Fug the Uniforms: College Football


This feels like it’s getting out of hand. I know ND did its green jerseys ages ago, and some teams do blackout games, and of course Oregon’s annual fresh cabal of heinous neon wardrobe changes. But now suddenly every week some NCAA team or other is wearing a completely different outfit on the field, half the time in colors that are adjacent at best to their actual school themes and make them almost unrecognizable. I know the athletic departments probably rake in a boatload of cash in jersey sales because of this, and certainly Oregon’s win-loss record has thrived during this time, but… I’m a traditionalist. Whatever happened to consistent school colors? Y’all really can’t get fired up for a big game any other way? I’ve worn the same ND jerseys every Saturday for a decade and I have no trouble getting into my weekly game day rabidness. I’m frothing at the mouth right now and it’s only Wednesday.

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  1. Dinsdale
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    Oregon needs to step it by pulling the Full Cher and changing uniforms at halftime.

    • Jessica
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      YES.

    • Halo
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      So much word! Although, as a Husky, I can’t abide the Ducks unless they’re playing against a different conference and I have to cheer for the Pac 12 at any cost.

  2. Mare
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    As a true Duck fan, I love the concept of a surprise each week, but this season has been pretty lame. I am NOT a fan of the John Deere color scheme. That belongs to some team in the Midwest.

    • jenny
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      the kelly and rubber duckie yellow were the original colors of the team though, my dad still won’t stop muttering about the new green and the new yellow…

  3. Lynn
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    On the other hand, Heather, whatever ND did to the regular gold helmets this year (shinier paint?) looked super cool last weekend at the end of the Stanford game with the rain and the lights. It looked like a movie about football, not a real game.

    I think the Nebraska unis might have looked okay if they were white and red instead of white and black, but those Wisconsin unis are just dreadful. That little skinny W on those big linemen is just all out of proportion. I actually like Missouri’s new uniforms though, even the big tiger helmet, though perhaps it’s just that I’m used to their logo (went to a rival Big XII school back in the day).

  4. Jill
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    I totally agree with you on all points about all the uniforms. This was a very entertaining slide show! I don’t get what the Oregon guys have on the shoulders of every uniform….some type of duck feathers? It just looks weird to me.

    I love #8 with that WV guy tackling the MD guy…it looks like he’s giving him a big bear hug!

    • Megan
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      At the risk of sound like a huge nerd for the Ducks, which I am, the shoulder design is a play on duck wings, but ti is also a Nike technology that helps spread out the force of a blow which is supposed to minimize the pain of tackles. Because I read the blogs Nike puts out on our Unis. Oh, being this girl is embarrassing!

      Go football!

      • Meh
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        the shoulder design pattern looked like tire tread marks at first = o

        • Vandalfan
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          Total tread marks. I wouldn’t find that inspiring at all.

          And don’t let’s get started on the NFL The fonts alone will give you apoplexy.

  5. Rachael
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    I love that sports posts. I can’t even explain how much. It makes my heart happy. I am totally agreed on all of your points here. It’s like the teams are trying to out-do each other, and they end up looking stupid.

  6. drlemaster
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    All the gray uniforms are on southern teams. Is this some shout out to the confederacy? This isn’t the place to go into detail, but that seems problematic on several levels. Plus they all look bad. Is there some sort of Great Looking Gray product for football teams. These guys need it.

    • SharonCville
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      I thought of that, too, but one of them is West Virginia, a state that SPECIFICALLY FORMED to stay out of the Confederacy and in the Union! So, no. It’s stupider than that. Some jock designer trying to do a “masculine” theme, like the way all of the men’s shampoo is now in charcoal and black bottles….

  7. A.
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    Aaaand this is why I love GFY :-D From Fashion Week to football uniforms, you guys do it all. Please keep up the sports fug analysis because I LOVE reading thoughts on a man’s suit AND his draft prospects in the same slideshow. Jessica and Heather FTW!

  8. Cat
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    Yeah, who decided that grey was the next big ‘thing’ in college football? I actually don’t mind it with West Virgina (I think they’ve worked it into their school colors well), but it’s dreadful on some other teams (South Carolina, I’m looking at you!). It’s enough that most schools have added black into their uni rotations… can we please stick with school colors?

    As someone who is not a ND fan at all… can they please please please go back to the old helmets? I hate these new very shiny, hammered gold ones. Yuck.

    As some who hates the Ducks with the passion of a thousand suns (sorry, rival Pac-12 grad here), their uniforms are consistently terrible. But at least it’s something we can make fun of! Just goes to show that money can’t buy class, though it can buy you 12-14 different outfits a football season.

    I was going to suggest the Nebraska-Wisconsin throwback unis… I actually like Nebraska’s more than Wisconsin’s. That puny W is ridiculous.

  9. Rebecca
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    I have been waiting for your commentary on the Notre Dame uniforms, Heather. They are atrocious and should be burned immediately.

    • Christina
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      I don’t know who they were trying to impress because all I heard from fellow alumni was how much they hated the uniform. But we are undefeated so Go Irish!

  10. andrea
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    Those South Carolina uniforms… Ugh. My husband and I bitched about them the whole game.

    As for the SEC teams and the gray/Confederacy thing, that’s certainly possible; that’s probably just an unintended (but welcome?) aspect. Personally, I think it’s that designers get into group think, and since so many teams have red/white/black, gray probably seemed like a different/artsy/subversive thing to do. Except they all ended up doing it, and they all looked terrible. I play team sports, too, and gray is a color that is universally outlawed in my sport, because of all these reasons, plus the “Is it a light color? Is it a dark? Should we wear light or dark when we play against them?”

    The Notre Dame helmets, I LOVED. I forgot, is it Heather or Jessica who likes sparkly things? I would’ve thought you’d be all over things like they were crack. I agree about the numbers and pants, though.

    • GFY Heather
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      I just don’t like the leprechaun part — and the OLD gold helmets were painted by student managers every night before the game. The new ones killed that tradition, and THAT is why I hate them.

      • andrea
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        That is a cool piece of trivia that I didn’t know! I can see why you’re irked.

      • Kristen
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        I’ve been waiting for the ND comments since the uniforms were unveiled originally! I totally agree about the tragedy of losing the weekly helmet repainting tradition. That was such a great photo to see the helmets lined up.

      • Marc Dumas
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        for all of you that are commenting – you should go over to uni-watch.com – That’s all we do over there.
        most of the changes that happen in uniforms are driven by 2 things – the manufacturers (that’s why Oregon – a Nike school, who’s founder, Phil Knight is an Oregon grad – has new uniforms every week, and why adidas schools (ND, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisc) have had throwbacks (the big W and N are based off of old unis) and the ND uniform for the Shamrock series will be different every year) and trying to get recruits (18 and 19 year old like stuff that’s flashy.

        As for the helmets at ND, the reason they switched is because student managers have too much other stuff to do than paint helmets – it was a great tradition, but affecting the paint affects the integrity of the helmet now a days

        love your site

  11. amys
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    The first thing I noticed during the SC/LSU game was the pants. I think I may have even yelled, “Good god—they’re wearing CAMO britches!” Each time I saw the pants on screen I’d mutter, “stupid camouflage” and “whose dumb idea was this?” Not a good look.

  12. Megan
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    I am not a football fan (I also attended a DIII school you’ve never heard of), so I really don’t have a horse in this race. But I absolutely love your posts on sports and uniforms!

  13. Jessica
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    HEATHER. I love you. BUT…I went to South Carolina and our color is GARNET. It’s not red. If you wanted to call it a normal color, call it burgundy. ANYWAY…the grey uniforms were God-awful…but the shoes were kinda cool. http://sneakerreport.com/sports/football/new-details-of-the-under-armour-south-carolina-battle-uniforms/

    • Leah
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      The camo uniforms for South Carolina were for military appreciation. While I agree they were butt-ugly (I was appalled when they came out onto the field) it was an honorable gesture.

      • Leah
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        And “High Five” on the GARNET!!!

        • GFY Heather
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          OH my gosh, y’all, I didn’t go there — that’s inside baseball stuff. Don’t be upset!

      • amys
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        I didn’t know it was military appreciation…whoops. I just figured since last year Nike had given Georgia “BATTLE” unis (Horrible, horrible fun) the USC pants were battle pants, too.

  14. Sarie
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    Oregon’s uniforms with that stupid shoulder detail look like they have literally been run over by the opposing team. I get that they are probably supposed to be feathers or wings or something duck like but they look like tire tread tracks. Is it really good to tell your rivals that they can run over you, someone else already has.

  15. Sandra
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    Maybe the gray is supposed to evoke a warrior image. It’s almost the same gray as the USMA winter dress uniform. Of course, their actual football team wears black and gold, being The Black Knights and all. Or perhaps it’s a nod to all the old school gray sweats for working out, kind of a “yeah, you guys are no better than our practice squad” vibe.

    If it were up to me, everybody’s home unis would be white uniforms trimmed with school colors with numbers and school name and no personal names at all. Look ‘em up in the program if you can’t tell who they are. Road unis should have the lighter of the school colors (because there are ALWAYS two) for the pants and the darker for the jersey. Probably don’t need names on those either, because the home team fans don’t care anyway.

  16. junaitatres
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    I can live with Notre Dame’s pants this year, but those helmets from the Miami game are a crime against humanity.

    • Vandalfan
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      Like some bad paint on cars, the ND helmet look like a cheap drum set. Sparkle flake. Oh the humanity!

      My wonderful U of Idaho school colors are silver and gold, but we’ve been in boring black and yellow since the olden days. I could dig the ND drum set helmets and some of the grey duds. Go Vandals!

  17. Jen S 2.0
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    WORD. I am having such major uniform issues this season. I have been a Michigan football fan for over 20 years, and I nearly had to disown them this year when they showed their faces (and butts) in WHITE PANTS. WHAT?! We lost in them (to ND, no less), so I hope they will be buried. Deeply. Because, no. Get it straight, people: Winged maize and blue helmet, GOLD pants. GOLD. These are nonnegotiables.

    And don’t even get me started on the Redskins this season. The white, burgundy, and yellow color scheme makes them look like the official football team of McDonalds.

    • Eliza Bennett
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      Word. Even worse is when they’re wearing breast cancer solidarity gear. HOT PANK (pink down south) is not a good look on Ronald McDonald.

      • SharonCville
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        Now, see, I like the Washington uniforms. The gold pants are a shout-out to their best uniforms from the past, back when they had the Hogs and Riggo and Joe Gibbs 1.0. I will concede, however, that they are LONG past due to change their name. The Tuesday Morning Quarterback on ESPN (Gregg Easterbrook) refers to them as the Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons (Persons for short), also noting that they practice in Virginia and play in Maryland, but don’t actually do anything in DC anymore.

  18. Katharine
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    The worst thing about the white Wisconsin ones is whatever kind of cheap thin knit they’ve used, it’s clinging to those sturdy boys in a very “these abs were built by beer, not by the gym” kind of way. I feel like I’d be able to count their belly hairs in a rain.

  19. Eliza Bennett
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    I hate hate hate those ND pants. Why would you do that to men’s bodies?
    I usually envy football players’ hips–wide receivers, of course, I can rival a lineman’s rear end easily :) –but those gold pants with the heinous stripe-within-a-stripe are terribly unflattering. And I second the cry to kill all 50 shades of gray with fire. My Oklahoma State Cowboys did something wonky to their uniforms and they now have clashing grays that look like sweat stains. I just..stop the madness.

  20. Liz
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    Go blue! :)

  21. Mair Mair
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    All I can think when I look at the gold part of those ND helmets is: hot alien chick on some Star Trek episode.

  22. hfree
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    Thank you for this. I am a huge Georgia Bulldogs fan (see slide 6, it takes three players to bring Jordan Jenkins down!). Our unis are classic, Go You Silver Britches! I get irate when they mix it up. Sure, the first blackout game against Auburn was fun, but only because we won. Every other game where we change the uniforms (especially black helmets) has been a disaster.

    • Lindsey
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      I’m also a die-hard Georgia fan, and I haaaaate when they mess with the uniforms. Especially that time we wore all red and Boise State beat us. Silver britches all the way!

      I believe the announcers for the SC-LSU game mentioned that the camo uniforms were to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Surely there was a more attractive way to do that, though…..right?

      • amys
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        UGA grad here and die-hard, too. I adore the classic unis and will bitch at volume 10 the entire game anytime they go messing with the silver britches, too…because obviously it almost never ends well! Go Dawgs and FugGirls!

  23. charlie09
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    I could not agree with this post any more than I do. I am not even a ND fan (though, I harbor no ill will, just, you know, didn’t go there), but their pants and helmets this year offend me.

  24. Shannon
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    I love the football posts! Yay, football. But I don’t watch football for fashion. I agree with you. Stick to your actual colors and traditional football uniforms. My husband said the same thing about Missouri (my school, go Mizzou!), maybe if they went back to their old uniforms they would play better.

  25. leah
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    we nebraskans are generally VERY traditional about our uniforms, so i doubt the black-and-red ones will make very many appearances–i’m honestly not sure why they did them at all. i think because nebraska’s and wisconsin’s normal uniforms are so similar? it was kind of hard to watch their first game last year because everyone looked the same. so maybe it’ll just be when NE/WI play each other? i should really look into this. anyway: nebraskans were really divided on the decision to shake it up. it was a fun thing to try, but i’m pretty sure it won’t become a regular thing.

    • SharonCville
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      I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that they were wearing throwback uniforms for that game. I notice they didn’t go back to the leather helmets that would match those uniforms, but yes, they’re pretty bad, especially on the linemen.

  26. ameliateca
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    I didn’t realize you were a fellow Domer; as if I didn’t love you enough already.

    I am in complete agreement on the ND uniforms. Bring back the “golden dome” helmet. There is no need to mess with simple perfection.

    • GFY Heather
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      The students can’t paint them anymore! To me that is the grossest part of all. That was the best tradition.

  27. EliBeth86
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    I’m a Husker fan (and student at UNL), and I absolutely hated those uniforms. I think they were just a lame attempt by Adidas to jump on the trendy uniform bandwagon. Thankfully, we only had them for one game. Though we call our defense the Blackshirts, black has never been a part of our school colors (Crimson and Cream). The black letters and numbers made it hard to tell which player was which during the game, and that tight spandex material looked reallly funky over their pads. The game was absolutely awesome, though.

    • leah
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      ^^^ this! :) what a great game to watch. i was snookered by the end, ha.

      anyway i definitely think both teams needed to reevaluate their typeface choices… though at least our N was better than their W. sheesh, so sad and skinny.

    • Kelsey
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      Glad to see other Husker fans on GFY! But I actually liked the uniforms. I liked the addition of black, to pay homage to the blackshirts defense. I’ve never understood why people get so angry when we add black to the usual SCARLET and Cream, to me it’s just another neutral so it’s not so bad. Then again I might have just liked them in comparison to Wisconsin’s uniform- that W was so awful.

      I do agree it was a fantastic game to watch.

      • leah
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        i don’t really get the aversion to adding black, either, especially because of the blackshirts. but eh. we are so steeped in tradition that i think it’s hard to get people to agree to try new things.

  28. a
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    Thank you for this post… I thought I was over reacting to the uniform changes as I hate change… especially when the changes are so wrong!!

  29. Ladyblahblah
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    I was watching the SC game and I could have sworn those pants were CHEETAH PRINT. Seriously. I realize it’s hard to represent your school in fabric when your mascot is cockfighting (something with feathers and splashes of red perhaps) but those pants were looked like they were stolen from Brett Michaels in 1986.

  30. Mo
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    “Oregon 1970s Cop Show Main Title Graphics”

    And now for every televised Ducks game, I’ll be watching for Starsky, Hutch, and Huggy Bear on the sideline.

  31. pinkcheese
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    So timely! Aparently we’re having a “Blackout” game against Oregon tonight (lots of black gear on sale outside the campus bookstore today) and I was wondering what sort of atrocious unis they would be wearing.

    I’ll leave it at that, though, before I slip into my usual raging diatribe about how the increasing monetization of college football is completely undermining the college/university academicaly…

  32. Aria
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    Ok, devoted South Carolina fan here, and these are not our regular uniforms and I can’t think of a time when we ever had gray. These were a 1-game only uniform provided by Under Armour and were supposed to honor the Wounded Warrior Project, hence the camo. I personally did not like the uniforms, but that’s why we wore them. They will not be worn at any other game, thank goodness

  33. Jessica
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    Do not even get ME started about UCLA’s new pants, either. Much like ND’s, they are now yellow instead of gold. I don’t know why people don’t understand that GOLD pants are flattering and yellow pants are the cousin to the white pants, and everyone knows that white football pants are unflattering.

  34. LFord
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    I’m a University of South Carolina alum and the “battle” uniforms were not popular amongst our fans AT ALL (especially since we suffered a heartbreaking loss in them). However, it was for a good cause. The uniforms were auctioned off for the Wounded Warriors Project after the game. We do it every season.

    The camo used for the pants was actually a special pattern that included the palmetto tree and crescent from our flag and looked pretty cool up close. I wouldn’t have minded them so much if there were more garnet (which is our shade of red lol, I know it’s hard to keep up with whatever each team calls their special red) and we hadn’t lost.

  35. DB Ruberto
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    Dragged outta lurkdom to express my undying love for this!!!

  36. leah
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    Go Ducks!! Our unis are awesome; thank you Papa Knight. Also, its Thursday.

    • Stacey
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      ^^^^^^This!^^^^ Love my Ducks! Love the uniforms! I am in the minority in that I love the brighter green, but that’s ok with me! Also how can you not love the amazing helmets this year – the yellow with the silver wings? LOVE IT!

      • Sarah
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        I love the brighter green as well! It totally reminds me of the uniforms when I was a kid. I was sad when they went with the “forest green” shade for the uniforms and got waaaay to excited when I saw them bring the brighter shade back last year at the Rose Bowl and this year for the regular unis.
        My husband is nuts over the new helmets, he loves them. Sometimes I miss the O but I feel like the helmets this year fit better with the wings on the shoulders. And Megan from above was right, it’s supposed to be duck wings but also is part of the Nike technology.
        Oh and they weren’t tire tracks on past uniforms is was the gridiron!
        I’m a huge Duck nerd, but I love it and own it, I grew up on them, graduated from there and have season tickets now! Yell-OOOOOOO!

  37. sondra
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    #6 pretty much sums up poor Mizzou’s football season this year. As a K-State fan and alum I would be delighted if Bill Snyder would consent to snazzier unis. He’s asked almost every year and his reply is typically crusty- He has more important things to focus on.

  38. Shannon
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    As a UGA “Double Dawg” grad, I am so glad the Gamecocks lost…but I feel bad for what they were wearing when they did.

    • Bucky
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      I have a friend who went to Vandy undergrad and UGA for grad school, and we refer to it as a Dawgy Dore. Which has no bearing on anyone’s uniforms, but it sounds adorable.

  39. Annie S.
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    I dread the reveal of Ohio State’s Pro Combat uniforms this season; last year’s were…interesting, if at least historically inspired: http://www.solecollector.com/niketraining/?p=5729

    Michigan’s football unis are nowhere near as heinous as their basketball jerseys. Which are neon yellow. And painful to the eye.

  40. Karen
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    THANK YOU. The teams have been out of control this season. I was so sad to see the craziness ND pulled out to play Miami (and I’m a Trojan!)… you’re NOTRE DAME. You don’t need fancy unis to attract attention

  41. Elizabeth L.
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    In 2006, Alabama celebrated the 25th anniversary of The Bear’s 315th win as well as the 175th anniversary of the university by putting a houndstooth edge around the neck of the jersey for the Ole Miss game. The game went into overtime and Alabama barely scraped out a win. Lesson: don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.

    Plus coach Saban thinks it’s tacky to change uniforms and go against “the brand” so there’s that too. :)

  42. Maria
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    To quote my amazing husband: “Oregon’s uniforms are ugly, but they know they’re ugly. They’re like Paz de la Huerta on the red carpet. They’re gonna get it wrong, but it’s gonna be WRONG!”

    I loved him so much right then.

  43. Erin
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    I just have to wonder where the hell these colleges are getting the money to switch out the uniforms each week. I understand the sports programs bring in a LOT of money, but really, do we need a new get up every game? Is it for merchandising?

    • Annie S.
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      I think in a lot of cases, it’s the company’s (Nike, Adidas, etc.) decision and a giant marketing ploy. It gives them a whole new line of merchandise to sell and a chance to beat their corporate rivals in the annual “who can make uglier uniforms” contest.

      I know in the case of Ohio State/Nike, they choose a big game like Michigan, Wisconsin, or Penn State to unveil the special uniforms.

      • Sarah
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        Oregon is a tester school for Nike, thanks to Papa Phil. They get to test out all of the new technology before any of the other schools. They have some say in the design (colors, wings, etc.) but Nike chooses what they want to test out on them. That’s one of the reasons the past couple of seasons you are starting to see tighter uniforms that are similar to past Oregon uniforms on other schools…or maybe you have to be a Duck nerd to notice that.

  44. Chasmosaur
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    1) I am desperately trying to figure out how white and pale gray uniforms evoke “Fear the Turtle”.

    2) Heather – c’mon. You go to ND’s dining hall and everything there is stamped with the ND logo (according to my late mother, who attended many reunions with my father – as a daughter, my Dad half-joked his daughters would never go to a co-ed ND…). Did you not expect them to brand the bejeezus out of the uniforms?

    • GFY Heather
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      ND doesn’t brand anything in its buildings any more than any other school.

      But these aren’t permanent uniforms — they were a one-off. They will NEVER brand the bejeesus out of them regularly, I don’t think. I pray. I just think the specialty unis in general are weird but in PARTICULAR with ND have been very poorly conceived.

      • Chasmosaur
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        Heh – maybe I just went to the wrong school, then. (One of the larger Virginia state schools.) Or maybe ND stopped stamping their logo on the sugar/sweetener packets and paper napkins – those I did see, Mom brought them back because she thought they were funny. I know we didn’t have that at my school :)

        Or maybe they were just for the alumni?

        Not dissing ND, by the way. When my Dad took my husband to the USC game (the one with Reggie Bush getting pushed into the end zone – so jealous he got to go), it hadn’t occurred to me that not everyone grew up knowing all the lyrics to the Fight Song. I had to give my husband a crash course before he headed out. :D

  45. Chasmosaur
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    (Oh, and yes, I did manage to visit ND a few times since I moved to the Midwest. We took pictures of me in front of First Down Moses, Touchdown Jesus, the Grotto and – most painfully to my Dad – Sorin Hall…)

  46. Cindy
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    I echo the love for the occasional sports post. The only good thing I can say about my football team (Kentucky) this year is that we look really sharp in our unis. Was hoping you’d show a glimpse of them in the shot from the UK/Arkansas game. When does basketball season start….?

  47. Bucky
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    I just feel awful for Missouri this season. Their entrance into the SEC was not nearly as offensive to me as Texas A&M’s, and I thought they’d put up a decent fight in the conference. As thrilled as I was when my Commodores beat them two Saturdays ago, it must have been deeply disheartening for the Tigers.

    Speaking of, you know who always keeps things classy? Vanderbilt. Go Dores. We can’t throw the ball worth a darn, but dang it if we don’t look snappy and very, “But we’re good at country club sports.” If Missouri was going to pick one game to get all shenanigany on their uniforms, it should have been the Vandy game, but it was just a lot of black and white and gold.

    As far as the Gamecocks, those uniforms were just embarrassing. But not as embarrassing as Georgia’s performance against them.

    In summation: Missouri, that is NOT a tiger on your helmet. South Carolina, stop it. Vanderbilt, suit up Aaron Rodgers. Go football.

    • Annie S.
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      I have to defend my adopted (read: graduate) school, Texas A&M: I also initially thought their SEC move was stupid, but at least a) they class up the conference’s academics, b) they’ve looked relatively competitive so far, and c) their uniforms aren’t horrible.

      • Bucky
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        Totally agree. I was just talking initial reactions, which have been proven … not sound.

        • sondra
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          I can’t see how Mizzou in the SEC was a good move for them. At least in the Big 12 there were some teams they could beat, not to mention their historic rivalry with KU/Lawrence. I mean, how many college rivalries could boast burning each other to the ground?

        • Bucky
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          I agree with that as well. I’m not saying that I thought it was a good move in terms of rivalries and competitiveness, just that in terms of fan base and culture (at least, what I’ve observed distantly and one time when I met really friendly Mizzou fans in a bar and they started chanting, “SEC! SEC! SEC!”), it seemed like a fit. Texas just has their own thing going on, culturally, and I just saw them as Big 12. But in the end, money money money mooooo-ney.

  48. Sharon
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    I defended Maryland’s “Pride” uniforms last season. I can’t with the white and the ghost state flag logo. Worse, with West Virginia donning gray, only the grass let me know my TV’s color tube hadn’t fried. I don’t mind admitting I’m old enough to remember what a viewing black and white television looked like, and watching that game was like watching archival film from the basement of Steve Sabol (God rest his soul).

  49. StephSki
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    If you do a follow up to this post, be sure to check out what Oklahoma State is doing to their helmets and pants. They have a taupe/griege thing going on that is just not right.

    I am going to the OU/ND game next weekend. I’m sure y’all are going to cream us but I can’t wait!

  50. elp
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    Just when I thought I couldn’t love you guys any more than I already do, this post happens. I agree completely. And I have to remark that the ombre fade to blue numbers look like those beers that change color as they get cold.

    Anyway, I’m a U of MN alum and the Gophers will always be terrible, regardless of what we wear. But my biggest personal pet peeve is when the pants and shirt are the same color.

  51. Bucky
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    I just finished clicking through the whole slideshow, and this is the first I’ve seen of ND’s uniforms. Oh holy hell. I actively and aggressively avoid all things Notre Dame (no offense, blame it on my ex, for whom I spent an inordinate amount of time and money visiting South Bend, IN, – including flying tiny planes over Lake Michigan so that cheap bastard wouldn’t have to pick me up in Chicago, even though I’m terrified of flying – and buying kelly green shirts because my shirts were the wrong green and expensive tickets to the USC game and ahhhhhhhh, seeing Touchdown Jesus gives me PTSD, but all of that is neither here nor there).

    I had no idea how bad it would be. It was very, very bad.

  52. Halo
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    I know nobody watches Wyoming football, but have to chime in that Wyo wore the stupidest camouflage B.S. on their uniforms in the WY-Air Force game last week. The colors are brown and gold, but the uniforms were, you guessed it, grey. Boo! http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/trib.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/e5/be5a0090-da1f-557f-8740-a9bf4b0ee62f/507f7aa53979e.preview-620.jpg

  53. Elise
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    As I recall, when WVU came out with the grey uniforms a few years ago they were inspired by coal mining, a claim I find pretty ludicrous. Who has even been inspired by going into the ground to get some black lung? But I don’t hate them as much as the all gold uniforms, they were hard on the retinas.

  54. LT1
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    I blame Nike for all of this. And I know they aren’t in the national conscience but check out what Nike has done to the Rutgers’ uniforms for one reason GFY would love: they’ve been compared (aptly) to Diet Coke cans.

  55. SharonCville
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    I feel I must give a shout out to my home state Virginia Tech. Their camo uniforms for Military appreciation day were actually pretty good (it helps that their colors– maroon and orange, a hideous combination– actually worked with the camo). But. And it’s a big but. You must see their white-out uniforms. The ones with the TURKEY TRACKS ON THE HELMETS!! Who on earth thought that was a good idea?
    http://gamedayr.com/gamedayr/hokies-nike-camo-and-hokie-track-helmets/

  56. Anna Dooley
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    As a Midwestern-er, I feel we often get overlooked so THANK YOU for duly noting the HORRENDOUS uniforms that my beloved Big Ten rivals Wisconsin and Nebraska wore. Knowing that you have covered sports in the past, I was really hoping you notice them… And you did. Keep rocking. I love this blog!

  57. oliviacw
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    Yes, those designs on Oregon – aka the University of Nike – are supposed to be duck wings. Nike is essentially dressing Oregon up every week in order to show off their design capabilities and to get other teams to buy their clothing. That’s what you get with unfettered commercialism, or something of the sort.

  58. Molly
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    Heather – as a fellow ND alum, I wholeheartedly agree on everything you said about the Irish uniforms this year. I HATE our “normal” pants that we wear….the old gold ones looked so great with our shiny gold helmets – these look like various shades of mustard (a la Dwight Schrute’s shirts on The Office). And the “Shamrock Series” uniforms…I just, I can’t. It’s debatable if I had a stronger reaction to those, or to the “surprise” green jerseys that used to get sprung on us for big games and inevitably translated to terrible losses….perhaps you should write to Brian Kelly and offer to be the team stylist? I will gladly be your assistant.

    Regardless – GO IRISH!

  59. Jennifer
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    The SC camo pants looked like grey acid-washed jeans. I am glad they will never been seen again.

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  61. Mattie
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    Cool concept! You should do a leo review when NCAA gym season starts in January, you’ll stumble upon some horrors for sure!

  62. Bambi Anne Dear
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    Thank heavens for the gold ass in pic 12.

  63. Racine
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    Yum yum yum yum! Oh, what, there were colors and designs? Whatever…

  64. Erin
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    Ok, I love ND and the traditions and hate that new helmet, but at this point I don’t care if they are wearing formal shorts and see through tops as long as they are winning!!

  65. AK
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    This reminds me of the unidentifiable-as-the-USA gray jackets that US athletes wore during medal ceremonies this summer. The press release was some BS about how the color lit up in the flash bulbs, but what they were really saying was: we wanted cool looking jackets that consumers will buy, and people don’t want splashy red, white, and blue stuff.

    All the special edition football uniforms are money-making effort as well, but the schools seem to have taken the opposite strategy of the Olympics. MORE colors! MORE patterns! They need to make jerseys that look really different from all the other iterations on their online stores so that people will see something they don’t have and feel like they need to collect them all.

    It’s so fun to find out that you’re a fellow Domer! I knew there was a reason I had an affinity with this site. I think if ND was smart, their special uniforms would always be retro. When you think about the heritage of college football, you can’t not think of them. They need to better embrace that in their design.

    I had been enjoying the new super shiny helmets this season (they do look more like the dome now, and that was the whole point), but that’s a good point about how the students can no longer paint them. That’s a shame.

  66. lady
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    Please please do one of these for Australian Rules Football!

  67. Marvelous A
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    Every time I see charcoal gray and crimson together (NC, AK), I think Stella McCartney must be involved.

  68. Chaiaiai
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    Dear sweet jesus lord, Heather, THANK you for that decisive takedown of the new ND uniforms. I was at the gym when I saw them and I yelled out. People guffawed (full disclosure, I live in Ducks-land now….blergh. Tacky tacky tacky unis and hit-or-miss defense. Why do I live in the Pac 12? I digress….). Those helmets??? I WEEP. Knute Rockne is WEEPING in heaven, I know it. I immediately called home and my father answered “don’t even say it”. THE HELL???

  69. Gracey
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    No mention of Arizona’s rose gold helmets? Rose gold helmets. Rose gold is not a color that belongs on a football field, people. And it’s also not one of Arizona’s colors. Which obviously isn’t taken into consideration now, so I’ll go back to my original argument; rose gold is not a color that belongs on the football field. Ever.

  70. Lily1214
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    I like the changing uniform colors and especially the gold helmets But they change so frequently that I asked my husband who he thinks is paying for all these changes.

  71. muffie
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    crotchtacular !

  72. annie
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    love, love , love the post and echo the sentiment that tradition means something and if we don’t keep uniform traditions what’s next/? Just because 18/19 year-olds need to be taught the value of tradition doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable.