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    13. Pullover Baseball Jerseys



    There’s nothing inherently awful about the pull-over baseball jerseys. However, one of the best things about sports uniforms are idiosyncrasies—little details that wouldn’t be necessary or even make any sense if a uni was designed now, but which made sense back in the day and simply because part of the tradition. And that’s what button-up baseball jerseys are: an idiosyncrasy. Now buttons are unnecessary, but back in the day, before they had stretchy synthetic fabrics, they were necessary. Then over time they just because one of the cool, unique aspects of baseball uniforms. And when teams went to pull-over jerseys in the 70s and 80s, they lost this part of the sport’s heritage.
    So, pullover baseball jerseys: a bad sports uniform innovation.
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    12. The Apron Stripes on Reebok NHL Jerseys



    Reebok and the NHL introduced the new Rbk Edge jersey design back in 2007. They are tighter fitting than the old jerseys but are more flexible, so in theory they amount to small update on the classic template. However, there was one major change: for some reason, many teams around the league decided to highlight some of the seems in the new jersey. The result? It looks like some teams are wearing aprons.
    In fairness to Reebok, the silly apron stripes aren’t necessary. They just gave the teams the option and, unfortunately, some of them took it.
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    11. Sponsors on Soccer Jerseys



    Sponsor names on the front of sports jerseys? Yep, one of the worst things ever. If I buy a jersey, I don’t want to walk around advertising a brand of televisions or an insurance company. I want to display my loyalty to my team. But if you’re a fan of any of the world’s pro soccer teams, you can’t do one without doing the other. And as a sports fan I find that kind of depressing.
    The club officially credited with inventing the idea of jersey sponsorship is Penarol of Uruguay. However, in 1973 the German club Eintracht Braunshweig sold jersey rights to Jagermeister (yes, the liqueur) and the flood gates were opened in Europe. Four years later the English league system began allowing sponsors on jerseys—after being vehemently opposed to it for decades—and the rest is history.
    Cynical, money-grubbing history.
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    10. Low Pants + High Stirrups



    Baseball stirrups developed because, in the early days of pro ball, players wanted to display team colors on socks. However, the dyes used on fabrics back then were toxic and prone to running, so there was fear that if a player got spiked (which ought to have been called “Ty Cobbed”), the dye might get mingled in the blood and, you know, kill the player. Thus, they wore two pairs of socks: plain and safe white socks underneath, colorful socks on top.
    But then that posed a problem: two pairs of socks were too thick to fit into the cleats. Thus, the stirrups were born. It was a nice little idiosyncrasy, and to this day, most baseball fans I know love the look of high socks on a ballplayer.
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    9. Baseball Pajama Pants



    Look, there’s nothing wrong with loose-fitting baseball pants. That’s how they were in the beginning, and they stayed that way until the 1970s. But this thing where players where baggy pants and go down past the shoes? It’s ridiculous. They look like they’re wearing pajamas out there, and there’s no way it offers any competitive advantage. It’s time for MLB to step in an implement an official policy.
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    8. The NFL's 70s Collars



    This year, NFL teams started wearing new Nike jerseys with stretchy collars. As with the new NHL jerseys introduced in 2007, teams could customize the jerseys however they wanted to fit their time-honored traditions, and some, like the Packers, did just that. Others, however, did not. And the result is that teams like the Saints, Redskins, Rams, and Vikings all looked like they were wearing shirts with giant 70s liesure suit collars.
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    7. Excessively Baggy Basketball Shorts



    Baggy shorts are comfortable for playing basketball. Everybody who’s ever played the game knows that. But the ones that could fit three dudes and come down below the knees? They just look ridiculous. Are they preferable to short shorts? Well obviously, yes…
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    6. Basketball Short Shorts



    Now, maybe you think, hey, short shorts weren’t an innovation in basketball uniforms. That’s just how they were at the beginning. However, this is untrue. While the baggy shorts look is definitely a modern innovation, the shorts definitely didn’t start out this small. If you don’t believe me, check out this pic of the 1910-11 University of Missouri basketball team.
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    5. Hockey Pants



    Hockey pants kind of make sense from a fashion point of view. After all, the hose & shorts look is kind of unusual. However, what people forgot is that the hose & shorts look was practical. You need a lot of padding in the crotch region, so you want thick clothing. But you can’t have thick clothing all the way down your legs because it would limit motion. Hence the hose & shorts system.
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    4. The Full-Body Male Swimsuit



    There are a number of problems with these swimsuits. For starters, they provide extra buoyancy which helps swimmers obliterate records in the pool, and that is problematic. More importantly, though, they look absurd. I mean, just look at this guy.
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    3. T-Shirts Under Basketball Jerseys



    The basketball jersey has always been sleeveless, and for a very practical reason: you need an unencumbered range of motion in your shoulders to play the game at a top level. But even if you didn’t, if the uniform is sleeveless, why would teams allow players to wear shirts underneath that clash with the actual fit of the official uniform? They allow it in baseball and football because it can be cold. Basketball is played inside, though, so there is no excuse.
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    2. NBA Jerseys with Sleeves



    Yesterday, the Golden State Warriors and Adidas introduced a new sleeved jersey that will be worn for the first time on February 22. It was not a joke.
    Now, as you can see, these things are specially designed to provide a full, free range of motion in the shoulders. The fabric is stretchy, and it is breathable. So this probably will be pretty comfortable. But the issue here is, why add something unnecessary? The sleeveless basketball jersey works. It’s the tradition. Why add sleeves now? They just don’t look right.
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    1. Baseball Shorts



    In 1976, the Chicago White Sox wore shorts. They weren’t the first pro baseball team to try it (some minor league teams did it in the 1950s), but they were the first in MLB. Of course, they were also the only. As everyone knows, there is a very good reason why baseball players wear pants: to protect their legs while sliding. So, obviously, the softball look did not last very long on the South Side of Chicago.
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