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The 15 Best Alternate Jerseys in Sports

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2013

The 15 Best Alternate Jerseys in Sports

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    We all know, fashion and sports have become quite synonymous with each other over the years—right Tom Brady?

    With athletes getting more pub in men's style magazines like Esquire and GQ, guys have helped to start some trends that are good, and other ones that are pretty worn out.

    While these athletes love to look good off the playing field, it's during the games where fans pay attention to them most, so you know they've got to try and look their best even while running around during a game.

    As more and more alternate uniforms continue to be released, I've decided to rank the 15 best over the four major sports, showing you which ones you should be wearing on game day to support your squad.

Los Angeles Clippers, Sleeved, Baby-Blue

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    Image via Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times
    Image via Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times

    Although I'm not a huge fan of the new, sleeved jersey trend that's sweeping the NBA these days, I have to admit that these new Los Angeles Clippers ones are pretty damn dope.

    With the unveiling of them coming last week at media day, I can only hope the team plays as well as they'll look when wearing them this season.

    I guess I'll just have to get used to the elastic sleeves.

Ohio State Basketball, All-Gray

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    Even after Nike released an alternate, logo uniform last season for some of their top teams to wear in a few games, I just couldn't put any of them ahead of this cool, gray uni the Buckeyes have sported the last few seasons.

    If there's one thing you probably know about me, it's that I'm a diehard Ohio sports fan after growing up near Cleveland. But trust me, that's not the reason I find these things to be so cool, I just think they're classically stylish with the color combos.

Baltimore Orioles, Orange Jersey

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    I'm not an Orioles fan in the slightest, but even I can admit that these orange alternates they've worn since displaying them before the 2012 season are really cool.

    Everyone loves bright colors these days, so naturally, the O's are able to run around in some that aren't quite over-the-top enough to be annoying.

    Plus, the team gets extra points for always wearing the old school caps when donning these highlighter-like button-downs.

Notre Dame Football, All-White and Gold

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    I'm sure there are some old school Notre Dame fans who are legitimately pissed off about these all-white, really sparkly gold uniforms the Irish wore this past weekend against Arizona State, but you know what, get over it guys.

    With other teams breaking tradition to show recruits and fans that their players can be part of the current uni trends, the only gripe anyone should have about these are the numbers. Other than that, I'd absolutely welcome the team wearing them again.

Houston Rockets, Retro Red

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    I'm not sure how you feel about the Rockets usual home and away uniforms, but if I had a dog in the fight, I'd definitely recommend them switching over to these McDonald's-like outfits full-time.

    Mixing in a little bit of a throwback flavor with elements of their new design, fans should hope the team don these a little bit more frequently this season.

Denver Nuggets, Throwback Yellow

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    As much as I like the normal, baby blue uniforms that the Denver Nuggets wear on the regular, going back to the old skyline logo across the chest is just genius.

    The original uniforms might not have been too popular at the time they wore them, but over time, the design has become one of the most popular thanks to throwbacks making their way back into the stands and on the court.

    So releasing these before last season was a great call by the franchise.

Calgary Flames, All-Red

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    Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

    When it comes to alternate uniforms, what better way to show-off the present than recognizing your past—which is what the Calgary Flames did with these sweaters.

    Pretty much identical to the all-red the team wore during their Stanley Cup-winning year of 1989, the outlining of the center 'C', along with the lines at the bottom of the jersey make this a very clean look—even if it is all red.

    I'm not sure if they're replacing these alternates with newer ones this year, but EA Sports may have spoiled it for us, which, personally, I'd be against.

Kansas City Royals, Baby Blue

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    Sure, the Kansas City Royals are probably more proud of finishing with an above .500 record for the first time in 10 years this past season, but I'd like to think they were pretty happy the way they looked at times too—especially when wearing these pseudo, throwback alternates.

    I'm not sure what it is, but a baby blue sports jersey always just looks too good.

Los Angeles Lakers, All-White

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    OK, so the Los Angeles Lakers may have broken tradition when they released these alternate, 'Sunday (and holiday) White' uniforms back in 2002 to honor the legendary commentator, Chick Hearn, but that doesn't mean that they look bad when they wear them.

    Maybe it's the simplicity of them along with with the color combination, but I still think that these Lakers uniforms are the best option the team has—even if it is the color (white) that nearly every other NBA team wears at home.

    As a side note, I am stoked to see how they look when wearing their new, 'Hollywood Nights' all-blacks this upcoming season.

Carolina Panthers, All-Black

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    When NFL.com ran an online contest to decide which uniforms were the best in the league, the fan's spoke, with the all-black, Carolina Panthers outfit the best of the bunch.

    How can I argue with 1,140,833 diehard football fans?

    Personally, while I do think they look pretty intimidating, I'm not sure they're tops in the league. Regardless, I'm not willing to get backlash after over a million people voted them No. 1.

Portland Trail Blazers, All-Red

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    It was a pretty decent idea that the Portland Trail Blazers decided to release these alternate uniforms before last year's season—looking to give some love to their past.

    Why?

    After visiting the city twice in the past year, I'd bet it was the best-selling jersey in the town, with fans—and even the biggest Portland hipsters—repping it all over the place.

    It doesn't differ from their normal uniforms too much—except for the color—which makes it a fine choice to purchase.

Stanford Football, All-Black

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    Wearing these uniforms only for special occasions, the Stanford Cardinal football team might want to consider them in a few more games.

    After defeating Pac-12 opponent Washington this past weekend, they are undefeated when wearing these amazingly designed digs.

    Sitting in the top-5 of the rankings, I'd bet the team wears these again against the No. 2-ranked Oregon Ducks in a few weeks, and, should they make it to the national title game, would be right to cover themselves in all black again there.

Washington Capitals, Original Design Sweaters

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    There's nothing like the original for a team to show-off, so for these Washington Capitals uniforms, I stand and applaud them for not over-thinking things.

    With the ideal color-scheme of red, white and blue, these are some of the cleanest jersey's in all of sports, using great complimentary patches—like the stars and lines at the bottom—to create a sweater that any D.C. fan should be proud of.

Seattle Seahawks, All-Gray

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    When it comes to NFL jerseys, the Seattle Seahawks might just be the hippest team in the entire league, basically becoming the equivalent to the Oregon Ducks of the pros—but with plenty less uniform options.

    Still, the bright colors and untraditional designs make the team's jersey's one-of-a-kind, with fans often either loving or hating them.

    For me, I just can't get enough of the grays—though I like the home blues a tad more—as they step away from the bland and boring look that many other NFL teams wear.

San Diego Chargers, Baby-Blue

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    Come on now, you didn't really think I could put an article together with the best alternates and forget about adding possibly the best uniforms in the history of sports, did you?

    Without a doubt, the San Diego Chargers' baby-blues are the cream of the uniform crop, featuring just enough subtlety with the complimentary colors and outlines to create perfection.

    Thankfully, the team only made a few minor changes to all of their uniforms before this season, meaning no major screw-ups were done with the classic jersey that sits as No. 1 here.

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