For the most part, I think retro uniforms should be left right where they were in the first place: in the past. It’s rare that a team’s former uniform is worth resurrecting, and the updated versions almost never measure up to the classic uniforms, anyway. There are a few exceptions, with the San Diego Chargers’ power blue jerseys probably topping that list, but when you see outfits like those gawdawful brown and yellow duds the Broncos brought back last year, you wonder why anyone even bothers.
Still, I am a big fan of the orange retros worn by the Colorado State Rams on Saturday in their 36-34 win over Idaho. Not only did the Rams looks sharp, the fans – particularly the students – did their part to make “Orange Out” a welcome addition. Say what you want about fashion, but the Rams looked and played like an entirely different team from the one that started the season 0-3.
The football win was part of a highly successful Rams weekend. Not only did the football team snap its 12-game losing streak, the volleyball team swept its last Utah trip, the cross-country teams performed well at a big meet and the women’s tennis team got to show off its new facility.
Football – The Rams came into their game having scored 19 points in three games and sporting one of the worst offenses in the country. Considering that Idaho entered with one of the nation’s top defenses, it figured to be a long day for Ram fans. Instead, Pete Thomas carved up Idaho’s secondary for 386 yards and three touchdowns, and Raymond Carter became just the second running back in CSU history to post 100 rushing and receiving yards in the same game. Best of all, the Rams showed remarkable poise and resolve in the final minutes when they put together a terrific drive to set up Ben DeLine’s game-winning field goal on the final play. Thomas, by the way, today was named the Mountain West Conference’s offensive player of the week for his memorable performance. Next up: Fifth-ranked TCU – the best team on CSU’s schedule and a possible national championship contender – invades Hughes Stadium for a noon Saturday game.
Volleyball – With BYU and Utah bolting the MWC next year, this was CSU’s last chance to let the good folks in the Beehive State know which team rules the Mountain time zone. The 18th-ranked Rams made a lasting impression, beating BYU on Friday in five sets before crushing Utah in three sets Sunday. Next up: The Rams host MWC rival San Diego State at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Cross-country – The men’s team was eighth and the women 11th Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota – one of the nation’s most prestigious meets. The Rams return to action Oct. 16 at the Pre-Nationals meet in Terre Haute, Ind. – site of the annual NCAA Championships.
Tennis – The results of the CSU Invitational were far less important than showcasing the Rams’ new 12-court facility. The $2 million complex should give the program an immediate boost and will allow the Rams to host the MWC Championships this spring.