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Bowling Bowling Bowling, College Football Bowling, Picking them all by Uniforms

Well it is a new year, 2012, and here at JJB, as some readers can see, I fell off towards the end of the year, but being a college student, that sadly tends to happen while taking two upper level writing courses, but my New Years Resolution is to get back to providing the best of the best for all uni and jersey related coverage this year, and my goal is a new article every 7-10 days. Today, I’m picking the BCS Bowl Games by the Uniforms teams will be wearing in the games, we’ve got 5 solid matchups to go through, so let’s pick the best way I know how – through my somewhat biased eyes.

Rose Bowl – Jan 2. Oregon vs. Wisconsin

Oregon

Oregon will wear a different uniform combination for the fourteenth straight game this season, this tends to be what happens when you are owned by Phil Knight, tradition is re-made every week. Don’t get me wrong, I think that Oregon has had some cool uniforms, but others have been absolutely horrific. I think these new ones are pretty cool, and unlike last year, this one is actually green, which is the school’s official color (unlike the steel gray of last year). Now my favorite part is the helmet.

This looks awesome, now it does lack the official “O” school logo, on both sides, which is untradtional to say the least, but it reminds me of a cooler version of the Philadelphia Eagles helmet. If I could, I would definitely buy a mini-helmet replica of this helmet. Overall, Oregon’s uniforms aren’t bad, but I would prefer if they wore something a bit more traditional with this being college football and the “grandaddy of them all”

Wisconsin

Wisco has a very solid uniform, you may think it looks very similar to the regular away uniform, but if you look closer, there are rose accents in the details of the numbers, very subtle, but VERY nice. Again, like Oregon, I am a huge fan of the helmet.

This works out PERFECTLY, Wisconsin Red = Rose Petal Red, this may not seem as cool as Oregon’s helmet, but at least it keeps the tradition of Wsiconsin’s standard uniform with minor tweaks.

My Verdict: I have to go with Wisconsin here, for Oregon, their uniforms are cool, but they make new ones every single week. Wisconsin’s uniforms are simple, but provide just enough change to merit the win.

Fiesta Bowl – Jan 2. Oklahoma State vs, Stanford

Oklahoma State

OSU has announced they will wear Black and Orange, however I am not sure if that means that the Cowboys will wear their uniforms they wore against Kansas, or the uniforms they wore during the Bedlam game vs Oklahoma, my assumption is the Kansas uniforms, since in a very Oregon style, OSU has not worn the same uniform in consecutive games this year. Oklahoma State has had very colorful uniforms this year to match their electrifying on field play.

Stanford

Their opponent in Stanford, will be donning their much more traditional road uniforms as Andrew Luck hopes to (potentially) end his Stanford career on a high note with a Fiesta Bowl victory. Stanford, much like my beloved Wolverines, keeps their uniforms simple and classy, (except when they cave to Nike’s pro combat demands).

The Verdict: I do like the simplicity of Stanford’s uniform set, but I am gonna go with Oklahoma State because they are probably going black on orange, which looks quite sharp on the team.

And a special side note: The Winter Classic – Jan 2. Rangers vs. Flyers @ Citzens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Flyers

This is a true Flyers uniform, orange base, white name plate, black accents. Now for those of you who did not know, the last time the Flyers played in the Winter Classic, in 2010, following the season, they made their uniforms from that game, based on their 1973-74 uniforms, into the official away uniform for 2010-11 onwards. Now I do like this uniform, but I don’t like it as much as the regular Flyers home uniform.

Rangers

I am a gigantic fan of the Rangers standard uniforms, I think the slanted lettering is great. However, for one game, this is a nice throwback to the 70s uniforms. They use the old shield, but it still looks great, and the cream color is a very nice touch as opposed to traditional white.

My Verdict: As much as I love the Flyers, especially Jaromir Jagr, I am gonna go with big blue and The Rangers here, Philly’s is solid, but New York’s is just that much better.

Allstate Sugar Bowl – Michigan Vs Virginia Tech

As a Michigan fan, I am a tradtionalist when it comes to our uniforms, up through 2010, we had seen one home and one away each year. However, at the finale of the 2011 season, I have seen Michigan take the field inf FIVE different uniform combinations. The Home, Away, Legacy Home, Legacy Away, and now the Sugar Bowl uniform you see above. I am not a huge fan of this uniform, the two stripes make us resemble Virginia Tech turned horizontal, and the M seems out of place on the front.  The cool feature is the yellow block “MICHIGAN” across the back neck of the jersey. Now overall, I do not mind some experimentation with the Michigan uniform, after seeing the same two uniforms for so many years, its just after the two excellent legacy uniforms, this one flopped in my opinion.

Virginia Tech

Since they are sponsored by college football overlord’s Nike, Virginia Tech could be wearing a variety of uniforms in the Sugar Bowl, but assuming they wear their home duds, not too bad. When matched with white pants it is a fairly solid uniform, classic, if not a bit bland, and the dual color shoulders are my favorite feature.

My Verdict: I mean is this really debatable? Geaux Blue

Discover Orange Bowl – Clemson vs. West Virginia

I am not dignifying this game with an actual roundup, because A. West Virginia’s uniforms are awful and they play in a joke of a conference, and B. This is a sham of a BCS bowl, and therefore Clemson easily takes this matchup.

Allstate BCS National Championship Game – LSU vs. Alabama

As much as the fact that Alabama backed into this game makes me ill to my stomach, this is a uni-nut’s dream, two of the classic looks in college football going head to head. For this one, I am going with LSU, and like the Rose Bowl, I am basing this on the helmet. Alabama’s team name is the Crimson Tide, this is a good name, but my questions are A. how do you show this on the uniform? and B. why is an Elephant the mascot? For these reasons, and the fact that LSU actually has their mascot on their uniform, I am saying Geaux Tigers.

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The Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe: A Michigan vs. Michigan State Uni-Retrospect

Its that magical time of year here in Michigan, Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry week. There have been a few famous pranks between the schools over the years during this famed week, the most notable of which is the multiple occasions that Michigan State’s ‘Sparty the Spartan’ statue has been painted by Michigan Students under the cover of night (it is supposed to be guarded by Members of the Michigan State Marching Band, or ‘Sparty Watch” but sometimes, they fall asleep). On Michigan’s campus, the Theta Xi Fraternity has done their ‘Defend The Diag‘ initiative every rivalry week for the past few years and protected the inlaid brass, Block ‘M’ in front of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library from vandalism. As you know, your faithful writer is True Blue all the way through, so today, in honor of this hallowed matchup, I decided that we will go through the football team’s respective uniform histories and suppliers for a look back before Saturday’s epic clash in East Lansing happens.

Michigan State

1933: Believe it or not, Michigan State actually adopted winged helmets a year before Michigan, but no one knows this because Michigan has gone on to win the most games all time in College Football history wearing the Wings.

1947: Michigan State abandons winged helmets after losing to eventual National Champion Michigan in the season opener 55-0.

1964: Block ‘MICHIGAN STATE’ is placed on uniform for the first time.

1965: Spartan Head logo makes its official debut

2002: Ugliest. State Uniforms. EVER. Killed off after one season.

2003: Spartan Helmet Logo makes its return after two year absence

2010: Drastic Redesign after two year study by Nike.

2011: Nike unveils Michigan State’s awful Pro-Combat uniforms, which look like the odd result of Notre Dame‘s color scheme on a USF uniform template

Michigan

1891: Michigan wears tan vests over blue and yellow striped shirts, probably where the sleeve inspiration for 2011 night game uniforms against Notre Dame came from.

1932: Jersey numbers are added for the first time, famous number 48 was worn by Center Gerald Ford, who would become the 38th President of the United States

1940: Jersey worn by Michigan’s first Heisman winner, Tom Harmon. Maize pants made their debut this season, winged helmets debut in their current incarnation.

1974-75, 1976 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma: Michigan wears white pants with their away uniform for the only time in school history under Bo Schembechler

1996: Nike logo vector appears on home uniforms for the first time as does Block M on the pants

2000: Nike Vector moves from the right shoulder to the center of the chest

2004: Nike logo shifts up to collar, navy blue piping added to jersey

2008: Adidas takes over the contract in the biggest supplier deal in collegiate sport history (8 years, 60 Million Dollars)

2011: Adidas adds Block M to back of uniforms near collar

Coach Brady Hoke adds helmet numbers as of Minnesota game on 10/1 (Says they will remain for the rest of this season at the very least)

Adidas debuts ‘Under The Lights” fauxback uniform, recieved warmly by M faithful and worn in rollercoaster victory over Notre Dame in first night game at Michigan Stadium.

In Summary:

Well there we are, a quick uni-retrospect for each school, as you can see Michigan has made fewer alterations to their uniforms over time, and State has dealt with experimentation far more often. This saturday, Michigan will wear their traditional away uniforms against State’s Pro combats.

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And on a final note, my prediction for Saturday is Michigan 35-28 Michigan State, and for a sendoff, here is your epic Michigan .gif for the game. GO BLUE!

NFL One Day Late Primer: A Reflection of the Patriotic First Weekend

It was a busy opening weekend for the NFL, the games started on Thursday with a huge season opener between the last two Super Bowl Champions in Green Bay. The big day was Sunday, which involved some huge games, as well as some excellent tributes from fans and players alike (see above) to commermorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks. Overall, I had to say it was a great way to welcome back football after the dark cloud that was the lockout hung over us for the spring and summer. Let’s run through each match up and see what changes or special things teams did for their uniforms

League Wide

  • Players that have been captains for five seasons for their teams are now wearing Gold captaincy patches with four stars filled in

  • Every player’s uniform featured the flag bow tribute (which you can see above on Eli Manning and Brian Urlacher’s jerseys)

The Matchups

Green Bay 42, New Orleans 34

Standard uniform matchup, Packers won in a great game to kick off the NFL season, including a very parkour-like move on a kickoff return from one explosive Randall Cobb of the Packers. Notable Fact: Saints were featured in the last intraconference (AFC vs. NFC) league opener in 2007 against the then Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts.

Chicago 30, Atlanta 12

The Bears opened the season at home in their blue home jerseys for the first time since 2002, and that game was played at Memorial Stadium in Champaign while Soldier Field underwent renovations, meaning the last time they played their season opener in Chicago AND wore blue jerseys, was in 1999, a 2o-17 win over Kansas City.

Cincinnati 27, Cleveland 17 

Cleveland, after not wearing White jerseys at home since their 2008 opener against the Cowboys, new coach Pat Shurmur announced that the team will wear white in all eight home games this season, and with the exception of their November 6 game against Houston, the team may wear their white jerseys in all 16 games this season.

Buffalo 41, Kansas City 7

Buffalo debuted their excellent new uniforms in style, making the defending AFC West champions look like a pee wee squad in their most humiliating home loss in years.

Philadelphia 31, St. Louis 13

St. Louis elected to wear their all blue uniforms at home (instead of their usual home attire) and the Eagles went with their normal away uniform.

Detroit 27, Tampa Bay 20 

Tampa opened the season in their traditional all white ensemble, The Lions wore their standard home uniform as Matt Stafford stayed in for the whole game and showed some of the skills that made him the number one pick of the 2009 draft (305 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)

  • Brandon Pettigrew elected to change his number from 84 (assigned in 2009) to his number from Oklahoma State, 87.

Jacksonville 16, Tennessee 14

Jacksonville wore white at home for the first time since the 2007 season, and Tennessee wore their normal home uniforms. Tennessee running back Chris Johnson celebrated his brand new 6 year, $56 million dollar contract with 24 rushing yards, this was only the third time in his career he had less than 25 total yards in a game.

Baltimore 35, Pittsburgh 7 

Baltimore wore their Away uniform at home for the first time since their 2009 season opener against Kansas City, and absolutely demolished Pittsburgh, hanging a franchise record 35 points (most they have ever scored against PIT) on the Steelers and forcing 7 turnovers. Most importantly, many people know Hines Ward is a crafty dirty player, but yesterday, he finally got his from one Jarrett Johnson, see the video below.

Houston 34, Indianapolis 7

Just like last season, Houston wore their all white uniforms against Indianapolis at home. However, the results were different, as the Colts played their first game without Peyton Manning since 1997, and looked like a bottom 5 NFL team without their fearless leader.

San Diego 24, Minnesota 17

Much like their last season opener played at home in 2008, the Chargers wore their standard White/Navy away combination against Minnesota in the blistering California heat.

Washington 28, New York 14

Mike Shanahan continued his new tradition of the Redskins not wearing white at home under his tenure (Under Joe Gibbs and Jim Zorn, the team wore white at home much more often than red) and the team kept their throwback look of burgundy jerseys paired with gold pants.

San Francisco 33, Seattle 16


In a game that the rest of the country really could care less about, Ted Ginn provided the excitement and became the first 49er to ever return a Kickoff and a Punt for a touchdown in the same game. Both teams wore their regular uniforms, but an interesting note is that Pete Carroll and John Harbaugh faced off for the first time since 2009 when Stanford played USC.

Arizona 28, Carolina 21

Cam Newton set University of Phoenix stadium alight by breaking Otto Graham’s record for passing yards in a rookie debut, tied Matt Stafford’s for most ever, and was the first QB to wear number 1 and start a game since Randall Cunnigham played for the Ravens in 2001. However it was not enough as the Cards prevailed.

Jets 27, Cowboys 24

Easily the most emotional game of the day, The Jets had some great luck and were able to abuse Tony Romo’s mistakes into a win for New York on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Patriots 38, Dolphins 24


The Dolphins opened the season at home in their green jerseys for the first time in more than ten years. The Patriots wore their standard road white and blues in a duel of Michigan Quarterbacks that ended with Tom Brady having the 5th most passing yards in a game in NFL history (517 yds) Chad Henne throwing for 416 yards, and Brady/Wes Welker combining for 65 pts for my fantasy football team, the Dallas Diamond Cutters

Raiders 23, Broncos 20

Denver’s streak of winning 11 straight home openers was snapped by Oakland last night, making them 2-0 in the Mile High City this decade, and leaving Broncos fans chanting for Tim Tebow by the end of the game.

Offsides: Some Below The Fold News

As I mentioned last week, I said I was attending the Michigan vs. Notre Dame Under The Lights match up at Michigan Stadium, and I have never been through a bigger roller coaster ride in my entire life. From the start of the game when the entire stadium sang God Bless America in memoriam of the September 11 attacks, which sent chills down my and many other people’s spines, to the absolutely horrendous first half that had some people wanting to leave, to an absolutely electric final 1:12 which had me going from absolute joy, to near tears, to wanting to cry tears of joy with that final touchdown. I left that game in absolute shock with how Michigan won it, and I don’t think I will ever go to a more exciting game. I posted this photo of Jeremy “Tiny” Gallon on catching his touchdown to show the THREE Block M’s between his gloves and jersey, as well as showcasing Michigan’s excellent uniforms. For those of you that watched the game, remember it, because you may not see a better college football game in your lifetime.

Michigan State’s New Pro Combat Uniforms make them look like Notre Dame and USF had an ugly baby #HALOL

The Michigan State Spartans unveiled their Nike Pro Combat Uniforms that will be worn against Michigan for their clash for the Paul Bunyan Trophy in East Lansing on October 15. Even without my full Michigan bias in play, these uniforms don’t really look like Michigan State. The bronze (which they say resembles their Spartan roots) gives them a resemblance to USF and Notre Dame. The team is also wearing black pants which gives them a weird Mid 90’s Ravens/Northwestern look. At least I can take comfort in knowing the Spartans will already look ridiculous when my Wolverines beat them in just over a month.

First Weekend of College Football Reveals Some Uni Designers Have Lost Their Minds

First off, an apology to my faithful readers here on JJB, I’ve spent the last few weeks moving into my new apartment and getting ready for the new school year, as well as taking care of some personal business, but I’m back to bring you the breaking, most important news, and damn funniest sports jersey blog you will read on these here internets. Now to paraphrase Rex Ryan, let’s go talk about some damn new uniforms! (Quick side note, Oregon did wear new uniforms in their loss to LSU, but the team literally breaks out a new uniform combination every week, so I will not discuss them after this.)

Georgia – My Initial Reaction

Ok, Georgia did do one thing right, they put the team name on the back of every uniform for team pride, which I think is ALWAYS a classy move.  But besides that, they look absolutely ridiculous. The red and silver helmets are a big downgrade from the team’s standard look. And as far as alternate Georgia football uniforms go, these absolutely tank compared to the Matthew Stafford era blackout uniforms. The all red is very ugly and the black and white accents do little to help that. Poor effort here from Nike.

Boise StateMy Initial Reaction

You know, some people complained, but I actually liked Boise State’s new pro combat uniforms from this weekend. Do I think it would be cooler if that Blue Bronco were on both sides of the helmet? yes, but the first thing that jumped into my mind were the Pittsburgh Steelers helmets, they are only one sided and they have one of the most beloved helmets in the NFL. The all white jersey looked pretty crisp with its blue and orange accents, and I like that the BOISE STATE is a different color than the numbers. The only creepy part was the one blue shoulder, as it harkens back to Nike’s failed orange shouldered alternates of the Mid-2000’s. Regardless, of all the new uniforms this weekend, this one I would not mind seeing again later in the year.

Oklahoma State My Initial Reaction

Its not that I hated Oklahoma State’s new uniforms, its just that thanks to the OTHER OSU (Yes, the one you’re thinking of) wore their white/grey uniforms last time they came to Michigan Stadium in 2009. Thus turning me foul on the color. Also, grey is not very intimidating, its just kind of meh, its like Oklahoma State’s away whites were dipped in dishwater or into a puddle and then put on the players.

Maryland – My Initial Reaction


First you need to watch this in case you missed the Miami v. Maryland game from Labor Day

These new Maryland uniforms worn against Miami in their 32-24 win last night set all social media on fire. Twitter hated them, Facebook loved them, and the country was instantly divided by a team’s football jersey, as your faithful author, seeing so much controversy stirred up by a uni made me all bright eyed and eager to jump back on the grind, and you can also thank my friends over at BSPN for asking me to write this post. Here were some of the reactions to last night’s controversial unis

Twitter – Comments ranged from the good, to the bad, to the just plain confusing

“Diggin Marylands color scheme tonight! By far the most unique I’ve seen!” –  Oklahoma Reciever @RyanBroyles

“OH GOSH! Maryland uniforms #Ewwwwww!” – Miami Heat Forward @KingJudas (err..James)

“The 1970’s Houston Astros have just released a statement that they would not be caught dead in the new Maryland football uniforms.” – ESPN Basketball Analyst @JayBilas

Facebook – Info pulled from this CNN post

“From the moment they (Maryland) entered the stadium, there was a collective “huh?” from most people watching.  Depending on which side of the aisle you fall, you see it as either an affectionate nod to their undying love for the state or a group of men headed to a Medieval Times joust.”

  • “Did you know if you held your smartphone up to a Maryland helmet last night, it would have scanned it as a QR code?” –  Toby Srebnik
  • “It looks like a really bad trapper keeper from 1994” – anonymous
  • I blame the (Frederick, Maryland) power outage on TVs overloading from trying to display Maryland’s uniforms.”

Google – Read excerpts from John Talty’s article on International Business Times from this morning.

“At one point during the game, Maryland was the No. 1 Google Trend and multiple Maryland related hashtags were trending on Twitter. those are usually the spots reserved for Justin Bieberor Kim Kardashian, but on Monday, it was all Maryland...It’s an incredibly old cliche to say there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but it directly applies to this situation. When one of the major issues a team faces is a lack of relevancy, getting into the news for a gimmicky uniform design is absolutely brilliant…For once Maryland is relevant and that’s all that really matters.”

New Maryland Coach Randy Edsall said on SportsCenter this morning – “We are THE state university of Maryland and are very proud of that, we want everyone in this state to feel a part of what Maryland football is doing, it is our Maryland pride uniform. By putting this one we know that we are playing for every person that lives in this state and every person to every don a Maryland football uniform.”

Most of you are probably wondering now, what do I think about these jerseys? Personally, I was shocked when I saw Maryland come out in these. From the top, I think the split helmet is cool, but is too confusing when the team switches sides of the field, Under Armour needs to leave this idea with other sports. The jersey is not as bad, nor are the pants. I think that these uniforms are a nice homage to the state of Maryland, IF and only IF they are a one time ordeal. My idea is to move to what their NFL siblings do up in Baltimore.

If you look at Ray Rave’s right shoulder, you will see the Ravens secondary logo, which incorporates the team name as well as the Maryland state flag into one nice and tidy coat of arms. If Maryland wants to make a permanent homage to the state they represent, they should figure out a way to incorporate a subtle logo like this onto every uniform combination.

Now as for the upcoming week in College Football, there are two important uni-related notes

The Arizona State Sun Devils will be breaking out their beautiful new ‘Blackout” uniforms against Missouri this coming Friday, September 9. Fans will be wearing black in the stands to make Sun Devil Stadium as intimidating as possible.For my full review of one of my favorite college football uniforms, look here.

And finally, I have to include the fact that I will be attending the Notre Dame vs. Michigan “Under The Lights” matchup at Michigan Stadium this weekend. Both teams will be donning special uniforms which I talked about in a post earlier this summer, which you can read here. I’ll be back with my first NFL primer of the new season after the weekend, but for now, may all of you enjoy the wondrous weekend that is about to be upon us in 3 days, the NFL returns in 2, and Michigan plays ND in 4. Till the next time – J

Top Ten College Football Alternate Uniforms

It may only be July, but camps start up and colleges around the nation at the end of the month, even more exciting, this week marks the newest release of EA Sports’ excellent College Football video game, NCAA Football 12. To honor this great time for video game and college football fans alike, I bring you the best alternate uniforms that college football teams have worn. This is unique because as most college football fans know, the sport is about TRADITION, meaning that uniforms are almost NEVER changed, so when a team does bring out an alternate look, its a pretty big deal.

Washington Huskies 2010 All Black

The Huskies released this black alternate uniform with their redesigned uniform set in 2010. It follows the sometimes good/sometimes bad ‘Black for Black’s Sake’ Trend which has appeared in alternate uniforms in many spots. I like this because it combines the classic color combination of black and gold while keeping Washington’s first color purple in the spotlight. This was worn on a few occasions during the 2010 season, including the Huskies’ 19-7 Holiday Bowl upset win over Nebraska.

Texas Christian Black Jerseys

Texas Christian already sports one of my favorite college color scheme’s with their regular uniforms but its a special treat when they break out the alternate look, new helmet, jersey and pants for a complete flip flop. I think the Black jerseys and purple pants provide a little more menace to the uniform than the standard attire, and as avid readers know, Black and Purple is one of my favorite uniform color combos.

Florida State All Black

When Florida State unleashed these for the first time in 2006, I was overjoyed as well as mystified, as this was just a case of BFBS. I do think the ‘Unconquered’ running down the pant legs is a pretty cool touch, and the overall look goes well with Florida State’s gold helmets and trim, I just wish they had done the numbers in gold with a seminole red outline, because it is kind of difficult to read them from a distance, but still, bravo to Nike for these great alternates.

Alabama 2006 ‘Houndstooth’ Jerseys

Alabama wore these variations of their home jerseys in 2006 against Ole Miss to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Bear Bryant’s 315th win. Nike designers wanted to honor the legendary coach by utilizing his signature Houndstooth hat as jersey trim, creating this beautiful homage to one of the all time greats.

North Carolina Navy Blue

I love Sky Blue, whether it be North Carolina, Manchester City, or even smurfette, something about the color gets me. I’ll also be the first to admit it looks ridiculous on the gridiron. It is always a treat when UNC busts out their alternate navy blue tops, because with the sky blue as an accent, the overall look is much better and they actually look like a football team, instead of a lighter shade of the blue man group.

2011 Arizona State Blackout

I have yet to see these on field, as ASU just revealed them for the upcoming season, but from these renderings it seems Nike did one hell of a job giving ASU a proper BFBS alternate uniform. The devil trident on the helmet looks good and the yellow really pops, I’m excited to see ASU bring these out.

2007-08 Georgia Black

These Georgia uniforms looked simply INCREDIBLE, and it was surprising it took all the way until 2007 for them to make their triumphant debut. The black and grey with red accents is about as perfect as a BFBS uniform can get, however, after being thoroughly beaten by Alabama in Athens during the 2008 blackout game, the jerseys were unceremoniously retired. Its been three years, I think its high time coach Mark Richt has the ‘Dawgs come back in black.

Oregon State Orange Alternates

Oregon State wear’s these so often they are more like a second home jersey than an alternate, but I think they look great, especially with the black helmet and black pants, it also made Jacquizz Rodgers (above) look that much more electrifying as he dazzled defenses and fans with his explosiveness.


Army Golden Knights Camouflage

I mean, does this need any explanation?

2007 LSU Katrina Relief Uniforms

Simple, its totally opposite from what we see LSU play in every Saturday. The white helmets I think should be used for special occasions, and its rare to see the purple jerseys, which were given those added yellow and white flags on the chest for this game specifically. I am not saying LSU needs to stop being the Cowboys of college football (white at home) but seeing purple and white is a nice touch.

Under The Lights Uniforms Unveiled to warm reception

First, watch this

The most recent buzz here in Ann Arbor has been about the new jerseys unveiled for the Michigan vs. Notre Dame game under the Lights at The Big House (For those who are not Michigan aficionados, this is the first night game in the history of Michigan Stadium.) From what I have heard from Michigan fans, the general consensus is that the jerseys look good, at least for a one night only type deal, and I also have included Notre Dame’s jerseys below.

Michigan

Now lets go through some pros and cons

Pros

  • They did keep numbers on the front of the jersey, something the original design did not have (it just had the Block M)
  • The old school Adidas trefoil is a nice touch (I just wish it didn’t say Adidas underneath it)
  • The shoulder stripes turned out better than I thought they would (thankfully they do not go below the shoulder
  • The Helmet numbers look good

Cons

  • Helmet numbers are great for old school feel, but seem to detract from the rest of the helmet
  • I wish they had done something retro with the socks (perhaps a blue and yellow stripe – it might not be from Michigan folklore but it would add a retro feel to the uni below the belt)

Notre Dame

Pros

  • The two green stripes on the socks are a nice touch
  • I love the clover on the helmet
  • Only two stripes on shoulders instead of traditional Adidas three stripe logo creep

Cons

  • Adidas gave both teams shoulder stripes – really?
  • They should outline the numbers in gold to complete the look

Overall I like both uniforms and I think this should be an incredible game, I would like a game as exciting as the 2009 matchup, but I’ll take something like 2006 or 2007 (38-0) as well.

I’ll be unleashing a fury of new articles over the next two weeks before I head up north for a week during the 4th of July, stay tuned for all new content soon, and also, please show your support as my loyal readers as I run for the University of Michigan’s EA College Marketing Rep (just click attend to show support for your favorite jersey blog author) – J

On a side note, the WWE fan in me has to share this, just like the Packers did with the Super Bowl, The Mavs have their WWE Championship Belts when they beat the Heat for the title earlier this week (but check out the modification)

Michigan Football to sport alternate uniforms in the fall?

As you can see in the above video, Michigan is practicing in…drumroll please. WHITE PANTS! Could this be the answer to my dreams of Michigan wearing white pants with their traditional home and away uniforms? I certainly hope so. Perhaps the change could mark a new era for the start of Brady Hoke, and I definitely wouldn’t mind us opening the season in Blue on White against Western Michigan. I’ll do more research as this develops, until then stay tuned – J

Could we this this look during the 2011 season? Here is my full debate on white pants and Michigan Football

Pigskin Pick ‘Em – New Year Bowl Matchups (The Important Ones)

It’s time to shake off that Christmas hangover (whether it be due to too much eggnog or too much family) because its time for New Year’s, which means the actual IMPORTANT (well most are important) Bowl Games are played on New Year’s day and after. Today, I am picking the bowls based on uniform matchup, however, you may notice I have left a few out, and that is for this reason, there is nothing to justify Middle Tennessee State playing a Bowl game after the Rose, Sugar and Fiesta bowls have all been played, so I have left out the ridiculous no-name bowls featuring no-name schools. Enjoy –

Jan 1, 2011

Ticket City Bowl (Dallas, TX) – Northwestern (-11.5) vs. Texas Tech

Black and Purple against Black and Red, both make solid combinations, especially for their avian look-a-likes in the NFL (Ravens and Falcons.) Being a Ravens fan, and a person who enjoys purple, I take Northwestern easily over Texas Tech, whose Under Armour uniforms look good, but sometimes take things over the edge in ridiculous piping. Northwestern’s simplicity helped them out here

Capital One Bowl (Orlando, FL) – Michigan State (+7.5) vs. Alabama

Too easy, I HATE Sparty’s  new uniforms, and  the Crimson Tide, as much as I detest them, have one of the classiest looks in College football, especially thanks to their iconic numbers on the helmets design. State has seen their uniforms go from OK, to bad, to this atrocity, whereas ‘Bama knows not to mess with success, I’ll take Bama easily.

Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL) – Florida (-5) vs. Penn State

Two of the bigger dissapointments from the 2010 season face off at Raymond James Stadium. Florida will be breaking out new pro combats which, even though they have some slight variation, are fairly boring. Penn State hasn’t changed their uniforms since Joe Paterno started roaming the earth with the dinosaurs, but I cannot argue that it is class and a tried and true tradition, while more boring than Florida’s. Gimme the Nittany Lions in a snoozer

Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL) – Michigan (+5) vs. Mississippi State

Truly a late Christmas present this year, I get to see my beloved Wolverines play in a bowl for the first time in two years, and on New Year’s Day nonetheless. Obviously the winged helmets and traditonal blue and yellow of the winningest program of all time trump anything, especially MSU’s black and white ensemble. Michigan by a country mile

Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) – TCU (+2.5) vs. Wisconsin

One of the more interesting matchups this year. The mid-major who finished undefeated against the team that started steam-rolling opponents after losing to Michigan State. Modern vs. old time classic, but again, Black and Purple trump red any day in my book. Horned Frogs take down Bucky Badger and the red brigade.

Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, AZ) – Connecticut (+17) vs. Oklahoma

Like everyone else, I totally agree that UConn sneaked into this bowl game, I just wish they would play Va. Tech so then no one would have to watch the Orange Bowl. This is a fairly easy pick, as much as I like the blue, white and silver that Connecticut brings to the table, Boomer Sooner‘s Crimson and White is timeless and easily wins.

Jan 3, 2011

Orange Bowl (Miami, FL) – Stanford (-3) vs. Virginia Tech

Probably one of the easier picks here. You’ve got the Cardinal and their traditional Cardinal Red and White uniforms against Virgina Tech, who in the past have looked great but now look just filthy. Stanford cruises.

January 4, 2011

Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA) – Ohio Sucks vs. Arkansas

I only wish Ohio Sucks would wear their horrifyingly bad throwback uniform for the bowl game too, that would be icing on the cake, or if the NCAA (Now up the ladder to be the second most corrupt organization in sports behind FIFA) would simply suspend OSU players like they should be. However, I do like the Razorbacks uniforms, definitely a different direction than the past, but it took something traditional and made it look better than usual. Arkansas wins in a squeaker against the hated tradition of OSU.

Fun Sidenote: Scott Loeffler, Arkansas QB coach (and former Lions and Michigan QB coach) is married to my third cousin Crystal

January 7, 2011

Cotton Bowl (Arlington, TX) – Texas A&M (+2.5) vs. LSU

Probably my surprise of the set of picks. LSU’s uni’s actually bore me because they always wear white, if I got to see their cool purple uniforms more than once every two seasons they would easily win this match up. However, since that is the case, I give this to Ryan Tannehill lead Texas A&M. There is something about Crimson that just means college football in my mind, so I give it to the Aggies, and hey, maybe they can even knock off LSU in the actual game.

January 10, 2011

BCS National Championship Game (Phoenix, AZ) – Auburn (-1.5) vs. Oregon

The Big Kahuna this year features an interesting choice for me,  the player I hate (Cam Newton) against the team I hate. (Oregon) I remember that once upon a time, the Heisman went to the player who meant the most to his team, not a competition between MVP’s for the top ten teams in the country, because what many people forget is two things A. Cam Newton is not a morally sound individual, he did steal a computer at Florida and cheated, 2. LaMicheal James was arrested earlier this year on Domestic Violence charges, what was he going to do, win the Hesiman and then beat the hell out of his girlfriend with it? (That was my tirade against the flawed system that is the NCAA for today.) However, back to uniforms. I have always liked the Tigers’ blue and orange, probably because it reminds me of my own Detroit Tigers. Oregon and their 384 uniform combinations never are consistent enough with one design for them to look good, even in all black, I don’t like the uniforms. This one is gonna go to Auburn by virtue of color.

Well there you go, the important bowls PICKED, I wish everyone a very happy new year and look forward to bringing you all more of the best from the world of sports Unis in 2011. – J


Nike Pro Combat Bowl Uniforms

It’s almost time to go bowling, which means Nike released new, completely useless, one and done, Pro Combat uniforms for Oregon, Texas Christian, Boise State and Florida. Let’s see what the empire from Beaverton brings us today.

Oregon

I was raised a Michigan football fan, which invokes tradition more than anything. Oregon also has a tradition, and its for changing uniforms EVERY DAMN GAME. I am a fan of variety, but the fact the team has 384 different combination they could wear on any given Saturday is RIDICULOUS. So now, of course Nike brings us more through their proving ground of a school. Surprisingly, these uniforms are fairly tame compared to past efforts (no one needs a yellow jersey or yellow helmet, even if they are school colors.) The white on white look is surprisingly plain coming from Oregon, but my second favorite of the road combos (White and Black looks much more menacing.) The worst part starts at the players calves, it looks as if their socks and back of cleats have been dipped in highlighter ink – blegh. Overall, there could be much worse, but I can easily say that your National Champion in-waiting Auburn Tigers will be looking classy in their standard blue and orange, nice to see that Under Armour isn’t messing with success.

TCU

I really like these acutally, I am slightly partial beings a Ravens fan (meaning I truely love black and purple together.) The best part is that this is fairly standard for TCU, they have worn black jerseys this season, just paired with white pants. However, the rumor has it that these uniforms will not be worn in the Rose Bowl and that TCU will be wearing their standard purple jerseys. Regardless, I am looking forward to seeing Andy “Ron Weasley” Dalton against Wisconsin’s incredible defense in what should be the most entertaining BCS Bowl that’s not for the national title.

Boise State


Boise State lost a heartbreaker to Nevada, screwing themselves out of the BCS and proving that the WAC is a horrific conference. They will break out these against Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 22. I much prefer these to the gray jerseys they wore against Virginia Tech in the season opener (the last pro combat uniform they wore.) I also like that the helmet with the giant Bronco on the side is back. Of these redesigns, this is definitely one that could be used as a home uniform in the future if they receive a positive reception.

Florida

I am a little confused as to how these qualify as Pro Combat uniforms, Florida routinely wears this look at least 2-3 times per season. The two major changes I found out about were the fancy new cleats (I like them because they look like Nike Mercurial soccer cleats) and the orange undersleeves. However, like Oregon, going white on white for a bowl game is a bit plain, especially playing against Penn State, the most boring dressed team in College Football. Many would prefer Florida’s white on blue look, and I am not a Gator fan in the least, but some colored pants would add some color to what will be a fairly boring game uniform wise.

Bowl season kicks off this weekend, happy bowling to everyone and your teams! – J


College Football New Uni Preview

College Football kicks off this week, which means a boatload of teams have new uniforms for this year. Today, I’ll take a look at some of the new looks teams will be sporting on Saturday’s this fall.

Michigan State Spartans – Nike

As you can tell, Swoosh inc really screwed the Spartans here. The different colored shoulders really take these jersey’s in the wrong direction, they resemble soccer team uniforms (cough, Arsenal 08-10 jersey.) The third plain green jersey is the best look for Spartans, but I think that all State fans are rejoicing that the “updated” Spartan logo idea was axed before it became official.

Virginia Cavaliers – Nike

The Cavaliers new home and away looks are sharp. The Navy blue looks good with white pants and the same with the white on orange pants. However, that third jersey, that is a somewhat ungodly combination of the school’s colors. The Orange on Navy blue is too much, reverse it, or pair the orange jersey with white pants and it looks good, but this looks almost like a High School team uniform. I’m under the impression they will not wear this look very much, which is a good thing for Virginia fans.

Texas Christian Univeristy Horned Frogs – Nike (New Pro Combat Uniforms)

College Football would not be complete without new, unnecessary uniforms from Nike, (Does anyone remember the one orange sleeve gimmick for Florida, Va. Tech and The U from a few years back?) I picked TCU and the following schools because I think they are the best looking of the new Pro Combats. TCU adding the Storm grey pants along with the black jersey and color-shifting helmet look quite good for a school that already dresses sharp in purple and black.

Boise State University Broncos – Nike (New Pro Combat Uniforms)

The Broncos received a radical design change for their PC 2010’s. The oversized Bronco on the helmet is a bit much, but they will wear these jerseys against Virginia Tech in Washington DC on Monday, creating a gray on maroon matchup.

Oregon State Beavers – Nike (New Pro Combat Uniforms)

A throwback to the 1950’s for the boys from Corvallis. These resemble a black version of the Cleveland Browns home jerseys’s but i like them, unlike the other OSU throwbacks (the pants look pink in certain light) Nike did a good job with Oregon State.

Well there you have it, College Football Kicks off Tonight, The Big House reopens on Saturday with 109,901 strong – GO BLUE!!! – J

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