Monday Morning Uni Watch

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Good morning! Welcome to the last week of September. We’re having a run of near-perfect weather here in NYC — hope things are nice where you’re located as well.

Now then: The Browns debuted their 75th-anniversary throwbacks for yesterday’s game against the Bears (lots of additional photos here, here, and here). The good news is that the uniforms generally looked very good, as did the uni matchup between the two teams (the rare game featuring both teams in striped socks!) The bad news is that several Browns players had some quality-control issues with their helmet numbers:

There were other players besides those four, but you get the idea. The Browns might want to consult with the Chargers, who have a bit more experience with helmet numbers.

Cleveland also used some old-fashioned scoreboard graphics for the throwback game:

In other news from around the league yesterday:

• The Browns weren’t the only team debuting a 75th-anniversary throwback. The 49ers wore their block-shadowed home throwbacks, making for a very nice uni matchup against the Packers (additional photos here and here:

In an interesting little nuance, the Niners use red captaincy patches for their primary red and white jerseys, but they use black patches for their two throwback jerseys (including the red ones that debuted last night). Here’s a comparison — primaries on top, throwbacks on bottom:

I get that they’re probably doing this to match the black block-shadowing on the numerals, but it still feels like a gratuitous use of black to me.

• Ewwww — the Lions went mono-grey:

• Double-ewwww — the Bucs and Rams went mono-pewter vs. mono-dishwater:

• KC’s arrowhead helmet logo notwithstanding, their game against the Chargers was a very good-looking uni matchup:

• I don’t like the Broncos’ or Jets’ uniforms, but I do like the chromatic collision of orange and green that their game provided yesterday:

• The Giants retired Eli Manning’s No. 10 during halftime of their game against the Falcons:

• The Titans wore Oilers shirts for pregame warm-ups:

• Only two teams wore white at home: the aforementioned Browns and the Jaguars.

(My thanks to all contributors, including K.C. Kless, Mark Morgan, Brandon Rudolph, Ignacio Salazar, and our own Alex Hider.)

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ITEM! Bobblehead raffle: The good folks at FOCO, who are among America’s premier designers and manufacturers of bobblehead dolls, have generously invited me to raffle off one of their bobbles to a lucky Uni Watch reader. The raffle winner will be to choose any bobble shown on this page (well, except for the ones indicated as Sold Out, obviously).
 
This will be a two-day raffle. USA mailing addresses only. To enter, send an email with your mailing address to the raffle in-box by 8pm Eastern tomorrow. One entry per person. I’ll announce the lucky winner on Wednesday. Big thanks to FOCO for sponsoring this one!

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Too good for the Ticker: What you see above are MLB’s nine interlocking-letter cap logos, each deconstructed into its constituent parts — a really fun exercise from Twitter-er Renzon Sanchez.

Wondering why the Rays’ cap logo isn’t included? That logo’s letters don’t quite interlock!

(Thanks to all who shared this one.)

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Culinary Corner: If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good volunteer fire department mass-feed fundraiser. I grew up attending the annual chicken barbecue at my hometown fire department, and I’ve attended many a firehouse eat/drink event since then. So when Mary and I learned that the Carlstadt Fire Department in New Jersey would be doing a pig roast on Sept. 25, we grabbed our friend Emily and went to check it out. The guest of honor is shown above.

As excited as I was about the pig roast, I was also a bit concerned — what if they overcooked the pig? There are few things worse that dried-out pork. So I thought it might be wise to bring some barbecue sauce, just in case. And I decided to whip up a batch of South Carolia-style mustard-based sauce — something I’d never made before.

After looking at a bunch of recipes, I sort of merged them into this: a cup of yellow mustard; 1/3 cup each of cider vinegar, brown sugar, and smoked maple syrup (the recipes all call for honey, but we had the smoked syrup in the house and I thought the smokiness would be very barbecue-appropriate, so I swapped it in); a tablespoon each of ketchup and Worcestershire sauce; some generous shakes of garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne; and a few splashes of hot sauce. I put all of those in a saucepan and blended them over low heat for a few minutes. The resulting concoction was very good but not quite spicy enough, so I added a bit more cayenne to give it more of a kick and then put the sauce in a squeeze bottle to take along to the pig roast.

I needn’t have bothered — the pork was juicy and excellent, with lots of shard of crisp skin cracklins (and I even ended up with the tail!). But the sauce turned out so well that we used a bit of it anyway, and we have plenty left over for future use. Recommended!

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: The Brewers celebrated radio announcer Bob Uecker’s 50th anniversary on the job by putting his signature in the outfield and also marked Ryan Braun’s number retirement by putting No. 8 on the mound, which was also Uecker’s first number as a player (from multiple readers). … On Saturday, the Rockies gave away a bobblehead of former RF Larry Walker wearing the Turn Ahead the Clock jersey, except it had a normal rear-jersey name/NOB treatment instead of the TATC jersey’s vertical NOB (from Billy Cole).

Football News: The Buccaneers/Cowboys game that opened the NFL season used a 2016 silver dollar for the coin toss, instead of the usual NFL coin (from David Firestone). … If you remember Paul’s posts from earlier this year about Baltimore salt boxes, there’s now a black Ravens-themed one (from Andrew Cosentino). … Left over from Saturday: An official in the Florida State/Louisville game casually partook from a bag of Skittles (from Timmy Donahue). … Oregon State RB B.J. Baylor had his NOB falling off (from Casey Lute). … The white facemasks Auburn wore last week might return (from Kary Klismet). … The next two are also from Kary: The Chargers and Snoop Dogg got a youth team in California new uniforms. … It’s the 68th anniversary of Tennessee adopting a live dog mascot. … The amateur Canadian Junior Football League’s Langley Rams have three new jerseys (from Wade Heidt). … Wade also has Canadian college uni tracking in yesterday’s comments.

Hockey News: The first three items are from Wade Heidt: The Kraken are playing their home preseason games at WHL arenas in Washington, so they have warm-up jerseys for the occasion. … The Maple Leafs didn’t wear a helmet ad on Saturday (also from Mike Guterman). … Two Avalanche goalies, Pavel Francouz and Darcy Kuemper, have new masks. … Here’s a cool video showing the Ducks’ ice being painted for the new season (from Brandon Weir).

Basketball News: NBA numerologist Etienne Catalan has more new and changed player numbers. … The Kings are apparently getting a new ad patch (from @Zimfroi). … Ohio’s men’s team has new white and dark grey uniforms (from multiple readers). … Wisconsin’s men’s team is retiring the No. 24 jersey, but not number, for Michael Finley (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: NAIA Northwestern (Iowa) College has a new basketball floor.

Soccer News: The NWSL Players Association got players in all games this weekend to wear “No More Side Hustles” warm-up shirts, as they’re close to getting their first collective bargaining agreement. What the shirt is referring to is that player payments are so low that many have side jobs in the offseason (WaPo link) or even during the season, or go to play in other countries in the winter. … NWSL supporters’ groups also brought banners with the same messages. Your humble Ticker assistant sat near the ones Washington’s Spirit Squadron put up. … Eintracht Frankfurt center-back Martin Hinteregger had the polo collar on this season’s first shirt modified. He did the same thing with last season’s second shirt (from Trevor Williams). … Tottenham Hotspur’s women’s team wore black armbands in memory of striker Jimmy Greaves. … A Scottish Women’s Premier League match between Celtic and Hibernian saw both teams wearing second kits. … The Republic of Ireland’s men’s team is to wear a blue shirt for their association’s 100th anniversary Oct. 12 against Qatar. The united Ireland team that existed in 1921 did wear blue, but it was the predecessor of the current Northern Irish national teams. According to Historical Football Kits, the Republic only wore blue shirts one time, at the 1924 Summer Olympics, which appears to be the basis for this shirt. … Meanwhile, Conn Rangers, a club in County Mayo, want to promote the League of Ireland by getting kids to wear the league’s shirts while practicing.

Grab Bag: At least one member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, Patrick Cantlay, wore an NOB yesterday (from Shaun Meulemans). … New kits for the second-tier Japanese men’s volleyball team Veertien Mie (from Jeremy Brahm). … College field hockey teams that wore something gold for childhood cancer included Dartmouth and Iowa. … “The World Dairy Expo’s signature colored wood shavings for the central display floor have finally arrived and were revealed for the 2021 event,” says Bryan Martin Firvida. … The next three are from Kary Klismet: This article profiles the first Marine to wear a turban in uniform. … Radnor (Pa.) HS has a new sports logo. … Brisbane Pride doesn’t want Queensland Police Services officers to participate in their pride march in uniform.

Sunday Morning Uni Watch

By Phil Hecken & the SMUW Crew

Good morning Uni Watchers, and welcome to Week 4 of the Sunday Morning Uni Watch!

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and Badgers of Wisconsin hooked up yesterday in a spiffy looking game, played as part of the continuing “Shamrock Series” for the Irish, with the game being played in Chicago’s Soldier Field (home of da Bears). The grounds crew did a fine job turning an NFL stadium into one for two top college teams.

This being a “special” game, of course both teams had to trot out alternate uniforms. But unlike many “special” games, this one actually featured some pretty great looking unis for both squads.

If you looked at Notre Dame’s uniforms, and they reminded you ever-so-slightly of Packer unis, that wasn’t unintentional. Why not da Bears? Well, there’s a reason for that.

I actually really like the Irish duds — I know they traditionally wear stripeless britches, but adding that blue/white/blue stripe really made the normally drab-gold pants pop. I was less of a fan of the striping and “ND” logo on the sleeve cap, but in fairness, they were trying to mimic the sleeve cap of the Pack. They wore their normal gold hats.

Wisconsin, too, wore special unis — and one of the biggest differences was the “FORWARD” wordmark (rendered as a ribbon) on their helmets. There was, of course, a reason for that as well. I don’t normally like wordmarks on top of logos, but this one seemed to work. About the only thing I didn’t like about ‘sconnie’s kits were the number fonts.

But all in all it was a pretty good looking game on a beautifully sunny fall day, with special one-offs that not only didn’t suck…they were good!

OK, now onto TJ and the rest of your…

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

From Friday:

• Why must teams choose violence at every opportunity?

From Saturday:

• I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Colorado State is up there with Michigan State as one of the very few teams that can make all-white not look like barely-seasoned baked chicken, and it’s a perfect visual complement to Iowa’s classic –albeit “familiar”– look. The Rams should make those bone horn helmets a permanent fixture, with a green shell and gold horns to go along with it.

• Um, Baylor… I think you guys might be confused as to who the Golden Bears of college football are.

• The C H A N T S need to make this helmet decal permanent.

• Y’know, for the 100th meeting between these two, I’m kinda bummed that TCU didn’t wear jersey tops that said “FORT WORTH” on the front.

• I love it when Army West Point lives up to their team name.

Throwback uniforms for Purdue. Game didn’t look half-bad either.

Sweet digs from Utah.

Now this is what I call putting your heads together.

• Contrast Matters: Post-Labor Day Edition. I call it this because this is the one time where wearing white pants after Labor Day is a blessing, because forget trying to tell who’s who otherwise.

• Arizona State needs to make these permanent if they haven’t already. Love the field detail as well.

• Michigan State went the Blank Flank route on the left side of their helmets, and block ‘S’ decals on the right side against Nebraska.

Red trou for Kansas.

• Oklahoma wore their Rough Rider/Bring The Wood uniforms against West Virginia (seems to be a habit of theirs).

• UTEP’s Texas Western uniforms finally hit the field, and this is an example of what I call a Good Scrambled Eggs uniform, or a GSE uni. What I mean by that there’s an underlying beauty and charm to a plate of food that’s simple, but done well. Eggs, maybe some toast and basic fruit, but the ingredients are quality, and there’s love put in the food. That’s the vibe I get with these unis. It’s literally just orange and white with two things on the side of the helmets: jack, and shit. And yet, it works.

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Thanks, Terry! Now for the rest of today’s SMUW…

Jimmer Vilk’s 5 & 1

After more than a decade in hiatus, the original “5 & 1” decider, Jim Vilk, has returned! Jim began doing the 5 & 1 many years ago, followed Catherine Ryan, Joe Ringham, Michael “Memal” Malinowski, and several guest pickers. Once again, Jim will pick HIS 5 best looking/1 awful matchup, and occasionally have some honorable mentions (both good and bad). 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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I had this big preamble about pants stripes, but I’m going to shorten it because I have another point to make. Basically, I believe every school’s uniforms would look better with pants stripes. Just try them and see. Also, longtime readers know I have been very hard on my alma mater, and I am no fan at all of the biggest school in my state. So imagine my surprise when I finalized this list…

Honorable Mentions to:

Vilkanova/Penn State

My favorite basketball school looked great on PSU’s gridiron this week.

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Kansas/Duke

Speaking of hoops institutions…those red pants made this game look better than any of their March Madness matchups.

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5. Colorado/Arizona State

Not a fan of Sparky, and yet That. Is. The. Best. Uni. ASU. Has. Ever. Worn.

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4. New Hampshire/Pitt

TV numbers always look better on the sleeves, especially on contrasting sleeves!

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3. Akron/Ohio State

My Zips haven’t looked this good in a loooong time, and the dreaded Buckeyes paired very nicely with them.

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2. Tennessee/Florida

They almost didn’t need the stadium lights for this bright night matchup.

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1. Wyoming/UConn

Yeehaw, Cowboys… it’s finally your time in the sun!

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An extremely Dishonorable Mention to

Kent State/Maryland

To the usual taunt of “Kent read, Kent write, Kent State,” I add, “Kent understand contrast.”

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&1. Middle Tennessee State/Charlotte

Properly sized numbers don’t mean squat if you can’t see them from distance!

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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

Uni Watch will again track the uniform combinations worn by the “Power 5” conferences. All of the 2020 trackers are back!

We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), Kyle Acker (tracking the B1G), and Ethan Dimitroff (tracking the Big XII AND the SEC). Rex, Dennis, and Kyle and are all returning from 2015, and Ethan is back after joining the NCAA Uni Tracking a couple seasons ago. Ethan will continue to track the SEC, and has swapped the B1G for Big XII (with Kyle).

Here are the Uni Trackers for the Power 5 Conferences (along with each tracker’s info):

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Rex is up first today (ACC):

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ACC

More Here.
Follow Rex on Twitter here.

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And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:

PAC-12

More here.
Follow Dennis on Twitter here.

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And here is Ethan, with the SEC:

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And be sure to check out Ethan’s WVU Mountaineer Tracker.
Follow Ethan on Twitter here.

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And here is Kyle with the B1G:

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Follow Kyle on Twitter here.

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And here’s Ethan with the Big XII:

Big XII

Welcome to the 2021 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.

Here’s this week’s Uniform Combo for the Ducks (you can click to enlarge):

You can read about this uniform, and MUCH MORE, by checking out the Duck Tracker here and the color combo spreadsheet here!

Thanks Dennis!

“Ask Me Anything” reminder: Paul here. In case you missed it on Friday, my latest Bulletin article is an “Ask Me Anything” installment where I answer dozens of reader-submitted questions. You can read it on my Bulletin page. Enjoy!

Also: If you use an RSS reader, like Feedly or Inoreader, you can now subscribe to my Bulletin content via RSS. Just plug “https://paullukas.bulletin.com/rss” into your reader and you should be good to go.

Now back to Phil!

Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Wowsa! Check out this color, incredibly crisp, 1947 film from 74 yrs ago shot at Yankee Stadium for the Old Timers Game. This footage was purchased by a friend from Frankie Crosetti. Includes a gravely ill Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Jimmie Foxx, George Sisler & so many more baseball HOF’ers (from Sean Walsh). … Oooooh, a league of their own! Take a look at this wonderful photo of the AAGBPL (from SABR BioProject). … Tampa Bay gets a decent amount of mileage out of the Devil Rays fauxbacks. So much in fact, they clinched the AL East last night while wearing them (from John Sabol). … Brian Dawkins appeared at the Phillies game yesterday to throw out the first pitch and do a book signing, notes Marc Rosenberg. “His jersey with his soon to be retired and Mike Schmidt’s already retired #20 is excellent. BTW, that’s Schmidt in the shot,” he adds. … With the Red Sawx loss to the Yanks on Friday (and a 7 game win streak), the team said they’d stop wearing the “lucky” CC alternates. So yesterday they wore their other alternates. … Scranton-Wilkes Barre’s Ryan LaMarre had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction yesterday (from Artimus Naugin). … Reader Carl Schneeman writes, “The Twins “Fan Appreciation” give away on Friday was a super great stocking cap but Orange and Royal?” … … If you’re an adult male above age 20 or so, and you decide to bring a glove to a game, you may as well have a really HUGE one (from Tony). … The Tampa Bay Rays are planning to hang a Montreal sign at Tropicana Field during the MLB post-season, fueling reports of a future shared custody between the two cities for the club (thanks, Brinke).

NFL/Pro Football News: ICYMI: The New York Jets will wear green/white/green today in Denver. … The Seattle Seahawks will go blue/white/blue in Minnesota. … The Buffalo Bills will sport white/blue/white against the Washington Football Team. … The Cincy Bengals will wear orange/white/white (but with black socks) vs. the Stillers. … The Jacksonville Jaguars will be wearing black/white/blue at home vs. Arizona. … The Miami Dolphins will wear white/white/aqua in Vegas. … During telecasts, the CFL has virtual ads on the field and some teams have their logo virtually at midfield, which are not painted on the field and you would not see it if you are live at the game. Wade Heidt notes, “The (BC) Lions are one of the teams with their logo virtually at midfield during telecasts. For Friday’s game, they had the special stylized version of their logo show at midfield for the telecast.” … Here’s some good video of the Browns staff preparing the 1946 “throwbacks,” which Cleveland will wear today. … I’m not sure who did this mockup, but if the Lions actually wore Honolulu Northwestern pants stripes and blue socks with their white pants, that uni has potential. … Check out Marshawn Lynch wearing a 24/7 “Seahawks” jersey in an ad for a Seattle plumber (from Mark in Victoria). … Most of you probably know this, but the Detroit Lions have a perma-memorial — the initials “WCF” — on their sleeve caps. Here’s some background on that. … Check out this Green Bay football player flying to California wearing a Dallas Texas hockey sweater (from Lee Wilds). … Tennessee may still not want to recognize much of their Oiler history, but it was Oiler homecoming weekend in Nashville. Bum Phillips is being inducted into their Ring of Honor (from Ignacio Salazar).

College Football News: Alabama-Birmingham will open its new stadium on October 2nd. The stadium’s official website has a cool aerial view of what it looks like (from Kary Klismet). … Coastal Carolina has unveiled a sculpture of its rooster mascot, Chauncey, outside of its football stadium (also from Kary Klismet). … Canada West conference started in U Sports. No great photos yet but some nice new uniforms for Manitoba Bisons. More classic striping compared to old white unis with gold side panels. An upgrade (from Wade Heidt). … Also from Wade: Every team in Ontario conference of U Sports football will wear this decal on helmets for rest of season. “In honour of Ottawa Gee-Gees DL and student Francis Perron. Perron died unexpectedly after last Saturday’s game.” Wade adds, “Article from CTV News Ottawa with more detail. Perron’s framed jersey on the Ottawa sideline during game.” His jersey was placed on the field yesterday in the formation before kickoff at Queen’s in Kingston.

Hockey News: With their first full scrimmage yesterday, we are now able to get a full look at the new Seattle Kraken uniforms. Here are a few more looks. I think these are growing on me. … The Rum River Mallards, a junior team in the United States Premier Hockey League from Minnesota, have new uniforms and colors (from Kary Klismet).

NBA News: Did you know the Orlando Magic are the only NBA team that hasn’t retired a single jersey number (I didn’t). This article makes the argument they should begin doing so.
 

Soccer News: Wait…what: Mattia Destro scored his second goal of the match with a WATER BOTTLE in his hand. Anyone ever seen anything like this before? (from AC). … Here’s a news story about how fans are rebelling against the proliferation of retail jerseys with which European professional soccer teams have flooded the market (from Kary Klismet).

Grab Bag: Looks like the LSU Ultimate Frisbee team has new uniforms. Not sure if they are all “69” however. … For the curling fans among us, Rachel Homan’s rink has new uniforms. … Seton Hall has renovated its historic Walsh Gymnasium, the former home arena of the Pirates’ men’s basketball team and current home of the women’s basketball and volleyball teams (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: Simpson College in Iowa has a new costumed mascot. … There was an unusual pairing in yesterday’s Anthony Joshua / Oleksandr Usyk heavyweight title bout, as both fighters wore white trunks (thanks, Paul).

And finally… that’s all for this fine first Sunday of fall. Big thanks, as always, to the SMUW crew for all their efforts!

Everyone have a good Sunday and a better week, and I’ll catch you back here next Saturday.

Peace,

PH

SMUW Uni Tracker Ethan Dimitroff is also a Uniform Designer

By Phil Hecken

Greetings and good Saturday morning, Uni Watchers. Hope everyone had a good week.

As those of you who follow the Sunday Morning Uni Watch are aware, Ethan Dimitroff serves in the role of uniform tracker for the SEC and, starting this season, Big XII Conferences (previously he had been the B1G tracker) — but Ethan’s talents extend far beyond the graphical nature. Back in 2019, I was proud to showcase some of his skills when he designed and helped produce a helmet for his alma mater, the Riverside Warriors (unfortunately, Flickr terminated my account a little over a year ago, so the photos in that article won’t show, but there’s good background into Ethan’s design). He also is the founder of the Mountaineer Uniform Database. I’ve also featured a number of his uniform design ideas on here over the years.

*Please note the site experienced some technical difficulties late last night/early this morning as I was uploading sections, which may have affected the inline photos. I double checked everything and it seemed OK, but if anything is amiss, my apologies and please let me know in the comments.

Well, since creating the helmet for the Warriors, he has also been able to design and help produce their uniforms too! So here’s Ethan to tell us all about…

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Designing the Riverside Warriors Uniforms
by Ethan Dimitroff

My name is Ethan Dimitroff and most of you know me for tracking SEC, Big XII, and (formerly) Big Ten uniforms. I also started my own graphic design/uniform business in 2017. This year I had the privilege to design my high school alma mater’s football uniforms. I had done mock ups in the past, mostly for fun, but it wasn’t until my friend took over the head coaching job in 2018 when I really started to put real effort into the design. The process has been a ton of back and forth and I have designed what has felt like a hundred mockups. The coach really wanted the ability to do the modern “mix & match” uniforms that most colleges do and thanks to A LOT of fundraising we were able to do two jersey sets and three sets of pants. I am hoping we will add the last set of jerseys and pants for next season.


(original 2017 mockup)

I have included just the main design mock ups. The previous coach had sent the helmets for reconditioning and had them painted white (which is not even a school color) so I had to design my first mockup with that in mind. I wanted some new but not tacky — sort of a “modern classic” if you will. I wanted some sort of UCLA stripe because that was on the football team jerseys when I was there in 2006.

After that first season however coach was able to return the helmets to purple like they were originally. Being the only AAA school with purple as a school color I really wanted it to stand out on the field and any videos or televised games. I always tried to keep cost in mind when I was designing for the team. In 2020 the football boosters finally approved me to do the new uniforms for the upcoming season, but then as we all know COVID happened and pushed everything back a year.


(2019 helmet)


(2021 helmet)

A brief note on the helmets since they were already featured here on Uni Watch in 2019. I tweaked the helmet design from 2019/20. I altered the helmet stripe and switched the color of the decals from chrome to silver metallic. Mainly due to the fact that high school field lighting doesn’t have enough light for the chrome to reflect the light which caused the helmet to be unreadable.

Overall I wanted the uniform to be a call back to the OG uniform from when the school first opened in 1999 -– the football program’s most successful year. But also I wanted it to be its own modern take. The number font is a custom modified block. Thanks to a new type of lettering called SimStitch, I was able to give the jerseys that classic twill look that is much more cost effective.

Here’s a look at a prototype jersey I made last December (click to enlarge):

I was torn between the placement of the TV numbers and after referring to some of my fellow tracking friends on Twitter, I settled on putting them on the shoulders.

The pants are simple enough. I wanted to include the “warrior helmet logo” on the hip opposite of the Adidas Logo.

Originally I planned on something a little crazier — doing the logo on the whole side of the left leg similar to how Mississippi State used to do back in the 2010’s. But I went with the more muted design due to the change in the uniform template.

Here is a look at the 2019 home and road uniforms in action:

And here are the guys in their 2021 home uniforms (click to enlarge):

Overall it was a humbling process. When I got to see the guys take the field with something I designed, I stood back and took it all in. And to see the guys’ faces when we revealed them — that they went crazy over something I put together was really special. One of my goals when I started this business was to add thoughtful design to uniforms. Now these are proof it can be done. I have already done a couple other high school sports teams and I am excited at the prospect of doing more in the future.

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Great stuff, Ethan! Thanks for sharing your design to field experiences (and I’m very curious to see the other teams you’ve designed). Readers? What do you think!

Guess The Game…

from the scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from Yellow Jacket Uniforms.

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.

Threads of our Game…

Got an e-mail yesterday from the great Craig Brown, who runs the fantastic Threads Of Our Game website. If you’re not familiar with it, the primary focus is on pre-1900 baseball uniforms and related ephemera.

He wrote:

Were they the most photographed minor-league team of the 1890s?

Hello baseball historians,

The St. Paul teams of the 19th century were certainly not camera shy. Recent discoveries by researchers Carson Lorey and Cary Smith tell us that the Apostles posed frequently for team photos, especially during the Comiskey years of 1895 to 1899, and that these images were often subsequently preserved in newsprint. These new finds also tell us that the visual universe of the early game is still expanding, and that there are undoubtedly more images to be found hiding in the printed resources of the day. We just need to keep digging.

New discoveries from the Saintly City:

1889: A new find of the Western Association team resplendent in shirts with lace ties. Bonus: boy on fence in background

1895: Another recent discovery — Comiskey’s first year in town and a fine early example of an image produced with halftone dots on newsprint

1897: Two wonderful finds, both with Comiskey in the middle and one with possibly a young J. Louis Comiskey as mascot

1898: The back row of this recent discovery featured renowned trainer Gus Guererro, who, according to newspaper accounts, had many skills

1899: There are three photos of the ’99 team — photos B & C are of superb quality, photo A (just discovered) not so much

To see all of the heavenly St. Paul uniforms, click here.
To see this email on a webpage, go here.

Thank you for your time,

Craig Brown
Threads Of Our Game

Thanks, Craig! Great work (as always) on this!

“Ask Me Anything” reminder: Paul here. In case you missed it on Friday, my latest Bulletin article is an “Ask Me Anything” installment where I answer dozens of reader-submitted questions. You can read it on my Bulletin page. Enjoy!

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: Next season, Orioles will wear a very nice patch to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Camden Yards (from Mark Pontius). … This is so cool — Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte keeps all of his special event patches on the inside of his cap. … It appears Nationals OF Juan Soto was memorializing someone on his cap last night (from Joanna Zweip). … Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts has been wearing a pair of White Sox OF Luis Robert’s cleats in recent games, after asking for a pair during a recent series between the two clubs (thanks, Phil). … Speaking of, the Red Sox lost to the Yankees last night, perhaps ending their streak of City Connect games. … The descendants of the families who lost their homes and neighborhoods due to the construction of Dodger Stadium have taken to wearing T-shirts that say “Displacers” in Dodgers script. The whole thread, and the article attached, are highly recommended (from Marc Brubaker). … Blue Jays IF Bo Bichette was challenged to draw the Jays’ logo from memory and did an okay job (from Andreas Papadopoulos). … Carlos Gómez retired yesterday, and the Brewers held a ceremony for him, giving him a jersey he never wore, as he left the Brewers five years before they adopted their current set (from @wilds_lee). … Looks like next year’s All Star Game caps will be black. Fantastic (from Gregory Zitelli).

NFL News: Steelers DE Cam Heyward wore Mean Joe Greene’s No. 75 during practice yesterday, a nod to the legend’s 75th birthday (from Jerry Wolper). … The Ravens are going black-white-black in Detroit (from Andrew Cosentino). … The Browns will wear their fauxbacks tomorrow. … The Bengals are going white at home. … The Saints are going white-on-white again this weekend in Foxborough.

College/High School Football News: Viewers had a very hard time telling who was who in yesterday’s Middle Tenn/UNC Charlotte matchup (from Alex Smolokoff). … Yesterday we shared the odd Air Force jersey Shawn Dzwonkowski found while shopping at the Air Force Academy. Today, Aaron Wiens did a little sleuthing and discovered that the jersey was likely from the 1997 Fiesta Las Vegas Bowl. … 247Sports has an article on Auburn’s white facemasks (from @cadair78). … New helmet logos for Muskegon (Mich.) High (from Kary Klismet). … A Liberty player had an NNOB jersey during last night’s game against Cuse (from Timmy Donahue). … Here are today’s uniform combos for Northwestern, GT, Oklahoma, WVU, NC State, Memphis, Kentucky, and Coastal Carolina (thanks to all who shared)

Hockey News: Here’s a stop-motion video of the design process behind Canadiens G Care Price’s new mask (from Brandon Weir). … The back of Canucks G Jaroslav Halák’s mask features a tribute to fellow Slovak Pavol Demitra, who played his two final NHL seasons for Vancouver before moving to the KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, where he would be killed in the tragic plane crash ten years ago (from Moe Khan). … The Hurricanes have unveiled their uniform schedule, with a one-game Whalers appearance (from Wade Heidt). … New helmet ads for the Stars, Habs, Rangers, Hurricanes. … The WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings have retired all of their alternate unis, and will stick with their primary red and white jerseys for the coming season. … Penn State women have unveiled a GFGS sweater (from Chris Grosse).

NBA News: A website called Marketplace is saying the quiet part out loud: ad patches have turned NBA unis into billboards (thanks, Phil). … And of course, the very next item is ad patch news. New ad patch for the Timberwolves (from multiple readers). … Here’s how the Raptors played in each of their five unis last season (thanks, Phil). … Mitchell & Ness are selling fauxback championship gear now, and their 1995 Rockets championship T-shirt features the wrong logo — the one the Rockets adopted the season after they won the ’95 title.

College/High School Hoops News: Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa has gotten a new court after the previous one was damaged during a storm earlier this year (from multiple readers).

Soccer News: Scottish club Falkirk have released their third kit (thanks, Jamie). … Also from Jamie, English third tier side Bolton Wanderers are going to stop promoting betting companies as far as they can, but the league they play in has a betting company in its name.

Grab Bag: Here’s a very fun article from Haruki Murakami in The New Yorker about how he grew a massive T-shirt collection (from Andrew Rader). … Reader Adam Herbst sends along this blog, called The Museum of Marketing Madness where the “curator” Lee Sachs posts about various inane marketing tactics. … At the Ryder Cup, USA captain Steve Stricker seems to be the only one wearing a New Era cap — which we can tell because he has the maker’s mark, and the others do not (from Eric Lovejoy).

Uni Tweet of the Day

This is just TOO GOOD…

And finally… that’s all for today — big thanks to Ethan for sharing his designing talents!

I closed up the summer place yesterday, so that’s going to do it for sunset photos for this year. Hope you enjoyed them.

Everyone have a good Saturday, enjoy the football, the Ryder Cup, the playoff races and all the uni watching that goes along with them! Catch you tomorrow with the SMUW crew.

Peace,

PH

Latest NHL Helmet Ad Is Seriously Weird

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Okay, so we all know that I really dislike ads on uniforms. But even if you have no problem with uni ads, the events that unfolded yesterday were pretty weird.

First, the Chicago NHL team announced a new helmet advertiser (describing the company initially as a “sponsor” and then as a “partner” — the usual Orwellian linguistic gymnastics). As many fans quickly noted, it’s one thing to wear a company’s logo on your uniform, but it’s another to wear the company’s cartoon mascot character. This will be the second season of NHL helmet ads, plus we’ve had NBA uni ads since 2017 and occasional MLB uni ads, but I don’t think any of those ads have included a cartoon mascot character, so this appears to be a Big Four first. (Are there any previous instances I’m overlooking..?)

Now, I happen to be a big fan of cartoon mascot characters — for teams, for corporations, for for your local power utility, whatever — especially when they involve anthropomorphized inanimate objects. And I particularly like the character used by Chicago’s new helmet advertiser — he looks happy, friendly, helpful. The uni-verse could use more characters like him! Just not as part of a uni ad.

But wait, it gets weirder. Shortly after the new helmet ad was announced, beat writer Scott Powers, who covers the team for The Athletic, reported that the team had erected a series of “massive helmet replicas” at its practice facility, which is also used by local high schools, beer leagues, and public skaters. He shared a photo of one such helmet (click to enlarge):

How weird is this? Let us count the ways:

1. I’m all in favor of oversized representations of uniform elements, but only if they’re good representations. This looks like something between a bad parade float and a bad junior high craft project put together with electrical tape. Like, at least make the helmet glossy.

2. The ad looks slapped-on (literally) and has been applied pretty sloppily, with several puckers.

3. The helmet appears to have some scratches and maybe even a crack:

4. Now that I can get a closer look at the cartoon character, I see that he has five fingers. That is completely unacceptable, because we all know that cartoon characters, especially those wearing white kid gloves, must have four fingers because that is just how these things work and don’t try to tell me otherwise, the end. Don’t believe me? Check this out — there’s also a live/costumed version of this character, and he has four fingers, as the cartoon gods intended:

So the real-life representation of the cartoon character is more cartoon-like than the actual cartoon!

5. Isn’t it weird that a character based on a car tire would be white, instead of black? And it’s not just because the character is appearing on a black helmet — he’s always white! Strange.

Anyway: Uni ads are gross, giant ads at public skating rinks are gross, blah-blah-blah, but everything surrounding this one is just bizarre. Welcome to our brave new ad-driven uni world!

Speaking of which: As you probably know, NHL teams can have jersey ads — not just helmet ads — starting next season. This morning the Capitals became the first team to announce who their advertiser will be — and it’s a sportsbook. Sigh.

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ITEM! New “Question Time” “Ask Me Anything” Bulletin article: It’s been about a year and a half since the last installment of “Question Time” (the series where I answer reader-submitted questions). Going forward, that segment will appear on Bulletin and will be called “Ask Me Anything.” The new segment is up today.

Those of you who’ve subscribed to receive my Bulletin content via email should already be seeing this piece in your in-boxes. Everyone else can read it on my Bulletin page. Enjoy!

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ITEM! Naming Wrongs update: It’s been ages since we had a new Naming Wrong shirt. We don’t normally do them for MLB spring training facilities, but reader James Kushner recently asked us to do one for McKechnie Field in Florida, the Pirates’ spring home, which has had an annoying corporate-advertised name since 2018, so we went ahead and made one for him. (He bought four of them for his family!)

This shirt is available here, and you can see the rest of the Naming Wrongs collection here. And as always, if you have requests for new Naming Wrongs designs, my door (or at least my in-box) is always open. Thanks.

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: MLB will allow the Red Sox to wear their City Connect uniforms into the postseason, if they qualify. The Boston Globe also has an article on the effect the superstitious Sox players think they get from the unis (from @mattyp763 and Bryan Person respectively). … During last night’s Brewers/Cardinals game, umpires made Brewers P Jake Cousins change the light-tan/grey glove he’s been using all season and replace it with a black one (from @shwrth). … Twins OF Byron Buxton’s helmet decal was askew during last night’s game (from multiple readers). … ABC’s reboot of The Wonder Years has lots of very good-looking period-appropriate Little League uniforms.

College Football News: The Air Force Academy sells game-worn jerseys for $99. While browsing the collection, reader Shawn Dzwonkowski noticed this jersey from the mid-’90s, which seems to have had a patch removed from the right side. Note the central location of the Reebok maker’s mark, too. … LB Dean Ferguson will wear Frank Beamer’s No. 25 for Virginia Tech this weekend (from Andrew Cosentino). … Here are this weekend’s uniforms for Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Purdue in Drew Brees-era throwbacks, Wake Forest, Florida, Louisville, Mizzou, Utah State, Tennessee, and Oregon (thanks to all who shared).

Hockey News: The Rangers have a number of events planned to honor the late Rod Gilbert, including wearing memorial patches all season and the whole team wearing No. 7 jerseys during pregame activities for the Oct. 14 home opener (from @uniformnerd). … Some hot new pads for Flames G Adam Werner (from Wade Heidt).

Basketball News: The Undefeated has a retrospective on signature sneakers in the WNBA (from K.C. Kless). … Gorgeous new unis for Marshall women (from M. Brinston Berry).

Soccer News: If you go to the 1:12 mark of this video, you can see Partick Thistle player London Pollard going NNOB while the rest of her teammates all have NOBs. What’s stranger is that this wasn’t a spare jersey — according to Partick Thistle’s website, Pollard wears No. 23 (from Graham Clayton). … The Columbus Eagles, a team joining the WPSL in 2022, have unveiled their kits (from Ed Żelaski).

Grab Bag: The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) is getting a new logo (from Wade Heidt). … Lululemon will be the new opening and closing ceremony outfitter for the Canadian Olympic Team, starting in February in Beijing (from multiple readers). … Here’s a fascinating story about how a perfectly preserved World War II Royal Air Force uniform was found wrapped in an old newspaper during a house cleaning in Staffordshire, England (from Kary Klismet).

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That’s a wrap for this week. I have big weekend plans — a New Jersey pig roast on Saturday and upstate studio art and public art on Sunday. Whatever you have planned for your weekend, I hope it’s a good one. See you back here for MMUW on Monday. — Paul