Black is Beautiful, if not Plentiful

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You knew you weren't going to get anything resembling rational thought in an article entitled "25 more things we miss in sports," basically a chance of old-timer sportswriters to have a wank about what sports were like when they were 9 years old (No ads in stadiums, wood drivers, "the perceived innocence of college sports," etc.)

But this one took the cake

24. Non-black college uniforms
They were neat for a while, a break from the norm, a variation on the typically retro throwback. But now that nearly every NCAA program has trotted out a variation on all-black uniforms, school colors have become all but obsolete.

The purpose of uniforms is to identify a team or program -- heraldic devices of a sort. While most schools have historically employed a neutral color (black, white or gray) to serve as the signature shade for home games, a number of programs have lately taken to wearing all-black as their primary uniforms. Therein lies the problem: If everyone does it, everyone looks the same, negating the purpose of uniforms in the first place. Only a handful of athletic programs remain true to their roots -- Southern California and Penn State are two that come to mind -- and while they may not sport the prettiest pairing of hues, at least we can tell them apart. -- N.J

Well, just among the D-1 Football programs without black jerseys (let alone all-black jerseys), I also count...

  1. Michigan
  2. Michigan State
  3. Ohio State
  4. Illinois
  5. Indiana
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Minnesota
  8. Northwestern
  9. Syracuse
  10. West Virginia
  11. South Florida
  12. Pitt
  13. UConn
  14. North Carolina
  15. North Carolina State
  16. Georgia Tech
  17. Clemson
  18. Miami (FL)
  19. Duke
  20. Boston College
  21. Virginia
  22. Virginia Tech
  23. Florida
  24. Mississippi State
  25. Kentucky
  26. Tennessee
  27. LSU
  28. Ole Miss
  29. Arkansas
  30. Alabama
  31. Auburn
  32. Texas
  33. Kansas
  34. Kansas State
  35. Texas A&M
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oklahoma State
  38. Nebraska
  39. Baylor
  40. Iowa State
  41. Washington
  42. Washington State
  43. Arizona
  44. Arizona State
  45. Cal
  46. UCLA
  47. Stanford
of 65 BCS Conference teams.

So by my count, only 16 BCS Conference College football programs have black jerseys or black alternates (Iowa, Purdue, Cincinnati, Louisville, Rutgers, Florida State, Maryland, Wake Forest, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Texas Tech, Colorado, Missouri, Oregon, Oregon State).

Oh, don't forget Notre Dame and Navy. But why let facts get in the way of a good argument?


Vinnie 12:54 PM  

And of those 16, I count 11 that have black as a prominent color, 9 for whom black is the dominant color.

Anonymous,  10:49 AM  

Very true, the much bigger problem(across all of sports) is the combo of red and blue. Teams really need to get off this one. Across baseball we have

1. Red Sox
2. Phillies
3. Nationals
4. Braves
5. Indians
6. cubs
7. Twins
8. Rangers

So over a quarter of the league is wearing the same colors(not even getting into any other sports). Screw red and blue.

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