Tuesday, July 28, 2009

NWC UniWatch: Poll is closed. Congrats to L&C

The poll is closed and the votes are in; Lewis and Clark wins by wide margin over Whitworth as having the worst home uniforms in the Northwest Conference. Wildcat11 won't be expecting any Christmas cards from Southwest* Portland this winter but I'm doing this out of love. I swear if you just mixed in some more white you would be out of the basement but until then the Pios are supplying nightmare fuel to the human eye.

*Thanks for the correction

Monday, July 27, 2009

Catdomealumni.com is getting really for fall camp.

No, WC11 is not running gassers in preparation for the 2009 fall camp but the creative team with Catdomealumni.com is putting together our list of coverage of the 2009 fall camp that starts on August 20th. We’re hoping to start putting together some pod casting very soon in hopes of interviewing players and coaches on the upcoming season as well as video pieces, live tweeting from camp, and player blogs as well.

Oh, did I mention that Catdomealumni.com finally gave in and signed up with Twitter? WC11 is not going to be tweeting all day long but we will be tossing out some tweets as the summer and season goes along. If you look over on the right of the blog page you can see we’ll have our twitter feed running on the blog too.

Be sure to check out and follow the Linfield Sports twitter feed too.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

UniWatch: Northwest Conference Style

Let’s face it; the uniforms that our teams wear do matter. It’s how we identify with our school and in fact, being in Oregon, college football fans know just how opinionated fans can be when the Ducks come out with their 15,432 uniform combos or the Beavers introduce their training bra look. A site that I like to check in on is Uniwatchblog.com which is the bible of all things when it comes to the world of athletic uniforms. I was on the site over the weekend and the question popped into Wildcat 11’s mind “Who in the NWC has the best looking home uniforms?” So after some internal debate here is Catdomealumni.com’s official ranking of the NWC football teams home uniforms:
1) Linfield College

The ‘Cats had a major uni overhaul about 11 seasons ago and since then Linfield has only tweaked the font a little bit. The outcome is a clean and standout look. I’ve never been a fan of the wild piping you see with so many college and HS football uniforms and Linfield avoids all of that with a classic purple on white with an all-white lid. What pushes Linfield’s look to the top is the use of the ‘Cats red in the logo. The look is at its best when the ‘Cats use the red on white cleats to round out the look. It’s a traditional but still fresh look that hasn’t gone out of style.

2) Pacific Lutheran

If I wasn’t such a huge Linfield mark the PLU home digs just might be #1. The ‘Lutes have a great color scheme and the “LUTES” on the back of each jersey makes the uniforms unique and captures the essence of EMAL football. The lids are nice with the white facemasks with gold body. I don’t know if I’m right about this but it seemed that PLU changed their gold from a shinny stain color to more of a flat gold and it looks much cleaner. Overall, just a nice uniform with a touch of uniqueness with the nameplates that has PLU home gear towards to top of the NWC heap.

3) Willamette

Part of Willamette’s shtick is the constant changes and tweaking of the uniforms. It seems that just about every year Willamette has some sort of different uniform change. The Bearcats get huge props for the lettering and numbers being embroidered. That adds a classy element to the uniforms. However, I hate the monochrome uniforms. I mean I HATE MONOCHROME uniforms. I know WU will break out the white pants with a gold pointed stripe on the pants but that look was just awkward because the gold was so light it was hard to see and it didn’t fit the tops at all. After the first game, WU pretty much ditched the white pants and went with the cardinal red. It’s just way too much red for my liking and some of the WU linemen start to look like the Kool-Aid man. Other than that criticism, I like the jersey piping (not over done) and the jersey font is nice. Not in Linfield or PLU’s class of look but still a solid effort.

4) Puget Sound

OK, I’m more traditional in how I like my uniforms but there is so traditional that you go into the dreaded plain zone. UPS home gear has a firm location in the plain zone. The maroon looks sharp but the uniforms are just lacking a finishing touch that could make the look a little better and fresher. For one, they need to ditch the black cleats and go with maroon on white. And they need to either add something on the pants, a shoulder stripe, or helmet decal. The uniform is just OK but who wants to wear something that is just OK?

5) Menlo

Menlo recently altered their school athletics logo and looks like they are mixing in light brown with the blue and white. I’m assuming we’re going to see some new gear this fall but in the meantime I only have what they have sported in the past. Again, did I tell you I hate the monochrome uniform? It’s just a lot of….blue. Not crazy about their number font or the pointy shoulder stripe. I know they are a little busier than the UPS uniforms but they are busier in a bad way.

6) Whitworth

Any way you slice it this is an ugly uniform. Ask Coach Tully and he’ll probably tell you that he doesn’t give a rip what the uniforms look like and I believe that 100%. I mean, just one look at their uniforms will tell you that. Again, another monochrome uniform and the fonts and the jersey tops are just bad looking. The jersey font has an inner and outer maroon stroke but it just blends into the black uniform. The tri-colored collar is about the only saving grace on the uniform. A few years back, Whitworth changed out their logo to a sleeker looking pirate flag with a “W” in the middle but the helmet decal doesn’t standout at all. It’s just a bad look all around.

7) Lewis & Clark

I’m really pulling for L&C to become a competitive and stable football program but I have to be honest. That might be the worst home uniform that I can remember. Again, an all black monochrome uniform and pure orange font on the black jerseys that creates an obscene home look. Just to add to that misery the Pios threw two pure orange stripes on the shoulders and it looks like Halloween just threw up on Palatine Hill after a 5th of Jager. The look could be improved 10 fold by just adding a white inner/outer stroke to the jersey font.

8) Unhonorable Mention - Linfield's All-Purple Look

Did I mention I hate the monochrome uniform and Linfield’s all-purple get ups might be the worst? I love Linfield football with a passion but I’m praying that the coaching staff will look at the 2009 schedule and say “We have 4 regular season homes games this year. Let’s not make Wildcat 11 want to poke out his eyes for a ¼ of it by wearing that horrible all-purple get up”. First off the all-purple makes a number of our linemen look like they are a double for Grimace. Second, it just doesn't look like Linfield to me. I don't know...I guess I'm getting older but get the All-Purples off my lawn! Any seniors reading this….please, please, please ditch this horrific look for the 09 season. Heck if you guys want to do something different then ask the staff if you could go all white for a home game. Just leave the purple pants on the shelf for home games.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Calling all 'Cats, join the conversation today!

Since you are reading this on the web I’m assuming that you are fully aware of the D3football.com and I hope that you have spent some time reading the always entertaining posting boards where Division III fans from all over the country get together and talk D3 football and everything else under the sun.

For many years now the Northwest Conference football board has been driven by the passion of the Linfield faithful and we want to see that continue into the 2009 season. So Wildcat11 is writing today to ask you to take the time and join us on D3boards.com in support of your Linfield Wildcats. It only takes a few minutes to register and join one of the most passionate fan bases in Division III football. If anything else you can pile onto the trolls that live for nothing else but to spin out the Catdome posters.

D3boards.com: Register Here

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Montana Tech’s Bob Green is a quote machine…on crack.

Montana Tech’s (NAIA) head football coach Bob Green is a bundle of energy and is a walking quote machine whose delivery is a cross between a hillbilly, drill sergeant, and someone on speed balls. I know that our very own head man, Joe Smith, is known to drop some serious “quotables” but Coach Green is on a planet all by himself.

Friday, July 10, 2009

George Fox getting serious about football

Well, I was planning on leaving you with the Press Hop video in the post below to get you through the weekend but thanks to the D3football.com twitter feed, I saw this morning that George Fox announced a big land donation valued at $1.2 million dollars (24 acres) and this prompted GFU to subtle but formally announce the possibility of football coming back to the Newberg campus. In the news release the GFU board has commissioned a feasibility study for the return of football:

Board Considers Football

George Fox University fielded a football team from 1894 to 1969, but dropped it primarily for financial reasons. The university’s board has been considering adding football since 2002 and has requested a feasibility study from the administration. George Fox is a member of the Northwest Conference, which competes in the non-scholarship NCAA Div. III.

Wow. If GFU was thinking this probably won’t happen then they wouldn’t have even bothered mentioning football so in reading between the lines this tells me that GFU is serious about it. With Pacific most likely hitting the gridiron in 2010 it has to make it that much easier for GFU to rally support and not fall behind the rest of the conference in terms of missing the highest profile college sport in their athletic department.

This could mean that in a few years down the road the NWC could have 9 football playing members with Whitman being the only school with no football program. Obviously, finding quality division III football players is tough enough and having another school in the talent pool will have some impact but the positives should far outweigh this negative.

Of course, we’ll keep an eye on this story as it develops as well as keeping tabs on Pacific progress.

***Correction: The donation was actually a $1.2 cash gift to build the facilities and fields on land that was deeded GFU at a prior period.

I'm talking about practice......

Wildcat11 will be ramping it back up next week on the blog but I'm going to leave you with the hottest single ripping up the music charts. The song is called "Press Hop" and it features basketball's Allen Iverson, Jim Mora, Dennis Green, Joe Namath, Ok State Head Coach Mike Gundy, and TO sneaks in at the end. Watch the whole thing...it's CLASSIC!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

EDSBS posts up Catdomealumni.com Video. Nice!

The biggest and best college football blog out on the interwebs, Every Day Should Be Saturday, posted up Catdomealumni.com's 2009 Football Camp Sumo Contest yesterday in one of their daily features. Now it's not like I'm going to print this up and tack it up on the Wildcat11 fridge at home but it's pretty darn cool to see some our work get a little run on such a wide read college football site. I think that deserves 5 all rights!