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.
As many of you know, I make a habit out of picking the playoffs by best dressed teams, so were going to do the same here at JJB for this year’s MLB playoffs. My beloved Detroit Tigers clinched the division for the first time in my life which makes me incredibly excited, and a bevy of usual teams (Yankees, Phillies, Rays) are joined by a few teams that have rebounded to make it back to the playoffs for the first time in a while (Milwaukee, Arizona, Detroit.) As usual, let’s go series by series and pick ’em by uni.
(1) New York Yankees vs. (3) Detroit Tigers
The Yankees have one of the most, if not the most iconic looks in all of baseball. The pinstripe home uniforms have been a staple since they were the New York Highlanders, and that road uniform you see above, has been unchanged since 1918. Now there are two ways that I look at this as a uni enthusiast. A. You do not mess with success, and when a look is as timeless as this, you leave it be. That NY symbol is an icon of American pop culture. However, B. Maybe after nearly 100 years, it could be time to change it up just a little bit, no logo changes, but do at least something different to that uniform so as to not bore us with the same old look.
The Yankees opponents are the AL Central Division champion Detroit Tigers. Much like the Yankees, the Tigers have a clean and crisp home uniform, simple white and blue, with the always classic Olde English ‘D’. The Tigers road uniforms are a slightly different affair, same uniform template, the but script Detroit is a very nice touch. For this matchup, I am going to pick The Tigers for the sole reason that the team has different home and road caps, it is something very subtle, yet noticeable, and sends the Tigers into the ALCS.
(2) Texas Rangers vs. (4) Tampa Bay Rays
A battle of teams with uniforms that kinda make you say meh. Texas has worn the same uniform set since the days of A-Rod. The color scheme does do them nicely though, the uniforms are not too busy or too plain, and the alternate tops that they wore in Game 1 are always nice to see on a limited basis. Tampa Bay on the other hand went from having a fairly unique uniform set from 1998-2007 without much change but upon their redesign in 2008, their uniforms became more practical, but lost their personality when they dropped the ‘Devil Rays’ and became the ‘Rays’. However, that light blue alternate the ‘Rays’ have is awesome. For this one, I’ll go with the team that kept their identity and take Texas.
(1) Philadelphia Phillies vs. (4) St. Louis Cardinals
Two old school NL ballclubs clash in the NLDS with perennial powerhouse Philadelphia against a rejuvenated St. Louis team. The Phillies have their standard pinstriped home uniform and its twin road grey, both of which have a classy, yet modern style to them. There is also a chance the Phillies could break out their Sunday alternates at one point during the series as they have during the past. The Cardinals on the other hand have almost identical home and road uniforms, following the basic template of white and gray. However, the Cardinals participate in the same trend as the Tigers and wear a different cap on the road which looks more natural than having the red cap with the road grays. As nice as the Phillies uniforms are, I’m going to go with the Cardinals as this one really just boils down to personal choice.
(2) Milwaukee Brewers vs. (3) Arizona Diamondbacks.
Finally we have the matchup that I am looking forward to the most after the Tigers vs. Yankees, I have vague support for both teams, so I am glad to see them in the playoffs. The Brewers have a very crisp uniform set that is nicely accented by gold (representing a barley oat). My personal favorite is the Brewers third shirt, which could very well make an appearance this series but most likely will not. Arizona on the other hand took a few steps backward in my book when they completely redesigned their look in 2007. The Diamondbacks 1998-2006 away uniform was one of my favorites in baseball, especially with the black, gold and purple cap. The current uniforms are not bad, and actually look fairly good, but due to some poor design on the home uniforms, the script can easily be manipulated by rival fans. I’ve got to go classic here and go with Milwaukee, however if this were with Arizona’s old design, it would be much closer.
So there you have it, my uniform matchup picks for the League Championship Series
(2) Texas vs. (3) Detroit
(2) Milwaukee vs. (4) St. Louis
Ink Stains: Not quite article worthy, but important news for your uniform diet –
- The Ravens will be wearing their blackout uniform set today against the Jets for their Sunday Night Football Matchup
- Say goodbye, and buy a Flordia Marlins 5950 while you still can, last Wednesday’s game was the final time you will see the Florida Marlins as they will re-debut as the Miami Marlins next spring in Black and Orange, Chris Creamer provides an excellent logo history of the Marlins
- Get ready for PINK with your football. October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and as you may have seen the past few seasons, many NFL players will be wearing pink-accented gear
- Even if there isn’t an NBA season, professional sports are returning to Brooklyn, no word if these will be the final uniforms for the team.
- Nebraska’s inagural B1G game against Wisconsin was played in opposite uniforms, considering the schools’ similar color schemes.
- Michigan debuted a new change to their helmets during their opening B1G game against Minnesota, helmet numbers. Its a new tradition instituted by first year head coach Brady Hoke for at minimum the rest of the season. There has been mixed reception so far from Wolverine fans.
It’s that most wonderful time of the year. MARCH MADNESS! College Basketball has taken center stage and will keep hold all the way until March 4th when the new National Champion will be crowned in Houston. Since I didn’t have the time to pick ALL 256 games by uniform, I decided that doing the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 this week and the Final Four next week would be a good way to go about it. So here we go, in traditional JJB style, crowning the best dressed team in College Basketball.
Kentucky over OSU
If OSU were to wear their white home uniforms (which is highly unlikely since they have worn “heather” as they call it, through the first two rounds) then this might be a different argument. But uniforms wise, this is new school vs the undisputed champ. Kentucky as I have mentioned is the greatest team historically in college basketball, and their road uniform is simply incredible, not too complicated, no unnecessary pattern, just a jersey and shorts worn by 4 freshman/year that oozes class. Give me Kentucky into the next round.
UNC over Marquette
This is a dream uniform matchup for nike and for the fans. Its a battle of Powder Blues, which as some of you know from my North Carolina/Manchester City fandom, is one of my favorite colors, so I am salivating at this matchup of Jordan-branded teams. However, this one is fairly easy to pick, since they wear the same colors, it goes down to the accent patterns on the jersey. I HATE the design Marquette has adorning the sleeves, whereas I LOVE the argyle pattern that UNC wears (Love it enough I own a pair of the road shorts.) KO another Big East team and give me UNC
Arizona over Duke
It seems that the Dookies have taken what was their alternate uniform in 2008-09 and made that their official home uniform for this season (as far as I know, if anyone knows that they just brought these out for the tournament, feel free to correct me in the comments.) Now, everyone knows as a Michigan fan, I agree with Jalen Rose and others about Duke. However, at the same time, my friends over at BSPN will tell you I love the idea of the shadowing on basketball jerseys, just not if its about the architecture of the school (REALLY?) On the other side, Arizona have a traditional uniform set, but I have always been a fan of the typeface they use, and they use a solid color scheme, nothing that can drag them to a championship win, but enough to over take plain jane/too much detail Duke. Give me ‘Zona.
UConn over SDSU
In real life, I am cheering for SDSU this tournament, Steve Fisher was a great coach at U of M and I want to see him do well with the Aztecs. However, the money train stops here for SDSU’s magical season, as they run into the Kemba show, and UConn’s excellent uniforms. I like SDSU, but seriously, they dress like a high school, UConn gets the easy win for their traditional, but still interesting uniform set.
Kansas over Richmond
The Spiders vs. the Jayhawks. As much as I HATE THAT DUMB ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK saying, I am going to take Kansas over Richmond here, this is because I like Richmond as a midmajor, but their unis leave a little to be desired, and I mean really, they are not even the best dressed team in their own town. Because of this, Kansas keeps going into the Elite 8.
Florida State over VCU
Garnet and Old Gold vs. Black and Gold. VCU just beat Purdue who wear the exact same colors, but pull it off MUCH better. Unlike Florida, FSU pulls off a uniform traditonally associated with football well on the basketball court (and I really like their Black alternates, but they won’t be worn.) FSU gets a rare chance as a ten seed being the home team, and it is enough to carry them into the Elite Eight. Roll Seminoles
Butler over Wisconsin
Growing up as Michigan fan means one pertinent thing, besides the Detroit Red Wings and Arsenal, I despise most other teams that wear red, which means Bo Ryan and co.’s ship is sunk to begin with. Let’s see Butler’s great all black look keep rolling along into the Elite 8 as they try to repeat last year’s heroics. If only their Christ-like hero figure Gordon Hayward had stayed instead of averaging 2.4 points per game and having ONE HIGHLIGHT so far with the Utah Jazz. However, I’ll keep going with Butler
BYU over Florida
It’s a pivotal match-up of arguably the two of the best , and whitest guys in college basketball in Jimmer Fredette, the one man show, against Chandler Parsons, the SEC player of the year (and voted most innocent looking.) There is one name that will forever make me dislike Florida basketball, and that is Joakim Noah, that and the royal blue and orange just looks plain wrong OFF of the football field. So keep the Stormin Mormon train rolling into the elite eight and give me BYU
UNC over Kentucky
Here is a battle everyone would love to see in the Elite 8. A giant vs giant matchup. Rupp vs. Smith, Powder vs. Royal, you name it and it can happen. This battle of the giants would be yet ANOTHER marketing ploy by Nike in the East region. Kentucky will be the road team as the fourth seed meaning they will stick with their royal jerseys, and UNC will stick with the home uniforms. Really it comes down to detail here, there is something about that argyle that always gets me. Let’s take UNC to the Final Four.
UConn over Arizona
The all Nike train keeps on going with this matchup. Two very traditonal teams in a basketball historian’s dream matchup. Here, UConn’s home overrule Arziona’s road, taking UConn to the promised land.
Kansas over FSU
Again, I hate Kansas, but I can’t hate the way that they dress, I’ll take them easily over FSU, baring the impossible thought that Florida State wears their black alternates, if that is the case, I take Florida State, but since that chance is slim to none, give me Kansas.
Butler over BYU
Butler, the reigning 2nd place team, vs the Jimmer show. This matchup is easy on the eyes, BYU’s white and blue vs. Butler’s all black uniforms. However, I am going to take Butler here, because Black overrules Navy Blue, and who can resist picking a team with a mascot like that
Well there you have it, the Final Four, I will be back next week with a full analysis of my Final Four in addition to the REAL Final Four, til then, enjoy the madness – J