There's Even a Steak on There!

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By Phil Hecken

Yesterday afternoon, the Northwestern basketball team revealed a new, alternate, “player-designed” uniform, and what you see above represents the left shoulder of that uniform. They’ll be wearing these uniforms this Sunday versus Illinois (7:30 pm CT start).

Before we go on, take a close look — it’s got writing, symbols, all kinds of stuff. Looks like some kind of pepper, the phrase “Pound The Rock,” some numbers, what looks like a broom…and a steak.

Yes, a steak.

Why the hell is there a steak on the uniform? We’ll get to that in just a minute. First lets take a look at the whole uniform (click any images to enlarge):

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OK then. First off, it’s gray, which is apparently a first for NU basketball, even in the era of GFGS. And there is a LOT of stuff on the uniform. A LOT.

I mentioned above the uniform is a student design.

According to this article:

On May 2, 2013, (Under Armour’s Creative Director of Team Sports, Adam) Clement sat around Welsh-Ryan Arena center court with a select group of Northwestern University athletes and their newly minted head coach, Chris Collins, to find out what makes the Wildcats tick. Armed with an initial set of 25 questions, Clement collected information about the school’s traditions, the current squad’s routine, and the connection to nearby Chicago. From there, Northwestern’s new By the Players uniform was built.

Clement wanted to know why the kids were attracted to NU and what makes them tick. After several brainstorming sessions, which included whiteboard ideas and notebook doodles, UA and NU came up with the above uniforms.

This included “notable markings” and “the words ‘family,’ ‘brotherhood’,” and other terms the players and coaches feel make up the concept of team. Much of this writing and imaging is found on the shorts:

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The uni features some Chicago landmarks, like the John Hancock Center, which tries to play up NU’s status as “Chicago’s Big 10 team.” There are also clocks and music and bar-be-ques and all manner of things. Really, it’s quite a hodgepodge of images and words.

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So what’s with the steak, seen on the upper left shoulder? Apparently the players like to eat steak. The pinstripes on the right shoulder are supposedly an homage to the Chicago Bulls.

I’m guessing this is supposed to be a one-off, but who knows, if the team wins (or loses, even), perhaps they’ll be worn again.

When I first posted uni pics on Twitter, reactions ran the gamut from “Dope” and “Sick” (which I presume are words of approbation) to “awful” and “horrible” (which to my knowledge are still terms of distaste). Predictably, the media jumped over it, with an awesome writeup by Deadspin and another humorous review by CBS Sports, and other outlets saying the writings look like they’re “covered in clipart.” I chuckled at that one.

You’ll notice the Name On Back (NOB) says “BY THE PLAYER”. I’m not certain if all of the uniforms will say that (I assume they will) of if that was just the model uni.

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Now — about these uniforms. Are they, using Paul’s barometer, “Good” or “Stupid”? You’d think I’d say “Stupid” (and, well, they kind of are), but I actually like the idea of letting the kids design the uniforms. That’s the “good” part. The “stupid” part is the design is pretty much a fail because there is simply too much stuff on it. From almost any distance, the words, symbols and logos won’t be readable, but yet you want to know what they say. There are also waaaaaaay too many sayings: “POUND THE ROCK” and “Family, Brotherhood and Trust” and “Eh! Eh! Eh!” are overkill. Pick one, make it legible, and use it. As far as all the symbols? I kinda like those as well, but once again, there are far, far too many of them. Adding all the Chicago-centric stuff in addition to everything else just muddles the whole design. Stupid.

I’m including a link to NU Athletic’s Facebook post showing the unis. If you click on each photo, the UA/NU corporate-speak will give you a bit more insight into the unis. For example, clicking on this slide, you’ll learn “EH! EH! EH!: As NU takes the court, you will undoubtedly hear the team chanting ‘Eh! Eh! Eh!’ as they prep for battle.” Yes, because it’s not a game, it’s a battle. Still, I didn’t realize the crowd chanted that before games.

NU has certainly let UA have their way with the uniforms since taking over the clothing contract last year. This may not be the worst uniform to grace the courts this year, and maybe they’re looking to rebound after the disaster of a football uniform they broke out this fall. At least the jersey is relatively clean and the numbers are legible. Those shorts though.

OK, readers, I’ve said more than enough. Now it’s your turn — what do you think of these unis?

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Truth…or Consequences (the NickNOB Game)

Welp. Last evening the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat hooked up for the first time since the opening game of the season, and this time, it really wasn’t about the basketball or the players (at least to us Uni Watch fans), it was about the NickNOBs (“Nick Names on Back”) of the uniforms (in case you weren’t aware, EVERY player wore a jersey with a nickname where their normal NOB would be — some were actual nicknames, some were just initials, and some were made up [apparently] just for this gimmick). Or to put it another way, a moneygrab if there ever was one for the NBA.

The Nets wore their black ‘road’ uniforms and the Heat donned their home whites (and ended up playing a fairly exciting double-OT game the Nets won). But this game was all about the nicknames.

I could write about how stupid this whole concept was, but reader Jay Abbott actually did a better job than I ever could. Before we even take a look at any more unis, check out Jay’s thoughts:

Hey man. I live in south Florida and therefore am a big time Heat fan. This shit is STUPID! The announcers on SunSports have nicknames. The fucking announcers. I’ve never heard any Heat player refer to Norris Cole as Cole Train. Can’t imagine any Nets player has called Kirilenko by his cyrllic pronunciation. Is D. Wade really a nickname? Seems like the regular season is nothing more than a carnival. Sucks.

Well said, Jay. I watched the game on ESPN, and aside from the NickNOBs, the game looked normal. But it was all about selling more jerseys, since who wouldn’t want to own a J. Shuttlesworth (short for “Jesus Shuttlesworth,” Ray Allen’s chosen nickname and his character in Spike Lee’s “He Got Game”) jersey? By the way, it now sounds like Spike will be making “He Got Game 2″ (or a sequel by another name). So, it’s more than just moving these shirts to fans. Think of the cross-promotion down the pike.

The big players, who already have established nicknames, looked fine. And because we love long NOBs (even NickNOBs), Ray Allen’s jersey looked good. I’m not so sure about some of the other players though. Some were just lame, and some weren’t even nicknames, but initials.

I actually watched this game (well, most of it), and I rarely watch the NBA until the spring. The announcers (Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen) were also given custom NickNOB jerseys, and they constantly were remarking about them (and not with much praise) throughout. They too felt some of the NickNOBs were forced, stupid or not even NickNOBs at all.

You can see the locker room shots of all the jerseys (and the nicknames for each player) here. If you want to see game photos (and many of the same locker room shots), look here.

Of course, ONE TV sports reporter could say it better than all of us, and that of course is Keith Olbermann (the video is old, but oh, so poignant — and it includes a shout out to Paul as well). Presented to you, without further commentary, is this from KO:

Count me as “not a fan” of this — I’d say more, by Jay (and Keith) already spoke for most of us. Readers? What say you?

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Bowl Edition 5 and 1…Part II

Finally, dear readers, we’ve come to the conclusion of another College Football Season, but that doesn’t mean the Five and One has disappeared yet.

Catherine’s back with part two (of two) of her Five Best and One Worst uni matchups of the Bowl Season. This will take care of the second half of the bowls (played from 12/31/13 through 1/6/14). If you missed Part I, click here and scroll down. Now, here’s Miss Ryan with the final College 5 & 1. Enjoy:

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Five & One, Bowl Edition (Part I)
By Catherine Ryan

Happy Saturday, UniWatchers! Here is the second half of the bowl season countdown. Here’s the list of games that were considered:

Oregon/Texas (Petroleum Bowl)

Arizona State/Texas Tech (We Don’t Have a Football Team but Sponsor a Bowl Bowl)

Arizona/Boston College (Nutritional Supplements Bowl)

Virginia Tech/UCLA (Car Manufacturer Bowl)

Rice/Mississippi State (Auto Parts Bowl)

Duke/Texas A&M (Chicken Sandwich Bowl)

Nebraska/Georgia (Tax Prep Bowl)

UNLV/North Texas (Heart of Dallas Bowl)

Wisconsin/South Carolina (Bank and Credit Card Bowl)

Iowa/LSU (Steakhouse Bowl)

Stanford/Michigan State (Rose Bowl)

UCF/Baylor (Tortilla Chip Bowl)

Oklahoma/Alabama (Insurance Bowl)

Oklahoma State/Missouri (Telecom Bowl)

Clemson/Ohio State (Credit Card Bowl)

Vanderbilt/Houston (Bank Bowl)

Arkansas State/Ball State (Web Hosting Bowl)

Auburn/Florida State (Championship)

Let’s get to the countdown!

5. Vanderbilt/Houston
I loved the contrast in this game, especially between the black and white pants. Both teams kept it simple and, despite it being scheduled between a few major bowls, this game caught my attention!

4. Oklahoma/Alabama
This match-up made the countdown because I love a showdown between classic uniforms.

3. Duke/Texas A&M
I love Duke in the blue pants. I’m not usually a fan of A&M but, up against white/blue, the maroon/white looked great.

2. Nebraska/Georgia
There is a lot of red/white on this countdown and there is a reason. It’s beautiful. Nebraska looks so sharp in the red pants. I’ve always loved Georgia’s uniforms and seeing them up against a clean and simple uniform was awesome.

1. LSU/Iowa
I loved both teams in the gold/yellow pants. I like the contract between it being paired with purple on one side and black on the other. I felt that this game provided the best uni match-up of the second half!

Honorable Mention: UNLV and Clemson
I chose two teams for Honorable Mentions: First, I chose UNLV for looking great in the gray/white. Second, I chose Clemson for looking fantastic in their orange pants.

+1 Virginia Tech/UCLA
This game gets the +1 because of what could have been. What a waste.

Thanks for another great football season, UniWatchers!

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And thank you, Catherine! OK, Uni Watchers — how about a big hand for Miss Ryan for another great season of picking her five best, and one worst, uniforms of College Football.

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UWFFL Bowl XIV

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UWFFL Week 19
By Rob Holecko

We have finally made it to the Championship Game. The Miami Cougars and the Minnesota Mustangs will be meeting in this week’s UWFFL Bowl XIV. The Cougars finished in third place in the Eastern Division at 8-6 and defeated Atlanta in a wild card playoff game last month, and then knocked off the #1 Seed New York Sharks in last week’s semifinal, 132-73. The Cougars, managed by Roger Morrow, redesigned their uniforms after a 1-4 start, and finished the regular season with 7 wins in 9 games with the new design, and now including the playoffs are 9-2 in the new duds.

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The Mustangs, on the other hand, have been at the top of the Central Division for the whole season, going 11-3 and securing the #2 seed in the playoffs. Managed by Jeff (“The Jeff”) Provo, the Mustangs have had one of the most traditional uniform combos in the league. Eschewing the multiple alternates and specialty uniforms that many teams have worn, Minnesota has stuck primarily with their blue jersey over white pants at home and their standard mono-white look on the road. They did wear a pink uniform for a cancer awareness initiative in October and also wore blue pants for the first time since 2004 for throwback weekend, but other than that have remained true to their traditional palette.

That is why we at UWFFL Headquarters were surprised to see Minnesota break out a never-seen-before Red Alternate jersey for the Championship game! Is this a gusty championship game gamble (like Sean Payton’s call for an onside kick in Super Bowl XLIV) that will pay off with a trophy? Or will this backfire and give the Cougars an opportunity to win their fourth league title? Due to league rules allowing color-vs-color, the Mustangs going with red allows the Cougars to wear their blue jerseys — will they fare better in those than they would have had they had to wear their white road jerseys? One thing is certain, we’re sure this will be an exciting game to cap off the UWFFL Season.

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Along with the UWFFL Bowl, this is also the final weekend of play in the minor leagues. Fourteen teams across the three conferencs will qualify for the postseason, with the top two nationally ranked teams going to the BCS Championship game in three weeks, while the remaining four teams in each conference will compete for their conference title next week.

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In the Eastern Association, Hartford has clinched the number one seed in the playoffs, Florida with a win will secure a BCS Championship Game berth, while Connecticut needs only a Florida win or a loss by the Brooklyn Mariners or Raleigh to make the playoffs. Raleigh needs a win over Roanoke to make the playoffs, while a loss for them would mean elimination. The Brooklyn Uni Watchers need Raleigh to lose in order to make the playoffs, whether they beat the Mariners or not, although if they lose, they’d also need Florida to win. Carolina, Roanoke and Montreal were all eliminated last week.

Here is the Raleigh vs. Roanoke game in what amounts to an elimination game for the Aeronauts:

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CL standings

In the Central League, Rapid City has clinched at least the #1 seed in the CL playoffs, but with a win would likely go to the BCS Title Game to face Florida. Birmingham, Cleveland and Swisshelm have also wrapped up playoff positions and will sort out the seedings with this week’s games. Nashville will grab the final playoff spot as long as Rapid City stays in the top 2 and goes to the BCS game, while Youngstown is a longshot to make the playoffs, they would need both Rapid City and Birmingham (#4 in the BCS rankings) to go the Championship game, meaning both #1 Florida and #3 Anchorage would have to be upset in their season finales.

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PCC Standings

In the third and final conference, the PCC, Anchorage has clinched the #1 seed, while Vancouver, Dallas and Las Vegas need only to win to secure a playoff spot. Sacramento, currently in fifth place, faces Vancouver in their last game, in what is essentially a play-in game. Should either Florida or Rapid City lose, however, and Anchorage were to move into one of the Top 2 BCS spots, then all four teams including Sacramento would make the playoffs.

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Well that’s it for this week, be sure to head over to uwfantasyfootballleague.com to vote on all of the rest of the minor league games, good luck again to Miami and Minnesota in the UWFFL Bowl, and we’ll see you next week with the minor league playoffs and the beginning of the Bowl season.

Also let us know in today’s Uni Watch comments any feedback you have for the league as well as whether or not you think you’d be interested in competing in a similar sports uniform fantasy league in basketball, hockey or baseball this year.

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College Bowl Recap (the last)

And now it’s time for TJ Duroncelet to bring you his final Bowl Wrapup for the 2013-14 Bowl Season. It was a great ride this year, and I’m really pleased TJ was able to bring you so much NCAA football news since the beginning of September. But the College football season is over now, so this is the final wrap-up for the year. Here’s Terry:

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Bowl Roundup Part 5 (or is it 4?)
By Terry Duroncelet

Damn. Of all times for me to not be able to come up with an intro. But anyway…

Houston vs. Vanderbilt (played on Saturday, January 4th, 2014)

The Vanderbilt University Commodores finished off a good season with a 41-24 win over the University of Houston Cougars, all while wearing black helmets and pants with white jerseys. Houston wore red/red/white.

Ball State vs. Arkansas State (played on Sunday, January 5th, 2014)

The Ball State Cardinals wore their white helmets with red jerseys and pants against the Arkansas State University Red Wolves, who weren’t lookin’ so red in black/white/black. A down-to-the-wire game that would ultimately go Arkansas State’s way. Also, squirrels. That little guy made his way onto the field during the game.

Florida State vs. Auburn (played on Monday, January 6th, 2014)

Wow. The final game with this format. It’s crazy how something that has been at the center of so much discussion (some of the words from those discussions would make even the Angry Video Game Nerd go “Whoa. Let’s take a step back and chill, now.”) played its last game on Monday. The game itself was so much fun to watch if you’re the kind of viewer who lives on the second half comeback. The two teams that would grace this game for the final time were the Florida State University Seminoles, and the Auburn University Tigers. Florida State wore their usual golden helmets and pants with garnet jerseys. Meanwhile, Auburn wore an all-white ensemble. A great-looking game with an even better finish, as Florida State would hoist the sparkly punch bowl trophy for the cameras to focus upon for the last time (at least, with the now-defunct format). Take a bow, ‘Noles: you deserve it.

And THAT fillies and Djentlecolts, marks the official end of the 2013 college football season. It’s always a sad time writing this bit, but as I’ve always said: there’s life after football, and these men are still students first. I hope you guys enjoyed this season, and I’ll definitely be back for the 2014 season. What will next season bring us? Who knows? That’s the fun of it. OH! Before I go, there’s this:

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Thanks TJ! Thank you for all you did and for a great season. That little video (please everyone, give it a viewing — it’s short, sweet and to the point) brought a big smile to my face AND a tear to my eye. Can’t wait to have you back next fall for the 2014 NCAA Football Season!

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

Timothy Fesmire was looking at cnnsi’s photo gallery of Muggsy Bogues yesterday, and noticed the Bullets had title case NOB. … Jason Whitt writes that one of his pet peeves is a section of Progressive Field that always seems to have visiting fans sitting in the front rows. He wanted to see how many times it happened last year. “I’ve only finished April, May, and June so far, but it’s been fun.” … John Muir notes the Greater Hartford Beard & Mustache Club “looks familiar.” … Don Silsby sends this article, Denver Broncos’ turf is as obsessed-about as the players. … Oh good lord. Jeremy Lin has shaved the stripes into his sideburn to celebrate him signing with Adidas (thanks to Stu Taylor). … Lindsay Resnick says her alma mater (Georgia Tech) posted this new GT baseball uni on twitter. “This uniform couldn’t get much worse,” she adds. … SF Giants fan Brinke sends this, “It’s Time for the San Francisco Giants to Retire Barry Bonds’ Number,” article. Says Brinke, “Not a chance. The guy’s a thug.” … From Daniel Pellegrino: Cool stuff going on at Ole Miss, where they have mannequins of every Ole Miss player who’s played for an NFL team. Here’s a time-lapse of setup, and a photo gallery, plus here is an image of hallway near completion. “Each mannequin has a glass plate in front with a raised, metal team logo and the name of every Ole Miss player that played for that NFL team.” … Columbia sportswear has unveiled some very cool “uniforms” for their freestyle athletes. … I’m pretty sure we’ve covered this, but just in case: Clemson warmed up in white pants, before changing into orange pants in their Orange Bowl victory over Ohio State (thanks to Jack Quinn). … Jeff Stark saw this image on CNNSI yesterday which “clearly shows Percy Harvin not wearing the required ‘white socks’ during a game against the Vikings this year.” He asks, “Wonder what penalty, if any, Percy had to pay the ‘No Fun League’?” … UW Sneakerhead Matt Powers says his buddy is the stage director/manager for the YES broadcasts of Nets games and he has an interesting nickname of “Snacks.” So “for fun, I made up a Nickname tee for him (for last night).” … Check out these Army goalie masks and the meanings behind them (h/t NightVision). … The Western Michigan Whitecaps are having a “Social Media Night” where “Everything including the jersey the players are wearing, the giveaway item, the music at the ballpark, and the post game band, will be chosen by the fans via social media” (h/t Matt Aber). … Rusty Wallace took a couple of laps in the #2 Miller Lite Ford at Winter Testing in a Throwback suit at Daytona on Friday, says David Firestone. “Also note that Brad Keselowski is wearing a brand new Puma driver suit as well.” … Sean Clancy notes the “US pro cycling team Trek Factory Racing goes all minimalist (perhaps because there aren’t many sponsors?) with its new kit.” … The Toronto Raptors are on the hunt for a new look, but fans are divided about changing the NBA team’s colors to black and gold, an idea said to be under consideration (includes a quote from Paul). … Georgia Tech linked this about the lady who makes the Buzz mascot costume (thanks to Matthew Caldwell). … The new Baltimore Arena (Formerly First Mariner Arena) has used the old WHA Blades logo in it new logo. as seen here (good spot by Steve Zerhusen). … Yale and Harvard will be playing a non-conference game at Madison Square Garden tonight which has been titled “Rivalry on Ice” and of course there are special one off throwback jerseys for the game (thanks to Erik Sundermann). … Unfortunately we have no photo yet, but Bruce Jaynes says “On a radio interview (Thursday) night, San Diego Padres CEO Mike Dee said that the Padres will honor deceased broadcaster Jerry Coleman with a star on the right sleeve of their jerseys for 2013 campaign, the star represents his You can hang a star on that one catchphrase.” In this day and age of memorializing everything and everyone with a patch or sticker, this should come as no surprise (not that he doesn’t deserve it, but it’s become almost a mandatory uni accoutrement these days). … Really shitty news about Dave Sandford, an NHL photographer, who had a ton of NHL memorabilia he’d acquired stolen from a storage locker. Says Andy Rawlings who sent those articles, “I’ve known this guy since grade school & he does some fantastic work for the NHL.” … Richard Paloma found this terrific pic of Ronnie Lott wearing an Oakland A’s cap from a 1989 pre-season game in Tokyo. … Last night, Army hockey wore these gray sweaters vs. Air Force (h/t Matt Harris). … Reader Calvin was at a high school basketball game and this is a logo used by a high school in Des Moines. “Look familiar?” he asks. … Bill Stewart was watching the Rangers/Stars game and noticed that Rick Nash had the number 29 on a piece of tape on his stick. Bill’s not sure what that’s about. Anyone know? … “They’re just like us,” says Sean Spitzer. “Even celeb’s kids DIY their own NFL football NBA Lakers tee shirts.” … And finally, of the people working behind the scenes at the national figure skating championships, few provide a more urgent service than the seamstresses and technicians who repair costumes and skates (thanks, Paul).

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And that, boys and girls, will do it for this fine second Saturday in January. This is (along with next weekend) pretty much the best two week stretch in the NFL, as we have two games today (Saints and Seahawks tee it up in Seattle at 4:35 ET, followed by the Colts and Patriots in Foxboro at 8:15 ET). Plus the usual assortment of college hoops (and puck) and pro basketball and hockey as well. Plus, the Aussie Open starts tomorrow. It’s a full weekend of sports and plenty of Uni Watching to be done!

One last, BIG…HUGE…thanks to my NCAA Football compatriots, Terry Duroncelet (for his SMUW and playoff uni news) and Catherine Ryan (for her weekly 5 & 1 segments). They deserve a giant round of applause from the UW readership — please give them some props down in the comments, OK? OK!

Everyone have a great Saturday and I will catch you on the morrow (and assuming there is no breaking uni news, I should have a very fun and interesting lede — make sure you check back then).

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“I was really hoping to enjoy the NickNOB night in the NBA. But it only took a few minutes of watching it for it to feel contrived and forced…and, therefore, insanely stupid.”
–Paul “Too Tall Paul” Deaver

 

61 comments to There’s Even a Steak on There!

  • Phantom Dreamer Otis | January 11, 2014 at 7:19 am |

    He Got Game was released 16 long years ago. People still associate Ray Allen with that movie?

  • Mike N | January 11, 2014 at 7:25 am |

    Oakdale A’s?

    • Phil Hecken | January 11, 2014 at 8:21 am |

      Wow. I have no idea how I ended up typing that. I can’t even blame auto-correct.

      Now fixed.

  • arrScott | January 11, 2014 at 7:26 am |

    Kudos to Catherine! As an alum of two schools that either have no football program (GW) or kind of wished they didn’t (Minnesota), I don’t watch much college gridiron. Catherine’s 5-and1 satisfies my college football craving. Hope she’s back again next season!

  • The Jeff | January 11, 2014 at 7:55 am |

    I love the idea of NickNOB jerseys, but naturally the NBA ruined it by being so blatantly cash-grabby about it. The occasional player with a nickname is great, forcing it on everyone, including the announcers, is just stupid.

    As far as Northwestern goes, the idea of a student designed uniform is wonderful, but the execution is extremely lacking. The shorts are just a disjointed mess, and unless you’re wearing the damn things, you aren’t going to be able to comprehend any of it.

    /Go Mustangs!

  • willard | January 11, 2014 at 8:32 am |

    I loved this line in the article on the NU uniforms: “No mention of the NCAA tournament can be found on the uniforms, so far as I can find.”

    This excerpt from A MAN IN FULL sums it up for me:

    A group Roman philosophers gets into a discussion of what a man should do when faced with the choice of either submitting to something degrading or else suffering severe punishment or death.

    “Epictetus says, ‘to the rational creature, only the irrational is unbearable; the rational he can always bear. Blows are not by nature intolerable.’”
    “One of his disciples says, ‘What do you mean?”
    “Epictetus proceeds to tell how Florus, A Roman historian was summoned by Nero to act in one of his notorious spectacles. Nero delighted in forcing famous and noble Romans to put on costumes and go onstage and act out degrading roles in so-called tragedies he devised. To refuse was to risk death. Badly shaken, Florus goes to see his friend Agrippinus, the Stoic philosopher.”
    “‘What should I do?’ says Florus. ‘If I refuse, I will be beheaded. If I take part, I will be humiliated before all of Rome.”
    “‘Nero has summoned me, too, ‘ says Agrippinus.”
    “‘So what do we do?’ say Florus.”
    “‘You appear in the tragedy,’ says Agrippinus.”
    “And You?’”
    “‘I will not,’ says the Stoic.”
    “‘But why should I, and not you, appear in this spectacle?’”
    “‘Because you have considered it.’ says the Stoic.”

    • mike 2 | January 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm |

      As long as we’re quoting Tom Wolfe:

      I was at dinner last evening, and halfway through the pudding, this four-year-old child came alone, dragging a little toy cart. And on the cart was a fresh turd. Her own, I suppose. The parents just shook their heads and smiled. Now, I could just shake my head and smile. But in my house, when a turd appears, we throw it out. We dispose of it. We flush it away. We don’t put it on the table and call it caviar.”

  • Chris Hamilton | January 11, 2014 at 8:36 am |

    Everything about the NU jerseys is something I should hate. Hate with a white-hot burning rage that mirrors the heat from a thousand suns about to go supernova.

    But I don’t.

  • willard | January 11, 2014 at 8:46 am |

    Though I like the Ole Miss display showing all the players who made it into the NFL, why are they all #1? why wouldnt you put their actual # on the uniform? I wont even ask if they demonstrate these players actually received their degrees because that is the last thing a university should concern itself with, right?

    • Rob H. | January 11, 2014 at 9:50 am |

      Well it appears that they have one mannequin for each NFL team, and there is a plague that names all the Ole Miss players that have played for each team. So to say there is a mannequin specifically for each player is probably a stretch, could have been worded better: Ole Miss has a gallery of 32 NFL team mannequins that mention their players that played for each team.

  • teenchy | January 11, 2014 at 8:47 am |

    Is that NU hoops uni gray, or really mauve?

  • Taha | January 11, 2014 at 8:52 am |

    I think Andrei Kirilanko’s jersey with the Cyrillic letters is pretty awesome. I think the next logical step would be to have Chinese players have jerseys with Pinyin NOB.

    • Mark in Shiga | January 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm |

      Taha, I think you’ve got it reversed; you mean chung-wen (中文, “Chinese writing”) NOBs; Pinyin is the spelling system used in the PRC to romanize Chinese.

      Incidentally, in the Chinese Basketball Association, foreign player names are converted phonetically into Mandarin Chinese, so Aaron Brooks comes out as 布魯克斯 (the NOB is below the number; above the number is an advertisement). Some of the players take on Chinese-like names and others just settle for phonetic renderings of their real names.

      • Mark in Shiga | January 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm |

        Oops, botched the link somehow. You can see Aaron Brooks’ Chinese NOB at the bottom of his jersey, below the zero, here:

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  • general poa form | January 11, 2014 at 9:23 am |

    If you do not have a plan for someone to make end of life choices for you, those choices could be up to people you do not really depend on.

    • The Jeff | January 11, 2014 at 9:37 am |

      That’s great advice spambot, thanks.

  • Jerry | January 11, 2014 at 9:59 am |

    The Western Michigan Whitecaps have bigger thing to worry about now, instead of social media night, like making sure the stadium is ready for opening day.

    http://www.milb.com/...

  • Rydell | January 11, 2014 at 10:18 am |

    I noticed the spelling of Foxboro. That’s the way I remember it. Seems now it is spelt Foxborough.
    As I’m sending this from my Android both versions are being recommended.

    Same goes with the word color (my way of spelling) to colour<when I was spelling it that way my phone tried to change back to the first way.

    • scott | January 11, 2014 at 10:45 am |

      Even the cities and towns and the state itself don’t always spell the names the same way:

      http://www.enterpris...

  • scott | January 11, 2014 at 10:48 am |

    I’ve heard Barry Bonds called a lot of things, but a thug? Even in 2007, Bonds’ last season and when the All-Star Game was played in San Francisco, he was loved enough by fans to be voted to start the game.

    • Connie DC | January 11, 2014 at 11:17 am |

      Hmmm… I was wondering about this myself, Brinke. Bobby Bonds is a liar. Is he also a thug? Fan-love matters not, Scott, not to me at least. Are all liars thugs? Are all thugs liars? Hmmmm….

      • DJ | January 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm |

        Bobby? In your zeal to be clever, you only succeeded in being clumsy.

      • Brinke | January 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm |

        OK, maybe ‘punk.’ around the bay area, BB is legendary for the terrible way he treated people. Surly, vengeful, mean-spirited, arrogant. Not a shred of decency. When he left the Giants, believe me when I say no one here shed a tear. Without the drugs, he wouldn’t have been half the player he was.

    • Brinke | January 11, 2014 at 1:39 pm |

      One of the most unpleasant, nastiest guys ever to grace a clubhouse. when he left, it wasn’t with a bang but a whimper. he is not missed in the bay area. maybe ‘punk’ is a better term…whatever.

  • Clarybird | January 11, 2014 at 11:22 am |

    I’d like to offer a big pat on the back to our man, Terry Duroncelet; enjoyed your recaps very much.

    Also (apologies if this has been covered before), is your last name pronounced “Dur-on-cel-et” or “Dur-on-cel-ay”?

    Anyway, nice job, TJ.

    • LarryB | January 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm |

      Same here and look forward to next college football season and the Sunday column.

      • Terry D. | January 11, 2014 at 3:53 pm |

        Thank you LarryB!

    • Terry D. | January 11, 2014 at 3:53 pm |

      Thank you Clarybird! It’s the former (I think the latter only applies for French-speakers). Here’s a handy guide I came up with a few years ago:

      Dur (as in “dirt” or “derby”)
      ron (as in “Ron Weasley”)
      ce (as in “supply”)
      let (as in, well, “let go”)

      • Clarybird | January 12, 2014 at 1:51 am |

        TJ – You really could have messed with my head if you said it was “Dur-once-let”, or the very intimidating “Dur-Onslaught”. Cheers, buddy.

  • El Duderino | January 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm |

    With sleeved uniforms, ostentatious designs, nicknames, and the prospect of jersey sponsors, the NBA seems to be mutating into indoor soccer.

  • Mark in Shiga | January 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm |

    Phil, Ray Allen’s jersey did not look good. The long, arched NOB made it so that the number was on the way to being stuffed down his pants.

    • MPowers1634 | January 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm |

      1. I was at the Heat/Nets game last night and the whole Nickname night was carried off very well, including player introductions and scoreboard graphics.

      2. I agree…even from section 214, Ray Allen’s jersey looked WAY OFF…his Air Jordan 13′s, from the movie, looked Great though!

      3. My buddy, Adam Geller even had a cameo, with the SNACKS tee during a halftime segment called Ask the Announcers… Ian Eagle was presented with a jersey that read Bird, Mike Fratello was given one that read CZAR…and then the dancers gave Adam his SNACKS tee, much to the delight of Eagle and Fratello!

      • MPowers1634 | January 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm |

        Here is a screengrab of the SNACKS skit!

        http://www.youtube.c...

      • Rob H. | January 11, 2014 at 2:14 pm |

        The Bird & The Czar doesn’t have the ring to it that The Bird & The Beard does…

        • MPowers1634 | January 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm |

          I used to LOVE Marv Albert with Fratello!

  • The Ghost of Ross Gload | January 11, 2014 at 12:59 pm |

    Kansas is wearing the white set in this picture today:

    https://pbs.twimg.co...

    It has a nice vintage look to it, but I have no idea if that’s an actual throwback to anything.

    The grays, on the other hand….are those pinstripes? The numbers and letters are a a throwback to 1988. Kind of a mess, IMO.

    • Phil P | January 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm |

      Wow how did I miss this? Just turned on the game and the jayhawks look sharp. I like it! The shorts especially are cool

    • BvK1126 | January 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm |

      Kansas’ new alts look sharp. A rare instance of adidas making a decent-looking alternate uniform. The only thing that would improve them is adding a little red, maybe as an outline around the script “Jayhawks” and back number.

    • Mark in Shiga | January 12, 2014 at 3:59 am |

      Dat number font; I love it!

  • MJ | January 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm |

    FYI – everyone calls Kirilenko by his “Cyrillic nickname”. Whether you use the Cyrillic or Roman alphabet, his name is still pronounced “Kirilenko”.

    • Clarybird | January 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm |

      Now if they used the Cyrillic alphabet for Lebron’s jersey…

      • Mark in Shiga | January 12, 2014 at 4:00 am |

        Цар Джеймз? (Tsar James?)

        • Clarybird | January 12, 2014 at 11:17 am |

          Hah!

  • NOLAWildcat | January 11, 2014 at 1:26 pm |

    I’m an NU Grad and my tastes in uniform design are traditional. I absolutely hated the Wounded Warrior jerseys the football team wore. Yet to my surprise, I find I like the team-inspired basketball jerseys. Are they a bit over the top? Sure. But I like the idea of the players having a way to express themselves once a season. If they sell these online, I might even buy a pair, assuming I can get a S so they don’t hang
    Below my knees.

  • Brinke | January 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm |

    test

  • ScottyM | January 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm |

    There’s only one “King” and that was the guy who passed away in ’77, who would’ve been 77 this week: Elvis.

    LeBron’s ego is enormous.

  • matthew65 | January 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm |

    I imagine there is a lot of assigned reading at Northwestern. Apparently Northwestern alum Rick Telander’s fine “Heaven Is A Playground”, an account of his summer spent with Bed-Stuy streetballers, is not one of them.

    At one point in the book, a team of kids is talking about designing their summer league t-shirts, and each kid wants to add something to the design. The winning argument for keeping the design simple?

    “You start putting a lot of shit on them, and they look like shit.”

    • MPowers1634 | January 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm |

      Great Line! They begin to look like club team lacrosse shorts!

  • Ty | January 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm |

    Yes to a similar Fantasy league for Baseball…I think it would be cool.

    • arrScott | January 11, 2014 at 3:47 pm |

      Agreed!

  • BvK1126 | January 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm |

    A big thanks to Catherine and Terry for your contributions to Uni Watch. Catherine, I love your appreciation for simple, classic uniform design as well as your receptiveness to well-conceived and well-executed new designs. I also like how you boldly and succinctly explain your rationale for your 5-and-1 choices.

    Terry, I inevitably laugh about a dozen times when reading your write-ups. Your ability to express your sense of humor in your writing is exceptional. I wish you’d do a weekly write-up of college basketball (or hockey, or baseball, or heck, team Scrabble, for that matter) so I didn’t have to wait until next fall to read your stuff.

    Thanks again to both of you for what you do. You help make Uni Watch the awesome site it is.

    • Phil Hecken | January 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm |

      It’s too bad we don’t have a “favorite” button.

      But YES to all you just said.

      And I think Catherine will be gracing us with a 5 & 1 (or two) for the Winter Olympics. I’m also trying to persuade Messr. Vilk to come out of retirement for his own 5 & 1 during those same Olympics as well.

      As for TJ? I’m sure we will hear from him again before the fall!

      • Komet17 | January 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm |

        Vilk! Vilk! Vilk!

  • Neeko | January 11, 2014 at 4:14 pm |

    random thought – does it bother anyone that the uni watch logo doesn’t match with the membership card jersey?

  • Chuck | January 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm |

    Saints looking good in the gold pants today, they need to lose the ballerina blacks. Not digging the Seahawks scuba diver look.

  • BvK1126 | January 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm |

    Just shown coming back from commercial break on Fox’s broadcast of the Seattle Seahawks/New Orleans Saints game: a hermit crab sporting a Seahawks mini helmet over the top of its shell at the Seattle Aquarium. Apparently, it goes by the name “Marshawn Pinch.”

  • Keith S. | January 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm |

    Hey TJ Duroncelet, THANK YOU for what you do for us. I’ve followed your bowl coverage (and CFB in general) since the begining…GREAT work (even if you did pick against my Sooners!).

    Catherine, I don’t always agree with your selections, but I always appreciate your efforts! Thank you.

    Phil, UW wouldn’t be the same without your tireless weekend (and fill-in) work! You are, as the kids say, the man!

    Paul, you know you’re good. So, I’ll leave it at that.

    Thanks to all the other contributors that I didn’t mention by name. I love this site, and it’s been a daily stop for me since the beginning. Thank you all for everything you do!

    That’s my ‘not so new’ years “thank you” note.

  • NickV | January 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm |

    Not enough promotion of the Bruno Mars Super Bowl Halftime Show. Let’s have MORE. Why should a network limit itself to 2500 minutes of commercials promoting 13 minutes of music at halftime of a football game.

  • Charlie Charnigo | January 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm |

    Actually the Baltimore Arena…aka…The Baltimore Civic Center used the B logo first. The Blades had moved from Michigan were they were known as the Stags. However the move was quick and they were broke and just used the B logo from the Civic Center and added some hockey touches. Many of the jerseys were old AHL Clippers jerseys that were just re logoed. The B logo has been used when ever the Arena/Civic center did not have a corporate sponsor.

  • michael patrick mclaughlin | January 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm |

    Redding on the Colts has something written on his mouth guard but its too fuzzy to make out on my tv

  • David Harmon | January 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm |

    I would love to be in a sports uniform league but I don’t know any websites. So if u choose me please tell me a site to make some jerseys. Please consider me for a team.