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Nike To Go BFBS For Nine Schools?

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By Phil Hecken

Reports surfaced yesterday, picked up by various outlets (for example, here, here, here and here), that Nike would be outfitting nine of its schools in black jerseys for certain games this season. The reports all stemmed from a series of tweets by Andrew Lind, a reporter/columnist at The Tidewater News in Virginia. He’s also a longtime reader/friend of Uni Watch, who reported the news as follows:



If true, then Nike is really calling all the shots on college football design. In case you couldn’t make out the nine schools, they are: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.

OK — two of those schools — Oregon and Florida State already have black jerseys (although Florida State has yet to wear their black alternate in a game; Oregon, of course, pretty much invented the whole BFBS genre). Of the other schools, Georgia has worn a black alternate in the past, although the Bulldogs haven’t worn an alternate jersey since the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. So a BFBS alternate wouldn’t be new for those three schools.

Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas — hmmmm. Earlier this year, Texas’ Charlie Strong said there would be no alternate uniforms for his team this year. And it’s hard to see Alabama wearing anything other than their standard uniforms (their one alternate, I believe was their 2010 “Pro Combat” number that was very similar to their current set, save for the ‘houndstooth’ pattern on the numbers and helmet, and a slightly different pants stripe pattern).

What about Ohio State? Well, Kirk Barton, who is an Ohio State graduate assistant/former Buckeyes and NFL lineman, basically confirms the black for the Buckeyes:

As that tweet mentions, they’ll wear BFBS versus the Nittany Lions, an October 17th affair at the ‘shoe.

On the other hand, Kenny Mossman, who is the Oklahoma Senior Associate Athletics Director, said Oklahoma will not be doing the BFBS thing this year:

Shortly after that, Georgia’s AD, Greg McGarity, said UGA will also not be doing the BFBS thing:

UPDATE:

Texas will also not be participating in the BFBS:

I haven’t (yet) seen anything confirming or denying the BFBS jersey rumor for Florida or LSU (or Alabama), but those first two schools have worn special Nike uniforms in the past, although those were always in school colors. Any BFBS jersey would of course be done in a football cut, and would not look like the fan t-shirts. If you want to see what the fan t-shirts on which the BFBS jerseys would be based, I’ll post each below (click to enlarge):

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black oregon black ohio state

black lsu black georgia

black florida state black alabama

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I can’t say I’m a fan of any of those — but then again, those wouldn’t be what’s worn on the field. How might one of these look? Well, thanks to Uniform Nation Blog, here’s how LSU’s BFBS alternate might look:

Interesting. That certainly looks more like a football jersey than the t-shirts. Not that I like it, but I can at least visualize it.

So will any of these BFBS alternates be worn? If Ohio State is to be believed, at least they will, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Oregon (who never saw an alternate they didn’t like) and FSU (who have a black alternate they’ve yet to wear) in them. It would seem that Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia are out, and I have to think LSU and Florida are long-shots. Still, we’ll see how much influence Nike has if these are indeed to be worn.

What do you think, readers? Casting aside your thoughts on BFBS, do you think any of these schools will do it? Should they? If one of these schools is your alma mater (or just one for whom you root), how do you feel about it? Let’s hear it.

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Browns go Camo-for-camo’s-sake

At least we know who to blame:

What, pray tell, is he talking about? Well, see for yourself:

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Yes, the Browns have introduced digital camouflage jerseys. They were broken out yesterday, much to the surprise (and delight) of the players. Yes, that camo is orange and brown (yes, it looks black, but it apparently is a dark shade of brown).

Why? Well, according to this article, “Winning teams … will now sport fresh orange, brown and white camouflage,” which replaces an orange jersey which was worn by the previous days “winning” team. What’s a winning team? Coach “Mike Pettine livened up the end of training camp last year when he instituted a daily final drill that would determine a winner and loser of some capacity.”

Fear not, for these jerseys will only be worn for practices. Let’s hope this doesn’t give Nike (or the NFL) any ideas to introduce new alternates at some point in the future.

Here’s a couple more looks:

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Woof.

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colorize thisColorize This!

Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.

I usually run this feature on the weekends, but since I’m running the show during Paul’s sabbatical this month, I’ll probably (or at least as long as guys submit to me) run these once a week during August. Got several today, from our friends Chris Whitehouse of ManCave Pictures, and Bruce Menard.

Enjoy!

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First up, a couple from ManCave:

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Hi guys,

This is Christy in Weeghman Park (Later Wrigley Field) on September 4, 1916. It was his last ever pitching appearance, although he continued as Manager of the Reds.

I am thankful to the uniform gods that these pinstripes were grey and not red. That saved hours of tedious work.
Does that make me a uniformitarian?

Ty & Joe. I believe that Ty is thanking Joe for his filthy uniform, because it added a bit of color to two otherwise uninteresting color schemes.

Next week: Taking it outside the park for some colorful fans.

Chris Whitehouse

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Next up is Bruce:

1936 (Aug1) NL 6oth Anv Dizzy Mustache Bike (combo  2015)x9W - Bruce Menard

1936 (Aug1) NL 6oth Anv Dizzy Mustache Bike x10   Comparison - Bruce Menard

Good morning Phil,

I guess you’re not on weekends for a while, but here’s the latest colorization of Dizzy Dean and a lovely lady on a bicycle built for two – all in good fun for the 60th anniversary celebration of the National League.

I included a before/after too…

Cheers!
~Bruce

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And one more from Bruce:

1938 (Aug2) Brooklyn Ebbets Field Yellow Ball Experiment   (2015)ComboW - Bruce Menard

1938 (Aug2) Brooklyn Ebbetts Field Yellow Ball Experiment  (bw vs color)W - Bruce Menard

Hi Phil,

Here’s a new colorization, actually it’s an update of something I started last year. I filled in a lot more color for this latest version. Anyways, it’s a game at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn on August 2, 1938 (Dodgers vs Cardinals) – In this game, the Dodgers used an experimental yellow baseball for better visibility (years before Charles O. Finley!).

Cheers!
~Bruce

That’s it for today. Great job, Chris and Bruce!

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: On Friday, the Bowie Baysox had a “Military Heroes” appreciation night. You can probably guess how the jersey looked (via Bowie Baysox). … The Salt Lake Bees wore a very red “Gulls” jersey on Saturday (h/t Salt Lake Bees). Here’s a “game” action shot (via emotionaltrainwreck). …The Omaha Storm Chasers did a turn back the clock night this weekend and wearing O Royals unis from the 90’s. “Found this gallery of old pictures from the days at Rosenblatt,” writes Blair Riffel. “Check out the black unis they had in the one pic!” … Mike Leake is wearing number 13 with the Giants (with #44 being retired, of course). Thanks Brinke. … New Toronto Blue Jay David Price’s cap is already squatchee-free (h/t Brian Cheung). Speaking of Price, he’s sending a jersey to a young Blue Jays fan who made his own (Thanks, Brinke). … Check out this ticket stub from the 1978 All Star Game held in San Diego (from Scott-E). … Stirrups aren’t just a good look, but at least one star has better numbers while sporting them (thanks Paul). … Cardinals wives have their own jerseys for promo appearances (from John Smith). … The interior of the Baseball Hall of Fame is visible through Google Street View, says Mike. “Cool stuff!” Plaques. 2nd floor. … The Fort Wayne Tin Caps wore Stand Up 2 Cancer jerseys yesterday (h/t MiLB Promos). … “Have you ever seen this article from the AP from 1976 about the Yankees protesting the White Sox new Veeck-designed uniforms?” asks Thomas Juettner. “It includes protests against both the white undersleeves and the untucked jerseys.” … Yesterday the ChiSox wore their Beach Blanket Bingo unis and Avisail Garcia wore the wrong helmet (h/t Lane Horcher). He must Get Itâ„¢. notes Clint Wrede, who writes that “after he singled, TV coverage showed him taking his lead at 1st as the next batter stood in. In the midst of that, Garcia quickly took off his helmet, turned it around to look at the front of it, shrugged and smiled, and put it back on. Sure enough, when Garcia came up again in the 4th, he wore a throwback helmet.”

NFL News: Tweeter Shawn Cyr asks, “Could the Globe have used a photo that looked less like the Patriots jerseys. … The Carolina Panthers have released their 2015 jersey schedule. They’re planning to wear their blue alts three times, which I thought was impermissible. One of those times is Tgiving — maybe the rule is lifted for that day? (thanks Paul). … “Hi, I’m on vacation in Cape Cod and saw this (deflated football)” writes Joseph Bailey. “Definition of irony?” … Here’s a good set of special patches & decals for the NFL this year (great find by Raiders Italia). … Do the Steelers have a deal with Waffle House? Check out this arm sleeve (good spot by Ryan Connelly). Here’s and even better view (via The Best Gear). … Peyton Manning is wearing a SpeedFlex helmet with a 1st generation Revolution facemask (from Andrew Lind). … Most of you probably know about the debate over the color of the Broncos’ early-1962 helmet decal, which we finally solved a few years back. But check this out: Gridiron Uniform Database researcher Bill Schaefer has found some photos from a Broncos/Chargers preseason game played on Aug. 18, 1962. Most of the Denver players’ helmets were blank, with no logo decals. But Wahoo McDaniel (No. 54) appears to have had a white logo on the let and a blue one on the right, prompting Bill to ask, “Was this game perhaps a ‘visual test’ to see which version was better?” (thanks Paul). … In case you missed it: Titans’ Zach Mettenberger had his jersey misspelled. You can read more here (thanks to Jeff Hunter). … Over the weekend, Johnny Ek had an item on the The Seahawks wearing lime green jerseys at camp. More photos here. Reader Kyle Hanks notes, During training camp in the past the offense has always worn navy (with QB’s in red) and the defense has worn white. This year the defense is wearing green. Also, it’s hard to tell from the pictures but Russell Wilson is wearing Under Armour shoes. He’s worn Nike up until now.” (also sent in by Tim Dunn). … The Panthers have new practice jerseys (h/t Chris Kroeger). … Reader Joe Bozek saw these NFL player socks at K-Mart in Buffalo. … Wow — some FANTASTIC old 49ers training camp photos in this link (h/t Brinke). … Boom Herron of the Colts has been sporting socks with his likeness (via Charles Weiss). … Looks like the Bengals are using a several seasons-old helmet on their season tickets (nice spot by Dave Fiora). … In other season ticket news, per Bears’ season tickets, they will wear ‘Monsters of the Midway’ throwbacks on September 13th and December 6th (thanks to Jamie Uthe). … The Raiders will become the latest NFL team to have the Nikelace “Elite 51” jerseys this season (via Andrew Lind).

College Football News: Even though they just introduced new uniforms, Arizona State will be wearing a special new alternate uniform vs. Texas A&M on September 5. Apparently there will be more alternates during the season too. … Michigan State will have bronze facemasks as an option this year (h/t MSU Football EQ). … Ohio State has registered a trademark for Urban Meyer (thanks, Paul). … New sneakers for UNC Football this fall (h/t James Gilbert). Also from James, UNC helmets for first practice. Newcomers get a label with their name and no decals. … More UNC: some new gloves for the Tar Heels (via David Roeder). … The U of Hawaii is outfitted by UnderArmour, well except for the shoes. That may be changing (from Bill Sodeman). … ICYMI: Texas’ Football Jerseys for 2015 feature “Texas Fight” script (from Joey Breeland). … New unis for North Carolina Central (via HBCU Gameday). … Looks like new unis for Minot State (from Zo). … UCLA players are practicing with NFL stamped balls (from Sultana Stallions). … Here’s a video of the new North Texas Mean Green unis (from Mike Shirley). … According to this story about BGSU’s new Nike contract, “Last September, Kingston said having the ability to have brown uniforms with Nike was one of the many reasons to sign with the company” (thanks to Tom Kocecny). … Norfolk State has a shiny new helmet (from Doug Hazard). … The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick has weighed in on Nebraska’s BFBS uniforms, and he’s not a fan, noting the disturbing trend to move merch. … A leak (or sneak preview) of the new Cincinnati Bearcats’ helmet was posted on snapchat (from Uniform Nation Blog). The Bearcats switched from adidas to UnderArmour this past season, so they may have a bunch of new helmets. … Looks like Texas A&M will be introducing something new (alternate?) on August 7th.

NBA News: A while back, I had a piece in the Sporting News on which ten NBA teams could use a “redesign.” Well, the SN graphic guys took a shot at those redesigns. … The new NBA 2K16 game allows you to, among other things, customize & create logos and jerseys. …From the Official NBA snapchat: Old Bucks, Clippers, and Sixers uniforms being used at the Africa games. Here’s a better look (from CustomCoversUniverse). Closeup of the old Bucks jersey (from Brandon Cottrell). … More on that game: Dikembe Mutombo and Hakeem Olajuwon made a cameo appearance in today’s World vs. Africa exhibition game. They each wore throwback jerseys (thanks, Mike). … All those retired jerseys have the newest Celtics crunching numbers. … Ooohhhh, here’s a gorgeous 1970-71 George Wilson Buffalo Braves Game-Used Home Jersey, from the Braves’ inaugural season (great find by Phil Lawson). … “I was walking around New York this weekend and I walked by this store in midtown called Organic Modernism,” writes Alexander Ridore. “Apparently they have been around since 2009 but I thought their logo looked a lot like a Milwaukee Bucks logo idea that didn’t make it to the final round of logo ideas.”

Hockey News: Interesting find in the NHL 16 beta, the Griffins may be switching to their alternate logo (h/t Taylor Reeves). … The USA Hockey store is selling a shirt with the logos of defunct teams (from Matt Necci). … Here’s the jersey Centennial H.S. hockey (MN) is wearing for a week-long trip to play NY teams (nice find from Teddy Ice). … WOWSA – check out this gorgeous photo of the Rangers and Canadiens from the 1960’s (h/t Super 70s Sports).

Soccer News: During August, the numbers on every MLS team jersey will be designed with pictures from season ticket holders (via Ian Thomas. … Here’s a look at the Everton third kit (from Tim E. O’Brien). … Is this another new kit for Tennessee? If so, stamp of approval! (via David Johnston). … Nathan Sturgis of the Houston Dynamo missing a jersey sponsor Saturday night (h/t T.J. Leibowitz). … Arsenal has a Community Shield patch (from Tim Cross). … adidas/Man United created a special fan jersey for women, with a “plunging” neckline. That begs the question, “Are the women’s jerseys sexist?”. No, seriously.

College Hoops News: “I know how much you love stripes so am attaching a few pics of the basketball team from the University of Tampa 1964 yearbook,” says Phil Bacon. “Colors are red, gold and black. No pics of the road uniform.” … Butler is getting a new court logo corresponding with new logo update (via Kyle Beery).

Grab Bag: Here’s a fascinating article from the NYT on how some immigrants to NYC wear (and are apparently quite comfortable in) long pants and sleeves during sweltering NYC weather (Thanks Paul). On a quick side note: My how styles change. When I was in junior high, no self-respecting male would have ever worn anything but long pants in school, no matter what the temp. A few years later, I was seeing the kids a few years behind me wearing shorts in the winter. … The Miami Dolphins have become the first sports team to use a ‘new innovative Twitter feature’, which uses “the ”˜Collection’ feature to tweet a product photo or gallery of product photos that will link to a Twitter page that is tied to an online store or marketplace” (thanks to Tommy Turner). … From Brinke: How Shake Shack Made a 70-Year-Old Font Hot Again. … The WaPo is still using the outdated Astros logo (good spot by Dave Fiora). … Here’s a Louisville Cardinals logo most of us have probably never seen before — interesting stars & bars there (from Don Gale). … Aboriginal players of the Melbourne Demons AFL team wore forearm tape in Aboriginal colors as a show of support for Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes during this weekends game against Collingwood (thanks to Graham Clayton). … “Saturday’s installment of the comic strip Get Fuzzy features T-shirt designs created by the monkey-hating cat Bucky,” explains Clint Wrede. “One of the shirts is a football jersey with the XFL-inspired nameplate of “HE HATE MONKEY,” complete with the number 30 that Rod Smart wore on his “HE HATE ME” jersey, but with different colors.” … A Trivial Pursuit question had a very sartorial answer (h/t ucnu112). … “I am researching a bowling ball to purchase and stumbled across this ABA ball as well as an old Ebonite ad,” writes Douglas Ford. “I might write that address to see if I can get a new ball from them at ‘$29.95’.”

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And that’s it for today — plenty to discuss below in the comments, so don’t be shy. Thanks to the colorizers and everyone who submitted to the ticker, whether by tweet or by e-mail. In case you missed it, Paul is taking his annual well-deserved break from the blog for August, so I’ll be handling things for the next four weeks. Hopefully I’ll live up to the high standards you’ve come to expect during the week. I have a few surprises and guests lined up and there will be plenty to read and see for the next month. Johnny Ek will handle the weekends for me for the month. I should also have a lot of my weekend features (colorizations, concepts, scoreboards, etc.) which I’ll run during the weekdays. I think you’ll enjoy!

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“The last weekend of July-first weekend of August is a pleasant time to be in the Twin Cities.”
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72 comments to Nike To Go BFBS For Nine Schools?

  • Rydell | August 3, 2015 at 8:42 am |

    I must’ve stared at the 1978 all star game ticket stub for like 20 mins, the logos are historic. Love it

  • Chris Holder | August 3, 2015 at 8:47 am |

    As a ‘Bama fan, I really hope that jersey doesn’t get anywhere close to the field. Not only because it would be part of a ridiculous “Team Nike” concept that we’ve hated on here in the past, but just because to my eyes black and crimson don’t go together that well (though the “crimson” in the picture above seems a lot darker than what the Tide wears on the field).

    I’m not even anti-alternate, as long as it’s only done for maybe one game each year. The Pro-Combat uni Phil linked was fine. And as “gray for gray’s sake” is all the rage right now, I wouldn’t mind to see ‘Bama work in some gray elements because, you know… elephants. Just something other than black, please.

  • Mary Lynn | August 3, 2015 at 8:49 am |

    I heard Pettine interviewed on the local news over the weekend (no link, sorry), and he said he originally wanted a more military color scheme, but that the league asked him to stay away from that and use team colors instead.

  • James | August 3, 2015 at 8:52 am |

    Phil,

    Did you notice the NFL helmets on the back wall of that UNC equipment room photo? Someone commented on my TL that the one on the far left was a late ’60s Washington helmet. Any thoughts?

    Apostrophe catastrophe alert. Tar Heels is a two-word term, so an apostrophe before (should be capitalized) Heels is incorrect.

    • Phil Hecken | August 3, 2015 at 9:13 am |

      “Tar Heels is a two-word term”

      ~~~

      Thanks. I just spelled it out above.

    • The Jeff | August 3, 2015 at 9:48 am |

      Given that facemask, it’s probably the 2002 version of the 60’s helmet.

  • tbone | August 3, 2015 at 9:04 am |

    Looking at today’s main entry, the only explanations are that I’m still dreaming, or that I’m in some kind of Hell. There is no way that this is reality. The Browns practice uniforms just further cement that. Is it April Fool’s Day? Am I on some kind of prank-cam?

    • The Jeff | August 3, 2015 at 11:34 am |

      Not only are those Browns practice jerseys ugly as hell… but the numbers are wrong too. The jerseys we saw unveiled have the shadow on the top left, not the bottom right. Has something changed since then?

  • Special K | August 3, 2015 at 9:05 am |

    I believe the Louisville cardinal in that logo is holding the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, not the “Stars and Bars.”

    • TIm | August 3, 2015 at 10:54 am |

      Correct. The actual “stars and bars” flag was a completely different design. Folks often incorrectly refer to the No VA battle flag that way.

  • MJ | August 3, 2015 at 9:08 am |

    Looks like my old Omar Vizquel SF Giants jersey just became a Mike Leake jersey. Hmmm.

  • daveclt | August 3, 2015 at 9:09 am |

    Disturbing.

    First of all, all the Nike designs look the same. Second, you know all the other “non-9” Nike schools are wondering how they can get in on the next “thing” so they can be more relevant.

    Then you have Adidas announcing an alternate for ASU, even though they just unveiled 36 brand new combinations for them. (If I hired someone to design my uniforms, and they came up with 36 combos, and none of them were good enough for Game #1, I would find a new maker.)

    So sad. These announcements/leaks are all about Nike and Adidas, and the schools play along just to get their name out there. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

    • Lee | August 3, 2015 at 12:19 pm |

      The ASU thing is exactly why I don’t even bother with commenting on college football uniforms anymore.
      The second you express your opinion about one particular set, the school has already created 5 more. Why bother?

      Lee

  • Casey | August 3, 2015 at 9:10 am |

    I think those BFBS T-shirts all look pretty awesome as, you know, T-shirts. Then again it’s also stupid to wear a T-shirt styled as a jersey, if the actual jersey doesn’t exist. And I certainly hope the jerseys don’t exist.

    Also, it’s “Heels,” not “‘heels.” Tar Heels is two words.

    • Casey | August 3, 2015 at 9:27 am |

      Oops. Missed James pointing out the ‘heels/Heels thing above.

  • Casey | August 3, 2015 at 9:13 am |

    The Everton third kit looks almost as bad in real life (or at least in a studio) as it does on that comic thingy. I feel like there’s an outside chance it could grow on me, though.

  • DJ | August 3, 2015 at 9:18 am |

    A Quote of the Day? I’m chuffed, as the British would say. But for speaking a bland truth? Oh well, be grateful…

    Anyway, as to the White Sox white sleeves…Bill Veeck loved the publicity he got after his first trip to New York, and got another day’s worth when he sent George Steinbrenner a bill for Bart Johnson’s damaged undershirt. It was all right in his David-and-Goliath wheelhouse. If memory serves, by the time the White Sox returned to the Bronx, he also had obtained a written statement from Lee MacPhail — which was available to show to Billy Martin — stating that the White Sox uniforms were legal in every detail. That was good for another few inches of newsprint.

    • Flip | August 3, 2015 at 10:11 am |

      Enjoyed the Billy Martin story. When he became manager of the A’s in the ’80s, he trotted his pitchers out in white sleeves.

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/67022310@N06/20070555370/in/dateposted-public/

      If memory serves me correctly, he went so far as having them split them and the AL president said enough.

      • Thomas J | August 3, 2015 at 11:56 am |

        Apparently that’s been changed, since no team is allowed to have pitchers wearing white sleeves now.

        I’ve seen it cited as the primary reason the White Sox don’t wear white hosery. Stating that sleeves and socks need to match.

  • Macky | August 3, 2015 at 9:21 am |

    Those aren’t 1st gen Revo facemask on Manning’s Speedflex.

    • John in KC | August 3, 2015 at 1:48 pm |

      Correct – it looks like they’ve made him a Speedflex mask with the cage styled like the 1st generation Revo mask. We’ll see if this is a training camp try-out helmet or if he continues with it for the regular season.

  • J.D. | August 3, 2015 at 9:34 am |

    The Boston Globe graphic is wrong in every conceivable way. Not only is the player’s uniform way off, as you noticed, but the “Flying Elvis” head appears to be an amateur rendering of the logo, and the “Patriots” script is not only a defunct wordmark, but it isn’t even a correct rendition of the old wordmark.

  • Chris | August 3, 2015 at 9:38 am |

    Can you really say that Nike is calling the shots? I have to imagine the schools that don’t have black uniforms in the rotation already have to agree to be part of this group. No apparel contract has a ‘wear what ever we force you to’ clause, certainly not when you are dealing with this level of football powerhouses.

    Wouldn’t this concept originate at Nike with someone thinking, ‘Hey we’ve been doing this grey alternate thing for a few years. Lets go back to black for some special unis!’ and then they start contacting schools about the idea?

    These 9 schools seem to be the ones that agreed to be a part of it. Notice there aren’t some of the elite Nike schools like a USC or Penn State.

    • Phil Hecken | August 3, 2015 at 9:45 am |

      “Can you really say that Nike is calling the shots?”

      ~~~

      If they can get say, Alabama to go BFBS, then yes. Just going off what was reported; obviously some schools have already shot down the rumors. Ohio State has probably wanted to go BFBS for a while (with or without Nike’s pushing), but if they can get schools who’ve never worn black (LSU, Florida, etc.) to join, I’d say it’s Nike calling the shots.

    • SWC Susan | August 3, 2015 at 12:48 pm |

      I think they are just t-shirts. If Nike can’t get the football team to wear black, they are at least going to give the fans a chance to… $$$$$

      • The Jeff | August 3, 2015 at 12:58 pm |

        If they are just t-shirts, why only 9 teams? We’ve had black fashion jerseys available for pretty much every team in existence for over 20 years now.

  • Greg | August 3, 2015 at 10:01 am |

    Georgia HAVE a black uniform, they just choose not to wear it for superstitious reasons (and Richt chooses)

    • Phil Hecken | August 3, 2015 at 10:28 am |

      I guess you missed this in the text:

      Of the other schools, Georgia has worn a black alternate in the past, although the Bulldogs haven’t worn an alternate jersey since the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. So a BFBS alternate wouldn’t be new for those three schools.

  • Tim | August 3, 2015 at 10:06 am |

    “The last weekend of July-first weekend of August is a pleasant time to be in the Twin Cities.”
    —DJ

    And the only thing the Mariners could do was get a split with the Twins…

  • LarryB | August 3, 2015 at 10:16 am |

    I am against the BFBS jerseys. Ohio State should wear gray if anything.

    I do not get how anybody gets excited about wearing black like everybody or almost everybody is doing.

  • Brent | August 3, 2015 at 10:24 am |

    Black is not one of UT’s colors. It’s not hard. What’s to stop them from wearing a blue jersey ? Or an OU Jersey? Let’s just let the Millenials wear what they want. This is what 6th place trophies will get you.

  • Attila Szendrodi | August 3, 2015 at 10:26 am |

    First time for everything: I actually agree with that hack Phil Mushnick.

  • Prodigal Dawg | August 3, 2015 at 10:48 am |

    Labeling UGA as having a BFBS uniform is a misnomer as black is one of the Dawgs’ official colors.

    • tbone | August 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm |

      If they were the only team mentioned in this article, I would agree with you. But they are clearly part of an overwhelming BFBS movement by Nike. The fact that black is a school color and that they have worn black in the past is merely incidental.

  • The Jeff | August 3, 2015 at 10:50 am |

    I really hope that the only ones that actually see the field are Oregon and Ohio State. The Buckeyes already have black in their stripe pattern so it won’t look too bad, and Oregon is Oregon.

  • Adam R. W. | August 3, 2015 at 11:09 am |

    “Here’s a Louisville Cardinals logo most of us have probably never seen before – interesting stars & bars there”

    Can we stop referring to the Confederate battle flag as the “stars & bars”? For a site so obsessed with details, I’d hope we could get this right. The stars & bars refers to the first national flag of the Confederacy, as seen here:
    http://www.usflag.org/history/images/starsbars.gif

    What’s commonly referred to as the “Confederate flag” was originally the battle flag of Northern Virginia. It was later incorporated into the Confederacy’s national flag when the first flag was scrapped (for looking too similar to the US flag during battle).

    • Special K | August 3, 2015 at 2:41 pm |

      If you look at Adam’s link to an image of the stars and bars flag, you can immediately see where it got its nickname. It is very similar to the US flag, but instead of 13 skinny horizontal “stripes”, it has three wide horizontal “bars”. Once you see that, it’s hard to mistake the X shaped design of the more well known “Confederate flag” (battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/97/Battle_flag_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America.svg with the “stars & bars”.

  • KT | August 3, 2015 at 11:24 am |

    Definition of irony:

    irony
    [ahy-ruh-nee, ahy-er-]
    noun
    1. the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning:
    the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend.
    2. Literature.
    a. a technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated.
    b. (especially in contemporary writing) a manner of organizing a work so as to give full expression to contradictory or complementary impulses, attitudes, etc., especially as a means of indicating detachment from a subject, theme, or emotion.
    3. Socratic irony.
    4. dramatic irony.
    5. an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.
    6. the incongruity of this.
    7. an objectively sardonic style of speech or writing.

    Finding a deflated Patriots football would actually be a coincidence, not irony. Not the definition of irony. Not.

    Most people seem to use the term “irony” when they mean “coincidence.” (“How ironic, those two brothers died on the same day.” No, that’s a coincidence. When the local head of Mothers Against Drunk Driving gets picked up for DUI, that’s irony.)

    Stop it.

    • The Jeff | August 3, 2015 at 11:31 am |

      It’s like rain…

    • Special K | August 3, 2015 at 2:26 pm |

      So would it be irony if you found a Patriots football that was over-inflated instead?

  • SWC Susan | August 3, 2015 at 11:26 am |

    Okay, I am confused. Check out this page at Dressed to the Nines. It shows those navy unis with white sleeves listed under American League. Did the National League not let them wear the white sleeves?

    • SWC Susan | August 3, 2015 at 3:41 pm |

      I guess more importantly, why are there National and American League listings for the White Sox?

      • Thomas J | August 3, 2015 at 6:02 pm |

        There are two baseball teams in Chicago. The White Sox are a member of the American league and The Cubs are members of the National League.

  • Greg Brown | August 3, 2015 at 11:29 am |

    Speaking of camo:

    Have you guys been to any Little League games lately? The local district’s all star tournament looked like a Ducks Unlimited convention. Over half the teams were wearing some sort of camo pattern. It looked as bad as you might think.

  • Joseph Gerard | August 3, 2015 at 11:40 am |

    Seeing that there are two Waffle House locations in the Pittsburgh area–both in Washington, PA south of the city–and the next-closest ones are a cluster in Youngstown, Ohio (which is “shared” between the Steelers and Browns), I highly doubt the Steelers have a marketing deal with Waffle House. Love Waffle House, though.

  • Omar Jalife | August 3, 2015 at 11:47 am |

    The man utd womens jersey is just like the spain, argentina and other women jerseys with different necklines that have been around since 2010. I dont think they are sexist. If a woman doesnt like it, she can buy the mens version and thats it

  • chris williams | August 3, 2015 at 11:51 am |

    Remember when everyone killed Kellen Winslow Jr for saying he was “going to war”? Now we are all ok with camo jerseys, helmets, etc…?

    • Lee | August 3, 2015 at 12:27 pm |

      Just another reason all the military pandering sports do nowadays is inappropriate.

      Lee

  • mild bill | August 3, 2015 at 12:28 pm |

    Thanks for the old 49er training camp photos. Loved the one of Joe Montana struggling with a gargantuan television.

    • TIm | August 3, 2015 at 1:21 pm |

      I liked the one of Randy Kirk with the refrigerator. The caption refers to “soda” cans, when clearly, it’s beer (Miller Lite, but technically beer nonetheless).

    • SoCalDrew | August 3, 2015 at 1:40 pm |

      I grew up in nearby Goleta and remember the 49ers camp in the summer, even got John Brodie’s autograph one year (which is unfortunately long gone).

  • Ted Mark | August 3, 2015 at 12:43 pm |

    Chris and Bruce, wonderful pictures. Thanks for a great job. I wish I could colorize.

    • Bruce Menard | August 3, 2015 at 6:13 pm |

      Thank you Ted!!!

  • Patrick Mackin | August 3, 2015 at 12:51 pm |

    As a Cleveland fan I can’t decide whether I should be happy, or sad, that the old NHL Cleveland Barons aren’t on USA Hockey’s defunct teams logo shirt. :-)

    • J Clayton Davis | August 3, 2015 at 6:36 pm |

      And that is a shame. The NHL Barons logo was fantastic.

      My dad took me to a Barons game when I was a very young boy. We had just moved to the US and it is literally my first memory here. I still have a puck and pennant from that night.

  • George | August 3, 2015 at 1:12 pm |

    In case you are missing post from 2014 season, here is eight reason why blackout/BFBS uni trend is shame of American college football. Any team submitting to stupid trend is then becoming cursed! This is true fact, even for recent champion such as Buckeyes of Ohio State! http://www.commiefootball.com/in-russia-only-blackout-is-from-too-much-vodka/

  • George | August 3, 2015 at 1:16 pm |

    At least Browns camo uni is useful for inevitable Soviet takeover of Cleveland in Ohio SSR!

  • Ted E | August 3, 2015 at 1:31 pm |

    Phil

    “But Wahoo McDaniel (No. 54) appears to have had a white logo on the let and a blue one on the right, ”

    Probably meant left vice let

  • Phil Hecken | August 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm |

    UPDATE: Texas has confirmed they will NOT be wearing a black alternate this season. Will update article text now.

    • SWC Susan | August 3, 2015 at 2:27 pm |

      Thank God.

  • LarryB | August 3, 2015 at 3:12 pm |

    In talking about the black for black sake jerseys. Saying it is not a school color for many teams. One Buckeye fan said well neither is white. Which made me wonder who was the first team decades ago to wear white to contrast with teams dark jersey???

    I wonder if anybody could find out??

    • Tim | August 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm |

      Penn State?

      • LarryB | August 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm |

        I dont think so. I have looked through their old yearbooks. I dont think they wore white until the 30s.

  • Andrew | August 3, 2015 at 3:19 pm |

    Lots of cool posts from the Michigan State Spartans football equipment room page. Several pics of uni related things. https://mobile.twitter.com/SpartanFB_eq

  • Tim | August 3, 2015 at 3:28 pm |

    I’m going to coin the term DUFUS to describe most/all of Nike’s concepts..

    Damned Ugly for Ugly Sake

    • Special K | August 3, 2015 at 4:16 pm |

      I like it.

  • RJ | August 3, 2015 at 3:41 pm |

    It’s interesting that Carolina is only wearing their alts on the road.

  • Rich | August 3, 2015 at 5:53 pm |

    The Texas shirt just looks like their black practice jersey http://shop.texassports.com/Texas_Longhorns_Jerseys/Nike_Texas_Longhorns_Number_28_Football_Practice_Game_Jersey_-_Black_Burnt_Orange

    Theyve been round for a couple of yerars IIRC and were brought in as an alernative to alternative game jerseys.

    Also i believe there was embrodery on the inside of the UT collar previously The eyrs of Texas or similar.

  • J Clayton Davis | August 3, 2015 at 6:35 pm |

    As an OSU alum I would give a thumbs down on that dross Nike design.

    Never a fan of BFBS in general. I will say that back in the 90’s I always thought it would be cool for OSU to have a black alternate uni. Black IS arguably one of the school colors (always been a trim color more than anything, but for example we had sleeve numbers in black in 1968. And then again, I think, for the 25 year anniversary of that campaign.)

    Now I would never want to see this. Just done too many times by too many schools and franchises. As a poster above notes, Grey should be the color of an alternate for OSU.

  • I Googled It | August 3, 2015 at 6:48 pm |

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2537539-steelers-cb-bw-webb-rocks-waffle-house-sleeve-to-practice

    The waffle house sleeve is his own show of support and I suspect he will be suspended for 4 games by Goodell

  • Travis | August 4, 2015 at 5:41 am |

    With Carolina wearing blue alts Thanksgiving day almost certainly guarantees color vs color. Cowboys normally wear navy Thanksgiving day. Could also be why they are allowed to wear the blue alt three times instead of two.