At the end of the day, it's been said, all we're doing is rooting for laundry. Players come and go; the uniforms (or at least the names on the front of the uniforms) stay the same. With that in mind, FOX Sports ranks the 50 greatest uniforms in sports history. Because if you're going to root for laundry, it might as well look good.
New England Patriots (Throwback)
The Pats uniforms of old are red, white and blue, befitting of a team playing in a colonial city. On the other hand, wearing a red shirt that slightly resembles a coat? A red coat? Doesn't seem as appropriate, does it? No matter: These are great and infinitely better than the silver Flying Elvis jerseys that'll never change because why mess with success?
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Washington Wizards (Stars and Stripes)
The Wizards wore these alternates five times in the regular season then announced, to much excitement, that they'd don them in home playoff games too, where they've gone 3-0 thus far. The stars and stripes on the side are a nod to the team's once-glorious past. If not for those, the Wizards' road unis - a more palatable red, white and blue - would have been in this spot.
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Color-on-color jersey matchups rarely go well. But when USC and UCLA meet, it's a symphony of hues.
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Case in point.
Toronto Blue Jays (1970s)
The Blue Jays only wore these for their first two seasons, a grand mistake as there are three certainties in life: death, the Cincinnati Bengals drafting a character problem and power blue uniforms looking sweet. (Taxes may now be optional - I'm not sure.)
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Houston Colt .45s (1960s)
When the recent Astros wanted to honor the team's original Colt .45s team, MLB wouldn't allow the gun on the jersey, which made the wisp of smoke that made the "C" very confusing. Eventually, the Astros got permission and wore these beautiful relic of a different time.
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Kansas Jayhawks (Fauxback)
Adidas, which has created some questionable jerseys in the past, honored the past and present at KU with these gorgeous fauxbacks - a script Jayhawks across the chest (the team's jerseys always read "KANSAS") and a color scheme reminiscent of both the Wilt Chamberlain and Danny Manning eras.
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Washington Redskins (1960s)
The name would still be problematic (it's only a matter of time before people pick up that cause again) but I wonder if Dan Snyder wouldn't have bought himself some time by removing the current logo and replacing it with this simple, feathred "R" from the early '70s. Washington has recently taken to wearing the burgundy and gold combination but the contrast with the yellow helmet would make it pop even more.
San Diego Padres (1978)
When it was 1978, it was a very good year - for sports jerseys, at least. Not so much around the world. The Padres only wore this uni, immortalized in the Gary Coleman film, The Kid From Left Field, for one season, perhaps because of the Gary Coleman film, The Kid From Left Field.
The Dream Team (1992)
The uniform that ushered in the basketball jersey craze of the 1990s. It's kind of taken for granted - the Dream Team could have played in the horse's head Piston uniforms and looked good - but it would have been so easy to screw up the most important basketball jersey in history, yet Champion came through and then some. (That's right - not Nike, not Adidas, not Reebok - Champion.)
Houston Astros (1970s)
There's a certain hipster irony when it comes to evaluating throwbacks. It's a "they're so ugly they're awesome" kind of thing, like when college kids ironically watch Full House at 3 a.m. or when I text my buddy any time Tango & Cash is on. The Astros' rainbow jersey delicately toes the line. It's true - it's so bad it's good but it's also pretty good when it comes to capturing a decade, team and orange paint swatch.
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New York Knicks
At least the Knicks can do one thing right.
New York Giants (1980s)
The Giants have never had a bad uniform but the one with the underlined, slanted GIANTS, from the LT, Phil Simms and Bill Parcells era, was certainly the best.
Though Jay Z is long gone, his mark is still on the Nets with their minimalist black and white unis that upended trends and created a new uni dynamic that even Brooklynites could love despite its distinct lack of plaid and facial hair.
Underrated reason for LeBron's return: The instant he left, the team got rid of those hokey, jaunty-scripted uniform abominations. After going classic, LeBron came back. Coincidence? Yes. Yes it is.
Boston Red Sox (1970s)
Pick a BoSox uniform and you could find a place for it on this list. But I'm partial to the red-capped days of the mid-70s, which played more with the team's titular color.
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Green Bay Packers
Green and yellow shouldn't work. But neither should Green Bay having a football team. It's all in harmony.
Simple is sometimes better and that's the case with Chicago's classic uniform that still has the lovely touch of the "GSH" (for founder George Halas) on the sleeve. And hey, at least the Bears can beat the Packers in one respect!
There are exactly two uniforms that are so intimidating the mere sight of them can make an opponent nervous. The other is No. 1 on this list. The second is (was?) Tiger's Sunday red, a brilliant sartorial choice from a golfer obsessed with perfection.
If you thought the Los Angeles Rams were going to go old school with the yellow and blue look that Kurt Warner wore en route to a (St. Louis) Super Bowl, think again. The team is sticking with white and navy in 2017. Nothing about the NFL's expansion in Los Angeles has made any sense so why should this?
The oil-drip logo surrounded by a sea of blue and orange, not to mention some Gretzky-related history, makes Edmonton an easy addition to the list.
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U.S. Soccer (2010 World Cup)
It's hard to describe just how embarrassing the uniforms for the USMNT were in 1994, the year the U.S. first hosted the World Cup. No, seriously, I can't find the right words but I'll try: They were like a windbreaker you'd get in 4-6 weeks after sending in 10 UPC barcodes from the top of a Wheaties box. These 2010 kits, a classic nod to the 1950 World Cup in which the U.S. stunned England, were the polar opposite: clean, sharp, cool and stylish. (The dark jerseys were great too even if they looked like fifth-grade patrols.)
San Francisco 49ers (1980s)
Would you believe the 49ers tried to change uniforms a year after this? Yes? You would? Yeah, I guess there's a low bar for a team that's on its third coach in three years.
St. Louis Cardinals
Except for the shape of the bat and detail of the bird, the Cardinals uniforms haven't changed in almost 100 years.
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The Bills uniforms were always fine but the simple change from a red to white helmet transformed the look into one of the best in the NFL. Now, if they'd only bring back that stationary red buffalo on the side.
The Expos logo is a misunderstood Canadian classic, like that one Crash Test Dummies album. The logo isn't anybody's initials, but a letter divided up into three sections - the large "M" for Montreal, the "e" on the left side for Expos and the "b" on the right side for baseball. Also: powder blue (kisses fingers).
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Houston Oilers (1960s)
AFL uniforms > NFL uniforms.
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Los Angeles Dodgers
For years the Dodgers had the team name written on both the home and away jerseys. But recently, as has been the recent trend, the franchise writes the name of its city on road uniforms, presumably to help lost players get home safely from road trips.
Beyond powder blue, scripted lettering is a constant on this list. MJ's Bulls used to spell "Chicago" in cursive but just around the time he was becoming Air Jordan, Chicago switched to the familiar/inferior font still used today.
Golden State Warriors
While the "The City" logo is still tops, Golden State never officially had it on their unis. As a result, the current Warriors uniforms, which distributes the perfect ratio of throwback to future, are the best The City has ever seen.
At least Canadian hockey teams look good.
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White goes with everything, but especially green and parquet.
New York Rangers
What's the difference between this jersey and every one that came before it? Only the Rangers use vertical lettering, which gives the jersey a unique spin on a classical design.
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Notre Dame's uniforms are classic and classy. Just ask anyone from Notre Dame.
Toronto Maple Leafs
I've been trying to think of a sports uniforms that has more letters in as small a space as "Toronto Maple Leafs" inside that relatively tiny maple leaf on the front of these 100th anniversary sweaters. It's a great design element even if you can't read it.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1980s)
Creamsicle beats pewter every time. The Bucs are content to keep the old-school look for the occasional throwback game but, like another team that's coming up, they can't pull the trigger on officially going back to its old look.
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Detroit Red Wings
Put some stripes and pipes around one of the best logos in sports - one that celebrates the hometown - and you get the best uniform in hockey. Traditionalists might prefer the all-red unis but I think it makes them look like Santa.
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The Steelers' color rush uniforms may be the coolest design to ever hit the field. But I imagine the all-black is a "less is more" type thing and the team's traditional black and yellow, with the white jersey, has better staying power.
Believing it would make players easier to see downfield, Michigan began using the winged helmets in 1938. Though other teams had come first, none became as recognizable as the maize and blue, who sport the most instantly recognizable uniforms in college football.
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New Jersey Nets (1970s)
When the team was founded, the New Jersey Nets adopted their familiar red, white and blue color scheme after patterning it off the ABA's famous basketball. The asymmetry off the name and number thanks to the large diagonal is a relic of the past that is trying to make a comeback, mostly on fauxbacks, for now.
Los Angeles Lakers
If the Clippers wore this jersey, would it be as powerful? Probably not. Yellow and purple aren't exactly the first hues you'd choose while developing a color scheme. But the fame of the Showtime Lakers and the equally successful Kobe/Shaq era, not to mention the earlier days with Kareem, make Lakers yellow the NBA's version of pinstripes.
Philadelphia Eagles (1960s)
Ditching kelly green for a darker shade called "midnight green" was the worst decision the Eagles have ever made. And this is a team that signed Michael Vick to a $100 million contract and brought in Chip Kelly to be its savior.
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North Carolina basketball
If you've never heard a UNC fan wax rhapsodic about the beauty and meaning of Carolina blue then I envy you. The worst part about it is they're right. (Up to a level. If I have to hear about why God made the sky Carolina blue one more time...)
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No uniforms captures the essence of a franchise better than Al Davis' silver and black. Can you imagine if the Raiders wore green and gold like the (temporarily) crosstown A's?
With hundreds of uniforms on sports teams all over the continent, it's hard to stand out. Numbers on the helmet and that deep shade of crimson manage to do it.
San Diego Chargers (1960s)
The Chargers only wore the powder blues for six seasons, from 1968-73. Before that, there were a few shades slightly darker (including the one above). And after ditching the powders, the team went to the colors associated with the Dan Fouts era. But the powder blues remained the most famous and, since 2000, the Chargers have often worn them twice a year. Upon moving to Los Angeles, the team tried to change its color scheme but reaction was swift across the country. Not as much in LA as that would require people to care about the Chargers right now.
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The Cowboys have throwbacks with stars on the shoulders that are fantastic but for weekly use you can't beat the original - the simple blue and white design with the silver helmet adorned with the most famous logo in sports.