I am going to use this blogspace occasionally to discuss my favorite sports uniforms. Feel free to respond to me with your own thoughts or nominations. I have decided to wrap up this series with a potpourri of different uniforms from both reality and fantasy.
Negro League Baseball
I also have a special affinity for the Newark Eagles as well as they represent my home state.
I’ve always liked the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants which are an homage to the American Giants with an Asian flavor. I like both the home and road jerseys and I’ll take the Saduharu Oh versions.
Football uniforms tend to be plain and people’s attachment is more for the team than the uniforms. My friend Tyrone often says than we root for laundry, a variation of “Hate the players, love the team.” That’s not to say that there aren’t some ugly ones. The current Bengals, Panthers, and early Buccaneers come to mind. If I had to pick one that stands out, it would be the early powder blue Chargers with the yellow pants, all trimmed in lightning bolts. ZAP!!!
I definitely prefer the Original Six uniforms, but nothing is better than the rouge, blanc, et bleu of Les Habs Canadiens. I prefer the whites and would love a Jean Beliveau model with the lace-up front. No helmets, but enough Brylcream to keep every hair in place and possibly deflect a puck or two.
Again, I will stay local. Walt Frazier, white, from the 70’s NBA Knicks, and Dr. J, white, from the 70’s ABA Nets.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of these with the most noteworthy point being the incredible amount of absolutely ridiculous novelty uniforms they produce commemorating Star Wars, Zombies, Christmas, Ninja Turtles, and just about anything else a young public relations worker thinks will sell. I will share some examples with you and you can go on with your own research if you dare.
Movies, Television, etc.
There are a lot of good choices here. The original Bad News Bears uniforms are a nice yellow and also have the great sponsorship on the back from Chico’s Bail Bonds. My so actually was an a pre-Little League team sponsored by an off-shore internet gambling site.
The only iconic movie football jersey is the black Mean Machine tops worn by Burt Reynolds and the rest of the cons in The Longest Yard. Give me Paul “Wrecking” Crewe’s #22.
It’s a toss-up. One option is the orange urban uniforms worn by Carver High in The White Shadow, a favorite 70’s TV show of mine.
What hockey fan wouldn’t treasure a Charlestown Chiefs home white Hanson Brothers jersey? You can wear it at home while “putting on the foil”.
I like the Springbok’s rugby jersey worn by Matt Damon in the movie Invictus. His pep talk at the end is right up there with Kenneth Brannagh’s in Henry V when whipping up the English to take on the French.
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