Notre Dame Football Uniforms: Some Shamrock series are complaining

I know I should use my life to spread positivity, but no one has time to be sunshine 24/7. While I love the excitement of a new Shamrock Series uniform about as much as I love the tradition of classic Irish varsity, Notre Dame alternatives tend to bring out my fussy side. I’ve tried meditation apps, running, and more, but I don’t think anything can ease my frustration with a few select Shamrock Series alternatives than a good old-fashioned complaint session.

2018: Yankee pinstripe overload

I’ll preface this by saying that even as a Cleveland sports fan, I can easily rank the Yankees uniforms somewhere in my top 5 MLB uniforms. The pinstripe jersey and pants are bold yet clean. The NY logo is simple and timeless. The lack of names on the back of the shirts keeps the uniform as clean as possible and resembles Irish uniforms for a few bonus points.

These sleeves make the uniform look more like a costume than a tribute. The Irish might have been better off keeping the sleeves navy blue, sticking with the standard gold helmet, and incorporating slightly thinner, more subtle pinstripes on the Yankee tribute pants.

2015: Too much green

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Going for gold, green, and blue at the same time means you need to put proportions at the top of your priority list. There’s just too much green here. The navy detailing in this uniform successfully keeps a school color in the mix, but it just doesn’t work alongside all that green.

Some gold numbers and gold shorts with a green stripe down the side would have complemented the bright green of the kit better. Take away the navy stripes at the shoulders. The Celtic-inspired lettering on the chest and the leprechaun helmet with a dash of navy can stay. I allow it.

2012: Share is gone

The Mayan calendar predicted that the world would end in 2012 because the Mayans introduced the 2012 Shamrock series helmets. The blue to gold ratio of this helmet makes me cringe. Make it all blue, all gold, half and half or nothing.

I love the writing on the chest and the gold dome gold numbers with a white border, but the proportions on this helmet are unacceptable. Also, what’s up with the golden swirl pattern? It looks like it belongs on some kind of epoxy coated restaurant table. Either keep the gold of the classic lids or don’t bother.

Thin the navy stripe down the side of the pants a bit, shift the leprechaun from the side of the pants to the shoulder, opt for a helmet and you’ve got a solid Irish alternative.

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