If, like me, you’re looking for something football-related to fill the void left in your soul by the end of the NFL season, you were probably cheering when the USFL unveiled their uniforms for their first season since 1985.
Sure, the XFL and AAF may not have worked out, but as long as there is live football that I can watch and look forward to, I’m a happy man. While the pessimists among you may think this league has no chance, the folks who absolutely love the game are just happy to watch anything, whatever when the NFL and college football seasons are over.
We still have over a month to wait for the USFL season to start, but at least it’s something, right? It’s an appetizer, teasing what’s to come, to keep our taste buds alive and begging for more before the season finally kicks in. With coaches like Jeff Fisher and Kirby Wilson, it’s hard not to get at least a little excited about the opportunities a league like this offers.
The league will also feature players like… well we don’t know because the league refuses to release their player pool prior to design. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad sign, but it will at least add a bit of mystery to the draft night and perhaps some shock if we see an acquaintance who chooses to bring their football talents into this new league. Some recognizable names have been announced, such as turning back Kelvin Taylor and defensive tackle Toby Johnson, but we don’t really know yet what level of talent will be on each team’s draft board.
Nevertheless, to make the design more fun, we need to have a team to advocate for. How nice is it to see players being chosen when you don’t have a band, don’t have a preference for a specific team and the players they choose? Just with the design three days away, fans must choose a team they can stand behind. That’s why I’ve put together this list that ranks each team by their jerseys, because unless you already have a geographic or personal connection to one of these teams, their match day is the best way to determine who to row for, obviously.
Before I get started, I’d like to point out that I’m not homesick for any of these teams from the ’80s. I don’t care how well these jerseys represent the teams past or how closely they resemble the jerseys from nearly 40 years ago. These are my personal rankings, unburdened by nostalgia.