So here's the thing ... You spend five bucks to get a program at HC. Why? To help identify who's who on the field. But if you forgot your binoculars, the program does no good, 'cause darn, you can't read the numbers. The unis looked terrific, you just couldn't read the darn numbers (a line from Fargo)
Post by nycrusader2010 on Sept 22, 2017 16:23:21 GMT -5
Unless anyone has seen game film from the opener vs Stetson, it's almost impossible to tell how good Dartmouth is this year. Wacky 2016 which saw them finish "first in the CAA" and last in the Ivy. Killed us at Homecoming last year after we lost PP right around halftime.
In 2015, Dartmouth had maybe the best defense in FCS outside of Fargo or Youngstown. The Big Green finished 6th in the Sagarin ratings that year as well.
The only result that would really surprise me is if we got blown out again. If we lose it's in a nail-biter.
Here is the assessment by the Stetson coach of the Hatters performance last weekend. "There are no two ways about it we got our butts kicked by a superior team in every facet of the game," head coach Roger Hughes said. "We're committing penalties when we have drives going on. We're not blocking very well, we're not throwing very well, and we're not running very well."
How bad is Stetson? They are 0-3 and have been outscored 118 to 27 in losses to SHU, Marist and Dartmouth! They have not yet been shut out but they come close every week. The Massey combined score has them as the worst FCS team in the country (#124 out of 124 rated FCS teams). A big score against them (and they were playing their 3rd game to Dartmouth's 1st) is not that impressive. Massey sees HC as over 30 points better than Stetson, so Dartmouth's win is not that impressive.
Last Edit: Sept 22, 2017 16:46:54 GMT -5 by rgs318
Have seen many uniforms over the years. This year's by far the worst. When we get the streaming fixed, I hope we charge $5 per game to watch and that includes basketball. Fans should be putting fannies in the seats. Fwiw
This is not your father's Oldsmobile......or your father's athletic uniform kit.
Holy Cross Athletics has now moved into the 21st century, with benchmarking and an approach to go head to head with our peers regarding imaging and branding.
Look at both Harvard, with red pants and black jerseys, and Notre Dame with their shamrock series uniforms, A far cry from their old and dated image of year's past.To recruit the best student athletes, you must project a dynamic brand. Only a handful of top schools have kept their 20th century image, Penn State and Alabama come to mind. Everyone else has moved on.
As ACTP noted, grey is the current Adidas marketing model for the third or alternative uniforms for now. Black is the marketing model for Nike schools. HC has a very nice contract with Adidas for the next several years. Adidas has an image brand they are following. HC is agreeing to the Adidas marketing strategy.
I am now looking forward to seeing the alternative basketball uniforms in 'Sader grey.
Last Edit: Sept 23, 2017 0:12:55 GMT -5 by Crucis#1
These uniforms grew on me and looked "space-age" to use an old term. While the gray is not a Holy Cross color, neither is black, and the purple numerals looked very cool despite everyone complaining they couldn't be read. Like Crucis, I had my binoculars which I need to see numbers of any color and the only time I couldn't read them was at an angle where I couldn't read any numbers of any color.
As stated many times already, the players seem to love them, so to quote Ralph Willard, that's what counts when it comes to uniform colors - and he was talking about black! Ugh!!!!
These uniforms grew on me and looked "space-age" to use an old term. While the gray is not a Holy Cross color, neither is black, and the purple numerals looked very cool despite everyone complaining they couldn't be read
Not only couldn't be read, also couldn't be seen, so not sure how space age cool they were. Now when we change the field color to purple we could be in bigger trouble
As long as we win, it doesn't really matter, but IMO getting our primary uniforms right would be a great step forward after not really being able to lock down sharp looking football and basketball uniforms for a long time. Perhaps it's just that Adidas doesn't offer good templates to work from, but I'd love to see us pull together a cleaner look for the two primary sports.
Those Dartmouth black Nike uniforms look really sharp. Substitute royal purple for green and that would be a nice alternate look for HC.
I'd hate to say it is a must win but a loss to underrated URI means that later season lineup of Stony Brook, Towson, James Madison, and William and Mary may be quite a struggle. Actually, that is a tough lineup any way you slice it.