Welcome to The Vault, the weekly blog post that takes a look back at some of the best (and worst) jerseys throughout sports history. Each week, a classic set of threads each from the sports of football, basketball, hockey, baseball, and soccer will be revisited.
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Note: Apologies for the brief nature of this week’s Vault. I am on a once-in-a-lifetime post-grad trip at the moment, so let me be. Please and thank you.
Football: 2011 Michigan Wolverines
God, these are the absolute worst. I realize I’m biased being a Penn State fan, but these are heinous. These striped Wolverines jerseys from their 2011 matchup against Michigan State are some of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen. Luckily, Michigan couldn’t pull out the victory when it counted, just like Jim Harbaugh’s entire career in Ann Arbor.
Basketball: 2008 United States Olympic Basketball Team
The 2008 Olympic team was unstoppable, just like their uniforms. The stacked squad wore these white beauties en route to winning the gold medal in Beijing and looked good doing it. I especially love the overlaid design on the back that gave it some character.
(Submitted by TFTB’s newest writer, Bruno)
Hockey: 1996 Phoenix Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes wore these gorgeous sweaters when initially arriving in Arizona in 1996. It’s an iconic look that the team still goes to from time to time today. The trim design and logo give it such a unique look that you have to appreciate it. It’s personally one of my favorite hockey sweaters out there.
Baseball: 2019 Miami Hurricanes
I love when collegiate baseball teams decide to go with a vintage look instead of a more modern design. The Hurricanes did just that this season and decided to go with pull-over jerseys with the classic “swoop” design on the lettering. It’s a clean look that still pops when you see it on the field. Well done.
Soccer: 1997 Celtic F.C.
We’ll round it out with the club that will always have my favorite kits out there, Celtic F.C. out of the Scottish Premiership. The 1997 version of the kit had the iconic green hoop design, as well as a faded overlay of the club’s crest on the front. I’ve said before that I’m a sucker for jerseys with collars, and this is no exception. Plus, don’t you just love Umbro flexing on everyone by being both the kit designer AND team sponsor, all on the same jersey? I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have to pick up one of these for St. Patty’s Day next year. Clean.