Guest post by Jack Bedell

I like simple. Simple is clean and straightforward while the world constantly moves toward busy and complicated. That’s definitely true in the world of football uniforms.

Since the ‘90s when uniforms in all professional football leagues began piling on patterns, stripes, colour blocks, and other graphics, jerseys have gotten more and more complicated in an attempt to modernize brands. And it’s made for some atrocious styles – see the Birmingham Barracudas circa 1995 for reference.

While Reebok’s last generation of CFL jersey designs never reached the depths of the ‘Cudas duds, they did feature more than an acceptable level of random piping and colour blocking. That’s why I was more than a little anxious to see this year’s Reebok creations. Refreshingly, the majority of the redesigns lean toward simplicity rather than excess, and they’ve almost entirely abandoned the colour blocking that plagued many jerseys in the last round of Reebok renovations.

Two of this season’s prime examples of CFL jerseys returning to the simple life are the B.C. Lions home and away sweaters.

Photograph by: Nick Procaylo , PNG from http://www.theprovince.com/Lions+unveil+uniform/6554016/story.html

Home Jersey:

Tradition: 5/5
Modernity: 4/5
Versus Comparables: 5/5 (Stamps, Oregon State)
Functionality: 5/5
Does it Look/Feel Right: 5/5

Overall: 24/25

The Lions new home jersey is much more 1988 Matt Dunigan than it is Arena/World League. The removal of the last jersey’s chest piping creates a cleaner, more traditional look. And the inclusion of the small Lions logo on the shoulders is a tactful, understated touch that fits perfectly with the new jersey’s appeal.

Road Jersey:

Tradition: 5/5
Modernity: 4/5
Versus Comparables: 5/5 (Oregon State, ‘70s Cowboys)
Functionality: 5/5
Does it Look/Feel Right: 5/5

Overall: 24/25

These road whites are really close to the image I have in my mind of the B.C. Lions when I watched them as a new CFL fan in the late ‘80s. they seem traditional without being stale. And mostly, they have style without piling on stylistic elements, like extraneous logos and piping.

Overall: 48/50

Editor’s note: I would have published this regardless, but I happen to agree 100 per cent with everything Jack said. These are great, classy unis.

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