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  • marcus

    Oregon Ducks? Horrible uniforms.

    • jim

      The Ducks could have their own top 10, and change unis often enough for it as well.

      I can't believe the White Sox shorts unis didn't ever crack this list, quite an oversite IMO

      • Mirza Ejaz

        The Ducks could’t have their own top 10, and change unis often enough for it as well.

        Read more:

        • Wow

          what are you guys talking about? The ducks have awesome uniforms.

  • G-Fan

    As soon as I saw the title of the post, I was hoping the Astros would be #1, and I wasn't disappointed. Great post.

  • I think many of these old uniforms are a heck of a lot better than today's uniforms. They have personality, character and style. Today's uniforms are so bland. Give me Pat Patriot over the new Patriot's logo any day! Same with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • The astros were my favorite team as a child especially with Nolan Ryan. I think I liked them more because I loved the uniforms. Now I can see the uniforms are horrible, but to a 10 year old, they were cool.

    • Robert Wayne

      I’d take the Astros’ old rainbow uniforms over the boring home uniforms and those outright ugly red road jerseys they wear now any time. I grew up an Astros fan too. My favorites were Bob Knepper and Nolan Ryan. But to me the best Astros uniforms ever were the orange shooting star uniforms from the early ’70s.

  • ros

    Nordiques means "from the north" and the lowercase n doubles as an igloo. Get it…..

  • Ros – Thanks for clearing that up. I still see an elephant, but I can believe that an igloo was the "goal".

  • Mark Black

    The Avalanche's first season was actually '95-96.

    I am surprised you didn't include a photo of the Whalers' brief cooperall stint or the Chicago White Sox shorts combo.

  • Alan

    Lest we forget those three games in the summer of 1976 when the Chicago White Socks donned those now infamous "softball shorts"?

    Here's a visual reminder:

  • Alan, rarely will I admit this. But leaving off the 76 White Sox uniforms was a GLARING omission. Thank you for the link.

  • Jacen

    Whooo hooo the Buffalo Slugs (Sabres) didnt make the list 🙂

    • skeptical1

      I was waiting to see the Slug (aka Donald Trump’s hair) on this list.

  • james

    When I heard this list I had to check it out. WHy aren't the Tampa Bay Rays old uniforms from 1998-2000? on the list.

  • hailey coleman

    omg this gives mea idea of the style they had hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Kessie

    I'm a lifelong Astros fan, and I KNEW the hideous rainbow uniform would be on this list. I was thrilled to see it at #1! That uniform design was so ugly that it was awesome.

  • jb

    in college it has to be fsucks or scUM ugly uniforms-maybe oregons as well

  • claire

    As an avid soccer/football fan, I just had to contribute:
    I think the Norwich is horrible-it looks like someone puked on it, but number one is just…WOW. To view it, copy and paste. My top worst off the above list: #1, #4, #7, #8, #13,#15, and #16, although, of course take a look at the article that was posted before the one I linked:]

  • claire

    ok, follow up: you don't have to copy and paste, I just thought the link didn't work. also, I take it back, the original list is worse, particularly Athletic Bilbao's, Hull's, and Dundee's. here's the link, which I don't think you have to copy and paste:

  • Why is it that I love all theses uniforms (except the nuggets and the Eagles)I esp. love the Nords and teh Astros!

    Retro Rules

  • Astro Bill

    If the Astros outfit is so ugly, why is the jersey one of the MOST popular EVER sold?

  • Alan

    Because there is no accounting for taste? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder? For what it's worth, JR Richard and Nolan Ryan hurled some serious ball in that jersey!

  • Rob

    How do the Green Bay Packers not make this list… Hideous…

  • Chris

    The Packers and Steelers should be in this… The Eagles jersey's are hot… we all know that

  • any list that does not include the cleveland browns is not a list worth considering. therefore, this list is irrelevant.

  • john

    Yeah, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I think some of these are sort of pukie, but some of you probably thought Twiggie was cute.

  • Jeremiah

    Hey Marcus. Oregon State Beavers…horrible team. 65-38. In Corvallis nonetheless. Guess you have nothing better to do than trash uniforms.

  • Matt

    Having the Hartford Whalers and Quebec Nordiques on this list is laughable. Both classic hockey sweaters better than almost all of the jerseys around today

  • christopher

    a nordique is a person that live in the nort because quebec is in the nort and its french

  • Daniel Ferreira

    Sport Lisboa Benfica – Portugal soccer team uniforme (male and female):


    the shirt on the right is the main shirt and on the left is the substitute shirt (the pink one), for when two team play with identical uniforms

  • Adam

    How about the San Diego Padres camo uniforms? They get my vote as number 1

  • Eh

    The Hartford Whalers relocated after the '97 season and like it's already been said having the Whalers and especially the Nordiques on this list is a joke.

    Leave the hockey talk to those who truly appreciate it eh? The knowledge Americans have of our game is laughable at best.

    • Jay

      Kind of like how we feel about the CFL.

    • The Blackbird

      I'm a Canadian, grew up playing the game in southwestern Ontario and later in Alberta before moving out to BC where I've been a long-time Canuck fan. Guess what? We're free to speak our minds in this country so I'll criticize the hockey jerseys as long as they make them ugly. And I'll criticize you for telling the citizen of another democracy that their opinion is unwelcome.

      Stop embarrassing those of us who know what it means to be Canadian.

  • Torrey Anderson

    This list needs the NY Jets throwback jerseys. Yuck.

  • These cheesy guys have been once the best downhill skiers in the world

  • Steve

    The title is wrong. It should be "Top 10 ugliest uniforms in AMERICAN sports". Another example of an American thinking "we are the world".

    • I love that song, "We are the World". Maybe we think everyone else has great uniforms, did you ever think of that?

      • jim

        What's the rest of the world doing on our intranets?

  • Stéphanie Mes

    How come the Nordiques are there?!? Sorry but it's the most beautiful jersey ever! And WTF with your elephant? I'm from Quebec and I think your description is pure BS… Sorry just saying what I'm thinking..

  • Eric City

    Definitely a little disappointed with this post, considering a few of these uniforms are pretty dope.





    How can you claim any of these to be worse than say, an 80s la kings? boring ass boston celtics? I completely disagree with half of this list.

    • Stéphanie Messier

      I TOTALLY agree with you!

      • Joshua

        hey, i know its off topic, but oregon ducks should be here, and so should green bay packers

  • timmy the dying boy

    You must not have seen the games the Pittsburgh Steelers played a few years ago in their throwback uniforms. Yecchh. . . they looked like a bunch of homeless guys.

  • Buffalo Bills Jersey

    Game fans are the first to cheer their players by supporting them throughout the game

  • Mike

    One "dons" a uniform. As in "Don we now our gay apperal – not that there's anything wrong with that…

  • tafari

    i think 7 of the 10 uniforms on here are my FAVORITE of all time. as was already mentioned, the Nords and Whale jerseys are a couple of hockey's best ever. The Bucs and Padres jerseys are also a couple of great ones. The buc with the sword in his teeth. Also, like another person commented on, The old Patriots helmets are as cool as it gets. This guy who made this list is living in my bizarro world.

  • The Blackbird

    Another great list!

    I liked the Nordiques' uniform but you're right about the crest. It would have been so classy to stick with powder blue and white and replace the elephant with one of the small fleur-de-lis used as trim on the jersey in the photo.

    I don't like the Hartford Whalers' green and white uni, but the logo isn't so bad. The Whale's tail and the W come together to form an H.

    As a Vancouverite, I must admit deep shame and sorrow over the flying V. Ugh.

    That Denver Nuggets jersey is awful!

    I know the theme is uniforms, but the team name San Diego Padres (trans. San Diego Fathers or San Diego Priests) is sooooo lame. The San Diego Priests? The brown jersey is too ugh-ly!

    • Stephanie Messier

      Why don't you understand that Nordique's crest is NOT an elephant!!!!!

      • The Blackbird

        I know it isn't an elephant and I'm quite sure Tanya knows it too. We are referring to it that way because the stylized, lower case 'N' design is difficult to see. Think about it. If you saw that logo and had no idea where it came from and what it represented, would the first thing that came to mind be that it was an N? I doubt it. The whole point of creating a team crest, or any sort of trademarked branding symbol, is to offer a clear representation of what it stands for, as is the case with the Hartford Whalers' logo. Tanya doesn't like it much, but I think the W and tail coming together to form an easily identifiable letter H offers you the team's initials and a sense of the history of the locale. Not that whaling is anything to be particularly proud of, but there is a certain integrity in being honest about the past.

        • Hey how did I get pulled into this discussion?! This isn't my list – Russ Clay wrote it 🙂 I love the old school Canucks jerseys (the big "V")k, but that is nostalgia talking and also pretty much where my knowledge of sports uniforms ends…

          • The Blackbird

            Oops! Sorry Tanya, and Russ!

    • Joshua

      i don’t agree with you. i love the flying v, the nordiques n with hockey stick is so cool, the only thing i agree with you is the denver nuggets uniforms

  • As usual with lists like this, you've picked some of the BEST uniforms of all time (original Buccaneers, 1983 Padres, Astros horizontal stripes) and have stupidlly called them the "worst." Sure, today is MUCH better, with every team in baseball wearing navy blue and red, and every basketball team wearing black on the road. You just don't like the warm colors…

  • chaines

    i completely agree with one of the other posters: the Nordiques and Whalers are two of my favourites as well. But c’mon – I cant believe no one knows that the symbol on the Nordiques sweater in NOT just a stylized “n” ITS A FREAKIN IGLOO !!!!! And a Nordique is the french-canadian term for the early northern settlers of the province of Quebec.

  • sportsgal

    My personal ugliest vote goes to those gold jersey, black shorts worn by the Washington Wizards. Two-colored unis work fine in football, but not basketball in my book.

    As for those Nordique jerseys, the log doesn’t look like anything that any of you have listed. They should be at the top of the list of most confusing uniforms.

  • P Smith

    Not only were the Pittsburgh Pirates uniforms utterly hideous with their mix-and-match combinations, but they had arguably the ugliest player in major league history, Kent Tekulve. That’s the guy in the picture.

    Then again, they won a world series wearing that uniform (and with Tekulve as the closer), so who am I to criticize?


    I must admit I watch football more than other sports, but every time I see the Oregon duck uniforms I”m glad I live in the state of Michigan, and although I may be biased, I LOVE the University of Michigan uniforms and their unique helmets, and they also have the best fight song EVER.

    • Right after the Notre Dame fight song.

    • Joshua

      i totally agree with u linda, i LOVE the michigan wolverines, and the ducks (oregon) should be in there, not syracuse

  • Eric

    there are people on here that actually think the buccaneers creamsicle jerseys are GOOD?! wow…

    • Why is that surprising to you? That color has worked pretty well for the University of Tennessee all these years. Are you one of those who wants every team to wear navy blue or black (as we have now)?

  • Joshua

    i totally agree, but the eagles should be at least 5,and i really like the nordiques and ihe canucks uniforms. the denver nuggets rainbow jerseys, bucs creamsicle jerseys,and astros colorful jerseys, i tottaly agree, 8 stars out of 10

  • Emma

    A little Scandinavian add to the list: The Finnish cross-country team chose a little miniskirt for their ladies a few years back. They wore it on top of their skiing uniforms and it looked kinda idiotic when the girls were going down the hills, bending over… Needless to say the skirt idea didn’t live very long…

    • Emma, do you have a link to any images you can share with our readers?

      • Emma

        Couldn’t find one yet, but I’ll keep looking. I’m not surprised that the skiing team tries to bury all possible images of the uniform…

  • Being from Houston, I personally liked those Astros uniforms and saw nothing wrong with them. What really surprises me though is that the Rockets uniforms of the late 90s with the daark blue and white airbrush pinstripes and a demented Jetsons cartoon did not make the top 10. Those were by far the ugliest in NBA history.

  • ed

    NO TAMPA ORANGE????!!!!!!!!!!! THIS LIST IS NOTHING WITHOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jim Ribs

    Ummm the 75th anniversary of the NFL was in 1994, not 2007.

  • Ryan

    Wow!!! the Quebec Nordiques should be on the top 10 NICEST jerseys!!! its so nice! and the tampa bay buckineers jersey isnt even that bad. so its orange, w/e. but good job on the Syracuse University Football jersey; that one is really ugly!!!

  • Ben Millorzkie

    Worst list I have ever seen. The whalers jersey was one of the best in the history of the NHL. The use of negative space (H) incorporated with the W made one of the best logos in sports… And Nordiques means “Northener” Get a french english dictionary.

    • The worst list you have ever seen? Not even close. I have seen literally thousands of lists and there are many that are worse on other sites, but even on this site it isn’t the worst list. This, in my opinion, is the worst list ever…on this site and I “wrote” it: Ugh, so bad. I must apologize even years later. 😉

  • fmoriss

    Nordiques is a french term meaning “From The North”

  • skipperbob

    Thankfully the all orange uniforms for Syracuse was just an experiment that failed! Fans were sickened by them and they have gone back to a more traditional look.

  • Adam Cartwright

    This isn’t a very good list, gotta have the 1916 Montreal Canadiens jersey in the list

  • Mattias

    Whalers left in 1997 not 1994

  • Josh

    What about Cleveland Indians all red uniforms?!? they looked like apples out there

  • ChristineC

    I, too, always thought that was an igloo on the Nordiques jersey. Also I would put any basketball uniform with pinstripes on this list (i.e. the Charlotte Hornets). By far the ugliest thing I’ve seen recently is the University of Maryland football team’s state flag uniforms. Don’t get me wrong-MD has a nice flag, but those were too much.

  • Lachlan

    I notice it’s all American Football, Ice Hockey and Basketball uniforms.

    You should look up some football (ie soccer) kits worn by some teams in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world at times through through the years. Horrific !!!

  • IO

    The name “Nordiques” means people of the north

  • Don

    Uniforms of today have no soul.

    Every time a team “modernizes/updates” its logo, they inevitably incorporate some dark and uninspiring color scheme that includes an excessive dose of navy blue.
    –> Best example of this is the New England Patriots … how do you get rid of Pat Patriot (and the bright, bold RED, the power color!?!?) …

    Hartford Whalers & Tampa Bay Bucs’ original uni’s are some of the best of all-time, NOT the worst!
    C’mon, man!?!

    • Mark

      so true..

  • Nick

    A lot of these are ridiculous, pretty funny. I’m a Canucks fan, and that is probably the ugliest hockey sweater I’ve ever seen. Love the Denver jersey – that would be super hip these days!

    That said, the Nordiques and the Whalers?!?!?! Those are classic hockey sweaters of deceased franchises in real hockey towns. How about the Coyotes or the Predators sweaters… really ugly, and nobody cares about the team or the game in those towns.

    If you want to see ugly, check out soccer uniforms. Neon green with the word “XBox” on the front (Sounders) – I’d rather have an ugly jersey with an ugly logo as long as the name of the team is on it, rather than the product of the lead sponsor. Putting “XBox” rather than the team’s name shows no respect for the team, the town, the fans, or the game. Just trashy to respect the money more than anything else.

  • tyrone

    Miami Marlins could unseat the Astros. And, depending on the scheme, the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013.

  • Mark

    This list is ridiculous. Nordiques (minimal/clever/cultural), Canucks (intimidating color scheme), Whalers (less is more), and especially Astros (mindblowing!) are some of the coolest/interesting logos/uniforms ever. It’s this kind of mindset (of the author) that has made uniforms of today predictable and uninteresting or even worse, over detailed, too complex, pieces of crap. There’s nothing memorable being made these days in the area of Sports logos and apparel.