Tip-Off Time for College Hoops Is Almost Here

The most unusual new college basketball uniform set for the coming season will be worn in Louisville, where the Cardinals have been given a highly unusual shorts design (the home and road versions of which are both conveniently shown in this photo from a recent intrasquad scrimmage; additional photos here). Rather amazingly, Adidas hasn’t dressed anyone else in this template — at least not yet. Anyone want to set the over/under for how long that lasts?

But Louisville won’t be wearing those uniforms when they tip off their season this Friday. That’s because they’ll be opening the season at the Armed Forces Classic at Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico, which of course means their uniforms will feature the official animal of Puerto Rico: the coquí frog. Kidding! They’ll actually be wearing Coast Guard-themed uniforms.

Those designs, and many more, are featured in my annual college hoops season preview, which is up now on ESPN. — Paul

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Baseball News: Remember that Majestic catalog that ran in yesterday’s Ticker, with what appeared to be some new BP jersey designs? An inside source tells me, “That catalog is for their team sales division (i.e., for rec leagues, Little League, etc) and is not the Majestic MLB catalog. I know the “Authentic Collection” logo appears there, but those look like dumbed-down versions of the real BP jerseys that they sell to amateur teams.” So there you go — at ease. … New Mets free agent signee Michael Cuddyer has provided our first look at the team’s new white (no longer cream) pinstriped jersey. … As you’re probably aware, a team of MLB players is currently playing a goodwill series in Japan. The MLBers are wearing their regular uniforms. I figured the Japanese squad would wear their WBC unis, but instead they’re going with these beauties — with striped socks! Man, why can’t our guys dress like that? (From Johnathan Kaszynski.) … Here’s a 1984 Pizza Hut commercial showing White Sox players Carlton Fisk and Rich Dotson, with the “6/46″ memorial patch for coaches Charlie Lau and Loren Babe clearly visible (nice find by Bo Baize).

NFL News: The Dolphins will be wearing mono-aqua tomorrow night. … Wesley Eustis reports that a fan at Sunday’s Niners/Saints game was told to remove the American flag that he’d draped over the railing of his seats. I’m assuming it’s because his flag wasn’t made by either of the league’s official corporate flag manufacturers (which are, of course, Nike and Bose). … Colorado state senators celebrated their new majority by wearing Peyton Manning jerseys (thanks, Phil). … Here’s a weird one: NBC hides little Wikipedia articles in its Sunday Night Football graphics (from Yusuke Toyoda).

College Football News: A recent episode of Big Ten Treasure Hunters featured this 1930s Wisconsin uniform (from Chris Flinn). … Friday is the anniversary of the tragic Marshall plane crash that killed all 75 people aboard, which explains why the Herd will be wearing this helmet on Saturday (from Brice Wallace). … Holy Toledo! That’s what the Rockets wore last night. I really like it (thanks, Phil). … New helmet for Oklahoma State. … Let no cause go unrepresented: Minnesota will be wearing epilepsy awareness neck bumpers on Saturday. … Arizona State will wear solid white this weekend.

Hockey News: An NHL spokesperson provided some additional info on those poppy decals that some teams were recently wearing for Remembrance Day: “The NHL permitted all Canadian-based NHL clubs to place a poppy decal on the back-left area of their helmets for the Remembrance Day holiday. Clubs had the opportunity to wear the decal for all games from Nov. 8 through Nov. 11. Participation was optional and not a league requirement or mandate.” … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here are the sketches for the year’s Hall of Fame inductee plaques (from Rob S). … Blues goalie Brian Elliott wore a new mask design last night for Veterans Day. … If you want to see Bill Hay of the 1964 Blackhawks put on his equipment and uniform, this video is for you (from Bo Baize. … Paul, who didn’t give his last name, notes that the Coyotes have very inconsistent helmet decal placement, perhaps because of the different helmet models.

NBA News: The Raptors went G.I. Joevember last night, forcing the Magic to wear white on the road. … Josh Nolan notes that LeBron James began Monday night’s Cavs/Pelicans game wearing white sneakers but them switched to gray in the second half. … The ugly sweater thing has spread to the NBA, wheeee!

College Hoops News:The St. Paul Pioneer Press is holding a ‘Munch Madness’ tournament to vote on the best neighborhood for food, complete with a Final Four-esque logo,” reports Daniel Schneeman. … This is awesome: a story about former Purdue coach Gene Keady’s combover. “As familiar and recognizable as any uni or logo,” says Jeff Ash.

Soccer News: NYCFC’s inaugural uniforms, as expected, are being made by Adidas. The unveiling will take place tomorrow morning in Manhattan.

Grab Bag: “Tennessee is pushing the ‘Power T’ for all sports now, not just football, and they’re also using it as the main logo for the school,” says Adam Ingle. “They’re also dropping ‘Lady Vols’ from all female sports except women’s basketball. This is due in part to Nike taking over for Adidas in 2015.” Some of the initial reaction to all this has been negative. … Here’s a really good quiz on whether certain retail chains do or don’t include apostrophes in their names (from Richard Stover).

Trying to Avoid Saying, ‘It's Not Easy Being Green’ (even though I just said it)

It had to happen eventually: The Eagles’ green jerseys, which weren’t ready in time for the start of the regular season, finally made their 2014 debut last night. I’m surprised (and, okay, disappointed) that Nike hasn’t taken more heat for this snafu, which has to go down as one of the biggest failures ever by a uniform supplier, but whatever — the Eagles’ wardrobe is finally fully stocked.

As we all know by now, the problems with this jersey had to do with matching the team’s precise shade of green, which was apparently difficult to achieve with Nike’s latest jersey fabric. This is why the Eagles were using the old pre-Nike fabric for the past two seasons. Several readers said the jersey color still didn’t look quite right last night, although I’d like to wait until there’s a day game before fully assessing that.

As others have noted, green seems to give Nike fits. The Jets, for example, often have several different shades of green visible on their jerseys. And then there are the Packers, who still use the old pre-Nike fabric for their jerseys. Nobody has come out and said it’s because Nike can’t match the Pack’s shade of green in the more up-to-date fabrication, but I strongly suspect that’s the case.

What is it about green that’s so challenging? It’s a secondary color (a mix of blue and yellow), but so are orange and purple, and nobody seems to have any problems matching those. I know some of you folks out there are particularly adept when it comes to colors and/or textiles, so please enlighten us.

I find the green situation particularly disheartening because green is — and has always been — my favorite color. I have a green car, a green sofa, a green living room chair, a green office chair, green sheets, green towels, lots of green clothing, and, let’s not forget, a green-themed website. When my parents got me a bicycle for my fifth birthday, they damn well knew it had to be green. (And it was.) Back in the late 1980s, I even loved an indie-rock band called Green (not because of their name, but that didn’t hurt).

I don’t recall exactly when I fell in love with green, but I do remember this: My mom had been an artist when she was younger, and she used to sit me down in front of easel and encourage me to paint. One day, when I was very young (three, maybe?), she showed me how mixing blue and yellow together formed green. I was mesmerized — it was like magic! Instant green, spontaneous green. I sat there for what seemed like hours (but was probably just a minute or two, given a three-year-old’s attention span), mixing yellow and blue in various proportions to make different shades of green.

I’ve always thought green is seriously underrepresented in the uni-verse, so I loved it when the Devil Rays scrapped their inaugural rainbow-gradation uni set for this look (one of MLB’s more underrated uniforms of recent decades), and was bummed when they then traded in that look for their current design. On the plus side, I was happy when the Dallas Stars recently switched from this to this.

Anyway: By this time next year, maybe the Eagles will be wearing kelly green. Will that be any easier for Nike to reproduce? Let’s hope so.

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One-stop shopping for idiocy: I don’t know what the fuck the Blackhawks were thinking yesterday, but they definitely get points for efficiency, because they managed to roll just about every wrong-headed uni-related trope into one incredibly ill-advised T-shirt:

I have nothing further to add here. I thought I had nothing more to add here, but then Doug Keklak and Phil showed me what the Johnstown Tomahawks were wearing last night:

How clueless can these teams be? Like, why not paint a trail of tears on the ice while you’re at it?

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Collector’s Corner

By Brinke Guthrie

Saw this 1970s Avon men’s after shave decanter on Etsy. Man, look at that box artwork — it appears the designer took, shall we say, “artistic license” with the depiction. That’s probably Bradshaw — it looks like him in the eyes, and there are the front numbers and Dunmark facemask. Yet the helmet has Niners colors, with a Cowboys star, and the sleeve stripe spacing kind of looks like early Bucs. No doubt that’s Joe Willie next to him, wearing No. 18 with what looks like Cowboys or Lions colors.

As for the rest of this week’s haul:

• Remember this? The 1973 NFL Playbook from American Express? BUY THIS! Twenty bucks!! [Couldn’t agree more. A very formative item from my sports youth, and I still have my copy. — PL]

• These notebooks with a football-style pebbled leather finish are real nice. Got one from the Bengals as a present. This one was a Panthers gift to their PSL holders.

• Here’s an official 1960s NFL Portrait Album — no portraits, though.

• As long as you don’t mind mixing and matching your 1970s blue-and-yellow-themed teams, how about a Billy the Kid NFL-licensed corduroy jacket and pants set from Sears, featuring the LA Rams and the San Diego Chargers.

• Is that Marv Hubbard on this 1970s Oakland Ray-duhz wall light switch plate? Had two of these — one Reds and one Bengals. I’d swap ’em out depending on the season.

• Like this Tampa Bay Bucs shirt, which is of course is not really a Tampa Bay Bucs shirt. The colors and the font are so dead-on 1970s. But it could pass for a Bucco Bruce accessory!

• If you’re a Cubs fan and wear a size L, I totally recommend you check out this DeLong parka. Had a Reds one in black, and they are outstanding. A very soft shell with quilted lining.

• Check it out: This NHL puck display was given out to Texaco station owners in the 1970s.

Had one of these Cowboys sweatshirts. Authentic Pro Line, baby. Russell made great, sturdy stuff. No flash, just function. Staying with Dallas, I also had one of these pullovers from Starter. Excellent quality.

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Baseball News: The Twins’ new home uni had already leaked over the weekend, but they officially unveiled it yesterday. Additional photos here. Feels more like a lateral move, not an upgrade or a downgrade, except for that gold-accented cap logo, which is a stinker. … You know how teams will offer giveaway items to “the first 25,000 fans,” or whatever? The Mets are lowering that number from 20,000 to 15,000 next season. Hmmmmm. … The new Majestic catalog shows, among other things, a new BP jersey for the Giants (from Aaron Praszker).

NFL News: Cam Newton took G.I. Joevember a step further last night by wearing these headphones prior to the Panthers/Eagles game (thanks, Phil). … Tim Donovan was watching last night’s game and noticed ESPN analyst Jon Gruden holding a binder with a Panthers logo he didn’t recognize. “I did a quick look at Chris Creamer’s site and found out it was an alternate logo used by the team from 1995-2011.” I’ve been aware of that logo’s existence, but have rarely if ever seen it used anywhere. It reminds me of another rarely seen full-body animal logo — this one for the Broncos. … The Falcons wore captaincy patches on Sunday. “I think this is the first time they’ve done this for a regular season game,” says Ian Irwin. … “I found some clips from the 1973 made-for-TV biopic of Vince Lombardi, Legend in Granite,” says Mathew Prigge. “Here is Lombardi, played by Ernest Borgnine, addressing rookies dressed in mono-gold unis at his first training camp.” … The Packers will wear their Acme Packers throwbacks this Sunday (from John Okray).

College Football News: New black helmet for Maryland. … Ohio is doing a blackout next Tuesday. It doesn’t specifically say that they’ll be wearing black uniforms, but they do have this design in their wardrobe (from Leo Strawn Jr.). … Flag-desecration helmet on tap for Buffalo (thanks, Phil). … The Telecom Bowl is now the Car Tire Bowl. … This is pretty awesome: color footage of the 1939 Iowa/Notre Dame game. ” You can see ND switch to the green jerseys when the second half begins at 11:49,” says Jimmy Atkinson.”Some really good footage here, and. a good amount of pregame and halftime band action as well!”

Hockey News: The Bruins played dress-up soldier for pregame warm-ups prior to last night’s game against the Devils. Here’s a close-up on the chest patch. … Here’s a video segment on the woman who does the chain-stitching on the Blackhawks’ jerseys (from David Cummings).

NBA News: NOB typo in last night’s Bulls/Pistons game, as Andre Drummond was victimized (thanks, Phil). … The Blazers wore special shooting shirts on Sunday to honor a fan who passed away during a game last week (from Kristina Cruz). … Cole Flick inherited this jersey from his uncle, who got if from someone at the old Chicago Stadium. Is it an old all-star jersey? Something else? … Here’s the logo for the Saturday-night component of All-Star weekend. … As we’ve previously noted, NBA refs have new uniforms this season. But the crew working last week’s Spurs/Rockets game was wearing last year’s uni design. Odd (from Josh Edney).

Grab Bag: Here’s a story about the curling clinic that Phil and I attended two nights ago. … Douglas Ford thinks he may have found the next Uni Watch intern. … Here’s a great illo of every Brabham Formula 1 livery from 1962 to 1992 (from Graham Clayton).

Monday Morning Uni Watch

Very interesting developments at yesterday’s Jags/Cowboys game in London, as both teams adopted the British custom of wearing poppies for Remembrance Sunday — not just on their helmets, but also on their jerseys (which, as you can see in that last shot, created a bit of a clusterfuck for Jacksonville — good thing they don’t wear captaincy patches). Here’s some background on the poppy initiative from the Cowboys’ website.

Now, I’m all in favor of being a gracious guest and respecting your host’s customs, but I’m rather surprised the league went this route. I thought the NFL games in London were about imprinting our culture on the Brits, not the other way around. I also thought G.I. Joevember was about rough-and-ready militarism, not namby-pamby symbols of peace. What, all of a sudden camouflage isn’t good enough?! Not only that, but the poppy-emblazoned jerseys are being auctioned off to benefit a British military charity — what kind of message does that send to American service personnel? And it’s particularly interesting that the Cowboys and Jags are the two teams that ended up going poppy-clad — isn’t observing another country’s holiday precisely the kind of squishy multi-culturalism and sovereignty-sapping one-world-order-ism that should have people in Dallas and northern Florida reaching for their stash of ammo (which they keep, of course, right behind their stash of gold coins)? Like, is this the NFL or the United fucking Nations?

Fortunately, there were plenty of teams yesterday playing on American soil and honoring the military-sports industrial complex troops by wearing good ol’ camouflage. I won’t show all of them here because there was nothing new, but you know the drill: camo gloves, towels, and captaincy patches, military branch helmet decals, and so on. It’s worth noting, however, that Cardinals return man Ted Ginn Jr. became the latest player to wear camouflage tights. Stick your pansy-ass UK poppy in that!

In other developments from around the league yesterday:

• In that Cowboys/Jags game, remnants of the Falcons’ logo were visible in one of the end zones.

• The Saints wore mono-black.

• The Chiefs/Bills game in Buffalo, besides being a beautiful uniform matchup, reminded me of the old pre-wacky Pro Bowls: blue jerseys against red pants. Very nice.

• Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan removed his shoe on the sideline, revealing a surprising sock design.

• Giants safety Stevie Brown was wearing a mouthguard with the U. of Michigan logo.

• A clown in the crowd at the Superdome was wearing a Saints captaincy patch with four stars.

• It’s a little hard to see, but Aaron Rodgers’ G.I. Joevember sideline ski cap had a little tag with his name and number, plus a little version of the team’s “Holstein Heisman” logo.

• NBC color analyst Cris Collinsworth, who was working the Packers/Bears game last night, wore a Rab jacket. But someone must have flipped out over the visible logo, because it was later taped over.

• Fun fact: Not a single home team wore white yesterday.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Mike Johnson, Matt Larsen, Chris Perrenot, Jerry Peterson, Jeff Shirley, and of course Phil.)

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PermaRec double-dip: Two new PermaRec entries to tell you about. First up: When a California woman purchased a box of old letters and photos at a flea market (including the ones shown at right), she found herself going down an intriguing rabbit hole of family history. Get the full scoop over on Permanent Record.

Also: The Seattle Museum of Art recently acquired a needlework piece created nearly 200 years ago by a 10-year-old “liberated African” named Charlotte Turner. But who was Charlotte Turner, and what happened to her? Learn more in this PermaRec post.

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Baseball News: Here’s our first look at the Twins’ new home jersey. Not bad, but that wordmark feels soooooo dated. … Who’s that on a motorcycle at County Stadium? None other than Robin Yount (from Douglas Ford). … Also from Douglas: Someone dressed up as an Expos robot for Halloween. “So bad, it’s good!” he says. … Oooh, check out this 1945 World Series bat-shaped fountain pen/pencil set (from Denver Gregg).

NFL News: Check out the logo on this Colts cap. Never seen that before. … In case you haven’t heard, there’s an odd controversy about an old jersey that was supposedly game-worn by former Raiders defensive lineman and current TV analyst Howie Long. The jersey apparently has “metal pebbles” sewn into the numbers, although Long says this is all news to him. … You can get this official Wilson football radio for a song (thanks, Brinke). … The NFL’s promo for this Thursday’s Bills/Dolphins game has soooo many uni errors. “You’d expect better from a commercial sponsored by the NFL,” says Jeff Shirley. … I suspect that the NFL’s one-helmet rule is the only thing keeping the Seahawks from wearing this. Someone was selling that on eBay (from David Firestone). … This is pretty awesome: The Wall Street Journal did a team-by-team breakdown of the jerseys being worn by fans at yesterday’s Cowboys/Jags game in London, revealing that UK fans are stuck in the 1980s (big thanks to Tom Adjemian.

College Football News: Colorado State RB Jasen Oden Jr. has a comma on his JrOB. Interestingly, they don’t include the comma on his roster page (from Michael Putlack). … Several readers have asked me about the mini-trend of players wearing baggy-sleeved base layers. I confess that I’m baffled by this one — I thought everyone was obsessed with skintight attire. Anyone know more? … This is odd: a Virginia Tech T-shirt with the outline of the state of Vermont. “I think the ‘VT’ initials confused somebody,” says Marc Burgess. … LSU’s live tiger mascot has refused to travel to the stadium this season. Maybe he’s smart enough to realize what his handlers don’t — that a live tiger never belonged at a football game in the first place.

Hockey News: This video from the Sharks’ first game in 1991 mentions that Neil Wilkinson’s jersey was missing, so he had to wear No. 45, instead of his usual No. 5 (from Jay Danbom). … This is interesting: The Senators are actively encouraging a more soccer-style crowd culture at their arena.

NBA News: Good point by Paul Lee, who notes that last season’s NBA Noche Latina jerseys didn’t have the NBA logo on the front. Did we even say anything about that at the time? It now looks like a warm-up for the logo’s front-to-back move this season. … The Pistons wore their sleeved “Motor City” jerseys last night.

Soccer News: “Since this was Remembrance Sunday in the UK and this year marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, there were poppies on soccer jerseys as always, but with special markings like this and this and this,” says Yusuke Toyoda. “Managers wore the more traditional pins, while Millwall went camo and James McClean of Wigan explained his decision to not wear the poppy.” … Also from Yusuke: “A five-year-old Queens Park Rangers fan took an errant shot to the face from Manchester City’s Yaya Touré and received signed jerseys from both teams for her trouble.” … One more from Yusuke: “Diego Costa of Chelsea ripped his shirt attempting a bicycle kick and ended changing to (and scoring in) a long-sleeved shirt.”

Grab Bag: Bernard Hopkins had an unusual color scheme on his gloves, trunks, and shoes for Saturday night’s light heavyweight title unification bout against Sergey Kovalev. … “AFL’s Brisbane Lions (Aussie Rules football) released their 2015 clash strip with two elements that are a nod to the Fitzroy Lions (one of the two clubs that merged years ago to form the current club),” says Leo Strawn Jr. “One of those elements is the Fitzroy lion; the other is the homage to the Fitzroy lace-up guernseys worn well over 100 years ago.” … “Really nice rugby union uni matchup over the weekend, as England played New Zealand — a classic white-vs.-black matchup,” says Eric Bangeman. “Of interest is the change of the New Zealand logo and numbers from white to gray.” … Another rugby item from Eric: “Ireland wore their brand-new alternate kit with the horrid ‘3’ logo on the front against South Africa.” … Good piece on a type font used in the Star Wars series (thanks, Brinke).

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What Paul did last night: Last night Phil and I were among 16 people who gathered at the Lakeside ice facility in Prospect Park and took part in first organized curling activities in New York City since the 1880s. It was the first session of a five-week clinic that will be a mix of instruction and competition.

There were a few growing pains, both for the players and the instructors, but for the most part it all went really well. Rather amazingly, they even provided us with beer afterward, “because that’s an integral part of curling” — a nice touch that made for a very sociable postgame scene.

Unfortunately, Phil and I were so busy participating that we didn’t take any photos, but a reporter from a local NYC-centric website was on hand, and she told me her story should be posted at some point today, so I’ll provide a link to it tomorrow.

Sunday Morning Uni Watch


By Phil Hecken

Week 11 of the NCAA football season was a relatively quiet one, uniform-wise, but of course, there were a few special unis and helmets gracing the field yesterday. And as I alluded to in yesterday’s post — the anthracite-and-copper costume Arizona State broke out was one of those. I was fearing it might not look as good on the field and under the bright Arizona sun as it looked in Nike’s studio shots — but I was wrong. It was beautiful. And Notre Dame, clad in their “regular” road uniform of gold/white/gold, looked great as their opponents. I’m not sure if the game will catch the eye of our 5 & 1 gal, Catherine Ryan, but I sure loved it.

Here’s how those ASUnis looked yesterday (click to enlarge):

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The gray anthracite (for anthracite’s sake) looked dee-vine under the sun and the copper in the helmets was a beautiful compliment. That’s just my opinion of course. It’d sure be nice if they wear these again (and after the ass-whoompin’ they put on Notre Dame, it’s possible — although I think ASU’s stated goal is to never wear the same uni-combo twice this season). We’ll see. If not this year, then I hope they bring them back next season.

OK — now for the rest of your Sunday Morning wrap, here’s TJ:

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet

So earlier on Saturday, I stopped by a pizza place, dug the prices they were offering, and got myself 3 pizzas. When my order came up, they had a cancelled order for a large pizza with pepperoni and extra cheese, and asked if I wanted it. Me being the greedy cretin that I am, I say “yes”, and went home with 4 pizzas (three large, one medium) for the price of 3. Why do I mention this? Because today’s column is a lot thinner than my stomach at the moment.

From Wednesday:

• Kudos to NIU for wearing a road uniform that didn’t make this look like an Spring game.

From Thursday:

• I don’t think we’ve seen these gold chrome helmets before for Wake Forest, but I could be wrong.

From Saturday:

• Houston wore throwbacks against Tulane.

• Oklahoma wore their alternate home uniforms against Baylor, and let me just say, I very much prefer these over the road versions. I dig those numbers more and more every time I see them.

• Still can’t get enough of those red helmets for Wisconsin.

• Fear the spear? Uh… not so much when it’s lookin’ like this.

• Hey, how ’bout that TechFit technology?

• Army wore all-black with camo numerals and camo decals on the helmets.

• Has Ole Miss ever worn navy/red/navy before?

• Utah in black/black/red against Oregon. Also, GG, Kaelin Clay.

• Some notes from the LSU/Alabama game (apart from looking miraculous, as always): this man painted tiger stripes on his dog. Also,the footage is grainy, but this is, what, the 4th wrecked facemask of the season? That Vine also shows an LSU player attempting to pull the pants off of a Bama player.

• And then there are the quillions of teams who wore some type of military-honoring deal over the weekend, including (but not limited to): Purdue, Minnesota, Tulsa, and Washington, but the TCU band apparently hates America… and apparently have yet to turn their calendars over to the next month.

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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. Hawaii vs. Colorado State: This match-up is a little nontraditional for me but I actually thought it looked good. I figured I would spread the 5-and-1 love around.


4. Iowa vs. Minnesota: I got both positive and negative reviews of this game. Minny crushed Iowa to take home the Floyd of Rosedale trophy. Iowa was in their classic road unis while the Gophers sported an awful alternate helmet decal, which thankfully wasn’t enough to ruin this match-up for me.


3. UNLV vs. Air Force: I loved the contrast between the teams in this match-up. UNLV looked great in the gray-red-gray combo while Air Force kept it simple.


2. Baylor vs. Oklahoma: I loved the Bears in their green pants on the road and I thought the Sooners’ alternates were gorgeous.


1. Alabama vs. LSU: This one was going to be hard to beat and for good reason.


+1 Kentucky vs. Georgia: It hurts me to put Georgia here but these Kentucky unis are atrocious. Admittedly, it’s not nearly as offensive as some of the other +1’s we’ve had this year but, short of me putting every bit of camo that was trotted out yesterday up here, this was the best I could do.

+1 (dis)Honorable Mention: Colorado vs. Arizona


Thanks, Catherine! I pretty much knew before I even looked at this list what the #1 good would be! It’s pretty much a “good #1″ lock every year.

OK readers, how’d she do?

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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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Here’s Tim:

Oregon decided to wear their yellow helmets, old template white jerseys and their yellow pants. When’s the last time we saw that combo? 366 days prior!

Oregon needs a new uniform set…

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Timberwolves vs Orcas 9 Nov

Premier League Games
By Andrew Seagraves

We are getting close to the midway point of the UWFFL Premier league season as the band of twelve are fighting for the final six spots to see who has what it takes to take home Gold and Glory in the UWFFL Bowl. The Premier League is joining their Division II and La Lega counterparts in observing Armistice/Remembrance Day with different forms of tribute to our Veterans.

The Eastern Division will be battling each other while the Central and West will pay each other a visit this week. Our featured fracas for the Top Flight will be a battle of old and new blood as the Texas Timberwolves venture to America’s Last Frontier to take on the Anchorage Orcas. The Central Division T-Wolves underwent a rebrand this season traded their traditional Green and White for electric blue, magenta and white. This week, they’ll forgo their new colors for their Old Glory getup as they add the Stars and Stripes to their numbers, pants and jerseys. The Western Division Anchorage Orcas, the New Blood in this battle, will take a page from Alaska’s war effort past as they will wear tribute uniforms for the Alaska Clippers and the Eleventh Air Force stationed at Elmendorf-Richardson Air Base. The Alaska Clippers were a gridiron squad formed by Army Air Corpsmen of the Eleventh Air Force which was apart of the Northwest Staging area of the US Air Transport Command stationed in Edmonton, Alberta in World War II. During their brief stint as a team they played the University of Idaho Navy V-12 unit, Nevada-Reno and the Great Falls Bombers going winless in all three games. Despite their short time together, the Clippers joined the ranks of other Armed Forces squads who played in Intercollegiate and Inter-Service competition across the globe.

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Other marquee matchups will include the Birmingham Vulcans heading to the Port of Hartford to take on the Whalers, the San Diego Storm will break out their Fourth Air Force – March Field Flyers – Football Uniforms as they square off against the Detroit Demons and Minnesota will face San Francisco in the Fire Pit.

La Lega will continue their interleague play with Division Two this week and a few intriguing matchups will have the Tokyo Mammoth hosting the Montreal Machine, Crown Royal heading to the Palmetto State to face the Carolina Krescents, and Kansas City will head to the UAE to take on the Abu Dhabi Pearlers.

Remember to make your voice heard by heading over to uwfantasyfootballleague.com to vote on which squad squares your circle this week. Don’t forget to get your friends, family, and possibly long forgotten acquaintances to vote as well! For those of you who want to try your hand at competition in the UWFFL, get on over to our Prospective UWFFL Teams Google+ page to share your vision with the rest of the class… and don’t forget the gum this time. We will see you next week!

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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 10 & 11 (click to enlarge):

EPL Tracker weeks 10 & 11

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: “I read this article on MLB.com and found it interesting that two of the players (Capuano & Morales) are listed as Free Agents,” says Chris Workman. “Typically, the MLB Stars wear their team uniform for the Japan series, and they seem to be following suit this season from pictures I have seen. Do you have any idea how this has been handled in the past? I am anxious to see what uniforms they wear (previous team, generic MLB uniform, blank jersey?) It feels similar to Jeff Samardzija’s situation in the All-Star Game.” … In this article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “A Piece of Forbes Field Goes Up for Auction, the photo, when enlarged, shows the “PAC” wreaths (thanks Jerry Wolper). … According to Dan Ullsperger the Lids website offers a “Brian Braun” throwback jersey. Perhaps the Hebrew Hammer has a brother?

NFL News: “Looks like Nike is trying to push the Pro Combat style jersey on the newest generation of Packer fans,” writes Jamie Burditt). Now, if they can just push it on the Pack. … ICYMI: The Cowboys will be wearing a poppy decal on their helmets for today’s game in London. Expecting the Jags to do likewise. … Andrew McDonald of the Seahawks “wore this all week” in “honor of my father @SAMcD_33 who served in the late 80s.” … Are the NFL replays sponsored by Surface? Never saw this before. … Did Billy Sims’ in his rookie year of 1980 have a different helmet logo than his teammates? Kurt Rozek thinks so. He adds, “Their logos were outlined in white, while his appears to have no outline with the lion’s tail at a different angle.”

College & High School Football News: Great article and graphic in The New York Times which highlights where in America college football is most popular. Should we be surprised that it’s Alabama? (thanks, Paul). … Southern University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge went BFBS in its game Friday. The gray pants are also NOT a school color. The school’s official colors are green and yellow (thanks to David Steinle). … Reader Parker Martin went by the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta Saturday morning and found some very interesting uniform/apparel inclusions. He explains: “First up is Under Armor’s apparent sponsorship of the uniform portion of the museum. Evidently ‘performance wear’ is important to college football’s uniform history and looks even more out of place when juxtaposed with a historic jersey dating back to the early 20th century. Later in the exhibit, is a plaque explaining the ‘new styles’ of college football uniforms especially the recent use of camouflage ‘as a means of tribute to our men and women in the armed forces.‘ Finally, the uniform displayed to represent modern football is of course Maryland’s pride uniform. It was separate from the historical uniforms but I tried to frame the picture so viewers can see the style differences. Something else to note in that picture is the old Georgia uniform (#62 in the picture) which seems to be a grown-up onesie. I’ve never seen that type of uniform top before and am not sure how long those remained in style.” … An LSU fan has painted tiger stripes on his dog (or at least, I hope that’s his dog). More here.

NBA News: “Color vs. ‘not’ color” in Denver: The Cavs wore white on the road while the Nuggets wore their yellow skyline jerseys on Friday night, notes Ron Ruelle. “Could have been a color vs color game.” … The San Antonio Spurs broke out their military camo unis last night. Ugh. Not only are they camo, they’re sleeved camo. Just awful.

Hockey News: On Friday night, the Ohio State University Buckeye hockey team wore camo unis with service branch NOBs. … Last night, the B-Sens wore camo sweaters to honor the military (h/t Joe MacQuarrie). … Also last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs wore poppy helmet decals (h/t Kyle Douglas). So did the refs (via John M.) Here’s another shot of the Leafs (also from John M.). … Must be a Canadian team thing because the Senators and Jets had them also. … The Sabres held their military appreciation night last evening and warmed up in these camo tops (via Jason Tyx). … But those guys have nothing on the Portland Pirates, who played a game wearing these flag desecration numbers (h/t Nick Griffin). … Wishful thinking or WTF? … Last evening, the Canadiens retired Guy Lapointe’s number, all the Habs wore his sweater during the pre-game ceremony (thanks to Matt Larsen). Also in honor of Guy Lapointe, the number 5 on the ice behind the nets (both ends) and a patch on the Habs’ sweaters (also from Matt). … The Cincinnati Cyclones are set up to wear a bunch of novelty sweaters this year. … Dan Ullsperger thinks the Guy LaFleur statue looks like Bill Murray.

Soccer News: It has been reported by Soccer AM in England that AFC Bournemouth have added a moustache to their badge for Movember. Full details can be found here (thanks to Tony Dobson). … In yesterday’s action, Diego Costa suffered a pretty large rip in his shirt (h/t SoccerGods). Here’s a better view (submitted by Jean Labbe).

Grab Bag: There is a TON of interesting uni-related things where you would least expect: in this Big Sean music video, notes Jeremy Baker. “Some things of note: 1) color-on-color football game, 2) taped-over nose bumpers, 3) digitally blurred out nose-bumpers, 4) Adidas’ trademark treadmark, 5) An unidentifiable pattern on the black team’s pants (digi-camo at first blush, but at ~1:43 you can see that is is something else entirely–is Adidas trying to introduce us to their new thing, a la March Madness fruit stripes?), and 6) the QB (Big Sean, natch) wearing #88 (Big Sean’s birth year, natch).” … Just in time for the holidays, Loudmouth Golf has released Santa jackets and pants. Want.

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And that will do it for today folks. Thanks to Terry, Tim, Catherine, Andrew, Alex and everyone else who contributed to the ticker or tweeted at me.

Today, Paul and I will be taking our first curling class in beautiful Lakeside Park in Brooklyn. It should be a good time, and I hope I don’t end up spending more time on my ass than my feet. Paul, if you weren’t aware, got quite good at the sport of kings — me? Not so much. Wish us luck today! Witness the good (top) and the bad (bottom) — hopefully Paul won’t have any videos of me on my brains on Monday. Enjoy:

Don’t forget — the Cowboys take over London today. And lots of camo Salute to Service crap as well. Welcome to GIJoevember for real.

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“My secret uni fetish has to be without doubt the neon green Orlando Thunder home jersey. I finally managed to get my hands on one this year after 19 years of trying!”

–Stephen Rigby

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