'All the World will Love You Just as Long as You are a Shooting Star'

Shooting Star

By Phil Hecken

As I mentioned last weekend, I had some leftover stuff from the summer, and today is going to be a bit more of that. I’m pleased to welcome back Mark Peterson, who has concepted on Uni Watch several times before, and who has created a fantastic template on which to display his conceptions.

Mark has taken a new look at three teams, two of which I think we can all agree are in desperate need of a makeover (the Astros and Padres — and the Astros will be getting one next season), and one that some feel has achieved a pretty good uni-set right now (the Twins), while others feel it’s less than adequate and they should either fully return to their originals or adopt some form of their modified 1987-2009 (and two-time World Champion) uniforms. Fortunately for us, Mark’s short on words, but extremely long on talent, so let’s take a look at all three of his concepts right now. Click on each image for a full-size version.

We’ll begin with the Twins:

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Twins_nopins - Mark Peterson
“Twins No Pins”

Old 1987-09 Twins home & road set without pinstripes.

Twinsflannel - Mark Peterson
“Twins 62-71″

I’m reviving the Twins best uni set from 1962-71 with old TC cap & added placket and sleeve piping & cleaned up modern Minnie and Paul sleeve patch logo. I used Under Armour’s Legend Gray faux flannel pattern which Paul featured back in his May 14, 2010 on his ESPN column which Paul was nice enough to provide us with a clean shot of the sample swatch on Uni Watch. Thanks, Paul!

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Next, the Padres:

Padresbrownhomes - Mark Peterson

Padresbrownroad - Mark Peterson

PadresbrownALT_BP - Mark Peterson PadresAltBPback - Mark Peterson

“Full Padres set”

What can brown do for you? It makes you look like the San Diego Padres again! Current home script recolored with new sleeve patch logo, vertically arched NOB & serif block numbers; same as roads. Clean brown obligatory alternate jersey & brown batting practice jersey with cap stylized after the 1973-84 chevron cap & 1978-84 numbers.

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Now. All this past week, Paul has been featuring some videos of some songs from the “reverse-engineered Gowanus All-Stars set list.” Having road-tripped with Paul, I’d venture to say that while we have some similar tastes in music (I remember him popping in one of my faves, an Elliot Smith CD, on one of our trips to curling in South Plainfield, NJ, and he immediately went for one of my Rolling Stones CDs in my car on our way to Philly, reminding me that “The Stones are my favorite band”), I’d wager we probably don’t share too many ‘favorite’ artists — still, there is so much great music out there that we could probably always settle on something we’d both enjoy. While I’ve never really fancied “popular” music, and dinosaur classic rock and the Grateful Dead are probably more in my wheelhouse, I’ve always loved Bad Company. I don’t really know why, I just do — and since the splash photo and today’s title both relate to the “shooting star,” give this a play while you read all about Mark’s concept for the Houston Astros (and the rest of this post).

And now, here’s Mark’s Astros concept:

Astroshomes - Mark Peterson

Astrosroads - Mark Peterson

“Reviving the Astros”

Reviving the Astros 1965-70 home & a road jersey with a new primary logo sleeve patch, using an orange circle, the current Texas sleeve patch cleaned up & removed multiple outlines, the jersey wordmark & moving the shooting star so it lands on Houston & a somewhat coincidental 1975-93 uni wordmark & star placement. I really like it when teams incorporate their state into their graphics. The road jersey idea basically evolved into a more balanced cap logo on a gray uni which ended up looking like a PCL Hollywood Stars mimic.

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Thanks Mark! Great concepts — When he first sent these to me, the Astros hadn’t yet tipped their hand as to their 2013 uni set (and they still haven’t, although the rumors as reported by Creamer seem to be that they will go with a modified ‘shooting star’ look — sans shooting star). Hopefully this will not be the case, or perhaps the new Houston ownership will come to their senses and realize this was the best uni-set they ever wore…and would do well to return to — much like Mark has envisioned.

And I think we can all agree that the Padres need to return to gold and brown, like, yesterday. A totally unique scheme in the majors completely forgotten (except for the occasional throwback). Well done, Mark…well done.

What say you readers — what do you think of these?

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50 Years Ago This Week50 Years Ago…This Weekend

Last year, Rick Pearson took us “back in time” to bring us his look at the featured television college football match-up from 50 years ago. (If you’re not familiar with it, this was the inaugural post of “50 Years Ago” from last year — after that, it became a recurring feature on UW for the remainder of the season). Last year, Rick looked at the 1961 season, and fortunately for us, he “uni tracked” the games from 1962 as well, documenting the game via his “kid cards”. Each week this fall, he’ll do the same, again.

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62 Wk 1 Card
Sept. 15, 1962…Miami 23, Pitt 14 at Pitt on CBS

The season kickoff! Teams didn’t/couldn’t play until class was in session back then, so the pros typically started a week or two before them. The one and only college football game on TV for opening weekend of 1962 (in living black and white) was a rematch of last season’s TV opener, this time at Pitt. … Miami still in their Athletic Gold and Kelly; Pitt in what I thought was Navy but may have been Royal. … Gotta love the Spotbilts on Ben Rizzo (don’t know that he ever played in the pros). … The two-stripe crews are nice, too. … Miami’s star was George Mira, who played for the 49ers and Alouettes and ended up leading Birmingham to the first World Bowl title. … Panther Paul Martha (with some kinda high white “look at me” crews over his stirrups?) went on to a decent career with the Steelers and Broncos. … Was a DB, but did play some WR early-on for the Steelers. … Here’s Martha as a regional cover boy the following year for Street & Smith’s.

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Thanks Rick! Note that the cover of S&S asks, “When will the SEC integrate?” — it would be four long years before that would happen — in 1966, to be precise, when Kentucky granted scholarships to Nat Northington and Greg Page (although neither would play that season, since Freshmen were ineligible for the varsity back then), so it would not be until 1967 until on-field integration would fully happen. While such a thing as an “all-white conference” is pretty much unthinkable now, it was SOP until less than 50 years ago. That’s sad.

What’s even sadder is that 1962 was the year the NFL actually forced the Washington Redskins to integrate. That’s right, Jackie broke the MLB color barrier in 1947 and the last team to integrate (the Red Sox) had done so in 1959 with Pumpsie Green. Football, which had actually integrated before baseball, didn’t fully integrate until the NFL basically told racist owner George Preston Marshall he HAD to sign a black player or the team couldn’t use the newly constructed (and paid for with taxpayer funds) stadium. He’d resisted integration until that time, famously boasting, “We’ll start signing Negroes when the Harlem Globetrotters start signing whites.” That was only 50 years ago.

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Stirrup FridayStirrup Fridays…

Because we love the stirrup here at Uni Watch, this section is devoted to those of us who sport the beautiful hose on Fridays — a trend popularized many years ago by Robert P. Marshall, III. For many of us, it’s become a bit of an obsession, but a harmless one — a reflection of our times. Where we once had Friday ties, which has been replaced by Casual Friday — we now have Stirrup Fridays. It’s an endearingly simple concept — no matter where you work (or even if you don’t) — break out a fresh pair of rups to compliment (or clash with) your Friday attire.

So, in the order in which they were received, here we go (click on each thumbnail for a glorious, full size image):

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St. Louis Browns - David Cummings David Cummings:

“I know you do stirrup Friday, but please accept this as a stirrup Sunday. In honour of NFL opening Sunday, I am wearing these (St. Louis Browns) stirrups and knee-highs for the once mighty Browns organization! They actually come close to approximating what the Brownies might wear with their all-whites this year. Notice the helmet logo on the toes of the socks!

Thanks”

David

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Packers - Travis Christopherson Travis Christopherson:

“Stirrup Friday (Thursday Gameday Edition)

Packers-Bears tonight! Crew socks over the ‘rups for an old school look!”

Travis Christopherson
Eau Claire, WI

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Astros Tequila - James Poisso James Poisso:

“Phil,

I might be in NY, but I am sporting my late 70s Astros rainbow stirrups.”

James Poisso

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Ohio Buckeyes - Rick Sanford Rick Sanford:

“Today’s choice was Buckeyes. My family is from Ohio and I grew up an Ohio State fan. Colors happen to match those for my sons high school, so that works for tonight’s football game.”

Rick Sanford

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48 Braves - Blake Pass Blake Pass:

“Sorry for the blurry pic, but here I am in my ’46 Braves ‘rups. I recently acquired them from Comrade Marshall, and I wore them to work today since I will be attending the Nats vs. Braves game tonight.”

Blake Pass

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1967 Senators - David Sanchez David Sanchez:

“Turning back the Socks with some 1967 Washington Senators AKA – TCK Ooops. Thanks again Uni and RPM.”

-David Sanchez

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44 Browns - john kimmerlein John K.

“Still pulling for the Orioles, and had to dig down to some pre-history with the St. Louis Browns stirrups. Legend has it that the big crowds that came out for the minor league Orioles in the 1944 “little world series” (which out-drew the real Browns/Cards World Series that year) helped when the MLB owners were considering the return of a major league team to Baltimore ten years later.”

John K.

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Quackers - David Firestone David Firestone:

“For this week, I chose the quackers design, as I love vertical stripes and this particular color scheme.”

David G. Firestone

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And that ends today’s look at Stirrup Friday — all of you who participate, send me your pics and a brief (~50 words) description of their relevance, and I’ll run ‘em here on Saturday (and sometimes Sunday too!).

If you’re not a member of Stirrup Nation and want to join, just visit Comrade Marshall’s house of hose (and you can see the available selections here) or if you have any questions about the availability of stirrups, drop him a line at rpmarshallart@gmail.com. Robert is looking to run some new selections, which you can see below — which could be great for the college football season. Check it out:

Stirrups -- New Offerings

Let us know in the comments (or shoot either of us an e-mail) which of those you’d like to see for the next round!

OK? OK!

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colorize thisColorize This!

Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.

I’m back with the usual suspects today (George Chilvers and John Turney, but minus Gary Chanko, who sent me another tremendous post that’s probably good enough for a lede), so sit back and enjoy this week’s edition of “Colorize This!”

We’ll begin with George:

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Hamilton-Academical-1910-11 colour - George Chilvers
Hamilton-Academical-1910-11

Phil,

Up to Scotland for this one.

This is a team by the lovely name of Hamilton Academical who still play in the Scottish League. The picture dates from 1910/11 when they reached the Scottish Cup Final. It’s interesting from a uni-POV in that the team had been wearing red and white hoops and then changed to cerise and French grey. It looks like they didn’t have enough new kits to go around as a couple are still in the red and white hoops (in case you’re thinking “well that’s how you’ve coloured it” – the original shows two definite styles). They changed back to red and white hoops a couple of years later and still wear those colours (photo from 18 August).

My favourite thought about this picture though is – “couldn’t they have found somewhere with a little less grass for the photo?”

–George

PS Phil, I’ve also included the original of the De La Salle photo that I forgot to include in the photo I colourised previously.

George also has a second one for us today:

Third Lanark v Queens Park 1901 colour - George Chilvers
Third Lanark v Queens Park 1901

Phil,

Just to round off a celtic trilogy –

This is a piece of match action dating back to 4 May 1901 in Glasgow. The stadium was a temporary one set up for the Glasgow International Exhibition, and the picture shows Third Lanark in the red against Queens Park. Both of these are interesting teams.

Third Lanark folded due to financial difficulties in 1967, but the club had such a “romantic” aura about it that people are now trying to resurrect it, and they are trying to work their way back into the Scottish League slowly working up through the ranks.

Queens Park are a very ancient club and are the only Scottish team to have appeared in the (English) FA Cup Final, in 1884 and 1885. They invented the passing game – before then football had consisted basically of a melee of players surrounding the ball and trying to kick it in the correct direction.

Although now in the fourth level of Scottish league football they play their home games at Hampden Park which has a capacity currently of 54,000 (it was once 125,000). Queens Park’s average home attendance is about 750.

George

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We move on now to John:

cards 49ers color 2 - John Turney
cards 49ers

Cards 49ers color:

Chicago Cardinals versus San Francisco 49ers. Cards in blue jerseys. A fight, not sure who is involved. Did all the usual stuff to colorize and added filters to enhance my colorization. It looks like the black and white film got out of synch in the camera, I left borders in to show that.

–John

Great job, George and John!

That’s all for this time around. Back with more next time!

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“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.

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Oh, sure, there’s always some guy who says, “Yah, but what about…?”…

9-15-12 d-Better FINAL

Click to enlarge

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And that’s it for today kiddies — thanks to Mark, Ricko, John & George, and all the stirrup wearing crazies out in Uni Watchland.

Enjoy the pennant races, the college football (and tomorrow we’ll have Terry D’s “SMUW”, the 5 & 1 featuring Catherine Ryan, and Tim O’Brien’s DuckTracker), and whatever else may be on your agendas. Catch you tomorrow.

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“My wife has this crazy modified version of what you speak of Ricko. She spins, then turns the excess inside out when she’s under half a loaf.”
–Possum

 

100 comments to ‘All the World will Love You Just as Long as You are a Shooting Star’

  • BurghFan | September 15, 2012 at 7:36 am |

    Nitpick: The 1962 NFL regular season went from September 16 to December 16. So the 14-game season coincided with autumn. (The AFL, which seems to have had a harder time securing stadiums, started a week earlier.)

    After he retired from football, Paul Martha became a lawyer who worked for the DeBartolos, and was president of the Penguins for several years.

    • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 8:40 am |

      True. And I’ll hit your “nitpick” back over the net. :)

      Wasn’t talking about regular season, just things in a TV viewing context. And was a little murky in explaining that, I guess.

      We’d see NFL and AFL football exhibition games on TV (national and local) weeks before the college debut, which typically wasn’t until everyone was back on campus. That was the difference between now and then that I was pointing out.

      • BurghFan | September 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm |

        I hadn’t started watching football in 1962, so I’m happy to take your word for it. I am a little surprised that there was an audience for exhibitions back then, especially nationally.

        • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm |

          Yeah, pretty much one exhibition on national TV every weekend, both leagues.

          And they played six of ‘em back then, too, remember.

          So there’d be a month or so of pro football on TV before the colleges got going.

    • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 8:48 am |

      Also, the AFL was savvy enough to realize they could maybe attract some viewers if they could have the football-viewing fans to themselves for a weekend. Not everything they did was because they had organizational or logistic issues. Some of their moves actually were a bit ahead of the curve, especially the way they approached television.

    • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 8:54 am |

      Wow, this’ll make a guy feel old (if you’re old enough to ponder it). It was 50 years ago that Lance Alworth was a rookie. Wore #24 that season, too…
      http://farm4.static....

      • StLMarty | September 15, 2012 at 9:41 am |

        So which one is Lance?
        Psych!

        • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 9:49 am |

          Well, could read the cutline.

          But, if you have to ask… ;)

      • Dirk N. | September 15, 2012 at 10:35 am |

        If this wasn’t such a fuzzy shot, I would definitely not mind seeing this colorized.

        • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 10:58 am |

          Especially because we have yet to see a color action photo of those ’62 home Raiders black and athletic gold unis, the ones with the gold stripe on the helmet (at least I have yet to see one in the past 50 years, even with this Interwebs thing).

          There’s a color action shot or two of the ’60/’61 roads, but so far nothing of the homes from any of their first three seasons.

    • Terry Proctor | September 15, 2012 at 10:23 am |

      The Street and Smith’s photo of Paul Martha was very typical of the day in that he wore no facemask. Almost every “posed” photo of a football player had him wearing a helmet sans mask. They had a maskless helmet that was used by more than one player for photos. This trend continued into the late 1960s.

      • quiet seattle | September 15, 2012 at 11:22 am |

        And look at the Martha’s sleeves….

        http://farm9.staticf...

        Tight and snug, almost form-fitting…and suitable for stripes, sweet stripes. We will see the return of these jerseys once the ridiculous tank top fad runs its course. (Martha does sacrafice the tatoos emblazoned across his shoulders and biceps, but, oh well… ;)

        • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 11:38 am |

          Hey, it’s all about showing off the guns…
          http://1.bp.blogspot...

        • Terry Proctor | September 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm |

          I hope they do return to sleeves like Martha’s. Funny, I don’t remember players in his era complaining about jersey fit and sleeve length. Maybe they were just happy to be on the team.

    • Jim Vilk | September 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm |

      Mr. Martha was also president of the Pittsburgh Maulers:
      http://sportsillustr...

  • timmy b | September 15, 2012 at 8:22 am |

    John T,

    Awesome find of the Cardinals-49ers!

    Thinking this game was a preseason affair from either 1953 (Sunday 9/13) or 1954 (Sunday 8/29). Both of those games were played at Kezar Stadium.

    • timmy b | September 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm |

      With help from Bill S., the pic appears to be from the 8/28/1954 preseason game.

      • LarryB | September 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm |

        Cool colorization of the game.

        Nice work by George too as always.

    • John Turney | September 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm |

      Thanks, didn’t know what year it was, but assumed it was Kezar since 49ers were in red so Cards had to travel with their blues

  • Video Ads? | September 15, 2012 at 8:27 am |

    Not liking the large video ad I had to view just to get to the comments.

    • George Chilvers | September 15, 2012 at 9:03 am |

      I used to have loads of trouble with adverts taking over or freezing screens when viewing all sites, but a few weeks ago I changed browser to Google Chrome and installed AdBlocker, and (touch wood) everything runs smoothly for me now.

      Mind you, I do miss the mature ladies available for dating in my area now ….. :(

      • The Jeff | September 15, 2012 at 9:06 am |

        Firefox with NoScript also works fairly well in stopping the annoyances of advertisements.

        • George Chilvers | September 15, 2012 at 9:20 am |

          But do you still get the mature ladies, The?

        • The Jeff | September 15, 2012 at 9:34 am |

          Only when I’m looking for them. ;)

          It blocks pretty much everything (You have the option of temporarily or permanently allowing any given site, and can reset those choices whenever you want). The biggest drawback is that so many sites rely on scripting and external content, that it can be hard to figure out which thing to allow in order to watch an embedded video or a slideshow without accidentally enabling an ad instead.

  • Kevin P. | September 15, 2012 at 8:39 am |

    Glad David loves “vertical stripes” when referring to his horizontally-striped stirrups..

    • Tim E. O'B | September 15, 2012 at 10:42 am |

      You’ve never made a mistake, right guy who thinks an ellipsis is two periods…?

      Borderline clown comment, bro! ;)

    • Terry Proctor | September 15, 2012 at 10:43 am |

      We used to stock dozens upon dozens of those Northwestern-striped stirrups in several colors of stripes back in the day. Our Twin City rep would come in to see us in January and we’d write the order. There were three sizes of stirrups. Little League, Pony/Babe Ruth League and Major League.

      They came from TCK in these metallic gold boxes, one dozen per box. Since most teams bought 15 pair at a time we’d make up boxes of 15 in the most-popular colors and keep them in a back area where we also kept our stock baseball pants. Any extra socks were placed out front for retail sale. We always had people coming in for an extra pair or two.

      Special styles were not a problem. We just called TCK on their 800 line, ordered whatever you needed and usually has your stirrups in less than a week. This was before fax machines and computers but somehow it always worked.

      • Phil Hecken | September 15, 2012 at 10:49 am |

        “We just called TCK on their 800 line, ordered whatever you needed and usually has your stirrups in less than a week. This was before fax machines and computers but somehow it always worked.”

        ~~~

        im quite certain robert has similar customer service satisfaction stories

  • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 9:39 am |

    “so it would not be until 1967 until on-field integration would fully happen.”

    Amazing. It took us only two years longer to put a man on the moon than it did to integrate the SEC.

    • The Jeff | September 15, 2012 at 9:41 am |

      So… extrapolating a bit… we’ll have a colony on Mars like 5 years after gay marriage is legal in “the South”?

      • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 9:51 am |

        I dunno…one of those seems pretty much beyond our reach.

        • Tony C | September 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm |

          i know right.. we’re never going to see gay marriage allowed in the south..

        • Komet17 | September 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm |

          Good.

  • Tenz | September 15, 2012 at 9:50 am |

    Question for the Uniwatchers — in yesterday’s cache of those great Seattle Pilots photos, there are two shots where you can see the back of the 1969 White Sox road uniforms and both cases it’s virtually impossible to make out any number or name on back. That would imply to me that the # and NOB are white (outlined in blue) on the light blue / gray jersey. I have a replica of that classic White Sox jersey and the numbers are blue (no NOB), and have also seen photos where the numbers / NOB are clearly blue. Do we know, did the Sox first try white numbers and NOB with that design and then switch to blue because the white were too hard to see (as these photos would suggest)?

    • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 9:53 am |

      White Sox’ road jersey front wordmark and numbers in ’69 and ’70 were white edged in blue. Not sure about NOB.

      • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 10:01 am |

        ’69 roads (can tell by the MLB sleeve patch)…
        http://www.vintageca...

        • Tenz | September 15, 2012 at 11:02 am |

          Thanks, a beautiful shot. I really love that jersey and had for years assumed the number on back and NOB were white to match the front, and was disappointed years later to see a couple shots including the link below that clearly show blue #s and name on back. But I’d say the Pilots photos yesterday suggest right at the start of the ’69 season (and that was the matchup for the opening series of that season, most of those day-game shots vs. the Sox were probably from the maiden Pilot home game), the Sox may have started out with white #s on the back because it definitely looks like no blue numbers in these shots.

          Here’s one of those shots vs. Pilots

          http://www.seattlepi...

          And here’s the other…

          http://www.seattlepi...

          (this one almost looks like white # and blue NOB). And here’s the link to a 1970 Topps baseball card that does in the background clearly show the blue # and NOB…

          http://www.google.co...)

        • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 11:12 am |

          Yup. Looks like they changed the back numbers, alright.

    • Michael Emody | September 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
      • Tenz | September 16, 2012 at 10:29 am |

        Wow, now THAT’S definitive. Many thanks. Wish they’d used a bolder blue outline on the white #s and NOB and also switched to navy blue — I always thought the 69-70 Sox uniforms would have worked better in navy than royal blue (the trim on the collar and end of the sleeves was navy for some reason). I’ve always thought the white lettering on light blue / gray of the “Chicago” chest logo looked great and the back could have looked just as nice had they provided adequate dark outlining.

  • ScottyM | September 15, 2012 at 9:58 am |

    Good work on the redesigns, both the Padres and the ‘Stros.

    I’m afraid the ‘Stros’ design will be mediocre next year, and the Padres should’ve returned to brown/gold, for sure.

    • DJ | September 15, 2012 at 10:08 am |

      The Astros away is not quite right; the “balanced” chest logo clashes with the classic cap logo. Otherwise, the concepts are very nice.

      • The Jeff | September 15, 2012 at 10:28 am |

        I think it’d work better if it just mimicked the home uniform with HOUSTON text and the shooting star.

        …and the whole thing needs more orange.

    • Tenz | September 15, 2012 at 11:18 am |

      Very nice work. The Texas silhouette with the star of the original Astros logo landing on Houston’s location is genius.

    • Jim Vilk | September 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm |

      Yes, good work, Mark.

      I’d rather see the Astros in orange caps, but if all three teams used your designs I’d have no complaints.

      • concealed78 | September 17, 2012 at 10:32 am |

        Thanks, Scotty, DJ, Tenz & Jim. The Houston road was something I was banging my head against & saw the HOUSTON-shooting star idea from another concept in Paul’s Astros contest so I had to do something different.

        I’m not a fan of repeating identical graphics on unis (which is why I like(d) it when the A’s, Yankees, Tigers do it) which is why I didn’t put the cap logo on the road uni.

  • Tim E. O'B | September 15, 2012 at 10:46 am |

    My Guess today on the ducks:

    Green Chrome series helmet http://img.photobuck...
    Rose Bowl jersey http://img.photobuck...
    Fighting-Ducks-green pants

    http://img.photobuck...

  • boxcarvibe | September 15, 2012 at 11:13 am |

    Ricko,

    Todays “Benchies” is awesome. And who said “Benchies” wasn’t funny…

    • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 11:50 am |

      Thanks. Whoever Mick is with, she sure is liking that foot massage, huh.

      • Jim Vilk | September 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm |

        Oh, he’s with someone? I thought he was checking out his latest pair of stirrups in the mirror.

        Either way, I concur – awesome Benchies today.

    • Coleman | September 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm |

      Is it bad that some days I’d gladly take college football over the, um, alternative?

      Awesome installment today, Ricko.

      • LarryB | September 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm |

        It was a good one

  • quiet seattle | September 15, 2012 at 11:42 am |

    Beautiful work, as always, concealed.

    The “Twins 61-72″ is real nice. Love the faux flannel roads. (But I have to admit, the cream, striped home uniform they wore all last year in honor of Harmon Killebrew is my all-time favorite Twins outfit).

    The Padres current set is fine but absolutely invisible. You’ve shown that with brown and yellow the uniform shines and becomes instantly distinctive.

    The Astos home uniform is perfect. Something seems unbalanced on the road set, but I like your thinking. Maybe lose the front number, swith the Star H to the opposite side, and fill in the rest of the chest with OUSTON.

    • concealed78 | September 17, 2012 at 10:35 am |

      Thanks. The pins are my favorite Twins set too & wanted to see it with placket piping. Yeah the Astros road was basically “this is it at the deadline so here it is”.

  • Phil in Joplin | September 15, 2012 at 11:48 am |

    Oklahoma State vs U.La uniforms – Black helmets, orange jerseys, orange pants. pic.twitter.com/Vz8YYcp7

    • Phil Hecken | September 15, 2012 at 11:54 am |

      here…lemme help ya out with that

      • Phil in Joplin | September 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm |

        Thanks Phil. I was juggling a baby while I was typing that up. Clearly, I can only do so much multitasking.

        • Coleman | September 16, 2012 at 12:06 am |

          Juggling a baby!? That sounds dangerous.

  • Jim Vilk | September 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm |

    Having road-tripped with Paul, I’d venture to say that while we have some similar tastes in music

    I’d venture to say that Phil’s version of hell would be road-tripping in my car with my music…

    Shooting Star is one we can agree on, though.

  • DJ | September 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm |

    Last night UNLV played Washington State. I really liked that glossy gray helmet of UNLV’s. Match the face mask to the helmet color, and it would really work for Ohio State as well.

    • Phil Hecken | September 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm |

      for two teams who sport very similar colours (white, gray and a version of red), last evening featured a very good looking matchup

      • LarryB | September 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm |

        I am very partial to UNLV unis. I do like that look and I do like that shade of gray for a helmet. I like Washington State unis too.

    • The Jeff | September 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm |

      That’s exactly the color that tOSU’s helmets should be. But if they actually made that change, half of this stupid city would probably riot.

  • Paul Stave | September 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm |

    Watching Neb and ArkSt. Even though helmets are more complex in their shape and design, which I am sure makes the placing of the logo more difficult, the basic N looks even more sweet and stylish on the Neb helmet.

    Paul Stave
    Cheney WA

  • Coleman | September 15, 2012 at 4:07 pm |

    Portland Timbers Defender Kosuke Kimura is playing with a broken nose, and is wearing a facemask. No pic yet, but I cannot imagine playing 90 minutes of soccer with one of those on.

    Sidenote, Seattle’s kit is hideous. Powder blue and chartreuse, or whatever they call it. Yuck.

    • The Ghost of Ross Gload | September 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm |

      Looks like Kimura made it through the game.

      Earlier this year, Sporting KC’s Aurelien Collin suffered a facial fracture, and was supposed to wear a mask for a couple of weeks when he returned to play. He didn’t even make it through ten minutes of his first game back before ditching it.

      I believe those Seattle kits are 70s-style NASL Sounders throwbacks, but with the colors dialed up to hideous. Bleh.

      • Coleman | September 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm |

        Didn’t get to watch the rest of the match as the WVU game has taken priority.

        I can’t imagine how uncomfortable he was for that match.

    • Jim Vilk | September 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm |

      Crap…I forgot NBC was carrying that game. I was going to set my VCR, too.

      • Coleman | September 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm |

        Your VCR huh? Either you’re attempting to insult soccer, which doesn’t surprise or impress me, or you’re even older than I thought…

        /don’t hate

        • Jim Vilk | September 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm |

          No insult intended…I’m just old.

        • Coleman | September 16, 2012 at 12:04 am |

          Aw, now I feel bad. Haha.

  • BurghFan | September 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Simply Moono | September 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm |

      Those bumblebees had too much McDonald’s.

  • LarryB | September 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm |

    Glad to see 50 years ago back from Ricko.

    I forget if I asked or you talked about this before. Did you do those during the games or after the game was on TV?

    • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm |

      Usually during the game.
      Or at least I’d do a version in pencil and finish it later.

      • LarryB | September 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm |

        ok, I was curious.

  • Coleman | September 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm |

    Interesting field treatment for the WVU game against James Madison. They’re playing at FedEx field. The Redskins logo is still at midfield, but the endzones have the school’s helmet and name.

    • Douglas King | September 16, 2012 at 2:40 am |

      I’m going to chalk it up to laziness on the grounds keeper, last year the Navy-Army graphics were still on the field when the Redskins played there the next day.

  • Simply Moono | September 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm |

    Are there any other uni-notable games from today that I missed? I feel like I’m missing a bunch of stuff. Please comment below anything that you come across. Please and thank you in advance =)

    • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm |

      Utah State in gray over navy vs. Wisconsin.

      • Wheels | September 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm |

        Those sweatboxes are brutal.

    • Douglas King | September 16, 2012 at 2:42 am |

      Georgia Tech has 2 white jerseys again this year, presumably 1 for home and the other for away, they wore the home ones today (or I guess yesterday now).

      They are identical to the ones in the promo pics (was hoping those didn’t exist)

      • J.R. Clark | September 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm |

        Those Tech jerseys are an abomination. Do 18-year olds REALLY think those jerseys look good?

  • Phil Hecken | September 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm |

    This Missouri helmet sucks…last weeks matte hat with he negative space tigger was much better

    • Coleman | September 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm |

      Did you suffer a blow to the head recently? You should go lie down. You’re talking nonsense.

    • chuck | September 15, 2012 at 11:12 pm |

      I agree. I have a hard time seeing the tiger on the helmet on t.v.

  • anonymous | September 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm |

    North Texas/Kansas State has great Top Five potential for tomorrow. Just a suggestion, though.

    • anonymous | September 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm |

      And Central Connecticut State/New Hampshire could be a solid Honorable Mention.

    • anonymous | September 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm |

      Texas A&M/SMU is very nice.

  • Coleman | September 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm |

    Don’t know if this has been mentioned before, but Tennessee’s compression shirt has their trademark checkerboard pattern on the underarm side…

    Here’s a pic from another game… http://i.imgur.com/F...

    • Simply Moono | September 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm |

      Yep. Mentioned it in week 1.

  • Patrick_in_MI | September 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm |

    I liked the NOB on those Astros concepts.

    • Jim Vilk | September 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm |

      Same here. The Brewers should have gone back to the AL, instead of the Astros.

      • Ricko | September 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm |

        I suppose they’re imagining some kind of great intrastate Astros-Rangers rivalry and ticket-selling bonanza for the Astros (don’t think the Rangers need much help these days).

        A question (because I honestly don’t know the answer), has the wonderful Cubs-Brewers rivalry actually materialized as someone must have envisioned it would? I mean, did they really think it would instantly be like, or supplant, Cubs-Cardinals?

        I ask because I know a lot of folks around here miss Twins-Brewers.

  • JessF | September 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm |

    Giants are wearing their Sunday “SF” jerseys tonight vs. Arizona in purple throwbacks.

  • Silver Creek Doug | September 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm |

    The Holy War is color vs color.

    Utah in their home reds versus BYU in blue over white.

    • Phil Hecken | September 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm |

      they’ve actually gone colour vs. colour before, and utah looks awful in their all reds…

      said it before and i’ll say it again — some color v. color matchups, even if there’s no problem telling the teams apart, don’t look good — this is one of them…

    • anonymous | September 15, 2012 at 11:45 pm |

      There was talk last year that all BYU/Utah games in all sports would be color vs. color from now on, but last week’s volleyball game featured Utah in red and BYU in white.

  • Caleb | September 15, 2012 at 10:45 pm |

    Lol on that Astros concept. NLFOREVER!

  • Craig | September 17, 2012 at 11:56 am |

    please make those old gold/navy stirrups