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Not Afraid Of The Dark

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When I first saw this picture, I nearly crumbled. I was overcome with emotion. It might not be possible to explain the full magnitude of its power, but I’ll give it a shot.

You see, I thought Georgia was hosting a football game and nobody showed up. Then I looked closer at the opposite side of the stadium. “Wait,” I thought, “those are people. Looks like they’re wearing black. Huh.”

Turns out, holding a “blackout” carries all the intimidation of empty seats. And then you get your ass kicked.

I gonna go ahead and guess the Crimson Tide didn’t roll in and say, “Oh, crap! Blackout! No amount of houndstooth is going to save us from this!” Maybe in a tighter arena — and maybe not with black — something like that could work. But for large stadium applications, blackouts are kinda dumb. Yeah, it gets the fans worked up, but when they’ve been drinking Bud Light and cheap liquor all day, a trick squirrel could have the same effect (but be way more entertaining).

Snarkiness aside, I really like the black Georgia jersey. It’s sharp. After Saturday, though, I don’t see it coming out to play in the near future. — Bryan

 

131 comments to Not Afraid Of The Dark

  • Jason Axel | September 28, 2008 at 8:27 am |

    Endzones look stupid in black too.

    Blackout would look alot better if it weren’t already dark outside. During the day, if they had a blackout, it might look cool and a little intimidating, but at night, it looks as Bryan said…empty and very sad.

  • Paulio | September 28, 2008 at 8:52 am |

    Plus, the “insert color here – out” is, I think, being played out. How long will it be until each team has a different color every game?

    If you cannot get fired up for a big college football game without needing to be told what to wear, maybe you should consider finding someone else to sit in your seats that can.

  • Scott | September 28, 2008 at 9:01 am |

    Actually, Penn State rocks like a mutherf#cker when they do the “white-out.” I’m not a fan in the least, but that place looks alive on TV at night games.

  • DJ | September 28, 2008 at 9:03 am |

    love that the Phils won the division wearing their throwback uni – awesome stuff

  • Angel | September 28, 2008 at 9:37 am |

    That Georgia uni reminds me of the Atlanta Falcons unis back when Jeff George was their QB.

  • Mike | September 28, 2008 at 9:42 am |

    I’m surprised to hear Uni Watch endorse the black Georgia jerseys. I think they’re awful, especially considering that the standard red jerseys look so nice.

  • Angel | September 28, 2008 at 9:43 am |

    Sacramento Kings unveiled their new unis yesterday.

    Here’s a link to a slideshow from the unveiling.
    http://www.flickr.co...

    Although I like the collar from this rendering better than the one chose for the final product.

    http://www.nba.com/k...

  • Angel | September 28, 2008 at 9:45 am |

    I guess they put Sacramento on the home jersey in order to let the visiting team know what city they’re in. Maybe to remind the fans as well.

  • Stan Bowers | September 28, 2008 at 9:49 am |

    [quote comment=”292069″]Plus, the “insert color here – out” is, I think, being played out. How long will it be until each team has a different color every game?

    If you cannot get fired up for a big college football game without needing to be told what to wear, maybe you should consider finding someone else to sit in your seats that can.[/quote]

    If all of the major sports, and yes, I’m including NCAA Football and Basketball, would drop the “black” attire as an extra jersey, sweater, accent-piece; when it is not one of their primary uniform colors…perhaps this “gangsta” mentality..or lack of “mentality” will benefit society…

    Restore the power of primary and secondary colors in ALL uniforms…(i.e. Oklahoma…Alabama…Penn State…all victorious…all classic…all American!!!)

    Thank you…now I feel better!!!

  • Roger Faso | September 28, 2008 at 9:50 am |

    They did look simple and sharp. The Falcons should take note.

  • Angel | September 28, 2008 at 9:54 am |

    Why do teams like the Magic, Jazz & Kings go with wordmarks not found in the actual team logo. In the Kings case the wordmark looks better than their actual logo imo…so why not change the logo and incorporate the updated wordmark. If you take the lettering in the Magic logo and apply it to their new unis I think it just takes it to another level. (Can anyone Photoshop that?) I like the Jazz uni although they should have used the font from the lettering found on the logo and keep the layout from the current wordmark on the jersey. That may look a bit better.

  • Stuby | September 28, 2008 at 9:58 am |

    I think it looks awful when the helmet, jersey and pants are 3 different colors, with none of the colors being white (See NY Giants in red jerseys).

  • Mike Engle | September 28, 2008 at 10:03 am |

    [quote comment=”292073″]I’m surprised to hear Uni Watch endorse the black Georgia jerseys. I think they’re awful, especially considering that the standard red jerseys look so nice.[/quote]
    I’m not. It’s not purple, black is actually a team color, and it’s well done.
    I’m hard to please when it comes to third jerseys, but the Georgia blacks are one of my favorites. I think they do a great job of bringing out the silver pants.

  • Kevin M. | September 28, 2008 at 10:08 am |

    [quote comment=”292076″][quote comment=”292069″]Plus, the “insert color here – out” is, I think, being played out. How long will it be until each team has a different color every game?

    If you cannot get fired up for a big college football game without needing to be told what to wear, maybe you should consider finding someone else to sit in your seats that can.[/quote]

    If all of the major sports, and yes, I’m including NCAA Football and Basketball, would drop the “black” attire as an extra jersey, sweater, accent-piece; when it is not one of their primary uniform colors…perhaps this “gangsta” mentality..or lack of “mentality” will benefit society…

    Restore the power of primary and secondary colors in ALL uniforms…(i.e. Oklahoma…Alabama…Penn State…all victorious…all classic…all American!!!)

    Thank you…now I feel better!!![/quote]

    The black in Georgia is a Primary color. Red balck and white are they offical colors of UGA. Grey is the accent color and all the fans say they wear Red and Black.

  • Ricko | September 28, 2008 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment=”292080″][quote comment=”292073″]I’m surprised to hear Uni Watch endorse the black Georgia jerseys. I think they’re awful, especially considering that the standard red jerseys look so nice.[/quote]
    I’m not. It’s not purple, black is actually a team color, and it’s well done.
    I’m hard to please when it comes to third jerseys, but the Georgia blacks are one of my favorites. I think they do a great job of bringing out the silver pants.[/quote]

    Ditto.

    But, as has been noted, after last night I think that gimmick will be dead and buried. At least at Georgia.

    Anyone else noticed that such things seem to work once, maybe twice? They get “ho hum” real fast.

    Maybe someone will think of something new, instead of all this imitation. “Ooo, they did it, WE should do it.”

    (This applies to things as dorky as those Twins’ “monkey see, monkey do” sleeveless vests, too. Jeez, they look SO imitative and unoriginal. Hope they burn the damn things before they go into the new stadium.)

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | September 28, 2008 at 10:21 am |

    [quote comment=”292072″]That Georgia uni reminds me of the Atlanta Falcons unis back when Jeff George was their QB.[/quote]

    You meant the jerseys, right, because the Falcons wore black helmets during George’s stint with them. Gotta go back a lot farther than Jeff George to find red helmets with black jerseys for the Falcons.

  • Rich | September 28, 2008 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment=”292082″](This applies to things as dorky as those Twins’ “monkey see, monkey do” sleeveless vests, too. Jeez, they look SO imitative and unoriginal. Hope they burn the damn things before they go into the new stadium.)
    —Ricko[/quote]

    It’s not just the Twins–all baseball vests look dorky and should just go away…

  • warren thompson | September 28, 2008 at 10:27 am |

    Maybe Georgia should “throwback” to the uniform worn during the Wally Butts era: red jerseys and — for some reason — silver helmets. No black in evidence anywhere, except for the shoes; if that was good enough for All American running back Charley Trippi, I say it ought to be good enough for 2008. :)

  • Ricko | September 28, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    [quote comment=”292084″][quote comment=”292082″](This applies to things as dorky as those Twins’ “monkey see, monkey do” sleeveless vests, too. Jeez, they look SO imitative and unoriginal. Hope they burn the damn things before they go into the new stadium.)
    —Ricko[/quote]

    It’s not just the Twins–all baseball vests look dorky and should just go away…[/quote]

    The exception being a team that decides to wear vests, and only vests, like the old Pirates, Reds and A’s. Then it’s okay, cuz it’s the style they opted wear…consistently. And they need to be cut like the old ones, more like vests. Today’s things are just jerseys with no sleeves. That’s tunic with buttons, not a vest. They’re too wide at the top, and make the shoulders peak. The players ends up looking silly, like guards at Emperor Ming’s palace in an old Flash Gordon serial. Or Gene Autry in THE PHANTOM EMPIRE…(dont’ know about anyone else, but this sure makes ME think of the Pirates’ red ones)

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  • Ricko | September 28, 2008 at 10:40 am |

    [quote comment=”292085″]Maybe Georgia should “throwback” to the uniform worn during the Wally Butts era: red jerseys and — for some reason — silver helmets. No black in evidence anywhere, except for the shoes; if that was good enough for All American running back Charley Trippi, I say it ought to be good enough for 2008. :)[/quote]

    Fran Tarkenton, too.

    http://www.georgiaen...

    Did they have a red stripe? Don’t remember that.
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  • Sam | September 28, 2008 at 10:45 am |

    Speaking of throwbacks – did anyone catch they unis tech was wearing at Nebraska? Those were fan-f’in-tastic.

  • Mike Engle | September 28, 2008 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”292082″][quote comment=”292080″][quote comment=”292073″]I’m surprised to hear Uni Watch endorse the black Georgia jerseys. I think they’re awful, especially considering that the standard red jerseys look so nice.[/quote]
    I’m not. It’s not purple, black is actually a team color, and it’s well done.
    I’m hard to please when it comes to third jerseys, but the Georgia blacks are one of my favorites. I think they do a great job of bringing out the silver pants.[/quote]

    Ditto.

    But, as has been noted, after last night I think that gimmick will be dead and buried. At least at Georgia.

    Anyone else noticed that such things seem to work once, maybe twice? They get “ho hum” real fast.

    Maybe someone will think of something new, instead of all this imitation. “Ooo, they did it, WE should do it.”

    (This applies to things as dorky as those Twins’ “monkey see, monkey do” sleeveless vests, too. Jeez, they look SO imitative and unoriginal. Hope they burn the damn things before they go into the new stadium.)

    —Ricko[/quote]
    YES. Especially the way the black jerseys got introduced. Without disclosing the black jerseys, Coach Richt told the fans to wear black, UGA captains came out in red for the coin toss and handshake, they went back in the tunnel, and then the whole team ran out to take the field in the black jerseys to the tune of AC/DC’s “Back in Black.” Awesome. But those jerseys will never be as awesome again.

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”292084″]all baseball vests look dorky and should just go away…[/quote]

    i don’t know what you’d call this look but dorky isn’t the first word that comes to mind

  • Ricko | September 28, 2008 at 11:25 am |

    [quote comment=”292090″][quote comment=”292084″]all baseball vests look dorky and should just go away…[/quote]

    i don’t know what you’d call this look but dorky isn’t the first word that comes to mind[/quote]

    Aw, that’s just Klu being Klu.

    Still a great, classic uni, though, and an example that vests CAN work, and be a kind of team “signature”. If, again, they ALWAYS wear them, not some “golly, aren’t these different” alternate.

    http://vault.sportsi...

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”292091″]Aw, that’s just Klu being Klu.
    [/quote]

    this was always one of my favorite ‘klu being klu’ shots

  • Lauren | September 28, 2008 at 11:41 am |

    Even if you’re over the whole “color-out” phenomenon, you have to admit, the Penn State White Out is pretty freaking awesome:

    http://lh4.ggpht.com...

    Yeah, that’s from last year’s Notre Dame game, and I anticipate that the pics from last night’s game will be even more amazing.

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”292093″]Even if you’re over the whole “color-out” phenomenon, you have to admit, the Penn State White Out is pretty freaking awesome:

    http://lh4.ggpht.com...

    Yeah, that’s from last year’s Notre Dame game, and I anticipate that the pics from last night’s game will be even more amazing.[/quote]

    like this?

  • Chris | September 28, 2008 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”292071″]love that the Phils won the division wearing their throwback uni – awesome stuff[/quote]
    Is it a coincidence that the winning pitcher wore the Liberty Bell stirrups? P.S. Thank you Jamie Moyer.

  • Angel | September 28, 2008 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”292083″][quote comment=”292072″]That Georgia uni reminds me of the Atlanta Falcons unis back when Jeff George was their QB.[/quote]

    You meant the jerseys, right, because the Falcons wore black helmets during George’s stint with them. Gotta go back a lot farther than Jeff George to find red helmets with black jerseys for the Falcons.[/quote]

    Yea I meant the uniforms.

  • Cathy | September 28, 2008 at 11:57 am |

    [quote comment=”292088″]Speaking of throwbacks – did anyone catch they unis tech was wearing at Nebraska? Those were fan-f’in-tastic.[/quote]

    Yes, they wore their throwbacks with the current modern helmet http://scores.espn.g... they looked fantastic. The throwback helmet looks like this http://www.hokiespor...

  • Johnny Bacardi | September 28, 2008 at 12:01 pm |

    holding a “blackout” carries all the intimidation of empty seats…

    psst…the word is “intimation”.

    And as a Falcons fan from waaaaay back (yes, when they did actually wear red helmets with black jerseys), I’d give my left nut if they’d go back to red helmets.

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 12:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”292098″]holding a “blackout” carries all the intimidation of empty seats…

    psst…the word is “intimation”.

    And as a Falcons fan from waaaaay back (yes, when they did actually wear red helmets with black jerseys), I’d give my left nut if they’d go back to red helmets.[/quote]

    yup…these were sweet

  • Bryan Redemske | September 28, 2008 at 12:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”292098″]holding a “blackout” carries all the intimidation of empty seats…

    psst…the word is “intimation”.

    [/quote]

    Psst … no, it’s not. It’s a fine word, but not what I was going for. The ‘blackout’ is supposed to be intimidating, so I was comparing this particular blackout to the intimidation factor of a stadium full of empty seats.

  • Stan Bowers | September 28, 2008 at 12:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”292099″][quote comment=”292098″]holding a “blackout” carries all the intimidation of empty seats…

    psst…the word is “intimation”.

    And as a Falcons fan from waaaaay back (yes, when they did actually wear red helmets with black jerseys), I’d give my left nut if they’d go back to red helmets.[/quote]

    yup…these were sweet[/quote]

    Yes…simple, clean, classic…without a trace of “ghetto” anywhere…

    The good ol’ days…when football was a man’s game…

  • BurghFan | September 28, 2008 at 1:05 pm |

    Those black on purple Kings uniforms are gonna be unreadable from the upper bowl of an NBA arena.

  • Tony Miller | September 28, 2008 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”292082″]
    Hope they burn the damn things before they go into the new stadium.)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Before they go into Sept. 29 would be nice.

  • Steve | September 28, 2008 at 1:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”292100″][quote comment=”292098″]holding a “blackout” carries all the intimidation of empty seats…

    psst…the word is “intimation”.

    [/quote]

    Psst … no, it’s not. It’s a fine word, but not what I was going for. The ‘blackout’ is supposed to be intimidating, so I was comparing this particular blackout to the intimidation factor of a stadium full of empty seats.[/quote]

    Good one!

  • Geeman | September 28, 2008 at 1:32 pm |

    Agree with Ricko on the black Ga. jerseys. They look sweet and it’s nice to have an alternate that is actually a school color. Also like the contrasting color with the red helmets. Clemson did the same thing yesterday with purple jerseys and orange helmets. I bet Ga. wears the jerseys again down the road, since they did win the Sugar Bowl in them, but not for a while.

    Proposed rule: If your school has two colors, you shouldn’t add black to the uniform landscape (a la U. of Miami plans to do with black jerseys this year even though they have great colors with their orange and green).

    On the Falcons: Funny how they went from red helmets/black jerseys to red/red (Bartkowski era), then to black/black (Granville era), and now to black helmets/red jerseys. Seems like they’ve completed the loop. Just leave the all-black dog-fighting outfits at home, please. :)

  • BuckeyeMark | September 28, 2008 at 1:34 pm |

    the ref (actually the umpire) in the Tampa Bay-Green Bay game was just hit in the head by a pass. close ups of the play showed something fuzzy on his hat – I thought it first it was his hair out of place or something. turns out it there is a fuzzy mike of some sort mounted on the visor of his hat. question: what is this mike? why is there a mike on the ump’s hat – the ref makes all penalty announcements, etc.?

  • Geeman | September 28, 2008 at 1:35 pm |

    And on the Twins: Even though one of the greatest World Series (and Games 6 and 7) ever played was held in the Metrodome, thank God they are going to outdoor baseball again next year!

  • Graf Zeppelin | September 28, 2008 at 1:37 pm |

    Mets are going with blue caps and plain whites for the final installment of CHOKE II: THE SEQUEL.

  • Chris | September 28, 2008 at 1:37 pm |

    Anyone know where I can find a wide pic of the Penn State white out? I was looking all over for a whole stadium shot or at least one side or something to show my Penn State loving dad, but the only pics I find are close up. You don’t get the full effect of the white out just looking at one section

  • steve | September 28, 2008 at 1:42 pm |

    chad johnson wearing his orange chinstrap again

  • joe | September 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”292106″]the ref (actually the umpire) in the Tampa Bay-Green Bay game was just hit in the head by a pass. close ups of the play showed something fuzzy on his hat – I thought it first it was his hair out of place or something. turns out it there is a fuzzy mike of some sort mounted on the visor of his hat. question: what is this mike? why is there a mike on the ump’s hat – the ref makes all penalty announcements, etc.?[/quote]
    I was coming to ask about that very thing. Its on both side of his brim. Odd for a field mic since you wouldn’t need 2.

  • Ricko | September 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”292107″]And on the Twins: Even though one of the greatest World Series (and Games 6 and 7) ever played was held in the Metrodome, thank God they are going to outdoor baseball again next year![/quote]

    Wish it WAS next year. Sadly, isn’t til 2010.

    You’re right, in a post-season setting the Metrodome was (is?) an incredible place. Rest of the time? Sucks. Lower level, between third and left field home run porch, you spend the entire time with your head turned to the side. Honestly, can give you a “neckache.” Foul line is directly in front of you, home plate is 90 degress to your right. Just awful. Absolutely awful. Terrible when the home run porch is a better seat than twenty feet past third base. 38 seats in a row, too. Imagine the fun when you’re in seats 19 or 20. Not bad for football, I suppose, but just god-awful for baseball.

    I will never, btw, ever ever ever ever ever refer to that new stadium “Target Field”. I’ll just call it the Twins Ballpark. “Target Center” not so bad cuz of concerts, etc., and because was the first. I could even have lived with NW Airlines or 3M. But another Target? No, sir.

  • Geeman | September 28, 2008 at 1:56 pm |

    By the way, this looks like an awesome movie. http://www.theexpres...
    And note the classic athletic gear and uniforms, even on the coaches. Compare that to our sad Nike/Under Armour era in which even the coaches are stuck with polyester polo shirts with weird horns and striping. Bring back the classics!

  • Shane | September 28, 2008 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”292100″]I was comparing this particular blackout to the intimidation factor of a stadium full of empty seats.[/quote]

    There was a Champions League game on ESPN last season where the team was forced to play in an empty stadium by UEFA. It was pretty creepy, TBH.

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 2:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”292108″]Mets are going with blue caps and plain whites for the final installment of CHOKE II: THE SEQUEL.[/quote]

    that’s the spirit!

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 2:03 pm |

    can’t tell cuz his cap is on…but ollie get rid of his mohawk?

  • Chris | September 28, 2008 at 2:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”292115″][quote comment=”292108″]Mets are going with blue caps and plain whites for the final installment of CHOKE II: THE SEQUEL.[/quote]

    that’s the spirit![/quote]
    Apparently it was too much to ask for for the Mets to wear pinstripes and blue.

  • Chris | September 28, 2008 at 2:04 pm |

    SERENITY NOW!!

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm |

    could alfredo amezega be wearing more cry black?

    jeebus

  • Steve | September 28, 2008 at 2:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”292119″]could alfredo amezega be wearing more cry black?

    jeebus[/quote]

    “How much more black can this be? And the answer is none. None more black.”

  • Alex | September 28, 2008 at 2:52 pm |

    Alabama receiver BJ Scott has a FNOB. He only had one reception last night though, and he doesn’t play a lot (freshman).

  • =bg= | September 28, 2008 at 3:01 pm |

    NYJ doin’ the Titans thing today and btw DESTROYING AZ. Might see the Titans look again next week.

  • warren thompson | September 28, 2008 at 3:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”292087″][quote comment=”292085″]Maybe Georgia should “throwback” to the uniform worn during the Wally Butts era: red jerseys and — for some reason — silver helmets. No black in evidence anywhere, except for the shoes; if that was good enough for All American running back Charley Trippi, I say it ought to be good enough for 2008. :)[/quote]

    Fran Tarkenton, too.

    http://www.georgiaen...

    Did they have a red stripe? Don’t remember that.
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    For a photo of a bizarre “facemask,” go to
    http://www.newgeorgi....
    jsp?id=h-833.

    It’s Georgia running back Frank Sinkwich after suffering a broken jaw. Paul Lukas might like this ….

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 3:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”292122″]NYJ doin’ the Titans thing today and btw DESTROYING AZ. Might see the Titans look again next week.[/quote]

    the throwback uniforms can only be worn twice during the 2008 season…originally they planned to wear them for the home opener against the pats, but the throwback days were changed to the second and third home games, against the cards and bungles…

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 3:16 pm |

    OH…and just to give props to Mr. Met and to correct an error i made earlier this week…the jets did indeed switch to the white socks for all but ONE of their 4 uni combos…they only wear the green socks with the green jerseys & white pants

    jet uni combos

    titans alt

  • Flip | September 28, 2008 at 3:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”292075″]I guess they put Sacramento on the home jersey in order to let the visiting team know what city they’re in. Maybe to remind the fans as well.[/quote]
    Yeah, what’s up with that? Is Sacramento intending to wear purple at home? Can they do white on the road? Kind of dopey. White trimmed in black on purple would look better. The g in the Kings wordmark has always bugged me, too.

    The baseball vests are OK if that’s the main look. Paul mentioned the difference between the vests shown in the Cincy uniforms and the sleeveless look everybody has now. The difference IS noticeable.

  • DP | September 28, 2008 at 3:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”292085″]Maybe Georgia should “throwback” to the uniform worn during the Wally Butts era: red jerseys and — for some reason — silver helmets. No black in evidence anywhere, except for the shoes; if that was good enough for All American running back Charley Trippi, I say it ought to be good enough for 2008. :)[/quote]

    I would love those. I was never a fan of the black jerseys. I knew they would look good, and they do. I just don’t think they’re Georgia. However, I would love to see a throwback uniform from the Sinkwich/Trippi era.

  • Flip | September 28, 2008 at 3:19 pm |

    Also:
    Georgia blackout = dumb
    Penn State whiteout (especially with all the ponmons = pretty cool

  • ToasterPoodle | September 28, 2008 at 3:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”292091″][quote comment=”292090″][quote comment=”292084″]all baseball vests look dorky and should just go away…[/quote]

    i don’t know what you’d call this look but dorky isn’t the first word that comes to mind[/quote]

    Aw, that’s just Klu being Klu.

    Still a great, classic uni, though, and an example that vests CAN work, and be a kind of team “signature”. If, again, they ALWAYS wear them, not some “golly, aren’t these different” alternate.

    http://vault.sportsi...
    I think that the key is that they (as mentioned in an earlier post) are actually a vest, as opposed to a sleeveless top. Also having the klu-guns certainly makes it an impressive look.

  • Sammy | September 28, 2008 at 3:31 pm |

    I agree that the Penn State white-out is the only reasonably effective color-coordination event in the country. The white out has been copied in other sports too, notably hockey with the Penguins and (way back) Phoenix Coyotes. I think that the black-out just makes the stadium look empty.

    On a related note, Michigan had a “Maize-out” yesterday vs. Wisconsin. It was moderately successful, but I think maize is too weak a color to look really good in uniform. That and the fact that it was optional (they didn’t give us shirts, only told us to wear maize, so a lot of people still wore blue) made it end up ultimately a failure. The student section was, as usual, completely maize, so I still think that it was relatively effective. I was in it.

    Finally, the Michigan students organized a blue Block M within the maize of the student section–there should be pictures of it online today.

  • joe | September 28, 2008 at 3:51 pm |

    At last night’s black out, most of the folks in the stadium were college girls in cocktail dresses showing a lot of skin.

    Of course thats a good thing. But, it also made one endzone of the stadium look more like a “tan out”. Then again, you could always go with the blackface look (photo 13 in the slideshow)

  • joe | September 28, 2008 at 3:52 pm |

    Forgot to include the link

    http://projects.ajc....

  • Geeman | September 28, 2008 at 3:56 pm |

    1. Does a black-out look different in person rather than on TV?

    2. Does it look different during the day?

    3. Why doesn’t Penn State wear all-white during its white-out?

  • Geeman | September 28, 2008 at 3:58 pm |

    4. Lastly, why doesn’t Liquid Paper have the inevitable and predictable commercial tie-in? (“This white-out brought to you by your friends at Liquid Paper. . . . “) Or does anyone use Liquid Paper anymore?

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 4:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”292134″]4. Lastly, why doesn’t Liquid Paper have the inevitable and predictable commercial tie-in? (“This white-out brought to you by your friends at Liquid Paper. . . . “) Or does anyone use Liquid Paper anymore?[/quote]

    because it’s a different company that makes wite out

    liquid paper

  • Mark | September 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm |

    DO NOT HAVE A SCREEN GRAB BUT…

    CC SABATHIA WAS JUST WEARING A WILD CARD CHAMPS HAT…THEY HAVEN’T OFFICIALLY CLINCHED YET.

  • Joey | September 28, 2008 at 4:45 pm |

    What do you think of cheerleaders going with the faux skin?

    http://inlinethumb46...

    I think it’s really tacky. If you’re not actually going to show the skin, don’t insult us with this. White would have looked much better there.

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  • Joey | September 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”292137″]What do you think of cheerleaders going with the faux skin?

    http://inlinethumb46...

    I think it’s really tacky. If you’re not actually going to show the skin, don’t insult us with this. White would have looked much better there.[/quote]

    Grrr…link doesn’t work. Try this:

    http://good-times.we...

  • Mako | September 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm |

    Raiders in white at home!

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm |

    well….

    congrats to the crew

    good luck johnny (and nicole, & chance & ben & tom…and anyone else i forgot)

    was a fun season and a crazy last 2 weeks…

    remember: the sun will still come up tomorrow and after all is said and done…it’s just a game

  • Ricko | September 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”292134″]4. Lastly, why doesn’t Liquid Paper have the inevitable and predictable commercial tie-in? (“This white-out brought to you by your friends at Liquid Paper. . . . “) Or does anyone use Liquid Paper anymore?[/quote]

    Only blondes, when making corrections on their computer screens.

  • Chris | September 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm |

    To sound corny: It’s time to Shea goodbye to the William A. Shea Municipal Stadium.

  • =bg= | September 28, 2008 at 5:10 pm |

    JaMarcus Watch, Week III:
    Still no GU63 on the helmet. OH and PS, thanks NFL for forcing me to watch the Rayduhz who I couldn’t care less about, when I wanna see the Cowboys v Skins.

  • Kevin M. | September 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”292144″]JaMarcus Watch, Week III:
    Still no GU63 on the helmet. OH and PS, thanks NFL for forcing me to watch the Rayduhz who I couldn’t care less about, when I wanna see the Cowboys v Skins.[/quote]

    You can always go here http://www.the506.co... to see what games you are going to get for the week. Not that it helps you when the stations decide what teams you are going to watch.

  • Johnny O | September 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”292141″]well….

    congrats to the crew

    good luck johnny (and nicole, & chance & ben & tom…and anyone else i forgot)

    was a fun season and a crazy last 2 weeks…

    remember: the sun will still come up tomorrow and after all is said and done…it’s just a game[/quote]

    Thanks buddy. I hate to go in the playoffs beating out such classy Met fans like you guys on here. We will try and represent the NL well. Thanks for all the kind words over the past few weeks. It was a crazy way to end it, and thanks for the support.

  • =bg= | September 28, 2008 at 5:21 pm |

    Pink breast cancer ribbon on the ref’s? Couldn’t put any more junk on the players jerseys, to be sure.

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 5:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”292146″][quote comment=”292141″]well….

    congrats to the crew

    good luck johnny (and nicole, & chance & ben & tom…and anyone else i forgot)

    was a fun season and a crazy last 2 weeks…

    remember: the sun will still come up tomorrow and after all is said and done…it’s just a game[/quote]

    Thanks buddy. I hate to go in the playoffs beating out such classy Met fans like you guys on here. We will try and represent the NL well. Thanks for all the kind words over the past few weeks. It was a crazy way to end it, and thanks for the support.[/quote]

    i hope to see 3 untucks this week vs. the phils

    k?

    thanks! ;)

  • =bg= | September 28, 2008 at 5:22 pm |

    msnbc.com: BREAKING NEWS: New York Mets fall, giving Milwaukee Brewers final NL playoff slot

    Anyone seen Lukas today? Check all the bridges.

  • =bg= | September 28, 2008 at 5:26 pm |

    SHEA IT AIN’T SO;
    http://img.photobuck...

  • LI Matt | September 28, 2008 at 5:40 pm |

    Does [the black-out] look different during the day?

    Yes. The New Zealand All-Blacks had a couple of black-out day games in the ’90s. It’s definitely better when you can see the stands are full of people wearing black, rather than shadows.

    #70: that’s a “Sunsation”, which is UM’s dance team and separate from the cheerleading squad.

  • My Name is Not Earl | September 28, 2008 at 5:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”292140″]Raiders in white at home![/quote]
    First time that’s ever happened. Now the Seahawks are the only team never to worn white at home.

  • Roger Faso | September 28, 2008 at 5:54 pm |

    I predict Paul might take the day off tomorrow.

  • My Name is Not Earl | September 28, 2008 at 5:54 pm |

    Rams (home) and Bills both wearing white pants. Those white pants just don’t look right on the Rams. And maybe it’s just the lighting in the St. Louis dome, but I never really did notice how bad those Bills uniforms works. There’s too much “blockiness” in those uniforms. The blue yokes are huge, the side panels are huge, even the numbers look thicker than most team’s numbers do.

    And post 85 should say that the Seahawks are the only team “never to *have* worn white . . .”

  • GoGoSox | September 28, 2008 at 6:02 pm |

    Indiana University had a pretty sweet color-out during basketball last year. They held a stripe-out, tying in with the badass candystripes.

    http://www.replaypho...

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 6:02 pm |

    YOGI! back at shea

  • dwight | September 28, 2008 at 6:27 pm |

    As a Cards fan – all I can say today is GO DODGERS!!!!!

  • Mako | September 28, 2008 at 6:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”292152″][quote comment=”292140″]Raiders in white at home![/quote]
    First time that’s ever happened. Now the Seahawks are the only team never to worn white at home.[/quote]

    Not so sure

    http://www.ibabuzz.c...

  • tmac3217 | September 28, 2008 at 7:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”292103″][quote comment=”292082″]
    Hope they burn the damn things before they go into the new stadium.)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Before they go into Sept. 29 would be nice.[/quote]
    While they’re at it, get rid of the navy softball jerseys too….

  • derek | September 28, 2008 at 7:28 pm |

    Mets suck!!!! Go brewers

  • phantom | September 28, 2008 at 7:48 pm |

    Was Jason Campbell wearing one of those titanium necklaces this afternoon? It looked like it during his interview with Pam Oliver on Fox after the game.

  • Teebz | September 28, 2008 at 8:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”292130″]I agree that the Penn State white-out is the only reasonably effective color-coordination event in the country. The white out has been copied in other sports too, notably hockey with the Penguins and (way back) Phoenix Coyotes. I think that the black-out just makes the stadium look empty.[/quote]

    I’m not sure when Penn State started their version of the “White-Out”, but the Coyotes are nothing more than copycats. Dirty, filthy, copycats who don’t recognize traditions (excuse my rant).

    The original White-Out in the NHL started on April 10, 1985 by the Winnipeg Jets. It was a response to Calgary’s “Sea of Red”. Jets fans were told to come out and “hose the Flames” in all-white clothing. The Jets defeated the Flames three-games-to-one in that historic series, and then promptly lost to Gretzky and the Oilers in the next series.

  • Chris | September 28, 2008 at 8:04 pm |

    There was a black chinstrap on 1 of the Raiders defenders today. Also, #95 (i think) on the Bucs O-line had what I can only describe as side cleavage.

  • cah | September 28, 2008 at 8:25 pm |

    The Mets wore blue, which is appropriate. When you choke, the oxygen to your head is cut off and stuff turns blue.

    Mets blue.

    Sigh.

  • Brandon | September 28, 2008 at 8:29 pm |

    When did 65 Degrees become cold? I swear those refs just want to ‘look’ cool. But they don’t know what everyone else thinks

  • Brandon | September 28, 2008 at 8:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”292164″]There was a black chinstrap on 1 of the Raiders defenders today. Also, #95 (i think) on the Bucs O-line had what I can only describe as side cleavage.[/quote]

    I believe the Raider was Saftey Michael Huff… gonna get fined~

    #95 for the Bucs is Chris Hovan. DT. #65 is Jeremy Trueblood… damn close to the same cut on the jersey.. I understand the purpose of the cut on the OL/DL jerseys. It looks like crap but if I were playing I wouldn’t want sleeve past the elbows either

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 8:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”292161″]Mets suck!!!! Go brewers[/quote]

    nice

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 9:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”292163″]the Coyotes are nothing more than copycats. Dirty, filthy, copycats.[/quote]

    how do you really feel teebz?

    white out in the peg

  • Geeman | September 28, 2008 at 9:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”292082″][quote comment=”292080″][quote comment=”292073″]I’m surprised to hear Uni Watch endorse the black Georgia jerseys. I think they’re awful, especially considering that the standard red jerseys look so nice.[/quote]
    I’m not. It’s not purple, black is actually a team color, and it’s well done.
    I’m hard to please when it comes to third jerseys, but the Georgia blacks are one of my favorites. I think they do a great job of bringing out the silver pants.[/quote]

    Ditto.

    But, as has been noted, after last night I think that gimmick will be dead and buried. At least at Georgia.

    Anyone else noticed that such things seem to work once, maybe twice? They get “ho hum” real fast.

    Maybe someone will think of something new, instead of all this imitation. “Ooo, they did it, WE should do it.”

    (This applies to things as dorky as those Twins’ “monkey see, monkey do” sleeveless vests, too. Jeez, they look SO imitative and unoriginal. Hope they burn the damn things before they go into the new stadium.)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko: Agreed on the vests. I do like the Navy jerseys once in a while, though. What I really like about the Twins is that three-color batting helmet from circa 1977.

  • Teebz | September 28, 2008 at 9:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”292170″][quote comment=”292163″]the Coyotes are nothing more than copycats. Dirty, filthy, copycats.[/quote]

    how do you really feel teebz?

    white out in the peg[/quote]

    Well, if you really wanna know, Phil…

    Since the Coyotes lost approximately $30 million last year playing in front of nearly 11,000 people on average in an 18,000-seat arena, it begs the question why there is hockey in Phoenix.

    Especially when you consider that the only game they made money last year was in Winnipeg. In an exhibition game.

    And the Coyotes have the nerve to steal all of Winnipeg’s traditions and piss them away because they can’t get people in the seats?

    We’re talking about a team that has spent money in the range of half a billion dollars in trying to gain a slice of the market share for entertainment dollars in Phoenix, and have over LOST $250 million of that investment over the last decade.

    How much money do you pump into a franchise that is hemorrhaging red ink? When do you finally amputate to stop the bleeding if you’re an owner? Revenue-sharing is a piss-poor band-aid that only makes the bleeding less noticeable.

    I’m not saying Winnipeg deserves a team whatsoever. It is not an NHL city. But when southern Ontario is practically begging for another team, why is hasn’t anyone gone after the ‘Yotes? Balsillie, get on that. Thanks.

  • Matthew D | September 28, 2008 at 9:29 pm |

    I think the PSU white-out is especially effective on two levels:

    1. clarity – the brightness of white really makes the show pop, especially on HDTV.
    2. practicality – a white t-shirt would seem to be the easiest shirt to very cheaply obtain (or borrow), if you did not already own one.

    Although UD (Dayton) never tried a Red-out while I was there (and I don’t know if they have since), I was scorned by the RedScare student section because I always wore a blue or gray shirt. I wasn’t much for red at the time (pre-commie days), so I wasn’t going to wear it, especially bright red.

    Color-outs also overlook fan superstitions. My brother wore the same shirt to every Illinois sporting event, administrative expectation be damned. He thought it was lucky. He was at UIUC during the dark years, so I didn’t buy that argument.

  • Nicole | September 28, 2008 at 9:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”292148″][quote comment=”292146″][quote comment=”292141″]well….

    congrats to the crew

    good luck johnny (and nicole, & chance & ben & tom…and anyone else i forgot)

    was a fun season and a crazy last 2 weeks…

    remember: the sun will still come up tomorrow and after all is said and done…it’s just a game[/quote]

    Thanks buddy. I hate to go in the playoffs beating out such classy Met fans like you guys on here. We will try and represent the NL well. Thanks for all the kind words over the past few weeks. It was a crazy way to end it, and thanks for the support.[/quote]

    i hope to see 3 untucks this week vs. the phils

    k?

    thanks! ;)[/quote]

    Thanks so much for the support! I was at the game and despite the fact that I have been on the field for a SuperBowl, this was by far the coolest sports experience I’ve ever had. Game was over in 2:25, didn’t leave the stadium for 5 hours.

    I’m sorry Mets fans, but I was one the last time this happened and it’s a great day to be a Brewers fan.

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 9:33 pm |

    [quote] Balsillie, get on that. Thanks[/quote]

    preds or yotes?

  • Paul | September 28, 2008 at 9:34 pm |

    did anyone else notice the cowboys players NFL logos on their chest?

    It looked as if they were covered or twisted up for some reason. It wasn’t all the players, but I saw it first on Marion Barber and some Offensive Lineman.

    Notice Miles Austin — http://sports.espn.g...

    and compare to Romo’s — http://sports.espn.g...

  • subway | September 28, 2008 at 9:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”292165″]The Mets wore blue, which is appropriate. When you choke, the oxygen to your head is cut off and stuff turns blue.

    Mets blue.

    Sigh.[/quote]

    Last two years, they wore blue for the final game of the year.

    Next year, wear black.
    Don’t ditch the black.

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 9:49 pm |

    [quote]sorry Mets fans, but I was one the last time this happened and it’s a great day to be a Brewers fan.[/quote]

    so…what are some recollections? ;)

    j/k…nah…nicole, your boys deserved it more than the mets…sucks that 2 years straight they lose on the last day, but what are ya gonna do…enjoy it…i been to a buncha mets playoff games, and if you think today was rockin…just wait

    and if there have to be untucks…please let them come from braun and not prince, k?

  • LI Phil | September 28, 2008 at 10:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”292176″]did anyone else notice the cowboys players NFL logos on their chest?

    It looked as if they were covered or twisted up for some reason. It wasn’t all the players, but I saw it first on Marion Barber and some Offensive Lineman.

    Notice Miles Austin — http://sports.espn.g...

    and compare to Romo’s — http://sports.espn.g...

    see item #2 in the lukas expose on the boys unis

  • Teebz | September 28, 2008 at 10:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”292175″][quote] Balsillie, get on that. Thanks[/quote]

    preds or yotes?[/quote]

    Coyotes. The Predators are still on thin ice, but, aside from the Islanders, no one has posted consistent financial losses like the Coyotes have.

    Move the Coyotes to Ontario, and let the games begin.

  • Seebs | September 28, 2008 at 10:18 pm |

    Did anyone watch the Sunday Night Football halftime special, the Toyota Line of Scrimmage, following the high school affected by a tornado?

    I don’t have a photo, but one of the students appeared to be in some mesh generic practice jersey with what appears to be “IOWT STATE FOOTBALL” written on the front.

    Not Iowa State. Iowt State. Anyone else?

  • griffin | September 28, 2008 at 10:25 pm |

    those va tech uniforms with the modern helmets are the absolute epitome of uni perfection

  • Mike Miller | September 28, 2008 at 10:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”292166″]When did 65 Degrees become cold? I swear those refs just want to ‘look’ cool. But they don’t know what everyone else thinks[/quote]

    Yeah, September is a bit soon for the “cold weather” gear.

  • John | September 28, 2008 at 10:38 pm |

    This is from the Penn State football site that shows the whiteout and also a promo to get the students to wear white
    http://www.gopsf.com...

    http://www.gopsf.com...

  • Joe D | September 28, 2008 at 11:17 pm |

    Tampa Bay Lightning played Berlin in an exhibition game. Apparently logo creep in the United States has nothing on logo creep in German professional hockey.

    http://lightning.nhl...

    This page has a link to a photo gallery that will open in a separate window.

  • Angel | September 28, 2008 at 11:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”292185″]Tampa Bay Lightning played Berlin in an exhibition game. Apparently logo creep in the United States has nothing on logo creep in German professional hockey.

    http://lightning.nhl...

    This page has a link to a photo gallery that will open in a separate window.[/quote]

    Oh My God!

  • Juan Grande | September 28, 2008 at 11:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”292185″]Tampa Bay Lightning played Berlin in an exhibition game. Apparently logo creep in the United States has nothing on logo creep in German professional hockey.

    http://lightning.nhl...

    This page has a link to a photo gallery that will open in a separate window.[/quote]

  • Juan Grande | September 28, 2008 at 11:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”292187″][quote comment=”292185″]Tampa Bay Lightning played Berlin in an exhibition game. Apparently logo creep in the United States has nothing on logo creep in German professional hockey.

    http://lightning.nhl...

    This page has a link to a photo gallery that will open in a separate window.[/quote][/quote]

    Let’s try this again…

    Those German uniforms are worse than a NASCAR car!

  • Paul | September 29, 2008 at 12:02 am |

    [quote comment=\”292179\”][quote comment=\”292176\”]did anyone else notice the cowboys players NFL logos on their chest?

    It looked as if they were covered or twisted up for some reason. It wasn\’t all the players, but I saw it first on Marion Barber and some Offensive Lineman.

    Notice Miles Austin — http://sports.espn.g...

    and compare to Romo\’s — http://sports.espn.g...

    see item #2 in the lukas expose on the boys unis[/quote]

    Thanks for the prod in the right direction!

  • B. Minich | September 29, 2008 at 12:24 am |

    As a Penn State fan, I love the White Out. Color outs can work if the contrast is enough to be noticed. Obviously, white is noticeable in a dark stadium.

    My favorite bit is the block ‘S’, where some students are wearing something not white to border the ‘S’. Not sure who coordinates that, but it is amazing looking.

    Black doesn’t work at night, because that makes it look empty. Red would have worked, I think, and even Maize may have worked at night (though it wouldn’t have topped white).

    Indoors, for basketball, I think you get more color options, since the building is lit very differently than a huge football stadium.

  • dbp | September 29, 2008 at 12:38 am |

    Only one Brewers troll… glad to see it’s so few. Paul, I hope neither he nor the outcome of the Wild Card race sour you too much on your (hopefully still) favorite uni state.

    How do uniforms work for the playoffs? Are home and away jerseys the only ones allowed? Or can a team wear their alternates (like the Brewers’ retro uniforms)?

    What a strange world, this October baseball.

  • Wade Harder | September 29, 2008 at 12:43 am |

    [quote comment=”292182″]those va tech uniforms with the modern helmets are the absolute epitome of uni perfection[/quote]

    Almost perfect. They need black shoes to make it perfect.

  • Justin | September 29, 2008 at 12:58 am |

    [quote comment=”292191″]Only one Brewers troll… glad to see it’s so few. Paul, I hope neither he nor the outcome of the Wild Card race sour you too much on your (hopefully still) favorite uni state.

    How do uniforms work for the playoffs? Are home and away jerseys the only ones allowed? Or can a team wear their alternates (like the Brewers’ retro uniforms)?

    What a strange world, this October baseball.[/quote]

    Teams can wear their alternates. I’m pretty sure during the Rockies playoff run last year they only wore their black vests because they kept winning in them…until my boys swept them in the World Series

  • Johnny O | September 29, 2008 at 1:12 am |

    Great tasting… less filling… WILD CARD!

    http://assets.espn.g...

  • Mack | September 29, 2008 at 2:23 am |

    Seriously, who would want to buy this and this after what happened, lol.

  • Sage Confucius | September 29, 2008 at 3:34 am |

    [quote comment=”292175″][quote] Balsillie, get on that. Thanks[/quote]

    preds or yotes?[/quote]

    Hands off my Preds!

  • marc | September 29, 2008 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=”292090″][quote comment=”292084″]all baseball vests look dorky and should just go away…[/quote]

    i don’t know what you’d call this look but dorky isn’t the first word that comes to mind[/quote]

    i’m not a fan of the sleeveless deal. every time i see one of those things, i think of the guy down the street who mows his lawn in one of those muscle shirts — when he bothers wearing a shirt at all — with the arm holes cut to the waist. he usually teams it with a pair of buttafuoco pants. what a turd.

  • slurpeeman | September 29, 2008 at 11:57 am |

    A (probably) unintended side-effect of the “White Out” that I witnessed last night at the PSU/Illinois game was how much it intensifies The Wave. The uniformity of color make it so much more like an actual wave surging around the stadium. It was downright disorienting to watch.

  • CoachKing | September 29, 2008 at 12:47 pm |

    The king of stadium gimmicks held several coordinated mixed color combinations last year. Odd sections orange – even sections blue. Of course they flipped it for the next week – then did rotating colors for upper/lower levels – great marketing gimmick to sell more tshirts.

    http://www.flickr.co...

  • Tony | September 29, 2008 at 10:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”292200″][quote comment=”292175″][quote] Balsillie, get on that. Thanks[/quote]

    preds or yotes?[/quote]

    Hands off my Preds![/quote]

    I heartily second the above statement.