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Nike is Fucking with the Packers’ Uniforms

When Nike replaced Reebok as the NFL’s uniform supplier in 2012, we expected some changes and we got some. Nike completely redid the Seattle Seahawks uniforms and that, for the most part, was fine.

No one gives a shit about the Seahawks anyway. They also gave the Buffalo Bills an updated, but retro look and that worked tremendously.

They made slight changes to the other NFL uniforms, but left the Green Bay Packers untouched. As it should be. You don’t fuck perfection, even if you fancy yourself a design innovator, such as Nike obviously does.

Changes to the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars uniforms followed in 2013. No complaints there. Those updates were all actually great.

Not so with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014.

Hideous, disgusting garbage.

The Cleveland Browns got a minor update in 2015 and now look like a college team, but that’s fine because they play like a college team too.

On Thursday, Nike dropped the news that they’re developing new uniforms specifically for Thursday Night Football games. They’re called color rush uniforms and will use only one of a team’s primary colors.

The first set of these color rush unis will debut next Thursday with Bills-Jets and they’ll look like this.

Buffalo Bills color rush

New York Jets color rush

Eight teams will get the monotone uniform treatment this season. The rest of the league will get it in 2016.

The Packers fall into that latter group.

For one game in 2016, the Packers will wear either all gold or all green. Our bet is on the former, since it’s a way to sell more jerseys.

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11 Comments

  1. Fritz fm WI November 6, 2015

    when the Eagles ditched their beautiful collegiate Green for the modern style darkish tinted uniform colors, i was horrified. then came the retro uniforms: i can only figure it was for comic relief [esp. in Pittsburgh and GB].

    i can only surmise that the NFL wants their classic games that will be shown in replay in future decades to never be confused with collegiate games.
    can’t think of any other logical reason why the nfl would want their uniforms to be so distinctively different in appearance from collegiate uniforms.

    1. geopack November 6, 2015

      I think that ridiculous monochrome uni defines the college look. When the Seahawks went monochrome in the middle of the last decade it looked very amateur, and now that the NFL has followed, they too look amateurish. Teams should have final buyoff on any vendor-proposed changes, and I can’t believe the Packers would ever approve of anything that violates their look or history, unless the NFL shoves it down their throats.

  2. Zwoeger November 6, 2015

    Yeah great designers at Nike with that outfit for
    the sideline staff with that horible stripe on the back and that ugly polygon with zipper on the arm. Or ain’t that Nike?

  3. Tom November 6, 2015

    No. Just no.

  4. bob November 6, 2015

    All gold will probably look a bit crazy since the helmets are gold too. That red Bills uniform looks alright though. In any case, the NFL knows by know that making teams wear ugly uniforms wont affect the number of viewers that tune in for a game and they could give two shits about tradition. Hell, they change the RULES of the game every year and people still tune in.

  5. guysocke November 6, 2015

    Great, now we will get another two thousand words from Wolf on the Oval G.

  6. Cheese November 6, 2015

    Green jersey without gold striped pants will look stupid. Yellow jersey with yellow pants and yellow helmet will look stupid as well.

  7. Organicbuzz November 7, 2015

    Fuck Nike!

  8. Jeff November 7, 2015

    The Jags unis are awful. Far worse than Tampa’s.

  9. CO Bob November 7, 2015

    IMO the shareholders should see the proposed new uniforms and vote on it. Even though it’s non-voting stock, this issue should be opened up to them.

    Mark Murphy? Come on buddy….show us how important your “owners” are to the franchise. This is an issue that deserves their input.

  10. Salazar November 7, 2015

    God I hate what the NFL is becoming.