By Phil Hecken
There weren’t a lot of
clown costumes alternate unis — at least not by NCAAFB standards — although we did have a few flag desecration helmet decals, during yesterday’s action. There were a few of course (Utah, Temple and Cal, to name three), and all of those looked really good. In fact, the Utah Utes, who were throwing back to the 60s (a rundown of their throwbacks was the lede yesterday), looked really really good.
Sporting a silver dome, red jersey (which was period-correct NNOB) and silver/gray britches with a red/white/red stripe, the uniforms were perfect throwbacks except for the UTES (a better look is in the splash photo) on the shoulder caps. The original uniform had a drum and feather on the shoulder.
Unfortunately for the Utes’ opponents, UCLA, the game wasn’t so pretty. But the Utes looked great. I’d love for them to return to this color scheme, even though I was at times reminded of THE OSU, UNLV, and to a lesser extent, Wazzu. The color scheme isn’t unique, but it’s still better than some of Utah’s regular combos.
Anyhoo, that’s all I got for the intro. Here’s TJ with the rest of your…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
• I don’t know how to feel about this matchup. On one hand, it genuinely was a good-looking game. Plenty of contrast, and no dumb look-at-me demonstrations to speak of. On the other hand, I can’t help but to wonder how amazing it would look if North Carolina wore this instead.
• Okay, there are layers to this matchup. First off, you have Iowa doing mono-black for their regular uniforms (not counting any specialty looks from the recent past). In the umpteen years that the B1G Steelers have had every iteration of their current uniform, this is the first time that I’ve seen them do mono-black with the regular look (although I’m sure they’ve done it several times waaaaaaaaay back in the day) … but it doesn’t end there. We then get to the helmet, which not only goes full-Rooney with having no logo on the left side of the helmet, but the side that does have a decal is S&S! I-O-uhhhhhhhhhhhhh, slow down, Hawkeyes. *ahem* Hawkeyes— oh, FFS, we are NOT doing this again: H-A-W-K-E-Y-E-S!!! THANK YOU (stupid brain and its attempt at witty humor). And then we have Minnesota wearing white decals and facemasks to match their mono-white uniforms, which I don’t think I’ve seen yet, or I have, and simply don’t remember. Yeah, this game had more layers than the sin-child of an onion and a buttermilk biscuit.
• SEVERAL teams wore some type of flag/camo demonstration in some form (mainly helmet) throughout Week 12, including, but certainly not limited to: USF, Middle Tennessee, Ball State, New Mexico State, Utah State, Arkansas State, the aforementioned Kent State, and probably a few others.
• Obligatory overused scrimmage game comment #1.
• Obligatory overused scrimmage game comment #2 (okay, that’s not exactly fair; Notre Dame’s shade of gold is noticeably richer and darker. Too bad the Saints can’t seem to get a clue outside of Color Rush).
• At least they aren’t wearing the grey at home (this time).
• Contrast Matters: That State Up North Edition.
• Duke… more like DOOK, because that’s certainly what they looked like against Syracuse. GAHHHSQDIWRFLWRKEYSMASH, this is frustrating. Imagine how beautiful this game would’ve looked had the “Blue” Devils… ya’know, ACTUALLY WORN BLUE.
• Rough Rider roads for Oklahoma against Baylor.
And that’ll do it for Week 12! Tune in next week as Rivalry Week(s) really start to ramp up. Until then, see you next week. Also, please don’t turn that last statement into a drinking game of how many times I can say “week” in one breath. Save the muckled keystrokes for Thanksgiving. See you next
Thanks, TJ! OK, now on to the rest of the 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.
Some of the most memorable moments from the college football season come when the shadows lay long on the field and you can see every breath they take as they try to catch it in the cold. Amongst all the big games were some unique looking matchups with less at stake, but were just as fun to take in from the standpoint of one Who Gets It.
Honorable mention – Ohio State @ Rutgers
I enjoyed the contrast in colors between the Gators orange/white/blue combo against the white/black/white set the Tigers wore and the design elements Missouri choose in designing this special uniform. If I would have done some more research as to why they borrowed visual elements from the Air Force and what connections that had to the university I might have appreciated it more.
If you’re a fan of uni matchups with a lot of contrast then this might be the game of the year for you. The Longhorns in their standard mono-white road combo stood out more than normal against the BFBS set the Cyclones wore. I think most of you Who Get It have learned that I prefer teams to wear their school colors, but Iowa State did well to stick strictly to black and white and leave out any red and gold to make a great looking set.
The Bruins wore their gold/white/gold against the Utes throwing back in silver/red/silver. I was very enamoured with how good “UTES” looked spelled out on the sleeve and the U in U logo on the helmets of Utah. More than that, I think both teams showed uniforms with simple elements but with a little flair look a lot better than attempting to realize some grand design.
In a game where a lot of people on Twitter were talking about the 39.5 point spread, the Wildcats came out in my favorite combo of theirs, purple/black/purple. I didn’t know what to expect to see from the Minutemen, but I was delighted to see a more traditional uniform set with a little unique touch, the short stripes. It was the kind of find that has made writing this piece this season worthwhile. And to continue with that train of thought…
My favorite discovery this year has been the Green Wave’s uniforms, and they delivered another great look today in white/sky blue/white and with the angry wave logo on the side of their helmets. Temple wore white at home in solid looking throw backs Phil wrote a terrific blurb about in yesterday’s post and I hope they bring this look back at least once more before the season is done!
And because somebody has to be the sacrificial lamb…
If there ever was a case for teams to have a third jersey that’s a completely different color than your team’s regular color it would be this matchup. It wasn’t an ugly looking game, but it looked so plain that it screamed for another color to be present to help us tell these two teams apart.
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):
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 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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Assorted reminders: Paul here. In case you missed it earlier this week, Uni Watch cufflinks are now ready for ordering in our Teespring shop. A nice way to add a touch of class and formaily to your holiday season! (And for those who’ve been asking, our enamel pin doubles nicely as a matching tie tack.)
While we’re at it, there are only a few days left for you to get your orders in for our Uni Watch basketball jerseys and/or the matching shorts:
We’re taking pre-orders on these through this coming Wednesday, Nov. 20, for Christmas delivery. Full details here. (Also: The pre-order page doesn’t offer an option for international shipping. But if you want that, email Nathan Haas at Adelph Wear and he should be able to help you out.)
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: We already saw how the Cardinals tweaked their “StL” logo via ‘soft launch,’ but now it’s official. Adam Chkautovich sends in this article collecting the history/reasons for the logo change as well as explaining the new changes. Highly recommended. … Single digit pitcher alert! The Mets Marcus Stroman, who wore “7” last year, has announced he will wear “0” for 2020. … Check out this cool t-shirt at the Tokyo Giants team store with the franchise’s logo history on the back (from Tyler Maun). … The Fredericksburg Nats (a Warshington Nats farm club, duh) have introduced red, white and blue jerseys for 2020 (from MiLB Promos). … Very sad (non-uni) news yesterday, as Vera Clemente, Roberto’s widow, passed away (from SABR Bio Project). … The San Francisco Giants’ Mauricio Dubon needs jersey number after the team’s new manager Gabe Kapler took his (from Brinke).
NFL News: By now you’ve all probably seen (either live or video of) Myles Garrett’s vicious helmet attack on Mason Rudolph. But he’s not the first guy to do that, and the rule prohibiting it was written in 1982. … Here’s a photo of New Orleans Saints nose tackle Tony Elliott, a replacement player during the 1987 strike. He’s wearing his full name on his jersey because the team had another nose tackle by the name of Ted Elliott (from Bill Kellick). … OK, so it’s not quite the same thing as seeing Jesus’ image on a piece of toast, but Kurt Rozek sees a Titans logo in his beer ring left on the table.
College/High School Football News: “Saugus Strong” decals were worn by West Ranch Football (another high school in Santa Clarita) in light of the horrendous act that took place at Saugus HS on Thursday (from James Brooks). Another school wearing “Saugus Strong” decals was Hart High School (Also from James Brooks). … How do you guys feel about script/cursive as a helmet element? I’m torn, myself, but I think the shorter names work better (tweet from Evan Moreland). If you look at the thread, there are a bunch more script hats. … The always awesome helmet guy Blaise D’Sylva continues his look at CFB hats with
Kent Read, Kent Write Kent State‘s helmet history. … Neat: Corvallis, OR, Oct 4, 1924 – On campus of Oregon Agricultural College (aka Oregon State), Beavers fans pay 50¢ to follow the school’s football team beat Whitman College 41-0 on an electronic scoreboard that worked much like the baseball animatronic scoreboards (from Ronnie Bolton).
Hockey News: Most pro sports teams don’t really do giveaways with Thanksgiving in mind. But is that about to change? Check out this Anaheim Ducks gravy boat giveaway! (from The Goal Net). … The Prince Albert Raiders have shown us what their jersey will look like on Ugly Christmas Sweater Night on Dec. 13 (from Wade Heidt). … Also from Wade: Both the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs had the Hockey Hall of Fame logo on their sweaters of Friday night in Toronto. Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2019 was in attendance ahead of their induction coming up on Monday. … There are good color on color games, and then Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys (from Rob Caplette).
NBA News: The Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum wore his socks inside out while debuting new shoes (from Mario Vasquez). … Why did Paul George change his jersey number from 24 to 13? … Did the Rockets new
City alternate uniform leak yesterday (via Ethan Catalan). … This cool interactive site shows NBA logo changes year by year (from Ticker-er Emeritus Mike Chamernik).
College Hoops News: “Kansas Basketball unveiled some new grey alternates Friday night,” observes Ryan Grimes. “They 1st introduced these in 2012-13. These appear to be an ‘update’. Changed number color and from the circus font to Trajan.” Here’s another look at the new unis. … Someone stole the uniforms of the Texas Southern, who were scheduled to play the University of Oregon women’s basketball team Saturday afternoon. They ended up having to play in their practice unis (second link from Ignacio Salazar). … There are good throwbacks, and then there’s this (from James Gilbert).
Soccer News: The Puma Football 2019-20 Monterrey third kit has leaked (from Josh Hinton). … Also from Josh, the first images of the PSG 2020-21 home and away kits have leaked. … More from Josh: Germany debuted their new Euro 2020 home kit at Belarus yesterday. … For more, be sure to check out Josh’s twitter feed. … The USMNT honored DaMarcus Beasley Friday night for his time playing for the USMNT and gave him a #126 jersey. Adds submitter Jakob Fox, “Don’t believe he ever wore that style jersey however.”
Grab Bag: “Fan Wishes Team Was Sponsored By A Cooler Corporation,” literally is an Onion article, but it’s already frighteningly close to reality (from Jeff Pollock). … Interesting “color clash” in yesterday’s rugby match between Fiji and the Barbarians, with stripes vs solids (from Craig King).