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Paul here, pinch-hitting for Phil, who’s taking a well-deserved breather. As he mentioned at the end of yesterday’s post, the Jazz unveiled a new alternate uniform on Friday. Oddly, they used cheap-ass replicas for the unveiling event. Ditto for the jersey they showed on their Twitter feed. The photos you see above are the real magilla — I took them myself at the NBA offices on Thursday.
As Chris Creamer pointed out on his blog the other day, the new uni isn’t an exact throwback to the team’s early-1980s look. I liked that old design, but I like this new one even better — very nice. They’ll wear it for their home opener on Dec. 30 and then wear it occasionally on the road.
While we’re at it, here are the Kings’ new black alts, which I mentioned very briefly in Friday’s Ticker:
As you might imagine, I’m not as fond of this one, for a variety of reasons (old-school chest insignia + newfangled number font = ewww). But I’ll say this: In person, the silver outlining on the chest insignia really pops — much more so than in my crappy photos. I doubt the effect will fully translate to television, but let’s put it this way: If you’re stuck on the subway next to someone wearing this jersey, it probably won’t look quite as bad in person as you might think.
Now then, a few uni-related notes from yesterday:
• In college hoops, Cincinnati wore NNOB throwbacks and striped socks for yesterday’s game against Xavier, but all anyone will remember is the stupid-ass brawl at the end of the game.
• BYU and Utah went color vs. color, and I think it looked pretty good. Well, except for all the clutter on that BYU jersey, what with the flag, the NCAA authentication patch, the conference patch, and the swooshstika.
• But Saturday’s top uni moment came at the Heisman ceremony, where Robert Griffin III wore these Superman socks (with a cape!):
Looks like Griffin was wearing these knee-highs and let them droop a bit. (Great job by Jim Mancari to snap that photo, and big thanks to Phil for forwarding it my way.)
by Rick Pearson
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Uni Watch News Ticker, Rare Sunday Edition: Hmmm, think there’s enough bling on this Ohio jersey? (From Jay Hill.) … Missouri backup QB Ashton Glaser has given us a sneak peek at next season’s uniforms. I think I speak for everyone here when I say we all could have waited. … Here’s the latest case of high school teams being penalized for violating seemingly arbitrary uniform rules (from Jim Stone). … Here’s something I’ve never seen before: a gumball helmet standings display sponsored by a whiskey company (thanks, Kirsten). … Reprinted from Friday’s comments: When the Marlins introduced Mark Buehrle the other day, they used an upside-down 9 instead of a 6 on his jersey. … Finally, a stadium named after uniforms — sort of (from Chris Diserio). … The Library of Congress has acquired a huge trove of sports recordings (from Blair Thompson). … Auburn and UVA will go color vs. color in the Chicken Sandwich Bowl (from Jeremy S. Fallis). … Hey, speaking of which, the Chicken Sandwich folks appear to have hit a new low. Having now offended gays, atheists, Asians, kale eaters, T-shirt makers, and people who opposed to douchebaggy college football bowl names, who will they piss off next? What an excellent company for the NCAA to be doing business with! … PATCO — that’s the transit system in Philly and southern New Jersey — has let its riders pick the system’s new colors (Jeremy Fallis again). … Here are the pads that the Rangers’ goalies will have for the Winter Classic. “I wish Henrik had opted for the classic brown like Marty,” says Luke Rosnick. … Check out this shot of Grover Cleveland Alexander during his Phillies days. Did they have a dot on their brims, or was GCA a few decades ahead of the trend for leaving stickers on caps? … Here are the stories behind the Norfolk Admirals’ goalie masks (from Tris Wykes). … Cameron Ilich likes to design basketball courts — but not exclusively for basketball teams. … Someone should snap up these mini bullpen carts (from Casey Littmann). … Speaking of bullpen carts, check out this great photo of the Orioles’ four 1971 20-game winners posing with a bullpen buggy. Note that Mike Cuellar is wearing the Frank Robinson-style extendo-stirrups (big thanks to Dave Holland). … The Arab Games have started in Qatar, and Egypt’s basketball team has a very Heat-ish chest insignia (from Gabriel Luis Manga). … Mary Hassett notes that with the Angels having traded away Jeff Mathis and then signed Albert Pujols, the uni number 5 on the Halos has pretty much gone from zero to hero. Any other examples of a specific uni number on a team’s roster undergoing such a radical reversal of fortune? … If you’re into custom soccer cleats and the day-glo trend, you’ll love this (from Kenny Loo). … Paul Pass spotted something interesting: Maine’s football helmets have a little upward arrow to the left of their nose bumpers. Anyone know the story behind that? … Doozy of a screen shot from Jason Lord, who spotted a Grayson (Georgia) High School football player with some serious decal/paint issues. “This has been an epidemic amongst many high school teams in Georgia, particularly those with gold-painted helmets,” he says.