Uniform Monitor: Week 12

(Associated Press/US Presswire)

SHAMELESSY IGNORED COLLEGE TRADITION OF THE WEEK: UCLA

(Gary A. Vasquez/US Presswire)

As a young football fan/uniform admirer growing up in western Pennsylvania, I annually loved the sight of USC & UCLA getting it on in late November. I’d wonder, where is this exotic land where both teams wear their home jerseys –- and why does it look so sunny and warm there? Listen, I’ve got no beef with the aesthetically quality of the getups the Bruins wore on Saturday night, but you simply can’t thumb your nose at the uniquely glorious ritual that exists in the Victory Bell Game. C’mon, UCLA: save the all-white for Colorado or WASU –- I wanna see the powder blue vs. the cardinal & gold!

COLLEGE UNIFORM MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Ohio State at Michigan

A few exposed tattoos notwithstanding, this was nice. Well played, fellas.

THE OCULAR ATTACK OF THE WEEK: Stanford

We’re not laughing with you, Cardinal – we’re laughing at you.

SHAMELESSLY IGNORED NFL TRADITION OF THE WEEK: Detroit Lions

I thought we all agreed that the Lions would wear their mid-20th-century, logo-less uniforms every Thanksgiving. Didn’t we, Detroit? Didn’t we?!

UGLY UNIFORM SUPER BOWL REMATCH OF THE WEEK: Patriots/Eagles

I know you won three Super Bowls –- including XXXIX against Philly -– with the Flying Elvis on your hat, but enough’s enough, New England: do us –- and yourselves –- a favor by returning to the Pat Patriot getups.

NFL PAST & PRESENT MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Cardinals at Rams

(Courtesy of the Vintage Football Card Gallery)

Thirty years ago, this matchup would’ve meant St. Louis’s football Cardinals paying a visit the LA Coliseum. Now, it’s Phoenix’s redbirds traveling back to their old neck of the woods.

Under the southern California sun > under a dome
Cardinals’ simple white jerseys > Cardinals’ white jerseys with vertical piping
Rams’ Jack Youngblood gold > Rams’ metallic gold

(and speaking of the past, I love the old Topps cards with the logos whited out.)

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