Thursday, July 26, 2012
Something Good out of Chicago
The uniforms restore Northwestern's eponymous striping pattern across the chest and on the sleeves. Not the jersey sleeves, mind you; no modern football jerseys have sleeves. The stripes proudly rest on the sleeves of the player's compression undershirt; black on the home jerseys and purple on the road whites.
Now, this isn't exactly a radical innovation. Regular readers will remember that Nike created something similar for Oregon State two seasons ago. That was a one-game throwback, however, and this is Northwestern's full-time uniform.
Longtime readers will remember that I've been advocating a similar solution for the Packers since 2009. The most common objections to my proposal involve either uniformity on the field (will all players wear compression sleeves, and if not how will this look?) and merchandising (will the replica jerseys have sleeve stripes?). It will be interesting to see how Northwestern handles both of them.
Come on, Nike. Don't let the new kid show you up. Time to make this a reality in Green Bay.