By Phil Hecken
It wasn’t exactly billed as the matchup of the century, but that Notre Dame vs. Miami was a pretty good looking game, no? Look at that splash and tell me that doesn’t have “TOP 5″ potential.
What’s that…find a shot of the golden domers that shows what they look like from the left side? Ouch. Seriously, WTF are they thinking at adidas? Or at ND? These one-offs are really just making a mockery of the college game.
That was just ONE of the many crazy (and often awful) uniforms trotted out during week six of the NCAAFB season, and my buddy, and our Sunday Morning Uni Watch quarterback Terry Duroncelet will bring you (hopefully — there’s a LOT of games out there) all the action from yesterday.
I now turn this over to TJ as he takes us through our…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
This past Saturday was… *Lars Ulrich voice to himself* I need to choose my words carefully here… not necessarily one you would want to remember from a uni-standpoint. At least four teams went BFBS, and I could go on all day about Notre Dame. Let’s sift through what I found in week 6…
• Kentucky wore mono-black against Mississippi State. Gross. Even worse was the fact that they wore the white helmets with that costume.
• The Rutgers SCARLET Knights decided to play as the EBONY Knights against UConn. All of the Rutgers players had “F.A.M.I.L.Y” on the back of their jerseys (stands for “Forget About Me I Love You”). Notice something wrong with that photo? How ’bout now? Yup. Huge thanks to Griffin Whitmer for the second-to-last photo, and to Phil for the last link.
• Air Force wore mono-black against Navy. As ugly as they were, one good thing about them was that they were using a real block font, instead of that weak block font that they (and Navy) usually use. The NOBs looked to have carried the names of a fighter aircraft on each back. Some had “F-22 RAPTOR”, some had “B-2 SPIRIT“, and those were all I could find. The shoulders have sort of a houndstooth thing going on, but the pattern is made up of little stealth fighters. That pattern was also integrated in the side panels of the pants and on the helmet, which also had a freaky helmet stripe. Also in that game, Navy put aside their usual gold pants in favor of navy pants with white belts. Probably last year’s Nike Pro Combat pants. Not a bad look. My thanks to Phil for the B-2 SPIRIT gif. [actually, credit for that goes to Brady Phelps -- PH]
• The Duke Blue Devils like to dress as the BLACK Devils. Obviously, they should dress as the BLUE Devils. Looks like the team decided to split the difference on Saturday. Lame, but I suppose it could be worse.
• Maryland broke out some new black helmets and black pants that I haven’t heard of or seen when they unveiled their new uniforms during the Summer. I actually like this look. Watching the Maryland/Wake Forest game, the yellow-and-black checker pattern on the black pants and red jerseys sorts make it look like the Terps are running around with LEDs stuck to them.
Let’s move on to the other end of the color spectrum…
• It was a regular dispute between a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader. That’s Vandy vs. Mizzou. Vanderbilt went full-Stormtrooper for *I think* the second time this season. I didn’t catch this the first time they went all-white in week 2, so here’s a make-up for it.
• North Carolina not only wore their white helmets for the first time this season against Virginia Tech, but they also wore white at home! I’m an instant fan of this look, but I still with that VT would wear their maroon/orange/maroon striped pants, and just retire the solid white pants. The latter just makes the uniform look incomplete. Speaking of white pants, while I was looking for pictures, I stumbled across this. Not to sound racist, but I would’ve gone with dark mannequins, like from the Nike/NFL event back in April. The white mannequin looks like he isn’t really wearing anything below his jersey. Another thing that I found from that game was this.
• Keeping with the white theme, someone on the Big Ten Network website noticed Michigan’s piping inconsistencies on their road tops, which was mentioned on Uni Watch not too long ago. Credit to Brent Yarina, who not only sent the link, but actually wrote that article.
And now for all of the other colors and stuff in between…
• Ryan Bohannon sent in this screengrab and says “Looks like CBS is still using the old style typeface for the Florida Gators. This screen grab was going into a commercial during the 4th qtr”.
• Saw this during the LSU/Florida game. Oh Celestia, why? The blue side looks more navy than royal to me.
• Toledo wore matte navy helmets with a pink rocket logo on one side and a pink T.V. number on the other. The floor is open to “Hole Toledo!” jokes as of now. That was only a small portion of the pink accessories that college teams/players wore over the weekend.
• Notre Dame and Miami played in the Shamrock Series, and the Fighting Irish came out in this. Doesn’t look so bad from the right, but when you get to the left, I just have to say… yeah. To be honest, I really liked the numbers, but that’s about it. Everything else was either more of the same compared to their usual uniform, or a case of an imbalance being out of balance.
Pretty sure that some of those uniforms gave you readers indigestion, so here’s a video of a red panda to make up for it. See you next week ^_^
Thanks, TJ — if TJ’s ND section and my intro seem familiar — that’s pure coincidence — I drafted that while I was waiting for Terry to complete his SMUW compilation. Great stuff, Terry! And, now on to another take on those ND unis…
More on those ND costumes…
For this small segment, guest writer Kenny Ocker, who used to post in the comments often (as the “Hemogoblin”), is back. You older readers may remember this outstanding interview Kenny performed for UW waaaaaaay back in 2009. Well, he is making another guest appearance, featuring his take on the ‘uniforms’ worn by Notre Dame last evening. Kenny actually penned this prior to the game, but it’s still quite relevant. Once a Duck (always a Duck), Kenny is a journalism major who is moving up to the big time. Here’s his bit:
And a Message Brought to You by the University of Notre Dame and adidas
By Kenny Ocker
So here I was, minding my own business, editing stories at work Friday night, and this feature on Adidas America designer Mark Daniels came across my desk. Awesome! Something uni-centric!
And then I was reminded of why this story was written.
WHY DOES THIS EXIST? MY EYES! MY EYES!
But this story actually did a good job of explaining why these uniforms exist, even if I had forgotten about them in the two months since they had been announced. Case in point:
“As the Facebook comments would come in,” said Daniels, 42. “I’d look at the faces of the people making the comment. Positive comments, young person. Negative comments, usually somebody older than me.”
So, I’m to blame — and not just because I’m a recent Oregon grad. The average Uni Watcher needs to remember why so many schools are doing this: Kids think it’s cool. Even if we don’t understand, we’re not really the target audience. (At age 22, I would be, but I work at a newspaper and think the best look Oregon has had in the last five years was this one. I already have a batch of gray hairs. I don’t count.) But recruits dig this stuff, and that’s how you build a winning football program.
But if you’re looking for someone official to blame, the writer says Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick, assistant AD Jim Fraleigh, coach Brian Kelly and equipment manager Ryan Grooms were all involved in the process. On second thought, don’t blame the equipment manager, because equipment managers are pretty much unilaterally cool people, many of whom read this esteemed site. My point is, this is a top-to-bottom epidemic, one that has been consuming our fall Saturdays for more than a decade.
Just remember: If you want your team to be successful on Saturdays, sadly, you better be rooting for your team to hop aboard the uniform innovation train, even if you think it looks ugly. You know what looks even worse? Losing to a 1-AA school in really clean, traditional uniforms.
Kenny Ocker is a 2012 University of Oregon graduate and former Oregon Daily Emerald managing editor who works as a copy editing intern at The Oregonian in Portland, the state’s largest newspaper.
2012 Duck Tracker…
The sixth game of the 2012 Ducks season had the Duckies hosting (and kicking ass) against Washiington. So they went yellow/green/BLACK. UGH! That yellow dome and green top are awesome, and they could have worn ANY color pants (obviously, they couldn’t repeat the yellow they wore in week one) but BLACK and that would have looked better. But this was, dare I say…horrid?
Our 2012 Duck Tracker is Tim E. O’Brien, and here he is to tell you about it:
An improvement, Ducks, but only by default. Get more creative.
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:
First up is Marc Gilbert, with an interesting ‘Padres’ concept:
Here’s a fun concept for the Padres, now that they’re owned by Peter O’Malley.
Next up is Clint Richardson, with some Auburn baseball (click on each image to enlarge):
I am a huge Auburn athletics fan, and really got into the baseball team this year. If anyone has seen the current unis, they know they arent very good. So I decided to have some fun and redesign them. My first (and only) Auburn baseball game I’ve gone to was the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Al earlier this year. LOVED the throwback unis they wore in the game. That was a must in my new set — Nothing is different about this one from the real unis:
Then I wanted to go back to the Auburn baseball roots, the Bo Jackson and then Tim Hudson era. I went with a very simple, classic look for the Hudson-era unis:
I had a lot of fun making this Bo-era uni, which was inspired from this picture of Bo:
Now I needed some color jerseys. I really liked the real-life orange ‘Tigers’ uni from the early ’00s, so, here it is. And finally I went a little off-kilter with this blue top. After searching for some inspiration, I found a picture of the Virginia Tech team doing their own Astro’s Tequilla Sunrise uni. I also found a picture of Auburn’s club hockey team, and thought “What the heck?” and made this:
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.
Well, here’s an interesting and unique concept for the hospitality industry…
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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, UniWatchers! I know I get some guff about some of my random selections but some of you may be happy to see that I went a little mainstream this week! I even shocked myself! Enjoy!
5. Washington State v. Oregon State: I know, I know. Both teams in white pants. I’m sorry. I’m a fan of Oregon State’s orange tops though. Washington State looked good in the all whites. Overall, a good game.
1. Michigan State v. Indiana: I thought this game was great. If you caught the game on TV, you can probably attest to how awesome it looked. Overall, just a really great game to catch and the rivalry gave it the extra edge in my countdown!
+1 Miami v. Notre Dame: I can’t remember where I heard it but I read a comment a few weeks back that said the ND helmet looked like a leprechaun defecating into the ear hole of the helmet. Sorry, can’t shake that imagery.
Thanks Catherine! Well readers, how do you think she did?
And that’s it for today (almost — we have a “moment of zen” after the outro). Thanks to all who contributed and of course to Terry, Ricko, Tim, Catherine and Kenny. Everyone enjoy the NFL today, and I’ll catch you next week!
And now…your moment of zen…