Fair warning: if you get irrationally mad at football-related topics that aren’t exactly football-related, you’re about to get irate.
Yep, the Los Angeles Rams are for real. They beat the Dallas Cowboys on the road and QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gurley are back on track. We got high scoring! We finally have receivers who can catch! And we have a great young coach.
The LA Rams also have an image problem.
The Rams look like a team that has to complete side quests to unlock their final uniform pic.twitter.com/D9JZAwGJnA— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 1, 2017
Before you freak out and leave a comment about how it doesn’t matter because the Rams are 3-1, I’ll admit that I’d like to agree with you. I don’t want to talk about uniforms. But we have to awknowledge the elephant in the room: whatever the Rams were wearing on Sunday in Dallas was a dumpster fire. They looked like a joke.
Why don't the Rams just put the gold horns back on when they wear blue jerseys? This really is ugly.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 1, 2017
I can’t recall a worse helmet/uniform combo that what the #Rams are throwing out this year.— Robert Flores (@RoFlo) October 1, 2017
Thousands of NFL fans were laughing at the Rams (who won the game btw) because the Rams’ front office couldn’t get it together with matching uniforms. This isn’t a big ask.
It’s one of the most significant rules in Los Angeles. You have to look good. And with a franchise that’s looking to gain new fans with a winning record and young stars, they pretty much committed the ultimate LA party foul -- they looked like they didn’t belong.
Years ago, I wore a sports coat to a super cool Hollywood party and I got so many side-eyes from people that it collectively turned into a supernatural-storm of shame that scooped me up and dropped me on my ass outside the building.
Sure, the Kansas City Chiefs can dress up like candy corns and the Jacksonville Jaguars can do whatever the hell they’re doing with their helmets and it doesn’t matter. It’s a different culture. Like it or not, Los Angeles will accept you if you’re cool.
And we potentially have two more years of this garbage. As much as the Rams win, they’re still gonna look like their luggage got lost at the airport.
My point is, I don’t want the Los Angeles Rams to keep playing in an empty stadium just like every other Rams fan. But the optics are strange. The old school LA Rams fans are wearing the yellow and blue Rams gear — which sends a confusing message to the rest of the league: yellow and blue, but the players wear dark blue and white, with some gold. And blueberry. And our logo has two different colors.
Who’s to blame for this stupid mess? The NFL apparently didn’t allow the Rams to use their yellow and blue uniforms this season for some unknown reason and then reportedly admitted that was a mistake. However, the Rams still pushed to go with the white horned helmets even though they weren’t allowed to change their jerseys because of the NFL’s terrible uniform rule where you can’t change it for five years. And now it’s just distracting to a lot of fans and it just seems... unnecessary.
Rams fans just want the classic yellow and blue uniforms. Stop making it awkward.
I don’t care how they do it, just eliminate the distraction. Whatever the colors are... make it look like a professional team. That’s not too hard to ask.