By Phil Hecken, with Terry Duroncelet
Much of the northeast was blanketed by a snowstorm yesterday and last night, and a lot of areas got walloped — bad for most of us, but it sure does make for some
sloppy purdy football. Taking center stage once again is my buddy, Terry Duroncelet, who’ll take us through the highs, lows and snows of all the college football game for week nine of the season… Also, there’s a really great “Colorize This!” following the jump — be sure to check that out as well. But first, here’s Terry:
We kick things off with some pre-Halloween snow games for you. The first one was between Penn State and Illinois (although it was just some tame dandruff throughout the game). Penn State’s offense was about as cold as the weather, but they managed to pull out a victory by way of the Illinois kicker’s missed field goal. Now Joe Pa’s wins as a D-1 head coach matches his age. No, but I’m very happy that Mr. Paterno reached this huge milestone in college football history. The second one was between Army and Fordham, by far the snowiest FBS game of the weekend. Like… REALLY snowy. The third one was between West Virginia and Rutgers, where the
Scarlet Ebony Knights were playing on an ivory field. There was also some of the white stuff in the games involving Harvard/Dartmouth and Yale/Columbia (the snowiest non-FBS game). Credit Phil for those Ivy League pics.
• Nothing extraordinary on a rare Wednesday game featuring Pitt and UConn, but what was the huge “3” pin on the Pitt coach’s jacket for?
• On Friday, TCU wore mono-black, and I’d like to know what each individual award-decal is for on the BYU helmets. There’s three in all: clear ones with blue cougars, blue ones with white cougars, and clear ones with gold cougars. Anybody know?
• There are no words to describe how stupid these BFBS Kentucky uniforms are. I seriously have no words. You get no words, Wildcats. In words, I’m saying you get no words. More info here. Also in that game, Miss. State wore the matte helmets, and the Bulldogs coach was looking pretty damn cool, even with the MOTB.
• Several of the Michigan players look to have been wearing the old-model uniform from top to bottom, although there are some Wolverine players that prefer the bodysuits (also note the pink). Hmm… first Tennessee from last week, now Michigan this week? *crosses fingers and hopes that UCLA is next* On another note, what was going through this Wolverines — err, Spartans *ahem*… Michigan-based B1G college football fan’s head when he wore this? (photo from Tarrell Holven)
• Virginia Tech went with maroon lids, white jerseys, and orange pants. An amazing Autumn look that makes me crave for candy corn (and makes them crave for pumpkin carvings). Throw in Duke wearing my #1 favorite color, and this is a sweet matchup. This has to be Jim Vilk’s #1 in the 5&1.
• One of the Mizzou players had a minor helmet stripe issue. Look at the black stripe part that covers the “I” on “MISSOURI”. Is the black part of the stripe some kind of translucent black? You’d think that part would be clear. Credit reader EricBinKC for that one.
• Boston College wore crimson pants against Maryland. Photo gallery here. In addition, this guy’s helmet stripe was coming off. The last two photos credited to Matty Eggen. Also of note is that Maryland wore black helmets and jerseys with red pants.
• Although Tennessee wore the white non-super-stretchies last week against Alabama, they kept the yellow-orange bodysuit jerseys at home against South Carolina Yesterday.
• Ohio State wore their Nike Pro Combat uniforms last night against Wisconsin. I really like the helmet and the jersey, but that stinkin’ scarlet wraparound junk on the pants ruined an otherwise great AmPac suit. *sigh* it’s 2009 all over again…
• Nothing uni-notable about the USC/Stanford game, but there was a spell check in this Facebook post from Nike Football. I hope they don’t do this in the NFL next year for the Arizona Cardinal.
Tremendous job, as always, Terry.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
After a few weeks of the G&G show (which is always appreciated), we have a couple of additional submitters today, I’m very pleased to say. It’s great that more of you are attempting this great (albeit time consuming) addition to the historical record.
First up is our old standby, George Chilvers:
Today’s (Sunday’s) posts discussed Notre Dame gold, and LarryB was asking for more football colourisation (your sort of football, not the rest of the World’s!).
So here you go – Don Miller, one of the Four Horsemen (see, we’re not all ignorant over here!!) in a picture dated back to 1928.
Sorry if someone thinks the gold isn’t quite the right tone – you prove to me that it was different in 1928 :)
There is however an expression we use here in the North of England – not sure what your equivalent is – but we would say “will you just look at the state of that jersey?”. Did his Mum really let him go out with that – never mind be photographed for an iconic image! She will have been so embarassed.
Thanks G. But of course, our man from across the pond wasn’t done, so he sent me another college, er…pro football colorization (it’s Jim Thorpe with the Canton Bulldogs):
Another iconic football picture – with not a trace of gold :)
Stupendous, as always, George!
Next up is another nice set from Jared Wieseler, who has submitted before:
This is only my second submission to you and it has been a while since the first but here are a few more. I was checking out the Minnesota football gameday website a while back and ended up in the image archives showing pics of the team from a long time ago.
The first is likely not as interesting as the other two. It is a picture of Memorial Stadium in its original configuration after completion. The Gophers played here from 1924 until the Metrodome opened in 1982. It was then demolished in 1992. They still have one of the entrance gates in the McNamara Center which I got to see for the first time while visiting for the Husker v Gopher game this weekend. It was really cool to be able to tie it all together by seeing it in person.
The second is a great shot of Sandy Stephens intercepting a pass versus the badgers. I don’t remember the exact date but I believe it is from the 1930s.
The last is a shot of the legendary Bud Grant from the late 1940s. I wasn’t sure exactly which colors to use for which part of the uniform, so I threw a guess out there. If anyone knows the correct color combo, let me know and I can correct the look.
I have a few others to work on and will submit them in due time.
Wonderful stuff, Jared. Keep ’em coming and glad to have you back!!!
Next up is Matt De Giulio, who took an interesting tack and also colored a photo that Gary Chanko had taken on last week:
How does the attached stack up for the Old Steegles photo colorization. I interpreted it as a very brutal, harsh, and gritty photo, and I tried to do it justice in that aspect.
Thanks Matt. For comparison, this was Gary’s version. I always like seeing different techniques and interpretations. Good stuff.
Next up is the Steagles colorizer himself, Gary Chanko, who also took on something suggested by another reader:
Decided to try the panorama photo challenge submitted by BSmile last week. Fortunately the original quality was reasonable and the coloring task was a bit easier but still highly tedious.
Like most of these projects there are always a few discoveries and items of interest:
• The player numbers range between the teens and forties. I think it wasn’t until the Fifties when the NFL implemented rules resulting in position numbers in the 50s and above. More knowledgable readers will know the specifics on uniform number rules for this era.
• The coach on the far right, Ray Flaherty, is being budget minded as he looks to be wearing an old Boston Redskins cap.
• The mascot dog is an unusual addition to the team photo. What was this dog’s name?
• The shadows cast by the players seem odd. Beginning with player no.37 and continuing to the right all the shadows fall to the right and behind. But for the first five individuals from the left, shadows fall to the front. Maybe this is how it should be for the positioning and time of day, but it somehow doesn’t look correct.
• The photo original is signed by each player, including the college they attended. The penmanship is incredibly legible. Of course cursive writing was a basic skill taught in school 75+ years ago. Today I’m not sure that is the case.
The final image should make a nice large print, say about 4X12 inches and perhaps larger. The left side of the original image (the first 4-5 players) is a bit blurred, but shouldn’t be that noticeable when printed.
Fantastic job, Gary, as always.
And we close down with another colorizer who shouldn’t be a stranger, the one and only Larry Bodnovich, whose inspiration comes from Life:
I colorized this picture from Life archives. You can guess why I gave the kids unis those colors.
Beautiful job, Lawrence. Nice having you back as well.
Wow. Fantastic job everyone. Lets have a big round of Interwebs applause for all this week’s submitters! Keep them coming, peeps.
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 Austin Fischer who has some NHL concepts:
Hi, I made a Jets third jersey, and a major fix to my Penguins pathetic uni set.
Next up is Gregory Kohn, who you might remember had created some Marlins caps a while back — well, he’s back, with some uni concepts:
More Miami Marlins tweeks,
I stuck to the new rainbow color scheme and the leaked logo, but I tried to make the uniforms somewhat classy and not too modern, which was no small task. I also worked in the logo for the old International League Miami Marlins, which I really hope they try to add in somewhere.
We’ll see on 11/11/11.
And closing down the show today is Ian Fain, whose father, Curt, sent in three of the cutest submissions ever from his nine-year-old son. Jim Vilk is sure to have a tear brought to his eye…
Awesome. OK everyone, that’s it for today. Back next weekend with more.
by Rick Pearson
And you thought the Blair Witch had, um, issues…
And here’s the full-size.
2011 Duck Tracker
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Jake Hurley has stepped up to the plate and taken over the “Duck Tracker” for 2011. What is the Duck Tracker? Quite simply, it tracks each and every uniform combination the Ducks have worn for the 2011 season. He steps in for former tracker Mike Princip, whose non-Uni Watch activities will preclude him from tracking for 2011.
After a couple week hiatus, Jake has promised to keep up with the Duck Tracker for the remainder of the year. If any of you fine readers have feedback on this project, or is interested in adding content (such as history, uniform history, tweaks or mock-ups), Jake will gladly add it to the site. Shoot me an E-mail.
Here’s the 2011 Duck Tracker currently — Jake would like to make the project a bit more informational, like Mike did with it the past two years.
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…
Terp Tracker – Again with the black?
And to Northwestern/Indiana — A heavy snow wouldn’t help this matchup, but a light dusting might.
5. Georgia/Florida — The SEC can thank Rutgers’ BFBS for getting them into the Top 5 this week.
4. Oklahoma/Kansas State — If they played in Norman, this game would have flip-flopped with…
3. Va Tech/Duke — The Hokies keep coming up with great combos, don’t they?
2. Purdue/Michigan — Classic, baby.
1. Tulane/East Carolina — These colors really pop on an overcast day.
And the bad one: Arizona/Washington — I considered Navy/Notre Dame for looking too similar, but the Wildcats’ font and the Huskies’ BFBS changed that.
You barely avoided the dreaded Bush finger, Jim. Shoulda had 4 snow games and Duck U tho…
And with that, it’s a wrap. Everyone have a great Sunday. Catch you next weekend.
“That B1G logo is visual ipecac. It’s not that it is terribly ugly, it is just so mentally jarring. When I see the logo I don’t comprehend it and move on. My mind stops, tries to unravel the confusion, and I can’t get past ‘what were they thinking’.” — Phillip Wilson