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Long Live (The Death Of) The Unitard

August 11, 2009
1989 was 20 years ago, but it still doesn’t seem like enough time has passed between now and the unveiling of The Unitard for me to feel comfortable with the decision.

Apparently folks across the country have a hard time removing the retina scars induced by these things two decades ago. From SportsPoop.com (I sh*t you not), the Unitard rated as the 9th best (or is it worst?) uniform on their list of “10 Famously Awful Uniforms Is Sports History”:

9) North Carolina State basketball, 1989: Jim Valvano’s reach and influence on the game is well documented, but his greatest clothing accomplishment has become but a footnote in college basketball history. Under the sartorial guidance of the late coach, the Wolfpack unveiled a skin-tight unitard for the ‘89 season that was intended to make them more aerodynamic and cat-like. But then Chris Corchiani put one on, and the whole idea went to hell. We’ve juxtaposed the look against the outfit worn by Jeri Ryan in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to give you a better idea of what we’re talking about. And also, because it gives us an excuse to post a photo of Jeri Ryan.

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