By Phil Hecken and the SMUW crew
Most schools who chose to play dress up this weekend went the camopander/GI Joevember/’MURICA route, but not erstwhile Colorado State. Nay, they eschewed the patriotic gestures and instead wrapped themselves in the flag. The Colorado State flag, that is — here, this is the flag of the State of Colorado.
The Rams wore custom unis yesterday, with special white helmets featuring two blue stripes (and a red “C” surrounding the sun) and a very literal representation of the state flag itself as the shoulder panel on a white jersey. The pants were also white, with two blue stripes running down the legs. It was a very clean look — and I liked it.
With opponents Boise State in mono-blue, it was (IMHO, anyway) a good looking game (also note Boise has S&S helmet numbers):
— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) November 12, 2017
More yards for the Boddie
First down for the Rams. pic.twitter.com/ezY3xnPcLc
— CSU Rams Football (@CSUFootball) November 12, 2017
— Barstool Colorado St (@BarstoolCSU) November 12, 2017
I’m actually surprised more teams haven’t attempted to adopt some form of uniform based on their state flag. Then again, there might might be a good reason few have. Plus, most state flags either suck or simply wouldn’t translate to a uni. Top of my head, I know Texas Tech attempted a flag-esque uni, and Oregon did a fauxback loosely based on the Oregon flag, but not really. Indiana based one of their helmets on the Indiana state flag.
I can’t think of any others. But now that Maryland, T-Tech and Colorado have all done it, I wonder if others will follow. If done well, there are a few state flags that might translate well enough onto a uniform (Arizona comes to mind, and New Mexico and Tennessee have possibilities). Any others?
And now, for the rest of yesterday’s action, I’ll turn the rest of this section over to my sidekick, TJ, who’ll bring you week 11 of…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
Week 11 was a WEEK. #1 went down, #2 almost went down, #3 was PUNISHED, and the Crimson Tide made me stress-eat an entire bag of Lifesavers Gummies last night.
• Kent State and Western Michigan got a head start on Veterans Day since they obviously didn’t play on Saturday, with BOTH teams wearing white S&S helmets (and the socks worn by the Golden Flashes are nothing short of extra).
• North Illinois also partook in the pre-Veterans Day festivities.
Not to be left out: UNLV also wore S&S decals (at least it was on the Marine Corps Birthday).
• I mentioned some weeks back that Temple bestows upon the honor of wearing jersey #1 to a specific player each game. I couldn’t tell who it was this week, but his NOB was apparently having none of it (PC: Jedi ASU/@JediASU).
***QUICK NOTE*** As you would expect, NUMEROUS teams wore some type of Veterans Day gesture on the field, be it pregame or in-game. Certain teams with a few more details that I would like to point out will be noted in further detail after the quick ‘n’ dirty on the others. Please note that due to the sheer number of demonstrations, I will almost undoubtedly miss a few, in which case, apologies in advance. Lastly, please understand that my usage of the terms “gesture” and “demonstration(s)” are not meant to denote scorn by any means whatsoever, unless you pull the stunt that Northwestern did some years back. Deep breath, here we go…
• LSU, Minnesota, UCF, Ole Miss, South Alabama, Florida International, Louisville (full uni), Syracuse (video), West Virginia, Louisiana Tech, Troy (game shot), Kansas State, Mizzou, East Carolina (helmets, too), Iowa, Utah, and probably 2,456 quillion others. [And those who didn’t, clearly hate America — PH]
• Vanderbilt modified their grey alts with the seals of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as sidelining their usual nameplates for black ones with the last names of fallen service members (video here). They also wore “Deep Water” helmets.
• Air Force wore throwback uniforms in their game against Wyoming, in honor of the U.S. Air Force’s 70th anniversary (founded in its current state in 1947).
• NC State wore red helmets against Boston College.
And THAT’LL do it for a very-busy Week 11! I don’t know how to end this since covering Saturday’s festivities has left me a little brain-frazzled, so simply put: I’ll you all next week.
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.
Happy Sunday, everyone! With a crisp, autumn chill in the air, we are starting to hit the part of the schedule I love. This is where you get some of the best-looking uni match-ups, as the schedule winds down. This week was no exception. Let’s see who made the cut…
5) Nebraska at Minnesota — This one snuck up on me, but damn did it look good. Always a fan of the Huskers usual white/white/red on the road, and I loved how it clashed excellently with the maroon/gold/maroon the Gophers went with at home. It made for a striking, yet great-looking, game.
4) Georgia at Auburn — I got alerted to this game via Twitter, and was very much impressed. The Dawgs looked sharp, as always, in their red/white/grey road set. It matched up excellently against the Tigers’ usual white/navy/white home set. Apparently, that was the only part of the game that went well for Georgia.
3) Southern Cal at Colorado — Came across this one while flipping through the afternoon games and immediately loved what I saw. Always have loved the Buffs’ gold/black/gold home set, and it pairs up perfectly against the traditional road look of the Trojans. Just a simple, sharp looking game in Boulder.
2) Notre Dame at Miami (FL) — I’ve had my eye on this game all week… and it didn’t disappoint at all. Such a beautiful looking game this was, with the Irish in their classically simple road unis and the U in their traditional home unis. Took me back to their classic tilts nearly 30 years ago…
1) Iowa at Wisconsin — As soon as I turned on my TV, upon coming home from running an afternoon errand, and saw this game, this became a hands-down #1. I’ll let the pictures do the talking for me here.
+1) Wake Forest at Syracuse — I don’t know if it was because of the wonky looking sleeve pattern on the Wake road tops, or the fact that Syracuse broke out the mono-greys that look just flat-out terrible… but this game just fit into this slot so well.
Enjoy the week, everyone. I’ll see you next Sunday!
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!
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:
Rex is up first today (ACC):
And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:
And here is Ethan, with the SEC:
And here is Kyle with the Big XII:
Follow Kyle on Twitter here.
And here’s Ethan with the B1G:
And now a few words from Paul:
My thanks, as always, for your consideration. We now return you to your regularly scheduled weekend post.
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: “Noticed on MLB Trade Rumors app that the photo used for the Yankees has a Carlos Beltran mitt,” says Michael Biggins. “Yanks traded him last year and he won the WS with the Astros this year.” … Here’s an interesting article entitled, “A Dozen Business Lessons from Waffle House” which, if you read down, has a good Yankee uni reference at #5 (from Adam Herbst). … Players in “other” unis: Tigers Hank Greenberg joined the Army in May 1941 and served as anti-tank gunner. He was released 2 days before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. When the US declared war, Greenberg reenlisted joining Air Corp, who he served for till June 1945 when discharged after 47 months service (nice writeup from @OTBaseballPhoto). … The Arizona Fall League is not immune from camopander, as seen being seen joyfully worn on interested players (from Joseph Giordano).
NFL News: We’ve already seen several teams sporting “Salute to Service” gear, but this article contains a pretty good rundown/overview of what has taken place so far (and what to expect your team to sport if they haven’t already). … Marquette University High School (the Hilltoppers) use an interesting variation of the LA Rams logo (from Luc Anthony). … Not quite ‘skins Watch, but close: “Edmonton’s mayor is right — it’s time for (Edmonton) Eskimos to change name” (from Joshua Dowdell).
Hockey News: Check out this “Pat Tillman” goalie mask for the
Arizona Phoenix Coyotes (from Chuck Loads). … On Friday night, the OHL Kitchener Rangers wear Remembrance Day uniforms to honour the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I (from Wade Heidt). He adds, “Classier than some of the G.I. Joke stuff we see. Here is a shot with the full uniform on the ice. Second photo shows a vintage style diamond design for the captain’s patch.” … Here’s a look at the logo the Capitals will be using for the Stadium Series game on March 3rd VS the Maple Leafs (from @KP8Design). … Here’s a look at the 2018 NHL Stadium Series Logo Patch and Team Crests for the Caps and Maple Leafs (from our own Jamie Rathjen). And here’s a bit more on the game. … Last night the San Jose Sharks did a baseball crossover sporting Oakland Athletics-themed jerseys during warmups (from @CouvillierMax). … The Texas Stars did a ‘murica night last evening and well, you be the judge of the unis (from Bobby D.). … The Peoria Rivermen Veterans Day sweaters feature the C-130 Hercules flown by the 182nd ALW and the CH-47 Chinook flown by the 2-238th AVN. Both Illinois Natural Guard units in Peoria (from Joe Ringham). … The AHL Hershey Bears REALLY love America (from @RealJesseLee). … Tweeter The Backhanded Devil observes, “The promo photos for the Devils camo warmup jerseys show the US flag placed on the wrong sleeve. Appears they removed them altogether prior to the game.”
NBA News: There is a new logo for Wisła Kraków’s basketball team (from Ed Żelaski). … It was two “light” (gold vs. white) jerseys in a game between the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers in Milwaukee last evening (from Zachary Loesl). Still odd to see Laker gold on the road. … Also from Zach, Andrew Bogut was wearing a Veterans Day themed shirt on the bench. … Reader Jack Connell “Was at Dicks sporting goods [yester]day and saw this goodie. Fultz Shirt Jersey with the number 7 in the Nike style at dicks sporting goods.”
College Hoops News: The Kansas State basketball team will bring back its vintage lavender jerseys for a game this season. K-State announced Friday it will wear the throwback look during a game against TCU on Jan. 20 at Bramlage Coliseum. … According to Robert Hayes, Youngstown State Hoops have new road jerseys. … God. Country. Notre Dame. Or so says the waistband slogan for the Fighting Irish and their new unis (from Terry Mark).
Soccer News: The Cartilage Free Captain blog has a new project called Recurrently Generated Football League where fake English football club names are computer-generated (from K.C. Kless). K.C. adds, “They have gone the extra mile and are creating background stories, logos/crests, and kits for the teams, like this one for ‘Fab Town’.” … Northern Ireland debuted a new kit which sported a mismatched typeface on shorts and shirts (from @Greggo_82). … According to Jeremy Brahm “Cote d’Ivoire had ‘German 7s’ on their numbers today in their final World Cup Qualifier.”
Grab Bag: Signs of the apocalypse, volume 235: Labatt Blue Light cans are now available in Zubaz (from Christian Zummer). … Here’s an article with a couple good looks at helmets worn by Evel Knievel. … There’s a new scoreboard at Rhodes Arena (home of the Akron Zips, doncha know), “which is too low for volleyball in my opinion,” says Jimmer Vilk). … Ireland’s Rugby Union team played South Africa on Saturday evening. As both teams usually play in green, the home team opted for a change of jersey design. It kind of backfired (from Ted Arnold).