Sunday, August 17, 2008

Home Uni Watch - WSU Football Blog Style

First off, a quick recap - the fans have spoken from the first uni watch, of the road uni variety. While you can never read too much into polls, well, this one was somewhat decisive. The current Apple Cup look was the winner, by a pretty decent margin. Here's the final results:

Current AC Look: 110
The New Millennium (Gesser style): 79
Bledsoe - Palouse Posse - Leaf: 37
Walden Era - 81 Holiday: 18
Erickson Era - 88 Aloha Bowl: 13

So this is what we hope to see for the road look:
But even if it isn't what we will see this year, still, hopeful for something similar in the future?

Moving on, time to flip things to the home uni's. We'll do the same as before, starting with the Walden era (and even slightly before) and move it right through to today. The poll is up to the right, plus comments are always appreciated.

1) Walden Era Home Uni's

Actually a couple of versions to this one. First here's a look at the all-Crimson uni's, with white stripes, white lettering, Cougars script on the helmet with a white face mask:

Then another version, this one with gray pants:

Like the road versions, seen here, very basic, very clean. This crimson top with gray pants look actually came about from this one, here seen by none other than Dr. Dan Doornink from the late 70's:

2) Erickson Era of the late 80's

There isn't a lot out there in full-blown color from this era in terms of home uni's. Here's a black-n-white shot from the '88 Apple Cup that shows the biggest change, which has the same gray pants seen here in the road version.

The jerseys are virtually identical to the road one, except for the main color of course, crimson jerseys. Here's another shot of just the jersey alone:
3) Bledsoe - Palouse Posse - Leaf years of early/late 90's:

Same jersey as the Erickson change, basically, but this time we came out with the crimson pants to match.

There were some variations, including the 1994 Alamo Bowl, which saw these pants worn as a one-time only deal.

There were some other looks in the late 90's, including a change in the numerals but kept with the crimson pants.
And then these uni's from 1999, which saw yet another change to the numerals, the WSU sometimes on the helmet and sometimes the Cougars script, and even gray pants at home.

Phew. Got all that?

4) The Gesser - Kegel - Derting years

A new look for the new millennium. The program went the direction of the Denver Broncos style ushered in the late 90's, which the vertical stripes. An extra layer of dimension to the numerals as well. Generally a busy look. Later we would add on to this uni with an extra stripe on the shoulders, and continue the main vertical stripe all the way up to the neck line. First seen here at the 2003 Rose Bowl.

We would continue this double-shoulder stripe look for the next couple of seasons.

Then, we would clean it all up in 2005, which brings us to today.

5) The Current Versions - Mkristo Bruce - Jerome Harrison - Jason Hill - Alex Brink years.

A pretty clean look, mixing past and present. Gray pants with a crimson-white-crimson stripe, no hip logo. WSU logo on the helmet, and block white numerals and lettering. Small "Washington State" across the chest. Black shoes. A clean, sharp look all the way around.

Of course, we have had a few different looks mixed in. Once we rolled out a whole new deal with Russell for a USC home game in 2006, fresh for the TBS national TV coverage.

This look featured crimson helmets and a completely new lettering, design, the whole thing.

Gone was the "Washington State" lettering, replaced by just Cougars in a totally different, white font. Crimson as the main color but gray featured prominently along the shoulders and down to the sleeve, with crimson numbers on the sleeve. Gray pants accented by some small crimson stripes around the keee. Black shoes, and, for the first time in a while, crimson helmets at home. A look we haven't seen again, by the way.

I always was interested in what people thought of this alternate version. I did remember hearing very mixed opinions, some from it's FREAKIN' SWEET and others who just hated it. When I first saw them I was like "WTF?" but then as the game went on I got used to them, to the point that I think I actually liked them. Maybe we'll see them again, someday?

And finally, for Apple Cup home games, we went with the Cougars script helmets as well as the "throwback" solid gray pants.
This look will be similar to what we'll see in 2008, although we'll roll with the standard home pants with the crimson-white-crimson pants. Per the official WSU blog:

For home games, the Cougars will wear silver helmets with the script Cougar lettering. The jerseys are crimson, and the pants are silver with a three inch stripes down the side rotating crimson, white, crimson.

For away games, the Cougars will wear crimson helmets with the white Cougar head logo. The jerseys are white, and the pants are crimson with a three inch stripe rotating crimson, white, crimson.

That's not to say it won't be something different for the Seattle game...

Hmm, something different for the Seattle game? We'll have to work our back channels to see if we can get a tip on what to expect in what, now less than TWO WEEKS until kickoff?? Unbelievable.

So there you have it. Vote early/often, post your thoughts on what you like and what you don't. Let's hear it.

Enjoy your Sunday, and most of all, GO COUGS!


anthony mcclanahan said...

Love the "Apple Cup" look too. That is the way to go forward PERIOD. The Crimson helmet has to looks great sitting on the shelf but on the field with crimson pants we simply look like Arkansas...I seriously think that everytime I see us on the road.

Secondly and this goes to all uniforms for all team home and road. For god's sake can we as a school define what color "Cougar Crimson" is going to be and stick to it. I would go so far as to have Sterk hire a "Quality Crimson Control" specialist who demands that all suppliers and licensees conform to one uniform color of Cougar Crimson.

Anyway...I say Cougar script helmets for all games (thankfully the grey logo helmets are retired...the logo just never "popped" on the silver helmets and it was a terrible look) Clean white jerseys with silver pants looks great on the road.

For the home look we COULD have the sweetest look ever. We have to go to a solid 2-color crimson/silver look. (Think Detroit Lions throwbacks with Crimson where the blue is)

1-Silver Cougar-script helmet
2-Crimson jersey with Silver, NOT WHITE numbers and maybe a small silver "Wazzu" or logo at the neck.
3-Solid Silver pants (crison logo okay)
4-Solid Crimson socks (all worn tucked into the pants
5-Black Shoes
6-NO WHITE Lettering or stripes anywhere on the uniform***
7-Only exception would be for an Crimson pants "All Crimson look" for MAXIMUM one game per year.

To picture this think almost of our practice uniforms...clean sharp.

All the best uniforms are TWO color designs that are clean and classy.
For Example
Michigan Home
Texas Road
Alabama Home
Penn State Home/Road
USC Home

We could look awesome at home and on the road and put the memories of the embarrassing/hideous 2-helmet Gesser-era bad stripey uniforms to bed forever. And by the way those "cougars" jerseys vs USC were the most Gawd-Awful ridiculous things I have ever seen. We should act lack a BCS team.

Sedihawk said...

Good work Zeus.

I don't completely agree with you, but I do also love the cleaner, traditional look. But I would bet we don't go too new-age. Then again there is Nike involved and we've seen what they can do. Whatever happens I hope we just pick a look and stick with it.

Anonymous said...

The current look and the AC look are clean and just about perfect to me.

However, I think I was one of the few who LOVED the 06 one time uni's for the SC game. I like them from the get go and they continued to grow on me.

millcreekcoug said...

To not use the WSU logo on the helmet is just plain wrong.

Current home look (with logo on helmet and stripes on pants) is the only way to go, imo.

Michelle said...

My guess is when Nike "swooshes" (had to, sorry) in and designs our new unis, they will look nothing like we hope...

The Crimson helmets just don't seem to go well with any color combo.

Millcreek, I agree. I love our cougarhead and I think we should wear that at home. I like the Jerome Harrison/Alex Brink look...but something about Gesser and Derting in all crimson gives me chills...Maybe it was how good we did those seasons.

And those special jerseys we brought out at the USC game were sick, like I wanted to vomit when I saw them. The only thing decent on them was the use of COUGARS.

Have a great Cougar day everyone

T Prov said...

Hate the Logo on the helmet millcreek...the cougar head is going THE WRONG WAY on the left side of the helmet. Just doesn't work. Also the crimson helmet is different color than our jerseys. The Gesser era look is WAYYY to UNLV for me.

Like the current unis with the "Cougars" but the stripes on the pants are just plain JV looking. I like Zeus idea of solid silver pants with crimson socks.

Anonymous said...

Apple Cup Look...With the helmets of Bledsoe, Leaf, RPM, the Glen Harper stick of Danny Green, The blocked punt, the Rosenbach upset of Aikman, Bobo sliding into CJ in the snow, The Fab 5 slicing the USC secondary. That is our school.

Last year before one of the games they were showing a video highlight montage of the team and it was when I saw a quick shot of us in the "Cougars" helmets from an Apple Cup that the 5 of us all just jumped up--->>that is our school. That is what my football team is supposed to look like.

Woody said...

As in previous posts here are my votes:

First Off Branding:
Uniforms and Logos should be about one thing and that is branding. They should be used to brand your program(s),school, even your "spirit/school pride" It is not just about money either. A singular/popular/recognizable brand identifies your program to Fans, Alums, Recruits, competitors, etc.
To have a dual look and change every year or so completely defeats that purpose. Your program is not then identifiable.
We already have one of the most recognizable logos in the country, we should be using that!

1. Helmets (home and away):
Silver with Cougar Logo.
I can live with the script, but the logo is what we should be using.

It really is no joke to say that the Cougar Logo is one of the most popular and recognizable college logos out there. (not just Cougs say that either) It is the one symbol that across the country people will and do look at and say that is the WSU Cougars.
To not use that logo with our main athletic program in my opinion would be crazy and not utilizing a huge moniker and already established asset.

2. Pants (home and away): The majority of the time silver! If you want to throw in a crimson pant here and there that is fine. But I would like to see the day when people are flipping the channel and see the silver pants and the silver helmet they know they are watching WSU.

3. Jerseys:
A. Home Crimson
B. White
Not much to add there.

4. Accents, Numbers and Lettering (oh my):
I am a traditionalists and would like to see as clean and concise as possible. But the fonts, and stripes and lettering on jerseys etc. changes with the trends. So, for a couple of years the stripes on the pants will be popular, and then maybe a cougar head on the pants will be cool after that.
As long as you have the foundation of the silver pants and helmets you can alter the accents with the times.

I am sure as time goes on we will have uber posts on the whole Nike situation, so I will hold off until then.

Go Cougs!


Patrick said...

SO, I was thinking that next we could debate the best cheerleader/Dance team uni's??

Selahcoug said...

I like the Apple Cup look or the current look minus the stripes on the pants. The stripes look like they are from the 80's. I prefer the logo, but I can live with the Cougars script, though it seems a bit outdated as well.

spocoug said...

Agree with above...if we have the logo on the helmet it must be on right side ONLY. It looks terrible going backwards on the left side of the helmet.

Cougars script helmets is our brand and should have never been changed. Lets get back to it forever.

kaddy said...

Screaming Cougar logo and nothing else!

'03CouveCoug said...

I usually don't feel the need to comment on this sort of thing, but I have to agree with the several posters that have stated that the WSU logo is the most unique logo in all of sports, bar none. As such, we should friggin' USE IT! There are at least 2 other teams in D-I football that could conceivably have script "Cougars" across the helmet. Casual fans may ask, is it the University of Houston? Is it BYU? Hell, I've seen plenty of high schools use script lettering on the helmet. It doesn't make sense for us to not utilize something that is so distinguishing, especially since our football team is getting more and more TV time.

As for the rest of the uniform, I tend to lean more towards a clean, classic look; however, the likelihood of the Nike kingdom adhering to such a request is more than unlikely. I’d vote for silver helmets with the screaming Cougar, home and away…lose the crimson road helmet. At home, wear crimson jerseys with gray numbers (any lettering should be limited to small lettering or a logo at the “V” of the collar and of course the players name on the back) along with solid gray pants, crimson socks and black shoes.

On the road, wear white jerseys with crimson lettering and numbers (any lettering should be limited to small lettering or a logo at the “V” of the collar, and of course the players name on the back just like the home uniform) along with solid gray pants, crimson socks and black shoes. I also have to say that I really liked when the old “Palouse Posse” busted out the solid crimson unis…it always looked pretty intimidating and would be fun to wear for, say homecoming every year. If you want to bring back the script “Cougars” helmet, make it for Apple Cup only.

Just my two cents. I sure hope that the folks at Nike don’t use WSU as a guinea pig for something gawd-awful like black unis, or something stupid. I’m sure that Mr. Sterk wouldn’t allow such a thing. I guess we shall see.

logan said...

i love the all out crimson from the palouse posse well as the clean, classic, traditional, non-flashy style they had.

I still like the cougar head on the helmets because it's our brand (like other people have said). and while the cougar head is backward on the left side of the helmet, so is the cougars script logo. i think it's our logo, we need to use it. I would still like the script logo for the apple cup.

Anonymous said...

"Cougars" Helmets. That is what we are and what we should forever be. We look kick-ass in the apple cup, lets look that good all year long.

RJ said...

Apple Cup looks are clean and mean. I get stoked every time I see us come out of the tunnel with the "Cougars" helmets. Love the logo but it looks weird on a football helmet--sorry but that's how I feel. Even when we wore the alt helmets in 94 I thought it looked just goofy.

GS95 said...

Cougars Helmets Rule!!!

Lose the crappy stripes on the home pants and get rid of the white numbers...I agree Crimson and Gray(okay silver) all the way. 2 Helmets are one does that we play 12 games for Chrissakes.

Road Apple Cup look rules

UncleCharlie said...

The UCLA athletics program is hilighting the "C" in UCLA because C is the roman numeral for 100 in recognition of UCLA having won 100 national Championships. Why doesn't WSU have like a big ZERO on the side of their helmets for all of their Football titles?