By Phil Hecken
Monday yielded yet another plethora of uniform unveilings in college football, and perhaps none was bigger than those unveiled by the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, who, as they have in the past, will sport another special uniform for the “Shamrock Series.” These particular costumes will be worn October 5 against Arizona State, in a neutral site game in Arlington (at JerryWorld). We’ll get to those in just a moment.
But it wasn’t just Notre Dame that unveiled yesterday — there were others.
So, let’s get today’s seemingly endless rundown started. Click on any photos to enlarge.
• Notre Dame Fighting Irish (“Shamrock Series” one game special):
We didn’t get a lot of looks at the special “Shamrock Series” uniforms (although there was, not surprisingly, a brief video, which is below), but this is what adidas has put out. Obviously the first thing you’ll notice (intentionally, of course) and what stands out, is the metallic helmet, shoulder shamrock, and numerals. Whether or not this is designed to appeal to impressionable 17-year-olds, it’s bright. The font seems to be something adidas has created (though those more familiar with fonts can probably attach a name to it). There are special green/yellow socks and the baselayer is a kelly green featuring the interlocking ‘ND’ on the guns.
The uniform is surprisingly clean, in a bright white with the only markings the shamrock (in metallic gold outlined in kelly green) and numbers (same treatment). A “ND” logo is located on the back of the jersey where a nameplate would otherwise go. The pants are plain white, without any kind of piping or striping. Special gloves form the “ND” when placed together. The helmet facemask is a metallic kelly green:
But what really stands out, of course, is the metallic gold helmet. It’s designed by HGI (who are really making quite a splash in NCAA helmet design, as well as some of the NFL teams). The helmet looks similar to their current plain shiny dome, but with the added outlined shamrock (which has a different texture than the helmet):
And, finally, you can take a look at the video reveal here (it’s thankfully not “Radioactive” but almost as annoying):
You might think I’d hate these, but I actually like them, despite the rather glittery appearance. They are quite clean, and if there is any team that can get away with a golden shiny dome, it’s Notre Dame (though I prefer the plain gold helmet and gray facemask). I love the fact that while they have glittered up the jersey with the shamrock on shoulder and numbers, that’s it for the glimmer. It’s out there (for sure) but not in a completely-over-the-top-in-your-face kind of way (is that damning with faint praise?). And, when one considers the stuff they’ve worn for previous Shamrock Series’ games, this one is quite nice.
I’m glad it’s a one-off, but it’s a nifty one I will look forward to seeing.
[Special thanks to all who tipped me wise, or sent me links to any of the photos used today, including Paulie Sumner, Kyle Snoke, Joshua Duplechain, Leo Strawn, Brayden Ruthart, and Warren Junium]
Iowa State Cyclones (throwbacks):
The Iowa State football team will wear throwback uniforms from the 1920s when it hosts Iowa on Sept. 14, 2013, in Ames. These unis harken back to the Jack Trice-era (and had been rumored for a while). For those not familiar, the Cyclones website explains, “The uniforms feature vertical stripes on the front of the jerseys, similar to those worn by Jack Trice, the first African-American player in Cyclone history. Trice, of course, played in two games at Iowa State and died from injuries suffered in a game at Minnesota during the 1923 season. Iowa State’s football stadium is named in his honor and that facility will host the game between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes.”
The throwback uniforms (in “1920’s style” — since the original uniforms had the friction strips these unis are meant to mimic) will have white numbers on the front and gold numerals on the back (I’ve yet to see a picture of the full back of the uniform, but you can catch glimpses in the video which is below). The helmets will be cardinal colored and, rather than the normal logo, will include the player’s uniform number in gold. ISU will wear gold-colored pants and cardinal-and-gold striped socks.
They don’t quite get the uniforms correct as far as ‘authenticity’ goes (for example, the friction strips are actually much further apart than the pseudo-strips on the throwbacks), but it’s pretty good. And, best of all, it’s a really good looking uniform. I know many of you don’t like it when teams throw “this far” back (due to having to use modern helmet and uniform cuts) but I believe this was done in a spirit that will really capture those old unis.
I’ll need to see them in action (and I hope I’ll be able to get the game) but for now, I’m a big fan.
Of course, there is a video accompanying the unveiling:
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (helmet):
Tulsa will be adding a metallic gold helmet to their repertoire. This was tweeted out yesterday, one day ahead of their media day (which is today), so it’s unclear if this will be a full-time helmet, a one-game addition, or part of a mix-and-match set. It’s also unclear whether they will be adding any new uniforms. (h/t to Chris Mahr).
North Carolina State Wolfpack:
The Wolfpack of North Carolina State also introduced new uniforms (or at least a new red jersey and two sets of pants, plus two helmets) yesterday. Although they tweeted a photo containing two sets of pants (below), there was just the red jersey and of course, a fancy pair of gloves. It’s a pretty muted set, — the red helmet has a two thin black stripes surrounding a wider white stripe, while the white helmet reverses the red and white. There were several photos of the players in their new uniforms, floating about the interwebs today (you can see them in the small set I put together here) with two representative photos below:
As far as I could see, there was no video associated with this unveil. It’s a nice, simple set (I’m assuming the white jersey will be basically the inverse of the red), although I have no idea if there will be an alternate or any additional uniforms. I like it, although this is much more of a tweak than a wholesale revision. The helmet stripe is different on both helmets, and the previously stripeless pants now look more refined, and where the previous uniforms tried to shoehorn the “N” and “C” inside the “STATE” wordmark (as it is on the helmets), these all say NC STATE across the chest. The adidas mountain appears a bit bigger, and the “ACC” is now directly sewn on the jersey instead of on a patch. And of course, the new jerseys have the (barely visible) trademark treadmarks on the shoulders.
And that, friends, will end the look at the new uniform reveals for Monday, August 5. Will there be more tomorrow (and the day after that and after that)? Probably. But that’s about it for now.
What do you think?
I have never forgotten this SI cover. I was 10 at the time- and from September of 1970, we have Dick Butkus who is clearly not in a great mood. What I noticed was the NFL patch- I clearly remember sitting in the back of our Ford LTD station wagon reading this one day.
That patch leads me to our first find. Interesting pair of Pocket Pro mini-helmets here. This one is for the NFL 50th anniversary– always loved the simplicity of that logo.
• Cool looking 1970s Minnesota North Stars “Star Wars” promo T.
• “Stancraft” is the maker of some terrific NFL posters from back in the day. I do remember seeing these on some related items like puzzles, too. The artist was one George Bartell, and you can learn more about his terrific work here. Found designs for the Cowboys, Ray-duhz, Jets, Bills, Browns, Cards, Oilers, Falcons, and the Lions.
• Got a tiny Packers fan in your house? Then this vintage varsity jacket from Sears will do the trick nicely.
• Nice 1970s Angels thermal cup here, sponsored by Avco Financial Services.
• Yes Virginia, there was a time when Jerrah did not own the Cowboys. You’d have to go back to the 1960s to see this logo in use, on this Cowboys megaphone. Looks like a Texas Stadium giveaway, though. I’d love to see this logo brought back, but of course it’s not nearly sexy enough for AT&T Stadium.
• Here’s an ad for Roger Staubach’s “Roger Dodger” Brooks cleats…and a youth sized pair. You may not recall, but in the late 1970s, Brooks signed a TON of players in the MLB- it seemed everyone wore ’em all at once. Adidas and Puma were the leaders at the time, and Nike was coming on but not yet on top. I think Staubach was the only NFL player to wear them.
• This 1970s NBA mini gumball kit is in terrific condition—but it’s gonna cost ya.
• Always try to put up a 1970s Chiquita NFL sticker set whenever I come across one. There was a framed one a few years back–shoulda gone for it but didn’t. Sigh.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Dodgers are giving away a Rick Monday bobblehead from when he saved the burning flag, while he was on the Cubs. So, a Cubs bobblehead at Dodger Stadium (thanks to Allen Yelent) … Good NYT article entitled “As lawsuits against manufacturers of football helmets mount, those companies are strengthening the cautions on their products” (from TommytheCPA). … Oops. Wisconsin football player Melvin Gordon’s name was spelled wrong on his jersey during media day. It was spelled “Gordan” (nice spot by Nate Neumann). … Here are some pictures of Jim Verble’s son’s football helmet with their Guardian concussion prevention accessory that his school is using during practice. These are supposed to decrease the chance of concussions by 30%. Just an interesting look. … The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is tweaking the rating icons for its six video game rating categories — for the first time in more than a decade (good spot by Joseph Nguyen). … Good one from Markus Kamp who writes, “I’m sure you heard that, in one of the most shocking soccer transfers in US history, the Sounders signed USMNT captain Clint Dempsey over the weekend. At Saturday’s match, the excitement was palpable, especially as manifested in SEVERAL variations on this hand-numbered/-lettered jersey. Electrical tape!” … For the preseason games all teams will wear Heads Up decals on the back of the helmets. At least one of the players didn’t have the decal during the HOF Game (great work by Mako Mameli). … Did you know the “World Dwarf Games” is a thing? I know “midget” is extremely frowned upon, but I thought the preferred term was “little people.” … “Deadspin has some TERRIBLE photoshop skills,” says Tom Adjemian. “Looks like a creepy version of the Cubs uni number typeface.” … The SPHL announced their schedule today along with their 10th Anniversary Logo. “Seems just like every other logo for every other leagues 10th year,” says submitter Ryan Bohannon. … “Duck Dynasty” has a themed car design for Clint Bowyer (thanks to Paulie Sumner). … Check out this photo of the 1952 Bellefonte softball league (and talk about softball pants!) from Jaybuls (@jaybuls). … The Memphis Chicks did throwback jerseys, “but they didnt do the caps” (h/t to Biogenesis @AZJoshM). … Pretty funny t-shirt from Glen Perkins, the guy who pitched with his fly open (thanks, Brinke). … The University of Arizona Is Forcing Woodrow Wilson to Abandon Decades-Old Wildcat Logo, which Christopher Bisbee calls a “Bullshit move by Arizona.” … “You can’t escape the swoosh,” says Daniel Fontenot. “This is was in my local paper this morning. This is from an ad for the annual football preview edition. It knows no boundaries.” … Good spot by Joe Bozek who noticed that if you go to the Bills’ team store, you will find that Stevie Johnson’s jersey is missing the Buffalo logo. … LSU has trademarked a new Tigers logo for fan apparel (from Chris LaHaye). … Will Panthers be back in black? Yes, according to this article, they’ll wear black 6 times this year. … The Oklahoma Women’s BB team has revealed their jerseys for the 2013-14 season. … Because we’ve all been waiting, here’s a game-by-game breakdown of what the Cincinnati Bengals will wear this season (thanks to Leo Strawn). … Nice article on Michigan helmet reconditioning (from Larry Bodnovich). … Red? That US team claims to be red. Huh? (thanks to Joel Mathwig). … “So, I went to MLB Shop and tried to customize a Yankees t-shirt/jersey so it had the name ‘ROIDRIGUEZ’ on it and number 13 (A-Rod’s number),” says Gregory Koch. Shockingly, he hit “preview” and the following message popped up: “Your current entry cannot be processed. Language deemed inappropriate, derogatory, or profane will not be accepted. Please create a new entry.” In addition to “ROIDRIGUEZ”, apparently “A ROID”, “AROID”, “A FRAUD”, “AFRAUD” and “FRAUD” are banned on custom jerseys, as is anything with a hyphen such as “A-ROID” although that appears to be a general guideline. However, “FRAUDRIGUEZ” is allowed, for now. “Better hurry,” says Gregory. … Toledo Baseball History weekend continued as the MudHens wore 1921 Throwbacks (h/t Sully @pal3327).
And that’s a wrap for this fine Tuesday. Big thanks to everyone who sent in links or pics or tweeted me on the NCAAFB news (it’s GREATLY appreciated). Also yesterday, a number of you e-mailed me with the same links/stories — so if you didn’t see your name associated with a ticker item, it simply means someone beat you to the punch — gotta be quick on UW! You guys have a great day and I’ll catch you tomorrow (and I think we may have a special *guest* appearance from Paul, so be sure to check back then).
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