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The Old Brass Spittoon

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By Phil Hecken

Yes, last evening MLB played two historic “Wild Card” games (with the winners advancing to the “Division Series” rounds of their respective leagues), and yes, they all had ‘special’ post-season gear, cap patches and the like, and yes, the Orioles (yes, the Orioles) not only made a triumphant return to the playoffs, but they won (wearing a black softball top) and will now face the mighty Yankees in the ALDS. The Braves (shunning their normal “red” jersey’s worn on Friday) lost their game to the reigning World Series champion Cardinals. But Saturdays in the fall are all about College Football. And no one on Uni Watch loves him some college football more than Robert P. Marshall, III. As it happens, Robert likes to graphically depict the game with his special molds (pictured above) and left-brain artist skills in lovingly depicting the players and the trophy.

Sit back, then, and enjoy this little ditty from Robert as he describes one of the ‘lesser’ trophy games of the B1G conference, the…

Battle for the Old Brass Spittoon
By Robert Marshall

On its face this week’s Big Ten trophy game feels like a snooze. After all, Michigan State and Indiana don’t seem initially to have the biggest football rivalry, and the “trophy”, thought to be older then both universities, was bought in 1950 by State’s junior class president at a second-hand store for 25 bucks so that coach “Biggie” Munn’s Spartans wouldn’t lose focus in a trap game the week after a narrow victory over the Golden Domers.

Let’s face it, it’s a spittoon for corn’s sake, kind of lame. Who is getting fired up? Then again, I can picture 1950’s Unitas style high top cleats kicking it around the locker room, and goofing after a victory, so maybe it isn’t so bad after all. Of course if someone did that today I am sure there would be an uproar over the lack of respect for some old brass spittoon.

If we put this game into historical context, the trophy takes on a bigger meaning, let’s hope I can describe this clearly and succinctly. Many NCAAF traditions were starting in the post war period. Michigan State College A&A was accepted to the Inter Collegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives (Big Ten as of 87) the year the spittoon came into being, even though they did not start conference play until 1954.

1950 was also the same year, while they had played them before the turn of the century consistently, the year MSU started officially playing Notre Dame for the megaphone. Add to this the U of Chicago dropped football in ’39 and out of the conference athletically in ’46, which happens to be the only year other than 1967 Indiana won the conference.

This coincides with the last year the Big Ten did not have the spot until the BCS, given that year to Alabama, the year before the Big Ten and Pac Ten started playing every year in the Rose Bowl (official in ’65) because of the southern conferences semi-professional attitudes, and lack of integration. This is also a streak where the Big Ten won 11 of 13 Rose Bowls from ’47-’57, I consulted the info graphic. Deeeeeeep breath. When you think about all the things going on with the conference, the old brass spittoon was in the middle of it all, and the two schools’ journey to where they are now, it takes on a slightly different meaning.

On a personal level, I will never forget the 1987 ptooey-game. The Spartans clinched the the big ten title against a very good Peach Bowl-bound Hoosier squad that beat both OSU and UM, leading to this post game scene that I remember as if it were yesterday. And for the record Sparty did beat Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl. That was a great State team, and it was double big for me having just moved from Michigan to Ohio because I had a connection to both of MSU’s starting safeties. They were older, but Todd Krumm was a former “teammate” of mine, and John Miller I tackled for a 6 yard loss stunting on a belly dive as an undersized freshman linebacker in a scrimmage game. I will never forget that play, the dude was huuuuuge, and I was scared to death. AAAAAAAnd truth be told I hit him 6 yards back where his massive thighs smashed me over an upright, then he tripped for a 2 yard loss. At that point I remember my coach yelling, “get over here!” and that was my last varsity snap as a frosh.

Okay, Sparty has the series 41-14-4, they are 14 point favorites but on the road and flailing, take the Hoosiers and the points for the spittoon.

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OK then. Are we all ready for some football? Thank you Robert for that writeup. I’m sure many of us are now waiting with baited breath for kickoff, which is at 12:00 ET for those who weren’t yet aware.

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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 (and some of these were received last week, but after the prior Friday Stirrup posting, so if there are dupes in names, they’re from separate Fridays). And…here we go (click on each thumbnail for a glorious, full size image):

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David Firestone - 1936 Red Sox

David Firestone:

Phil,

1936 Red Sox this week…Great color scheme

Dave

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James Poisso - Colts "Playoffs?"

James Poisso:

Phill,

These stirrups are for the start of the playoffs. They remind me of the Colts, and in the words of Coach Mora “Playoffs? Playoffs?? Playoffs?!?”

James Poisso

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Mark Richter:

Hi Phil,

Today I am reviving the tradition that I started last post-season (all the way through WS Game 7, which I attended) of wearing classic Cardinals stirrups on game days. Here I am with my foot propped up on my desk at work, while reading Uni Watch, of course! (My stirrups are also currently my profile pic on Facebook.)

Mark Richter

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John Kimmerlein - Orioles

John K.

Phil,

Sporting the classic Orioles ‘rups in support of their return to the post season. I included a ball signed by the World Series Champion ’66 Orioles for some good luck mojo.

John K

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Terry Duroncelet - Braves

Terry Duroncelet:

Phil

I was waiting to get my hair cut when I took this (yes, there’s an Instagram filter over it). Braves in the playoffs tonight. Hopefully, I’ll have some barberpole ‘rups handy next time ;)

Terry D

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Garrett Holt - Orioles

Garrett Holt:

Hey,

My beloved Baltimore Orioles made the playoffs for the first time since I was 4 so I made the three hour trip to watch them play the Rangers in the Wild Card Game. Seeing as how it was Stirrup Friday, I wore my Oriole pair. Let’s go O’s Magic!

Garrett

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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 now has some new selections, which you can see below — which could be great for the college football season. Check it out:

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So, comrades — why don’t you pick up a pair or three and show us your rups!

OK? OK!

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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 4 Card
Oct. 6, 1962…LSU 10, Georgia Tech 7 at Georgia Tech on CBS

(Has anyone noticed how low-scoring these games were?)

Anyway, even though “road team in white jerseys” had become the general standard, a few teams did choose to wear white at home. … Among them were Syracuse, Miami (sometimes) and both teams in today’s lone game on TV. … Something had to give, of course, so LSU wore purple, a rarity in the years since the Tigers’ change from their previous old gold helmet & pants set (see “EVERYBODY’S ALL-AMERICAN” with Dennis Quaid). … Georgia Tech, who seemed to be called the “Engineers” or “Ramblin’ Wrecks” more often than “Yellowjackets” back then (why, I don’t know), typically wore old gold pants, but somewhere in here for a year or two occasionally went white-over-white, as on Billy Martin vs. Florida State (we’ll see the Yellowjackets in old gold pants during Bowl season). … Also, their numbers and striping may have been dark navy blue rather than black. … Perhaps a Uni-Watcher knows? … Jerry Stovall was a Cardinal DB for almost a decade. … Martin spent ’64 and ‘65 as a Bears TE, then was selected in the expansion draft as an original Falcon. … After two years in Atlanta, his final season was with the Vikings.

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Thanks Rick! Great job with that as always. Notice in the photo of Billy Martin vs. FSU the rather, um, interesting helmet — that was worn in 1962 only (according to the Helmet Project, “Beginning with the team’s third game in 1962, FSU introduced a triple helmet design scheme. On their helmets the offensive unit wore an arrow logo, the defensive unit a tomahawk, and the multi-purpose players an ‘indian head’. This scheme was in place until the end of the 1962 season.” Interesting — that might make for a nice research project.

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all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks Concepts

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.

Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.

And so, lets begin:

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First up is K. McInnis with some Tiger lovin:

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Phil,

The uniform one-off rumors always seem to pop up this time a year among the Auburn faithful ever since Under Armour came to town in 2006. The past few years it’s mostly blue helmets or blue pants, but occasionally you hear about the team digging out an old relic, the orange jersey. I, for one, hope it never sees the light of day again, but I decided to try my hand in creating the best possible look for Auburn in orange. I hate the look in general, but especially never liked the thick white Northwestern stripe or the white numbers at it looks way too Tennessee-ish, So for my concept, I took a page from Florida’s striping handbook and used the negative space to to maintain the integrity of Auburn’s thick orange striping that’s on the other jerseys and the helmet. Also included a shot of the jersey in action as well as a few more steps into orange madness.

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–K. McInnis

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Next up is Mr. Design Junkie (who I believe has sent me an entire set to my other e-mail addy — this was just one, thankfully), who has um…decided to change the Dolphins:

Mr. Design Junkie - southbeachd

Phil,

I basically took the new “South Beach” colorway popularity and gave the Dolphins South Beach versions of a uniform!

Mr. Design Junkie

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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.

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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.

This has been an every-other-week affair for the past several weeks, due to colorizer-extraordinare Gary Chanko’s colorization/research projects that really deserved to be ledes. But today, we’re back with a regular set.

We’ve got George Chilvers and John Turney in store, plus some history, and a few guys who took stabs at colorizing the Gray Cup black and white photo from a few weeks back, so tis a good day. But, before we even get into the colorizations, a word or two on that from Uni Watch NFL historian Tim Brulia:

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“While glancing over the historical(uk soccer)kits website, I came across this link, and it may be helpful explaining the difficulties in translating the old b/w pics into color. Highly recommended for the colorizers of the UW and possibly a subject for a future UW blog.

Have a great weekend, fellas!

Tim”

Thanks, Tim — and now onto the colorizations.

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First up is George Chilvers, with a pair:

VILLA_PARK_190330_CSPORT colour - George Chilvers

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I’ll send you this one, Phil, with a little caveat. It’s not quite finished – deliberately, and I suspect most people won’t know where the gaps are. The reason I’m doing this in this one is that I have discovered a couple of my colourisations being sold on eBay – not ones I’ve put on UW, and not many, for not much – but the principle holds that it’s just, as we say in England, “not on”. So this picture isn’t completely finished as it’s one I think may be saleable. If anyone tries to sell it on, I can identify it as being clearly mine. Hands off! :)

However – on with the explanation. This is Villa Park, Birmingham, home of Aston Villa FC in 1903 for a game between Villa and Liverpool. I love this picture. The cycle track overlaying an athletics track, the crowd packed into every nook and cranny, the people up on the hill (it’s called “Aston Hall”) to see if they can get a little view.

A good old fashioned stadium that has now been replaced with a concrete shoebox. :(

George

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Jack Young West Ham Speedway colour - George Chilvers Jack Young West Ham Speedway

Hi Phil

A “new” sport to colourising.

This is “speedway” – I think the word means something different over there. This involves motor cycles racing round and round an anti-clockwise oval dirt track which is between 260 and 425 metres long. Quite popular years ago in UK, although less so now, as well as Australia and New Zealand. Now has a following in Poland, Sweden and Denmark.

This is Jack Young (hence the Young tartan scarf), an Australian who raced for West Ham between 1952 and 1955. He was World champion in 1951 and 1952.

Team colours are worn on a vest, as shown, and different helmets identify the four riders – blue and red covers for the home team, white and yellow/black quarters for the visitors.

Something different for the archive anyway :)

George

Thanks, George — stellar as always!

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We move on to John Turney, with another old football colorization:

George McAfee of the Bears vs Chicago Cardinals in Wrigley - John Turney

Phil,

George McAfee of the Bears vs Chicago Cardinals in Wrigley

John Turney

Nice work, John!

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And now onto two mud bowl colorizations (here is the original, to refresh your memories), beginning with one from first-time colorizer Jason Yates:

MudBowl - Jason Yates

Hi Phil,

This is my first stab at colorizing, but this one looked like a fun challenge. Here’s the mud bowl photo one of your readers requested. I don’t really know much about the CFL, so I hope I got the team’s colors right.

Jason

Nice first effort Jason!

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And we close today with that same photo colorized by Gary Chanko (who has a different take on the ‘colours’ … and as always, fantastic background):

Grey Cup 1950 - Gary Chanko

Phil

re Colorization request, 1950 CFL Grey Cup

This was a difficult colorization of a great iconic image of the “Mud Bowl.”

I had trouble with determining the Toronto uniform colors and I’m not entirely certain it’s correct. I found little photo history for this game and not much on the Argos unis for that year.

The game video clip added to the confusion. The Toronto players appear to be wearing the lighter color blue jerseys and pants. Some of the helmets look to have a dark color stripe compared to the white stripe in the photo original. Also, the Winnipeg QB, shown just in the game at the start of the fourth quarter, has a spotless white shirt and pants. But watch as he hands the ball to a running back that’s wearing a dark jersey! What’s going on?

Just to further confuse take look at these photo, photo, also reportedly from the game. Doesn’t seem to match up with the original image. Or does it?

I finally decided colors based on these reference sites: Helmets, colors. For the Toronto unis I went with all Cambridge Blue based on what I observed in the video clip. Their 1951 jersey and pants were apparently all Oxford (darker) blue. Hopefully there’s a more knowledgeable reader that can confirm the actual uni set worn by Toronto.

Enjoy, Gary

And thank you Gary — always a great job.

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And that’s it for today — as always, what a terrific job by one and all. Back with more of these another time on the you-dub.

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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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The great ones know how to find something to rally around…

10-6-12 d-Heh Heh

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And that’s it for today. Everyone have a great Saturday — football, playoff baseball — you name it, it’s out there. Catch you tomorrow.

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“Exciting news everybody. I just saw the Northwestern University equipment truck. oh boy oh boy.”
–Larry Bodnovich

 

80 comments to The Old Brass Spittoon

  • JTH | October 6, 2012 at 7:52 am |

    By God, this is what a football official should look like.

    By comparison, this looks like a NASCAR pit crew.

    And I don’t even need to click the link to know exactly what post-game scene Robert is referring to.

    Firing Mallory is the worst thing that ever happened to IU football (and not just because his successor brought in the BFBS).

    • rpm | October 6, 2012 at 10:54 am |

      i do use that one a lot for the CorC. i bet i post that every year for the msu-iu game. what can i say, i think that is one of my favourite locker room moments.

  • Arr Scott | October 6, 2012 at 8:10 am |

    What’s the deal with those Bruins stirrups from Comrade Fearless Leader? I must have missed something earlier, but they’re going totally over my head.

    • DJ | October 6, 2012 at 9:10 am |

      UCLA?

      • Arr Scott | October 6, 2012 at 10:34 am |

        Ah. Gotcha. Thanks!

        • rpm | October 6, 2012 at 10:57 am |

          tired to mimic the ucla sleeve stripes. i have a friend who 15 years out of high school and a couple years of CC, just started classes there last week. i will sit on 11 of the 12 pair i get for 3 years, like i do a lot of the odd ball crap, but i don’t care, i like doing things like this when i can.

  • rod baker | October 6, 2012 at 8:32 am |

    Lol!!! South Beach Dolphins! Very colorful uniforms.
    Too much for my taste though :)

    • T'Challa | October 6, 2012 at 8:54 am |

      Yeah the “south beach” thing IMHO is a bit overdone at this point. I’d really be surprised if most uni-watchers(??) know where the color designation comes from without an Internet search.

      • Arr Scott | October 6, 2012 at 9:01 am |

        OK, so I did a google search and other than “learning” that it seems to be a Nike thing – who would have guessed, right? – I have no clue. South Beach is still just a diet to me. It’s a tribute to Crockett and Tubbs, right?

    • Arr Scott | October 6, 2012 at 8:56 am |

      The concept earns an automatic F in my book for the use of the word “colorway”. But aside from that, I think it’s a terrific concept, and those would be great NFL unis. Wild, yes, but in a much more authentic way than, say, the actual current Seahawks. There’s a level of whimsy in the South Beach Dolphins concept that’s lacking from basically any team in the NFL right now.

      • DJ | October 6, 2012 at 9:09 am |

        It doesn’t get an F from me because of his terminology. It gets an F because it’s a really, really bad design for the Miami Dolphins.

        • Tim E. O'B | October 6, 2012 at 10:27 am |

          Apparently you haven’t seen this: https://www.facebook...

          Give credit where credit is due, the kid has his own, very unique style…

          …I would burn it with fire and beat it with a stick, but to each his own.

        • DJ | October 6, 2012 at 11:43 am |

          I hadn’t seen it until I clicked the link. Unfortunately, it doesn’t change my opinion. That said, it is just an opinion.

        • Johnny | October 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm |

          Some of them are pretty good.

          Best one is the Steelers helmet.

          https://sphotos-a.xx...

          And this Dolphin set is better than the one posted above.

          http://www.facebook....

    • Lew Holst | October 6, 2012 at 10:39 am |

      I absolutely love them! I hope this is the trend in NFL uniforms because they really need it.

    • DenverGregg | October 6, 2012 at 11:44 am |

      How would a double-digit number fit on those? Just one of many objections.

    • a.j.schmidt | October 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm |

      am i the only one here who wouldn’t mind a one off with the blue for a night games

  • T'Challa | October 6, 2012 at 8:49 am |

    Great colorizations today thanks to: George, John, Gary & Jason. My favorite of the lot has gotta be John’s, look at all that great striping and stirrups.

    • Ricko | October 6, 2012 at 9:46 am |

      Bears’ George McAfee, generally credited with introducing low cut cleats, at least in the NFL.

      On another historical note, on this day in 1921–with legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice at the microphone–the World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time.

      (Evidently back then they didn’t understand that the baseball season is supposed to last until November if at all possible)

      • Phil Hecken | October 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm |

        next weekend, i believe rick will have his kid cards for that series

    • Terry Proctor | October 6, 2012 at 10:11 am |

      Great job on the Grey Cup. Could both teams have changed jerseys at halftime?

    • Will S | October 8, 2012 at 1:41 am |

      Great job on the colorizing.

      Am almost always amazed at the work that must go into and the end results of ‘Colorize This’.

  • Pierre | October 6, 2012 at 10:00 am |

    Minor point, but notice how the white/gold/white shoulder stripes on LSU’s purple jerseys back in 1962 are reversed from today’s gold/white/gold shoulder stripes on the present version of their purple jerseys.

  • Tenz | October 6, 2012 at 10:01 am |

    I always love “50 Years Ago,” a great feature. One of my favorite parts is the chance to see those college athletes in 1960s pro action, especially today’s shot of Billy Martin on the ’66 Falcons. As somebody said last week when the current-day Falcons wore their throwbacks, that was one team that nailed it the first time and hasn’t done quite as well since.

    Also, the colorizations today were excellent. Many thanks to all.

  • Tim E. O'B | October 6, 2012 at 10:14 am |

    I may be headed to a Wildcat bar in Manhattan to watch the games, but dammit if RPM didn’t get me revved up (see what I did there?) for the Old Brass Spittoon.

    I haven’t been this torqued in years.

    • Tim E. O'B | October 6, 2012 at 10:28 am |

      Also, the Old Brass Spittoon has it’s own twitter account. https://twitter.com/...

    • Jim Vilk | October 6, 2012 at 10:41 am |

      I may be headed to a Wildcat bar in Manhattan to watch the games

      What are you doing in Kansas?

    • rpm | October 6, 2012 at 11:05 am |

      i loves me my ICCoFR-10 trophy games timE. the B1G might be down this yea, but i don’t care, if i didn’t have to work saturdays, i would watch every B1G game i could.

      i just realized something, i took the cats and the hoosiers this weekend, that can’t be good. and i am also realizing i am late for work, later gents.

  • Patrick_in_MI | October 6, 2012 at 10:59 am |

    Nice recall of the 1987 Spartans team, thanks for the memories! I was a junior in high school that year and was always an MSU fan (rather than the bandwagoning Wolverine fans) but that season put it over the top for me. Todd Krumm was a local guy too so that was nice to see.

    Nice colorizations George but have you ever thought of watermarking your work? If someone is ripping you off, that would be a great deterrent.

  • David Murphy | October 6, 2012 at 11:22 am |

    Ricko, I’m pretty sure back in the early 60’s the stripes on Georgia Tech’s jerseys were black. In the early 70’s GT wore black NFL-style stirrups under white crew socks (check out Randy Rhino on Google images). All those great GT uniforms started to go downhill around 1980, and it hasn’t been same since. I always loved those three sleeve stripes.

    Tech has gone by several official and unofficial nicknames over the years. Since it is an engineering school, the Engineers was a natural. The Ramblin Wrecks came from the school song. Back in the early days Tech was known as the Golden Tornado. Interestingly, the Yellow Jackets name didn’t originate from the insect, but from the color of outwear that coeds wore to the game.

    Georgia Tech has a great history, but little to cheer about since 1990’s national championship.

  • David Murphy | October 6, 2012 at 11:26 am |

    Georgia Tech has used navy as an accent color since the mid to late 80’s. The official school colors used to be gold and white, though that may have changed. I don’t recall Tech wearing black jerseys until around 1980. Before that black was just an accent color.

  • LarryB | October 6, 2012 at 11:50 am |

    Weekends with college football and the coverage in Uni Watch are a blast. Colorizations 50 years ago. And then features.

    And my oh boy oh boy comment. Northwestern equipment truck. I later wondered what unis were in the trailer.

    We shall see in a bit.

  • LarryB | October 6, 2012 at 11:54 am |

    For a guy who I thought claimed he did not follow football as much, John. Sure does a nice job with old football colorizing.

    • John Turney | October 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm |

      I follow football alot, just more recent things. I quit following Hoops and Baseball . . . now 100% football, msotly NFL, but I am liking the 1930s to 1950s era of football a lot.

  • LarryB | October 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm |

    What the heck is Air Force wearing? So do those wild unis help the service academies recruit kids?????

    • Bromotrifluoromethane | October 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm |

      At least Navy broke out the blue pants. With the blue pants on the road and the blue facemasks Navy still does the ND look better than ND.

      • DJ | October 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm |

        This weekend’s ND absurdities notwithstanding, blue pants for football is not an ND look.

        • Bromotrifluoromethane | October 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm |

          It should be. Especially with how horrible the gold pants have been the last year or two.

      • Sebastian | October 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm |

        I disagree. I’m a fan of Notre Dame’s look because it 1) references earlier looks and 2) the matte mustard makes the gold helmets stand out.

        I prefer the gray facemasks that ND employs, too, as a de facto neutral color. Blue facemasks on gold helmets is too high school for me.

        • DJ | October 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm |

          I’d like to see a mock-up of a Notre Dame helmet with a matching gold face mask (now that HGI has standardized the gold color, they could easily apply it to the masks). But it might be a case where it sounds better than it looks.

    • Andrew Seagraves | October 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm |

      I like the “Stealthtooth” on the jersey. Not sure about the helmet… Up close, I don’t mind it – Far away — uhhh. They should have faded the helmet background a bit more. It has potential in my book. I think this is supposed to be like their ode to the Thunderbirds instead a shout to the Steath program.

      • Andrew Seagraves | October 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm |

        It looks like they have it in the leg striping as well.

  • Bromotrifluoromethane | October 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm |

    For as much as the home set has grown on me I’m still not loving this all white road set for Northwestern. I still think it would look better with some purple pants.

    • Andrew Seagraves | October 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm |

      Loving the Jerseys more and more, and I like the thought of a purple pant with it to add contrast.

    • JenInChicago | October 9, 2012 at 11:30 am |

      I agree – they need to wear purple pants. I am also not a fan of the black stripe on the purple jerseys. I think the jersey would have looked much better with a white stripe….Not sure what to do with the number, though….

  • mark | October 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm |

    George, John et all,

    Fantastic colorizations. Always look forward to them.

  • johnj | October 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm |

    Rutgers going BFBS today

    Interesting though, that they all have he same NOB – “F.A.M.I.L.Y.” = Forget About Me, I Love You.

  • Kevin P. | October 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm |

    Air Force wearing black is just dumb.. most teams wearing black is just insipid, but this is dumb. USAF doesn’t wear black, but navy blue dress unis.. yet the USN wears black uniforms in the winter. So is this their way of making some sort of jab at the Navy? Probably just another Nike great idea, but i like the service-related conspiracy theory better…

    • DJ | October 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm |

      What strikes me as off is the blue of the helmets. It resembles what the Carolina Panthers wear.

      My eyesight is more off than usual today; is the helmet’s blue metallic? If so, it makes a bit more sense. I still wouldn’t care for it, but it would fit in with the silver background of the B2 pattern.

  • Kevin P. | October 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm |

    UNC’s stormtrooper look isn’t terrible, but the white helmets look like a different shade than the jerseys up close. May be my tv, but I think those would look better on top of the navy or baby blue jerseys with white pants.

    • Bromotrifluoromethane | October 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm |

      That’s one of the many things that drives me crazy about Penn State. That white helmet doesn’t even come close to matching the uniforms. It’s not as obvious when they’re at home but on the road it stands out badly.

      I hate the stormtrooper look anyway but when a team like UNC with such great school colors does it it’s even worse. Especially when they do it at home instead of wearing that great Carolina Blue.

    • Andrew Seagraves | October 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm |

      I don’t think BYU’s white helmet matches its white as well. I was watching the BYU/USU game (great contrast between the two teams, by the way), and the BYU domes are a cream rather than a white. I don’t know if this is just the TV I was watching it on, or what.

  • Kevin P. | October 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm |

    It does look like Carolina Panther blue.. doesn’t match the jersey blue, but you may be right about the metallic look to match the carbon-fiber B-2 pattern.

  • Phil Hecken | October 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm |

    are those little stealth fighters on the AF helmets (and yokes)?

    • Andrew Seagraves | October 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm |

      From that news story someone put in the tracker on Tuesday(?) about the Iowa company who did them – it is.

  • 1vox | October 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm |

    love the linesman’s hat in john turney’s colorization!!!

  • Kevin P. | October 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm |

    They are little B-2 bombers! I thought it was some kind of carbon-fiber look

  • Sebastian | October 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm |

    Does anyone proofread the stories before they are posted? I’m mostly referring to Robert Marshall’s piece.

    • Phil Hecken | October 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm |

      because i’ve been uber-swamped, and will be until election day, as a HUGE favor to me, robert got that piece to me at about 2 AM, after both of us had worked full days…i had to be up at 6 AM today to work…so, apologies, i didn’t really get to properly proof it (and was falling asleep as i did) … if you’re referring to mistakes, i apologize — but if you’re referring to his writing style, that’s how the man speaks

  • Joe S. | October 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm |

    The +1 game of the week in action: Mississippi State at Kentucky. Kentucky in BFBS tops and bottoms with white helmets. The two tone blue checkerboard sleeves top off the comical look.

    • Phil Hecken | October 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm |

      there are already quite a few shitty & 1 contenders today, but miss st/ky didn’t look that bad

      don’t forget, ND plays tonight…that is the clubhouse leader without having taken the field yet

  • Andrew Seagraves | October 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm |

    I think I like Northwestern’s jersey font – Morgan Poster Avec.

  • Kevin P. | October 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm |

    Big thanks to Florida’s secondary for prepping my eyeballs for the pink bloodbath that will be the NFL this month…

  • Dave Hogg | October 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm |

    A’s are wearing a GJN patch for Gehrig John Neshek, the son of reliever Pat Neshek. Gehrig died Wednesday at 23 hours old, just a few hours after the A’s clinched the division title.

    Picture at http://t.co/HZTITIgr

  • Bernard | October 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm |

    I don’t want to, but I think I kinda dig Maryland’s black/red/black today. Those black pants really do it for me.

    • Andrew Seagraves | October 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm |

      Is that Maryland’s flag in a burgee style (http://visual.merria...) on their helmets? Then it makes more sense visually now than when I first saw the helmets in their promo photos.

      • Bernard | October 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm |

        Yes, or at least an interpretation of it.

  • LarryB | October 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm |

    Tim, Thanks for that link for colorizers.

    • timmy b | October 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm |

      ‘Welcome. Hope it helps.

  • DJ | October 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm |

    As I thought. One of the few good things about the Notre Dame uniforms tonight is the metallic gold material used for the numbers. If it was brought over to the regular jerseys (as the trim to the white), there would be an improvement.

  • Dane | October 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm |

    I am thrilled to see college hockey return, but I am saddened by the new North Dakota uniforms. They look like the Dallas Stars.

  • Glen | October 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm |

    And we all thought the Nebraska-Wisconson games were confusing to watch…

    http://www.wabash.ed...

  • Coleman | October 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm |

    I am on the record here, and campaigning for WVU/UT to be in the 5&1, preferrably #1. Bevo BBQ baby!!!

    • Phil Hecken | October 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm |

      not your call (or even mine), but no way in hell is that even touching the top 5…

      that blue/white/white is NOT a good look for WVU…you need blue or gold pants with the white shirts

      if you want (and you don’t) my personal choice for the best matchup, well…look no further than manhattan

      • Coleman | October 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm |

        WVU B/W/W is not a good look, totally right. But that KSU/KU game? No way. Kansas’ uni’s are terrible.

        Put the ‘Eers in B/W/B and it’s a top 5 for sure ;)

        Not that I give a shit at this point, they just beat Texas!!!

        This one was a little more exciting than the 7-6 win 56 years ago, the only other time WVU has ever played Texas…

        Also, where the hell is my uni-tweak?!

        • Phil Hecken | October 6, 2012 at 11:55 pm |

          “where the hell is my uni-tweak?!”

          ~~~

          i do them in the order rec’d, but that may just bump you down the bottom now

    • brandon | October 6, 2012 at 11:59 pm |

      WVU can never be a a top 5 (even though Catherine has already put them there). That hideous panel on the front is unforgivable.

      • Coleman | October 7, 2012 at 12:44 am |

        Wait until you see my uni-tweak. If Phil ever let’s it see the light of day, I mean…

        Love ya, Phil ;)