Author's note: A lot of you are about to read will make reference to the uniforms Nebraska wore against Illinois. While I was not a fan of this version going in, these things impacted my game experience like nothing else in the 30+ years I've been a fan. I was not able to view the game the way I'm used to watching it, which makes it very tough for me to write about the way I'm used to doing it. Know that going in...
I'm not going to pull any punches: I absolutely hated the alternative uniforms Nebraska wore against Illinois. H -A - T - E, hate.
I can deal with an all red get-up. I can deal with a two tone helmet (even if it may have a hidden message
inside it). I can deal with Nebraska being adidas's guinea pigs for new innovation and design. I understand why Nebraska does the alternate uniform thing
, the benefits it supposedly brings, etc. Yes, I have not been a fan of any of the three alts NU has worn to date (2012
), but when NU wears them I put on my big boy pants and deal with it, because at the end of the day it doesn't impact me directly.
But on Saturday night, the "Red Rising" uniforms impacted me directly.
The black lettering on the back of the red jersey made it impossible to read the names on the jerseys. The shiny, almost reflective numbers and a very closed font made it extremely difficult to know who was who. That is a big problem for me.
I go to games to see the things TV doesn't show me. I want to watch the linemen, I want to see plays develop and receivers coming open, I want to see the defense react to the ball. Most importantly, when the play is done I want be