By Phil Hecken
And while it may not have been a particularly good day for aesthetically pleasing football, damn there were some great games played. Terry will have the full uni run down below, but the Central Florida/Temple, Michigan/Northwestern and Georgia/Auburn games featured incredible plays and endings. If you didn’t see them, well…here you go:
We’ll first start with this incredible last-second game-tying field goal in the Michigan/Northwestern game:
That pushed the game into OT, and Michigan won, in triple OT, 27-19.
Next is this ridiculous, one-handed touchdown grab by J.J. Worton of Central Florida to tie their game with Temple up.
That tied the game at 36 late, and with :28 left, UCF kicked a field goal to win 39-36.
Finally, and in what may have been the most remarkable (and improbable) of finishes, check out this twice-deflected pass in the Auburn/Georgia game on fourth-and-nineteen with just over :30 left.
That pushed Auburn ahead of Georgia by 5, and in a fantastic finish, Auburn held on for the win, 43-38.
Great, great day to be a college football fan. If you’re a fan of the unis, however…well, here’s TJ:
Hello, fellow readers! I have a question for you… which do you find more unsettling? This? Or Northwestern’s These Colours
Don’t Run costumes from Week 12? Too many shenanigans from Week 12. Grab your antacids, and let’s go through everything one at a time…
• Marshall wore ’75’ decals on their helmets in honor of the 75 lives claimed in the 1970 plane crash. The 14th marked exactly 43 years since the tragedy. They will wear this for the rest of the season.
• UCLA decided to shelve Bruin Blue in favor of Bruin Black. Wait, what? Yeah, they wore those costumes on Friday against Washington. Geez, first the Lakers now this? What’s next, a black weekend jersey for the Dodgers? Actually, forget I even said that. The numbers looked promising in the promo shots, but proved to be reflective and messy on the field, at least in a night setting. Not that I’d want to see these in a daytime setting (or ever again). Thanks, Adidas! From that same game, the Huskies head coach (if not all of the coaches) wore flag-desecration hats.
• What’s under the after-market B1G bumper decal on this Ohio State player’s helmet? ‘Bucks’?
• Not every team has lost their minds with the 84 alternate uniforms every quarter. One such example is NC State/Boston College (notice the #47 towel on #17).
• South Alabama wore flag-desecration helmets against Navy. Tell me how this honors the military again?
• Maryland wore their White-Ops uniforms while Virginia Tech wore their Hokie Stone helmets, but changed the decals from the last time they were used to the VT logo. They also wore grey pants. The Terps were all smiles afterwards.
• Southern Miss already has some brutal uniforms. You know: the ones where the pants look like something out of Two-Face’s boutique? Yeah, those. But the camo suits that they wore over the weekend against FAU… no.
• James Madison wore flag-desecration helmets over the weekend.
• Montana State jumped on the Toy Combat train yesterday.
• Utah wore black/white/black against Oregon, who wore… olive green uniforms? I think these were for “military appreciation“? I can tell that the right sleeve patch is a flag, but what’s on the left sleeve?
• This guy was probably booked for wearing not wearing an Under Armour shirt.
• No photo, but apparently, Malcom Brown of Texas warmed up with a #90 helmet and a #96 jersey.
• Baylor wore their gold chrome helmets with mono-green uniforms against Texas Tech. There’s something about these unis that I really like, but the smudged-up helmets remind me of an uncleaned Zildjian A Custom cymbal.
• Hawai’i wants you to taste the rainbow. I. LOVED. THESE. Only two main criticisms: one being how Under Armour’s forked pant design really screws up pant stripes. Surely, there must be a better way. The second is in the shoulder stripes. Secondly, With all of that room, you couldn’t have widened the rainbow stripes? Look at the original article. I may be two doors short of a house, but I am not an idiot. You can’t even begin to tell me that you can sublimate this, that, and the goddamn opening sequence to The Matrix onto those shoulder panels, but you can’t widen the stripes on these throwbacks even a little bit.
• I saved Northwestern for last. Wildcats, Under Armour, and everyone else involved… this shit needs to stop. You need to stop feeding us this garbage and telling us it’s “In honor of the military“, “the perfect way to say ‘thank you’ to our troops“, and any and all of those variants. You need to stop profiteering off of the heartstrings of the American people (only $7.50 donated to WWP for every $75 jersey sold? Really?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME???). You need to stop engraving it into the minds of people across the nation that this kind of FUCKING BULLSHIT is okay. It is NOT okay, it never HAS been okay, and it will never BE okay. This is not how the military should be represented. And you can go ahead and say that I’m fighting a losing battle all you want. I’m not the kind of person to give up on anything worth fighting for. I will never give up on trying to right this wrong. Never. Also, this.
That does it for Week 12 of the 2013 NCAA season. I want to make it clear that I’m not a negative person. I enjoy many fun things, like cute puppy gifs, and good music. Huge thanks to Coleman W. Mullins, Anthony Bales, and anyone else who I might’ve forgotten. And of course, Phil. See you all next week.
OK, Terry — thanks. How do you really feel about Northwestern?
Nice job, as always. Hang in there, we’re almost through with GIJoevember.
Five and One
Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! It was a busy weekend uni-wise but, unfortunately, not for the better…
To quote everyone’s favorite weekend warrior, Phil Hecken, “You know, the day was filled with shiny domes, camo & clownsuits….”
Well, every weekend can’t be aesthetically pleasing. At least we had some fantastic game action! Let’s get to the countdown!
3. Washington State vs. Arizona: I’m not a huge fan of the Arizona’s gradient numbers but I love the white lids/white pants combo. I also thought Washington St. in dark pants on the road looked great. Great match-up.
+1 West Virginia vs. Kansas: It was difficult for me to select this game when Northwestern wore this and Oregon wore this. However, as a whole, this game was awful. I hate WVU in the all-whites and Kansas just had way too much going on to make any of this look good.
By Tim E. O’Brien
Tim was traveling yesterday, so I (Phil) am handling the writeup. Tim was able to create the above graphic, though, so big props to him for that.
Well, probably as a surprise to no one, Oregon busted out a new uni for their matchup with Utah. The unis themselves were a drab olive color (for some kind of “military appreciation” dontcha know), and they resembled those worn during their Spring game. Yawn.
Oregon won 44-21 (although the luster is off the Rose since they lost to Stanford last week) in a game that was actually fairly close for a couple of quarters.
You can follow Tim’s trackers on twitter @DuckTracker, @NUniTracker (dear lord, what is happening to my ‘Cats?!) or @Hoosier_Tracker or feel free to help him track them by shooting him an email at OfficialDuckTracker@gmail.com , OfficialNUniTracker@gmail.com or OfficialHoosierTracker@gmail.com.
We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.
Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.
And so, lets begin:
We begin today with Dave Delisle, who has a new logo concept for the Cleveland baseball team:
Attached is a logo for a team that should jettison its logo….possibly its name (I’m torn on the latter).
I love the new ticker! I’m using it a lot more.
Next up is Jay Shelton, who has a rebrand proposal for the Pads:
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I have sent Paul a few items in the past, namely my re-design of the 1982 White Sox contest back when I was 15, etc.
I’ve been a graphic designer for 25 years, and got into the business because of my love for team logos, redesigning uniforms, and drawing stadiums, etc. as a kid.
This is my recently submitted document to the San Diego Padres to urge them to change uniforms for 2014. I sent three copies (one each), in a nicely printed booklet, to Executive Chairman Ron Fowler, President and CEO Mike Dee, and Assistant Equipment Manager Tony Petricca. So far, no word back.
Thought I would share this with you, as I think it a good design. The first inside page highlights my reasoning behind my designs.
We close today with Stephen Scheffel who has a new look for the Colorado football team:
I’ve got some designs for a fictional Team Colorado. I think the Colorado flag is one of the best in the union and I thought it would be cool to do a uniform based off of it.
Here are three uniforms, home road and alternate. They are semi based off of the Nebraska and Wisconsin uniforms worn last year. I did a bit of a Dodgers thing with the yellow numbers. I understand they are more modern and I tend to prefer a more classic look. I think this is new, different, and to some a little crazy, but its not exactly the Jaguars new helmet either.
I’d love to hear some feedback from my fellow Uni-Watchers.
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Not a huge ticker today, but after that chock full post, that is probably for the best. We begin with William Walsh who notes that Iona basketball switched to adidas from Nike and has brand new logos on uniforms and on the court. … The branding for the expansion summer collegiate Northwoods League franchise in Kalamazoo (MI) was unveiled Friday evening. The team will be known as the Kalamazoo Growlers. Although not incorporated into the logo, there is an intentional microbrewery connection with the name (From Alan Poff). … “I saw this NFLPA calendar without logos,” says Joseph Bailey. “I guess the kid can draw their own.” … Check out the awesome socks on the VT player (great find from Jim Vilk). … Here’s a pretty nifty map of the college football States of America. … Brice Wallace notes that Marshall will continue to wear the “75” tribute on their helmets for the remainder of the season. … Here is a Phillies spring training jersey that Robert Silverman has never seen. … Note to the NBA: orange versus red is never a good idea. Like seriously. More photos, if you dare, are here. … TommyTheCPA sends this New York Times article, In a North Face Jacket, A Reversible Appeal wherein a successful maker of jackets and other outdoor gear keeps walking the tightrope between exclusivity and the mass market. … Will Scheibler watched the Lakehead Thunderwolves at home to the Concordia Stingers last night. “I noticed one of the Stingers players has a poppy sticker on his helmet – I am guessing it’s left over from games on or around Remembrance Day.”
And that will do it for this fine Sunday. Thanks, as always, to Catherine, Terry and Timmy, and the concepters for today as well.
The Steelers will be wearing their Bumblebee throwbacks today, so at least there is that to look forward to. Who knows if there will be any other hijinx still to come.
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“I can hardly watch the Cowboys anymore (for many reasons), but my biggest issue is the uniform. The mismatched helmet and pants and ludicrous sock situation drive me insane.”