Throwback jerseys are a lifestyle. Every sports fan holds a special place in their heart for the athletes they grew up idolizing and treasures any physical souvenir associated with them. Clothing company Mitchell & Ness knows this as well as anyone and has made a business out of capitalizing on this particular brand of nostalgia. Now, for the second year in a row, it has put together a visual representation of it, zoomed out to the whole United States.
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Interestingly, Kobe Bryant's No. 8 jersey performs quite well all over the U.S, leading in Oregon, Ohio, and Hawaii in addition to the star's home state of California. In 2015 that wasn't enough to overcome Larry Bird's No. 33 though, which was the leader in five states—Indiana, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and of course, Massachusetts.
To see how the states have changed since 2014, check out the full lists side by side on Mitchell & Ness' site. Then go throw on that retro jersey you've been thinking about since the second this article caught your eye and produced one single tear in it.