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.”

ESPN.com 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. stan

    Ouch! The only thing worse than a painful tattoo, is a painfully mis-spelled tattoo! #10 is just hilarious. http://bit.ly/HyX8VJ

    November 7, 2013 at 1:55 am | Reply
  2. Michele

    Really, we have nothing better to worry and fuss about in this country? Get a life, people

    November 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  3. Tim

    Violation of US Flag Code – while there is no penalty, it is extremely disrespectful.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Reply
    • W1s3Guy

      It is not against the code to wear the likeness of the flag. It is not a flag.

      November 7, 2013 at 11:50 am | Reply
  4. Are U FN Kidding Me

    I'm sorry...I missed the part in the article that told us the uniforms supporting the UNITED STATES wounded warriors were made in the UNITED STATES...oh yeah...they're not. If Under Armor truly wanted to do the right thing, they would make the uniforms in the United States, utilizing our Veterans with ALL of the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. But we all know that wont happen. GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY AND ALL WHO SERVE. You deserve MUCH MORE than we, as a country, have given.

    November 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • Hillary

      Why would 'God' sanction killers?

      November 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Reply
      • GOD

        hillary news flash i was made up in the mind of a man who wanted to control people there is no such thing.

        November 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
      • You are trash

        Read the bible. If not for those "killers" you would be living in fear. Enjoy your freedom because these "killers". You are trash.

        November 6, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
      • Munchies for idiots

        To the toad who mention "read the bible." You are absolute moron, I agreed with everything else you said but for you to mention some fairy tale novel as to attempt to prove your point makes you look stupid

        November 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
    • Portland tony

      Are you suggesting by your remark: "they would make the uniforms in the United States, UTILIZING OUR VETERANS ......" That our returning fighting men and women with all sorts of leadership skills and technical knowledge should now become seamstresses? GIVE ME A BREAK!!

      November 6, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Reply
    • Cudi0

      so what does the blue streaks represent?

      November 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • W1s3Guy

      Even if they are not all made in the US, Under Armor is a US company providing US jobs in design, sales, marketing, retail, warehouse, construction, etc. They are headquartered in Baltimore, MD where they provide a LOT of jobs that are really needed. Would be great if they made it all here but at least we have what we have.

      November 7, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
  5. Capt Aron Buss

    As non-pc as I am, even I think this is in poor taste. The uniforms are sick (in a good way), but the blood spatter is too much. I feel that was done for exposure and emphasis....

    November 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  6. Mr Miyagi

    Kind of a kick in the nuts to the designer. Let it go. So what if it was blood? It looks cool, and if it is to represent WW, then having a little blood on the uni to go with the sweat of the game and the tears to the loser...would be fitting.

    November 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  7. Pete

    1. The design is a distressed design, not a "blood" design.
    2. Even if it did look like blood, so what? The red stripes in the American flag represent the blood shed fighting for our freedom. A little ironic that people would be upset that the color in the flag that symbolizes blood kind of looks like blood.

    November 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • Capt Aron Buss

      Your an idiot if you believe that... distressed look... come on bro!!

      November 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • staxowax

      I don't think the designer has ever seen a real distressed flag. I have never ever seen a flag where the colors run like blood. I've seen a lot of faded, torn, or wind whipped flags... but "these colors don't run".

      November 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  8. DarthKaos

    Please stop being so sensitive. The end. Nothing else.

    November 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  9. Chris

    20 Year Air Force Vet here..........all you critics/whiners STFU and get a life.....it's for a good cause....there was a time in this Country when this wouldn't even be an issue.....Bunch of PC wimps!

    November 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • Hillary

      I could care less if you pumped gas all your life.

      November 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Reply
      • C Rob

        Idiot

        November 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
      • Hillary

        Idolater.

        November 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
      • Shocker

        Hillary- Not to point out the obvious, but what did your comment do to contribute to the topic? The only thing that you comment did was make you look like a jerk

        November 6, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
    • Trevor

      20 years active duty? ....and still talking like you're 20...keep it up, you're making the rest of us that still wear the uniform look real "professional" and just oozing maturity.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Reply
      • CHRIS

        Trevor.....so sorry to offend you punk.......obviously a pathetic Finance or Services troop....

        November 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
      • Trevor

        Chris- Again, just driving my point home even further...don't beat your chest and act all "tough" pal. I GUARANTEE you don't open you pie hole calling someone a "punk" to their face when they're giving you "constructive criticism" pointing that this is not the proper way to represent the USAF in a public forum. Of course unless that person is of lower rank, then you're just abusing your authority and looking like an imbecile.

        When you "puff out your chest" by saying your in or were in the military and talking like a juvenile, you're not just offending me, but all other active duty and retired military service men and women that know what "professionalism" actually is and actually take our Core Values seriously. You obviously don't, so I don't know what you actually learnrd over 20 years, but the first couple must have been flushed completely.

        Nice "insult" of support folks, again you exude professionalism... Your assumption of my AFSC is way off. Rated 16 years active duty Major, multiple deployments, OSW, ONW, Allied Force, OIF, OEF,and the CAOC in Al Udied...on that one you can take your foot out of your mouth.

        You can post a "come back"...NOTED, you got "corrected" appropriately. Every military service men or woman that reads this (from a slick to a 4-star) clearly knows who doesn't represent them...

        November 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
  10. Peter

    I get the graphic concept that led to the appearance of blood on the design. That doesn't bother me so much. But I do have a problem with turning a flag into a football uniform. The flag should never touch the ground, let alone be rolled around on it. Nor does any college football team have the right to claim our nation's flag as their own.

    November 6, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • DonDolla

      I think its cool. Main thing is that its not a flag its a football uniform so it can touch the ground. Its good charity get over it. People are so serious. Who are we to say what uniforms they can wear? Its ridiculous. let them live. the world will go on.

      November 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      You missed the concept. It started centuries ago when the "Battle Flag" of any fighting unit would never touch the ground.

      November 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  11. mzupcak

    I don't like it. I don't mind when the American flag is used in designs (flag t-shirts, painted on the hood of a car, etc) as long as it is being honored. But the blood in this design is distasteful and probably offensive to some of the people who have bled for what that flag stands for.

    November 6, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      So, does it offend you that the red stripes symbolize the blood shed by Americans gaining their freedom?

      November 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      God knows how much blood was shed to keep the "Stars and Stripes" as a symbol of freedom. Our flag.

      November 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  12. El Warbo Grande

    Why all the fuss about whether these uniforms are PC or not? Why not address the real elephant in the room? They're butt ugly!

    November 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  13. munrohouse

    The flag code says "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, firefighters, police officers, and members of patriotic organizations."

    Additionally, "The flag should never be worn or used as bedding or drapery."

    The NCAA, the NFL, and others have been disregarding the flag code for years. The flag is on the back of every helmet in these leagues, and others. The uniform with one shoulder of stripes and the other of stars is in effect the wearing of a flag.

    There is a fine line between being patriotic and honoring the flag by following the code.

    November 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • Ally

      In reply to munrohouse; many here have been saying it must be an actual flag. Just to add to your statement, the "fine print" in the Flag Code says any print, likeness, etc of our flag; that which would be noticed by people to be a representation of the flag is included in the blanket statment that the flag should not be worn.

      So yes. These uniforms (and many, many other items used and worn by people today) technically are improper under the formal Flag Code. I have no doubt these uniforms were made with the intent of respecting the flag and our veterans.

      Personally I'm fine with the concept and am sure no disrespect was meant. But I also acknowledge that they violate the Flag Code as it was meant to honor our flag.

      November 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Reply
    • Tomadzo

      The flag code only applies if it is actually a complete flag. Just "stars and stripes"doesn't apply. It's not immoral, unpatriotic, illegal or anything. If that's the case then strip those beach bunnies of those stars ans stripes bikini's immediately!

      November 6, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Reply
      • Ally

        In reply to Tomazdo; just being stars and stripes does apply. It's not illegal, unpatriotic or immoral. But the Flag Code does say it's improper.

        Take that for what it's worth. ~shrug~

        November 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
      • Matthew

        I'm not going to argue that it's unpatriotic (I think the opposite), but you're mistaken about the Flag Code not applying in this case because it's not an actual cloth flag. Section 3 of the Flag Code clarifies this point.
        http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagcode.htm

        Again, if you like the unis and don't mind that they would be defined as inappropriate by the official U.S. Flag Code, that's as valid a personal opinion as any, but first be clear on what the Flag Code actually prescribes.

        November 6, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
    • Portland tony

      Only when it is a flag. We salute our flag for what it stands for. We don't salute representations painted on buildings, cars, clothing etc.....!

      November 6, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  14. JC

    If these nit wit libs had the choice they would re-write our entire history to be politically correct. Especially the part about the Democrats being the largest group of slave owners and killers if Indians.... Knowing they cant do that they just whine, pitch a fit and rip appart everything that doesn't fit their mold. So much for those Coexist bumper stickers, they only coexist when others beliefs are the same as theirs because obviously anyone else's differing views are wrong....

    November 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • CJ

      As in Lincoln was a psychopath, responsible for the needless slaughter of 500,000 – 800,000 Americans, and that he 'freed' not one person?

      November 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Reply
      • sly

        Obviously a couple of troll comments ... Lincoln was Republican. Of course, back then the Republicans were not the bad guys. Now? They aren't even American.

        November 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Sergeant

      Quit acting like a clown... go home, you're drunk!

      November 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Reply
    • jon wilson

      Sounds exactly like congress

      November 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  15. Dave

    Would expect something a bit more intelligent from NW. You can't tell me any reasonable person who can see won't draw the immediate conclusion of, "hmm, red streaks, veterans, na, can't be blood, that would kind of dumb..."

    November 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  16. BSH

    So people %!&@$ about things, and that's news? That doesn't even make any sense. People complaining about something on the internet does not merit a news story.

    Oh wait, I forgot – CNN is an entertainment site that exists to sell ads. This wasn't news, it was just another troll for clicks. Carry on!

    November 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Reply
    • CJ

      Do chastise us, shut-in.

      November 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  17. Derek

    Who cares about the blood issue. More importantly is the use of the U.S. flag as a graphic element on a…(pause for melodramatic effect)…football jersey??? Whoever designed the graphic should be deprived of football for a few years and then live in central Uganda or central Laos or rural Uruguay. When they come back, they will be purged of such thinking.

    November 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
    • Come on man

      Maybe you should join The Marines and think again on this topic...

      November 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • M Bloomberg

      Our corn-feds and Green Card hopefuls are dying so that our football players can play in freedom, man!

      November 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  18. JC

    Before you folks get bent out of shape, let me remind you that part of the original symbolism behind those red stripes was that of the blood spilled by our founders. You cant rewrite history in the name of Political Correctness you nit wit libs.

    November 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Reply
    • CJ

      Red, white, blue – same colors as the Union Jack. Cool!

      November 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  19. Rsweet

    I believe that if kids can use the likeness of a flag to cover their butts, then kids should be allowed to cover their body with the flags likeness to honor our fallen heroes. Especially today when less than 1 percent of our youth care enough to serve their country at all.

    November 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  20. Erika

    Ok people. If that was supposed to be blood then why does the blue have the lines as well? You people are stirring up controversy where there isn't needed to be any. They are to respect the military and this country not shoot it down so stop. This is why everyone is losing it, we are constantly making something out of nothing. Let someone HONOR the military.

    November 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  21. Dan

    I like it; it's quaint.

    November 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  22. vghjvgh

    It doesnt look like bood.

    It looks like the gloves have been used, and the white paint has started to crack off the cloth. They look old and worn.

    November 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  23. Alicia906

    I like the uniform... Scratch that... I love this Uniform.. It is so Bad Ass!... To the idiots complaining that the red looks like blood. Why don't you know your American History? The red in the flag stands for blood, war, courage sacrifice etc

    November 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  24. Brad

    This is the kind of thing that happens when you militarize sports. The degree that this country goes to to pair sports with patriotism amazes me. Then of course we pair it with prayer. How about play ball without brining outside issues that wind up being political into the game.

    November 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  25. M Bloomberg

    I'd gladly wipe my @ss with one of these uni's in a New York minute.

    November 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • Come on man

      And I'd gladly wipe my @ss w/ your face...and your mom's face...and your sister's face

      November 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Reply
      • M Bloomberg

        What's this – another version of 'The Aristocrats'?

        November 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  26. JOEL M PARKER

    The uniforms are the best uniforms I have ever seen, but I hate wounded soldiers.

    November 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  27. Jesse

    To those complaining about the red splashes get over yourself. There are blue splashes as well. And if you want to continue to complain that it looks like blood... What do you think those red stripes represent in the first place? Dead Indians? It is often commonly speculated that the red represents blood, war, and courage. The blue justice and freedom and the white purity. Don't watch the game and don't buy the items if you don't like it.

    November 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Markus

      As a Veteran myself, well said. Sadly we live in a time where most just don't get anything. I think the uniforms are awesome. MW

      November 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      The Blue streaks are Vulcan blood. The Northwestern AD is a big fan of Spock and Star Trek.

      November 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  28. Whitney

    I see how the red could be interpreted to look like blood, but obviously the identical blue streaks counter that. Someone probably should have realized the way it could have been interpreted, but they didn't, and they apologized for the misinterpretation. What really matters here is that they had the compassion to want to start a campaign to support such an amazing charity and that they are likely going to raise $100,000 to support our nation's most honorable heroes in doing so. My hat is off to Northwestern. Their heart was in the right place and they're doing a great thing. As a wife of a disabled veteran, I'm now a Northwestern fan (and can easily forgive any inadvertent lapses in judgment).

    November 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  29. dadguy

    right. streaks of red which will be utterly invisible to anyone not as close as this photographer. Move on people.

    November 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  30. Jiml

    The uniform is an apt metaphor. Football is a violent game played by violent men, many of whom will develop Parkinson's for all the hits to head they'll have received by career's end and die young.
    The uniform merely reminds them of the life they chose.
    Not sure what the viewer's excuse is, though.

    November 6, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • sly

      I suggest you go back to church each Sunday and leave sports to those of us who enjoy them.

      I love watching those violent men tackle each other. Have you ever heard of the Romans or the Olympics? Maybe google those subjects sometime and you'll be surprised.

      November 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
      • Jiml

        Yeah, gladiators. No one does that anymore.
        I enjoy sports, even football occasionally, especially a pinpoint pass or brilliant run, but only in small doses.
        I try to avoid sports that guarantee serious injury.

        November 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
      • sly

        Fair enough – football is as popular as any sport in the world, and they are trying real hard to come up with tighter rules and better equipment. These guys get paid millions because there is an injury risk. Baseball players face the same issues, and helmet technology is improving.

        I imagine you were kinda kidding about blood since obviously this is a takeoff on the flag colors, not blood.

        November 6, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
  31. John

    Dear Brook first I must say you look great today. About the uniforms of Northwestern University I being a disabled Veteran don't find the uniforms offensive some might and that's their view. I myself am more excited and happy to see a school Honor my brothers and sisters making the sacrifice so we all can enjoy being a free people. I don't look at the colors as running i look at them splatters as the sacrifice that some gave the ultimate sacrifice for us all

    November 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Reply
    • Come on man

      SEMPER FI BROTHER ... i feel the same way

      November 6, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  32. Really

    I'm curious to know whether those individuals who find fault with these uniforms were equally outraged by the flag-inspired bikini Kate Upton sported for the cover of GQ? Just saying...

    November 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Are you kidding me

      As a former member of the armed services I love these uniforms and see it as an honor that NU is wearing them.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • SilentBoy741

      I for one, am deeply outraged and demand that she remove that bikini immediately. IMMEDIATELY!!!

      November 6, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  33. Mike

    Even if it is representing blood so what? To hard to swallow some reality for those that sat on their hands and did nothing against the two wars we fought for nothing??? Rather it be out of sight? No surprise that the news never had any footage of the wars as opposed to what we saw during Vietnam.

    November 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • Liberace: America's Greatest American

      Gotta love State controlled media.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • JC

      well said. If these nit wit libs had the choice they would re-write our entire history to be politically correct. Especially the part about the Democrats being the largest group of slave owners and killers if Indians.... Knowing they cant do that they just whine, pitch a fit and rip appart everything that doesn't fit their mold. So much for those Coexist bumper stickers, they only coexist when others beliefs are the same as theirs because obviously anyone else's differing views are wrong....

      November 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
      • GH

        Copy and paste much? You, sir, are the nit wit here.

        November 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
  34. lsm

    I am a MSU fan and was so impressed when I saw this uniform. What a great thought on the part of the University to find a format to support our wounded soldiers. FOr those who do not like them, I agree, don't watch the games. Northwestern is a class act as is their coach. Personally I like the uniforms as well GO Wildcats, beat Michigan

    November 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  35. Doc

    The streaks are more prominent red-on-white, it's true, however, should one wish to look at the uniform in total, it quickly becomes obvious the streaks are not blood but a sort of styling cue; Under Armor ascribes them to a well-worn flag. The Wounded Warrior Project, the charity this serves to fund, has no issues with the uniform therefore, neither do I.

    November 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  36. Martin

    Yes, appropriate! Stop with the pansy nonsense and get back to America the Beautiful, the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. When we were growing up we had a phrase, "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me"! Get over it already and stop making something out of nothing. Show your Pride and be a Proud Patriot and support our Veterans. Blood Splatter, seriously?!?! This Country became so great from sacrifice and it's sacrifice that will make it great again. Semper Fi!

    November 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  37. Cpl. Michael Freeman, US Army

    As a soldier I see this as honorable. Don't forget the fact that the red on our flag is in remembrance of the blood shed to pave the way to freedom and liberty. I see it as a reminder to those who gave everything they had and the reality that blood spilt is blood given. Hoooah!

    November 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • Jim Osborne (former Sgt. US Army)

      Same thoughts I had on the matter. Thank you for your service.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  38. Vincent Silva

    Why don't you ask a VET. I'm honored to see that.
    719-310-0000

    November 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • Not Outraged

      Proud Vet and not outraged. I think there are many things in this country we should be outraged about, but this is not one of them. Just saw that 46 Million(!) are now in poverty... let's save our outrage for stuff like that.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  39. Dana Barnhart

    Inappropriate, whether or not the streaks are on the blue OR the red...Because these colors DON'T run...

    November 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  40. Dee

    My husband is a wounded warrior and was part of the project. Neither of us find the uniforms offensive. The spatter markes are on both the red and blue side. As Americans this our symbol & I think it is a great idea for them to wear this uniform. I am currently serving in Afghanistan and though rockets may rain down on us at times I stand tall for my country. Way to go Northwestern!!!

    November 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • Liberace: America's Greatest American

      What's it like being fought to a standstill by 10th century cave-dwellers?

      November 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Reply
      • ernie

        Hahahahahahah!!!!

        November 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
      • Cpl. Michael Freeman, US Army

        Hey, Liberace..would you like to see if this fighter leaves it as a standstill?

        November 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
      • Liberace: America's Greatest American

        I'm quivering with ennui.

        November 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  41. Proud of our Vets

    I think the uniforms look freakin' awesome! Great coverage for WWP.

    November 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  42. Offended

    I am outraged! Listen to me! Placate me!

    November 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • frespch

      Agree-Proof positive that some people have far to much spare time on their hands.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  43. C Dawgy Dawg

    From the US Flag Code:
    j.No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.

    I don't like it and i think it's BS to market the flag in this manner. This comes from someone who sees burning in flag in protest as legitmate free speech.

    To support wanton nationalism in this manner is disappointing.

    November 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • J N N

      A liberal terrorist at work, ladies and gentleman. Go kill yourself. You are not needed. You serve no purpose. All you do, and people like you, do is whine and cry about everything. End your miserable existence so the rest of us can be happy. Thank you, that is all.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Reply
      • Liberace: America's Greatest American

        Your kind will never be happy. This makes me smile.

        November 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
      • Woahthere

        Did you REALLY just A. call someone who quoted the law regarding how the flag should be displayed a "terrorist", and then B. tell them go kill them self? What is your problem? You have some very serious issues you obviously need professional help to solve.

        November 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
      • TheDaren

        So he is a liberal terrorist because he takes exception to the misuse and misrepresentation of our nations colors? Bottom line is that it is an inapropriate use of the American flag.

        November 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • Learn to read

      It's not PART OF A FLAG numbnuts

      November 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Reply
      • Ally

        That line of the code in it's entirety says use of a flag or any representation of a flag is inappropriate for costumes or atheletic uniforms.

        It breaks the code. We have many items and garments that do break the code. Some people have issues with this because the uniforms will be worn and will be rolling around on the ground. (which is something we don't allow our flag to endure) Therefore they take offense to it.

        I believe the uniforms were made with the intent of of utmost respect and think it's a great idea for a fundraiser. Whether they knew it breaks the Flag Code or not I don't know.

        November 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
      • Come on man

        they should also cancel the 4th of July since so many wear the red, white and blue in some way that is 'against the code' ...hats – t-shirts – pins etc

        November 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
      • Ally

        In reply to Come On Man; that's kind of my point. Yes, having a flag looking uniform technically breaks the Flag Code as it's written. But we've been producing clothing, napkins, paper plates, blankets, etc, etc with a flag theme for decades. Since this uniform was created with an intent of respect for our veterans I have no problem with it.

        That doesn't change the fact it's inappropriate under the Flag Code. That's just what it is. I'm not saying they should recall the uniforms. It's an old code...as it were.. ~shrug~

        November 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • HngKngPhoey

      For those of you touting the flag code as reason that the flag should not be worn, please carefully look at the wording of the flag code. Subsection 8(d) states that "the flag should not be used as wearing apparel..." In terms of the law, that is a suggestion, not a mandate. If it was a mandate, the word "shall" would be used. Should and Shall have 2 very different meanings.

      November 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Reply
      • EMcK

        Abbie Hoffman was arrested and prosecuted for wearing a US Flag shirt in 1968 (and lambasted by the right for wearing such a shirt). He was as liberal as they come. Now, in 2013, conservatives have decided that it's A-Okay to wear a flag, and anyone who offers the same view they did in 1968 must be wrong.

        Funny how that works. . . .

        November 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
      • sly

        Different years certainly do bring out the irony in life.

        For example, for 8 years, ALL Republicans loved debt ceiling increases, since they voted 100% for the 8 Bush budgets.

        Now, for some reason, all Republicans have done a 180 and changed their minds, and don't like debt ceiling increases? (Of course we understand the reason is simply 2 words: black skin.)

        November 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • Vet

      They aren't wearing a flag. The uniform is made in likeness to a flag. There is a difference. The federal law applies to an actual flag, as if you took one off a pole and draped it over your body. Get it?

      November 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  44. DOC

    You don't like them don't watch, its as easy as that. shut the hell up!

    November 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • Liberace: America's Greatest American

      Who the hell watches Northwestern?

      November 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  45. Toasted Western

    Wonder if this will enable them to break a 5 game losing streak. A sh!t uniform for a sh!t team.

    November 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  46. Tony

    It just looks like a worn flag would look like... People just need to stop being so judgemental of everything and just except it sometimes....

    November 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  47. Jake's Take

    I'd be more impressed with the effort if Northwestern and Under Armor teamed up to donate $500,000 to the Wounded Warrior project. Yes, 100% of proceeds from game worn jerseys will be donated to the project. That's about 75 jerseys. However, only 10% of the revenue generated from the sales of replica jerseys will go to the project. Since articles of clothing are usually marked up at least 300-400%, is it fair to ask who is really going to be making a profit here? I don't begrudge anyone trying to make a buck but I do have a problem if someone is trying to massively profit by tying in with an veteran's organization. Sorry . . . this is less about helping out that organization than it is about improving Under Armour's bottom line. Just call it like it is. . . . then I'd have no problem – except I think that the uniform is ugly.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • Proud of our Vets

      Yes, it would be great if Under Armor gave more of the proceeds to WWP. But, this is a great way to advertise about WWP.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      It looks too much like the real US flag got ripped up and slapped on to the football uniform. It looks like a quilt made from actual worn flags. Given the rules about how and when the flag is displayed, this seems offensive.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  48. sly

    America has the blood of 500,000 murdered Arab civilians on their hands, so why wouldn't some of it rub off onto the flag.

    Remember folks who has bombed 20+ nations in the past 35 years. Only 1 country: America.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • Toasted Western

      Sssshhh!.........you'll p!ss off the 'patriots'.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • frespch

      Sly- point taken even though it is a little bit over simplified.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • Sly is wrong

      ummm do you know what 911 is??? Are you an American? This country defends their freedoms however which way they choosd.

      November 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Reply
      • M Bloomberg

        9/11 was blowback.

        November 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
      • sly

        Yes, 9/11 was when Arab Freedom Fighters got revenge for the US murdering 300+ Iranian civilians on their way to vacation on a regularly scheduled flight.

        It's mastermind was the CIA agent son of a Saudi man who has been a close personal friend of President Bush and family for over 20 years. You might be surprised to learn that Bin Laden was speaking with Bush in Washington DC on the day of the attack – as their joint military firm is the #1 arms dealer to BOTH sides in the middle east.

        Read, and learn, friend. Now, back to those other 20 nations we bombed, for our 'freedom'? Libya. Somalia, Grenada, Panama, Nicaragua, Chile, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon etc ....

        November 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  49. John K

    Whaaaa! People complain about anything and everything. They want the world to revolve around them and be tailored to them. Do everyone a favor, IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE UNIFORM DON'T WATCH THE GAME!!!
    FYI: The United States Flag - White is for purity, Blue is the Union, and Red is for the BLOOD SHED to keep you free.
    If you don't like something don't watch it or don't participate in it.
    If you do not like this uniform then you do not like the US FLAG.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • Tony

      Amen... Brotha...

      November 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • matticus1138

      usflags.org says:
      "Sentimental writers and orators sometimes ascribe meanings to the colors in the flag. The practice is erroneous, as are statements on this subject attributed to George Washington and other founders of the country. "

      November 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • Toasted Western

      If you don't like chocolate ice cream you're a socialist.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Reply
      • C Dawgy Dawg

        Vanilla all the way!!

        November 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • TheDaren

      Or its because you have respect for the flag. The flag is a symbol of our nation, not some fashion statement. While I understand people like to wear clothing and other such things with the flag on it, and do so out of a sense of patriotism it is technically improper. So no people that dont like this uniform don't dislike the flag, they don't like it because of profound respect for it.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  50. jaymo588

    The same patten (in blue) shows up on the white stars. Much ado about nothing.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  51. Shannon

    I think the uniform looks awesome; and I SO do not see "blood", but rather a distressed flag – as intended. Great uniform, great cause!

    November 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  52. Proud to be Military

    I'm active duty Army and I'm not only proud of this uniform I think it looks awsome!!! I want it.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  53. Jeff

    To all you "veterans" who say you are not offended by this all I can say is shame on you. A true veteran would accept our national colors to be displayed in a manner that is suited to the honor and repsect it is owed. This does not meet that respect. It is not different than a beach towel or shirt etc.. that is in the image of our flag. While the intent might be for good the execution is one of naive misguided patriotism. A veteran would be able to see this.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • Shannon

      Who are you to decide which veterans are "true" veterans? Your opinion is just that – an opinion.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
      • We're Broke

        As is yours.

        November 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
      • Jeff

        I question how some who served this nation can look at this unfiom and not be offended.

        November 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Fred

      There is a difference in incorrectly displaying the flag (an actual flag) and having a flag motif as in this case. FWIW, I'm not a big fan of using flag motif designs, but in this case I'm okay with it.

      Having said that, as a veteran, you do not have the right to tell me what I should or should not be offended by, and to say I'm not a true veteran is unacceptable. YOU should be ashamed.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      A true veterans patriotism comes from not only the flag but what it represents. This football team is representing patriotism and the love for the veterans who gave all to protect that like the WWP. They are honoring the colors and what it stands for, not desecrating the flag. As a veteran, I feel honored what the team is doing.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • frespch

      Jeff you can question all you want it does not change the fact that some of us are not so easily offended.
      Viet Nam vet October 70 until March 72.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  54. Phil in KC

    I've seen plenty of 'distressed' (i.e., worn) flags and they don't look like that. I agree it looks like blood and is in poor taste, regardless of the intent.
    Beyond that, while it has become somewhat common place, wearing the flag is a violation of US code. 4 U.S.C. § 1 states, "The flag should not be used as "wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery", or for covering a speaker's desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general (exception for coffins). Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top."

    November 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • matthew

      the code cited refers to the actual flag. this is a pattern based on the flag. they're not actually draping literal flags over the football players. furthermore, this is a generous and well meaning act of charity for a worthy cause and should be viewed as exactly that. nearly every politician, serviceman, and police officer routinely adorn their uniforms or suits with images of the flag and no one would deem that as any form of desecration.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Reply
      • John

        I disagree as a Iraqi War veteran here is my letter to Northwestern:
        Dear sir,

        What you are doing is a disgrace! The uniforms your team will be wearing is outright offensive. I am a veteran of the Iraq war, of which I served two tours. I have lost brothers and sisters in Iraq and your stunt does nothing to honor their sacrifice. To disrespect the symbol of our country and to have blood spatter representing my brothers and sisters sacrifice is appalling. Then to try and justify it be donating a measly 10% of the proceeds is even more offensive.

        Your school needs to cease and desist from wearing those offensive uniforms and then donate 50% of the revenue, at a minimum, from all income sources of the televised game. The jerseys should not go on sale and should be recalled. Many service members suffer from PTSD and this very well could be a trigger for some. We lose approximately 22 service members and veterans a day to suicide and now your school may add to that. At the very least a formal apology and not wearing the jerseys should be the action taken. Unless Northwestern really wants to tell troops and veterans your sacrifice is an easy money grab for us to play on the American public's sympathies for wounded warriors by the sorry excuse for a donation just to say you donated.

        I hope every news station around the country runs a story on how Northwestern dishonors Americans who gave all, those who served, and those still serving.

        November 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
      • Matthew

        You're both right and wrong, matthew. The school is absolutely doing this with the intent of honoring the flag. Kudos to them for that. However, you are wrong about the Flag Code only referring to an actual flag. Section 3 of the Flag Code states, "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."

        Use of the flag or representations of it on athletic uniforms is subsequently specifically addressed:
        From section 8(j): No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.

        In light of what the code says in section 3, section 8(j) makes it very clear that these uniforms are inappropriate in accordance with Flag Code guidance. If you're okay with that, that's your judgment, but at least now you know what the formal protocol and that this uniform doesn't comply.

        November 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
  55. Mike

    It amazes me how ridiculous our society has become. Someone, somewhere, is going to have a problem now with everything that is done, regardless of the intent or the benefit. What's next? Someone will be offended that Notre Dame's helmets are too gold? Pink shouldnt be the color for breast cancer awareness? Maybe we should just start barking that nature made grass the wrong color? Sometimes people should just STF up!

    November 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • John

      My letter to Northwestern:
      Dear sir,

      What you are doing is a disgrace! The uniforms your team will be wearing is outright offensive. I am a veteran of the Iraq war, of which I served two tours. I have lost brothers and sisters in Iraq and your stunt does nothing to honor their sacrifice. To disrespect the symbol of our country and to have blood spatter representing my brothers and sisters sacrifice is appalling. Then to try and justify it be donating a measly 10% of the proceeds is even more offensive.

      Your school needs to cease and desist from wearing those offensive uniforms and then donate 50% of the revenue, at a minimum, from all income sources of the televised game. The jerseys should not go on sale and should be recalled. Many service members suffer from PTSD and this very well could be a trigger for some. We lose approximately 22 service members and veterans a day to suicide and now your school may add to that. At the very least a formal apology and not wearing the jerseys should be the action taken. Unless Northwestern really wants to tell troops and veterans your sacrifice is an easy money grab for us to play on the American public's sympathies for wounded warriors by the sorry excuse for a donation just to say you donated.

      I hope every news station around the country runs a story on how Northwestern dishonors Americans who gave all, those who served, and those still serving.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Reply
      • Come on man

        Want some cheese with your whine?... You were prob. come POG anyway so get outta here

        November 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
      • John

        I might have been a POG but I left the wire everyday. Your probably some fobbit who stood security because you had a hangnail.

        November 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
      • hypno1

        The flag is going to set off someone's PTSD? Give me a break.

        I think these uniforms look pretty good, as did every single one of the soldiers I asked (quite a few). I think it's great that Northwestern is bringing awareness to our wounded brothers and sisters in arms.

        And before you ask, I am a 25+ year Army veteran, currently on my 3rd deployment.

        November 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
      • John

        The flag is not the issue for me. The fact that it looks like someone covered in blood does cause concern for me. I help those with PTSD and you'd be surprised at what sets some off. I know a guy that pulls over every time he sees an accident up ahead.

        November 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • frespch

      Mike- touche, seems like people are so dissatisfied with their lives that all they can do is sit around and search for any little thing they can find to be offended by thus justifying their miserable existence.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  56. mike

    I'm just offended at how stupid those uniforms look. Talk about catering to the redneck crowd.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • Milienius

      It's for the wounded warrior project...you know the guys who got there arms and legs blown off among other injuries? how is that catering to a "redneck" crowd?

      November 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      Since when is the display of the Stars and Stripes (yes, I capitalized) redneckish? You must be thinking of the rebel flag. you need to get with the program in society before posting a statement like that. BTW, I think the uniforms are awesome. They need to do it for all teams.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • sly

      Mike, 'red necks' in this nation are not American. Almost all TeaBillies are rednecks, and their goal is to seceed from America once they've shutdown the government.

      RedNecks are just Nazi's that escaped and emigrated to our Nation.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply
      • Jeff

        Not to mention a Chicken Hawk. Hawkish on defense but too chicken to wear the uniform.

        November 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
  57. elle

    ...I must say...as a dependent (my father and mother served), and as a vet ( i served)...i'm not a fan of Northwestern...but this uniform is freaking amazing. awesome. I hope they don't change a single thing on these uniform and those boys play their hearts out.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  58. KP

    This country needs to get off its high horse. We need to stop freaking out about little stupid things such as this. Under armor is doing nothing but honoring our vets and helping them.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • jhonny Ausemkock

      That would definitely be a much more constructive outlet for our energy.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  59. Jungg

    If you're outraged by this, you need to get a life.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  60. jhonny Ausemkock

    Even if the uniform was specifically DESIGNED to look blood spattered, who cares? We're talking about a football team, not a civic orchestra. Such design elements are perfectly acceptable for such an arena. If there are people out there who have haplessly allowed themselves to become so pathetically pussified that this kind of thing offends them, it's THEIR problem. The grownups are going to keep moving forward with or (preferably) without them. They're useless anyway.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  61. Me

    I am a veteran football watcher and I am not offended at all. I think it looks awesome, good job..

    November 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • Scott Sweeney

      I am a disabled veteran and i agree with you, its not a big deal, its a design, its just their way of showing they care. Get over it Paul Rieckhoff.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  62. odin

    It's Armour not Armor!

    November 6, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  63. TO

    I would hate to be the type of person who gets "outraged" by something like this. That would be rough.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • We're Broke

      It's a ridiculous uniform, but nothing to lose sleep over.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • jhonny Ausemkock

      You know, it IS a ridiculous-looking uniform. I never really though about it until you mentioned it. It doesn't look good. But it's certainly not offensive.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  64. George

    My first impression of the streaks is the sacrifice that military personnel make for something greater then themselves.

    I'm a member of the IAVA and the founders comments makes me think that he initially wanted some of the proceeds to go to his organization then 100% to the WWP.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  65. Gawd & C untry Bumpkin

    I can't wait to set fire to one of these babies.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  66. Slam

    I don't believe UnderArmor, NW, and WW all missed that the red drip in the uniforms could be misconstrued as blood. I think that knew it and ran with it. And I think that's okay. Stand up proud and say we developed the idea and received approval from ww to convey that it was blood shed by our wounded warriors in action. That's it, case closed. Don't get cold feet and say duhhh, we never thought of that. It's a cool design and if it sells better, then all the more money for a great cause.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  67. Ric

    A veteran of over 21 years actually love the design, the project and the cause! I love those that cite code however this is not "the flag" this is a uniform design. Well done Northwestern!

    November 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • Ally

      And yet, some "wordy" versions of the code specifically state that not only the flag, but respresentations of it are inappropriate.

      I think that's going a bit far. But it's there.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  68. Donald Biddle, MSgt, USAF (ret)

    Easy fix....Make the helmet red, shirts white and the pants blue...or some sequence....use no stars. The uniform no longer represents a flag, based on the US Flag Code, and therefore do not violate the flag code!

    November 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  69. Bob Loblaw

    A simple uniform for a simple people.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  70. 20-Year Veteran

    I'm a 20-year veteran and I don't have any problems with the uniform. The stars are in the same pattern (worn). I guess in this era of PC, anything that can be mistaken for a Rorschach test is given the Freudian treatment. Get over it.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  71. keith

    As I recall the purpose of the UNI's is to remember the fallen from Marcus Luttrell's LONE SURVIVOR book, his foundation and his brothers that were lost fighting for the U.S. Some of you people are no different then those who protest at soldiers funerals. YOU ARE DISGUSTING....

    November 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  72. Brian

    For me at first glance it just looked like a painted fence ...

    November 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  73. made in China?

    wonder where these uniforms will be made? Does a 90/10 split really seem worthwhile? If a spokesman says it will raise 100K for WWP then how is the other 900K being distributed? Are Northwestern and Under Armour so hard up they couldn't donate it all? I guess as long as their stock raises a quarter of a point – All hail our corporate overlords.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • Jen

      I think the $100,000 number comes from the replica and game-worn sales. 100% of the game worn sales proceeds will go to the WWP, while the 10/90 split is for replicas, theoretically to cover costs + some profit for both UA and NU. I don't believe Under Armour will make $900,000 off this, probably about half of that. Whether that is worth it or not is a different issue, but the way I read it is that the $100,000 includes the auctioned jerseys.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  74. keith

    Some people need to grow the $%#^-up. Never served a day in there life, have no idea what the flag looks like after/during war, worn by those who protect us. People will find anything to pick at to start trouble. These are the same people that are BIBLE THUMBERS, believing in FICTIONAL people. The flag does not represent FREEDOM, the American people have never been free; right NSA, CIA, U.S. Government, Politicians, Law Enforcement, FCC, etc. De Oppresso Liber

    November 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  75. Wendy

    According to the article, "The university teamed up with Under Armour and the Wounded Warrior Project to design a special flag-themed set of uniforms for the game." Note "flag-themed". It is not the flag itself. Therefore, you can take #6 and toss it out the window.

    And are people forgetting that blood is really blue. It only turns red when oxygen hits it. Hmmmm......

    This is really being blown way out of proportion. I have no doubt that no one at NW or UA had any intentions of making the red on these uniforms appear to be blood spatters. If you look at the uniform, the red and the blue are distressed. Its the overactive minds of the overly sensitive politically correct that see blood spatters. As a sister of two US Marines, and the daughter in law of a triple amputee from Vietnam, I dont see blood at all. I see pride for our Veterans; young, old and those no longer with us.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      how in the world is blood blue, when the point of blood is to move oxygen throughout the body? platelets carry oxygen... therefore, BLOOD-- can NEVER be BLUE. blood is red.

      November 6, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Reply
      • peoplesavila19

        Blood IS actually a dark bluish, red color in your body until it oxidizes outside the body. In fact, hemoglobin in RBCs carry oxygen NOT platelets. Where did you take anatomy & physiology?

        November 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
    • Ally

      Actually, when you read the long versions of the Flag Code it specifically says the flag or representations of it should not be used as costume or atheletic uniforms. So we'll have to keep #6 at the party.

      That being said....I think most people today don't subscribe to that strict interpretation of the code. And I'm sure NU, Under Armor and the WWP either didn't think it was inappropriate or didn't know what the code said. I think it's a good idea for a fundraiser, personally.

      November 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  76. bag o chips

    I have no objections to the uniforms - I like them. I think they look cool and if they are for a good cause thats even better.

    I dont think anyone pays attention to this anymore or even cares; however, as a i reminder I thought you were not supposed to wear uniforms/clothing with the flag as the design.

    I think people offended by the uniforms need to get a life and find some other cause to be passionate about, or complain on twitter about something else.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  77. gilly

    hurry up and get your outrage in america, there is plenty of random things to freak out about while the world watches you sit oblivious to your leaders' abuse of their lands.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  78. Sam

    I think they look great!!

    November 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  79. ahhbiz

    Lets Help Veterans even more!

    A 10% donation on profits from the sale of a few college Football uniforms amounts to a few hundred bucks, Shameful! We can do much more for our veterans!

    Let's start TAXING the NFL – National Football League (it currently enjoys tax exempt status because the federal government recognizes it a “Non Profit Organization”.

    Then we could use that tax money (Hundreds of Millions of dollars annually) to improve Veterans Administration Hospitals, provide more Employment training and counseling for Veterans, and all manner of programs to REALLY help veterans; not just create advertising and merchandising opportunities for companies like Under Armor and other greedy Fks who wish to profit from the sacrifice and suffering of American Veterans.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • sly

      We spend more on military than the rest of world. I don't need another penny going to veterans. If the Republican leaders would stop getting into oil wars all over the world, maybe not so many veterans would be lying in hospitals with their legs blown off.

      Where the f- do you come up with the idea of taxing football for soldiers? Maybe we should tax Churches or Oil Companies or TeaBilly Political 501 'nonprofits' instead.

      Bozo.

      November 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  80. Dave Williford

    Federal law stipulates many aspects of Flag Etiquette.

    1 The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.
    2 The flag should be flown in fair weather, unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use.
    3 The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
    4 The flag should not be used 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.
    5 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.
    6 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.
    7 The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it.
    8 The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
    9 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.
    10 The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
    11 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.

    So, according to the 6th point, above, the flag should not be used as any part of a costume or athletic uniform.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • Fred

      The FLAG shall not be used as an article of clothing, but nothing is said of clothing having a flag motif. When they start making uniforms out of actual flags, count me as one of the p' offed. As a retired Army Infantryman, I'm supportive of WWP and what they're doing. Don't get me started on Olympians draping themselves in the flag when they finish a race. Now, THAT is wrong.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      Except it isn't a flag...weird!

      November 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Reply
    • HngKngPhoey

      Should is a suggestion, shall is a mandate.

      November 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  81. Neil

    Personally, when I see these uniforms I see what I think an American Revolution flag would look like. I see something that looks like it has been flown proudly for a lengthy amount of time. To me it does not look like blood streaks at all. I think this is an amazing design, and seeing as how "The university teamed up with Under Armour and the Wounded Warrior Project to design a special flag-themed set of uniforms for the game." I doubt, that if the real intent was to show blood, that the Wounded Warrior Project would have had any part in it…. With that said, chill out and be proud that they would do something as original as this design for our countrymen.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  82. Jon

    Hmmmmn... I wonder what the RED in the American flag represents.
    As a veteran, I don't have a problem with the uniforms. The purpose of flag etiquette is to insure the flag is not disrespected.
    Let's ease-up on the PC and let them honor those who have sacrificed.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • Dover

      I wonder if you were one of those 'patriots' that criticized Obama when he revealed his logo in 2008 because it desecrated the American flag (yet didn't have a single peep when Romney did the same thing in 2012)?

      November 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  83. Dan

    ummm.........Has everyone forgot about the comic book hero Captain America???? He has been using the flag for a "costume" and/or "uniform" for years. What is the difference????

    November 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Reply
    • Bob Loblaw

      Captain America is a fictional character. Hope that helps.

      November 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
      • Come on man

        Tell my son that...

        November 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  84. Britt

    As a Veteran, I support the uniforms. I think they look great and I do not see it as a disrespect to our flag or anything else. If anything it is an honor. They are supporting a charitable foundation that helps support our wounded troops. I would hope all the naye sayers will just leave well enough alone, and let these college athletes play football and support a good cause without causing such a rucous over a uniform.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • Dover

      I wonder if you were one of those 'patriots' that criticized Obama when he revealed his logo in 2008 because it desecrated the American flag (yet didn't have a single peep when Romney did the same thing in 2012)?

      November 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  85. denman838

    The over-sensitivity in this country is getting out of hand. I served my country for 21 years (US Army – retired) and I have NO PROBLEM with what they're doing. The uniforms are for a good cause. if you don't like it, don't watch the game and don't give to the charity. Geez, get a life already.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Reply
    • Drew

      I agree. The uniforms are meant for respect, so get over it, folks.

      November 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Reply
      • Bob Loblaw

        Respect? For a football uniform? Good f*****g grief.

        November 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
    • Dover

      I wonder if you were one of those 'patriots' that criticized Obama when he revealed his logo in 2008 because it desecrated the American flag (yet didn't have a single peep when Romney did the same thing in 2012)?

      November 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  86. Jon McRee

    I am a Marine and have been through once as patient and once as an escort. I think it's amazing that someone is recognizing and showing respct. I am a avid wearer of Under Armour, especially the Marine Undewr Armour to show my colors from head to toe daily to and from work. Much respect and appreciation. This is where the thought and actions of an organization count. It is something where men and women are still fighting daily battles long after their return. Where can an avid wearer and someone who will show the colors of Under Armour and the WWP on a regular basis. I already rock the shoes and shirts of the UA WWP. Please let me know if anyone knows.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  87. Matthew

    If you do not care what the U.S. Flag Code states, then do as you will. There are not, nor should there be, legal ramifications for doing whatever you want with the flag or its imagery, and certainly Northwestern's intent is wholly honorable and appreciated. However, many here seem to be not fully aware of what the Flag Code actually states, which quite clearly defines this uniform as inappropriate according to its formal, codified guidance.

    The Flag Code applies to all representations of the American flag and not merely to display of actual cloth flags:
    From 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.

    Use of the flag or representations of it on athletic uniforms is specifically addressed:
    From section 8(j): No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.

    I don't believe anyone should try to stop Northwestern from using these uniforms, nor should anyone argue that they weren't made in a spirit of patriotism. However, people should be informed before arguing that they would be considered appropriate under U.S. Flag Code guidance. They quite explicitly are not. That may be fine with many, but this should help clarify why others have objections or are simply pointing out that the Flag Code was not considered when conceiving this design.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • Ally

      Well said, Matthew.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Along those same lines, isn't the American flag not supposed to ever touch the ground? If these players are constantly getting knocked on the ground, isn't that dishonoring the flag? Or do they plan on torching them all at the end of the game ...?

      November 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  88. Rsteady

    it does look like blood why didn't under armour see that it looked like blood and change it before it came out does the design really need blood splatters on the white part of the red and white cmon people it looks like blood why why why why?

    November 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • cbhb01

      it was done in cooperation with the WONDED warrior project, actually a little bit of blood seems very appropriate.

      November 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      It has blue blood on it also...

      November 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  89. Peter

    Blue blood? I had no idea.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  90. Sport83

    As a veteran, I love the uniform and what these young kids are doing. They only way these organizations survive is through donations as our government is worried about other things that mean nothing to the American people. Where will these be sold at after the game? I am thinking about getting one.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Mad Dog Mike

      This Army Veteran agrees, It looks good and it feels good so it IS good.. Hooah

      November 6, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • Robert

      As another Veteran, I have to agree with you. I only wish Under Armor was giving more than a mere 10% of sales to the Wounded Warrior Program. Any donation is good I know but... this is a chance for this organization (both really) to do something "extra special" for the cause.... Support our Veterans everyone, please.

      November 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Reply
    • Dover

      I wonder if you were one of those 'patriots' that criticized Obama when he revealed his logo in 2008 because it desecrated the American flag (yet didn't have a single peep when Romney did the same thing in 2012)?

      November 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  91. Enough

    From flag ettiquete: "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." It makes americans mad as hell when countries burn or show the flag in an unrespectful manner but its OK if its americans doing it. People if you believe that then I dont know what happened to the America I defended. (Retired USAF) When I see the flag my chest pumps out and I feel proud. It is the symbol of the USA and should be respected as such not something to have rolled on the ground. You burn and then bury the flag if it hits the ground what about these uniforms?

    November 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • Travis

      Comparing another country burning and trampling the flag of our country to a college football team wearing a USA themed uniform is quite the stretch. This uniform, and the concept behind it is to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Come on now.

      November 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
      • Donald Biddle, MSgt, USAF (ret)

        So your good with someone trampling these colors as long as they do so here in the US of A? It's disrespectful!!

        November 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
      • Trevor

        Don- 17 years active duty USAF Major... Intent is huge...poor "judgement" in your opinion, but do you really believe these folks are intentionally being "disrespectful"? If thats true, its obviously a contradiction in what they're doing vs who they're doing it for... Maybe I'm just splitting hairs on the term "respectful"...

        November 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Trevor

      On a flight suit or a ABUs that "hits the ground"? To stay "consistent' with your statement, and maybe I'm taking you too literal as well, but you're supposed to "burn" those patches EVERYTIME? Really hoping that is not what you mean. If that is, in-fact exactly what you mean, you have keep the whole "if the flag hits the ground then you're supposed to burn it" in context, what it meant and get some discernment...

      November 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  92. Dan

    I could say a lot, but Ill just say this. How pathetic we've become. We sheepishly support War only worrying about which President tells us that we should. We blindly "support our troops". Well what the hell do you think the troops and warriors are doing over there? Theyre not weaving baskets people! theyre shedding blood! I dont believe that they meant for this to look like blood, but what if they did? Youre okay with the fact that blood is being spilled in countries all over the world as long as you dont have to be reminded of it? Grow the F up.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • Jared

      "Well what the hell do you think the troops and warriors are doing over there?" Obviously you’ve been educated by mainstream media. As someone who has been “there,” keep your rude, uninformed, and accusatory comments to yourself.

      November 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Reply
      • Patrick

        I don't know about you, but my company killed a decent amount of people (Taliban, but people none the less) over there. And as Dan said, I surely wasn't weaving baskets. What were you doing "over there"? Doesn't take "mainstream media" to tell people that the purpose of war is, yes, to kill people. Nothing worse than high and mighty POGs who didn't do anything, yet drink the conservative kool-aid all the same.

        November 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
  93. Leah

    Love these uniforms. Good for them and Under Armour for doing something great for our veterans when the majority of the citizens and government ignore their needs.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  94. Just a thought

    I also think the uniforms should be auction off after the game, signed by the player that wore it and proceeds go to the WWF

    November 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • Bob Arctor

      In reply to Just A Thought: Why give the proceeds to the WWF? Don't they make enough money from wrestling? ;^)

      November 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Reply
      • Sean

        I think that was a typo. Just A Thought most likely meant to say WWP, but instead typed WWF. I think the emphasis was the signing of the said uniform...but what do I know...LOL.

        November 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
  95. Just a thought

    People need to get a life, I think the uniforms are in good taste. Oh If it matters I am a Veteran and the wounded warrior program is worthy.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • Dover

      I wonder if you were one of those 'patriots' that criticized Obama when he revealed his logo in 2008 because it desecrated the American flag (yet didn't have a single peep when Romney did the same thing in 2012)?

      November 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  96. harrisonhits2

    Geeze of course we wouldn't want to expose over sensitive Americans to something that might look a little like blood. Oh the horror. Or the terror.

    What a wimpy country we've become. In the well intentioned quest for political correctness the US has become a squeamish and weak people.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Reply
    • John Corey

      I couldn't agree more. Gee, I wonder why the terrorists aren't afraid of America?

      November 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  97. Ally

    From flag ettiquete: "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."

    I imagine the people who don't like a uniform stylized as our flag are referring to the above quote from our standards of respect for our flag. I personally don't mind the intent of the special uniforms and think they will be a great way to raise money for the WWP. But I have to understand why some people don't like the idea. It's a "snub" to the flag that few people know about and that's obviously not enforced.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • Alex

      I doubt that the people that are complaining are doing so do to the excerpt you pounted out. About the only people that know proper flag ediquit are military personal and boy scouts. I'm sure most military personal stanf behind this project.

      November 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply
      • Ally

        I also think most military would be behind this project. As am I.

        But from reading the responses here I'm getting the people who "think it's blood". And the people who are saying NOTHING is supposed to be made in the image of the flag. Those people also dislike flag napkins (which are also expressly mentioned in the ettiquete), flag shirts and anything looking like the flag that isn't the flag.

        November 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • JJ

      Your quote deals with use of an actual flag, not an item that is a stylized version of the flag. Also, these uniforms are great. And what's wrong with a little "blood" on the flag anyway?

      sited- 4 years Active Air Force Honor Guard

      November 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
      • Patrick

        See a lot of combat in the Air Force Honor Guard, did you? Of course you don't care if there is blood on the flag, as long as it isn't yours.

        November 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
    • Ryan

      In response to Ally, does this rule refer to using an actual American flag as a part of a costume or the actual pattern or both?

      November 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Reply
      • Ally

        In reply to both JJ and Ryan; I imagine your point is exactly the issue at hand. The way the statement is written one could interpret it either way. I feel that use of part or all of an actual flag is the intent. Therefore I have no problem with putting stars and stripes on clothing etc.

        But reading the comments here it's obvious to me that some people take the hard-line interpretation. I just meant to point out to people who don't know about ettiquete for the flag exactly what some of the dissenters might be talking about.

        November 6, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
  98. Beth Patterson

    There is always blood in war.. I love the uniforms...

    November 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  99. JOET

    As a veteran I strongly encourage and support any ligitimate effort to help my wounded brothers and sisters. Beside being a veteran, I am also an Eagle Scout and was taught flag respect long before I had the honor of serving my country. Although the intention is commendable and am sure that everyone's heart is in the right place, I just don't feel that the flag I served under should be turned into a football uniform or any other piece of clothing for that matter. This also sets up an almost "good vs evil" scenario, which I certainly believe is not the intent.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • John

      Thank you for your service. I share the same Scouting rank and agree completely with your thoughts. Plenty of folks from my era, Vietnam, wore that flag inappropriately and were properly chastised for it. Though the cause at this time, is a noble one, the display now, in the name of "patriotism" is still inappropriate.

      November 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • Phil in KC

      Joet – I, too, am a veteran and, as I have noted elsewhere on this blog, wearing of the flag is a violation of US Code.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  100. Concerned

    Anyone who is honestly offended has got to be kidding. The colors are not "running" they are tattered from extended use like the ongoing fight for our freedom. It only looks like blood because its red, does the blue side look like blood? No it doesnt because it just looks tattered. What is wrong with people? All they are trying to do is honor vets and I would love to just see one deed done without someone complaining about it. They are raising money for a good cause and you are focused on the spots between the red and white...pathetic. I think they look great just like the worn out flag the soldiers fought to raise many years ago and you know what helped raise that flag...the blood of the fallen who fought for our freedom. Yes this country has been and will be defended by blood so who cares if thats what it looks like its accurate if you choose to see it that way. Go find something else to complain about whiners. USA!

    November 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • Warren

      As a Veteran I am reminded of a phrase my DI taught me in Basic.."These Colors Never Run!"
      We gave our blood for this country and some of us would do it again. The bottom line is the money that is going to help our brothers and sisters in arms that sacuficed, most of Americans could never belong to nor understand!

      November 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Reply
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