By Phil Hecken
The above “video” (please give it a look-see) pretty much covers the history (ok, not really, but it’s been around a while) of the Army/Navy game, which takes place today at 3:00 pm EST (on CBS). I had planned on doing a fairly in-depth writeup, but the above took me about 4 hours to create. And, well, it’s Army/Navy — I’ve covered it before, with a little help from my friends. Even did some coverage back in 2008, when Nike first created special uniforms for the game.
Army will take the field wearing this costume, which is supposed to pay tribute to 1944, when the Black Knights went undefeated on their way to a national championship. Also of note that year, the Army troops won a historic victory in the Battle of the Bulge. So, the uniform is using that as a “guide.” The numbers and sleeves and helmet stripe will all feature a “map” graphic of the Battle of the Bulge. Here’s a look at the Army uniform:
Navy will be sporting these costumes. Unlike Army, the Naval uniforms don’t seem to be commemorating any special year or event of significance. Basically, they’re solid white (sort of mimicking the officer dress uniform), with an interesting helmet and stickers simulating signal flags, which spell out “Beat Army” (which is kinda neat). Here’s a look at the Navy Uniform:
I’ll reserve judgment on the uniforms until I see them on the field, but so far, I like what I see. I’m not normally a fan of one-off costumes for a “special rivalry game” but Army/Navy actually have a long and deep history of wearing special uniforms (see the first article linked above) for this, “America’s Game.” And if there are any two teams that can actually get away with wearing “Pro Combat” uniforms, well, it’s Army & Navy.
If you still haven’t gotten enough (or aren’t already psyched for this game), Paul wrote a little something about the unis when they were first released. Today, we finally get to see them in action, and not in the computer-generated smokefilled screens of the Nike Studios.
Hope you liked the opening video. Enjoy the game. And Go Navy…Beat Army.
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.
One more week of the TV season before the bowls. Typically it would be warm weather location. In this case, the Los Angeles Coliseum (Bruins weren’t playing in the Rose Bowl yet)…UCLA typically wore white at home, which meant a rare look at the Syracuse Orangemen’s navy jerseys…Syracuse had those oddly posterior-placed helmet TV numbers…UCLA, of course, was still wearing actual UCLA stripes…The players? This time it’s an outstanding pair. John Mackey, playing wingback (a position slightly more about receiving than running with the ball), had earlier wore #18 and been one of the early cleat “spatters” (along with teammate RB Art Baker)…Mackey went on to a stellar career with the Colts and, briefly, with the Chargers, and was the first TE inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. …Profit also had a long, long career as a star TE, his with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts.
Thanks Rick! Great job with that as always.
“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.
Ever have times when you don’t know whether someone’s serious or just, y’know…odd?
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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 James Lightsey, with a new alt for the Thunder:
Attached is my design for an OKC Thunder alternate jersey I created using MS Paint; I think they should’ve went this route instead of the navy and white throwback-esque “Thud-ner” design. Thanks for your time
James K. Lightsey, Jr.
Next up is Daniel Easley, who is back with a couple MLB logo concepts:
Dear Mr. Hecken,
I liked seeing my submission in Uni Concepts today. I have more Logo concepts now. One is a logo for Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown (here is the real one). Another is a logo concept for the World Series.
The now 17-year-old Daniel Easley
We close today with Jacob Bonander with some NCAA concepts:
I had a couple ideas for some uniforms for two teams that can’t seem to get it right. These are both really basic (I did them in Microsoft Paint), but the general idea is there. I feel that Vanderbilt has one of the classic, cool logos, but they don’t utilize it to it’s potential. This idea is inspired by Nebraska’s recent alternate, but I’d suggest Vandy adopt this one permanently to rid them of their bad all black uni’s. The second is a Georgia Tech uniform. I really like the GT mascot; it’s cool, the logo is always fun to look at, too. While the honeycomb helmet was a nifty idea, I don’t really think it comes across on TV. They need to embrace the yellow jacket/wasp look much more. My idea borrows a mix of Marquette basketball and the Denver Broncos uniforms aspects. I think it shows the yellow jacket look much more clearly.
Just wanted to show the uniform ideas. I know they aren’t crisp like most other submissions, but I think my general idea is conveyed.
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
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.
Continuing with the special sets again, since Comrade Marshall has graciously offered the UW rup as a *weekly* prize in the Stirrup Fridays ensemble. So, let’s have a look at the selections this week, and at the end, the winner will be announced:
Stirrups: not just for team sports anymore.
I can’t wait til tomorrow so I’m wearing these uniwatch hose today AND tomorrow. Give me your mailing address and I’ll send you a pair.
[Ed. Note -- (a) Uni Watch is generally opposed to two-in-ones, and (b) Uni Watch is two words, not one. Still, awesome job!]
Phil & Robert:
Classic Red Sox stirrups today. Working through the collection, and have to give a nod to the many years that I lived in Rhode Island, many games at Fenway, and the life-long true fans that supported the team for so long. Not to mention my nephews and niece, who as RI natives, are and should be Sox fans.
And from a purely stylistic view point, I always loved this look, along with the similar styles for the Pirates and Orioles of the same era.
Today’s stirrups are Houston Colt .45s stirrups that I am wearing with my new 1949 Brooklyn Bushwicks cap that recently arrived from Ebbets.
The height of my baseball skills are showcased here playing tee-ball in 1988. My wife, however, played on the NY state championship softball team at her high school in 1998, but we both look resplendent in stirrups! With heritage like that, I thought it never too early to start teaching our daughter about the importance of wearing high cuffs and stirrups. I could not find a purveyor of toddler stirrups, so I completed this DIY project inspired by the “Mother’s Day” stirrups offered by Robert Marshall.
Hosted Holiday party for several families. Meat was awesome, with multiple apps and desserts.
In order to stem the over-commercialized Xmas theme, went with Robert Marshall’s navy and gold, procured for our sons American Legion and Connie Mack baseball team.
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!).
And now a few words from the leader of the Stirrup Nation, Comrade Robert Marshall. Comrade?
Thanks to all for their patience on my mailing SNAFU last week, everyone should have any backorders by today. The good news is life imitating art helped me pick last week’s winner as it has again this week. I was having a tough time deciding between Mr. Kimmerlein who once gave me my favourite Friday office shot of all time, Mr. Poisso’s dedication to the cause, and Mr. Bernard’s backside goofy-foot knuckle-grind as this week’s stirrup peacock love god winner. Then it became clear at the last minute with a late entry close to my heart, a DIY entry from Nathan Stewart complete with back story images! how could I resist? Congrats Nathan, I loved it, get a hold of me so I know where to send your Uni Watch stirrups.
As for revolutionary news, there are no new stirrups this week, just the extra Christmas stirrups. But if TCK can deliver what I want to order Monday, I will have some new stuff for next week. If they can not guarantee delivery, it will be the first of the year for any new offerings. Also, since it is the season, I might help Chris Kringle with other giveaways before the holidays, so stay tuned. Not sure if I am Hardrock, Coco or Joe in this WGN classic, but…
From each according their stirrvp, to each according their strype,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, comrades — why don’t you pick up a pair or three and show us your rups!
That’s almost a wrap, folks, but not quite.
You see, today is the 32nd Anniversary of one of the most senseless murders in history (actually, pretty much all murders are senseless, but I digress). On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was assassinated. It was one of those moments in a young man’s life (I was 14 at the time) that has lived with me pretty much forever. Not only was I a huge Beatles fan at the time (I still am), it came at a time when I was really starting to get into music. And it just crushed me. I remember exactly where I was when I first heard — watching Monday Night Football in the den with my pop. I’ll never forget the exchange between Howard and Frank:
Cosell: …but (the game)’s suddenly been placed in total perspective for us; I’ll finish this, they’re in the hurry-up offense.
Gifford: Third down, four. Foreman…it’ll be fourth down. Cavanaugh will let it run down for one final attempt, he’ll let the seconds tick off to give Miami no opportunity whatsoever. (whistle blows) Timeout is called with three seconds remaining, John Smith is on the line. And I don’t care what’s on the line, Howard, you have got to say what we know in the booth.
Cosell: Yes, we have to say it. Remember this is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City: John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City. The most famous perhaps, of all of The Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival. Hard to go back to the game after that news flash, which, in duty bound, we have to take. Frank?
Gifford: (after a pause) Indeed, it is.
Indeed, it was. The world lost an incredible talent that day. And it left an impression in my mind I’ve never forgotten. RIP John. Please listen to the words of this song, as you go about your day. Truer words were never written, or sung:
“Thanks for asking hard questions that force self-examination.”