Uniform Monitor: Week 10

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GREAT UNIFORM TRADITION SPOILED BY MARKETING OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame

Okay, Fighting Irish, just exactly what the hell is going on here? I expect this sort of grotesque behavior out of Maryland, but not you, Notre Dame. For shame. You’re Notre Dame. The hats were vomitous, but the truly shameful deed was breaking out the iconic green jerseys as a marketing gimmick. Those are supposed to be used against the likes of USC, not the schizophrenicly-outfitted Terps.

NFL UNIFORM MATCHUP OF THE WEEK (three-way tie): Lions at Bears; Giants at Niners; Saints at Falcons

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Sure, I could force myself to choose just one, but I prefer to bask in the visual glory on several pro gridirons this Sunday. In Chicago, a classic NFC North showdown (although Detroit really oughta dump the black trim); in the Bay, the NFL’s best road unis against the nifty Niners’ red-and-bronze; and under the dome in the ATL, those retro-sheik beauties against the Fleur de Lis. Winner? Our eyeballs.

SUPER BOWL REMATCH UNIFORM REGRESSION OF THE WEEK: Redskins/Dolphins

The Dolphins of ’72 looked sharp in all-white when they completed their undefeated season against the wonderful burgundy and gold Redskins in Super VII. In Week 10 of 2010, DC sees fit to go with

their white britches … a move the Uniform Monitor considers a big step backwards.

SUPER BOWL REMATCH IMPROVEMENT OF THE WEEK: Bills/Cowboys

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Buffalo’s lousy performances in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII against Dallas were matched by the ugly arrangement of their red, white and blue. Thurman Thomas went so far as to put fashion over football when he delayed putting the red helmet on his head. The new/old-and-improved Bills’ getups make the Week 10 visit to Big D much more enjoyable to look at.

COLLEGE UNIFORM MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Nebraska at Penn St.

Two teams, two colors. And not many more than two points scored. With both uniforms so clean, retro and simple, washed in that brilliant November sun, it almost seemed like 1965. Almost.

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