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A good Wednesday morning, Uni Watchers — happy hump day!
In case you missed it, yesterday featured the unveilings of three “one-off” uniforms: the Florida Gators debuted a BFBS uni for their “Saluting Those Who Serve” game; Mississippi State introduced a 1998 throwback uni for their Homecoming game; and, Nebraska tweaked their unis for their “100 Years of Memorial Stadium” game.
Actually, yesterday contained a fourth one-off uniform unveiling, and that one was from Air Force, who showed off their helmets and uniforms for their annual “Air Power Legacy” Series game. This year, AF will be honoring the “Doolittle Raid” mission for their October 21 contest against Navy in Annapolis, Maryland.
To set the stage, let’s begin with the Air Force video promoting the game:
“You have struck the hardest blow of the war directly at the enemy’s heart. You have made history.”
As you can see from the video, there were plenty of views of the uniform (as well as the quick history of the Doolittle Raid). I confess to watching a fair amount of The History Channel, so I was already familiar with the raid, but if you’re not, you might want to read that linked Wiki article above.
Clearly then, there is a “story” behind these uniforms, so let’s take an in-depth look at them now.
The helmet is chrome, with two different decals on either side. Per the Air Force: “The chrome helmet features the B-25 on the front bumper while the back bumper has the nicknames of the planes. Not every helmet will have a nickname, as only nine of the 16 planes had nicknames. Those unnamed aircraft will be represented with the name Doolittle. The right of the helmet features an image of a B-25 while the left has the Raiders patch from the jersey.”
Here’s a look at the front and back:
“The jersey features letters and numbers of steel and rivets like on the B-25 aircraft the Raiders flew in the mission. The right chest lists tail numbers of the aircraft that flew the mission.”
On the left sleeve, we see the squadron patch of the Doolittle Raiders.
The right sleeve contains an American flag patch.
Rear numbers are in the same style as the front. All players will have a “DOOLITTLE RAIDERS” NOB, rendered in steel gray. Numbers and NOB are both outlined in black.
According to the Air Force, “The pants feature the roundel logo on the left front, which includes the star that appeared on the B-25 aircraft. The Raiders mantra, Ever into Peril, appears down the right side of the pants, while Toujours au Danger is on the left leg, which is Ever into Peril in French.”
The Air Force “Legacy Series” dates back to 2016. Here are a look back at those uniforms.
This uniform celebrated the Tiger Shark teeth nose-art which has been represented on multiple Air Force aircraft dating back to World War II.
The Air Force honored the present, and future, of air power in 2017 with the F-35 theme. Helmets that year had five different designs. You can read more about that here.
The team honored the AC-130 in 2018. The helmet featured the AC-130 on one side, plus squadron patches on the other.
Air Force honored the C-17, a large military transport in 2019.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Falcons honored the Tuskegee Airmen with the 2020 edition.
The 2021 edition honored the B-52 Stratofortress.
The 2022 edition honored the Space Force. You can read much more about that edition here.
Much of the Air Force’s Legacy Series uniforms have involved multiple and detailed helmets. For a complete Air Force helmet history, which includes every helmet worn during the above years, click here.
You can see additional photos 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.
Fun Stuff from Jimmy Corcoran
[Longtime reader, contributor and pal Jimmy Corcoran — son for 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 Boston Patriots vs the Harlem Globetrotters next?
The Globetrotters have nothing on these uniforms, but I just wish this was in color. The Boston Patriots basketball team has a lot going on with these uniforms. It looks like the jerseys are shiny durene and the pants are satin, and a nice touch is that they have their numbers on there, too.
The Boston Patriots basketball team was sponsored by Hood. At first, I thought that may be a local gym? But with a little research, here is what that logo looks like. HP Hood is a dairy company based in Lynnfield, Mass.
By the looks of the players, I would guess this was around 1966. That is QB Babe Parilli on the far left and QB Tom Yewcic #14 on the far right. When my father got there in 1968, Babe was playing for the Jets (my father got his old #15 jersey) and I believe Yewcic may have been a coach with the Patriots by then. I found clips of my father on YouTube playing against the Dolphins in 1968. That is him in the background watching Hall of Fame QB Bob Griese dropping back; the King was always on the outside looking in when it came to the NFL.
He was the guard on the Pottstown Firebirds basketball team, and they used to play the Philadelphia Eagles in charity games. The King would have loved to play for the Patriots basketball team, but he was released in Jan. 1969, so he never made it to basketball tryouts.
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 D. Kurt Shroot.
Good luck and please post your guess/answer in the comments below.
that’s it for the first article of the day.
Usually August is a pretty dead time for uniform announcements, but it seems as though the College Football train is driving ahead full steam. So if there are any more of those unveilings (or any other breaking uni news), I’ll do my best to get those on UW as soon as I can.