As of the 2012-2013 NFL season, Nike has replaced Reebok as the official uniform outfitter. When league officials announced the change in 2010, the world as a whole probably said, “Meh,” and went on with their lives. Most NFL fans I know, however, started trying to predict what the new uniforms would look like. Because, you know, we don’t have anything better to do.
As it turns out, we should have spent that time we wasted trying to figure out the new uniforms on actually working at our jobs. With the exception of very minor stylistic differences, just about every NFL team’s uniform stayed exactly the same. Except for one. Guess who? Read more…
Now I realize that many of you don’t live in Knoxville. As most southerners do, we take our football seriously here in Knoxville where we worship at the alter of the University of Tennessee Volunteers. As much as we love our football team, we’re no fools. This isn’t going to be their year to win the SEC Championship, let alone the NCAA Championship. (And really, we know that next year probably won’t be their year either and frankly, we don’t hold much hope for the next several seasons.) We love them anyway and we love talking about them.
Vol football makes up the majority of our sports programming in the fall. They’re all that’s talked about on TV, local sports talk radio, the newspaper, and blogs from August until January. That’s a lot of time to fill and with a team that is less than spectacular, even the little of things related to the Vols will make the news. That, and the not so little things. Enter: Coach Derek Dooley’s orange pants.
I had to take a double take on the Vols season opener against Montana on September 3rd. With my mouth full of Arroz Con Pollo (what? Doesn’t everyone eat homemade Cuban food to watch college football?), I thought I saw Derek Dooley standing on the sidelines wearing what looked to me like orange pants. Upon second look, yes, he was indeed wearing orange pants.
Apparently I wasn’t the only one who was mesmerized? puzzled? shocked? by Coach Dooley’s fashion choice. A Facebook page devoted to his fancy pants has well over 25,000 fans. These pants are a hot topic here in Knoxville, aside from the football purists who insist that the news coverage of his pants when we could be talking about how to get their defense to, you know, defend, has gone on long enough. The thing is, we haven’t stopped talking about them because he keeps wearing them, each week.
Some fans were convinced that the orange pants held magical powers after the Vols won their first two games. That all went out the window when Florida beat the Vols on September 17th for the seventh straight year.
Rumors flew after the first sighting of the orange pants regarding their cost. One such number that was thrown around was that these custom tailored pants cost was the very precise, $1,423.32. Made of woven wool from England and dyed three times to get just the right shade of orange, these pants were made by a local retailer, John H. Daniel Clothing. Metropulse.com published a screencap of a video released by UT regarding the making of these pants, showing the what appeared to be that price on an invoice.