By Phil Hecken
Well, the big day is FINALLY here. The Granddaddy. Is. Today. Oregon versus Wisconsin.
Today is the Rose Bowl, the ONLY bowl that, while corporately sponsored, still maintains some semblance of past glory. So traditional that you can look back on a game from decades ago and still recognize both teams. We will look back on this game decades from now and instantly recognize both teams, right? Of course not, this isn’t your granddaddy’s Rose Bowl anymore.
No, we’re in the age of marketing by press release and hype. Both teams today will be wearing *special* uniforms, designed JUST for the big game. And their manufacturers are driving the hype train — Nike and Oregon, and adidas and Wisconsin. Both teams have gone in markedly (pun firmly intended) different directions for their one-offs.
Let’s look at the B1G representative first. I don’t even need to do any research — Wisconsin’s Press Release does all the work for me — such is the state of journalism today:
“PASADENA, Calif. – December 30, 2011 – Today, the University of Wisconsin unveiled special edition adidas football uniforms that the Badgers will wear for the 98th annual Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012.
“The Badgers’ new look is inspired by the tradition of the Rose Bowl and the school’s back-to-back trips to Pasadena. The white and red uniform features a ‘Battle Rose’ design, including rose petal graphics within the jersey numbers, motion W helmet logo and stripes, adidas TechFit compression base layer and adizero gloves.”
So far, so good. And that will probably be a very nice look, and one which doesn’t stray too far from the Badgers’ normal unis. 50 years from now, I’ll probably recognize them. The uniform description actually appears in the first two grafs of the release.
How about their opponents, the Ducks? Let’s go to their press release:
Of the 17 paragraphs in that release, only the last four actually describe kind of what the uniform will look like:
“The uniform wouldn’t be complete without combining these innovations with a nod to the Duck’s rich heritage. Design elements include:
• A new look for the helmet featuring bright wings atop a mirrored appearance using a LiquidMetal black finish never before seen on the field. Though the wings are featured on the side, the iconic Oregon “O” still appears on the helmet located in a unique top-center placement.”
Interesting. What’s even more interesting is that not ONCE in that press release are the words “green” or “yellow” (the schools, ya know, actual official colors) mentioned. Sure, we get “LiquidMetal black” and bolder numbers that “shift in color as they move” — to me they look sorta brownish (like an actual mallard), but it will all depend on the light.
Like all of Nike’s uni unveils, they love to show the uniform in dark shadow. I can confirm, however that it is indeed green. And, as we can also see, they’ve finally dumped the Bellotti Bold font they’ve worn for several years.
Normally, I grade the pro combat uniforms (although I do couch the grades by saying “I’ll need to see it on the field”) but I don’t even want to hazard a guess for Nikegon’s latest. That helmet, with its “BlackMetal” finish could either be outstanding, or perhaps the worst thing to ever see the field since the last color shifting helmet the Ducks unveiled. I like the idea of the “color shifting” numbers, but again — they could really look awful on the field. Whatever the Ducks do look like, they will certainly make an impression.
So, let’s let the game begin. If you’re still not sold on what these unis will look like…
here’s a little teaser for Wisconsin:
and one for the Ducks:
And a Hockey Game too!…
…we hope. High temps and rain are wreaking a bit of havoc with today’s scheduled Winter Classic between the Rangers and the Flyers at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philly. In fact, the scheduled 1:00pm ET start has been moved back to 3:00pm. Further details here.
But the two teams have revealed their special uniforms for the game, and they look to be pretty nice. Here are the Flyers:
And the Rangers:
(Images from Icethetics)
Let’s hope for clear cool skies and a game that doesn’t run into the Rose Bowl…enjoy!
50 Years Ago…This Weekend
Back again with Rick Pearson who is here to bring us his look at the featured television college football matchup from 50 years ago. As always, Rick documented the game via his “kid cards”.
Another big set today, because 50 years ago they played ALL the big bowls ON New Year’s Day, not like now. Even more shockingly, none of the games were on ESPN. So here is the ever-indispensable Ricko:
New Year’s Day. Big Day. The four major bowls for our viewing pleasure, one of them the first football game telecast nationally in color (which meant the other three were in black & white), so we’ll again keep it short.
Jan. 1, 1962: The ORANGE BOWL (LSU vs. Colorado on ABC)
I got LSU’s number wrong, I guess. … They’d been black, but apparently may have been changed to purple as far back as when the TV’s were moved to the sleeves in 1959. … Also, I show a narrow gold edge on Colorado’s numbers, which looks like it may have been the case. … It was very, very narrow, however. … Was wrong about any gold on the helmet graphic, though. … Colorado had two black stripes at the top of their crew socks.
Jan. 1, 1962: The COTTON BOWL (Texas vs. Mississippi on CBS)
Practically a home game for the Longhorns. … At least by now I had figured out Mississippi’s helmets were royal blue, not red (hey, next to the navy jersey in black & white they looked like they’d be red; who figured two different shades of blue). … Rebels went with red stirrups for this one.
Jan. 1, 1962: The ROSE BOWL (Minnesota vs. UCLA on NBC)
Ta-DAAA!!! “Brought to you in living color…” (we didn’t have a color TV, so didn’t matter much to me) the granddaddy of them all. … With UCLA wearing having a set of powder blues, NBC must have figured it would help the broadcast, and not harm the black & white version, to make it color-on-color. … That’s a single maroon stripe on the Gophers’ crew socks, their standard look.
>>NEXT WEEK, the Senior Bowl and the short-lived U.S. Bowl wrap things up for “50 Years Ago This Weekend.”
Wow. A color-versus-color bowl game? Amazing! They’d never do that today, would they…
I kid of course — just busting Rick’s chops a bit. But I do want to again thank Rick for the amazing — and I do mean AMAZING — season-long lookback at the 1961 season via the Kid Cards. I’m off next weekend, but Paul will be running the final two games from 50 Years Ago-This Week, 1961. And as luck would have it, Ricko ALSO did the entire 1962 season in Kid Cards, so we can look forward to this fun and educational feature during the 2012 NCAA season as well.
New NCAA BOWL Rundown
In what became an outstanding regular feature during the regular season, my buddy Terry Duroncelet is here to give us the uni machinations and assorted athletic aesthetics for the first batch of Bowl Games (up the
Christian Sammich Chick-fil-A Bowl). What follows is the most awesome post-season rundown of the NCAA I’ve ever seen, so kick back and enjoy the ride. Here’s Terry:
Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Hearth’s Warming/etc. and New Year’s. Now we move on to the part of the column where we read a huge write-up on college football uniforms and you wonder how I felt proofreading the entire thing =)
-Gildan New Mexico Bowl (held Saturday, December 17th, 2011); the University of Wyoming Cowboys in white helmets, brown jerseys, and white pants, and the Temple University Owls in their standard cherry lids, white jerseys, and white tiled pants. Nothing too wild here (I wish WYO wore this), but Temple did go with a BLOB. No, I’m not referring to Muk from Pokémon, that stands for Bowl Logo On Back.
-Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (held Saturday, December 17th, 2011); the Utah State University Aggies in white helmets, navy jerseys, and white pants, and the Ohio University Bobcats wearing an all-white look as the road team. Nothing too mind-boggling (although personally, I rarely see Ohio wear all-white), but a fun game to watch, as the Bobcats pulled out a second-half comeback for their first bowl win in school history, and on the blue turf, to boot!
-R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (held Saturday, December 17th, 2011); the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns in black helmets, red jerseys, and black pants, and the San Diego State University (or “CSU, San Diego”, if “SDSU” is too mainstream for you) Aztecs in their standard road look of red helmets, white jerseys, and black pants. I kinda feel bad for LA-Lafayette, because no matter what combination they choose, they’ll always look like these jerks. Not the best look to wear in Louisiana =/ But hey, when you make game-winning plays like this, you can wear Falconesque uniforms in Louisiana whenever you want.
-Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl (held Tuesday, December 20th, 2011); the Panthers of Florida International University went with their standard full-navy uniforms against the Marshall University Thundering Herd in all-white (note #2’s mismatched arm-warmer number). Remember when I mentioned that T.Y. Hilton (#4) was wearing a Nike Pro Combat HyperStrong compression shirt back in Week 2 against Louisville? An FIU kicker was doing the same thing in the bowl game. Also, the guys at ESPN were doing that thing where they use a video game to predict the outcome of the real game, but they had Marshall and FIU in the wrong uniforms: Marshall in green tops in the simulation, and FIU in last year’s all-white model. Oh, and that scrap at the end of the game wasn’t cool at all. Nowhere near as extreme as FIU’s more infamous fight against Miami (FL) years ago, but still dumb nonetheless.
-San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (held Wednesday, December 21st, 2011); the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs in the standard red helmets, blue jerseys, and white pants in their match-up against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in the purple lids with white jerseys and pants. Did I mention how much I hate Athletic Block (I’m going off the Nike Team Uniform Builder guide. They call the non-shadowed version “Nike True Block”, but I’m calling it Athletic Block)? LA Tech’s uniforms would be perfect if they used a real block font on their jerseys. But still a good-looking game, regardless.
-Maaco Bowl Las Vegas (held Thursday, December 22nd, 2011); the Arizona State University Sun Devils and the Boise State University Broncos: two teams that always have you guessing what uniform combination they’re gonna wear. Boise State decided to throw in one more smurf suit for this college season (note the TV number on the Pro Combat helmet), while Arizona State went with white jerseys as the road team, with black helmets (not bad), and black pants (awful). I also want to say congratulations to Kellen Moore on 50 career college wins; the most in college football history. I wonder if #11 will get a commemorative jersey with #50 on it… Too bad he had to settle for a non-BCS bowl. This sign has never been any more true.
-Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (held Saturday, December 24th, 2011); the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles showed up to the game wearing an all-black uniform with a new helmet design (here’s the right side). I think this is their fourth of the season? I’m having about as hard of a time keeping up with their helmets as Goku does with his levels of grandpaism. Meanwhile, the University of Nevada (in Reno) Wolf Pack wore their standard road uniform of the navy helmets with pewter grey facemasks, with white jerseys and pants.
-AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl (held Monday, December 26th, 2011); the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in their standard Carolina Blue tops, lids, and white pants, while the University of Missouri Tigers went with white tops and black pants. I didn’t catch much of the game because I had what would turn out to be an epic game to get ready for, but I watched the UNC/Mizzou game thinking “Wow. To think that we won’t be seeing that tired-ass template ever again as of next year (at least with Mizzou).”
-Little Caesars Bowl (held Tuesday, December 27th, 2011); The Purdue University Boilermakers decided to go mono-black vs. the Western Michigan University Broncos. Ya know, WMU makes brown, metallic gold, and black look really good. Don’t know why. Oh, well.
-Belk Bowl (held Tuesday, December 27th, 2011); University of Louisville Cardinals in all-white and North Carolina State University Wolfpack in all-red. Simple as that. Although it should be noted that there was a lot of red in a stadium that usually sees a lot of Electric Blue and black.
-Military Bowl (held Wednesday, December 28th, 2011); the United States Air Force Academy in their standard white helmets, blue jerseys, and white pants, and the University of Toledo on their blue lids, white jerseys, and blue pants (gotta hole in yer pants there, #98). Nothing too different… except for the helmet decals. Both teams wore S&S decals to ring in the 2011 Military Bowl. Could’ve been worse…
-Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (held Wednesday, December 28th, 2011); the Longhorns of U Texas, Austin in their tried-and-true home Burnt/Texas Orange jerseys with white helmets and pants, facing off against the Golden Bears of the University of California, Berkeley. Cal wore their somewhat standard blue lids, white tops, and blue pants. Nothing special, but the bowl logo looks pretty cool.
-Champs Sports Bowl (held Thursday, December 29th, 2011); The University of Notre Dame Fighting
Peter Griffins Irish added player names to the back of their jerseys. No, the Mayans aren’t getting a head start on the end of the world, that’s a standard practice for Notre Dame. I’m sure most of you reading this already knew, but for those who don’t, they add player names to the jerseys for bowl games only. And the Florida State University Seminoles were — of course — looking like the ‘Noles. However, I wish that they would use the number font from their 2009 Nike Pro Combat uniforms. And while looking for that image, I found this hilarious photoshopped picture. What are they trying to say? “I’ll see your golden domes and raise you one pair of golden boots.” said FSU Kicker Dustin Hopkins to the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame had some new cleats, too, from Adidas’s new “Smoke” line. *Mr. Mackey voice* Smoking’s bad, m’kay, Adidas? If you promote smoking, you’re bad, m’kay? *normal voice* One more thing: Notre Dame Linebacker Dan Fox (#48) ripped the glove off of Florida State Wide Receiver Rashad Greene’s (#80) left hand with 13:18 left to play and threw it back behind him.
-Valero Alamo Bowl (held Thursday, December 29th, 2011); The Baylor University Bears, lead by a thousand different uniform vendors, random shades of gold, and Heisman Trophy-winner Robert Griffin III, broke out new matte green helmets with their green jerseys and white pants. On the other side, the University of Washington Huskies football team must’ve been on a Star Wars binge during their stay in San Antonio, because they came out wearing a full-Stormtrooper suit.
-New Era Pinstripe Bowl (held Friday, December 30th, 2011); The Iowa State University Cyclones wore special jerseys for this game modeled by Michele Bachmann earlier in the week. Nah, I kid, they actually looked like the Cyclones (even though that means that they look a lot like USC), and the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights looked like the Scarlet Knights (well, more like the Ivory Knights, but hey, they were the road team).
-Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (held Friday, December 30th, 2011); The Brigham Young University Cougars and the Tulsa University Golden Hurricane wore digital camo helmet decals and helmet stripes for this game. I think it worked a little better for BYU, because I could barely see them, and sometimes I couldn’t tell whether or not the clear/gold awards (for academics, unless I’m mistaken) were placed over the main logo. As for the uniforms, Tulsa went mono-blue. Not my favorite look, although that number font is really cool. BYU went with their all-white uniforms. A clean, classy look, slightly sullied only by the somewhat incognito helmet graphics.
-Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (held Friday, December 30th, 2011); The Wake Forest University Demon Deacons went with their standard home uniform of black helmets and jerseys with gold pants. However, it was more of a home game for the visiting Mississippi State University Bulldogs. who went with a mono-white uniform and their matte maroon helmets. Also, one of the MSU players had his undershirt pulled by a Deacon, creating some maroon-colored Laffy Taffy. MOAR COWBELL!!!
-Insight Bowl (held Friday, December 30th, 2011); The University of Oklahoma Sooners wore a brand-new fancy shoe known as Nike’s new Vapor Talon Elite cleats. Not bad. As for the uniforms, Oklahoma looked like their usual selves (which isn’t a bad thing), and so did the University of Iowa Hawkeyes (again, not a bad thing). High-fives all-around for a great-looking game.
-Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl [or something like that] (held Saturday, December 31st, 2011); The Northwestern University Wildcats played their last football game as an “Adidas school”, as they will be protecting Evanston/Chicago next season. They went out with their purple jerseys and helmets with black pants, while the Texas A&M University Aggies — who, conversely, played their last game as a Big XII school — wore white jerseys with maroon helmets and pants. An O.K.-looking game.
-Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (held Saturday, December 31st, 2011); The Bruins of the University of California, Los Angeles in their standard home uniform (fingers crossed that the TechFit crap gets scrapped next season), and the University of Illinois in their white jerseys, orange helmets, and pretty decent orange pants (fingers crossed that they get new, better-looking uniforms next season). Nothing out of the ordinary here.
Sunbowlker Sun Bowl (held Saturday, December 31st, 2011); one of the more fun “non-BCS” bowl games of the post-season (besides the Cotton Bowl) in my opinion. Unfortunately, the uniforms worn by the University of Utah Utes and the Yellow Jackets of the Georgia Institute of Technology (or Georgia Tech, for those scratching their heads) were only good in terms of color contrast. The designs were kinda miserable. I wasn’t too big a fan of the match-up either, because I really don’t like the Utes (all because of a Sugar Bowl game a few years back), but my sister (who’s a UGA grad student) would kill me if I cheered for GT. Utah DB Mo Lee used those “Swag” bands that you see players wearing all the time to create some makeshift striped socks.
-AutoZone Liberty Bowl (held Saturday, December 31st, 2011); The University of Cincinnati Bearcats were in their usual mono-white road uniforms, but with different helmets. They were matte black helmets with the C paw logo on the left side, and a T.V. number on the right side. I like. The Vanderbilt University Commodores went with a mono-black uniform with their gold helmets. I do not like. The one time it would’ve been perfect to break out the black helmets, and you don’t do it? Dumb. But then again, I’m not a big fan of that uniform anyway.
-Chick-Fil-A Bowl (held Saturday, December 31st, 2011); It was like Christmas Part 2 for fans of the colors navy and orange, as the Auburn University Tigers and the University of Virginia Cavaliers went color vs. color. Auburn in their standard home uniform, and UVA in their orange jerseys, navy pants, and a brand-new orange helmet, which is one of the greatest orange helmets that I’ve EVER seen.
Wow. Just wow. Thanks Terry!
by Rick Pearson
The cosmos being aligned as they are, we have New Year’s Day +1…
And of course, your full-size.
We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.
And so, lets begin:
We start with Kevin New, who has some new looks for the Astros:
Phil, I am one of the many devoted Astros fans here in Houston that has hated the uniforms ever since the team got away from the orange/navy era.
My uni concepts were developed with that color scheme and logo as a foundation to build from. Houston fans are hoping that with the change in ownership and leagues, a new uniform/color scheme/logo will follow. Anything will be better than continuing to look like the Arizona Diamondbacks’ older brother.
Thanks for the great website,
Next up is Skott Schoonover, who has some Clippers reduxes…
We close with Josh Sondelski, who has a Falcons concept:
Here’s a Falcons concept I threw together today.
And that’s it for today. Back soon with more.
MoVi’s ALL OREGON 5 &
And now the portion of the post I wait all year for — the special, all-Oregon Five and
Now, you know that Oregon has done the one thing they could do for the Rose Bowl (and likely for all next season) that MIGHT land Oregon in a future 5 & 1 (on the good side) — and that is to dump Bellotti. But they kept the B-Bold all season long, so Oregon was successfully kept from ever sniffing the promised land … but they did achieve the dreaded AND-1 status one time.
Well, as a special favor to me, I get to see Oregon in the top 5 spots one time during the season. Let’s see how Jimmer ranked them:
Ho Ho Ho…I mean, Quack Quack Quack…
Yes, it’s that time of year when I give Phil his present…an all-Oregon Top Five list. Now, in the spirit of peace on Earth, goodwill to all, I’m dispensing with the &1 (besides, astute Uni-Watchers remember what it was anyway) and I’m going to be as positive as I can. So, without further delay, I give you the first Ducks 5 & None:
5. vs. Missouri State – The carbon lid isn’t bad when surrounded by lots of school colors.
4. vs. UCLA – Why yes, those pants are very slimming.
3. at Colorado – Would have looked better on a cloudy day, but it still would have been #3.
2. at Arizona – Color-wise, this one was my favorite.
1. vs. Oregon State – I probably could have made this a Week 13 Honorable Mention, huh?
Well, there you go. A joyous season to you, Phil, and to all of you. Peace.
And a joyous season to you as well Jim. Remember the Ducks in the final bowl wrap, since they’ll be sans-Bellotti…right???
That’s all folks. Enjoy your sports-filled day — one of the greatest days in sports. And GO DUCKS!
“The parade rout is lined with churches, and the city of Pasadena said that they won’t hold the parade, thus the game, on a Sunday. The ‘Never on Sunday’ policy was instituted in order ‘to avoid frightening horses tethered outside local churches and thus interfering with worship services’.” — Dante