By Phil Hecken
It’s that time of year when we’re going to begin to see some of the *smaller* (in stature) schools begin to release new uniforms for the 2017 — and yesterday’s reveal of the new Nevada Wolf Pack uniforms practically flew under the radar. The team held off releasing anything until yesterday’s spring game.
For now (and I’m not sure if the team will add to these — but if history is any guide, it’s likely they’ll add more combos down the road), the team revealed a new home blue jersey, a new road (white) jersey, and two pairs of pants: white and gray. They also unveiled a new blue helmet, which has a matte finish. Let’s take a look at what they revealed yesterday (you can click to enlarge any image):
Blue jersey with “WOLF PACK” in white lettering across the chest. The jerseys themselves are VERY plain (but that’s a good thing, as you’ll see), with a new number font (looks to be your standard university block — they had used a *custom* font previously). No piping or stripes on the jersey at all.
You can see that jersey can be paired with either the gray pants or the white pants. The white pants are basically plain as well — the gray (they call them silver) pants contain the state flag’s Battle Born insignia with BATTLE BORN written across the side of both legs. The white jersey has “NEVADA” in big blue letters. For the first time in four years, according to the Pack, player names will be splashed across the backs of the jerseys.
Road & Gray Pants:
The helmet is blue — a navy blue matte with silver flake — and the facemask, which had been silver is now navy blue as well. As in the prior iteration, it still includes the Wolf Pack logo on one side and “Pack script” on the other. The front bumper reads “NEVADA” and the back features the player number and a “hang loose” symbol, plus the Mountain West logo, a shiny silver outline of the state of Nevada, and an American Flag. The neck bumper reads “WOLF PACK”.
Not bad, right? Here’s the set (sorta):
Here’s a short video which includes the reveal, followed by the obligatory “player reaction to the new uni” video. There’s also a more detailed look at the helmet.
— NevadaWolfPackTV (@WolfPack_TV) April 29, 2017
— NevadaWolfPackTV (@WolfPack_TV) April 29, 2017
— Nevada Equipment (@NevadaEquip) April 29, 2017
For those of you were aren’t familiar with Nevada Wolf Pack football — and weren’t aware of what uniforms they’re leaving behind — you’ll see why this was addition by subtraction. Unfortunately, the Wolf Pack have been stuck with stripey/templatey uniforms for a number of years, often looking dated as soon as they were worn. Their most recent set DID include a metallic silver helmet (which I liked), but for the most part, the mix-and-match gray/white/blue was never particularly attractive. Prior uni sets were…worse.
Most recently the team wore three “regular” helmets (white, blue & gray), and on special occasions broke out the metallic silver helmet (which I did like):
Normally, I wouldn’t want any more teams to go with a Penn State/Georgia Southern vibe, but in the case of the Wolf Pack, less is more. Sure, they’ll look a bit more boring, but they’ll look a lot better then they have. In this case, addition subtraction. And hey, they still have SDL (slogan down leg) on the gray pants to remind you they’re not *quite* there yet.
In Search of…
…the “Perfect” Baseball Card
Earlier this year, I ran a post in which reader Ray Hund described his quest — and “rules” — for a “Perfect” baseball card. I had asked readers to submit their own submissions for what they considered to be their own version of the perfect card. I’ll run these periodically. If you have a submission for your own “Perfect” baseball card, shoot me an email with a short(ish) writeup and of course, an image (or images) of your own perfect card.
We begin today with Alan Tompas:
When I was a kid baseball cards were always just a really nice set of portraits. Once in a while maybe even more than one player would be part of the same shot. This Thurman Munson card made my entire universe..have you ever seen a card that defined a player in one great photograph. This one does..and the rookie trophy and autograph just makes it extra special. Its one of Topps most basic designs but it works so beautifully with an action shot.
And we conclude today with Will Scheibler (who included 2 cards PLUS backs):
Not perfect but I have a soft spot for the 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee set of hockey cards.
Not enough action shots in the set but you have to love all the information in a skate on the back along with the cartoon. This makes up for the lack of year by year stats. Front has an interesting layout with the team logo in a circle.
The Tony Esposito is one of the better ones with an actual action shot.
This particular one is a little unconventional and I wouldn’t want all cards based on this but on its own I like it. As a bonus you get a shot of the old hockey clock in the background of the picture:
I am now running out (if I haven’t already) of submissions, so if you guys want to keep this little show & tell going, please send me your “perfect” card, my e-mail address is above.
Uniform Tracking – April 2017
Got a note yesterday from reader Edward D. Kendrick who has been tracking three teams this season: the Diamondbacks (and there is a LOT to track there), as well as the Red Sox and Nationals:
Since we are coming down to the end of the first month of the season, I figured I could once again share my own specific Arizona Diamondbacks Uni Tracking with you and the rest of the Uni Watch community. I also have tracked the Red Sox and the Nationals but it is not as in depth as the tracking for the Diamondbacks.
To see the tracking Ed has done for each of the teams, click on the links below:
Great stuff Ed. Thanks!
If there are any other uni trackers out there, please let me know and I’ll be happy to share your compilations with the readers!
In Case You Missed It…Paul’s Latest ESPN Piece
In case you missed it on Friday, Paul’s latest ESPN column looks at the MLB uniform protocol of teams wearing their team name on their home whites and their city/state name on their road greys. Has that always been the rule? And which teams don’t follow it? Which teams should follow it?
If you didn’t read Paul’s latest piece, here ya go.
Good stuff there!
New T-shirt reminder: Paul here. In case you missed it earlier this week, our latest T-shirt in the Uni Watch Artist’s Series, designed by the great Scott M.X. Turner, is now available, and it’s a doozy.
Here’s the concept: If Uni Watch had a bowling team, what would the team be called? The Athletic Aesthetics, of course! And what would the team wear? A classic bowling shirt with chain-stitched embroidery, of course!
Scott’s T-shirt is based on that idea, with a simple “Uni Watch” insignia faux-chain-stitched on the front-left chest and a spectacular design faux-chain-stitched on the back (for all of these images, you can click to enlarge):
How great is that?! An anthropomorphized magnifying glass wearing a ballcap and stirrups — tremendous! The graphics really capture that old-school bowling shirt style, too. Even better, the design works well in a wide variety of shirt colors. Here are some of the ones we’re offering (there are several more on the sales listing page), just to show how flexible the design is:
Like all of our Artist’s Series shirts, this one is a limited edition, available through next Friday. You can order it here. My thanks, as always, for your consideration.
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: Tweeter Matt McCutcheon took this photo of a broadcast and says “Very misaligned left handed batters box (yester)day in Annapolis.” … Remember about a week ago when the Fresno Grizzlies wore those “backwards” (ode to Kris Kross) jerseys? Well, here’s a close up (from OT Sports). … Not sure how many teams do this (wouldn’t surprise me if many do), but here’s a nice closeup of a base used by the Tigers, which features their Twitter handle on the plate (good spot by Beau Parsons). … A fashion editor reviewed the 1969 Philadelphia Phillies uniforms (via Paul, from Matthew Algeo). … Nice writeup of a Uni problem 104 years ago yesterday: Wearing the uniforms of the Chicago White Sox, the Cincinnati Reds lose to the Chicago Cubs — Cincinnati forgot to pack uniforms and had to don those of their opponents’ crosstown rivals (from Will Shoken). … Yesterday the Hanshin Tigers rocked their yellow striped uniforms, striped cap included (from Graveyard Baseball). … The Yankees gave away a Pinstriped *jersey* tote bag yesterday (from Andrew Cosentino). … Speaking of merch, for sale at Macy’s, a Chicago “Cules” t-shirt (from Ken Traisman). … The Kane County Cougars, a Single-A affiliate of the D-bax, have a uni combo that includes green sanis with blue stirrups (from MiLB Promos). … This one’s, um, interesting: In 1985, Bob’s Big Boy featured a unique take on Chief Wahoo, which was featured on the backs of the tickets (from Andrew Jenkins). … Villanova and DePaul went pink vs. pink yesterday in softball (from Brad Ahern). … The Nats wore their patriotic curly W jersey & red cap yesterday (from James Beattie). … Add the St. Lucie Mets to teams with a raised helmet logo (fromA.J. Frey). … We *may* need to ask Frank McGuigan to turn in his membership card (assuming he has one — and if he doesn’t he needs to get one so he can turn it in) after tweets like this (just kidding, Frank). … The Toledo Mud Hens wore “egg” jerseys yesterday for “Bacon & Eggs” series v. Lehigh Valley. … Check out this string of tweets (3 in all). After a cultural education course with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, “Ian Desmond was compelled to honor our relationship,” and will wear this mitt in games (from Michael Starbuck). … LSU Softball had special base markings for senior day (from LSU Quinlan Duhon).
NFL/College Football News: As a follow up to yesterday’s ticker item, Robert Hayes says the Pats ALWAYS sell the red jerseys, even with the SB 51 patch. … Did you ever wonder what the lining looks like inside an NFL HOF jacket? Wonder no more (nice spot by Don Schauf). … Derek Barnett will wear #96 for the Philadelphia Eagles. … The Colts have handed out jersey numbers to their first three draft picks — safety Malik Hooker, cornerback Quincy Wilson, and edge rusher Tarell Basham. … When you win the College Football Playoff, even if you’re a band member, you can get a ring. Here’s a look at the Clemson University Tigers band bling (from James Gilbert). … I’m not sure we’ve seen this yet, though it should come as no surprise, given the template the NFL has employed the past several years: Here’s the Supe LII logo (on a Minnesota Vikings football). From Ryan Pecka. … Tweeter Andrew S. reports FNOB potential for next year as the Cardinals get another D. Johnson on the roster. … Are the Carolina Panthers going to be using their blue jersey as their primary this season? That question was asked by Chris Dougherty after seeing the Panthers pick holding up the blue top. … Eagle-eyed reader Michael Driscoll noticed the exhibit at the NFL Draft shows last year’s Lions uniform and the Bears jersey has a Nikelace. … “Two pictures from the Colorado football twitter account, two players signed with teams (yester)day, one player, Kenneth Olugbode, has the current Colorado uniform set with the PAC-12 logo visible, and the other player, Josh Tupou has the 2014 uniform set with the logo blacked out,” writes Tanner Liby. “Both signed this year. Interesting that they used two different uniforms for their graphics pictures.”
Hockey News: Bunch of Punjabi Hockey news from Joe Makowiec: “Nice piece on today’s edition of NPR’s “Only A Game” about Harnarayan Singh, Hockey Night in Canada’s Punjabi-language play-by-play guy. There’s more images of Singh at the http://www.icesingh.com/ website, including a picture of the Punjabi broadcast crew in some very nice Hockey Night in Canada jerseys.” Joe adds, “What I learned: Punjabi is the third-most-spoken language in Canada.” … NBC is still using the Penguins’ former “Vegas gold” color on graphics. The logo features new color, though (from Alex Gerwitz).
NBA/College/Basketball News: OOOooohhh: check out this “Very cool vintage Buffalo Braves mug in my buddy’s basement,” (from Jordan M.).
Soccer News: Phoenix Rising FC were apparently shooting a commercial and Chase Hite asks if the “Mad Decent” on the kit top is “a shirt sponsor? A slogan? Just for kicks and giggles?” Here’s the tweet to which he is referring. … OOps (and again, apologies if this has already been in the ticker): Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado accidentally revealed new club jersey. … “BeIN Sports sponsors a team it covers,” says Charlie Eldred. “BeIN Sports sponsors Valencia in La Liga, the Spanish soccer league. It also broadcasts La Liga in America.” … It’s 50 years since the Lisbon Lions won the European Cup by defeating Inter Milan 2-1 in 1967, and the club had confirmed that next season’s jersey would be a nod to that great side. … “With the North London Derby Sunday,” reports James Beattie, “here’s what Tottenham will reportedly wear in 2017/18 dumping UA for Nike.” … The New York Red Bulls with light blue names/numbers on back for Autism Awareness Night yesterday evening (from Nick Khan).
Grab Bag: Some fan cars are better than others. Check out this cool LA Lakers BMW Isetta (more here). From Shawn Hairston. Here’s a pretty nice Steelers fan bus, from Ben Ford. … Looks like some decal damage to a St. John’s lax helmet (from 412 Lax). … “Checking out eBay, and I saw this challenge coin and thought of you,” writes Scott Cummings. “Challenge coins are commonly traded in the armed forces and safety forces. This is a Navy one that looks a LOT like a logo we all know. There are 2 for sale…pretty interesting. The photos show the front and back of the coin.”
And that’s it for today. If you guys have your “Perfect” Baseball cards or Uni Tracking you do…let me know!
Everyone have a good week and I’ll catch you next weekend, but until then…
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“(W)hen you’re stinking the place up like Oregon did last year, you just look like a bunch of clowns and people will start to think that the uniform gimmick is a distraction. Joe Paterno used to say that his teams were there to play football, not to worry about looking fashionable. He might have been onto something.”
— Dan Tarrant