Boise State’s all-blue look banned for home games on blue field

No blue on blue? Boooo.

The Mountain West Conference has told Boise State that it cannot wear blue uniforms and helmets when it plays home games on its blue field. Sure, players disappear on telecasts, but that’s beside the point. It’s a wonderfully Smurf-y tradition.

This started with San Diego State Coach Rocky Long, who thought it was a competitive advantage for Boise State. Apparently, coaches in the MWC, Boise State’s new home, concurred and blue uniforms were banned for home games.

Boise State fans and Coach Chris Peterson were not happy. “I thought it was ridiculous,” Petersen said of his reaction. “… That’s our colors. That’s who we are. That’s who our fans have wanted us to be since I’ve been at Boise State. That’s what it’s been through and through.”

MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson said the decision was made over a year ago, when Boise State joined the MWC.

Thompson’s explanation? “What we had heard from our coaches is [it’s] ‘a competitive advantage.’ It’s as simple as that.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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