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2011 Maryland Football Uniforms: Terps' New Helmets Pose Hideous Distraction

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 05: Members of the Maryland Terrapins jump into the student section before the start of the Terrapins game against the Miami Hurricanes at Byrd Stadium on September 5, 2011 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2011


That’s what America was saying as they were forced to watch the Maryland football team on national TV Monday night.

The brand new uniforms that have been unveiled by Under Armour are…horrendous.

There is no way to sugarcoat it.

The white mesh jerseys with the subtle red is slick, but the incredibly distracting red trim on the shoulders makes this uniform look more appropriate for the XFL or WWE than ACC football. It comes off as incredibly distracting on TV and it seems as if the designer was simply trying too hard to make a splash.

The helmet is even worse with the ugly blend of yellow, black, white and red cluttered on top. It’s supposed to represent the state flag…but it looks more like the Under Armour designer was under the influence of some hard drugs.

The outrage from Twitter is coming in at a fast and furious rate:

College football analyst Bruce Feldman: Curious what % of top recruits would look at the most gaudy uni & go "Nah, looks like vomit. I'm goin to Penn St.

NBA star LeBron James: OH GOSH! Maryland uniforms #Ewwwwww!

NFL analyst Albert Breer: Say this for Maryland's unis: They've successfully stolen the spotlight from Nevin Shapiro. For now.

ESPN commentator Skip Bayless: These Maryland uniforms are shockingly hideous. But guarantee you, they'll be talked about on every show tomorrow. National pub for Terps.

That’s the point for Maryland.

Sure they are sporting ugly uniforms on ESPN when everyone is watching…but it’s got people talking about their program. The Terps have always been known as a basketball school and bringing a ton of attention to the football team (as long as it’s not a scandal) is never a bad thing.

The Twitterverse and ESPN will be abuzz with these awful uniforms Tuesday morning…and the Terps get one huge publicity present:

An oddly effective recruiting tool.

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