Sunday Morning Uni Watch

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By Phil Hecken

Well — the 2015 NCAA Football season is winding down, which means week 13 features many traditional end-of-season rivalry games, trophy games, and just some plain end games. But, as we have every year since 2008, when the USC/UCLA rivalry went back to color-vs-color (with the lone exception of 2011, when UCLA inexplicably wore white over white), we are treated to the best looking college football game of the year. Even with UCLA introducing this piece of crap — the UCLA/USC game still looked great. Some color vs. color games work better than others, but this one will stand the test of time, even if past editions of the game have looked even better.

But this was just one of many great looking games yesterday. There were also a couple of surprises as well. So to bring you up to speed on Week 13, I’ll now turn this over to my right-hand-man, TJ Duroncelet, who will bring you your …

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends, food, and fire from the inevitable shade that was thrown by family members left and right. For those who no longer look like they’re two months pregnant from all of the festivities, let’s have a look at the aesthetic happenings from Week 13 of the 2015 college football season, also known as Rivalry Week. RI-VAL-RY. I’ll grant you a mulligan on the enunciation if you’re still feeling the effects of Thursday’s Maker’s Mark.

From Friday:

• Oregon wore *someone off in the distance* “Something!” Well, I guess that can best describe Oregon these days. I am disappointed that Oregon State chose not to make this a color-vs-color game, but the general theme for this week was keep it *relatively* simple. Not many teams wore something totally-oddball, including the white-clad Beavers. Also, some interesting notes regarding the helmet stripes for both teams: Kyle Peko for Oregon State looks to have lost some black in his stripe, but underneath is orange (h/t JB Johnson. Why not make one solid piece with all three stripes integrated in, like a regular decal? I’ll be honest in saying that I don’t fully understand how helmet stripes work in regards to today’s helmets, so some teams might use a different process than others. And the ends of the flying duck’s wings on Oregon’s helmet stripes seem to blouse over the concussion panel (not the biggest photo I could find, but it should hopefully be evident enough), as opposed to being cut to accommodate for its flexing ability the way other teams do.

• Mizzou and Repu– okay, that joke was already used. Mizzou and Arkansas partook in a color-vs-color game, just like last year. From Seth Shaw: “Arkansas and Missouri went color vs. color for the second straight year on Friday. This is probably because the schools are desperately trying to turn this into a rivalry even though they have only met 7 times in history. The huge trophy even changes depending on who wins.”.

From Saturday:

• Blame Spanks for sending me this: Indiana wore some getup that totally gave first priority to the school and put no focus on the maker of said getup against Purdue.

• Virginia Tech wore these throwback helmets in their win against Virginia in Beamer’s final road game. I wonder what they have in store for his final bowl game in a few weeks…

• Nothing groundbreaking, but let’s all take a moment to appreciate the stellar contrast between UNC and NC State.

• I HORRIBLY neglected to mention that Rutgers wore their previous uniform design against Kansas way back in Week 4. They brought ’em out a second time for yesterday’s game against Maryland (the two “fresh meat” members of the B1G). I love this move, for two reasons: 1) it gives us a break from the “SUUUUUUUPER KNIIIIIIIIGHTS” look that they normally wear, and 2) the graduating Class of 2015 elected to wear these, as they started out in those uniforms, and haven’t worn them since the change of 2012, until earlier this season and then yesterday. Kinda like Jeff Gordon closing out his career in the classic rainbow scheme from when I would catch the occasional race back in the 90s, the age when the thought of French Toast Crunch going away for any stretch of time was treasonous, and all I was concerned with was if Cow & Chicken were getting their daily supply of pork butts and taters. Good on the seniors for their decision.

• Speaking of blasts from the past, South Carolina wore this helmet design, a look they haven’t worn since the 90s (I think 1998 was the last time it was worn, but I could be wrong), with mono-garnet uniforms for an all-garnet look. Also from that same game, Clemson in orange/white/orange is a woefully-underrated look for the Other Orange Tigers.

• Texas A&M was one of the few teams alongside Indiana to partake in major tomfoolery by wearing some all-black getup (I think these are the Halloween unis) against LSU.

• If there was a Heisman Trophy for graphics teams, who do you think would win?

• Florida wore white/blue/white and did the mismatched helmet decal thing. Also, this (screenshot for prosperity in case they delete the original tweet).

• Rare FNOB sighting in Knoxville, with thanks to Benji King (@benjiking).

• The Oklahoma/Oklahoma St. game got a little chippy.

And that’ll do it for Week 13. See you all next week.

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Thanks, TJ! OK, now on to the rest of your SMUW.

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NCAA Uni Tracking

Back again today with our final full week of Uniform Tracking.

Once again, I’m pleased to welcome our 3 NCAA trackers, tallying the uniforms worn by 4 of the Power 5 conferences.

We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC & SEC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), and Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII). Unfortunately, it looks like our B1G tracker has fallen off the face of the earth, for which I apologize. Repeated attempts to contact him have failed, so again, it’s the PAC-12, ACC, Big XII and SEC.

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Rex is up first today:

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

We’re on to week 13 in the NCAA, featuring some great rivalry games and a bunch of other interesting matchups. So there should be lots of fodder 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! I hope everyone had a fine Thanksgiving, and enjoyed this Rivalry Weekend. This is probably my favorite weekend of the college football season, with all the rivalries finishing the regular season. So many good looking match-ups that I had to make a little tweak to this week’s list…

Games disqualified from the list for being too damn good looking but still worthy of recognizing (aka the “Too Sexy” List) – Georgia at Georgia Tech, Florida State at Florida, Alabama at Auburn, Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, Iowa at Nebraska, UCLA at USC, Ohio State at Michigan

Ok, now that I got that out of the way and recognized those games, in my own unique way, on to this weeks list…

5) Navy at Houston — Saw this one on Friday and it immediately caught my attention. Loved how great the Middies looked in their road gold/white/navy, and it looked rather sharp against the Cougars white/red/red home look.

4) Notre Dame at Stanford — A huge step up from last week for the Irish, going back to their traditional road unis. Match that up against the Cardinal’s always sharp home set and you’ve got a great looking game on The Farm to close out the regular season for these two.

3) Louisville at Kentucky — The battle for the Governor’s Cup looked impressively sharp. One of the Cardinals’ better looks all season, going mono white with red sleeves. And the ‘Cats looked equally as sharp in blue/gray/blue.

2) Missouri at Arkansas — As soon as I saw this game, while channel surfing on Friday, I knew this was an automatic lock for the list this week. Always a fan of Arkansas’ usual home red/red/white set. But it matched up perfectly, to me, with Mizzou going black/black/yellow. A surprise color vs. color match-up to end the season.

1) North Carolina at North Carolina State — Outside of the “Too Sexy” List, this was definitely my favorite looking match-up of the day. Really loved how Carolina’s blue/white/blue just stood out perfectly against the Wolfpack’s red/red/white home set today, and vice versa. Just a strong looking game across the board.

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+1) Boston College vs Syracuse — The Orange really lived up to their name today. Man, did they not look pretty though.

Have a great week, everyone, and I’ll see you next week for Conference Championship Saturday!


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: “Just saw this Stu Miller card with an odd ‘SF’ on the cap,” writes Leo Strawn, Jr.. “Have never seen this design before. He was in the Cardinals farm system and also played in the Giants system, but they were still in New York then, so it doesn’t seem to fit with any minor league teams and Okkonen doesn’t show this cap in his uniform database.” … Ethan Novak found this awesome Negro League dress (or long tank?) in a local antique store. Sweet. … The Arizona Diamondbacks will reveal their new 2016 uniforms next Saturday. Be prepared to declare these the worst unis in baseball.

Football News: “Wilcox HS in Santa Clara wears gradient numbers that go from gray to yellow,” says Ethan Kassel. “I’m normally against gradient numbers, but it’s not a bad look on them. I did notice something interesting: #30 (Francis Arellano) had his 0 upside-down. These photos are from Friday’s playoff game at St. Francis in Mountain View.” … The Canadian university championship was yesterday. Mike Styczen notes the referee has an Under Armour branded flip-up cheat sheet on his left arm. “I’ve never seen that before. What information does a referee need on his arm? Genuinely curious.” … Ooops. Gotta love the Syracuse Tigers (from Travis Nardella). … Here’s a great old (1918) OSU/UM poster (from Todd Radom).

Hockey News: The Peoria Rivermen will wear these pretty amazing awful KISS sweaters on March 4. … To celebrate their 50th year in the NHL, it looks like the Los Angeles Kings will be planning a multitude of events, including the introduction of a new sweater (h/t Bizbo).

Soccer News: “Perusing the website for my kid’s Thankgsiving weekend soccer tournament, I found a bunch of interesting turkey-related soccer logos,” says Andy Zare. They’re at the bottom of the page.

Grab Bag: “I was at the GWB presidential library in Dallas over the weekend and noticed some uni related memorabilia from his presidency,” says Greg Stamps. There was some Rangers boots, what looks like a bronze football, and a cycling jersey. “As a Rangers fan I dig the boots but my favorite has to be the bike shirt with lariat font,” he adds. … Both Mike Engle and Lindsay received their new Uni Watch Ugly X-mas sweat shirts. Looks good!

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And that’s all for today. Thanks to TJ, Rex, Kyle, Joe and Dennis for their contributions. Everyone have a great Sunday and I’ll catch you next weekend. Paul is back from his much-deserved vacation, and he’ll be back with Monday Morning Uni Watch and a full slate of stuff this week!

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.


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“‘Color Rush’ sounds forced and unnatural to me. (I see that thousands of non-NFL hits return for ‘Color Rush’ searches, but I’d never heard that term before.) ‘Color Rash’ sounds far more appropriate. Anyhow, Uni-Watch wouldn’t be good-old enjoyable Uni-Watch without ‘Color Rash,’ ‘Pandering,’ ‘Black For Black’s Sake,’ etc.”

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The (Color) Rash Seems To Be Improving

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By Phil Hecken

The Thanksgiving Color Rash game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers wasn’t nearly the disaster the previous two color rash games had been — which were both an assault to the senses — and with the exception of the socks & shoes worn by the Panthers, actually looked pretty good.

As expected, the Cowboys wore white from shoulder to toe — wearing a modified “double star” jersey that is a semi-throwback. They also paired the new jersey with a new set of pants that featured a double navy blue stripe surrounding a single silver/gray stripe (which looked slightly out of place — similar to the odd gray stripes the NY Giants wear on their white pants). Yes, the ‘boys have silver/gray helmets, so you could say it’s picking up that color. The jerseys also had a cut which caused the blue yoke so appear slightly “off.” (For any photos, click to enlarge.)


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For their part, the Carolina Panthers were given new pants, which were paired with their current alternate jerseys. Of course, this being color rash, they also were outfitted with blue socks and shoes. I’m not a big fan of teams wearing same-color jerseys and pants on the NFL level, but I thought the jerseys and pants looked really good together. Of course, the full-blown look with socks/shoes killed the overall look — but if the team were to pair those jerseys/pants with black socks and shoes, it is not a bad costume.




Both teams together matched up well — there is a reason (and it wasn’t just for 13″ black and white tv sets) that darker colors match up well against white uniforms, and this game showed why. I don’t mind color versus color when you have a darker color against a lighter color — but games like the Jets vs. Bills, where the strong reds and greens seemed too intense (not to mention how it looked to those with red/green color blindness), don’t make for good matchups. The second week of color rush, with the powder blue versus mustard, was a better fit. The Cowboys vs. Panthers was the best so far (granted, it wasn’t really color-vs.-color either). But it was a pretty good looking game overall. At least from the knees up. You will note some of the Panthers wore black shoes, and you can also see how the cut of the Cowboys’ jerseys almost looks like a “bite” was taken out of the navy stripe on the back of the jerseys.



Lots more photos here.

Mercifully, the Color Rash series takes a break for a couple of weeks. There will be one more matchup between the Rams and Buccaneers (what looks to be true “yellow” versus red), which may have the same problems the Jets/Bills had — or maybe not. This is one we’ll have to see on the field to judge. But here are the teasers:

Looks like the Rams will be wearing the yellow (gold) from their throwbacks (it’s definitely NOT the same shade of gold as on their current unis). Again, just how gold/yellow it will be remains to be seen since we haven’t seen more than just the teasers so far.

The Buccaneers will likely just be getting a new set of red pants to match their current red jerseys.


Of course, the Buccaneers have one of the worst uniforms in the league, so adding all red pants, socks and shoes will only make it worse. Unlike the past two games, this final one (December 17th) probably will not be a sight for already sore eyes.

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Those Shark Jumping Ducks Change Up Their Unis…Again

Yesterday Oregon and Oregon State played in the “Civil War,” their long-running annual end-of-season game. It was a home game for the Ducks, who played in Autzen, and (to the surprise of absolutely no one) they changed up their uniforms yet again. This time, they added new helmets and a new jersey — a sort of modified camouflage pattern — but it was in actual school colors.

I thought they looked pretty good (even if the changes are completely unnecessary — but hey, Oregon’s gotta Oregon, no?). Click any photo to enlarge.

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Not bad (all things considered) right? I don’t even mind the camo-esque pattern. Tons more photos here.

What did you guys think?

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colorize thisColorize This!

Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.

Got just one this week from our friend Bruce Menard, who is once again busy with the Colorizations. And that’s a very good thing.

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1927 (Nov25) Palmer House Chicago dinner USC Notre Dame  Babe Lou Christy (BSmile color edit) - Bruce Menard

1927 (Nov25) Palmer House Chicago dinner USC Notre Dame  Babe Lou Christy (bw vs color by BSmile) - Bruce Menard

Hi Phil,

Here’s that colorized Babe & Lou in football uniforms pic, with a write-up & before/after comparison:


~ I’ve had this classic picture in mind for a colorization for the longest time, so here it finally is. The photo was taken before a special dinner held at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago on the night before the Notre Dame-USC football game (Soldiers Field). For the event, agent Christy Walsh managed to get The Babe to put on a Notre Dame uniform, while Lou wore a USC uniform. All in good fun…and good promotion!

Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Are Suited Up For Football
88 Yrs Ago In Chicago – November 25, 1927
~ {L-R}: Glenn “Pop” Warner (Stanford coach), Babe Ruth, Knute Rockne (Notre Dame coach), Christy Walsh, Lou Gehrig, Howard Jones (USC coach) & Tad Jones (Yale coach)



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That’s it for today. Great job B!

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Uni Watch News Ticker

Baseball News: It’s going to be a happy day for some Padres fans, as the Fathers are getting new blue and yellow gold uniforms, and brown will be official alternate. That was actually first noted over on Chris Creamer’s blog, and I can also confirm this is correct (I’ve seen the logo slicks, but they’re embargoed — sorry). Not sure when the official unveil will be, but if you’re hoping for a throwback…don’t get your hopes up too high. Still, #BringBackTheBrown folks should be very happy. … Reader Leo Strawn, Jr. saw this photo of Pete Rose wearing #27, from the archives of the Cincinnati Reds. Leo adds, “This is likely from 1963 spring training, but could be 1961 or ’62 spring training, also.” … The following e-mail comes from “Booted Newswomen”: “When the Hartford Yard Goats unveiled their new uniforms last week, they had local newswomen among those helping model the new jerseys and caps. And, of course, some of the Newswomen wore Boots!!!” … Reader Will Scheibler writes, “Behind a picture of cats was found a picture of a local 1919 baseball team which won a regional trophy and a marriage certificate. On a public group on Facebook – Thunder Bay Memories.”

NFL/CFL/College Football News: During Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field against the Lions, Eagles Coach Chip Kelly wore last year’s Salute To Service Cap (good spot by Blake Fox). … Several people tipped me wise to this one, but the CFL is changing its logo. I consider that a definite downgrade from the current logo. … Brett Favre had his #4 retired by the Packers at Lambeau on Thanksgiving. Of course he wore Wranglers. … The Cleveland Browns will be wearing brown/orange/brown for their Monday night game. There had been some rumors the team would go all orange, but I guess they wised up. … Boise State wore orange/white/blue yesterday. I’m not sure they’ve ever worn that combo before — was a pretty good look. … CMU’s helmets featured a #ChadTough sticker for yesterday’s game against EMU. … For some reason, the Miami Hurricane cheerleaders were wearing throwbacks yesterday.

Hockey News: According to this article, the Pittsburgh Penguins will have new sweaters for the 2016-17 season, which “will bring with it a full time move to Pittsburgh Gold.” … The Saskatoon Blades did a Star Wars thing last night. Here’s a bit more on that. … Last night, the Milwaukee Admirals rocked their “Storm Trooper” sweaters (from #BetterDeadThanRed). … The San Jose Barracuda will be wearing these ugly sweaters on December 5 (via Chris H).

NBA News: “I came across a recent issue of Kicks magazine by Slam with an interesting picture of John Wall on the cover,” writes Christian Jackson. “First thing I noticed is the poorly Photoshopped neckline of his jersey. I’m not sure what happened there. Another is the Adidas logo on the right chest of his jersey. I’ve never seen branding on a game jersey. Finally, inside the issue is displayed some new unis for the 76ers, Clippers and Bucks. The jock tag on the Bucks is different from the others. Are the tags unique for each team?” Anyone know? … Crossover alert: Here’s a shot of Cam Newton rocking a Larry Johnson jersey (h/t James Gilbert). … The Hornets and Cavs went wine & gold vs. teal & purple last night. Jimmer Vilk says, “as it should be.” … Plenty of NBA Christmas caps on sale, including for teams who aren’t even playing on Christmas (thanks to Johnny Okray).

Soccer News: Apparently Kingston, NY, located in the Hudson Valley, has an NPSL Soccer club. Here is their crest (from Matthew Klimberg, who adds, “This may be one of the nicest soccer crests I’ve ever seen. Kudos to the club.”). Here’s a bit more on Stockade FC.

Grab Bag: The Mirfield Stags, who are a rugby team, are paying homage to Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart. Here’s a bit more on that (thanks to Christopher C. LaHaye). … This photo is from the 2015 golf US Open highlights, broadcast on FOX after its Thanksgiving football game. “Problem is they assigned the US Open tennis logo,” says submitter Jared Rosen. He adds, “FOX won the rights to broadcast the golf US Open for 12 years recently. Not saying that FOX covering tennis is a sign of the apocalypse, but it could be close. How whomever chose this logo didn’t notice the flaming tennis ball and realize they had the wrong US Open is beyond me.”

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That’s it for today folks. Thanks to B for the colorization. Everyone enjoy your Saturday — got a bunch of BIG rivalry games today, including what should be the #1 “good” game in the 5 & 1 — the annual UCLA/USC color-vs-color game. Of course, with the crap UCLA has been trotting out this season, who knows what they’ll wear, but we can always hope it looks something like this. I’ll be back tomorrow with the usual SMUW stuff, and then Paul returns from his well-deserved vacation on Monday Morning.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.


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“Persimmon woods. Back when golf was a man’s game. I miss them.”

— Ted Mark

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Uni Watch Library: a 1972 Wilson Catalog

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[Editor’s note: Paul’s still on vacation, but he left this column for today. Phil will be back tomorrow with the usual assortment of Saturday stuff. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.]

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My friend David Brown recently sent me this 1972 Wilson catalog. Let’s take a look at some of its more interesting items, shall we?

My knowledge of golf is approximately zero, so I don’t know if club heads are always this good-looking, but I really like the stripe patterns on these wood clubs:

Nice, right? Those stripe patterns on the club heads actually remind me of bowling, not golf.

Moving on to baseball, here’s something really interesting: Wilson apparently offered flapless batting helmets and catcher’s helmets that could be fitted with snap-on earflap attachments (see item A5432):

I’ve never seen that before. Guess it didn’t catch on. The same could be said for this next item — a “chest and rib protector” for youth players (top item on the page):

The year of this catalog — 1972 — is also the first year I played Little League. Glad nobody made me wear one of those rib protectors.

Speaking of torso protection, check out this catcher’s chest protector for female players, with “cup shaped fiber breast protectors” built in (bottom of page):

My favorite part of any uniform catalog is always the hosiery section. Too bad this one isn’t in color, but it’s still fun to see all the stripe patterns on offer:

Note that the small, low-rise stirrup at bottom-left is described as a “Stretch Nylon Target Sock.” I’ve seen these short “target socks” in other catalogs but didn’t know what they were for, so I asked sporting goods maven Terry Proctor, who said, “It’s an old term from basketball. It’s from back in the day when most basketball teams wore knee-high stirrups. The lower target socks were worn by the star player because they supposedly made him easier to identify on the court.” Fascinating!

Most of the softball jerseys shown in the catalog look like precisely the sorts of things I’m always looking for on eBay:

And that’s it. Big thanks to David for sending me the catalog — good stuff.

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A Mini-Ticker for Friday
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‘skins Watch:

Baseball News: Looks like the San Diego Padres cap for 2016 has been leaked (h/t Andrew Beccarelli). … “You probably have seen this before, but in 1972 Heywood Hale Broun did a feature on the new style in baseball uniforms. Here is the clip as presented on “Woodie’s World” on ESPN Classic,” writes Ferdinand Cesarano. “The interesting thing there is that the A’s are shown with no front number, proving that they had that variety that year, alongside the version with the front number. (And we know that this really is 1972, because there is a clip of Mike Epstein, who left the team after the 1972 season.) The loudly-jacketed and mustachioed Broun wraps the report up with some deadpan commentary about the shocking nature of the newer styles.”

NFL/College/Football News: The Cowboys and Panthers wore their color rash unis yesterday. I’ll have a full review tomorrow. … Interesting Full Name On Back of this Florida State jersey. The auction is over, but you can see it’s from 1983 — and it’s a crop top (thanks to Jeff Flynn). … GQ has assembled a slide show of the best beards in football (thanks to Andrew Cosentino). … If you’ve been paying attention to the NFL (and Uni Watch) the past couple weeks, you know the Chiefs have worn white over white with red socks (first time in decades) the past two weeks (a great look, by the way) — Uni Watch isn’t the only place that noticed. The players like the look too. … Last night against Texas, Texas Tech wore throwbacks (h/t Slotter). It was a tremendous looking game (and should be in the TOP 5 of the 5 & 1). … Arizona State will wear actual school colors against Cal on Saturday (from Marc Altieri). … UNC will go blue/white/blue against NC State tomorrow (h/t James Gilbert). … Illinois will go orange/blue/blue against Northwestern tomorrow (h/t Illini Football), at Soldier Field. … Utah will be going black/red/red against Colorado tomorrow (h/t Cody). … Syracuse will be going orange/orange/orange against Boston College tomorrow (h/t Syracuse Football). … New helmet decals for SMU. Not sure if those are what will be worn in-game, but they’re silver. … New uni for MSU? During practice, Sparty had some new jerseys they were breaking out (via Chris Solari). They play at home against Penn State this Saturday, so maybe these are just practice duds. Or maybe not.

Hockey News: Check out these NY Rangers game day posters. Says submitter Adam Schechter, “Seen on Reddit, not a stretch to think these were inspired by the fabulous work of the guy in the Columbus creative department.” … Reader Tom Glanzer created this pretty amazing bubble hockey poster. “I wanted to do something super cool for the local HS hockey team this year. Growing up I spent a lot of time playing the USA vs. Russia bubble hockey game, so this seemed natural. Super Chexx even granted permission and supplied the game image — I had to Photoshop out most of the rod hockey players to put our players in the game, I think it turned out pretty good.”

Basketball News: Sorry, Wrong number: Michael McLaughlin notes the NBA’s area code-based merchandise uses Miami’s secondary area code for the Heat. … “A high school in my area, North Hardin, switched to UA for its boys hoops unis this year — and they’ve got some wild looking shorts,” says Josh Claywell. “Shorts feature many items, from a backboard to hearts to words like toughness, family, battle & grit. Craziest thing I think I’ve ever seen.” … Check out this article on Allen Iverson and the NBA’s Sleeve Revolution. Submitter Ben Cox adds, “An old high school classmate put together this brief article (and more importantly, the excellent infograph accompanying it) for the Wall Street Journal.” … Kevin Durant’s new sneakers honor Prince George’s. Why is the county offended? (from TommyTheCPA). … From the Jim Vilk “I’d Wear That” files: Check out the “short” shorts on UMass Mens hoops (from Jeffrey Seals).

Soccer News: Check out the unusual sleeve piping on mid 1970’s French football shirt: Graham Clayton writes, “While the main colours of the 1973/74 Nantes FC kit were black shorts and yellow shirt and socks, their uniform did have an unusual feature — red, white and blue piping on the ends of the sleeves.” … This might be the most poorly worded headline in a long time.

Grab Bag: This is kinda cool: check out these t-shirts “created entirely from the text of your favorite books” (from Gil Neumann).


Greetings from Ithaca, New York, where the Tugboat Captain and I are spending Thanksgiving with her brother and his family.

I have a lot to be thankful for, including the many partners and collaborators who help make this website what it is. So please join me in giving thanks to Mike Chamernik, who does the Tuesday and Thursday Tickers and the Question of the Week; “Collector’s Corner” columnist Brinke Guthrie; T-Shirt Club designer Bryan Molloy; membership card designer Scott M.X. Turner; webmaster John Ekdahl; weekend contributors Gary Chanko, Terry Duroncelet, and Joe Ringham; and of course bench coach and deputy editor Phil Hecken, by far the hardest-working collaborator and most loyal friend anyone could ever hope for.

However you’re spending the day, I hope it’s a good one. Peace. — Paul