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Bad Fashion Statement

from Dave Perkins of the Toronto Star,

That orange mob in Nashville, the blue group in Oklahoma City and the white blizzard in Miami look as if they’re at some college event. This dress-as-one business is more small-town than using too much perfume.

Pro-style colour-coding probably began 25 years ago in Calgary, where the Edmonton Oilers were seeking a third consecutive Stanley Cup and their fans put on “hat-trick” hats. Someone working for their playoff opponents, the Flames, came up with the idea for the “C of Red” and they pulled it off. Fine. Good idea and it might even have served as some kind of inspiration. Probably not as much as Steve Smith’s unlucky own goal in the series’ seventh game, but who knows?

The next season, when Calgary played Winnipeg, the “C of Red” reappeared, causing Jets fans to respond with a “Winnipeg White-Out” with white T-shirts handed out. That seemed clever enough, too, because it still was fresh.

Since then, the fad has come and gone and should have been buried forever when the wizards at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, in one of those apparently extinct Toronto moments known in the history books as “a home playoff game,” organized some two-bit promotion whereby the locals were given red T-shirts. Only trouble is, the New Jersey Nets were wearing the red uniforms.

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It’s too bad he ruined any credibility by saying that Vancouver’s green men are “legitimately funny”.

Posted by Garth on 05/07/11 at 09:56 PM ET

Greg's avatar

or that he’s from toronto, and the only color they wear there is ‘suits’...

Posted by Greg on 05/07/11 at 10:05 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

Or that Nashville was Gold/Yellow and not Orange, that would’ve been in Philly.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 05/07/11 at 11:09 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

Okay, so college sports gets lauded for the spirit and enthusiasm of the crowds and professional sports tries to do something fun to add to the spirit of the arena, and get harassed for it? How is wearing matching tee shirts that much different than the crowd all wearing matching jerseys of their own volition?

At least for teams with multiple colors of jerseys of different vintages and possibly several different third jerseys, giving everyone the same color shirt gives a bit more uniformity to the crowd. At best, people get a shirt as a memento of the playoff game - at worst, they get another rag for washing the car. It’s harmless.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 05/07/11 at 11:17 PM ET

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