We kind of figured it was going to happen at some point, but it looks like MSU basketball will wear a bronze jersey this season.
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New Hyper Elite Dominance uniforms for MSU, Kentucky, OSU, Duke, Oregon, Syracuse, & UNC pic.twitter.com/EbSO2ojTI4— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) January 30, 2014
MSU will wear this against Georgetown at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. It's the same design of the 1979 throwback, which MSU wore against Michigan.
Quite simply, this looks terrible.
Putting bronze on green was one thing. Making the majority of the jersey bronze is another. If you haven't noticed the name of this blog, the only colors for MSU are green and white. The fight song says so. It looks like the jersey hasn't been washed since 1979.
Some have been a fan to the move to "Spartans" more than others, but at least there's tradition there. Of course, Mark Hollis just helped deliver a Rose Bowl, so maybe the fans are more willing to put up with it.
Context aside, I like the jersey, but it's not MSU.
Every other school stuck to school colors. Even Oregon.
From the press release:
Nike created the uniforms with performance innovation at the forefront - considered design that benefits the athletes. The jersey is a lightweight, breathable and durable: sphere fabric with flocking at the interior neck for sweat management, while articulated armholes maximize range of motion. The back of the jersey features team-specific aerographic mesh graphics.
The four-way stretch woven short features laser perforations and ventilation throughout the short and waistband for breathability and maximum movement.
The Nike Hyper Elite basketball shorts are made of 100 percent recycled polyester while the jerseys are made of at least 96 percent recycled polyester - saving an average of 22 recycled plastic bottles per uniform.
All seven uniforms honor each school's winning tradition with special logos, scripts and colors mined from each program's past.