Western Michigan released its new uniforms Friday and they continue the Broncos' tradition of putting new head coach P.J. Fleck's "Row The Boat" mantra damn near everywhere.
The uniforms were unveiled in this video, because the ceiling can't hold WMU football:
(Seriously, props for the big ol' shot of the MAC logo when Macklemore says "mack.")
The uniforms themselves are pretty clean-cut and conventional:
But the things get interesting with the helmets:
If you haven't heard about the "row the boat" thing, Fleck is shaping his new program around it. He made himself wooden boat-shaped business cards, he has a dance, and now it's on the helmets. As you can see, the nose bumper is just the word ROW, and the helmet stickers are oars.
A closer look at the stickers, plus the uniform numbers on the right side of the helmet:
The right side of the helmet features a Bronco, in both black and white:
The entire thing looks kind of like Boise State, who also feature a Bronco and numbers, and also have black DEATH BRONCO helmets and white FROST BRONCO helmets. Although it's kinda confusing that the new slogan for the Broncos is about boat-rowing and horses totally cannot row boats, it's working:
I warned you of PJ Fleck. He now has the more 2014 commitments than any other team in the country—28. Class tops in MAC + No.48 nationally.— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) July 26, 2013
PJ Fleck’s 2014 recruiting class, according to 247, is better than Nebraska, USC, Washington, and UCLA’s. Top mid-major class nationally.— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) July 26, 2013
The uniforms aren't mind-blowing, but the helmets do indicate the dynamic shift Fleck is going for in WMU football.
In other news, wide receiver Darrin Duncan has an awesome and terrifying facemask:
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