August 24, 2012
Countdown to kickoff: No. 1
With just one week Saturday left between now and the Sept. 1 season-opener against Eastern Kentucky, I offer up my picks for the one big thing that Purdue football needs to accomplish in 2012.
This installment is subjective as they come, but here goes.
No. 2 Second half Tiller Era (2003-2008)
After the gold jersey experiment from 2002 through the Arizona game (Week 3) of the 2003 season, I thought the return to the black jerseys provided one of my favorite looks in the 45 years I have been watching Purdue football. The "Back in Black" jersey with the gold pants was my favorite look as I have never been a big fan on the black-on-black look that we see so much today.
In Joe Tiller's days from 1997-2001, the black jerseys with the out lined white numbers were good, and I suppose many Boilermaker fans are sentimental just because Purdue went to a Rose Bowl in them, but I never totally bonded with the outlined numbers (my problem, not yours).
Honorable mention here were the "Mark Herrmann Era" uniforms that had the gold numbers outlined in white, but it always bothered me that the gold color on the pants didn't match the helmets. And, that was a time when Purdue struggled with the gold color as it was a little too orange for me.
I also liked the "Mike Alstott Era" jerseys with the gold numbers outlined in white. The colors were better matched in the mid-1990s, but I never quite bonded with the PURDUE on the front of the uniform.
But I digress.
No. 1--The Bob Griese Era (1964-66)
To me Purdue's cleanest, sharpest look were in the mid-1960s with the gold numbers on the jerseys and black numbers on the helmets. The look was simple, but a little progressive in a color scheme that few schools had.
Modern day fans got a glimpse of the helmet style back in 2006 for the season-opener against Indiana State when Purdue wore throw-backs in a win over Indiana State.
In terms of road uniforms, I have always liked the gold pants better. Purdue didn't start wearing black pants again until the Liberty Bowl game in 1980, and wore them under every coach, with the exception of Jim Colletto, since. Not surprisingly, I liked the 1960s Rose Bowl uniforms, but the 2001 version comes in a close second.
But then again, maybe it is just because I liked seeing Purdue in any kind of Rose Bowl jersey. And I mean any.
Here's our countdown to date:
Countdown to kickoff No. 3--Best defensive ends
Countdown to kickoff No. 4--Best quarterbacks
Countdown to kickoff: No. 5--Worst weather games
Countdown to kickoff: No. 6--Top walkons
Countdown to Kickoff: No. 7--Best assistant coaches
Countdown to Kickoff: No. 8--Greatest recruiting surprises
Countdown to Kickoff: No. 9--Biggest heartbreaks
Countdown to Kickoff: No. 10--Greatest individual performances
Countdown to Kickoff: No. 11--Greatest comebacks
Countdown to Kickoff: No. 12--Biggest victories
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