By Phil Hecken, with the SMUW Crew
In all my years of doing the Sunday Morning Uni Watch, I don’t think I’ve ever “featured” Rutgers (although that will likely change in a couple weeks when the team breaks out their sleeved(!) 1869 “Throwback” uniform. And I wasn’t planning on featuring them today, but for one bizarre play — actually, post-play “celebration” that took place yesterday between Rutgers and Boston College.
Here’s the play as it happened…
wait for it
W. T. F.
The play unfolds simply enough: Rutgers quarterback Artur Sitowski connected with wide open running back Raheem Blackshear, who took off for a 74-yard touchdown. All good right? But then we cut to Rutgers center Michael Maietti, probably unaware what an offensive touchdown actually is (I KID I KID…sorta), who comes in the picture and cold cocks Sitowski! Fortunately, I think he was OK, but I’ve never seen anything like this. It was just so bizarre. I mean, we’ve seen fights on the field before, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one player punch his teammate (and pretty hard) in the face. Helmet/mask or not, that had to hurt.
Anyhoo, there were some good looking games this weekend and a few treats, so I’ll let TJ take you through the rest of the…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
Yesterday was a big one, as it was the day after people ACTUALLY FOLLOWED THROUGH ON A MEME, the one day in the year that you can spam this song 2,456 quillion times and not get any weird/rude looks (mostly), Batman Day (let’s not get into the discourse on the date, please, it changes more times than the helmets for half of the college landscape), a very special girl’s birthday, the 5-year anniversary of Drew Brees getting suplexed, and now we can add Central Florida taking their first regular season loss since 2016. It was also “technically” (thanks global warming) the last Summer fleet of games, as Autumn starts tomorrow, and there were a fair bit of uni happenings over the weekend, so let’s jump right into it.
• Tulane… Tulane… TULANE… YES. YES. YES. YES. Anywho, one thing that I noticed was that the blue tops that they wore were from an older Nike template (note the funnel-shaped air channel at the collar going into the chest, compared to their current unis. Must be a carryover from last season). Thank you Tulane, for embracing your true colors. And Houston –who I smoked for their attempt at a “smoky” uniform last week– redeemed themselves by going with the classics. And how ’bout that finish?!
• On the subject of BFBS, I mentioned last week that Houston could’ve at least coordinated the helmet with everything else. Boise State seems to have followed through on that out-loud thought. Don’t get me wrong: they look like HOT GARBAGE in BFBS, and by no means am I condoning it, especially when you have so many more fun looks (that actually use school colors) to choose from, but at least the Broncos went all the way, so the “screw school colors” treatment comes full-circle. It’s satisfying, in a grotesque sort of way. At least Air Force looked good.
• S&S decals for LA Tech, who — much like Tulane from Thursday — also wore a carryover alternate uniform from last year.
• What college football season would be complete without an upset? Pitt came from behind and beat UCF 35-34, but both teams won in the uniform department for their good designs, and is another shining reason why — say it with me now — CONTRAST. MATTERS. Also, from that game, Robb Zurek writes: “Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi wearing golf cleats. This pic is him running off the field at halftime”.
• SMU wore their sweet Dallas tribute/pride uniforms again against TCU, who didn’t look too bad themselves, but those numbers… it’s impossible to illustrate through stills, but watching the game, it felt like I was looking at one of those rainbow mirror/iridescent tote bags.
• BYU looked incredible against Washington… aesthetically. Gameplay-wise, it was a different story. That said, there’s something about this uniform that just screams “true college football”.
• As some of us know, LSU’s purple jersey rule is that they wear them for any non-conference home game, with the exception of the opening game, in which they wear white no matter what. Last week they wore white/purple/white against Northwestern State, and they played on the road yesterday against SEC-aligned Vanderbilt, so surely they’ll be wearing wh— wait, WHAT?! So here’s the deal: Vandy wore grey, and actually requested LSU to wear purple (they could’ve easily refused, and given us a similar sight for sore eyes that Ole Miss/Memphis did in Week 1, so thank hell that they didn’t). Interesting that LSU stuck with the white lids and pants, though. Not a bad look by any means, just interesting.
• It’s hard to see in certain lighting, but much like Air Force, Cal uses a color-coordinated 150 patch.
• I only just now noticed that Coastal Carolina uses an inverted treatment for their shoulder stripes.
• Mizzou can keep those diamond helmet stripes (inspired by their endzones) and I would not be mad in the slightest. Too bad they don’t show up all that well on the field.
• Rice wore new decals with the outline of Texas against Baylor.
• Oklahoma State wore orange helmets against Texas in the past, so why not make them MORE INTENSE? Yes, they were indeed that orange.
• San José State wore all-white against Arkansas.
• Throwbacks/retros for North Texas.
• When ordering wings, do you prefer boneless… or wingless? (h/t @therealbfranch, as well as a pic of what the side of the helmet is supposed to look like)
And that’ll do it for Week 4! Next week begins this year’s “true” Autumn games, and as always, a huge thank you to everyone who tags me on Twitter, and of course, for all of your helmet needs, you know who to call. See you all next week!
Thanks, TJ! OK, now on to the rest of your SMUW…
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.
What a great weekend for uniform matchups! I picked out nearly a dozen games I thought were worthy to be featured in the top 5 before narrowing it down to the following selections.
Just landing outside the top 5 into the honorable selection spot: Georgia State @ Texas State
5. Houston @ Tulane
Tulane broke out a brand new solid sky blue set Thursday night, which against Houston’s standard red/white/white away look . I put this at #5 due to Tulane being the Green Wave, not the sky blue wave!
4. SMU @ TCU
The Mustangs brought out a new uniform set in the Battle for the Iron Skillet that featured a new, old school looking helmet logo and “Dallas” as a chest script. TCU came up short on the scoreboard, but looked as good as their competition in what I think is their best look, purple/purple/black.
3. Notre Dame @ Georgia
One of the biggest games of the day delivered on the field in terms of competition and from an athletic aesthetic. Notre Dame’s gold/white/gold set shined under the lights against Georgia’s red/red/gray [Them’s SILVER Britches — PH] and against all the record crowd of red clad Georgia fans packed into Sanford Stadium.
2. Utah @ USC
The lights of the Coliseum shone down upon a game with a strong uniform contrast; USC’s simple striped home red jerseys and gold pants against the busy stripe patterns on Utah’s white/white/black set. I’m glad the Utes sported the white lids to heighten the contrast between these PAC 12 foes.
1. Cal @ Ole Miss
This game came down to the wire, but as soon as I saw it, I knew it was going near the top of the list this week. The Golden Bears looked sharp in their blue/white/blue against the Rebels, who pulled out all their uni tricks with the powder blue lids and red jerseys. It was the highlight of the best looking weekend of college football so far this year!
And because someone has to be the sacrificial lamb…
@1 Air Force @ Boise State
These two earned this dubious distinction this week for their choice to include gray. It’s one thing to go BGBS like the Broncos did, but what’s the logic in making the letters gray instead of white like the numbers, or even blue? And the Falcon’s gray pants look dirty when combined with their white lids and jerseys. I’m not saying those pants look bad, but on this night, against that opponent wearing those unis, it all adds up to the worst looking game of an otherwise great looking weekend.
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:
Rex is up first today (ACC):
Follow Rex on Twitter here.
And (new for 2019!) — check out Rex’ Weekly Update.
And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:
Follow Dennis on Twitter here.
And here is Ethan, with the SEC:
And be sure to check out Ethan’s WVU Mountaineer Tracker.
Follow Ethan on Twitter here.
And here is Kyle with the Big XII:
*Note the above is from last weekend. New Image Coming Soon!
Follow Kyle on Twitter here.
And here’s Ethan with the B1G:
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!
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Gumball reminder: Paul here. In case you missed it on Thursday, I DIY’d a bunch of Uni Watch gumball helmets! Full details on how I made them are available here.
I have a limited supply of these that I’m offering for purchase (each with its own vintage plastic capsule!). Ordering details here.
While we’re at it: The Uni Watch 20th-Anniversary Patch is now available at a final closeout price of only $3.99. Full details here.
Also, we have a few new Naming Wrongs shirts. Get the full scoop here.
We now return you to your regular weekend Phil-fest.
Uni Watch News Ticker
NFL/CFL News: Reader (and my pal) Bill Hetrick took this photo of the Miami Dolphins in Dan Marino’s rookie season — Bill wants us to check out Marino’s “wristband game.” … Legendary groundskeeper George Toma returned to Arrowhead this week to help the #Chiefs’ crew paint the end zones gold. Cool stuff here (from Alex Manners). … The Edmonton Eskimos put former QB Ricky Ray on their Wall of Honour on Friday night. Submitter Wade Heidt adds, “He wore number 15 for the Eskimos. To commemorate Ricky, the 15-yard lines at Commonwealth Stadium were specially marked for the game.” … Here’s da Bears’ Eddie Goldman in the special black and orange stripe practice jersey he gets to wear for winning the weekly “Sweep the Sheds” award (from Ilko Skevüld). … I’m pretty sure we’ve seen this photo before, with Joe Namath wearing a NNOB jersey with no green on the sleeves — Rich Paloma asks, “Anyone know the story with Joe Namath’s jersey from this game in 1972 vs the Oilers? NNOB and different sleeve design.” Anyone? … Check out the great old time uniforms in this color AFL matchup (from Old Time Football). … Shaun Meulemans observes, “Packers going throwback this weekend, again with green accents. They really struggle with throwbacks.”
College Football News: Whoa — check out 1949 Rose Bowl winner Ed Tunnicliff (93 years old!) wearing the jersey he wore in the 1949 game at Northwestern yesterday (from Dylan Bercu). … James Gilbert notes this member of the Syracuse band is in and out of uniform at the same time. (Her name is Erin, and she’s a member of Syracuse’s Air Force ROTC.) … Speaking of marching bands, did you know that College bands have different game day unis? (from Jason Hendrix). Also, did you know they wear “Bibbers” (pants) and “Dinkles” (shoes)? … The great Blaise D’Sylva continues his fantastic helmet countdown, yesterday revealing the helmet history of Iowa. … Spidey Stowell was at the “BYU tailgate and they have a official historical helmets on display. I’ve never seen this decal on a BYU helmet before. Anybody have an explanation? It’s like a mix between KState and WasSt.” … Branding 101? Even the cups at Wisconsin have the Under Armour striping on them (from Josh Claywell).
Hockey News: Orange you glad? The Anaheim Ducks third jersey has leaked again — this time with more photos and more details (from Joe Nocella). … Earlier this week during training camp, the Regina Pats traded G Dean McNabb to the Winnipeg Ice. Submitter Wade Heidt adds, Dean played his regular season opener for the Ice while still wearing the navy blue and red pads he had with the Pats. He did switch out the mask to a plain white one. … Also from Wade Heidt, “Major junior hockey has dropped the puck. Friday night was the Western Hockey League’s opening night. The Spokane Chiefs are celebrating their 35th Anniversary this season. They are wearing their 35th Anniversary logo in their shoulders. Here are some photos showing the patch on the shoulder from their opening game in Kamloops.” … Steven Woj notes the New Jersey Devils continue to use different numbers (specifically the 7) on players gear versus on-ice. Other numbers are wider on jersey than those used on player workout apparel.
NBA News: It’s been anything but a “slow” off-season for the National Basketball Association, at least uniform-wise. So far, twelve different teams have unveiled
Classic alternate uniforms for the 2019-20 season (from Conrad Burry). … Yesterday was Artis Gilmore’s birthday. Dude wore some great unis AND had outstanding fashion sense (from Tailgate Throwback Sports).
Soccer News: Don’t forget — for all your soccer needs, please check out the twitter account of Josh Hinton, who covers all the footy stuff. Like, all of it.
Grab Bag: Here’s a really good article from Paul: “What Makes Someone a Fan? (NYT link). It’s more than just ticket sales. Rich Luker, a social psychologist, studies fandom and why, for example, someone might get a tattoo of their favorite team.” … Here are some jersey features for the inaugural PLL Championship. Championship logo on the chest and game date and location on the jock tag (from Zeke Perez, Jr.). … Check out the plaid jerseys on this Ultimate Frisbee team (from Ray Barrington). If you’re interested, that’s the Wisconsin Timber, a merger of two older teams, the Wisconsin Hops (Stevens Point) and the Green Bay Quackers.
Pretty sure that Namath played the game in the unstriped ‘practice jersey’ due to a theft of his normal game jersey. I’ll send an article to Phil.
Re BYU – “That said, there’s something about this uniform that just screams “true college football””
Would that something be the Northwestern stripes, or the Yale knock-off helmets (rather than the usual white Y in a blue oval)?
I believe it’s supposed to be “their sleeved(!) 1869 “Throwback” uniform.”
Aw Yeah! Time for some College Football Uni Tracking – Canadian Rules Style!
We will travel to the Ontario conference (OUA) for 4 games this weekend.
-Guelph Gryphons brought out the full mono-black at home. Looks good but I have really enjoyed them in the full mono-red this season. Western Mustangs went silver helmets and white over purple:
-Toronto Varsity Blues went with the usual mono-navy at home. The visiting Queen’s Gaels wore their iconic mono-yellow as always. They wear this both at home and on the road:
-In Ottawa, Carleton Ravens wore their usual mono-black at home. Waterloo Warriors went white over black:
-York Lions wore mono-grey at home in Toronto. Not a fan. York needs to clean up their uniform game in general. The Ottawa Gee-Gees countered by wearing their usual home uniform of garnet over garnet:
Iowa State needs to be updated in the Big XII tracker – it’s been wrong each week this year. They got rid of the black collar.
Only 11 teams have released Classic jerseys. Warriors have 2 different ones which makes the total of 12 jerseys but 11 teams
I actually saw yesterday that the packers were coloring in the captaincy patches blue (as you can see with the blue marker) so I don’t believe they’re wearing green accents. However, the dumbasses are still probably going with green face masks because god forbid they have to screw on a different one even though they are literally COLORING IN their patches. I digress.
– A vikings fan
That’s what the write up said. But use some common sense. Do you honestly think a blue sharpie could actually make a dark green cloth patch look blue? It’s more likely the sharpie was used to put guide dits or lines so that sewing the patch on would be easier.
Nebraska sported black shoes this week!
Wore black shoes last week too.
…and red socks!
“Packers going throwback this weekend, again with green accents. They really struggle with throwbacks.”
Um, if you had read yesterday’s Ticker, you’d know that the picture shows them about the draw over the green with a blue pen.
That should say “about TO draw over…”
Thought on the BYU helmet with the K State logo – the helmet looks quite game worn; the player could have played in one of the post-season All Star game like the Shrine/Hula Bowl/Senior Bowl where the players trade logos. I recall seeing players with 2, 3, 4 or more logos scattered on the helmet.
Quick Google search showed that BYU played K State in the Cotton Bowl that year. He probably swapped left side decals with one of the Wildcats after the game.
Yeah, according to this article (link) the guy who the helmet belonged to played in the East-West Shrine Game.
When I went to Miami, the marching band had two uniforms, which they referred to as “carrot sticks” (orange) and “celery sticks” (green).
BYU’s unis were fantastic, but the best part is the double striped socks.
How did Ole Miss vs Cal get #1?? Ole Miss looks good from the waist up but those grey pants with a dark blue stripe do not match or look good with the light blue helmet. Boise St looks better than they do, BFBS and all
I was about to say the same thing. The light blue helmet in that combo looked totally out of place.
Georgia vs Notre Dame would be my number 1 in those 5.
-North Texas retros would look better without the black stripe on the pants.
-Kind of digging the Tulane look, just because of the unique colour scheme of primary light blue with the dark green trim. Except white pants would make it better.
You have 2 different games for Oklahoma state against Texas. One link has a silver stripe and mask the other has black mask and stripe.
Not ranking Notre Dame vs. Georgia is literally the definition of an epic fail, as is writing about unis and not knowing that Georgia wears silver britches, not gray. Be better, please.
*Not ranking Notre Dame vs Georgia No. 1…
Want to give some love to the rare game where GFGS actually worked. Washington State with the full grey look versus UCLA in the ultra traditional white with mustard gold and baby blue. Unexpected, but pleasing to the eye. Helps that the grey belongs to WSU in ways it doesn’t for lots of teams.
Way off topic: check out this link. I just wanted to practice my French by listening to Claude Mouton’s beautiful voice, but the Uni-Watcher in me immediately spotted something unusual about the jerseys they gave the players: they all have full names, first and last, on the backs!
(Well, not Bernard “Boom-Boom” Geoffrion; all they could fit for him was an initial B, no period.)
At link, they had normal last-name-on-back jerseys.
Since I was a kid, I’ve always wondered why BYU features just the “Y” in it’s branding. I mean, I get the obvious with the name. But I’ve never heard BYU ever called “Young” colloquially. Just an odd quirk I’ve always wondered about.
Love the site.
Scott Frost is making some small tweaks to Nebraska’s uniforms recently. He went to the area codes on the nose bumper the. Removed it a couple weeks ago. Also the starters on defense now wear a blackshirts sticker on their helmet. Lastly Nebraska went with red socks On red pants instead of white socks. Just interesting bits not sure if anyone else picked up on.