on these sorts of things
By Phil Hecken & A.P.
Last weekend, in a teensy item I had buried after the main post, I had a little snippet from someone who had rated the 10 Worst Unis in football. Specifically, here’s what I said:
I don’t usually pay much mind to “top 10 best” or “worst” lists of uniforms. I mean, we here on UW should have the final word on that sort of thing anyway, right? But Ricko sent me this one. This one is a head shaker. Plus the guy who wrote it is either a homophobe or a bad comedian. Probably both. But check out the choices and the rationales. Here’s a typical quote: “The Dolphins uniforms should be San Fransisco’s uniforms. It’s hard to imagine a uniform that better represents fruit than these.” Right. Not quite sure how old it is, but it’s definitely not from this season. Still, this gets a huge “WTF?”
I didn’t think too much about it, but I received an E-mail this week from one of UW’s stalwart posters, we’ll call him “A.P.” (for ‘Anonymous Poster’) — why he wanted to remain anonymous, I’m not sure, but he did request the anonymity for the purposes of this post. (He’ll reveal himself to you once we get our results). What results, you may ask? Well, A.P. took me to task over my claim that “we here on UW should have the final word on that sort of thing anyway.” As such, he proposed that we come up with a “Ten Worst/Best” list, based on the opinions of the UW faithful. In my reply, I said, “well, if you can come up with a system, and you do the tabluations, I’m up for it.”
So that’s how this got started. I threw down a gauntlet, as it were, and now it’s up to you guys to pick it up. So, without further ado, here’s what A.P. has set up:
Hey, I’m just trying to make this thing as “scientific” as possible. I don’t want to skew the results somehow. I assure you I’m not hiding my identity as part of some nefarious plot. Anyway…
From time to time, someone will publish a list of best or worst uniforms. Invariably, we the Uni Watch community will strongly disagree with the author’s assessments. So we figured what better way to compile a “definitive” list of how the uniforms stack up than to reach out to the Uni Watch readers? Since the NFL season is in full swing, let’s start there. We want to know what you think of each team’s primary home uniform. That means dark jerseys for everybody except the Cowboys, Redskins and Dolphins — no alternates and no throwbacks.
So what do we want from you? Just complete a short online survey. It should only take a minute or two of your time. You’ll need to enter a password to access it — greendot.
1) Rate each team from 0 to 5 points (0 being the worst, 5 the best). You can use these photo collages, broken out by division, to help guide you: AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, NFC East, NFC North, NFC South, and NFC West.
2) You don’t have to use every number and you can use each number as many times as you want. For example, if you think every NFL uni is garbage, feel free to rate them all a zero (0). Or if your opinion is that every team looks outstanding, go ahead and give them each a five (5).
3) Please mention the uniform that you think is the best and the one that you think is the worst. If you want to, include a brief explanation why. It’s possible you’ll be quoted, so you may wish to put some thought into this.
4) Please tell us what your favorite team is. If you don’t have one or if you’re not a fan of the NFL in general, go ahead and tell us that.
5) THIS IS OPTIONAL: tell us your age, gender and where you live.
Again, the survey can be found here and greendot is the password.
Sounds simple, right? Sure it is. What we’re hoping to do, obviously, is to figure out the ranking of ALL NFL teams, so by placing a numerical value beside each one, it will make tabulation of them much easier and much more scientific. I’m not real good with math, so A.P. will be handling the duties of figuring out the “best and worst”. I figure there are close to 800 members and a lot of random readers, and I’m hoping everyone who sees this post will take a few minutes to complete the survey.
At the conclusion of the survey, we’ll be back with our “un-official official UW NFL Best and Worst List.” OK? OK!!!
We can do this! Just assign a numerical value next to each team. Tell us your favorite team, and give a one or two sentence explanation of what you consider to the the “best” and “worst” uniform in the NFL. If you want to give any other info, that’s completely up to you.
Awesome. I’ll keep you guys apprised of the status of this next week and
likely bug the shit out of you probably will need to remind those who haven’t sent in their surveys to please do so.
Thanks, and a big thanks to A.P. for not only the suggestion but for setting the whole thing up.
Our man in the street, Jim Vilk brings you his “Top 5” Best and one WORST college football uni matchup from yesterday:
5. California/Oregon – Who knows … Ducks may make the list again, but Cal won’t.
4. Vanderbilt/Rice – Stars and Old English add a little class to these helmets.
3. Ohio University/Tennessee – MAC schools CAN compete … looks-wise.
2. Southern Miss./Kansas – Not traditional, but very colorful.
1. Indiana/Michigan – Hail to the victors of this week’s list.
And a tie for the baddie:
1b). Tennessee State/Florida A&M – Just think…A&M plays Miami in a couple of weeks.
Well, it’s finally here. The oft-rumored lime jersey Paul wrote about, Paulie Soto mocked up, and Mike Princip hosted on Greenglare, is here. And the Seahawks will wear it tomorrow, against the Bears. We just didn’t know whether the numbers would be white nor with what pants the neon lime would be paired. But now we know, thanks to this leaked Twitter pic. So it’ll be white numbers with blue pants. I suppose it could be worse. I’ll reserve all judgment until I actually see the jersey on the players, the field and the lighting. I’m sure we’ll all be near a TV around 1:00 PDT (that’s 4:00 pm eastern 3:00 pm central & 2:00 pm mountain). The game’s on FOX (and there are only 2 games on Fox at that time, the Bears versus the Seahawks, or the Saints versus the Bills). All I know is I better get that game. Have your goggles ready.
Ricko’s running out of Sunday Benchies, so we’re gonna run one from the way-back machine today. But it’s a good one. Bub’s star wide receiver Mick is having one of those days all weekend warriors dream of. So, as you dream of starring on the football field as your team plays today, live vicariously though Mick in this Sunday Benchies. And, any similarity between Mick and Ricko is purely coincidental.
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: Once again, today’s scoreboard is brought to us by SlimandSlam. However, I believe the date he gave me for this was not correct (or, more likely, I wrote it down incorrectly) — and since I normally play the game (if I don’t know the answer) along with you guys, if I had the time, I’m sure I could figure it out ahead of time — but I don’t, so I can’t. So I’m leaving it up to you to solve it for us. As always, please don’t post the actual answer, but use the link (which will contain the answer) to Retrosheet or Baseball Almanac. Date, location and final score, please. Ready? Guess The Game.
UW #1 Seahawks Fan Michael Princip has been tracking the Oregon Ducks and all of their 2,456 possible uniform combinations this season. He’ll be updating it after each game. Yesterday the
U of Zero Ducks provided us with a lovely throwback and a win to boot! (A 42-3 asskickin’, no less.) Only one problem, though: Sweatbox problems continue to plague Nike. So, Here’s The Updated Ducktracker. Thanks Mike!
Ah, those Nike sweatboxes: Last weekend, we began to see the curious phenomenon of the “Sweatbox” — it wasn’t the first occurrence, but we noticed. We even gave it a name. Paul even remarked on the “problem” in his ESPN column (scroll down to “College Football”). Well, yesterday, it wasn’t just Oregon in their nifty throwbacks who encountered the problem. Sometimes it’s the big “square” in the middle of the stomach, or just the back and sides of the jersey, but it’s obviously caused by different materials Nike is using to piece together their jerseys. Depending on the team playing, the sweatlines make a two-tone appearance on the uni. It’s like a rorschach test of weird squares and right angles. It seems few teams are immune to the two-tone terror. Just not a good look … oh wait…that last one really was an intentionally two tone. Yeesh.
WOW…now that was a post. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to vote in the UW Best/Worst NFL uni poll. … Bad Newz for the Chiefs today? … Titans versus Oilers (Jets versus Titans) in AFL throwbacks … Hawks in neon snot … just a full day any way you slice it. G’mar chatimah tovah to all those observing. And, I’m not closing the contest, but this is the last time I’ll link back to it — if you want to participate in the Design A Cap Contest, just click the linkie and follow the instructions.
Have a great Sunday everyone!