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The Numbers Game: When a Legend Returns, Should he be granted his old number?

As an Arsenal fan, I am sheerly ecstatic about the return of the legendary Thierry Henry on loan for the next two months, and obviously, you can bet that I am getting his jersey.

However, I was led to wonder, Theo Walcott inhereited Henry’s #14 shirt after the close of the 2007-08 season, leaving Henry to choose a different number for the first time since he wore 17 at Juventus in 1999. Henry announced that he will take the #12 shirt, the same shirt he wore with the French National Team. Now this leads me to wonder, does anyone else think that in situations like this, where a legendary player returns to his old team, that he should be granted his old number? or should they have to follow the rules like everyone else? Let’s see some cases and decide.

There isn’t much better of a way for the man who was voted greatest player in Arsenal history by the fans to return. All Hail The King.

Legend: Paul Scholes

2011:

Scholes made a shocking return to Manchester United on Sunday, January 8, 2012, after retiring in May of 2011, and announced he would return for the rest of the season. Scholes old 18 shirt was picked up by new signing Ashley Young in the summer of 2011, leaving Scholes to wear number 22, which he had not worn since the 1995-96 season.

Verdict: The Ginger Prince’s case is somewhat more unique for these two reasons: A. He just left the team eight short months ago, and B. he has worn 22 before in his career, so in this case, I do NOT believe Scholes should be granted his old number back.

2012:

Legend: Michael Jordan

Returned in 1995 to the Bulls wearing #45 instead of #23 because his #23 was retired in 1993 when he retired.

Jordan made his triumphant comeback in 1995 after a failed career in baseball, but was forced to wear number 45 due to the “retired” status of his old 23. This did not last long however, as at the beginning of that legendary 1995-96 season, His Airness was granted his old number, and it came in handy, as the 95-96 Bulls had the NBA’s best single season record (72-10) and Jordan began his second run of three straight championships.

Verdict: MJ almost singlehandedly transformed the NBA into a massively popular and worldwide league, so he is completely justified in getting his old number back.

Local Legend: Ben Wallace

2000-10

Wallace left the Pistons in 2006 in poor circumstances after wanting a larger contract, which the rival Bulls were offering, however, nothing changed the fact that Wallace was a dominant defensive force during his six seasons in Detroit and was definitely a fan favorite. After three failed seasons in Chicago and Cleveland, Big Ben found himself on his way back to Detroit, but his familiar #3 jersey was picked up by 2007 draft pick Rodney Stuckey. Rather than rock the boat, Wallace took #6. Being a Pistons fan, it was obscure seeing Wallace in a different number, but I did not feel he deserved to ask for it from Stuckey.

Local Legend: Hugh Douglas

In mentioning the name Hugh Douglas around Philadelphia Eagles fans, you will always hear a warm reception. The monstrous defensive end is still highly regarded by the Philly faithful to this day even though he is long retired. What some do not realize is that Hugh Douglas spent ONE failed season in Jacksonville in 2003 before rejoining Philadelphia for his swan song in 2004. Douglas was given #53 upon his first arrival in Philadelphia in 1998, and when he returned during training camp 2004, he found Eagles linebacker Mark Simoneau was wearing his old number, Simoneau gladly gave up the number for a new one.

Verdict: Hugh Douglas was an absolute beast in his first five years in Philly (51.5 sacks with three double digit sack seasons) so I would say it was a nice gesture by Simoneau to grant him his old number back for his final year.

FINAL VERDICT: Really we are split 2-2 here, Douglas and Jordan got their old numbers back, Scholes and Wallace did not, so really, I guess unless it is a true legend, like a Michael Jordan, there is not a huge reason that an old legend, whether league famous or fan favorite, deserves his old number upon his return.

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Relocation Mania – How Teams moving can change unis for better or much much worse

In case you didn’t know, the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers are ditching Hotlanta after 11 years and moving to Winnipeg. Now this begs an important question, will the franchise be the Winnipeg Jets reincarnated? The team that played in Winnipeg from 1972 to 1996 before moving to Phoenix and becoming the Coyotes, or will the NHL choose a brand new franchise name? Rumor has it that TNSE, the group who bought the team, may name them after AHL Affiliate the Manitoba Moose, as the Moose are planning to be moved to Saskatoon by TNSE. I for one say bring back the Jets name, history and those classy uniforms. However, this got me thinking, there are a variety of teams that have moved locations, changed names, and in doing so, recieving brand new uniforms, today, we’ll take a look at six major relocations during the past two decades and if the teams looked better in their new, relocation gear more than their old uniforms.

1995 – Cleveland Browns become the Baltimore Ravens

The city of Cleveland was screwed as usual (see: The Drive. James, LeBron) when Art Modell packed up the team and took them to Baltimore, the new team would leave all of their history in Cleveland for a new franchise in the not so distant future (Browns 2.0 opened shop in 1999.) The team that moved to Baltimore would become the Ravens in 1996 and see almost immediate success (Super Bowl win in 2000-01 season) When the Ravens debuted their first uniform set, it was a breath of fresh air to a then-still old school NFL. Purple and Black was a radical new color scheme, but the team’s first uniforms were by far their worst, but interesting fact – wearing purple and black made the Ravens the NFL’s first team to wear dark colors from head to calf. The Ravens uniforms have vastly improved and were a big step in how modern NFL uniforms would look (many teams now wear monochrome or all dark colors at home.) Did they improve by moving – YES

1996 – Winnipeg Jets become  Phoenix Coyotes

The Jets were a great classic NHL team with the likes of the Nordiques, Whalers and North Stars. They uprooted to Phoenix in 1996 and were given uniforms that were an atrocity to everyone’s eyes. The coyote was not only resembling a bull/robotic coyote, but the color scheme was absolutely terrible. Second, the team was placed in the US Southwest, which is a TERRIBLE location for a hockey team. Hopefully the former Thrashers will be bringing back the Jets name to make up for this horrendous blunder of a uniform set. (PS. In 2003, the uniforms were made a good amount better. Did they improve by moving? NO

1997 – Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes

The Whalers were my favorite old NHL franchise, a great logo, great players (Pat Verbeek, Shanny, Ron Francis) and a devoted Connecticut fan base. However, the team sadly up and moved in 1997, leaving for Raleigh, NC. The team also shed itself of one of the NHL’s best logos for what is basically a target logo on speed. Old school hockey fans still remember the Whalers and their short run in the NHL. The ‘Canes have seen success, but they are hardly as folklore-ish as the Whalers were.

Did they improve by moving? NO

1997 – Houston Oilers eventually become Tennessee Titans

 – team was the Tennessee Oilers from 1997-98

Oh it was sad to see the Oilers leave Houston, a simple logo – a blue oil derrick in Oil rich Texas, the perfect logo for a team led by a stereotypical Texan coach – Bum Phillips. The team left for Tennessee in 1997, and became the Titans in 1999 (no need to explain how weird it was to have a team called the Oilers in Oil-less Tennessee, not like the Titans says much anyway.) The Titans uniform has stayed unchanged for the most part since 1999 (other than some color-flipping) and isn’t terrible, but nothing compares to the AFL throwbacks the Titans broke out in 2009 to celebrate 50 years since the start of the AFL, these Oilers throwbacks were gorgeous

2005 – Montreal Expos become  Washington Nationals

The Expos were an absolutely atrocious team by the time they left Montreal, wallowing in the NL East cellar for the better part of a decade and failing to sell out Olympic Stadium, attendance was so poor they shifted some games to Hiram Bithorn stadium in Puerto Rico just to survive (note the team was owned by the league at this point.) Upon moving to DC in 2005, they were given some of the dullest uniforms in baseball, and likewise, have been playing dull and foolish baseball, finishing with a losing record every year in DC. Did they improve by moving? NO

2008 – Seattle SuperSonics become Oklahoma City Thunder

The Sonics were kind of anonymous existing in the Pacific Northwest, and then Gary Payton arrived. Injecting a big dose of crazy and enthusiasm into basketball in Seattle. Kevin Durant was expected to do the same when drafted in 2007, but shifty business man and new owner Clay Bennett picked up the team and decided to decieve the Seattle fan base, taking them to Oklahoma City, much like Washington, they were given fairly dull uniforms, but the color scheme works well, and Durant, Westbrook, Harden and the rest of the young Thunder are starting to make an impact on the rest of the NBA. The Sonics, also did not have the greatest uniform scheme in the NBA, but it was a classy look.

Did they improve by moving? Jury is Out

The Final Four: How my picks faired, and picking the Real Deal

For those of you who have not read about how I got to this Final Four, read our last March Madness entry here.

JJB Final Four: UNC, Kansas, Butler,

Well, at least I got the bottom two of the bracket right, and I know that NO ONE had VCU, so I’ll take those, but let’s get on to the real deal, we’ve got a battle of black-jersey teams and underdogs on the right in Butler and VCU, and a battle of the blues of the left in UConn vs. Kentucky. And on a side note, this Final Four is Swoosh Inc.’s dream match up, as they provide uniforms to all four teams and will make buku-bucks with whoever wins by selling all that apparel.

(3) UConn vs. (4) Kentucky

The battle of the bluebloods (and jerseys) will be a highly contested one. Kentucky’s fab four freshman against Kemba Walker’s crew. Above is the jerseys the teams will be playing in, and its pretty straight forward, I am someone who has always found Navy blue to be a more imposing color than royal, so give me UConn to get to the final.


(8) Butler vs. (11) VCU

Being a fan of black as a color for sports teams, this is my dream matchup. However, for the first time in a long time, Butler will be the designated “home team” in tournament play since they are playing lower seeded VCU. It is a nice change to see Butler in their whites, and like I said last article, I think VCU’s Purdue impression doesn’t quite cut it, take the Bulldogs back to the final for the second time in as many years.

(3) UConn vs. (8) Butler

UConn’s white versus Butler’s now customary black (they’ve worn it every single tournament game except against VCU the past two years) Both are by Nike, both look great, really it comes down to color scheme, and for me, Butler’s Black and White takes the cake over Connecticut’s white and blue ensemble. Keep the Brad Stevens hype train rolling and give it to….


Your 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion (as picked by JJB):

THE BUTLER UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS

Well there you go, in actuality, I’m pulling for Kentucky to beat Uconn to save my bracket, and then Butler to win the whole deal (You’re my boy blue) since they lost in heartbreaking fashion to Duke last season. I’ll be back after the finals on Monday and you might see some limited content in the next few weeks as the end of the semester is coming, but I’ll do my best to keep up my weekly post rate. And one piece of good news, CBS scrapped the terrible Jennifer Hudson cover of One Shining Moment for the Luther Vandross version (Thank God, because last year’s montage was unwatchable.) Go Bulldogs! – J



March Madness is HERE, and we’re picking all the way to our Final Four the only way can

It’s that most wonderful time of the year. MARCH MADNESS! College Basketball has taken center stage and will keep hold all the way until March 4th when the new National Champion will be crowned in Houston. Since I didn’t have the time to pick ALL 256 games by uniform, I decided that doing the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 this week and the Final Four next week would be a good way to go about it. So here we go, in traditional JJB style, crowning the best dressed team in College Basketball.

East:

Kentucky over OSU

If OSU were to wear their white home uniforms (which is highly unlikely since they have worn “heather” as they call it, through the first two rounds) then this might be a different argument. But uniforms wise, this is new school vs the undisputed champ. Kentucky as I have mentioned is the greatest team historically in college basketball, and their road uniform is simply incredible, not too complicated, no unnecessary pattern, just a jersey and shorts worn by 4 freshman/year that oozes class. Give me Kentucky into the next round.

UNC over Marquette


This is a dream uniform matchup for nike and for the fans. Its a battle of Powder Blues, which as some of you know from my North Carolina/Manchester City fandom, is one of my favorite colors, so I am salivating at this matchup of Jordan-branded teams. However, this one is fairly easy to pick, since they wear the same colors, it goes down to the accent patterns on the jersey. I HATE the design Marquette has adorning the sleeves, whereas I LOVE the argyle pattern that UNC wears (Love it enough I own a pair of the road shorts.) KO another Big East team and give me UNC

West:

Arizona over Duke


It seems that the Dookies have taken what was their alternate uniform in 2008-09 and made that their official home uniform for this season (as far as I know, if anyone knows that they just brought these out for the tournament, feel free to correct me in the comments.) Now, everyone knows as a Michigan fan, I agree with Jalen Rose and others about Duke. However, at the same time, my friends over at BSPN will tell you I love the idea of the shadowing on basketball jerseys, just not if its about the architecture of the school (REALLY?) On the other side, Arizona have a traditional uniform set, but I have always been a fan of the typeface they use, and they use a solid color scheme, nothing that can drag them to a championship win, but enough to over take plain jane/too much detail Duke. Give me ‘Zona.

UConn over SDSU


In real life, I am cheering for SDSU this tournament, Steve Fisher was a great coach at U of M and I want to see him do well with the Aztecs. However, the money train stops here for SDSU’s magical season, as they run into the Kemba show, and UConn’s excellent uniforms. I like SDSU, but seriously, they dress like a high school, UConn gets the easy win for their traditional, but still interesting uniform set.

Southwest Regional

Kansas over Richmond


The Spiders vs. the Jayhawks. As much as I HATE THAT DUMB ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK saying, I am going to take Kansas over Richmond here, this is because I like Richmond as a midmajor, but their unis leave a little to be desired, and I mean really, they are not even the best dressed team in their own town. Because of this, Kansas keeps going into the Elite 8.

Florida State over VCU


Garnet and Old Gold vs. Black and Gold. VCU just beat Purdue who wear the exact same colors, but pull it off MUCH better. Unlike Florida, FSU pulls off a uniform traditonally associated with football well on the basketball court (and I really like their Black alternates, but they won’t be worn.) FSU gets a rare chance as a ten seed being the home team, and it is enough to carry them into the Elite Eight. Roll Seminoles

Southeast Region

Butler over Wisconsin


Growing up as Michigan fan means one pertinent thing, besides the Detroit Red Wings and Arsenal, I despise most other teams that wear red, which means Bo Ryan and co.’s ship is sunk to begin with. Let’s see Butler’s great all black look keep rolling along into the Elite 8 as they try to repeat last year’s heroics. If only their Christ-like hero figure Gordon Hayward had stayed instead of averaging 2.4 points per game and having ONE HIGHLIGHT so far with the Utah Jazz. However, I’ll keep going with Butler

BYU over Florida


It’s a pivotal match-up of arguably the two of the best , and whitest guys in college basketball in Jimmer Fredette, the one man show, against Chandler Parsons, the SEC player of the year (and voted most innocent looking.) There is one name that will forever make me dislike Florida basketball, and that is Joakim Noah, that and the royal blue and orange just looks plain wrong OFF of the football field. So keep the Stormin Mormon train rolling into the elite eight and give me BYU

Elite Eight

UNC over Kentucky

Here is a battle everyone would love to see in the Elite 8. A giant vs giant matchup. Rupp vs. Smith, Powder vs. Royal, you name it and it can happen. This battle of the giants would be yet ANOTHER marketing ploy by Nike in the East region. Kentucky will be the road team as the fourth seed meaning they will stick with their royal jerseys, and UNC will stick with the home uniforms. Really it comes down to detail here, there is something about that argyle that always gets me. Let’s take UNC to the Final Four.

UConn over Arizona

The all Nike train keeps on going with this matchup. Two very traditonal teams in a basketball historian’s dream matchup. Here, UConn’s home overrule Arziona’s road, taking UConn to the promised land.

Kansas over FSU

Again, I hate Kansas, but I can’t hate the way that they dress, I’ll take them easily over FSU, baring the impossible thought that Florida State wears their black alternates, if that is the case, I take Florida State, but since that chance is slim to none, give me Kansas.

Butler over BYU

Butler, the reigning 2nd place team, vs the Jimmer show. This matchup is easy on the eyes, BYU’s white and blue vs. Butler’s all black uniforms. However, I am going to take Butler here, because Black overrules Navy Blue, and who can resist picking a team with a mascot like that

Final Four


East: UNC

Southwest: Kansas

West: UConn

Southeast: Butler

Well there you have it, the Final Four, I will be back next week with a full analysis of my Final Four in addition to the REAL Final Four, til then, enjoy the madness –  J

March Madness Mystery: Why Do Schools not named UNC wear Jordan Brand gear?

Most readers will recognize the symbol above, Michael Jordan not only transformed basketball, but Jordan brand is one of the most recognizable logos in sportswear, it has propelled Nike to even greater heights, and represents the greatest of all time. Obviously, being Jordan’s alma mater, UNC has been wearing Jordan branded gear for as long as I can remember (at least for more than 6 years.) However, during championship week last week, I noticed something interesting, both Georgetown, and Marquette also had the famous Jumpman logo adorning their nike branded basketball jerseys. Personally, I find this to be a problem. Part of me think that yes, only UNC should wear Jordan brand since HE WENT THERE. However, the other half of me thinks there are more deserving candidates in Nike’s vast arsenal of contracts that should be wearing that famous Jumpman over the Hoyas and the Golden Eagles. Let’s do this tournament style, we will look at their all time resumes, and see who replaces these two, somewhat undeserving sides.

UNC needs no justification, Jordan graced them with his presence for four years, so obviously they get to honor him by wearing all Jordan brand uniforms.

Marquette Resume

NCAA Tournament appearances: 29

NCAA Final Four Appearances: 3 (1974, 1977, 2003)

NCAA Tournament Champions: 1 (1977)

Notable Alumni:

Bo Ellis, Lawrence Frank, Maurice Lucas, Rick Majerus, Doc Rivers, Dwayne Wade,

Chances of Retaining Jordan Contract: 45%

Reason: They have definitely been a notable team, but Marquette just switched to Jordan this year from one of Nike’s other sub-brands, Converse, so it would be just as easy to give them the boot for one of the contenders

Verdict: OUT

Georgetown Resume:

NCAA Tournament Appearances: 26

NCAA Final Four Appearances: 6 (1943, 1982, 1984, 1985, 2007)

NCAA Tournament Championships: 1 (1984)

Notable Alumni:

Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (that one is just for fun) Patrick Ewing, Sleepy Floyd, Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, Allen Iverson, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo,

Chances of retaining Jordan contract: 65%

Reason: Yes, Marquette has more tournament appearances, but Georgetown is instantly recognized as a basketball power, they have won the Big East Conference Tourney ten times, and won the Big East regular season title an additional four times. As you can see from the list of alumnus, these were very talented players when they hooped it up for the Hoyas. This definitely merits Georgetown worthy of the Jordan branding.

Verdict: IN

THE CONTENDERS

Connecticut:

NCAA Tournament Appearances: 29

NCAA Final Four Appearances: 3 (1999, 2004, 2009)

NCAA Tournament Championships: 2 (1999, 2004)

Notable Alumni:

Ray “Jesus Shuttlesworth” Allen, Richard Hamilton, Donyell Marshall, Emeka Okafor, Clifford Robinson, Corny Thompson

Chances of recieving Jordan Contract: 80%

UConn definitely falls into the category of Duke, UNC, UCLA and Kentucky in the top tier of college basketball. 2009 was the first time they reached the final four and DID NOT win the whole tournament. Legendary coach Jim Calhoun is currently in his 25th season on the Huskies’ sideline and will surely enter the HOF when he does retire. UConn has also played in the hyper-competitive Big East and won 28 regular season titles in addition to 7 conference tournament titles (most recently in 2011.) If any team not named North Carolina gets to wear Jordan, UConn should be mentioned in that argument.

Verdict: Yes

Kentucky:

NCAA Tournament Appearances: 44 (Current streak since 1992)

NCAA Final Four Appearances: 13 (Most Recently in 1998)

NCAA Tournament Championships: 7 (Last one in 1998)

Notable Alumni:

Sam Bowie, Jamal “Monster” Mashburn, Tayshaun Prince, Pat Riley, Rajon Rondo, John Wall (amongst many others)

Chances of receiving Jordan contract: 99.9%

Reason: Yes, it seems after last year and with the new NBA rules, Kentucky is a one year vacation for the future John Wall’s and DeMarcus Cousins to get to March Madness and then get paid, but on paper, the facts speak for themselves. Kentucky is the most successful College Basketball team of ALL TIME, if anyone besides UNC should wear Jordan brand gear to honor his airness (I mean that Jumpman logo honors him wherever it is) it should be the Wildcats.

VERDICT: a resounding YES

So listen up Jordan brand and Nike execs, give Marquette the boot, and add UConn and Kentucky to the teams who should wear Jordan, altho IMHO, I think only UNC should wear it, but if anyone, make it those two schools. I’ll be back later this week with my picks for March Madness by Unis (at least the first two rounds.) – J



Jersey Flip Flop

Ever wanted your team to swap their home and away uniforms? or maybe switch between their home and their third? today I’ll examine  these scenarios with certain teams throughout professional sports.

Detroit Red Wings

Anyone who has read this blog before knows I swear by the Wings current road jersey, it is top 5 in my favorite jerseys of all time, and I wish the team would wear it at the Joe once again, but for the time being, I deal with the somewhat over-red, blood red home sweater which while menacing, does not have the class or tradition of the white sweater, it also makes us look like the former Soviet Union at home.

Seattle Seahawks

When the Seahawks re-did their colors in 2002, I was not a huge fan, however, this white jersey when paired with White pants doesn’t look half bad, it actually makes the neon green piping almost seem right. However, this is a real pipe dream, the Seahawks are the one team of the thirty two NFL teams who have NEVER worn white at home throughout their whole existence, but I wouldn’t mind seeing them run into Qwest Field wearing these one hot September afternoon.

Orlando Magic

I was absolutely riveted when the Magic released these uniforms. A throwback to the Shaq and Penny era of the team with the modern twist of the current uniforms. Imagine how good the team would look wearing their current blue, away jerseys at home and these black jerseys on the road. Easily one of the best color combinations in the entire NBA, I wouldn’t complain if they officially donned these jerseys as much as possible while still keeping the blue jerseys alive.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons jersey has grown on me over its seven year tenure in Atlanta, it is not the classic design the jersey that preceded it was, but is a nice modern take. The home jersey is a little too much red for me to handle, which is why, like the Cowboys, I would enjoy if the Falcons wore their whites at home. A good looking modern design that would also let Atlanta fans see all the colors of the NFL.

New Jersey Devils

In my NHL favorite jerseys article, the Devils appeared as a dark horse amongst my top 5 favorites. Now, even though they do pair their home red with black pants, it creates a near visual mishmash of dark colors. Luckily the team has these, which have just enough red paneling and black accents paired over white to make a beautiful looking jersey for the team. This is yet another uniform that makes me want the NHL to switch back to the pre-2003 format of wearing white jerseys at home, how it was, and how it should be.

New Orleans Saints

Now presenting, the jerseys your Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints’ wore in their first championship win over the Colts. Ever since I have watched football, this has been the Saints classiest combination possible for a variety of reasons. 1. The home black uni has 3 (count ’em, 3) different shades of gold, which looks ridiculous, and it is too often paired with their black pants, creating a menacing, but near boring look for the team. The team often wears these jerseys early in the year and many times at home and on the road, so bravo and a big hand to the boys from Bourbon Street for being very uni-sensible.

 

Well there you go, the teams that probably should give their road/third jersey a try at home, a change of color never hurt anyone, and there is nothing in the rules (besides NHL) saying they cannot wear these jerseys at home. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! – J

The Top 5 Cities By Uniforms in American Sports

5. Milwaukee/Green Bay

Wisconsin is known for a few things, cheese, beer, basically Midwest traditions, however, their sports uniforms are highly underrated also. The Packers wear one of the best home uniforms in the NFL, and I am a person who thinks that green and yellow look awful together, but the Pack have been and forever will make that combination work well. The Bucks have gone through some color scheme changes over time, but they have finally found something that works in Green, Red and White. And finally, the Brewers, who combine blue and gold so well to make for a great looking set of uniforms.

4. Houston

Houston would be higher up on this list if the Texans were still the Oilers, however, fourth is incredibly respectable for a town that does not even have all four major leagues in the city. I have liked the Texans uniforms ever since they took the field in 2002, the home jersey looks very good when paired with white pants. The Astros red and black pinstripe design has always been top 10 MLB unis in my book, and even their non-pinstriped jerseys look incredibly sharp. Finally, the Rockets, who returned to this classic design in 2003, make a sharp looking, modernized homage to their past

3. Chicago


It would be near impossible to leave Chicago off this list, great town with great sports. Da Bulls have always dressed sharp even before Jordan joined the team (although it is safe to say he is what made that uniform famous.) As much as I HATE the Blackhawks, I LOVE that black third jersey, and the white away looks pretty solid as well. Da Bears have one of the best looking home uniforms in sports, the blue, orange and white mesh together so well. And the Cubbies, love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are the best pinstriped team in the NL.

2. Detroit

Plain and Simple, The D has the four of the classiest uniforms in sports, and together they catapult Detroit to the silver medal of best dressed cities. The Red Wings have easily the best away sweater in the NHL with the crisp red wheel on white and red panels, many a Stanley Cup have been won in this shirt. The Lions uniform has taken a few steps back recently, but everyone can recognize the Honolulu Blue and Silver of the Lions (Personally I prefer the away jersey.) The Pistons redesigned their uniforms to be a classic in 2001, and have stuck with the look ever since. It is a nod to the “Bad Boys” teams that won two consecutive NBA titles in the late 1980’s. Finally, the Tigers, who have arguably one of the best home uniforms in baseball, the Olde English D on white, very simple, and a true classic of the game.



1. Boston

Collectively, Boston has the best big four collection of uniforms in the country. Three of the four designs are classic and the Patriots uniform has been worn during their three Super Bowl wins. Beantown easily wins. The classic black and yellow of the Bruins is an original six design. The Red Sox have barely altered their home look for the better part of the past century. New England instilled the “Flying Elvis” in 1994, it is not my favorite look, but Tom Brady and the team have won three Super Bowls with Elvis on their helmets, I suggest they stick with it. The Celtics have had their historic green and whites since their inception. Congrats to Boston, collectively, you have the best dressed sports city in America.

So Boston has bragging rights for being best dressed sports city, Anyone have any cities that should be on this list instead of others? email me, or comment on facebook! – J

 

Great Debates: White At Home In American Sports. Good or Bad?

Every sport has its own uniform rules and guidelines, but one that each of the major four American sports is split on is the concept of White at Home. Baseball and Basketball both wear white at home (well baseball has alternates, but white is designated the home color.) Whereas Football and Hockey both have teams wear their colored sets at home and predominately white on the road. Let’s take a sport by sport look

NFL:

Always: Cowboys

Sometimes: Carolina, Miami, Tampa, Houston, San Diego, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore

Rarely: Rest of League

As you can see, many teams in the NFL do wear white at home, especially those in warmer climates, as wearing dark colors in September can be very problematic for teams dressing in Navy and Black. Tex Schramm, the Cowboys former President, decided the team should wear their white jerseys at home so “fans could see all the colors of the NFL” and the team has stuck with the white jerseys at home ever since. I think there is a good amount of White at home already in the league, but I wouldn’t mind seeing even more.

NHL:

Pre-2003 (Good)

Post 2003 (Bad)

A rule change after the 2002-03 season made teams wear their colored jerseys at home, I did not support this AT ALL, it had been traditional that teams ALWAYS wore white at home. Being a Red Wings fan, and I’ve repeatedly said this, the team’s white sweater is one of the best in Hockey, so why bother messing with that and other team traditions by forcing them to wear their colors at home? A group of fans is spearheading an effort to get the rule changed back to normal, and I fully support them in their task. Bring back white at home in the NHL!

MLB:

Home/Good


Away/Not so Good


The Tigers are a prime example of why White at Home in baseball should stick. The white uniforms look great, they gray ones, decent, but a distant second the home set. Baseball is one of the oldest sports in America, and white has ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS been the home color, with gray usually designated as away (although with teams like Colorado and Texas rarely wearing road grays, the game has become more colorful.) Good job MLB, you set the precedent that the other leagues should follow. 

NBA:

Teams that don’t have a white standard jersey: Lakers


To my knowledge, only the LA Kobe’s, I mean Lakers, wear a non-white home jersey and are the only team to do so on a regular basis. The NBA has similar rules to the NFL, Home team has first choice uniforms (sometimes teams will don their aways/alternates or throwbacks for a promotion.) And the road team must wear opposite colors. I think this system also works fine, as fans can see the entire spectrum of the NBA rainbow, but seeing some color at home for Sunday games or special nights is also a nice thing.

Special Note: Soccer

Sure, I’m biased as a soccer fan, but personally, I think soccer has the best system, teams should both be able to wear colors as long as they do not CLASH. Take Arsenal and Chelsea for an example

In all soccer leagues, the home team has first choice kits, which is usually their home strip (In this game, Chelsea is wearing their standard kit at home.) However, Arsenal does not clash at all, except for their socks (typically white,) so a simple sock change, and both teams can wear their traditional colors. I suggest that we bring this to American sports, both teams can wear their respective colors unless their is a full out color clash (Blue vs. Blue etc) then teams can break out the whites/ second uniforms

Verdict: Soccer offers the best system, which would create a world where both teams could wear their colored uniforms at least 50 percent of the time, and only break out the whites/grays when absolutely necessary. However, since that pipe dream will never come true; Baseball and Basketball do it the best, teams in American sports should wear their white uniforms at home, like Tex Schramm said, it would allow fans to see many more uniforms at home games instead of seeing their same favorite team colors vs a team in white every home game. What are your opinions? should teams stick to the football/hockey system and wear colors at home? wear white? or go with the soccer idealogy? – J

 

My Top 5 NBA jerseys

The NBA season tipped off last night, and even though basketball is far from my favorite sport, I thought I’d give my top five favorite NBA jerseys

5. Portland TrailBlazers Away

Portland may be one of the NBA’s smaller markets, but wow oh wow do the blazers get some classy duds, the likes of this great red,black and white jersey have been worn by bad boys like Rasheed Wallace and Damon Stoudamire, (Increasing the badass factor of the jersey) to newer stars like Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. This jersey has been around for a while, but it is a great and menacing look for the team to wear on court

4. Utah Jazz Away

Utah just unveiled these uniforms over the summer, it finally represents the Jazz as a team name (instead of the former mountain motif) however, it still doesn’t justify the team name being in Utah, but that’s another argument for another day. I’ve always liked the Jazz’ throwbacks, and these just exude class for a classy team, the likes of Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur, Andrei Kirilenko and crew will be finally be playing in uniforms worthy of the team.

3. Chicago Bulls Away/3rd

Chicago jumped on the Black for Black’s Sake train back in the Jordan days, but that was completely acceptable because the team had His Airness. The uniforms have changed slightly since the Jordan days, but like Portland, I like the Black using red accents for a meaner look than the team’s typical red road uniforms. However, I do with the team would bring back the red pinstripes used during the Jordan era.

2. Denver Nuggets Away

One of my favorite player’s, the Nuggets’ resident psychopath, Chris Andersen, wearing one of my favorite jerseys. Denver and Cleveland both redid their uniforms in 2003 with the arrivals of ‘Melo and LeBron respectively. I absolutely loved Denver’s when it was released, probably because it is similar to that of the Tar Heels (Sky Blue is one of my favorite colors) but still, entering its eighth season, I still enjoy watching Denver play in these brightly colored duds.

1. Orlando Magic Away

I’ve always been drawn to the Magic, maybe because when I went to Disney World as a kid, they were the first NBA team I recognized after the Pistons,this jersey, which came out in 2008, is an homage the 1990s’ teams uniforms when Shaq and Penny Hardaway played for the team. Howard, Nelson, Turkgulu and the rest of the team make these uniforms even better by playing great basketball, but its hard to beat the combination of black and blue combined with white pinstriping.

Well there you go, what I think are the best 5 unis in the NBA – J

 

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