What do you get when football and high fashion collide? The Army-Navy Game, naturally. Well, “high-fashion” might be a stretch. But as you have probably heard by now, Nike is using the Army-Navy Game to showcase the unveiling of its new “Enforcer” line of football uniforms. Both teams will come out sporting the new look, in uniforms apparently designed to honor the services they represent. Army will be wearing camouflage in one shape or another, while Navy will be wearing white jerseys with blue numbers, plus blue pants with a blood stripe (a la USMC) flanking either side. The stripe will be framed in gold. (You’ll have to take my word on this one).

I consider myself a traditionalist, as do many Navy fans. It’s kind of the nature of the school. And I can hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth now. DEATH BEFORE FOOTBALL UNIFORM ALTERATION! But hold on a second. Uniform stunts are a part of Army-Navy tradition, especially for Navy; from the throwbacks in 1999, to the blue helmets of 1993, to the orange helmets worn by receivers in 1962. Hell, Wayne Hardin like to do something different each year. There were the “Jolly Roger” skull & crossbones helmets, “BEAT” and “ARMY” written on the shoulders, and Chinese characters on the helmets to mess with Paul Dietzel’s “Chinese Bandits” defense, made famous when the Army coach was at LSU. And then there’s my personal favorite:

These things didn’t ruin the game or trample on the sanctity of the rivalry. Instead, they just became part of Army-Navy lore. Yeah, I know, it’s hard to get all misty-eyed for a Nike publicity stunt. But it’s fun for the players, and adds just a little zest to a game that has seen declining ratings. It isn’t the end of the world. I mean, we aren’t the ones wearing camouflage helmets (lol @ Army). Is that the opposite of the orange helmets? Will it look like a bunch of headless Cadets running around the football field?

So chill out! At least until we know that these things are absolutely heinous.


  1. GoalieLax

    the same people that get pissy about the unis are the same people who get pissy over middies like their mother was insulted…it happens, get over it

    lol you just missed a great bit on College Football Live

    they had half a dozen cadets on going to commercial break (and the mascot)

    in total dead pan voice, they read off the teleprompter some bit and said go army beat navy…no emotion at all

    then broke into some form of “improvised” cheering

    so lame

  2. Gary

    Well allow me to pee a bit but those unis back in the 60`s while gimmicks- still showed better taste than what some teams wear these days- look at some of the Nike trash out there!
    These days the unis are just horrible when they start messing around- but I gues they also get some $ for showcasing too.
    Lets hope it dont look so bad like a Cal- Oregon game.

  3. Dave'69

    I’m waiting to hear about any “spirit” events that mids have done to show they are up for the game. I remember our plebe class turned off the power to an entire wing in Bancroft, visited all the firstie rooms and turned on their radios, lights, etc., and then turned the power back on. Somewhat tame, but imaginative.

  4. GoalieLax

    in other news, the MAC replay crew totally screwed ball state out of a TD…then BSU fumbled it away…14 point swing and BSU has collapsed since….too bad, would have been nice to see them go undefeated

  5. Nicholas Eckert

    I’m fine with the camo helmets. They don’t look all that bad with the Armypat.

    You realize, sir, that in one year when Ram Vela graduates we will demand a highlight reel.

  6. navyfreak

    Are these unis a 1-time thing or are they permanent? Allt the articles abt the game that I read this morning make it seem like they’re permanent.

  7. DJ

    I like the uniforms except for the stupid blue shoulders for Navy. Looked like an NFL europe uniform. Army won the uniform battle and little else.

    Colin Mooney, best fullback Navy has ever seen? Way to stick it to ’em Kettani.

  8. Moose"95

    I thought the digital pattern on the helmet for the Army players made them look like they were dirty. Penn State in a mud bowl anyone? Anyone? Bueler?

  9. KoutetsuKaigun

    Honestly, I liked the new Army uniforms and would not be bothered if they kept it. It looked right for them. The “Duty, Honor, Country” part could go though.
    As for the Navy uniform…I liked the pants. The jersey, not so much. Something about the shoulder boards did not look right. I can only imagine what the home version would look like.
    I was at the game and, from my high seats, the uniforms looked decent. Army did not look all that dirty to me, just…unique. Which I suppose is what they were going for.
    I am all for uniform changes. I would not mind seeing Navy go back to the style during Staubach’s era.

  10. Jersey Joe 69

    Hey Gents – GREAT WORK. Love your stuff. However, let’s talk about the White Elephant in the room: Coach Ken N. of our deloved Big Blue Football Team. Also the support of him or any coach and all of our sports teams, when rules change every two or three years as the New Sup need to “leave his/her mark”
    Coach Ken: this writer believes he needs to go back to senior assistant coach and we need to recruit a decisive leader who will carry the offense forward, retain most or all of the assistant coaches including Coach Ken and yet have some experience and motivational “adult leadership”…….. The Sup: when can enough Alumni gather to to give real feedback and be treated with real respect as to the old addage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”……. This Sup basically lost Paul Johnson around that and the swagger of what reminds me of the new Marine 2/nd Lieutenant that I tried very hard NOT to be…….. Comments?

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