UniDiction: Week 11 – Eagles vs. Giants

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Because my system is as arbitrary as possible, I'll gladly point out that even though I predicted (um, UniDicted?) a score of Redskins 23 – Eagles 15, but the actual score was a completely different (but pretty awesome) Eagles 59 – Redskins 28, I can retroactively make it so any score above 28 (the  system only goes to 28) is wrapped around to zero.  Of course, the Eagles got to 28 twice, so that's two wrap-arounds.  Modified final score: Redskins 28 – Eagles 3.  See, I said the Maroon over Yellow combination was great.  Of course, I fully accept responsibility of my 7-3 record, and using a retroactive rule to pad the stats doesn't really count.

On to this week's Giants vs. Eagles game.  This is actually a pretty straight-forward uniform match-up.  The Eagles are in the Midnight Green over White, and the Giants have a very rigid uniform system, which puts them in White over Grey on the road and Blue over Grey at home.  (there are some tricky pants details which I'll get into below, but all-in-all, there won't be any surprises this week.)

UniDiction after the jump.

The UniDiction

Either 2, 3, 6, or 7 points awarded for each category (safety, field goal, touchdown, touchdown+point after)

Helmet

Eagles: 7 — This continues to be one of the best helmets in the league.  "Functional" details are the best.  Let's face it, simply putting the team's logo on the side of a helmet is boring.

Giants: 3 — Blue and Red always go together, but really, "NY" alone is boring.  This isn't unheard of with New York teams, but even the 80s-90s Giants helmet had something going on on it.  Sure, they have a heritage of plain helmets, but old does not equal good. 

Jersey

Eagles: 7 — When fans think of the "post-Cunningham" Eagles, they're picturing the Midnight Green jerseys.  A unique, bold color, detailed strokes and drop shadows on the numbers, and nice use of logos on the sleeves and collar.

Giants: 2 — A few issues with their White jersey.  And each one of these issues is Red.  The jersey is plain, but it works.  The Northwestern strips on the sleeves add just enough detail to keep them from looking like a White t-shirt with numbers on the front and back.  Sure, Red is one of their official colors, but it simply doesn't look….correct.  Here's a picture which has been digitally altered by the Uniwatch people to replace the Red with Blue.  Ahh, that's better.

Pants + Socks

Eagles: 6 — The White pants provide nice contrast with the solid green of the jersey, and instead of plain white, the thick Black ad Green stripes (with the pencil thin grey stripe) on the side of the pants gives them a slightly modern touch.  Black over White socks also break up the White from the pants 

Giants: 6 — Interestingly, both pants the Giants wear are Grey with a combination of Blue and Red stripes.  Their home pants get thick stripes of Blue-Red-Blue which are flush to each other and the away pants get thinner stripes of Red-Blue-Red with the Grey base material peeking through.  Socks are Blue at home and the incongruous Red on the road.  So, we'll see the thin Red-Blue-Red stripes and Red socks tonight.  Both pants designs are, at worst, harmless, with my preference being the thicker, connected stripes of the home pants.  Those Red socks make me think of the Red details on the White jersey.  They should be Blue.

Intangibles

Eagles: 6 — This is the Eagles second game in their signature uniform combination, and let's face it, it looks good.

Giants: 3 — The fact that the Giants' nickname is "Big Blue" means that Red should be a highlight color (think of how Blue is one of colors of the Phillies, and aside from the great-looking alternate hat, it's always hiding as either the dot on an "i," on the button on the crown of the standard hat, or as the stroke on the alternate uniforms).

Final Score

Eagles 26

Giants 14

Random, relevant uniform trivia:

The Giants wore a Red alternate jersey from 2004-2008, and they combined it with both the away pants and the home pants.  I actually liked the look, but historical or not, "Big Blue" should not be wearing solid Red.  Here's a lengthier rant on the state of the Giants (by a Giants fan…).  For the record, the whole "It doesn't make sense for Big Blue to be wearing red" thing is not something I cribbed from Uniwatch/Paul Lukas, but I'll point out that his analysis is much more complete than mine.

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3 Comments

  • Peter November 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    the problem with the blue new york jersey is that it then looks almost exactly like the colts’ jerseys.

  • NickFromGermantown November 22, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Peter, my thoughts exactly.

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