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Great time last night at Shea, as I was fortunate enough to be part of a stalwart quartet of my favorite Mets fans and writers. From left to right, that’s Mets Police blogger and Queens Baseball Convention poobah Shannon Shark, wearing a Mets jersey (which, although you can’t see it in that photo, had “Murphy 28” on the back); Mets numerology expert and Mets by the Numbers honcho Jon Springer, wearing a replica of the “Wonderful Woody” T-shirt that former Mets second baseman Doug Flynn used to wear in tribute to his dog back in the late 1970s; Uni Watch weekend editor Phil Hecken, wearing the always-fashionable stylings of “I’m Calling It Shea”; and yours truly, wearing a long-sleeved tee based on this old Mets pennant (as you can see, Lady Met was so much woman that it took two Mr. Mets — or would that be Messrs. Met? — to satisfy her).
Although the company was great and the home team coasted to a lopsided victory, the game was unsatisfying from a uniform standpoint. Matt FratBro was starting for the Mets, which meant they wore their blue alternate jerseys and, even worse, their orange-billed alternate caps. Pfeh.
Meanwhile, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Paul, enough about the uniforms and your friends and all the rest. Did you bring capers to the ballpark to put on your hot dog?” I hear your cry, my friend. Here’s the deal: There had been talk about some yobbos bringing batteries to throw at Dodgers infielder Chase Utley after he broke Ruben Tejada’s leg in Game 2, so I thought security might be extra-tight and that it therefore might not be a good idea to bring a small glass jar of capers in my bag. So instead I brought some capers in a little Tupperware-style plastic container, which worked fine. And I don’t mind saying that a capers-laden hot dog tastes every bit as good at the ballpark as it does at home (click to enlarge):
Big thanks to Shannon, Jon, and Phil for a great night, and doubleplusthanks to Mike Zulla for making it all possible. Now let’s go wrap up the series tonight.
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November T-Shirt Club launch: A few weeks ago I showed you the amazing tequila sunrise design that we were planning as November’s offering from the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club. I’m happy to report that the shirt is now available for ordering.
As I explained a few weeks back, the design and production issues on this one were fairly complex, so we decided to have some samples made. Check it out (click to enlarge):
Not bad, right? This shirt is completely unlike any of the others we’ve done, and there are also several aspects of the design that I want to share with you and some issues I want to address. Please bear with me while I explain:
1. All our other shirts have been screen-printed, but this one is sublimated. Why? Two reasons: First, traditional screen-printing wouldn’t have allowed us to print all the way to the sides and the bottom of the shirt. Second, even if we had stayed within the traditional screen-print boundaries, the stripe coverage would have used so much ink that the shirt would have been extremely stiff and heavy. Using sublimated dyes avoids this problem — the shirt is light and flexible. Sublimation has its drawbacks (it’s not quite as crisp or vibrant), but it was the best approach for this design.
2. Once we decided to go with sublimation, we had no choice but to go with a 100%-polyester shirt. It definitely doesn’t feel as nice as our usual cotton. On the plus side, however, the poly fabric feels a lot more like a real jersey, so there’s that.
3. In the photo of the front of the shirt, you can see the NOB “bleeding” through on the back side. Similarly, if you look at the back photo, you can see the “Uni Watch” chest lettering showing through from the front side. This is NOT due to the shirt fabric being thin or flimsy. It’s because of the way sublimation works — the pigment is in the fabric instead of on the fabric, so it tends to show through to the reverse side. The fabric is high-quality, promise.
4. If you look closely, you’ll see that the back numerals and some of the NOB letters have a faint shadow. That was basically sloppy work on the sample. Won’t happen with the real shirts. Also, the “1” is sitting slightly higher than the “5”; again, that has been corrected.
5. We usually have the sleeve patch graphic centered on the side of the sleeve, so it’s partially visible both from the front and the back. But as you can see in the photos above, the sleeve patch on this shirt is truly on the front of the sleeve and will not be visible from the back — that’s due to a production limitation. I’ve tried on the sample and can honestly say the front/back issue doesn’t seem like a problem when the shirt is being worn. (The patch on the sample is also too close to the sleeve hem, but that’s been fixed that for our production run.)
6. Contrary to what I said a few weeks ago, this shirt is available in 3XL after all.
7. Because of the design and production issues involved, this will be our most expensive shirt, with a price tag of $28.99. Given how awesome it looks, I do think it’s worth it, and I hope you agree. But if you think that’s too much to spend on a T-shirt, I completely understand.
8. The design, obviously, is based on the Astros’ tequila sunrise jerseys from the 1970s. One difference is that we weren’t able to duplicate the rainbow stripes on the sleeves (production limitations), but I don’t think that’s a dealbreaker.
I think that’s everything. Again, the shirt is available here.
(Special shout-out to my Teespring partner Bryan Molloy, who put in a lot of work on this one. You da man, Bry!)
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By Brinke Guthrie
“Hormel makes real Chili — the official choice of the National Football League”! That’s what this ad says — guess they were just starting to dip their Riddells into league-wide sponsorships at that point. “Selected Training Table Meats,” too! And hey, as long as we’re talking Hormel, here’s a nice-looking set of those 1960s Hormel NFL serving trays.
Here are the rest of this week’s vintage sports picks:
• Here’s a 1970s L.A. Dodgers clock, made by Westclox. (The ad says 1960s — that’s wrong.) I had one of these for the Reds and had forgotten about it ’til this very moment! Can’t find an image of that online anywhere.
• Dave Boss alert! The Eagles should use this 1960s poster art as a template and ditch the BFBS look, what do you say? This poster is in great shape considering its age, too — just a couple of tiny tears.
• Here’s a 1970s Mets puzzle featuring Shea Stadium, Dave Kingman, Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool, Jerry Koosman, and Jon Matlack. [Interesting that they show Matlack wearing white shoes. — PL]
• Staying with the Mets, check out this dynamite DeLong pullover. Got that great quilting in there, too.
• One more from New York: a vintage 1960s look to this New York Nets gold-trimmed stein.
• Note the simplicity of the 1960s version of the Bruins B logo on this patch.
• Show your St. Louis Blues pride with this 1960s bumper sticker (though it’s not horizontal like most bumper stickers) from KPLR TV 11.
• A Boston Red Sox beret from the 1960s/1970s? Sure, why not! (Did they wear a lot of berets in Boston back then, I guess? Was that a thing?)
• This 1970s Buffalo Sabres youth jersey by Champion looks to be in great shape.
Finally, an official Collector’s Corner shout-out to Uni Watch fan Casey, who my wife and I met Saturday at the Giants Dugout Store in Walnut Creek (I was perusing the “Fade To Black” jerseys — birthday in one month, don’tcha know. ) I spoke to him and said, “I love uniforms, I do a little something every week with them online.” He goes, “Sports Logos.net?” I say, “Uni Watch.” He responds, “Uni Watch? I love that site!” Keep reading, Casey!
Follow Brinke on Twitter: @brinkeguthrie
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By Mike Chamernik
Baseball News: Odd sight in last night’s Cubs/Cardinals NLDS game, as Cubs reliever Trevor Cahill pulled up his pant leg at one point, revealing that he wears Dodgers socks. Cahill was in Los Angeles’s minor league system for a bit this summer before signing with the Cubs down the stretch. He wears the socks because they are thicker and help prevent blisters (thanks to Dave Garabedian and Adam Steinberg, respectively). … A 101-year-old Cubs fan has a triple-digit jersey number. Her nickname must be hectogram. … Speaking of the Cubs, here’s more info on the players eating breakfast on the field at Wrigley on Sunday, as mentioned in yesterday’s Ticker (from Douglas Ford). … Here’s a gallery of Chicago NBAers wearing Cubs and Sox jerseys. … The Rangers painted a logo at Founders’ Plaza at DFW. The Blue Jays decided to one-up their ALDS foes with a large public logo display of their own. … The aptly-named Stan Capp saw this hybrid Jays/Cubs hat at a 13U Little League game. … Royals speed demon Terrance Gore got his spikes impaled on Astros 3B Luis Valbuena’s pant leg during a disputed stolen base attempt yesterday. … Here’s an article on the Royals’ stitcher (from Josh Carson).
NFL News: PGA golfer and Indiana native Patrick Rodgers uses a Colts golf bag (from Douglas Ford). … Raiders superfan Dr. Death is celebrating Pinktober. That comes from his Twitter account (from Mike Davie). … Also, Facebook’s Monday Night Football scoreboard went full Pinktober (from P.K. Richardson). … ESPN’s E:60 piece on Cam Newton made interesting use of an NFL captaincy patch.
College & High School Football News: Here’s a bit of the backstory behind Ohio State’s black uniforms, with additional info here (from Jason Hillyer). … Maine will wear throwbacks against Yale this Saturday. The jerseys honor the school’s 150th year (from John Diamond). … Last week, West Virginia’s Parkersburg High School wore these digi-camo jerseys with barely-visible uni numbers (from @TheEricLittle via Coleman Mullins). … Jeff Flynn found a great photo of the 1966 All-America Team on eBay.
Hockey News: Ducks draft pick Nick Ritchie wears No. 20 for the AHL San Diego Gulls, a team that was relocated from Norfolk this summer. The Gulls take their name from the WHL’s San Diego team from the 1960s and 70s. That team, however, retired No. 20 in honor of Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player. The current Gulls will raise O’Ree’s jersey to the rafters on Friday; unclear if Ritchie will switch uniform numbers (from Charles Eldridge).
Soccer News: The Japanese soccer team Yokohama F. Marinos have manhole covers with their mascot and an arrow that directs visitors toward their stadium. More info towards the bottom of this piece. Also with the covers, “When visitors who have downloaded a free app point their smartphones at one of the manhole covers, their phones automatically play an entertaining video about the sponsor. The project attracted 11 private sponsors, including a bookstore, a restaurant, a food manufacturer and even the local kindergarten” (Thanks, Will Scheibler). … New away kits for Sweden and Belgium.
Pro Basketball News: The 76ers refuse to call their arena by its official corporate-sponsored name. After getting a new court this offseason, the Sixers did put Wells Fargo’s name on their court, but they made the name as hard to read as possible. Here’s another look at the court (from Kristopher Kolob). … Yesterday we said that Brazilian hoops team Paschoalotto Bauru influenced the Hawks new design. Not so, says Brazilian Rafael Placce, who reports that Bauru started wearing their design in September for the World Championship against Real Madrid and in NBA preseason games (i.e., after the Hawks had already unveild their new design). The team’s uniforms normally look like this. … Spike Lee had a hand in creating the single-player campaign mode in NBA 2K16. Not only is he a playable character in the game, he apparently can take the court wearing a Kangol cap and sunglasses. … A new Vegas-based developmental league, called the AmeriLeague, has unveiled its new logo, new uniforms, and more uniforms.
College Hoops News: A few Under Armour schools, including Auburn and Cincinnati, will unveil new uniforms on Friday. … New road uniforms for San Diego State (from Drew McClintock). … Tennessee has a player wearing JrOB — or do they?
Grab Bag: The Holy Tunic of Argenteuil, a garment purported to be worn by Jesus Christ at Calvary, will be available for public display for a few weeks in spring 2016. It is displayed every 50 years (from reader ChrisH). … David Firestone wrote about the boot stylings of NHRA racers Cruz and Tony Pedregon. … Two 11-year-olds in Texas broke their school’s dress code by wearing Air Force logo jackets (from Brinke). … While dining at a Philadelphia Shake Shack a few weeks ago, Tom Konecny sat at a table made out of wood from a bowling lane. I have to say, a Shake Shack opened in Chicago last winter, and I found the place to be overrated. The burgers, fries and shakes were good, but exceptionally small and expensive. [As a NYCer, I agree that Shake Shack is overrated. — PL].
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Now that the A’s season is over, the Raiders finally went with the gold 50 yard line markers yesterday. And as you can see above, the gold numerals — like the Raiders’ conventional white yard markers — had black outlining. Much better, I’d say, than the non-outlined numerals being used by most other NFL teams.
And that wasn’t the only field alteration made yesterday by the Raiders. They also added the old AFL logo to their end zones. I like.
In other notes from around the league yesterday:
• The Ravens wore mono-black. As you can see in that shot, the Browns wore one of their less objectionable combos (it helps when they actually bother to wear socks that contrast with the pants), although the pants are still a joke and the jersey stripes also remain problematic.
• Teams wearing white at home included the Titans, Bucs, and, of course, the Cowboys.
• As you can see from that Cowboys photo, the Patriots wore navy on the road. They’ve now worn navy for all five of their games this season. That streak will presumably end next weekend, when they’re slated to play in Indianapolis.
• The Giants/Niners game had barely started when someone on the Niners — I think it was running back Carlos Hyde — sustained some major helmet stripe damage.
• If anyone is going to have cleats with silver soles, it should be a member of the Raiders.
• This is odd: A bag on the Chiefs’ sideline carried the franchise’s old Dallas Texans logo.
• But what really knocked me out was the
cheap pink sunglasses.
• How bad has Pinktober gotten? So bad that even the Eagles’ end zone logos were trimmed in pink.
• Pinktober also infected some of the footwear on NFL Countdown.
• Hmmm, do sideline personnel always have their names on their vests?
(My thanks to all contributors, including Willie Gabel, Scott Mason, Eric Wright, and of course Phil.)
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Decipher this: I had breakfast at a diner yesterday and, as you can see above, was presented with the best, most endearingly illegible check ever. I’ll give a complimentary Uni Watch membership card to whoever can correctly decipher the most of it (please post your decipherings in today’s comments, not on Twitter or in an email). Here’s a hint: Some the items listed are shown in this photo. Another hint: The meal was consumed in northern New Jersey, which should help you identify the meat in that photo.
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New design contest: In case you missed it over the weekend, Phil announced a new design contest to repaint an old ambulance and tranform it into a Detroit Lions tailgating vehicle. It’s a great challenge, and there will be prizes for the winners. Get the full story here.
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Baseball News: You’ve heard of addition by subtraction? Here’s a case of subtraction by addition: A little birdie informs me that all MLB teams will start wearing the silhouetted-batter logo on their rear belt tunnel next season. The logo will appear in the same team-specific color scheme used for the logos on each team’s jerseys and caps (i.e., the A’s version will be green/gold, the Mets’ version will be blue/orange, etc). Aside from being a classic case of logo creep, this move will have tailoring implications for at least one team: the Tigers, who’ll have to replace their rear belt loops with a tunnel in order to accommodate the logo. … Currently up for auction: one of Brooks Robinson’s old stubby-brim batting helmets (from Charlie Charnigo). … A fan at yesterday’s Royals/Astros game apparently had a case of divided loyalties. … Not uni-related but interesting: With Mets SS Ruben Tejada knocked out of the postseason with a broken leg sustained during Game 2 of the NLDS, the Mets have replaced him on the roster with prospect Matt Reynolds, who’s never appeared in an MLB game. If he appears in one of the subsequent NLDS games (or in the NLCS or World Series, should the Mets make it that far), he’d become the second player in history to make his MLB debut in a postseason game. The first, according to Elias, was Mark Kiger of the 2006 A’s. … For reasons that aren’t clear to me, the Cubs had breakfast yesterday on the field at Wrigley, which led to the odd sight of Kris Bryant at the omelet station behind home plate (from Dave Flapan). … Buried within this article about California public schools no longer being able to use “Redskins” as a team name is the following: “[Gov. Jerry Brown also signed into law a new measure that will] ban professional baseball players from using chewing tobacco on the playing field of major league stadiums [in California].” … New G.I. Joke uniforms for Duke.
College and High School Football News: Crazy helmets for Deerfield Beach High School in Flordia (from Jason Johnson). … Mount Union went GFGS on Saturday (from Tom Pachuta). … Inconsistent NOB fonts for Louisiana Tech. … McNeese State has been wearing SNOB. … As most of you know, many college rosters are so big that there are often multiple players wearing the same uni number. It’s kosher as long as they don’t line up on the same side of the ball, but it sometimes presents problems for special teams, where same-numbered players may end up on the field at the same time. If that happens, one player has to don a temporary jersey with a different number. Here’s video of a Kansas State player shedding his tearaway temporary jersey after a special teams play.
Hockey News: Several readers noted that the NWHL, whose inaugural season began yesterday, is going with subscript NOBs. That’s a fairly common move for women’s leagues, because of the longer hair. … “Always fun to see the French language on the ice for NHL games,” says Dustin Semore. “Don’t see it often from Ottawa, but they have ‘Mise Au Jeu 2015,’ instead of ‘Face-Off 2015.'” It appears in English on the other end of the ice.
NBA News: New socks for the Thunder (from Meredith Wills). … The Wizards played an exhibition game last night against the Brazilian team Paschoalotto Bauru, whose uniforms appear to have been a heavy influence on the Hawks’ new design (good observation by @cdublin).
Grab Bag: Here are all 40 EPL home/road kits ranked, from worst to first (from @YanksUnited). … Pretty cool piece on how the costume for the new Supergirl TV show was designed. … New name, logo, and livery upcoming next month for Malaysia Airlines. … Faaaascinating infographic on the physical evolution of the modern rugby player. … Pinktober volleyball uniforms for Phil’s alma mater, Garden City High School on Long Island.
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What Paul did
last night over the weekend: The photo shown above was taken at Ramapo Valley County Reservation in northern New Jersey, where I spent most of Saturday afternoon hiking. Hadn’t been there before but really enjoyed the trails — a good mix of rocky and hilly, with lots of lakes, rivers, and cascades along the way. I’ll be back.
The hike was part of an amazing weekend road trip that also included lots of yard sales, a North Jersey beefsteak, watching Saturday night’s Mets/Dodgers game at an American Legion hall, some nice stops in Harriman State Park, a stop at New Jersey’s (and, hence, the world’s) best deep-fried hot dog emporium, and some very, very good company. If I could draw up two perfect autumn days, this is pretty much what they’d look like. Thanks, TBC — you’re the best.
As good as my weekend was, tonight may end up being even better. Which leads us to…
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Play ball! Tonight the Mets will host their first postseason game in nine years, and I’m lucky enough to have a ticket. Even better, I’ll be joined by three of my favorite Mets fans: Mets Police honcho Shannon Shark, Mets by the Numbers impresario Jon Springer, and our own L.I. Phil Hecken. Can’t think of three better guys to share the game with — should be a great time. Let’s go Mets!
As an aside, remember my recent experiment with putting capers on a hot dog? I liked that so much that I plan to bring some capers to the ballpark. Full report to follow.
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By Phil Hecken
Well, it took until the sixth week of the 2015 NCAA football season, but we can now officially declare that the University of Oregon — they of the BFBS & GFGS, multiple uniform combos never repeated again — innovators and oft-imitated (much to the detriment of the NCAA) … have finally jumped the shark.
If you’re not familiar with the uniform pictured above, Paul wrote a really good piece about it earlier this week. And he also specifically said at the end of that piece “Let’s please see if we can discuss this uniform without invoking a certain phrase about leaping over a ferocious fish. Because if there’s anything that captures the spirit of that phrase, it’s the phrase itself.” But I’m using it today because it’s true. We actually had a few e-mails back and forth about the new uniform before Paul wrote his review, and in one of them I wrote to Paul: “I’m actually really interested in seeing how you play this one. Not that you do, but if you want a quote from me…They finally jumped the shark.” Once Paul wrote his bit, he sent me the following, “by the way, my little dig at ‘jumping the shark’ today had nothing to do with you. Had more to do with the umpteen Twittiots who were using it yesterday, and then one of my ESPN editors used it and that was the last straw.”
So I guess I was in good company then. Or, not. But if you’ve read Uni Watch for the past eight or so years, you know that I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the Ducks and their uniform machinations over that time — every time I think they’ve run out of ideas, they surprise me. Every time they come back to wearing their beautiful green and yellow…they go GFGS (National Title Game, Twice) or BFBS or some other thing to make me hate their decisions. But this latest stunt (and while I get where they are trying to go with the Lewis and Clark thing) was it for me. It won’t keep me from having the Duck Tracker or possibly falling back in love with one of their good sets (and they DO have a couple of those). But yesterday marked the day when they finally pushed things too far. We’ve moved from uniforms into fantasy now, and it’s a line I didn’t know when they’d cross, but now they have.
Anyway, enough of my babbling. There were plenty of costumes (and some nice unis as well) on display yesterday, so I’ll turn this over to my trusted SMUW sidekick, Terry Duroncelet, who will bring you the uni rundown of the …
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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
• You know, Washington kinda reminded me of Hancock the other night. You don’t like their image (quite literally in this case), but you know they hold the best chance of saving the day (I’ll eat my weight in grated coconuts before I ever cheer for USC). Well Huskies, I’m glad you won, but I’ll play the role of Ray Embrey and tell you this: next time, stick to school colors.
• Texas and Oklahoma played in the Red River Rivalry over the Weekend. I’m sure someone who knows more about uniform templates than I do will correct me on this, but if I’m not mistaken, this is the first time since 2012 that Texas and Oklahoma faced off against each other in the same Nike uniform template (the 2013 edition of the RRR in which both teams wore those gold-accented uniforms does not count). Both teams were wearing this template in 2012 (different team, same template), and Oklahoma would continue to wear it into 2014, while Texas switched to the Hypercool something-something for the 2013 and 2014 seasons before both the Longhorns and Sooners switched to Mach Speed for this season. Here’s how last year’s game looked.
• I don’t do the 5&1, but shoutout to the Iowa/Illinois game for being such a great-looking game.
• As noted earlier in the week, Notre Dame and Navy wore the same baselayer against each other. I actually really like this move. Not even gonna crack a ‘Notre Dame Midshipmen vs. Naval Academy Fighting Irish’ joke, but I can’t make that joke even if I wanted to, as Navy’s pants were, well, navy.
• Maryland wore their Antithesis of Black Ops uniforms against Ohio State.
• The LSU/South Carolina game was set to be held in Columbia, and the Gamecocks were slated to wear white at home. However, due to Hurricane Joaquin, the game moved to Baton Rouge, but South Carolina still wore white, putting LSU in purple. That much we knew, but what I was unaware of is that LSU would come out in white helmets and pants (which wasn’t the first time they did this). Does anyone know the occasion? Does it have anything to do with the recent storm? Also, absolute class move by Leonard Fournette for auctioning off his jersey in order to aid in relief efforts in South Carolina.
• GG, ACC Network.
• GG, Ole Miss.
• Tulsa wore BFBS helmets and pants against Louisiana-Monroe.
• If you call yourselves the Scarlet Knights, and you decide to wear black, thus implying you would like to be called the Ebony Knights, then are you really the Scarlet Knights?
• Tennessee wore their Smokey uniforms against Georgia. Not the first time they’ve done this in recent years, but definitely their first time under Nike. Now THIS is the way to do a Smokey uniform. The previous iteration suffered from Adidas’s Trademark Treadmarks, plus they wore their usual helmets, which made the uniform reek with imbalance. This time, they actually had the presence of mind to wear a matching helmet. And I think I like them with the Volunteer Orange socks with black shoes.
• White facemasks with grey helmets are never a good idea. NEVER.
• South Florida wore all-white, while Syracuse wore all-orange. At least you can tell who’s who.
• Oregon wore those Oregon Trail uniforms against Washington State. Paul already said what needed to be said about them in this column, but also of note: they had two additional decals on the back of the helmets: one for the victims of the UCC shooting from October first, and that black square with a silhouette of the State of Oregon is for their nine Native American tribes.
• Utah wore their hybridbacks against Cal. Now, if this was meant to be your average, period-specific throwback, it would’ve been a botched and failed attempt. But given its multi-period nature, which lends itself to a more lax approach, this was an absolutely fantastic look for the Utes. The only thing that would’ve made this game better is if Cal had worn white pants. Also, credit to Curtis Galvin (@CurtisGalvin) for catching this. I also found this while looking for images for the Utah/Cal tilt. It makes me feel things past the GFGS and camo baselayers. I don’t know that these things are. They just… feel like something?
That’ll do for this week. I’d like to thank TesseracT for keeping me company while writing this column. See you next week.
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Thanks, TJ. Ok, now on to the rest of the SMUW smorgasbord.
NCAA Uni Tracking
Back again today with our new feature: NCAA Uniform Tracking.
Once again, I’m pleased to welcome our 4 NCAA trackers, tallying the uniforms worn by the Power 5 conferences.
We’ve go Rex Henry (tracking the ACC & SEC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII) and Joey Artigue (tracking the B1G).
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We’ll start with Joey & the B1G today:
Joey will be establishing a separate website for B1G tracking, but for now, you can follow him on Twitter
Rex is up next today:
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And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:
Here is your link to the 2015-16 Duck Tracker.
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And finally, here is Kyle with the Big XII:
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And that’s all for today — thanks Joey, Rex, Dennis and Kyle!
Joe Ringham’s 5 & 1
It’s a NEW NCAA Football Season, and this year we have a NEW 5 & 1 decider — Joe Ringham — who has some big shoes to fill (for Catherine Ryan, who did the 5 & 1 for the past three years, and Jim Vilk before that) but I’m sure he’ll do just fine.
We’re on to week 6 in the NCAA, and there were a bunch of throwbacks and assorted costumes out there to compliment the regular games. Did any of them make the dreaded & 1?
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Good Sunday, everyone! Second weekend in October, conference play starting to heat up a little, and the uni match-ups are starting to get quite a bit more favorable. So, let’s get right to this weeks list.
5) Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky — Usually, I’m rather meh when it comes to teams going mono-red. But the Hilltoppers’ blood clot look, paired with the chrome lid, really didn’t look all that bad against MTSU’s white/white/blue.
4) NC State at Virginia Tech — Going back to Friday night for this one. Really dig the Wolfpack’s red/white/red (huge fan of that combo), and I thought it matched up well against the Hokies’ white/maroon/white. The white lid for Va. Tech is also growing on me, as I didn’t really like it at first.
3) Indiana at Penn State — The Nittany Lions always look good at home, so that’s no surprise. But, IU’s red/white/red, with the state flag seal on one side of the helmets, looked real sharp today, much to my surprise. A great looking match-up in Happy Valley.
2) Tulane at Temple — The Green Wave are yet another team I’ve been trying to get on here so far this season. They get on today with their white/white/green against the mono-maroon of the Owls. Great contrast between the colors of the teams.
1) Oklahoma State at West Virginia — Now this is a West Virginia uni combo that looks good. The navy/gold/navy against OK State’s grey/white/orange made for a game that visually popped on the screen. A very bright and colorful number one this week.
Just missing the list, but worth mentioning — California at Utah, Georgia at Tennessee, and Boise State at Colorado State.
And, finally, because someone has to be the sacrificial lamb this week…
+1) Wisconsin at Nebraska — Hey, someone has to be the one to fill this spot this week. In this case, it’s both teams, who made this look like an intrasquad scrimmage.
Have a great week everyone, enjoy Columbus Day on Monday (plus a Happy Thanksgiving for the readers up in Canada), and I’ll see you next week!
Thanks, Joe! Remember, the tip-line email (UW5and1@gmail.com) is back for any games you want Joe take a look at. Pictures of the game/games you want are very much suggested.
In Case You Missed It…
… New Design Contest
Yesterday, in combination with Uni Watcher Daniel Secord, I announced a new design contest — one that really is probably the craziest design contests ever — an ambulance. It’s actually pretty simple (although the execution may be tricky), and there are prizes!
If you missed it, please read the entry here for all the rules, downloads, graphics, deadlines, etc.
Hope we can get our designers (and non-designers alike) to really give this one a shot.
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: According to reader Mark Shevin, “Rob Lowe gets it”. … Every LDS series this fall has produced alternate unis for at least one team (well, all except the Mets and Dodgers, who’ve kept it old school). Even St. Louis has one (yes, that is their Saturday Alternate, and they continue to wear it for their playoff run, as they have in the past). Pic by RN’s Funhouse>. If you have to wear an alternate uni, that’s definitely one of the better ones. … Chicago area Dunkin Donuts are selling Cubs W flag donuts (thanks to Mike Chamernik).
NFL/CFL News: Here’s a close up of Tom’s 1975 Rick Upchurch “tear away” jersey. You can see how this one is sewn together (from Kevin Gallagher). … Crossover alert: Dwight Howard came out for his first Texans game Thursday night. Looks like he enjoyed it. More photos here. … Pinktober in the CFL includes pink flags for the officials (via Mark Weber).
College/High School Football News: Reader Christian Beruman notes, “I have a submission from the Happy High Cowboys from Happy, TX — which is the GI JOKEVEMBER JERSEYS. It’s the yellow unis.” … Oregon wore their crazy Lewis & Clark uniforms yesterday, but not everyone is pleased with their exclusion of Oregon Tribes. … Speaking about the Duckies special duds, As his Washington State team prepared to take on Oregon in Eugene on Saturday, Mike Leach was asked for his thoughts on the Ducks’ Lewis and Clark-inspired uniforms. As only Leach could, he called Oregon’s “Pioneers” uniforms “irrelevant” before explaining what intrigued him about the exploration of the western United States. … Alex Allen ran across this logo at McNary High School in Salem, Oregon, yesterday, which he says is a “Powder Puff Football Logo”. … Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills High School football team went Pinktober Friday night against Glen Este (Walnut Hills lost, 45-7), from Brian Henke.
NBA News: Crossover alert! On Friday, the New York Islanders opened their season in Brooklyn, so naturally a few Nets were there to support the team wearing the black Islanders’ alternate sweater. … This is pretty cool: an artist has done an evolution of Michael Jordan uniforms, including his stints with the Birmingham Barons and Tune Squad (from Charlie Eldred). … The Toronto Raptors have revealed their new court design (thanks to Sweat Suit Sammy).
Hockey News: Do these two Winter Classic Reebok winter hats give any hints at the forthcoming uniforms? (via Nick Griffin). … The Boston Bruins have released their Third Jersey & Winter Classic Jersey schedule (thanks to Kenny). … “My son is playing in a hockey tournament and the opposing team are all wearing pink socks,” writes Ken Pilpel. “They are doing this for October because of breast cancer awareness. Looks good.” … New Islanders Goalie, Jean-Francois Berube (who was recently claimed off waivers from the Kings), is still wearing his LA Kings mask (from Kevin Cushing). … Tweeter Zach Bennett spotted this hat for sale in Nashville Predators team store. He asks, “Peek at a new alt logo?”
Soccer News: There are frankenjerseys and then there are frankenjerseys. Here’s on found at a flea market yesterday by Everett Corder (actually it was his brother who found it. No background on it, sadly.
Grab Bag: “Just saw this at the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,” writes R. Scott Rogers. “A vest for competitive polka.”
That’s it for today. Everyone have a great Sunday and I’ll catch you next week. Thanks to TJ, all the trackers & Joe for his 5 & 1.
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“The way the Lions look and play, you should have bought a hearse instead.”
— Jakob Wolf
By Phil Hecken
I’m pleased to announce today what may be the most ambitious (and certainly the craziest) design contest ever hosted by Uni Watch. It’s actually a two-part contest, and there will be prizes. Allow me to explain.
About a week ago, I was approached by reader Daniel Secord, who proposed the following pitch to Paul and me:
Hello Paul and Phil,
I just purchased this ambulance from the hospital that I work. My plan is to paint it like a giant Lions football helmet and take it tailgating. But that got me thinking, maybe the many people at uni-watch might enjoy this as an odd design competition. I cannot guarantee I will follow through with doing the winning design, but I will buy the winner a membership or the next months uni-watch t-shirt. I should have the ambulance in the next week or so and can get additional images for you then, but I just wanted to bounce the idea off of you two. It seems like my duty as a uni-watcher to get this thing done right and that means getting help from the uni-watch nation.
Thanks for being my daily morning read,
Dan included the following photo (for this and all photos, click to enlarge):
Whoa. A little raw for an idea, but worth pursuing. Paul gave me the thumbs up and we were off.
After a few quick back and forths, Dan set out the parameters with me:
I guess I should start with a background on this ambulance. I work at a hospital in Michigan as a sonographer. It was about last month that I saw an email about the hospital auctioning of a couple of ambulances. I threw my name in the hat with an extremely low offer. I guess nobody in their right mind would want a used ambulance because 2 weeks later I was the owner of a 2003 Ford E450 ambulance.
The background on my friends and I is that about 5 years ago we bought a blue stock pot. Before each Lions game we would take turns cooking chili in the stock pot. We called the the chili the NNCC (Nfc North Champion Chili.) As the years have gone on we have spread a bit apart across Michigan, now as a group we go to one home game a year and one Lions away game a year to tailgate. This ambulance will hopefully be a way to keep doing this for another 5+ years. Now back to the design stuff…
I see this ambulance as being designed/decorated 2 times. This year, because the season is already started I plan on keeping the ambulance white. With that I will be doing my best to cover some of the cosmetic issues with vinyl decals or other simple touch-ups that don’t involve a whole lot of vehicle coverage. (A coworker of mine owns a printing company and can make most things happen.) So if people wanted to design with that in mind, that would be awesome. This is kind of like the covering of an old tattoo or designing on a dime design.
The second design is going to be up to the designers imagination. This one is an all out, do whatever you can think of design competition… I could paint the vehicle, but most likely this will involve a full vehicle wrap which can be pricey, but if done right it could be totally worth it.
I would like to break designs into these two categories and would give a membership or next months t-shirt to the winners of both.
One of the things I am struggling to come up with is a sweet name for this vehicle. I know there are many punny things that can combine tailgating (booze, football, grilling, friends, etc…) and the healthcare field (blood, lifesaving, shots, doctors offices, etc…) so if that was featured on the ambulance someplace it would be awesome!
OK then — so let’s review the two parts to the contest:
Part I: Design some decals that can be affixed to the Ambulance. Don’t worry about the size or shape — those will be handled by the printer — but something that can be used to simply cover up dings or scratches on the vehicle.
Part II: (The fun part) — Designs for the vehicle itself. Here’s where your imagination comes in. I’ll post 4 photos below of the ambulance — you don’t necessarily need to design ON the ambulance graphic (although that could be awesome), but do use it as a guide if you wanted to design something based on the shape/details (you can also find blank templates on the internet — but be sure if you use one of those that it conforms roughly to the shape of Dan’s ambulance). And if you simply google “Ambulance Design”, you’ll see that these designs can get pretty intricate. Of course, you could simply print the ambulance photo, and break out the crayons (coughJimVilkcough or Tom Bierbaum), and then scan your drawing and send it back. But it’s fairly open-ended, so use your imagination! Remember, Dan mentioned me might want to use a “full vehicle wrap” but could also end up painting the vehicle.
OK — here are photos of Dan’s Ambulance — please either use these or use these as guides for your designs:
While Dan didn’t exactly specify this design needs to be Detroit Lions (his original thought was to “paint it like a giant Lions football helmet and take it tailgating”) — he will be taking it to Detroit Lions games, so keep that in mind when you submit your designs. Because there are prizes at stake, all designs will be considered but we will NOT have fan voting — a small panel (with Dan as the final arbiter) will pick the winning entries (for the decals and the full ambulance).
Rules & Schedule:
You may submit as many designs as you’d like and you can design all four sides (front, back, left, right). The designs can be done in whatever format (right “on” the ambulance photos, on a template, hand colored, etc.) you feel works best. You can submit for the decals and the main contest as well. All designs will be considered and all will be shown on Uni Watch. Winner(s) will be chosen by a Uni Watch panel.
Deadline for the contest is October 29. You can submit your designs to me: Phil.Hecken@gmail.com. Please use “Ambulance Design Contest” in the subject line.
If you have questions about the contest, e-mail me or post your questions/concerns in the comments below.
OK? OK! I think this can be a REALLY fun contest and I’m looking forward to seeing what you designers can come up with for this one — don’t be afraid to think out of the box and really use your imaginations.
Oh — and don’t forget about Dan’s PostScript — he also looking for a “name” for the Ambulance (punny or otherwise) — so feel free to throw out your suggestions for that in the comments below as well.
Classic Ballpark Scoreboards
I’m pleased to continue with a favorite weekend feature here at Uni Watch, “Classic Ballpark Scoreboards,” which are created by Gary Chanko. You probably know Gary best for his wonderful colorizations, but he has been a solid contributor for many years, and this is his new project. This segment will appear every Saturday on Uni Watch.
Here’s Gary (click on image to enlarge):
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Classic Ballpark Scoreboards – Series II
by Gary Chanko
In this edition Classic Football Scoreboards travels to western New York and the shores of Lake Erie.
War Memorial Stadium (Buffalo)
Universally known by hometown fans as The Rockpile
. Other former names: Roesch Memorial Stadium (1937), Grover Cleveland Stadium (1937–1938), Civic Stadium (1938–1960)
Former Home of: Buffalo Indians/Chiefs (AFL) (1940–1941), Buffalo Bills (AAFC) (1946–1949), Buffalo Bills (AFL/NFL) (1960–1972), Buffalo Bisons (Baseball Minor Leagues) (1961–1970, 1979–1987)
Final pro football game: December 10, 1972, a tie: Bills 21-Lions 21.
Demolished: 1988. While none of the seating remains, two of the stadium entrances were left in place. High school athletic fields now occupy the space of the old Rockpile.
The stadium was constructed in the late 1930s as one of over 2,300 stadiums (and related facilities) funded under the Federal government’s WPA program. When the stadium opened for business, Buffalo was without a pro football franchise. So during its initial years Civic Stadium was used primarily for a variety of community civic functions.
After World War II the stadium was home to the AAFC Bills for several years. But after the merger of the AAFC and NFL in 1950 Buffalo again was without a pro football team. During decade of the 1950s Civic Stadium became a venue for stock car racing.
Pro football finally returned to Civic Stadium in 1960 (now renamed War Memorial Stadium and expanded to 46,500 capacity) with the birth of the AFL. For the next thirteen seasons the Bills called the Rockpile home before making a needed move to a larger capacity facility.
Also joining the Bills in 1960 was the other main stadium tenant, the baseball Bison’s, who played there from 1961 thru the 1987 season.
The old football scoreboard was replaced in 1984 with new baseball configuration and relocated to the left field bleachers.
For a short visual history of the Rockpile watch this clip.
Lastly, the scoreboard illustration captures the final minutes of the AFL Championship played on December 26, 1964. The Bills defeated the San Diego Chargers 20-7 to win their first championship.
A Few Things to Know
• Several NFL games were played in the Rockpile from 1938 to 1958:
* Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Eagles (9/16/38)
* Chicago Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers (9/28/38)
* Chicago Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions (9/15/40)
* Chicago Cardinals vs. Cleveland Rams (9/13/42)
* Philadelphia Eagles vs. Brooklyn Dodgers (9/27/42)
* Chicago Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions (10/17/43)
* Chicago Cardinals vs. New York Giants (9/28/58)
• The Beach Boys concert tour in 1984 included a stop at the Rockpile (June 2)
• The Rockpile was the location for most of the filming for the baseball classic film The Natural.
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If anyone is interested in purchasing a digital copy of these posters, Gary is working on an online purchase option. In the interim you can contact him directly at Classicscoreboards@gmail.com.
for the Ticker
I received an e-mail from Gurpreet Singh, who has provided some neat infographics that were featured on Uni Watch before. This is a bit of a follow-up to that. Click on any photo to enlarge.
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I hope you are well.
With rugby fever sweeping the world, we have created something interesting for our rugby fans.
Similar to our last project, which was covered on Uni Watch , we have created logos of Rugby Union Teams, if they were to play as American Franchises.
And an infographic showing the use of technology in Rugby and what we might see happening in next world cup.
Would you like to have a look and share with your readers.
Gurpreet followed that up with this:
Please find attached the futuristic rugby images, let me know if they are good or I can get you even higher resolution depending on the size you want to use on website.
Should I send you the Americanised logos as well, which you or Paul can share as a separate piece.
We have included this all, and you might like the effect of energy drinks as well.
And here are those images (click to enlarge):
Finally, Gurpreet sent the “Americanised” logos:
Thanks, Gurpreet! Great stuff.
OK. Now, onto the ticker…
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: Here is a shot of the New York Mets’ Frank Howard from 1994 with the then-current underscore wordmark on his batting-practice jersey, but with the traditional wordmark on his turtleneck undershirt (nice spot by Ferdinand Cesarano). … Interesting: During the Cubs playoff run, the NOB letter R’s and A’s are in high demand in Wrigleyville. … Yesterday’s best dressed Royals fan was Evan Bryant, of Platte City, who took a sewing class so he could make this suit (thanks Paul). … What. The. Fuck. — Interestingly, fashion guru/trendsetter/tweeter Darren Rovell thought it was a “Tremendous hat, think this will sell well for a lot of teams”. Of course he does (h/t to Joshua Brisco). And of course, he had a dig at my reply. … During last night’s Mets/Dodgers game, Yo Cespedes’ fluorescent arm sleeve diappeared (due to the greenscreen) in a very odd technological glitch (grab by Kevin Jones). It also became “invisible” and blended into the “At Bat” graphic (nice grab by Travis Chell).
NFL News: Inspired by yesterday’s UW lede and Paul’s subsequent “Friday Flashback” column on ESPN, Scott Davis writes, “I picked this up at the Patriots Pro Shop when they were having a tent sale. Fits like a prom dress. Couldn’t resist grabbing it.” … Reader Jae Sung has created an article entitled: “Logo Bowl: Best NFL Logos Based On Design”. It covers 1) The best designed NFL logos from each division; 2 Play-by-play of why the design wins; and 3)Top 2 contenders for a hypothetical NFL Logo Super Bowl. … Because the NFL’s uniform police have nothing better to do, they’ve fined Matthew Stafford for wearing blue shoes (thanks, Brinke). … “I saw on the site last week some NFL skulls that were purchased in Mexico,” writes Bob Frigiano, who adds, “Attached is lucha libre masks for NFL teams. I’m the Cowboy fan and my buddy is the Eagles fan. They had these in all the little shops with a lot of teams.”
College Football News: There are uni screwups, and then there are possible uni screwups. That comes from Brett Schetzsle, who points out that the “2” on Gopher uni looks to be upside-down. I’d agree, but if you look at the TV numbers, UM is using such a shitty number font it’s really impossible to tell. Even when the “2” is ‘correct’, it’s a bad font. … Good spot by Blane who notes, “Depending on what helmet Tennessee players wear depends on the size of the T.” … Mizzou will be sporting black/black/gold today (h/t Damian). … Louisiana Tech will be going white/white/white today against UT San Antonio (from Ryan Walters). … The Wisconsin Badgers and Under Armour — perfect together (thanks, Brinke). … Here’s a Great photo from @The_Corner_News showing San Jose State’s RB Tyler Ervin’s nameplate falling off Saturday in Auburn (from Clint Richardson)…. The SDSU Jackrabbits will be wearing military appreciation unis this Saturday (h/t Andrew Holtan). … Here’s a look at the black helmet THE Ohio State University will wear against Penn State next Saturday (h/t Tyler Richardson). Here’s more. … Pinktober will strike Northern Illinois University today against Ball State (h/t NIU Football). … The ULM Warhawks have updated the memorial sticker on their helmets to include the initials of back-up quarterback Daniel Fitzwater, who died suddenly last Saturday (from Michael Cossey).
NBA News: “I recently was directed to a video of an NBA/ABA All-Star Game from 1972,” writes Kenn Tomasch. “TVS televised it, and as you can see in the attached, Don Criqui had a blazer with the TVS logo on it. But that wasn’t going to fly for ‘Hot Rod’ Hundley, who had the patch applied to his (what I can only assume – it’s black and white – was a very ‘mod’) shirt.” … According to this article, the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers continue to distance themselves from Wells Fargo Center (from Daniel Ulrich).
Hockey News: The Brooklyn Historical Society has an exhibit on the Brooklyn Americans, inspired by the Islanders move to Brooklyn (pointed out by a couple readers, including Mark Rivlin and Jeff Barak). With yesterday being the first Islanders game at the Barclays Center, Jeff posted a history of the Brooklyn Americans, complete with several of their old jersey styles. Here’s more on the exhibit from yesterday’s New York Times (Thanks, Paul). Looks like a great exhibit (I know Paul is planning on attending, and I’d love to as well). … Check out this photo of Chuck D and the Beastie Boys. Says submitter Ed Westfield, “Chuck is wearing an interesting khaki (brown?, army green?) NY Isles cap. First time seeing that layout with just the block “NY” and the Long Island map (without the circle or “Islanders” wordmark).” … In a surprise to absolutely no one, the Colorado Avalanche thirds have been released. Submitter Mike Engle adds, “Seem more streamlined font as what will be used at the Stadium Series, so if this is the start of a refresh of their look, I’m ok with that, but TOTAL WHIFF on not using a VAL [vertically arched lettering — PH] when the primaries do and when the curvy white shoulder yoke is setting up a VAL perfectly.” Here’s here’s another look. And still more. … Last evening, the New Jersey Devils new helmet decals and numbers for the 2015-16 campaign (from Ryan Walters). Also from Ryan, the Lake Erie Monsters have new jerseys for Friday home games. … Holy Cross hockey have new sweaters (via Zach Levy). Here’s a little bit more on that. … Last night, Union wore ’91/’92 throwbacks in honor of their 25th anniversary in D-1 hockey (from Brian Klejsmyt. … Looks like the New York Islanders got a new logo. Wait, no they didn’t (h/t Mark Struppa). … We know that the MLB playoff logos aren’t sewn to the caps or uniforms, and now we know they are simply affixed to the Umpires’ shirts as well (nice grab by BostonFan137).
College Hoops News: The Troy women’s basketball team has a LOT unis for their 2015-16 campaign (from Ben Whitehead). … GFGS hits ladies hoops in the form of the Minnesota Gophers, who revealed new “anthracite” road uniforms yesterday (via Minnesota Women’s Basketball). … Here’s a look at the Toledo Rockets hoops unis (via Brock Urbaniak). … Ugh — it had to happen (or did it?) sooner or later — the University of North Carolina Tar Heels now will have a Black For Black Sake uniform (thanks, Paul). Here’s a closer look at those (h/t Brandon Batten). And here is a photo gallery with more looks at the BFBS unis (thanks to James Gilbert). They’ll wear them December 19th vs. UCLA in a game in Brooklyn (no word on whether that will be the only time they’re worn). … Here’s a look at the Wisconsin Badgers Under Armour hoops unis (h/t Sconnie Sports Talk).
Grab Bag: Check out this old photo of Indy 500 drivers playing basketball (from Sam Chandler). He adds “I love the Indy 500 and the history of the drivers there, especially stuff that shows the lighter side. These were brave, talented men that often seemed larger than life, and here they are getting ready for a pick-up basketball game.” … The subject line of Sean Clancy’s email read “A hawk on the podium!!!” It did not disappoint. He adds, “Just holding a hawk on the podium at the Abu Dhabi Tour (and I really wish the Astana rider would wear a proper cycling cap instead of a baseball cap. Jeez).” … Mike Chamernik says, “No idea if this is newsy, but here’s a site that will put any text into any type of specialized font you want.”
And that’s all for today folks — big thanks to Dan for the contest — I really hope you designers (and non-designers alike) will participate; I think this could be a REALLY fun one, and clearly the UW readership has the talent to make this one special. Thanks also to Gary for the scoreboards and Gurpreet for his projects! And of course, thanks to all who tweeted and e-mailed for the ticker. Lots of College Football on the docket today, and I’ll be back with the full SMUW crew tomorrow, so make sure you check back then!
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“‘Requiring a connection’ is just sports fan snobbery at its worst. I went to high school in Ohio with a guy who was the world’s biggest Seattle Mariners and Seahawks fan. He’d never been to Seattle or even west of the Mississippi. Just saw the early Mariner trident logo and liked it. Who wants to tell him he’s not a fan?”
–J. Clayton Davis