If you haven’t figured it out yet, I watch a lot of sports. Some might say I watch too much, but I don’t care. When watching these sports, I can’t help but notice uniforms that I think look cool, and ones that annoy me and look terrible. I’m going to give you my favorite uniforms of all time, and then some of my least favorite of all time as well, and I’ll do my best to not let my feelings towards that franchise interfere, but I can’t make any guarantees. Let’s get the worst ones out of the way (in no particular order).
Worst Uniforms in Sports
The Denver Broncos (1997-Present)
I know the change somehow helped them end their Super Bowl drought, as they won back to back titles immediately after changing to the more modern look, but I don’t care for it. Even worse than that, however, is that so many teams must have thought that it was a good idea, and you had teams like Atlanta, Arizona, and my beloved Vikings all follow suit eventually and go with fancier, busier-looking uniforms rather than the classic looks of old. It disappoints me, because I’m a big fan of the vintage look of a lot of the NFL teams used to have, and of those that stick with those timeless styles. This alternate orange version adds insult to injury. Yuck.
Oklahoma City Thunder (2008-Present)
Well, it’s apparent that I’m picking on the orange and blue color combination, but I have to say, despite how good the Thunder look as a basketball team, they do so while looking so bad in those jerseys. What’s with that name? And how do the bright blues and oranges make you think of a storm? Oklahoma City is too long of a name on the front. They should have went with OKC or just Thunder. I’m not impressed, despite being a fan of Kevin Durant.
Detroit Pistons (1996-2000)
Thank goodness these awful things only lasted 4 seasons. What were they thinking up in Detroit? What’s the bigger tragedy, Grant Hill having an injury plagued career that never allowed him to live up to his potential, or the fact that he had to wear these ugly things?
Minnesota Timberwolves (2008-Present)
My thoughts about these jerseys have always been summed up with these two fateful words “WNBA jerseys”. That’s what they look like. They’re a joke, and even though they’re not that much worse then the previous uniforms, I think all of us Wolves fans would have loved to see them go back to their first uniforms. Those were nice.
Green Bay Packers (who cares?-Present)
I know I’m contradicting myself because I’m a supporter of the classic looks, and green has always been my favorite color, but these jerseys just plain disgust me. I’m biased, and I know it, but I just don’t like the look. I hate the Wisconsin Badgers almost as much as I hate the Packers, and yet I can acknowledge that they have okay looking jerseys, so this clearly isn’t all about my distaste for their team. Let’s change the subject.
Alright, enough with the negative, let’s get to my favorites.
Best Uniforms in Sports
Chicago Bears (long time ago-Present)
Another division rival, and yet I still give them the nod of a fine uniform. The orange version is an abomination, so that’s clearly not included in this, but their standard home and away jerseys are near the tops in the NFL thanks to their willingness to stay with that old-school look. Other teams that deserve the same type of recognition, but aren’t quite as good include Dallas, San Francisco (after going back to their old look), New York Jets, and Oakland.
Michigan Wolverines football (too lazy to figure it out-present)
The color scheme: fantastic. The simplicity and classic look: superb. The helmet: sublime. Simply put, these jerseys are magnificent. And I hate the Wolverines.
New York Yankees home pinstripes (forever)
Everyone hates the Yankees, and I’m included in that, but I can’t deny these uniforms. I know there are other pinstriped uniforms out there, but nobody does them quite like the Yanks. Even the logo and the color scheme are perfect. And it doesn’t hurt that they live up to the greatness of the jerseys.
New England Patriots (1961-1995)
Here’s an example of yet another team that I strongly dislike, and yet I have to give credit for a great-looking uniform. I wish uniforms like these never got changed, but for some reasons the owners or pro sports teams like looking at ugly jerseys and helmets, like the current Patriots uniforms. Go figure.
UCLA Bruins Basketball (have they ever changed?)
The look is absolutely timeless. I’m sure I’m swayed by their success and the number of great players that have come through that program, but the color scheme is so unique, yet brilliant, and the entire uniform is just so simple, yet elegant. I think if I had been a college basketball prospect being recruited all over the country, UCLA would have had an edge slightly in part to the jerseys I would have gotten to wear. North Carolina also gets an honorable mention here for their great college basketball uniforms.
Oregon Ducks football (they’re always changing, yet always looking good)
I know, I know! I’m contradicting myself by giving credit to the school that’s constantly pushing the envelope with “modern” looking uniforms when I’ve insisted that I prefer the “vintage” look. But there’s something about the way Oregon does it that never disappoints me. The color scheme works, especially since they utilize so much black, and I end up being pleased with the final product. Miami and Virginia Tech are the other college football programs that I have to give nods to here, as well.
New York Knicks (slight changes here and there, but roughly the same for all time)
Yet another example of a simple, timeless look that I can’t get enough of. I actually think that the NBA has some of the worst uniforms of any pro sports league, so I especially appreciate teams like the Knicks that stick to their classic look. I also appreciate the Bulls, the Lakers, and the Celtics. Actually, the old script Chicago jersey that Jordan wore as a rookie might be the single best basketball uniform that I can think of. But right now, I think the Knicks are the best in the league.
Baltimore Ravens alternate black on black (not sure when this started-Present)
Best football uniform ever. And Ed Reed makes it look so good. Enough said.
Well, that was a lot of work, and I’m sure I missed plenty of great uniforms, but those were the best (and worst) ones that came to mind. Please, if you read this and feel I’ve left someone out, go ahead and tell me with a comment. (If you’re disappointed that baseball and hockey were left out, my response is that A) I don’t watch hockey, so I shouldn’t comment, and B) baseball uniforms are all mediocre. None of them stand out to me except the Yankees, and none of them seem that bad.)