An unusually large amount of college football uni news broke over the weekend. Let’s get started:
• Here’s an updated version of UConn’s really ugly helmet.
• We now have our first real look — i.e., not a Photoshop job or a retail jersey sale page — at the new Penn State jersey. Personally, I wish they hadn’t put the cat at the base of the collar.
• A Kentucky recruit tweeted a photo of a gray jersey and a black matte helmet, whee! Not clear yet if it’ll actually be worn on the field.
• Also in the “Not sure how legit this is” category: Possible new football jerseys for Texas Tech.
• Yet another item that may not make it onto the field: The latest team to have chrome helmets floating around is Ole Miss.
• Speaking of Nebraska: Starting quarterback Taylor Martinez is being joined on the roster this season by his freshman brother, Drake Martinez. But only Drake is going with FIOB.
• New football uniforms for South Alabama.
• We’ve already covered most of Arkansas’s tweaks for the coming season, but there a good summary of them here.
While we’re at it, there’s some NFL news as well:
• Here we have a good look at the Broncos’ new collar. Looks like they’re going with the same super-thick collar that the Texans used last year, but with the Nikelace stripes. The worst of both worlds!
• The 49ers are marking their final season at Candlestick by using the old end zone lettering and the new “farewell season” logo at midfield. They’ve also put together an amazing package for their season tickets.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Dave Wilock, Michael Moore, Chad Back, Warren Junium, Villaroman Santos, David Westfall, and of course Phil.)
’Skins Watch: Here’s the latest on the ’Skins name and related developments:
• If you have no problem with Native American imagery in sports, then you’ll presumably have no problem with this car commercial either.
(My thanks to Ryan Mallon, Dave Drews, and Nick LaRosa for their contributions.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: New logo for the Sacramento Republic FC of the USL (from Greg Olsen). … Someone on Instagram is posting uni photos and calling himself Uniwatch, but it ain’t me (thanks to Tommy Gough for letting me know). … New 80th-anniversary designs for Lacoste (thanks, Brinke). … Anyone know the story behind this Seahawks logo? “It’s completely new to me,” says Andrew Cosentino. “It seems to be an alternate/throwback with a play on the pre-2001 logo.” … Pretty cool Illini soda display (from Steve Winner). … Starter Jackets are making a comeback (Brinke again). … Here’s a really interesting historical photo: the Bolivian team at the 1930 World Cup, showing their appreciation for the host country, Uruguay (from Graham Clayton). … Here’s a cartoon mascot I hadn’t been aware of before: Sammy Sabre (from Dave Kuruc). … Dave Lundborg notes that the lettering on the Bengals’ 1970s helmets was much smaller than the way it was depicted on Sears-style merch. “My parents bought me Bengals pajamas from Sears back in the day, and this disparity bothered me even back then,” he says. “I guess this foreshadowed my Uni Watch readership.” … Shame on New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is considering selling the naming rights to subway stations. … Holy moly, look at the back view of the 1939 Hollywood Stars! The uni number treatment is great, but those white pockets are really something else (big thanks to Dave Eskenazi). … “First they came for the Maryland football helmets, and I didn’t speak out because I didn’t wear a football helmet,” says Mike Raymer. “Next they came for the football uniforms, and I didn’t speak out because I didn’t wear a football uniform. Then they came for the airplanes, and there was nobody left to speak for the airplanes.” … Wuppertaler SV, a 5th-division German club, wears blue camouflage uniforms with big stenciled uni numbers (from Sy Hart). … Here’s another company that makes wallets out of baseball gloves (from Coleman Mullins). … NHL news from the Panthers and Ducks, both of which are planning throwbacks (thanks, Phil). … New logo for Hooters (from Christopher LaHaye). … Manny Machado of the Orioles started batting bare-handed in the middle of Saturday’s game and promptly went 2-for-4. He then alternated between wearing gloves and going bare-handed on Sunday (from Griff Shirley and Andrew Cosentino, respectively). … The Giants wore their solid black caps yesterday, instead of their usual orange-brimmed Sunday caps (thanks, Brinke). … Michael Princip recently scored this vintage Mill-Mont mouthguard, still in its original packaging. Even better, he acquired it from another Uni Watch reader, Brooklyn’s own Jeff Fedenko. … Latest MLBer wearing mismatched shades of gray: Everth Cabrera (from Paulie Sumner). … Phil already covered Ron Roeneke’s misspelled “Milwaukee” chest mark in yesterday’s entry. But it turns out this isn’t the first time the Cream City’s name has been misspelled in rather embarrassing fashion: Back in 1998, the Bucks spelled it wrong on their media guide (from Paul Kamras). … Interesting story on the Anchor Brewing Company’s search SF Seals baseball cards (from James Ashby). … The Wall Street Journal has picked up on the whole “Let’s track the Mets’ record by uniform” thing (Phil again). … Japanese baseball’s Pacific League is going to have a throwback week called the Legend Series at the end of August and beginning of September (from Jeremy Brahm). … What would happen if important scientists had their own brands (or maybe just signed endorsement deals with Nike)? Maybe something like this (from Kurt Esposito). … Soccer news from Pedro Naranjo, who writes: “Was watching the Pumas UNAM vs. Puebla Liga MX game and noticed that Puebla, for reasons unknown to me, covered the Volkswagen logo. They had done this previously in 2011, because of a diaagreement between Puebla ownership and VW. Not sure why this time.” … Aussie football has always been NNOB, but that may soon be changing (from Leo Strawn Jr.). … Serious public service by Sean Lewis, who’s provided us with our first look at Dimitri Papantonopoulos’s 15-letter NOB. … The Dunedin Blue Jays — Toronto’s single-A affiliate — held a 1929 throwback night on Saturday. “Everyone gets into it, including the ushers, mascots, and a good number of the fans, as you can see from those pictures,” says Kevin Kleinhans. “They also have features like 25-cent Cracker Jack and a bingo tournament (because bingo was invented in 1929).” … The Reading Fightin’ Phils are using European-style 7s. “It was the same with the player wearing No. 27,” says Kurt Nelson. … Magical little encounter I had yesterday: After road-tripping around the Delaware Valley and Finger Lakes regions for most of the weekend, some friends and I ended up bowling at Scott’s resort, which has four early-1900s lanes. You have to set the pins yourself, which we were doing, and then this very sweet eight-year-old girl named Paris, whose family was staying at the resort, wandered over and asked if she could set the pins for us. I showed her how to do it and we worked together for a bit, setting the pins as my friend Robert bowled. We talked about where she was from (Massachusetts, but her family is about to move to Tennessee), her family (she has a younger brother, whom she wouldn’t let anyone else hold when he was a baby), and so on. Then we had this exchange:
Paris: You said your name is Paul, right?
Paul: That’s right.
Paris: There’s a man called Paul in the Bible.
Paul: Yes, there is.
Paris: Are you a Christian?
Paul: No, not really. [Bit of a pause while Paris processes this information.] Is that okay?
Paris [after another moment of thought]: I guess so.
And then we went back to setting pins. It was all very, very special.