Appearance counts for a lot, especially in major league sports. Some of the NFL’s uniforms are the coolest, man! When you watch football (for cheap!) with satellite tv deals, you’ll see these cool uniforms on TV.
Great uniforms should be colorful, with a smooth-flowing design and distinctive graphics. They should look natural on the players. And they should reflect what the team and the city it represents are all about. The Green Bay Packers are a good example of this. They wear green, appropriately for Green Bay. They’re named the Packers because the area was known for the meat packing industry. Their forest green contrasts very well with bright yellow striping, pants, and helmets. Their helmet graphic, a G shaped liked a football, is unaffected and down-to-earth, like the Green Bay area.
But the two coolest NFL uniforms both appear in the AFC North division. In 1995, Art Modell moved his Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, and they became the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore fans picked the name “Ravens” in memory of Edgar Allan Poe, who lived and died there. Ever since, the team has worn a combination of black, purple, and sometimes white with a fierce-looking raven on the helmet. In 2011 one graphics designer picked their uniform as a favorite, calling it “menacing” and “formidable.”
The truly coolest uniform in the NFL belongs to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals were started in 1968 by Cleveland Browns founder Paul Brown. They were named for a former team, and also because the Cincinnati Zoo was known for its white Bengal tigers. In the team’s early days, a tiger used to be brought to the games on a leash – probably not the best idea. Since 1981 the helmet has had tiger stripes, and in 2004 the jersey also got tiger stripes. It’s the coolest uniform because it’s the most recognizable, the most dramatic in color and design, and the most intimidating. What’s scarier than a tiger? Eleven tigers!
Of course, one difference is that the Ravens have had great success with their cool uniform, while the Bengals not so much. Will cool clothes make the man, or the team, in the future?