Thursday night’s NFL football game saw the Jacksonville Jaguars reveal a contender for “Most Ugly NFL Uniforms Ever.” But were they really that bad? Some think so.
USA Today’s “For The Win” reported November 19 that the Jacksonville Jaguars, as part of the new Nike “Color Rush” uniforms roll-out, sported mustard yellow uniforms. Its take? “Ugly doesn’t even begin to describe it,” Chris Chase wrote. In fact, Chase described the condiment-colored football clothes as even worse than the so-called “bumble bee” 1934 throwback uniforms of the Pittsburgh Steelers, uniforms most often described as the NFL’s ugliest of all time. But, Chase wrote, the “uniforms being worn by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night made those things look like a tailored Armani suit.”
That might have been quite the exaggeration. Truly, nothing is as abhorrent as those black-and-gold striped uniforms of the Steelers. Still, Chase had a point. The new Nike mustard yellow uniforms, broken only by the stenciled white numbers and names and the black slashes at the shoulders, were very much an eyesore. And the apparel abomination didn’t end there: The mustard ran all the way to the Jaguars’ cleated shoes.
On the opposite side of the field and scrimmage line, the Tennessee Titans in their powder blue uniforms weren’t much better. But they were. Better, that is. But not much.
The Nike “Color Rush” uniforms have been eased out into the NFL over the past few weeks. Perhaps for good reason. To a jersey, the new uniforms have been quite hideous. All of them hitting the NFL in one weekend might have been too much for fans to bear. If that sounds a bit unfair, consider, as Chase did, the reaction of the “very-few intensely color blind population” watching the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets reacted adversely to the bright red (Buffalo) and bright green (New York) uniforms of the opposing team that looked like “looked like Christmas threw up on an NFL field.”
Still, since Nike has a contract, there will be more. In fact, the Dallas Cowboys unveiled their new look on the team website this week. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, their uniforms will likely only make other teams and their fans hate them more (because all their uniforms are uglier). Blazing white with navy lettering and two large stars on the shoulders, the Dallas Cowboys just might have received the best-designed of the uniforms (though time will tell). As Jake Whitacre at SB Nation admitted, they “don’t look terrible,” but he’s sure that between them and the Carolina Panthers’ new sky blue uniforms, everyone’s Thanksgiving will be ruined.
Yes, the entire world will get to see the new uniforms when the Cowboys host the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving Day. And Whitacre admits that the Cowboys’ uniforms aren’t as bad as the other teams’, but he is certain that Thanksgiving will still be ruined simply due to all the talk about those awful uniforms. (Still, to be fair, Carolina’s uniforms also rate above those of Jacksonville, Tennessee, Buffalo, and New York).
But back to the Jaguars and the team’s ugly new attire. Are they the ugliest in NFL history? Of course, that can only be answered by the beholder, but somehow looking as if you were drowned in a condiment still looks considerably better than those bile-raising Steelers get-ups that remind one of urine-stained convict uniforms.