Maryland never disappoints when it comes to wearing unique and eye-grabbing uniforms. As Under Armour’s flagship school, Maryland often wears “experimental” designs that never fail to get attention.
This year, the Terps open their basketball season against the national championship Kentucky Wildcats in the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Due to the obvious connection between Maryland athletics and the history of sports in Brooklyn (I don’t see it), Under Armour worked with Maryland to create a uniform that pays homage to the great Brooklyn Dodgers.
As a Maryland student, I am both expecting and used to the endless ridicule of Maryland uniforms from both my friends and the media. At my first college football game last year, a Monday night game against Miami when Maryland showed off their highly controversial “Maryland-Pride” uniforms, my initial reaction was “those have be the coolest uniforms ever.”
I continued to believe that even through the four quarters of my friends from home texting me about how they could hardly even watch the game because the jerseys were making them nauseous. Point is, I know that when Maryland takes the floor against Kentucky on national T.V., people are going to tear apart these new uniforms.
Despite the confusing connection between the Maryland Terrapins and the Brooklyn Dodgers, I do think that it is a classy gesture on the part of Maryland to celebrate Brooklyn in this way. Did Under Armour completely make up a connection so that they have an excuse to make a unique jersey? Probably.
That being said, the Barclays Center embodies the future of sports in Brooklyn. It will now serve as a home to an NBA team as well as an NHL team. The last Brooklyn team was the Dodgers, who had a an enormous fan base that consisted of every New Yorker’s grandparents. So if we take this game as a celebration of college basketball in the Barclays Center, I think it is a classy move to celebrate the future of Brooklyn sports by honoring the past of Brooklyn sports, even though the two organizations have very little to do with each other.
One consistent thing about Maryland is that they always make noise with what they are wearing. This year, the Terps will try to use their young talent to make noise with their playing as well. Leading off against the national champions can really help them get the season off on a good foot. And who knows, maybe the ghosts of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson will be so honored by Maryland’s uniforms that they’ll help the Terps out a little bit.
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