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Monday Morning Uni Watch

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It was a tale of two throwbacks in the NFC North yesterday. We’ll start in Chicago, where the Bears wore their Monsters of the Midway throwbacks. As you can see above, the Bears go about this the right way, using grey facemasks instead of their usual navy (additional photos here).

The same can’t be said, unfortunately, for the Packers, who wore their throwbacks and once again stuck with their usual green facemasks, even though the throwback uni has no other green elements (additional photos here):

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Green Bay’s approach makes no sense. The NFL’s one-shell rule allows teams to swap out their facemasks, so the Packers could easily go with blue or grey. Sticking with green, which they’ve done for several years now, just seems lazy. I’ve asked to speak with Packers equipment manager Red Batty about this, but they’ve declined to make him available to me. Too bad.

In other news from around the league yesterday:

• Good-looking game at the Meadowlands, as the Giants hosted the Chiefs (additional photos here):

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• I reeeaaallly wish the Saints would stop going mono-black at home, but it seems to be their default look now.

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• The Chargers went mono-blue — not my favorite look for them (additional photos here).

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• Two teams wore white at home: the Dolphins and, of course, the Cowboys.

• Here’s a list of players who protested during the national anthem. And in a related item: With the Pats/Raiders game taking place in Mexico City, Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch, who had sat during the national anthem for all previous games this season, stood for the Mexican anthem, prompting a scolding from President Trump.

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Football News: The Falcons livestreamed the implosion of the Georgia Dome this morning (from Bill Schaefer). … Some of the uniform combinations for the CFL division finals were sent along by Wade Heidt and Brett Kellington: The Toronto Argonauts wore mono-Oxford blue, as opposed to the more common white/blue/white. The Calgary Stampeders wore black alternates, while Edmonton created a new look with their white jersey and alternate helmet and pants.

College Football News: From Saturday: Iowa DE Nathan Bazata was missing his NOB. … Speaking of this, the North Carolina equipment people said on Twitter yesterday that they have a blank jersey on hand for any uniform-related problems, which was why a NNOB No. 45 was spotted on the sidelines (from multiple readers). … Meanwhile, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was wearing camouflage pants (from Brad Darby). … Pitt DB Maurice Ffrench’s last name is not a typo (from Yancy Yeater). … Division II Findlay (Ohio) has NOBs on their helmet stripes, rather than their jerseys (from Matt Brown).

Hockey News: One of the Rangers’ power play units yesterday had a combined 47 letters across their five surnames. Can any of you hockey fans come up with a power play unit with even more letters? (From Josh Berger.)

Basketball News: Reader Chris Perrenot sent us a picture for the Grizzlies’ upcoming holiday promotion, including a scarf giveaway. “Clearly Photoshopped,” Chris says. Notice how a wedge is missing from the bottom of the scarf. … We had one of the first grey-on-grey matchups of the college basketball season in Division II between the women’s teams of Cheyney (Pa.) and Bloomsburg (Pa.), who wore light and dark grey, respectively (from Matt Brown).

Soccer News: Scottish Premiership team Dundee debuted a previously revealed khaki third shirt which features both camouflage and yet another poppy. The team already wore a poppy two weeks ago. … Serie A side Napoli also revealed a mono-BFBS third kit on Saturday (from Ed Żelaski). I should mention that Napoli have in recent seasons worn camouflage and denim-patterned shirts, and another BFBS kit last season. … Also from Ed: New first-choice shirt for Chilean team Colo-Colo. … North Carolina FC will switch from the “third-tier” NASL to the “second-tier” USL next season, says Josh Hinton. … On the subject of expansion, the NWSL announced a new Utah team this week to be run by Real Salt Lake, but the team’s name, logo, uniforms, etc. are all forthcoming.

Grab Bag: This New York City Subway worker has an old-school system map on his shirt and line marker buttons on his hat (from Alan Kreit). … Interesting observation I was reminded of this weekend: for field hockey teams that wear sleeveless shirts, which are more common among women’s than men’s teams but not universal, the captains wears the captain’s “armband” around one of their socks. … NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran his final race on Sunday, and his paint scheme threw back to his first one ca. 2000-2002. Additionally, the three other Hendrick Motorsports drivers wore variations of Junior’s skeleton-themed gloves.

Sunday Morning Uni Watch

By Phil Hecken & The Cast and Crew of the Sunday Morning Uni Watch

Ah…USC vs. UCLA — always the best looking game of the year. And yesterday didn’t disappoint. In fact, I happen to think this game looked better than the past several years due to UA taking over the contract from adidas, who had the trademark treadmark unis, and used to truncate the classic UCLA shoulder loops (although they did remedy that problem in recent vintage).

There is probably no better color vs. color matchup in the college game. The two teams have such distinctive colors and they just go so well together. In fact, I’d actually prepared two different splashes for today, and I can’t waste the second one.

Cardinal and gold versus… well, UA is calling this UCLA Blue and gold now. It’s not quite as great as the more powder blue they once sported, and still don’t love the UCLA blue script on the hats, but that’s a small complaint. Give me two servings of this and this every third Saturday in November and I’ll be a happy camper.

If you didn’t happen to catch this game, just feast your eyes:

This was just one of many great looking games yesterday (pleasantly and surprisingly so), with just a couple stinkers scattered about. I’ll bet Joe picked this (as I think he does every year) for the #1 of the 5 & 1, but it’s up against some strong competition.

And with that, here’s my right hand man, Terry D. with your…

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

The gloomy weather didn’t dampen Saturday’s mood, as it was Senior Day for many schools.

From Saturday:

• The Texas Longhorns played against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday. Seriously, what was West Virginia thinking?

• During the Miami/UVA game, the Canes were penalized for having two #4’s on the field at the same time (you can have number duplicates in college ball due to the larger roster sizes compared to say, the NFL, just not in play simultaneously [PC: Ƒunhouse/@BackAftaThis]). Also, as a result of Adidas’s Laffy Taffy fabric, NOBs tend to become warped in certain places. Specifically, H’s become backwards K’s more often than not (PC: Rex Henry).

• It’s only a matter of time, Pitt. As an aside, how great did this game look?

Blake Fox on Twitter noted that The Mothership score bug omitted Central Florida’s #15 ranking (how it would normally look, albeit with another team).

• I hate this and love it at the same time.

• You want to see a downgraded version of the Ohio State/Illinois game? No? Well, here ya go anyway.

• Georgia Southern wore S&S helmet stripes against South Alabama.

• Utah State did a similar gesture using S&S decals.

• As did Washington.

• Clemson wore mono-purple for Military Appreciation Day against The Citadel.

• Minnesota wore a new “White Goldy” uniform against Northwestern. There’s just oooooooooooooone problem with the look. Too bad about the anthracite pants, because those helmets are great.

• Kentucky wore all white with no helmet stripe against Georgia (white lids are usually stripe-inclusive). Also, Josh Hinton noted that “KSR (UK-sports blog/site) claims that today is the first time that the Cats have worn all white under Mark Stoops, but an earlier article contradicts this.”

• We’ll call this look “Black Cherry”.

• Notre Dame finally wore their Rockne uniforms (I love this gif), which strike that perfect balance between fun and familiar. These photos, and more, can be found on the ND Insider webpage.

• UCLA/USC looked amazing, as always, but this year was especially nice as the Bruins actually look like, well, like the Bruins.

And that’ll do it for Week 12! Tune in next week as we try to get over the Thanksgiving food coma hump for Week 13. See you then!

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Joe Ringham 5 & 1 Joe Ringham’s 5 & 1

Following in the footsteps of the original “5 & 1,” Jim Vilk, and Catherine Ryan after him, Joe Ringham is back again for 2017 to make his “5 & 1” (five good looking and one stinker) uni-vs-uni matchups. Sometimes he’ll have some “honorable mentions” and sometimes there will be more than one “bad” game. 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.

Here’s Joe:

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Good Sunday, everyone! This second-to-last week of the college football regular season was rather eye-popping. So many good looking games this week. So, without further ado… to the list we go!

5) Fresno State at Wyoming — I’ve been looking to get Wyoming on here for a while, and they come through here with a real beauty of a game. Loved the white/brown/gold at home for the Cowboys, and it matched up great with the red/white/red of the Bulldogs on the road. And, it gives me an excuse to pull this recent quote out…

4) San Jose State at Colorado State — This was a game that, when scrolling through the Saturday slate, just popped out at me fiercely. SJSU looked awfully good in gold/white/gold on the road, and it paired up excellently against the green/green/gold of the Rams at home. It made for quite the good-looking game on a Saturday afternoon in Fort Collins.

3) California at Stanford — The Big Game, from a uni perspective, did not disappoint. Cal looked fantastic in navy/white/navy on the road, and the Cardinal looked strong in their usual white/cardinal/white home look.

2) Harvard at Yale — Two classic rivals who always look great when playing one another. Just something about the Crimson’s crimson/white/gold road set against the Bulldogs’ white/blue/white home set that just looks like it belongs together.

1) UCLA at Southern Cal — The best looking game of the season to date. No other explanation needed.

Honorable Mention: Illinois at Ohio State, Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech, Massachusetts at BYU, North Dakota State at Illinois State

And, finally…

+1) Minnesota at Northwestern — On a day with a plethora of good-looking games to choose from, there had to be a clunker among the bunch. This one was it, looking as drab and dreary as the weather was in Evanston. Props to Kyle Good for tweeting this suggestion out to me.

Enjoy the Turkey Day Week, everyone! I’ll catch you next week!

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Thanks Joe! You can follow Joe on the Twitter and let him know what you think of his choices or make a 5 & 1 suggestion of your own!

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NCAA Uni Tracking

Uni Watch will again track the uniform combinations worn by the “Power 5” conferences. All of the 2016 trackers are back!

We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII), and Ethan Dimitroff (tracking the B1G AND the SEC). Rex, Dennis, and Kyle and are all returning from 2015, and Ethan is back after joining the NCAA Uni Tracking last season. Ethan has stepped into the dual role of both the B1G and the SEC.

Here are the Uni Trackers for the Power 5 Conferences:

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Rex is up first today (ACC):

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ACC

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

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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.
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And here is Kyle with the Big XII:

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Follow Kyle on Twitter here.

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And here’s Ethan with the B1G:

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Duck Tracker

Welcome to the 2017 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!

Thanks Dennis!

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Check out this photo of Yankees legend Yogi Berra rocking the oft rumored, rarely captured, white chest protector/maroon leg guard combo (from @OldTimeHardball). … Was there nothing the great Ted Williams couldn’t do? Here he puts on football gear for a workout at the United States Navy Pre-Flight School in North Carolina, in 1943 (from Bruce Menard). … Tweeter Jesse Alkire thinks MLB socks should better reflect each team’s brand and heritage. Here are his behance concepts to see how he proposes teams start suiting up in tradition from head to toe. … Apparently Chuck Tanner’s warmup jacket from 1979 is currently up for auction (from South Jersey Giants). I’d wear that. Jimmer Vilk would wear the pillbox.

NFL News: Great wire photo of the Boston Shamrocks football team posing at Fenway Park before a game with their AFL rival Pittsburgh Americans (1937). Says submitter Bruce Menard “Love those uniforms!” … The NFL wasn’t always about touchdown celebrations and concussion protocols, sometimes it was just about SWEET LOVE (from John Turney). … The Philadelphia Eagles have officially announced their uniform selection for their Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys: Green hat & jersey, white pants. … Check out this sweet “Raiders en Mexico” helmet (from Maximiliano).

Hockey News: “The Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey (LNAH) is a low-level independent pro league based in Quebec,” says Wade Heidt. “This year, Trois-Rivieres changed their name to the Draveurs [who were] wearing a copy of a Dallas Stars’ logo on their chest versus the Jonquiere Marquis, who wear the Dallas Stars’ uniform template and colours.” … Nice article in the New York Times about Tony Harris, the man the NHL commissioned to paint portraits of the 100 greatest players from the 100 years of the NHL (thanks, Paul). According to Dier Straights, Brian Leetch never wore C in this Uni. … Here’s an interesting (educated?) “guess of what the Sabres winter classic jersey may generally look like, based off of the leaked hat” (from @KP8Design). … The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will highlight an Original Six showdown between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium (thanks Paul). This will be Chicago’s fourth NHL Winter Classic appearance and Boston’s third. … Last evening saw a nice ECHL color vs color match up, Toledo vs Cincinnati (from @StevePasz).

NBA/G-League News: Although only two are visible in this photo, Zachary Loesl points out the Wisconsin Herd have Shannon, Vitto, and Sterling Brown, who each have different nameplates (SH. BROWN, V. BROWN, and ST. BROWN). … The Akron Aviators shorts with TNOC (Team Name On Crotch) have finally arrived. Jimmer Vilk noted they were mysteriously missing last week (an unusually good uni-screw up). … Some color on color games look ok, even good. This Hawks/Celtics tilt wasn’t one of them (from Timothy Finnegan).

College Hoops News: Stanford’s men’s basketball team added captain patches some time in between their first game – against Cal Poly and their third game – against Eastern Washington. “You can see the difference in the pictures of Reid Travis (#22) in both links,” says Max Zelin. “There is a lot going on on those thin shoulders between the Nike logo, the captain patch, the Stanford logo, the American flag, and the Pac12 logo.” … Liberty and Houston played a color vs. color game yesterday (from Jacob Johnston). … The Southern Illinois Salukis have a new court design (from Nick Yelverton).

Soccer News: In yesterday’s Premier League matchup, Manchester City vs Leicester City went light blue vs. dark blue (from Erik Spoonmore). … The Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL rebranded as Penn FC (from Brian Henke).

Grab Bag: So, um…yeah: Wayne Gretzky, Connor McDavid, Jonathan Toews release custom toasters (from Ted Arnold, who adds, “Not uni specific per se but pretty funny and corny at the same time”). … Interesting multi-sport observation from Travis Holland: “Strings or laces in sports in order of importance 1. Football-affects the way you throw 2. Baseball-ditto 3. Lacrosse-used to affect the level of safety 4. Hockey-jersey laces just look cool”

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Reimagine The XFL Contest Entries - The Finalists!

By Phil Hecken

We made it! Today we will look at (and vote upon) our finalists for our latest contest — to reimagine an XFL jersey if the team (and league) were still in existence today. All the details for the contest are here, and if you missed it, the first set of entries are here and the second set are here. I’d like to again thank our partner, Steve Rosenbeck of Garb Athletics for providing the winner of the contest (as selected by you, the readers) with a custom jersey based upon the winner’s submission.

I took a screen shot yesterday of the second round of the voting which you can view here — congratulations to our second three finalists: Ben Polizzi, Hix Myrick and George Miller. Their submissions have been added to the first three finalists (Aaron Jaffe, Sergio DaSilveira, and Michael Candelmo), who advanced last weekend.

With that, lets look at the submissions from our six finalists. The submissions will be listed alphabetically. Click to enlarge. Descriptions (if any) will be provided below the submission.

Good luck to all (and thanks to everyone who participated!). For this round of voting you may vote for ONLY one submission (and remember the rules stipulate you’re considering the jersey only) — so make sure you pick the best! The winner will be declared next weekend!

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1. Michael Candelmo – NY/NJ Hitmen

This is my submission for the reboot of the NY/NJ Hitmen. I removed the team’s original royal blue, leaving a minimalist Black and White look to emulate the new logo of the Hitman in Helmet I designed. The helmet is a simple block H in white white Black graphics and facemask. The H is represented on the chest of the jersey. There’s no color-rash here.

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2. Sergio DaSilveira – San Francisco Demons

I chose the San Francisco Demons because they were by far my absolute favorite XFL identity in all of the XFL. I’m absolutely sure that if by some miracle they were still playing today, they would completely push the envelope and take full advantage of all of the modern uniform trends…good and bad: chrome face masks, iridescent chrome numbers, metallic helmets, sublimated patterns, BFBS, bright fluorescent accent color, monochromatic uniforms, and a whacky helmet pattern…Enjoy!!!

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3. Aaron Jaffe – Memphis Maniax

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4. George Miller – NY/NJ Hitmen

I’ve attached my New York – New Jersey Hitmen, Richard “The Ice Man” Kuklinski edition jerseys for the XFL contest. Are they politically correct? – No. But then neither was the XFL.

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5. Hix Myrick – San Francisco Demons

Here’s my entry. Perfect for Halloween.

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6. Ben Pollizi – Chicago Enforcers

These Chicago Enforcer threads pay homage to Chi-town Police and Swat. A bulletproof vest with updated Chicago Police Department badge and modified name/number, Sillitoe Tartan on the front/left shoulder [gold/black pattern for team captains (sheriffs) and white/black for all other players]. The sleeves mimic the actual CPD uniform with the Chicago flag on the right and Enforcer-style patch on the left. The inside of the collar reads “We Serve and Protect”. Why Urlacher? Because no one else looks more like a cop. Just because: Riot helmet + light blue combat pants [with holster and baton stripes]. Hope you dig!

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The Finalists:

XFL Contest Finalists - Please Select ONE Jersey Design As Your Favorite

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Once again — good luck to our finalists. Reminder to our readers: you may vote for only one design, and you can only vote once, so choose wisely! I’ll close the voting down on Tuesday night so (hopefully) Steve can begin work on the winner’s jersey in time for a video/pics next weekend.

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Irish Throwing Back To Knute

Due to having a lot of Saturday content, I really haven’t previewed any NCAAFB unis this season, and most of the throwbacks, one-offs and other assorted clownsuits one-and-done unis this season haven’t been all that great. But I’m actually really looking forward to seeing how Notre Dame handles their “Knute Rockne” throwback uniforms, which they’ll be wearing today against Navy.

Now, up until Under Armour took over both schools uni contracts, a typical game between Navy and Notre Dame looked like an intersquad scrimmage, but recently it’s been a bit easier to tell the teams apart. Not much, but a bit. That all changes today.

Notre Dame will be wearing these faux/throwback unis meant to replicate (as best as is possible) the uni worn back in Knute Rockne’s day. While the jersey and pants aren’t all that special, the helmet is what sets this one apart:

As you can see, they’ve attempted to sublimate the helmet straps that were prevalent when Knute and Notre Dame rocked a leather bucket. Up close, it looks pretty cool — we’ll have to see how it appears on the field.

ND isn’t the first school to try to replicate a throwback hat — Texas A&M did it with pretty pretty good results. On the pro level, the Washington football team also attempted a fauxback leather bucket, with decidedly less impressive results.

The rest of the uniform, if they were truly throwing back, would look like this, but obviously, it won’t. Here’s how UA approximates the tribute uni:

And of course, since UA also makes shoes, they’ve designed a special cleat for the game:

These, too, are meant to approximate the cleats worn during Rockne’s day.

You can get more looks at the uni in this video (which also explains all the crap special elements on the uni):

As with any special uni, I’ll need to see how it looks on the field, but I am looking forward to this one. We all know that some fauxbacks don’t always look that great on the field. Here’s hoping these look better.

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

NFL and Pro Football News: The Browns will blow the dust off their brown jerseys for Sunday’s game against the Jags (from Robert Hayes). … The Packers are pulling out their Acme Packers throwbacks for this weekend’s game against the Ravens. Here’s a cool video featuring the “First Lady of the Packers,” seamstress Marge Switzer. More pics here (from Jeff Ash, Randy Koehn and @JohnnyOleven). … The Richmond Roughriders of the newly-launched American Arena League have released their uniforms (thanks, Phil). … The Massachusetts Pirates of the National Arena League (a different newly-launched arena football league) have released their helmet and primary logo (from Paul Miles). … This is perhaps the best license plate I’ve ever seen (thanks to everyone who sent that in).

College/High School Football News: Steve Johnston sends along this video about Northwestern’s throwback uniforms from a few weeks ago. … Youngstown State is wearing military appreciation uniforms against Missouri State. Robert Hayes provides us with a better look at them. … Also from Robert Hayes: Pitt is throwing it back against Virginia Tech. … The following are all from Phil: Clemson is wearing all purple for Military Appreciation Day. … Ole Miss is going with blue helmets, red jerseys and white pants for Senior Night. … NC State is going all white with a red helmet against Wake Forest, the same set as last week. … UNC is wearing Carolina blue helmets and jerseys with white pants against Western Carolina. … Louisville is going all red against Syracuse. … Tulane is going all green against Houston. … And here’s what Houston will wear (from @igTXSalazar). … Shepherd University is going blue over white against Findlay. … Rutland High School of Macon, Ga., took logo inspiration from a couple sources (from Jordan Daniels).

Hockey News: Also posted in the NBA section: The Wizards’ Mike Scott has a huge NHL sweater collection (thanks, Phil). … Ohio University wore camouflage alternate sweaters for Military Appreciation weekend. Here’s the back. Those uni numbers probably got lost in the camo.

NBA News: The Pacers wore their Hickory alternates for the first time this season last evening. … Cross-posted from the NHL section: The Wizards’ Mike Scott has a huge NHL sweater collection (thanks, Phil). … Alibaba (a Chinese Internet retailer) is selling counterfeit Nets gear even as its owner seeks to buy a stake in the Nets (thanks, Phil). … The band Lucero had a Grizzlies-inspired sticker for their Memphis show (from Wayne Jones). … The Wisconsin Herd, the G-League affiliate of the Bucks, played a game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee last night, and the Bradley Center added advertisements of Herd sponsors to the Bucks court (from Zachary James Loesl).

College/High School Hoops News: Loyola Chicago have the Missouri Valley Conference logo on the front of their shorts, and it seems unusually large. Compare it to Wright State’s Horizon League logo patch in the same place (from Thomas Juettner). … FSU debuted their new blue alt uniforms last night (from @fernycordal). … UConn’s new Nike PK80 jerseys are not getting the best reviews (thanks, Phil). … Florida will debut their new orange jerseys next week against Stanford. … Michigan State’s new PK80 uniform sets have been released (from Jerry Kulig). … Southern University worse some pretty terrible shorts during their visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium (from Zack Fowler). … New Home (Tx.) High School basketball have unveiled their new uniforms. A little Louisville inspiration there, no?

Soccer News: VfB Stuttgart wore special all black kits for yesterday’s match against Borussia Dortmund. The kit was design by 0711 Künstlerkollektiv – a Stuttgart collective of musicians and artists (from Anthony Zydzik). … Brazil’s 2018 World Cup change kits have been leaked. … England’s World Cup primary kit has been leaked as well. … If the United States had made the World Cup, their World Cup change kits would’ve looked like this. … Nike and Adidas are unsurprisingly dominating the kits of the 2018 World Cup participants, with 22 of the 32 teams wearing either Nike or Adidas. … Next season’s Manchester United away kit will be pink. … Puma is being criticized for the quality of their Arsenal replica kits, as the sponsor logo peels away from the shirt. It’s a feature, not a bug! … Milwaukee Torrent of the National Premier Soccer League have launched their 2018 kits (from Ed Żelaski‏). … Detroit City FC are selling a retro-styled pennant in honor of their Midwest Regional Championship (from Alex Dewitt).

Grab Bag: Douglas Stark reports that the patrol cars of the Oak Creek (Wis.) Police Department use the Rutgers ‘Scarlet Knight’ logo. … James Lee Gilbert sends along a cool story about how Bellingham, Wa., designed their new municipal flag. … The government of Doncaster in the UK sought the public’s input for names for the town’s new snowplows, with predictable results (from Jim Vilk). … MLB recently released a highlight video on Carlos Beltran’s career, and one of the highlights shows Beltran, hitting left-handed, wearing a right-handed batter’s helmet (0:14). Says submitter Mitchell Barbee, “I was surprised the ump let that happen.”

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The Advantage of 3-D Design Templates

Greetings from Virginia, where I’m on a mini-vacation. I’ll have more to say about that next week.

Meanwhile: Although I’m not a designer myself, I periodically run uniform-redesign contests over on ESPN. As a result, I’m exposed to all sorts of design presentations and templates that people come up with, ranging from crude crayon designs to fancy YouTube videos. And as I’ve said many times, presentation counts. That’s not to say that a good presentation will save a bad design, but a bad presentation can sometimes ruin a good design. And when there are two designs of roughly equal merit, the presentation style or template can sometimes be the tiebreaker.

With that in mind, I’m going to surrender the floor to Ali Rahmoun. He runs the Sports Templates site, which has sometimes advertised here on Uni Watch. His templates aren’t free, but they offer something extra, which I’ll let him explain.

The Advantage of 3-D Templates
By Ali Rahmoun

The 3-D revolution can be seen everywhere — sports, cartoons, even in magazines. That Ikea catalogue that you flipped through is filled with computer-generated photos. In fact, up to 75% of its content is digitally reimaged.

Similarly, 80% of the car ads you see on TV are computer-generated 3-D graphics. They’re so advanced that companies don’t even need a physical car anymore.

Three-dimensional graphics can help your uniform concepts, too. Just look at the difference between 2-D and 3-D:

The helmet on the right may look like a photo, but it’s not. It’s a 3-D digital image. The 2-D helmet only shows you the basic design and the colors. The 3-D version, on the other hand, adds an entire new dimension — literally.

Now let’s say you’re doing a full uniform concept. Look at the difference between the 2-D and 3-D versions of the same design:

With 3-D, you can see texture, depth, and style. And you can manipulate the model any way you want, to show any angle, any perspective.

Similarly, let’s say you’re designing a San Francisco Giants concept. Compare the 2-D and 3-D versions shown below — it’s a no brainer (click to enlarge):

But 3-D designs aren’t just for amateurs or hobbyists. The NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves recently used 3-D images to create these images of their new uniforms. The images looked as good as the real thing.

Another sports team, minor league baseball’s Toledo Mud Hens, used 3-D imagery — in this case, using a template that they had purchased from my website — to unveil one of their theme jerseys last season:

If you don’t know how to do 3-D designs, there’s a variety of ready-made 3-D templates available on my website. All you have to do is paste your logo or design onto the template, which can turn any 2-D sketch into a clean, realistic-looking 3-D image. (If you want to take things a step further and go beyond templates, Lynda.com and Skillshare.com have courses about creating 3-D designs, and there are plenty of free tutorials on YouTube as well.)

In short: Whether you’re an aspiring professional, an enthusiast who enters contests like the ones Paul and Phil run on Uni Watch, or just someone who likes to see designs reach their fullest potential, 3-D is the way to go.

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Paul here. While Ali’s recommendation of his own templates may seem self-serving, his stuff really is good. I invited him to guest-write this piece because I truly believe in the product. Definitely worth considering if you’re into making uni design concepts.

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The Ticker
By Kris Gross

Baseball News: Did we almost have a minor league team named the “Scrambled Dogs”? Yep. Head towards the bottom of this article to learn more (from Marc Viquez). … The Saitama Seibu Lions of the Japanese Pacific League unveiled their 40th-anniversary logo (from Jeremy Brahm).

NFL News: Here is your Color Rash matchup from last night between the Titans and Steelers. … Some more nuggets from last night: Steelers WR Darrius Hayward-Bey wore striped socks (from Cole P). … Some Titans players hated last night’s uniforms, because it makes them look like Smurfs (thanks Phil). … Drew Litton of GoComics sums up the Color Rash situation perfectly (from Kevin Weir). … Former Panthers WR Rae Carruth, who is in prison for conspiracy to commit murder, has his inmate number listed among his uniform numbers on his Wikipedia page (from Aaron). … Say hello to the National Arena League’s newest franchise, the Massachusetts Pirates.

College Football News: This makes me much happier than it will Paul — Clemson will wear purple on Saturday (from Brad Darby). … Get more detail on Notre Dame’s Rockne Heritage uniform (thanks Phil). … Here’s what Miami, TCU, FAU, and Syracuse will wear tomorrow (from Adam Apatoff, Ayden Pierce Maher). … UAB will wear white helmets with a green chrome facemask this weekend. … Chad points out the weird spacing between the numbers and NOB on Southeast Louisiana QB Lorenzo Nunez. … Virginia Tech LB Andrew Motuapuaka will wear the No. 25 jersey in honor of Frank Beamer tomorrow (from Andrew Cosentino). … Following up on a Ticker item from yesterday about QBs with unusual numbers, Heath Hendricks passes along this image of North Alabama QB Tyler Jeffreys, who wears No. 33. … Old Dominion will wear jersey patches honoring the 100th anniversary of Naval Station Norfolk (from Jason Rhodes). … Now how about these pant stripes! Anyone know who they might belong to? (From Bill Kellick.)

Hockey News: Injuries to goalies caused the Golden Knights to call up Dylan Ferguson from Kamloops to play earlier this week. Ferguson wore his WHL mask and pads for Vegas (good spot by Wade Heidt). … Another Golden Knights goalie, Malcolm Subban, unveiled a new mask (thanks Phil). … One name you never thought you’d see here: Justin Bieber was spotted in a Tyler Toffoli Kings jersey (from Dylan B). … The Florida Everblades and Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL will wear superhero jerseys tomorrow night (from Adam Childs).

Basketball News: Warriors F Kevin Durant wasn’t happy that the Thunder gave his No. 35 to rookie PJ Dozier. Head a couple grafs down here (from Ryan Maquinana). … Celtics G Kyrie Irving wore Celtics-themed shoes last night (from Chowder & Champions). … Nebraska and Saint Louis went BFBS last night (from Joe Ryan, Brian Kunderman). … Clemson debuted their orange unis. … Here are the uniforms for the PK80, Phil Knight’s basketball tournament (from Mike Lefko). … Squint to see the NOBs on Samford’s jerseys (from Andrew Lopez). … New unis for Lees-McRae College. … Chris Perrenot noticed that the Texas/New Hampshire game broadcast used school colors on the telestrator.

Grab Bag: The Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse are relocating to Frisco, Texas and will be be called the Dallas Rattlers. … Bishop England High School in Charleston, South Carolina has an an awesome logo for their Battling Bishop nickname (from @Gillis44). … Are you or someone you know struggling with how to pluralize your last name? Benji King passes along this article to help you out.