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Monday, August 16, 2010

The Top 5 Baddest Football Uniforms

The other day, sweet Wifey, she is so sweet, wrote a diatribe about wimpy looking football uniforms. Her theory is that the team with the baddest, most intimidating uniforms will usually come out on top. In her humble opinion, the Tennessee Titans have rather wimpy looking uniforms, and I have to agree. Since the Titans became the Titans, they have had a rather checkered performance with one super bowl appearance and several trips to the playoffs followed by other time when they did not break .500. Now keep in mind that sweet Wifey is the same person that thought the Pro Bowl had something to do with bowling.

With that out of the way, I have selected the teams with what I think are the baddest, most intimidating uniforms. Now keep in mind that in every case I will be referring to the dark jerseys (usually home field). The light uniforms are never as intimidating.

In 5th place I have selected the Seattle Seahawks.
This is the only team I selected that did not have black jerseys. In fact I am not exactly sure what color to call the Seahawks. It is somewhere between a dark green and a gun metal gray. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, their tough looking colors seldom translate to a winning streak.

In 4th place are the Oakland Raiders.

The mention of the Raiders conjures up images of the silver and black, eye patches, swords, down and dirty, in the gutter, and in your face football. I am old enough to remember the old AFL Raiders and the John Madden Raiders. Lately, however, the scariest thing about the Raiders I guess are their fans.

The New Orleans Saints are my choice for 3rd place. The black and gold really looks sharp and after such a long dry spell, they looked so tough in the last Super Bowl. Too bad Archie Manning could not have played with such a Saints team. The Saints often wear gold pants with their black jerseys. This looks good but the all black attire is a whole lot more intimidating. The fleur de lis on the helmet looks a little gay if you ask me, but I'm not sure what other emblem you could have for the Saints. A solid gold helmet would look more manly.

In 2nd place are the Chicago Bears.
There is something about a bear that is the epitome of toughness. Bears are big and powerful. They are black and they are mean. The Chicago Bears play in the NFC north, the black and blue division. They are known for their tough defense, in part because Dick Butkus, perhaps the greatest linebacker of all time played for them. In spite of all that, their overall performance is rather mediocre. I like Lovie Smith and Jay Cutler (a Vanderbilt guy) and I was expecting great things out of the Bears last year, but it did not materialize. Maybe this year?

And number 1 on my list are the venerable Pittsburgh Steelers.
These guys look like they are ready to whip somebody's ass at just any old time. The black and gold always looks sharp. What I think sets them apart are those awesome black helmets. I have thought it was cool that the Steelers emblem is only on one side. They are one of the few teams whose away uniforms look almost as intimidating as the home uniforms, but that's just me. There's no doubt about it though, the Steelers are one of the winningest  teams of all times. They look sharp. They look bad. They look tough, and anytime the wimpy looking Titans play them, I'm gonna worry.

Here's some other teams to whom I'd like to give honorable mention for tough looking uniforms (all dark jerseys):
Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams (especially their helmets).

I bet the rest of you have different opinions. Let's hear about it!

1 comment:

  1. I rest my case on the "wimpy uniforms" and refer to coach Jim Mora:

    "On September 27, 2009, the Seahawks wore lime green jerseys for the first time, paired with new dark navy blue pants in a game against the Chicago Bears. The jerseys were designed in honor[citation needed] of the new Major League Soccer team Seattle Sounders FC who also wear a green jersey with blue pants (or in SSFCs case, shorts). It was originally reported by Chris Berman from ESPN during the Week 3 predictions of his 2-Minute Drill portion of SportsCenter and confirmed by QB Matt Hasselbeck via Twitter. On December 6, 2009, the Seahawks wore their Seahawks blue jersey with the new dark navy blue pants for the first time, in a game against the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks broke out the same combo two weeks later against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and two weeks after that in the 2009 regular season finale against the Tennessee Titans. In December 2009, then-coach Jim Mora announced that the new lime green jerseys were being retired because the team did not win in them, because he liked the home jerseys better, and added that the home jersey is a better match for the navy pants. In the same press conference, he stated that the new navy pants "felt better" on players as opposed to the Seahawks blue pants. The darker pants are starting to be worn regularly with blue jerseys."

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