DOUBLE TAKE: Who has the best/worst unis in sports?

Matt Algarin and Andrew Metz
Matt Algarin and Andrew Metz

Matt’s Take:

Do you mess with perfection?

The answer can be tricky. There are some things that should be left alone.

Rumor has it the Toronto Maple Leafs will unveil an updated logo for the 2016-17 season. As one of the NHL’s original six teams this could be disastrous, given the tradition in Toronto.

The Maple Leafs logo and sweater is simple, yet classic. It’s personally one of the best in the NHL. I say leave it be, but what do I know.

So, speaking of jerseys and uniforms, who has the best and worst in the four major pro sports?

Since we’re talking hockey, let’s give a big thumbs up to the Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, but a giant thumbs down to the Vancouver Canucks.

In the NFL, the best uniform is something simple, yet traditional. To me, it’s probably a tie between the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers. As for the worst, the dubious honor goes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Looking at MLB, you can’t beat the classic Chicago Cubs uniform. Once again, I go with simplicity. The Pittsburgh Pirates fall a close second. Does is get any worse than the Miami Marlins? If you haven’t seen them, wow, they are atrocious.

The NBA’s best jersey goes to the Boston Celtics, while the worst in the league clearly goes to the New Orleans Pelicans. Not only is the name terrible, but the jerseys are just awful.

Like I’ve said, simplicity is key when it comes to a great jersey or uniform. With any number of “throwback” jerseys available in each sport, I could spend all day on this topic.

Who do you think has the best/worst uniforms in sports?

Andrew's Take:

Are the Toronto Maple Leafs running for the 2016 GOP nomination?

Canadians (Ted Cruz) obviously aren’t exempt from running, and they’ve got the misappropriated-blame-for their-personal-problems thing down.

The Leafs are bad. As the New York Yankees of the NHL, their failure is unacceptable.

Last week, the Buds (Canadian for Maple Leafs) announced the probable redesign of their classic logo, and I can’t believe it.

How could you ruin such a good thing? The Maple Leaf logo is perfect. They’ve stuck with this design for 40 years and they’ve weathered every graphic trend. And this is all in the name of “wins and losses”?

If they try to do something “different” it’s going to turn out like the Minnesota Wild, faced Christmas.

This whole thing lead me to consider all professional American sports, and which teams have the design thing the-most-right and which franchises are represented in the ugliest fashion.

The Baltimore Ravens have been ugly since day one. Their colors could be described as “bruised” and there’s never been a version of their design that is pleasing to the eye. Is there a drawing board in B-more?

The Ravens need to take notes from the Oakland Raiders on how to wear black. The Raiders’ uniforms show how to look good without trying.

Speaking of trying, the Arizona Diamondbacks have tried too hard for too long. They are the perfect example of how “more is less.”

Look at the Oakland Athletics. Their uniforms are timeless. They know that ”less is more” and they don’t have to try.

The Denver Nuggets represent a failed attempt to duplicate a classic. You can’t just recreate the North Carolina Tar Heels.

But the Golden State Warriors represent a successful redesign. All they had to do was revert back to simpler times.

I, honestly, didn’t expect this all-Oakland list of winners. But they earned it. Little consolation for a town that’s about to lose all three of their beloved teams.