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Good Sunday Morning Uni Watchers, and welcome to Week 10 of the Sunday Morning Uni Watch. I hope everyone is enjoying their “extra” hour of sleep today.
While there was plenty of uni shenanigans yesterday (it’s S&S/GI Jokevember after all), today’s splash photo is of a team that doesn’t get much coverage ’round these parts: the University of North Texas, aka the “Mean Green.” The team looked more like the neon green yesterday, as they wore throwback uniforms and helmets, with the logo lovingly referred to as the “Flying Worm.”
was a quintessential piece of 70s design, a child of 1960s psychedelic design with thick, curvilinear shapes; a long, thick body with equally thick wings coming off its back.
It was a stylized rendition of an eagle. However, to North Texas students of the era, it looked like a flying worm. And the name stuck.
But the 1970s uniforms were much more than the Flying Worm. North Texas has long changed the shade of green worn by its student-athletes, but this was easily the most bold: a bright, eye-catching, practially neon lime green.
Introduced in 1973, the Flying Worm and lime-green uniforms were retired in 1982-83. But more than any uniform or logo before or since, the Flying Worm continues to enjoy popularity.
The great Hayden Fry, who coached at North Texas from 1973-78, and artist Rick Spears designed the Flying Worm logo
The team had worn Flying Worm throwbacks before, but this was the first time they did so with a white jersey. Now, normally I’m not a yuge fan of neon colors on a football uniform, but it was used so sparingly (and the uniform itself was pretty plain), it really looked great.
I wouldn’t quite call the “neon” green chartreuse, but it’s close…and chartreuse is a color that is sorely lacking in sports. When it’s done right, like these are — the simple block numbers outlined in dark green, the green helmet with classic striping — it’s all good. It would have looked even better with pants stripes matching those on the helmet, but other than that, I have no complaints. It didn’t hurt that UNT’s opponents, Florida International, went mono-blue, rendering the matchup both high-contrast and pleasing to the eye. A nice little mid-to-late season break from the usual “icy whites” and “blackout” uniforms so prevalent these days.
And with that, I’ll now turn the rest of this portion of the SMUW to Terry who’ll bring you your…
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Sunday Morning Uni Watch by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
• Kent State/Ball State: Kent State kicked off G.I. Joevember by wearing their GFGS alts against Ball State (closer look at the helmets).
• Ohio/Buffalo: The Bobcats missed the Halloween invitation by a day, so the BFBS is completely out of place here.
Thanks, TJ! And now we move onto the coverage from north of the border, as Wade Heidt brings us the CUUW.
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.
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Canadian University Uni Watch by Wade Heidt
It’s about that time! Time for some university football uniform watching Canadian rules style! It’s time for the CUUW!
It’s also time for the playoffs in U Sports football. We will look at a lot of games this weekend so let’s get started. A look at all the conference semifinal games moving from east to west.
We will start with the Atlantic conference. The AUS Semifinal.
• The Bishop’s Gaiters wore purple over purple at home in Lennoxville, QC. The visiting Mount Allison Mounties decided to bring their garnet pants. Going with the white over garnet look on the road. Worked out well for Mount Allison as they achieved the upset win.
Moving on to the Quebec conference. The RSEQ Semifinals.
• An interesting looking game in Quebec City. Was colour vs. colour. The Laval Rouge et Or looked more noir et or. They went with a black/black/gold combo. The visiting Concordia Stingers wore athletic gold over white as the light road uniform.
• The Montreal Carabins went mono-blue from head-to-toe at home. The Sherbrooke Vert & Or wore their green/white/green combo as visitors. A good looking game.
We continue to travel west to Ontario. The OUA Semifinals.
• A little less snow to the south in Regina. A bit unusual seeing the Regina Rams wear white at home. They went with the white over white combo as the snowflakes fell. The UBC Thunderbirds wore their navy over navy combo. UBC was one of the two teams this weekend to win on the road.
We will look forward to the conference finals next weekend. A time to start collecting trophies on the way to trying to capture the big one. In the meantime, I will enjoy some playoff football action in person this Sunday. Will be at BC Place for Sunday’s CFL West Semifinal in Vancouver!
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Thanks, Wade! Great stuff — see you next weekend!
World Series Jersey Tracking
MLB Playoff Uni Tracking
…Aaaaaaannnnndddddd that’s a wrap. I was a little upset I ended up missing this entire (final, as it turned out) game, as I was subbing at my Curling Club last evening. But as you’re all probably aware by now, the Astros have reached the promised land, winning the World Series last evening in six games. Congratulations to Houston.
Our longtime tracker Alex Rocklein has all the jerseys covered again. We’ve been enjoying his tracking for a several weekends now, and unfortunately, both his tracking, and the baseball season, have now come to an end. Everyone please give Alex a nice word of thanks in the comments for his awesome jersey tracking throughout the playoffs!
Here’s your final World Series and Full Tracker for the 2022 post season:
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Thanks Alex! Fantastic work on this throughout the playoffs. Looking forward to this again in 2023!
… that’s all for today, and for me for the weekend. Big thanks (as always) to TJ and Wade, and of course Alex as well. Great job fellas!
Stay tuned for Jimmer Vilk’s “Five and One” (which will go live at 8:00 Eastern) and the NCAA Power 5 Uni Tracking (and Duck Tracker), featuring Rex Henry, Dennis Bolt, Ethan Dimitroff and James Hill — that’ll be posted at 8:30. Finally, today’s ticker will be published at 9:00!
Everyone have a good Sunday and a better week — enjoy that *extra* hour of sleep while it lasts. I’ll see you all next Saturday, so until then…