Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Great-Looking Game

Last night's matchup between the Packers and Kansas City Chiefs was a great-looking affair. And I don't just mean the 38-28 final score, or the fact that it doesn't at all reflect the game action. It was a beautiful night for football, with two classic uniforms playing in a heavy Wisconsin rain.

Clouds encroach Lambeau Field Prior to the NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers on Monday, September 28, 2015 in Green Bay, Wis. (Todd Rosenberg/NFL)
Check out what they're playing on the scoreboard: an historical look at the club, going all the way back to 1919.


Nice to see they remember.

The Chiefs have one of the nicer uniforms in the NFL. I'm not a huge fan of red pants themselves, but the overall effect is a good one.

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers runs for a first down past Kansas City Chiefs' Marcus Cooper (31) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Excellent. A great look, all around.

Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) heads down field during the first quarter of a NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers Monday, September 28, 2015 in Green Bay, Wi. (Todd Rosenberg/NFL)
Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb runs during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
These are two teams that have managed to keep their classic looks more or less unchanged since the 1960s, when they met in the first Super Bowl.

Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Andrew Rice (58) takes on Green Bay Packers’ tackle Forrest Gregg (75) and fullback Jim Taylor (31) during Super Bowl I. (Photo: WireImage)
The Chiefs have made one significant change to their uniform since then, although it's traditional in its own way.

Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce gets past Green Bay Packers' Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
Check out the patch on Kelce's chest; that's a memorial for Lamar Hunt, founder of the Chiefs. It was added to their jerseys following his death in 2006 and made permanent before the 2008 season. I'm not a fan of permanent uniform tributes in general—the Packers would run out of room—but I do like the design of this patch. It's based on the logo of the American Football Legaue, which Hunt co-founded when he was denied an NFL expansion franchise.


It's a nice tribute to the defunct league. Always good when teams honor their history.

1 comment:

Tommy Phillips said...

ESPN showed pictures from Super Bowl I throughout this game. What I found interesting is that nowhere in actual footage or pictures from Super Bowl I, is the "Super Bowl I logo" used. The Super Bowl I logo I am speaking of is the one that says "First World Championship Game AFL vs. NFL." But the picture of midfield of Super Bowl I is a crown with the letters AFL and NFL on it. My question to you: is the "First World Championship Game AFL vs. NFL" logo an anachronism? (The same could possibly go for the "Super Bowl II" logo.)