Shortly after I arrived at yesterday’s NBA media event, Adidas exec Travis Blasingame, who I’d met two months ago at an earlier NBA event (and who happens to be a really nice guy), walked over to say hi. We chatted a bit and at some point I caught a glimpse of his belt buckle. My first thought was, “Oooh, that’s pretty nice.” Then I had a flash of realization and asked him, “Wait a minute — is that a three-stripe Adidas belt buckle you’re wearing?” Sure enough, he said. Corporate logo or no, I really like it.
In case you missed it yesterday, I didn’t think much of the media event, mainly because I thought it didn’t do a good job of explaining how the new uniforms differ from the old ones (aside from the rote lighter-faster-drier claims). So I’ve broken down a bunch of those details myself today in a new ESPN column.
Meanwhile, a few additional notes regarding yesterday’s NBA unveiling event:
• They had a Pistons jersey on display, so I took a close-up shot of the Bill Davidson memorial collar patch.
• The NBA store had some cool textured tees for sale. Love those raised, sewn-on graphics.
• My media credential was misspelled. This has been happening my whole life, so I’m used to it by now — no biggie (and hey, at least they styled Uni Watch as two words with a space in between, which so many other folks get wrong). But I changed the “c” to a “k” anyway, because it just didn’t look like my name the way it was printed.
And here’s one last note: When I first met Blasingame (the belt buckle guy) back in July, he told me something really interesting. “New York is known as the toughest NBA city for visiting teams’ laundry,” he said. “They just cook the hell out of everything at the Garden — they’re known for that.”
That led to an additional point I hadn’t thought of. According to Blasingame, home jerseys tend to last a little longer than road jerseys, because the roads have to be washed, dried, and packed up for the next stop on the team’s road trip, while homes can often be hang-dried or sometimes even dry-cleaned (unless the team is about to head off on the road). Never knew that.
Extra-curricular activities: Okay, so “Big News!” might be a slight exaggeration, but I have a coupla things in the works that you might want to know about:
• Next Wednesday, September 29th, the excellent radio show Seven Second Delay (which is broadcast on the mighty WFMU, the best radio station in NYC and probably the universe) will be attempting to set a world record by interviewing 60 guests in 60 minutes. I will be one of those guests. The show will air at 6pm eastern and can be live-streamed on the WFMU web site, and those of you in the NYC area can also reserve tickets to attend the show, which will be broadcast live from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Manhattan.
I have no idea where I will fall within the sequence of guests, nor do I know who any of the other guests will be. But I’m thinking it should be a very interesting scene in the green room.
• On October 11th, the very wonderful City Reliquary (which hosted the Candela Structures exhibit last summer) will hold its
annual bi-annual occasional Collector’s Night event, a celebration of collections and the collectors who collect them. Or to put it another way, a bunch of endearing freaks will showcase their obsessively curated curiosities and stand there like animals in a zoo while guests walk by and inspect their collections. Plus there will be a screening of a documentary about collectors and hoarders, plus-plus my pal Harley “Inspector Collector” Spiller will talk about his father’s collection of newsstand paperweights, and more.
Trust me, Collector’s Night is a hoot (where else would you find someone who collects cans of mackeral or discarded umbrellas?), and this year I’ll be one of the featured collectors. Haven’t yet decided which collection to bring along, although it probably won’t be the pencil sharpeners, since it’d be a bit of a hassle to unscrew them all from the wall. The event will take place at the Knitting Factory (which is now in Brooklyn, in case you didn’t know — at the corner of Metropolitan of Havemeyer, right across the street from the Reliquary). Festivities will commence at 6pm and run for at least four hours. Admission is $10, with all proceeds going to the Reliquary.
Uni Watch News Ticker: According to the fourth graf of this story, Francisco Rodriguez wore “ripped designer jeans” for a court appearance yesterday. Classy dude. ”¦ And if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you (with thanks to Paul Hirsch). ”¦ More team-branded blazers: It’s hard to see, but that’s the Packers’ old QB-over-Wisconsin logo on Phil Bengtson’s jacket (big thanks to Jeff Ash, who compiles the vintage Packers photo gallerieson The Green Bay Press-Gazette‘s site). ”¦ Remember how Lance Armstrong and his team tried to pull a jersey switcheroo prior to the last stage of the Tour de France? That little stunt may now result in suspensions (with thanks to Sean Clancy). ”¦ If you want to see a field of blue, you don’t have to go to Boise State (with thanks to Andrew Hoenig). ”¦ Matt Newbery reports that a Thai noodle joint in Joplin, Missouri, is using the old Magic logo. ”¦ Not one of history’s better ideas. Those are the A’s and Chisox going black-vs.-black yesterday afternoon. ”¦ As promised, the Nats have managed to keep Bryce Harper war paint-free in the Instructional League (with thanks to Kevin Hastings). ”¦ Scroll down a bit to see the excellent little stylized logos for the individual sports in the Asian games (thanks, Jeremy). ”¦ Susan Freeman sent some pics of interesting Texas high school football uni designs, including West Brook (um, maybe a red helmet might be a good idea..?), Cy Falls (interesting side piping), and Dickinson Pine Drive (I like that bar with the team name). ”¦ Here’s a new one for our collection of team-themed airplane liveries: Air New Zealand’s All Blacks jet. ”¦ Freakish jersey malfunction in last night’s Blackhawks preseason game, as Jake Dowell’s jersey was pulled over his head during a fight and then the jersey tore and his head popped through his uni number. ”¦ Remember, Iowa will be wearing these excellent throwbacks this weekend. There’s a nice little video report on them here (with thanks to Tom Griffith). ”¦ New hoops uniforms — System of Dress, by the looks of them — for BYU (with thanks to Austin Taylor). ”¦ A little birdie tells me that the Penguins’ Winter Classic jersey will look like this: “Take the 1967 jersey (the diagonal Pittsburgh), flip the navy and powder blues, and put the circle logo with the ‘scarfed’ fatbody penguin on the front instead of the diagonal lettering. The numbers on the jersey will be rounded, as on the 1967 jerseys. It sounds like a hot mess, but in my opinion they’re very sharp.” ”¦ Want to make your own old-style boxing posters? Here’s a tutorial that shows you how to do it in Photoshop (awesome find by Jake Doyle). ”¦ Also from Jake: Looks like the Titans awarded a pro wrestling-style championship belt to their 2007 sack leader (or maybe to the entire defensive line, not sure).