N Vs. W
Wisconsin's alternate look similar to Nebraska's
Today, Wisconsin unveiled the alternative uniforms they will wear on September 29th against Nebraska. For those of you who liked Nebraska's alternative jersey, this will come as good news. For those of you who didn't like NU's new duds, then things just got worse. Much worse. The Badgers' new look is basically the same as the Huskers' new look. The resulting clash of styles (or lack thereof) can make a fan either celebrate the progress of more modern design and marketing or mourn the loss of originality and tradition.
Basically, the design elements are the same for both teams. Nebraska has an N on the front. Wisconsin has a W. My colleague Jason quipped that the game takes on a Sesame Street feel ("This game was brought to you by the letters N and W").
If it weren't for the addition of black to the Husker color palate ( it's still not a school color, by the way), the game might look like an intra squad scrimmage, with just the two letters differentiating the teams. Of course, considering the remarkable similarity between the uniforms already worn by Nebraska and Wisconsin, is that really surprising?
On the other hand, this is a woeful moment for the value of originality. God forbid Adidas make unique uniforms for each team. Nope, the duds need to be virtually identical in order to maximized the value of this pre-sloganed ("The Quick and the Red" What??), made-for-television marketing moment. Gotta sell those uniforms and t-shirts, folks.
Prior to today, I was okay with Nebraska's alternative look. Or at least it was starting to grow on me. Now, seeing the side-by-side similarity and just-look-at-the-letter design, I don't like this at all. Even as an "alternative" look, Nebraska deserves to get a uniform that appeals to its style, its tradition, its fans. The throw back look from a few years ago was great. And then, give Wisconsin that same approach. Put those two looks on TV. That would move the needle.
The fine folks at Adidas couldn't make it true to the schools and programs, not stupidly similar? Frankly, I'd prefer seeking corn and cheese themed uniforms. Ridiculous as that sounds, at least it won't be unoriginal.