Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Rant #1,054: Short Sleeves

Professional basketball is probably the fastest moving game on the planet.

The players move quickly up and down the floor, and their pure athleticism is a wonder to behold.

The upcoming 2013-2014 season is almost upon us, and the Los Angeles Clippers have something in store for fans that I don't think has ever been seen in NBA history.

They will occasionally wear short-sleeve tops when they are on the court.

The blue short-sleeve uniforms are slated to be worn for Sunday home games during the season.

So, you won't see Blake Griffin's armpits on Sundays anymore in Los Angeles, which, when you think about it, probably is a good thing.

I don't remember any time in NBA history when short sleeves were worn.

Yes, I have seen them in college ball, but not in the pros.

It has always been those sleeveless shirts, which are always full of sweat by the middle of the first quarter.

But at least with the Clippers, that will now be covered up, at least sometimes.

This harkens back to another change in uniform, but this one didn't last too long.

A number of years ago, the Chicago White Sox went with shorts on certain home game days.

They were blousy, and quite ridiculous when you consider all the sliding that baseball players do.

At least they normally have their uniform to protect them on their legs, but the White Sox had no protection, and after a brief spin, they had no short uniforms.

Me, I am a traditionalist.

The Yankees' uniform hasn't changed in ages, and I like that.

Maybe that is why they are not in the playoffs this year, who knows?

But moving back to the NBA, I shudder to think what the likes of Wilt Chamberlain would think of wearing short-sleeve shirts while playing.

Would Chamberlain go out and score 100 points against the Clippers, or would he think the whole thing is the pits?

This nose doesn't have the slightest idea.

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