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Let’s Go Bowling (Part II)

Bowl Hed 2 - 550

By Phil Hecken

OK, kids, the second “half” of the Bowl season kicks off today, and I’m back to predict all the winners based on uniform — if you missed Part I, click here. The strategy this year is pretty simple: I’ll use an entire team’s body of work for the season, including multiple helmets, combos, and any special uniforms, to make my pick. What they wear on Bowl day, even if it’s known, won’t affect my pick. Lots of games to get to, so let’s get started (click on any image below to enlarge).

Let’s go bowling…

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27 - Cincinnati

Military Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech (12/27, 1:00 ET — ESPN)
Spread: Cincy is a 3 point favorite

28 - Virginia Tech

Cincy mixes and matches black, red and white, including multiple helmets. Va Tech actually was pretty conservative (for them) this year, eschewing all kinds of “Hokie Stone” helmets and the like, making this a difficult pick. I think the Hokies, with their “normal” stripes and beautiful maroon & orange are a slight favorite in the uni battle. Edge: VT
The Pick: Virginia Tech

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29 - Arizona State

Hyundai Sun Bowl: ASU vs Duke (12/27, 2:00 pm — CBS)
Spread: ASU is favored by 7 point

30 - Duke

Two schools match up here who both particularly enjoy the BFBS. ASU, in what turns out is in its final game with Nike, has become the Oregon of the PAC South, priding itself on never wearing the same combination twice. Duke isn’t much better, and I’m pretty sure they never duplicated a uni either. Each went with a neat throwback helmet once this year. It’s almost a coin-flip here, but in a matchup of Devil vs. Devil (Sun & Blue), I’ll say Duke is heads and ASU is tails (*flips coin* … comes up heads). Edge: Duke
The Pick: Duke

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31 - Miami FL

Duck Commander Independence Bowl: Miami (FL) vs. South Carolina (12/27, 3:30 — ABC)
Spread: Miami is a 3.5 point favorite

32 - South Carolina

Shouldn’t Oregon be in this one? I mean, it is the “Duck Commander” Independence Bowl…seems logical. Oh, that’s right, Oregon is in the Playoff. As to this one, Miami got new unis this year, and while it was an improvement over what they replaced, they went overkill. Also, “naming” their uniforms “Juice,” “Surge,” “Smoke,” and “Stormtrooper” does nothing to endear me to them. SC, on the other hand, has been pretty consistent in sticking with their school colors, only breaking out the “blackout” uni for one game (and that was not a great decision). Still, as “sick” “fresh” or whatever Miami’s unis may be, they went too crazy for my liking. Edge: Cocks
The Pick: South Carolina

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33 - Boston College

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College vs. Penn State (12/27, 4:30 — ESPN)
Spread: Boston College is favored by 3

34 - Penn State

If you’ve read Uni Watch for any period of time, you know I love PSU’s unis, so as good as Boston College looks, there are few teams I’d give the nod over Penn State. It’s too bad, too, because BC would get my pick in probably 90% of their possible matchups, but not this one. Edge: Nittany Lions
The Pick: Penn State

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35 - Nebraska

National University Bowl: Nebraska vs. USC (12/27, 8:00 — ESPN)
Spread: So Cal is a 6.5 point favorite

36 - USC

Two teams with storied histories and great uniforms. USC even went a little crazy this year adding a metallic helmet and facemask (*gasps*). But Nebraska, who allows adidas to outfit them in one clownsuit per year, threw any possible edge out the window when they busted out this…thing vs. Illinois. Fail. Edge: Trojans
The Pick: USC

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37 - Texas A&M

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Texas A&M vs. West Virginia (12/29, 2:00 pm — ESPN)
Spread: WVU is favored by 3 points

38 - West Virginia

The Mountaineers have such beautiful colors, only to ruin everything with that stupid “pick ax” font, or whatever Nike calls it. A&M actually have some nice looking unis, and their 1939 throwback, despite the gimmicky nature (and horrid treadmark jerseys), looked pretty sweet — the helmet especially. It would be tough for WVU to beat anyone in the uni department, and they won’t be today. Edge: Aggies
The Pick: Texas A&M

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39 - Clemson

Russell Athletic Bowl: Clemson vs. Oklahoma (12/29, 5:30 pm — ESPN)
Spread: Oklahoma is a 3 point favorite

40 - Oklahoma

If this game were played in any year other than 2014, I’d give Oklahoma the uni edge. But, this year, Oklahoma introduced their Bring the Wood (or something like that) alternates. Yeah, um…no. Clemson has stuck pretty much with just two combos all season, but broke out the all purple and all orange unis for their last two games. It’s still a close call, but the Tiggers get the benefit of the doubt this time around. Edge: Clemson
The Pick: Clemson

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41 - Arkansas State

AdvoCare Texas Bowl: Arkansas vs. Texas (12/29, 9:00 — ESPN)
Spread: Arkansas is a 6.5 point favorite

42 - Texas

Arkansas used to have really shitty uniforms. Not anymore. Now they’re less shitty — in fact, except for the “tusk” type bumperstickers, they’re pretty nice now. But they’re simply no match for Texas, who simply doesn’t mess with their unis (although they did *gasp* add a metallic helmet sticker for a couple games this year — damn near blasphemy in Austin). Only 2 or 3 teams might get an edge with me against Texas, and the Razorbacks ain’t one of them. Hook ’em. Edge: Horns
The Pick: Texas

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43 - Notre Dame

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Notre Dame vs. LSU (12/30, 3:00 pm, ESPN)
Spread: LSU is favored by 7 points

44 - LSU

Notre Dame, in their first year under UnderArmour, fortunately didn’t get the Maryland treatment. But they still got the “pride” type treatment with their Shamrock Series unis. LSU is LSU, and while their purple isn’t my favorite shade, they wear it as a jersey very infrequently. Their gold/white/gold is one of the finest unis in the game, so this one’s an easy call. Edge: Tiggers
The Pick: LSU

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45 - Georgia

Belk Bowl: Georgia vs. Louisville (12/30, 6:30 pm — ESPN)
Spread: Georgia is a 7 point favorite

46 - Louisville

When it wants to, Louisville can look outstanding. Unfortunately, they can also pull this crap. That would pretty much seal the deal against anyone, but they’re taking on the silver britches of Georgia, who look outstanding. Louisville never had a chance in this matchup. Edge: Dawgs
The Pick: Georgia

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47 - Maryland

Foster Farms Bowl: Maryland vs. Stanford (12/30, 10:00 pm — ESPN)
Spread: Stanford is a 14 point favorite

48 - Stanford

Maryland used to have the worst uniforms in football, but I have to say, over the past couple of years, they’ve gotten a bit better…still not great, but better. Except for the fact that Stanford loves to go one BFBS game per year, their two (and only two) combos are rock solid. Until Maryland stops trying out-Oregon Oregon, they’ll very rarely get my nod in a matchup. Edge: Cardinal
The Pick: Stanford

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49 - Ole Miss

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Ole Miss vs TCU (12/31, 12:30 pm — ESPN)
Spread: TCU is a 3.5 point favorite

50 - TCU

I really like TCU, and I am kinda bummed they’ll just miss the playoff this year. I’ll definitely be rooting for them in this game. But, uni-wise — nope. Ole Miss has them in just about every way, from helmets to stripes to colors. It’s not even close. Edge: Rebs
The Pick: Ole Miss

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51 - Boise State

Vizio Fiesta Bowl: Boise State vs. Arizona (12/31, 4:00 pm — ESPN)
Spread: Arizona is favored by 3

52 - Arizona

You’d think this would be a slam dunk for Arizona. I mean, after all, Boise has so much I hate in a uniform going for it: GFGS, BFBS, file folder tab bumperstickers on their orange jerseys…TNOL. Shit, that’s like the quadruple play of things I hate. But Arizona, for whatever reason, manages to make red, white and blue look awful. Gradient numbers still exist too. I’m not sure if the red and blue are just “off” or what, but I really don’t like their look. This is a tough call, but I’ll barely side with the ‘cats. Edge: Arizona
The Pick: Arizona

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53 - Mississippi State

Capital One Orange Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Georgia Tech (12/31, 8:00 pm — ESPN)
Spread: Mississippi State is a 6.5 point favorite

54 - Georgia Tech

Miss State, despite falling in love with their “100th Anniversary” pants (and jerseys), still has some pretty good unis, and I actually liked their Egg Bowl unis too. GT, as much as I love their option offense, still has crappy “regular” uniforms. Their throwbacks, however, are gorgeous, and really should become their regular duds. Although this has no bearing, Mississippi State will be wearing white tops, causing the Jackets to wear color tops for the first time all season. I’m not sure if they’ll wear blue, but I don’t think they’ve worn their blue tops in 2 years. So this will be an interesting looking game for sure. Either way, Miss State should win the uni battle. Edge: Mississippi State
The Pick: Mississippi State

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55 - Auburn

Outback Bowl: Auburn vs. Wisconsin (1/1, Noon — ESPN)
Spread: Auburn is a 6 point favorite

56 - Wisconsin

The first of the Big Day’s bowls, the first featuring the B1G vs. the SEC, and two teams with very solid unis. Auburn is apparently beyond UA’s creative reach, and this is a very good thing. No alts, no special helmets, no bells and whistles. Sconnie is also staid, but they go a ‘little’ crazy with the red helmet and pants. That’s just enough to tip the scales to the Tiggers. Edge: Auburn
The Pick: Auburn

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57 - Michigan State

Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Michigan State vs. Baylor (1/1, 12:30 pm — ESPN)
Spread: Baylor is a 3 point favorite

58 - Baylor

Baylor’s mix-and-match BFBS, green and gold puts them in the Oregon-copycat category, only they don’t do it nearly as well, whereas Sparty this season stuck with just their green and white. I’ve never been a huge fan of MSU’s template, but against the Bears its no contest. Edge: Sparty
The Pick: Michigan State

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59 - Minnesota

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: Minnesota vs. Missouri (1/1 1:00 pm – ABC)
Spread: Missouri is favored by 5 points

60 - Missouri

If ever there was a game with tremendously awesome color-vs-color potential, it’s this one — both teams have a gorgeous gold alternate top, and either one should wear it as the designated road team if possible. Minnesota has a really nice template now, and Mizzou’s has improved (though they’ll never look as good as this and they still like to toss in their anthracite-for-anthracite’s-sake tops). That’s enough to tip the scales to the Gophs. Edge: Minnie
The Pick: Minnesota

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61 - Oregon

Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State (1/1, 4:30 pm — ESPN)
Spread: Oregon is favored by 9 points

62 - Florida State

The Granddaddy (and first “semi-final” of the new playoff format) features two Nike-clad teams — with FSU having new unis this year. There were a few bumps in their road, when the original tops featured gold numbers that were too difficult to read, and Nike had to scramble to produce the newer white shirts with garnet numbers (also in a new cut). Oregon is…Oregon. Yes, they still have those BFBS and GFGS options, yes, one of the greens is dark and drab. But dammit, I love me some Ducks, and I will lean towards them here. Edge: Ducks
The Pick: Oregon

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63 - Alabama

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Ohio State (1/1, 8:30 pm — ESPN)
Spread: Alabama is a 9 point favorite

64 - Ohio State

The day’s final B1G vs SEC matchup features Brutus and Alabama, and it is no contest. Anyone who knows me knows I will pick ‘bama against any team, so as classic as OSU can look (when they’re not wearing their shiny helmets and “Pro Combat” alts), it wouldn’t make any difference. This will be a good looking game though. Call me Deacon Blues. Edge: Roll Tide
The Pick: Alabama

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65 - Houston

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Houston vs. Pittsburgh (1/2, Noon — ESPN)
Spread: Pitt is a 3 point favorite

66 - Pitt

After struggling to find a uni-identity the past several years, both teams seemed to have settled upon the ones you see above — Houston mixing a white and red helmet in with a red or white jersey and white pants, and Pitt going gold/blue/gold or gold/white/white. Pitt also added back the fantastic script Pitt helmet towards the end of the season, and now say they’ll stick with that into the future. We can only hope the royal and mustard follows. Even without the script, Pitt had this. Edge: Panthers
The Pick: Pittsburgh

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67 - Iowa

TaxSlayer Bowl: Iowa vs. Tennessee (1/2, 3:20 pm — ESPN)
Spread: Tennessee is favored by 3 points

68 - Tennessee

Normally the bowls the day after New Year’s are pretty good — but with the Playoffs added this year, all the good bowls are before or on NYD, which is nice. I mean — “TaxSlayer Bowl” — WTF even is that? At least it will look pretty — Iowa does the Steelers better than the Steelers, and Tennessee, after flirting with some GFGS last year, wore only 3 different looks all season. In their last year with adidas (UT is moving to swooshie next year), we’ll see if they keep their classic orange/white look going forward with Nike. It’s a tough call on this game, but Hawkeye gets a slight nod. Edge: Iowa
The Pick: Iowa

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69 - Kansas State

Valero Alamo Bowl: Kansas State vs. UCLA (1/2, 6:45 pm — ESPN)
Spread: K-State is a 1.5 point favorite

70 - UCLA

UCLA once had one of the greatest, most classic unis in the game. Now? adidas has pretty much ruined their once-stellar look. The team for whom “UCLA stripes” (or “loops”) got its name now sports … this. It wasn’t that long ago they at least attempted to replicate their look, but no more. Add to this the “LA Steel” clownsuit, and the team has fallen mightily in the uni ranks. Even if KSU didn’t have a classic uni they never change, UCLA would be hard-pressed to beat anyone in the uni department. This one is a slam-dunk. Edge: ‘cats
The Pick: Kansas State

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71 - Washington

TicketCity Cactus Bowl: Washington vs. Oklahoma State (1/2, 10:15 pm — ESPN)
Spread: Washington is favored by 5 points

72 - Oklahoma State

There are few bowls where, if either team could wear it’s choice of color, you could have four or five different games where both of these teams could play and look completely different — and the only time they’d clash is if they both wore black tops. Nike has turned both schools into fashion shows, although they do get it right a couple of times. When UW goes gold/purple/gold, or gold/white/purple, they look great. Anything else is a fail. OSU, with black and orange, can’t really go wrong with any of their looks — unless of course they go GFGS (rare, but still an option). This one is really a toss-up, so I’ll call heads: UW, tails: OSU (flips coin … it comes up tails). Edge: Pistol Pete
The Pick: Oklahoma State

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73 - East Carolina

Birmingham Bowl: East Carolina vs. Florida (1/3, Noon — ESPN)
Spread: Florida is a 7 point favorite

74 - Florida

ECU is an up-and-coming team, but their unis…woof. I don’t have a problem with purple (at least not the way Paul does), but their shade is not good. Their penchant for BFBS is strong too. Florida is fantastic. They also have an OCD’ers dream for a uni — no matter whether they go orange, blue or white, the striping pattern is ALWAYS orange/blue/white. It’s subtle, because when they wear orange you don’t really notice it as a stripe, but it’s there. Take a look at the sleeve: orange/blue/white, pants too: orange/blue/white. Lovely. Edge: UF
The Pick: Florida

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75 - Toledo

GoDaddy Bowl: Toledo vs. Arkansas State (1/4, 9:00 pm — ESPN)
Spread: Toledo is favored by 3 points

76 - Arkansas State

The final bowl before the Championship Game features two teams with great colors: blue & gold and red & black. Yet neither manages to make either look particularly good. Toledo has gotten much better recently, adding somewhat normal sleeve stripes, and toning down what was probably the worst number font in the game. Ark State mixes their three colors up about as well as they can, but never looks like they have a consistent identity (unless they want to be Cincy lite). This is a tough call, but Ark State looks a tad better…barely. Edge: Red Wolves
The Pick: Arkansas State

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And there you have it — picking the Bowl winners by better uni. Next weekend I’ll preview (and possibly do a uni history of) the two Playoff Finalists (Alabama or OSU, and Oregon or Florida State). And I’ll recap how I did picking the games by better uni.

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AZ at LV Dec 27

U.W.F.F.L. News — Division II Games
By Andrew Seagraves

Happy post-Holiday food coma recovery!

It is Golden Ticket weekend around the UWFFL DII as six squads from across the league are trying to do what they can to get the final passes into the big dance. While those sides are getting ready for the odds to either be in or out of their favor, others will be making preparations to go bowling, and the rest will possibly have to retool themselves as they face Spring D-League competition to stave off dormancy.

The Metro South Conference has its Dance Card full as Charleston (10-2), Missouri (9-2-1), Florida (8-4) and Little Rock (8-4) will be going into the playoffs. Due to tiebreakers not being in their favor, Carolina (7-5) and Greenville (7-5) won’t be able to finish in the top four even with wins and help. Florida won last week to clinch the final berth. Three straight losses after a 7-1 start almost saw the club that almost won it all last year finish on the outside looking in, but the Geckos righted their ship in time and will advance.

The three Canadian units from the Pacific Coast Conference (Calgary, British Columbia, and Yellowknife) have secured spots in part two of the yearly fixture with Las Vegas (8-4) and Salt Lake City (8-4-1) hoping to grab the final spot in the bracket. Pontiac (10-1-1), Dallas (11-2) and Iowa (10-2) are heading on in the Central League to see who will be promoted to the Premiership while Oklahoma City (7-4-1) and Rapid City (7-5) are posturing for the final playoff spot in that league. And finally, St. John’s (7-5) and Swisshelm (5-5-2) are looking to join Staten Island (11-1), Youngstown (11-1) and Toledo (7-4-1) in the post-season out of the Eastern Association.

These final pushes by five of six of these teams are the ones we will focus on for our Games of the Week.

First we’ll head to the Central League as OKC and Rapid City are trying to dig deep to do what they can to get in. For OKC it is win and in. Rapid City, on the other hand, will need a win and a Superbeast loss for a place in the brackets. Oklahoma City will break out a new mono-black set as they host the Duluth Frost Dragons who will debut a white version of their Eskimos throwback. Ninjas versus Stormtroopers… next on History Channel’s “Deadliest Warriors”.

Rapid City is trying to make up for a missed opportunity last season as they fell one game short of the Big League losing to Birmingham in the CL championship. This week they will stick with their throwback interlocking RC sided helmets, white tops with new woodtype uni-numerals and black pants. Chicago who is looking to head into the D-League next season after a fall from Tier I will go with red jerseys over silver pants as they look to help OKC throw the Badlanders off the Playoff trail.

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Our next stop will be in the Eastern Conference as St. John’s and Swisshelm will face stiff competition to dance in the extended season. The Express will chug into the Bearcat den to face off against a scrappy Cleveland squad. Swisshelm has spent the last two seasons pushing teams to the brink and want their shot at the top three. They will go mono-white as they take on a Bearcat squad who is nothing to sneeze at. The old-skool Binturongs will go gold over white in their scrap this weekend.

The Pride of the Rock of Canada is trying to do the Maritimes proud by making it to the post season. Though the Stingers have been tough all year, they are going up against a team, like the Bearcats, which can throw a jam into your gears. The Brooklyn Uni Watchers are unfortunatley headed to the D-League next year, but it will be done kicking and screaming. The home Uni Watchers (by the way Paul, those T-Shirts look fantabulous!) are going White over Home Turf Green while the Stingers are breaking out their standard road white over yellow look.

St. John’s will get in with a win or a Swisshelm loss, but if they lose and Swisshelm win, the Express will grab the final spot in the East.

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It doesn’t get more exciting than this!

Finally, we’ll head to the Pacific Coast Conference where the two horses in this pony race are the Las Vegas Lightning and the Salt Lake City Spikes. The Spikes are off this week and will need a Las Vegas loss to get in, while Las Vegas has one mantra this time of year:

Beat Arizona!

Las Vegas is going to try and do that by debuting their 2015 togs with a new lightning-kissed Black helmet. Powder-orange Jerseys and grey (gray?) sand pants. The Miners will try and do their northern neighbors a solid by grounding the Sin City Sparks in their Sedona lids, white jerseys and copper bottoms.

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Other interesting pairings for this weekend will see Staten Island at Harrisburg, the Navigators facing the Giraffes in Roanoke, The Corn visiting Wichita and Yellowknife taking on the Shock.

You can vote on this weekend’s action by heading to and you can submit your designs for the Spring Developmental League to try to get your squad into the UWFFL next fall by posting them on our Prospective UWFFL Teams Google+ Page.

Make sure you come back tomorrow as we bring you our UWFFL Premier game of the week and preview the action from across the Bigs and La Lega.

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Too Good For the Ticker

Too Good…

for the Ticker

Got an e-mail from Will Scheibler, who sent along some stunning beautiful photos of the Toronto Maple Leafs — no not those Leafs — the Baseball Team. For those of you who aren’t aware, the Toronto Maple Leafs were a high-level minor league baseball club located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that played from 1896 to 1967. Wikipedia has a pretty thorough history of the team, should you wish to learn more. Will notes that all these images come from Archives of Toronto.

Anyway, there were only a few captions with the photos Will sent, and they are simply too good for the ticker, so I’ll post them inline below. You can click on any image to enlarge:

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61 Season Opener

1961 season opener – plenty of advertising on the fences and lights

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1950’s photo – Jack Cooke Kent’s son (possible with father) and player with old style patch on player’s sleeve visible

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39 Manager

1939 – manager of Maple Leafs – baseball centennial patch on sleeve

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39-40 w Oriole

1939 or 1940 – manager of Maple Leafs with Orioles player

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39-40 burning grass

1939 or 1940 – manager of Maple Leafs burning grass

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37 Miss Toronto

Miss Toronto 1937 wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs Baseball club outfit

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Fantastic stuff, Will — thanks so much for sharing!

OK, now onto the ticker…

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Here’s an undated photo of the Houston Buffs arriving in Panama for Spring Training. Submitter Cort McMurray guesses it’s 1946 or so. Says Cort, “They’re reminiscent of the Madden era Rays.” Here’s another shot, also from Cort — Look at those hats! … More old photos: Check out this 1914 Providence Grays Team, featuring 19-year-old Babe Ruth standing in the back row (from Bruce Menard, of course). … You can now buy a baseball cap for $75-$300, if you want. It’s a really nice cap though (thanks to Tommy Turner). …. Reader Dave Raglin saw this on Twitter and thought it was pretty cool: A tweet from David Aardsma, picturing him in many (all?) of his MLB uniforms.

College/HS Football News: Long-time Uni Watcher Ben Traxel saw this picture hanging on a wall. Ben adds, “Note the helmet of the SLU player ”“ BEAT CBC. Thought that was interesting. That’s St. Louis University High vs. Christian Brother College.” … Moderately interesting article on the matchup between Ohio State and Alabama compares the two schools, and even asks which school has the better helmet. … UnderArmour has released photos of the UA High School All Star game — As Paul notes, they’re subtle to say the least. … What’s at stake? Possibly the graphic guy’s job? (great spot by Jay Burnam). … NEWS FLASH! Now that ASU has switched from swooshie to adidas, Paul Lucas has committed to ASU (nice spot by Jay Vandevoort). … During yesterday’s Quick Lane Bowl, Rutgers players and coaches honored fallen police officers with NYPD hats. … Here’s a look at the apple green helmets that Oregon will be wearing in their playoff game (thanks to Clint Richardson) — notice the Playoff Bowl sticker on the back (wonder if all teams will have this…) And to answer my own question — here is Ohio State with the playoff logo as well (h/t @LandGrant33). … Last evening, the Empire State Building was lit with the colors of the two teams in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Penn State and Boston College), which is being played today. … Arizona State, in its last game with Nike (for football), will be wearing white/white/maroon today. … ASU will be taking on Duke, who will wear this uniform today.

NBA News: Paul had a really great writeup of the Christmas jerseys worn by the NBA players yesterday (if you missed it, click here). But the real kicker was the fact that the Spurs Coyote got his own jersey too! Awesome.

Soccer News: Bit of a scoreboard glitch here, as Johnny Flanagan explains, “Was watching Spurs-Leicester just now, on NBC Sports, and after a quick break, the Everton-Stoke scoreboard popped up. Stayed there for 5 minutes or so. They’ve taken it down, but now there’s no clock/score at all!” … Did you ever wonder what Elton John would look like kicking a soccer ball? Me neither, but there we go anyway. That comes from Coleman Mullins, and in the background are George Best and some of his teammates.

Grab Bag: Even in the comics, it looks like UnderArmour got to Santa (sent in by Paul Dillon). … Thankfully this is a low-clarity photo, but Kary Klismet was driving around looking at Christmas lights with family on Christmas, “when we came across this inflatable Santa in someone’s front yard. Apparently, even Santa breaks out G.I. Joe alternate unis these days!”

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And that’s it for today, folks. Enjoy the college football bowls, plus hockey & hoops today, and whatever you may be doing. Hope everyone’s Holidays are going well so far. Hope your back is feeling better today, Paul. And, on my penultimate post of 2014, I wish you all…


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“What is Paul Lukas’s fix for the Washington Redskins, calculated to put a smile on the largest number of people? Forgive me for thinking I have a right to know, but being a regular visitor, I’ve learned the sermons so well I can move my lips right along with you.”

–Walter Helfer

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Comments (35)

    On that Elton John photo, in the soccer section of the Ticker, all the numbers on the players’ gear are mismatched. Looks like the early days of the NASL when George Best was playinag for the LA Aztecs.

    In that photo, #11 of the Aztecs is unquestionably George Best.

    Here’s a color shot of John and Best from the same day:


    The picture of the 1961 season opener shows the Leafs hosting the Jersey City Jerseys. The Jerseys (a Reds farm team) were the old Havana Sugar Kings who were moved to Jersey in mid-season of 1960 after Uncle Fidel and his cronies began hassling visiting teams.

    Clubs would leave their Cuban-born players in Miami while the team played in La Habana in order to avoid trouble with Cuban customs officials. In June IL President Frank Shaugnessy said “enough” and ordered that the franchise be moved to JC by owner Bobby Maduro.

    After struggling for a year-and-a-half in Roosevelt Stadium the team was moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1962 as the Suns, a Cleveland farm team. Maduro’s 1962 Suns won the pennant but lost the Governors Cup final to the Atlanta Crackers. Maduro sold the team in 1963 but remained as General Manager.

    For the comic strip santa, you have to click back to yesterday’s strip to see the image mentioned

    …and Rogers Hornsby was the manager of the Orioles team that Lazzeri is pictured with. I posted a comment a while ago, it still hasn’t shown up?

    ”1950’s photo — Jack Cooke Kent’s son (possible with father) and player with old style patch on player’s sleeve visible”

    Would that be future Lakers and Kings owner Jack Kent Cooke by chance?


    I love the retro hat (before the 1976 versions) and the Red diamonds, signifying the cold on the cheeks, nose and ears?

    Interesting that the David Aardsma painting (which is very cool) shows him wearing stirrups for the Mets. I don’t recall him going ’rups-clad with the Amazin’s, and some very preliminary googling shows him going high-cuffed but not wearing stirrups:

    What happened to the “today’s birthday in sports” feature?

    On that note, happy birthday to David Aardsma, born in my hometown on this date in 1981.

    Your bowl picks were terrible. I know I’m going to get a lot of hate for this, but I think Penn State, Alabama, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Michigan State, and Texas A&M’s unis are all terrible. Arizona, Oregon, North Carolina, and Ole Miss always look great. I would love Boise State and Miami’s uniforms if they got rid of the gray. WVU looks great as well, and their font shouldn’t make the entire uniform bad. Arkansas State, Toledo, OK State, Washington, and Arizona State have solid sets too. And one last thing: Nebraska looked great in all red.

    Well, thanks! But it’s just MY opinion of the uniforms, and how I would pick the bowl games if I were involved in a money pool* or something. And even then, sometimes it’s tough to choose. Feel free to have a different opinion. If you’d like to extrapolate a bit on what makes the uniforms you like look good to you, by all means, please do!

    *(and even if I were involved in a pool, I wouldn’t necessarily bet this way, because Vegas usually gets the spreads down pretty well, and history has shown I usually go about 50% when picking Bowl winners).

    I knew when I read the Pinstripe bowl that it was Phil making the call. hahaha ew yuk PSU.

    I laughed but I know it is just an opinion. Phil also picked Alabama over the my Buckeyes. I am thrilled Ohio State brought back the gray stripe sleeve for the playoffs. even on white jersey it looks better. I sure wish they would wear the gray on scarlet jersey for good next year.

    Or wait is it grey according to the other day??

    I think Phil was showing some real world bias on that pick. Both teams have garbage helmets, but OSU is superior from the neck down. The Buckeyes are going to lose, though. They probably shouldn’t even be in the playoffs this year.

    The number 3 team wins their last game 55-3, while the number 5 team wins 59-0, therefore the 5 team is promoted to 4 and 3 drops to 6? Nevermind that we have an undefeated team ranked behind 2 teams that have lost a game. Any college playoff system is forever flawed as long as they continue to use voting to determine rankings instead of records and statistics.

    I disagree on the playoffs and sure I am biased but I honestly think Ohio State was one of the top 4 teams. They also went 12-1 and TCU and Baylor 11-1. 12-1 is better than 11-1. Also destroying Wisconsin 59-0 in conference championship game with 3rd string qb trumps TCU and Baylor.

    They are a young team and nobody is giving them a chance vs Bama. But they still have to play the game.

    I am so happy we finally have a playoff in the big schools.

    yes Ohio State uniform is superior to the Tide and way way way better than PSUs generic plain and ugly boring uniforms.

    The number 3 team wins their last game 55-3, while the number 5 team wins 59-0, therefore the 5 team is promoted to 4 and 3 drops to 6? Nevermind that we have an undefeated team ranked behind 2 teams that have lost a game. Any college playoff system is forever flawed as long as they continue to use voting to determine rankings instead of records and statistics.

    Oh, come on… First of all everyone knows they screwed releasing TCU as the #3 team the week before. I think they shouldn’t have any preliminary rankings, just the last rankings. You have to have the human element to truly reflect what is seen by the human eye, not just a bunch of numbers on a printout. Any computer-based ranking system is forever flawed as long as teams don’t play similar schedules.

    When we have 4 16-conferences and all teams play same amount of in- and -out of conference games of similiar quality and all conferences have or don’t have a championship game, then we’ll have a fair champion.

    I love the bowl prediction by uniform feature. It’s a shame with all these schools having fifteen combos that I’m not sure if I am going to love or hate the uni before the game starts but great work nonetheless.

    In the Aardsma picture, he’s also wearing a Yankees Alternate cap with a grey bill with the home pinstripes.

    “GT, as much as I love their spread offense” just fyi, GT doesn’t actually run a “spread” offense–it’s just a flexbone triple option. The QB’s under center and the linemen and skill position players are all clumped together, so it ain’t spread. See Auburn the past few years for an actual spread triple option.

    Looks like GT is going to be sporting blue jerseys for the Orange Bowl.


    Not sure on helmets, but they were practicing in gold this week.

    Also, an interesting quote from this article:

    “Tech has had navy and gold jerseys in stock since getting new white jerseys prior to the 2013 season, but has yet to wear them.”

    I wonder how often teams sit on jerseys like that…

    Also, GT’s recent record in blue is pretty terrible. Here’s the list off the top of my head:

    12/31/12 – vs. USC (Sun Bowl) – W (21-7)
    11/13/10 – vs. Miami – L (35-10)
    12/31/08 – vs. LSU (Chick-fil-A Bowl) – L (35-3)
    12/02/06 – vs. Wake Forest (ACC Champ. Game) – L (9-6)

    There may be others, but those are the only ones I remember since GT stopped wearing blue regularly in the early 90’s.

    Thanks for the heads up, jacket18. I agree fully with you – after such a great year while wearing white in every game, why change now? A recipe for disaster.

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