Miami Heat losing their color

LeBron James lead the Heat to a big victory over the Lakers on Thursday night in this black and white uniform. Photo by Getty Images

The Heat seem to have embraced their role as the villains of the NBA since LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach in the summer of 2010.

In the way they talk and now in their uniform choice, most everything about the Heat shows they embrace their image.

That was taken to a new level Thursday night when Miami decided to go with a simple black and white uniform. No signs of red or yellow that a usual Heat uniform might feature. No, this one looked like a practice jersey.

It was a bad choice for many reasons for Miami. It also made the Lakers go with their yellow home jerseys on a court that has yellow paint.

The effect made the game difficult to watch because of the bright colors when the teams were in the half-court offense. Hopefully, we never see something like this again from the Heat.

Just a quick aside here, Virginia Tech went with a gray look at home against North Carolina on Thursday night. This could turn into a trend in college basketball very soon.

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BCS of uniforms: ACC

The players at North Carolina are clearly pretty psyched to be ranked at the top of the ACC.

Ok, so we are getting down to the wire here, but for time concerns, we will keep this brief when breaking down some of the fashion from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

1. North Carolina

Carolina blue has become iconic with the Tar Heels, but mostly on the basketball court. The football Tar Heels employ the interlocking N and C on their helmets. The Carolina blue in the home uniform is one of the best colors out there. The only thing that keeps this from being among the elite is the small and sometimes thick blue stripe on the side of the pants.

2. Virginia Tech

In recent years, the Hokies have gotten more creative with their uniforms. There have been some throwbacks and stripes on the shoulders added on to what used to be a pretty boring uniform.

3. Clemson

The Tigers have an all-orange look for home games, but unlike some other teams that go with all bright colors, the look isn’t to offensive, but it actually works. The Tiger print on the helmet is also pretty cool.

4. Miami

The Hurricanes have taken on the city of Miami’s bright color scheme for a long time. Now the Marlins are adopting the same look (maybe since they’re playing at the site of the old Orange Bowl.) The iconic ‘U’ on the helmet has been around for years and makes the helmets a solid look.

5. Florida State

The red and gold the Seminoles use is a good combination. The arrow on the helmet and the helmet stickers of the same design give them the details to make the uniform fun.

Virginia, who usually goes pretty conservative with their uniform choice, had a swing and a miss in this year's Chick-Fil-A Bowl

6. Virginia

The best part of the Virginia uniform is the helmet. The V with interlocking swords is very cool.

7. Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets are one of the rare teams in college football to wear white at home, most of the time. It’s not like their colors are dark anyway, a gold uniform could be used as road look if they really wanted.

8. Maryland

The Terps tried to become the Oregon of the east coast this season, but it simply did not work. The uniform combinations were not all that inspiring and couldn’t match the Ducks.

9. Duke

The saving grace for the Blue Devils here is their white helmets and stripes on the shoulder. I’m a sucker for both.

10. Boston College

I don’t know, this is a pretty plain look. It’s a classic uniform, but they haven’t had to success on the field to make it iconic.

11. Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons have an extremely boring helmet which really hurts these uniforms, all they have to do is perhaps get a little creative with the logo.

12. N.C. State

Nothing too much to talk about here. The small N and C in the big S are pretty neat though.

Week 4 College Football Review: Cowboy Down

Oklahoma State cornerback Brodrick Brown helped the Cowboys rally in the second half on Saturday with this interception, but they sure looked bad doing it. Photo by Getty Images.

Stillwater, Okla., is a different sort of place for someone who has spent the vast majority of his life in the Northeast.

In two trips there, I have learned a few things, and here they are.

The state of Oklahoma is very flat; apparently using forks to eat barbecue and cake is the sign of a wuss; in life, I should “play the game,”; getting a first down is nearly as exciting as a touchdown; and chief among them … Orange Power.

The chant of “Orange Power” reverberates through the stands of Boone Pickens Stadium on most Saturdays in the fall. There are even shirts in the various gift shops, displaying this very phrase, and it all comes from the orange jerseys their beloved Cowboys wear for home games.

However, this season, it seems like Oklahoma State has abandoned that very concept with their uniforms.

The Cowboys did make a roaring comeback to defeat Texas A&M on the road in the game of the day yesterday. OK State could now be on their way to its first Big 12 title, but that doesn’t really matter here, let’s examine their uniforms.

Before the season started, Oklahoma State announced they would be introducing a new line of uniforms, complete with this uni-builder. While some of the combinations have their merit (mostly because they include orange), the gray-white-gray combination they went with Saturday was terrible.

Oklahoma State has seemed to totally abandon orange in their uniform scheme. Granted there was orange in the lettering of the helmet and in the numbers, but it’s not enough. The standard Oklahoma State uniform should have orange shirts for home games and orange pants for away games.

This season, the Cowboys have yet to wear orange of any sort in their first four games. The first game saw a gray jersey for a home game, the second, a black jersey for a Thursday night home game, the third, black pants for an away game and then yesterday’s monstrosity.

The results thus far have been more than productive, but I have to wonder what the chants of “Orange Power” sound like at Boone Pickens Stadium when the team has clearly abandoned this concept.

A few other teams made a splash in the uniform world on Saturday and here are your weekly quick hits:

Virginia Tech running back David Wilson looked like a member of the Cleveland Browns against Marshall on Saturday. Photo by Associated Press

  • Virginia Tech resembled the Cleveland Browns in their victory over Marshall. The Hokies went with this same look in the Orange Bowl last season. It’s a little jarring, but overall the look works.
  • Arizona State continued to change every week, but this week’s ensemble was more of a return to their usual color scheme. It certainly worked as they dominated USC for a huge Pac-12 victory.
  • Oregon went back to what could be considered their standard road uniforms of white shirt and green pants with a green helmet. The Ducks must have read this blog where I begged them to go back to a green helmet at some point, much appreciated.
  • West Virginia’s all-yellow look was fine, and it seems like the Mountaineers might be going with the yellow shirts as a permanent look since that is all they have worn at home so far this season. Just no yellow helmets please.
  • Staying in the Big East, I like what South Florida is doing this season. Saturday’s look was no exception. It was a good idea to go with black on gold pants and the gold helmet. Definitely looks better than the white helmet.
  • I sure was wrong about that Maryland game. Those yellow jerseys should be thrown away after the debacle against Temple. Bernard Pierce ran all over them.
  • Lastly, I’m going to miss these all-blue Boise State jerseys. Once they get into Mountain West conference play, they will not be able to wear these against the blue turf in Boise.

College Football Review: It’s Bright in Here

A pretty neat view of Clemson's all-orange statement victory over Auburn as Dwayne Allen gets upended by Erique Florence.

Week 3 of the college football season did not see the outrageous fashion statements we saw in the first two weeks, but it was a banner day for schools who chose to stand out from the crowd with their bright colors.

The biggest victory of the day outside of Oklahoma’s road win over Florida State was Clemson ending Auburn’s 17-game win streak in Death Valley, that had Clemson coach Dabo Swinney a little too excited after the game. But in terms of the uniform selection for the teams, Auburn, who always looks good in all white, was put up against a stark contrast in the all-orange threads of Clemson.

Coming from an orange school that made a splash yesterday with a move to the ACC, I tend to find orange uniforms like this more appealing than the average observer. The all-orange uniforms for Clemson works for me. I like the fact they chose orange pants to go along with the helmets and shirts of the same citrusy color, it is distinct and unmistakable they are the Clemson Tigers.

Clemson has been known to occasionally go to a purple outfit, that might hype up fans but definitely is a downgrade from their usual orange uniforms. There’s no indication of purple in a tiger, and I simply don’t understand the need for the uniform.

Another one of the marquee games Saturrday featured two schools who could be in some serious trouble with the NCAA with Miami and Ohio State.

Besides those obvious overtones, Miami continued the trend of orange uniforms in big games Saturday. Miami usually has the choice to go with a green home uniform, which has it merits, but the Orange definitely suits the hurricanes better.

Being from the south in Florida definitely helps Miami look good on the field in orange.  It helped yesterday as the Hurricanes dominated on the way to a strong victory over the overrated Buckeyes.

A few other bright colors that made an impact on the national scene yesterday were Tennessee and Minnesota. The Vols continued to get dominated by Florida but did win in the uniform department with this improvement to their road uniforms with orange pants.

The orange pants go well with the orange T on the helmet to make this uniform really pop off the screen. I could do without the white stripes along the side of the pants, but overall it is an upgrade from the all-white look the Vols used to employ.

Minnesota also used a bold look with a yellow look complimented with maroon pants Saturday when it dominated Miami of Ohio at home. It’s definitely something different and I really hope the Gophers were using it as to not be too hot in their usual all-maroon in the late summer. I do hope they go back to the maroon when things start to get colder and the season progresses, it simply fits Minnesota better.

A few more quick hits from the uniform world after Saturday’s action:

Oregon could have done better on Saturday. It's nice to see a bit of green, but the gray helmet ruins it.

  • Oregon went with a pretty simple look in a layup game against Missouri State going back to its roots of green uniforms and green pants, but I don’t understand the need to go with the gray helmets all the time. Just once, I would like to see the ducks actually wear green helmets which used to be the standard.
  • Like I showed here earlier this week, Maryland went with an all-black look without anything on the side of the helmet against West Virginia. It didn’t look too bad on the field, but actually worked well for me. We’ll see how things go for the Terps next week.
  • Virginia Tech went with a throwback helmet and white for a home game which I am never really a fan of. The helmets go back to a look the Hokies wore from 1974-77.
  • Arizona State continued to change things up with an all-white uniform in a loss to Illinois. I usually don’t mind all-white like what Boise wore against Georgia, but these just didn’t work for me. I would have never know it was the Sun Devils if I wasn’t told so.
That’s about it for this week, hopefully we’ll have a bit more in the way of fashion statements for next week. If it seems like I missed anything or you want to add your own thoughts, feel free to let me know.