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With apologies to Stendahl (Marie-Henri Beyle)

[Stendahl wrote "Le Rouge et le Noir" in 1830; "Le Rouge et le Noir" usually is translated "The Red and the Black."]

In one of Canzano's stupider columns (now there's a concept, like the ranking of infinities in number theory), he suggested that the Blazers should petition the NBA for an exception to the drawn-out approval process of making changes to team uniforms, so that the team could roll out a fresh new look this fall.

Now design by committee is impossible, and if there are one million Blazer fans, there are two million ideas about what a new Blazers uniform should look like.  So let's make it simple:  assume that the NBA says, "you may change your uniforms on short notice, o.k., but not the overall design, just the colors."  

New fabric technology has broadened the palette of colors well beyond what it was when the Blazers were formed in 1970.  Look at the transformation of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' uniforms from the old orange sherbet and white to the blood orange and pewter combination of today.  With a stroke of the color swatch, the Bucs turned from a prissy joke into a serious-looking mean football machine.  Could a change in the Blazers' colors signal a similar transformation?  

Le rouge (red) et le noir (black) are pretty popular in the NBA.  The Blazers (formed after the Bulls) basically adopted the same color scheme as the Bulls, but have chosen to play up the black side more than the Bulls ever have.  The Heat (formed after the Blazers) uniforms pretty much mimic Blazers colors.  The 76ers wear red a lot.  Wouldn't it be nice if the Blazers adopted a color scheme that would make them stand out on ESPN SportsCenter?

The team name "Trailblazers" is an apparent reference to Lewis & Clark, who blazed the first overland trail to the Pacific Northwest from the Mississippi Basin.  But, literally, trekkers put blazes on trees to mark trails, so maybe Cambian Layer Tan and Tree Bark Grey should be the appropriate colors.

Here is your assignment:  excluding the white that everybody but the Lakers use as the base color for home uniforms, what two colors would look best on the new Blazers uniforms?  Please, don't just pick.  Give an explanation for your choice.

I checked the "Allow multiple selections in poll" box for poll below, so if you can only tick one entry, complain to Management.

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