Although the sports world is now firmly in Stupor Bowl countdown mode, the past few days have been an unusually fertile period for new college football uniform leaks. Some of this is no doubt because lots of new designs and prototypes are being dangled in front of high school recruits, who take photos of the new gear and post them to Twitter or Instagram before the coach has even gotten back in his car driven away. That was apparently the case with those two new Nevada alternate helmets that were linked in yesterday’s Ticker, for example.
Several more new designs — or at least potential new designs, since some of them aren’t yet confirmed and might just be prototypes — began circulating yesterday:
• Texas Tech may have a new white helmet.
• New alternate helmet and possible new uniform for Fresno State.
• And maybe new uniforms — but with just a small tweak — for Florida.
Also, I neglected to mention in yesterday’s Ticker that Western Michigan has a new helmet (and that one’s definitely legit). No, I don’t think it looks even a little bit like Boise State’s design, do you?
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MLB BP cap update: What you see above the Mets’ new BP cap, as shown in the new New Era catalog. You can see side views of the other teams’ caps (better than the head-on mock-ups we’ve previously seen) here. As you can see, the Braves’ whooping Indian cap is still very much part of the collection, despite MLB’s recent protestations that it “wasn’t finalized yet.”
(Special thanks to Eddy Ayala for these photos.)
By Brinke Guthrie
Lot of terrific user submissions this week, so let’s get right to them! Given that it’s Super Week, we’ll start with this 49ers mini-helmet complete with the ill-fated one-day logo, sent in by Mike Clary. Glad they’re not wearing this one on Sunday!
Here’s the rest of this week’s haul:
• Terrific 1979 Mariners/All-Star Game duffle bag, from Jess Heltley.
• Got cash? Andrew McNeel tipped us off to this 1946 UNC hoops jersey. Buy it now for 10K!
• I believe that’s Giants tight end Bob Tucker depicted on these 1970s NFL bedsheets.
• Chiquita NFL sticker alert! Buy it now for $500!
• With the (final?) Pro Bowl having just taken place here’s a game-used jersey from the 1973 Pro Bowl, submitted by reader Josh Wren.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
T-shirt reminder: In case you misseed it on Friday, a bunch of new (but sort of old) Uni Watch T-shirts, including the one shown at right, are now available. For details, look here.
OMFG: My new weekly column for The New Republic, “One-Man Focus Group,” has made its debut. Oddly enough, the first installment is sports-related, although that won’t usually be the case. Yes, the logo design is dreadful — I’ve been assured that it will be changed.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Two odd glitches from the Pro Bowl: Ndamukong Suh had an outdated Lions logo on his jersey, and players from the ’Skins had their logos facing the wrong way, or at least not the way you’d expect (from Nick Thompson). … Here’s something you won’t often see: Walter Payton wearing No. 21. That’s an early Bears publicity shot (from Bob Gassel). … Some amazing photos of UK soccer fans here (big thanks to Nicole Haase). … Good story on a guy with a serious collection of 49ers memorabilia (thanks, Brinke). … X marks the spot for Xavier hockey (from Jay Sullivan). … And Z marks the spot for Akron hoops. Those jerseys were originally going to have THOB, but the NCAA put the kibosh on that. … Interesting look at a Justin Tuck-esque lacrosse facemask. “It will probably never be worn in a serious lacrosse game, but still,” says Connor Wilson. … A guy selling gear that caters to Knicks fans in Brooklyn is facing legal action from the NBA (from Seth Horowitz). … Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier got a really weird-looking cake for playing in his 1000th game (from John Muir). … Interesting uniforms worn by Toledo the other day (from Michael Kanady). … This link will lead you to a PDF of an article about the NFL’s old white football for night games (from Don Montgomery). … New striped stirrups for Florida Southern College. Tasty! (From Wayne Koehler.) … Pink jerseys on tap for the Idaho Stampede (from Brad Iverson-Long). … Good story on the 49ers’ equipment manager, who’s donating some old Niners gear to schools in his home region of northern New York state (from Jude Seymour). … Yesterday I asked what the deal was regarding that photo of former Auburn star Pat Sullivan wearing No. 7S. The answer can be found by scrolling down to the photo and caption on this page (from Douglas Ford). … The Heat visited the White House yesterday and gave President Obama a jersey (thanks, Brinke). … Priceless NFL stuff from the 1980 Sears catalog in this slideshow. That sound you just heard was Brinke Guthrie drooling. … Neglected to mention that Virginia Tech hoops wore maroon at home last Thursday (from Andrew Cosentino). … Attention Seattle-ites: Your last chance until March to see Scott Turner’s band, RebelMart, is this Thursday at the Skylark. You know what to do.