Week 11 2014 Weekly Uniform Rankings and some social media news

by Tim Brulia

We'll get to this week's uni ranking in a moment, but first, this important message.

Those of you who are familiar with the GUD's social media outlets on Facebook and Twitter probably know that our activity, particularly on Facebook, has been a little slow.

When we posted the Thursday Night Football clash between the Bills and Dolphins, using the GUD's uni matchup template for the game, it gave us the inspiration to do this: A daily semi-random uni matchup from days past.

This means that, each and every day, the GUD will post one uniform game matchup. While it won't be totally and 100% random, we hope to have a matchup from a corresponding week from previous seasons for every day, except for Thursday. As with the trendy "Throwback Thursdays," the GUD will dig even deeper for a matchup for that day, using a game from between 1940 and 1954 for TBT day.

As we get to the playoffs, our options will be a bit more limited, but we will likely use playoff matchups from the past during the postseason, including some Pro Bowl goodies.

Once we reach the off-season, then the matchups used will be 100% purely random, and there will be no real rhyme or reason to what we show. Every season, week and game will be fair pickin's.

To see what we've done so far, please check out our Facebook and/or our Twitter pages. Feedback is appreciated. We hope you like it!

Now, onto the Uni Rankings for Week 11.

14) Falcons-Panthers: ATL in white/white, CAR in black/silver. A mostly meh matchup, a lot of black, some silver and a flash of red and carolina blue. Certainly not a total bummer, but there is better.

13) Raiders-Chargers: OAK in white/silver, SD in navy/white. Some get excited over this one because of the traditional nature of this matchup. I do not, unless the Chargers are rocking powder blue. They are not. Thus, this drops down a ladder a ways. Not really a supporter of the Raiders in white, a quite generic look in my book. As is this matchup in general.

12) Broncos-Rams: DEN in white/white, STL in navy/white. While the white overwhelms in this matchup, we get to see the Rams in a positive navy over white light. Make their gold numbers pop a little. Just wish we had more of that Bronco orange to really spruce this up.

11) Buccaneers-Redskins: TB in white/white, WSH in burgundy/yellow. OK, I can take the Bucs in all white. But the red socks need to accompany. They do not. And that hurts a bit. Redskins burgundy over yellow is always pleasing, but it takes two combos to make a matchup work, and this one falls a little short.

10) Patriots-Colts: NE in white/navy, IND in blue/white. One of the NFL's better rivalries over the past decade or so doesn't always translate to the best uni matchup. This really isn't all that bad as the Colts blue jerseys is their better combo, and the Pats in white over navy is a good look, But I just can't catch the buzz-feel for it.

9) 49ers-Giants: SF in white/gold, NYG in blue/white. As stated before, the white pants need to be the go to pair for when the Giants rock blue jerseys. Proof is here. It's a great look and the blue jerseys seem more vibrant with the white bottoms. Add the Niners white over gold with juicy red trim, it's a swell eye treat.

8) Steelers-Titans: PIT in black/yellow, TEN in white/navy. Apparently this game confirms the uni rumor mill, that the Titans new owner is not thrilled with columbia blue as a dominant color. The pale blues (jersey OR pants) haven't been seen since the preseason. And except for the Week 8 game against the Texans, it's been WAH all year long for the Titans. Not a bad thing here, as the white over navy brings the Steelers to LP Field in the dynamo black over yellow combo.

7) Texans-Browns: HOU in white/navy, CLE in brown/white. Nothing earth shattering here, but this is a fine get together. Navy, brown, orange and a glint of red is enough of a color variety to overcome any other shortfalls here.

6) Seahawks-Chiefs: SEA in white/navy, KC in red/white. No doubt, of the Seahawks three pants, navy is the best. The grays and white do not incorporate the neon green aspect, but the navy trousers do. And that little detail gives this matchup sweet spark. With the Chiefs vivid red and yellow trim, it's a dilly matchup.

5) Vikings-Bears: MIN in white/purple, CHI in navy/white. Those purple pants add style points to any encounter. Plug in a traditional NFC North rival and the pluses mount. Purple, navy, yellow and orange is a great mixture.

4) Lions-Cardinals: DET in white/silver, ARZ in red/red. For sometime now, the Cardinals keep the red pants in wraps until the second half of the season. And 2014 is no exception. The red britches make their 2014 debut with this game with the Lions. It's a good choice as the Lions offer sparkling contrast with the silver helmet and pants, as well as the honolulu blue trim accompanied by a shimmer of black. A really sharp matchup,

3) Eagles-Packers: PHI in white/green, GB in throwback navy/khaki. Ahh, this one is cool. Eagles debuted the long awaited white over midnight green look, while the Pack rocked the dynastic 1929-31 era unis. Of course, to meet today's standards, the tiny number inside a yellow circle is enlarged and a nameplate is added to the back. But, these touches make for a great uni matchup!

2) Bengals-Saints: CIN in white/white, NO in black/gold. A rare occasion for me to say it's a good thing that even with both teams having black pants in the wardrobe, neither team makes that choice. This allows the trim colors to shine, and they do. Orange socks for the Bengals, gold pants for the Saints. No black overkill, just let the black flow with gold and orange.

1) Bills-Dolphins: BUF in white/blue, MIA in aqua/aqua. OK, you've heard me moan high and low about the Dolphins going with a very drab all white look for most of the season. Well, for this Thursday Night Football encounter, the Fins crack open both sets of aqua, and boy, do I like it. Not to stand idly by, the Bills rock the blue pants with their white tops. The result, is fabulous!

So there it is. Another week for safe keeping. Till next time, take care and keep an eye out for our daily uni matchup from the past on Facebook and Twitter. Invite your friends to "like" us (Facebook) or "follow" us (Twitter)!

Week 10 2014 Weekly Uniform Rankings

by Tim Brulia

As the weather gets colder, the home teams, that early in the season frequent the white jerseys, now have by and large changed to the dark jerseys at home. Leaving just the usual suspects, the Cowboys and Dolphins as the least teams standing wearing the paleness for home games. For the most part...

Anyway, here's this past week's rankings.

13) Cowboys-Jaguars: DAL in white/mint, JAX in black/black. Nope. Jaguars in black over black is not a good combo (and this comes from someone who likes monochrome!) and especially against the Cowboys in white. The teal jerseys (which have yet to be worn at all this season) would have been ideal. Nope. Sorry, Brits.

12) Broncos-Raiders: DEN in white/white, OAK in black/silver. Predictable matchup. Predictable reaction. Yawn. Really, I have seen worse, much worse, but maybe this one needs to be goosed in some fashion. When the Broncos whites are paired up against the Raiders standard, it just doesn't perk me up any.

11) Browns-Bengals: CLE in white/brown, CIN in black/black. Wow. Lots of darkness for the TNF affair. A little too much for my tastes. One of these teams should have rocked their white trousers. Preferably the Bengals, so we could a little touch of brightness.

10) Giants-Seahawks: NYG in white/gray, SEA in navy/navy. While I claim some boredom with this one, I must say the Giants red trim on their white jerseys hits the spot in a good way. It gives us some air from the blues and grays that otherwise prevail here. The dash of neon green trim from the Seahawks is a pleasurable boost.

9) Dolphins-Lions: MIA in white/white, DET in honolulu blue/silver. Hmm. I'm torn on this one. No problem with the Lions gear. But, should the Fins have gone white over aqua or not? I'm not fond of the all white Dolphins, but maybe the aqua pants would have detracted from the Lions sharp homes? When I'm in dispute with myself, I search for the middle of the pack placement.

8) 49ers-Saints: SF in white/gold, NO in black/black. This is the right uni matchup combo. Had the Saints rocked their gold pants here, it would have been gold overload. Still, that decision won't rocket this game to the top, but it certainly keeps it from the lower tier.

7) Titans-Ravens: TEN in white/navy, BAL in purple/black. Much darkness in this clash, but the colors vary, so it's no biggie from here. The Ravens bring out the purple over black combo for the first time this season. I really like the look, two shades of darkness. Maybe the Titans could have rocked their light blue pants...hm...maybe they should have, after all.

6) Falcons-Buccaneers: ATL in white/white, TB in red/pewter. The Bucs go back to the darks at home and it really looks good for this one. Not usually a fan of the Falcons white over white, but in partnership with the Bucs in bright red over dank pewter, This matchup works just fine.

5) Steelers-Jets: PIT in white/yellow, NYJ in green/white. Mildly surprised that the Jets didn't go green-green here, but in any event, this is a solid matchup. The green gives a nice contrast to the black and yellow and road whites of the Steelers.

4) Panthers-Eagles: CAR in white/white, PHI in green/white. Finally. The Eagles in green. And it looks great. The jersey seems to have lost a little of its sheen, and actually that's a good thing. Paired up with the Panthers whites, where the best thing about that uni is the electric blue socks, and it is a good night in Philly. Welcome back, green. We missed ya.

3) Rams-Cardinals: STL in white/navy, ARZ in red/white. Again, the Rams choice of navy pants is a major boost. Navy helmet/white helmet, white jersey (with an abundance of trim)/red jersey, navy pants/white pants. And while the socks don't offer as stark a contrast as the other features, it does work nicely. Good one!

2) Chiefs-Bills: KC in white/red, BUF in blue/white. Not quite perfect. Total contrast from head to toe. Helmets: red-white. Jerseys: white-blue. Pants: red-white. Socks: white-blue. Very very nice. What an NFL uniform matchup should look like.

1) Bears-Packers: CHI in white/navy, GB in green/yellow. My favorite uni matchup in the NFL. Yes, predictable, yes standard, yes to all of that. But this has everything I want and need. Dark pants, yellow helmets, lush green, trim colors that are done right and add perfectly to the basics. Nothing flashy, just good, honest, basic uniforms. Just wish the game was as close as the uniforms. INXS once said it best, "Don't Change a Thing!"

Sorry to the fans of the KC-BUF game. Were it not for my CHI-GB uni-crush, you'd be #1. That's a wrap for Week 10. Be back next week!

Week 9 2014 Weekly Uniform Rankings

By Tim Brulia

Hi, sports fans.

Well, Week 9 marks the middle week of the regular season. Yep, here already. Are so are the rankings.

13) Broncos-Patriots: DEN in white/white, NE in navy/silver. Yes, this one may bring in two of the dominant teams and quarterbacks of our time together, but it also combines to bring a dullish uni matchup to us. A little orange and a little silver and a hint of red, then dominated by a wash of navy. At lest the grass was green, kinda.

12) Saints-Panthers: NO in white/black, CAR in black/silver. Bit of a dilemma here. With the Panthers now in black at home mode from hereon, what do the Saints do? Black pants and have a bit of black overload, or gold pants and have metal overload? They go the black bottoms and thus, black overload. Can't win, really.

11) Colts-Giants: IND in white/white, NYG in blue/white. OK. The G-men finally break out the white pants. Against who? The starkly white Colts?? Ugh. On its own, the Giants in blue over white is sharp. But when couple with the Colts all in white, it's a bit of a waste. BTW, the Giants need to adopt what they did with throwbacks in 1994. white over gray, blue over white. THAT would be ideal.

10) Raiders-Seahawks: OAK in white/silver, SEA in navy/navy. No, no surprises here. While the Seahawks in all navy is the right combo for this affair, it's not enough to overcome the Raiders in a drabbish white over silver. It's an interesting matchup, but not enough to overcome the bore I feel here.

9) Chargers-Dolphins: SD in navy/white, MIA in white/white. This may be the ONLY time when I prefer the Chargers in navy jerseys instead of powder. The navy shade does off-set the aqua trim on the Dolphins all whites. Thanks, Chargers. You saved this one from the cellar.

8) Buccaneers-Browns: TB in white/pewter, CLE in brown/white. Again, a case of 1 + 1 = meh. Maybe this might be the first ever case of brown overkill? The shade of pewter the Bucs have gone with this season in most peoples' eyes - and mine - is that the tint of Bucs' pewter is brown. Couple that with a genuinely brown Browns teams, and it may be too much of that earthy tone.

7) Cardinals-Cowboys: ARZ in red/white, DAL in white/mint. Maybe absence does make the heart grow fonder. What once was an annual matchup doesn't happen very often these days. And it looks quite nice now. The bright red jerseys mixing it up with the standard white Cowboys fare. I like it. Not a lot, but enough.

6) Eagles-Texans: PHI in white/white, HOU in red/white. Boy, this one could have been a color mini-explosion. We could've had the Eagles in green pants and the Texans in a red over red combo. Alas, we get hammered with more white than we need. But the Texans fire red jerseys save this one some.

5) Ravens-Steelers: BAL in white/white, PIT in black/yellow. The best rivalry in the NFL can't and doesn't always translate into the best uni matchup in the NFL. But since black is boring to me this week, this matchup gets bumped up the chain. A little.

4) Jaguars-Bengals: JAX in white/white, CIN in (alternare) orange/white. Think the Jags did it right by staying all white for this one with the Bengals going orange on us. And actually, the Bengals did it right by using the orange tops. Maybe it's a subliminal anti-black week for me, but this one is very good.

3) Rams-49ers: STL in white/navy, SF in red/gold. Rams, just when I had given up on you, I thank you. You do the best with the blue pants. White and it would have been blah. If you still had gold, it would have too much gold, color that is. So you go with the navy trunks and score. It brings more color to the game and makes the Niners already great red over gold combo shimmer. Bingo!

2) Jets-Chiefs: NYJ in white/green, KC in red/white. Seems like these days, November 1 is when the Christmas ads start to pummel our eyes on TV. So, to get into the "spirit," the Jets and Chiefs sport the Christmas colors, The Jets in green pants with the Chiefs in red jerseys. Quite fond of this matchup!

1) Redskins-Vikings: WSH in white/burgundy, MIN in purple/white. The 'Skins in white over yellow, topped off with the burgundy lid, are going to score big points. Add the very purple Vikes jersey with the white pants, and it's a game rich in color variance. A very sweet blend.

The second half of the season awaits, Find us here.again next week. Take care.

Week 8 2014 Weekly Uniform Rankings

by Tim Brulia

Getting right to it!

15) Dolphins-Jaguars: MIA in white/white, JAX in black/white. If ever we needed an overload for teal and aqua that would scream Florida, this would have been the one. Instead, no teal/aqua jerseys, no teal/aqua pants. Just the dreaded all white of Miami and the black/gold/white ensemble of the Jags. A real matchup bummer,

14) Seahawks-Panthers: SEA in gray/gray, CAR in black/silver. No No no no ni ni. Not the game for the Seahawks to rock the gray jerseys. Not at all. Not against a team that decides to do the black over silver starting this week instead of the all whites for home games.

13) Eagles-Cardinals: PHI in white/white, ARZ in red/white. OK, we know about the Eagles issues with green this season. So we are faced with the drab as a slab all white look. We get that. BUT Cardinals, you could have helped the cause by going all red for this encounter. What you see may be what you get, but it isn't what you want.

12) Texans-Titans: HOU in white/navy, TEN in navy/white. It was rare for the Titans to go this deep into the season in white at home, I was thinking maybe the Titans would do it for the season. Not to be. And I do like this combo, but I think the columbia blue tops would have worked better against a white over navy squad.

11) Rams-Chiefs: STL in white/white, KC in red/white. Just a bit much on the white end of things for me here. No, not saying the Chiefs should have rocked all red. But the Rams certainly could have slapped the navy pants on this one. I think it would added some sense of additional color without overwhelming the matchup.

10) Ravens-Bengals: BAL in white/black, CIN in black/white. The buzz was that the Bengals had planned on an all black ensemble, but decided to switch to white pants. That helped, because that would have been just too much black for this matchup. It helps this one some, but not drastically.

9) Packers-Saints: GB in white/yellow, NO in black/black. Not sure about this one. Not a dull uninspired matchup and yet, not one to write home (email home??) about, either. Maybe jaded by the all blacks? Maybe?

8) Bears-Patriots: CHI in white/navy, NE in navy/silver. Both teams could have done something wild, but being conservative organizations, of course not. And really, this matchup does offer some variance, orange, navy, red, silver. But not quite enough to spark some flames.

7) Chargers-Broncos: SD in white/navy, DEN in orange/white. After the all navy alternate, the Broncos revert back to that pumpkiny sweet orange. The Chargers reply with the white over navy look. Lots of navy, to be sure, but punctuated by good orange, yellow and a flash of powder blue.

6) Redskins-Cowboys: WSH in burgundy/yellow, DAL in white/mint. With the Redskins fully in yellow pants again, these games between these bitter rivals evoke images of the 1970's when Dallas-Washington was white hot. And the colors are distinct. Burgundy, yellow, metallic blue, blue, mint and of course, Cowboy white.

5) Vikings-Buccaneers: MIN in purple/white, TB in white/pewter. Socks. Overlooked yet, vital. For the Bucs, such s simple maneuver of changing from dull pewter socks to vibrant red socks with this uni combo makes not just a difference in their look, but in a uni matchup against a team whose primed in purple, it just adds mega bonus points overall.

4) Lions-Falcons: DET in white/silver, ATL in red/white. "Wake up with Wembley" is how Fox described this game. This one - color wise (and that's what I like most) - is eye appealing. It brings the Falcons in the favorable red over white combo along with the Lions in silver with honolulu blue and a breath of black to trim. Good one, Lads.

3) Raiders-Browns: OAK in white/silver, CLE in brown/white. I, for one, am not a fan of the Raiders rather dull white over silver uni. I find it generic and somewhat lifeless, The Browns? I like the brown over white combo, because they are accessorized by the magic orange helmet. But the Browns unis are nowhere near my favorite. So why does this matchup rank so high? Because, that's the beauty of the matchup. Put these two combos together, and I am enthralled. All of it falls into place so well.

2) Colts-Steelers: IND in white./white, PIT in throwback yellow-black/khaki. If the away team in this matchup was almost any other team but the Colts, this would easily be the week's #1. The Colts rather yawny all whites perhaps are a good contrast to the outrageous and highly polarizing Steelers bumblebee jersey and socks. I happen to be in the LOVE camp for these wonders and I know that puts me in the minority, but you gotta hand it to the Steelers for staying with the stingers.

1) Bills-Jets: BUF in white/blue, NYJ in green/green. When white helmeted teams meet, the unis better salvage the matchup. And this one does. Both rocking dark pants for this one, Bills in blue and Jets in green for the mono green effect. The dark pants are a pleasant contrast and make this one work. A lot.

Till next time, Happy Halloween, everyone!!

Week 7 2014 Weekly Uniform Rankings

By Tim Brulia

Week 7's rankings comin' atcha.

15) Vikings-Bills: MIN in purple/white, BUF in white/white. In recent seasons, especially since the uni re-do of 2011, the Bills have taken to going WAH twice a season; once with normal unis and once with throwbacks. But, in my opinion, the Bills are blooooowing it by not trucking out their sweet blue britches. They go all soulless white. And it hurts because their blue pants contrasting with the Vikings tasty purple jerseys would have sent this matchup near - if not to THE - top. Tsk, so disappointing,

14) Giants-Cowboys: NYG in blue/gray, DAL in white/mint. Maybe there's too much blue and stuff. Maybe I've seen this matchup so often that my senses are dulled. Apart from a touch of red on the Giants helmet and pants that...well, I dunno. I'm bored. This might have been a good time for the ny's to rock those white pants that we have yet to see in 2014.

13) Falcons-Ravens: ATL in white/white, BAL in black/black. One of those stark contrasts games. Ravens again surprise with all black for a day matchup. Too much black for these eyes. Only a sparkle of red ATL trim and only the essence of purple for the Ravens.

12) Dolphins-Bears: MIA in white/white, CHI in navy/white. Oh, these Dolphins. Thinking the "Fins would rock some nifty aqua pants for this one against the strandard navy and white of the Bears, and no MIA stays with the desperately drab all white. Orange, a great color, is inappropriately subdued here.

11) Browns-Jaguars: CLE in white/white, JAX in black/white. Can you say awkward? That's the feeling I get with this matchup. Browns in classic if a bit dated all white, with the brown and orange trim mixing it up with the Jags' somewhat weird looking mixture of black, gold, black, teal and white. Normally I like the old blending with the new, but I am not getting this matchup.

10) Texans-Steelers: HOU in white/navy, PIT in black/yellow. Strong identities when paired doesn't offer much. I know I can't harp forever about the Texans forsaking their red socks for the navy hose, but doggoneit, it is sorely missed. The Steelers may never be at the bottom when wearing black over yellow, though, because it look so darned great!

9) Jets-Patriots: NYJ in white/white, NE in navy/silver. A matchup seen annually might deaden the nerves a bit. Jets in all white couple with the Pats in the usual navy over silver could use a little peppering up, especially for a prime time setting. Say, Jets in green pants or the Pats rocking all navy?

8) 49ers-Broncos: SF in white/gold, DEN in (alternate) navy/navy. With the Broncos in the alternate all navy look, a rare time that I'm not fond of an alternate uniform. But actually, when pitted against the white clad 49ers, I prefer this look. The Niners in white with the red trim, does offer nice contrast to the Broncs in all that navy with orange to accent rather than to dominate.

7) Cardinals-Raiders: ARZ in white/white, OAK in black/silver. The Cardinals may have a lot of unnecessary curvy black stripes meandering on this outfit, but the red yoke is a great touch and really mixes very well with the Raiders black over silver. Eye appealing.

6) Saints-Lions: NO in white/gold, DET in honolulu blue/silver. There are those who say a really good matchup is when teams square off with matching helmet and pant colors, Well, it really doesn't get much better than this encounter. One in gold, one in silver. Metallurgists, rejoice!

5) Panthers-Packers: CAR in white/white, GB in green/yellow. Something about the Pack in the green over yellow brings out the best in what their opponents wear. The green (which seemed bright to me this Sunday) and yellow coupled with the black, silver and carolina blue accessorized Panthers was nice and appealing.

4) Seahawks-Rams: SEA in white/gray, STL in navy/navy. Leave it to the defending NFL Champions to select the perfect uni combo going against the 2014 Rams standard of all navy at home. All white would have been to contrasty. white over navy would have been too navyish. But the neutral tone of gray on the bottoms makes this quite palatable.

3) Titans-Redskins: TEN in white/navy, WSH in throwback burgundy/khaki. This works because of the color contrasts. White, navy, light blue, a touch of red, burgundy, gold, beautiful. I am just a little troubled by a left view of the 'Skins in this get up, because the native American on the helmet faces forward, while the sleeve logo faces backward. Plus, I think the Skins should have an unadorned plain helmet to be just a little more authentic. Still, this happens to be a very good pairing.

2) Bengals-Colts: CIN in white/black, IND in blue/white. For me, the Bengals in white over black with luscious orange trim brought out the best in the Colts rather sublime blue over white. This combo meshes almost perfectly together. Kudos!

1) Chiefs-Chargers: KC in white/red, SD in (alternate) powder blue/white. Perfection, this. The look the Chargers deserve on a permanent basis against the Chiefs in the classic white over red. No need to elaborate. Let the visual speak for itself.

That does it for Week 7. We are amazingly, nearing the halfway point of the 2014 season. We'll see you next week. Take care,

Week 6 2014 Weekly Uniform Rankings

by Tim Brulia

And as we continue to delve deeper into the season, we have 15 more matchups to review.

15) Jaguars-Titans: JAX in black/black, TEN in white/navy. Overdose of darkness here. Had either team gone with their version of light blue, either not both, like the Jags in teal tops or the Titans in columbia bottoms, I could send this matchup soaring.

14) Broncos-Jets: DEN in white/white, NYJ in green/white. I like the helmets in this matchup. Not so much the rest. Broncos with navy dominant, with the Jets in green and white. Orange is a mere bystander here.

13) Colts-Texans: IND in white/white, HOU in navy/white. This could have been made a little more palatable with the Texans going whole navy, especially for a prime time game, but they stayed straight with the white pants. It cost this matchup a few notches.

12) Packers-Dolphins: GB in green/yellow, MIA in white/white. Green and aqua are a little close on the color scale. But boy, there's all that Miami white again to kinda put the kibosh on this one. Yes, I do thirst for the aqua pants. Aqua and orange as trim just doesn't cut it. A heavier injection of aqua would have sent this matchup up the charts,

11) Chargers-Raiders: SD in white/navy, OAK in black/silver. Traditional AFC West matchup. The colors are not a really great mix, but they do work here when they are blended. Black, navy. silver, yellow and a breath of powder blue is a comforting selection.

10) Giants-Eagles: NYG in white/gray, PHI in black/black. Strange one, this. For the first time in 73 years, the Eagles rock black pants. Back then, the Eagles were having a bit of an identity crisis. Tonight, it's because, well, they are still waiting for proper green jerseys and pants. The Giants, at least, go normal with white over gray and the mainly red trim. I put this one in the middle of the pack, because, well...anyway, here's the Eagles 1941 threads that I'm talking about:
1941 Eagles in navy over black.

9) Ravens-Buccaneers: BAL in purple/white, TB in white/white. The Ravens did the right thing here, and even better, so did the Bucs. Yeah, white at home (WAH) and all that, but the Bucs rocked a paor of orange socks for this one, instead of pewter. A little sparkle for the masses. Socks. So overlooked by many, but not us do-GUD'ers!

8) Bears-Falcons: CHI in white/navy, ATL in red/white. Another case of two good uniforms separately that don't mesh well together. I like these unis on their own, but for whatever reason, it's not coming to me here. Still, the colors are good, navy, black, red and orange.

7) Patriots-Bills: NE in white/navy, BUF in blue/white. Red, white and blue and silver. Pretty standard fare for American sports. The trick is to pull off a good look with these colors. This game does that. Pats in the time tested silver/white/navy/silver and the Bills in white/blue/white/blue. Colors done well. Well done.

6) Cowboys-Seahawks: DAL in white/mint, SEA in navy/navy. Just thinkin'. Of all the possible normal uni matchups in the NFL, Cowboys in blue against Seahawks in white is the least likely to ever happen. The Cowboys nearly always wear white at home and the Seahawks have never worn white at home. Having said that, this is a pretty good matchup. I like how these two work together. The various shades of blue and the touch of gray and neon green  are a good blend.

5) Lions-Vikings: DET in white/silver, MIN in purple/white. Of the NFL's eight divisions, I must admit that the NFC North is my favorite when it comes to the unis. Case in point: silver, yellow, a hint of black, some magical honolulu blue and a dollop of purple. Add it up and it's a colorful display without garishness.

4) 49ers-Rams: SF in white/gold, STL in blue/yellow (throwback). The Rams go back to their early days in the Gateway city, with the dark blue lids with yellow horns, straight blue jerseys, yellow pants and blue socks. Doing this against the Niners is a good thing. A nice mix of yellow and gold, and blue and red. Better than the modern approach, for sure.

3) Redskins-Cardinals: WSH in white/yellow, ARZ in red/white. Why so high? I'll tell you why. The Redskins yellow pants just make this work. The reds and burgundys, the touch of black, are good enough, but those yellow pants! I guess it's a yearning for those old 1970's 'Skins-Big Red matchups from St. Louis that sends a jolt of nostalgia through my creaky bones. Way to go!

2) Panthers-Bengals: CAR in white/white, CIN in (alternate) orange/white. Tieing this one down, Panthers with the established all white look with carolina blue hose, and the Bengals strutting in orange jerseys and socks. Black is rightly reduced to a trim role for both sides in this matchup and let the colorways show the way.

1) Steelers-Browns: PIT in white/yellow, CLE in brown/white. I have a fancy for team whose helmet, jersey and pant color all vary. When two teams do it in the same game? Bliss. You have black, brown, orange, yellow and white. Autumnal colors for the autumn game. How can you not go wrong here?

Before I close, don't forget to check out Bill's insightful blog, "The Butterfly Effect: How Things Transpire on the GUD." You can find it here. A really GUD read!

Take care, all, and we'll see you here next week.

The Butterfly Effect: How Things Transpire In The GUD

by Bill Schaefer

Over a year ago, I wrote a blog entry describing how high-top cleats were going to be added for all teams up through 1956. The changes needed made for accuracy's sake, but there was also an additional benefit to making the changes, as well.

It gave me a chance to replace many of the original images for 1920-56 created for the site over 5 years ago all in one foul swoop.

When I began and my skills had not become as polished as they are now, I would 'hollow-out' jerseys, pants, and socks and add in the colors required. As you notice below, especially on the borders between the sleeves and the ribs, some of the bordering was eliminated leaving 'sharp' edges between the border and the colored areas.
Having these rough edges eliminated when the high-tops were added was a fantastic fringe benefit of that overhaul.

However, the high-top era only went as far as 1956. For some of those older teams, parts of 1957-1959 were updated at the same time for consistency's sake.

A few months ago, one of our contributors, smith03, noticed that while we ended the high white sanitary socks around 1981 or 1982, he was able to document that those 'sannies' were worn in that style at least through the 1987 season.

1987 (Getty)
The use of these high-whites became popular in the late 1950s, continued in the 1960s and 1970s, and were fazed out in the late 1980s.

I now had a chance to fix every teams' high-whites in the same manner that we have shown the trend coming back to the League the last few years.  This would also give me the same chance that the high-tops provided. I could now modernize everything from the end of the high-tops (1956) up through 1987.
I set out to make the League-wide updates. However, events transpired along the way that forced me to broaden my scope from just 1957-1987.

Certain teams had some helmet issues. For example, the logo on the Packers' helmets seemed too large. It also seemed to sit too low on the side of the helmet. It needed fixed. That meant updating the entire Green Bay run up through 2011. So it was required, and so it was done - for all teams. The Bills, Bears, Cowboys, Jets, Raiders, Eagles, and 49ers have also already received improvements to some portion of this era's helmet logos during these updates.

Since everything up through 2011 was now needing to be updated, I saw another opportunity to fix something else that had always bothered me. This was the original NFL shield placed on the 'V' of the jersey collars beginning in 1991 until it was replaced by the "NFL Equipment" logo in 2002. Pretty lousy, right? Not anymore.
And the same with the pants shields.
All of these improvements meant one thing. For consistency's sake, every team needed to be revised up to the 2012 season, be that from 1957-2011 or commencing with whenever the team began operations.

Over the next several months, with Rob's help, these refinements will start to appear both in the teams' yearly images and in the weekly match-up pages which track week-by-week uniform pairings for every season. We, at GUD, ask for your patience as, for a time, some of these changes will be apparent for some teams but not for others. In time, all teams will get updated completely in our continuing effort to "just get it right."

Bill Schaefer

Week 5 2014 Weekly Uniform Rankings

By Tim Brulia

As the weeks of the season begin to gather speed, we shall do likewise with this past week's uniform game rankings.

Note that we have entered "Breast Cancer Awareness Month." We at the GUD wholeheartedly support the cause, but the uniform rankings reflect only the team colors and not the pink accessories. We trust you understand.

15) Rams-Eagles: STL in navy/navy, PHI in white/white. OK, we need to get the Eagles green in here ASAP! It would have helped a lot in this matchup, either as a jersey color or as the pants color. Instead, we have to deal with the starkness of all navy against all white. At least the Birds' helmets maintain a green look.

14) Jets-Chargers: NYJ in white/white, SD in navy/white. Muph. I like the Chargers navy over white combo. Of course, not nearly like I like powder over white, but still...And then when the Jets come into town with the white all over look and I lose my appetite.

13) Ravens-Colts: BAL in white/black, IND in blue/white. Good for the Ravens to choose black pants instead of white, it does bolster this matchup some. Colts blue jerseys blend well against that Raven black and purple.

12) Steelers-Jaguars: PIT in black/yellow, JAX in white/black. Why so low? I really can't explain. A lot of black to be sure, yellow and gold, too. Maybe...not enough teal? The teal does stand out, but not enough as it's just a trim color, but I think it would have worked as a jersey color for the Jags and it would have made the Steelers yellow pop more in white than in black. Alas, we'll never know.

11) Seahawks-Redskins: SEA in white/white, WSH in burgundy/yellow. Rather odd for a team with a choice of three pant colors for a prime time game goes with all white? Against a smartly clad Redskins squad in burgundy over yellow. Yes, disappointing, but the trim colors of navy & neon green helps to keep this matchup from the basement.

10) Falcons-Giants: ATL in white/white, NYG in blue/gray. Suppose, just suppose, the Falcons had a set of red pants and decided to don them here? WOW. But reality can be harsh. Still, reds as a trim to Falcon black and Giant blue and gray is really not that bad. Not that good, either.

9) Cardinals-Broncos: ARZ in white/white, DEN in orange/white. Really, two combos that are pretty decent on their own, but put together, they create for me a large meh. Thinking red pants for the Cardinals would have helped some, but they won't be seen likely till mid-November. Are the Broncos' orange wearing thin with me? Hope not.

8) Bengals-Patriots: CIN in white/white, NE in navy/silver. The Bengals all whites are surprisingly nice with the orange helmets and the orange socks. Orange and black tiger stripes do wonders for an all white ensemble. Couple this with a pleasant navy over silver Patriots look and this matchup looks better than expected.

7) Bears-Panthers: CHI in navy/white, CAR in white/white. This is actually not as bad as originally thought. There's navy and black with shades of orange, carolina blue and silver mixed in. Not a broad spectrum of colors, but they work here.

6) Vikings-Packers: MIN in white/purple, GB in green/yellow. With yet another Thursday Night Blowout, this uni matchup cuts through that mess into something close. The Vikes wear purple pants and that is a visual blessing. Yellow, blended with Packer green and Viking purple means success, uni-wise.

5) Texans-Cowboys: HOU in navy/white, DAL in white/mint. All Texas. All right. This is a match up meant to be. Cowboys in the uni that is meant to be against the Texans in their Sunday best. Hard to beat.

4) Buccaneers-Saints: TB in red/pewter, NO in white/black. All that jazz on the Bucs and all that black, white and gold on the Saints, and I admit to this matchup tickling me giddy. Red, orange, pewter, black, gold. Really a dandy pairing from these eyes.

3) Chiefs-49ers: KC in white/red, SF in red/gold. A load of apple red here, but it is awesome, It is legend that the founder of the Chiefs, Lamar Hunt, said that the inspiration of the Chiefs arrowhead logo was the Niners' red SF oval. It is a good possibility when you them head-to-head here. KC's red/white/red/white bounces beautifully against SF's gold/red/gold/red combo. Bang on!

2) Browns-Titans: CLE in brown/white, TEN in white/navy. Titans, still in white at home, get with the program and wear the navy trousers like they're supposed to. And, coupled with the Browns in brown, it puts a pop into this matchup. Kudos.

1) Bills-Lions: BUF in white/blue, DET in honolulu blue/silver. Bills pick out a good week to break out the blue pants. Looks great against another sweet uni in the Lions and those honolulu blues. Silver and red add a nice compliment to the matchup. Rust belt cities in fun belt unis!

In closing, I did find this week's uni matchup the season's best so far. Really some good combos!

Looking forward to Week 6's roundup. See you then!

Week 4 2014 Weekly Uniform Rankings

by Tim Brulia

As we close out the first month of NFL Football for 2014, here we have the latest rankings.

13) Titans-Colts: TEN in white/white, IND in blue/white. So much white, I'm blind. Only the sliver of red on the helmet and sleeve logos save this matchup from a bear like hibernation.

12) Bills-Texans: BUF in white/white, HOU in navy/white. Ugh, these teams that insist on a vanilla look (Bills, Jets, Dolphins, I'm looking at you) are simply missing the boat. This game would have been so electric had the Bills put on their blue trousers, but nay, they go with the blandest look possible. Texans smart navy over white suit suffers as a result.

11) Falcons-Vikings: ATL in white/white, MIN in purple/white. Rather mundane. Not dull, with some color variation (purple, red, black, yellow), but not a thrilling matchup, either.

10) Lions-Jets: DET in white/silver, NYJ in green/white. Jets at home spares us the agony of all white. With the Lions in white, trimmed in honolulu, silver and black, it's not that great, but it's not a crashing bore, either.

9) Eagles-49ers: PHI in white/white, SF in red/gold. The lack of the Eagles' green pants affects this matchup in a big way. With them, this is certainly in the top three for Week 4. Without them, nope. The Niners do salvage this one a bit with the glorious red over gold combo.

8) Panthers-Ravens: CAR in white/white, BAL in black/black. Despite a sunny September afternoon, the Ravens go all black, which I believe is unprecedented for a day game. Panthers, no slouch in the whites with the pale blue socks, make this a rather intriguing matchup.

7) Jaguars-Chargers: JAX in black/white, SD in white/navy. I like the opposite-opposite of the jersey/pants matchup here. Couple with the gold-black lid of the Jags and the white top of the Bolts, and I get a surge of comfort, if not excitement.

6) Packers-Bears: GB in white/yellow, CHI in navy/white (throwback). When the Bears visit the Pack in Lambeau, it's a chart topper. In reverse, this is still great, just not as. Bears in the 1940's throwbacks, which hearken back to jerseys without TV numbers, no number outlines and no helmet logos. Pack in the nice enough whites, just not as nice greens.

5) Giants-Redskins: NYG in white/gray, WSH in burgundy/yellow. NFC East games, all of them, are rivalry games. All the teams go back at least 54 years. So while the matchups may be predictable, the colors are still relevant. As is this game. Giants blue helmets, red trim, gray pants, pairs off well with the 'Skins burgundy/yellow ensemble.

4) Saints-Cowboys: NO in black/black, DAL in white/mint. Yup, Saints make a good move going all black as opposed to the washed out gold pants. Takes away the metal/mint taste had those gold pants been worn. Gives a really good contrast in Jerry's World.

3) Buccaneers-Steelers: TB in white/pewter, PIT in black/yellow. Those out there Bucs unis and the traditional Steelers togs...one thing gives this one a major boost and it's a little thing, the Buccaneers bright red socks. That's it! A stroke of intelligence! Not necessarily genius, just smarts.

2) Patriots-Chiefs: NE in white/navy, KC in red/red. The Chiefs in red/red/red/red made me start humming the 80's tune "Red Red Wine" from UB40. Never before have the Chiefs gone all out cherry. But the one flaw? The red socks. It's red overload. White socks and this game is top dawg. The Pats? A solid compliment with their normal white over navy with the silver helmet.

1) Dolphins-Raiders: MIA in white/aqua, OAK in black/silver. "There's something an Aqua Velva man." So went an ages old men's after shave jingle. And when the 'Fins wear aqua whatever, it punctuates who they are way more than some dull all white look. Coupled with the black over silver Raiders combo, boom. It's - as the Brits say - Smashing!!

Next week, the Week 5 rankings. Be here. Aloha.


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