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By Phil Hecken
America. Fuck Yeah!
That was Rutgers’ salute to the troops, or their Captain America lids … or something. Whatever it was, it looked awful. Today is Veterans’ Day — lets all take a moment to thank those who served the USA. My late father was a Veteran — served in the Army in the Korean Conflict. And I’m happy teams want to celebrate Veterans’ Day. But not with clownish helmet graphics.
That’s not how you do a helmet tribute.
That is all.
Here’s Terry with your…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
PONIES ARE BACK!!! Yes, season three aired yesterday, but I’m sure you guys aren’t here to listen to me talk about how the Crystal Empire was a 17 year-old’s wet dream, you’re here to read what happened during week 11 of the NCAA football season, the accompanying Saturday of which landing on the Marines’ birthday (which my Dad was quite happy about [this was when he was 19]). And boy, some teams took that opportunity to shout “‘MURICA!”. One at a time… *Ahem*
• A rare Tuesday game was played earlier in the week between Ball State and Toledo. With this matchup being on Election Day, this was an almost partisan color-vs.-color game with Ball State in red-over-white, and Toledo in all-blue (with those retro-ish helmets).
• On Wednesday, after suiting up in all-green last week (which I like), Ohio goes all-black against BGSU this week (which I don’t like). At least they had black helmets, so the balance is there.
• Moving on to Saturday, I noticed the MICHIGAN wordmark on the Wolverines’ collars that I haven’t seen before until yesterday.
• Florida wore their orange jerseys on Saturday against Louisiana Lafayette.
• ‘Murica. That’s what Rutgers wore against Army. It stunk like the week-old rotten cabbage that was boiled with a ham hock on a plate next to month-old fish. Seriously. I think my vision wrecked my vision more than it already is, and I have really bad vision. Also of note: we had the Scarlet Knights hosting the Black Knights. When was the last time that this type of team name pairing matchup happened?
• ‘Murica. That’s what New Mexico wore against Wyoming. It stunk like three week-old rotten cabbage that was boiled with a ham hock on a plate next to month-old fish. Also, note Wyoming’s Washington-esque helmets. That logo was only on one side, however. The usual logo was on the other side. More pics here, if you dare. Thanks to Andrew Seagraves for the link to the gallery.
• Iowa wore a new uniform for Veterans Day (which is Nov. 11th, but yesterday was the closet day to Veterans Day that landed on a Saturday). It kinda reminds you of what it would look like if Iowa gene-spliced with the Oakland Raiders. Not a bad look… until you get to the right side of the helmet.
• Texas changed their main helmet decals to include “DKR”, which are the initials of Darrell K. Royal, the Longhorns’ coach from 1957-1976, who passed away this past Wednesday. Here’s a pic of him in uniform in 1949 with his son. Also, his initials were added to the midfield logo. An absolutely class move by Texas.
• Oklahoma State wore mono-grey with black helmets against West Virginia. During the first quarter, Dave said that the Cowboys players didn’t know what their uniform was going to look like until an hour before kickoff (the game was on ABC). Kelly asked Dave “Do you like the choice?”. My name isn’t Dave, but I would’ve preferred orange or black tops.
• Texas A&M wore all-black last week against Mississippi State. They moved to the other end of the spectrum this week by wearing all-white against Alabama. I think that this was the debut of aTm’s white helmets.
• Baylor wore black pants with white helmets and jerseys for I believe the first time ever against Oklahoma.
• Troy changed some things up this weekend. From Ben Whitehead: “We had a few Uni tidbits from this weekend. We don’t tend to change our uniforms here at Troy, but with Navy coming to town on the Marines’ birthday, we decided to change things up a bit. The first thing I noticed was that we were wearing a patch of the Marines logo. We also had a black, white and gray camo pattern for the helmet stripe instead of our usual gray sword stripe. Also, the shield logo on the helmet was black and white instead of the usual color version.”
• Houston wore mono-gray uniforms with an interesting helmet that had a T.V. number on one side, and a logo that I can’t really make out on the other, and a big grey tapered helmet stripe. In that same game, Tulsa wore white helmets with their usual gold helmet decals, instead of the decals that are usually worn with the white lid.
• Southern Miss. wore their throwback helmets with their current uniforms against SMU.
• Last, but not least, Washington State wore their anthracite uniforms at home against UCLA. Now that’s how you do grey at home. Also, the Bruins were wearing some pretty cool-looking sideline capes. It’s hard to see because of my T.V., but the gold arch is embroidered with the word “BRUINS”.
And that will do it for this week. Everyone have a great Veterans Day.
“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.
This is the kind of knowledge that passes from father to son…
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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 Matt Malinoski — who sent me this AL Central concept a while back — and I thought sure I had run, but I guess I had overlooked it. So with apologies to Matt, here ’tis:
I saw that there were a few requests for an orange version of my Astros concept, an so I added an orange alternate. I also added outlines to the stars on the jackets as well as an outline on the patch on the orange jacket.
Here are my AL Central concepts:
Indians: 1946–49 uniforms with current Chief Wahoo with the skin tone of the original Wahoo. Road script is more arched than the last one I sent in.
Royals: 1969–72 uniforms with current script.
Tigers: Current home uniform with 1954 road uniform with current road cap. Made the numerals a little smaller.
Twins: 1961–71 uniforms with 1948–60 Senators stirrups. Changed sleeve patch to look more like the old Minnesota-shaped logo.
White Sox: Buttoned and black version of 1972 home uniforms with grayscale version of 1959 World Series stirrups. Road script in reverse color scheme. Sock patch for home and away. Connected the cursive “C” and “h”.
Last up today is Adam Hainsfurther with some new ideas for teams in the great Northwest:
So I saw in the news that Seattle is finalizing a deal to build a new NBA/NHL arena in an attempt to get the Sonics back and/or lure an NHL team from say a certain desert city. So I thought what I great opportunity to design a “New Sonics” uniform and some jerseys and logos for a modern incarnation of the Metropolitans.
For the Sonics, I wanted to try to merge old and new by keeping the original color scheme with a more modern look. The space needle in the team name I took from the Shawn Kemp era branding while the Em-City Green and Sonic Gold as I call them come from the teams initial uni set. I added in some Seattle Gray to try to give it a sharper and more modern feel. The shorts logo acts as the main team mark, while the space needle/basketball logo is the teams secondary mark. The final logo is hard to see but its the new stylized S in a basketball, an updated take on the last logo that was worn in the Rashard Lewis/Kevin Durant years. The shorts (which I admit aren’t the best quality) feature a green waistband and border trim with a thick gold stripe across the waistband and gold piping at home and a gold waistband and border trim with a thick gray stripe across the waistband and gray piping on the road. In both cases the “Seattle” is prominently printed across the waistband stripe.
For the Metropolitans I wanted to update the original green and orange color scheme with some sharp accent colors. The new team colors are Em-City Green, Metro Orange, Seattle Gray, and Rainier Charcoal. I opted for a shield logo because it’s something different than what we’re seeing out of team branding in hockey today. The team’s secondary mark is the team’s “M” logo from the shield with “Seattle” printed across the middle on a green bar with a black outline.
Hope you like them.
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
2012 Duck Tracker…
The tenth game of the Ducks 2012 season featured them at Cal, in a late game not starting till after 10:30 pm on the East Coast. Ducks decided to fold up the uni-tent early, going with a very blah green/white/black. After a stellar week (last weekend — more on that below), this was not one for the Duck-ages.
Our 2012 Duck Tracker is Tim E. O’Brien, and here he is to tell you about it:
*Groan* Ducks, at least where green pants with this lack luster set. I don’t even want to talk about my other tracker teams…
In other news GO BEARS!
As a bonus, since the Duck Tracker was also on hiatus last week, here’s the beautiful all-white look you may have missed from Week 9:
Here’s Tim’s review of last week’s costume:
The Ducks looked great as Stormtroopers, but they always do. The new helmet looks fantastic and this uniform set might be the cleanest one they have.
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 and the 5 & 1 are back this weekend after a one-week hiatus mandated by yours truly. I didn’t get to watch a lot of the games yesterday (in fact, mostly highlights myself, except for a the top ranked teams). But I’m sure Catherine did and she’s ready to hit the ground running after also taking it on the chin from Hurricane Sandy. So, now, coming off the Sunday team bye-week, here’s Ms. Ryan:
Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! I hope everyone who was affected by Sandy has been staying safe. My family in NJ just got power back today after 12 days in the dark! It was great to meet a bunch of you last week at the get-together. I hope I don’t spoil any of my good impressions…
4. UNLV vs. Colorado State: This game was played on a rock-hard layer of frost I think UNLV looks great in gray pants on the road and, although Colorado’s helmets lack originality, I think green/gold is underutilized.
3. Central Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan: We have a little color-on-color action here to spice up the countdwn. Color-on-color games sometimes look like a foosball table but I really liked the way this game looked. The Chipps’ were glowing and I love Eastern Michigan’s all-greens.
And the bad one:
I look forward to hearing what you all think! Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Thanks Catherine! Glad you were able to join us at last weekend’s gathering … I know you *feared* for your life, but I told you they’d all be sweethearts. Glad you survived Sandy (relatively) unscathed.
That will do it for this Veterans’ Day. Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone still being affected by the after-effects of Sandy, with an extra prayer to someone whose best friend died in his arms yesterday.
“It’s these types of Saturdays that make me drink…”
–Tim E. O’Brien