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Football: What happened to uniforms made to see the numbers? [Updated]

September 14, 2012 |  6:01 pm


Schools have been designing their football jerseys trying to give them a sleek look, but somebody forgot to remind the designers that the most important part of a jersey is the number so people can identify who's wearing the uniform.

Los Angeles Loyola's white road jerseys were apparently designed to make it most difficult for people sitting in the bleachers to identify the numbers. The Navy blue outline on the back of the jerseys is so thin on the white jerseys that you can't tell the number.

"You're the first to say you can't read the number," Athletic Director Chris O'Donnell said.

I guess I better go to my eye doctor to adjust my contacts if I'm the only one who thinks the jerseys are hard to read.

Updated: St. John Bosco switched from its practice jerseys to new jerseys that are black with gold trim and navy blue outlines. They're even tougher to see. Unbelievable.

-- Eric Sondheimer


Photos: (Top) A pair of Loyola players walk along the sidline as St. John Bosco players warm up before their game Friday. (Bottom) St. John Bosco players prepare to take the field in dark jerseys with dark numbers. Credit: Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times