By Phil Hecken
Yesterday was one of those days when I had a ton of stuff going on, and I literally got to watch about 10 minutes of football. Fortunately, the man who’s been doing our NCAA Roundup’s this season was watching a whole lot more. So we’ll jump right into that today. And, boy, did I miss some stuff yesterday. Terry Duroncelet will kick off with the late week games you may have missed, and take you home with the bulk of yesterday’s games. Here’s Terry:
By Terry Duroncelet
• Thursday was actually pretty mundane from a uni-standpoint (which is good, because we were spared this UCLA
bowling ball alternate helmet). The biggest uni-story of the game was actually that of a fan, who ran on to the field with 4 seconds left in the 2nd Quarter blowing a whistle while wearing a phony referee uniform. He then ran away from the real refs while streaking, and the distraction resulted in a fight that was uglier than UCLA’s super-stretchies. Besides the mayhem that unfolded, the Arizona Drumline (if not the whole band) were wearing fake black moustaches in that same game (although it’s hard to see). Anybody know why?
• On Friday, the Rutgers squad was wearing black helmets and pants with their white jerseys against Louisville. The interesting thing about those helmets is that the “R” decal was white, instead of red like the last time they played the role of the
Scarlet Ebony Knights against Pitt earlier in the season. Gotta love those black and red cleats, though! Justice was served however, as the Cardinals would hold on to win the game 16-14.
• Moving on to the Syracuse/West Virginia game, I received a tremendous heads-up from reader Ed McCorduck: “Last night at home against West Virginia, on the left side of all the Orange helmets were little black stickers with the name “AL” in white (round ones, not in the shape of the Raider shield), an evident tribute to Al Davis who like me was the holder of a Syracuse University Artium Baccalaureiin the lucrative field of English and a sometime benefactor of our alma mater. This was the first real opportunity for SU’s football program to honor Davis during a game; when he passed away on the morning of Saturday the 8th, the Orange and their equipment were already nearly 2,000 miles away from the Carrier Dome down in the Big Easy to take on Tulane in another dome later that night, and they didn’t play at all last week. (And less visible in the photo and only slightly more so in this one are memorial decals the Syracuse helmets have also borne this season to honor NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey, who died in July. The significance of the decal is that Mackey wore number 88 for the “Orangemen” and for the Baltimore Colts, and his number is now retired at Syracuse along with the smaller by half but arguably more illustrious “44.”)”.
• Indiana did the Stormtrooper thing for the second time this season while losing to Iowa 45-21. Here’s to hoping that Tim E. can forget about his Irish Coffee long enough to update the Hoosier Tracker ;)
• Confound these Duke
Blue Black Devils… they drive me to drink (nah, I kid. I’m against underage drinking). On another Wake Forest note, here’s something I totally missed from last week: Virginia Tech going Stormtrooper w/ throwback helmet logo against the Demon Deacons.
• Virginia Tech impressed both Jim Vilk and myself simultaneously on Saturday: me for playing “Enter Sandman” by Metallica for their entrance music, and Movi for wearing these new orange jerseys (with the white retro-style helmets) for their Homecoming game against Boston College.
• Maryland *finally* broke out the white helmets this season.
• Speaking of white helmets, Oregon went with Stormtrooper suits against Colorado.
• Boise State, in response to the “No-Field-Colored-Monochrome-Unis-At-Home” rule, wore new grey jerseys (different greys from last year’s Nike Pro Combat uni) with their standard blue helmets and pants. So many things wrong here. First off, the grey was so dark, that it blended with the blue, thus making it an effort in futility. They should’ve worn orange jerseys (ya know… an actual school color). Not only that, but the pewter grey shirts made the blue numbers with orange trim almost totally unreadable.
• Tulsa wore these light blue carbon-print helmets against the Rice Owls Yesterday. They include the “Tulsa” script on one side, and a TV number on the other side (side note: what is “SportStar”?). Big thanks to Kris Bolom for bringing that to my attention.
• The new Notre Dame Golden Domes look just as great on the field as they do in the Facebook album. Also of note was the shamrock “X” decal on the back of said helmets in memory of graduate student-assistant Xavier Murphy.
• Northwestern leaked a pic of their surprise helmet on Friday night. As a ‘Bama fan, this helmet makes me smile. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the rest of the
Grimace costume one-off uniform.
• Washington wore black pants against Stanford. Not awesome.
• Nothing too crazy regarding Wisconsin/Michigan State, except what looks to be an upside-down “M” serving as the “W” on the entire coaching staff’s zip-ups. Presumably a factory error. Credit Graham Teitelbaum for the info and the pic.
Thanks for the great wrap-up Terry!
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Once again, only two submitters this week, and I bet you can’t guess who they are.
George Chilvers got to me first this week, so he leads off:
Phil – and another one for you.
A few weeks ago I sent you a picture of Harry Lyon, a Wigan Athletic legend, scoring at Oswestry Town before Wigan (or The Latics as they are known) were even in the Football League.
Harry was (and still is although he passed away a number of years ago) a real idol to the older supporters of the club. He was real star, and versatile. In this picture (against Hyde United) our goalkeeper had been injured – and this was in the days before substitutes. Harry went “in nets” and we held out for a 1-1 draw.
Original to be found here.
Best wishes from a decidedly damp Wigan
A proof of concept here – proof that you can even colourise a lot of white. :)
I mentioned this picture in midweek comments. The year is 1968 and Leeds United are playing a European tie against Standard Liege of Belgium. Standard usually wear red shirts, but for some unknown reason turned up at Elland Road with an all white kit, unknown to Leeds (who wear all white). It was only discovered when both teams got onto the pitch, and the picture shows Billy Bremner of Leeds staring out an opponent.
Leeds offered Standard their away kit, but Standard amazingly said it didn’t fit. After 15 minutes of wrangle Leeds backed down and changed to all blue. And yes, the referee should have spotted it long before the teams got onto the pitch.
It’s up to you if you use this this week or have it in stock for next week.
Interesting little picture – it’s BFC Viktoria 1889 Berlin team photo taken about 1911, when they won the German Championship. The interesting aspects to this are firstly that the picture comes from the Library of Congress collection (it’s here). Why it should be part of that collection though is puzzling. I’ve tidied it up a bit as well as colourising it (you may notice that one player is elbowed off the right hand side of the picture, so there’s only 10).
Secondly is more thought-provoking, and perhaps is enhanced by the colourisation. The colour has (in my opinion, maybe you’ll disagree) brought these guys to life – they all appear normal, regular guys, some having a laugh. But within a few years they were presumably all in uniform trying to kill my ancestors. But at the same time my wife’s grandfather was in the Polish Army, in the service of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, also on the Axis “side” on the Italian Front. Funny old world. And a lesson about the futility of war.
End of lecture :)
Wow, George. As usual, a tremendous output! Thanks.
And now on to Gary Chanko, the second part of the G&G duo:
I learned about the Steagles from my Dad, now 91 and a life long Eagles and Phillies fan. If you’re not familiar with the temporary meager of the NFL’s Philadelphia and Pittsburgh teams during WW II, this Wikipedia entry will get you up to speed.
The source image was taken during the last game of the 1943 season at Shibe Park and won by the Packers 38-28.In 1944 the Eagles returned as a single franchise. The Steelers however temporarily merged with another NFL team and lost every game. (You can find out the team in the Wiki article above!)
The black & white original was not the best for colorization but with some cropping and upscaling the final product is passable. Color selection was a challenge and I’m not 100 percent certain about the Steagles silver pants or the color of the stripes on the refs’ socks.
Tremendous job lads. And now, our baseball historian BSmile has a challenge for you both (or anyone else) — and it’s not baseball!:
I usually keep my panoramic collection related to baseball, but this one was pretty sweet. Nice logo patches on the sleeves, wish they were more easily visable. Maybe Uni-George/Gary would want to take a crack at colorizing it?
And for your reference, the stats.
Thanks G, G & B. Back soon with more Colorize This!
Tracking The 2011 MLB Playoffs
Alex Rocklein is back…so let’s put ‘em in the books!
The World Series moved to Arlington last night, with the Cards sporting their road grays but the
Texases Rangers actually wore blue caps over white tops, defying the red over white streak that had catapulted them into the series.
The Rangers may have looked like the Rangers, but you know what they say about streaks. (Insert Bull Durham quote here)
Albert Pujols pretty much taught the Texases the meaning of the word “respect,” and it’s doubtful we’ll see the Rangers in the blue caps over whites again. That’s right, Albert Pujols picked a good time to join Reggie and the Babe in the annals of World Series lore, smacking three consecutive homers in last night’s game. Damn…he also picked a good time to be a free agent.
Here’s your Updated 2011 MLB Playoff Tracker.
With the World Series concluding this week (sometime), I’ll be back with Alex’s completed Playoff Tracker next weekend.
We have another new set of tweaks today.
If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Remember, if possible, try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per tweak. You guys have been great at keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!
And so, lets begin:
We start with Bruce Genther with a Miama Dolphins tweak:
Using the latest craze to add sublimation to uniforms…and keeping the teams original color of aqua and adding navy throughout the design, here is what the next Miami Dolphins home and road uniforms may look like. Enjoy!!!
Bruce A. Genther
Because we didn’t get enough of the NFL loving the boobies, Marcus Hall reminds us:
Since this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I decided to have some fun with some logos and unis that I pulled from Wikipedia. For each team, I replaced one of their main colors or accent colors for pink. Some i changed “the obvious choice” of color and others i had more fun with.
-Marcus from Baltimore
Closing out the weekend, we have Alex Cloutier, who has some concepts for the as-yet-to-be determined Marlins unis, and some logos too:
All of my life I have been an avid Marlins fan, which is a bit odd since I was born and raised in western NY, but any way through those years the team has always had one solid constant look. It wasn’t the best look but it wasn’t that bad either. As everyone knows by now next year the Marlins will move into a much need new ballpark, and with that move they will become the MIAMI Marlins and that means Mr.F fish can’t stay. Now recently this abomination was leaked and the teams visual pride died right there. So as a life long fish fan what do I do? Right the wrongs of course! and here they are:
THank you, Alex
And there ya have it. Back with more next weekend.
by Rick Pearson
And we thought Rex Ryan had all the great post-game material…
And, of course, the full-size.
Jim Vilk’s 5 & 1
And now for the part of the post that
I wait up all night for you’ve all been waiting for…
Actually, Jimmer got this to me in plenty of time…unfortunately, the decrepit commodore 64 I am using to upload all the stuff for today’s post was what made this another late one. Let’s see how Movi did:
Terp Tracker – ‘Bout time they wore the shelmets!
Honorable Mentions to Rutgers/Louisville – BFBS keeps it out the Top 5, but points awarded for the Ottawa Rough Riders flashback.
And to UNC/Clemson – Aww, man…this was my projected #2, but navy isn’t a school color.
5. Boston College/Virginia Tech – I say “Hokie doke!” to those orange jerseys.
4. USC/Notre Dame – I thought the Gerry Faust-era jerseys were better, but I don’t think those are coming back anytime soon…
3. East Carolina/Navy – Even the mascots make for a great matchup.
2. Middle Tennessee/Florida Atlantic – Too bad FAU plays the opposite of how they look.
1. Marshall/Houston – Never. Take. Off. Those. Throwbacks!
And the bad one: Georgia Tech/Miami – Some teams deserve to wear orange…others should have that privilege taken away from them.
And there you have it folks. Enjoy your Sunday.
“This Hoosier game is going so well, I’m think about turning my morning coffee into an Irish coffee.” — Tim E. O’Brien