Notre Dame Football: Breaking Down the New Shamrock Series Uniforms

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IAugust 16, 2012

Photo courtesy of Adidas (via Facebook)
Photo courtesy of Adidas (via Facebook)

On Saturday, October 6, Notre Dame will take on the University of Miami. You're going to have to take my word for that because when the game actually takes place, Irish fans might not recognize their team. 

In an attempt to do something new for the Shamrock Series, Notre Dame called up Adidas to create a new, exciting uniform. What follows is the monster that resulted. 

For a complete look at the uniforms, click here


The Good

The Jersey

It's simple, it's sleek and most importantly, it keeps the vintage Notre Dame feel while still being fairly modern.


The Gloves

The idea isn't new. We've seen plenty of the "put your hands together and form your team's logo" style of gloves, but the idea still remains cool.

Plus, the Fighting Irishman works extremely well in this instance, although I wonder how weird the gloves might look when separated. Doesn't matter. Well done.


The Bad

The Pants

Like the jersey, Adidas does a good job of keeping the pants nice and sleek. However, and maybe it's just my slight colorblindness (I shouldn't have admitted that, huh?), the color looks fairly Pittsburgh-y. 

Even if that's not the case, the pants don't mesh with the jersey very well. And the socks are just a mess. 


The Ugly

The Helmet

Good god. 

Adidas clearly didn't learn when it created the New Orleans Hornets' half-and-half jersey that this idea just does not work. Not on an NBA jersey, not on a football helmet, not anywhere. 

What makes it so (so, so, so, so, so) much worse is that the helmet isn't even split down the middle. It's about 60 percent gold and 40 percent blue. Why not make it uniform? Why not make it symmetrical? What's the point of making it look like a seven-year-old tried to draw a line down the middle of the helmet? It's like someone just eyeballed it, trying to find the middle and said "Eh, close enough."

I like the logo, but the offset split of colors annoys me more than anything has annoyed me in a long time. 

Oh well, one game is one game.