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Good Sunday Morning, Uni Watchers. Welcome to Week 9 of your Sunday Morning Uni Watch.

I originally intended to cover the Louisiana Tech game, as they wore 50th Anniversary throwbacks, but pics of the game were not particularly forthcoming (plenty of video, but few stills). So, I’m back to discussing Oregon, who wore those black uniforms with neon pink and yellow accents. Up close, it was something.

Oregon’s Bo Nix throws down field against UCLA during the first half in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Eugene, Ore.

In case the symbolism of the very pink numbers and helmet wings didn’t tip you off, this uniform was the Ducks’ 2022 “Stomp Out Cancer” uniform — the third time the Mallards have added pink to their uniforms for this cause. While the team didn’t unveil these until about a week and a half ago, I had this on the radar back in early August. If you click on that article, you’ll see the other times the Ducks have adorned their uniforms with pink.

As you can see from today’s splash photo, the Ducks had their NOB in neon yellow, as well as their “duck wing” graphics on the shoulder caps — and of course the PAC12 & swoosh were in neon yellow. A few more splashes of neon yellow were found in the form of more duck graphics on the side panel and down the pants leg.

When the sun shone in Eugene, the Ducks uniforms were bright, the contrast was good, and spotters could easily make out the numbers. Unfortunately, when the sun wasn’t hitting the players’ uniforms, the giant pink numbers were a bit hard to read, and in the long shots, it wasn’t much better.

This video gives an idea of how the neon yellow popped while the pink…didn’t:

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the uniforms — nor did I love the two prior pink out unis, but that’s partly due to the fact that, even though the Ducks basically invented the BFBS scourge, I don’t like it when they wear black. Unfortunately, they probably couldn’t really do the whole BCA uni thing if they tried to shoehorn pink onto green or yellow. If only there were some other way to support breast cancer awareness…

And with that, here’s TJ with your…

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

Homecoming –be it throughout college football, or at my day job as a menswear stylist– will be the death of me.

From Thursday:

• Georgia Tech/Virginia: Contrast Matters: There’s a Belk and a Shit-fil-A joke here somewhere Edition.

• South Alabama/Troy: Block uSA decals for South Alabama. Kinda has an HBCU vibe to it.

From Friday:

• WKU/UAB: Sweet all-blacks for Western Kentucky (again, most uni crimes are kosher for the month of October ONLY).

From Saturday:

• Baylor/Kansas: Color-vs-color between Baylor and Kansas, and I dig what the Jayhawks have going on! Especially in the helmet department. And who can say ‘no’ to Baylor’s Sailor Bear? Someone who puts tomatoes, kale, and luncheon meat in gumbo, that’s who.

• Ohio State/Iowa: Several people noted how IRL Tidal Wave-sized Buckeyes OL Dawand Jones seems to be wearing a helmet a couple of sizes too small for his frame. One person noted that it might be a literal size limitation, as the largest model that comes in the F7 by Schutt (the model that I’m assuming he’s wearing) is an XL+. Again, we’re talking about someone who can probably princess-carry me like I weigh nothing, and I’m 6’2″, 200-ish lbs, for reference.

• Oklahoma State/Texas: Orange affair between the Cowboys and the Longhorns (that has to be the most Southwestern sentence I think I’ve written in my entire life, and I’m FROM the Southwest). Also, I loved Oklahoma State’s Homecoming helmets (closer look, with an article here).

• Clemson/Syracuse: I take back my last statement. THIS is the real R-ange affair.

• Tennessee/UT Martin: Mono-Urange for the Vols, although this affair was more tame than the last two games.

• LA Tech/Rice: Look too quickly, and you might mistake LA Tech for Ole Miss. The Bulldogs brought out the new togs in celebration of one of the greatest teams in LA Tech history turning 50 this year.

• Alabama/Miss. State: The Bulldogs lost one of their own earlier in the week. Freshman OL Sam Westmoreland passed away just days before his 19th birthday (which would’ve been Friday, Oct. 21st). The team wore helmet decals in his memory.

• Mizzou/Vanderbilt: I LOVED Mizzou’s uniforms from Saturday, and any excuse to bring out a fun mascot logo is welcome in my book (closer look). They also wore helmet decals in memory of the aforementioned Sam Westmoreland.

• UTEP Texas Western/FAU: Texas Western throwbacks for UTEP (and yes, his C-USA patch NOPE’d off of his jersey compared to his teammates). I can practically taste the orange flavor at this point from all of this week’s games with October’s 2nd-favorite color. Easily the wildest thing from this game was this: after Florida Atlantic scored a touchdown, they kicked a PAT, but it was blocked by the Miners’ Praise Amaewhule … via HIS HELMET. The resulting effort knocked his helmet off, and on was the chase for the ball (if the defending team scoops and scores, it’s a 2-point conversion for that team). Sans-helmet Amaewhule initially chases after the ball, but has an “Oh shit, I probably SHOULDN’T be doing this” moment, so he immediately lets up, puts his hands up, a UTEP player grabs the ball and scores. Afterwards, the officials get together to talk about their garbage taste in food items from the 1950s before throwing a flag after the play was over, citing Illegal Participation (which is a real thing, if you lose your lid, you cannot engage in the play out of safety concerns). As a result, UTEP’s 2-fer was wiped, FAU was scooted up half the distance to the goal, they got a mulligan on the kick, and were successful this time, tying it 21-21. I showed this play to my dad, and he said that the call was incredibly weak, to which I replied “that’s more than weak: that’s LETHARGIC”.

• Hawai’i/Colorado State: Spooktober threads for the Rainbow Warriors. But the real highlight is Colorado State wearing their State Flag uniforms that I dig immensely.

• ECU/UCF: Spooktober threads for East Carolina. Also in that game, UCF wore 1995 throwback(ish) helmets (better look here).

• Kent State/Akron: Rare light blues for the Golden Flashes, with a new helmet to go with it (closer look).

• Penn State/Minnesota: Generations of Greatness unis for the Nittany Lions, although there was a PAINFUL lack of striped socks on Saturday night.

• Louisville/Pitt: The ONE TIME that Louisville could’ve done what Louisville does best, and they choose to go Plain Jane enough to make this game not as visually appealing as it could’ve been. Or, ya know, they could just normalize color-vs-color already.

• Buffalo/Toledo: You’d think yellow/white/navy would be more common amongst teams with these colors, but I feel like I don’t see this nearly enough. Speaking of not seeing something enough, if Buffalo can switch to this lil’ guy permanently, that’d be perfect (closer look).

• Miami (Ohio)/Western Michigan: The RedHawks wore the latest rendition of their cancer awareness helmets against Western Michigan. Each ribbon color is specific to a player that has had a family member tackle that particular cancer that the ribbon is representing. You can read more here (also has a breakdown of what ribbon color each player is wearing. The white ribbon decals (for Lung, Retinoblastoma, Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia, and Mesothelioma ailments) on the white shells looks like they only put the M-OH logo on, but made it tiny. They also wore their jersey numbers on the left side (full photo gallery here).

• Texas Tech/West Virginia: Country Roads v3.0 unis for the Mountaineers. Meanwhile, The Red Raiders ACTUALLY WORE THEIR RED JERSEYS! It’s almost as if their team name has a literal color in it.

• TCU/Kansas State: Festive look for TCU.

• Old Dominion/Georgia Southern: Full light blue uniforms for the Monarchs. The light blue suits them very well, I believe.

• Louisiana/Arkansas St.: The all-black for the Ragin’ Cajuns, I can get behind. The S&S decals on the other hand? Might be a little too much dip on ya chip there. Don’t know why they couldn’t wait another 2 weeks to do this (better look… I guess??? Also note the Pinktober ribbon decal on the back). At least the decal has sort-of a shape of a flag.

• Nevada/SDSU: Pinktober decals for the Wolf Pack (two words). Here’s a better look.

• Cal/Washington: Lots o’ gold here. Cal wore their gold tops (with navy helmets and pants) against the Washington Huskies, who wore what they call their “Royalty Threads” (I could not type that with a straight face). Better look here.

That’ll do it for Week 8. I’m glad I have the weekend off from work, because I’m exhausted after dressing dudes for 4 Homecomings this week (and at least 12 in the last month-and-a-half, with at least 3 left to go). But of course, I can’t bounce without giving not only a huge shoutout to Phil for his continued encouragement (and patience!), but also to Blaise D’Sylva for his continued efforts in keeping up with the hive’s nest of helmets throughout the college landscape. Call him the Ghostbuster, because when you need a fix, you know who to call. Have a good Sunday everyone, and I’ll see you next week.

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Thank you Terry! Great stuff, once again. Catch you next Sunday!


Canadian University Uni Watch


New for 2022 is Canadian University Uni Watcher Wade Heidt, who has joined the SMUW crew this year and will bring us some looks at three-down, 110-yard Canadian university football from up north. That’s Wade to the right side of your screen (you can even click to enlarge). The shirt Wade is wearing was created by the one and only Wafflebored! Wade’s rundown will appear every week on SMUW until the season ends.

Enjoy!

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Canadian University Uni Watch
by Wade Heidt

What time is it? Time for some university football uniform watching Canadian rules style! It’s time for the CUUW!

Many schools have different helmet, jersey, and pant combinations. Always makes it fun to see what they are wearing. This weekend we saw some uncommon uniforms combos. We will look at some as we travel east to west.

• In the Atlantic conference (AUS), The Saint Mary’s Huskies wore a white/black/white combo at home in Halifax. Not a common look for the team. The visitors were the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. St. FX wore white over white.

• In the Quebec conference (RSEQ), the Sherbrooke Vert & Or wore their green/green/white combo at home. Interesting to note Sherbrooke’s green helmet is matte while their gold helmet is super shiny. The visiting Montreal Carabins went with their white/white/black combo. An upset in this game with Sherbrooke winning.

We will look at a couple of games in the Ontario conference (OUA).

• The Laurier Golden Hawks wore a white/purple/purple combo at home in Waterloo. The visiting Queen’s Gaels in their usual, traditional, complete athletic gold. The one uniform is both the home and road look for Queen’s.

• At home in Hamilton, the McMaster Marauders wore a maroon over black combo. Maybe breaking out the black pants hoping for the same success the New York Jets have in pants of the same colour? McMaster needs any help they can get to win but it didn’t pan out. The visiting Toronto Varsity Blues wore white over navy.

We now move to the Canada West conference.

• Wow! There is a lot of snow in Calgary right now! The Calgary Dinos wearing their white/red/white combo. The Regina Rams going with their white over white combo. Thank you, Regina, for leaving the beige uniforms at home!

• On to Vancouver and the funky cool stadium on the edge of the continent. The UBC Thunderbirds wearing navy over navy at Thunderbird Stadium. The visiting Saskatchewan Huskies wearing white over grey. The Huskies will not be undefeated this season. Nothing wrong with the UBC uniform but I think they looked better a few seasons ago when wearing royal blue and athletic gold.

Next weekend marks the final regular season games for three conferences and the first playoff games for the OUA. We are about turn it up a notch on the road to the Vanier Cup!

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Thanks, Wade! Great stuff — see you next weekend!


MLB Playoff Jersey Tracking

MLB Playoff Uni Tracking

We had two games yesterday — Game Three between the Yankees and Astros, and Game Four featuring the Padres and Phillies. Fans of the worst possible matchup in the AL are aware that the Cheaters Astros are now one game from another return trip to the World Series. But hey, at least it’s not the Yankees, am I right? (Of course, being up 3-0 doesn’t mean the ALCS is over, and no one knows that better than the Yankees, although the Astros were down 3-0 to Tampa in the 2020 ALCS, tied it at 3-3, only to have the Rays win Game 7 to advance to the World Series.) But in the annals of baseball, only two teams down 3-0 came back to force a Game 7, with the 2004 Red Sox overcoming the 3-0 deficit to advance. The Astros fell just short.

The Padres/Phillies game became a “bullpen game” in the first inning, with neither starter finishing their half of their frame, and the first ended 4-3 Padres. But the Fightin’ Phils lived up to their nickname, and advanced in a minor slugfest, winning 10-6. So the Yankees are down 3-0, with the Phillies up 3-1 in games over the Friars. Both series are scheduled to be played again today, but the weather on the entire East Coast is iffy, so we’ll see if either series will get their games in.

Our longtime tracker Alex Rocklein has all the jerseys covered again. He’ll be back next weekend with all the League Championship games yet to come (and the final LDS jersey tallies), and keep us up-to-date through the end of the World Series.

Alex sent me his graphic before the final out was recorded in the Padres/Phillies game, so that’s not reflected in the graphic below. Here is League Championship Series up through last night’s early game, and the Full Tracker to date. Enjoy!

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Championship Series:

Full Tracker:

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Thanks Alex! We look forward to all your playoff tracking in 2022.

And Now a Few Words From Paul

Hi there. In case you missed it on Thursday, my Premium article on Substack this week is an in-depth interview with Daniel Horine, the brilliant artist behind the excellent Pop Fly Pop Shop, who’s found the ultimate nostalgic sweet spot by combining retro sports and retro comic book art. I’ve been meaning to interview him for a while now, and it was a blast. I really think you’ll like it!

You can read the first few paragraphs of the article here. In order to read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paying subscriber to my Premium content on Substack. (Didn’t hear about my move from Bulletin to Substack? Additional details on that, including the “Pay What You Wish” subscription option, can be found here.)

Okay, now back to Phil!


And finally...

…that’ll do it for today, and for me for the weekend. Major thanks, as always, to Terry, Wade and Alex, for all their contributions to this article. And future thanks to Jim, Rex, Dennis, Ethan and James — their sections are yet to come. The Five and One will go live at 8:00 am Eastern, while the Uni Tracking will be published at 9:00. Today’s ticker will go live at 9:00 am, so be sure to keep checking back in.

Everyone have a great week and I’ll catch you back here next Saturday.

Peace,

PH

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    Oregon, if even Phil doesn’t like what you started, it’s time to shut it down, or put the toothpaste back in the tube or whatever. Enough is enough.

    Hawaii/Colorado State: as I was trying to whittle ten matchups down to my Five, this game was in the running. A rare b&w game that I appreciated.

    If the snow were on the field in Calgary instead of piled up in the end zone, I would have said Regina needed their beige unis. On turf, they looked alright as is.

    Good stuff!

    Solely on appearance, I kinda like this Oregon set. However, if viewed through the prism of school colors (which should take primacy in college sports), it is a total mess. How they can walk away from a great color palette regularly is astounding.
    But I reserve my scorn for Kent State. They have great school colors and a unique nickname. This week’s monstrosity 1) was primarily NOT a school color, 2) that was so pale as to provide minimal contrast with the white numbers and trim, yet 3) kept the hokey slogan running down the pant legs in proper school colors. Do better, KSU.

    That’s my term for ‘Chick-fil-A’, the restaurant that… well, let’s just say they don’t have my best interests in mind as a queer individual. IIRC, CFA is HQ’d/has a ton of business in Atlanta, home of GT.

    Is there a similar issue with Belk? I wasn’t aware of one but I haven’t lived in the Carolinas since I graduated last millennium. And I was always a Dillard’s man myself but had no beef with Belk.

    No issue with Belk, just wanted to name drop (I have perpetual mall brainrot).

    I actually clicked off the Oregon game due to those uniforms. What a god awful mess – for me it was too distracting to enjoy the on-field action.

    I think the Oregon unis are fantastic. I get the complaint of them not looking like an Oregon jersey if that’s based on an outdated metric of them wearing strictly Kelly green and yellow, but that hasn’t been the case for more than a decade at least. Based on Oregon’s uni programs during most of my lifetime, this is a very Oregon uni. And based on the pictures provided, the issue with number legibility is overblown. They read fine.

    You probably know of my love/hate relationship with the Ducks unis, right? I full well get what Oregon does — they basically wrote the book on uni firsts, like being the first to wear a different uniform combo every game, they basically invented BFBS in football, as well as GFGS…they also generally get the uni chassis the pros get, a year before the pros. Love some of that…hate some of that. But … to your point about legibility. Stills don’t do the *visibility* justice. If you watched any of the game or even that clip from Twitter I posted, you definitely had a hard time distinguishing the numbers. It’s not a fatal flaw by any means; perhaps if they outlined the numbers in neon yellow it might have helped (but I’m sure would have looked hideous). I learned a looooonnng time ago never to expect the Duck in only green and yellow, I just think they have a bunch of solid looks (and could still go a season without a uni combo repeat) just wearing green and yellow. But the fans and the kids love the black (or more recently, “nightmare green” which is basically black) and I’ll admit to liking the gray they wore for a spell. Well, this combo: link:format(jpeg)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/1623507/151622704.0.jpg

    I love the cartoon mascots from Baylor, Buffalo, and Mizzou. There need to be more of those. RIP Sparky.

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