So, About Those New Collars

By John Ekdahl

In case you missed it, Paul weighed in on the new Nike two-toned collars yesterday over at ESPN. Here are some collars in action from the last couple nights:

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83 comments to So, About Those New Collars

  • Michael Stoudt | August 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm |

    After looking at photos from the preseason NFL games, I think that the Nike collars look stupid!

    • Gary | August 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

      Not just stupid, it’s beyond stupid. Have these team’s ownership lost their minds?

      • Tim E. O'B | August 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm |

        To be honest, they work on the broncos and vikings sets, but both of those unis could use a makeover imo.

        • Peter S | August 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm |

          I thought the same thing when they first came out. Looks natural for teams with modern sets like the Broncos, Chargers, and Vikes. But the jagged collar is downright painful on the ‘Skins, Bills, and Saints, to name a few. Fortunately it’s not a league-wide thing.

        • Tim E. O'B | August 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm |

          Respectively disagree with it looking good on the Chargers. Their uni elements (the colored area around the bolts) end in flat, cornered strokes, not points like the Broncos and Vikes, and therefore, IMO, clash with an element just inches from the collar.

        • NickV | August 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm |

          Notice how the points on the ends of the asinine Nike collars resemble the end points of the Nike “swoosh”.

          The collars are totally unneccessary and useless. I believe that they were placed for one reason only – Nike Swoosh Doochebaggery.

          Let’s hope they get rid of them next year. They suck.

          While we are at it, I am a Saints fan. I hate the new, somewhat narrower numeral font. I like all of the Gold elements finally matching, but I HATE the shade of Gold used by Nike. It is paler and less dark or metallic than the previous sucky Vegas Gold. All of the polo shirts, hats, numeral trim and other elements all include this new, disgusting, pasty shade of Nike Saints’ Gold.

          I never thought there would come a day when I would long for the era of the Finks/Holtz/Navy/Georgia Tech/Reebok weak Cat Piss sjde of Vegas Gold.

          Yuk !!!!

          And While we’re at it, let’s pray that those Va. Tech helmets are an internet spoof, and not real team helmets. They truly suck.

  • What was that? | August 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm |

    Benches is terrible.

    • StLMarty | August 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm |

      Too close to home?

    • Skycat | August 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm |

      Especially if you root for Team Chickenhawks.

  • Chris Murphy | August 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm |

    Nike changes for 2013? Adding a bow tie!

  • Justin H. | August 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Shane | August 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm |

      What in the hell are those things?

      • Justin H. | August 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm |

        turkey footprints

        • Tim E. O'B | August 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm |

          No, they’re hokie footprints, which are different than turkey footprints because hokies are imaginary.

    • Coleman | August 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm |

      Those are…. Hilarious.

  • Shane | August 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

    Ugh, no thank you. I’d take stupid back of shorts butt ads before you rename the Theatre Of Dreams.

    • Tim E. O'B | August 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm |

      What’s a trafford and why is it so old?

      [you don’t have to answer that…]

      • George Chilvers | August 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm |

        Do they really believe that anyone – and I mean ANYONE – will stop calling it Old Trafford? If so, they are living in Lalaland.

      • George Chilvers | August 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm |

        I could point out, though, a little know fact.

        “Etihad” in Arabic means “unity” or “united”.

        So – Manchester City actually play in the Etihad Stadium at the “United Stadium”.

        hehehe… don’t tell them :)

        • Shane | August 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm |

          That’s brilliant, that is.

        • [name redacted] | August 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm |

          I didn’t think it was little known, since everyone made that joke last year. :>

          I assume if they rename Old Trafford, it will be one of those hybrid old/new names, like “corporate name at St. James’ Park” in Newcastle.

  • Craig D | August 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm |

    I think I like the neck roll on the colored jerseys. The colored neck roll on white looks like the old preppy shirt under a sweater look. All in all, it’s not a bad change. Beats the holy hell out of the armpit stains and superfluous piping we’ve seen in recent years. And no one looked cooler in an NFL uniform than Eric Dickerson. So mimicking his style is not a bad way to go.

  • Who was that? | August 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm |

    Quit wasting valuable web space with “Benchies” please. Thee has not been a funny one yet.

    • Tim E. O'B | August 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm |

      A lot of people like Benchies quite a bit where as you’re the only person I’ve ever seen asking for it to be removed.


      • The Jeff | August 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm |

        God dammit Tim, how many times do we have to tell you not to feed the trolls?

        • Tim E. O'B | August 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm |

          Sorry, THE, democracy just started flowing through me. Couldn’t help myself.

          (come on, I made a joke, it’s not like I came back with, “fuck you jerk!”)

    • Cort | August 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm |

      I really like Benchies. I look forward to it.

      And while I’m surprised that someone dislikes it enough to post two complaints, I’m more surprised that the complainer appears to be Amish.

      Thee has been a bit hypercritical, Friend.

  • Curt Rogers | August 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm |

    New collars remind me the old “neck-roll”, a la Eric Dickerson and Steve Grogan. An absolutely awful look on most jerseys. How some of this stuff gets off the drawing board without someone saying, “Oh, by the way, that looks like absolute crap, we probably shouldn’t make that for the most popular sports league in the world”, is absolutely beyond me. Nike is not the only offender, but perhaps the most egregious.

  • superfly | August 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm |

    The collar doesn’t look so bad on the Vikings jersey, as it matches the rest of the striping, but on the others, looks like 70’s golf collar, horrible.

  • Neal | August 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm |

    I am so glad the Chiefs did not adopt the new collars… At least on their home jerseys.

  • ab | August 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm |

    I’m okay with the new Nike collars, though I wouldn’t be sad if they go away. Only thing that annoys me is if they get too big and the NFL shield is too low (see the Drew Brees pic).

    I’m just happy the new Nike uniforms look a lot better than the Reebok ones. They fit a lot better, and I’m glad they went back to just the NFL shield on the collar instead of the “NFL Equipment” guitar pick.

    • NickV | August 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm |

      My problem with all of this superfluous shit on modern football jerseys – the “medium” size wordmarks, the NFL shields, the patches the long collar fronts, the conference patches, the unit patches, the event-tragedy-memorial-anniverary (OK, you can keep those on the jersey) – all of it – is that it pushes the front jersey numerals far too low on the player’s body. It looks like shit.

      Perhaps the very worse offender is NCAA’s UCF. The bottom of the front numerals barely fit into the players’ pants.

      I know when I am watching an NFL game, and I know the two teams that are playing. 99.9% of humans and most pets do. I do not need nine team logos on five parts of a uniform. Less would be more here.


  • MIh | August 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm |

    Collars look terrible and are very visually distracting.

  • Kyle Allebach | August 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm |

    Pennsylvania: Keystone State, home of Marcellus Shale, the Liberty bell, and the only state whose football teams don’t look retarded with the neck-roll collar.

    • Tim E. O'B | August 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm |

      “and the only state whose football teams don’t look retarded with the neck-roll collar.”

      Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin would disagree, just off the top of my head. And the Bears and Colts both got nikelace collars – the only legitimately useful piece of tech on the new Nike unis.

      • Kyle Allebach | August 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm |

        Buuuuut the Nikelace does seem to force the two-tone, I’ve been noticing.

      • Douglas King | August 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm |

        Add Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington (the state) to that list.

        New Jersey as well (Would be New York if Buffalo didn’t opt for it, but the other 2 actually play in NJ so I think it should count), and if it wasn’t for the Chargers California would be on the list.

  • Shane | August 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm |

    I’m reminded both of the neck roll, and the old White Sox collars from the 70s with this Nike-roll thing.

    • Wheels | August 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm |

      30 bucks, what a bargain.

  • diz | August 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm |

    so Gerard Butler’s in a new film where he plays an ex-Celtic player. There’s a cgi/archive mess in the middle

    First bit shows Stiliyan Petrov in the 1999-2001 home strip, with ntl sponsor, whereas the shot of Butler shows him in the ’89-91 CR Smith sponsored effort. Also, his shorts aren’t numbered. Surprising that he didn’t insist on correcting the shorts thing, what with it being the team he loves (and has played for in a charity match or two.)

    Very minor, understandable, but *odd* considering how easy it’d be to knock up an accurate old strip. I can forgive the mismatched archivery though, rights issues and pragmatism and all that. Still quite odd to see though

  • George Chilvers | August 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm |

    Celtic v Real Madrid on live terrestrial TV over here. Not very clear distinction from a viewers’ viewpoint. :)

    Can only tell that Celtic have dark socks.

    • Ryan | August 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm |

      Holy crap, I almost forgot!

    • George Chilvers | August 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm |

      ITV4 if you’re over here – half-time at the moment

      • Ryan | August 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm |

        Nope, in the US–ESPN3 for me. You weren’t kidding about not being able to tell a difference from the main camera perspective. Both teams must have left their change kits in Europe.

        • Tim E. O'B | August 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm |

          It was on ESPN2…

        • Ryan | August 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm |

          No cable, only high-speed internet for me. My provider is on the list of those able to use, so I’m good there.

  • Alex35332 | August 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm |

    It looks bad on some teams for sure, but I could see a few tweaks next year to fix it.

    On unies like the Bills and skins, just have it go all the way around, clean classic simple uniforms need it fixed.

    That said you could do some cool thinks like take the strings on the collar and make them a 2nd color.

  • J.B. | August 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm |


    The contrasting colors on the Nike “Flywire” collars are terrible. The Houston Texans’ are all red and look even worse than the “fang” versions.

    • Douglas King | August 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm |

      I disagree about the Texans, but I my opinion would change from team to team.

      Bottom line: Nike needs to figure a way around this, it looks bulky on the ones who go the full route, and too new/modern for most other teams (i.e. the Saints should not have the fangs but the bulky look doesn’t cut it either).

      They figured things out for the Titans (not having the neck roll part be one color) they should be able to apply that to all teams. Heck that seems like that is something they could apply to the flywire part. I mean in theory they could produce a normal (smaller) collar pattern and still have the flywire technology.

      • RMB | August 12, 2012 at 7:03 am |

        Totally agree. I wouldn’t mind the collar not wrapping all the way around so much, if it was thinner – maybe keep the flywire as is but make the fang in two parts, one closer to the neck in contrasting color and the other part matching the jersey. Last year I would have thought Tennessee’s jersey would look stupid with the yoke cutting right through the collar but right now it’s actually one of the better looks.

  • Stevie V | August 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm |

    Tonight, Detroit @ Texas to feature throw up back uniforms from 1976. We’ll see if the Tigers have the Detroit Bicentennial patch made famous by
    Mark Fidrych.

  • Pat | August 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm |

    Almost all of the modern looking unis look good good with the new collar the more traditional ones not so much. The one team where I think it is a perfect fit though is the Cincinnati Bengals.

    • quiet seattle | August 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm |

      Man. What an ugly, ugly uniform.

      • Pat | August 11, 2012 at 9:27 pm |

        Agreed but the ugly collars work on an ugly uniform.

  • Ben D | August 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm |

    Wow the red collar on the Texan’s jerseys looks like total shite. The Nike Neckroll would be an upgrade.

  • mike d | August 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm |

    I like how the Nike jerseys are cut, but those flywire collars look horrible on most teams. The saints have a nice clean uni, but those collars don’t work with it.

    • Douglas King | August 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm |

      The Saints are the best example of how they look out of place. Its too modern for such a basic/classic jersey, it looks so out of place.

      The Saints should have a gold collar but no matter what route the go with the current collar system it won’t look good.

  • Scott T | August 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm |

    Rangers are wearing throwbacks to the Powder Blues from 1976 (I believe that’s the year). Tigers also wearing some tonight supposedly.

    • Patrick_in_MI | August 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm |

      Tigers wearing road grays from 1976 and Rangers wearing powder blue roads (at home!). Derek Holland on the mound for Texas wearing full stirrups.

      • chuck | August 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm |

        So many players wearing the pajamas. WTF? Talk about stick in the muds!

    • Marc | August 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm |

      David Murphy for the Rangers gets an A+!! Mid calf pants and perfect period appropriate ‘rrups!

      • Patrick_in_MI | August 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm |

        And what the hell is Ian Kinsler wearing, sock-wise? Looks like elongated ribbon stirrups that go all the way to his knees, damnnear!

  • Scott T | August 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm |

    Looks like David Murphy also in stirrups.

  • Pat | August 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm |

    Going through each team’s new sideline gear in the nfl shop and there are definitely some interesting cues as to who may be wearing throwbacks this year. Firstly I’d like to congratulate Nike and New Era for making way better looking sideline gear than Reebok ever did. Secondly here are some of the interesting tidbits via the new era “on field” caps.

    Black Caps(Teams that don’t have black unis):
    I only mention these because both Rex Ryan and Jim Harbaugh like wearing the black caps so it appears that they are catering to them.

    Throwback Caps

    Alternate Caps

    And a whole separate category for the Dallas Cowboys who have a ton of options and I’m sure one of them will be paired with a throwback.

  • dae | August 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm |

    The collars look awful! Nike should’ve just kept the jerseys as is…

    • Simply Moono | August 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm |

      Teams had their choice as to what they wanted to do with the collars. So any blame/praise towards the collars ultimately falls on the teams, because they have the final say.

  • Simply Moono | August 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm |

    Watching Seattle/Tennessee. Looking at the Seahawks:

    -The numbers on the back are HUGE!!!

    -The pant stripe really pops. I like.

    -Mono-navy looks dumb, but with the slime green combined with players wearing enough white in their socks, I can *somewhat* tolerate it.

    -The semi-matte helmets don’t jump out at me all that much (if at all).

    Overall… Just junk the collarbone shit (and preferably the navy pants, as well), and that’ll bump it to being a pretty good uniform.

    As for the Titans…

    -The light blue pants have been upgraded by leaps and bounds with the matte fabric and the thinner pant stripe.

    That’s really all I have that jumps out at me. I’m sure others will see differences in the collars and cuffs, but overall, a pretty good uniform (when they don’t wear navy dancer tights) got a slight upgrade.

    • Douglas King | August 11, 2012 at 11:21 pm |

      Yeah they need to wear the silver pants with the blue jerseys (and the away jerseys for that matter).

      I think it needs to be pointed out that the Titans have a different colored collar that doesn’t have that stupid fang effect. Clearly Nike could cut those off so they look more like the ones you see on the “game” jerseys they sell (still has that modern look on the collars but its not nearly as gaudy).

      And in theory Nike could dye part of the flywire portion and recreate the traditional (smaller) collar look.

  • Ricko | August 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm |

    Well, the sleeve treatment on the Seahawks’ jerseys certainly isn’t designed to lead the eye right to the swoosh or anything.

    • brinke | August 11, 2012 at 11:28 pm |

      Just saw some video of the Seahawks, and saw their unis for the first time other than the unveiling…I like ’em.

      In fact, I love ’em.

      Yeah that little panel, it shows off the swoosh, doesn’t it?

  • Kyle Allebach | August 11, 2012 at 10:48 pm |

    The Saints gold outline on the numbers looks silver. The matte metallic finish doesn’t work for teams that actually have metallic colors in their schemes.

  • Dirk N. | August 12, 2012 at 12:54 am |

    Am I the only one who is bothered by how little this weekend guy is doing for Uni-Watch while Paul is away? Practically every Saturday and Sunday is like two lines about one subject and then “Open forum.” Phil does more on any given weekday than he does over the whole weekend.

    • John Ekdahl | August 12, 2012 at 1:07 am |

      You’re the only one.

    • George Chilvers | August 12, 2012 at 5:05 am |

      Why didn’t you volunteer to help out then?

      Maybe a few words of wisdom…?

  • matt steinmetz | August 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm |

    everyone thinks its dumb but i think it brings back the eric dickerson cowboy collar look. vintage

  • JIM | August 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm |

    God that is awful, these things are atrocious. It makes even the classical jerseys look retarded… god damn

  • Jack | August 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm |

    It’s a MAJOR DISTRACTION! Nike should be fired!!