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  • Tom Lewand: Lions' black uniforms discarded

    by Tom Kowalski
    Monday February 09, 2009, 8:40 AM

    The Detroit Lions will abandon the black uniforms this season, opting to use throwback jerseys as their league-mandated third uniform.

    President Tom Lewand has confirmed that the Detroit Lions have discarded their black uniforms.

    Under the league's "third uniform program,'' the Lions will go back to using their throwbacks as their third uniform (home and road uniforms account for the first two).

    "I love our throwbacks,'' Lewand said.

    The black uniforms were introduced by former Lions president Matt Millen in 2005. Because last season was part of Detroit's 75th anniversary, the team was allowed to substitute their throwbacks for their black uniforms in two games. That switch is now official and permanent.

    It's possible that minor changes could come to the team's standard jerseys as well as the team's logo, but Lewand refused to comment. No changes are expected to be made for the 2009 season.

    COMMENTS (90)Post a comment
    Posted by westsidelion on 02/09/09 at 8:47AM

    good riddance

    Posted by brawler127 on 02/09/09 at 8:47AM

    Am I FIRST!!!!!!!

    Posted by DeLions00 on 02/09/09 at 8:49AM


    Posted by libertoski11 on 02/09/09 at 8:50AM

    Good news!!!! The throwbacks are awesome they should use these permantely!

    Posted by DeLions00 on 02/09/09 at 8:51AM


    Still owen on the firsts...

    Oh well. I actually liked the black uni's, I'm kind of dissapointed to seem them go.

    Posted by xN8x on 02/09/09 at 8:54AM

    I have an offical Calvin Johnson black jersery and get alot of good compliments on it.

    Posted by brawler127 on 02/09/09 at 8:55AM

    well done westsidelion.

    sure can't get rid of the black uniforms fast enough

    Posted by sprawl125 on 02/09/09 at 8:55AM

    they can wear pink tu-tu's for all care, as long as they win a game next year.

    Posted by chrisu on 02/09/09 at 8:58AM

    Good news. I liked the black unis, but the throwbacks are better.

    Posted by willy410 on 02/09/09 at 8:58AM

    Matt Millen beought the black to the team because of his Raiders past. Good riddence to both.

    Posted by Impericalsrb on 02/09/09 at 8:58AM

    I have some shocking info for all of those who think Pat White is too short.
    How tall was Michael Vick?

    Here is the answer:


    Posted by Cutback on 02/09/09 at 8:58AM

    This is horrible, horrible news.

    The throwbacks are the absolute worst crap. They match the 2008 record, earth-shattering miserable.

    This is 2009, not 1959. Keep the blackies, they were sharp and modern. I liked them a lot. I feel they should be the primary uni.

    Posted by bubkis on 02/09/09 at 8:59AM

    ..anyone interested in a #11 black Lions jersey....cheap

    Posted by madkawzx11 on 02/09/09 at 9:00AM

    Stand up and wear your wussy blue and bubbles proud!

    Posted by 44isnomore on 02/09/09 at 9:03AM

    The "throwbacks" are weak! Then again, they fit the organization; a team not worthy of a logo, any logo! The Black uniforms were sharp and take on the old montra in the modern day NFL of the "Black & Blue" Division. The throwbacks remind me of how Parcells did the cowboys in training camp; no logo's until you earn it. The throwbakcs are the Lions; insignificant!

    Posted by stopitnomore on 02/09/09 at 9:04AM

    I thought they played better in the black uniforms.

    The real problem is "Bubbles" the circus lion that they use on the side of the helmet.

    Black uniforms and a tougher lion...we surely would scare up at least 1 win next season.

    Posted by dbates on 02/09/09 at 9:07AM

    The Lions need a serious uniform update. They are not the worst uniforms in the NFL but they are one of the most BLAH!

    I hope for the day when they at least get a new helmet logo. "The Lion Bubble" is what you might find on a little league team.

    Posted by docThom on 02/09/09 at 9:12AM

    TOP o the mornin to y'all...
    My rottweiler jumped up on me last season and tore the crap out of my black jersey...don't feel so bad now..any one out there have a link to the proposed changes to the uniform and/or logo ?...anyone ?

    Posted by Hugeadummy on 02/09/09 at 9:13AM


    I say now let's get some uniforms that really fit the Lions...brown in color, and have a tail hanging off the back...yeah...and with a new Lion logo on the helmet...yeah...perhaps something like this face on the helmet...?


    Why not...I mean...with those "bada$$, tough, black" uniforms in their arsenal...they went 0-16.

    They can only go up...

    Hey...you got to admit...a tail hanging off the back, swishing back and forth when the Lions Offense are at a "set" position before they hike...would be a distraction for the defense to jump offsides...

    Posted by Stanton05 on 02/09/09 at 9:15AM

    I loved the black uniforms....now just update the helmet and logo.

    Posted by DetroitRob on 02/09/09 at 9:20AM


    Posted by Lionnoir on 02/09/09 at 9:20AM


    Can we get rid of the useless mass underneath them as well?

    Posted by docThom on 02/09/09 at 9:22AM

    - Hugeadummy -
    Just a thought of that image brings on a giggle...thnx for evoking a smile from me this morn

    Posted by Impericalsrb on 02/09/09 at 9:25AM


    Here it is on the helmet,I have isolated just the helmet picture from the flickr page for your viewing pleasure.


    Posted by gwisman on 02/09/09 at 9:35AM

    This franchise is so pathetic that it is a news event that they are getting rid of their 3rd jersey?

    God help us all!

    Posted by trex2053 on 02/09/09 at 9:39AM

    sweet. the throwbacks are the best in football

    Posted by misterhyde on 02/09/09 at 9:46AM

    Maaaan...I was hoping they'd make the black uniforms the primary uniform, especially since they didn't use those jerseys in their 0-16 season. Honolulu blue and silver, thanks to 2008, seems like high school colors...

    Posted by steelribbon on 02/09/09 at 10:06AM

    You know who looked the best in the throwback uniform? Barry Sanders. I loved seeing that uniform for the first time.

    Posted by BassetHounds on 02/09/09 at 10:13AM

    I hated the Black uniforms. The numbers were hard to read from the stands. The main we must get rid.of everythin from the Mille era at start new.

    Posted by BassetHounds on 02/09/09 at 10:15AM

    Our fight song "Griddon Heros" say the BLue & Silver wave. It dosn't mention Black.

    Posted by lionsloot on 02/09/09 at 10:16AM

    The throwbacks are sweeT!!!!

    Posted by whyaloinfan on 02/09/09 at 10:30AM

    Well now that we know that the black unis are gone how about some real news Killer what players are going to be gone?????????

    Posted by CHIEFGER139 on 02/09/09 at 10:31AM

    black was a moron move to begin with-black is the bears colors-not ours!! The only ones who liked the black uniforms were have witted slappies who'd go for any goofball move millen made-the throw backs are good-still remember barry sanders and the boys whipin the cowboys in them awsome game

    Posted by killrbrew on 02/09/09 at 10:33AM

    I like the throwbacks better than the black one but heck that's why there is more than one kind of icecream. stopitnomore that's not a circus lion its a merrygoround lion. golions

    Posted by thaddeus75 on 02/09/09 at 10:35AM

    man those were the only good looking uniforms the lions had.

    Posted by LIONSFAN07 on 02/09/09 at 10:42AM

    I like this move. The throwbacks are considerably cooler looking than the black ones.


    Posted by Leatherneck7 on 02/09/09 at 10:47AM

    Why in the world des anyone like the throwbacks? They are the most boring uniform I've ever seen. Pop Warner teams uniforms have more pizazz. Plain silver helmets. Plain silver pants. Not even a logo or stripes...nothing....boring

    Posted by geobaum on 02/09/09 at 10:49AM

    I had made a new logo for the lions based on one of their old logos but with a few changes. Here it is:


    Let me know what you guys think. I am very excited about the thought of getting rid of bubbles.

    Posted by lionsdamit on 02/09/09 at 10:52AM

    Still got the #3 J. Harrington jersy that the wife got me...any takers ???? It was bought because I bought in to He's gonna be the man. Whoops that didn't pan out. Already told her no to a Stafford jersy.

    Posted by TheCool on 02/09/09 at 10:55AM

    The Black jerseys were nice, and the Lions actually played well in them. Every game they played in those jerseys they played harder faster and better overall. I'm not sure why so many people dislike the black jerseys, maybe black intimidates them.

    Posted by lionsdamit on 02/09/09 at 11:13AM

    Is that like your car go's faster with a blown out muffler? Or did it just seem so ? Forget the uni's get us some player's. Go Lions Damit

    Posted by jwlagina on 02/09/09 at 11:15AM

    The throwbacks are way better anyway. This team needs to purge everything that Millen brought in.


    Posted by tstcin on 02/09/09 at 11:22AM

    There are more important things for these guys to worry about. Like putting some real athletes in the uniform...

    Posted by wwpope on 02/09/09 at 11:38AM

    throwback, hooray. now make sure to wear them on the right day.

    how about opening day and turkey day?

    i thought black was cool looking, but whatever. i'll take throwback instead.

    Posted by dcarl47312 on 02/09/09 at 11:55AM

    This is probably the front offices total strategy for turning this team around,to drop the black uniforms,with no backup plan!!! come on Tom tell us what it'll take for WCFord to sell!!We don't care about this meaningless crap

    Posted by tinfraser on 02/09/09 at 12:00PM

    Darn, I kind of liked the Black uniforms. I would have kept those and dumped the Houston Oiler blue ones they wear now or go back to the real Honululu Blue.

    Posted by wrfetish on 02/09/09 at 12:09PM

    I thimply loved thoth black uni's my lions.They thowed there thupple buttocks tha betht.

    Posted by stinger1966 on 02/09/09 at 12:11PM

    I also liked the black uniforms. I would like to see the Lions get rid of that retarded logo of a Lion on their helmet. Why not have a new logo of a Lion's head, maybe something real aggressive with teeth showing or something. I dunno, just my thoughts.

    Posted by tinfraser on 02/09/09 at 12:18PM

    Any thoughts on Pittsburgh Steeler LB, Larry Foote wanting to come to the Lions? I'd have a look at him, if I were them.

    Posted by fall54 on 02/09/09 at 12:25PM

    i hate the throw back suits

    Posted by JohnWayne506 on 02/09/09 at 12:28PM

    Whats with everyone saying the Lion Logo should look more aggressive??? Its fine the way it is. Does the Cardinal invoke fear??? or maybe the Raven??? Dolphins?? Jags looks like a cat that got its tail stepped on, point is alot of teams logos arent scary or aggressive looking. And from what ive heard the change is gonna be minor as in the black trim coming off it according to Oakland Press or Pride of Detroit.

    Posted by lionsfan170 on 02/09/09 at 12:28PM

    stinger i agree a real logo for a really bad team i loved the black jerseys but it dont matter what u wear u just got to win

    Posted by JohnWayne506 on 02/09/09 at 12:30PM


    your idea is HORRIBLE!!!!
    it looks like the old style but worse and WHY WOULD FORD WANT THE GM HEADQUARTERS BUILDING IN THE BACKGROUND!!!!!!!!

    Posted by stvdog on 02/09/09 at 12:40PM

    This pleases me. Right after Millen was fired I suggested getting rid of all the black on the Lions uniforms as part of ridding the franchise of the taint of his tenure.

    I have the newer blue & white jerseys - with the number 0 (I bought them 5 years ago, I wonder if they're worth anything more after 0-16). I would gladly buy new jerseys without the black.

    I hope they don't change the team colors, but I wouldn't mind tweaking the uniforms a bit. Geobaum has a pretty good idea with the old logo.


    Posted by stopitnomore on 02/09/09 at 12:49PM

    YOU WILL LOVE THIS...How about a uniform that smells like sh*t. That way there will be no denying that the lions stink.

    With a nice terd logo!

    Posted by tinfraser on 02/09/09 at 12:54PM

    stvdog, I posted a uniform comment a few days ago...somewhat tongue in cheek but now that this post reveolves around the teams uniforms, might I re-state my comment? I think the Lions should make the stripe on the side of their pants come to a point at the bottom like the Bronco's (and Cardinals) did when they re-did their unis'. I'm not saying that is the reason they got to the playoffs (Denver won a Super Bowl) but hey, if your making changes anyway....right?

    Posted by zeeba on 02/09/09 at 12:57PM

    Uniforms should be limited to team colors - that's why they're called team colors. The only exception is that road jerseys are predominately white for all teams. Having a black Lions' uniform makes as much sense as those pink U-M sweatshirts you see some kids wear.

    Posted by stopitnomore on 02/09/09 at 12:59PM

    I like that idea stopitnomore... We can call them the Detroit Diarrhea - Harry Colon (ex-Lion 92-94 & 97)

    Posted by stvdog on 02/09/09 at 1:05PM


    That might be cool. Kind of what the Vikings did recently as well. Although, I still like the traditional stripes on the pants & jersey sleeve.

    Whatever they decide to do, I hope they keep the colors. I'm not from Michigan & I confess that the uniforms drew me in as a kid (that and Billy Sims). I would hate to see the colors changed.


    Posted by SaintDick on 02/09/09 at 1:12PM

    Bring back the Barry-era Honolulu Blues w/o the black trim crap all over them. Black is not one of our colors, and it's one of the most overused fads in sports right now...and will look stupid in 15-20 years when people look back at them.

    If they are going to suck, they may as well look decent.

    Posted by Doomer21 on 02/09/09 at 1:14PM

    Throwbacks = Thumbs Up (timeless & priceless)

    Black Jerseys = Just OK unless they change the Lions logo to a black lion with with a thin lulu blue outline accent and a black stripe down the middle of the helmet.

    Chicago Bears wear dark navy blue not black.

    Almost every team wants to wear black and Green Bay petitioned the NFL back in late 90's to have black jerseys but was promptly turned down.

    Posted by Zeke32 on 02/09/09 at 1:28PM

    Keep the logo - dump the black jerseys...

    'nuf said.

    Posted by jrains286 on 02/09/09 at 1:28PM

    if they change the logo I will be highly irate.

    Posted by tinfraser on 02/09/09 at 1:35PM

    sdm, good to see we have Lions fans from outside the state. I too have always loved the color-Honululu Blue although it is not that anymore, it is more of a pale (Houston Oiler) blue now but I hope they keep it and add pointed stripes to the pants. Heck I liked that color so much, i had paint mixed that color to paint the shutters around my windows on the house, lol

    Posted by bigrickda on 02/09/09 at 1:39PM

    I never saw the whole uniform. Everytime I watched the Lions players were on their backs so I never got a good look at it.

    Posted by bluefan62 on 02/09/09 at 1:39PM

    Just goes to show you how crazy it is to buy a 3rd color jersey or one with anyone's name on it!

    The Lions should NEVER wear the throwback jersey's untill they can do honor to those teams!

    Posted by BuddyParker on 02/09/09 at 2:00PM

    A very good move.
    Purge everything Millen.
    Next move ...
    Bring back Mark Champion!
    Dan Miller SUCKS!

    Posted by EK1 on 02/09/09 at 2:01PM

    I say they change the color to pink, gray, blue and they can change their name to the Lionesses.

    Posted by BuddyParker on 02/09/09 at 2:04PM

    Bring back Mark Champion!

    Millen's worst move?

    DAN MILLER! Cut the bum loose!

    Posted by tinfraser on 02/09/09 at 2:54PM

    Has anyone heard who the Lions have released yet today?

    Posted by DinSP on 02/09/09 at 2:58PM

    The Black uni's were copycat city, no origanality what so ever! I hated just looking at them. But back in the day it was hard to tell the cowboys from the lions, I know the lions had a darker blue. Then it went to this crap Carolina blue, I want the darker blue back! anybody remember the darker blue?

    Posted by tinfraser on 02/09/09 at 3:10PM

    DinSP, yep, it was called Honululu Blue and I prefer it to over this blue that they have now, too. It reminds me of the old Houston Oilers Powder Blue

    Posted by zeke734 on 02/09/09 at 3:42PM

    I loved the black uniforms. But, I love the throwbacks even better.

    Posted by sdvasko on 02/09/09 at 4:15PM

    Another bad move from the organization that cant do anything right.

    Posted by sdvasko on 02/09/09 at 4:17PM

    BuddyParker You are 100% right!!!

    Bring back Mark Champion!

    DAN MILLER sucks!

    Posted by mleusby24 on 02/09/09 at 5:05PM

    ONLY THE TOP SELLING JERSEY FOR THE LIONS!!!lol good marketing move Lewand, kind of like raising prices for tickets and conscessions...makes no sense!!!!

    Posted by swami545 on 02/09/09 at 5:12PM

    Goodbye to anything Millen. Next step : goodbye to anything Old Man Ford. THEN MAYBE the team will be turned in the right direction.

    Posted by cpipp on 02/09/09 at 5:13PM

    I agree with Tom Lewand

    I like the Blue throw backs

    other than that Lewand still sucks

    No matter what hes still part of turning this franchise to 0-16

    Posted by cpipp on 02/09/09 at 5:15PM

    Agree bring back Mark Champion

    But I Think Tom Lewand is in love with Dan Miller
    so I dont see that happening

    Posted by cpipp on 02/09/09 at 5:16PM

    Maybe they should bring in a pink jersey and have them wear them untill they win a game

    Posted by usaf13 on 02/09/09 at 5:22PM

    meh, I kinda liked the black uni's....oh well, I had a Roy Williams one anyway, but I don't intend on buying a new one until this team can put a somewhat entertaining display on the field.

    Posted by bluefan62 on 02/09/09 at 5:39PM

    Honululu Blue and Silver Always!

    Posted by bluefan62 on 02/09/09 at 5:40PM

    The Lions of late should be wearing pink panties!

    Posted by 666lionsfan on 02/09/09 at 6:01PM

    i really like the black. ive got one myself.

    Posted by dusan on 02/09/09 at 6:11PM

    are u serious these where by far the best uniforms in the league
    i dont understand why they would get rid of them
    screw the blue and silver we need new everything
    the black is by far the best uniforms the lions have ever had

    Posted by lionsfan1997 on 02/09/09 at 7:47PM

    I liked those uniforms. I just can't beleive that they're getting rid of them. Those throw back uniforms aren't nearly as good.

    Posted by Leonid on 02/09/09 at 8:52PM

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I behold that I am glad to see the attempt to be ultra-modern has been abolished in favour of the better looking throwbacks. The Lions were good when they donned the (now-called)'throwbacks' and have been bad during the tenure of the black ones. But I would prefer a competitive team in the league's worst-looking uniform than a consistent loser in the league's best.

    Posted by bringedahl09 on 02/09/09 at 8:55PM

    the whole black outline on blue jerseys look really bad we should of just kept it blue n silver and we should paint the endzones blue aswell i dont like the whole plain endzone thingy going on and also srap that touchdown song "we all the lions" or however it goes like.. sounds like it should be on a cartoon not a NFL game

    Posted by bigbitingpig on 02/09/09 at 8:56PM

    Their current logo is COOL! It's one of the reasons I became a Lions fan as a kid, because it's THE coolest logo in the NFL.

    And it's leaping, like right before it kills something! How the hell is that not aggressive?

    I'm SOOO glad Carolina Panthers rip off black unis are gone. GOOD RIDDANCE!

    Word is that the minor change is that all the black piping is going to be axed. Even heard a rumor that they'll just go back to the unis the way they were BEFORE Millen got here. Which I personally would love!

    Posted by spiderdad on 02/10/09 at 3:32AM

    The black unis and Calvin Johnson are the only two good things Millen brought to us. You can wear a black Lions jersey around and not look ridiculous. Sorry, but Honolulu blue and silver are not colors you can just wear around anywhere... especially dudes.

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