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January 15, 2019

1/9/2019 10:28:00 AM
Feeling nostalgic about turning back the clock

Joel Alvstad
Sports Editor

There's just something about a game in Comfrey that gives me a feeling of nostalgia.
Comfrey's gym is actually one of the newer facilities in the area, as it was built after the 1998 tornado.
But I've always loved the atmosphere of a game in Comfrey. Maybe it's the ice cream cones at the concession stand or the fact that virtually the entire town is in the bleachers, cheering on the home team. Maybe it's the fact the pep band still plays the old Comfrey school fight song, along with the current Wolverine fight song.
But as I was in Comfrey for Monday's MLAC girls basketball game, I noticed another thing I like about a game in Comfrey. Scattered among various Comfrey students were a variety of old green and white Rockets jerseys.
Of course, none of the teams in Comfrey go by the Rockets name anymore. This year's expanded pairing with Mt. Lake Area gives most of the teams the Wolverine name.
This season, the Wolverine varsity girls have played two games in Comfrey. The Wolverine boys have played one, with another on the way.
It would be cool for the Wolverine teams to don throwback "Rockets" jerseys for those home games in Comfrey. It may not be realistic. Jersey styles have changed considerably and the old-style shorts may be a little too short.
But in a gym filled with nostalgia, a little more wouldn't hurt.
Bring back the color
There's another uniform-related item that I would like to see changed.
About 10 years ago, the National High School Sports Federation mandated that light uniforms for basketball teams were required to be white.
It got me to thinking about just how many teams used to use non-white uniforms for their road jerseys (Minnesota is one of the few states where the home team wears dark jerseys), like my old high school did.
Just among teams I cover, Windom used to wear gold on the road. Girls teams from WWG and the former MLBO pairing wore silver on the road. And, of course, when Storden-Jeffers was on its own, its girls team actually wore columbia blue on the road and navy blue at home.
Today, WWG's boys actually wear gray uniforms at home while wearing white on the road.
But now, with "color vs. color" games becoming almost the norm at the professional and collegiate levels, it's time to let high schools go back to making their own jersey color choices, provided one is dark and one is light.
To me, Windom's road uniforms should be gold.

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