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Sunday Morning Uni Watch

By Phil Hecken, and the SMUW crew

It must be that time of year — the time of year when your favorite home team decides that school colors are for other games and it’s time to wear white from head to toe (or at least to sock). This looks great on UT (either Tennessee or Texas) when they’re on the road. White helmets, jerseys and pants are (or were) their thing. Now, though, it seems more and more schools want to adopt the Stormtrooper icy whites snowflake all white look. UCLA, or as rpm called them “UTLA” were the latest to go mono-white.

It’s actually not a bad look. But it’s just not UCLA (Vandy & Georgia Tech did it yesterday too). And after switching uni manufacturers this season and finally getting decent UCLA stripes and a nice blue jersey and gold pants, they decided to do a “white out” at home. It’s that time of the year, I’m sure they won’t be the last team to go mono-white.

Here’s TJ with your SMUW:

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

From Thursday:

• Iowa State wore anthracite pants and new helmet decals against Texas.

From Friday:

• I know I’ve given Duke flak in the past for wearing black in the past, so I’m marginally-ashamed to admit that their grey uniforms from Friday night were actually pretty solid??? Especially the helmet. I know, I’m not proud of me either.

From Saturday:

• Given how today’s jersey tops are basically glorified muscle shirts that fold in on themselves more often than not, it’s easy to miss that Northwestern has a Northwestern stripe sliver on their sleeve cuffs.

• Minnesota wore Salute To Service helmet stripes against Maryland. And I’m not sure if they’ve been doing this all season, but at least in this game, they used captain’s C’s.

• Syracuse looked significantly better yesterday compared to their Thanksgiving-pie-two-months-too-soon look from last week, but WOW, NC State looked rough. Tuffy on the lids is the only real silver lining here.

• A tweak that Florida apparently made to their white pants (for those unaware) is that they seemed to have shrunk the orange stripe on the white pants (here’s one shot from last year for comparison, and another). This is the first time all season that Florida have worn the white pants (huge thanks to Jeff Stark for the spot). Also, Vanderbilt wore all-white (and I really do like their anchor helmets).

• Georgia Tech wore all-white, including their nest helmets, which are among one of my favorite helmets in college football. UNC wore an inoffensive all-blue look.

• Wake Forest wore these sweet decals along with an all-black look against Florida State.

• SMU was seeing red against UConn, and wore a new helmet configuration as well.

• Pitt wore navy helmets against Rice.

• In 1967 (correct me on the year if I’m wrong), Nate Northington Sr. became one of the first four African-Americans to play football in the SEC (along with Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett, and Houston Hogg), and Kentucky (the school Northington played at) honored him on Saturday by wearing #23 decals, his number from when he played at Kentucky. Their look from Saturday was otherwise straightforward.

• Michigan State wore white/green/white against Iowa.

• Tennessee wore their smoke uniforms against Georgia. In addition, Paul DeMay notes that Vols RB John Kelly’s nose bumper glitched hard in that same game (that’s what, the third nose bumper issue this season?).

• Penn State wore their hybridback uniforms against Indiana. You can read more about them here. Furthermore, I’m a fan of the look (except for the white cleats), but I think as a full-time switch (should they ever go through with one), this is an idea of what I would like them to do, along with the late-Autumn/early-Winter version (these are merely Q&D’s that I whipped up quickly to make time for the column, so it’s probably not spot-on, but you should get the idea). Also, I LOVE the cardigans worn by the PSU cheer team (PC: Blake Fox/@tennisblake).

• LSU wore white/purple/white against Troy.

• ULM wore their tribute uniforms against Coastal Carolina, honoring the 1987 D1-AA championship team.

• Texas Tech wore these wonderful uniforms (1974-inspired, I think) against Oklahoma State. Well-executed from top-to-bottom, right down to the helmet stars! Here’s an original photo for reference (PC for the last two pics: @SWCfootballNow).

• (***please note that concussions should NEVER be taken lightly. I am merely reporting a uniform-related finding***) There was a collision in the Notre Dame/Miami (OH) game that resulted in a Golden Dome helmet casualty. The player in-question appears to be sophomore RB Tony Jones Jr. (please correct me if I’m wrong), and I honestly hope he’s alright.

• Ole Miss wore their light blue helmets against Alabama.

• So I go to glance at the UCLA/Colorado game to see how the Buffs would look in all-black, but to my surprise, UCLA came out in all-white. If I remember correctly, this is the first time that they’ve worn white helmets since 2011 (against USC). Even the endzones and outline on the script logo at midfield was even painted white. Not a bad look, but it needs a blue facemask and a stripe (similar to the 2011 affair). Like this old colorization that I did years ago (well, someone lengthened the pant stripe and removed the PAC 12 patch and Adidas logo, and then I colorized it. I don’t know the original editor). Here’s how the two teams looked when eye-to-eye with one another.

That’ll do it for this last day of September 2017. Next week… WE GET SPOOPY (link provided because I know people will ask). See ya next week!

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Joe Ringham 5 & 1 Joe Ringham’s 5 & 1

Following in the footsteps of the original “5 & 1,” Jim Vilk, and Catherine Ryan after him, Joe Ringham is back again for 2017 to make his “5 & 1” (five good looking and one stinker) uni-vs-uni matchups. Sometimes he’ll have some “honorable mentions” and sometimes there will be more than one “bad” game. You may agree and you may disagree — these are, after all, just opinions and everyone has one. Feel free to let him know what you think in the comments section.

Here’s Joe:

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Good Sunday morning, everyone! And, welcome to October! But, before we start accenting everything in pink, we close out September and Week 5 of the season. Let’s see who made the list…

5) Washington at Oregon State — We head to the Pac-12 to start off the list. Love how the gold/white/purple of the Huskies clash against the orange/mono-black of the Beavers. Helps to create quite the eye-pleasing game to me.

4) Northwestern at Wisconsin — I’ve always loved the Badgers traditional home white/red/white look. Simple, classic, and it pairs up very well against the Wildcats purple/white/purple road set (which they should always go with). A beautiful-looking game in Madison.

3) San Jose State at UNLV — A late, but oh-so-good looking entry to the list. Loved how the gold/white/gold of the Spartans matched up brilliantly against the red/red/white of the Runnin’ Rebels. Bright and colorful on a Saturday night in Vegas.

2) UTEP at Army — While going through the afternoon games, this one popped out at me. Love the simple gold/black/gold home uni’s for Army, always a classic. Pair it up against the navy/white/navy of the Miners and you have quite the sharp-looking game at West Point on a Saturday afternoon.

1) Iowa at Michigan State — Full disclosure: Iowa was nearly on this list last week (got bumped from #5). Always a fan of the Hawkeyes simple look, in this case their black/white/gold road set. And I’ve been waiting for Sparty to pair the new white hat with their green/white home set. Looked fantastic, and helped make this one look even better.

And, finally…

+1) Georgia at Tennessee and Syracuse at North Carolina State — This is a tie because you had two games that actually could’ve been decent looking match-ups… except both home teams had to screw it up by going mono-grey.

Have a good week, and I’ll see you next Sunday!

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Thanks Joe! You can follow Joe on the Twitter and let him know what you think of his choices or make a 5 & 1 suggestion of your own!

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NCAA Uni Tracking

Uni Watch will again track the uniform combinations worn by the “Power 5” conferences. All of the 2016 trackers are back!

We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII), and Ethan Dimitroff (tracking the B1G AND the SEC). Rex, Dennis, and Kyle and are all returning from 2015, and Ethan is back after joining the NCAA Uni Tracking last season. Ethan has stepped into the dual role of both the B1G and the SEC.

Here are the Uni Trackers for the Power 5 Conferences:

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Rex is up first today (ACC):

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ACC

More Here.
Follow Rex on Twitter here.

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

PAC-12

More here.
Follow Dennis on Twitter here.

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And here is Ethan, with the SEC:

SEC

And be sure to check out Ethan’s WVU Mountaineer Tracker.
Follow Ethan on Twitter here.

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And here is Kyle with the Big XII:

Big XII

Follow Kyle on Twitter here.

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And here’s Ethan with the B1G:

B1G

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Duck Tracker

Welcome to the 2017 Oregon Ducks Uni Tracker. This little project was originally begun way back in 2008-09 by Michael Princip, who retired after several seasons, whereupon the project was continued by Tim E. O’Brien. He, too, retired from the tracking, but the project has been ably kept up by the man who also tracks the Pac12, Dennis Bolt.

Here’s this week’s Uniform Combo for the Ducks (you can click to enlarge):

You can read about this uniform, and MUCH MORE, by checking out the Duck Tracker here!

Thanks Dennis!

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And now a few reminders from Paul

Hi there, in case you missed Friday’s entry, here are three things you should know about:

1. The annual Uni Watch NHL Season Preview is now available, with all of the uniform changes for the coming season. Check it out here.

2. Our latest limited-edition shirt from the Uni Watch Artist’s Series is by the great Sean Kane (shown at right; click to enlarge). It’s available here until Oct. 9. Additional info here.

3. We also have a bunch of new Naming Wrongs designs. Check those out here.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: “When you’re the SmackDown Women’s Champion, apparently the Red Sox give you a NickNOB on a home uni,” says Derek Reynolds. … We’ve seen throwback and vintage baseball games before, but these modern-day sailors and soldiers recreated the U.S. Army versus Navy games from World War I (from Walter Young). … Possible uni changes for the Padres??? It’s a debate that has long been around the San Diego sports world, but also seen a new furor among the next generation of local fans: To bring back the brown, or not? … A fully uniformed Ben Zobrist biked to the park with his family to watch some sandlot baseball (from Bob Gassel). Bob adds, “Check out the socks.” … Is nothing sacred (TPFIC) “I’ve never seen @NewEraCap make celebration goggles before – each player has their own number on them in the middle” says Joe Giza.

NFL News: Over the last week we’ve seen plenty of controversy over kneeling during the national anthem in the NFL, with fans burning jerseys and bar owners using jerseys as doormats. Now, a radio station is planning on using NFL player jerseys to wash/dry cars at a car wash for veterans. … Two Washington running backs bought an Xbox for a young fan wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey. … A twitter pal of mine, @OTBaseballPhoto, in a rare non-baseball DM, writes, “Stumbled on this Phil, it’s Mel Farr in 1968 (I think) with a crude helmet cam, figure it’s something you might want run with.”

College/Canadian/High School Football News: Our resident expert on football up north, Wade Heidt, writes, “The UBC Thunderbirds traded in their royal blue uniforms for black ones for their game against the Calgary Dinos in Vancouver on Friday night. Going all out BFBS for the first time. What is notable is the return of their Thunderbird Head logo to the helmet for this game. It is still the school logo, but UBC quit wearing their logo on their helmets after 2014. They now wear an interlocking ‘BC’ on the helmets with new uniforms starting in 2015.” … This is a new one. My pal Jimmy Corcoran has a nephew who is in 10th grade. Jimmy asks, “I can’t remember seeing this before in high school football? Instead of wearing a patch, the captains wear a huge C on the back of their helmets.” Anyone ever seen this before? … “Technically a panther is a wildcat,” writes Eric Lovejoy. “Local HS in northern IL borrows from the Florida Panthers.” … Here’s an article from the CFL website. It’s about the Miami (“Manatees”) team that was going to be part of the CFL’s American expansion in the 1990’s (thanks to Tom Pachuta). … The Columbia Lions football stadium uses the Detroit Lions logo from the Barry Sanders era on their seats (from Alexander Ganias‏).

Hockey News: If you follow this blog, or you read Paul’s NHL Season Preview (and you know you did), you’ve seen the Vegas Golden Knights have put season ticket holders’ names on ice. But they’re not alone: the San Jose Sharks do it too (from Adam Fritzen). … Check out this giant size goalie mask, seen at a Canadian Tire in Toronto (from Ted Arnold). … “Noticed small change this year to the alternate black jersey of the Vancouver Giants,” says Wade Heidt. “Previously, the jersey featured white letters on the nameplate. This year the nameplate has been changed to white with black lettering. Also noticed the ear loops and chin straps on the helmets have been changed to white from black.” … Here’s a look at the helmets for Arizona State University Hockey for the 2017-18 season (from Patrick Thomas).

NBA News: We don’t (usually) deal with the retail side of unis/jerseys here, but several readers (James MacNeil, Broc Barwick) have pointed out that the “swingman” version of the NBA jerseys do not have the truncated shoulder striping that the on-court jerseys will have. … Pretty sure we’ve had this item before, but Converse has now released special edition Celtics sneakers (from Phil Lawson). … Also from Phil, the Celtics’ Terry Rozier III has RNOB for his NOB. … Have we seen Dwayne Wade in his new Cavaliers jersey yet? … MRogers writes, “[F]irst G-league Nike stuff I’ve seen. Looks pretty consistent with NBA stuff.” … Missed in the hoopla of Nike gear was this Wolves hat on Lids with an all-new alternate logo. Maybe it’ll be on the City uni? (from Conrad Burry). … Whoops — major jersey malfunction last night for the Lakers’ Tyler Ennis (from Xanthony Barr). Here’s another look (from Griff Zakarin‏). As Jimmer Vilk says, “Lighter, stronger, moisture wicking…wait…make that just lighter and moisture wicking.”

College Hoops News: We’re seeing this more and more: R.J. Barrett has named his “final three schools” from which he’ll choose one. However, as Josh Hinton points out, “Barrett uses the new, updated UK logo but the old court design.”

Soccer News: During action yesterday in the English Premier League (EPL), Manchester City wore all maroon vs Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (from James Beattie).

Grab Bag: Check out some of the custom lacrosse sticks and gear being used by the WPLL (“Womens Professional Lacrosse League”). You can see more here as well (from Lax Sports Network). … On Facebook, a school administrator has asked whether school uniforms should be traded for track suits.

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41 comments to Sunday Morning Uni Watch

  • WFY | October 1, 2017 at 8:16 am |

    I really liked the block-serif numbers on the Penn State jerseys. That and contrasting collar and sleeve trim would be a fantastic update to roll out full time.

  • BurghFan | October 1, 2017 at 8:51 am |

    Proofreading:

    “You can read more about them here.” There seems to be a link missing in the Penn State item.

  • Brent | October 1, 2017 at 9:23 am |

    Facemask color is wrong for Tech in the Big 12 tracker.

  • Josh Hinton | October 1, 2017 at 9:42 am |

    City wearing all maroon is no different that a team wearing their away jersey on a road game in football.

  • DenverGregg | October 1, 2017 at 9:59 am |

    Would be nice if both LSU and Tennessee would ditch yesterday’s costumes after being so humiliated in them.

    I’d like the Buffs to drop the all-black set too, but there’s basically no chance of that happening.

  • Joe | October 1, 2017 at 10:27 am |

    The Duck Tracker is for last week’s game.

  • mild bill | October 1, 2017 at 10:29 am |

    Is there usually a lag period of one week for Oregon Duck Tracker?

    • Dennis Bolt | October 1, 2017 at 8:32 pm |

      No, but somehow at Uni-watch headquarters the old file got loaded. Sometimes, with Oregon games starting at 7pm pacific Phil can’t load one that has a score since that is like 2am Eastern, so he usually swaps in the next day.

    • Phil Hecken | October 1, 2017 at 8:51 pm |

      Hey Guys

      So sorry — I’ve been off the grid ALL day. Yes, that’s my fault — Dennis sent me a “blank” tracker with yesterday’s uniform, which I downloaded, but I somehow must have not uploaded — he also sent me a “final” score copy which I’ve now put into the post. That got to me JUST after I went to bed (like 1:30 am-ish) last night. Had a birthday for a relative today, and I’ve just not had a chance to get to the boards.

      My apologies, but we should have the proper graphic now.

  • John R | October 1, 2017 at 10:38 am |

    The stars on the Texas Tech uniforms don’t seem to line up evenly. The right side is consistently closer to the front.

    Also uni-tracker shows two different Oregon Ducks uniforms along with grey randomly on the Texas unis.
    I usually don’t comment but this bothered my OCD in a major way.

  • Kek | October 1, 2017 at 10:57 am |

    Duck tracker is a week off. They wore black lids/green jerseys/black pants last night against Cal.

    • Dennis Bolt | October 1, 2017 at 8:32 pm |

      Thanks-the file just not get loaded correctly last night.

  • Don Patterson | October 1, 2017 at 10:58 am |

    Hooray! UTEP made the top 5 in something!

  • Joel Horn | October 1, 2017 at 11:30 am |

    Why is last week’s (Sept. 23) Oregon Ducks uni posted today? They wore black-green-black yesterday!

    • Dennis Bolt | October 1, 2017 at 8:32 pm |

      Thanks-the file just not get loaded correctly last night.

  • Graf Zeppelin | October 1, 2017 at 1:07 pm |

    Wait… WTF is this? I can deal with wearing white at home, I can even [reluctantly] deal with the white socks with the white pants, but WTF’s with the white facemasks? This is not a “Color Rush” game, and even if it was it would still look terrible.

    A sh***y team should at least make an effort to look presentable. Ych.

    • DJ | October 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm |

      You’re referring to the Jets? I disagree; all-white (including the facemasks) looks very good for them.

  • Andy | October 1, 2017 at 1:51 pm |

    Week 1, Southern Miss wears all gold for the first time in many years: no mention
    This week, Southern Miss wears throwback unis to honor the 1997 team, no mention.
    C’mon Terry

    • Terry D. | October 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm |

      Ah, damn. I had a hard time trying to find pictures for the other games yesterday, and the Southern Miss game from last night didn’t even cross my mind. My bad.

      Although, I thought they wore all-gold a small handful of times in recent years.

  • LarryB | October 1, 2017 at 1:56 pm |

    I notice more teams are wearing white at home. Not a bunch but more. UCLA did look nice but as said above, not UCLAlike. Penn State unis still boring as heck but a tad better. They should have gone with the lighter blue shade they wore before 1969-70.

    Did Colorado chose all black because UCLA went all white? I dont like the use of gray by so many teams. Mostly it is dark gray which does not look as good as light gray. Ohio State is scarlet and gray and has not done an all gray yet. I would be ok with them doing it although I prefer legit throwbacks.

    More high schools in my area wearing gray. Annoying.

  • LarryB | October 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm |

    Watching USC Washington State game Friday it was hard to tell what color WSU wore. I mean sometimes the unis looked dark dark blue and even dark dark green. At least to me.

    • Wade Heidt | October 1, 2017 at 2:26 pm |

      According to the school, Wazzu was wearing anthracite:

      http://www.wsucougars.com/news/2017/4/19/cougars-unveil-new-football-uniforms-for-2017.aspx

      I just call it GFGS.

      • LarryB | October 1, 2017 at 2:51 pm |

        Yep, figured it was anthracite. How long has anthracite been a color anyhow? When I was a kid there was no anthracite crayon in my box of colors.

        On TV Friday it just looked like different shades of whatever to me.

        • DJ | October 1, 2017 at 4:26 pm |

          It’s how Nike describes it in their catalog.

  • Lee | October 1, 2017 at 2:07 pm |

    So the Jets are wearing white face masks today rather than the regular green masks.
    I know that NFL face masks have been changed out occasionally for throwback games, alternate and color rush games.

    Is this the first time an NFL team has switched them out for no apparent reason other than just “feeling like it”?

    Lee

  • RS Rogers | October 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm |

    That Padres article amounts to a catalog of bad business horrors. Incoherence and incompetence papered over with strings of meaningless but trendy marketing jargon. I honestly feel kind of badly for the mid-level and low-level employees of the organization; it must be a toxic place to work.

    To pick one of several examples, the Padres seem to have already planned a 2019 agenda for a 50th anniversary celebration that includes logo and uniform elements, but that is so completely separate from any strategic thinking about the team’s long-term identity that neither will the 2019 inform the potential 2020 makeover, nor will the work going into planning a 2020 makeover inform the 2019 anniversary program. That sequence is almost literally inconceivable in even a minimally competent business environment. That’s the kind of thing that failing bars and restaurants do, and then get yelled at by the celebrity hosts of save-my-business reality shows. If American sports was a capitalist system, the Padres would be on their way out of business.

  • Judy A | October 1, 2017 at 2:55 pm |

    The Rams uniform is a total mess. They either need to commit to the blue and white and ditch all the gold on the jersey, or they need to return to gold horns and pants stripes. They look like they’re wearing two different uniforms.

    • Oakville Endive | October 1, 2017 at 3:39 pm |

      Yep, not sure I use “total mess”, but it sort of looks like an “All Star” game look, where a player is wearing his team’s helmet, and a mis-matching all-star uniform. It does look dumb.

      Buffalo at Atlanta is a pretty good looking game, especially thinking how bad it could have looked just a few years ago. Today’s game helped by the Falcons wearing their pseudo throwback

    • Judy A | October 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm |

      Buffalo currently has one of my favorite unis in the league. Atlanta’s normal set doesn’t work for me, but the throwbacks look pretty cool. I would’ve preferred them to throw back to the red helmet Steve Bartkowsk era, though. Just another time when I hate the NFL’s one shell rule.

  • Justin | October 1, 2017 at 3:51 pm |

    I’m watching the Sunday afternoon games and every time I look at the TV screen and see a jersey with that stupid triangle at the base of the collar I feel like I’m having a giant “swoosh” shoved down my throat and it makes me want to throw up. It’s as if Phil Knight is in my living room telling me, “You’re not watching football, you’re watching people wearing Nike clothes play football.” Gross! FUCK BIG UNI!!!!

  • Troy | October 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm |

    Rams look like the JV guys who suit up for the varsity game but have to wear the old jerseys.

    • Justin | October 1, 2017 at 4:41 pm |

      I love the Rams current uni set. Not because I think they look good, but because I feel like every time they they wear them they’re saying, “These aren’t the jerseys we want to wear. We want to wear jerseys that match our helmet and pants. But, the league’s merchandisers won’t let us change our jersey design more than once in five years so we’re stuck with them.” ….Another case of retail wagging the on-field dog.

      • Kyle | October 2, 2017 at 8:17 am |

        agreed

  • Jimmy Corcoran | October 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm |

    It looks like the Rams game jerseys got lost and they had to borrow the jerseys from another team. They look like absolute garbage, the NFL should be embarrassed. On the flip side, Texas Tech looked outstanding! what a clean look. My second favorite college uniform this year next to the Pitt throwbacks

    • Oakville Endive | October 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm |

      Yep, good analogy on the Rams, and Texas Tech, normally a wasteland from a uniform standpoint (although there are a lot of college wastelands) did look good.

      The Ravens endzone signify a desire to go to black and purple only? From a Edgar Allan Poe it does sort of make sense, practically the only black mono that does.

  • James Gilbert | October 1, 2017 at 6:02 pm |

    Re: the Columbia lion

    per sportslogos.net

    The 1971-1996 Columbia logo, http://www.sportslogos.net/logos/view/7494/Columbia_Lions/1971/Primary_Logo …, is actually this 1970-2002 Detroit logo, http://www.sportslogos.net/logos/view/473/Detroit_Lions/1970/Primary_Logo … (cc: @sportslogosnet)

  • Rob Z. | October 1, 2017 at 9:21 pm |

    I can’t decide which has the worse number font, Syracuse or West Virginia. Both however not as horrific as the TB Bucs.

  • Paul L Williams | October 1, 2017 at 9:47 pm |

    What’s with all the gray uniforms this weekend? Gray is used by few schools and one school that could use it, Army, doesn’t. Was it a coincidence that they were all nike schools?

  • Greg Brown | October 2, 2017 at 5:45 pm |

    UCLA’s powder blue and gold is one of the most iconic looks in college football. White is so…Nike.

  • Brandon Olson | October 3, 2017 at 12:12 pm |

    For those who are curious, the high school in northern Illinois using the Florida Panthers logo is Libertyville High School. They really like using the leaping panther logo on their athletics page: http://www.d128.org/lhs/athletics