By Phil Hecken
Folks, I’m gonna be honest: I watched about 3 minutes of yesterday’s game. It’s my favorite game of the college season, and it was a great looking game to boot. But I was stuck working on final papers/projects, so I missed most of it. I’m sure I can watch it on YouTube at some point (basically by Wednesday, I’m done with this semester), so it’s not the end of the world. But I would have loved to have watched it all live, as I’ve done the past couple decades.
As such, this will be shorter than usual — and lighter on commentary. I was able to grab a bunch of photos, and I know the result (Navy won, breaking a three game losing streak, so Navy’s seniors can say they at least Beat Army once). Apparently Navy’s quarterback is pretty good — at least at running. As today’s splash attests, Malcolm Perry was all but a blur to Army’s defenders yesterday. ZERO PASSES ATTEMPTED, but 304 rushing yards (I believe that’s a new game record):
QB Malcolm Perry's Day
• Zero Passes Completed
• Zero Passes Attempted
• 29 Rushes
• 304 Yards
• 2 Rush TD
• Beat Army pic.twitter.com/uhyzVGkMgn
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) December 14, 2019
The uniforms lived up to the hype. It was a soggy day out on the field, but the unis themselves looked great:
As always, it was a hard hitting game. These brothers may sacrifice their lives for each other off the field, but when they play THIS game, they’re sworn enemies:
One word for the sounds of Army-Navy? footballgasmic pic.twitter.com/pw2LEwxkdV
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 14, 2019
Army may have lost the game, but they won the helmet battle. About my only complaint about the unis was Navy’s helmets. I’m not sure what they were trying to achieve with their look, but they would have been better off keeping the helmets simpler.
The Commander in Chief was there, performed the ceremonial coin toss, and spent a half seated with each side.
Interesting observation here from, ahem, “Paul Lucas”
@UniWatch @PhilHecken I noticed two of the Navy players had Army (1st Armored Div & 1st Ranger Bn) patches on the left shoulder of their jerseys instead of Navy patches. Any idea of the backstory on that? pic.twitter.com/GCkwBhGrcp
— Paul Lucas (@paulclucas) December 14, 2019
There may be a reason for that. Interesting (and a nice touch!)
One thing I did notice in the few minutes I watched: those end zones looked BRUTAL:
— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) December 14, 2019
Of course, the beginning and halftime are always chill-inducing…
— USAA (@USAA) December 14, 2019
— Michael Andrzejewski (@mpandrzejewski) December 14, 2019
And what would the jerseys be if not for the obligatory easter egg in the collar?
@UniWatch @PhilHecken Looks like the 1st CAV motto ("The First Team") is on the inside collar of the Army uniform for today's game. Here is a shot of LTG William's, the Superintendent of USMA, from the school's annual spirit video. Full video: https://t.co/A03aF77L1m#BeatNavy pic.twitter.com/RKx6ft2G95
— Timmy Donahue (@timmydhue) December 14, 2019
Unfortunately, there was an ugly moment which did not go unnoticed in the twittersphere and elsewhere. I’m glad I didn’t see this when it happened.
You can see more game photos here.
Anyway, I’ll get to watch this game in a few days — I don’t normally watch sporting events after they’ve taken place, but I’ll make an exception in this case. Again, apologies for a less-than-stellar offering for you today — but you’re not nearly as bummed as I am. Finals are over this week, so I’ll be back with the usual weekend fare next weekend.
For those who don’t wish to click the links, Graig paints baseball heroes (and regular guys) from the past, and is an immense talent.
Occasionally, I will be featuring his work on Uni Watch.
Here’s today’s offering (click to enlarge):
Title: “Henry Kimbro, 1949” (color study)
Subject: Henry Kimbro, 1949
Medium: Oil on linen mounted to board
Size: 5” x 7”
Henry Kimbro spent three majority of his 18-year-long career with the Baltimore Elite Giants. In 13 of those 18 seasons, he appeared as the main leadoff hitter for the club, capable of lacing balls through opposite holes in the infield, or into the gaps of the outfield. Defensively, he also brandishing a great arm in centerfield, and speed that allowed him to cover a lot of real estate. These attributes were impressive enough to earn Kimbro a spot on six East-West All-Star Game teams.
His tenure in the black leagues began in the late 1930s and ended in the early 1950s, with the death knell felt by every team due to integration. While players like Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby became the first players to make their way into the bigs, Kimbro, in his mid-thirties, was considered to be past his prime. However, it was in the late-1940s that he was at his best. In 1946, he hit .342, followed by .384 in ‘47. He carried his great hitting into the Cuban league, leading the circuit with a .346 average and 194 base hits in ‘47-‘48, carrying Havana to the championship. Back in the states, after a string of second-place finishes in the later part of the decade, his Elite Giants defeated the Chicago American Giants to capture their second Negro National Title. Kimbro was credited with batting .332 that season as well.
He continued to bat leadoff and patrol the outfield with the Elite Giants until the 1951 season, which would be his last. The remaining years of his career were spent with the Birmingham Black Barons before he finally retired at the age of 41 in 1953.
Here’s Henry with the Baltimore Elite Giants in 1948. This is one of 200+ paintings of mine that will be on display at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the spring of 2020.
Thanks, Graig! You can (and should!) follow Graig on Twitter.
Guess The Game…
from the scoreboard
The game has returned!
Today’s scoreboard comes from reader Mike Styczen.
The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).
Today’s scoreboard might be a bit tricky — at least for those of use who don’t live north of the U. S. border. Mike adds, “An easy one for Canadians my age, might be tougher for you Yanks.”
Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):
If you guys like this, please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: Does Sir Elton John have a favorite American baseball team? “Here is pic that was on Daily Mail Uk of Sir Elton John wearing a Braves hat at a tennis workout” says submitter Douglas Ceane. Wonder if he’s really a Braves fan or if he just liked the cap.
NFL News: At first glance, this tweet looks like just a regular team meeting, but if you look closely at Maxx Crosby’s shirt, it spells “Who Cares” in logos (good spot from Cubby The Kraut). … A Milwaukee motorist made their Pontiac Bonneville into a Packers and Bears rivalry car. Says submitter D Hempel, “Not like you could make this car look any worse.” … “A website called bigleaguepillows.com is selling pillows that look like NFL, MLB, & NBA teams has some interesting uniform errors,” says Timmy Donahue. “Some of the more egregious ones listed here. The Bucs error is actually an upgrade.” … Did you ever wonder what happens at the bottom of a “fumble pile?” Me neither, but it’s probably about what you’d expect. … Thomas Morstead showing off patches honoring the 10th anniversary of the Saints Super Bowl team. He and Brees are the only players from that team still on the roster (from Evan Saacks and Eric Pittman). … And here’s a look at the 10-year anniversary dinner (from Russell).
College/High School Football News: While Army/Navy may be “the only game in town,” there’s still other college football going on: check out the different back and front bumpers for members of Weber State and inconsistent font size for NOB (from Timmy Donahue). … Also from Timmy Donahue: Purple v. Purple matchup in the FCS Playoffs as UNI took on JMU. UNI sporting BFBS helmets with purple pants. … Yesterday, the great Blaise D’Sylva showed off the helmet histories of Army and Navy before the two squads met on the gridiron for battle. … In his regular helmet extravaganza, Blaise showed off the helmets of Washington. … Timmy Donahue (again) noted that “Army pants were modeled after the Bell UH-1 Iroquois Helicopter, better known as a Huey, used by the Air Mobile in Vietnam. Featured prominently in ‘We Were Soldiers’.” … “Early candidate for the worst most illegible jersey ever?” asks Chris Buttgen, and I’d have to say he’s got a good point. … Rivalries are hard. Even the Army/Navy one. Witness what happened on College Game Day. Here’s another look (from their tweet). Via Boiler Uniforms. … Here’s a high school ripping not only the 49rs logo, BUT ALSO the SF Giants logo (from Brock Brames).
Hockey News: There are ugly X-mas sweaters and then there are good looking ugly Christmas sweater unis. Here was the look for the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night. Submitter Wade Heidt notes the Raiders “Had the Christmas socks to match the sweater.” … More from Wade Heidt: The Sudbury Wolves have some new masks for both their goalies. In addition, they now have a giant goalie mask in their lobby. … It was Nickelodeon night jerseys for the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) yesterday evening (from Brett Thomas). … Special holiday sweaters last night for the Ontario Reign (from Jakob Fox). … Also from Jakob “noticed a few Penguins players have the equipment manager tag showing on their jerseys at times during (yester)day’s game.” … Last evening, the Predators scoreboard was using both 2020 Winter Classic logos for Preds vs Stars before they face off at the Cotton Bowl in two weeks (from Max Herz).
NBA/Pro Hoops News: Carmelo Anthony wants his jersey retired with the Denver Nuggets. I’ve been busy with finals all week, but did I see a report earlier saying he wanted the Knicks to retire his jersey? Or did I dream that? (Update: I didn’t dream it). … The Bulls and Knicks (that’s the Windy City Bulls and Westchester Knicks) will Looney Tunes-inspired unis when the teams play each other on January 4, 2020 (from Steve Johnston). … “Nike would like you to know that it is sponsoring the Mexico City Games,” says Mike Lefko. Advertising them is more like it. … Looks like Cal is doing some Jason Kidd era throwbacks (from Ryan Maquiñana).
College Hoops News: Yesterday, the Georgetown Hoyas and Syracuse Orange wore unis that reminded bryanwdc of one of their old school matchups from days of yore. He notes the “entire Syracuse starting lineup went with rolled shorts.” Here’s an article with some better looks at the new jerseys. … Not really that big a deal, since UM frequently wears maize at home, but yesterday’s Michigan vs. Oregon color v. color game was…well, quite colorful (from Josh Hinton). … Here’s another interesting looking color vs. color matchup, this time between Michigan State and Oakland (from Timmy Donahue). … Nike has created new custom shoes for the Kentucky Men’s Basketball team, as part of Kevin Durant’s new collection (from Josh Hinton). … Sometimes color vs. color is needed. “White uniforms vs. tan uniforms (yester)day between Kentucky and Georgia Tech. Not much contrast for viewers watching at home” (from Josh Hinton). … Still more color vs. color but check out Louisiana Tech in their beautiful Karl Malone-era throwbacks (from Chris Mycoskie).
Soccer News: The Dallas Sidekicks, Dallas’s professional indoor soccer team, unveiled new Star Wars-themed jerseys featuring the character Nien Nunb. … Chivas premiered their alternate unis and well, fans thought they looked like Real Madrid. .. .From Josh Hinton: Here’s a look at this week’s Premier League kits. Don’t forget to check Josh’s twitter feed for all your soccer kit news.
Grab Bag: The Cronulla Sharks have unveiled their jersey for the 2020 NRL Nines and it’s… well, it’s something. The very unusual design extremely leans into the ‘Sharks’ thing, transforming the jersey into great white shark’s open mouth (from Ewan Williams). … “Logo creep (gross)” read the subject of an e-mail from Max Weintraub. “On this shirt for sale at George Washington’s Mount Vernon here in Virginia. Nike (not Elvis) is everywhere!”