Celebrity, socialite Kim Kardashian once said, “would you put a bumper sticker on a Bentley?” Most would say no and the same goes for a sports team’s uniform.
A team’s uniform is more than a piece of cloth and it’s what gives each team its uniqueness and is meant to make a statement. As the Bentley has its own signature, classic look so do sports jerseys. Whether it’s the Steeler’s signature black and yellow or the Raider’s black and silver, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Like the Hall of Famer Deion Sanders said, “If you look good, you feel good, If you feel good, you play good, If you play good, they pay good”, which is why I was excited for the Cleveland Browns to return to their roots with the latest uniform reveal. An ode to the glory days.
It’s been roughly five years since the Browns last introduced a uniform change, where they added a modern twist to their already signature brown, orange, and white combination. When I first began seeing the rumors of the Browns changing their uniforms, I was a bit skeptical one, to see what they would look like and two, to know why they felt the need to change something that’s only five years old. However, after letting the new look grow on me, I’ve formed a theory on why this change was needed.
It’s been no secret that the Browns have been on the struggle bus, practically since they came back to The Land in 1999, so the 2015 uniform change felt almost like a new era. However, though some may say that a new look is for a new future, I think that it’s the past that the team should be looking at and this latest reveal does just that.
My theory is that with the Browns going back to their roots in terms of their new look, I feel that this new look should also be a new mentality. That new mentality should be playing like they’re the modern day Kardiac Kids. The new uniforms should represent and should serve this team a reminder of the good ole’ days where Cleveland fans would proudly pack the stands watching some of the flashiest football get played like it was during the 70’s, 80’s, and early 90’s.
With these new uniforms, my hopes are that the return to the more classic Cleveland Browns look will bring out that classic, blue-collar grit play style both Kosar and Sipe had wearing the same uniform combo. Like the Bentley, who doesn’t need to make a bunch of flashy adjustments to make it iconic, the Brown’s new uniforms are staying true to their roots and in turn should serve as a representation of that old school, grind and grit mentality this Brown’s town was used to seeing for decades.