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Get with the Program

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I’ve never been to the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, but I’m a lot more curious about making a visit since reader J.D. Arendshorst told me about an exhibit currently displayed on the library’s web site: “Art of Football,” which features U of M football game program covers from 1894 through 2001. Since many of the covers depict football players of the day, the exhibit functions as a de facto timeline of football uniform history — not just for Michigan, but for the school’s opponents, and for college football in general.

Many of the programs have spectacular cover art that isn’t uni-related, so I’ll avoid discussion of those and let you discover them for yourselves by clicking through the site. Meanwhile, here’s a chronological look at some of the uniform highlights:

1897: This is the earliest uni-related image in the exhibit. That’s Michigan in the blue and gold, and the opponent is the University of Chicago. I’m too busy digging the striped stockings to wonder why some of the players are wearing vests.

1900: Once again, U. of Chicago is the opponent — and they appear to be wearing gaiters!

1900: This time it’s Michigan with the gaiters.

1906: Love that quilted/padded pant style. And here’s another 1906 design. If anyone from Nike is reading this, please start making those undersleeves, pronto!

1907: Hockey isn’t the only sport where the jerseys used to be sweaters.

1915: Arguably more notable for the crowd-borne “M” than for the unis.

1919: Not very revelatory from a uni standpoint, but what an amazing design! The typography alone is probably my favorite thing in this entire exhibit.

1922: Did Michigan ever wear red pants, or was this just artistic license?

1924: Chinstraps were apparently as optional as the helmets themselves.

1927: Whose knicker-clad leg is that in the foreground — the ref’s?

1928: Note that everyone’s now wearing helmets. Here’s another from the same year — completely new jersey template. And man, those hip pads!

1932 and 1933: In the early 1930s, the programs started featuring photography, giving us a much more realistic view of the uniforms and helmets.

1936: Back to illustration. How great would a poster of this be?

1937 and 1938: Bizarre series. According to the exhibit text: “San Francisco artist Michael Kady’s ‘Kid’ cover for the 1937 Michigan State program proved so popular with U of M football fans he was invited to do a whole series for the 1938 programs [here’s another]. Kady’s own son served as the model for the Norman Rockwell-style paintings.”

1939: Again, quoting the exhibit: “Portraits of the opposing captain highlighted the 1939 programs in a style that mimicked LIFE magazine.” Dig that chenille chest logo!

1940: Compare those pants to today’s, and there’s really not so much difference.

1941: First sighting — at least on the program cover — of Michigan’s classic “winged” helmet design. The team first wore it in 1938, and of course the design itself originated at Princeton (further details here and here).

1943: Check out the little “M” logos on the socks!

1945: Starting to look, every so slightly, like a modern football team.

1952: Love that beret on the ref. (NFL refs used to wear these too, and the league even revived them during the 1994 throwback season, as you can see here.)

1953: Again with the “M” on the socks.

1957: Never knew Michigan wore numbers on their helmets until I saw this shot.

Things start looking pretty conventional after that, but you can see for yourself. Kudos to the Bentley Library for putting together such a kickass gallery, and to J.D. Arendshorst for letting me know about it.

Uni Watch News Ticker: The Sabres are due to unveil their new uniforms tomorrow, but this image leaked yesterday. The colors (good) and logo (bad) are no surprise, but the real news is that front uni number. There’s some NHL precedent for wearing a number on the front, if you count some recent All-Star Games (these designs were used in 2000 and 2001, and these in 2002 and 2003). Too soon to assess this until we see the full uni, though. … Interesting note in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal (forwarded by Michael Reeves) regarding Texas Tech’s road game against UTEP last Saturday: “Texas Tech wore the combination of white jerseys with scarlet pants for the first time in 15 years. The last time the Red Raiders used that combination, according to Tech research, was in a 22-17 loss at Wyoming in 1991. A superstitious Spike Dykes scrapped the white-over-red after that. Tech was to wear white over white on Saturday. A Tech spokesman said the white pants didn’t arrive in time from Under Armour, which is the team’s apparel manufacturer.” … In a truly sublime development, Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema is apparently changing his necktie each week to match the school’s upcoming opponent. Full details here (with thanks to Mike Carr). … I was doing some photo research for another project and stumbled across something I hadn’t recalled seeing before: Mike Piazza wearing a hockey-style mask in 1998. He must have done that only for a very short period. … More mismatched sleeves on the gridiron, this time at the high school level: Norcross High in Georgia looks pretty normal from this side, but things look a little different once you get the full view. And in the unlikely event you were wondering who’s responsible for this hokum, note the shoulder logo. (Thanks to Byron Wages for the tip.) … Finally! A clear view of Jamie Moyer’s Liberty Bell stirrups. … I don’t watch Survivor, but Mayer Weisel does, and he notes that one of the current contestants from the Hispanic team is wearing faux stirrup socks.

 

143 comments to Get with the Program

  • Anthony | September 15, 2006 at 8:34 am |

    I always thought princeton copied the “winged” helmet design from Michigan, not the other way around.

  • Gregg | September 15, 2006 at 8:35 am |

    A shout out to MetsfanAZ, who (in yesterday’s comment section) requested the Mets’statistics in their pinstripe/blue hat combination. The Mets are
    6-4 with that combo–does not include the two ’86 throwback victories. (Incidentally, they are 3-1 with pinstripe/blue-black caps.)

  • Rich | September 15, 2006 at 8:48 am |

    1897, no helmets. That’s hardcore!

    Stupid question coming: What’s a gaiter?

  • Phil | September 15, 2006 at 8:49 am |

    You would think that Eastbay would be up to date…

    Link Name
    http://www.eastbay.c...

    If you want to shop by team you need to click on that teams helmet. Too bad about a half dozen of them have been replaced by new helmet logos.

  • Chris Doran | September 15, 2006 at 8:51 am |

    RE: Referee’s beret… I don’t think it’s a beret so much as a “Jeff Cap”

    RE: Norcross High School. Yesterday someone mentioned St. Joe’s Prep here in Philly. I was unable to find a photo, but the uni’s are the same. Just replace the blue with Maroon. And unless my eyes deceive me, those uniforms come from Oregon.

  • Chris Doran | September 15, 2006 at 8:53 am |

    Side note: I just noticed the tracker on the side of the page.
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    Fantastic job!!

  • Dane | September 15, 2006 at 8:55 am |

    The thing I love from this picture from above is while the refs are wearing the berets, and the ‘skins appear to be in throwbacks, the Colts lineman #79 is wearing Reebok Pumps. I think that was the same style that Art Donovan used to wear…

  • Andy Head | September 15, 2006 at 9:00 am |

    Gaiters: http://en.wikipedia....

    They’re striped vertically in the two pictures Paul specifically referenced above…

  • BDH | September 15, 2006 at 9:19 am |

    Soccer club’s shirt logo reads Link Name>The Referee’s a Wanker

  • BDH | September 15, 2006 at 9:20 am |

    Apparently I’m the wanker

    http://www.thesun.co...,,2-2006420520,00.html

    Link

  • Terry | September 15, 2006 at 9:25 am |

    Maybe I’m a traditionalist – I am not particularly fond of having numbers on the front of hockey jerseys. I just think they look weird. I know it is a lot more common in NCAA college hockey, but I prefer just seeing the logo on the front and that’s it.

    Baseball, basketball and football on the other hand, must be mandatory!

  • Stormy | September 15, 2006 at 9:28 am |

    [quote comment=”8883″]Side note: I just noticed the tracker on the side of the page.
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    Fantastic job!![/quote]

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  • Bill | September 15, 2006 at 9:31 am |

    Thanks, Paul, for the look into the football art at Michigan. The art-deco style on some of the program covers is just treeeeeeeemendous! Man, I wish all schools and pro clubs would use it for their covers.

  • Natron | September 15, 2006 at 9:33 am |

    [quote comment=”8889″]Maybe I’m a traditionalist – I am not particularly fond of having numbers on the front of hockey jerseys. I just think they look weird. I know it is a lot more common in NCAA college hockey, but I prefer just seeing the logo on the front and that’s it.

    Baseball, basketball and football on the other hand, must be mandatory![/quote]

    Generally I agree with you, I’m not a big fan of numbers on the front of hockey jerseys either, but on the right looking jersey, it can look pretty classy.

  • DG Lewis | September 15, 2006 at 10:00 am |

    I don’t usually adhere to the “that’s very cool” school of commenting, but… That’s very cool. The design of the 1917 vs. Cornell program is just amazing.

  • Sammy44 | September 15, 2006 at 10:01 am |

    I can’t believe nobody has commented on the fact that in this pic the coach is wearing the same
    uniform pants as the players. Did football coaches
    used to only do this during practice or did they
    wear the knickers during games also?

    Pic

  • Chad | September 15, 2006 at 10:01 am |

    Hey Paul…i assume you know of this site, the helmet project. It has all historical helmets throughout history as best as the webmaster can compile. He alreay had Michigans numbered, winged helmets in his collection.

    http://www.nationalc...

  • Teebz | September 15, 2006 at 10:10 am |

    [quote comment=”8892″][quote comment=”8889″]Maybe I’m a traditionalist – I am not particularly fond of having numbers on the front of hockey jerseys. I just think they look weird. I know it is a lot more common in NCAA college hockey, but I prefer just seeing the logo on the front and that’s it.

    Baseball, basketball and football on the other hand, must be mandatory![/quote]

    Generally I agree with you, I’m not a big fan of numbers on the front of hockey jerseys either, but on the right looking jersey, it can look pretty classy.[/quote]

    Buffalo’s new jersey hardly have the history that Boston College does. Personally, the numbers are for sleeves and back. Hockey doesn’t need more numbers on the jersey, especially on the front.

  • Teebz | September 15, 2006 at 10:13 am |

    OMG! My bad! That should read Boston University, not Boston College! I apologize to all for my obvious brain-fart.

  • Rico Suave | September 15, 2006 at 10:21 am |

    I noticed during last night’s Twins-Indians game that new DH Phil Nevin had some issues with the “A” at the end of “Minnesota” on the front of his jersey:
    Nevin

    So it seems that the nameplates on the back are just one piece, but the letters on the front are attached individually?!

  • Natron | September 15, 2006 at 10:23 am |

    [quote comment=”8897″][quote comment=”8892″][quote comment=”8889″]Maybe I’m a traditionalist – I am not particularly fond of having numbers on the front of hockey jerseys. I just think they look weird. I know it is a lot more common in NCAA college hockey, but I prefer just seeing the logo on the front and that’s it.

    Baseball, basketball and football on the other hand, must be mandatory![/quote]

    Generally I agree with you, I’m not a big fan of numbers on the front of hockey jerseys either, but on the right looking jersey, it can look pretty classy.[/quote]

    Buffalo’s new jersey hardly have the history that Boston College does. Personally, the numbers are for sleeves and back. Hockey doesn’t need more numbers on the jersey, especially on the front.[/quote]

    Don’t misunderstand me… I, do not condone the Sabre’s unis in any way shape or form, as I noted in no uncertain terms yesterday. I’m simply stating that a number CAN look good on the front of a hockey jersey – just not on Buffalo’s.

  • Rico Suave | September 15, 2006 at 10:23 am |

    hmmm… Try this link

  • John Ekdahl | September 15, 2006 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment=”8883″]Side note: I just noticed the tracker on the side of the page.
    CLASSIC!!!!!! Shows just what one can do with an IP address without malice intended!!

    Fantastic job!![/quote]
    Everyone act normal. *Someone* just made an appearance.

  • Bob Sullivan | September 15, 2006 at 10:27 am |

    In a previous UniWatch, you linked to an early football uniform site, the name of which escapes me at the moment. It detailed that the vests were originally worn to help hold on to the ball. The vests gave way to those sleeve and chest patches of canvas, and eventually were eliminated altogether. So the vests came first.

  • Chris Doran | September 15, 2006 at 10:29 am |

    [quote comment=”8902″][quote comment=”8883″]Side note: I just noticed the tracker on the side of the page.
    CLASSIC!!!!!! Shows just what one can do with an IP address without malice intended!!

    Fantastic job!![/quote]
    Everyone act normal. *Someone* just made an appearance.[/quote]

    Well hello Phil!!!

  • Dan | September 15, 2006 at 10:31 am |

    Maybe this *someone* can actually help me, or anyone else…im a senior at Providence College, and a die hard Friar basketball fan…I would pay a lot of money to buy an authentic Men’s Basketball jersey (made of course by our friends at NIke)
    however, because we’re a small school, Nike doesn’t produce replicas…I refuse to buy the cheap immitations our school store sells, so is there anyway I could special order one from nike? or am i wasting my time?

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | September 15, 2006 at 10:32 am |

    wow…
    so much to comment on today…

    1927: Whose knicker-clad leg is that in the foreground — the ref’s?

    looks like a member of the chain gang
    http://bentley.umich...

    1932 and 1933: In the early 1930s, the programs started featuring photography, giving us a much more realistic view of the uniforms and helmets.

    these sweaters…
    http://bentley.umich...

    a few years back i tried to have one custom done for my high school… expensive! 3-400 bucks (translation 1 mitchell and ness jersey)

    1937 and 1938: Bizarre series. According to the exhibit text: “San Francisco artist Michael Kady’s ‘Kid’ cover for the 1937 Michigan State program proved so popular with U of M football fans he was invited to do a whole series for the 1938 programs [here’s another]. Kady’s own son served as the model for the Norman Rockwell-style paintings.”

    this series
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    http://bentley.umich...

    reminds me of this series
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    http://artfiles.art....
    http://artfiles.art....
    http://imagecache2.a...

    [quote comment=”8890″][quote comment=”8883″]Side note: I just noticed the tracker on the side of the page.
    CLASSIC!!!!!! Shows just what one can do with an IP address without malice intended!!

    Fantastic job!![/quote]

    Is nice! I like!! [/Borat][/quote]

    if i remember correct stormy, you either work or have a connections with a wnba team. so not only do you like the wnba, but you are a borat fan? that is killer!!! sascha baron cohen- a comedic genius and the most underrated in the world. cant wait for his movie to come out in november!
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  • Nolan | September 15, 2006 at 10:46 am |

    [quote comment=”8890″][quote comment=”8883″]Side note: I just noticed the tracker on the side of the page.
    CLASSIC!!!!!! Shows just what one can do with an IP address without malice intended!!

    Fantastic job!![/quote]

    Is nice! I like!! [/Borat][/quote]

    Is is necessary to show us how bad our addiction to this site is? If the first step is admitting you have a problem, well, I’m not ready to walk.

  • SD Chris | September 15, 2006 at 10:48 am |

    [quote comment=”8883″]Side note: I just noticed the tracker on the side of the page.
    CLASSIC!!!!!! Shows just what one can do with an IP address without malice intended!!

    Fantastic job!![/quote]

    I saw this show up yesterday and laughed my ass off when I saw the “Visits From Nike” counter. And low and behold, we have spotted one of the enemies already today!!!

  • redhotfro | September 15, 2006 at 10:50 am |
  • redhotfro | September 15, 2006 at 10:54 am |

    Sorry. Screw up on my part.

  • redhotfro | September 15, 2006 at 10:56 am |

    One more time

    Michigan

  • MetsfanAZ | September 15, 2006 at 11:05 am |

    The Worldwide Leader has a scrolling preview of all the big college games this weekend. Their pic for Auburn has the Russell uni even though they are now the U. of UnderArmour. The others seem to be up to date.

  • MetsfanAZ | September 15, 2006 at 11:08 am |

    [quote comment=”8878″]A shout out to MetsfanAZ, who (in yesterday’s comment section) requested the Mets’statistics in their pinstripe/blue hat combination. The Mets are
    6-4 with that combo–does not include the two ’86 throwback victories. (Incidentally, they are 3-1 with pinstripe/blue-black caps.)[/quote]
    Thanks Gregg, I think what this says more than anything is that in 70ish home games so far they should wear their “home” uni more often.

  • Steven | September 15, 2006 at 11:08 am |

    [quote comment=”8913″]One more time

    Michigan[/quote]

    Wonderful O-h!

  • C.N. | September 15, 2006 at 11:16 am |

    Everyone complains about how bad the Nike uniforms, undershirts, etc. (incidentally, if someone from Nike is here, go screw yourself), but UnderArmour is just as bad. They have taken classy looks from Maryland, Texas Tech, and Auburn, to name a few, and screwed them up royally as well.

  • Pat Taylor | September 15, 2006 at 11:27 am |

    The leg in the 1927 picture appears to be from a member of the chain gang.

  • Gregg | September 15, 2006 at 11:34 am |

    [quote comment=”8916″][quote comment=”8878″]A shout out to MetsfanAZ, who (in yesterday’s comment section) requested the Mets’statistics in their pinstripe/blue hat combination. The Mets are
    6-4 with that combo–does not include the two ’86 throwback victories. (Incidentally, they are 3-1 with pinstripe/blue-black caps.)[/quote]
    Thanks Gregg, I think what this says more than anything is that in 70ish home games so far they should wear their “home” uni more often.[/quote]

    Agreed. And this, given that the pinstripes are still their “official” home uniform. Sure it is. And while I’m on my rant…I can take the black uniforms, and I can take the white uniforms. What I can’t take is the pinstriped uniforms worn with black sleeves and the black/blue hats. That just rubs me the wrong freakin’ way.

  • Jason | September 15, 2006 at 11:42 am |

    [quote comment=”8917″][quote comment=”8913″]One more time

    Michigan[/quote]

    Wonderful O-h![/quote]

    I-O!

  • Buckeye Mike | September 15, 2006 at 11:42 am |

    [quote comment=”8917″][quote comment=”8913″]One more time

    Michigan[/quote]

    Wonderful O-h![/quote]

    Well since no one else had the greatness of mind to reply,
    I! O!

  • Anthony Memme | September 15, 2006 at 11:44 am |

    [quote comment=”8906″]sascha baron cohen- a comedic genius and the most underrated in the world. cant wait for his movie to come out in november![/quote]

    You won’t be disappointed. It’s awesome

  • a arauz | September 15, 2006 at 11:46 am |

    [quote comment=”8904″][quote comment=”8902″][quote comment=”8883″]Side note: I just noticed the tracker on the side of the page.
    CLASSIC!!!!!! Shows just what one can do with an IP address without malice intended!!

    Fantastic job!![/quote]
    Everyone act normal. *Someone* just made an appearance.[/quote]

    Well hello Phil!!![/quote]
    HaHaHaHaHaHa !!!

    Brillant!

  • Nolan | September 15, 2006 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”8918″]Everyone complains about how bad the Nike uniforms, undershirts, etc. (incidentally, if someone from Nike is here, go screw yourself), but UnderArmour is just as bad. They have taken classy looks from Maryland, Texas Tech, and Auburn, to name a few, and screwed them up royally as well.[/quote]

    UA’s claim to fame initially was that any player using their product bought it themselves. They didn’t have any paid endorsers and therefore the players used it because it was the best product at the time. Then, the dollar signs in their eyes got huge and now they only seem to want to compete heads up with Nike. Including but not limited to random piping.

    New Balance isn’t looking that much better in my eyes. Anyone remember the “endorsed by no one” shirts? Now what?

    Side note: Under Armour is now in
    High School

  • sh | September 15, 2006 at 12:04 pm |

    Not football related, but found this pic today in an SI baseball gallery: 1964 Phillies

    It would appear that the ‘P’ on the batting helmet is a raised logo similar to the Japanese WBC helmets.

    The Dressed to the Nines doesn’t show batting helmets.
    I don’t recall reading anything here before, but have other MLB teams ever used a style like this?

  • Mark | September 15, 2006 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”8917″][quote comment=”8913″]One more time

    Michigan[/quote]

    Wonderful O-h![/quote]

    here’s an I-O from Cincinnati! Go Bucks!

  • David | September 15, 2006 at 12:14 pm |

    Mike Piazza wore the hockey-style catcher’s mask for a few days after he had been hit hard by a backswing (If I remember correctly, it was from the bat of Gary Sheffield).

  • John Ekdahl | September 15, 2006 at 12:28 pm |

    I just noticed during Sportscenter that the Rangers have cut the big “T” logo into the grass (or painted) on the batter’s eye.

    How long have they been doing this? It’s new to me.

    It looks great, though.

  • Luke | September 15, 2006 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”8918″]Everyone complains about how bad the Nike uniforms, undershirts, etc. (incidentally, if someone from Nike is here, go screw yourself), but UnderArmour is just as bad. They have taken classy looks from Maryland, Texas Tech, and Auburn, to name a few, and screwed them up royally as well.[/quote]
    I’ll agree with Maryland and Texas Tech, but they left Auburn’s unis virtually untouched, with the exception of their logo and the font of “AUBURN” at the neckline. Still a classy uniform for the Tigers.
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  • Luke | September 15, 2006 at 12:31 pm |

    And notice in that first Auburn picture, all of the Russell Athletic logos have been photoshopped out, as all those shots are from 2005.

  • J-Rob | September 15, 2006 at 12:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”8932″][quote comment=”8918″]Everyone complains about how bad the Nike uniforms, undershirts, etc. (incidentally, if someone from Nike is here, go screw yourself), but UnderArmour is just as bad. They have taken classy looks from Maryland, Texas Tech, and Auburn, to name a few, and screwed them up royally as well.[/quote]
    I’ll agree with Maryland and Texas Tech, but they left Auburn’s unis virtually untouched, with the exception of their logo and the font of “AUBURN” at the neckline. Still a classy uniform for the Tigers.
    Old: http://graphics.fans...
    New: http://sports.espn.g...

    I agree, Auburn looks pretty good.

  • Riff | September 15, 2006 at 1:08 pm |

    This pic shows that these are the same as these, only colored differently. Note the jagged edge by the armpit and the insert over the shoulder, it matches SC’s seam between the underarm gusset and shoulder yoke. I think these are SC’s template as well.

  • 13monkeys | September 15, 2006 at 1:24 pm |

    For those interested in the new Buffalo Sabres jerseys:

    I stumbled upon this interesting site which contains a lot of cool designs made by a fan who has been trying to get the Sabres to reinstitute the blue and gold for years now.

    Sabres

    Looks like he put a ton of work into these and many of them look cooler than what the Sabres settled on.

    On a side note I have heard that, in order to appease some of the negative lashback they have received already from Sabres fans, they will be wearing throwback uniforms (Buffalo over crossed sabres) for some games this season.

    Side note 2: The Bruins have dumped the Pooh bear and will wear their 80’s throwback, Black with the simple spoked wheel, for home conference opponents.

  • Riff | September 15, 2006 at 1:24 pm |

    Why in the world was Jake Delhomme wearing turf shoes on real grass last weekend?!

  • Lincoln | September 15, 2006 at 1:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”8940″]For those interested in the new Buffalo Sabres jerseys:

    I stumbled upon this interesting site which contains a lot of cool designs made by a fan who has been trying to get the Sabres to reinstitute the blue and gold for years now.

    Sabres

    Looks like he put a ton of work into these and many of them look cooler than what the Sabres settled on.

    On a side note I have heard that, in order to appease some of the negative lashback they have received already from Sabres fans, they will be wearing throwback uniforms (Buffalo over crossed sabres) for some games this season.

    Side note 2: The Bruins have dumped the Pooh bear and will wear their 80’s throwback, Black with the simple spoked wheel, for home conference opponents.[/quote]

    New to the site? This has all been discussed before.

  • Paul Lukas | September 15, 2006 at 1:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”8928″]It would appear that the ‘P’ on the batting helmet is a raised logo similar to the Japanese WBC helmets.

    The Dressed to the Nines doesn’t show batting helmets.
    I don’t recall reading anything here before, but have other MLB teams ever used a style like this?[/quote]

    The Cubs still use the raised appliqué today.

  • a arauz | September 15, 2006 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”8918″]Everyone complains about how bad the Nike uniforms, undershirts, etc. (incidentally, if someone from Nike is here, go screw yourself), but UnderArmour is just as bad. They have taken classy looks from Maryland, Texas Tech, and Auburn, to name a few, and screwed them up royally as well.[/quote]
    UnderAmour has indeed made Maryland look bad, but not as horrible as West Virginia made them look. Wow, I thought they would score 42 points in that first quarter.

  • Jonathan | September 15, 2006 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”8898″]OMG! My bad! That should read Boston University, not Boston College! I apologize to all for my obvious brain-fart.[/quote]

    AAARRRRGGGGHHHHHH! Thanks for the apology, but confusing BU/BC is NOT COOL!!! It’s like mixing up Michigan/Michigan State . . . or, or, I don’t know what!!

    BTW, I think the Terriers were undefeated (or maybe 1 loss) in those sweaters last season!

  • Banker Bill | September 15, 2006 at 2:05 pm |

    As a hockey fan/player/official, there is no better hockey to watch for sheer passion than the Beanpot tournament every year – aside from the great hockey, usually you get great Unis. Of course, BU jerseys look classic, but I’ve always liked BC as well. Even though they don’t play in that tourney – I like Maine and UNH too. Understated – good color schemes – just nice unis.

  • Paul P | September 15, 2006 at 2:08 pm |

    Really cool uni related news out of Bruins camp (and no, I’m not going to say that they got rid of Pooh bear)

    Reading through the daily training camp blog on the team website, I read that Hannu Toivonen is going to be wearing a Denis Lemieux replica mask!!

    If you got to this page: Bruins Video on the top right hand corner, there are video links. Click on the one that says “Expectations High in Bruins Camp”, and at 1:51 you can see the mask in Hannu’s locker above his right shoulder.

    How great is that mask?!

  • Banker Bill | September 15, 2006 at 2:11 pm |

    Maybe I’m weird – but the new Sabres jersey isn’t half as repulsive to me as I thought it would be – I like it better than the new (Disney doesn’t own us anymore, so please no more Mighty) Ducks unis.

    Opinion question – since it’s time to start thinking pucks again – what NHL uni (other than the Sabres and Ducks) needs a major overhaul?

  • Paul P | September 15, 2006 at 2:12 pm |

    Lets try that again

    Bruins

  • Jonathan | September 15, 2006 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”8946″]As a hockey fan/player/official, there is no better hockey to watch for sheer passion than the Beanpot tournament every year – aside from the great hockey, usually you get great Unis. Of course, BU jerseys look classic, but I’ve always liked BC as well. Even though they don’t play in that tourney – I like Maine and UNH too. Understated – good color schemes – just nice unis.[/quote]

    I couldn’t agree more . . even though we have a running joke about Northeastern’s uniforms. It seems they change EVERY Year!! Actually I think the Maine jerseys (the home ones) were mentioned as one of the classiest designs in College Hockey.

    Black Bears Home Jersey

    I still think these are better!
    Go Terriers

    But I might be biased

  • John Ekdahl | September 15, 2006 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”8946″]As a hockey fan/player/official, there is no better hockey to watch for sheer passion than the Beanpot tournament every year – aside from the great hockey, usually you get great Unis. Of course, BU jerseys look classic, but I’ve always liked BC as well. Even though they don’t play in that tourney – I like Maine and UNH too. Understated – good color schemes – just nice unis.[/quote]
    I love the UNH unis. Of course, I’m a little biased. That’s where I went to college.

  • a arauz | September 15, 2006 at 2:53 pm |

    Mr. Met —
    must be nice to have your own personalized lid.
    M&N

  • Nolan | September 15, 2006 at 2:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”8948″]Maybe I’m weird – but the new Sabres jersey isn’t half as repulsive to me as I thought it would be – I like it better than the new (Disney doesn’t own us anymore, so please no more Mighty) Ducks unis.

    Opinion question – since it’s time to start thinking pucks again – what NHL uni (other than the Sabres and Ducks) needs a major overhaul?[/quote]

    Needed or not the Stars are in the last year of this design. Reportedly based on the switch to the slim fit sweater.

  • a arauz | September 15, 2006 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”8953″]Mr. Met —
    must be nice to have your own personalized lid.
    M&N[/quote]

    Aarrrgh! Webmaster, can we have a link-posting for dummies guide?

    M&N

  • Banker Bill | September 15, 2006 at 2:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”8951″][quote comment=”8946″]As a hockey fan/player/official, there is no better hockey to watch for sheer passion than the Beanpot tournament every year – aside from the great hockey, usually you get great Unis. Of course, BU jerseys look classic, but I’ve always liked BC as well. Even though they don’t play in that tourney – I like Maine and UNH too. Understated – good color schemes – just nice unis.[/quote]

    I couldn’t agree more . . even though we have a running joke about Northeastern’s uniforms. It seems they change EVERY Year!! Actually I think the Maine jerseys (the home ones) were mentioned as one of the classiest designs in College Hockey.

    Black Bears Home Jersey

    I still think these are better!
    Go Terriers

    But I might be biased[/quote]

    Had to see the latest Northeastern jersey – that dual-colored “N” is rather obnoxious…. a friend of mine went to UNH and when I told her I was a hockey nut, she gave me a personalized UNH jersey as a present – nicest gift anyone’s gotten me in a long time.

  • John Ekdahl | September 15, 2006 at 3:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”8955″][quote comment=”8953″]Mr. Met —
    must be nice to have your own personalized lid.
    M&N[/quote]

    Aarrrgh! Webmaster, can we have a link-posting for dummies guide?

    M&N[/quote]
    There’s a cut-and-paste code right above the “Say It” button.

    Replace put_link_address_here with the actual link address (be sure it’s the full one with http)

    Replace Link Name with whatever you want the link to be named (the underlined green text)

  • Chris | September 15, 2006 at 3:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”8928″]Not football related, but found this pic today in an SI baseball gallery: 1964 Phillies

    It would appear that the ‘P’ on the batting helmet is a raised logo similar to the Japanese WBC helmets.

    The Dressed to the Nines doesn’t show batting helmets.
    I don’t recall reading anything here before, but have other MLB teams ever used a style like this?[/quote]

    Johnny should be holding meetings with Pedro with the sleeves cut like that. (You may say that it is just the way the picture is “cut and pasted” but I did a quick google image search and you can see the cut in a couple of his baseball cards).

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | September 15, 2006 at 3:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”8925″][quote comment=”8906″]sascha baron cohen- a comedic genius and the most underrated in the world. cant wait for his movie to come out in november![/quote]

    You won’t be disappointed. It’s awesome[/quote]

    how did you get to see it? movie festival? the trailers on youtube are hilarious…

    i’ve been trying to explain the whole ali g/borat/bruno thing to my buddies. they just dont seem to get it. when the movie releases im not sure if i want to get them drunk before the movie or let them have a go at it sober…

  • Bob | September 15, 2006 at 3:10 pm |

    the nike uniforms that the high schools have are purchased by the schools i believe. i know that nike has a site where you can design and purchase team uniforms from a certain number of templates. i dont remember the website but i am still looking

  • Chris Doran | September 15, 2006 at 3:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”8954″][quote comment=”8948″]Maybe I’m weird – but the new Sabres jersey isn’t half as repulsive to me as I thought it would be – I like it better than the new (Disney doesn’t own us anymore, so please no more Mighty) Ducks unis.

    Opinion question – since it’s time to start thinking pucks again – what NHL uni (other than the Sabres and Ducks) needs a major overhaul?[/quote]

    Needed or not the Stars are in the last year of this design. Reportedly based on the switch to the slim fit sweater.[/quote]

    I shudder to see the design Reebok has planned… Not just for Dallas, but for all the teams.

    Hockey sweaters should be worn loose and free flowing!!

  • ard | September 15, 2006 at 3:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”8960″]the nike uniforms that the high schools have are purchased by the schools i believe. i know that nike has a site where you can design and purchase team uniforms from a certain number of templates. i dont remember the website but i am still looking[/quote]

    this site allows you to design uniforms

  • Beefalo | September 15, 2006 at 3:19 pm |

    Although the Sabres uniforms might not be ready to be unveiled, one retailer has their hats up for sale already.

    Sabres Hats

  • Richard | September 15, 2006 at 3:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”8959″][quote comment=”8925″][quote comment=”8906″]sascha baron cohen- a comedic genius and the most underrated in the world. cant wait for his movie to come out in november![/quote]

    You won’t be disappointed. It’s awesome[/quote]

    how did you get to see it? movie festival? the trailers on youtube are hilarious…

    i’ve been trying to explain the whole ali g/borat/bruno thing to my buddies. they just dont seem to get it. when the movie releases im not sure if i want to get them drunk before the movie or let them have a go at it sober…[/quote]

    i just saw the trailer last night in the theatre, and it was hysterical. the man’s a genius.

  • Richard | September 15, 2006 at 3:32 pm |

    and keeping Borat on topic – he has a nice suit as a uniform…and wears a swimsuit that would make a certain oregonian happy (green and yellow colored).

  • AMS | September 15, 2006 at 3:32 pm |

    NHL uniforms in need of a makeover:

    Dallas, for sure
    Washington, for sure
    Tampa Bay could use a new typeface

    and someone needs to tell thr flyers to get rid ofthe black sweater…orange/white all the way.

    my beloved penguins would make me a happy man by going back to the late 80s/early 90s duds, but it won’t happen.

  • Fraser | September 15, 2006 at 3:36 pm |

    The new Sabres kit makes me sick

    The NHL does need to make its teams rethink their designs and come up with some better stuff for next year when the jerseys get slimmer. Most of the teams are hideous now…And I am a hockey fan. ugh.

  • Steve | September 15, 2006 at 3:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”8920″][quote comment=”8916″][quote comment=”8878″]A shout out to MetsfanAZ, who (in yesterday’s comment section) requested the Mets’statistics in their pinstripe/blue hat combination. The Mets are
    6-4 with that combo–does not include the two ’86 throwback victories. (Incidentally, they are 3-1 with pinstripe/blue-black caps.)[/quote]
    Thanks Gregg, I think what this says more than anything is that in 70ish home games so far they should wear their “home” uni more often.[/quote]

    Agreed. And this, given that the pinstripes are still their “official” home uniform. Sure it is. And while I’m on my rant…I can take the black uniforms, and I can take the white uniforms. What I can’t take is the pinstriped uniforms worn with black sleeves and the black/blue hats. That just rubs me the wrong freakin’ way.[/quote]

    October is right around the corner, and the Mets did not wear the blue hat neither in 1999 not in 2000. I know MLB premeires their new jackets and sweatshirts in the playoffs (and I know the Mets hate to pair the blue hat with the black jacket), but I’d love to see the Mets in blue this postseason.

    Perhaps a cause someone here will take up.

  • Chris Doran | September 15, 2006 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”8968″]NHL uniforms in need of a makeover:

    and someone needs to tell thr flyers to get rid ofthe black sweater…orange/white all the way.

    [/quote]

    those jerseys were not truly orange… more like a reddish orange…

  • AMS | September 15, 2006 at 4:08 pm |

    those jerseys were not truly orange… more like a reddish orange…

    either way, they beat the black the flyers wear at home now…

  • Andy Head | September 15, 2006 at 4:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”8948″]Opinion question – since it’s time to start thinking pucks again – what NHL uni (other than the Sabres and Ducks) needs a major overhaul?[/quote]

    Ugh… definately Columbus (what the hell is a Blue Jacket, anyway?). I also hate Colorado (but maybe partly because I’m a Red Wings fan) and Vancouver — but the Canucks’ alternates with the stick logo are pretty classy…

  • Andy Head | September 15, 2006 at 4:34 pm |

    Ugh… now I’m doing it. Must be Friday.

    Canucks’ stick logo

  • Matthew | September 15, 2006 at 4:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”8974″][quote comment=”8948″]Opinion question – since it’s time to start thinking pucks again – what NHL uni (other than the Sabres and Ducks) needs a major overhaul?[/quote]

    Ugh… definately Columbus (what the hell is a Blue Jacket, anyway?). I also hate Colorado (but maybe partly because I’m a Red Wings fan) and Vancouver — but the Canucks’ alternates with the stick logo are pretty classy…[/quote]

    It’s the third cousin, twice removed, of the Yellow Jacket.

    I really don’t know what it is either, but I still think it’s cool name.

  • Paul Lukas | September 15, 2006 at 4:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”8970″]I’d love to see the Mets in blue this postseason.

    Perhaps a cause someone here will take up.[/quote]

    Sooner than you’d think. Stay tuned.

  • Kevin K | September 15, 2006 at 4:46 pm |

    I live in Ann Arbor, and am a HUGE Michigan fan, and have seen a lot of the exhibit. I recently had to research the early years of the university and while looking around I came across a lot of those pictures and many more. Just like Paul, those striped socks were the first thing that jumped out at me. Gotta love them.

    Go Blue!

  • Nolan | September 15, 2006 at 4:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”8976″][quote comment=”8974″][quote comment=”8948″]Opinion question – since it’s time to start thinking pucks again – what NHL uni (other than the Sabres and Ducks) needs a major overhaul?[/quote]

    Ugh… definately Columbus (what the hell is a Blue Jacket, anyway?). I also hate Colorado (but maybe partly because I’m a Red Wings fan) and Vancouver — but the Canucks’ alternates with the stick logo are pretty classy…[/quote]

    It’s the third cousin, twice removed, of the Yellow Jacket.

    I really don’t know what it is either, but I still think it’s cool name.[/quote]

    Amazingly, it’s a Civil War reference…I know, I know, we are officially out of ideas.

  • Valjean | September 15, 2006 at 4:58 pm |

    Great piece on the UM exhibit. And not uni-related, but anyone else notice that the price of the program stayed the same for (at least) *21 years*! (1924-45, at a quarter … then doubled by ’52.)

    OK, there was this thing called the Great Depression in there (not to mention WW2), but the economics are just stunning — can you think of *anything* sports-related that costs the same now as 1985?

  • Teebz | September 15, 2006 at 4:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”8945″][quote comment=”8898″]OMG! My bad! That should read Boston University, not Boston College! I apologize to all for my obvious brain-fart.[/quote]

    AAARRRRGGGGHHHHHH! Thanks for the apology, but confusing BU/BC is NOT COOL!!! It’s like mixing up Michigan/Michigan State . . . or, or, I don’t know what!!

    BTW, I think the Terriers were undefeated (or maybe 1 loss) in those sweaters last season![/quote]

    I wasn’t confused by them. Rather, I was writing a report for work while reading UniWatch. I went back to the report, which deals with a donation to a local Community College, and accidentally wrote “college” instead of “university” when I swapped back to UniWatch. I mean, any school who produce players like John Cullen, Mike Eruzione, Shawn McEachern, Chris Drury, and 15-year man Rick DiPietro should never be confused with BC.

    Again, I apologize for the glaring error!

  • Teebz | September 15, 2006 at 5:05 pm |

    I have to say that the slim-fitting jerseys are quite an abomination to the game of hockey. My collection of NHL jerseys will only be pre-2008.

    Reebok is, in my opinion, as bad as Nike. They took a rather simple idea and made it into a league-wide Oregon joke. Why can’t people leave well-enough alone?!?!?!?

  • Jonathan | September 15, 2006 at 5:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”8898″]

    I wasn’t confused by them. Rather, I was writing a report for work while reading UniWatch. I went back to the report, which deals with a donation to a local Community College, and accidentally wrote “college” instead of “university” when I swapped back to UniWatch. I mean, any school who produce players like John Cullen, Mike Eruzione, Shawn McEachern, Chris Drury, and 15-year man Rick DiPietro should never be confused with BC.

    Again, I apologize for the glaring error![/quote]

    For invoking the name of Shawn McEachern (the fastest guy I’ve ever seen in person on a pair of CCMs) you are hereby forgiven.

    In all fairness thought a couple of BC guys have turned out okay (Leetch, Guerin)

  • Lincoln | September 15, 2006 at 5:14 pm |

    According to the tracker, there are now 25 view by Nike.

  • Andy Head | September 15, 2006 at 5:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”8979″]Amazingly, it’s a Civil War reference…I know, I know, we are officially out of ideas.[/quote]

    I wondered if maybe it was something along those lines, but dismissed it… at least they didn’t try to use some sort of corny mascot to really make it obvious.

  • Jonathan | September 15, 2006 at 5:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”8985″]According to the tracker, there are now 25 view by Nike.[/quote]

    Yeah, I’m a little skeptical of that . . .

    What’s the methodology for actually tracking that? Posters with nike.com e-mail domains?? I’m probably being to webmaster specific and not Uni-specific today, so I’ll stop now.

  • DenverGregg | September 15, 2006 at 5:27 pm |

    TexTech had used a cool number template before UA screwed that up.

    Notice that the New Balance unis are worn by the team where the backup punter stabbed the starter. Bad karma for New Balance, or conspiracy by a scared supplier?

    Best college hockey uni has to be the NoDak Fighting Sioux (and I say that as a Denver fan).

    NHL unis that need replacement:
    – Columbus (looks like an explosion in a flag factory); and
    – San Jose (no teal in hockey!).

  • John Ekdahl | September 15, 2006 at 5:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”8987″][quote comment=”8985″]According to the tracker, there are now 25 view by Nike.[/quote]

    Yeah, I’m a little skeptical of that . . .

    What’s the methodology for actually tracking that? Posters with nike.com e-mail domains?? I’m probably being to webmaster specific and not Uni-specific today, so I’ll stop now.[/quote]
    No need to be skeptical. Every hit to this website is logged by IP address. Every hit that matches Nike’s IP addresses (which I have) is counted and displayed under Visits From Nike.

    It’s legit.

  • Jim | September 15, 2006 at 5:33 pm |

    The U of C beat Michagan in 1897 (21-12) and in 1900 (15-6). Go Maroons!

  • Jonathan | September 15, 2006 at 5:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”8988″]
    Best college hockey uni has to be the NoDak Fighting Sioux (and I say that as a Denver fan).[/quote]

    I’m not sure about that . . .anything with this much green in it can be a little tough on the eyes.

    Although it does make for a very festive matchup when the Sioux play Wisconsin

  • Jonathan | September 15, 2006 at 5:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”8985″]
    No need to be skeptical. Every hit to this website is logged by IP address. Every hit that matches Nike’s IP addresses (which I have) is counted and displayed under Visits From Nike.

    It’s legit.[/quote]

    I’m sorry I doubted you, John.

    Kinda frightening that someone in Beaverton has that much time on his hands, though. (although I’ve been in and out of the blog all-day, so people in glass houses . . . yadda, yadda, yadda . . .)

  • John Ekdahl | September 15, 2006 at 5:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”8992″]I’m sorry I doubted you, John.

    Kinda frightening that someone in Beaverton has that much time on his hands, though. (although I’ve been in and out of the blog all-day, so people in glass houses . . . yadda, yadda, yadda . . .)[/quote]
    Apparently, they monitor websites that show interest in the company (or are critical). Todd Krevanchi mentioned that a couple days ago.

    Do I have that right, Todd?

    No worries abouting doubting the coding. The internet isn’t exactly known for its honesty.

  • The Kid | September 15, 2006 at 6:04 pm |

    Hey Paul, on the topic of that picture you found of mike piazza wearing the hockey style mask. I remember when that happend. Must have been about 4 or 5 years ago. The game before he was hit by the backswing of a Braves batter and was pretty bloody. The Backswing hit him right around the temple/ear area which is the place with the least amount of protection on the old style masks, and one of the most heavily padded areas on the hockey style masks. I couldnt find a picture of Piazza all bloody, but im sure it does exist.

  • Chuck Ryals | September 15, 2006 at 6:09 pm |

    new Sabres jersey looks ok to me from that picture. While I do not care for the number on the front, it looks better on the top of the jersey, as compared to the bottom.

  • Aaron | September 15, 2006 at 6:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”8974″][quote comment=”8948″]Opinion question – since it’s time to start thinking pucks again – what NHL uni (other than the Sabres and Ducks) needs a major overhaul?[/quote]

    Ugh… definately Columbus (what the hell is a Blue Jacket, anyway?). I also hate Colorado (but maybe partly because I’m a Red Wings fan) and Vancouver — but the Canucks’ alternates with the stick logo are pretty classy…[/quote]
    The reason they are called the Blue Jackets is because Columbus is the city where the BLUE JACKETS that the Union wore during the Civil War were manufactured. It’s can be a very cool name if they only incorporated something of Civil War into the jersey/logo, but I guess in this politically correct world they wouldn’t allow something warlike in public view.

  • 13monkeys | September 15, 2006 at 6:40 pm |

    I read the site most of the time, I usually don’t wade through the comments though. That pesky work thing always gets in the way.

    [quote comment=”8942″][quote comment=”8940″]For those interested in the new Buffalo Sabres jerseys:

    I stumbled upon this interesting site which contains a lot of cool designs made by a fan who has been trying to get the Sabres to reinstitute the blue and gold for years now.

    Sabres

    Looks like he put a ton of work into these and many of them look cooler than what the Sabres settled on.

    On a side note I have heard that, in order to appease some of the negative lashback they have received already from Sabres fans, they will be wearing throwback uniforms (Buffalo over crossed sabres) for some games this season.

    Side note 2: The Bruins have dumped the Pooh bear and will wear their 80’s throwback, Black with the simple spoked wheel, for home conference opponents.[/quote]

    New to the site? This has all been discussed before.[/quote]

  • Andy Head | September 15, 2006 at 6:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”8996″]The reason they are called the Blue Jackets is because Columbus is the city where the BLUE JACKETS that the Union wore during the Civil War were manufactured.[/quote]

    Ah, finally an explaination I understand. Still don’t think I agree that it’s the best possible name for a 21st-century hockey team, but at least I get it now.

  • Art | September 15, 2006 at 7:19 pm |

    The counter seems to be slightly deceptive. Everytime you try to look at a new page, it counts as a “visit.” So looking at comments on one post, going back to the homepage, viewing another post’s comments, etc. , all count as a unique visit.

    But I guess it is confirming that Nike is indeed looking at everything.

  • Mike from Queens | September 15, 2006 at 7:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”8948″]Opinion question – since it’s time to start thinking pucks again – what NHL uni needs a major overhaul?[/quote]

    A whole bunch can do much better. As I’ve said here before, I hate the Devils jerseys only because when your name is reminiscent of hellfire and demons, a fucking NJ monogram demonstrates a total lack of creativity.

    I don’t think enough teams use green, but thoseDallas jerseys are weak. Especially that third jersey. Yuck.

    I hate the Blackhawks jerseys. No Indian politicking, I just don’t like it. I know it’s classic, but so are monarchies and despotism.

    The Florida Panthers need to wake up and figure out something fresh and new. This was never good in the first place, let’s not settle for mediocrity.

    I usually don’t fuss much about older jerseys, but the Washington Capitals’ current jerseys are pathetic compared to these beauties: dark,white.

    Totally agree about the Vancouver Canucks. Change the name back to the Millionaires and throw these on their backs. I think this was also one of their unis

    As I heard someone mention a while back (pre-blog?), I concur that the teams from Buffalo should stop using a fucking Buffalo in the logo. The Sabres have no excuse for this. Or, even this (though I dig the number on the front). You want a buffalo in your logo? Become the Buffalo Buffaloes and get it over with.

    I simply don’t like Carolina’s unis. Don’t know why, really. I like the logo, but something bugs me about it.

    I’ll probably be crucified for saying this here, but that Nashville Predators third jersey is awesome. I don’t like the shiny silver bits, but those are some cool jerseys.

    Sorry for the long post, but hockey never gets its due so I had to get it out of my system. If most of these links are broken, I hope Ek just deletes the whole post like nothing ever happened.

  • DenverGregg | September 15, 2006 at 8:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”8991″].anything with this much green in it can be a little tough on the eyes.[/quote]

    Green in unis is like money in my pocket – there can never be too much of it.

    I agree with the dislike of the Canes unis – maybe they have too much red.

    The Pred’s mustard unis are alright, except for the reflector tape.

    Can’t agree about the like of the old-style Caps though. It just looks little-league.

  • Brian from Short Island | September 15, 2006 at 8:13 pm |

    CBJ’s right shoulder patch is a Civil War hat…

  • Brian from Short Island | September 15, 2006 at 8:14 pm |

    found a photo

  • Chris Doran | September 15, 2006 at 9:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”9001″][quote comment=”8948″]Opinion question – since it’s time to start thinking pucks again – what NHL uni needs a major overhaul?[/quote]

    A whole bunch can do much better. As I’ve said here before, I hate the Devils jerseys only because when your name is reminiscent of hellfire and demons, a fucking NJ monogram demonstrates a total lack of creativity.

    I don’t think enough teams use green, but thoseDallas jerseys are weak. Especially that third jersey. Yuck.

    I hate the Blackhawks jerseys. No Indian politicking, I just don’t like it. I know it’s classic, but so are monarchies and despotism.

    The Florida Panthers need to wake up and figure out something fresh and new. This was never good in the first place, let’s not settle for mediocrity.

    I usually don’t fuss much about older jerseys, but the Washington Capitals’ current jerseys are pathetic compared to these beauties: dark,white.

    Totally agree about the Vancouver Canucks. Change the name back to the Millionaires and throw these on their backs. I think this was also one of their unis

    As I heard someone mention a while back (pre-blog?), I concur that the teams from Buffalo should stop using a fucking Buffalo in the logo. The Sabres have no excuse for this. Or, even this (though I dig the number on the front). You want a buffalo in your logo? Become the Buffalo Buffaloes and get it over with.

    I simply don’t like Carolina’s unis. Don’t know why, really. I like the logo, but something bugs me about it.

    I’ll probably be crucified for saying this here, but that Nashville Predators third jersey is awesome. I don’t like the shiny silver bits, but those are some cool jerseys.

    Sorry for the long post, but hockey never gets its due so I had to get it out of my system. If most of these links are broken, I hope Ek just deletes the whole post like nothing ever happened.[/quote]
    Agreed about not enough hockey!!

    The old Sabres logo was self-explanatory a Buffalo over two crossed swords, or sabres as it were Sabres old school

    The Canucks have looked much worse

    How’s this for green?

  • C.N. | September 15, 2006 at 9:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”8938″][quote comment=”8932″][quote comment=”8918″]Everyone complains about how bad the Nike uniforms, undershirts, etc. (incidentally, if someone from Nike is here, go screw yourself), but UnderArmour is just as bad. They have taken classy looks from Maryland, Texas Tech, and Auburn, to name a few, and screwed them up royally as well.[/quote]
    I’ll agree with Maryland and Texas Tech, but they left Auburn’s unis virtually untouched, with the exception of their logo and the font of “AUBURN” at the neckline. Still a classy uniform for the Tigers.
    Old: http://graphics.fans...
    New: http://sports.espn.g...

    I agree, Auburn looks pretty good.[/quote]

    It’s OK. I like the old plain font a lot better. Also, the new font is the same one the mens’ basketball team uses on their jerseys, which can’t be good karma for the football team.

  • John Ekdahl | September 15, 2006 at 9:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”8999″]The counter seems to be slightly deceptive. Everytime you try to look at a new page, it counts as a “visit.” So looking at comments on one post, going back to the homepage, viewing another post’s comments, etc. , all count as a unique visit.

    But I guess it is confirming that Nike is indeed looking at everything.[/quote]
    I don’t know what’s “deceptive” about it.

    The counter counts you once a day in the Unique Visits and counts every time you load a page in Page Views. So if you refresh the homepage 20 times today, it will count it once in Unique Visits and 20 times in Page Views.

    As for the Nike count… It wouldn’t make much sense to show “Unique Visits” for them because it would basically only register 1 per day. Their entire office accesses this site from the same IP range. I’m more interested in how many times they check this site per day, as I’m sure most other people are.

    Understand the difference?

  • Tim Mc | September 15, 2006 at 9:51 pm |

    I’ll probably be crucified for saying this here, but that Nashville Predators third jersey is awesome. I don’t like the shiny silver bits, but those are some cool jerseys.

    Not at all, I agree whole heartedly. also, (IMO) gotta love the Colorado 3rds

  • mallrat | September 15, 2006 at 10:12 pm |

    Not uni-specific but nothing beats the Providence University “Skating Friar” So old school and simple it’s wonderful, despite the fact that the team wearing it rarely is wonderful. Wow that’s a run-on sentence.

  • Kyle | September 15, 2006 at 10:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”8969″]The new Sabres kit makes me sick

    The NHL does need to make its teams rethink their designs and come up with some better stuff for next year when the jerseys get slimmer. Most of the teams are hideous now…And I am a hockey fan. ugh.[/quote]

    You know, the more I look at them, the more I like the color changes and even the number on the front, but god, that logo…

    Of course I also graduated from a school that calls itself the Purple Tornado, and ran out onto the soccer field myself on more than one occasion in a purple top, purple shorts, and purple socks, so I may not be the best judge of uniform quality.

  • Jill | September 15, 2006 at 10:20 pm |

    The thing that kills me about the whole Nike hatemail after the USA Today article is that a group of people who sit around and discuss uniforms all day probably buy a lot of athletic equipment so you shouldn’t piss them off.

    I’m sure the guy didn’t know it would be found out that he works for Nike. I’ve always liked Nike products, sure there are ugly things I would never wear, but most of their products are good. For a while, they were the only company making tennis shoes I could wear that wouldn’t fall apart after a few weeks.

    Do other companies also monitor this site, like Reebok or Under Armour?

  • Kris McInnis | September 15, 2006 at 10:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”8932″][quote comment=”8918″]Everyone complains about how bad the Nike uniforms, undershirts, etc. (incidentally, if someone from Nike is here, go screw yourself), but UnderArmour is just as bad. They have taken classy looks from Maryland, Texas Tech, and Auburn, to name a few, and screwed them up royally as well.[/quote]
    I’ll agree with Maryland and Texas Tech, but they left Auburn’s unis virtually untouched, with the exception of their logo and the font of “AUBURN” at the neckline. Still a classy uniform for the Tigers.
    Old: http://graphics.fans...
    New: http://sports.espn.g...

    Well, it could be worse.

    I will say though, I got an up-close look at the new jersey at the campus bookstore and the neckline typeface looks pretty goofy. I can’t remember for sure, but I believe it was a Corp. Gothic font. The point is the sariffed edges, on TV, make it look like some cutesy second-grade bulletin board heading.

  • Sammy | September 15, 2006 at 10:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”8948″]Maybe I’m weird – but the new Sabres jersey isn’t half as repulsive to me as I thought it would be – I like it better than the new (Disney doesn’t own us anymore, so please no more Mighty) Ducks unis.

    Opinion question – since it’s time to start thinking pucks again – what NHL uni (other than the Sabres and Ducks) needs a major overhaul?[/quote]

    You’re right. I thought the buffaslug would look awful, but the uniforms are actually acceptable otherwise. I haven’t seen them on a player yet, though.

    I’m going through the list of last season’s unforms, and some thoughts:

    Atlanta needs to do something. They’ve had the same boring uniforms for a while, and the logo is totally ineffective. I’ll leave what exactly to do with it up to the Reebok designers.

    The Red Wings have the most perfect, un-screwed-around with designs in the league. Keep it that way.

    I’m tired of the current Kings design. This might be the only team in sports that I give permission to use (royal) purple, but they still don’t do it right.

    I’m not a fan of the Canadiens third jersey, the white with a blue stripe. The other two are great, however.

    The Devils should come up with something fresh. A new logo, and/or a black alternate (as overused as it is)?

    The Islanders need to get as far away from the pumpkin uniforms as possible. Burn them alongside the Cap’n whatever-his-name-was ones.

    I like the Ottawa white uniforms, but not the red or black ones. The profile senator logo is far superior. And the random black wave reminds me of the mid-90s Cleveland Cavs unform.

    I like the newer Coyotes design, as well as the old one, although Paul described it as his least favorite hockey uniform ever. Maybe they could do a throwback to that one this year, their 10th anniversary of the move to Phoenix.

    I agree with an earlier poster that the Sharks need major help. The teal needs to be thrown out, in addition to the boring logo. Maybe the shark equivalent of the Florida Panther’s logo, with huge teeth in the foreground.

    I don’t like the Capitals. Period. Do something.

    Well, that’s all in my humble opinion. Uniforms at nhluniforms.com

  • John Ekdahl | September 15, 2006 at 10:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”9011″]Do other companies also monitor this site, like Reebok or Under Armour?[/quote]

    I’ve never seen anyone from Under Armour here (that doesn’t mean they haven’t visited). I only really check into it when a comment is ugly. Truth be told, I never would have known Nike even visited the site. I only checked because this particular person posted two comments in a row that were nasty and profanity-laced. I was surprised to find out where it came from.

    There was one comment in this site’s infancy that originated from a Reebok IP. It wasn’t really that bad, and I asked the commenter to relax, and everything was fine. I don’t know whether anyone from Reebok still visits. I’m sure someone does occasionally, but there’s been no problems with them so I don’t feel the need to go with the “big brother” treatment.

    I have no problem doing it with Nike after the other day, though.

  • Jim | September 15, 2006 at 11:21 pm |

    The Blue Jackets have had a civil war-themed alternate logo. I am not sure if they use it anymore though…

    http://www.chriscrea...

  • Brian from Short Island | September 16, 2006 at 12:31 am |

    better look at the “hat” logo from before

    here.

    Minnesota’s third is the best jersey in the game, but it doesn’t seem compatible with the new “sleek” uniform. I hope that doesn’t cause its demise.

  • Terry Mark | September 16, 2006 at 1:04 am |

    [quote comment=”9001″][quote comment=”8948″]I hate the Blackhawks jerseys. No Indian politicking, I just don’t like it. I know it’s classic, but so are monarchies and despotism.

  • Terry Mark | September 16, 2006 at 1:11 am |

    [quote comment=”9020″][quote comment=”9001″][quote comment=”8948″]I hate the Blackhawks jerseys. No Indian politicking, I just don’t like it. I know it’s classic, but so are monarchies and despotism.

    [/quote]

    I’m not sure what happened to my comment, but what I wanted to say is that I disagree. The Blackhawks play like crap on the ice, but at least they look good doing it.

    Like Detroit, Ottawa’s home whites, Rangers’ Statue of Liberty jersey, Canadiens home and away and Phoenix.

    Have a hard time looking at Atlanta, Nashville, Carolina, Columbus, Tampa Bay.

  • Jeff E. | September 16, 2006 at 9:07 am |

    [quote comment=”9016″]The Blue Jackets have had a civil war-themed alternate logo. I am not sure if they use it anymore though…

    http://www.chriscrea...

    Not on their uniforms, but they’ve kept “Stinger” as the team mascot. I guess he’s a bluejacket (a yellowjacket with blue skin?) ;-)
    The earlier post about the Union jackets being produced here is correct. I think I also read that because Ohio contributed a lot of soldiers to the Union and the jackets were made here, that a lot of Ohio soldiers were referred to as “Bluejackets”. But I might be wrong about that though.

  • Heath | September 16, 2006 at 9:31 am |

    [quote comment=”9001″][quote comment=”8948″]Opinion question – since it’s time to start thinking pucks again – what NHL uni needs a major overhaul?[/quote]

    A whole bunch can do much better. As I’ve said here before, I hate the Devils jerseys only because when your name is reminiscent of hellfire and demons, a fucking NJ monogram demonstrates a total lack of creativity.

    The New Jersey Devils were not named after “The Devil”, but were named after the legendary Jersey Devil that is said to inhabit the swamps of the Meadowlands. The Jersey Devil is supposed to be a ferocious, bigfoot-type creature that is tied to the specific lore of New Jersey. I imagine that’s why they name the team after it.

  • Brandon | September 16, 2006 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment=”8960″]the nike uniforms that the high schools have are purchased by the schools i believe. i know that nike has a site where you can design and purchase team uniforms from a certain number of templates. i dont remember the website but i am still looking[/quote]
    My school Don Bosco Prep is sponsored so we get all of our stuff for free and last year we were sponsered by Nike and we had a great jersey but this year we’re sponsored by RBK and they ruined our classic jersey design heres the old im lookin for pic of the new now, i was just surprised that Nike didnt ruin our jerseys but RBK did.

  • Kelli | September 16, 2006 at 10:51 am |

    I don’t see any women wearing this team’s jersey anytime soon.

    Club America

  • Kris McInnis | September 16, 2006 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”9026″][quote comment=”8960″]the nike uniforms that the high schools have are purchased by the schools i believe. i know that nike has a site where you can design and purchase team uniforms from a certain number of templates. i dont remember the website but i am still looking[/quote]
    My school Don Bosco Prep is sponsored so we get all of our stuff for free and last year we were sponsered by Nike and we had a great jersey but this year we’re sponsored by RBK and they ruined our classic jersey design heres the old im lookin for pic of the new now, i was just surprised that Nike didnt ruin our jerseys but RBK did.[/quote]

    Found one for you. Conveniently, in this particular game, they’re playing a one-sleave-y team….

  • Ben | September 16, 2006 at 11:19 am |

    why do I get the feeling that Tommy Lasorda has taken a little too much slim-fast lately. From his official blog-http://tommy.mlblogs.com/my_weblog/2006/09/beautiful_dodge.html

  • Matt | September 16, 2006 at 11:34 am |

    Gameday just had a segment/puff piece on Oregon’s unis. Where was PL?! Couldn’t they sit down with their ESPN brethren?

    Anyway there are apparently 384 possible color combos. Something like 2 helmets x 2 shoes x 2 sokcs x 3 tops x 4 pants x 4 belts?

  • Miguel | September 16, 2006 at 11:37 am |

    [quote comment=”9028″]I don’t see any women wearing this team’s jersey anytime soon.

    Club America[/quote]

    Bimbo is a Mexican food company. It actually owns many American snack companies. Many, many Mexican women wear this kit with pride in support of the Aguilas.

  • Ben | September 16, 2006 at 11:41 am |

    found a few more awesome uni pics in the mlblogs

    Ozzie Smith with as far as I can tell real stirrups- ozzie’s stirrups

    and I’d say Casey Jones has there ever been a real Mudville team?

  • Not so Big Al | September 16, 2006 at 12:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”8977″][quote comment=”8970″]I’d love to see the Mets in blue this postseason.

    Perhaps a cause someone here will take up.[/quote]

    Sooner than you’d think. Stay tuned.[/quote]

    I know more than one uniwatch denizen that’s gonna be w/ you, Paul. You go, boy.

  • Not so Big Al | September 16, 2006 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”8986″][quote comment=”8979″]Amazingly, it’s a Civil War reference…I know, I know, we are officially out of ideas.[/quote]

    I wondered if maybe it was something along those lines, but dismissed it… at least they didn’t try to use some sort of corny mascot to really make it obvious.[/quote]

    Good point, Andy… I’ve frequently wasted my time thinking about this, myself: I can see the whole Ol’ Miss thing as the birhtplace of the rebellion…. but what the f**k has Las Vegas rebelled against? Good taste?

  • Chris Doran | September 16, 2006 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”9030″][quote comment=”9026″][quote comment=”8960″]the nike uniforms that the high schools have are purchased by the schools i believe. i know that nike has a site where you can design and purchase team uniforms from a certain number of templates. i dont remember the website but i am still looking[/quote]
    My school Don Bosco Prep is sponsored so we get all of our stuff for free and last year we were sponsered by Nike and we had a great jersey but this year we’re sponsored by RBK and they ruined our classic jersey design heres the old im lookin for pic of the new now, i was just surprised that Nike didnt ruin our jerseys but RBK did.[/quote]

    Found one for you. Conveniently, in this particular game, they’re playing a one-sleave-y team….[/quote]

    And that would be the aforementioned St. Joseph’s Prep Hawklets in Philadelphia….

  • Not so Big Al | September 16, 2006 at 12:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”8989″][quote comment=”8987″][quote comment=”8985″]According to the tracker, there are now 25 view by Nike.[/quote]

    Yeah, I’m a little skeptical of that . . .

    What’s the methodology for actually tracking that? Posters with nike.com e-mail domains?? I’m probably being to webmaster specific and not Uni-specific today, so I’ll stop now.[/quote]
    No need to be skeptical. Every hit to this website is logged by IP address. Every hit that matches Nike’s IP addresses (which I have) is counted and displayed under Visits From Nike.

    It’s legit.[/quote]
    Do those Nike visit pre-date Paul’s USAToday interview ?

  • John Ekdahl | September 16, 2006 at 12:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”9039″]Do those Nike visit pre-date Paul’s USAToday interview ?[/quote]
    I installed the counter program at 00:30 EST on 9/15, so any visits before that are not counted.

  • ThresherK | September 16, 2006 at 12:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”9032″](Oregon has) apparently 384 possible color combos. Something like 2 helmets x 2 shoes x 2 socks x 3 tops x 4 pants x 4 belts?[/quote]

    Unless someone gets the idea to wear 2 different color shoes, or two different color socks, at once. Of course, that’s as unimaginable as 2 different…color…sleeves.

  • Not so Big Al | September 16, 2006 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”9016″]The Blue Jackets have had a civil war-themed alternate logo. I am not sure if they use it anymore though…

    http://www.chriscrea...

    You are spot on, also notice the bug is wearing a Kepi hat, a bit askewed ala a rapper, but that’s a Kepi, nontheless. A Kepi was the standard forging hat worn by all Union infantry, artillary and cavalry, except the cavalry usually switched to a slouch, wide brimmed hat… ok, that’s enough civil war history for today, kiddies.

  • Not so Big Al | September 16, 2006 at 12:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”9025″][quote comment=”9001″][quote comment=”8948″]Opinion question – since it’s time to start thinking pucks again – what NHL uni needs a major overhaul?[/quote]

    A whole bunch can do much better. As I’ve said here before, I hate the Devils jerseys only because when your name is reminiscent of hellfire and demons, a fucking NJ monogram demonstrates a total lack of creativity.

    The New Jersey Devils were not named after “The Devil”, but were named after the legendary Jersey Devil that is said to inhabit the swamps of the Meadowlands. The Jersey Devil is supposed to be a ferocious, bigfoot-type creature that is tied to the specific lore of New Jersey. I imagine that’s why they name the team after it.[/quote][/quote]

    Close, not the Meadowlands, but the New Jersey PineBarrens, a bit to the south and west in the southern portion of the state.

  • Kelli | September 17, 2006 at 3:57 am |

    [quote comment=”9033″][quote comment=”9028″]I don’t see any women wearing this team’s jersey anytime soon.

    Club America[/quote]

    Bimbo is a Mexican food company. It actually owns many American snack companies. Many, many Mexican women wear this kit with pride in support of the Aguilas.[/quote]

    So much for the fun of that.

  • Mike | September 18, 2006 at 1:31 pm |

    1927 – Just a guess, but I would say the leg (and shadow) are Feilding Yost’s. He retired after the 1926 season. In addition, he was the one who built Michigan Stadium and this was the inaugural game.