8Marty McSorley’s #33 black L.A. Kings. In line to buy beer at a Kings game in Staples Center when this big white dude wearing it almost crosschecked me. Reminded me of 1993 Stanley Cup run. McSorley could throw blows, but his “illegal” curved stick cost us the championship.
6Nolan Ryan’s #34 early-’80s Houston Astros. Hideous orange stripes with a big blue star. Some homeboy on Hollywood Boulevard had the matching hat to go with it. Ryan threw his fifth no-hitter in it against the Dodgers in a nationally televised game on September 26, 1981.
5Dick Butkus’ #51 white Chicago Bears. This Hall of Fame dude could mash, and the Weekly’s Big Bad Robert Gallardo wears it well.
3Magic Johnson’s #32 ’88 West All-Star. Never met Magic, but I got a picture of me with DMC from Run-DMC wearing it onstage at the House of Blues.
2Jerry West’s #44 blue West Virginia. A hardcore Lakers fan was wearing it on the Blue Line. You know you’re badass when the NBA logo is created in your image — yes, that’s Jerry’s silhouette dribbling the ball.
1 Lester Hayes’ #37 black Raiders. Ice Cube asked me, “Did it come with Stick ’Em?” Na man, no Stick ’Em. But like “The Judge,” I’ll put a hit on y’all Raider Haters ’cause I wear the patch.