Notre Dame's 2018 Shamrock Series Uniform Might Be the Worst in the Game's History
Under Armour has "Frankensteined" the latest Notre Dame "Shamrock Series" uniform for the annual game being played against Syracuse at Yankee Stadium on November 17.
These specialty uniforms have been hit or miss since Adidas, Notre Dame's former outfitter, came up with a whole new look for the 2012 game.
We've seen all-white, all-green, colors that made 2016's uniform look like something Baylor would wear (a season where you didn't want to look like Baylor) and helmet designs that wowed and made us go "meh" at times. Even if they strayed away from the norm, you still knew it was Notre Dame.
But this season's uniform, without very little comparisons to past looks, is the worst.
Like every uniform unveiling in college football, we got a quick first look in a video.
At first glance, no gold helmet. That's a problem for me. It is the main reason the 2012 look didn't appeal to me.
Second, the "Notre Dame" in the New York Yankees font. That should have been a clear giveaway something bad was on the horizon.
Then we get a profile view as our model exits the Subway in the Bronx. By the way, totally unrealistic. If that was truly the New York City subway system, he'd be elbowing hipsters and upper west siders who missed their stop.
It's hard to see the pinstripes on the sleeves and pants, but yep! Dr. Frankenstein at Under Armour took two of the most recognizable (and for many, insufferable) teams in North American sports and combined them to make this.
Now, if you're both a New York Yankees fan and a Notre Dame football fan, you probably really like this, which is cool. If Notre Dame played a game at Heinz Field and paid homage to the Steelers with some of that uniform's design, I'd probably be writing something different.
But the Yankees are such an easy target. When I saw the uniform for the first time, I had that same feeling when a relative posts a picture of a fake John Lennon quote to justify why they voted for Donald Trump: I'm amazed by the shortsightedness.
It will probably sell well in the New York market and boxes of these will probably sit in storage in Boston (way to alienate that part of your fan base, Notre Dame).
So if anyone from Under Armour happens to read this, make a modern uniform of this look for next year's game and you might get more of my money.
Seriously. How can you not like this look? The 2007 team that last wore them didn't deserve to, but look at these! If Under Armour made this for 2019 and never made another uniform, I would be content.
Regardless, the Notre Dame Yankees will either be in the College Football Playoff mix come November 17 or I will be many of the fans parroting that Brian Kelly can't win in the most crucial month of the season.
Go Irish! Beat Michigan!