Timelessly Representing the Ballclub, NBA Edition (Part I)

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By Phil Hecken

The “Timelessly Representing” series has proven quite popular. This week we have the NBA, and we’re going to begin with the NBA Eastern Division. The concept of the series is simple — pick a uniform and stadium (or in this case, arena or building) that, in your opinion, captures the “essence” of that team, as defined by uniform/arena. In this instance, our contributor sometimes picked unis and buildings that were from different eras (perhaps wistfully hoping the two could be forever paired).

If you’re not familiar with the concept, you can check out the most recent of the series, for the NFC (which includes links to each of the other three). I’ve already got plans to do one for the CFL (that’s football north of the border), and if anyone is interested in doing one for the NHL or College Football (that could get complicated, so maybe we need to concentrate on just a few conferences), please contact me.

Today’s submission, for the NBA (and we’ll do this in two parts) comes from Brandon Bush, who was decidedly brief in his writeup:

Hey Phil,

I enjoyed the “Timelessly Representing the Ballclub” articles very much. So, I decided to get in on the action and do it for the NBA. I have created a list of uniforms and arenas that I believe defines each team.

Brandon Bush

He then included what follows, with several links for each. Unfortunately, many of these links were broken or “404”ed, so I have substituted what I hope are adequate photos for his descriptions. So, without further ado, here is the NBA, Eastern Division:

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Cleveland Cavaliers: Lebron-era wine and gold uniforms & The Coliseum at Richfield

Detroit Pistons: Bad boys-era uniforms & Current (The Palace of Auburn Hills)

Chicago Bulls: Easiest decision: Michael Jordan-era uniforms & Chicago Stadium

Indiana Pacers: White pinstripe home/blue pinstripe away during the later part of Reggie Miller’s career & Market Square Arena

Milwaukee Bucks: Way back to the early 70’s Oscar Robertson and Kareem days & Milwaukee Arena (Now called U.S. Cellular Arena)

Boston Celtics: Uniforms pretty much unchanged, so Larry Bird-era & Boston Garden

Brooklyn Nets: 2000’s New Jersey Nets & Izod Center

New York Knicks: 1970’s Clyde Frazier-era uniforms & of course, Madison Square Garden

Philadelphia 76ers: 1980’s Dr. J-era uniforms & The Spectrum

Toronto Raptors: Early 2000’s Purple Front/Black back uniforms & Current (Air Canada Centre)

Atlanta Hawks: Dominique Wilkins-era uniforms & The Omni

Charlotte Bobcats: 2009-2011 pinstripe uniforms because 2010 was only playoff appearance in franchise history & Current (Time Warner Cable Arena)

Miami Heat: Current & Current (American Airlines Arena)

Orlando Magic: Penny Hardaway/Shaq-era uniforms & Current (Amway Center)

Washington Wizards: Wes Unseld-era Bullets uniforms & Capital Centre

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Thanks Brandon. This completes the first half of the Timelessly series, for the NBA, and I’ll be back with Part II soon. As stated above, if anyone is interested in doing this for the NHL or for one of the NCAA Football conferences, please let me know.

Readers, how’d Brandon do so far?

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The Milwakuee Milwaukee Bears vs. Florida Marlins roundup

OK, obviously the BIG TALK about the Marlins/Bears (Brewers) game last night was this egregious uniform name misspelling seen on Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke. The twittersphere (including yours truly — h/t to Craig Gardner for the photo) almost immediately lit up, and then I received a few e-mails about it. But…as Brewers uniform historian, and the man who penned the preview of the Bears uniforms yesterday, Chance Michaels explains, that wasn’t the only screwup abberation in an otherwise gorgeous looking game. And I do mean beautiful. I’ll have a few thoughts of my own following Chance’s review, which is below. (Click on any embedded photo to enlarge) Enjoy:

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A Brew Crew Review
By Chance Michaels

Yesterday, we discussed the Brewers’ 8th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game at Miller Park.

It proved to be a fantastic game, and not just because the Brew Crew managed to break their 0-2 TBTC losing streak. Both teams looked amazing, the Brewers in their recently-revised Bears uniforms and the Marlins in an outfit they really should have adopted if they were so keen on orange. Not to mention that marlin sleeve logo – oh, baby!

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Not content with just old logos, the unis had the baggy fit common to the period. In his radio call, Bob Uecker joked that Brewer pitcher Yovani Gallardo (pitching a masterful game) would start requesting that looser cut in all his uniforms.

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Another pleasant surprise was the lack of manufacturers’ logos. As the league-wide official supplier, Majestic has the exclusive franchise on logos, so we know where these didn’t come from. The Brewers have in the past turned to AIS to order Negro League throwbacks, and perhaps they did again. Phil and I are tracking this down and will have a follow-up report for you soon.

The batter’s box revealed another missing logo: the 2006-2008 version of this uniform had a white “M” on the helmets. Last night, they were blank (as they were on the 1913 and 1948 throwbacks).

Most of the Twitter traffic during the game, to say nothing of message boards and Deadspin, revolved around a curious uniform malfunction across the chest of Brewer manager Ron Roenicke:


That wasn’t the biggest problem, to my eye. New Era made a small but crucial alteration to the Bears’ caps, swapping out the customary black squatchee for a white one. Throws the whole thing out of balance.

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Still, it’s hard to be picky with a great pair of throwback unis (not to mention a Brewer win). If these are the Bear uniforms we see going forward every season, I’ll be a very happy Brewer fan.

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Thanks Chance! Great job.

I happened to actually be able to SEE this game (thank you MLB Extra Innings free preview), so it was a treat. And I really enjoyed the uniforms as well. The Brewers tend to pull out all the stops when they do their Negro League tributes, and this was no exception. Everyone was impeccably tailored, and everyone showed socks. And can the Marlins PLEASE wear those road uniforms like, forever?

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I mean, how beautiful are those? If the Marlins won’t adopt that look, maybe the Mets can. Please.

I didn’t mind the lack of a logo on the Brewers’ (Bears’) helmets, especially since there were no batting helmets for the era to which the Crew were throwing back. And, as is their wont, the Brewers updated their “mound” logo for this game, placing a blue “M” on the bump behind the pitcher:

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I must admit, I didn’t catch the white squatchee like Chance did, but sure enough, they had them for their 2006 throwbacks. It’s funny because in their “BUY ME” cap promotional image, the caps did show the white squatchee. Definitely makes a BIG difference.

What say you readers?

And if you want to see more photos, you can check out my Flickr set.

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We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.

And so, lets begin:

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We begin today with Christopher Hall, who last weekend was featured, but I inadvertently included as his tweak the current Michigan FB uni. Here’s his actual concept:

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Hey Phil!

First off, thanks for showing off my design in the Uni Tweaks section today! Unfortunately, only the original (current) templates are shown on the Uni-Watch feed, not my tweak. Would you mind adding my tweak picture under the original? Or even just changing the images? I included the original image to highlight the changes I made. Thanks!

I attached my design again in case it got lost in communication the first time.

Thanks again! I love reading your weekend columns.

Christopher Hall

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Next up is Ben Hoskins, who tweaked the new Dallas Stars unis:

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Hi Phil,

I enjoy the site. After seeing the Stars new uniforms, and hearing the enthusiasm for the Victory Green, I couldn’t help but think that they didn’t go far enough with it. The hated Red Wings are red. So with that, here’s my Victory Green take on the new stars uniform. Basically, instead of black shorts, helmets and gloves, they should be green.

I’m sure I’m not the first to this conclusion but I thought I’d submit it anyway. Thanks.

Ben Hoskins
Fort Worth, Texas (no, we’re not Dallas)

P.S. I heard Mike Modano on a local Sport station say that they considered an old school version that had a “D” with a star in place of the “N” the North Stars uniforms. The idea is intriguing, but understandable that it would be an “eff you” to Minnesota.

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We close today with Donald Connolly who has some slight tweaks and a new color for the New York Knickerbockers:

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Hi UniWatch,

I took a stab at several variations of a Knicks alternate jersey. Gray jersey, with variations on ribbing, lettering and number colors. The blue white and orange stand out well against the gray. I figured this would be a good look as the Knicks introduced gray into their logo and uniform this past season.

Please publish! I’m an avid reader and fan of sport aesthetics. Thanks!

Don Connolly
Tallahassee, Fl

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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.

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As you good readers may (or may not) know, beginning this coming Thursday (July 25), I will begin my month-long run of handling the weekday duties here at Uni Watch, taking over while Paul goes on his annual summer hiatus (a well-deserved rest, to recharge for the coming football seasons). He actually never really takes a vacation, and may make a guest appearance if or as conditions warrant, and of course he’ll still be doing his usual ESPN columns.

While I have a few ideas and columns lined up (and have a few guest features in the works), I can always use a hand from you fine readers. If anyone has any ideas for a column and wants to pitch me, I’m all ears. Send me an Email at Phil.Hecken@gmail.com and let me know what you have in mind. Please put in the subject line “Uni Watch Article Idea”. Many of you already submit me your ideas, but I’m opening up the floor to all the readership. I can always use the help — you guys are great, and I’d love to feature some of the finer readers if you have ideas for a lede. OK? OK.

As in past summers, I’m pleased to let you know that Morris Levin will be back with four Friday articles (always a big favorite with the readership). Also, I have a new uniform design contest to announce (soon, soon) that I think you’ll like, so there’s that too.

I probably will not run too many of the usual weekend features (at least not on a daily basis), such as the concepts or colorizations, and there will probably be only a couple of “Stirrup” bits. I’ll try to keep the columns as close to that you expect from Paul. Shorter, leaner and meaner.

And who knows, there may be a surprise or two.

Stay tuned.

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Stirrup FridayStirrup Fridays…

Because we love the stirrup here at Uni Watch, this section is devoted to those of us who sport the beautiful hose on Fridays — a trend popularized many years ago by Robert P. Marshall, III. For many of us, it’s become a bit of an obsession, but a harmless one — a reflection of our times. Where we once had Friday ties, which has been replaced by Casual Friday — we now have Stirrup Fridays. It’s an endearingly simple concept — no matter where you work (or even if you don’t) — break out a fresh pair of rups to compliment (or clash with) your Friday attire.

Small set again this weekend, and a couple of these came in during the week (nice *game* action), but that’s probably because for a good section of the country, it’s just TOO HOT to sport the hose and support the revo.

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Joaquin Jang:

Phil,

On Friday I wore my Giants striped stirrups to Petco Park to watch the Gigantes stomp the Padres (who did happen to be wearing some beautiful throwbacks)! Too bad I missed Lincecum’s no-no by a day!

Joaquin of San Francisco on a weekend trip to San Diego

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Thomas Seeley:

Phil,

Here is a pic of the Riverdogs, Skaneateles (NY) Lakeshore Baseball Riverdogs Minors Division champs sporting their stirrups thanks to Coach Tony DiRubbo (standing, right without the sunglasses).

Not the greatest pic in general or of the stirrups, but hope it is usable. Thanks to Coach DiRubbo, an ardent Uni Watch fan.

TWS

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Jason Bernard:

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Let’s go Bucs, beat the Mess.

Bernard

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Ryan Altebach:

Phil,

Here’s my submission for Stirrup Fridays. I work for a collegiate summer league team, and broke out my blue and orange slump busters (with the orange sannies no less, my favorite part) Players and fans loved em. Go Lima Locos and Viva la Revolution!

Ryan Altebach

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James Poisso:

Phil,

The All-Star Game might have been earlier in the week, but these prototype Mets stirrups were my ASG stirrups this year.

James Poisso

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James Huening (via Comrade Marshall):

James Huening sent me this image of a poster from Friday’s Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley Field which leads me to two questions. The Wrigley Monster is wearing 57 Reds stirrups. Did the artist know that the monster that was the lead Wrigley ball-hawk who would push over his own grandmother for a ball before the last bleacher expansion always wore a reads hat? Or is this monster in large opening stirrups a 7ist plot to destroy the right proper aesthetics of the revolution?

Comrade Marshall

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And that ends today’s look at Stirrup Friday — all of you who participate, send me your pics and a brief (~50 words) description of their relevance, and I’ll run ‘em here on Saturday (and sometimes Sunday too!). Be sure to visit Robert’s House of Hose for news on rups.

And now…here’s …

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Comrades!

The 45s and Pilots came in Friday evening and were shipped Saturday morning, and in true TCK fashion the the 57 Reds and Cubs ordered 3 weeks after them were shipped to me the next day. So I expect these Monday to turn around Tuesday. None the less, for anyone interested in the 1957 Cubs or Reds I will once again offer the later two up as “new” this weekend at a discount in an effort to make up for some of our longer wait times.

Now as always, I love the Stirrup Friday photos from the office place to the diamond, and I hope people continue to send them in for this post, but I have an idea for a project, so I am going to temporarily suspend the giveaways In the short term. What is the project? I want to send a pair of stirrups to a player on applicable major league teams and suggest maybe they could wear them during BP as a slump-buster or however they see fit. Perhaps we could even get an Athletics situation from last week to happen if someone actually wore them for a game for us to be treated to some nice on field stripes. What would it mean? Not a lot in the short term other then our amusement, but maybe in the long term it can help inspire a team to bring back some stripes like the Rays did a few years ago.

There is one problem, while I am an artist by day, I umpire weekday nights and weekend days, so I see very little actual MLB. I am completely unaware of who goes high cuffed anymore, and will never be the one who actually catches any player wearing them. For me Uni Watch is my daily sports page, so I will need some help in this endeavor. It would be nice if I had someone in-market to help me with each of these teams to increase our chances of catching them in action. Jason Bernard is going to help me with the Pirates Mike McKenry, and I figure Adam Jones of the Orioles, and David Wright of the Mets are obvious choices unless someone has better suggestions. Perhaps someone less known would yield someone more apt to have some fun with it? But what of the Red Sox, Astros, White Sox, Phillies, Cubs, Reds, Braves, or even the Sens/Twinks? I want to spread this out throughout the league as much as possible, so anyone who would like to help out with this project, please get in touch with me.

From each according their stirrvp,
to each according their strype.

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College Football Uniform News & NotesCollege Football Uni News & Notes

This section may become a semi-permanent fixture during my weekday run for Paul, since the number of College football uni changes are coming fast and furious. In just the past day or so, some big news (for any images, click to enlarge):

• We already knew that UCONN changed up unis for 2013, and added these new awful helmet designs. But what they unveiled months ago was just the beginning — on Friday, they released ANOTHER new helmet design, and this one is um, well, judge for yourself:

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Actually, I like this better than the other two helmets, although it does introduce red as a new color. Is this foreshadowing a special one-off uniform???

• New Chrome Helmets. This is clearly becoming the next “matte” fad throughout the game, as the technologies make it easier to apply the shiny finish. And hey, seventeen year olds like shiny things, right? Just in the past few days (and with the Huskies, a little while ago) we’ve seen more and more of these things introduced:

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On Left, Ole Miss new shiny dome; On right, Memphis’ chrome top

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On Left, Washington’s Golden Hat; On Right, WKU’s Silver thing

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Mississippi State’s Golden Egg (for the Egg Bowl???)

• And then there’s good old Penn State university:

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Thanks to reader Ryan Progin, we have a look at the new jersey. He also sent along this nice writeup:

“New” Penn State jersey on an actual player.

Thanks to Donovan Smith’s twitter.

As a PSU Alum, season ticket holder, and obvious fan, I am OK with the change. However, I personally feel that the whole jersey scheme needs to be reworked and the whole athletic department needs to “unify the brand” like Michigan State and a few others did the other year.

I absolutely LOVE the tradition of the uniforms: NO NOB, Nike Logo, B1G Logo (if they must), Solid white pants, white helmet with navy stripe, etc. but I think after all that the school has been through, I think that it is time. Not time to forget Joe Paterno (as I have a tribute “JVP” magnet on my car), but it is time to move the brand into the 21st century. I’ve seen a few people “re-design” the uniform in the past, but they all seem too scared to deviate from the tradition. I understand that, but I want to see someone come up with a very nice uniform scheme that uses navy, white, and gray accents (ie: check out this link for the gray). I do not enjoy the “Primary Marks” PENN STATE spelling, I prefer the spelling like this. It should also be noted about the gray: the men’s volleyball team has, in the past, worn solid gray shorts, which I found to be rather ugly with the white tops, but decent with the navy tops.

Ryan J. Progin

Thanks Ryan!

• And then there’s South Alabama:


• And Chattanooga:


• And Kentucky:


There will undoubtedly be MANY more uni changes and unveilings throughout the next several weeks, so if you guys would be so kind, please send them to me at Phil.Hecken@mail.com. Paul will also appreciate it if you can cc: him (or cc: me) on any new College football news for his annual ESPN preview (send those to UniWatching@gmail.com. OK? OK!

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Phew — nothing like going out with a bang on my last weekend until after Labor Day, is there? But we’re not done yet. Couple more things before I go:

• Paul mentioned this in the ticker during the week, but it bears repeating. Chris Creamer, of sportslogos.net, has done (and continues to do) and ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING job tracking baseball uniforms this year. I’m happy to say, also, that that little article was picked up by a number of the major media outlets, and deservedly so. If you’re so inclined, make sure you give him a follow @sportslogosnet. Good guy doing great work with uniforms and uniform tracking (and history)!

• MORE on the Marlins: Received this email (with the picture below, on the left) from our own Terry Proctor with the following explanation — “Here’s a photo of the 1958 Miami Marlins road uniform after a game at Red Wing Stadium. The cap was solid Royal Blue with an Orange button. The shirt piping was solid Royal. IIRC the lettering and numbers had changed to Royal with Orange outline. I wish the kid blocking the front lettering had moved slightly. Then we’d know for sure.” Fantastic. Also pictured, on the right, is the sleeve patch for the 1956 Marlins from another uni god, Todd Radom. Look at that chain stitching!!! (click either photo to enlarge)

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And that, dear readers, should do it for today. That seemed like enough for THREE posts! Hope you all enjoyed it.

Thanks to Brandon Bush, Chance Michaels and everyone else who made today’s post so chock full!

Everyone have a fantastic Sunday and I will catch you THIS THURSDAY when I begin my weekday run on Uni Watch. Have a great week until then.

Follow Me on Twitter at @PhilHecken.

Peace!

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One For The Road

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“I trust Ebbets a hell of a lot more than the clowns running the Marlins when it comes to uniforms.”
–Derek

 

41 comments to Timelessly Representing the Ballclub, NBA Edition (Part I)

  • Chris | July 21, 2013 at 7:30 am |

    Holy crap those Marlins throwbacks are the best jerseys in all the land.

    • Connie DC | July 21, 2013 at 10:23 am |

      Yep.

      • Ted E | July 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm |

        Loved them, and yes to the part about “can the Marlins wear these road unis like forever” statement.

  • Darren | July 21, 2013 at 8:18 am |

    The picture linked off the word “Market” in the Pacers’ listing above is actually a picture of the new arena. You can read the word “Conseco” on the floor (I think the arena sponsor has changed names since).

    • Mike Miller | July 22, 2013 at 2:01 am |

      Yep, that’s Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the interior shot for the Pacers.

      Here’s an interior shot of MSA.
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      Heck, MSA wasn’t even built for the Pacers, it was built for the WHA Racers primarily. It was way better as a hockey arena than a basketball arena.

      Honestly, the unis for the Pacers should be the Flo-Jos.
      http://www.nba.com/p...

      • Thresh8 | July 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm |

        I’m in the East, and became a Pacers fan when they weren’t hardly any good.

        I too would prefer the Flo-Jo, or the preceding chest-stripe model.

        The pinstripes look? I just don’t care for it that much. And in yellow seems too Lakers-ish. Imitating the nearly-patented look of someone else’s success / iconic uniform element isn’t my cup of tea.

  • Steve D | July 21, 2013 at 8:22 am |

    Great job covering the throwback game…I love the Marlins throwback as well. Phil, you say the Mets could adopt that look if the Marlins don’t. Could you clarify that, because the Mets look is already pretty similar, just with a different font, a front number and blue lettering. They have an alt cap just like that too, but don’t think they have worn it with the grays yet. The material from last night does look awesome…I assume it was flannel and not that faux flannel Maryland wore last year. Don’t think a MLB team would ever go back to true flannel full time at this point, but why not the polyester faux-flannel?

    • Phil Hecken | July 21, 2013 at 9:01 am |

      I was referring to the darker gray, which I have always advocated for — and no, while I agree no team would ever go to flannel, I was speaking of Majestic (hopefully) developing a look similar to UA (faux-flannel). I’m NOT a fan of the Mets two-tone cap, only because their current blue cap is so gorgeous; and if they HAVE to have a second cap, then I would hope they remove the white outline (despite what the Marlins wore, the Mets blue cap shows you don’t need a white outline).

      But really, the Mets have (possibly) the best set of roads in the game already, but making the gray darker AND always showing blue sock (or heaven forbid, rups), would be the cherry on top of an already delicious sundae.

  • Bas | July 21, 2013 at 9:21 am |

    Wish all MLB road greys would darken a couple shades. Not charcoal , but a few shades

  • JTH | July 21, 2013 at 10:26 am |

    Credit where credit’s due: the artist for that PJ/Wrigley poster goes by the name of Emek.

    • lemonverbena | July 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm |

      Such a great image, and an accurate representation of the odyssey that was the rain-delayed, curfew-breaching #PJWrigley show.

      • Phil Hecken | July 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm |

        Didn’t find this out until just now, but apparently Mr. Cub was onstage with PJ at Wrigley.

        Must have been awesome.

  • wayne | July 21, 2013 at 10:27 am |

    No mention of Duder Whatshisname getting 2/3 of a save with his fly down?

  • Dan | July 21, 2013 at 10:37 am |

    Just for the record…the UConn helemt shown above is not a new helmet, just a revised version of the ones that were unveiled a couple months ago. Only the white one was tweaked because they’ve decided to use that helmet for a majority of their games this season. When they rebranded with their new logo, they incorporated red into logo and the new uniforms of all sports. So, I think the red piping is just there to tie in better with the rest of the uniform. The football team has never had a “one game” uniform, so I would be very surprised if they did, and if it was, it would almost definitely not be red, most likely gray, similar to what the basketball team has used.

    And I know there is a lot of mixed opinions on the helmet, but I like it a lot, especially with the red piping. The home whites will be a nice looking uniform, especially compared to last year’s set.

    • The Jeff | July 21, 2013 at 10:58 am |

      Seeing how it hasn’t actually been worn yet, I think it still counts as “new”, even if it is only a minor revision of a previous unveiling.

  • Bernard | July 21, 2013 at 10:42 am |

    1. Excellent content today, helluva Sunday. Nice job Phil, Chance, everyone.

    2. All three of the “stirrups at the ballpark” shots (Joaquin, Ryan, me) feature sophisticated gentlemen rocking adidas. I hereby move to make the brand with the three stripes the official shoe of the revolution. ///

    3. College football uniform news and notes were the things that brought me to Uni Watch in the first place, years ago. As you can imagine, the prospect of a dedicated section gives me a raging uni chub.

    Enjoy your Sunday.

    • JTH | July 21, 2013 at 10:51 am |

      Official brand sponsorships for The Revolution…

      Great idea or the greatest idea?

    • Phil Hecken | July 21, 2013 at 11:04 am |

      1. Thanks, JB

      2. The revolution will not be televised. And there will certainly be no corporate sponsorship.

      2a. That being said, if there were to be an official sponsor, it would certainly be Converse, not badidas.

      3. I’ll GLADLY run NCAAFB content if it comes my way. I’d expect we’ll hear/see a lot more (even considering how much there has been already) as the season is just over a month away.

    • Shane | July 21, 2013 at 11:30 am |

      I pretty much always wear my Adidas when I wear stirrups, too.

      It’s a rad look, with the huge tongue on the Sambas.

    • rpm | July 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm |

      yeah, there is no official shoe for the revolution, but i do advocate black chuck taylors for street and a black adidas steel cleat.

  • Jeff | July 21, 2013 at 10:44 am |

    Timelessly representing the Bucks must include the Robert Indiana floor from the Arena. http://www.bizjourna...

  • Will S | July 21, 2013 at 10:51 am |

    More chrome domes from College football. The blue tiger print ‘M’ on top of all that shininess screams 1980s fashion to me.

    What’s next? A salute to the 70s by having a silver holographic treatment to make the helmets look like a disco ball?

  • Terry Proctor | July 21, 2013 at 11:22 am |

    As much as I love Larry Bird the face of the Boston Celtics has to be the greatest center of all time, Number 6, William Felton Russell. All Russ did was win 11 championships in 13 years including eight in a row from 1959-66. When a team wins nine in a row then they can brag about how great they are. Until then I don’t want to hear any more about the “Showtime” Lakers or Da Bulls. Nuf ced.

    And the Richfield Coliseum still lives on, in a manner of sorts. The seats from Richfield were installed in our own Rochester War Memorial (I refuse to use the current corporate name) when “The War” was renovated in 1998.

    • The Jeff | July 21, 2013 at 11:31 am |

      Yeah… no. Talking about those championships is like talking about pre-Superbowl NFL championships. Dominating a league with only 8 teams is hella easier than doing what Da Bulls did for their 6 titles with Jordan.

    • Ted E | July 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm |

      Bingo! The Bill Russell era always comes first to mind, even though I wasn’t alive to see it. Russell and Red Auerbach with his victory cigar clamped in his teeth.

    • former Coliseum vendor | July 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm |

      Rochester didn’t get all of Richfield’s seats. I have a row of three floor seats in my basement. But I’m glad to see most of them are still being used in an arena. Long live the Coliseum!

      The LBJ-era uniforms are my seventh favorite in Cavs history (out of eleven…not counting alternates). Not sure which one is my all-time favorite, but the Stepien-era uniforms are near the top of my list.

      As for the Nets, everyone knows this…okay, this is their timeless look.

      • former Coliseum minor | July 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm |

        Yes all day long on the Dr. J to Sugar Ray Nets. How could it possibly be anything else?

        And I know it isn’t their best or most iconic look, but I liked these for the Cavs. Still this Miracle of Richfield team has to be the iconic look.

  • Matt | July 21, 2013 at 11:23 am |

    Also, UConn was wearing red 20 years ago:

    http://adimeback.com...

  • lemonverbena | July 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm |

    Many heads will explode if the Supersonics don’t get their own separate entry in the ‘Timelessly Representing’ series. And if it isn’t some iteration of the late 70’s-early 80’s Helvetica unis, it’s wrong.

  • The Jeff | July 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm |

    Are the comments acting really weird for anyone else? I’m just seeing a numbered list of comments and no formatting of any kind.

    • The Jeff | July 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm |

      …and after I post that, they return to normal. Nevermind, I guess.

  • quiet seattle | July 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm |

    When I think of the Nets franchise, one image comes to mind: Dr. J in Nassau Coliseum….

    http://www.halloffam...

    • Paul Lee | July 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm |

      I get a 404 server error message. But yes, while Dr. J was in the ABA Nets, that’s the jersey that comes to mind first.

    • jamesBN3 | July 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm |

      To me, this is the quintessential look for the Nets.

      http://www.wahoowire...

      • quiet seattle | July 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm |

        Yes, that’s what my failed link would’ve depicted.

        I have to give the ABA its due. The Pacers played at Fairgrounds Coliseum and won three titles. They switched up their unis quite a bit, but are probably best remembered in these:

        http://www.nasljerse...

      • Taxman | July 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm |

        Absolutely. Afro included. No-brainer.

  • Paul Lee | July 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm |

    The gray Knicks tweak reminds me of baseball away jerseys. More so that the Ohio State and college gray jerseys for some reason.

  • Ted E | July 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm |

    I love the classic era uni/stadium stuff that folks have been doing. Keep it up.

    My thoughts on the NHL version of this would be pretty straight forward.
    Start with the “Original 6″ but leave it open so that you can include up to “now” info.

    Example: Boston Bruins, Bobby Orr era unis, Boston Garden.
    New York Rangers, Mark Messier era (1994), Madison Square Garden.
    Toronto Maple Leafs, Ted Kennedy era (1940s), Maple Leaf Gardens.

    Then go onto the “Expansion 6″ (Flyers, LA Kings, Oakland Seals (yes there is a way to do that, and connect it to the SJ Sharks, even though the team doesn’t exist any more)

    After that it would be expansion teams from the late 70s, then 80’s, etc.

    No messy divisions, conferences that way.

    Just a thought.

  • Pinch | July 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm |

    49ers revealed some interesting on-field graphics for the final season at Candlestick on their instagram today:

    http://instagram.com...

    http://instagram.com...

    Video: http://instagram.com...

    (The occasion was the handout of tickets/goodies to season-ticket holders): http://instagram.com...

    • Pinch | July 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm |

      Also, 49erswebzone did a piece on the contents of the commemorative box that season ticket holders received today. Lots of goodies inside, with pics:

      http://www.49erswebz...

      I’ve already read of several STH’s who plan to leave their box unopened in their shrinkwrap to preserve it in mint condition since there’s a good chance they’ll be worth something once the ‘Stick is no more…they plan to just print out their tickets rather than opening their box.

  • Randy | July 22, 2013 at 5:17 am |

    The “interior” shot of Market Square Arena is wrong. That is a shot of Bankers Life/Conseco Fieldhouse, not Market Square Arena. As a native of Indy and a Pacers fan I’d pick the iconic “collar-to-side” striped ABA uniforms (mimicked by the Flint Tropics in Semi-Pro) or the Flo-jo era uniforms.