UCLA, ADIDAS Unveil "LA Steel" Alternate Jerseys

By DJ Byrnes on July 16, 2014 at 11:04a

Here's the first image of UCLA's new "LA Steel" alternate jerseys, which I guess are some sort of ode to LA's long history with steel(?).

"Wow, that is horrendous," I thought. But upon doing a little googling, I came across these:

LA Steel 1
LA Steel, 2

So, I guess these aren't as horrendous as I originally thought? But I feel like, in five to 10 years, we're going to look back and all agree these were horrendous.

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Hovenaut's picture

They should've went all out and hired the original Blue Steel to model them.


+11 HS
tussey's picture

You read my mind.  As soon as I saw "LA Steel" I thought of Zoolander.

+1 HS
Earle's picture

Snarkies gonna snark. 

+2 HS
FROMTHE18's picture

Kind of like em. Their black uni's are pretty cool as well.

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jedkat's picture

did they use puff paint on the numbers?

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toad1204's picture

What's really horrendous is that background...  Are they trying to hide the uniforms from the Nazis?

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

I actually like them. I've seen way worse when it comes to uniforms, just look at some of Maryland's uniforms.

Brady Hoke ate my comment

+2 HS
Wilkins78's picture

Just remember, it could always be worse.

+5 HS
DaytonBuck1980's picture

I was going to say, LA Steel sounds like an MLS team name. Or worse WNBA

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

buckeyedog's picture

UCLA had some of the best uniforms in CFB. Bring back the baby blue and the yellow. Effeminate? No. Just a big middle finger to everyone in the country who can't be in Westwood, too. 

+5 HS
Chief B1G Dump's picture

Agreed. UCLA has some sneaky good uniforms. 

These are poop. 

M Man's picture

Me three.  I'm a big fan of the old, straight UCLA uniforms.  I especially liked the ones with the old-font numerals

I like the little things that make a uniform unlike others, without going overboard.  Nobody else had those UCLA numerals. 

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I was very sad to see this uniform go. Those were unique, bold, traditional looking uniforms. I loved them. Honestly this was one of my favorite non Buckeye uniforms in college football as a youngster. I actually bought Les Horvath jersey/sweater that has that style of numeral.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

BIGHEC39's picture

They need to switch to Under Armor or Nike....... Never been a fan of Adidas football Unis.......


-1 HS
Bucksfan's picture

No one is going to agree in 5-10 years that these were horrendous, and that's because in 5-10 years no one will even remember it...probably because no one actually ever saw it:

Funny story:  When I was at the Rose Bowl in 2010, a douchey UCLA fan wearing aviator shades and a UCLA popped collar zip-up was whining very loudly about the not-moving line of people standing in the aisle at halftime trying to get to the bathrooms.  I said, "You're not used to this kind of crowd here, are you?"  He smiled and flicked me off.  I laughed.

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bedheadjc's picture

Damn it, it is FLIPPED off! You FLIP someone the bird. You FLICK a booger at someone. You must be a "pop" person too. Or a "TACO Bell" pronouncer.

(grumpy old man) GOML!

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Bucksfan's picture

I went to the Interwebs to figure this out, and then I realized it doesn't really flicking matter to me in the slightest.

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One Bad Buckeye's picture

+1 to both of you....funny story Bucksfan, you painted the perfect picture of an uckla douche nozzle.....but bedhed is correct, it's technically "flipped" i can't imagine flicking the bird at anyone.  It's definitely more of a flipping action rather than a flicking action.  

But then again there are many many methods for how to flip the bird.  

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mobboss1984's picture

They are descent,  seen worse......

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apack614's picture

I just like the whole flat black helment epidemic

I can't wait to poop in the PL bathroom.

brandonbauer87's picture

These are pretty good for Adidas. I don't think they're great by any stretch, but not bad. 

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Baroclinicity's picture

Tired of the whole gloves-thing.  Unis aren't completely awful, but maybe a tad over the top.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.


Someone has to be telling Adidas to hire a new designer.  Clearly they are losing credibility by creating awful styling.  Less is more people!

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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mtrotb's picture

If you have alternate uniforms they should be a spin on school colors.  Black & Grey are not colors of UCLA.


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BHT's picture

I do not think that these are bad. There are far from good, but the are not bad.

BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture

For Adidas these are pretty darn solid. 

"...but then again 'Michigan' and 'huge mistake' are synonymous so that shouldn't have been much of a surprise to anybody."  - Mark Titus

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

LA steel makes as much sense as LA Lakers.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Groveport Heisman's picture

Solid alternate from Adidas. Hopefully they won't put anything this decent on our weasel friends back.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

jamesrbrown322's picture

My "gut" reaction -

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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YTOWNBUCKI's picture

Adidas is just awful.  I think Nike has been the only one to be able to take past uniforms/traditions and make them look good.  The three stripes brand is just reaching a bit these days.

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ScarletArrow's picture

If you're going to do an alternate uniform, at least attempt to get a "timeless" quality about them (e.g. Ohio State's chrome helmets).  In 5-10 years so many of these uniforms (looking at you Maryland) are going to feel like those zebra stripe pants from the 90's... "What were we thinking!?"

As an aside (I know this is a post about UCLA, but's it's a B1G blog), I think Maryland would do better to feature the Terrapin rather than the Maryland state flag.  I mean if Nike can make a duck cool, then Under Armor can do something with a turtle.

M Man's picture

My gripe with Adidas is the company's never-ending quest to impose "template" designs on all of its university clients.  It is worse in basketball; but bad all around.

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