The mono thing in the NFL is really getting out of hand. Last week we had three teams going mono-black (Cardinals, Commies, Falcons), another wearing orange over orange (Broncos), and another going mono-lulu blue (Lions). And now Kansas City has kicked off Week 6 by wearing their awful mono-red combo for last night’s game against Denver (additional photos here, if you’re in a masochistic mood).
Look, I expect the mono nonsense from aesthetically clueless teams like the Falcons and Cardinals, and I’ve grudgingly accepted the sad reality that the Saints and Bills seem determined to wear lots of solid-black and solid-blue, respectively. But I depend on teams like KC — now more than ever — to maintain some sense of sanity amidst all the mono madness.
According to the Gridiron Uniform Database, KC first went mono-red in 2013 and continued to do so at least once per year through 2021. But they skipped the mono look last season, leading me to hope that they’d finally seen the error of their ways.
Those hopes were bolstered a few months ago, when team owner Clark Hunt said he has no plans to add an alternate uniform and then issued a proud classicist’s manifesto:
“It was something that my dad [team founder Lamar Hunt] felt very strongly about, going all the way back to the early ’60s. He wanted a lot of continuity in the uniform and we’ve tried to maintain that over the years. I think we have a very distinct brand with the red and white, and I don’t anticipate steering away from that any time soon.”
Does that sound like a guy who’d let his team take the field looking like they’re wearing red bodysuits? No, it does not. And yet. Et tu, Clark?
I suppose I shouldn’t complain. The two teams I root for — the 49ers and Giants — don’t engage in this silliness (although the Niners once dabbled in it, a bit of unpleasantness that I’ve mostly expunged from my memory circuits). Still, it’s a drag to see the league looking like this. It’s one thing if you just have crummy uni elements to work with, like the Jets; it’s another when you have perfectly good components in your wardrobe but you choose to mis-pair them. Such a waste.
Oh well. On the plus side, Bucco Bruce makes his long-awaited return this Sunday. I’m fairly certain he won’t be going mono-orange.