Have there ever been a worse helmet design match-up than last night’s Fiesta Bowl? Woof. Fortunately, the game featured a few uni-notable aspects:
• Boise State wore orange pants for the first time since the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. Although the pants had way too many gewgaws, I thought the basic white-over-orange look was really nice.
• Boise State also became the latest team to don riflery gloves.
• Speaking of gloves, I didn’t watch the halftime show, but Geoff Poole did: “The TCU band’s drum major was wearing what looked like the TCU riflery gloves. Holy crap. That’s going one step too far, if you ask me.” No photo, alas.
• At one point both of TCU’s No. 47s were on the screen at the same time — and Fox put up the graphic for the wrong one
• Speaking of Fox miscues, Jeron Johnson’s academic major was the subject of a rather unfortunate typo.
• It’s tough to see in this screen shot, but the folks at Nike couldn’t have been happy to see a TCU player sporting some Under Armour logo creep.
• No photos, but Zack Hickman sent me this footwear note during the game: “Both teams are wearing new cleats. Most skill position players appear to be wearing the new Nike Vapors that I was actually able to see during a focus group I was a part of. The way to tell the difference between the current 4.2 Vapors and the new Vapors is the large swoosh on the toe. Another thing: I may be mistaken, but the BSU offensive line appears to be wearing Nike Hyperdunk cleats. Basketball shoes as cleats?!” If someone more footwear-obsessed than I would like to provide some visual documentation of all this, I’ll be happy to run it tomorrow.
But the biggest surprise of the night for me was that I got quite a few e-mails that basically said, “What the hell is TCU wearing?” I guess a lot of casual fans had remained blissfully unaware of the riflery program until now. Lucky them.
(Big thanks to Chris Salove, Sam Forster, and Clark Ruhland for their screen shots.)
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Research Query: Eric B. is trying to make a DIY Bronco Nagurski jersey, based on his U. of Minnesota days. “I’d love to see one of his jerseys in color,” says Eric. “Rumor is that his frat, Sigma Chi, has one of his jerseys framed. Do you have any Sigma Chi readers who could take a photo and e-mail it to me?” If you can help Eric out, e-mail him here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Georgia Tech has decided that the Orange Bowl is a great time to unveil a new jersey. Brilliant! Details here (with thanks to Bobby Sanmiguel, who says he hears there will be new pants as well). … Brandon Flowers needs to buckle up. … The old Tiger Stadium scoreboard has been moved to Wayne State (with thanks to Tom Konecny). … Aarron Stilley made these DIY pennants and gave them away as Xmas presents last month. … Cycling news from Sean Clancy, who reports that team Sky has unveiled its inaugural kit and Quick Step has a new design. He also sent along these gorgeous cycling illustrations. … Remember the old Cincy Royals logo? When Chris Chaussee got married seven years ago, he and his true love used this logo, which they put on guitar picks as party favors. … Yesterday afternoon I was at Foley’s on West 33rd, where they had an odd photo showing Seaver and Gentry in various states of undress. … Wichita State wore MTXE-era throwbacks on Sunday (with thanks to Ryan Atkinson). … Ray Emery has a new homage-driven mask design (with thanks to Matt Pesotski). … Check out this shot, sent me way by J. Sebastian Smelko. The jersey was worn by Thornton Fractional North (that’s an Illinois high school) for their rivalry game against Thornton Fractional South around 1967. Love the “Beat South” yoke. Makes me wonder how many other teams have worn special messages for their rivalry games over the years (and I don’t mean special messages concocted by Nike’s marketing team). One that comes immediately to mind is the Jolly Roger that Navy wore for the 1962 Army/Navy game. Got any others? … An item toward the end of this page indicates that Kent State football is switching to Nike (with thanks to Jody Michael). … Bizarre contribution of the day: Dave Sizer was driving through our nation’s midsection last week and spotted the Majestic logo being used by an oil-change shop. Hey, all you Majestic people reading this, give me some good inside dirt and I’ll tell you where the shop is located.