Last thing I expected to be writing about today was the NBA, but there’s news on several fronts, beginning with the Magic, who introduced their new uniforms yesterday. The silver-pinstriped home jersey looks like this and this, although I believe those two photos both show replica jerseys, because the actual pinstripe pattern is much odder, as you can see in these shots of the road jersey. Oddly, although the stripes diverge on the front, they’re straight on the back — weird. Both jerseys carry a 20th-season patch.
The curved pinstriping is interesting — gonna have to wait and see how it looks on the court. But man, for a team that once had such unique typography, the new type is snoozeville. Not a fan of that collar style, either. (Additional info here and here, more photos here, and there’s video of the unveiling here.)
Meanwhile, over in my favorite city, the Bucks now have a new alternate jersey. Love how the text explains that the new alt was “designed by the Bucks, the NBA and Adidas” — lemme get this straight, it took three corporations to design that? Love the classic collar and armholes, hate the giant “E” at the end of “Milwaukee,” never liked the Bucks in red. At moments like this it’s comforting to remember that I almost never watch the NBA anyway.
But the most intriguing uni-related NBA news yesterday wasn’t in the sports section. It was in this news article (helpfully sent my way by Brinke Guthrie) about the new Bay Bridge currently being built in Oakland. Here’s the key passage:
The Golden State Warriors basketball team, often maligned for not identifying its hometown of Oakland in its name, is considering a new uniform design that would incorporate a sketch of the span, much like the classic “The City” uniforms with an image of the Golden Gate Bridge that the team sported as the San Francisco Warriors.
Golden State’s uniforms have been so utterly characterless for so long, almost anything would be an improvement. But if that anything featured a local bridge, and if that bridge was incorporated into the design in a way that evoked the old “The City” look, that would be very cool indeed.
Meanwhile: As mentioned in Monday’s post, Scott M. X. Turner attended Sunday night’s farewell game at Yankee Stadium. Here’s his report:
I went to the game with Jerry Cohen from Ebbets Field Flannels. EFF did the vintage flannel uniforms for the pregame ceremony, so the Yankees comped him a couple of tickets. It’s worth noting that EFF was given just a few weeks to do a job that normally takes months — Jerry churned out three eras’ worth of flannels from ’20s through to the ’60s, different cuts, numbers, and sizes. He was frustrated at not having the time to do more detailed work, like the near-cap-sleeve jerseys of the early ’60s.
There was supposed to be a vintage subway train at Grand Central at 6pm, but the MTA had scheduled its usual weekend repair work on the East Side IRT all weekend long, so the trains were all manner of screwed up. Rode a regular #4 up to the Bronx. Getting off the train at twilight, whether Yankee or Shea, is something to behold. Honestly, there was more electricity in that moment than in the ceremony.
The Yankees, being a classy outfit, knew enough to make the lectern’s logo creep not quite as big as the team logo. That’s Yanks radio announcer John Sterling doing the emcee honors. Coming soon: “Thhhhhhheeeeeeeeeee Yankees — sponsored by MasterCard — winnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!”
Yogi Berra was a sweetheart. He looked good in his flannels and, for a frail old feller, he withstood the rigors of the never-ending ceremony. Here’s a question, though: How come male relatives of deceased Yankees, like Thurman Munson’s son, were given full uniforms, while female relatives, like Elston Howard’s daughter, only got jerseys?
The flannels and doubleknits (the latter of which were current Majestics with the MLB logo on the back) had decidely different looks, cuts, colors and feels, and worked well together — there was a nice divide between the eras. But one of the best uniforms of the night was up in the stands, where this faux Babe Ruth was walking around the Stadium with his adorable homemade uniform.
Scott wanted to say more, but when the field filled with cops after the game, it brought back an acid flashback from that unfortunate incident he had at the ’68 convention in Chicago and, well, you can guess what happened. The dispatch shown above is all he was able to smuggle out from his jail cell. One day — a day approximately 18 to 27 months from now, subject to good behavior — we’ll all look back on this and laugh.
Raffle Reminder: Remember, I’m doing my part to slay the capitalist beast and start a book-driven welfare state by giving away three College Vault books without charging a red cent. Hey, red cent, that’s funny! Raffle details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: We all know the Jets wear those little belt buckle logo sleeves. But I didn’t know that their cheerleaders wear belt buckle logos until Eric Sing pointed it out to me. … Logo news from Patrick Guay, who writes: ” Musiqueplus (the local video station here in Montreal) recently ‘updated’ their logo from this to this. It’s like a combination of an Expos logo, an inverted middle finger, and the Phillies’ P.” … Nice little article here about a sports design company in St. Looie (with thanks to Tyler Kulasza). … We all know college football teams routinely have multiple players wearing the same uni number (which is kosher as long as they’re not on the same side of the ball), but check out this note from Chris Mycoskie: “LSU’s Josh Jasper is a right-footed punter and normally wears #30. Brady Dalfrey is a left-footed punter who normally wears #38. But Saturday vs. Auburn, both wore 30. They had NOBs, so it couldn’t have been that confusing, but Les Miles apparently did it to confuse the opponent. He’s quoted on this page like so: ‘I think, frankly, I kind of enjoyed the fact that I had a punter who was going to wear No. 30. I didn’t want to get confused, so that I knew that the punter was on the field when he wore 30. That may be the reason. It may not be the reason. I enjoy the fact that one guy kicks right-footed and the other kicks left-footed, and they both wore the same number. It might well have been a cause for an opponent to pause and say, “Hmm, I wonder which one’s kicking.” He may wear No. 38 this week.'” … According to this page, “Back in 1982, supposedly because the University of Colorado Board of Regents wanted to mimic (?) the then-highly successful Pitt program, they moved to change the Buffaloes’ uniform color to ‘Sky Blue’ and represent that Rocky Mountain sky of Colorado. Luckily, the Buffs soon after switched to their black and gold ensemble” (with thanks to Doug Keklak). … Jason Borneman found a great Flickr set devoted to the George Eastman House Museum. Plenty of old baseball shots (additional examples here, here, here, and here), plus some wrestling shots as well. … Some great old Wisconsin football program covers here (with thanks to Nicole Haase). … Jet found something interesting on eBay: a 1968 program showing the Penguins wearing a blue jersey with white socks. Probably a preseason publicity shot. “While looking on the web to try and solve the socks mystery, I found this fascinating history of the first Penguins jerseys, how some of them may have been destroyed but some survived and were used by the University of Pittsburgh hockey team,” he writes. “And from the same website, here’s a history of how the Penguins first logo was designed, with some info about the artist.” … Think it’s appropriate to wear a sports jersey to church? A pastor in Michigan does (with thanks to Mark Kaplowitz). … Yesterday’s Ticker mention of Marion Barber’s face being very close to his facemask led to this from James Bates: “I used to be a ballboy for the Browns, during their training camp days. Frank Minnifield (in later years) developed the theory that most neck injuries came about because of the facemask sticking too far out from the face and messing with depth perception when hitting someone. So he’d try to get his facemask as close to his face as possible. He actually had new holes drilled into his helmet, so that the sides of the facemask would start farther back and the front would sit close to his nose/eyes.” … Here’s the best view yet of Derrell Johnson-Koulianos’s NOB. What should we call this partial abbreviation — PANOB? Suggestions, please (with thanks to John Ervin). … Islanders rookies were forced to wear Bridgeport Sound Tigers alt uniforms the other day. The advertising patch being worn by the opposing team (Moncton Blue Eagles), by the way, is for Cavendish Farms (with thanks to John Muir). … The Red Sox are going to retire Johnny Pesky’s number this weekend. … What the hell is this — Upshaw sleeves? Bizarre (as forwarded by Joe Hilseberg). … Former NBA coach Eric Musselman has a blog entry here in which he uses UGA’s black jersey as a way to talk about uni choices in general (with thanks to David McGee). … Two nice finds by Gabe Varrenti: a mesh pillbox cap, and the best shot yet of Jim Essian’s brimless helmet. … “Flipping through the channels Monday night, I came across the WNBA game and noticed that several, if not all, the NY Liberty players were wearing temporary tattoos of the NY Liberty logo on their body,” writes Mike Miller. Some players had more than one. I don’t know if this was a one-game thing for the playoffs or something they have been doing for a while.” … Michael Princip wants to revive the Redskins’ old feather Mohawk helmet design. “From what I hear, the problem was that it didn’t translate well from a distance or on television. However, I believe with some increased width, flairing of the feather, and added colors, it could work quite well this day and age.” So Princip has created a bunch of proposed revisions to the feather, several of which I think are pretty damn cool. You can click through his concepts here. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Prince Fielder didn’t even wait until the game was over to do the slob routine last night. … Alan Borock asks: Was Art Shell wearing baseball pants here or what? … I’m excited to report a new discovery that makes me completely reconsider my feelings about Nike. Phil Knight, all is forgiven.