Uniform Madness, a problem in college football

Over the last few years there has been an alarming trend in college football. Teams have gone crazy in the tricking up of their uniforms they wear each Saturday. The trend seemed to start with throw back uniforms that were worn one game a year. Then teams decided to go with an alternate uniform to wear once or twice a year. This was cool, and spiced up the game just a little bit. Then the University of Oregon decided to blow the doors off and make uniform selection harder than advanced calculus. While some of the things Oregon has worn over the last few years would make even a blind man scream in horror at the sight, now it seems other schools are starting to follow along and come up with more uniform combinations than Madonna has lovers. Three schools this off season have followed suit and joined the idiotic trend. Washington State, Arizona State and now Maryland are now in the club of multiple uniforms.

While Washington State has changed their uniforms up, they really didn’t change the look all too much. In terms of change I would give Washington State a thumbs up for the change, because they updated their look and didn’t radically change the look from what was a nice looking uniform.  Other than adding two new helments and making color combinations, it is relatively the same uniform that they have had as long as I can remember. One of the more drastic changes had to happen to one of my all time favorite uniforms. Arizona State decided to overhaul their uniforms completely this off season and do away with one of my favorite helmet logos of all time. Getting rid of Sparky on the helmet for a pitchfork was one of the biggest mistakes in my opinion. But much like Pac-12 foe Oregon, ASU decided to come up with multiple combinations that at a glance almost look endless as well as ridiculous. It is crazy to think that every school now wants to go and copy cap Oregon with uniforms that can only be called Hideous, but it seems like this is the new frontier in College Football.

 This week one of the more surprising teams to join the uniform idiocracy announced and debuted their new uniforms. Maryland had a big ordeal this week to show off their new uniforms and these things can only be the 2nd ugliest uniforms in all of college football behind Oregon. Once again I am all for updating your look and trying to have something that is catchy and eye grabbing to potential recruits. Needless to say these uniforms are the butt of jokes all across the Internet and even in college football circles. I have always liked the black and red of Maryland’s uniforms and the yellow outline has always added a little pop. But in no way is a Yellow uniform ever a good idea. I will say these are hideous and I think this is something Under Armour concocted to try and keep up with Nike. But there were better ways to keep up with them than unveil this travesty on uniforms. The only cool looking thing to come out of these uniform combinations is the white turtle shell helmet, that is one thing I think would be cool to see on the field. But the other things have been a major mistake. It is these kind of things that makes me thing College football as a whole will end up regretting this trend in the near future.

As I mentioned above, this is becoming a war of who can create the most extreme look between Nike and Under Armour. Nike has a major foothold on the sports with most teams going to wear their “Pro Combat” uniforms at least one time each of the last three seasons and there will be teams doing it again this year. A common team to do this has been Boise State and they will be wearing something special in their season opening game against Georgia. But in a surprise, Georgia went along with it and decided to join the fray. While I am sure it seems like a good idea on paper, taking a school like Georgia who has one of the classic all time uniforms and changing it even in the smallest way is going to back fire and create a fire storm. So Georgia is going to wear this in the Georgia dome agianst Boise St.

While these aren’t horrible, it is once again an assault on something that is classing and old school. The list has become to large to keep a count on teams who have participated in this idiocracy and attack on everything that is sacred when it comes to uniforms. Even two of the oldest and most storied schools are in the fray, Yes, Michigan and Notre Dame both are going to wear “throwback” uniforms in a night game in the big house. While these two uniforms are not horrible, and could actually pass as a cool gimmick, it is becoming old and annoying and I wish teams would just stick to what has worked for years.

Call me old school, call me behind the times, but I grew up where each team wore one jersey at home, and one jersey on the road. Usually each team had white, or team color pants and only one helmet that had the schools logo or something associated to the school on it. It is the way football uniforms are meant to be made and worn. Jerseys were not meant to have wings on them, and pants are not meant to have psychedelic stripes down the leg. Uniforms are meant to be simple and classic. Nike and Under Armour are ruining uniforms across the board by having a pissing match with each other over who could create the wildest look. Because so many teams have gone to this new fad in the sport, it is almost impossible to tell who is playing on the field. Maybe I am the minority here, but I don’t want to have to understand advanced calculus to be able to understand that Oregon and Maryland are playing. I miss the days when you could know before the graphic popped up on the screen. Maybe athletic directors will smarten up and squash this travesty on a sport that has so much history and allure that it doesn’t need to result to gimmicks to be popular.

The Brady Six: Tom Brady Cries

I have been seeing commercials and snip-its for an ESPN special about the “Tom Brady Six”. This is one of their year of the quarterback specials they ESPN has been running throughout the year. But in this one, they have a candid interview with Tom Brady and his family about how he was hurt and distraught about not being selected before the 6th round. This is the same old song and dance that Brady loves to sneak into every interview he can.

You would really think that the success the guy has had would let him get over it. In fact, he should be happy he was even selected at all, he was an average quarterback at best during his time at Michigan. The fact that he broke down in the interview and started to cry was very shocking, yet comical at best. This guy has had more success and fame during his career than anyone thought ever possible. He has won multiple Super Bowls, married a super model, and is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the game today.

But he still goes on to TV and starts to cry like a little baby about the one bad thing that happened. Tom needs to shut up and grow a pair, look at your life man! you are living the dream. It is just beyond me that he hasn’t gotten over any of this “hurt” that he supposedly harbors from his draft day slight, yet he is the last one standing from the quarterbacks in that class. Where are Tee Martin, Geno Carmoza, and Chris Redman today? Not in the NFL, that’s for sure.

That clip of Brady starting to cry like a little baby has made me lose what little respect I really ever had for him. I guess he has been taking Giselle’s estrogen pills instead of those multivitamins, because he is starting to act more like a woman than she does. Tom Brady needs to just look at his life and be happy, maybe go polish a Super Bowl ring or two and quit whining about somthing that is aincent history today. The fact that he still holds it in such contempt is just the reason I have disliked him from day one.

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Kody’s Sports Korner Bowl Preview; Part 3

If you  have missed the first two bowl previews I did, check out part 1 here and part 2 here

TicketCity Bowl:
Northwestern vs Texas Tech –
Sadly this New Year will begin with this lackluster bowl. In the inaugural Ticket City Bowl in Dallas, there will be a first time meeting between the Northwestern Wildcats and Texas Tech Red Raiders. While Northwestern is looking for it’s first bowl win since 1949, Texas Tech has some concerns if it’s coach will be around for next year. But all of that aside, there are a lot questions on how will Northwestern handle the pass heavy attack of the Red Raiders. Sadly to say, Northwestern will not get it’s first bowl win here. They will be lucky to stay within 21 points of the Red Raiders.
Prediction: Texas Tech 52 – Northwestern 21

Outback Bowl:
Florida vs Penn St
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When this match up was announced, you figured there would be retirement talks from one coach. But the coach who is going to step down isn’t the 84 year old Joe Paterno, but the 46 year old Urban Meyer. While this is a shock to most, it isn’t that big of a shock after last years flip flop. The big question about this game will be whether or not Penn State can contain a good Florida team. After their struggles with an Alabama squad earlier in the year, I don’t see this one being pretty for the Nittany Lions.
Prediction: Florida 35 – Penn State 14

Capital One Bowl:
Alabama vs Michigan St
While most everybody will be expecting Alabama to roll in this game, I expect to see Michigan St give Alabama a run for their money and pull off a upset. Michigan State has been an underrated team all year and is probably the best team coming out of the Big Ten this season. Expect an exciting game, one that should give the Big Ten it’s few bowl wins this season.
Prediction: Michigan State 28 – Alabama 21

Gator Bowl:
Mississippi St vs Michigan
This is a very ho hum match up, there are a lot of better game to watch and I am sure Michigan won’t show up so they can assure to get rid of Rich Rod. That being said, Dan Mullen will have Mississippi State ready to play. Expect this one to be a blow out.
Prediction: Mississippi State 35 – Michigan 17

GoDaddy.com Bowl:
Middle Tennessee vs Miami(OH)
For a match up of two teams that nobody cares about outside of their respective cities. This could be a good game to watch for college football enthusiasts. Miami is going to be playing with a lot of momentum from their surprise win at the MAC championship. Meanwhile Middle Tennessee is trying to get one more win and finish with a winning record. Should be a good game and expect it to be a close one.
Prediction: Miami (OH) 24 – Middle Tennessee 21

Cotton Bowl:
LSU vs Texas A&M
In one of the more exciting bowl match ups, this game should be a lot of fun to watch. But don’t expect to see any surprises here as LSU should be able to find a way to win this game and put another notch in the belt for the SEC. Only question will be if Les Miles will have some Tiger Stadium grass available at this game.
Prediction: LSU 35 – Texas A&M 28

Compass Bowl:
Pittsburgh vs Kentucky
While everyone has Pitt as their favorite and expects them to win this game, Kentucky has been able to hang tough when least expected to. This could be a spring board into next season for the Wildcats and look for a very exciting game between these two teams.
Prediction: Kentucky 28 – Pitt 21

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl:
Nevada vs Boston College
Expect Nevada to play with a lot of pride and be able to move the ball at will on Boston College. This is not going to be a pretty game for the Eagles, but it could be a very close game throughout if Boston College can contain the Pistol.
Prediction: Nevada 42 – Boston College 21

That is the last of the bowl previews for the lesser bowl games. Check back soon for the BCS Preview.