September 1, 2010; 10:24 AM ET
I’ve always been sort of lukewarm about including Virginia Tech in the D.C. Sports Bog. Fine for The Washington Post, if reader interest demands it, but slightly odd for a blog with “D.C.” in its name.
But Virginia Tech’s opener is at FedEx Field, and it’s the biggest sporting event in town over the next week, and I do love uniform stories, so here you go. The Hokies are going black for their opener. Quoting from the school’s official athletic site:
For the first time in more than 100 years, the Virginia Tech Hokies will wear black when they suit up in the Nike Pro Combat System of Dress for Monday night’s game against Boise State at FedExField.
The uniform colors mark a departure from the school’s distinctive maroon and orange combination, but it is not without precedent. The black uniforms reference the cadet gray-and-black colors worn by Virginia Tech’s original football team. The uniform color scheme draws inspiration from the school’s large Corps of Cadets – integral to Virginia Tech’s unique football culture – and is being worn in their honor.
Evidently the uniforms are supposed to also pay homage to the school’s “commitment to scientific inquiry,” including a “technology-inspired pattern” and a “circuit-board pattern” on the shoulders and footwear.
using September 1st, 2010 as the “birthdate” for Virginia Tech’s black FedEx Field uniforms (Nike Pro Combat System of Dress) yields:
September 1st, 2010
9 + 1 +2+0+1+0 = 13 = the life lesson for Virginia Tech’s black FedEx Field uniforms (Nike Pro Combat System of Dress) = Transformation. Metamorphosis. Evolution. Evolving. Changing. Flux. Adapting. Unfolding. Development. Advances. Transition. Things change. Out with the old and in with the new. If nothing changes, then nothing changes. Time marches on. Major changes.