I’ve been trying to envision what these new ones would look like on a real player and not a shiny grey mannequin. Personal opinion? I don’t like them. The sleeves bother me; the three stripes were iconic for Army uniforms, and they’re gone, been replaced by a solid color that almost gives the jersey a vest-kinda feel.
I tried to take a crack at what these jerseys might look like on a real player — what do you think?
Home black uniform, before and after:
Here’s the white road uniform:
I think Ross had it right in 2004. “I was looking for something traditional to latch on,” he said. “[We] looked back through the archives and found almost an exact replica of what we wanted to do.”
That’s pretty much Army’s program in a nutshell: tradition. Those jerseys were modeled after the ones worn during the Earl “Red” Blaik national championship era.
Army also revealed a gray uniform, which I don’t think really looks like the dark gray cadet uniform, and an all-white uniform, which looks like something Navy might wear.
The other aspect is the 2008 camo uniforms worn in a forgettable loss to Navy were pretty much beloved by all college football fans that saw them… those tops, though, were just simply black with black sleeves — simple.
Maybe I’m nit-picking, maybe casual fans won’t even notice the difference. I doubt the designers at Nike are really into keeping with traditions. The classic uniform, though, was well liked (this site ranked it the No. 10 best uniform in college football).
Army’s own captain, senior LB Stephen Anderson, didn’t really sound thrilled.
“It’s a nice little change,” he said.
Senior center Zach Peterson’s reaction was even more telling.
“I like the white-on-white, that’s the best looking one.”
What do you think? Thumbs up/down? Should I stick to taking photos and forget fashion?