College Football, Week 1: Night-Stalker Jerseys

Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Michael Drew says:

    The Whack (WAC); the Mack (MAC); …the Ack (AAC)!?Report

    • RTod in reply to Michael Drew says:

      Also: The Quack!!!Report

      • Will Truman in reply to RTod says:

        UO is pertinent to this post, because they’re the ones that started the Night-Stalker Jersey phenomenon.Report

      • Burt Likko in reply to RTod says:

        Will beat me to it. The Ducks’ ever-transforming uniforms have much to do with the sponsorship by a certain clothing manufacturing company with ties to the program.

        That’s not to say that the resulting product doesn’t look cool. It often does.

        But I agree with Will — there really ought to be a brand, and like all good branding it ought to be simple and carry a unified message across its permutations. I liked that about Tennessee — the brand was that particular color of orange, the simple, stylized, symmetrical, serif “T”.Report

      • Will Truman in reply to RTod says:

        Tennessee has a blue uniform, now, too. (That said, Tennessee has a uniform problem in that it’s so similar to that of the other UT. I wouldn’t blame them for altering somewhat.)Report

      • Burt Likko in reply to RTod says:

        I didn’t know this. But I see that it’s true and new for this year. For the record, I disapprove. Not just because it’s new — new is fine. But it confuses the brand.

        That other UT has a fine symmetrical logo too, plus a fun hand gesture to go with it. Agreed that with both teams adopting similar shades of orange and using the initials UT there is some distinguishing to be done, although one school is, um, rather larger than the other.Report

      • J@m3z Aitch in reply to RTod says:

        The Ducks do have a brand, one of the in college football, the “O”. Graphically, it’s a brilliant design. It’s loosely based on the shape of Hayward Field, where they used to play football, and which is still one of the premier track and field facilities in the country–track and field has such a strong tradition there that one of the town’s nicknames is Tracktown. So it’s grounded in a meaningful historical reference. It’s simple and elegant, which is a hallmark of good logo design (think Nike’s swoosh, or Apple’s apple, or GM’s flattened cross shape–all instantly recognizable), and as a typeface it is distinct, easy to recognize and distinguish from any other “O” shape.

        Their old logo was an interlocked block-shape U and O, which was very collegiate, but collegiate precisely because it was such a common and unoriginal design, something done by lots of other colleges and high schools.

        Besides, they’re the only school with wings on their uniforms. How cool is that, and how much more branding do you need?Report

      • Chris in reply to RTod says:

        I think Tennessee’s new uniforms are technically grey (supposed to be smokey grey). Blue wouldn’t go over well in Knoxville.

        Also, both the major UT’s are orange, but that Tennessee orange is sooooo awful. It’s not a color otherwise found in nature.Report

  2. Michael Cain says:

    This comes awfully close to qualifying you for a seat over here at the curmudgeons’ table, Will. I blame Lain — having a daughter sort of warps dads’ minds. If the kids want to dress differently, let them.Report

    • Neither of them wore white. I thought there were rules against that.

      The rule says both teams can wear colored jerseys if (a) the home team has agreed in writing and (b) the home team’s conference has agreed in writing that the two color schemes “contrast”. Most teams probably don’t care enough to ask. Or the visiting team can simply show up in their colored uniforms without prior approval and accept that they will get a 15-yard penalty at the end of the opening kickoff play in each half.Report