By Phil Hecken, with James T. Huening
OK faithful Uni Watchers. You voted. We heard you. The results are in. As most of you are no doubt aware, two weekends ago, UW (with the tremendous help of James Huening) ran the first of what we hope are several polls to determine our uniform preferences. We asked you to vote on your favorite NFL home uniform, ranking each team from 0 (for the worst) to 5 (for the best). We also asked you for some demographic data and perhaps to give us a quote about your favorite and least favorite uniform. You guys were outstanding. We liked this so much we’re doing it again, this time with the ROAD uniforms.
*** Please see below for your link to the road uniform voting. It can be found next to the “New Poll” graphic! ***
We’ve got a lot to tell you, and even more you can glean for yourself if you look at the outstanding graphics and charts Adam Walter (who provided much of the heavy lifting on this project) provided based upon the data gathered. Be sure to click on the links to Adam’s work — It’s great stuff! Here’s James:
Once again, thanks to Adam Walter for crunching the numbers and putting together some great presentation materials. You can download the full PowerPoint file and/or the PDF that he put together. And of course, thanks to everyone who participated. The response was truly fantastic. I alluded to it last weekend, but we got input from literally all over the globe. Here’s the full list of places we received responses from: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Argentina, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Bahamas, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Thailand, Ghana and Antarctica. In addition, there were 14 responses from unknown locations, so who knows if any of those came from localities outside that list?
The Worst (from 5th-worst to absolute worst)
and the worst home uniform in the NFL, as decided by you, the reader:
Did any of these results surprise me? Well, a little. I expected the Bills to finish in last place, but I was a bit stunned by the overwhelmingly negative response they received. They averaged less than one point per response and 666 nominations as worst uniform out of 1,951 responses counted.
Also, I wasn’t expecting the 49ers, Saints or Chargers to crack the top 10. (I’m not saying that they don’t deserve to be there.) On the other hand, I was expecting at least three of the following to make the top 10: Chiefs, Redskins, Cowboys, Browns and Dolphins. As it turns out, they were 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th, respectively.
One thing that didn’t surprise me is how close the voting was between the top two finishers. The Bears averaged 4.239 points per response to the Packers’ 4.211. On that alone, I’d declare it a tie for first, but more people chose the Bears as the best (15% of responses compared to 12%). Either way, it was an epic battle worthy of the best rivalry in the league. Or something.
Along with the nominations for best and worst, we asked for your reasons as to why you feel that way. There were some truly great responses — far too many to list them all here. (Maybe Phil would like to do that in a future post.) However, I will point out that the word “mess” was used 64 times; “trainwreck” was used 11 times; “clusterfuck” and “joke” appeared 8 times each; 5 times for “nightmare” and “abortion” made 3 appearances.
Those were obviously referring to the worst uni. For the best ones, the words “class/classy/classic” appeared 936 times; “tradition(al)” got 156 mentions; 129 of you noted a “clean” appearance as a positive and uniforms were praised as “iconic” 31 times.
So what did I learn from this experience? Well, for starters, the Uni Watch readership has good taste in football uniforms. But I guess I already knew that. The thing I really learned is that for the most part, I really like the way the NFL teams dress at home.
I’m not just talking about the teams that finished in the top 10. There are a lot of teams I never really thought about one way or the other that really look good. The Houston Texans are a perfect example. No, not the “Battle Red” unis, of course, but their regular home uniform is really pretty sharp. I rated them 4 points. As it turns out, I gave four teams a score of 5 and twelve teams got 4. That’s high marks for half the league. On top of that, I gave out five more 3s. That’s two-thirds of the league getting above-average marks. (In my mind 5 = A+, 4 = A, 3 = B, 2 = C, 1 = D and 0 = F.)
In contrast, I only gave out only two zeroes, five 1s and four 3s. Clearly, there are some poorly dressed teams, but not as many as I initially had thought.
Thanks James! And thanks so much dear readers for participating. And with that, I direct your attention to our New Poll, which will be basically a mirror of the first one, only this time, you’ll be ranking the NFL Road Uniforms. That poll just below:
Ready to take the next Uni Watch poll? This time you’ll be ranking the ROAD UNIFORMS for the 32 NFL teams. Just click on the poll (below) and rate each team’s away uniform by giving each team a rating of 0 (for the worst) to 5 (for the best). Be sure to complete the full survey. We should be able to release the preliminary results next weekend, and have the full results shortly thereafter. Ready?
Thanks in advance for your participation!
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: OK, back with a pigskin puzzle today, as we examine another football scoreboard. I hope you guys like the football (please feel free to send me more) scoreboards. Hopefully, this one will be easy enough to solve, but not so easy that you know it off the bat…er, kick. As always, please don’t post the answer but rather, use pro-fooball reference to find the link to the game. Teams and location should be easy, so Guess The Game from the scoreboard.
Today we are treated to two Legacy Games in the NFL. The first of which, kicking off at 1:00 pm (EDT) on FOX features the Dallas Cowboys facing off against the Dallas Texans (Kansas City Chiefs). I’m not entirely certain what the Cowboys will be wearing, but I think it will approximate this beauty from the way-back days. It’s actually very similar to the current throwback, except it’s white, and it’s similar to what they wore in 1994, during the NFL’s 75th Anniversary season. The Texans, a/k/a Chiefs, won’t look very different than they do now, except they’ll be wearing special Texans helmets. OK, that’s pretty cool, but that’s just the early game.
At 4:00 pm (EDT), on CBS, in what may be the most eagerly awaited “worst” uniform throwback in history, the Denver Broncos will throwback to their brown & gold 1960-style uniforms. Will they pull it off as well as such memorable throwback efforts like the LA Lakers or will it look as garish as the Philadelphia Eagles? I suppose that will be in the eye of the beholder, assuming that eye is wearing protective lenses.
I don’t want to prejudge the uniforms until I see them on the field, but we got a few glimpses of the throwbacks from Friday’s practice. They look pretty good, right? Well, that’s just from the waist up. We can’t see the socks with the uni from the waist up. Well, at least we’re not supposed to. I’m under the impression they’ll be wearing white oversocks, so the effect of the full length sock will hopefully be mitigated. But, at first glance, we could be headed for sartorial disaster. And lets just hope no one gets the idea to invoke the fashion police and scream “Look At ME” on game day. Course, maybe he just did that because the socks are so long.
The Broncos will be hosting the Patriots, who themselves will be throwing back to their White 1963 uniforms. We’ve already seen them in their red throwbacks, so this is our first look at their roadies.
Buckle up. Air sickness bags can be found in the seatback in front of you.
Brand new Sunday Benchies for ya today. I know it’s new because the ink was still wet when Ricko e-mailed it to me. What would a Sunday in October be without the boys playing some football? Not much fun. Well, the bye-week is over, and now the boys are back to work. So, with that, enjoy your Sunday Benchies.
So you thought we were done with the pink accessories? Well, in a way, the NFL is. But not quite. See, after their “Look At Me” display last weekend, where everyone and their mother wore pink, the NFL is now putting all those game worn shoes, wristbands, gloves and caps to use — having the players sign and donate them to be “auctioned off with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Awareness.” Good on them. Lets hope they will be successful in raising a boatload of money for the cause. I still think the NFL could have done more good than by letting the players wear pink accessories (how great would it have been to have half the teams wear pink jerseys, while the other half wore white with pink stripes or something? Ok, maybe not so good), but at least we see they’re living up to their commitment. Thanks to Joe Skiba (via Paul and Tim Slaman) for that pic!
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. This week the Ducks took their show on the road to the University of Kal-ee-for-nah-yay, at Los Angeles, where the Beaverton Boys were empowered to where one of their myriad white looks. Mike was all over it, as usual. Thanks Mike!
Our man in the street, Jim Vilk brings you his Jim’s in the boonies, I’m bringing you today’s “Top 5” Best and one WORST college football uni matchup from yesterday:
5. Oregon vs. UCLA: A duckwalk in the park for the U of Zero. Nice look for both today.
4. Horns vs. Buffs: Burnt orange is almost always a candidate for a top 5 — and despite Colorado’s funky pants, it was a good looking matchup.
3. Naval Academy vs. Rice: Jim may love Rice, which is nice, but this branch of the armed forces needs love too.
2. Roll Tide vs. The Rebs: Oh yeah. Bama gets points for the helmet numbers alone.
1. Rutgers vs. Texas Southern: You know Jim’s not gonna put either one in the one slot. But I am.
and the WORST uni matchup of the day (tie):
FAMU v. THE U: Oh how bad it could have been.
Whyoming vs. New Mehico: Giving the pro Broncos a run for their money with brown and mustard.
Guess that’ll have to do it for today. Enjoy the day. Hope everyone gets the Broncos game, it’s gonna be one for the ages, if not for the eyes. Don’t forget to cast your vote for in the NFL Away Uni Rankings poll. Peace.