The Georgetown Hoyas basketball team released pictures of one of at least six new uniforms for 2012-13. One particular photo of the new design might evoke mixed emotions for Hoyas fans.
The Nike Jordan Brand uniforms feature a side graphic inlay that pays homage to the university and the 1984 Hoyas National Championship team. Included in the inlay are images of former Hoyas coach John Thompson Jr., Archbishop John Carroll, the founder of the university, and “1789”, the year Carroll established the university.
But the photos also include the name Jordan, the Jordan logo and the number “23″ on them.
Hmmm. It’s interesting that Georgetown would release images of its new uniform with the name, number and likeness of Michael Jordan. Yes, Jordan is the name of the brand, but he’s also the guy who hit the game-winning shot against the Hoyas in the 1982 NCAA championship. The North Carolina Tar Heels beat Georgetown 63-62.
Thirty years later, that still has to be the most painful loss in Hoyas hoops history. The Hoyas had a chance to win with 17 seconds when Georgetown guard Fred Brown inexplicably passed the ball right to North Carolina’s James Worthy.
Don’t expect to see these uniforms in the Hoyas season opener on Veteran’s Day against the Florida Gators in Navy-Marine Corps Classic on the USS Bataan in Jacksonville. The Hoyas and Gators will reportedly wear camouflage jerseys similar to the ones worn last year by North Carolina and the Michigan State Spartans.
Nike is also producing the same military style uniforms for all eight teams playing on Veteran’s Day. The Syracuse Orange and San Diego State Aztecs face off in Battle of the Midway aboard the US Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego. The Ohio State Buckeyes and Marquette Golden Eagles play in the Carrier Classic in Charleston, S.C.
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