By Phil Hecken and the SMUW Crew
What’s new is old again — the Ducks breaking out another new uniform in non school colors — and since they kinda wrote the book on BFBS and neon, well, they just added another new chapter.
I’m just surprised they busted this uni out this weekend, during a day game that probably few saw on television, rather than saving them for a nationally televised game, like they have against Stanford next weekend (ESPN Game Day will be covering that from Autzen).
Now, for the rest of your Saturday rundown, here’s Terry “TJ” Duroncelet, Jr., with your…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
• Memphis took greyscale a little too seriously on Friday night and wore grey… at home… against an all-white-clad Georgia State team. *sigh* The helmets were apparently heavily inspired by their old helmets from the 1970s (back when they were known as Memphis State University), but with some added tweaks, such as asymmetrical helmet decals, a matte shell, and a (textured?) blue facemask, tweaks that I would have not been aware of had it not been for Blaise D’Sylva.
• Wish I could say the same for Mizzou and Purdue. BTW, for the context of the flag on Purdue’s helmets, they wore said flag decals on the left side of the helmets, with a U.S. Armed Forces decal of the player’s choosing on the back.
• Murray State not only has fantastic taste in helmet stripes (also, what mouthguard does Kentucky RB Benny Snell Jr. use?), but they also do player names in a manner that I personally haven’t come across before: they put their athlete’s last names on the back of the NECK BUMPERS on the helmets (photo cred to Flacat22). I’ve seen my fair share of atypical approaches to the college football helmet, including accidental goatse (please love yourself and DO NOT Google that), but this is something that I actually like. Let’s hope the Racers keep this (provided they haven’t been doing this for a while).
• Mississippi State wore helmet decals that had an integrated teal ribbon with the number 8 in honor of Alex Wilcox, the MSU softball pitcher who passed away from ovarian cancer this past June (her uniform number was #8). If you zoom in on the provided helmet picture, the bottom of the decal reads ‘AW’ (her initials). Here’s the video of the staff applying the decals.
• More teams should take notes from the UCLA/Fresno State game on how important contrast is.
Thanks, TJ! OK, now on to the rest of your SMUW…
Joe Ringham’s 5 & 1
Following in the footsteps of the original “5 & 1,” Jim Vilk, and Catherine Ryan after him, Joe Ringham returns for 2018 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! To the list we go…
5) Miami (OH) at Minnesota — I had another game lined up for this spot, and then this one snuck in and stole the spot. Loved the Gophers usual maroon/maroon/gold home look, and it matched up really well against the red/white/red of the Redhawks. Looked absolutely fantastic
3) Miami (FL) at Toledo — This was one of the first games I saw on television in the early window of games, and immediately knew it would be on the list. The white/white/orange of the U on the road is what they should always go with, and it looked great against the blue/gold/blue of the Rockets. Bold, bright, and eye-appealing.
2) Boise State at Oklahoma State — Any other week, this would be at the top of the list. The Broncos looked great in blue/white/blue on the road. Pair that up against the white/orange/white that OSU went with, and you have one damn-near perfect looking game in Stillwater.
1) LSU at Auburn — I’ll let you guys in on one of my unwritten rules, when it comes to this space. I avoid, or try to avoid, putting teams in in back to back weeks. I make a rare exception here, in the case of LSU, for this games‘ annual appearance on the top of the list. We’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking…
+1) Central Michigan at Northern Illinois — Just a week after I put CMU on the good side of the list, the bring out the hideous mono-golds that automatically put them on this side of the list every year. Even NIU making this a color vs color match-up can’t save this one.
Enjoy the rest of your football Sunday, everyone!
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 2017 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 a couple seasons ago. Ethan continues his dual role of tracking 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 2018 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!
NEW Uniform Design “Contest”
Got a note from an old friend, Catherine Ryan, who readers may remember for her stint as the “5 & 1” college football uni matchup lady a few years back. She’s a Villanova grad, and wanted to invite readers to submit designs for a Villanova “third” jersey. I’ll let Catherine explain:
Hello, Uni Watch readers! Some of you may remember me from my stint as the resident 5-and-1 columnist a few years back. Well, I’m here again to propose a fun opportunity to create some unique uniform concepts!
I am a graduate of Villanova University and one of the editors of www.VUhoops.com the leading Villanova basketball blog on the interwebs. As you may have heard, we have won two of the last three National Championships and, as a result, are enjoying a great deal of attention concerning, among other things, our uniforms!
Recently, we’ve been wearing our 1985 white throwbacks as our home uniforms, with the modern blue unis on the road. Villanova rarely takes risks beyond it’s navy/white palette but has occasionally dabbled in sweat backs, bizarrely tiny wordmarks, and this. Also, whatever these are. As you can see, many of these “risks” have completely missed the mark. However, rumors are abound about Nike creating a third alternate jersey for the program this year.
So, I thought I would offer the Uni Watch readers a chance to submit their own ideas for a third alternate uniform for the Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball team. I will post all the submissions on VUhoops.com. We have an engaging and active community over there that would love to discuss all of your ideas!
If you’re interested, just send me your ideas at Catherine.M.Ryan10@gmail.com by September 28, 2018. Feel free to submit as many proposals as you’d like. Be creative! Or be traditional! Or be completely reckless! Take a shot at redesigning the logo if you want!
College basketball is right around and the corner and we’d love to have you all help us kick off our 2018 coverage!
OK, readers — you know what do to. Just make sure to send all your submissions to Catherine (address listed above) and not me or Uni Watching. Good luck to everyone who submits!
Contest reminder: Paul here, reminding you that I’m currently running a Jets-redesign contest. As usual, the best entries will be featured in one of my upcoming ESPN columns. Full details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: OK — this one is really good — should these two guys really be sitting together (let alone on the same side)? From Venomous Snake. … Mimicking his teammate, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez stayed in full uniform for the ride back from D.C. (from Josh Hinton). … Check out the Baltimore Orioles batting helmet being worn in the film Teachers (1984). From Pierre Escargot. … Oops! Craig Bates asks, “Another weekend and another weird printing snafu find at a store in #Knoxville. Are the @Pirates moving to #CharmCity?” … Last night, the Giants became Los Gigantes (from Brinke).
NFL/CFL News: James Connor, Steelers Running Back, will honor the late Mac Miller with special cleats today (from Mike Slavonic). … As planned, the Montreal Alouettes have returned to wearing their primary logo on the helmet for the remainder of the season. Made the appearance Friday night. Submitter Wade Heidt adds, “However, they did not return to their usual primary helmet as I expected. The logo is only in red. Almost looks like the paint job is not complete when compared with how the logo usually looks. Have kept the striping off the helmet and stayed with grey facemask, which differs from the usual primary helmet.” … Tweeter Russell Goutierez writes, “Week 2 of 2018 and still the 2016 jersey design graphic. SMH or is it maybe just that the large majority of those in #WhodatNation don’t notice and/or don’t care?” … The Tennessee Titans now have 20th Anniversary logos in their end zones (from Lee Wilds). … The concept of casual Friday has been a staple of American workplaces for years. In Washington, a trio of offensive linemen have turned the topic on its head.
College/High School Football News: We’ve seen the retro-Longhorns logo before, but where did that Trojans head come from (from Griffin Smith)? … Check out this helmet logo for Cashion, a High School in Oklahoma (from Coach Sawyer).
Hockey News: The New York Islanders, who currently play in Brooklyn, will be playing about half their games this season at the “new” Nassau Coliseum. In a beautiful sight, the center ice logo has returned (from @cannolifactory). … Yesterday’s sub-lede featured a look at the new Winnipeg Jets third sweaters (but not much on the breezers). Here are some photos of the full uniform, including the pants. … Introducing the jersey for The State of Hockey’s professional women’s team in the NWHL (from Goat Jerseys).
NBA News: If Jimmer Vilk didn’t ghostwrite this article, then he probably would agree with (at least half of) it: “The Rockets need a ‘ketchup and mustard’ or pinstripe jersey.” Ketchup/mustard, yes. Pins? Never. … Stephen Curry was given his own Spurs kit, but without the Premier League sleeve badges (also posted in the soccer section). From Josh Hinton.
Soccer News: Crystal Palace has a new yellow “fade” kit (from Paul). … Yesterday, Toby Alderwereild was wearing a jersey with no club crest (from James Clancy) Here’s another view (from Mickey McGuire). … Borussia Dortmund have taken a stand against racism amid a dire political climate in Germany by displaying a special message on their shirts (from Tim Walsh). … In yesterday’s action, Toby Alderweireld wore a badge less kit vs Liverpool (from Josh Hinton). … Also from Josh, Stephen Curry was given his own Spurs kit, but without the Premier League sleeve badges (also posted in the hoops section).
Grab Bag: Here’s a look at what the United States will wear when they golf in this year’s Ryder Cup. … Our old friend Jerry Reuss writes, “When I saw (yesterday) morning’s entry, I had to send you this. Attached is an image of The Demon, actually Dale Torborg, who is currently the Minor League Conditioning Coordinator for the White Sox.” Wow, thanks Jerry! … “What a jersey!” exclaims Jon Horton. “I turned on ESPN+ and saw these amazing jerseys. In a night game, they are iridescent. Guinness Pro14 rugby. The back has a rainbow confetti design as well.”