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.