Friday, August 24, 2018

A New College Football Season = New Uniforms

We’re mere days away from the kickoff of the 2018 college football season, and everyone here at Game Bibs HQ can hardly contain their excitement. A new season brings with it renewed hopes of football glory, big wins, exciting plays and, of course, new uniforms. Plenty of schools have taken to social media to show off their new threads and accessories, and these five are our favorites so far (in no particular order).

Oregon - We had to start the list with the elephant in the room. Oregon is the trendsetter of flashy college football uniforms, but the 2018 season brings a noticeably tamer uniform set to the field.

Photo credit: SBnation.com

Gone are the Ducks’ usually busy sleeves and sublimated patterns. Each helmet features a set of same-color wings on either side of the facemask, and jersey numbers are especially big. Traditionalists won’t like them, but considering how “out there” Oregon has been in the past, label us fans of this look.

Arizona State - The Sun Devils are making a variety of subtle changes to their football team’s look, but our favorite has to be the inclusion of the Arizona state flag across the chest and shoulders of the team’s jerseys. It’s unique, understated, and not flashy. Not sure how we feel about that gray jersey, though.

Photo credit: 247sports.com

North Carolina State - The Wolfpack began dabbling in a special helmet that features Tuffy, their throwback cartoonish wolf logo that was so popular in decades past. The helmet design went over so well with fans, students and alumni that the school is completely transitioning away from their block-S logo in favor of Tuffy. We couldn’t find a good photo of the new uniforms, but this shot shows Tuffy on the helmet from a previous season’s game.

Photo credit: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images

Virginia - They may look like a copy of the Auburn Tigers, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing when you wear uniforms as clean and classic as the Cavaliers will in 2018. UVA has made small adjustments this year to clean up their look such as matching striping patterns and using a matte white finish on their helmets. Two thumbs up.

Photo credit: 247sports.com

Oregon State - In the same vein as the NC State Wolfpack, the Beavers of Corvallis are embracing their roots by introducing a special Benny the Beaver helmet for select games. Their current look is a little too modern for our tastes, and we expect Benny to become a mainstay if the look goes over well with fans.

Photo credit: oregonlive.com

While these will be the basis of each team’s 2018 look, we wouldn’t be surprised to see them trot out onto the field with special one-off uniforms for particular games. What’s your favorite look for the 2018 season? Let us know in the comments below!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Game Bibs Fan Focus - Part 5


Our guest for the fifth installment of our Fan Focus blog series is Kristina, a die-hard baseball fan from Houston! Read on to find out more about Kristina.

When did you buy your first pair of Game Bibs?
I got my first pair when I was in 8th grade. I still use them today for my high school football games and for University of Houston college baseball games.

Do you have any game day traditions (tailgating, specific foods, etc.)?
Usually for the Astros games, hang with friends about 1-2 hours before the first pitch, then head to the bullpen after the first half inning and hang there in hopes of having a good five innings before heading to my seats.

What song gets you pumped up on game day?
Seasons before, I usually listen to Jason Alden. After winning the World Series last year, one song that always gets me pumped this year, along with Jason Alden’s music, is “World Series Grillz” by Paul Wall.

Name three game day necessities you always have with you.
I carry more than three items in my Nike backpack. I carry my glove to catch some baseballs during BP and/or games, a bottle or two of water to keep myself hydrated on days when the stadium is open and when there is a big festival on Crawford Street, my charger (if it’s going to be a long day worth of college baseball tournaments at the stadium), a baseball and some cards if I want to get something signed and a couple of Sharpies.

What's your favorite game day memory with your Game Bibs?
That’s tough, but I would say either Game 7 of the ALCS against the Yankees or Game 4 of the World Series. I know we lost Game 4, but I went with a cool friend of mine who also is a big Astros fan and is a local sports broadcaster here in Waco, TX.

If you could wear any article of clothing in the same colored stripes as your Game Bibs, what would it be? 
It would be between orange and navy pants or shoes because nobody at Minute Maid Park wears cool pants or shoes with stripes.

Tell us about a favorite sports moment you've gotten to experience.
I grew up as an Aggie, which I always tell people is why I have really strong lungs. My favorite memory was back in ‘06 when I was six years old, I went to the The AT&T Corps Classic between A&M and Army. At the last two seconds of overtime, I had to use the restroom and my mom was really mad. Till this day, I never have to go at the last minute during any event.

Do you have any big plans for this year's football season?
Hopefully attend a few U of H games this season.

What is your favorite sports movie?
Of course, The Sandlot. It’s a baseball classic and will be a classic, FOR-EV-ER.

Who is your favorite athlete?
It’s tough to choose just one, but if I had to choose two active players and two legends, they would be Nelson Cruz or Chris Devenski and Jose Cruz or Chipper Jones.

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us, Kristina, and best of luck to Houston's sports teams in the upcoming months! Want to be included in our Fan Focus blog series? Contact us on Facebook or Instagram!
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Game Bibs Fan Focus - Part 4


Next up in our blog posts focusing on our bib-wearing fans is Emma from Minnesota! Emma rocks her maroon & gold Game Bibs for every Golden Gopher game (they call them Gopheralls) along with the necessary mittens and beanie, and she was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

When did you buy your first pair of Game Bibs?
I bought my first pair of Game Bibs freshmen year of college!

Do you have any game day traditions (tailgating, specific foods, etc.)?
It’s always a tradition for me to meet up with my friends, head to the tailgates, and show our spirit for our team!

What song gets you pumped up on game day?
My college plays their fight song before a football game and it signals the start of a great game!

Name three game day necessities you always have with you.
My Game Bibs, my phone, and a Chipotle burrito.

What's your favorite game day memory with your game bibs?
Favorite memory with my Game Bibs is always the first game of every year and meeting up with all my friends cheering on our team.

If you could wear any article of clothing in the same colored stripes as your Game Bibs, what would it be?
I think It would be awesome to have a sports bra in the same colored stripes as my bibs!

Tell us about a favorite sports moment you've gotten to experience.
Watching the US women’s soccer team play.

Do you have any big plans for this year's football season?
I already have plans with my friends to get together and make shirts for game days!

What is your favorite sports movie?
The Sandlot is always a classic!

Who is your favorite athlete?
Alex Morgan!

Thanks again, Emma! Do you want to be featured in one of our Fan Focus blogs? Drop us a line on Facebook or Instagram and we'll be in touch!