By Phil Hecken, with Terry Duroncelet
Lots of great college gridiron action yesterday, including a few late gems and some blow outs. And of course, the “game of the century” was an all-time classic. Glad I picked LSU, although I was rooting for ‘bama. If any of you saw ESPN’s College Gameday yesterday, you will know that a very famous(?) alumnus came on to predict an LSU victory. Who is that? I give you…Terry:
• Who’s this in the bearded LSU gear? If you guessed Dustin Davidson from August Burns Red, then you need to get your eyes checked. Besides, as of this writing, Dustin’s in Milan with his band. No, but that’s actually SF Giants pitcher Brian Wilson, who dressed up as a Tiger on Gameday, presumably because of the gallons upon gallons of hype pored on to this matchup (
• Ohio went full-Vader against Temple, which I suppose is better than going BFBS with their normal white lids.
• On Friday, Colorado went full-Vader against USC, right down to the new black helmets, which makes its first appearance in Boulder for the first time since 1998 (against then-conference rival Baylor for Folsom Field’s 75th Anniversary). Credit Matthew Robins for that ’98 pic. The gold graphics on the helmet looked to be significantly darker than the gold on the jersey sleeves.
• When I tuned in to watch the Iowa/Michigan game, I saw that the left side of the Hawkeyes’ helmets were blank and thought: “Are they getting more serious with their “Steeler” image?”. Then I caught a view of the right side of the helmets, which revealed an Old Glory-rendition of the tigerhawk logo. More info on that here. Credit that last link to David H. Greenwald.
• Army and Air Force went white tops vs. grey tops (respectively). Not the best idea, but the pants helped to provide some contrast, more proof that there’s more to a uniform than just a jersey.
• Fattest #1 ever? Fattest #1 ever (Tim E.).
• As Doug Smith (who sent me the pic that you’re about to see) mentioned, these uniforms can only be described as such: UMass-acre. In fact, I like their name “Minutemen”, because I can only tolerate that costume for a minute before I shake my head in disappointment and change the channel.
• New Mexico went full-Putty Patrol against San Diego State.
• In the Oregon State/Stanford game, one of the sideline personnel? was wearing what look to be a pair of OSU Beaver golashes
• One of the Louisiana Tech players had a nameplate that covered parts of the back of his shoulder stripes.
• You know that Notre Dame vid of the “Gug” that Paul linked to on Friday? It mentions how they keep the “ND” monogram roped off to prevent it from being stepped on to show respect for the emblem. Apparently, Adidas doesn’t give a shit about respect. Credit Gabe Szakaly for that.
And there you have it. Thanks Terry for a terrific rundown, and all the contributors. There was one game Terry didn’t include, and it just might be the worst possible uniform combination ever. And it didn’t even get the dreaded “& 1” in MoVi’s 5 & 1. More on that below…
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
After last week with a few new (old) colorizers, I thought we might have some more this weekend, but alas, we’ll just have to settle for the G&G show. And no, that’s not a bad thing at all. We begin with George Chilvers. Shall we say, “Paging Mr. Nugent”?
One for Connie this week – three Irishmen :)
This is a photo of three Irish members of the 1950 British Lions rugby union team which toured Australia and New Zealand (in those days of course teams “toured” for months on end – now they just fly out). I love this photo as, in true UW style, it gives the opportunity to showcase a number of different jerseys. It is part of a series of similar photos on a truly magnificent resource for rugby and cricket, as well as a variety of Antipodean life.
The players are Jim McCarthy (in blue), Karl Mullen (green) and Michael Lane (red).
Lane is wearing the distinctive jersey of the University College of Cork, and their sporting teams still wear a similar jersey. Most pictures of the Lions in this series are wearing club jerseys but Mullen who was captain of the Lions team has his green Ireland jersey. And finally McCarthy is a bit of a mystery, because he is wearing an RAF jersey (I’m not mistaken, the badge confirms it). But he was Irish and there is no record of him serving in the RAF. Maybe he played in a representative game for them?
Stunning, George. And he’s got more:
Hi Phil (again)
We’ll keep with a rugby theme this week, and so as we are now between the Rugby World Cup and the Olympics we’ll have a look at the last time rugby was part of the Olympics.
It was 1924 in Paris, and the French were hot favourites to win. They got to the final and this picture shows the captains and referee posing before the game. Incredibly the French lost, and the crowd rioted which led to the sport being outlawed by the IOC. There is talk of reviving it for 2016.
So, the end result is that France’s opponents on that day in the white jerseys were the gold medal winners, and are therefore reigning Olympic rugby champions.
I wonder if any of your readers can identify who they may be ;)
And one more from the immortal Mr. Chilvers:
Third (and probably last) for this week. And I’ll keep up a theme – another rugby picture.
The last one I sent was the French 1924 Olympics, and we stay with French rugby. This time it’s rugby league (“jeu a treize”, compared to “le rugby”) and we have the French team of 1951 on tour to New Zealand, playing Wellington. I’ve always liked these French jerseys. The stadium is of course stunning, but there do seem to be people watching the game from the roadway behind the boundary wall.
And the second half of the G&G tandem, Gary Chanko graces us this week with the following:
The LIFE photo archives is the source for this action shot of Charlie “Choo-Choo” Justice, the great University of North Carolina running back of the late Forties. He was a two time runner up for the Heisman Trophy and after college drafted by the Washington Redskins. Read more on his bio here.
The colorized photo appears to captured during a practice scrimmage. The image may have appeared as part of article about college football in the 03 Oct 1949 edition of LIFE Magazine. If anyone has access to this issue, I’d like to know if further information was captioned about the photo.
Splendid work, as always, gentlemen. Back soon with more colorizations.
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 Carl Anderson, who has an NHL concept:
I like the Blue Jackets third jersey template, but there is too much blue, and it looks too similar to the Penguins jersey, so I just switched the Maroon for the “cream” and i thought it looked good, especially because the NHL lacks a team that uses Maroon well. (I hate the Coyotes Jerseys)
Next up is Ryan Nicholan Allison, with an interesting concept…the Mustang Warrior:
I was bored last night and did a uni tweak for SMU. It is basically the Nike 2007 Hawaii Warriors jersey redone for June Jones at SMU.
And we close with Ronnie Poore and his Lions concept:
I like the Detroit Lions throwbacks from a few years ago, so here’s a hybrid of that and their current style. I kept the Lion logo on the helmet and the number font, but got rid of the stripes on the helmet, jersey and pants.
That’s all for this week. Back next weekend with more.
by Rick Pearson
Meet the “Mysterious Seer Who’s Always Here”…
And 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.
The Ducks played late last night, so I don’t know if Jake was able to update the tracker, but I’m gonna run it anyway, in the hope he will have it updated by the time this post goes live. 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…
MoVi has been dying to put Oregon in the dreaded “and 1” all season, and today he finally gets his wish. Of course, I found a far worse looking game, but he wouldn’t hear of it. So, after the list, we’ll let you guys decide which was worse.
Terp Tracker – Love the shelmets!
Honorable Mentions to New Mexico State/Georgia – Yea, verily, the low November sun reflecting off the reds doth warm the cockles of my heart.
And to Indiana/Ohio State – Um, yeah…ditto.
5. Texas A&M/Oklahoma – Sensing a pattern yet?
4. Stanford/Oregon State – I think all-white unis are at their best on overcast days.
3. Tulane/SMU – Welcome back to the list, horsey heads!
2. Army/Air Force – Aww, the streak is dead…not a shred of red.
1. LSU/Alabama – And thanks for stressing the “foot” in football, too!
And the bad one: Oregon/Washington – FINALLY!
Oh really? Worse than this? That’s right, Wyoming went full on turd. (More pictures here). I know it’s MoVi’s list, but this time he’s gone too far. Nobody likes BFBS, but the game had everything Jimbo likes except the vader look for Washington, and Oregon looked absolutely fine. What say you readers? Did Oregon get screwed or did Wyoming deserve the “& 1”? The answer is “yes.”
And that’s going to do it, folks.
Have a great Sunday — and if you didn’t already, don’t forget to change your clocks … last night we fell back.
“Everything else about Arizona may suck, but we have a great flag.” — Phillip Wilson