Sunday, December 11, 2016

Columbia Lions (2015-16)

We continue our look back at 2016 in uniforms with Columbia, which went 3-7 overall and 2-5 (seventh) in the Ivy League. It doesn't seem like much, but the Lions look like world-beaters compared with their back-to-back 0-10 debacles in 2013-14. And five of their losses in '16 were by eight points or less. Al Bagnoli, miracle-worker. 

Another good thing about Columbia this season: The Lions wore the hideous black jerseys, first introduced on 2015, for its home opener only and switched to a new navy jersey the rest of the way. Hopefully next year, the black shirt will be put in mothballs and Columbia can add a light blue jersey in the current template. The navy jersey is fine, but it's not Columbia blue.

The Lions this year wore a "67" patch in honor of Bill Campbell, a former Lions player and head coach who later was a prominent Silicon Valley businessman and the chairman of Columbia's Board of Trustees.

Before the season, Columbia tweeted this picture of its
uniform combinations. The second one from the left was the only one not used.

As another added bonus, here's a corrected version of the 2015 uniform, with the home shoulder "sleeves" switched to blue from black. The black itself is slightly lightened to something closer to a dark slate "color."

Up next: Cornell (I promise).

Other Lions unis that'll make you roar: 2015201420132003-051996, 198419831974-761971-7319701965-671955-561952-54.

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