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 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”
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The wide world of sports has its fair share of follies, sometimes uniforms get lost, sometimes the manufacturer creates a few typos, and sometimes uniforms just plain disappear. This is quick roundup 0f some of the funny, notable UniFail’s of recent history
Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech, Fall 2007 – Virginia Tech Uniforms go missing, team is forced to wear repurposed Georga Tech Uniforms
Somehow, the Virginia Tech equpiment management team lost the team’s away uniforms en route to Atlanta from Blackbsburg on that Thursday November night. The simple solution – Georgia Tech was forced to wear their dark uniforms at home (an incredibly rare occasion) they had to give old home uniforms to Virginia Tech who after some time with sharpie markers, were able to field a very interestingly dressed team. The most interesting part? the fact that instead of all capitals, the team went with Caps-Lowercase on all the names – exemplified by Sean Glennon.
The worst part of it for Georgia Tech? They were drubbed 27-3 on their own field against a team wearing THEIR uniforms. Ouch.
Valentine’s Day 1990 – Michael Jordan gets his jersey stolen, forced to wear #12 for only time in career
This story is definitely odd, somehow, a fan managed to steal MJ’s jersey between when the team left Chicago and arrived in Orlando. The team did not realize this until game time, leading MJ to wear a nameless, #12 jersey. This was the first (and last time) that MJ would wear 12 and go name less on his iconic Bulls jersey. Definitely one of the weirder stories in uni lore.
Washington Nationals – Too many times to count
Majestic really seems to have some issues with the Nationals. No one know where it comes from, but since 2005, the team has had multiple misspellings on their uniforms courtesy of the “geniuses” at Majestic. The most famous of which is this NATINALS misspelling (it happened twice during the 2008 season, once to Adam Dunn and once to Ryan Zimmerman.) Unlike the first two, this could have been easily avoidable by the people at Majestic, but for us, it lead to some comedy.
NBA switches Ball design – much to chagrin of the players
This one isn’t exactly uni-related, but was so unviersally hated that it deserves the notice. For the 2006-07 season, the league ditched the genuine leather ball in favor of a microfiber composite one. The players were complaining that the ball was slipping out of their hands and retaining sweat, so the league switched back to the traditional leather ball by December 2006. and this was relegated to the NBA Hall of Shame