By Skipper and Shipwreck
Yes, this is the longest post of the year — but it’s important, because it’s Bowl Season. I’ll keep my intro very short — My alter ego, “Skipper,” will be picking the bowls (against the spread) versus the Leader of Stirrup Nation, “Shipwreck.” He’s going to give you a history lesson which you should all take care to read, as the man is an evil genius. After that setup, we’ll pick our teams. The “designated home team” will be in bold, and all games will list the favorite first. Our picks will hopefully be obvious. When the curtain drops on the final BCS game, and Alabama is crowned two-time champion, we’ll tally the picks and see who really knows his college football. Now, me — I pick based on which team I think has the better uni. Shipwreck? Well, you’ll see.
So, without further ado, here’s Shipwreck with the rundown:
It may go without saying that I am a huge fan of college football. From the most insignificant game to the yearly game of the century, I lap it up like a kitten does a bowl of cream. One of the things I love is the fact that in college football, unlike every other sport college or professional, the regular season matters. I also think despite the ever-shrinking world, and our increased access to games across the nation that college football is still primarily a regional game with far too many teams to every truly crown a champion. Shoot, before long each conference will be 1/2 the size of the entire NFL.
Some may disagree with me, but I still think their is a real value in being a conference champion, going to one of the bigger bowls and becoming a bowl champion. Some of you will say it is unfair that smaller schools don’t have access to a title, and my argument would be this, is NIU upset this year because they were only allowed to win their conference and play in the Orange Bowl? Was TCU disappointed with being a Rose Bowl champion? No, when these cats are 70 and sitting on their couches with their grandchildren, they will have no regrets about their seasons.
It seems to me that the only people who really want this play-off system fall into three categories: 1) Radio and TV talking heads who need something to complain about,2) people who want to further remove the student from student-athlete by increasing the number of games, and 3) people who don’t really watch college football and don’t really care what happens to it and just automatically respond “it works in DII and DIII, it works for college basketball”.
Let’s dispel one myth right off, that a play-off will increase the access of smaller teams to a national title. While I have stated that I find the national title less important then a conference and bowl title, let’s assume it is the only goal a team can have. Would a play-off increase a team’s access? Or would a play-off system just consolidate? Since the start of the BCS, 15 teams have filled the 30 title game slots. Compare the same time period for DII and only 11 teams have held the 30 slots, and in DIII it is down to 10(!), and in DIII going into this season, the previous 7 years, that is 7 straight years the same two teams have played in the title game. Do you think that will change when applied to DI? You think SEC fatigue is real now? Just think about how much power the top 10 perennial powers will have when they sell recruits on the only way to have access to a title. You want the BCS busted, but just imagine how much you will hate USC, Texas, Ohio State, Alabama, and Florida ten years form now, it will be with the burning intensity of a thousand sons.
No, let me win the Big Ten and then go out and beat the PAC in the Rose, in that scenario, I am twice a champion. If from there the moron sports writers want to tell me my team was the best in the country, so be it, but it won’t make ice cream taste any better. Aaaaaah sweet, sweet bowl season, let’s take a look at the games, and of course the names have been adjusted.
New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, NM) Arizona vs Nevada Dec. 15th 1:00 (ESPN):
New Mexico (2006) is a relative newbie on the the bowl circuit with this game being the state’s first. While it is not exactly played in the badlands, if this bowl was created in back in the day when sponsorship revolved around tourism, I imagine it would have been called the Badlands Bowl promoting one of the most striking and wondrous landscapes this country has to offer. It may not have the history of some other games, but the only nationally televised sporting event in New Mexico does play for a pretty unique trophy, a piece of Zia Pueblo pottery.
The Spread: Arizona 8.5 point favorites over Nevada
Shipwreck (SW): Nothing like starting at the bottom. If ‘zona is blue dominant with a white dome, I will ignore the stupid fade stripes, and give them an early advantage in Zia Sun Bowl patch department….cats going away
Skipper (SK): I like the way you think, but Zona has as many combinations as Boregon. I’ll take my chances with whatever they wear, because Nevada’s unis just suck.
SW: Unless the Cats run red. The Cornmother would not be happy with that, and may strike ‘Zona down.
Potato Bowl (Boise, ID) Utah State vs Toledo Dec. 15th 4:30 (ESPN):
Originally the Humanitarian Bowl (1997), with a subtle tweak dropping the “Famous Idaho” from its current name, the Potato Bowl almost sounds like an old school bowl game. Even the games logo with a football as a potato is pretty hard to beat. If only it was not played on that blue turf it could be a favourite game of the season from time to time if only for the chance of snow.
The Spread Utah State is a 10 point favorite over Toledo
SK: Holy Toledo, those are some awful unis. I’m told they’ll be wearing Gray For Gray’s Sake too. FAIL. And Utah State really took a step up this year with their unis. Gimme the Aggies, you can have the points, wreck.
SW: Gray?! I was on the fence of a 7-6 matchup until you said that. We have an accord, blue/gold/grey look horrible together.
SK: And…it’s on that beautiful smurf-turf…guess this one will be as hard on the eyes as North Dakota State was last night.
Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego, CA) San Diego State vs Bringham Young Dec. 20th 8:00 (ESPN):
After 53 years San Diego revived the Poinsettia Bowl in 2005. Originally played from ’52-’54 betwixt military service teams, it was the last time two service teams not named Army and Navy were televised playing each other nationally when Bolling Air Force Base rolled the San Diego Training Centre 35-14 in the inaugural game in 1952.
The Spread: BYU is a 2.5 point favorite over SDSU
SW: I am taking the best cherry brain-pan in football to the bank on this one, SDS smears their former WAC brother in this game.
SK: Your brain~pan took one too many hits, wreck — SDSU’s unis make Maryland look good. This one is a no-brainer, and I don’t mean that in a good way for you. Gimme BYU and their classic unis…and all I need is a field goal to cover.
SW: If it wasn’t for that glorious dome, I would agree, but even the logo is perfect.
Cigar Bowl (Tampa/St. Pete, FL) Central Florida vs Ball State Dec. 21st 7:30 (ESPN):
While the greater Tampa area also hosts the Outback Bowl (1986-), it once played host to The Cigar Bowl (46-55) featuring smaller college teams and sponsored by the Egypt Temple Shriners to raise money for charity. Considering the current bowl (2008) also features small conference teams, let’s change the name back, pack halftime with Shriners in mini cars and raise some money for charity again.
The Spread: Central Florida is a 7 point favorite over Ball State
SK: Other than the slightly annoying armpit bumperstickers, UCF has solid unis. Ball State’s aren’t bad, and at least their bird doesn’t have teeth. Still, black & gold for the win.
SW: I have to disagree with one thing, the Ball State lid, it is awful with the exception of the top of the skull execution. But I nary understood that logo with the motion stripes reverse soaring…Bird down! Bird down!!
SK: OK then. Two for UCF…and we’ll give the TD plus the PAT.
New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, LA). UL-Lafayette vs East Carolina Dec. 22nd 12:00 (ESPN):
The trophy is as meh as this red headed step-child game (2001) hosted by the same city that boasts the much bigger Sugar Bowl.
The Spread: UL Lafayette is a 6 point favorite over East Carolina
SW: We hit rock bottom with this game in soooo many ways. can we just say we can’t believe that we are picking ECU, and be done with it?
SK: If there is a 5 & 1 for the bowls, this will be a lock for the & 1. Bad as they are, I’m a pirate too.
Raisin-Craps Bowl (Las Vegas, NV) Boise State vs Washington Dec. 22nd 3:30 (ESPN):
The original Raisin Bowl played in Fresno featured small western schools from 46-49, later the name was revised for the current bowl that was played in Fresno from 81-91 before it moved to Las Vegas in 1992. In either location (raisin & craps) this game seems to produce blowouts more often then not with all the glamour of Reno rather then Vegas.
The Spread: Boise State is a 5.5 point favorite over Washington
SK: Oh Baby! The ultimate matchup where I know I will not only have the better dressed team (Boise), but I only have to give up 5.5 points for the easy “W”. Now I will duck as I await the big purple wrecking crew’s reply.
SW: You know me too well. The Huskies are the best purple team going, a favourite since i was 10. I can even except the ways they have tried to kill this uniform over the years, I can’t help but love the colour combo unless they add black, nothing makes Hulk more angry. But more to the point, Boise? you must be daft, how could you like any of their uniforms?
SK: You don’t know me well enough. Hopefully the Broncs will wear orange pants. There is only one UW I don’t like.
Poi Bowl (Honolulu, HI) SMU vs Fresno State Dec. 24th 8:00 (ESPN):
Who wouldn’t want a vacation to Hawaii punctuated by a bowl game? Well the Poi Bowl(36-39) brought PAC schools to the island to obliterate the Rainbows, and the Pineapple Bowl (1940-1, Pearl Harbour/WWII respite, 47-52) continued that spirit of giving. The Aloha Bowl (1982-2000) started bringing in a wider variety of teams, which after a year off (it’s complicated), came back as the Hawai’i bowl in 2002. That’s a lot of bowl action. With no disrespect to the Blue-Gray game and Birmingham, Hawaii via the Hula Bowl was also host to the best of the post season college all-star games from 1947-2008 when those were in vogue before 50% of the NCAA was bowl eligible. It might also be worth mentioning that beyond the usual coaches in leis sights that are always fun in this game, like the potato, pineapples morphed with footballs also make striking trophies.
The Spread: Fresno State is an 11.5 point favorite over SMU
SW: The colours will pop in the hawaiian sun, but there is too much red unless someone throws a change-up. I guess it comes down to penalizing SMU for ruining a perfect uni, while Fresno has the excuse of historically looking bad. Fresno in a squeaker.
SK: While I agree SMU’s use of shoulder NW stripes is a crime against the cornmother, their uni is still vastly superior. And with an 11.5 point spread for Fresno to overcome, I’ll take them in a squeaker. But my *money* is on SMU.
SW: It’s the San Diego effect that grinds me. The chargers could have the best uniform in the professional game, but by not getting it right, and only making reference to the good, look they just grind me so much i could split. Likewise SMU is as frustrating as broken glass in my shoe.
Cherry Bowl (Detroit, MI) Central Michigan vs Western Kentucky Dec. 26th 7:30 (ESPN):
In 1984 & 5 Pontiac played host to the Cherry Bowl, which other then producing Army’s first ever bowl appearance in a 10-6 win over the Spartans, did little to excite people into coming to the country’s north side in the winter. The Motor City Bowl that followed (1997-) has been a touch more successful by matching up MAC schools itching for a bowl against another like minded conference, or Purdue since even Detroit is less depressing then West Lafayette Indiana. This is still the Midwest’s only bowl game.
The Spread: Western Kentucky is a 5 point favorite over Central Michigan
SK: Who knew Russell could make a good uniform? Not me, not until I took a real close look at WKU. Noice! I’ll give the 5 points, cuz those gorgeous unis are worth at least an extra TD
SW: Not if the Chippewas, I love how that rolls off the tongue, come out in all gold with scratched helmets. I have to admit that WKU is solid and classic, so I can’t tell you to cram it with walnuts, but i like CMU here for some inexplicable reason.
SK: There is nothing the Chips can wear that will look better than WKU. Game, set match.
Congressional Bowl (Washington, DC) Bowling Green State vs San Jose State Dec. 27th 3:00 (ESPN):
Since 2008 this whopper of a game has featured a service academy or an ACC team fallen from grace against the likes of conf-USA. There is a slight chance of snow, but the sight of the capital dome next to the words Military Bowl have always turned my bowl bowels. Maybe if it was the USO Bowl, or if it was the Congressional Bowl and the money went to Disabled Vets of America, or even some sort of liberal media conspiracy cause that saved bunny rabbits from snow plows, I would have more affection for this game.
The Spread: San Jose State is a 7 point favorite over Bowling Green
SW: Yeeeeowch, they even have opposite horrible helmet stripes. Other then saying this would be a killer colour on colour game, I can’t think of many nice things to say. Has it occurred to you that lower level teams continue the tradition of awful uniforms? Since i can remember this has been the case. This game has 2-2 written all over it, give me the under.
SK: Why is there no “military” team in this bowl? Why does Bowling GREEN wear orange? Why should I care. BG blows away the shit of SJSU, sorry. I’ll gladly take those 7 points, too.
SW: Blows away? Bit of a stretch to say the least. And while your photo doesn’t show it, I do have to give three snaps to the colour of the SJS helmet…Get on your bikes and ride!!!
Queen City Bowl (Charlotte, NC) Duke vs Cincinnati Dec. 27th 6:30 (ESPN):
Golly this is getting depressing, even the sponsor sound like a wretch, Belk. Which is too bad, Charlotte is a historical town, and a pretty nice place to spend a bowl weekend (since 2008) if one was so inclined. This game is also historically very exciting for some reason even though on its surface it does not usually have the most marquee teams. I would also be remiss if on a uni-note I did not mention the Clemson-USF match-up of a couple years ago which produced one of my all time personal favourite lessor known sum is greater then the parts uniform games.
The Spread: Cincinnati is a 7 point favorite over Duke
SK: Belk? Should be Bleeeech…normally, this would be a no brainer, but Puke has been doing the BFBS crap a lot this season. Still, they’ll look better than Cincy, although Duke as the *home* team does increase the potential for BFBS, while Cincy’s whites aren’t totally awful. Wait, clawmarks on the pants? Yes they are. Gimme Duke & the points.
SW:Funny you should say that, I was about to say I bet Duke pulls the ultimate stupid and goes black against a team that is mostly black. Temperature rising, must bet on anger. So despite the fact that i love the Duke dome stripe, I hate the way i think they will go, and Cincinnati will wear red pants for the upset.
SK: Doesn’t matter what color pants they wear. They still have claw marks.
Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA) UCLA vs Baylor Dec. 27th 9:45 (ESPN):
Now were talking bowl games! This has been a thriller since 1978, and for you Boise Community College fans and BCS busting types, don’t forget this game produced a national champion in 1984 when BYU bested a 6-5 Meeechigan club. Created as a place for WAC champions to land after the Fiesta Bowl changed who got their bid, it always pitted the WAC against a bigger school ripe for the plucking after an underwhelming season. This game is what the olde bowl system was all about, and seemed always to have a great game with thrilling comebacks for those who tuned in.
The Spread: Baylor and UCLA are even
SW: Not even the UCLA shoulder loop failure can out flop Baylor. I loved the Bears uniforms as a kid, but template pants growl, shoulder feathers (what is that for anyway?), too much black and white every week. UCLA is an easy choice.
SK: I hate it when we agree, but we agree. Unless UCLA goes with that stupid midnight navy. But they won’t, right? Gimme the Broons in a straight-up game.
SW: Don’t worry, I am sure your words will make baby Jesus cry sooner or later.
Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA) UL-Monroe vs Ohio Dec. 28th 2:00 (ESPN):
Pfffffffft. Sorry but that was the air going out of the bowl tires as we move to Independence Bowl (1976). This was always one of those games that in the recesses of the old brain-pan feels like it was played on a cloudy day with at least one team that made you say “seriously?” against a big conference school that underwhelmed, but with none of the Holiday Bowl excitement. Well there was the snow bowl, but despite its longevity this game has typically been a dog.
The Spread: UL Monroe is a 7.5 point favorite over Ohio
SK: Tin soldiers and Nixon coming. We’re finally on our own. This winter I hear the drumming. Four bills on O-HI-O.
SW: Again, a lesser of two evils game, I can’t believe how bad this crap is. I’ll take Ohio, they do have the best matte helmet, even if i do find them more then objectionable normally.
SK: I want some of the crack you’re smoking, because Ohio’s unis are drop dead gorgeous.
Zombie Tangerine Bowl (Orlando, FL) Rutgers vs Virginia Tech Dec. 28th 5:30 (ESPN):
Confusing football fans since 1990, it was played in Miami as the Tangerine after the Tangerine was re-named Citrus before moving to Orlando where the Tangerine was played before it changed its name to Citrus. Unfortunately, now this bowl is known as neither, so I guess this is sort of a Tangerine Bowl brought back from the dead with a Naturum De Montum. More info on the Orlando bowls later.
The Spread: Va Tech is a 2.5 point favorite over Rutgers
SW: This one is tough, it’s like predicting what that Gaga gal will wear a MTV jamboree. Do they still do those? Jimminy Christmas, I think I am going to go Rutgers here, I think I might have lost my marbles!
SK: No, you lost those a long time ago. Are you serious with that Scarlet, er. Black Knights pick? Really? Even if Va Tech wears those stupid chicken feet hats they’re still about 10 miles better than the Jersey Boys. And I only need a field goal to cover? Ha!
SW: I love the chicken feet man, they’re a delicious look. If I knew VT was going talons, I would have hammered them. But here is the thing with Tech, they have like 785 throwbacks, it bugs me. It also bugs me that they will be the tenth crimson/maroon team in the SEC as of 2014, nertz to that.
Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX) Texas Tech vs Minnesota Dec. 28th 9:00 (ESPN):
The Bluebonnet Bowl, later known as the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl was played in Houston from 1959-1987, and if you were ahead of your time, or a nut case, you loved the clean uniforms unblemished by the plastic grass of the Astrodome after the game was moved from the Rice campus. But even if it was played on turf, at least the proceeds went to charity, and it did have a pretty rad name. After the Bluebonnet, there was the Houston bowl (1990-2005), and today’s sponsor game(2006-), but I will take the name Bluebonnet to the happy town bank all day long.
The Spread: Texas Tech is a 12 point favorite over Minnesota
SK: The Gophers actually have some decent unis this season, and they’ll be wearing white. T-Tech, on the other hand, only has one decent combo, and even still, it’s not as nice as Minnie. Give me the 10K Lakes and the points. Lots and lots of points.
SW: Son of a Mothervilkerson, I take back what I said about Ohio having the best matte helmet, the Gophers do. And CMU is a cheap Gopher knock-off, always have been. I should have studied, I will never get into Uni College at this point.
SK: There’s a line from Animal House I should use here.
Fort Worth Bowl (Fort Worth, TX) Air Force vs Rice Dec. 29th 11:45 (ESPN):
I appreciate what our armed services do, I also appreciate that maybe the rest of us shouldn’t have their weapons. My heart goes out, and I feel guilty talking about something so meaningless while you feel so much pain.
The Spread: Air Force is a 1 point favorite over Rice
SW: It’d be the armed forces Bowl, the Falcons will wear that grey job against Rice who will wear Mono in a colourish on colour game. Which means Rice because it rhymes with dice and that is what I am rolling here.
SK: This is actually a tough call. But not that tough. Rice is twice as nice. On ice.
SW: You didn’t just throw down the hi-fidelity microphone?!
Gotham Bowl (Bronx, NY) Syracuse vs West Virginia Dec. 29th 3:15 (ESPN):
In 1961-2 the Gotham Bowl was played to raise money for the March of Dimes before people realized that cold and outdoor events don’t mix when you could go to California or Florida for something similar. Not learning from this mistake, from 1978-1981 the Garden State Bowl in the near-by Meadowlands was revived for NYC, but also died due to weather. Unfortunately the Garden State Bowl did lead to the kick-off classic to start a season, a much better idea even if I hate the extra games it causes student athletes to play. Leap forward to 2010, and the Pinstripe Bowl which has decided to give it a go again for the warm ocean breezes that are NYC in January, and while I love the potential snow factor, I don’t like the game’s long term chances.
The Spread: West Virginia is a 4 point favorite over Syracuse
SK: Almost heaven, but not quite. Cuse has the juice — W-Va is blah.
SW: The Major Harris era ‘neers were great, and the sans white ‘cuse uniforms were one of my all time favourite. But now it is scribble vs backback straps, a tough choice, but the tie breaker is WV broke the golden rule, never mess with the hat.
SK: So the Orange +4 times 2. I dig.
Fight Hunger Bowl (San Francisco, CA) Arizona State vs Navy Dec. 29th 4:00 (ESPN2):
Two baseball stadium games in one day, is this spring training? This game has been played since 2002 under different names including the Emerald bo…hold on. Now I hate to be a cynic, and one meal donated to local food banks per ticket sold is a nice gesture, but if you want to call yourself the “Fight Hunger” Bowl in bold letters, as the second highest grossing food consumer products company on the Fortune 500 behind only Pepsico, don’t’cha think you could do a little better? Perhaps you could donate 100% of the proceeds like an old school bowl? I don’t know what a food pantry meal costs broken down, but I am guessing it is nowhere near the tickets costs of $25-85. So, if you want to call yourself the Kraft Fight Hunger game and really own that, shouldn’t you really have at it? There is a charitable arm for every bowl game, we hear it every halftime, but no other sponsor is so bold in their claim, only to come up so short. Way to go Kraft.
The Spread: ASU is a 14.5 point favorite over Navy
SW: The Midshipmen hate hunger more then something called a Sun Devil, that much I am sure of, so I’ll take an uninspired Notre Dame knock-off.
SK: You’d think this is a no brainer for Navy, but I actually really like the shocker. Especially since I’m convinced they’ll actually go maroon/maroon/gold (a/k/a school colors). So, yeah, I’m takin’ the pitchforks and giving you all those points.
Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, TX) Oregon State vs Texas Dec. 29th 6:45 (ESPN):
Played once in 1947 and revived in 1993, I remember the Alamo Bowl as what seemed to be a semi-annual Hayden Frye recruiting trip into Texas where he already had ties and always made the most of this game. Speaking of Iowa, there is the uni-notable 1996 game where Iowa wore solid black helmets as a memorial to Mike Mitchel’s mother who passed in a car accident traveling to the game to watch her son.
The Spread: Oregon State is a 2 point favorite over Texas
SW: As cool as the beaver mascot is, this is a slam dunk. I can’t believe I agreed with you so many times today, if you would have told me the sky was falling I would have believed it before that. I dropped the ball, i’m going to be the chimp in the morrow if I can’t turn this around.
SK: Yeah, well, you know I’m taking Texas unless they are playing Bama, so yeah…we agree. And we didn’t agree that much today. Tomorrow will be different.
SW: No, you got me today, That CMU pick was a flameout, but my first AP history teacher was a Chippewa and she was dreamy with her feathered hair. Stupid, stupid.
And THAT is the end of day one. Yes it’s long. But it’s college football. This is important. If you want to play along with us, make your picks in the comments below.
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.
It’s Bowl Season now, so Rick has the Bowls of the Week for us:
The Bowl season begins. First, we watch the second and final Gotham Bowl on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Played at Yankee Stadium (the ’61 game had been at the Polo Grounds), this was a brutal cold-weather game, as evidenced by the long sleeves and stirrups under crews on both teams…and the sneakers on the Cornhuskers. Miami (led by QB George Mira) had some mismatched crews. Mira’s were Northwestern-striped, Ben Rizzo’s had two equal stripes. Despite the conditions the teams put up a lot of points. Thunder Thornton went on to play six years with the St. Louis Cardinals…Rizzo didn’t play pro ball.
It was pretty darn cold in nearby Philadelphia, too, where Oregon State (an early mono-black team, and led by Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker) and Villanova could score only six points between them, despite both opting for sneakers (and those points came on a memorable play, starts at 3:20)… Vern Burke had a three-year NFL career, playing one season each for the 49ers, Falcons and Saints … Billy Joe played for the Broncos, Bills, Dolphins and Jets in his seven-year career.
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.
Hey, everyone knows a Major Award ought to be a LEG, for pete’s sake…
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And yes, you can vote for THE Jeff
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:
Phil & Robert,
To celebrate Stirrup Friday, I wore my Cardinal Stirrups to a Hogwarts Christmas Party (Harry Potter).
Hi Phil –
I’m going for the body of stirrup work with this one. I play in the Los Angeles Baseball League, one of the four adult leagues I’ve played in since my 20s (hence the mismatched helmet) and I ALWAYS wear stirrups. They’re not as flashy as some of my others from Comrade Marshall, nor are my pants bloused as nicely as Paul would prefer, but it’s a decent action shot of me leading off second.
Viva la Stirrup!
Happy Stirrup Friday! Todays stirrups are Nap’s but they go nicely with my KC Monarchs jersey.
And after finding the child’s stirrups I aquired back in the summer, my son is big enough now to wear his first stirrups!
Phil & Robert,
Hollywood Salutes the Stirrup
Wearing the early Giants (1905, 1915?) today. I have two holiday parties for work, and these seem to do the trick as a festive, but stealth, option. Don’t worry–will break out the Oaks on Christmas, if not before.
My name is Chris Ross and I’m the Director of Game Operations for the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League.
My first love was baseball, and through the education of Uni-Watch, came a love for the stirrup. How could I combine both of these with hockey? A simple email to Robert Marshall did the trick! Here are my new team color medium-cut royal blue stirrups on top of my size 18 shoes in the video-board control room of the 15,000 seat INTRUST Bank Arena.
Revolutionary Stirrup Party,
Playing softball in Texas (read: blistering hot) requires some adjustments to the classic baseball look. Not being size M (for Man) leads to the tragic folding observed (don’t think thigh-high stirrups is a thing nor should it be). Hopefully the mods don’t detract from stirrup loveliness.
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?
Didn’t get enough of me already? let’s talk stirrups. In addition to the weekly winner below, I am going to continue my spirit of the season give away of more stirrups then I sell. In addition to our winner this week I will be giving away another 5 Uni Watch stirrups to various comrades like James Poisso and others who have shown a special dedication to the cause (I will be in touch). Also, if you buy two stirrups this week, I will throw in a a RonCo Christmas hose as my gift to you for the holidays. It’s a free for all people, these deals are so crazy, I must be innnsaaaane.
As for our winner, it was no contest this week as I have seen the perfect stirrups, and gentleman, I hate to emasculate you, but they are worn by a woman. Look at Jelena here, is that perfect or what? And if any of you tap three times and tell me her stripes are not perfect my head may explode. I think this gal has some style, and those shorts really complete the look, I am almost speechless. Wait, no I’m not, I never am, let me go on. Unlike most of you, she wears them as perfectly as a Hollywood Star. Now this not only looks awesome, which is why I wear them the same way, I am sure Jelena can tell you it also has a functionality as a sliding pad for your knee helping to cut down on the raspberries. Less raspberries and stylish to? can that be true? Yes my friends, and that is an ironclad revolutionary guarantee! Jelana, in lieu of the ring that I am sure neither of us would want, what with me being a 175 year old artist in Chicago, and you obviously being a Houston debutante. No, no, it would never work, so please let me send you 2 pair of stirrups to match that uniform colour, and offer you a lifetime* of free stirrups.
*Void in Texas and Tennessee. No, I am serious, if you ever see something you like, it is yours for as long as I run this sinking ship, perfect stirrups demand it.
As always comrades, from each, to each, Merry Christmas, see you in the new year.
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 email@example.com.
So, comrades — why don’t you pick up a pair or three and show us your rups!
And that will do it for today. Say a prayer for Newtown, CT.
“There’s plenty of time to play politics and talk gun control….today is not the day to do so. Let these people mourn their losses.”
–Donte Stallworth, NE Pats Wide Receiver