By Phil Hecken
We no sooner rid ourselves of the Month of Pinktober than we move into Camo-and-flag-desecration-vember. And who’s the most recent offender? That’s right, yesterday Army busted out the camo in their matchup with Air Force. And I loved it. If there is one NCAA football team who can legitimately lay claim to camo, it’s Army.
This is not the first time Army has done this. In fact, they did so almost exactly three years ago, against VMI, and that may have been the almost the only time I praised the use of camo on a football uniform. Back in 2010, against VMI, Army went full camo. I really thought that that was a good look.
Army also went with camo helmets and pants in 2008 versus the Naval Academy, which I also wrote about, and I enjoyed it then. That year, Army wore “Duty, Honor, Country” as their NOB. I really enjoyed that game (and especially Navy’s then-unique unis).
So, Army has now worn camo (to my knowledge) three times — once (yesterday) with camo/camo/black, in 2010 with full camo, and in 2008, with camo/black/camo. Against Air Force, VMI and Navy, respectively. And each time, I’ve praised it. Are there any more service academies or combos left for them now? Or will this be the end of the run?
Army is most definitely NOT the only team to wear camo print on football unis or helmets, they won’t be the last, (and as you’ll see below, they weren’t even the only team yesterday) to wear camo print.
But they should be.
And don’t get me started on the flag desecration decals and unis.
Here’s Terry Duroncelet with your…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
Hello, everyone! Hope you all had a good Nightmare Night. My area didn’t get to do much, as there was a tornado morning that put the kibosh on a lot of kids’ plans for trick-or-treating. Sad. But on the bright side, TWIX AND MUSKETEERS AND MILKY WAYS FOR DAAAAAAAYYYYYYS… but enough banter, lets get into the news from Week 10.
Spoopy Night Thursday:
• Oregon State may have been a day late to the festivities (as if they had a choice), but that didn’t stop them from wearing all-orange on Friday night against USC. And let me just say… WOW. That is a DEEP orange. Even as I’m watching this on my HD T.V., it almost looks red from afar. I really dig the addition of gold to the uniform. Definitely my personal favorite uniform out of a set that still has me confused.
• Illinois wore blue helmets against Penn State.
• Rutgers wore helmets with the outline of New Jersey on them to mark the (unfortunate) anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Not bad.
• UMass wore star-spangled helmets against Northern Illinois.
• Purdue wore a new black helmet against Ohio State, which included a really nice railroad track for a helmet stripe. Huge fan of these, and I would love for the Boilermakers to use this design for their gold helmets.
• No photos, but Eric Carson sends in this note: “In the on-going Iowa-Wisconsin game, the two QBs that have played for Iowa appear to have their TV numbers placed differently than the rest of the team. Rather than being ‘centered’ on the shoulders (certainly relative to their vestigal stripes) so the numbers face straight upward, the QBs have their TV numbers slid so far forward so they’re almost on their chests.”
• You know those alternate unis that were constantly hinted at for Michigan State during the week? Turns out it was just an addition of stripeless green pants. I dig this SO MUCH. Ironic that a solid-color look is the best look that the Spartans have put out with their current uniform (the striping on both of the white pants that are normally paired with the unis kinda suck). Hope they wear these on the road.
• Kansas State wore camouflage helmet decals against Iowa State. I saw that myself, but what I didn’t know was that this was for Fort Riley Day in Manhattan (KS), making this the first major helmet modification of any sort since 1989. Credit to Dale Alison for that tip.
• By now, some of you know how much I love Navy’s Pro Combat uniforms from last year. They surface in Uni Watch news again via Thomas Murphy (I’ll admit: Periphery was the first thing to come to mind when I read that name), who sends in this really awesome note: “I was at the Navy vs Notre Dame game today an the Billy Goat of Bavy came to where I was sitting. I noticed that he was still wearing his Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl patch and there alternate away jerseys from last year. Don’t you think it’s a bit weird they haven’t even taken off the patch yet?”
• Oklahoma State was lookin’ a little bit like Clemson on Saturday night.
• Florida Atlantic now has new red jerseys with “FAU” on the back after Carl Pelini’s resignation.
• You know, as time goes on, Mizzou’s uniforms grow on me. This was a looker of a game, BTW. You know those bricks that are awarded for each Tennessee win that I mentioned last week? Here’s a good shot of that.
• From Andrew B.: “Not sure if this has been done before, or is a first. Yale is one of many schools using the Oregon play cards for calling offensive plays, but they’ve taken things one step further by adding self-advertisement to the back of the cards, to generate Instagram and Twitter followers. PS – Also saw this at the game. Is this a varsity sport? Only in the Ivy League…”
That does it fo– *sigh* Hang on, let me turn off italics… That’s better. That does it for Week 10. See you next week.
Five … and One
Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! It was a pretty tame weekend uni-wise for college football so I took the time to watch a few non-marquee games. I hope you will all tolerate a couple new schools making the countdown this week!
Honorable Mention: Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State: I don’t like to reward chrome helmets but this game was pretty nice.
Hope everyone has a lovely Sunday!
Alex Rocklein’s (Final) MLB Playoff Uniform Tracker
Well, the Red Sox are your 2013 World Series Champions, and no matter what your feelings about that, I think
we can all most of us can agree the NLCS and ALCS, as well as the World Series itself, were some of the best uni matchups we’ve seen in quite some time. The LDS games? Meh, not so much.
There’s not much more to say, so I’ll turn it over to Alex who has some parting words. Huge thanks from me (and all of UW) to Alex for doing this yet another year. Great job. OK, here’s Alex:
“Honestly it was a pretty nice looking postseason. A lot of alternates early but it could have been worse. Game 1 between the Sox/Rays was easily the worst but it got better as October went deeper.”
Uni Watch News Ticker: We begin today with Warren Junium, who sends “not a uniform, but a cool picture” which he notes he did not take. … Here’s one of the Army All-American jerseys. Pictured is Matt Elam, who will be playing in the game (from Josh Claywell). … Pacific-Rim Correspondent Jeremy Brahm checks in with this photo of the Raukten Golden Eagles infield. “Check out the dirt cutouts with the painted turf infield, just looks weird,” says Jeremy. … Sadly, but perhaps not shockingly, “Walmart to source U.S. footwear in reshoring push” (thanks to TommytheCPA). … Lots going on here in this photo sent in by Frank Mercogliano. “New Mexico women’s soccer wore turquoise (the former school color) for senior day, while San Diego State had red numbers on a red jersey, which is against rule here. We usually announce who takes a shot, or who scores, but because we had no clue in the press box, we just announced ‘Shot taken by San Diego State.’ Quite the cluster—“. … SDSU has tweaked their basketball jerseys for 2013, says Jared Bremseth. Here’s the home whites, and the road blacks (these are the replicas sold at Jared’s store). … 11 on-deck circles were included in an auction of Astrodome memorabilia at Reliant Park on Saturday. Two of them were used by the Giants in slightly different font eras (big thanks to Jacob Lipp). … Reader Joe Giordano asks, “Is Andrew Bynum wearing three pairs of socks? Or is that one sock with three NBA logos on it?” … A submitter who goes by the initials “WK” writes, “I can’t wear my name because…coach got caught with the Peruvian marching powder?” … In each of the Red Sox three titles, the two pennant look has appeared in the MLB World Series logo. This is the only three times MLB has gone with that two pennant look: 2004, 2007, 2013 (from Jake Duhaime). … Bit of sad news: Norwood T. Smith, who created original Sabres logo, has passed away. … The Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers will wear blue uniforms for all 10 ‘True Blue’ Saturday games, beginning with last night. … Couple jersey retirements Saturday, as the Canucks retired Pavel Bure’s and the Syracuse Orange
men retired Donovan McNabb’s. … “Drawings of a Paynter,” writes John Whiting. “Ned would have loved this.” … “Pinktober respects no calendar,” notes Sean Robbins, who was at the Stockton, CA Thunder game. “ECHL. Still wearing pink. On pink ice.” … The Heungkuk Pink Spiders have skirt uniforms this season. More photos here (thanks to Dan Kurtz).
And that’s it for this Sunday Morning Uni Watch. If you didn’t already, Don’t Forget To Turn Your Clocks Back An Hour (sorry for shouting). I hate this time of year, even more so when it’s already dark “early” and now it’s even worse. Screw the extra hour of sleep — I want Daylight Saving Time year round.
Thanks to Terry and Catherine, of course, and to all those who were at the Uni Watch Gathering yesterday in Brooklyn — great to see most of you (again) and to meet the new folks. Paul will have a roundup and photos later this week, so stay tuned.
Have a great Sunday and a good week and I’ll catch you next Saturday.
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“I’ll take the heat for this as well but I still say Navy still does ND better than ND does ND. Navy uses the proper shades of gold that matches up better…They look much better than ND. Even the Navy dress up costumes are usually done better.”