Worst Uniforms in Sports Right Now

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2014

Worst Uniforms in Sports Right Now

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    With so many uniforms to choose from in sports, selecting the worst one is a delicate process. The criterion is simple: Each uniform on this list has to be awful.

    Terrible uniforms can come in many shapes and sizes. Aggressive fonts, vomit-inducing color schemes and designs that put folks to sleep are all featured on the following slideshow. 

    It's now time to get this party started. Kick back, protect your eyes as best you can and check out the worst uniforms in all of sports right now.

Albany Great Danes

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    When you fuse purple and gold together the right way, it comes out great. The Minnesota Vikings and sports teams who play at LSU are a great example of that.

    But being two difficult colors, when things go wrong, they really go wrong. During the 2014 NCAA tournament, the Albany men's basketball program donned these hideous outfits when they went up against the Florida Gators.

    A dull font engulfed in a sea of yellow and purple makes this uniform one of the worst in sports.

Kansas Jayhawks

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    You really have to feel for the Kansas Jayhawks men's football team. Not only have they struggled in recent years to be competitive, but the team hasn't been able to sport a great uniform in ages.

    It's not that this school doesn't have robust colors. The men's basketball team, for example, has always had sweet-looking digs. But whoever designs the football uniforms just doesn't get it. 

    The colors don't mesh well, and if this "new" uniform is any indication of what we can expect down the road, the Jayhawks are in serious trouble.

    The good news is that fans of the school can at least buy basketball jerseys and wear them to football games.

Milwaukee Bucks

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    The Milwaukee Bucks are a franchise in the midst of a complete reboot. They have a new head coach in Jason Kidd, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft—Jabari Parker—and a bunch of young talent scattered across the roster.

    For a team that's looking to rebuild its brand, it's surprising that it stuck with the same boring uniforms. An exhausted forest green covers the majority of the jersey, while lines of white and red are slugged in for good measure.

    Isn't it time to give Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo a touch of their own style? Celebrate the new-look Bucks by throwing these clunkers in the rubbish bin and setting it on fire.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    If you aren't a fan of teal and black, you won't ever like the Jacksonville Jaguars uniforms. The team decided to go in a new stylistic direction heading into the 2013 season, and overall the uniform really isn't that bad.

    The sharp angles of color and aggressive numbers actually look good. But as you travel up the uniform and head toward the helmet, things fall apart. The two-tone color scheme laid out on the team's helmet is dreadful. It's a classic example of overthinking a situation.

    As a young football club on the mend, maybe one day the Jaguars will readjust their helmets and complete this aggressive change of identity.


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    Turkish soccer club Fenerbahce's uniforms look like they could light up even the darkest parts of space. The yellow stripes on the front of the jersey looked spray-painted on, while the blue layer behind the stripes does the eyes no favors.

    Fenerbahce is one of the most decorated clubs in Turkey's history. It's a shame that they don't have an outstanding uniform to go along with that success.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Another professional football team in Florida means another bad uniform. This is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' second voyage into the world of "wretched design."

    In the first go-around, the Buccaneers produced the infamous Clementine orange, pirate uniforms. They were a staple of the team's failures—the team had just three winning seasons from 1976 until 1997.

    Now after rocking the red-and-pewter joints for 16 years, the Bucs have unveiled a new design. The new uniforms are gross. They look like they were worn by a defunct XFL franchise or an Arena Football League team.

    The design is shoddy. It takes all that was great from the previous pewter look and runs over it with a bulldozer. Sadly, there's no going back from here.

    Clearly, the goal was to be futuristic and try to set a new trend in the process. Sadly, the only trend the team set is one that will make fans of this franchise shed tears as they are forced to wear these jerseys on Sundays.

Philadelphia Union

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    Yes, it's true. The Philadelphia Union have the distinct honor of being the team with the worst uniforms in the city of Brotherly Love.

    It's really just because of the odd color scheme they rock out with—a UPS-like brown and dark blue mix that is soaked in stabs of yellow. To top it off, the word Bimbo—representing the company Bimbo Bakeries USA—is strapped across their chests in red and white.

    Random colors that get thrown together usually don't work. The Union's uniforms are a testament to that very notion.

Maryland Terrapins

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    There is such a thing as "too much" when it comes to a uniform. Of all the teams currently playing sports, the Maryland Terrapins football team embodies that.

    There are so many things going on with the uniform that it's actually difficult to look at for long periods of time. In an era when simplicity is key, the Terrapins act they like missed that memo.

Florida Panthers

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    The Florida Panthers are a franchise that clearly won't embrace the concept of change. The basis for their uniforms—a Panthers logo, combined with red, yellow and blue colorway—has stuck with the team since its inception back in 1993.

    There really hasn't been a dramatic change in design over the years.

    If you are rocking out with this jersey at a vintage '90s party, that's cool. But for a franchise that has been in the league for 21 years, sometimes change is necessary.

NBA Sleeved Uniforms

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    The NBA unveiled its form-fitting sleeved uniforms during the 2013-14 season, and to the surprise of no one, they didn't come off well.

    From a design point of view, they just look unnatural. The game is played with sleeveless uniforms; it's a part of the culture. Second, the players weren't thrilled about having to wear them, per Bleacher Report NBA National Columnist Ric Bucher.

    Hopefully, the NBA doesn't make these uniforms permanent. Instead, let's all join hands and pray that they are only used on occasion until they ride off into the sunset, never to be heard from again.

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