We’ve thought about this, especially back when Wes Unseld’s jersey was the hot throwback and more recently when the Caps found success rocking the red, but it comes to the fore with yesterday’s news that the 76ers are going back to their old logo unis.
Like the Wiz, they abandoned red, white and blue in ’97 for a trendy mess featuring the color bronze. But here Philly is, back to the old scheme, and getting praised: “The best ‘move’ of the young offseason clearly belongs to the 76ers’ marketing department.”
I hope someone with the Wizards is paying attention. It’d be hard not to, seeing as how they share a building with the Caps, who made the same ill-advised change in the ’90s but changed back two years ago. Now their fans are almost exclusively clad in new apparel; a harsh juxtaposition against Wizards fans, who only wear throwbacks and alternates.
I’m not saying the Wiz should become the Bullets again, though I’d be down with that too.* I’m just saying they should return to their traditional colors. And they should do it now, while sitting on a team that figures to bounce back with a healthy Gilbert Arenas and an in-his-prime Caron Butler. It’ll be a fun bunch, maybe even a winning bunch, and they could look good too.
* Gilbert said in a 2006 interview with us on Sports Bloggers Live that he’d like the team to go back to Bullets. But Gilbert says lots of things.