The much anticipated second version of the XFL kicked off on Feb. 8. As always, anything involving Vince McMahon is going to be must-see TV — especially early on. We want to see what these teams are going to look like, both schematically and literally.
Even if we don't know what the play on the field is going to look like from week to week, at least we know exactly how the players will be dressed.
Here are the eight XFL uniforms, ranked worst to first.
— Rankings by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo!, SBNation, USA Today and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.
8. Tampa Bay Vipers
The Vipers are going with a green on green look with yellow accents and numbers. It's a little loud, almost like they are trying to be Oregon. It's also got a bit of a low-level arena league feel. The away white uniforms aren't terrible, but the lime green helmet and average, lazy logo don't help the cause.
7. Los Angeles Wildcats
Like the Vipers, the Wildcats have a bit of an amateur look. You can tell they tried with the logo design, but the orange and red color scheme leaves a little to be desired. Luckily they incorporated black into the design, otherwise, these would be terrible. The away uniforms resemble the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throwbacks, which is fine. That said, I can't see people buying and wearing these jerseys with pride.
6. Seattle Dragons
The Dragons have a bit of a World League/NFL Europe feel to their uniforms. I suppose you are limited from a color scheme standpoint when your mascot is a dragon, so good on the designers for incorporating some navy blue into what could have been an ugly, green-heavy design like what Tampa Bay has. The away whites aren't terrible and remind me of UAB's uniforms. And I'm a sucker for a white helmet, which is what really keeps this uniform out of the bottom two.
5. Dallas Renegades
This uniform is exactly what you'd expect from the XFL. A logo that looks like it is straight out of a video game that we've all seen before with a very loud blue color. Aside from the helmet, which I think should be dark blue, these uniforms are pretty clean. They look like what the Tennessee Titans have worn recently. The weakness here lies with the logo.
4. St. Louis BattleHawks
A lot of people seem to be raving about this design, but I'm not quite as high on it. Aside from the wings on the helmet, I thought it was pretty safe. That said, I prefer safe over loud and cartoonish. These definitely look professional, and the blue, grey, black color scheme is on point. I thought they could have gone all white with the away uniform, but overall it's a decent look.
3. Houston Roughnecks
I really like the red, white, blue and silver combination. These look a little like a mix of the Patriots and Texans — two of the NFL's cleanest uniforms. I love the oil rig in the logo, an homage to the old Houston Oilers. It's the best logo in the league. The silver helmet gets it done, but a white helmet with white pants might have shot this look to the top of the list.
2. DC Defenders
Speaking of clean, it doesn't get better than what the Defenders have. It's tough to mess up a simple red and white design. These could have been boring, but the lightning bolt accent is just perfect enough to add some excitement while maintaining the classiness of the overall look. They resemble the Chiefs from a distance, which is fine. And the logo has a bit of a European soccer feel. You really can't go wrong with that.
1. New York Guardians
My only knock on these uniforms is the logo, which feels like they tried too hard on. It's not awful, and it looks like a hybrid of the Carolina Panthers design with a touch of the Marvel Comics' Punisher logo. Aside from that, these uniforms are beautiful. Overall, it's a relatively safe design, and it's tough to mess up black and red. I've always loved the shoulder stripe look, reminiscent of the New England Patriots' throwbacks. It's a classy touch. It just looks like a great football uniform. I predict more Guardians jerseys will be sold this season than those of any other team.