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The Obvious Case For Pitt Unis To Go Back To "Royal Blue & Gold"

The Obvious Case For Pitt Unis To Go Back To "Royal Blue & Gold"

Via Kevin Stankiewicz of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Could old school become the new normal? For now, Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke wouldn’t rule it out.

In an interview Tuesday with Pittsburgh media, Lyke was asked about the possibility of the athletic department returning to its royal-blue-and-yellow color scheme and said, “I’m not going to say the conversation has not not happened.”

Lyke cautioned nothing was imminent, but the news of a potential return to the program’s historic colors is welcomed with open arms by many Pitt fans.

The chorus of voices calling for Pitt to scrap its current palette of navy blue and gold has intensified since August, when the athletic department first released images of the retro uniforms the football team wore on Oct. 8 against Georgia Tech and Nov. 19 against Duke.

The royal-blue-and-yellow throwback threads were met with widespread adoration, and Lyke said Tuesday the football team will again wear them twice in the fall.

C'mon, Heather. This is a no-brainer, here. What Pitt has been rolling out with for the past decade and half has just not been up to collegiate cool. It's like the whole university went all emo Zack Snyder on the optimistic Christopher Reeves' Superman, and we all know how Man Of Steel turned out (why Clark didn't save his Kevin Cosnter father I still find mind-boggling)

Pitt was made to play in them baby blues. And I understand the weirdness of late 90's-early-00's fashion because I was wallowing right in that puddle of uniform un-unity and frosted tips. Totally 100% awkward-teen guilty of buying a Willis McGahee Bills Arena Football jersey during the Drew Bledsoe era of unnecessary stripes and lines. 

But what old is new again. Nobody looks at classic Pitt football and sees Dan Marino in them navy blues and honey mustard gold. They see him like this:

 Royal blue Dan is a happy Dan.

Royal blue Dan is a happy Dan.

They see Curtis Martin like this:

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To take away the joy that royal blue and a bright gold bring to the Steel City's most notable campus is to take out the pizzazz out of Panther athletics.  Look what happened to the Milwaukee Brewers: totally fell off the face of the MLB map after they got rid of that color scheme and one of the coolest logos in sports (that and not having talent: I know, "Hi below .500 Pirates' pot, meet Brewers' kettle"):

 FACT: After losing that blue, Gary Sheffield went from Milwaukee Brewer to BALCO Brewer.

FACT: After losing that blue, Gary Sheffield went from Milwaukee Brewer to BALCO Brewer.

Darkening that blue and yellow color scheme never served any sports organization well. Hockey blood would have not have nearly shown as much contrast on those Charlestown Chiefs sweaters if they went down the "Dark Knight" rabbit hole:

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So who exactly is at fault for any removal this muted prism? Everybody's favorite swoosh, that's who:

Lyke said Nike is currently doing a study of Pitt’s brand recognition, so a decision about the color scheme before the results of the study would be “unwise.” Lyke said its findings would be evaluated along with internal feedback the athletic department receives.

These researchers at Nike must be super busy in these findings by throwing a rubber ball against their office walls. Isn't the fact that an article was written focusing on the excitement of the prospect that the royal blues might be returning feedback enough? Go back to your Minecraft holes, you corporate clowns. Enough's enough: give us them baby blues.

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