DIY Helmets and a WFL History Lesson

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By Phil Hecken

I’m joined today by a longtime Uni Watch favorite, Leo Strawn, Jr., who has graced these pages with many great things, including some terrific DIY projects (although he may be better known these days as the guy who gets a lot of “Too Good For The Ticker” entries). Not today, though — today Leo gets the lede, as he’s here with … (Continue reading)

Uni(tard) Watch: Pirate Edition

Last week I wrote about how Iowa’s basketball team had worn unitards (well, at least in practice, although not in a game) back around 1989 or ’90. Today we can add another school to the unitard list: Seton Hall. But as you’ll see, their unitard was different than the ones worn by N.C. State, Oklahoma State, and Iowa.

Credit for this one goes to reader Jon Volpe, who began by sending me this photo of former Seton Hall player Anthony Avent: (Continue reading)

Uni(tard) Watch: Hawkeye Edition

When I recently wrote about Oklahoma State basketball’s 1989 unitards, I mentioned that reader Dave R. had said he remembered seeing Iowa wear unitards, but that I had checked with Iowa and they said, “No, we never wore anything like that.”

That might have been the end of that. Fortunately, two Uni Watch readers have come to the rescue. Let’s start with this: (Continue reading)

Uni(tard) Watch

A few Fridays ago I wrote a piece about NC State basketball’s infamous 1989 unitards, which were worn for two days before being scrapped. Toward the end of that piece, I wrote, “[T]he NC State unitard never caught on with other schools.”

But it turns out I was wrong.

Shortly after that piece ran, reader Brad Hardy got in touch to tell me that Oklahoma State had also worn unitards in 1989. Frankly, I was skeptical — I’d never heard or seen anything about that, and it had never come up during any of my previous discussions of the NC State design. I asked Brad if he had any photos, figuring he probably couldn’t come up with any.

Shows what I know: (Continue reading)