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A Close Look at a 1965 NFL Uniform Article

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Longtime reader Jerry Wolper spends a lot of time looking through old newspaper archives. He recently came across a UPI wire story about the ’Skins uniform expenditures in the Oct. 23, 1965 edition of The Pittsburgh Press. The entire article is shown above for your reading pleasure.

The article is jam-packed with fascinating info, so I’m going to single out some excerpts that deserve a closer look, beginning with this one: (Continue reading)

Marlins Memorialize José Fernández by Wearing No. 16

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Unprecedented move yesterday evening in Miami, as the Marlins memorialized fallen teammate José Fernández by having every member of the team wear his No. 16 and his NOB for last night’s game against the Mets. To my knowledge, it marked the first time a contemporary player has been saluted in this manner. (Obviously, everyone wears No. 42 on Jackie Day, but that’s a whole different thing. And yes, I suppose you could say everyone’s wearing the “same number” when the jerseys are blank on the back, like when the Yanks and Bosox wore numberless 1912 throwbacks to celebrate Fenway Park’s centennial in 2012, but that too is a category unto itself.)

A few notes from the game, and some related items from around MLB:

• Much like on Jackie Day, there were some odd visuals, like a batting order comprised entirely of 16s.

• Although Majestic hurriedly prepared new game jerseys for the occasion, the players wore their usual BP jerseys with their usual numbers:

• Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was wearing a powerful “Fernández RIP” T-shirt before the game.

• Speaking of Gordon, he normally bats left-handed. But when he came to bat to lead off the bottom of the 1st, he stepped into the right-handed batter’s box and mimicked Fernández’s stance. He was also wearing Fernández’s batting helmet for that pitch: Check that — I’m now told he was wearing a right-handed helmet in his own size, with “16” on it:

Gordon then switched to his normal helmet, moved to the left-handed batter’s box, and homered. You can see him swap out the helmet in this video:

• Gordon also had “16” shaved into his hair.

• Most of the Marlins and some of the Mets had memorials inscribed on their caps. The most flamboyant one was definitely worn by Marlins pitcher Jose Urena. I couldn’t keep track of all of the others, but you can see a few of them here:

• The Mets, who had hung a Fernández jersey in their dugout for Sunday’s home game, took that jersey with them to Miami and displayed it again last night (creating the odd sight of a Mets throwback home jersey being showcased on the road):

• After the national anthem, the two sets of players, who had lined up along the baselines as is typically done for the World Series or Opening Day, approached each other and embraced, and then the Marlins circled the mound, where Fernández’s number had been inscribed, and kneeled down:

• Little-known fact: During spring training of 2013, Fernández wore No. 78:

• The Marlins’ wives wore Fernández T-shirts.

• When the game ended, the Marlins once again circled the mound and then left their caps on the mound:

• And in a move that was widely expected, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said that the team will retire Fernández’s number. So while many players wore it last night, nobody will wear it again.

• Meanwhile, at least two teams honored Fernández by hanging jerseys in their dugouts: the Astros and Rays.

• And players around MLB continued to salute Fernández by inscribing messages on their caps and other uniform elements, including Rangers pitcher Martin Perez and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu.

I’m sure there were other Fernández-related gestures last night that I missed. Feel free to post them in the comments.

A final thought: This was one time when black jerseys seemed appropriate.

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New Era logo creep, continued: Yesterday I filled in the final blank regarding the three instances of New Era logo creep on MLB game caps in 2005 (Padres on April 20, Twins on July 3, and White Sox on Sept. 9). I thought that might have closed the book on previous instances of New Era logo creep, but reader J.A. muddied the waters yesterday afternoon by posting the following note in the comments: “The Padres wore two cut panel retros in 2010 as part of [a] weekly home game throwback promo[tion], and both versions had tonal [New Era logos] on them.”

That sounded fishy to me — I certainly had no memory of it — so I did some photo digging. And sure enough, look what I turned up:

That’s pitcher Heath Bell wearing a throwback cap that definitely has a tone-on-tone New Era logo (i.e., the logo stitching is the same color as the background fabric).

According to Bill Henderson’s guide, the Padres wore that throwback uniform, including the cap, four times in 2010: May 27, July 29, Aug. 12, and Aug. 26. They also wore a different throwback uniform, with a slightly different cap, on April 15 and Sept. 30. Did that cap also have the tone-on-tone maker’s mark? Yup.

I’m fairly certain I wasn’t aware of this back when it happened in 2010. It’s impossible to see except in close-up photos. Too bad the New Era logo creep that’s about to infest MLB won’t be tone-on-tone.

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

Ah yes, the Master himself: Dave Boss. His very name conjures up memories of the late 1960s and early ’70s. Take a peek at this set of NFL playing cards with his artwork on the back. These would all end up on other items like posters, of course.

A few more Boss gems for you: How about this New York Giants painting. This 1973 Giants yearbook has some typical classic Boss on the cover. And here’s a 1966 matted Niners print.

But you can’t live exclusively on Dave Boss artwork (although don’t think I haven’t tried!), so here are the rest of this week’s picks:

• Here’s a 1978 NFL Properties Team Shop Brochure for retailers.

• Back in the day, I think I would have snapped this 1970s Bengals gear bag right up.

• This 1967 NFL electric football game from Tudor shows the Browns “CB” logo on the side.

• 1970s Chicago Blackhawks wristbands, right here!

• Helmet plaques are a regular Collector’s Corner feature, but we rarely ever see one for the St. Louis Cardinals. (Yes, kids, they used to be in St. Louis — and Chicago before that!)

• This wooden 1970s suitcase has all the appropriate MLB logos of the period.

• This late-1970s NFL poster is from Damac, featuring Saints quarterback Archie Manning.

• Stancraft also did a great job in the 1970s with NFL posters, like this one for the Chiefs and this one for the Cowboys.

• Had this! The 1971-1972 Pro Football Hall of Fame Appointment Calendar Book. Great art inside, as I recall. Of course, when I was 11 I didn’t have any appointments other than being at the school bus stop on time.

• Great art on the program cover for the first-ever Phillies game at the Vet.

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Best Summer Ever, continued: The Tugboat Captain and I have spent a lot of this summer in or on the water: fishing on Independence Day, kayaking on the Hudson, all the beaches we visited during last month’s California/Oregon vacation, etc. On Labor Day weekend we walked in the surf from Brighton Beach to Coney Island and figured that would be our last beach walk of the summer. But the next weekend we were invited to a friend’s beach house on Fire Island, so we had another final summer walk on the beach, which turned out to be so nice that we decided to keep having “one last” beach walk for as many additional weekends as possible. The next one was at Fort Tilden Beach in Queens, and then this past weekend we had a very nice stroll at Midland Beach on Staten Island (see photos above), which is the only NYC beach that provides a view of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Not sure how long we can keep this up, but it’s been a very nice ritual over the past four weeks.

Midland Beach, incidentally, has a series of flat-top concrete jetties that are full of cracks and gaps. We saw a fisherman on one of them, biding his time before he threw his net. While he stood there, water kept shooting up through a nearby fissure in the jetty — part blowhole, part geyser. Sometimes the spray from the water created a mini-rainbow in the sun. Magic.

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The Ticker
By Mike Chamernik

Baseball News: The Indians are using a custom design for their AL Central title logo. It incorporates the lights at Jacobs Field. Other teams are using a logo from this template (from @Believeland1994, via Phil). … Pesapallo, a baseball-like sport that’s popular in Finland, puts a ton of ads on its unis (from Ted Arnold).

NFL News: The Redskins’ burgundy pants were a hit on Sunday. They reminded fans of the team’s glory days (from Rob Bergeron). … Scott Rogers recently stayed at a Kentucky bed and breakfast that was once the childhood home of Phil Simms. Scott found a neat 1967 NFL kids book there, along with a football signed by Simms. … More details are behind a paywall, but it looks like Steelers WR Antonio Brown got an ultimatum from the league over his baby blue cleats on Sunday: Change, or stay in the locker room (from @redbuppy). … Bills RB LeSean McCoy changed his helmet and gloves during Sunday’s game (from Sunny Moon). … Miami Marlins OF Christian Yelich has a Patriots helmet in his locker (from Jared Buccola). … The Bucs will once again wear white at home this Sunday (from Phil). … All the players from the Saints and Falcons formed a circle and joined hands after the national anthem was played prior to last night’s game.

College Football News: Really neat details on the Junction Made 1956 Texas A&M throwback helmets: Classic Riddell logos on the chinstraps and KRA-LITE logos on the back of the shell. … Miami will wear green jerseys only once this season, on Saturday (from Bill Schaefer). … McNeese State will wear delightful throwbacks on Saturday (from Chris Mycoskie). … Youngstown State will wear mono red on Saturday (from Robert Hayes). … In 1981, a Central Oklahoma State player dressed up his helmet for a few postseason all-star bowl appearances. The Bronchos had blank helmets, and the player wanted to be easily identified on TV. So, he got decals from a school bookstore to put on his helmet (from John Fitzgerald).

Hockey News: The Oilers introduced a lynx mascot named Hunter. He will wear No. 72, the year in which the team was founded. Here he is in action. … The Ottawa Senators are moving their AHL franchise from Binghamton, N.Y., to Belleville, Ont., after the upcoming season. The farm team will still be known as the Senators (from Wade Heidt). … The Milwaukee Admirals will wear Slap Shot-inspired jerseys for a night this season (from Brian Kerhin). … Here’s a cool time lapse that shows how crews painted the Flyers ice (from John Kelemen). … The Stars added a bunch of banners to the rafters at the AmericanAirlines Center (from Kyle Brynsvold).

NBA News: The Nuggets will wear their rainbow skyline throwbacks for their opener, when they’ll retire Dikembe Mutombo’s No. 55. … The Warriors will wear a memorial band for Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond. … The Pacers will have their 50th-anniversary logo on their court. Here’s how it looks on the jerseys (from @HawksPacMan and Phil). … After winning their first title, the Cavs will now have a gold tab on the back of their jersey collar. … Teams are having problems whittling down potential advertisers and determining dollar values for jersey patch ads (from Phil). … The Lynx will wear purple shoes in the WNBA playoffs in memory of Prince. He was, of course, a Minnesota native (from Brett Stone).

College Hoops News: BYU has new shorts with a mountain theme that looks a bit Jazz-ish. … New uniforms for Western Washington, a D2 school (from @FroggySeattle).

Grab Bag: A Michigan field hockey player from the early 1970s finally received a legit varsity jacket. Back in 1974, the school didn’t want to give women actual varsity jackets (under the logic that it would devalue the “M”), so they gave them jackets with smaller, off-color patches (from Jason Hillyer). … Church basements don’t just host Bingo nights and fish fries. A few hundred of them still have bowling alleys (from Steven Zerhusen).

Monday Morning Uni Watch

The big NFL uni news yesterday came out of the Meadowlands, where Washington unexpectedly broke out the burgundy pants for the first time since 2011. I heard a lot of people saying, “About time!” and “Never should have stopped wearing them!” Can’t say I completely agree, because I really like the yellow pants (especially because they’re paired with much better socks), but the burgundys look good too. And since the team pulled out its first win of the year, we’ll probably be seeing more of this look. Additional photos here.

(Incidentally, in case you’re wondering, Washington’s white pants have also been on the shelf for quite a while. They were last worn in 2013. In fact, the only non-yellow pants the team wore over the past two season were these throwback pants.)

In other news from around the league yesterday:

• Speaking of that Giants/Washington game, Washington tight end Niles Paul, who went to college at Nebraska, was wearing Nebraska-themed shoes.

• Also from that game, someone who plays on offense for Washington — not sure who — gave himself two sets of sock stripes.

• And yet another item from that game: Two players got their facemasks stuck together.

• Chiefs + Jets + natural grass + nice September day = one very good-looking game. Additional photos here.

• The Buccaneers share Raymond James Stadium with the USF. Since the NFL and NCAA have different hashmark systems, that means the Bucs had to paint over USF’s hashmarks for yesterday’s game — and it doesn’t look like they tried very hard to get the right shade of green.

• Raiders wideout Michael Crabtree was playing with a gold necklace. Probably not a new thing, but it’s always interesting when this type of jewelry becomes visible.

• Browns tight end Gary Barnidge suffered a torn sleeve.

• Speaking of the Browns, have we mentioned before that cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun has HNOB? He does.

• Bills kicker Jordan Gay wore the hospital bracelet from being present at the birth of his son earlier this week.

• Steelers safety Mike Mitchell appears to have been wearing a hand-warmer. Seems a bit early for that, no?

• Six teams wore white at home: the Buccaneers, Jaguars, Titans, Dolphins, Panthers, and, of course, the Cowboys.

• I’m only aware of two players who participated in postgame jersey exchanges yesterday: Nick Williams (Chiefs) and Steve McLendon (Jets). But I assume there were others.

• At least 36 players from at least 12 teams exhibited some form of protest during the national anthem. Several NFL reporters tweeted their support of the growing protests.

Finally, here’s a sobering thought: This was the last Sunday of the month. Get ready for Pinktober.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Matt Barnthouse, David Goltry, @LukeTheVIP, and our own Alex Hider.)

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José Fernández, RIP: After the terrible news yesterday morning regarding the death of Marlins pitcher José Fernández, at least five MLB teams honored him by hanging jerseys in their dugouts for yesterday’s games: the Mets (shown above), Cubs, Twins, Mariners, and Dodgers. (As you can see in that last shot, the Dodgers included an accent on the NOB, which is the proper styling of Fernández’s surname, although he never wore it that way on his own jersey.)

I saw some people on Twitter complaining that these teams should have used Marlins jerseys, instead of their own jerseys, which seems incredibly petty. For one thing, not every team has instant access to a Marlins jersey. For another, using your own team’s jersey is a way of saying, “He was one of us, and our thoughts and hearts are with him.” I think it’s a good message. (The Mets will reportedly bring their tribute jersey with them to Miami and hang it in their visiting dugout tonight when they face the Marlins.)

There were other impromptu salutes to Fernández, including the following:

• The entire Blue Jays team wore “16” stickers on their caps.

• Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martínez, who started last night’s game against the Cubs, inscribed a dual tribute on his cap — one side for Fernández and the other for former teammate Oscar Taveras.

• Mariners pitcher Steve Cishek, a former Marlin, also had an inscription on his cap. So did teammate Robinson Canó.

• Red Sox DH David Ortiz doesn’t play the field, so he only wears his cap while sitting in the dugout, but he nonetheless added a shout-out to Fernández on his cap.

• Astros third baseman Yulieski Gurriel was another player who saluted Fernández on his cap. Ditto for his teammate Jose Altuve.

• The boldest cap tribute came from Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomás who added Fernández’s uniform number to his cap with white tape and then wrote Fernández’s name into the numerals.

• Brewers shortstop Jonathan Villar saluted Fernández on his cap and eye-black stickers.

• Royals catcher Salvadore Pérez added “R.I.P. J.F. 16” to his chest protector.

• At the World Baseball Classic qualifying game in Brooklyn, several players on the Great Britain team had notes on their caps, including Kyle Simmons and Champ Stuart.

• And at Marlins park, where yesterday’s game against the Braves was cancelled, the grounds crew added Fernández’s number to the back of the mound.

I’m sure there were other uni-related tributes to Fernández that I missed. If so, please feel free to post them in today’s comments.

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Arnold Palmer, RIP: Arnold Palmer also passed away yesterday. I’m not a big golf fan, but I know that one of the signature moments from Palmer’s career was uni-related: After winning the 1960 U.S. Open, he threw his visor into the air. That’s how I’ll always remember him.

There’s a good series of charts, graphics, and other infographic-y data on Palmer’s career here.

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New Era logo creep, continued: Last Thursday I mentioned that there were three examples of the New Era logo appearing on MLB game caps in 2005, and I had identified two of them (the Padres on April 20 and the White Sox on Sept. 9). After checking my old notes from 2005, I’ve now found the third instance: It was on July 3, when the Twins wore “Army,” “Navy,” and other military caps as part of a military appreciation promotion. The caps, which were various colors, all had the New Era logo on the left side.

I’m fairly certain that these are the only three instances of New Era logo creep on MLB game caps in 2005 — and I’m about 50% sure that they’re the only instances ever. As always, though, if you know of other examples, I’m all ears.

Meanwhile, we have one week left before the New Era mark is permanently added to game caps. Enjoy this last week of games, because starting next week it will truly be a new era.

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Too good for the Ticker: Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price has worn some pretty serious biker shorts in the past (additional examples here and here), but he may have outdone himself during Saturday’s game against UNC. Check out these shots (click to enlarge):

Of course, the effect is accentuated because Price goes bare-legged. In this next shot, you can see that UNC wide receiver Ryan Switzer’s pants are nearly as short as Price’s, but Switzer wears white leggings, so his pants don’t look as egregious:

(My thanks to Alex Hider for letting me know about this one.)

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball News: After the Dodgers clinched the National League West division title yesterday, OF Josh Reddick, who grew up in Georgia, wore a Georgia Bulldogs helmet during the clubhouse celebration (from our own Mike Chamernik).

Pro and College Football News: The Carolina Panthers wore their Color Rush jerseys for a team portrait. … Will Oregon’s next costume be GFGS? (From Gus Ericson.) … Black University? Brown went BFBS this weekend against Harvard.

Soccer News: Reader Hannes sends along a note all the way from Italy. So Foot Club, an Italian website/magazine, has put together their top 50 soccer kits of all time. He kindly translated the site’s top nine jerseys: 1. Boca Juniors 1981, 2. Sampdoria 1990, 3. Brazil 1970, 4. Netherlands 1974, 5. Italy 1982, 6.Real Madrid 1960, 7. Juventus 1985, 8. USA 1994, 9. Soviet Union 1982.

Grab Bag: RIP Arnie (from BSmile). … New hoops unis for USC (from Grant). … “Another one…” DJ Khaled will perform a concert for Michigan basketball’s uniform reveal. … John Force of the NHRA wore an American flag-themed helmet over the weekend (from David Firestone). … Malaysia is introducing a new logo to identify if foods are made to halal standards for Muslims. … The St. Louis Blues’ 50th-anniversary logo hasn’t even appeared in a game yet, but it’s already being used as the basis for a cycling jersey (from Ethan May).

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What Paul did last night yesterday afternoon: At 1pm Eastern yesterday, a lot of you were probably watching football. And that’s fine. But I was watching an outdoor set by the excellent Garden State Social Club (fronted by the completely awesome Lynne Von Pang, who could easily reduce any NFL linebacker to Jell-O), and I don’t mind saying that no football game could possibly compete with that.

How great is the Garden State Social Club? So great that they have their own membership cards. And as we all know, only the finest organizations have those.

Sunday Morning Uni Watch

MSU Pats

By Phil Hecken, with the SMUW crew

Plenty of interesting unis on the gridiron yesterday, including the one worn by Mississippi State — who did something not-quite-unique, but in the overall scheme of things, was pretty cool. With teams falling all over themselves to come up with shinier and duller helmets, white-outs, all-black non-school-color unis, even dressing like their team’s mascot (and we can probably blame all of this on Nikegon)…MSU took the field wearing a “new” uniform …


… meant to mimic the New England Patriots road unis. Yep. They copied the whole uniform, right down to the Patriots number fonts:

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They even added silver helmets like the Patriots. Why would they do this you may ask? Well, “because they can” is probably an acceptable answer, but the answer lies partially in the fact that they were playing UMass in Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots. Why would they choose to wear a faux-Patriots road uni on the Pats home field? “Because they can” probably works there too. Maybe it’s due to that old adage that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But probably, “because they can” is a better reason. In any event, the unis actually looked pretty good. I’m no fan of one-offs, but that boat left the dock years ago. And while I’m no fan of the Pats unis, they didn’t look so bad rendered in maroon and white.

Interestingly, this isn’t even the first time a college squad has copied the uniforms of the pros (and I’m not even counting Iowa mimicking Pittsburgh here, as that’s a direct copy) — that partial honor also goes to Kansas State who basically copied the uniforms of the Dallas Cowboys.

So much for originality in copying. You can see more photos here.

Also there was Oregon dressing like Puddles, some white outs and more, but…

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

So… I uh… watched the Minions movie on Thursday night. I’m still trying to recover. How was your Thursday night?

From Thursday:

• Georgia Tech wore all-white (including their honeycomb helmets) against Clemson.

From Friday:

• Really enjoyed SMU’s look against TCU.

• One tragic thing about Eastern Michigan’s grey field is that every game looks like a partially-colorized affair.

• Utah wore all-black against USC, and they also wore these helmets, which appear to be custom-painted.

From Saturday:

C’mon Iowa State, if it didn’t work for Minnesota last year, what makes you think it’ll work for you guys this year?

Oof. This game was more rough to look at than when Kyle from BitWit (formerly Awesomesauce Network) did this. That is Syracuse (white/white/orange) and UConn (all-grey), for those curious.

• Tennessee wore their smoke grey uniforms against the white dressed Florida Gators. It should also be noted that this is the Vols’ first win against Florida since 2004. I guess you can say that Florida’s day went up in smoke. It looks like Tennessee’s having smoked gator for the rest of the week… Anyone? No one? O-okay.

• Cincinnati wore black/black/red against Miami (OH).

• In their game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northwestern wore these decals in honor of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz.

• I was expecting Virginia Tech to wear all-orange for their “Orange Effect” game, but that would be too obvious. Disappointing.

• It’s pretty annual at this point, but for those not in the know: coaches across the college landscape wore these patches over the weekend as part of the Coach to Cure MD initiative (more info here).

• Michigan State honored the memory of their punter Mike Sadler at midfield by adding his number in the midfield logo on Saturday. Sadler (along with Nebraska punter Sam Foltz) died in a car crash in Wisconsin back in July of this year.

• No secrets: I kinda like this look for Kentucky.

• USF wore white/green/white against Florida State.

• Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship joins the elite ranks of bespectacled collegiate kickers (alongside Harvard’s Andrew Flesher and South Carolina’s Landon Ard). H/T to (the ironically-named) NFL World.

• On a knee-jerk reaction, you’ll look at this and think “O.K., LSU looks like… LSU. So?” But if you look at the NOB of Caleb Lewis (#8), you’ll see they used a three-letter abbreviation for his first name. BIG ups to Kristian Nicosia for spotting that.

• Jim Harbaugh was spotted wearing an Adidas belt. Superstitious, maybe? (credit to T.J. Hudge)

• From Curtis Galvin: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen the center wear the wrist coach and have the QB use it for the play call.”

That’ll do it for Week 4! Remember: Week 5 (the main part or it) starts on October 1st. You know what that means… Well, at least it’s not Ocyellowber. See you next week!

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NCAA Uni Tracking

Uni Watch will again track the uniform combinations worn by the “Power 5” conferences. Most of the 2015 trackers are back, with one new tracker added:

We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII), Davis Vinckier (tracking the B1G), and Ethan Dimitroff, (tracking the SEC). Rex, Dennis, Kyle and Davis are all returning from 2015, and Ethan is new to the NCAA Uni Tracking this season

Here are the Uni Trackers for WEEK FOUR of the NCAA Season.

I just wanted to say a couple things about the trackers — yes, there are occasionally a couple mistakes made — they’re always corrected and I try to get those corrections in as soon as possible. These guys have lives (unlike me) and they do this on a completely volunteer basis, under tight deadlines. I don’t mind if you folks point out mistakes in the comments, but please keep the comments civil. They (and I) don’t need the snark.

It seems every tracker had something going on this weekend — and Dennis was away all day with his family and won’t be back to his home base till early today (early Pacific time); Davis was taking the LSAT’s all day yesterday (and hopefully celebrating last evening); he wasn’t able to get his stuff to me by the time I put this post to bed, but promised it overnight (I’ll add it when I wake up); and…last but not least…Ethan got MARRIED yesterday!, but he STILL got me his tracking — now that’s dedication. He’ll be on his honeymoon next weekend (so we won’t have his SEC Tracking next weekend — I hope you guys understand).

Anyway, I can’t say enough good words about all my trackers, and I hope you’ll understand when everything isn’t perfect, OK? OK! Good now…onto the tracking…

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Rex is up first today:

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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 for 2016 to make his “5 & 1” (five good looking and one stinker) Bowl 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 morning, everyone! Hope you enjoyed your Week 4. Let’s see who made the cut this week, on both sides of the list…

5) Bowling Green at Memphis — Kind of an off-radar match-up, but one that I really dug. BGSU’s brown/white/brown really doesn’t look half bad against the blue/black/blue look the Tigers went with at home. A surprisingly sharp-looking game in the Liberty Bowl.

4) Wagner at Boston College — Another that was kind of an off-radar match-up. Always a fan of BC’s gold/maroon/gold home look, and it really clashed well against the green/mono-grey that Wagner went with. A great looking game at Chestnut Hill.

3) BYU vs West Virginia — Damn did this game look good. Loved BYU’s usual white/white/navy road look and how it matched against the navy/yellow/navy of the Mountaineers. A sharp looking neutral-site game in the D.C .area.

2) Central Michigan at Virginia — The Cavs navy/navy/white really clashed well against CMU’s maroon/white/maroon road set. Such a simple, great looking game in Charlottesville.

1) Colorado State at Minnesota — Such a pretty, colorful game in the Twin Cities. The Gophers looked great in their maroon/yellow/maroon home set and it matched up great against the Rams’ green/white/green. A very worthy #1 for me.

And, finally…

+1) East Carolina at Virginia Tech — White/white/purple vs orange/mono-maroon = a dreadful looking game. Just… yuck.

That does it for me this week. Let’s do this again next week, shall we?

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Duck Tracker

Welcome to the 2016 Oregon Ducks Uni Tracker. This little project was originally begun way back in 2008-08 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):

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

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UW Friday Flashback UW’s Friday Flashback

With all the fuss over Color Rash, Paul’s latest Friday Flashback column on ESPN looks at the history of NFL teams wearing mono-colored uniforms (including the many teams that went mono in 2002, some of which are shown here).

Check out the Friday Flashback here.


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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Fifty-nine years ago yesterday the Dodgers played their last game in Ebbets Field. Here’s a look at a gorgeous usher cap & final game ticket from that game (from Bruce Menard. … Also from Bruce, a picture of Ebbets Field in its heyday. … The Dodgers have a nice VIN tribute on their mound. They did that and a lot more. Check it out here. … Last night at Shea, the Mets gave away this fleece blanket that looks like their blue alternate — possibly not the greatest giveaway since the Mets are winless in those tops this year (from Bruce Menard). … Is this the worst jersey foul of all time. If you’re answer isn’t “Yes,” then you, um…need to find one worse (from Tony Tengwall). … This comes from Mike Chamernik: “Old, but it was on the front page of Deadspin (yester)day: The evolution of baseball cards.” … The Astros celebrated Hispanic Heritage month by becoming Los Astros (thanks to Mike Chamernik). Also, the game was red vs. orange. … Also from Mike, the Angels are wearing a hat patch for 50 years at Angels stadium. He adds, “From what I’ve seen, they started wearing the patch this month.” … Yesterday, the Washington Nationals captured the NL East, and Bryce Harper wore Katie Ledecky’s swim cap during the post-clincher celebration (from John Muir).

NFL News: A tweeter who goes by Broken Jaguars Fan asks if there is possibly a logo change in the works for the Jacksonville Jaguars. … “On Only a Game’s ‘3 Stories You Should Know’ segment this week, the second item started with a discussion of the patriotic shoes some players wore last week for the September 11 anniversary, and how it violated NFL uniform regs, but somebody in the league office apparently thought better of fining them,” notes Joe Makowiec. “Its main thrust, however, was that the NFL is considering a week when players can promote charitable causes of their choice.” … Here’s a look at a mannequin wearing the Vikings color rash getup (shockingly, the socks purple doesn’t match…) h/t CJZero. … OOps (from Joe Nocella). … Tweeter Justin Merriman notes the Titans yoke has been shrinking over the years.

College/High School Football News: Good look at the Arizona State Sun Devils’ equipment staff painting scratches on their maroon hats. … Cups in Alabama’s stadium are new this week, and are about Nick Saban (10 years at Bama) with some his stats on it (from Griffin Smith). … Neat old rivalry game photo here between Iowa and Iowa State (from Teddy); make sure to click on this one for some uni trash-talk. … RCC noticed a a few errors on the ESPN game map. … Interesting article about Oregon here, “Oregon Is Becoming Experts At The Risk Game”, which has several uni-notable (shock, I know) bits. Good read. … Somewhat related to the previous article: this is why we love the Oregon Duck. … A little hard to see, but a football player from Central Hardin HS in KY has a patriotic mouthpiece. Central Hardin is in the white jersey (from Josh Claywell). … My buddy Jimmer Vilk might just have earned himself an unfollow on the Twitter.

Hockey News: UMD (that’s the University of Minnesota Duluth) women’s hockey has some new Under Armour jerseys (h/t Paul). … Lots of WHL news from Wade Heidt: Major junior hockey season kicked off Friday night. Some uniform notables in the WHL: *Swift Current Broncos wore their 50th Season uniforms Friday night. “Colour scheme different than the usual blue and green. It is green with yellow trim like their original uniforms. Incorporates black as a trim colour as well. A nod to when the Broncos did wear black uniforms from 2003 to 2014.”; *Everett Silvertips have made their front-facing bear on a shied logo their new primary mark. “The former primary logo is relegated to a secondary shoulder patch. During this game, the Vancouver Giants wore their Gordie Howe tribute uniforms. Gordie was a part owner of the Giants.”; and *Prince George Cougars have added a shoulder patch to their jerseys. “Though I have not heard much about this and cannot find a good photo which provides a closer look.” … New uniforms for Pitt hockey (h/t Mark Clifford). … Sergei Bobrovsky is shown here wearing forwards gloves (good spot by J. Walker).

NBA News: Here’s a new ESPN piece from Paul, in case you missed it: Houston Rockets display trio of new alternates, including ‘Clutch City’ design. … “More photos of the Pelicans’ all star game patch can be found in the slideshow in the following article,” writes Richard Green. “Thanks for all the hard work and great content!” … Here’s a look at the 50th Anniversary Patch that the Indiana Pacers will wear this season. … Looks like the Houston Rockets will have a new court this year (h/t primal instinct). … Here’s some more on those new Golden State Warriors crossover unis for 2016-17. …

College Hoops News: “Just saw this on instagram as well,” writes Ahmad Billal Samady. “Freshman point guard Jordan ford wearing the new St. Mary’s uniforms for the upcoming season. Not sure if you guys have shown this already or not.” … Also from Ahmad: “Just saw this on instagram as well. New cal home unis. Looks like they are using the Jordan version of the new elite Nike template, similar to team USA and Kentucky.” … This Art Print Features Every Big 5 Score in the Palestra’s History (from Jimmer Vilk).

Grab Bag: What if the Red Sox moved the Green Monster to right field? Something similar is happening at major golf courses (h/t Benjamin Engle). … Apparently not content with having “Fighting Sioux” eliminated as a school name, UND students step up their social consciousness. … New uniforms for UC Irvine (from Jimmer Vilk). … Tweeter Correa Harden Watt asks of this Houston Rockets patch, “Have you seen this before? On eBay right now.” Turns out it’s a Houston Comets logo. … “I haven’t seen a boxer wear Stephen Curry styled white tights underneath boxing trunks before,” writes Richard Giron. “Compression shorts yes…but not the stuff that Curry wears when he plays basketball. It’s far more common in basketball, but it may be coming to boxing as well. The boxer incidentally is JohnRiel Casimero from the Philippines.” … There is no question that the helmet cart & helmet in the current KFC commercial is tremendous, but it’s the hosiery that seals the deal (from Chris Viel).

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And that will do it for this final Sunday in September. Pinktober will be upon us before you know it.

Thanks, as always, to the tremendous SMUW crew — and an extra big round of applause for all the trackers, who truly give as much as they can for the blog!

I’ll be back next Saturday. In the meantime…

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Something very Tootsie Pop-ish”

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