2016 College Football Uni Preview, Preview

[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]

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By Phil Hecken

What you see above is just a taste of what’s to come today with Paul’s latest ESPN column — the much-anticipated 2016 NCAA Football Uniform Preview. That will go live later this morning — and when it does we’ll include the link below. Lots and lots to discuss with this one, so be sure to check back here, read the column when it’s posted, and then come on back to chat. Here’s Paul:


Paul here, making a rare August appearance. One reason I take a break from the site each August is to recharge my batteries, travel, and pursue a few non-uni projects. Another reason is so I can concentrate on two of my biggest ESPN columns of the year — the college football and NFL season previews. The first of those — the college football piece — is up now. As usual, it’s a lulu, jam-packed with oodles of info about what you can expect to see on the gridiron this season. Link coming soon.

The NFL preview will run next Tuesday. Meanwhile, Phil and the rest of the Uni Watch team will continue to run the site today, tomorrow, and Thursday (and man am I grateful to them for all they’ve done this month). I’ll be back in the saddle on Friday. See you then. (Continue reading)

Premier League Kit Review 2016-17

[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]

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By Phil Hecken, with Kyle Evans & CJ Fleck

As we kick off (pun intended) my final week handling the weekdays, I’m pleased to bring back to gentlemen who’ve basically handled all the soccer on Uni Watch for 2016 — CJ Fleck and Kyle Evans — and who are here today to bring us their reviews of the 2016-17 EPL (English Premier League) kits. There’s a lot to get to, so let’s get started. You can click the pics below to enlarge. (Continue reading)

Cardinals Throw Back To 1927

By John Ekdahl

The St. Louis Cardinals celebrated their 1926 World Series win by wearing 1927 throwbacks last night.

The sight of Reyes standing on the mound in vintage red and white was a perfect symbol for the state of the franchise.

Some more game photos are available at MLB.com and ESPN.

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UVa unveiled their new 2016 season uniforms yesterday. Below is the official release video featuring head coach Bronco Mendenhall that was briefly and mistakenly posted on Thursday, before being pulled down.

When the Virginia football team takes the field for the first time under new coach Bronco Mendenhall, his influence will be seen everywhere, including the team’s uniforms.

The Cavaliers will wear blue helmets, blue jerseys and white pants for the season opener on Sept. 3 at home against Richmond.

In July, Mendenhall hinted he’d like to have uniforms at Virginia this football season that pay homage to some of the more successful seasons of the Cavaliers’ past. On Saturday, U.Va. unveiled its new look for the coming season.

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UVA, along with new unis this season, will also be bringing back the diamond end zones.

But wait, there’s more.

Mendenhall is bringing back the diamond end zones — the same diamond end zones in the picture across his office in the McCue Center that shows a completely packed stadium, with Virginia beating Florida State.

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Here’s how the field looked for yesterday’s Giants vs Jets game.

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The University of Tennessee will wear helmet stickers honoring Pat Summitt this season.

Butch Jones confirmed on Saturday that the Tennessee football team will wear a helmet sticker to honor Pat Summitt this season.

“We are excited about wearing a commemorative sticker on the back of our helmet to honor the late Pat Summitt,” said Jones. “We all know everything that she stands for. I think it’s very fitting that Tennessee football and Team 120 recognize her and everything that she means to the University of Tennessee.”

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The West Virginia Mountaineers unveiled beautiful uniforms that celebrate the 125th anniversary of West Virginia football yesterday.

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Here’s a new end zone design for the Cincinnati Bearcats.

UVa To (Officially) Unveil New Football Unis Today

By John Ekdahl

The official unveiling of the new uniforms will take place today at 3:30pm.

Thursday night was just the appetizer. The oh-so-briefly-live video that appeared on Virginia Sports TV’s YouTube channel highlighted some key features of the new UVA football uniforms. Reports followed that Friday would see the full rollout.

Those reports were partly true, with the brief promo video below coming out Friday evening.

This has been a little bit of a messy rollout, as Virginia Sports TV published a video featuring the new unis on Thursday night, which was quickly taken down. Then, UVa’s Equipment Manager said to stay tuned Friday for the reveal. In any event, it appears we’ll get the official release tonight.

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The Altoona Curve will be wearing uniforms modeled after the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight, as a tribute to Roberto Clemente. The uniforms (jerseys?) will also be auctioned off for Roberto’s charity.

Tribute to Roberto Clemente Night: It will be one of the most special evenings in Curve history, as the Clemente family has helped the Curve put together an all-encompassing night to honor Clemente and the Pirates. The Curve will be donning 1971 Pirates-style uniforms that will be auctioned off for the Roberto’s Kids charity, and there will be special appearances by the Pirate Parrot, Pierogies and Bucco Brigade and by Pirates’ legend Manny Sanguillen.

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The Cardinals will be wearing these caps today. Here’s another view from Instagram.

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I imagine it’s going to be hard to solve this case in Canada when police are on the lookout for “men in full hockey uniforms“.

The Manitoba Canadian Royal Mounted Police are on the lookout for two men who robbed a beer store in Russell, Manitoba on August 15.

It’s not an unusual crime, until you factor in the one guy wearing a full hockey goalie uniform AND carrying a stick.

Per the Ottawa Citizen, the men were captured on store surveillance shattering the front door of the store and making off with several cases of beer. The “goalie” wore a No. 17 jersey, a blocker pad and a trapper mitt.

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Mission Viejo High School in California has 28, yes 28, different uniform combinations going into this season.

Mission Viejo (Calif.) is coming-off the school’s first state football championship last year, and when the Diablos take the field Friday night against Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), the players will have a uniform wardrobe fitting a state champ. Earlier this week, the team used a YouTube video to unveil its 2016 look that features 28 uniform and helmet combinations.

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USA Today asks if these high school football uniforms, worn by New Richmond in Ohio, should be legal.

OK, so caveats at the outset: This photo is blurry. It’s apparently a screen shot taken from a television image, be it local news or live feed.

Regardless, it clearly depicts black-on-black as part of an all-black ACDC-style get up for New Richmond in Cincinnati. As much as they may be stylish, they’re not functional. For instance, even in a close up shot, can you tell us whose number that is? Really?