LSU had new jerseys for the Chicken Sandwich Bowl last night — longer UCLA striping, new number font, Nikelace. You can see more photos here.
A few other notes from that game:
• LSU wore a “Stop Random Acts of Violence” helmet decal. Nice thought, but the Newtown massacre wasn’t “random”; it was calculated, premeditated, planned out, etc.
• LSU defensive back Tharold Simon appeared to have “TM7″ written on his arm — presumably a shout-out to former teammate Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu, who wore No. 7.
• Clemson defensive back Xavier Brewer wore cut-off Nike socks on his forearms.
(My thanks to Stefan Spasovski and Solomon Duncan for their screen shots.)
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:
New Year’s Day. Big Day. Four games. The day that marked the end of the football season (the pros were done around Christmas). First up, Alabama beats Oklahoma in Miami…Uniwise, most notable are Sooners’ padded helmets and being one of only a few team to wear SpotBilts….Rick McCurdy didn’t play pro football…Richard Williamson caught TD pass in this game from sophomore QB named Joe Namath…
Okay, I admit it. Mississippi’s jerseys may have been navy this day in New Orleans. Those Varsity Blue helmets really messed up trying to determine what was red and what was navy on black and white TV. OR, the Rebels may have had an alternate red jersey that long ago. I honestly don’t know…Also, I’m not sure that the Razorbacks’ UCLA-striped road jerseys weren’t a bowl game special. Certainly some Arkansas Uni-Watcher must know…Louis Guy saw limited duty as a kickoff returner for Giants in ’63 and Raiders in ’64…Jerry Lamb didn’t move on to the pros.
Interesting color matchup in this game in Dallas…I think the LSU numbers should be purple. They had been black in the Billy Cannon era but (as discussed here at U-W) apparently they were changed to purple at the time the TV numbers were moved from the shoulders to the sleeves…Longhorns in those logo AND TV number helmets…Gene Sykes spent three seasons with the Bills as a DB and one with the Broncos…Tommy Lucas didn’t play in the NFL.
Ah, the Grandaddy of Them All. And it WAS a heckuva game. There was so much passing and clock stoppage (uncharacteristic of the times) that the game seemed to go on forever, as if the season didn’t want to end. With darkness falling in Pasadena, there was a possibility the game would be called (very few college stadia had lights back then). I recall the announcers saying something like, “Because our cameramen can open their lenses wide, you folks at home are seeing the game better right now than we are here in the booth.” Wisconsin QB Ron Vanderkelen scrambled around desperately trying to pull out a Badger victory, but time, and the season, ran out. For football fans, 1962’s meaningful games were over. Only the coming Saturday’s Senior Bowl remained. Happy New Year.
Uni Watch News Ticker: In the Gas Station Bowl, Texas WR Jaxon Shipley was wearing a ribbon decal on the back of his helmet. Other Longhorns didn’t have this decal. Anyone know more? (From Coleman Mullins.) … A Richmond-area inventor has come up with a contraption to keep football helmets from flying off during violent collisions (from Tommy Turner). … Here’s an interesting long at the history of the Red Sox’s “B” cap logo. … Tulsa and Iowa State went color-vs.-color for the Auto Parts Bowl, plus Tulsa added a Liberty Bell helmet icon (screen shot by Matt Snyder). … Looks like Wisconsin will be wearing white tops with red pants for the Rose Bowl (from John Okray). … Happy 2013 to one and all. Let’s make it a good one.