The purple is distinctive. I like that Northwestern is embracing it instead of trying to diminish it. NU is trying to establish more of a brand, at least in the Chicago area, and this is almost as eye-catching and unique as Smurf Turf. Thumbs up.
Behold Northwestern's new football uniforms
that dudes left forearm looks like it gets more of a workout than the right.....if ya know what i mean.
It is interesting that THAT is what you noticed and decided to comment on.
right hand is for the mouse
Is that what you call it?
As I was driving home from the airport last night, I noticed the NW football billboard on the side of I-294 which stated, "Northwestern - Chicago's Big Ten Football Team." Yeah, take that notre dame and Illinois!!!
(and I'm pretty sure the sign has been up for a while and that I've probably seen it at least 5 times in the last month driving back from the airport).
The whites look awful with that stripe across the chest.
The mixing of the black and purple, the away jersey is extremely ugly, horrible stripe, looks
Ike an early 80's MLB uniform or something...
is God aweful. Houston Astro look circa 1984 is dead.
NW is a great school with great fans.
The purple one looks ok because the stripe doesn't show up nearly as much, but the white one looks like a soccer jersey.
I like them...I wish though that the top was solid black on jersey 2.
But then again, I have always had a soft spot for northwestern
They look like MLS jerseys, on the plain side, but with one distinct trait.
MLS : soccer :: Northwestern : college football.
Not so sure about the "Wildcats" tramp stamp on the pants but other than that..not bad, not bad at all.
i agree with you, but they will look better once Wildcats is off the back of the jerseys.
love the stipe behind the numbers and onto the sleeves, great treatment. it's unique and something they could really own.
+10pts for under armor
As much as I love all of Nike's pro combat uniforms, and Michigan's new uniforms, I must say that these are horrible.
Will never be intimidating.
what uniform by itself is intimidating?
...better than Maryland's.
I hear you, but IIRC black visors are against NCAA rules.
I miss when Woodson used to wear the tinted visor on occasion. Nothing like not knowing where people are looking.
How many UA logos do you see in these 3 pictures?
I found 10. It's like one of those silly tests where you find the hidden ones, but miss the obvious because you're looking so hard. Or perhaps I'm overthinking a new Northwestern uniform?
I count 11, but I'm sure I'm still missing a couple hundred.
I have found a 12th...this is way more entertaining then working right now!
Don't forget the giant one in the first picture (the lights)
edit: make that 14. i missed the lights in the second pic.
Thanks for pointing out the lights...with that I have 14.
I found 7 in the first pic and 7 in the second pic, but don't see any in the third.
1st pic: lights, left shoulder, arm band, right glove, right hip, left inside ankle, right toe
2nd pic: lights, both gloves, both socks, both inside ankles
Dangit . . . I missed the inside ankles.
7 on the first, 7 on the second, 1 on the last.
Blurred out on the pants. In the same spot as the UA logo on the first picture.
I missed the lights on 1 and 2 and the ankles on 2. The blurred out 3rd is just dirty pool, in my opinion. I'm officially horrible at these games.
Those purple uniforms are great looking, good job under armour
Dark visors and fog can make anything dramatic. Case and point.
Poor offensive lineman. The horizontal stripe will make them look even fatter.
You notice how they never show the big ugglies when they unveil the uniforms. The sleek position players look alright in most everything. Add a big belly and a dunlop around the midsection and everything changes.
I like them. Pretty unique without looking disgusting. Remind me of hockey sock striping.
I also like that they stressed purple and white rather than purple and black. Looks good.
As a casual Uni Watch follower, I immediately liked the striping because because it has a basis in Northwestern history. Uni Watch refers to those types of stripes (three stripes, thick stripe in the middle with two thin stripes on the outside) as Northwester stripes:
Northwestern stripes: A stripe pattern consisting of one wide stripe bordered by two thinner stripes. It can appear on socks, sleeves, pants, and anywhere else stripes can be applied. Pioneered by the Northwestern University football team in 1928 (further details here).
So it's not just a random stripe drawn across the jersey, it's an homage to Northwestern's biggest contribution to uniform design.
I think that's a pretty slick looking football jersey. Not bad for Northwestern!
Agree on both points -- that they look like hockey jerseys was my first thought too.
Overall I dig it. I mean let's face it, it's friggin Northwestern folks. They're never gonna be an intimidating brand. And they're stuck with purple as the featured color.
That being said -- I actually like the "away" unis better for some reason. College football should allow home teams to play whatever uniform they want (a la NFL). If that was the case, I think those away unis should be their full-time colors.
The NCAA does let home teams choose their uniforms, don't they? Georgia Tech and LSU wear white at home.
Am I the only one that see's a sideways "Z" instead of the Northwestern "N"? It always takes me half a second to realize it's an N. Like on of those things that you can't unsee once you notice it.
Those are impressive - Adidas is slowly starting to "get it".
Son of a bitch...my fault. I pride myself on random, useless jersey knowledge.
NU is sponsored by Under Armour.
mostly because my expectations were raised thusly
Found this online and thought it was interesting. Maybe not super informative, but it at least shows some of the work that went into this design...
The white with the puprple stripe reminds me of the old Red Wings jersies.
They remind me of the Montreal Canadiens' home uniforms:
WHen did they switch to under armor?
Thanks! Interesting that they also hate Adidas. I don't, but it seems like many on here do. Would the masses be content if we went to under armour or would they be fearful of the changes that would inevitably come?
Their uniforms should be like 60% maize and blue... after all, the stadium always is whenever we play them. Only fair.
I didn't realize that NU was no longer sponsored by adidas. These are sort of cool and sort of ugly.
My first thought was that these are a better attempt at the vinatge Houston Astros
The northwestern stripes on the undershirt are too much of the jersey. Personally I don't like the trend of having an undershirt be visually a part of the uniform. If they put the northwestern stripes higher up on the shoulder pads without the midriff stripes it would be a classic jersey.
If they had done the helmet in black, I would approve.
Love that they fully embraced the "Northwestern" stripe. It's kind of cool because it's the only football jersey I can't think of with a stripe like that. It also looks like a rugby jersey
It's not bad... we knew the NW stripe was going to be prominent, but I didn't anticipate this. Actually there was all kind of talk that it was going to be arched, like the architecture in Evanston or something to that effect.
Looks better on the home and the away, obviously, because there's less contrast between the purple & black than purple & white. Purple is a high value color, which means it's closer to black than white, which allows it to blend in better and therefore helps those white numbers pop. The purple on the white distances itself more from its white ground, tricking your eye into conceiving that the stripes are part of the numbers rather than the background. The result may very well tamper with the viewer's ability to recognize the numeric shapes.
In other words, the white's won't look as good on TV. I also think the whole thing will take another hit if and when the players aren't wearing the base layer. Thoese sleeves certainly help sell the stripe motif, and I'm curious to see how it will look without them.
Still, not bad. UnderArmour's hell bent on innovation... but at least they've learned a bit of restraint since last year.
These are really, really dope. Can't wait to see them play now.
Neither can their fans.
If they hit someone real hard and lay them out they can turn their hand and tell them to sleep with the "z".
Good for Northwestern. Nice look
I have to admit, I like them. I like the throwback look they're going for. It'll be great for them with the night game against Vandy in the 2nd week of the season. That will get them some good publicity.
I actually like these uniforms overall.
The stripe looks better on the white jersey as opposed to the purple one, I think - the black and the purple are just a little too blended. I really like the look in the last photo in particular, however - it gives Northwestern a brighter, more modern look while paying homage to their past with the stripe.
Our alternate uniform isn't looking so bad now are they.
Anything worn by a winner is suddenly more intimidating. I'm sure Ray Lewis would agree.
I guess they are going for the "ah my eyes!" approach to intimidation.
The notion about uniforms looking intimidating is, to me, overblown. You know what makes a uniform look scary? Winning a lot of games while wearing it. If anyone ever suggested changing the Lakers' purple uniforms (that have clinched five titles) to black for intimidation value, I would put on a dolphin hand puppet and punch him in the dong.
I applaud the notion of the midriff stripe to make the uniforms distinctive but on the whole find it rather distracting. Maybe put it as shoulder and pants stripes, but whatevs. The font they're using for the numbers is pretty sharp, though.
I also totally agree with whoever said to get rid of the tramp stamp. Call me old-fashioned, but the only thing that should be on a uniform's butt is ladies' (and some guy's) admiring eyes. Put a tiny stylized N/wildcats wordmark right below the collar like everyone else is doing.
Lastly, maybe this is just me, but I alsost never like seeing the team name on the front of a football uniform - especially when it's a longish name that necessitates smaller letters, as is the case with Northwestern. It looks very badly scaled especially juxtaposed with the large jersey numbers right below. Let the uniform tell you who the team is, instead of spelling it out. (Yeah, I know it's Just Northwestern, but still)
I like them a lot. I could be a bit biased since my high school's colors were purple and white (and black at a certain point in time).
The road uni's look like pajamas
Did Pioneer High ever use black trim for their uniforms? (I'm a River Rat, myself)
Those are awesome for NW. Keeping it clean, classy, and not overwhelmingly purple.
How USFLish of them.
them until some point in time when they beat Michigan while wearing them - then I will hate them. OF COURSE the only way they will beat Michigan is because the officials make bad calls - just for clarification
Or if the defensive coaching staff refuses to come out of a 4-3 when faced with a spread offense, plus our All-American RB drops the ball when running in the clear.
I fully loathe the midriff stripe. Yikes.
Not going to lie, it's cool seeing stuff like this out of Northwestern. I personally don't like the stripe, but I love the NW is pushing the envelope. It would be awesome to see NW become a legitimate threat to win the B10. North Chicago is already Ann Arbor lite (as well as Bloomington lite, Iowa City lite, etc), so it would be nice to see some part of Chicago take ownership of the Cats.
I think I know what school my next NCAA dynasty is going to be...
On second glance they are very unique. I think this is the future of uniforms. Teams that don't have a traditional classic look, i.e. the teams that change unis every 2-3 years, are going to try to rebrand themselves for the long term. While it looks wierd at first glance NU just found a uniform that will make them stand out.
Also, some people have said that they like the purple helmet, black jersey, purple pants look. I think that looks too similar to TCU
has uniforms that make them standout too.
I spy 16 Under Armour logos
1st picture- 9
winner winner chicken dinner, you guys forgot the visor has two.. boom
Good call because the visor symbol is legit in the 3rd
but there are 7 in pic 2. So 17
I really really like them. Pat Fitzgerald has great fashion sense
there isn't much you can do with purple honestly. I'm more than happy to see them drop those terrible black on purple home jersey's they wore for most of the last 20 years.
Its Northwestern, in the category of uniforms I care about they're right above Indiana.
anyway, it looks like these might be some kind of tribute to their 1909 uniforms more likely its the ones Under Armour paterned the idea after so they could claim historical significance.
Thank you for that link. And the stripes are definitely seen on the sleeve of their later jerseys, no real similarities to the 1909 version.
Do you know if Michigan has the historic jersey info anywhere?
But hey, it's college football in the 21st century. Ugly and dumb uniform designs now come with the territory. The more inane the better.
Modern fashion design students don't understand why they're hated so much. Well now you know, modern fashion design students, now you freaking know.
Lacking imagination? Keeping it simple with making the purple look better is good by me.
You must hate, PSU, Texas, Bama, and ND. No imagination went in to those. They picked 2 colors and that was it.
Another posted made a good point, the stripes are actually more of what their historic jerseys looked like.
Just say no to backwards facing team names
Way better than our unis for the Bama game.
Yes but northwestern fans [sic] have to see them every game
That horizontal stripe will look great on the O, and could be a competitive advantage. It draws attention to their man-bewbs and away from their hands (thus negating potential holding penalties).
I dig it. The black stripe on purple doesn't work too great because of a lack of contrast, but the stripe is distinct and unique. Nice to see that UnderArmour could go for a more stripped down and simple design rather than going all Maryland on all their unis.
Northwestern is also my second team (I grew up in Evanston) I liked their 1995 Jerseys the best, I haven't been too fond of the ones that have followed. I have been meaning to buy a jersey the last decade, but I just don't like any of them. I won't buy this jersey either, but I'll reserve judgement on how they look on players until I see them on the field.
But Sir Charles thinks they're turribly clownish
But hey, it comes in purple
Those look like a terrible 1980s sweater. I also wonder if the stripe will make reading uniform numbers difficult from a distance and on TV.
I hate purple anyway but these rags are so ugly
i like em
So crappy, what about tradition? Their helmet alone tells you it is Northwestern! Please play Purple Rain when they go on the field.
How can you not like it? They're distinct and traditional. They're perfect. It's something Michigan, PSU or Alabama would never get away with...yet it's not Oregon or Maryland.
I love it.