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2016 Rio Olympics: Water Polo & Griffins Design Contest Part II

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[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]

By Phil Hecken, with Michael Schonhoff

OK — we’re down to the last of the Olympics articles (I actually still have one more, but, as you’ll see in the sign-off, Mike will be handling tomorrow’s post). Today’s correspondent is Michael Schonhoff, who will take a look at water polo.

I’m grateful to each and every reader who stepped up and contributed a piece. I realize some were less well received than others, but it was still a great group effort and I’m pleased that so many were willing to contribute their time and efforts to bringing us looks at the uniforms of the Rio Summer Olympics, 2016. Like many, this article was received prior to publication today (I had asked that the readers get their articles in as soon as possible), and for the most part they were run in the order they were received. It was a challenge to get to them all!

After the main article, please make sure to scroll down to PART 2 of the Griffins Alternate Jersey Design Contest, where we’ll take a look at Group C & D today. The plan is still to run the next set (Groups E & F) on Monday, and the final set (Groups G & H) on Tuesday of next week.

You can click on the photos below to enlarge. Without any further ado, here’s Michael with his look at…

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Olympic Water Polo
By Michael Schonhoff

Men’s water polo has been a Summer Olympics sport since the second games in 1900, but it took a whole century for women’s water polo to debut at Sydney in 2000. Though it has some pockets of relative popularity (especially California), it’s not a very well-known sport in the States. Water polo is more prominent in Europe, particularly in Eastern European countries. On the men’s side, Hungary is the traditional powerhouse””medaling in 15/25 Olympic tournaments””though Serbia looks poised to take home the gold this year after winning the 2015 World Championships. On the women’s side, the US are heavily favored to repeat as gold medalists, though Australia and Spain both look to challenge the title.

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When it comes to water polo uniforms, there are really only two aspects: the cap (identifies team/player & protects the ears) and the suit (speedos for men and one-pieces for women). When watching the sport, it is the cap that is most visible to the spectator, so that’s what I’ll be focusing on in this piece. With a number on each side and the country name on the front, there’s not room for much else on the cap. However, before we look at each country’s “uniform,” there are few regulatory aspects that make water polo unique:

1. As can be seen in the picture above, goalies are required to wear red caps. This means that a team’s primary color cannot be red (which severely limits a country like Spain).

2. Caps are also required to contrast with the ball””primarily yellow””which means you also won’t see any teams with yellow caps (which limits a country like Brazil).

3. Opposing teams’ caps must be contrasting colors; the away team always wears white and the home team traditionally wears blue. Technically, any color that contrasts with white is acceptable for the home team, but most countries stick with blue (think baseball’s white and gray: it’s the norm but not everyone does it).

4. Water polo caps are pretty specialized and expensive, so you won’t see many “alternate” or “one-off” caps.

5. In International play, teams are required to have their three letter country code on the front of the cap.

The above regulations definitely limit what you will see in the pool. All in all, the caps are pretty standard, but that won’t stop us from analyzing each team’s creative choices. We will start with the men’s teams from Group A:

(Note: all of these caps are from the Olympic qualifying tournament in the past year, so while most of the teams will be wearing the same caps, there is the chance that a team updated. There aren’t really press releases for new water polo caps.)

[Editor’s Note: Today’s article was sent to me last week — due to the overwhelming response to my request for Olympic Correspondents, I ran these basically in the order they were received; apologies if the caps have changed — PH]

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Serbia:

Serbia Away

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Serbia’s home and away caps have the same basic design. The flag’s color and crest can be found on the back of the cap amidst a strange triangle design. Nothing extraordinary here: a pretty standard set.

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Greece:

Greece Away

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Greece’s white caps are quite plain; there are two blue stripes on each side and the Greek flag decorates the back. The dark caps are similar, though they appear to have two tones of blue with white stripes.

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Brazil:

Brazil Away

Brazil Home

Brazil’s away caps are some of the plainest in the tournament. A larger flag on the back or some splashes of their great color scheme would go a long way on the white caps. The blue and yellow makes for a crisp looking home cap, though it’s a shame they didn’t use any green to differentiate themselves from the many other teams wearing blue.

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Australia:

Australia Away

Australia Home

Finally, we get something a little different. The Aussies added some non-blue colors to liven up their away caps with yellow trim, green ear guards and numbers, and a green & yellow swirling design on the top of the cap (along with the usual flag on the back). Their away caps are a dark green with yellow stripes on the side. The only team in this Olympics with a non-blue home uni, Australia has a great set of iconic caps and is easily the best-looking of Group A. Extra points for non-conformity!

In a recent promotional video, the Australian team can be seen wearing what looks like some very bright, 3-toned green caps. They haven’t worn these in any actual matches yet, so we will have to see if they pull them out for the Olympics.

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Japan

Japan Away

Japan Home

Japan’s away caps are plain white with dark numbers and lettering. Their home caps are a dark blue with white trim and lighter blue ear guards. The Japanese flag really pops against the dark blue background but, other than that, there’s not much to see here.

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Hungary

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Hungary Home

Traditional with no frills. Though the caps are undoubtedly boring, Hungary can get away with it because of how often they win.

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In general, Group A’s caps are pretty boring compared to Group B. Though all of the Group B countries have the blue/white combo, most of them are able to do something creative to add some flash to their caps. Let’s take a look:

United States

USA Away

USA Home

If you look closely enough, you’ll see a sublimated star pattern down the middle stretch of both USA’s home and away caps (look at no. 10 in the 1st picture). The white caps are pretty standard and plain; they could use more red and a brighter blue color to make them pop. The red trim helps set apart USA’s blue caps from those of other countries. These home caps also have two tones of blue, which ends up looking a little busy. Stick with the brighter blue for a crisper look in the water.

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Spain

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Spain Home

Spain’s away unis are some of my favorite white caps in the tournament. The red trim, red and yellow stripes, and Spanish flag all really pop on these caps. My only wish is that the numbers were red instead of blue. The home caps are the same design but blue instead of white. Spain is one of those countries that gets the short end of the cap regulations, seeing as they can’t use their two main colors. It’s strange to see them in royal blue.

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France

France Away

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France’s away caps feature the flag on the back, dark numbers and lettering, and two stripes down the middle of the cap that feature the three colors of the French flag. A nice idea, but the stripes are so thin that they get lost in the rest of the cap. The home caps are the same design except on a dark blue, which makes it almost impossible to see the blue stripe. The weakest set of caps from Group B.

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Montenegro

Montenegro Away

Montenegro Home

Montenegro has my favorite set of caps in the Olympics this year. They take advantage of their country’s beautiful coat of arms to create an awesome design. The away caps feature crisp red numbers and trim on white (reminiscent of the KC Chiefs away uniforms), but the highlight is the oversized coat of arms on the back. Here’s a closer look at that (insert Montenegro Detail link here please). The home caps are royal blue with yellow trim and numbers that correspond nicely with the coat of arms. Both sets have a strong color scheme that really pops in the water. Top marks!

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Italy

Italy Away

Italy Home

Italy’s home and away unis feature a striped flag design across the top of the caps which ends up creating a nice outcome. Unfortunately, Italy’s iconic use of blue for their Olympic uniforms loses its effect when all but one other team use blue for their home caps as well.

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Croatia

Croatia Away

Croatia Home

If you were paying any attention during the EuroCup about a month ago, then you may recognize Croatia’s home water polo cap. One of the Croatian soccer players donned this cap (without the ears protectors) to hold a bandage in place on the top of his head. This was actually featured on Uni Watch! Anyway, I love Croatia’s use of the red and white checkerboard, and it looks great on both the white and blue caps. The Croatian team also gets bonus points because in the 2008 Olympics, every single player on the team sported a mustache. You can see that picture here (please insert Croatia mustache link here) or at this Washington Post blog post about it.

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That wraps up the men’s caps. If I had to rank them, I would probably say:

1. Montenegro
2. Croatia
3. Australia
4. Italy
5. USA
6. Brazil
7. Spain
8. Hungary
9. France
10. Japan
11. Serbia
12. Greece

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The women’s tournament consists of 8 teams. However, only 2 of the teams are from countries not represented by the men’s teams. There’s really no difference in caps between men and women, except that the women’s caps take on a different shape because of hair. Here’s a quick look at the women’s caps in Group A:

Italy

Italy W Away

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Same design as men’s team.

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Russia

Russia W Away

Russia W Home

With thin stripes in the country’s flag colors, Russia has caps similar to those of France. Russia’s work slightly better (especially the home caps) since the blue is brighter and they have red trim. All in all, a sharp looking home set and a pretty plain away set.

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Australia

Australia W Away

Australia W Home

Same design as men’s team.

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Brazil

Brazil W Away

Brazil W Home

Same design as men’s team.

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And now for Group B:

Spain

Spain W Away

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Same design as men’s team.

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China

China W Away

China W Home

It’s strange to see both of China’s caps without any hint of red or yellow (with the exception of the small flag on the back that can’t be see in either picture). The result is the blandest set of caps in the tournament. It’s especially a shame when the white with red trim is such a great combination. I’d also love to see China go with a black home cap with yellow and red accent colors. A missed opportunity.

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Hungary

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Same design as men’s team.

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USA

USA W Away

USA W Home

Same design as men’s team, though the shot of the blue caps gives a better look at the star pattern. The picture of the white caps also shows off the star pattern on the white caps as well as on the goalie caps.

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Ranking the women’s caps:

1. Australia
2. Italy
3. USA
4. Brazil
5. Russia
6. Spain
7. Hungary
8. China

If you have never seen water polo before, I hope you caught one of the matches in the past couple weeks. It can be confusing and fast-paced, but it is fascinating to watch, especially when they show the underwater cameras. Thanks for reading!

About the Author: I am a high school teacher and water polo coach who has been reading Uni-Watch for about a year- shout out to Joseph Beckerjeck for telling me about the site. In addition to uniforms, I enjoy hiking, playing sports, reading, movies, and hanging out with my fiancé.

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Thanks Michael! OK readers, what do you think? I happen to love Croatia (as I do in most sports) and that Montenegro cap is a thing of beauty.

And now, onto the voting for Part 2 of the Griffins Alternate Jersey Contest…

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GRIFFINS ALTERNATE JERSEY DESIGN CONTEST, PART II

Welcome to Part II of the Griffins Alternate Jersey Design Contest. Today we’ll look at Groups C & D, and have voting after each of the Groups are displayed. If you missed Part I please click here, where you’ll find a full writeup and the rules on voting. As with yesterday (and every day there is voting held), the TOP THREE VOTE-GETTERS will advance to the “finals” (with the Grand Prize Winner to be ultimately selected by the Griffins).

You can vote on ANY of the jersey designs below (or some, all or none), but you may only submit a ballot once in each section. Please be sure to vote in BOTH sections (there are two in total). If you click on a submitter’s name, the correct box will automatically be selected (so if the check boxes don’t align exactly, just click on the name if you’d like). Review both Groups (Group “C” and Group “D”), write down any and all of the designs you like, click the designers’ names, and hit “VOTE” for each set. That’s all there is to it!

Let’s get started.

GROUP C

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Scott Garland

Garland, Scott

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Noah Gilson

Gilson, Noah

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Kerry Griffin

Griffin, Kerry

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Vince Guinsler

Guinsler, Vince

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Adam Hainsfurther

Hainsfurther, Adam

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Jen Harley

Harley, Jen

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Mali Honap

Honap, Mali

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Dwight Hughes

Hughes, Dwight

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Stephen Jayne

Jayne, Stephen

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Damian Jones

Jones, Damian

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Steven Karnes

Karnes, Steven

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Griffins Design Contest – Group C

 
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GROUP D

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Noah Kars

Kars, Noah

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Dan Kennedy

Kennedy, Dan

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Scott Koenigbauer

Koenigbauer, Scott

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Sara Kooistra

Kooistra, Sara

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Brandon Kramer

Kramer, Brandon

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Ian Krasofsky

Krasofsky, Ian

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Tyler Krasofsky

Krasofsky, Tyler

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Ian Lee

Lee, Ian 1 Lee, Ian 2

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Justin Linenberg

Linenberg, Justin

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Jon Manburger

Manburger, Jon

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Austin Mann

Mann, Austin

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Griffins Design Contest – Group D

 
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Nice job by our second set (Groups C & D) — don’t forget to cast your votes in BOTH polls!

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: This Saturday, the Stockton Ports (A single-A affiliate of the A’s) will be doing a pink jersey thingy (from OT Sports). … Also from OT, the El Paso Chihuahua’s will be doing a Star Wars jersey thingy on August 30th. … After notching his first MLB hit, Jameson Taillon was booed because he couldn’t get his jacket zipper to work (h/t Jerry). … Here’s some video of Senator Rand Paul (in full uni!) taking batting practice with the Lexington Legend (h/t Josh Claywell). … “Attached is a picture of Reggie Jackson during his final season with the A’s in 1987. On the back of his helmet are stickers of Baby Ruth and Butterfinger candy bars,” says Joe Werner. “I remember seeing this picture in Sports Illustrated back in the day, but I don’t recall the backstory behind the candy bar logos (if it was even revealed in the magazine). Perhaps you or one of the readers know the story?” I don’t know the story, but it that was clearly a time before Reggie had his OWN candy bar. … “August 26, come welcome the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Pierogies to town” (h/t Bobby Cannizzaro). … .Lots of players in the 1975 All Star game sporting white shoes (via Charles Fennell).

NFL/Football News: A small high school outside of Pittsburgh has revived its football team after a 5 year hiatus, and the practice jerseys they are using are gold Steeler practice jerseys donated by the team. Adds submitter Joe Werner, “If you look closely in the pictures in the article, you can see the swoosh on the shoulders and the NFL shield on the collar.”

College Football News: The Nebraska Cornhuskers will have an alternate uniform this year — but it hasn’t been revealed yet. Could it possibly be cream? (from Gil Neumann). … Those gorgeous Pitt throwback uniforms that were revealed Tuesday (and were supposed to be just for the homecoming game)? Turns out they may be worn more than once. Sweet! … The Colorado State University Rams unveiled some new jerseys yesterday. Here’s a bit more on that. … “What is this helmet/attachment that Brandon Mahon of Penn State is wearing?” asks Wade Manley. … Those awesome Air Force “sharktooth” helmets? They’re going to wear them September 10th. … Here’s a look at Sparty’s hats for the 2016 season (from Tomboy Chick). … Here are Bemidji State University’s new football Jerseys (via Tony Tengwall).

Olympics News: The president of Romania’s Olympic Committee (COSR) Alin Petrache announced on August 16 he will resign after an embarrassing scandal erupted over the low quality official outfits of the Romanian delegation to the Olympic Games in Rio. Complaints over the quality of Romania’s Olympic uniforms have again highlighted problems with corruption in public procurement in Romania. … As the Games have now almost concluded, various blogs and websites are still asking whether the dress codes for men and women are making enough “progress.” And in a somewhat related story, there has been a lot of pushback (including from the ladies themselves) that the bikins they wear for beach volleyball are practical. … Poland has a “digitized zero” for Handball (from Jeremy Brahm). … “A bit of an oddity in the first of (yester)day’s men’s Olympic soccer semifinals,” writes Marcus Kamp). “Rather than the white socks they normally wear with their primary kit, Brazil wore the socks from their change strip, making for a rather…incongruous kit. The two teams in a match can’t have the same color socks, but typically, the home side (Brazil in this case) picks their kit first, and the visitors have to adjust accordingly. Honduras typically wear blue socks with their change strip, which wouldn’t have clashed with Brazil’s standard white socks, so why the gradated blue socks for Brazil?” … With all the Olympic Correspondents I had volunteer, I was surprised no one wanted to cover track — well, that’s actually sorta covered here, in this article that looks back at 116 years of Olympic track uniforms.

Hockey News: Another day, another “Top Ten” list: This one is the list of the 10 ugliest uniforms in NHL history. … The upcoming World Cup of Hockey jerseys are going to feature ads. Great. That sponsor advertiser will be SAP (from Ted Arnold). Those jerseys will also have tracking chips. … Check out these “Rare vertically striped hockey sweaters for Cracovia, matching their traditional football jerseys,” (from ursus arctos). … Good spot by Kyle Browne, who notes that some ASU hockey players are wearing CCM jerseys, while others have adidas, and all have adidas socks.

NBA/NCAA Hoops News: The Emirates Group is in preliminary talks to sponsor put jersey ads on the jerseys of a number of NBA teams; It’s not clear how many of the league’s 30 teams the company is looking to sponsor. … The Charlotte Hornets have announced their arena will be renamed the “Spectrum Center” (h/t Mike Chamernik). … New court design for the Milwaukee Panthers’ Men’s Hoops team (from Ryan Wozniak).

Soccer News: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The new Everton Third Kit is out (from Casey Hart). … New kits for Estoril. The first alt pays homage to Portugal, home, pink for breast cancer awareness (from Mike D.). … Hull City with an interesting “2019” jersey to announce the signing of a guy to a contract thru that year (from Chris Corbaz). … The Louisiana Tech Women’s Soccer team warmups use their pillars of passion, respect, service, respect as the print (from Josh McDaniel).

Grab Bag: We’ve seen these already, but Bleacher Report has put together a look at 10 new sports uni changes for Fall 2016. … New gear for CMU Women’s Lacrosse (from Marc Gustafson). … “I was watching Spaceballs today with daytime TV being rather horrific outside of the Olympics,” says Teebz. “In watching that movie, I noticed the following scene that features a major comma problem!” … Apparently the newest wedding fashion statement is for brides to wear brightly colored kicks under their gowns (thanks, Paul).

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And that’s it for today. Thanks to Michael for his Water Polo review, and of course all those who participated in the Griffins Contest, and good luck to the second 22 entrants. If you haven’t already cast your votes — don’t forget to vote in BOTH sets of polls.

I’ll be basically off the grid for the entire day today (sometimes my real, full-time office job interferes with UW), so Mike Chamernik is going to be handling the Friday UW. Mike and Paul will be keeping an eye on things today too, so everyone behave!

I’ll catch you guys again on Monday (and we’ll have the third set of Griffins concepts then too), so (a day early) everyone have a great weekend.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“I would not wear a Cubs fez.”

— Jimmer Vilk

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53 comments to 2016 Rio Olympics: Water Polo & Griffins Design Contest Part II

  • MJ | August 18, 2016 at 7:54 am |

    Sorry, Charlotte. There’s only one Spectrum, may it rest in peace.

    • Jim Vilk | August 18, 2016 at 11:05 pm |

      Spectrum? What’s next…is UNC Charlotte going to rename their arena the Palestra?

  • Rob S | August 18, 2016 at 8:24 am |

    The Reggie Bar was available from 1978-81, so 1987 would actually have been long after its existence.

  • Mark Hinkley | August 18, 2016 at 8:41 am |

    I need a Cracovia hockey jersey. Gorgeous.

  • Kevin Allen | August 18, 2016 at 8:46 am |

    New super tight adidas treatment gets released today for Tulsa University football. I think it’s at 1 p.m. cst.

  • Tape | August 18, 2016 at 9:15 am |

    ASU hockey moved up from being a club team in 2014-15 to D-I in 2015-16 so I wonder if the mixed manufacturers thing is related. ASU is an Adidas-outfitted school IIRC but that really only applies to the NCAA sports; the club team would have probably been buying their own equipment from whomever they wanted. I bet the kid wearing the CCM jersey was still wearing his club-era jersey.

    • PaulS | August 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm |

      Doesn’t matter; CCM and all the affiliated brands like Koho, Jofa, and others, are all owned by adidas. Likely as not, the two sweaters bearing different brand names came off the very same production line.

  • James G | August 18, 2016 at 9:20 am |

    The helmet cover the Penn State player is wearing is made by a company at this website defendyourhead.com

    Supposed to give 18% decrease in acceleration and 14% improvement in head injury according to their home page.

    • Rob S | August 18, 2016 at 10:34 am |

      So, it literally is a next-gen version of the old ProCap.

      • James G | August 18, 2016 at 2:08 pm |

        Yep, pretty much. It goes down over the ear flaps now is one of the changes from the old pro cap.

  • Big Al | August 18, 2016 at 9:58 am |

    Isn’t the ‘comma problem’ in spaceballs just an example of an oxford comma?

  • DJ | August 18, 2016 at 10:26 am |

    “Passion respect service respect?” Surely La Tech doesn’t have a hidden pillar of “redundancy;” there must be an error in the post.

  • Rob S | August 18, 2016 at 10:31 am |

    That “10 Ugliest NHL Uniforms” list isn’t necessarily bad if you only look at the uniform rankings themselves, and there’s plenty of room for discussion of dissenting opinions… but the writer dropped the ball on his write-ups for the Buffalo and Vancouver entries.

    How can you discuss the Buffalo “turd burgers” without referencing Ted Black’s quote, or even the fact that the primarily-gold jerseys had blue backs that created a goofy cape effect? That part is disappointing.

    But what’s even more disappointing is that his comment on what followed the Canucks’ mid-90s third jerseys is just flat-out wrong. They didn’t go to “some crazy gold, brown and salmon mix”; first of all, they’ve never had brown as a team color, and second, they dropped the black, Pacific Salmon red, and gold in favor of “deep blue”, “deep red”, sky blue, and silver.

    Maybe he should’ve paid a visit to NHLUniforms.com to keep things straight.

    • walter | August 18, 2016 at 1:51 pm |

      Maybe the sublimated transition from black to red on those 1996 alts was what he was referring to? I had trouble with that comment, myself. The Canucks were all in on sublimated sweaters in 2001, too. Not a good look for them.

  • James O'Hare | August 18, 2016 at 10:59 am |

    The Reggie Bar came out in New York in April, 1977. If your Picture of Reggie Jackson as an A’s player is from ’87 then it is from his second tour of duty with Oakland 10 years after Clark released the Reggie Bar.

    • Jon Rose | August 18, 2016 at 11:36 am |

      The Reggie bar came out in ’78, after his “Mr. October” game in the ’77 World Series. I remember a big stink about how it cost 25¢, 5¢ more than any other candy bar at the time.

      It was rereleased in ’93 to coincide with his HOF induction, with peanut butter replacing the caramel.

  • mildlyclever | August 18, 2016 at 11:24 am |

    Proofreading: The CMU Women’s Lacrosse link in the grab bag ticker doesn’t actually link to anything

  • Jon Rose | August 18, 2016 at 11:38 am |

    So, we’re good with Speedos for the next four years, right?

  • DW | August 18, 2016 at 12:01 pm |

    “El Paso Chihuahua’s”???? On this site???? Really?????

  • Alex Dewitt | August 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm |

    I never noticed the comma issue in spaceballs until today. Thanks guys…

  • SWC Susan | August 18, 2016 at 1:03 pm |

    I have the very same Baby Ruth and Butterfinger decals on the back of an old Astros batting helmet. I assumed and I think eBay agreed with me – it was a giveaway. Back then weren’t the real batting helmets and the giveaways just about the same?

    • Dumb Guy | August 18, 2016 at 1:31 pm |

      I was going to offer up some evidence that was indeed a giveaway helmet–noting that were are no earflaps. But I don’t think Reggie EVER used earflaps on his batting helmets.

      • SWC Susan | August 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm |

        Helmets back then did not have ear flaps.

        • Dumb Guy | August 19, 2016 at 3:28 pm |

          1983 one-ear flap became mandatory in MLB.

          But non-flappers were grandfathered in if they chose to be.

    • Jim Vilk | August 18, 2016 at 11:26 pm |

      I found a giveaway Reds helmet at a flea market with a Butterfinger ad on the back. A little paint remover, a little Googling, a little printing, a little cut&pasting and I have an ad-less Washington Nationals helmet.

    • Jim Vilk | August 18, 2016 at 11:32 pm |

      weren’t the real batting helmets and the giveaways just about the same?

      The giveaway helmets were lighter and had printed under the visor “WARNING! THIS IS NOT A PROTECTIVE HELMET.” Otherwise, exactly the same.

      • Dumb Guy | August 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm |

        NO! The shell was much thinner, and the inside only had a sizing thing (no padding at all).

        You could pierce your skull with the giveaway sizing rig!!

  • Eric Romain | August 18, 2016 at 1:04 pm |

    A lot of these Grand Rapids designs are great designs that unfortunately use black as an accent color. As far as i know, black is not a color on the Griffins’ pallet, which makes these BFBS. I’m bummed that my hate for BFBS is killing my vote for these otherwise fantastic designs.

  • TIm | August 18, 2016 at 1:14 pm |

    I like the new Bemidji unis. Their prior set looked just like the Jets. Bad mojo folks…

  • Ryan | August 18, 2016 at 1:18 pm |

    I really like Austin Mann’s submission in that the logo also resembles the state of Michigan.
    Reminds me of another griffin (actually, Griffon, in this case) logo that takes the shape of a state.
    Missouri Western’s logo …
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c8/Missouri_Western_Griffons_logo.png

    • walter | August 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm |

      The two halves of Michigan resemble hands reaching for a basketball. It would make a good Pistons crest were that gesture not the intellectual property of Washington’s NBA team.

  • KC | August 18, 2016 at 1:22 pm |

    “(please insert Croatia mustache link here)”

    Fairly certain that that is the first time that that phrase has been uttered.

  • Michael Emody | August 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm |

    Re: the decline of the NBA. Great. Emirates. A vanity airline owned by a country that’s the epitome of extreme avarice and oppression of workers. I’d rather see Ford on the jerseys.

    • The Jeff | August 18, 2016 at 2:25 pm |

      Indeed. At least Ford would make sense for one team.

    • Dovey | August 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm |

      “a country that’s the epitome of extreme avarice and oppression of workers”

      Emirates isn’t an American company

    • henry | August 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm |

      Countries with the death penalty for homosexuals, the NBA will do business with you. But they draw the line at making people use the wrong bathroom.

  • Matthew J. Prigge | August 18, 2016 at 2:34 pm |

    My guess on the Reggie pic is that he is wearing one of those give-away helmets for kids, sponsored by Nestle. I have some of the cheap plastic helmets like that and they are a hole in the same spot.

  • James Steever | August 18, 2016 at 2:37 pm |

    New Uniforms Reflect Franchise Connection To City, Pride and Foundation http://spr.ly/6019BtTwt #NewEraOfProud

    Foundation? Like in SAC? What does this mean? FOUNDATION?

    • Dovey | August 18, 2016 at 4:21 pm |

      Best guess I can muster is it’s referring to the franchise’s history in other cities

  • Too Tall Paul | August 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm |

    Proofreading:

    Here’s a closer look at that (insert Montenegro Detail link here please).

    You can see that picture here (please insert Croatia mustache link here)

    … Also from OT, the El Paso Chihuahua’s

    I don’t know the story, but it that was clearly a time before Reggie had his OWN candy bar. …

    that the bikins they wear for beach volleyball are practical

    The Louisiana Tech Women’s Soccer team warmups use their pillars (The p in pillars did not make it into the link.)

  • Dumb Guy | August 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm |
  • Steve D | August 18, 2016 at 8:32 pm |

    Reggie had said once that if he ever played in NY, they would name a candy bar after him. After his 1977 WS heroics, they did just that. I suspect he may have worn that replica during BP, maybe as it was lighter and comfortable and/or maybe to promote the candy bars (his bar was re-introduced to mark his HOF induction in 1993). Maybe it was his way to stay in the good graces of the candy industry. I cannot believe he wore that replica in a game. When I was a kid, I went to several Met helmet days and those were very lightweight replicas. My brother and I easily wrecked a few of them. It could never be worn in a game.

  • Joe U | August 19, 2016 at 12:47 am |

    I don’t know if this has been confirmed yet, but at the Seahawks preseason game there was an interesting schedule graphic. It had a modern Bills logo, but all red. As that is a Thursday game, that may be their color rush color again this year. Unfortunately I was not fast enough to get a photo

    • Joe U | August 19, 2016 at 12:51 am |

      Correction that is a monday. Now I’m curious if it was a mistake, and where the new logo came from.

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