So this might not seem like a big deal, but it has bothered me forever. What is with college hoops players who insist on wearing t-shirts under their jerseys? It looks ridiculous, no one in the NBA does it (so it's clearly not cool), and it has got to hinder their play somehow, to have these billowy poof sleeves flapping about all the time (like a Cinderella dress or something... Kira, what would the correct term be?)
I tried to be reasonable and come up with some reasons as to why this is the case:
1) It's cold - okay, no one else on the court is cold enough to wear a t-shirt... deal with it.
2) You have skinny/flabby arms - this is like the girl's equivalent of not wearing shorts/swimsuits because you don't like your thighs, except you are playing college ball. You spend countless hours a day in the weight room or at practice. Get over it.
3) You want to be different - congrats...
4) You have hairy armpits - shave.
I feel like when I'm watching them play all I focus on is the flap flap of their sleeves against the flap flap of their arms. It's like an ultimate player wearing a cape that attaches to their wrists so that when they hold their arms out on a mark the cape becomes some sort of armpit webbing that obscures your view of down-field.
Who needs the armpit webbing/odor and sweat repository anyway? Maybe there's a rule that you can't wear the t-shirts in the NBA so players bite the bullet and stop. Or maybe as a rookie you'll get razzed so badly and forced to carry so many bags, shine so many shoes and lick so many gym floors that you'll put the t-shirt away and hit the weights. Or maybe there's a fashion police to the likes of Amare Stoudemire and Shaq who will threaten you with punches to the kidneys if you dare humiliate their team like that. Who knows, but either way, the flappy sleeves have got to go.