Speaking of Evil Empires. Nike has always been a thorn in my side. I don't like their far reaching hold on consumers, high schools, colleges, and professional teams. Their control was never more apparent than watching the Stanford-Notre Dame game last night. Growing up a Stanford fan, red and white were the glorious, clean, crisp colors of the Cardinal uniforms. In last night's game, the Stanford team were all in scarlet/maroon uniforms from shoulder to shin, wearing black helmets. It was so unsettling and for a life long fan, very confusing to watch. I had to re-adjust my vision and expectation every time I was watching the teams march down the field. Notre Dame were wearing their crisp white and gold uniforms, looking sharp and clean against the thug wear that Nike sold to Stanford. I don't know who is getting what out of changing a long held tradition, but I do know that Nike is making money. I just can't understand why Stanford, deep into tradition and long in school spirit would make such a radical and ridiculous change. Isn't it enough that we had to change the mascot from Indians to Cardinal? Isn't that enough change for any Stanford lifer?
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