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With the NBA All-Star Game taking place this Sunday, I received a surprise package yesterday from Adidas. Inside was the jersey you see above. I assume lots of other journalists got them too (has Rovell tweeted a few dozen photos of his yet?). Since it’s a 50/50 hybrid design, protocol now demands that I make all the obvious pop culture references. Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll also mention that I think this is the first time I’ve had a jersey with my own NOB since 1976, when I made my Little League all-star team. And I thank Adidas for spelling my surname correctly.
Speaking of the NBA ASG, here’s a bunch of sneakers that’ll be showcased during the game.
And that’s it for today’s lead, because I have a bunch of other projects I need to work on today. Everyone have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here on on Monday.
In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column, about BP caps, is available here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The first Gary Carter memorial patch has appeared. That’s Palm Beach Atlantic University, where Carter had coached for the past few years. … Why would Andruw Jones be wearing a pair of cleats with the Brewers’ old ball-in-glove logo? Steven Wojtowicz spotted that in yesterday’s New York Post. … Is Boston College about to get a big rebranding treatment from Under Armour? At least one blogger thinks so (from Dave Levy). … Here’s a good story about a 50-year-old East Carolina baseball jersey that somehow found its way to Australia and back (from Jeff Davenport). … New Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is right-handed. But the first few photos in this gallery show him tossing the ball left-handed, with his regular glove on the wrong hand (from Kevin Gee). … Did you know Auburn football used different-colored helmets for eligible receivers back in 1950? It’s true (from Gil Neumann). … Pretty good article about tuxedos, including their relation to uniforms. … I never expected to be typing the words “Justin Bieber,” but life works out that way sometimes. … Nathan Haase has found some good vintage lacrosse photos. Man, the sticks look more like snowshoes. … Carlos Beltran, who said last summer that he’d pick up the tab if then-teammate Jon Niese got a nose job, has agreed to pay Niese’s rhinoplasty bill. … Some sensational Colt .45s footage here (from Adam Herbst). … Good piece on the early design aspects of basketball (thanks, Kirsten). … Rangers goalie news: a new mask for Lundqvist and no more brown pads for Biron (from Luke Rosnick). … Alan Kreit was down at Universal Orlando yesterday, where he saw an employee named Amy all done up for Mardi Gras. … New logo for the Associated Press. … Here’s a podcast interview with the guy who designed the Avalanche’s logo (from Devon Kendall). … New away kits for Holland and France. … The headline says it all (from Hugh McBride). … A good story behind one of the Royals’ new uni number assignments. For details, scroll down a bit on this page (from Rob Bratney). … Check out this cap — they misspelled Winnipeg! (Good spot by Jody Michael.) … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Chance Michaels has come across a good uni story I hadn’t been aware of. In 1981, the Mariners’ uniforms and equipment were stolen prior to a game against the Rangers in Texas. The M’s ended up wearing their own BP jerseys, Rangers batting helmets, and Brewers caps (purchased at the stadium, because no M’s caps were available). … Kenn Tomasch did an interview with the guy who designed the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ identity. … Cincinnati wore black at home last night against Louisville (from Sam Kirkpatrick). … Ryan Dowgin says he doesn’t know what team is shown in this photo, but it sure is a doozy. My hunch is that it’s Texas Tech, which had some very flashy uniforms back in the day. … Hmmm, looks like someone got their Broncos mixed up. Tim Moore spotted that at a Walmart in Idaho. … Creighton University’s teams are called the Bluejays. But why would they copy the Toronto Blue Jays logo, right down to the maple leaf? Did we all miss the news about Omaha getting annexed by Canada? (Screen shot from the 1991 College World Series by Chad Kaddatz ). … Here are some prototype helmets that Illinois is supposedly considering for next season (from Seth Engelbrecht). … Yesterday’s photos of team-branded
cement concrete trucks sent Brice Wallace scrambling to his archives, where he turned up this awesome Reds-themed truck. That’s from Cincy’s 1971 yearbook. … The Heat wore their black alts at home last night, forcing the Knicks to wear white on the road. The weird part is that the Knicks wore black accessories, making this a very black-centric game.