View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 8/28

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 28, 2015 - 7:47 AM



It’s over and I admit that I’ve lost. The uniform wars came to a close at 7 p.m. Saturday when Rockhurst took the field at Faurot Field in Columbia against Columbia Rock Bridge.

It ended when the Hawklets came out in new uniforms that featured blue pants and blue edging around the collar. While that might seem like a small change it is major shift for a program that has worn white pants and white jerseys on the road for as long as I can remember which means more than 30 years.

Rockhurst had maybe the most traditional uniform in the Metro. The Hawklets were the Penn State of high school football. The uniform hadn’t changed and it was easily recognizable.

Saturday has changed all of that. Who knows maybe the Rock will be all blue for a home game down the line. While Rockhurst doesn’t have as many uniform combinations as say Kearney, Lee’s Summit or Raymore-Peculiar but they now have more than two.

This war has been raging over the last decade with companies like Nike, Under Armor and Adidas on the national scale. It started in college football, moved to high schools and you are starting to see it creep into the old school NFL.

Locally we have our own company that is taking steps to rival the big dogs and has quickly made a name here in Kanas City and nationally. Siege Sports burst onto the scene in 2012 and its uniforms can be seen all over the Metro.

These new uniforms have bold designs featuring all kinds of different patterns. You’ve seen them I don’t have to tell you about them.

While I am a traditionalist when it comes to uniforms I can appreciate the trends and celebrate a local company like Siege who is becoming a player on the national stage with a great product made locally.

Basically what I’m trying to say is I’m old and I learned a hard reality that never changes. Youth always wins and you should celebrate it.