By Phil Hecken
It was another interesting weekend of weekend uni unveilings and other assorted sheninagans. Terry will have the full run down in a moment, but (in no particular order), there were a few that stood out yesterday:
Hopefully I didn’t steal any of TJ’s thunder (I wrote this intro before I received his article below), but onward and upward … here’s TJ Duroncelet with today’s…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
Hello guys! Um… (shit, what do I say?) I wish that my weeks were at least half as interesting as the weeks of some of you who are reading this, so I can actually give you a somewhat thoughtful intro. I should probably get out more. But anyway…
• Utah wore all-black against UCLA. I don’t really mind too much, but that design/template is miserable. Is it just me, or are UCLA’s shoulder nubs creeping more and more onto the sleeves? For the love of Nutella, just switch to Nike already, Bruins.
• Ya know, I haven’t brought up the topic of pony in a while, so let’s change that! Not bad, but I was disappointed that SMU wore their regular pants with the throwback jerseys instead of the period-accurate pants. I cannot stress this enough: THERE IS MORE TO A UNIFORM THAN JUST A JERSEY, PEOPLE. Otherwise, players would be running around like this. I think I’ll go sit in time-out for posting that now. In that same game, Rutgers wore all-white. Guess this makes them the Rutgers Ivory Knights?
• Florida wore mono-blue against Arkansas.
• Speaking of mono-blue, I almost mistook Kansas for Louisiana Tech, but then I thought “Nah. The Bulldogs actually look good.” I believe that this is also out first real look at the blue tops with the red cuffs and collars. I could be wrong, though.
• It’s bad enough that Temple wore mono-black yesterday, but they made it even worse with the white helmets. If for some unforeseen reason you absolutely must go BFBS, wear a black helmet so that you have some balance. Right way, wrong way.
• Tennessee wore their “Smokey” uniforms for the first time against Georgia. Personally, I think
grey smokey helmets would’ve pulled the entire uniform together.
• Aaaaaaaaaaaaand here come the hotheaded jokes. That helmet (which is “unique” to every player) was unveiled earlier this week for Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series game. Speaking of, they didn’t look half-bad. In fact, they looked pretty great. But back to the helmets; seeing Maryland and Arizona State wearing these helmets, I smell a potential trend coming for next year. Teams left and right with hand-painted helmets that were made 9 months in advance, only to be used for one game (maybe two, assuming that they don’t have the appropriate number of 12 helmets for every week of the season). Didn’t help that the flames looked like amorphous yellow… stuff, from afar.
• Baylor finally broke out their gold chrome helmets against West Virginia.
• I felt like Minnesota should’ve worn their maroon pants instead of the white ones against Michigan. Don’t get me wrong, both uniforms are great, and it was a good-looking game, but the maroon pants would’ve added some more excitement visually-speaking.
• Another good-looking game: Alabama and Georgia State.
• Wake Forest wore black/gold/black against NC State, who wore red/white/red. Again, light color tops like these should be reserved for the road, but I’ll let it slide, as the helmets and pants provided excellent contrast.
• Is it just me, or do those Nike Pro Combat helmets that TCU breaks out on occasion look whiter this season?
• O hai, Stanford Black.
That about does it for Week 6. See you all next week.
Nice wrap, again, TJ! OK readers, what did YOU think of yesterday’s uni combos, matchups and shenanigans?
Five AND One
Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! I was out of town this weekend so it was difficult to get wifi. Special thanks to Phil for helping me find some pictures. Hope everyone had/has a great weekend!
3. Texas State vs. Louisiana Lafayette: I had this one on the list and then a reader emailed in about it! Great choice, sharp game!
Our Duck Tracker, Tim E. O’Brien, was detained for most of last evening attending the heart-breaking loss of his beloved Northwestern Wildcats to the Ohio State Buckeyes, but he was able to get this weekend’s Duck Tracker graphic ready by the time I put this to bed. You can check out more on his Ducktracker website.
Tim will be back again next weekend with a full graphic and writeup.
Alex Rocklein’s MLB Playoff Uni Tracker
Alex is back again with the MLB Playoff tracker.
There were only two games yesterday in the MLB, and the first featured the Rays and Red Sox going with “normal” white versus gray uniforms, after playing the previous day in softball tops. The Rays had been wearing their blue tops for luck (they had won both their 163rd game against Texas and their wild card play-in game against Cleveland in the blue alts). That luck ran out Friday, so the switched to gray tops yesterday. They still lost. They’ll head back to Tampa down 2-0.
The A’s and Tigers also played yesterday, with the A’s having worn their green tops in a game 1 loss on Friday. Hoping to change their own luck, the A’s went with their gold tops and won a nailbiter, 1-0, in the bottom of the ninth. That series now moves to Detroit with the teams knotted at 1-1.
Thanks to Alex for these MLB playoff uni trackings. He’ll be back next weekend with more, and will continue as long as there is still baseball to be played, plus a final tracker once the World Series has finished.
And that’s a wrap for this first Sunday in October. Thanks of course to Terry, Catherine & Tim, and Alex for the MLB tracker. Back next weekend with more uni watching.
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