By Phil Hecken
Tough day for me personally, yesterday, as it was difficult to get a proper interwebs connection — so this will be a barebones post (well, as barebones as a weekend post of mine can be).
Lots of college action to get to with Terry D. So lets get right into it. Here’s your…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
by Terry Duroncelet
The last Saturday in September 2012 was very interesting/busy from a uni-standpoint. We have a lot to cover, so let’s get right into it.
• Illinois did their best Virginia impression and wore their navy helmets for the first time this season with orange jerseys and navy pants against Penn State. Here’s an Instagram? shot of the helmet from the Illinois Football Facebook page.
• Virginia did their best Illinois impression and wore their throwback uniforms against Louisiana Tech. Nice. Also note the 1968 nose bumpers (here’s a closer look). Huge thanks to Jim Vilk for sending that my way.
• Yes! Virginia Tech wore their best (road) combo ever: maroon helmets, white jerseys, and orange pants. Thank you VT, for embracing the Autumn colors in, well… Autumn. This calls for a celebration =) BTW, Cincinnati wore their red pants with the black jerseys. Even with the Bearcats’ choice of using the Adidas TaffyFit fabric, this was still a great-looking game.
• Duke wore their blue helmets against Wake Forest, and also: blue pants! I’ve never seen those from Duke before (not with their current uniform, at least). Also, Wake Forest wore their gold tops with black pants. Lots of great contrast in this game.
• Speaking of gold shirts, Boston College wore their gold jerseys with (insert official shade of red for BC here) pants. Not bad, but I really wish that Clemson (their opponents) would have worn their orange tops instead of the whites. BC also wore the glass pattern helmet stripe.
• San Jose State wore mono-white against Navy, instead of their usual gold pants. Not sure how I feel about this. I mean, it’s not a bad look, but it doesn’t really look like SJSU to me. Maybe it’s my inner Californian talking.
• North Carolina wore their US flag NC decal helmets. They also had that interpretation of the logo/flag at midfield. I understand their hearts are in the right place (this was for Military Appreciation Day), but still… gross. If I had my way, I would’ve kept the usual decals and replaced the NOBs with “‘Murrica”.
• Colorado apparently got a head start on the NFL’s annual skinning of the Pink Panther and wore these on Saturday. Oh geez, it’s not even officially October yet >.< (credit Mark Francis for forwarding me the Facebook link, otherwise, I wouldn’t have even known about this game). Also, the Buffs wore black pants with the black jerseys and gold helmets for the first time in years (again: gold lids. Colorado went full-Vader against USC last year).
• Oklahoma State went black/orange/black against Texas. I would’ve saved that combo for October, but I’m okay with this if it means that we see Okie St.’s orange tops more often.
• Some quick Division 1-AA news, as Albany State went color-vs.-color against Kentucky State (which seems to happen a lot with the former). Also note the TNOB (Team Name On Back). Thanks again to Jim Vilk for sending that my way.
• Ole Miss went with their grey uniforms against Alabama. I had a feeling that they would do this. Don’t know why.
• It was a wet one between Southern Miss. and Louisville. So wet, that the ref apparently raided someone’s lunchbox to protect his mic. From Bryan Grupp, who sent in that photo: “It looks like the head referee of the Louisville-Southern Mississippi game, which is currently being played in a monsoon, is using a Ziploc bag to keep his microphone pack dry.”
• Arizona wore their copper helmets against Oregon State.
• It’s Wisconsin
manmen vs. the Nebraska Noids! I’ll be honest, I think that Wisconsin should switch to those uniforms full-time (just take the big ‘W’ on the front and flip it with the small number above the heart, and create a home version of that). Some of the Badgers wore the TechFit version of the jersey top, while others wore the conventional (read: not ugly) fabric and cut. As for Nebraska… um… well… ah, I got nothin’. Also, remember when I talked about Robert Griffin III’s swooshless Baylor jersey from week 1? You might want to check that. To add to that, he was shown wearing his Adidas cleats with Adidas socks in that scene and in this scene seconds earlier. Weird.
So there you have it, a college football weekend jam-packed with colors, Letterman costumes, and pumpkin ice cream. Catch you guys next week.
Catherine Ryan’s 5 & 1
The five and one has been a staple of Uni Watch for three years, usually ably administered by Jim Vilk. But he got old and tired, so we needed someone young and fresh. And we’ve found that someone in this year’s new 5 & 1 decider…Catherine Ryan.
Catherine’s settling into the 5 & 1 role quite nicely, although a number of you still disagree with her — and that’s ok, because it’s all opinion anyway. I think she’s doing a fine job. So let’s see what is on tap for this week:
Happy Sunday, everyone! There were a bunch of great games yesterday and a couple of pretty terrible ones. Let’s get started!
5. Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati: I gave Virginia Tech the business last weekend for those awful camouflage costumes. I was very happy to see them looking sharp this weekend. I have a weakness for colored pants on the road. Also, the white and black was a nice contrast for those who actually watched the game live!
3. Ohio State vs. Michigan State: I might get some guff for not choosing an Ohio State game where the team is in their scarlet jerseys. However, they looked great yesterday in the road whites and I just couldn’t resist. Michigan State looked great at home even with the wild sport sleeves.
1.Towson vs. LSU: It’s hard not to give LSU the top spot when they show up in those gorgeous purple jerseys. Add in the fact that a spunky Towson squad seemed to be sniffing an upset, and you have a great game all around!
Baylor vs. West Virginia — This was a beautiful game to watch and would’ve been in the Top 5 had I not had WVU in the countdown last weekend. Just trying to spice it up a little bit! The fans creating the striped effect in the stands was also pretty neat.
And the bad one…
+1 Honorable Mention
Wisconsin vs. Nebraska — Overall this was very ’blah’ to me. Everyone has seen the pictures, if not the actual game, so I look forward to hearing everyone’s opinions!
Thanks Catherine! Well readers, how do you think she did?
2012 Duck Tracker…
The fifth game of the 2012 Ducks season had the Duckies quacking up north at Wazzu. So they went green/white/gray against a Wazzu team also wearing gray pants. Definitely not one of the better looks for them.
Our 2012 Duck Tracker is Tim E. O’Brien, and here he is to tell you about it:
Oregon, what can I say? You want to be the uniform school but you keep dropping the ball with boring uniform combos. I like all the elements by themselves but together they’re just blah. Better luck next week.
“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.
One must adjust to accommodate one’s immediate needs, mustn’t one…
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That’s it for today folks. Sorry it was not a full-sized Phil post (and you’re probably all thankful for that). I realize the Nets got new uniforms but I
don’t give a shit haven’t had time to fully assess their starkness. Maybe tomorrow, because I’m pinch-hitting for Paul — since it’s going to be a MMUW, I’d really appreciate it if you fine readers could go easy on the ticker material (yes, there will be one, and I can already tell you it’s looking pretty long) — but if you could either post in the comments, or e-mail to me or the uniwatching address, anything you happen to notice about today’s NFL games that falls into the category of “good for Monday’s MMUW” would be greatly appreciated.
Have a great Sunday, and I’ll catch you tomorrow.
“Boston College apparently has a fixation on condiments: Mustard on the top, ketchup on the bottom. Can’t recall if I’ve ever seen that combination before.”