Sunday Morning Uni Watch

By Phil Hecken, with the SMUW Crew

There didn’t seem to be too much really good Uni Watching in the NCAA yesterday, as in week three teams don’t typically bust out crazy new uniforms, for some reason. This year was no exception. Oh sure, we had a bunch of new unis and a lot of new helmets (or at least new detailing on the helmets), but nothing, ya know, too ridiculous.

One outfit worn yesterday wasn’t even new — LSU’s return to white hats and britches. This was the fifth time that combo has been worn, and the team is 4-1 wearing them, so clearly they don’t have a negative affect on the W-L.

It’s a weird thing, this uni. I can’t really decide if I like it or not. I mean, it’s a nice enough uni — I love it when helmets match pants, but for the rare times that LSU wears purple jerseys, I kinda wish they’d wear gold helmets and pants, as that’s always been a great look.

As far as alternates go, this is a much better look than the color shifting purple hats the team wore last year. Maybe I was just off-put a bit by LSU’s opposition (who gave them a bit of a scare in the first half) also wearing white helmets & pants creating a sea of white.

Anyway, we’ve got a big post today — including a sub-lede below on the New York Jets BFBS unis (which they’ll debut on Monday Night Football tomorrow), so I’ll let TJ take it from here.

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

Not gonna lie, I wasn’t too happy with how Week 2’s piece came out, but let’s make up for that with everything I could find for Week 3.

From Friday:

• It was a black-and-white affair between Wake Forest and North Carolina, and not a bad-looking one at that. I still can’t get around how… PLAIN those numbers are for the Demon Deacons. Like chicken with only –and barely any– salt and pepper.

• Oh boy, Houston… we need to talk. If you’re gonna wear BFBS, can you at least coordinate? Like, a black helmet with a red logo would’ve looked 2,456 quillion times better. Granted, it’d be nowhere near as good as wearing a proper red jersey/white pants combo, but here we are. Or at least wear white pants if you must keep the white helmet. ThisDOESN’T WORK.

From Saturday:

• Utah wore their awesome State outline helmets against Idaho State. Those pants are still a tragedy, however. Also, while hunting for pictures of this game, I found this thumbnail (for one of those fake “WATCH FREE SPORTSBALL LIVE LINK IN THE DESCRIPTION!!!1!!11!!!” videos on YouTube that people upload on gameday). There is A LOT to unpack here. We’re just gonna move on because… WOW.

• Arizona State looked pretty decent against Michigan State.

• Cincinnati wore their retro uniforms against Miami (OH), and there’s something that I wanted to point out (I may have already pointed it out a long time ago, but I don’t remember, so just in case): Under Armour uses a specific block font for their numbers, and it borders on Athletic Block levels of unattractive. Just about every UA-outfitted school that uses a block font (and nothing custom) wears them, with some exceptions, such as Notre Dame (although they did wear the “UA-block” numbers when they first switched from adidas back in 2014). It’s simply not a good block number treatment, and UA can’t come up with something better soon enough. Other than that, Cincy looked alright. Not my favorite look, but it’s passable. Also, something we haven’t seen from the Bearcats until yesterday: a 150 patch!

• I loved Minnesota’s helmets from their matchup against Georgia Southern. The Gophers wore Goldy on the helmets for the first time since 2017. Also, note the stripped-down NFL-style captaincy patch in this pic. Speaking of captaincy marks, Georgia Southern’s treatment looks like it was drawn on with a Sharpie from afar (h/t/ @VictoryCB). Minnesota’s killing it with the helmets this year.

• As is Oklahoma State! Here’s a closer look, as well as a look of the BOONE memorial decal for T. Boone Pickens.

• Speaking of helmet firsts since 2017: Virginia Tech broke out the orange helmets against Furman.

• From one Tech to the next: Georgia Tech wore their gold jerseys against The Citadel (which oddly enough, is a different template from their standard unis). Also, I don’t know if I missed something, but does anyone know the significance of the crown-looking decal on the back of the helmets? As an aside, if you look at that last photo, you’ll notice a #90 in a heart on the nape of the neck of the jersey. That’s in memory of GT defensive lineman Brandon Adams, who passed away earlier this year. Here’s another photo of the heart 90 on the back of a helmet.

• West Virginia seems to be working extra-hard to get on my good side this season, and it’s working.

• Alabama only won by 24 against South Carolina, and as such, wasn’t as lopsided as we’re use to seeing with Bama vs. Whomever, but this nose bumper helped to make up the difference (h/t @GriffinTSmith).

• East Carolina’s helmets paired with their purple pants had about the same effect as mixing two different blue components from two different blue suits, and the results being nothing short of… well, yeah. The photos don’t do it justice, but the results were not great.

• Ole Miss wore their light blue helmets (which are some of my favorite helmets in college football) against Southeastern.

• Miami (FL) did a fantastic job on the endzones this week (photo cred to Rich F., who writes: “New end zone for the Hurricanes. I assume it will work for the dolphins, too”)

• I don’t remember if I mentioned this already in Week 1, but we have another member of the no-150 group of… teams that aren’t wearing the 150th patch for college football??? (I really gotta come up with a name here): USC.

• Speaking of which, Air Force has one of the few color-matched 150 patches in college football.

• Syracuse Offensive Lineman Dakota Davis lost the ‘S’ on his collar (h/t Kyle Good).

• From Joshua Hinton: “Lynn Bowden has changed back into the number 1 jersey. He was previously wearing the number 3 jersey in support of Terry Wilson.”

That about does it for Week 3. Next week is when THE REAL FUN BEGINS, and conference play starts to heat up. I noted some helmets above, but if you need more (or saw a helmet that I didn’t cover), you know who to call. Hope everyone has a great day, and I’ll see you next week!

Joe Ringham 5 & 1 Memal’s 5 & 1

Following in the footsteps of the original “5 & 1,” Jim Vilk, Catherine Ryan after him, and finally Joe Ringham, for 2019 we have a new “5 & 1” (five good looking and one stinker) uni-vs-uni matchups — Michael “Memal” Malinowski. Like Joe, Catherine & Jim, Memal will pick HIS 5 best looking/1 awful matchup, and occasionally have some honorable mentions (both good and bad). 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 Memal

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I’ve discovered in my three weeks of doing this piece that finding photos of games that start after 4PM eastern time is either boom or bust! I wanted to include Oklahoma and UCLA in the piece this week, but I struggled to find more than one photo with both teams in it to feature in this segment, which isn’t enough, so they’ll just have to suffer for an unofficial 6th place. The top 5 looking games this week then are:

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5. Florida @ Kentucky

I’m a fan of Florida’s orange pants, and against Kentucky’s complete blue uni set and background of blue provided by the Wildcat’s fans the Gator’s orange helmets and pants really burst!

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4. Clemson @ Syracuse

Are you a fan of the color orange? Than this was the game for you this weekend! Syracuse brought back the uniform template they never should have strayed from and between their blue jerseys and Clemson’s white pants there was enough contrast to keep this from looking like an intersquad scrimmage.

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3. TCU @ Purdue

It was a spy vs spy matchup in West Lafayette as TCU went full stormtrooper against Purdue’s all blackset. Between Purdue’s helmet featuring a railroad pattern stripe and the shoulder pattern on TCU’s uniforms there were some very nice details in this matchup!

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2. Pitt at Penn State

Our first look at Pitt’s new away threads came at Beaver Stadium where the home team wore their traditional white/blue/white combination. I hope all of you who care about this matchup soaked it up for all it’s worth, for who knows when we’ll see these two well dressed in-state rivals meet again.

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1. Georgia Southern @ Minnesota

For those who love great looking helmets, this was the matchup of the weekend! Not only did you have Georgia Southern rock their helmet numbers in their traditional looking blue/white/white combo, but Minnesota wore their maroon/maroon/gold set and sported two different decals on either side of their helmets! A great game on top of being a great looking game earns you the top spot this week!

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And because somebody has to be the sacrificial lamb…

@1 Washington State vs Houston

Ummm, who are these teams? The only standard team colors present in this match up are the jersey numbers, so if you were just flipping through the channels you would have to find the score bug to know who was playing. Aren’t teams concerned about branding anymore?

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Thanks Memal! You can follow Memal 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 2018 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:

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Rex is up first today (ACC):

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ACC

More Here.
Follow Rex on Twitter here.
And (new for 2019!) — check out Rex’ &1/favorite ACC matchup and Rex Weekly Update.

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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:

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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:

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Duck Tracker

Welcome to the 2019 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!

Jets To Go BFBS on MNF

Don’t adjust your tv’s tomorrow night — the J-E-T-S JetsJetsJets will be breaking out their BFBS uniforms. Most of us consider them BFBS anyway — but this isn’t necessarily so, as reader Dylan Nir (a lifelong Jets fan) explains below. Please give this a read — it’s really well done. Thanks!

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The Jets Black Jerseys are More than BFBS — They are Quintessentially Jets
By Dylan Nir

Tomorrow, on Monday Night Football, the Jets are going to wear black uniforms for the first time in their sixty-year history. BFBS jerseys (black for black’s sake, for the uninitiated), rightfully catch a lot of flak. Paul did a pretty good job of capturing that in his 2017 article, so I won’t harp on his old points, but as the Cardinals, Lions, and especially the 49ers can attest, it doesn’t tend to work in the NFL. Gratuitously adding black almost always reads as a cheap marketing scheme to sell more shirts, and damages teams’ histories more than it enhances it.

Many will lump the Jets’ new 2019 black unis in with the others (Paul included), but as a life-long Jets fan, it doesn’t feel that way. These jerseys, though marketed embarrassingly as “Stealth Black,” are not BFBS. They aren’t a ploy to attract younger fans with what a stuffy marketing team thinks is a trendy, cool look. Rather, these uniforms are quintessentially Jets.

The Jets Have Had Black Before

It’s worth noting that this is not the first time the Jets have had black in their uniforms. Starting in 1990, the Jets added black trim to their “Sack Exchange”-era Kelly green and white uniforms. The touches, though not overbearing, were far from subtle. Head Coach Bruce Coslet, the “driving force behind introducing black elements to the uniform,” wanted them, “from top to toe.” The black trim and facemasks gave a hardened look to the classic uniforms.

Black played an even bigger role in some of the coaching staff’s attire. Bruce obviously sported the color, but other 90s Jets coaches Pete Carroll, Rich Kotite, and Bill Parcells all followed suit.

Black Didn’t Just Stop When the Jets Changed Jerseys

Though the jets switched back to a classic green and white look in 1998, the early 2000s saw an explosion of black Jets gear in the fan marketplace. As a kid growing up in New Jersey, black Curtis Martin and Chad Pennington Reebok jerseys were everywhere. A few years later, they got a touch-up somewhat akin to the black unis the Jets are going with now. Every time I make a trip to the Meadowlands on gameday, I still see one or two of these around. Youth teams calling themselves the Jets integrated black in their jerseys, including current Jet Ty Montgomery’s team.

Winter coats, hats, and all other types of Jets merchandise came in and heavily featured black. Though the team was no longer sporting it on the field, in the tri-state area, black had become a legitimate third team color.


Black and New York

But black doesn’t just have an important place in Jets history. It has a deeper meaning for fans in New York. The Jets cheesy marketing around “Gotham” misses the mark. But for fans of the “other,” often overlooked New York teams, the significance is clear.

Think the early 2000s Mets. Their black alternate jerseys are iconic [NO THEY’RE NOT — PH], and captured some of the team’s signature moments of the era, especially their 2000 World Series run. The Yankees would never be caught dead wearing black (I choose to forget this year’s Players Weekend ever happened) let alone wear an alternate in the World Series. The storied history of the New York Knicks, with their bright blue and orange colors, is countered how? By the Nets, coming into Brooklyn with Jay Z and black uniforms. Their modern black look is a statement, and one of the growing brands of the NBA. Even the Islanders, ever overlooked in favor of Madison Square Garden’s Rangers, unveiled black uniforms in 2011, and a better-looking set in 2015 that highlighted their connection with the Nets.

In the context of New York sports, black jerseys show grit. They show resistance to the more established teams and cultural norms. They give a meaningful addition of revolutionary spirit to the under-appreciated, “secondary” teams’ cultures – teams seemingly always fighting for their legitimacy. The Jets, with three fewer rings than their stadium-mates the Giants (who would also never be seen in black uniforms) encapsulate this chip-on-the-shoulder mentality.

For other cities (save for maybe Los Angeles), this identity doesn’t make sense in quite the same way. That’s why other NFL (and other major sports) teams’ experiments with black have seemed disingenuous – and failed. But for the Jets, it makes perfect sense. Their black jerseys don’t just take a place in NFL uniform history – they are staking their claim in New York history.

The BFBS trend in the NFL seems to be dying down – and good riddance. Teams like the Lions and 49ers have given up on black. Recent uni changes for the Browns and Titans have avoided the color – even minor black elements. So are the Jets clinging on to a nearly dead fad? Nope. They are making a statement in line with the team’s history, culture, fans, and city. And I for one, will be excitedly sporting my black jersey tonight.

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Thanks, Dylan. While I don’t necessarily agree with you, you’ve made excellent observations and points! I’m sure some are going to look at the new Jets uniforms (coughJayBraimancough) in a new way. OK, Jay won’t but maybe others will!

Ethan Dimitroff, Field & Helmet Designer

You guys know Ethan from his B1G and SEC tracking, and I’ve featured him on UW a few times showing off his uniform designs and concepts. But he’s also a designer IRL –you may recall this article about him designing a helmet for his alma mater!

When Ethan sent me his tracking yesterday, he included this:

“I’ve also included my high school alma mater’s new football field turf which I designed. They played their first game on the turf last night with a big win. They just finished installing the turf on Thursday. I didn’t know if you wanted to feature that too.”

How cool is that. His alma mater is Riverside High School in Quincy, West Virginia.

Here’s the field he designed:

And the helmet?

Same school that I did the helmet decals in your last article about me. We added a custom center stripe right before the season started. The midfield logo which I designed is also used for award decals on the helmet. As you can see on #52.

Great stuff, Easy E!

Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: From our Pacific rim correspondent Jeremy Brahm, Taiwan’s Eleven Sports did another throwback broadcast on the Brothers vs Uni-Lions game. They even brought back the old home run animation as well. … Oh. My. God. Seriously, Oh. My. God (from Terry Mark). … The San Francisco Giants became Los Gigantes de San Francisco last night (thanks, Brinke). … You’ve always wanted to see the starting lineup for the Astros sitting on a rocket in the Astrodome right? (from Old Time Hardball).

NFL/CFL News: From thnom comes this interesting video covering all the NFL team names, “How EVERY Team Got Its Name & Identity!” … Tom Brady put powder and towels down his centers’ pants to avoid wet, sweaty footballs, says former player (thanks, Brinke). … Our CFL guy, Wade Heidt, “noticed something interesting from the Ottawa at BC CFL game on Friday night. BC Lions DB Garry Peters was wearing Clemson gloves. Must be his old college gloves as Peters played his college football at Clemson.” … Because everyone has a ranking: here’s another NFL uni ranking article (from Ricky Adams). … The Rams will be wearing white jerseys and pants today, which means their opponents, the Saints, will be wearing black jerseys. The good news is the Saints will wear their gold pants. … This is pretty cool. Jerry Wolper writes, “Mot that I ever gave it a great deal of thought, but I didn’t realize the [Pittsburgh Steelers] logo got filled in freehand.”

College Football News: Check out these very cool Syracuse throwback items n display for their celebration of 150 years of tradition (from Michael MPH). … The amazing Blaise D’Sylva continues his amazing look at all the helmets worn by all 130 FBS teams, yesterday highlighting Pitt helmets. … Good observation from Josh Hinton who writes it’s “Interesting that NBC still uses an older score bug for CFB games but has a modernized score bug for the NFL.”

Hockey News: Pretty cool red line for the Dartmouth Hockey teams — it’s a tree line, get it? (from Stan From Manhattan, g’head). … Did you like alternate jerseys from the 90s? Well, you’re in for a treat. The St. Louis Blues bringing…this uniform…back for three games this season. More here. Wasn’t a fan of them then, and not a fan of them now. … That news prompted Tom O’Grady to post some photos of some prototype Blues sweaters that never saw the ice. … “Here is the front runner for worst Junior uniform of the year very early,” writes Patrick Thomas. I’m inclined to agree.

NBA News: Would you like a Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets jersey for “Free”? Well, if you go to the second game of the season, against the Knicks, they’re giving away 10,000 of them.
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Soccer News: For lots and lots of soccer news, always be sure to check the twitter account of Josh Hinton, who tweets more about soccer than anyone alive.
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Grab Bag: Richard Branson — he of the “Virgin” businesses — is introducing new cruise ships and the crew will be outfitted with some, um, atypical cruise ship uniforms (from Rand Martin). … Some 140 of these special flags were put up along Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the U.S. Capitol. They were installed ahead of a Monday morning parade planned along Pennsylvania Avenue, called a 51 Star Flag Salute to D.C. Statehood (from William Yurasko). … Really great story here about the demise of paper tickets to games (h/t Brinke).

48 comments to Sunday Morning Uni Watch

  • Bill Schaefer | September 15, 2019 at 7:50 am |

    I’m pretty sure the Miami endzones are the other way around. They were done for the Dolphins who are wearing their throwbacks Sunday, and they will also work for the Canes. Tell-tale sign…the “M’s” are the same font as the “M” on the old Dolphins’ helmet logo.

  • Brian Campbell | September 15, 2019 at 7:57 am |

    Was there supposed to be a link to the 51 star flag?

    • Phil Hecken | September 15, 2019 at 8:05 am |

      There was — but I don’t think I had the right one from William. Should be fixed now.

  • JD | September 15, 2019 at 8:04 am |

    Copy edits: One outfit worn yesterday wasn’t even knew — Should be new.

    Also, you catch “flak” not “slack” in the Jets story

    • Phil Hecken | September 15, 2019 at 8:08 am |

      Thanks. Should be fixed now.

  • Wade Heidt | September 15, 2019 at 8:15 am |

    Aw Yeah! Time for some College Football Uni Tracking – Canadian Rules Style!

    Did mention last week we will travel across the country a bit. We will go far east and look at the games in the Atlantic conference (AUS) this weekend.

    -Saint Mary’s Huskies went mono-maroon at home in Halifax. Choosing to wear the maroon helmets and pants with their home jersey. Visiting Acadia Axemen went white over grey. I much prefer when the Axemen wear red or white pants on the road:

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    https://d2o2figo6ddd0g.cloudfront.net/x/9/y7kwjkk4egfuvm/smuvsacadia.jpg

    -Bishop’s Gaiters wore their best home combo this weekend in Lennoxville, QC. Going purple over grey. Visiting Mount Allison Mounties wore white over garnet. I prefer the Mounties in their gold pants. You may notice the Mounties have slightly changed the wing logo on their helmets this year. It is smaller, more subdued and just in gold now:

    https://gaiters.ca/images/2019/9/14/IMG_1633.JPG?width=1128&height=625&mode=crop

    Bonus! We will look at a couple Canada West games that had some notable uni moments.

    -Cannot recall last time seeing the Alberta Golden Bears wearing uncommon white/green/white combo but this happened on the weekend in Edmonton. Broke out the white helmets and have a set of white pants with the new Nike uniforms. Visiting Manitoba Bisons wore their standard road look of white over brown:

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    -In rainy Vancouver, the UBC Thunderbirds wore white pants for the first time with this new uniform. The navy over white is an improvement to the navy over navy. Calgary Dinos went with their red/white/red combo:

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  • MJ | September 15, 2019 at 8:22 am |

    1. So, TCU (all-white) versus Purdue (all-black) is #3, but UNC (all-white) versus Wake Forest (all-black) doesn’t rate? Why?
    2. Wake Forest’s plain numbers are a revelation. After years of Nike screwing things up with cutesy bespoke fonts and paragraphs of brandingspeak (“angles on the numbers are at a 34-degree angle because the school admitted its first students in 1834…”), someone in design there finally got the message to keep it simple. Uniform numbers are meant to identify players on the field. Simple and legible. And black/old gold is a beautiful combination. Let’s not carp about this now that the ridiculousness of the last few years has created.
    3. The Jets (Coslet/Kotite/Parcells Era) wore black as much as the late-‘80s Eagles did. Outlined the uniform numbers and socks stripes. That doesn’t make BFBS “quintessentially Jets”. That’s like saying the Dodgers going all-Red is “quintessentially Dodgers” because their uniform numbers are red. Come on, man.
    4. The entire piece on the Jets, black uniforms and how it’s an NYC thing is laughable. The only New York team that ever wore black as a main color were the NY (baseball) Giants. Not the Dodgers, Yankees, (football) Giants, Titans, Knicks, Rangers or Islanders. For decades. NYC was even grittier back then. So to argue that NYC and black sports uniforms are a natural fit is nonsense. The Mets went BFBS because it was the times. The Nets switched to black because… I don’t know, market research? The Isles went BFBS because they jumped on the trend 20 years too late and because they rented ice time from the Nets in Brooklyn.
    I can’t believe someone could even make this argument. Is this satire? Feels like it is. In all the years of Getting It™️ on this site, I have never read a piece with which I disagreed so thoroughly. This is disappointing.

  • Mark K | September 15, 2019 at 8:45 am |

    Yeah, no. The Jets are BFBS.

    • Mike Wissman | September 15, 2019 at 9:06 am |

      Yep, completely.

      Eagles have a similar history in terms of using black. Was an outline color on the numbers on the early 70s jerseys (white helmet days) and then returned in the mid 80s just in time for the Buddy Ryan era. Then in ‘96 the team went midnight green and over the past 23 years have just incorporated more and more black. I know it’s polarizing to the fan base – black is a team color yet the proliferation of black over green has to me been a little much. But sadly, I bet they sell as many black jerseys as they do green. Hence we’re stuck with it (until the helmet rule is changed and they can go back to Kelly as an alternate).

      • MJ | September 15, 2019 at 6:25 pm |

        Lifetime Eagles fan, and I agree with you. Green (kelly > midnight), silver and white. Cannot stand the black. It was fine as a trim color to border the numbers and helmet wings, even if it wasn’t totally necessary. But BFBS is bad; black and midnight green is terrible.

  • Chris | September 15, 2019 at 8:51 am |

    Gotta say I disagree on the Jets and black. Those late 80s uniforms were a bastardization that started with a change in the number font and continued from there. The green set has grown on me, but I fear the black will become the functional primary jersey–and that’s not a Jets color.

  • NoBfbs | September 15, 2019 at 8:54 am |

    Those shytty jets unis are nothing but trashy BFBS. I look fwd to watching them get smoked by the browns on the national MNF stage and giving that trash marketing grab the beating it so well deserves.

    • KYS | September 15, 2019 at 5:19 pm |

      You sound angry, maybe log off and do something with your life.

  • James | September 15, 2019 at 8:55 am |

    Shocked that Pitt Penn State wasn’t number 1 this week.

    Second, the Jets adding black in the nineties is the definition of BFBS so I don’t think a history of BFBS makes it okay for them to go BFBS again.

    • RS Rogers | September 15, 2019 at 9:41 am |

      I agree about the Jets. But! Most BFBS teams just throw some black into their uniforms. Some teams go the extra mile and incorporate black into their overall identity, including their logo, making black an actual full-time primary team color. Like the turn-of-the-century Mets, or the current Nets. Is it fair to call those teams BFBS? I’m on the fence on that question myself.

      • Daniel Tarrant | September 15, 2019 at 10:04 am |

        I agree with RS Rogers, in the sense that if a team adds black to its official color scheme, then black uniforms do not qualify as BFBS. Otherwise, you’d have to say that the Raiders, Steelers, Saints, Panthers, etc are all BFBS.

        That said, there is some room for debate here. For example, when teams like the 49ers and Cardinals, who traditionally are associated with red and have only used very scant touches of black as an accent color, suddenly go black as a main color, you are getting into BFBS territory. So if the Jets had not done a total overhaul and simply came out with black jerseys with their old jersey style and same helmet, then it would be BFBS.

        • James | September 15, 2019 at 10:21 am |

          I disagree that if just because black is added to the official color scheme it does not qualify as BFBS. The examples of Raiders, Steelers, Saints, Panthers had black as an official color throughout their entire history. In my opinion it becomes BFBS when a team has a rich history of uniforms without black then decides to add it, like the Mets.

        • MJ | September 15, 2019 at 6:29 pm |

          What James said. Teams that have had black as a main color for most or all of their history aren’t BFBS (SF Giants, Pirates, Orioles, Steelers, Raiders, Penguins, Flyers, Bruins, etc.). A team like the Mets that went orange/royal for almost 40 years and added black because everybody did? Or the LA Kings? BFBS.

      • James | September 15, 2019 at 10:06 am |

        I would definitely call the 2000s Mets BFBS but I’m not sure about the current Nets either since that was a brand overhaul as part of their move to Brooklyn.

  • Wade Heidt | September 15, 2019 at 9:40 am |

    Aw yeah! Time for some College Football Uni Tracking – Canadian Rules Style!

    Had mentioned last weekend we will travel across the country a bit more. We will go far east and look at this weekend’s games in the Atlantic conference (AUS).

    -Saint Mary’s Huskies went mono-maroon at home in Halifax. Subbing in their maroon helmets and pants with their home jersey. Visiting Acadia Axemen went white over grey. I much prefer the Axemen wearing white or red pants when on the road:

    https://d2o2figo6ddd0g.cloudfront.net/r/p/xvefuyvdf339ec/DSC_0704_mp.jpg

    https://d2o2figo6ddd0g.cloudfront.net/x/9/y7kwjkk4egfuvm/smuvsacadia.jpg

    -Bishop’s Gaiters wore their best home combo in Lennoxville, QC. Went purple over grey. Visiting Mount Allison Mounties went white over garnet. I prefer the Mounties in gold pants. You may notice a difference in the Mounties helmet this year. The wing logo is smaller, more subdued and just in gold now:

    https://gaiters.ca/images/2019/9/14/IMG_1633.JPG?width=1128&height=625&mode=crop

    Bonus! we will look at a couple uni notable games in Canada West.

    -I cannot remember the last time I have seen the Alberta Golden Bears wear the uncommon combo of white/green/white. They did so in Edmonton this weekend. Breaking out the white helmets and they have white pants with their new Nike uniforms. Manitoba Bisons wore their standard road look of white over brown:

    https://postmediaedmontonsun.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/bearsrosery.jpg

    -In rainy Vancouver, the UBC Thunderbirds wore white pants for the first time with the new uniforms. Navy over white better than the navy over navy. Calgary Dinos wore their red/white/red combo:

    https://gothunderbirds.ca/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_id=0&image_path=/images/2019/9/14/CRB02881.JPG

    https://gothunderbirds.ca/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_id=0&image_path=/images/2019/9/14/CRB02540.JPG

  • Wade Heidt | September 15, 2019 at 9:43 am |

    Sorry guys – trying to put in a comment with photos links for Canadian college football uni tracking but the site is not saving my comment when trying to post.

  • Larry Hapwell | September 15, 2019 at 9:52 am |

    The Jets thing must either be satire or the views of a big Jets fan reaching to the depths of reality to justify the uniforms.

  • John F | September 15, 2019 at 9:53 am |

    The Jets piece sounds like a debate team exercise that asks one side to defend the indefensible. Not quite Mussolini making the the trains run on time but indefensible nonetheless.

  • Joel Keller | September 15, 2019 at 9:58 am |

    Black is not a part of Jets history because the coaches wore it, or that the NFL marketed black jerseys to fans in the ‘00s. All of that was an effort to make more money, not team pride.

    In fact, seeing the new uni set on the field made an even stronger link to those ‘90s teams for me. And I’d think the Bruce Coslet/Boomer Esiason/Neil O’Donnell/Rich Kotite years would be ones Jets fans would like to forget. Showing Parcells in the old duds is also not an argument because as soon as he got there he lobbied Leon Hess to change the uniforms to the old school ‘98-‘18 unis.

    I’m all for printing opposing points of view, so kudos to Phil and Paul for printing something they don’t agree with. But it feels a good point-counterpoint was needed for this one.

  • Gene Sanny | September 15, 2019 at 10:44 am |

    This is not backed by fact, only by common sense…. The black in the Jets scheme again was literally done to sell more jerseys. When they were designing the new uniforms, and they realised they only had green and white to work with, someone a Nike said let’s bring back the black from the 90’s, which was a giant mistake then too. With only 2 colors in your pallete, you can’t make an alternate jersey to sell unless it’s a fanciful jersey just for fans. The only 2 color team left is the Colts… White and blue… Here’s to them not falling for Nike’s bullcrap ever.

    That’s why this is clearly a case of BFBS with the Jets. As I read the above about ny teams and their history of black, I felt like I was reading some strange propaganda from a jets fan who was embarrassed about their uniform and trying to convince me that they were actually cool.

  • Joe | September 15, 2019 at 10:50 am |

    If it makes a big deal, USC wears the 150 sticker on their helmets.

  • Lou | September 15, 2019 at 10:59 am |

    I have to agree with the others. The Jets black is nothing more than BFBS.
    While that is a nice history, of all the cited sources are just a variation of BFBS, and in the case of the Mets, at least they saw the light and finally eliminated it.

    On another note, Memal seems like a nice guy, but I apparently never appreciated how difficult the 5 and 1 is. I find myself not agreeing with over half of his picks, while that was not the case in the past. Inability to find a photo should not eliminate a top notch matchup.

  • John H. | September 15, 2019 at 11:00 am |

    The Blues couldn’t have picked a worse uni to throw back to. Hated it then, hate it now.

  • fiesta | September 15, 2019 at 11:12 am |

    Minnesota has already worn a Goldy helmet once this season—the full character on a gold shell, not the stylized face-only on maroon like yesterday. I feel they have worn one of those last year, too, but can’t back it up.

  • gg | September 15, 2019 at 11:23 am |
  • Rich | September 15, 2019 at 11:35 am |

    Considering LSU’s 1 loss in the white helmets and white pants with purple jerseys was a major upset against Troy, those white helmets and pants should have been burned two years ago.

    LSU only wears this combo against “rent-a-win” opponents so the fact they have a loss in them is reason enough for them to be gone. Even last night, LSU was only ahead 24-14 and looked sluggish and lackadaisical again undermanned Northwestern State.

    Love the purple jerseys (wish they were worn at home for every game). Just get rid of the white helmets and white pants.

  • John | September 15, 2019 at 12:49 pm |

    “Are you a fan of the color orange? Than this was the game for you this weekend!”

    *Then

  • Geese | September 15, 2019 at 12:54 pm |

    “Contrary to popular belief, team owner and coach Abe Saperstein wore a black flannel suit so the primary colors of the Harlem Globetrotters aren’t red, white and blue but black”.

    GTFO

  • Graf Zeppelin | September 15, 2019 at 1:10 pm |

    Oh, dear.

    …in the tri-state area, black had become a legitimate third team color.

    No.

    Just, no.

    Leave aside the question of whether the Coslet/Kotite years (and the organizational changes that took place during that time) should ever be invoked let alone celebrated. And although I can’t speak for anyone who lived or spent any time in New Jersey, I don’t think I ever saw more than one or two black Jets “fashion” jerseys on an actual human being, if that.

    Justifications of the Jets’ BFBS strike me as similar to justifications of the Islanders’ fisherman jersey circa 1995. Granted, that was worse, aesthetically and otherwise. The Jets should have just kept the old template with the new shade of green and updated logo. They don’t need, and never needed, a third color. Least of all BFBS.

  • Graf Zeppelin | September 15, 2019 at 1:19 pm |

    One other thing:

    In the context of New York sports, black jerseys show grit.

    No, they don’t. Whatever the phrase “show grit” is supposed to mean.

    • Nestor Chylak | September 15, 2019 at 1:34 pm |

      They could be using black to hide grit.

  • Le Cracquere | September 15, 2019 at 1:40 pm |

    “The Yankees would never be caught dead wearing black.”

    Am I missing something? The Yankees have been a black/white team for well over a century now.

    • Samuel Tulamello | September 15, 2019 at 2:04 pm |

      Yankees are dark blue not black.

      • Le Cracquere | September 16, 2019 at 1:02 am |

        Always looked black to me.

  • DJ | September 15, 2019 at 2:21 pm |

    I’m sure some are going to look at the new Jets uniforms (coughJayBraimancough) in a new way.

    Based off of this mediocre attempt at persuasive rhetoric? No; most people will continue to see the Jets black uniforms as an ahistorical attempt to sell more jerseys.

  • AJ Kane | September 15, 2019 at 2:58 pm |

    I’m not against black as a uniform color, and I do think there are some teams who do it well. I even like the black/blue Mets hats from the late 90s/early 00s, because at least there is some history being harkened back to (the black and orange of the New York Giants). That said, the Mets overdid it in a big way and I’m glad the black is gone.

    All that being said, saying that the addition of black to a color scheme because black “shows grit” is a meaningless argument. The idea that colors or other elements stand for something, or tell a story*, is paper thin corporate marketing speak. It would be a much better argument to say “Black looks good with this shade of green.” And it kind of does. But it doesn’t actually stand for anything.

    *This doesn’t apply to decades old team crests in European soccer leagues, where individual elements DO have historical significance, even when the crests are redesigned.

  • Wow this site is sad. | September 15, 2019 at 5:22 pm |

    Uni-watch, where fun goes to die.

    • MJ | September 15, 2019 at 6:32 pm |

      Yet, here you are. Not having fun. And feeling moved enough to comment on it to the rest of us.

  • ER | September 15, 2019 at 9:04 pm |

    Don’t @ me, but the Gophers may have sneakily created the best modern uniform set in the country (i.e. no Michigans, Alabamas, USCs, or other teams that have had the same look forever)

    • DJ | September 15, 2019 at 9:33 pm |

      Well, except for PJ’s insistence on shoehorning his personal “Row The Boat” mantra into the mix. That’s a big minus, in my opinion.

  • ER | September 15, 2019 at 9:41 pm |

    Sure, but is there any other incorporation of that besides the helmet stripe being an oar? if they went back to a normal helmet stripe, everything about there uni set would look great besides the GFGS, which honestly doesn’t look bad

    • ER | September 15, 2019 at 9:41 pm |

      Sure, but is there any other incorporation of that besides the helmet stripe being an oar? if they went back to a normal helmet stripe, everything about there uni set would look great besides the GFGS, which honestly doesn’t look bad

  • Levi W | September 16, 2019 at 11:45 am |

    The Crown sticker for Georgia Tech seems to be a memorial for Dr Aaron King, team dentist for 59 years.

    I can’t find any other mention outside this one field logo below.

    Here’s a much better look at the logo and accompanying AJC article.
    https://twitter.com/GTAthletics/status/1170320658083057665