When I was in high school when the throwback craze started to rise, I wondered how far the marketing would go. Throwbacks were great because for people my generation, I never got to see Julius Erving play. But to wear his jersey was a great way to celebrate and appreciate the history of the game.
However, would it be possible to have old school players wear the team’s current uniform? I called it “Fast Forward” but it was something that wasn’t too far-fetched.
In the following years, I would see some form of it, mainly when current manufacturers would get too lazy to create a throwback, so they just take a current template and just have the old names applied to it.
Take a look at this old Reebok commercial. A few of the old players are wearing the team’s then current design.
Were you ready for this?
Now that the NFL has taken an NHL-style approach to the Pro Bowl, that means the traditional red AFC uniforms vs the blue NFC uniforms are no longer needed. That means there will be new uniforms and this is what it looks like. The colors are “vibrant orange” and “volt.”
Nike says the new uniforms will feature stars on nameplates that represent how many times a player has been selected to the Pro Bowl. The NBA does it. Major League Baseball did it once.
The logos on the sleeves appear to be in one color, matching the jersey. The pants “striping” is the same as the Jaguars style (and most of college football). And the socks break the rules of having white at the bottom. Here are high resolution images of the white and charcoal uniforms.
So what do you think about the new uniforms? Given that Nike has roots in the state of Oregon, it looks like it’s the Beavers vs the Ducks. It’s not great, but it’s not bad. It’s just there.
These don’t excite me.
When these were unveiled yesterday, everybody was all crazy about it. I looked at it and just was like “meh” to the new USA hockey jerseys. It in fact is an homage to the 1932 sweaters.
I don’t understand what the great celebration was for this set. The fact that the blue and white sets aren’t even symmetrical makes it hard for me to like it. Then you add on the fake stars and fake collar lace and you really have a boring, unimaginative set.
(I will give them props for their collar paying homage to their two gold medal teams, but none of us will see it when the players hit the ice.)
I suppose the blue one is a little bit better in my eyes, but not really. It’s just boring. I’m not a fan. And that logo, where have I seen it before? Of course, now I remember!
Russia’s looks better, but the non-symmetry still bothers me.
I just noticed this during the weekend and apparent Nike implemented these changes last season, but the shoulder yokes for the Titans have been significantly reduced. Compare from when Reebok made the jersey to what Nike did last night.
Clearly the yoke has been slimmed along with smaller numbers and logo. Obviously this is a part of the Nike’s template and this is what they have resorted to do. I like the bigger yoke and it works well with the Titans’ jersey.
This gives me the feeling that maybe sooner than later, the Titans might go for a rebrand. Even though the change is minor, it’s a change that might signify that a new look could happen. Just my guess.
If this is old news, then I guess I’m late to the party.
Nike has always done the “____ Knows” campaign with their athletes. Over the years we’ve seen them market their athletes with these shirts for Bo Jackson, Yoenis Cespedes, Adrian Peterson and so on. But up until then, they’ve only been with shirts and sometimes shoes.
But for the first time to my knowledge, the company has produced a line of caps to go with the famous slogan. This is something that Nike appears to be reaching out with in their sights for a new avenue to market their players.
The Chargers officially announced three minor changes to their uniform set.
- The nameplates will be a two-tone look (see image below).
- The neckroll is gone and the collars will match the color of the jersey.
- The socks will feature a gold stripe midway up the calf.
This is what the nameplate will look like.
The Chargers are going through a minor nameplate change.
So with this news, I am such a happy camper. The toilet seat is slowly disappearing and teams are realizing that it’s just ugly. Glad the Redskins are getting rid of it. It looked just so out of place.
It’s also another example of how many classic uniform designs have been compromised due to Nike’s “innovative” designs.
What the new jersey will look like.
I don’t have much of an opinion on these two new leaked sets since they both are simple and not complicated like the Jaguars.
But here are some thoughts.
New home all-black set.
After weeks of teasing elements of their new uniform, the Jacksonville Jaguars officially unveiled the entire set and I must say, the word “revolutionary” might be one of the best verbs to describe this set. Overall, I have never seen anything like it, but it meets my approval. Even though it’s kind of AFL-like, it works for a team that doesn’t have decades of history.
Let me break down the components of the uniform. (The teal jerseys will be worn only once a year. I assume they’ll save it for the primetime games.)
First, here are some additional images via tweets on the new uniform. (HERE IS NIKE’S PRESS RELEASE)
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.
GO THROUGH GALLERY HERE.
All three jerseys with the two pants options.
Denver is fixing up their toilet seat necklace and it looks much better.
As we’ve mentioned before, Nike’s jersey design template has some flaws. One thing that has received many complaints from fans are the toilet seat necklaces. It looks terrible and really out of place. In fact, it compromised some original design elements for teams.
Apparently though, some teams have decided to get rid of the two-tone collar design. As you can see by the above image compared to the design used last season.
According to Nike’s online shop page, they’ve photoshopped some gametime images with updates to the collar design. By my count, the Buccaneers, Ravens, Bills, Broncos and Chargers are the teams changing. The Saints, Rams and Bengals are keeping their toilet seat look and the Redskins white jerseys were not revealed. The Cardinals’ jersey is also unknown due to the picture.