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Terps Uni’s – The Story May Be Worse Than We Imagined.

There is little doubt that the University of Maryland football uniforms are ugly. The uniforms the Terps wore on Monday lowered the definition of “hideous” to a new level.

People have commented the uniforms look like a cross between the defunct XFL and CFL uniforms.

Maybe a better comparison would be a combination of XFL and roller derby uniforms.

And yes, we meant roller derby uniforms.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the helmets of the Terps and the Charm City Rollers – an all female roller derby squad – have helmets that are strikingly similar.

But at least one corner of Baltimore reacted with a dismayed pang of recognition: for the Charm City Roller Girls All-Stars team, the Terps’ new helmet looks much like the one they’ve been using for the past three years.

“They’re not identical, but they’re shockingly similar,” said Hillary “Rosie the Rioter” Rosensteel, the roller derby team’s captain.

Both helmets are patterned after the Maryland State flag and contain gold, black, red and white elements.

The Charm City Roller Girls’ All-Stars team has been using their helmets inspired by the state flag for three years. Ray Baranowski, who’s married to player Holly “GoHardley” Baranowski designed them.

As we noted earlier, there is no such thing as “bad publicity,” but if the Charm City Rollers pursue some sort of claim against Maryland and Under Armour, the reputations of both will go down. Certainly the reputation of Under Armour will suffer as they promote themselves to be leaders and originators of design and products in the sport market.

Whether that design leadership entailed copying an existing helmet design is not for us to say, but it certainly adds another chapter to the tale of the gawd awful unis.



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