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The Adirondack Phantoms have tuxedo jerseys … and they’re spectacular (Picture)

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The Adirondack Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, may have lost to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in a shootout on Monday night, but they closed out 2012 in style. The Phantoms decided to go tuxedo jersey for their New Year’s Eve game. We didn’t even know going tuxedo jersey was a thing, but they went there.

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I have to say, I’m surprised Bridgeport didn’t just shake their opponents’ hands and call it a night once the Phantoms took the ice rocking these bad boys. When the team you’re playing is wearing tuxedo jerseys you know you’re getting out-classed — no matter what the final score says.

In a sports world where we see hideous uniforms like this, tuxedo jerseys are a breath of fresh air.

H/T The Big Lead
Photos via @PhantomsHockey

Virginia Tech will wear flat maroon helmets against Rutgers (Pictures)

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When teams unveil new uniforms specifically for their bowl games, the results are usually hit or miss. We’ll file these Virginia Tech helmets under “miss.” If the Hokies were attempting to make their helmets as dull and boring as possible, they certainly accomplished that.

We’re not asking for someone to outdo these amazing Boise State helmets from earlier in the year, because that’s probably never going to happen. However, Virginia Tech could have put forth a little more effort than this. As Ty Duffy of The Big Lead pointed out, tickets for the Russell Athletic Bowl are selling for as low as $5 on StubHub. Perhaps the VT athletic department wanted to excitement over the helmets to match that of the actual game.

H/T VT Equipment Room

Boise State, Michigan State, Oklahoma State all wear new helmets (Pictures)

The new helmet movement in college football continued on Saturday with four schools showing off new ones. Above are Boise State’s black helmets that were easily the slickest we saw. The Broncos wore them on Saturday for their 32-7 win over UNLV.

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Boise State unveils sick black helmets as part of black out uniforms (Picture)

There’s going to be a lot of black and blue around on Saturday when Boise State hosts UNLV, and we’re not talking about bruises. Between Boise State’s trademark blue turf and the new “Black Out” uniforms they will be wearing — which still contain some blue and orange — the Broncos’ stadium will be black and blue all over.

As you can see from the photo above that Lost Lettermen shared with us, the helmets are clearly the best part. During a season in which we have seen some hideous helmets like these horrible ones Notre Dame wore a little over a week ago, Boise State’s black shells are a welcome change. I give them a 10 out of 10.

Thunder’s new alternate uniforms leaked? (Picture)

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s alternate uniforms for the 2012-2013 season seem to have been leaked by the NBA 2K13 video game.

Steve Noah, who owns the sports gaming site “Operation Sports,” gave a preview of several alternate NBA uniforms on Tuesday based on images from the video game. He shared pictures of the Nuggets, Spurs, Blazers, Nets, and Thunder alternate jerseys for the 2012-2013 NBA season.

Some of the alternate unis had already been revealed by the teams, but this is the first time we’re seeing the OKC alternates. Let me just say that I’m not a fan.

I don’t care for the number being the centerpiece of the jersey, the team name written vertically down the side, and the two extra stripes. They could also use a third color worked in there.

Oh yeah, and let’s hope if these jerseys make it out of the video game world and into the real world they spell “THUNDER” properly instead of “THUDNER.”

As a friend said to me, the Thunder have the three of the most marketable players in the league, and the worst uniforms in sports. I suppose if you’re going to have one or the other, they have the important part taken care of, but why can’t they at least improve their unis rather than make them worse?

Here’s another look at them:

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Notre Dame helmets for the Miami game were two-sided and ugly (Picture)

Notre Dame’s unique uniforms for the Oct. 6 game against Miami were unveiled in August, and at the time we called them hideous. After seeing them worn on the field, our reaction was no different.

These two-sided helmets looked fine if you were looking at the gold side, but the blue side with the leprechaun ruins it all. Not only are the helmets asymmetrical, but they’re also uneven; the blue side only covers the left third of the helmet, not half of it.

Even their gold shamrock helmets were slightly better.

Thanks to @CJZero for the excellent photo work.

Youth football player quits team after coach won’t let him wear pink gloves to support mother with breast cancer

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We have heard of strict uniform policies regarding colors and brands at the NFL level, but what about youth football? If a 12-year-old’s mother is battling breast cancer and he wants to wear pink gloves to support her cause, would anyone stand in his way? Unfortunately, it appears they would.

According to the Press of Atlantic City, Julian Connerton strapped on his pink gloves before his Egg Harbor City Crusaders were set to take on the Ocean City Junior Raiders on Saturday night, but was told he could not play if he wore them. That led to Julian’s decision to quit the team. Word of the incident has circulated around various social media sites, and Connerton’s aunt Sonia Cruz is hopeful the coach will come to his senses.

“The family is optimistic that the coach will apologize and that Julian will rejoin the team,” Cruz said.

Cruz also noted that the team invited Julian to participate in team pictures on Wednesday, and that the EHC Crusaders Facebook page said the team was looking forward to welcoming him back. One member of the Crusaders Youth Athletic League Association, Louis Barrios, said head coach Paul Burgan was unaware of Connerton’s reason for wanting to wear the pink gloves.

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