The sports world is not short on iconic team jerseys. When you hear the Boston Celtics, you think green and white. If you see a tweet about the New York Yankees, you’re likely to imagine their iconic pinstripes. You know the Dallas Cowboys white uniforms with blue trim.
As Massive Report celebrates Jersey Week, focusing on the various kits adorned by Columbus Crew SC over the team’s 25 years of existence, an important question is which kit comes to mind when you think of the Columbus Crew? Not which is the club’s best kit, no. It’s a different question but can elicit the same variety of responses.
Massive Report asked you, the supporters, what year’s kit comes to mind when you think about the Crew To many, two simple words come to mind: banana kit.
Banana kit. Any year.— Steve Sirk (@stevesirk) April 21, 2020
For other Crew fans, there are specific years, and reasons, for what they imagine when they think about the Black & Gold. Those answers, and reasons for those answers, are as numerous as the number of kits the club has worn in its history.
These reasons are often connected to the experience of the fan. Someone who started following during the fight to keep the team in Columbus may opt for the yellow with checkered stripes that MLS Comeback Player of the Year Gyasi Zardes wore when he netted 19 goals in 2018. There are people that imagine the powder blue shorts and Columbus-themed stripe of the ‘For Columbus’ kit, although no one publicly admitted when asked for this story.
Other brains go for the classic yellow Glidden top worn by Frankie Hejduk and the Crew as they won the 2008 MLS Cup.
2008 Glidden because that was the year I really started following the team and that’s the Championship kit.— William Ricker (@gamecocksteeple) April 22, 2020
For those older supporters, or those who have been around longer, who saw the first-ever Crew match at Ohio Stadium, they may go for the black with yellow stripes adorned by Brian McBride and his teammates in 1996.
Older people are important too.— Massive Report (@MassiveReport) April 21, 2020
Sometimes people just can’t choose one.
Still others imagine a certain jersey because it just looks so darn good.
Kits aren’t always connected to moments on the field. They are attached to family and special life moments too. It could be a kit that one day will lose its color from the amount of washes or the first kit that you ever purchased.
1997, mostly because my kid is wearing it right now and I launder it frequently. pic.twitter.com/QQuFHil7X7— Lady Stank (@ladystank) April 21, 2020
Without a doubt - it's the first one I ever bought at team store at the opener in the new stadium. I've always thought this was the best kit combo ever.— Neal O'Brien (@Neal_OB10) April 21, 2020
It can even be a kit that never saw the field of play in a Crew match, but can arguably be the most popular kit in 25 years.
Ultimately, this a trick question because there is no one correct answer. Being the first club in Major League Soccer gives decades of choices. No matter which kit you choose, it’s the right answer for you. Other teams in might Major League Soccer change their logo, name and colors but black and yellow is Columbus.