Saturday, July 19, 2014

UAAP Season 77: Jerseyvaluation

The eight teams competing in the UAAP Season 77 Men's basketball tournament have all debuted. Here's how I'd rank their uniforms, from worst to best.

8. UST Growling Tigers (Outfitter: World Balance | Season 76 unis)

UAAP Season 77: FEU Tamaraws vs. UST Growling Tigers, July 20
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UAAP Season 77: UST Growling Tigers vs. UP Fighting Maroons, Aug. 2
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After a two-year absence, the damned tacky tiger stripe piping is back. It's a massive downgrade from UST's classy uniforms last season. The tiger head "watermark" is cool, though.

7. UP Fighting Maroons (Outfitter: Accel | Season 76 unis)

UAAP Season 77: UST Growling Tigers vs. UP Fighting Maroons, Aug. 2
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UAAP Season 70: UE Red Warriors vs. UP Fighting Maroons, July 12
[Photo credit: Jan Dizon for Inboundpass]

The Maroons look like they have on white bibs, which I suspect are there just so that sponsor logo below the jersey collars will pop out more. Also, they've seen the light and now use the full school name instead of just "Pilipinas."

6. AdU Soaring Falcons (Outfitter: Anta | Season 76 unis)

UAAP Season 77: NU Bulldogs vs. Adamson Falcons, July 30
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UAAP Season 77: NU Bulldogs vs. Adamson Falcons, Aug. 20
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Their sponsor logos are too big this year, cluttering the jerseys. I'm undecided whether that striped piping is a nice touch.

5. FEU Tamaraws (Outfitter: Nike | Season 76 unis)
4. DLSU Green Archers (Outfitter: Nike | Season 76 unis)
3. ADMU Blue Eagles (Outfitter: Nike | Season 76 unis)

UAAP Season 77: FEU Tamaraws vs. NU Bulldogs, Aug. 17
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UAAP Season 77: FEU Tamaraws vs. NU Bulldogs, Aug. 9
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UAAP Season 77: DLSU Green Archers vs. NU Bulldogs, Aug. 13
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UAAP Season 77: UE Red Warriors vs. DLSU Green Archers, July 27
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UAAP Season 70: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, July 13
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UAAP Season 77: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Aug. 30
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Just like last year, their uniforms come from the same template. What sticks out the most is that the school names sit too low on the jerseys (contrast them with the Nike-designed Gilas Pilipinas uniforms from the recent Fiba Asia Cup). That's most obvious on the Tams jerseys, if only because they don't have a sponsor logo right below the collar.

2. UE Red Warriors (Outfitter: Accel | Season 76 unis)

UAAP Season 77: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UE Red Warriors, Aug.10
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UAAP Season 77: UE Red Warriors vs. FEU Tamaraws, July 30
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The shoulder trim on their jerseys reminds me of the ones on Adidas' Made in March Uniform System from the 2014 US NCAA basketball postseason. They're like Croatia Lite.

1. NU Bulldogs (Outfitter: Bo' Athletics | Season 76 unis)

UAAP Season 77: UE Red Warriors vs. NU Bulldogs, Aug. 3
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UAAP Season 77: NU Bulldogs vs. Adamson Falcons, July 30
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

They've managed to upgrade last year's uniforms by leaps and bounds. The single biggest improvement? The school name on the jerseys no longer looks like it was designed using the WordArt feature on MS Word. The camo-patterned numbers aren't very legible from mid-distance though.

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