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Time To Go Bowling - Part I

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By Phil Hecken (aka “Skipper”)

It’s that time again — Bowl Season. And it’s time to preview the uniforms of all 70 teams (over two days) and to predict, using my not-so-foolproof forumla, the winners of each of the bowls, using the Las Vegas spreads.

Last year, you’ll recall I had a collaborator, Robert Marshall (aka “Shipwreck”), who is a far, far more knowledgeable sort, and a Bowl historian, to boot. In fact, he had come up with some pretty neat, non-corporate names for each of the Bowls (many of which were the Bowl’s actual original name — example, the Chick-fil-a er, “Chicken Sandwich Bowl” was actually known as the “Peach Bowl” at one time). All that’s changed, now, and all but a few of the Bowls have taken on a corporate sponsorship.

Now, you’ll recall that Paul had issued a UW style guide for referencing each of the Bowls — and I’ll abide by that in all my writings except for today and tomorrow — for the names that Shipwreck used for each of the Bowls last year have been grandfathered in and will be used for the annual Bowl Preview. If you missed last year’s “back and forth” between myself and Shipwreck, here is Part I and here is Part II.

Unfortunately, Shipwreck is too busy for us to “team up” on the Bowl Preview/Predictions this year, so I’ll have to go it alone. I’m still going to make my predictions based on who has the better uniform, but I’m changing it up slightly this time around. In years past, I’d base my prediction on what I thought the teams would wear — and oftentimes that isn’t even close. So this year, I’m going to base my decision on the entirety of their 2013 uniform palette. Whomever I feel has the best OVERALL set of uniforms (whether it be two, like Alabama or Auburn; or 200 like Oregon or Baylor). Over the years, I’m slightly better than 50% picking winners (with the spread), so maybe my new strategy will pay off this year.

I’ll tackle the first 17 Bowls today, and the final 18 will be previewed tomorrow. Where possible, I’ll include factoids, history or other tid-bits to spice things up. For each Bowl, click the teams to see the uniforms worn during the season. Those will be followed by a date/time/location (all times Eastern). Bowl “previews” are included and the “home” team designation for each bowl can be found here.

OK? OK. And away we go:

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New_Mexico_Bowl_logo_starting_2011“Branded Activewear Bowl” (“Corn Bowl”):

Colorado State Rams vs. Washington State Cougars
Designated Home Team: Colorado State
Date/Time Saturday, December 21; 2:00 pm (ESPN)
Spread: WSU is favored by 4.5
Preview
Bowl History

The first bowl of the season features the beautiful green and gold CSU Rams vs. WSU Cougars who wear crimson and gray. Here’s a pretty cool uni retrospective for the Rams. The teams have already revealed their jerseys & helmets. While WSU’s colors are fine, they’re no contest for those of the Rams.

The Pick: Give me the Rams and 4 and a half points.

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LasVegasBowl“Automotive Lubricants and Fluids Bowl” (“Jazzy Raisin Bowl”):

Fresno State Bulldogs vs. University of Southern California Trojans
Designated Home Team: USC Trojans
Date/Time: Saturday, December 21; 3:30pm (ABC)
Spread: USC is favored by 6 points
Preview
Bowl History

The Jazzy Raisin Bowl matches up the 25th ranked USC Trojans in their classic cardinal and gold versus the #20 ranked Bulldogs, who have a plethora of uniforms. Here’s a look at the patch both teams will wear. I like the Bulldogs throwback helmets (which I believe they’ll be wearing) but theirs is no match for the Trojan look, especially if USC is the designated home team.

The Pick: I’ll take the Trojans and give the six.

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Famous_Idaho_Potato_Bowl_logo“Tuber Bowl” (“Potato Bowl”):

SUNY Buffalo Bulls vs. San Diego State Aztecs
Designated Home Team: San Diego State
Date/Time: Saturday, December 21; 5:30pm (ESPN)
Spread: SUNY B is favored by one point
Preview
Bowl Facts

The SUNY Buffalo Bulls sport royal blue and black, which is never a good combination, while the SDSU Aztecs are black, scarlet and gold. Neither school has a particularly attractive uniform, but that red helmet of SDSU is gorgeous (and I don’t normally like shiny things). They’ve also moved from fairly crappy uniforms with lots of bumperstickers to fairly classic looking unis with nice shoulder loops. That tips the scales in my book.

The Pick: I’ll take the Aztecs and the point.

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lfpptcrkogrgibgesgi0“18-Wheeler Bowl” (“Pelican Bowl”):

Tulane Green Wave vs. UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
Designated Home Team: ULL Cajuns
Date/Time: Saturday, December 21; 9:00 pm (ESPN)
Spread: Tulane is a 2.5 point favorite
Preview
Bowl History

The first night of the Bowl season concludes with a matchup of the UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns taking on the Tulane Green Wave down in New Orleans. There was a time when Tulane had great uniforms. Unfortunately, that time is not now, especially since they’ve gone GFGS on us. The Cajuns, on the other hand, have dumped the crappy uniforms and look presentable. It’s actually not even close in the looks department this time around. And, ULL will be wearing these blue dog decals ” in honor of Louisiana artist George Rodrigue” who passed away last Saturday. At “home” and getting points? Yeah, gimme those Cajuns.

The Pick: I’ll take the Ragin’ Cajuns and the four and a half points.

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Beef 'O' Bradys Bowl Logo“Embarrassingly Named Restaurant Chain Bowl” (“Cigar Bowl”):

East Carolina Pirates vs. Ohio Bobcats
Designated Home Team: ECU Pirates
Spread: ECU is a 13.5 point favorite
Date/Time: Monday, December 23; 2:00 pm (ESPN)
Preview
Brief Bowl History

A mid-week, mid-day bowl featuring the ECU Pirates and Ohio Bobcats usually doesn’t generate the interest of the earlier (and later) bowls, but they will still play it. Now, I don’t the distaste for purple that Paul does, but I’m still not a big fan of the all purple look. And they did go BFBS. Now, Ohio has some really nice white and green unis (and they will wear a green jersey in this bowl), but they too had a blackout AND they wore those, um…brick things. This a tough call. In a nod to the beautiful green & white over the purple & gold, I’ll take the ‘cats.

The Pick: Gimme the Bobcats and the 13 and a half points.

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sheraton-hawaii“Hotel Bowl” (“Poi Bowl”):

Boise State Broncos vs. Oregon State Beavers
Designated Home Team: Oregon State Beavers
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 24; 8:00 pm (ESPN)
Spread: OSU is favored by 3 points
Preview
Bowl Facts

With the Beavers as the home team, we might see a very bright matchup in Hawaii, and we never know what we’ll get with Boise, as they could wear white, gray or maybe even go color vs. color. Who knows. We know is they’ll be wearing this patch, and OSU will break out a new combo of black/black/white. That’s why I’m picking the unis in totality: and while I actually like Boise’s look, their penchant for BFBS and GFGS eliminates them from consideration. The Beav’s got new unis this year, and while those facemasks are brutal, the rest of the uniform isn’t bad at all. Makes it easy to pick OSU.

The Pick: I’ll take the Beavers and the field goal.

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Little_Caeasars_Pizza_Bowl‘Pizza’ Bowl” (“Cherry Bowl”):

Bowling Green Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
Designated Home Team: BGSU
Date/Time: Thursday, December 26; 6:00pm (ESPN)
Spread: Bowling Green is a 5 point favorite
Preview
Bowl History

Boxing Day features two bowl games, and the first is Bowling Green vs. Pitt. The unis are actually pretty much of a draw here, although it has always annoyed my OCD that a team with “Green” in its name wears orange and brown. Still, until Pitt returns to script and mustard/royal, I’ll always have to hold it against them in the uni department (they’ll be wearing their white jerseys in the bowl). It’s a squeaker, but I’ll hope the Falcons fly.

The Pick: I’ll take the Falcons and give the 5 points.

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07_poinsettia_bowl_logo“Credit Union Bowl” (“Poinsettia Bowl”):

Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Utah State Aggies
Designated Home Team: NIU
Date/Time: Thursday, December 26; 9:30pm (ESPN)
Spread: NIU is a 1.5 point favorite
Preview
Bowl History

The second game of Boxing Night pits the NIU Huskies and Utah State Aggies in beautiful San Diego. I was a big NIU fan during the season, and really hoped they’d end up being a BCS buster, but alas, they got crushed by BGSU wearing special costumes; they also wore some flag desecration unis as well. That’s all I need to know. The Aggies got a new set of white, gray and navy blue unis this year, and they actually don’t look too bad. Easy call here, gotta be Utah State.

The Pick: I want the Aggies and I’ll take the point and a half.

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MB_DC_1“Military-Industrial Complex Bowl” (“Congressional Bowl”):
Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Maryland Terrapins
Designated Home Team: Maryland
Date/Time: Friday, December 27; 2:30pm (ESPN)
Spread: Marshall is a 2.5 point favorite
Preview
Bowl Facts

The “Congressional Bowl” matches up the Terps and Herd in a game which is basically in Maryland’s back yard. But the uni matchup here completely favors the Herd (who look like they’ll be wearing a green jersey). UMd actually as a couple unis I like (the “white ops” and “black ops”) but their overall portfolio is just a mess (although they may be wearing their White Ops unis). Still, it’s an easy call here, as it’s Marshall in a (uni) rout.

The Pick: Gimme the Thundering Herd and keep the points.

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Events_2013-Texas-Bowl_may2013_142710“Texas Bowl” (“Bluebonnet Bowl”)

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Syracuse Orange
Designated Home Team: Minnesota
Date/Time: Friday, December 27; 6:00pm (ESPN)
Spread: Minnesota is a 4 point favorite
Preview
Bowl Facts

The second game of the day pits Minnesota and Syracuse and it could be gold and orange…or it could be maroon & blue. Syracuse would have had a slight edge in the uni department had it not gone with this this two color helmet mid-season. Ugh. Interestingly, despite being the home team, we know Minnesota will wear this white helmet, so they’d better go with white pants. It’s close, but the Gophers get the nod.

The Pick: I want the Golden Gophers and will give the four points.

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fight hunger bowl logo“Fight Hunger Bowl” (“Fight Hunger Bowl”)

Brigham Young Cougars vs. Washington Huskies
Designated Home Team: Washington
Date/Time: Friday, December 27; 9:30pm (ESPN)
Spread: Washington is a 3 point favorite
Preview
Bowl History

The third and final bowl of the day features the Huskies and the Cougars, and again, the uni differences are stark. BYU is conservative and classic, with Northwestern stripes and only two colors (navy and white) while Washington goes with purple & gold (and really shiny gold, and black). No contest, really. Both will have this beautiful patch. The uniform battle goes to BYU (and we may get a really bad combo for UW).

The Pick: I’ll take the Cougars and the field goal.

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Pinstripelogo“Baseball Cap Bowl” (“Gotham Bowl”)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Designated Home Team: Irish
Date/Time: Saturday, December 28; 12:00 noon (ESPN)
Spread: Notre Dame is a 15.5 point favorite
Preview
Brief Bowl History

Saturday’s opening game matches “home” team Notre Dame vs. Rutgers at Yankee Stadium. While the Irish have fallen a bit under adidas’ spell in recent years (busting out several one-off costumes), they have remained fairly true to their roots. Even the shiny gold dome is a nice addition. Rutgers, OTOH, features a modern Nike design that tries a bit too hard for that “knight in shining armor” battle scarred look, and has too many special unis. This tips the scales towards the Irish, who will be wearing blue tops and should have NOB (a bowl tradition). If you’re heading to this game, be sure to pick up a cap (not).

The Pick: I’ll take the Fighting Irish and give the 15 and a half points.

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Belk_Bowl_Logo“Department Store Bowl” (“Queen City Bowl”)

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
Designated Home Team: Carolina
Date/Time: Saturday, December 28; 3:20pm (ESPN)
Spread: UNC is a 3 point favorite
Preview
Bowl History

This bowl between UNC and UC is taking place in Charlotte, giving the Heels the “home” field advantage. They’ll need it. Neither team has particularly attractive unis, and UNC has worn some particularly brutal combos this year. Cincy has stuck with white, red and black and I’ll give them an ever-so-slight edge, due to UNC’s BFBS (they claim the “black” comes from the “tar heel”). Both teams have either hinted at or displayed unis and it might not be as bad as possible — looks like it will be color vs. color as well (UNC will have their Carolina blue top and the Bearcats will be red/black/red, with a new helmet look). Tough call, uni wise, but I’ll go with Cincy.

The Pick: I’ll take the Bearcats and the field goal.

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Russell_Athletic_Bowl“Sportswear Bowl” (“Zombie Tangerine Bowl”)

Louisville Cardinals vs. Miami Hurricanes
Designated Home Team: Louisville
Date/Time: Saturday, December 28; 6:45pm (ESPN)
Spread: Louisville is a 3.5 point favorite
Preview
Bowl History

You’d think the uni matchup of the Canes and Cards would be close in my eyes, but it’s not. Cincy was never very ‘bumperstickery’ but they’ve come to adopt a very nice pattern for their unis, giving them a very “uniform” look. Miami, has been all over the map in recent years, but has seemed to settle into a “look” (and some think their “butt stripe” pants look a bit like the state of Florida). However, they did introduce a new “smoke” uni so that’s another strike against them. I’ll go with Louisville here.

The Pick: I’m taking the Cardinals and giving the three and a half points.

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BWW logo“Sports Bar Bowl” (“Copper Bowl”)

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Michigan Wolverines
Designated Home Team: Wildcats
Date/Time: Saturday, December 28; 10:15pm (ESPN)
Spread: K State is a 4 point favorite
Preview
Bowl Facts

In previous years, a matchup of KSU and UM would have tipped in favor of the ‘cats, since Michigan had fallen prey to the multi-uni parade, but this year, the Wolverines stayed classic. Their home uni is still iconic, but their road uni loses ever-so-slight points for the wavy maize line on the chest. Other than that, they’re tremendous. K State unis are modeled after the Dallas Cowboys, and have remained basically unchanged for several years. A tough call, but the Wolverines, with only two unis this year, get the edge (barely).

The Pick: Gimme the Wolverines and the 4 points.

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2013-BHAFB-Logo_Med-JPG-300x266“Helicopter Bowl” (“Bastard Oil Bowl Classic”)

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Navy Midshipmen
Designated Home Team: Navy
Time/Date: Monday, December 30; 11:45am (ESPN)
Spread: Navy is a 6 point favorite
Preview
Bowl History

The clash between MTSU and Navy takes place before noon — and the Middies are used to rising at dawn (right?), so that should give them at least a psychological advantage. But what about the unis? The Blue Raiders’ seem to have a penchant for BFBS, and when you have “Blue” in your name, you probably shouldn’t wear black, right? Right. Navy’s kept the “special” unis to just their Army/Navy special this year (although they’re wearing Navy pants in addition to the gold they usually sport). Solid either way. Gotta lean toward the Middies here.

The Pick: I’ll take the Midshipmen and give the six points.

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Franklin-American-Mortgage-Company-Music-City-Bowl“Mortgage Broker Bowl” (“Music City Bowl”)

Georgia Tech Yellowjackets vs. Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels
Designated Home Team: GT
Date/Time: Monday, December 30; 3:15pm (ESPN)
Spread: Ole Miss is a 3 point favorite
Preview
Bowl History

Down in Nashville, Ole Miss and the Ramblin’ Wreck will meet for the Music City Bowl, with Tech designated as the home team. Not that it matters, since GT pretty much always wears white. They did have a beautiful throwback they wore this year, and they’ve really gotten away from the crappy unis of years past. Ole Miss also has some great unis, so this one is a tough call, but I’m going to lean towards the Rebs, who’ll be wearing red jerseys.

The Pick: I’ll go with the Rebels and give the 3 points.

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And that’s going to do it for Part I. Feel free to disagree with my picks (or tell me my choices are great) or whatever. And if you want to post your own picks for some head-to-head action, bring it on! Back with Part II tomorrow.

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Just Ducky

In case you weren’t aware of it, yesterday the Oregon Ducks unveiled a pair of new uniforms, one of which (probably the white) will be worn during their bowl game against Texas. Before we go any further, lets have a look see (it’s a slideshow, but if you can’t view it on your device, here’s a link to the set) at what Phil Knight hath wrought:

Nike’s press release includes a lot of Nike-speak about the tech specs of these unis, which they’re calling “the latest Nike Pro Combat “Mach Speed” uniform, the most innovative Nike Pro Combat system of dress to date.” Read that at your own discretion.

But when you get through the tech-speak, there are two actual grafs describing the unis:

The new 2014 uniform design updates the traditional Duck wing pattern to cover the entire shoulder and arm panels. This bold, directional split-wing pattern update spreads out from the center of the chest helps to provide increased abrasion protection across the shoulders. The pant design showcases strong graphic embellishments, reading “Oregon” on the right leg and “Ducks” on the left. Oregon’s latest helmet design features a split wing pattern that mimics the shoulder design.

Steel silver wings that transition to lightning yellow at the armhole highlight the black uniform. Both the baselayer top and sock match this lightning yellow color and the uniform’s black helmet features a steel silver wing mimicking the shoulder. Fighting Duck Green takes center stage atop the white uniform, coloring the shoulder wings and highlighting the baselayer. A carbon fiber helmet embellished with lightning yellow wings finishes the white uniform look.

While some of you may be concerned with “optimal thermoregulation,” “Nike Chain Maille 2.0 mesh” and “Laser perforated mesh,” I’m more concerned with how it looks.

As of now, there are only two iterations, a black and yellow and a white and green version. They’re actually not all that different from the current uni set, and it looks to me like the number font and helmet are basically unchanged. What is definitely new is the pattern of the “feathers” on the shoulders, the TNDL (Team Name Down Leg) and now there is no pattern pattern on the facemask. It’s tough to tell, but the shade of green may be new as well.

I really didn’t have the time to super-analyze these, since most of the changes appear to be technical/cosmetic rather than in the overall appearance of the uniform. Maybe that’s for the best. I’m not a fan of the TNOL, but otherwise, these two particular combinations aren’t much different that their current set. I’m sure when these are introduced full time in 2014, we’ll get another unveiling and a whole host of new colors. The GFGS that Oregon popularized will likely be back, and obviously there is the ubiquitous BFBS uni now.

Also, in case you missed it, Paul had his own review on ESPN (which I didn’t see until I wrote the above). Always nice to have additional perspectives.

Those who want to delve deeper into these are more than welcome to in the comments below. I’d love to hear your take.

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U.W.F.F.L. Playoffs Week 2

By Rob Holecko

It’s now Week 2 of the UWFFL Playoffs, and San Diego hosts Miami in the second Wild Card game this weekend. In last week’s playoff game, Detroit defeated Atlanta in a mild upset, 136 to 111. Thank you to all who turned out to vote! Next week the semifinals will begin, and the top-seeded New York Sharks will face the lowest remaining seed of the two wild card winners, while Minnesota will face the other in two weeks. Then the semifinal winners will meet in UWFFL Bowl XIV on January 11.

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Wk2_SD_MIA Now here’s this week’s playoff game.

The San Diego Storm were 9-5 and the Western Division Champions and are the third seed, and the Miami Cougars finished third in the Eastern Division, the sixth seed at 8-6. These two teams met way back in Week 3 in Miami in a “throwback uniform” game. The Storm wore their 1930s inspired “Gale Force” throwbacks, while the Cougars wore a 1970s-ish Art Deco “Heritage” throwbacks. In the lowest voting turnout week of the year, the Storm prevailed 12-9. This time the teams are playing in their more typical uniforms, a nice color-vs-color matchup the Storm in their teal over gray uniforms, while the Cougars are wearing the blue over white version of their new uniforms, in which they’ve gone 6-2 since switching from their original uniform set.

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UWFFL Wild Card Game: Miami at San Diego
  
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The minor league teams are quickly headed to their conclusion as well, only a few weeks to go and teams are jockeying for postseason position in all three conferences. We have a new number one team as the previous #1 Dallas lost to Vancouver, and the Birmingham Vulcans, at 11-1-1, are the new number one. Another minor league matchup sees the Hartford Whalers take on the Connecticut Convicts in leg two of the Connecticut Cup.

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Hartford soundly won their first meeting 35-6, however, Connecticut has been on a roll lately, having unveiled different uniforms throught the season and gotten themselves back into the post-season race. Be sure to head on over to uwfantasyfootballleague.com to cast your ballot for this and all of the other minor league matchups. Like every week, voting ends on all games at 8 AM Monday, however if there is a tie in the playoff game, we will extend voting in 24 hour periods until there is a winner.

Check it all out at http://www.uwfantasyfootballleague.com.

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Too Good For the Ticker
Too Good…
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UW wire service photo guru Bruce Menard (whose efforts were featured in yesterday’s lede) shot us another genius find, and it is, quite simply, too good for the ticker. I’ll let Bruce explain:

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I just remembered a pic I’d discovered last year of Harvey the Mechanical Rabbit being laid to rest:

Harvey Laid To Rest
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I never knew the exact date/story until just now, I found an SI article about it:

From May 3, 1971

“Coming from a team that was supposed to be filled with promise, the alibis were almost as upsetting to Oakland fans as the A’s being shut out on opening day in Washington, the first such Senator win since 1962, and the improbable loss of their own home opener, or openers, namely a doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox. The year before, the Sox had played 21 doubleheaders and swept exactly one of them. So bad were things in Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum that Harvey, the annoying mechanical rabbit that faithfully dispensed balls from his subterranean lair behind home plate, expired. He was laid to rest beneath the stands with lilies spread on his chest.”

Although it’s b&w, you can see a lot of details on him. He looks pretty chipped-up. Anyways, I was going to post it in comments, but then I though maybe Phil would want to run it for a small follow-up bit this weekend. Thoughts?

~Bruce

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Thanks Bruce — Great stuff as always.

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ticker 2Uni Watch News Ticker: Not a lot of submissions from yesterday, so it’s Old School ticker today.

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonas Gustavsson will sport an ‘old school’ look for Winter Classic (thanks to Dan Kennedy). … “It’s Friday before Christmas, so I’m staring at the wall,” says Jim Walaitis, “and I notice something in a picture of The Cell: a Cubs logo on the first base dugout. I couldn’t find a good picture on Google, but it looks like they put the logo of whatever the visiting team is up on the dugout. I’ve seen this on on deck circles, but never on a dugout.” … Check out this article on D1 outdoor hockey in Rochester NY – lots of stripes! (great spot by Gretchen Mittelstaedt). … “Scroll down to the image of the collection of stickers left in the Candlestick Park visitor locker room,” says Brice Wallace. “Great stuff. Never seen the Bengal stripes looking like that.” … Also, barring a play-off game, this Sunday’s 49ers game marks the last game ever to be played at Candlestick. Patrick O’Neill sends the SF Chronicle’s own list of its 54 greatest pictures taken there. Great stuff in there! … Trevor Williams notes, “Algeria made the World Cup. Senegal didn’t. To put these kits in perspective, in a word – underwhelming.” … CBS Sunday Morning has given it’s take on the number 3, notes David Firestone, “and I agree with everything they said.” … Tim Bogdansky found of a package of PAC-12 mini helmets sold at Dicks Sporting Goods. He asks, “USC being replaced by Indiana?” … The New York Rangers have unveiled their Stadium Series jersey on video (thanks to Ed Westfield). And here’s a write up on that from Chris Creamer. … Speaking of Stadium Series unis unveiled yesterday, the Blackhawks unveiled as well (thanks to Tom Currie). … Potential new Bauer Logo? That comes from Chris Fraterrigo, who writes, “Was watching the new OD1N videos on Bauer’s site and noticed that what at first looked like their logo was sightly different, where the ‘B’ is now more pronounced.” … Ken Tobler was watching the Texas State Championship and says there are “Few things as irritating as two teams with the same stolen logo playing against each other.” … The new uniforms for Arena Football’s LA KISS “are certainly original” (h/t to Neil Bisman). … Four 1974-minted dimes were frozen in ice in Minnesota this year to commemorate the MN 1974 Championship Team (h/t to Eli Swanson). … C-Belt is no longer with the Cardinals, but Nicholas Schiavo says it’s cool to see the Cardinals still stich the players names on the front of the jerseys. … Just wow. … Check out these pretty sweet sweaters for Michigan Tech who are playing an outdoor game at Comerica December 27 & 28th. … Yowsa! Look at these hockey uniforms that Eden Prairie has (h/t Joel Fowler). … “Thought you might like to see the 75th year anniversary patch for Little League for 2014,” writes Andy Enright. Indeed, it’s a beaut! … The Knoxville Ice Bears will be joining the ugly sweater brigade tonight. That’s a beaut too! … And speaking of “ugly” sweaters, Paul was at a party last night and thinks some team needs to base a sweater off this design. … Today, the FSU Seminoles will be wearing their turquoise unis “to raise awareness of bringing sport to Native American and Aboriginal youth.”

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Whew! OK, boys and girls, that is all for this fine first day of Winter (for those of use in the Northern Hemisphere). You’ve got FOUR bowl games today (including one on free TV *coughJimVilkRobertMarshallcough*), plus those other leagues are in full gear as well. I’ll be back with much much more tomorrow (including Part II), so be sure to check back then.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“Anybody else see a martini glass where the flywire collar used to be on the Ducks new uniforms? I really hope that construction doesn’t get applied to every new uniform Nike rolls out.”
–Douglas King

 

29 comments to Time To Go Bowling – Part I

  • Bernard | December 21, 2013 at 8:37 am |

    UL Lafayette looks better than Tulane? You’re a fucking monster.

    Otherwise, nice job, Skippy.

  • Steve D | December 21, 2013 at 8:43 am |

    The stickers in the Candlestick locker room are fascinating to me for some reason. Based on the vintages of the logos, I would postulate that the Cardinals logo was the first one placed there. When I was a kid in the early 70s, that was called a decal and a friend had that exact one. The Met decal has the little NY and correct buildings and is very faded…looks like it is from the 70s to me or very early 80s. An older Pirate logo to the left of those two indicate the placement moved left at first…the Padres 1984 NL Champs logo helps to pin the date of stickers in that area. A Giants fan or employee must have put their logo on to say “this is still our park”. A few baseball teams put their batting helmet decals on. There are some really cool 100% authentic NFL Helmet decals there…the Browns put their helmet stripe on, as they have no logo…the Oilers have a couple and a whole set of 6 Bengal helmet stripes. I see 3 vintages of the Lions and several teams have multiple vintages.

    • Matt B | December 21, 2013 at 9:56 am |

      The way the Bengals’ stripes are placed, it looks like a smiling Ninja Turtle…

    • kst8cats | December 21, 2013 at 9:43 pm |

      I also noticed that the Chicago Bears decal was removed. (Top Left-ish)

  • Kyle Allebach | December 21, 2013 at 9:26 am |

    A big LOL at the minor league matchups, where the option to vote for Nobody in the NY Garbologists-LA YouTubers matchup.

    • Rob H. | December 21, 2013 at 11:04 am |

      Ya, I’m taking some heat for that already… stay tuned…

  • scott | December 21, 2013 at 9:40 am |

    Yes, the White Sox do put the road team’s logo on top of the visiting dugout at Comiskey. Not quite the same, but the New Britain Rock Cats have a slot on the wall next to the visiting dugout where the road team’s logo is placed. The logo of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats is visible right behind the umpire in this photo:
    http://blogs.courant...

  • Kramer | December 21, 2013 at 9:54 am |

    A uniform design based on a sweater that has three deer chain copulating…?

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

  • Matt B | December 21, 2013 at 9:56 am |

    Don’t forget, the new Charlotte Hornets logo is being unveiled tonight!

  • Andrew B. | December 21, 2013 at 10:08 am |

    Love the bowl preview, BUT — why you no indicate location/stadium? You’ve got every detail a person would want to know (date, time, network, real name, fake name, former/proposed name, spread, fake-home team, amd most importantly, uni info), but not WHERE the game is played?

    Other than that, kudos for a summary well done.

    • Phil Hecken | December 21, 2013 at 11:01 am |

      Yeah, those are in the “preview” links, but I probably should have included them in the summary. I’ll put those in tomorrow’s post.

  • N/A | December 21, 2013 at 10:53 am |

    The picture you posted for Ohio is just the coaches polo.

  • AnthonyTX | December 21, 2013 at 11:12 am |

    Why does Knoxville have to be the Ice Bears? Why not just the Bears? Just because you’re a minor league hickey team doesn’t mean you have to have the word Ice in your name. The Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros affiliate) aren’t called the Grass and Dirt Hooks.

    • AnthonyTX | December 21, 2013 at 11:14 am |

      *hockey team. Although I wouldn’t mind a hickey team, my wife might not like it.

  • Stephen Hill | December 21, 2013 at 11:20 am |

    You used the old logo for the Fight Hunger Bowl that shows the logo of a large food conglomerate. They don’t sponsor the bowl any more, and they’re shouldn’t entitled to free advertising.

  • Joseph Gerard | December 21, 2013 at 11:20 am |

    Well Phil, at least this year you have a better headline than last year when you had something like “Bowling for Sandy Hook”. I think Paul ended up making you change it. Probably for the best that Shipwreck was busy this year.

    • Bernard | December 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm |

      Hey, way to bring up some old shit. Better without Shipwreck? You have no idea what you’re talking about, goofball.

  • Danya | December 21, 2013 at 11:45 am |

    In regard to the Oregon uniforms, does it annoy anyone else how neither jersey has both green and yellow together? I don’t mind how Oregon plays around with black, silver, etc., but why they feel like when using one of those they only have room for one of their two main colors is beyond me. Every black or yellow jersey they’ve had recently doesn’t have a speck of green anywhere, and now it looks like they’ve excised yellow from their green set as well. I don’t get this at all, I think it’d look so much better if they didn’t do that.

  • Rich A | December 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm |

    well, regarding Oregon. Nike’s uniform description is not matching the white uniform shown. they say carbon fiber helmet with yellow wings, and its clearly their green/titanium helmet (btw, thats their only helmet with a solid facemask. everything else is two tone.) I agree that it needs more yellow (the socks have yellow. ooooooh) but Im sure UO once again will have 2 or 3 different variations of white and green jerseys

  • Will S | December 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm |

    Gustavsson’s “retro” gear doesn’t look that good. At the very least get a set of pads that ditches the red (all in brown) and has straps that go through. Pads a little less blocky and that better simulate the old school leather rolls would also help the look be more retro.

  • Brinke | December 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm |

    Ticker correction: Niners last regular season Stick game is Monday night, not Sunday.

    Meanwhile,this one is gonna be great:

    http://levisstadium....

  • Kenny Ocker | December 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm |

    Oregon has me bored now. Hmm… Bore-gon. Sounds good.

  • Douglas King | December 21, 2013 at 11:48 pm |

    Do we have confirmation that Georgia Tech will be wearing white?

    If EA sports is any indication they have a Navy version of the unis they have been wearing all season long (There’s no way they would have made it into the game if they didn’t exist).

    I’m predicting a color vs. color game, which would explain why Ole Miss is wearing Red as opposed to Blue.

  • Micah | December 21, 2013 at 11:55 pm |

    Man, nice rundown Phil, that was really nice to see.

  • michael patrick mclaughlin | December 22, 2013 at 1:37 am |

    im really happy with the new Hornets logos. I feared they would be horrible!

  • Tim Fox | December 22, 2013 at 10:34 pm |

    Both teams have announced what they are wearing in the Hawaii bowl. Boise state is the designated home team but will wear blue helmets with white jerseys and pants. Beaver will finally not go all mono colored for the first time this year and wear black helmets and jerseys and white pants.

  • njani | December 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm |

    Little confused by a couple of the bowl matchups…
    – Miami’s had the same everyday unis since 2007, only 3 total since ’99. they’ve had their 5 one-offs (2005×2,2009,2010,2013), & 2005s were throwbacks, and orange shoulders on regular greens. “all over the place in recent years” though? If anything, they’re overdue for a redesign.

    – GT’s “crappy unis from years past”?…they only wore those illegible atrocities 1 year. They always have uni issues, but at least give them credit for only wearing those 1 yr.