I think black as one color of a uniform is fine. How could I say otherwise after 15 years of following Llano High? My closet is full of Black and Orange. You should see it. Well, only if you keep your eyes closed through the rest of the house—your journey would be like the climax of Restaurant: Impossible.
About 10 or 11 years ago, I was searching for the Burnet team at the State Track Meet in some relay event. Couldn’t find ‘em. Why? They were practically in all black. Silly me. I thought the Dawgs were Green and white.
Not long after that I saw Nebraska, the Big Red whatever, in black in a road basketball game.
I really do like black: black and gold for the Iowa Hawkeyes, Pittsburgh Steelers, Boston Bruins, and Gatesville Hornets. Red and Black for Texas Tech and the Heat. I even like Canyon Lake’s Black and Green look.
And the Spurs, Black and, uh, what? White? Scratch that. What were the designers thinking when that combination was chosen? Were the crayons missing? “Marge, who had the red, blue, and orange colors last?”
This intellectual odyssey has now arrived in Lawrence, Kansas, February 16, where Texas was the visitor for basketball. Burnt Orange may be one of the best colors of any team anywhere. That’s what the Longhorns wear on the road indoors—not against the Jayhawks. The uniforms were 90% black with a bit of orange making a guest appearance.
They were at Phog Allen Fieldhouse for goodness sakes! One of the cathedrals of college basketball! It’s the James Naismith Court—Dr. Naismith invented the game, and his grandson was in attendance! Fortunately, he was wearing Kansas Blue. I guess the concessionaires had sold out of Texas Black.
Do you think Notre Dame, Alabama, Green Bay, the Lakers, or Canadiens would ever put on black? Why? To be like Burnet High?
Show some respect for tradition, okay? And don’t influence those “Black and Gold” contingents to switch to white and gold.
The change did Texas a lot of good. The ‘Horns had a white-out in the first half and scored 15 points. They “rallied” to lose, 73-47.
I’ll bet Bobby Layne, Slater Martin, and James Street never wore black while playing for UT.