Monday Morning Uni Watch

Hiya. I’m on vacation this week, but I still put together Monday Morning Uni Watch from the road. How’s that for dedication? Anyway, odd scene yesterday in Minnesota, as Packers wideout Jones wore a hoodie under his jersey! Lots of people asked me if I’d ever seen that before — can’t name any specific names, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen placekickers and/or punters do it on occasion. Probably not a “regular” player, though.

Before the game was over, the hoodie already had its own Twitter account. There are additional photos of the hoodie here, and you can see Jones explaining why he wore it here.

Was the hoodie legal? Yes, according to NFL officiating guru Mike Pereira:

In other news from around the league yesterday:

• There were several interesting things about yesterday’s Chargers/Chiefs game. For starters, the Chargers wore their powder-blue alts. In addition, the Chiefs went mono-white with red-topped socks for the second consecutive week. That’s a combo they hadn’t previously worn since 1994, and hadn’t worn in a non-throwback, non-preseason situation since 1967. Also, The Chargers retired LaDainian Tomlinson’s number during a halftime ceremony. The surprising thing, at least to me, was the team’s retired-number banner design template, which I hadn’t noticed before:

This is the same design that the Chargers use for all of their retired number banners. Surprising that there are no lightning bolts, no? And those polka dot gradations look awful.

Meanwhile, Tomlinson’s number was also featured on the midfield helmet logo:

Finally, I’ve always loved the old logo that the Chargers put in the end zone yesterday:

The thing is, that’s a throwback logo, and the Chargers’ powder blues are not throwbacks — they’re just alts. They use the modern, non-throwback lightning bolt designs on the shoulders and pants, and they don’t have the uni numbers on the helmets. If you’re gonna use the retro end zone logo, great — but then make the uni a proper throwback to match.

• Speaking of the Chargers, why did safety Jimmy Wilson have these little yellow bands around his shins?

• The Dolphins wore white at home, which forced the Cowboys to wear blue for the second consecutive week.

• Texans cornerback Charles James was wearing argyle Texans socks prior to the game.

• The G.I. Joke-isms now extend to players’ pregame headphones. Sigh.

• No photo, but I have it on good authority that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was missing the Al Davis perma-memorial decal on his helmet.

• Washington wideout DeSean Jackson wore leopard-print shoes.

• And speaking of Washington, defensive end Jason Hatcher said after the game that the team is on the receiving end of so many penalty calls because the refs don’t like the team’s name.

(Big thanks to Jake Copp, Chris Flinn, David Kendrick, Gene Sanny and, especially, Phil for their contributions.)

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RSS news: If you’ve been having trouble with the Uni Watch RSS feed, look for it here. Let me know if you encounter any further problems.

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Holiday T-shirt reminder: In case you missed it last week, we’ve launched three new designs that are not technically part of the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club (no sleeve patch, no month designation) but are very much in keeping with the spirit of the project. Take a look (click to enlarge):

Each of these three designs — “Vertically Arched,” “Radially Arched,” and the plain script with nothing on the back — is available in all three colors shown (white, black and grey). In addition, each design and color is available in three formats: short-sleeved tee, long-sleeved tee, and sweatshirt. Plus the plain script design is also available as a hoodie with pockets.

These shirts are available here from now through Dec. 9, which means they’ll deliver in time for Christmas.

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Collect ’em all reminder: Meanwhile: If you ordered all 12 of the T-Shirt Club designs and qualify for the year-end prize (which, in case you missed it earlier, will be an embroidered patch featuring this design), please prove that you’ve collected ’em all by either (a) taking a photo of all 12 shirts or (b) taking screen shots of your 12 order-confirmation emails from Teespring and putting the 12 shots into a folder. Then email the photo or the folder to (please note that this is a new address — do not send your proof to the regular Uni Watch email address), and be sure to include your mailing address so I know where to mail the patches once they’re ready to go.

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Holiday advertiser shout-outs: As you may have noticed, three longtime Uni Watch allies have new ads running on the site for the holiday shopping push. All are worthy of your consideration:

• Jeff Suntala, working under the name There Used to Be a Ballpark, produces beautiful posters of past and current baseball stadiums.

• For years now I’ve been featuring Rob Ullman’s pin-up-style illustrations of women wearing sports jerseys. If you’d like to hire him to do an illo of your partner — or of yourself! — he’s accepting commissions.

Oxford Pennant produces beautiful wool felt pennants — so much nicer than the stiff, synthetic ones typically sold at stadiums. Made in the USA, too.

I’m proud to have all of these advertisers associated with the site. Please consider them for your holiday shopping needs.

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Sorry, no Ticker today, cuz I’m on vacation (I’m dedicated, but there are limits). We’ll definitely have a Ticker tomorrow; not sure about the rest of the week. Hectic time, with Thanksgiving and all. Thanks for understanding.

Sunday Morning Uni Watch

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By Phil Hecken

Week 12 came and went, and there were still a few new uniforms costumes and surprises, even at this late stage of the season. Notre Dame went mono-green, FSU finally broke out their BFBS numbers, Clemson went all-purple (as is their wont), BC had a gorgeous throwback, the boys from Virginia Tech had a special all-black uni to bid farewell to Frank Beamer at Lane — even aTm had a new costume. And of course, there were a couple of surprises.

There was a bit of technical difficulty with the UW dashboard last evening, so I wasn’t even sure there would BE a post today, but it looks like everything is OK for now.

With a rundown of yesterday’s action, I’ll now turn it over to my SMUW main dude — Terry Duroncelet. So here’s TJ with your…

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet

Fairly slow week, which is appropriate, given the sudden chill. It’s interesting how a little cold can really get you in that autumn years sort of mood.

From Saturday:

Oh boy. I um… well, this at least gives me an excuse to get a new prescription for my glasses.

• Virginia Tech wore all-black in honor of Frank Beamer’s final home game as the VT head coach. Personally, I think there are better ways to honor a coach as decorated as Beamer than lame BFBS togs, but whatever floats your boat. At least these are better than the things they wore the last time they went BFBS. Also in that same game, UNC wore all-white, and Tar Heels WR Mack Hollins wore a SANDMAN NOB in Beamer’s honor.

• Clemson wore mono-purple for Military Appreciation Day. Better than most military “tributes” that I’ve seen.

• Case in-point.

• LSU wore all-white for the first time since 2011. Is it necessary? No. Is it overdone? Yes. Did they look rather nice? Did Ohio State go down yesterday? Well, there you go.

• Speaking of THE, they wore their playoff uniforms (which are basically throwbacks) against Michigan State, who wore their bronze helmets with their regular road whites. Both teams wore “Chad Strong” decals on the back of their helmets. JB Johnson spotted Robert Craft wearing a Pat Patriot hat on the sidelines.

• Graphics teams are still on point this season. One of the best seasons in history.

• Hard to see, but Minnesota’s scoreboard apparently uses their specific number font (h/t to Dustin K.). Also, history repeats itself. Keep in mind that it was supposedly 20°F in Minneapolis yesterday in regards to the latter pic.

• I don’t know what Louisiana-Lafayette was wearing yesterday, and I’m not sure I want to find out.

• Rutgers wore S&S decals against Army.

• Utah State wore camo decals.

• GG, Maryland.

• Well, it took what feels like a century, but Florida State finally wore their black alts against Chattanooga.

• Interesting note about Bethune-Cookman: they wore mono-gold uniforms against FAMU. But more on that in a second. They also unveiled these logos yesterday on Twitter. Some of those marks look awfully familiar. Interestingly enough, the BCU Twitter mod was experiencing some “technical difficulties” and miraculously, that exact tweet disappeared. But back to the uniforms. These were worn the same week as the Colon Flush uniforms that the Jacksonville Jaguars wore. Purely coincidental, and never mind the fact that those are clearly not Russell uniforms (that template doesn’t exist in their catalog, and there are no maker’s marks), but you know, semantics, details.

• Rare HarBro sighting. Credit to Brinke Guthrie for the pic and the one-liner.

• aTm wore some white uniform with an odd (but not horrible in a vacuum) helmet against Vanderbilt, who wore black helmets and mono-grey unifrorms. You can guess how well that worked out.

• Interesting that both Notre Dame and Boston College are outfitted by Under Armour AND are both private, Catholic schools. Looks like the Fighting Irish channeled their inner logo during the game (minus the gold shoes). Notre Dame, the only living entities that are somehow able to emit a stronger green glow with gold domes than Broly. I did enjoy the striped numbers, however. Also, Boston College wore some really rad throwbacks (even though most of them didn’t wear the striped compression shirts that go with them). Also-also, the ND coaching staff wore green trou.

That’ll do it for Week 12. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you next week.

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Thanks, TJ. Now onto the rest of the SMUW…

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NCAA Uni Tracking

Back again today with our new feature: NCAA Uniform Tracking.

Once again, I’m pleased to welcome our 4 NCAA trackers, tallying the uniforms worn by the Power 5 conferences.

We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC & SEC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII) and Joey Artigue (tracking the B1G).

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I’m not sure what happened with Joey yesterday/last evening. I tried repeatedly to reach him via several channels, but I wasn’t able to connect. Unfortunately, there will be no B1G tracking today. I may be in the market for a new B1G tracker for the remainder of the season. Apologies

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Here is your link to the 2015-16 Duck Tracker.

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And finally, here is Kyle with the Big XII:



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And that’s all for today — thanks Rex, Dennis and Kyle!

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Joe Ringham's 5 & 1 Joe Ringham’s 5 & 1

We’re on to week 12 in the NCAA, and there were a bunch of games that might make the list for 5 & 1 decider Joe Ringham.

You may not agree with him, (I rarely agreed with Jimmer Vilk and only occasionally with Catherine), but he’s got his reasons for his picks.

Here’s Joe:

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Good Sunday, everyone! Man, was this a good football weekend or what? So many good games, and good looking games, as the regular season hits the last two weeks. Time to see who made the list this week.

5) Western Michigan at Northern Illinois — Wednesday Night MAC-tion looked rather sharp in DeKalb. The Huskies looked good in their black/red/black usual home threads, with a few in red socks. But I really dug the chrome gold/white/brown of the Broncos.

4) Houston at Connecticut — A great looking game in the American, and an upset to boot. The Cougars looked great in red/white/red. But, after not really liking them when they brought them out earlier in the season, the mono-gray set UConn brought out for this looked fantastic in contrast to Houston.

3) Harvard at Yale — The Game is always one of my favorites, and the 132nd edition was no different. Love the classic looks both teams bring out, with Yale going with their usual home white/navy/white against Harvard’s classic crimson/white/cream road look. A classic looking game in the classic setting of the Yale Bowl.

2) Kansas at West Virginia — Probably one of the most colorful games I have seen all season. Really loved the yellow/white/yellow set West Virginia went with. Probably their best look of the season, and it matched up great with the blue/red/gray the Jayhawks went with. Throw in the some November sunshine in Lawrence, and you have probably the Big 12’s most vividly colorful match-up of the season.

1) Baylor at Oklahoma State — I had another game slotted into this slot originally (hint: it’s one of the honorable mentions below). But then I saw this one on TV and my eyes lit up. Love the Bears white/white/green against the orange/black/orange of the Cowboys, especially with the ginormous Pistol Pete on the domes.

Just off the board: Northwestern at Wisconsin, Louisville at Pittsburgh, Iowa State at Kansas State, California at Stanford

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+1) Boston College vs Notre Dame — This spot for this week was reserved for this game ever since ND unveiled their costumes back in the summer. I actually really liked BC’s throwbacks here for the game at Fenway. But this is all about the monstrosities the Irish brought out.

++1) Wake Forest at Clemson — At least Clemson waited until the end of the season to bust out one of their more unappealing looks.

Enjoy the week, everyone, and have a great Thanksgiving!


Thanks, Joe! Remember, the tip-line email ( is back for any games you want Joe take a look at. Pictures of the game/games you want are very much suggested.

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Uni Watch News Ticker

Baseball News: Awwww. Very cool story from Kyle Geralds, who writes, “I had a baby shower today and got a new era 59fifty cap for my future infant son, Henry. I know uni-watch frowns upon excessive merchandising, but in Detroit, the old English D extends beyond sports and is a symbol of regional pride in a region that is shit on by most of the country. I am very proud of that D and happy to receive the cap and dress my baby in a simple ‘D’ and not some cap with the shitty mascot Pawz on it. The reason I am sending it to uni-watch is that…it does not have a squatcho! Which is good for infants who are born with gaps in their skull.” … Check out this shirt done in a Houston Astros tequila sunrise motif, or “Pretty sweet merch by Nashville coffee shop” as noted by David Trett.

College Football News: There will be a new Iron Bowl (Auburn/Alabama) coming next week. Could this be it? (from Clint Richardson). … This is awesome — one of my Twitter buddies (and I think he is a Uni Watcher as well), Clark Ruhland made the commemorative designs for Frank Beamer’s last home game. Well done, Clark!!! … While the Irish wore their “Shamrock Series” unis last night, and those uniforms (like several others worn during the Shamrock Series’ games) had a helmet design, the Irish also had shamrocks on their helmets from 1959-62 during the Joe Kuharich era (h/t Andrew Winn). … And while they didn’t use them for last night’s game, Fenway Park used to have temporary bleachers in front of the Green Monstah (nice find from Jeff Flynn).

Basketball News: After the Golden State Warriors tied the 1957-58 Boston Celtics for the most consecutive wins to start a season (following an NBA Championship), Mike Forde found this interesting Celtics graphic. Never seen that one before. … Virginia Tech basketball coach Buzz Williams wore a Frank Beamer tee shirt tonight vs VMI (from Andrew Cosentino). Here’s an even better shot. … The OK State football teams mascot is the “Cowboys” but the Women’s b-ball team are the “Cowgirls,” as noted by Graham Spell.

Soccer News: “Ahead of El Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid I wrote a piece about Barcelona’s surging popularity in the USA,” writes David Brand. “I believe Marshalls, Ross and TJ Maxx are responsible for much the clubs popularity because they have flooded the Northeast with cheap, off-brand Barca apparel for years. I’ve bought several pieces of clothing for my brother and myself and I see weird Barca clothing on a daily basis in NYC — most of it comes from Marshalls.” … Whoops: Benfica’s Julio Cesar had his shorts torn after a hard collision (via Mike D.). … New kits for Sacremento Republic FC (h/t Grant Young).

Grab Bag: In a rugby contest yesterday, players on both the Scarlets & Racing 92 wore arm/wrist bands of French flag colors (from Joe Stephens). … “The blue loading bar at the top of my phone’s web browser combined with the Uni-Watch’s green header is a daily reminder of the blue details in the Milwaukee Bucks uniforms,” says Jared. Uh oh — Apparel giants Nike and adidas have found a new arena in which to compete: for the uniforms of high school student athletes in the Eugene School District. … Boxer Miguel Cotto wore his headphones over his hood before his fight with Canelo last night (thanks to Mike Chamernik).

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That’s it for today. Thanks to TJ, Rex, Joe, Kyle, and Dennis for their contributions. Paul will be back on Monday with a MMUW and we’ll have some special content for Turkey-day week! Everyone have a great Sunday and I’ll be back soon.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.


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“If the Kardashians can captivate the tabloid world for what seems like a millenia, Marlins Man can have a few years of notoriety.”

–Jimmer Vilk

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Missed It By *That* Much

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By Phil Hecken

As you’re all no doubt aware (or should be), this past Thursday evening, the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars met up for the second of four “Color Rush Rash” encounters this season. Last week’s debacle featured the Jets (clad in shoulder-to-toe kelly green) and Bills (in shoulder-to-toe red), and was a mess in more ways than one. It was particularly difficult for those with red/green colorblindness, as it was difficult for those with this impediment to distinguish the two teams…and made even more difficult by the fact that both teams were fully monoclad (save for their helmets, both of which were white).

Thursday night, the NFL didn’t have that problem. And yet, the game was still a mess.

Unlike the Jets/Bills game, where Nike created two completely new uniforms, Thursday’s game actually had the Titans wearing their current (alternate) light blue jersey paired with light blue pants. It’s actually not a bad look, when its worn as it should be, with contrasting high socks and low whites, with contrasting colored cleats. But this being color rash, Nike had to crank it up a notch and put the team in ALL light blue accoutrements (except the helmet, of course — wouldn’t want any concussions). For any photos below, click to enlarge:


The new uniform (jerseys, pants, socks and shoes) was worn by the Jaguars, and while they described it as “gold” (or “bold”), it was an interesting shade resembling mustard:



The need for an additional new uniform aside, and the fact that the team was forced to go mono-gold from shoulders-to-toe, this was actually not a terrible looking uniform. Not that I am recommending this, but they could probably pair those jerseys with black pants (or the black jersey with the gold pants), add some contrasting socks, and have themselves an “OK” uniform (I use the word “OK” because the Jags regular unis are so awful, this new combo might be less awful).

The game looked, depending upon your perspective, anywhere from awful and unwatchable, to “on point” though there were many who would disagree with the latter classification.

The uniforms didn’t clash or anything, and it was easy (enough) to tell the teams apart — and hopefully there are no powder/gold blind folks out there (or would those be the lucky ones)? But (unlike almost all TNF games this year), I actually watched a good chunk of the game. I never had a problem telling the teams apart, though it wasn’t the most visually appealing game. Oh, and of course, there were lots of sweatboxes:

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Of course, reaction on social media to the uniforms was swift and severe. And probably on point (unlike ESPN’s tweet):

There were also more jokes (good and bad) about Guldens mustard and the Smurfs than I care to count.

It’s clear there was a lot of disdain for the uniforms, but don’t expect them to go away soon — there was enough positive response (and likely “gear” sales) to justify (in the eyes of the NFL and Nike) keeping them around — and of course, by the end of next season, all 32 teams will have been outfitted with color rash uniforms. There’s only two more games to go this year — including one next Thursday (Thanksgiving). And that leads us to…

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Next Thursday’s Color Rash Game…


As announced at halftime during the TNF game, next Thursday (which also happens to be Thanksgiving), the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers will participate in the third (of four) Color Rash games. The Cowboys will be “bringing back” their white “double star” jerseys and pairing those with white pants, socks and shoes, while the Panthers will be wearing their alternate Carolina Blue tops, and adding new Carolina blue pants (plus Carolina Blue socks and shoes). So, they will actually look very similar to the Titans from this past Thursday. Here’s a look at the unis both teams will wear (click to enlarge):

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I think this one is actually going to be a pretty decent looking game — if only the Panthers weren’t forced to wear Carolina Blue for their entire uniform (look at how much better the uniform would look if only there were contrasting socks). But the Cowboys uniform will look great — I know, I know…they’ve had their silver pants (either the blueish-green jobs or the current ‘road’ pants they wear with their navy blue jerseys) forever, but I REALLY like them with white pants. They wore a similar look in training camp and I thought it was a pretty fine look then, and still do. The Panthers will look a lot like the Titans last Thursday, and that’s not an awful look (sans-full-mono of course). Should be the best looking (so far) of the color rash games anyway.

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OK, guys — what do you think?

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I’m pleased to continue with a favorite 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 image to enlarge):

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Classic Ballpark Scoreboards – Series II
by Gary Chanko

Previously in Classic Football Scoreboards there was mention of another “scoreboard” located within Ohio Stadium. In this edition the “mystery” scoreboard is revealed!

Scoreboard Party, Ohio Stadium 1924

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Location: Ohio Stadium
Gameday: November 10, 1922; Ohio State at Purdue

The mystery scoreboard was known as a Grid-Graph (sometimes called Grid-o-graph) and, as the illustration depicts, it was located beneath the stands in Ohio Stadium. The size of these fan gatherings was quite large; often in the thousands.

Remember, college football radio broadcasts were just beginning in the early 1920s. By the 1928 season radio broadcasts were starting to expand, but you were unlikely to hear a broadcast of most away games for a decade or more. So the Grid-Graph without any alternatives survived in many college campuses well into the 1930s. By the 1940s Grid-Graph had faded from the college scene as this 1938 University of Illinois student newspaper article highlights.

Back to the Future Experience

Long time Uni-Watch readers may recall this past lede, Photography of Playography, that covered the baseball version of these electronic game simulations, including the football variant, Grid-Graph.

The Grid-Graph simulation enabled you to experience your favorite football team’s away games in near real time – not unlike using a mobile digital device today to access college games on Fox Sports GameTrax or a similar online game tracker app. Student admission to Grid-Graph games was typically 15 to 25 cents (about $3.50 in today’s dollars).

How did the Grid-Graph actually work? This Dartmouth College Library article summarizes the operation. The article refers to a Dartmouth Alumni Magazine article “What It Was, Was Grid-Graph,” written by an alumnus that was involved in the actual scoreboard operation. It’s worth reading.

The Grid-Graph Company

The Grid-Graph was invented in 1914 by Ohio State alumnus Howard Bryan, an electrical engineer. About this time the Grid-Graph Company was established in Columbus, Ohio. The records show the company applied for a U.S. Trademark in 1924, but other than that there’s little information I could find.

Still, it appears the $1000 or so (about $13,600 in 2015 dollars) Grid-Graph apparatus was a successful venture. By the early 1920s a substantial number of Grid-Graph equipment installations were found on college campuses across the U.S. And it appears there were several design variations as the product develop, such as a translucent playing field with light bulbs tracking ball movement.

Here’s a sampling of articles and photos mentioning Grid-Graph:

University of Oregon (mid 1920s), Indiana University (1937), Iowa State University (1920s), Davidson College (1933), Columbia University (1928), Virginia Military Institute (1933), University of Wisconsin (1922), Colorado University (1924), Hardin-Simmons University (1935), University of Nebraska (1923), University of Southern California (1927), University of Michigan (1920s), Cornell University (1924), Clemson University (1933).

The Illustration

The Grid-Graph electric scoreboard depicts the Buckeyes away game against the Purdue Boilermakers played on November 10, 1923 at Stuart Field, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Ohio State players are displayed on the left side with Purdue’s lineup on the opposite side. The players are listed by position according to this stacked arrangement:

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There were no records found covering the actual lineups for this game, so I used the Ohio State lineup from the previous week’s game against Denison University as found in this game program. The Purdue lineup was a best guess based on the 1923 team roster.

The play simulated in the illustration might be described as a “Running Play Thru the Line” by Ohio State Right Halfback Harry Workman. “Tackle” made by Purdue’s J.T. Bolan. Ball advanced to the Ohio State 15 yard line. The Buckeyes lead the Boilermakers 32-0 in the Fourth Quarter with four minutes to play in the game.

Grid-Graph must have been fun back in the day, …I think. Probably depends if adult beverages were available.

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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

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Some New Unis on the College Gridiron today…

A couple of new uniforms (for sure) will make their debuts today.

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Florida State will finally be breaking out their alternate black uniform against Chattanooga, after having it in their ‘arsenal’ for almost two full seasons:

Interestingly, the original black/garnet helmet had the spears “crossed” at the back, but since that release, they’ve removed the crossing:

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Notre Dame will be wearing full green unis (and special helmets) for their “Shamrock Series” game today against BC at Fenway Park. The unis were revealed much earlier this year, but just in case you forgot…

Here’s a look at how Fenway sets up for the game:

Boston College, the opponent of the Irish, will be wearing a throwback uniform of their own (back to the “Flutie Hail Mary” unis):

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Virginia Tech will we wearing an all-black uniform against UNC, for coach Frank Beamer’s final regular season home game at Lane Stadium:

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SND podcast
Talking Color Rash and more…

On Thursday evening, I was interviewed for the SND Podcast Show, run by a couple of sports fans who are enamored with Uni Watch and uniforms. The taping was right before the Titans/Jaguars came was about to kick off, so the banter was heavy on the color rash, but we delved into a bunch of other uniform-related topics. If you have a few free minutes, give it is listen.

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UW Friday Flashback UW’s Friday Flashback

In case you missed it, on Friday, Paul had his latest “Friday Flashback” column, which is quite timely as it delved into the Jacksonville Jaguars uniforms throughout their (relatively short) history, leading right up to Thursday night’s gold color rash combo.

Great read, so be sure to check it out if you missed it!


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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil, with a bit from Paul (stuff that would have gone into yesterday’s ticker, plus ‘skins Watch)

’Skins Watch: Teams at the University of North Dakota will now be called the Fighting Hawks. That name won an online vote against the other finalist, Rough Riders. … Meanwhile, “Redhawks” has won the vote to replace “Redskins” as the team name for the Goshen school district in Indiana. … Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission says it’s time to get rid of indigenous mascots (from Aaron Husul). … Amherst College’s mascot, Lord Jeff — based on Lord Jeffery Amherst, who had a role in giving smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans — appears to be on its way out. … Residents of an Oklahoma town, including some Kickapoo tribe members, are fighting to keep their high school’s “Redskins” team name (from Paul Deaver). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here’s an article on mascots, buildings, and other things on college campuses whose names have been changed due to “pressure from students.”

Baseball News: Spectacular vertical arching on this vintage flannel jersey. Love the “Nat’l,” too. Too big for me, unfortunately. … This is pretty awesome: The Dayton Dragons, whose mascot is a dragon named Heater, packaged their 2015 season tickets in a box of “Heaties” cereal. Wonder what they have planned for 2016! (From Munch Suchland.) … New caps for Fresno State (from Jared Buccola). … I’m sure we’ve seen this baseball card featuring Pirates’ Manager Jim Leyland before, but I’m always struck by the mesh (must be a Spring Training cap) material (and the height of the stovepipe!). Photo from High Heat Stats). … “Marlins Man” (as he likes to be known) is still getting a lot of TV face time — he was in the pool during the Jags/Titans game Thursday night. Hey, buddy — your 15 minutes were up…14 minutes ago. … WHOA! Check out this Vintage 1960’s/70’s Chicago White Sox vendor’s striped shirt, Beach Boys style (great find by Bruce Menard)! … This segues nicely with Gary’s scoreboards piece today: “Never mind the tightrope walking chimp, it shows one of those baseball boards you discussed a few years ago,” writes Bo Baize “It was on the Denver Post building back in the day. I’d like to have seen that in action, with all those lights.” … The Mets are installing new turf at Citi Field, to replace the original grass.

NFL News: Are you interested in knowing the 5 best-selling NFL rookie jerseys this season? The top 2 shouldn’t surprise you, but you might not have guessed #3-5. … The Washington football club wanted to wear white jerseys and white pants for Sunday’s road game against the Carolina Panthers. But team president Bruce Allen denied the request Friday afternoon (from Tommy Turner). … In baseball (MLB), you “hit white balls for practice” — even if they’re not straight from the box — and in the NFL, you kick breast cancer balls for practice (nice find from Steven Auclair).

College Football News: Looks like the Virginia Tech field is going to have a special 25-yard line marker (in orange), featuring retiring coach Frank Beamer’s signature (via VT Grounds Crew), for today’s regular-season home finale at Lane Stadium. … If you thought the Color Rash uniforms were bad, check these things out. … Northwestern to wear black helmets, white jerseys at Wisconsin. … The Boston Red Sox’ David Ortiz (Big Papi) asked that Torii Hunter, Jr occupy his Fenway Park locker for today’s Shamrock Series game (ND vs. BC), via Warren Junium. … Arizona State will be wearing copper and gray unis today. For a rivalry game. At least their opponents will be in school colors. … Here’s a look at the unis worn by Lehigh University during the 2015 season. … UW will be going white/white/white today (h/t Nolan McCotter). … Also doing the all white look is UNC (via Christopher Jaques). … Sam Houston will be going orange/white/orange (h/t Sam Houston Athletics). … Here’s a look at Pitt vs. Louisville (h/t Rex Henry). … Wazzu will be wearing white/crimson/white. … South Carolina will go white/garnet/white. … Clemson, as they are wont to do once a year, will be wearing orange/purple/purple. … Ohio State & Michigan State will wear “#ChadTough Decals” on their helmets in support of Lloyd Carr’s grandson. … Baylor will wear white helmets with a kneeling cowboy in support of Oklahoma State. … William Yurasko writes, “Good ESPN article on “The Big Uglies” — 3 brothers who dress up in Penn State uniforms with masks their mother bought for 30 cents at a garage sale. I never knew that part of the story.” … As noted above, the VT Hokies are wearing all black uniforms today, but here are the 1987 helmets that the Hokies will wear against UVA next weekend in honor of Frank Beamer (from Andrew Cosentino).

Hockey News: Here’s the logo for the inaugural NWHL All-Star Game (from Kyle Clauss). … The Swedish team HV71 has yellow numbers against a white background — very hard to read. … “In this video the 83-84 Regina pats have NOB below their numbers,” writes Jay Danbom. “The link is about the 84 kamloops junior oilers but in the chynoweth cup (whl finals) the pats jerseys can be seen and their NOB are below the numbers.” … There’s going to be a new minor league hockey team taking the ice in 2016-17, and they will be called the Rail Yard Dawgs (from Brian Mazmanian). … The Ottawa Senators wore their Heritage uniforms Thursday evening. … Color on color game last night between the Milwaukee Admirals and Rockford Ice Hogs (from Admirals Roundtable). … New sweater for Maine Hockey (via Biddy). … Quinnipiac Hockey wore these camo-esque sweaters last night (via Michael). … Good spot from Brian Wulff who asks, “doesn’t it look like the space between the two O’s in Brooklyn is larger than the other letters, and between the “LYN” part?”

NBA News: Oops: I’m not entirely sure what the name in this caption should read, but it probably shouldn’t say this — submitter OdiferousEmination asks, “What millennial should lose his job tonight?” … Anthony Davis and Kevin Love ask for NBA Christmas jerseys in this new ad. … Beautiful color-vs-color game Thursday night featuring the Cavs and Bucks (with the Cavs in their throwbacks). Thanks to Jimmer Vilk. … The Orlando Magic have twitter handles on the backs of their warmups (from Zach Fischer). …. Ooooohhh — nice score by Jack Connell who found these logo stickers at a local family owned store, and bought all of them at 50 cents each. He “think(s) they might be a collectors item.” … The Dallas Mavericks wore their awesome green throwbacks last evening (pic via Robert Behrens). More photos here. … A tiny gadget could make or break the Washington Wizards’ season — that gadget is known as a “Viper Pod” (from TommyTheCPA).

College Hoops News: “I’m not sure if this is a trend or just a one-time thing, but it’s the first time I’ve seen a player roll both the top and bottom of their shorts,” writes Kyle Martinek. … Iowa and Marquette played a beautiful color vs. color game the other day (h/t Jay Wright). … Auburn hoops broke out their orange alternates for the first time this season last night (h/t Clint Richardson). It made for a real nice color vs. color game against Georgia Southern (h/t Tod Meisner). … NAU was wearing these jerseys last evening (via Travis Holland). That game was played in Window Rock on the Navajo Nation — I’m assuming the jerseys reflect this, but I couldn’t find any further information. Anyone?

Soccer News: Newcastle United FC, from the EPL, has been remaking old game programs this year. Says About The Tune, “Very nice” and I’d agree. … Nottingham is also doing throwback covers this year (h/t Andrew Cairns). … Here’s a look at the Spain Euro 2016 Home Kit (h/t Tim Cross).

Grab Bag: Expensive running shoes are no better — and are sometimes worse — than cheaper ones (from Tommy Turner). … Couple uni notes from Chris Cruz: The Oxford University women’s rugby team went uni-less for a tasteful calendar shoot to raise money for charity. Also, Barbarians (a British-based rugby team) have paid homage to their founder on their 125th anniversary with some throw-back unis/photos. … What’s wrong with this picture?

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And that’s going to do it for this fine penultimate Saturday in the month of November. Enjoy the games today. Thanks to Gary for the scoreboards and to Steve and Dan for having me on their podcast. Back with the usual SMUW fare tomorrow, so make sure you check in then.

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“The Titans last night reminded me of the male pieces in the Game of Life.”

–Mike Cole

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Not Quite A Snow Day

Technical Difficulties 550

Hey Uni Watch readers. Phil here.

Unfortunately, Paul has lost all Internet and phone at Uni Watch headquarters, so we won’t have any content today. I’m sure you’re all wanting to discuss last evening’s color rash clash between the Titans and Jaguars — but I’ll have a full write-up on that, and more, tomorrow. Our deepest apologies on the technical difficulties today.

Paul will have his usual “Friday Flashback” piece on ESPN, and here it is.

Comments are open — feel free to talk amongst yourselves. I’ll be back tomorrow with the usual Saturday fare, including a wrap of last evening’s game and more, so I’ll catch you guys tomorrow.

Everyone have a great Friday!