Although nobody will confirm anything on the record,Calwill supposedly be wearingthis white helmetfor one road game this season.
Two helmet memorials for theers onefor Joe Perryand onefor John Henry Johnson. Interestingly, theydidnt wear the decals during the preseason, so well have to wait until Sunday to see how they look on the helmet.
TheBrownshave announced that theyll be wearing their white jerseys for all home games this season.
Potential new rules are a shot across the bow.Word came out over the summer that the NFL was considering new ruleslimiting alternate jerseys to nonprime games prior to Week 10, because the proliferation of alternate looks could potentially compromise a clubs national brand equity. Does that sound like a league thats planning to go bonkers with crazy uniform designs to you? If anything, it sounds like a preemptive move to ensure that Nike will have little effect on the leagues look.
Rutgershas changed its shoe from black to white or at least thats what the Scarlet Knights did for their first game. Turns out they have several shoe s to choose from this season, as you can seein this video clip.
The two sides of the Maryland helmet and the two shoulders of the jersey mimic these four quadrants buttheyre not staggered. The red and white sections are both on one side, with the yellow and black sections on the other. So despite all the chatter about the uniform honoring the Maryland flag, itdoesnt stay true to the flags concept. And if two Terps were cing each other, they lookedlike they were on different teams.
Its the dog, not the tailNike or any uniform company cant just walk in and change everything on a whim. Nike, like any vendor, can only do what its clients agree to. And in this case the clients are NFL team owners, a bunch of very conservative businessmen who have enormous investments in their successful brands and who, in many cases, have owned their respective franchises for generations. These are not the kinds of guys who are going to put their teams into the Nike design centrifuge. Can you really see the Rooneys letting Nike give the Steelers a major celift? Or the Maras? Or the Hunts? No way.
Tennessees TV numbers have movedfrom the sleeves to the shoulders.
Many ns are taking it as a given some with dread, some with glee that Nike will give the NFL a wholesale makeover when it takes over the leagues uniform contract in 2012. Speculations on what a Nikefied NFL might look like, cooked up by some enterprising Photoshoppers,have been circulatingfor nearly a year now. Although the league and Nike confirmed that those designsare not legit, they still represent some peoples worst fears or fondest dreams, depending on whether youre an oldschool or newschool kind of n.
Are theRedskinsplanning to wear a throwback white alternate jersey? No official word on that yet,but signs point to yes.
Speaking of new slogans, it looks like newPittcoach Todd Grahamhas added Heart to the teams nose bumpers.
Historical precedent.Its easy to forget this now, but Nike outfitted many NFL teams back in the 10s, and the worldkept right on spinning. Now, its true that Nike came up with the Broncos current look, which was revolutionary when it was introduced in 1. But think about it Nearly 1 years later, not a single other NFL team looks anything remotely like the Broncos, which just proves the point that most NFL franchises prefer to stick with tradition. Will a few teams come out with wacky designs next year? Yeah, probably. But theres nothing new about that. Most teams will still stick with what theyve got.
SMUis going withslightly altered sleeve striping and smaller TV numbers.
TheTexanswill wear their red alternate jerseys on Oct. 0. They get the prize for keeping uniminded ns informed, because their website includes a full breakdown of their uniforms for the upcoming season pants as well as jerseys.
TheBearswill be playing the Bucs in London on Oct. 2, which means theyll be wearing the leagues standard International Series patch same as the one worn by the Broncos and Ninerslast year. Also, the Bears will be usinga new kind of shoulder pad, designed to give trainers and medics easier access to a player who suffers a serious head, chest or spinal injury. Meanwhile, check out the shoesDevin Hester has been wearing in practice. Not sure if those will make it onto the field for any game action, though.
Memphisis using the old Miami template, and itdoesnt work so well for the Tigers.
Still crazy, but better, right? More true to the concept, too. The moral of the story If youre gonna do something way out there, have the guts and the vision to take itallthe way.
Marylanddecided that thewacky designsthat were unveiled two weeks agowerent wacky enough.
As youre probably aware, a certain universitys football team wore some rather unusual uniforms over the weekend. And the uniforms were designed and made by a company owned by one of the universitys most nole graduates.
The leagues annual Think Pink! promotion to raise breast cancer awareness will return in October, with teams breaking outthe pink gear. Theres a schedule of when each team will be focusing its effortshere. As an aside, a few weeks ago Jets receiver Derrick Mason said hed be wearing pink cleatsall season long, as a tribute to his mother, whos battling breast cancer for the second time. But that ideadidnt even make it onto the preseason field.
Dukechose the opening game of the season to unveila solidblack uniform.
Tulsasnew helmet stripe and Wilson Holloway memorial decalhad been noted in last weeks column, but it turns out that Tulsa also hasnew uniforms.
Michigan Statehas added a Bubba Smith memorial decal,but only for the first three games of the season.
All players, coaches and other sideline personnel will be wearing a /11 ribbon, patch or pin for the games played on Sept. 11.
New Mexico Statehas addeda JK decalin memory of local sportswriter John Keith.
Add it all up and you have a league that youll have no trouble recognizing as the NFL in 2012. A few teams will no doubt go for a celift, and well hear the usual claims about spaceage brics that are lighter, ster and so on seriously, can the antigravity jersey be r behind?. But a largescale redesign? Aint gonna happen.
Its a little hard to see, butOhio Statehas added a helmet decal that says, All In. Itsunder the American flag decal. Itll be even harder to see once the helmets are covered with buckeye stickers.
Michiganhas added a block Mabove the player names, and has also scrapped the extraneous pipingon the road jerseyalthough the Wolverines dont play on the road until Oct. their sixth game! so itll be a while before you see the new road design.
BYUhas added new slogansto its nose and neck bumpers.
Georgia Techis looking into changing the uni number design on its home jerseys, because the current numbersare difficult to read.
Alabamahas addedtwo memorial helmet decals. The houndstooth ribbon is for the victims of last Aprils tornados, and the is for former player Aaron Douglas.
Footwear switcheroo for theDolphins, whove changed their shoe from mostly black to mostly white.
Hints have already leaked.Jaguars equipment manager Drew Hampton recently posteda series of tweets about the Jags 2012 uniforms. The gist No design changes, just a few tweaks in the tailoring. Thats gonna be the story for most NFL teams.
TheBuccaneerswill once again revivetheir creamsicle throwbacksfor one game, this time on Dec. against the Panthers thats also the day theyll be inducting former tight end Jimmie Giles into their ring of honor. Also, the Bucs will be the Bears opponents in London on Oct. 2, so theyll be wearingthe International Series patch.
Do you know of still more FBS uni changes that weve missed?
San Jose Statehas added a lot of to its road uniform.
ThePackerswill weartheir 12 throwbackson Oct. 1, when they host the Rams at Lambeau. Further infohere. As an aside, the Packers have also had an effect on the uniforms of the Green Bay Police Department, which has been wearingPackbranded badges.
Last weeks column had stated thatWyominghadnt changed any of its jerseys. But as several readers quickly pointed out, the teams white jersey designhas been updated. Meanwhile, theres a new striping patternon the pants, and the nose bumpers now say,1 Team, 1 Goal.
Reader Tim E. OBrien, who likes to tinker with uniform concepts, has done a bit of Photoshopping to show us how the Terps uni might have looked if it truly honored the Maryland flag design
Lots of ns noticed that theGiantsworetheir triplestriped road pantsfor home games during the preseason instead oftheir usual home pants. Thats just a preseason thing theyll be wearing the regular home pants now that the games count.
That paragraph could have applied to Oregon, Nike and Phil Knight on practically any autumn weekday over the past seven years. But this time were talking about Maryland, Under Armour and Kevin Plank.
The conventional wisdom around the universe is that the 2011 NFL season represents the calm before the storm. Thats because this is the last year of Reeboks deal with the league. Once this season is done, Nike takes over as the NFLs uniform outfitter. And then, according to this line of thought, all hell will break loose.
And heres a bonus moral If youre coming up with a groundbreaking helmet concept, maybe check first to make sure it hasnt already been usedby the local roller derby squad.
Great news out of Buflo, where theBillshave pulled offthe upgrade of the year, or maybe the century. Yeah, the solidwhite road uniis a little plain, but its still better than the crazyquilt design theyd been wearing before. Maybe next season theyll throw in a set of blue pants, which would jazz up the road look. If you want a more detailed elementbyelement assessment of the new uni set, lookhere. Meanwhile, the Bills will once again be playing a home game in Toronto this year itll be on Oct. 0, against the Skins which means theyll be dusting offtheir Toronto Series patch.
Before you answer that, make sure the change youre thinking of wasnt already addressedin last weeks column. If it wasnt covered there or in this weeks followup rundown, send photos and infohere.
Its a long way from the NCAA to the NFL.Peoples perceptions of Nike, whether positive or negative, are driven primarily by the companys college football uniform designs. But the NFL is very different from the NCAA. For one thing, colleges are using newngled uni designs as recruiting tools to attract 1yearolds and to sell merch to 20yearolds. But the NFL doesnt need to recruit anyone players play for the team that drafts them, and the leagues consumer base is, on the whole, older and less trenddriven than the NCAAs. Also, many top colleges change their uniforms every season, while NFL teams arent evenallowedto change their uniforms more than once every five years, so theres a lot more design sility in the pro ranks.
Texas AMhasditched the hairline pants piping and changed shoe s from black to white.
FiveColtsplayers Dallas Clark, Austin Collie, Ryan Diem, Dwight Freeney and Jeff Saturday are testing a new helmet protothats designed to offer greater protection against concussions.
Iowa Stateis another team witha white helmetlurking in the . No word on whether itll actually be worn in a game.
Odd move forNew Mexico, as the helmet design has gone oldschool but the rest of the unihas gotten decidedly more newngled.
An annual rite of August is that Uni Watch gets lots of emails saying, TheSteelershaveremoved the uni numbers from their helmets! Thats standard preseason protocol in Pittsburgh, where you have to earn your helmet numbers by the final roster cut. The numbers will beback where they belongthis Sunday, promise.
IsthisLSUs special Nike uniform for the Oct. 2 game against Auburn? Could be. Those photos were taken at a Nike store in Las Vegas.
East Carolinahas toned down the purple, at leaston the road. And as you can see, the Pirates have also revived the Jolly Roger helmet logo that they previously wore for one game in the 200 season.
Uni Watch had mentioned thatOhiowould be wearing a memorial decal for Marcellis Williamson, but we didnt have a visual. Nowwe do.
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Last weeks rundown ofthis years college football uni changesmissed a few items. Happens every year with so many teams out there, it just isnt possible to keep track of everything, and Uni Watch is grateful to the readers whove helped fill in the following gaps
Uni Watchs position is that all this fretting and ntasizing is largely moot, because the NFL is likely to look pretty much the same next year as it does now. Heres why
Whether you found the Maryland design appealing or appalling, it had a serious design flaw. Now, the Maryland flag has four quadrants, which are staggered, like so
The league is due for a new captains patch design. The old designhad four stars one for each year that the player had worn the patch but were now on the fifth season, so there will presumably be a new patch format. No teams wore captaincy patches during the preseason, and Uni Watchs repeated inquiries with the NFL office have gotten nowhere, so well have to wait and see how this plays out once the regular season starts.
TheRavenswill wear their black alternate jerseyson Oct. 2 against the Jets and Nov. 2 against the Niners.
ThePatriotshave addedan MHK memorial patchfor Myra Kraft, the wife of owner Robert Kraft, who died earlier this year. As you can see in that last link, the patch is being worn by the coaching staff as well as the players.
Uni Watch had mentioned thatColorados helmet and pants swould finally matchbut neglected to include the bigger story, namely that the Buffs now havea throwback road unito match the home design.
Other teams will presumably be wearing throwbacks and alternates at some point, but theyll be announcing those plans as the season moves along.
After formerUSFathletic director Lee Roy Selmon suffered a stroke last Friday, the team showed support for him on Saturday by wearinga helmet decalits hard to see, but its the little circle next to the American flag. Selmon died the following day; no word yet on whether the Bulls will keep wearing the decal, remove it, or switch to a more formal memorial decal.
Last weeks column noted that theofficialswould be wearingblack slacks and wider zebra stripesthis season, and that theyd be wearingDP cap patches in memory of former officiating coordinator Dave Parry. But there are several additional changes to the officiating crews Their positions are now indicatedon their front jersey pockets; in the Big 12 and Mountain West, the referees white cap now has black eyelets and a black underbrim, and the black caps worn by the other members of the officiating crews now havethicker white piping and white edging on the brim; and many officials are switching to blacktopped penalty flags instead of solid yellow and black bean bags instead of blue, because they blend in better with the black slacks.
Uni Watch doesnt think its going to play out that way, but well get to that later in this column. For now, with the 2011 season about to kick off, heres our annual roundup of unirelated news, listed alphabetically by team
ThePantherswill be wearing their alternate blue jerseys for consecutive home games on Oct. 2 and 0. Their full jersey schedule for the season something more NFL teams should publish, incidentally is availablehere.
Boston Collegehad announced and Uni Watch had reported that the Eagles would be wearinga new helmet stripe pattern. But they stuck withtheir old single stripefor the first game of the season. No word yet on whether the new striping will be deployed later this year.
Teenytiny adjustment atMississippi State, where the gray trim on the helmet logohas been replaced by maroon trim.2012 nfl nike jerseysUni Watch