No uniform is going to please everyone. Not only does any given team inspire the disdain of opposing fans, but they often face the wrath of their own faithful who may be looking for a good excuse to pile on a bad team or who feel any changes betray their identity/history.
Even if a franchise avoids the pitfalls of ill-advised efforts to update or rebrand its look and feel, cultural and economic forces will eventually force their hand to some degree.
The Red Sox and Steelers are never going to stray far from their cherished images, but promotion-driven special edition jerseys and symbolic throwbacks mean that even the most immutable, iconic uniforms in sports are sometimes interrupted by a hot mess of stripes and khaki.
For some teams, a new look can transform their fortunes—consider the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But, that pesky amnesia always comes creeping back and eventually people start feeling nostalgic for that winking snapper in a tri-fold...or even dare say they miss the Buc's long-gone "creamsicle" uniforms.
When you consider history, not all decisions about team uniforms are created equal. Plenty of "disasters" from years past look less so as time passes by, but some decisions are never going to lose their sting.
These are the 20 worst uniform decisions ever.