September 04, 2012
(Photo Credit: exposay.com)
Oh, those crazy college students. They’ll do anything to make an impression on professors, administrators, and for athletes, the coaching and support staffs.
That’s why in both the major TV sports, college football and basketball, along with some of the non-revenue programs (baseball) at many of the top athletic budgeted schools, the trend the last five years or so has been to “please the kids” by mixing and matching the authentic uniforms.
Sometimes its perhaps adopting a black jersey to go with school colors, and in some cases, throw all that we’ve come to expect about uniforms out the window (that’s the Rutgers Silver Knights, no they didn’t change their name from Scarlet Knights, just their appearance in a win at Tulane Saturday night), and see what comes back from the laboratory.
On opening week of the 2012 college season, other than the Oregon Ducks going back to the old school green/gold look from the 1990s but with the wacky web footed helmets and other bells and whistles, there was a lot to like about the classic looks by the top-ranked teams, and we liked the font and letter size of the Penn State player’s names on the back of the jerseys for the first time.
One final partisan note, boy, don’t the Syracuse Orange uniforms look great?
Authentic Store Buzz: Thanks to the feedback from many of our local, loyal customers who live and/or work in Center City Philly or are a daily commuter, we have extended store hours from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm so folks can stop by and shop on the way home from work.
Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: What year did MLB teams begin wearing Stars & Stripes caps, and how many models of the hat have there been over that time frame? Answers coming on Wednesday.
Friday’s answer: The Alabama Crimson Tide started wearing their maroon helmet with white uniform numbers and gray facemask in the 1960 season.