Players come and go but team laundry stays the same. I say fans root for team laundry – and its time for new Bengals laundry.
The Bengals smartly went to the current Tiger-striped orange shell in 1981, after being trapped 13 years in a look modeled after the Cleveland Browns’ painfully boring brown, orange and white scheme. Mimicking the Browns back then made sense – the Bengals had to convert a city of Cleveland fans.
The Bengals currently have six uniform combinations including an all-white approach on the road and orange on white at home.
The team’s monochrome all-black became an alternate home option along with the Bengals’ “Halloween” combination of orange tops and black pants. The current stripe fade on its pants is among the game’s best. A mix of white, black and orange mixes in well along the thigh and wraps around to the front of the knee.
But now its time for new laundry.
Along with the helmet change came updated uniforms that better represented the Bengals name.
Jerseys and pants featured black and orange tiger stripe accents while the wordmarked “BENGALS” graphic on helmets was dropped in favor of stripes. The franchise’s biggest overhaul came in 2004 however when Cincinnati revamped its design with an orange alternate jersey, contrasting sleeves, an orange nameplate on its home white tops with additional stripe patterns.
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