This is why I was never particularly worried about what Nike would do to our uniforms had we not receive the Godfather offer from Adidas. We had the ability to say no, and I'm pretty certain that we'd have done so.
OT - Nike tried to sell Pro Combat unis to Penn St.
The uniforms they'd propose to us would look.
As much as I like SOME of the ridiculous jersey side shows, it's really nice to see the traditional schools not giving into this jersey craze.
ridiculous for PSU. PSU uni are traditional and looks good. You don't mess with traditions. I'm sure that PSU administrator realize this(at least I hope they do).
They wanted to make their helmets blue? I don't usually do this but: WTF?!
...that's what she said.
So they wanted to turn one of the more recognizeable looks in the country into . . . a BYU clone?
Incidentally, if these Pro Combat jerseys are indeed more technologically advanced than the old ones, why do teams only wear them one week a year?
That guy has some really big leg pads.
My first thought was "gross, malignant tumor."
glad to see i wasnt the only one who noticed those monsters
That's What She Said...
Besides Michigan, Penn States uni's are by far my favorite in college football, especially the all white road uniforms. Clean and Simple.
Throw in Alabama for me -- and Auburn.
I am glad to see that there are still traditional schools not messing around with these new alternates. I think that they take away from the programs tradition and just show that the schools are willing to try anything to gain extra revenue.
What schools (outside of Michigan, Penn State, and Bama) do you think would never mess with these new concept style jerseys?
Actually, Bama is wearing Pro Combats this year. Theirs are pretty tame compared to most of them, but they will have a houndstooth motif on the numbers and on the shirts worn under the uniform. Not earth-shattering, but they are willing to go to a certain point.
You know we've become desensitized to Nike's insanity when a houndstooth motif on Alabama's uniform is "not earth-shattering."
The mere fact that the phrase houndstooth motif is even uttered in the same breath as football makes me weep.
Houndstooth is the pattern from Bear Bryant's famous hat.
Yes, but putting it on the uniform is just obnoxious faux-retro garbage.
I agree it doesn't belong on the uniform, though I kind of have a soft spot for faux-retro in general
So it is. I stand corrected; my knowledge of houndstooth is limited to the fact that it's made quite the comeback in fashion.
I stand corrected sir, as you're correct. At least they are staying within their same color scheme and not trowing their tradition out the window.
Why would Nike expect them to answer any differently when that is what they offer? Those are fugly uniforms.
What kind of crack are they smoking up there in Beaverton?
But I wanna try some of that crazy stuff one time... What a crazy trip that would be.
For one game and one game only to rock maize unis with white pants...maybe donate the proceeds of the jersey sales to the livestrong foundation or something.
Ew. I know its a matter of personal taste, but those maize jerseys are an abomination.
Making Penn State's helmet blue is like inverting the colors of the winged helmet - maize helmet with blue stripes. It just seems, well, wrong.
Sort of like OSU's helmet dark red instead of grey?
I'm glad PSU said no, and even more glad that we wear Adidas.
It would be damn near impossible to beat PSU's current uni design, but you'd think nike's best and brightest could come up with something better than that. Bizarre.
Um, does maize and blue and winged helmets ring any bells?
Good point. Should have included that. Sort of thought it went without saying. But it's good to put it in writing.
It would be damn near impossible for anything other than the Maize and Blue to beat PSU's uni design.
PSU is in my top 5 jerseys of all time. I am glad they did not do this.
In case you were curious, my top 5.
Michigan, PSU, ND, Alabama, Texas (all white)
Im with you, I like the all whites Texas wears... Also the all whites Penn State wears, they look so good!
I thought you've worn adidas for a few years?
Those are not as good as the classic ND uniforms, but they do prove you can make something decent out of green & yellow--which makes utterly unbelievable the fact that Oregon still has those atrociously bad uniforms.
These are just some guy's photoshops. ND is an adidas school. There's a Michigan photoshop out there as well, but it's so awful that it's not even worth posting.
you wouldn't happen to have a link... I'm curious now.
Dude! Someone's gotta find it now...
There really are some things you cant unsee :-(
This wasn't in the article, but the rumor is that it was all set to happen until Nike mandated Paterno don circa 1988 Oakley Blades rather than the iconic coke bottles.
What I would have given to hear that conversation between Paterno and Penn State reps and the Nike executives.
from a Penn State fan, but
A few years ago Penn State's AD had a group of representatives head out to Beaverton to meet with Nike reps to discuss the relationship and such. The topic of uniforms came up and Nike explained they had a scale of 1-10 for uniform flashiness and were using Oregon essentially as their Guinea pig to show what a "10" looks like.
The Nike official went on to explain that Penn State was a "1" on their scale almost seemingly expecting that Penn State would be embarrassed by this.
One of the main PSU representatives gave a pretty simple response (paraphrasing). "So, how do we become a zero?"
Not saying Nike didn't approach PSU about the Pro Combat unis, but those pics were concepts created by some random guy on a message board a year ago, not Nike:
He did a hideous Michigan one as well, for what it's worth.
Actually, I liked most of those. Even the Michigan one. Not for actual use by Michigan, but as an alternate-universe kind of thing I liked it.
You've got to be kidding. It looks like one of those "jerseys" they sell at TJ Maxx, with "WOLVERINES" in the nameplate.
I wonder who would win in a fight between a Wal-Mart Wolverine and a TJ Maxx Wolverine?
I would definitely root for the TJ Maxx Wolverine though.
FWIW, TJ Maxx sells old Nike uniforms for like $15. I got my #7 Nike jersey there.
I love the Pitt one. They need to go back to their old color scheme. You know, the one they wore when they actually had success. Now they just look like a ND clone. Can't beat the script Pitt.
That was a classic unique look for them. I don't see what was gained by their switch to their new generic colors.
It was sort of a trend to mute vibrant colors. Especially by turning yellow to shiny gold. The St. Louis Rams did it, and so did the Pittsburgh Penguins. I just don't get it. Be proud of your colors.
Holy mother of god, that Michigan uni is atrocious.
Except this guy's just not as good as he thinks he is. Someone should tell him. Lots of raster flaws.
make it stop!
Those are not that hot. However, I still prefer Nike jerseys to anything else.. They're about to start making NFL jerseys again I believe in 2012.. Hopefully sometime down the road we go back to them. It's clear that Phil Knight owns my soul. BOOM!
The jerseys are so similar that I don't really have a preference. I do like how adidas has the writing on the inside of the jersey. It's unique, anyway. I think the biggest draw for me with Nike has always been the official apparel. I felt it all had a more "bad-ass" quality about it, for lack of a better term, while adidas has more of a "track and field" feel to it. It's difficult to describe I guess.
I understand what you're saying. Nike is bad ass. Adidas was always like "little brother" to me. But I think I need my eyes checked or maybe its just my hatred for Adidas talking but I promise our blue looks a little off. I'm hoping Saturdays jerseys look better.
I hear you. I'm not saying I prefer Adidas, or even like Adidas, just that I'm kind of "meh" toward the jerseys and definitely pro-Nike in the apparel. You can't beat the offer Adidas waived under the nose of the University, though.
Now that could be interesting...
If they leave certain Uniforms alone, e.g the Bengals, the Eagles, etc.
Besides doesn't the NFL go with Reebok?
all that post reading was for nothing, who set this OT up. Its all a fail! (sarc.)
tell Phil Knight to go fuck himself and his dumbass uniforms.
Those things are some garbage. What I hate most about them is how Nike executives try to make it seem like they do it to embrace the culture of the state or a group of people the team might represent. They try to disguise it as this instead of saying they're doing it for money and exposure/uniform sales. Things like saying the WV pro combat uniforms symbolize the coal miners and the Pitt uniforms are made to symbolize the steel industry of Pitt. Give me a break (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/09/01/behold-nike-pro-combat-uniforms-unveiled-in-new-york/) /rant haha
more proof that switching to adidas was a tremendous decision.
Their season is becoming 2/3rds of their initials.