Seasons change, people change, and so do uniforms, but sometimes change isn't for the best. Uniforms can say a lot about a team. The character and image of a team is practically defined by the look of their unis. Uniforms have a wide spectrum of success among fans and the general public, but the best ones are awe-inspiring and can even be the reasoning behind fandom. Some sports franchises have had brilliant uniforms in the past, but changed or modernized their uniforms for various reasons.
Some sports franchises have brought back "retro" uniforms for temporary revival on several occasions, but it is rare to see a sports team completely revert to an old uniform as the permanent primary uniform. This is truly a shame, as some uniforms are just too nice to only bring back for a handful of games a year, and should return permanently.
Fans often crave the revival of an old uniform for nostalgic purposes, and I don't blame them. Uniforms can often be overcorrected and ruined through modernization, and this can cause a franchise to lose it's identity. Many team's new uniforms are clearly no match for their predecessors. From color changes to logo changes, a uniform can be completely transformed at any time for no good reason.
This list consists of some pretty sweet classic uniforms that should be blatant replacements for the team's current uniform. All aspects of the uniforms will be analyzed, including color scheme, logo, lettering, and overall cohesiveness. These unis all fit the bill for necessary restoration.
15 15. New England Patriots (1960-92)
These are an undisputed classic. It certainly says something about a uniform if you keep it around for 32 years. The clean red, white, and blue colors make this uni just as patriotic as the team name would suggest, but what really brings it all together is the helmet. The "Pat Patriot" logo that New England adopted during this time period was just about as eccentric as a logo could get without being overly provocative. Plastered on the side of those red and blue striped white helmets, Pat Patriot was the symbol of this era for the Pats.
14 14. San Diego Padres (1984)
Sports franchises have had little to no success implementing brown into their uniforms in the past. The Padres' 1984 uniform is an exception to that trend. Has brown ever been utilized more brilliantly on a uniform? The crisp yellow and orange lining on sleeves, collar, and pants accent the dark brown hue so perfectly. The best part about the brown jerseys: dirt stains blend right in! No, but seriously, these unis were sick! Oh yeah, and the Padres were actually pretty darn good when they wore them. A 92-70 record propelled them to winning the NL pennant in the lone year that they wore these magnificent uniforms.
13 13. Indiana Pacers (1984-90)
Young Reggie Miller rocked these uniforms throughout his first few years in the league. The Pacers weren't particularly good at the time, but they had some awesome jerseys. The blocky blue lettering within the dedicated yellow strip of jersey sprawled out across Pacers players' chests made these truly unique. The funky lettering paired with the bright royal blue and gold simply can't be beat.
12 12. St. Louis Blues (1992-94)
11 11. Chicago Bulls (1973-85)
10 10. St. Louis Rams (1988-99)
9 9. Atlanta Hawks (1982-92)
I've always dreamed of owning a classic Dominique Wilkins jersey in this style. I definitely could have made it happen by now, but it seems like a rather silly purchase at this juncture of my life. However, these unis were anything but silly when the Hawks of the 80s were sporting them. These were some serious uniforms...seriously.
The subtle touches of yellow make this uniform a winner. I like uniforms with yellow as a secondary or tertiary color if you haven't noticed yet, but it works so well here, sandwiched between the classic Hawks red and white. The Hawks' uniforms today are about as flashy as they get. Why not go back to simpler times, when Donald Trump was on TV a lot less and people actually paid attention to each other instead of just watching their Snapchat stories?
8 8. Pittsburgh Penguins (1974-75)
7 7. Utah Jazz (1996-2004)
6 6. Philadelphia Eagles (1985-96)
5 5. Charlotte Hornets (1989-96)
4 4. Houston Rockets (1976-95)
3 3. Philadelphia 76ers (1997-2009)
2 2. San Diego Chargers (1968-71)
1 1. Orlando Magic (1994-98)
Not much needs to be said about these uniforms. They're that amazing. Pinstripes have never been used more beautifully (Sorry Yankees fans, but it's true), the starry designs made these uniforms pop, and the colors worked insanely well together. These uniforms were the most desirable blend of flashy and modest. Penny and Shaq starred together on a new expansion team during the span of this uniform's existence, and experienced success quickly. With a similarly young and exciting team down in Orlando, bringing the stars and pinstripes back to life might not be the worst idea. In fact, it would be a spectacular idea. The current Magic unis lack the pizazz of the retros. One could even say that they are simply not as "Magical." Oh dear, I really wish I didn't have to end this article on another corny joke. Oh well.
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