Clearing the decks.
Tarted-up uniforms done right, done wrong, and John Greco.
Miami’s new uniforms, very prodesse quam conspici.
Miami University (my alma mater) is out with new football uniforms. Ever since Miami dropped the Redskins nickname in favor of Redhawks (1997), there’s been a struggle -in my opinion- to hit the mark for Miami’s sports teams’ uniforms. After all Miami is a school heavy on tradition. Kissing under the Upham Arch. Beta, Sigma Chi, Phi Delt alpha chapters. Miami was a school before Florida was a state. Et cetera.
So do you capture the tradition of a school founded in 1809 when your new nickname sounds like a NY-Penn short season Class A minor baseball team?
Welp they did good with this iteration. And, it seems, they did it by using their seal as the main design element. Prodesse quam conspici translates roughly to “Progress without being all proud and showy about it.”
That’s what this uniform does. It brings in new design elements like the shiny helmet and a new approach to the shoulder treatment. But it stops short of glitzing it up with lots of stripes or piping or fluorescent color tones.
I’m thinking of Michigan as a case study in doing it wrong. Don’t know the latin for “Conspicuous regression” but Michigan represents it in a football uniform. Michigan’s contract with adidas is worth $80m. Maybe they should have taken $60m from Russell and kept their soul. Or maybe they should have just kept control over what their jersey should look like. Whatever the case: Michigan, take a cue from Miami and get back to your best-in-the-country uniforms that you used to have.
Well done Miami; Adidas, you surprised me in a good way.
John Greco’s pedigree.
It was nice to see John Greco extended Tuesday. Also nice to see the terms are pretty team-friendly: “worth about $13 million if he’s a starter and includes just under $3 million in guaranteed money… He’ll make a little over $2 million in 2013.” per MKC.
Greco is an interesting cat. We always like to see Ohio guys and, even better, northeast Ohio guys on the Browns and Greco is that. Greco is Boardman High and U. Toledo.
But I was struck by his pedigree at Toledo. No magic research, this is straight from his wiki page:
He was a three-time All-MAC honoree at left tackle. As a freshman, in 2004, he started at right tackle. He started 36 games and recorded 275 knockdowns and 34 touchdown-resulting blocks during his three seasons at left tackle. In 2007 he started all 12 games for Toledo and earned First-team All-MAC for the third consecutive season and was a Third-team All-America by Rivals.com. As a junior in 2006 he was the team co-captain started all 13 games at left tackle. He took over left tackle position after graduation of Nick Kaczur. He opened holes for an offense that ranked 13th in the nation in rushing (216.8 yards per game) and 10th in scoring (25.8 points per game). As a freshman in 2004 he started all 13 games at right tackle and earned the team’s top freshman award. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2003.
Not the best written wiki entry, but you get the point. He was impressive at Toledo. His combine/pro-day stats were also solid.
From there, it’s a mystery. The Rams were not stacked on the line when they drafted him 3rd round 2008. You can tell this because after Greco, they took Jason Smith #2 overall in 2009 and Rodger Saffold #33 overall in 2010.
We really don’t know why Greco couldn’t find the field on a weak Rams line. But it turns out Greco had at least one fan in Pat Shurmur. Apparently it was Shurmur who pushed for the ‘trade’ to bring Greco to Cleveland. What a trade. The deal was Greco to the Browns for a conditional 7th round pick. The condition was that Greco had to start a game in 2011. He didn’t. So the Browns got him for nothing.
And now he’s a starting right guard.
This is great. Now we have one hole on the line. We’ll be watching closely to see if Pinkston is recovered. If he is, we could be all set. If he’s not, I sure hope the Browns keep a close eye on the waiver wires. Would very much like to avoid another year of sixteen Sean Lauvao starts.
PS: here’s hoping this fast and inexpensive signing is not a shot over the bow of Alex Mack. But. I think it might could be.
FSO’s Allie Clifton engaged.
I forgot to include this in the original post, sorry. We did a piece on the trials of being a female reporter in the sports world. In that piece there were a couple paragraphs on Van Wert’s own Allie Clifton. Just wanted to note that she’s announced her engagement and in so doing, updated her twitter avi with one of the best profile photos you’ll find. That’s her and her fiance playing a little hoop.
You wish you had an engagement pic that good.
You don’t congratulate the bride so congratulations soon-to-be Mr. Clifton. Much happiness to you both.