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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sports Fashionista: Championship Week Edition

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  In the name of creativity, Nike and Under Armor put out some pretty outrageous uniforms during the college football season.  Well, not to be outdone, Adidas unveiled some wild new threads for the Championship Week in men's college basketball.  And retinas are still burning all across the nation.

On the left, the Cincinnati Bearcats celebrate their upset win over Syracuse in the Big East semifinals.  There is not much I can say about these uniforms.  There really are just no words to capture this horror.  I don't know which is worse.  The psuedo-camo on the shorts?  Or the fact that there is no camo on the jerseys?  And, if all that isn't enough, check out the socks and shoelaces.

On the right, you have the Baylor Bears.  During their conference championship game on Saturday night, Baylor wore uniforms that were very similar to the Bearcats.  It's arguable that was actually an improvement over the neon color scheme they wore on Friday.  The worst part about the Baylor uniforms is that they a very nice color scheme ... and neon yellow is not one of those colors.

Fashion distraction.  I know that UNC was playing the last few days without their best defender.  But, I can't help but think that some of the Tarheels' struggles can be attributed by the distraction created by Coach Roy Williams' sport jacket.  Who can concentrate on a pre-game speech when you're looking at that plaid mess?  Apparently, Mrs. Williams did not make the trip to Atlanta or she would have stopped that outfit from leaving the hotel room.

A class act.  In case anyone thinks that I'm just a nasty critic, I am not.  There were plenty of very nice uniforms on display during championship week.  They just usually aren't noteworthy because they are the traditional uniforms that we've seen for years.  But, Akron debuted new Nike uniforms this season.  I watched a lot of basketball in this week, and the Zips' uniforms were my favorites.  Unfortunately, Akron lost to Ohio in the MAC championship game, so we will not get to see these uniforms next week in the Big Dance.

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