By Phil Hecken
Well, the regular NCAA season is almost over (we still have the traditional end of season Army/Navy game next Saturday), so we didn’t have the full slate of games this week. But we did get a bee-you-tee-ful ACC Championship game last night between Duke (in blue and white) and FSU (in garnet and gold). I’m not sure what arrangement those two made (the “away” team is required to wear white or be penalized 15 yards per half) so that both teams could wear color, but it was great.
Now, I don’t want to see every game in color versus color, but neutral site and/or rivalry games deserve special consideration. Despite the beatdown of the Blue Devils by the Seminoles, it was a thing of beauty. So was the Baylor throwback in their matchup with Texas.
We can’t overlook Auburn’s amazing run either — and how’s this for déjà vu? Check out Cam Newton and Gabe Wright doing confetti angels after big game wins — several years apart! Congrats on the BCS Bowl, Auburn. Let this be a lesson to THE OSU — be careful what you wish for.
Since there weren’t a lot of games, I don’t want to steal any of TJ’s thunder, so I’ll just turn it over to him here, for your final regular season SMUW.
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
Three months, 300 uniforms (O.K., 300,000 uniforms). And what do we end up with for championship week? Quite the chill week. Let’s go over the happenings form this last regular season week of NCAA football…
• Louisville and Cincinnati (two Adidas teams) wore new helmet designs. Cincy had what looked to be a metallic grey and red decal on theirs, while Louisville not only had the same treatment, but they also had a new helmet stripe. Here’s their usual one for comparison.
• Remember the togs that Northern Illinois wore against Western Michigan in
The Adidas Bowl last week’s game? They wore them again against Bowling Green. Even more shocking than the idea of a “different uniform”? The score.
• Arizona State wore… their Arizona State uniforms against Stanford? Wow. A normal look for a not-normal-looking team. Imagine that.
• Why is it that I love the hydra effect? Because you get things like this. Credit to Jared Buccola for the tip-off.
• From Trevor Blank: “Twice ESPN showed Oklahoma quarterback Cody Thomas and referred to him as quarterback Kendal Thompson.”
• Auburn wore these orange Superman undershirts against Mizzou in honor of Thomas J. Sullivan, who died of childhood cancer. Also from that same game: Sam Brochin says this: “Just wanted you to know that Chris Davis (yes, Iron Bowl return Chris Davis) has both FiOB and JrOB.”
• Signs that make you go “WHAT THE HELL?”; Part 1.
• Signs that make you go “WHAT THE HELL?”; Part 2. Why so? This is why. All of this from the Baylor/Texas game. To Austin… AND BEYOND! Christopher Hall caught #75 for Texas with a banged-up helmet decal (right of the shot). Nothing like sending off your stadium with a fantastic win to cap off a fantastic season while wearing fantastic uniforms. Those were the throwbacks that Baylor wore against Texas. Look, Saints: OLD GOLD! That helmet is SOOOOOO glorious.
Speaking of capping off, that puts the 2013 NCAA regular season in the books. Like Alabama’s BCS title hopes, I hate to see it go, but hey, these are students, after all. There is life after football. But don’t worry, guys: I’ll be back in a few for the bowl season! So until then, have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hearth’s Warming, or whatever you celebrate, enjoy next week’s Army/Navy game for those of you who are watching, and I’m gonna go load up on illegal amounts of eggnog. See you then.
Five … and One
Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! Let’s get to the countdown!
BCS Bowl Predictions…
Well, tonight we find out who gets the bids to the big games, but it’s never too early to make some predictions. I’m usually pretty good about these, but there always seems to be a surprise. Will this year be any different.
I was really hoping to find a way to put the Ducks in one of the 5 big bowls, but after crunching the numbers, it looks like they’re on the outside looking in. And I still think they have an outside shot at the Sugar Bowl or maybe the Fiesta. But I’m not going to predict that.
We know Alabama is in, and it’s pretty likely THE Ohio State University is as well. UCF also punched its ticket. It’s basically a given that Clemson and Baylor are in.
Lets see how I do — and feel free to agree/disagree/make your own selections in the comments below.
We’ll start with the BCS Game (which is set):
• BCS: Florida State vs. Auburn
After this, the Rose is also set:
• Rose Bowl: Michigan State University vs. Stanford University
Here’s where some of the at-larges and other possibilities come in. My predictions:
• Orange Bowl: Clemson University vs. The Ohio State University
• Sugar Bowl: University of Alabama vs. Oklahoma University (outside shot at Oregon)
• Fiesta Bowl: Baylor University vs. University of Central Florida
What say you? Think these are about right, or am I full of it?
Uni Watch News Ticker:
We begin with Dustin Semore with this “fantastic New York Rangers themed menorah!” Agreed. … “Always fun to see both teams in home uniforms, from July 17, 1977″ says Frank Mercogliano — great find. In fact, that white pinstripe vs. white pinstripe was one of those UW white whales many years back! … We always love long NOBs at UW (that’s Erisbel Arruebarruena) and you can read more here (nice find by Jay Rosenberg). … This article bemoaning the state of NCAA football unis could have been written by Paul. … Chris LaBella noticed some stuff in this photoshop of Curtis Granderson. “The NY Daily News has a photoshopped pic of Curtis Granderson in his new uniform. For a newspaper that prides itself on its sports coverage they didn’t realize that #14 is retired for Gil Hodges and on the front of the uni the #4 has the black shadow drop while the #1 doesn’t.” … Speaking of Grandyman photoshops, here’s one with him wearing #1. Just have the presser already. … Joseph Bailey was at a Hallmark store in western New York and saw this stuff for sale: a Houston Oiler coffee mug, a San Diego Charger magnet and NY Jets erasers. He calls it “The store where time stands still.” … WOW — check out this photo of Willie Davis, taken from a remote camera behind 2nd base. … “Saw this (yes)today in the UCLA-Mizzou game,” says Jamie Hall “(Coach) Frank Haith has his name on a piece of tape on his seat. My question is why stop there? I say assigned seats for all! Plus I am sure that the corporate sponsor is thrilked to have their name covered so that a coach can find his seat.” … Here’s a great shot of the helmets in the Army equipment room. … Terry Mark Saw this beautiful Notre Dame clock on a silent auction table. He’s “Not sure of the year, but looks to be 1970s? Manufacturer is Southern Time Services. Bidding was up to $48.” Nice. … Check out this beautiful Packers cookbook. Johnny Okray‘s grandma “just gave me this cookbook from 1971. It’s a gem. Some great game photos too.” … Li’l help? Toby Hallam asks, “Barry Sanders used to wear a helmet visor, the tabs were black with a yellow strips, like this. Do you by chance recall who made that visor?” Anyone? … Our buddy from sportslogos, Chris Creamer, noticed Majestic has a new logo. … Will Scheibler was thrifting and found this NBA ball jacket & beer curling rings. Will says he “didn’t get every layer of the inside tag but it says shell is leather. Took pics of a leather jacket that was textured like a basketball.” And the rings? “The Port Arthur Curling Club (in Thunder Bay) has a few sponsors for some of the rings.” That one is for the local microbrewery: Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. … Check out this Wichita State alternate yellow hoops uni (h/t Jason Waterfalls) … Houston wore this gray alternate (h/t Christian Rocha) … Beautiful crest on this Army jersey, which we’ll see next weekend (via Nick Determan). … I’m pretty sure this isn’t the way to “honor” the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, but I could be wrong. … Not really sports-uni related, but Brinke sends these Americas’ spy satellite mission logos. … Here’s an NBA old-school jerseys quiz (thanks to K.C. Kless.
And that’s a wrap for this fine Sunday. Special thanks, as always, to Terry Duroncelet and Catherine Ryan for their season-long work on SMUW! They’ll be back after the bowls commence (don’t worry), but how about a nice round of virtual applause for both of these fine folks down in the comments? OK? OK! Great stuff all season long. I really appreciate all you guys (and Timmy O’Brien for the Duck Tracker) have done since the beginning of September. Awesome!
Everyone have a great Sunday and a better week, and I will catch you all next Saturday.
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“You must be thinking of the bastardized version of the original logo. It’s like painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa. Not the same.”
– Jim Hamerlinck