By Phil Hecken
It’s week four of the NCAAFB season, so it’s about time for the uni-shenanigans, no? Sure it is.
Today, in a fairly un-well-kept secret, the West Virginia Mountaineers, they of blue and gold, will join the ranks of the “gray for gray’s sake” (GFGS) donning teams as they will sport this full-gray uniform versus the University of Maryland. More on that in a second.
Never one to let Nike have all the fun with alternate uniforms, the Under Armour-clad Terrapins will be holding a “white out” of their own, wearing not just a white helmet (with ‘snow out-ish’ graphics) and white jersey, but some kind of crazy white-ish shoes as well (here’s a look at other footwear options). Of course, the look wouldn’t be complete without white gloves.
According to the UA press release, the Terrapins will be wearing new “White Ops” jerseys, with black numbers and a red “MARYLAND” wordmark on the chest. Clearly, after last year’s clusterfuck of a uniform (known as the “Maryland Pride” uniform), minimalism is the look-du-jour with the white ops. While I’ll reserve total judgment until I see these in action, I have to say I like the look. Of course, Maryland actually seems like a perfectly good uni set this year (unlike last year’s attempt to Nikegon the Terps), so naturally they need to introduce a new uni today. Can’t let Nike steal all the headlines, right?
What’s that you say? This isn’t a game between Kevin Plank and Phil Knight — it’s between two teams. Sure it is.
The uniform I’m more anxious to see is the new gray dominate WVU duds. According to (apparently well-placed sources), they’ll wear gray tops and bottoms, and introduce a new gray helmet as well. With white, blue and gold uniforms already at in the repertoire, WVU has plenty of possible uniform combinations at their disposal and from which to choose already.
But this year, they’ve decided to up the “possible combination ante” by introducing new options of gray pants, jerseys and helmet, bringing up their possible combinations to 32. And who knows, maybe they’ll even throw in their Backyard Brawl uni, just to mix things up. I am actually looking forward to the gray uniform (although not the ALL gray) — what I’d really like to see is the gray hat/gold top/gray pants — a look I love on Oregon (who WVU is now obviously trying to copy).
I still fail to see why any team needs to have 32* (or more) different uniform combinations (* except for the Ducks, who patented the gimmick), but bitching about it isn’t going to make it go away. So lets sit back and see if we can’t enjoy the gray vs. the white — perhaps Ricko will fire this one up on his 13″ zenith and pretend he was watching this game 50 years ago.
The least they could have done was to schedule this game later in the year, when the chances for overcast skies and snow would make it so much more enjoyable. What say you, readers — GFGS vs WFWS — The future or just more stupid uniforms designed to move more merch?
50 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.
A West Coast game. USC (they were called “Southern Cal” more than “USC”) was a power and, yup, Duke was deemed worthy of the national telecast back then. … Uni-wise, Trojans looked pretty much as they still do today. … Duke had those exterior padded helmets and that rounded number font (I’ve forgotten the term Terry Proctor said catalogs used to describe it. … but same as Pitt from last week, and also used by Cal and Washington, among others). … Hal Bedsole was a dangerous deep threat for USC. … But “Prince Hal” turned out to be only “college fast” and was a bust with the Vikings and Rams as an NFL tight end. … I picked Stan Crisson (didn’t know much about him) because of his #99. … The following year he changed to #86, and later had a brief career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.
Thanks Rick! Great job with that as always. Love that Duke padded hat and notice in the Crisson pic with the Vikings, they’re wearing (ugh) purple pants.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
This space usually features the talents of George Chilvers, Gary Chanko and John Turney — but as fate would have it, only one of those three will be featured today. George did not send me any colourizations, and Gary sent me a beautiful piece that I will feature as a lede (but not today). John is featured below. However, I do have a new colorizer to showcase today, and one request for the colorizers to tackle. (As always, click on any shot to enlarge.)
First up is Pete Hoelter, who colorized a shot that was featured on UW a while back, and regular readers will surely remember it. Here’s Pete:
Here’s my first try at colorizing. It’s the Tiger’s Fred Hatfield catching a tweety boid from Wire Service photos vol. 40 on 8/27/12. Not very Uni-fied but I loved the old press photo whimsy. Cat (tiger) catches bird? Also, I am certain the location is a travel trailer. In the 70’s at Southern Illinois U in Carbondale I rented one that was almost identical. Latching cupboards (so they don’t swing open.) Big propane heater. Low ceilings. The shirtless kid implies warm weather so what they were doing in a trailer in the middle of the season? The TV and chotchkes on the counter (including some black stereotype dolls) lead me to believe they weren’t hauling this from town to town. Maybe the family lived elsewhere and went up to a resort near Detroit for the summer. The bobble head had very little detail to it. It does look like the Cards’ two birds on a bat chest embellishment but the hat isn’t right for that. I’d say it’s a generic ballplayer.
Great first effort Pete!
Next up is Will Scheibler who has a request:
Was wondering if any of your colorizing masters would like to take a try at the infamous CFL ‘Mud Bowl’ Grey Cup of 1950.
Here’s the largest photo online I’ve found – might be some better ones out there.
How about it colorizers? This could be an interesting challenge…given that most of the color is probably that of mud…but it could also be very cool.
Finally we have John Turney, with more gridiron goodness:
Bill Dudley, with Lions back pants.
Great stuff, as always John.
That is all for today. Back with more next time.
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):
“Phil, I know these aren’t exactly stirrups. They’re technically socks. But as a high school football official I miss the high-socks and white knickers. We now wear black pajama pants all the time. This past Friday and through the rest of this season I will be wearing my old striped socks under my pajama pants for Stirrup Fridays. Attached is the picture.
Note: the Adidas ankle socks are because the official uniform is black socks. Another requirement. Otherwise the normal socks are white all the way to the toes.
Leading the cause at a Central Illinois-based insurance company with my Tampa Bay Rays beauties!
I am wearing these because I wanted to wear one of the vintage stirrups I recently bought and asked my 5yr old to pick for me.
Finally joined this stirruptitious revolution. I may be biased as a die-hard Cards fan, but these ‘rups are definitely the sweetest.
It’s my first Stirrup Friday, so I’m sporting the ones that started it all – the 1905 Naps. I’m glad to be on the team. Thanks, Comrade Marshall, for helping me with my freak flag. Let it fly!
Turning back the Socks again to 1947 for the NY Giants. Many thanks to RPM and Uni Watch for making me a Stirrup addict.
– David Sanchez”
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 email@example.com. Robert now has some new selections, which you can see below — which could be great for the college football season. Check it out:
Let us know in the comments (or shoot either of us an e-mail) if you have any new choices for the upcoming fall season!
“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.
The Cult of Personality is everywhere. Just ask him…
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That’s all I have for today, boys and girls — lots more tomorrow when we have SMUW, the 5 & 1, Duck Tracker, Benchies and more. And I’m sure the Gray-vs-White is only the beginning of the uni machinations in store for us. Catch you then.
“I predict Bernard will be skating EXTRA hard this weekend…probably throwing in some stunts from his late teens, early 20s.”