True to the whims of the football gods this season, like all of the NFL teams, Crossing Broad is no longer undefeated. It was a good run while it lasted. We regroup, refocus, and re-prognosticate, with clearer Unidictions than ever.
According to Eagles Gameday, they're in White over Green, again. We're not sure why they continue to mix up their "normal" home/road combinations, but if this really the re-building year the organization has been implying, perhaps they're re-building at all levels. Right.
Looking at this week's bird of prey themed match-up, we've got the Eagles' modern classic design (though a lesser combination) and the Falcons' modern-for-the-sake-of-modern design. Of course, the Falcons have some quite nice throwbacks. Of course, to minimize the risk of being accused of liking the throwbacks just because they're old/retro, I think their best "historical design" was the 1990-2002 uniform. So, with the Eagles in White Jerseys, and the very unlikely possibility that the Falcons will wear throwbacks, that would put them in Red Jerseys over White Pants. (for completists, here's a picture of the Falcons' White over White combination.)
UniDiction after the jump.
Either 2, 3, 6, or 7 points awarded for each category (safety, field goal, touchdown, touchdown+point after)
Eagles: 7 — I was thinking about why this helmet is just so iconic, and it came to me clearly and suddenly. The design on the helmet is not a logo of the team nor a wordmark, but evokes an eagle the way that the Rams helmet horns get the point across without just doubling one of the trademarks. Definitely one of the best helmet designs in the league.
Falcons: 3 — Two big issues here and another cool detail. 1) For the 2003 re-design, the designers did the "how can we make the current, widely recognized logo look meaner?" move, so increased stroke width, got rid of clean right-angles, then added additional strokes. (example: old logo is just white line art on a black field. The new logo is black and red with white stroke, then silver/grey stroke.) I will sat that the mouth/head of the old logo was in desperate need of an update, though. 2) In Black Helmets, the Falcons look like they should be wearing Black Jerseys. In Red Helmets, it looks like they should wear Red Jerseys. They don't always do this, especially with respect to the current jersey set and the current throwbacks. In one pretty cool detail, the Falcon on the current helmet makes an "F". Details never go unrewarded on Crossing Broad.
Eagles: 3 — The White jerseys are unfortunately nondescript compared to the Midnight Green. I've said it before, so I'll continue to say it, the White jersey just doesn't say "Eagles" the way that the Green one does.
Falcons: 1 — Are armpit highlighting features really necessary on a football jersey? Does adding a small patch of contrast color above the armpit area make it so it looks like an intentional design element, and not an armpit patch? No, it does not. Also, while they thankfully did not pick a "futuristic" typeface for the numbers, I generally prefer stroke to drop shadow. The Falcons do have a Black alternate jersey (based on the current design, not the throwback) floating around, but they can't wear it this year due to the throwback being the "alternate," and they only ever wear it with Black pants (as far as I can tell), so that's not exactly a win, either.
Pants + Socks
Eagles: 3 — I still don't like them. With the last two weeks being even more chances to see them, the Midnight Green pants tend to look generically "dark" on the lower half of the body, not an immediately noticeable color. The two-tone socks also work better with the white pants than the green pants.
Falcons: 2 — OK, I'll admit that the fine line going down the hem of the left and right sides of the jersey, then meeting with identical lines on the pants is a nice touch. What isn't a nice touch is that that fine line morphs into a useless triangle of red and black at the knee. There's a difference between eschewing convention (such as using a fine line instead of thick stripes), then there's just the false mindset that "modern = different for the sake of different."
Eagles: 6 — Well, I guess wearing the "away" uniform at home is outside the box thinking on the Eagles' part. Let's hope it works out.
Falcons: 3 — The flying bird logo makes an "F!"
Go Birds Eagles!