So if you’re like me, you really had no idea what the “Shamrock Series” was, but thanks to our CFB sister site, I’ve learned that it’s what Notre Dame calls the neutral site games they’ve played over roughly the last decade. Notre Dame apparently has gone with alternate jerseys made by their uniform supplier, Under Armor, for these games.
This year, the “Shamrock Series” game is against Syracuse but played in Yankees Stadium. So naturally, Under Armor decided to pay homage to the Yankees in making Notre Dame’s uniforms...
Take a more in-depth look at the 2018 #ShamrockSeries uniform that the Irish will be wearing on November 17 in their game vs. Syracuse. #GoIrish ☘️ #BeatOrange pic.twitter.com/Zd7fou5qnQ— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 16, 2018
These uniforms are atrocious. Even as a Yankees fan, I cannot stop laughing. They are ugly as hell. Not only does it pilfer the iconic Yankees script for the team lettering (and numbers), but they have pinstripes everywhere. I don’t even know what to say about the “Memorial Park inspired” logo on the all-navy helmet. In addition, according to the Notre Dame fan I linked above, the last time Notre Dame had no gold on their helmets was pre-war. This uniforms are guaranteed to annoy everyone.
I’m not against a team having pinstripes, If you are an AoG regular, you know that I love the Vanderbilt pinstripe uniform, which I lovingly refer to as the “20s gangster uniforms”. However, the pinstripes here clash and frankly, just don’t work. They just look ugly as hell and definitely don’t seem very Notre Dame -like. In addition, it just doesn’t seem to work culturally. If there’s any team in baseball that I’d associate with “the Irish” it’d be Boston, maybe the Phillies, but not the Yankees.
But as Vanderbilt fans, let us all take this moment to laugh at Notre Dame. These uniforms are awful, but there’s one extra joy for us to have. That is, if there’s anything we know, it’s that having polarizing uniforms on an opener just leads to wet hets.