The University of Notre Dame revealed the football program’s latest “Shamrock Series” uniforms today and, my-oh-my, are they a sight to behold — and also maybe a nice distraction from the academic fraud investigation that saw four members of the team suspended last week.
Our Shamrock Series game uniform for 2014 is here! pic.twitter.com/lfP7ZZrSQC
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 19, 2014
Notre Dame Shamrock Series uniform pic.twitter.com/JRNwY7DcEM
— N.D. Kendrick (@NDkendrick) August 19, 2014
Created by Under Armour, the special uniforms, which will be worn on Sept. 13 against Purdue, have a design history as complex as the university’s golden-domed Main Building. That’s because their design is based directly on the university’s golden-domed Main Building.
Adam Clement, the creative director for team sports at Under Armour, calls the design “subtle,” but that might not be the most accurate descriptor. Not only is the helmet gold, just like the dome, but it’s also imprinted with the same cross-hatch texture. It’s a pretty obvious allusion.
Likewise, the fanciful curly design that features heavily on the shoulders of the jersey, as well as on the uniform’s base layer and gloves, was lifted pretty much directly from the mosaic on the Main Building’s floor. Again, that’s not subtle.
But just because the outfit isn’t subtle doesn’t mean it’s not great. People who don’t consider themselves fans of the Fighting Irish are even on board.
I don’t like notre dame but the shamrock series uniforms are niiiiiiiice
— Lola Montez (@_brittv) August 19, 2014
Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series uniforms are beautiful
— Ashley MP (@TheAshleyMariee) August 19, 2014
I’m in love…with Notre Dame’s shamrock series uniforms
— James Clinton (@Jmeezy33) August 19, 2014
Of course, not everyone’s in love. As haters are wont to do, they’re hating.
Not a fan of these Notre Dame Shamrock Series uniforms at all. I’ll take the normal uniforms with the plain gold helmet, please. #ND
— Josh Wilson (@Coltsfanwilson) August 19, 2014
Loving the “God, Country, Notre Dame” But the Shamrock Series uniforms need some work. Like alot of work #sorrynotsorry
— Kyla Te’o (@OrangeChic1196) August 19, 2014
Hope Notre Dame doesn’t play as clunky and heavy as those Shamrock Series Uniforms look.
— Brian Kumle (@BKumle) August 19, 2014
What do you think?