The NBA took centerstage on Christmas Day, in what is becoming an annual holiday tradition. Like the previous year, teams were sporting a Star of Davidsnowflake patch on their unis. The only problem with this is when home teams wore white, rendering the patch practically invisible.
* Knicks and Heat had a red and green color-on-color game, in honor of Christmas. The Knicks (like all the other teams) had their patch on their left shoulder, but the Heat sported their snowflake on the right.
Not a bad effort by the NBA, assuming any of you saw the games. I realize a snowflake, pretty much by definition, is white, but perhaps the NBA might have considered, I don’t know, maybe putting an outline around those teams who put them on white uniforms. Just a thought for next year.
The NBA ruled the day, but they weren’t the only game in town yesterday — The Titans and Chargers, two of the AFL’s “original eight” franchises, staged a Christmas night battle, but neglected to wear their gorgeous respective throwbacks. Of course, since it was on the NFL Network, no one would have seen them anyway.
Fortunately, no college bowls were played yesterday, or I would have fallen even farther in the “bowl pool” than my already incredibly lame 1-6 record. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once a while.
And now, a word from Paul:
Research Project: I’m compiling a list of the most unusual uni-related moments of the past decade. This can include typos, players wearing the wrong uni, teams being forced to improvise when their uniforms are lost or stolen, torn uniforms, broken equipment, etc. — anything out of the ordinary. I already have a pretty good list, but I’d welcome your nominations (esp. from earlier in the decade), so feel free to chime in. Thanks.
The Hockey Wing, or at least the “President” of said wing, Teebz, reminds everyone that the World Junior Championships begin today. Teebz likes to rate uniforms on the “good or stupid” scale, only to him, it’s more like “dumb and dumber.” Here’s Teebz:
With the World Junior Championships beginning today — and Canada looking for its record sixth-straight gold medal — in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan, there are a few things that have changed in terms of the way the teams look.
If you’re looking for WJC information, the IIHF website has a ton of it. If you like hockey, this is one tournament that should never be missed. Especially with the 2011 Championship taking place in Buffalo, NY.
Here are some of the changes you may see this holiday season. Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg, but these are the ones I have noticed already.
* TV numbers are now closer to the shoulder instead of the upper arm. While there was no reason to move the numbers, it appears that this was a move to ensure the same placement of all the numbers on TV. Except on Sweden who is wearing Reebok. Uniformity trumps tradition. I’d call this a wash in the “good vs. dumb” debate.
* Swedish players have their names across their lower back. This continues in the same fashion as it did last year, but I’m still not a fan of it. I’m not sure why Sweden is the only team that prefers their names under the numbers rather than over them, but they are the only team that to do this thus far. Dumb.
*Sweden has also been outfitted in Reebok which is nicely highlighted for your enjoyment. Any sane person would expect to see the Reebok vector on the back, but there’s no vector there like we find on NHL and AHL jerseys. Instead, Reebok decided to put it under the collar on the front. In a contrasting colour! If Reebok wants to be like Nike and have its logo on the front, it had better be discreet. Otherwise, Reebok is now saying that they are more important than the entire country of Sweden. Insanely stupid.
* Canada will wear green for one game instead of black. Canada’s alternate jersey was black, which I never liked, in keeping with Hockey Canada’s colours. This year, they have introduced a green alternate jersey as they play in Saskatchewan. The same colour green as the only professional team in Saskatchewan. I’m not calling this a “sell-out”, but it seems pretty darn close when you’re trying to sell jerseys to a football-loving, Roughrider-partisan crowd. Dumb.
We’ve got a name, and we’ve got a logo…. OK, after much deliberation and search, we’re proud to announce the official Uni Watch Deep Freeze, a big event coming up in just a few short weeks in Minnesota — centering around the 2010 U.S. Pond Hockey Championships — but which will include a bunch of sports and uni-related events for anyone who is interested. The event is taking place during January 22, 23 and 24, or 2010, and will include lots of activities for those who want to make the trek.
If you scroll down to the second section (“Uni Watch Winter Classic Advisory”), you’ll see all the details.
Paul will be there, I will be there, and we’re expecting many other UWers traveling from near and far, including, but not limited to: RPM, JTH, Teebz, Ricko, Ben Traxel and several others. Aside from all the activities listed in that link, Paul will be convening a gathering as well. If you’re interested in attending, contact Ricko (his contact info is in the linkie), since those coming in from out of town may want to book a block of rooms at a reduced rate near all the activities.
And who designed the Uni Watch Deep Freeze logo you see here? None other than Ben Traxel, who’ll be attending the festivities. Fantastic job, Ben!
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard:
The scoreboard may be grainy,
the picture may be old,
enough clues should be present
for the answer to unfold.
Our next round of NFL uniform tweaks/revisions and concepts is upon us.
Starting off the show today is Scott Hogan, who offers
some thoughts on the Vikings:
I’ve been and will be a lifelong Vikings fan. Excuse
the MS Paint work, I just gave the Vikings the reversal look that the Broncos, Panthers, Falcons and numerous more have. I don’t mind the gold if it can be more gold and less bright yellow. Plus I think the purple would look good in the piping. I even played with reversing the road whites. Love Uni Watch and would buy me a membership card if Paul would make it for the Vikings road unis. But I guess that’s too much purple…? I’d settle for a reddish blue.
Next up is Kenny Jacobson, who feels the Bengals, Seahawks and Ravens can all use an overhaul:
Since I’m sure you don’t have enough to do… I’ve done some uni updates for you.
Cincy needs new duds, of course, so here’s home and road. And if you want to get really adventurous, home and road.
Seattle needs to go back to these colors, home and road. If you wanted to stick with a more modern template, maybe home and road.
Baltimore needs to get away from the ‘Darth Vader’ look and make better use of that gold in their trim, like home and road.
That’s all for now. Have an exceptional day.
Interestingly enough, our next submitter, Justin Wang also has some thoughts on Cincinnati’s football team:
A few notes:
1. The shoulder panels were inspired by the Seahawks’ away unis.
2. Sock stripes match the shoulder stripes.
3. Took out the “B” chest logo.
Our next tweak comes from Sam Belk, who has some throwback Buccaneer looks:
Alright, alright, I know what people see when they think of Tampa’s unis, Creamcicle. But as a Bucs fan, since half our wins this year came in the delicious uniforms, I’ve got to love them (alright, I admit, I already did).
I’ve created an alternate for the bucs that mixes the old with the new.
From the new, I’ve kept the number script, the numbers on the shoulders, the ‘Buccaneers’ script on the chest and the alternate logo on the sleeves. The jersey is actually a darker orange if you can notice it, it is from the football on the current logo.
From the old, The pants are essentially the same, though I widened the stripes and added some color to the belt, and I modernized the stripes on the socks.
The helmet has the orange facemask and white helmet color but retains the current helmet logo. There is also an alternate helmet I’ve designed for the sole reason that I am jealous of the Chargers’ alternate with the lightning bolt/player number combo. It’s the swords from the logo with the players’ number over top.
And our final uniform revision today comes from Walter Young, who last weekend tweaked the Jets, and who wanted to follow that up with this:
OK, watching the Cardinals/San Fransisco Monday night game and came up with a fast tweak for the Kurt Warner Cardinals helmet logo. All in good fun.
I’d like to thank everyone for their comments on my four “modernized” Jets uni-tweaks that posted on Saturday (12/19/09). My concepts were not my desired direction that the Jets uniforms should take. They were just a possible direction given current trends, while maintaining some semblance Jets “style”.
When I sent my tweaks I neglected to send in this Logo tweak. It is intended to, at the same time, pay homage to the Jets Kelly Green past, and give the “NY” more prominence, while not minimizing the “JETS” in the logo.
Since my initial uni-tweak submission I decided to stay more within the current Jets uniform framework, and address the shoulder loop segments, along with tendency to diverge into the world of monochrome.
The simplest way to address the monochrome tendency was to go with a pair of pants that is neither Green, nor White. I chose to avoid bright colors like Gold or Yellow, or the typical Grey or Silver (kind of been done already). I chose to lean toward the “Tan” colors. While not a traditional Jets color range, it is an old school football color. I came up with two choices, a sort of Olive/Khaki, and a medium Tan. To me, both seem to work well with the Jets Green and White.
Since the Jets shoulder loops have begun to look more like epaulets, I decide to remove them. I also chose to borrow from Ricko’s “comp sleeves” concept, with a ½ to full-length sleeve compression shirt. While it may not exactly match the Jets earlier sleeve designs, I feel it is fairly representative the of the look.
I worked up uniform sets in the Jets current Hunter/Forest Green (it really is closer to Hunter than Forest ) with either Olive/Khaki, or Tan pants. Since it didn’t require much effort I did the same in the Jets old Kelly Green. All of the striping: helmet, comp-sleeve, pant leg, and sock, are proportional. I did away with the current contrasting sleeve cuff, since it tends to disappear nearly 50% of the time. I included the alternative comp-sleeve in each mock-up, given that if you put something in the toy chest, the equipment manager is going to play with it.
I can’t forget to mention Chris Creamers SportLogos.Net, whose templates I used for my tweaks.
Ok, this is all for today’s round. Still have a few more to get to, and there are always new ones coming in. If you have a tweak/suggestion/revamp/whatever, send them to me. Cheers.
I’ve still yet to speak with Coach Marc Walls, the man who brought to us the “Design A Uniform” contest for the Clarksville Wildcats, but I do have the results of the “Reader Poll” in which many of you voted for your favorite design in the categories of “best uniform” and “best logo”.
Here then, are those results (big thanks to James Huening for compiling them and running the poll):
Whose uniform design do you think is the best?
Ryan Muraro…241 votes…43.35%
Whose individual logo design do you think is the best?
Jeff Bahry…197 votes…35.43%
My thanks, once again, to everyone who participated, to everyone who voted, and especially to Coach Walls for coming up with the idea.
Well, there you have it. A Boxing Day Uni Watch. I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas had a wonderful day, hopefully with family and/or friends. Santa didn’t bring me much in the “uni” department, but that’s OK, because I got to spend another Christmas with my pop, who a year ago at this time, wasn’t doing particularly well in the health department (he was recovering in a nursing home/rehab facility after a particularly bad struggle with west nile virus — a disease which can be fatal). He’s still not anywhere near where he once was (health-wise), but just having him “at home” for one more Christmas was the best present I could ever get. Love ya, pop. Just remember, the greatest presents we can receive are not those found beneath the tree.
I did get a pretty sweet cardigan I plan to use for curling (or maybe for sitting around and screaming “GET OFF MY LAWN” in). Either way, it’ll get some good use.
Santa’s finally here, boys and girls, and he’s packing some serious heat, so don’t get any bright ideas about dipping your hand into into someone else’s stocking, ya dig?
Anyway: Two dozen readers have made the ho-ho-ho scene in a big way, because they’re the winners of the Uni Watch holiday raffle. Here they are, along with the prizes they’ll be receiving:
1. Aaron Stilley (Uni Watch membership)
2. Darryl Pickworth (autographed MLB sleeve patch)
3. Zach Brady (Hebrewers tee)
4. Carl Muranda (I’m Calling It Shea tee)
5. Joel Paylor (sportswear tags)
6. Jeffrey Berman (Ravens/O’s hybrid cap)
7. Jonathan Reinfeld (batting gloves)
8. Jeremiah Tillman (Huskies jersey)
9. James Ortez (49ers mini-pennant)
10. Daniel Tatomyr (Yankee Stadium monograph)
11. Calvin Lasister (Mets belt buckle)
12. Brandon Merchant (Ticket Journal album)
13. Beau Schott (NHL/Reebok eco shirt)
14. Charlie Ryczek (Meats tee)
15. Ben Wideman (I Still Call It the Jake tee)
16. Marc Bowen (Rob Ullman tee)
17. Jason Hijuelos (I Still Call It Mile High tee)
18. Tris Wykes (76ers tee, blank on back)
19. Erik Davila (Astros baseball card book)
20. Joe Wolper (76ers tee w/ logo on back)
21. Josh Eisenberg (Asheville Tourists tee)
22. Dan McCue (Farkas Eye Black tee)
23. Chris Stoppel (I Still Call It Joe Robbie tee)
24. Bob Sughrue (Islanders tee)
I did my best to accommodate people’s prize requests, but a few folks ended up getting stuck with items that weren’t on their wish lists. Eh, whatever, you can always re-gift the item to someone else, right? But if you don’t want the prize you’re slated to receive, please contact me pronto. Otherwise, watch your mailbox over the next week or two, as I’ll be mailing out the prizes in a few batches.
I’m about to head out to Long Island to spend the day with my family (including my brother, whose birthday is today). My sincerest best wishes to all Uni Watch readers for a swell holiday season. Hope Santa brought you exactly what you wished for and that you got a little under-the-mistletoe action to boot. I don’t care how naughty or nice you’ve been — you’re all aces in my book.
And to close us out, here’s Phil with his annual holiday address:
Does the logo shown above look familiar? No? What about now?
The first design is actually an early version of the mark that eventually became the Hartford Whalers logo. In fact, the triple-pointed design was presented to the team and accepted, but the designer, Peter Good, thought he could improve upon it, so he went back to the drawing board. You can see the progression from that first mark to the final design in these sketches, and Good’s creative process is described in this text.
All of that comes from an early edition of this book, which the pseudonymous Hungry Hungry Hipster was kind enough to scan for me, providing us with a rare look at the evolution of a great logo.
Research Project: I’m compiling a list of the most unusual uni-related moments of the past decade. This can include typos, players wearing the wrong uni, teams being forced to improvise when their uniforms are lost or stolen, torn uniforms, broken equipment, etc. — anything out of the ordinary. I already have a pretty good list, but I’d welcome your nominations (esp. from earlier in the decade), so feel free to chime in. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Arizona’s white helmet is apparently more than a rumor (with thanks to Kenny Abbey). … Here’s a classic — Casey and the Lip lighting up. That’s from a small assortment of baseball-themed tobacco ads that Bruce Menard sent me. Bruce’s favorite is this one. “There’s so many things wrong with that ad, but a kid in bell-hop uni extolling the virtues of ‘No cigarette hangover’ to the Yankee Clipper is just too funny (or sad, depending on your point of view).” … Worst soccer uniforms of the decade listed here (with thanks to Benjamin Graff). … Completely cringe-inducing yet oddly compelling video clip about Bill Belichick’s cut-off sweatshirt sleeves here (with thanks to Dave Montgomery). … A small item at the bottom of this page notes that Bowling Green will be wearing white over white in the Humanitarian Bowl (with thanks to Tom Konecny). … Whoa — the Swinging Friar lives! Pretty good likeness, eh? The logo version dates back at least to the 1950s, when the Padres were a minor league team, while the photo is from 1966, so this is a case of life imitating art, not the other way around (amazing find by Bryan Grupp). … RNOB in last night’s Poinsettia Bowl (thanks, Phil). … If you go to this page and scroll or drag the content so you can see the right-hand side of the page, you’ll find an article about the Phillies’ 1986 St. Paddy’s Day uniforms. It’s hard to be sure, but the article sort of implies that the green unis were a new thing for that year, which doesn’t jibe with what Morris Levin had always thought: “I thought the Phillies had first worn these in 1981. That’s how Mitchell & Ness dates theirs, although I’m not positive that was accurate. Tug McGraw is often anecdotally credited with introducing this to the Phillies when he dyed his uniform, but in this article they say Phillies owner Bill Giles had the idea.” Hmmmmm. … The Oral Roberts hoops team has added an “OR” memorial patch for the school’s founder (with thanks to Ryan Atkinson). … Five NBA games on tap for tomorrow. All teams will be wearing the snowflake patch, plus the Knicks and Heat will wear green and red, respectively. Not positive, but I think several teams may be wearing red/green sneakers too.
Holiday Schedule: The site will be open for chatter tomorrow, and Phil will have his usual multi-course feast on the weekend. Uni Xmas to all, and to all a striped stocking.
Twenty years ago this month, the Eagles came up with one of my all-time favorite uniform remembrances. After quarterbacks coach Doug Scovil passed away on December 9th, they memorialized him by adorning their helmet wings with strips of black electrical tape, which they wore for the final three games of the regular season and their one playoff game.
I’ve always loved this gesture — simple, stark, effective, and it sort of looked like they’d “clipped their wings,” so to speak. I’ve seen plenty of photos of it, but I’d never seen video of it until a few days ago, when Phil stumbled upon this video clip (be sure to stick it out through the commercial break, which includes Mike Schmidt wearing a generic uni that looks vaguely Cardinals-ish):
Always fun to see the Eagles and Cowboys fighting, too. Couldn’t happen to two nicer teams.
With bowl season upon us, Christopher Wheeler pointed me toward this Orange Bowl history page, which turns out to be chock-full of uni-notable photos. Here’s a chronological rundown:
1937 (Duquesne vs. Mississippi State): Love the pre-zebra-era officials. They must have had quite a time figuring out which team was which in this dark-vs.-dark contest. The teams were Duquesne and Mississippi State, although I don’t know which is which in the photo.
1938 (Auburn vs. Michigan State): What’s going on with this runner? Like, is that a ribcage protector, or a girdle, or what?
1942 (Georgia vs. TCU): By now the officials were wearing zebra stripes, but they were button-fronts, not pullovers. Again with the dark vs. dark, too.
1967 (Florida vs. Georgia Tech): This appears to have been a very good-looking game. Both teams could do a lot worse than to revive these designs as throwbacks.
1974 (Penn State vs. LSU): We’re so used to seeing Penn State wearing blank helmets that it’s hard to process the sight of them with TV numbers up there. According to the Helmet Project, they wore that style “during at least two periods: 1961 (and possibly earlier), and again from 1967 to 1974.”
1998 (Nebraska vs. Tennessee): Adidas’s three-stripe logo creep doesn’t look so bad compared to this.
Thanks to Christopher for pointing me toward this great material.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Strat-O-Matic baseball is incorporating Negro Leaguers into its player sets. … Barcelona wore their orange jerseys while winning the Club World Cup on Saturday but donned their primary striped jerseys for the trophy presentation and photos. “You can still see the orange peeking out at the waists, and the orange socks too,” says Matt Brukman. “They pulled the same stunt after winning the European championship in 1992.” … I was intrigued by this 1949 World Series photo, which ran in Sunday’s New York Times. Pretty interesting that an usher would greet Tommy Henrich before he reach home plate. Looks like another usher is about to join the party, too. … Now that’s a hat (great find by Nate Morris). … Absolutely spectacular graphic slideshow detailing how Fenway Park is being prepared for the Winter Classic here (big thanks to Jay Sullivan). … Meanwhile, two boarding school hockey teams got to play at Fenway the other day. Lots more photos here, and additional info here (with thanks to Matthew Robins). … Okay, so we all know the Lakers’ jerseys and shorts used to have different shades of purple, but this is ridiculous (with thanks to Michael Cooperman). … The U.S. Olympic bobsled uniforms will look like this (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: Here’s the logo for the 2010 FIVB World Congress and this year’s Japanese basketball all-star uniforms. … Lots of really interesting info about Arizona’s equipment staff prepping for the Holiday Bowl here and here (very nice find by Eric Sing). … If you have an 8mm movie projector, you might be interested in these 1960s high school football home movies (as found by Tris Wykes). … Awesome analysis of the differences in the early-’70s A’s uniforms here (big thanks to Dave Grob). … The Tulsa Oilers will be wearing an Xmas-themed jersey this Friday (with thanks to Ryan Atkinson). … FNOB alert. That’s from the 1991 Cotton Bowl (screen shot by Doug McConnell). … Injury report from Doug Keklak, who writes: “Jordan Staal took a puck (or stick) off the nose. Came back later with a full face guard like you see in youth hockey.” … Great slideshow of some of Umbro’s more questionable jerseys (with thanks to Terence Kearns). … “I got a chance to hang out with a buddy who’s in the Army over the holidays,” says Jake Sorg. “He showed me the current generation of boots they are wearing. It appears that swooshification isn’t limited to athletic uniforms.” Wow — Nike Pro Combat, for real! … The Wizards are wearing that “Abe” patch for Abe Pollin, which looks really odd on DeShawn Stevenson, because he has an Abe Lincoln tattoo on his throat (as noted by Stephen Boyd). … More stuff from Jeremy: Japanese basketball refs have a whistle illustration on their jerseys, and the people at the scorer’s table have their own uniforms. … And still more from Jeremy: The Japanese World Cup jerseys have a crow’s feather pattern knit into the fabric. … Joshua Jedwab, disgusted by the Blues’ alternate jersey design (“Barely a practice jersey,” he sniffs), has come up with some concepts of his own. … Yesterday’s entry about Tommy Kelly losing his pants reminded Paddy Fleming of a 2006 incident in which rugby player Donncha O’Callaghan went without his shorts. … Uh, no. Just no.
In more conventional uni-related news from around the league:
• After all the weekend soap operatics regarding Chad Bengal — he’ll wear Chris Henry’s jersey, he’ll be fined, the union will pay his fine, wait, the union isn’t allowed to pay his fine, he won’t wear the jersey after all, he’s changing his name to UnoCinco — he just wore his regular jersey after all (although he did carry Henry’s jersey onto the field).
• Josh Cribbs keeps wearing the Browns’ striped socks as arm warmers, which is totally cool by me.
• I don’t fully understand what happened here, but it sure looks like the start of a Monday Night Football game. (Screen shot by way of Chad Morris, who sent it to me while on the way to the hospital for the birth of his first child. Now that’s devotion!)
• Want to see just how messed up the various jersey cuts are these days? Look at this. That’s Brandon Chillar in the center, wearing the same newfangled jersey that Jermichael Finley’s been wearing. On the right is Tramon Williams, wearing a standard jersey. And I’m not sure what Mark Tauscher is wearing — his TV numbers look normal, but his collar and NFL Equipment shield placement look more like the stretchy jersey, except that his uni number is positioned much higher than on the stretchies. What a mess.
• Rob Ullman notes that Mark Sanchez was wearing a Jets logo mouthguard, which looks sorta gross. (As an aside: I don’t follow MMA, or UFC, or whatever they’re calling it this week, but Keith Winney says many of the fighters’ mouthguards now feature custom designs — fangs, American flags, messages, etc. The fangs have also been worn by at least one NFL player, Jovan Belcher, and maybe by Darnell Dockett as well. None of which can bode particularly well for the future of our civilization.)
Button, button, who’s got the button?: Got an intriguing note the other day from Jim Lonetti, as follows:
I recently was at a training session for volunteers who will work the concession stands at the new Target Field for the Minnesota Twins. The topic of name tags came up, and the representative for Delaware North (the company in charge of concessions) mentioned the tags are still in development. He said the usual lame lanyards or other tags that use that fancy P-touch machine are being considered.
I quickly sketched up something from memory. Do you remember this type of button? Old vendors used to wear them — they had the little window that was covered by clear plastic that displayed the vendor’s name or maybe the price of beer, making this feature of the button easily changeable? When I described them to the Delaware North rep, he was very interested in my idea and wants me to contact him if I can find some information. I tried to locate some examples on eBay or elsewhere on the web with no luck. Perhaps a Uni Watch reader has some examples or can put me in touch with a button manufacturer that still produces this design.
So that is the Uni Watch challenge. Let’s bring classic vendor buttons to Target Field for the Twins upcoming season!
I’m not familiar with this type of button, but maybe someone else is. If you know where to source these, feel free to contact Jim directly. Thanks.
Membership Update: We’re fully caught up on membership card designs (including Josh Jedwab’s mid-’80s Canucks flying-V treatment, shown at right). Scott will soon be heading west for the holidays, so if you’ve been thinking about signing up, it would be good to enroll by tomorrow morning, or else you may face a slight delay. As always, full sign-up details are available here.
Raffle Reminder: The Uni Watch holiday raffle is ongoing. For details, look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s a new one: BLOB — that’s bowl logo on back, as worn by Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl. (thanks to Dan Cichalski for the close-up screen shot). … In that same game, a Wyoming player had an awesome helmet decal glitch. Kinda gives a 3-D effect to the design, no? (Screen shot courtesy of Aaron Wiens). … The Padres are supposedly going pee-and-poo for Thursday home games next season, at least according to that report. That doesn’t jibe with my info, but I’ll see what I can find out. … Ooh, check out this vintage WHA wall plaque set (nice find by Jeff Katz). … This is apparently the mask that Marty Brodeur’s upcoming throwback mask will be based on. Note the non-matching catcher and blocker, too (nice find by Chris Goffredo). … If you need a last-minute stocking stuffer, I’m told that the Broncos’ team shop just got in another shipment of the home and road vertically striped socks. You can order them at 720.258.3300. … FNOB over at Villanova (as captured by Jason Alexander). … Yet another wedding story: Jared Blank (a Mets fan) and his wife (a Yankees fan) got hitched back in August and used these graphics. Note the gratifying lack of black in the Mets designs. … Very odd uni-related headline choice here. … If you go to this page and search on the word “Yankee,” you’ll see a bunch of great photos of the original pre-renovation Yankee Stadium (big thanks to Dan Cichalski). … You like this? There’s a bunch of similar images on this wonderful page (nice find by Brandon Acree). … Lots of gorgeous throwback Australian rugby jerseys displayed here (with thanks to Andrew Whitford). … Nice team portrait of the 1941 Yankees. Love how the guys in the back row are standing on chairs. “That shot is from a series of some of the earliest American color photography, says Byron Wages — some great stuff on that page. … Stephen Marcus found this photo in an antiques shop but can’t identify the teams involved. Anyone..? … “Visited Gutterson Field House, longtime home of the University of Vermont hockey team, on Saturday,” says Tris Wykes. “Some neat jersey-specific displays on the concourse walls, plus memorabilia, etc. A neat old barn.” … Most of you know about the now-famous 1964 game when the Vikings wore white at home but the Lions didn’t get the memo, briefly creating a white-on-white fiasco (which was solved when the Vikes changed into their purple jerseys right there on the sidelines, resulting in my worst nightmare). What you might not know — at least I didn’t know it — is that there was a similar game in Pittsburgh in 1966. “The Redskins went to Pittsburgh and both teams came out wearing white jerseys,” explains. Charlie Frank. You can read all about it here. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Backwards TV numbers! … New camouflage uniform for the British army (as forwarded by Tom Mulgrew). … Wisconsin-Whitewater, which usually goes NNOB, added nameplates for the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl — i.e., the D-3 championship game — on Saturday (with thanks to Geoff Poole). … “Found this Phillies hat in the local BJ’s,” says Don Montgomery. “Apparently it was break time in Haiti.” … According to a small item buried on this page, “[T]here will be a change in the shading of all gray jerseys worn by Major League Baseball Teams. We are talking about the color of the gray jersey tops and the pants here, nothing more.” This is news to me — let me see what I can find out (with thanks to Jason Whitt). … Also from Jason: According to this page, the Nationals’ road uni will now have red socks and sleeves, instead of navy. I can confirm this change, and I’ll add that they’re going to a red belt as well. The good news is that all these accessories will now match the red script, red sleeve patch, red piping, etc.; the bad news is that they’re sticking with the navy road cap, which makes exactly zero sense. … I think we may have run this before, but it’s short and entertaining, so what the hell: Great video clip of unsightly hockey headgear (Frank Mercogliano). … And speaking of videos, here’s an amazing clip showing how World Cup soccer balls are manufactured — don’t miss (great find by Chad Todd). … Also from Chad: Here’s an unfortunate choice of words. “Apparently the Junction City Blue Jays in Kansas were preparing to play the Manhattan Indians in a basketball game,” he says.
by Phil Hecken, with Teebz, James Huening and Adam Walter
Last weekend we previewed, and you voted upon, the NHL third sweater/uniforms. However, there was some question and discussion in the comments as to whether we actually included all the alternates being worn in the NHL this season. While the answer is “no,” the alternates chosen by Teebz were selected because they technically qualify as such, as defined by the NHL — the remaining alternates and throwbacks are really “special” uniforms. We’ll be looking at them today, and Teebz will handle that breakdown.
We’ll also have the results from last weeks poll (thanks to all who participated), along with some analysis. Interesting results to say the least. James Huening (who set up the poll) and Adam Walter (who provided the analytical data) will take part in that section. So, let’s begin with Teebz, who will look at the remaining “thirds”:
We had the examination of the alternates being worn by NHL teams last week, but we never included the one-offs that some teams were employing. We’ll take a look at these in a Scrooge-like manner.
Just for those that are wondering, here is the setup for the rink inside Fenway Park. The fans sitting in the Monster seats may not be a factor in this game.
Ghosts of Christmas Future
* New Jersey Devils throwback: We’ve all heard that St. Patrick’s Day this season will feature the New Jersey Devils in a one-time throwback. The rumour is that they are going back to their Christmas colours that they wore for so long. What the design will look like, however, remains to be seen. Some have suggested that their current look will simply swap black for the old-style green. Whatever it may be, only this man knows for sure. I’m hoping the the Devils do bring back the look that Shanahan was wearing in that picture. The Devils would make an absolute killing on those jerseys as they are always big sellers on eBay.
Thank for that Teebz! Awesome rundown. I, too, am assuming the Devils will merely swap the current black for green (as seen in the first concept on the left), although any of those four (obviously the white sweaters would be road jerseys) would be welcome.
Now, we move along to James (and Adam), who’ll bring you the results of last week’s poll. James?
Here we are again with the results of another uniform survey. With help from our Six Sigma Black Belt, Adam Walter, we’ve got some nifty charts and graphs in both PDF and PowerPoint format.
Since Teebz has already provided a rundown of the “other” special uniforms that will/have been worn this season, I’ll get right to it and present the top and bottom 5.
The Top 5:
1 – Edmonton Oilers
2 – Chicago Blackhawks
3 – Toronto Maple Leafs
4 – Pittsburgh Penguins
5 – Vancouver Canucks
The Bottom 5:
18 – Phoenix Coyotes
19 – Dallas Stars
20 – Tampa Bay Lightning
21 – Ottawa Senators
22 – Atlanta Thrashers
Any interesting phenomena this time around? Why, yes, there were. First, the Penguins finished fourth despite the fact that their unis were named more often as the favorite than any other team’s were. Also, the team itself was mentioned most often as people’s favorite. The Oilers got the highest score despite coming in third place for favorite uni and tying for 20th (with the Kings and Blue Jackets) as favorite team.
The Blackhawks finished second across the board in those three categories and they tied for second-to-last with the Blues for worst uni, so I guess there’s some nice symmetry there.
The Thrashers also ran the table, so to speak. They were our respondents’ least favorite team, gathered the lowest score, received the most votes for worst uniform and the fewest for best uniform. And, like the Buffalo Bills in our NFL surveys, they averaged less than one point per response.
Also interesting to me is that some folks evidently took Teebz ’ joke about the Islanders’ return to the “Gorton’s Fisherman” as their third seriously and didn’t read a little further to where he described the team’s real throwback-inspired alt, resulting in comments like these: “Gorton’s fisherman logo and too many colors” … “They were horrid the first time around, why do I want fish sticks???”
Here are some other comments that I felt were insightful and/or made me chuckle. First up, the reasons for choice of worst:
Thrashers — “it makes my eyes want to puke” … “It looks like Jackson Pollock threw up on it” … “I have seen only one worse jersey this season…the home uni for the Buffalo Bills” … “If they went with ‘ATL’ on the front, it would have been the perfect storm of shit.” … “Look like a moto-cross shirt, should say ‘FOX’” … “the family-style chain restaurant look should be suppressed in all sports” … “Hold on, i just threw up in my mouth a little bit…… ok, its the an ugly, pathetic excuse for a jersey, terrible font, terrible numbers, terrible shoulder logo, terrible marron color… the thrashers should be banned from wearing these turd sandwiches” … “It looks like a Footballjersey that had sex with a Hockey Jersey, and those SOCKS…”
Avalanche — “It looks like a Chinese knockoff.”
Stars — “It looks like it was designed by – or purchased at – Wal-Mart.” … “It’s not even really an alternate. At least the teams with ugly alternates were trying.”
Panthers — “You have a great, distinctive color scheme and dynamic logo and you dump it for something you’d see in the ‘not-quite pro shop’ at KMart.” … “Ugh. They copied St. Louis, Nashville, Minnesota and Pittsburgh with the logo. And with the uniform itself…they shit the bed. Their designer was probably (I wish I was kidding) like ‘Look at Pittsburgh’s unis sell! Let’s get on that train! Boys, we need more powder blue!’ ‘But sir, it doesn’t make any sense__’ ‘You’re fired!’”
Wild — “It reminds me of one of those fake sports jersey from the Gap or Abercrombie & Fitch” …
Predators — “Because everything about hockey in Nashville sucks” …
Senators — “Look – I expect stupid from non-hockey markets…but Ottawa? With its history? Lame.” … “It was a close call between this one and the ‘BOLTS’, but the Senators should know better being from Canada. ” … “looks like NASCAR!”
Coyotes — “I think it’s the worst because I can’t enjoy watching a game the Coyotes are playing in. The whole game I can’t stop thinking about how angry those awful uniforms make me.”
Penguins — “They always lose when they wear it”
And now the comments for choice of best:
Oilers “I like the thirds that are ‘classic’. The Ottawa and Tampa ones annoy me to no end.” … “Classic look, nothing gimmicky. It’s an alt I’d want to buy, and that’s the point, right? Who would buy a ‘Bolts’ sweater?” … “biased fan. actually, objectively it’s kinda ugly, but I grew up in Edmonton in the 80s, so I HAVE to name it as my favorite.”
Kings — “Gangsta.” …”When I imagine Buckingham Palace in the year 3000, I picture something like that logo.” … “looks crisp, like Bond in a tux”
Wild — “It’s GREEN”
Islanders — “fixes many years of uniform stupidity”
Senators — “It is just straight up badass”
Penguins — “Attractive color… Historical accuracy… It makes me orgasm…”
Blues — “While many of the better one are retro, the Blues have a modern era jersey without the ‘douche’ element usually pitched by reebok”
Maple Leafs — “As opposed to may of the others, it doesn’t look like it was thrown together from the random scraps of fabric left over from making other uniforms.”
Canucks — “Stick In Rink. It Rhymes.”
There was one other question we asked. We wanted to know your general opinion of the NHL’s thirds. Surprisingly, only about 8% of respondents feel that the alts are unnecessary and only another 23% think that too many teams wear them. Lots of people felt that only throwbacks should be allowed. Two people got even more specific than that saying that only teams that have been around since before 1980 should have alts.
So the overwhelming sentiment is that alternate unis are fine the way they are or MORE (if not all) teams should be wearing them. A common response was that the alts are fine as long as they’re good.
My personal opinion is that every team should wear two (good) alts — a home and a road version — about 6 or 8 times each. Of course, who decides what’s good enough to be worn?
Thank you James. And also, thank you Teebz and Adam for the nifty charts and graphs. There you have it — ALL the “thirds” and the results of the “official” alternate uniforms (as the NHL defines them).
An outstanding job by my collaborators, and thank you readers for participating in the poll and for giving us such colorful opinions. Hockey uniforms are, arguably, the most beautiful of all sports, and even though reebok has ruined many of them, there are still some gorgeous ones out there. Maybe not all teams need a third sweater, but clearly, their popularity is sky-high and probably of all the sports, a third look for many teams is not a bad idea at all.
Obviously, it could have been worse. Still reeling from the effects of the fire, the Sens jumped out to a two-goal lead on the Wild, and eventually won the game 4-1.
According to the Wild’s beat writer/managing editor, Glen Andresen, “game between the Wild and Senators is on, and it wouldn’t be possible if not for the Wild’s equipment staff and trainers, who worked all night last (Friday) night, and all day today (Saturday), to get the healthy players ready for this one. Tony DaCosta, Travis Green, John Worley and Doc Fuller worked all night last night (Friday) to clean the gear that survived, while Brent Proulx flew home (Friday) night and returned (Saturday) morning with Matt Benz, Chris Pietrzak-Wegner and a bundle of replacement gear for tonight’s game.” Interestingly, “The Wild’s sweaters were not harmed in the fire, so the road whites (were) in tact and on display (last night). The Senators (wore) their home reds trimmed in black and white with the trojan casting a steely glare on the chest.”
As we begin counting down the days till the Rose Bowl, I’m going to be joined by tOSU’s biggest fan Larry Bodnovich and the man who’s been bringing you the Ducktracker all season long, Michael Princip, in a weekly look at some fun Ohio State University and University of Oregon factoids, uni histories and other fun stuff. Larry, of course, will be tackling the Buckeyes, and Michael will handle the Ducks.
Once again, Larry will be starting off the show, with some wonderful looks at old time tOSU uniforms. If you were not aware, one of Larry’s many talents is the ability to colorize old, black and white photographs. Make sure you click on Larry’s album (below). It is outstanding. Here’s Mr. Bodnovich to take an even closer look at some of the early tOSU uniforms, with in-depth descriptions of each:
Two of my all time favorite old Buckeye uniforms are below.
Those were first worn in 1916 and through 1928. While early friction strips were brown these were gray. Many teams of that era wore that style such as Illinois and Red Grange. But as a Buckeye fan these are nice looking to me with the scarlet and gray combo. I have never seen an “away” version of these. From everything I have seen they were worn all games.
After those classic unis the Buckeyes in 1929 and 1929 only wore the plain red jersey with small numbers on the front that is shown in my album. I have seen a picture of the 1929 at Michigan game and they wore plain white jerseys with small I assume red numbers and I assume red pants.
The 1930′s Ohio State had several uniforms. Some were red jerseys with block numbers and some had small and old style fonts for numbers on front. The late 1930′s colorized game vs Nothwestern shows that cool font style.
Ohio State wore this style for some games in the early 1930′s and added numbers on the front eventually sometime in the mid 1930′s. Later in the 1930′s the numbers I thought were red but having seen color film from the HBO Ohio State Michigan rivalry the numbers on front were black. At least late 1930′s Ohio State also wore plain red jerseys with no stripes for the mid 1930′s The uniform I like was worn in early 1930′s until possibly some of 1934. The scarlet and gray so called Gull wing helmet is my favorite throwback or leather helmet.
I just put together that album of some of my colorized Buckeye uniforms. They are in order of dates time wise. I put captions for them too.
Here is part one covering Ohio State’s 1st 3 Rosebowls.
The first picture is of a small photo I bought and have framed over my desk. The next few drawings were from the Columbus Dispatch. They made a few mistakes though one of which was the 1955 helmet saying it was white when in fact it was gray.
For this colorized uniform history I did slow down in the late 1940′s I can give more info on late 1940′s on when the Buckeye began using plastic helmets.
Thank you Larry. My god those colorizations are outstanding. We’ll definitely be getting together for a full-blown post featuring more of your work in the near future.
We next move on to Michael. Once again, Michael’s contribution to this portion of the column isn’t so much his words, but his expertise and creativity in updating his “Oregon Rose Bowl” history page. Here’s what he has changed since last weekend:
Basically, I wrote about the 1958 shoulder loop, and several other pictures have been added. Including, a picture of the 1957 Ducks as the Webfoots, and a nice back of helmet comparison between the 1995 team, and the 2009 Ducks team; i.e. player numbers.
West Coast Shoulder Loop: In the 1958 Rose Bowl, the Oregon Ducks had a feature within their jerseys that could be considered distinctly west coast in it’s conception. That is the shoulder loop stripes. The Ducks were outfitted in their away white Nylon-durene jerseys that featured a UCLA shoulder loop, a feature that was popularized by Red Sanders’ West Coast teams in the early 50s. A thin green stripe that bordered a thicker solid middle yellow stripe on each side, for the Ducks. From it’s derivation, the shoulder loop was a very noticeable feature on the jersey that helped Coach Sanders decipher his Bruins on the grainy black and white game films of the time. This west coast uniform feature was eventually adopted by professional football teams in the NFL/AFL; i.e. Vikings, Colts, Chargers(w/center bolt), Patriots, 49ers, NY Titans, and Rams.
And thank you Michael! Be sure to spend a good amount of time checking out that Rose Bowl Uniform history. Mr. Princip has added a lot of updates and factoids.
Truly outstanding work again, gentlemen. We’ll have your final “countdown” feature next weekend, and then it’s on to The Game. A rematch that is 52 years in the making.
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: Back to the gridiron today, and fans of the two teams featured here probably don’t need a hint as to the game. Better days may lie ahead, but when this photo was taken, both were in their glory days. Shouldn’t be terribly difficult today. Ready? Guess The Game. And, as always, if you enjoy the game, please send me some new scoreboards! Drop me a line. Thanks!
There really aren’t much better things than the Sunday funnies. If ONLY they included Benchies. Maybe someday they will. And today’s is particularly appropriate for those of use who are digging out of yesterday’s major snowstorm. Here’s Ricko:
The great ones, the determined ones, always find a way to test themselves. Why? Because it’s about being an ath-a-lete. To the very core.
Our next round of NFL uniform tweaks/revisions and concepts is upon us.
Our first contestant today is Kevin Connolly, who brings us some changes for the New England Patriots:
Since the Patriots have been wearing their legacy uniforms, I have decided that I like more traditional Patriot look over the current uniform set. This was quite the revelation for me since I’m a big fan of contemporary uniform designs and pretty much love anything that Oregon does. I’ve attached my rendering of a concept uniform set which is a slight twist on the traditional shoulder stripes. At first, I wasn’t sure how much I’d like the look, but am pretty happy with the result. I’ve also included some player models displaying the uniform set. I’ll be interested to hear what people have to say.
Next up is Max Morgan who brings us his ideas for the Houston Texans:
About 9 months ago I started this uni design for my favorite team, the Houston Texans(a bunch of choke artists), and I had the uniform relatively done but no logo. Recently I’ve been playing around with it and came up with a new logo as well as tweaked the uni’s a little. I plan on receiving my Undergrad degree in Graphic Design in May, and I wish to pursue a job in sports, so I would love any feedback you and/or anyone could offer. Anyways I’ll try to keep my explanation brief, but this is what I hope to do for a living so I can’t promise anything.
A Texan isn’t something that can be summed up with a regular mascot like a bird, so I opted make a seal with the state and a bull. The logo is sort of a hybrid of the Longhorns logo, the Bulls logo, and the original AFL Texans logo, thrown into a Steelers/Redskins circular frame. There is just something nice about a circular logo. I felt keeping the Bull was beneficial as oil has a bad name these days, and an energy oriented logo… well the Chargers have that taken care of, so the bull stays. The colors stay, as they are the colors on the state flag, and I threw in an updated Dallas Texans logo because people here are proud of their city and state. I chose to keep the logo simple because I have a problem with all of the over designing in sports today. The best logos are the simple ones. I went for the Uber Texan approach instead of the current “Space Bull” approach. The type is Baskerville, simple, classic, serif typeface.
I kept the helmet all “Deep Steel” blue with no stripe and stayed with the pant stripe that is currently used while also incorporating it into the collar and sleeve cuffs. I threw on a Texas flag patch along with the standard gold trim around most flag patches (the flag is sort of a big deal here). Also, I made the numerals thick and bulky as “everything is bigger in Texas”. I like the jersey pant color combos for the Home and Away because they aren’t as common as what we use now, and I’d like to see us incorporate red more than we do. I really like the white top and red bottoms, It’s a look that isn’t seen much anymore, and with the blue helmets it makes a nice mix of red, white, and blue. For the alternate I kept the blue on blue. I really like our all blues, the reds not so much, so I figured I could lose the all reds.
Anyways, I know the design is pretty simple, but I think the simple design is a good look for a team named the Texans. Plus they don’t really sell much merchandise outside of Houston, so a new look with a classic feel could reel in some fans elsewhere in Texas (even though the Cowboys have that locked up) and the rest of the US. I hope this is moving in the direction for a timeless, classic look. Either way I feel it is a step up from what we have.
Moving along we have Paul Barrett, who, like a previous fan of the team from Washington, didn’t actually create what you’re about to see, but liked it anyway:
I’m not very good with computer software to make a uni update, but I did happen to find this redskins update as a happy accident. I did not create this, just found it. I personally like the two on the far left (yellow pants).
And finally today, we have Jared Ongie, who has decided to take on the entire NFL. Here’s Jared:
I figured it was high-time to submit some NFL mock-ups. So I present to you my “NFL Twisted Collection”. As you will see, all 32 teams are represented. In designing each of these, I held myself to two rules…
1.) Change the primary color of each team’s helmet for maximum ‘mindfuck factor’.
2.) Bring out those often under-appreciated ‘secondary colors’ (e.g. New England’s red or Minnesota’s gold).
NOTE: I fully realize how garish some of these uniforms are. The purpose was not to replace the current uniform sets; rather to experiment with what I’d like to call ‘color dyslexia’. I hope you enjoy my NFL Twisted Collection.
– Jared Ongie
That all for today, folks. Hope you enjoyed the latest installment. Feel free to send me more. Back at’cha next week with more.
Couple last things: There’s still plenty of drama involving the number one LOOK AT ME player in the history of prima donnas. Even when a teammate dies, Ocho Cinco can’t bear to let the spotlight be off of him. I’m sorry, but there is absolutely NO REASON for him to wear Chris Henry’s jersey today, other than for the attention he so craves. What, a “15″ decal on your helmet isn’t enough? Child, please.
Reminded Paul of another look at me gesture from Tim Hudson, who was “Josh Hancock’s teammate in college. When Hancock died, Hudson wore those giant initials in his next start. Biggest ‘Look at me!’ memorial gesture I can think of so far.” Well said, Mr. Lukas. But I think Chad would top it if he could…
Of course, I left my NCAA Bowl Picks in the office, so I don’t even remember who I picked. If I were smart, I would have gone with Rutgers, just because of the “proximity” to Long Island. Knowing my luck, I’ll be 0-2 when I check the updated board today. Nice turnout for the pool, though, with 247 people joining [or perhaps less, if there were multiple signups -- I'm looking at you, Denver Gregg ;) ]…
In Baseball news, the Padres will be wearing throwback uniforms for their Thursday afternoon games next season. And the fans get to choose which throwback they’ll wear. It’s too bad they don’t have the good sense to go with the brown mustard or, even better the full-on hot dog condiment uni.
It isn’t often the University of Oregon makes it to the Rose Bowl, but for those of us who are intrigued by their fascination with never wearing a uniform combination more than once, tracking the Ducks has become great sport. Whether it’s our own Michael Princip with his fantastic “Ducktracker,” or the multitudes of students who are never quite sure what to wear to a game in Autzen, waiting to see “what they will break out” for every game can be as much fun as the game itself. No one does it like Oregon (thankfully), and opinions on what the Ducks wear range the entire gamut from “awful” and “godawful” to “fresh” and “fly.” Whatever you may think of Oregon and it’s tradition — er, maybe that’s not such a great descriptor — one thing we can never accuse them of is being boring.
I have an extra special treat for you today, as one of Uni Watch’s collegiate members, Kenny Ocker, University of Oregon student and aspiring journalist, was able to interview the man who every week selects the uniforms the Ducks will wear, Casey Martin. Kenny was able to get in-depth with Casey, and has some really amazing nuggets to share with us. So, sit down, kick back, and prepare to meet the guy who many feel has the greatest job in the world, the guy who ‘dresses the Ducks.’ But first, a few words from Kenny:
I’m a lifelong University of Oregon fan and a sophomore journalism major at the school. I’ve been a Uni Watch member since for more than a year now (my card is of Eintracht Frankfurt, the soccer team my mother grew up rooting for… also, I’m the only member with the number 90), and I read the blog well before that. Originally, I think I was led to it by Page 2, but my interest in uniforms existed well before I ever saw Paul’s columns. You probably all recognize me as “The Hemogoblin”… (Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have admitted that.) In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a copy editor for the Oregon Daily Emerald, the student-run daily paper on campus. The Daily Emerald owns my soul.
And now, here’s Kenny’s interview with Casey Martin:
Kenny Ocker: How did you end up being the person who gets to choose what the football team wears every weekend?
Casey Martin: Well, it’s kind of an interesting story. I go down there and shoot the breeze with the guys in the coaches’ office… This summer, when they had this black box of all of the drawings of the new uniforms, and I was excited, just going, “Ah, these are awesome”, and he [head coach Chip Kelly] goes “Why don’t you pick our uniforms for us?” and I said “What are you talking about?” He said, “Well, I’ve got enough to do, I don’t want to worry about it; you do it for us. We’ve got too much going on.” I was like “sure, yeah, great” but I kind of thought he was joking, but as time went on I started realizing that he was probably pretty serious and so basically that’s how it happened, it was just kind of a casual deal, it wasn’t any really formal process, so I go down there, and the way it works, it’s not like I pick them. I mean, I guess I pick them, but not really. Chip is in charge. But he brings me down, we shoot the breeze, we lay out stuff, and then he selects what we lay out. He’s still the guy. He does what he wants to do, and he has a lot of opinions about stuff from a football perspective. Mentally, for the team, he likes to overcome, like in the past we’ve lost in certain uniforms and he wants to use them so we can overcome them. Or, if in bigger games, like in the USC week, he wanted to do something low-key, so it wouldn’t be a bigger feel… he’s definitely involved, he has a purpose for it. My purpose is to go in there and have fun.
KO: So this started this year?
KO: What was your favorite uniform combination this year?
CM: You know what? I… That’s a good question. I actually kind of liked some of the away uniforms to be honest. I like the black-white-black, and I like the really standard stuff like green-white-white, and some of the cleaner stuff I like, I like the black-yellow-black. I don’t know if I have a favorite to be honest. There were a few that were interesting and that weren’t received quite as well. I liked the USC week. I like them all, but there were some of them I liked more.
CM: That is a great question. I think how it shook out was this: We went into his office, and Chip was like “Look, we’ve got to go school colors because the Beavers will be in black,” which we all agreed. He goes, “I love the green throwback jersey, so lets do something with that.” But the rules are, you can’t use anything twice. So, it was like, okay, throwback jersey, but we can’t do the full throwback again, so it was like “OK, what do you do?” So, I went in there and what I did was I laid out a bunch of stuff and I took pictures of it all, so you can see how it shakes out. I went in there and started laying out all of these things for him to decide, and “Hey, these are all of the things you can do with the throwback jerseys, or what you might like to do with school colors.” He liked the white pants, so we were going to go with that right there. I think it came out of, one time we were going to talk about the white green white, which we haven’t worn yet, which is my favorite combo but we haven’t worn it yet and he was going “Why don’t we put the old UO on the white-green-white” so that was what we were talking about. And I think it was my idea, but it might have been Chip’s too, to say let’s just go throwback and put the new O on it. So I called the guy down in the equipment room, and said can we do this, can we put the new O on the throwback and he goes no, we don’t have enough time to do the stickers and stuff, and then Chip found out and he goes “Forget it, you’re doing it”, so it was kind of a combination of both of us, we were just thinking of new ways of doing the throwback without repeating it, and that might happen for the Rose Bowl too, we’ll see.
CM: You’ll have to ask Chip. I tried, that was one thing, I tried for six weeks to do that. One time, he polled the team, and they didn’t want to wear them for an away game, and so we were going to wear them maybe for a home game, but then it got really cold, and there’s some issue with temperature on them and the paint jobs, and so, I don’t know, you’d have to ask Chip. I definitely wanted to, I was dying for it, but he… the one USC week, he didn’t want to do anything out of the ordinary, because there was so much hype about it, and so we didn’t bring them out that week, and then the team didn’t want to wear them I don’t think at Arizona on an away game, we wanted to debut them at a home game, and then for Oregon State, we decided to go throwback, so that’s kind of how they got… they were late to come in too, so that was another thing, they had issues, so they didn’t really get cleared until the USC game and then we just never did it.
KO: I was curious because they got so much attention when they first came out, so I was just curious about that…
CM: It was more Chip’s decision and the team’s decision that they didn’t and I think they’ll save them for next year.
KO: So the team has a say in what they wear too?
CM: Sometimes. Like I said, even though I got tagged as the coordinator, everyone’s got a say. I just go in there and shoot the breeze with the guys and have fun with it. It’s really informal. It’s not like I go in there and say “this is it”, this is what we’re doing, it’s not like that at all.
KO: How long is the “we don’t repeat combinations”? Is that just a year?
CM: [laughter] Let’s hope that it’s just for a year.
KO: We have enough combinations, we could probably go a few seasons without repeating anything.
CM: I hear you… The idea was, what Chip said, let’s not repeat, let’s do something different every week. And then he’ll give you directions, so you kind of have to come up with the best-looking outfit.
CM: That was just kind of, Chip’s decision that he didn’t want to let the kids get caught up in a lot of that stuff. He just said “hey, it’s just another game” which I really respect, I think it was a great idea. Let’s not do anything out of the ordinary, it’s just another game for us.
KO: Have you not decided, or are you just hiding it?
CM: We have not decided. I was just down there right before I came down here. We have some ideas, we’re basically down to two or three options, but we do not know yet.
KO: Are you going to go with the throwbacks again, like throwback whites?
CM: It’s possible, I don’t know.
KO: I tried.
CM: I can’t tell you, even if I did know. Chip likes it to be secret until Saturday.
KO: I don’t blame him, it’s kind of a big deal for the program. That’s one of our things that, it helps, it draws so much more attention to us when they don’t know what we’re going to be wearing until right then. I do have another question for you. When we went, during the Oregon State game, during that week, all of the pictures on GoDucks.com (the athletic department’s website), had been from the Cal game, so they were all in the throwbacks. Did they know before the game that you were going to go throwbacks? Did they just guess and get lucky?
CM: Yeah. The decision for that wasn’t made until Tuesday. They don’t know unless Chip told them that’s what he was doing. That decision on what we were wearing, I don’t think it was made until Monday or Tuesday.
Well, there you have it. Everything you wanted to know about Oregon’s uniforms and the man behind them. Fantastic job with that Kenny! Special thanks, also, go out to Casey Martin for allowing Kenny that access. As the days tick down towards the Rose Bowl, I, for one, am greatly anticipating what the Ducks will wear, almost as much as I am for the kickoff on New Year’s Day.
Some rather bad news in the uni world happened yesterday, as the Minnesota Wild’s equipment van caught fire in Ottawa. Since the Wild are scheduled to play the Senators tonight, naturally their equipment truck preceded the team into Canada. Details are still somewhat sketchy, but this we do know: around 2:30 pm Eastern Friday the truck, which was in the Scotiabank parking lot, caught fire and almost all of the Wild’s equipment was basically turned into a mess of melted and charred unis and equipment. While no one was, fortunately, hurt in said meltdown, this leaves the Wild in quite a quandry. This is certainly a rarity in sports, but hardly unique. UW Prexy Paul Lukas gave us a look at some similar situations that have occurred in the history of sport.
Hockey players, like most athletes, are creatures of habit, and their equipment and uniforms are vital to their performance. Despite Rbk’s claims that their uniforms are 274% lighter, wick sweat away better than a Sham Wow and can withstand heat and fire better than a race car driver’s suit, apparently the uniforms, like the players who wear them, are mortal. Thus, the Wild are sans-unis and equipment, at least for now. The Minneapolis Star-Trib is reporting the players are still debating whether to actually play the game — since they would be required to basically play in brand new equipment. I’m no hockey player, but I understand that new equipment basically requires a solid two weeks to break in, leaving them at a decided disadvantage. And, there’s also a problem of replacing the uniforms.
The team’s official statement, as of yesterday evening, was this:
There was a fire in an equipment van in the parking lot at Scotiabank Place this afternoon. No one was injured, but some of the Minnesota Wild’s hockey equipment was damaged. The Wild is in the process of taking inventory to determine the damage to the equipment. Minnesota is scheduled to play at Ottawa Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
At 6:00 pm on Friday, the team held a meeting and decided to carry on as best they could — but not only do they need to have all new equipment shipped to Ottawa (or find some there), they’ll have to have all new uniforms (or at least whatever wasn’t consumed in the conflagration) sent to Canada. So, perhaps the Wild will be wearing darks instead of normal road whites. If you take a look at some of the damage photos, you’ll see that the very little is recognizable in the charred remains besides gear bags. As of late Friday night, tho, the uniforms were probably of less concern than the equipment.
Probably the biggest loss belongs to goalie Niklas Backstrom, whose equipment was completely incinerated in the fire. Given that goalies are even more superstitious and about their equipment than most skaters, it’s difficult to imagine him being any where near comfortable in all new gear.
Any of you hockey guys wanna discuss this below? Maybe keep us apprised of any developments as the day goes along? Or just want to explain the importance of having a modicum of comfort and feel for one’s gear? It’s hard for me to imagine the depths of this loss.
Our next round of NFL uniform tweaks/revisions and concepts is upon us.
First up is Walter Young, who brings his ideas on how to fix the J-E-T-S…Jets Jets Jets:
First off, I rather like the Jets current uniform in general. I am not a big fan their green/green, or white/white combinations. I prefer the contrasting jersey/pants look.
I had to borrow all of my graphics, and then went to work with my high-tech crayons (MS Paint). The uniform templates and designs came fro TAG Team Uniforms uniform designer. I just matched jerseys & pants I felt best complimented the other. I scavenged graphics from Chris Creamer’s sportslogos.net (helmets, name plates, sock templates).
All four uniform sets I use the Jets current Hunter/Forest Green and White colors, along with bringing back the old Kelly Green as an accent color (well, as close as I could come to those colors). I made no changes to the Jets current helmet or logo. The set numbering is just my preference after I was done putting them together.
Sets 1 (here) and 3 (here) are essentially modernized versions of the Jets current jerseys with contrasting sleeves and torsos.
Sets 2 (here) and 4 (here) are both takes on modernized solid torsos with contrasting yoke/sleeves. Set 4 came out way to “Tennessee Titians” for my liking, but to much work was put in not to submit it.
Of course, any critiques would be appreciated.
Next up is Daniel Patterson, who has some suggestions for the Seattle Seahawks:
It took seeing the green alternates to realize the biggest issue with Seattle’s uniforms. The 2-tone sleeves. They look okay on the away jersey and are easily overlooked on the home, but they look stupid with the green.
On the home uniform, I changed the color of the sleeves and put some stripes on the socks (and of course I chose white pants.). I did the same for the away.
When the Seahawks redesigned their uniforms, they let the fans vote on whether to have blue or gray helmets. I voted for gray, so I thought I’d like to see what gray helmets, plus the requiredgray pants would look like.
Now that I had a gray helmet, I put together a faux-back. I used the current logo and shade of green. I don’t mind the green, in fact it is a naturally occurring color in the Pacific Northwest, even in December. Which led me to my last endevour. “Can I get a green jersey to work?”
The blue pants just won’t work, they need to be lighter than the green. The helmet needs to match the pants, so that left me with 2 options: gray helmet/pants and white helmet/pants. I don’t think they’ll be using those combos anytime soon, but I think they look better than what they trotted out against Chicago. Plus, the white on green would have fitted right in with the AFL.
Our next tweaker is Michael Fullmer, who brings us these San Francisco 49ers modifications:
I love Uni Watch! I’m glad there are people out there like you (and me) who care about good uniforms.
First, let me start by saying the I loved the 1998-2008 49ers uniform. LOVED IT! I was salty in the extreme when the new look was unveiled. I called it the Willie “Too Big” Hall uniform, paraphrasing the immortal line from the Blues Brothers movie, “At least we got a change of clothes. You’re wearing the same shit you had on four decades ago”.
I have since softened to the new look, especially the colors; the ’08 colors WERE too dark. But there are three elements of the uniform I still hate passionately: the 1/4 sleeves, the Red-White-Red “NFL stripes” on the helmet and pants, and the MF’ing gray face masks.
To me, nothing screams “I don’t have the first clue how to design a uniform” like a gray facemask where gray isn’t a color in the team’s uniform palette. It’s fine for the Cowboys, Raiders, and Giants to have gray facemasks. It’s an abortion of uniform design for the 49ers, Cardinals, and Browns to do it. The Colts get a pass since technically they don’t have a third color in their pallette.
I know you love NFL stripes, but to me they scream, “1969, all the time!”. And those sleeves – UGH!
So I took the 49ers uniform template available here (to make this a true tweak). My starting concept was to develop a single stripe pattern for the whole uniform. The one pattern that I saw as being a fit for helmet, jersey, pants, and socks was that used by the Giants on their road jersey sleeves.
Then I flattened out the sleeves into more of a 1/3 to 1/2 sleeve, and changed the facemask color back to red. The end result is this — a uniform that eliminates the cliche gray facemask and “NFL stripes” while maintaining links to the past.
And rounding out today’s set of uniform tweaks is Jay Braiman, who also has some ideas for the New York Jets:
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: We’ve got another reader submission today, and this one comes from Peter Greenberg. It’s a doozy folks, since it’s MiLB. You’ll probably be able to get the location, but the date, teams and final score may prove a bit trickier. Please post a LINK to the answer, and not the answer itself, in the comments below. Ready? Guess The Game From The Scoreboard. And, as always, if you enjoy the game, please send me some new scoreboards! Drop me a line. Thanks!
That’s going to do it for today folks. Special huge thanks to Kenny Ocker and Casey Martin for that look into the Ducks uniform machinations. And you hockey guys, love to hear your take (and any updates) on the developing situation with the Wild gear and unis. Everyone from the Carolinas north and east through the New England states — be ready for some real winter weather today. Me, I’m under a blizzard warning, so this could be interesting.