Cardinals Uniforms Top ESPN Power Ranking of Every Major American Sport

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 27, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 24: Carlos Beltran #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals crosses home plate after hitting  solo home run against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at Busch Stadium on August 24, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Fans love power rankings. As it turns out, you can pretty much power rank anything, even the jerseys worn by every last athlete in North America's major sports.

Deadspin's Barry Petchesky came across a brilliant uniform ranking posted over at ESPN late last week.  

The list compiled all four uniform rankings from Paul Lukas' Uni Watch and formed them into one controversial list that is sure to spark at least some debate. 

OK, most of you will flip over it. 

As for the top five uniforms among MLB, the NFL, the NBA and the NHL, the St. Louis Cardinals reign supreme—at least for the initial throes of this all-inclusive ranking. 

  1. St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Chicago Bears
  3. Montreal Canadiens
  4. Green Bay Packers
  5. Chicago Cubs

The bottom of the barrel is as follows: 

     118. Cincinnati Bengals 
     119. L.A. Kings
     120. Minnesota Timberwolves 
     121. Sacramento Kings 
     122. Jacksonville Jaguars 

We are guessing every last Cardinals fan will agree with Lukas' sentiment. That leaves the millions who claim other loyalties to scream, rant and rave accordingly. 

The problem—or advantage if you care about sparking debate—is that uniforms are completely subjective. One man's Marlins is another's Celtics. Well, that analogy might work better if you familiarize yourself with the power ranking first. 

Lukas explains what puts the Red Birds over the top:

MLB's best-looking team looks even better this season, thanks to the addition of that great retro-style alternate jersey, which is enough to nudge the Redbirds into the Power Rankings' top spot.

My favorite explanation has to be for the Carolina Panthers (No. 117) that garnered a, "Hahahahahahahaha," with a link to a report that the Panthers won's contest for best uniform of all time

Picking nits with the list, we might have the Lakers, the Yankees and the Tigers a bit higher with their classic look. Then again, this is just one man's taste, which is exactly why the power ranking is sure to garner a great deal of debate. 

There are no wins or losses to help sort them out, just sartorial debate and color-scheme rants. Feel free to join in on all the inane fun. 


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