Thursday, January 18, 2018

Boston College (2017), UMass (2017), Yale (2017), New Hampshire (2017)

OK, it's been a while, so let's wrap up our review of 2017 uniforms. Because of other projects, my posts are likely going to be less frequent, at least until next season. But I still plan on posting little goodies to the Facebook page, and, well, there are plenty of archives to pore through here. So awayyyyy we go ...

Boston College (7-6 overall, 4-4 ACC, lost to Iowa in the Pinstripe Bowl) put names on the back of its jerseys for the first time since 2012; otherwise, everything stayed the same, right down to the bandana-man tribute alternate. 

Craving some more BC unis? Look right here: 2016201520142013200720001995-9619941989-90198419821978-801968-771958-60, 19571955-561950-521939, 1935-38, Rivalry Week (w/Holy Cross).

UMass (4-8 in the cold, lonely world of the independents) added a couple of trick plays to its ensemble: A kick-arse 1972 throwback helmet to honor that season's Boardwalk Bowl team (discussed here), and an all-black Veteran's Day uniform worn at the Fenway Park game against Maine. (I was at the game, and good God, the fans were as drunk and uncouth as the weather was cold. I was walking back to my seat with a spiked hot chocolate and one drunken loudmouth yelled at me, "Hey, how do you like your overpriced COLD chocolate?" And he was a Maine fan!) The black jerseys all had "MINUTEMEN" on the back in lieu of names. I thought the black uniforms died with the Charley Molnar administration, but oh well. ...

Much, much more from UMass: 20162015201420132000-021986-871978-841975-771974197319721966-681960-621953-541951-521938-39, 1930. Tribute: Dick McPherson.

UNH (9-5 overall, 5-3 CAA, reached final eight of the NCAA FCS tournament) wins the Gridiron Garb Fashionista Prize for trotting out the most uniforms, with nine, ending Dartmouth's two-year reign at the top. (The all-time record: 2013 UMass, with 11 in 12 games.) Gray pants retuned after an absence of several years, and a blue alternate helmet was added with the vintage "NH" logo on one side (yay) and a uniform number on the other (boo ... I hate it when teams -- usually Nike teams -- do this).

One small observation from a jealous Maine fan: For all the talk of UNH's 14 straight NCAA playoff appearances and utter dominance of Maine (winning 15 of  their last 16 meetings), don't you think the Wildcats would like to trade a few of those tournaments and Brice-Cowell muskets for an NCAA title or two, considering they've never made it out of the final four during that stretch? 

There are plenty more Wildcat uniforms where this came from: 201520142010-1320001998,  1979-83, 1976-7719751968-71 (part 1) (part 2)1966-671965 195519501947-4819381936. Rivalry Week: Maine-UNH.

Yale (9-1 overall, 6-1 Ivy League, first Ivy title since 2006) wore only two uniforms (again), and gets the fourth and final KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) Award in addition to its Ivy crown. Which title do you think the Bulldogs cherish more?

More Yale uniforms that'll make any Bulldog salivate: 20162015201420132006-111997-981994, 19961979-8219781974-771972-731967-6819651959-601954-58,  1949-53, 1934-361930. Rivalry Week: Harvard-Yale. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Rhode Island (2017), Sacred Heart (2017), UConn (2017)

The Parade O' 2017 Uniforms continues!

Rhode Island (3-8 overall, 2-6 CAA) revived its light gray camo pants after a one-year absence. My suggestion: The overall template is great (well, except for the camo pants), but ditch anything where navy blue is the primary color, which resembles CAA rival Maine too much. Change the helmet to white and/or light blue, make navy a trim color on the numbering and lettering and you have a winner.

Ram on with more Rhody unis: 20162015201420132003-071997-991983-921976-821967-7119661963-6519621957-6119511947-501936-39. Rivalry Week: UConn-Rhody.

Sacred Heart (4-7 overall, 2-4 NEC) modified its uniform across the board. The jerseys now bear a passing resemblance to Louisville, and the shirts and pants were given some odd striping. Also, the "SHU" on the helmet was given a nice sheen. The all-gray uniform, with last year's template, was used again. 

The Pioneers wore a special star-spangled 9/11 uniform, complete with blue numbers dotted with white stars. The "SHU" on the helmet was given the American flag treatment for the second straight year, and the look also was worn for one road game.

More Sacred Heart uniforms: 2016, 2015, 201420132008-12.

UConn (3-9 overall, 2-6 American Athletic Conference) retained its 2016 uniform under Randy Edsall in the first year of his second stint as Huskies coach. The all-gray uniform was ditched (yay!) as was the red facemarks UConn wore on occasion last year. Two years after wearing nine combos, only three were used in '17.

Going by his recent tweets, Edsall has all but said the 2003-12 "C" logo is returning next season. After seeing the clunky designs of the post-Edsall era (see links below), I approve.

UConn coach Randy Edsall recently tweeted this helmet,
featuring the classic 2003-12 "C." Here's hoping it sees game action in 2018.

More UConn unis for the Huskymanicas: 20162015201420132003 (Inside the Jersey)20021989-931984-881971-7219701966-6719651958-6019571951, 19501948-491934Rivalry Week: UConn-Rhode Island. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Maine (2017), Penn (2017), Princeton (2017)

The look back at 2017 in uniforms continues with my Black Bears and a pair of Ivy League rivals!

Maine (4-6 overall, 3-5 CAA) gets a KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) award for using just two uniforms -- the same ones the Black Bears wore last year, although I prefer the earlier helmets (The 2000-15 "Maine" script and the 2015 half-season "M" logo) to the busy current version.

OK, this has nothing to do with uniforms, but indulge me for a moment: Maine running back Josh Mack was voted a first-team FCS All-American, but after his decision to transfer to an FBS school, Maine opted not to publicize his accomplishment. Hey, I don't like his decision to transfer, either (and let's face it, any athlete at Maine these days who has a half-decent season seems to want to get out of Orono), but the decision to pretend Mack doesn't exist is beyond petty and has a whiff of Orwell's "1984" to it. Ah, the thrills of being a Maine fan ...

Can't bear to be without Black Bear uniforms? Here you go: 2016201520142011-13, 20011997-9919851976-84197519741965more 19651963-641957-591949-501939-461928-29. Rivalry week: Maine-New Hampshire. Inside the jersey: 2010-13.

Penn (6-4 overall, 4-3 Ivy League) changed its navy home jersey, with "PENN" replacing "PENNSYLVANIA" and maroon numbers replacing the white versions. Also note the "sleeves," which use the same striping pattern as Cornell's new home jerseys. These aren't bad or anything, but I prefer last year's home shirt. The road and gray alternates remain the same. 

More Penn unis: 2015-16201420131995-99, 1992-941983-841981-821979-801971-78, 19701965-661956-641954-5519481935-38. Rivalry Week: Cornell-Penn.

Princeton (5-5 overall, 2-5 Ivy League), made one small, but needed, change, as the white pants now match the orange and black versions. I give the Tigers plenty of credit for not mixing and matching the uniforms so much; I like how the orange jerseys and pants are kept together.

More unis from Old Nassau: 201620152014201319961993-95, 1994, 1987-901984-861975-771979-831970-72, 1956-571955, 1949-541947-481945-46. Rivalry week: Dartmouth-Princeton.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Delaware (2017), Harvard (2017), Holy Cross (2017)

Time for some more of 2017 in Uniforms ...

Delaware (7-4 overall, 5-3 CAA) gets a KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) Award for wearing only two uniforms -- home and road -- all season. Bonus points for using the same design three straight years, a rarity in today's world. 

As an aside, I think Delaware might be the only Gridiron Garb team in the 21st century other than Yale to eschew alternate jerseys, helmets or pants. With that kick-arse helmet, why mess with a good thing?  

There's more from the Delaware hen house: 201620152011-142004-061997-20031989-921980-881975-791973-74197219651967-711950.

Harvard (5-5 overall, 3-4 Ivy League, worst record in 17 years) didn't change a thing from last year, other than the tan pants were worn with the white jerseys this year instead of the crimson shirts. I know tan's not an "official" team color, but Harvard's just not Harvard without the tan pants. And any team called the Crimson shouldn't be wearing black jerseys.

Other Harvard unis you may have missed: 201620152012-142008-111980-831975-79; 1972-7319721967-701962-631950-521948-49, 1937-46. Rivalry Week: Harvard-Yale.

Holy Cross (4-7 overall, 3-3 Patriot League) added a couple end-arounds to its uniforms this year. First, the Crusaders added a gray alternate that shouldn't have gone past the concept stage. Gray makes for an ugly jersey, and the curved, heavy-serif numbers are hard to read. A shame, because the basic home and road uniforms are virtually flawless. 

Second, Holy Cross added an "academic excellence" patch, with a little cap and tassel (see below), worn by players with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. I've never seen a sports team do something like this before. Perhaps the 'Saders should take it to another level and add a dunce-cap patch for those under academic probation (joking!)

Want more from Holy Cross? Look here: 20162015201420132004-0819921986-911981-85, 1976-801973-74197219711967-701963-651956-591951-55. Rivalry Week: Boston College-Holy Cross.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Columbia (2017), Cornell (2017), Dartmouth (2017)

Continuing our look back at the uniforms of 2017 with three Ivy League schools ...

Columbia (8-2 overall, 5-2 Ivy League, best record in 21 years). In addition to showing that coach Al Bagnoli can raise the dead, Columbia continued to phase out the black uniforms, ditching the pants entirely and wearing the jerseys but once. Now it's time to complete the process, guys and return to the classic light blue shirts!

One other note: the Bill Campbell No. 67 memorial patch from 2016 remained. 

Other Lions unis that'll make you roar: 2015-16201420132003-051996198419831978-82, 1974-761971-7319701965-67, 19611955-561952-541941-45.

Cornell (3-7 overall, 3-4 Ivy League) wore a Frankenstein uniform this year. The Big Red tweaked their helmets (again), changed their red pants and added a new red jersey that's reminiscent of the 1980s jersey. I don't care for the white "sleeves," however; they should have stuck with the red versions with the two white stripes. As we'll see later on, Penn used ht e exact same pattern on its new home jerseys. The white jerseys and pants from 2016 remained. 

Can't get enough from the Big Red? Check out these uniforms: 201620152013-141999-200119941985-8919871983-84, 1977-821967-75,  196619651961-6419521950-51, 1931-35. Rivalry week: Cornell-Penn. Inside the Jersey: 1977-79

Dartmouth (8-3 overall, 5-2 Ivy League) wore "only" six combinations after wearing nine each of the last two seasons. Best of all, the traditional white helmet-green jersey-white pants combo was worn three times after it was used only once each of the last two seasons. Also note the Big Green's sense of continuity -- the helmet and pants were same color for every game, giving each combo a clean, streamlined look. Nice touch. My suggestion for 2018: Ditch the black combo and add green helmets and pants if Dartmouth feels the need to play mix 'n match.

Some other unis from the Green Machine: 20162015201420132005-062003-041978-8619701957-611955-561951-54, 1946-4719441936-381929. Rivalry week: Dartmouth-Princeton. Inside the jersey: 1999-2002.