The wait is over (for those of you rubes like me who actually were waiting). The Gophs had their uniforms completely redesigned by Nike, and here are the results, complete with dramatic Minneapolis skyline shots and our immense locker room:
Good stuff. Overall I like the updated look very much, and they’re about what I expected, given the sneak peak of the helmets we got. They fit well with the new lids, and they managed to maintain the classic look, with some fun ‘Nike Combat’ style tweaks (the rubberized looking v-neck, built-in padding inserts, etc.), and a new tackle/twill font for the nameplates and numbers. It’s unclear to me if the black socks/cleats are a full-blown addition, given that the release video shows Maroon and Gold cleats, but the players are wearing the black. There will be 8 variations of the uniforms, none of which will include the white helmets, which were used in a few select road games during Tim Brewster’s tenure. I had feared they would try to go over the top with some all-black alternate jersey, but they restrained themselves. Save something like that for if we ever get good at football again – meaning surpassing the Grinnin’ Glen Mason era and winning a Big Ten Championship. (All photos are courtesy of Gophersports.com)
How many wins and big recruits this will translate to? I have no idea. But as a long-time Detroit Lions fan, I’ve learned that if you are going to loose, you may as well look good doing it. These will fit that bill nicely.