The video game leaks of that alternate Thunder uniform are coming from multiple sources now, so I’m inclined to think they’re legit — except for one thing: As you can see above, they misspelled “Thunder.” And it’s not just in that one screen shot — it’s also misspelled here and probably here (tough to be sure). Weird.
Typos notwithstanding, I don’t much care for this uni. I like old-school templates, but this one makes no sense for this team. No gold, no orange, nothing to connect it to the rest of the team’s identity system. Very odd choice, and a bad one.
I have a bunch of other NBA video leaks as well. More details on that tomorrow.
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today, on a topic I think everyone will enjoy — here you go.
Uni Watch Party Announcement: The next Uni Watch party will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3, 3pm, at Sheep Station in Brooklyn. That’s the day before the New York City Marathon, so I’m hoping any readers who are running the ’Thon will join us at the party (perhaps in your running attire..?). Unfortunately, Sheep Station doesn’t have pasta on the menu, but I’m going to ask them if they can provide some pasta for us. If they can’t/won’t, well, maybe beer counts as carbo-loading, yes? Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
PermaRec update: A note left on a mountain 40 years ago by a 13-year-old hiker has been found. Further details in the latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: New logo for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup soccer tournament (from Jeremy Brahm). … We’ve seen yarmulkes with MLB logos before, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen this wide a selection. Too bad about the mesh fabric, and it’d be better if the Expos design were multicolored instead of solid blue, but still pretty cool (from Jay Sullivan). … Also from Jay: Check out these little MLB jersey-shaped patches. … Ricko was going through his old files and found a 1978 Sports Illustrated piece about NFL players wearing glasses on the field and an ad for the “official training table foods” of the NFL. “I really wish that one had been in color,” says Ricko. … There’s a new book about the evolution of 100 iconic logos (thanks, Brinke). … Virginia Tech will be wearing a white helmet with no center stripe this weekend against Duke (from Alan Campbell). … Don Larsen, now 83 years old, is auctioning off the uniform for his perfect game (from Randy Williams). … New corporate douchebaggery dance partner for Dwyane Wade. … Here’s how Indiana’s basketball uniforms will look with the B1G logo. “Personally, I think it makes IU’s classic and simple jerseys look like complete shit,” says a disappointed Ryan Mandel. … More Heineken Cup rugby kits here. … Michigan coaches will wear “Chuckstrong” T-shirts, in support of Chuck Pagano, this weekend. … “Our local GNC had a meet-and-greet on Tuesday with New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes,” says Dirk N. “They hung a few jerseys around, and I noticed they were old Reebok stock. I wonder how long it’ll take for the Nike jerseys to make it to the players’ public appearances?” … Here’s an article on English soccer NOB typos, although it’s kinda unsatisfying without any photo links (from Daniel Cruz). … Keith Goggin noticed lots of uni mistakes in a Ford commercial starring Derek Jeter: “Third base coach has the number wrong font. Then Jeter tries to score, and I noticed they put in a body double. When they show him from the back, crashing into the catcher, there’s the wrong font again. The ump has a patch over the MLB logo on his shirt, but not on his hat, which is scrunched up on the back of his head.” … A youth league in Berea, Ohio, dedicated a field to Lou Groza and dressed up as the Browns for the occasion. If you click through the photos, you’ll see that the kids’ jerseys and neck bumpers say, “Groza,” and — even better — their nose bumpers say, “The Toe”! (from Joeseph Bailey.) … It’s pretty sad when an MLB scoreboard operator doesn’t know that plural words don’t take apostrophes. Laren Richardson took that photo at AT&T Park last month. … On Monday I mentioned that the Indians had Photoshopped new skipper Terry Francona into an outdated uniform. That prompted the following from Paul Huffaker: “Even though the Indians changed to the no-piping look this year, all of their promo photos used the old blue piping jersey. This includes photos for newly acquired players like Johnny Damon back in May. And these are the same photos that were used on the scoreboard at the ballpark. It’s puzzling why they would not use the correct uniform when they made a big deal of changing it last season.” Indeed. … Here are Japan’s uniforms for the World Baseball Classic.