By Phil Hecken & the SMUW Crew
“GEAUX” (Pronounced “GO”)
That’s how fans of the LSU Tigers have been cheering their team on for decades — co-opting the French “eaux” (pronounced “O”) and adding it to the English “Go”. It’s a quaint way of combining the French influence down in, ahem, NOLA, to add a Franglish (Cajun-esque?) flair to the word.
For a change, we have a nice feel good story to kick things off: The jersey you see above, “BURREAUX,” belongs to LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. But if you give it a French flavor, dropping the “ow” for “eaux”, you still have it pronounced “Burrow.” And if you don’t know who Joe Burrow is, well, he probably sealed the Heisman last evening in helping the Tigers to complete a perfect “regular” season — they’ll play for the SEC crown against Georgia next weekend. From all accounts, he’s a perfect gentleman and scholar, and hugely popular with the LSU fans. He played his first three seasons at Ohio State, but transferred to LSU in 2018. He’s loved every minute of it, and the fans have responded in kind. So, imagine when he trotted out wearing the “BURREAUX” jersey. I’ll just let Marty Smith of ESPN set the scene:
Joe Burrow showed his deep gratitude to the @LSUfootball faithful by wearing a “Burreaux” jersey for his senior night introduction in Death Valley tonight.
The idea was Burrow’s alone.
He approached @LSUFBEquipment with the idea earlier this week. pic.twitter.com/nzGO2CA2xo
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) November 30, 2019
Words alone aren’t enough to truly describe the moment. Play this with the sound up:
Joe Burrow pic.twitter.com/q00BGBPfr8
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) November 30, 2019
Burrow only wore the jersey for pre-game warmups, switching to his regular “BURROW” NOB for the game. Behind Burrow, LSU trounced Texas A&M last night, giving the fans one last “Burrow Show” (or would that be a Jeaux Sheaux?). It was a night to remember.
OK, now, here’s TJ with the rest of your SMUW:
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
Guess who watched yesterday’s Iron Bowl and wants to drink 17 gallons of boiling acid? It’s me! HAHAHAHAHAHA *slowly turns into ugly sobbing* *ahem* RIGHT, there’s a column to be had. It’s Rivalry Week, that special time of year when things tend to get a bit… spicy. VERY spicy. Let’s get right into it.
• Games that should Really be Color-vs-Color; Volume 1. Y’know, with USC vs UCLA, among probably several other examples, I’m surprised that THE Game hasn’t explored that idea, at least, in the modern era (granted, this looks great). Let’s make it happen #tOSUvsUMColorVsColor2020 (okay, maybe with a less-clunky hashtag, but let’s make it happen). Also, I’m just gonna leave this here, and move on to the next bullet point.
• South Carolina wore a hybrid all-black uni, featuring the jersey tops from their throwback games earlier in the season, and their current black helmets and pants. Also in that same game, Trayton Miller spotted some scorebug screwiness.
• Games that should Really be Color-vs-Color; Volume 2. If Georgia Tech must wear gold tops in this game, then put Georgia in red! Or better yet, put both teams in the Falcons’ throwbacks (complete with forced retirement helmet, designed to show bipartisanship to both schools), and let the mayhem sort itself out. Speaking of sorting things out: whoever’s in charge of Georgia Tech’s nameplates needs to get it together. (h/t Larry Luk)
• Temple Cornerback Freddie Johnson wore camo sleeves against UConn.
• Bucco Bruce lives again. East Carolina wore fauxback helmet decals in their game against Tulsa. Blaise D’Sylva describes them as “more similar to the pirate worn on the 1971 helmet, but not exactly the same.”
• One of the games I look forward to every year is the Grambling/Southern game (really, for the Battle of the Bands). This year’s matchup was color-vs-color, with Grambling wearing Eddie Robinson-era throwback uniforms.
• Only one pic due to time constraints, but Arizona and Arizona State went color-vs-color for the Territorial Cup.
And THAT… will do it for Week 14. And now, much like those sweet potato pies that are fresh out of the oven, we now go into cooldown mode, where the next week or two will be focused on a small handful of conference championships, and of course, TOGIT. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you… if not next week, then definitely during the bowl season. Take care!
Thanks, TJ! And now on to the rest of the SMUW…
Phil’s 5 & 1
Yeah, you read that correctly. Memal’s unavailable to handle this week’s Five & One duties due to him being called to a location where the Interwebs don’t flow, so you get me subbing this week.
Feel Free to let me have it in the comments below.
Ready? Here we go:
There were a number of good candidates, a few of which had to be left on the cutting room floor.
#5 Utah Utes vs. Colorado Buffaloes
For Senior Night, the Utes broke out their 60s silver & red throwbacks, and to great effect. They looked particularly dashing when matched up against Colorado’s black/white/black combo featuring a snazzy helmet decal on their lids. Good looking game, and the Utes advance to the PAC-12 Championship game next weekend.
#4 Alabama Crimson Tide v. Auburn Tigers
The defensive battle that was the Iron Bowl gave us just what we expect: Both teams in their only home/road uniforms: Auburn/Alabama. You could have gone into a coma 30 years ago and woken up yesterday, and if you saw this matchup you’d instantly recognize the teams. Enough said.
#3 Syracuse Orange v. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Another stellar matchup featuring Syracuse in classic orange/blue/orange, and Wake countering with black/white/black. My only complaint, and it’s minor, is the lighting on TV didn’t make the game as vibrant-looking as it truly was.
#2 Nebraska Cornhuskers v. Iowa Hawkeyes
This one could probably be #1, and if you wanted to argue it was, I won’t give you any pushback. Like the Iron Bowl, this game predictably featured the Huskers in white/red/white with Iowa doing their best Steelers imitation. Just a drop dead gorgeous game, and a great game to watch as well!
#1 Michigan Wolverines v. THE Ohio State Buckeyes
And now for the not-so-good. I have a couple honorable mentions for this one, including Arizona/Arizona State (the color v. color just didn’t work), Oregon/Oregon State (woof, sorry Ducks, that’s just too much green), and Georgia/Georgia Tech (that gold Tech wore was too light – UGa should have worn red jerseys with the silver britches, and that could have been a Top 5 game). All so close, but the true…
&1 Kentucky Wildcats v. Louisville Cardinals
Louieville decided at the last minute to wear their Mohammed Ali tribute unis (with nary a wisp of Cardinal color) and UK went with blue/blue/black. The weather didn’t help things, and this was just one ugly matchup.
And there you have it. My substitute 5 & 1. I watched more football yesterday and Friday than I usually watch in three weeks, with lots of ESPN Goalline to try to get a glimpse of as many matchups as possible. There were a LOT of mono-vs-mono games yesterday, more than usual I think. No matter what you think of Memal’s picks (or Joe’s, Catherine’s and Jim’s before that), there’s a LOT of work involved in putting this together. I happily hand the baton back to Mr. Malinowski for the remainder of the season now…
As fate would have it, pretty late into the evening a reader named John F. sent me, unsolicited, his own 5 & 1. I told him I’d publish it below. Wish I’d have known he wanted to do this…it would have saved me a bunch of work! Here’s John F.’s 5 & 1:
Honorable Mention – Notre Dame vs. Stanford was probably a better looking game than my #5 pick but I gave Alabama and Auburn points for a great game.
5. Alabama vs. Auburn – Both teams were respectful to the Iron Bowl’s tradition.
4. Syracuse vs. Wake Forrest – Uni-wise, Cuse went from laughable to laudable in 2019 and the Demon Deacons’ black-white-black offered a nice contrast.
3. Iowa vs. Nebraska – The Steelers, I mean Hawkeyes, looked great against the white-red-white Huskers.
2. Pitt vs. Boston College – Pitt’s uni is one of my favorites so they usually make my top five unless their opponent shits the bed with GFGS or a clown costume.
1. Ohio State vs. Michigan – A classic rivalry with classic uniforms made this cranky old man happy. It’s a shame the game did not live up to its history.
Kentucky vs. Louisville – Anyone who’s read GQ knows that wearing black slacks with a blue jacket is a fashion faux pas. The same holds true for the Wildcat’s eyesore.
P.S.: UCLA vs. Cal can easily crack my top five but I’ll be counting sheep by the 10:30pm EST start.
P.P.S.: Memal finally comes up with a near perfect 5 & 1 and then has no Internet access. I suspect foul play ; )
Thanks John. I like your list — seems pretty close to mine too!
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):
And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:
And here is Ethan, with the SEC:
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!
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: Everyone who loves “Christmas Story” knows of The Lamp. So what better way to celebrate that than to sport a Stirrup Lamp Christmas sweater? Submitter John says, “They GetIt™.” … Seeing the “Pirates” rendered in Philly style and in baby blue colors, even if for high school teams, is probably enough to give any Pirates fan pause (from Ryan Silva).
NFL News: If you’re one of those folks, like me, who thinks the Dolphins should just designate their throwback uniforms as their permanent unis, well, today you’re in luck: they’re wearing them against the Iggles today. … James Winchester, long snapper for the Chiefs, is a tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He’ll wear these shoes today for Native American Heritage Month. The design is the official seal of the Choctaw Nation (from Like Woody). … Check out this awesome Bucco Bruce-era bank (from Frank McGuigan).
College Football News: Yesterday was the birthday of the great Bo Jackson, seen in his Auburn uni here. It’s nice how little that uni has changed over the years (from Goat Jerseys). … The great Blaise D’Sylva continues his college helmet tour with the collection from San Jose State University. … “I know some have a soft spot for helmet carts,” writes Kyle Eilts. “I had forgotten that my alma mater, Fort Hays State University, had one. I not entirely sure when the photo was taken (maybe with the last few years) but I can say the helmet insignia hasn’t been used in quite some time.”
Hockey News: In support of THE Game yesterday, on Friday night, Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets wore an Ohio State helmet when he came out for the three stars of the game (from Jakob Fox). … Quick. What’s the worst sweater in Buffalo Sabres history? If you said Turdburger, give yourself a star. … Yesterday afternoon, the Devils back up goalie was wearing a black hat on the bench with heritage/throwback/alternate uniform (good spot by Steve Woj). … “kudos to @MSGNetworks for using the same shade of red for the score bug to match the #devils throwback sweaters,” tweets Al N. Kreit. … “Noticed last night that the #Caps’ helmets now have the CCM and Bauer logos in red. It’s on the away lids, too,” (sent in by David Raglin), who notice it was tweeted by Tarik El-Bashir, the beat reporter for The Athletic.
NBA News: Interesting take on a giveaway here: last night, the first 3,000 fans at the H-To…, er, Houston Rockets game received a towel in the shape of the team’s new ‘City’ jersey (from Ignacio Salazar). That was of course because H-Town unis were worn in the game. … Great spot from Jeff Cook who noticed the first “8” of the Indiana Pacers’ Goga Bitadze’s “88” is upside down. … Yesterday I took a lot of shit for my “SHOOT or SHITE” ratings for the NBA’s ‘City’ jerseys, some of it deserved. One thing I commented on was the shitty font the Bucks use. Apparently it’s an homage to Milwaukee tools, so at least there’s a reason for it. Still a shitty font tho (thanks to Andrew Wagner for pointing it out). And apparently the font is named “Millie” (from Brian Feeney).
College Hoops News: Ooooohhhh. We don’t get to see them often (at least round these parts), but Hawai’i broke out some beautiful throwback uniforms on Friday night (from Charles George). … Who wears short shorts? Yesterday the entire starting lineup of UNCG Basketball went with rolled shorts against Georgetown Hoops (from bryanwdc). … Texas A&M Corpus Christi debuted new black uniforms last night (from Mike Vamosi).
Soccer News: On Friday, the Brighton & Hove Albion women’s team had their #RainbowLaces campaign where they wore rainbow NOB. They also had rainbow striped flags and their twitter profile has a rainbow flag around their logo (from Jakob Fox). … Also from Jakob: yesterday both Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion were wearing black armbands in honor of former Liverpool player Johnny Wheeler who died earlier this month. … Still more from Jakob: Players on both Chelsea and West Ham wore black armbands Saturday in recognition of the two members of the public that lost their lives in the London Bridge area on Friday. The refs have armbands as well.
Grab Bag: National Lacrosse League season opened of Friday. Wade Heidt has a bunch of observations: The NLL started their season with 2 games on Friday night. Though no changes to jerseys and shorts for those teams, 3 of the 4 teams in action Friday have updated the decals on their helmets. The Colorado Mammoth have some chrome on the helmet this year; The Calgary Roughnecks have more silver in their new decals compared to last year; The Saskatchewan Rush helmets are more green this year than in the past with the new decals; and, in addition, the Rush have released a 5th Anniversary logo celebrating their time in Saskatchewan. The Rush moved to Saskatoon from Edmonton in 2016.
A BIG Uni Watch Happy Birthday wish
to our own…
ANTHONY MATTHEW EMERSON
who produces our Tickers on Friday and Saturday, and also contributes a lede or two here and there. Enjoy it big guy!