By Phil Hecken with Jim Vilk, and Pollster James Huening
After a bye-week last weekend, we conclude with our review of our uniform grades for all the NCAA FBS teams today, and bring you the results of your votes for the non-BCS teams that you voted upon two weekends ago. For a quick review of this class, we asked you to give letter grades to each of the 11 conferences (or 12, if you include the Independents) of the NCAA FBS (the old “Division I”) standard home football uniforms. Three weeks ago, Professor Vilk and I graded the BCS automatic qualifiers, and the following week we did the same for the independents and the rest of the FBS.
We took your votes and gave each conference an average. We already told you the results of the automatic BCS qualifiers; today, we reveal the non-automatic BCS teams. I’ll turn it over to Professor Vilk for a few words. Professor?
Thank you Professor Hecken. While the college football season has only reached its midpoint, we have our final uni grades prepared. Once again, we only graded the regular home uniforms for these teams — no road unis, no alts, no special promotions (too bad, because Wyoming could have used that yellow alt to boost its numbers…). Even though, yes, I like some outlandish unis, it was nice to see Phil and I aren’t too far apart most of the time. It was also nice to see you, the assistant faculty, had somewhat similar tastes in the first set of grades. Let’s see how you did this time, as our pollster James Huening has the results from your other FBS grades.
Here’s Professor Huening:
As was the case with the BCS grades, the scale is as follows:
A+: 4 points
The independents were the clear-cut winners here, averaging a B+. However, their 3.318 GPA did not beat out the SEC or Big Ten (3.336 and 3.327, respectively).
The actual conferences shook out like this:
B-: Mountain West (2.751), Conference USA (2.684) and MAC (2.592)
B-/C+: WAC (2.469)
C+: Sun Belt (2.346)
Summa cum laude to SMU.
Thank you, Professor Huening. On the whole, it looks as if the faculty graded a little stricter than Phil, who graded a little stricter than I did. However, both teams who made Summa Cum Laude, Penn State and SMU, were in my respective Top 5 lists. Hmm, does this mean I get tenure now, Phil? Phil??
Anyway, to sum up the whole project: The SEC is your vote (and mine) for the best-looking conference, while the Big East (coming in .001 points below the Sun Belt) is your worst-looking conference. Thank you for participating!
Thank you Professor Vilk. And thank you readers for participating. I, too, picked the SEC as the best dressed conference, so you, I and the readers all agree. But, sorry Jim, there is no tenure at the U of W. However, I will talk to Dean Lukas and put in a good word for you.
Something that occasionally crops up in discussions on Uni Watch is “jersey etiquette,” for lack of a better term. It kinda-sorta came up on Wednesday, when Paul showed off a picture of Jay Braiman, who was sporting an ONOB, tucked jersey. Paul asked, “sartorial style raises the question of whether it’s ever acceptable to wear a jersey tucked in. They’re designed to be tucked, of course — that’s how the players wear them. But fans almost never do. Discuss.”
There were a couple of comments, but not really too much discussion ensued. I’m sure there are many different schools of thought on this one, and there is, of course, no real right or wrong answer. But it seems that amongst the jersey wearing set, one pretty hard and fast rule is “you don’t tuck. ever.” I talked with Jay for a good long while at the gathering (Jay’s a GREAT dude, btw, so please don’t think I’m singling him out), and eventually the conversation turned to his sartorial style. He even mentioned that he normally wouldn’t tuck his jersey, but he said something to the effect of “but this is so long, if I didn’t tuck it, it would look like a dress.”
Then there’s that whole ONOB (“own name on back”) thing. Again, I know some of you have strong opinions on this. Some feel one should never put ones own name on the back of a jersey unless one, ya know, actually plays for that team, while others feel it’s perfectly fine. Still others avoid NOB altogether. Of course, I was sporting someone else’s NOB (actually just to mess with Jets fans, and in honor of Ricko), but there is a school of thought that grown men should never wear a fan jersey with some other guy’s name on the back, particularly someone who is younger than you are. But I thrifted that a few years back for five bucks, and I really don’t care. But, should I?
Finally, there’s the whole “you don’t tuck any shirt into jeans.” Growing up, I never found anything particularly wrong with that, but lately, it seems the practice is strictly verboten. So now I never do, even if I feel a tad slobbish for so doing.
Anyway, just throwing this out there since we really didn’t break out much discussion on it earlier this week. Are there “jersey rules”? And if so…how strict are they?
What do you guys do? Let’s discuss.
The Uni Gods Are Not Pleased
It started out so well. The Ryan Express threw what may likely have been the hardest ceremonial first pitch in history to Jim Sundberg. Joe Girardi
sold a vial exchanged pleasantries with Ron Washington. The Rangers, resplendent in red, jumped all over Yankees’ ace Carsten Charles Sabathia, scoring 3 in the first after a shot from Wonderboy himself.
C.J. Wilson was dealing. The Rangers increased their lead to 5-0. All was good in Arlington.
But have we learned nothing in the 2010 post season? You do not anger the uniform gods. You wear white at home. All white. Period.
Home teams have lost all seven games when they have sported softball tops, including now three by the Rangers. You would have thought maybe, just maybe, they’d have learned something from the Rays series. Apparently not. It’s kind of shame too, because as far as alternate tops go, the Rangers’ Red is one of the better ones. But it’s just never wise to tempt fate.
Of course, the Yankees had a little something to do with last night’s loss, rallying from that 5-0 deficit to chip away, hit by hit, scoring one in the seventh, and then five in the eighth to take a 6-5 lead. With a 1-2 punch of Kerry Wood and Mo in the pen, the game ended painfully for the Rangers.
The Rangers do have a really gorgeous standard uniform, so it’s both a shame and not really understandable why they wouldn’t wear it thus far. Perhaps they will today. But it’s probably too late. Today will most likely be the last best chance for Rangers fans to see the home whites. I don’t expect this one to return to Texas. Let’s hope the Rangers don’t anger the uni gods one last time before they head to New York.
Slowly making it thought the tweak backlog, but keep them coming. 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!
Starting off the show is Rocky Canonica, who thinks the Eagles throwbacks could be tweaked just so. Looks like he’s got some of Ricko’s compression sleeves going too:
Here is how the Eagles should look ALL the time. A twist on the 1960 throwbacks.
Next up is Matthew Duke who has some NHL concepts:
Salutations Phil and all of Uni Watch,
An ALL-NHL installment from me today.
First up, my Dallas Stars. I set out to fix the most boring uniform set in professional sports. I went with the current color scheme with retro-style jerseys (1988-1991, the last few years when black graced both the home AND away sweaters), and a brand-spanking new set of logos. Definitely the franchise I have spent the most time on, this is just one of the hundreds of concepts I have for this one team.
Next, the Ottawa Senators. There has been a lot of talk around the hockey world of the Senators ditching their current third jersey for a “heritage jersey”. This is my version of what the “heritage jersey” could look like plus an away white version.
Last but not least, the Colorado Avalanche. Again, current color scheme and retro-style jerseys with a brand new logo.
I have plenty more where those came from. Thanks!
Last up today is Dwayne White, who has taken on a popular project: the Houston Astros:
Here is my version of what the Tequila Sunrise uniforms could look like. I have never really been an Astros fan, but I do like the orange and blue. I used the late ’90’s “HOUSTON” and “ASTROS” wordmarks along with the number in the citcl on the back. I also went with a gray instead of a cream or off-white for the roads. I put the number on the front inside the stripes and not a star or in a circle as they just didn’t look right.
The second set is a more conservative style. It sort of reminded me of the early ’80’s White Sox jerseys.
Another fine job today, gentlemen. Thank you. Check back tomorrow for more.
2010 Season Uni Tracking
Now that the 2010 Season has concluded it’s time for all of you who have tracked your team through the entire season to send me your final tweaks. When I have a few spare hours, I plan on compiling them and adding them to the Uni Watch Archives, to be a part of the permanent record.
So, if you’ve been doing your due diligence with your team, send me your end-of-season tracking reports, and I’ll post them as a “sub article” on the weekends. OK? OK! And I promise they’ll make it into the UW archives before the year is out. Please feel free to accompany your tracking with a write up, especially if your team had any interesting trends or patterns.
Today, we have Mike Vamosi, who has been tracking the Royals all season long. He’s here with his year end wrapup:
Here is the end of season report for the Kansas City Royals who this last weekend of the season changed their routine. For only the second time this season the team sported the “Powder” blue tops on a Saturday night game then closed the season with the alternate road tops. Thanks to Phil for sharing this with all of you hopefully KC can turn it around soon no matter the uniform choice!
Thank you, Mike. OK, all you trackers. I know there are more of you out there. Send me your year end tracking reports and I’ll post them here on the weekends and put them all together for the UW archives before the year is over.
Good college football today, and of course, two playoff games in the MLB. At least one of them won’t have any softball tops. Have a great Saturday all.
I assume that the Texas equipment manager is adding some bleach and giving those home whites one more wash so they are extra bright tomorrow!!! — Ricardo Leonor