"It seemed like a good idea," is what we can essentially say about the UCLA Bruins' 2012-13 season. Unfortunately, well-laid plans don't always translate into a pleasant reality.
That was driven home the second the No. 21 Bruins stepped onto the court Thursday for their opening game in the Pac-12 tournament against Arizona State wearing these uniforms:
Oh my, those are bad. I mean, the shorts are so terrible, I didn't even notice the ridiculous tops for the first couple of looks.
Where do we even begin? First off, the whole uniform looks like they would make wonderfully comfortable pajamas.
Next, what is with that camo pattern? It looks more like Zubaz pants then actual camouflage.
To help break this up, there is a random yellow line angling about the shorts, and that yellow line matches the one that goes down the side of the jersey, which I challenge anyone to describe better than The Sports Hernia:
UCLA's Adidas uniforms feature Zubaz, sleeves and urine stream trim that spills onto the shorts: thebiglead.com/index.php/2013…— The Sports Hernia (@TheSportsHernia) March 14, 2013
At first glance, other than their pajama-like quality, the tank tops didn't look too bad. That is not a Zubaz undershirt and those sleeves are connected to the tank tops, which makes them not tank tops at all, but funny-looking pajama tops.
This style of jersey, brought to you by Adidas, will be worn by six teams as an alternate jersey.
The good news for the Bruins is that the Arizona State players were so busy laughing at their opponent, the Bruins easily handled them. Wait, apparently that did not happen. However, after a sluggish start, the Bruins did indeed pull out the 80-75 victory, and they will advance.
This leaves the Bruins with a chance to put a strong end to an up-and-down season. After landing a stellar class of freshmen, led by Shabazz Muhammad, the Bruins were 13th in the preseason AP poll.
Even better news for Bruins fans, should they play in the NCAA tournament, they will not, according to ESPN's Peter Yoon, be wearing these uniforms.