While I appreciate the stated sentiment, I’m not a big fan of military-styled sports uniforms. It just seems teams are trying to capitalize on the strong feelings have for military heroes – while ignoring the non-heroic segments of the armed forces – by association. It doesn’t strike me as a meaningful and appropriate show of appreciation, though I respect that many disagree.
beyond the general glibness, there are minor issues – like the U.S. Flag Code stating, “No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.” Yet, there are 13 red-and-white stripes on the shoulder of this Heat uniform.
Aesthetically, the gold pants look amateurish with a white jersey.
These are just the Heat’s home uniforms from the 90s, and they’re fine. Miami did well to move on from these, but as an occasional nod to the past, they’re cool.
This is trying too hard to be too many things – old school and new school. Still, it might become my favorite of the bunch. It’s far enough from the beaten path and still clean that it has potential to grow on me.