MLS Begins Its Jersey Week

MLS began its weeklong jersey-unveiling promotion last week, with the Colorado Rapids, New York Red Bulls, and Houston Dynamo all debuting new kits. Videos about the thinking that went into all three of the new designs are shown above, plus here’s some additional photos and info for Colorado, New York, and Houston.

“Colorado was the most innovative of the bunch,” says reader Christian Sinclair. “The stripes on their jersey are actually made up of their season ticket holders’ names.” It’s also worth noting that Colorado’s away/secondary has a “bleed-out” effect similar to what we’ve seen in Adidas’s recent NBA and college hoops designs. Let’s hope they that doesn’t start spreading throughout MLS (or beyond).

As for the other teams, I really like the stripes and wraparound collar on Houston’s third jersey (and I like the idea of the contrasting sleeves on their secondary/away jersey, although I have misgivings about how it may look in action). Not as fond of New York’s design, but it’s not terrible. All in all, not a bad start for MLS’s uni-centric week.

Today’s MLS unveilings will be for the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC. You can see the full schedule of this week’s unveilings here.

(Apologies for the fairly brief treatment of these new kits — I’m still catching up on stuff after having been away for the weekend. Should be back up to speed tomorrow.)

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OMFG: My latest “One-Man Focus Group” column for The New Republic is about the new Monopoly token.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: I’m quoted fairly extensively in this piece about the Warriors’ sleeves. … Even if Daniel Snyder wanted to change the Redskins’ name, there would apparently be significant logistical hurdles to overcome. … New soccer uniforms for the Chinese Super League (from Jake Verbiest). … Here’s an article on the Oregon golf team’s shoes (from Jay Sullivan). … A New York State Assemblyman can’t understand why everyone’s upset over the tasteless costume he wore over the weekend. Key uni-related quote: “Someone gave me a uniform, someone gave me the hair of the actual, you know, sort of a black basketball player” (thanks, Phil). … Oregon State basketball wore turquoise uniforms on Saturday, as a send-off to senior Joe Burton (from Eric Fisk). … Who’s that in a “The City” T-shirt? None other than a young Bruce Springsteen, circa early 1970s (from Bradley Wasserman). … “My mom made a scrapbook for me,” says Will Scheibler. “One of the photos, from the 1970s, shows me in bed with a 1970s NHL pillowcase. Another one shows hockey player wallpaper in the background.” … This is pretty amazing: a floor pattern made from logos (thanks, Kirsten). … Looks like the Mets have added orange rear-helmet numbers this season (from C.B. Ciullo). … Further proof that the Braves were indeed planning to use the Indian head BP cap until the backlash forced them to backtrack: That cap design is included in MLB 13 The Show. Also, if you go to the Braves’ site, the new BP cap doesn’t ship for retail orders until March 15, while all the other teams’ caps are available now (from Chris Wheeler). … New leg pads for Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery. Here’s his previous set (from Tim E. O’Brien). … New logo for the NHL Entry Draft (from Paul Richard Cook).

 

119 comments to MLS Begins Its Jersey Week

  • Hickory33 | February 26, 2013 at 7:47 am |

    All the MLS links lead to “page not found”

    • Casey Hart | February 26, 2013 at 7:52 am |

      Looks like that goes for all the links.

      • BurghFan | February 26, 2013 at 8:02 am |

        Looks like there are a lot of stray quotation marks at the ends of links.

  • Bailey R | February 26, 2013 at 7:56 am |

    NONE of the links work & the videos won’t seem to load either

    • The Jeff | February 26, 2013 at 7:59 am |

      Looks like Paul stuck an extra ” at the end of each one.

  • Ry Co 40 | February 26, 2013 at 8:00 am |

    spoiler alert:

    pretty sure the new DC United jerseys are featured in the shop section.

    only ones i’ve found so far

    • Ry Co 40 | February 26, 2013 at 8:00 am |

      my mistake… says 2012… carry on…

      • Bernard | February 26, 2013 at 8:42 am |

        Spoiler alert:

        Ronnelly being Ronnelly

  • Dumb Guy | February 26, 2013 at 8:03 am |

    Semi-uniwatch related (distain for the “white out” concept)

    Semi-timely (based on the KKK catalog previously posted, and based on the blackfaced congressman).

    Dumb@$$ kids in ND

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • PG-13 | February 26, 2013 at 8:21 am |

    Beer vendor socks.

    http://tinyurl.com/a...

    Nice!

  • Paul Lukas | February 26, 2013 at 8:22 am |

    Hold on. Fixing links now.

  • Paul Lukas | February 26, 2013 at 8:26 am |

    Links should all work now.

  • Jordan | February 26, 2013 at 8:36 am |

    Paul -

    The WaPo link at the end of OMFG story is also dead.

  • Jason M (DC) | February 26, 2013 at 8:36 am |

    I was disappointed that the cat won the Monopoly vote. I was hoping for the helicopter. But honestly, I didn’t really like any of the options. I thought the artistic nature of them didn’t fit with the current pieces. But I guess it doesn’t matter.

    I’m going to guess that the iron will become a collector’s piece now.
    I’m pretty sure that my family has an older copy of the game with the horse & rider piece. I’d better go find that thing.

    • ThePonchat | February 26, 2013 at 9:40 am |

      I definitely agree with you.

      I voted for the robot, or the helicopter. I don’t remember which, but either one was fine with me in winning. The cat is a disappointment, only because the scottie dog always falls over on the board…so the cat will to. Now Monopoly players have to make sure they continue standing up two pieces.

      I am not against the iron leaving. Some people make a good argument that the thimble should’ve gone.

    • Arr Scott | February 26, 2013 at 9:59 am |

      Agreed: I don’t mind the cat as a concept – I never chose the iron, and so I’ll comfortably continue never to choose the cat – but the execution just didn’t match the style of the old pieces.

      Frequently since the 1980s, special Monopoly editions have included a train engine. Best piece in the set, and should have been added permanently. That, or either a jumbojet or a drone aircraft.

    • ChrisH | February 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm |

      What’s next…the folks at Clue doing away with the revolver?

      • Teebz | February 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm |

        The candlestick. The revolver still has its place in history and in gun shows. Who the heck has a candlestick nowadays?

        • Dumb Guy | February 26, 2013 at 4:35 pm |

          Yeah, Yankee Candle jars are the norm now!

    • Joseph Gerard | February 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm |

      Give it about 5-10 years, the iron piece will quietly return. That’s what usually happens when something is being retired “forever”.

  • dgm | February 26, 2013 at 8:37 am |

    paul, what is a “bleed-out” effect?

    • Paul Lukas | February 26, 2013 at 8:44 am |

      Blue lettering/graphics on a blue jersey, or red on red, etc.

      That’s Adidas’s term, not mine.

      • Shane | February 26, 2013 at 9:24 am |

        Oh, so they mean the stripes and the C? I sort of dig that. They did a really cool effect like that on Wolfsburg’s shirt this season, too:

        http://www.subsidesp...

  • Big Matt | February 26, 2013 at 8:43 am |

    Im not sure if this has been discussed here before, but what if the Redskins changed their name but kept the uniforms the same?
    This way the tradition and history could stay, but the nickname could go.
    Something along the lines of the Warriors?
    Or is the image used offensive as well as the nickname?

    • Danya | February 26, 2013 at 9:59 am |

      Almost every proposal I’ve read online suggests changing the name to Warriors. Doesn’t this seem rather foolish from a brand identity standpoint given the presence of the Golden State Warriors? Yes, I know there are already some pairs of teams with the same name, but those are relics of the past. In today’s world it doesn’t seem like a smart move to me to intentionally do that.

      This isn’t to say I’m not 100% on board with getting rid of “Redskins,” I am. I just don’t think Warriors is the solution.

      • Joseph Gerard | February 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm |

        The Florida Panthers and Carolina Panthers started in the 1990′s. Plus, the Winnipeg Jets brought back that nickname despite the New York Jets using it. Even the original Jets got the blessing from Leon Hess to use the name.

    • Dootie Bubble | February 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm |

      Why change the team identity in fits and starts? Sure Washington Warriors is better than Washington Redskins but if you keep the Native American head on the side of the helmet eventually you’re going to have to adjust that as well since the tide is a turning.

  • Connie DC | February 26, 2013 at 8:57 am |

    “… This is pretty amazing: a floor pattern made from logos (thanks, Kirsten). …”
    Astonishingly wonderful. Great on 17 levels.

  • Connie DC | February 26, 2013 at 8:58 am |

    Dov Hikind, the NYS Assemblyman wearing a stupid Purim costume, is one of my all-time least-favorite New York pols. A reliable jerk. But, really, it’s just a stupid once-only costume, isn’t it? Or is it that white people can never dress up as black people? Certainly the reverse can be hilarious: Dave Chapelle’s white guys are fabulous. Now the answer to my question may be No, or at least Not Yet. But I’d be interested in other people’s reactions, and most especially, the reactions of African-Americans.

    • Dumb Guy | February 26, 2013 at 9:10 am |

      I would think dressing as Kobe or MJ or someone specific might have lessened the blow.

      What if he had dressed as an indian..er, Native American, or wore a sombrero and mustache? I imagine someone would have been upset with those choices too–though they were likley costumes at many a Halloween party this past year I feel certain.

    • terriblehuman | February 26, 2013 at 9:25 am |

      It’s not that white people can’t ever do black people (Fred Armisen has done Barack Obama with little apparent controversy, for one). It’s that the cultural baggage of blackface is so heavy that chances are, it’s going to come off as minstrelsy and set off alarms.

      Like Dumb Guy says, referencing specific people isn’t as problematic, while “Pimps and Hos” parties and afro wigs are pretty much accepted on college campuses. But generic black people, especially combined with blackface are a no-no.

      • Connie DC | February 26, 2013 at 9:43 am |

        Good points. I like the particular/general distinction. But jeez, those “Pimps and Hos” parties sound terrible; they offend me, anyway.

    • Ben D. | February 26, 2013 at 10:03 am |

      Remember, this is the guy who tried to have homosexuals removed from a Holocaust memorial in his district, saying that their inclusion would be an insult to all the Jews who were also killed by the Nazis.

    • Arr Scott | February 26, 2013 at 10:45 am |

      I think we’re all missing the point here. The man said,

      “Someone gave me the hair of the actual, you know, sort of a black basketball player.”

      The problem isn’t that he dressed in blackface. It’s that someone scalped an actual black person and then gave the scalp to the assemblyman to wear. That’s a felony! Several felonies! Assault, malicious wounding, trade in illegal goods, aiding and abetting, and in many states simple conspiracy.

      Or, alternatively, the assemblyman is one of those people who uses words like “actual” to mean “figurative”, which is sufficiently offensive on its own as a crime against the English language.

    • walter | February 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm |

      Twit.

    • muddlehead | February 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm |

      Another reaction. I’m white. Blackface – don’t go there. Period.

    • James A | February 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm |

      I was initially surprised to see a Democrat say “political correctness to the absurd,” then I read some of his political stances.

  • Rich A. | February 26, 2013 at 9:02 am |

    hmmm. while I am a Blackhawks fan, I will say I liked his previous leg pads. the new ones are nice, but the other ones matched Emery’s arm pads.

    • Tim E. O'B | February 26, 2013 at 9:59 am |

      He could still be breaking in his glove and waffle board. Rayzor usually gets star treatment from Brian’s (his pad manufacturer) but it looks like he went with a new template for them. If you look here – http://www.goaliemon... – you can see the glove and blocker that go with his new leg pads. I’d assume he’s still breaking them in at practice.

  • Kyle Allebach | February 26, 2013 at 9:11 am |

    I think more sports leagues should do a “jersey week”. Unveil one per day over a week, instead of haphazardly during the offseason.

    • terriblehuman | February 26, 2013 at 9:28 am |

      It makes sense, though the Big 3 North American sports don’t come out with redesigned uniforms every year (Nike had a big launch for all 32 teams last year, but I’m guessing that’s a one-off event coming after switching from Reebok), and non-American leagues don’t have league-wide jersey supplier contracts like MLS does with adidas.

      • ThePonchat | February 26, 2013 at 9:44 am |

        While you are mostly right, I do believe that the Chinese and Japanese soccer leagues have contracts with Nike.

        • terriblehuman | February 26, 2013 at 10:29 am |

          You’re right about the China Super League (http://www.footballs...), but J-League clubs have individual contracts (Gamba Osaka wears Umbro, for example).

      • Tom V. | February 26, 2013 at 10:13 am |

        Big 3?

        • terriblehuman | February 26, 2013 at 10:24 am |

          I meant Big 4. I can’t count today.

        • Phil Hecken | February 26, 2013 at 10:31 am |

          No, no. You were correct the first time.

        • Tom V. | February 26, 2013 at 11:13 am |

          No I guess that’s right. NASCAR, NCAAF and NHL. Cool.

        • James A | February 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm |

          “North American sports”. With Canada included, the NHL does count.

        • terribblehuman | February 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm |

          Right. NHL, MLL, LFL and WWE.

    • Rob H. | February 26, 2013 at 10:12 am |

      …or halfway through the season two weeks before they wear them like Golden State did.

  • DenverGregg | February 26, 2013 at 9:24 am |

    Yet another color combo in the mix for Rapids. Started as Green/White, then Blue/Black, then Maroon/Sky Blue, then Maroon/White, now Maroon/Royal. On the video the red trim on the royal jersey looked orange, but a closer look reveals that orange is still one of few colors not yet worn by the local side. Perhaps it will become part of the palette in 2017 when they change the colors next – maybe even with fringe as homage to the Caribous of Colorado.

    • ThePonchat | February 26, 2013 at 9:47 am |

      I think their primary kit is a pretty good match with what the Rapids have been in the past few years.

      Their secondary (or change) kit is just an ode to Colorado. I don’t see why that is much of a problem. The kit has actually garnered a lot of praise from many people.

      I would love to see a throwback night for the Caribous…maybe I’m the only one on earth that would say that too…

    • trevor | February 26, 2013 at 10:32 am |

      On their secondary jersey, I wish the Rapids didn’t remove the red and yellow on the circular C. It would have a been winner for me instead of the “bleed out.”

      As someone has once mentioned on here, the Red Bulls are missing an opportunity to create a jersey based on their can design.

      While I wish soccer jerseys never had advertising, I find the Red Bulls one of the few who have a design that isn’t completely tasteless.

    • terriblehuman | February 26, 2013 at 10:50 am |

      Gregg,

      I think you’re overthinking the alternate unis. Or rather, you’re still thinking of home/away uniform sets where the away is basically the inverse of the home. MLS has been switching to the Europe-like primary/alternate sets, where the alternate kits don’t necessarily use team colors.

      Anyway, the Rapids have been wearing maroon as the primary color for 7 years, longer than they’ve worn green/white or blue/black. Maroon is pretty much established as the team color for the foreseeable future.

  • Ben D. | February 26, 2013 at 10:06 am |

    Seeing that screaming-Indian cap in The Show only confirms what I’ve been saying all along: I’m not concerned about the Native American thing, it’s just an ugly hat, period.

  • Jonas | February 26, 2013 at 10:07 am |

    The link to the Oregon State state article doesn’t really give any context as to why they wore turquoise to honor Joe Burton. This article on ESPN from 2010 http://espn.go.com/b... shines a bit more light on the matter, specifically Burton’s Native American heritage and the Nike N7 connection.

  • Kyle Allebach | February 26, 2013 at 10:16 am |

    Oh boy. You know those lame gloves that have invaded the NFL? Now the MLB has fallen.

    • Kyle Allebach | February 26, 2013 at 10:19 am |

      By which I mean, c’mon, who is gonna hit a base run then flash the crowd their gloves while screaming “REMEMBER WHAT TEAM I PLAY ON??”

      The sports world is slowly slipping into mass hysteria.

      • Ry Co 40 | February 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm |

        much better than the Pirates stupid ass “Zoltan” from last season…

        (the shirts were even worse)

    • Ben Fortney | February 26, 2013 at 10:39 am |

      I’m usually a non-confrontational kind of guy, but I really hope the first person to flash these things after a base hit gets drilled in the hands next at bat.

      • Arr Scott | February 26, 2013 at 10:48 am |

        Hands? Shoot, I hope pitchers aim for the head at any batter who flashes gloves like that on the basepath.

        • Ben Fortney | February 26, 2013 at 11:13 am |

          Definitely against baseballs being thrown at the head – Great Gazoo helmet or not.

        • walter | February 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm |

          It’s possible to brush a guy back without throwing at his head. Lots of pitchers forget that.

        • Phil Hecken | February 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm |

          “It’s possible to brush a guy back without throwing at his head. Lots of pitchers forget that.”

          ~~~

          I don’t think they forget. I think they’re just incapable of proper execution.

          /Oops. My bad.

    • JimWa | February 26, 2013 at 10:48 am |

      Which is worse, the Rays gloves they’ll be wearing in 2013, or the Lay’s gloves they’ll be wearing in 2023 (while the franchise plays it’s home games in Las Vegas, of course)?

    • The Jeff | February 26, 2013 at 11:22 am |

      You’d think they’d have put the logo on the back of the fingers so it lines up while the player is actually batting.

      Maybe that’ll be next year’s design.

    • Sully | February 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm |

      They are ustom gloves for Ryan Roberts…hopefully the whole team doesn’t get them.

      http://network.yardb...

  • Rob H. | February 26, 2013 at 10:16 am |

    Forgive me if you mentioned it, Paul, you probably did, but I never saw it here in Uni Watch.

    Paul was interviewed about the Golden State uniforms ten day ago by Paul Littlefield of WBUR / NPR’s Only A Game. Nothing really new, just 3 1/2 minutes long, in case anyone that didn’t know of it wants to hear it, the audio is here:

    http://onlyagame.wbu...

    • Rob H. | February 26, 2013 at 10:26 am |

      I meant “Bill” Littlefield.

  • Simon | February 26, 2013 at 10:24 am |

    I’m just not a fan of putting things (words, Houston’s stadium facade) on the inside of a collar.

    “Red Bulls” embossed on the inside? Really?

    • Cort | February 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm |

      This has become pretty standard fare on soccer shirts. Most of the Premiership clubs do it. My favorite was Man City a couple of years ago: Umbro recreated a popular fan scarf on the inside collar of the team’s shirts, alternating vertical stripes of maroon, sky blue and white. It looked really classy. I think Liverpool’s shirts say, “Never Walk Alone” on the inside collar.

    • Chance Michaels | February 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm |

      It’s already started in the NFL. I can think of three – the Seahawks have “12″ inscribed inside their collars, Washington’s throwback alts have “Team, Effort, Tradition”, and the Panthers have (sigh) “KEEP POUNDING” in theirs.

  • martyB | February 26, 2013 at 10:32 am |

    Has anyone ever made a mock-up of the A’s logo with an “s” that matches the cursive/seriffed nature of the A?

    http://www.sportslog...

    I’ve always loved the A’s look, but somehow never noticed the plain ol’ “s” – and now it drives me crazy.

    • Simon | February 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
      • Gary-O | February 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm |

        I like.

      • Arr Scott | February 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm |

        What’s an A’8?

        Oakland’s non-Olde English s is a quirk that works.

        • Phil Hecken | February 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm |

          An Audi.

  • El Scotto | February 26, 2013 at 10:33 am |

    As a Colorado native, I have a mixed feeling towards the Rapids jersey. I like the concept, but the execution sucks. Even in pictures yesterday, you can tell the subtlety will be lost the moment they hit the field and it turns into a boring blue jersey.

    If you’re going to incorporate the flag, either go all in with the red C and white stripe, or just don’t.

    • Ben Fortney | February 26, 2013 at 10:41 am |

      I was hoping for a white stripe all the way around the mid-riff (similar to Northwestern football.) No such luck.

    • ThePonchat | February 26, 2013 at 11:11 am |

      I definitely wouldn’t be against incorporating the look of the whole flag into the kit. That would look alright.

    • James A | February 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm |

      I can’t stand the yellow contrast stitching on the jersey. I agree that it would look better with the flags colors in the middle of the jersey instead of the “bleed out”. The NHL Rockies retain the title for the best nod to the Colorado state flag.

    • Chris S | February 28, 2013 at 12:37 am |

      For some reason the blue Rapids jersey reminds me of the Cubs with the C and the blue. I agree the colors of the flag would have looked better than the blue on blue. Also the red badge color on blue just doesn’s seem to fit right. If they wanted a monochromatic shield, then I would have chosen yellow or maybe white.

  • JimWa | February 26, 2013 at 10:35 am |

    Not even sure what an appropriate christianly witty response would be to this …

    http://www.foxnews.c...

    (My favorite lead in: “Since then, Jesus Jeans has launched a crusade …”)

    • ChrisH | February 26, 2013 at 11:07 am |

      In related religious matters, Pope Benedict XVI has selected his retirement uniform:

      http://www.catholicn...

      • Winter | February 26, 2013 at 11:42 am |

        Hard to beat those Swiss Guards outfits, no?

        • ChrisH | February 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm |

          “It’s easy to go overboard with one of those things, but that’s tasteful without being gaudy.” – Captain B.F. ‘Hawkeye’ Pierce

  • Mike N. | February 26, 2013 at 10:41 am |

    Atlanta Braves’ rising star, OF-C Evan Gattis, bats bare-handed.

    http://matchbin-asse...

    “@mlbbowman: Reed Johnson’s description of Gattis: “No batting gloves. 250 pounds. Zero percent body fat. I picked the wrong parents.”

  • scottcherry | February 26, 2013 at 11:11 am |

    Can the Civil War get another sponser?
    “when the Beavers travel to Eugene to play Oregon at 8 p.m. in the 339th Civil War, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, NW Ford Dealers, McDonald’s and Wells Fargo”

    • ChrisH | February 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm |

      Has any one company ever done more to promote the Civil War than the Franklin Mint?:

      http://www.youtube.c...

      • Phil Hecken | February 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm |

        Holy crap I remember that commercial. Even way back then, I couldn’t imagine paying close to $600 and waiting more than 2 years to buy a friggin’ chess set. Yeah, you could buy the whole set at once, but who wanted to spend that kind of cash?

        /BTW, the History Channel has probably done more than FM to promote the Civil War.
        //PBS too.

  • AK 44 | February 26, 2013 at 11:14 am |

    Nobody cares about soccer.

    • George Chilvers | February 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm |

      I think you’ll find the rest of the world does. You do know there are other countries, don’t you, AK?

      • Phil Hecken | February 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm |

        They care about football (not the US kind)…not soccer. ;-)

    • DJ | February 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm |

      Don’t conflate yourself with “everybody.” Or “nobody” as the case may be.

    • Tim Nash | February 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm |

      Gee, I care about soccer.

      • joey | February 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm |

        Ditto :)

      • Chris S | February 28, 2013 at 12:35 am |

        Me too.

  • Cort | February 26, 2013 at 11:20 am |

    I am not a fan of the new Dynamo set. There are a lot of nice elements — orange is a great, underused color, the “Forever Orange” slogan is sort of cool, they have a nice-looking badge — but it’s all sort of splotched together. And the white sleeves look like sad, stunted vestigial wings.

  • Kevin Allen | February 26, 2013 at 11:20 am |

    When Chicago and Green Bay have a baby out of wedlock….
    Gateway High School (Aurora, CO.)

    http://auroramediagr...

    • DenverGregg | February 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm |

      Gateway High, home of the Olympians – the name is from the days when many Coloradans looked forward to hosting the 1976 winter olympics.

  • Ben Fortney | February 26, 2013 at 11:27 am |

    Can’t Make this Stuff up Dept:

    Mets – still recovering from Madoff Ponzi scheme – have a new storefront at Shea this year.

  • Bobby Roseberry | February 26, 2013 at 11:33 am |

    Not sure why but Red Bulls, plural, stood out as awkward. I had always thought of them as New York Red Bull like everything that Red Bull sponsored as well as on the team crest. A little look and it seems the plural is common but somehow I overlooked it until it showed up on something like the jersey. Am I crazy?

    • terriblehuman | February 26, 2013 at 12:23 pm |

      They were always kinda weird with their nomenclature. The club is named “Red Bull New York” but the team on the field is “New York Red Bulls”.

      • Chance Michaels | February 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm |

        Should’ve bought “Cosmos” when they could.

        • terribblehuman | February 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm |

          I’m guessing Pepe Pinton put too high a price for whatever the name was worth.

    • James A | February 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm |

      I’m still calling them the Metro Stars (Unless Red Rull wants to pay me).

  • T.J. Leibowitz | February 26, 2013 at 11:34 am |

    Houston’s third came out last season. Although the team is currently without a sponsor, so the kit looks a bit cleaner.

    http://www2.pictures...

    The primaries aren’t bad, but they are incredibly lazy. They’re just the Tiro 13 template in orange. That’s literally all they did.

    http://www.soccerpro...

    • random reader | February 26, 2013 at 12:04 pm |

      That Tiro 13 template jersey has something that looks just like the infamous “Nikelace” (albeit just on a cosmetic level)

  • random reader | February 26, 2013 at 11:45 am |

    YES Network posted a video of a tour of the Majestic factory: http://web.yesnetwor...

    This video is much more thorough than the one Majestic themselves posted a few years ago. They show how a pair of pants for Derek Jeter is made.

  • Joseph Gerard | February 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm |

    Heh. I had to use my old account with the Washington Post to read the article on the Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons. Something I only signed up for in college because I had to for class actually came in handy today. At least its free. :)

  • Rad | February 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm |

    The Washington Post article is making it sound like the PR pressure should be redirected to the league, instead of to the Redskins.

    If revenue-sharing is an obstacle, then this doesn’t help:

    http://profootballta...

    Its gonna be a while before Snyder does anything…

  • Douglas King | February 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm |

    Michael Vick made the cover of Madden 2004, and he did so the year that the falcons switched to their current design (Madden 2004 came out in 03, just like Madden 13 came out in 2012). But before they did the cover shoot all they had were pics of Vick in the old uniform set so a few promotional items featured photo-shopped uniforms.

    EA’s facebook has been promoting the upcoming cover vote by posting stuff from older games and today they posted this featuring a Photoshopped Vick.

    https://www.facebook...

  • Steve D | February 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm |

    Those Met orange-rear helmet numbers bring back memories of the late seventies. I used to paint the numbers on the back of my Helmet Day helmets. Alas, didn’t keep them.

  • James A | February 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm |

    The Catch Of The Day reinforces that I’ve never smoked. I can now understand why people drive down to Virginia to load up on cigarettes. So much so, that cigarette stores limited the number of cartons people can buy in one day (so that there will still be some cigs for the locals). The travelers will buy the maximum, sleep in their car, then buy the maximum the next morning before heading back.

  • Rydell | February 26, 2013 at 7:46 pm |

    “New logo for the NHL Entry Draft”
    new logo this new logo that, the new NHL logo sucks as do its colors

  • Rydell | February 26, 2013 at 7:47 pm |

    they didn’t need to change the old one

  • Pete R | February 27, 2013 at 3:40 am |

    The fact that you can fit ALL of your team’s season ticket holders on an 8-inch wide strip of an undershirt says it all about “football” in the US.

    • Kevin W. | February 27, 2013 at 4:22 am |

      Because shit-talking a sport that is trying its damndest to improve its standing in this country is really helpful. You stay classy.

      If you don’t like the sport, shut the fuck up and don’t watch it.