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Capping Off The Season

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By Phil Hecken

When I filled in for Paul for a month of weekdays this summer, I put out the call for readers to pitch stories and send me articles, and the response was overwhelming. So much so, I actually had more submissions than days to fit them in. Most of what I didn’t get to was football (and “Timelessly Representing” related), but today’s article is actually on baseball caps. Since we’re now in our final month of the regular season, today is as good a time as any to get to it.

Mike Styczen, who has collaborated with me several times before, really needs no introduction. Well, other than the fact that he’s Canadian, which will explain all the spelling mistakes you see below. You can click on any of the images below to enlarge (usually, sometimes the pics are full-size). So, without further ado, here’s Mike as he takes a look at…

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Ten Design Features We Don’t See Enough of on Ballcaps
By Mike Styczen

In my opinion, we’re in a bleak, dull period of ballcap design. Once you get past the logo, cap design these days is limited to (1) picking the colour of the crown and (2) picking the colour of the bill. That’s it. Of thirty teams in the league, most of whom have multiple cap options, one (!) is doing something different this year.

It wasn’t always that way. Baseball uniform history is full of examples of interesting cap designs beyond the logo. Here are nine of my favourites.

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1. Pinstripes

Popular early in the century, these should be first in line to make a comeback.

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2. Plaid

Okay, these were only used for one game by Tampa, but they’re so good looking I wish we saw more of these

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3. Scrambled Eggs

Used for one year by the Seattle Pilots… actually, I don’t think we need to see these ever again

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4. Piping

Also popular early in the century, the last team to wear these was the 1945 St. Louis Browns. The recent Cleveland Bronchos throwbacks showed just how amazing these could look

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5. The Panel Cap

Currently used by the Orioles, this is a favourite of mine. I’m including the fabulous Expos pinwheel in this group, though it really deserves a category all its own.

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6. Contrasting Edge

I can’t believe this has never been used in MLB – a bit of contrasting colour on the leading edge of the brim. Look at that Yomiuri Giants cap – couldn’t you see San Francisco rocking that look. And the Nippon Ham Fighters go a step further by having a strip of gold on the brim and using light blue on the underbrim, using both of their team accent colours to great effect.

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7. The Halo

Unless another team with an “angel” theme comes along, I don’t see this one coming back anytime soon either.

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8. The Pillbox

Used by a few teams in 1976, the Pirates made this look famous in both gold and black (including after 1976).

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9. Glow in the Dark

Another favourite of mine (I got to see them in person a few times at Mike Lansing Field), the Casper Ghosts used a glow in the dark logo for a few years. Gimmicky? Yes. But very unique.

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10. Pirates Banded Cap

This is a bonus entry, because I only saw it yesterday for the first time. It looks like the Pirates wore this beauty for two years, 1940 and 1941, when they were still in blue and red. I can’t find a colour picture of the original. Okkonen seems to show that the band was red on the home cap and white on the road cap (matching the colour of the logo) – but who knows if this is correct.

The photos above clearly show that the band is made up of some kind of double braid. The MLB shop sells a version of it made with a waistband from an old pair of underwear. This style would be a great candidate for revival, as long as they can make it look good and not like that monster in the MLB shop.

Double braid

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Outside of throwback games, which of these are we going to see on a regular basis? I don’t think we’ll ever see the halo, plaid, scrambled eggs, the pillbox or glow in the dark on a major league field – but I’m predicting a major comeback for the panel cap and I would not be at all surprised to see teams add a contrasting strip to the brims à la the Japanese League teams.

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Follow Mike on Twitter @mstyczen.

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Thanks, Mike! Well readers…what say you? Any cap designs Mike missed or that you think should be “brought back”?

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The Good, The Bad AND The Ugly…

Of the “known” special uniforms to be hitting the gridiron today, we have two diametric opposites. The Iowa State University Cyclones will be throwing back to the Jack Trice-era, with a gorgeous uniform offering. On the other side of the coin, adidas has created a special jersey (with helmet & pants featuring a black stripe) for the normally red-and-white Nebraska Cornhuskers in their game today against UCLA (also an adidas team, so who knows if they’ll have special uniforms as well).

While I’ll need to see both in action and on the field of play to offer a proper opinion, at least from what we’ve seen pre-game, one will look great and the other, while not quite BFBS, is about as close as you can come.

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And here’s an article containing a little video of the ISU throwbacks.

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Now, while I absolutely LOVE throwback uniforms for football, I’m often disappointed when teams throw waaaay-back because today’s modern cuts, padding, helmets, etc. pretty much make the throwback look nothing like what it is supposed to be representing. But I have high hopes for these Cyclone unis. I hope they don’t disappoint.

The Huskers black unis? Really. This sort of thing was played out in 2006. But lets see how they look. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised, but I’m not getting my hopes up. Of course, it’s the guys wearing them that matter, so if they cover (4.5 point favorites) and beat the over/under (70), then I won’t complain.

Also, both teams playing in the Huskers game — UCLA and Nebraska — will be wearing tributes to Nick Pasquale, a “beloved” freshman receiver at UCLA who was killed last weekend, and who wore #36 for the Bruins. The Cornhuskers will wear a helmet sticker, while the Bruins will have a jersey patch and helmet sticker.

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We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.

And so, lets begin:

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We begin today with James Spera, with a tweak for the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets:

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Phil,

My first attempt at this.

A moss green for the jets with an accent of the green they use now.

James Spera

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Next up is Collin Knudsen, with some new jerseys for Rip City:

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Portland White - Collin Knudsen

Phil,

As many of us know, the Blazers are in dire need of a new look. They either need to commit to a modern look or classic look. I took the classic approach and wanted your thoughts on these jerseys. I think it would be a great new look and solidify a classic look.

Thank you!

Collin

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We close today with Levi Buck who was amazingly prescient with this concept — It is for a GRAY Tennessee Vols uni — and it was sent to me on JULY 6th, well in advance of Tennessee’s August 15th unveiling of their “Smokey Gray” unis:

Tennessee Full Gray - Levi Buck

Here’s an alt I slung together one evening while reading speculation about an alternate for Tennessee this season. The jersey’s inspired by an early-1900’s look Tennessee used to wear, and the helmet is inspired by UT’s 1960’s look. I feel all of it kind of falls in line with adidas’ thing for the retro-throwback-esque look. Speculation has Tennessee wearing a grey alt this season, and the jersey that I’m replicating was apparently not black but dark grey.

I’ll attach a couple links to the images on here, one with just the jersey, and one with ideas for entire ensembles. The pants are a bit sloppy, but I made those late at night the other night. Here’s the link for just the jersey.

Thanks!

Levi Buck

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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.

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NY-MIA full_size U.W.F.F.L. Week 2 Update

By Rob Holecko

Players on teams in the UWFFL were surprised this week when they came back into the locker room after pregame warmups to find special 9-11 anniversary commemorative uniforms ready for them to change into (click photo to right to enlarge). It was a league-wide (and apparently without the knowledge of individual team owners) effort as the twelve teams donned uniforms, as seen above, which featured one side of the helmet painted dark blue with white stars to represent the upper-left of our flag, along with either special uniforms or pants. For the uniforms, the teams that were wearing white paired with their usual pants a jersey made up of two of four quadrants red-and-white striped, with numbers in their uniforms usual style. Their opponents, the teams wearing the darker jerseys, wore their normal jersey, but with similarly striped red-and-white pants. All twelve UWFFL teams were also wearing the commemorative 9/11 patch logo in place of their UWFFL league logo, and alongside any sponsor logos they may already be wearing. It was definitely quite a sight, quite a tribute to “‘Murica” as we remember those we lost twelve years ago earlier this week.

Speaking of sponsor logos, we have two new team sponsors, as well as two expansion teams. The Seattle Superbeasts, of the UWFFL, have come to terms with Starbucks* brand coffees for a .65 gazillion dollar, 3 year sponsorship arrangement, while Shecky Green’s Intergalactic Sportsbook and Cantina will become the title sponsor of the Las Vegas Lightning. The Starbucks sponsorship patches will begin appearing on Seattle’s uniforms immediately, while the “Shecky’s” patches will be coming along soon, because although Shecky’s has handled over 40 trillion wagers across many dimensions and galaxys, Shecky himself lost the rights to his own company’s logo in a poker game five years ago. (A true story.)

*-Any actual entities mentioned as sponsors or possible sponsors are possibly entirely fictional, and/or any other disclaimers which may get me in trouble with a billion dollar NASDAQ-traded coffee company.

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Finally we also want to recognize two new expansion teams as well. The New Orleans Lions, based on the EPL Aston Villa team, with sponsor ‘dafabet’, an Asian online gaming company (see also Starbucks disclaimer above), will begin play this week in the Central League. This is one of the better looking uniforms we’ve seen so far, the combination of powder blue and magenta really makes for a nice set, IMO, and along with the home uniform seen above they also presented a nice road and alt uniforms. What do you think, Aston Villa fans, does this tweak of a soccer kit get your approval as an American Football uniform?

Our other expansion team is the Goldsmith Gulch Alchemists, based in Denver, which also joined the league this week and will begin play in the Pacific Coast Conference. The get a lot of their insignia from symbolism of the Holy Roman Empire, according to team owner DenverGregg.

Rumors are that another expansion team may be headed to the PCC next week. In other UWFFL news, the Sacramento Scorpions will be wearing their camo alts in their PCC game, the aforementioned Alchemists will be making their debut against the Portland Gamblers who will be wearing one of their very unique alternate uniforms, and the San Antonio Black Knights will also be wearing a 9/11 tribute themed uniform.

Well, for more coverage of the UWFFL, too see last week’s results as well as to vote to help decide this week’s winners, go to www.uwfantasyfootballleague.com.

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College Football Uni Tracker

Gridiron Uniform Database:
College Football Uni Tracking

Meanwhile, Rob’s other project, the College Football Uni Tracker, has been back doing its own tracking. Here’s Rob to describe that:

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Now on to another project – The College Football UniTracker.

Last week Tim O’Brien told you how you can join him and his Duck, Indiana, and Northwestern unitrackers (scroll down) and track your own favorite major college football program tracker in a blog and join his movement. Well starting a tracking blog is great, but that’s only half the movement. Guys like Tim, Paul Sullivan (who added to his last year’s Mississippi State contribution with Ole Miss — above — and Southern Miss) and Johnny Bruno (who supplied much of the MAC conference graphics last year) as well as many others we don’t have room to mention, have contributed team uniform graphics for the tracker itself and we will soon be hopefully tracking all of the Top 25 teams and many of the major conference schools in the tracker with graphics submitted by people like yourself.

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We’d prefer to get as many teams as possible in the Andrew Harrington/Tim O’Brien template, however we’ll take whatever we can get for teams we don’t have. Rumor has it that Coleman Mullins is working on WVU’s new 2013 unis, what team would you like to see added to the College Football Unitracker next?

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Oh, and by the way, a little thing called The Gridiron Uniform Database started it’s third season covering the NFL uniforms recently and Tim Brulia, Bill Schaefer and myself would like to thank everybody for their continued interest on that project as well as we close in on a half a million page views since we launched in 2011.

Have a good weekend enjoy the football, and Yay America!

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ticker 2Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Whoa – check out this Denver Bears 1952 strike zone jersey at Ebbets Field Flannels (here’s the full listing) — big thanks to Eric Bangeman for the find!

NFL News: Interesting Moyers and Company article entitled, “NFL Concussion Deniers See a ‘Liberal Sports Media’ Conspiracy.” Says submitter Ben Fortney, “I’ve never heard that term used before (but I’m sure you’re a part of it!), but apparently concussions aren’t an issue it’s just those damn liberals again.” … A Riggins/Ovechkin jersey? Hey fans are strange (thanks to William F. Yurasko). … Check out this elementary school logo from Mesa View Elementary School which bears a close resemblance to Jacksonville Jags logo (nice spot by Tom Gerrity). … Are the Broncos going GFGS? No, but that’s an ESPN article/ad for the Manning Bowl III, and it sure looks like a gray jersey (in last year’s style — notice the collar horns on the Nikelace) — that comes from J Fletcher. … On Sunday, not only will the Buffalo Bills be throwing back to those gorgeous 1960s uniforms, their Wall of Famers will be presented with commemorative jackets.

College Football News: The Nebraska Blackshirt tradition is turning 50, and here’s an article on it with the logo (nice find by Mike Vamosi). … Interesting article on UMass-Lowell’s blue turf (found by Jim Pericotti), with this pertinent section: “Part of a $2 million facilities upgrade over the summer (UMass Lowell’s soccer/lacrosse fields simultaneously renovated), the blue surface – one of only a handful in the country – was a perfect match. It is the university’s primary color. The blue field surface was licensed to UMass Lowell by Boise State University for free and in perpetuity.” So, Boise State owns the rights to blue turf, eh? “I didn’t know all blue turf was trademarked by Boise, even for schools without football,” says Jim. “I don’t remember hearing New Haven having to license through Boise. Or even for the blue turf at the London Olympics.” … Check out these custom hotel keys for Tennessee for the night before their game with Oregon (thanks to Trey Hicks). … The same thing happened for the UCLA Bruins in their night before the Nebraska game. … And here’s one for the Beavers. I guess this is a thing.

NBA News: This is pretty cool (and not really NBA) — A Calvin and Hobbes-esque baskeball logo! That’s an actual logo of a Belgian professional basketball club that is located in Charleroi, Belgium (thanks to Robert Silverman).

Hockey News: For the first time in Canadiens history, an accent grave will appear on Daniel Brière’s jersey (it’s the first accent of any kind on any Canadiens’ sweater). Thanks to Patrick Guay for the submission. … Terence Kearns has seen the New York Rangers wear NNOB on practice jerseys before, but not in this font/nameplate style. “Looks like Vancouver’s,” he says. … Good post on Icethetics yesterday about the NHL supposedly enforcing their uniform and equipment rules more strictly this year, including minor penalties for certain infractions (thanks to Bobby Pinkham). … The Calgary Flames are going to get a new alternate sweater (thanks, Paul).

Soccer News: Ross Hazlett saw this custom jersey on a supporters’ page for Newcastle United. “Most of the team’s fans are none too pleased about the payday lending ad on the front of the shirts,” says Ross. “This was one fan’s solution. ‘Ashley’ is a reference to the owner, Mike Ashley.”

Grab Bag: What exactly is Binghamton’s “Bearcat Green”? Why it’s Pantone 342, of course. Not sure what #Pantone342 is? Check out this video (with thanks to Bob Nolte). … BBC News reports on God’s Own Junkyard, “probably the largest collection of neon signs and sculpture outside the US,” which is relocating (great find by Tom Mulgrew). … If the “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” category, Ron Deal presents the logo for a local Nashville HVAC company (which is an obvious play on the interlocking “ND” of Notre Dame). Says Ron, “The family that owns the company are well-connected area Catholics with, obviously, a love of that school in South Bend.” … In the “no good deed goes unpunished” section, a high school will will have to decide whether to accept a gift from the National Football League if it wants to put in artificial turf (from Tommy Turner). … Check out this awesome War Bonds newspaper ad from September 1943, with Uncle Sam as American football player stiff-arming Hitler and Tojo. That was posted on old photo Tumblr from Wausau Daily Herald, submitter Jeff Ash’s hometown paper. … “The first time I looked at this picture, I was interested in Lincoln Southwests helmets with the feathers on them,” says Jason Johnson. “Then, the 2nd time I looked at it, I noticed the Justin Tuck inspired facemask in the background.” … The Today Show has got a new orange logo to go with their new orange studio (thanks, Brinke).

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That’s going to do it for today. Thanks again to Mike Styczen (Follow Mike on Twitter @mstyczen), and Rob & the concepters too. Remember, if you see any good candidates for the 5 & 1 tomorrow, you can shoot Catherine an e-mail at UW5and1@gmail.com; you can also tweet at me for any crazy or unique uni happenings or shenanigans (and I’ll forward anything you send to Terry D. for SMUW). OK? OK! Hope you guys are enjoying the weekend ticker … have a great Saturday and I’ll catch you tomorrow.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“I have a pair of scissors that fit perfectly in my wall outlet. Pictures coming soon!”
–Scott Davis

 

73 comments to Capping Off The Season

  • The Jeff | September 14, 2013 at 7:12 am |

    Ugh… seriously Rob, *that’s* what you came up with for the (completely unnecessary) UWFFL 9/11 uniforms? Minnesota is changing back into their regular uniforms at halftime.

    • Rob H | September 14, 2013 at 7:38 am |

      That was a league decision… we felt it was necessary to honor the lives of those lost on that horrible day twelve years ago, as well as celebrate the first responders that saved so many lives with something that really brought the patriotism to the forefront. Some may say these uniforms are garish and over-the-top jingoism, but we at league headquarters feel that they are a suitable and patriotic reminder of the values that we as a nation hold dear and what was threatened to be taken from us as we stoically faced terrorism face-to-face on the fateful day in 2001.

      And we will of course be coming out with a retail line of apparel so that our many fans can also experience the patriotic pride that our players will feel when they run down the tunnel and take the field today.

  • Samuel | September 14, 2013 at 7:15 am |

    Does it count if MLB used the sandwich brim caps for the BP caps?

  • JT Orlando | September 14, 2013 at 7:35 am |

    Good point by Samuel on sandwich brims. Also, regarding pinstripe hats, the Cincinnati Reds brought that look back in the ’90s. I remember it but I also own one of those hats. Sorry, no time to search for a pic but Google is your friend…

    • Mainspark | September 14, 2013 at 10:48 am |

      Reds also wore pinstripe hats from ’93 to ’98.

      http://www.sportslog...

      • Ben D | September 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm |

        That would’ve been a great uniform with the red lids. They did wear it that way once, at Rob Dibble’s insistence, but not again. I also owned the hat (and pestered the sporting goods store owner relentlessly until he got them in), but paired with the pinstriped uni’s it just looked a little “weak”.

  • Mirliton | September 14, 2013 at 7:53 am |

    It doesn’t appear that Iowa will be wearing the vintage-style uniforms they wore last year vs ISU. Too bad.

    • LarryB | September 14, 2013 at 11:50 am |

      That would have been ideal

  • Iain | September 14, 2013 at 7:56 am |

    Looks like the Calvin-esque logo is actually a famous Belgian cartoon character – http://go4distance.b...

  • Markus | September 14, 2013 at 8:11 am |

    Is it really patriotism to make a uniform with the American flag kinda shoehorned in? I don’t mind changing the colors to the flag, or making the logos just the flag, but I feel the sometimes it teams go overboard because they want to be seen as really patriotic. I say this while thinking that a Kronik flag logo would have been a good idea in lieu of a whole uniform.

    • Jim Y. | September 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm |

      Or maybe it’s not patriotism, maybe it’s just satire. This whole U.W.F.F.L. thing is sad if it’s for real, but it’s brilliant if it’s satire.

      • Rob H. | September 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm |

        Yeah, but is it satire if I have to explain that it’s satire?

      • Markus | September 15, 2013 at 12:52 am |

        But why would the U.W.F.F.L. thing be sad? Is it that far fetched that people who like designing uniforms would want to do it for fun and friendly competition?

      • Rob H. | September 15, 2013 at 8:50 am |

        I think that’s his way of saying we have no life.

        • Markus | September 15, 2013 at 11:40 am |

          Touché.

  • Ted Machnik | September 14, 2013 at 8:11 am |

    Mike,
    I’m one of those who likes the Pilots’ cap. Very clever design in keeping with their nickname. Not for everyone, to be sure, but inventive. Same thing with the Angels’ halo. The Expos tri-color was a beaut; would be fun to see the Nationals try something like that one day. Also like the piping. I believe the Cubs wore one of these in 1957.

    • teenchy | September 14, 2013 at 8:19 am |

      Piping (or “soutache”) appeared on the expansion Nats’ caps from 1963-67, including the white version worn during the “White War” with the A’s that’s been much covered here.

    • Thresh8 | September 14, 2013 at 9:39 am |

      Hitting the “virtual like button” in agreement with the Expos tri-colour.

      I would like to bring up that the Expos throwback (c. 1999?) was created and worn in grey. (I can’t find a link right now.) Not the sky blue that served the team so well from its conception.

      So if an Expos-style throwback is done now that they’re in DC, I’m not holding my breath.

      • ChrisH | September 14, 2013 at 11:30 am |

        Speaking of “buttons”, the squatchees on the caps worn by the Montreal MLB team were blue, weren’t they?

  • DJ | September 14, 2013 at 8:13 am |

    This is one of the better looking uniforms we’ve seen so far, the combination of powder blue and magenta really makes for a nice set

    That’s not magenta. Maroon, crimson, burgundy, wine, or if you really want to play up the Villa links, claret.

    • Rob H. | September 14, 2013 at 10:56 am |

      Maroon was the name of the color I was going for in the description… now which one is magenta, then?

      • The Jeff | September 14, 2013 at 11:11 am |

        Magenta is what the Southern California Sun of the WFL wore.

  • Steve Ceruolo | September 14, 2013 at 8:39 am |

    The Washington Senators wore navy caps with red piping from ’63-’67. I always thought those caps were beautiful. The Nats should bring them back.

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

  • Ronnie Poore | September 14, 2013 at 9:13 am |

    well done Collin! that Trailblazers uniform is excellent.

    • TMcLaughlin | September 15, 2013 at 5:05 am |

      Agreed. That’s one concept I’d love to see become reality.

  • jamesBN3 | September 14, 2013 at 9:25 am |

    Wayne Rooney of ManU is wearing a protective headband to cover the gash on his forehead he received a couple of weeks ago. http://www.dailymail...

    While seen a number of female internationals wearing this type of headgear, I’ve seen a top class male player wearing one.

    • George Chilvers | September 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm |

      It’s actually to keep his hair transplant in place ;)

  • JH | September 14, 2013 at 9:40 am |

    Northeast Mississippi CC wore military appreciation jerseys this Thursday.

    http://nemcctigers.s...

  • Thresh8 | September 14, 2013 at 9:46 am |

    I happened on Man U & Crystal Palace, and must say that the Crystal Palace change kit looks pretty sharp in action. And I’m not one to bandy about praise for a black jersey and shorts kit.

  • Connie | September 14, 2013 at 9:53 am |

    Oh, those St Louis Browns! Great cap – delighted to see it this morning – and the rest of the uni comparably wonderful. Sniff.

  • Brendan the Aspie | September 14, 2013 at 10:39 am |

    I swear I’ve seen today’s entry here before…

    • Mainspark | September 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm |

      I thought the same thing. Did a little digging and sure enough I found this Uni Watch discussion from 2010. Most of the information is in the comments.

      http://www.uni-watch...

      • Mainspark | September 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm |

        To be fair, Mike’s treatment is far more comprehensive.

  • John Q | September 14, 2013 at 11:50 am |

    I think the pinstripes look really good on the caps and probably could be used more often.

    I think the the problem with the pinstripe cap is that the crown is usually white or light colored. The white or light colored crowns get dirty really fast and show dirt & sweat rather easily.

    I would like to see more teams use a grey crown with the team color on the brim and the team insignia in the team color with a white outline in the front. They can use these with the away jerseys. The Royals used a cap like this in the late 1990’s.

    I always thought the Mets should use a grey crown with a blue brim with blue & white or orange and white on the cap insignia. They could use those with the away jersey.

    A grey crown with pinstripes would be interesting.

    • Paul Q. | September 15, 2013 at 3:27 am |

      From one Q to another, ask and you shall receive. I found this at the MBL Shop
      http://shop.mlb.com/...

      • John Q | September 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm |

        Paul,

        That’s a good looking Cub hat. The Yankees should use something like that with their away jerseys. They could even add pinstripes to their away uniform.

        The Cub hat would look even better with a white outline around the “C” to make the color pop out. They could even use royal blue to match their current color.

  • jamesBN3 | September 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm |

    Early contender for this week’s &1 going on in Lincoln. The ‘huskers look awful, and the bruins really need their gold pants.

  • George Chilvers | September 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm |

    You won’t make many friends in Birmingham (Warwickshire, England) if you say that Aston Villa play in “powder blue and magenta”! A faux pas of the highest order.

    It’s “claret and blue”. Nothing more, nothing less. :)

    • Rob H. | September 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm |

      All right, claret and blue… call it whatever you want, I included the image so you all can see the colors, I believe I got them spot on. I didn’t mean to cause any offense by what I labelled the colors.

      I see you Brits are as particular are about what we call the colors, it’s as about like explaining to some of these Yanks the difference between “yellow” and “gold.”

      But setting the names of the colors aside for a second, what did you think of the New Orleans Lions uniforms themselves as an American Football version of the Aston Villa kit?

      • jamesBN3 | September 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm |

        I’ve always liked the combination of claret and sky blue since I attended a school in South Africa with those colors, and have often wondered what they would look like on a football team.

        I see that it has possibilities, but also challenges. I’m not what it is, but the 2 colors don’t seem to have enough oomph to stand up on their own. However using the yellow from the Villa badge doesn’t seem to be the answer. In addition to Aston Villa, West Ham and Burnley all have this color scheme, and all have yellow in their badges. However Burnley’s using it as an outline trim on their numbers is the only use of yellow by any of these teams.

        • Rob H. | September 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm |

          I hear exactly what you say.. in fact when I added the yellow as a trim, for some reason that’s when I felt I had “Americanized” it… It also seemed to add the “pop” it needed, but it felt somehow sullied at the same time.

  • John Saiz | September 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm |

    Though it’s not as colorful as the Pirates’ hat, Brooklyn had a banded hat in 1913.

    http://mlb.imageg.ne...

  • Ron Deal | September 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm |

    Not only did Mesa View Elementary poach the Jags logo, they poached the claws from Kentucky.

  • Joe S | September 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm |

    WVU in gold buckets, blue jersey, gold pants. One of the 27 combinations that work.

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

  • Matthew | September 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm |

    I’m not sure if this belongs here, but this seemed like a good place to pose this question, in addition to the Creamer boards. What’s the deal with this jersey?

    http://i661.photobuc...

    I found it at the Marshall’s in the Nicollet Mall. They only had then in children’s sizes, but it clearly is the new uniform, but produced not as a Nike jersey, but as a Reebok EQT.

    There isn’t any Reebok branding, but the equipment logo is at the collar, and on the hem. They had Ponder and Jennings for $35.

    Any ideas?

  • mike 2 | September 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm |

    Thanks guys.

    Batting practice caps – I didn’t really look at those because it opens up such a pandora’s box of oddball stuff. Though you’re right, the contrasting edges have been used in BP and (I think) in the minors a fair bit.

    http://o.onionstatic...

    I didn’t know this topic had been covered before. I suspect that each one of these caps has been mentioned before, maybe in the ticker or with its own entry, but I don’t think that they’ve all been collected together in one place before

  • Bromotrifluoromethane | September 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm |

    So the Ducks look like lemons today. Bright lemons. I’d like it a lot more if they weren’t going against the Vols in their orange. It’s a very bright looking game.

    And Nevada appears to be going with the white helmets and gray unis and pants at Florida State. When did the NCAA become MLB and everybody has decided to wear gray on the road? It’s getting about as common as those damn matte or chrome helmets now. Will this be the new trend for a few years?

    • The Jeff | September 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm |

      Is it just me or does Tennessee’s orange look darker than usual?

      • Joe S | September 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm |

        Naaaaah. That’s Tennessee’s regular orange. You just have to hold up one hand in front of the TV screen to block out the mirrorized highlighters on the other side of the line of scrimmage. When you do that, Tennessee looks normal. :)

      • Bromotrifluoromethane | September 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm |

        By themselves they looked normal but when standing next to an Oregon player it looked darker than usual. I also really miss the black outlines on the Vols numbers but then again I like the color black.

  • Shane | September 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm |

    All for cap piping. I have the Ebbets version of that old Browns hat, so awesome.

  • Ted Mark | September 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm |

    Love the halo cap. Love the Expo cap. Love the weekend ticker. Thanks for a great website.

  • DJ | September 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm |

    Remembering the other day, when we discussed Ajax’s embracing of their “Jewish identity” in response to vile anti-Semitic chants from opposing fans? We also discussed Tottenham.

    Spurs were home to Norwich today, and their fans let the police and the Premier League know their opinions as to banning certain words:

    http://www.theguardi...

  • Steve | September 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm |

    A bright underbrim color increases glare in a players eyes. This is why the underbrim has traditionally been a dark green. Inexplicably, MLB started making hats with a light gray underbrim. Early ’90s maybe? Not sure when or why. Since that bad adventure, I’m pretty sure they’ve been doing it in green again or black.

    • DJ | September 14, 2013 at 11:52 pm |

      The current New Era MLB caps have black under brims.

  • walter | September 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm |

    Love the hat discussion today! An accessory left out is trimmed eyelets, which can be found on the red alternate Nationals’ caps. The Padres had them in 1980-84, and in terms of curb appeal, they really stand out! You tend to see a lot of college teams with white eyelets (and matching squatchee) against a dark background.
    Economics plainly play a role in the dowdy state of cap design. MLB and its suppliers are cognizant that (for example) the only thing distinguishing the Yankees’ and Red Sox’ hat is the monogram. Thus, it makes a lot of sense to mass-produce navy blue baseball caps. Flies in the ointment, such as Oakland’s green color, are frowned upon because they tamper with the economy of scale.

    • mike 2 | September 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm |

      You’re right – I’d forgotten about the eyelets with contrasting colours.

      http://2.bp.blogspot...

      Economics? Maybe you’re right – on the other hand, when you go into Lids or browse through the New Era catalogue, they don’t seem to have an issue with producing a million different colour combinations for the fashion cap market.

  • Dan | September 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm |

    Hard to get a good shot from ESPN3 on an SD feed, but Toledo is wearing new black unis tonight.

    http://farm8.staticf...

    http://farm8.staticf...

  • Dan | September 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm |

    Little more detail on the Toledo jerseys…

    http://farm8.staticf...

  • Mark Rabinowitz | September 14, 2013 at 8:28 pm |

    OK, I’m watching the OK State-Lamar game and one of the Lamar offensive linemen, #62 Chance McCormick, left the field due to injury. The commentator said that they also use this player as a tight end and that “they throw a #87 jersey on him” when used as a tight end. Anyone heard of anything like this, a player using two different numbers on account of playing two different positions?

    • jamesBN3 | September 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm |

      Unlike the NFL, there is no provision in college football for a player wearing an ineligible number to report as an eligible receiver. If a team wants 50-79 to line up in the backfield or at end, they have to put a different number on him.

      Number changes are legal so long as there aren’t two players wearing the same number at the same time, and the change is not intended to deceive the other team. Last year USC pushed the limits of the deception part of the rule. http://sports.yahoo.... As a result, beginning this year entering the game with a new number must report to the referee and be announced.

      • Mark Rabinowitz | September 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm |

        Cool. Thanks for the quick reply.

  • PV Bruin | September 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm |

    Just wondering why you chose to put BELOVED in quotes when you linked to Nick Pasquale’s death? Are you inferring that his loss wasn’t felt by many in the UCLA community? Or perhaps a comment on the “why-does-every-death-you-hear-about-always-refer-to-the-departed-as-such-a-transcendent-figure” typical mindset? Did you see Coach Mora’s and/or Brett Hundley’s brief postgame tv interviews?
    Any response is appreciated…perhaps it was just a typo on your behalf. Thanks

    • Phil Hecken | September 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm |

      I guess you missed Paul’s piece earlier this week on the overuse of the word “beloved.”

      It wasn’t meant to be in any way a slight to the young gentleman or the lives he touched or the way others felt about him.

      I apologize if you may have taken it the wrong way — it was merely following up on a thoughtline which we explored (in fairly deep detail) earlier.

      I draw your attention to this section.

      I was just indicating that the use of “beloved” is still going strong.

      Apologies if you took it the wrong way.

      • PV Bruin | September 15, 2013 at 12:18 am |

        Thanks for the clarity. No harm done…as often as I read this column, that aspect of Paul’s thoughts escaped my view.

    • I'm not Paul Lukas, but I could play him on TV | September 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm |

      from Paul, sometime last week:

      Not-so-dearly “beloved”: I’ve noticed a trend lately. It involves the word “beloved,” which is showing up in all sorts of articles across the media world.

      • I'm not Paul Lukas, but I could play him on TV | September 14, 2013 at 10:49 pm |

        This is what happens when I don’t refresh before commenting…

  • Bromotrifluoromethane | September 14, 2013 at 11:49 pm |

    Might’ve missed it in the NCAA column but did ASU get permission to use their numbers this year as well? They sure look like they’re still the old fading numbers from last season.

    • Phil Hecken | September 15, 2013 at 12:21 am |

      Apparently the NCAA finds itself having bigger problems with jerseys…

  • Amiko Kauderer | September 15, 2013 at 1:57 am |

    Love the picture of Pirates players smoking cigarettes

  • Big Al | September 15, 2013 at 2:20 am |

    Calvin and Hobbes?! Try Spirou – http://en.wikipedia....
    Been around a LOT longer.

  • Matt Manley | September 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm |

    The Blazers uni is solid. As a Portlander, I would much rather see the Blazers rock old school uniforms myself.

  • Kiechel Valentine | September 15, 2013 at 9:26 pm |

    Tremendous job on the Trailblazers concept. I really like the idea.