By Phil Hecken
Another weekend of NCAA football is in the books, and there were a few new costumes yesterday, some odd combinations, and a few surprises — but nothing too extraordinary. Probably the big takeaway from yesterday is that the helmets were as much the stars as the uniforms.
And there was none bigger than the return of the Pitt Script. Yeah, it was simply a decal on the current helmet, but it was glorious. Unfortunately, it’s not going to engender many happy memories for those who saw or watched the homecoming game on TV. The Panthers have already announced they’ll wear the Pitt script on the helmets for the remainder of 2014 (let’s hope despite the drubbing by GT they won’t renege on that pledge).
I’ll now turn it over to my SMUW correspondent, Terry Duroncelet, Jr., who will take you through the rest of your…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
From Tuesday (wait, Tuesday?):
• Apparently, Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette played earlier this week? Looking at the game photos, I hereby dub this game “The Big-headed Brawl” as both teams wore giant logos on their helmets. Arkansas St. wore matte-black helmets with a big red wolf on wither side. ULL on the other hand wore shiny black helmets with chrome facemasks, an enormous Fleur-De-Lis on one side, and a T.V. number on the other. ULL also had mono-black uniforms to match.
• Someone really needs to make a rule stating that no team shall wear this shade of grey as their home uniform without first making sure that their opponent wears something that contrasts enough. Blech.
• Uhh… I’m not too sure about this look for Illinois. These are their “Gray Ghost” uniforms, worn in honor of Red Grange’s 6-touchdown game against Michigan 90 years ago. It’s nice to pay homage to a prolific player and all, but I think this was just an excuse to wear grey. You could just as easily say they’re in honor of the Fog Bowl and the Bears team that won that game 20-12. Or the CFL’s 50th Grey Cup. Or the 40th anniversary of the 1974 Sun Bowl.
• Kentucky wore their chrome domes against Miss. State.
• Something that I neglected to mention the last time that Mizzou wore their anthracite uniforms was that they switched the numbers from black numbers edged in gold to gold numbers with subtle tiger stripes edged in black. And a neat lil’ helmet car for good measure, too.
• Speaking of anthracite, TCU got in on the action in their game against Texas Tech.
• Louisiana Tech wore new white helmets over the weekend.
• Michigan State wore all-green against Michigan.
• UNC-Charlotte and James Madison went color-vs.-color yesterday.
• Do you hear that blood-curdling happy shrieking? That’s the sound of every Pitt fan rejoicing at the return of the script “Pitt” to the helmets. Too bad they spoiled the mood a bit by retaining the block PITT on the field. Word on the street is that they’ll wear those decals for the rest of the season. Also, from Douglas King: “So far on the road Tech has worn gold helmets with a white jersey and white pants twice and all white once (last week against UNC) this week they will be wearing gold pants with they’re white jersey and helmet (basically flipping the usual away look upside down). I believe this is a first since the 70s when we only had white helmets. I think the move has something to do with the fact that Pitt has gold helmets and a similar color scheme (different shades and they put a focus on navy whereas it’s an accent color on ours), and the desire to cut down on confusion.” I couldn’t find a 70s photo of what Douglas was talking about, but I did find this. Nice. Also found a white/white/gold combo from the 60s.
• Ya think Western Michigan jumped the boat here? It actually doesn’t look all that bad, and I’m happy that they’re actually utilizing their Vegas gold color with the brown, because their current uniforms are about as bland as it gets, especially the white. It looks like someone dumped into a towel. While you try to scrub your brain of that mental image…
• Oklahoma State wore what looks like their traditional white/orange/white for Homecoming at first glance, but if you look closely at the helmet, you can see that they wore “Bronc Rider” decals for the occasion. In that same game, West Virginia wore gold/white/gold, which made this a real looker of a match. Yup.
• I mentioned this in the past a long time ago, but as a refresher, UNLV offers a “Battle Born” jersey to a player every year. I forget if this is a one-player-a-year thing, or if they rotate players every week, like how the Packers elect different captains each week during the regular season.
• Remember the “morale advisor” from the other week with the Bengals jersey? His name is Caleb Pressley, and he’s back with a Jets jersey. Want more pics of him in various NFL garb? Look here, here, and here.
• A note about the Ohio St./Penn St. game: if you’ve worn your “Rivalry” uniforms numerous times over the last three seasons counting road variants, is it really a “Rivalry” uniform at that point? Is it?
• Tennessee was only an orange helmet away from looking like a bunch of glowing pumpkins. This marks the first time that the Vols have worn mono-orange against Bama since 1988.
• Washington wore their gold chrome helmets against Arizona State.
• I have a rule of not putting all of your eggs in one basket, but I think I’ll let it slide just this once. Also, if you’re gonna commit a facemask penalty, you might as well go all the way. Here’s a Vine of the play.
• No T.V. broadcast for this game, but Hawaii is said to be wearing their Rainbow Warrior uniforms from last year’s game last night against Nevada, although they might have this logo on the helmets, instead of bare lids like last year. Due to time constraints, this was the only image I could snatch. [Late edit: Here’s a few pictures from last nights game vs. Nevada — h/t to Adam Morrison and Chris Turner –PH]
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.
5. Oregon vs. Cal: I hope Phil has finally come to after seeing Oregon on my countdown for the second straight week. While they weren’t last week’s gorgeous throwbacks, these Oregon unis looked pretty great up against this great set from Cal. A few of you felt the same as the Ducks littered my inbox this weekend.
Thanks, Catherine! I sure do appreciate the Duck mention, but honestly, I thought this was the worst combo they’ve worn this season (although I did very much like the Cal set). Still, to each his or her own.
OK readers, how’d she do?
World Series Uni Tracking
Last night, the Royals and Giants played game four of the World Series, and with the Giants in their normal cream uniforms, while the Royals again were in gray:
As they have been doing throughout the playoffs, the guys from the Diamond Uniform Database have been keeping track of the uniforms throughout. You can check out all the Wild Card, Division, and League Championship uniforms for all the teams here.
Thanks to Matt Donnelly for the images.
Each Saturday or Sunday, Alex Gerwitz will be tracking the kit combinations (shirt/shorts/socks) of the teams in the English Premier League from the previous weekend and the current weekend.
Here is the EPL tracker for Weeks 8 & 9 (click to enlarge):
Premier League Games
By Andrew Seagraves
G’Day dear fellow uni-watchers!
The time has arrived for this week’s featured UWFFL Premier League Matchups during Cancer Awareness weekend! Many squads from across the tiers are showing their support for cancer research and awareness, the fight against different disease and disorders, and support for different causes by incorporating their corresponding colors into their game-day gear.
Today’s highlighted matchup in the UWFFL will also feature a rematch from the longest game in UWFFL History. Miami and San Diego duked it out in a Double-Overtime thriller in the playoffs last year with the Cougars coming out on top.
In UWFFL time, that’s like”¦ you know”¦ four days! That’s like FOR-EV-URRRR!!!
The Storm will be today’s home team as they are debuting their Storm Grey helmets this week with Teal Jerseys and grey pants. They have added a teal ribbon to their jersey in their recognition of those fighting Ovarian Cancer. The Cougars are breaking out the Purple to help in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. Their special Purple lids will feature the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s symbol in white on the side, their White Jerseys will have a Purple CROF (Cause Ribbon on Front) with team numbers on the chest, Pancan.org replace NOB, and Purple Pants.
Other great games from across the Majors: the Hartford Whalers visit the Anchorage Orcas, the Vancouver Sea Wolves will venture to the Steel City of the South to face the Birmingham Vulcans and the Detroit Demons will square off against the Texas Timberwolves.
La Lega will be in interleague play with Division II this weekend and a few featured games will pit the Greenville Pointers against the Barcelona Dragons, Seattle Kings against Locomotiv Leipzig, and CSKA Moscow makes their debut as they take on the San Antonio Black Knights.
Remember, as Smokey the Bear would say in this situation, “Only YOU can help a team out.” And YOU can do that by heading over to uwfantasyfootballleague.com and casting your vote for which teams you feel are the picks of this weeks action. As always, if you’d like to compete in the UWFFL head on over to our Google+ page for prosepctive expansion teams and submit your concepts today. We’ll be back next week with more UWFFL excitement!
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: The Fresno Grizzlies, an affiliate of the Houston Astros, will have new home jerseys for 2015 (screen shot from Jared Buccola). … “Brice Wallace’s submission on the West Virginia-loving defendant reminds me of this shot of Ted Bundy,” says Matt Larsen. “I’m sure the Mariners organization was really thrilled seeing that!” … Greg Blanton found this Atlanta Braves figurine in an antique store in Washington, Georgia. “They were selling it for $20; chose not to purchase it.” … Last night, the Man of Steal (Rickey) and The Say Hey Kid (Willie) posed for a photo before Game 4. Shockingly, Willie is wearing that old “G” BP cap he loves so much. … Bruce Bochy was wearing the Postseason patch on his cap instead of the World Series patch (via OJ Fonseca). … Alec Pappas writes, “I’m currently in Mexico watching some winter ball, got my hands on the Obregon jersey I mentioned a few weeks back. It is indeed a pull over, but unlike most pullovers the front of the jersey is two pieces sewn together with a half assed placket. The material is a cool base style, the only sponsorship on it is a Bud Light logo in the back, unlike the actual jerseys.”
NFL and other Football News: “Only in the FXFL,” writes Kenn Tomasch, as the Brooklyn Bolts and Omaha Mammoths both wore a Nivea jersey sponsor patch and and played black jerseys vs blue jerseys. A couple people who saw that said it was “unwatchable” (probably both from a uniform AND play standpoint). … David Steinle asks, “Bennington High School in Kansas has pretty much copied Missouri’s look don’t you think?” … William Matthew Shaw saw that Uni Watch mentioned pink has reached high school uniform, and notes that Warren Central in Indianapolis has had these for 2 or 3 years now. … “Found this in twitter today,” says Peter Fredrickson “I must say that I like the thin stripes on the Lions current helmet. This is obviously a mistake but makes for a better helmet.” (That looks like Stonehenge, and if you aren’t aware, the Lions and Falcons are playing London this morning [9:30 am ET]. That is, of course, assuming the Falcons made it there from Barcelona). … According to this article, the Eagles will be going to kelly green in 2016 (h/t Chris Kier). … We have several items from Douglas Ford here: (1) Gorgeous Vintage 1967 pennant collection with crazy fonts for many teams; (2) NFL Vintage 1976 Avon NFL Team cologne decanters, the entire 28 team set; and, (3) this whole bunch of vintage “EPIC” t-shirts. Wow. Good stuff.
Basketball News: Reader Sean (no last name given) read Paul’s NBA Preview on ESPN, and didn’t see this addressed: “With the NBA moving the league logo to the back of the jersey, I was wondering what the Toronto Raptors were going to do with the red maple leaf logo that used to be in that same place. Well, turns out they moved it to the front of the shorts. You can see it on the away jersey here, but it really pops on the white home jerseys. They haven’t worn their black alternates yet, but I assume it will be on them as well.”
Hockey News: This St. Louis Blues jersey with a “CUBS OF HOCKEY” NOB, you gotta admit, is pretty funny (sent in by Michael Bochum). It also shows how awful the “Bettman bib” style jerseys were (thankfully, St. Louis has gotten rid of that this year). … Here’s a look at the decal worn by the Hamilton Bulldogs, honoring the fallen soldier in Ottawa earlier this week (via Mark Coale). … Several submissions from Matt Larsen here: (1) From Saturday’s Canadiens/Rangers game “I can’t tell if Manny Malhotra has gold teeth, or if he has a gold mouth guard;” (2) For some reason Youppi is paying homage to officials; and, “Maybe this has been brought up on Uni Watch and I simply missed it, but do the Habs celebrate the retired numbers of the Expos in the rafters of the Bell Centre?” … Last night, Senators fans were wearing fallen soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s name on their jerseys.
Grab Bag: “Another reason to hate Pinktober,” writes Garrett Jensen, who sends along this chart entitled, “Where We Donate Vs. Diseases That Kill Us”. He adds, “This is especially ironic since football players are definitely frequent victims of Heart Disease.” … The University of Tennessee has a new logo (from Patrick O’Neill).
Annnnnnnnnnd…that’s going to do it for this fine Sunday. Enjoy the NFL games today (and don’t forget the early game). Big thanks, as always, to TJ, Catherine, Rob, Andrew, Alex and Matt, and you fine readers. And welcome back Paul! Hope your vacation to the land of cheese was awesome, buddy! I’ll GLADLY hand you back the keys now. You guys have a great week, and I’ll catch you all next Saturday.
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“QuackTracker has lost its relevance. Now every school has a weekly costume, some with actual school colors. Whereas I used to get into uniforms now I just dont bother. Too much change. I used to enjoy Helmet Project too but now I dont care. It has jumped the shark.”
— Paul Stave