By Phil Hecken
I’m not usually a fan of chrome domes, but you’ll notice on the left side of the helmet there is the phrase, “Battle Born” and on the front bumper the number 1874. That’s not just a number, it’s a date.
According to the Wolf Pack Blog:
In the midst of the Civil War, Nevada became the 36th state in the union, earning the state motto, “Battle Born.” Ten short years later in 1874, the University of Nevada was founded, becoming the state’s Land Grant institution. Shortly thereafter, in 1896, the University’s athletic program was established. While both our university and the Wolf Pack athletics program have grown dramatically, we’ve never lost sight of our roots here in Nevada.
Battle Born is more than a motto – it’s really a mindset here in Northern Nevada that resonates with all of us. There’s an independent and get-it-done type spirit about us that, in turn, leads us to take tremendous pride in our community, University and athletics program. It is that mindset and spirit that inspires people to move here, and stay here after they graduate from the University of Nevada.
So, why did Nevada doff the metallic hats? The game yesterday against UNLV was and intra-state rivalry game, known as the “Battle for the Fremont Cannon.” And yes, they actually play for a cannon, which happens to the be largest traveling trophy in the NCAA. Unfortunately, the shiny helmets didn’t help the Wolf Pack, as they lost the cannon for the first time in something like nine years yesterday. Oh, and it was a color vs. color game. And, according to this article, the helmet was funded by donors.
Hope the potential 17-year old recruits liked it. After all, they are attracted to shiny objects. Speaking of shiny objects (and the end of Pinktober), THE Ohio State University pulled both off yesterday.
Now, here’s Terry “TJ” Duroncelet with your…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
• Middle Tennessee State went BFBS against Marshall.
• Boise State looked bad with all of the black mess. But BYU? They miraculously looked worse. Also of note from Chuck Fitzer: “I was watching the Boise State/BYU game when I noticed [Uani] ‘Unga’s NOB included the accent. No picture though.” No picture here, either. ‘Unga plays for BYU. I saw this on Bronco Mendenhall’s headset. It looks to say “Utah National Guard”.
• Oklahoma State had a slightly different helmet design for their game against Iowa State.
• The Minnesota/Nebraska game was a real looker! Some helmet decal notes, both from Minnesota: the Golden Gophers had purple ribbon decals on the back of their helmets. Also, is that stripe thing in the middle a new version of the warning decal? The second note is that some Gophers had decal issues during the game.
• Maryland wore their Pride v3.0 uniforms for the seconds time this season against Clemson (sweet socks!). Hopefully, they come out with a white version next year. The red is way too loud. Also, Andrew McNeel summed up the uniforms quite nicely.
• NC State wore a slightly different helmet design on Saturday against Florida State. Their typical white helmet has a red facemask with a thick red stripe accented by two smaller black stripes. The design from this weekend switched all of the aforementioned red accents to white.
• There are Bama fans, and then there are BAMA FANS. Also, were some of the Vols wearing captaincy C’s on the back of their helmets? Also-also, there are four small bricks on the helmets, one awarded for each win.
• Mizzou went black/anthracite/black for their Homecoming game against South Carolina.
• I had no idea that Oregon switched the number base color on their green jerseys from that nice mallard feather effect to grey, probably because of the NCAA’s new rule on number legibility. A shame, as those numbers were probably the only phantom numbers that I actually enjoyed.
That’s it for Week 9, and also the last Saturday of the month, which means NO MORE PINK! Or at least, it’ll slow down to a drop per 50 games. See you all next week.
Thanks, TJ! And yes, thankfully we’re done with the pink for another year. Of course, next month we can look forward to a few schools showing us how much they love to play soldier. There’s pretty much only one school who can pull that one off.
Five And One
Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! Let’s get to the countdown! Thanks again for everyone who sent me tips!
+1 Clemson vs. Maryland: I don’t really have words for this. They always just take everything one step too far…
Enjoy your Sundays!
By Tim E. O’Brien
Oh Emm Gee!
The Oregano Ducks broke out new jerseys (or at least, new numbers) yesterday and boy oh boy did they look good. I mean, they looked better than Adam Banks with the puck in the slot (that’s a duck joke).
The downside is that these magnificent mallards have eschewed the duck feather treatment on their numbers to the two road jerseys. Perhaps we’ll see it on some other, yet-to-be-seen colored jersey, but I doubt it.
That would be sad. It was a creative and inspired uniform element on a team that seems to “force it” a bit too much these days.
You can follow my trackers on twitter @DuckTracker, @NUniTracker (dear lord, what is happening to my ‘Cats?!) 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
Well, last night was a game for the ages, and if you didn’t see it, it ended in a way I’d never seen before. Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, the Cards had runners on the bases, and in one of the most bizarre plays you’ll ever see, the Red Sox threw TWO men out at the plate — but the second runner was allowed to score due to an interference call on the third baseman.
I’m not doing a particularly good job describing it, but you can read about it here. At the time of this writing, there wasn’t any video, but I’m sure you can find some if you want to see that play.
As far as the unis, nothing unexpected, but the Cards did wear their gorgeous creams with “St. Louis” in script across the chest and the Sawks wore gray. If all goes according to plan, the Cards will wear their blue crown/red brim alternate Sunday caps, and I think some of the players still observe “high sock” Sunday, so we should get to see something resembling this tonight. A least I hope.
Thanks again to Alex for doing this tracker — no matter what happens (unless there are like six days of rain), the World Series will end during the week, so next weekend will have the final tracker.
And A Happy Birthday…
to Scott M.X. Turner!
Uni Watch membership card designer Scott M.X. Turner‘s birthday is today. From Paul, Phil, and everyone in the Uni Watch family, hoping he gets everything he wishes for when he blows out the candles.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Once again, a very small set of submissions for the Sunday ticker (and several were NCAA football-related, which I forwarded to TJ), so we’ll do this “old school” format. … Nik Streng was watching TV and the Phil Mickelson Enbrel commercial was on. I noticed that the sleeve logo on Mickelson’s left arm is facing the front. I don’t know much about golf polos but I was wondering if the logo was on the front so that Mickelson didn’t have to turn in order for it to show. … Brent Kivell isn’t sure why, but his Arsenal Gunners were wearing plain white socks against Crystal Palace yesterday, which is in stark contrast to the beautiful stripes they have been wearing. … A reader who didn’t give his name but goes by mgham found these Big Ten logo inconsistencies. … Several readers pointed out I put the Rochester Red Wings news under “hockey” when in fact they are a Minor League baseball team. My apologies — David Feigenbaum went to school in the Rochester area in 1971 and the Red Wings won the championship. Here’s a picture of that team, the best in their long International League history. Bobby Grich, Don Baylor and really classic uniforms. … Bryan Justman notes San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Ramiro Corrales retired after yesterday’s game, so prior to the match the Quakes all came out for the introductions wearing a different kit from Corrales’ career
(unfortunately no pics of that) Update: Here’s a shot. He’s the last player left in MLS who played in the inaugural season in 1996. … Jason Johnson checking out the New Mexico High School Activities Association – and caught this photo – the two players in Red both have #9 on their football helmets when one has a jersey number in the 80’s. … And Gil Neumann writes, “My friend, Michael took this picture of the Columbus Cottonmouths opening night… ugh: pinktober ice.” … And to close us out, Jeff Shirley thought we’d enjoy a “Utah Jazzkin”. Sweet!
And that’s a wrap for this last Sunday in Pinktober! Everyone enjoy the NFL today (I think there’s even a game across the pond) and the World Series tonight. Have a great week and I’ll be back with you next Saturday — which also happens to be the Annual Uni Watch Gathering at the Sheep Station in Brooklyn. So, hopefully, I’ll see some of you there!
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