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Wild Card Notes

Screen shot by Seth Moorman; for all photos today, click to enlarge

Arguably the most uni-notable moment in last night’s American League play-in game came during the postgame interview with Royals catcher and walk-off hero Salvador Perez, when we all got a clear look at the New Balance logo on his undershirt. That’s the thing with these Cool Base fabrics — they’re so diaphanous that they’re sometimes translucent. Did someone from Nike, which has MLB’s base-layer contract, have a conniption upon seeing the NB logo peeking through Perez’s jersey? One can only hope.

This also makes the second day in a row that New Balance has been mentioned here on the site (they showed up in the college football section of yesterday’s Ticker) — probably a record.

A few other notes from last night’s ballgame:

• Both teams wore “Postseason” patches on their sleeves and caps, along with a decal on their helmets:

• The “Postseason” branding also appeared on the field:

• James Shields honored former Rays coach Don Zimmer by scratching “Zim” into the back of the mound, which I’m now told he’s been doing ever since Zimmer died. Obviously, Shields played for the Rays for many years before being traded to the Royals, but it’s still odd to see a player from one team memorializing a coach from another team, especially on his team’s home mound:

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Baseball News: The Angels gave Big Bang Theory actress Melissa Rauch a jersey. Granted, she’s small, but look at the size of that uni number (from Jonathan Daniel). … Carl Yastrzemski’s son, Mike, played for Florida State in the early 1980s and had a “Yaz” nickNOB (from Jared Wheeler).

College and High School Football News: USC’s helmets this Saturday will reportedly have a shinier finish (thanks, Phil). … Also from Phil: Syracuse is planning an orange-out for the Louisville game. … Kudos to the U. o Virginia, which is telling its fans to wear whatever they like as long as they’re loud. Such a rational, reasonable concept — it obviously has no chance of catching on (from Tommy Turner). … Here are Oregon’s Pinktober unis for tomorrow’s game against Arizona. … “Salt Lake City has a very high population of Pacific Islanders compared to the rest of the United States,” says Dom Lewis. “That’s why Taylorsville High School in Taylorsville, a Salt Lake City suburb, has a Polynesian pant stripe similar to what the University of Hawaii used to have.” … I think we’ve seen Dartmouth’s new alternate helmet already, but here’s a much closer look. “It’s intended to invoke a granite feel for a team from the Granite State,” explains Tris Wykes. … More “U! S! A!” nonsense, this time from Houston. … Very shiny shade of blue on BYU’s helmet this Friday. … Here’s Maryland’s uniform for this Saturday.

Hockey News: Islanders captain John Tavares had his number retired by his old major junior team, the Oshawa Generals. … Awesome catch by Michael Hersch, who noticed that the Red Wings have changed their helmet wordmark lettering from solid to outlined. And no, this isn’t one of those preseason-only things like the Wings’ NOB lettering. Last preseason the helmet lettering was solid. Same thing the year before that. … Very disappointing to see that the Flyers are bringing back their ice girls. Why not just have go-go girls in cages suspended above the ice? At least that would be more honest (from A.J. Frey).

NBA News: Jeremy Lin, now with the Lakers, threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium last Saturday but his jersey didn’t have a front number. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: New court design for the Cavs.

College Hoops News: New uniforms for Navy, with the same stripe motif used on the Midshipmen’s football uniforms (thanks, Phil). … Daniel Listoe was waiting for a bus in downtown Chicago and spotted someone wearing Indiana basketball striped warm-up pants.

Soccer News: Portland soccer jerseys showed up at a girls’ soccer tourney in Nicaragua. … Pinktober kits for Monterrey Rayados, who play in the Liga MX.

Grab Bag: Here’s a photo gallery of custom shoes that Fizik made this season for pro cyclist David Millar, who has now retired (from Sean Clancy). … “The Duggar Family of the TLC Reality series 19 Kids & Counting apparently uses ‘Nike’ as a code word,” says Gregory Koch. “Due to the family’s strict religious beliefs, the daughters will call out, ‘Nike’ to warn their brothers and father to avert their eyes from immodestly dressed women.” … New package design for Hershey’s Miniatures (thanks, Brinke). … Interesting article about some old grain silos in Buffalo being repainted to look like a six-pack of Labatt’s. … Here’s a look at a Pym Technologies logo from the upcoming Ant-Man movie. … New logo for LSU-Eunice athletics (from Jarrad Tauzin).

Another Day, Another Flurry of NBA News

Never a dull moment in the NBA, where teams are scurrying to get their uni ducks in a row in time for the start of the preseason this weekend. Here’s what went down yesterday:

1. The Magic held their media day, and photos quickly began circulating of various players wearing gray pinstriped uniform featuring, of course, sleeves. Here’s some additional info, a rear-view shot, and some additional photos.

My thoughts on this one:

• Color-wise, I think this shade of gray works quite nicely with blue. One of the better gray designs I’ve seen, in any sport.

• I like the gusset stripes at the shoulders. Wish more of the NBA’s sleeved jerseys went this route. (Of course, I’d like it even more if they used striped gusset inserts, but hey, baby steps.) But the gusset stripes have a retro feel that clashes with the modern collar design. They’d be better off going with an old-school scoop-neck collar for this one.

• The preceding compliments notwithstanding, there’s exactly zero reason for this uniform to exist. But rationality hasn’t played much of a role in the uni-verse for a while now. Sigh.

• They sure are going all-in on the sleeves, eh? Remember, a buyer from a major sporting goods chain recently told me that the sleeved jerseys aren’t selling well, and a lot of the players reportedly aren’t in love with them either. But the league is apparently committed to the sleeves. See, that’s the problem with a two-year production/retail cycle — once the wheels start turning, you can’t stop them, even if you wish you could.

2. The Rockets site ClutchFans reported that the Rockets will celebrate the Lunar New Year by wearing this Chinese-lettered jersey on Feb. 21, 23, and 25:

Too bad Jeremy Lin and Yao Ming don’t play for the Rockets anymore, eh? Still, Houston does have a notable Chinatown, so I suppose we could file this one under ethnic outreach, like the Latin Nights jerseys. Or maybe we should just file it under “Another excuse to push the fucking sleeves.”

That ClutchFans entry also mentions some uniform changes the Rockets are supposedly making for 2015-16, including news about a new alternate jersey and narrower shoulder straps on the home and road primaries.

3. Yesterday also brought our first peek at the Raptors’ 20th-anniversary patch (click to slightly enlarge):

I’m not a fan of using roman numerals for anniversary patches, which always seems pompous and overblown. In this case, you know they did it just as an excuse to use Xes. The letter X — it’s like the alphabet version of the color black.

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Red menace: For only the second time in team history — or the second consecutive season, if you prefer to look at it that way — the Chiefs wore solid red last night (the first time was last year’s home opener). According to coach Andy Reid’s postgame presser, they went full-bloodclot because the players asked owner Clark Hunt if they could do it. But this year’s red-out wasn’t quite the same as last year’s, as you can see here (click to enlarge):

That’s right — they changed their socks. Last year they wore the white socks, which are what they normally wear with the red pants; this time they switched to the red-topped socks. They normally wear those with the white pants, but I guess they wanted the red-out to be as red as possible. What, no red facemasks? (Note to Chiefs: That question was strictly rhetorical.)

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Collector’s Corner

By Brinke Guthrie

The Pirates host my Giants tomorrow evening in the National League Wild Card game, and it’s a pretty sure bet that none of the Buccos will be wearing this 1970s “We Are Family”-style jacket. Can’t Majestic think out of the box, or must everything be from a template? (P.S. Can’t forget this 1970s Pirates helmet bank, either.)

Okay, now to some other stuff:

This 1970s-1980s Browns seat cushion looks to be in good shape. So does this Cliff Engle Brownies sweater.

• Paul, you might recognize this beer coaster: Ever had a Knickerbocker beer when watching the New York Football Giants? [Knickerbocker was no longer being produced by the time I reached drinking age. But I used to collect breweriana, including coasters, so I am indeed familiar with that coaster design. — PL]

• This decal says it was heavenly to be an Angels fan back in the day.

• Did Motorola have an NFL deal back in the 1970s? Seems so, given their logo on this NFL Koozie.

• Here’s a set of 1970-1971 NHL posters, brought to you by your local Canadian Coca Cola Bottlers. Another poster from the same period: ““The Wild Bunch,” from the San Diego Gulls.

• Gotta like this 1960s Packers lighter in team colors.

• The 1970s Atlanta Braves meant business! Or, at least their stickers did.

• I’ve heard of Nerf footballs, of course. Had plenty of ’em get waterlogged at the Terrace Park Swim Club and then tear apart. But have you ever heard of a 1970s “Itza” football?

• Here’s a 1970s parade sign from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Been there once, fantastic place to see a game.

• “LUV YA, BLUE!” Oilers fans yelled that at the TV while reaching into this 1970s Oilers ice bucket. They kinda soft-pedaled the team name, though.

• Great double-bar facemask and old school font on this 1970s Patriots thermal mug.

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PermaRec update: A fascinating story of a dressmaker who perished in the Holocaust and whose clothing designs are then found and finally produced decades after the fact (including the one shown at right) — that’s the crux of the latest entry on Permanent Record.

This is the part where I remind you to spend all your money on Uni Watch 15th-anniversary patches, stickers, and T-shirts alreeady, okay? Okay.

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Uni Watch News Ticker

By Garrett McGrath

Baseball News: We previously mentioned that Detroit firefighters gave Tigers reliever Joe Nathan a fire helmet emblazoned with the Tigers’ logo after he gave a $50,000 donation. He wore it on Sunday night to celebrate the Tigers’ AL Central title (from Jeffrey Sak). … Nationals utility player Kevin Frandsen wants fans to wear nothing but red during the playoffs (from Tommy Turner). … In more Nats news: A fan was supposed to go home with the game-used jersey of Jordan Zimmerman, who pitched the first no-hitter in team history, but went home with an autographed one instead (from Chris Flinn). … Here is the logo for the 2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series (from Jeremy Brahm).

NFL News: Yesterday, we pointed out that Falcons defensive lineman Kroy Biermann has been wearing red contact lenses to cut down on glare. It seems that Buccaneers receiver Louis Murphy was also sporting a pair (from Wayne Koehler). … Can you spot all of the outdated logos on the NFL Films website? Joe Bailey spotted Dolphins, Browns (should have gray mask), Jaguars, Vikings, and Seahawks. Any others? … Here’s the most generic and wrong-colored Cowboys T-shirt you’ll ever see. The guy wearing it is Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, shown there with Paul and Linda McCartney. The three of them were attending a 1970s Led Zeppelin show (from Aaron McHargue).

College Football News: Auburn has a T-shirt launching Gatling gun, which is every bit as cool and safe as it sounds (thanks, Phil). … The University of Arizona is wearing red helmets on Thursday night (thanks, Phil). … The Indianapolis Star ranked the ten best helmets in college football (from Treg Harris). … The University of Kentucky is doing “blackout” for their game on Saturday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the team will be wearing black unis (thanks, Phil). … Georgia Tech is wearing white helmets for their whiteout game on Saturday (thanks, Phil). … “Can’t think of another school that has New Balance as their uniform manufacturer, but University of Maine is sporting the brand,” says Ryan Rudman. “Makes sense, because New Balance has three factories in Maine.” … Stars/stripes helmets upcoming for the Citadel.

Soccer News: Here’s an article about the creation of Champions League logo (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Whoa — fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto has created a new pair of adidas F50’s for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema (from Stephen Boyd). … Beautiful sriped uniforms for Paul’s alma mater, SUNY-Binghamton. [Very nice, but the purple keeper's kit is the turd in the punchbowl. — PL] (From Benjamin Ramos.)

College Hoops News: The University of Northern Iowa has their new uniforms (thanks, Phil). … The Georgetown Hoyas posted a picture of two uniforms the team will be wearing this upcoming season. … The Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers are having a uniform fan vote (thanks, Phil). … Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (wow, that is long) posted a picture of their new court.

Grab Bag: The FIVB will be using LED nets in 2015. The LED nets can display messages, flags, logos, scores, sponsor branding, countdowns and refereeing decisions (from Jeremy Brahm). … In more volleyball news: “Check out the referee uniforms from this French volleyball match,” says volleyball expert Jeremy Brahm. “Normally very plain, but the French tricolore makes in interesting.” … Innovation and E-commerce have been the keys to Nike’s growth (from Tommy Turner). … On the other hand, here are three Nike T-shirts that Mad magazine — and maybe some Uni Watch readers — would like to see (from Paul Stave).

Monday Morning Uni Watch

My favorite uni-related moment from yesterday’s NFL action, hands down, came during the Bills/Texans game, when a Buffalo trainer turned his posterior to the camera and revealed that he had missed a belt loop (click photo at right to enlarge). When I tweeted that photo yesterday afternoon, one of the many responses was, “Slow uni news day.” And yeah, as it turned out, yesterday was a pretty uni-unventful day around the league. But even during a busy day, I would have been totally geeked out over this one.

In other NFL observations from yesterday:

• The Bears wore their “Monsters of the Midway” throwbacks.

• The Saints wore solid black.

• So did the Ravens.

• The Dolphins and Raiders faced off in London. As has been the case for the past few years, neither team wore an “International Series” patch. (In case you don’t recall what that patch looked like, look here and here.)

• Only two teams wore white at home yesterday: the Cowboys (of course) and the Chargers.

• Most players with long dreadlocks just let the dreads flow, but Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was wearing a snood-ish accessory yesterday.

• 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree appears to have been wearing a whole lot of socks — or maybe just a lot of white tape.

• Speaking of the Niners, can anyone figure out Colin Kaepernick had printed on his mouthguard?

• Have I mentioned lately that retail jerseys just make fans behave like idiots?

• Pretty sure we’ve covered this before, but once more won’t hurt: Falcons defensive lineman Kroy Biermann has been wearing red contact lenses to cut down on glare.

• The numerals on Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley’s uni number were either not the same size or badly distorted.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Andy Altemus, Matt Larsen, Small Papi, Chris Perrenot, and of course Phil.)

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Ewwwwww: What do you get if you combine the NBA’s most sleeve-happy team with BFBS? Here, see for yourself.

What a train wreck. I’ve been pretty supportive of most of Golden State’s moves in recent years — they’ve definitely been the most visually interesting NBA franchise of late — but it’s hard to find anything good to say about this. How much does it suck, and how annoyingly is it being presented? Let us count the ways:

• There’s no team name or city name (or state nickname, or whatever) on the jersey. This, combined with the sleeves and the plain black-and-white color scheme, makes it look even more like a practice jersey that the NBA’s other sleeved designs.

• The yellow and blue trim doesn’t work at all.

• They’ve given this shade of black a new name that I’m not going to dignify by invoking. Please. It’s fucking black, and that’s what we’re going to call it.

• The uniforms were unveiled at a “social influencers” event, which sounds like the kind of douchebag-o-rama that might be fun to crash just for the pleasure of “accidentally” spilling drinks on everyone. Unless you had something better to do, like, say, whacking yourself in the head a few times with a ball peen hammer.

• Some morons at the NBA and/or Adidas came up with the idea that this uniform is “armor.” You know, because basketball is “combat” engaged in by “gladiators” who need “armor” as they “fight” to “death.” Earth to morons: You can’t keep telling us that each uniform iteration is eleventeen percent lighter than the last one and then try to tell us that this ultra-light wisp of a garment is “armor.” (Note to self: Figure the over/under on the first Kevlar uniform is about eight months from now.)

Honestly, sometimes these people are so goddamn stupid, it’s just depressing. And angering. And amusing. But mostly depressing.

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Too Good for the Ticker: I suppose I could have held onto this until Friday’s edition of ’Skins Watch, but it seems too remarkable to hold onto. As you can see on the program cover shown above (taken from this eBay listing), Chief Wahoo was used as a mascot for the ’Skins on at least one occasion in 1949. Well, I guess those Injuns all look alike, right?

Also of note: the primitive NFL logo and the Monday-night game time.

But here’s the weird thing: According to SportsLogos.net, the Indians didn’t start using that version of Wahoo until 1951. So how did it end up on a football program cover in 1949? Anyone know more?

(Doubplusthanks to Leo Strawn Jr. for this one.)

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PermaRec update: An abandoned trunk found in a vacant house turned out to be full of Nazi memorabilia, including the Hitler booklet shown at right. Get the full story on Permanent Record.

Also, yesterday was a special day on the PermaRec calendar. Details here.

A way better bargain than one of Derek Jeter’s socks: Uni Watch 15th-anniversary patches are back in stock, and the anniversary stickers are available as well. Snap ’em up!

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Baseball News: Anyone know why the entire Reds infield went high-cuffed yesterday? (Photo by Patrick O’Neill, who was at the game.) … Dodgers players Juan Uribe and Hanley Ramirez got to be the manager and bench coach, respectively, for yesterday’s regular season finale, so they had a bit of fun by wearing bench coach Tim Wallach and manager Don Mattingly’s jerseys. Even better, Uribe later switched to a Tom Lasorda jersey. Kudos to all involved for injecting some fun into the game (from Allen Yelent). … “A new ballpark is being built in Columbia, South Carolina, for a minor league baseball team to open play in 2016,” says Joe Mathwig. “There is currently a contest to name the team, with an option to describe a possible logo as well.” … While looking for something else, I came upon this old photo of Cardinals pitcher John Denny, whose black armband appears to have been falling off.

NFL News: A classic Green Bay sporting goods shop is closing. Key quote from the shop’s owner: “My brother, Dick, remembers dad and Vince (Lombardi) sitting at the kitchen table designing the uniforms” (from Jeff Ash).

College Football News: A youth football team called the Oklahoma Ducks is patterning itself after the Oregon Ducks, uniforms and all (from Paul Deaver). … Austin Miller has written a good story on how Ole Miss’s powder blue helmet came to be. … Hmmm, is Maryland teasing a new helmet? … Speaking of that last link, I find it interesting that Maryland is using the hashtag “#ByAnyMeans,” given that term’s provenance. Who knew Sartre and Malcolm X were Terps fans? … A little birdie tells me Oregon will wear black helmets with pink wings, pink/black cleats, black pants, black jerseys, and pink gloves this Thursday. Can’t, uh, wait.

College Hoops News: New sweatbacks — plus a HNOB — for Georgia Tech (from Britton Thomas). … The University of Kentucky has police cars with a “cat scratch” livery design that recalls the old Pitino-era basketball shorts (from Jim Joseph).

Grab Bag: DayGlo uniforms yesterday for the Kentucky women’s soccer team (from Chad Back). … “NHRA driver Kyle Wurtzel just made his professional debut,” says David Firestone. “For some reason he had both a Full Throtle Drag Racing Series patch and a Mello Yello Drag Racing Series patch. Full Throttle was the sponsor from 2008-2012; Mello Yello took over in 2013.” … Interesting to see how the European Ryder Cup sweaters have one UCLA stripe (from Sean Mitchell). … Here’s a rare video treat: Celebrity Bowling (from Steve Dodell). … Odd scene on a CNN show that was discussing Bill Simmons’s recent suspension, as the host and a guest wore the exact same outfit.

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What Paul did last night: When I finished high school in 1982, my big brother Roy gave me a graduation present: a dozen blues LPs, which fed my growing interest in that genre of music. Two of the LPs were on a California-based label called Arhoolie.

Over the subsequent 32 years I’ve acquired a lot of Arhoolie albums — blues, mostly, but also some Cajun and norteño. All have been consistently wonderful. Along the way I became aware that the label’s founder, a cat named Chris Strachwitz, had been instrumental in providing the first recorded exposure for a bunch of important blues artists, and that he had become an important figure in the worlds of folklore and ethnomusicology. I always figured he was some kind of west coast hippie, not unlike the filmmaker Les Blank, whose short documentary films often included performance footage of Arhoolie artists.

Shows what I know. Turns out Strachwitz was actually born in a place that was then part of Germany and is now part of Poland. His family emigrated to America to escape World War II when he was 14. The story of how this European dude fell in love with traditional American roots music is pretty fascinating, and it’s told in a new documentary called This Ain’t No Mouse Music, which is all about Strachwitz and Arhoolie.

Given that my brother was the one who introduced me to Arhoolie Records, it seemed fitting that I should see the movie with him, so I invited him to join me at a screening yesterday. The filmmakers were there in person for a post-screening Q&A session, and so was Chris Strachwitz himself, now 83 years old but still passionate about America’s musical traditions.

The film was great. It’s at the IFC Center in Manhattan through this Thursday, and you can see screening dates in other cities here. Here’s the trailer:

Sunday Morning Uni Watch

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By Phil Hecken

Well, it was quite the day in the universe yesterday (and Thursday and Friday), but the red Sunday was quite…something. Terry will have the full scoop below, but not only did Nebraska break out its “Red Rising” uniform set versus Illinois, but Kansas also broke out their all reds (which they call “Crimson Chrome”). And for good measure, the Wolfpack of North Carolina State put the fear of God into #1 Florida State, possibly due to their all reds, before finally succombing.

Thursday saw a couple new looks, Friday brought back the turquoise for the Lobos and yesterday…well, yesterday had a little bit of everything, including smoke, platinum and gray. Well, they’re all “gray” but some teams need new names for it, ya know?

So kick back whilst my Sunday Morning Uni Watch guru Terry Duroncelet, Jr. takes you through all of the action. Here’s TJ with your…

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet

Hello all to the first Saturday of Autumn! Well, technically, you’ll be reading this on a Sunday, but anyway, after minimal action last week, we had a surge of grey, throwbacks, grey, fancy helmets, more grey, three teams invoking the bloodclot-era Cleveland baseball team, and did I mention GREY?

From Thursday:

• Texas Tech sprung a new alternate white uniform on us. They call it the “White Ombré” uniform. The jerseys and pants are fine, but I’m not sure what to make of that helmet. Is that airbrushed? What??? [It's hand painted -- PH] Meanwhile, Oklahoma State also showed off some new (possibly orange chrome) lids. They wore orange helmets with a black/grey/black stripe (also note the paint issues), an enlarged logo on either side, and a chrome facemask. I gotta say, I really dig this helmet a lot more than I would ever thought I would. And if I was required to choose one team in college football to wear grey for grey’s sake, I would immediately go with Oklahoma State. There’s just something attractive about black, orange, and grey working together in one scheme. The only turd in the punchbowl that I saw were the black pants. Orange would’ve worked far better.

• In the later game from Thursday evening, Arizona State wore mono-black with last year’s flame helmets. They still look like an abysmal paint job from afar. Yeesh. The flame kits that DW makes are far better than these helmets. Fun fact: Drum Workshop (a.k.a. DW) and UCLA (Arizona State’s opponents) are both located in California.

From Friday:

• New Mexico not only wore white at home, but they also brought out new turquoise-accented uniforms. Chalk me up as a fan! Now, I’m honestly just curious when I say this: is there a reason why they haven’t added it as a full-time color to their uniforms?

From Saturday:

• Penn State took the player names off of their jerseys for homecoming. From Max K: “I’m Max from Pennsylvania, and I saw that today my Nittany Lions will be going NNOB as a little “throwback” for homecoming weekend.”

• Here’s a note from Preston Feiler: “Normally Georgia wears white Captains letters on their red jerseys and black one on the white jerseys. Yet for some reason today vs Tennessee they came out with black C’s on the red jerseys. Also, is it just me, or are upside-down 3’s on the field a theme for football this year? Credit to Dan Bly for sending that pic in.

• SMU wore a new combination of red chrome helmets, blue jerseys, and grey pants (hard to see the pants).

• Virginia wore throwbacks on Saturday. I guess everyone’s having a bad day with field markings this year, huh (note the faded arrows)? Credit to Jonathan May for that pic. Also, the coaches wore orange ribbons [In support of the search for UVA student Hannah Graham -- PH].

• Grainy photo, but Akron wore gold chrome helmets against Pitt. More photos here.

• One thing that I dislike in a uniform is imbalance. More specifically, white helmets paired with a monochromatic uniform. Another thing that I dislike is GFGS for a team that just can’t pull it off. Take a wild guess at how much I liked Miami’s combination from Saturday. Take as much time as you need.

• Speaking of grey, Kentucky wore blue/blue/grey. I’m not too partial the grey jerseys that they have (especially in the sweatbox template), but the grey pants with the blue helmet and jersey ain’t too bad.

“HIT ‘EM HARD! But first, let me take a selfie.” Those are the selfie helmets that Purdue wore against Iowa.

• In case you were curious as to what was on the sleeves of all of the coaches over the weekend…

• Utah wore red/red/black. They usually wear a white facemask with the red helmets, but for yesterday’s game, they swapped them out for black.

• Virginia Tech went heavy on the orange over the weekend.

• Arkansas wore full-white at home [The game was in JerryWorld, so it was technically a neutral site game -- PH]

• Toledo went white/navy/white for the Glass Bowl.

• ESPN used an outdated logo for Florida State. Also from that game, NC State wore all-red.

• Kansas wore their “Crimson Chrome” uniforms. Surely, they couldn’t be outdone by another Adidas-wearing team on the same day, right?

Err… I stand corrected. MAN, that’s a lot of red. I mean, A LOT a lot. Also in that same game, FINALLY Illinois wore something other than white helmets and white pants! I can definitely get used to those dark (but not burnt) orange helmets.

• Cincinnati wore CKP decals in honor of Chamoda Kennedy-Palmore, who died on Thursday. They will remain on the helmets for the remainder of the season. More here.

• Ole Miss wore light blue helmets against Memphis. In addition, they added ’38’ to the endzones and painted the 38-yard hashmarks red in honor of Chucky Mullins.

• Montana State honored their 1984 National Championship team by wearing throwbacks.

• For the second time this season, LSU wore the purple tops at home against non-conference opponent New Mexico State, who had some NOB issues.

• Syracuse wore mono-GFGS with orange helmets against Notre Dame, who wore their road whites.

And that’ll do it for this last Saturday of the year. Next week should be the start of… THE PINKENING. All we can do is prepare. See you next week.

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Thanks, TJ!

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Catherine 5 & 1 (animated) Catherine Ryan’s 5 & 1

Every Sunday, Catherine will give us the rundown of her best five and one worst uniform matchups from the College Football games played this week. Since it’s practically impossible to watch every game, you guys can help by sending your thoughts on “good” and “bad” matchups (and hopefully with photos from that game) by e-mailing her at UW5and1@gmail.com.

OK, here’s Catherine with this week’s 5 & 1.

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5. Memphis vs. Ole Miss: I love these Ole Miss throwback helmets. They alone made this match-up worthy of the countdown!

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4. Michigan State vs. Wyoming: Classic. Nothing wild. It’s sad that that gets credit these days! While I could do without the detail on WYO’s shoulder pads, overall this was a pretty match-up.

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3. Fresno State vs. New Mexico: This was the highest “tipped” game of the week as I received the most emails about it! While Fresno State looked sharp, most of you were dying to point out how good the Lobos looked with the teal numeros.

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2. Michigan vs. Minnesota: Not much about Michigan football is pretty this year but I will give them credit for this beautiful match-up.

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1. UVA vs. Kent State: These UVA throwbacks were enough to get this to #1 on their own. Woo, Lord, are they beautiful.

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+1 Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State: It’s going to be a 5 and 1 policy that when you swing and miss this bad, you get the +1. Sorry, Texas Tech.

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Thanks, Catherine!

I don’t normally ever do this, but I have to say there is at least one co-#1 bad game (and that T-Tech/’pokes game is bad) — Nebraska/Illinois. Nebraska alone was awful, but when you combine the two teams, this was just one difficult matchup. People at the game were tweeting to me the silver reflective numbers were unreadable from the stands, and well just check out these comments.

But it was a great list from Catherine, I think.

OK readers, how’d she do?

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EPL Tracker

Each Saturday or Sunday, Alex Gerwitz will be tracking the kit combinations (shirt/shorts/socks) of the teams in the English Premier League from the previous weekend and the current weekend.

Here is the EPL tracker for Weeks 5 & 6 (click to enlarge):

EPL Tracker 9-28

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Good question posed here by Danny Garrison, who asks, “Why did Modell’s remove the Nats logo from Gio’s hat if they’re using it on the t-shirt anyway?” … Mike the Intern writes, “I just found these two White Sox fan jerseys hilarious. Both were retweeted by @barstoolbigcat.” … The Diamondbacks became Los D-Backs last night.

NFL News: One of the things not normally mentioned when discussing the Washington football team is the fact that they “are selling World Cup beer, and Budweiser says it has ‘passed its freshness date’,” (from Tommy Turner). … Reader Jeremy Edom “Found a fascinating article on the IndyStar website about my Colts and their uniform preferences. Pretty good read!” he adds.

College Football News: Most of the College Football news is up above in the SMUW, but, with the Ducks on bye-week status, that doesn’t mean they’re idle. They’re teasing some pink crap for their Thursday night game against Arizona. A full reveal will be Tuesday. “Can’t wait” /sarcasm. … Husker-doodle-don’t? “I think the reaction to these uniforms is almost completely negative,” writes Pastor Sherman. “This cartoon sums the uniforms up well. This is from the paper in Alliance, NE.” … Tweeter King Jambo (@benantell) thinks that Bill Snyder not wearing an old bowl jacket has to be a first. This was also sent in by Douglas Ford, who dubs this a “#douchebag” move. Josh Claywell said it’s jarring to see him in anything but a purple windbreaker.

Hockey News: Yesterday morning, the Tampa Bay Lightning unveiled their new third sweater. Meh. Looks like their old BOLTS sweater, only this time in black. Here’s another look at the new uni, and this article on the new uni includes a video of the new uniform from all angles. Woulda looked better with palm trees. … Thanks to Mike Engle, the Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele was caught wearing a hilariously misspelled jersey during last night’s preseason game.

Grab Bag: Reader Jason Ricles was riding the SEPTA in Philly, and saw one of the stations has now been renamed “Jefferson Station,” not after the President, but after Jefferson University Hospital. Just more examples of selling naming rights in places they don’t belong. … Joseph Gerard was at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia for Ring of Honor Wrestling. “Anyways, I saw a banner for the Wheeling Ironmen–doesn’t their logo look a lot like the original Houston Oilers logo?” … HS BFBS: Hutchinson High School in Kansas has gone BFBS under new coach Ryan Cornelson. Hutch’s colors are blue and gold. Cornelson did the same thing at Hays High, whose colors are maroon and gold (5:05 in video), with thanks to David Steinle. Russell Westbrook is not only an NBA star, he’s a fashion all-star as well (thanks to Tommy Turner for that).

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And that’s a wrap for today. Everyone have a great week. Thanks to TJ & Catherine (and Alex) — let them know how they did! Next weekend we’ll have the usual plus the first MLB Playoff trackers of the 2014 season. Catch you then!

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Peace.

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“Brewers should retire 0 for Selig to represent all the great things he’s done for baseball.”

— Tim

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