Because There Aren't Already Enough BFBS Unis in NCAA Football

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By Phil Hecken

I’d like to blame this all on the Mountain West. I really would. But somehow, I gotta think Nike had a hand in it. Whatever it is, Boise State University will be wearing another new one-off costume today when they take on UNLV on the infamous smurf turf of Bronco Stadium today (3:30 pm, ET, NBC Sports Network). The team that may be as famous for it’s wretchedly-colored field as for its football (if you didn’t read that first link) has been prohibited from wearing their all blue uniforms on their all-blue turf. Strange as it may seem, some feel it makes the players hard to see, causing a camouflage-type effect. I don’t know what they’re talking about — on TV you can see the players just fine. Ahem.

So, if you look at today’s splash, you’ll see that the Broncos will be breaking out an all-black uniform today. All black. That means jersey, helmet, pants and even socks and shoes.

BFBS is nothing new, of course — even BYU joined the party last week. But Boise somehow seems to be, I don’t know…different.

For one thing, they’re not wearing a non-black helmet, which neverlooksgood, no matter what color your helmet is. If you’re going for the all-black look…keep it all black.

Secondly, for some reason (although I will need to see it in action), I have a feeling this one will really look good. But on that smurf-turf? The game itself may be unwatchable.

Boise isn’t quite Oregon when it comes to uniform machinations. But they’ve had more than their fair share in the past several years. In fact, this is going to be the third brand new uniform for the Broncos in the past three years — the blue/gray/blue Pro Combat toy soldier outfit in 2010, and the all white beauty they busted out against Georgia last year. They’ve used parts of each of those uniforms to supplement their existing combos over time. I won’t go through all the various combinations (google: Boise State Football for a small sampling) over the past few years, but it’s a lot.

But back to the BFBS uniform they’ll be wearing today. The reason coughbullshitcough they need another new uniform is because their conference has banned them from wearing their all blue uniforms at home (for conference games). This means they need to be creative on the smurf turf, wearing orange, more orange, and gray for MW games. To my knowledge, they’ve yet to wear white at home, but with several combinations at the ready, the new black unis will give them plenty more home options.

I will be watching this game today, provided the smurf turf isn’t too brutal. And (although they may wear white), UNLV does have a nice all-gray uni — (as a sidebar, that should be a road uniform — it looks really stupid when they wear that against white-shod teams) — they should wear that against Boise today.

So thank you Mountain West Conference for requiring making it necessary for Nike Boise to come up with a new uni every now and then. And of course, they’d never use the new unis as an excuse to move merch or anything.

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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 6 Card
Oct. 20, 1962…Oregon 35, Air Force 20 at Air Force on CBS

Oh, wow, for a uni-watcher in the Midwest, THIS was fun. … Two teams we’d almost NEVER see on TV. … Yes, Oregon had played in the ‘58 Rose Bowl, but this simply was NOT a typical choice for the one game of the week. …Was great to see — even in black and white — Oregon’s gorgeous road set in their unique Kelly and Athletic Gold combination and Air Force’s kinda-Colts/kinda-Chargers homes. … Scrounging for color shots of the unis, I had better luck on the Interwebs than in the Ricko Files. … So, since Oregon’s ’62 unis were pretty much the same as in the ’58 Rose Bowl vs. Ohio State, here’s one at the coin toss (I think this photo’s gonna get a lotta love from some here), and one from the game. … Notice they were one of the few teams to almost always wear stirrups under their crew socks. … Found Air Force on a Street & Smith’s cover. … and they wore single-striped crews … Neither Greg Willener nor Dick Brown played pro football.

SIDE NOTE and QUESTION…I remember being surprised that Oregon’s actual team name was “Ducks,” because in both the ’58 Rose Bowl and today’s game the announcers called them the “Webfoots.” But look at his photo I found of the ’57 team, the team that played in the ‘58 Rose Bowl. … Anyone know the story behind this? Did, seriously, the networks think “Ducks” sounded like a bad word?

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Thanks Rick! Great job with that as always. I think can actually answer that question — or rather, our 2009-10 Duck Tracker Mike Princip can, if you just follow the yellow-duck road. The “Webfoots” was the original team name, and while they had been known as “Ducks” for years, I believe the two were synonymous. Not sure whether it just sounded “stupid” to say “Webfoots” (I mean, shouldn’t it be ‘Webfeet’?) or something, that I don’t know. But it seems that Ducks was just much easier — why those announcers called them the “Webfoots” is anybody’s guess — maybe they were just going off of a photograph? I can’t imagine the press reports from the day were only referring to them as Webfoots, but one never knows. Perhaps they considered “Webfoots” as the official name and simply thought it was more appropriate to use that instead of the more colloquial nickname. Readers? Any thoughts?

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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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Bryan Heaton - Mother's Day

Bryan Heaton:

Phil,

My Stirrup Friday happened to fall on a Wednesday! I teach in the public school system, and our High School always has a Spirit Week with different themed days leading up to the homecoming game. Today was “Wear Pink” so I paired my Mother’s Day Specials with pink sanitaries for the day!

Bryan Heaton

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James Poisso - Cardinals

James Poisso:

Phil

I can’t believe I am saying this…Go Cards…

James Poisso

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Jason Bernard - Rays

Jason Bernard:

Phil,

Rays because they match my shirt.

Bernard

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John Kimmerlein - Cards

John K.:

Phil,

My stirrup Friday photo is attached. I have no real rooting interest in the teams remaining, and would prefer to see the Tigers win because they have been the longest without a Series title. But there is no question which of the remaining teams gets the vote from the single-issue stirrup partisans. The Cardinals’ old-school striped socks/stirrups are a thing of beauty, and enough players go high-cuffed on occasion that they still come across as a true part of the uniform. The Giants brought back the three-stripes look a few years ago (I still call them ’54 Orioles stirrups) but even with a striped sock give away one game that season, not enough players wore them to really take hold.

John K

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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. Nothing “new” this week, but we do have an announcement. 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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Duck Tracker 2012

2012 Duck Tracker

The seventh game of the 2012 Ducks season had the Duckies on the road against Sparky on Thursday evening. Apparently, the Sun Devils thought this was a special game so they went with their obligatory BFBS costumes. Oregon, not intimidated in the least, went with a great (albeit decidedly non-school color) combination of gray/white/gray, with gray shoes. I know a lot of you are against this “non-school color” look, and I agree with you — except for Oregon, who invented the gimmick. The Devils even went so far as to guard their mountaintop “A”, which happened to be black, but some pesky Oregon kids snuck past their defenses and painted the “A” green (which I believe is actually an Oregon school color). But those ever-resourceful shocker hoisting ASU coeds managed to paint it black before kickoff. Unfortunately for those poor bastards, little did they realize they were actually painting the “A” an ‘Oregon’ color (Please note that ASU does list black and gray as official colors, whereas the U of Zero does not). Such is the state of college football. Oh, and the Ducks crushed Sparky, just cuz they could.

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Our 2012 Duck Tracker is Tim E. O’Brien, and here he is to tell you about it:

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While Oregon looked good Thursday night (I always like the gray/white/gray look), I’m still a bit disappointed with their choices for this season thus far. Perhaps they’re saving some of the better combos for the biggest of games. Don’t get me wrong, this was either the second or third best look the Ducks have worn all season and the new white jersey they broke out is way better than the other one but I just keep wishing for better combinations.

Anyway, I hope everyone enjoys their college football Saturday. Hopefully my ‘Cats and Hoosiers will both win today (though, I’m not sure which game is a bigger stretch…). I’ll be at the NU/Neb game so feel free to stop by the Duck Tracker, but the NUni and Hoosier trackers might not be updated until later tonight. Cheers.

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Thanks Tim.

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Alex Rocklein’s Playoff Uni Tracker:

Uni Watch readers will recall that last season, Alex Rocklein tracked the major league playoffs by uniform worn. He’s back again this year and the graphic below is the 2012 edition. Here’s the chart, and then Alex with a very brief description (click image to enlarge):

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“Hey Phil,

So far the softball tops have not fared well in the postseason going a combined 3-5. Aesthetically speaking, it’s a win-win situation (unless the Giants break out the orange tops and win 7 straight).

-Alex”

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In the words of Jim Vilk, “I’d wear DIY that!”

Last weekend I led with a little bit from Ricko’s files, in which Rick Pearson mentioned he had an old book from 1955 that had some curious logo art for MLB teams. He thought one of the more ambitious readers might even want to turn one of those logos into a DIY t-shirt. Well, no sooner did the suggestion hit the interwebs than reader Max Weintraub did just that. Here’s the result:

diy senators

Pretty sweet, huh?

Here’s Max to give a very brief description:

You asked for photos of our DIY shirts.

Here I am in my Senators shirt

The blue bleeds a bit — maybe it’s my printer — but I dig it!

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Max Weintraub

Nice work, Max. How about it readers? Anyone else out there want to give this a shot?

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Random Old Awesome Photo…

…that might make for a good colorization (click to enlarge)

Hal Smith

Hi,

This is a photo I saw of Hal Smith catcher for the 1955 Baltimore Orioles. His helmet has a old english style letter “B” on it I had never seen before.

Thanks,
Dennis Hasty
Cincinnati

Even thought dem aO’s were eliminated by the Yanks…they’re still in our hearts.

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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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Wow, social media…old style…

10-20-12 d-bridge

Click to enlarge

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864358B1G Trophy Game(s)

Our favorite stirrup wearing leader, Robert Marshall, not only loves him his rups, but he loves him some B1G football even more. From now until the end of the season, whenever there is a Big 10 Trophy Game (or Games), Robert will report upon them. And he does it all with his colorful bobble/mold figurines.

Today there are two. Here’s Comrade Marshall to tell you all about them:

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“It’s rights for the title of the state, state champions, who’s the best in the state, it’s huge, big for the fans, big for the alumni and big for the players and coaches.” ~Ryan Van Bergen

I couldn’t have said it better. If that guy is still playing for Michigan, and the Buckeyes have to lose, I hope it is by his hand. He sums up how I feel about the national focus college football has taken beautifully. He also speaks to an aesthetic I love, the random trophy, and it is Paul Bunyan week in the Big Ten. So even if the B1G rots, let’s take a look…

Michigan and Michigan State have been playing for the ginormous wooden Paul Bunyan Trophy with his axe phallus since 1953 when the Spartans replace the U of Chicago and made the Big Ten 10 again. Michigan leads the series 67–32–5 speaks not only to early Michigan power, but playing at home 95% of the time before MSU joined the conference. Since the Bunyan the series is 34–23–2 in favour of the Wolverines.

Enough of the mitten rivalry, it’s a great game, but no two teams in D1 have played more then Minnesota and Wisconsin. Greed (UT Austin) and the fruitless pursuit of a peeeeeeerfect ending to a season has ruined the second most played rivalry, Kansas-Missouri, but the game for Paul Bunyan’s axe rolls on, for now. In 1890, the Badgers second year of football, in their third ever game they got their greatest victory 106-0, the following week, against Minnesota, they got their biggest defeat 63-0. Since then the two teams have played every year other then 1906, and for 50 years it was the traditional last game (still should be).

At one time the two teams played for the slab of bacon until 1943 when Gopher coach George Houser refused it and it was lost for 50 years. So to replace it in 1948, the two schools started playing for the axe. Now aesthetically, is their anything better then when the winning team steals the axe from the opponents’ sidelines and chops down the goal post? It is what college football is all about, badgers and gophers playing for an 8 foot wooden axe prop as if they we kids. Oh wait, they are, I laugh just think of it.

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Thank you Comrade. I’ll never look at an ax the same way.

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That’s just about it for today. If you didn’t read it yesterday, make sure you check out Paul’s excellent interview for Bloomberg TV, Gatorade Cups Patrol the MLB Postseason. Sweet.

Enjoy the BFBS Boise game today, plus all the other college football. The Giants live to play a Game VI in San Fran tomorrow. It’s almost November 6. Phew.

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“Everyone has a choice to be ethical, honorable, and responsible. And those who choose not to be deserve to be called out for it. Which is exactly what we’re doing here.”
— Paul Lukas

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And now…your moment of zen:

Geno Smith 550 Resize

 

96 comments to Because There Aren’t Already Enough BFBS Unis in NCAA Football

  • BurghFan | October 20, 2012 at 7:34 am |

    Looking at January 2, 1958 papers, there are a couple more hits for Webfoots than Ducks.

    • Kenny Ocker | October 21, 2012 at 2:14 am |

      The team name was originally Webfoots before it ever became Ducks. The transition, as you can tell, was rather gradual, but there was a long period in which both were used interchangeably. Uniformity came with the television era, I’m sure.

      — 2012 UO alumnus

  • S.Menecola | October 20, 2012 at 7:43 am |

    Moment of zen has got me wanting some GRAYtorade. Looking forward to possibly making the party in two weeks. I may have to bring a water bottle as part of my uniwatch party ensemble.

    • Ricko | October 20, 2012 at 7:44 am |

      Hey, nice tee, Max!
      Good job.

  • Jedi54 | October 20, 2012 at 8:16 am |

    I love when squads go black on black. It’s so awesome when they have on black hats also.

  • hmich176 | October 20, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    What team wore the first BFBS jersey?

    • Graf Zeppelin | October 20, 2012 at 9:13 am |

      I think it was the L.A. Kings when they got Gretzky, c. 1987. They changed their colors from purple and gold to black and silver, i.e., Laker colors to Raider colors. A couple of years later the White Sox went from navy and red to black and silver. Around the same time the Falcons changed their primary color from red to black; although there was some history there as their original jerseys in the ’60s had been black and it was still being used as a trim color, the helmet was changed to black as well.

      • ThresherK | October 20, 2012 at 9:21 am |

        Didn’t the c. 1990 White Sox go throwback, to something out of their myriad designs of the past? A brief buzz through the BHOF exhibit shows they’ve had almost any combo of navy, red and black one can imagine.

        (If I’m off, I am open to a primer for the rules of BFBS. I still don’t know how it applies to expansion teams, for example.)

        • Graf Zeppelin | October 20, 2012 at 9:37 am |

          Right; that’s what I was referring to. They had a “turn back the clock” day in which they wore vintage 1917 uniforms, then before the season ended they broke out the new uniforms (which, incidentally and incredibly for that franchise, they’re still wearing 22 years later).

          BFBS stands for “black for black’s sake.” It’s usually used to refer to a team introducing the color black into its uniform design for no apparent reason, particularly as the primary background color of a jersey, especially where black had never been part of the team’s scheme before.

          When pro sports apparel marketing started to take off in the mid-late ’80s, the team that sold the most merch was the then-L.A. Raiders, who still had a residue of their bad-ass renegade image from the ’60s and ’70s. So teams started imitating the Raiders and, eventually, each other by either changing their primary color to black or adding black trim.

          Some of the more egregious examples over the last 20-25 years or so are the Mets, Royals, Lions and Celtics, who never had black in their color schemes before the BFBS trend infiltrated sports uniforms.

        • Graf Zeppelin | October 20, 2012 at 9:42 am |

          [cont’d]

          What some teams did during these years was add black as a trim color, not a primary jersey color, in order to sell black t-shirts, jackets, caps, &c. since black was now part of the color scheme even though the team didn’t actually wear a black jersey. The N.Y. Jets (1990-97) are a good example.

          Other teams, like the Islanders, Whalers and Edmonton Oilers, darkened their primary color (royal to navy, or in the case of the Whale, green to navy).

        • ThresherK | October 20, 2012 at 9:50 am |

          Thanks for the refresher.

          Funny thing: I don’t check this site every day. When I first happened on the abbreviation BFBS I thought it meant “Below Football Bowl Subdivision”, referring to the way many I-AA teams throw in excessive amounts of black and stripes and swoops and geegaws for bandwagonish reasons.

          I remember the Whalers’ change to navy. Glad my Nordiques kept their classics to the bitter end.

        • Mike Engle | October 20, 2012 at 10:58 am |

          “Glad my Nordiques kept their classics to the bitter end.”
          Oof. Glad the Nords failed to file their changes in a timely fashion and then made the changes moot upon relocation.

        • Rob S | October 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm |

          Yeah, the Nords’ proposed change was pretty ninetiestastic. And by that I mean not very good.

      • Rob H. | October 20, 2012 at 11:19 am |

        I don’t consider Falcons, Kings, White Sox BFBS because they actually changed to using black as a primary color, not just for an alt jersey unlike the 2005 Detroit Lions. Maybe the 1948-49 Lions were the first BFBS.

    • The Jeff | October 20, 2012 at 10:05 am |

      The better question here is who wore the first BFBS uniform without a team color change? We all know the beginning of the trend towards black (and other dark colors) in the late 80’s with the Kings, Falcons, White Sox, etc – but what NCAA team first wore a black jersey just for the sole purpose of wearing a black jersey?

      • Teebz | October 20, 2012 at 11:02 am |

        The change that the Kings made for Gretzky was a result of Gretzky buying into the QMJHL’s Hull Olympiques before arriving in LA and Bruce McNall. McNall needed to rebrand the Kings in a new image with Gretzky onboard, so Luc Robitaille, a former Hull Olympique, suggested they go with Hull’s color scheme that they had worn since the mid-1980s to make the change more appealing to Gretzky since he owned a team that looked remarkably similar. Before the 1980s, the Hull Olympiques looked like this. To further the change to black, Hull even had a black-gray-and-white barbershop look for a while.

      • denvergregg | October 20, 2012 at 11:03 am |

        Have to say Colorado Buffs late 50s. Before that was”the glory of the silver and the gold”.

      • Tim E. O'B | October 20, 2012 at 11:21 am |

        Northwestern Kinda started the trend in 92. Never black before, and the home unis became only black for 10 years(ish).

        Go ‘Cats.

        • The Jeff | October 20, 2012 at 11:45 am |

          Not to take anything away from your Mildcats, but I’m not sure if that doesn’t count as a color change, even if somewhat unofficial. They didn’t just pull out a black jersey for a random game (as most teams today are doing), they made black a part of their regular uniform.

        • Ricko | October 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm |

          “BFBS” originally meant adding black as a regular or alternate garment color prior to any official change in team colors, I think.
          In the TV era, Northwestern would be one of the first.

          So we mow may need a sub-definition, it seems:
          “BFSO” (Black For Special Occasion)
          or…
          “BFPP” (Black For Promotional Purposes)

    • LarryB | October 20, 2012 at 11:31 am |

      College teams such as Indiana wore black or all black decades ago.

      • LarryB | October 20, 2012 at 11:38 am |

        Here is Indiana in 1936 in black helmet,jerseys,pants

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  • Patrick_in_MI | October 20, 2012 at 9:00 am |

    Wow, can we nominate that Oregon-Ohio State coin toss pic for tomorrow’s 5&1, preferably in the number 1 spot?! So much color, it makes me weep.

    Also love that Ballmer player pic in b&w just fine. The raised OEB on the flocked cap, the zippered jersey, the ribbed sweatshirt (sweater?) poking up and making a statement. SO many layers of texture here, gotta love that.

    • LarryB | October 20, 2012 at 11:33 am |

      I love that coin toss pic.

      The game shot was a screen grab of mine. I have a dvd of the 1958 Rose Bowl in color. I also have the NBC actual broadcast of it which is B&W.

      • LarryB | October 20, 2012 at 11:48 am |

        For Ricko and others. This is a pic of Ohio State vs Oregon in 1961. I got this pic from the OSU archives.

        I had posted it and see it now on message boards and Helmet Hut used my pic in ads too.

        It shows the Bucks and Ducks in color.

        https://lh3.googleus...

        • Ricko | October 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm |

          And Paul Warfield (#42) right in the middle of it.

  • ThresherK | October 20, 2012 at 9:15 am |

    Somehow when I see that Boise State graphic on top I also want to blame the Mets. Is that just piling on?

    And I’m still trying to figure out if Saskatchewan has gone monochrome throwback at home: The green and white (none of that modern silver or black) helmet, jersey and pants would blend right in, just like Boise St.

  • Tony C | October 20, 2012 at 10:06 am |

    https://sphotos-b.xx...

    pink goal post pads for today’s OSU vs Purdue game.

    before anyone starts on how shameful this is. OSU is really big into this because of their partnership Stephanie Speilman Fund

    • T'Challa | October 20, 2012 at 10:17 am |

      Well to be fair that goalpost cover is an eyesore. Why not just have the regular cover with the logo that denotes whatever foundation they’re supporting.

      • Tony C | October 20, 2012 at 10:34 am |

        easy.. they didn’t want to do it that way

        i don’t think it’s an eye sore. it’s different

        • Tony C | October 20, 2012 at 10:41 am |

          when i say different, i dont mean it’s different that’s never been done but different from their normal goal post

        • T'Challa | October 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm |

          You say different I say aesthetically garish, either way opinions.

    • Tony C | October 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm |

      Pink towels and gloves as well(for some players)

    • The Jeff | October 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm |

      Silly pinkness aside… why is Purdue not wearing gold pants? Mono-white with the gold helmet sucks.

  • TD | October 20, 2012 at 10:19 am |

    The Boise State game is also a stadium blackout – season ticket holders get a schedule each year of what sections will wear what color (blue or orange) for particular games, and the blackout was announced last week at the Fresno State game halftime. The new black Nike BSU fan swag (mostly Nike) washer sale immediately after the game. Basically 37,000 people compelled to not just weAr black, but to scare up cash for new spirit crap on a week’s notice.

  • Eduardo | October 20, 2012 at 10:36 am |

    That ‘ 58 Rose Bowl photo blew me away. 3 quick observations:

    1. Number 40 for Oregon looks like he’s about 50 years old.
    2. The Rosa Bowl turf looks pretty bad compared to what we’re used to seeing today.
    3. The players in that picture are incredibly lean…..not an ounce of fat on any of them. I wonder what the heaviest player on each team weighed back then…..230, 235?

    Crazy!

  • Joseph Gerard | October 20, 2012 at 11:16 am |

    I just wonder what the Big East is going to do with Boise State in a few years.

  • Gus | October 20, 2012 at 11:21 am |

    That Boise state picture doesn’t look badass enough. The stadium should be replaced with some wild horses, maybe some army tanks, explosions, lightning, etc. I mean they are wearing black after all.

  • Chris Burkhart | October 20, 2012 at 11:29 am |

    Temple is wearing all black today, but with the Cherry helmets. Just got texted a picture from the sideline and they look pretty good. Still like the cherry better, though.

  • Bernard | October 20, 2012 at 11:43 am |

    Now this, my friends, is how you do a Saturday at Uni Watch. Outstanding stuff top to bottom. Love the look at Boise State (and I love the look itself), “50 Years Ago” is a gem as always, a new stirrup teaser, an incredible write-up on the Paul Bunyan games, etc. Great job by everyone!

    Except you, Phil. Fuck you in your face for putting Geno on blast like that.

    • Ricko | October 20, 2012 at 11:46 am |

      VOICEOVER:
      “Geno Smith drinks Gatorade.
      Well, y’know, if he could.”

    • LarryB | October 20, 2012 at 11:50 am |

      It is top to bottom a super UW today.

    • Coleman | October 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm |

      Agreed, Bernard. Let’s just hope Geno has better results tonight than he did with that gatorade cup full of what may or may not have been gatorade.

      LET’S GO!…

      • Bernard | October 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |

        …MOUNTAINEERS!

      • Joe S | October 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm |

        … Mountaineers!!

  • Ricko | October 20, 2012 at 11:44 am |

    Wouldn’t you think that by now some of these teams pondering BFBS would think, “Gee, that’s been done, hasn’t it. Let’s not.”

    Or are they so dense that they really think they’re doing leading edge, innovative stuff?

    We should ask if they’ve heard about this new sitcom called “Friends.”

    • The Jeff | October 20, 2012 at 11:50 am |

      You’d think…

      Then again, maybe we should be glad they’re stuck on black, at least it’s somewhat predictable and neutral. I mean, imagine if they truly wanted to be different and we started seeing OrangeFOS or BlueFBS, etc? Just think… THE Ohio State Buckeyes wearing blue jerseys (against Michigan, of course), because, why not?

      • Ricko | October 20, 2012 at 11:53 am |

        That fersure true.
        Could be neon green, which seems to be considered “neutral” in soccer.

    • Rob H. | October 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm |

      …some of these teams pondering BFBS would think, “Gee, that’s been done, hasn’t it. Let’s not.”

      Isn’t that why we’ve started to see the gray?

      • Ricko | October 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm |

        Unfortunately, yes.

  • LarryB | October 20, 2012 at 11:49 am |

    The other day I said that I now root against the teams that wear BFBS or Gray and so on.

    Yes I realize who I pull for has no effect on any game. but if the BFBS team loses I am glad.

    • The Jeff | October 20, 2012 at 11:53 am |

      Yes I realize who I pull for has no effect on any game.

      You’re not rooting hard enough.

  • quiet seattle | October 20, 2012 at 11:53 am |

    The zen video is spectacular!

    Keep your eyes on the two women for about 20 repetitions. It is pure poetry (with nike and gatorade logos)!

  • Phil in Joplin | October 20, 2012 at 11:59 am |

    Oklahoma State uniforms vs Iowa State – HOMECOMING – Orange pants, orange jerseys, and the brand new orange helmet

    New Orange Helmet

    • The Jeff | October 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm |

      You know… they have got to do something about all of the extra chinstrap extending over the logo. Seriously, is it really that hard to adjust it to the proper length then cut off the excess? That’s bugged me for decades.

      • Coleman | October 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm |

        No joke. I sent this in a few weeks back…

        http://www.flickr.co...

        Friggin’ ridiculous.

    • Phil in Joplin | October 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm |

      More info on the helmet. This is the first time since ’72 that the OSU brand hasn’t been the main image on the helmet. It’s also the first time Pistol Pete has been the dominant feature (he’s been achievement stickers, etc). Crazy times in Stillwater today!

  • Al Gruwell | October 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm |

    Not a big fan of the monochromatic look, but I love the Cowpoke on OSU’s helmet.

  • jedi54 | October 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm |

    Not a big fan of T. Boone Pickens U, but love the orange on orange. That’s how you do it.

  • jedi54 | October 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm |

    Aggie is maroon on maroon today. Aggie would look better if they had solid britches!!!

  • MJE | October 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm |

    Im sure Catherine has been waiting for my 5/1 nominees: (in no order)

    Penn/Yale
    Iowa State/OK State
    LSU/Tex AM
    Clemson/V Tech
    Oregon/AZ State

    And 1- Temple/Rutgers

    • Ricko | October 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm |

      Stanford/Cal ain’t bad, either.

  • Jacob | October 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm |

    Michigan State has shiny helmets today vs. Michigan. With a black facemask

    http://www.facebook....

    • Simply Moono | October 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm |

      Showed up on my Facebook feed. Will add for tomorrow.

      • Ricko | October 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm |

        Looks like a Christmas tree ornament.

        • Joe S | October 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm |

          TCU is doing something similar with a purple lid over black-and-black

    • Patrick_in_MI | October 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |

      They look like a mylar balloon. I hope they never wear them again, it looks terrible.

  • Mark | October 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm |

    FYI Michigan State will wear the metallic green helmets leaked on the Internet earlier this week, and pictured in the link below: http://www.freep.com...

    (Maybe someone has already beaten me to the punch on this one, I don’t know.)

    • Mark | October 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm |

      Darn, someone did beat me to the punch… by 1 minute.

  • Donnie | October 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |

    I think it’s BS for the Mountain West to ban Boise from wearing it’s all blue unis. What’s stopping Baylor or Michigan St. from wearing all green unis? Also, last yr was when they had many more combos helmet-wise (blue big horse, blue small horse, white big horse, white small horse and orange small horse). This year i believe they only have blue, white and black, all with the big horse logo

  • DenverGregg | October 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm |

    The postman just delivered my jersey from the Ebbetts closeout sale. Looks terrific and fits great. I note it says dry clean only. Anybody out there chance washing one of those in woolite or is dry clean really the way to go?
    Thanks

    • Ricko | October 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm |

      My rule of thumb would be:
      If I paid $100 for a sweater that originally was priced at $200 would I have it dry cleaned?
      And the answer is: Probably, yes.

      Also, I remember how flannel baseball unis that had been washed sometimes changed sizes…or at least the lettering and trim puckered a bit.

      That said, generally you can trust Woolite if you’re particular and precise about following directions. And you’ll probably have to turn it inside out and iron it when you’re done.

      • Ricko | October 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm |

        Just as importantly, which one did you order?

        • DenverGregg | October 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm |

          Thanks.
          Estrellas Orientales. Outstanding design.

      • NickV | October 21, 2012 at 2:16 am |

        I would dry clean it ONLY. I have learned the hard way that sometimes the colors on the fely bleed out onto the wool fabric. Epic Fail when that happens.

  • Joe S | October 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm |

    Nice helmet graphic for Northwestern. End zones are also themed with the jersey striping.

    http://scores.espn.g...

  • DGF2099 | October 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  • DGF2099 | October 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm |

    Does anyone else besides me think it’s kind of odd that while the Northwestern University Police cars don’t sport the Northwestern Stripe-http://www.northwestern.edu/up/images/slideshow/squad_lights.jpg
    The City of Evanston Police Department does?-http://www.northwesternflipside.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/evanstonpolice.jpg

  • KB | October 20, 2012 at 7:11 pm |

    Webfoots was the nickname. Based on local fishermen in Oregon called Webfoots.

    Newspapers wanted to use fewer letters, so they started to call them Ducks.

    Here is the school’s propoganda (Webfoot info at 5th paragraph):

    http://www.goducks.c...

  • Shane | October 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm |

    Stirruping up tonight for an admittedly early halloween party. Even got the blousing decent.

    I’ll take pictures next week, as there’s another party, and it’s on a Friday!

    • Phil Hecken | October 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm |

      awesome…but word to the wise — take pics now, just in case

  • Fan | October 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm |

    Those Duke outfits are embarrassing.

  • Oakville Endive | October 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm |

    CFL action going on, Hamilton at Calgary (Canada’s equivalent to Denver) are playing in a heavy snow fall. Esthetically – if only Calgary could wear a decent uni, but the snow does wipe out the plethora of advertisments on the field.

    • Phil Hecken | October 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm |

      cfl?

      the college football league? and as a hamilton grad, im not sure we ever played this ‘calgary’ school…are they nescac?

      • Oakville Endive | October 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm |

        You mean this won’t be the lead game on Sports Center?

        FYI – Hamilton is quartebacked by one-time great Chicago Bears QB Henry Burris. “One-time” meaning, he started I believe just one game, a Monday night affair , if my memory is correct.

    • Patrick_in_MI | October 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm |

      Splitting time between that game (watching it online) and HNiC on CBC, a 1994 playoff game between Calgary and Vancouver. All the while in my Angelo Mosca jersey.

  • James A | October 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm |

    A solid entry today, but the hidden gem for me was the USFL picture. I still love that league. F-ing Trump! Thanks for that photo, Phil!

  • Tim E. O'B | October 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm |

    What Northwestern wore today: http://img.photobuck...

    What Northwestern should’ve worn today: http://img.photobuck...

  • [name redacted] | October 20, 2012 at 10:24 pm |

    Via Twitter,

    Iowa fans wearing Sandusky “costumes” at the Penn State game tonight.

    http://twitpic.com/b...

    • Tim E. O'B | October 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm |

      This was going to happen. People are morons. Yet another (albeit, bad) argument for the death penalty, though.

      • Phil Hecken | October 20, 2012 at 10:44 pm |

        people are morons…but that was fuckin funny

        • Tim E. O'B | October 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm |

          I find little amusing today as my 2 college football teams lost 2 games by a combined 2 points.

          :'(

          But yeah, you don’t want people to make fun of your former coach/convicted rapist pedophile? Fire him and report him to the police in the late 90s when you first found out about him.

  • Johnny | October 20, 2012 at 11:43 pm |

    For shirts with the old baseball logos from the 50s, you can get cheap shirts at Vistaprints.

    Including embroidered polos

    http://4.bp.blogspot...

    http://1.bp.blogspot...

    http://1.bp.blogspot...

  • dutchterp7 | October 21, 2012 at 12:10 am |

    I’m a huge fan of the O’s. What’s the deal with that 1955 old style “B”? I’ve seen a few pictures of them on their batting helmets but not on a cap. American Needle has them on dugout-memories.com. Nothing about it on the dressed to the nines site. ??