7. Washington Huskies – Purple and Gold
Sep 21, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Idaho State Bengals during the second quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
This is where Nike’s meddling has gone horribly, horribly wrong. The purple and gold was just fine… standard, normal and predictable.
Then came . . . white helmets (with what appears to be a day glo purple, black helmets, a flag in the W, and that weird gold from earlier this season.
Too much variety on what WAS probably the third most iconic single uniform in the Pac-12.
That uniform was actually navy until 1960. Prior to that football uniforms were not available in purple. Letterman jackets at Washington are still Navy in this tradition.
The Dawgs do not pull off their look well anymore, a team without an identity. Talk to the old timers, go back to the single uniform, they will be far more happy. Though Washington should be praised for never putting the angry weasel that Nike created for them on a helmet.
Phil Knight is likely sitting in a cavernous office along the Willamette, brainstorming increasingly ludicrous uniform ideas, just waiting until someone at Washington finally says, “You’re messing with us, right?”