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Boise AD talks about abandoning blue uniforms

Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 12:39 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier this week it was announced that Boise State would not be allowed to wear all blue uniforms during home games on the school's blue turf now that it was a member of the Mountain West. As you'd expect, this decision didn't go over very well with a lot of Boise State fans, as they've felt that wearing all blue on a blue turf helps the team because it works as a sort of camouflage.

A theory I've never understood all that much because last I checked, you play football on a field at the same eye-level as your opponent, not from a blimp flying above the field. Sure, maybe the blue on blue made watching game film a bit annoying at times for opposing coaches, but on the field I don't see how it could have an impact.

Still, the Mountain West asked Boise State to abandon the practice, and being the new kid on the block, Boise State agreed. Though if you were to listen to Boise AD Bob Kustra talk about it, the school might not have made the same decision if it were joining the Mountain West now.

"One thing I think people have to understand is the Mountain West we were going to had TCU, BYU and the University of Utah sitting at the table," Kustra told the Idaho Statesman. "And when I first met with TCU’s, BYU’s and Utah’s presidents, it was a pretty inspiring moment. I knew I was sitting with the top dogs of that conference.

“When they come to you and give you a bottom line, a year ago, we didn’t have a lot of elbow room. There really wasn’t much give. If that same conversation were to take place this year, I’ll guarantee you we wouldn’t be talking about no blue uniforms on the blue turf unless somebody decides how to keep green uniforms off the turf in Fort Collins and any place else where there is such.

“People tend to forget it was a different context in which this decision had to be made and we had literally minutes in which to make it in. They were clearly doing their vote.”

In other words, Boise State didn't feel as if it were the big dog at the table last year when Utah, TCU and BYU were still around. Now that those schools are gone or on the way out, Boise State would have had a bit more of that "we'll do what we want because you really need us at the moment" leverage.

Either way, no matter the timing, this is a bit too much fuss over the color of a uniform to ever have.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:38 pm

Boise AD talks about abandoning blue uniforms

It seems like those who bitch about the blue field are just jealous that their AD didn't think of it first.  It it were so hard to see the blue uniformed players on the blue field you would think the quarterback would have a hard time finding his receivers, yet Kellan Moore is one of the D1 leaders in pass efficiency which means he connects his passes so he must be able to see the receivers.  I remember when artificial turf was first intoduced and natural turf "purists" complained that football should be played on natural grass.  Various types of artificial turf is predominate on college and high school football and soccer fields these days.  The latest field turf artificial turf even reduces knee injuries.  Get used to different colored fields.  Eastern Washington University even has a bright red field.  Takes some getting used to and I suppose opposing teams will complain that they can't see EWU's players when they wear their red home uniforms.  That's a lot of B.S.   

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:05 pm

Boise AD talks about abandoning blue uniforms

I have attended many games since moving to Boise a decade ago, have had sideline passes, the Blue uniforms do NOT impede opposing teams.  Just sounds like the MWC just wanted to extert some power on the new team joining.  If BSU has avoid blue uniforms @ home, the same should apply to CSU in Fort Collins!  Just my opinion...

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:56 pm

Boise AD talks about abandoning blue uniforms

Why don't they just get rid of the stupid blue field.  It may be a 'selling point to recruits' but it makes a game difficult to watch for me.  It's like playing pool on a red felt table.  It just doesn't seem right.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:53 pm

Boise AD talks about abandoning blue uniforms

Why did you add a photograph of legs and socks with a football field behind it......oh wait, I guess if I squint I can see the outline of some football players attached to the legs. Boise should sell that camouflaging technology to the military! AMAZING!

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