By Phil Hecken
Well, we had lots of uniform hijinx yesterday in the NCAA (and some earlier this week), including the Texas Tech Red Raiders wearing the helmet you see above along with their “Lone Survivor” costumes which featured the words “Never Quit” for a NOB. Unfortunately, they did, falling 49-26 to KSU.
But the biggest uniform news may not have taken place on the field. No. The bigger news appears to be revolving around this:
The replica jersey being sold by NU and UA (which I believe retails for $75 and of which a mere $7.50 per jersey sold is being given to the Wounded Warrior Project) has sold out. OK, not much of a surprise there, since who wouldn’t want to own a “blood-stained” polyester jersey to support injured combat veterans? But…
…all of the negative press (including that by Paul) surrounding the jerseys has given such bad publicity to the entire endeavor that TMZ reported and Fansided confirmed that UA & NU have no plans to continue selling these jerseys. Surely this will please some and anger others, who now feel that every $7.50 raised per jersey sale is now $7.50 less that will be given to the WWP. Of course, UA & NU could, I suppose, just give a bunch of cash to the WWP without the extra scratch from the jersey sales. Or at least UA could.
I’m not sure how many of these replicas were sold, and it’s possible they could resume selling them after the negative pub subsides. But for now, I guess all those they’ve sold will now fetch big amounts on e-Bay and the secondary market. And I’m guessing any resales won’t be coming with an additional 10% donated to the WWP. Because, after all, it’s about helping injured soldiers and not injured corporate images, right?
Here’s TJ with your…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
Guess what my emotion was like for the past week-plus? “OMG YOU GUISE!!! PINKTOBER IS OVER!!! PINKTOBER IS O– … *sigh* … Goddammit”. Yes, the U.S. flag has moved from the school flagpoles to their football teams’ bodies. This week’s offenders include (but are not limited to): Middle Tennessee State, UT-San Antonio, Minnesota, West Texas A&M, Utah, Purdue AND Iowa IN THE SAME GAME, Northern Illinois, and probably a mass amount of others that flew under my radar. But seemingly the biggest offender for this week happens to be a smaller school: Lockhaven University decided to kill two birds with one stone (pun FIRMLY intended) by wearing both flag-desecration AND camouflage decals at the same time! So much for my favorite month of the year (h/t to Will Hodge for that tip). Just fast forward me to Turkey Day and be done with it.
• Baylor wore all-black against Oklahoma.
• Nothing really uni-notable about the Stanford/Oregon game apart from the fact that the Cardinal retired John Elway’s jersey on Thursday.
Moon Moon New Mexico.
• Color-vs.-color game between New Hampshire and James Madison.
• The Texas A&M Bulldogs faced off against the Mississippi State Aggies. Also from that same game, aTm has some NOB inconsistencies (thanks to Chris Perrenot for that shot).
• Speaking of Adidas, I didn’t know that Georgia Southern had switched football uniform providers from Nike to Adidas, until I found out about the marvelous throwbacks that they wore for their final FCS home game (could’ve done without the Georgia Southern logo on the left chest, though).
• Western Michigan wore ‘2’ decals in honor of Eastern Michigan’s Demarius Reed.
• I already noted that Purdue and Iowa wore flag-desecration decals on Saturday, but what I didn’t mention was that Iowa left one side blank. The left side, specifically. Now all they need are Purdue’s numbers, and they’ll be a perfect college replica of the Steelers. Speaking of the Boilermakers… geez.
• …*sighs* Ya know, I wish that the Maryland State flag had five different field patterns instead of two. There would be SO MANY Quintesson jokes… Also, here’s a thing that I wrote about these uniforms from last year (you’ll have to scroll down some).
• OH MY GOD. My sides are in orbit.
• Oklahoma State wore black/black/grey against Kansas, which I don’t think I remember them wearing before. They probably did, and I’m drawing a blank. Not a bad look.
• To everyone’s surprise, Miami came out in grey jerseys that looked to have been made on Nike’s Team Uniform Builder (which I find weird, given that Miami’s supposed to be one of Nike’s marquee schools). They had triple-colored numbers: white base with black(?) and orange trim, and speaking of the numbers, as seen in that photo, the T.V. numbers looked to have suffered from the same shifting problem that Iowa’s quarterbacks had last week. The helmets — in comparison to their usual lids — had no center stripe, the facemask was grey, and the logo was metallic. Not to mention the biggest part of the helmet: the fade at the bottom from white to grey. They wore their usual pants. As for Virginia Tech? No changes apart from the on-again/off-again helmet stripe.
• West Virginia had originally tweeted out that they were going to wear gold/blue/blue for their game against Texas, but that was apparently a smokescreen. I loved the helmets, but… WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU WEAR THAT WITH THE MONO-BLUE?!?!?! Ugh. Other notes from this game: apparently, it’s “Horn Up”. Part of his ‘5’ is missing as well. While this may not be as good as the “Deck Maintenance” guy, it comes pretty close. Lastly, remember a previous article where I mentioned something about Russell Haughton-James and his unusual player name? I didn’t have a photo at the time, but now I do (well, Cork Gaines does).
• Silly Wyoming, you’re not Bama.
• Speaking of, what was hanging from Kenyan Drake’s back collar?
• Minnesota is apparently worse than Derpy when it comes to breaking shit.
That should be everything. Let me know if I missed anything big, and I’ll see you next week. Oh! Before I forget, HUGE thanks to Cork Gaines for all of the tweets that Phil forwarded to me yesterday.
Five And One
Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! It was a busy day yesterday so let’s get to the countdown!
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Just one colorization today, and a small bonus.
Click on image to enlarge.
Today’s colorization, and of course, a backstory, comes from colorizer extraordinaire, Gary Chanko:
I remember Lenny Moore well. I’m old enough to have watched him play both in college (B&W TV of course) and as a Baltimore Colt. He was among those elite football players that would star in any football era.
Interested in how Lenny acquired the nickname “spats”? He explains the origin in this 1957 newspaper article. And if you’re a Colt fan from that era, you may know Unitas’s preferred nickname for Lenny was “sput.” Refresh your memory about the “sput” nickname with this book excerpt from Johnny U.
So on to the photo and my endeavor to determine the opponent team for the colorization. I made a few educated guesses. First I assumed the time was 1955, Lenny’s senior year. Next, it was a home game and sometime in early autumn based on the tree foliage in the background. Checking Penn State’s 1955 schedule, the most likely choice was an October 15th game against Navy (won by Navy 42-14). A further check of Navy’s 1955 uniform showed a close match to the defensive player sprawled on the field.
One last item to investigate was Penn State’s jersey color. Research discovered the color was a Royal Blue. The color change to today’s darker, Navy Blue supposedly happened in the late fifties. (Download this article “Lion Legend and Lore: The Penn State Uniform” for a complete history.)
Next up is Joshua Sondelski who isn’t a colorizer but has a bit of colorization for us:
Here’s a set of great colorized historical photos. I know they’re not sports related, but it’s worth a look nonetheless…
Keep up the great work,
That’s it for today. Great work, as always, by Gary. OK colorizers, let’s keep the colorizations coming!
Uni Watch News Ticker: We begin today with Brian Papa came across an interesting project that swaps the colors of NFL logos (pretty sure I hosted something similar to that one weekend many years ago on UW). … Paul Lee found some logo inconsistencies with Pau Gasol playing on Nov 1 against the Spurs. It’s the same game, yet two different number sixes (one being an upside down nine). Paul also found a fan who didn’t want to spend more money on another Dwight Howard jersey. … Signal Mountain High School (TN) has some odd helmets! (thanks to TrÃ©s Lawless). … Legendary equipment manager Spider Caldwell describes to statecollege.com how they get ready for a Penn State road game and the week after it (from William Yurasko). … Word is coming out when teams will wear those “nickname” jerseys. According to this article the Nets will wear them January 10th. Other dates in there as well. … The Clarkson Golden Knights continue to wear No. 89 decals on their helmets in honor of former player Bryan Rufenach, who died at age 23 last year when he touched a live electrical wire while backpacking in Switzerland (thanks to Tris Wykes). … Business Insider has made list of 15 completely ridiculous minor league sports logos. … Here’s a sharp looking third jersey of the AHL`s St. John`s Ice Caps, affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, submitted by Curtis Peddle. “Really like these third jerseys,the castle on the logo is a historic landmark in my hometown of St. John`s NL, Canada.” … On Friday night, Brian Urlacher had his number retired, and his name put on the Press Box at the University of New Mexico (thanks to Frank Mercogliano). … A submitter who goes by Georgy wrote “about hatred of college football ‘blackout’ unis – I am having eight reasons, which I am thinking Uni Watch is appreciating.” … Some goodness from our friend Chris Creamer: some good info on the Cubs 100th anniversary of Wrigley uniforms news and such. … Not sure how rare this is anymore, but the Boston Celtics played the Orlando Magic in Orlando on Friday Night and the uniforms were color on color (good spot by Joe Kuras). … Thanks to Brian Erni, we now have more Nets Christmas Day jersey photos. … There’s a new logo for the Big 5, Philly’s classic college basketball round robin league. Says submitter Joe Schmidt, “The Hawk Will Never Die!” … Instagram was wonky yesterday so hopefully this shows up: the New York Football Giants will wear a throwback logo design on their helmet visors today. … Whoopsie: A member of the Clumbus Blue Jackets had a bit of a logo issue last night. … UMass Hockey went GIJoevember last night (h/t Ricky Eddleston. … Here are some great photos of a 1936 “Palm Beach” Reds jersey. The emblem appears to be chain-stitched, the back has an unusual number style, and one of the tags actually says “Palm Beach,” (big thanks to Matt Malinoski). … “All fans of THE Ohio State University know that Michigan = Shit. Here’s the proof.” (from Leo Strawn). … Neat little story from Vinnie Dinolfo: “The first Rochester Americans jerseys were donated to Rochester Institute of Technology for the schools first hockey club. The RIT players at the time customized the jerseys by having girl friends remove AMERICANS from the front of the sweater and sewing large R, I and T letters as replacements. Some of the players kept the R and I from AMERICANS and replaced the C with a T. One of the jerseys was part of a display set up in the RIT library last year to salute the hockey program. The Tigers are now NCAA Division 1 and wear black and orange as team colors. The first RIT hockey team was just happy to have matching jerseys for the club hockey team and wore the Amerks red, white and blue proudly.”
OK, boys and girls, that’s going to do it for this fine Sunday. Most of us will also be enjoying … er, solemnizing, Armistice/Rembrance/Veterans Day tomorrow, so you can bet the NFL will be in full soldier/camo mode today. Can’t wait. Enjoy the games as best you can anyway. Big thanks, as always, to TJ & Catherine (and Timmy for yesterday’s Duck Tracker), and have a great week. I’ll catch you next Saturday.
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“Remember in 2003 when Kellen Winslow Jr was in college and he made that ‘I’m a fucking soldier!’ comment and the whole country went apeshit? A football player saying he is a soldier was considered a completely ludicrous metaphor by the media, but more importantly both active military and military veterans were seriously pissed off at him and he later made a public apology. Athletes wearing military camouflage on their uniforms was the furthest thing from everyone’s minds back then.”
–Hungry, Hungry Hipster