There are literally thousands of sports teams around the world wearing thousands of different uniforms. And while some are classics, revered by fans, treated as sacred, others are downright awful. From the regrettable to the unfathomable, we take a look at the 10 ugliest uniforms in sports:
1. San Diego Padres
Okay, sure, it was 1978, they can be forgiven for this fashion crime a bit because the whole era was coke-addled, but whoever designed those yellow pants should never be allow near fabrics again.
2. Toronto Raptors
As if choosing to name the team after a movie wasn’t bad enough—if not quite as bad as the Mighty Ducks—you made the players wear these horrible excuses for uniforms? No wonder this team has been terrible for it’s entire existence.
3. Phoenix Coyotes
Who dreamed this piece of shit up? And who approved it? When someone said, “Phoenix is in the desert so why not incorporate the desert in the jersey?” how is it possible someone said, “That’s a great idea!” It looks like a peyote trip—wait that might explain it.
4. Florida A&M Rattlers
I only know two things about Florida A&M: the band will haze you and the football team’s uniforms will be eye-attacking. Green and Orange are tough colors to work with but the Florida A&M handles them the worst. They are constantly changing them but never improving them.
5. New Orleans Hornets
What color would you say these uniforms are? Green? Purple? Do you choose the color on the front of the uniform or the color on the back? These are exactly the types of questions you don’t want people asking about your uniform. Hopefully they’ll be better dressed as the Pelicans.
6. Los Angeles Kings
If you’re looking at this and getting a hankering for a whopper, well you wouldn’t be the first person to point out the similarity. The saddest part about the Kings brief stint wearing the “Burger King” jersey is that they made Wayne Gretzky don this monstrosity.
7. Kalamazoo Wings
Yep, the brass of the Kalamazoo Wings minor league team saw the King’s “Burger King” jersey and raised them the Ronald McDonald costume jersey. True fact, they made hockey players dress like Ronald McDonald. And not a knock off, a proper sponsorship deal, check out the golden arches on the front.
8. Denver Broncos
I think the picture pretty much speaks for itself. I mean brown and yellow was a bold enough choice they really didn’t need the vertical stripes. The Denver Broncos also didn’t need to wear these ugly things again, no one should ever want to “throw back” to a time when someone though it okay to dress football players like renaissance nobility.
9. Jorge Campos
In case you couldn’t tell this is the 1990s and back in the 1990s Mexican National soccer team goalie Jorge Campos would design his jerseys himself. I assume he had no formal fashion training. I also assume his plan must have been to disorient opposing shooters. It’s certainly disorienting me.
10. Stade Francais Rugby
I’m not saying men can’t wear pink, or shouldn’t, or that pink is a girls color or whatever. I don’t go in for gendered colors, but I also think you should try and look intimating when you’re playing a sport like rugby and pink is not the color that best intimidates.
But then again, the State Francais are a French rugby team, so maybe all bets are off.