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American Sports’ Top Beloved and Despised Uniforms

Darren - September 11, 2020
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American Sports’ Top Beloved and Despised Uniforms

Darren - September 11, 2020
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26. Bad – Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks just can’t seem to get it right. After a disastrous number of years, they’ve come up with yet another look. This time they’ve incorporated red and black into their design. But let’s be real, it doesn’t really work. There is nothing unique or distinctive about it.

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At least when they used purple, it stood out. Even though it wasn’t the cleanest look, they tried. This is just a step sideways into something drabber than before. Meanwhile, the whole ‘D-Backs’ thing is dreadful. To sum up, they should have kept their World Series color scheme.

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25. Great – Portland Timbers

All the good things that we said about the Green Bay Packers can be repeated about the Portland Timbers. The Timbers are one of the most popular MLS franchises out there. Unlike most MLS teams, they boast a genuinely passionate group of supporters and have a massive waiting list for season tickets. Meanwhile, they also have one of the standout uniforms in the league.

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Green and yellow work very well together as a color block. The two make for a very vibrant and recognizable combination because not many teams go for it. As a result, the teams that use it become instantly memorable. Furthermore, the Timbers also have a great badge. Who doesn’t love an ax? If every MLS franchise was as fun as the Timbers, the MLS would be one of the best soccer leagues in the world.

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24. Bad – Wyoming Cowboys

Oh dear, there is just nothing good to say about this. We already spoke about how brown is generally not a good look for sports uniforms. However, even Cleveland’s uniforms are better than the Cowboys’ grim ensemble. They combine muddy brown with mustard for one of the worst color blocks that we have ever seen. How anybody thought that this was a good idea is beyond belief.

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The one positive thing that we can say is that they tried something different and wanted to remind everybody of Wyoming’s rural traditions. That’s understandable but they could have gone for literally any other color block and it would have been better. The Mountain West team is improving though so expect to see more of these eyesores in the future. Unfortunately.

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23. Great – Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders have an extraordinary uniform. It’s so defining that no other franchise in the NFL could ever use it because it’s quite simply just theirs. Black and silver is a phenomenal combination that stands out whenever their players step onto the field.

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Meanwhile, their logo is one of the most fearsome in the sport. Their colors have helped to produce one of the most vibrant fanbases in the entire NFL. When their fans gather in one place it’s incredibly intimidating. Being different can definitely win you points when it comes to the best uniforms.

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22. Bad – New York Jets

Green is a tricky color to pull off. If it’s the wrong shade then your team will just fade into the grass. However, the right shade can be extremely appealing. But the Jets’ bottle green jerseys and white combination are one of the murkiest and least effective in the entire NFL.

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It also looks extremely dated. Their font looks like a hangover from the ’90s and not in a good way. They really should update that at the very least because it’s a very dreary style. If your team isn’t performing well on the field then you should at least make them look good.

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21. Great – Memphis Grizzlies

Some people will hate the inclusion of Memphis on this list but we think they are doing some great things with their uniforms. Their pastel blue statement uniform was very effective in contrast to the typical royal blue that most teams favor. Meanwhile, they came up with some other great designs.

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We’re focusing on teams’ home uniforms as much as we can, but the Grizzlies wore a medley in 2019/20. Their Vancouver classic kit was an example of how to successfully pull off teal. It was a very fun design that looked great on the court. Charlotte should take that as an example.

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20. Bad – Detroit Pistons

The Pistons have had some outstanding uniforms throughout the years. We think of the ‘Bad Boys’ era and how they made the red and blue famous. Then they very controversially turned to teal for a few years. However, the current era is less inspired than before.

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It’s not that their current era of kits are that bad. But there is no denying they’re very functional in their design. They don’t take any risks and the team lacks the success on the court to endear these uniforms to their fans. Let’s hope they begin to innovate again in the near future.

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19. Great – Vegas Golden Knights

Not many hockey teams successfully pull off a clean look, but the Golden Knights definitely do. They narrowly beat the New York Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings to this list. The Los Angeles Kings could learn a thing or two about minimalism from Nevada.

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Charcoal is a very brave color to choose because if it doesn’t work it’s so dull. But it serves as the perfect backdrop to their golden helmet insignia. Meanwhile, they tastefully worked red and black into their sleeves. This is a luxurious hockey uniform from a growing franchise.

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18. Bad – Houston Texans

The Texans’ uniform isn’t that bad really on the surface. The problem is their clear similarity to the New England Patriots. Ok, they have different color helmets, but their jerseys are too much like those of a way more successful side. It makes them seem like a tribute act.

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Meanwhile, Houston isn’t a cattle town. They’re an oil town and that’s a sore point for many locals who still struggle to identify with the new franchise. The Texans might be 18 years old but the legacy of the Oilers still hangs heavy in the Lone Star State’s most populated city.

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17. Great – Oakland Athletics

One of the classiest baseball uniforms out there, the Athletics have a beautiful look. Their use of kelly green is outstanding. Green can be very difficult to pull off but when it works, it’s extremely classy. The Athletics have one of the best in MLB.

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The uniform ticks all of the boxes because they have a unique color scheme that also looks good. Sometimes teams try too hard and their uniforms are too busy or garish. The Athletics managed to maintain the perfect balance between traditional and timeless.

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16. Bad – Ottawa Senators

In 2007, the Senators changed their logo. But in 2021 they’ll change it back to something very similar to their original design. That can’t come a moment too soon because the current design is just so clunky and awkward to look at. It really takes away from their uniforms.

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Teams usually have animals on their crests for a reason. They usually look intimidating or at the very least reflect something unique about the area. Instead, the Senators have a disinterested Roman general staring out from their jerseys. Change is necessary.

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15. Great – Brooklyn Nets

The Nets are the only NBA franchise to use jet black and white as their main uniform colors. It results in an extremely clean look. When the Nets step out onto the court you know who you are looking at. In a league with a seemingly infinite number of blue uniforms, that makes a difference.

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There’s also no denying that black is just cool. It has a certain menace to it and it’s also flattering on everybody. Some people don’t like the ‘Bed-Stuy’ addition on their alternate uniforms but it’s a decent tribute to the culture of the area. In sum, black and white make for a great Nets uniform.

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14. Bad – Colorado Rockies

The trouble with the Rockies’ uniforms is that they are just so bland. There is nothing statement about them whatsoever. Even the font on the chest is boring. In sum, that’s a massive problem because you want people to want to wear your uniform even if they don’t really care about the team.

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Many sports hipsters like to buy random teams’ uniforms so that they can pretend to be knowledgeable about obscure sides. It’s a conversation starter and an attractive design can draw attention to your franchise. Colorado needs to do better because baseball is such a regionalized sport as it is.

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13. Great – Texas A&M

College teams tend to have more fun with their uniforms than NFL franchises. But there are some incredible classic looks out there. Let’s talk about Texas A&M with its delightful burgundy uniforms. Originally, the team intended to wear red. However, in the end, they made the right decision.

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This was an inspired decision because they have one of the most distinctive and regal looking designs out there. Wine-colored jerseys balanced with white pants, it’s a clean, sharp, and strong combination. Why don’t more teams use this great color scheme?

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12. Bad – New York Knicks

Let’s be honest, the Knicks have one of the most obnoxious color schemes in the NBA. The combination of blue and orange makes it look like a child grabbed their two favorite pens from a box of sharpies. It just doesn’t look very clean or professional. Which given their recent history probably suits them.

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Meanwhile, too many teams use blue. They do try to be different by using orange but the two colors don’t really coordinate well with each other. Sure some people will probably love it, but it’s definitely not the classiest look in the league at all. It could be better

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11. Great – Los Angeles Chargers

The Bills, Giants, Patriots, Texans, Colts, and Lions are just a few of the teams in the NFL who wear blue. But none of them pull it off as successfully as the Chargers. The LA franchise has one of the most striking uniforms in the league today. Blue, yellow, and white is simply a gorgeous combination.

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Meanwhile, the lightning bolt detail is reminiscent of Roman centurions. It’s also a very flexible color scheme because they often alternate between different pants and jerseys for away games. Even when things aren’t going well on the playing field they still look great.

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10. Bad – Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have a problem because they can’t make their minds up over whether teal or black is their primary color. In sum, their color schemes tend to be murky and uninspiring. You would think that a team that calls itself the Jaguars would want to make a statement but somehow their uniforms constantly underwhelm.

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Although their helmet designs have improved – no more two-tone, thankfully – it still looks a bit weird. It might seem sacrilegious but a cleaner badge would make a difference to its effectiveness. Or they could follow the Bengals route and go full-spotted like the big cat? We’re not sure if the league is ready for that.

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9. Great – New York Yankees

New York has the biggest baseball fanbase but the Yankees also have the best uniforms. The Yankees’ cap transcends the confines of the sport. It represents the entire city, not just the franchise and many people around the sport don’t even associate the classic interlocking “NY” with the latter.

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Meanwhile, the Yankees are synonymous with pinstripes. They weren’t even the first team to use this feature but they never changed anything after they introduced them. This makes it a classy, timeless design. You might not love the team, but you’ve got to give them credit for their appearance.

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8. Bad – Carolina Hurricanes

When it comes to hockey uniforms the badge can be a dealbreaker. The Hurricanes should take a look at themselves in the mirror. Or maybe they shouldn’t because their badge is so ugly that they would probably break it. Seriously, it’s just not a great design at all.

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A hurricane is a great name for a franchise but it’s very difficult to encapsulate it in an image. Maybe an image of a cow stuck in a tree would be better than splodges of red and black. Either way, it’s a clunky and unappealing design that damages their uniforms’ aesthetic.

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7. Great – Los Angeles Lakers

When you look at a Lakers uniform, you know that it’s a Lakers uniform. Their bright yellow shirts and shorts with purple facings are resplendent and individual. This color scheme is bold and daring. While it’s definitely in-your-face, it doesn’t look cheap.

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Sure, the superstars who’ve worn it over the decades like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James give it a heightened sense of worth. But if uniforms had voices, then this one would be a leader of men because it’s just so powerful.

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6. Bad – Cincinnati Bengals

Part of us respects the Bengals because they’re doing something different. But sometimes people avoid doing something for a reason. Shamelessly emblazoning your helmet with bright orange and black stripes is one of these things. It’s just too garish.

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Orange can work but it’s all about how you use it. The shade is important too and the Bengals’ are just too bright. The black is a strong contrast and it’s all just too overpowering. In sum, it reeks of ’90s design and needs to be refreshed. There is a way to make the Bengals’ style work, but not this way.

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5. Great – Texas Longhorns

Another great college program on this list, the Longhorns have one of the best uniforms in football period. In fact, it’s almost a shame they’re an NCAA team and not an NFL franchise because this is truly one of the greatest out there. Firstly, the Longhorn badge is fantastic. An indigenous and cool animal, it looks great on their helmets.

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We saw with the Bengals how atrocious orange can be if you do it wrong. But the Longhorns go a couple of shades paler and balance it with white instead of black. It’s clean, timeless, and distinctive. In sum, you can’t ask for more than that. An inspired color scheme.

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4. Bad – Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks are like marmite. Some people will love the Seattle franchise’s color schemes, while others loathe them. The notorious ‘color rush’ is one example of them going all-out with their self-described ‘action green.’ While they gain points for trying to be modern and different, they also lose them for coming up with some rubbish designs. Seattle’s uniforms lack the same legacy factor as the likes of Pittsburgh.

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In fact, it often feels like they don’t know what they’re trying to achieve with them. They might have one of the league’s best quarterbacks in Russell Wilson, but they don’t know how to dress him properly. In recent times, they’ve worn navy, grey, green, and white. It’s as though they asked a fish to use every color that it knew. In sum, they really don’t have the nicest uniforms in sports.

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3. Great – Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The Fighting Irish are on this list for their classic color block, not for any weird Adidas interpretations. When it comes to iconic uniforms, Notre Dame are up there with the best of them. Their iconic gold helmets immediately stand out, while their navy jerseys have a clean look to them. They possess a timeless look. While the technology and fit of the materials may change, the overall aesthetic is untouchable.

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We’ve seen uniform manufacturers try to be original with pinstripes and bizarre helmet modifications. The simple thing to do is nothing. This is because it is pointless trying to fix something when it isn’t broken. The Fighting Irish know what they expect from a uniform because they have one of the very best. This represents tradition, legacy, and achievement in one stunning design.

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2. Bad – Anaheim Ducks

Our problem with the Ducks stems from their logo. They decided to modernize their uniforms and in doing so lost some of their soul. We miss their old badge because it was fun and distinctive. This is a franchise that emerged from a Disney movie, so there’s nothing wrong with keeping to that character.

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Now they have a webbed foot on their uniforms. Yes, they’re trying to move the franchise into the twenty-first century, but you shouldn’t throw away what made you special and unique at the same time. It’s definitely the worst in the league and really damages their uniforms.

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1. Great – New Orleans Saints

For our money, the Saints have the best uniforms in US sports today. Their black and gold is quite simply regal in appearance. Add in the Fleur de Lis and you’ve got something truly special. The latter detail is one of the classiest logos in all of US sports. Just compare that to the Browns’  helmet.

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Meanwhile, they use a paler shade of gold than the Steelers so it’s automatically recognizable. It is also a more metallic shade so the players look like they are wearing gold. Meanwhile, they get bonus points for their ‘color rush’ uniform which is a perfect contrast to the black.

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