A Look at NHL Prototypes

There’s this woman on Twitter named Jen. Her handle is @NHLhistorygirl, so her tweets are mostly about NHL history. Lots of “On this date in 1983…” and things of that ilk.

Yesterday, though, Jen’s historical musings had a sub-theme: She did a series of nearly 20 posts featuring NHL prototypes, logos that were proposed but never used, and other “What might have been” designs. Unfortunately, she didn’t link all of the tweets together with a hashtag, which means there’s no one-stop-shopping way to link to all of them. So instead I’ll just embed all of them — take it away, Jen: (Continue reading)

2016 Purp Walk

Hello there. Welcome to the 2016 edition of Uni Watch’s Purple Amnesty Day — or as I now like to call it, the Purp Walk. Today is the site’s anniversary, which by longstanding tradition is the one day of the year when I grudgingly acknowledge the world’s most accursed color.

Some quick background: People sometimes say I have “purplephobia.” But as I always explain to such people, that’s not the case, because “phobia” means fear. I don’t fear purple; I loathe purple. If anything, purple should fear me.

What makes me hate purple so much? Short answer: a near-bottomless reservoir of good taste. Longer answer (which I also gave in last week’s installment of Question Time): I actually think purple in nature is quite nice — violets, plums, eggplants. But purple as a human-imposed design element has always struck me as tasteless and tacky. It’s the diva of colors, the Celine Dion of colors — loud, abrasive, never content to do just enough when it can do way too much.

And I’m not alone. As a culture, or even as a species, we seem to understand purple’s tackiness. Not a single U.S. state uses purple as one of its official colors, and neither does any sovereign country (at least according to this listing). It’s no accident that we rarely see a purple house or a purple car. Now if we could just eradicate purple clothing, accessories, and yoga mats too.

But do I think teams like the Vikings, Rockies, and LSU should stop wearing purple? Honestly, no — they chose their colors and now they’re stuck with them that’s part of who they are. And so today Uni Watch grits its collective teeth and salutes this most loathsome of hues.

Purple Amnesty Day has three components: (Continue reading)

And So It Begins: Sixers Announce First NBA Jersey Ad


Big development this morning, as my ESPN colleague Darren Rovell has broken the news that the 76ers are the first NBA team to have inked a deal with a jersey advertiser. Starting in the 2017-18 season — that’s nearly a year and a half from now — they will wear StubHub patches like the ones shown above. (By that time, Nike will have taken over the league’s apparel contract and the jerseys will also carry the Nike logo.)

Rovell’s piece has a lot of good info — you should read it. Meanwhile, here are a few quick thoughts: (Continue reading)

Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin' 550

Hey guys and gals,

I hate to close up the store, but due to a variety of reasons, we’re going to have an Open Thread today. Paul’s traveling in Rhode Island with TBC, and I’ll (most likely) be in a location where I likely won’t have Internet access. We’ll “reopen” for the usual business tomorrow.

Please feel free to talk amongst yourselves — any topic, you choose — and feel free to engage with one another. My only request is you be civil.

Some suggested topics:

• Is a hot dog a sandwich?

• Will the Cubs win the World Series ever in your lifetime this year?

• The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.

• Which is a better nickname for Matt Harvey? “Frat Harvey” or “Matt Fratboy”?

• Do the Diamondbacks have the worst uniforms in the history of baseball? If not, who has worse unis (historically) and why?

• If both Pittsburgh and Green Bay refer to their pants color as “gold,” what’s the problem?

• If there is a God, what is her nature?

Have a great Sunday, everyone — Paul will be back with a full UW posting on Monday and I’ll be back next weekend.

–Phil