We currently have both the Bruins and Celtics in the playoffs, swapping nights to electrify the TD Garden. The Patriots draft is coming up, and the Red Sox season is in full swing. Among them, there are eight standard uniform combinations. Each Boston professional team has a third option to throw into the mix as well. Thus, we’ve decided to apply a ranking to Boston’s best alternative jerseys.
Why a Third Jersey?
Often the purpose of a alternative uniform is to honor a “throwback” style or to simply keep with league guidelines allowing a franchise to create an exciting modern look. They are often based off the team’s official colors, but don’t necessarily have to.
The alterative jersey has also become one of the more popular merchandise items for fans to purchase. They are unique in style and loud in energy. But the purpose of the alterative jersey is to keep it just that – a selective look, for the players to wear on special occasions.
The NFL does not allow alternative jerseys to be worn in the playoffs. While the NBA and MLB have become more lenient with postseason jersey choices. The NHL has a different rule, “Teams are also allowed to wear their third jerseys as often as desired in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; however, they may only wear two different uniforms during the playoffs (one at home and one on the road),” a 2019 press release announcement stated.
Furthermore, third jerseys have given professional sports leagues and franchises an additional stream of revenue. They’ve become so popular, there is even a wiki page dedicated to just information on “third jerseys.”
So far in the 2023 playoffs, the Celtics wore their third jersey in game one, and their white home uniform in game two. The Bruins wore their home black sweaters in their game one victory against the Florida Panthers. This means, they have opted to not sport the third jersey in the playoffs, although they did wear it often throughout the regular season. The Red Sox have worn their third jersey on average, once a week. Finally, the Patriots alternative option pays tribute to a look from their early beginnings.
So, listing from low to high, let’s get into ranking Boston’s best alternative jerseys.