USA Today – Notre Dame players will be sporting a new look on their feet when they face Navy in the season opener.
Playing in Ireland for the first time in 16 years, the players will appropriately be wearing shoes with a replica of the Irish flag.
No word on whether the Irish will make any other changes to the uniform for the game.
I gotta say, when I first saw this, my first instinct was to laugh and ridicule Notre Dame; “I can’t wait to see my people’s reaction to this, etc.” But after really studying it, I will admit that this is actually kind of cool.Teams incorporating logos, school mascots, etc. in places that you wouldn’t expect is becoming more common. And while I admit I tend to be more of a traditionalist when it comes to uniforms (i.e. this being better than this), I actually do like this.
While a lot of teams have done some pretty wacky stuff with their uniforms (I’m looking at you, Oregon Ducks) cleats have been pretty tame for the most part. Well, no more. I hope other teams try something like this. Perhaps not for a full season, but for a special game. Michigan and Ohio State could incorporate their respective state flags for “The Game.“ Maryland could do it, too, although it would be a bit redundant, considering their state flag is on everything in that state. Overkill much?
No matter how Notre Dame’s new shoes are received by fans and foes alike, this could be the start of an interesting trend in college football.
P.S.: Go Navy!
Hat tip: BroBible