The Los Angeles Rams released their new uniforms ahead of the 2020 NFL season and the royal jersey paired with the royal pants were intended to be the team’s primary uniform combo, but now it is time to put them in the closet and not take them out again until next preseason.
My outrage is not rooted in fashion, as the blue-on-blue look pops on screen and in the SoFi Stadium atmosphere. It’s fair to complain about the white-to-yellow gradient in the jersey numbers and the side stripes on the pants; however, the homage to Rams eras gone by is an honorable intent.
My concern arises simply from superstition. In the Rams’ Week 4 painful loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the royal combo fell to a tragic all-time record of 0-4. Now is the time to burn the blues and end the curse (at least in games that count) once and for all.
Rich Hammond, resident fashion expert of The Athletic, has accounted for the win-loss records for each of LA’s uniform combos since they launched in 2020.
Updated standings— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) October 3, 2021
Blue/blue 0-1 (0-3 all time)
Bone/bone 1-0 (6-1 all time)
Bone/blue 1-0 (2-1 all time)
Blue 0-1 (today)
The Rams wrapped the 2021 preseason with an 0-3 record in the “blueberries” and then opened the season with a victory against the Chicago Bears in their “modern throwback” look.
It is evident that LA is “bad to the bone” when they are dressed in bone - amassing an 8-2 all-time record and a 2-0 record in 2021 donning some variation of the sandy off-white color.
Los Angeles is scheduled to wear the royal-colored tops four more times this season in matchups against the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks (Dec. 19th) and San Francisco 49ers (Jan. 9th). Barring any significant injuries, the Rams would figure to be heavily favored in the first two contests against Detroit and Jacksonville - this could be the team’s best chance to break the curse.
So fresh and so clean— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 8, 2021
Our 2021 uniform schedule is here pic.twitter.com/bbY0a4U8kL
However, the Rams cannot take anything for granted in the dead heat of the NFC West divisional race.
IT’S TIME TO BURN THE BLUES.