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Sunday Morning Uni Watch

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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 …

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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…

From Thursday:

• ♫ It was the 5th of September… A day I’ll always remember… ‘Cause that was the day… that simple logic died. ♫ *sigh* Dammit, Pirates.

From Friday:

• 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.

From Saturday:

• 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.

• ‘G’, you think the field markings in the New Mexico State/Minnesota game were a little off? Like, A LITTLE? (they’re independents, BTW) Credit to Chris Sorenson for the screenshots.

• So much for LSU wearing purple against non-conference opponents. Unless they changed things up in Baton Rouge. Anyone know more? Scratch that: someone did wear purple at home.

• 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.

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Thanks, TJ. Nice job with today’s SMUW.

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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:

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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!

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5. Notre Dame/Michigan: For obvious reasons…

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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.

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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…

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2. Idaho/Wyoming: LOVED these brpwn matte helmets. And bonus points for this field.

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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.

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Honorable Mention: San Diego State/Ohio State

The Buckeyes will be in the top 5 shortly. They just need a better match-up.

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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.

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Duck Tracker

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 …

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Duck Tracker
By Tim E. O’Brien

2013 Week 2
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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:

OfficialDuckTracker@gmail.com
OfficialNUniTracker@gmail.com
OfficialHoosierTracker@gmail.com

Until next week, keep on trackin’.

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Guess The Game…from the scoreboard

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.

Enjoy,
Bob

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.

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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)!”

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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.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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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)

 

101 comments to Sunday Morning Uni Watch

  • The Jeff | September 8, 2013 at 7:17 am |

    Ugh. God dammit, Arkansas State. You’re not helping with my quest to make color vs color games more common when you wear shit like that.

    • Joe Sewash | September 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm |

      Missouri and Toledo didn’t help your case, either.

  • Matt | September 8, 2013 at 7:19 am |

    The Orioles were still the Browns (and the A’s still in Philly), so before 1954. And the Braves were in Milwaukee, so 1953 or later. That leaves… 1953!

    • Matt | September 8, 2013 at 7:21 am |

      Wait, now I see that the answer was there the whole time…

  • jamesBN3 | September 8, 2013 at 7:36 am |

    GTGFTS – Dodgers 4 – Cubs 9, June 22, 1953
    http://www.baseball-...

    • jamesBN3 | September 8, 2013 at 8:38 am |

      oops, didn’t see the show your work part of the assignment.

      Given that we know that it is 1953, and it is obviously the Dodgers and Cubs at Wrigley. We also know the numbers of the starting pitchers of each team. With this information, I:

      1) Looked up the 1953 rosters for the team to see who wore 17 for Brooklyn (Carl Erskine) and 18 for the Cubs (Warren Hacker)

      2) Looked up the game-by-game stats of Hacker to identify home starts vs. Brooklyn, there were 2.

      3) Found the box scores for those to games to identify if Erskine was the opposing starter, he was on June 22.

      4) The line score through 8 innings matches perfectly – viola!

      • Rob S | September 8, 2013 at 10:12 am |

        I figured it was a Monday because of the upcoming schedule posted on the bottom of the board, and only two other games being scheduled that day.

    • Terry Proctor | September 8, 2013 at 10:41 am |

      Interesting Brooklyn line-up that game. Jackie didn’t play at all and Gil Hodges played left field. Wayne Belardi played first. It was the final game of a four-game set at Wrigley in which the Bums won the first two and the Cubbies the final two. The Dodgers were on a 10-game road trip. Four in Chitown, three in Cinci and three in Milwaukee. They went 15-12 in June, their worst month of the season.

    • Bob Gassel | September 10, 2013 at 9:16 am |

      As the one who sent this into Paul, I assumed he would know not to print part of the answer with the question…the point of this was to see how many people could figure out (by inclusion of both the Milwaukee Braves and St. Louis Browns) that it was 1953.

      After knowing the year, the game is pretty easy to pinpoint online.

  • Coleman | September 8, 2013 at 7:55 am |

    Catch of the Day was just mean.

  • Randy | September 8, 2013 at 8:32 am |

    In the 5 and 1 section, brown is spelled “brpwn”

  • Keith | September 8, 2013 at 8:42 am |

    RE: UNC Band Backpacks — perhaps they’re camelbacks? It has to be beastly wearing band getup during early season games; gotta stay hydrated.

    This has probably been mentioned before, but watching OSU/SDSU, I couldn’t help but think how similar the Mountain West Conference’s logo is to the Doctor Who logo: http://blog.zap2it.c...

    • jamesBN3 | September 8, 2013 at 8:58 am |

      They don’t appear to be camelbacks, but they definitely do wear them on their march to the stadium.

      http://www.youtube.c...

  • Mirliton | September 8, 2013 at 8:49 am |

    LSU only wears white against non-conference teams if it’s the first home game.

    • Terry Proctor | September 8, 2013 at 10:25 am |

      LSU’s shoulder insert looked almost like a real UCLA insert. In today’s “less is more” when it comes to football uniforms I’d give it a B- or a C+.

    • SaveFarris | September 9, 2013 at 9:31 am |

      They also reserve the right to wear white if its a non-conference opponent from a BCS-level conference.

      As an example, they wore white against Washington even though it was Game #2

      http://scores.espn.g...

  • David | September 8, 2013 at 9:26 am |

    Guess the Game —
    Cubs 9, Dodgers 4 on June 22, 1953.

    Like jamesBN3, I used baseball-almanac.com. Instead of starting with rosters, I started with the 1953 Brooklyn schedule. I found the line score that matched the scoreboard, and then verified the result by checking uniform numbers of the pitchers.

  • Martin | September 8, 2013 at 9:34 am |

    This may be the ugliest 5 & 1 I have ever seen. The only good matchup is the honorable mention

    • arrScott | September 8, 2013 at 10:04 am |

      Goes to show how very much beauty is in the eye of the holder. I liked 4 of the 5, and thought the honorable mention was the only thing that really didn’t belong at all. Ohio State just doesn’t look all that good, and the opponents are plain ugly. Anyway, glad to have 5&1 back – I’m happy to have Catherine watching college gridiron so I don’t have to.

      • Geeman | September 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm |

        It’s strange to see schools be so hyper-vigilant about consistent “branding,” to the point of getting rid of long-standing fonts on their jerseys (Georgia, Kansas), yet:

        1. They wear so many different uniforms that you can’t tell which team is playing half the time.

        2. They show up not wearing their school colors (Wake Forest and West Virginia in all-white, UNC in black, and so on).

        None of it makes sense.

  • Rob H. | September 8, 2013 at 10:03 am |

    Weel, I see others have already solved it… but I’ll give my process anyway. Seeing the final score of 5-2 in the Cleveland-Washington game, I went to http://www.baseball-... and looked at the game-by-game listing for the Senators, and looked for games against Cleveland with the final score of 5-2 and there were only two, and they were both games of a doubleheader on June 22! And on that day the Cubs beat Brooklyn 9 to 4 and St. Louis NL defeated Pittsburgh 6-3.

    And of course had there been more Cle-Was games 5-2, I would’ve used process of elimination with the other games, etc.

    I think this would have been a lot more difficult and more fun before sites before pro-football-reference.com and the internet in general.

    Perhaps if we are going to bring this back as a feature, I’d suggest make them much more difficult…what if for instance, you only had this to work with:

    http://i.imgur.com/c...

    I don’t know that that would be impossible, but it gives you a lot less to go on, I suspect it could still be solved. That would take some real detective work, give too much information, and it’s just a simple internet look-up.

    And I definitely wouldn’t have printed the part of the letter: “The only season the Milwaukee Braves and St.Louis Browns were both in existence was 1953.” Determining that part would have been half the fun.

    • Rob S | September 8, 2013 at 10:13 am |

      I looked at the picture and figured 1953 out before I ever read the text below it.

  • Rob H. | September 8, 2013 at 10:06 am |

    Oh, by the way, at the moment, Minnesota and Tampa are tied in the UWFFL’s only color-vs-color matchup this week.

    http://www.uwfantasy...

    And you can vote once a day.

  • John Q | September 8, 2013 at 10:12 am |

    It’s interesting that Gil Hodges played LF in that game. I had no idea he played OF during the 1950’s.

    Ralph Kiner hit a HR in that game and I tend to forget that he played for the Cubs.

    • umplou | September 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm |

      He had been traded from Pittsburgh just over two weeks before this game – and that was his 8th HR for the Cubbies already! 53 was his last real productive season,as he ended up hitting 35 for the year.

      You would have to guess that Ralphy Baby must have LOVED Wrigley!

  • Rob H. | September 8, 2013 at 10:19 am |

    What is wrong with the field markings in the New Mexico State game?

    • TB | September 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm |

      Oh my, Dude! Attention to detail. Check the goal line and the conference affiliation for the INDEPENDENT school.

      • Ryan | September 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm |

        They are joining the sunbelt in football next season. So as being a “member” of the league they are displaying their SBC logo.

    • Cozmosis | September 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm |

      The Sun Belt Conference logo is not a big deal as they will be football-only members in 2014. However, there’s no reason flipping the G stencil on the nearside goal line in the wrong direction.

  • aingle | September 8, 2013 at 10:30 am |

    Regarding the Sarries scrum-half…”reports that Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth went CNOB — that’s contracted name on back — on Sunday.”
    From Newsticker on April 4, 2011
    http://www.uni-watch...

    • jamesBN3 | September 8, 2013 at 10:40 am |

      I wonder why the change from W’WORTH http://farm6.static....,
      to WIGG”WTH.

      • aingle | September 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm |

        Not sure. Perhaps new equipment manager or maybe at his request. Did you see that Bath doesn’t have an “official” kit supplier so they can have final say? Pretty bold.

  • LI Matt | September 8, 2013 at 10:32 am |

    Great picture, Catherine!

    • Phil Hecken | September 8, 2013 at 11:05 am |

      clearly it’s an homage.

      • Rob H. | September 8, 2013 at 11:38 am |

        But is that a Redskins helmet she’s wearing? (If I can still say that word around here.)

        • rpm | September 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm |

          she should go out and buy a mountaineer lid? it is perfectly clever as is.

        • Rob H. | September 8, 2013 at 6:03 pm |

          No I thought she was a Giant fans from the other pic — that a divisional rival

  • Bob A | September 8, 2013 at 10:34 am |

    Houston wore white helmets for the first time in the program’s history, at least as far as I can tell. There is a photo library right here (with some shots of the referenced temple helmets).

    • Bob A | September 8, 2013 at 10:39 am |

      The other half of the UH-Temple pics <a href="https://www.facebook... here, with better shots of the white helmet.

      As a UH alum I have to say I don’t know which I dislike more, the helmets, the jerseys or the pants with the gray stripe that looks like a strip of duct-tape running down the side.

    • Chris | September 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm |

      And here’s a gallery with some better looks at Temple’s gear.

  • Mike Engle | September 8, 2013 at 10:37 am |

    Looks like Arkansas State actually got penalized for its “Game of Shame” effort in the 5&1!
    http://deadspin.com/...

  • Scott M | September 8, 2013 at 10:44 am |

    http://www.baseball-...

    My process was pretty simple to find this game. When we were given 1953, I went and found games where Brooklyn was at Chicago where Brooklyn scored 4 runs. First one I clicked on was Monday June 22.

  • Terry Proctor | September 8, 2013 at 10:47 am |

    That pinnie the Argos player wore reminded me of the “punt vests” high school players had to wear in the 1970s. We used to sell the schools a numbered scrimmage vest that had elastic at the waist. Made it a lot easier if you didn’t have to mess with those pinnie straps.

  • Joseph Gerard | September 8, 2013 at 11:11 am |

    The 80’s-style Argonauts uniforms are a beauty. Their current uniforms aren’t bad, either.

    IDK, something with teams using two different tones of blue make it look good. Chargers, Titans, Grizzlies, any of the now-decommissioned throwbacks the Penguins have worn the last few years…

    • jamesBN3 | September 8, 2013 at 11:37 am |

      Personally, I’ve always loved the Ti-Cats unis from that era. If only football jersey still had sleeves instead of shoulder pad pockets.

  • Mike Hall | September 8, 2013 at 11:46 am |

    Pinnies were worn in amateur football in Canada at least as late as 1990, at least when I played. We did not have straps. The pinnies were made from the same material as the jerseys, with similar thermofilm numbers and the like. I’m not sure when they stopped using pinnies, but I don’t recall having a pinney around when we received new jerseys in 1991. I guess pinnies were still used in some capacity. I recall my brother facing a behemoth defensive lineman wearing a pinney in place of a jersey (and sweatpants with pads taped to the outside).

  • Shane Barnes | September 8, 2013 at 11:57 am |

    The CFL had a rule that only certain numbers could be pass receivers, so instead of reporting to the referee, you had to wear a certain number to be eligible. I believe that nowadays there is no longer that rule.

  • Patrick Lind | September 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm |

    “Devin Gardner wearing (I think) the biggest uni number for a QB since Sid Luckman played for the Bears.”

    Otto Graham wore #60 for the Browns

    • rpm | September 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm |

      i looooooooooooved seeing “old 98” at QB, it was beautiful. hats of to the scUM for coming up with an outstanding way of recognizing past players. retiring numbers in college football is kind’a silly.

      • LarryB | September 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm |

        I agree. I thought it was pretty cool to do that. Gardner seemed proud to wear 98.

        At first I thought the comment about wearing the “biggest” number meant the size of the number. 98 did seem to cover most of the jersey.

  • Clint | September 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm |

    There are at least 8 Texas High Schools that use the Hitmen logo. Here is a link to Texas High School helmets.

    http://txhshelmetpro...

  • Phil Hecken | September 8, 2013 at 1:20 pm |

    Eagerly awaiting Graf Zeppelin’s first post on the Jets wearing white socks with their white pants…

    • Graf Zeppelin | September 8, 2013 at 9:11 pm |

      Bite me. It’s still wrong. :)

  • Dust | September 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm |

    Detroit Lions with new endzones. Added DETROIT to them.

  • jimmy Matthews | September 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm |

    I was looking forward to the Vikings/Lions game but between Thom Brennaman and the purple pants the game is unwatchable. Maybe if they wore striped white socks…

    • Bromotrifluoromethane | September 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm |

      I liked the purple pants. It looked a lot better than the set does with those whit pants and the way too off balanced striping.

      • Jimmy Matthews | September 8, 2013 at 5:57 pm |

        I should have said purple socks with the purple pants. if they would wear white striped socks like the Bears and Patroits do with their navy pants it would be a good look. instead they go of the lazy route like the Seahawks, Saints, Chargers, Ravens, Texans and others with dark pants and go with the leotard look. You need contrast.

  • LI Matt | September 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm |

    I like the Dolphins’ new “tail-up” logo. The rest of the uniform is terrible.

    • Bromotrifluoromethane | September 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm |

      The more I’m seeing of the Dolphins new look the more it’s growing on me. With a few tweaks I think it could be a very nice looking uniform.

  • Ryan | September 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm |

    As for LSU wearing purple at home… they can only do that if visiting team agrees to it. Furthermore the last time LSU play Alabama-Birmingham at home and wore purple they lost so either UAB said “no” or, more likely, LSU remember the purple loss chose to wear white. “First home game” has nothing to do with it as when they play OOC games later in the season they have been known to wear purple then too.

    • Douglas King | September 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm |

      The home team has the right to wear their home jersey whenever they want. You only need permission to wear white at home, otherwise the away team is expected to wear white.

      It’s different from the NFL where the home team decides what they wear, whereas in the NCAA the away team has first shot at white.

      I imagine one reason why LSU started doing the purple for non-conference home games was to take the psychological edge that being denied the ability to wear white can cause. It’s why Mississippi State has consistently denied their request when they have played in Baton Rouge, they are trying to get a psychological edge, however small it may be.

      For example Wake Forest has consistently declined Georgia Tech’s request to wear white at home, in 1998 Tech was in the conversation for the National Title, Boston College (coached by Tom O’Brien) came in and denied Tech’s request to wear white, BC won, when Tech requested to wear white at home in 2010 O’Brien (now at NC State) said no, Tech lost again. The jerseys didn’t make the difference but there is a chance that the players being forced to wear something other than their home gear threw them off. I think in 1998 it may have been a small factor but 2010 Tech was simply over-matched.

      • Ryan | September 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm |

        The SEC, back in the 90’s, stated if the home team wants to wear white in-conference games they can. So that puts a dent into the Missy State argument (one I can’t find anything to back up all the pictures I can find show LSU in white at home vs. the bulldogs… the SEC visiting team has NO say so or you’d see more and more teams telling LSU to “go pound sand and wear your color jersey” In an out of conference game, regardless as to when it is LSU, from time to time will wear purple. As in several years ago the played Troy late in the season and wore purple either because they wanted to or Troy said “we are wearing white”

  • Steve F | September 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm |

    There was a nice story on the local news here is Tampa about High School Football Unis. They are even going to sponsor a weekly contest on their website to see which school has the best Bay Area Uniforms.

    http://www.baynews9....

  • Oakville Endive | September 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm |

    The Seahawks are looking pretty good today (Non Mono-chrome blue jersey look). Just goes to show – a bright colour – even neon green – looks good if used as a restrained accent colour.

    • SQL | September 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm |

      They should add a neon green stripe on the pants to make the whole thing even better.

  • Rex | September 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm |

    Tennessee Tech is still on that sublimation pattern gimmick that Russell Athletic tricked Georgia Tech into wearing last year.

  • Ben D | September 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm |

    The Seahawks look good when they go blue over gray, and I’m digging the Vikings in white over purple. I really like the asymmetrical pants stripe.

    • Chuck | September 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm |

      Not crazy about the pants, but at least they did not go with the leotard look!

  • SQL | September 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm |

    Bengals in orange socks ! Yeepee! Looks so much better tahn the black ones.

  • Sam | September 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm |

    On Ticker: Look at that 2nd pic for South Charleston, WV – the one where they rip off the Eagles. Look at the other team – it’s the George Washington Patriots. On their helmet is their version of Pat Patriot.

    • Coleman | September 8, 2013 at 9:20 pm |

      Yeah, you’re right. I forgot to mention that as well. WV high school football is chock full of rip-off unis! I’m sure the state isn’t alone.

  • Mike Engle | September 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm |

    Odd fold in the fabric, or no NFL shield on Marques Colston’s jersey collar?
    http://i2.cdn.turner...

  • Coach Wisnewski | September 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm |

    Statement from the Rapid City Badlanders Coach about the game against Birmingham: “I never was much for Star Trek, but I’m all about Bonanza! It’s time for us to put on our 10 gallon hats and bring our Hoss side to the southside! Let’s Argyle and GO!”

    • Rob H. | September 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm |

      I believe there is more to Vulcan in Birmingham than the planet that Spock was from. Birmingham is the “Vulcan” city and they have a large statue there and its’ all about the iron and steel industry.

      In fact, the WFL team was also called the Birmingham Vulcans.

      • Rob H. | September 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm |

        forgot the link I was going put there:

        http://en.wikipedia....

      • Coach Wisnewski | September 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm |

        Star Trek, Steel.. Tomato Potato. They could have the best burger in the world, still doesn’t dispute the fact… wait? Do they have good burgers in Birmingham? That’s besides the point. We’re coming to the hometown of Spock to win us a football game!

        Argyle up!!

  • Coach Bellamy | September 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm |

    Head Coach of the San Diego Storm on his current status: “We need a high pressure system to replace this low! The Teal and Grey need you! Seattle has a great following and we need our Storm Riders to rally behind the Gradient Stripe!”

  • hugh.c.mcbride | September 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm |

    I realize I’m a day late on this, but mad props to Daniel Dahlen for his Milwaukee Bucks redesign. A magnificent look, & probably the best “radical” redesign I’ve ever seen.

  • Joe | September 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm |

    If some can get a screen grab of 49rs coach Jim Harbaugh’s right sleeve, it looks like he’s wearing a Reebok sweatshirt.

    • Joe S | September 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm |

      More “Swoosh-gate” in same game? Packers sideline staff appear to have swoosh on sleeve, but not on chest.

    • Joe | September 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm |

      Harbaugh is now wearing Nike

  • Bromotrifluoromethane | September 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm |

    I liked the red Wisconsin helmet. But I think it would be better off in other situations such as on the road with the red pants, in the Rose Bowl with the red pants, or any time the face Nebraska to create a bit of a contrast between the teams.

    Also I don’t recall last season but is the Packers pants striping wider than it used to be or is it just looking that way because they’re playing against San Francisco’s very thin striping? Some of the Green Bay players look much closer to what I always remember them having but most of them look a lot wider to me today.

    • Jack | September 11, 2013 at 11:16 am |

      Wisconsin’s red helmets looked good on TV, but not in person. I thought they looked like Indiana in person.

  • Rob H. | September 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm |

    Both of those things – Harbaugh’s Reebok shirt and Packer pant stripe have been all over twitter the last hour.

    • Joe S | September 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm |

      Anything about Bouldin’s purple (Ravens?) shoulder pad peeking out under the left sleeve?

      • Rob H. | September 8, 2013 at 8:36 pm |

        Yep lots of people noticed!

  • Oakville Endive | September 8, 2013 at 7:59 pm |

    A bit of a uniform oddity today , I didn’t watch enough of the game to hear if there was any logical explanation,but the Winnipeg Blue Bombers – had players wearing two slightly different uniforms today (both retro). Most of the players – the sleeve stripe was gold/white/gold. But a did see a few players wear a sleeve stripe that was white/gold/white. I’ll try and find a picture

  • brinke | September 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm |

    Never seen Harbaugh in an Rbk logo recently. But he still wears his old Standard black Nike sweatshirt, with the SF patch stuck over the S, which looks cheap.

    Seriously, it is ALL he ever wears. Never seen him in anything else save the Levi’s sponsorship announcement, where he jarringly wore a denim shirt and jeans.

  • Minor League Guy | September 8, 2013 at 10:03 pm |

    looks like i’m a little late on the Guess the date…whatever. i got it right.

    June 22, 1953…since Bob told us it was 1953, a quick Baseball-reference.com search of the 1953 Cubs shows their red/green bar chart on their season. hovering over to see when they played the Dodgers, finding the 9-4 victory (as shown in the photo) and matching Warren Hacker’s number with the scoreboard as well…easypeasy.

  • Stan Bunting | September 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm |

    Can I just say how much I love Catherine Ryan?!?!?!?!

    Great 5 (or 6!) and 1 as usual!

  • Andrew Young | September 9, 2013 at 10:37 am |

    I am a huge Hurricanes fan, but hated the orange on orange look Saturday. Just terrible. In big games, you wear your primary uniform (orange on white) and not experiment with nonsense like this.

    I actually thought that if they were going to break tradition, they would wear the storm troopers (white on white) since they advertised a ‘white out’ all week.

    Still glad we one, but very unhappy with the look.

  • EB | September 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm |

    LSU wears white for the home opener. They wear purple for other non-conference home games.

  • Scott | September 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm |

    Re UNC band backpacks: When I was in the marching band at Wisconsin, we had freshmen carry backpacks for us to keep our valuables in (wallets, keys, sunglasses, etc.) They would be carried into and out of the stadium, but not worn on the field during the pregame and halftime shows.

    In that case, the freshmen provided their own backpacks, but it wouldn’t be a stretch for the school to supply them, say as part of an equipment contract or a donation from a booster.

    Sorry for the late response as I was out of town over the weekend.

  • Aaron | September 10, 2013 at 12:49 am |

    You soo forgot to show that ECU brought out the all black uniforms against FAU. Link is here http://www.nikeblog....

  • Matthew | September 10, 2013 at 1:59 am |

    I disagree with Wisconsin helmet comment. Honestly they looked like Indiana’s helmet. That’s all.

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