No Sports Sports Review #3: The Eagles and Kelly Green

This is one in series of quick takes on various logo updates for 2020. No one has the energy for clever deep dives right now, myself included. So I try to get right to the point.

I don’t know if it’s just in PA, but “Kelly Green” has been trending off and on for a few days. If you don’t know, Kelly Green is the Ideal Form for all Eagles colorways. It’s not even close.

The team’s current shade, Midnight Green, was introduced in 1996. It holds up, but it’s been 24 years since the classic colors worn by Bednarik, Jaws, Randall, Reggie, Keith Jackson, Seth Joyner, Jerome Brown, Dick Vermeil, Buddy Ryan and more took their rightful place as the team’s defining visual element.

Fans and even players have been clamoring for a return, typically hoping for a Kelly Green alternate set. The problem? The NLF mandates that every team have only one helmet shell (facemasks can be changed, and decals are changed after every game) due to safety regulations. Kelly Green jerseys with Midnight Green helmets is a crime against design. Short of a rule change (which may happen next year), the only way to keep both shades of green in rotation is to change helmet shells to a more neutral color.

Of course, the Eagles have rocked white helmets before, and they could make for a good throwback. Silver is another possibility, but that feels too much like Seattle and Dallas.

The answer, of course, is to get rid of Midnight Green all together and do this:

Problem solved.

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