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No, ASU's black uniforms won't be hotter at night

Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:09 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2011 4:10 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Apparently there's some consternation on the part of Arizona State fans as the Sun Devils prepare to debut their slick new all-black uniforms on Friday night in a key Week 2 game against Missouri. Arizona's hot enough, after all -- the temperature at kickoff's going to be in the mid-100s -- so why would the home team court even more danger in the heat by wearing black while Missouri wears the comparatively chilly away whites? And why would that home team encourage all its fans to wear black in that oppressive desert heat, as ASU did? Whose dang side is this school on, anyway?

Well, for one, the kickoff's at 7:30 p.m, well after the area's 6:43 sunset. And since that evidently didn't register with all the fans, Arizona State was compelled to issue a statement complete with a quote from an associate professor explaining that no, the uniforms don't make anything worse at night:

ASU expert Michael Angilletta, who studies the adaptation of organisms to their environment in the ASU School of Life Sciences, says that the all-black uniforms the Sun Devils will debut against Missouri, Sept. 9, will have no effect as far as heat is concerned.

After sunset, when most ASU home games are played, it's infrared radiation that makes a difference, not solar radiation, says Angilletta. As a result, black clothing, whether it be uniforms or shirts and shorts, will be the same temperature as any other color of clothing. 

In other news, ice cube trays don't make ice unless they're in the freezer, a chainsaw doesn't do much for chopping down trees until it's turned on, and stepping on a crack does not break one's mother's back. This concludes the report from Why Do We Need An Expert To Tell You This News.


Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:37 am

No, ASU's black uniforms won't be hotter at night

Aren't ASU school colors maroon and yellow? Where does the black come from? It makes no sense. Should we expect Michigan, Texas, Penn State, or Alabama to wear all black too? Sorry, but I don't get it. The uniforms pictured are called "slick". Would they be "slick" if they were all white, or all silver, or all gold?

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:04 pm

No, ASU's black uniforms won't be hotter at night

Oh, they do look sweet though!

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:03 pm

No, ASU's black uniforms won't be hotter at night

The real ASU (Appalachian State University Mountaineers) wear all black uniforms at home games, no problems, just get in shape for it. We don't even wear our white pants on the road anymore.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 6:15 pm

No, ASU's black uniforms won't be hotter at night

ASU has the worst tail gating in college football in September. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:32 pm

Minor point

The part about the jerseys is a "no duh", but the part about the fans isn't so simple. Never been to an ASU game, but I'd imagine that many fans have to go out before sunset in their blacks to get to/hang out before the game. No, they don't have to sit in the sun at the game in black, but it's not as trivial as the jersey part is.

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