Welcome back, sports fans, to Throwback Thursday, a time to look upon our past with equal parts nostalgia, pride and a healthy dose of shame. For as casual style goes through awkward changes and redesigns so do football uniforms and logos.
This week we take a look at the 1966 Miami Hurricanes:
Before Howard Schnellenberger came to South Florida and refashioned Miami football into "The U," memorable seasons were few and far between for the Hurricanes. And, by pre-1983 standards, 1966 was certainly a banner year. The Canes had a rough start, losing two of their first three games, but Miami rebounded thanks to a dramatic 7-6 win over Georgia, setting the tone for the rest of the season. Miami did have one blemish in the second half of the season, a 10-10 tie with Tulane, but an upset win over arch-rival No. 9 Florida erased any disappointment amongst the Cane faithful.
Miami was invited to play Virginia Tech in the Liberty Bowl and won a close 14-7 game to finish the season 8-2-1. And they did it all in green and gold. Yes, the orange hadn't quite made it to Coral Gables, and neither had the white helmets with the iconic U. The Canes instead trotted onto the gridiron in forest green jerseys, gold pants and a gold helmet with an actual hurricane warning flag on the side. If anything, these kits were just as iconic as the threads from the '80s.
Miami even resurrected the look for a 2005 game with North Carolina.
Looks even better in color.