The Shred on Threads #2:

America's Team

By Chad Miller Jr.
On October 30, 2020

Chad Miller Jr., Sports Writer

 

The Introduction

Before I begin, I would like to firstly apologize for the tardiness of this edition of the column. Back when this was originally supposed to be released, the injury to Dak Prescott had occurred the weekend after I finished writing the first edition. Due to this, I figured it was best to retract and rewrite it, as I did not say many nice things as there are not many things I like about the Dallas Cowboys. So, with respect to the terrible injuries and the type of season that they are having in the 2020 season, I will save the roasting session prior to the critique. For visual fans, here is a great visual aid of the uniforms. Without further ado, I hope you all enjoy this edition and let the shredding begin!

The Shredding of the Threads

The Dallas Cowboys star logo and the unique decision to wear white jerseys at home are the most iconic things about this team. This says enough considering the franchise is worth $5.5 billion, which is the most valued sports franchise of all time according to Forbes. The idea is so unique simply because it is very common to wear a darker color at home and not the color white like you see in other sports like baseball, softball and basketball. But Dallas makes it work so well, that they simply make money by just a simple picture of a player no one has ever heard of. Due to this success, some other teams within the sport of football have followed the same direction. These teams include the Miami Dolphins and the newly named Washington Football Team. These teams do not do it almost every game in a regular season like the Cowboys have done since 1964, but they’ve started to wear white at home more frequently in recent years.

 

There is one big gripe for me with Dallas’ uniform set. That gripe you may ask? THEY WEAR TWO DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE AND SILVER!!! If you read my first column about the Texas Rangers, you know how much I love consistent colors and striping aside from a few unique situations which I’ll cover as I go along with this series. The stripes in their uniform sets does not bother me at all as it is pretty consistent and a design I favor. But, the different shades of silver and blue absolutely grinds my gears and it drives me insane! Why not stick to one shade and go with it? I know fans are going to come at me talking about, “But Chad, you just talked about how the logo and the uniform choice is so iconic that it makes them so much money.” To this I’ll say, you’re right. I did say that. But just because it’s iconic, does not mean I agree with it. Also, the only ones who would point that out to me are probably the fans that have been saying “We’re gonna win it all this year” every year since their last super bowl win. Which if I remember right...that has to be *checks notes*...1996. Yes, I just went there. That’s the line I draw in the sand.

 

As usual, we are going to start with their home uniforms which is the one labeled “White” in the graphic. These are the “iconic” white, royal blue and silver that everyone recognizes them wearing. Despite the popularity these hold with fans and the historical value they hold, these are, in my opinion, the worst uniforms of the set.

 

Thanks to the one helmet rule the no fun league has in place, the Cowboys are not able to keep a consistent color of blue and silver at all in this uniform set, and were forced to pick one of them to go with. But don’t go blaming it on the NFL, because this was kept since the uniforms inception in 1964 and was never changed. The pure silver helmet with the navy and white triple striping looks so clean and iconic, making it one of the most recognizable equipment pieces in all of sports and making it one of the few positive points of this shredding.

 

Now time for the jersey. I give points for the history that these basic jerseys have but that is it. I love the shade of blue used for the striping and on the number, but when the shades have no consistency throughout the uniform, that’s the problem. Also, there is one more small detail that not many people notice until they are really close to the jersey. Why does the royal blue striping on the sleeves have a black outline? Seriously, look it up. It does absolutely nothing for the uniform at all except maybe giving it three stripes for the “consistency” that this uniform may hold? I am not too sure at this point, but it would do zero harm to take that off altogether and just keep the royal blue with no outline. 

 

Pants time. Overall, I hate them. Why do they have a silver helmet with silver-green pants? I understand the triple stripes as that’s about the only consistency within this uniform and the royal blue and white colors make it look good. But again, why not make the pants and the striping on them the same color as the helmet or vice versa? The world may never know.

 

As for the other uniforms in this set, the uniform labeled “COLOR” is my personal favorite in the set. I love the shade of blue used and the silver is the same shade, just with a different finish making it look a tad off. Nonetheless, the striping is consistent and the colors are balanced as all things should be in uniforms. I personally have no gripes with this uniform whatsoever.

 

For the uniform labeled “ALTERNATE”, I have mixed feelings. This uniform was introduced in 2015 when the NFL introduced the Color Rush series of uniforms that all teams had versions of. Some were really awesome to see, like the Bengals “White Tiger” look and the Titans all-sky blues. But then there were some iffy ones like what Dallas introduced as their creative option. The colors are great and consistent. I have never seen an all-white uniform look bad yet as just about everything used pops on them. The big giant stars on the shoulders are what gets me feeling iffy about the uniform as a whole. For those bandwagoners who have zero clue what I am talking about, allow me to explain. These jerseys paid homage to the ones worn for the 1994 and ‘95 seasons. They were not terrible per se, but were criticized by many for just how big the stars were on the shoulders. I know everything is bigger in Texas, but there is a limit when it comes to uniforms and these were quickly ditched for an updated design on the original white and navy jerseys for the 1996 season. The modern-day ones look OK. They are not too bad, but I am glad they only wear these once or twice a year nowadays. 

In Conclusion…

In the end, despite my opinions about these uniforms, people will always love them because they are simply the uniforms for the Dallas Cowboys and that is OK. I knew that going into this review. I would honestly love them too if they could just keep some form of color consistency through the uniform set as a whole. But despite how bad it looks, the “WHITE” uniform will forever be one of the most recognizable uniforms in all of sports. For that alone, I am giving these uniforms a…

 

-10 out of 10

 

They get three points for the historical value that they hold. a point for the “COLORED” uniform and a half-point for the helmet. Then the score is kicked down to the negative for how much I hate the Dallas Cowboys and the inconsistent colors used. Call me Stephen A. Smith, because every time they lose, I am enjoying it no matter how bad my team is and probably will be the next few years.

 

I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Shred on Threads and until next time the clue for the next edition is what follows...

 

“This team has only missed the playoffs 5 total times since they joined the NBA”

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