The Big Uniform Reveal: It Looks Good

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Conventional wisdom on social media after The Big Reveal on the new Temple uniforms yesterday was: “Well, if the kids like it, that’s the only thing that matters.”

Really?

Identity does, too.

Few of us are kids anymore but all of us once were.


A cautionary note is provided
by our friend Karma.
Since (and including)
the 2015 win over Penn State,
the Owls are 19-3 wearing
predominantly Cherry, 7-7 wearing white
and 1-4 wearing black. They are 0-0
wearing gray, but we will find
out how they fare with that color soon

The thought never occurred to me once when I was a kid that I wanted a new uniform or I was waiting for what I new uniform looked like.

Maybe thinking evolved over the last 40 or so years, but when I look at uniforms like the ones at Alabama, USC and Penn State, I’m more convinced than ever that uniforms have little to no impact upon a recruit’s decision to attend a certain school.

Those schools have a clean, traditional and some—not me—would say “boring” look but it has not affected them.

Nor should it affect Temple, which has had a pretty distinctive look of its own for the past decade or so of mostly success.

Cringeworthy is what I think when I see what Maryland has done with once pretty nice uniforms and that’s what I was afraid to see when the Owls made their big reveal on Thursday. After all, the Under Armour CEO is a Maryland grad and UA and Temple collaborated on this new look.

Fortunately, crazy did not happen. The Big Reveal actually looked pretty good, keeping the predominantly Cherry and predominantly white look while adding a touch of gray and black. A cautionary note is provided by our friend Karma. Since (and including) the 2015 win over Penn State, the Owls are 19-3 wearing predominantly Cherry, 7-7 wearing white and 1-4 wearing black. They are 0-0 wearing gray, but we will find out how they fare with that color soon.

Don’t tempt Mother Nature.

Temple did not stray far from its traditional look, adding a tweak here and there.

The basic identity of Temple is still reflective in the new look, but the identity of Temple is there and that matters every bit as much as what the kids think.

 

8 thoughts on “The Big Uniform Reveal: It Looks Good

  1. I wouldn’t say Penn State , USC & Bama’s uniforms are boring . I would call their uniforms styles as Classic.

    Keep the uniforms and football program classy Owls !!

    • You’d think Rutgers would have to worry about the last part of that.

      • I don’t get the Rutgers’ reference but the uniforms look good, even the gray ones. I am cautioned by the fact the few teams I saw who wore Gray on the TV last year usually finished at the losing end, much like the Confederates in the Civil War. I hope gray is a one-game thing.

  2. George, except Ohio State.Their colors are red and gray. Y’know, style continually changes things like dressing out in gray uniforms. Personally I don’t care for that at Temple.

  3. Let me just say… the video guys killed this one. One of the coolest concepts I’ve seen in regards to a jersey unveil.

  4. I don’t like the new uniforms as much as the old ones, but I’m glad they aren’t radically different. I’m really glad they kept the T on the helmet, as that is my favorite version. Don’t really care for the gray or black, our colors are cherry and white. Ultimately though, I don’t care as much about what we wear, as how we play. Win both the Boston College and Maryland games this year and I couldn’t care less which uniforms we are wearing while doing it. I agree with Mike wholeheartedly, Ohio State, Alabama, and PSU have extremely boring uniforms that almost never vary, it sure doesn’t seem to affect their recruiting.

    We have an offensive coordinator who can’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag and new uniforms are the priority? Hopefully Ed Foley’s new title means that Patenaude has essentially been demoted and won’t be calling the plays this season. That, or someone actually sat him down and thoroughly explained what Temple Tuff means.

  5. Ditch the all black. What uniform beat PSU? That will remain the all-time best.

  6. UA captured the long history of TU uniforms. The epaulets and pants diamonds pay tribute to Hardin. The T-on-the-sleeve acknowledges Arians’ years. Temple Tuff evokes the Golden Years. The gray symbolizes Collins southern roots perhaps. There’s a lot going on without being too busy.

    Agreed : Looks Good.

    Next year Makris’ Owl? Warner’s high-top cleats?

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