By Phil Hecken
There were a few new looks and a couple of surprises during week seven of the NCAA football season, including the neon glow of Purdue’s Boilermakers, who wore special uniforms and helmets for some sort of cancer awareness thingy. I guess we should be grateful it wasn’t pink, right? Although there was one game (Friday) where UNLV wore pink ribbons incorporated into their gray helmets, and those actually looked pretty good (all things considered).
Something like four teams wore chrome helmets yesterday, which just might be a record, if those sorts of records were kept.
As always a few teams broke out special looks, or wore uniforms (or combos) they’d never worn before, but all in all it was not that crazy of a week for the NCAA. And that’s always a good thing. But to catch you up to speed on all the new stuff, and stuff you may have missed, here’s my able assistant, Terry Duroncelet, Jr., with your…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
I would like to dub this weekend “Sharp Cheddar Saturday”, because there was a fair deal of yellow/gold on the gridiron for week 7 of the 2014 college football season, including Missouri, who I’ll throw in there just because. Also, I was having trouble finding images to use for today, so this may seem a bit thinner on content than normal. I promise I will do better next week. Without further ado…
• New Mexico wore dark grey jerseys which sorta clashed with their silver helmets. And those pants need work, as well. I think in another world, these would’ve worked. Also, you think the Lobos could’ve waited another three weeks before dressing up for Halloween? Gotta love that field graphic/uniform interaction.
• Illinois wore their blue helmets for the first time against Wisconsin.
• Georgia Tech wore their throwback uniforms for the second time this season against the Duke Black Devils.
• Cincinnati wore white/white/red with red decals. I like.
• There’s something monumentally ironic about the wording of this tweet that I can’t quite place my finger on.
• Marshall hasn’t looked good at all at home, but the improved numbers are a step in the right direction.
• Good going, Texas Tech. Although, he did score his first two career TDs in this game, so he may want to keep that jersey.
• I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s since March 1st, 2012. Iowa State’s uniforms from Saturday have only made me happier with my decision. Okay, they weren’t that bad. In fact, the game itself looked pretty decent. That being said…
• …They didn’t take advantage of the possible contrast frenzy, like Central Michigan did when they played NIU. On second thought, this wasn’t one of the better color-vs.-color matchups. I’m sorry, but I can take dark monochrome with white helmets seriously.
• Memphis wore these helmets against Houston. It sort of reminds me of the old Jacksonville Jaguars logo.
• NC State’s helmets over the weekend featured Tuffy. Me likey.
• Purdue wore this at home against Michigan State, for their Hammer Down Cancer campaign. I’m torn on this. On the one hand, I personally don’t feel you have to pull a “look-at-me” stunt every single time to garner attention and awareness for your cause. On the other hand, it is refreshing to see something other than the usual Pepto Bismol drunkening that we’ve come to associate with October and sports in recent years. Plus, I give Purdue props for pairing the new gear with their white uniform, which — if you remove the logo on the collar and pants — is entirely black and white. A simple canvas to make almost any extra color work.
• Arkansas wore throwback uniforms against Alabama in honor of the 1964 National Champions (a title shared by — oddly enough — Alabama). I liked just about everything about these unis, right down to the way the back numbers were positioned on the jerseys, due to no player names (best shot I could find). I even dug the font used for the T.V. numbers on the back of the helmets. Although, I will say that had it not been for the different shades of dark red and the lack of a helmet stripe, I might’ve mistaken this as an intra-squad game. Also, look at the “64” logo here. It reminds me of the logo for drummer Eric Moore.
• Georgia Southern wore grey uniforms against Idaho. That helmet is definitely a keeper.
• Currently, I’m having a difficult time finding pictures as I type this (for multiple games. Maybe Google hates my guts), but four teams wore chrome helmets on Saturday, including Baylor, Tulsa, Miami (OH) and Akron.
• Michigan, Michigan, Michigan. You were already having a not-so-good season (save for last night’s win against Penn State), but the desecration of the home uniform from your game against Penn State personifies how this season has gone so far. If you look closely, you can see shiny stripes that are the same color as the jersey, which brings to mind past one-offs that Michigan has worn, to much better effect, obviously. I don’t even have an issue with the jerseys, but the pants couldn’t be more wrong if you called them red pants. For shame.
That’s it for this week. Tune in next week as… um… *whispers to self* crap, I’m not good at coming up with outros. Er, Johnny, play me out, see you all next week!
Thanks, TJ. Good for you on the Mickey D’s thing. I, myself, have not eaten McDonalds since October 10, 2014, so I’m right there with ya. — catch you next Sunday.
Catherine Ryan’s 5 & 1
Every Sunday, Catherine will give us the rundown of her best five and one worst uniform matchups from the College Football games played this week. Since it’s practically impossible to watch every game, you guys can help by sending your thoughts on “good” and “bad” matchups (and hopefully with photos from that game) by e-mailing her at UW5and1@gmail.com.
OK, here’s Catherine with this week’s 5 & 1.
2. Oklahoma State vs. Kansas: I think Oklahoma State looked gorgeous here. It took a little while for me to decide whether or not I liked Kansas’ here but ultimately I decided they looked pretty sharp.
Thanks, Catherine! OK readers, how’d she do?
Each week, as we have done on Uni Watch for the past five seasons, we’ll be tracking the uniform combinations of the Oregon Ducks. Back for his third season is Tim E. O’Brien, who’ll show you what the Ducks wore in their last game, and add a few words of wisdom.
Young Tim actually had a wedding yesterday, and try hard he did to get the Ducks combo before the wedding, he wasn’t able to.
Since I’m not the graphic artist that Tim is, here’s what I’ll give you for today’s Duck Tracker (click to enlarge):
Stormtrooper! White over white over white. Which I happen to love (much to the chagrin of many Uni Watch readers and CorCers). If you look at the graphic, it almost appears the numbers can look green or yellow, depending upon the light.
As the game played, however, it seemed as though the numbers and shoulder wings appeared only to be green. Still, it looked clean. And at least one of those colors is actually a school color, so bonus points for that.
The Ducks also wore their “Mach Speed” templates again — remember they have those in white and black only (or at least so far — the Nike engineers are far too busy trying to create a midnight green for the Eagles to devote any time to giving the Duckies a yellow, green, gray, pink or purple version of the Mach Speed Template).
It was a also a nice win for the Ducks (coming off their pinktober embarrassment against Arizona a week ago Thursday), and the contrast with UCLA was good too.
When he recovers from his hangover and creates the graphic, you can follow Tim over at the Duck Tracker and on twitter (@DuckTracker). And if you like pain, you can also follow his Northwestern (@NUniTracker) and Indiana (@Hoosier_Tracker) trackers if you so choose.
Premier League Games
By Rob Holecko
Hello again it’s time for Week 2 action in the UWFFL Premier League. Of the six games this weekend, only one features two 1-0 squads as the San Francisco Reign Fire and the Vancouver Seawolves face off in a key West Division tilt. These two teams met in August in San Francisco in what was supposed to be the ‘kickoff game’ of the Fall Season, but someone in the league office (ahem) screwed up and the results of that game were thrown out. That matchup has been rescheduled for Thanksgiving, however this week they face each other in their regularly schedule match on Vancouver’s home turf. (and this time we even have the teams in the proper uniforms!)
Head on over to uwfantasyfootballleague.com to vote on all of today’s action, plus check out yesterday’s games, AAIFA action and a whole lot more! We will see you next week!
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: It’s just like when Congress insisted on calling french fries “freedom fries” at the beginning of the Iraq War, only different: the KC Royals changed name of Baltimore Avenue to Royals Avenue for the ALCS (from TommyTheCPA). … “Thought this was interesting,” writes Jason Christie. “Eric Hosmer has a sort of fluorescent yellow tape wrap on his bat. Problem is, it’s awfully close to the ‘green screen’ color in the background and makes for some interesting bat shades.” … Here is the logo for the 2014 Nippon Series (thanks to Pacific Rim Correspondent Jeremy Brahm). … On last night’s Giants/Cardinals telecast, the pink background had the odd effect of changing the Cardinals’ bat pink (great grab by Erik Spoonmore). … Reader Marc Hammill was at an antique store near Toronto and saw this patch. “Not very Canadian” he notes. … It’s not quite Alex Rocklein’s Playoff Tracker (and no, not sure what happened to him), but the Diamond Uniform Database does have the uniforms worn this MLB postseason covered.
NFL News: Interesting New York Times article entitled What I Saw as an N.F.L. Ball Boy which describes how ball boys were playing their part to keep injured players on the field…and more (thanks to TommyTheCPA). … This was tweeted at me by @DJMFF9 from the Dickerson A Football Life piece: Possible memorial sticker for Elmendorf? Anyone know? … There was once a time when football trading cards had the logos airbrushed off the helmets, but I don’t think that is the case here (nice spot by Ryan Perkins).
College, CFL & High School Football News: John Hardin HS in Kentucky had a pink stripe on its helmets for Friday’s game (from Josh Claywell). … The South Christian Sailors honored their teacher, coach Rod VanDyke with decorated helmets. Submitter Joe Hollomon describes it is “unusual duct tape.”. An
interesting unfortunate typo in the UK Football tweet is actually pretty funny (great spot by Casey Hart). Come to think of it, maybe that’s not a typo. … Check out these T-shirts from defunct CFL teams. Submitter Kenzie Horn says, “These are cool.”
Hockey News: Union College has a minor sweater change compared to last year. Sender Brian Klejsmyt notes “The yolks (sic) have a slightly different look (Thinner white line that goes completely around the black of the yolk for 2014/15 compared to 2013/2014).” This was also reported by Bobby Pinkham, who writes “Ever so slight change for Union College, who for some reason wore their garnet sweaters at home (Friday) night: Last Year vs. This Year.” … I’m not sure if hockey is just a “club” sport at Maryland, but no matter, these goalie pads may be the best in all college (or pros, for that matter) — sent in by Tommy Richardson. Crabcakes and Goalie Pads: That’s what Maryland Does. … The Flyers took their new “Classic” jerseys out for a spin last night. Here’s a small-ish writeup w/photo (via Mike Engle). … While at the antique store (mentioned in the Baseball ticker) Marc Hammill came across these table hockey pieces. He asks, “Can you tell me what team wore the uniform on the table hockey player?” I’m pretty sure that’s the California Seals — anyone know for sure?
Grab Bag: Boca Juniors sponsored a car in the 2005 Argentinian Top Gear V6 stock car series, with the car being painted in the club’s colors of blue and yellow (thanks to Graham Clayton).
And that’s going to do it for this fine Sunday. Everyone enjoy the NFL games today (including that Eagles game tonight, where they’re in “Midnight Black” from shoulder to knee. Thanks Nike!
Big thanks to Catherine, Terry,
Time and Rob. Back atcha next Saturday. You guys have a great week!
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