By Phil Hecken
What you see above are the “special” uniforms Nike created for the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns. As you can “see” they weren’t much different from their regular unis — each number was outlined in a “gold” layer, and they wore special patches. You couldn’t tell from the long shots, and you could barely tell up close. It didn’t look too bad at all, if it was all unnecessary. Oh, and the underdog (13.5 points early, with the line moving down to 11 late) ‘horns put a good old fashioned Texas-sized whoopin’ on Boomer Sooner. Plus, the winner gets a hat. *Doing best Rodney-Dangerfield-as-Al-Czervic* “Looks good on you though.”
I didn’t get to see that many games yesterday (although I did enjoy the mostly white-clad Ducks taking the BFBS Huskies behind the woodshed), and I caught most of ‘bama and Kentucky. But Terry Duroncelet, our SMUW guru did and here he is with the rundown from Week 7.
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
• Cincinnati wore mono-red against Temple. I’ll be honest, out of all of the higher-tier Adidas teams in college football, Cincy seems to be one of the very few teams in which it actually works. But what I really liked about this game were the new helmets that Temple was wearing: matte helmets with ‘T’ on one side and the Liberty Bell on the other (super-HUGE thanks to Patrick Reynell for that Instagram link!) PLEASE. MAKE THOSE THE FULL-TIME HELMETS. O.K., maybe not full-time, but damn, those look fantastic. Really digged the velvet look these particular matte helmets had in a night game situation. One thing that I forgot to mention from last week is that the Bearcats wore ’77′ decals on their helmets in honor of fallen player Ben Flick, who died in a car accident three weeks ago (no photos, unfortunately).
• This year’s Red River Rivalry looked rather… golden this year. I love this. All of this. Gold trim almost always seems to add a nice sense of warmth without going overboard, and these are no exception (that also gives you a good look at the jocktag on *I think* #32). From what I heard, this will be a thing for next season as well, with the designations swapped (Texas in all-white with gold trim, and Oklahoma in crimson-over-cream with gold trim). A Texas player had some slight damage to his helmet number decal (credit to Chris Perrenot for that pic).
• BYU wore their ‘“Tradition”, “Spirit”, and “Honor”‘ jerseys on Saturday for Homecoming. As for Georgia Tech… ugh, weren’t our eyes punished enough last year with this
uniform costume? A better question to ask would be why did they wear last year’s uni?
• See those little orange decals on the back of Virginia Tech’s helmets? Those are graduation decals, for their graduating student-athletes. Thank Alan C. for the pic.
• Wyoming’s unbalanced look of white helmets, brown jerseys, and yellow pants is a bad look. Like, a really bad look. But hey, it can’t get any worse than that, right? Right? How many days until November? That was worn against New Mexico, BTW.
• Arizona State wore their USC uniforms against Colorado. Not bad.
• Washington never looks good in BFBS. Ever. But at least they have matching helmets this year, so think of this costume as a piece of moldy bread that doesn’t have as much mold this year compared to a piece of moldy bread from last year, or the year before that. Speaking of the helmets, the stripes were coming off of some of them, as Mike Lindquist writes “Looks like a Washington player was hit so hard, the stripes on his helmet started to come off near the ends. This one was the most noticeable one as a couple other players had smaller issues.”.
• From the Kansas St./Baylor game, Chris Perrenot writes: “Not one, but TWO helmet placentas on the Kansas State sideline. Gross!” Uhh… thank you for the catch… I guess.
• You know those red sideline caps that the Quarterbacks wear sometimes while they have their headsets on? The Oregon QBs have their uniform numbers on them.
• Utah State wore white at home against Boise State.
• Color-vs.-color game between Ohio and Central Michigan. Credit to Timothy Welsh for that pic.
• Something that I didn’t realize: LSU QB Zach Mettenberger’s knee brace has the LSU wordmark on it.
• Something that Andrew Lopez sent in: “Due to many complaints about the hard to see green on gray – Tulane has switched to white numbers.” I pitched this as one of my recommendations for this uniform during Week 1, but said that the number colors should be reversed: light-blue numbers with green trim. But this is a nice alternative.
• The Bruins/Bears game looked alright, minus UCLA’s Laffy Taffy suits, but I’ve already ragged on that enough times. Credit to Anon for that jersey pic, BTW. But the highlight of the game was seeing these two awesome old-timers wearing equally awesome — if not awesomer — sweaters! I’ll take eight! And from that game, a commercial came on involving Ray Lewis. Uhh… yeah, not the best thing to take out of context.
That puts Week 7 in the books. See you all next week.
Thanks, TJ! Nice roundup once again. We’ll see you for Week 8!
Five and One Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! This weekend was a gorgeous one (at least here in New York City) and I spent it inside watching college football. It was pretty much an ideal weekend for me! Let’s get to the countdown!
4. Baylor vs. Kansas State: I watched this game for about an hour and a half before I really realized how much I liked it. I loved the Bears in the gold lids and K-State is about the only purple team (except for LSU) that I can tolerate.
3. Oklahoma vs. Texas: Everyone loves the Red River Rivalry and watching UT give the Sooners their first loss of the season was awesome. Texas always looks great in their home jerseys and Oklahoma (despite having 15 different logos on their jerseys) looked sharp in the all-whites.
2. South Carolina vs. Arkansas: One of the things I like to look for in a match-up is contrast between the two teams. Additionally, a little something is added when the “contrast” is the same two colors. This game had that little extra! The ‘backs got absolutely destroyed but they looked great during it. The Gamecocks wore their dark pants and the two teams offset each other nicely.
+1 Oregon vs. Washington: I was looking forward to this game all week and I was disappointed. Oregon looked ridiculous and Washington went BFBS. The black-on-white made for a nice contrast but up close it just looked dumb.
By Tim E. O’Brien
The Mallards of Eugene were at it again Saturday, this time going against another first time ever uni combination from debuted by the Seattle ‘Skies. While Washington’s new duds were a sight to behold, the Ducks wore but a variation of their week two road combo.
Winning in comfortable fashion, the Ducks have been somewhat of a bore this season in both play and uniform combinations. Even with two new helmets, a whiteout and a monochrome yella, one can’t help but feel like the Quackers need to chang things up a bit.
Here’s hoping next week’s blackout looks awesome…
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Alex Rocklein’s MLB Uni Playoff Tracker
Well, for baseball purists, it didn’t get much better than yesterday. The St. Louis Cardinals, in their alternate cream unis with “St. Louis” in script defeated the gray-clad Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0.
The gray-clad Detroit Tigers defeated (and damn near no-hit) the white uniformed Boston Red Sox 1-0.
That was the first time two LCS games have ever both been decided by 1-0 scores on the same day. If you’re a fan of offense or softball tops, this was not a day for you. But if you love classic, nail-biting baseball with great pitching…then you got your wish yesterday.
Thanks to Alex for the update. He’ll be back next weekend with the progress of both series.
A Star is … Livestreamed
Uni Watch reader (and all-around good dude) Jason Bernard is about to get his 15 minutes…or something. And you can see him do his thing while you’re watching the next few Monday Night Football broadcasts. I’ll let him explain…
Hey Uni Watch-
During the next three Monday Night Football games (October 14, 21 and 28) I will be featured in a live streaming promotion for Bud Light on espn.com, as part of Bud Light’s “It’s Only Weird if it Doesn’t Work” campaign. Essentially, some friends and I take sides and discuss the game action, as well as superstitions, pop culture and whatever else we can think of for three and a half hours. It’s interactive – you have the opportunity to vote for each of us (which directly controls a wacky “luck” machine), you can Tweet input at us (@BudLight) or you can just sit and enjoy our nonsense. To view:
1. DURING the MNF game, Go to espn.com
2. Click the NFL tab
3. A Bud Light popup will appear – click the button to “Join the Show”
This is only live DURING the game. These are great guys, so it will be fun and entertaining. I’ll do my best to weave in uni-centric detail. Vote for ME!
Thanks, JB. Aight, Uni Watchers, do a brother a solid and check him out, throw him a vote. OK? OK!
Uni Watch News Ticker: Major uniform malfunction Friday night in the CFL (great grab by Kenny Ocker). … There were many clever signs at ESPN’s GameDay, and I’m pretty sure this one was shown (that looks like a “pre-show” pic), sent in by Chris Flinn. … Also on that GameDay show was recently canned Lane Kiffen, and you can see some of the more clever signs being held behind him (“Phil Knight Wears Jorts” was particularly, um…witty?), screen grab by J Fletcher … Speaking of Oregon, according to this hed, “Oregon Has An Awesome Hype Video For Its Brand New Football Recruiting Website.” … More from Chris Flinn: Check out this awesome pattern on the Diamond Ranch Academy’s football field. … Following up on an item in yesterday’s ticker, Alberto Sanchez noticed Jay Cutler’s cleats from Thursday, but he believes it’s actually just the inside swoosh that it’s orange and the outside swoosh that it’s blue in both shoes. … Good shot of a 1998 game where Randall Cunningham’s nameplate is a bit too big to fit within his Vikings shoulder loops (nice grab by Matt Barnett. … Speaking of shoulder loops and old time photos, check out this one from 1956. According to submitter Dan McNamara, this “Shows the Villanova football bench during the 9/22/56 game against Bear Bryant’s Texas A&M team. Villanova wearing unique headware and sucking on sponges to beat the heat. No stupid ads on these sideline hats! I checked historical records and it was over 105 degrees on the field that day.” … College Hockey Jerseys, Pt. I: Here are the new home and road jerseys with very minor tweaks for the defending National Champions Yale; Pt. II: Gemini Athletic has released the first of 7 different jerseys Air Force will wear this season along with this note, “Air Force is to Gemini what Oregon is to Nike. Here is a picture of one of the 7 sets of jerseys each player will have this season. The Bolt jersey will be debuting in Anchorage when the Falcons take on the Seawolves this Friday and Saturday.” (both of those thanks to Erik Sundermann). … Did you know there is a new city logo for Kansas City? Now you do (thanks, Matt Newbery). … Who Made That Android Logo? (from Brinke).
That’s a wrap folks. I put this to bed (and myself) really late, and had a ton of Interwebs problems to boot, so you guys have a great Sunday and a better week. Thanks to everyone who contributed today. And don’t forget to find Jason Bernard and vote for him tomorrow during MNF. OK? OK!!!
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” I tend to hate the classic and traditional looks of the sports uniforms in favor of a more modern look (not ALL but mostly). Yet when it comes to things like ticker changes or the loss of my “beloved” black bar on Google I’m one of the first to light the torches and grab the pitchforks. LOL.”