It’s hard to appease a fanbase that’s largely older and remembers the good old days when Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, and on through Art Monk and all the way to Donovan McNabb were winning games on the Hill. It’s harder to appease them when you adopt a uniform style that’s what some might deem…well…a little out there. It seems like every time we get new uniforms, they’re met with the same reaction from fans. Most of us want to return to a more traditional look, for football it’s specifically the McNabb era uniforms, while for basketball it’s typically the Derrick Coleman and Billy Owens era style.
So when Scott Shafer took the stage to introduce the team’s newest iterations of team uniforms, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the reaction from fans was a little…less than enthusiastic. Of course that’s not the important part here, and reasonable fans will understand that. These uniforms are meant to entice recruits and make the current student-athletes happy, though there hasn’t been much reaction on Twitter so far, so we’ll all have to wait and see how Nike and SU did in that regard. A new set of uniforms for the Orange – despite a distinct lack of orange in any of them, though we’re told orange options are a possibility down the road – is a nice thing to get fans talking.
Based on the early return, however, it may not be exactly the talk Syracuse was hoping for. At the end of the day, however, all that matters is how the players perform while wearing them. Give us pea green and pink uniforms and no one will care as long as we’re winning 10 games and a bowl.
What does everyone else think?