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The Right Way To Wear Camo

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By Phil Hecken, with Hugh McBride

When we think of “uniforms” on Uni Watch, for obvious reasons, we think of sports uniforms, but of course, these are not the only uniforms that exist in the universe. Indeed, in the overall scheme of things, they probably comprise only a small faction of the various vocations and avocations which require uniform use. But of course, the non-sports variety can be both interesting and boring, monochromatic, seasonal, striped, collared, flame retardant, revealing, ornamental or even probational. But they’re all uniforms.

Earlier this week, I was approached by reader Hugh McBride, who propositioned me with a very interesting non-sports uniform topic: military uniforms, and specifically, camouflage. As you’ll note below, Paul has already undertaken a very thorough exploration of camo in sports, but we rarely get a look at camo in the armed forces. What follows is a really interesting and fascinating look at those.

Hugh isn’t just a reader, he’s also an award-winning writer, editor & photographer whose words and images have been featured in a variety of online and print publications throughout the United States and Europe (check out his bio).

So sit back, and enjoy a really thorough, well-researched and superbly written look at camouflage in places other than the San Diego Padres lockers.

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For Some Squads, Camo is the Only Way to Go

By Hugh C. McBride

Once upon a time in the United States, seeing a famous athlete in a military uniform wasn’t all that out of the ordinary. With one noteworthy exception, though, the only time most of today’s younger fans have seen sports standouts swap jerseys for fatigues was when the Miami Hurricanes arrived in Arizona for the 1987 Fiesta Bowl.

As Uni Watch has documented time and again, more than two decades after the ‘Canes’ infamous sartorial abomination, camouflage has made many (almost universally unfortunate) appearances on baseball diamonds, hockey rinks, football fields, soccer pitches and souvenir stores throughout the nation.

Greater voices than mine have already weighed in on the aesthetic offensiveness of this trend. But I thought that members of the uni-watching world would be interested to note that while many sports squads continue to adopt a woodland camouflage pattern, this look is being abandoned by the biggest and baddest team of ‘em all: the U.S. military itself.

Ch-ch-ch-changes…

There are no plans for Sunday alternates — and there’s thankfully been no serious debate about adding logos or sponsors — but like their sporting counterparts, the uniforms worn by the men and women of the U.S. military have a history of evolving, both to enhance functionality and to identify the allegiance of the wearer.

Say the words “military combat uniform” to most Americans and odds are they’ll conjure up a mental image of something close to either this or this. (A few might unfortunately think of this or this — which serves as proof that Cpl. Klinger isn’t the uniform world’s most memorable military joke.)

But just as Jeeps have given way to Humvees and walkie-talkies have been superseded by satellite-supported communication systems, so, too, have military combat uniforms been upgraded in the digital age.

[Note: With each branch having a range of uniforms for various events, activities and missions, some service members may have more unis than even these guys. This article will only attempt to address the evolution of standard utility uniforms over the past 20 years.]

One for All (Almost)

From 1981 through 2001, U.S. service members wore a standard battle dress uniform (BDU) with the M81 Woodland pattern. As detailed on the Wikipedia page devoted to this uniform, the woodland BDU was a four-color (dark green, light green, brown and black) cotton-nylon uniform.

In order to differentiate among the individual services, the BDUs featured sewn-on service signifiers over the left chest pocket. Other service-specific “customizations” included the Marines’ 8-point cover, the Army’s collar-based enlisted rank and, starting in 2001, the Army’s somewhat-controversial black beret.

Desert Storm Inspires New “Away” Unis

When U.S. troops were deployed to the Persian Gulf area in 1990 in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, they were outfitted in sand-brown desert combat uniforms (DCUs, in military parlance). As with the BDUs, the DCUs were worn by soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, with individual services identified over the left chest pocket and via headwear and rank insignia location.

The Marines Go Digital

The first branch to break away from the standard woodland pattern was the Marine Corps, which debuted a pixilated pattern known as MARPAT when it began issuing its new Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (in both woodland and desert shades) in 2002. In addition to its distinctive design, the MCCUU also featured a number of functional upgrades.

The Army Follows Suit (Sorta)

Once the Marines opened the digitized floodgates, it wasn’t long before their Army counterparts followed suit. Soldiers got their first official look at the Army Combat Uniform during a July 14, 2004 “Army Birthday” ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Changes from the BDU to the ACU include a distinctive design pattern, rank insignias place mid-chest rather than on the collar, and lots of Velcro. (Though just this week, the Army announced that buttons will making a comeback on ACU pants.)

As the Marines did, the Army abandoned the standard black boot for a no-need-to-shine variety. Also, the ACU comes in only one color, instead of the two (woodland and desert) versions of the BDU.

Black Begone!

Those who cringed at the sight of these, these and these should be heartened to hear that Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Myhre, the Clothing and Individual Equipment noncommissioned officer in charge, told Army News that the new ACU design does not include black because “ … it is not a color commonly found in nature. The drawback to black is that its color immediately catches the eye.”

Tiger Stripes in the Sky

The third branch to introduce redesigned combat unis was the Air Force, which hopped on the digital bandwagon with what may be the military’s first “throwbacks.” The Airman Battle Uniform features a tiger-stripe design inspired in part by Vietnam-era attire.

Proving that passionate uni-watchers can influence even military brass (and that there may yet be hope for certain fans in southern Ohio), the Air Force abandoned the original color scheme for the prototype tiger-striped ABU after the uniforms were roundly denounced during the wear-testing phase.

The ABU is still in the phase-in process, with airmen authorized to wear either ABUs or BDUs until Oct. 1, 2011, when the force will be totally tiger-striped.

Bye-Bye Bell-Bottoms

The most uniformly unique branch of the U.S. military was also the most recent to redesign their utility duds. The Navy currently features seven different working uniforms (sadly, neither this nor these are among them), but it is in the process of significantly reducing that number.

The new Navy Working Uniform (NWU) features a blue-hued version of the Marines’ digital pattern, though according to this Navy press release, the service plans to produce two additional versions: woodland and desert.

As all UW regulars know, the beauty of a uniform can be enhanced or degraded by the manner in which it is worn. This isn’t lost on the military (where “uniform” is both a noun and an adjective) – for proof (and for some additional views of the NWU) here’s a video on the proper wearing of the NWU.

Forward to the Future

As missions evolve and technology advances, military uniform experts are already hard at work planning to outfit the warriors of the future. Thankfully, it looks like the folks who came up with this “uni of the future” haven’t been invited to participate.

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Thanks for that great look at military camo, Hugh. It sure does look better on a Gunnery Sergeant than a middle reliever.

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vilk 5 & 1 bAfter last weekend’s resoundingly successful “Group 5 & 1,” featuring Mr. Five and One himself, Jim Vilk (with Slovakian soccer on his mind), and guest rankers Mike Engle (doing his best “JTH” impression) and Joe Delach, two of that triumverate are back to rate the World Cup uniform matchups for the first full week of the tournament. I had hoped for a three-peat, but as of post-time, only two had sent in their reviews. But if the third of our party checks in later today, I’ll be sure to add that to this portion of the column. In a slight twist, Mike suggested using a “To Tell The Truth” format, so you’ll get three two reviews, but the ranker won’t be revealed. See if you can guess who gave the reviews. (And, in a classic twist on the old game show, one of the three has given us an “I’d wear that” — but is it really the contestant who made that a UW catchphrase?)

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First up, Reviewer A:

5) France vs Mexico: See how good Mexico looks when it sticks to el tri? This match might have looked better in years past with a different set of bumper stickers and template patterns, but it’s good enough to get on the board.

4) Italy vs Paraguay: Where’s Waldo?

3) Japan vs Cameroon: The color palette special of the week.

2) Côte d’Ivoire vs. Portugal: I cannot stress how much I LOVE that Portugal shirt. The Elephants’ orange made for a nice contrast.

1) Ghana vs. Serbia: Awesome, awesome, awesome. The red Serbia shirt looks spectacular, and the royal shorts work perfectly. (But were they bad luck? They disappeared for the glorious triumph over Germany.) As for Ghana, I think this is Puma’s best uniform because the black star is the best-executed shoulder decal. Together, we have a white team and a colored team integrating to make a great-looking game.

And the worst uni matchup:

England vs. Algeria: Is this a soccer game, or a sorbet menu? I see coconut and lime for sale, with the English goalkeeper as lemon sorbet and the Algerian, grape.

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Next up, Reviewer B:

5) Algeria/Slovenia: Radioactive Charlie Brown unis? You betcha!

4) New Zeland/Slovakia: “Já bych nosiť, že!” (that’s Slovak for “I’d wear that!”)

3) Japan/Cameroon: Very nice contrast.

2) Spain/Switzerland: Not too dark, not too light, not too complex…just right.

1) Ivory Coast/Portugal: 99 & 44/100 % cool unis!

And the worst uni matchup:

Greece/Nigeria: Last week’s co-champs sent off this week, as Nigeria matched Greece in the weird striping department.

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And for now…our third spot is empty. Hopefully we’ll get that later today.

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Benchies HeaderGood morning. Good Afternoon. Goodnight. Here’s Rick:

Everything has a learning curve. Patience is essential for both the mentor and the student. Okay, so maybe it isn’t a “wax on, wax off” thing, and nobody’s gonna give anybody a really cool classic butter yellow convertible as a birthday present but, still, if there’s teaching to done…

Here’s your Saturday Benchies.

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warning traxMusings, missives and More from UW stalwart Ben Traxel, who follows up last weekend’s ridiculous drivel keen insights with more wit and witicism:

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Here is this week’s reason people will be avoiding Uni Watch.

-I can’t figure out which of these is my favorite baseball card of the week: Jim Palmer or Wilbur Wood.

-Things I’ve learned from the World Cup:

1. Soccer uniforms win the jersey litter award.
2. I like vuvuzelas.
3. Soccer needs more scoring chances per game. Too often one team dominates and loses.
4. I am far from cosmopolitan.

-The playoff beard is one cool disgusting thing. This guy did it best this year.

-How did this massive head tank make it out of beta testing?

-Too classic to be ugly.

-A FINE detail that got scrapped early on was the bullseye on the back of the tequila sunrise.

-Underrated Braves uni Overrated Braves uni.

-The Vikings either need to go back to this look, or move.

-I had a Cubs pillbox hat in the early 80’s. Apparently a few teams wore them in 1976 — Pirates (of course) and Cardinals. How many other teams wore this hat type in 1976 (or any time for that matter)? Did the 1976 All Star Game have everyone wear them? Phillies? White Sox? Yankees? And did a helmet version actually make it on the field?

-That jelly donut stirrup is starting to grow on me (as jelly donuts do). What was that again? Paciorek Day?

-The only sport matching solid shirt/pants that doesn’t work is football. Except white. Then it’s okay. Even this ugly beauty is okay with me. Perhaps because it was the 70’s and nobody knew any better. But football today? Come on. I may have been young and naive but I used to think we had smart people in DC.

-This week’s stadium is E.J. Block Athletic Field in East Chicago Indiana. Great old dugout steps (a lost feature of yesteryear), awesome covered bleacher seating, steel columns impeding the view, hard to get much better than this. rpm? Game 4? Practically your own backyard?

-Florida State’s gold uniforms are sharp. Could do without the side panels and add some stripes to the socks, but overall they are very nice. Always a good change of pace to see background colors not white and flat gray.

That’s about enough muse ment for now.

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Thank you Ben. I think. And yes, the Pączki Day stirrups are awesome.

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uni tracking header 1Back at the beginning of the 2010 season, I announced the 2010 Uni Tracking that a number of us do. Last year, I devoted about four full weekend columns to it, and that was probably a bit much for most of us to take in one dose, so this year, I’ll occasionally post the updated tracking of certain teams as the trackers send them in. So, if you’ve been doing your due diligence with your team, send me your mid-season tracking reports, and I’ll post them as a “sub article” on the weekends. OK? OK!

Up first for this season is DenverGregg, who, not shockingly, is tracking the Colorado Rockies. Let’s see what he’s got so far:

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This year I thought it would fun to track the Colorado Rockies’ uniforms worn and results, so I created the Roxtracker. After each game, I input the uni elements worn and the result onto the detail page. (Yeah, I decided to get a bit humorous with the opposing team names.) The detail info flows through automatically to a summary page that displays record, average runs for and average runs against by uniform combo, hat worn, jersey worn or home/road location of game (which correlates exactly with pants worn FWIW). Interesting that only one of the six combos worn to date correlates with a losing record, but it’s the combo worn the most frequently. Also interesting that the Rox allow (marginally) fewer runs per game YTD in Coors Field than elsewhere. Even the great results don’t mitigate my dislike of the sleeveless jerseys.

Thanks
DenverGregg

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Been tracking your team? Let’s see how they’re doing so far. Be sure to send them to me and I’ll run the trackers on the weekends.

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uni template 2Back again with more Uniform Tweaks, Concepts and Revisions today. Lots to get to, and if you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way. Still finding the tweaks have slowed to a trickle, so if you have something you’d like to show, give me a shout.

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First up today is a man of few words, and a singluar name, Shane, who has 5 tweaks for the football team from Washington:

here are some teaks for the redskins with some BFBS and the new gold pants

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Next up is Kayce Harris, who has a tweak, but it’s not quite his own:

This picture showed up in a tweet from Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette. I realize this is just a photoshop, but it’s an interesting concept. I loved the Broncos orange pants/white jerseys with the old uniforms, and I wanted them to bring that back, but I’m not so sure now after seeing this.

— Kayce Harris

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Moving along, we have Brian Shane, who, like so many, has a new concept for the Nationals:

Next time you run something on uniform tweaks, perhaps you’d consider my idea for a new Nationals home uniform. Thanks.

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And closing down the show today is Seth Hubbard, who has some ideas for the Texans of Houston:

Never have been fond of the Texans current Uni scheme. So I made some changes that I think turned out quite well. Enjoy

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Thanks to all who submitted their tweaks. Really been dwindling these days, so make sure all you tweakers keep them coming!

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That’ll do it for today everyone. Have a great Saturday.

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Camouflage is a game we all like to play, but our secrets are as surely revealed by what we want to seem to be as by what we want to conceal. — J. Russell Lynes

 

62 comments to The Right Way To Wear Camo

  • inkracer | June 19, 2010 at 7:30 am |

    Nice article on the Armed Forces uniforms (though it is probably better for a Holiday like Veterans Day, or Memorial Day)

    Anyone, as someone who is in my 7th year of serving with the United States Army, I’m not really a fan of the ACU. The overall uniform build is nice, with where the pockets are located an everything. But going with a “universal” camo was a bad idea. Because it doesn’t matter where we go, we stick out and are noticeable EVERYWHERE. Whether it’s in public in the US, or on mission in one of our many overseas combat locations. I much prefer the Marines digital camo, as that still works just like the old BDU’s did.

  • Frank from B-more | June 19, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  • Frank from B-more | June 19, 2010 at 7:57 am |

    Link:

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  • Ricko | June 19, 2010 at 8:23 am |

    [quote comment=”395096″]Nice article on the Armed Forces uniforms (though it is probably better for a Holiday like Veterans Day, or Memorial Day)

    Anyone, as someone who is in my 7th year of serving with the United States Army, I’m not really a fan of the ACU. The overall uniform build is nice, with where the pockets are located an everything. But going with a “universal” camo was a bad idea. Because it doesn’t matter where we go, we stick out and are noticeable EVERYWHERE. Whether it’s in public in the US, or on mission in one of our many overseas combat locations. I much prefer the Marines digital camo, as that still works just like the old BDU’s did.[/quote]

    Actually, the discussion SHOULD be today. Though Veterans Day and Memorial Day certainly are days to remember those currently serving, neither is truly about those currently serving. One honors those who DID serve, the other those who never came home.

    We should thank those serving on those days, to be sure, but not to the extent it crowds out the real reason for the holiday. I would think those serving would be the first to say that’s so. Honor those who came before us.

    —Ricko

  • The Jeff | June 19, 2010 at 9:36 am |

    Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette must read the comments here on occasion.

    That Broncos “tweak” was done by me a few months ago. It wasn’t really my idea… just an “I wonder what” comment from someone and I was bored enough at the time to do it.

  • Jet | June 19, 2010 at 9:40 am |

    My Avast Antivirus is still giving a Trojan Horse message everytime I log onto Uniwatch…

    -Jet

  • Graf Zeppelin | June 19, 2010 at 9:48 am |

    Any chance the Mets will do this today or tomorrow?

  • M.Princip | June 19, 2010 at 10:29 am |

    Loved the writeup on military uniforms and camouflage history. The digital print camos are superbly effective. I have a fantastic book that describes camouflage on military aircraft, with very nice examples, called Flying Colors. It’s mostly about livery schemes throught the ages, yet has a very good breakdown on camouflage.

    One thing I found interesting; “the Clothing and Individual Equipment noncommissioned officer in charge, told Army News that the new ACU design does not include black because “ … it is not a color commonly found in nature.” I can understand not having black within the DCU uniforms, however wouldn’t some black within the ACU set be appropriate since shadows are quite often found in nature?

  • AA | June 19, 2010 at 10:57 am |

    The Redskins with gold pants look sharp…

  • =bg= | June 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm |

    Layout of page today looks whacked out to me.

  • Jeremy | June 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm |

    Some uni-observations from Ghana’s world cup team-
    Jonathan Mensah wears FiNOB (first name on back) http://soccernet.esp...

    Kevin-Prince Boateng wears 2HoHFNOB (that’s 2nd half of hyphenated first name on back) http://soccernet.esp...

    John Pantsil has been wearing just one sleeve in both matches so far http://soccernet.esp...

  • hugh.c.mcbride | June 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm |

    Thanks for the positive comments on the camo article, thanks to Phil (both for the opportunity & for the editing/collaborating), & especially thanks to the military folks for your insights in the comments & for the amazing & essential work you do every day on our behalf.

    Though when I originally thought about this article I conceived of it as a Memorial Day/Independence Day piece, I heartily agree with Ricko that appreciating our servicemembers shouldn’t be limited to a coupla vacation days every year.

    I spent 7 years working as an Army civilian (public affairs) in Germany on a base that was home to all branches & a number of international soldiers. Was very interesting to see the different uniforms, & to develop an appreciation for both the aesthetic & functional concerns that went into their development. As Frank & Inkracer noted above, it seems as though there’s still plenty of room for improvement on both those fronts — & here’s hoping that this is one case where the government eventually gets things right (I know, I know) …

    Anyhoo, thanks again for insights y’all have shared here — and for what you bring to the table every day. I’m a sporadic at best commenter, but I read UW (& check out the comments) every day, & I rarely depart without having been educated and/or entertained. Hope it’s a grand weekend for all!

  • flip | June 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm |

    Outstanding posts today, gentlemen. Loved the uniform examples in the introduction. Camo is w-a-a-a-y overrated. Use it where it works — hunting turkey or bad guys — and avoid it elsewhere.

    I enjoyed Mr. Traxel’s observations, and his attire.

    It’s hot outside, so I’m going to enjoy my afternoon with some CWS where there’s never a uni blunder [not].

  • Ricko | June 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm |

    Is this about the World Cup?
    http://www.imdb.com/...

  • M.Princip | June 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm |

    I actually really liked Army’s camo helmet, however, wasn’t really too crazy about the rest of the ensemble. I think the camo helmet would also look pretty good with some decals on it(think army tank/helmet insignias), and less camo on the rest of the uniform. Maybe instead some army green, brown, and gray on the pants and jersey?

  • M.Princip | June 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  • Mike Engle | June 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm |

    This should have come yesterday, but…
    I LOVE Culinary Corner. This is a Paul Lukas blog, and he’s a confirmed meat fanatic and occasional food writer, so it makes sense for him to mention food. Heck, every time Paul talks about a bowling bar, I want to see whether he ordered the hot dog or the cheeseburger. Now, if we get a “Paul’s Garage” sidebar, I’ll be really weirded out, because Paul buys used cars with green paint jobs.
    Now, speaking of Culinary Corner, specifically Jim Vilk’s Cheap-o Culinary Corner: the chocolate chips with hot coffee work. Except mine were from the cupboard, not the freezer. I’d eat/drink that again.
    And for my Cheap-o Culinary Corner contribution: My local Subway has a self-serve soda fountain, with the usual suspects: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Iced Tea, Barq’s, and a couple of Fruitopia flavors. Listen carefully, I’m ready to tell you where the hidden drink is.
    1) Fill your cup TO THE HALFWAY POINT with Sprite.
    2) Before the Sprite settles, top it off with iced tea.
    3) Voilà. Carbonated lemon-lime-flavored iced tea.

  • M.Princip | June 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”395114″]This should have come yesterday, but…
    I LOVE Culinary Corner. This is a Paul Lukas blog, and he’s a confirmed meat fanatic and occasional food writer, so it makes sense for him to mention food. Heck, every time Paul talks about a bowling bar, I want to see whether he ordered the hot dog or the cheeseburger. Now, if we get a “Paul’s Garage” sidebar, I’ll be really weirded out, because Paul buys used cars with green paint jobs.
    [/quote]

    Yep, and I hear Paul accommodates his vegetarian buddies pretty good at his BBQs. So, that’s also very cool.

  • LI Phil | June 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”395115″] I hear Paul accommodates his vegetarian buddies pretty good at his BBQs. So, that’s also very cool.[/quote]

    did scotty tell ya that?

  • Ricko | June 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”395110″]Outstanding posts today, gentlemen. Loved the uniform examples in the introduction. Camo is w-a-a-a-y overrated. Use it where it works — hunting turkey or bad guys — and avoid it elsewhere.

    I enjoyed Mr. Traxel’s observations, and his attire.

    It’s hot outside, so I’m going to enjoy my afternoon with some CWS where there’s never a uni blunder [not].[/quote]

    I realize this is not unlikely, perhaps not even uncommon, but there are virtually NO typical MLB colors in the CWS this year. Florida wear royal, and that’s about it. No one wears red (Cardinal, Nebraska, Chiefs red); no one navy.

    Some variations of red…Flordia State, Oklahoma..but otherwise lots of different uni looks to watch.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | June 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm |

    speaking of the cws…matt purke really needs to give his brim some shape and not wear it cockeyed

  • flip | June 19, 2010 at 3:51 pm |

    This is sad news. Manute Bol has died. http://www.kansascit...

  • flip | June 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”395118″]speaking of the cws…matt purke really needs to give his brim some shape and not wear it cockeyed[/quote]
    True, true. But if he pitches like that all the time, he can wear his brim any way he wants on my team.

  • JimV19 | June 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”395114″]Now, speaking of Culinary Corner, specifically Jim Vilk’s Cheap-o Culinary Corner: the chocolate chips with hot coffee work. Except mine were from the cupboard, not the freezer. I’d eat/drink that again.
    And for my Cheap-o Culinary Corner contribution: My local Subway has a self-serve soda fountain, with the usual suspects: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Iced Tea, Barq’s, and a couple of Fruitopia flavors. Listen carefully, I’m ready to tell you where the hidden drink is.
    1) Fill your cup TO THE HALFWAY POINT with Sprite.
    2) Before the Sprite settles, top it off with iced tea.
    3) Voilà. Carbonated lemon-lime-flavored iced tea.[/quote]

    Ah, you tried it. It’s even better with spiked coffee, Mike.

    I’ll have to try your drink next time I go to Subway.

    Just skimmed everything today. I’m supposed to be at a picnic, but I had to bring some extra food home and catch a few minutes of Ian Darke calling Cameroon vs. Denmark. It is good to focus on the troops on a day other than a holiday. They’re defending us every day, so any day is good to talk about them. Thanks, Hugh.

    Mike, you and I need to get out the crayons and save the tweaks section from disappearing.

  • flip | June 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm |

    Douchebaggery from CWS. Knew this was the last year for Rosenblatt Stadium, but moving to TD Ameritrade Park? That sucks.

  • Kevin Z. | June 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm |

    TCU catcher has a solid white helmet in the field. Kind of crazy looking. Screen grabs to follow…

  • Kevin Z. | June 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm |

    TCU Screen Grabs
    White Catcher’s Helmet:
    http://www.flickr.co...
    http://www.flickr.co...

    It also has white lettering:
    http://www.flickr.co...

    Base coach has a purple helmet:
    http://www.flickr.co...

  • Kevin Z. | June 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm |

    Also, what is the logo on the back of the TCU hat? Looks like an oval with a line across the middle.

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

  • Kevin Z. | June 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm |

    Love the second set of gold pants Shane did for the Redskins. Would love to see them throw those into the mix

    http://farm2.static....

  • Ricko | June 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”395126″]Love the second set of gold pants Shane did for the Redskins. Would love to see them throw those into the mix

    http://farm2.static....

    Certainly beats the mono burgundy.

    Oh, speaking of things culinary: This from a featured item on today’s AOL’s home page…
    “10 Zucchini Recipes You Haven’t Tried”

    Trust me, there are more than 10.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | June 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”395122″]Douchebaggery from CWS. Knew this was the last year for Rosenblatt Stadium, but moving to TD Ameritrade Park? That sucks.[/quote]

    Was looking at the specs under “FAQ.” Outfield distances will be identical to Rosenblatt. Nice touch.

    AAA team gonna play there, too?

    —Ricko

  • flip | June 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”395128″][quote comment=”395122″]Douchebaggery from CWS. Knew this was the last year for Rosenblatt Stadium, but moving to TD Ameritrade Park? That sucks.[/quote]

    Was looking at the specs under “FAQ.” Outfield distances will be identical to Rosenblatt. Nice touch.

    AAA team gonna play there, too?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    No, the O-Royals are building a smaller stadium south of Omaha.

  • Mike Engle | June 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”395121″][quote comment=”395114″]Now, speaking of Culinary Corner, specifically Jim Vilk’s Cheap-o Culinary Corner: the chocolate chips with hot coffee work. Except mine were from the cupboard, not the freezer. I’d eat/drink that again.
    And for my Cheap-o Culinary Corner contribution: My local Subway has a self-serve soda fountain, with the usual suspects: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Iced Tea, Barq’s, and a couple of Fruitopia flavors. Listen carefully, I’m ready to tell you where the hidden drink is.
    1) Fill your cup TO THE HALFWAY POINT with Sprite.
    2) Before the Sprite settles, top it off with iced tea.
    3) Voilà. Carbonated lemon-lime-flavored iced tea.[/quote]

    Ah, you tried it. It’s even better with spiked coffee, Mike.

    I’ll have to try your drink next time I go to Subway.

    Just skimmed everything today. I’m supposed to be at a picnic, but I had to bring some extra food home and catch a few minutes of Ian Darke calling Cameroon vs. Denmark. It is good to focus on the troops on a day other than a holiday. They’re defending us every day, so any day is good to talk about them. Thanks, Hugh.

    Mike, you and I need to get out the crayons and save the tweaks section from disappearing.[/quote]
    I’ve done my part, so check back in the near future, because I don’t know when it will publish. By the way, I have a strong suspicion you’d wear it.
    Your turn! ;-)

  • Ricko | June 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”395129″][quote comment=”395128″][quote comment=”395122″]Douchebaggery from CWS. Knew this was the last year for Rosenblatt Stadium, but moving to TD Ameritrade Park? That sucks.[/quote]

    Was looking at the specs under “FAQ.” Outfield distances will be identical to Rosenblatt. Nice touch.

    AAA team gonna play there, too?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    No, the O-Royals are building a smaller stadium south of Omaha.[/quote]

    Thanks. Kinda figured something like that. 23,000 capacity (or whatever it is, exactly) seemed a tad large for AAA.

    —Ricko

  • interlockingtc | June 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”395119″]This is sad news. Manute Bol has died. http://www.kansascit...

    Rest In Peace, Mr. Bol.

  • DenverGregg | June 19, 2010 at 7:44 pm |

    I went to lots of Denver Bears/Zephyrs games (even against the Omaha Royals)( at Mile High when it had capacity over 75,000, so 23,000 doesn’t seem big for AAA baseball.

    When commenting, I got a virus warning from AVG about a file named JS.exe FWIW

  • mtjaws | June 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm |

    The Marlins gave away “air horns” tonight, and they certainly are annoying! They aren’t the constant drone like at the World Cup, but the fans are playing them often (while the Rays are batting, after strikeouts, when reacting to the organ songs).

    I’m sure the crowd (and kids) are enjoying making the noise, but I’m not liking the sound. One game is acceptable, but any more would be too much.

  • mtjaws | June 19, 2010 at 8:28 pm |

    I’ll add that I enjoyed the look at the various camouflage uniforms over the years. The evolution from green to tan is interesting, but reflects where most conflicts are now.

    I don’t even know if the military still/ever uses them, but “snow camo” was always cool looking to me.

    And finally, on the new Army uniform, I don’t like how the rank patch moved from the collar to the mid-chest. It seems too low, and isn’t a place one would go looking for that “info”. The only reason I can think of putting it there is to “hide” it while wearing a vest over it. That way the “enemy” might not know who is ranked highest within a group of soldiers. Does anyone know why it is now on the chest?

  • JTH | June 19, 2010 at 9:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”395108″]Some uni-observations from Ghana’s world cup team-
    Jonathan Mensah wears FiNOB (first name on back) http://soccernet.esp...

    Kevin-Prince Boateng wears 2HoHFNOB (that’s 2nd half of hyphenated first name on back) http://soccernet.esp...

    John Pantsil has been wearing just one sleeve in both matches so far http://soccernet.esp...
    Is that a NOBFU? (I’m sure you can figure that one out.)

    You and the caption both say Pantsil, but the NOB on the jersey is Panstil.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Since I didn’t see any guesses, I’ll say that Reviewer A is Engle and Reviewer B is Vilk.

    And to set the record straight, Mike had the Habs barber pole sweater well before I did. In fact, he’s the one who “did me a solid” as the kids say (or used to say, whatever) and bought the jersey for me at a rather reasonable price.

  • Mike Engle | June 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”395136″][quote comment=”395108″]Some uni-observations from Ghana’s world cup team-
    Jonathan Mensah wears FiNOB (first name on back) http://soccernet.esp...

    Kevin-Prince Boateng wears 2HoHFNOB (that’s 2nd half of hyphenated first name on back) http://soccernet.esp...

    John Pantsil has been wearing just one sleeve in both matches so far http://soccernet.esp...
    Is that a NOBFU? (I’m sure you can figure that one out.)

    You and the caption both say Pantsil, but the NOB on the jersey is Panstil.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Since I didn’t see any guesses, I’ll say that Reviewer A is Engle and Reviewer B is Vilk.

    And to set the record straight, Mike had the Habs barber pole sweater well before I did. In fact, he’s the one who “did me a solid” as the kids say (or used to say, whatever) and bought the jersey for me at a rather reasonable price.[/quote]
    I am indeed Reviewer A. Jim Vilk, are you behind Door B or the absentee Door C?

  • JTH | June 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm |

    Oh, and nice write-up, Hugh. I like the way you tied things together by interspersing the “usual” Uni Watch-type pics.

  • JTH | June 19, 2010 at 10:11 pm |

    And Mike…

    What if you put in the iced tea and then the Sprite?

  • LI Phil | June 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”395139″]And Mike…

    What if you put in the iced tea and then the Sprite?[/quote]

    i don’t think you want to know

  • Mike Engle | June 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”395140″][quote comment=”395139″]And Mike…

    What if you put in the iced tea and then the Sprite?[/quote]

    i don’t think you want to know[/quote]
    Actually, it just doesn’t mix as well. Tastes “flatter.” But if you have a straw to stir it, there might not be as much of a difference.

  • JimV19 | June 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”395137″]I am indeed Reviewer A. Jim Vilk, are you behind Door B or the absentee Door C?[/quote]

    I would be behind Door B. The Slovakian connection was a clue.

    I almost called Japan/Cameroon my color palette special as well. Couldn’t decide if that game or Ivory Coast/Portugal deserved the title, so I just came up with different stuff for each one.

  • Pete Dzanbozoff | June 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm |

    Sure do like the look of the UCLA road grays in CWS. And all in rups. Very old school look.

  • JimV19 | June 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm |

    I’m feelin’ a uni-tweak coming on…inspired by those flame-retardant unis:
    http://www.lothian.f...

    Nice striped unis, too…

  • JTH | June 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”395142″][quote comment=”395137″]I am indeed Reviewer A. Jim Vilk, are you behind Door B or the absentee Door C?[/quote]

    I would be behind Door B. The Slovakian connection was a clue.

    I almost called Japan/Cameroon my color palette special as well. Couldn’t decide if that game or Ivory Coast/Portugal deserved the title, so I just came up with different stuff for each one.[/quote]
    Woo hoo!

  • Mike Engle | June 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”395142″][quote comment=”395137″]I am indeed Reviewer A. Jim Vilk, are you behind Door B or the absentee Door C?[/quote]

    I would be behind Door B. The Slovakian connection was a clue.

    I almost called Japan/Cameroon my color palette special as well. Couldn’t decide if that game or Ivory Coast/Portugal deserved the title, so I just came up with different stuff for each one.[/quote]
    I knew you were Door B, but I wanted you to out yourself. ;-)
    Personally, I need FOUR different main colors (white counts) among the teams’ shirts and shorts for a “Color Palette Special.” Ivory Coast, being all-orange, had too much orange to make the whole game a “Color Palette Special” under my criterion. But I still liked it!

  • Mike Engle | June 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm |

    …and before The Gotcha Police arrest me for giving the South Korea/Greece match the Color Palette Special award (red and white vs all-royal), I’ll say that that game was the most colorful of a small lot. (That 4&1 was after the first five games, so there was literally no room for exclusions.)

  • JimV19 | June 19, 2010 at 10:55 pm |

    After going through all the pics, I think I like the Air Force ones best.
    http://www.af.mil/sh...

    Very nice and thorough look at our armed service’s camos.

    The link that said “Baseball” had some funky warning on it.

  • JimV19 | June 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”395146″]Personally, I need FOUR different main colors (white counts) among the teams’ shirts and shorts for a “Color Palette Special.” Ivory Coast, being all-orange, had too much orange to make the whole game a “Color Palette Special” under my criterion. But I still liked it![/quote]

    Portugal had white, red and green, so I figured the mono orange was in play.

    Oh, and for future reference, if you see a picture of Christiano Ronaldo in a 5+1, you know it’s not my list.

  • JTH | June 19, 2010 at 11:03 pm |

    Is anyone tracking the White Sox this year? They have worn their black jerseys for the last 12 straight games.

    They have not worn their pinstriped jerseys since June 5th. They have not worn their gray jerseys since May 30th.

    What about the Cubs?

    I don’t think they’ve worn their blue jerseys at home at all this year. That is one of the few positive things I can say about their season so far.

  • LI Phil | June 19, 2010 at 11:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”395150″]Is anyone tracking the White Sox this year? They have worn their black jerseys for the last 12 straight games.

    They have not worn their pinstriped jerseys since June 5th. They have not worn their gray jerseys since May 30th.[/quote]

    sounds like you are

    and honestly, i’m not sure who’s tracking what, but two more trackers checked in today (and neither is tracking the chisox)

  • JTH | June 19, 2010 at 11:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”395151″]sounds like you are
    [/quote]
    False.

  • Kyle F | June 20, 2010 at 12:25 am |

    Any college world series uni report coming soon?

  • =bg= | June 20, 2010 at 12:32 am |

    Getting AVS alert when accessing site FYI………..

  • KPR | June 20, 2010 at 5:27 pm |

    Thanks for the great article on military uniforms. Here are a couple uni corrections: “In order to differentiate among the individual services, the BDUs featured sewn-on service signifiers over the left chest pocket.” No, those are proficiency badges. The ones shown in the picture are the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Pathfinder Badge.

    And in answer to why the rank moved to mid-chest, it’s in part because the collar changed to a mandarin style designed to protect the neck from getting chafed by the body armor.

  • Joseph | June 20, 2010 at 8:54 pm |

    And kind of like Oregon, we used to have to mix and match camo; when the ACU came out the design was not yet on our body armor, so we had an ACU uniform with DCU armor, and our chemical suits were still woodland. I’m sure I looked pretty funny to you guys!

  • iLO | June 21, 2010 at 11:47 am |

    As a Soldier that came in the service pre ACU (digital pattern) I can say that these uniforms are terrible, aesthetically anyway. I’m always telling my fellow Soldiers how I miss the BDUs and how squared-away they looked compared to this digital mess. One issue is the way it sits on a troop; it looks ragged and it’s baggy. Two features that do not look good in any service uniform. The BDUs had sort of an athletic cut and looked really professional when starched or ironed. Along with the boots, shined of course, made the whole ensemble even more special. ( – beret, but that’s another topic). The ACU went to Velcro to alleviate the “stress” ( please. ) of having patches and rank sewn on a uniform ala the BDU…the funny thing is, active duty Soldiers get a Uniform Stipend every year. Ok, financially, helping out….whatever. Now, we have jackasses always fidgeting with their Velcro patches ..or knucklehead taking his buddies patch and putting it upside down….lol. I have no problem in trying to streamline a new uniform but the ACU is aethestically inferior to the BDU. If they would have kept the BDU type layout (rank on collar) on just changed the pattern, then it wouldn’t be so terrible…but then again, the other reason this uniform sucks is because of the pattern. The digital mix of green, tan, light green always stand out in woodlines, desert and urban settings. At least the Army knows it this uniform pattern isn’t very good which is why we’re transitioning to the new Multi-cam pattern, which has already begun for units going to Afghanistan. I’ve seen it and it is a better pattern. Now if they can only fix the ‘cut’ of the uniform, we’ll be good to go.

    Truthfully, the ACU is and has been, even for me, very convenient but aesthetically it is ugly. As an NCO, and a stickler on uniform aesthetics (not only in sports UNIWATCHERS!) The BDUs were both practical and professional which made us feel even more ‘aesthetically’ proud to be part of the mean and green..and hopefully, just hopefully new changes will come to restore that one day.

    Hooah ;)

    http://media.photobu...

  • Nick | June 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm |

    DenverGregg, your nicknames for the Rockies opponents lead me to believe you’re a /sp/artan.