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That Logo Looks Good Enough to Eat!

Nathan Shields is an illustrator. Some of his work is done the conventional way, but he’s making a name for himself by producing an impressive body of work in a very non-traditional medium: pancake batter.

Shields recently partnered Fansided to create a series of videos that show him creating pancake versions of all 32 NFL team logos. It would be one thing if he used little plastic logo molds or something like that, but he drew them freehand — so cool! The videos are mesmerizing to watch, and the results are surprisingly good. I have a feeling most of these weren’t done perfectly on the first take, but whatever — it’s a great project.

Each video runs about half a minute. You can see all 32 of them below, grouped by division:

AFC North

AFC East

AFC South

AFC West

NFC North

NFC East

NFC South

NFC West

I could quibble with some of Shields’s logo choices. I wish he’d done the Ravens’ helmet logo instead of their secondary logo, for example, and I definitely wish he’d done Brownie the Elf instead of the Browns’ bulldog logo. (I say that with apologies to Todd Radom, who designed that bulldog logo and based it on his own dog!) I also wish there was at least one video shown at regular speed, instead of sped up, just so we could get a better sense of the process in real time. But hey, it’s Shields’s project, so he gets to call those shots.

If you’re thinking we’ve seen NFL logo pancakes before, you’re right. Longtime Uni Watch reader/contributor Brady Phelps made these pancakes for the last Super Bowl, for example. Still, I love seeing the videos that show the process, some of which are really surprising (check out the Colts vid, e.g.). Kudos to Shields, and to Fansided for partnering with him on these videos.

One additional thought about pancakes: If you want to give your maple syrup a boost, add a capful or two of bourbon to it, and then heat up the syrup before serving (which you should be doing anyway). The alcohol will vaporize but you’ll still get the bourbon flavor, which goes really well with the maple syrup. Trust me.

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New ESPN piece: As I mentioned yesterday, Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing catch on Sunday night wouldn’t have been possible if he hadn’t been wearing gloves. The same can be said of a one-handed catch made by Robert Woods of the Bills last night — no way he makes that grab bare-handed. That’s not a knock on Beckham or Woods; it’s just reality. It also reinforces a point I’ve made here several times over years, namely that the rise of gloves is among the most important changes on the gridiron over the past generation, and almost certainly the most unheralded and underrated one.

With that in mind, I’ve written a short ESPN piece about how gloves have transformed the sport over the past few decades. Check it out here.

As an aside, reader Jerry Wolper reports that AP sportswriter Will Graves issued a series of tweets last night regarding a conversation he had with former Steelers great Lynn Swann. They talked about Beckham’s catch and gloves. The pertinent tweets are here and here.

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Collector’s Corner

By Brinke Guthrie

Stillers fans! Check out our lead item today, taken from the pages of a Sears Christmas Wish Book from back in the day. This is the first one of these NFL bulletin boards I’ve seen on eBay. Corners are a little gnarly on the ends, but the classic artwork more than makes up for that.

(And speaking of Sears, shame on me if I’ve never shared this link that shows more Sears Christmas Wish Books than you can imagine. Have at it!)

Here are the rest of my picks for this week:

• Staying with the Steelers, here’s a nice-looking vintage women’s Steelers sweater. Oh and while we’re at it, let’s toss in this 1970s boys’ varsity jacket, and this helmet plaque, too — never seen one with the black facemask before.

• This vintage Reds bobblehead is a little … different-looking, wouldn’t you say?

• Never seen these before: Philadelphia Flyers sneakers — from P.F. Flyers, naturally.

• Staying with the Philly theme, here’s a classic-looking Eagles poster with artwork by the legendary Chuck Ren. It’s framed, too.

• You’re a step ahead in Keds, especially if you get this 1960s store display.

• Helmet Buggy alert! This ad is for a 1970s Colts buggy. They mistakenly listed it as Indy instead of Baltimore, but the look is still the same, eh?

• You’ll have people at the gym shouting, “Luv Ya Blue!” as you stroll by with this 1970s Oilers gym bag.

Two AFC cups and one NFC iHop cup, all from the 1970s, in this auction! (I have the NFL version of this — it’s my official daily orange juice breakfast cup.)

• Distinctive artwork on this 1960s SF Giants scarf.

• I can’t imagine using this Bengals helmet as an ashtray, but that’s what it was meant for.

• From reader Michael Clary, here’s a 1960s New York football Giants wind-up doll. (Not a Giants fan? Here are versions for the Falcons, Oilers, and Cowboys.

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Holiday sponsor shout-outs: As you may have noticed, we have a bunch of new advertisers that are vying for your attention and dollars during the holiday run-up. They all offer excellent product lines, and I’m proud to have them on the site. One at a time:

• A few weeks ago I raffled off a few prints of Jeff Suntala’s gorgeous baseball stadium illustrations. If you lost out on the raffle, you should definitely consider shopping around on Jeff’s website, There Used to Be a Ballpark. And even if you’ve been to his site before, he’s just added some new prints. Great, great stuff.

• I’ve been a huge fan of Amelie Mancini and her Left Field Cards business for several years. (I even wrote an ESPN column about her two and a half years ago.) If you’re a baseball fan — or if there’s one on your holiday shopping list — then her super-cool cards and T-shirts should be just what you’re looking for. Check them out here.

• Our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions have a new catalog auction underway. I’ll be spotlighting some of the more interesting items in an upcoming edition of “Auction Action,” which will likely run next week.

• And although this isn’t new, I continue to be a big fan of American Trench’s excellent socks, a pair of which I’m wearing right now.

And there’s one additional new advertiser — a very cool one — whose ad should be showing up on the site soon. Stay tuned.

My thanks to all of these enterprises for partnering with Uni Watch. Please consider supporting them as you’re doing your holiday shopping.

Footnote: If you’re thinking of posting some sort of “Gotcha!” comment (“Sure, Lukas hates advertising — until it’s one of his advertisers!”), please read this before you do so. Thanks.

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PermaRec update: A 95-year-old letter from a former student who was apply for a substitute teaching job (shown at right) is the key document in the latest entry on Permanent Record.

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Uni Watch News Ticker

By Garrett McGrath

Baseball News: Here’s an old newspaper article, apparently from the 1930s, about the growing trend of sunglasses on the baseball field (from Kenn Tomasch). … The single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers a new alternate logo (thanks, Paul). … The newly renamed Biloxi Shuckers, the double-A Brewers affiliate, posted their new cap logos (thanks, Phil). … History watch from 1883: A photo of the St. Louis Browns (also Brown Stockings) of the American Association at the original Sportsman’s Park (from Jonathan Daniel).

Pro and College Football News: The Lions unveiled a new logo celebrating the history of their Thanksgiving game. … The Oregon National Guard 41st Brigade logo will be worn on helmets during the upcoming Oregon/OSU Civil War game.

Hockey News: Here is a list of the top five forgettable NHL sweaters from the late 1990s and the early 2000s (thanks Paul). … “As I was perusing some classic Queen videos on YouTube, I noticed in the one for Spread Your Wings from 1978 that bassist John Deacon is wearing a sweet Chicago Blackhawks letterman jacket,” says Phil Johnson.

NBA News: The Magic’s sleeved gray jersey will make its on-court debut tomorrow (thanks, Phil). … The Heat will roll out a new “Miami Red” uniform campaign tonight (from Phil).

College Hoops News: “The Kansas women’s basketball team is wearing a black “Whitney” patch this season in honor of a longtime fan who died of leukemia this off-season,” says Jeff Braun. “Makes for a large number of patches on the jersey front.” … This article includes an interesting quote from Maine coach Bob Walsh: “All of our guys are wearing zero on the back of their practice jerseys. That’s the number of times we’ve been in the NCAA Tournament and we want to embrace it and attack it.” … No photo, but a note buried within this page indicates that NJIT — that’s the New Jersey Institute of Technology — is wearing “JC” patches in memory of Joe Caiola, the Assistant Director of Athletics who passed away in June.

Grab Bag: Here are your mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics (thanks, Paul). … The uniform is nearly complete for the 154-member Cavalcade of Bands Honors Band, which is scheduled to participate in the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade (thanks, Paul). … Pumas are the official shoe of Rikers Island Prison (from Paul Lee). … Port Adelaide completes its V-line guernsey range with a new summer jumper in teal (from Leo Strawn Jr.). … Yesterday, we posted a leaked version of the NYCFC away kit. here is the official look (thanks, Phil).

Monday Morning Uni Watch

As you know, the Bears normally wear a George Halas perma-memorial on the left sleeve. But their Monsters of the Midway throwback jerseys don’t include the “GSH” inscription, so they show their allegiance to Papa Bear by wearing his initials as a helmet decal.

The “GSH” decal on the throwback helmet has always been fairly small and easy to miss. Someone with the Bears apparently thought it was too small, because yesterday they made it a bit bigger (click to enlarge):

This isn’t just an aberration involving those two players. I looked at a lot of photos going back several seasons, and there’s no question that the decal was larger yesterday. How’s that for a subtle in-season change?

Aside from that, it was a pretty uni-uneventful day around the league. But here are a few tidbits:

• Lions defensive end George Johnson wore an Under Armour base layer and made a half-hearted attempt to cover up the logo. Here’s another view.

• The “1” on Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant’s back uni number was upside-down. You can tell because the drop shadow is projecting the wrong way.

• The Browns wore their brown pants.

• The paint wasn’t even dry yet on Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing catch when Nike turned it into a branding exercise, and some enterprising designer turned it into a T-shirt.

As an aside: Beckham’s catch wouldn’t have been possible a generation ago, when players didn’t routinely wear super-grippy gloves. As I’ve said several times in the past, I think this is one of the biggest and most under-reported changes in the game over the past few decades. I’m not anti-glove, but I’d love to see today’s players go without the gloves for one game, just to see how big a difference it would make. I think the results would be fascinating.

(My thanks to all contributors, including JustinSr, Means1974, Eric Stoker, Jamie Uthe, and of course Phil.)

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Call for entries: My next ESPN column, to be published sometime next week, will be the annual Uni Watch holiday gift guide. I already have a pretty good assortment of stuff to feature, but I’m always happy to have more. If you know of a uni- or logo-related item that would make a good stocking stuffer, please send details this-a-way. Thanks.

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Bonus ’Skins Watch: I usually wait until Friday to run ’Skins Watch, but there’s already a lot of chatter about this week’s New Yorker cover illo (plus Phil mentioned it in Saturday’s Ticker), so I didn’t want to wait.

The cover design, by longtime illustration pro Bruce McCall, makes the obvious connection between the ’Skins and Thanksgiving — or at least now it seems obvious, although I don’t recall anyone having connected those dots before. Good work by McCall, who explains some of the thinking behind the design here.

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Membership update: Another eight designs have been added to the membership card gallery (including D.P. McIntire’s awesome-looking Stargell-era Pirates treatment, shown at right). The printed/laminated versions of those cards should mail out today or tomorrow.

As always, you can sign up for your own custom-made membership card here, you can see all the cards we’ve designed so far here, and you can see the step-by-step process by which we produce the cards here.

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Baseball News: Strong work by game-used jersey debunker Peter Nash, who’s presented convincing evidence that an old New York Giants jersey that was supposedly worn by Jim Thorpe and was then cut up into pieces that were sold along with cards produced by Donruss, was actually never worn by Thorpe. … Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is giving up his regular No. 22 so newly acquired Jason Heyward can wear it. No word yet on which number Matheny will wear (from Mark Richter). … New uniforms for the Seibu Lions. “The right sleeve patch ‘Believe Lions’ colors are taken from the three colors that the team has had in its history — black (Nishitetsu), light blue (original Seibu color), and ‘legends blue’ (the current darker color),” says Jeremy Brahm. “The new road uniform (dark blue) was the third uniform last year. I think they’ll also have some throwbacks.” … I was watching an old episode of The Sopranos the other day, and there’s this sequence where it turns out that this guy Tony’s been meeting with is actually an FBI informant and has secretly been recording the meetings via a tiny microphone hidden in the button of his baseball cap. I kept waiting for them to use the term “squatchee,” but no dice. Dang. … The name and logo for Biloxi, Mississippi’s new minor league baseball team will be announced today.

NFL News: The ’Skins lease on FedEx Field runs for another dozen years, but the team is already planning for a new stadium (from Tommy Turner). … With the Bills having a “home” game in Detroit tonight, the Bills’ logos are being added to the Ford Field end zones and at midfield (thanks, Phil). … Good spot by Joshua Johnson, who writes: “Remember Randall Cobb getting ketchup on his jersey during a Lambeau Leap? He parlayed that into an advertising gig for Clorox. But what’s with his jersey? It looks like Clorox just had him turn his standard jersey inside-out.” Interesting — we’ve seen plenty of instances of advertisers using faux NFL jerseys when they don’t have a license to use the real thing, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen an inside-out jersey before. … The NFL and New Era think you’re stupid enough to buy an ugly new cap for Thanksgiving. … Saints owner Tom Benson is donating $11 million to the Pro Football hall of Fame, most of which will be spent to renovate the Hall’s stadium, which will be renamed after Benson.

College Football News: Hawaii wore their gorgeous rainbow throwbacks against UNLV on Thursday night (from Eric Bangeman). … Harvard’s placekicker wears glasses — like, regular eyeglasses, not sports glasses — on the field.

Hockey News: Several Rangers players don’t want to see ads on NHL jerseys (from Brooks Simpson). … Teams in the ECHL are gearing up for a Batman/Riddler promotion. … Oooh, the 1950-51 Lethbridge Native Sons — an old junior team — had one of the most gorgeous jerseys I’ve ever seen. That’s the back of the jerseys, so they were going with the city name as the NOB (from Graham Clayton). … Is this an old women’s hockey team? Nope — it’s a bunch of ice show performers who were doing a show at Maple Leaf Gardens in the 1950s (from Will Scheibler). … ” On Sunday, just for the heck of it, I decided to watch the French language video feed of the Canadiens game,” says Matt Larsen. “In the second period they promoted an upcoming Ottawa/Detroit game. Interestingly, they translated ‘Senators’ into ‘Senateurs’ but did not do likewise for the ‘Ailes Rouges.'” … Small note at the bottom of this article indicates that the Rockford IceHogs will be wearing “Brovember” jerseys on Wednesday. … Are the Kings gonna be going with the infamous Burger King design for their upcoming Stadium Series game? “Either that or else this is the best troll job ever,” says Mike Engle.

NBA News: Depending on what kind of cable deal you have, you may be able to see this very good nine-minute documentary about the Lakers’ uniform manager. Recommended viewing (from Paul Lee). … Forty-six years ago yesterday, the Bucks used one of the greatest program covers ever. Yowza! (Great find by BSmile.)

College Hoops News: The Nebraska women’s team wore these very nice throwbacks yesterday (thanks, Phil). … Akron wore black uniforms with a big “Z” on the front and TNOB for yesterday’s win over South Carolina.

Soccer News: “Joe Allen of Liverpool took an elbow to the head, which busted him open,” says Mark Coale. “He ended up wearing a numberless blood jersey and a head wrap.” … The NYCFC away kit has leaked. … Ditto for the Orlando City road kit.

Grab Bag: I’ve been a member of the Center for Land Use Interpretation for many years. The problem is that they’re based in L.A., so I’m often unable to see their very cool exhibits. They currently have a new exhibit about the U.S./Canada border that I wish I could see. If any of you SoCal readers want to check it out, I’m eager to hear your reactions, descriptions, etc. … Flags and flag design seem to come up semi-regularly around here, so I was happy to learn a new word the other day: vexillology, which is the study of flags. … WBO welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao and challenger Chris Algieri both wore blue trunks when facing each other on Saturday night. … I was recently visiting a luthier (that’s someone who builds and repairs stringed instruments, don’tcha know), and her workshop had this really cool wall display of various sizes of planes. Sorry for the shitty photo, but I trust you can see why I found that so appealing. … Back in 1981, Sony was considering a new logo. Here’s a bunch of proposed designs that were rejected. … The International Rugby Board has rebranded as World Rugby. “Reaction from the rugby community has been overwhelmingly negative,” says Eric Bangeman. “I, for one, look forward to the 2015 World Rugby Rugby World Cup.” … Alex Allen came across these DVDs of Bull Durham and Hoosiers with cool minimalist cover art. … Mark Nicklawske found a very cool hat in the thrift shop but doesn’t know what team or sport it’s for. Anyone know more?

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What Paul did last night a week ago: I’m a big fan of Slate’s weekly politics podcast and culture podcast, plus they also have a very good sports podcast (although I rarely listen to that one because I already have enough sports in my life). Each of these three podcasts has its own three-person team, and last Monday night all nine of those people — several of whom I have connections to — came to New York for a live tag-team event, which I was very happy to attend.

The format was like so: All nine people were onstage together, with each three-person team getting a chance to do a truncated version of its own weekly podcast. First up were the politics podcasters — David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson — who discussed President Obama’s immigration policy (for all of these admittedly crappy photos, you can click to enlarge):

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My connection to this crew is that Plotz, who’s now the CEO of Atlas Obsura, was Slate’s editor-in-chief when my 10-part “Permanent Record” series ran there. He was a big booster of the series, for which I’ll always be grateful. (He also got me on the comp list for this show — thanks, David!)

Next up were the culture podcasters — Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf — who discussed the cultural implications of this New York magazine article about emoji:

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My connection here is that Stevens, who’s Slate’s movie critic, lives around the corner from me. I got friendly with her and her husband, Robert Weinstock, about a decade ago, when I wrote a New York Times article about how he’d lost his sense of smell.

Then came the sports podcasters — Mike Pesca, Josh Levine, and Stefan Fatsis — who discussed NBA commish Adam Silver’s recent push for legalized sports gambling:

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I’ve had dealings with all three of these guys. Pesca, who used to work for NPR, interviewed me for an NPR story a while back; Levine was my editor at Slate in 2004, when Uni Watch was briefly appearing there; and Fatsis and I have been mutual fans for years, plus I interviewed him here on the Uni Watch blog back in 2007, when he’d written a book about his tryout with the Broncos.

After each three-person podcast team did its thing, the podcasters were put into assorted mix-and-match panels and assigned to debate various hypothetical questions — one of which, as it turned out, involved the Washington football team. The question was basically this: “You oppose the team’s name. A good friend of yours posts something on Facebook supporting the team’s name. Do you confront your friend on Facebook or let it slide?” Turner and Plotz were assigned to defend the “Let it slide” position, while Stevens and Levine were assigned to argue in favor of confronting the friend. I took some really shitty video of the debate, which lasted three minutes. It begins with Plotz explaining why the friend should not be confronted on Facebook:

The several Billy Joel jokes in there are references to the previous debate, in which four of the panelists were asked, “If the world could hear the music of only one person for the rest of eternity, and if that person had to be either Billy Joel or Beethoven, which one would you choose?” That debate, frankly, was more interesting that the ’Skins one, but I didn’t record it. You can hear it, however, along with the rest of the night’s content, here.

Sunday Morning Uni Watch

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By Phil Hecken

With the NCAA College Football season beginning its wind-down, there wasn’t a whole lot of “uni action” during Week 13. But, there was one of the most-anticipated showdowns, especially uni-wise, last evening, as USC and UCLA hooked up in the Rose Bowl for their annual crosstown showdown. For yesterday’s game, UCLA was the home team, but as they have done for the past several years, both teams wore their “home” uniforms.

They’ve actually been wearing the color versus color since 2008 (and did so for all years but one, when in 2011 UCLA wore all white — and lost 50-0). When the teams first returned to color vs. color in 2008, I wrote about it, if you’re interested in the history of the color-vs-color in the two teams’ past (they had both worn the home uniforms for a number of years, but ceased doing so in the 1980s).

Anyway, yesterday the two teams again went color against color. Here’s a bunch of photos from the game (click on any to enlarge):

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Beautiful, right?

Of course — it’s such a great matchup of colors. But, it wasn’t as great as it could have been, unfortunately — but that’s more due to the deficiencies of the uniform makers (adidas still can’t make jerseys with actual “UCLA stripes”), or fashion choices (USC wore their shiny helmets and wore black socks and leggings). But other than that…

Beautiful.

Sadly, UCLA has this new “thing” for the use of facepaint — last night was no different. What’s worse is the guy on the left, below, is the punter(!):

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And this is not the first time, as the coaches (that’s from 2012) have gotten into it, as well as players (that’s from this year) as well. Enough guys — you don’t look tough, you just look stupid.

But aside from the stupid, there was also some very cool stuff. Yesterday UCLA retired #42 across all sports to honor Jackie Robinson (which is an awesome honor, don’t get me wrong). But — Jackie wore 18 for basketball, 28 for football, he didn’t have a number for track, and in his “worst sport,” (heh), baseball, he only played one season and he wore “28”. He wore a bunch of different numbers in the negro leagues & minors, none of which was 42. It’s just that 42 has, deservedly so, become so “associated” with Jackie Robinson.

In recognition of this, UCLA placed a “42” on the field:

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However, either due to oversight, or perhaps because the current “UCLA” logo is too large, the “42s” on the field (there were two of them), were both placed at the 32 yard lines. A number of folks questioned whether or not it might have been more appropriately placed at the 42 yard line.

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Nice gesture by UCLA.

OK, that’s about all from me, so now I’ll turn it all over to my trusty side-kick for the SMUW, TJ Duroncelet, who’ll take you take you through the rest of your…

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

As the season cools down like the weather around this time, teams are buckling down to seal their postseason spots, all while balancing their long-awaited rivalry games, but of course, there’s no shortage of fancy uniforms and the like. What did Week 13 have in store for us? Well…

From Tuesday:

• I normally wouldn’t really give Ohio too much of a mention for their black costumes, but this year’s version has white numerals in place of the green from before, to make them more sensible for the NCAA’s new rules regarding jersey number contrast.

From Wednesday:

• Bowling Green wore all-orange while Toledo wore a grey ‘Glass City’ jersey with navy pants, resulting in a color-vs.-color matchup. I like what BGSU wore, but I’m kind of on the fence about Toledo’s outfit. Leaning towards “I can dig”. Here’s Toledo’s helmet (along with the I-75 trophy) for that game.

From Thursday:

• Remember those light blue chrome helmets that North Carolina wore a couple of years ago against N.C. State? Well, the Tar Heels dusted them off and slapped some new chrome facemasks and new decals for their in-state match against Duke, who were looking like the Black Devils more than the Blue Devils.

From Saturday:

• Florida State wore these ribbon decals against Boston College on Saturday. And something that came up in a later game (Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt) was the ESPN graphics crew used an outdated FSU logo.

• Something that I somehow neglected to mention last week was that Maryland wore a new all-black uniform, which I believe is the 4th version of their Pride Hubris uniforms. As far the Terps showing off their metaphorical chiseled butts in the metaphorical Speedos in the form of one-off uniforms, this one wasn’t bad at all. I tried my damnedest to not laugh at what I just typed. Needless to say, I’ve been laughing at that sentence for 84 years. But wait! There’s more! Maryland — understanding that anything in life needs balance in order to function properly — wore WHITE versions of last week’s togs this week. I’m just sitting here waiting for them to roll out an all-red and all-yellow version. Wait, what the hell am I saying? Forget I even said anything. Speaking of red…

• …Someone spotted this during the Ohio State/Indiana game. Ya know, given the apparent increase in graphics fumbles this year, I’m surprised that I haven’t seen an instance of someone putting up a Wisconsin Huskers/Nebraska Badgers graphic. I’m kinda disappointed, actually.

• Utah wore a tribute helmet for Senior Day against Arizona. I believe this is a tribute to the Ute tribe, but I could be wrong. Can anyone fill me in on the details? Here’s a close-up.

• This seems so very Harvard. Wasn’t there a column on football players who wear their glasses on the field a long while back?

• Wisconsin altered their uniform a tad by switching out the red facemasks for white. Eh, it’s O.K., but I prefer the red.

• Remember a month ago when I said that Pitt spoiled the script ‘Pitt’ mood by using their block ‘PITT’ at midfield? I’m not sure if they just so happened to have read that particular column, but hey, better late than never.

Colorado wore matte black helmets with white logos over the weekend.

• #70 for Boise State apparently lost his ‘7’ from his helmet. Credit goes to Cork Gaines.

• There is no amount of Layrite pomade that can make your hair game anywhere near as strong as this guy’s.

• A bit more FCS action from yesterday included Lehigh going up against Lafayette for the 150th time. The game took place at Yankee stadium, and Lehigh… well, let’s just say that they dressed up for the occasion. Honestly, I’m surprised that I don’t see pinstriped football uniforms more often. Not necessarily saying we NEED more of them, just wondering why they’re not as common.

• No two zebras Cardinals have the same stripes.

• Speaking of stripes, a player for Oklahoma State was losing part of his on his pants.

• Phil did a great job on covering the UCLA/USC game, but one thing that I noticed towards the end was #71 for UCLA (specifically, RS Freshman Poasi Moala), who not only has some wicked hair, but as you can see, he had his usual helmet, but a #49 jersey, due to him working at TE this week (he’s normally a tackle). Also, you can see the #36 memorial decal for Nick Pasquale (they started wearing that last year). So that’s three different uniform numbers on one player at the same time while the primary helmet number did not match the primary jersey number. First time I’ve ever seen that personally, but I’m sure there are other examples.

And that about does it for this week’s games. I’ll be taking next week off since there’s a high chance most of us will be much entirely too food-drunk to function. Everyone enjoy your Thanksgiving week, stay safe, and I’ll catch you in a couple of weeks!

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Thanks, TJ — and it’s not just TJ who will be off next Sunday — due to me needing some extra time to try to finish up my Capstone (that’s basically the equivalent of a Masters’ Thesis — and it’s due in like 2 weeks), Paul’s giving me next weekend off — so the usual stuff you’re all accustomed to over the weekends will be taking a one-week hiatus. But like Terry says, hopefully everyone will be too Thanksgiving-and-shopping’ed out to notice! OK, now on to the rest of the day’s content.

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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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Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! I tried to pick a few teams this week that haven’t yet seen the countdown. This week saw our tip-line receive more emails than ever before and a lot of you had thoughts about the following games!

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5. Louisville vs. Notre Dame: I loved Louisville’s white/white/red combo and thought it contrasted nicely with Notre Dame’s classic home look.

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4. Yale vs. Harvard: ESPN spent the day in Cambridge covering this beautiful match-up. Harvard looked great in the home crimson/gold combo while Yale went with an all-white combo.

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3. Villanova vs. Delaware: I have been wanting to show my alma mater some love this year but I had to wait for the right match-up. I thought yesterday’s Battle of the Blue was one of ‘Nova’s best uni match-ups of the season.

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2. Montana State vs. Montana: I’m on an FCS kick this weekend. I loved this match-up between the Grizzlies in the all-maroon combo and Montana State in these gorgeous gold/white/gold’s.

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1. USC vs. UCLA: This is always one of my favorite games of the year. I love the color-on-color match-up between the home uniforms and the contrast was just gorgeous if you caught the game on TV. A clear cut #1 this week!

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+1 Lehigh vs. Lafayette: My roommate went to Lehigh and I really wanted to like this game. I felt like neither team looked good and, as a whole, it was a pretty ugly match-up. What are your thoughts on Lehigh’s pinstripes?

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Thanks, Catherine! Everyone knew the #1 going in, but that’s OK — it always deserves to be there. And yeah, those Lehigh pins…um. Pretty good call for the “and 1.”

OK readers, how’d she do?

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Duck Tracker

Each week, as we have done on Uni Watch for the past five seasons, we’ll be tracking the uniform combinations of the Oregon Ducks. Back for his third season is Tim E. O’Brien, who’ll show you what the Ducks wore in their last game, and add a few words of wisdom.

Here’s this weeks costume (click to enlarge):

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Here’s Tim:

Back to fatigue. Boo. First time in the green helmet all season though…

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Thanks. Yeah, not the prettiest of unis for the Ducks, but at least it’s in school colors, for a game against Colorado which wasn’t even on the board in Vegas. But the Ducks did get some bright yellow shoes, though, so at least there was some brightness with the dull greens. Thankfully Colorado wore all white unis.

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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 Week 12 — Part I (click to enlarge):

EPL Tracking Week 12

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Unfortunately due to an unforeseen labor strike, fire, and theft of uniforms, due to the personal commitments of both Rob Holecko and Andrew Seagraves, the UWFFL will be taking a one-week hiatus this weekend from Uni Watch. There are still games to be played, however.

You can head over to uwfantasyfootballleague.com to vote on this week’s UWFFL matchups.

Apologies to any/all who were expecting the usual UWFFL fare here.

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Mets in the news? “My brother went to Citi Field to get tickets for the Foo Fighters show in July and spotted Mrs. Met wearing this,” says Diego Bauzá. I like what Mrs. Met has done with her hair. Here’s another look (via Matt Harris). You’ll also note that both Mr. & Mrs. Met are wearing the new white pinstripe uniforms. … The Hagerstown Suns (Class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals) recently unveiled their 35th anniversary logo for the 2015 season (thanks to Justin McAllister). Here’s the link to the press release.

NFL News: Following up on Paul’s NFL “leaks” article from a couple days ago, Mike Karamas writes, “I read your article and found that there’s a change for the patriots jerseys. It looks like they’ve updated the team name on the front of the jersey above the number. It now shows the new Patriots logo, replacing the old script logo. I posted a few pics but they’re a little blurry.” … Bit of an update on the “Does Brownie the Elf have a tail” from yesterday. tc writes, “I think you’re mistaken with Brownie and the tale. The left side (his right) is a bit more obvious in showing that the white is the underside of the ‘flare’ section of his top. I’ve attached an image which demonstrates this by going over the football and the hand in each arm. I think you’ll agree it makes the most sense.” … Also, from yesterday’s comments (posted by Tony Crespo), “the Brownie Elf costume doesn’t have a tail. I have the second linked item as my background, what I think happened in some cases they didn’t finish coloring in the bottom of the shirt.” … Remember that nice Bengals fan lady who had the ball snatched from her by that Saints fan? Well, she got seven autographed jerseys from Cincinnati to make up for it.

College & High School Football News: There are some brutal digital Camo endzones in a high school playoff game in Colorado. Says submiter Landon Troka, “I’ve attached a screen grab from a video as well as a link to a tweet that has a clear picture. Pretty interesting/cool!” But there’s more: “These are from the Ralston Valley-Cherry Creek semi-final in Colorado. Ralston Valley plays in a shared stadium, but for this game deep in the playoffs they painted it for them, and went with the digi-camo endzones.” … Hmmm. Douglas Ford notes there were generic helmets used on a Home Depot commercial during College Game Day. … Remember the yellow line is not official. … Of course, neither is the black line (h/t Trés Lawless). … Check out these awesome old Iowa helmets, including an old winged, leather helmet (h/t Cork Gaines). … Our own Mike the Intern writes, “I know nothing about high school football helmetry, but this is as odd of a facemask as I’ve seen. Also, the team has just one helmet logo, on the back. That’s Phillips High School in Chicago, they played Coal City in the Illinois state playoffs. … This helmet is that of Attica/Argonia, a combination of two Kansas high schools, notes David Steinle. He adds, “The team’s nickname is the Titans, thus the big T in the middle like Texas A&M. But also notice the ampersand inside the T to join the ‘As’.” … Also from David, Nicholls State (FCS) wore white at home during its game Thursday vs. Southeastern Louisiana.

Hockey News: Last evening, the AHL Syracuse Crunch wore Devon Still Bengals jerseys during warmups (in support of Still’s daughter, Leah, who battling Stage 4 pediatric cancer). Pic via Dan Anderson. Here’s a bit more on that. … OUCH! St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott tweeted a picture of his broken cup after yesterday’s game. Hope that doesn’t leave a mark.

Grab Bag: Eric Roberts’ Malcolm X-themed baseball jersey from the 2008 Entourage episode Tree Trippers, with an X instead of a number on the back (from Matt Larsen). … Sony asked the public to redesign its logo in 1981. It didn’t work out (thanks, Brinke). … Reader Kevin Wallace spotted a couple of malfunctions in the Scotland v Tonga rugby match yesterday afternoon. The numbers for the Tongan players didn’t look like they were properly heat pressed. “There were a number of wrinkled ones and I saw many with the corners peeled off. I’ve attached 2 screencaps where you can see it – no. 7 is obvious and no. 14 has both numbers coming off at the corners.” … I think we’ve seen these amazing photos of Liz Taylor wearing this gorgeous 1948 “All America” sweater before, but once more can’t hurt. Those come from this article (thanks, Brinke). … Black mourning bands are apparently not exclusive to uniforms, as evidence by Ray Sadecki’s page on baseball-reference.com (great spot by Matt Larsen).

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And that’s going to do it for today — as I mentioned after the SMUW section, I’ll be taking next weekend off, so you guys and gals won’t hear from me until December. Everyone have a great Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday etc. Thanks to Terry, Catherine, Tim and Alex, and of course everyone who sends in ticker submissions and tweets at me.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“I don’t care if Lafayette wore mono slate or anthracite or whatever that was…Lehigh looked as good as any team I’ve ever seen. That’s a top five matchup for sure. Pinstripes, big numbers, NNOB, lots of brown…what’s not to love?”

–Jakob Wolf

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Leo's DIY - Turning a Table into the Melbourne Cricket Ground for Aussie Footy

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Uni Watch stalwart Leo Strawn, Jr. has a very cool DIY project he shared with me (and which is described below), and which I want to share with you today (for any inline images, click to enlarge). I apologize for the lack of a more “uniform” related lede, but I’ve been extremely busy this week. But below there is plenty of good stuff, including the return of the uni concepts and a pretty full ticker, so enjoy! — PH

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By Leo Strawn

I had an idea for a footy table and kept an eye out at yard sales to locate a good, yet cheap, table. Just had to be sturdy; looks, of course, didn’t matter as long as it wasn’t terribly banged up. Found the perfect table for a couple of bucks and proceeded to completely forget about it. It was an ugly wood, needed resurfaced, but actually a nice enough table just needing a bit of attention, and since I wasn’t doing anything with it, my significant other went ahead and painted it gloss black, one day.

footy_table_p1_by_nafa_aussiefooty-d83c48sI finally got motivated and started it a year later, just a few months ago. First, I sanded and primed the top; the rest of the table was in good enough shape as far as I was concerned. Then I had to get the dimensions of the footy ground I wanted to model the table after; the most hallowed of all footy ovals: Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Then came the boring math. Essentially I had to take the dimensions of 173.6 m long x 148.3 m wide, from fence to fence, and scale that down to fit on smaller than a 20″ x 24″ table top, because the top edges are beveled leaving a bit less than that in actual flat surface area. The boundary line at the MCG is located five m inside the fence.

I located the center of the table top, discovered that the width was the dimension that mattered on this particular top, and made the width equal to 19″. That 19″ width accounted for 7.8 m/in on scale, so I divided 173.6 by 7.8, giving me a length of 22 1/4″. There would be a little bit leftover on the long ends of the table. I then lightly drew my axis off the center and placed push pins in the ends of the long axis. Now I was ready to create the ellipse.

I took a compass stretched across half of the long axis, then placed the point on the ends of the short axis, drawing arcs through the longer axis. Next step was to stretch and tie a string taut between the push pins. Once the string was secured to the push pins, I moved the pins to those intersections I drew with the compass earlier. Pushing a pencil to the limit within the string and moving it around the outside of the pins created the dimensions from fence to fence.

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The remainder was drawn in three ways. First, with a ruler, based on that 7.8 meters = 1 inch scale. I also drew a second ellipse, freehand, after measuring 5/8″ inside the original ellipse to designate the boundary line, which is 5 meters inside of the fence. The 50 meter arcs around the goals were drawn by compass.

Finally, the painting began! I started by painting black up to the edge of the “fence”. Then, I painted the red and blue lines of the 50 meter arcs and painted white areas…:

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…with a few coats of paint, large enough to cover the lines that would be white, also. Then, the green for the grass…

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…and finished with a few light coats of polyurethane for protection, and voila, a table-sized MCG!

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Great stuff, Leo! That’s a neat-o project, and one that even the less DIY-inclined among us (like myself) could probably even come close to approximating. Thanks for sharing.

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I’m pleased to continue with a new 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 Football Scoreboards – Second in a Series
by Gary Chanko

The early 1920s saw an explosion of new collegiate football stadiums in California. The Rose Bowl, Stanford Stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and California Memorial Stadium were built during this period.

This edition of Classic Football Scoreboards looks at California Memorial Stadium, still today one of the best venues for watching college football.

California Memorial Stadium

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Home of: University of California Golden Bears, Berkeley, California
Opened:1923 Renovated: 2010-2012

Inspired by the Roman Coliseum, Cal’s 75,000 seat Memorial Stadium was built surrounded with controversy. The uproar was caused by the proposed location the scenic area known as Strawberry Canyon.

Memorial Stadium opened just in time for the Golden Bears last game of the 1923 season – The Big Game against cross bay rival Stanford.

The graphic captures the scoreboard at the end of that inaugural game.

A Few Things to Know

• The $1.4 million (about $20 million in todays dollars) stadium was funded entirely by seat subscriptions (and you thought that funding concept was a 21st century invention). The $100 subscriptions sold out in ten days. What you got was a $10 voucher for ten years to purchase game tickets.

• The original scoreboard architecture reflected the neoclassical style of the stadium. Besides the game score, the scoreboard layout provided ball field position and distance to go for first down – all manually operated. It must have been a frantic exercise to keep the game information current. The process used to rely information to the scoreboard operators, located in the end zone, would be interesting reading.

• Fortunately the recent stadium renovations keep the basic scoreboard size and classical architecture while adding a state-of-the-art electronic display, sound system, and yes, a corporate sponsor.

Next time the series heads about 375 miles south to visit another classic scoreboard from the 1920s, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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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.

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all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks Concepts

It’s been a while since I ran this, but I still have a bunch of concepts (and they do continue to trickle in — and concepters, please keep them coming)…

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.

And so, lets begin:

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First up today is Cole Hammers, who has a concept for the Houston Texans:

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Hi Phil,

I never liked how Texans logo faced the wrong way on one side of the helmet, so I drew up an alternate with the horns on the side a-la-Vikings. The rest is just a slight tweak on the standard away uni.
Thanks!

Cole

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And we close today with Kyle Geralds who has some Detroit Tigers concepts:

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Phil,

Detroit Tiger Concepts – No Sacred Cows

Tigers have maintained a lot of tradition limiting uniform concepts. The Tigers have only worn an alternate jersey once, they use two different Old English Ds and they only wear orange on the road.

I wanted to see what it’d be like using just the ball cap D on the uniform, using orange at home, creating an alternate, using a script Tigers instead of the home D and an orange only (no navy) road uniform. Here are 10 concepts (above). I am a traditionalist and never want the Tigers to change their home uniform or use an alternate, so killing these “sacred cows,” was morally challenging.

If you are interested in more, the 10 were chosen from these 22.

-Kyle G

PS: A Short Look at Tiger Uniform History:

• 1927-1931 was the 1st time the Tigers wore orange (home and away) then stopped for 16 years.
• 1947-1951 Tigers wore the orange D on their home cap but a white D on the road (opposite of today).
• 1952-57 they wore the orange D on their home and away caps.
• 1958-1971 the Tigers did not wear orange at all and in 1960 the Tigers script was used in place of the English D on the home uniform.
• Since 1972 the Tigers have only worn orange on the road. Interestingly, 1972-1982 the Tigers road cap featured an orange D with a white outline.
• 1994 the Tigers wore stripes down the sleeves of their road uniform and an orange bill on the cap that lasted 4 years and included the Tiger wiggling through the D for three.
• In 1995 the Tigers wore an official alternate for only one game. They were smoked by the Red Sox and the owner, John McHale, ended the alt saying, “That uniform just didn’t say Detroit Tigers to me. We’re open to trying new things, but those didn’t do it for me.”

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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.

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Unfortunately due to an unforeseen labor strike, fire, and theft of uniforms, due to the personal commitments of both Rob Holecko and Andrew Seagraves, the UWFFL will be taking a one-week hiatus this weekend from Uni Watch. There are still games to be played, however.

You can head over to uwfantasyfootballleague.com to vote on this week’s UWFFL matchups.

Apologies to any/all who were expecting the usual UWFFL fare here.

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

NFL News: Interesting cover for The New Yorker next month. (This would usually be reserved for the ‘skins Watch section, but it’s getting too much pub to wait a week.) … Did you know that the old Browns mascot, Brownie the Elf, has a tail? Neither did I until I saw this picture (with enlargement by The Real Kub). Whoa. Who knew elves had tails? When I retweeted that image, Johnny Okray posted a different image of Brownie, and in that one it appears the “tail” is the shadow of his shirt. But if you go back to the first image the shirt/tunic (whatever Brownie is wearing) is different — almost a two-piece, so whatever it is, it’s not a shadow or outline of a shirt. I asked Todd Radom if he knew more and he thought it might be an outturned pocket. … “More Nike fun,” says Britton Thomas. The Falcons have apparently adopted a new motto for the season (something about trying to go 1-0 each week). “Can’t have a motto without a shirt.” … If you take a look at this video, you’ll see Freddie Mercury wearing a Cowboys t-shirt that Jeff Wilk has never seen before. He adds, “There’s the spot you get the first good look at the front, but let it roll on and you get other great views at 6:40. It’s the star logo in the D that makes me wonder what kind of yellow Cowboys shirt is this?”

College/High School Football News: USC and UCLA will play color-vs-color today (as God intended), so here’s a good look at the rivalry. Also, check out this beautiful ticket stub from the 1956 UCLA/USA game (from Jeremy Formo). … Pretty sure this isn’t unique, but on Thursday night, a K-State player was wearing a shirt with built-in pockets (from Steven). We’ve definitely seen it in the pros (h/t Noel Blaha). … The Illinois Illini will be wearing white/orange/white today, the only combination they’ve worn more than once (they’ve worn it five times) – thanks to J.P. Young. … The UM Terps have a new ‘vision’ for the Cole Field House, which includes a new locker room (thanks to Mark Johnson). … Here is a good slide show of the uniforms and also the evaluation of uniforms through the years of the Lehigh Lafayette rivalry. Says submitter Jason Ricles, “I, as a Lehigh alum, and uniform enthusiasts love looking through the slide show and see how they changed through the years. So upset I decided I didn’t want to freeze my butt off this weekend to see what they pull out this Saturday in person but will def see on tv.” … Special helmets this weekend for Montana against Montana State in the “Brawl of the Wild.” (thanks to @CubbyTheKraut). Also noticing this was Brett Clark, who believes the team will also be putting the names of Montana counties on the back of the helmet. (Jackson Wagner later confirmed that it’s the name of the County for the player wearing it – h/t for that last pic to Nick Mills). Not sure if any non-Montanans play for the team or how that will be handled. … This was in yesterday’s ticker, but here is a side by side comparison of the 2012 chrome helmet and the 2014 chrome helmet for UNC (which they wore Thursday night vs. Duke). Thanks to Todd Gaines. … Baylor will be going all black with their uniforms vs. Okie State (thanks to Andrew Lind). Also from Andrew, Mississippi State will be wearing their anniversary uniforms against Vanderbilt. … Florida State will wear a helmet decal to honor the victims of Wednesday’s library shooting (h/t B.J. Lanier). … Jim Vilk would approve of these “comically large” numbers for a high school football team in Salem, VA (thanks to David Jordan). … Jeremy Langford’s thigh pad has a Spartan helmet imprinted on it (grab by Cory Fisher). … Want to own one of those special blue chrome UNC helmets from the Duke game Thursday? You can, but it wall cost you $1,195 plus an extra $29.95 for shipping and handling. … If you scroll down to the bottom of this article, you will note that Clemson will wear the accursed color of death purple today (first time since 2013). … Fun article on how “MIT Engineered a Football Team Out of Scrap”, from the Wall Street Journal. … Ever wonder what the SEC would look like if someone did military/patriotic uniform concepts? Wonder no more (thanks to Andrew Daley).

NBA News: You won’t see a better NBA link today than the Sacramento Kings Christmas sweater photoshoot (via Todd Gaines). The full gallery can be seen here. Enjoy! … Here’s a neat look at the history and evolution of the Miami Heat uniforms throughout that franchise’s history. … Last night, the Cavs and Wizards went color-on-color (thanks, Paul).

Hockey News: The AHL’s Adirondack Flames will be wearing these camo…things as their alternate jerseys today (h/t to Brandson LaFerriere, I think). … St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen is letting fans choose his new mask (thanks to Mike T.). … GAH! The Pensacola Ice Flyers hockey team wore these … things last night (h/t Bob Marshall). … The Syracuse Crunch will wear Devon Still jerseys during pregame warmups against the Utica Comets today. … Wow! Check out Hall of Famer Ebbie Goodfellow with his son in oldest replica red wings jersey we will ever see, from 1938 (great find by Douglas Ford). … “While watching the New Jersey-Edmonton game Friday night the Oiler announcers referenced a Calgary-based group of Jagr fans, apparently called the ‘Traveling Jagrs’,” says Matt Larsen. “Apparently they first dressed up as Jagr for Halloween, then decided to follow Jaromir around. Jagr got to meet them before Friday’s game.”

Soccer News: Here’s a leak of Mexico’s Copa America 2015 away kit (thanks to Conrad Burry). Here are some additional looks at the new jersey (via conejo_ape). … Also from Conrad, here’s a leak of Colombia’s Copa America 2015 away kit and to Paraguay’s home kit as well. … Nike won’t sell Women’s National Team jerseys to men because…reasons. What are those reasons? “(T)he company does not offer jerseys with stars in men’s sizes. The converse is also true: Jerseys without stars do not come in women’s sizes. Nike, Wilkins says, fears that adding stars to the men’s replicas would be interpreted as a false claim that the men had won two World Cups.” … Batman sues? From across the pond, George Chilvers says, “Holy bats! Valencia have had this badge since 1919 – it is the emblem of the region.”

College Hoops News: “My beloved Rainbow Warriors have changed (what it looks like to me ONLY) their basketball shorts design (to a simpler/generic template) Last years shorts, while admittedly a little cluttered, were unique,” writes Aaron Wigg. “You see the new style in the very first image ‘Men’s Basketball vs High Point 11-17-14’. You see the old style in the second row ‘Men’s Basketball vs Long Beach State’.” … East Tennessee State University has updated their logo and fonts. Here are the 2013-14 home unis (here are the new 2014-15 home unis), and here are the 2013-14 road unis compared to the new 2014-15 road unis. Thanks to Jenny Wittenauer for the update. … Here’s a look at some of the Kansas Womens’ basketball uniforms thoughtout the years.

Grab Bag: In college lacrosse news, the Florida Gators wore these new helmets (with simulated gator skin logos in their matchup with Florida State last night (thanks to Dave Doop). … “Forget Kim Kardashian,” writes Douglas Ford, “this pic of (Bill) Cosby will break the internet.”

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OK, that will do it for today. Big thanks to Leo for helping me out in a pinch with his DIY, and also to Gary for another stellar installment of the Scoreboards series. I’ll be back tomorrow with the usual Sunday Morning Uni Watch fare.

Remember, if you see an NCAA game today you think would qualify for the “5 & 1″ let Catherine know about it by e-mailing her at UW5and1@gmail.com — if you don’t let her know what you think is a good (or bad) candidate for the Five and One, you shouldn’t be complaining about her choices tomorrow, right? Right! I mean, we all know the USC/UCLA game will be tomorrow’s #1 (as it should be), but there will be fierce competition for 2-5, and surely there will be some bad looking games out there. Catch you guys tomorrow.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

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“The argument I’ve always made is that fancy new uniforms are akin to corporate perks like happy hours and foosball tables and comfy chairs. At the end of the day, an engineer might choose his workplace based on the wages and the long-term prospects of the company and the type of projects they’d work on, but the small perks do make a difference because they signal how an employer views its employees.”

— “terriblehuman”

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