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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sports Fashionista

Football Fashionista has a better ring to it.  But, fear not, the fashion commentary will not end just because the college football season is over.

Wicked Witch of the East.  This week Michigan upset their in-state rival Michigan State in Ann Arbor.  It was a fierce and hard fought game.  But, the whole time I was watching, I was distracted by Michigan's heinous socks.  Images of the Wicked Witch of the East's stocking feet recoiling up under Dorothy's house kept popping into my mind.  Not every player had the socks pulled up high enough to give this triple layer stripe display.  But all of them were wearing the socks.

Yoga Unis?  The NFL is pretty strict about their uniforms.  The teams have a limited number of jersey and pant combinations that they may use.  No alternate helmets are permitted.  And teams must wear high socks that meet the pants.  No bare calves allowed.  So, it's rare for an NFL team to do something in the fashion department that warrants a mention by the Banshee.  But, the Ravens found a way to get my attention.  All black pants meeting all black socks flowing into black shoes.  It looks especially bad when the player turns this into a leotard by skipping hip pads, thigh pads and knee pads.  Is this a football uniform or an outfit for yoga?  To be fair, the Saints commit this fashion crime, too.  But, since they got eliminated last week, it seemed like piling on to rip their uniforms right now.

The Circus is in Town.  It isn't news that Marquette's men's basketball team has unusual uniforms.  At home or on the road, they manage to put more striping on a basketball uniform than any other school.  But this week, Marquette decided to eschew the home whites in favor of the baby blues.  Before writing this post, I did a little searching through Marquette's website.  The official school colors are blue and gold.  The other sports teams, including the women's basketball, team stick to traditional looking uniforms featuring dark blue and gold.  But, that apparently is not good enough for the men's team.  I watched this game against Louisville.  Marquette mounted a strong comeback in their upset victory.  But, the uniforms significantly detracted from my enjoyment of an otherwise great game.  Seriously, what is happening on the side of these uniforms?  And check out the guy in the background who decided he needed baby blue sneakers to complete the ensemble.  

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