By Phil Hecken
Quite an interesting day on a couple college gridirons yesterday. As you can see by today’s splash, three teams (Army, Navy and LSU) — and there were more — remembered the victims of the Paris terror attacks by displaying the flag of France as they entered the stadium. There were also some clothing tributes and inspirational messages scattered throughout yesterday’s games.
As one who isn’t necessarily big on flag waving and the deification of the American military, I thought these tributes were both heartwarming and heartfelt. Unlike several politicians (particularly some running for the highest office in the land), the French flags and words of support didn’t seek to politicize the events halfway around the world. Rather, they almost felt spontaneous. Similar sentiments also poured forth in other sports (see the ticker for more). It was especially nice to see two of the Academies carrying the French flag, whether it was solidarity with France or a simple gesture of respect is probably irrelevant. It was nice to see.
In this day and age where GI Jokevember is at full bore in the NFL (and in some college games as well), the show of support for other peoples was welcome. I wonder if we will see anything at all from the NFL today.
Anyway, there was plenty of action taking place on the gridiron, so I’ll now turn it over to my right-hand SMUW man, Terry Duroncelet, who will bring you week 11
costume highlights in today’s…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
• Western Michigan wore white at home (as well as flag decals).
Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech went color-vs-color (the proper way).
• We would’ve had uni dÃ©jÃ vu if Republican Kansas had worn white pants.
• As I’m sure some of you are aware, Keith Joseph Sr. and Keith Joseph Jr. died in an unfortunate car accident on November 6th. In addition to having ‘MJ’ on the field in memory of, Jamal Peters (who normally wears #12) wore his fallen teammate’s jersey in their game against Alabama.
• Indiana wore plain block ‘I’ decals on the right side of their helmets, and T.V. numbers on the other. Also, Dan Feeney seems to be having some technical difficulties with his helmet number. Also in that game, Michigan wrote several messages in support of Chad Carr. More info here.
• Tennessee wore mono-orange for the first time this season.
• Contrary to what some may think, TCU was not wearing camouflage against Kansas. Not one of their brightest ideas for a uniform. Speaking of the Jayhawks, nothing seems to be going right for them this season.
• We can’t talk about this week’s aesthetic happenings without giving mention to Cardale Jones and his hand-drawn Eiffel Tower illustrations on his cleats in recognition of the recent events in Paris.
• Vanderbilt wore mono-gold.
• Ladies and Djentlemen, stop the presses. Hell has frozen over. The Iowa Hawkeyes have finally worn an original uniform (well, as original as a typical, all-black, minimalist uniform can get). This is NOT a drill. HOLY SHIT WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE. My take? Eh, not all that interesting of a look. Also, you know that ANF (America Needs Farmers) decal they wear fairly-often? Here’s an updated version of that on the back of their helmets.
• I kick myself at times for discovering the “Ball is Life” meme after Montee Ball finished his time at Wisconsin. I guess this will have to do for now.
• Cincinnati wore military branch decals across the back of their helmets.
• Oh boy. How do I even approach this? All I can say is… shit, I don’t even know what to say.
That’ll do for Week 11. See you next week.
Thanks, TJ! OK, now on to the rest of your Sunday Morning Uni Watch.
NCAA Uni Tracking
Back again today with our new feature: NCAA Uniform Tracking.
Once again, I’m pleased to welcome our 4 NCAA trackers, tallying the uniforms worn by the Power 5 conferences.
We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC & SEC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII) and Joey Artigue (tracking the B1G).
We’ll start with Joey & the B1G today:
Joey will be establishing a separate website for B1G tracking, but for now, you can follow him on Twitter.
Rex is up next today:
And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:
Here is your link to the 2015-16 Duck Tracker.
And finally, here is Kyle with the Big XII:
And that’s all for today — thanks Joey, Rex, Dennis and Kyle!
Joe Ringham’s 5 & 1
We’re on to week 11 in the NCAA, and there were a bunch of games that might make the list for 5 & 1 decider Joe Ringham.
You may not agree with him, (I rarely agreed with Jimmer Vilk and only occasionally with Catherine), but he’s got his reasons for his picks.
Happy Sunday, everyone! Let’s get to this week’s list.
5) Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech — I’m a sucker for a color vs color match-up. The Hokies looked quiet sharp going white/orange/white, and I thought that Georgia Tech looked quite nice in gold/navy/white.
4) Ohio State at Illinois — The Buckeyes always look sharp in their road whites (and I just threw up a little in my mouth saying that, since I grew up hating Ohio State). But, this may be the Illini’s best look, minus the S&S on the helmet, going orange/navy/orange.
3) Miami at North Carolina — Finally, a look from the U that wasn’t worthy of the +1. Really liked how the white/white/orange of the Canes matched up against the Carolina blue/Carolina blue/white of the Tar Heels.
2) Wyoming at San Diego State — This was quite the good looking game out of the Mountain West, and it sneaked its way right onto the list. Wyoming’s white/white/yellow really popped against the red/black/black of the Aztecs.
+1) North Texas at Tennessee — I usually don’t really mind the Vols mono-orange look. However, when you pair it up against the green/white/green of the Mean Green… well, it just doesn’t look pretty.
Enjoy the week, everyone!
Thanks, Joe! Remember, the tip-line email (UW5and1@gmail.com) is back for any games you want Joe take a look at. Pictures of the game/games you want are very much suggested.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Got just one this week from our friend Bruce Menard, who is once again busy with the Colorizations. And that’s a very good thing.
Click photos to enlarge.
Here’s that photo of the “Executioner-style” football helmet” with color…from November 15, 1950.
Here’s the tag:
Football Player or Dr. Hannibal Lecter?
65 Years Ago Today – November 15, 1950
~ (ACME Wire) – “Indianapolis: Sid Tillery, center for a local high school football team, wears this weird mask to protect his nose, broken in an early season encounter”
That’s it for today. Great job B!
T-Shirt Club reminder: Paul here. In case you missed it a few days ago, the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club’s design for the December — the ugly sweater design — is now available. We’re offering it in three formats: a standard short-sleeve tee (American Apparel or Teespring Premium), a long-sleeve tee, or a sweatshirt. It’s a doozy of a design — dig (click to enlarge):
This shirt will be available through next Tuesday, Nov. 17. Again, you can order it here. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: Check out the awesome Major League Baseball beanbag that Trevor Milless “has had since (he) was a baby.” I don’t think I’ve ever heard or seen these — anyone know if they were popular or were made for a while? Looks awesome. … I’m not entirely sure what this means, but it can’t be good: “Following the release of a Fallout 4 Boston Red Sox Jersey mod featuring a virtual David Ortiz, the MLB declares that they will pursue legal action against the modder.”
NFL/College/High School Football News: Colgate Raiders Football won the Patriot League. They go some
gear tee shirts for the effort (via Colgate Equipment). … In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the NFL is going to step up stadium security. … In what should come as a surprise to no one, everyone loves the Pitt script. … Last night the Pro Football HOF was bathed in B/W/R — wonder what, if any, Parisian tributes NFL teams will have today. … From Josh Claywell, “A few pics from across the state of Kentucky from this weekend: First one (Mayfield HS) is what looks to be patriotic gloves; Second one (Louisville Fairdale HS) is white numbers on white jersey -”“ always a bad combination; and, Lastly, Allen County-Scottsville HS uses the old Patriots’ logo.”
Hockey News: Cornell had players research former wearers of their number. That name then went on the nameplate; after being worn for a game, the jerseys were auctioned to fund a mission trip to the Dominican Republic (from Joe Makowiec). … Yesterday night, the Indy Fuel wore Guns & Hoses unis (h/t Mark Grainda). … The Philadelphia Flyers’ Pierre-Ã‰douard Bellemare, who is from Paris, France, wore a France flag sticker on his helmet yesterday (h/t Thom D.). … Also wearing a French flag decal was Antoine Roussel of the Dallas Stars, who is also a Frenchman (via Timothy Westside). … The Utah Grizz threwback to their Salt Lake Golden Eagles days (via Jorge Lopez). … Jordin Tootoo of the Devils wrote #PrayersForParis on his stick blade tape (via New Jersey Devils). … Quinnipiac hockey celebrated their military appreciation night by wearing these GI Jokevember duds (from Brosh). … Both the Montreal Canadiens and the New Jersey Devils had moments’ of silence and displayed French flags on the ice. As did the Boston Bruins. Not to be left out: the LA Kings. … “I attended my first USHL game here in Madison, where the Capitols hosted my hometown Cedar Rapids Roughriders. Two uni-notable elements,” writes R. Scott Rogers. “First off, with the Capitols in white and the Roughriders in their ‘throwback’ green-black-cream barber-pole uniform, it was an extremely good-looking game. Like, if it had been an NHL game, it would have been above average. Which was good, since the quality of play was extremely poor. Second, toward the end of the first period, the Capitols arena announcer announced that The Hockey News had voted the Capitols the 47th best hockey uniform of all time. I can’t recall hearing a stadium announcer comment overtly on uniforms and uni-watching like that. The announcement was a pitch for the team shop, but kind of a weak one, since they didn’t seem to have any jerseys in stock.”
Basketball News: The Howard Bison have an interesting location for their wordmark, don’t they (via Daniel Malone). … “Ever seen a photo of the NBA’s Zollner Pistons?” asks Leo Strawn, Jr.. “You have now! From the 1955 NBA Finals, Ft. Wayne v Syracuse Nationals, the first Finals series with a shot clock. Ft. Wayne lost to Syracuse, 4 games to 3.” … Last evening the Akron Zips wore all purple in memory of Coach Pete for their contest against CSU in the Coaches vs Cancer Event (h/t to Alumnus Jimmer Vilk). … The Houston Rockets put up a French Flag graphic on their scoreboard last night, while the Milwaukee Bucks put up a “Peace for Paris” graphic. … The Phoenix Suns had take on Paris on their scoreboard. … The Houston Rockets wore “Clutch City” unis last night. Kill me now. These things are awful. … And this, from Michael Preston, “With the Spurs wearing their grey alternate uniforms against us tonight, the officials went with white alternate tops.”
Grab Bag: This is great, from Tony Crespo: “Thought the readers might get a giggle out of www.thedrawplay.com take inn the color rush design process.” … “A friend who’s into roller derby shared this with me,” writes R. Scott Rogers. “Tenth anniversary logo for the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, international governing body for women’s flat-track roller derby. A good example of how decent design can make pink a strong color for sports.” … A few Iowa wrestlers went with ANF helmet stickers on headgear for Grapple on the Gridiron (via Jake Binggeli). … Ugh. It’s always a story, “For Under Armour, the goal is to establish emotional connections with the company’s athletes and to engage their fans in the marketplace.” How about just design better unis? … Curler Brad Gushue’s faceplant fuels sales of Barrie biz’s headgear product — wouldn’t it just be easier to just get one of Alex Torres’ skull wraps? … And finally — saving the best for last — here’s a fantastic article/interview with Paul, by Erik Horne, of NewsOK. You probably knew everything in there already, but it’s totally worth the read!
And that’s it for today — everyone enjoy your Sunday and have a great week. Thanks to Joe, Joey, Rex, Dennis, Kyle and of course Terry for their bits.
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“You’re telling me that after years of submitting losing entries into design contests, I finally get picked for something on a contest where I submitted nothing other than a smartass comment?”