And You Thought Golfers Dressed Badly?
Have you seen the new University of Maryland uniforms? There has been a great deal of discussion about where the Terps are going with this fashion statement. When U of M was known as Maryland Agricultural College back around 1900 the seniors picked their own colors and it wasn’t until Maryland adopted its coat of arms flag in 1904 that the Terrapins decided on black and gold. In 1942 the Terps got head coach Clark Shaughnessy from Stanford and he brought his obvious taste for red and white. If you’ve not seen them yet, the University of Maryland has gone with a State Flag theme for the uni’s this year, and they want the WHOLE state flag as part of the motif. They have about 30 different combinations to go through and it’s been a much bigger conversation starter than the performance of the team (2-2). One sports analyst said that it reminded them of circus performers, and Jim Rome of “Rome is Burning” Tweeted, “Whatever the NCAA does to Miami, it should double for Maryland. Those helmets truly demonstrate a lack of institutional control.” Is Maryland’s fashion “don’t” the worst uniform ever? Hardly. Does anyone remember the White Sox in the 70’s? Bermuda shorts and pullover shirts that were a plumbing supply logo away from a rec-league softball team. The 70’s weren’t very kind to fashion and baseball players certainly got hit hard with the ugly bat. Who can forget the chocolate and orange of the San Diego Padres, the “Mork From Ork” challenge of the Houston Astros, or the amazing lids of the Pittsburg Pirates (I’m a pitcher…no a train conductor…no a pitcher). Hoopsters were never immune to a case of the uglies. When the Celtics were still in New York they looked ready for a dip in the ocean with cleantastic shorts over bloomer-like socks and knee thingies. The Golden Eagles of Marquette were so loud that after the 71-72 season the NCAA made them take them off. The stripes and “bumblebee” look apparently disoriented opposing players when the Golden Eagles would jump up and down. Apparently taking a note from Mork, the Denver Nuggets of the late 80’s rocked out rainbows and mountain peaks in a kaleidoscope of color. The Cleveland Browns of the NFL haven’t won any red carpet awards over the years, but that’s kind of in keeping with their working-class image. Ohioans shouldn’t give up fashion hope, though; because down the road in Cincinnati the Bengals have been keeping fans awake with oranges and blacks and funky tiger-stripe combos since 1968. Sleepless in Seattle? Perhaps it’s the electric neon lime green the Seahawks have been toying with. And the award for best optical illusion on a playing field? Boise State. Electric blue uniforms on an electric blue field. “I swear, Coach! He was right there and then he disappeared!” At least with a uniform as loud as the University of Maryland you’ll always hear them coming.