In sports, tradition is always regarded as important. Teams are always looking to tread into new territory while still acknowledging their origins. But, some origins are—well—prettier than others. Hence, some of the more gruesome throwback uniforms are as follows:
New York Yankees – The Switch
In 1994, The New York Yankees Assistant to the Traveling Secretary, George Costanza, convinced Yankees coach, Buck Showalter to switch from polyester to cotton uniforms. The results left the Pinstripes 5 degrees cooler, but because cotton shrinks after a wash, the players were left running like penguins on the field.
ANNOUNCER #1: And the Yankees take the field!
ANNOUNCER #2: What is with the Yankees? They look like they’re having trouble running, they can’t move!
ANNOUNCER #1: It’s their uniforms, they’re too tight, they’ve shrunk! They’re running like penguins! Forget this game!
ANNOUNCER #2: Oh my God, Mattingly just split his pants!
The Entire NBA—When Shorts were short
Short shorts aren’t so bad. There are plenty of sports where shorts fall slightly above the knee. But, it goes too far when a group of grown men are decked out in what are essentially volleyball shorts.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers—The Creamsicles
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniforms are a great mix of red and faded bronze. And, the flag with the skull on it is one that pays homage to the team’s pirate-related namesake. But, their old uniforms were as hideous as their first few seasons.
San Diego Padres—The Classic Brown and Gold
There seems to have been a time during the twentieth century when people thought the mixture of brown and gold was a good idea. But, they are pretty dismal colors for the otherwise bright and shining city of San Diego.
Green Bay Packers—The Blue… Bay… Packers?
Today, the Green Bay Packers have some of the oldest and most long-standing uniforms in the NFL. But, the uniforms they originally wore have been saluted in recent years. And, they’re about as ugly as Lambeau Field is cold.
Ottowa Senators—The Original Uniforms
It is safe to assume that the NHL—upon its founding– probably lacked the budget that it currently possesses. However, good design is something that is above any level of monetary spending. And, they no amount of money can excuse the stripy abominations that the Senators wore in the 1930’s.
Miami Heat—Miami Floridians jerseys
This one is a little bit of a cheap one, since the Miami Heat were never associated with the Floridians—a team that was a part of the now-defunct American Basketball Association. But, the team did wear the Floridians jerseys in the 2012 NBA Season—an ugly spot in an otherwise spotless season.
Pittsburgh Steelers Throwbacks—worn during the 2012 NFL Season
Pittsburgh is a blue-collar town that was founded on industry. And, the Steelers wore their throwback uniforms to salute such an origin. The problem was that they ended up looking more like the Pittsburgh Bumblebees…
Chicago White Sox 1970 Uniforms
Here, the idea was to give the White Sox players some much-needed lower-limb ventilation with a pair of shorts. The problem was that the result was pretty difficult on the eyes.
Los Angeles Kings—the mid-90’s uniforms
All in all, these uniforms aren’t so bad. But the logo that looks like a doodle from a high school student’s notebook seals the entire uniform as abysmal.
Denver Broncos Throwbacks—worn during the 2009 NFL Season
Brown, yellow, and ugly—kind of like the second half of the Denver Broncos’ 2009 NFL Season.
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