When trolling for pictures last night, I stumbled upon this one, from an AP preview package before the annual Army-Navy game earlier this month. Both teams have historically distinct uniforms, making it a good-looking game … uniform-wise, at least.
And then I looked at the calendar and noticed it was the last Friday before Christmas. In my hometown in Iowa, the last Friday before Christmas means the annual game against the crosstown high school (the Catholic kids beat the public-school kids last night — 65-56). It was a good-looking rivalry in my high school days because dazzle nylon wasn’t the industry standard yet. And those damn Nike shoulder-horn things were years away. Although one year the Catholic kids wore a color intended to be gold. Think dark-pee-brownish. Yuck.
By this point, my brain was percolating at levels not seen since at least Monday or Tuesday. So I started thinking about other good-looking rivalries in all of the major sports. And yes, I did notice the Lakers’ old-school unis — that’s why they’re my NBA selection, up against the Celtics. I chose Bears/Packers in the NFL, any Original Six team against another in the NHL, and the Dodgers and Giants in MLB.
This list could go on and on, but it won’t — I’m sleepy now. So even though it’s Saturday, fire up the brain and see what happens on your end. Please, no Dale Earnhardt vs. Jeff Gordon (Rainbow Warriors era) matchups. — Bryan