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Will Work For… Free?: Motor City Bowl Recap

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[Editor’s Note: Today’s entry is by Uni Watch intern Vince Grzegorek. Unfortunately, we’re having trouble with his login on the site, so the little note at the very end of entry says, “Posted by Paul Lukas,” even though it’s actually Vince’s work. We’ll get it straightened out soon enough. — PL]

I recently took some time off from my Uni Watch intern duties to roll up to Detroit and put in some time as a Motor City Bowl intern (that’s me on the right).

Yes, it’s a glamorous life, I know. What can I say? I just love working for free.

So, before Christmas I packed up my car and drove the three-hour stretch to Detroit, and while many people had visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads that week, I had visions of decals with the hope that Uni Watch soon would be here.

On Nike, On Reebok, On Russell and Srixon (wait, we’re talking about football here).

Anyway, unis were on my mind.

Central Michigan won its first bowl game in school history with interim head coach Jeff Quinn (who took over to coach this game after Brian Kelly left to take over at Cincinnati). Middle Tennessee State made its first trip ever to a Division I-A bowl game under the supervision of head coach Rick Stockstill (check out this pic of Stockstill with more hair back in his playing days at Florida State — he’s on the right). There was a record crowd of 54,113 at the game (most of them Chippewa fans with the bowl hosting a team from Michigan for the first time). And most importantly, I was there and close enough to investigate any and all uni-related things I could find.

I knew I was going to have a fertile week of uni research when I entered the new MCB offices to find the walls decorated with depictions of every Super Bowl logo. Talk about a spot for inspiration. However, my focus soon shifted from the NFL on the walls to the college football all around me.

One of the first things I noticed was the variety and differences between the official Motor City Bowl logos that were used. As I counted, there were five different versions. First was the regular bowl logo that was always used in the past with the red stripes arcing in a smooth line toward the tire starting over the first “O” in “Motor.” Second was a newer logo that had the bottom red line extended further to the left leaving some open space on the furthest left hand side and the arch starting over the second “O” in “Motor.” The third version was made possible by the extended red line, giving Middle Tennessee State the opportunity to place their team logo in the empty space, thus creating a special logo commemorating their bowl trip. The fourth version of the logo celebrated the 10th anniversary of the bowl game itself. The fifth version of the logo was perhaps the strangest. If you look closely at the the blue helmets on the front of the media guide (and even closer here), you can see that the Motor City Bowl logo used here is reversed, with the blue tire on the left hand side and the red stripes moving down toward the right.

What’s interesting is that there seemed to be no rhyme or reason in choosing which logo to use at different times. The updated logo with the extended red line was used to decorate the middle of the field, but the players wore patches with the 10th annual version. The 10th annual version was plastered on the media guide (with, of course, the reversed logos on the blue helmets), but the tarp for the backdrop at the press conferences used the updated red-line logo sans the 10. All the while, the regular old logo that was used for the player’s patches in years past kept popping up on articles of clothing and merchandise.

So much for continuity.

There were actually two uni-related items from the game that I got scooped on by observant Uni Watch readers in the Comments sections from December 26th and 27th.

The first was brought up by John Okray, who noticed that Central Michigan’s uniforms were outfitted by New Balance. While the majority of college uniforms are made by Nike, Adidas, Russell or Under Armour, New Balance has been getting into the game as of late, also making uni’s for Wyoming (where, as Paul has pointed out, it looks like they placed the New Balance patch right over the old manufacturer logo instead of getting new jerseys) and the University of Northern Colorado. (You can read more about CMU’s change to New Balance and the players’ preference for all-black alternate jerseys here.)

The second item was noticed by Alan Topolski, who pointed out that the font on the nameplates of MTSU seem to change based on the length of the player’s last name. Another of Alan’s examples can be seen here, and two more examples of the changing size of the font can be seen here and here.

Although the Uni Watch Intern Department is still waiting for official confirmation, it seems that this phenomenon dates back to at least the 2004 season and survived the team’s change in manufacturers from Reebok last season to Nike this season. Evidence from 2002 doesn’t seem to indicate a similar nameplate style, and examples from the 2003 season show MTSU with no nameplates at all.

Fonts and jerseys weren’t the only newsworthy uniform stories for MTSU at the game. Wide receiver Bobby Williams had something written on his left wristband, but, despite many attempts, the message and its significance still remain indecipherable and unknown. Any assistance on this would be greatly appreciated.

On the Central Michigan side, you may have noticed that the CMU helmets seem to have a little sparkle to them when light hits them the right way. That’s because they use a gold sparkle paint pattern. Trust me, the closer you get, the snazzier it looks.

Also, as usual, there was a lot of eye black floating around on the CMU side. However, only Doug Kress sported the eye black all the way across his nose (perhaps it helped him watch himself on the jumbotron during his interception return).

All in all, it was a very productive stint in Detroit, and as I sat back and watched the VIP’s wine and dine the nights away at places like GM World (hard to forget who the sponsors are), I took some time to wine myself and enjoy the snazzy uniforms that seemed to be all around me.

Still Digging Through the Archives: As readers have seen in the past couple weeks, some colleges have begun to post archival sports photos on their websites, including Brown and Texas A&M.

These treasure troves of information have yielded excellent images and plenty of pictures of striped socks for Paul’s delight.

We can now include Boston College in this list, as their “Teams of Destiny” online exhibit traces the visual history of the first 50 years of BC Football.

Highlights include: a picture of the first officially sanctioned team from the school in 1893; a picture of center James Kenney, circa 1900, detailing his “protective” turtleneck; and last but not least, a picture of the 1928 coaching staff all wearing knee-high striped socks.

Happy New Year, everyone.

 

121 comments to Will Work For… Free?: Motor City Bowl Recap

  • Paul Lukas | January 3, 2007 at 8:13 am |

    Yes, we’re aware that the typography on much of the site is looking mighty large today. We’re working on it — hang in there.

  • ML | January 3, 2007 at 8:21 am |

    [quote comment=”37555″]Yes, we’re aware that the typography on much of the site is looking mighty large today. We’re working on it — hang in there.[/quote]

    Those of us with strabismus and related vision issues thank you for the problem. :)

  • fred | January 3, 2007 at 8:48 am |

    On the wristband, I see “500” or “SOD”.

  • Kenny | January 3, 2007 at 8:52 am |

    FROM YESTERDAY:

    [quote comment=”37535″][quote comment=”37517″][quote comment=”37511″]

    While we are on the topic of Cheerleader uniforms, I am stunned (well, not really, I understand if you were distracted) that no one noticed that the USC cheerleaders had what appeared to be a Rose Bowl specific decal added on the front (look in the bottom right of the pic, not the middle…..seriously).[/quote]

    Scroll down to the 1996 squad pic to see that they have worn those before[/quote]

    Was anyone else trying to figure out which Song Girl went with the Ass?[/quote]

    Uh, I was as well

  • Brooks | January 3, 2007 at 8:57 am |

    This is just in response to yesterday’s comments about the cheerleader wearing a thong for the USC game. Actually, cheerleaders are required to wear bloomers as part of their uniform. And if you look closely enough (I know you may not want to) you can see that our friend is acutally wearing standard issue white bloomers, but is suffering from quite the wedgie.

  • Original Jim | January 3, 2007 at 9:03 am |

    The one thing I noticed about the Chippewas’ uniforms this season was the fact they used a freeware font for the numbers. A few years ago, DePaul University had a brand new identity designed for them, complete with custom typography. I don’t know what the official name was, but the freeware version was called Demonized. Demonized started appearing everywhere in other non-related sports logos and whatnot…the AHL used it for All-Star Uniforms in 2004 and 2005 (Manchester and Winnipeg), and it was even used in the new Manitoba Moose logo. So when I saw the Chippewas use it for their numbers on the uniforms, a little part of me died. Just a little.

  • Joe Hilseberg | January 3, 2007 at 9:18 am |

    What the Wings did last night for Stevie Y was awesome!

    Every team should do this.

  • NickNH | January 3, 2007 at 9:21 am |

    That was a great way to change up what’s become the norm, guys wearing the retired player’s number on their warmup jerseys.

    Excellent to see the different stages of his phenomonal career represented. One of the greatest (if not THE greatest) captains in NHL history.

    I never liked the Wings at all, but Stevie Y is one of those players you have to respect if you like hockey.

  • Kenny | January 3, 2007 at 9:22 am |

    I was a big fan of the grease marker eye black across the nose…however when you start to sweat a lot (as I did), it started to rub off on the bridge…I’m surprised his didn’t come off a little bit, alhough now that I look harder, it is an under the eye strip across his nose, with the grease marker under his eyes

  • todd krevanchi | January 3, 2007 at 9:23 am |

    nothing more that says your president is a big hockey fan than when the white house hosted the red wings on their stanley cup title and bill clinton welcomed steve uh-ZEER-men and the rest of the red wings.

  • Richard | January 3, 2007 at 9:23 am |

    [quote comment=”37566″]What the Wings did last night for Stevie Y was awesome!

    Every team should do this.[/quote]

    Classy move. Wearing all of the different jerseys Stevey Y wore is better than when the Blues just wore 16 for Golden Brett

  • mg12 | January 3, 2007 at 9:36 am |

    [quote comment=”37570″][quote comment=”37566″]What the Wings did last night for Stevie Y was awesome!

    Every team should do this.[/quote]

    Classy move. Wearing all of the different jerseys Stevey Y wore is better than when the Blues just wore 16 for Golden Brett[/quote]

    What are the Blues going to do, wear Stars and Red Wings jerseys for Brett.

    After making it to the NHL, Yzerman played all his regular season games with the Red Wings, that’s why this made sense. It was a nice touch to add the Peterborough Petes, All Star and Canadian national jerseys because they don’t compete directly against the Red Wings.

  • mg12 | January 3, 2007 at 9:37 am |

    [quote comment=”37576″][quote comment=”37570″][quote comment=”37566″]What the Wings did last night for Stevie Y was awesome!

    Every team should do this.[/quote]

    Classy move. Wearing all of the different jerseys Stevey Y wore is better than when the Blues just wore 16 for Golden Brett[/quote]

    What are the Blues going to do, wear Stars and Red Wings jerseys for Brett.

    After making it to the NHL, Yzerman played all his regular season games with the Red Wings, that’s why this made sense. It was a nice touch to add the Peterborough Petes, All Star and Canadian national jerseys because they don’t compete directly against the Red Wings.[/quote]

    Sorry, I forgot about Hull’s breif stint with the Phoenix Coyotes and his intro with the Calgary Flames.

  • Richard | January 3, 2007 at 9:44 am |

    [quote comment=”37578″][quote comment=”37576″][quote comment=”37570″][quote comment=”37566″]What the Wings did last night for Stevie Y was awesome!

    Every team should do this.[/quote]

    Classy move. Wearing all of the different jerseys Stevey Y wore is better than when the Blues just wore 16 for Golden Brett[/quote]

    What are the Blues going to do, wear Stars and Red Wings jerseys for Brett.

    After making it to the NHL, Yzerman played all his regular season games with the Red Wings, that’s why this made sense. It was a nice touch to add the Peterborough Petes, All Star and Canadian national jerseys because they don’t compete directly against the Red Wings.[/quote]

    Sorry, I forgot about Hull’s breif stint with the Phoenix Coyotes and his intro with the Calgary Flames.[/quote]

    They could have used All-Star game jerseys and US National Team jerseys and not other NHL Teams.

  • Tuffy | January 3, 2007 at 9:47 am |

    MN Wild player Stephane Veilleux was wearing a full facemask last night (1/2/06 vs. Atlanta) — I know it’s happened before, but it still looks very strange on an NHLer…

  • GoTerriers | January 3, 2007 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment=”37580″]

    Sorry, I forgot about Hull’s breif stint with the Phoenix Coyotes and his intro with the Calgary Flames.[/quote]

    They could have used All-Star game jerseys and US National Team jerseys and not other NHL Teams.[/quote]

    Or a retro UMD jersey (Sorry about the pic quality . . .

  • Matty L. | January 3, 2007 at 9:59 am |

    [quote comment=”37582″][quote comment=”37580″]

    Sorry, I forgot about Hull’s breif stint with the Phoenix Coyotes and his intro with the Calgary Flames.[/quote]

    They could have used All-Star game jerseys and US National Team jerseys and not other NHL Teams.[/quote]

    Or a retro UMD jersey (Sorry about the pic quality . . .[/quote]

    Brett only wore 16 in St. Louis and maybe with the National team (not sure what he wore with them…)

    UMD’s the only jersey other then team USA to make sense to have worn, but he worse #29 with them, and retiring #16 while guys wear Hull 29 jerseys makes no sense.

    He wore #15 with Calgary, #22 with Dallas, #17 with Detroit and finally his dad’s un-retired #9 with Phoenix. So really there were two reasons for not wearing his NHL jerseys during his number retirement, not wanting to promote other teams and the fact he wore other numbers with them.

  • skott | January 3, 2007 at 10:03 am |

    that BC site has a really cool breakdown on their use of the Eagle as a mascot and its different uses.
    using the hawk was my personal favorite.

  • skott | January 3, 2007 at 10:05 am |

    actually, the USC cheerleaders are my favorites. in pretty much anything.
    i wish they wouldn’t use more makeup than Tammy Faye but thats about the only negative thing i can say about those charming young scholars.

  • Bob A | January 3, 2007 at 10:09 am |

    Well, well… I show up for work today following vacation time and find that the work network is no longer blocking Flikr(sp?) and other photo storage sites. Happy New Year!

  • Pat | January 3, 2007 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment=”37586″]that BC site has a really cool breakdown on their use of the Eagle as a mascot and its different uses.
    using the hawk was my personal favorite.[/quote]

    And imagine if they had actually gone with the antelope?

  • joe | January 3, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    [quote comment=”37559″]FROM YESTERDAY:

    [quote comment=”37535″][quote comment=”37517″][quote comment=”37511″]

    While we are on the topic of Cheerleader uniforms, I am stunned (well, not really, I understand if you were distracted) that no one noticed that the USC cheerleaders had what appeared to be a Rose Bowl specific decal added on the front (look in the bottom right of the pic, not the middle…..seriously).[/quote]

    Scroll down to the 1996 squad pic to see that they have worn those before[/quote]

    Was anyone else trying to figure out which Song Girl went with the Ass?[/quote]

    Uh, I was as well[/quote]

    its gotta be megan, front row left.

  • Big Ed | January 3, 2007 at 10:41 am |

    hey gang…i know this is coming out of left field but due to traveling/holidays/etc. i’ve been out of the loop for some time…anyway…i saw additional talk about chinstraps,etc. and then Sterling Sharpe’s chinstrap/neck restraint came up…anyone remember Jim Richter #51 Guard for the Buffalo Bills during the 4 Super Bowls who wore a strap/brace that secured his helmet to his shoulder pads so when he took it off it just dangled behind him?? between him and Mr. Kazoo Mark Kelso some fancy helmet doo dads on that Bills team!!
    not to mention Darryl Talley’s wearing of the downhill skier spider web tight pre Under Armour undershirt!!!

    and for the true afficianados…the Bills were the team that wore the tackified palm version of the Rickey Henderson Mizuno Techfire batting gloves w/ the padding on the back the most…the padding was intended to protect Rickey’s hands during his headfirst slides while stealing bases but it lent itself nicely to football’s contact….

  • Broker75 | January 3, 2007 at 11:20 am |

    [quote comment=”37566″]What the Wings did last night for Stevie Y was awesome!

    Every team should do this.[/quote]
    good job Joe, I was expecting a little write up about it in the Uni-Watch column this morning, but ahh, whatever, it’s hump day. ( I could use a hump right about now). but thanks for the pics, excellent idea for the greatest player to dawn the Red Wings jersey, sorry Gordie, but it’s true, especially in today’s competitive world.

  • Broker75 | January 3, 2007 at 11:27 am |

    [quote comment=”37567″]That was a great way to change up what’s become the norm, guys wearing the retired player’s number on their warmup jerseys.

    Excellent to see the different stages of his phenomonal career represented. One of the greatest (if not THE greatest) captains in NHL history.

    I never liked the Wings at all, but Stevie Y is one of those players you have to respect if you like hockey.[/quote]
    I saw Steve Yzerman in small town Canada on the 401 Highway. I pulled into a gas station, and Stevie Y was pumping fuel in his Denali, what a sight for sore eyes, it was the morning after the NHL awards that were taking place in Toronto in 2005. He must have been driving back to Michigan, of course I lack the corleones and I never even said, hey nice truck. #19 in Detroit is a sure shot for the Hall of Fame. Maybe the greatest athlete the State of Michigan has ever had.->that should spark up some interesting comments from Detroit sport followers.

  • Bdiamond | January 3, 2007 at 11:36 am |

    Some good pics on SI.com today with Pete Maravich… check out those socks on Tulane..

    http://i.a.cnn.net./...

  • Joe Hilseberg | January 3, 2007 at 12:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”37588″]…i wish they wouldn’t use more makeup than Tammy Faye but thats about the only negative thing i can say about those charming young scholars.[/quote]

    Having dated a cheerleader back in high school I know that they do that so people in the very last row can see their rosy red cheeks and bright eyes…up close it sucks though!

  • Anthony Verna | January 3, 2007 at 12:04 pm |

    I went to the Flyers-Islanders game last night (and wore my cruddy replica blank Flyers jersey).

    An interesting question for any Isles fan out there. I saw some fans wearing the Fisherman jersey with the new/classic Isles logo in the middle. When were those on sale? (And why would anyone want that mismatch of colors?)

  • Jay Palmer | January 3, 2007 at 12:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”37605″]I went to the Flyers-Islanders game last night (and wore my cruddy replica blank Flyers jersey).

    An interesting question for any Isles fan out there. I saw some fans wearing the Fisherman jersey with the new/classic Isles logo in the middle. When were those on sale? (And why would anyone want that mismatch of colors?)[/quote]

    That was during the lawsuit and was introduced as an “alternate” sweater.

  • Vince Grzegorek | January 3, 2007 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”37600″]Some good pics on SI.com today with Pete Maravich… check out those socks on Tulane..

    http://i.a.cnn.net./...

    The best part of that photo has to be the socks falling down to his ankles.

  • Kenny | January 3, 2007 at 12:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”37593″][quote comment=”37559″]FROM YESTERDAY:

    [quote comment=”37535″][quote comment=”37517″][quote comment=”37511″]

    While we are on the topic of Cheerleader uniforms, I am stunned (well, not really, I understand if you were distracted) that no one noticed that the USC cheerleaders had what appeared to be a Rose Bowl specific decal added on the front (look in the bottom right of the pic, not the middle…..seriously).[/quote]

    Scroll down to the 1996 squad pic to see that they have worn those before[/quote]

    Was anyone else trying to figure out which Song Girl went with the Ass?[/quote]

    Uh, I was as well[/quote]

    its gotta be megan, front row left.[/quote]

    You think maybe it was Alli…she seems pretty tall, as does the cheeky one

  • Jeff I | January 3, 2007 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”37605″]I went to the Flyers-Islanders game last night (and wore my cruddy replica blank Flyers jersey).

    An interesting question for any Isles fan out there. I saw some fans wearing the Fisherman jersey with the new/classic Isles logo in the middle. When were those on sale? (And why would anyone want that mismatch of colors?)[/quote]

    they wore those in 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons

    http://www.nhlunifor...

    http://www.nhlunifor...

  • Jeff Wilcox | January 3, 2007 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”37608″][quote comment=”37605″]I went to the Flyers-Islanders game last night (and wore my cruddy replica blank Flyers jersey).

    An interesting question for any Isles fan out there. I saw some fans wearing the Fisherman jersey with the new/classic Isles logo in the middle. When were those on sale? (And why would anyone want that mismatch of colors?)[/quote]

    That was during the lawsuit and was introduced as an “alternate” sweater.[/quote]

    What was the lawsuit about?

  • Kevin | January 3, 2007 at 12:25 pm |

    Great ceremony last night, Joe Louis Arena was crazy!

    The Wings wore #19 Patches that represented the banner. Any close ups anyone?

  • Anthony Verna | January 3, 2007 at 12:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”37613″][quote comment=”37608″][quote comment=”37605″]I went to the Flyers-Islanders game last night (and wore my cruddy replica blank Flyers jersey).

    An interesting question for any Isles fan out there. I saw some fans wearing the Fisherman jersey with the new/classic Isles logo in the middle. When were those on sale? (And why would anyone want that mismatch of colors?)[/quote]

    That was during the lawsuit and was introduced as an “alternate” sweater.[/quote]

    What was the lawsuit about?[/quote]

    I didn’t know there was one. But I’d assume that it was over the Isles fisherman logo.

    http://www.nhlunifor...

    And here’s the Gorton’s Fisherman.

    http://www.gortons.c...

    If anyone can link to an article or 3 about the lawsuit, I’d like to read. I can’t find anything.

  • Jay Palmer | January 3, 2007 at 12:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”37616″][quote comment=”37613″][quote comment=”37608″][quote comment=”37605″]I went to the Flyers-Islanders game last night (and wore my cruddy replica blank Flyers jersey).

    An interesting question for any Isles fan out there. I saw some fans wearing the Fisherman jersey with the new/classic Isles logo in the middle. When were those on sale? (And why would anyone want that mismatch of colors?)[/quote]

    That was during the lawsuit and was introduced as an “alternate” sweater.[/quote]

    What was the lawsuit about?[/quote]

    I didn’t know there was one. But I’d assume that it was over the Isles fisherman logo.

    http://www.nhlunifor...

    And here’s the Gorton’s Fisherman.

    http://www.gortons.c...

    If anyone can link to an article or 3 about the lawsuit, I’d like to read. I can’t find anything.[/quote]

    I unintentially mislead you a little. The suit never materialized but NYI was threatened by Gorton’s as the logo on the sweater greatly resembled the logo on their fishsticks.

    That, plus the fans disdain for the logo and the new colors led them to change back to the original.

    Nothing wrong with teams recognizing mistakes. (hear that Broncos and Mets [ditch the black]).

  • PDXclark | January 3, 2007 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”37605″]What was the lawsuit about?[/quote]

    The Gortons Fishstick Company?

  • todd krevanchi | January 3, 2007 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”37604″][quote comment=”37588″]…i wish they wouldn’t use more makeup than Tammy Faye but thats about the only negative thing i can say about those charming young scholars.[/quote]

    Having dated a cheerleader back in high school I know that they do that so people in the very last row can see their rosy red cheeks and bright eyes…up close it sucks though![/quote]

    a cheerleader. on my “to do” list…

  • LunchBox | January 3, 2007 at 2:09 pm |

    Hey all, first post of the new year for me. Anyway, I meant to post this after the game and it slipped my mind.

    While watching the Michigan/USC game, I noticed that the 0 on Alan Branch’s jersey was a lot different on the back than it is on the front. Here are some pics:

    Front

    Back

    The 0 on the back seems a lot more round than the one on the front. Here’s a comparison to Mike Hart’s 0 on his jersey

    Any ideas why???

  • Teenage FBI | January 3, 2007 at 2:10 pm |

    In trade and numerology news, the Ottawa Senators have acquired Mike Comrie, and it seems as though they are about to do away with their unofficial policy of not issuing numbers higher than 49.

    Comrie is listed as number 89 in their roster as of this afternoon. We’ll see if they force him to wear something lower.

    As I understand it, this edict came down from Pierre Gauthier when he was the GM, and you never saw a Sen wearing anything higher than 49, and even then, it was usually emergency callups. I believe they forced Alex Daigle (91) and Radek Bonk (79?) to change their uni numbers as a result. There have also been a couple of mid-season acquisitions in the past who have had to change their uni number as a result of the policy, but their names are escaping me at the moment.

  • Nolan | January 3, 2007 at 2:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”37639″]Hey all, first post of the new year for me. Anyway, I meant to post this after the game and it slipped my mind.

    While watching the Michigan/USC game, I noticed that the 0 on Alan Branch’s jersey was a lot different on the back than it is on the front. Here are some pics:

    Front

    Back

    The 0 on the back seems a lot more round than the one on the front. Here’s a comparison to Mike Hart’s 0 on his jersey

    Any ideas why???[/quote]
    Not positive but I think the back panel on those Nike jerseys have more stretch so that is probably what is happening. The jersey is just too tight and the fabric has to give somewhere.

  • ML | January 3, 2007 at 2:34 pm |

    What is the stinking aversion to wearing a properly tucked in jersey?

  • Matthew H | January 3, 2007 at 2:37 pm |

    Potential new NHL jersey designs?

    http://www.stlouisbl...

  • Richard | January 3, 2007 at 3:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”37644″]Potential new NHL jersey designs?

    http://www.stlouisbl...

    Those were released last week, and we discussed the All-Star jerseys. For an arm and a leg, you too can own one

  • STUBZ(Dennis Abrams) | January 3, 2007 at 3:09 pm |

    Those gold sparkle paint pattern helmets look like sparkle bowling balls like the one I use.

  • Anthony Verna | January 3, 2007 at 3:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”37646″][quote comment=”37644″]Potential new NHL jersey designs?

    http://www.stlouisbl...

    Those were released last week, and we discussed the All-Star jerseys. For an arm and a leg, you too can own one…[/quote]

    An arm, a leg, and your firstborn!

    A jersey! A jersey! My kingdom for a jersey!

  • Kerry | January 3, 2007 at 3:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”37600″]Some good pics on SI.com today with Pete Maravich… check out those socks on Tulane..

    http://i.a.cnn.net./...
    Yeah……..too bad it was on SI.com since yesterday….hence MY COMMENT YESTERDAY.

  • GoTerriers | January 3, 2007 at 3:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”37650″]
    Yeah……..too bad it was on SI.com since yesterday….hence MY COMMENT YESTERDAY.[/quote]

    Hey, not for nothing, but when did this board become a forum for “I saw it first”???
    It’s not like we all sit here 24/7 hitting the Refresh button on our browsers to see if there are new comments (Well, okay I sometimes do . . )

  • Original Jim | January 3, 2007 at 3:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”37644″]Potential new NHL jersey designs?

    http://www.stlouisbl...

    Those are just concepts someone worked up over on Chris Creamer’s board. If you notice, someone used the old Sabres font for the Capitals jerseys.

    Purely speculative ideas put to pixels. Nothing more.

  • Brian from Short Island | January 3, 2007 at 3:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”37605″]I went to the Flyers-Islanders game last night (and wore my cruddy replica blank Flyers jersey).

    An interesting question for any Isles fan out there. I saw some fans wearing the Fisherman jersey with the new/classic Isles logo in the middle. When were those on sale? (And why would anyone want that mismatch of colors?)[/quote]
    The Fisherman jersey with a Classic Crest (not actually classic, but the NY one with navy blue instead of royal) was an alternate in the First Fisherman year, then became the only jersey on the second year. Their next move was to the current design.

  • Brian from Short Island | January 3, 2007 at 3:54 pm |

    No lawsuit, the uniforms just sucked.

  • todd krevanchi | January 3, 2007 at 3:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”37652″]…hitting the Refresh button on our browsers to see if there are new comments (Well, okay I sometimes do . . )[/quote]

    guilty…

  • BCrisp | January 3, 2007 at 3:58 pm |

    I was thinking about the “Ditch the Black” Campaign yesterday. It lead me to a question. Paul, being a long-time Mets fan, hates the black uniforms. What if NY had won the World Series wearing the Black uniforms? Would he be a bigger fan of the black uniforms? Would he care?
    I’m not a big fan of the new black Texas A&M basketball uniforms. However, if they win a national championship wearing them I don’t think I would mind to much.

  • BCrisp | January 3, 2007 at 3:59 pm |

    A big if I know, but a fun hypothetical question.

  • Matthew S. | January 3, 2007 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”37656″][quote comment=”37652″]…hitting the Refresh button on our browsers to see if there are new comments (Well, okay I sometimes do . . )[/quote]

    guilty…[/quote]

    If passing time at work by constantly reading the Uni Watch comments page all day is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

  • Jeff E. | January 3, 2007 at 4:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”37648″][quote comment=”37646″][quote comment=”37644″]Potential new NHL jersey designs?

    http://www.stlouisbl...

    Those were released last week, and we discussed the All-Star jerseys. For an arm and a leg, you too can own one…[/quote]

    An arm, a leg, and your firstborn!

    A jersey! A jersey! My kingdom for a jersey![/quote]

    $425 for those things?!?! Yowzers!

  • dchis | January 3, 2007 at 4:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”37659″][quote comment=”37656″][quote comment=”37652″]…hitting the Refresh button on our browsers to see if there are new comments (Well, okay I sometimes do . . )[/quote]

    guilty…[/quote]

    If passing time at work by constantly reading the Uni Watch comments page all day is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.[/quote]

    Guilty as well. This is how I get through the workday. I’m stuck with a dead end job currently and am looking for new employment. So hopefully, I’ll have more to do than refresh the comments at work.

  • Jonas | January 3, 2007 at 4:11 pm |

    I’ve been a reader for a while now, but never posted before. I feel as if I know some of you already. BTW I’m from Québec, Canada, and mostly speak french so I hope I’m not too much of a pain to read!!!

    I need help from the uniwatch nation on this one. I clearly remember a player form the NHL Bruins playing sans the ”B” logo but couldn’t find any photo evidence. As far as I remember, it was in the mid-late 90’s and it was the black uni (road back then), form a player who was just called up from the AHL Providence Bruins. That would make sense since Providence used to wear (and are still wearing) the same jersey except for the poked ”B” that gets replaced by a poked ”P”.

    So my guess is the guy is called up for a game on the road, but the team can’t find and stitch a jersey on time for him to use since they’re on the road, so they have him wear his AHL jersey after they took the poked ”P” away. Kinna odd from a NHL team don’t you think?

    Anyone got anything on this? I remember seeing a picture in a newspaper with a caption that said he didn’t have it as opposed to losing it during the game. I also remember the player being black (or african-american – really don’t know- with the N***** Island thing, you know. I do speak french) You guys here are the best, pretty sure you’ll come up with this!!!!!

    Don’t know if this has been brought up, but Providence also wears the gold-yellow throwback the 50’s and the 60’s. Those are awesome IMO. Boston ever wore those lately? Do they plan on doing so?

    Again, excuse my english :)

    Providence Bruins throwbacks

  • Jonas | January 3, 2007 at 4:12 pm |

    Scroll to the bottom of the page for the Bruins alternate

  • Bdiamond | January 3, 2007 at 4:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”37650″]
    Yeah……..too bad it was on SI.com since yesterday….hence MY COMMENT YESTERDAY.[/quote]

    Hey man if you get that worked about a pair of socks, all the power to ya. Just to show my gratitude here ya go… try to keep it in your pants.

    http://www.nosweatap...

  • Broker75 | January 3, 2007 at 4:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”37656″][quote comment=”37652″]…hitting the Refresh button on our browsers to see if there are new comments (Well, okay I sometimes do . . )[/quote]

    guilty…[/quote]
    chalk me up

  • Miguel | January 3, 2007 at 4:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”37662″]I’ve been a reader for a while now, but never posted before. I feel as if I know some of you already. BTW I’m from Québec, Canada, and mostly speak french so I hope I’m not too much of a pain to read!!!

    I need help from the uniwatch nation on this one. I clearly remember a player form the NHL Bruins playing sans the ”B” logo but couldn’t find any photo evidence. As far as I remember, it was in the mid-late 90’s and it was the black uni (road back then), form a player who was just called up from the AHL Providence Bruins. That would make sense since Providence used to wear (and are still wearing) the same jersey except for the poked ”B” that gets replaced by a poked ”P”.

    So my guess is the guy is called up for a game on the road, but the team can’t find and stitch a jersey on time for him to use since they’re on the road, so they have him wear his AHL jersey after they took the poked ”P” away. Kinna odd from a NHL team don’t you think?

    Anyone got anything on this? I remember seeing a picture in a newspaper with a caption that said he didn’t have it as opposed to losing it during the game. I also remember the player being black (or african-american – really don’t know- with the N***** Island thing, you know. I do speak french)

    You guys here are the best, pretty sure you’ll come up with this!!!!!

    Don’t know if this has been brought up, but Providence also wears the gold-yellow throwback the 50’s and the 60’s. Those are awesome IMO. Boston ever wore those lately? Do they plan on doing so?

    Again, excuse my english :)

    Providence Bruins throwbacks[/quote]

    Your English is better than most of ours…

  • tedkerwin | January 3, 2007 at 4:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”37662″]I’ve been a reader for a while now, but never posted before. I feel as if I know some of you already. BTW I’m from Québec, Canada, and mostly speak french so I hope I’m not too much of a pain to read!!!

    I need help from the uniwatch nation on this one. I clearly remember a player form the NHL Bruins playing sans the ”B” logo but couldn’t find any photo evidence. As far as I remember, it was in the mid-late 90’s and it was the black uni (road back then), form a player who was just called up from the AHL Providence Bruins. That would make sense since Providence used to wear (and are still wearing) the same jersey except for the poked ”B” that gets replaced by a poked ”P”.

    So my guess is the guy is called up for a game on the road, but the team can’t find and stitch a jersey on time for him to use since they’re on the road, so they have him wear his AHL jersey after they took the poked ”P” away. Kinna odd from a NHL team don’t you think?

    Anyone got anything on this? I remember seeing a picture in a newspaper with a caption that said he didn’t have it as opposed to losing it during the game. I also remember the player being black (or african-american – really don’t know- with the N***** Island thing, you know. I do speak french)

    You guys here are the best, pretty sure you’ll come up with this!!!!!

    Don’t know if this has been brought up, but Providence also wears the gold-yellow throwback the 50’s and the 60’s. Those are awesome IMO. Boston ever wore those lately? Do they plan on doing so?

    Again, excuse my english :)

    Providence Bruins throwbacks[/quote]

    It has to be Anson Carter you are talking about, he debuted with the Bruins in 1996, I have no idea about the jersey though.

  • Teebz | January 3, 2007 at 4:36 pm |

    The only black NHL player the Bruins had in the late 1990s was Anson Carter. I can’t find any proof of him wearing the Providence “P” or not wearing any letter in the Bruins’ logo.

  • GoTerriers | January 3, 2007 at 4:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”37667″][quote comment=”37656″][quote comment=”37652″]…hitting the Refresh button on our browsers to see if there are new comments (Well, okay I sometimes do . . )[/quote]

    guilty…[/quote]
    chalk me up[/quote]

    Well, now I feel better . . .at least I’m not the only one whose productivity has suffered. Maybe we should form a support group? (Or an employment-search group!)

    On the Uni-related front, any feedback from folks who actually saw the Nike Swift jerseys in action at any of the Holiday College Hockey Tournaments? After BU lost to St Lawrence on a penalty shot in OT (damn ECACHL Officials!) I didn’t stick around in front of my TV to catch the NoDak-Dartmouth tilt at the Ledyard Bank Classic. Any changes of opinion after actually seeing them in action>?

  • Metsfan AZ | January 3, 2007 at 4:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”37668″][quote comment=”37662″]
    Again, excuse my english :)

    Providence Bruins throwbacks[/quote]

    Your English is better than most of ours…[/quote]
    Funny, “pardon my French” doesn’t exactly mean the same thing does it? Not to open that can of worms again.

  • Joe Hilseberg | January 3, 2007 at 4:44 pm |

    Without doing any research, just from what I have learned through the years, you can’t just take the “P” off of the front of the jersey without removing the entire logo patch.

    So are you saying the jersey had just a blank black front with no sort of logo at all?

  • Beantown | January 3, 2007 at 4:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”37644″]Potential new NHL jersey designs?

    http://www.stlouisbl...

    I hate to admit it (being the traditional NHL Fan), but some of those concept jerseys are pretty damn cool. My world would be fine if all the jerseys stayed the same, but I am a bit more intrigued to see them at least.

  • Minna H. | January 3, 2007 at 4:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”37647″]Those gold sparkle paint pattern helmets look like sparkle bowling balls like the one I use.[/quote]

    This is an example of a fun use of glitter. I like! I also like LSU tonight, and I even like their unis—though yellow and purple are not two of my favorite colors.

  • Kenny | January 3, 2007 at 4:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”37667″][quote comment=”37656″][quote comment=”37652″]…hitting the Refresh button on our browsers to see if there are new comments (Well, okay I sometimes do . . )[/quote]

    guilty…[/quote]
    chalk me up[/quote]

    ditto

  • GoTerriers | January 3, 2007 at 4:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”37670″]The only black NHL player the Bruins had in the late 1990s was Anson Carter. I can’t find any proof of him wearing the Providence “P” or not wearing any letter in the Bruins’ logo.[/quote]

    And Carter came over in a trade from the Caps (with Jason Allison, Jim Carrey and a draft pick). He never played for the Baby B’s . . .

    Aah, a UniWatch mystery.

  • Jonas | January 3, 2007 at 4:51 pm |

    About the Bruins Jersey, the whole logo was missing (if my memory isn’t failing me, which I doubt it does) as if it had been taken off.

    As for the ”pardon my french” thing, I said excuse my english with nothing else in mind than what I wrote. But could someone explain to me why people use that expression anyway.

    Thanks a bunch

    If anyone needs french lessons…

  • Jason Axel | January 3, 2007 at 4:54 pm |

    As the self proclaimed “Central Michigan” aficionado, I absolutly love that we get a bit of love on Uni-Watch, so I give Vince alot of dap for bringing this to a mainstream article!

    In this picture from the MAC Championship, you can clearly see the underlying paint job that we had on the helmets last year before the sparkle job this year.

    And as the self proclaimed resident of CMU things, I also am the co-founder of “Sneed’s Creed” a group of about 100 people who support RB Ontario Sneed and includes a handful of guys who paint up for EVERY game. We stole the pistons “sheeeeeeeed” thing and put it with Sneeeeeeeed, and therefore you get this. I’m the N, and this picture was his 96 yard TD in the 4th quarter.

    Here is a better picture of the sparkle helmets taken by a friend of mine who was on the field taking pictures.

    I was also fortunate enough to gain access to a CMU Motor City Bowl Media Guides, so any information needed can be found through me, and I’ll give you a quick uniform history lesson.

    1953, Jim Podoley, #62 only retired number in CMU history

    1956 CMU

    1967 CMU Team

    Gary Hogeboom, 1979

    Ray Bentley, 1982

    Jeff Bender, 1990, MAC MVP

    Brian Pruitt, 1994

    Award winners and the uniforms.

    Great to be able to spread some love to the nation about the Chippewas and my love for my university!

  • Anthony Verna | January 3, 2007 at 4:55 pm |

    I think that this needs to be beefed up.

    http://en.wikipedia....

    Who wants to be white and nerdy by editing Wikipedia?

  • Jonas | January 3, 2007 at 4:56 pm |

    The only black NHL player the Bruins had in the late 1990s was Anson Carter. I can’t find any proof of him wearing the Providence “P” or not wearing any letter in the Bruins’ logo.

    And Carter came over in a trade from the Caps (with Jason Allison, Jim Carrey and a draft pick). He never played for the Baby B’s . . .

    Aah, a UniWatch mystery.

    The ”theory” of the player in question being called up from the AHL is something I came up with. Might have been (though unlikely) Carter or some other Bruin regular who hasn’t played for Providence.

  • Teebz | January 3, 2007 at 4:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”37679″]

    And Carter came over in a trade from the Caps (with Jason Allison, Jim Carrey and a draft pick). He never played for the Baby B’s . . .
    [/quote]

    Jim Carey = The Net Detective
    Jim Carrey = The Pet Detective, comedian, and Jenny McCarthy’s current flame.

    Jim Carey wasn’t fond of the nickname “Net Detective”, and that eventually was changed during his rough time with the Bruins to the “Net Defective” due to his ballooning GAA.

    The third-round pick actually turned out to be Lee Goren, who now toils for the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose. :o)

  • GoTerriers | January 3, 2007 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”37686″][quote comment=”37679″]

    And Carter came over in a trade from the Caps (with Jason Allison, Jim Carrey and a draft pick). He never played for the Baby B’s . . .
    [/quote]

    Jim Carey = The Net Detective
    Jim Carrey = The Pet Detective, comedian, and Jenny McCarthy’s current flame.
    [/quote]

    Teebz, my guru, thank you for the correction. Apologies to all Dorchester, MA natives, Catholic Memorial grads and Wisconsin Badger fans who also caught my error . . .

  • Teebz | January 3, 2007 at 5:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”37688″]
    Teebz, my guru, thank you for the correction. Apologies to all Dorchester, MA natives, Catholic Memorial grads and Wisconsin Badger fans who also caught my error . . .[/quote]

    It happens. All I know is that the Net Defective used to make a huge deal about only having one “R” in his name.

    Oh, and getting an autograph from him was like asking him to donate a kidney. He was kind of a jerk.

  • Anthony Verna | January 3, 2007 at 5:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”37686″]
    Jim Carey = The Net Detective
    Jim Carrey = The Pet Detective, comedian, and Jenny McCarthy’s current flame.
    [/quote]

    If we could only find that SportsCenter commercial that had fun with this. . .

  • Vince Grzegorek | January 3, 2007 at 6:04 pm |

    Thanks to Jason Axel for the follow-up on CMU football.
    The sparkle paint looks a lot better than the previous dull version.
    And while my focus for the blog entry was just the bowl game, thanks for the great photos from the media guide.

  • maximumK | January 3, 2007 at 6:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”37683″]As the self proclaimed “Central Michigan” aficionado, I absolutly love that we get a bit of love on Uni-Watch, so I give Vince alot of dap for bringing this to a mainstream article!

    In this picture from the MAC Championship, you can clearly see the underlying paint job that we had on the helmets last year before the sparkle job this year.

    And as the self proclaimed resident of CMU things, I also am the co-founder of “Sneed’s Creed” a group of about 100 people who support RB Ontario Sneed and includes a handful of guys who paint up for EVERY game. We stole the pistons “sheeeeeeeed” thing and put it with Sneeeeeeeed, and therefore you get this. I’m the N, and this picture was his 96 yard TD in the 4th quarter.

    Here is a better picture of the sparkle helmets taken by a friend of mine who was on the field taking pictures.

    I was also fortunate enough to gain access to a CMU Motor City Bowl Media Guides, so any information needed can be found through me, and I’ll give you a quick uniform history lesson.

    1953, Jim Podoley, #62 only retired number in CMU history

    1956 CMU

    1967 CMU Team

    Gary Hogeboom, 1979

    Ray Bentley, 1982

    Jeff Bender, 1990, MAC MVP

    Brian Pruitt, 1994

    Award winners and the uniforms.

    Great to be able to spread some love to the nation about the Chippewas and my love for my university![/quote]

    I really liked the maroon/burgundy and gold (feel free to correct on those colors) look of CMU when they came to Indiana a couple of years ago. It’s a modern look they have, but not so modern that your eyes want to bleed (see: Oregon Ducks).

    By the way, those ’79 and ’82 helmets look a lot like something worn by my preferred NFL team. link

  • Matthew P | January 3, 2007 at 6:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”37657″]I was thinking about the “Ditch the Black” Campaign yesterday. It lead me to a question. Paul, being a long-time Mets fan, hates the black uniforms. What if NY had won the World Series wearing the Black uniforms? Would he be a bigger fan of the black uniforms? Would he care?
    I’m not a big fan of the new black Texas A&M basketball uniforms. However, if they win a national championship wearing them I don’t think I would mind to much.[/quote]

    I remember when the Broncos introduced the current unis with the orange stretch panels on the jersey and the swooshtika on the pants. Mass hysteria! And then they won Super Bowls the first two years they wore the getup. End of that controversy!

    By the way, as a humble Middle Tennessee grad, I gotta say that MTSU looked way better sartorially than CMU. Just couldn’t play with ’em. Still, first 1-A bowl ever; gotta take your little victories where you can!

    Sorry if I screwed up the italics.

  • Matthew P | January 3, 2007 at 6:38 pm |

    All you guys refreshing at work must be in the Eastern and Central time zones. I’m still an hour or so from getting out of here.

  • Denis | January 3, 2007 at 6:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”37716″][quote comment=”37683″]As the self proclaimed “Central Michigan” aficionado, I absolutly love that we get a bit of love on Uni-Watch, so I give Vince alot of dap for bringing this to a mainstream article!

    In this picture from the MAC Championship, you can clearly see the underlying paint job that we had on the helmets last year before the sparkle job this year.

    And as the self proclaimed resident of CMU things, I also am the co-founder of “Sneed’s Creed” a group of about 100 people who support RB Ontario Sneed and includes a handful of guys who paint up for EVERY game. We stole the pistons “sheeeeeeeed” thing and put it with Sneeeeeeeed, and therefore you get this. I’m the N, and this picture was his 96 yard TD in the 4th quarter.

    Here is a better picture of the sparkle helmets taken by a friend of mine who was on the field taking pictures.

    I was also fortunate enough to gain access to a CMU Motor City Bowl Media Guides, so any information needed can be found through me, and I’ll give you a quick uniform history lesson.

    1953, Jim Podoley, #62 only retired number in CMU history

    1956 CMU

    1967 CMU Team

    Gary Hogeboom, 1979

    Ray Bentley, 1982

    Jeff Bender, 1990, MAC MVP

    Brian Pruitt, 1994

    Award winners and the uniforms.

    Great to be able to spread some love to the nation about the Chippewas and my love for my university![/quote]

    I really liked the maroon/burgundy and gold (feel free to correct on those colors) look of CMU when they came to Indiana a couple of years ago. It’s a modern look they have, but not so modern that your eyes want to bleed (see: Oregon Ducks).

    By the way, those ’79 and ’82 helmets look a lot like something worn by my preferred NFL team. link[/quote]

    Old Sonny isnt wearing a chin strap in this photo. Didnt we discuss that this week. Put another one on the list

  • Texas Islander | January 3, 2007 at 6:56 pm |

    closing the tag

  • Ed Findlay | January 3, 2007 at 7:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”37662″]Don’t know if this has been brought up, but Providence also wears the gold-yellow throwback the 50’s and the 60’s. Those are awesome IMO. Boston ever wore those lately? Do they plan on doing so?

    Providence Bruins throwbacks[/quote]

    Grr! I think it’s insulting that they wear jerseys they they don’t have a connection, even if it is connected via their parent club.

    I know they are owned by the Bruins but they really should only be allowed to wear jerseys that are actually connected to the team- the 1993-1995 Bruins sweater, the Maine Mariners sweater(their old identity pre-Providence move), and the Rhode Island Reds/Providence Reds(their home’s original tennants.

    On second thought- they actually are doing that, on February 9th!

  • Shane | January 3, 2007 at 7:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”37663″]Scroll to the bottom of the page for the Bruins alternate[/quote]

    I wish the guys up in Boston would start wearing that style again. IIRC, they wore it between 1955-1966. Classic.

  • Ed Findlay | January 3, 2007 at 7:23 pm |

    I am surprised that two beautiful illustrations on the Boston College history site weren’t linked, they are definately up Paul’s alley:

    First, striped uniform and socks

    Also, maroon and gold striped socks

  • Paul Lukas | January 3, 2007 at 7:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”37657″]I was thinking about the “Ditch the Black” Campaign yesterday. It lead me to a question. Paul, being a long-time Mets fan, hates the black uniforms. What if NY had won the World Series wearing the Black uniforms? Would he be a bigger fan of the black uniforms? Would he care?[/quote]

    I appear to be in the minority on this, but success and performance have exactly ZERO bearing on my feelings about a uniform. The ’65 Mets lost 112 games, but they sure looked gorgeous; the 2000 Mets went to the World Series, but they looked like shit roughly three days out of every week.

    I love my team, win or lose; I love a good uniform, win or lose; I hate a bad uniform, win or lose.

  • John in Athens | January 3, 2007 at 8:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”37751″][quote comment=”37657″]I was thinking about the “Ditch the Black” Campaign yesterday. It lead me to a question. Paul, being a long-time Mets fan, hates the black uniforms. What if NY had won the World Series wearing the Black uniforms? Would he be a bigger fan of the black uniforms? Would he care?[/quote]

    I appear to be in the minority on this, but success and performance have exactly ZERO bearing on my feelings about a uniform. The ’65 Mets lost 112 games, but they sure looked gorgeous; the 2000 Mets went to the World Series, but they looked like shit roughly three days out of every week.

    I love my team, win or lose; I love a good uniform, win or lose; I hate a bad uniform, win or lose.[/quote]

    I’d agree… but this looks alot better to me than I think it should.

    Then again.

    So does this, and Rusty ain’t gotta ring.

  • Teebz | January 3, 2007 at 8:12 pm |

    According to NHL.com, Comrie is wearing #89 for Ottawa.

    TSN showed him with an 8 on his jersey as it hung in his locker during the pre-game as he was taping his wrists. I guess Gauthier’s rule no longer applies.

  • Chad | January 3, 2007 at 8:35 pm |

    Please God, tell me I didn’t just see what I think I saw. Worst logo creep ever. The beginning of the Notre Dame-LSU game, there is a guy in the tunnel, playing for LSU, who looks like he had 4 or 5 Nike swooshes tattooed on his right arm. Ahhhhh!!!!

  • John | January 3, 2007 at 8:40 pm |

    Notre Dame has some players with white socks and some with dark blue(or black, not sure). I dont like that. I love the high dark blue (or black, not sure) that Brady Quinn was wearing earlier this season. I see some players wearing them tonight.

  • Mike | January 3, 2007 at 8:59 pm |

    Anybody ever do a critique of the jackets the college bowl committee members wear? (Don’t know how prevalent they are really?)

    I know at least the Orange Bowl Committee has some sweet jackets. Looking spiffy for sure. When I grow up, I want to be a bowl committee member, just so I get the jacket.

    And the Orange Bowl has my personal favorite bowl logo on top of it. The FedEx logo is very clean and sharp looking to begin with (notice the hidden arrow between the E and the x, too!) and the smiling orange is just plain Mr. Met-esque.

    And I just noticed this alternate black Mets logo posted on Wikipedia. Never remember seeing it before. Ouch!

  • Vincent A. Cipollone | January 3, 2007 at 9:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”37764″]Please God, tell me I didn’t just see what I think I saw. Worst logo creep ever. The beginning of the Notre Dame-LSU game, there is a guy in the tunnel, playing for LSU, who looks like he had 4 or 5 Nike swooshes tattooed on his right arm. Ahhhhh!!!![/quote]

    I saw the same thing as you did and was equally horrified.

  • Steve | January 3, 2007 at 9:42 pm |

    Two comments.
    First, I believe the Maravich pictures were taken by Rich Clarkson, a former SI photograher who has an amazing collection.

    Second. I’m on board with my dislike for the Black. So much so that when the Mets came out for Game 1 wearing those uniforms, I was torn between wanting to see them win or lose.

    To me the 2000 Mets were mostly store bought, so it was more about rooting for the uniform, not the guys in it.

    I make my living as a sports documentary film maker, so I know that film/tape lasts forever and the last thing I wanted was to see my team win the Series with those crap uniforms…over and over and over.

  • My Name is Not Earl | January 3, 2007 at 9:46 pm |

    Are those LSU facemasks dark purple or black? If they are purple, the shade of purple is much darker than that used in the rest of the uniform.

  • Sammy | January 3, 2007 at 10:09 pm |

    This is only uni-related on the edges, but I’m sure that you will find it interesting nonetheless. The BCS bowls are all broadcast on Fox this year, as they paid a huge amount of money to get the contract. But, the Rose Bowl Game negotiates its TV contract separately than the other bowls, so it’s still on ABC. Fox has been going all out with their production, and has the stupid “Bowl Bash” logo all over the place. This picture can give you a little idea of the BCS shield, on the back of the helmet of both players. It was on BSU and OU’s helmets during the Fiesta Bowl, is on ND’s and LSU’s helmets, and I expect it to be on OSU’s and Florida’s in the Championship Game.

    But, the stickers were not on Michigan’s or USC’s helmets in the Rose Bowl. Nor was there any reference to the BCS at all, in the endzones or on the field, as there is in the other games. Is the Rose Bowl disassociating itself from the other BCS games? Or vice versa? Why?

    Also, I already hate Fox’s college football production. Do they have anyone other than Joe Buck to do everything for them?

  • JMichaels | January 3, 2007 at 10:11 pm |

    I know there is some sort of logo in each endzone (I think it is the Sugar Bowl logo), but does anyone else find it really strange that the team names look completely off center when they have the behind-the-kicker cam for FGs and extra points? It looks terrible.

  • Wade | January 3, 2007 at 10:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”37773″]Are those LSU facemasks dark purple or black? If they are purple, the shade of purple is much darker than that used in the rest of the uniform.[/quote]

    They are indeed a darker shade of purple. If you’ll look closely, all of the purple on the helmet does not match the purple in the uniform, but I think this is due to the two different materials, hard plastic and polyester, but I may be wrong.

  • Sammy | January 3, 2007 at 10:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”37776″]I know there is some sort of logo in each endzone (I think it is the Sugar Bowl logo), but does anyone else find it really strange that the team names look completely off center when they have the behind-the-kicker cam for FGs and extra points? It looks terrible.[/quote]

    I thought the exact same thing. Wouldn’t it have been better, for symmetry’s sake, to put one on either side?

    Also, since this is my first day back from vacation, I have to tell a little story. I was at Christmas with the family, and we are all opening presents and stuff, and my little 9 year old cousin opens up a present, and is sooooo happy. I look, and what is it? A black Mets uniform. Carlos Delgado is his favorite player, apparently, and he really likes the black uniform. When he’s of age, I guess I’ll just have to introduce him to the proper ideas of a good uniform.

  • CRAZY LARRY | January 3, 2007 at 10:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”37654″][quote comment=”37605″]I went to the Flyers-Islanders game last night (and wore my cruddy replica blank Flyers jersey).

    An interesting question for any Isles fan out there. I saw some fans wearing the Fisherman jersey with the new/classic Isles logo in the middle. When were those on sale? (And why would anyone want that mismatch of colors?)[/quote]
    The Fisherman jersey with a Classic Crest (not actually classic, but the NY one with navy blue instead of royal) was an alternate in the First Fisherman year, then became the only jersey on the second year. Their next move was to the current design.[/quote]

    The Islanders celebrated their 25th anniversary with the news that their unpopular fisherman logo was being put out to sea. However, since the team failed to make the deadline for a uniform and logo change fans would have to the Isles had to endure the calls of fishtsticks one more season. However, the Islanders often wore a 3rd SWEATER featuring the classic NY logo.

  • Sammy | January 3, 2007 at 10:38 pm |

    One last post for me before I go to bed. Good post today, Vince, and I hope you enjoyed my hometown (kinda) of Detroit. I hope you saw all the landmarks of downtown (uhh…none that are that great, really), and had a good time at the game. As for the logo inconsistency, what do you expect for a stadium that hosts the Lions, and a town that puts up with different logos for the Tigers’ hats and uniforms.

  • Nolan | January 3, 2007 at 10:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”37776″]I know there is some sort of logo in each endzone (I think it is the Sugar Bowl logo), but does anyone else find it really strange that the team names look completely off center when they have the behind-the-kicker cam for FGs and extra points? It looks terrible.[/quote]
    Yeah, the BCS logo is in the left corners of the end zones and the camera angle they use for the extra points is driving me nuts. The S in LSU should be centered on the goal post. It looks terrible. The Notre Dame side doesn’t bother me quite as much since you really need to see more to realize how off center it is. Regardless they are both annoying.

  • Matt B | January 3, 2007 at 11:02 pm |

    Fake Motion W strikes again! The opposing team on Friday Night Lights tonight was wearing the knockoff helmets. FNL has a deal with Under Armour, no? Where the heck are UW + Adidas’ lawyers?

  • Jeff B | January 3, 2007 at 11:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”37775″]This is only uni-related on the edges, but I’m sure that you will find it interesting nonetheless. The BCS bowls are all broadcast on Fox this year, as they paid a huge amount of money to get the contract. But, the Rose Bowl Game negotiates its TV contract separately than the other bowls, so it’s still on ABC. Fox has been going all out with their production, and has the stupid “Bowl Bash” logo all over the place. This picture can give you a little idea of the BCS shield, on the back of the helmet of both players. It was on BSU and OU’s helmets during the Fiesta Bowl, is on ND’s and LSU’s helmets, and I expect it to be on OSU’s and Florida’s in the Championship Game.

    But, the stickers were not on Michigan’s or USC’s helmets in the Rose Bowl. Nor was there any reference to the BCS at all, in the endzones or on the field, as there is in the other games. Is the Rose Bowl disassociating itself from the other BCS games? Or vice versa? Why?

    Also, I already hate Fox’s college football production. Do they have anyone other than Joe Buck to do everything for them?[/quote]

    So I just wanted to say that watching the NFL on Fox is head and shoulders above ESPN and CBS and about equal with NBC, but for college football give me ABC all the way. It may be better if Fox had lisence to some regular season games.

    Secondly, Is theres a reason Notre Dame only wears the green jerseys once a year, seemingly for the USC game every year? I figured this is the place to ask. They are much much better than the blue or white.

  • Matt B | January 3, 2007 at 11:43 pm |

    but for college football give me ABC all the way. It may be better if Fox had license to some regular season games.

    Terry B is killing me. I tuned in 10 min ago and he’s already driving me nuts. Has he ever called a game before? Thought he was strictly a studio guy

  • JMC | January 4, 2007 at 12:03 am |

    A couple of things: Fox shouldn’t be allowed to broadcast sports. They are horrible. The only thing they do that I can stomach is NFL football, and even that is a struggle. Joe Buck is horrible. I imagine he’ll be covering the nat’l championship which makes me not want to watch. There’s something about Nike and Fox which just seem far too much alike for me.

    In other news: Did anyone see the Barry Zito press conference this morning. It was on FSN Bay Area and on the web. Somebody asked Zito why he chose number 75 and he explained that he liked the aesthetic of it. He thought it looked nice having the two horizontal lines on top of each number, yadda yadda and something about how his name used to match up with the edges of the numbers or something, Of course the jersey he was holding had no name and so the Giants owner said something about getting a road jersey so he could see it with the name.

  • Nolan | January 4, 2007 at 12:12 am |

    [quote comment=”37789″]Joe Buck is horrible. I imagine he’ll be covering the nat’l championship which makes me not want to watch. [/quote]

    I seem to have already forgotten who will be doing the game but Joe Buck, to my surprise, is NOT doing play by play for the BCS Championship game. Further proof that there is a God.

  • calvin12 | January 4, 2007 at 12:17 am |

    [quote comment=”37610″][quote comment=”37593″][quote comment=”37559″]FROM YESTERDAY:

    [quote comment=”37535″][quote comment=”37517″][quote comment=”37511″]

    While we are on the topic of Cheerleader uniforms, I am stunned (well, not really, I understand if you were distracted) that no one noticed that the USC cheerleaders had what appeared to be a Rose Bowl specific decal added on the front (look in the bottom right of the pic, not the middle…..seriously).[/quote]

    Scroll down to the 1996 squad pic to see that they have worn those before[/quote]

    Was anyone else trying to figure out which Song Girl went with the Ass?[/quote]

    Uh, I was as well[/quote]

    its gotta be megan, front row left.[/quote]

    You think maybe it was Alli…she seems pretty tall, as does the cheeky one[/quote]

    I don’t hink so, the motion gif you can see a bit of her facial profile, her nose looks more angular, like megans not alli’s

  • Jeff B | January 4, 2007 at 12:22 am |

    Further proof that there is a God.

    Except that none of the Fox broadcasters are any good. I mean in the MLB playoffs they had Lou Pinella in the booth. I’m a Cubs fan but gimme a break. I say they simulcast it on FX and let the sports guys from the OSU radio/tv station do one and the ones from Florida do the other. That would be interesting to switch back and forth.

  • Minna H. | January 4, 2007 at 1:33 am |

    Two notes from The LSU-ND game. One, JaMarcus Russell put his (yellow) mouthguard on his noseguard between plays, which looked really cute—like a pig’s snout. I like pigs, so that’s not an insult.

    Two, I really detest that bands on the elbows, biceps, knees, calves look—and it can’t be good for circulation.

    That’s all I got. More props to Vince for another exemplary entry to the UniWatch Blog.

  • Jeff I | January 4, 2007 at 3:05 am |

    Not quite Uni related. But kinda.

    From the Boston Bruins blog:

    “The Bruins have an important internal contest brewing, or should I say growing.

    They are all, for some reason, growing mustaches — per order of team unity man Shean Donovan.

    No beards, no goatees, no soul-patch.

    Mustaches.

    And despite a few gripes and shaves here and there, everyone is doing it.

    But the second request is where, you, the reader helps out. Over the next few games, make notes as to which Bruins have the best and worst lip hair. So pay attention to the guys’ faces over the next week or so, and I will have a poll up to the positive and the negative before the All-Star break.”

  • Ed Findlay | January 4, 2007 at 3:29 am |

    [quote comment=”37806″]Not quite Uni related. But kinda.

    From the Boston Bruins blog:

    “The Bruins have an important internal contest brewing, or should I say growing.

    They are all, for some reason, growing mustaches — per order of team unity man Shean Donovan.

    No beards, no goatees, no soul-patch.

    Mustaches.

    And despite a few gripes and shaves here and there, everyone is doing it.

    But the second request is where, you, the reader helps out. Over the next few games, make notes as to which Bruins have the best and worst lip hair. So pay attention to the guys’ faces over the next week or so, and I will have a poll up to the positive and the negative before the All-Star break.”[/quote]

    Pulling a page out the history books, they did the same thing abut 10 years ago during their playoff run. It didn’t help, they were beaten by New Jersey 4-2…

  • Mark Mihalik | January 4, 2007 at 4:42 am |

    I typically love when football players spat their cleats up, but this look isn’t doing it for me on Brady Quinn. Are those adidas socks cut-up and taped over his cleats?

    For all I know, he could’ve done this before, but regardless… it’s a bowl game. Why look like an amateur?

  • ML | January 4, 2007 at 6:49 am |

    [quote comment=”37818″]I typically love when football players spat their cleats up, but this look isn’t doing it for me on Brady Quinn. Are those adidas socks cut-up and taped over his cleats?

    For all I know, he could’ve done this before, but regardless… it’s a bowl game. Why look like an amateur?[/quote]

    Secondly, you’re a QB, don’t wear your kneepads above your knees like a wide receiver. They look dumb doing it, but at least have a reason. You, Brady, just look exceptionally dumb.

  • My name is not Earl | January 4, 2007 at 7:55 am |

    Bradshaw has done color before, but not since he first moved into the studio–which was back in 1989, where he and Greg Gumbel teamed on “NFL Today.”

  • Ed Findlay | January 4, 2007 at 7:57 am |

    [quote comment=”37827″][quote comment=”37818″]I typically love when football players spat their cleats up, but this look isn’t doing it for me on Brady Quinn. Are those adidas socks cut-up and taped over his cleats?

    For all I know, he could’ve done this before, but regardless… it’s a bowl game. Why look like an amateur?[/quote]

    Secondly, you’re a QB, don’t wear your kneepads above your knees like a wide receiver. They look dumb doing it, but at least have a reason. You, Brady, just look exceptionally dumb.[/quote]

    He deserves some slack on the kneepads, they ride up your legs when you have to constantly move around like he did last night.

  • Nolan | January 4, 2007 at 8:05 am |

    [quote comment=”37818″]I typically love when football players spat their cleats up, but this look isn’t doing it for me on Brady Quinn. Are those adidas socks cut-up and taped over his cleats?

    For all I know, he could’ve done this before, but regardless… it’s a bowl game. Why look like an amateur?[/quote]
    He’s got his adidas socks on top of his tape spats. Gotta get that logo in there huh?

  • Richard | January 4, 2007 at 8:24 am |

    [quote comment=”37688″][quote comment=”37686″][quote comment=”37679″]

    And Carter came over in a trade from the Caps (with Jason Allison, Jim Carrey and a draft pick). He never played for the Baby B’s . . .
    [/quote]

    Jim Carey = The Net Detective
    Jim Carrey = The Pet Detective, comedian, and Jenny McCarthy’s current flame.
    [/quote]

    Teebz, my guru, thank you for the correction. Apologies to all Dorchester, MA natives, Catholic Memorial grads and Wisconsin Badger fans who also caught my error . . .[/quote]

    And don’t forget the fact that on the back of his goalie mask he had the artwork of Jim Carrey’s “Mask” face. We MA natives not from Dorchester remember…

  • John from KY | January 4, 2007 at 9:02 am |

    [quote comment=”37775″]This is only uni-related on the edges, but I’m sure that you will find it interesting nonetheless. The BCS bowls are all broadcast on Fox this year, as they paid a huge amount of money to get the contract. But, the Rose Bowl Game negotiates its TV contract separately than the other bowls, so it’s still on ABC. Fox has been going all out with their production, and has the stupid “Bowl Bash” logo all over the place. This picture can give you a little idea of the BCS shield, on the back of the helmet of both players. It was on BSU and OU’s helmets during the Fiesta Bowl, is on ND’s and LSU’s helmets, and I expect it to be on OSU’s and Florida’s in the Championship Game.

    But, the stickers were not on Michigan’s or USC’s helmets in the Rose Bowl. Nor was there any reference to the BCS at all, in the endzones or on the field, as there is in the other games. Is the Rose Bowl disassociating itself from the other BCS games? Or vice versa? Why?[/quote]

    If you look closely this year’s BCS logo and stickers have the “Fox” logo incorporated into the design near the bottom. Since the Rose Bowl is on ABC, why would they give Fox free advertising? I also suspect that Fox’s contract for the other 4 BCS games gave them rights to not allow the Rose Bowl to use a modified BCS logo and stickers without the Fox logo.