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How Uni Watch Readers First Got It™, Vol. 3

Earlier this year, I published a blog post featuring Uni Watch readers sharing the stories of how they first got hooked on uniforms — in other words, how they first realized that they Get It™. The post was such a hit that I did a follow-up post a few months later, and today we have the third installment in the series.

Some really great stories here — enjoy.

Christopher Hickey

My dad volunteered as the football team doctor for our local Catholic high school from the 1950s to the 1970s. He kept a collection of the school’s yearbooks (given to him as keepsakes for his service, along with those my brothers received each year they attended) stored in a cabinet in his basement office. I remember being in grade school and making my way downstairs rather often to pore over those books. I’d look for photos of my dad or my brothers, but then found myself drawn to the various uniforms — band, track, baseball, etc. — and how they used the school colors, how styles changed over the years, and the like. It helped me connect with my dad, appreciate his call to service and gain some valuable common ground with my brothers, too. I stop by Uni Watch for some of the same reasons: to share, to learn, to gain perspective, and to connect with “family.”

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Gordon Blau

I first Got It™ when I was a young fan and noticed the Los Angeles Rams’ helmet. It caught my attention because it wasn’t just a logo slapped onto the side of a helmet; it was a true conceptual design! When their lineman were crouched and ready to collide, it was even more effective — that’s what actual rams do! I wasn’t even a Rams fan, but it was so well executed, I couldn’t help but admire them. I went on to a career in design, so I imagine my early appreciation for the Rams’ helmet foreshadowed that.

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Scott M.X. Turner

Two early moments:

1) Yankee Stadium, 1969, age eight. A twi-night double-header between the Yanks and the A’s. I’m super-excited to see the A’s all-yellow vest uniforms. They come out wearing their road greys. I am crushed. I sit through the entire game pouting. As the second game is getting set to start, my mom pokes me and points at the field — the A’s have changed into their yellow unis for the nightcap! I am thrilled. Lesson: Good things occasionally come to those who wait.

2) My grandfather’s house, White Plains, N.Y., Thanksgiving Day, 1971, age 11. Kansas City vs. Detroit Lions. I don’t wanna go to Poppo’s house, because the best NFL uniforms ever — KC’s white jersey/red pants — will look awful on his black-and-white TV. Who doesn’t understand this?! I refuse to go, but my mother is having none of it. She scruff-grabs and mom-handles me into the car. We arrive at Poppo’s, I drag my feet into the house, and it’s a Thanksgiving miracle — he’s bought a Sears color TV! The game is on and Kansas City’s red pants are bursting off of the screen. Lesson: Never doubt my Poppo.

To this day, my hopes for a sporting contest rise and fall on what the teams are wearing. Isn’t this everyone’s square one?

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Chris Mitchel

I used to scour the old Sporting News for any uniform items. That was my first foray into thinking I really Got It™. But I took it to a new level when I started to “detail” my electric football players with very specific uniform anomalies. My favorite was adding the Batman logo to my figure of Buccaneers linebacker Richard Wood. Sadly, those figures were later discarded by my father after I moved out and forgot to take them with me.

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Casey Siereveld

Growing up as a Detroit Tigers fan, I always found myself fixated on the team’s uniform quirks. The hat “D” was different from the jersey “D,” and this bothered me for years. However, when they “fixed” the jersey logo to match the hat a few years ago, it felt a bit jarring. I’m still not sure how I feel about it, but what I know for sure is that I am obsessed with these sorts of details. One of the Tigers’ other quirks — the appearance of orange on the road set only — has heightened my awareness of the color-related quirks of other teams in other sports around the world. For example, the German soccer team Hamburger SV is known for its red shorts, even though the team’s colors are blue, white, and black. I would not be so intrigued by these sorts of things if it weren’t for my beloved, quirky Tigers.

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JohnMark Fisher

Oct. 14, 2002 –- the Seattle Seahawks hosted their first Monday Night Football game in their gorgeous new stadium, donning their bold new uniforms with the refreshed logo. As someone who grew up near Green Bay, I was constantly exposed to the Packers’ classic look. This Seahawks look was an awakening, like a splash of cold water in the face — “They can do that!?” I was hooked. I was in eighth grade and remember telling my friends the next day about how “cool” the Seahawks were, declared myself a fan, and subconsciously opened my mind to the world of athletics aesthetics.

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Brian Gunter

In the early 1960s, when I was five or six, my twin brother and I could barely wait for the Sunday paper with coverage of college football, especially Georgia Tech. But the photos in the paper were black-and-white, so we would take colored pencils and color them in. Then I remember our parents somehow got us some gold football pants — we already had Tech jerseys, but the pants, wow! Ironically, after going to Tech for a couple of quarters, I transferred to UGA and became a Dawg. My twin brother has yet to really forgive me!

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Greg Seher

One year in the late 1980s, my babysitter got me a John Offerdahl Starting Lineup figure. There was something unique about the Dolphins’ aqua-and-orange uniform and logo, and even the idea of a dolphin as the nickname and mascot was appealing. I quickly became a Dolphins fan. That was when I began to appreciate teams with good logos and uniforms. Then a couple of years later my dad took me on a chartered bus trip to check out a game at brand-new Camden Yards in Baltimore. On the trip I won Marc Okkonen’s baseball uniform book in a raffle, and from there I was hooked.

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Clarke Hall

When I was a kid, probably about 10-ish, I was obsessed with gumball helmets. I loved the collecting, I loved that you had to put them together. The only thing that bugged me, as a Bengals fan, was that their version really sucked. That little patch of stripes on the side was such a bummer. So my grandpa took an orange shell and cut accurate stripes out of electrical tape to make my brother and me a legit Bengals gumball helmet. He even cut out a number 80 for the back. My parents still hang that helmet on the tree every Christmas!

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Jesus Mora Saenz

Collecting stickers of older MLB teams got me interested in the meaning of logos, especially for the Expos. Never knew what it meant until after high school. The other key moment was watching Super Bowl XXVII and keeping an eye on uniform brands. The Cowboys wearing their usual white attire, made by Russell Athletic, and the Bills wearing Champion, if I’m not mistaken. Then the following year, Dallas was wearing Apex.

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Andrew Maynard

My first memory of liking a uniform for the sake of the uniform is when I went into the mall hat store and fell in love with the 1998 Canucks logo with the orca on it. I bought it right away, even though I’ve never been to the northwest. My only other hat at the time had “Marvel Comics” on it, so I didn’t follow any sport that closely. I didn’t know any players on the team and I didn’t even follow my hometown Blues too closely at the time, but I loved that logo. Later, I would learn that “Canuck” is a nickname for a Canadian, not for an orca.

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Shawn Klis

I remember watching hockey on black-and-white TV back in the late ’60s. I’ll never forget when my dad took me to my first Canadiens game at the Forum — seeing how vibrant and bright the Canadiens’ home red jerseys were for the first time was mesmerizing. I fell in love with those sweaters and still love them.

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Nathan Ellsworth

Hockey has always been my favorite sport and I’m a lifelong Penguins fan. I would have been nine or 10 when they were one of the first group of NHL teams to debut third jerseys in 1995-96. It blew my mind that they could have more jerseys than just home and away. The design was extremely ’90s and doesn’t hold up at all, but that only helped because it was so odd and interesting.

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Chip Powell

I was probably in third or fourth grade. I had gone from a YMCA league where we just all wore white pants with a YMCA T-shirt and hat in the primary color of our team (red for Cardinals, light blue for Royals, etc.) to a Little League that used MLB jersey designs. I was placed on the Braves, and we wore navy pants so the parents didn’t have to wash white. I remember complaining that we didn’t really look like the Braves in blue pants.

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Michael Gray

I first got the uni bug when I was about six years old and started using my mom’s ceramic paints to repaint all the players on my electric football set every week. The obsession really kicked in a couple years later, when my dad volunteered to be the equipment manager for our junior football league. We had literally hundreds of helmets hanging in our basement, plus all the uniforms and equipment for a half-dozen teams. I spent many hours cleaning and repainting helmets and helping my dad with inventory. But the best part was the annual trip we made to the local sporting goods wholesaler. My dad let me tag along so I could see all the newest gear (which we never bought, it was strictly plain-Jane stuff for our league). I still remember seeing a prototype helmet that had a clear plastic shell with the graphics on the inside — it sure beat the helmets we “refinished” with plain old rattle-can black before every season.

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Timothy Medeiros

I was eight years old when the Boston Bruins debuted their now-infamous Pooh Bear design in 1995. I remember my entire Bruins-obsessed family being so upset and embarrassed by the set. I couldn’t understand it and spent the next few years trying to convince everyone it was a fun change of pace and better than wearing the boring spoked-B all the time. I even made it the basis of my my Uni Watch membership card!

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Jacob King

I loved drawing as a kid. I was maybe four or five years old and decided to draw my first baseball player. For whatever reason, I started from the ground up, drawing the cleat and then the stirrup. I stopped to switch crayons and my older brother said, “Whoa! That’s a perfect-looking stirrup!” I was hooked. I’d do action shots with perspective and distance, spectators in the background, different teams so I could draw different uniforms, etc. Eventually, I filled binders with logos of imaginary sports teams in imaginary leagues, using a lot of alliteration (e.g. “Richland Rattlers”).

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Scott Durham

I first became fascinated with uniforms in the late 1970s while watching Clemson football games. This was during the tear-away jersey era, and it drove me nuts that some of the players had an outline on their numbers and others did not. I mentioned this to my mom, and her response was something along the lines of “Why would you even notice something like that?” I’ve been hooked since. In 1982, when Clemson and Georgia kicked off the college football season on Memorial Day night, the Tigers took the field with newly designed pants. I went on and on about it (I was 9 at the time) until one of my uncles told me to shut up. As a coach, I’ve always been very particular about what my teams wear, always keeping things simple and clean (I was a high school head baseball coach for 14 years and am in my seventh year as a head football coach). It drives most of my assistant coaches crazy the way I obsess over the uniforms.

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Lee Stokes

When I was six or seven — 1972-ish — my dad bought me a Minnesota Vikings helmet for Christmas. The bright white horn on purple, man, that was so cool. Because of the Vikings helmet, I studied all of the other helmets in the NFL. Loved the Rams and Eagles, thought the Bears, Bengals (just the wordmark at the time), and Packers were dumb. But even as a youngster, I had a certain respect for the Browns, because they chose to not to have a logo

Shortly thereafter I received a plain white helmet. I discovered that if you drew on it with crayon, you could wipe it off easily. That’s when my obsession for designing my own helmet logos took off. Two of my own designs I remember specifically from back then were for the Vermont Green Lightning (green helmet with way too many little yellow lightning bolts all over it and yellow facemasks) and the Iowa Romans (we lived in Iowa back then and ate Roman Meal bread in our household, so I translated their logo into a football team), who wore burgundy and gold with burgundy facemasks. Even then, I loved colored masks. It made the Chargers’ helmets so much cooler. Whenever I drew NFL helmets (which I did a lot!), I always gave them colored facemasks, well before most teams actually did so themselves. To this day, when rating team uniforms, it’s an automatic point deduction if the mask is grey.

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Dustin Jensen

I don’t remember not Getting It™. Whether it was looking at baseball cards, sports magazines, or newspapers, it was the details of the uniforms (especially baseball pants/stirrups and football helmet facemasks) that captured my attention as much as the players. When I started playing Little League, it was more important that the stirrups looked right than that the uniform fit right. The same was true of football — I chose an ill-fitting helmet and shoulder pads so I could have the right look.

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Sam Foss

It all started for me on Christmas Day in I think 2005. I would have been six at the time, and my parents got me Madden 2005 for the Playstation 2. I never was good at the game, but it had a “create a team” feature that for the time had a great uniform designer. I would sit there and design uniform after uniform. I never asked for a new version of the game because I couldn’t care less for the updated rosters or game modes. “Create a team” was all I needed.

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Austin Meo

Back when I was in elementary school, the Madden NFL games introduced “franchise mode,” where you could design a team from scratch, including stadium, players, and, of course, uniforms. My friends and I would spend hours debating each uniform, from colors to patterns to alternate/throwback uniforms. We’d rarely ever play a game the entire night. I can say with 100% certainty that we never designed a purple team — our top two primary choices were green or orange. We also made it a rule that if we ever played games against each other, we had to use AFL throwback uniforms. Once I saw my first Uni Watch NFL preview on ESPN years later, I was hooked.

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Ray P

I had to be about seven or eight years old. I saw something with the logos of the two then-new NFL teams, Seahawks and Buccaneers. I was instantly taken in by the Buccaneers’ logo. I can’t describe how I really felt, I just loved it! In my small Massachusetts neighborhood, I was the youngest of the kids who played sports in the street. Everyone had their favorite teams — Cowboys, Raiders, Packers, Saints and of course Patriots. So of course my team became the Buccaneers. I took a lot of ridicule over the years, both for their play and for the uniforms, but I always loved them.

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Eric Kehlenbrink

I first got the itch when my mom bought me football cards to keep me entertained while she worked and I waited to be taken home after school. The Upper Deck Collector’s Edition was my card of choice. The one that in particular that I will remember is the Kirk Lowdermilk card. I just loved seeing the three Colts helmets lined up before the snap.

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Scott Pendergraft

I was raised in a family that had sports on TV a lot, so I really can’t remember a time when I wasn’t obsessed with logos, helmets, caps, uniforms, how high stirrups were worn, number fonts, etc. This evolved into me sketching new uniforms for my favorite teams (Giants, 49ers, Trail Blazers), and then going ahead and doing new designs for all the teams in all the leagues. I wish I still had those drawings. A favorite uni memory was watching an MLB game on a small rabbit-ears TV in my bedroom as a 13-year-old. It was black and white, and the picture was “snowy,” but I could still tell that the Astros were wearing something that was blowing my mind. That was my introduction to the Tequila Sunrise Jersey. A thing of beauty to this day.

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EO Jackson

Although I grew up in the 1970s, my favorite books were published in the ’50s and ’60s, with lots of pictures of baseball players — all high-cuffed, low-stirrupped. So naturally, that’s what I drew. Also, I’m a Cubs fan (I grew up on the South Side of Chicago, but did not and do not like the White Sox because they changed their uniforms too often), and their team rule at the time was to go high-cuffed, low-stirrupped, like the Reds, of which I approved. I may not like some teams — Yankees, Packers, USC — but I like their continuity. You know at one glance who you’re looking at, and isn’t that the point?

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Dwayne White

I was a teenager in junior high when Cincinnati was getting a “major league” team in the World Hockey Association, the Cincinnati Stingers. I had always followed the Bruins (Phil Esposito was my favorite player) and could hear the Blackhawks on the radio from Chicago, but when I saw the Stingers’ logo printed in The Cincinnati Post, I was immediately hooked and the Stingers became my team. My friend Danny Bromwell strived every year to the Perfect Attendance tickets that the Stingers had as a promotion. We would go to many games and saw some of hockey’s greatest players and a lot of fights, but those Stingers “bumble bee yellow” jerseys were the best in sports.

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Paul here. Aren’t these stories great? I had so much fun editing them! I still have a few dozen more in the hopper, so we’ll have another installment soon.

If you want to share your own story of how you first Got It™ — no more than one paragraph, please — go ahead and send it here (note that this is not the usual Uni Watch email address). Thanks!

(My continued thanks to Brinke Guthrie for coming up with the idea for “When I First Got It™”.)

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Bumper bummer: Following up on a Ticker item from two days ago: The Steelers had voted as a team to wear “Antwon Rose Jr.” on their helmet bumpers. Rose was a Black teen who was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer in 2018.

But while the rest of the team wore Rose’s name, offensive lineman Al Villanueva — a former Army Ranger — instead hand-inscribed the name of Alwyn Cashe, a Black U.S. Army soldier who was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for heroism while serving in Iraq.

According to this ESPN story that ran yesterday, several Steelers players expressed surprise over Villanueva’s move, with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger saying, “Unfortunately, it is what it is,” although coach Mike Tomlin said he knew about it and supported it.

This is not the first time Villanueva has gone against the grain of a protest-driven team decision. In 2017, when the team’s players opted to stay in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem prior to a game against the Bears in Chicago, Villanueva stood by himself in the tunnel.

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Color Remix cap reminder: In case you missed it on Wednesday, the first monthly round of Uni Watch Color Remix caps is now ready to go. The four designs, which I teased a few weeks ago, are shown above and are available here through mid-October, when we’ll launch a new batch with new color combos.

We also have corresponding T-shirts in the same four color combos:

Here’s where you can get the Black/Yellow, Royal/Orange, Navy/Red, and Red/Navy versions. (The T-shirts will remain available in the Uni Watch Shop indefinitely, and we’ll launch new shirts next month to match up with the October cap designs.)

My thanks, as always, for your consideration of our products.

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Seam ripper reminder: I am once again restocked on all five colors of Uni Watch Seam Rippers. They’re available here.

Also: I have two remaining sets of Uni Watch Coasters. Who wants ’em?

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The Ticker
By Paul

’Skins Watch: Pocatello High School in Idaho will no longer call its teams the Indians (from Evan Feick and Brett Thomas).
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Working Class Wannabes™: An article new Florida Panthers GM Bill Zito refers to “the blue collar world of ice hockey.” … A player on the Missouri women’s soccer team says, “We’ve been working a lot on keeping, ‘What is Mizzou soccer?’ Which is hard work, a blue-collar-like mentality.” … An article about New York Giants head coach Joe Judge says he has an “old-school, blue-collar coaching style.” … A different article about Judge says he has “blue-collar guiding principles.” … West Virginia football coach Neal Brown has unveiled a new weekly player award, called the Blue-Collar Award, “an honor given to the recipient for [his] work ethic” (from Timmy Donahue). … A newly hired high school soccer coach in Burlington, N.J., says that under his leadership, “You’re going to see a disciplined, hard-working, blue-collar team. We want to outwork everyone.”

Baseball News: Looks like the logos for next year’s spring training are beginning to circulate (from Larry Littman). … The Astros shared a photo of prospect Narbe Cruz signing his first pro contract while wearing a ’Stros jersey. Interestingly, it has a Rawlings maker’s mark on the sleeve, instead of a Nike mark on the chest. That’s because it’s from the Gulf Coast League Astros, Houston’s rookie-level affiliate (from @robertBrownieJr and @fontophile). … More make-up game uniform follies: Giants in cream vs. Mariners in grey last night in San Francisco, even though the Giants were the road team. The game was originally scheduled for the previous night in Seattle but was postponed and moved to SF (thanks to all who shared).

NFL News: Washington is filled with government agencies and institutions, most of which have official seals. So Derek Peabody has come up with one one of the best ideas for a new Washington Football Team identity: the Washington Seals. Works on multiple levels, and you have to love that mascot balancing a football on his nose! … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The Browns have a new end zone design featuring the AFC logo. … Following yesterday’s post on NFL jersey color data graphics, the Titans Uni Tracker created a similar graphic for the Titans’ pants. … Here’s a ranking of NFL stadiums (thanks, Brinke).

College Football News: New throwbacks on tap for UNC. … New uniforms for Bemidji State (from @bry_night). … Look for North Texas to unveil a new alternate uniform today, probably around 1:15pm Eastern. … San Diego State’s new stadium is scheduled to be ready by 2022. Until then, the team will play its home games over 100 miles north of San Diego (from Timmy Donahue). … Ole Miss has a new blue uniform that will be worn on Sept. 26 against Florida (from @RebelNutt18). … Now that the Big Ten is going to have a season after all, there’s some speculation about a grey-sleeved alternate jersey for Ohio State. … Here are this week’s uni combos for Syracuse and Louisville.

Hockey News: You don’t see many afros in hockey, but check out this great 1975 shot of Amarillo Wranglers G Doug Allen (from Ted Arnold). … Plans have been announced for a new arena for the Kraken’s AHL affiliate (from Wade Heidt). … New uniforms for the Danville Dashers of the Federal Prospects Hockey League (from John Cerone). … Also from John: If that same league had given a franchise to Memphis, here’s how their jersey would have looked.

College Hoops News: Following up on a Ticker item from yesterday, it turns out that Louisville’s embarrassingly corporate-named arena may retain its name — or at least its name signage — after the current naming-rights deal expires at the end of this month (from Timmy Donahue). … New court design for UC San Diego. “The Tritons are moving up to NCAA Division I this year and joining the Big West Conference,” says Steve Hartsock. … New collar striping for Baylor.

Soccer News: Australia’s national teams have unveiled two new shirts (thanks, Jamie).
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Grab Bag: Officials in Arlington County, Va., have expressed support for changing the county’s logo. The current logo depicts Arlington House, which was built by slaves and later served as the home for Confederate general Robert E. Lee. … The great SI writer Steve Rushin has a good piece about how head and face protection has always been a sensitive topic in sports. … Welsh Rugby Union will now be outfitted by Macron (from Jeremy Brahm). … Car brand Maserati has tweaked its logo. … Two former employees are suing the grocery chain Kroger because they were fired for not wearing an apron with a pro-LGBTQ logo. … Outdoorwear brand Patagonia has been including tags on its clothing that say, “Vote the Assholes Out.” The slogan is directed at politicians who deny or disregard the reality of climate change (from John Cerone). … Pro tennis’s Fed Cup is changing its name to honor Billie Jean King.

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54 comments to How Uni Watch Readers First Got It™, Vol. 3

  • Matt | September 17, 2020 at 8:33 am |

    I always hated the Bengal’s gumball helmet also. Maybe Clarke Hall can send a pic of the Christmas tree ornament version? That would be very satisfying to see!

    • Memal | September 17, 2020 at 8:57 am |

      Ditto on both!

  • Jon | September 17, 2020 at 8:35 am |

    For what it’s worth, there’s increasing rumor/chatter that the Browns are going to come out tonight wearing orange pants.

  • MJ | September 17, 2020 at 8:39 am |

    I officially feel old, at 44. Those UNC throwbacks are what they wore when I was there. And Mack Brown was our coach, and Carolina football was good. Maybe history will repeat itself.

  • Chris Mitchel | September 17, 2020 at 8:46 am |

    Thank you Paul for including my comments “When I First Got It” comment today. You and your column have been the one constant normal thing since March. I avoid news and even other sports sites across the board to eliminate any COVID information creeping into my life. Your column has allowed me to enjoy one of my true joys without fear or panic. Thanks for everything that you and the team do.

    • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2020 at 8:51 am |

      Thanks, Chris — and thanks for sharing your story with us!

  • jf | September 17, 2020 at 8:54 am |

    I find Villanueva’s choice deeply unfortunate, but it should be acknowledged that SFC Cashe was not ‘merely’ a Silver Star recipient; he also received the Medal of Honor.

    • jf | September 17, 2020 at 9:33 am |

      To add: I may be wrong on this. The status of SFC Cashe’s MOH seems a tad unclear.

    • Patrick Homa | September 17, 2020 at 11:09 am |

      How is honoring a decorated Black veteran that was KIA (rescued 6 men out of a burning vehicle while he was on fire himself) considered “deeply unfortunate”? We can’t tell athletes to use their platforms and then scold them when they don’t do it the “right” way.

      • DAF | September 17, 2020 at 12:50 pm |

        Maybe it’s unfortunate because the team voted to honor a local victim of police violence, which is a cause that is important to a lot of people these days, and Villanueva apparently decided that that cause, the local connection, and the vote of his teammates weren’t important enough for him? Strikes me as pretty insensitive.

        I hate that I’m agreeing with Ben Roethlisberger on something.

        • Chris Weber | September 17, 2020 at 10:55 pm |

          Google Antwon Rose gun residue. It may alter your initial characterization of him.

        • jf | September 18, 2020 at 6:32 am |

          I agree with you on both sentiments.

    • Tim | September 17, 2020 at 1:37 pm |

      I find it a deeply strong personal statement by an NFL player who is a decorated Army Ranger [bronze star] and, unlike most pro athletes, actually put his own life on the line for our country.

      What will be interesting is to see if and how much the NFL fines him for using a name not on the “approved list”.

  • Kyle Kalkwarf | September 17, 2020 at 8:55 am |

    Alwyn Cashe has been in the news recently because his Silver Star will probably be upgraded to a Medal of Honor: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/09/16/lawmakers-take-key-step-towards-getting-alwyn-cashe-the-medal-of-honor/

  • Memal | September 17, 2020 at 8:56 am |

    I can relate to the thrill of create a team mode in Madden and NCAA Football. I often played more often as my team than as a real team.

  • Andrew Jobe | September 17, 2020 at 9:17 am |

    That article about Daniil Kvyat is from last year; in fact, the rule that prevented him from running a new helmet designed was dropped for this season.

    • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2020 at 10:57 am |

      My bad. Now removed from Ticker.

  • Jeff Stark | September 17, 2020 at 9:25 am |

    According the Gridiron Uniform Database, we are going to get to see a LOT of the Rams “bone” uniforms this year. I’m ready to see if the blue jerseys POP like the helmets did Sunday.

    • Matt | September 17, 2020 at 9:39 am |

      I didn’t mind the shade of blue. But I think the circular divided horn is decidedly worse than the prior horn shape. And I think the jersey font is clownish. I could live with the rest of the uni, but the horn shape should have been the historical carry over.

  • Bud | September 17, 2020 at 9:29 am |

    For what it’s worth, the Steelers weren’t in the locker room during the anthem in 2017 while Villanueva was outside the tunnel.

    https://archive.triblive.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/gtranthem008.jpg

    • Nestor Chylak | September 17, 2020 at 10:17 am |

      I think it’s time to change the national anthem to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”. Just can’t imagine anyone protesting it, and the anthem singers would finally have something to wrap their chops around.

      • Tim | September 17, 2020 at 4:15 pm |

        How about we just stop with the national anthem before the games. Its first use dates back to WW1 in Baseball and the NFL didn’t start using it until after WWII.

  • Jim Vilk | September 17, 2020 at 10:01 am |

    the best NFL uniforms ever — KC’s white jersey/red pants

    Now, this is true. And in 1971, this was true.

    But from 1972-1974, KC had to share that distinction with the blue helmet/white jersey/blue pants Houston Oilers.

    • Nestor Chylak | September 17, 2020 at 10:20 am |

      I’m partial to the orange-pantsed Broncos, myself.

      • Jim Vilk | September 17, 2020 at 10:42 am |

        Oooooo…those were good too!

  • Jeff Stark | September 17, 2020 at 10:39 am |

    Does anyone remember Ole Miss wearing powder blue jerseys last year? There is a pic on the internet with a player wearing one with the “150” patch.

  • Patrick Homa | September 17, 2020 at 11:04 am |

    I personally don’t see how honoring a Black Army Ranger is a “bummer”. Shouldn’t each player have the ability to use their voice how they choose? As Villanueva is a veteran, shouldn’t we be happy he chose to lift up a Black man that we otherwise may not have heard of? Not trying to come off as angry or confrontational here, just asking in the spirit of discussion. We all hear about giving athletes more of a voice, but then castigate the ones that don’t use it in the way the media expects them to.

    • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2020 at 11:09 am |

      The controversy is the bummer.

      As for each player being able to use his own voice as he chooses, that depends. Did the team agree to abide by a team vote? Does unit cohesion matter as much as individuality? Etc. Those questions seem relevant, just as the question you’re raising is also relevant.

      As for what the “media expects,” why would you try to stack the deck with a complete non-issue like that? This has nothing to do with the media.

      • Patrick Homa | September 17, 2020 at 11:22 am |

        First – I didn’t mean to sound insulting by using “the media”, nor was I trying to just lump you into a broad generalization like that. I was just trying to draw upon where I feel like I’ve seen a lot of the negative discussion surrounding this and in the process, created a straw man in my post. Wasn’t trying to stack the deck or insult you, Paul. I apologize for my miscommunication.

        I know that we don’t see/hear what goes on in the locker room, and can’t speak to the team’s views on cohesion vs. individuality. It’s just been personally a little disappointing/interesting to see the team publicly question him. I’ve also been impressed with Mike Tomlin’s insights during these difficult social times. His commentary and statements have been eloquent and insightful.

        Apologies again for coming off as insulting you, Paul.

        • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2020 at 11:23 am |

          I didn’t mean to sound insulting by using “the media”, nor was I trying to just lump you into a broad generalization like that.

          Oh, I didn’t take it personally at all, Patrick — no insult taken! But yes, you did create a straw man, and that’s what I was objecting to. Thanks for owning it.

      • Tim | September 17, 2020 at 7:22 pm |

        And a second member of the Steelers, from the ESPN article earlier today:

        Steelers captain Maurkice Pouncey on Thursday announced his intention to make his own choice about what name to put on the back of his helmet, becoming the second player to break from the team’s decision to wear the name of police shooting victim Antwon Rose Jr. on helmets for the 2020 season.

        And from the same article:

        Steelers cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick on Thursday said players “talked briefly” about the helmets and a name, but the decision to put Rose’s name on the helmets was “mostly made by everyone upstairs” and not through a team vote.

        https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/29907038/pittsburgh-steelers-maurkice-pouncey-breaking-team-choice-name-helmet

        Curiouser and curiouser…

  • Clarybird | September 17, 2020 at 11:18 am |

    I really like Derek Peabody’s secondary logo for the D.C. Seals, but what he’s actually drawn there is a sea lion. Sea lions “walk” on land using their large flippers and have visible ear flaps. Seals have small flippers, wriggle on their bellies on land, and lack visible ear flaps.

    • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2020 at 11:19 am |

      Oooh, that is some A-level uni critique!!

  • diggerjohn | September 17, 2020 at 11:35 am |

    Afros in hockey – Goldie Goldthorpe, the actual hockey player that Ogie Oglethorpe in the film Slap Shot was based on.

  • Marcus Ramsey | September 17, 2020 at 12:02 pm |

    Great stories today. Thank you to those who gave us an interesting read this morning.

  • walter | September 17, 2020 at 12:12 pm |

    Those Memphis Storm sweaters were brutal. The drawing board is as far as they should have got.

    I hear echoes of my parents and my friends disparaging my choice that I would pick a team to root for over something so frivolous as a uniform. I’m glad so many Uni Watchers had the same experience as me.

  • Silver Creek Dawg | September 17, 2020 at 12:19 pm |

    My alma mater, the University of Georgia, is apparently dropping a throwback to be worn this season. It is the 40th anniversary of our last national championship, when the team was led by a freshman named Herschel Walker. As we did in 1980, we are going to wear white jerseys over red pants on the road at least once and the much beloved, but rarely worn, black jerseys are allegedly making an appearance as well.

    As the kids say, these are LIT…

    https://twitter.com/GeorgiaFootball/status/1306623971496988678

    • LI Matt | September 17, 2020 at 12:26 pm |

      My impression was the black jerseys are going to be the standard, no red jerseys at all.

      • Silver Creek Dawg | September 17, 2020 at 12:40 pm |

        Not a chance. They’re an alternate top. I HATE the spike dog collar as the collar for the jersey, and I hate the “new” Bulldog logo on the sleeves (as do most alums), but I guarantee you will see UGA in red tops more than the black tops. Our coach is an alum and he is very mindful of tradition.

    • DAG | September 17, 2020 at 1:43 pm |

      Love the return of a normal looking font, rather than the bubble-doodle numbers the current set sports.

      Holding out hope that red jerseys will be worn as well.

  • Matt Berry | September 17, 2020 at 12:34 pm |

    The white throwback set is incredible, and the black jersey is SO CLOSE to being perfect. The spiked collar and the Nike dawg logo are *killing me*. Could’ve been perfection.

    I’ll be very, very curious if the red jersey makes an appearance

  • Wade Heidt | September 17, 2020 at 12:41 pm |

    “fell in love with the 1998 Canucks logo with the orca on it.”

    Andrew, I agree Orca logo looks good. Trouble is many Canucks fans around here in Vancouver do not like it. Cointributed to by the complicated history of the Canucks changing looks and bringing back old ones as alternates/throwbacks. Constant debates from people about bringing back Johnny Canuck, or the Flying Skate, or the Stick in Rink.

    I happen to think the Canucks have really great uniforms with the Orca logo now that the “Vancouver” script is gone from the jersey.

    The Orca logo works well as the primary mark today and in the future. However, it would be great if there is some green in the logo where there was red before. This fan concept gets what I am looking for:

    https://1.bp.blogspot.com/_r8tWGVHrjGI/Rqu2ENB0XkI/AAAAAAAAA1w/AMgDQJbwxy8/s320/canucksrecol.jpg

  • ChrisH | September 17, 2020 at 1:35 pm |

    Seeing my “Got It” story lead off today’s post was unexpected…thanks to Paul for sharing it with everyone!
    It was great reading about so many uni-awakening moments.
    I agree with Lee Stokes’ view on facemasks (gray should be avoided unless a team color), so when I scrolled down and saw that Kirk Lowdermilk card with Eric Kehlenbrink’s story, it was very satisfying.

    Re: The Washington Seals concept-
    The logo contains a spear which was included “commemorate the franchise’s past (aka, the Washington Football team’s prior use of Native American imagery). I thought that was frowned upon when it came to rebranding concepts.

  • Tony C | September 17, 2020 at 1:48 pm |

    Hard to see but not only do the browns have a new engine design but the helmet stripe adorns the 50 yard line

    https://twitter.com/BrownsPJB/status/1306377405620256768?s=20

  • Mick | September 17, 2020 at 1:57 pm |

    Great to see a picture of my Alma mater at the top of today’s edition! Go Crusaders!!!!!

  • KT | September 17, 2020 at 2:06 pm |

    Bucs’ linebacker “Batman” Wood is named Richard, not Robert.

    Only I would care, I think (Wood night).

    • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2020 at 2:20 pm |

      Fixed!

  • Moose | September 17, 2020 at 2:15 pm |

    Bravo Al Villanueva for standing up for what you believe in and not caving into the mob.

    • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2020 at 2:20 pm |

      Actually, there was no “mob.” Let’s please stick to reality and avoid inflammatory fiction. Thanks.

      • Moose | September 17, 2020 at 2:28 pm |

        Kudos to pointing a negative snippet from the article to spin it your way. No, there is no mob…

        “That’s his choice. That’s the amazing thing about the country we live in.”

        See what I did there?

        • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2020 at 3:22 pm |

          Actually, I didn’t “spin it” at all, and I haven’t expressed a preferred “way” on either side of the issue. I simply asked you to avoid posting inflammatory fiction on my website..

  • Tim | September 17, 2020 at 7:17 pm |

    Hmm…Welsh Rugby moving away from Under Armour to Macron for its kit. UA seems to be having a rough go of it recently.

  • Chuck R. | September 17, 2020 at 10:24 pm |

    “When I first got it.” would be a great question for all Uni Watchers to reply to! I first “got it” when I got upset over the pajama movement in baseball when players started dumping the stirrups.