Alabama Crimson Tide fans have long held the team’s traditional uniforms in high regard, and taken pleasure in mocking teams like Oregon, who change uniform styles weekly. Likewise, gimmicks like the Georgia Bulldogs ‘blackout’ jerseys have earned the derision of Tide fans when such parlor tricks have backfired.
So you can imagine the blowback among traditionalists if these jerseys take the field any time soon.
The official University of Alabama athletics website is offering what it calls a ‘blackout game’ Nike jersey, featuring a black No. 4 with red outlining against a black jersey.
From the item listing on RollTide.com:
The Crimson Tide are built for hard-hitting, fast-paced gridiron action, and we know that’s exactly why you love them. Promote your Alabama gear to a level that’ll proudly flaunt your team’s skills and your own team dedication with this special Blackout Nike Limited jersey. Designed in the same styling as the gear your favorite players will wear on the field in the 2013 Blackout Game, it features strategic mesh ventilation, embroidered graphics and a tackle twill player number. Congratulations, you just upped your status to Ultimate Alabama Fan!
While it’s highly doubtful these jerseys will ever see the field, it’s important to keep in mind that a lot of younger Alabama fans (as well as a lot of the players) don’t hold the traditional uniforms in as high regard as do the old guard. So it’s entirely possible that we will see Alabama wearing something along these lines sooner rather than later.
At least until these bad boys are ready.