Archive for September, 2009

Seahawks day-glo unis: Orlando Thunder retro?

September 28, 2009


Those of you recoiling in horror at the site of the Seahawks’ gaudy neon green uniforms last night may have been experiencing deja vu from the dark days of the old World League of American Football.  The Orlando Thunder wore similar jerseys in their brief 2 year stint in the old WLAF from 1991-1992.

Ah, the LAF League, hahaha.  If you thought that NFL Europe was funny (and it was), then don’t forget that the Frankfurt Galaxy used to have fly across the Atlantic to slug it out with North American teams such as the Sacramento Surge and Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks.  The league suspended operations after the 1992 season and relaunched as NFL Europe in 1995, depriving North American fans of any rooting interest in the World Bowl, and thus also the chance to see the career highlights of World Bowl MVP’s such as Barcelona Dragons QB Jon Kitna in 1997 or Rhein Fire QB Danny Wuerffel in 2000.

The American teams decided to follow the flawed credo of “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” by sporting the tackiest uniforms possible.  Sadly the dayglo retro craze which first made it in to “professional” football in Orlando 18 years ago found its way in to the NFL last night in Seattle.

Leave it to a hipster town such as Seattle to try (and fail) at this gamble.  Unlike the hopelessly uncool strawberry popsicle monochrome uniforms currently sported by the Houston Texans, the bright green is likely to be embraced by many Emerald City sports fans for a couple of reasons.

First, its the same color scheme used by the wildly popular Sounders FC soccer team, which has taken Seattle by storm in its first MLS season.  I was up there over Memorial Day, and by noon on Saturday we had seen no less than two dozen hipsters eating brunch Capitol Hill sporting their neon green Sounders jerseys.  And they weren’t even playing until 7:00 pm that evening.  On the road, in Colorado.

The Seahawks may be on to yet another very questionable craze, as illustrated here by Thunder QB Kerwin Bell – the mustache.  More specifically, the old gay porn mustache that hipster douchebags have embraced with a fury, and that used to only be seen on cops and NFL coaches.  Perhaps the Seahawks were browsing the interwebs looking for old Thunder photos (as I was) and came across this image of Bell (as I did) and thought to themselves, “Hmmm…we could probably somehow use this.”bell-thunder

Back to the Thunder, if their uniforms weren’t bad enough, how ridiculous is that logo?  It looks like it was drawn by a 6 year-old girl.  The only things missing are rainbows and unicorns.  If there was an “i” in the name Orlando Thunder, then you can be assured that it would’ve been dotted with a little heart.