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Everyone else gets Throwbacks, Why Not Kentucky?

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Kentucky basketball is playing like one of the four best teams in the country right now, and it is hard to find a complaint. PJ Washington is finally playing like a top player in the country, Keldon Johnson unleashed his DAWG last night, Tyler Herro seems to be doing all the right things, the defense is back playing the way it should be and Rupp Arena is FINALLY the atmosphere it needs to be.

But for me, the nitpicking kid from Gen-Z, there is one complaint that has been pretty consistent with most of the BBN. The jerseys. Now, I’m not one who necessarily hates the checkerboard down the side; in fact, I think the jerseys have looked a lot better since they decided to widen the shoulders. But, the trend this season in college basketball seems to be the throwback jerseys. I grant you this may be an odd post to do after we rocked Tennessee, but with seemingly every team unveiling their throwback jersey this week and my bi-weekly shift falling on this weekend, I figured why not.

I know there’s a portion of the fanbase that couldn’t care less what the Cats take the floor in, as long as they are winning, and I agree with that opinion to a degree. But in a generation now where recruits can be attracted by the smallest things, like jerseys, I feel like Kentucky needs to break out a throwback jersey, especially considering what other teams have already done. Plus, it’s a fantastic marketing tool, and if Kentucky ever had a retro look, they would fly off the shelves.

Kentucky rocked throwbacks in 2014 at Rupp against Florida, and everyone LOVED them. With how well this team is playing it’s time for Kentucky to join the trend and break out the retro look.

Here are some other teams that have retro uniforms (which makes me want Kentucky to jump on the trend even more).


North Carolina

Look, I understand why they have these throwbacks. It’s mostly in part to honor Michael Jordan, as UNC is basically a walking ad for the Jordan brand nowadays. But you’re going to tell me Kentucky couldn’t honor someone such as Dan Issel with a throwback?

Tennessee

Tennessee’s never been to a Final Four, and even they have a throwback jersey to commemorate… honestly nothing. I guess they’re just an excellent team this year and marketable enough to have a throwback, but I feel like Kentucky would be just as marketable of a basketball program. Who are we kidding? UK is WAY more marketable than Tennessee in basketball, and the Cats actually have history to honor. Oh yeah, and we killed them last night.

Arkansas

Look, I get it. This one championship in ’94, pig sooie and Bill Clinton are the only things they have. Of course, they’re going to want to honor their only important moment in basketball. But, Kentucky has eight national championships and 17 Final Fours – the Cats could just throw a blind dart to find a season commemorate.

Kansas

That makes two blue bloods on the list, and Duke already brought back their cool uniforms from the 2015 season. Does Kentucky want to be left out of the ‘cool blue blood jersey’ party?

Louisville

They had strippers, we didn’t, and they still got throwbacks. Next.

Florida

While Florida does have a few National Championships under their belt, they decided to go with the Final Four they didn’t win. If only Kentucky had a final four to commemorate…maybe even a National Championship? Oh wait.

Georgia

Now this one BAFFLED me and made me realize Nike’s just giving out retro uniforms like candy. Georgia has no basketball history outside of one Final Four appearance in the 80’s and a conference championship the year a tornado ripped through Atlanta. But other than that, what else is there? Dawg Nation could say to me Georgia didn’t even have an established Division I basketball team until 2006 and I’d believe them, and they got a throwback jersey!?!? C’mon.


You get the point. It’s a cool thing for the players to wear, and every team is doing it. They look sharp and with so much rich history associated with Kentucky’s basketball program, you’d have to be foolish to not give a nod to the past with a cool uniform. Plus, fans of all ages would love them, and the jerseys would fly off the shelves.

That’s it – that’s my sales pitch. Now go make it happen, UK athletics (please).

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

27 Comments for Everyone else gets Throwbacks, Why Not Kentucky?



  1. katfan33
    3:06 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    It’s definitely time to mix up the uniforms. I dig the throwback look.



    • gobble gobble
      4:42 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

      Yea wtf??!!! Throwbacks should be a 1st option for uniform design. At this point, I feel like Mitch is intentionally doing this…



    • Ridge Runner
      4:51 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed katfan. Just curious on how far back do we umm.. throwback? Heh.



  2. a21CATSfan
    3:26 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    Like most criticism from Kentucky fans (even if it is deserved; say an illegal shot violation or tip-in, incorrectly being accessed on the floor of play), it gets ignored and switched into whining. But, Kentucky has NOT worn one other jersey besides the Home and Away checkerboards since they debuted in 16-17. I believe Mitch even held them out of the PK80 because they were going to have alternate jerseys. CATS



  3. Bobbum Man
    3:30 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    How they haven’t brought back the denims or zebra stripes is beyond me



  4. bigbluebanana
    3:32 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    Would love seeing them in some retro jerseys. I normally favor our blue jerseys, but for this white would be the way to go. At 36, I’m long past buying and wearing basketball jerseys, but I’d make an exception for this one. Also, I’ll get killed for this, but I’d love to see them wear some blue/black/chrome jerseys similar to our football team. Those would be the absolute sickest uniforms ever.



    • runningunnin.454
      5:40 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

      I have it on good authority, that Tennessee is going to wear retro helmets when we visit March 2nd. LOL.



    • bigbluebanana
      5:57 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

      Lol. They’re gonna need them!



  5. ryanjallen
    3:33 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    That throwback is the best looking jersey and it’s not close.



  6. Paperbagface
    3:33 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    Please Mitch, ditch the checkerboard.



  7. kyinsider
    3:43 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    It’s definitely time for Nike to unveil another jersey, haven’t had a new look since 2015, the checkerboard needs to be used in moderation. Kentucky’s jerseys look like a tribute to nascar and the players aren’t fans either.

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  8. Alex90
    4:01 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    And this is the sort of thing that helps get the players really excited for certain games. It may be silly but the players would love to have some different options, look at how much the football alternates get talked about.



  9. Rixter
    4:28 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    Brent, Brent, Brent… you must be new here. Kentucky doesn’t follow the leader. Kentucky IS the leader. Let the other schools throw-back… like other schools have fans rush the court after beating # 1.



    • Alex90
      4:34 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

      But if UK is the leader shouldn’t they have the nicest jerseys?



    • katfan33
      4:35 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

      ?



    • IndianaSucks
      4:38 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

      The leader in mundane uniforms maybe. I agree with not rushing the court but you gotta switch up the jerseys at least sometimes…



    • gobble gobble
      4:43 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

      Rixter… you’re a moron



    • runningunnin.454
      5:31 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

      Survey says, Rixter is NOT the moron here.



  10. bigbluenationmbb
    4:30 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    I would love to use the black uniforms from the Bahamas and everything else we wore down their great unis



  11. katmandue2you
    4:35 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    If you’re Kentucky and you’re gonna throwback you gotta throw all the way back to 48/49 or even the original jerseys that were used when the program was launched. When you got our history you gotta hyper-retro to accomplish the intended purpose which is to honor the history of the program!



    • StayBlue
      4:49 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

      Good point.
      With a tradition as long as ours… where do you draw the line at retro?



  12. gobble gobble
    4:45 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    I hate Mitch barnharts awkward ass



  13. Bluebloodtoo
    4:52 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    As long as they don’t break out the denim ones again, I’m good.



    • bigbluebanana
      5:59 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

      The way fashion and style is SOOO cyclical, I can all but guarantee the denim throwbacks will be used in the next decade. 90’s trash is very chic right now and it’s growing.



  14. 4everUKblue
    5:27 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    Maybe cool but I prefer we set the trend rather than follow them.



  15. syrin23
    5:44 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    Am I the only one who pays no attention to the uniforms, and couldn’t care less?



  16. catsarerunnin
    7:52 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    We had some God awful unis in the 90’s. Not crazy about the checkerboard but at least their not “denim”.