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Black Uniforms?

OSU_1992_UFM's picture
February 19, 2014 at 12:22pm
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I think if tOSU broke out some black unis for big night games they would look awesome.

Black jersey,silver helmet,silver names and number with scarlet outline. Any thoughts?

buckeye56's picture

I'd be curious to see, but will never happen since black isn't a school color. Thats the reason the hockey team had to go from black alternate jerseys to grey ones in the early 2000's

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OSU_1992_UFM's picture

Does Northwestern have black as a school color? Cuz those uniforms (especially the helmets) looked really good

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CC's picture

So what should we do about all those black strippey things on the unis?

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UrbzRenewal's picture

Black was originally a school color (along with orange). Throwbackssssssss

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Not being a turd to the OP but this seems to come up fairly often on here...

Or every time somebody goes online to buy a jersey and they see the black one at (insert online retailer here).

I think there is a time and a place for a black Buckeye kit.  A big night game and for a special reason (like a 25th year 9/11 honorary deal for example) would be pretty boss, imo as well.

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kmp10's picture

Ohio State has one of the best uni's in college football. It's a tradition laden, sharp uni. Leave it alone. I do wish they would accent the black more that's in the uniform now, i.e. thick black stripes on the pants and helmet like they were for most of the previous versions of the current OSU uniform. I don't like the thin black on the pant stripe that reappeared last season (and was on the Bruce era uniform). I like the wide black against the gray like the Hayes era (was similar in the Tressel era). De-emphasize the white and emphasize the black accents. Just my opinion...

OSU_1992_UFM's picture

i just mean for big night games. Like how Ok St wears the black on occasion

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Because Ohio State should strive to be more like Okie Jr.

I'll say it again...if you feel black uniforms are important go root for Iowa.

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OSU_1992_UFM's picture

Did I say we should be like Ok St? Because teams with similar unis are clearly going to be similar teams. No, all I'm saying is I think it would look awesome in The Shoe under the lights

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Did I say we should be like Ok St? Because teams with similar unis are clearly going to be similar teams

Where in the world did you pull that from? You're advocating emulating a smaller program that pulls silly stunts like wearing black uniforms because it has to in order to generate interest. Pointing out that is probably not the greatest idea has jack all to do with the teams being 'similar'.

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OSU_1992_UFM's picture

I wouldn't call Oregon or Stanford or ASU smaller programs, and they have worn black. Im not saying it to pull a silly stunt,we don't do that here at OSU. im saying it for my own selfish reasons...because I like the way they look

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vitaminB's picture

Can you say it again, again?

Athens BuckCat's picture

I think a one-time deal, if designed properly, and done unannounced for a big-time home night game would be awesome. Black may not be one of the school colors, but it has become part of the "buckeye stripe." Just like black is not a school color, neither is white, but our away jerseys are white with no issues.Lots of schools have done uniform alternates using black as a primary color. Down where I am in Athens, OH the OU school colors are forest green and white, yet the football and basketball teams have both utilized black jerseys  and they have been extremely popular. For me the key issue is the uniform design itself. Personally, I like the idea of keeping the traditional helmet and pants and simply swapping the home scarlet jersey with a black jersey that has scarlet numbering and the buckeye stripe on the sleeve. Simpler is better something like this IMO

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CC's picture

Thank you for saving me the time to write that.  +1

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Just like black is not a school color, neither is white, but our away jerseys are white with no issues.
 

That probably has something to do with the fact that white jerseys for visiting teams are actually required by NCAA rules.

 

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Athens BuckCat's picture

Whoops, I overlooked that. Wasn't sure if they were required to be white or just lighter color in general than the home team. Still, I think a properly designed and executed one-time deal with black alternates has the potential to be pretty cool (again, for emphasis If done right! Don't make them gimmicky and don't make them a common occurrence!) I also think that wearing a charcoal grey version has potential as well ( and sticks closer to the school color scheme). But FWIW Ohio State's white away jerseys are my favorite uniforms in college football. 

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

They were looking at relaxing the rule a few years back to allowing contrasting colors other than white for visitors but I don't think it ever passed. I would really like to see that rule dropped as it hasn't really been relevant since B&W TV went by the wayside. I've always loved UCLA-USC with both teams wearing home jerseys and think more of those types of games would be fantastic.

I've been pretty up front that I believe wearing black just to be 'different' in an era when every no name team has already done it is lame & derivative. I also grew up a Raiders fan so I have no issues with black uniforms in the right circumstances. I just don't see a team with the history of Ohio State being the place for cheap theatrics.

Earle's picture

NSD behind us? Check

NFL season over? Check

BB Tournaments not started yet?  Check

Time for uniform threads.  Have at it, boys.

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Furious George 27's picture

I thought they were going to transition over to the uniforms that they have been wearing lately for night games and in the Orange Bowl as their permanent uniform pretty soon.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

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FROMTHE18's picture

no way would those be the permanent uniforms…our uni's are traditional and awesome, no need to make those permanent. Break them out at a couple special games a year. We don't need to be oregon. 

Furious George 27's picture

 The uniform has always gone through some sort of change over the years. The current uniform has only been arround 10 or so years. I would say that a subtle change may be coming and the alternates are not a huge change on what we have now.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

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OSU_1992_UFM's picture

I am in no way suggesting that the current uniforms should be replaced by anything. I just think itd be cool to see. But I freaking love our current uniforms

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NW Buckeye's picture

Black uniforms?  No, just no.

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teddyballgame's picture

We're not oregon though because we actually have tradition. I think the majority of people like what we already have too.

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CC's picture

We're not Oregon because we still have school colors.  Sometimes it's hard to tell what their colors are.

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Ajake15's picture

A black Braxton Miller jersey became available for purchase this past summer at a staggering $125 a pop. People were saying that this was supposed to be the "pro-combat" jersey this year. I remember reading that boosters gives their opinion about the changes that are made to the uniform and that getting a black alternate jersey is out of the question. 

Buster Tillman was underrated

216ToThe614's picture

I thought the black jersey fad died out 10 years ago. Leave the uniform alone, the alternates we use are usually pretty good but this is Ohio State, the scarlet and gray. Not the black and gray. I have no problem with black trim (although I prefer the old gray shoulder stripes) but leave it at that.

Pick up your feet, turn your corners square! And DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!
WB

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

I agree with leaving well enough alone, and even this past year's Orange Bowl/B1G championship uniforms weren't that great either, IMO.  I did like the "Stormtrooper" uniforms that were worn in The Game, but I am a fan of the all white PSU and Texas Unis, too.  Something about those are just classy, tradition rich uniforms that make CFB so great. 

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Furious George 27's picture

I am pretty sure they wore the normal  away uni's for the B1G championship game.... Storm trooper was pretty good.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Bags5150's picture

Graphite grey with scarlet accents.  Would look awesome!

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth~Mike Tyson

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alust2013's picture

I would be interested to see a gray alternate. I, of course, love the scarlet jerseys, but I also like darker ones as well, just because they look intimidating. I think gray would be tricky to pull off a good design with, but if done properly it would be sweet.

...and Michigan still sucks.

mshaf's picture

I personally like the classic Ohio State uniforms. I`m more into the throw back uniforms than the combat uniforms. I know the young guys like the combat unis but to us older fellows, there is nothing better than seeing the traditional Buckeye uniforms running onto the field. Go Bucks !

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HomeBrewed's picture

In summation:

 

Clever Statement

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SGTREDLEG's picture

I still want a Black jersey.  Where can I find one?  I don't live that close to Cbus so I need to order online.  Any help is appreciated.

SGTREDLEG

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OSUpawn's picture

Maybe order from Amazon through this site.

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

BuckeyeGroove's picture

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/High-quality-college-football-jerseys-5-B...   If you roam through this site you will find them for any player you want at a very cheap price, not authentic, but better quality than even some authentic.

SGTREDLEG's picture

Thanks for the link.

 

SGTREDLEG

Grayskullsession's picture

I really want to know what the obsession with black uniforms is all about.

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

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buckz4evr's picture

Although black uni's have some appeal, I think the players look smaller in them and actually less intimidating.  

WezBuck28's picture

You know, there's a saying, "once you go black.."

OSU_1992_UFM's picture

"...you need a wheelchair"

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

....your career in porn is over.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I will say this: Black jersey with silver helmet and silver pants is a sharp look in football. Just look at the Raiders.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

AkronBuckeye13's picture

Just look at the Raiders.

It was probably pretty tough to do that this past season.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

About as tough as brown and orange I'd bet, but it's an awesome look under the lights (not the sun. It looks awful under the sun)

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Qujo's picture

Nada, no way.... Ok, got it? 

I hate to think we do things because others do it. I don't even like the rivalry uniforms that are supposed to honor previous Buckeye teams.  making minor adjustments to what we have is ok, but not wholesale but not the latest trendy thingy...

a friend of mine is a Wisconsin alum. He told me once that he thought our standard road uni's were the most awesome in Ncaaf. I think he is right. Classy but not too old school. Got it?

i am glad we had this little chat today to clear this up.  :)

"Tough times don't last, tough people do" - Gregory Peck

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sivaDavis's picture

I like the Alternates I just hope we don't go with them permanently. I love our white away uniforms and IMO think they are the best away jerseys in the nation for the sharp, traditional and clean look.

If they did bring back one jersey to don in a game this year, I was a big fan of these, I may be the only one, but I liked the classic look.

And last (I promise I'll stop posting pictures) I liked this jersey my buddy in Georgia sent me. He is a Bulldogs fan and has done some concept jerseys for them. He sent me over this one and told me he liked the look and if Ohio State ever did a black jersey, they should do something along these lines. (I apologize that it is Georgia)

 

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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mtrotb's picture

While Black isn't a school color sure didn't stop the band.

mtrotb

John Brandon's picture

A few interesting concepts I've seen floating around:

Wouldn't be shocked if they gave it a shot but I don't think it happens, i'd much rather see a grey look:

 

BuckeyeStrong1993's picture

I love our Traditional home and away jerseys and we should always wear them against TTUN. Those all white unis this year were horrible.

GoBucks!

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Jeremypreemo81's picture

Give me the classic look.  The 90's uniforms.  The Bobby Hoying and Eddie George ones.  The true scarlet and gray

Furious George 27's picture

Are you talking about the season they wore the 68' throwbacks? Those had the black shoulder numbers I believe... I liked them.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

He's probably talking about the big shoulder numbers. That's the look most most closely associated with those teams.

DCBucki's picture

I think its only a matter of time before we wear a black jersey, just for one game though. I do like the black jersey with grey numbers w/ scarlett outline. Only thing I'd change is the stripes on the sleeves. You have to have scarlett in there rather than just grey. Nothing wrong with wearing alternate uniforms for one or two games a season. Gets the players pumped up and recrits like them; as long as it isn't a constant shuffle like Oregon!

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"
GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY
 

Mortc15's picture

You know, in the very near future, if 1 team ends up sticking with their traditional, history-based uniforms, they'll be the only team that doesn't have flashy, new gear. I'm just wondering if all of this is ever going to stop.

Buck-I4Life

Jeeves's picture

You know what would be original and alternative? A whole season without alternative uniforms, just home and away.

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niblick's picture

hell no, NEVER, same answer as the last 4000 times this topic was brought up.

razrback16's picture

I liked the rivalry uniforms we wore this past year and in the 2012 Michigan game the most so far.

route4buckeye's picture

Ugh traditionalists...

 

Okay, our regular uniforms are awesome. There is no doubt about that. However, what is wrong with some change? Some of you don't realize how much these alternate uniforms play into recruiting. I'm not saying a kid is going to commit because we break out a black jersey, but a kid sees that on TV, watches the game, sees the crowd, sets up a visit because of it. I just don't get the backlash on new threads. As long as they're not hideous, I don't see a problem.

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VestedInterest's picture

Ugh...new agers

Uniforms have so much less influence on recruiting than just going out and kicking the shit out of your opponent. Save the trendy "Smurf Turf" and "Black Uni's" for those that have a history of suck.

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route4buckeye's picture

I'm not even a "new ager". I'm right in the middle. I love the 2002 uniforms. I love the alternates that we keep rolling out. I don't see anything wrong with a black jersey with our rivalry helmets and pants.

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stubbzzz's picture

i already posted this idea in the comments for this post DJ had a couple days ago of those hideous black uniform concepts http://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2014/02/33701/phenomen...

but please allow me to post the same thing in this thread as well… 

I always thought that if we did all black uniforms they should be based off of Woody's black ball cap that he always wore, with a block O in the middle.  simple and bad ass. maaaaaybe even use a single enlarged buckeye leaf sticker type thing on the shoulder pads or even the side of the helmet. that's why i'm so disappointed in these garbage bags with arm holes.  they are so busy they give me vertigo.  …eyes …barfing….

I still believe it could be done really well by someone with some talent and some tact.  maybe Walt could give it a shot and finally put this idea to rest?  he did an awesome job with these, http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2013/05/21852/ohio-state-football-reimagin...

If he can't do it, it can't be done.  Gametime did a great job with his ideas last year too.  what do you say fellas?

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AndyVance's picture

Gametime's black mockups were pretty spectacular, actually.
EDIT: GT, if you're reading this, it would be great if you would post some of the black and grey mockups you did "back in the day" since that Forum Post went the way of the Dodo when Tatum took the field.

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SilverState's picture

One of the better mock-ups I've seen:

 

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buckeyedude's picture

I really, really don't get the fascination with BLACK UNIS, but as long as they incorporate those bad-ass helmets, I'm OK with it. But who am I? I didn't even attend OSU, so I prolly only get a 1/2 vote, if that. This version isn't bad. I still like the scarlet jerseys better.

 

 

Travis's picture

I was thinking more something like this:

Helmet: Flat Black with a Red Block O on the side, Gray Stripe down the middle. Chrome green buckeye stickers.

Jersey: Black with Gray numbers, Red stripes on the shoulder

Pants: Black with Red and Gray stripe up the side

I don't know why I capitalized some words on that, but whatever.

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KBonay's picture

Another Gray mod...Looks Adidas-ish

 

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buckeyedude's picture

Very soccerish. I feel nauseous.

 

 

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