On Monday, August 18th, the Ottawa Redblacks revealed their inaugural third jersey. After a decent amount of speculation and a few fun teasers, here’s what we got:
Social media was abuzz with reaction and opinion, ranging from love to hate and most points in between. Frankly, reaction was far closer to 50/50 than expected.
With that in mind, here’s Defend the R’s chat/review of the Redblacks ‘Signature Look’ (most photos from ottawaredblacks.com):
@OTTRoughRiders: I love the plaid helmet. I probably would have kept the R logo on it, however. And probably the black version.
@RedblackGade: Yep exactly, it’s strange to see an Ottawa helmet without the iconic R on it. But otherwise it’s incredible.
JERSEY – SHOULDERS
@OTTRoughRiders: Love the plaid on the shoulders. Perfect amount of plaid for the uniform, if they had ended it there.
@RedblackGade: Agreed once again with the plaid on the shoulders, they got that part just right.
JERSEY – FRONT
@RedblackGade: I like having the main logo on the front – hockey-style – but it’s looks too cartoonish being white, they should’ve outlined it to make it pop.
@OTTRoughRiders: I pretty much like everything about the jersey but the logo on the front. Standard numbering & they would be awesome. Or maybe if they used the black logo instead of that white version?
@RedblackGade: I like using the logo on the front of the jersey, but it’s really shitty that it’s white. Don’t get that part.
@OTTRoughRiders: I wouldn’t have had the plaid running down the side of the jersey. Shoulders are enough.
(Here’s how it would look in black, by the way:
Thanks to @BrodieBrady for putting this together.)
@RedblackGade: I love the ‘Ottawa’ stripe going down the side of the leg too, that’s a really nice touch.
@OTTRoughRiders: Like the black pants – glad it isn’t a fully red set, like the home & away. But don’t think they needed plaid down the side. Again, bit too much.
@OTTRoughRiders: I do like OTTAWA on the pants as well. Just wouldn’t have had the plaid background. Also like the red socks.
@RedblackGade: I like the plaid background there.
@RedblackGade: The gloves are fantastic, really love those.
@OTTRoughRiders: Gloves are really cool, but what is that logo? They’ve never used it anywhere. I’m not a fan, at this point. May warm up to it.
@RedblackGade: I also find that the actual thing itself looks much better than the “enhanced” and edited images. The red looks better in video/live.
@OTTRoughRiders: For sure. I want to see it in person. Things look different without all the touch ups/filters.
@OTTRoughRiders: Would have been cool if they used #RNation on the back of the helmet, like the Argos did with #ArgosLive
There you have our thoughts from Monday. No doubt the uniform is fun and interesting, especially the plaid helmet. A number of American news outlets picked up the news, including Bleacher Report and ESPN’s Keith Olbermann. No such thing as bad press, right?
What are your thoughts on the Redblacks Signature Look? What would you do to improve them?
While you think about it, here’s what @Senturion would do:
UPDATE: Here’s a concept I came up with (please excuse the less-than-stellar Photoshop work):
If we have to have a logo on the front, I think this works quite a bit better. Appreciate any feedback.
Thanks for reading and Go Redblacks!