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1/02/2008 10:53:00 AM

Most bizarre retro uniforms

The Penguins wore their original look for the NHL's first outdoor game in the U.S.
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
By John Rolfe, SI.com

Last week, the Lakers attracted chuckles for wearing their short shorts from the 1980s in a game against the Celtics. No doubt, it was an arresting sight if all you've known are the long baggies favored by NBA players since Michael Jordan's heyday. Likewise, if you tuned into the NHL's Winter Classic on New Year's Day, you might have blinked at those Penguins in sky blue and white with the round crest on their chests – not necessarily bizzare, but a strange sight after almost 30 years of Pittsburgh black and gold.

Here are five more retro looks that are sure to jar your senses when, and if, they are rolled out.

5.. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1976-97 : The creamsicle orange and white theme, not to mention Bucco Bruce (the guy in the fruity feathered hat on the helmet) made these fitting threads for a team that went 2-26 in its first two seasons, and 100-223 in its first 20.

4. Vancouver Canucks, 1978-85: The orange and black V from shoulder to belly button (in lieu of a crest) and yellow base made them look like highway construction signs on skates.

3. Denver Nuggets, 1981-93: They looked like they belonged in a pre-school classroom with their cheery primary color scheme and horizontal rainbow, city skyline and white mountain range across the chest.

2. New York Islanders, 1995-96: The infamous Fish Sticks threads with the Gorton's of Gloucester fisherman crest and blue, orange and ocean green waves at the bottom of the sweater. No wonder Isles' fans revolted. The uniform made them seasick.

1. Chicago White Sox, 1976: One of Bill Veeck's most zany schemes: white untucked shirts with dark blue collars, and to the players' mortification, shorts and knee socks.

What surprising or weird retro uniforms are on your list? Let us know below…

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Posted: January 2, 2008 2:00 PM   by Anonymous Kerr23
The Denver Nuggest rainbow jerseys in the early ninety's were clearly the worst.

Posted: January 2, 2008 2:01 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How 'bout those atrocious Eagles' uniforms they wore against the Lions this year?
Posted: January 2, 2008 2:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1960 Denver Broncos--mustard and brown unis, with VERTICALLY STRIPED socks.
Posted: January 2, 2008 4:49 PM   by Anonymous Spanks
The Houston Astro's and Sand Diego Padres uniforms were pretty bad. I'm reminded of them everytime I change my kids diaper.
wheres the 86 houston astros? these are great
Posted: January 2, 2008 5:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Houston Astros...not sure what years but you have to know what Im talking about.
Posted: January 2, 2008 6:23 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1971 Baltimore Orioles .. Orange Jerseys

http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/Dayn%20Perry/2007/08/22/Worst_Uniforms_Ever with Orange Pants ...
Posted: January 2, 2008 7:21 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Astro Rainbow uniforms, for sure...
i think that the Atlanta Hawks lime green jersey's
my high school hockey team has a logo that looks just like the old Islanders.

It can be seen here:
Posted: January 2, 2008 9:55 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I totally agree with the person who posted the comment about the Eagles' unis. They looked like someone just threw up on them.
Posted: January 2, 2008 9:57 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I thought the powder blue Chargers uniforms were pretty bizarre, but in a good way.
I have to agree with anonymous. Those Eagle uniforms were hideous.
the houston astros horizonal stripe uniforms. atlanta falcons red helmet days. milwaukee bucks jack sikma chic. new jersey nets with the huge white stripe up the side.
Posted: January 3, 2008 7:22 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
In the late 1800's Penn State football wore pink and black uniforms.....how would Joe Pa look in that?
Posted: January 3, 2008 8:43 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The majority of MLS jerseys from the first season.

Posted: January 3, 2008 9:19 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Ever get an eyeful of those mid 70's California Golden Seals jerseys???
How about those lime green Redsox uniforms...I dont remember those and Ive been a fan for 40 + years..I think they had some guy locked away in the basement of fenway come up with those. The best are allows the mini shorts for all of the early days of Basketball. My god what were we thinking. To see a towering Robert Parish in mini shorts gives me the shivers.I sure would like to see some pics of some of these uniforms from the early days of sports so we can vote on the worst and then ask the guy who came up with them if he had just one to many.
Posted: January 3, 2008 10:34 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The original Tampa Bay Devil Rays Uni's from 1998 are criminally underrated in the talk of worst uniforms of all time.
Posted: January 3, 2008 11:49 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about posting pictures of these uniforms instead of links so we can get an idea of how wierd they looked right away...wake up SI.
What? No 1970's Houston Astros? How about ND's neon green basketball uni's?
Posted: January 3, 2008 12:08 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The 2007 and earlier Colorado Avalanche "third" retro jerseys.... for a team that's only been in Colorado since 1995? Sorta stupid.

Going back to a Nordiques jersey would've made sense!
Posted: January 3, 2008 12:35 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about the Calgary Flames's third jersey, the one with the horse head breathing flames. Or was it a dragon? Anyways it sucked!
Posted: January 3, 2008 1:19 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about those old Pittsburgh pirates unis with the painter's caps.
Posted: January 3, 2008 1:21 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The NY Jets/Titans uniforms of this season. I thought they were the Cal Bears for a hot minute.
Posted: January 3, 2008 2:07 PM   by Anonymous beedub
Any gymnastic uniform from the USSR prior to Glasnost. The designer of those things should be sent to Siberia. The American Ryder Cup unis from Brookline were ghastly as well. Recalling Justin Leonard sink that long putt and jump like a little girl in that hideous golf shirt has forever tarnished what could have been very memorable moment.
Posted: January 3, 2008 4:07 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Anyone recall the all-red look that the Cleveland Indians threw down in the mid-70's?
Posted: January 4, 2008 7:56 AM   by Anonymous Timster
No argument about the top 5 but the Dolphins came out in an orange jersey a couple of years ago and have not won too many since then! Also, the Irish came out in Green a few years back( Which I think SHOULD be their colors) - they have not done as well since, either!

I am also in complete agreement about the baseball teams ugly uniforms (Like the Padres and Astros) but you'd have to add the Pirates in yellow and black convict strips to make me happier!
Posted: January 4, 2008 9:54 AM   by Anonymous 16-0 ya know
California Golden Seals with those white skates
Posted: January 4, 2008 11:26 AM   by Anonymous Keegs
How about the New Jersey Nets powder blue tie-dye unis in the early 90's. Horrible.
Posted: January 4, 2008 2:49 PM   by Anonymous Zwitek
While the Vancouver Canucks have a long history of bad uniforms, and the Houston Astros had those "orange rainbow" things (oddly enough, they are classic today), I still think that the Padres uniforms when McDonalds owner Ray Kroc owned them were by far the worst.

The uniforms the players wore, easily reminded one of that team every time you entered a McDonalds restaurant. Perhaps that was the point. A pity he didn't make the players wear those paper hats.
Posted: January 4, 2008 5:44 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about those highlighter yellow Oregon football attrocities?
Posted: January 4, 2008 5:51 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I don't have a link to a picture, but the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League used to wear a retro style jersey. "Rochester" was spelled out diagonally across the front and it had the lace up neck. The odd part was it was teal. I don't know how teal can be retro, at least not yet.
Posted: January 7, 2008 4:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
This years Syracuse Orange football uniforms. How was the dummy that suggest they put a "S" on the helmet and to go back to the 60's jerseys. Oh yeah, the AD who has in three years made SU football one of the worse in the country.
Posted: January 10, 2008 2:44 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about the Pittsburgh Pirates yellow and black "runaway bumblebee" uniforms in the 70's -- the ones with the cardboard box-like hats?
Posted: January 15, 2008 10:42 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Bucco Bruce gets a bad rap because of the team's record and bad rap. The Orange was to much, but what in the 70's wasn't? The white pants and orange jersey were the best looking combo.
Posted: January 28, 2008 6:39 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Houston Astros, Dude?
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