow and the rest of the week with some more very special posts and guests.
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“Can we just stop calling them uniforms already? There is nothing uniform about them. This may make me sound like a fossil, but I miss the days of being able to turn on a tv and know in 2 seconds what teams were playing. Once upon a time uniforms meant something, now they are just costumes.”