Never an Easy Task - Ranking the NCAA Football Uniforms

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By Phil Hecken

It’s that time of year again — college football is about to start and we get rankings for the conferences (that one there, by UW friend Andrew Lind places Alabama atop the SEC, as they should be) — and even UW reader and friend Clint Richardson, who you’ll be hearing from momentarily, has ranked the Big XII and the SEC.

I’ve done rankings of NCAAFB in the past (waaaaaay back in I think 2010 or 2011 with Jim Vilk), and I had thought about revisiting the topic myself, until I saw Clint had already gotten underway with his rankings. Since it’s a highly subjective exercise at best, I figured I’d tap Clint and let him do a ranking list (which we can then all debate).

If you’re not familiar with Clint, he’s an Auburn student, and has worked with me on several pieces (that one on the Iron Bowl), and also had a really nice collection of old Auburn program covers. So, when Clint started doing his rankings, I figured I’d ask if he wanted to give his for Uni Watch (knowing fully he’d probably put Auburn at #1). He didn’t disappoint. So, as we look ahead to the College Football season, here’s Clint with his (and only his) ranking of the Top 25 uniforms in NCAAFB:

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Ranking the NCAA Uniforms
by Clint Richardson

We always hear that the off-seasons are very slow for everyone involved. Well, yea, but it’s pretty slow for the uniform guys as well. Now try being the Auburn uniform guy. Yea, I kinda asked for that when I started an Auburn uniform site, so I can’t complain too much. Recently on my site, I started a new series in which I rank the uniforms by conference, obviously starting with the SEC. My Auburn bias (lifelong fan, current Auburn U student, AU uni blogger – yea, I’m pretty biased, not going to deny that) stirred up some controversy with a few readers for having Auburn ranked number one in the SEC. And I’ll always stand by that. I was soon asked by a reader if I was going to compile a Top 25 Uniform ranking or just continue with the conference-by-conference rankings.

I had always planned for the latter of the two, but Phil ultimately offered up the opportunity to write a piece for Uni Watch continuing and expanding the series on a bigger platform. So, rather than repeat myself on two different websites, I’ve come to you guys today with a Top 25 Uniforms in College Football Ranking.

Before I get started, I want to make something clear. Many people didn’t understand this on my site because I presume they didn’t read this part and just jumped to the rankings when they read the title. I don’t claim for my opinion to be correct, of the law, or the go-to list for uniform rankings. Many people do these things, especially during the off-season. These are simply my thoughts and opinions on uniforms from recent years. I may forget a team or a certain uniform or rank them differently than you would. That’s fine! I always enjoy talking to other people about their uniform opinions. I enjoy hearing their reasoning behind whether or not they like or dislike a certain uniform. I’m really not worried about being attacked by guys on here like in the twitterverse, but just thought I’d make that clear beforehand.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the rankings. As far as criteria goes, I don’t really have one other than what looks good in my eyes versus what doesn’t. I don’t like to see a ranking on different uniform aspects (like the recent NFL.com ranking in which one-off alternates and individual helmets were ranked amongst full sets), so for the most part this ranking will be a team’s entire set. This makes it easier for teams like Oregon State, for which I think look wonderful in all three uniforms they wore last year, but also makes it tougher for great looking teams like Tennessee, who wore that awful “Smokey” grey alt last year.

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CR11. Auburn Tigers – “Of course the Auburn fan ranked Auburn number one! He’s completely biased here!” Yea, I know. Don’t beat that dead horse. But seriously, I just love this look. The orange and blue compliment so well. The traditional striping is amazing. I think one of the best things a uniform has going for it is when there isn’t much that can be done to upgrade them. I’ve seen so many Auburn concepts over the years, and very few, if any, I actually think would look good, let alone be plausible to hit the field any time soon. We’ll save the striping issue for another day, please.

2. Oregon State – I know many of you guys will completely disagree with me here, but I LOVE the Beavers recent rebrand! I love that all three helmets are similar, yet different. I love the painted facemask. I love it so much that I just recently finished customizing my own version of the white lid! I do think the all-orange look was a bit much, but I was still a fan. I’m curious to see how well the mix and matching works for them this season.

3. Navy’s alternates – Like I said before, I’m not into ranking certain aspects of the uniform. But if I was, Navy’s alternate helmets from a few years ago would certainly be number one. That is a thing of beauty. “If you aren’t into ranking things like this, why did you just rank a one-off and a helmet so high?” Well, with Navy never being a top-tier team, we don’t really get to see their usual uniforms so much. With the Army-Navy game being the one time many people actually see Navy play, I think it fits pretty well. I really did like the uniforms that they wore the past two years to go along with the helmet. I hope they keep this helmet with the transition to UnderArmour.

4. Alabama – I had Alabama ranked #2 in my SEC rankings on my site, and a few people replied saying they would have had them ranked lower. I’m not sure if that is just because they hated Alabama so much or just thought different teams had a better look. But I’m a sucker for traditional uniforms. And I always love to watch the Iron Bowl (especially in Jordan-Hare Stadium) and see the navy blue versus the crimson red on the luscious green field. If only we could return to playing the greatest rivalry in a color on color matchup. That would be the #1 looking game every season.

5. Texas – It’s easy to forget the Longhorns with their recent down seasons in football. But I’ll always love the simple look of Texas’s uniforms. I loved when they recently added the helmet numbers for a few games (or the whole year, I forget) which made the whole look that much better.

6. Florida – Orange and blue? Stripes? Tradition? Not Auburn this time. The SEC actually has many teams that have looked wonderful over the seasons. And Florida is no exception. The Gators have always looked great, but a few minor changes over the past year or two haven’t worked well for me. It’s probably that and their performance on the field as well that have knocked them a little lower than they probably should be.

7. LSU – SEC bias? Possibly. Wonderful uniforms on the Bayou? Absolutely. The LSU Tigers are always a great looking team. Heck, they do UCLA stripes better than UCLA does. LSU is one team that can make a game look great no matter who they match up against. And that’s possibly just that they always wear their white uniforms, but it doesn’t really matter. They look great.

8. Oregon – I know the country is split right down the middle on Oregon. Most of my Auburn twitter followers despise their look. But I actually enjoy seeing what they roll out each week. It’s enjoyable. And I think that’s a huge part of the game they and Nike play. Despite the whole “they don’t wear true school colors” debate, I’m actually fine with that with the Ducks. They always look good in what they break out. Of course, some combinations are better than others, that’s always going to happen. But overall, I like the Oregon Fighting Ducks.

CR29. Arizona State – I never thought Arizona State had an awful look before their recent rebrand, but it wasn’t a wonderful one either. But when they revealed the new pitchfork uniforms, I fell in love. It’s been real tough for ASU and Nike to roll out something that I don’t like. I think the over-sized pitchfork is cool, but it’s something that gets old for me pretty quickly, sadly.

10. Michigan State – The Spartans of East Lansing have had their great, simple, clean look for a few years now, and I’ve always enjoyed watching them. Not sure exactly what it is, but Michigan State has just looked so great on the field lately. Especially in the Rose Bowl.

11. Penn State – Like I’ve said before, I enjoy and understand tradition as well as anyone else. And Penn State is about as plain and traditional as uniforms get. I’m not anti-change either, and I actually hope that Penn State adds the numbers or the great lion-head logo to the helmet.

12. Northwestern – When UnderArmour originally revealed these uniforms last year, I was on the fence. I didn’t think the chest stripes would work very well on the field. But thankfully they worked pretty well. Just hate that the purple jerseys have a black stripe; they should be white clearly. But I enjoyed seeing a smaller tiered school get something a bit off the wall and it actually work. For once, UnderArmour’s off-the-wall thinking in regards to uniform design paid off. Although I must say I do hate some of the alternates.

13. Georgia – Georgia would easily have been a top 10 team if it weren’t for the rounded number font that they and Nike switched to last year. The block font fit them so much better. But they still make for a good uniform match-up against much of the SEC.

14. Tennessee – Here’s a prime example of a team looking great but the manufacturer all but completely ruining it. The UT orange looks great on a green playing surface and also pairs well with many other SEC teams. Sadly, adidas’s “tire tread” template hurts their look for me. And then the “Smokey” grey alts last year looked awful, especially paired with the typical white helmet. Why not go all out and give them a new helmet if you’re going to change a program like Tennessee’s uniforms, even for one game? Thankfully they only have another year to go with adidas and then we’ll see if Nike can do them justice. On my SEC rankings I placed UT down low because of the template and alternate, but here I’m just going to throw those out and go solely on the traditional uniform designs.

CR315. Virginia Tech – Oh Virginia Tech. You have such a great default look. Quit trying to mess with it. Stripes are good guys. Leave them. And please, quit with the stupid alternate stuff. Especially with things that only people that have visited campus would even understand. Thank you.

16. California – Another team recently re-designed by Nike. Another team that just looks clean every time they hit the field. After a few years of some odd templatic designs, I’m glad to see something new like these. Just wish they’d fix the collar outline thing.

17. Michigan – How can you not like the maize and navy winged helmets in the Big House? Classics. And I’m probably in the minority here, but I actually enjoyed some of the alternates they wore a few years ago. I kinda wish they’d wear some of them a bit more to be honest.

18. Utah State – I’ll be honest, I never really knew a lot knew nothing about Utah State until they came to Auburn in 2011 for the season opener and almost put out the win. Many Auburn fans ultimately adopted Utah State and Gary Anderson and became fans. And just two years later, Nike gave the Aggies some new uniforms, which I like, being very clean. I like how their helmets fit well with the contrasting jerseys.

19. UCLA – Here’s another team that has a wonderful look just completely ruined by adidas. Yea, I’m no fan of the three stripes guys if you can’t tell yet. The UCLA uniforms are always a classic look, and the blue and gold have always looked great paired together. Sadly the “tire tread” template and the LA Steel alternates have really hurt their look in my eyes.

CR420. Oklahoma – Going along the lines of UCLA, I always thought Oklahoma has had a wonderful uniform. I’m not sure what got into these guys or Nike and think “Ya know, we NEED one of those different alternate uniforms!” Really, c’mon guys. Teams like Texas and Oklahoma do not need these.

21. Oklahoma State – I sometimes see Okie State as the tamer southern version of Oregon, as Nike likes to send a good bit of different uniform aspects down south and allow the Cowboys to mix and match to their pleasing. Some of their combos look amazing while some, well, don’t. Just hope that they continue to mix and match well in the future.

22. San Diego State – I love stripes. Sue me. And SDSU looks great with stripes. The UCLA stripes look a lot better than the piping on the old uniforms, and somehow SDSU still made those look good. Must’ve been the helmets.

23. Minnesota – Well, yea, I like the clean uniforms. And Minnesota certainly looks clean in their new uniforms. And I’m not a big matte helmet fan, but the Golden Gophers make theirs look good. And that white lid is gorgeous.

24. Vanderbilt – Here’s a team that never had a wonderful look in the past that cleaned up their look and now looks great. Not a big fan of the shoulder yokes on the gold jersey, but I can handle it. Beats piping in my opinion. And their new white helmet is one of my favorites.

25. Marshall – Full disclosure, the Marshall Thundering Herd is my second team behind Auburn. And another team that has a great white helmet with Northwestern stripes down the middle. Yea, my biasness is back. I’ve always enjoyed the all white or white-green-white look, and have actually enjoyed the green pants. Sadly, the all-green “Pea Pods” uniforms are no longer available (according to the Herd Equipment Team last year). The green helmets are no more.

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And that’ll do it for today. I know many of you will disagree with my listing here, so please leave a comment below with your own rankings. I’m interested to see what you would place up there that I didn’t and what you’d leave off that I included.

Be sure to check out my website as I have posts about many of the different Auburn athletic teams and their uniforms, with even more coming this fall. I’m also working on individual conference rankings over the next few weeks prior to the season.

Follow me on twitter @Clintau24

War Eagle and thanks for allowing me to do this Phil!

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Thanks, Clint — obviously any list that has Auburn as #1 will ignite controversy, so readers — feel free to give us your own lists. Had I done my own, I’m sure it would take as much grief as any other (my #1 would be Alabama, and I’d probably have Penn State at #2, as I did in the past — but I might need to rethink that now). But great effort (even if we disagree) and thanks for getting the ball rolling on this!

Readers? Now it’s your turn. Fire away.

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UWFFL Developmental League – Week 19 – Tiebreaker Games
By Rob Holecko

Well we have completed the 18 week regular season portion of theDevelopmental League season and congratulations to the six group champions, including Greenville, Yellowknife and Little Rock who ran
the table with perfect 8-0 records, along with St. John’s (7-0-1), Cheyenne (7-0-1) and Toledo (7-1). Congratulations are also in order for all the teams that finished in the top three places in each group, as they will move on to Division II UWFFL competition, as well as the next three finishers in each group who will be placed in Division III. Next week the D-League playoffs will commence, but first we have to settle a few ties before we can move forward. Those six group winners and two wild card teams will compete in next week’s first round of playoff matches, but since three second-place teams, Missouri, Charleston and Staten Island all finished with 7-1 records, a play-in game will be necessary. After placing the teams based on vote differential, Missouri (which needed to win by 34 votes over Houston last week to pass Charleston, and did just that with an 87-51 victory) received the #7 seed and Charleston and Staten Island will face off for the #8 seed.

The traveling Swordfish are going with their standard mono-white road unis, in which they went 3-1 in their four road games in, albeit this week they have a new cleaned-up UWFFL D-League patch, while the home team Navigators, who have mixed-and-matched their helmets, jerseys and pants all season long are wearing their white-blue-white combo in which they went 1-1 with a win over Jacksonville and their only loss, to Greenville. With these two teams in different groups, this tiebreaker game will be their first meeting.

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Staten Island at Charleston
  
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There are four more tiebreaker games, two to decide 3rd place group finishers, and two to decide 6th place finishers.

In the battle of The Ocean State, the home of gaggers, bubblers, johnnycakes and stone-enders, (see the Wikipedia page for Rhode Island – and yes, there will be a quiz), the Providence Steamroller and the Rhode Island Hot Rods both finished 5-2-1 in Group A, with away team Rhode Island winning the first meeting 9-3 on April 26. This time Providence is the road team and is wearing their white road jersey over the orange pants, a look that they went 1-0-1 in, with a win over Ontario and a tie against group champion St. John’s. The Hot Rods are wearing gold pants for the first time, paring them with their home red jerseys in which they went 2-0-1 in.

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Providence at Rhode Island
  
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In the game to decide 3rd place in Group E, the Angle North Stars and the Pontiac Prowlers face off in an unlikely matchup. In their first meeting, these two teams tied 7-7, and last week Angle would have clinched 3rd place with a win in their season finale against Cheyenne, or would have fell behind Pontiac into fourth with a loss. The only way they would have gotten into this tiebreaker game was with a tie. Well they did just that, as the Shock and the North Stars wound up playing to a 61-61 tie.

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This week Angle chooses to stick with their good luck charm white-over-navy road alts, in which they’ve gone 2-0-1 so far this season, going white-at-home as they host Pontiac. The Prowlers are debuting gray pants for the first time this season, and with them they will be wearing their purple home unis on the road, in which they fared 3-0-1. Here’s hoping these teams don’t play to another tie today.

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Pontiac at Angle
  
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You can head over to www.uwfantasyfootballleague.com to vote on the other two tiebreaker games, and we’ll see you next week with the first round of playoff games, and the official kickoff of the Fall Season with the second annual UWFFL Founders Bowl.

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As I noted last weekend, soon Paul will be beginning his annual (and well-deserved) sabbatical, and as such, he’ll be leaving me in charge of the weekday Uni Watch postings.

As in the past, I’m always looking for readers for their help in suggesting topics and working with me to bring them about. I’ve already lined up a few of you for stories (plus I have some good ones that were already planned for the summer hiatus, including a uni design contest I think you’ll really like), but I can always use a few more. I’ll also be back for what has become a regular Friday feature while Paul is on summer vacation that I like to call “Fridays With Morris” (featuring Morris Levin), so that should be great.

If you’re interested in working with me on a uni-related story, please shoot me an E-mail (Phil.Hecken [at] gmail [dot] com) and pitch me.

On a related note, I’m planning on a doing a story with Randy Alleman, and he’s looking for a little help from you guys for his research. Here’s Randy:

I am working on a future Uni Watch article and could use some assistance from the UW community. If you know of any pitchers who have a visible marking on their cap (from rosin, pine tar, etc.) please let me know. You can contact me at rallemann13@yahoo.com.

Looking forward to working with a few of your fine readers in the next few weeks.

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[Today’s ticker was mostly compiled by Paul. Thanks, buddy! –Phil]

Baseball News: Here’s another look at Iowa Cubs player Javier Baez’s backwards batting helmet lettering. Still no explanation (from Al Yellon). … The Royals Hall of Fame has a team historian who walks around in an old-timey baseball uniform. He also posts a big “W” on the stadium wall after each Royals victory (from Brian McDavitt). … Would you want to play for a team called the Bugs? That comes from this auction item (from Bruce Menard). … Pretty cool Latino Heritage jersey for the El Paso Chihuahuas (thanks, Phil). And here’s a look at those jerseys in action. … Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated is the latest observer calling upon the Padres to go back to brown (Phil again). … The Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League will wear these military appreciation jerseys (from Alex Hager). I’m not sure of the date, and looking at the promo sked, it doesn’t appear to list this as an event. As one commenter on Twitter pointed out, “Must be awkward for the black players.” (Actually, it must be awkward for all the players — look at those things!) … Parece que John Rocker es haciendo firmas de libros y vendiendo camisetas estos días. … Wellington Castillo’s Cubs logo was crooked on his helmet yesterday (h/t Matthew Disbennett). … “Saw this 1947 photo of the Reds’ Ewell Blackwell,” says Leo Strawn, Jr. “Nothing out of the unusual as far as the uni goes in this pic, but I thought the photographer was pretty lazy to ask Blackwell to turn around, rather than to walk his camera between Ewell and his catcher for the correct shot. (My first thought looking at Blackwell here was the internet meme, ‘you’re doing it wrong!’)” … The Sacramento River Cats will have a Star Wars jersey night on August 16th (via Alex Curry). … When you buy your tickets at the ticket office from the Eugene Emeralds (Class A baseball team), you get a receipt printed on a ticket (thanks to Alex Allen). … The Hiroshima Toyo Carp are going Moroccan red for 6 games at the end of August. The white script has been changed to black and also on the hat as well (thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … The Lexington Legends, a MiLB team, will wear jerseys today designed by a nine year old. While many times we may feel MiLB jerseys look like they’re designed by pre-teens, this one actually is.

NFL & College Football News: 49ers WR Michael Crabtree was wearing a hoodie under his practice jersey the other day (from Comi Sharif). … Here’s a writer who sees big disconnect between the NFL’s annual Pinktober uniform promotion and Ray Rice’s slap-on-the-wrist punishment for beating up his fiancée. … Speaking of the NFL and women, new uniforms for the Colts’ cheerleaders. … “I think the Niners have changed their front bumper from the ‘Riddell’ bumper (which replaced the ’49ers’ bumper) to their logo seen here,” writes Brian K. Graham. He asks, “Is this for training camp or signal a bigger season long change?” … New uniforms for The Citadel (thanks, Phil). … No pics (or mock) but the Fresno State Bulldogs are expected to unveil an alternate all-navy uniform featuring chrome helmets for at least one game this season. … According to Warren Junium, it’s “Christmas morning” for Notre Dame coaches, what with all that UnderArmour gear stuffed to the brim.

College Hoops News: So much to like in this photo of the 1926 Bethel College squad. Love those straight V-neck collars! Also of note: Bethel still has a center-court depiction of a threshing stone, because the school was founded by Mennonite immigrants from Ukraine/Russia who brought along red winter wheat, which quickly became by far the dominant wheat grown throughout the Great Plains (from Tim Huber). … Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles has his face on custom Adidas kicks (thanks, Brinke).

Soccer News: Are there more new soccer uniforms being released these days, or does it just seem like it since many of us are now more attuned to soccer since the World Cup? New away kit for everton (from Casey Hart). … New kits for Corinthians. … Manchester City Football Club, the defending Premier League Champions, have unveiled their new away kit for 2014-15. Here’s another view (thanks to Dale Hogan).

Grab Bag: Did you know high school football in northeast Ohio has its own media day? Jeez. Anyway, here are a bunch of jerseys from that day. … The U.S. Navy’s chief of personnel discusses the Navy’s new uniforms in the middle of this article (search on “service dress”). … In a related item, a leading supplier of military and law enforcement uniforms has come up with two new camouflage patterns. … Is Gatorade going back to its old logo? Maybe. … A Knoxville TV meteorologist was criticized by a view for wearing dresses that “fit [too] snugly under [her] bust.” … BLK Sport is apparently making USA Rugby’s jerseys now (from Josh Jacobs). … Interesting piece on Nike’s and Adidas’s attempts to make sneakers with knitted fabric. … Lots of Iowa Hawkeye jerseys in the Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. … Jana Stern, who specializes in designing uniforms for the restaurant/resort/hospitality industry, has a Kickstarter campaign to help her pursue new projects. … New foundation logo on NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson’s Helmet of Hope. … Here’s one of those pointless “Worst logos in sports” rankings. … So you want to own a really ugly hockey X-mas sweater? Now you can. And yes, the NHL actually calls them “ugly.”

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And that’s just about all for today — big thanks to Clint for agreeing to come up with a NCAA football Top 25 we’re all sure to (mostly) disagree with — an unenviable task to be sure.

Everyone have a good Saturday, and I’ll catch you guys tomorrow.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken

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74 comments to Never an Easy Task – Ranking the NCAA Football Uniforms

  • Adam R. W. | July 26, 2014 at 7:21 am |

    Jimmy Johnson coached the Cowboys. Jimmie Johnson drives race cars.

    • Phil Hecken | July 26, 2014 at 7:45 am |

      Thanks, fixed.

  • Greg | July 26, 2014 at 7:55 am |

    “Are there more new soccer uniforms being released these days”

    European seasons about to begin, and everyone needs 2 or 3 new kits every season. Never used to be that way, they used to change every 2 or 3 years (heck, back in the pre commercial days they rarely changed)

    • Nash | July 26, 2014 at 10:52 am |

      Yep, I haven’t bought an LFC jersey since they started changing jerseys every year since 2011. It’s sad and inevitable. Worse still, I doubt there any chance of ‘going back’.
      Could you imagine them doing this in US sports?

      • ThePonchat | July 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm |

        What’s sad is the ugly look that Warrior has brought to the beautiful game.

  • timmy b | July 26, 2014 at 8:31 am |

    Regarding the removal of maker’s mark on the NFL helmet bumpers, this was reported on espn.com back in May.

    Link: http://espn.go.com/n...

    • Brian | July 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm |

      Thanks for the info timmy b. Mystery solved. gotta love the inter webs. Brian

  • Cort | July 26, 2014 at 8:57 am |

    That photo of Ewell Blackwell is positioned correctly. Known to post-war pundits as “The Hurling Nijinsky”, Blackwell’s windup began with his back to the batter, perched on the rubber in classic pointe technique. He would then execute a pirouette, releasing the ball in sidearm delivery as he spun. Signed by the Reds after his eight no-hitters in the Sabotac Valley League, Blackwell never had the chance to use his unconventional delivery in a Major League game. In March 1947, after reviewing newsreel footage of “The Hurling Nijinsky” in Spring Training, Baseball Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis ruled Blackwell’s windup “illegal, possibly Communist, and a threat to the Sacred Integrity of Our Holy Game.” Forced to adopt a more conventional delivery, Blackwell enjoyed some success with the Reds, Yankees, and Athletics, but never lived up to the promise of his early years. One wonders what could have been, had “The Hurling Nijinsky” lived in more enlightened times.

    (actually, I think the photographer was just taking advantage of natural light – look at the shadows. And based on the composition, I’m guessing that his plan was to crop the catcher.)

    • timmy b | July 26, 2014 at 11:57 am |

      Wasn’t Happy Chandler baseball commissioner in 1947? Also, never heard him referred to as anything but “The Whip” before.

      Interesting.

      • Phil Hecken | July 26, 2014 at 12:12 pm |

        “Wasn’t Happy Chandler baseball commissioner in 1947?”

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        Absolutely!

        We’d never have had integration without him (or at least not until the death of his predecessor, Landis, in 1944). Happy was only Commish for 6 years (1945-1951), but he was pivotal in allowing black players into the game.

    • Phil Hecken | July 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm |

      ” Signed by the Reds after his eight no-hitters in the Sabotac Valley League…”

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      You keep throwing those no-hitters in soda pop valley kid…

  • Bernard | July 26, 2014 at 9:05 am |

    Arizona State’s current lineup of stink in the top ten nationwide? You, sir, are addicted to crystal methamphetamine.

    • hammy700 | July 26, 2014 at 10:47 am |

      Arizona State’s uniforms are great, and no I’m not an Arizona State fan. Their logo is great, and Iove all of their combinations. If anything, they should be higher.

  • Memal | July 26, 2014 at 9:23 am |

    While I was a little flabbergasted to see Auburn ranked #1, I have to say that I like this comment a lot.

    “I think one of the best things a uniform has going for it is when there isn’t much that can be done to upgrade them.”

    Auburn, and I think a lot of SEC teams, have looks that are unique and classics. Whenever Nike talks about LSU, my fav college team, doing an alternate uniform I immediately want to write in a complain that they shouldn’t ever mess with their look. Thankfully, LSU has backed off that trend in the past two seasons.

    Also, am I crazy or does that 9 year old’s jersey design look pretty decent? I know the argyle checks are mismatched, but something about that mustasche, the letters and numbers that seem unique and just seems to work.

  • Jet | July 26, 2014 at 9:31 am |

    BRING BACK THE BROWN! Good to see more push to return to traditional SD Padres colors.

    In fact, here’s a website where you can sign a petition:

    http://bringbacktheb...

    No more boring navy!

    -Jet

    • quiet seattle | July 26, 2014 at 11:51 am |

      Bring back the Brown….

      http://www.mtrmedia....

    • Jim Vilk | July 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm |

      I would gladly keep my mouth shut about the Marlins’ disdain for their orange caps if the Padres would bring back the brown!

  • Chase | July 26, 2014 at 9:41 am |

    Utah State doesn’t even have the top uniforms in Utah. BYU blows them out of the water (and off the field).

    • hammy700 | July 26, 2014 at 10:56 am |

      What are you talking about? Utah State’s unis are a way better version of BYU’s. BYU’s design is classic, but very boring, just like Alabama, Penn State, Oklahoma, and so on. Utah State has a unique color scheme, unlike BYU’s simple blue and white. Ustate also has more of a variety unlike the generic home and away. Utah State has way better unis then BYU in every sense of the word

    • Andrew Seagraves | July 26, 2014 at 11:57 am |

      I wonder if BYU used both Royal and Navy in their Nortwestern Stripes if that would add more pop to a classic look.

      Lemme see what I can conjure up.

    • Andrew Seagraves | July 26, 2014 at 1:13 pm |

      My quick mockup of BYU with Royal Blue in the NW stripes:

      http://leagueofaweso...

  • StLMarty | July 26, 2014 at 9:48 am |

    The only good bias is a Len Bias.

  • DJ | July 26, 2014 at 9:50 am |

    Arizona State and not USC? Michigan, Penn State, and Northwestern, but not Notre Dame or Florida State?

    As you went with a “Top 25″ theme, you could’ve given yourself some wiggle room with “others receiving votes.” Then again, considering who made your top 25, it would’ve just been … pointless.

    • hammy700 | July 26, 2014 at 10:59 am |

      Totally agree. Penn State does not even deserve to be in the top 50, much less the top 25. With Florida State’s new design, and ND’s classic uniforms, how are they not in the top 25?

      • RyanP | July 27, 2014 at 12:47 am |

        I immediately quit reading any “best uniforms” list that includes Penn State. If their look is so great, then why doesn’t ever other college football team strip all the decals off their helmets and banish all but their school’s two main colors from the uniforms? At best, you could include them in an argument about best uniforms for a low-budget NAIA team.

  • Spud Santos | July 26, 2014 at 10:09 am |

    As this is an Auburn fan I am not surprised to see Auburn at the top of the list, and USC not on it. How very Auburn of him.

    Anyone who thinks Oregon State has the best uniforms in college football is probably 12-13 years old and likes “awesome colors” and shiny things. What could be better than the orange traffic cone uniforms they wore last year?

    • hammy700 | July 26, 2014 at 11:04 am |

      Auburn may not deserve to be at the top, but they deserve to be at least in the top 10. Oregon State may have been just a tad overrated in this list, but they still have some of the unis in college football. And those “orange traffic cone uniforms,” are a lot more then a marketing scheme, like some other alternates that teams have. There is a nice design to them, and they look great on the field.

  • Andrew Seagraves | July 26, 2014 at 10:16 am |

    Oklahoma with the withe helmet is not a bad choice! The new uniform options are…. uhh… yeah. The font isn’t horrible yet OU is what it is – not much touchie! The verticle numbers (like the concept a few weeks ago and I’ve done one like it) would be a cool throwback.

    In Utah – BYU went back to their Northwestern Stripes and regained sanity. Utah State’s rebrand was great. Utah, on the other hand, has a wonderful uniform history then Under Armor completely messed them up. Weber State’s is simple and I can’t remember how SUU or Dixie State look.

    And I am kind of afraid of what UA will do with Navy.

  • Afrost32 | July 26, 2014 at 11:07 am |

    Not sure how USC, ole miss, or ND didn’t make the list…

    • RyanP | July 27, 2014 at 12:49 am |

      An Auburn fan made the list. That’s why they were #1 and all the teams he didn’t like didn’t make the list.

  • DenverGregg | July 26, 2014 at 11:11 am |

    Gotta dispute a few of these:
    VaTech over UVa? UCLA’s current botch job? Gators over ‘Noles? State Penn over Temple? No North Carolina?

    • Andrew Seagraves | July 26, 2014 at 11:56 am |

      Am I the only one who likes the Turkey foot helmet? I think those of fantastically kitschy! I also like their camo uniforms (well, they do have a large cadet core and I like camo). I do dig UVa’s cross swords symbol That is a under-appreciated logo in today’s sports. I will also say I like the LA Nights/Steel font numerals for UCLA.

      If UNC would have figured out how to make those shoulder cap stripes work with the numbers inside the TV Patch I would have been more forgiving of them using black instead of Navy.

      I do dig Temple’s unis! Those pant stripes are awesome!!

  • DenverGregg | July 26, 2014 at 11:12 am |

    Liked the nine-year-old’s idea. The world needs more argyle and more combinations of green with blue.

    • Andrew Seagraves | July 26, 2014 at 11:50 am |

      AGREEEED!!! Love that Idea and for a team called the Legends who use a mustache for their design, this seems apropos!

      • RyanP | July 27, 2014 at 12:54 am |

        Apparently every minor league team is required to have a Star Wars night this year, but this particular nine-ear-old’s uniform was outstanding. I wish we would see more stuff like this.

    • Jim Vilk | July 26, 2014 at 6:15 pm |

      The world needs more argyle and more combinations of green with blue.

      I second that.

      Good job, kid!

      • Jim Vilk | July 26, 2014 at 6:16 pm |

        I guess Andrew seconded that, so I third that.

  • REByrnes | July 26, 2014 at 11:34 am |

    thoroughly enjoyed college uni rankings; well done

  • brinke | July 26, 2014 at 11:42 am |

    The Niners link goes to a player with ‘riddell’ on his helmet, not a niners logo.

    • Brian | July 26, 2014 at 5:36 pm |

      brinke: noted. sent both images to Paul, must fallen through the cracks. Brian

  • Corpus | July 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm |

    Yep- UA has completely destroyed Utah. The school of the ‘Utah stripes’ had a run of at least 40 years of solid unis. Now it’s a disaster. At least my favorite pro team (Broncos) has the worst uni in the NFL. Lifetime of loving unis and my teams are arguably the very worst.

  • Joseph Gerard | July 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm |

    Hey Phil, regarding yesterday’s post in that I thought the Steelers “Bumblebee” jersey announcement flew under the radar, I owe you an apology. I had first heard about it this week and didn’t know you already posted about it over a month prior. I think most people first heard about it this week, too. I’ll try to be more through when I can.

    • timmy b | July 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm |

      I call but guarantee that when the Steelers do wear the bumblebee/prisoner jersey this season it will eclipse the number of games worn (4) than the jersey it’s based on was worn (confirmed once vs. Brooklyn in 1933 and in the 1934 team photo).

      Is there any other throwback jersey that can make a similar claim?

      • Rob H. | July 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm |

        The orange Bucs’ 1976 throwbacks were never worn in the regular season, yet worn as throwbacks four times.

  • jgr | July 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm |

    I think this list was too biased and not as well researched as it should have been. Such as a simple google search would have reveled the longhorns numbers were supposed to be for one game and then decided to keep the whole season. Also it was more of what team do i like. Then of what uniform is better.

  • SoS | July 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm |

    I would have replaced a few with ND, USC, and Ole Miss, with ND in the top 3. However, I think it’s pretty darn good. If Pitt went back to the 70’s/80’s version in a modern cut they would have to be there as well.

  • VeeDub | July 26, 2014 at 12:46 pm |

    There is a huge gap in these rankings like 3-4 B1G teams really?

    • VeeDub | July 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm |

      There is a lack of Big ten teams

      • DenverGregg | July 26, 2014 at 7:41 pm |

        You spelled “massive excess” wrong.

  • Mayor For Life | July 26, 2014 at 1:04 pm |

    Isn’t Va Tech’s ‘default look’ the Chicago Maroon VT helmet and not the white helmet

  • Mirliton | July 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm |

    I wouldn’t mind seeing LSU in some Tittle-era uniforms. They wore something similar against Arkansas in 2009.

  • LarryB | July 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm |

    No Ohio State ??? WOW That is crazy. Penn States boring plain jane unis that high or even on the list??? Wow that is crazy.

    No USC? I enjoy seeing peoples opinions on uniforms and I enjoy Clints work on Auburn. But this list is one of the more unusual I must say.

    Yes I am also biased but I love Ohio States uniforms even though the gray stripes are sorely missed. My 2nd favorite is USCs home.
    As for Alabama they are rather boring but the color combo is sharp and they do have stripes and numbers on helmet. Penn States color combo of dark dark blue and plain boring white is simply not a good looking uniform.

  • KC | July 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm |

    Even my wife, a VT alum, thought that “building blocks” helmet was atrocious.

  • KC | July 26, 2014 at 1:49 pm |

    The Tennessee gray unis are also hideous – it looks like they’re playing in their practice sweatpants.

    KC (UT 93)

    • aingle | July 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm |

      Agreed. They are almost as bad as the hideous Black jerseys for halloween vs South Carolina debacle a few years ago. Hopefully no more of anything but Orange and White once Nike comes along. (but I’m not holding my breath)

      AI
      UT(’01)

      • KC | July 28, 2014 at 9:23 am |

        I liked the reverse pumpkins as a one-off. Hell, your primary color is orange – might as well exploit it on that once-in-a-blue-moon confluence of dates.

        Too bad they didn’t debut during the reign of Phil the original pumpkin, though!

  • tbone | July 26, 2014 at 2:03 pm |

    I was kind of with you on the Top 25 uniforms, but there’s no way Florida deserves to be on there. There’s too much orange at home, and their road uniforms are just bad all around. Ugh.

  • RK | July 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm |

    Interesting way to talk about college football. But man, no Nebraska in the top 25 (only a top-five UNI school)? Oregon State at No. 2 and Arizona State in the top 25? Huh? Come on man. Understand Auburn over Roll Tide, but not putting stately, classic Nebraska, let alone Southern Cal, Florida State or even Iowa over some of the new over-tricked out uni’s? Love the list regardless. :)

  • John E | July 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm |

    I love seeing football uniform rankings. I disagree with many of the choices here, but I love the discussion regardless.
    That being said, I wanted to add my two cents about a few teams.
    – Oklahoma State. I hated this team’s look for years, mainly due to their helmets. The “OSU” logo is boring and non-distinctive (maybe if there wasn’t another OSU school with the same colors, but since Oregon State exists then this “OSU” logo was always a massive fail in my eyes). Even worse was that the boring “OSU” logo was placed on a plain white helmet. At the very least that helmet needed a stripe. It was especially offensive to me when paired with all-color uniforms. Why use that boring, non-distinctive “OSU” logo when they have a unique, interesting Pistol Pete logo available to them? Anyway, I am happy to see that they are now using the Pistol Pete logo from time to time, but I can never get on board with them unless/until they make that the only helmet logo they use.
    – Arizona State. Bring back Sparky! Also, I hate the BFBS look and ASU seems to abuse that as much as anybody.
    – Cal. This team has been a mess for years. I can’t think of a bigger eyesore than those horrible, huge collars and the accompanying collar piping. The color palette is great but should be kept simple. I’d like to see them remove all the extra piping and flair and go with a Michigan or Penn State template, but in Cal’s colors.
    – Teams that I think should be on the Top 25 list:
    Nebraska (despite the alternates)
    Kansas State (purple and silver look great together!)
    Notre Dame (I hate the Domers, but their unis are classic)

  • CPD | July 26, 2014 at 6:16 pm |

    Will CBS give it’s announcers the option not to say Ray Rice’s name during the season?

  • Clint Richardson | July 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm |

    I’ll be perfectly honest with you guys, I forgot USC, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Ohio State. And that’s totally my fault. (No excuse, but it’s been pretty crazy this week) As far as others I left off, Ole Miss was left off for a reason. Their new uniforms from Nike last year SUCKED. I hated that it was basically one color on another. Heck, even a contrasting color wordmark on the chest would fix those. Also the plain colored pants with REBELS down the side are a huge eyesore to me. And I didn’t want to place Notre Dame on the list for two reasons: 1, we haven’t seen what the UnderArmour uniforms will look like, and 2, I despised the alternates worn in years past.

    I like Penn State’s classic look. I love Oregon State’s look. I understand the ranking could use some tweaking, but for the most part, I stand by it. And I wish people (not just here, or just for this post) would realize these are MY rankings. These do not reflect UniWatch, Paul, Phil, and obviously not (many of) you guys. I’m all for a healthy debate, and thanks to those of you that have done that, but I’ve been called stupid, lazy, and just about anything else you can think of because of uniform rankings. It’s a great thing that people disagree. And I would love to discuss this stuff with any of you civilly. I’m sorry if I didn’t put your team higher (or on the list at all). And I apologize if this sounds like I’m whining. I can take the flack. Just sick of the people who take this way too seriously.

    Thanks again guys!

    • RyanP | July 27, 2014 at 1:02 am |

      I appreciate your work, Clint. Obviously you have to take any list that features the list maker’s alma mater as the highest ranked, but I do respect your views (even if I don’t agree with all of them).

  • ThePonchat | July 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm |

    Bethel Threshers in Newton, Kansas actually have a threshing stone inside the entrance to their football/soccer/track stadium. I cannot remember if it’s an actual threshing stone, or a statue.

    The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) which is an NAIA conference has the Threshers, Moundbuilders, Swedes, and Spires. Definitely a mix of interesting mascots.

  • That's Cute... | July 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm |

    Auburn couldn’t finish number one in any rankings that actually mean something so they get the nod here lol

  • Stan Bunting | July 26, 2014 at 9:59 pm |

    I trust the Rockies pulling a Natinals tonight will be covered tomorrow.

  • Kyle | July 27, 2014 at 1:17 am |

    That Kansas City “win W” is exactly the same font as the University of Washington’s logo. Weird choice of font. Seems like they would’ve chosen something more Royalsish.

  • Greg | July 27, 2014 at 9:03 am |

    You put CAL over USC? Seriously!? That isn’t a bias, that’s a complete lack of taste. Nike has downgraded USC’s look recently with the stupid collar, but Under Armor did worse to Auburn and evidently didn’t notice. Take a look at those “traditional” stripes on the Tigers’ pants that now end abruptly and randomly. TACKY.

  • Travis | July 27, 2014 at 11:06 am |

    Loved the old Norman Tech uniforms with the red jersey and white pants with the large numbers on back of jersey. Coach Wilkerson to Fairbanks seem to like this uniform also. Lose some tradition when they have several changes in uniforms Hope ND keeps the same uniform.

  • Andrew Y. | July 27, 2014 at 6:29 pm |

    Are we chipping in for Clint’s sorely needed eye correction surgery? There really is no other explanation for some of the atrocities on this list (Va Tech, are you serious?)

  • john burton | July 28, 2014 at 12:03 am |

    My list:

    1. Alabama
    2. Florida State
    3. Texas Tech
    4. Michigan
    5. UCLA
    6. Florida
    7. Auburn
    8. Oregon
    9. Syracuse
    10. Arizona
    11. SMU
    12. LSU
    13. Kansas
    14. Wisconsin
    15. Ohio State
    16. South Carolina
    17 Clemson
    18 Army
    19. Texas A&M
    20. Washington

  • feck | July 28, 2014 at 4:24 pm |

    Hello?? Florida State?? Was it the recent rebrand? It must have been, because without question, FSU had THE BEST uniform in all of football, college or pro. Maybe they don’t anymore with the changes, but they are still in the top 15-20 at least.

  • Dave Pants | July 30, 2014 at 3:36 am |

    Four minutes I could have wasted elsewhere, like asking my dog to rank CFB uniforms. Thanks Clint.