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UNIFORMITY Installment 4: Sun Devils Storming Into the Maroon Monsoon
By Cole Streeper, DieHardDevil.com
September 25, 2015 9:11 AM

A Week in Review

The Sun Devils conquered New Mexico and as that game ended, so did the Whiteout marketing effort. I explained why I didn’t like it going into it last week, but was quietly hoping I was proven wrong.

Unfortunately, the execution of the Whiteout did not sway me into becoming a fan. The uniform really did look like a blank canvas. I deeply disliked seeing the opponents’ colors on our turf. It didn’t seem to spike any turnout, as there were far too many open seats in the stadium for my liking, Whiteout or not.

The student section was weak in attendance, but strong in white shirts, partly due to the 9,000 free white shirts given away to The Inferno. As for the rest of the stadium, there was a lot left to be desired. There were patches of maroon, gold, and black spotted throughout the stadium, mitigating the desired effect.

 

UNIFORMITY 4 Whiteout (1)

The Whiteout, ASU 34 – New Mexico 10. September 19, 2015

 

While I call the uniform combination a blank canvas, it still looks clean and sleek. It was the first time we have seen the standard away jerseys utilized. They did not disappoint. The larger, shinier numbers and text made the maroon jump off the jersey which was refreshing since that was the primary source of any color on the uniform.

The white pants looked great too and will surely be an outstanding attribute to any future combination in which they are incorporated. The oversized fork, asymmetric helmet was a winner once again. Individually, each element is a winner, but come up short as a viable home combination.

Because of the big to-do I made about this game, I will grade the Whiteout as an event separately from the uniform itself. The uniform, while not my favorite combination in the Sun Devil Equipment repertories, looks very good and deserves to be judged on its own merits, and not the overriding feeling on the Whiteout as an event.

Whiteout Event Grade: C-

Whiteout Uniform Grade: B
 

The Week to Come

The most important thing about this weekend is the opening of Pac 12 conference play. The Sun Devils are matched up against a talented USC team, and the Maroon Monsoon is storming back into Sun Devil Stadium to greet the Trojans.

This is a fantastic power move on ASU’s part as the Sun Devils have donned the Maroon helmet, jersey, and pant combination each of the last 2 times USC has visited Tempe, and their record against the Trojans in that time is a very emphatic 2-0. Arizona State won those games that took place in 2011 and 2013 by a count of 43-22 and 62-41 respectively.

 

There has been a feeling that we ought not do the Maroon Monsoon when USC comes to town because their Cardinal is too similar. I respect that take, however I see it in a different light. First of all, for superstition sake, you can’t argue with the resounding results of the last 2 match-ups. Secondly, I love the idea that USC comes in with their “Cardinal” red, but our Maroon Monsoon asserts its dominance as the deeper, darker, fiercer shade. Our superiority shows both aesthetically and in the final score.  

 

Reaction

There will be a new alternate revealed this Sunday, September 27th.

Since the rebranding in 2011 and commencement of different uniform combinations, the Maroon Monsoon has been one of my favorites. It’s bold, it’s intimidating, and it imparts an intense identity that intimidates opponents.

I’m not usually one to think that uniforms affect the results of games, but ASU has lost only once in the all maroon combo (Cal, 2011), giving the Maroon Monsoon a 4-1 record entering the game this Saturday. That includes- 2011: USC (W) and Cal (L), 2012: Illinois (W), 2013: USC (W), and 2014: Stanford (W).

The oversized pitchfork, asymmetric helmet will be used making it the 3rd time out of the 4 games. I’m a big fan of the oversized pitchfork, but I wouldn’t want it to get overused. Overall, I’m excited to get into a rowdy, sold out sea of maroon in Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday and see the new Adidas digs with a maroon lid for the first time.  

 

BONUS

For those who haven’t noticed, there will be a new alternate revealed this Sunday, September 27th. The ASU Athletics social media accounts have been posting countdown teasers with the tagline “Be the Hammer.” Gray seems to be the major theme, and one would assume that these would be for immediate use at UCLA next weekend. 

 

Screenshot at Sep 25 09-02-24

Sun Devils RJr Linebacker Laiu Moeakiola and S Safety Jordan Simone join Tim Healey for the High Octane Hour Thursday Night

 

Cole Streeper is a lifelong Sun Devil and an Arizona State graduate of 2010. He has always been passionate about ASU Football and that passion has only grown with time. You can follow Cole on Twitter at @sundevilcole7.

 

 

 

See you at Gringo Star on Saturday, 3:30-6:30pm for Food, Drink and Apparel Promos for the Maroon Monsoon

See you at Gringo Star on Saturday, 3:30-6:30pm for Food, Drink and Apparel Promos for the Maroon Monsoon

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