I suppose I should fear Rich’s wrath in posting this (this may be my last post; in which case hasta luego!), but I want play devil’s advocate regarding the shorts.
Perhaps it’s just how I was raised, in an American sporting landscape where sports teams are treated no different than a McDonalds, but the changing of uniforms is quite common. Granted there are certain pillars with established teams, most notably color: Cowboys are white. Red Wings are red. Celtics are green. Yankees are white and navy pinstripes. These, and many others, are the same teams that could never relocate for fear of fan rioting.
The same goes for footy: Liverpool and United will always be red, Chelsea blue, Madrid white, Celtic green, Brazil yellow, St Pauli poop brown, etc.
Other, less established teams feel they have to change their designs (or “rebrand”) every 5-10 years to rekindle interest and make a quick buck or two. And they’re a business, so they have every right to do so. Some rebranding works impeccably. Others are a disaster.
Look at Oregon University’s football team. Or the majority of MLS clubs. Research the USMNT in the past 15+ years alone. (USSoccer, and Nike, can’t even stick with a single color. Are we red with a blue sash? White with red horizontal pinstrips? Denim?!?) Granted, these are all located in the USA, but that is the prism by which I view other teams even if in other nations. Change is often a constant.
But the teams that have oodles of history and fandom (even if in America or England) are unable to make any design changes: even shorts. Although we may argue otherwise, we really don’t have any comparable history or crazy fan base. And thus we don’t have the luxury of demanding white/black/white every year until FFC ceases to exist. I firmly believe that several of the established clubs, if given the opportunity, would change a few things about their kits to make some extra money.
I’m not saying that’s a good or bad thing, but just the reality of the situation. Why?
Because kits currently exist to do one thing: make money. The days of when they served some higher purpose (be it local, ethnic, national, etc ties) are long gone and will never return. If FIFA allowed sponsorships on national team kits, the last bastion of non-capitalistic kitdom, (sans manufacturer logo,) you best believe it would happen. It’s just a sad reality we all need to face and accept.
And lastly, isn’t our name the “Whites”? So, wouldn’t an all-white kit make more sense than the traditional white/black/white? I dunno. I’m okay with the white shorts, mainly because our home kit is still predominately (i.e. the top is) white. If we suddenly went all-black, I’d have an issue.
Anywho, bring on the Faroese, amirite?