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Big day in the NHL yesterday, as the Stars and ’Canes unveiled new uniforms. You can see my thoughts on Carolina’s new set in this ESPN piece from yesterday afternoon. As for the Stars, I didn’t see the unveiling (I was in Manhattan with a bunch of friends, seeing former Kink Dave Davies limp through a rather embarrassing set, followed by eats and drinks at the always wonderful Ear Inn), but I caught up on everything when I got home.
Obviously, this is way better than what they had. And I’m generally inclined to like any uniform whose primary color is green. But is it actually good? Some thoughts:
• Too. Much. Beveling. Come on, guys — the beveling thing was cute for about five minutes, but that was back in 2004. Enough! (That little notch in the “D” doesn’t help either, but at least that little typographic quirk isn’t repeated in the uni numbering or NOB lettering.)
• As Chris Creamer notes, this marks the first time in franchise history that gold has been eliminated from the team’s color palette. A pity, since gold pairs so well with green.
• The shoulder patch isn’t bad, but it kinda feels rote — so many NHL and MLB teams have this type of circular patch these days.
Overall, though, these are fairly minor quibbles. So while this set isn’t as good as it could have been, I’d say it’s good enough.
Meanwhile, I have a new ESPN column on the NBA Finals. Enjoy.
Hornets redesign reminder: I’m currently running an ESPN contest to redesign the Bobcats-turned-Hornets. Deadline is Friday. Details here.
“Candela” update: When my New York Times article about the World’s Fair Marina pavilions ran 10 days ago, I sent it to all my research contacts from several years ago, when Kirsten and I were working on the Candela museum exhibit. One of them, a Coast Guard historian, wrote back yesterday with the news that he’d discovered an archival photo of the Coast Guard pavilion from the Fair (click to enlarge):
The Coast Guard pavilion, of course, is the same one that was eventually auctioned off, carted upstate, and repurposed as a summer cottage in the Adirondacks, where it still stands today. Really cool to have this up-close view of it in its former life.
Uni Watch News Ticker: In addition to their new uniforms, the Stars are retiring Mike Modano’s number. … Golfer Lee Janzen was DQ’d from a U.S. Open qualifier on Monday for wearing metal spikes on a course that doesn’t allow them. … The U.S. Dept. of Education has rejected Michigan’s attempt to ban Indian mascots. … Shawn Monk has given his motorcycle helmet an ASU theme. “The hardest part was figuring out how to angle the pitchfork decals so they lined up like the ones on the real helmet,” he says. … Some dude who plays for Coastal Carolina has the weirdest batting stance in the history of ever (big thanks to Comrade Robert Marshall). … No photo yet, but the Texas Rangers will wear a patch on July 6 in honor of the explosion-ravaged city of West (from Tim Perkins). … Meanwhile, the Astros will be wearing a patch for the Houston firefighters killed in last Friday’s hotel fire (from Chris Pierce). … Incidentally, note that those last two links both refer to teams wearing “a special patch.” Enough already with the “special” — every patch is special, every alternate uni is special, blah-blah-blah. When you call everything “special,” nothing is special. … Justin Kline has made a fun series of NBA and NHL iPhone wallpapers. “I started with the NHL sweaters, as I wanted a Buffalo Sabres wallpaper for my phone,” he says. “Once I finished that, I never closed Illustrator and just kept going. Once I had one uni set for every NHL franchise (plus an extra for Hartford, because I love those Ron Francis-era jerseys), I felt like making an NBA version for the first player I could think of from any given franchise. This will be an ongoing project for me, and I plan to move to MLB once I’ve got a road jersey for every NBA franchise.” … You’ll start seeing the Big Ten logo appearing at Yankee Stadium next season, thanks to a new deal involving the Baseball Cap Bowl (Chris Flinn). … This is really old news — from last fall, in fact — but the Coast Guard’s latest sports logo is so hilariously bad that it deserves special notice (from the Hungry Hungry Hipster). … New logo for the Redskins’ new training center (from Tommy Turner). … New away kit for Liverpool, and it’s a doozy (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Very nice Northwestern-striped stirrups for the Eau Claire Express (from Jeremy Zeimis). … Here’s cool video providing a behind-the-scenes look at the printing of the leaders’ jerseys at the Giro d’Italia (from C.J. Hague). … Two items from Phil: The Binghamton Mets wore racing silks-themed jerseys last night; further details here. And the Fort Wayne TinCaps are wearing the ultimate Twitter jersey — or as Phil calls it, “possibly the worst minor league jersey of all time.”