I have a theory. Well, I have many theories, and this is one of them. It goes like this.
The more serious you are about a sport, the sillier your outfit will look.
For example: golf. Golf is a great sport that many people enjoy, and I'm not dismissing that. But golfers (almost) always wear the same thing.
This was brought home to me one day when I drove by a parking lot full of people. There was a big banner reading GOLF SWAP, people browsing tables, etc.
Every person there, EVERY SINGLE PERSON, was wearing a solid color polo shirt, khaki shorts with a belt and a black (or tan) hat. Everyone. It was so surreal that I couldn't stop giggling.
You can substitute black for khaki, or go with slacks instead of shorts. You can even do a visor instead of a hat. But for the most part serious golfers look like this:
(I will say that ladies golf attire is more flexible. But still, most of the golfing ladies I've seen go with the polo/shorts/visor combination.)
I did eventually find out the why behind polos as golf shirts. Apparently, golf courses require you to wear a collared shirt, and button-downs are too restrictive to get a good swing. As the person I was talking to put it "You have to look nice on the golf course."
Do you have any nominations for odd looking sports outfits?