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Good morning and a good Monday to all. I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend.
In case you missed it on Friday, we had a couple NCAAFB uni releases: new uniforms for UCF, as well as a special alternate “Miami Nights” uniform for the Canes. In addition, late yesterday Washington introduced a new uniform.
After wearing their old gear for all their practices, the Washington Commanders finally debuted their new all-white uniform set this past weekend, in a game against the Carolina Panthers. It was a warm day at FedEx Field, so the Commanders wore white at home.
The new uniform features a burgundy helmet, with a satin finish, and contains a gold center stripe. Both sides of the helmet have the team’s new “folded W” logo, which is rendered in gold. As you can see from today’s splash photo as well as the one above, the team is wearing a “90 Years” patch on the left breast. Each of the team’s three different color jerseys (burgundy, white, black) has a different color patch, to blend in match the jersey color.
Once we saw the uniforms unveiled, we knew the all white was a fairly plain jersey, and, at least in promo photos, would be worn with white pants. What wasn’t apparent, or at least it didn’t jump out was just how bare-bones the new white uniform would be. Let’s start with the jersey.
It’s really a bright white (magnified by the game being played in the mid-day sun). Aside from the burgundy numbers, which feature a gradient lattice pattern, the only other color on the jersey is the tiny burgundy “WASHINGTON” wordmark, and sleeve caps that have a burgundy/white-lattice/black/white-lattice/burgundy pattern. For a team whose colors are burgundy and gold, the lack of gold anywhere on the jersey is disappointing. I don’t mind a simple, plain jersey, but this one seems a bit too plain. Oh wait, there is one bit of gold on the jersey…
…yep, the maker’s mark sure stands out as the only gold element on the entire jersey.
The back of the jersey is also pretty plain — NOB is actually in a nice big font in burgundy. Rear numbers have the same treatment (gradient lattice pattern) as the front numbers.
The rear of the jersey features a patch as well. Here’s a closeup:
It’s a roundel that also serves as a secondary anniversary patch, with the words “Washington Football” on the top, and the team’s championship seasons on the bottom. In the middle of the roundel are the folded W, the year established (1932) and three stars in the shape of a triangle.
The white pants are completely plain — no piping, no striping — just the maker’s mark on the front left hip (in burgundy). At least for their first preseason game (I don’t know if this will be SOP), the team wore solid white socks, which reminded me of when college teams go “Icy White” (or some other nonsense).
If that’s the look the team is going for, well, then they succeeded. But if they’re going to pair the white jersey and pants, the team desperately needs to add some color — preferably burgundy — for their socks.
The best thing about the new uniforms unveiled back in February is the helmet (which I quite like). But that’s it. There’s not much else about this uniform that screams “NFL Team” to me. I’m not saying the team purposefully tanked their rebrand, but it’s almost like owner Dan Snyder said, “OK, you made us change our name, so here’s what you’re gonna get.”
We also got to see the new endzone treatment of the team, which, perhaps not coincidentally, is also rather stoic in appearance. “COMMANDERS” in bold gold lettering (see, they CAN use gold!) with one solid gold line above and below the moniker.
I definitely prefer a plain uniform to some of the dreck Nike has put out there in recent years, but this is just too plain, and wearing white socks with the all-white uniform is not a good look at all. I’m not sure the mono-burgundy or all-black uniforms are going to be an improvement either.
You had one job Commanders.