Rare Yankees Throwbacks

The Yankees will wear these 1912 New York Highlanders uniforms today at Fenway Park. Photo by New York Yankees

Today, the Red Sox and Yankees will mark the 100-year anniversary of Fenway Park’s opening, and they will do it in appropriate fashion.

While the Red Sox have sported ancient throwbacks in the past (like last season against the Cubs), this change is a very rare thing for the Yankees.

Since the Yankees became the Yankees in 1913, they pinstripes have been a staple of the uniform, giving them no alternate or even throwback to go to like most of baseball these days. Now, the Yankees will dress as the New York Highlanders, and don the 1912 throwbacks for this momentous occasion in Boston.

The uniforms themselves are pretty standard, and that’s a good thing. Baseball was simple back in those days (at least that’s what I hear), so it’s always fun to see guys like Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury dressed more than a little differently for a game.

The Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig even provided a little history on the Yankees’ throwbacks for this afternoon, and why the team has been so hesitant to use them for so long.

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Madness in the NBA

The Grizzlies were appropriately fumbling a bit when they dressed as the Memphis Tams on Thursday night. Photo by Tri-City Herald

Now that the NBA has gotten into full swing, the Association decided to start getting a little wild in the uniform department, and it all began with the premier franchise for the last season and a half, the Miami Heat.

As I blogged about before, the Heat went with a plain-and-simple black and white look against the Lakers. They also went for that look against the Bulls on Sunday afternoon.

Then the Heat kept up the uniform changes with this crazy Miami Floridians throwback that seemed better suited for the set of Miami Vice rather than a basketball court.

But the topper came on Thursday night when the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies took things to a whole new level with some astonishing ABA throwbacks.

While the Clippers looked pretty good in baby blue and red as the Los Angeles Stars, the Grizzlies were a completely different story.

Even the Brazilian national soccer team (who might have a reason) has enough sense to not use green and yellow as their uniform combination, but apparently the Memphis Tams decided this would be a good look. They were very, very wrong.

But hey, at least it gave the sports world a reason to talk about uniforms for a bit,and for that I thank you.

White Sox will go red

The White Sox will don these 1972 throwbacks for Sunday home games this season. Photo by Chicago Tribune

An interesting little baseball tidbit to help you get through the winter here, this one courtesy of a report from the Chicago Tribune.

Back in the 70s, the Chicago White Sox tried some crazy things with their uniforms to spice up their franchise, and now we’ll see some of that for 13 Sunday home games this season.

They will also include red hats and red socks to further confuse the fan that is going to watch a Chicago White Sox game. Look for the debut on April 15 when Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers come to U.S. Cellular Field.

 

NFL Week 15 review: Nice to see them back

Kellen Clemens and the rest of the Rams put up a good fight against the Bengals in these throwbacks on Sunday. Photo by Getty Images

There were two major items to discuss from this past week’s NFL action, and they both were of the short-of throwback variety.

Both have been discussed here and fantastic uniforms options that teams have abandoned as their primary uniforms.

We’ll start with the St. Louis Rams went went with their yellow-and-blue throwbacks for a close loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. For the second time this season (the other coming in a victory over the Saints) the Rams played over their heads while sporting these phenomenal uniforms.

There was even a bit of talk on Twitter about the possibility of making these fantastic uniforms the primaries for the Rams in the years to come. That would be a great move for the franchise.

Ryan Mathews looked stellar sporting the best uniform in sports on Sunday night. Photo by Getty Images

The second great uniform move came when the Chargers broke out their powder blue alternates in a dominant victory over the Ravens. While these uniforms always look good, they look even better for night games because of the way the blue shines in the lights.

It clearly helped San Diego on the field as they rolled over the Ravens and put themselves back in playoff contention, just like the Chargers do every season.

Hopefully, that is enough to hold you over until for a bit. Over the Christmas break, I will start to gather information on the BCS of uniforms for when bowl season really starts to kick into gear.

Until then, enjoy the football on Christmas Eve.

Week 12 NFL Review: POWDER BLUES!!!

The greatest thing to happen on Sunday was when Patrick Crayton and the rest of the Chargers wore their powder blues. Photo by Getty Images

It was what we were all waiting for all season … the appearance of the best uniform in all of sports. The San Diego Chargers wore their powder blue uniforms!!

I’m sure we all heard the roars in the streets across the nation at 4 p.m. Eastern Time when the Chargers took the field in these wonderful uniforms. Unfortunately, San Diego’s play on the field couldn’t match how sharp it looked.

The uniform originates from the jersey introduced in the 1968 season and has evolved into an alternate when the Chargers went back to a white helmet in 2007.

The primary difference between the alternates the Chargers wore Sunday and the throwbacks are the numbers on the helmets that are featured prominently in the throwbacks. The alternates also feature a sleeker bolt that are places lower on the shoulders than the throwbacks.

Both looks are extremely stellar because of the combination of the powder blue with the yellow bolts on the pants and on the shoulder pads. The games is just enjoyable to watch when San Diego decides to go with this combination.

San Diego also goes a great job of adjusting their field to go along with the uniforms. Their end zones are painted the same powder blue as the uniforms. They also change the end zone design to go along with the logo used in the 60s.

What’s the best about this game is it featured another Tim Tebow comeback so it is sure to be played over and over again on ESPN for the rest of the week.

Now, we’ll move into our quick hits:

Tony Romo seemed to be pretty pumped up to be wearing these throwbacks on Thanksgiving. Photo by Getty Images

  • The Cowboys went with their traditional Thanksgiving throwbacks. These feature white helmets and white pants to go along with a blue uniform. Unlike the Cowboys usual dark blue uniforms (which are awful) these work well and are especially good for Thanksgiving.
  • The Ravens went with black jerseys for their Thanksgiving victory over the 49ers. I usually like the black for the Ravens, but they look much better with black pants instead of the white they went with on Thursday.
  • The Lions did not go with their usual Thanksgiving look. Maybe that’s what Ndamukong Suh was so angry about.

 

Week 8 College football review: Uniform sanctions

The Mountain West's uniform restrictions for Boise State finally took effect Saturday against Air Force. Photo by Getty Images

The offseason was filled with scandal in all of college football. From Ohio State to Miami to Oregon to even Boise State there were scandals and sanctions galore.

One of the sanctions to Boise State that went unnoticed was the Mountain West immediately putting some restrictions on their newest member by telling Boise it could no longer wear its blue jerseys for conference home games. The trademark blue turf in Boise, Idaho, made for a camouflage look for the Broncos.

Boise finally ran into this problem on Saturday when they hosted Air Force.

Boise has been changing their uniforms a bit over the past few seasons as it has become a consistent national title contender. They’ve gone with all-white at the start of the season against Georgia and used a new helmet for their bowl game against Utah last season.

Yesterday’s look was similar to what they wore to defeat Virginia Tech in the season opener last year. The only difference is the helmet Boise wore yesterday is similar to the helmet they usually go with.

Personally, I was hoping Boise would decide to go with its orange look it employed for a game last season. It would certainly accomplish what the Mountain West was looking for in that they would stand out from the blue field.

At the very least, this adds a bit more intrigue to the uniform selection for the Broncos every week. They might be falling a bit in the BCS standings, but the uniforms should keep us on our toes.

With that, we’ll move on to our quick hits:

A host of LSU defenders dominated Auburn all game in these alternate uniforms. Photo by Getty Images

  • Top-ranked LSU turned some heads with its uniform selection in a blowout of defending champs Auburn. The white helmets and white pants are the primary departures from the normal yellow here. There is also gold weaved into the stripes on the shoulders and the helmets. Overall, the look is fine, nothing too jarring and not that far from the norm.
  • Virginia Tech went with an orange throwback look against Boston College. The Hokies have started to mix in some surprises in the uniform department recently. For the most part, they work.
  • Both Oregon and Oklahoma State went with all-white in road victories yesterday. Sometimes it’s nice to see a simple look from these teams.
  • Rutgers went away from being Scarlet again on Friday night. They chose black helmets, white jerseys and black pants in a loss to Louisville. The only difference between this and the look they wore at home against Pitt was a white R on the helmet instead of the red seen against Pitt. Maybe Rutgers didn’t feel as fierce with the white R and that’s why they lost.

Week 6 NFL Review: A Bold Move

Tom Brady found his rhythm late in white at home to beat the Cowboys on Sunday. Photo by Getty Images

Week 6 in the NFL brought much more uniform action than usual. We saw everything from throwbacks to alternate jerseys to a white jersey at home from a team that never does and a team wearing colors, that never does.

We’ll focus on the Patriots choice of white at home to force the Cowboys into their bad luck blues. While the Patriots seemed to be thrown off by the switch for much of the game, Tom Brady finally acclimated to the new threads in time to lead a game-winning drive in the game’s waning moments.

It was truly a bold move by the Patriots to go with these white uniforms at home. The news came out earlier in the week that this would happen, and it would be to force to Cowboys into their road blues they have not worn in quite some time. As a Giants fan, I was in favor of this move, but I hope it does not become a trend among other teams in the NFL.

The Cowboys road blues use a much darker blue and feature a star on the sides of the shoulders, a feature not seen in the usual home uniforms. They are certainly ugly uniforms and I understand why the Cowboys try to avoid wearing them at all costs.

The Patriots uniforms are nice, pretty much a typical road jersey. New England could have also gone for a silver look they wore a few times in their past, and still forced the Cowboys to go with their blue uniforms.

With that, we’ll move on to a busy quick hits:

James Starks joined the Acme Packers on Sunday in a helmet that was trying to simulate leather helmets of old. Photo by Getty Images

  • The Packers wore a 1920s throwback against the Rams on Sunday. The brown helmets are supposed to simulate a leather helmet the team wore back in the day. However, it ends up looking more like a Notre Dame uniform. The numbers in the circles are very strange, but I guess that’s what they did back in the 20s.
  • The Bengals wore an orange alternate against the Colts. They are not as good as the usual black uniforms, but not all that offensive since the helmet is also orange.
  • The Falcons wore a very nice throwback in their victory over the Panthers. I love the red helmet along with the black jersey. It’s probably the best look Atlanta has ever worn.

Week 7 College football review: Spartans and bumble bees

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson couldn't overcome Michigan State and their new uniforms on Saturday. Photo by Associated Press

The biggest splash in college football uniforms came right off the bat on Saturday. As soon as Lee Corso picked Oregon to defeat Arizona State, ESPN switched to the Michigan-Michigan State game. We’ve known for a long time the Spartans would use a UAB-type look for this game, but Michigan’s throwback look came as a surprise.

The coolest thing about Michigan’s throwbacks was they didn’t warm up in them. The Wolverines were in their usual road unis before that feature maize pants before changing to the 1970s throwbacks for the game in East Lansing, Mich.

I’ll start with Michigan. I was hoping before the game they would go with something similar to the heritage uniforms they wore against Notre Dame in Week 2. The difference here is maize as the prominent color on the shoulder stripes instead of the blue, the number replacing the M on the front of the jersey and no stitch details on the numbers.

It’s a pretty solid look overall. The big numbers on the back of the jersey work well as do the small numbers on the helmets that don’t get in the way of the helmet design.

The only thing that bothers me with these uniforms is the Wolverines basically look like bumble bees. The prominence of maize on the stripes gives off that illusion, and since they are at the shoulders they are always seen by the fans.

Now on to Michigan State.

The Spartans looked totally unrecognizable for this game. The usual green and white combination for home games was totally thrown out for this rivalry game against Michigan.

The color scheme is very similar to that of UAB for home games. Overall, the colors do work together well, but they are not Michigan State’s colors. The gold helmets that had a bit of tint to them in certain places look like real Spartans (since I am clearly familiar with the men of Sparta, Greece.)

Moving on from the state of Michigan, here are your quick hits:

Oregon's Bryan Bennett stepped up for Oregon in a relatively conservative uniform game for these the Ducks and Arizona State. Photo by Associated Press

  • The last game of the night was a uniform special as Oregon and Arizona State faced off. The Ducks’ uniforms were average, nothing too special. Arizona State also looked pretty conservative with their maroon helmets and pants for a road game.
  • Virginia donned some nice orange and blue uniforms for their upset victory over Georgia Tech.
  • I’m still waiting for Oklahoma State to wear white helmets with orange. Their black-on-white-on-black look this week was just all right.
  • Washington State went with an all-gray look against Stanford. The Cougars have been down for a long time, so I guess they were trying to get hyped up for this one. It didn’t work.

Breaking News: Patriots to go with throwbacks

It seems like Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots will wear these throwbacks against the Jets this weekend.

A friend with knowledge of the situation tells me the New England Patriots will wear their throwback uniforms for this Sunday’s divisional showdown with the Jets. These uniforms were worn by New England from 1961-1992.

Last year, the Patriots wore these against the Vikings and wore them frequently in 2009 when it was the 50-year anniversary of the AFL.

My friend told me the throwback helmets and pants were hanging the Patriots locker room Monday after practice. Usually teams do this to break in the equipment during practice leading up to the game.

These are solid uniforms and I am looking forward to the Patriots wearing these in a big game against the Jets.

Week 3 NFL Review: An Alternate Throwback

Brian Urlacher may seem happy here, but he couldn't have been thrilled with what he was wearing. Photo by Getty Images

As per usual, there was not too much noise made in the NFL this week in the world of uniforms, so I will keep this relatively short.

The Bears went with a look they have gone to in the recent past, but one I was hoping they had abandoned last season.

On two occasions, da Bears went with a throwback last season. I liked the way the orange numbering blended into the dark blue jersey. I also enjoyed the gray facemask which usually indicates a throwback uniform.

The blank helmet was the most distinguishing feature of the uniform that made it a throwback. The look worked considering the history of the Bears.

Now, Sunday’s uniform choice did not have those same nice features. The most 0ffensive aspect of this uniform is obviously the orange. It’s somewhat blinding and does not make you want to watch the game anymore. When it was matched against the yellow in the Packers jersey, it made what was a pretty good game not enjoyable.

I also think it takes away from a great rivalry game. If the Bears had gone with their usual home uniforms, the game would have a better feel to it. It was tough to take the game all that serious with the Bears in these stupid uniforms.

Now, apparently, these uniforms are a sort of throwback as the Bears used to wear orange home uniforms in the 30s. Those uniforms had navy numbers though, which makes me think these monstrosities (of the Midway) are simply alternates.

Anyway, that’s my rant on that. Here’s your weekly quick hits:

Pierre Thomas and the rest of the Saints looked great Sunday in these throwbacks. Photo by Getty Images

  • The Saints went with a throwback Sunday in their victory over the Texans. It’s a pretty good look, especially the stripes on the side of the sleeves. The Fluer de Lis is slightly bigger than the current helmet is and the pants are a different shade of gold but it’s nice. While it may remind fans of a time when the Saints were constant losers, it’s nice to see this look make a comeback.
  • The Vikings also went with throwbacks. That have similar characteristics withthe Saints. The stripes on the sleeves are very nice as well as the stripe on the white pants. The color of the helmet is also a bit of a darker purple which works well, and the Vikings logo is slightly different than the current one. The Vikings also had a different look during the 90s.
  • Bad job by the Chargers going with white uniforms at home. I mean, they have the best uniforms in all of sports, use them, please.
  • Lastly, a tip of the cap to the Rams, who must have read this blog last week because they went back to their gold pants for Sunday’s loss to the Ravens.
That’s all for this week, if there’s anything I missed or you want to add your comments, please feel free.