Okay, let's start with something good. This Suns jersey from the Charles Barkley era is definitely my favorite. It is a classic from my perspective – simple, easy on the eyes and one that I still see many people in Phoenix wearing. The logo stands out and you can easily recognize the team name and player's number. I do not own one myself, but have looked to purchase one because I would not be caught dead wearing a Suns jersey from today. Let's take a look at it, shall we?
With these new short sleeved jerseys, not only is the color unappealing, but it makes me feel like they are trying too hard. I am so focused on the fact that these jerseys make pro basketball players look like high school kids, that I can't even stop to appreciate the logo (which is also pretty disgusting) or anything else. Bad choice, NBA.
Although I am not an avid baseball watcher, what I like about MLB uniforms is the fact that from what I can tell, they never seem to change much. They are also simple and have a clean look to them. I don't own any baseball uniforms but if I did like the sport a little bit more, I would have no problem spending my money to purchase one. A baseball uniform is one that you can wear even on non-game days, as it is comfortable and not busy to look at. More specifically, I have to commend the Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox for having a uniform that they should be proud of. Change is not always a good thing and I think they realize that. Way to keep it classy, MLB
I have just recently got into watching professional hockey and do appreciate NHL jerseys, or as I learned from my husband, are also called “sweaters.” What I really like about NHL sweaters? There is almost no company branding! Whereas it is easy to spot the Nike, Reebok, Under Armor, etc logos on other sports jerseys, I don't even know who makes NHL sweaters and I would like it to stay that way. I like the fact that I can sport a Coyotes sweater and all I see when I look in the mirror is the logo of the team I am supporting – not the company that makes the jersey. Speaking of team logos, the ones on sweaters seem to be pretty catchy to the eye, too.
Talk about company branding, do not even get me started on soccer jerseys. Okay, yes – we went there. I am the typical bandwagon soccer viewer – I only watch it for David Beckham. I am ashamed to even say that but sorry, the sport is just not my cup of tea. Why? Maybe for the pure fact that I do not even know which teams are playing when I turn the game on. Oh, you mean there isn't a team called “Fly Emirates”? It is the name of an airline? Very confusing to the non-avid soccer viewer. The jersey itself looks comfortable to wear, but that is about it. The colors and logos are busy and a major distraction to the sport itself.
There are NFL jerseys that I love and ones that I hate. I think I feel the most strongly about these jerseys because they are ones that change all of the time. One horrific jersey that pops into my head is the bright green that we see in the Seahawks jersey. Although the color does make the uniform pop out, it is almost blinding to the eyes after time. I cannot stand to watch them play for a whole game for the pure fact that it makes my eyes hurt, not to mention the matching socks and gloves. That just adds to the eye strain!
What's worse? I'm sorry, but every time I see the Steelers throwback jersey on TV, it makes me want to vomit. I already highly dislike the Steelers (flashback to Super Bowl XLIII – still cringing over that nightmare), but whoever thought those God-awful jail inmate uniforms looked good were highly mistaken. Why bring it back, even for one game out of the year? Please, let's keep it in the archives where it belongs. Yuck!
Why bring it back, even for one game out of the year?
To sum it all up, it all comes down to color, logos and personal preference. I do not want to be distracted when I am watching sports, although the distraction is very apparent in jerseys today. I think we need to go back to the way things used to be and just appreciate the team we are watching.
Written by Samantha McLaughlin @Sammyypantss