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  1. I took out a few of the photos for ease of reading, but I actually DO know why this happened. The 49ers changed uniform suppliers from Wilson to Reebok from 1995 to 1996, but the contract was signed late in the process and Wilson had already manufactured all of the samples during the design process. Wilson manufactured its own on-field product, where the other manufacturers used a third party. Starter used Ripon, as would Nike later on and Reebok when they took over the league-wide contract. Reebok used ACO at the time, I believe, which made uniforms for Champion as well. So Reebok takes on the 49ers in 1996 on a contract signed late. For the first set of uniforms, they used Wilson because they had done all the samples and supposedly already had sets made. They wore those for the first half of the year and replaced them with ACO jerseys with the thinner font as the season wore on. Gridiron Uniform Database has the thinner font appearing on some players as early as October. Wilson continued to make authentics for every team for a couple more years, until their NFL deal expired, and their 49ers jerseys always featured the original thicker font.
  2. Arkansas started it, the SEC adopted it. Teams will be adding the updated patches to their graduates' jerseys as their schedules allow. Not all patches had been sent to schools as of last week. Every school will participate.
  3. I don't consider the NFL hats as "on-field." I'm talking about what players wear in competition. They may wear hats on the sideline, but not while they're between the lines.
  4. Because with the NBA's move to add the manufacturer logo in 2017, the New Era hat would have been the only piece of pro sports on-field/court/ice apparel to not feature a manufacturer's logo and it happens to be the only one New Era makes. Having that logo adds millions in value to their contract and boosts brand awareness. I agree it decreases the aesthetic of the hat, but I can't argue with them wanting it there.
  5. I was there and the views in person were much better than photos made them appear. It wasn't as ideal as Neyland Stadium, but it wasn't terrible. Great experience and to have been a part of history.
  6. You can "buy" it or not, but I've seen it happen with jerseys a hundred times. That's why Nike recommends that equipment staffs wash the uniforms in warm water before issuing them to players, even for something as simple as picture day. Probably didn't happen last year because they followed instructions. The very same thing happened to us one season when our previous supplier delivered about half of the home jerseys the week before we wore them in a neutral site opener. Since they still had to be sent out to have the conference and opening game patches applied, there wasn't time to get them washed and dried before they went in the lockers on game day. As far as it being there before his taking the field, I'm sure he wore the jersey in warmups and it started then. When it happened with us, the streaks on a few players' numbers were visible before warmups were over.
  7. No. That's the black dye from the jerseys bleeding through after the players sweat in the uniforms. Typically, washing the uniforms once before they are worn prevents this.
  8. Then you'll need to get in a time machine and go back about 15 years, because most teams with white helmets have been doing this at least that long. From more than five feet away, you can't see it and don't notice it, but most do it. Plain white helmets can look yellow under stadium lights and on TV at night. The silver flakes reflect, making the helmet appear bright white on TV and in person. I know at Tennessee we have had the silver flakes in the helmets since at least 2004. HDTV made it an even more popular option than it was before then.
  9. Yes, the usual home uniforms will be worn. Nike presented some options, but they were rejected.
  10. They are going to be on display for the most-attended football game in history that will also air on ABC primetime. I assure you they will get plenty of attention, especially against the contrast of Tennessee wearing its traditional uniform.
  11. That was to be the alternate uniform in 2014, but it was never worn. Supposedly, UT had greenlighted a different variation that was less gaudy, but the wrong one was ordered/shipped. The retail version of the jersey was really awful looking.
  12. I can't speak on the pants, I can't get a good enough look from the poster and I'm not familiar with what pants they have worn to accurately say if they're new pants or Photoshopped. All I can say for certain is that those aren't the new jerseys. The helmet stripe change is easy to execute, those decals were probably in long ago.
  13. Those are not their adidas uniforms, those are last year's photoshopped because the new uniforms did not arrive until long after the poster print deadline.
  14. The logo went into use last July, so most merchandise already used it. It was phased in on uniforms.
  15. I don't want to nitpick, but adding "basketball" in the thread title would be helpful to differentiate from the football and baseball threads.
  16. Per a source that I trust, there are no plans to change the Braves' primary home and away looks next season for the move into the new stadium. It should be noted that the Braves' Stars and Stripes jersey last year was also sans-Tomahawk, so I wouldn't read too much into it: The Memorial Day jersey in 2015 did have the tomahawk and looked awful, so they just ditched it for this year. As for the Mother's Day/Father's Day jerseys, the Mother's Day jersey was a recolor of their standard Sunday fauxback jersey, which does not have the tomahawk and has the single color piping. The Father's Day jersey was probably sans-tomahawk for consistency sake with the other three special event jerseys. The team has used the same "Atlanta" and "Braves" scripts since the 1970s, with and without the tomahawk at various times.
  17. It's not that they weren't given final say on their look, they were just contractually obligated to wear the latest template/materials that adidas offered. The TechFit and Shockweb materials made a mockery of the stripes, as we all know, and the "tire tread" made them even more unpopular. It looks like they went back to a traditional mesh and Ripon was able to fix the stripes into their template. UCLA had proposed this move several times, but had to wear the TechFits. I don't know why Wisconsin was given the option to avoid TechFit where UCLA was not.
  18. Nike, adidas and Under Armour did this a couple of years ago as a part of a deal with the NFLPA that allowed them to put alumni names/numbers on current college replicas. They were pretty popular here, when adidas did it the first time. With most schools now going the generic number route (about 1/3 of Power 5 schools did it last year, I'm told the percentage is going way up this year), this is another way for the three companies to keep the jersey business going and even expand it past the current relatively small market that makes up each school's jersey sales. All it costs them is the small extra licensing fee, which added $5 to the cost of the jerseys at retail last time around, looks to be similar now.
  19. I should clarify, for their contract schools, they are only available in molded.
  20. Nike only offers molded cleats in the vast majority of their shoes available to teams. All of the "technology" lines (flyknit, etc.) are exclusively molded.
  21. Players can wear 0 and 00 in every NCAA sport other than football and volleyball.
  22. Let's remember that it's recruiting season and a lot of concept helmets made up by equipment staffs end up on tables for recruit tours as "possible" alternates, even though they will never be worn. It is a good time to see possible leaks for next year, but there are just as many helmets and jerseys that are done up just for recruiting visits. I know we've done it, and you see a lot of that during official visit weekends.
  23. Sounds like an end-of-season sale. I doubt they'd have a rebrand in the final year of the stadium, especially when Turner Field is so current-logo heavy. I've been to a few games towards the end of the season the last few years, and I've never seen 70% off everything in the stores. It has to be one of three reasons, listed in order of my belief: 1. It was merely a bit of a "Sorry that 2015 sucked, thanks for coming out to a game this season" move. 2. They're trying to unload a bunch of merchandise at the stadium between now and the end of the 2016 season so that they don't have to move as much stuff over to the new ballpark. 3. Maybe there is some sort of uniform/logo change in the works. The Braves are unique in that they still operate their own merchandise sales, where nearly every other team outsources it to a national or local company. The only negative to that is they go from needing a TON of inventory every day to only needing enough to fill a store at CNN center literally overnight. With attendance down as significantly as it was this year, I imagine they had a lot more inventory than they wanted to keep over the winter, even on items they will sell again next year.
  24. I won an SEC Championship Ring and a Final Four Ring as a grad asst for a women's volleyball team and I wear one of them every day, so I come down firmly in the "wear" category.
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