By Phil Hecken
Welcome to another fine edition of Sunday Morning Uni Watch. We’re minus one piece today (the Duck Tracker) since the boys from Eugene had a bye week. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t lots of wild, wacky and crazy uniforms this week. No sir. It does not.
In fact, in a week that didn’t feature too many (if any) marquee matchups, it seemed like the time for many schools to break out some of their crazier
So, now, to take you through all the uniform machinations that took place in week four of the NCAA season, here’s the man with the plan, TJ Duroncelet and the…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
Yesterday was the last day of Summer, and today marks the first day of Autumn. You have no idea how high my excite levels are right now. But with all of the bum weather from yesterday, you wouldn’t have even known that Autumn was here. Basically, Summer was throwing a temper tantrum and was NOT going to go away for 9 months quietly. It even gave me a quick power outage just before 4pm.
• Nothing too uni-notable from the Boise St./Fresno St. game, but for whatever reason, the colors seemed to have really popped in that game. Wish I had a better photo.
• What’s this? The beautiful work of a photographer that shares a very-mutual love for Autumn? No, that’s just an extreme close-up of the shoulder panel of a Virginia Tech player. O.K., that is a nice photograph, but it’s kinda hard to tell the difference. VT wore those uniforms for Military Appreciation Day against Marshall. The conditions were so wet, that some of the Hokie players’ helmet decals were falling off, namely VT Quarterback Logan Thomas.
• Syracuse wore new blue (and slightly orange) helmets against Tulane. Also of note, I’m working on another NFL uniform project, and already had an idea of what the Jaguars new
mess helmets should look like. Here’s what I posted over a month ago on August 15th (this is a WIP mind you, not the final product). Methinks someone from the Salt City is stalking my Tumblr. And a note from last week, Syracuse’s opponent from last week was Wagner, who wore some sweet socks.
• Oh joy, it’s the Rutgers Ebony Knights.
• There are quite a few college football players protesting the NCAA by putting “APU” somewhere on their uniforms. “According to ESPN, the players included Georgia OL Kolton Houston, who was kept from playing for three years by a NCAA ruling on a drug test, plus Georgia Tech’s QB Vad Lee and defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu. According to the National College Players Association, a player advocacy group, it will include others throughout the day.” You can read the article here.
• Maryland wore their “WE <3 MARYLAND!!!" uniforms against West Virginia. Now, Paul already said his piece about the new Hubris suits, but here’s what I think: I actually don’t hate these. I like the staggered fields on the “sleeves”, I like the custom helmets, and these uniforms actually stagger the flag quadrant patterns, which was a huge issue with the previous versions. My only three complaints are: 1) they should’ve gone with a white uniform instead of insanely-loud red. 2) they should’ve (or at least could’ve) used white helmet shells instead of black. 3) The big MARYLAND on the back of the helmets is pretty lame. Doesn’t look good on UConn, doesn’t look good here. Overall, a very small but definite push from the previous two seasons.
• Last week, there was a rumored laundry incident that caused Louisiana-Monroe to use last-minute backup jerseys. This week, they were back in their normal (and much better) tops. Oh, and this was my first time seeing the new 2013 Baylor uniforms in action. Excellent combo, and I liked the all-green suits they wore in their home-opener.
• Dammit, ESPN graphics team. I hope they don’t do this to the Utah Aggies.
• I can’t tell if these are some of the best or worst flag-desecration uniforms I’ve ever seen.
• Texas wore cancer-awareness helmet decals on Saturday against Kansas State.
• The state of Auburn’s sleeve stripes is pitiful. That’s the QB, for Nutella’s sake! Time to take the Northwestern route. Conditions were so wet that some of the LSU players looked like they had screened numbers. One of the LSU players got a little friendly with the turf. I find it kinda disappointing that LSU decided not to put their white-against-SEC-teams rule aside for one game and wear the purple tops, since this was the 25th anniversary of the The Earthquake Game. Look at how the yard numbers are the same 25 years ago as they are now, right down to the drop shadow. This particular playcard caught my attention, as it has the current Twitter logo, the old Yahoo! logo, the Instagram logo, and the SportsCenter? logo. I really wish I could decode what they mean.
• And last but not least, Wyoming wore their taco-medley suits against Air Force.
That does it for Week 4 of the 2013 NCAA season. Too much rain for the transition from Summer-to-Autumn, really, and that’s coming from someone who loves rain! Really makes you appreciate the sunny scene at the Iowa/Western Michigan game. It’s actually raining right now as I type this, and it’s making me sleepy. I’m just gonna… *yawns* lay down for a few minutes…
Thanks, TJ! Nice rundown, as always. I am going to be completely honest. I didn’t hate the Maryland *Pride* uniforms. I didn’t like them either, but they certainly aren’t the worst thing they’ve worn on the field (damning with faint praise?). Indiana really needs to dump those shiny chrome domes, and Syracuse…why? You’re named “Orange,” not “Blue.”
Readers? What did you think of yesterday’s games?
Catherine’s 5 & 1
Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! There were a lot of great (and a couple questionable…) match-ups this past week/weekend. I had a long list of games I liked and received a ton of tips from some of you readers! As always, any tips and, more importantly, any criticism, is seen and appreciated. It would be much worse to write for people who don’t care so I appreciate everyone taking the time to share their thoughts! Time for the countdown!
I loved UNC’s road uniforms here. I’m not usually a fan of adding black to the color scheme but UNC’s pants and helmet accent didn’t bother me. From afar, it almost looked like navy. Georgia Tech was clean with the gold lids/bottoms and ended up making a comeback in some terrible weather. Great game!
1. Utah vs. BYU
I don’t really have any words for this game.
Thanks for reading! Enjoy a full day of NFL action!
Uni Watch News Ticker: Wow — yesterday must have been one of the slowest uni watching days in recent memory (either that or the uniwatching account was broken) but there are very few ticker items for today. So few, in fact, that this will be the old school-style ticker. … Gotta love these socks! Al Neufeld writes, “My alum, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in the Canadian University League, debuted new retro unis (Friday) night in their game against the university of Alberta Golden Bears. I have done research and I don’t think they ever wore such unis, but looking at them, they seem pretty nice. I think you will like the socks. You can see pics here.” … To commemorate those who lost their lives in the tragic Navy Yard shooting earlier this week, DC United will wear this jersey (looks like a black armband and flag[?] were added) — thanks to Matt Harris who re-tweeted that at me. … The Wrigley Field 100th Anniversary Logo has arrived, says Anthony Nuccio, “and I love that design.” … We may have seen these before, but it never hurts to see again — “This guy on the new era cap talk forum managed to find three caps from an old Astros prototype that was never made!” (nice find by Allen Why). … As you may already know, the Oakland Raiders were originally going to be called the Senors. The nickname lasted a little over a week before public outcry forced the name’s ouster. On his website, Andrew McKillop wrote a brief article explaining how the Senors name was chosen and the public’s reaction. “Also, the team didn’t care or know that the plural form for SeÃ±or is SeÃ±ores,” says Andrew. … Sequim High School in Washington State recently wore “camo” uniforms, which incorporated the name of local military veterans, for their recent game against Bremerton High School (thanks to Graham Clayton). … Also from Graham, a blog posting listing the 35 strangest jumpers worn in the Australian Football League since 1987. … In Sports Illustrated‘s top 100 funny pics, Josh Claywell noticed several great photos, but what’s sure to stick out is SI’s overuse — abuse, even — of the word “beloved.” “I think I saw that word seven or eight times in the first 23 photo captions,” says Josh. … “Interesting field markings at Milwaukee County Stadium for this game,” writes Peter Fredrickson. “Possibly, the smallest helmet logo that I’ve ever seen on a field (:51 mark). And, I believe, I see the name ‘SAINTS’ painted in the right end zone (1:52 mark).”
And that’s going to do it for this fine Sunday. Little shorter post than usual (and I’m sure many of you are fine with that), but still chock full of uni-goodness. Thanks (as always) to Terry and Catherine, and the whole crew will be back next Sunday. I’ll catch you guys next Saturday. Everyone have a great week!
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“While channel surfing through the games today, we saw Toledo-Central Michigan. The wife loved Central’s throbacks but met Toledo’s off-white with ‘If “meh” was a color, that would be it’.”