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First off, Happy New Year! What's even less inconsequential than a regular unidiction? One for a game taking place after the Eagles have been mathematically elimated from the playoffs! (OK, let me first brag about predicting last week's Eagles win, then move on to the round-up and this week's unidiction.)
Week 16 Round-Up
Though it's not an alternate jersey, the Ravens paired their (normal) purple jersey with their black pants, something they did in 1996, then out that combo in their current uniform set for one game last year. It's a great trivia answer, but it's an awful uniform combination. It combines the issues of dark/black pants which don't have any contrasting features (off-color socks, stripes, etc.) with a dark jersey. It's all the issues of the Seahawks standard monochrome blue uniforms made even worse due to the black/purple combo. Blech.
Your Week 17 UniDiction (Eagles, Redskins – for bragging rights only!) is after the jump.
Week 17 UniDiction – Eagles vs. Redskins
The Redskins have deceptively nice uniforms. I say "deceptively" because they're almost always forgotten in "best of" lists because they're neither stuck in an "old timey" football aesthetic (Colts, Browns) nor do they have a whole "heritage of winning" in a specific uniform set (Packers). They've just been quietly wearing one of the best uniforms in the leage for a while. Last year, they added yellow pants, solidifying their status as having one of the best looks in the league.
[note: I apparently can't read a football schedule, and I thought they were playing in Washington. Oh well, I like the graphic I put together, so I'll go with it…] The Redskins usually pair their yellow pants with the maroon jersey at home, but they don't always. There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason, so I'm assuming they're going with their best combo, maroon over yellow. I'm feeling particularly spiteful, so I was harsher than usual on their helmet and intangibles this week.
Being that the Redskins are actually visiting and in white over maroon, let's call that combo…18 points. Not loving the dark pants, but still a good look, better than white over yellow.
The Eagles will be in their best combo, "midnight" green over white (OK, so the Eagles only have two possible regular season combos this year, but it's obviously the best one). Let's say it's worth 22 points.
Relevant Redskins-related Uniform Trivia
- Yellow pants have come and gone (mostly "gone" during the lifespans of the majority of the readers of this site) throughout the Redskins uniform history.
- In my picture above, I called out the "double headdress" effect on the helmet. I think that's a product of keeping the '70-71 helmet logo motif, but adding the head for the '72 uniform update.
- They were generally a White at Home team until they added the yellow pants in 2010. Since then, they've exclusively worn their maroon jerseys at home.
- The maroon color is called "burgundy" by the team. Too bad. It's not burgundy. It's maroon.
- Same as previous except "gold" is actually yellow.
- The addition of the yellow pants in 2010 (temporarily?) retired the great white over white combo. (and also the not-so-great maroon over maroon combo).
- Each pair of pants has its own, unique socks.
This is the last UniDiction of the season! Look for a 2011 baseball uniform/logo round-up sometime during Spring Training, as well as write-ups if anything else noteworthy from a uniform perspective pops up in Philadelphia.
ALSO — remember, I already did a lengthy review of tomorrow's Flyers Winter Classic jerseys.