By Phil Hecken
The long wait is over: SMUW makes its triumphant 2013 NCAA Football debut today!
For those of you who have been following Uni Watch for any length of time, you’re familiar with the agenda for today — Terry Duroncelet will give us the rundown on yesterday’s (and whenever there are earlier) games with an eye to any crazy stuff, new uniforms or combinations, and just general stuff we need to know about the College game. TJ is entering his third season doing SMUW.
Terry is going to be joined by Catherine Ryan, who is back with the very popular “5 & 1″ (where she selects what are, in her opinion, the best 5 and worst 1 looking matchups from the day before), taking over the 5 & 1 from Jim Vilk after he had a couple years picking (usually badly) good & bad looking games.
Finally, Tim E. O’Brien will be returning with the “Duck Tracker,” which keeps a record of every uniform combination worn by the boys from Oregon. The Duck Tracker is now entering its fifth year, and Tim is back for his second stint at the helm.
So, now that you know what to look forward to every Sunday for the next four months, lets get it started with Terry, and the …
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
Much like me when it comes to food, I’m back for seconds. Everyone form a line behind me, and you can pick up the scraps…
• ♫ It was the 5th of September… A day I’ll always remember… ‘Cause that was the day… that simple logic died. ♫ *sigh* Dammit, Pirates.
• Not sure if I talked about this last year, but Wake Forest has white helmets, so they took the opportunity to wear all-white against Boston College.
• Miami (FL) wore mono-orange with white helmets against Florida, who conveniently wore mono-white with orange helmets. Also, ‘Canes player Duke Johnson had ‘Johnson Jr.‘ on his nameplate in the first half. Then he decided “Nah” in the second half. Credit to Rich Friedman for the screenshots.
• North Carolina wore full-Carolina blue for the first time since 2003 against Middle Tennessee State. I like. Dig the endzones, too. Also, I’ve never seen a marching band (especially one for a D1 school) wear “uniform” backpacks on the field before. Anyone know what that’s about?
• During the TCU/Southeastern game, there was a player for the Lions whose helmet decal was eclipsing some of the other decals near the back of the helmet.
• So much for those red pants. Just as well: I’d rather see them only for a bowl game anyway. Those red helmets look absolutely amazing. I wouldn’t mind if they switched to those full-time. As for Tennessee Tech… um… what the hell are they wearing?
• Gorgeous helmets from Temple. Wish I could’ve found a bigger photo, though.
• When ESPN was going over the Louisville/E. Kentucky game, they showed some reel of Teddy Bridgewater in last year’s jersey with the block numbers and the Big East logo.
• Mizzou wore anthracite jerseys against Toledo. The numbers are lame, and I’m surprised that they were cleared for play. I thought the phantom number thing was illegal this year. Or is it because the numbers are black on an anthracite jersey? At this point, you gotta make a judgement call and say “You know what? This may be a pretty stupid idea“. It’s not a bad-looking jersey, it just doesn’t make sense logistically.
• Well, then. Credit to Anthony Bales for the link.
• In the Minnesota vs. New Mexico State game, NMSU QB King Davis III had FiOB with very wide spacing between the initial and last name. (Credit to Matt Heitkamp for the screenshot).
• Under the Lights v2.0 lived up to the hype, but I don’t think any moment was more uni-notable than Devin Gardner wearing (I think) the biggest uni number for a QB since Sid Luckman played for the Bears. This is because Michigan doesn’t retire uniform numbers anymore, so instead, they honor those players by letting their most outstanding players on the current Wolverine roster wear formerly-retired numbers. In this case, it was Michigan legend Tom Harmon’s #98. Never thought I would live to see the day that this would happen in my lifespan. What a time to be alive.
That’s it for this week. Let me know if I missed anything big. Catch you later.
Thanks, TJ. Nice job with today’s SMUW.
Five and One…
And now, I’m pleased to present Catherine Ryan who is back with the ever-popular…
5 & 1
By Catherine Ryan
Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! It’s been a beautiful weekend here in New York City and I’m pumped to spend all day watching football. However, first we need to cover what happened yesterday! I forced myself (wasn’t too hard) to spend all day watching every college game that was on and even received some suggestions from a couple of you who were watching! Since I didn’t post last week, I decided to do a 6-and-1 today as there were more than 5 impressive games:
6. Kansas/South Dakota: I spotted this game late in the day but thought it deserved a spot. I love the blue/red contrast as well as both teams matching their helmets to their pants. Overall, a good-looking game!
5. Notre Dame/Michigan: For obvious reasons…
4. Penn State/Eastern Michigan: The game was just simple, clean, and enjoyable. Penn State always looks good and I enjoyed seeing gray done properly (and sparingly) by Eastern Michigan.
3. Wisconsin/Tennessee Tech: This ranking was entirely driven by Wisconsin’s red helmets and I received numerous comments about them from readers. I’m willing to ignore a reflective purple helmet in order to give credit where credit is due…
1. Florida/Miami: I loved Miami in this game. I also love that Florida keeps the orange helmets paired with the all-white unis. If any of the rumors on Twitter are to be believed, Florida has some crazy helmets in the works. Let’s hope we never see them.
Honorable Mention: San Diego State/Ohio State
The Buckeyes will be in the top 5 shortly. They just need a better match-up.
And the “+1″ … Auburn/Arkansas State: This was the most unpleasant game for me to watch all day. I could barely tell the teams apart.
For the past four years (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), the “Duck Tracker” has been a staple of Uni Watch. It was begun by Michael Princip, who ably administered it for the first two seasons, was continued for one year by Jake Hurley, and last year was picked up by Tim E.
Now in it’s fifth year, the DT is as strong as ever. Hopefully the Boys from Oregon will be as solid.
So, let me now turn it over to Tim, as he brings you your …
By Tim E. O’Brien
While I didn’t see much Saturday (’twas at the Northwestern game…) the highlights and photos of the Ducks brand new helmet look great. The helmet perfectly matches this white jersey and the gray pants. I don’t know if it’ll match anything else, but this combo looked great.
Here’s your Week 2 Duck Tracker.
Again, the new Uni Tracking twitter accounts (@DuckTracker, @NUniTracker and @Hoosier_Tracker) are up and running. And if you have any tips, comments or questions, you can contact me at one of the new official email accounts:
Until next week, keep on trackin’.
Hey. Remember when we used to play this game? It’s been a long time (maybe three years?). Anyway, I am not sure I’ll be bringing it back, but during the week, reader Bob Gassel sent this in to Uni Watch HQ, with the following message:
This might not be your columns’ forte, but it could be fun. See if readers can identify what year this shot was taken….it’s actually fairly easy for the knowledgable fan…
The only season the Milwaukee Braves and St.Louis Browns were both in existence was 1953.
Now. Bob didn’t give the actual date of the game in question, so I won’t be able to say if those who take a shot at it are right or wrong. But if my memory serves me, of the year or two that I ran the previous GTGFTS, there wasn’t one time I was able to stump you — so I’m sure someone will be able to get it correctly. If anyone wants to take a shot, please not only give what you think is the correct answer, but share with the other readers how you solved it. OK? OK!
If you guys like this, and want to have this as a weekly feature, let me know in the comments below. And if anyone wants to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), I’ll keep running them.
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: Our resident wire shots finder, Bruce Menard, dug up this great photo of the 1940 20th Century Fox Base Ball Club. “Not sure who the guys are…maybe lower level actors…maybe movie crew guys…executives perhaps? Anyways, absolutely killer jerseys and striped socks.” … Yesterday’s ticker featured this picture of the 1970s Sacremento Solons, who wore shorts. Reader Marc Viquez has now unearthed two more photos of said uniform. Awesome.
NFL News: Not NFL, but CFL — in this 1983 CFL Eastern Final, featuring the Argos vs. Tiger-Cats, submitter Marc Viquez notes, “At 1:24 of this video,one of the Argos offensive linemen puts on a pinnie in what I believe is to verify him as an eligible receiver. However, I never knew they had to wear such flimsy piece of material over their uniform.” Anyone know anything more about this? … Richard Paloma says the “Rams will wear a helmet sticker to honor Deacon Jones. You’d think if it was in his honor they would use the team logo/colors from the era he played (white rather than gold helmet colors).” … More CFL: The Hamilton Ti-cats paid homage to Flying Wildcats by breaking out historic uniforms. … Joseph Bailey was at a local middle school and saw these NFL Play 60 posters. “On the posters you can see what appears to be the Patriots, Packers and Browns,” notes Joseph. “However, all logos are removed from the images. The funny thing is, these are NFL produced posters. On the bottom it even shows all the teams logos, but not on the images themselves.”
College Football News: Utah teams honor fallen police officer (thanks to Warren Junium). … “Never noticed this before,” says Preston Feller , but Miami now has state of Florida sticker on the back of their helmets with a star over Miami. … In addition to the pictures in the ticker yesterday, KU football just released this video (thanks to Matt Straus). … The Big House goes out of its way with creature comforts for the visiting coaches (from Warren Junium). Also from Warren, a great Nebraska story on what happens after the adidas gear arrives.
Hockey News: The Hartford Wolf Pack is giving fans the opportunity to help paint the ice and learn all about how hockey ice is painted (nice find, Hungry, Hungry Hipster) Here’s the story from the Hartford Courant, including the press release from the team, and also a link to the press release on the Wolf Pack website.
College & High School Hoops News: Washington State University Cougars have unveiled new jerseys for 2013-14 (the jerseys will give the Coogs three different uniform options, according to the article) — thanks Brinke. … “Saw this photo of the 1961 Colorado state champs at Ft. Morgan HS,” says Troy Graefe. “It looks like they’re wearing crew socks over stirrups with thin vertical stripes above Northwestern stripes.” [Yes, those are stirrups -- back then most teams who didn't go with just low whites wore stirrups underneath. --PH]
Grab Bag: A Texas high school called Hebron uses the XFL New Jersey Hitmen logo (thanks to Ethan Hopkin). “I know there was an article a year or two on Uni Watch about Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, TX doing the same, but I am not sure if this one was seen.” … Check out this really wacky new helmet from AZ. As Raymie Humbert notes, “I present to you the black and white cookie helmet! (Boulder Creek in Anthem, AZ.)” … Cork Gaines took Paul’s Wednesday post and followed up on it for Business Insider. Cork “confirmed with Florida and UNC that Nike did indeed tell them to return all of the gameday polos, pullovers, and jackets. I also spoke with somebody at Virginia that said no such request was made to them. Their gear already had swooshes on the chest.” Read more in this excellent article. … Not only do the South Charleston High (WV) Eagles have a black and chrome version of Oregon’s winged helmet, they also have an interlocking SC on the back, in orange (great find by Coleman Mullins). But there’s more: they simultaneously manage to rip-off the Philadelphia Eagles! … The new season of the English Rugby Union Permiership began this weekend with some interesting uni items (from James Vetter): In recent years, all 12 teams in the competition regardless of jersey colors or design have worn black numbers on a white number plate disproportionately framed by a common corporate sponsor. This appears to have been dropped this year. While difficult to make out because it is so tiny, but the logo below the Saracens player’s (striped jersey) is CNBC peacock. James knows that that channel is in the high numbers on cable and satellite here, but never thought they had much of a presence in the UK. Apparently the common font used for NOB can’t handle a 12 letter name. WIGG’WTH is England and Saracens scrum half Richard Wigglesworth. “I’ve never noticed a truncated name (TNOB?) before. Sorry, could find a good shot, so had to do a screen grab.” … “Is it the Jets vs. the Niners?” asks Tom Liodice. “No! It’s Holy Trinity HS (Long Island) vs. St. Francis (Buffalo)!”
And there you have it! First SMUW of the season nicely in the books. Big thanks, as always, to Terry, Catherine and Tim for their contributions. Everyone have a spectacular Sunday because you know what today is…
FIRST NFL SUNDAY!
That’s right, in the league where they play for pay, we’re all set to go. And except for the Ravens, everyone’s still undefeated. Enjoy the games today (and the two-fer tomorrow night), and I’ll catch you guys and gals next weekend.
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“A weekend ticker? That’s like giving Mr. Creosote a thin mint after his meal.”
–”A Victim of Information Overload” (aka Jim Vilk)