By Phil Hecken
Last evening, the Syracuse Orange football team unveiled a new set of uniforms for the 2019 season (and beyond). And, unlike the past three or four uniform iterations, they got this one right.
The uniforms are definitely fauxbacks, drawing inspiration from past uniforms but with a definite
Nike newer flavor. And it’s delicious. Obviously, especially with their most recent set, there was no where to go but up, but this time, they actually did a very nice job (note to the Cleveland Browns: THIS!).
Specifically, the team unveiled three new jerseys, three pairs of pants, and two helmets, and it looks like they will mix and match these throughout the season. The colors are blue, orange and white (Syracuse colors) with NO GRAY in the mix (at least not yet). They stripped the unis of all the Nike storytelling bullshit fonts and doo-dads, and went for a straightforward football uniform.
Let’s take a look at each of the parts (for all images below you can click to enlarge).
Classic Syracuse orange and also white. The orange helmet now has blue/white/blue striping, while the white goes blue/orange/blue. The classic “S” has returned to the sides of the helmet. The orange helmet has a blue facemask and the white hat has a white grill (whether the facemasks stay those colors remains to be seen, but that’s what was shown). It’s a great looking helmet (at least the orange one) and will look great on the field.
As mentioned, the team will have three jerseys (at least to start). Whether or not a one-off or special uni is added down the line is another story: orange, blue and white.
As you can see from the Nike-supplied graphic above, the jersey is definitely new, but it borrows heavily from past uniforms. The sleeve caps each contain contrasting stripes, depending on the color. The numbers look like a semi-block font (undoubtedly a “custom” job) and each is outlined in a contrasting color as well. That’s the perfect parts. Unfortunately, the team has a fairly large “ORANGE” wordmark above the numbers and a giant contrasting collar (with an “S” at the midpoint) . Not awful by any means, and certainly not a dealbreaker, but it would have been nice if the team/Nike showed a bit more restraint in these two areas. But overall, a great look:
Here the models are shown wearing monochrome looks:
In this grouping, we get a bit of a mix/match (including the CLASSIC orange/blue/orange set):
Of course, what unveil wouldn’t be complete without the corporate-speak:
Interesting: this is the first time I’ve ever seen addressed the issue of the “sweatbox,” which plagued both college and professional teams Nike outfitted in the past. Also note the “better big guy fit” in the description. It’s almost like their copywriters were having fun with this one!
Like the jerseys, there are three sets of pant colors: orange, white and blue. Each features full length contrasting color stripes in alternating colors. A retro feature that should be pretty much mandatory on all pants. After years of creating amorphous shapes and various shading/truncation, or putting the TNDL, Nike/Syracuse have returned to the classic football pant. They’re real and they’re spectacular!
All the colors look great, and they’ll pair well with any of the jerseys:
I spared you (mostly) the corporate-speak, but I can’t resist. First, Nike and Syracuse are especially proud of the fact they’ve returned to wearing actual stripes:
The press release is just so typically press release-y. It’s not quite boilerplate that could apply to every team (but it’s close):
Featuring custom design elements and Nike’s Vapor Untouchable technology, the uniforms merge the Orange’s historic past with the latest in uniform innovation.
Design elements unique to the uniform system include:
• Bold sleeve stripes that harken back to those displayed on the jerseys worn by Orange legends like Jim Brown, Floyd Little and Larry Csonka during the 1950s and ‘60s.
• Syracuse’s familiar block-S patch on the front of the neck, which features a raised texture resembling the hard edges of the Dome’s architecture.
• The words “For the Glory” on the inside of the neckline. The phrase is a reference to the last line of Syracuse University’s fight song – “Down the Field.” The song culminates with the rallying cry: “For we’ll fight, yes we’ll fight, and with all our might, for the glory of old Syracuse.”
• The return of pant stripes that were staples of previous Syracuse uniform iterations worn prior to 2014.
The Nike Vapor Untouchable chassis will give the Orange improved fit and functionally, reduced seams and grab points, shaped inseams, seamless fronts and shoulders to help leverage speed, improved moisture absorption and better all-around comfort with a high-tech, lightweight design.
And of course, what unveiling would be complete without the hype video?
Built on tradition. Engineered for the future.
The next generation of Syracuse football has arrived. pic.twitter.com/KEPLwkhW7n
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) June 22, 2019
After a good five (in their current set) years of looking like complete clowns, and several years prior to that with less-than-great unis, SU has returned to its roots with a beautiful new set — one that will look good in 25 years (even though you know they’ll be 4 new iterations away by then).
Well done, ‘cuse. No more S’cuses. The unis are for real now.
For those who don’t wish to click the links, Graig paints baseball heroes (and regular guys) from the past, and is an immense talent.
Occasionally, I will be featuring his work on Uni Watch.
Here’s today’s offering (click to enlarge):
Title: “Rube Foster, 1902” (color study)
Subject: Rube Foster, 1902
Medium: Oil on linen mounted to board
Size: 5” x 7”
When a lot of baseball fans hear the name Andrew “Rube” Foster, they think of the large, impeccably dressed magnate who founded and piloted the Negro National League in 1920. And rightly so. For his vision, the great man often became referred to as the “Father of Negro Baseball”.
But what those same people might be surprised to hear is that Foster was also widely considered to be one of the best pitchers in the white OR black leagues. Honus Wagner called him one of the greatest of all-time. There are a myriad of stories describing his prowess against the likes of Three-Finger Brown, Cy Young, and Rube Waddell (he is said to have earned his nickname after besting the latter). Apocryphal or not, Frank Chance was impressed enough to call him “the most complete product” he’d ever seen on the mound.
Here’s Rube in 1902 with the Chicago Union Giants, considered one of the best black ballclubs in the Midwest. Though his first year in professional baseball was an unimpressive one, the next season, Foster would become the ace pitcher for the Cuban X-Giants.
This small portrait is one of 200+ such paintings of mine that will be on display at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the spring of 2020.
Thanks, Graig! You can (and should!) follow Graig on Twitter.
Uni Concepts & Tweaks
After being dormant for a while, the Uni Tweaks/Concepts have returned!
I hope you guys like this feature and will want to continue to submit your concepts and tweaks to me. If you do, Shoot me an E-mail (Phil (dot) Hecken (at) gmail (dot) com).
I received the following e-mail from John J. Woods, who has a great “crossover” concept:
The Sun vs. the Suns
One of the greatest color combinations in sports was from the WFL’s Southern California Sun: magenta and orange.
The nickname is close to the NBA’s Suns, who had similar colors in purple and orange.
Thanks John. OK readers (and concepters). If you have some tweaks or concepts, shoot ’em my way with a brief description of your creation and I’ll run ’em here.
Guess The Game…
from the scoreboard
The game has returned! At least for a trial basis, but I got a lot of positive response to its return, so we’ll see how long we keep this one going.
Today’s scoreboard comes from “ojai67”.
The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).
This one probably rates a 2 out of 10 on the difficulty scale. Not only is the game almost complete, the teams playing limits the years — still, a fun one!
Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):
If you guys like this, and want to continue this as a weekly feature, let me know in the comments below. You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.
By Anthony Emerson
Baseball News: The Royals wore ‘Los Reales’ unis to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night (from @DrSoup_MD). … Cubs IF Javy Báez went to Starbucks in full uniform before yesterday’s game (from Mike Chamernik). … The Phillies wore Chase Utley patches last night (from @CarsonFentz). … Speaking of the Phils and also posted in the NBA section, IF César Hernández wore a Sixers ‘Philadelphia Unite’ playoff T-shirt under his jersey (from @phillyphran). … More Phillies news, with IF Derek Dietrich wearing low-cut pink socks underneath his pajama pants. It was only a matter of time, I guess (from Trevor Wilson Patton). … We might have covered this before, but just in case: the Reds have different 150th anniversary patches for their home and road unis. … Angels 1B/DH and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols gave his jersey to a young fan with Down’s syndrome yesterday (thanks, Paul). … The Toledo Mud Hens are rebranding as the Toledo Mud Crawlers on the weekend of Aug. 9-11 to promote, get this, Jeeps. My eyes are rolling out of my skull as I type this (blame goes to Mark Kunz and @Jackie_Moon_UT). … My hometown Portland Sea Dogs are rebranding as the Maine Whoopie Pies this weekend, and you can read my thoughts on this promotion here. … Here are the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers taking the field as the Udder Tuggers in front of a sellout crowd (from Brian Kerhin). … Last night was Military Appreciation Night for the Dayton Dragons. … It was also Military Appreciation Night for the Northwest Arkansas Travellers (from @00obstructedview). … The American Association’s Gary SouthShore RailCats will wear fireworks unis next Saturday (from David M. Kerr). … The Schaumberg Boomers of the Frontier League are having Looney Tunes Night tonight (from Steve Johnston). … Congressional Republicans will be wearing red jerseys for the Congressional Baseball Game, rather than letting players pick their own jerseys (from Gregory Zitelli).
College/High School Football News: Rutgets has added the CFB150 patch (from @RutgersRivals). … It’s also made its way to Pitt’s unis (from @Pittsburgh Nerd and @ACCTracker). … The Patriots are in Israel to promote American football abroad, and one Israeli team has recycled Tennessee Vols unis (from Joey Ellis). …
NBA News: Philadelphia 77ers? 67ers? Ran Isaac noticed some logo glitches on the NBA Draft tracker on his Android tablet. … Here are some rookie uni numbers, all from Etienne Catalan unless otherwise noted: Pelicans F Zion Williamson will wear no. 1, Heat G Tyler Herro will wear no. 14, Hornets SF Cody Martin and PF P.J. Washington will wear nos. 11 and 25 respectively, Blazers F Nassir Little will wear no. 9 and the previous wearer Gary Trent Jr will switch to no. 2, Magic F Chuma Okeke will wear no. 3 (from Carter Michaels), Knicks G/F R.J. Barrett and F Iggy Brazdeikis will wear nos. 9 and 17 respectively, Wizards F Rui Hachimura will wear no. 9, Pistons F Sekou Doumbouya will wear no. 45 and finally, Cavaliers G Darius Garland and G/F Dylan Windler will wear nos. 10 and 9 respectively, … In an odd move, Forbes photoshopped out the Timberwolves wordmark on Luol Deng’s jersey, but left the Nike and Fitbit logos (from Michael Brighton). … Cross-posted from the baseball section, Phillies IF César Hernández wore a Sixers ‘Philadelphia Unite’ playoff T-shirt under his jersey (from @phillyphran).
Soccer News: Let’s start with Josh Hinton: Real Sociedad home and away kits have been released. … Granada CF has signed a kit deal with Nike, becoming the Nazaríes third manufacturer in as many seasons. … New home kits for Fortuna Düsseldorf. The crest glows in the dark (also from @clash_kit and Drew Gentry). … RB Leipzig have had their home kit leaked. … River Plate’s third kit has been released. … Charlton Athletic have had their new home kit leaked. … Coventry City have signed a kit deal with Hummel. … German third division side SV Meppen revealed their new kits (also from @clash_kit). … Kenya’s African Cup of Nations kits have been released. … El Salvador’s Gold Cup kits have been released. … The England national team’s Twitter account used the old Romania crest in this thread. The current Romania crest is viewable here. … Phoenix Rising FC have a Coyotes-inspired kachina training top. … The following are all from @clash_kit: New kits for Olympique Marseille. … Lots of Scottish kits were released today, with Falkirk revealing their new kits (also from Ed Żelaski), Hibernian releasing their new kits and Dunfermline Athletic also releasing their new kits.
Grab Bag: Tampa Pride organizers have criticized the organizers of St. Petersburg Pride for adopting a corporate title sponsor for their parade and festival (from Timothy Burke). … Speaking of, Jamie sends along this Washington Post op-ed series on the corporatization of Pride Month. … Seattle news outlets are running two separate “redesign the city flag” contests, but only one has prize money (from @ManzellBeezy). … Here’s a breakdown of the Commonwealth Coast Conference’s new logo (from Cole McNanna).