Pretty, yes? And because I'm a sucker for the details, check out the tiny outline of the state above the number. This only works with certain, recognizable states...like Texas, Florida, and of course...Kentucky. Georgia could be mistaken for any number of other states...Alabama...Mississippi...New Mexico. A rectangle is a rectangle. But at the UK versus University of Tennessee home game last Tuesday, they unveiled the new Platinum uniforms (or, as Mama Virgo refers to them...a lovely prison gray).
Thank you, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, for modeling so well.
I understand that it's an honor to be one of nine teams chosen to wear the new Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms. They are "tailored for the optimal efficiency of movement and are 5% lighter than the previous Nike Hyper Elite uniform," and the shorts are made from 100% recycled polyester while the jersey is made from at least 96% recycled polyester. I am all for high-performance clothing and recycled technology. But they are also gray....with just the slightest hint of blue. Our school colors are not blue and gray. They are blue and white. Can it not be recycled and white? Is that an impossible feat?
While the Wildcats put a smackdown on the Vols last Tuesday, Facebook was on fire with disapproving comments regarding the uniforms. And if we had lost, I'm sure the uniforms would have been to blame. As it was, the Volunteers weren't complaining about the extra advantage the boys in
blue gray may have experienced from wearing lighter, more efficient clothing. No, they were upset about the discussion Calipari apparently had with the SEC refs about how physical the game has become and how more fouls should be called instead of ignored. And, when you compare UK's foul totals to UT's, that is probably a valid complaint. But maybe the Wildcats were just so fast in their lighter duds that UT had to grab to stop them.
Either way, in Bluegrass Country, the gray is a no-go. But I'm anxious to hear how the rest of you feel. Do you think we're clinging to tradition too much? Should we embrace the wave of gray? Do you think they look like they just walked out of Sing-Sing? Rupp Arena is getting an overhaul in the coming years so perhaps a new uniform is justified for the times...for they are a-changin'.