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Sooners go gray

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm •  Published: December 6, 2007

A reader from Alabama, Larry Inman, was fired up about the OU basketball team’s new gray uniforms, trotted out for the Wednesday night game against Tulsa. “I was rather surprised but pleasantly,” Inman wrote. “We are living in a day when teams are trying some new combos in their uniforms. Some of the uniforms have been pretty good, but who is in charge of West Virginia (all yellow), Tennessee (all orange) and Oregon (all awful,especially those metallic yellow helmets) uniform choices? Those uniforms hurt my eyes!

“I live in Alabama now having grown up in Oklahoma but I come into contact with several Tennessee Vol fans, and they have expressed to me their displease of the all orange the Vols wore against LSU. In my opinion, the uniforms were awful but kudos to them for trying something different. I know tradition is something else to contend with, but I wonder why OU hasn’t done something a little different with their uniforms? They are basically the same as when Stoops first came with the exception of the no-name jerseys of last year. I doubt the home red jerseys will ever change and that is OK with me, but those pants with the heavy double strip look like something out of the 70′s to me, or a Wisconsin Badger uniform.

“Something else I have never understood is that the school colors are crimson and cream, and OU wears white. Maybe the away game uniforms could be Cream? Or even red pants. Even OSU has tried something different in their uniforms (of course that is not going to be helpful to enter into a discussion). I suppose Stoops would never admit that he listened to someone else, particularly media, but it’s time for a little variety in the uniforms. Georgia came out with the black shirts one Saturday and whole stadium was filled with black shirts and it was just kind of fun to watch. So maybe on a slow sports day after all the bowl games, you could write an article about uniforms and stir up a little discussion.”

Thanks, Larry. Uniforms are one of my favorite topics. I don’t like messing with tradition, but I suppose going gray is about as harmless as you can get. Now, if the Sooners had come out in black, that would have been sacrilege. Anyway, I’ve written about this before, and I think I will do a video later today, but what say you, Sooner fans? Do you want more color variation? Do you want experimentation in the football uniforms? Do you want Bob Stoops to wear red polyester pants on the sidelines? Let me know.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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