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A Uni Watch Look at the College Football Title Game

Nice little uni-related detail in last night’s college football title game, as Alabama’s graduating seniors wore little mortarboard helmet decals. I’m told that Clemson’s graduating seniors wore a similar decal, but I couldn’t find visual evidence of that. (Yes, there’s a really obvious joke to be made there, but let’s not bother with it because it’s, you know, really obvious. Thanks.)

A few other notes from last night’s game:

• Clemson’s “2016” patch used a black football and looked fine, but Alabama’s patch used a white football that basically disappeared against the jersey’s white background. It often looked like the patch just said “2 16” (or maybe Bible verse 2:16). Not good.

• The “2” decal on the right side of Alabama running back Derrick Henry’s helmet took a beating.

• I noticed that Alabama defensive back Geno Matias-Smith was wearing a compression sleeve, or tights, or something, on his left leg. I was curious to know if he always does this, so I did a quick search and learned that he’d worn the tights/sleeve on his right leg two months ago against LSU. And he had the long tights on both legs the week before that against Auburn. The consensus, after a check of Google, Twitter, and Phil, is that this appears to be just a style thing.

• I didn’t see this myself, but reader Scott (who didn’t give his last name) offers this: “I noticed that Ryan Kelly, No. 70 for Alabama, had a flashing green light that appeared to be under the back of his jersey.” Looks more like a laser pointer or something like that, but like I said, I didn’t see it myself. Anyone..?

• The Alabama helmet on ESPN’s set prior to the game had No. 15, to represent the school’s 15 championships. For the postgame show, the number was updated to 16:


• Both schools’ marching bands wore CFP logo patches:


(My thanks to @80mins, Zach Fisher, Justin Kerr, and Phil for their contributions.)

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Oh my: Yesterday’s Ticker mentioned that the Cardinals were poised to sign Korean pitcher Seung-Hwan Oh, whose two-letter surname would tie the record for the shortest NOB in MLB history. The Cards did indeed sign him yesterday, and they even had a press conference featuring his new jersey with the super-short NOB — but there’s an extra uni-related twist. Turns out Cards fans stuck with an overpriced polyester Kyle Lohse shirt in their closets will likely be very pleased with the uniform number that’s been issued to Oh:

(Big thanks to Kirk Kendall for pointing out this one.)

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Too good for the Ticker: Whoa, check out this 1970s shot of a Blues position player wearing a goalie-style mask! “I do not remember this at all, and I went to just about every home game in the ’60s and ’70s,” says reader Mikey Brethauer, who recently stumbled upon the photo. Anyone know more?

Update: Twitter user @_2244 reports that the player in question is Barclay Plager, who wore the mark in 1970-71 to protect a broken nose. Here’s another shot (click to enlarge):

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

Here’s a terrific mod-looking brochure from 1967 called “The Professionals Look at Pro Football.” Produced by NFL Properties, it features 16 different players and their various outlooks about the game. Check it out here.

That’s a tough one to top, but here are the rest of this week’s picks:

• Staying with 1967, how about this nice-looking “This Is The NFL” booklet with Dan Reeves on the cover, signed by legendary New York G-Men Bobby Crespo and Bookie Bolin.

• Two days ago, 88-year-old former Vikings coach Bud Grant decided to head out for the coin toss in sub-zero temperatures in short sleeves. That alone qualifies him for immortality here at Uni Watch. In honor of his effort, we present this 1963 “British American Oil Football Guide” by “Bud” Grant. Thirty-two pages of the Best of Bud (including, we imagine, how to get into the head of your opponent during cold weather).

• You know about electric football, but did you know Tudor also used to make Electric Major League Baseball? I’m sure all the players ended up in the left or right field corner.

• This 1950s MLB waste can by Harvell has seen better days, but the simple graphics and lack of corporate logos recalls a simpler time when the game was more like … a game.

• Check out this 1970s Bengals throwback kids’ helmet from Rawlings. Wouldn’t it be great to go back to this look? Oh, yes. And here’s a Bengals pennant from their first season or two.

• This great-looking 1971 Eagles throwback helmet reminds me of my first-ever game at Texas Stadium, November of 1972.

• This 1970s San Francisco Giants helmet bank is still in its original packaging.

Rebound with the New York Nets with this set of ten bumper stickers.

• Here we have a pair of John Havlicek-endorsed sneakers from the 1970s. Not quite as tech-y as the latest Air Jordan, eh?

• If you’ve ever thought, “I’d love to have a vintage New Orleans Saints ceramic tray, and have it be from an estate sale from their GM from 1968-1972,” I have just the thing.

Follow Brinke on Twitter: @brinkeguthrie

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The Ticker
By Mike Chamernik

Baseball News: A reader named Justice C has three cool retro Starter jackets. … Chris Flinn saw this photo of a Cuban baseball player (or perhaps bat boy or manager/coach) with “CB” on his back. He’s unsure what the letters stand for, but Chris did notice that the B is larger than the C, and it appears to be upside-down. … The Dodgers’ Kike Hernandez wrote his name and uni number in the foam of his morning latte. Jeez, when does baseball start again? Can’t come soon enough.

NFL News: Six people were arrested at Saturday’s Steelers/Bengals game. Two of them were wearing Steelers apparel in their mugshots. … The Vikings and Seahawks both wore special cold weather underwear during their game on Sunday, when temps were in the negatives (from Tim Dunn). … The Panthers will wear all-white on Sunday. I always thought it was a sharp look for them, and it’s what they wore during their last three rounds of their 2003-04 Super Bowl run. … The official poster of Super Bowl 50 was released yesterday. It’s more of a pop art concept than a realistic depiction of the city, according to Dave Newlands. … Washington OLB Junior Galette has a team logo tattoo. Galette has actually yet to play a snap for the team, because he missed the entire season with a torn Achilles. … This brief Marketplace radio clip breaks down some features that are coming to NFL stadiums, including lounges and expanded WiFi (from Andrew Cosentino). … I’ve been collecting mini NFL helmets from a machine at my local grocery store. They’re technically pencil-toppers, not gumball helmets, because they come in one piece. To display them, I decided to assort them all in a glass cylinder in front of a mirror in my dining room. Not bad!

Hockey News: Some NHL enforcers liked to coat their jerseys in Vaseline so that they would be hard to hold during a fight. Former ref Paul Stewart says he disallowed that (from Phil). … Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has a new mask. … The ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears ran a promotion where fans were able to sign the ice for tonight’s game (From @Dave Doop.)

NBA News: The Sixers will retire Dolph Schayes’s No. 4 on Jan. 23, but Nerlens Noel will get to keep wearing No. 4. … It’s always funny when today’s athletes receive free a car when they win an award. What’s a guy who makes $15 million a year going to do with an common-man Buick? Some players now simply donate the cars to charity. Anyway, Cincinnati Royal Adrian Smith was awarded a 1966 Ford Galaxie for winning the MVP of the 1966 NBA All-Star Game. Smith still has the car, and he still drives it (thanks, Patrick O’Neill). … The WNBA’s Seattle Storm have updated their colors. The green-and-yellow scheme matches what the Supersonics used to use. The Storm’s previous colors were more similar to what the Sonics had in the late 1990s (from Jimmy Wong). … This job posting indicates that the Clippers are getting a mascot. Move over, Clipper Darrell.

College Hoops News: Purdue backers are selling shirts that poke fun at Indiana. The “Say No To Clown Pants” shirts will help fund a cycling trek that will raise money for charity (from Kurt Esposito). … A Missouri women’s player has a Last Name-Comma-First Initial NOB (from Joel Mathwig).

Soccer News: The Premier League’s lion-based logo is going to be replaced (from Matthew Bonnett). … I don’t know much about soccer, but I do know that Mario Balotelli has a fascinating story and is one of the sport’s wackiest figures. What he used to do with teammates’ boots at Inter Milan adds to his legend (from Tim Cross). … Paris Saint-Germain is threatening legal action against rapper M.I.A after she wore a version of the club’s jersey in the video of her song “Borders.” Her shirt read Fly Pirates, while the club’s sponsor is Fly Emirates (from Tim Cross).

Grab Bag: Here’s what tennis player Genie Bouchard will wear at the Australian Open (from Jime Haron). … Pennsylvania’s Edinboro University’s sports teams are known as the Fighting Scots, and the backdrop for their press conferences matches that (from Kyle Martinek). … The upstate New York town of Whitesboro has voted to keep its town logo, which appears to show a white man strangling a Native American. … As reader David Firestone predicted a week or two ago, the new Mello Yello package design has resulted in a new NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series logo (from Alan Feller).

 

95 comments to A Uni Watch Look at the College Football Title Game

  • Bruce | January 12, 2016 at 7:52 am |

    That mod ’67 NFL brochure is amazing!!

  • Rob S | January 12, 2016 at 7:52 am |

    Based on the Maple Leafs player’s uniform, that Blues picture would have to be from 1970 at the earliest. Which would also mean the game was likely at Maple Leaf Gardens.

    • Paul Lukas | January 12, 2016 at 7:55 am |

      Good point. I’ll change “1960s” to “1970s”

  • Jamie | January 12, 2016 at 8:06 am |

    Paul, the pop up ads are our of control. This is the first day Ive noticed them, but it popped up 3-4 times just while I was reading the Lede. Just wanted to make you aware. Thanks

    • Paul Lukas | January 12, 2016 at 8:14 am |

      That shouldn’t be happening. If possible, please email me a screen shot. Thanks.

      • Jamie | January 12, 2016 at 8:21 am |

        That’s what I figured. It only happened when I first opened the page this morning. I’ll check again later.

    • SWC Susan | January 12, 2016 at 11:30 am |

      I get pop-ups all the time if I use Explorer. Email sent.

    • PaulS | January 12, 2016 at 12:39 pm |

      I don’t get the popups on Chrome, but the Flash running in the background just overloads the memory on my box. It will sometimes climb as high as 800,000 or 900,000kB (or is it 800 or 900 kkB?) before I’m through the Ticker.

  • Doom Service | January 12, 2016 at 8:19 am |

    I recall the St. Louis Blues player being one of the Plager brothers, Barclay, Bob or Bill, playing after a broken nose (or perhaps orbital bone). Can’t find supporting evidence quickly, however.

    • Paul Lukas | January 12, 2016 at 8:23 am |

      I’m told it’s Barclay. Refresh the page to see updated text and an additional photo.

  • BurghFan | January 12, 2016 at 8:32 am |

    Proofreading:
    “with uniform number that’s been issued to Oh:”
    “(From @Dave Doop.” no end paren

    • Paul Lukas | January 12, 2016 at 8:33 am |

      Both fixed.

  • Matthew Radican | January 12, 2016 at 8:55 am |

    Does anyone know the longest time it took an organization to retire a player’s number? Dolph Schayes last played for the 76ers in 1964! I know he just passed away but it seems kinda late to retire his number.

    • Paul Lukas | January 12, 2016 at 9:03 am |

      Great question!

    • Hank-SJ | January 12, 2016 at 9:28 am |

      Add to it why are they allowing Noel to continue to wear it? The press release said something about Noel honoring the number. Makes no sense just like their ownership/management.

    • Mike Engle | January 12, 2016 at 11:57 am |

      I answered these in a comment below…can’t easily reply inline on mobile.

  • scottrj | January 12, 2016 at 8:56 am |

    Best part of that Adrian Smith article was that, as a former Kentucky player, he exchanged the Louisville-colored red car he actually won for a blue model.

    Doesn’t top the he horse Freddie Lewis won as MVP of the 1975 ABA All-Star game, though. Then again, nothing can.
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    • SWC Susan | January 12, 2016 at 11:33 am |

      What he actually said in the video was they were not going to give away the red car. So he got to order what he wanted – blue for UK.

  • Random reader | January 12, 2016 at 9:06 am |

    In the story about the future changes for the English Premier League logo, there was also this little uni-related note:

    “Leeds United kit suppliers Kappa have been unable to supply a tracksuit that fits chunky manager Steve Evans, who still wears training gear from his former club Rotherham, albeit customised with Leeds branding.”

  • Nick | January 12, 2016 at 9:13 am |

    Paul,
    The flashing light on the back of the Alabama player is a GPS tracking unit. Examples here: http://c.files.bbci..... They’re commonly used in soccer and rugby and I believe they’re beginning to be used in American football as well.

    • Jason | January 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm |

      But Why? I noticed it too. wasn’t it a lineman? Why??

      • Perry | January 12, 2016 at 1:37 pm |

        Used to do heat maps in soccer, a visual display of how much time a player spent on each part of the field. Doesn’t make a lot of sense for American football.

      • Nick | January 12, 2016 at 11:15 pm |

        A guess? Probably to track how much they run in high intensity movements, or to track G forces of impact.

  • Keith Roelfsema | January 12, 2016 at 9:15 am |

    That would be the Kalamazoo K-Wings home ice, not Orlando. I definitely wouldn’t want to be a fan looking at that all game. I wonder how the players feel about it.

    “The ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears ran a promotion where fans were able to sign the ice for tonight’s game (From @Dave Doop.)”

    • Tom V. | January 12, 2016 at 12:56 pm |

      I knew there was something wrong with that post off the bat, the Solar Bears play in the Amway Center which is an NBA size arena.

  • Gordon | January 12, 2016 at 9:16 am |

    Anyone else bothered by the spelling of Enrique Hernandez’ nickname?

    • Toddro | January 12, 2016 at 11:07 am |

      I was thinking that. Should it go in the Redskins section on Fridays? I am guessing it isn’t pronounced the way I am pronouncing it…

      • mtjaws | January 12, 2016 at 12:47 pm |

        It’s pronounced “key-kay”. It’s similar in sound to Enrique, but not in spelling.

    • Ran Isaacs | January 12, 2016 at 2:31 pm |

      It’s always disturbing to see the first time, but I get over it quick. There’s an artist I sometimes collaborate with that has the same nickname, and it was a shock the first time I saw him write it in ten foot tall letters. Again, I got over it quick; it’s all about the meaning, not the symbols we use to represent sounds.

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | January 12, 2016 at 9:30 am |

    The biggest wait to retire a number? Dolph Schayes might have waited 52 years, but two Habs trump that. Emile Bouchard’s #3 waited 53 years, and Elmer Lach’s #16 waited 55 years. Those numbers got retired on the centennial, 12/4/2009.
    Johnny Pesky’s #6 for the Red Sox might count too, if you don’t count his coaching.

    • Matthew Radican | January 12, 2016 at 1:55 pm |

      Thanks for the quick response! I don’t really understand the rationale for a 50+ year wait.

      • Mike Engle | January 12, 2016 at 3:11 pm |

        I think I have a reasonable gue$$. You know it’s desperate for the Sixers: awful team and you can hardly pay people to watch the game, so let’s honor a Syracuse National! (Not doubting franchise lineage, but it’s fair to say not much is going well for that team.)
        Pleasure is mine. I love the Canadiens, and I also love jersey numbers, so when you asked, I had a gut reaction to go straight to Habs history to do the math because I thought it would be an answer.

    • Will S | January 12, 2016 at 8:35 pm |

      Without doing some real research there was also Frank Finnigan of the Ottawa Senators (not same franchise but retired by the team of the same name in the same league). Number was retired 58 years after he finished his NHL career.

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | January 12, 2016 at 9:36 am |

    Hank-SJ: it is not uncommon where if a number gets retired but somebody is wearing it, the current player has a chance to wear it out. BJ Armstrong and Bob Love #10 Bulls, Monroe and Dennis Rodman #10 Pistons, Reggie Jackson and whoever #3 is respectively for the Pistons, with Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace getting honored by the Pistons soon, #1 and #3…that’s all I can think of without my coffee.
    But sometimes people vacate. Ray Bourque vacated #7 on the spot for Phil Esposito, as did Ryan O’Byrne for Emile Bouchard’s #3.

    • riblet | January 12, 2016 at 1:40 pm |

      Bruce Bowen allowed LaMarcus to use 12.

      • Mike Engle | January 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm |

        That’s not however a case of a pre-existing last wearer keeping his now-retired-for-somebody-else number. That’s straight up taking a number down from the rafters with somebody’s blessing. See the Phoenix Suns, giving Grant Hill Alvan Adams’s #33.
        I’m just now remembering another example of a player vacating a number to be retired, in a different sport. The Houston Astros retired #24 for Jimmy Wynn, but instead of holding onto that number, Jason Lane took #16 instead and sent #24 straight to the rafters.

        • riblet | January 12, 2016 at 8:41 pm |

          Gotcha, I confused vacate. Got it reversed.

  • Jet | January 12, 2016 at 9:43 am |

    That was right in my sweet spot of following hockey and this is the first time I’m seeing those photos of Plager with a goalie mask! Incredible!

    -Jet

  • Rex (acctracker) | January 12, 2016 at 9:47 am |

    Just for the record, both pictures of the ESPN desks were taken after the game. The left shot is from the upstairs desk which had not yet updated the helmet.

    Thanks for the post.

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | January 12, 2016 at 9:48 am |

    That photo where it looks like there are two masked goalies defending the same net is probably my new favorite picture of all time.

    • Paul Lukas | January 12, 2016 at 10:07 am |

      Yeah, that one’s really special!

  • Kurt | January 12, 2016 at 10:07 am |

    I take it Seahawks will go mono-blue, it typically does not go well for them with blue tops/white or gray bottoms, which they only do for early-season road game in warm venue.

    • Tim | January 12, 2016 at 10:32 am |

      I don’t think the Seahawks have gone mono blue on the road since they’ve gone to the new set of uniforms. They wear the Blue Jersey with either the Grey or Blue pants.

      • riblet | January 12, 2016 at 1:42 pm |

        Blue jersey and “white” pants rather than blue maybe? Else hows it not mono-blue?

        • Phil Hecken | January 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm |

          They have two sets of pants that aren’t blue — so they can go blue over “wolf” gray or blue over white, both of which are infinitely superior to the mono-blue.

        • Paul Lukas | January 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm |

          There is no wolf grey. There is only grey.

        • riblet | January 12, 2016 at 8:45 pm |

          According to my wife there are like 50 shades of grey…surely wolf grey is one

        • Tim | January 13, 2016 at 1:48 am |

          Thanks for the correction. I was in a hurry making the comment. I believe the Seahawks position is that mono-blue is the home uniform and if they need to wear a blue jersey on the road they work with either the white or the grey pants.

    • Tim | January 12, 2016 at 11:00 am |

      Hawks and Panthers have played 4 times over the past 4 years.

      In 2012 and 2013, Hawks wore Blue over White when Carolina went mono white at home. Hawks won.

      In 2014, Hawks went Mono Grey when Carolina went Black over White at home. Hawks won.

      In 2015, Hawks went Mono Blue at home and Carolina went Mono White. Carolina won.

  • Dave Mac | January 12, 2016 at 10:48 am |

    As far as the Panthers 2003-2004 Super Bowl run, I believe they also wore white for the home wild card game against the Dallas Cowboys (forcing the ‘Boys to wear the dreaded blue uniform). So they would have worn white for all for playoff games that year, including the memorable Super Bowl 38. I know that the Panthers also wore white during the 1996-97 playoff run against Dallas at home and Green Bay on the road. So white seems to work well for them in the playoffs.

    Conversely, they’ve worn the black uniforms at home in a 2008-2009 loss to the Cardinals and a 2013-2014 loss to the 49ers. So white seems to be the way to go for Carolina come playoff time. Thankfully, it’s also their best look.

  • JTH | January 12, 2016 at 10:50 am |

    The special long johns the Vikings and Seahawks wore were made by someone other than Nike?

    So they can make a jersey that’s 73% lighter, 47% stronger and 61% moisture-wickier but they can’t make a piece of clothing that will keep players warm — y’know, do something that will actually improve performance?

    • Andrew Harrington | January 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm |

      Think a little bit. If you’re in business to sell large volumes of merchandise, it doesn’t make sense to spend time and money developing a line of gear for extreme, sub-zero weather that is only used by players once every five or ten years, because playoff games with these types of temperatures are rare.

      To maximize the return on your investment, you need to sell a lot of it, so you’ll make a cold weather line that’s targeted for, say, 15-35 degrees because that’s something that most players see every season. Let the little specialty company create the sub-zero gear. A company as large as Nike has little to no incentive to do so.

      • arrScott | January 12, 2016 at 3:01 pm |

        And yet UnderArmour is able to manufacture and sell, presumably at a profit, a wide range of functional cold-weather gear. It’s not like this season’s NFL players are the first people in American history to have reason to spend a few hours outdoors doing athletic activities in wintertime. And Nike’s size is an argument for its ability to supply playoff teams, on relatively short notice, with the equipment they need. It would actually cost a firm with the economies of scale and broad contract-manufacturing base less than it would cost a smaller firm to produce a limited run of non-retail leggings. And so what if Nike lost a few thousand bucks outfitting a couple of NFL teams with, you know, uniforms for one playoff game? Nike values the NFL contract at about $1 billion, and obviously Nike doesn’t expect to make an immediate cash profit off of literally every particular item it supplies to an NFL team. The proper test of whether Nike should supply a piece of uniform equipment to an NFL team is not, “Could we sell this item in large numbers to the general public?” The proper test is, “Does the NFL team we’ve contracted to supply need this item?”

        It’s yet another instance in which Nike has proven itself incapable of and uninterested in meeting the most basic needs of its clients. Not that one should expect better after the debacle of the Eagles uniforms. (To be fair to Nike, who knew that the NFL deal was going to require making green jerseys? Every business contract comes with a few surprises.)

        • Adam N. | January 12, 2016 at 5:15 pm |

          So you want Nike to specially design equipment for a very rare occurrence instead of just having teams get the equipment from a company that has decades of experience making it? That doesn’t make any sense.

          UnderArmour is a different story entirely. They started in the specialty/performance wear field and still have a very strong presence in it. Go into a Bass Pro Shop/Cabela’s/Gander Mountain and you will see a ton of UA equipment in the cold weather section and probably not a stitch of Nike gear.

        • JTH | January 12, 2016 at 6:03 pm |

          One of the few Nike items I happen to own is a pair of snowboarding pants.

          So it’s not as though Nike has no business presence in cold weather gear. A pair of longjohns suitable for playing football ain’t all that different from a pair that’s suitable for skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, whatever.

      • Phil Hecken | January 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm |

        “Go into a Bass Pro Shop/Cabela’s/Gander Mountain”

        ~~~

        Right after I hit Chick-fil-A.

        For skiing (eons ago) but more recently for curling, I bought both swooshie and UA (pro combat, I believe, and heat gear, respectively) and the UA is not only (slightly) less expensive, it’s worlds better. Thankfully, my local Marshall’s (or maybe it was TJ Maxx) had the stuff on deep discount, or I wouldn’t have bought it at all. I think the tags listed the UA pants & turtleneck at somewhere around $75, but I maybe paid $10 for each. It was definitely well-spent, as the UA *heat gear* is the best cold weather stuff I’ve ever bought.

        • JTH | January 12, 2016 at 10:06 pm |

          US heat gear is the best cold weather gear you’ve ever bought. Then the cold gear must really be amazing since that’s the stuff that’s made for cold weather.

          First round at the Boar’s Nest is on me!

        • JTH | January 12, 2016 at 10:07 pm |

          *UA* heat gear

  • Chance Michaels | January 12, 2016 at 10:52 am |

    Shame about the Premier League lion. I love that logo. They’ll probably go with something generic and less British to help their international merchandising.

    • JTH | January 12, 2016 at 11:12 am |

      Yep. You can count on that.

      “The move reflects the organisation’s desire to mirror major American sports leagues like the NBA and NFL in presenting a ‘clean’ brand.”

    • Lee | January 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm |

      Agreed. That lion logo has always been just about perfect as far as I’m concerned.

      Lee

  • MJ | January 12, 2016 at 11:04 am |

    @Gordon – yes, and I’m Catholic. Why not throw an accent over the 2nd E?

    Re: Bengals helmets – tiger stripes > spelled out team name. Every day. And twice on Sundays. Not even close.

    • mtjaws | January 12, 2016 at 12:50 pm |

      I love the Bengals’ striped helmet. May it never change.

    • riblet | January 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm |

      There’s no accent on the second e because not only is that not how his name is spelled, that’s not how its pronounced. Yahoo sports and other media who put it there, while probably well-meaning are being ignorant.

      But I will agree with the Bengals helmets. Never understood the hate. I get that they busied up their uniforms lately but those helmets remain gorgeous.

      • Paul Lukas | January 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm |

        You know, when I was editing Collector’s Corner and saw Brinke’s quip about the Bengals’ helmets, I thought, “Oh-oh — people aren’t gonna like that.” You have to remember that Brinke grew up in Cincy, so he has a sentimental bond with the older helmet design.

        Personally, I’ve never liked the stripey helmet (although I understand why people like it). But I’d never try to make a case for the original helmet either.

  • Tamaro | January 12, 2016 at 11:13 am |

    It’s kind of funny that Bud Grant was only 35 when he was on that 1963 Football Guide mentioned above. BUT, by before the 1963 season had started he had already won 75 regular season games AND Four Grey Cups!!

  • Bernard | January 12, 2016 at 11:13 am |

    One of the most dedicated Uni Watchers in the game, Terence Kearns, and his long time squeeze Cynthia, suffered a devastating house fire yesterday and lost everything (not including their cats, who are ok.) Please give anything you can to help them as they begin to piece their lives back together. I know this community is good for it.
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    • Paul Lukas | January 12, 2016 at 12:26 pm |

      Seconded. I’ll have more on this tomorrow.

  • Dave Mac | January 12, 2016 at 11:22 am |

    Does anyone know if the Rams are going to bring back their traditional colors/uniforms any time soon? Management has already been talking about it, and with a move to LA potentially getting the green light as soon as this week, will the team be in a rush to get out a new (er…old) look to coincide with the move? Paul, do you know anything?

  • Lee | January 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm |

    Can we get something straight?

    The current tiger stripes version of the Bengals helmets is so much better than the original ‘BENGALS’ it’s not even funny.
    Even when I first started getting into logos and uniforms in the 70’s, Cincinnati always was the 26th or 28th rated teams. Not so much as bad design or anything, but terribly generic, especially for a team with such a great name and color scheme. Always wasted potential.
    When they made the change, it was just about perfect, for the name and scheme, and the tiger stripe helmet was inspired.
    We won’t talk about their current uniform set, but the helmets shouldn’t ever change.

    Lee

    • walter | January 12, 2016 at 4:34 pm |

      I’m convinced you need to be a die-hard, veteran Bengals’ fan to show love for those helmets. They are the essence of “spartan”. The uniform that accompanied the first striped helmet was perfection, or would have been were the components made of tackle twill rather than silkscreened. It’s funny to recall that they were dismissed as loud and tasteless at the time. Little did we know how far the envelope would be pushed this many years after.

  • PaulS | January 12, 2016 at 12:46 pm |

    From the link on the special thermal underwear:
    “No WSI logos will be visible during the game because of the league’s sponsorship deal with Nike.”

    Does anyone else see the hypocrisy in this, with regard to baseball? I imagine it’s been covered here, but I don’t recall seeing it. Since Majestic has the uniform contract with MLB, how does Nike get away with having the logo showing on their underlayer (and right in the middle, where the jersey never covers it)?

    • Paul Lukas | January 12, 2016 at 1:18 pm |

      Majestic has the jersey/pants contract; Nike has the base-layer contract. Simple as that.

  • Todd | January 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm |

    Funny how Purdue is mocking Indiana’s pants while selling these abominations:

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  • Perry | January 12, 2016 at 1:35 pm |

    “Check out this 1970s Bengals throwback kids’ helmet from Rawlings. Wouldn’t it be great to go back to this look? Oh, yes.”

    Oh, no. The tiger-stripe helmet is about the only thing the Bengals do right in their current look. Maybe the best helmet in the NFL.

  • David Firestone | January 12, 2016 at 2:19 pm |

    I can’t wholly blame the NHRA for the new Mello Yello drag racing series logo, but I do think that their fingerprints are on the new Mello Yello logo. Peter Clifford, who became the new NHRA President has been making a number of changes to the sport, which has fans worried.
    The new Pro Stock designs and rules were implemented because Clifford “was worried about short fields” during national events. Rather than actually try to promote the class a bit more, which would make sense, considering there is a huge crop of talent, he made a number of design changes.
    The television contract change was a welcome move, as ESPN has been shitting on fans for quite some time. But the move came with a drastic change that shocked fans. Mike Dunn, long time color commentator, and I would argue the best color commentator in auto racing was let go. Granted he is being replaced by Tony Pedregon, who I have a lot of respect for, but still, it’s not going to be the same.
    So, given recent events, it would seem, at least to me, that the NHRA has a hand in the logo change for Mello Yello.

  • StLMarty | January 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm |

    Another year another national champion not wearing a futuristic uni.
    The 2001 Canes have a bit of an asterisk, but they look pretty tame compared to the current state.
    Take heed.

  • Ran Isaacs | January 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm |

    What’s up with the Rams pencil topper helmet? It looks hand-painted.

    • Mike Chamernik | January 12, 2016 at 7:25 pm |

      Tell me about it. After I snapped the photo I was bothered that the Rams helmet was so front and center. It’s the only dud I’ve gotten.

  • Brian | January 12, 2016 at 3:35 pm |

    Since they can’t count in Alabama, they thought they were going for their 16th national championship. For that reason, I thought it was neat to have the “16” stand out in the CFP jersey patch by having a white football.

    • Phil Hecken | January 12, 2016 at 7:02 pm |

      “Since they can’t count in Alabama…”

      ~~~

      Really?

      • riblet | January 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm |

        Alabama has 10 AP National Championships, plus another season when the Coaches awarded them a championship. The other 5 were awarded by other polls,organizations, etc and are open to dispute…of course other schools do this as well.

        I’m hoping that’s what Brian was referring to

  • pilight | January 12, 2016 at 3:43 pm |

    I like the new Storm colors. Get the red out! One thing we color blind people know is that red & green should not go together.

  • Justice C | January 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm |

    Hey guys, Cool story for you, Saw that you knew about electric football, which is very random, because when I was about 10 in 2004-2005 My Pop Warner Team made the National Championship, I heard Electric Football on here, and was reminded what present my dad got me in Orlando (Disney Sports Complex is where we played the Playoffs, Like college, It was a game to get in then the Final CHampionship), We were in a Cracker Barrel in Florida and he bought me the game and it still sits here in my house 10 years later, cool little memory.

  • Justice C | January 12, 2016 at 7:08 pm |

    Also I had the jackets in the ticker hopefully someone noticed them, one day I might have one from each team lol, Started with AL west, next is NL Central

  • Justice C | January 12, 2016 at 7:09 pm |

    AlsoStLMArty, although they were at the time kooky uni’s Miamis BECOME classic in style and within the weirdness of their uni’s so I get what you mean, Oregon and the BFBS has them beat, btw I love UCLA football, COME ON with the jerseys lately, go back to Powder and Old Gold

  • Justice C | January 12, 2016 at 7:14 pm |

    I dont know how I feel about the Bengals HELMET, but the Two Bar face masks and teams that have mugs and stuff of those, my lord, I LOVE ME SOME 2 Bar LOGOS

  • StLMarty | January 12, 2016 at 8:15 pm |

    How’s it going San Diego? I feel your pain. Literally.

  • StLMarty | January 12, 2016 at 9:22 pm |

    Never mind, SD. You still have hope.

    • JTH | January 12, 2016 at 9:57 pm |

      Hope? Yes.

      But do they have a Kenobi?

  • Steve | January 13, 2016 at 11:06 am |

    I saw the green light on the back of the Bama jersey too. I thought that it was under the jersey since it moved with the player as if it were attached.

  • Matt | January 13, 2016 at 2:37 pm |

    Regarding Electric Baseball:

    The only players that moved were the base runners, which were on a little track, so no issues with the players all ending up in the corners. The pitcher would pitch a little metal ball and the batter would swing a bat on a lever. Each fielder was represented by circles. If the batted ball landed in one of the circles, the batter would be out. If not (and I’m forgetting the exact rules here), the ball would have to be launched by a slingshot-type thing in center field (not shown in this pic for some reason) to the base where you were trying to get the vibrating/moving runner out.

    All in all, it sucked.

  • Jake | January 15, 2016 at 2:37 pm |

    So you’re told that Clemson also wore a “similar mortarboard decal”? I thought you were Uni-watch and I always liked your website until now, very disappointing. Clemson players who have graduated have worn the decal for years and yes there are always several who are graduate students or in the case of this game have just graduated. Also, when is ESPN going to get real Clemson helmets? We haven’t worn the puny paw that is on their helmets for years.