Take a look at the uniforms we will be wearing for this the Georgia Tech Homecoming game on October 8th. I like it – at least more than I do our current ones.
But this begs the question – why can’t we wear this all the time? Well, I answered that question back on August 20th with this article “Look Back; Uniforms Seem Familiar?”
In it I wrote:
Anyway, when I saw the color combination I had to scratch my head a bit to place just where we had seen that combination before, if even we had. It isn’t enough to just say “We are going back to the old style uniforms every so often” because that ‘old’ uniform had so many iterations.
I did that because this is what we had seen in the past:
I’ll be honest and tell you I don’t really like the ‘new’ uniforms. Every fan has his preferences but I think we didn’t go far enough in acknowledging our past successful and championship years (right) when Pitt and our uniforms were in the forefront of college football’s consciousness.
Beside the numbers looks a bit torch-cut to me. Look at Conner on the left here.
What part of that uniform – if there is any at all – reflects Pitt’s great football history? None.
If you look at that above photo series of past uniforms every single iteration has some Old Gold (or variation thereof) included. It may have been just a helmet or just the numbers but it was always there somewhere. Now not so much and that’s a shame.
If we look back at the uniforms we have worn in our four games so far this season we see that against North Carolina and OSU we wore the one shown above that Conner has on. Blue helmet over white shirt over blue pants.
In the PSU game we wore this (right). You can see it is the all-blue combo with gold numbers & lettering. It also has the fuller arm bands which I think helps a lot. That gets back somewhat to a reflection of the past.
For the season opener and our game against might Villanova we came out in a Gold, blue and white top-to bottom combination.
I want those gold helmets every game because that is our Pitt gold color and is an identifier and reminder or our best days.
We haven’t seen the gold pants combo yet either . Last years uniforms were actually fine with me and I like them a whole lot more than I do our gimmicky present day ones. Take a look at Tyler Boyd’s uniform the numbers stand out the gold is there but understated and there is the old stripe down the legs.
Put a script PITT on that helmet and it works. That is pretty nice to my eye and perhaps should have been the one we chose to keep and build a brand around – but that loses money in the long run and Pitt is all about money.
But here is the real story behind Pitt’s uniforms – they exist for two reasons. First they cover up the player’s nakedness. Pretty simple there. But second they generate money for Pitt and the apparel company making them. In our case that is Nike.
Here is the very interesting part of all this though. For some strange and I think rather ridiculous reason Pat Narduzzi has allowed a select group of seniors – the “Eagles” he calls them – to decide which uniforms will be worn each week. That is within the home/away options the home team gets.
So the above unis are what the Eagles have picked so far. But you can be sure the Eagles didn’t have anything to do with this ‘throwback’ uniform – that is all marketing department stuff.
Let’s hope this keeps us from fumbling the ball against GT like we did in ’14… although we did play a good game and got a win against the Yellow Jackets last season.
This game should be fun to watch on many levels – one of which will be these uniforms on our kids.