So, a college buddy has started a blog (WierdShirtlessGuy.com) about all sorts of random stuff. My understanding is his posts are mainly about trash talking and hoops. It’s hilarious, I do suggest a read.
His most recent post brought up a great point about wearing a shirt, cutoff, or spandex shirt (underarmour) under your jersey. I agree with his point that they should not be allowed, but there are a few issues he forgot.
- In High School, our gym was freezing. And we got 10 minutes to warm up. The shirt was for staying warm more than anything else.
- Some dudes sweat profusely. I actually preferred to play against the super sweatees when they wore a shirt. It meant less of their sweat on me.
- Shirts can hide muscles, or lack thereof. High School players often wear them to make them seem a bit bigger. I can’t blame them, they need all the help they can get in the recruiting process. (Suggestion along those lines: wear white shoes. They make you look faster)
In the end, however, I think that shirts should be removed in college. They are simply fashion statements and I think a lot of those stunts take away from the team culture of the game.
The pros are a different matter. They are paid to entertain as well as win. For the same reason I enjoy seeing touchdown dances in the NFL, I think the NBA players should be allowed to show some personality.
Nothing extreme, of course. I don’t need to see a cell phone coming out of the hoop after a monster dunk.
What do you think?