Back in August, Notre Dame showed the world the uniforms it would wear for this Saturday’s game against Syracuse. The game’s at Yankee Stadium, so the Irish figured they’d dress like the baseball team, haters (all of them) be damned:
In addition to being wildly ugly and looking like literal baseball uniforms, the jerseys lent themselves to jokes about Notre Dame’s place in the national sporting landscape:
Jessica Smetana thought they made sense on some level:
Here are two things you should know about me:
1. I am a Notre Dame fan.
2. I am not a Yankees fan.
Overall, I’m not in love with the idea of going all in with the Yankees motif. It lends itself to way too many parallels between the Irish and the “Evil Empire.” I also don’t really get why Notre Dame would want to align itself with one of the most polarizing sports franchises, BUT like Notre Dame, you either love or you hate the Yankees.
Indeed: If you’re one of the many members of the global population who does not like Notre Dame or the Yankees, you don’t like these. Well, let’s see how folks are responding:
Whoo these Notre Dame jerseys look even worse than I thought.— Gregory Miller (@gregmiller78) November 17, 2018
I don’t care where you’re playing, why would Notre Dame make a decision like those uniforms and divide the nation even more?!?— M. Mads (@wisertime33) November 17, 2018
Gross. You’ve forced my hand...Go Syracuse.
These pinstriped Notre Dame jerseys may be one of the worst things I’ve ever seen— Liam Puksta (@PolishNPerfect) November 17, 2018
The Notre Dame jerseys are the ugliest football jerseys I’ve ever seen— Pearl (@ChristianPearl_) November 17, 2018
Notre Dame "home game" ... NCAA is a joke. Notre Dame wearing pinstripes is absolutely ridiculous. Dear Yankees and NCAA, we should be putting the pinstripes on the NY team. I hope we crush these clowns today. Mess up their precious little playoff hopes.— Robert Strickland (@cubbystrickland) November 17, 2018
I don’t really like using Twitter as a barometer for public opinion, because just a small segment of the world is actually on it. And I only come across a tiny portion of the tweets on the platform. But I get the strong impression that people like these uniforms even less than I thought they would, for the most part, which is saying a lot.