A good Sunday Morning Uni Watchers, and welcome to Week Four of your Sunday Morning Uni Watch. As always, the main rundown is provided by long-time SMUW uniform watcher Terry Duroncelet, who’ll take you through your NCAA Football uni news and notes. This year TJ is joined by UW stalwart Wade Heidt, who brings us a look at the unis of university football up north in Canada.
As I had mentioned yesterday, I spent most of Saturday at a bonspiel (that’s a fancy name for a Curling tournament); regrettably, this was one of the worst (results-wise) bonspiels I’d ever been in, and while none of my three teammates played spectacularly well, my own play was, for the most part, far less than stellar. No excuses: I was bad. I did make several really good shots over the course of three days, but they were far too few and far too in-between to help us much. Ah well. I had fun, and the company was excellent, the food was good, and I’m sore and exhausted. Just the way it should be!
Now then…onto the SMUW.
As expected, Mississippi State broke out throwbacks alternate uniforms yesterday. While they might more appropriately be termed “fauxbacks,” they weren’t really even that. I wrote about the special uniforms back in August, so I won’t go over the details here (you can read that if you’re curious). I thought the uniforms looked as good on the field (no, I didn’t see the game, but I did see highlights and photos) as the early previews. What made the uniforms special wasn’t so much their historical significance, but the University’s honoring its first two Black players, who became stars for the squad.
As you can see, the uniforms weren’t all that different from those the team wears in 2022, but the white helmet with the vertically-stacked “MS” and the radially arched “MISS STATE” on the chest are the biggest differences. Please do refer to the linked article above to see how the designers came up with the game day unis.
As we now enter the heart of the NCAA Football season, big games and inter-conference play yield some more uni variety, which will of course reach a crescendo until rivalry weekends (when hopefully most schools will wear what we’d consider their “Sunday best” outfits), and Terry will take us through the rest of Week Four’s uni hijinx, shenanigans and other notable machinations. Here’s TJ with your…
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Sunday Morning Uni Watch by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
It’s time for that nice Autumn chill and vibe, so grab your favorite LoFi radio from your favorite streaming platform and… wait, didn’t we do this last week?
• USA/LA Tech: Can we talk about South Alabama’s helmets for a sec? Out of all of the asymmetrical decal lids that have come out of the woodwork in the last 11 years, this is easily one of my favorites. The Jester Jaguar is a nice nod to Mardi Gras, which –for the uninitiated– traces its roots in Mobile, AL, despite its bond with New Orleans.
• I don’t talk much about FCS, but am I the only one who thinks this promo shot of Albany’s “Hometown Heroes” helmets looks like the decal was Photoshopped?
Next up is Wade with your look at University football in the Great White North!
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Canadian University Uni Watch
New for 2022 is Canadian University Uni Watcher Wade Heidt, who has joined the SMUW crew this year and will bring us some looks at three-down, 110-yard Canadian university football from up north. That’s Wade to the right side of your screen (you can even click to enlarge). The shirt Wade is wearing was created by the one and only Wafflebored! Wade’s rundown will appear every week on SMUW until the season ends.
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Canadian University Uni Watch by Wade Heidt
What time is it! Time for some university football uniform watching Canadian rules style!
We will not be reviewing games in the Atlantic conference (AUS) this week. The games have been moved to Sunday due to Hurricane Fiona. I hope everyone is doing alright in the Maritimes after the stormy weather.
There were games on Friday and Saturday to review. We will take a look at games in the three other conferences. Travelling from east to west.
-Another battle of Montreal in the Quebec conference (RSEQ) this weekend. This time it was the Montreal Carabins visiting the McGill Redbirds. McGill wore mono-red. There are many uniform combinations available to the Montreal Carabins. They went white/white/grey for this game.
We move over to the Ontario conference (OUA) for a couple of games.
-The Carleton Ravens wore black over black at home in Ottawa. The visiting Windsor Lancers going with white over athletic gold on the road. Note Windsor wears their logo on the top of the helmet. Carleton used to do the same on their old black helmets. However, starting this year the Ravens now wear the new white helmets with the more conventional logo placement on the side.
-It was a whole lotta athletic gold in Guelph! The Guelph Gryphons also have many uniform combos. They went red/red/athletic gold at home. The visiting Queen’s Gaels do not have any uniform combos. They wear only one uniform both at home and on the road. The traditional mono-athletic gold for the team commonly referred to as “The Tricolour”.
-Lastly, we have my alma mater visiting my current hometown team. The UBC Thunderbirds going with their navy over navy combo at home in Vancouver. The visiting Regina Rams do have a variety of pant colours to choose from. They brought their white pants to the Point Grey campus. Going white over white.
I am sure Uni Watch appreciates the Canada West conference. 50% of the teams wear green uniforms!
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Uni Tweet of the Day
Throwing a little love Jimmer Vilk’s way…
Sept. 24, 1972: kicker Skip Butler makes his Houston Oilers debut.
Sept. 24, 2022: I commemorate the day (and the Best Uniforms Ever) by finishing my 1972-74 Oilers-era hoodie. pic.twitter.com/fvYcmjxFwF
…that’s it for today’s Sunday Morning Uni Watch. Be sure to check back shortly for Jimmer Vilk’s Five and One, and Uni Trackers’ Rex Henry, Dennis Bolt, Ethan Dimitroff and James Hill with your Power 5 and Duck Tracking! Big thanks to TJ and Wade for their always welcome contributions to the SMUW! They’ll catch you again next Sunday.
Sorry — no ticker today (was bonspieling for most of yesterday), but that’s just a one-weekend one-off.
Everyone have a great week and I will catch you next Saturday. To all those celebrating Rosh HaShanah, Shanah tovah!