Good Sunday Morning, Uni Watchers. Time for the third edition of the Sunday Morning Uni Watch.
Before I go any further, I want to let everyone know that long-time reader and contributor Wade Heidt, who has for the past couple years been adding Canadian University uni tracking in the comments, has now joined the SMUW team and will be bringing you his Canadian Uni Watching for the remainder of the season! Please join me in welcoming Wade aboard. Following Terry’s section, Wade will introduce himself and then bring you his uni-observations.
After beginning the season 0-2 (with losses to Ohio State and Marshall), the Notre Dame Fighting Irish needed to change their luck. And what better way to do that than to break out the (lucky) green jerseys against Cal. It worked. The (green jersey) luck of the Irish returned. Can it possibly be the laundry?
Well, dating back to 1983, the Irish are 9-6 in jerseys with any sort of green on them. But they won their last four games when a green jersey was worn prior to today, so this makes a five-game win streak. You can check out their green jersey W-L and more here.
While I like Notre Dame in the occasional green jersey, I’m not a fan of this particular one, especially since the team wears blue numbers outlined in gold, and the contrast is not great.
• Oregon/BYU: Oregon is dedicating this entire season to Ducks TE Spencer Webb, who passed away in July of this year following a rock climbing accident. You’ll note how Oregon is honoring him with a decal featuring the #4, despite his wearing of #18 during what would prove to be his final season last year. He had plans to switch his jersey number to #4 for the 2022 season, and wore it in the Ducks’ Spring scrimmage. They also have the 4-yard hash marks on either side highlighted in yellow in his memory (you can kinda see it here). Lastly, BYU OL Kingsley Suamataia –a transfer from Oregon– came out onto the field with an Oregon flag bearing Webb’s #18 in honor of his former teammate.
• Baylor/Texas State: I didn’t take any pics like a DOOFUS, but Bobcats OL Kyle Hergel wears a rather Cybertronian facemask (not from the game, but should suffice for our purposes).
• A squad with the team name ‘Tigers’ that plays in the SEC and has gold as one of their school colors wore white at home, with gold helmets and gold pants against Abilene Christian. Totally standard fare. (closer look at the helmet, with thanks to Blaise D’Sylva)
• Clemson/LA Tech: Ella Bresee –Clemson DT Bryan Bresee’s sister– was diagnosed with cancer, and has since passed away. In the wake of these unfortunate events, the Tigers have adopted the rally cry “E11a Strong” (#11 is Bryan Bresee’s jersey number). In yesterday’s game, LA Tech head coach Sonny Cumbie wore a T-shirt honoring Ella.
Thanks, TJ! Great rundown as always. Next up: Wade…
Canadian University Uni Watch
As mentioned above, I’m pleased to announce that Wade Heidt is joining the SMUW team to bring you weekly uni watching north of the border. I’ll let Wade introduce himself, and then he’ll have his first installment of Canadian University Uni Watching. Here’s Wade:
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My name is Wade Heidt. I am thrilled to be joining the Sunday Morning Uni Watch team! As many readers may be aware, I am a Canadian football aficionado. Canadian university football is important as many graduates become professional players for our three-down game with its unique rules and longer, wider field. A main feeder system for the non-import (National) players in the Canadian Football League and there have been graduates that have played in the NFL.
My early memories of Canadian university football involve watching the Vanier Cup national championship game on TV in the mid-1980s. An amazing football aesthetic experience in those days with the game always played on a cold, muddy field at Toronto Varsity Stadium. That stadium still had H-style football goal post even in the mid-1980s. Of course, the goal posts on the goal line as we do it in Canada.
There are twenty-seven schools broken up into four conferences under the U Sports football umbrella that we will watch. Many schools that have a long, interesting history of playing football and fierce rivalries with one another. The schools have some interesting uniforms that we will be checking out!
What time is it? Time for some university football uniform watching Canadian rules style!
We will view a sprinkling of games in each conference of U Sports football this weekend. Travelling from east to west.
• We will start in the Atlantic conference (AUS). The Bishop’s Gaiters wore their purple over white combo at home in Lennoxville, QC. The visiting St. Francis Xavier X-Men went with a white over white combo. I like the small amount of silver trim the X-Men have added to their jerseys this season.
• Over in the Quebec conference (RSEQ), it was a battle of Montreal. The Concordia Stingers wore their Loyola College throwback jerseys at home. They wear their white pants with this maroon throwback. The McGill Redbirds went white over white. Providing some video here to show how massive the Concordia Stingers’ logo is at midfield.
We will look at a couple of games in the Ontario conference (OUA).
• The York Lions wore their usual white helmets with red over black at home in Toronto. The visiting Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks went mono-white. Bringing their white helmets to make it white from head to toe.
• The Ottawa Gee-Gees debuted a new garnet helmet at home. They usually wear silver helmets. The went with a garnet over white combo. The visiting Guelph Gryphons brought a lot of black. Going with black/white/black combo.
• In the Canada West conference, the Calgary Dinos went mono-red from the helmet to the pants. The visiting Alberta Golden Bears debuted some new decals on their alternate white helmet featuring the smirking bear logo. A complete white combo for the Golden Bears.
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Thanks, Wade. Once again, welcome aboard!
And Now a Few Words From Paul
Hi! In case you missed it, this week’s Bulletin article is the latest installment in my “Ask Me Anything” series, where readers submit questions and I do my best to respond. This edition includes questions about squatchee colors on caps with contrasting front panels, NFL sleeves, how leaks can ruin a team’s marketing plans, the player I’d rep if I were forced to wear a jersey to a ballgame, the worst uniforms worn by teams winning a championship, my least favorite foods, and more.
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Meanwhile: Another thing you may have missed this week is thatI’ve partnered with the cap brand Official League on a contest to design an unofficial USMNT cap for the upcoming World Cup. Full details here.
Okay, now back to Phil!
…that’ll do it for this Week’s Sunday Morning Uni Watch. Big thanks, as always, to Terry (and now Wade). The Five and One and Uni Tracking will be published shortly, and today’s Ticker will go live at approximately 9:00 am Eastern.
Everyone have a good Sunday and a great week, and I’ll catch you back here next Saturday.