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Good Sunday Morning Uni Watch. Welcome to the Week 4 edition of Sunday Morning Uni Watch.
In case you missed it, yesterday was a pretty big uni-news day in the NHL, with the Minnesota North Star, er, Wild announcing a new alternate, which actually honors the Minnesota North Stars look of 1978, the Winnipeg Jets unveiled a special alternate uniform which pays tribute to the RCAF’s founding, and the Pittsburgh Penguins got themselves a spiffy new helmet advertiser. The NHL season may be just around the corner, but it’s time for some college football!
One of the big games on the schedule yesterday featured 4-0 Notre Dame hosting 3-0 Ohio State (ranked #9 and #5 going into the game, respectively), and as they are wont to do, the Irish broke out a special uniform for the game. The uni consisted of their regular gold helmet, and new green jerseys and pants. Paul had the rundown on these when they were introduced on July 31st. But you can also read more here, here, and here for more on Notre Dame wearing green jerseys.
The green uniforms were pretty basic:
Solid green tops, with white numbers outlined in gold, and simple “ND” logos on each sleeve cap rendered in white. The pants were also kelly green with no stripes.
Most players went barelegged or with low white socks, but a few, such as quarterback Sam Hartman, went with high white socks/leggings (and in Hartman’s case, bicycle shorts).
As per tradition, jerseys were NNOB.
It was quite a good looking game, as THE Ohio State University went with their traditional gray/white/gray road uniforms.
• South Alabama/Central Michigan: I don’t talk about them enough, but South Alabama treats having a consistent helmet design like the floor is made of lava. I can dig it, though. This week’s offering is Homecoming-focused (Blaise D’Sylva with the close-ups).
• LSU/Arkansas: Both squads wore ‘3’ decals in honor and support of LSU defensive back (and former Arkansas defensive back) Greg Brooks. Brooks underwent emergency brain surgery recently to remove a brain tumor. The Razorbacks also wore full-red against the Tigers, which is supposedly the first time they did it in 5 years, which also was against LSU.
• Arizona State/USC: We all know that certain players will keep ‘blood jerseys’ with radically different numbers on their person, in the event that they need to hit the field, but might share a number with another player (which you can do in college football, as long as both of you aren’t on the field at the same time). However, I’m not sure if I’ve seen someone peel off their alternate number on-camera before!
• Michigan Agricultural College Michigan State/Maryland: The Spartans wore some AMAZING MAC decals on their helmets as a tip of the hat to their roots, when they were known as Michigan Agricultural College (closer look).
• Old Dominion/Texas A&M-Commerce: Love those ODU lids.
• UTEP/UNLV: Well, freeze my farts and burp on Charlie Brown’s momma’s neck, it appears that UTEP is stuck in 2011. An ABYSMAL camo jersey top with those weird orange dart things on the sides is already bad enough, but THEN you throw the S&S helmet decal on top of that?! I don’t know if I should be disgusted, or impressed. An odd mixture of both sounds about right. This is some goblin VTuber levels of UNHINGED to combine these two elements together and think that this is a good idea. On the other end of the ball, UNLV wore some simple –but effective– retro decals on their helmets (closer look). A tale of two teams, and one of those teams chose violence.
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Thanks TJ! Great roundup, as always. Let’s move on to the rest of the SMUW…
Canadian University Uni Watch
Returning for 2023 is Canadian University Uni Watcher Wade Heidt, who 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! It’s time for the CUUW.
Some teams had the weekend off but still a lot of interesting uniform happenings. Too many to make the CUUW. We will take a look at six games including the four conferences. Travelling east to west as the CUUW does.
• In the Atlantic conference (AUS), the Mount Allison Mounties wore their best look at home in Sackville, NB. It was garnet over gold for Mount A. The Bishop’s Gaiters wore white over purple on the road.
We will look at two games played in Montreal on Saturday in the Quebec conference (RSEQ).
• Another colour vs. colour game! Well, another colour vs. colour not featuring Queen’s of course. The Concordia Stingers wore a yellow over yellow combo at home. The visiting Laval Rouge et Or wore what they normally would sport at home. Laval wore their gold/red/gold combo.
• It was a throwback game for the Montreal Carabins at home. Montreal wore 1960s throwbacks to the days when the football team played as the Bleu et Or. Different from the current school team colours of blue and black. These uniforms blue with yellow trim.
A brief cliff notes synopsis. The University of Montreal had dropped university sports, including the football program, in 1971. University sports did start to return to the school in the 1980s but the football team did not hit the gridiron again until 2002.
The visiting Sherbrooke Vert & Or wore their green/white/white combo. Not the greatest look here at the Vert & Or uniforms at CUUW press time with the game being in Montreal.
• In the Ontario conference, the Carleton Ravens wore black over white at home in Ottawa. The CUUW has not spotlighted Carleton yet. It is our duty to have a look at all the U Sports schools. This combo better than the black over black combo. Especially since the Ravens have switched to the white helmets from the black ones a couple of seasons back. The Toronto Varsity Blues went with the white over navy combo.
Go west we will! On to the Canada West conference for a couple of games.
• The Calgary Dinos wore their red/red/black combo at home. Not unusual and a good look. The unusual part about this game was seeing the Saskatchewan Huskies in white pants. Going white over white. Icy!
• The Alberta Golden Bears always have the CUUW curious about what they will wear next. They did not disappoint when they visited Vancouver on Friday night. It was yellow on the road as the light jersey again. This time going with a yellow/yellow/green combo. The hometown UBC Thunderbirds wore navy over navy. I miss the days a few seasons back when UBC wore royal blue and yellow. Just think it looked better that the current uniforms.
Honourable mentions to the notable uniform items that did not make the cut. The Ottawa Gee-Gees wearing silver helmets for the first time this season. The traditional silver helmet recently has taken a back seat to the garnet helmet introduced last season. Glad to see the silver helmet back. Also, notable that the Manitoba Bisons wore white at home.
Looking forward to the advancement to the crisper football weather and meaningful games as the season progresses. Over and out until next week!
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Thanks, Wade! Great stuff yet again.
Jimmer Vilk's Five and One
Jimmer Vilk’s 5 & 1
Welcome to the Five and One for 2023!
Once again, Jim “Jimmer” Vilk (the original “5 & 1” decider) has returned.
The original concept of the 5 & 1 was simple: Jim picked five good matchups and one awful matchup. He’s still calling the project “5 & 1” but with a new twist.
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.
If you have a game you feel is “worthy” of consideration for the 5 & 1, please either post it in the comments below or tweet Mr. Vilk @JVfromOhio.
Here’s today’s 5 & 1:
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The schedule is settling down, finally. More conference games, and more recognizable unis this week. Only a handful of stinkers, but one of them was so stinky it made my evening a little easier. Just a couple of items before I begin: First, thanks, Louisville, for wearing a script helmet. Now work on that font! Second, green teams…stop wearing mono green on grass or on green turf. Please and thank you. And now, in the words of the Black Eyed Peas, let’s get it started!
5. The “RED PANTS ALERT!” Game:
I’ve been waiting a long time, Bearcats!
4. The “No West Coast Bias Here!” Matchup:
It was worth staying up late to find this gem.
3. The “Those Who Love Perfect Striping Will Love This” Game:
You won’t like my next game as much, though!
2. The “I Love It When Ole Miss Looks Like Ole Miss” Game:
A wonderful cacophony of a uni vs. a timeless classic.
1. Simply The Best:
Three cheers for this red, white and blue beauty!
&1. The “Icy White vs. Hot Mess” Bowl:
Surprisingly, silver numbers on white are harder to see than white numbers on camo.
See you next week!
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Thanks, Jim! OK readers? What say you? Agree or disagree with Jimmer’s selections? Let him know in the comments below.
NCAA Uni Tracking
NCAA Uni Tracking
Uni Watch will again track the uniform combinations worn by college football conferences. New this year is Zachary Wooldridge, who is tracking the SEC. If anyone with some extra time and graphical skills is interested in tracking the Big XII or B1G, please get in touch with me (Phil.Hecken@gmail) and we’ll set something up.
Long-time trackers Rex Henry (tracking the ACC), and Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12) are returning for another season. Following the tracking, Dennis again returns with his Duck Tracking (which is the longest continuously-running feature on SMUW!)
Welcome to the 2023 Oregon Ducks Uni Tracker. This little project was originally begun way back in 2008-09 by Michael Princip, who retired after several seasons, whereupon the project was continued by Tim E. O’Brien. He, too, retired from the tracking, but the project has been ably kept up by the man who also tracks the Pac12, Dennis Bolt.