Like Moses coming down from the mountaintop with the Ten Commandments, the NCAA periodically issues new rules and regulations, and they just came out with the latest set of pronouncements for college hoops. Three of them are uni-related — check it out:
Undergarments. (Rule 3-4.14, page 63) –Compression pants may not extend below the game pants. Shirt sleeves may not extend below the elbow. Rationale: This will eliminate the use of undergarments that extend to the ankle and long sleeves.
Arm Sleeves. (Rule 3-5.7, page 65) — Arm sleeves are illegal unless worn for medical purposes. Rationale: Sleeves are unnecessary and inappropriate equipment without permission from a trainer or physician.
Wristbands and Headbands. (Rule 3-5.15, 3-5.16, page 64) — Wristbands and headbands must be either the dominant color of the game jersey or white. The color shall be uniform for the entire team. Rationale: This eliminates the problem of finding headbands the same as the dominant color of the game jersey and requires team uniformity.
Uni Watch loves how the “rationales” all basically reduce to “Because we said so.” Anyway, the most notable thing is that there will be no more leggings, which isn’t exactly a bad thing.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Illinois’s new football unis will look like this. Looks an awful lot like last year’s Clemson design (or just looks awful), no?. … The trend of jersey nibbling (not to be confused with jersey Kleenex-ing) now appears to be spreading. Don’t these guys get enough meal money? … Nice contribution from Daniel Herr, who sends along this 1981 photo … check out the league’s 35th-anniversary patch on the shorts. … Speaking of NBA patches, the little flame on the end of the Heat’s home jersey insignia really does make the O’Brien Trophy patch look a little too close for comfort. … The Twins tried out a really bad idea on Saturday, pairing red caps with blue sleeves. … Two good observations from Jeremy Brahm: (1) “In the World Cup, it looks like the Netherlands will have flag patches on their uniforms for both themselves and their opponents,” as can be seen here in their match against Serbia and Montenegro. … (2) Tsuyoshi Shinjo’s latest stunt: checkered sweatbands. … Remember last year when David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were wearing each other’s wristbands, and then a few of the Yankees got into the act too? Looks like we’re in for more of that, as A-Rod was wearing Jorge Posada’s wristbands a few nights ago. … Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is wearing an odd sleeve style in the World Cup — sorta looks like the sleeves have been slit up the sides.