Pretty cool scene at last night’s NBA Draft, as several draftees, including Nerlens Noel (top) and Ben McLemore, had their college jerseys sewn into the lining of their suits. I like that!
A few other notes from the draft:
• “I was talking to the sales rep at the Timberwolves draft party,” says reader Brett Stone. “He was saying the Wolves will be getting a new jersey around black Friday. I asked about the sleeves, and he hesitated and said I was headed in the right direction. He confirmed it wasn’t a throwback.”
• “I noticed the seams on the NBA balls (that the draftees are holding in the staged camera shots) are very different from before,” says reader Nick Tringale. “I noticed it during the Michael Carter-Williams pick.”
• “While the ‘experts’ were analyzing the Hawks’ pick of Dennis Schroeader, I noticed that the wrong flag was in the background,” says Chris Dillon. “Schroeder is from Germany, but that is not the German flag in the graphic.” Indeed, you can see that it doesn’t match the little flag patch on Schroeder’s jersey. (And yes, Schroeder is using a ball with a different seam pattern, but that’s a photo from a European game. Not what was being referred to in the previous graf.)
• Remember all the nonsense about MLBers and others having to drink their water out of Gatorade cups during televised press conferences? That’s nothing compared to this tweet that Jay Bilas sent out last night:
NBA Draft Green Room invitees told NOT to drink the Gatorade. It's glued to the table. That will soon be done at NCAA Tourney pressers.
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) June 27, 2013
I think I’ll let that one speak for itself.
’Skins Watch: Whatever you think about the ’Skins and related issues regarding Native American imagery in sports, the topic doesn’t seem to be going away. On the contrary, the discussion seems to be growing. Here are the latest dispatches:
• That “Inuit chief” who the ’Skins keep trotting out on their website as a human shield is pretty much a fraud. This had already been mentioned in a few places, but Deadspin has done a definitive write-up of the situation.
• Tony Kornheiser discussed the ’Skins issue on his radio show on Wednesday. To listen, go to the 20-minute mark here.
• A Washington Post columnist looked at the results of that recent ’Skins naming poll and has determined that DC-area sports fans are hypocrites.
• A George Washington University law professor has compared Paula Deen’s use of the n-word to the ’Skins team name.
• The website Indian Country Today reacts with a raised eyebrow to a minor league team’s plan to give away a General Custer bobblehead.
(My thanks to Matt DeMazza, Seth Shaw, Tommy Turner, and Phil for their contributions to this section.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here are some larger, higher-res versions of the new Suns logos (from Keith Winney). … And although those Suns logos accentuate the black, the team is reportedly not abandoning purple. … New home kit for Everton (from Casey Hart). … The Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League) will become the Lancaster Hex for “What Could Have Been Night.” … President Obama is currently traveling in Senegal, where the military unit that welcomed him had some crazy pants striping (from Sean Kane). … Check out the cool logo for the Rosie Reds, a Reds booster squad (from Frank Bitzer). … Someone has done a series of paintings of Jesus wearing soccer jerseys (from Trevor Williams). … Team Sky will use these new helmets by Kask at this year’s Tour de France. “The lids feature a sliding vent that can be opened for cooling purposes or closed for better aerodynamics,” explains Sean Clancy. … Here’s something from months ago that I think we may have missed: new helmets for Texas State (from Derek de la Cruz). … Blake Pass recently paid a visit to the UNC Men’s Basketball Museum and took some good photos. I especially love those uni-numbered stirrups and the red-trimmed jersey and shorts. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is asking fans for input on the design of his next set of leg pads (from Joe Mueller). … According to this press release, Baylor football will wear 1950 throwbacks — oh, excuse me, it says “Nike throwbacks” — on Dec. 7. No official visuals yet, but Curtis Schroeder thinks the throwback might be the green-over-white uni seen in the background of this photo. … I don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show (shocker), but Ryan Patrick says Limbaugh had some uni-related comments yesterday: “He was talking about Aaron Hernandez and the stories about his gang tattoos and affiliations. … Then he said here are writers out there who write about these things, and he talked about black alternate jerseys. Specifically, he said the Detroit Lions having black alts, despite not having black anywhere in their color scheme, is designed to market to the gang crowd in addition to others. Apparently he was citing and referring to an SI article that must have just gone online.” I haven’t seen that SI article. Anyone..? … Speaking of Aaron Hernandez, this isn’t exactly a surprise, but he just lost his Puma endorsement deal (thanks, Brinke). … This is pretty great: Robert Silverman did an illustration of William S. Burroughs as a “junk”-balling pitcher for the Mets. Genius! … Tris Wykes is on the email list for the U. of Minnesota’s varsity letter-winners association. He recently received a note from the association’s president that included the following: “A young woman phoned me the other day, said she had purchased [former Gophers coach] Cal Stoll’s home in Golden Valley a couple of years ago and had finally gotten around to replacing his backyard artificial turf with real grass. Turns out the turf was taken from Memorial Stadium when it was replaced with real turf in ’77 and installed in his backyard. Well, I went over there and looked at it and there is over 1,200 square feet of the stuff in reasonable condition. I am going to grab some for display purposes in the Hall of Fame, and perhaps for my lake front deck.” … According to this page, the Wolverhampton Wanderers — that’s a soccer team — used a “fluorescent kit” for night games in 1951, sort of like the soccer version of MLB’s satin uniforms. No photo, alas, but there’s this mock-up (from Trevor Williams). … New football uniforms for Appalachian State (from Rodney Walker). … New kits for Rangers FC and Valencia (from George Chilvers and CJ Hague, respectively). … “I was watching the episode of Saved by the Bell where Screech makes a really good spaghetti sauce,” says Jared Patz. “Sylvester (played by Ryan Holihan) is wearing a tequila sunrise jersey with ‘Bad Co’ scripted across the chest! What’s up with that?!” … “Although Nike has always been one of my least favorite companies, they do deserve credit in some areas, notably in sustainability,” says Tom Mulgrew. … Check out the pitcher silhouette on the webbing of Koji Uehara’s glove. “Never seen that before,” says Jake Kessler. Me neither. … Mr. Met paid a visit to Alan Kreit’s office yesterday. “Very nice guy,” says Alan. “Here he is before he changed into his costume. Alan even got to play with the head!