Best, worst uniform matchups in SB history

DALLAS — I’ve made no secret of the fact that I hope to one day be named the Uniform Czar for All of Sports, so I’m not surprised that many people have asked for my opinion on the quality of the combo of the Packers’ glorious home get-ups (green jerseys/gold hats & pants) going up against the Steelers’ road unis (white jerseys/black hats/gold pants).

I’ll have to reserve judgment until I can set eyes on it at Cowboys Stadium in a couple days. In the meantime, here’s my list of the best & worst uniform matchups in Super Bowl history. I know most lists are usually presented in groups of 10, but I’m inspired by my man Adam Rank’s “Pick Six” format, I no longer feel obliged to hit an arbitrary number. Like Michelangelo chipping away until his sculptures felt finished, I list until the list is completed. With that out of the way, let it begin …

I. Pittsburgh Steelers vs Dallas Cowboys (Super Bowl X)

The NBA has the Lakers & Celtics, baseball has the Yankees & Dodgers, and football has this uni matchup that, plain and simply, just looks right. Why this game over either the teams’ two other Super Bowl showdowns? Because of the Steelers’ gray facemasks. Way cooler than black, and more fitting, too, considering the Steelers are named after steel.

II. Oakland Raiders vs Minnesota Vikings (Super Bowl XI)

Alright, the game was lousy… but the uniforms were plum divine. The cliché that truly great players make those around them better also applies to uniforms, and the Raiders’ simple silver-and-black makes their opponent look their best. And why, oh, why can’t the Vikings go back to the black shoes and white facemasks?

III. New York Jets vs Baltimore Colts (Super Bowl III)

Individually, it’s tough to screw up a monochromatic uniform. In this historic game, the two teams had only two colors between them. Cool!

IV. Green Bay Packers vs Kansas City Chiefs (Super Bowl I)

The Chiefs could have elevated this matchup even higher had they worn their red pants, but all in all, still pretty good for the debut of sports’ biggest game.

V. New York Giants vs New England Patriots (Super Bowl XLII)

The respective red-white-and-blue get-ups fit together like a handsome puzzle.

VI. Miami Dolphins vs Washington Redskins (Super Bowl VII)

I almost put the Skins-Dolphs’ Super Bowl XVII matchup here instead. The aqua jerseys are awful sweet… but D.C.’s gold pants are far superior to their maroon version.

VII. Green Bay Packers vs Oakland Raiders (Super Bowl II)

The Raiders’ home black going up against Green Bay’s road get-ups looks so dandy, it makes me wish the Steelers were gonna be sporting their version of black jerseys.

VIII. Chicago Bears vs New England Patriots (Super Bowl XX)

I’m not especially fond of the Bears’ navy pants, but the glorious Pat Patriot uniforms more than make up for them.

Also receiving vote: Cowboys vs. Broncos (Super Bowl XII), Bears vs. Colts (Super Bowl XLI), Patriots vs. Panthers (Super Bowl XXXVIII), Steelers vs. Vikings (Super Bowl IX), and Colts vs. Cowboys (Super Bowl V) because that royal blue for the Cowboys is much better than the current dreck.

The Worst

I. San Francisco 49ers vs San Diego Chargers (Super Bowl XXIX)

The 49ers’ white pants with the gold hats? Feh! The Chargers’ navy blue pants and hats? Double feh! Such a shame, given how good the matchup could’ve been, as this more recent game between the two teams proves beyond a shadow of a doubt.

II. Baltimore Ravens vs New York Giants (Super Bowl XXXV)

Not just the lamest game in Super Bowl history (Trent Dilfer vs Kerry Collins? Oof), but probably the worst uniform on a winning team ever. Only the Giants’ wise decision to return to the nifty lower-case “ny” on their hats saved this from the top spot.

III. Buffalo Bills vs New York Giants (Super Bowl XXV)

I never liked the Bills’ all-white road unis (well, until I saw how much worse Buffalo’s get-ups were gonna get), and the Giants’ erred back in the ’70s when they made the switch the slanted, all-caps “GIANTS” on their hats.

IV. New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles (Super Bowl XXXIX)

The Pats’ blue pants with the vertical line running up the side of the jersey makes for one of the worst getups in the NFL. The Eagles white jersey/green pant combo also happens to be superior to their green jersey/white pants look.

Also receiving vote: Falcons vs. Broncos (Super Bowl XXXIII), Patriots vs. Rams (Super Bowl XXXVI) because its a mortal sin for the Rams to have changed uniforms mid-dynasty.

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