Originally Posted by TartanMackem
They're compression tops. Improve blood circulation, reduce muscle vibration (less muscle fatigue) and depending on the type, they either keep you cool or keep you warm.
I don't wear them myself, I can't stand wearing more than one layer when I play sport, but I understand why some people might wear them. I prefer compression shorts to normal underwear.
The likes of Brian Clough and Don Revie I am sure are spinning in their grave at the namby-pamby attitude of players now.
You don't wear them because you don't bloody well need them!
Nor did the likes of Stanley Matthews as exemplified by the fact they would go to windy and freezing cold grounds in the middle of November with none of the shite on to help with blood circulation or reduce muscle vibration. If you wanted to improve blood circulation you ran bloody well harder! As for reducing muscle vibration, if you said to Cloughie "my muscles are vibrating boss!" he would probably have asked to you run bloody well much harder too!
They are pampered beyond belief and this pampering has given them ideas above their stattion about their place as a pro football player.