If you’re like me, looking for something football-related to fill the void the end of the NFL season has left in your soul, then you were probably jumping for joy when the USFL unveiled its uniforms for its first season since 1985.
Sure, the XFL and AAF may not have worked out, but as long as there’s live football I can watch and cheer on, I’m a happy man. While the pessimists among you might think this league doesn’t stand a chance, people who absolutely love the game are just happy to watch something, anything when the NFL and college football seasons are over.
We still have to wait over a month for the USFL season to start, but at least that’s something, right? It’s an appetizer, teasing what’s to come, to keep our palates alive and wanting more before the season begins. With coaches like Jeff Fisher and Kirby Wilson, it’s hard not to be at least a little excited about the possibilities a league like this offers.
The league will also feature players like… well, we don’t know because the league refuses to release its player pool before the draft. I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad sign, but at least it will add some mystery to draft night and maybe also a shock if we see someone well-known choose to bring their footballing talents to this new league. Some recognizable names have been announced, such as running back Kelvin Taylor and defensive tackle Toby Johnson, but we don’t yet really know what level of talent will be on each team’s draft board.
However, for the draft to be more entertaining, we need to have a team to support. What a pleasure to see players being chosen if you have no affiliation, no prejudice towards a specific team and the players they choose? With the right draft at three days, fans should choose a team they can support. That’s why I’ve compiled this list ranking each team based on their jerseys alone, because unless you already have a geographic or personal connection to one of these teams, their matchday tweaks are the best way to figure out who to cheer for, obviously.
Before I start, I want to point out that I have no nostalgia for any of those teams that existed in the 80s. almost 40 years ago. These are my personal rankings, stripped of the nostalgia.