It was 2015 when I figured it out.
TCU Football had just played their spring game, held on a Friday night under the lights. But that wasn’t the main draw of the evening, as Frog fans geared up for the first big new uniform reveal of the Big 12 era, following a season in which TCU had gone 12-1 and won the Peach Bowl in convincing fashion.
All the build up, all the drama, and this is what we got:
Most folks liked the purple, and the white were received in a mostly positive light. But they gray? Yikes. The sublimated frog skin was interpreted more as a gray camo, and as I perused the setup with some friends, all we could come up to say was “what were they thinking?”.
But, as we walked around the stage, the dozens of recruits in attendance — many of whom are probably suiting up for TCU Football now — were in awe. They snapped photos, tweeted and instagrammed their hearts out, and generally oohed and awwed over the new kits — especially the gray ones.
That was when I figured it out...
... I had gotten old.
On Tuesday, Frog fans were once again introduced to a new look, this one an alternate based off of the new jerseys released ahead of the 2019 season.
Take a closer look... #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/s4np0YJXfG— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) October 23, 2019
I seriously want a pair of those gloves more than I have ever wanted any TCU gear ever.
Reactions were mixed across social media, as some loved the unique look while others found them gimmicky or tacky. The red accent was either deemed a positive in that it threw to the notion that horned frogs spit blood out of their eyes when angry or threatened, or a negative that it wasn’t a school color.
The “it’s not a school color” debate is, to me, a bit tired... these are football uniforms, and It’s okay if they are different and fun and not totally on-brand. Frankly, their main job is to get people talking, get recruits excited, and fire up the players.
Check. Check. And check.
Mission Accomplished? I guess it depends who you ask.
Some folks were not so positive.
Vomit-inducing.— Jeff Olson (@JOlson62) October 22, 2019
Who okay’d this??? I want names. https://t.co/ZhJJXRZVeS
Those are horrendous. If we win, I vote we wear them the rest of the season.— Frogs Win (@tenhavers) October 22, 2019
https://t.co/J5cry6jayg pic.twitter.com/mmihP7g0ik— The Ten12 Podcast (@Ten12Podcast) October 22, 2019
TCU's new uniforms: pic.twitter.com/3y5q3hzlwb— Kyler Tesch (@Kyler_Tesch) October 22, 2019
A familiar refrain commented on how “red and black aren’t school colors”.
When did we incorporate red and black into our color scheme?...I know those aren’t meant to appeal to 59 year old me....but those are an embarrassment.....and yes....GET THE HELL OFF MY LAWN!! https://t.co/MhvYIG02Bm— Greggo (@TCUWhiteTrash) October 22, 2019
I understand @usnikefootball @Nike and @TCUFootball @TCU_Athletics are partners but why couldn’t y’all just go to a simple early traditional uniform instead of this hot piece of colors just mashed up. #DoLessGodBless— Jacob (@ThatOtherAlcala) October 22, 2019
Others understood the target market.
I bet there is a pretty tightly correlated relationship between age and finding these cool.— AvengerFrog (@mikefrogit) October 22, 2019
I am too old to like these.— Colin (@clnbrns) October 22, 2019
My third grade son will love them.
While still others liked them, but saw room for improvement.
I do not say this lightly: whoever thought these were a good idea, you are on the right track, but this is way too much red. Go with black jerseys (I think these are gray), purple number, with a red outline and it would loom a lot better https://t.co/zktK6rBt1s— HAUNTER BOOKE (@ekooCretnuH) October 22, 2019
But, most thought they were straight fire.
Yeah no more basic these are fire!! Gotta expand ya horizon 25+ people lol— Alex Robinson Jr (@arob25_) October 22, 2019
I’m on the minority that love these. It’s like the raptors 90s unfirom had a love child with TCU— Kory With a K (@KorsakoffK) October 22, 2019
Them jerseys— Eli Williams (@ewill_3) October 22, 2019
And the guy that matters most?
GP on the new uniforms: Anybody under the age of 25 loves it. Anybody over a certain age doesn’t like them. I’ve had that helmet under my desk for 9 months and the recruits all love them.— PurpleMenace.com (@TCU_Rivals) October 22, 2019
Impressive they kept that hidden for so long.
Oh, and one other thing for all us “old heads” - Gary Patterson does not care that folks are worried about what we are wearing. He doesn’t care that players are talking about it either. These are 18-22 year old kids, not robots. They should be allowed to get fired up for new uniforms (and that won’t effect their play one iota, I promise). Frankly, he’s probably glad that the media is focusing on the threads and not the 3-3 record.
We will get to see them in person Saturday against Texas at 2:30pm.