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The logo-glove invasion has begun in force

Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:32 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Remember a couple of years ago, when Mark Ingram flashed the Alabama logo printed on his gloves after scoring a touchdown, and it was kind of cool but also kind of scary, because you could see a future where basically every touchdown celebration in the country became a de facto Nike commercial? And then the officials at last year's Ohio State-Michigan game seemed to put the kibosh on it by calling the glove-logo display as an unsportsmanlike penalty, which -- ridiculous a decision as that might be -- maybe could accidentally end up doing something for the greater college football good?

Yeah, nevermind any of that "kibosh" talk. More and more teams have spent this offseason signing up for the branded gloves, potential for penalties or not. Just this week Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood debuted the Irish's version on Twitter:

And the official Nebraska equipment staff put two different glove styles on their Twitter feed, including this model dedicated to the Huskers' traditional "blackshirt" defense:

(Note that both teams are outfitted by Adidas.) On the one hand, we can appreciate that this remains a very, very cool idea. On the other, college football is one of the few sports where uniform gimmickry has, generally, been kept to a minimum; if gloves like these wind up being the first step down a slippery slope that ends with Penn State wearing metal lion claws on their shoulders (a la Oregon's emo wings), this is not going to be trend we'll remember fondly at all.

But what there's no debating is that these gloves are now officially a trend ... and given that it's here to stay, let's hope the officials can keep the flags in their pockets if they're put to use when the game is on the line.


Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 6:15 pm

The logo-glove invasion has begun in force


Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:30 pm

The logo-glove invasion has begun in force

From what I've seen over the years, gloves can be as much a deterrent in catching a football as they are at aiding in grabbing the pigskin. When it's nice outside I often wonder why the gloves need to be worn, especially when I see an awful lot of dropped balls. Someone might say they're good for catching sweat like a headband is & there's some truth to that. But a good pair of hands will catch the ball whether they're sweating or not. I see these new logo style gloves as an addition to the amount of "showboating" that will be going on very soon & I'm not in favor of them one bit. Sorry!

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