Virginia Tech Unveils

By John Ekdahl

In May, Virginia Tech Athletic director Whit Babcock had hinted that “Battle at Bristol” uniforms might be on the way.

AB: Is there a special Battle at Bristol jersey? Is that what you’re referring to?
WB: We’re hoping to wear something that maybe people haven’t seen but it’s not crazy. How about that? I’ll just leave it at that. I think it’s really sharp.
AB: I think the contract says you have light-colored jerseys for that game, right?
WB: I believe so.

Yesterday, Virginia Tech unveiled their uniforms for the game, and they let a major recruit be apart of it.

Virginia Tech had a pretty big visitor this weekend, with Indian River safety Devon Hunter, the No. 1 recruit in the state, on campus.

The Hokies let him reveal their uniforms for the Battle at Bristol too.

More photos via Virginia Tech’s Twitter feed below.

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Did BA2K17 ruin the surprise?

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Here’s an interesting article on what Team USA’s Olympic Basketball uniforms can tell us about Nike’s plans for the NBA.

When the NBA stars of Team USA take the court in Rio de Janeiro for Sunday’s Olympics gold medal game against Serbia, they’ll be wearing plastic bottles. Plastic bottles that have been steam-blasted, chopped into tiny pieces, melted, then turned into thread that is turned into yarn — but plastic bottles, nonetheless.

The recycled material is made by Nike, which produces the U.S. Olympic Team’s basketball uniforms. Next year, Nike becomes the NBA’s official apparel provider, taking over the plum marketing perch from Adidas after striking an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the league last summer. When the 2017-18 season starts, Nike’s famous logo will appear on NBA jerseys for the first time.

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The State College of Florida has a new exhibit featuring “Women in Uniform”, featuring historical clothing from flight attendants to military uniforms.

Organizers Joe Loccisano and Ken Erickson have gathered more than 60 uniforms for the exhibit “Art of the Costume: Working Women in Uniform,” which opens Aug. 26. Most of them came from local residents, adding a sense of sentiment to the group.

“My goal was to showcase everything from Playboy bunnies to nuns and everything in between,” Erickson said. “When you wear a uniform, it’s basically a costume to present an image. We tried to represent a wide spectrum of women — and this is what people in Manatee and Sarasota county had that they wanted to share with us.”

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From Phil, here’s the Saints helmet sticker honoring defensive end Will Smith.

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Ohio State will wear Chic Harley era uniforms on November 5th against Nebraska.

Ohio State is set to wear its 1916 Chic Harley era uniforms for its Nov. 5 night game against Nebraska, as confirmed via season tickets that began arriving to holders Saturday. The matchup with the Cornhuskers is set to kick off at 8 p.m.

Below is a full look at each ticket for Ohio State’s seven home games this season. Themes for each game and weekend can be found at the bottom of each ticket. As such, the 1916 tribute game commemorating Harley’s reign and the program’s first conference championship is against Nebraska.

Air Force Reveals Full

By John Ekdahl

Last Sunday, Air Force unveiled their “Sharktooth” helmets. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive and even caught equipment manager Scott Richardson by surprise.

Air Force equipment manager Scott Richardson knew instantly on Sunday by the reaction on social media that the newly unveiled shark-tooth helmets were well-received.

But he didn’t grasp the extent of the reach until the next morning, when he saw the three hosts of Fox & Friends discussing it on their show.

“They were sitting around talking about helmets,” Richardson said. “That might be a first for Fox News.”

The helmet, designed to mimic the look made famous with paintings on the noses of the P-40s flown in World War II by the “Flying Tigers,” also made appearances on ABC News, ESPN and was a sensation on social media, drawing 250,000 imprints on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter just from the posts generated by Air Force.

They teased the full uniform set, which was revealed yesterday. They will be worn September 10th against Georgia State. Some more photos of the uniforms via Air Force’s Twitter account below.

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And now a few words from Paul: Hi there. As most of you know, the Dodgers have had all sorts of problems this season with those rigid-plastic 3D helmet logos (which I first wrote about back in April). So now, as you can see above, they’re shifting gears and going with a flexible material, which should be much better. In case you missed it yesterday, I had the full details in this ESPN piece.

I also had my regular Friday Flashback piece on ESPN yesterday, about notable moments in Olympic uniform history. You can check that one out here.

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Yesterday, it was announced that the Minnesota United FC are officially joining the league for the 2017 season. The MLS site helps break down what’s behind the colors, design and crest of the new expansion team.

The crest, which will largely stay the same as Minnesota join MLS, prominently features the loon, the animal most closely associated with Minnesota. The blue stripe represents the Mississippi River, while the gray color is a nod to the rough material of the state’s Iron Range. The upward pointing crest and the North Star were inspired by “L’Étoile du Nord,” which is the state motto.

The one noticeable difference in the new MLS version of the crest is that the full team name which previously appeared, will now be replaced by the acronym “MNUFC.”

The colors in the palette are pulled straight from Minnesota itself. Black and red from the loon, blue from the Mississippi River, and the gray from the state’s Iron Range.

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South Dakota unveiled “Coyote Ghost” alternate helmets yesterday. The players were certainly excited when they got a peek at them the night before.

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Ralph Lauren revealed Team USA’s closing ceremony uniforms yesterday. We’ll have to wait and see if the reaction from “the internet” is any better this time around.

This year’s closing ceremony uniforms, which will be on parade Sunday, feature classic button-down shirts, crisp white shorts, nautical-inspired belts and boat shoes — all in a palette of red, white and blue — for both the men’s and women’s teams. All of the pieces were manufactured in the United States, creating jobs for laborers throughout the country. So, it’s safe to say, the looks are as American as apple pie.

Los Angeles Clippers Move to L.A.

By Mike Chamernik

An NBA team may have just pulled off the subtlest name change we’ve ever seen.

The Los Angeles Clippers not only changed their name, but they did it a year ago. No one has seemed to notice. Yes, they are still known as the Clippers. The L.A. Clippers.

L.A.

As in, that’s their location name. Not just an abbreviation. (Continue reading)

2016 Rio Olympics: Water Polo & Griffins Design Contest Part II

Water Polo splash

[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]

By Phil Hecken, with Michael Schonhoff

OK — we’re down to the last of the Olympics articles (I actually still have one more, but, as you’ll see in the sign-off, Mike will be handling tomorrow’s post). Today’s correspondent is Michael Schonhoff, who will take a look at water polo. (Continue reading)