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30 Day Countdown: Day 27 - Best Uniform Combo

What everyone has (not) been waiting for: Uniform discussion!!

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As we continue to count down the days until the Rutgers game, some of these pieces will fall into the ‘fluff’ category. Like Matt Lauer on the Today Show discussing at length whether the "five-second-rule" when you drop a piece of food is fact or myth (they really did that), it’s sometimes necessary to be a little silly when needing to generate 30 different things to talk about.

What is sillier than uniform choices? It feels like maybe the uniform craze has pinnacled and now perhaps will begin to taper. Like bell-bottom jeans or the length of shorts, fashion trends usually reach a point where they can't go any further in one direction and begin to creep toward the opposite trend.

With UW wearing new space-aged helmets, each player will have only one dome for games and practices. The simple gold helmet is said to be a fixture this season. I’m partial toward tradition (translation: old) so I usually end up sounding like this on the subject:

OK, on with the fluff; to our in-depth uniform breakdown:

All Black

The Darth Vader look:

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It’s kinda cool when it’s a blackout and the student section is all in black. Also, I’m told that the recruits really like this look. On the negative side, it’s really hard to see the numbers and that’s important to me, especially when I am at the game. The flat-black helmets look like they were prepped with a coat of primer and someone forgot to finish them, then said "oh shit, the game is today?"

All White

The Storm Trooper look:

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Um, I don’t get it, but at least I can read the numbers. It would be fine with me if they never ever wore this ensemble again, but maybe that’s just me shaking my fist at the world in anger.

Mix and Match

Black pants on the road:

I cant wait to read all the "I don’t care what they wear as long as they win" comments, so this one is for you. Huge wins in a random uniform combo. The Huskies have donned the black pants with white jerseys twice that I can remember.

Last season (pic on the left) in front of a national TV audience they paired them with the flat-black helmets. I felt like it was a real hodge-podge mess, but the win over Sark and USC was probably the highlight of the season. In 2010 (pic on the right), the look was better. The gold helmets tied in well. Plus, Locker to Kearse for the game winner and bowl eligibility for the first time in eight years makes this a memorable game. WSU’s Nolan Washington (#29) is said to still be in Martin Stadium looking for the ball.

All black with gold helmets:

This was also in 2010 when UW still only had one helmet option. What a great night in San Diego this was when the Dawgs upset Nebraska after being pummeled by the Cornhuskers in Seattle three moths prior. Despite skimping on actual team colors, this look is pretty nice and the gold helmets make the team recognizable as the Huskies.

A couple others:

All purple with gold helmets:

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Here represented with the chrome/gold helmets, which I’m sure could be a topic of their own.

The purple helmets of the late 90’s:

Corey Dillon was really fun to watch. Besides that, these helmets leave a little bit of bad taste in my mouth. The Jim Lambright years weren’t bad (44-25-1), but going 6-6 in 1998 got Lambright and the purple helmets canned.


Maybe not this traditional:

But this:

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It's classic but cool too. A little flair for the millennials and it looks like the Washington Huskies to those who don’t care about silly uniform choices. The reverse of this is the white shirts and purple pants for road games, also a really nice look.


Rose Bowl uniform:

This wins, every time. It’s not going in the poll because it would dominate.