This post is dedicated to you uniform junkies — and I know there are tons of you out there.
Uni Watch — the popular ESPN.com site that looks at everything about uniforms in athletics — is in the midst of releasing its “Power Rankings” of uniforms in professional sports — the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.
Where do the Redskins stack up?
Out of 122 teams in the four professional leagues, the Redskins are ranked 62nd — right about smack-dab in the middle.
When looking at NFL teams only, the Redskins rank 17th — again, in the middle.
Hey, these guys study this stuff much more than I do. Here’s their complete analysis of the Redskins’ current uniforms:
“The Skins look great when they wear those flashy gold pants (which have their own Twitter feed!), they look OK when they wear the burgundy pants, and they should really give the white pants the heave-ho. The jerseys and helmet are OK, but the whole package is starting to feel a bit dated.”
I’ve also heard the gold pants referred to as the “mustard” or “yellow” pants, but if you’ve had a chance to zoom in on them in high-quality photos this preseason, you’d see they really do appear to be gold.
I like the gold pants, but I’m also a fan of mixing it up every once in a while — especially based on how the team is performing in that particular uniform set.
I can’t imagine that Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has pages in his playbook dedicated to which uniforms parlay into wins and losses, however.
If you break it down by NFL teams, the Redskins rank 17th in the league in uniforms, according to Uni Watch, and are ranked ahead of the New York Giants in the NFC East (the Dallas Cowboys [sixth] and the Philadelphia Eagles [fifth] apparently have beloved uniforms).
The top five NFL uniforms are yet to be released, but here’s Uni Watch’s Power Rankings so far:
32. Cincinnati Bengals
31. Minnesota Vikings
30. Carolina Panthers
29. Arizona Cardinals
28. Jacksonville Jaguars
27. Seattle Seahawks
26. Detroit Lions
25. Atlanta Falcons
24. Denver Broncos
23. Baltimore Ravens
22. New Orleans Saints
21. St. Louis Rams
20. Houston Texans
19. Tennessee Titans
18. New York Giants
17. Washington Redskins
16. Cleveland Browns
15. New England Patriots
14. Indianapolis Colts
13. New York Jets
12. San Diego Chargers
11. Kansas City Chiefs
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9. Miami Dolphins
8. San Francisco 49ers
7. Buffalo Bills
6. Dallas Cowboys
5. Philadelphia Eagles
Who’s left: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers
I guess it’s not surprising that the Bears, Packers, Raiders and Steelers are the top four. They’ve stuck with the same uniform design pretty much throughout their entire franchise history, and each team has a unique color set to work with.
CHIME IN: How do you think the Redskins’ uniforms stack up against the rest of the NFL? Do you think they should design new uniforms or stick with their current set? Feel free to comment below.
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