Photo: “But Peg -do we really wear these boring uniforms?”
Before Rodney Billups even had a chance to publicly accept his new job, Peg Bradley Doppes thrust a DU uniform in his direction with his old #5. While he politely smiled and accepted the jersey, one of his first thoughts must have been …this is the first things I am going to change. After all, changing DU’s basketball uniforms are hardly as risky as the Yankees dropping their pinstripes or the Raiders moving away from silver and black.
Unfortunately, DU plans on wearing their old uniforms again this upcoming season. As with all DU athletic teams they rotate in new uniforms on alternating years.
But isn’t this year different? DU is ushering in a new era!
The team’s twitter account recently featured their new summer footwear (below). This, hopefully, begins a uniform transformation for the Pioneers – but shouldn’t the “playfast Pioneers” be wearing new threads for 2016-17? At minimum, redesign the home whites.
Let’s face it, the current uniforms are boring and old school – the only thing missing is canvas Chuck Taylor All-Stars and knee high striped tube socks. And, the pajama warm-up tops have to go, too (below). How can you ‘play fast’ when you look like you are headed to a sleep-over after you put a few shots in the peach basket?
DU’s current uniform supplier, Adidas, is a proven vendor that is not afraid to make big changes. So not all of their stuff works – see the shorts and DU warm-ups (below), but at least they are not afraid to try something new.
Adidas can also upgrade to a clean, contemporary style too (below):
Even Rodney’s old DU uniform (below) had much more style – all the way down to the black socks.
DU should make an exception to the “every other year” policy under the new Rodney Billups era and change-out the home whites.
Let Adidas play fast.
What do you think?