When I was a kid in the 1970’s, I thought of the NFL games on NBC as being more colorful than those on CBS. I guess that was because the AFC games on NBC could have teams like the Dolphins, Bengals or Broncos (Back when they had orange jerseys), Jets or Chiefs, while the NFC games on CBS seemed to always be teams that had blue or black as their primary colors… Giants, Cowboys, Bears, Lions… you get the picture.
I thought about this when I saw the new uniforms the Padres will be wearing in 2012. There’s nothing wrong with the new uniforms, they’re pretty good looking. The problem comes in when you look at them within the context of Major League Baseball, and we’ve got yet another “traditional” blue uniform with the team name in script. It seems like everybody wants to be traditional, and all too often traditional means 1950’s and early 1960’s. It’s a good look, but it’s become overdone.
I don’t know why teams are so afraid to be distinctive. If you take away the MLB teams with blue, navy, black or red as their primary color, what are you left with? The A’s. That’s it. It would be nice if someone were to think outside the box when designing uniforms.
I’ve a feeling that when the Miami Marlins introduce their new logo and uniforms later today, the phrase “Be careful what you wish for” will come back to haunt me.