Friday, December 11, 2015

Maine, Penn, Princeton, Rhode Island (2015)

The 2015 uniform round-up marches on!

The Black Bears tweaked their number and wordmark font from 2014, then added an alternate jersey in honor of the school's 150th anniversary (I am the proud owner of one) and changed the helmet logo in midseason. Maine was 3-8 overall (its worst record in 20 years) and 3-5 in the CAA. Coach Jack Cosgrove stepped down after 23 seasons.

The Quakers added a sweet white jersey to match the home version, but the ugly gray uniform and the red shirt with the sports-bra pattern stuck around for another year. A year after a one-win season, Penn went 7-3 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League for a share of the Ivy title.

Like Penn, Princeton's white jersey now matches the home top, while the orange alternate was retired. Those pants still scream 2005, however. When you think about it, so many NFL teams (Falcons, Cardinals, Broncos, Bengals) have some really dated looks with certain elements -- drop-shadow numbers, curvy pants stripes -- that need to be overhauled. In terms of uniform fashion, the college teams have really left the pros in the dust.

The Tigers were 5-5 overall, but only 2-5 in the Ivy League.

Rhode Island
Now this uniform, new for 2015, is kinda like that movie "12 Monkeys" from the 1990s: It's not great, but it has all sorts of interesting little bits to keep people gabbing for a while. 

Rhody has two different shirts and two different pants, but each is a different color -- light blue and white for the shirts, navy and camo gray (!) for the pants. Much as Dartmouth thought outside the box and added a tree patch to the shirts in '14, Rhody introduced an anchor patch this fall. I have a co-worker who went to Rhody and said that's a fitting logo, considering the state of the program these days. The navy helmet with light blue horns was retained.

The Rams went 1-11 overall, 1-8 in the CAA for the second straight year.

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