As you probably know, Georgia Tech always wears white at home. And since almost everyone else wears color at home, that basically means Tech wears white for every game. They also seem to be one of those teams that revise their uniforms on a near-annual basis (I believe that’s actually part of their deal with Russell Athletic — a new design every season), so each year they trot out two new jerseys, one of which never gets worn.
Russell has come up with a novel solution to that problem this year: The Yellow Jackets will have two different white jerseys — one for home and one for the road. As you can see, the only difference between the two designs is that the home jersey has a gold collar, cuffs, and side panels, while those elements are navy on the road version.
Georgia Tech isn’t the first team to have two white jerseys, but I’m pretty sure this is the first time a team has had separate white designs with specific home and road designations. It’s a merchandising boondoggle, natch — a way for Russell to market two jerseys that are in regular on-field rotation instead of one.
Such distinctions notwithstanding, is that a miserable design or what? If forced to choose, I’d go with the road version, but it’s a train wreck either way. Yeesh.
Meanwhile, what will Tech wear if, as occasionally happens, they’re on the road against LSU (college football’s other white-at-home team)? Well, LSU isn’t on Tech’s schedule this season. And by next year they’ll probably have another uniform set anyway, so we can worry about that then.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Last week I linked to a story about a Brooklyn Cyclones player who’s hooked up to an insulin pump in his pocket. Turns out the Staten Island Yankees have a diabetic pitcher who wears a pump, and he pitched against the Cyclones on June 20th. “This was quite possibly had the first-ever match-up of two players both wearing insulin pumps on the field,” notes Tim Burke. … What’s so interesting about this game-used Yadier Molina helmet? If you look at the last photo, you’ll see Molina used “Pro Dri” padding instead of the usual gray pads. “I have used a helmet with this kind of paddig, and it’s far more comfortable,” says Grant Goldman. … And new jerseys for Clemson. “As you may recall from last year, they changed the pants to a more traditional stripe pattern but did not have time to alter the tops, so now the jersey has caught up with the pants,” says Benji Boyter. … New douchbag-ish shoe line for Tim Tebow (with thanks to Darin Nelson). … New soccer kit for Rayados del Monterrey (with thanks to Carlos Garza). … Bosox players currently rehabbing with Pawtucket are getting to keep their big league uni numbers, which is wreaking havoc with the Pawsox numerical roster. For details, go to this page, search on the word “numbers,” and start reading from there (big thanks to Todd Radom). … Good overview of EPL home kits here (with thanks to Ryan McDevitt). … The CFL is showcasing a new set of throwbacks, this time focusing on the 1970s. The BC Lions’ design is showcased here and here, plus there’s a video report (with thanks to Steve May). … I was eating some peanuts the other day and remembered a totally dorky thing that I will now share with you: When I was a kid, I read the comic book “Thor” (yes, comic books are lame, but whatever). Thor’s father was Odin, and Odin was basically this old dude with a thick white beard and a Norse battle helmet. In short, he was a helmet with whiskers. Here’s the peanut-related part: You know how if you remove the red skin from a peanut and then separate it into its two halves, there’s that little sprout-ish nub at the base of one half? I think it’s called the germ or something. Anyway, when I was a kid, I always thought the little sprout-ish thing kinda looked like Odin. … David Price’s equipment didn’t arrive at Yankee Stadium on Friday, forcing him to borrow pants, sliding pants, socks, and an undershirt from Reid Brignac and wear a James Shields batting practice jersey during BP (with thanks to Nick Hanson). … Terence Kearns came across something pretty cool: uni-themed fridge magnets! … I wouldn’t mind Nike sneakers so much if they were always rendered in hamburger form (with thanks to Adam Walter). … What are those little notes on Stewart Cink’s golf bag? Rather incredibly, they’re Twitter messages (with thanks to John Okray). … Yo, Rajai Davis: Your gold sannies are supposed to show at the bottom of your stirrups but not at the top (with thanks to Mike Engle). … Jack Krabbe notes that Jose Bautista still has the All-Star Game decal on his helmet. … See if you can figure this one out: When the Royals wear their sky blue jerseys, they also wear sky blue caps, but they don’t have a separate set of batting helmets — they just wear their usual royal helmets. The weird part is that Jason Kendall does have a sky blue catcher’s helmet (good spot by Kurtis Dilley). … Lots going on in this screen shot. First, Francisco Rodriguez’s batting helmet is Dymo-tagged with his nickname, not with his surname. Second, that’s not Rodriguez wearing the helmet — it’s recent call-up Justin Turner, who apparently doesn’t have his own helmet yet. And third, looks like Turner wears a mouthguard (screen shot courtesy of Bryan Heaton). … James Poisso was recently at the St. Louis History Museum and spotted a uniform for the St. Louis Hummers, a women’s pro softball team that played from 1973-79. Their colors were based on the old St. Louis Browns. … Police officers in the British county of Sussex are none too pleased after management sent around a memo spelling out the right and wrong ways to wear their uniforms. … Somehow we all missed this two Saturdays ago. The caption: “Arizona Diamondbacks ‘legends’ (L-R) Matt Williams, Mark Grace and Luis Gonzalez are apprehended by ‘Star Wars’ storm trooper characters during a break from the Major League Baseball game between the Florida Marlins of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 10, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.” Wha..? (Thanks, Phil.) … Interesting new package design for Dewar’s 12-year-old, as the front label has been broken up into two labels. … Great slideshow of old newsstand paperweights here.