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Letter Grading The NCAA (FBS) Non-BCS Conferences

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By Phil Hecken, with Jim Vilk

Last weekend, everybody’s favorite fashion-plate, Jim Vilk and I gave you our “grades” for the uniforms of each school and each conference for the old Division I (now known as FBS) schools that are eligible for ‘automatic’ BCS bids. Today, we’re back in our roles as arbiters of NCAA fashion. Surprisingly, Jim and I were pretty similar in our grades of the six BCS conferences. How will he and I match up this time around?

When we’re through with our grades, we’ll each give you our “Five and One” (5 best and 1 worst) individual uniforms, followed by a poll allowing you to rank the conferences. As we did last week, Jim will produce the first grade and mine will follow. And because we may not have been entirely clear last time around, we’re ranking the teams on their “standard” home uniform (meaning, what one would usually expect a team to wear on a regular basis) — no alts, no special unis, no “pro combat.” The uniform pictured is the one we’re ranking.

Before we start, here’s a few words from Jim:

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“Phil and I have been known to joust a bit when it comes to certain uniforms, but on the whole we’re not that different. Today, we’ll see pretty much the same thing. In fact, there are only two schools where we’re apart by a full two letter grades. This week’s list fluctuates a bit more than the last one, so let’s see where the surprises are.”

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And now the rankings:

Conference USA:

East Division
East Carolina: A / B
Marshall: A / A-
Memphis: B- / C+
Southern Miss: C+ / C-
UAB: B+ / B
UCF: C+ / C-

West Division
Houston: B- / C+
Rice: B+ / A-
SMU: A+ / B+
Tulane: A+ / B+
Tulsa: C / D
UTEP: C+ / C-

Conference grade: B+ / B-

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Independents:

Army: A / B
Navy: A+ / A-
Notre Dame: A / A-

“Conference” Grade: A…but three independents do not a conference make / B+ (and no, there is no “Indie” conference)

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Mid-American:

East Division
Akron: D+ / D
Bowling Green: B / C+
Buffalo: C+ / B+
Kent State: B- / B-
Miami (Ohio): A / A-
Ohio: A / A-
Temple: A++ / A

West Division
Ball State: C+ / B-
Central Michigan: C- / C-
Eastern Michigan: A / A
Northern Illinois: B- / C+
Toledo: C- / D
Western Michigan: B / B+

Conference grade: B- / B-

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Mountain West:

Air Force: B- / B-
BYU: A+ / A+
Colorado State: B / B+
New Mexico: A+ / B+
San Diego State: B / D
TCU: C / C-
UNLV: B+ / C
Utah: B / C
Wyoming: C / D

Conference grade: B / B-

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Sun Belt:

Arkansas State: C- / C-
Florida Atlantic: A+ / A+
Florida International: D+ / D-
LA Lafayette: B+ / B
LA Monroe: C / C+
Middle Tennessee State: A+ / A-
North Texas: B- / B
Troy: B- / B+
Western Kentucky: B / C-

Conference grade: B / B

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Western Athletic:

Boise State: F / D
Fresno State: B- / C
Hawaii: B- / B-
Idaho: B / B+
Louisiana Tech: A+ / B+
Nevada: A- / C-
New Mexico State: B+ / C+
San Jose State: C / C-
Utah State: C / C

Conference grade: B- / C+

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Jim’s 5 & 1:

5. SMU: If I knew Tulane was staying with white helmets full-time, they’d be here instead (love the horsey helmet, by the way).

4. New Mexico: Great font, great lines.

3. Louisiana Tech: Like a reverse Ole Miss uni, and we know how much I like those.

2. Florida Atlantic: I’d tweak the school logo, otherwise we’re flirting with perfection here.

1. Temple: A wonderful mix of simple and snazzy.

And Jim’s worst pick: Boise State — Never should have changed their unis from when they beat Oklahoma.

And my 5 & 1:

5. Rice: Great colors, love the Old English font for some reason.

4. Eastern Michigan: What Sparty should look like.

3. Temple: Oh do I love tiled stripes.

2. Florida Atlantic: Does an anal retentive proud. Perfect stripes.

1. BYU: Best of the non-BCS. All my wives agree.

And my worst pick: Florida International — There is just NOTHING about that uni to like. It’s bad from helmet to shoes.

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OK, folks. That’s what Jim and I think of the non-BCS conferences. But we’re only two votes. You guys will now have the ultimate say. So, naturally, I’ve again contacted the UW Pollster, Jimbo Huening to set us up, much like last week. You can use any methodology for reaching your grade. Take your time, be methodical, or just give it your best college try. Just be sure you fill in the little circle completely, or the scanner can’t read your vote. You’ll be asked six quick questions (grade each conference) and then you’ll be asked for your OVERALL favorite uniform for one team. We’ll have the results from last week’s poll immediately following this one.

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The Poll is below…

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And here’s James with the results from last week:

The grading scale is as follows.

A+: 4 points
A: 4
A-: 3.7
B+: 3.3
B: 3
B-: 2.7
C+: 2.3
C: 2
C-: 1.7
D+: 1.3
D: 1
D-: 0.7
F: 0

The SEC, with a GPA of 3.336 barely edged out the Big Ten with 3.327. Both were good for a B+ average. The SEC also garnered the most A+ grades.

The Big 12 also averaged better than a B with 3.043. The Pac-10 came really close with 2.956 followed by the ACC’s 2.827.

Finally, we had the Big East with it’s 2.345 GPA.

Penn State was our summa cum laude.

Thanks James and Jim. We always knew the SEC had the best unis as a BCS conference, and you guys proved it through your vote. Now, tell us who is the best non-BCS conference. Remember, the “Independents” don’t count (as a conference), but we’re at least going to let them get a uni-vote. Fire away.

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Waterproofgate

Waterproofgate

Rain? In Wales? In October?

Who woulda thunk it?

Apparently not U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin, the man responsible for making sure the boys from across the pond focus their minds on playing golf, and not having to worry about staying dry.

But that’s exactly what didn’t happen on the first day of play yesterday, which began under torrential rains in Newport, Wales, as the US seeks to defend the Ryder Cup. You see, the captain is responsible for all the clothing for his team. And while the Saturday gear and Sunday outfits are even nicer than their Friday wear, apparently Mr. Pavin spent all his time and energy focusing on what Team USA would wear if the weather cooperated.

The problem is, the British Isles are famous for inclement weather, and Pavin’s choice of rain gear was from a somewhat obscure supplier named, ironically, Sun Mountain. Perhaps that was his first mistake. Because, almost as sure as the sun rises in the east, it will rain in the British Isles in the fall. His second mistake was not actually testing the “waterproof” gear for its, ya know, waterproofness. Because it wasn’t. Someone said that Euro captain Colin Montgomerie wore his wet wear in the shower for 20 minutes to test it’s effectiveness. It’s probably safe to say Pavin didn’t.

The Sun Mountain gear got soaked and heavy. It didn’t deflect the rain, as most waterproof gear should. Instead, it actually absorbed water. Only a few holes could be played in the deluge, which saturated the US squad’s jackets and pants, before play was called. And it wasn’t just the rain gear — the US’ bags were soaked through as well. All the players were unhappy, but everybody’s favorite American, Tiger Woods, actually played without his rain jacket due to the difficultes he encountered in playing once the jacket became drenched.

Once play was called due to the course being unplayable, Pavin had to scramble. The players wanted gear that would actually keep them dry, like the ones the Europeans were wearing. Unfortunately for Pavin, finding new rain gear in a pinch didn’t leave many options. What did he do? He and the team went to the PRO SHOP and bought $6,300 worth of “waterproofs” (as they are called in Wales) — from the same manufacturer who outfits the European team(!).

Once the monsoons and ensuing seven-hour rain delay ended, the US team went back on the course in their standard Friday outfits, saving Pavin the indignity of his players having to wear the pro shop gear. It is not known whether (no pun intended) they will have new gear overnighted or if the pro shop attire will be adorned with “USA” accoutrements should the rains return Saturday or Sunday. What is known is that they will not be wearing the Sun Mountain waterproofs should any inclement weather return.

According to the UK Guardian, “American television reported that Tiger Woods was unhappy that the team were not allowed to use their own clothing with sponsors’ labels removed and there also appeared an issue with the team’s golf bags leaking. It is understood that a dry towel placed in Woods’s bag on the 3rd tee by Steve Williams, his caddie, was soaking wet by the time the green was reached.” Could swooshie have saved the day?

Rather than issue any kind of apology for the snafu, Sun Mountain instead defended itself. “Sun Mountain has been designing and selling outerwear for more than two decades. We have provided rainwear to over 150 tour players and numerous US teams. Sun Mountain has staff on the ground at the Ryder Cup working in conjunction with the PGA of America on this issue.” However, according to the Guardian, “Privately sources at the company claimed part of the trouble was the stitching specifically requested by the USA team which caused ‘significant leakage problems’.” Right. So it’s Pavin’s fault.

Let’s just hope the bad weather will stay away so we can see the U.S. in their gorgeous weekend outfits. Because, after falling behind in their wet waterproof gear, the U.S. surged out to leads in 2 of the 4 matches (being tied, or “all square” in one) after the rain ended and they competed in their dry gear. Better to look good and to play good, yes?

You can check out the Ryder Cup (weather permitting) on ESPN and NBC today and NBC tomorrow. The current scoreboard is here.

Stay tuned. Waterproofgate may not yet be over.

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all sport uni tweaksStill have a backlog of uni tweaks, so let get right into it. If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way. OK? OK! Here’s what’s on tap for today.

Those who’ve already sent in tweaks, they’re fine the way they are, but in the future, because many of you seem to enjoy elaborate write ups, can you possibly try to keep them to 50 words tops per team? (Every one I’ve received since I asked for the ~50 limit has complied so far!) Thanks!

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Starting off the show is Eric Davis, with some MLB tweaks:

Phil-

I obviously missed the deadline for the uniform tweak contest, but please accept these for whenever the regular series of uniform tweaks continues on UniWatch.

I love the site and have been working on these (and others still in progress) for awhile now. Attached are Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Cincinnati.

Seattle Mariners: I went back to basics with a retro-melding of the original pilot uniforms and the late-70s to mid-80s blue and gold tridents. The typeface is a modified Eurostile. The light blue resurfaces as an alternate.

Tampa Bay Rays: Yeah, it’s the Miami Hurricanes color palette, but it’s the color of orange fields that drew me to this incarnation. The Rays and Tampa Bay typefaces are custom-made based off of the Ray Ban sunglasses mark. I’m not crazy about the baseball sun logo, but I would put it up against the current “sunburst” anytime. The softball-top alternates don’t really come with pajama pants — just imagine the existing stirrups for home and away on the alts.

Cincinnati Reds: Baseball is in our blood — and what better way to show that than using a darker, richer red as the primary Cincinnati color? I paired it with a simple cream home uniform with an alternate cream cap. The road unis harken back to the old days. Heck I could even see Votto perhaps cutting those sleeves Big Klu-style. I messed with a dark red alternate top that used the wordmark “Redlegs” but it looked ridiculous and out of place with the rest of this design, so I ditched it.

Thanks,

Eric Davis

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Next up is Isaac Mierau with a tweak Jeremy Brahm will adore:

Hi,

Not sure if you are still accepting these, but wanted to send in this Uni Tweak.

It is for my favorite NPB team, the Chunichi Dragons.

The most unique thing about their home unis, and also something I think looks good, is the fat blue stripe that runs from their sleeves, down the sides of the jersey and then down the sides of their pants.

Unfortunately, on their road unis, they where a royal blue uniform top with white stripes. With this they wear solid white pants, discontinuing the stripe.

My suggestion is to create a powder blue road uniform with Chunichi across the chest (like the current road uniform) and with the royal stripes as they appear on the home uniform. They have also worn powder blue road uniforms in the past but not with the current style.

I’ve also included an alternate cap with powder blue front panels that could be worn with either the home or road uni. I think either cap (current or alternate) would look good with the new road uni.

Please take a look.
Thanks
Isaac

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Our last tweaks in an all baseball set come from Matt Malinoski, who has some concepts for the Cubs and Brewers:

Phil,

I have a couple of tweaks for the Cubs and Brewers.

For the Cubs, I have always liked the look of the 1958 – 1968 uniforms, and would like to see them used again. I used the Cubs emblem used in the seventies, still using a narrow blue outline, but without all the extra whitespace, and of course, no registered mark.

For the Brewers, I replaced the Times-esque numerals with a font called Kepler. I didn’t do a true 3-D shadow, but you get the idea. I removed the NOB, added gold stripes to the stirrups, and added braid to the collar to match the sleeves. I put “Milwaukee” on the road jersey and used the longer tails that extend over the placket. I also put the Beer Barrel Man on the sleeve.

Thanks,

Matt Malinoski

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Great work gentlemen. Keep the tweaks coming (and thanks for keeping the descriptions to about 50 words per uni). Back with more next time.

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Ok everyone, that’s all for this first Saturday in October. In college football, September is for cupcakes and soft 3-0’s. Now the real football begins. Watch the golf this morning and then the games all day long. Couple races in baseball still worth watching, so it’s all good. See ya tomorrow.

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Expect an armada firing cannonballs at your dwelling. Just in case you have many an armada attacking and boarding on a daily basis, mine will be flying stirrups, you dirty rotten pirate. — Robert Marshall

 

101 comments to Letter Grading The NCAA (FBS) Non-BCS Conferences

  • Rick | October 2, 2010 at 8:59 am |

    I think the Sun Mountain PR people need to get somebody from the political field to blame the rain, not their rain suits.

  • Aaron | October 2, 2010 at 9:04 am |

    Utah State has some horrible football uniforms.

    http://www.utahstate...

    • StLMarty | October 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

      Perhaps Nike gave them the Miami template because they have a “U” on their helmet.

      • Jim Vilk | October 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm |

        Only difference is Miami looks as if they have eyebrows on the front and back. Utah State looks the same in the back but has a unibrow in the front. That’s why the Aggies got a slightly higher grade than the ‘Canes.

        • Aaron | October 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm |

          “…but has a unibrow in the front.”

          Ha!

  • jdreyfuss | October 2, 2010 at 9:12 am |

    You know you’re all jealous of the Gothic font Rice uses.

  • DJ | October 2, 2010 at 9:39 am |

    Mr. Malinoski’s tweaks are excellent.

  • scott | October 2, 2010 at 9:40 am |

    I sure hope the Giants don’t wear those ugly orange jerseys if they make it to the postseason. That game last night was painful on the eyes.

  • frankenslade | October 2, 2010 at 10:01 am |

    This has nothing to do with college football, but while it’s fresh in mind and there are a 2 regular-season baseball games left, this may be something Uni Watchers would want to comment on.

    I liked the Rays’ plaid brims the other night and I always like seeing the Padres in any version of their tan and brown unis, but when I flipped on last night’s Padres-Giants game and saw the Giants wearing those orange tops all this stretch-drive alternate uniform stuff came to a head. I suddenly felt like sending a message to the Rays, the Padres, and the Giants, as follows: It’s the final weekend of the season, the final push to get your playoff spot, guys. Do so wearing your standard uniforms! This is no time for plaid brims, Gary Templeton-era brown and tan unis, or orange tops, respectively.

    I don’t know if there’s precedence for this. I don’t know for sure if there’s anything aesthetically or morally “wrong” with this, but as much as I can’t stand the Padres’ modern-day service station attendant unis, it just seems “bush league” of these teams to pull stunts like this while trying to line up playoff spots. Thanks.

    • Jon | October 2, 2010 at 10:36 am |

      I’m not sure if I agree with your overall point or not, but in the Giants’ case, this is a jersey they have worn all season for Friday home games. You can argue their validity all you want, but this isn’t a one-off and this is something the fans in San Francisco have gotten behind.

      • frankenslade | October 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm |

        Thanks for that correction, Jon. The Giants are off the hook in my rant.

    • The Jeff | October 2, 2010 at 10:36 am |

      Attention MLB clubs – don’t listen to this guy.

      From a psychological standpoint – if the game is important – which is a better mindset – wearing the same uniform you’ve worn 70 other times, or wearing something new for that one game? Perhaps, for at least a few players, it stops it from being “just another game” and they actually do play better.

      I suppose one can argue that teams shouldn’t have alternates, but that’s a completely different issue. If they are allowed to have them, then they should be allowed to wear them whenever the hell they want.

      • scott | October 2, 2010 at 10:57 am |

        I think MLB should step in, much as the NFL does, and say alternate uniforms can only be worn a set number of times. Or, at the very least, have some uniformity in when the alts are worn. I appreciate that the Giants’ orange tops, as ugly as they are, are only a Friday thing. Knowing that, the Padres really should have been required to wear their road grays (or sands) last night.

        • concealed78 | October 2, 2010 at 11:16 am |

          I agree, but who wants to police 2,430 games in a MLB season on uniform conduct (tho I would take that job at the drop of a hat) as opposed to only 256 NFL games. MLB should just set specific days for alternates.

        • StLMarty | October 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

          I think the MLB should switch to an 18 game season.

      • frankenslade | October 2, 2010 at 1:47 pm |

        The Jeff, tell that to the Padres and Rays if they’re hitting the golf tees in early October or making their way through the AL playoffs as a wildcard team, respectively:) I’m not advocating rules about when alternates should be worn, but simply teasing teams that wear out-of-the-ordinary alternates (eg, the Padres’ throwback uniform) at this late a date in a playoff race. Believe me, I’m all for the plaid brims and the Padres returning to their rightful colors, but this site is all about dudes having fun expressing petty, picky style issues, and I feel this petty, picky point is valid. Beside, I’m not rooting for any of these teams, so any bad mojo I can send their way is part of my motivation. Seriously, just trying to have fun and NOT propose legislation for the wearing of alternate unis.

    • LI Phil | October 2, 2010 at 11:40 am |

      it’s a fair point about alts and post season play…i’ll be looking at that a bit tomorrow; thanks to many responses from the readers, i actually have a pretty good understanding of teams uniform proclivities for the season; as was pointed out above, the giants wear their orange tops every friday (at home), so they were following a pattern which has served them well all season; on sunday, they break out the cap with the orange bill

      other teams have different patterns to wearing their alts — i’ll be interested to see whether they continue to do so in the post season

      and history has shown that a team can get hot wearing an alternate and ride it (see rockies, colorado, 2007) throughout the post season

      personally, i’d like to see teams in their standard road grays and home whites throughout the post season, but AT THE VERY LEAST for the first game in each ballpark…except the phillies and the twins…i wouldn’t mind seeing them in their alts because those are actual uniforms, not softball tops

      as far as the other teams…we’ll just have to see what they choose to do

      • concealed78 | October 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm |

        Watching Ken Burns ’10th Inning’ the other night(s), they showed the ’95 World Series, and seeing Cleveland in their navy alts was actually shocking. It felt so bush league to me, given the context. If I had to guess for the modern era, I think the ’93 ALCS was the first alternate playoff top:

        http://www.gettyimag...

        • Gusto44 | October 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm |

          My guess would be the 1979 Orioles, who wore their alternate orange jersey in the postseason. The ’79 world champion Pirates don’t count in this equation, since they didn’t have regular home and road uniforms.

        • concealed78 | October 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm |

          Well I was thinking post-pullover era (since it has been almost 20 years). I guess if you include the ’79 Orioles, then the ’72-’74 A’s as well. There’s basically been color alternate tops since what, ’72? Full alternates are another thing, and those been around basically forever.

  • DenverGregg | October 2, 2010 at 10:21 am |

    I think that, were it proposed, the Rays wordmark could face some trouble from these folks. Just sayin’

    Marshall looks way too good for that low of a grade. Same for Utah and even Tulsa.

    • Gusto44 | October 2, 2010 at 10:45 am |

      I do like the Rays redesign, anything beats the uninspiring look they currently wear. It’s not ugly, but too bland. Even
      the green uniforms during the Devil Rays era were superior.
      Anytime I see the current uniform, it looks like a bad knockoff of the Kansas City Royals.

      In a different topic, Air Force will be on TV today with their alternate uniform, 2:30pm on Versus. The Falcons play Navy in a better game than some of those BCS conference matchups which have to be shown on the bigger networks for contractual reasons.

      • Skycat | October 2, 2010 at 2:09 pm |

        The Rays’ redesign is one of the better ones I’ve seen. I would, however, make the wordmark orange for the away uniforms because I don’t think there’s enough contrast when you use a white wordmark against a gray backdrop. The pairing of the green and orange works well. I’m sure Evan Longoria won’t miss his bland blue hat.

        • Billso | October 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm |

          Most fans in the Tampa Bay area would never accept U of Miami colors on the Rays’ uniforms. Sr. Petersburg is not Miami. If anything, the Rays should add the Brayser plaid as a permanent part of their uniform. Plaid bills on the caps? I love it. Give us more plaid!

        • Skycat | October 2, 2010 at 8:37 pm |

          Everyone knows that Tampa Bay has always been associated with plaid. Perhaps we can poll all 10 of their fans to see how they would react to using Miami’s colors in their uniform scheme.

  • Graham Jaunts | October 2, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    Not sure I get the Tulsa grade either. I think they have one of the best, most unique color schemes in all of college sports. They just LOOK good. Who cares if they have some untraditional striping? Don’t take this as criticism (this is all in fun, and I love silly ranking stuff like this) but any sort of untraditional striping seemed to tank a team’s grade. Open your minds and hearts to the apron strings fellas!

    • Jim Vilk | October 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm |

      Let’s change that to “almost any sort of untraditional striping” and I’d agree with you. If you noticed, last week I gave West Viriginia an A-, and this week I gave Nevada an A-, while New Mexico State and UAB got a B+.

      I don’t have a problem with “new,” I have a problem with “new that isn’t improved.” The apron string look is too distracting to me. Tulsa indeed has a great color scheme, and a great number font, but the first thing I notice is that goofy striping, and that’s doing the rest of the uni justice.

      Another major distraction is the eyebrow look on the back of Utah State (and on the front and back of Miami). That’s probably as bad as the diamond-side patterns on schools like Wyoming or Missouri.

      • Jim Vilk | October 2, 2010 at 1:04 pm |

        That’s doing the rest of the uni an INjustice.

        /fixed

  • concealed78 | October 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |

    I just don’t understand why tweakers keep bringing back that clunky, cursed & bad luck Mariners Trident-M logo. It seems to have this same bizarre love & relevance as the Islanders’ Fisherman logo.

    Anyways I really like the Reds tweak, but it would need to be strictly enforced for it to work.

    • Jeremiah | October 2, 2010 at 11:21 am |

      I think the trident logo keeps coming back because it’s a unique and natural design quirk for a team called the Mariners. You also have an entire generation of fans who don’t know that logo as a “bad luck” one. I like it, but I’m an Angels fan. That said, I like that tweak, but the Mariners wear a very nice uni set now that has become a classic. I woudn’t want them to change it.

      I also like the Reds tweak. I love the Brewers one. Except for perhaps the size of the number font, it’s perfect. The Brewers should change to it immediately.

  • Jeremiah | October 2, 2010 at 11:29 am |

    Living in Las Vegas, I have to see those UNLV football unis on the news all the time. They’re hideous. I’m a little surprised they earned a B grade. I think they’re just a mess. I really liked the look at all the college unis.

  • Yoshi Jones | October 2, 2010 at 11:53 am |

    Jim Vilk is a joke. His idea of a good uniform is so far from the norm on this board. His Top 5 and 1 commentary each Sunday almost always sucks and he has embarrassed himself on this project over the last two weekends.

    Note to Vilk: Hang it up, buddy. You are a moron and a joke. EABOD.

    • Jim Vilk | October 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm |

      Boise State fan? Or one of my relatives?

    • StLMarty | October 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm |

      What on earth is EABOD?
      And why are you so mean?

    • jdreyfuss | October 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm |

      I don’t know if I agree with Jim, but I wouldn’t say he’s way off the norm without offering some examples to back it up. I was wondering what EABOD meant too.

      • PatrickinMI | October 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm |

        Eat A Bowl Of Ducks

  • rpm | October 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm |

    i am not sure how west point can get anything but an F without a copper helmet…go army, beat navy…other then that, tulsa deserves more love, and BYU, temple, LA-tech, and wyoming make my 5 in no particular order, with smu on the outside looking in. army should be number one here, but they sadly are not any more.

    • JTH | October 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm |

      Copper helmet? What the hell are you talking about?

      It’s NAVY that should go with a copper helmet.

      • rpm | October 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm |

        ha, noice counterpoint. nonetheless army isn’t gold.

  • James Craven | October 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm |

    And look who’s planning to wear BFBS this season…

    AGAIN, BLACK IS NOT PART OF YOUR OFFICIAL SCHOOL COLORS UNLESS IT’S BEEN ESTABLISHED!

    • rpm | October 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm |

      insult to injury: against oregon state?

    • LI Phil | October 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm |

      wait…

      when did we get a football team?

      this must be the alternate spock universe, if we have a black alt

  • rpm | October 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm |

    thank corn for espn 3 dot com, just realized i can watch the perfect uni play miami for a couple minutes before work. clemson rocks.

  • StLMarty | October 2, 2010 at 1:04 pm |

    Best-Tulane
    Worst-So many to choose from

    • rpm | October 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm |

      the blue wave is pretty stellar, i’ll nock la-tech out of my top 5.

  • Gusto44 | October 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm |

    Couple of observations watching the Kansas-Baylor game:

    Kansas: Like the blue pants with red stripe, but the “KU” should be on the jersey instead of the helmet. The Kansas Jayhawk should always be on the Kansas football helmet.

    Baylor: Dislike the meandering lines on the uniform, which is commonplace. Would like to see the Bears revert back to the jersey with a huge bear print on each shoulder. Also, the helmet should have a green face mask.

  • JTH | October 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm |

    Random observation:

    I don’t like the way the 25-yard line runs through the first 1 in the Big Ten logo in Minneapolis. It would look better if it ran through the middle of the T, even though the logo would not be perfectly centered between the 20s.

    • JTH | October 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm |

      Perfectly centered between the 20s? Yeah, that would be the 50-yard line.

      Make that “…perfectly centered between the 20 and 30.”

    • jdreyfuss | October 2, 2010 at 4:58 pm |

      I’d say they mistook negative space for blank space, but it’s not like they just joined the conference or anything. They should know better than that.

      • James Craven | October 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm |

        Wait ’til next year, then it’ll read “BIG1T2EN”!

  • JTH | October 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm |

    There truly are some bearded-Spock shenanigans afoot. Much as I hate haTE HATE monochrome football unis, Clemson is pulling it off quite nicely.

    That solid orange outfit is pretty darn spiffy. And I don’t want to see any of this crap from Ricko.

    • Taxman | October 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm |

      Always liked Clemson in orange monochrome, and I am not a big fan of monchrome in general. They kind of got the whole mono thing started back in their glory days in the late 70s early 80s – they have some ownership there. OG’s of monochrome. Beats orange over purple.

  • Red Wing in Colorado | October 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

    USAFA update:

    The Academy warmed up in their standard helmets, then took the field in their Thunderbirds helmets, which do have a small version of the Thunderbirds sticker on the back.

    Also, they’re going SOB (slogan on back) with odd numbers wearing “SERVICE” and evens wearing “FREEDOM”

    • LI Phil | October 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm |

      i got a hunch this is gonna be vilk’s #1

      • JTH | October 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm |

        I like the look, but the unis could use some Air Force Blue.

        What do you call that dark blue color they’re wearing?

        • LI Phil | October 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm |

          i’d need to know the PMS but there are several which appear close

          it’s probably the same color as the one on the US flag…which is identified as “old glory blue”

          why, you think it’s navy?

        • jdreyfuss | October 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm |

          I think what’s on the US flag is technically “true royal,” same as the Hawaiian flag.

          http://en.wikipedia....

        • JTH | October 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm |

          Looks darker than Old Glory blue to me — also darker than an actual USAF uni.

          I’m comfortable calling that jersey navy blue. It seems to be about the same shade as the numbers on Navy’s jerseys.

    • Kenny M | October 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm |

      Anyone know whether the red on the AF helmets are painted or a gigantic red decal?

      • Andy | October 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm |

        Almost certainly painted.

  • Brian | October 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm |

    I love the uni grades. I live in the Boise area, and I agree completely on the grade you gave BSU. In my mind, they get graded down not just for the unis (which are bad enough), but also because I have to watch thoes unis on the blue field. BSU games are pretty unwatchable for that reason. It’s just good that they play pretty decent football.

  • Gill | October 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm |

    On artificial turf fields, what is the material the comes up as players slide along the surface? Dirt? Also great reporting on the Ryder Cup unis.

    • Komet17 | October 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm |

      Rubber pellets.

  • hugh.c.mcbride | October 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm |

    Heartily concur w/ Phil’s placement of BYU atop the uni heap. Every time I see this squad play I wonder why their kit doesn’t get mentioned more often alongside PSU, ‘Bama, UCLA & the like. Clean, classic, simple & gorgeous. (Adjectives that I’m sure could also be applied to all of Phil’s agreeable wives :-)

  • elliott | October 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm |

    its tiny bits of rubber gill.

    which you still find in your clothes (and body) months later.

  • Paul Lukas | October 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm |

    Caps have unveiled their Winter Classic uniform:
    http://farm5.static....

    • JTH | October 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm |

      That’s pretty much what everyone expected. I think the only thing that was in doubt was the color of the pants.

      Red Helmets? That’s a bit of a surprise (to me, at least). I like it.

      • StLMarty | October 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm |

        I’m surprised by the red breezers.

    • James Craven | October 2, 2010 at 8:44 pm |

      Also this late word just in. Al Capone was arrested for tax evasion.

  • Kevin | October 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm |

    “All my wives agree…” That’s an absolutely offensive joke–especially since Mormons haven’t practiced polygamy in over 100 years. Would you have made a religious joke about Catholics or Jews or any other religion? You have Mormon readers, how about not blatantly offending them on a blog about uniforms.

    • JTH | October 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm |

      A priest and a rabbi walk into a Nike sweatshop…

    • Andy | October 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm |

      I saw that one coming. I couldn’t help but think that it was going to be offensive to the Mormon contingent of the board.

    • LI Phil | October 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm |

      so…”big love” is all a lie?

      • Kevin | October 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm |

        Phil,

        The people on Big Love are NOT Mormons. Polygamists and the LDS share a common ancestory, kind of like Baptists and Catholics do. In other words, that’s where the similarities end.

        • LI Phil | October 2, 2010 at 6:46 pm |

          so…wiki is wrong?

          sorry if i offended

          as long as there are no mormon polygamists anymore anywhere, then the joke was in bad taste

    • StLMarty | October 2, 2010 at 6:12 pm |

      Perhaps a joke about the number of recent TV commercials featuring very successful Mormons would have been less offensive.

    • phillip | October 3, 2010 at 9:43 am |

      If you feel offended about someone else’s speech. It’s your problem.

      A Jewish couple has a son who is a holy terror. When he gets to be of age, he’s kicked out of every school they put him in. Finally desperate, the father goes to the Rabbi for advice and the Rabbi says put him in the Catholic school. Shocked, the father asks if the Rabbi sure. “Yes” is the reply, so the father takes him to the nuns and leaves.

      An hour goes by, then two hours, lunch time and finally at three the son comes in says “Good afternoon Papa, good afternoon Mama,” goes to the table and starts on his homework. The father is amazed and finally ask why he stayed in school all day and why he is behaving so well. His son looks up and says “Papa when you left, the Mother Superior told me that they did not allow rowdy boys, then she took me to my room. Papa they mean business! They’ve got a Jew nailed on a Cross in every room!”

  • Taxman | October 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |

    Not feeling the love for New Mexico’s dufus number font. Something similar looks quaint on a Houston Oilers throwback or a Nebraska throwback, but I’m not buying it on a modern NCAA jersey. Looks like 2nd graders used that t-shirt paint they sell in the craft stores.

  • Taxman | October 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |

    The Eric Davis Mariners tweak is outstanding. Great combination of the Pilots and Mariners elements. Too bad the M’s have a very sharp, very conventional uni right now and would be unlikely to make any drastic changes.

  • Taxman | October 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm |

    LA Tech and FL Atlantic would get “A’s” from me – but not A-plusses due to typically poor modern execution of what used to be known as UCLA shoulder loops.

  • Taxman | October 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm |

    I like the non-BCS group because there are lots of unis to judge without the sacred cows in the BSC grouping. Penn St, Alabama, Oklahoma, etc. have iconic, pleasing uniforms, but they are more noteworthy for the tradition they represent and their simplicity than any great design elements.

    (cranky because my cable is not carrying Texas-Oklahoma)

  • JohnnyO | October 2, 2010 at 7:33 pm |

    Lorenzo Cain (CF for the Milwaukee Brewers today)originally came out of the dugout in his “Milwaukee” road uni today. Problem was, the rest of his teammates were in their traveling grays. After realizing his mistake, Cain gave high fives to the guys, had a big smile on his face, and went to the locker room and changed.

    I am up in Green Bay getting mentally prepared for the Packer/Lion game that I will be attending tomorrow, and I just caught this clip on the evening news. Pair that with no DVR at the relatives house and I have no screen grab. The news feed did show the Reds broadcast, and I am assuming this was at the start of the game, so if someone recorded it, they should be able to get some pictures.

  • JohnnyO | October 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm |

    My take on “Sun Mountain Gate: Sun Mountain has been around for a while, and my experiances with them has been very positive. Back in the late 90’s they released what they called the “speed cart”. They were the first ones to come up with the 3-wheeled push cart.

    http://www.golfsmith...

    The earlier version didn’t have all those bells and whistles on them, but they really did revolutionize the “pull cart”. I believe these were the first walking carts made where it was designed to push your clubs rather than pull them. Almost every member at the country club where I worked who stored their clubs purchased one of these things.

    Anyways, back to the rain gear. I purchased Sun Mountain rain gear circa 2000 for high school golf (spring season in Wisconsin) and it was unbelievable stuff. Worked like a charm. Only reason I didn’t wear it anymore was because I grew out of it. I don’t know what in the world Sun Mountain did in 10 years with their rain gear technology, but in 2000 it was perfect. Why mess with a good thing?

    • Taxman | October 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm |

      I had a Sun Mountain stand bag. One of the first companies to buld the stand right into the bag and it was all the rage around 1990-1991. It was light enough to carry on your shoulder because of the lightweight materials and also had full length compartments for the clubs. Excellent product.

  • benghurk | October 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm |

    The TV yellow line is having trouble with the Oregon Ducks’ uniforms again tonight. Sorry, no screenshots.

    • Taxman | October 2, 2010 at 8:49 pm |

      I’m having trouble seeing the Ducks unis, because my ABC affiliate is carrying ND-BC, ESPN has Penn St-Iowa and ESPN2 has USC – Wazzoo. This after getting VATech-NCState at 3:30 instead of Oklahoma-Texas

      • JTH | October 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm |

        Do you get ESPN3?

        • JTH | October 2, 2010 at 8:58 pm |

          Oh, I left out the “if so, don’t bother” part.

          Watching the Ducks in solid green is every bit as unpleasant as watching a Boise State home game.

  • =bg= | October 2, 2010 at 8:46 pm |

    Ahem.

    The Giants have dropped two to SD. If they blow this division, I may have to leave the Bay Area to become a monk in the Himalayas, having renounced sports forever.

    Just so you know.

    • LI Phil | October 2, 2010 at 8:54 pm |

      i know…and it’s throwing a real monkey wrench into tomorrow’s post, too

      we’ll miss you boinke

  • Casey (Davis, CA) | October 3, 2010 at 12:26 am |

    Ivan Nova of the Yankees is wearing a uniform tonight with the blue-white-red MLB logo on the back collar tonight. He didn’t play with the team last year, so it looks like he is using an old uniform.

  • Ricko | October 3, 2010 at 12:38 am |

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    http://www.youtube.c...

    And for those who play guitar, this guy “Fretkillr” is freakin’ amazing…even though YouTube did pull his fabulous collection of performances.

    —Ricko

    • jdreyfuss | October 3, 2010 at 8:27 am |

      I swear I’ve heard the tune somewhere before. Somewhere famous. I just can’t place it.

      • jdreyfuss | October 3, 2010 at 8:29 am |

        Got it, Promised Land by Elvis Presley.

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