This is the third Pro Combat uniform the Hokies will wear. The, "Good Guys Wear White," weren't horrible, but they weren't anything special. The second generation all-black were sleek, but were outside of the box, and proved to be the perfect formal attire for the funeral at FedEx. I never fully got behind either one, but '12 edition really catch my eye and I think all of HokieNation will agree.
Let's review the new uniforms from top to bottom.
Each helmet is a one-of-a-kind forged dolomite limestone blended with Kevlar "net-skeleton". Virginia Tech's advancements in helmet safety continues. These lids outperform their closest competitor by as much as a 45% reduction in brain trauma over the course of a 14-game season.
Nike's replaced the standard face masks with Bane's mask. If you've seen The Dark Knight Rises you know how badass this thing is, even if no one will ever know how it works. A demonstation of its power—during a five-minute stretch of the movie Bane single-handedly beats two football teams, and takes over an entire city. Each player benefits from real-time Gentrification thanks to futuristic Gotham technology.
Sponsored jerseys are commonplace in sports today, take a look at the WNBA, European soccer leagues, and NASCAR. Partnering with Austin Nichols Wild Turkey makes financial and brand sense. The money the athletic department will receive from the 5-year agreement will all but close the gap on the television dollars discrepancy between Tech and other brandname schools from the SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten. Bourbon's been at the core of some of America's greatest success stories: the moon landing, Lionel Hutz's distinguished legal career, and Coca-Cola to name a few. And for gosh sake, look at the turkey on the shoulder and sleeve. It looks like any one of the 60,000 plus proud Hokies standing guard over Lane Stadium on an autumn Saturday afternoon.
K-GUARD LOGO - BEAMERBALL.COM SPONSORSHIP. IT KEEPS LEAVES OUT OF YOUR GUTTERS. BUY K-GUARD. The maroon sleeve is a homage to 2005's Nike swag.
Turkey legs pattern maroon pants. Don't you just want these as a pair slacks? I do. 1) Turkey legs are delicious. 2) Turkeys are elusive and their legs must be powerful. 3) We all want maroon pants. 4) Turkey is undervalued as a deli and holiday meat. The three-star prospect of poultry. Their ceiling is through the roof with a smoker a six-foot stack of hickory.
Math Emporium screened socks. A reminder to the players, don't let your head tie up your feet. Also, we need to do all we can with the Math Emporium to justify its existence.
The gloves feature the empty national championship trophy case, after all we're trying to catch the elusive crystal ball.
The geniuses at Black Heart Gold Pants did a series of Pro Combat posts, which inspired this. Well that and the lack of #ALLMAROONEVERYTHING and usage of heinous turkey track magnet helmets.