By Phil Hecken
And what a rivalry weekend it was.
The *greatest* weekend in college football had its share of excitement, with many teams engaging their traditional cross-state or cross-border opponents in a good, old-fashioned smack-down. It’s a weekend when most teams wear their “Sunday Best,” if you will — or the uniform you’d recognize as “your” team decades from now…not some one-off costume designed to move merch. Most teams abide by this “unwritten” rule, but of course, there are always exceptions.
I’m sure Terry will have more on these below, but one team who broke from tradition, THE Ohio State University, busted out a new costume for THE Game against Michigan. We knew about these get-ups coming in, and all things considered, they didn’t look bad. They did suffer from typical Nike truncated-pants striping, had gray numbers, and extra-wide helmet & shoulder stripes.
All of these, with the exception of the truncated pants striping, were relatively minor tweaks (at least to me), and weren’t too much of a detriment to the traditional Buckeye uniform. But they did make one noticeable, and excellent tweak — the addition of bright green buckeye leaf pride stickers! I loved those, but I could have done without the black facemasks. Overall, a downgrade from their normal uni, but not as bad as it could have been.
Aside from the Buckeye costume, UCLA again wore their mono-navy suits, pissing off the uniform gods to no end, and promply got their asses handed to them by Stanford, who looked great. Those two teams will meet for the PAC-12 championship next weekend in Palo Alto, where one only can hope UCLA will look like UCLA should.
And…in a game that looked really great…but broke a LOT of hearts across the country, Notre Dame defeated USC to complete an undefeated regular season, and a berth in the Big Game down in Miami on January 7th. So, congrats to those Golden Domers. This could be the final proof that the Mayans were right…
There was lots more action on the gridiron, so I will now turn the rest of this over to Terry Duroncelet, where TJ will take us through the rest of our…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
by Terry Duroncelet
Someone got an early Christmas present: a new T.V.! Which means no more annoying lines at the top and no more black void of death at the bottom (although it’s almost impossible to see here because my room was dark). Also, I wrote a new holiday song earlier this week for the band Periphery: Food Coma Was Yes v2.0. That was the scene at around 7pm this past Thursday after a successful Thanksgiving with family (BTW, that was my second plate, and yes, I ate all of that). Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving, and let’s get into the games of the 13th week of the 2012 NCAA football season.
• It was
Trample Other People For Cheap Goods Mere Hours After Being Thankful For What You Already Have Black Friday the day that Cincinnati and South Florida faced off, and the Bearcats dressed for the occasion (yes, that’s what they usually wear, but this kind of color tie-in doesn’t happen all the time). Look at the Bulls, totally not in the holiday spirit, with their all-white uniforms. Spoilsports. Does anyone know what the significance of the #63 decals on the Cincy helmets?
• Moving on to Saturday, Duke was a day late to the Black Friday festivities.
• The Game. Michigan looked as normal as they could, while Ohio State’s new Nike uniforms made it a point to make a big deal about the Columbus Stripe. Like, a REALLY BIG DEAL. Seriously, look at the size of that thing. Also of note: the buckeye leaves were chrome.
• Virginia Tech wore their gobbler helmets again against UVA, but with their orange jerseys and solid-white pants. Speaking of pants, Virginia wore pants with a conventional stripe. Nothing special, except that they haven’t worn pants like that since 2009, and even so, look at how wide the orange stripe is compared to the pants that the Cavaliers wore on Saturday. The pants were probably derived from the throwbacks that they wore earlier in the season. Maybe coach Mike London got tired of looking at the dart pants every week.
• Northwestern wore their black helmets and jerseys for the second time this season against Illinois, and they broke out the purple pants for the first time this season! At least, to my knowledge. Nice!
• Penn State added the number 42 to the left side of their helmets against Wisconsin in honor of Senior linebacker Michael Mauti, who injured his left knee last week against Indiana, and was not able to play against the Badgers.
• Wyoming looks to have gotten new brown jersey tops earlier in the week (here are the brown tops that they’ve been using this season), so they now match the gold tops. No new pants to my knowledge, but they had gold versions of the white decals from an earlier game against New Mexico. Brown/brown/gold looks good here.
• Got a note from Michael Cossey, which reads: “The ULM Warhawks were promised names on their jerseys if they earned the school’s first-ever bowl berth. With seven wins, that seems all but certain and they will have names on their jerseys when they play Florida International tonight.”
• Florida broke out the orange pants against Florida State.
• Mississippi State wore their Egg Bowl uniforms in their game against Ole Miss.
• Last but not least, San Jose State wore mono-gold against Louisiana Tech.
Alright, everyone can go back to their food comas for the next week. I know I am.
Thanks TJ! And a Happy Thanksgiving to you.
“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.
Nothing like having a beer with a friend and discussing the really important stuff…
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Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Had a nice batch yesterday — so nice, in fact, that Colorize This! is back again today for round two.
Up first is John Turney, who has a bunch for us (John’s not much for descriptions):
Bank McFadden, Clemson. Due to complaints I switched purple to blue.
1938 Redskins. Two different looks.
Next up is Gary Chanko, who of course has great research to go along with his selection:
I discovered this 1920 vintage football photo in Shorpy a few days ago. The image demanded colorization plus it provided an interesting backstory.
Founded in 1864, Gallaudet University, Washington D.C., was the first school for the advanced education of the deaf and hard of hearing in the world – but you probably knew that! And, they’ve been playing football for more than a hundred years. But what you may not know is the Gallaudet football team invented the huddle. (There’s a minor argument about this and you can read about it here).
The four players (from left: Gripp, Mathew, Lahn, and Troske) reportedly starred for the Gallaudet University Blues, as they were commonly known in this era. The athletic teams are now known as the Bisons, a mascot the school started adopting in the late 1930s.
Why the blue jerseys in the colorized image? The long standing school colors are buff and blue, so the pale blue hue seemed to fit.
Next up is a reader submission, from John Trigg (coming to us from an undisclosed location), he’s hoping the colorizers will take a crack at (and it’s of his dad, so maybe we can get a couple):
Hello from Southwest Asia (sorry I can’t be more specific)! I work over here as a contractor with US Forces. Anyway…I’m a long-time UW reader and have a photo I’d like to submit for possible colorization. The main thing that got me thinking about this was your Father’s Day post…I lost my dad a couple of years ago and while it does get easier, every now and then…I still find myself thinking “I should ask Dad about this…”.
Anyway, the photo is of my father John W. Trigg…a 149 lb All-State guard for the 1949 Louisiana State Champion Byrd High School Yellowjackets. He always loved this photo…and told me that it was quite painful (apparently, he had to leap several times). Uniform colors were purple and gold (looks like metallic gold…probably more of the “old gold” variety) and the houses in the background are likely red brick.
Hopefully Paul won’t mind that the uniform colors are purple and gold? I’d love to see this done in color.
John Trigg ( جون تريج)
Thanks all! Great job, of course, by John & Gary. Back with more next time!
2012 Duck Tracker…
The twelfth game of the Ducks 2012 season featured them in Corvalis for the Civil War against Oregon State. And what a difference a week (and school colors) make. The Ducks looked incredible, back in their lightning yellow helmets and lightning yellow pants. And the score was nice too — the men from Eugene posted a 48-24 victory over the Beavers of Corvalis (who also looked great). As the Ducks took care of their own business, they had to sit and cheer for UCLA to take out Stanford so there would be another game in Eugene this year…unfortunately, the Ducks’ next game will likely be in Glendale.
Our 2012 Duck Tracker is Tim E. O’Brien, and here he is to tell you about it:
What an amazing game to watch… I mean, if you were one of the few people who could actually watch the game. While I missed out on some of the action while watching Northwestern break out their purple pants in their Illini-romp, the photos from the game are indisputable – a great color match up between to exciting schools from the great Northwest. Must be nice to be a football fan and/or uni watcher in Oregon.
And finally, as always, feel free to check out all of the college uniform tracker sites.
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.
With a whole host of rivalry games yesterday, and throughout the week, actually, there were so many good ones (and a few bad), I don’t think anyone can argue with what follows — it’s all opinion — and for every five I like, you may like five others. And maybe there are a few out there most of us hadn’t noticed because we (or I anyway) were focused on the “big” games. With that being said, here’s Catherine and her week 13 5 & 1:
Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! I hope everyone had a fun and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Rivalry week brought us some great match-ups this past weekend. I’m sure everyone caught a bunch of the games so I tried to find a couple of obscure ones. I mixed them in with some of the big games I liked!
5. Ohio vs. Kent State: I wanted to acknowledge Kent State in the 5 spot because they’ve had an incredible year. I caught a bit of this game and thought it looked great. I love Ohio in the green pants.
3. Oregon vs. Oregon State: Hell has frozen over. I never thought I’d put the Ducks on here in anything but these. However, I didn’t hate (which is the standard for Oregon) what they wore against the Beavers on Saturday. Also, the Beavers looked great.
And the bad one…
I look forward to hearing what you all think! Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Thanks Catherine! Hell had to have frozen over when one of my 5 & 1 deciders picks OREGON for the good! YES! (But they did look good, no?). I might have to disagree with some of your top 5, but hey, that’s just MHO. YMMV. Readers, how’d she do?
That’s it for this fine last Sunday in November. Time for the colleges to wrap things up, and the NFL teams to start jockeying for post-season positioning.
Yes, I realize there was nothing in today’s post about The Grey Cup, and for that I apologize. If one of our Canadian friends coughmikestyczencough would like to do a review for next weekend, I’ll happily work with you on that. Since the game will be on The NBC Sports Network today, beginning at 6:00 pm, I plan on watching (since I didn’t get the ESPN3/NFL Network, which had hosted the game the past three years, I didn’t get to see it for a few years). If you fine readers haven’t ever watched the game played up north, do yourselves a favor and watch it for a few minutes. It’s very cool with many different rules from American Football. OK? OK!
“I can’t believe I’ll be rooting for Ala-fucking-bama… I feel icky, thank god that game is so ridiculously removed from Jan. 1, it wont ruin the rest of my bowl season.”
–Tim E. O’Brien