All the chatter about the Astros supposedly reviving the shooting star design turned out to be bunk, as the team unveiled an extremely conservative uni set yesterday. (Further details here, and here’s the new primary logo.)
The most intriguing aspect of the set is the new BP jersey, which has tequila sunrise side panels (I like that) and will serve as the game jersey on Sundays (I’m not so nuts about that).
Overall, I’m very surprised by how generic-seeeming this set is. Disappointed, too — feels too plain, too characterless. Obviously, there’s no extraneous nonsense, which is nice, but where’s the juice? I do like the caps. But the rest? Snoozers. — Paul
In case you missed it: Some big news here at Uni Watch HQ. Full details here.
50 Years Ago…This Weekend
Last year, Rick Pearson took us “back in time” to bring us his look at the featured television college football match-up from 50 years ago. (If you’re not familiar with it, this was the inaugural post of “50 Years Ago” from last year — after that, it became a recurring feature on UW for the remainder of the season). Last year, Rick looked at the 1961 season, and fortunately for us, he “uni tracked” the games from 1962 as well, documenting the game via his “kid cards”. Each week this fall, he’ll do the same, again.
Whew. 50 years ago, the Cuban Missile Crisis was over. … Six days before this game, Nikita Khrushchev had agreed to remove Soviet missiles from Cuba. … So intense were moments of that super power face-off that at one point Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara pulled Secretary of State Dean Rusk aside to look out the window. … “The sun is setting,” McNamara said. “It will be the last one we ever see.” … To put it mildly, it was simply a joy to sit back and watch the Game of the Week. … The Irish were in their ornate UCLA-striped jerseys and striped stirrups under their crew socks (home stirrups were solid navy). … And again, yes, the helmet shamrock should be green. … Also Navy’s gold pants and numbers should be more Old Gold. … Ron Blye was chosen because not many players other than interior linemen continued to wear high tops. … You gotta love old style PR photos; this one including Roger Staubach, Dick Earnest, Navy’s mono Old Gold unis and Bill the goat. … Blye played briefly for the Giants and Eagles. … Earnest’s future was in the Navy, not pro football. … Staubach, of course, did okay in the NFL after his tour of duty.
“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.
“Do You Hear What I Hear?…”
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