Over at ESPN’s Page 2, they’ve got an interesting project going. They started with Pittsburgh:
Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but in 2009, a sports fan can purchase the replica jersey of virtually any player from any of our beloved professional sports Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ including semidefunct ones such as the Arena Football League. If you want the jersey of your team’s punter, backup goalie or long reliever from 1982, you can find it. But like watching “Gary Unmarried,” just because you can do something doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. The market is officially oversaturated; there are too many jersey options, and given our economic climate when many of us are stretching to afford even a foam finger, an unwise jersey investment can haunt a fan for countless years (as I’m sure anyone wearing his Cardinals’ Matt Leinart jersey can attest). These mistakes can be avoided, though, with a little guidance, gumption and good, old-fashioned grit. So let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work — starting with the fan base that’ll be playing a football contest of some sort in Tampa this weekend.
Here it is: the definitive list of jerseys for a die-hard black-and-gold sports fan to sport (and not to sport) around “tahn.” Before we begin, remember that this is not simply a ranking of Pittsburgh’s greatest legends, although the player’s on-the-field deeds figure prominently into the calculation. Other considerations include the aesthetic quality of the uniform’s color scheme and individual number choice, the era the jersey evokes for local fans and — maybe most importantly — how that player’s style, attitude and success personify the history of Burgh sports.
As I’m sure you can imagine, Mario Lemieux and Jack Lambert were at the top of the “best” list; Cliff Stoudt and Barry Bonds were on the “worst” list. They’ve also done one for Los Angeles; Magic Johnson (best) and OJ Simpson (worst) topped the list.
I thought it would be interesting to see your list of the best and worst uniforms a Cincinnati sports fan could sport at a Queen City sporting event. If you follow the links above, they not only name the player, but also the actual jersey.
I have my thoughts on who should be at the top of both lists, but I thought I’d hold off on my opinion until I see what you guys think. I’ll chip in below after you’ve had your chance to sound off.
So, what do you think?