One of the sore points which many of us have constantly raised around here is how bad are uniforms have gotten.
Until today, I was someone who agreed that our unis needed to be improved but wasn't on the Nike bandwagon. I think the 893 uniform combinations of Oregon are kind of a joke, frankly.
Well, my opinion has now changed completely. Why?
The new look NFL uniforms from Nike.
If you haven't seen them, go take a look at NFL.com.
With the exception of the Seattle Seahawks (is it something in the water in the Pacific Northwest?), most teams' unis look pretty much the same. Sure, there are some accent changes (usually around the neckline) but with the new NFL uniforms, Nike has shown that they can blend a traditional look with the latest innovations in athletic attire.
Most importantly, we now have a few examples which will allow us to compare how Adidas and Nike handle our uniforms most traditional and famous feature -- the UCLA Stripe, which adorns the shoulder of our uniforms.
Red Sanders added the stripe in 1954 to give an impression of motion.
Unfortunately, the more recent iterations of our jerseys have diminished both the look and importance of the UCLA Stripe. What used to go from the pecs to the lats is now only a few inches long and, compared to what it used to look like, it looks ridiculous.
Several NFL teams have used the UCLA Stripe for a long time. The Colts have used it since 1957. The Jets used it on their uniforms in the 60s and on the their current threads which were created as an updated version of their classic uniforms.
So, naturally, I was curious to see how Nike handled the new uniforms for the tradition-laden NFL, in general, and the UCLA Stripe on the Jets and Colts jerseys, in particular.
Well, unlike those crazy Ducks unis that we are all too familiar with, Nike found a way (WOW! Imagine that!) to blend the traditional looks of the NFL with the latest in athletic apparel. Not only that, but the UCLA Stripe remains intact and, most importantly, PROMINENTLY FEATURED aspects of both the Colts and Jets jerseys (although the design of the Jets jersey makes it look like the outer white stripe blends with the sleeve).
So, my fellow Bruin fans, Nike has proven that it can design an amazing uniform while maintaining a more traditional look which puts the appropriate emphasis on one of the most beloved features of our uniforms.
Proving once again that Chianti Dan made a huge mistake renewing our contract with Adidas and leaving me with the following logical conclusion:
Save the UCLA Stripe. Fire Dan Guerrero.