Saturday, June 28, 2008

What Not To Wear--Sports Edition

A little countdown of the ugliest uniforms in the world of sports...

10) Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
I never could figure out what the Cavs were trying to accomplish with these black, teal, orange (and whatever other colors they threw in) numbers with streaks and stripes in them after abandoning their cool orange and gold uniforms of the '70s and '80s.  Thankfully, the LeBron James era ushered in some much nicer burgundy, blue and gold threads...

9) Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
Is that actually a color?!?  'Hawks fans have complained vehemently for the last six years about these nasty-looking threads, and I don't blame them.  I always thought their original royal blue and green uniforms with the silver helmets were much cooler...

8) Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
I loved the late Willie Stargell to death, but was totally embarrassed for him when he had to wear these canary-yellow convict get-ups complete with the pill-box hats.  Sometimes nostalgia can go too far...

7) Philadelphia Eagles throwbacks (NFL)
The sad irony here is Donovan McNabb and the Iggles had their best game of the 2007 season when they wore these travesties...

6) Washington Capitals (NHL)
After the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA came along, teal was all the rage and every other sports team adopted the color for their uniforms, including the once red-white-and-blue Caps of the NHL.  I didn't mind the color so much as the gaudy over-sized numerals on the backs of the Caps' uni's.  Thankfully, Washington came to their senses and re-embraced the red-white-and-blue color scheme last season.

5) Memphis Tams (ABA)
Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley also owned the ABA's Memphis Tams franchise, and insisted on outfitting them in the same green and yellow colors as the A's.  Unfortunately, they also were outfitted with matching Sears Toughskins pants!

4) Cleveland Force (MISL)
Who was the inspiration behind these uniformsBig Bird?!?  You almost needed sunglasses to watch these guys play!

3) Houston Rockets (NBA)
Pinstripes gone bad!  The "Round Mound Of Rebound" Charles Barkley looked especially silly in these hideous uniforms that the Rockets sported in the late '90s.  I never understood why they replaced their very cool red and gold uni's, but at least they came to their senses and at least went back to red to usher in the Yao Ming era.

2) Oregon Ducks football (NCAA)
Talk about fugly!  Yellow should never be the primary color in any team's uniforms.  Then they added the gaudy numbers and silly looking trim around the shoulders and knees to make things worse.

1) Orlando Thunder (WLAF)
Neon green is far and away the ugliest color in the world to me.  It is to me what Kryptonite was to SupermanI can't bear to look at it!  The Chicago White Sox had a "Neon Green Cap" night against the Royals on the TV, and I had to turn it off after seeing all those goomers seated behind home plate wearing these gnarly-looking things!

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