Friday, January 25, 2008

Uni Talk: Laundry Expert Paul Lukas on Cleveland's Uniforms

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 8:35 AM

With recent talk about the Browns changing uniforms, I figured it was time to consult a true expert in the field. I sent a query to Paul Lukas, who writes the Uni Watch column for Page 2 on ESPN.com and runs the Uni Watch blog. He’s been writing about the laundry and equipment of athletes since his days at the Village Voice many moons ago. He knows more about uniforms than one probably should. So here are his feelings on the duds of Cleveland’s teams: C-Notes: After Kellen Winslow told Penthouse that he and Braylon Edwards want more modern uniforms for the Browns, there's been quite the debate about whether or not they should change at all. What do you think? ... PL: At this point, the Browns are more than a team, or even a brand -- they're a state of mind. That's why the team's current incarnation is considered an extension of the previous one, even though the previous one is actually playing in Baltimore now. And when you have something so firmly embedded in the local cultural psyche like that, you don't mess with it. Leave the uniforms like they are. Thoughts on the Indians' new Sunday alternates with the block "C"? Love 'em, especially the slightly off-white/cream color. Also, do most Clevelanders realize that these alternates have no player names on the back? It's true. Old-school, baby! Obviously, the new alternates mean the demise of the vest-style jerseys. A lot of Clevelanders didn't like the vests to begin with, but there's a large proportion (myself included) that loved them. Your thoughts? I generally like vests, and the Indians have a strong vested heritage, having worn vests through much of the 1960s. But I wasn't a big fan of the script "I" logo worn on the most recent vests, so I don't see this vest's demise as a huge loss. What throwback would you like the Cavs to go with after the all orange they donned last year? I like the Cavs' current design a lot. Like, a LOT. I don't think they need any throwbacks -- their current uni (including the navy alternate) is both contemporary and classic. No need for anything else. What throwback would you like the Cavs never to go with? I'd like to think that all the specs for the 1994-2003 designs have been burned. Preferably at the stake. -- Vince Grzegorek

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