Gold Unis: Your Thoughts?
Ok, a Bog challenge. We're running a box in tomorrow's paper with some fashion thoughts about the Wizards new alternate road jerseys, which can be seen here. We already have several strong reviewers (Caron Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan, a well-dressed former Hecht's salesman I met last night), but we're possibly willing to add one more entry: yours. You can't just say "I hate 'em" or "they're ok;" you gotta give a real critique, something that could go in Sports Illustrated or Cosmo or whatever magazine covers sports uniforms. We're looking for three to four sentences. You can post below and I'll ask for the winner's info later, or you can e-mail me.
Background: The team's traditional bronze has been modified to gold and, with an inspiration from the "stars and bars" era, the jersey features horizontal "bar" inserts on the shoulders and stars along the white bar and down the side.
To get you in the mood, here are some sample thoughts.
Message board poster: who said the pips are gone... where's gladys knight when we need her
Caron Butler: It's a real nice look; you've got to get your shoes custom made, though. It's tough to match the shoes, but you can go with the all-black look.... I think the black and gold symbolizes a lot. It takes you back to ancient times, you know what i'm saying, like the knights.
Antawn Jamison: It's not bad, it's starting to grow on me a little bit.
Fan Charles Glasgow: I've got to wear black with it, that's for sure. I ain't wearing no gold pants.
Andray Blatche: It's nice, but I don't really like the gold top and the black shorts.
Jarvis Hayes: It feels fine, but just the two-tone's getting to me. If it was all black or all gold, I'd be fine.
Gilbert Arenas: I like anything that's not turquoise or blue or whatever color that is....I want to go back to the red, white and blue colors. We're Washington, D.C. The flag. America's colors. That's what we should be.
Washington Times beat writer John Mitchell: You know what, at first I was apprehensive because the reviews I had gotten were pretty bad, but I like 'em. If they're winning, the gold looks great, but if they're losing people will start poking fun at them. It's all perception, but it's a good-looking uniform.
10-year-old Jailynn Cotton: They're cool; you notice them more.
Fan Joe Cotton: I like the gold; I don't know about the black shorts. Too much of a contrast. Black shorts with gold trim would be better.
GM Ernie Grunfeld: I like it, it's different. [Would you buy one for yourself?] I don't think they make my size. You know what's funny, when I played the shorts were tight, up to here, and the socks were high. Now, the shorts are baggy and long and the socks are in your shoes. Things change.
Fan Kim Hilton: They look like they're important guys, like they're professional. They look like they know what they're doing when they walk out in these.
Guest fashion expert Marc Moaland: The stars is tight, the design is nice. The only thing wrong I see is the gold, maybe make it a darker or richer color....[But] it needs to be all the same color; it just looks more professional, more team-oriented. This looks like a practice uniform....Maybe if they had gold down the side [of the shorts] or something, it would make it blend in more, but all black is terrible. Whoever made the uniform, he or she should know better than that. If they stay with that color, definitely do away with the shorts.
Radio play-by-play man Dave Johnson: Honestly I like 'em. I like the link to hisory, because I'm a history buff. I've liked all the retro uniforms they've done, and this even brings it back further, the first top/bottom alternate color uniform since the 1946 Chicago Stags. The other thing is the stars and bars. I grew up a Bullets fan, and this incorporates a little bit of that.
Six-year-old Robert Gordon: It's cool and I like it, because it's gold, and gold is my favorite color, because I like it and it shines.
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