By Phil Hecken
It’s only week 5 of the NCAA Football season, but each week, schools (and their respective uni manufacturers) keep pumping out new colors and combinations. It’s almost as though the kids like having new shiny toys each week or something.
It’s almost gotten to the point where if two teams wear their traditional uniforms, that’s not only unusual, it’s cause for celebration.
Not that all the new uniforms and combinations are bad, by the way. Although I’m certainly a traditionalist, not every special uniform looks terrible. Now, sure, that will rile up Buckeye grads like Robert Marshall, but their uniforms can’t always look like this.
Anyway, there was a lot going on yesterday (and Thursday & Friday), so I’ll now turn it over to Terry Duroncelet, who’ll bring you up to speed with all the uni happenings and shenanigans for week 5. So, here’s TJ with your…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
*tries to think of an intro* … Well… I caught up on some anime earlier this week. Yeah, let’s get into it.
• Georgia Tech wore some rather cool throwbacks against Virginia Tech, who wore… um… I, uhhh… yeah. I have no words. They might’ve looked better if they wore grey pants instead of maroon. They do love their grey, after all.
• Oklahoma State wore new white Pistol Pete helmets against West Virginia, who were — I guess you can say — looking on the bright side of things that day. I bet everyone got a real “kick” out of watching this game.
• East Carolina in Black For Black’s Sake and North Carolina wearing ‘Murica helmets and corresponding field markings. I want to punch baby kittens now. Also, while finding those images, I found that the Tar Heel Quarterbacks were doing their best Tulane impression in practice one day. Notice last year’s pants.
• Central Florida wore their gold jerseys against South Carolina. I like ’em, but I think they should either wear them on the road, or come to some kind of agreement with the road team to have the road team wear their dark jerseys. Luckily, South Carolina wore their garnet pants to give a lot of much-needed contrast.
• And here we have a normal-looking matchup between the Florida State Eagles and the Boston College Seminoles. Also, from that same game, Mike Wernsing Jr. caught this: “Watching the FSU/BC game…a FSU running back scored a short touchdown. When they zoomed in on him talking to coaches noticed he had a SNOB (not sure if that’s the right abbreviation, S is for suffix). That’s Karlos Williams Sr. I know we’ve seen this with Titus Young Sr in the NFL, but hadn’t seen it in college before.”
• A note from the LSU/Georgia game by Ethan Hopkin: “I just saw this today in the LSU Georgia game. Apparently the line judge either is an alternate or didn’t have an L placard shirt, and instead had a umpire placard. So there were two officials with a U on the back of their shirts.”
• Ohio State wore last year’s Nike rivalry uniforms against Wisconsin. From Chris Perrenot: “When an “8” becomes a “0”“. And from Nik Streng: “#49 of Wisconsin is currently wearing a Johnny Manziel-esque arm sleeve. At least one other (45) is also wearing the same sleeve.”
• Florida wore their orange pants against Kentucky, the latter of which didn’t look so hot in black pants. Or maybe they did.
That does it for Week 5. See you guys next week.
Thanks, TJ! Another fine wrap-up. How about a nice round of applause for this readers!
5 and 1…
5. Wisconsin vs. Ohio State: This made #5 because I didn’t hate it. I love Wisconsin’s unis and Ohio State looked sharp in these jerseys. I didn’t like the NOB font color though. It clashed with the silver numbers.
2. Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame: My sister went to Notre Dame so I tend to leave them off the countdown just to bust her chops. However, I can’t deny the beauty of having them play Oklahoma. Both classic unis, no frills. Just awesome.
1. Alabama vs. Ole Miss: This was a great game. I loved Alabama in the crimson jerseys and Ole Miss with the gray pants on the road.
And the …
By Tim E. O’Brien
Saturday night was a night of continuing trends: Oregon broke out new uniform elements, won big and remained unwatchable on the nusquam-ous PAC12 Network.
The Mallards of Eugene broke out some new helmets (matte black!!1! Original!!11! Never done before!!11!one!) and the long awaited Fighting Duck Green pants. While the Quackers looked good even in a literal typhoon, the fact that there is no green in the helmet and only black number outlines on the jersey and no black on the pants means that the helmets had a severe disconnect. However, these lids are gunna look great with the black jersey and pants.
But when Oregon wears the Fighting Duck Green, it’s never a bad look.
And I’d like to thank fellow Duck follower (no pun intended) Ryan Janowski (@duckitecture) for helping me pin down the aspects of the new uniform as well as sending over some photos. If you’d like to help me track the Ducks, ‘Cats or Hoosiers, you can contact me at the twitters (@DuckTracker, @NUniTracker or @Hoosier_Tracker) or shoot me an email (OfficalDuckTracker@gmail.com, OfficialNUniTracker@gmail.com or OfficialHoosierTracker@gmail.com).
Finally, next week I’ll be at NUvOSU on ABC in Prime Time. What does that mean to the tracking faithful? Hopefully nothing, but if uniform news breaks late Saturday, I wont get home until probably midnight central time and don’t know when I’ll be able to get my writeup done. But I assure you, by NFL kickoff on Sunday, all three trackers will be up to date
That’s it for this week, keep on tracking…
Uni Watch News Ticker: “Stadium error” noticed by Ben Melancon, who spotted ESPN showing outdated video footage of Bryant-Denny Stadium during a package on Sportscenter. … Jon Falk, who’s been Michigan football’s equipment manager for 40 years, is retiring (thanks to Mike McLaughlin). … Interesting article on Darren Rovell entitled “The $ports Guy: The Making Of Darren Rovell,” (thanks Brinke). … New hoops unis for UB, as relayed by Dennis Abrams: “Unsurprisingly, as part of the New York Bulls Initiative, Buffalo will be trotting out new duds this year: Back (and, on the shelves, our best shot so far of the home unis); Shorts; Front; I think it’s a step back aesthetically but I guess it’s just another necessary step for the Initiative.” … The Angels & Rangers BOTH went red-topped yesterday. Ugh. (thanks Paul). … Check out this Milwaukee Brewers Barrel Man patch found at a town flea market in Johnstown, OH. “I’m not sure how rare this is, or how common it is” writes Chris Spisak. “Nonetheless, I think it’s pretty cool to see the Barrel Man!” … Leo Strawn was perusing eBay and ran across some cool stuff: The great Chuck Bednarik in a cool Penn uniform from 1948; Next is one of Wally Westlake. Says Leo, “These cards are listed as 1954. As we all know, that was the year Cleveland tore up the AL on the way to the pennant, winning 111 games, only to be swept by the Giants in 4 straight in the World Series. But the logo is one I’ve never seen before. It appears to have a crown with the ‘indian’ looking up at it.” Leo also stumbled across this odd looking O’s logo on Howie Fox which he wasn’t familiar with, also from 1954. …
Creepy Cool stuff from Dustin Semore who writes, “One of my favorite hobbies is finding stadiums on Google Earth. While laughing at the neighborhood immediately outside Lambeau Field, I notice a house with the helmet logo in the backyard. The street view shows it’s a back porch tiled with GB logos. I guess you can’t expect much more when the Packers are literally out your back door.” … Ugliest German soccer jerseys of all time? That’s what David Leiphart thinks. See for yourself. “This is actually from the Bundesliga’s own website!” says Dave. … Check out this old WKU Hilltoppers warmup jacket. Says submitter Josh Claywell, “Found this on a buddy’s Facebook page. Not sure when it’s from, but this is pretty sweet.” Indeed. … L’il help UWers? Teebz was doing some reading yesterday when he came across a passage that spoke about how the WHA’s Cleveland Cavaliers wore black armbands for at least one game. “The problem? I can’t tell if it lasted for just a game nor can I find any images showing what the armband looked like. Think anyone in UW land can help out? Lemme know!”
And that’s a wrap for today, the last Sunday in September. Thanks and props, as always, to Terry, Catherine and Tim. They’ll all be back next Sunday with another edition of SMUW. Enjoy the NFL games (including one across the pond) today!
Everyone have a great week and I’ll catch you next Saturday.
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