Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Delaware Blue Hens (2004-06)

Just a quick heads-up: Next week will be "Rivalry Week," in which we'll look at some great rivalries between teams in this project and the uniforms they wore. Should be fun.
After years -- no, make that decades -- of the same look year in and year out, Delaware made a uniform change in 2004, fresh of the program's first Division I-AA (FCS) title. It wasn't a radical change, but it was significant: Block numbers were out and big, curved numbers were in. That wasn't the only change the Blue Hens made during this period: Longtime coach Tubby Raymond retired in 2002 and took the fabled wing-T offense with him.

While most other Atlantic 10 teams wore a rectangular league patch, Delaware decided to wear a more muted version of the logo, minus the rectangle. I believe UMass also wore the logo patch this way of a couple years. (Just a quick FYI: Atlantic 10 = Yankee Conference = CAA.) The No. 5 I use here is a little too slanted compared with the picture below; I'll try to find a better font one of these days.

A young QB named Joe Flacco wore this style before going on to a fair amount of success in the NFL. In 2007, the Blue Hens returned to the traditional block numbers before an Under Armour-inspired overhaul in 2008.

This Joe Flacco program insert was distributed on "Joe Flacco" day at Delaware Stadium in 2008.
Note the Atlantic 10 and Nike logos have been airbrushed from the picture. 

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