Super Bowl XLV: Packers choose to wear green… What are they thinking?!

Super Bowl XLV Matchup

The big day is nearly here, Super Bowl Sunday approaches for the 45th time and let’s be honest, you’d be hard pressed to find a better Super Bowl matchup from a logo and uniform point-of-view.

This year we get the Pittsburgh Steelers looking to win their seventh Super Bowl title up against the Green Bay Packers, who won the first two Super Bowls ever played under coach Vince Lombardi, whom the Super Bowl trophy is now named after.  Two teams which are named after the hard-working industries of their towns — The Acme Meat Packers versus U.S. Steel — a real blue collar championship game. Epic.

Green Bay Packers Home Uniform
The uniform the Green Bay Packers have chosen to wear for Super Bowl XLV

And somewhere in there we have the players, talent and strategy right?  Yeah… C’mon, let’s get to the stuff that we care about — the uniforms and logos involved!

The Green Bay Packers have been designated as the home team and with that honour comes a great advantage that they have apparently chosen to waive.  Having already won each game of these playoffs in their road whites they have decided against wearing what got them here and are going with their soon-to-be-doomed (albeit extremely eye-pleasing) green home jerseys.  This in turn practically hands the title over to the Steelers who get to wear their whites.  The lucky dogs.

Who’s in charge of the Packers?  Have they been watching the Super Bowl the last few years?  They certainly haven’t been participating in them.  Alright, let’s help ’em out here since they seem to be in the dark, literally (get it? literally in the dark?  as in dark uniforms?  alright!)

Super BowlWinning TeamUniform Worn
XLIVNew Orleans SaintsWhite
XLIIIPittsburgh SteelersWhite
XLIINew York GiantsWhite
XLIIndianapolis ColtsWhite
XLPittsburgh SteelersWhite
XXXIXNew England PatriotsWhite

In case any Packers staff are checking out this blog and still can’t make the correlation I’ll spell it out for them… six consecutive wins by the team in white (or six straight losses for the team in darks). Perhaps the Packers wanted to feel a little more like they were back at Lambeau Field, giving themselves any bit of a home-field advantage, but as history shows…

Good thing I’m going to Vegas this weekend, easy money on the Steelers.

Super Bowl XLV Host City Logo
The Super Bowl XLV Host City Logo, the only changes from year-to-year will be the roman numerals and the stadium

On the logo front, what’s there to say? These teams both have classic logos that have been in use since the early 1960’s, nearly 100 consecutive seasons combined — the Steelers still using the old U.S. Steel logo sent to them from that company in Cleveland, the Packers using the oft-copied oval-G logo (the “G” is for “Greatness”, so they say).

For those who were unaware, this marks the first year the NFL is going with their standardized Super Bowl logo in which the only difference from year-to-year will be the roman numerals changing and the “Host City Logo” will get a different team stadium in the background.  I doubt I’m alone in being terribly disappointed in this decision by the league, one of the fun things to look forward to every Super Bowl was seeing what the next Super Bowl logo would look like — all the excitement of that moment is gone!  Hopefully this is something they’ll end up changing their mind on but I’m sure we’ll at least have Super Bowl XLVI looking the same as this one… Enjoy the game everyone!