Stands for ‘No Basketball Available’

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There’s no NBA, at least for now, but there are new NBA uniforms — maybe. A bunch of new designs emerged from a hacked video game yesterday. Are they legit? I honestly have no idea, but most of these video leaks in recent years have proven to be pretty accurate, so let’s take a look:

The new Grizzlies alternate: Yes, that’s the only view of it that’s available. Looks like they’re doing a Memphis Tams ABA throwback. And if you’re asking yourself if the Tams actually wore mismatched jerseys and shorts, the answer is yes. Naturally, I love the green/gold combo (which the Tams wore because, of course, they were owned by Charlie Finley). Everyone else will hate this, but I think it’s the best argument so far for settling the lockout.

The new Raptors alternate: Never mind, let the lockout last the rest of the season.

The new Heat alternate: BFBS BS. Pfeh.

The new Kings alternate: Old-school script and new-school number font don’t mesh well at all, and those colored panels on the shorts are garish-and-a-half. Yeesh.

The new Bobcats throwback: That’s supposedly the rear view of a Carolina Cougars ABA throwback. Not bad.

The new Sixers alternate: Or at least I’m assuming that’s an alternate. Could be the new road uni, I suppose. Either way, I like. Much nicer than the solid-red design.

The new Clippers alternate: Nobody cares.

The new Nets throwback: Why not just put “Brooklyn” on the jersey now?

Again, I have no idea if any of these are the real deal. But this is definitely legit: This season’s NBA All-Star Game logo. Will that game even be played?

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s the best article I’ve ever seen about the Brewers’ sausage races. … Good story about logo creep and sponsorship in the NHL (from Ryan Connelly). … Two good catches by Yogi Combs: First, MLB logo/ribbon creep has now spread to pink Tooth Fairy necklaces. And Texas A&M must have pulled a jersey switcheroo for a special teams play, because one player had a No. 74 helmet and a NNOB No. 96 jersey. … Is Yuniesky Betancourt using one of those pink Mother’s Day bats? “That photo doesn’t quite do it justice, but on the TV it looks quite pink,” says Michael Couillard. … New throwback packaging for Genesee beer (big thanks to Brad Tucker). … Here’s an early batting helmet concept I hadn’t seen before: air-cushioned tubing, from 1922 (great find by Tom Shieber). … The Blues have added a memorial decal for Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev. They both wore No. 38, so just one number on the decal. In addition, Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak has a tribute to Demitra on his backplate (from Joel Francis). … Whoa, did you realize Al Davis once coached for the Chargers? I didn’t, until Brady Phelps sent me that link. … Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was wearing the team’s alternate-uni socks for Saturday’s home opener. “If memory serves, the team last wore those socks in 2009, a full year before Crawford joined the team,” says Tom Juettner. … Okay, this is seriously weird: NBA teams can’t have anything to do with their players during the lockout, so the Nuggets are trying to generate a bit of buzz by honoring a hockey player (from Anthony Tamilio). … New sweatbacks for UNC. … The Brewers are adding a memorial patch for head groundskeeper Gary VandenBerg, who passed away on Monday (from Robert Erdtmann). … Ecuador’s goalie was wearing a backwards “DirectTV HD” cap last night (screen shot by Dave Raglin). … More details about this weekend’s College GameDay show: An ESPN crew visited my house last night to interview for a segment about uniforms, plus they’re planning a “uniform fashion show” featuring a panel of judges that will include uni designer Todd Radom. Must-see TV! … If you click through the five pages of this message board thread, you’ll see tons of old ballplayers wearing sweaters. The most interesting one is this one — a pullover, not a cardigan! Hadn’t seen one like that before (big thanks to David Brown). … New logo for Easton (from Scott Lederer).

The Inside Story on the Dodgers’ Logo Tweaks

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A few weeks ago, while covering for me during one of my many recent absences, Phil Ticker-linked to an item about the Dodgers having made some very subtle alterations to their logo. A few readers expressed surprise about this news being buried in the Ticker, and reader R. Scott Rogers added, “I’m hoping there’s a lead interview by Paul about this in the near future.”

Way ahead of you, Scott. By the time that comment had been posted, I had already sent an inquiry to Dodgers art director Ross Yoshida, who I figured was the guy behind the logo adjustments. “Yep,” he replied, “my fingerprints are all over it.”

It took a little while for Ross to get permission to speak about all of this on the record. Now that he’s done so, here’s his commentary regarding the Dodgers’ logo tweaks:

The Dodgers script with a red baseball and streaks (or “shooting ball,” as we refer to it internally) has been in use since at least 1938. Were we about to change our primary mark because of its flaws? No way. In fact, the logo and script have gone through several tweaks and redrawings over the years. We’re simply viewing these latest tweaks as part of this evolution.

The most obvious change is the thickening of the ball and streaks and making the line weights uniform. This was done mostly to solve the problem of the red lines getting lost at smaller sizes.

In addition, the Dodgers script was given an overall “refresh”—angles are sharper/cleaner and the script now has a more natural flow (the loop on the D, elimination of the stub on the o, the transition from the g to the e). The end of the underflourish also has an inverted scoop, subtly mimicking the underflourish on our jersey script.

You’ll eventually see that the new logo that’s now circulating is actually part of an entire system of marks that will officially debut in 2012, even though we’ve been doing a soft roll-out of these marks over the past year in local ads, stadium graphics, etc.

Ross’s mention of how the logo script mimicking the jersey script brought up a question I’ve always wondered about: How come the logo and jersey scripts don’t match? I asked Ross about that. Here’s his response:

We won’t be changing the jersey script on the uniforms. Why are our jersey script and logo script different? The answer is that nobody really knows. It just evolved that way. The Lakers have the same thing going on — their jersey wordmark is similar to but different than the wordmark in their logo. You could even argue that the Mets experience a similar anomaly. The Yankees and Tigers having cap logos that differ from their jersey logos fall into the “it just evolved that way” category as well.

All of these examples are logos that became prominent well before pro sports teams spent big bucks on branding and identity design. That kind of inconsistency just wouldn’t happen today — and to me, that’s part of the old-school charm. You can’t mess with this stuff now. Seriously, could you imagine the Dodgers’ logo script on our jersey? Or the Yankees’ jersey logo on their cap (and vice versa)? I couldn’t.

I can’t speak for the other teams, but internally we have very firm rules about the use of our scripts. The Dodgers jersey script can only be used on apparel or on something referencing our jersey (on a bobblehead, an illustration of a jersey, etc.). For anything else requiring the use of our script, the “shooting ball” logo or logo script by itself must be used.

Big thanks to Ross for sharing his knowledge and expertise. He also told me that the Dodgers have a few other logo tricks up their sleeves for next season, but he’s not at liberty to talk about that yet.

And speaking of team logo inconsistencies, reader Tim Lyons recently pointed out something I hadn’t noticed before: The P in the Phillies’ script overlaps the h on the jerseys but not in other applications. Interestingly, the MLB Style Guide indicates that the jersey scripts should never have the overlap. Have fun trying not to fixate on this detail the next time you watch the Phils.

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Pink eye? Back in 2007 there was briefly a lot of fuss about MLB players wearing tinted contact lenses (from left to right, that’s Mike Timlin, A.J. Pierzynski, and Brian Roberts), which were supposedly going to replace sunglasses. Haven’t heard much about the lenses lately, but I was reminded of them last night when several readers noticed Kyle Vanden Bosch’s seriously creepy-looking eyes during the Lions/Bears game.

A few readers wondered if this might be the latest “Think Pink” initiative, but it turns out that Vanden Bosch has been wearing the red lenses for several years now. Interesting that he wears them at Ford Field, which is a dome. (According to this item, the lenses are no longer being made, but Vanden Bosch bought out Nike’s supply when he heard they were being discontinued.)

So the lenses weren’t pink-related. But then there’s this stadium worker — ugh.

(My thanks to James Hoppes, Anthony Zogas, and Jim Walaitis for the screen shots.)

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Collector’s Corner

By Brinke Guthrie

Leading off with the Rayduhz this week, ’cause of Al. Here he is in a black jacket, and you can buy a very similar jacket right here. We’re also gonna include this Jim Otto photo just because of the ridiculous facemask for a center. And I can certainly see Otto wearing this NFL Alumni belt buckle.

In non-Raiders finds:

• Here’s one of those funky 1960’s NFL helmet plaques, featuring the Packers.

• You see the 1970s NFL Mini-Kits once in awhile, but the NBA ones are a lot harder to find, I think. Nuts, this one has no basket.

• Ah, the elusive Cleveland Browns “CB” design on a mini-helmet. Pair it up with this Brownie beer glass!

• Here we have a 1970s New York Jets boys letterman-style jacket from Sears (look closely at the tag.)

• How cool is this late 1970s Patriots poster?

• I like this 1970s Cleveland Indians jacket.

• This must be one rare Vikings bobblehead. Look at that price!

• Mike Hersh submitted this listing for a set of NFL uniform playing cards.

Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here, or tweet them here.

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And now a research query from Brinke: Among the things that intrigue me during my eBay searches are these NFL helmet plaques from a company called Technigraph. I only faintly recall these (I would’ve been about five at the time). Quaint, aren’t they? A generic face and helmet, often with an out-of-proportion logo, embossed on a hunk of plastic. If you look at that eBay link, you’ll see that they did large and small NFL plaques, and MLB too, which I had never seen until now. Anyone know more about these? Origins, the company that created them? If you have any info, please get in touch. Thanks.

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Plus a research query from me: My thanks to the many of you who responded to yesterday’s note about players who wear their wedding bands on the field (or court, or ice, or whatever). I’m still looking for more, so if you know of athletes in any sport who keep their rings on while competing, do tell.

Speaking of which: While pursuing this topic in the Uni Watch archives yesterday, I revisited this photo of Doug Davis, which ran in the Ticker back in May. At the time I thought it was remarkable that he kept his ring on his pitching hand. But after some additional photo research, I now think Davis just has a tattoo. Too bad.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: “In the battle of ideas, aesthetics matter.” That’s the rallying cry for a group that’s trying to gather second-hand suits (or funds for same) for the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Hey, that’s the power of a uniform for ya (thanks, Kirsten). … Bizzarre zebra striping in Russia’s KHL. “It’s different, but I think I actually like it,” says Jeff Barak. “I’m uncertain if the design has any connection to a sponsorship.” … Lewis English is picking the winners of NFL games based on which team has the better uniform. “I am astounded to find that I have so far predicted 51 out of 72 games correctly,” he says. … Look how Giants punter Steve Weatherford has been wearing his hose. … University of Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills doesn’t like his helmet (from Daniel Caceres). … Stephen Jackson of the Rams is wearing a new helmet design with a special air-cushioning system (from Ryan Perkins). … Also from Ryan: Yesterday I mentioned that Ahmad Bradshaw ran several plays with his mouthguard stuck in his helmet, but I didn’t realize the mouthguard had an “ny” logo. … And one more from Ryan: Jake Ballard’s rear uni number got seriously shredded on Sunday. That’s longtime Uni Watch pal Joe Skiba struggling to get Ballard’s pad into his “sleeve.” … Several Penn State players had one blue sock on Saturday. “I reached out to QB Matt Mcgloin to see if this was a tribute or for functional purposes,” says Ryan Albright. “He said the socks were to cover up medically-treated burns resulting from turf surfaces (the team played at Indiana last week).” … The Purdue women’s soccer team wore one-off red, white, and blue uniforms on Sunday for the annual “special jerseys game,” benefitting the American Legion. Further details here (from Austin Chen). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Chris Johnson was actually wearing a pink jockstrap on Sunday. … Not the clearest photo, but Wisconsin hockey now has the Reebok wordmark at the base of the collar and on the left pant leg. “I found this to be especially interesting, since Wisconsin is an Adidas school in pretty much every other sport and was getting a clearly branded Adidas jersey up until now,” says Jason Siewert. … New sweatbacks for Purdue (from Leo Thornton). … New cheerleading uniforms — the second new set of the young season already — for the 49ers. … Here’s more info about certain Michigan players wearing last year’s road uni, complete with the side piping, instead of the new super-stretchies. According to a note on this page, “[T]he d lineman feel that the 2011 jerseys are too easy to grab, thus they went with the older style” (from Stephen King). … Mike Hersh found a bunch of cool old stuff, including an IHOP gumball helmet placemat, ads for Kraft MLB and NHL patches, a program from a 1949 semi-pro baseball tournament. … Yesterday I Ticker-linked to all the things written inside Francisco Cordero’s cap. Now Brady Phelps has gotten the writings translated. … Here’s a look back at ASU’s 1970s helmets. … Dayton will reportedly unveil new hoops uniforms today. “The good news? No black! The Flyers will wear white, red, and dark blue jerseys this season,” says Mary Lynn Delfino. … Do the Raiders have the most influential uni design in sports history? Deadspin thinks so. … I’m sure this will end up being way too expensive for me, but I love this Cuban baseball uniform swatch catalog (big thanks to Mike Hersh). … Always fun to see pics of the Phillies’ early-1970s usherettes (thanks, Vince). … Late-breaking NHL item: The WinniJets are wearing an inaugural-season patch (big thanks to Daren Landers). … This story about Under Armour includes the heretofore untold story that UA tried to get Auburn to wear a new sock design for last January’s BCS title game, and that Auburn waited until three hours before kickoff before saying, “Thanks, but no thanks” (from Sam Mitchell). … Someone with more time than I have at the moment should comb through this book and see if there’s some good uni-related stuff in there (thanks, Brinke). … It’s one thing for Wal-Mart to destroy Main Street, fail to pay a living wage, sell a bunch of cheapo crap that nobody needs, and generally foster a cultural race to the bottom. But when they commit pork fraud, they’ve gone too far. … I’m being interviewed tomorrow for this weekend’s College GameDay, which will feature a segment on uniforms. I’m told I’ll probably be onscreen for maybe 30 whole seconds, so set your DVRs now! (To record something else, I mean.) … Is there anyone who looks less happy to be wearing a headset than Jim Leyland during those “The manager probably isn’t busy in the middle of the game so let’s chat with him” segments? … Here’s a weird one: an A+M Records varsity jacket. … Speaking of varsity jackets, check out the striped lining and the unusual lower button positioning on this one. … I like this old Rawlings chart that shows the official field dimensions for various sports. … When you’re running on a platform of returning America to the 19th century, it might help your public image if you could at least blouse your knicks correctly (tip of the cap to R. Scott Rogers). … Bill Schaefer notes that Andre Carter was missing his Myra Kraft memorial patch on Sunday. … Guess my annual NBA season-preview column’s gonna be a bit delayed this year.

Monday Morning Uni Watch

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The pink thing has really gotten out of hand, never more so than during yesterday’s Giants/Seahawks game, where many of the Jints were wearing pink hose. Seriously, do we really need to see this? Or this? The Giants wordmarks in the end zones were even outlined in pink (here’s a long view). What a mess.

Meanwhile, aside from all the usual pink gear (shoes, armbands, towels, etc.), yesterday’s action also featured pink spatting tape, shoelaces, wristbands worn on shins, mouthguards, and coaches’ cap visor trim. The security guards in Buffalo even wore pink polo shirts. Enough already!

In non-pink developments:

• The Raiders added an Al Davis memorial decal.

• The Pats wore their Pat Patriot throwbacks.

Moon over Foxboro! That’s BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who nearly lost his pants while scoring a second-half touchdown. Looks like he wasn’t wearing a belt and had his pants unlaced.

• Since when are the Seahawks allowed to wear green shoes?

• Giants tight end Jake Ballard spent most of the game with his shoulder pads exposed. This is clearly where football is headed — sleeves have grown so vestigial that some players aren’t even making an attempt to keep their pads tucked in.

• Ahmad Bradshaw spent at least one play carrying the ball with his mouthguard stuck in his helmet.

• I kinda like it when the Vikes and Cards play each other, because then the two worst pants designs in the league are confined to one game.

• Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to wear his wedding band on the field. (As an aside, I’d like to compile a list of all athletes who wear their wedding bands while competing. I’m particularly interested in NFL players — David Carr and David Akers come to mind — but I’m curious about other sports as well. If you have names and/or photos to contribute, please send them my way. Thanks.)

• Turning to Saturday’s college action, Northern Illinois wore solid black. It was the first time they’d worn a black jersey in two decades. (In case you missed it yesterday, there was a ton of additional NCAA uni coverage in Sunday’s post.)

• No photo, but reader Andrew Faher reports an interesting incident regarding Michigan QB Denard Robinson: “He was tackled midway through the fourth quarter and tore his jersey. The next drive he came out wearing a road jersey from the Rich Rod era — it was obvious to see because of the ugly yellow stripes down the sides and back.”

• Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway was either wearing no-show socks or no socks at all.

• Left over from Thursday night: Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky had a color-on-color and BFBS matchup.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Gregg Girard, Desmond Jones, MJ Kurs-Lasky, Chris Matt Mitchell, Mycoskie, Eric Wahrman.)

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Late-breaking NHL news that arrived with no advance warning: The Red Wings have added a memorial sleeve patch for Brad McCrimmon, Ruslan Salei, and former prospect Stefan Liv, and the Devils wore a memorial patch for Karel Rachunek and Alexander Vasyunov on Saturday and will wear it again for their road opener on Oct. 15. … Here’s the new Big 10 logo being put down on the Nebrska field (from Jamie Tallman). … Arkansas-Monticello is wearing a pink ribbon on one side of their helmets for the whole month of October (from Michael W. Vines). … R. Scott Rogers sent along this small retrospective on Wisconsin’s marching band uniforms and a piece about attempts to make maple bats shatter less explosively. … For those of you who are undergoing NBA withdrawal, here’s a player jersey quiz to keep you occupied (from Robert Onolfi). … ” I was on the third-base line at the final Reds game of the year,” says Dan Cichalski. “Afterwards, some Reds tossed their caps into the stands and a kid near me got Francisco Cordero’s. He had quite a few things written inside.” … New pads for Martin Brodeur (from Morgan Doninger). … An NFL note from a week ago: Bills QB Ryan Fitzbpatrick lost his captaincy patch in the second half (big thanks to Mako Mameli). … “The Argentine national rugby team is called the Pumas, but their logo shows a jaguar,” says Caleb Borchers. “Apparently this is due to a tour to South Africa in 1965 — someone mistook the jag for a puma and the name just stuck.” … If you can read Korean, then you can enter this volleyball uniform design contest (from Jeremy Brahm). … Great find by Timothy Steffes, who scored these Redskins illustrations at a Maryland thrift shop. … Is it weird for kids to be promoting breast cancer awareness if they’re too young to be obsessed with breasts? (From Brady Graham.) … Rick Ferreira found a childhood photo of himself wearing a Niners uni. Nice! … “Asics has reached an agreement to be the official uniform supplier of Cricket Australia,” says Jeremy Brahm. … Torn uniforms: Travis Hamonic of the Islanders and Robert Atiga of Arkansas, both from Saturday night (screen shots by Bryan Heaton and Ben Harris, respectively). … The Avs retired Peter Forsberg’s number on Saturday. … New soccer kit for Scotland (from Kenny Loo). … Uni number switcheroo for the U.S. soccer team: With Landon Donovan out with an injury, Clint Dempsey wore the No. 10 jersey for Saturday night’s friendly against Honduras (from Austin Chen). … Steve Jobs’s death has led to a run on his signature black mock-turtleneck shirt. … Zac Neubauer reports that Los Alamos National Lab used to have basketball and baseball teams known as — what else — the Atomic Bombers. … Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of Cooperalls, so Jeff Barak whipped up a retrospective for the occasion. … Really interesting piece about the historically accurate stewardess uniforms being worn in that Pan Am TV series (big thanks to Kenn Tomasch). … Noel Fliss notes that MLB logo creep has now spread to clubhouse celebration goggles. … You know why we haven’t been hit by a terrorist attack over the past decade? According to some evangelical crackpot, it’s because of a certain 7th-inning song. Funny, I thought it was because of the stars/stripes caps. … Ever seen The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg? It’s one of the best baseball movies ever, and you can now watch the whole thing, free of charge, here. Highly, highly recommended. … A reader who prefers to remain anonymous points out that the new Marlins logo bears a certain resemblance to the Disney monorail poster. … If you look at Dressed to the Nines, you can see that the 1909 A’s had striped caps. What you can’t tell from that graphic, however, is that the caps also had piping on the top panel (good find by Don Gale). … Michael Orr has compiled a rundown of all the new kits for this season’s A-League in Australia/New Zealand. … The Royal Canadian Mint is producing a new commemorative coin to celebrate the NHL’s return to Winnipeg (from Daren Landers). … In a vaguely related item, did you know about Hawaii overprint currency? I didn’t — fascinating little story (thanks, Kirsten). … Here’s something interesting: Look at the second-to-lowest stripe on this Argentina rugby jersey. See how the hoop stripe and the pinstripe merge? All the Agrie players had this same anomaly in the same spot, and I haven’t a clue why,” says Joe Alvernaz.

And The Winner Is...

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By Phil Hecken

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

No, not Vilk’s 5 & 1 … the announcement of the winner of the Seattle Seahawks Redesign Contest (drumroll, please):

MATT ROBIDA

What started out with 35 great designs…whittled down to 10 by the crack staff of uni-nuts, then a reader poll of the top ten resulted in the final two designs…has now ended with Mr. Robida taking home the title of “Seahawks Redesign Contest Winner.” Congratulations. Matt defeated our runner up, Travis Ness, who submitted the following three designs:home, road and alternate. Nike and the Seahawks could do a LOT worse than to come up with something like this when they redesign the Seahawks for the 2012 season.

But the voters have spoken, and they have selected Matt Robida. Matt actually submitted four designs, the home and road and two alternates, but for this contest, our crack panel would only consider one alternate, leaving Matt with this for his final entry. You guys thought it was the best. Nike really needs to consider this design for 2012!

The voting, surprisingly, was not all that close (or at least as close as I thought it might be). In the end, 3,176 votes were cast, and Matt Robida collected 1960 of those, or almost 62%. The final voting, graphically, looked like this:

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Thanks to James T. Huening for all his work with the polls.

So Mr. Robida, please take your bows — you’ve earned them. Please get in touch with me so I can get your mailing information — I have a few prizes coming your way.

Thanks again to all who participated. I’m thinking our next contest should be in a couple of weeks — suggestions are still being accepted, but I’m leaning towards a “Design a Jacksonville Jaguars Los Angeles “Jaguars” (or should it be Vikings or Chargers???) — maybe all three — for the next redesign. The Jags, if the were to relocate, should probably get a whole new uni, while the Chargers or Vikings probably have enough cachet (ahem) to keep their current unis, but with just tweaks. So, let me know what you think would make for a good next contest in the comments below. If you don’t like that idea, I’m open to any and all…

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ncaa footballNew NCAA Rundown

In what is now a regular Sunday feature during the NCAA season, my buddy Terry Duroncelet is here to give us the uni machinations and assorted athletic aesthetics for Week IV of the college football season. Here’s Terry:

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First and foremost, a moment of silence. Thank you.

-The rumors of the Galactic Empire sending forces to Eugene, Oregon were confirmed on Thursday night. Here’s a slew of prototypes (would’ve been cool if one side had the navy/gold “Cal” logo on one side and the navy/gold block “C” logo on the other). Even Nicki Minaj would agree that a black helmet and black pants look like straight hell with a Kelly Green and Lightning Yellow jersey with no black in it besides the outline of the number (also note the Fighting Duck nose bumper). Even Katy Frickin’ Perry isn’t that much of a blockhead. C’mon, Dighting Fucks Fighting Ducks… On another UO note: the Ducks’ mascot had a chip on his shoulder… literally. But the prize for Most Outrageous Oregon Accessory goes to this guy, who had on a giant zero (I kid) cut out from about a 1/4 inch of diamondplate sheet metal. I think headbanging Metalcore-style for six hours straight would be easier on your neck than wearing that thing.

-Also from Thursday: color vs. color between Western Kentucky University and Middle Tennessee State University. Once you get past MTSU’s screenprint-numbered mono-black horror show, it was actually not a bad-looking game.

-Friday: Boise State wore their fourth? uniform combination of the season: this year’s all-white Pro Combat uniform with last year’s Pro Combat helmet. Check out the leg stylings on this Bronco.

-Saturday: The Maryland Terrapins did their best Pittsburgh Steelers impersonation, and guess what? On the plus side, you gotta love those all-black cleats!

-Arizona binged on Star Wars again leading up to their game against Oregon State, who went orange-over-black in that same game.

-The Tempe Cocktail of the week was a classic blend of gold helmets, white jerseys, and gold pants. And here’s one for Movi…

-The Pitt Panthers faced off against the Rutgers Ebony Knights. I know I’m gonna get the obvious answers (money, recruits, etc.), but for a team called the SCARLET Knights to wear an all-black uniform, which they’ve done before, I’ve just gotta ask… Oh, well. At least they went all the way with the black helmets, but the jersey is a little different from what Paul linked to some months back. The original leak had a full “RUTGERS” across the front, while the actual game jerseys from Yesterday’s game just had an “R” on the front.

-After the apparent success of Central Michigan’s gold pants from last week, they decided to take the Gold Trou Show on the road. No, you’re not seeing things. Those are, indeed, all-black uniforms with pink numbers and names for North Carolina State. From newsobserver.com: “Decked out in all-black uniforms, with pink numbers (for breast cancer awareness) and red helmets, the Wolfpack looked different.” Yeah. But why brand-new red helmets, instead of special black helmets with a pink NC State logo? Presumably to better match the normal unis and get in on the hydra party.

-Kentucky went blue/white/blue *I believe* for the first time this season. I could be wrong BIG time, though.

-Indiana University’s pink helmet logos (and the other pink stuff that wasn’t on the helmet) are apparently an all-October thing. Annoyed Tim E. O’Brien is annoyed. The Hoosiers weren’t the only Adidas team getting in on the act: Notre Dame had pink cleats, sideline gear, and even special benches. (Thanks to Warren Junium for those ND pics.)

-Oklahoma State wore black helmets and jerseys with some foreign color pant. I think it’s some cross between red and yellow? *random guy in room explains situation* Apparently, that foreign color is orange, which made it’s first big appearance for the Cowboys this season. Good look, overall. In fact, I’d say the game will make Jim’s 5&1.

-Michigan’s helmet number encore from last week was rumored to remain for the rest of the season, and it was confirmed last night. Other Wolverine notes: it seems like the entire UM team was wearing the throwback “M” socks (that’s a shot of Denard Robinson’s footwear). No photo, but the game also provided us with a first look at Michigan’s new road super-stretchies (this was their first road game of the season), although Michigan Senior Ryan Van Bergen was actually wearing last year’s jersey. No photo, but Denard Robinson’s jersey was ripped in the 4th Quarter, so he had to put on last year’s jersey as well. No photo, but Northwestern also went full-black in the game. When was the last time the Wildcats went mono-black?

-Portland State wore white helmets in their game against Montana State (note the “FINISH” nose bumper). There’s still no saving that uniform, though… XP (Thanks to Desmond Jones for the heads-up).

-No photo, but San Jose State broke out the gold pants *I think* for the first time this season with the white jerseys, assuming that they’ve been paired with the blue jerseys already. This was against BYU.

-Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin of the Southland Conference wore their home jerseys Saturday in the 2011 Battle of the Piney Woods at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Paul, you may want to turn away… now. Here’s video of the game. (Credit avid Uni Watch reader Chris Mycoskie.)

-And Tim E. O’Brien has updated his Hoosier Tracker.

I realize that I won’t be able to catch every single uni-notable game, so if there’s any uni-notable games on for those that have that College Gameday thingy on DirecTV, feel free to alert me at nawlinsboy17@gmail.com.

Hope everyone has a great Sunday.

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uni tracking 2011MLB Uni Tracking – 2011 Final Results

Now that the MLB regular season has ended (mercifully for some of us fans), all those who spent the season keeping track of your teams uniform machinations should now feel free to send in your final results.

Today we have Glenn Simpkins, who tracked the World Champions for 2010…your San Francisco Giants:

Hello, again, Phil.

Here is the last installment of my Uni Watching the San Francisco Giants

In our World Series Title defense, hampered by injury and ending rather harshly on the weekend of September 23 in Arizona, here is the final tally of our best and worst uniform performance and some notable per-pitcher performance data.

I break the data down for print on the blog is as follows, with the Bullpen’s decisions logged as well to reflect each uniform’s effects on the whole team’s late inning skills.

The list of Pitchers that HAVE started games this season: Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Voglesong, Barry Zito, Jonathan Sanchez, Eric Surkamp, Dan Runzler.

Season overall: 86 ~ 76
Winningest starter: Ryan Voglesong at 13 ~ 7 in 28 starts, he’s a road warrior at 6 ~ 1 in 12 starts and he thrives on OBS, with a record of 3 ~ 1 in 5 starts
The Bullpen ultimately decided 44 games, going 26 ~ 18.

Overall, when MLB had us tack bits NOT part of our standard uniforms, we were 6 ~ 5

Overall OBS, home and road combined we are 13 ~ 11 in 24 games

Overall Home: 46 ~ 35

Standard Home Cream: 28 ~ 23.
Of note are the only pitchers with WINNING records, keeping the average afloat:
Ryan Voglesong — 5~4 in 9 starts.
Barry Zito — one win in one start
The Bullpen — 8~1 (WOW!)

OBS at home: A shockingly stellar 9 ~ 4. A keeper as a uni combo for sure, contrary to how bad it loos as compared to the standard.
Of note are the pitchers with EVEN or LOOSING records, dragging the percentage down
Barry Zito — one loss in one start
The Bullpen — 2~2
Jonathan Sanchez — No decisions in three starts

Orange Friday: 7 ~ 5
Without the Bullpen’s record at 4 ~ 2, this would be an EVEN record!

Special uniforms: Gold Letters = WIN by The Bullpen; Flag Desecration, as you call it, and their Gigantes jerseys = Losses both.

Overall Road: 40 ~ 41

Standard Road Grey: 34 ~ 33
Half the starters loosing, the other half plus The Bullpen winning, nothing outstanding here.

OBS on the road: A dismal 4 ~ 8, they ought to ditch this combo.
A lot of those were lost late, since the bullpen is 1 ~ 4, but that still is a loosing 3 ~ 4 across the board for the starters.

Special uniforms: WINs both on Jackie Robinson day and on a Flag Desecration day

Thanks, Glenn! Anyone else out there still tracking? If you are, you know what to do.

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all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks

We have another new set of tweaks today.

If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.

Remember, if possible, try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per tweak. You guys have been great at keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!

And so, lets begin:

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We start with Glenn Simpkins, who has new thoughts on the Jays & Rays…

Two Uni tweaks to share today:

Blue Jays: These Identity tweaks, reduxing the pre-97 look, may be moot, given what was leaked a few days ago, but why not get this out there anyway.

Cap Logos/Patches:

>The general shape of that modern “T” of theirs looks nice. Clean the inside of the beveling, use only white and shades of blue, slap it on top of a maple leaf, and a fine Patch and Cap logo are made. Factor this into the redux!

>Take the maple leaf off of the pre-97 ball and bird logo, and you get something nice like this cap logo and patch.

Jerseys: Pre-97 Home and Road. Both need fixed; remove the “TV Number placed” logo, fill in the letters and outline them in light blue yields new home and road.

Rays: WAAAYback on 4/24/2011, Colin Wilcox had the Idea of use their current color scheme on their previous look. I Like it, & thought it could use the Chris Creamer polishing treatment, keeping both the devil ray AND the sunray: Home, Alt, Road. Also, for the lulz from of a quadrant of my brain that could be called Left Field, THIS, just the devil and sun rays on the jersey and no lettering at all, and the strange detail of the tail of the devil ray wrapping around to the back!

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Next up is Gregory Kohn, with tweaks to the just release Marlins graphics…

Avid Marlins fan here,

I don’t like the new Miami Marlins’ logo, but I made some hats with it anyway using the color scheme. Gotta say, it’s not so bad without the weird flying Marlin, especially on the all-blue cap. Hopefully, Loria keeps it simple, but knowing him that probably wont happen.

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Love your blog!

Greg.

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And closing down the tweak show today is Alex Cloutier, who has a whole bunch of NFL tweaks:

Phil,

BROWNS: I designed this off of the original uniforms from 1946.

GIANTS: Plain and simple. I made the road uni match the home one.

SEAHAWKS: I wanted to submit this for your contest but never got around to it. I tried a slightly different color scheme with less blue, more green (not neon), and black highlights (that word just doesn’t seem to work with that color). The alternate is based off of the first Seahawks unis.

BRONCOS: A combo of new and old for this one. Brightened the orange a bit, replaced the navy with royal blue, and removed all of the color from the logo to replicate the helmet horsies that came before it.

RAVENS: This is a team in need of a make over. First the logo needs to be fixed, ravens are not purple they are black. (I also removed that anoying letter from the bird). I also created an alternate logo out of the team initials. On the uniform I replaced the black helmet with a red one that has proper striping (Why can’t they tell that those purple helmet horns are not only ugly but also next to impossible to see?). I also made gold a more prominent color in the uniform.

thanks, Alex.

And that will do it for this weekend. Back next weekend with more.

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Benchies HeaderBenchies

by Rick Pearson

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Were Bambi and Thumper there, too?

10-9-11 squirrels

And, as always, the full-size.

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vilk 5 & 1Jim Vilk’s 5 & 1

And now for the part of the post that I wait up all night for you’ve all been waiting for…

And it was pretty late when I got this…

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Terp Tracker – A big improvement over last week (wish we could say the same for Ga. Tech).

Honorable Mention to Air Force/Notre Dame – Gonna say it every time they wear them: “Keep those new unis, Falcons!”

5. Colorado/Stanford – Team colors, Stanford…that’s all you need.

4. BC/Clemson – Would have finished the list sooner last night, but those Tiger unis made me “paws” for reflection.

3. Iowa/Penn State – Classic, baby.

2. Oklahoma/Texas – Love this matchup, but even more when OU’s the home team.

1. Florida/LSU – My color palette special of the day.

And the bad one: Central Michigan/NC State – You can either wear pink numbers OR go BFBS…or better yet, just wear your usual stuff.

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At least the Ducks didn’t get the dreaded “and one” spot. But those Terps and GA Tech? You blew the & 1, baby. That was awful.

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2010-playoffs-alex rockleinTracking The 2011 MLB Playoffs

Alex Rocklein is back…so let’s put ‘em in the books!

All four Divisional Series’ are complete, and the ALCS got underway last night…and it continued into the wee hours of this morning, with two rain delays.

We always know we can count on Detroit to look good, whereas we never know what we’re going to get with the Texases. They broke out the rarely-seen red cap/white jersey combination, which I happen to think looks great, but it’s definitely odd when the blue is so predominate over the red on that jersey.

Since the game ended so late, I wasn’t sure if I’d make it till it was a final. But I did, and the Texases held on for a 3-2 victory. So here is your up-to-date 2011 MLB Playoff Tracker.

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That’s it for today. Everyone have a great Sunday, and make sure you post your suggestions for the next Uniform Contest in the comments section below. RIP Al.

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“When you combine Al Davis’ death with Nike making the NFL’s uniforms next season, I think it’s pretty much guaranteed the Raiders will now get a uniform redesign/update/overhaul. I think they need it; they’ve had basically the same uniforms for nearly 50 years now.” — The Hungry, Hungry Hipster