Saturday we unveiled the much talked about black alternate unis. There were a lot of crazy rumors out there, but this was the only place that had it all right [patting self on back]. See for yourself: here, here, & here.
I have to say I hate black unis for any school that doesn’t have black as a school color. We’re the “red and white from State” so that definitely includes NC State. I’m only 30, but I guess that makes me old. All the young kids love that kind of stuff so that’s why seemingly every school in the country does it, but I’m not a fan.
I really don’t have a problem with the Breast Cancer Awareness concept either, but the execution of it was very poorly done. If you’re going to do pink for breast cancer, then go all pink. The red helmets and black pants with red/white stripes matched with the black jerseys with pink numbers just looked half-assed to me. A white helmet with pink decals matched with a plain black pant (or even our standard white pants) and the black jersey with pink numbers would have been a better execution of the Breast Cancer Awareness pink theme.
I haven’t been able to confirm this, but having black pants with red/white stripes makes me think that there is another black jersey with red numbers that we could see later. If that’s not the case then these pants will surely become alternate pants giving us six total color combinations.
The red helmet will become an alternate helmet that we could see the team wear again at any time. I hope it’s a road only alternate helmet, though, because I think it would look way better with the white jersey than with the red jersey. I have to say I absolutely love the red helmet. The triple stripe looks so sharp that I wish we would make our white helmets the same. My only beef is that the block “S” should have the normal black accents so it’s easier to see.
I also really liked the red and white triple stripe on the pants. I think our regular uniforms look a little plain and would look better with similar stripes on them. That ain’t happening, though, because I remember TOB making comments about striped pants being crazy. Of course, I can’t believe he approved this black uni so maybe his tune is changing. We shall see.
I am curious what my readers thought about the unis, so please leave your thoughts in the comments section.
[Edit: Since these unis were completely paid for by Adidas, we should auction off the black & pink jerseys with all proceeds going to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. That will not be the case, though, as I have heard is we will keep the jerseys and use them in the Kay Yow Spring Game.]