By Phil Hecken
It could have been so much worse. Instead, rivalry weekend brought a rather tame set of uniforms, and that’s A-OK by me.
Our biggest (or at least my biggest) fears were not realized after the incredible hype of adidas and aTm, as it turned out the only “carmouflage” (as they called it) turned out to be cleats and arm sleeves (phew). And even that was tame when you saw it on the field.
However, the biggest stories for rivalry weekend weren’t the unis (thankfully), but the games themselves. Ohio State (stay classy) and Michigan played what was easily the best football game of the year. For about 3 hours. Alabama and Auburn played one for the ages. If you didn’t see what happened, or haven’t heard about it, I’d just recommend googling “Iron Bowl 2013″. But the last play of the game was just incredible. In a nutshell, with no time left on the clock, Auburn cornerback Chris Davis caught a 57-yard field goal attempt by Alabama in the back of the end zone, ran it out down the left sideline and went 109 yards untouched to beat the Crimson Tide, 34-28.
I’ll leave you with that before turning the rest of the post over to Terry.
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
Question of the day: how do you avoid a food coma around the holidays? You don’t. You will be entranced by the Itis before you even know it. And if turkey, sweet potatoes, and bread pudding aren’t your preference for a full stomach, then all of the closer-than-almost-getting-caught-by-your-mom-for-stealing-the-freshly-baked-cookies games from rivalry week just might do the trick. I mean, just look at some of these scores. Anyway…
• Um… you… it… I’ve seen my fair share of G.I. Joevember uniforms over the last few years (especially since 2011), but… wow. How can one team forget how to number font? Why do the camouflage thing when you can barely see it? Especially on the NIU unis? You know what? Rather then tear my hair out trying to come up with something to describe the Adidas Bowl (as it was referred to on the site earlier this past Wednesday), I’ll link you to AVGN’s Tiger Electronic Games video (just substitute the games with Western Michigan and Northern Illinois’s getups). The key point in the vid would be here.
• Mississippi State wore their Gold Egg uniforms with shiny gold chrome helmets against Ole Miss. Not bad. Ya know, since Miss. St. is really the only one who gets into the spirit of this particular game year-after-year, why not just make gold an official color for the school? You’d have some aesthetic differentiation from Texas A&M, plus you’d have an excuse to spam this video. They won, BTW.
• Houston wore their G.I. Joevember BFBS costumes against SMU. At least they got into the spirit of
get 2% off of a bunch of shit that you don’t need Black Friday.
• A player from Florida International lost his Adidas logo *woohoo!* and started to lose his Conference USA patch on his jersey. Credit to Jay Abbott for that shot.
• UCF wore black helmets for the first time since 1993 against South Florida.
• These colors… THESE COLORS… OH MY GOD THIS IS THE MOST COLORFUL GAME I’VE EVER SEEN AND I LOVED EVERY BIT OF IT… well, almost every bit of it. I wouldn’t have gone with those dark green helmets. A kelly green helmet or even the yellow lids from last year would’ve been far better. Let’s petition for every Civil War game to be color-vs.-color from now until the end of time.
• THE wore mono-white against Michigan. Basically, apart from the fact that it’s a road flip of last year’s uni, it has the same exact design. Also, have this thing that I made. The amount of sorry I am is none. Kinda like this guy.
• As it should be, UCLA and USC went color-vs.-color in their annual rivalry game.
• The Tennessee sideline looked to have had coffee or something steaming in what looks to be a coffee pot (on the part with the tarp). Credit to John Gray for the pic.
• Arizona wore their copper helmets against Arizona State.
• Couple of notes from Bama/Auburn: Several Tigers had orange UnderArmour sleeves with a partial sleeve stripe. Why not just have the full stripe? Oh, right, because that would actually make sense. Also from Auburn, a few wardrobe malfunctions, including one player’s belt not being done up, and another player’s jersey was torn badly, so they had a crew with a sewing machine fix the jersey right then and there on the sideline! Here’s the Auburn player who had to stand there in the cold. Why were there no blood jerseys on hand, especially since this was a home game? Credit to Chris Perrenot for the belt pic.
That puts Week 14 in the books. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to eat my weight in chocolate cake, sweet potato pie, and bread pudding. See you next week.
Five and One
Happy Sunday, Uni Watchers! I have to say that this weekend was probably the best college football weekend that I can remember watching. Bowl season is fun and there have been some great games in my lifetime but WOW this rivalry weekend saw almost every game come down to the final few possessions. We also saw a few brawls, some tempers boiling over, and that hatred between teams that is unfortunately rare in the pros these days. I loved it. Let’s get to the countdown!
+1 Western Michigan vs. NIU: Okay, so I had a bunch of tips suggesting that I choose the Oregon/Oregon State game for this +1 but honestly I like those Oregon uniforms. That game wasn’t pretty but I will cut the Ducks a break this week. THIS game was so hideous. It looks like someone took templates for a football uniform and just photoshopped a bunch of random sh*t on them.
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and enjoyed Rivalry Weekend as much as I did!
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Seems that there was a jersey malfunction on Friday night for Jamal Crawford (nice grab by Ernest Penaflor). … Reader Ben Obecny was looking around kickstarter when he found this: The Schaumburg (Illinois) Boomers a Frontier League minor league baseball team is planning a 1 night only uniform redesign based on zombies. … Chad Hensley was watching the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 6 Show-Me Bowl Finals Friday and noticed that the person in charge of the bugs for Fox Sports Midwest had some spelling errors throughout the game. Also from from that game’s pregame, you can see the MSHSAA logo as a helmet decal and Rock Bridge High School had a rather hideous helmet design. … This weekend Michigan hosted the first ever B1G hockey game against Ohio State. Says submitter Eric Glickman, “The color-on-color game was beautiful. And both teams have always worn football inspired hockey helmets which I think are friction’ awesome.” … Timothy Tryjankowski says a good guy to follow on Twitter is Sabres equipment guy David Williams. … Jerry Kulig has a question about the MSU Pride Stickers: “They’ve obviously been around a while, but I have never noticed. What are these things? there are “block s” decals on the right side. Thanks for any help.” … David Firestone found this sweet vintage Bears stadium banner, and here are the NASCAR paint scheme rankings for Chevy, and for Ford. … The AFL’s Richmond Tigers (Aussie footy) revealed new clash jumpers for ’14. The change gives the front and back black a strange shield-like shape, but definitely gives them more yellow to differentiate themselves from Essendon when they play one another (from Leo Strawn). … Dave Taylor was reading an article on the BBC which caught my eye – Falkirk v Rangers in the Scottish Cup — match report and photos here — and the teams are wearing inverse Puma template kits. Rangers (white kit, red accents, navy upper, navy shorts, navy socks) and Falkirk (Navy kit, red accents, white upper, white shorts, white socks). Says Dave, “I’m sure the same template in different club colours comes pretty often, but I don’t think I’ve seen it with Puma kits before, and not with the same team colours inverted.” … The Eagles plane had work done in Pittsburgh, and the workers left a personal touch (nice find by Robert Silverman. … And finally, Jeff Shirley noticed at “last night’s BYU/Utah State game (played at Energy Solutions Arena) that the NBA logo was taped over rather sloppily, and wondered why they didn’t just cover it all together.”
And that will do it for this fine first Sunday in December. Mercifully, the pink and GIJoevember games are now behind us (right?), and we can move into the best parts of the football season. Thanks to TJ & Catherine, and of course all the ticker submitters. You guys have a great week and I will catch you next weekend.
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(from Bruce Menard!)
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