By Phil Hecken, with Timmy Brulia
Good Saturday Morning, Uni Watchers. Tis the day before the big day. I hope everyone has had a great week.
With the Super Bowl kicking off tomorrow, I’m back once again with my buddy and Gridiron Uniform Database co-founder, Timmy Brulia, who has — as he has for the past several seasons — provided YEOMAN research into the uniforms worn by the two Super Bowl combatants.
Over the next two days, we’ll take a deep dive into the uni histories of the Los Angeles Rams (today) and the Cincinnati Bengals (tomorrow). The Rams uni history (as well as team history) is deep, beginning with their first season in the NFL in 1937 — but not as the Los Angeles Rams — as the Cleveland Rams. Timmy’s in-depth history, research and description of the Rams uniforms over the past eighty-five(!) years is nothing less than spectacular. There’s a LOT here. So let’s dive right in.
Rams Uniform History
by Timmy Brulia
In The Beginning: Cleveland
1937: After spending a season in the second edition of the American Football League, the Cleveland Rams become the 10th member of the National Football League. They wear solid red leather helmets, black jerseys with red numbers and red sleeve panels, red pants and black socks. [See GUD note here — PH]
1938: The Rams change up the color scheme. The helmets are now a dark blue, the jerseys also become dark blue with yellow numerals, the pants are a generic khaki with black rear stripes and the socks are dark blue.
1939: Yet again some changes in store for the Rams. Helmets now have a gold sheen, the jerseys are more of a royal blue with yellow shoulders and yellow numbers, the pants are yellow with a thin blue side stripe and the socks are a solid royal blue.
1941: The helmets change from gold to yellow, to match the trim with the rest of the uniform.
1943: The Rams take a year off due to World War II depleting much of the roster.
1944: The team re-enters play and with it, come some changes. The yellow helmet remains unchanged. The blue jersey drops the yellow shoulders, and a yellow jersey debuts. The yellows have blue shoulders and blue numbers. The pants change from yellow to white, with a very thin yellow/blue/yellow stripe pattern on the sides. The socks feature three thin yellow stripes on the blue pair and the yellow socks have three blue stripes on them. In an interesting twist, the Rams slap white tape on the shoulders of their blue shirts in their 10/15 game at Detroit, for contrast against the Honolulu blue Lions.
1945: The Rams feature a patriotic patch on the left sleeve of their jerseys.
The Move To Los Angeles
1946: After winning the NFL Championship, the Rams head west to Los Angeles and make a few tweaks to the unis. The yellow jersey strips the blue shoulder inserts and both sets of socks are now stripeless.
1947: Yellow helmets are replaced by blue lids.
1948: The year the iconic Rams horns are added to the helmet. Player Fred Gehrke is given the green light to paint yellow ram horns on the helmet, starting at the forehead, curling up and around the sides and below the earhole and coming to a point above the earhole. The pants are changed to a rather pale yellow with a blue/yellow/blue stripe pattern. The yellow socks (worn with the yellow jersey) are dropped.
1949: For whatever reason, the Rams ditch blue in favor of red. The Rams switch from leather to plastic helmets and the yellow horns are now ribbed and curl above the earhole. The plain blue jersey is changed to a plain red jersey for one game (at Detroit). The pant stripes become a single red stripe. The socks are solid red.
1950: The Rams return to blue. Helmets are blue again, the yellow horns are smooth again and curl under and around the earhole again. The yellow (primary) jerseys feature blue numbers again and as a bonus, add blue northwestern stripes to the sleeves. The red jerseys become blue again. Stripe pattern on the pants return to the blue/yellow/blue combo. And the socks return to blue.
1951: The Rams pants are 100% white again, with the blue/yellow/blue stripes remaining. Yellow jerseys are worn exclusively.
1953: White outlines are added to the numbers.
1956: As with many other teams, the Rams add blue sleeve numbers (aka “TV” numbers) to the sleeves, above the stripes. Compared to other teams, the Rams TV numbers are quite tall.
1957: With the NFL mandate that all teams must have two sets of jerseys (in another bow to the impact of TV), the Rams bring back their blue jerseys and they mimic the style of the yellow jerseys in reverse with yellow front and back numbers outlined in white, tall yellow TV numbers positioned above yellow northwestern sleeve stripes. Speaking of the yellow jerseys, they are worn for three early season road games. On their next three game road swing, the Rams break out white jerseys designed the same as the famed yellow shirts, without a trace of yellow trim to be had!
1958: The white outlines on the numbers of the blue jerseys are eliminated.
1962: The white jerseys get a slight facelift, as the northwestern stripes are dropped in favor of shoulder stripes with blue/yellow/blue, which match the pant stripe pattern.
Ditching the Yellow
1964: With the exception of the socks, which remain a solid royal blue, the Rams make wholesale changes. Yellow is dropped entirely as a trim color. The Ram helmet horns turn white and are fully separated at the front (previously they had been cojoined). The white jersey now becomes the home jersey and the shoulder stripes become one, a very thick blue shoulder loop. The blue jerseys also drop yellow trimmings in favor of white, with white front and back numbers, tall white sleeve numbers and two white stripes on the sleeves. The pants remain white with a blue stripe on the sides.
1968: The white jersey is worn for all regular season games.
1969: Again the white jersey is worn for all games, including their playoff game at Minnesota. The 50/NFL patch is worn on the left shoulder above the blue shoulder stripe.
1970: For the third season in a row, the Rams wear white all season long. With the merger, the Rams add blue lettered player names on the backs of the jerseys and they are very large. A blue v-neck replaces the white crew neck as well.
1971: The blue jerseys return for two away games (New Orleans, Dallas) with white names on the back (NOB).
1972: No changes, but around mid-season, the Rams decide to wear the blue jerseys at home.
The Return of the Yellow
1973: Major changes. The yellow returns! The horns on the helmet are yellow for the first time since 1963. The blue jerseys are a wee bit lighter in hue than in recent years and feature a yellow v-neck and numbers. The sleeves feature a yellow ram horn design that begins at the armpit, encircles the shoulder and come to a point on the sleeve. The yellow TV numbers fit comfortably within the horn. The only thing white on the jersey is the nameplate. The white jersey has blue numbers, a blue v-neck and the ram horns on the sleeves in blue. The sleeves themselves are yellow. The pants are yellow with a blue/white/blue stripe pattern. The blue socks are adorned with two yellow stripes, the first time stripes appear on the socks in 28 years. The Rams even color coordinate the cleats, with blue cleats worn with the blue set and white shoes worn with the white set.
1976: The Rams eventually drop the blue cleats for white exclusively.
1981: The Rams switch from gray facemasks to blue ones.
1982: The Rams wear white jerseys only in this strike-shortened season.
1985: The Rams celebrate their 40th season in L.A. with a funky patch worn on the left collarbone.
1988: A patch proclaiming “Drug Use Is Life Abuse” is worn from 10/23 through the end of the season.
1993: White jerseys are worn for all 16 games.
1994: Like all other squads, the Rams wear the NFL’s 75th season patch on the left collarbone. As part of the NFL celebration, the Rams wear throwbacks for Weeks 3 and 4, wearing the 1950-52 style yellow jersey with blue front and back numbers, blue northwestern sleeve stripes and a blue NOB. White pants with blue/yellow/blue stripes and solid blue socks.
The Move To St. Louis
1995: After playing in La La Land since 1946, the Rams move to St. Louis and the only change to the clothing is the blue socks going stripeless. It took several weeks, but with the 10/15 game, the Rams wore a patch commemorating their first season in St. Louis on the left collarbone of both sets.
1999: In their Super Bowl appearance against the Tennessee Titans, the Rams sport the Super Bowl XXXIV logo patch on the collarbone of their white jerseys.
Yellow Becomes Champagne Gold
2000: Bit of an overhaul of the unis for The Greatest Show on Turf. The yellow becomes a champagne gold and the blue goes a few shades darker. The blue jersey now features a gold neckline, gold front, back and shoulder numbers with white outline, white NOB, gold and white shoulder stripes that transition to gold side panels, a new Rams logo on the sleeves and a small Rams wordmark just below the neckline. The white jersey retains the blue neckline, blue front, back and shoulder numbers with gold outline, blue NOB, gold shoulder stripe that become side panels, blue sleeves with the Ram logo and a small Rams wordmark just under the neckline. The pants become gold with no striping and the socks remain a solid, though darker blue.
2001: For their Super Bowl showdown against the New England Patriots, the Rams wear the Super Bowl XXXVI patch on the left collarbone.
2002: The sidepanels on both sets are deep sixed.
2003: For two early season games (Weeks 1 and 3), dark blue pants are worn with the white jerseys, featuring thin white/thin gold/thick dark blue/thin gold/thin white stripes.
2004: No dark blue pants this season, but a 10th “anniversary” patch for being in St. Louis is worn on the place where patches are worn on both sets.
2005: In Weeks 11 and 17, the Rams breakout the 2003 dark blue bottoms with the dark blue jerseys, and join in the monochrome brigade.
2006: A pair of white pants, with side stripes of thin dark blue/thick gold/thin dark blue makes its appearance with the white jersey for Week 11.
2007: The Rams go bananas and wear six combos; white/white, white/gold, white/blue, blue/white, blue/gold and blue/blue.
2008: A memorial patch for late owner Georgia Frontiere is worn on the left collarbone of both jerseys. For Week 1, a league-wide Gene Upshaw memorial patch is worn by the Rams on the right collarbone of the dark blue jersey. Four uni combos are worn: white/gold, white/blue, blue/white and blue/blue.
2009: In addition to combos of white/white, blue/white, blue/gold and blue/blue, the Rams dig out the blue 1973-1999 era outfits with solid blue socks for Weeks 5 and 15.
2010: All 6 possible uni combos are worn and the (73-99) throwbacks.
2011: Same as 2010, plus as part of a league-wide 9/11 tribute, a 9/11 patch is worn on the left collarbone of the blue jersey for Week 1.
2012: The gold pants are discarded, resulting in four combos, plus the throwback. With Nike assuming the uniform supplier role for the NFL, the Rams adopt the so-called “flywire” collar on all three jerseys. The dark blue jersey sported commemorative patches on two occasions, an “International Series” patch for the Week 8 game in London, and a league-wide Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary patch worn in Weeks 14 and 15.
2013, 2014: The five combos are worn.
2015: In addition to the usual five combinations worn, the Rams – as part of the NFL’s Color Rush campaign for Thursday Night Football, wear an all-yellow uni for Week 15, with the jersey based on the blue throwback jersey, throwback yellow pants and full yellow socks and cleats.
Back To Los Angeles
2016: As the Rams return to Los Angeles, the same five outfits, plus this season’s color rush (Week 15) which feature the white/white combo, plus the helmet horns were switched to white and the socks were 100% white.
2017: A real hodgepodge here. The Rams, apparently itchy to drop the gold and go dark blue & white full time, switch the helmet horns to white and go with blue pants with a solo white stripe. BUT, the jerseys are unchanged (except for the elimination of the fly wire collar) and continue to sport gold trim! The normal four combos are worn, plus the yellow color rush uni and the throwbacks.
2018: With the Rams apparently not yet allowed to wear blue and white jerseys sans gold, the NFL allows the Rams to use the throwback set as their de facto home uniform. Meaning the dark blue jersey with white and gold trim is discarded. The yellow color rush is worn for two games and the white jerseys are worn with both white pants and dark blue pants. For Super Bowl LIII, as the home team, the Rams chose to wear their throwbacks, likely delighting the uni geeks among us.
2019: For the farewell game at the Coliseum, the Rams sported a commemorative patch worn on the left breast. Also, in what was a growing trend around the NFL, the Rams sported all white sans stripes socks with the white set for several games.
2020: In perhaps the biggest uni overhaul in the team’s history, we’ll take it from the top. Helmets: Now a shade of blue called Rams royal, with revised bright yellow (aka “sol”) horns that are reminiscent of an ocean wave as much as the traditional horns as worn previously. Jerseys: Starting with the royal, the rounded numbers start at the top as yellow that fade to the bottom as white. The sleeves have a single sol shoulder loop. A teeny tiny blue patch that simply says “RAMS” is on the left breast. NOB’s are white, and there are no TV numbers. The bone jerseys (that’s right, no white) have shiny rounded blue numbers front and back with a slightly darker blue outline and tiny TV numbers on the sleeves. There is a semi-loop of sol and white on the shoulders surrounding the TV numbers. The NOB is blue. A tiny white rectangular patch on the left breast is emblazoned with “Los Angeles Rams” in all caps. Pants: there are three versions: Blue with a side stripe that starts as white and sublimates into yellow, Yellow with a side stripe pattern of thin white on back/medium blue in front, and bone with thin yellow on back/medium yellow in front. The jerseys and pants are all interchangeable. Socks: either all blue or all bone, no white.
2021: The Rams introduce an alternate white jersey with rounded blue numbers with a slightly darker blue outline, and blue NOB’s. The sleeves have a blue shoulder loop with sol to the edge of the “sleeve.” As with the blue jerseys, there are no TV numbers. A micro small white patch on the left breast has “RAMS” inset. For Super Bowl LVI, the SB logo patch is worn on the right breast and this jersey will be worn with the sol pants and blue socks.
And there you have it. Thanks Timmy! As always, fantastic research and wonderful uni nuggets to boot! Tim will be back again tomorrow as we do it all again, this time with the Cincinnati Bengals unis, so be sure to check in again.
AND JUST IN CASE you didn’t get enough uni knowledge, be sure to check out Paul’s Supe preview (if you haven’t already) from earlier this week!
More on That Groundbreaking Rams Helmet
As Timmy noted in his detailed history above, and as Paul and others have noted over the years, the Rams were the first team to ever paint a logo on an NFL football helmet, way back in 1947. The “artist” was former player Fred Gehrke, who ended up painting the now iconic Rams horns onto the teams leather helmets (for which he was paid the tidy sum of $1 per helmet). There were a total of 75 in all.
A gentleman by the name of Kevin Pederson owns what is believed to be the first of those 75 helmets, and, unsurprisingly he’s been in the news of late. Check out these two videos showing that historic helmet, with some more bits of uni history thrown in.
NERDING out (again!) on the Supe
Last year, in one of the many sub-ledes on Supe Sunday, I ran a piece from reader Tim Shriver (click here and scroll way down), which was an analysis of historic jersey and end zone color matchups. Tim’s back again this year with another tremendous rundown. I’ll turn it over to him here:
As expected, The Bengals chose not to go with their orange alternate jerseys, probably for the better as orange has performed worse than any color in Super Bowl history, dubiously owning a 0-4 record thanks entirely to one team, the Denver Broncos, who have chosen orange for every Supe they’ve been able. So the Bengals get their jersey choice for the second time and they again pick black, which didn’t work out so well for the 1981 team, who succumbed to the 49ers in SB 16.
Seven years later, the 49ers would force them to wear white and achieve a similar result. Good news: No team has ever appeared in the Super Bowl wearing an unpleasant gray-ish jersey that looks like it needs to be run through the laundry, as the 2021 Rams become the 56th squad to appear in white, and the first “away” team to play in their home stadium. How fun!
The Rams have a losing SB record (1-2) in white, so something’s gotta give. White, of course, has a winning record (35-20) overall mostly due to it’s surprising run through the aughts and teens, but get this: For the last five contests, the SB champion has alternated between color and white. The Bucs won last year in white, so color is due for a W if the recent pattern holds. But historically, black has not done all that great, currently holding a 4-5 record.
Last year I noted that yellow Super Bowl end zones had largely become a thing of the past, once overwhelmingly common but this century so far only appearing for the Steelers and Chiefs. The Rams get a royal blue end zone again, as they did in Super Bowl 53; they were assigned yellow in their first two appearances and navy blue in SB 36.
The Bengals are given a black end zone again, the only color they’ve ever had. Of particular note is the color of the text: Both wordmarks are rendered in white, the first such time for either of these teams in the Supe. The Rams have had royal blue and navy blue text before, and white during regular and post-season home games in recent years, but the Bengals are a different story. While the G.U.D.’s field database isn’t quite complete, I believe the word “Bengals” has not appeared in an end zone rendered in white since the days of Riverfront Stadium. Ever since Super Bowl 51 the AFC Champion has been assigned the end zone that is to one’s left as viewed from the press box, usually in the north, northwest (as in Sofi’s case), or west side of the field, and that pattern continues this year.
Well there you have it, that’s all I got for this year. For research, I again used the amazing Gridiron Uniform Database, which has a great Fields section with a Super Bowl page.
You can check out Tim’s full spreadsheet here.
Guess The Game…
from the scoreboard
Today’s scoreboard comes from Nic Edin.
The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).
Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):
Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.
By Anthony Emerson
Baseball News: Reader Stephen Kraljic has acquired what appears to be a prototype White Sox jersey from the early 70s — a pullover version of the team’s red pinstripe jersey. The Pale Hose didn’t adopt pullovers until 1976, with the infamous “leisure suit” unis. “The jersey is currently with the great Bill Henderson at the Dream Shop for back number customization,” Stephen writes. “The jersey is so unusual that even Bill had not seen it before.” … Some great news out of the MLB collective bargaining negotiations, and by great I mean terrible: helmet and jersey ads are being actively discussed (from multiple readers). … Also posted in the hockey section: the Blue Jays’ AA affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, will have Hockey Night in New Hampshire as they celebrate the departed AHL/ECHL hockey team, the Manchester Monarchs, complete with hockey-style jerseys (from Timothy Josephson). … I’ve long been in favor of the universal DH (sorry — I’m a fan of an AL club), but Rich Eisen has pointed out a consequence of the universal DH that I hadn’t previously considered — no pitchers hitting means no pitchers getting on base, which means no pitchers wearing jackets while running the bases (from Bud Parks).
NFL News: Steve Kornacki was presenting a segment on the Super Bowl for Today yesterday and the graphics department really screwed up the Rams’ and Bengals’ helmets (from multiple readers). … A retailer selling “Detroit Rams” T-shirts has been getting a lot of attention on social media (from multiple readers). … Joe Burrow wears his socks inside out. Athletes are very weird people (from Jared Lloyd). … Todd Radom’s Super Bowl XXXVIII logo has always been my favorite Super Bowl logo, so I really, really love his prototype designs for that game (thanks, Brinke).
Hockey News: Cross-posted from the baseball section: the Blue Jays’ AA affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, will have Hockey Night in New Hampshire as they celebrate the departed AHL/ECHL hockey team, the Manchester Monarchs, complete with hockey-style jerseys (from Timothy Josephson). … New sweaters for the British national team (from Mark Gillingham). … I am loving Predators’ G David Rittich’s Stadium Series pads (from Wade Heidt). … This Stanley Cup Champions hat has taken minimalism to the next level — no mention of the Lightning at all! (from Kevin Rice). … USA Hockey is asking fans to pick the best sweater in team history, using a bracket-style tournament (from @artofscorebug).
College/High School Hoops News: Troy men are wearing 1992 throwbacks today (from @BenOnSports).
Soccer News: Really nice new away kit for Irish side Drogheda United (from Ed Zelaski).
Olympic News: US skiers are using battery-powered warmers in their pants (from Josh Dankosky).
Grab Bag: The Landon School, a private college prep school in Bethesda, Md., has a new athletics logo (from Mark Smith). … It is Formula 1 livery season, and McLaren are the fourth team in a week to reveal their new one (from Dell Michaels).
Uni Tweet of the Day
All things considered…I don’t hate the 2022 Supe uni (best one they currently have).
rams – super bowl uniforms: pic.twitter.com/dNzudkONVz
— roberto clemente (@rclemente2121) February 5, 2022
And finally… that’s all for today. Big — nay, YUGE — thanks to Timmy Brulia for that awesome Rams uni history. I know that was a lot for one day, but hey, when you have 85 years of uni history, we’re gonna have it all!
Everyone enjoy your Saturday as we prepare for the big game tomorrow. I’ll be back again with Timmy as he brings you the 50+ year history of the Bengals uniforms. It’s not *quite* as long as the Rams’.
Interesting that USA Hockey decided to go with a Nike-branded 1960 throwback jersey graphic (so actually a 2010 jersey) for their Twitter bracket rather than the actual 1960 jersey. If only there was a Nike 1980 throwback to round out the set…
Right?! Very suspicious that a USA jersey poll would omit some great designs from 1998-1992, 1996, 1976, and 1972, but would include 2010, 2014, and 2018 which are among their worst looks.
GTGFTS as a Bills fan OUCH
Check the Tim Rossovich cameo in the Roman Gabriel picture. Fun fact: Rosso and Steve Sabol shared an apartment for two years.
Is that Jaws in “The Return of The Yellow” section?
Scorebaord: SB XXV Wide right
In the 1950 color photo, what is the opposing team in dark blue tops, baby blue bottoms? And the helmet? That’s almost like an ancient Titans uni. Yes, I know they didn’t exist, but what team is it?
That’s a colorized photo, not a color photo, and I’m pretty sure no team had the colors depicted. I believe it’s the link, who had similar colors, but not quite those depicted in the colorization.
I checked GUD; the Yanks wore sky blue in ’50; the photo is definitely ’51 with the tapering helmet stripe.
Yeah, I wondered about that too. I believe it’s the NY Yanks, a game from the 51 season.
Can someone clarify what it means that the NFL required two sets of jerseys? If teams only had one before that, it seems likely there were a lot of instances of low-contrast color-on-color games.
I think it means that although most teams had two different jerseys, some did not. The relevant required those teams to adopt a second jersey.
Also, before then a great many times that teams had a 2nd jersey, it was simply a DIFFERENT dark color, often not even a team color, like in soccer. Like the Cardinals wearing blue alts. So you still had color-on-color.
Before television, as long as the players and fans in the stands could distinguish between the two teams, the situation was acceptable. And in the league’s early days, I’m sure teams were happy to avoid the expense of a second set of jerseys.
One minor nit to pick regarding orange jerseys in the Super Bowl… The Denver Broncos have had 5 chances to choose their jersey color… the first four they went with orange to much disaster, but finally wised up in Super Bowl 50 and chose white jerseys.
Came here to (sort of) say the same thing.
Except they didn’t wise up…they should have worn orange in SB 50 and won anyway. Then they could have ended the silly superstition about the orange jerseys *and* made tomorrow’s Top Five Super Bowl matchups list.
When Denver wears orange home jerseys or orange road pants, they look great. When they wear blue/blue/white or blue/white/white (even in the Craig Morton era), they look awful.
Broncos fan here, and I agree with Jim on this one. The Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50 would have won in any jersey and would have looked better doing it in orange. Not that I’m going to ask them to hand back the trophy or anything…
Aggh! You’re right! I think I mixed up the 1998 Broncos who didn’t have orange in their wardrobe (or choice of jersey color in the SB) with the 2015 team. Thanks for catching it.
“the Denver Broncos, who have chosen orange for every Supe they’ve been able”
Not true, they chose to wear white when they beat Carolina (because they were well aware of their record in orange).
Were TV numbers never mandated? I notice in the 1957 picture, the year they mandated 2 jersey colors for TV, the 49ers didn’t have TV numbers.
GUD shows the Cardinals not wearing TV # until 1962! What was that about?
Fantasy content (as always) on the Rams Phil!
Did want to note between 2000 and 2001 they changed their font from a skinny block to the rounded numerals we all remember. I remember disliking the color change in 2000 and the numeral font change even more in 2001.
Incorrect about the Broncos choosing to wear orange in every Super Bowl they’ve had the option. I’m assuming you don’t count their choice to wear navy in XXXII since they didn’t have orange jerseys in their arsenal anymore at that point. But in Super Bowl 50 the Broncos were the home team and elected to wear white while orange was their typical home color.
Incredible how bad the Ram’s sleeves looked in the 80’s and 90’s! I like the ram horn as much as the next guy, but it is a terrible element to enlarge and awkwardly continue from the jersey proper onto the sleeve; it just looks like a complete mess. Their current uni set ain’t perfect, but I think people should give the Rams more credit for nailing a template appropriate sleeve cap.
Always loved the Rams late 60’s early 70’s blue and whites.
The yellow and blues afterwards were OK too – just not as crisp and uncluttered as the those George Allen teams.
I thought the 2000’s gold and blues were an abomination – gilded like a whorehouse.
Hope the go back to blue/white – the helmets especially look great.
I’m sure I’m the only one who agrees with me, but the Rams never looked better than those good old days of…2017.
No tongue in cheek. I mean it. They were a glorious hodgepodge!
The white facemasks are what sold it for me.
I’m a Rams fan and didn’t hate them despite the hodgepodge. I wouldn’t call them good but it wasn’t their worst set. I agree that the white facemask with the white horns was glorious!!
I agree – just dump the gold.
Stick with blue and white only.
This weekend is always one of my favorites of the year on Uni Watch because of the fabulous job Timmy Brulia does on putting together the uniform histories of the Super Bowl participants. Great job, as always, Timmy! Thanks for putting in all the time and effort on it! And thanks, Phil, for coordinating with Timmy and bringing it to us! Looking forward to the Bengals tomorrow!
It’s been mentioned before, but always worth mentioning one of the best bits of inter-sport trivia ever: Fred Gehrke, who first painted the Rams’ horns on their helmets, is the maternal great-grandfather of Brewers OF (and 2018 NL MVP) Christian Yelich!
The Rams uniform from 73 to 99 when they wore the blue and yellow with the sleeve horns (especially the white jersey with the yellow sleeves), the is IMO the best uniform ever.
I wonder why the Rams got away from the V(ictory?) horns formation…was it because of the addition of nose bumpers or just a manufacturer’s design choice/capability?
I suspect it was the same reason that they dropped yellow – the V horns design probably got too blurry/blobby/indistinct in the TV technology of the day. It wasn’t manufacturing – everything on the helmets was painted back then (they were either painted blue then the horns painted on or they were painted yellow and the horns were masked off); the base plastic Riddell used at that time was kind of a yellow/orange/mango color and they didn’t figure out how to get their plastic into colors – they didn’t get to white plastic until the late 1960s. Also the first modern-style front bumpers start about that same time with the original Riddell Micro-Fit helmet in 1969 (maybe 1968?). At some point in the mid-70s though the Rams move to helmets molded in navy blue – so we get a bigger mismatch between helmet and jersey color, and the horns become decals instead of being painted on.
I don’t have a dog in the fight (truly–I’ve watched about 1 and a half NFL games in the last five years) but I do think that the Rams current set is quite good, minus the dishwater jerseys. I assume that those will be mothballed, given the choice to wear the white alt this weekend.
Bills Giants Super Bowl 25 fucking wide right why did you do this to me, I was 5 years old and it’s like my earliest sports memory ;_;
“Ever since Super Bowl 51 the AFC Champion has been assigned the end zone that is to one’s left as viewed from the press box”
Didn’t notice that! And now that you mentioned it, I did a little digging and found:
SB 1: home team (GB) on the left.
SB 2-6: home team on the right.
For the 1972 season, the NFL standardized field designs (which unfortunately led to no more yard numbers every five yards). Along with that…
SB 7-44: home team on the left.
Beginning with SB 45, the league went to the generic Lombardi Trophy SB logo. Along with that…
SB 45-51: home team on the right.
51-56: AFC on the left. I don’t know what led them to go that route.
The Rams write-up is good, but 2 things:
1. IMO, the switch to champagne gold was a much bigger deal than the current set. The current set is royal/athletic gold, you can call it “sol” and whatever you want, but it is athletic gold and royal blue, not far from what they wore for decades. But the Greatest Show on Turf went from royal to navy, athletic gold to metallic gold, and got rid of the horns on the sleeves.
2. No mention of the switch in number font. From standard Block Varsity to a rounded custom job. Kind of a big deal.