By Phil Hecken and the SMUW Crew
We had a bunch of specialty uniforms yesterday, as we are now into the month of October, but there may not have been a purdier one than the fauxback sported yesterday by the University of Florida. The Gators took on Auburn in The Swamp, and man, that sure was a gorgeous looking game. The Gators didn’t quite throwback, pairing elements from uniforms past, but the white hat with the “Circle F” was drop dead outstanding. I, for one, wouldn’t be bummed if they made that one permanent (even though their current orange script “Gators” is bordering on iconic). Pair that with the throwback jersey and pants and you have a might-tee-fine lookin’ kit. And Auburn looked pretty good too!
OK, there’s a lot to get to so I’ll turn the rest of this over to TJ.
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
Spooktober HAS BEGUN. Scary skeletons (and uniforms) SHALL NOW COMMENCE. And what better way to start October than with a team whose whole identity circles around bones? Let’s get right into it:
• They say one must dress for the occasion. As much as I bemoan schools going towards the darkness (sometimes, literally) in lieu of their true identity sometimes, I gotta say, there was something about East Carolina’s unis that just… HIT differently on Thursday. Maybe it’s because of October, maybe it’s because of that hilarious kerfuffle with the lights, but on this night, they worked (sorry for the more Temple-favoring photo: finding pics of this game proved to be next-to-impossible for some reason).
• A bit of font love from Cincinnati.
• As LSU is wont to do, they wore purple jerseys at home against non-conference opponent Utah State. Given the Aggies’ nifty design (also, it appears that LSU Defensive End Neil Farrell Jr.’s 150 patch fell off during the game), combined with LSU not wearing the white helmets and pants like they did a couple of times this season, you have quite the attractive matchup. Another shining example of why CONTRAST. MATTERS.
• How To Change It Up Without Being Deafeningly Loud About It: a clinic, brought to you by Kansas State. The white helmets and pants looked outstanding, and can definitely stand to live in their closet as an alternate option. Well done, Wildcats. Simple, but effective. As for Baylor, while they looked great, their greens… well, they were giving me 2012-2018 New York Jets vibes (game stills from K-State/Baylor don’t illustrate this for some reason).
• Toledo wore commemorative uniforms in honor of the undefeated 1969 team against Western Michigan.
• Contrast Matters: Undying Love for Tulane Edition. If everyone did a 5 & 1, this game would easily be in most of our Top 5s (certainly in mine). Tulane can wear these on the road forever and I would not be mad in the slightest.
• Contrast Matters: *Angry Terry Noises* Edition (photo cred: Emerald McIntyre and ULM Photo Services). Good Grey-vy, this was ABYSMAL to look at. I’ve eaten unseasoned grits that were less dull than how this game looked. I’ve seen old sun-bleached, decades-old signage growing up in my desert hometown in Southern California that had more color (and just overall look cooler) than this matchup! Additionally, ULM were originally going to wear these helmets with the military appreciation uniform, but then decided against that for the actual game. Let’s wash this grey-ny taste out of our mouths…
• Notre Dame and Bowling Green: now that’s a matchup I can get behind!
• Another looker for the books: Texas and West Virginia. Granted, true perfection would’ve been the Longhorns in all-white with the Mountaineers in this, but this certainly doesn’t suck. Also from the game: I think you’re missing another ‘Ho’ there (h/t @MeanJoeFranco).
• It was a black-and-white affair for Louisville. The occasion was that the uniform was designed as a tribute to Muhammad Ali and his famed white trunks with black trim.
• Navy wore… navy (mono-navy, to be exact).
• It was a black-and-white affair for Iowa State. Wait a minute…
• WOW, I was pleasantly surprised by this matchup between Arizona and Colorado. For sure, one of Arizona’s best looks, if not their best outright.
• Penn State can only stand to benefit from switching to these full-time (no white shoes, though: stick with the white crews and black cleats… and maybe keep the navy facemasks).
• As much as I love Ole Miss’s light blue helmets, they should NEVER wear them with the navy jerseys ever again. As someone who has to dress professionally every day for my day job, there’s a big difference between mixing-and-matching, and simply being mismatched.
• Speaking of lids, South Florida wore the full USF logo on the helmets for the first time in school history (at least, as far as I’ve been told) against UConn.
• The duality of man: North Carolina wore their best road look, while Georgia Tech… well… actually, before I say what I want to say about GT’s look, let me preface by saying that their ties with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is awesome, and admirable. That being said… the uniforms from the pure perspective of aesthetics, equated to about the same as scrambled eggs with about the same salt content as the entirety of the Dead Sea *wretch*.
• It was a black-and-white affair fo– OH, COME ON! Alright, so Michigan State –as I’ve mentioned in the past– is one of the nicest-looking, most appropriate teams to put in all-white in college football. They just… look right. And then… we have… THE. I’ll keep it short and simple: this is the only black Buckeyes wearable item of any sort that I want to lay eyes on.
And that’ll do it for Week 6! Of course, we have to mention your go-to for all of your helmet needs. Hope everyone has a great day, and I’ll see you next week!
Memal’s 5 & 1
Following in the footsteps of the original “5 & 1,” Jim Vilk, Catherine Ryan after him, and finally Joe Ringham, for 2019 we have a new “5 & 1” (five good looking and one stinker) uni-vs-uni matchups — Michael “Memal” Malinowski. Like Joe, Catherine & Jim, Memal will pick HIS 5 best looking/1 awful matchup, and occasionally have some honorable mentions (both good and bad). You may agree and you may disagree — these are, after all, just opinions and everyone has one. Feel free to let him know what you think in the comments section.
The calendar has flipped to October and interconference play is heating up. Most of this week’s matchups looked good, though we know as Halloween approaches teams will begin to bring out all sorts of scary costumes, err specialty uniforms. Onto the picks!
5. Utah State @ LSU
It was an unusual scene to have LSU in their standard purple uniforms playing at home so early in the day. But Utah wore their white/white/white combo with a stripe pattern I thought looked very sharp against the Tiger’s standard plain stripe details. Also, this was the third week in a row LSU wore purple jerseys, which I bet is the longest such streak since it was their primary jersey color.
4. Cal @ Oregon
The Bear’s simple blue/white/white combo with those thick, dark stripes provided a terrific contrast to the Duck’s yellow/nightmare green/yellow set. I didn’t care much for that shade of green, but as the lights came on at Autzen it really complimented that delightfully garish shade of yellow Oregon sports.
3. Tulane @ Army
The Black Knights of Army wore their namesake color from head to toe while the Green Wave wore sky blue/white/sky blue. This would have been a magnificent game to have attended live, for the tropical olive green and sky blue would have stood out magnificently in the surroundings green wooded forest surrounding of Michie Stadium and old stone buildings of West Point.
2. Virginia Tech @ Miami
Not only did I enjoy the way the Hurricanes white/orange/orange combo look against the maroon/white/maroon of the Hokies, but I liked the U’s traditional stripes against the sharp lines on VT’s unis.
1. Georgia @ Tennessee
Neyland Stadium at night for a big game is one of the best settings in college football. That both teams wore their traditional home and away sets took this game over the top for me, especially since this has been the game the Vols have brought out those awful gray uniforms. It might have been a disappointing night on Rocky Top , but it certainly looked great!
And because someone has to be the sacrificial lamb…
&1 Memphis at Louisiana-Monroe
Did Memphis become the Snow Tigers and I didn’t notice? And I’m not sure what the Red Hawks were doing with these uniforms, but even if I knew the story behind the look they would still be very ugly uniforms topped with white helmets that look very out of place.
Thanks Memal! You can follow Memal on the Twitter and let him know what you think of his choices or make a 5 & 1 suggestion of your own!
NCAA Uni Tracking
Uni Watch will again track the uniform combinations worn by the “Power 5” conferences. All of the 2018 trackers are back!
We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII), and Ethan Dimitroff (tracking the B1G AND the SEC). Rex, Dennis, and Kyle and are all returning from 2015, and Ethan is back after joining the NCAA Uni Tracking a couple seasons ago. Ethan continues his dual role of tracking both the B1G and the SEC.
Here are the Uni Trackers for the Power 5 Conferences:
Rex is up first today (ACC):
Follow Rex on Twitter here.
And (new for 2019!) — check out Rex’ Weekly Update.
And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:
Follow Dennis on Twitter here.
And here is Ethan, with the SEC:
And be sure to check out Ethan’s WVU Mountaineer Tracker.
Follow Ethan on Twitter here.
And here is Kyle with the Big XII:
Follow Kyle on Twitter here.
And here’s Ethan with the B1G:
Welcome to the 2019 Oregon Ducks Uni Tracker. This little project was originally begun way back in 2008-09 by Michael Princip, who retired after several seasons, whereupon the project was continued by Tim E. O’Brien. He, too, retired from the tracking, but the project has been ably kept up by the man who also tracks the Pac12, Dennis Bolt.
Here’s this week’s Uniform Combo for the Ducks (you can click to enlarge):
You can read about this uniform, and MUCH MORE, by checking out the Duck Tracker here!
MLB Playoff Uni Tracking
A few years back, reader Alex Rocklein tracked the MLB Playoffs by uniform — you guys may recall this. Here’s what his 2010 Uni Tracking looked like. Alex also tracked the playoffs for Uni Watch last season as well. Here’s how the 2016 World Series looked, here’s how the 2017 Playoffs shook out, and here’s the 2018 Playoffs.
Alex is back once again for the 2019 MLB Playoffs. We’ve just completed the Wild Card games and now we’re into the Divisional Series. So, here we go…
Current Uni Tracking
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: Twitter account MiLB Promos asks, “With the new Fredericksburg Nationals treatments released, the question must be raised: What other Presidents would make a good swinging logo?” Some interesting replies there. Also, Potomac baseball relocating to Fredericksburg, but will remain the Nationals. … Check out this great photo of the 1927 NLB Royal Giants during their Asia tour, featuring Manager Lonnie Goodwin, with catcher O’Neal Pullen, pitcher Ajay Johnson and shortstop Biz Mackey (from GOAT Jerseys). … Giancarlo Stanton has pinstriped Nike batting gloves (from Mandy Lopez). … We can all use a laugh, right? (thanks to Marcus Hall).
NFL News: New Orleans Saints Linebacker Demario Davis was fined thousands of dollars for wearing a headband during last Sunday’s game that reads “Man of God.” (also send in by Brinke).
College Football News: Hmmm. It seems that SMU’s new “Dallas” uniforms are not just special alternates — it’s more of a concerted effort to re-brand the team (and the entire athletics department) to emphasize a much closer bond with that city. … Check out this ticket stub from first game at UNC’s football stadium. James Gilbert also notes the dedication game was two weeks later vs Virginia. … The great Blaise D’Sylva continues his NCAA helmet collection with yesterday’s selection of the Kansas Jayhawks.
Hockey News: “Caps beat the Isles on Long Island (Friday) night, and the Caps brought a Nationals helmet on the road to show support for the Nats in the playoffs,” observes John Muir. “Ilya Samsonov wore the helmet after his first career win. The Nats game just about overlapped with the hockey game.” … You may not think of ASU as a power puck school, but they do have some nice kits (from ASU_Uniformity). Here’s another look (from Mark Pick). … Speaking of schools you might not associate with hockey, RMU has some new alternate unis for the season (from RMU Men’s Hockey). … The Cleveland Monsters will wear, and raffle off, this jersey on November 22, for the Childrens Cancer Foundation (from Tom Pachuta). … Here’s a look at the Sabres new 50th Anniversary Jersey (from James Beattie).
NBA News: Yesterday, the Chicago Bulls teased something was coming in a special announcement (from Ryan Andrew). Several have speculated, based on that video, that a pinstripe uni announcement awaits. … And, lo and behold, the Bulls did just that. Here’s a bit more on that.
Soccer News: As always, for all your soccer needs (leaks, tears, alternate kits, etc.), be sure to check out Josh Hinton’s twitter account.
Grab Bag: Jersey numbers have quite the history to them and there are a number of different guidelines for each sport. Many sports have rules about who can wear which numbers, and it’s interesting to see the differences between sports. … And now, some weird purple news: “Dodge Charger and Challenger owners have been leaving the bright yellow shipping guards on the front spoilers of their cars for aesthetic reasons (debatable whether it looks good),” writes Ron Ruelle. “The chief designer of the cars has announced they will now ship them with purple covers. He hates them being left on,so it is unclear if he thinks this is an improvement, or so hideous that people will remove them.” More here.
Bears, not Bear’s, for 5+1
Made me cringe!
Or should it be “Bears'”?
“The possessive form of the plural noun bears is bears’ (with the apostrophe after the s).”
Go ahead and point me to the correct rule.
Oh Hell Yeah! Time for some College Football Uni Tracking Canadian Rules Style!
Will again travel across the country and look at a game in each conference.
-In the Atlantic conference (AUS), Saint Mary’s Huskies went with the white/maroon/white combo at home in Halifax. Visiting Mount Allison Mounties wore white over gold:
-In the Quebec conference (RSEQ), a battle of two Montreal schools. The home Montreal Carabins went with the blue/blue/black combo. Visiting McGill wore white over white.
As Montreal’s blue helmet has no logo, we had both teams with logoless helmets. Notable that the McGill men’s sports teams do not have a nickname this year, as they ceased using the Redmen name and have not picked a new one yet:
-In Canada West, the home Regina Rams wore their gold pants from their third uniforms with their green jerseys. First time we have seen Regina in green over gold with this set of Nike uniforms they started wearing a few season back. Visiting UBC Thunderbirds went white over white:
-For the Ontario conference (OUA), we have to look at this weekend’s Panda Game. This is a rivalry game between the two Ottawa OUA schools which dates back to 1955. Not played at either of the schools’ usual home fields. Was in larger TD Place Stadium and it was sold out. A really large crowd by U Sports football standards.
The teams were playing to win possession of Pedro the Panda. Ottawa won and will keep the trophy:
The balls were specially marked for this game:
Uniform combos pretty regular. Ottawa Gee-Gees went garnet over garnet:
Carleton Ravens went white over black:
Thanks Wade you must be an early riser considering you’re posting from the West Coast. Didn’t realize the Panda Game was such a big event.
UBC has quite the helmet.
Yep – like many West Coasters I work early hours Monday to Friday as I work with Eastern Time Zone clients. Start early and leaving early is the sweet part.
Been doing it for a number of years so do get up early in the am on the weekends. It’s just normal for me. Posting this on Sunday is pretty much just done as I roll out of bed.
I’m trying to come around the the new UBC look, but like their old uniforms from last year better. Liked the old helmet better and prefer the royal blue and yellow compared to the navy and gold. The school seems to shift back and forth between these shades after a number of years.
I just realized why I kinda liked Ga Tech”s uniforms. They would make a great Army-West Point Long Gray Line alternate.
I just saw a Dodge Charger with the yellow guards on, and I thought it was a nice little custom highlight. Duh, it was equivalent to leaving styrofoam on your tv!
Or the size sticker on the bill of your hat. Oughta be a crime!
Iowa State, you’re drawing attention for the wrong reasons. You have a good thing going with the “Southern Cal of Corn Country”, nobody associates you with black and white. Especially when your main rival wears black.
Speaking of the Big XII – in Kyle’s weekly report, why such a discrepancy between the white panels on the Texas and TCU jerseys? I get that you’re trying to show contrast between the panels of fabric but the gray is darker than the gray Kansas actually wore. I watched the Texas/WVU game, and Texas’s jerseys are just white. The trackers do great work but that stands out in the wrong way.
Yeah being an alum from USC I was glad that they changed their uniforms enough that I don’t have to do a double take to see if it’s my Trojans. However not wearing their proper colors is just bad form. By the way, always thought it was strange that the 2 schools from Iowa couldn’t come up with their own uniforms and had to copy other teams.
Interesting line in the soccer part of the article about numbering systems in different sports:
“While we would never expect to see a number 1 playing outside of the goal in the U.S., it may be more normal elsewhere.”
Really? Did the writer happen to watch 1978 World Cup Argentina highlights (players were numbered in alpha order by last name) before writing that? That’s legitimately one of two examples I know of an outfield player wearing No. 1.
It’s still just wrong.
Similarly, I had to turn the Twins-Yankees game off yesterday when the pitcher came in wearing number 0.
I think I wrote a better article on baseball numbering in my stupid comment a few days ago.
I hate that most college football teams wear pants without stripes. Too plain.
Ole Miss mismatched uniforms were in memory of Chucky Mullins
It is an absolute crime that LSU doesn’t wear purple as their regular home jersey. Paired with the proper yellow helmets and pants, it’s the best look in all of college football.
Have to disagree here respectfully. Ole Miss light blue helmet looks great with every possible combo, including the navy jersey. Love it.
Ole Miss looks like a kid who picks different uniform elements on Madden regardless of shade or color.
Great choice for a number one, but bear in mind not everyone was disappointed with the outcome on the field. Them britches still need to be silver, though.
Re the link: Once you link, you can’t unsee it.
I have to say that Ga Tech uni didn’t look so bad, especially against NC’s gorgeous combo.
I was hesitant about the K-State unis subbing white for silver but it turned out ok. I just prefer the purple and silver. Probably the best look in college football.
Ditto, from a non-alum. In spite of looking like the Cowboys, They’ve always been stalwart examples of great looking unis using school colors.
Monroe is the War Hawks, incidentally.
When they renamed from “Indians” to “Warhawks” they said it was to honor General Claire Chennault, who commanded the Flying Tigers (sleeve caps are the Tigers’ shark-mouth logo that was on their P-40 Warhawk aircraft) and who grew up in a couple of towns (Gilbert and Waterproof) that are not too terribly far from Monroe. I guess the gunship gray color is supposed to remind people of the military, instead of trying to get some sort of OD-green with tan uniform combo, the colors the Tigers actually had on most of their planes.
Longtime USF football season ticket member here. This is definitely the 1st time that the Bulls have worn their Bull USF logo on their helmets. I hope this helmet resurfaces this season.