Puke or Perfection: Notre Dame 2016 Shamrock Series Uniforms
January 4, 2017
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We are all familiar with Notre Dame Football’s classic uniforms, whether we be rabid fans, or maybe we just glanced at the DVD cover of Rudy.The gold helmet and pants to go along with a dark, navy blue jersey are easily as iconic as football itself.
But as of 2010, Notre Dame decided to start a series of games with special uniforms called the Shamrock Series. When Notre Dame was appareled by Adidas, they went for just a splash of green with the normal uniforms, but when Under Armour took over in 2014, things really started to get a bit out there.
Notre Dame is a Catholic university, and that was the route UA went this year. For this year’s matchup with Army in San Antonio, they chose an olive green and dark gold look. The helmets are gold with a black pearlescent, and their graphic is the arch of when you first enter the campus’ Basilica, which says the words “God, Country, and Notre Dame”.
When you get to the jersey, they went with a much richer green than usual. Couple that with a yellowish gold that is a different shade than the helmet on the shoulder pads with the same archway as the helmet at the end of the sleeves. Across the chest in an archaic font is spelled Notre Dame, in addition to enlarged numbers in the same font. Notre Dame, among other colleges, are famous for not deciding to put their players’ names on the back of their uniforms, and this year is no different. With an added touch for Veteran’s Day, they put an American flag on the base of the neck.
These are a mixed bag. The green and yellow combination is absolutely horrible, each with their own shade of vomit. The font is off-putting and the numbers look awful.
However, incorporating the Basilica archway was brilliant. The archway is beautiful and “God, Country, and Notre Dame” inspires patriotism. The helmet is where the uniform shines. The gold and pearlescent look is awesome and the archway meshes well with the colors.
The jersey and pants combination is awful, but the helmet with the cool pearlescent look makes up for it. The patriotic theme for Veteran’s Day was awesome, but there could have been so much more they could have done here than just bad shades of yellow and green with a cool helmet getup. The uniforms get a C, and the green and yellow combination should be set on fire along with the Shamrock series, with the poor color choice going well with the slate of games that the Shamrock Series brings every year.