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Strong Start

By John Ekdahl

Team USA kicked off the 2010 FIBA World Championship with a comfortable 106-78 win over Croatia in their home whites. They’ll play their second game this morning in their away blues against Slovenia. The full schedule of the tournament is available here.

Update: USA 99 – Slovenia 77 (Final | Box)

44 comments to Strong Start

  • JTH | August 29, 2010 at 10:57 am |


    First link is bad. Was this what you wanted?

    • John Ekdahl | August 29, 2010 at 11:07 am |

      Thanks, JTH. Fixed.

      The game is currently on ESPN2, by the way.

  • David Murphy | August 29, 2010 at 11:49 am |

    Perhaps beating Croatia is a poor indicator of a “strong start”. They almost lost the other night. Perhaps we Uni-Watchers should stick to watching the uniforms?

    • John Ekdahl | August 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm |

      Tell it to the national media.

      “It was an impressive start for a U.S. team that came to Turkey without any players who helped them win the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics. Instead of those superstars, the Americans are left with a young, undersized team that features Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer, as its centerpiece.”
      – Associated Press

      “Strong defense and potent perimeter offense lifted the U.S. to a comfortable victory and a promising start to their tournament. Croatia is a team that should advance to the medal rounds, and they were no match for the Americans.”

      There’s plenty more if you care enough to look around.

      • JTH | August 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm |

        If they’d been held scoreless in the fourth quarter, the game would have gone into overtime and then anything could have happened.

        In other words, David’s right. They almost lost.

        • John Ekdahl | August 29, 2010 at 1:04 pm |

          Who would have thought that those fluky 28 points in the fourth would end up being the difference in the game? Then again, we’re just Uni-Watchers, which of course means we are incapable of understanding the complexities of the sports we watch. All those pretty colors are such a distraction.

        • Jim Vilk | August 29, 2010 at 1:21 pm |

          Seeing as how the rest of the world is catching up to the US…when the “A” team is playing…this “B” team’s performance is nothing to sneeze about.

          As for the unis, gotta say they don’t suck. They don’t make me want to get up and start singing the national anthem, but they’re nice.

        • David Murphy | August 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm |

          They almost lost THE OTHER NIGHT…against Spain, I think.

        • John Ekdahl | August 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm |

          Spain is currently ranked #3 in the world (not to mention they were our opponent in the gold medal game in China) and that game “the other night” was a scrimmage.

        • JTH | August 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm |

          Silly me for not realizing that “Perhaps beating Croatia is a poor indicator of a ‘strong start’. They almost lost the other night.” meant the game against Spain nearly a week ago.

  • James Craven | August 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm |

    Needless to say, no douchepodiness on the USA unis.

  • Jim Vilk | August 29, 2010 at 1:43 pm |

    I’m sure some…OK…one of you are eager for the college football 5&1 lists to begin. Well, as this Division II fan will remind you, the season has begun. So, for this week, it’s an all D-II 5&1.

    5. Bemidji State at Minot: – B! E! A! V! E! R! S! Beavers! Beavers! Beavers!

    4. Minnseota State-Moorehead at Missouri Southern – Nice Dragons helmet, but Southern has the nicer jersey.

    3. Washburn at Colorado Mines – Ichabods (love that name) in white tackled blue monochrome and won.

    2. Shepherd at Shippenburg – Lotsa blue pants, but fantastic above the waist.

    1. Wingate at West Georgia – West Georgia’s wonderful stripes and colors atone for losing the game.

    And the non-winner: Central Missouri at Southwest Baptist – If that pic isn’t bad enough, wait until you see what Central looks like from the back:

    • ab | August 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm |

      Looking at Bemidji State’s uniforms, I have the urge to call them the “JetBeavers.” But only for my own personal amusement, because I’m imagining beavers going around on jet packs.

      • Ricko | August 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm |

        I must note, the Bemidji campus is really pretty. Sits right on the late. Was the site of original Vikings’ training camp. Have some slides I took at training camp there in ’62 around somewhere.

        They moved to Mankato for three reasons…
        1. Mankato made them a helluvan offer
        2. It was closer to the Twin Cities, which was better for everyone, especially the media. That meant increased TV coverage of camp.
        3. It really just wasn’t hot enough in Bemidji to get players into NFL shape.


        • Jim Vilk | August 29, 2010 at 5:11 pm |

          The school’s web site has a great picture of the campus (let the slideshow at the top run for a few seconds and you’ll see it). Also, below that you can read about their neat homecoming tradition of jumping in the lake after a victory:

      • Ricko | August 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm |

        Or “BeaverJets”. Although I’m pretty sure those are part of a Jacuzzi.


        • Jerry | August 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm |

          How’s the new hockey arena coming along in Bemidji

    • Ricko | August 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm |

      Go, Dragons!
      Daughter when to school at Moorhead State.
      Have a fitted black baseball cap with the dragon in white and the fire, of course, in red.
      Great-looking logo, great-looking hat.


      • traxel | August 29, 2010 at 4:53 pm |

        Had no idea there were TWO More(moor)head States out there.

        • Ricko | August 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm |

          One’s named after a guy (Phil Simms’ alma mater), the other after a town.
          Moorhead, MN, was, not surprisingly, the moor head (like a trail head) for Fargo on the Red River.

          Now, though, it’s Minnesota State Moorhead…but was “Moorhead State” for decades and decades.


    • traxel | August 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm |

      Central Missouri and SW Baptist. The Mules and The Bearcats. Warrensburg MO and Boliver MO. It’s hard enough getting people to go to that game, and then to trot that garbahje out on the gridiron, yukola.

  • war eagle jeffrey | August 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm |

    why no uni content today?

    • Jim Vilk | August 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm |

      Well, there’s that thing one post above yours…

      • war eagle jeffrey | August 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm |

        silly me, i was looking in today’s main post!

        • Jim Vilk | August 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm |

          It was a stealth list. I decided on doing one at the last minute.

  • war eagle jeffrey | August 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm |

    watching the yanks/pale hose and pondering…what was the last uniform adjustment made by the yanks (not including the variations of the interlocking ny)?

    could it be the white outline on the team name and numbers on the road jersey? and possibly also the stripes on the roadie? seems like in the 60’s it was just a grey jersey with no stripes and plain blue numbers.

    • The Fonz | August 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm |

      this season they changed the MLB logo on their caps and jerseys…it’s blue, white and silver now…it used to be blue, white, and red.

      that’s the LAST uni adjustment they have made.

      • war eagle jeffrey | August 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm |

        was that an adjustment made by the yankees or mlb?

        and what i’m really after is a change made to colors, striping, details, etc. that are specific to the yankees…excluding mlb or majestic or equipment logos.

    • Ricko | August 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm |

      That would be it. With the coming of double knit, pretty much.


  • nybatt | August 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm |

    Yanks added white backdrop and blue-white-blue sleeve striping on road unis the start of the 1973 season… for 38 seasons an unnecessary addition.. imo… there was nothing wrong with the plain navy on grey..

    • JTH | August 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm |

      Meh. Navy blue on gray doubleknit looks awful (Red Sox road unis). Until Majestic comes out with a faux flannel for the road unis, I say keep the white on them.

    • ab | August 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm |

      I just don’t like un-outlined numbers on grays. Whites, fine. Grays, it just looks weird. Yeah, yeah, tradition. But JTH is right about it looking weird on doubleknit. Obviously it looked amazing on flannels.

      How many teams wear un-outlined numbers on grays? All I can think of are the Dodgers, Rays and Red Sox. Just doesn’t look right… kinda unfinished.

      • Mike Engle | August 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
        • ab | August 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm |

          Ah, right. I was picturing the NOB in my head and transferring that to the number too. Yeah, so just Dodgers and Red Sox.

          Un-outlined NOBs are okay. I like the contrast between an un-outlined NOB and an outlined number.

    • war eagle jeffrey | August 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm |

      i wonder how controversial it was to add the outlining…i can’t imagine the yanks changing anything to their standard uni (with the exception of the memorial patches/bands) today.

      • Ricko | August 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm |

        Pretty much was no big deal. Just about everyone was “updating” one way or another with the advent of doubleknit.

        I don’t recall reading anything about it one way or the other.


  • nybatt | August 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm |

    Last night’s Giants/Ravens game… Steve Smith had some major pant-striping issues.. looked as if the thin red-blue-red striping was stretched VERY wide. seemed like a very isolated incident as the rest of the team had normal thin striping.

    • Ricko | August 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm |

      Is he one of the few players (esp. wideouts) who actually still wear thigh pads, perhaps?


  • random reader | August 29, 2010 at 9:56 pm |

    For those keeping score at home: Ivan Nova’s jersey still bears the navy/red MLB logo present on Yankee jerseys from last season.

    I guess the Yankees still have blank jerseys from last year that they are trying to use up.

  • Jim Vilk | August 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm |

    Let’s see, big day for the White Sox…first they retire Frank Thomas’ number,
    well, at least until someone comes along and asks to un-retire it…
    then they get Manny Ramirez.

  • Jim Vilk | August 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |

    Also, the Jays honored Dave Steib’s 20th anniversary of his no-hitter by joining him in those great powder throwbacks:

  • Skott | August 30, 2010 at 1:18 am |

    Anyone else hate the black NOB on USA’s blue unis?

    • Jim Vilk | August 30, 2010 at 10:21 am |