Posted Sep 9, 2010 in Cool Shit, For Him | 2 Comments

Football Fashion

After 7 months of waiting, and having to put up with the boredom of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the WNBA, the National Football League (NFL) regular season is finally upon us!!!

All the fun kicks-off this Thursday night in New Orleans, as the defending champion Saints take on the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of last year’s NFC championship game. (If you can’t tell, I am SUPER excited!!! In case you’re wondering, no I did not take Friday off from work. I took off this coming Monday. There are twelve other games on Sunday)

I can go on and on telling you how great of a game football is, and ask you what’s not to like. From the hitting, to the adrenaline, to the last minute touchdowns, the excitement never stops. For the sake of the article I won’t. However, I will ask you, while watching football on television or on-line, have you ever said to yourself: “Man those are some really nice jerseys.” Or, “Wow my team is really getting their butts kicked, but at least they look good while doing it.”

For those of you out there that have thought that, or are scared to admit it, I am here to answer the question of: Which NFL team has the best looking jersey.

For the purpose of the article, I have chosen to use the jersey/team’s of the most popular players aka the face of the franchise, from the teams that I have chosen. If you read my World Cup fashion article, you will see my explanation for excluding teams like the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from this list. I also choose not to include teams who have no shot at winning much of anything this year: Dolphins, Jaguars, Chiefs, Texans, or ever: Raiders, Rams, Lions, and Bills.

The first match-up I have is Drew Brees from the aforementioned champion Saints, against Michael Turner from the Atlanta Falcons.

I figured what better way to kick-off this discussion then with the champs. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 7 months, you have probably noticed Saints quarterback Drew Brees. From the cover of the new Madden’11 to making appearances on Letterman, Oprah, Ellen, and numerous other talk shows, the new poster boy for the N.F.L has been everywhere since hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy.

As you can see, the Falcons home jersey has a nice mix of black and red, with a touch of white in the sleeves and in the numbering.

The Saints counter that with a black and gold-coloured jersey. How appropriate that the champs are rocking the gold.
While Black does go with just about everything, by itself, it can sometimes look a little plain. So despite the fact that The Saints are the champs, I have to roll with the Atlanta Falcons.

The next match-up I have a battle from the NFC North (National Football Conference) No it’s not Favre Bowl part 2 with a Chi-town mix, but it’s just as good. It’s Adrian Peterson’s Minnesota Vikings versus Greg Jennings’ Green Bay Packers, versus Jay Cutler of Da Bears.

Three storied franchises, two super-star quarterbacks, and arguably the hottest rivalries in the game today. This one is a close one. The Packers, who have worn the same uniforms since 2000, are represented by their traditional green home jerseys.

The Vikes answer back with a combo of gold, white, and purple with their visitor’s jerseys, while Da Bears come strong with their home navy blue uniforms. Although it looks like there is a little too much white, the purple and gold trim really stand-out. Sorry cheese-heads, but the Packers’ jersey is just to plain. I am going to go with the monsters of the midway here aka the Chicago Bears. If you’ve ever tried it, orange and blue really go well together. Trust me, if you haven’t, you should.

Next up is a battle from the AFC North (American Football Conference) we have three fierce rivals in the Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis, Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Chad Ochocinco from the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Steelers who get fan support no matter what city they play in, won’t find any support from me, because as you can plainly see, the boring sums up their colors pretty well.

For the Ravens the mix of black and purple work real well together. Add that to the fact that purple and pink have made more than a minor comeback with most guys. If you’re confident in your masculinity aka manliness and you can make it look good, why not?

Despite my inclination to go with the Ravens (my Super Bowl pick for the AFC) how could I not choose the Bengals? The black, orange, and white say styling and profiling. Besides, this jersey falls into the unisex category. If you asked female Bengal fans out there why they root for the team, I am sure you would find at least a couple that say they do because of the jersey.

Am I the only one who suddenly has the urge to hear “Eye of the Tiger?

From the AFC South, we have the N.F.L’s former poster boy Peyton Manning and his Indianapolis Colts, going toe-to-toe with Chris Johnson’s aka CJ2K and the Tennessee Titans.

If you haven’t noticed, there is a lot of blue with this match-up. Despite the Colts and Peyton Manning’s greatness on the field, I am going with the upstart Titans.

While the blue and white of the Colts does go well together, the blue on blue with the white trim says “I’ll do you one better.”

The next match-up is Tom Brady’s New England Patriots, versus Mark “The Sanchise” Sanchez’s New York Jets. I am not sure if this will make an episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks, but you never know.

How ironic is it that the Patriots have the most patriotic looking jerseys? Even though I am Canadian, I can still appreciate the symbolism.

The J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets on the other hand come back with white and green. While one would expect something a bit more brash or loud from a team with a head coach like Rex Ryan, and players past and present like Bart Scott, Keyshawn Johnson, Braylon Edwards, and the legendary Joe “Willie” Namath. Sorry Patriots fans, even with Tom Brady as the face of your franchise, you guys still lose out to the Jets. Is this a prelude of things to come once the games kick off this week? Only time will tell. For you guys out there that are wondering why I would go with the aforementioned Jets and not the Packers, it’s simple. Green and white looks a lot better than green and yellow.

Next on tap are Tony Romo’s Dallas Cowboys, Eli Manning’s New York Giants, and Michael Vick’s Philadelphia Eagles.

This one is actually pretty easy. None of these three teams advance. The Giants have too much blue, the Eagles too much green, while the Cowboys have too much white. All three teams fall victim to lack of creativity.

Finally, I’m giving you a little west coast flavour courtesy of the Frank Gore’s San Francisco 49ers, Larry Fitzgerald’s Arizona Cardinals, and Shawne Merriman’s San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers are well represented with the powder blue. When those jerseys first came out following the ’07 season tons of NFL fans were seen wearing it. I have 2 friends that aren’t even Charger fans, but they bought the jersey just because they liked it so much.

For those of you that don’t know, I am a die-hard 49ers fan, so it pains me to say this, but their jerseys are just to plain. The red is nice, but it isn’t enough. Throw in a little black and/or gold and then you’d have some ammunition.

The Cards on the other hand must have been listening. Although these are only a few traces of black around the collar and the arms, it’s still better than none.

After the first round, the remaining NFC teams are the Chicago Bears, the Atlanta Falcons.

In the AFC, it’s the Cincinnati Bengals, the San Diego Chargers, the New York Jets, and the Tennessee Titans.

The Bears do make a strong case for inclusion with the orange and blue, but it’s just not enough to make me give them the nod ahead of the dirty birds from the ATL.

In the AFC it’s a little tougher to call. The Jets, who are many people’s pick to win the Super Bowl this year, do look sharp in the green and white, but it’s not enough for them to beat out the other 3 squads.
The Chargers are the next to go. While the powder blues are popular, this is still the game of football. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think baby blue says intimidation. While the blue on blue for the Titans is definitely a smart and creative look, it still doesn’t beat out the tiger stripes.

So with the Falcons and Bengals advancing, our final matchup for the football jersey awards is now set.

The winner of the inaugural football jersey awards is drum roll please…the Cincinnati Bengals!!!

There are a few reasons why I’m giving my vote to the Bengals:

Bengals are way tougher than falcons. Who would you rather get into a fight with? (Yes I am well aware that the chances of that happening slim to none, but I’m just saying. It’s like asking would you rather fight Georges St. Pierre or A-Rod…)

The Bengals uniform actually resembles a Bengal tiger. How many black, red, and white falcons have you seen?

The cockiness and bravado that oozes out of the Bengals’ jerseys matches up pretty well with some of the characters on their team. Chad Ochocinco, T.O, and Adam “the artist formerly known as Pacman” Jones, just to name a few.

Most importantly though, it’s the fact that team is able to make tiger stripes, which in most people’s eyes is mostly associated with female underwear, tough.

So there you have it. The Bengals are the champs. No they don’t win the Lombardi Trophy, and no they shouldn’t hold their breath for that trip to Disney Land, but they do get a solid thumbs up and a cheap website plug from yours truly. With summer almost completely in the rear-view mirror, and fall right around the corner, the next stop on the jersey award bandwagon will be the National Hockey League.

Photo courtesy of  ©Jeffery Beckford & Pro Sports

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  1. Great article Brent! I like where you said “If you’ve ever tried it, orange and blue really go well together. Trust me, if you haven’t, you should.” keep up the good work.

  2. Well written, Mr. Bodkin! Although, I wouldn’t call the jerseys of my beloved Steelers “boring”, but rather just a classic example of being “simplistically fashionable” ;)

    Keep up the good work, bud!

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