NY Knicks' Alternate Orange Jerseys Assault the Eyes, Boundaries of Good Taste

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2012

Photo via Twitter.com.
Photo via Twitter.com.

Oh my.

In the New York Knicks' apparent never-ending attempt to make us want to gouge our eyes out, they're preparing to don a new alternate jersey.

How would I describe said jersey?



Just orange.

That's the only way you could categorize New York's latest uniforms. They're simply an assault of orange that make you feel as if you've been kidnapped and placed inside a tangerine.

Yeah, that orange.

I'm all for alternate jerseys. It changes things up, prevents the NBA from becoming visually mundane.

What I'm not an advocate of and will never become accustomed to is being exposed to an on-court ensemble that should only be adorned on Halloween and March 24th—National Orange Day.

Obviously then, you could imagine my displeasure when I saw Alan Hahn of MSG Network retweet a photo of Iman Shumpert cloaked in the color of orange without the blue.

“@jonathangosper: Wonder how @alanhahn feels about those all ORANGE #Knicks winter jerseys: twitter.com/jonathangosper…” Orange….

— Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) November 8, 2012

Trust me when I say it still hurts to look at the second, third and 50th times.

The Knicks have historically tried their hand at creating some unique alternative jerseys. And on a few occasions, they've been successful.

Black New York uniforms that aren't meant for the Brooklyn Nets are something we'll never get used to, but their stylish nonetheless.

I personally also love the the green jerseys the Big Apple's finest enswathe themselves with on Christmas and St. Patrick's Day.

There's just something about the colors of green and orange waging a war against each other that I'm captivated by.

As for these orange jerseys, though, I cannot say the same. They actually look like a highlighter exploded or that the team opted to fashion their jerseys out of used traffic cones.

Perhaps I'm being too harsh, though. I'm clearly exaggerating the use of orange within this color scheme.

Except that I'm not.

But let's not mince words on how terrible they look. After all, it could be worse—they could look like the 1996 Eastern Conference NBA All-Star jerseys.

Those were simply atrocious, these at least border on just abominable. Had New York thrown some butchered shooting stars and another eye-gauging color or too, though, we might have had a uniform to rival those travesties.

What I will say about these, though, is they're not all one obnoxious color.

There's some blue amid the orange as well.

If you look really, really closely, you can see that the numbers on the jerseys are embroidered with the tiniest amount of blue. 

It's a faint amount, but if you strain your eyes enough, you'll see it.

Try not to look to close, though.

Not if you don't want your eyes to bleed.