Last September, Nike flew yours truly up to New York for the grand unveiling of their 2010 Pro Combat uniform collection. Chris Fowler was there. Michael Irvin was there. Ex-jocks from each school donning Pro Combat unis were there — including guys representing Alabama and Florida.
While many of the unis were just as horrible as Nike’s previous Pro Combat efforts, the duds picked out by the Gators and the Tide really weren’t that bad. The changes weren’t huge. You might even say their uniforms were understated… if Nike does anything in understated fashion.
But that was then, this is now.
And this. And this.
Yes, friends, it’s quite possible Georgia will be wearing one of the ugliest college football uniform sets of all time when they take on Boise State in 12 days.
The black G on the side of that silver helmet with the big red stripe might as well stand for Garish or Gawdy or Gimmicky.
Gawd-awful might also apply.
Mark Bradley of The AJC rightly compares the new Georgia uniform to those worn by the Power Rangers on Saturday mornings. (Click the link, see the photo, laugh out loud.)
While Dawg fans — at least the majority of those writing to us and commenting on UGA messageboards — are rolling their eyes, Mark Richt’s players seem A-OK with the idea of Halloween in September.
As for the coach, clearly he doesn’t think a one-time change of pace is a bad thing:
“Yeah, I think there are a lot of people that just don’t want to get away from that (traditional look) and I don’t blame them. That’s the reason we’re sticking it out there two weeks in advance, so everybody can get over it. I doubt we’ll do any surprise uniforms anymore. At least everybody’s got time to digest it. If everybody just thinks about what’s most important and that’s playing the game, I think we’ll all be fine.”
He’s right. If Georgia whips Boise State, the uniforms will earn more fans. If the Dawgs lose, those jerseys and pants will no doubt be burned shortly after the final gun.
But did Richt have to use the word “digest” when talking about those unis? They make me want to toss my cookies.