Does a New Uniform Make The Team
Some teams have been consistent with team uniforms year in and year out. It's all about tradition. Just ask the Yankees, Red Sox, Cowboys, N.Y. Rangers, Packers and the list goes on.
Other teams seem to change their logo every couple of years. So, what is the best strategy and what works?
The Yankees' home pinstripes and no last name on the back of the jersey has taken them to more World Series and given them more titles than I care to count and the Red Sox have finally seen their historic uniform in the Fall Classic. The Cowboys won Super Bowls in the 1970s and the 90s wearing very similar uniforms and are looking to return again in the same threads.
But then you have the Cubs, the poor-poor Cubs. Their uniforms are as old as Wrigley Field and it's been 100 years since they could say they were the best at their sport.
In a word, it's all about timing.
The Denver Broncos: Their classic uniforms had the bronco flying through the "D" on the helmet. They change to a more aggressive looking horse a deeper navy and darker orange - vuala, back-to-back Super Bowl titles.
The St. Louis Rams: Their uniforms are a little trickier. The classic blue and yellow get them to a Super Bowl title; then they change to a navy blue and gold and return to the Super Bowl where they lost to the Patriots.
The Mighty Ducks: Any team owned by Disney and has their mascot based off a popular movie doesn't stand much of a chance in the beginning. But drop the "Mighty Ducks of Anaheim" lingo, become the Anaheim Ducks, and change the ridiculous logo, it will lead to hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup.
And of course there is the "retro" look that seems to be in. The New York Football Giants are just a mix-and-match of old and new winning uniforms. The classic curved NY on the uniforms is what got Eli and gang to upset the Patriots last year. But it was the "Giants" that took Bill Parcells and Phil Simms to the Championship.
But the biggest uniform turnaround of 2008 has been the Tampa Bay Rays.
They drop the "Devil" and the purple from the uniform and they have the best record in baseball and are the first team other than Boston or New York to lead the AL East in July since 2000.
But, the real reason I wrote this is a little more selfish and a little more personal. I am a SMU student and there have recently been some changes to SMU football.
Everyone knows the story of the Pony Express led by Eric Dickerson and Craig James. They led the Mustangs to their glory years. But there is also a chance that they got paid well to do so, and that is what has the Ponies in the trouble they are in now.
After being the first and only team in NCAA history to receive the "death penalty", SMU never got back on its feet. Coming close in 2006 with a 6-6 record, but still couldn't make it to a bowl game.
Now the 'Stangs are back with a new head coach, June Jones, who turned the program at Hawaii around. And the uniforms are back to the white helmet that they were in the 1980s.
Maybe the uniform change will work its magic once again.
***What are your favorite uniform stories? Let me know!***
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