NFL Week 15 review: Nice to see them back

Kellen Clemens and the rest of the Rams put up a good fight against the Bengals in these throwbacks on Sunday. Photo by Getty Images

There were two major items to discuss from this past week’s NFL action, and they both were of the short-of throwback variety.

Both have been discussed here and fantastic uniforms options that teams have abandoned as their primary uniforms.

We’ll start with the St. Louis Rams went went with their yellow-and-blue throwbacks for a close loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. For the second time this season (the other coming in a victory over the Saints) the Rams played over their heads while sporting these phenomenal uniforms.

There was even a bit of talk on Twitter about the possibility of making these fantastic uniforms the primaries for the Rams in the years to come. That would be a great move for the franchise.

Ryan Mathews looked stellar sporting the best uniform in sports on Sunday night. Photo by Getty Images

The second great uniform move came when the Chargers broke out their powder blue alternates in a dominant victory over the Ravens. While these uniforms always look good, they look even better for night games because of the way the blue shines in the lights.

It clearly helped San Diego on the field as they rolled over the Ravens and put themselves back in playoff contention, just like the Chargers do every season.

Hopefully, that is enough to hold you over until for a bit. Over the Christmas break, I will start to gather information on the BCS of uniforms for when bowl season really starts to kick into gear.

Until then, enjoy the football on Christmas Eve.

Week 12 NFL Review: POWDER BLUES!!!

The greatest thing to happen on Sunday was when Patrick Crayton and the rest of the Chargers wore their powder blues. Photo by Getty Images

It was what we were all waiting for all season … the appearance of the best uniform in all of sports. The San Diego Chargers wore their powder blue uniforms!!

I’m sure we all heard the roars in the streets across the nation at 4 p.m. Eastern Time when the Chargers took the field in these wonderful uniforms. Unfortunately, San Diego’s play on the field couldn’t match how sharp it looked.

The uniform originates from the jersey introduced in the 1968 season and has evolved into an alternate when the Chargers went back to a white helmet in 2007.

The primary difference between the alternates the Chargers wore Sunday and the throwbacks are the numbers on the helmets that are featured prominently in the throwbacks. The alternates also feature a sleeker bolt that are places lower on the shoulders than the throwbacks.

Both looks are extremely stellar because of the combination of the powder blue with the yellow bolts on the pants and on the shoulder pads. The games is just enjoyable to watch when San Diego decides to go with this combination.

San Diego also goes a great job of adjusting their field to go along with the uniforms. Their end zones are painted the same powder blue as the uniforms. They also change the end zone design to go along with the logo used in the 60s.

What’s the best about this game is it featured another Tim Tebow comeback so it is sure to be played over and over again on ESPN for the rest of the week.

Now, we’ll move into our quick hits:

Tony Romo seemed to be pretty pumped up to be wearing these throwbacks on Thanksgiving. Photo by Getty Images

  • The Cowboys went with their traditional Thanksgiving throwbacks. These feature white helmets and white pants to go along with a blue uniform. Unlike the Cowboys usual dark blue uniforms (which are awful) these work well and are especially good for Thanksgiving.
  • The Ravens went with black jerseys for their Thanksgiving victory over the 49ers. I usually like the black for the Ravens, but they look much better with black pants instead of the white they went with on Thursday.
  • The Lions did not go with their usual Thanksgiving look. Maybe that’s what Ndamukong Suh was so angry about.

 

NFL Review Week 4: Real men wear pink

San Francisco wide receiver Josh Morgan flew through the air with pink accents to make everyone in Philadelphia aware of breast cancer on Sunday. Photo by Associated Press

The past three Octobers have brought a once unfamiliar color into the NFL … pink.

I’m not sure when October officially became Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but the NFL certainly has done a great job of making fans aware of that fact for the past three seasons with different types of pink all over the field. Whether it comes in the players’ gloves, towels, shoes, mouth guards, wrist bands or chin straps, pink becomes the dominant color in the NFL in October.

Now, I know that I have never been more aware of breast cancer than when I’m watching the NFL for the month of October so the league has definitely accomplished what it hoped to with the pink accents all over the field.

When it comes to the look of the uniforms, it generally doesn’t have too much of an impact, at least for me. The pink is definitely noticeable, but now that this is the third season of it, the impact isn’t as shocking as it once was.

If anything, I believe it adds a bit of excitement to the games to see what each team will look like while wearing the pink accents. It also leaves it up to the player to wear as much or as little pink as they want.

Overall, the idea is great because it is all for a good cause, and since the trend will seemingly continue for the rest of the month, it gives every stadium around the NFL multiple chances to make those in the stadium fully aware of breast cancer.

Besides the pink all over the NFL, the league also saw black come into play for teams that usually go with another color scheme, and with that we’ll go to our quick hits.

Ray Rice looked nice in an all-black uniform for Sunday night's blowout of the Jets. Photo by Getty Images

  • The Ravens took on the Jets on Sunday night and completely dominated in an all-black look that is more than solid. For the Ravens, I think this is the look they should always go to in night games. The black pants and black jerseys work well because Ravens themselves are actually black. It is also intimidating to see Ray Lewis coming at you in all black.
  • The Cardinals also went with a black jersey for their controversial loss to the Giants. For Arizona, the black seems very out of place with the white helmet and white pants. Seems to me like they only make these jerseys to sell a few more Larry Fitzgerald shirts at the gift shop. Also, a cardinal is red, not black.
  • The Rams went back to their sloppy blue-on-white look for a home game and it was reflected in their play in a loss to the Redskins.
  • The Jaguars went with white pants and a white jersey at home. Nobody cares about Jacksonville (even people in Jacksonville) so it didn’t bother me that much.
  • The Chargers went with white at home again … SIGH.
That’s all for this week, like always, let me know if you see anything I missed or any comments you might have.

Week 3 NFL Review: An Alternate Throwback

Brian Urlacher may seem happy here, but he couldn't have been thrilled with what he was wearing. Photo by Getty Images

As per usual, there was not too much noise made in the NFL this week in the world of uniforms, so I will keep this relatively short.

The Bears went with a look they have gone to in the recent past, but one I was hoping they had abandoned last season.

On two occasions, da Bears went with a throwback last season. I liked the way the orange numbering blended into the dark blue jersey. I also enjoyed the gray facemask which usually indicates a throwback uniform.

The blank helmet was the most distinguishing feature of the uniform that made it a throwback. The look worked considering the history of the Bears.

Now, Sunday’s uniform choice did not have those same nice features. The most 0ffensive aspect of this uniform is obviously the orange. It’s somewhat blinding and does not make you want to watch the game anymore. When it was matched against the yellow in the Packers jersey, it made what was a pretty good game not enjoyable.

I also think it takes away from a great rivalry game. If the Bears had gone with their usual home uniforms, the game would have a better feel to it. It was tough to take the game all that serious with the Bears in these stupid uniforms.

Now, apparently, these uniforms are a sort of throwback as the Bears used to wear orange home uniforms in the 30s. Those uniforms had navy numbers though, which makes me think these monstrosities (of the Midway) are simply alternates.

Anyway, that’s my rant on that. Here’s your weekly quick hits:

Pierre Thomas and the rest of the Saints looked great Sunday in these throwbacks. Photo by Getty Images

  • The Saints went with a throwback Sunday in their victory over the Texans. It’s a pretty good look, especially the stripes on the side of the sleeves. The Fluer de Lis is slightly bigger than the current helmet is and the pants are a different shade of gold but it’s nice. While it may remind fans of a time when the Saints were constant losers, it’s nice to see this look make a comeback.
  • The Vikings also went with throwbacks. That have similar characteristics withthe Saints. The stripes on the sleeves are very nice as well as the stripe on the white pants. The color of the helmet is also a bit of a darker purple which works well, and the Vikings logo is slightly different than the current one. The Vikings also had a different look during the 90s.
  • Bad job by the Chargers going with white uniforms at home. I mean, they have the best uniforms in all of sports, use them, please.
  • Lastly, a tip of the cap to the Rams, who must have read this blog last week because they went back to their gold pants for Sunday’s loss to the Ravens.
That’s all for this week, if there’s anything I missed or you want to add your comments, please feel free.

NFL Week 2 Review: Remember the (New York) Titans

Quarterback Mark Sanchez and the Jets rolled in over the Jaguars yesterday in these stellar throwback New York Titans uniforms. Photo by The Star-Ledger

This week in the NFL did not have too much action in the way of bold fashion statements. The NFL has restrictions on uniforms, keeping teams to only two games in their alternate uniforms per season. This makes sure there are no teams like Maryland or Oregon in the league where they play ……. for pay (thanks, Mike Francesa).

The one team that did make people notice them for more than just their stellar play on the field in a dominant performance over the putrid Jacksonville Jaguars was the New York Jets. As they have done in the past, the Jets went with these New York Titans throwback uniforms.

Overall, these uniforms are pretty solid considering they are throwbacks. I would not like them as permanent uniforms for any team.

I am always a fan of stripes along the shoulders, which adds some solid detail to this otherwise simple uniform. The same could be said for the white and blue stripes along the side of the gold/yellow pants (I really can’t decide what color they are).

The best feature here is the decidedly gold numbers. They are simple and effective. The absence of any kind of outline on the number helps it almost fade into the blue of the shirt and makes it clear these are throwbacks.

Looking at the helmet also makes it clear the Jets have become the Titans for this particular game. Again, the stripe is definitely gold which helps with the helmet. Also, the lack of any writing on the sides of the helmets gives a clear indication it is a throwback.

While the uniforms were stellar, the look of the field at MetLife Stadium and the surroundings all pointed to this being a Jets home game. While I understand the New York Jets were actually the ones facing the Jaguars, I wish the people at the Meadowlands would have changed the end zone from the usual green coloring with white letters to a blue coloring with gold letters saying “Titans”. It would have completed the day and made everything about the uniforms work.

The Chargers make some changes to their end zone when they go with the powder blues and it completes the entire look of the game. The difference here is the Chargers play on natural grass while the Jets are on FieldTurf, which I imagine might cause some problems for a brand new end zone for just one game, but it would help immensely.

Bills running back Fred Jackson had a strong game and looked good while doing it in Buffalo's new home uniforms. Photo by Getty Images

That’s all for the New York Titans, a few other teams made some uniform news so here are a few quick hits:

  • The Tennessee Titans went with white uniforms at home in their victory over the Ravens, one of my major pet peeves if you’re not the Dallas Cowboys or Miami Dolphins.
  • The Saints and Panthers also went with white at home. I understand the move for the Panthers because it can be hot in North Carolina this time of year, but I still prefer the usual black uniforms or their alternate light blues. However, the Saints choice just bothers me. They play in a climate-controlled dome, why do you have to wear white at home?
  • The Bills debuted their new home uniforms in a thrilling victory over the Raiders that saw them score a touchdown on every possession in the second half. I really like these uniforms for the most part, the only thing I could do without is how the stripe on the helmet gets wider at the back. Why is it like that? It ruins a nearly perfect uniform.

All right, enough for today. Here’s a little preview of what is coming for the rest of the week, including what I hope to be a usual Tuesday staple of reviewing the uniform history of the teams featured on Monday Night Football:

Tuesday: A look at the Rams and Giants uniform transformations

Wednesday: End Zones, the chance for freedom in field design

Thursday: What’s Maryland wearing this week?

Friday or Saturday: What uniforms have to do with the Red Sox collapse