Sunday Morning Bowl Watch

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By Phil Hecken

Good Sunday Morning, Uni Watchers — we’ve reached the (almost) half-way point in Bowl season, with 18 of the 40 bowls having been completed. Next Sunday, we’ll be through with all but one — the National Championship Game. Today, I’m pleased to bring back two of our NCAA Football Uni Watching stalwarts, Terry Duroncelet, who handle recaps of the first 18 games, and Joe Ringham, who’ll bring us a 5 & 1 for the first 18 of the bowls.

So far, the bowls have mostly produced some pretty nice matchups, as teams are wont to ditch their alts and special costumes, and wear their “Sunday Best” as it were, uniform wise. Not every matchup has been a beaut, and some teams with multiple uniform options haven’t necessarily matched up all that well. We did get a treat yesterday, as the Pinstripe Bowl between Duke and Indiana featured a nice all-blue vs. all red uniform matchup, with Duke sporting a new helmet decal on their white hats, and the Hoosiers busting out their own metallic candy-striped dome. (Continue reading)

Let's Go Bowling (Part The Second)

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By Phil Hecken

Back today with Part II of my Bowl predictions. To all those of you who celebrated Christmas yesterday, I hope it was merry and bright. Remember — the greatest gifts are not those found beneath the tree. If you missed Part I, you can click here.

The concept of this exercise is pretty simple: pick the winners of the bowl games (against the spread), based on who has the better uniform set worn throughout the 2015 season. As always, you can click on the graphics to see a full size. In all cases, every attempt was made to include all uniform combos worn by each team throughout the year. In some instances, a team with a better uniform in general, but who goes off the grid with too many “special” unis (or fails to use school colors) will not get the nod over a lesser-attired team. It’s not a question of how many unis and combos a school has — it’s who wears them better.

Since there are 40 total bowl games this season (plus the final Playoff Game for the National Championship), and a lot of the Bowls have either only corporate d-baggery sponsor names or have changed names/sponsors, I’ll refer to them as their names appear here. A request was made last weekend to include the location & stadium name for each, so I’ll do that as well. (Continue reading)

Donald and the Ducks

I’ve always thought that Donald Trump’s obvious analog in the sports world was the New York Yankees. The overweening hubris masquerading as a commitment to excellence, the absurd insistence that anything less than 100%-gold-plated success is an abject failure, the garish flaunting of wealth, the undercurrent of jingoism — Trump and the Yanks were clearly cut from the same cloth. When George Steinbrenner died, I even thought (and kinda hoped) Trump would make a bid to purchase the team. They weren’t just made for each other; they deserved each other.

But that was when Trump was just a real estate magnate. Now that he’s an aspiring politician with a penchant for increasingly controversial statements, it’s become apparent to me that a different comparison is in order: Trump is to politics what the Oregon Ducks are to uniforms.

Consider: (Continue reading)

Let's Go Bowling (Part The First)

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By Phil Hecken

OK, kids — it’s that time of year again. That wonderful time of year known as “Bowl Season.” And as I’ve done for the past several years (to varying degrees of success), I shall pick the winners of the bowl games (against the spread), based on who has the better uniform set worn throughout the 2015 season.

Some of the games will have a slam-dunk winner for best uni, some will be pretty easy to see, others are a tough call — and some feature teams that are both so bad…neither team deserves to be picked.

As always, you can click on the graphics to see a full size. In all cases, every attempt was made to include all uniform combos worn by each team throughout the year. In some instances, a team with a better uniform in general, but who goes off the grid with too many “special” unis (or fails to use school colors) will not get the nod over a lesser-attired team. It’s not a question of how many unis and combos a school has — it’s who wears them better. (Continue reading)