Posted on: April 21, 2011 5:49 pm

Arizona State's new logo could be gang favorite

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week Arizona State unveiled it's new football uniforms and school logo. As is always the case when a school or professional team comes out with a new uniform, some people liked it, and others didn't. I fell in the group that liked the new look of the Sun Devils' threads. However, that opinion is not shared by a fellow member of the city I call home, Chicago. It seems that there is one police officer in Chicago, Sergeant Kenneth Epich, who is more worried about how popular the new logo of his alma mater may become with area gangs.

And [Epich]'s convinced that it is a matter of time before what he described as a "large, violent, mostly Hispanic Chicago street gang" called Satan's Disciples adopts ASU's new athletic gear because of the new trident logo.

"The gangs adopt sports teams and wear their gear," Epich said. "The S.D.'s are going to adopt the (ASU) hat as their hat of choice just as soon as they see the first person wearing one."

Epich has been a member of Chicago's Area One Gang Enforcement unit for 25 years, and odds are, he's totally correct. The Satan's Disciples probably will adopt the pitchfork logo as one of their own, seeing that it already fits a pitchfork they use in their current insignia, and that Sun Devils share the same initials as Satan's Disciples. That's just the way life works with gangs, who often adopt the merchandise of sports teams to their gangs. Whether it's because of a logo, initials or colors.

That isn't going to change. Still, the best advice I can give to Sgt. Epich is to just shut up and deal with it. To make the claim that kids walking around Chicago with an Arizona State hat on just because they like it are going to get beaten up or killed is just misinformed and purposely misleading. I grew up as a Chicago White Sox fan in this city, and when the White Sox made the change to the current colors and logo they have now, their merchandise became a big hit amongst gangs as well.

Guess how many times I've been beaten up for wearing a Sox hat in this city? None. Neither will any other kid who is wearing a Sun Devils hat because odds are that little Johnny Suburbs isn't going to be walking through the neighborhoods where he might actually be confused for a rival gang member.

Really, what this all comes down to is the fact that Epich went to Arizona State and he doesn't like the idea of seeing gang members, the ones he's tasked with arresting every day, wearing clothes with Arizona State's logo on it. That's it. He's not worried about public safety, he's worried about his own image of his alma mater.

Had this been Duke adopting a similar logo, Epich would have never given it a second thought.

Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:27 am

Arizona St., Wazzu get new looks

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Last Friday we mentioned that Arizona State was prepping for the unveiling of a new set of uniforms. As it turns out, what Nike cooked up for the Sun Devils wasn't only a new look but an entire "re-branding" of the entire athletic department. Behold:

Our first question: has Nike found a way to make the uniforms smoke like that even when they're on the field? Some sort of tiny dry ice machine hidden in the shoulder pads? Because, dude, that would be intimidating.

And isn't that intimidation sort of the point of this overhaul? You'll notice that when it comes to the helmet logo, "Sparky" -- the mischievous devil who's adorned ASU helmets since 1980 -- has been exiled to a sticker on the rear of the helmet, with only a souped-up version of his pitchfork remaining. It's a bit of a shame, really; charming cartoons and decades of tradition are out, Jerry Glanville- esque monoblack alternates are in. (And about the logo, guys, Maserati called ... )

Then again, those new road whites do look pretty sweet, and the home look isn't bad if the Sun Devils keep the gold pants and stay away from the corporate-looking mono-red.

But nonetheless, our choice for the best new uniform of the week belongs to Washington State, who also picked this week to unveil a set of new Nike-designed looks. Check out the new gray alternates, complete with all-gray helmet:

It's the little tocuhes -- the crimson Pac-12 logo, the gray Wazzu helmet logo -- that make this intriguing. (You can see the standard home-and-away uniforms here, which have both been more tweaked than overhauled.) Now if Phil Knight and Co. would get rid of the Oregon number font that looks like 2004's idea of numbers from the year 2034, we'll really be in business.

Posted on: March 9, 2011 12:32 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 12:52 pm

Cal to debut white helmets?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's those wacky neighbors to the Pac-12's north (both of them in that neck of the woods, actually) that have the reputation for uniform hijinks, but Cal's exactly never been shy about coming up with some wild variations of their own. Unless of course you think this look from last year's Oregon showdown says "simple, understated":

In any case, the Bears appear to be at it again. Via California Golden Blogs , this is a new white helmet that could debut as early as Cal's opener against Fresno State in San Francisco:

Per a student account at UniWatch , players have confirmed that the helmets will be a "one-time thing" worn on the road at some point this season.

But what will Cal wear with them? The white helmets won't do much (read: will be a total retinal trainwreck) for the Bears' all-yellow or all-blue looks, and pairing them with white jerseys and dark pants would look weirdly asymmetrical, too. Eye on College Football sees two workable options for the new headgear: 1. with white pants and a dark jersey 2. an all-white look like this one as modeled by Desean Jackson .

If the student account is any indication, the Bears may be leaning towards the latter, a potential "Storm Trooper look." Lots of school bands already play the "Imperial March " as a musical cue for their defense; if Cal's doesn't already, we suggest they break out their John Williams score sheets and get to practicing.

HT: DocSat .

Posted on: February 25, 2011 12:38 pm

Penn State making uniform change

Posted by Tom Fornelli

For years the Penn State uniform and helmet have always been one of my favorites. It's just, when it comes to uniforms in football, for me, less is always more. I've always appreciated the simplicity of Penn State's uniforms, and that being the case, you can probably figure out how I feel about the uniforms that Oregon rolls out every weekend.

Well, if you're like me, and you enjoy the less is more approach to uniforms, then this may be good news for you. Penn State's jerseys are about to get even simpler, as the Nittany Lions plan on making one small change for the 2011 season.
Penn State likely will tweak the appearance of its home and road uniform this fall, according to Guido D'Elia, the director of communications and branding for the football team.
Speaking to a class at Penn State, D'Elia indicated the home-uniform white trim around the neck and on the sleeves would be eliminated. Also, the road-uniform blue trim would be eliminated.
Which is just about as basic as basic can get. Though, ironically enough, I'm not sure I'll like these uniforms as much as the ones Penn State currently wears. Yes, they'll look the same as the jersey's Penn State's football team wore during the 70s and earlier, but I think the trim is important to the jersey. If you take away the white trim on the blue jersey, and vice versa, they both kind of look like practice jerseys.
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