How Washington D.C. teams did in the 2012 Uni Watch Power Rankings

The great Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch and ESPN Playbook has ranked the uniforms of the 122 MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA teams. This is similar to a feature he did over five years ago called the most livable Uni-Cities which I blogged about back then: Ranking cities by team uniforms. Lukas explains how he did this time: Power Rankings FAQ.

I’ve broken out the D.C. teams with their ranking and his remarks. I’ve added my own as well. Also, since there is no city by city ranking, I’ve made a chart with the cities that have three or more teams. Sadly, Seattle had to drop out.

D.C. TEAMS

Washington Capitals – #107 No. 101 to No. 122

Yeesh, all those apron-string stripes and sleeve panels — way too busy. And the shoulder logo has always looked like an eagle being impaled on an oil can. The throwback alternate helps, but it’s too little, too late.

The panels are apron strings are excessive, but work within actual the uniform construction. Those apron strings look a lot worse on uniforms like the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders. The biggest flaw of the Caps standard set is that “capitals” isn’t capitalized. The blue helmet with the red jersey and blue pants makes the uniform in my eyes, the red pops out more. Returning stars to the sleeve would be a welcome addition as well. The important thing is that the black, bronze and blue era is gone. Here’s how I think the Caps uniform should look.

Washington Nationals – #87 No. 76 to No. 100

Much like the team itself, this uniform program has made some progress. But the home and red jerseys would look better if the number moved up to align with the W, the star-spangled jersey would look better if they locked it in a closet and pretended it never existed, and the whole package still feels a teeny bit generic. They’re getting there, though.

Hard to find any arguments here though, the uniforms are not exactly groundbreaking, but solid. I concur with fixing the front numbers on the curly W jerseys (or just ditch them completely). I will also add that the Nats need to get rid of the two-tone “Braves cap” for the road uniforms. Go back to solid navy roadie or wear the red home cap all the time. One of these days, I will mock something up.

There is no way these are worse uniforms than the Miami Marlins though.

Washington Redskins – #62 No. 51 to No. 75

The Skins look great when they wear those flashy gold pants (which have their own Twitter feed!), they look OK when they wear the burgundy pants, and they should really give the white pants the heave-ho. The jerseys and helmet are OK, but the whole package is starting to feel a bit dated.

Other than the stupid Nike collars that a lot of teams have on their jerseys, the Redskins uniforms aren’t bad. I kind of like the gold pants with the burgundy jerseys now, but the 3 or 4 different striping patterns is distracting. Most people probably don’t notice it though. I do not care for the gold pans with the white jerseys at all. White on burgundy was what 3 Super Bowl champions wore and looked decent.

These are way better than the Philadelphia Eagles, who look like they were an expansion team with the “midnight green” and custom number font. Of course, if the Eagles went with a kelly green set like the one I proposed last year they’d jump up in the rankings.

Washington Wizards – #31 No. 26 to No. 50

The Bullets live again! OK, not quite, but this is a close enough facsimile. Kudos to owner Ted Leonsis for bringing back an updated version of the old striped design, and to the league and adidas for executing it so nicely. One of the better uni-related success stories of recent years.

The best in D.C.? I can see argument for it, they are a great nod to the past and have several strong details, like the subtle Washington monument letters. Also, having “Washington” on the road red jersey is a plus. Here is what I said when those uniforms were revealed.

WHERE DOES D.C. RANK OVERALL?

Here is how D.C. did compared to other 3 and 4 team markets? The lists were not sortable by city, so I build my own chart:


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City MLB NFL NHL NBA AVG

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1 Pittsburgh 7 (Steelers) 29 (Pittsburgh) 26 (Penguins) 20.66

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2 Boston 42 (Red Sox) 58 (Patriots) 5 (Bruins) 10 (Celtics) 28.75

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3 San Francisco Bay Area 46 (Giants), 8 (Athletics) 34 (49ers), 13 (Raiders) 60 (Sharks) 20 (Warriors) 30.16

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4 Philadelphia 12 (Phillies) 28 (Eagles) 17 (Flyers) 70 (76ers) 31.75

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5 Chicago 39 (White Sox), 4 (Cubs) 2 (Bears) 49 (Blackhawks) 67 (Bulls) 32.2

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6 Toronto 21 (Blue Jays) 23 (Maple Leafs) 92 (Raptors) 45.33

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7 New York/New Jersey 19 (Mets), 9 (Yankees) 52 (Jets), 63 (Giants) 39 (Devils), 55 (Islanders), 11 (Rangers) 44 (Knickerbockers), 120 (Nets) 45.77

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8 Detroit 24 (Tigers) 108 (Lions) 15 (Red Wings) 57 (Pistons) 51

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9 Miami 82 (Marlins) 35 (Dolphins) 64 (Panthers) 40 (Heat) 55.25

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10 St. Louis 3 (Cardinals) 80 (Rams) 100 (Blues) 61

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11 Tampa Bay 68 (Rays) 45 (Buccaneers) 81 (Lightning) 64.66

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12 Los Angeles/Anaheim 36 (Angels), 14 (Dodgers) 112 (Kings), 97 (Ducks) 106 (Clippers) Lakers (18) 68.83>

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13 Washington 87 (Nationals) 62 (Redskins) 107 (Capitals) 31 (Wizards) 71.75

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14 Houston 56 (Astros) 75 (Texans) 86 (Rockets) 72.33

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15 Atlanta 38 (Braves) 102 (Falcons) 89 (Hawks) 76.33

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16 Dallas 66 (Rangers) 30 (Cowboys) 117 (Stars) 105 (Mavericks) 79.5

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17 Twin Cities 71 (Twins) 119 (Vikings) 31 (Wild) 115 (Timeberwolves) 84

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18 Cleveland 98 (Indians) 59 (Browns) 101 (Cavaliers) 86

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19 Phoenix 90 (Diamondbacks) 114 (Cardinals) 76 (Coyotes) 77 (Suns) 89.25

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20 Denver 88 (Rockies) 95 (Broncos) 118 (Avalanche) 84 (Nuggets) 96.25

Remember, these are UniWatch rankings, so don’t blame me, blame Lukas! D.C. comes in 13th (10th amongst 4 team cities). I’d certainly put D.C. above Miami and probably L.A. Pittsburgh is #1 in UW rankings (The Maryland Bureau Chief Emeritus and thousands of displaced Western Pennsylvanians in BeltwayLand will be thrilled) and Boston is the #1 4-team market. I’d probably put Chicago #1 overall, though New York looks pretty good too.

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