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Whenever I hear someone mention the Armed Forces Bowl, I instinctively think of this (which you have to admit would make for a very cool helmet motif). Unfortunately, the helmet designs for today’s Tulsa/BYU match-up are the ones you see above. As reader Matt Spencer points out, this will be Tulsa’s sixth helmet design of the year (here are the other five). Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Discuss. — Paul
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s a little video clip of the Nikegon Rose Bowl helmet, along with some video of the jerseys (from Kevin Vaughn and Nathan Haas, respectively). … Meanwhile, Wisconsin — also known as “Oh right, Oregon doesn’t just get to unveil a uniform and go home, they actually have to play against someone” — will unveil their Rose Bowl uniform today at noon Eastern. … Yesterday’s entry about the Yankees logo showing up in North Korea prompted this note from Joe Mangano: “Many Europeans believe the interlocking NY is no more than a symbol of the city, an idea furthered by the merchandise commonly sold around Manhattan in tourist shops. In Britain, many people wear Yankees hats (in a multitude of colors) to shout out that they have personally been to NYC.” … Here are Oklahoma’s cleats for the Insight Bowl (from Brady Vardeman). … Assorted 49ers were fined for their recent footwear and hosiery antics (from Barron Calvert). … Oooh, look at these 1920s baseball-head mascot characters. The progenitors of Mr. Met and Mr. Red, perhaps? (Thanks, Vince.) … If you weren’t already convinced that New Year’s Eve is for amateurs, then the Hershey Bears’ special NYE jersey should do the trick (from Stan Capp). … This is pretty good: a high school football team using an NBA logo. That’s Turner High in Kansas (from Terry Duroncelet). … Nebraska made special helmets for their motorcycle police escort at the Corporate Banking Bowl on Jan. 2 (from Brian Hansen). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here’s a good slideshow of Nikegon’s assorted looks over the past decade or so. … Also from yesterday: Here’s a doozy of an item I’ve never seen before — an NFL woodburning kit! … As per their bowl game custom, Notre Dame added NOBs for last night’s game against Florida State. … Here’s a first, at least for me: Al Harrington was playing with his mouthguard tucked into his headband (from Leo Thornton). … Jeff Ash has put together several photo galleries from the 1961 NFL title game between the Packers and the Giants. There’s lots of game action here and here, plus there are separate galleries of the Packers celebrating their victory, the fans celebrating, and fans at the game. … Aussie football news from Jeremy Brahm who reports that the Greater Western Sydney Giants will wear a special jumper for their games in Canberra.
That’s it for today, gang. Whatever your New Year’s plans may be, I hope you have a healthy and a happy. My thanks to each and every one of you for helping to make 2011 a very good year for Uni Watch.
Also, Phil and I will be trading off a few days over the next two weeks. The first of those days is next Monday, when he’ll be pinch-hitting for me. I’ll see you all next Tuesday. Happy New Year, and Peace.