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Good morning Uni Watch, and welcome to Week 13 of your Sunday Morning Uni Watch. We’re at the “end” of the regular season (with conference championships, Army/Navy and Bowls to drag out the season another month-plus). And with the last weekend of play that means lots and lots of rivalry games.
While many rivalry games have a deep history (well over 100 years), many consider the Ohio State/Michigan to be the “biggest” rivalry game there is, with the game simply referred to as, well, “The Game” (yes, Harvard/Yale and Cal/Stanford might disagree). But in terms of both rivalry and ranking (coming into the game, OSU was ranked #2 and UMich was #3), yesterday’s 118th meeting between the two bitter rivals essentially served as a playoff game. To the Victors go the spoils: a trip to the B1G title game and a likely BCS berth. It’s possible the Rose Bowl will be the consolation prize (which is not a bad consolation prize). And yesterday, Michigan emerged victorious, on the road, at the ‘shoe.
Both Michigan and Ohio State have worn alternate uniforms for The Game, but neither team made big announcements about unis early in the week. OSU wore their normal (beautiful) scarlet and gray, while Michigan eschewed their maize britches, opting instead to wear their “throwback” white pants. Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh loves the white pants look (although he himself has a thing for khaki). I may be one of the few who prefers Michigan in this look on the road — but they really need to go blue over maize at home. They’ve been sporting the blue pants a lot this year. Anyhoo… here’s how the game looked yesterday, and it was just one of many gorgeous games:
There’s something about that scarlet jersey in the bright sun, with the gray hats and pants going against the classic winged helmet and white unis with beautiful blue/maize striped pants and jerseys.
And with that, I’ll turn the rest of this rivalry weekend over to TJ, who brings you your …
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Sunday Morning Uni Watch by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
Rev up those trash-talking fingers for that one currently unstable social media platform, because it’s RIVALRY WEEK. Not too much in the way of wild ‘n’ crazy, but just enough for the last big post until Bowl season. So without further ado, let’s get into it.
• Cincinnati/Tulane: The Bearcats wore all-red against Tulane. This is apparently only the 2nd time in school history that they’ve done this, and their last time as a member of the American Athletic Conference, as they make the move to the Big XII for 2023.
• Eastern Michigan/Central Michigan: I’ve always found EMU’s field to be one of the weirdest displays of greyscale… ILLUSIONS??? I’ve ever come across (only one, really), but take a look at this reel. The contrast from the grey playing field (which perpetually has this dark light effect going. You know, when it’s overcast and the clouds are super-dark, but the sun is also shining?), to the green endzones that look like a traditional hue field when the rest is cropped out of camera shot is ESPECIALLY jarring.
• Louisiana-Monroe/Southern Miss: Camo crud for Louisiana-Monroe. And how ’bout this: both head coaches wearing ties! (although I’m not keen on the button-down with a tie. It’s just not as convenient as a point or spread collar with a tie). There’s actually some cool lore behind the attire, which you can read about here.
And THAT will do it for Week 13. This is around the time that we have our championship games, TOGIT, and is generally the quiet before the storm that is Bowl season. With that said, I’m gonna go sleep for a bit. This past week has been a lot work-wise. I’ve completely lost my concept of time. Just as well: time is a meme. I hope everyone had a happy, ITIS-induced, and safe Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you all next time!
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Thanks TJ! Superb job — as always — and another great regular season of helming the SMUW dash! And now, for his final installment of this season, I’m turning this over to Wade Heidt for one last…
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
What time is it? Time for some university football uniform watching Canadian rules style! It’s time for the CUUW!
It was also the end of the road and the final game on Saturday to cap of another great year of U Sports Canadian university football. A champion to be crowned.
The 57th Vanier Cup
The national championship game was held on Saturday. The game being hosted at Western Alumni Stadium in London, ON, this year. The game featured the Saskatchewan Huskies and the Laval Rouge et Or. These teams have played each other only 2 other times. Laval winning both Vanier Cup meetings with Saskatchewan in 2004 and 2006.
A sunny day in Southern Ontario and a close, competitive game. 30-24 the final score.
Congratulations to the Laval Rouge et Or! Your 2022 Vanier Cup Champions! The 11th Vanier Cup title for Laval which is the all-time record. It is Saskatchewan’s 6th straight Vanier Cup loss since last winning in 1998. Here is Laval in the final victory formation.
Has been an amazing season and a lot of fun monitoring what the schools were wearing this year on the Canadian gridiron! Over and out for the CUUW until the next beautiful fall season starts.
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Thanks, Wade! Great stuff — see you next season! Everyone — please give Wade a nice shout out/thanks in the comments below for all his work this season.
World Cup Colorizations by George Chilvers
It’s been ages since I (we) heard from one of my long-time friends, and colorizer (“colouriser”) extraordinaire George Chilvers, but he reached out to me yesterday, with some new — and fantastic — long-ago World Cup colorizations.
Feast your eyes on these beauties!
USA team that beat England in 1950
Brazil v Wales 1958 (the last time Wales appeared in the finals before this year)
Hungary before the 1954 final
Hungary and Germany walking out for the 1954 final
Holland v Czechoslovakia at Le Havre 1938
Italy v Hungary 1938 Final
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Thanks, George! Wonderful work and great to hear from you again! We chatted briefly, and I think I can safely say George will be returning in the not too distant future with more colorizations.
Uni Tweet of the Day
There are good Reverse Retros… and then there’s Vegas’ take on the RR
Hello! In case you missed it over the past week, here are two reminders for you:
First, I’m now taking entries for our latest design challenge, which is to redesign the Denver Broncos. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 2. Full details here.
Also, my next quarterly installment of “Ask Me Anything” — the bit where you can ask me anything about uniforms, sports, myself, or anything else, and I do my best to answer — will be coming up next month on Substack. If you’d like to submit a question, feel free to email it here. (Please note that this is not the usual Uni Watch email address.) One question per person, please. I look forward to seeing your queries!
Okay, now back to Phil!
…that’ll do it for your early edition of the SMUW. Major thanks — as always — to TJ and Wade for their contributions, and to George for those wonderful colorizations. And of course, please join me in especially thanking Wade for his (almost) season-long look at 110 yard, three down, football from America’s hat! Looking forward to having Wade back for a full season next fall when the SMUW returns.
Jimmer Vilk’s Five and One should publish at 8:00 am (EST), and the uni tracking from Rex, Dennis, Ethan and James will follow at 8:30. Today’s ticker should be published at 9:00.
Everyone have a great Sunday and a better week, and I’ll catch you back here next Saturday (where I’ll be on the road at a Bonspiel in Connecticut). Till then…