Posted: 1:29 pm Friday, September 14th, 2012
By Matt Porter
UPDATE: scroll down to see video of the uniforms in action.
Let’s just show you the pictures and let you decide.
Here are Atlantic’s new uniforms:
Everyone’s sure to have an opinion on these beauties Atlantic will wear during upcoming home games.
The uniforms were donated by Delray 21, a group of community focused business owners in Delray Beach, along with Delray companies The Related Group and Ocean Properties. They were designed by Ryan Boylston of Delray-based Futuristic Woo.
You can check out more Futuristic Woo at Futuristic Woo’s website, Futuristic Woo.com (Woo.)
“We definitely don’t expect these to be loved by everybody,” said Lee Cohen, a Delray attorney and Delray Beach 21’s chairman. “That’s what they should do. Spark conversation. We want to bring these kids the attention they deserve. We want to draw attention and bring excitement to the program. We want to get people talking.”
Mission accomplished on that one.
As soon as we posted his, it rocketed around social media. Sports uniform guru UniWatch called it “what might be the craziest football uniform ever” and later wrote about it for ESPN’s Playbook. SBNation deemed it the “ugliest uniform ever” and included a poll asking if was the worst uniform of all time (with one possible response: “yes”).
Deadspin posted a link to our story with the comment, “A Florida high school hopes to confuse opponents by blinding them with their uniforms.”
As you can see, they are dark green with Oregon-style eagle’s wings on the shoulders. What makes them either awesome or atrocious (or so atrocious they’re awesome) is the neon-lime half of the uniform, that makes it look like the player was dipped in Kryptonite.
“They’re great,” said Atlantic senior running back Tevin Spells, the player who appears in the above picture. “I love them. It’s something different.”
Because this is all about opinion: I’m not too into the jerseys and pants, but I can get down with the helmets, which are made by Xenith and designed by The Woo. There’s a futuristic, angry eagle head looking forward. Looks cool.
Atlantic is the second District 12-7A team to go big and bold with their on-field attire. Last week Dwyer received a shipment of hot pink jerseys it will wear in three October home games. The pink is for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Since Dwyer and Atlantic have gone there, that means only one thing. Royal Palm, it’s time to go all-teal. With lime green Wildcat stripes.
The area’s only other major uniform change I’ve noticed so far is Boca High returning to its traditional Michigan Wolverines-style helmets. Former coach Keith Byars, a proud alum of Michigan rival Ohio State, banned those when he took over in 2009. The Bobcats had been using a new helmet logo since then (which the Sun-Sentinel’s Dieter Kurtenbach points out is just a recolored Ohio University Bobcat).
Have to hear what you all think about the Atlantic uniforms. Like ‘em? Hate ‘em? Can’t type because you’re now blind? Leave it in the comments.
UPDATE: from John Bennardo of Immagine Productions, here’s video of the uniforms in action.