And the Participation Trophy for Color Matching Goes to Nike: Midnight Green Returns

2013 on the left, 2014 on the right, Photo credit: USA Today
2013 on the left, 2014 on the right, Photo credit: USA Today

Here we are at week 10 of the NFL season, and we finally see the Eagles in their proper Midnight Green jerseys. At length, I explained that color matching was hard, especially when multiple fabrics are in play, and the final result is… perhaps by choice, not exactly a match to the previous jerseys. The metallic fleck is gone, so there is an even more noticeable change between the plastic, metallic painted helmet and the jersey.

And, even if it doesn’t match, it’s an improvement! I’ve long been on the record that metallic midnight green looks generically “darkish” in all but the brightest 1PM games. Matte fabric gives much more diffuse reflected light which generally makes the fabrics more vibrant, especially for dark colors, oddly enough. (the 49ers now matte “gold” pants, on the other hand, look like dirty khakis.) Now, if they can move those helmets into matte colors, too…

For the actual color itself, the variation in lighting and video settings makes an accurate analysis difficult, see below, but in motion, it seems sufficiently “Midnight Green-“ish to me, despite the obvious mismatch to their previous jerseys.

Also taken tonight.
Also taken tonight. See just how much the angle and lighting (not to mention video settings) can affect the appearance of color.

Some notes for completeness’ sake:

1. The Eagles had  a BLACKOUT!!!, a bye, and two road games in the last four weeks, so, in fairness, Nike was late (no pre-season, no beginning of the season, missed the week 6 commitment), but it’s not clear if week 10 availability is fully Nike-related or just a reality of the team’s schedule.

2. My previous guess that the metallic aspect of their jerseys was what tripped up Nike was incorrect. Nike did what Nike does and moved the Eagles to a completely matte version of midnight green.

3. The custom aspect of the midnight green color was the source of the difficulty. As Kyle says, “midnight green isn’t a color”… unless the Eagles gave up on metallic fabrics after Nike proved incapable after some amount of trial and error. I’m admittedly  grasping at straws here, but the real story will likely never come out.

4. The Eagles are currently pounding the Panthers 31-7 before the first half is even over. Yes, that is more important…

5. To be clear, I don’t consider the difficulty in color matching to be an excuse for Nike to not have jerseys available in time for the season opener. Color matching is a problem that money can solve… and it’s Nike. Come on!

6. Equally important, the Panthers are one of the few teams who (still) have not switched to Nike’s template (also, the Packers), and they’re basically wearing Reebok uniforms with Nike logos on them. Look at that metallic sheen while it lasts!

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      Please don’t use “no one” as the subject of a sentence where the subject should be “I”.

      Thank you.

  1. Eagles are unleashing a new offense and dominating on Monday night and you’re writing about their uniforms? Get a clue, dude.

    1. Try listening to Phil from Mt Airy,who even after the Eagles win he still complains.

  2. I can always count on Dan’s columns to gay up this site

    well, that is, when Kyle and Jim aren’t gaying it up themselfes. come to think of it, this site is pretty gay.. .

  3. Yo team cb. Kyle, we spoke a couple winters ago. U were cool enough to answer some Qs re the site for me for a grad school paper. Reading this article then these (stupid) comments I was really fucking compelled to point out to anyone who reads this in the whole wide winking world that this (along w/ a whole slew of Kyle and Jim [who has been a good writer for some time]’s stuff, course) is a really damn well thought out and informed piece, complete with in game realities. There comes a point when people that are into their second six pack before jon gruden becomes the equivalent of a verbal toothache somewhere around the time when you ponder hitting the remote over to Cecily T (Ds or high Cs, I perpetually wonder)’s 5 day,, and so at that point, enjoy your team fucking doing awesome, and so maybe you then also go to this blog, like I did, looking for some birds stuff late night, and here is this article that gets the macro, inherently shady side of sports on an informed, evolved & thoughtful level that is not readily found this fucking huge city. If you don’t like it, fine, but don’t degrade it. You would never say that shit to his face.

    Go Birds, always.

    CD

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