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Good Morning, Uni Watchers — I hope everyone had a good weekend.
In case you got an early start on your weekend and didn’t check in after Friday, I had two additional posts over the weekend: a fun story about a lucky Eagles fan who ended up leaking the new throwbacks, straight off the Eagles phone app, and Bills QB Josh Allen busted out a “new” metallic blue helmet during the team’s red vs. blue scrimmage. If you didn’t see those yet, be sure to check ’em out.
We begin this morning with Notre Dame and Navy, who are playing a “Week 0” 2023 season opening game in Dublin, Ireland. The game is part of the Aer Lingus College Football Series and will be played on August 26th, 2023.
As you can see from the above photo, both teams should be fairly instantly recognizable in these uniforms, which have undergone just a few subtle tweaks from what they normally wear.
Both clubs are outfitted by Under Armour, so the company took the opportunity to outfit both squads in alternate uniforms for their game abroad.
I know what you’re saying. “Didn’t Notre Dame just unveil new uniforms for their game against Ohio State?” Why, yes they did. But what’s one more alternate uni when you just re-upped your UA contract for another 10 years you have one of the most traditional uniforms in the game? Actually, the Dublin Series game uniforms for both ND and Navy won’t be that different from their normal gear.
The Irish have added a Gaelic stripe pattern surrounding an ND logo on the outside shoulders.
Additionally, a Shamrock logo and the colors of the Ireland flag have been added to the back of the jerseys below the neck.
Since Notre Dame is the “home” team for this game, they are wearing their classic navy blue jersey. Their classic gold helmets, which were introduced over a decade ago and actually meant to resemble the “Golden Dome” on campus, will remain the same, and their tannish-gold pants will also be unchanged.
Like ND, Navy’s changes are also “Gaelic” inspired. The Midshipmen are debuting Gaelic-style jerseys with stylized striping, known as a “Gaelic Knot” and sublimated onto the blue stripes on the Navy’s white jerseys.
The back of Navy’s jersey will receive the same Shamrock logo/green-white-orange coloring as seen on the Irish jersey above. Like the Irish, the Middies’ helmets and pants are unchanged from their normal uniforms.
According to Under Armour, the “Ireland Collection features a Celtic knot design, which pays tribute to the historic setting in Ireland and the tradition of honor these teams share. Both teams’ jerseys also share the same back-neck locker tag trim, showcasing a Gaelic knotted shamrock and a Claddagh ring symbol to express the historical loyalty and friendship between the two schools: the heart represents love, the crown stands for loyalty, and two clasped hands symbolize friendship.”
Here are some additional photos of each team:
Fun Stuff with Jimmy Corcoran
[Longtime reader, contributor and pal Jimmy Corcoran — son of former NFL & WFL Quarterback “King” Corcoran — often finds great uni-related material, shares stories of his father’s football exploits, and other fun things. Additionally, Jimmy was the impetus behind the popular “Guess the Game from the Uniform” contest and a pro football uni expert. This is part of a series of Fun Stuff from Jimmy. Enjoy!]
The Dodge Charger Bolts into 1968 – with a little help from John Hadl by Jimmy Corcoran
I was too young in 1968 to remember this commercial featuring John Hadl. I grew up in Maryland, this commercial could have been local to the San Diego area.
Even though this is for the 1968 Dodge Charger, they are not wearing the 1968 uniforms, the ’68 uniforms had a blue bolt on the leg and the numbers were plain white. These guys are wearing uniforms that were worn in the 1966 season, also there is a guy with plain navy-blue bolts on his helmet, this was a one-year style helmet worn in 1966. Before that, the Chargers last wore the navy-blue bolts in 1960 but those had gold trim on them.
I think the most bizarre part of this commercial is seeing Hadl “or what looks like an actor playing Hadl” driving a car while wearing a Chargers football helmet. This was shot at a different time than the part with them on the field, the woman has a different square cut neckline on her dress in the car, and on the field her neckline has a rounded cut, also when you see the baggy football pants on a quick shot inside the car, the stripes are a different thickness than the real game pants that Hadl and the guys on the field are wearing.
I met John Hadl as a kid on Oct. 8, 1972 when the Chargers came to Maryland to play the Colts, I brought my 1972 John Hadl football card to have him sign.
Ron Waller brought me to his hotel room just as they were getting ready to go to the stadium. John was a real friendly guy. I asked him if he would sign my card, he said “Sure. Do you have a pen?” I forgot to bring one, Ron Waller didn’t have one and neither did my father. Hadl went back into his room and said this is all I have — it was a pencil, so he signed my card in pencil. When I went back to school on Monday kids were laughing at how bad it looked and some guys thought I signed it myself. I ended up giving it to some kid in my class who didn’t laugh at it.
Guess the Game from the Uniform
Based on the suggestion of long-time reader/contributor Jimmy Corcoran, we’ve introduced a new “game” on Uni Watch, which is similar to the popular “Guess the Game from the Scoreboard” (GTGFTS), only this one asked readers to identify the game based on the uniforms worn by teams.
Like GTGFTS, readers will be asked to guess the date, location and final score of the game from the clues provided in the photo. Sometimes the game should be somewhat easy to ascertain, while in other instances, it might be quite difficult. There will usually be a visual clue (something odd or unique to one or both of the uniforms) that will make a positive identification of one and only one game possible. Other times, there may be something significant about the game in question, like the last time a particular uniform was ever worn (one of Jimmy’s original suggestions). It’s up to YOU to figure out the game and date.
Today’s GTGFTU comes from Jimmer Vilk.
Good luck and please post your guess/answer in the comments below.
Guess the Game from the Scoreboard
Guess The Game…
…From The Scoreboard
Today’s scoreboard comes from Chris Hickey.
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).
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!):
Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.