Friday, March 28, 2014

Teams that can never substantially change their uniforms

After witnessing the atrocity of UCLA's navy blue sleeved uniforms last night, I submit the following list of teams that can not substantially change their uniforms because they are iconic.

By "substantially," I mean go to a different color scheme, or remove what makes them distinctive.  You can have an odd third jersey, add some stripes, etc.  But come playoff time, you better be wearing your traditional colors.

College basketball

  • UCLA
  • North Carolina
  • Duke (their experiments with black and navy notwithstanding)
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky (done their share of screwing around, but basic royal blue / white scheme must be maintained).
  • Syracuse
  • Kansas (I'm considering their early departure as punishment for their messing around this year)
Also, Michigan should wear their maize uniforms for all tournament games.

College football

  • Notre Dame
  • USC
  • Michigan
  • Penn State
  • Alabama
  • Ohio St.
  • LSU
  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Nebraska
  • Florida St.


  • Green Bay Packers
  • Chicago Bears
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Oakland Raiders

Major League Baseball

  • New York Yankees
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • San Francisco Giants


  • Boston Celtics
  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • Chicago Bulls
On a corallary note, once you win a championship in a uniform, you should not change it for at least 5 years (see: the 1999 St. Louis Rams).  The uniform you win your first championship in becomes your iconic uniform, unless it is a genuine atrocity like the 1998 Denver Broncos navy numbers.
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