Tuesday, January 23, 2007

 

The Shoe Fits But I Like What I See

Based on the uniforms this Super Bowl is a draw.

It's been over ten years since we had two teams this good in the Super Bowl. Bears versus Colts rivals Steelers versus Cowboys for two teams with excellent uniforms facing eachother for the championship. In my opinion you can't rank the uniforms from first to last but rather place in tiers based on how good they are.

It's not hard to design a good uniform but it seems pretty easy for some teams to design a bad one. Clip art logo, trendy color schemes (adding black or dark blue just because you can) or hip 'swooshes' or streaks or whatever instead of stripes make the uniforms worse.

Here is my assessment of the current 32 uniforms and a few comments:

Excellent:
Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Some simple designs here but bold color schemes. You don't have to over do things. Colts look good in just blue and white. Giants and Jets made a great improvement a few years back to earn their way in this category.

Good:

Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers.

Dolphins and Lions opted for the addition of black and blue that kept them from the top tier.

Fair:

Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams.

Bengals' tiger pattern is good but there is a little too much going on elsewhere. Seahawks blue is cool but it is too much of one color, Rams opted for a trendy color switch a few years ago that was not an upgrade.

Poor:
Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings.

Vikings and Cardinals were Excellent last year but this year opted to add some color streaks that look silly.

Lousy:

Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers.


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