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Sunday Morning Uni Watch

By Phil Hecken and the SMUW Crew

We had a throwback game down in Atlanta yesterday, as the Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jackets honored its famed 1980s Black Watch defense, by wearing special throwback black jerseys with gold helmets and pants. The unis approximated what the Ramblin’ Wreck wore for home games under head coach Bill Curry from 1980-86. You can read more about those unis and teams here.

I have vague memories of these unis — I was in my teens during those years, and my pop refused to pay up for cable, so I may have seen them once or twice on TV, and a couple times in magazines. But I think they look great: Gold helmet, with a black stripe and black interlocking “GT”, black jersey with white and gold stripes — nice block numbers and letters, and gold pants with a black/white/black stripe.

Here’s a good look at the helmet — in addition to the black stripe and GT, the cage was also black:

The great Blaise D’Sylva notes GT has quite the helmet history.

I know COVID has thrown everything into a tizzy this season, so I’m not going to criticize GT’s timing in breaking this uni out. I do question whether teams sometimes don’t look at scheduling — because, contrast-wise, Notre Dame (their opponents yesterday) might have been one of the worst teams to break these out against.

I had actually forgotten GT was throwing back yesterday, and I happened upon the game as I was flipping through channels. When I stopped on the game, I saw a long shot (not this particular one, but similar):

If you know GT, you probably are aware they often wear white at home, and well, Notre Dame’s dark navy jersey looks quite similar to the one GT wore yesterday (at least in a long shot). So when I watched the first play or two, I actually thought GT was Notre Dame and vice versa. Both teams wear gold helmets and pants (in similar tones), and until I got a close up, I actually mixed up the teams. Once I realized GT was in throwbacks all was right with the world. It would have been better if GT had worn these against a team that had some different colors!

You can get a closer up look at the unis in the hype video GT produced prior to the game:

And with that, I’ll now turn the rest of this section over to TJ, who will bring you the rest of your…

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

Not gonna lie, time constraints got the better of me last week, and my portion of the column turned out… BAD, in my opinion. Case in-point: I neglected to mention South Florida’s rather Beetlejuiceian unis from last Friday! But hopefully, today’s column fixes all of that.

From Thursday:

• Georgia Southern wore camo decals against South Alabama, although they were hard to see from afar (I guess that’s the point??).

• When it comes to “bony” road uniforms, these Rams showed these Rams how it’s done on Thursday night against Fresno State.

From Friday:

• Huh. So you can apparently bleach decals. How ’bout that.

Sweet socks sighting in the Wyoming/Hawai’i tilt.

From Saturday:

Not exactly the look that they should’ve gone with, but decent for Skeleton Christmas.

• Memphis and Cincinnati looked outstanding on Saturday.

• At the very-least to me, it seems like there was an abnormally-large number of teams going all-white, on a day that normally calls for, well, the opposite of that. I’m omitting all nonargument teams from this list (like Texas, for example), but these teams included (but almost certainly not limited to): Northwestern, UAB, Rice, TCU, Mizzou, North Carolina, Temple, and probably many others that I missed.

• Contrast Matters: Role Reversal Edition. My brain genuinely defaulted to all-blue Air Force being Boise State for about two seconds, and then quickly realized that the Broncos are in white/white/orange. Oh, and the lack of the blue turf thing, I guess.

Great contrast between Purdue and Illinois yesterday. The only real reason that I’m mentioning this game…

• …is because I would’ve died laughing if Syracuse wore this in their game against Wake Forest (which was the same day as Purdue vs. Illinois). Alas, they instead chose to live up to their team name.

• Consistency “fades” into obscurity, thanks to Troy’s varying helmet models (god, I hate myself for writing that line). H/T to Johnny Memphis on Twitter.

• Vanderbilt wore black/gold/black at home against mono-white Ole Miss yesterday.

• I’m very thankful for Blaise D’Sylva’s diligence, because it was impossible to find decent pictures of Rice’s helmets. Blaise is on it, however.

• It’s rare these days when Louisville’s perpetual costumes are sung with high praises around these parts, but given the special occasion yesterday, I can get behind this look.

• Who won the helmet tilt: Mizzou, or Florida? Either way, both teams looked stellar, especially Florida in the fauxbacks. Of course, there was one ugly tidbit, and it wasn’t the unis.

• Color-vs-color action between San José State and New Mexico.

• From Kentucky Football Tracker’s Twitter: “Drake Jackson will wear number 65 today to honor UK O-Line coach John Schlarman in his fight with cancer.”. Also from that same game: who had “Alcoholic beverage company makes hand sanitizer for college football team” on their 2020 Is On Some Other Shit bingo card?

Duke knows how to get into the spirit of things.

• BYU wore white at home against Western Kentucky.

And with that, that ends Weeks 9, as well as October’s slew of games. Hope you all enjoyed my indulgence of the BFBS, hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween, and I’ll see you next week. (immediately turns on the hottest water possible in the shower to wash the sin of BFBS away)

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Thanks TJ! Ok — now for the rest of today’s SMUW…

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, in 2019 we introduced 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 prep for this piece throughout the week by making notes as to anything special or interesting going on that weekend as it’s announced before Saturday. Friday I notified the amount of times I typed BFBS next to a game and wondered, What’s up with all these teams going that way this weekend? Then I got on a Zoom call for work and saw half the people were dressed up in a costume and realized, “Oh yeah! It’s Halloween Saturday!” So, I think the holiday helped me forget my usual bias against BFBS, which, when paired with another weekend jam packed full of terrific looking games, made this by far the toughest list to assemble this season.


5. UCF @ Houston

I think the Golden Knights look best whenever they wear gold helmets and pants. That combination provided a brilliant contrast for the Cougars BFBS set. I always like it when teams update their helmet logo to the BFBS look as well.


4. New Mexico @ San Jose State

This matchup made the list due to being a bold and bright color on color matchup that featured two of my favorite helmet designs. Their simple uniform elements, while nice, kept me from putting this any higher.


3. Memphis @ Cincinnati

The gray helmet and pants look the Tigers have been sporting lately is really growing on me. I think they could throw some blue tiger stripes on the helmet like they have on the sleeves and it’d look just as good. The Bearcats provided a terrific contrast with their black/red/black combo, a set I’d like to see them sport more often.


2. Michigan State @ Michigan

A beautiful fall day, two old rivals, and a rivalry trophy on the line is what set this game above from the other traditional looking matchups. That they stuck with their regular home and away uni sets put this game in the top 5.


1. Texas @ Oklahoma State

Two BFBS from me in one week?!?! It must be Halloween! The Cowboys wore my favorite BFBS uni set Saturday. The Longhorns burnt orange and white helped the Ok State’s orange really pop! Helping push it to the top was how exciting a finish this game was as well.


&1 Indiana at Rutgers

This scrimmage-looking matchup featured two of four Big 10 teams with red and white primary colors. It was so visually bland if I were to use a spice to describe the way this looked on the field it would be flour. Another case of not bad uniform sets, just a brutal pair to look at on the field together.

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Thanks, Memal! OK readers? What say you? Agree or disagree with Memal’s selections? Let him know in the comments below.

NCAA Uni Tracking

Uni Watch will again track the uniform combinations worn by the “Power 5” conferences. All of the 2019 trackers are back! Unfortunately, not all of the conferences are back. Here’s how the trackers would track, if all the schools were playing:

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.

But this year the B1G and PAC-12 aren’t playing at all. So we won’t have tracking for them this season. UPDATE: The B1G has begun play and the PAC-12 expects to begin play in next weekend.

Here are the Uni Trackers for the Power 5 Conferences (I’ve left all the previous tracker info in their usual slots, even if the conferences aren’t playing. In case you want to click on any of the links):

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Rex is up first today (ACC):

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And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:


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And here is Ethan, with the SEC:


And be sure to check out Ethan’s WVU Mountaineer Tracker.
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And here is Kyle with the Big XII:


Follow Kyle on Twitter here.

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And here’s Ethan with the B1G:


More NBA Jersey (and pant!) Leaks

Following up on the past three days of uni leaks for the NBA (mostly for the “City” uniform), we have some more that came out yesterday, once again from @camisasdanba.

I’ll just post the tweets and translations and add a teeny bit of commentary where necessary:


This one needs no translation — it’s simply a look at the back of the Knicks uni which was leaked yesterday.


The tweet reads: “The Houston Rockets will have a predominantly blue alternate uniform. I can’t guarantee if it is the short City Edition or another alternative uniform, nor indicate the theme of the uniform, but the blue color will certainly attract attention!”

This one could be interesting, if legit. We wouldn’t normally ever associate the Rockets with a powder/light/columbia blue, but here we go. It is something they have a history with though.


Once again, we saw this jersey front yesterday, but here’s a look at the back AND the shorts. Here’s what the tweet says: “Other details of the new Washington Wizards alternative uniform. Maybe no one is delighted with this City Edition, but I like the color composition. The typography of the number of Wizards complements well and the detail at the waist of the shorts was beautiful.”

I’m not a fan of the GFGS look, but overall this isn’t the worst thing the Wizards have ever worn.


If this one looks familiar, that’s because it is. The tweet reads: “The celebration for the 25 years of the Grizzlies continues. The franchise will wear another classic uniform. I bring here the first image of the final version of the shirt. It is the same design as the first uniform used after the relocation from Vancouver to Memphis.”


We saw the jersey with the fiesta colors yesterday. This shows the back AND the shorts that will be worn together. The tweet notes, “The back of the shirt is all black and colorful details on the shorts. It is the first time that a Spurs game uniform will feature “Fiesta Colors”. The waist elastic seems to have a hidden or unfinished detail in this image.”


I don’t hate this one, although I’m not in love with the rondel-esque “Motor City Detroit, Michigan” wordmark/logo encircling the number. It’s … different. From the tweet: ““Motor City” remains the theme. The center strips have been moved to the side panel. The main novelty is the logo in circular shape.”


Again, we saw this jersey yesterday, but this is our first look at the back. Not much new here except, “We can see that the yellow stripe on the side is actually a double stripe.


Yesterday I mistakenly thought we’d seen this jersey before (turns out it was a very similar one). The one from yesterday is actually new, and this is how the back looks. If you’re going to create a jersey using the black/gold OVO colors, I donno, maybe make it different enough from the previous year’s?

Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: I know, I know, we just finished the World Series (and I’m honestly, but pleasantly, surprised MLB got their season in), and it’s not quite hot stove time, but there’s still some baseball “news”: Here’s a ranking of the Top 5 unis jerseys of the Toronto Blue Jays.

NFL & College Football News: Believe it or not, the Tampa Bay Bucs still have not worn their new red jerseys this season. That all changes Monday night against the Giants. … The Giants, meanwhile, will counter with their Color Rash throwbacks, featuring white jerseys over pants and “GIANTS” on the helmet. … The Rams will again wear their royal over gold unis against Miami today. It’s their best combo (in a “tallest midget” kinda way, as JTH is fond of saying). … During Friday’s practice, the Ravens wore Jerseys with NickNOBs in preparation for their game against the undefeated Stillers. … The Pats will go white over blue at Buffalo while the Bills will be blue over white. … Check the Panthers’ NFL stadium marked up for new MLS’ U17 match (from James Gilbert). … Oops: Also from James Gilbert “Nebraska couldn’t play Chattanooga today, but maybe Newbraska could have.”

Hockey News: Here are the new jerseys for the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Blackfalds Bulldogs. The new team begins play in 2021-22 (from Wade Heidt). … Since yesterday was Halloween, here is a story about NHL goalie mask designs that are linked to Halloween and horror films (from Wade Heidt, again). … Longtime NYR Henrik Lundqvist may be a Capital now but he hasn’t quite let go of his Rangers breezers. … In the spirit of Halloween-past, check out this photo of Chris Hickey on Halloween circa 1980. Chris adds: “That’s a Tom Bladon jersey I borrowed from an older brother-nice, right? Ok, so the costume has some flaws in execution, but my sister totally nailed the black eye makeup job.” … The Rapid City Rush will be one of just 13 teams in North America playing professional hockey in the final months of 2020. Yesterday, they unveiled new unis.

NBA & College Hoops News: On October 15th, the Toronto Raptors unveiled three new unis for the 2020-21 season. This article gives suggestions for two more unis they can add, since every team needs at least five unis. … Here’s a look at all the confirmed new uniforms for NBA teams this year (including some of the confirmed “City” alternates). … “For a while the UNC basketball team was also called the White Phantoms. And NC State was called the Red Terrors,” says James Gilbert.

And finally… that’ll do it for this week. Thanks to the SMUW crew again for all their efforts.

Anything big happening this week? No? OK, good. 2020 can only get better from here, right?

Everyone have a safe and hopefully good week. Assuming the world doesn’t end sometime this week, Dennis will return with his PAC-12 tracking (and oh yeah, the PAC-12 should begin play too), and I’ll catch you back here next Saturday.



Comments (25)

    “For a while the UNC basketball team was also called the White Phantoms. And NC State was called the Red Terrors.”

    Since we see a player in a TAR HEELS jersey there, those must have just been newspaper nicknames.

    Georgia Tech wearing special throwbacks against Notre Dame, that look very similar to Notre Dame: I agree completely, perhaps another game would’ve been better. With both teams wearing gold lids, Tech’s interception-prone freshman QB had a harder time spotting his own receivers. As an early-80’s GT grad, I loved the throwbacks much better than the mix & match uni of the week costumes they usually wear, but perhaps this would’ve been a good game to wear something that didn’t look just like the Irish. All white, perhaps. But the Jackets are so hung up on wearing something different in every game, that wasn’t gonna happen. Also agree teams should look at their opponent when deciding what to wear. Don’t wear gold helmets against FSU or white lids when Miami, Duke, UVA, or UNC are wearing them. You think the Engineers could figure something out like that.

    Why not just never schedule schools that wear the same color as you? Problem solved.

    The idiocy here is exquisite.

    The “Newbraska” should read “Newbra$ka”. I swear that “s” looks like a dollar sign.

    Memal’s ?&1: WTH! How could you overlook the Ohio State – Penn State? Arguably the best among all games played yesterday. Mono anything is a definite rules violation and should never qualify for a top 5 spot.

    I enjoy the Uni Tracking, but neither South Carolina nor Tennessee had a “bye” yesterday. They were both simply “off.”

    The ranking of the Blue Jays’ best jerseys gets a zero from me for crowning the miserable 2018 Players’ Weekend uniforms. The real winner should have been the inaugural year home jerseys, with the centered logo, pastel blue striping, and perhaps the most team-appropriate bespoke font in MLB history.

    You know how these list go. Sometimes you just have to shake your head and wonder why they are picking what they are.

    I pretty much agree with you Walter. The original home jerseys leading up to 1988 are #1. Make the slightly different button-up home jersey starting in 1989 at #2.

    Their #3 and #5 have no business being close to top 5. I love Canada Day and my country, but I cannot stand the Blue Jays in the red jerseys.

    Does anyone know what the Badgers and Huskers would have worn, had Wisconsinites not collectively chosen to make ourselves the world’s leader in pandemic spread?

    Serious question Scotty — do the citizens of the Great State of Wisconsin not mask or social distance? Just curious as to the “make ourselves” part of your statement.

    I don’t want to derail a uni-focused conversation, so I’ve responded at length in an email, but the bottom line is that yeah, Wisconsin’s current covid disaster reflects the choices that a large percentage of us have made. Masking & distancing: Ubiquitous in a few urban counties like the one I live in, but quite uncommon in most of the state.

    I know sometimes there is discussion about logos on score bugs (graphics) on TV broadcasts.

    This one’s different, though. After a fumble return by Miami against the L.A Rams, the Fox score bug changed to TOUCHDOWN RAMS and gave six points to Los Angeles — even though Miami had scored!

    Fox, wake up!

    I certainly know it was unintentional, but the word “midget” is a slur. Dwarf is the word you probably were looking for, as it’s accurate and not offensive.

    Can we take down the word “midget?”

    You don’t use “Redskin,” and have run numerous posts about how offensive and problematic it is. What is next, “fag” showing up in a post?

    Great job, guys.

    missouri for sure wore it better then florida in every respect.

    and seriously? jim beam hand sanitizer? that ain’t right.

    I thought BFBS only applies to schools without black as a school color? Are Oklahoma State’s colors not orange and black? Not to mention an all orange and black getup on Halloween adds even more justification beyond “for black’s sake”

    I’m a Georgia Tech grad (Class of 2013) and I was also baffled at this choice of opponent for this uniform. I was not aware of this uni combo ever existing before I learned about these throwbacks, so when I first saw them I was pretty upset, as black is not a school color. It seemed very BFBS-ish to me. In a vacuum I think it’s a good looking uni, but not for Georgia Tech, IMO. The team also loses big time whenever they wear an alternate, at least since I’ve been following them (since about 2007). I guess this year doesn’t really matter, though, as they’re gonna every game big time. Ugh.

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