Northwestern Wounded Warrior Project uniforms showcase what’s wrong with sports

In a fad that’s sure to fade out soon, Northwestern University has unveiled their special Wounded Warrior Project tribute uniforms that they’ll wear Nov. 16. The result isn’t pretty or encouraging.

Your retinas hate you now.

First off, on the smallest of my complaints, Northwestern’s colors don’t include grey. They’re black and purple, and this whole “Hey, everybody. Let’s wear grey” thing has seriously gotten out of hand. Forget your actual school colors and traditions. Just look awesome like everyone else.

My biggest complaint is the ridiculous flag desecration. Of course, the cult of ‘MERICA and how much you should always love ‘MERICA wouldn’t have you hear this, but let’s take a look at who’s supposed to use the flag as part of a uniform, according to the Flag Code.

“No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations.”

By “patriotic organizations,” it’s not talking about college football teams. They haven’t earned the right to wear the flag. Period.

And what a lot of people have called “blood spatter” really isn’t. If you notice, the blue side has a lot of streaking as well. has a statement from Under Armour regarding the “blood spatter.”

“The Northwestern University football uniforms designed by Under Armour in support of Wounded Warrior Project feature an authentic distressed pattern which depicts a flag that has flown proudly over a long period of time.”

But the Flag Code is pretty clear that when a flag looks that ratty, you burn it.

And that’s exactly what should happen with these uniforms.


One thought on “Northwestern Wounded Warrior Project uniforms showcase what’s wrong with sports

  1. My biggest complaint is this: It seems that every school and pro athlete is wearing their cause on their uniform now. All it is, is a fad. And we all know what happens with fads — they eventually die, some more slow and painful than others. Causes are supposed to be just that — causes. Cause results in effect, that is, action. Instead of wearing some ugly uniform on TV purposed for good PR, why not actually go and do something about it. Stop desensitizing the rest of the world to your “cause of the day” at your benefit and at the expense of the cause. Just stop.

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