First, let me just say that after last week’s short nugget about what Missouri insiders were saying about the school’s soon-to-be-released new Nike uniforms, it’s clear that Mizzou and its fans will have no problem fitting in with their new SEC brethren.
Under our post, many Tiger fans jumped into our comment boxes to claim that we were attacking their school, should keep our mouths shut, etc, etc. Some comments were so nasty that they had to be deleted after some claimed they were offensive. That’s A-1, standard, paranoid SEC overreaction. Reading something into a story — “obviously we’re the redheaded stepchild of the SEC” type of jibber-jabber for instance — that isn’t even hinted at in the actual story? Why that’s real SEC passion right there.
Anyone who doubted that Mizzou fans had the passion necessary to be overly sensitive or too easily angered by throwaway blurbs need only study the drama unleashed by our quick “ugh” remark regarding… a uniform. Some readers even ignored the fact that we included a quote that made it clear these unis were designed to attract recruits first and foremost. They ignored the fact that we also took a shot at Georgia’s garish, laughable 2011 Power Ranger uniform. And that we ended by saying we hoped the uniforms “wouldn’t be as bad as feared” when finally released to the public. Instead of grasping all that, some saw only our clear haaaaaaate for MU.
That type of buffet reading — “I’ll read this, misinterpret that, and totally ignore that” — is pure SEC gold.
And speaking of gold, now that that uniforms have been unveiled, I’ll still say that I’m not a fan. I prefer old, shiny, metallic gold to yellow. That’s a personal preference and I’m sure you have your own take on that one. I’ll try not to be offended if you prefer yellow to gold as it’s really not that big of a deal and won’t cost me any sleep tonight.
The main unis — complete with the oval Tiger-head logo on a black helmet — aren’t nearly as Oregon-esque as some Mizzou officials had hinted. We at MrSEC.com see that as a positive, you may not.
The alternate football uniform — the one with the yellow jersey and the big yellow Tiger head on a matte-finish black helmet that looks like its been splattered by a paintball — is rather CFLish, if you ask this scribe. That’s the alternate uni at left. Ick. Sue me.
A few Tiger fans aren’t happy that grey — I’m sorry, “anthracite” — has been added to some of the uniforms, but I don’t think it looks too bad on the road white unis. Of course, “anthracite” was first introduced by Nike as part of its Pro Combat design for West Virginia a couple of years ago. Not sure how much coal mining is done in Missouri, but anthracite’s now part of the Tiger brand for better or worse.
The basketball uniforms are — in my opinion — worse than the football unis. The grey-on-black-on-grey Tiger stripe patterns are just too funky for an old-timer like me and I’m not big on uniform numbers that are the same color as the uniform itself, either. Again, just my take.
But these jerseys and pants and helmets weren’t designed for impartial critics like yours truly. They weren’t designed for Mizzou fans, for that matter. They were designed to appeal to 17- and 18-year-old kids who are actually wowed by abominations like this. So again, things could have been much, much worse.
The biggest drawback to this non-MU guy is the loss of the big block M on the helmet. Yeah, yeah, I know. Supposedly people confused Missouri with Michigan. Is it just me or does anyone else think that’s a total crock? Michigan has one of the most iconic helmets in the country and it’s got nothing close to a block M on it. So we’re not going to buy the “they confuse us with Michigan” line even if Mizzou and Nike officials want to keep pitching it.
We liked the previous Tiger uniforms and thought they looked more traditional. These unis are more modern and that’s part of the school’s new branding efforts. So be it.
If recruits like Dorial Green-Beckham sign after seeing them and if the Tigers win games while wearing them, they’ll end up being a huge success. Regardless of what fans or fashion critics or independent sites like this one are saying today.
So much for our sartorial review.