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Good Sunday morning, Uni Watchers — I hope everyone has enjoyed an “extra” hour of sleep, since now we’ve moved to the worst time of the year Standard time. If you haven’t moved your clocks back an hour, now’s a good time to do that.
Now that we’re into the month of November, teams will begin breaking out various S&S and camopander uniforms and affects, and the Florida Gators wasted no time playing their “Saluting Those Who Serve” game yesterday. What better way to “honor members of the armed forces, veterans and local first responders” than by busting out their first ever full-mono BFBS set?
I heard on the radio yesterday that the Gators were the “only” Florida team to have never worn a black uniform — I’m not sure this is 100% correct, but certainly they’re the only Power Five team not to do so. They made sure to remedy that. And why not break out full black uniforms in 89° degree weather with 40% humidity? What could go wrong?
I guess as far as BFBS unis go, these weren’t the worst we’ve ever seen. At least the helmet, sleeve caps and pants all featured an orange/blue/white/blue/orange striping pattern, so they weren’t solid black. Man, BFBS does NOT suit UF at all. But hey, it was all in support of the troops, vets and first responders, so it’s all good!
A couple things of note: for the first time ever, the Gators wore helmet stickers, and “each helmet will feature a certain amount of stickers compared to their production this season, which is why some will have more than others.”
In addition, players did not have their own names on back, instead wearing one of five terms, which were selected by a representative of each branch of the military and first responders: Commitment, Courage, Excellence, Honor and Integrity.
• Clemson/Notre Dame: So… this happened. I have only one thing to say. Out of all the things that found their way onto my 2023 bingo card, seeing the Fighting Irish in white trou was NOT one I would’ve seen coming in a million years. Never do this again.
• Tennessee/UConn: You may have noticed that the vols were wearing blue accent pieces in their game against UConn. This was their Homecoming tribute to legendary Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt, who died back in 2016, two weeks to the day after her 64th birthday. The Lady Vols that she coached over the years always wore light blue, which came to be known as “Summitt Blue” around Knoxville. I’ve always dug the addition of the light blue on the basketball uniforms, so it’s nice to see a little nod to it.
Thanks, TJ! [Thanks also to Michael Lindsey for the “Excellence” NOB photo above.]
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!
It’s playoff time. We will take a rapid fire look at more games than usual. We will look at all of the conference semifinal games on Saturday. Travelling from east to west as the CUUW is known to do.
Starting with the Atlantic conference. The AUS Semifinals.
• The St. Francis Xavier X-Men wore navy over navy at home in Antigonish, NS. The visiting Saint Mary’s Huskies went with their white over white combo. It is notable Saint Mary’s has fairly large letters in their nameplates.
• The Bishop’s Gaiters went with their purple over purple combo at home in Lennoxville, QC. The black was back for the playoffs for the Mount Allison Mounties. Mount A going with a white over black combo.
We move over to the Quebec conference. The RSEQ Semifinals.
• Technically, Quebec City is farther east than Lennoxville. So the CUUW will break its rule and travel back a bit east. The Laval Rouge et Or wore their gold/red/red combo at home. They have worn multiple uniform combos this season. The visiting Concordia Stingers went white over white. Big late comeback by Concordia in this one to force overtime but the Stingers could not manage the upset.
• The Montreal Carabins went back to the usual blue jerseys at home after a couple of games wearing their black ones. It was the white/blue/blue combo for the Carabins. The visiting Sherbrooke Vert & Or wore their gold/white/white combo.
We continue our journey to Ontario. The OUA Semifinals.
• In Waterloo, the Laurier Golden Hawks wore their white/purple/white combo at home. The Windsor Lancers went with their white over white combo. The game was tight but Laurier won as expected. Moving on to their first OUA Yates Cup Final since 2017.
• The Western Mustangs wore purple over purple at home as usual in London. The Queen’s Gaels of course wore the mono-yellow. As this is the only uniform for Queen’s, we ended up with another weekend with colour vs. colour in U Sports football.
West we go. The Canada West Semifinals.
• In Edmonton, the Alberta Golden Bears wore a white/yellow/yellow combo for their first home playoff game since 2005. They have some new decals on the white helmet. The Smirking Bear logo making an appearance on the white helmet rather than the “A” logo. White/yellow/yellow combo not the best look for Alberta. The Saskatchewan Huskies went with white over green on the road. Noticed Canada West helmets have poppy decals for upcoming Remembrance Day. I do enjoy the large numbers on the back of the helmets for both these schools.
• After the heavy rains it was an absolutely balmy day in Vancouver when this game started. No jacket required as Phil Collins would say. The UBC Thunderbirds went with their navy over navy combo at home. The Manitoba Bisons wore white over white.
Another great weekend of exciting U Sports football! The conference finals are up next weekend. The chance for a school to fill the trophy case with each win on the way to the big one, the Vanier Cup.
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Thanks, Wade! Great stuff once again.
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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Standard /standerd/ – used or accepted as normal or average.
Happy Standard Time!!! Today’s Five is going to be a celebration of The Most Wonderful Time (change) of the Year, and a celebration of normality. Now before you say “What else is new?”, I do spotlight some occasional out-there looks. Not today! But first, some more random thoughts:
• Anthracite and Buffalo’s least objectionable look is pretty good in the snow.
&1. The “Speaking Of ‘White Gilt’…” Game:
The only thing worse than a bad number font is the Knights’ practically invisible font.
Enjoy the darkness. 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.
Power Five 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. And joining the SMUW crew to track the Big XII is Matt Tomelleri, so we again have all Power Five conferences tracked this season.
Long-time trackers Rex Henry (tracking the ACC and the B1G this year), 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.
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 Charlie Schick.
Good luck and please post your guess/answer in the comments below.
…that’s a wrap for today. As always, my sincere thanks to the entire SMUW crew: Terry, Wade, Jimmer, Rex, Dennis, Zach and Matt! Wonderful job again today!
Everyone have a good week…enjoy the darkness my old friends.