By Phil Hecken & The Cast and Crew of the Sunday Morning Uni Watch
Ah…USC vs. UCLA — always the best looking game of the year. And yesterday didn’t disappoint. In fact, I happen to think this game looked better than the past several years due to UA taking over the contract from adidas, who had the trademark treadmark unis, and used to truncate the classic UCLA shoulder loops (although they did remedy that problem in recent vintage).
There is probably no better color vs. color matchup in the college game. The two teams have such distinctive colors and they just go so well together. In fact, I’d actually prepared two different splashes for today, and I can’t waste the second one.
Cardinal and gold versus… well, UA is calling this UCLA Blue and gold now. It’s not quite as great as the more powder blue they once sported, and still don’t love the UCLA blue script on the hats, but that’s a small complaint. Give me two servings of this and this every third Saturday in November and I’ll be a happy camper.
If you didn’t happen to catch this game, just feast your eyes:
— Ravi Sharma (@ravi_sharma98) November 19, 2017
— Max Meyer (@TheMaxMeyer) November 19, 2017
This was just one of many great looking games yesterday (pleasantly and surprisingly so), with just a couple stinkers scattered about. I’ll bet Joe picked this (as I think he does every year) for the #1 of the 5 & 1, but it’s up against some strong competition.
And with that, here’s my right hand man, Terry D. with your…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
The gloomy weather didn’t dampen Saturday’s mood, as it was Senior Day for many schools.
• During the Miami/UVA game, the Canes were penalized for having two #4’s on the field at the same time (you can have number duplicates in college ball due to the larger roster sizes compared to say, the NFL, just not in play simultaneously [PC: Ƒunhouse/@BackAftaThis]). Also, as a result of Adidas’s Laffy Taffy fabric, NOBs tend to become warped in certain places. Specifically, H’s become backwards K’s more often than not (PC: Rex Henry).
• I hate this and love it at the same time.
• Georgia Southern wore S&S helmet stripes against South Alabama.
• Utah State did a similar gesture using S&S decals.
• As did Washington.
• Clemson wore mono-purple for Military Appreciation Day against The Citadel.
• Kentucky wore all white with no helmet stripe against Georgia (white lids are usually stripe-inclusive). Also, Josh Hinton noted that “KSR (UK-sports blog/site) claims that today is the first time that the Cats have worn all white under Mark Stoops, but an earlier article contradicts this.”
• We’ll call this look “Black Cherry”.
And that’ll do it for Week 12! Tune in next week as we try to get over the Thanksgiving food coma hump for Week 13. See you then!
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.
Good Sunday, everyone! This second-to-last week of the college football regular season was rather eye-popping. So many good looking games this week. So, without further ado… to the list we go!
5) Fresno State at Wyoming — I’ve been looking to get Wyoming on here for a while, and they come through here with a real beauty of a game. Loved the white/brown/gold at home for the Cowboys, and it matched up great with the red/white/red of the Bulldogs on the road. And, it gives me an excuse to pull this recent quote out…
4) San Jose State at Colorado State — This was a game that, when scrolling through the Saturday slate, just popped out at me fiercely. SJSU looked awfully good in gold/white/gold on the road, and it paired up excellently against the green/green/gold of the Rams at home. It made for quite the good-looking game on a Saturday afternoon in Fort Collins.
3) California at Stanford — The Big Game, from a uni perspective, did not disappoint. Cal looked fantastic in navy/white/navy on the road, and the Cardinal looked strong in their usual white/cardinal/white home look.
2) Harvard at Yale — Two classic rivals who always look great when playing one another. Just something about the Crimson’s crimson/white/gold road set against the Bulldogs’ white/blue/white home set that just looks like it belongs together.
+1) Minnesota at Northwestern — On a day with a plethora of good-looking games to choose from, there had to be a clunker among the bunch. This one was it, looking as drab and dreary as the weather was in Evanston. Props to Kyle Good for tweeting this suggestion out to me.
Enjoy the Turkey Day Week, everyone! I’ll catch you next week!
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:
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!
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: Check out this photo of Yankees legend Yogi Berra rocking the oft rumored, rarely captured, white chest protector/maroon leg guard combo (from @OldTimeHardball). … Was there nothing the great Ted Williams couldn’t do? Here he puts on football gear for a workout at the United States Navy Pre-Flight School in North Carolina, in 1943 (from Bruce Menard). … Tweeter Jesse Alkire thinks MLB socks should better reflect each team’s brand and heritage. Here are his behance concepts to see how he proposes teams start suiting up in tradition from head to toe. … Apparently Chuck Tanner’s warmup jacket from 1979 is currently up for auction (from South Jersey Giants). I’d wear that. Jimmer Vilk would wear the pillbox.
NFL News: Great wire photo of the Boston Shamrocks football team posing at Fenway Park before a game with their AFL rival Pittsburgh Americans (1937). Says submitter Bruce Menard “Love those uniforms!” … The NFL wasn’t always about touchdown celebrations and concussion protocols, sometimes it was just about SWEET LOVE (from John Turney). … The Philadelphia Eagles have officially announced their uniform selection for their Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys: Green hat & jersey, white pants. … Check out this sweet “Raiders en Mexico” helmet (from Maximiliano).
Hockey News: “The Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey (LNAH) is a low-level independent pro league based in Quebec,” says Wade Heidt. “This year, Trois-Rivieres changed their name to the Draveurs [who were] wearing a copy of a Dallas Stars’ logo on their chest versus the Jonquiere Marquis, who wear the Dallas Stars’ uniform template and colours.” … Nice article in the New York Times about Tony Harris, the man the NHL commissioned to paint portraits of the 100 greatest players from the 100 years of the NHL (thanks, Paul). According to Dier Straights, Brian Leetch never wore C in this Uni. … Here’s an interesting (educated?) “guess of what the Sabres winter classic jersey may generally look like, based off of the leaked hat” (from @KP8Design). … The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will highlight an Original Six showdown between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium (thanks Paul). This will be Chicago’s fourth NHL Winter Classic appearance and Boston’s third. … Last evening saw a nice ECHL color vs color match up, Toledo vs Cincinnati (from @StevePasz).
NBA/G-League News: Although only two are visible in this photo, Zachary Loesl points out the Wisconsin Herd have Shannon, Vitto, and Sterling Brown, who each have different nameplates (SH. BROWN, V. BROWN, and ST. BROWN). … The Akron Aviators shorts with TNOC (Team Name On Crotch) have finally arrived. Jimmer Vilk noted they were mysteriously missing last week (an unusually good uni-screw up). … Some color on color games look ok, even good. This Hawks/Celtics tilt wasn’t one of them (from Timothy Finnegan).
College Hoops News: Stanford’s men’s basketball team added captain patches some time in between their first game – against Cal Poly and their third game – against Eastern Washington. “You can see the difference in the pictures of Reid Travis (#22) in both links,” says Max Zelin. “There is a lot going on on those thin shoulders between the Nike logo, the captain patch, the Stanford logo, the American flag, and the Pac12 logo.” … Liberty and Houston played a color vs. color game yesterday (from Jacob Johnston). … The Southern Illinois Salukis have a new court design (from Nick Yelverton).
Soccer News: In yesterday’s Premier League matchup, Manchester City vs Leicester City went light blue vs. dark blue (from Erik Spoonmore). … The Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL rebranded as Penn FC (from Brian Henke).
Grab Bag: So, um…yeah: Wayne Gretzky, Connor McDavid, Jonathan Toews release custom toasters (from Ted Arnold, who adds, “Not uni specific per se but pretty funny and corny at the same time”). … Interesting multi-sport observation from Travis Holland: “Strings or laces in sports in order of importance 1. Football-affects the way you throw 2. Baseball-ditto 3. Lacrosse-used to affect the level of safety 4. Hockey-jersey laces just look cool”