Uniform Stuff Again

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.

NC & OSU Games (Losses)

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.

PSU Game (Win)

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. 

Villanova (Win)

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.

 Image result for Tyler Boyd pittPut 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.




84 thoughts on “Uniform Stuff Again

  1. How about a “replica” throwback!!!
    When wasthe last time this team has worn their khaki pants???
    These “almost throwbacks” are close but not close enough.. I will keep dreaming ..


  2. I’m with Reed on this one. The throw back uniforms for homecoming tie us in to our glorious past. Should wear them always ( white shirts for away games).
    Also, if I could dream the yellow would be “Big B mustard Pitt gold”. I dream big👍
    Thin the Herd


  3. Those white and blue things are hideous. The Nard Dog seems to be thrilled with blue and white. Huh
    Aren’t they the Creepy Valley Creepsters uni colors ?

    Maybe he wants to coach there in his subconscious.


  4. Plus we lost 2 games we should have won in those hideous things. And both losses were in the worst Chinese Water Torture manner.

    Burn the damn things now !!!


  5. I noticed even the coaching staff was wearing white polos with blue pants. Again Pedo State all over.
    Not a hint of Gold/Yellow on their togs.

    I want my Gold back. Preferably in ingots.


  6. I have said it often, new uniforms are incredible. The numbers look better also but I could care less what font the numbers are.

    I say keep the matte blue helmets and uniform combos for half the games.

    For the other half, wear the throwback yellow helmet and uniform.

    Get rid of the gold helmet only. The yellow and matte blue helmets are more unique, plus yellow for the old timers and traditionalist and matte blue for the younger generation. Problem solved.


    I know the eagles pick the uniforms, but I am sure that pick is based on the teams wishes. Not just their own.


  7. Emel,
    You’re right buddy – worse than Chinese Water Torture!
    But in reality it wasn’t the uni’s fault. It was the Head Coaches fault for thinking like a DC and not a HC – hence, playing not to lose with safe 4th quarter O play calling, instead of playing to win!!! Sadly, no uni can help us there. :<(


  8. And what is it with these short pants. The bball players want their shorts longer, while the football bro’s want their bottoms shorter. smh

    Insanity rules. 🙂


  9. By the way, there are hundreds of teams in DI football that wear white. Penn State did not invent the color.

    Sorry gents, the players obviously don’t like the gold pants.


  10. Reed wrote…What part of that uniform – if there is any at all – reflects Pitt’s great football history? None

    “None” is the correct answer if you have blinded yourself because you dislike the uniforms.

    The script, the blue, the gold, the arm stripes…what isn’t Pitt?


  11. Nard n Barnes not connected to our Mustard history so uni’s doesnt matter to them-they just want to sell $hit..don’t know about our CEO even though he is a PITT man ..the Marino era uni’s were the best ..distinctly and proudly PITT…I am no longer bitching about unis even though the present ones suck and are not the best uni’s in the ACC..who comes up with that $hit anyway noming ours the best in the ACC

    I was on the 1st Apollo-Ridge team after the merger.. our new colors were Blue and Gold and the nickname of “Vikings” was picked..as worked out all summer I dreamed of wearing a shiny metallic gold helmet..we were given Elders Ridges old blue and white unis (major disappointment) and when the helmets came they were phucking CANARY YELLOW (puke) Bring back the Mustard (Autumn Gold)-that was the color used on the magnets I gave out last year including Barnes, Gallegher, EJ and one to Duzz’s barber who I met at the pregame parade in Annapolis.

    Let’s fight to get the chorus back in the PITT Victory song which was taken out for political correctness …because we interjected ..da da da da da Penn State sucks..


  12. Khaki and Navy are the predominant colors…. The khaki reeks of Stevie Pedie…I know I am color blind but my brain just can’t see gold in that khaki they are wearing…so glad there is tradition in some schools where changes if any are minor..that consistency of uniform is a common thread that unites the alumni across the generations…Ohio State, Michigan, So Cal, ND, Alabama, Auburn..football schools..We are trying to be one..or are we..


  13. Emel, so true, we were chastised for inserting P-E-N-N, P-E-N-N PENN STATE SUCKS! into our fight song. Anybody at the Pitt PSU game this year catch the students new chant for PSU? I think they are going to want to switch back to our version.


  14. By the way, Ditka wore a blue helmet. You want to tell him he wasn’t part of the Pitt tradition, LOL.

    You all want to say the mustard and blue are the true Pitt colors. Well, that simply isn’t true. It was part of some winning years. That is it.

    Look at he entire history of Pitt football. It has not been the same color throughout like PSU, USC, Alabama, etc. Going back to the early 1900’s Pitt has changed it’s uniforms over and over and over again. Gold helmets were probably used most, but there has been blue and even white. The shade of gold and blue has changed a million times. We have football tradition, but a classic uniform is not part of it.


  15. Notrocket … I totally agree with every word you just posted . My Pitt history watching goes back to 1962 and I attended 70-75.. I was in the stadium when the Panthers came out in the Mustard and Blue.. I was “wowed” at that sight. I think it was Palko who after the YSU throwback game” I finally feel like a Pitt Panther” and Wanny went as far to say this uni should be worn every game comparing it to the Buffalo Bills who went back to their old uni and the players and fans wanted them every game.
    That Marino/ Dorsett look was our best and one of the best looks on college football … and it stands the test of time…


  16. It’s nice that the PITT players can find common ground and a consensus on which uniform they want to wear each game. Something that will never happen with their beloved football fans.. 🙂


  17. NRS, that said, my wife brought home a PITT shirt to wear first game and I told her she had to take it back even though she was looking really good in it. It had the DinoCat. No way Jose I told her. She bought another one game day with PITT script.


  18. if you but a shirt from the Panther store, they fit big. I also bought a Pitt script shirt– blue with gold lettering. It’s a freakin’ tent


  19. Just read my 12:51 post and I thought Where the Phuck did that come from??? The run on stuff after ” I gave Duzz’s barber a magnet.”
    I was dictating a text on my cell phone to another person while I had the Pov open and had finished the 12:51 post but hadn’t posted it yet.,,some crazy $hit happens when I dictate on the cell to the POV which is my main way of posting..Dictation is posted in the comment space and simultaneously written down in the space for my name which I have to erase then place my name before posting..this is a unique site

    BigB – I edited that other info out including your name. I thought you were having a stroke…


  20. wwb.. Pittsburgh men are big especially around the middle..may years ago when Pitt came to East Carolina I chartered a bus with a lot of locals from here in Northeastern NC. to go and watch the Panthers and the Pirates ( another NC loss for us).. we got to Ficklin Stadium, parked and started drinking when a bus from the Burgh pulled in beside us..as the Pittsburgh men got off their bus my buddies observed and one of the remarked ” BigB, you came down on the wrong bus.” I glowed …Proudly Pittsburgh,,,Hail to PITT


  21. BigB – met you at either Stand & Joe’s or the Rams Head in Annapolis. Immediately placed the magnet on the fridge in our laundry room…..the one where I keep my beer.


  22. I’m big around the middle and it’s still a tent

    Chris Peak ‏@PantherLair Sep 28
    #Pitt’s opponents in the last 3 games have run 217 plays and been flagged for 1 holding penalty. None in the last 2 games.


  23. Not only is Pitt doing the annual makeovers to sell more jerseys and profit from the sales, but it is also doing this to sell the program to recruits. Kids like to see the different uniform combos that the designer brands make for these schools. Personally, I’m not much of a fan of multiple helmet and jersey and pant colors, but I’ve heard that the players are.


  24. JoeL ..thanks for the shout-out..Remember you well but thought your handle was JoeKnew..It was at the Rams head..Planning to go the the Ga Tech game them to Charlottesville the following weekend..ready for some Panther football and a chance to get out of town..living near the beach ain’t all it’s cracked up to be..No colors are WORSE than Green and White..Beat the HERD..by a lot!!!


  25. Whatever happened to the “Pat Signal” from earlier in the month? HCPN told us the recruit wanted to announce at the end of the month at his very own press conference.

    Maybe we’ll find out when the injury report is released before the Marshall game – lol


  26. @Erie The rumor is that verbal is a 10/1 announcement. Who knows. With that being said, we didn’t close guys after the PSU weekend. Were due for some good ones.


  27. Erie Express,

    I’m not a PantherLair subscriber but apparently there was some talk there that the Pat Signal from earlier this month may be TE Charles Reeves. Not sure, though. Would be nice.


  28. I was thinking Garbutt for the verbal….no info, just wishful thinking.

    And along the lines of wishful thinking, like a little kid wants Christmas to stay for ever and ever, I want Franklinstein to stay for ever and ever. I say: Extend that contract now, man-woman AD. And do it quick before a division 3 school without a program snaps him up.


  29. EE, I agree that PSN article seems like no Hamlin this week but Nard is as coy a person as you’ll find. It has come to the point where when he says one thing, you should expect the opposite. Brighjtwell only got on the field out of necessity, and then played well. If Damlin is going to play at all this year, this should be the game he begins


  30. BigB – 12:54 post, looks like DK without his anti-schizo drugs. 🙂 Classic rant. maybe a subconscious rant or perhaps you speak in gibberish to yourself, heck I do.
    wwb – larger guys like me like big sizes; you must be one of those thin guys that they have all medium size t shirts at free giveaways; never a frickin free 2XL. Better order my throwback hat now.
    BigBs color scheme is the best of the multiples through the years, they should pick that and call all other combinations “throwups” and they could sell new sets of “throwups” all the time. $$$$$$$$


  31. — Back in High School against North Allegheny (not a “Pittsburgh Guy”, but North Allegheny is pretty “For Real” I believe — especially this specific year):

    The Kid’s Got $wag 🙂 haha

    —- It won’t hurt to let the kid get in there and Hand The Ball Off / Give the ball to Quadree Henderson on Jet Sweeps. Basically what the “Current Starter” is doing.

    MAYBE…just, possibly, MAYYYYBE, Ben DiNucci might attempt to throw the football downfield to Pitt’s wide receivers (maybe a pass to 6’3” Jester Weah or 6’5” Aaron Mathews, against a 5’10” corner, where they have a chance to make a play??? lol 🙂 ) or 6’5” Scott Orndoff?? I’ll take a weaker-armed “Competitor” vs. a QB riddled with the YIPS any-day, anytime.

    Food-for-thought for Pat Narduzzi. I’m ultra-disappointed in the Weeny-ish, Uber-Conservative nonsense of the last two weeks. I Never saw Pat Narduzzi as the Turtle-Up, Clam-Up type which he’s been the previous 2 weeks 😦 😦 — which absolutely regardless of whether the best talent has been playing or-not, has cost Pitt 2 wins.

    #HailToPitt !!! #It’sAllGood 🙂


  32. The yellow on the Alternates is pretty close to the color of the Empty seats at Ketchup Field.

    So if you got all attending to wear a yellow jersey matching those, than the empties would blend right in.

    Pitt should hire me and DK ! 🙂


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