November 5th, 2013
07:57 PM ET

Northwestern University's special football uniforms have some seeing red

By Larry Shaughnessy

(CNN) – The Northwestern University football team has come on hard times. After an impressive start to the season it’s in the midst of a five-game losing streak. And this week the school is caught up in a controversy about, of all things, a uniform that some say appears to be splattered in blood.

The Wildcats will play Michigan Wolverines at home on November 16, just five days after Veterans Day. The university teamed up with Under Armour and the Wounded Warrior Project to design a special flag-themed set of uniforms for the game.

One-tenth of the proceeds from the sale of replica uniforms will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, a public-service organization founded by veterans to support veterans who’ve been wounded on duty. And after the game, uniforms worn by players on the field will be auctioned off and 100% of that money goes to WWP.

An Under Armour spokesman said the program could raise upwards of $100,000 for Wounded Warriors.

But some don’t like the design of the special uniforms. A blogger on the Deadspin website wrote, “But isn't ‘flag covered in blood’ a little on-the-nose for something honoring a group that operates programs for injured veterans?”

The writer is referring to red streaks on the white stripes of the flag that at first glance may seem like blood.

The founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff, tweeted Monday “Northwestern Honors Wounded Troops With Gore-Porn Football Uniforms." He called it “Not OK.”

But a closer look at the blue-and-white side of uniform shows similar blue streaks, which no one could mistake for blood.

Northwestern’s Paul Kennedy, assistant athletic director for communication, said in a statement that the streaks of red and blue represent “a distressed pattern on both the stars and stripes that was inspired by the appearance of a flag that has flown proudly over a long period of time.”

Still, the university did acknowledge that some people may not realize what the streaks are. “We apologize for any misinterpretation,” Kennedy said.

Northwestern’s head football coach talked about the special uniforms at his weekly press conference.

“We are honored to partner with Under Armor and the Wounded Warrior Project on the 16th as we get ready here to play Michigan this week,” Pat Fitzgerald said. “More importantly, I think (it’s) a great statement from our program and Under Armor to support those that are out there defending our country.”

Under Armour's chief spokesman, Matt Mirchin, told CNN on Tuesday that the company designed the special uniforms, and both Northwestern and the Wounded Warriors Project were able to see the design and request changes. Neither did.

He said people are entitled to their opinion, but he sought to assure those who object that there’s nothing on the uniforms that is meant to represent blood.

“That was never the intent,” Mirchin said. “The last thing that we want to do is to disrespect or upset these heroes.” has an unscientific poll on its website asking people whether they like the uniforms. About three-fourth of respondents said they do.

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  1. Ax

    I'm all for honoring our military espeically those injured and wounded in the line of duty. If it were me, I'd have designed the uniforms differently. I think they're a bit over the top. That being said, I hope the uniforms raise a lot of money for the cause.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  2. bradley b

    it's a sports uniform that looks like a flag, not a flag that looks like a sports uniform. all for it!

    November 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Reply
    • Dennis


      November 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  3. the great cause

    this is all for the university's/under armor's bottom line. One-tenth going to wounded warrior project. this is nothing more than advertising, greed and capitalism – god bless america. Buy now, while supplies last!

    November 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  4. Brady

    Why must someone always find a negative in such a great thing? They are showing their respect for the Veteran's of our nation's military, and that is it. Also, myself being a graphic designer, they may have used that type of streaks just because it simply looked cool. Or, on the other hand, it may represent the blood lost from the men and women who fought for our country. Seriously, just think about it. Why would Under Armour AND the Wounded Warrior Project have a negative representation of the United States Military. Some people are just downright ridiculous. See the good things, people.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • Logan W

      From a wounded warrior of Desert Storm, I agree. It is blood, sweat, and tears. From all of our soldiers. These have been left behind everywhere they have journeyed. To represent them at a public event is the greatest thing we will see. To donate 10% is better than nothing, which is what we asked for. The rest gladly supports our economy which is what our country lives on. The very thing we defended.
      Thank you Wildcats.
      Thank you Under Armour.

      November 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  5. Bobbb

    I wouldn't have done the uniforms that way. To me it may not be all that disrespectful, but it is not in good form to treat the American flag quite so casually.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  6. stevetall

    Hey, dumbos. It's a uniform, not a flag. Just because it's red, white, and blue does not make it a flag. Who really gives a crap what, "The founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff" thinks? Just the fact that this guy needs his name in print is good enough reason to suspect him of ulterior motives. Instead of dissing a program that will generate money for wounded vets, he should be working to restore the food stamps that the Republicans are taking away from them.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • Name*marlin

      real talk

      November 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • JB

      A married E1 (Private) makes 1699 a month base pay, 649 a month housing allowance, 352 a month food allowance. That's 2700 a month, that's $32,400 a year. The housing allowance and food allowance are not taxed. So taxable income is only 20,388. That's a 12,000 dollar tax break. not bad. To top it off, most soldiers are an E1 for less than a year.
      The only reason any private is eligible for food stamps is because the 12,012 dollars for housing and food is not calculated as taxable income...
      The soldiers on food stamps rant just doesn't hold water...

      November 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Reply
      • Anthony J Hyde

        There are practically zero active military members on food stamps this is true but, its actually "veterans on food stamps" that is referenced to in that argument. Nobody is claiming that an E-6 with 2 dependents living in Hawaii and getting a 1500 housing allowance is broke. Stop trying to make your case for austerity when it comes to feeding unemployed or underpaid veterans, who were most likely forced out due to disability or force reduction quotas. I have a feeling you do not have first hand knowledge of anything military related.

        November 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
      • JB

        to: Anthony J Hyde
        Actually I'm retired Army and glady give to Veteran and other Charities in the Fort Bragg area. Was just making a point about the food stamp and active duty. Don't know why you think you know me so well. I hope you day gets better.
        If you served, thank you for you service.

        November 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
  7. intimatechefofdc

    Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on the Seal, stated:

    "The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice."

    - The way I've always seen it, Men of Valor have spilled blood for our Country. I am a veteran and NOT offended at all. I am surpised at many thoughts here, but not surprised that many do not know the history behind the colors in the first place.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  8. lordbinder1

    The problem I have with the uniforms is simple. You do not deseicrate teh flag. Very similar to on the 4th of july having napkins looking like a flag. you just do not do that. The idea behind is very laudable but still wrong.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • Quori

      I am a retired soldier. I agree wholeheartedly about desecration of the flag being off limits and wrong. That does not mean that red and white stripes and white stars on a blue background are hereby never to be used again for anything but the flag.

      The flag is not to be worn as a drape or cape...agreed. Coloring a uniform the same pattern as the flag is not desecration, it is honoring. What the University and Under Armour are doing is acceptable and awesome

      November 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply

    I find it pretty awesome indeed I can just use the name I was given without any labels to make me feel like I'm responsible for everyones freedoms.

    Thanks for protecting the rights expressed by the federal government to commit genocide on the cherokee, seminole, choctaw, sioux, apache, etc etc. Some of the little red banners on your marine flag indicate the death of my rightful culture. "rights"

    November 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • JB

      Go Redskins!

      November 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • John

      awesome. glad to see that this country's murderous beginnings aren't swept under a rug and forgotten. while im not American indian, I am a firm believer in truth and historical semblance.

      November 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  10. utahgymrat

    Seriously people. Get over it. It's not blood. Be mature enough to see the good instead of expecting and finding negativity in everything. Find something more important to gripe about. There is plenty to be thankful for in this project, and contrivances like this argument against these uniforms do nothing at all productive.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • ec

      @utahgymrat: great point, why must people search for the negativity in what seems like–everything? Who is this possibly hurting?

      November 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  11. cnet

    The uniforms are great, and they're not so different than what we see our Olympians wear every four years.

    People are overreacting. Plain and simple.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:59 am | Reply

    The military does not defend my rights. Most of my contact with military retired personnel are of those who seek to disregard my rights and put me in cuffs. I'm am 100% not buying it, duuuuudes. I don't use oil, and I think muslims are humans just like you all were before the rendering (brainwashing)

    November 6, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • Trevor

      List the "rights" you're being denied and how many "veterans" you've "dealt with" and have put you in cuffs...

      November 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Reply

        oh wow trevor I don't have anything to prove to you. ooh woooowww

        November 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
      • Trevor

        Joel- You post a claim that is sounds unfounded...just asked if you could back up you claims with actual factual information, obviously you can't so you lose creditability to be taken seriously...

        November 6, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
    • JB

      It's amazing you have gone through you entire life with out using any petroleum
      products. Ever heard of plastic.

      November 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Reply

        true, but certainly not a good measure of my efforts to be a steward of the earth.

        November 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  13. mdnjdevil

    Do we have a flag code or not? That is the question. I have spent lots of time teaching this to youth and these uniforms like it or not violate that. UA is effectively undermining a federal law that sets standards of code for how we display and use the US flag (although it is unenforced). I understand that this is for a good cause, and I have supported Wounded Warriors in the past, however it just seems contradictory to be violating US Flag Code for a charitable cause that benefits our veterans. Seems to me there would be a better way.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • cnet

      Then why does nobody bring this up when Olympic uniforms use some variation of the flag's stars and stripes every four years? Dumb post.

      November 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
      • mdnjdevil

        There has been controversy about the uniforms in the past. If you would use google effectively before you type then you might not look so stupid. Let me know if I need to explain the key words to you for an effective google search on the subject.

        It is clearly THE FLAG on THE UNIFORM. The stars and bars are there and every other element of the flag. Therefore the code applies. This isn't like uniforms of the past where they wore the COLORS of the flag. I am not overly offended or frothing at the mouth over this, I just wanted to ask a simple question to elicit a sincere debate, which doesn't seem to happen on the interent (big surprise).

        November 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Bruce

      Except the uniform is not a flag, it's a uniform. The flag code is designed like you said: to regulate how you display the US flag. It doesn't regulate how you can use an item that has a flag-like design similar to the American flag.

      November 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
      • Matthew

        It actually does, and quite clearly. If you feel the Flag Code is obsolete and choose to disregard it, alright, but at least know what it says rather than citing it erroneously against someone referring to it accurately.

        November 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • dT.

      So according to your logic, there can never be any patriotic display of anything resembling the American flag other than an actual American flag?

      November 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  14. RichG

    Definitely a nation of winers!

    November 6, 2013 at 11:47 am | Reply
  15. Erin In KC

    I don't find anything wrong with this. People need to get a grip. If people are looking at it as blood, well this is to support the WOUNDED Warriors Project. If you think they didn't bleed, you're wrong.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • Leets62

      EXACTLY!!! That was my thought!! I think the uniforms look rather good!!

      November 6, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
      • jesse

        i dont think it even looks like blood more like its old and worn out

        November 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • Potion4

      Good Point

      November 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  16. trying to help

    anytime you try helping someone/something you will always be met by someone who disapproves. Heck, people get mad about the salvation army collecting money in front of stores during the holidays.. you just can't please everyone.. move on, play the game and know that the money you give is whats important.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:45 am | Reply
  17. Brandon

    I am not surprised that somebody would find something to cry about even involving sports and america. crazy crazy people.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:41 am | Reply
  18. Wootings

    Just one more example of people having far too much time on their hands, and spending it by searching for things to be offended by. I advise such people to go themselves.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
  19. SilentBoy741

    Anything anywhere at any time is an outrage to anyone anymore. From now on, absolutely everything should have an asterisk on it, with small print at the bottom that says, " (*) Get over it."

    November 6, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • DCC

      *** People who Cant take being an adult or have something potentially offend them Beware. You are living outside a bubble and this is the REAL WORLD! Go back inside your house and don't come out for fear that something will offend!

      November 6, 2013 at 11:39 am | Reply

        leave it to military types to not understand that it is a false controversy simply to inject more nationalism and blood sacrifice worship.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:59 am |
  20. tcp

    Flag Etiquette
    The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:

    The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
    The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
    The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
    The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
    The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
    The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
    When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

    The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

    When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • HZD

      This isn't a flag. It is stars and stripes designed to be reminiscent of the flag as a way of drawing attention to the WWP, which is a worthy cause and a fitting use of red and white stripes and white stars on blue. The intention here is CLEARLY respect, and for that reason alone, it is clearly not an act of desecration.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • Michael B

      I agree with what you state...BUT, this is NOT a flag being used as part of a uniform. It is a uniform with references to a flag. The quoted material you state from is straightforward as it applies to anyone taking an ACTUAL U.S. flag and altering or adding it to something else, which these uniforms are clearly not doing.

      November 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • dT.

      I think the original intent was to prevent people from using old worn out flags for creating garments and banners etc...
      So according to the trolls online there should never be any reference to stars and stripes unless its on a flag? Its the stupidest thing ever...

      November 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  21. Mike

    Awesome uniforms, all for a great cause!

    November 6, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
  22. R Anderson

    I like the uniform and want info on how to find the aution. I am currently in the USMC and find nothing disrespectful about it. I want one of those helmets.....

    November 6, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
  23. Jeff

    I think the red is just supposed to be cracks in the white, as if used or distressed, but even if it isn't, who cares? They are wounded warriors you know. These young men and women have been subject to the goriest sights possible, they know all about how much blood has been shed for that flag.

    Oh, and its just a damn football uniform for a college game; its not like any of it really matters anyway.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply
  24. Terry in Florida

    It's SUPPOSED to look like blood, it's part of the Wounded Warrior Project. My god, I wish people would think before they get offended.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
  25. Josh H.

    Seriously!?! if there weren't blue streaks on the blue side, such as there are on the right, then maybe i could see the argument. (albeit a bit picky). the fact is, it is a patriotic uniform meant to look weathered. Hence the "streaks" of red and blue. But when its all said and done, this campaign is raising money for our soldiers, so unless you fought and bled over seas, keep you mouth shut. not EVERYTHING is a democracy.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
  26. james

    I LOVE the uniform, I wish we had more patriotic uniforms

    November 6, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply
  27. Mark

    You know, I liked it better in the old days when everyone didn't have an infected boil on their butts about everything that happens.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply
  28. Alan Shuback

    There is nothing patriotic about the plug ugly uniforms Northwestern will wear against Michigan next week. They are just another in a crass attempt by Under Armour to make big bucks off the national college uniform jag. And 10 percent of all sales of these uniforms should net the charity no more than a few hundred dollars.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply
  29. Duane Allen

    As far as I'm concerned, forget the supposed "blood thing" its clearly intended as a styling element in as much as its used in the blue too. As for whether its supposed to be a patriotic display of support for wounded veterans or not; its little more than desecration of the American flag and dishonors our national colors. Call me old fashioned, but I was raised to look up to our flag, pledged allegiance to it, and honor it and never bow it to anyone or any other colors. The designers could have just as easily used camo and stylized it into an attractive uniform with the same purpose and totally avoided any such controversy.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • USMC11

      Even with Camo it'd be a controversy. Anything thats pro-military and can be seen nationally raises controversy. Pretty soon you'll have people that protest holidays such as Veteran's Day.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:38 am | Reply

        You must be so brainwashed you are blind to the massive amounts of pro military propaganda which true patriots have to avoid. A true patriot doesn't fight for Exxon and claim to be a hero. You Military guys should consider yourself patriots of Saudi Arabia. True patriots avoid the military and build close at hand, not seeking out to destroy things which are far away.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:51 am |
      • utahgymrat

        @ Joel: You are the epitome of the problem. The world cannot be made up of isolationists. Since WWII the likes of FDR and Truman and every president since them have realized that fact. The world is a global community now and you can't hide your head and pretend that allowing behavior (weaponization of nuclear material, economic crisis, etc.) on the other side of the world won't have an effect on us back at home. The world communities and economies are a single house of cards, not islands unto themselves.

        November 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
  30. wheels

    After last 4th of July I said, Im going to wear my american flag shirt more often. I mean whoever dislikes the flag, CAN GET THE FK OUT !

    November 6, 2013 at 11:26 am | Reply
  31. USMC11

    What is the controversy over this uniform? The uniform looks extremely nice, it's in honor of not only those who have served, but are currently serving and will in the future. So the red streaks on the white look like blood, whether intentional or accidental, currently serving in the USMC myself that doesn't at all make me not like the uniform or find it controversal. To me if it is meant to be blood on a flag I take that pridefully to represent the blood shed by my brothers and sisters in honor of that flag and what it represents. If you find that disrespectful or controversal you obviously have never served yourself or know the true meaning of the American Flag.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
  32. Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

    Some of the people writing these comments have more in common with the Taliban than any American patriot. They are constantly outraged at anything that doesn’t fit their narrow world view. How long before they start calling for the heads of people they disagree with? The hypocrisy is astounding.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:24 am | Reply
  33. Mark

    this is the problem with the internet today. Anyone with an opinion, usually a vast minority, can complain about something and make it news, or force a change just because they have a negative view.

    The net was a lot better before it became a social outlet. People could actually learn something. Now, someone says something, is must be true.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
  34. El Man

    The NU patriotic uniforms are awesome!!!
    All you politicaly correct morons should shove it.

    If your offended,too bad! Move to another country where they don't wear patriotic uniforms or play college football!!

    November 6, 2013 at 11:22 am | Reply
  35. Lizzie

    This whole brouhaha is ridiculous from the get go. The artwork is clearly "aged." I have dozens of t-shirts, most from Old Navy, that have the decal of the US Flag on them that have purposefully been made to look OLD and they look EXACTLY like this uniform. That ANYONE would suggest that the aging on the stripes on a RED background is blood must have intentionally ignored the aging on the BLUE background – because the pattern is IDENTICAL. In other words, the original objector and all of his bandwagoners went out of their way to disparage the effort to raise money for injured men and women by MAKING UP a controversy.

    It doesn't look like paint either. It looks like the background color showing through.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
  36. TallyChick

    I think the jerseys look great! Anyone with a sliver of brain can see that the streaks are not blood. To me it just looks like paint splashes! People need to grow a pair and quit being so over sensitive!

    November 6, 2013 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • Badger50


      November 6, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • SilentBoy741

      "Anyone with a sliver of brain"

      You just disqualified %99.999992 of the internet.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
  37. USAFVet

    wanalawn, I served 24 years in the US Military protecting the Freedom of Speech for all US citizens.....except for you, so STFU!

    November 6, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • AFVet2

      As a USAF vet myself, this is the dumbest statement I've ever heard. You defended a civil liberty for one person and not others? Pretty sure it applies across the board, man. You don't get to pick and choose who you're fighting for... you're doing your job for all American citizens. For 27 years you were working for THEM, and it's their tax payer dollars that are paying your pension.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
      • USAFVet

        As a retired military member, I now have the choice of saying what I want to say. Recognize the humor in my comment, and accept it as such.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • Trevor

        USAFVet- Yet just because you can say things, doesn't mean you should...freedom comes responsibility and 24 years of service should have taught you professionalism and maturity...guess not, still talking like you're 20...

        November 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
  38. pamik

    So I guess those that are offended by the imaginary blood on inanimate pieces of clothing are the same ones who wouldn't be able to bear seeing the real blood shed by our military personnel? I'm not sure I personnally like the uniforms but if they can bring in just one cent to help our wounded warriors so be it. Are they making you wear them?. Until those of you who are complaining can raise the same amount of funds these uniforms might, butt out. I hope I've offended you truly offensive people.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
  39. Dave D

    The jerseys look great. Everyone is blowing this out of proportion. I’m sure that it is meant to convey pride, support, respect, liberty, and patriotism. Do you really think that an association such has this would allow uniforms to be worn that would suggest anything else? Everyone always has something to complain about. It seems complaining is the new American way. Be proud and be an American… have some patience and understanding.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:04 am | Reply
  40. citizenUSA

    Of course it looks like blood streaks. Likey intended to instill fear in the other team. Understandable concept but totally inappropriate for these days.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • Lizzie have determined by looking at a photograph what the motive of the team is as well as the motive of the artist? Wow! You are some great investigator. Better hike youself over to the nearest law enforcement agency, they need someone like you.

      The image is clearly the BACKGROUND color coming through an aged paint.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply

    Romulus and Remus should have both died. That wolf should have bit them. The military is the opposite of patriotism. I think teachers are patriots and the military is beyond salvation.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • TG Rose MGySgt USMC (ret)

      You are very welcome for your freedom to speak your mind, protected by those you disrespect. You also have the right to remain shut the f*** up!

      November 6, 2013 at 11:13 am | Reply

        you don't defend my rights you slowly erode them. Just as subtly as your comment.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • Andrew

      The military has kept our borders secure and our freedoms intact unlike our education system that is failing, if our teachers had half the heart as our troops our kids wouldn't be failing tests.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply

        the military is heartless. You defend our borders? that is a laugh. You defend mineral reserves while you flood mexico with guns.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:54 am |
  42. Donna McIntyre

    The uniforms are perfect. People need to shut the "F" up for once...

    November 6, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • USAFVet

      Your comment is perfect!

      November 6, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
  43. Jlsppw

    Once again idiot American's to the rescue! If you don't know what something means or what's behind it, shut you crap-hole. You people are sickning.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • Donna McIntyre


      November 6, 2013 at 10:56 am | Reply

      young men who are brain washed and executed by the orders of industry is behind the honoring of their death as something greater than murder for profit.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
      • subdoc75

        Joel, your right to make those comments were paid for by the blood and sacrifce of the men and women who wear the uniform of our nation......including're welcome.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:11 am |
  44. ahhbiz

    Hearing about this “Blood Spatter” Uniform design, only further confirms my theory that American Team Sports, Especially American Football are De-facto recruiting platforms for the U.S. Military.

    what is that about the “Blood of Patriots”?

    Are Americans really that dumb to not see what is going on here?

    Sure get your Kids into little league football while they are young, so the military can recruit them easier when they grow up, and they can fight and die for Big Oil companies in some middle east conflict!

    The same team building skills used by American Football are used by the U.S. Military, there is no coincidence here. Terminology used by the military is used by football teams and vice-versa. When I served in the military, I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard a football term being used by a commanding officer to explain a situation or to inspire those under his command.

    Maybe why that is the NFL isn't taxed; the government views it like a church; helping to make the citizens easier to brainwash and control.

    Wake up; America goes to war for OIL and other natural resources that we want to control, not to stop “terrorism”, not to “Promote Freedom and Democracy”.

    Save your children from the horrors of war, and from dying for some patriotic ideal sold to them through American football by Big Money interests affiliated with Big Oil.

    Amend the “Invention Secrecy Act of 1951” and stop classifying high efficiency solar cells and other viable alternative energy sources as “munitions” (the same classification given chemical weapons, high explosives and other war materials) thereby preventing them from being developed for civilian use; and displacing the use of OIL and other fossil fuels for America's energy needs.

    Switch to Alternative energy and stop this nonsense, “uber patriotism”. America will be a better place for it!

    November 6, 2013 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • Jlsppw

      Open yap, insert, BANG! Thank you.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply
      • ahhbiz

        Lets all remember where our flag comes from, most people don't have a clue of it's history:

        The American flag, the glorious "Stars and Stripes" was based on the flag of the British
        East India Company used between 1707 and 1801.

        The British East India Company was a powerful multinational corporation that
        exploited dark skinned people all over the world, dealt drugs internationally, and used
        military power and mercenaries to overthrow local governments who offered resistance
        to the company while it plundered those countries for their resources.

        I couldn't think of a more appropriate flag for our country! George Washington (who is
        said to have first chosen this design) was a true visionary!

        Here we are; some 237 years after the formation of our country; and the flag that
        George Washington and the First Continental Congress chose for their new republic,
        still aptly represents our country, perhaps more than it did in Washington's day.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • Boxcar

      Unless you are a behavioral psychologist, please consult with one before speaking about applicable subject matter. If you had done so, you would have understood that the fact that football and the military use the same language (e.g. team building principles) is nothing more than a reflection of the fact that team building principles are generally based on ubiquitous principles of social psychology and behavior.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:38 am | Reply
      • ahhbiz

        I respect your opinion.

        Certainly the psychology in all team activities is bound to be similar and use similar constructs. However, don't just look at the sport itself, look at the advertising during such NFL events, the merchandising tie-ins and all the other connections with the military, and nationalistic pride and patriotism. No other sport, not even Baseball, which was once our national pastime has this same level complicity with our national sense of patriotism.

        This question inevitably leads to questioning how much exposure to popular culture is healthy for children, and how much exposure to popular culture will make your kids the next generation of "Cannon Fodder" for Big Oil.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:50 am |

    The military supports theft by huge corporations, and does NOT grant us our freedom. You might want to consider changing the name of your country Exxon if you want to claim you are the patriots! I ride my mountain bike, and you so called patriots ride your SUV's and Harley's throwing your trash out of the window. The military and a vast majority of military vets are the least patriotic and most destructive to the homeland. Just stop your volunteer drive. Military is in no need of my respect because they steal our men and women's minds for industry pirates!

    November 6, 2013 at 10:49 am | Reply
  46. Ed

    Once again Political Correctness run wild. Liberals just can NOT stand to see our military honored in ANY way.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:47 am | Reply

      we can't take a breath without more pro-military swill force fed to us. Every other sentence spoken in the USA is somehow honoring those who help Texans get oil.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:51 am | Reply
      • Indyman1

        Say thank you to the military, Joel! You have the distinct priviledge to write your drivel here without harm. Enjoy your freedom which you state you don't have.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • Dustan

      You can't take 5 minutes without having to take an unneccessary (and quite untrue) shot at liberals, can you? I'm a liberal myself and I SERVE in the military. Your view of liberals is clearly quite skewed away from the truth. Most liberals I know definitely support the military (but not necessarily outrageous military spending). Sure, there are a few on the far left who do not but if we took everything that the far right has said and held it against conservatives then we might as well just shut down the Republican party. Liberals aren't what you think.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:07 am | Reply
    • bobeharris

      I too am a liberal and a military veteran of over 23-years. I have no problem with honoring our military orour vets and I have no problems with the uniforms. I have disdain for political correctness and think people are far too easily outraged...or at least outraged by the wrong things. No one is guaranteed the right to not be offended.

      It may be that you don't understand the principles of being a liberal; the first is to be broad minded, tolerant of the views of others and to protect personal freedoms.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
  47. James

    While I am not offended, I do think the uniforms would look better without the runny colors. As many have commented, it is a matter of pride among our veterans that "these colors don't run". And if it really bothers you, don't watch the game or buy the clothing.

    The Wounded Warrior Project has offended before with decisions it has made, political and otherwise, but I do support their general mission and will be buying clothing to support our wounded vets.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:45 am | Reply
  48. Kelz

    Man its so hard to get some people to see the positive side in things. Atleast they are doing something for the Wounded Warriors Project. I think it's a great idea and yayyy them for doing it.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:42 am | Reply
  49. Moe1138

    4 dead Americans and no arrests...Nuf said.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • Ed

      nothing to do with a football uniform.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:43 am | Reply
      • SilentBoy741

        That is what's known as a "Detroit weather report".

        November 6, 2013 at 11:44 am |
  50. Peter

    Awesome looking Uni.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • Oahu Baxter

      I agree, awesome uniform. So what if it looks like blood, anyway (which, of course, it does). I think it's a great uniform and supports a great cause. Wounded warriors are covered in glitter, folks. It is a very artistic, cool way to express patriotism, tragedy of war and to support the healing of injured vets. If you don't like it, don't watch the game. And grow the hell up.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply
      • Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

        It’s only looks like blood if you willfully ignore the rest of the uniform.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:08 am |
  51. Kathy K.

    It is over the top. Red, white and blue is fine. Bloody red is not.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply
  52. Corruptible Insanity

    Personally, I find it tasteless. They'll run with it no matter what. I've yet to see a flag that's stressed to the point the coloring runs as depicted on the uniform. If they had made it look faded, that I would have gotten. As far as looking like blood. Other than a few spots on the leg where the red seems 'globbed' together, I fail to see it. And, they forgot one key thing in trying to make it look as if the colors of the flag ran.... "These colors don't run."

    November 6, 2013 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • Marcus

      I like it. You are right, it does not look like any distressed flag I have ever seen. I would call it "I bleed red, white and blue"

      November 6, 2013 at 10:41 am | Reply
    • Donna McIntyre

      Apparently you have no sence of taste.....

      November 6, 2013 at 10:58 am | Reply
  53. s~

    Anything showing American patriotism and pride is offensive to the left.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • bobeharris

      Not sure why you presume it to be liberals that are offended. I am both a liberal and a military veteran of 23 years and two wars. I work for the Veterans Administration and I really couldn't care less about the splatters. It is a flag-inspired football uniform, not a flag. I have disdain for political correctness run amuck and remind people often they have no right to never be offended. If you don't like it...don't buy, don't watch.

      Your definition of the left and liberals may be a bit skewed. Being liberal means one wants to protect personal liberty and basic freedoms. To do so, one needs to be broad-minded and tolerant of the views of others....

      November 6, 2013 at 11:47 am | Reply
  54. B Mosley

    Should have picked a better team, just saying.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:26 am | Reply
  55. Nick

    Do these people think are freedoms were just handed to us? No they were earned with courage, honor, duty and unfortunately blood. If you have never worn the uniform, then you do not understand what a display of patriotism like this means!!!!

    November 6, 2013 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

      I’m pretty sure the families of our uniformed men and women know.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:10 am | Reply
  56. J. Harris

    I can can buy the entire uniform, I will. Helmet, jersey, pants and socks. might even get the cleats as well.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:20 am | Reply
  57. J. Harris

    I want to buy one and get it framed and show it proudly in my home office..Semper Fi

    November 6, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
  58. dazzy

    Nobody should be offended, as others have said, we are becoming a nation of sensitive nancys. I'm not sure how most of you find the courage to leave the house anymore.

    We should however be offended because it's just plain ugly.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:10 am | Reply
    • joe french

      I agree. This is a display to honor heros. Let's get our trivial feelings off our sleves and salute thsoe who protect us.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:28 am | Reply
  59. coffeecoolers

    Jeez...are we a nation that complains about everything?

    November 6, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply

      WOW how sad , These uniforms are awsome . the problem is people have no respect for our country and feel as though they can spout off about something good the university doing . I wonder how many of these people ever even think about our troops past and current . and how many pull a penny out to help in any cause for our troops.......

      November 6, 2013 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • scrappyike

      Unfortunately yes.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:27 am | Reply
  60. Brad

    You've got a good eye, critics. Indeed, the red of the American flag DOES represent blood. Good job.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
  61. jogarz

    they are only trying to support and show patriotism to the troops. people only want to start gossip and crap that we don't need in America

    November 6, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
  62. Matthew

    How about this simple bit of guidance to trump the debate over any red/blue streaks on the design:
    U.S. Flag Code, section 8(J): No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply
    • Cody

      It says 'part of the flag' may not be used. I don't think they're actually using American flags in the uniform. I think it's a great idea, and people just find ways to start controversy in everything. This shouldn't be news.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply

      You do realize that the flag code is for actual flags, right?! Not patterns that resemble it.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:10 am | Reply
      • Matthew

        No, actually, you're wrong about the intent of the Flag Code. U.S. Flag Code, section 3: The words "flag, standard, colors, or ensign", as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:33 am |
    • baroar

      If they cut up a bunch of flags and used them to make these uniforms you could be right. Ridiculous notion that they are violating the "U.S. Flag Code, section 8(J)". I that's the case, please tell Walmart and Old Navy to stop selling shirts with flags on them immediately.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:10 am | Reply
      • Matthew

        As stated, section 3 of the Flag Code confirms what I'm saying, even in the case of representations of the flag and not an actual fabric flag. That said, I have no interest in telling anyone what they can or cannot do with the flag. Quite the contrary - I vehemently oppose anyone who would try to dictate what one could or could not do with the flag. That's the basis of our country's ideals. I'm just pointing out that this use, as would be all those clothes or whatever on Wal-Mart's shelves, are not in line with the Flag Code, which is meant to provide established guidance on flag propriety. They may burn the flag on the Wal-Mart rooftops if they choose...the only legal enforcement I'd push for would be for violating fire codes.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:59 am |
    • cw

      Not to mention, I would consider Wounded Warriors to be a patriotic organization. So, this is perfectly fine according to US Flag Code.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
      • Matthew

        I would too, very much so, but this isn't a patch affixed to a uniform, which is what the Flag Code specifies.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:38 am |
    • dazzy

      The code refers to cutting up an actual flag. Painting/dyeing/coloring something to look like a flag has no bearing on your argument.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:12 am | Reply
      • Matthew

        Again, section 3 of the Flag Code covers this explicitly.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:00 am |
    • linda123

      The flag code is GUIDELINES only. Not law.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply
      • Matthew

        I'm well aware that it's not meant to be an enforceable law. That would be hideous and contrary to everything this country's supposed to stand for. However, the Flag Code should be used as a guide for everyone whose intent is to honor the flag. A person may decide that a flag G-string or flag diapers are patriotic, but the Code would offer guidance that those aren't really appropriate uses for the flag. The question then is this: Does the person want to honor the flag in a manner deemed appropriate by broad concensus, or is their focus more on themselves and screw all that? Should always be legal either way, even if someone wants to use it to line their litter box, but the Flag Code helps define common parameters of propriety for its display and application.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • wanalawn

      It's trumped by the 1st Amendment:
      From wikipedia:
      This is a U.S. federal law, but there is no penalty for failure to comply with it and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that punitive enforcement would conflict with the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:20 am | Reply
      • Matthew

        I will stand with everything I am to support people's rights to do with the flag whatsoever they choose. It doesn't make what they choose an appropriate action.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • Mike

      Like others have said, just because you use design elements similar to patterns on the US flag doesn't make these uniforms a US flag. The US Flag Code's sole intention was to prohibit actually using a US Flag in a disrespectful manner. Doesn't apply here.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:22 am | Reply
      • Matthew

        U.S. Flag Code, section 3, refutes what you're saying.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:41 am |
      • Matthew

        Since you didn't read the above references before posting, read section 3 of the U.S. Flag Code and you will find that you are mistaken.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • ironman59

      You are clearly part of the problem. This is a high class university honor those who served and those who shed blood. I have never served but have respect for those that do. I have disdain for people like you who criticize every little thing while waving the flag in everyone's face.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:28 am | Reply
      • Matthew

        Both my grandfathers served in WWII. I have two uncles and a great uncle who served in Vietnam. I have a cousin who has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and a 2nd cousin who just took his fini flight in an F-16 a few weeks ago. I myself have deployed twice to Afghanistan and will deploy again in the spring. And my father lies in the cemetery at the US Air Force Academy after having been shot down over Laos, so please keep your assumptions to yourself. I respect what Northwestern is trying to do and, to a lesser extent, Under Armor (only 10% of the proceeds to Wounded Warrior? How big a slice of profit does Under Armor keep to capitalize on the patriotism of others?). My point is not to bash anyone involved but merely to point out that this uniform is indisputably not in line with the U.S. Flag Code. It's not a law and they can do what they please, and I will continue to respect their intent, but feel people could use more awareness of the actual guidelines for propriety with respect to the flag that I have, in fact, served and suffered much to honor.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • Bob Hope's Ghost

      That didn't stop Obama's fanbase to create a bunch of flags with obamas mug where the field of stars go. Even obama told the GOP that complained to lay off as it's legal.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:45 am | Reply
      • Matthew

        I agree wholeheartedly for the same reasons as I'm laying out here. It is definitely legal, and should be, but still inappropriate.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:07 am |
    • Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

      @ Matthew

      What is inappropriate is a matter of opinion.

      You’ve had your say on the first comment. You’ve also admitted this doesn’t violate any law and they have the right. Now you are just trying to push your views on others and that is inappropriate.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:19 am | Reply
      • Matthew

        No, I am not trying to push my views on others, nor am I arguing that Northwestern should be blocked from wearing these uniforms. I don't know how much more clearly I can state that I support...and actively defend...people's rights to do as they choose. However, in the numerous replies, it's clear that people do not understand the U.S. Flag Code. Several tried to correct me by stating that it only applies to actual flags, and I in turn corrected them and encouraged them to read the flag code for themselves. If they decide that they don't care what the Flag Code says, then so be it, but at least now they might know what the actual guidance states, which would define these uniforms in no uncertain terms as inappropriate. It's not about my views; it's about the actual codified guidance with respect to the flag. To me, someone who wants to honor a flag may want to know what is formally considered appropriate in doing so. Those in previous replies who said my point was wrong with respect to the Flag Code can now either adjust their opinions based on what I showed it actually says, which is quite clear with respect to uses such as these uniforms, or they can decide that they don't care what the code actually says and will just do what they want. More power to them, but at least now perhaps they'll know that's what they're doing.

        November 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
  63. Beau

    It wouldn't be American if someone wasn't complaining about something! Life is short, we should all be committed to spending more time living life and less time being offended.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • moe smith

      considering it's against the law, i fail to see how this would be considered complaining.

      November 6, 2013 at 9:55 am | Reply
      • TheDerf

        How is this illegal?

        November 6, 2013 at 10:00 am |
      • AH

        The U.S. Flag Code is federal law simply because that is where it is punished. But it is not criminal law or even civil law and is not enforceable law. The Supreme Court has ruled that it would be a violation of 1st Amendment rights. You could even burn the flag if you wanted to... obviously not advocating that, but you get the point.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:16 am |
      • AH

        Sorry, i mean't PUBLISHED, not "punished." Flag code is not enforceable.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:16 am |
  64. asdffaaaa

    The blood is a little much, but it's a cool design and as long as the wounded vets don't mind no harm no foul.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • successwithkirk

      The red in the US flag does stand for the blood shed in defense of our nation (Native Americans, Slaves, Immigrants, ALL)

      November 6, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
      • wanalawn

        Yes, nut a respectful stripe is different then blood spattered.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:22 am |
  65. socalgolfer68

    Great uniforms for a good cause...some people just need to get over themselves and focus on REAL issues.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • dalewalk

      And some people need to get over their obsession with the flag. It's not enough to spread football field sized flags in just about every sporting event, now we have to endure an entire game looking at red, white and blue racing back and forth? Stop with the melodramatic singing of the National Anthem by egotistic performers, stop the flyovers that are a waste to our tax dollars and get rid of the ridiculously larger and larger flags across the entire fields. We can be patriotic without being patronizing.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:17 am | Reply
  66. ATPMSD

    I am reminder of a quote by George Carlin: "There are no bad words, only bad people." The question should be what is the intent, and that is clear. All the holier than thou busy bodies in this country need to mind their own business.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:45 am | Reply
  67. Timaaa

    I'm deeply offended...Human blood on the stripes and smurf blood on the stars. Or maybe I'm looking too much into this and it is just representative of a worn flag.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:43 am | Reply
  68. Dan W

    The flag is a symbol for Metatron, the voice of God.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:43 am | Reply
    • Dan W

      Research our national symbolism a bit more and tell me it's not ALL religious in nature. The big red white and blue circle in circle in circle banners, the flag, why there were 13 colonies, why we stayed with 50 stars, research these things in terms of Metatron. Hint... it takes 13 circles to draw metatrons cube which also has a relation to #50. Look it up.

      November 6, 2013 at 9:45 am | Reply
    • Dan W

      They don't want you messing around with symbols that are meant to represent heaven secretly.

      November 6, 2013 at 9:46 am | Reply
    • Dan W

      Think about it... I pledge allegiance to Metatron and the United States of America to the Republic for which they stand one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

      November 6, 2013 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • moe smith

      Was thinking more along the lines of Megatron, the voice of the Decepticons

      November 6, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply
      • Dan W

        if you wrap the flag around the stripes become circles.

        November 6, 2013 at 9:59 am |
      • Dan W

        Transformers is a distorted version of the truth. The 'cube' that gives the 'spark of life'. Ancient aliens are Angels.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:00 am |
      • Dan W

        In Jewish tradition it is said that if you are going to speak with a non-Jewish person about God and Heaven, it can not be done in a 'serious' manner. It must be done in something like a movie. Almost every single movie these days is jam packed with secret symbolism and a hint about the truth of our universe.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:01 am |
      • Dan W

        Remember how Sam touches the cube and it gives him all this information? He freaks out in class and suddenly can solve the hardest problems in human history? Just call me Sam Witwicky. 🙂

        November 6, 2013 at 10:03 am |
  69. Martin Molock

    Look again people they are NOT blood stains it is a worn flag that has flown for a long time and seen alot of battles which is what the wounded warriors represent and it fit perfectly if you understand what that means. Dont just look at the Red but look at the stars on the shoulders and gloves they have blue showing through the white. As military member I have no problem with this as it is excatly what it suppose. It's perfect

    November 6, 2013 at 4:59 am | Reply
    • Vickie

      I agree, the intent and the message to show respect, honor and appreciation for the sacrifices our men and women who wear and have worn the uniform deserve. Opportunities like this obviously should be reviewed carefully to avoid all possible ways of disrespecting the flag and it's servants of this country, but when it raises money specifically for wounded vets, I support this!

      November 6, 2013 at 9:37 am | Reply
    • Dan W

      Flags that are worn are supposed to be disposed of properly. There's a whole section of law regarding proper treatment in service and after service. –

      November 6, 2013 at 9:58 am | Reply
      • TheDerf

        It's not real law. You can do what you like to the flag.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:04 am |
      • Mike

        ...and these uniforms aren't flags. They're composed of design elements used in the US Flag but that doesn't make it a flag itself.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:26 am |
      • Dan W

        "(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown. (j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart. "

        November 6, 2013 at 10:37 am |
      • Dan W

        You see that, it's very clear. "(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform."

        November 6, 2013 at 10:39 am |
  70. symone says

    what C3W McKinney said. those were my exact thoughts as i was reading it. well, that and the fact that the red stripes on our flag represent what? that's right: the blood of those who fought to create and defend this nation.

    "wounded warriors", people. i can't think of a wound, frankly, that does not involve blood, including a simple bruise.

    of course, that's a response to those who see blood in an actual random pattern based upon what happens when a laminated fabric wears over time – you can see through to the base color.

    seems like this is a good thing, though, all this furor. after all, if there were anything "important" going on in the world*, we'd be talking about that, wouldn't we. consider this a slow news day topic.

    *irony/sarcasm fully intended

    November 6, 2013 at 4:42 am | Reply
    • Dan W

      The real nature of the symbolism of the flag is a secret. You can think it's for war and peace, you can think it's for european americans and red skins, you can think it's anything you like. The truth is a different matter entirely.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:40 am | Reply
  71. SixDegrees

    Dress them like Gay Jesus instead.

    November 6, 2013 at 4:33 am | Reply
    • Dan W

      Whatchyou tawkin' about Willis?

      November 6, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
  72. CW3 McKinney

    As an American Soldier currently deployed in Afghanistan, I support the University of Northwestern, the Wounded Warrior Program, and the MEANING behind the jersey. Every Soldier wounded or killed in action shed blood for this country and we see it as an honor to wrap our body's in an American flag. Despite the fact that I’m an Ohio State fan, I plan to purchase a replica jersey sold by Northwestern in honor of the cause.

    November 6, 2013 at 4:21 am | Reply
    • symone says

      well-said, AND most importantly, thank you for your service. it matters (and i am a peace-loving hippie). we are indebted.

      November 6, 2013 at 4:44 am | Reply
  73. USAPeasant

    To be honest it doesn't look like blood to me, at least not in the pictures, nor do I personally think football uniforms (especially one time uniforms) are really that big a deal.

    However I guess I could see some objection to the uniforms though. I thought the flag's colors weren't supposed to run.

    November 6, 2013 at 3:47 am | Reply
    • symone says

      nice attempted pun, but that's not what colors look like when they run. surely you've seen this effect on actually-old laminated t-shirts, and also newer things faking being old by using the cracked-laminate print.

      November 6, 2013 at 4:45 am | Reply
      • USAPeasant

        Yea that's what I mean, the uniforms look like they were washed with the wrong detergent. Not sure or not whether it is official code to not let the flag's colors run or not. I guess even if it is that will only add controversy and thus increase the value of the uniforms, hopefully netting a bigger profit to help the vets more. Lol sometimes a little controversy can be a good thing. Even if the uniforms are deemed inappropriate at least the money is going to an appropriate cuase.

        November 7, 2013 at 11:55 am |
  74. johnny2cool

    All this sensitivity. Chill its a uniform. Bigger problems in the world. Same people crying over this is probably the same people that get mad at McDonald for making their coffee too hot.

    November 6, 2013 at 3:36 am | Reply
  75. Linda

    It's ironic that Northwestern is denying that the red is not intended to represent blood spatter. When the Big Ten Network's website posted the photos of these uniforms on Nov 4th, the website explicitly described the red as being representative of blood! The direct quote from the website says, "There’s even a red pattern that resembles blood." That sentence is located in paragraph two on the following page:

    November 6, 2013 at 2:04 am | Reply
  76. Dan

    I'm a Vet... I appreciate this. I have no problem wit the uniform at all. Do the streaks look like blood, yeah. Got your attention didn't it? Now donate to help wounded vets and get off the soapbox.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:02 am | Reply
    • Patriot


      November 6, 2013 at 1:23 am | Reply
  77. William in Dayton

    What? No one noticed the real controversy? It clearly says "sin" on the back of the helmet.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:24 am | Reply
  78. angulluaq

    Show more respect to the flag that many have died for. My uncles died for what the flag represents and I will be offended and have a right to be offended for the misuse of our flag – including if it is a design on a football uniform. Others may think different and that is fine – but I will not watch the game if these uniforms are worn.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:07 am | Reply
    • Michael Bay

      Dude, lighten up. They're wearing the flag to honor this country and the soldiers who serve, not to disgrace it. If they wanted to do that they would burn it or something else. So many things to be upset about in the world, this is not one.

      November 6, 2013 at 12:40 am | Reply
    • MoMO

      waaaahhh waaaaaaahhhhh waaaaahhhh waaaaahhh

      STOP B***CHING tired of people moaning about everything.

      just because your uncles or whatever was a soldier does not mean you are right or that anybody should listen to your whining

      November 6, 2013 at 12:42 am | Reply
    • DJ

      Problem solved then, don't watch the game

      November 6, 2013 at 2:03 am | Reply
    • SMH in ATL

      Misuse of the Flag? Seriously? Have you seen the American Flag boxers, bathing suits, etc? This is a feeble effort to pay homage to those who ACTUALLY served. No offense, but look at virtually every Vet's comment on here, NONE are offended. They actually like it because it gives us normal folk an idea of how war actually works (i.e. blood spilled). Oh and never mind that the Flag on these uniforms looks more like an Abercrombie shirt than blood.

      November 6, 2013 at 9:38 am | Reply
  79. Ceicei

    I come from a long line of military in my family. I'm all for this.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Reply
    • JC

      Disgusting Nationalism. The US has really gone down the toilet.

      November 6, 2013 at 12:58 am | Reply
      • Dan

        Nationalism in the right doses can be a good thing... being proud of our country and flag, and more importantly, we who protect it is a far cry from the type of nationalist ideology you're implying.

        November 6, 2013 at 1:54 am |
  80. twalk

    it is very easy to tell the red streaks are part of a Flag. Quit making a mole hill into a mountain people.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  81. pbernasc

    that's a cool uniform .. a bit over the top in terms of blind patriotism .. but hey the context is football ... one could claim propaganda ///
    who cares .. football is for beer drinkers .. give them some dreams

    November 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Reply
    • tehehe

      football is for beer drinkers?

      idiot statement from an idiot

      November 6, 2013 at 12:36 am | Reply
      • pbernasc

        don't tell you don't drink beer ..

        November 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • MoMO

      you know....they drink beer in Europe and could careless about football, they watch soccer.

      your comment is pretty m0r0nic

      November 6, 2013 at 12:43 am | Reply
      • Yo

        ....but in Europe, they call it football

        November 6, 2013 at 9:59 am |
      • pbernasc

        seems like football fans take issues personally

        November 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • JC

      Nationalism, not patriotism.

      November 6, 2013 at 1:00 am | Reply
      • pbernasc

        that's right . .nationalism .. but trust me patriotism can be as bad

        November 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  82. Donald Biddle, MSgt USAF (ret)

    I have no problem with the support of the WWP I have a problem with the violation of the US Flag code!. This is where these uniforms belong!

    According to the Flag Code, a flag is anything "by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag."

    The words "flag, standard, colors, or ensign", as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.

    Therefore, a flag includes any representation of it of any substance, with stars and stripes of any number. This would include T-shirts and ties.

    Other references in the Flag Code relevant to this question are:

    The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. (section 8d)
    It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like (section 8i)
    [It should not be] printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes (section 8i)
    The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature. (section 8g)
    No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. (section 8j)

    The Flag Code states that the flag should never be worn. (Section 8d): "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel."

    November 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Reply
    • Jason

      Amen to this post about the Flag Code. These uniforms don't offend me because some of the styling might "look like blood". They offend me because they represent the flag. Players are going to be falling on the ground and rolling in mud, wearing something that's intended to represent Old Glory? Surely THAT shouldn't feel right to anyone who stops and thinks about it. Someone in charge of the program should seriously re-think this decision before gametime!

      November 5, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Reply
      • ~J~

        Sorry but the last time I've checked Ol'Glory isn't afraid of the dirt or bullet holes, burns, rips or tears...and while you may see it as such and I will agree that blatant disrespect should not be tolerated, the flag code is one not enforceable by law and two this isn't disrespect on anyone's part.

        When those players take the field the only thing that will be felt is pride, by them, the fans and any man or woman that has served because while it's not battle, the colors will be fighting for those who need it, our wounded brothers and sisters. If the college stood to make a profit off this...yes I would be appalled and up in arms, but not here, not this time.

        November 6, 2013 at 12:16 am |
    • JWUSA31B

      Two deployments I had that flag on my arm and let me tell you it got blood dirt and all sorts of grime on it day in and day out. That flag code means nothing and is no law. That flag I love can be used in any manner you or anyone likes good or bad in this FREE country. Thats what I served for.

      November 6, 2013 at 1:51 am | Reply
      • Matthew

        It's not meant to be an enforceable law. That would be hideous and contrary to everything this country's supposed to stand for. However, the Flag Code should be used as a guide for everyone whose intent is to honor the flag. A person may decide that a flag G-string or flag diapers are patriotic, but the Code would offer guidance that those aren't really appropriate uses for the flag. The question then is this: Does the person want to honor the flag in a manner deemed appropriate by broad concensus, or is their focus more on themselves and screw all that? Should always be legal either way, even if someone wants to use it to line their litter box, but the Flag Code helps define common parameters of propriety for its display and application.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:18 am |
    • David G Ssgt USAF (Disabled VET)

      ~j~ you put it perfectly ,I never herd any complaints about the flag on the shoulder of a soldier when he went down in the dirt underfire or when he dropped from being hit.Wounded Warriors is there for those who have personally lived the sacrifice. Its clear the NorthWestern uniform is worn in honor of and for the Wounded Warrior program,God bless them for thinking about us.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:04 am | Reply
    • Really...

      Why make such a big deal out of this, which is helping raise funds for the WWP but not make a big deal out of old navy, walmart, and the countless number of clothing companies that plaster american flags all over t shirts...

      November 6, 2013 at 11:19 am | Reply
  83. Josh

    I am offended by all the people who continue to be "Offended" over unimportant events. The fact that they can take a positive situation and find a way to make it negative is sickening. For those that think the red looks like blood...understand your freaking history. The red stripes signify blood shed for the freedoms we have. With all of the things we have going on today that destroy the honesty and heritage of our American flag I am disgusted by the people that don't see how this is a salute to the good things that the American flag stands for. The only thing I could see being an issue is how much of these proceeds are going to the cause. 10% is awfully low. Even the pink campaign is at around 20%.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • Vince

      I came to the comments section to see if anyone would Finally hit the right argument. the red in the flag is for blood, period.

      November 6, 2013 at 12:54 am | Reply
  84. Darius Kirksey

    What i don't get is why there people in the world who take the time to nit and pick at anything they can find. As a young American this is just another reason to loose hope on America.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  85. DB


    November 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Reply
    • cw

      And the money they raise for Wounded Warriors? Is that also "tacky"?

      November 6, 2013 at 9:42 am | Reply
  86. Just someone who will be viewed as 'insensitive'

    Ok. Let me get this straight. We have soldiers giving their lives overseas. We have the huge problem of healthcare. We have a Congress that won't agree on anything and we are trillions of dollars in debt. We have homeless, hungry, and orphans who need help in every state. Heck, we even have employment issues too. Of all these problems to care about, out of everything that people could be offended over, this is what people choose. An outfit. A "bloody" outfit. I sincerely fear for my country's future. My future is in the hands of sensitive, easily-offended people who can't focus on what truly matters. I may be young and some will claim I "just don't understand" but I still want people to realize that there are bigger things out there than an outfit that won't effect the whole future of America. Sorry for all those who are offended by what I just said.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Reply
    • MoMO

      another drama queen.

      all the problems you just stated have been in the USA for centuries and sometimes even worse than right now.

      November 6, 2013 at 12:45 am | Reply
  87. Chuck

    Return to the Gladiator Days

    November 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Reply
    • twalk

      so u want to see some nude

      November 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  88. Nathan

    I can see it now that someone's put it in my head, but I never would have thought that on my own. It's a distressed flag. Meh.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  89. Anonymous

    Notice how the blue and red patterns are both faded? Blood? Where?

    November 5, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Reply
    • twalk

      Blood in the minds of the republican/teabaggers that are complaining.

      November 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Reply
      • are122

        At least you finally gave up blaming Bush.

        November 5, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
  90. Just gotta say it

    I know these comments are largely ignored, but this just makes me angry. I wish I had someone at Northwestern to write to.

    Section 8, paragraph (j) if the United States Uniform Flag Code clearly says: "No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform." It can't get any clearer than that!

    Putting the flag on those uniforms like that is DISRESPECTFUL. SHAME ON THEM.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Reply
    • Tommy

      The uniform is not made from a real flag. If it was a portion of an actual flag it would be wrong. There is nothing wrong with wearing something that looks like a flag.

      November 5, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Reply
      • ghost2012

        This is supposed to represent pride in being an american yet your 1d1ots prefer to trounce on their decision.

        November 5, 2013 at 11:37 pm |
    • ghost2012

      Yet they allow people to burn the flag and do not uphold that part of the law any more.

      November 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  91. Nick Alaga

    What I find offensive is that only 10% of the proceeds are going to Wounded Warrior. Under Armour will have a at least a 56% margin on this, which means they will still be making about a 30-40% profit, so that equates to about 1/2M$, and they're bragging that this will raise about $100K for Wounded Warrior. They could do a LOT better than that. Smells like profiting off others Patriotism to me.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  92. AManglona

    Show the “Blood”, Shed Some Light

    There’s been controversy over the uniform collaboration between Under Armor, Northwestern University’s football program, and Wounded Warriors Project. The new uniforms are a helmet-to-cleat depiction of the American flag with such words as “Honor”, “Courage”, and “Commitment” in place of the names. Where the controversy comes in is what a Northwestern spokesman is calling a “distressed”, many of the public is seeing blood. They see blood and they don’t like it. Some make internet comments about it being “disrespectful” and even accusations of breaking federal law.

    My opinion comes as an 8-year Marine combat veteran, four combat tours, and medically disabled and retired due to combat injuries. My opinion is this: show more blood.

    The events of 9/11 got America’s blood boiling. The blood of the innocent that died that day is a horrible memory. We were angry and wanted the ones who made blood spill see justice. Then we went to war. On the battlefield, there was blood everywhere. And as those reports came back home, the country showed more support for the ones who served. As time passes, the stories of battles were pushed out of headlines for more pressing news. By the way, do you remember how your face was red as blood in anger when the TSA agent asked you to remove your shoes before being allowed to board a plane? As our Armed Forces come closer to coming home on a more permanent basis, we forget that blood is still being spilled. Do a quick internet search of veteran suicide just in the past year. Don’t worry, blood won’t come out of your monitors like a modern horror movie, but it’ll be a shocking statistic. Maybe your blood will boil again in anger and try to help us figure out a solution.

    You don’t want to see blood on the flag? That’s a good thought to have. But I wouldn’t give up that memory of seeing my brothers down in battle, the American flag patch on their vest splattered with blood. Of course I have other memories of them, but to forget the last time I saw them before being lifted up off the battlefield would mean that I’ll forget a little part of them. I don’t care what you doctors and social workers tell me about letting go being part of the process. Sorry for bringing that personal battle into the conversation; you shouldn’t have to read about that. Let’s get back to what this is really about.

    You see, even if the main purpose of the flag-designed uniform was to show it being distressed for being flown for a long period of time, Americans will see blood and not like it. They don’t want to be reminded of the real cost that these charities are supposed to treat. Or learn the true meaning.

    One writer calls it “gore-porn.”

    “A little patriotism goes a long way,” writes a Yahoo! Sports blogger while describing how it’s “too much.”

    You remember that yellow ribbon magnet you had on your car between circa 2003-2009; the one that was so faded because it stayed out on your car for so long to show others what you stood for and who you supported? Did that just get traded in along with the vehicle it was mounted to? You would rather see those on the uniforms, right?

    Show the blood and don’t you dare apologize for it.

    SGT. Anthony Manglona, USMC, RET.


    November 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Reply
    • Nikki

      Well said. Sgt Mangiona – thank you for your service.

      November 5, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Reply
    • wanalawn

      I don't want to see political statements made in sport uniforms.

      And yes, it looks like it's splattered in blood, and you wouldn't fly a flag the is frayed or blood spattered.

      The point that you served is irrelevant to the conversation.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:34 am | Reply
      • Little Jeffy

        Would you prefer the political comments be made somewhere that is easier to ignore?

        Kinda defeats the purpose there.

        Oh right, in case you missed the memo – You don't need to support the uniforms, in fact, you're not even required to watch any of the games where they will be worn, or even acknowledge the 'sport' in which they are involved.

        Beautiful concept freedom. Such a shame that current generations are so spoiled to it, they don't even really understand what it is anymore or the true cost associated. All we have now if fools spewing insults at each other.

        November 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
  93. MarcNJ

    And here I thought this was going to be about the US flag code.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  94. SWOT

    If it is considered honorable for my brothers and sisters to willingly shed their blood in that we defend bunch of naysayers and bandwagon hippies (PC for momma's boy, or drama queens), how is it that an organization (.org) not affiliated with this cause or this game can interject that the uniform appears offensive? IAVA has a right and a duty to advocate for our returning veterans. WWP deals with a specific set of veterans. Returning vets are HONORED that a university has decided to support them. I would caution those that want to speak for me to ask my opinion first. Seen my share of blood, yup. Shed some, yup. Dealing with my demons, everyday. Care that a collegiate sports team wears a uniform that someone might interpret as blood, not one d@mn minute!

    Shut up and Color!


    November 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  95. Eric

    Isn't that the point of the red stripes anyways...

    November 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  96. OkiMarine

    Where can I get one of these jerseys? Id rep one.....

    November 5, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  97. erikwoods3

    That's awesome, the ones freaking out shouldn't be watching football anyways.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  98. TCar

    I think these uniforms are pretty dope! Besides, even if it was blood, it is a good representation of the fact that a lot of blood has been spilled to make the US a free country!

    November 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • MikeD

      yea dude, well said. even our national anthem is about a bloody torn up flag

      November 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  99. Jahan M

    The jerseys look awesome and part of the money goes to a good cause. Therefore, stfu.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  100. Tom W.

    The things people choose to get their panties in a wad over continually amazes me. When are people going to realize that they do not have a right to NOT be offended. If this country has got to the point that our main purpose is to please everyone, it's time to leave. These idiots need to get over themselves.

    November 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Reply
    • Jarhead4life

      Well said. I could not agree more.

      November 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Reply
    • jsmoulder

      Could not Agree more. This is becoming a nation ran by children.

      November 6, 2013 at 9:06 am | Reply
    • wanalawn

      "When are people going to realize that they do not have a right to NOT be offended."
      When are you going to learn how to write a proper sentence?
      By that way, the right to be offended, and express that opinion is Guaranteed. Why do you want to take away peoples right to express themselves?

      " it's time to leave."
      well then, good bye. We won't miss you. We certainly don't need people who want to take away peoples rights to expression lingering around.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:28 am | Reply
      • Yeahitsme

        That's the problem though. All people do now and day s is express themselves and the more that happens, the more it sounds like whining. This nation is becoming a bunch of whiners. We can't have this. We can't do that. I say wear the uni's and forget what everybody else thinks. This is for a good cause and if you take away from the cause by judging the uniformss, then you're just as wrong as a person taking away your liberties to whine like you're doing now. SMH.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:12 am |
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