A day after the Terps unveiled another set of new uniforms during their 32-24 win over the Miami Hurricanes, the sports blogosphere is still buzzing about Maryland’s fashion sense and not star quarterback Danny O'Brien, new head coach Randy Edsall or even Cameron Chism opting to score a pick-six instead of taking a knee.
If you believe there’s no such thing as bad publicity, then you’ll be thrilled to hear that everyone has been talking about the Terps uniforms -- LeBron James and Chad Ochocinco on Twitter, Skip Bayless and today’s talking-head cohort on ESPN and pretty much any sports writer or blogger with an interest in NCAA football.
Leading the way was Paul Lukas, the man behind the respected Uni Watch blog, who wrote, “Last night a very foolish school and a very foolish company showed just how desperate for attention they are.”
In a different blog post, this one for ESPN, Lukas said: “In case you were under a very large rock last night, the Terps were in court jester mode. For some reason I kept thinking the players looked like living chess pieces. Like, was the play call in the huddle, ‘Knight to king's bishop four’ or something? The good news: No team can possibly go further around the bend than this. The bad news: Sure they can.”
It’s worth noting that Lukas took issue two weeks ago with Maryland and Under Amour, calling their fashion show “a corporate masturbation session, a retailing showcase, and a sham.”
As for the aesthetics, Monday’s uniform -- which was highlighted by helmets that mimicked the state flag and matching designs on the shoulders of their white jerseys -- has gotten mixed reviews.
Let’s start with the negative. Mike Rosenwald of The Washington Post ruled that they were “appalling.” Tim Ryan of The Sports Hernia (via The Big Lead) remarked that the new uniforms “test the limits of your eyeballs and appreciation for caution tape.” FOX Sports was inspired to produce a photo gallery of “college football’s strangest uniforms of 2011," which included new uniforms from Oregon, Georgia, Boise State and Oklahoma State.
Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated said Maryland “committed several unspeakable crimes against fashion.”
However, the Terps had their fair share of supporters, too. Matt Hinton, who writes the Dr. Saturday blog for Yahoo! Sports, said he digs the jerseys. Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog said “they’re unique, and there’s a meaning there, and the kids seem to approve, so I can’t think of any reason to object.”
Other bloggers from The New York Times, CNN and ESPN are on the fence, but they took the time to write about it Monday morning. They weren’t going to spill virtual ink to blog about O’Brien or Edsall.