Illinois Football Uniforms

#151      
Plainfield
Giving up the (gray) ghost uniform I think is a big mistake. It’s a cool tradition honoring a man whom ESPN designated as the greatest college football player of all time with a great tie into our history. Reminds the college football world that we have a great tradition despite our recent woes. Everyone knows we’re orange and blue. Small minded thinking that somehow this cool homecoming tradition takes away from that.
 
#152      
Giving up the (gray) ghost uniform I think is a big mistake. It’s a cool tradition honoring a man whom ESPN designated as the greatest college football player of all time with a great tie into our history. Reminds the college football world that we have a great tradition despite our recent woes. Everyone knows we’re orange and blue. Small minded thinking that somehow this cool homecoming tradition takes away from that.
If the goal is to honor Grange, why do it with some bland grey jersey that honestly has nothing to do with the guy and needs to be explained every year to the casual fan? I would suggest doing so by finding a way to make a modern interpretation of the jersey he actually wore when he played for us (see below). Or have special helmets with the number 77 on one side.

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#153      
If the goal is to honor Grange, why do it with some bland grey jersey that honestly has nothing to do with the guy and needs to be explained every year to the casual fan? I would suggest doing so by finding a way to make a modern interpretation of the jersey he actually wore when he played for us (see below). Or have special helmets with the number 77 on one side.

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Here he is in color:
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#155      
Not only is it colorized, but that's a Chicago Bears uniform, not Illinois.
If the goal is to honor Grange, why do it with some bland grey jersey that honestly has nothing to do with the guy and needs to be explained every year to the casual fan? I would suggest doing so by finding a way to make a modern interpretation of the jersey he actually wore when he played for us (see below). Or have special helmets with the number 77 on one side.

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I would argue that the Gray Ghost uniforms are a modern take on this design. They are sleek and the players and recruits love them. What's wrong with educating people about Illinois's proud history every year? An Illinois journalist on his podcast embarrassingly said he didn't get the gray, as if he never heard of Grantland Rice. Why did he write gray ghost instead of blue ghost? I have no idea, but he's more famous than any of us.
 
#156      
Not only is it colorized, but that's a Chicago Bears uniform, not Illinois.

I would argue that the Gray Ghost uniforms are a modern take on this design. They are sleek and the players and recruits love them. What's wrong with educating people about Illinois's proud history every year? An Illinois journalist on his podcast embarrassingly said he didn't get the gray, as if he never heard of Grantland Rice. Why did he write gray ghost instead of blue ghost? I have no idea, but he's more famous than any of us.
This:

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Looks nothing like this:

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And if you google "grey college football uniforms" you'll see that a bunch of other teams have used the same exact grey for alternate unis. I almost wonder if Nike just had a bunch of extra material lying around and pitched us on this.
 
#157      
This:

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Looks nothing like this:

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And if you google "grey college football uniforms" you'll see that a bunch of other teams have used the same exact grey for alternate unis. I almost wonder if Nike just had a bunch of extra material lying around and pitched us on this.
I think you cal bet that Nike pawned this off on us and any number of other schools. Anything we do to honor Red Grange that isn't what Nike wants will have to be initiated from our DIA and bypass Nike if need be.
 
#158      
This:

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Looks nothing like this:

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And if you google "grey college football uniforms" you'll see that a bunch of other teams have used the same exact grey for alternate unis. I almost wonder if Nike just had a bunch of extra material lying around and pitched us on this.
I admit that the newer version appears to have removed the subtle stripes on the front, unless it's even more subtle haha.
 
#159      
the players and recruits love them.
This is always the catch-all justification for anything novel in uniforms, but I don't think I've ever seen a recruit pose for pictures on a visit in the grays, nor do I recall our players every really using the grays in their profile pictures on twitter or whatnot.

The whole uni swag fire emoji thing of a decade ago is now basically solely the province of 30-something equipment managers and sports information directors. It's over.
 
#161      
Always Illini
Central Illinois
You know what everybody - from visiting recruits to lame message board dads - loves? The script Illinois. It's time.

(This is half-jokingly beating the drum on this idea, but again, I honestly can't believe what a great look we stumbled into almost on a whim)
I kinda think I heard that drum whinny some time back...
 
#163      
the Front Range
Eh, it’s a conjured up concept to become self important. We haven’t really won with the greys. The connection feels post rationalized. Don’t get me wrong, I love our history, Red Grange and the Galloping Ghost…. However, the greys are not like the black shirts at Neb that have a long standing tradition - some meaning. In our case, we just jumped on a bandwagon, full stop.

My feelings on the greys are mostly apathy and wishful thinking that we’d come up with something better.

I like the script idea though.
 
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#164      
Plainfield
Actually I do believe they were conjured up during the uniform craze of the era. How did Notre Dame’s green jerseys first appear? Conjured up by someone. Despite that they had a real tie to our history and traditions. Bringing them out only on Homecoming made them special. It was good for people to ask ‘who’s that team in the gray?’ And we did have some special wins in them notably the Wisconsin game, but also a surprise win over Minnesota a few years before.

No one will forget we’re orange and blue if we wear the grays once a year
 
#166      
This:

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Looks nothing like this:

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And if you google "grey college football uniforms" you'll see that a bunch of other teams have used the same exact grey for alternate unis. I almost wonder if Nike just had a bunch of extra material lying around and pitched us on this.
I finally did, in fact, perform the google search and none of the other gray uniforms had vertical stripes as seen on the Gray Ghost uniforms, so I'm not sure what exactly you're talking about. I mean, I could also perform a search for orange and blue uniforms and find enough similar uniforms to claim that it looks like Nike used the same material for the standard uniforms if I use a similar criteria that you used.

I did like the subtle wide stripes that they had on the original Gray Ghost uniforms, but this is still a unique look with thinner vertical stripes having an angled top and squared base, reminiscent of the Red Grange uniform.
 
#167      
Eh, it’s a conjured up concept to become self important. We haven’t really won with the greys. The connection feels post rationalized. Don’t get me wrong, I love our history, Red Grange and the Galloping Ghost…. However, the greys are not like the black shirts at Neb that have a long standing tradition - some meaning. In our case, we just jumped on a bandwagon, full stop.

My feelings on the greys are mostly apathy and wishful thinking that we’d come up with something better.

I like the script idea though.
Gonna need a mock-up of a football jersey with Illinois script stat so I know how to feel. And now I'm realizing that no college team puts their school name or mascot on their jersey like they do in bball and it's kind of blowing my mind.
 
#168      
Ordained Dudeist Priest
Johns Creek, GA
Gonna need a mock-up of a football jersey with Illinois script stat so I know how to feel. And now I'm realizing that no college team puts their school name or mascot on their jersey like they do in bball and it's kind of blowing my mind.
How could you forget this? o_O
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Mascots still show up here and there, but usually at the neck where we used to have the shield, and a few schools do still put the school name or nickname in small text above the numbers. I saw a "Mizzou" somewhere this season or last.
 
#169      
How could you forget this? o_O
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Mascots still show up here and there, but usually at the neck where we used to have the shield, and a few schools do still put the school name or nickname in small text above the numbers. I saw a "Mizzou" somewhere this season or last.
Yeah I've seen the small text above the numbers, was thinking more similar to basketball, but it's probably a rule in football in regards to number sizing on a jersey.
 
#170      
Gonna need a mock-up of a football jersey with Illinois script stat so I know how to feel. And now I'm realizing that no college team puts their school name or mascot on their jersey like they do in bball and it's kind of blowing my mind.
Check out the Michigan State football jerseys.
 
#171      
I finally did, in fact, perform the google search and none of the other gray uniforms had vertical stripes as seen on the Gray Ghost uniforms, so I'm not sure what exactly you're talking about. I mean, I could also perform a search for orange and blue uniforms and find enough similar uniforms to claim that it looks like Nike used the same material for the standard uniforms if I use a similar criteria that you used.

I did like the subtle wide stripes that they had on the original Gray Ghost uniforms, but this is still a unique look with thinner vertical stripes having an angled top and squared base, reminiscent of the Red Grange uniform.
I was mostly joking about Nike. My point was that there is nothing special or unique about having a grey alternate uni. And some stripes you can't even pick up on tv 90% of the time don't really save it, in my opinion.