Sunday Morning Uni Watch

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By Phil Hecken

Well — the 2015 NCAA Football season is winding down, which means week 13 features many traditional end-of-season rivalry games, trophy games, and just some plain end games. But, as we have every year since 2008, when the USC/UCLA rivalry went back to color-vs-color (with the lone exception of 2011, when UCLA inexplicably wore white over white), we are treated to the best looking college football game of the year. Even with UCLA introducing this piece of crap — the UCLA/USC game still looked great. Some color vs. color games work better than others, but this one will stand the test of time, even if past editions of the game have looked even better.

But this was just one of many great looking games yesterday. There were also a couple of surprises as well. So to bring you up to speed on Week 13, I’ll now turn this over to my right-hand-man, TJ Duroncelet, who will bring you your …

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends, food, and fire from the inevitable shade that was thrown by family members left and right. For those who no longer look like they’re two months pregnant from all of the festivities, let’s have a look at the aesthetic happenings from Week 13 of the 2015 college football season, also known as Rivalry Week. RI-VAL-RY. I’ll grant you a mulligan on the enunciation if you’re still feeling the effects of Thursday’s Maker’s Mark.

From Friday:

• Oregon wore *someone off in the distance* “Something!” Well, I guess that can best describe Oregon these days. I am disappointed that Oregon State chose not to make this a color-vs-color game, but the general theme for this week was keep it *relatively* simple. Not many teams wore something totally-oddball, including the white-clad Beavers. Also, some interesting notes regarding the helmet stripes for both teams: Kyle Peko for Oregon State looks to have lost some black in his stripe, but underneath is orange (h/t JB Johnson. Why not make one solid piece with all three stripes integrated in, like a regular decal? I’ll be honest in saying that I don’t fully understand how helmet stripes work in regards to today’s helmets, so some teams might use a different process than others. And the ends of the flying duck’s wings on Oregon’s helmet stripes seem to blouse over the concussion panel (not the biggest photo I could find, but it should hopefully be evident enough), as opposed to being cut to accommodate for its flexing ability the way other teams do.

• Mizzou and Repu– okay, that joke was already used. Mizzou and Arkansas partook in a color-vs-color game, just like last year. From Seth Shaw: “Arkansas and Missouri went color vs. color for the second straight year on Friday. This is probably because the schools are desperately trying to turn this into a rivalry even though they have only met 7 times in history. The huge trophy even changes depending on who wins.”.

From Saturday:

• Blame Spanks for sending me this: Indiana wore some getup that totally gave first priority to the school and put no focus on the maker of said getup against Purdue.

• Virginia Tech wore these throwback helmets in their win against Virginia in Beamer’s final road game. I wonder what they have in store for his final bowl game in a few weeks…

• Nothing groundbreaking, but let’s all take a moment to appreciate the stellar contrast between UNC and NC State.

• I HORRIBLY neglected to mention that Rutgers wore their previous uniform design against Kansas way back in Week 4. They brought ’em out a second time for yesterday’s game against Maryland (the two “fresh meat” members of the B1G). I love this move, for two reasons: 1) it gives us a break from the “SUUUUUUUPER KNIIIIIIIIGHTS” look that they normally wear, and 2) the graduating Class of 2015 elected to wear these, as they started out in those uniforms, and haven’t worn them since the change of 2012, until earlier this season and then yesterday. Kinda like Jeff Gordon closing out his career in the classic rainbow scheme from when I would catch the occasional race back in the 90s, the age when the thought of French Toast Crunch going away for any stretch of time was treasonous, and all I was concerned with was if Cow & Chicken were getting their daily supply of pork butts and taters. Good on the seniors for their decision.

• Speaking of blasts from the past, South Carolina wore this helmet design, a look they haven’t worn since the 90s (I think 1998 was the last time it was worn, but I could be wrong), with mono-garnet uniforms for an all-garnet look. Also from that same game, Clemson in orange/white/orange is a woefully-underrated look for the Other Orange Tigers.

• Texas A&M was one of the few teams alongside Indiana to partake in major tomfoolery by wearing some all-black getup (I think these are the Halloween unis) against LSU.

• If there was a Heisman Trophy for graphics teams, who do you think would win?

• Florida wore white/blue/white and did the mismatched helmet decal thing. Also, this (screenshot for prosperity in case they delete the original tweet).

• Rare FNOB sighting in Knoxville, with thanks to Benji King (@benjiking).

• The Oklahoma/Oklahoma St. game got a little chippy.

And that’ll do it for Week 13. See you all next week.

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Thanks, TJ! OK, now on to the rest of your SMUW.

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NCAA Uni Tracking

Back again today with our final full week of Uniform Tracking.

Once again, I’m pleased to welcome our 3 NCAA trackers, tallying the uniforms worn by 4 of the Power 5 conferences.

We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC & SEC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), and Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII). Unfortunately, it looks like our B1G tracker has fallen off the face of the earth, for which I apologize. Repeated attempts to contact him have failed, so again, it’s the PAC-12, ACC, Big XII and SEC.

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Rex is up first today:

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And here are your Year-To-Date Totals

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SEC

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And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:

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More here.

Here is your link to the 2015-16 Duck Tracker.

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And finally, here is Kyle with the Big XII:

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And that’s all for today — thanks Rex, Dennis and Kyle!

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Joe Ringham's 5 & 1 Joe Ringham’s 5 & 1

We’re on to week 13 in the NCAA, featuring some great rivalry games and a bunch of other interesting matchups. So there should be lots of fodder 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.

Here’s Joe:

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Good Sunday, everyone! I hope everyone had a fine Thanksgiving, and enjoyed this Rivalry Weekend. This is probably my favorite weekend of the college football season, with all the rivalries finishing the regular season. So many good looking match-ups that I had to make a little tweak to this week’s list…

Games disqualified from the list for being too damn good looking but still worthy of recognizing (aka the “Too Sexy” List) – Georgia at Georgia Tech, Florida State at Florida, Alabama at Auburn, Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, Iowa at Nebraska, UCLA at USC, Ohio State at Michigan

Ok, now that I got that out of the way and recognized those games, in my own unique way, on to this weeks list…

5) Navy at Houston — Saw this one on Friday and it immediately caught my attention. Loved how great the Middies looked in their road gold/white/navy, and it looked rather sharp against the Cougars white/red/red home look.

4) Notre Dame at Stanford — A huge step up from last week for the Irish, going back to their traditional road unis. Match that up against the Cardinal’s always sharp home set and you’ve got a great looking game on The Farm to close out the regular season for these two.

3) Louisville at Kentucky — The battle for the Governor’s Cup looked impressively sharp. One of the Cardinals’ better looks all season, going mono white with red sleeves. And the ‘Cats looked equally as sharp in blue/gray/blue.

2) Missouri at Arkansas — As soon as I saw this game, while channel surfing on Friday, I knew this was an automatic lock for the list this week. Always a fan of Arkansas’ usual home red/red/white set. But it matched up perfectly, to me, with Mizzou going black/black/yellow. A surprise color vs. color match-up to end the season.

1) North Carolina at North Carolina State — Outside of the “Too Sexy” List, this was definitely my favorite looking match-up of the day. Really loved how Carolina’s blue/white/blue just stood out perfectly against the Wolfpack’s red/red/white home set today, and vice versa. Just a strong looking game across the board.

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+1) Boston College vs Syracuse — The Orange really lived up to their name today. Man, did they not look pretty though.

Have a great week, everyone, and I’ll see you next week for Conference Championship Saturday!

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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.

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Uni Watch News Ticker

Baseball News: “Just saw this Stu Miller card with an odd ‘SF’ on the cap,” writes Leo Strawn, Jr.. “Have never seen this design before. He was in the Cardinals farm system and also played in the Giants system, but they were still in New York then, so it doesn’t seem to fit with any minor league teams and Okkonen doesn’t show this cap in his uniform database.” … Ethan Novak found this awesome Negro League dress (or long tank?) in a local antique store. Sweet. … The Arizona Diamondbacks will reveal their new 2016 uniforms next Saturday. Be prepared to declare these the worst unis in baseball.

Football News: “Wilcox HS in Santa Clara wears gradient numbers that go from gray to yellow,” says Ethan Kassel. “I’m normally against gradient numbers, but it’s not a bad look on them. I did notice something interesting: #30 (Francis Arellano) had his 0 upside-down. These photos are from Friday’s playoff game at St. Francis in Mountain View.” … The Canadian university championship was yesterday. Mike Styczen notes the referee has an Under Armour branded flip-up cheat sheet on his left arm. “I’ve never seen that before. What information does a referee need on his arm? Genuinely curious.” … Ooops. Gotta love the Syracuse Tigers (from Travis Nardella). … Here’s a great old (1918) OSU/UM poster (from Todd Radom).

Hockey News: The Peoria Rivermen will wear these pretty amazing awful KISS sweaters on March 4. … To celebrate their 50th year in the NHL, it looks like the Los Angeles Kings will be planning a multitude of events, including the introduction of a new sweater (h/t Bizbo).

Soccer News: “Perusing the website for my kid’s Thankgsiving weekend soccer tournament, I found a bunch of interesting turkey-related soccer logos,” says Andy Zare. They’re at the bottom of the page.

Grab Bag: “I was at the GWB presidential library in Dallas over the weekend and noticed some uni related memorabilia from his presidency,” says Greg Stamps. There was some Rangers boots, what looks like a bronze football, and a cycling jersey. “As a Rangers fan I dig the boots but my favorite has to be the bike shirt with lariat font,” he adds. … Both Mike Engle and Lindsay received their new Uni Watch Ugly X-mas sweat shirts. Looks good!

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And that’s all for today. Thanks to TJ, Rex, Kyle, Joe and Dennis for their contributions. Everyone have a great Sunday and I’ll catch you next weekend. Paul is back from his much-deserved vacation, and he’ll be back with Monday Morning Uni Watch and a full slate of stuff this week!

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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29 comments to Sunday Morning Uni Watch

  • MJ | November 29, 2015 at 8:47 am |

    1. The Stu Miller card looks like a really bad paint job. They likely used the “STL” monogram and adjusted it as they could to make an “SF” but they missed badly.
    2. How about OSU/UM breaking out a font I associate with the ’70s (Dukes of Hazzard!!) in 1918?

  • Cheers&Jeers | November 29, 2015 at 8:51 am |

    JEERS to the Gamecocks for going full bloodclot though CHEERS for that helmet. Mix in some damn contrast with the pants or Jersey next time.

    JEERs to Rutgers for their full blood clot (though I am still calling them RYDELL HIGH https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/fb/36/bb/fb36bb8ff31be54b1f7d207456cd3fc0.jpg )

    JEERS to anyone who didnt think the OSU-Mich game was the best looking match-up of the day

    In the Grab Bag – JEERS to There “was” some Rangers boots but CHEERS to There “were” some Rangers boots.

    CHEERS to Mike Engle for his Ugly Xmas shirt and JEERS to whoever didnt horizontally flip Lindsay’s pic.

    JEERS if those Kiss Jerseys #PlayInPeoria https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_it_play_in_Peoria%3F

    CHEERS to that program for OSU-MICH from 1918 but what the heck are those men on the cover symbolizing?

  • James C. | November 29, 2015 at 8:54 am |

    I think 5&1 just jumped the shark. Not including the best looking games because they’re too good looking? That makes absolutely no sense.

    • Bush League Bill | November 29, 2015 at 9:15 am |

      Agree.

    • FiteClub | November 29, 2015 at 10:07 am |

      Ditto

    • MIchelson | November 29, 2015 at 12:57 pm |

      Agreed.

  • Special K | November 29, 2015 at 9:15 am |

    Hey, he included links to photos of those other games, so you still got to see them. So really it was more like a 12&1 than a 5&1. You got seven free! It’s not like it really matters what order he puts them in. It’s just an opportunity to see and appreciate some good looking uniform matchups, and you got that.

  • timmy b | November 29, 2015 at 9:16 am |

    The Stu Miller card is from the 1958 Topps set. This was the Giants first season in The City. Topps airbrushed all of the NY Giants caps into what apparently they thought/guessed the “SF” monogram would look like on the caps for ’58. Obviously, Topps was off-target.

    However, Topps did get the Dodgers’ new “LA” monogram caps right for ’58.

  • Mild bill | November 29, 2015 at 9:32 am |

    Those Texas A&M uniforms had to be the worst of the entire weekend.

    More effort needs to be put into fielding a competitive team instead of designing costumes.

  • Bob A | November 29, 2015 at 9:32 am |

    The logo on Miller’s cap as noted is an attempt by Topps to update the players caps for the new SF based Giants. They used the PCL San Francisco Seals logo

    That one looked like this

  • Mark | November 29, 2015 at 10:00 am |

    It would seem natural for the Kings to go with a GOLD colored sweater to celebrate their 50th instead of a gray/silver one, no? Seems like a missed opportunity if the don’t.

  • jwl3 | November 29, 2015 at 11:09 am |

    How weird that LSU wore purple jerseys (4) more than Georgia wore their white jerseys (2).

    • Rex (acctracker) | November 29, 2015 at 11:31 am |

      4 if they had played that first non-conference home game. I put a “C” for cancelled on that jersey. Still more than Georgia’s whites.

  • Geeman | November 29, 2015 at 11:19 am |

    Phil is correct about how bad UCLA’s jerseys have become. The once-beautiful blue seems to get darker and darker, and all the other changes are bad too (and we haven’t even gotten to the all-black and all-white costumes).

    • Chuck | November 29, 2015 at 1:51 pm |

      The metallic numbers were not readable on tv. Man, Adidas has turned a once great uni into something a bad pop warner team wouldn’t wear.

  • Chris | November 29, 2015 at 12:39 pm |

    The Saturday recap is missing a great looking new helmet from the Idaho Vandals.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CU7SyZ9UkAICX_p.jpg

    They matched the helmet well with their Vegas gold pants, so the gold/black/gold combo looked awesome

  • Jakob Wolf | November 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm |

    “I’m normally against gradient numbers, but it’s not a bad look on them.”

    Usually, one could pencil pen in USC/UCLA as the #1 game, but the Bruins just weren’t good enough this year. That right there is a good reason to shop for a new uniform provider. Congrats to UNC/NC State on a well-deserved #1.

    Clemson/Carolina looked goooooood. A lot more Top-Five-worthy than Louisville/Kentucky, for sure.

  • Jim Vilk | November 29, 2015 at 2:52 pm |

    The Arizona Diamondbacks will reveal their new 2016 uniforms next Saturday. Be prepared to declare these the worst unis in baseball.

    If they stopped putting “D-Backs” on the jerseys, I’d be in a very forgiving mood for whatever else is coming.

  • umplou | November 29, 2015 at 3:38 pm |

    Got my Ugly Xmas sweatshirt also (looks great!), and was wondering how many actually bought this as a t-shirt, as it seems that buying it as a sweatshirt seems to be the natural format for it…

  • Terry D. | November 29, 2015 at 3:46 pm |

    D’oh… I think my finger hit ‘5’ instead of ‘6’ when I gave the Rutgers c/o 2016 a mention, and my brain didn’t catch it when I proofread it.

  • brinke | November 29, 2015 at 5:13 pm |

    Watching the Cards @ Niners- they’re back with the all black alt. It looks better in the daylight as opposed to the first game at night. And if they’d put gold trim around the numbers—and maybe go with white pants with black/red stripe, they’d improve a lot IMO. Of course, some wins would also help.

  • SRP91 | November 29, 2015 at 5:39 pm |

    In the picture of the HS football team with the gradient numbers that number 30 had the 0 upside down. Whoops!

  • Tom | November 29, 2015 at 6:45 pm |

    Interesting in that Ohio State-Michigan poster – Ohio State was winless in the Big 10 that year, (0-3) while Michigan was undefeated (2-0). But Illinois won the conference (4-0) and that ball carrier in the poster appears to be wearing what could be an Illini jersey.

  • Lindsay Resnick | November 29, 2015 at 8:26 pm |

    Again, not to be “that girl” but, I think it’s “for posterity,” not “for prosperity”

  • MJ | November 29, 2015 at 10:34 pm |

    Just realized today that the Seahawks don’t have neon green outlining around their TV numbers. Any reason why? It looks unfinished.

  • Tim | November 30, 2015 at 2:18 am |

    Oklahoma State’s Black/Orange/Orange is an appropriately titled BOO, and should have been in the ugly column,regardless of what Oklahoma wore.

  • OCBEE | November 30, 2015 at 11:46 am |

    The cap Stu Miller is wearing is one of a couple of prototypes which were considered before the final logo was selected. See http://blog.sfgate.com/thebigevent/2014/02/13/the-first-photos-of-willie-mays-as-a-san-francisco-giant/ for another example.

  • Dan T. | November 30, 2015 at 8:24 pm |

    I’d say the UNC-NCSU game looked better than the USC/UCLA game simply because UCLA’s uniforms are HORRIBLE.

    USC/UCLA might have won in the past but, damn, Phil, you can’t just write-in this year’s winner based on past performances. UCLA’s alums should riot…it appears Adidas is actually trying to make their design look bad. How do you mess that up?

  • Dan T. | November 30, 2015 at 8:25 pm |

    BTW, no wonder USC scored the upset win even without a coach, what with the Bruins wearing those monstrosities.