By Phil Hecken
So, it’s come to this.
As Paul said on Friday, “Pinktober reached its inevitable apotheosis (or nadir) yesterday, as Oregon announced that it will be wearing pink helmets, socks and gloves this weekend.” The previews were bad enough. The real thing, as you can see above — is worse. It’s a good thing they didn’t over do it.
I’m writing this intro before receiving Catherine’s 5 & 1, Terry’s SMUW, and I haven’t yet read Tim’s Duck Tracker. I’m sure they’ll all be weighing in on this. And I’m sure you’ll all have lots to say in the comments below. But this wearin’ o’ the pink has pretty much put an exclamation point on Pink-tober. Even though Oregon’s wearing wasn’t for Komen (this one was for Kay Yow, likely a very worthy cause), it’s really…REALLY…taking it just too far. Or, as I tweeted last night:
— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) October 20, 2013
If they really wanted to do up the pink
classy right, they should have done something like this, no?
With apologies to Forrest Gump, that’s all I have to say about that. Here’s TJ:
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
Remember last year when I made this note about the Maryland/West Virginia game? “In my opinion, this was actually one of Maryland’s greater uniform successes in recent years, and white is technically one of their colors, so it’s not like they were wearing some “Hot Pink Ops” getup. Shit, I think I just gave a D-1 program an idea for next month.” Well… now I have an official reason to say “Me and my big mouth” (credit to Jamie Radke for that Wayne State helmet pic [last pic]). Okay, this was a year in the making, but still. Let’s try to get through this, one brutal dose of Pepto Bismol at a time…
• WKU wore their black uniforms against Louisiana-Lafayette, who oddly enough, wore last year’s pants with this year’s jerseys and white helmets. Also, bicycle shorts. At the college level. Yeah. I hate everything. O.K., not really, but not a good look either way.
• As I’ve saying for a short while now: if you’re gonna
wear a color that you believe will automatically make you manlier and tougher, which makes you wonder if your team should focus on becoming stronger instead of wasting money on black costumes and flipping the bird at school tradition with this placebo effect wear a BFBS uniform, you might as well go all the way. And boy, did North Carolina go all the way. As much as I hate their use of black and any justification that they’ll try to come up with for said color, you gotta hand it to them; they took the Zero Dark Thursday thing seriously. The crowd was out in black, not to mention the field graphics were in black with Carolina Blue trim. Oh, they lost, BTW. And this happened. At least the person on our right was wearing navy blue (although it kinda looks black in the pic). Don’t think I’ve seen a half-way treatment like that for those suits.
• Now this is what I call a good-looking game! (apart from the pink stuff) This is what a pair of nice uniforms with vibrant colors and reasonable contrast are capable of. We need more of this. This is Missouri vs. Florida, BTW.
• Reason #1,019 why screenprinted graphics are always bad on a football uniform… or any sports uniform, for that matter. The peeling name in question belongs to Rockets RB David Fluellen. Also, look at the size difference between his NOB and the NOB of teammate Kareem Hunt. It like looking at a 20×20 kick drum sitting next to a 26×14 bass drum. Sorry Sam… big bass drums do it better. But main point, Toledo needs to work on player name consistency. Also, note the helmets with the odd UT logo.
• Kansas hasn’t had an exciting uniform in a while, but at least they haven’t worn a grey garment on the… *sigh*, dammit, Jayhawks. Couldn’t you have at least waited to wear those on a cloudy day? They aren’t that bad, but the numbers were difficult to read. It reminded me of a darker version of the Texas
Texases Rangers’ road greys.
• West Virginia looks… normal? I like this look. Also of note from Bob Novotny: “Not sure if you’ve seen this, but West Virginia has a lineman with the last name of Haughton-James, number 73. Unfortunately, he’s not playing, but there was a play into the WVU sideline and I caught a glimpse of his NOB: ‘H-James’. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Partial Name on Back? Abbreviated Name on Back? Partially Abbreviated Name on Back? PANOB? I don’t have digital cable (I live in Guyana now) so I couldn’t pause for a pic. Sorry, but thought you’d like to know.” Sadly, I couldn’t find a pic myself.
• When I woke up yesterday morning and briefly tuned in to the Tennessee/South Carolina game, I honestly thought that the Vols were wearing white pants. So glad I double-checked. Two SC players decided to have a little bit of fun with their last names. Gamecocks QB Dylan Thompson had three SEC logos on his person: one on his helmet, one on his jersey, and one on his undershirt. And then you have the SEC logo on the first down marker along with the blurred SEC logo on his teammate’s jersey in the background. That was a close one, I though that this was a Sun Belt conference game. Lastly, I love the fact that the backup QB’s last name is ‘Drummer‘.
• While not as nifty as last week’s Liberty Bell helmets, Temple has another nifty cherry helmet design this week. From Patrick Reynell: “The significance of the diamond is seen and heard throughout Temple’s campus. The university founder, Russell Conwell, gave a speech entitled “Acres of Diamonds” in regards to the purpose of the university. As a result, the school uses diamonds for a lot of things (dance squad name is Diamond Dancers, meal and book money called Diamond Dollars). This is the first time I have personally seen diamonds included in athletic uniforms. I am guessing the went with a Diamond design this weekend because it was homecoming and the school’s tenth president was just sworn in before the weekend.”
• Does this forearm sleeve have what looks to be Auburn’s pants stripe on it?
• Arkansas’s Byran Jones wore #98 (instead of his usual #54) in honor of Razorback DT and captain Robert Thomas, who’s out for the season on a broken leg that he suffered last week.
• Boise State went full-BFBS against Nevada.
• Some of the Bama players had gauze(?) on their heads. Not sure if they both happen to have nicks ion their foreheads, or maybe it’s to protect against helmet rash, or maybe it’s a gesture tribute to a player? Anyone know more?
• Utah State wore white/grey/grey with new bull decals in place of their usual ‘Ustate’ decals. Credit to Ben Froehle for that link.
That’s all for Week 8 of the 2013 season. See you next week.
Five and One
Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! Let’s get to the countdown!
Let’s start off with a quote from loyal UniWatch reader, Joe Ringham, who is also a frequent 5-and-1 tipster:
“I am dubbing this week, for a few schools, ‘Road Construction Week’. This is due to the fact that you have 3 games featuring mono-orange (South Carolina-Tennessee, TCU-Oklahoma State, and, later on, Wisconsin-Illinois), making these orange teams look like traffic cones.” – Joe Ringham
4. UCLA vs. Stanford: I rarely put UCLA on the countdown unless they are sporting their powder blues but I actually liked their all-white unis. You always know what you get with Stanford and the combination made for a great Top 25 match-up.
3. Iowa vs. Ohio State: Ohio State frequents this countdown because I love their clean look. I’ve also been extremely impressed with Iowa this year and using some color on the road gets me weak in the knees.
1. Florida vs. Mizzou: This game hit everything on my checklist. Dark pants on the road. Nice contrast between the teams. I also love when Mizzou breaks out the gold tops. I’m a girl of simple tastes.
+1 Oregon. Oregon. Oregon: I went to an all-girls high school and, when I was a senior, there was a movement to change our mascot. Additionally, some students pressed to have our color scheme (green/white) changed. One of the most popular color combinations, which was stomped down by the administration, was pink and black. That was what 250 teenage girls agreed was the best choice. That’s all I will say.
By Tim E. O’Brien
This pink BS (although Oregon’s pink BS seems like less BS than most, but it’s the thinnest kid at fat camp…) needs to stop.
It’s not the aesthetics (ok, it’s not entirely the aesthetics), it’s the malicious and transparent manipulation of emotions to market football to women. Stop it. Give money to charity – or how about volunteer! – without the unnecessary look at me tactics.
That’s all. Sorry for the mini-rant. As always, you can follow my trackers on twitter @DuckTracker, @NUniTracker or @Hoosier_Tracker or feel free to help me track them by shooting me an email at OfficialDuckTracker@gmail.com, OfficialNUniTracker@gmail.com or OfficialHoosierTracker@gmail.com. Happy Tracking.
Alex Rocklein’s MLB Playoff Uni Tracker
And we’re all set for the World Series.
Last evening, the Red Sox dispatched with the Tigers, clinching at 12:01 this morning with a 5-2 victory over Detroit, and taking the series 4-2. These two teams most recently met in the World Series in 2004 (the Sox swept the Cards 4-0), and now it’s St. Louis’ chance for revenge. Overall, as I said yesterday, the teams have met three times (1946, 1967 & 2004), with the Cards having won the first two hook-ups.
Thanks to the American League winning the All Star Game, the Sox will have the home field advantage. The Series starts Wednesday night, giving both teams ample opportunity to set up their rotations.
Thanks again to Alex for doing the tracking, and he will be back next weekend as the Series is underway. It should be a good looking series, if nothing else.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Another day of very light submissions, so we’re going Old-School Ticker again.
Check out the WFL style uniforms (featuring the Atlanta logo!) that are being worn by The Falcon High School Falcons of Falcon Colorado. They normally wear John Deere Green (on their pants) and gold. “This is, obviously, not that,” says submitter Andrew Moeschberger. “I challenge the UniWatch faithful to come up with an uglier Pinktober uni.” … Harry Michelson noticed the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau have a 10 year anniversary logo, which, according to Harry, isn’t particularly good. … “Notre Dame hockey has always followed the school protocol of gold (whatever flavor it is) helmets, even the goalies’ masks fit the trend,” says John Muir. “What’s next? how about gold-topped Zambonis. If you’re going to make everything flow, there are worse ways to do it.” … Even the smaller Division 2 schools are getting in on the helmet explosion (and pink at the same time). “Wayne State University (my alma mater) in Detroit, MI was wearing something very similar to the pink Oregon helmet with a lighter shade of pink,” notes first-time submitter Jamie Radke. … The Washington Capitols went with lavender stick tape & pink skate laces to “raise money for cancer research” yesterday. … SC Bastia, a team in the French League 1, has a camouflage design for their 3rd kit, which Joe Schmidt have never seen this outside of the US before. Full link here. … Kevin Kleinhans couldn’t help but recall “one of the GI Joes I had as a child when seeing Oregons pink combo.” … Chuck Myron says, “Remember when every NBA team had distinct, easily recognizable warmups? Well, now there’s this.” … According to David Firestone, “Pink-Tober hits new lows at the mavtv 500 with a pink flag instead of a green one.” … And according to Kenn Tomasch “NBC Sports is dumb. It should be ‘Indiana University,’ not ‘University of Indiana’.” … Another ‘Pinktober mishap’ from Jeffrey Stumm: This is the 6 pack of diet Pepsi with NFL shield and pinktober banding. … Hmmm – Is UA gearing up Northwestern for Patriot-themed gear?. Tim E. O’Brien “saw this in the entrance to a merch truck (yester)day outside of the Northwestern game. A preview of the UA one off unis? I hope not.” … A reader whose e-mail is “Wolfpackski” sends this Hartford Wolfpack Jersey with the text, “This was a submission for a third jersey contest from a few years ago, do you think I might get a minor contribution thanks from them?” (I’m guessing that’s a no.) … Here’s 1950s All-American Johnny Majors wearing his authentic 1956 jersey (h/t @JasonYellin). … And, here’s Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith posing with his 1st NHL goal puck (h/t Mark Coale).
And there’s a wrap for this fine 20th day of
Pinktober October. Enjoy the NFL action today (and the Packers will be wearing their 1920’s throwbacks with gold helmet) and all the other games. I’ll be working off-site (with only phone access) and Paul will be traveling, so please play nice! Thanks to TJ, Catherine, Tim E. and Alex for their bits as well. Everyone have a great week and I’ll catch you fine folks next Saturday.
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