Monday Morning Uni Watch

Heya — I’m back. Got home from Wisconsin on Saturday. It was a great, great trip (which I’ll have more to say about in a day or two), but it’s good to be home and I’m happy to be back in the saddle for Monday Morning Uni Watch. So without further ado:

• The Jets wore mono-green and, stealing a page from a recent TCU game, worked the uni into their game plan: While setting up for a kickoff return, the Jets “hid” an extra return man in the end zone by having him lie down in the grass, hoping the other team wouldn’t notice (green grass + green uni = invisibility, or at least that was the idea). But these are the Jets we’re talking about, so of course the trick play failed miserably.

• The Steelers wore their bumblebee throwbacks. I watched most of this game, and the Pittsburgh players looked great — except for cornerback William Gay, who for some reason wore purple shoes. Even if you don’t hate purple as much as I do, I hope we can all agree that that’s not a good look.

• Speaking of the Steelers: No photo, but Ben Roethlisberger tried a pooch punt yesterday (it was blocked) and I was surprised to see that he used his left leg. I went looking for additional examples and found that, sure enough, he punts left-footed — even though he passes right-handed. I wonder how rare that is.

• For the first time all season, the Titans wore a non-white jersey.

• Disturbing sight in Foxboro, as several Patriots players were wearing swoosh-emblazoned socks. I think that’s the first time I’ve seen that in an NFL game. Grrrrrrrr.

• The Seahawks wore mono-gray. Still looks like just a dirty version of the white uni to me. They’re 4-0 lifetime in that uni combo.

• With the Lions/Falcons game taking place in London, Fox’s graphics team took the unusual step of creating soccer-style logos for each team. (More puzzlingly, Fox also ran a graphic in the first quarter indicating that the Bears needed a touchdown to win.)

• Another soccer-related touch at the Lions/Falcons game: team scarves.

• The Saints wore mono-black.

• Only one team wore white at home yesterday: the Bucs.

• From what I saw, there was little if any Pinktober gear yesterday. With only two more games left this month (tonight and Thursday night), we’re almost done with this accursed annual ritual — and almost ready to start G.I. Joevember. Sigh.

(My thanks to Kyle Hanks, Mikhail Herrera, Yusuke Toyoda, and Scot Tsechrintzis for their contributions.)

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“Are you ready to get Duffed?” One of the oddities of this year’s World Series is that both teams have a Duffy on the roster — infielder Matt Duffy for the Giants and pitcher Danny Duffy for the Royals. Not surprisingly, both of them have been nicknamed Duffman, which has led to some fun moments.

Matt Duffy, despite having made his MLB debut less than three months ago, already has Duffman bat knob decals. And when the Royals were in the process of being blown out by the Giants in Game 4 of the Series, the call went out for KC’s version of Duffman.

And as long as we’re talking about the World Series, here’s an additional note: One of Fox’s cameramen last night was wearing 2007 World Series sweatshirt. (My thanks to Phil for that last tidbit.)

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New project! What you see above, clockwise from top left, is some lacquer chip from an audio mastering plant, a handful of sawdust, and a well-used sheet of Ko-Rec-Type. All of them are examples of what I’ve decided to call outtakes — things that are removed from other things, or that document the removal of something from something else, and provide some element of transformation and/or surprise along the way. I’ve written an initial outtakes manifesto for the design website re:Form, and I’m pretty happy with it — I’d be much obliged if you’d take a look.

I feel like the concept of outtakes has lots of potential for additional exploration — maybe a follow-up article, maybe a blog, maybe a book. If you like the initial re:Form piece and have some thoughts or suggestions regarding outtakes, I’m all ears. Thanks.

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Sticker update: I came home from vacation on Saturday to find a bunch of Uni Watch 15th-anniversary sticker orders that had piled up while I was away. Those stickers will all mail out today. If you want to order your own stickers, look here. And remember, 15th-anniversary embroidered patches are available here.

Speaking of the stickers and patches, what are you folks doing with them? I’d love to see where you’re sticking/sewing them. Send photos!

PermaRec update: I recently conducted an interview with Nick Yablon, who’s an expert on the subject of time capsules. Really interesting stuff! Check it out here.

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Baseball News: Really good look at the history of catcher’s mask design (from Gordon Blau) … Three Mets players visited a Tottenham Hotspur soccer match and were given Hotspur jerseys. … When Nolan Ryan played for the Mets early in his career, he wore No. 30. But here’s a rare shot of him wearing No. 34 (and with a small tear in his undershirt, tsk-tsk).

NFL News: Whoa, check out this crazy Patriots helmet design! Greg Riffenbugh says it’s on display at Arrowhead Stadium in KC. Nobody has ever sent me a photo of that before. Anyone know more? … Here’s a weird one: Everything in this Houston Chronicle photo of Texans LB Brian Cushing is flopped (i.e., reversed, mirror image, etc.) except for his uni number. Wha..? (From Michael Stewart.) … While vacationing in Wisconsin last week, I stopped in a shop that had this Cardinals helmet whose logo was studded with little LED lights. Never seen that before. … Christopher LaHaye was at a friend’s house and saw a Superdome-shaped bottle of Jim Beam. … What’s worse than dressing up as Ray Rice for Halloween, as a “joke”? Doing the same in blackface.

College and High School Football News: Here’s the latest on the Arizona State face-painting controversy (from Patrick O’Neill). … The Nazareth Academy Roadrunners, a high school team from Illinois, use a “Family” NOB (from Sydney Stancik).

Hockey News: Awesome news out of Chicago, where the Blackhawks recently called up goalie Scott Darling, who made his NHL debut last night. Why is this notable? Because Darling is the guy who wears the team’s sock stripes on his leg pads. Would love to see more goalies do this (thanks, Phil).

NBA News: The Hornets will retire Bobby Phills’s number this Saturday. This will mark the second time Phills has had his number retired by the Hornets — first by the original Hornets, who later moved to New Orleans, and now by the newly renamed Bobcats-turned-Hornets (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan’s debut with the Bulls. If you choose to view Jordan’s legacy in terms of his impact on sneakers, merchandising, branding, and so on, there’s a new book on Jordan that includes a lot of quotes about that stuff.

College Hoops News: Who’s that in the 1979-80 Sinclair Tartans hoops uni? None other than future world heavyweight champ Buster Douglas! “My father, Kevin O’Neill, coached Sinclair from 1968-1980,” says Patrick O’Neill (aka Mainspark). “You can see him at far left in this 1968 team portrait, when the team was still called the Satans. As for Buster Douglas, I was the statistician for that 1979 team and became good friends with him. As this article indicates, he was a down-to-earth guy.” Here’s another photo of Douglas, this time with Patrick’s dad.

Soccer News: A Danish entrepreneur is hoping to reduce girls’ concussions with a smaller soccer ball. … Christie Rampone celebrated her 300th game with the U.S. national team with a No. 300 jersey (from Yusuke Toyoda).

Grab Bag: Lots of spectacular vintage cycling attire on display in this slideshow. Highly recommended (big thanks to August Ventura). … Worst Pinktober move yet: two Bentleys and a Lamborghini rendered in you-know-what. “They remind me of giant bottles of Pepto-Bismol,” says Andrew Hoenig. … In a related item, “I’m sick of the Pinktober bullshit but I do have to admit that Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s gloves look cool in pink,” says David Firestone. … Love these old 1911 lacrosse photos from Hanlan’s Point in Toronto. Check out the roller coaster in the background! (From Will Scheibler.) … Happy birthday to our own Scott M.X. Turner, who designed the Uni Watch logo, the 15th-anniversary logo and all of our membership cards. Have a good one, Scott!

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On a personal note: I am super-duper-fortunate to have such a great team working with me. Über-thanks to Garrett, Mike, John, and, especially, Phil for keeping the site running smoothly while I was sampling the pleasures of America’s Dairyland. You’re all aces.

Sunday Morning Uni Watch

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By Phil Hecken

Another weekend of NCAA football is in the books, and there were a few new costumes yesterday, some odd combinations, and a few surprises — but nothing too extraordinary. Probably the big takeaway from yesterday is that the helmets were as much the stars as the uniforms.

And there was none bigger than the return of the Pitt Script. Yeah, it was simply a decal on the current helmet, but it was glorious. Unfortunately, it’s not going to engender many happy memories for those who saw or watched the homecoming game on TV. The Panthers have already announced they’ll wear the Pitt script on the helmets for the remainder of 2014 (let’s hope despite the drubbing by GT they won’t renege on that pledge).

I’ll now turn it over to my SMUW correspondent, Terry Duroncelet, Jr., who will take you through the rest of your…

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet

From Tuesday (wait, Tuesday?):

• Apparently, Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette played earlier this week? Looking at the game photos, I hereby dub this game “The Big-headed Brawl” as both teams wore giant logos on their helmets. Arkansas St. wore matte-black helmets with a big red wolf on wither side. ULL on the other hand wore shiny black helmets with chrome facemasks, an enormous Fleur-De-Lis on one side, and a T.V. number on the other. ULL also had mono-black uniforms to match.

From Friday:

• Someone really needs to make a rule stating that no team shall wear this shade of grey as their home uniform without first making sure that their opponent wears something that contrasts enough. Blech.

From Saturday:

• Uhh… I’m not too sure about this look for Illinois. These are their “Gray Ghost” uniforms, worn in honor of Red Grange’s 6-touchdown game against Michigan 90 years ago. It’s nice to pay homage to a prolific player and all, but I think this was just an excuse to wear grey. You could just as easily say they’re in honor of the Fog Bowl and the Bears team that won that game 20-12. Or the CFL’s 50th Grey Cup. Or the 40th anniversary of the 1974 Sun Bowl.

• A Kansas St. player has a tattoo of the previous NFL logo.

• Kentucky wore their chrome domes against Miss. State.

• Something that I neglected to mention the last time that Mizzou wore their anthracite uniforms was that they switched the numbers from black numbers edged in gold to gold numbers with subtle tiger stripes edged in black. And a neat lil’ helmet car for good measure, too.

• Speaking of anthracite, TCU got in on the action in their game against Texas Tech.

• Not a fan of the gloomy grey for college football? Well, Washington State thinks otherwise.

• Louisiana Tech wore new white helmets over the weekend.

• Michigan State wore all-green against Michigan.

• UNC-Charlotte and James Madison went color-vs.-color yesterday.

• Do you hear that blood-curdling happy shrieking? That’s the sound of every Pitt fan rejoicing at the return of the script “Pitt” to the helmets. Too bad they spoiled the mood a bit by retaining the block PITT on the field. Word on the street is that they’ll wear those decals for the rest of the season. Also, from Douglas King: “So far on the road Tech has worn gold helmets with a white jersey and white pants twice and all white once (last week against UNC) this week they will be wearing gold pants with they’re white jersey and helmet (basically flipping the usual away look upside down). I believe this is a first since the 70s when we only had white helmets. I think the move has something to do with the fact that Pitt has gold helmets and a similar color scheme (different shades and they put a focus on navy whereas it’s an accent color on ours), and the desire to cut down on confusion.” I couldn’t find a 70s photo of what Douglas was talking about, but I did find this. Nice. Also found a white/white/gold combo from the 60s.

• Ya think Western Michigan jumped the boat here? It actually doesn’t look all that bad, and I’m happy that they’re actually utilizing their Vegas gold color with the brown, because their current uniforms are about as bland as it gets, especially the white. It looks like someone dumped into a towel. While you try to scrub your brain of that mental image…

• Oklahoma State wore what looks like their traditional white/orange/white for Homecoming at first glance, but if you look closely at the helmet, you can see that they wore “Bronc Rider” decals for the occasion. In that same game, West Virginia wore gold/white/gold, which made this a real looker of a match. Yup.

• I mentioned this in the past a long time ago, but as a refresher, UNLV offers a “Battle Born” jersey to a player every year. I forget if this is a one-player-a-year thing, or if they rotate players every week, like how the Packers elect different captains each week during the regular season.

• Remember the “morale advisor” from the other week with the Bengals jersey? His name is Caleb Pressley, and he’s back with a Jets jersey. Want more pics of him in various NFL garb? Look here, here, and here.

• Utah wore all-black with matte black helmets against USC, who wore their chrome(ish) helmets in that same game for the second straight week.

• A note about the Ohio St./Penn St. game: if you’ve worn your “Rivalry” uniforms numerous times over the last three seasons counting road variants, is it really a “Rivalry” uniform at that point? Is it?

• Tennessee was only an orange helmet away from looking like a bunch of glowing pumpkins. This marks the first time that the Vols have worn mono-orange against Bama since 1988.

• Washington wore their gold chrome helmets against Arizona State.

• I have a rule of not putting all of your eggs in one basket, but I think I’ll let it slide just this once. Also, if you’re gonna commit a facemask penalty, you might as well go all the way. Here’s a Vine of the play.

• No T.V. broadcast for this game, but Hawaii is said to be wearing their Rainbow Warrior uniforms from last year’s game last night against Nevada, although they might have this logo on the helmets, instead of bare lids like last year. Due to time constraints, this was the only image I could snatch. [Late edit: Here's a few pictures from last nights game vs. Nevada -- h/t to Adam Morrison and Chris Turner --PH]

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Thanks, TJ!

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Catherine 5 & 1 (animated) Catherine Ryan’s 5 & 1

Every Sunday, Catherine will give us the rundown of her best five and one worst uniform matchups from the College Football games played this week. Since it’s practically impossible to watch every game, you guys can help by sending your thoughts on “good” and “bad” matchups (and hopefully with photos from that game) by e-mailing her at UW5and1@gmail.com.

OK, here’s Catherine with this week’s 5 & 1.

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5. Oregon vs. Cal: I hope Phil has finally come to after seeing Oregon on my countdown for the second straight week. While they weren’t last week’s gorgeous throwbacks, these Oregon unis looked pretty great up against this great set from Cal. A few of you felt the same as the Ducks littered my inbox this weekend.

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4. UTEP vs. UTSA: I’ve always had a soft spot for UTEP after spending some time in El Paso during college and I was thrilled to find the Miners were part of such a pretty game.

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3. Michigan vs. Michigan State: Uniforms are about the only thing going right in Ann Arbor these days. While the rivalry has been less than exciting this year, the uniform match-up still looks great!

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2. West Virginia vs. OSU: I LOVED this game. First of all, these OSU uniforms are just beautiful. Second of all, I love WVU in the colored pants on the road.

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1. Ole Miss vs. LSU: We all knew this game would be gorgeous. No surprise here.

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+1 Western Michigan vs. Ohio: Just wayyy too much going on with these Western Michigan threads. Just nothing pretty about this game.

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Thanks, Catherine! I sure do appreciate the Duck mention, but honestly, I thought this was the worst combo they’ve worn this season (although I did very much like the Cal set). Still, to each his or her own.

OK readers, how’d she do?

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World Series Uni Tracking

Last night, the Royals and Giants played game four of the World Series, and with the Giants in their normal cream uniforms, while the Royals again were in gray:

WS static Games 3, 4,5

As they have been doing throughout the playoffs, the guys from the Diamond Uniform Database have been keeping track of the uniforms throughout. You can check out all the Wild Card, Division, and League Championship uniforms for all the teams here.

Thanks to Matt Donnelly for the images.

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EPL Tracker

Each Saturday or Sunday, Alex Gerwitz will be tracking the kit combinations (shirt/shorts/socks) of the teams in the English Premier League from the previous weekend and the current weekend.

Here is the EPL tracker for Weeks 8 & 9 (click to enlarge):

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U.W.F.F.L. News

Premier League Games
By Andrew Seagraves

G’Day dear fellow uni-watchers!

The time has arrived for this week’s featured UWFFL Premier League Matchups during Cancer Awareness weekend! Many squads from across the tiers are showing their support for cancer research and awareness, the fight against different disease and disorders, and support for different causes by incorporating their corresponding colors into their game-day gear.

Today’s highlighted matchup in the UWFFL will also feature a rematch from the longest game in UWFFL History. Miami and San Diego duked it out in a Double-Overtime thriller in the playoffs last year with the Cougars coming out on top.

In UWFFL time, that’s like… you know… four days! That’s like FOR-EV-URRRR!!!

The Storm will be today’s home team as they are debuting their Storm Grey helmets this week with Teal Jerseys and grey pants. They have added a teal ribbon to their jersey in their recognition of those fighting Ovarian Cancer. The Cougars are breaking out the Purple to help in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. Their special Purple lids will feature the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s symbol in white on the side, their White Jerseys will have a Purple CROF (Cause Ribbon on Front) with team numbers on the chest, Pancan.org replace NOB, and Purple Pants.

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Other great games from across the Majors: the Hartford Whalers visit the Anchorage Orcas, the Vancouver Sea Wolves will venture to the Steel City of the South to face the Birmingham Vulcans and the Detroit Demons will square off against the Texas Timberwolves.

La Lega will be in interleague play with Division II this weekend and a few featured games will pit the Greenville Pointers against the Barcelona Dragons, Seattle Kings against Locomotiv Leipzig, and CSKA Moscow makes their debut as they take on the San Antonio Black Knights.

Remember, as Smokey the Bear would say in this situation, “Only YOU can help a team out.” And YOU can do that by heading over to uwfantasyfootballleague.com and casting your vote for which teams you feel are the picks of this weeks action. As always, if you’d like to compete in the UWFFL head on over to our Google+ page for prosepctive expansion teams and submit your concepts today. We’ll be back next week with more UWFFL excitement!

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: The Fresno Grizzlies, an affiliate of the Houston Astros, will have new home jerseys for 2015 (screen shot from Jared Buccola). … “Brice Wallace’s submission on the West Virginia-loving defendant reminds me of this shot of Ted Bundy,” says Matt Larsen. “I’m sure the Mariners organization was really thrilled seeing that!” … Greg Blanton found this Atlanta Braves figurine in an antique store in Washington, Georgia. “They were selling it for $20; chose not to purchase it.” … Last night, the Man of Steal (Rickey) and The Say Hey Kid (Willie) posed for a photo before Game 4. Shockingly, Willie is wearing that old “G” BP cap he loves so much. … Bruce Bochy was wearing the Postseason patch on his cap instead of the World Series patch (via OJ Fonseca). … Alec Pappas writes, “I’m currently in Mexico watching some winter ball, got my hands on the Obregon jersey I mentioned a few weeks back. It is indeed a pull over, but unlike most pullovers the front of the jersey is two pieces sewn together with a half assed placket. The material is a cool base style, the only sponsorship on it is a Bud Light logo in the back, unlike the actual jerseys.”

NFL and other Football News: “Only in the FXFL,” writes Kenn Tomasch, as the Brooklyn Bolts and Omaha Mammoths both wore a Nivea jersey sponsor patch and and played black jerseys vs blue jerseys. A couple people who saw that said it was “unwatchable” (probably both from a uniform AND play standpoint). … David Steinle asks, “Bennington High School in Kansas has pretty much copied Missouri’s look don’t you think?” … William Matthew Shaw saw that Uni Watch mentioned pink has reached high school uniform, and notes that Warren Central in Indianapolis has had these for 2 or 3 years now. … “Found this in twitter today,” says Peter Fredrickson “I must say that I like the thin stripes on the Lions current helmet. This is obviously a mistake but makes for a better helmet.” (That looks like Stonehenge, and if you aren’t aware, the Lions and Falcons are playing London this morning [9:30 am ET]. That is, of course, assuming the Falcons made it there from Barcelona). … According to this article, the Eagles will be going to kelly green in 2016 (h/t Chris Kier). … We have several items from Douglas Ford here: (1) Gorgeous Vintage 1967 pennant collection with crazy fonts for many teams; (2) NFL Vintage 1976 Avon NFL Team cologne decanters, the entire 28 team set; and, (3) this whole bunch of vintage “EPIC” t-shirts. Wow. Good stuff.

Basketball News: Reader Sean (no last name given) read Paul’s NBA Preview on ESPN, and didn’t see this addressed: “With the NBA moving the league logo to the back of the jersey, I was wondering what the Toronto Raptors were going to do with the red maple leaf logo that used to be in that same place. Well, turns out they moved it to the front of the shorts. You can see it on the away jersey here, but it really pops on the white home jerseys. They haven’t worn their black alternates yet, but I assume it will be on them as well.”

Hockey News: This St. Louis Blues jersey with a “CUBS OF HOCKEY” NOB, you gotta admit, is pretty funny (sent in by Michael Bochum). It also shows how awful the “Bettman bib” style jerseys were (thankfully, St. Louis has gotten rid of that this year). … Here’s a look at the decal worn by the Hamilton Bulldogs, honoring the fallen soldier in Ottawa earlier this week (via Mark Coale). … Several submissions from Matt Larsen here: (1) From Saturday’s Canadiens/Rangers game “I can’t tell if Manny Malhotra has gold teeth, or if he has a gold mouth guard;” (2) For some reason Youppi is paying homage to officials; and, “Maybe this has been brought up on Uni Watch and I simply missed it, but do the Habs celebrate the retired numbers of the Expos in the rafters of the Bell Centre?” … Last night, Senators fans were wearing fallen soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s name on their jerseys.

Grab Bag: “Another reason to hate Pinktober,” writes Garrett Jensen, who sends along this chart entitled, “Where We Donate Vs. Diseases That Kill Us”. He adds, “This is especially ironic since football players are definitely frequent victims of Heart Disease.” … The University of Tennessee has a new logo (from Patrick O’Neill).

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Annnnnnnnnnd…that’s going to do it for this fine Sunday. Enjoy the NFL games today (and don’t forget the early game). Big thanks, as always, to TJ, Catherine, Rob, Andrew, Alex and Matt, and you fine readers. And welcome back Paul! Hope your vacation to the land of cheese was awesome, buddy! I’ll GLADLY hand you back the keys now. You guys have a great week, and I’ll catch you all next Saturday.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

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“QuackTracker has lost its relevance. Now every school has a weekly costume, some with actual school colors. Whereas I used to get into uniforms now I just dont bother. Too much change. I used to enjoy Helmet Project too but now I dont care. It has jumped the shark.”

— Paul Stave

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Wrapping Up The WFL Contest

By Phil Hecken, with Aaron Johnson

As promised, this Saturday we’re wrapping up the WFL contest, which took place during the end of the summer and in which we asked readers to submit designs for WFL teams, if they were still playing today, 40 years after the league began its all-too-brief life.

As you’ve undoubtedly seen, the designs were outstanding, and the participation was even higher than expected. Today, we’re going to show the winners of the voting (for teams for which at least three submissions were given).

Here’s Aaron with a few words:

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to the World Football League uniform design contest. When I initially reached out to Phil, I thought this would be a cool and unique way to remember the WFL 40 years after its only full season and have some fun with it. I had no idea we would get the response we did (we received over 150 entries!). I hope both the designers and readers enjoyed this contest as well.

Each team that received at least three submissions was voted on…and over 7,000 votes were cast.

Congratulations to the winners!

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Our first set of winners come from this batch of entries. You can see the winning design, along with the vote tallies, below:

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Charlotte Hornets

Winner: Steve B. Creations

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Charlotte Hornets 7 - Steve B. Creations
Charlotte Hornets 8 - Steve B. Creations

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Hawaiians

Winner: Lenda

WFL - Hawaiians winner

Honolulu Hawaiians - Lenda

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Portland Thunder/Storm/Thunderstorm

Winner: Gene Sanny

WFL - Portland winner

Portland Storm - Gene Sanny

(No Description Given)

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Southern California Sun

Winner: Brian Phillips

WFL - Sun winner

Southern California Sun 10 - Brian PhillipsSouthern California Sun 11 - Brian Phillips
Southern California Sun 13 - Brian PhillipsSouthern California Sun 14 - Brian Phillips
Southern California Sun 12 - Brian PhillipsSouthern California Sun 15 - Brian Phillips

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The next set of winners comes from this set of entries. Winning design & vote tallies below:

Birmingham Americans

Winner: Gene Sanny

WFL1- Birmingham

Birmingham Americans - Gene Sanny

(No Description Given)

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Chicago Fire

Winner: Curtis Peddle

WFL1- Chicago

Chicago Fire 1 - Curtis Peddle Chicago Fire 2 - Curtis Peddle

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Detroit Wheels

Winner: Gene Sanny

WFL1- Detroit

Detroit Wheels - Gene Sanny

(No Description Given)

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Houston Texans/Rattlers

Winner: Bryan Ross

WFL1- Houston

Houston Texans - Bryan Ross

(No Description Given)

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Memphis Southmen/Grizzlies

Winner: Robert Kramer

WFL1- Memphis

Memphis Southmen/Grizzlies 1 - Robert Kramer
Memphis Southmen/Grizzlies 2 - Robert Kramer

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Philadelphia Bell

Winner: Jeff Provo

WFL1- Philadelphia

Philadelphia Bell - Jeff Provo

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The final set of winners comes from this set of entries. Winning design and voting tallies below:

Florida Blazers

Winner: Thomas Felsmaier

WFL2 - Florida

Florida Blazers 1 - Thomas Felsmaier Florida Blazers 2 - Thomas Felsmaier

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Jacksonville Sharks

Winner: Jeff Provo

WFL2 - Jacksonville

Jacksonville Sharks - Jeff Provo

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And there you have it — congratulations to all the winners, and everyone who participated. How about a big Uni Watch golf clap for everyone — including Aaron — for this great contest!

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I’m pleased to continue with a new weekend feature here at Uni Watch, “Classic Ballpark Scoreboards,” which are created by Gary Chanko. You probably know Gary best for his wonderful colorizations, but he has been a solid contributor for many years, and this is his new project. This segment will appear every Saturday on Uni Watch.

Here’s Gary (click on images to enlarge):

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Classic Ballpark Scoreboards – Eighth in a Series
by Gary Chanko

Dodger Stadium and Jarry Park are this week’s featured classic scoreboards.

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Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium Scoreboard UW

Home of: Los Angeles Dodgers
Opened: April 10, 1962; One of the cathedral ballparks

Now over half a century old, Dodger Stadium is the third eldest among major league ballparks. The recent renovations restored much of the original mid-century modern design elements, including the restoration of the original hexagonal shape of the stadium’s outfield message and scoreboards.

For more information about Dodger Stadium beginnings, The Walter O’Malley Official website provides a comprehensive history of Dodger Stadium planning and construction.

The original hexagonal shaped scoreboard was and is unique. This scoreboard illustration recreates the pre-game display before Koufax’s second no hitter in 1963.

A Few Things to Know

• Described at the time as the “world’s largest scoreboards,” they measured 75 feet by 34 feet. The original scoreboard, message board, and auxiliary scoreboards used 400,000 feet of wire and 17,000 lamps.

Fair Play provided the original electronic scoreboard units above the left and right field pavilions. The right field board displayed in game score information. An optical display board, similar to the concept tried in Shea Stadium, was considered but rejected because of untested technology.

• When it opened in 1962, the Union Oil advertisement above the scoreboards was the only in-ballpark signage.

• Dodger Stadium has the only hexagonal scoreboard in major league baseball. One of the original scoreboard concepts, however, was a vertical design. Fortunately the architects chose the hexagonal shape which echoes the design of the outfield pavilions.

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Parc Jarry Park

Jarry Park Scoreboard UW

Home of: Montreal Expos
Last baseball game: September 26, 1976; Now a tennis stadium complex

Jarry Park Stadium (its correct full name) was home to the Montreal Expos for the franchise’s first eight seasons. Originally intended to serve as the temporary Expos ballpark for only a few seasons, improvements to Jarry Park’s original 3,000 seat ball field were minimal. Construction delays for Olympic Stadium kept the Expos in Jarry Park until 1977.

The million dollars spent on bringing Jarry Park close to major league standards included the scoreboard in right field. The scoreboard provided basic information and some cartoon animation. It defined minimalist scoreboard architecture.

The scoreboard illustration depicts the display for the 1970 season opening day.

A Few Things to Know

• Although Jarry Park lacked many fan amenities, it did feature a “fascinating, bilingual scoreboard.” Only 60 feet wide and 24 feet high, the scoreboard wasn’t all that large compared to other major league scoreboards at the time. But it did utilize the latest electronics with animation capabilities.

• The scoreboard layout consisted of 10 rows of 30 characters. Each character, which included French language accents, was configured in a matrix of 35 lamps.

• This 1973 sports editorial from the Montreal Gazette highlights the enormous fan appeal that developed for Jarry Park and questioned if the planned move to the new Olympic Stadium was a good idea. Buried in the article is a reference to Jarry Park having the worst scoreboard in the major leagues!

• Scoreboard advertising was limited to the O’Keefe Brewing Co, the Expos broadcast media sponsor. Advertising throughout Jarry Park was generally sparse.

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Next in the series is a look back at two classic scoreboards with a connected past: Sick’s Stadium and County Stadium.

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If anyone is interested in purchasing a digital copy of these posters, Gary is working on an online purchase option. In the interim you can contact him directly at Classicscoreboards@gmail.com.

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Jim Vilk’s World Series…

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the original Mr. 5 & 1, Jim Vilk, but after Mike’s QOTW earlier this week, it got his creative juices flowing, so to speak.

So, without further ado, the man…they myth…the legend…

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World Series Five & One
By Jim Vilk

It’s a beautiful day for a baseball list…let’s make two! Here’s why: I find numberless jerseys highly annoying, so it’s safe to guess my &1 would be the only matchup from the first three decades of the 20th Century. There were some decent looks during that era, though, so I’m going to give you a Numberless Era 5&1 as well as a Numbered Era list. And away we go…

Numberless Era

5. 1905 – Giants/Athletics. The Giants even came out with a special uniform just for the Series.

4. 1925 – Pirates/Senators. That’s a nifty Golden Jubilee patch the NL teams wore that year.

3. 1928 – Yankees/Cardinals. Love that single birdie on the Cards’ home jerseys.

2. 1917 – White Sox/Giants. Flag Code argument resumes in three, two, one…

1. 1908 – Cubs/Tigers. 106 years later, Cubs fans can cheer another victory!

And the bad one: 1915 – Red Sox/Phillies. The Bland Sawx have less red in their legwear than Philly’s home socks.

Numbered Era

5. 1965 – Dodgers/Twins. Great caps, plus I like when they spell out the city on LA’s road jerseys.

4. 1944 – Cardinals/Browns. Not crazy about the “St. L ouis” on the road jersey, but I love everything else about this matchup.

3. 1971 – Pirates/Orioles. If the O’s had the white-paneled caps then, this could have been number one.

2. 1938 – Yankees/Cubs. Bonus points for the Yanks wearing the Worlds Fair patch.

1. 1983 – Orioles/Phillies. Surprised myself with this one, but not too much.

And the bad one: 1948 – Indians/Braves. Modern Wahoo is just creepy, but ’48 Wahoo is downright scary.

Enjoy the Series!

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Thanks, Jim.

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Duck Tracker

Each week, as we have done on Uni Watch for the past five seasons, we’ll be tracking the uniform combinations of the Oregon Ducks. Back for his third season is Tim E. O’Brien, who’ll show you what the Ducks wore in their last game, and add a few words of wisdom.

Here’s this weeks costume (click to enlarge):

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Last night the Ducks took on Cal (who went blue/gold/blue) with another drab combo — black/white/gray. Not a school color in the bunch. And to top it off, Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariotta (and others) were wearing camo socks/leggings. Ugh. More photos here.

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World Series Uni Tracking

Last night, the Royals and Giants played game three of the World Series, and the Giants wore cream (eschewing their regular season practice of wearing their orange alts) with the Royals in gray:

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As they have been doing throughout the playoffs, the guys from the Diamond Uniform Database have been keeping track of the uniforms throughout. You can check out all the Wild Card, Division, and League Championship uniforms for all the teams here.

Here’s Rob Holecko with a few words:

The World Series shifted to San Francisco for Game 3, and while the Giants had been wearing their orange alts for home Friday games, they chose to stick with their standard cream home unis. So no alt jerseys for either the Giants or the Royals through any of the postseason this year, it appears. That should make many of you traditionalists happy, but I think seeing the Giants’ orange jersey or the Royals’ powder blue at least once wouldn’t have been a terrible thing.

Thanks to Matt Donnelly for the images.

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Division II & III Games
By Andrew Seagraves

First, we will go to the Sonoran Desert where the Arizona Miners are hosting the Salt Lake City Spikes. This game not only has the drama of two Pacific Coast Conference squads who are in close proximity, but both have been known as the Spikes at one point in their history. The Promontory Point Spikes moved to Arizona and became the Miners, an expansion team took their place in the Salty Salty, and Bob’s your Uncle. Arizona will go 95% Stormtrooper this week with emerald green shoulder trim for Liver Cancer awareness while SLC while don pink socks for Breast Cancer awareness.

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Our second contest will feature two Eastern Association teams as the Brooklyn Mariners take on the Youngstown Bobcats in the Big Apple. Youngstown has made the transition from the Central League in to the EA look easy as they are in the top tier of the table while the mainstay Mariners are tugging along right behind them. Both of these clubs have joined in the fight against Childhood Cancer as the ‘Cats will add a subtle golden ribbon patch to their road white jersey while the Mariners will go full nugget as they go head-to-toe in Gold.

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Other key matchups from across DII will have the Charleston Navigators square off against the Missouri Magnetic, the Winnipeg Winterhawks will go nose-to-nose with the Rapid City Badlanders in South Dakota, and the Big Tomato will come alive as the Sacramento Scorpions face the Portland Gamblers.

This is the league where YOU make the difference! Get on over to www.uwfantastyfootballleague.com to vote on these and many other great games that are taking place this weekend. While you are out with your friends, at the bar watching the game or even if you’re helping your grandma figure out the Googlebox; get them to help vote for your favorite teams in this weekend’s slate of games. If you’d like to try your hand at designing a team to compete in the UWFFL, head on over to our Google+ page for prospective teams and submit a concept today. We’ll be back tomorrow with UWFFL Premier League action!

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: WOW! “Came across this incredible shot of my buddy’s grandfather when he managed the Coors Beer semi-pro baseball team in 1940″ says John Romero. “Would love to see this one colorized!” Ditto! … New Fresno Grizzlies unis were unveiled Thursday night for the mens baseball team (thanks, David Taub). … The Foo Fighters are playing an August show in Wrigley, and their t-shirts have a Cubs flavor (from Kurt Esposito). Also from Kurt, this is how the Foo Fighters announced the show. … Anyone up for making “I’m Still Calling It McCovey Cove t-shirts? It’s all a hoax (click on link for update, which still has the original article in the url — h/t Chris Schoenthal). … The Giants honored their Hall of Famers before Game Three. Looks like Willie Mays is still wearing that cap he loves so much. … In a bit of a break from their norm, the Giants wore their cream unis last night, instead of their “usual” orange Friday alts. … Old Glory suffered a serious tear during last night’s SSB. … Last night’s starter for the Giants, Tim Hudson, was wearing a UnderArmour baselayer (screen grab from Dave Garabedian). … How many Pandas are in this picture? … Some SF fans may need geography lessons (perhaps they consulted the Falcons?).

NFL News: The NFL’s Instagram account has been posting cool player stat graphics every Sunday, notes Britton Thomas. The images all have the correct fonts, and they’re even created using the jersey color worn on that particular day. For example, this Demaryius Thomas graphic from last week is navy, and this one from three weeks ago is orange. Britton also sends a few more examples. … Scott Mason was watching this 1978 Houston at Miami game and saw this inconsistency in the Oilers’ 7’s on #27 and #37. “Interesting to see such blatant differences in the NFL — forward to the 5:30 mark.” … Here’s a look at the decals the CFL will be wearing this weekend for the fallen soldiers after the attack in Ottawa and Quebec. According to Lucas Barrett, “the entire country will be watching. The largest Canadian flag will be there which covers the entire field (CFL field is wider and longer than NFL) for a moment of silence and anthems prior to the game for the fallen soldiers.” … “Did you notice Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was wearing one of the old Reebok Broncos jerseys Thursday night?” asks Mark Francis. “You’d think they could supply him with a newer jersey.” Well, that, or he likes that particular throwback (which looks like a repro of the sweet 1994 NFL 75th Anniversary jersey worn by Steve Atwater). … In 1956, Browns fans John Campbell and George Sarles came up with the idea of putting a radio receiver in the quarterback’s helmet — here’s a really great article on that.

College & High School Football News: In news sure to thrill MANY, Pitt is bringing back the “Pitt Script helmet for today’s homecoming game! (h/t to too many to name). Yeah, they’ve only swapped out decals on the current metallic gold helmet, but it’s a start! And they’ll be wearing them for the rest of the season too. … Pink has reached HS unis. According to Mike Reilly, This is in Pittsburgh in a rivalary game between North Allegheny HS & North Hills HS. NH is red & white typically. … This is actually a pretty heart-warming story: A fire in Simon Kenton’s field house damaged much of their equipment, so a bunch of high schools (who happen to be their opponents), banded together to provide them equipment for last night’s game (thanks to @layflyer for the tip). … Penn State’s James Franklin wants throwback uniforms once a year (from Mike Slavonic). … WVU will be going gold/white/gold today in Stillwater (h/t Jason Bernard), a combo they’ve not yet worn (here’s a photoshop of how this will look, from Zack D’Ulisse). … LA Tech will wear these brand new white helmets for today’s game (thanks James Poisso). … Presbyterian College has new gray Nike Pro Combat jerseys they’ll be debuting this weekend (h/t CJ). … “Soberskie,” Soberman” or “O’Beerno” are not new recruits for the Utah Utes. Utah Highway Patrol officers will be handing out anti-DUI jerseys today to remind tailgaters to find a designated driver before they start drinking alcohol. … WKU will be wearing all black vs. ODU today. … Steve Johnston was covering a High School game last night and noticed that Downers Grove South (IL) has their own take on Oklahoma State’s logo. … Two Louisville (Ky.) high school football teams – Manual (in red) and Male (in black) – went color on color Friday night (from Josh Claywell).

Basketball News: HOLY CRAP! Penn State hoops will be wearing a pink and black alternate uni this season (honoring the original colors from 1887) — great spot by David Gutting. That sound you heard was Larry Bodnovich hitting the floor. Here is what they will look like in action (they’re expected to wear them at least twice this season). … “Why must basketball jerseys have sleeves?” asks Paul Lee. “In other countries, athletic clubs field teams not just in football, but also basketball, volleyball and other sports, e.g., Barcelona (Spain), Boca Juniors (Argentina), not unlike high schools where the same mascot is used for all sports. I bring this up because even though Adidas has been pushing sleeves for NBA basketball because they’re primarily known for soccer jerseys, in countries fielding world-famous soccer (futbol) squads, their basketball counterparts still wear sleeveless jerseys.” … Here’s a look at all of Kansas’ hoops unis for 2014-15, including throwbacks (from Dirk Diddy). … Has the Cleveland script been removed from above the skyline on the Cavaliers’ court (or is that just a video game version)? — or…has it?

Hockey News: Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz gave his players the day off on Thursday, so the team went curling at the Calgary Curling Club. Hilarity ensued, including Alex Ovechkin ripping his jeans (not preferred curling attire). Some video of the event is there too. Great stuff from Max Weintraub ), who notes there’s an “awful lot of uni-watching news” in that link. … Check out the special throwback jerseys Hershey Bears will wear at their home opener (from Stan Capp). … The Detroit Red Wings will be wearing camo for warmups on November 7 (reprinted from yesterday’s comments). … An eBay user auctioned a Caps prototype jersey from 2005, which includes an early version of ‘Weagle’ logo.

Grab Bag: Here’s a really neat graphic showing the logo history of VMI (from Ethan Ritz). … “An example of when you DON’T want a fan wearing your hat,” writes Brice Wallace. “I’m talking about you, West Virginia University.” … A varsity girls volleyball team at North Hollywood High was forced to forfeit a previous victory against an opponent because they wore uniforms with a dominant color that is not one of the school’s official hues. Nike had no comment. … Here’s a bit more on that logo/trademark dispute over the “cowboy” used by Oklahoma State, New Mexico State & Wyoming. … “One of the few things that cricket is known for in America is that they play in all-white,” says Aram Gyan. “But in the shorter version of the game, anything goes. This site has gone through every domestic Australian uniform since 1982. A lot of bold yellow, red, and brown combos. Also includes cricket’s version of the infamous Chicago White Sox shorts.”

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Whew! That will do it for today. Thanks to Aaron, Gary, Jim, Tim, Rob, Andrew, Matt and all of you fine readers (and all those who participated in the WFL contest). Great stuff. Back with more tomorrow.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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— Kenn Tomasch

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A Uni Watch Look at Marching Band Uniforms

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[Editor's Note: Paul is on vacation this week, but today we have a guest entry from Kristina Cruz, who's going to fill us in on some very interesting aspects of marching band uniforms.]

By Kristina Cruz

College football games often feature marching bands. But while football uniforms have evolved a great deal over the years, from wool jerseys and leather helmets to high-tech performance fabrics and armor-like headgear, most marching band uniforms are largely unchanged. I’ve never been a part of a marching band myself, but I love uniform aesthetics, so I decided to learn more about marching band uniforms.

The marching band originated with traveling musicians who performed together at festivals and celebrations throughout the ancient world. It evolved and became more structured within the military, from which the modern marching band emerged. Over time though, musicians became less important in directing the movement of troops on the battlefield and the bands took on more ceremonial roles. In the 17th and 18th centuries, military uniforms incorporated French influences by adopting elaborate trim, hats, and buttons. During the Civil War, military musicians wore baby blue and purple uniforms. It became too expensive to outfit the entire military in these brightly colored uniforms, so they were reserved for the musicians. The color provided the added bonus of making the musicians recognizable to the enemy and therefore less likely to be shot.

Many universities had marching bands before the 20th century. It is believed that the first halftime show by a marching band during a football game was performed by the University of Illinois Marching Illini in 1907 in a game against the University of Chicago. But more than a century later, marching band uniforms still feature many military-based flourishes. For example, the uniforms usually feature very distinctive headwear — often either shakos (as worn here by Oregon State) or pith helmets with feather plumes (as worn here by Evangel University). This ornamentation comes from old military militia members, whose hats would be topped off with a sprig from a local plant or a feather from a local bird, to show loyalty to the land they were protecting. This tradition is the basis of the modern marching band plume.

Many bands keep their headwear mounted on their heads with “chinstraps” — which actually go under or around the mouth, not the chin. This was my biggest question in researching marching band uniforms for this article. Why would someone choose to wear a strap over his mouth?

The closest I was able to find to an explanation was a quote from the movie To Hell and Back, a biopic about Audie Murphy (the most decorated American G.I. in World War II). At one point Murphy was told to undo the strap of his helmet to stop the explosion blasts from tearing off his helmet — and his head with it. Apparently some soldiers were killed by concussion due to a buckled chinstrap resulting in the development of a chinstrap release that would allow the strap to unhook under a pressure greater than 15 pounds. Also, an attacking enemy soldier could, theoretically, grab you by your headdress, yank your head back, and slit your throat. I don’t know of any such threats among marching band members, so I assume the mouth strap just a vestige of that tradition.

Drum majors typically wear different uniforms than the rest of the marching band, to better distinguish themselves from the rest of the musicians. This too is military-related: It reflects a heritage that dates back to the Middle Ages, when enlisted men would wear standard-issue overcoats but officers would purchase their own uniforms.

Some other notes and observations:

• Ivy League marching band members often wear a jacket and tie when performing.

• Southern Methodist University marching band members wear a different combination of jackets, vests, ties, shirts, and pants for each half of each game, with no uniform combinations repeated during the marching season.

• The marching bands for Texas and Texas Tech incorporate elements of the Lone Star State’s cowboy heritage, although Texas looks to me like they belong onstage at Hee Haw. [As an aside, that zigzag piping on the Texas pants is called rickrack. One of my favorite uni-related terms. — PL]

• Naturally, Oregon has taken marching band uniforms to a new level. As an Oregon native myself, I heartily approve.

So which band uniforms do I like best aside from Oregon? Here are my favorites:

1. Defiance College. Obviously I do not share Paul’s hatred of purple. And if you’re going to do a plume, do it big.

2. Notre Dame Irish Guard. I can’t stand most things Notre Dame generally, but these lads look dapper.

3. University of Houston. Note the gradient blue on the front.

4. Army. No BFBS here. Just a clean, dark look.

5. Delaware. University of Delaware. Again, go plume or go home.

Who else is into marching band uniforms? I would love to hear comments and feedback from others on this topic.

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‘skins Watch: Why are Goshen High School’s athletic teams still called the “Redskins”? According to this article, sent in by Terry Mark, “The overriding answer is community insensitivity – people either don’t know or don’t care that the nickname is offensive.” … “It’s fairly common knowledge among those of us who follow Peter King and his Monday Morning Quarterback site that he does not use the ‘Redskins’ name any longer,” writes Nick Vendetti. “I noticed (Mon)day, however, that he also replaced their logo with a generic football graphic on the dropdown team menu on his site. Interesting choice, considering he could have used the arrowhead logo or script ‘R’. Seems like he went generic to make a statement.” … Obviously, not everyone is in favor of changing the name. Matthew McConaughey hopes they never do. In fact, he says, “We were all fine with it since the 1930s.” Also interesting in that article are his thoughts on gun control and how be became a fan of the team (despite growing up in Texas) because he “rooted for the Indians” in old Westerns and the team had a linebacker named Chris Hanburger (he also likes hamburgers, so…there you go). … “Now the Minneapolis City Council looking at trying to ban the use of the Redskin name and/or logo when the team plays the Vikings in Minneapolis on November 2nd,” writes Patrick O’Neill. “Such an action would necessarily have 1st Amendment implications.”

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Today’s ticker was compiled by Mike Chamernik

Baseball News: At the end of Game 2 of the World Series, the Royals sent out a guy in a full KC throwback uni to hang up a “W” in front of the crowd (from Jamie Burditt). … The new West Virginia-based New York-Penn League team will be known as the Black Bears (from Brice Wallace). … The Revenue Cutter Service, a predecessor to the modern day Coast Guard, wore uniforms with the wishbone C in the 1920s (thanks, Lieutenant R. Caleb James). … Zach Hoover works for a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate. Last month the legislature held its second annual All-Star Softball Game and Zach designed the jerseys. “Since the two teams are (loosely) made up of Senators and House members from the Western and Eastern parts of the state respectively, I decided to go with a Pittsburgh Pirates-themed jersey for the West and a Philadelphia Phillies-themed jersey for the East. I named the teams after the competing, colloquial terms that refer to “You”-Plural in Pennsylvania: ‘Yinz’ for the West and ‘You’se’ for the East. I also created a basic jersey for the announcers, who were all legislative staffers. While I would obviously have loved to work with colors used by the Bucs and Phils, the ‘awareness color’ for eradicating hunger is orange and thus the jerseys had to be orange. However, with the help of a longtime friend in graphic design, I think we came up with something that worked. I’ll note that I didn’t work on the caps – that’s my plan for next year.”

NFL News: Emmanuel Sanders was identified as Julius Thomas during the CBS telecast last night (from Terry O’Donohue). … The band One Direction promoted its American tour by wearing various NFL jerseys (from Phil). … Andy Henderson was watching an episode of Finding Giants and one scout held his phone upside-down while talking with a potential free agent. … I have no idea what the story is behind this customized Broncos jersey.

College Football News: Urban Meyer was asked about Ohio State wearing black jerseys and he provided possibly the greatest example of coach-speak (from Michael McLaughlin). … Colorado will wear a helmet decal for David Quessenberry, who is battling cancer. … Marshall is encouraging fans to wear green on Sunday, and the school is calling this a Greenhouse Effect (from Brice Wallace). … Boise State is going gray, blue and pink tonight (from Phil). … Gold chrome helmets and purple jerseys and pants are on tap for Washington on Saturday (from Phil). … Arizona State is going gold/white/maroon on Saturday (from Phil). … East Carolina wore all-black last night and even painted its center logo black (from Phil). … Here’s a look at the Gray Ghost unis Illinois will wear Saturday (Phil again). … Cal will be going with gold tops vs. Oregon tonight.

Hockey News: The 1994 Lockout saved the Penguins from debuting some seriously outlandish unis (thanks, Tony Caliguiri). … Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard has a new breast cancer awareness mask (from Phil). … Pavel Datsyuk still has the old Red Wings wordmark on his helmet (from Phil).

Grab Bag: Alabama unveiled the state’s bicentennial logo. … Everton played without a sponsor yesterday (from Phil). … The Knicks tweaked their orange alternate jerseys. … Grantland made an interactive animation about celebrity NBA Fans. … Three Rivers Stadium’s website is still active!

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