When the NBA announced that it was eliminating home and road uniform designations this season, I figured we’d see lots of color-vs.-color games and, at the very least, lots of home teams opting not to wear white. So with the season now fully underway (there were 11 games last night, to go along with the two games from Tuesday night), I thought I’d see how the uniform pairings played out. Here’s a game-by-game rundown:
• The Cavaliers wore white at home, creating a standard white-vs.-color game against the Celtics.
• The Warriors wore white at home, creating a standard white-vs.-color game against the Rockets.
• The Wizards wore white at home, creating a standard white-vs.-color game against the 76ers.
• The Pistons wore white at home, creating a standard white-vs.-color game against the Hornets.
• The Pacers wore blue at home. No chance of going color-on-color here, because the Nets’ black uniforms wouldn’t provide enough contrast (and their dark-grey alternates would be even worse), so this was another white-vs.-color game, albeit with the road team wearing white.
• The Magic wore white at home, creating a standard white-vs.-color game against the Heat.
• The Celtics wore white at home, creating a standard white-vs.-color game against the Bucks.
• The Grizzlies wore white at home, creating a standard white-vs.-color game against the Pelicans.
• The Mavericks wore white at home, creating a standard white-vs.-color game against the Hawks.
• The Jazz wore white at home, creating a standard white-vs.-color game against the Nuggets.
• The Spurs wore white at home, creating a standard white-vs.-color game against the Timberwolves.
• The Suns wore white (throwbacks) at home, creating a standard white-vs.-color game against the Trail Blazers.
• The Kings wore purple at home. I suppose the Rockets could have worn red, but that might have resulted in a real retina-bleeder, so they wore white. Which means this was another white-vs.-color game, albeit with the road team wearing white.
For those scoring at home, that’s zero color-on-color games, and only two home teams not wearing white. In short: Pretty much the same as last year.
Granted, the Bulls haven’t played yet, and they’ve announced that they’ll be wearing red as their primary home uni. Their home opener is tonight against the Raptors — whose colored uniforms are red, so they’ll probably wear white. (They could conceivably wear their black alternates, although that seems unlikely.)
And of course the season is just getting started, so there’s plenty of time for teams to break out of the white-at-home mode if they want to. Still, it’s interesting to see that very few of them have wanted to go that route so far.
If anyone wants to track all of this during the course of the season, I’d love to see how it all plays out.
Unusual reader request: As you may recall, back in 2015, as part of the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club, we tried doing a sublimated tequila sunrise design, but the sublimation turned out to be tricky, with the front and back stripes often ending up misaligned:
If you have one of this misaligned-striping shirts and are willing to sell it, reader Brady Graham wants to hear from you. Contact him here.
Naming Wrongs update: Two days ago I announced the launch of several new Naming Wrongs shirts for college basketball arenas. One of those was for the Illinois arena, Assembly Hall. Our design read, “I Still Call it the Hall,” but a bunch of fans got in touch to say we should have used the full arena name, so we’ve scrapped the initial design and replaced it with a new one, which is available in navy with no-frills lettering, navy with white-outlined lettering, orange, and grey (for all images, click to enlarge):
All of these designs are now available in the Naming Wrongs shop. They’re also cross-listed in the Uni Watch shop, where card-carrying members can get 15% off. (If you’re a member and need the discount code, send me a note and I’ll hook you up.)
Baseball News: There will be two new collegiate wood bat teams in South Dakota next season. The Spearfish Sasquatch and the Pierre Trappers (from María Canales). … Here’s a map showing the most hated MLB team in each state and province. “Even folks in the Arctic Circle know that the Padres should wear brown and that the White Sox should wear white socks,” says Jim Vilk. … It’s been a while since I’ve bought a vintage jersey, but I just nabbed this one on eBay yesterday. I find the big, clunky letters oddly appealing. More photos once I receive the jersey from the seller.
NFL News: The Jags will reportedly have new uniforms in 2018. Let’s hope that includes a new helmet (thanks, Phil). … After a series of meetings, the league has decided not to require players to stand during the national anthem. … The Raiders will go mono-white at home tonight.
College Football News: Ohio State will apparently be wearing this grey jersey against Penn State on Oct. 28, although the numbers don’t look like they provide enough contrast to pass NCAA muster (from Dylan Glickman and Taylor Bowdish). … Weber State will wear 1987 throwbacks on Oct. 28. I like that helmet logo so much, I don’t even mind the purple shell (from @MikeFromSLC). … Not sure who the teams were here, but that sure is a lot of stripes! (From Brice Wallace.) … The manager of a Boise State retail shop says he gets shipped a lot of product with mixed-up Boise/Florida designs. Hey, could be worse — the Mets use those colors too! (From @MDWDFW.) … Here’s a good look at the new orange jersey and new white helmet that Virginia Tech will be wearing this weekend (from Andrew Cosentino).
Hockey News: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The front of the Panthers’ collars looked pink on Tuesday night. Additional examples here, here, here, and here. This was a laundry issue (similar to how the Dallas Cowboys’ Nikelaces turned blue a few years back), not a Pinktober thing.
NBA News: The Suns have added a memorial band for Connie Hawkins. Here’s how it looks on the jersey. Have to wonder if they’d’ve been able to wear it if they had an ad patch (from Mike Chamernik). … Meanwhile, as you may have noticed in that last link, the Suns wore their new throwbacks for their season opener. … Nike is trying to figure out why LeBron James’s jersey tore during the Cavs’ season opener on Tuesday night. … Hawks G Kent Bazemore’s jersey didn’t have a maker’s mark last night.
Soccer News: The name and logo for San Diego’s new NASL franchise have been revealed. Additional info about the team name here (from Henri Bradley and Kurt Crowley). … Here’s a discussion of whether the New England Revolution need a
brand overhaul redesign (from Dave Leiphart).
Grab Bag: Snooker players usually wear formal black shoes. But Ronnie O’Sullivan, a five-time snooker champ, has a sprained ankle and is wearing sneakers, which is causing problems (from Jim Vilk). … Subtle change to the Cub Scouts’ Wolf rank cap logo. … Quebec has passed a new law banning face covering for anyone using a public service, including taking a bus, using a library, or going to a public hospital. The law’s critics say it targets Muslim women, who traditionally wear burkas or niqab (from Jason Hillyer).
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What Paul did
last night two nights ago: On Tuesday, after spending the afternoon at the taping of the Puppy Bowl (sorry, not allowed to tell you anything about it until mid-January), I went downtown to see a new movie called Faces Places. It’s a documentary collaboration between the 88-year-old French filmmaker Agnès Varda and the 33-year-old French photographer/muralist who calls himself JR. The movie follows them as they take short road trips out in the French countryside, meet people, take photographs of them, and then paste huge prints of those photos on the sides of houses, barns (as shown above), factories, shipping containers, train cars, water towers, and so on, having loads of fun and making lots of friends along the way.
The elderly filmmaker and the young artist are a classic odd couple, but they’re a very appealing pair, and their massive photos are completely charming. The whole project feels incredibly life-affirming, generous-spirited, funny, and smart, and the movie is the best piece of art I’ve encountered this year. It’s hard to imagine anyone — anyone — disliking it, and easy to imagine most people loving it as much as I did.
To see where Faces Places is showing, look here. If you don’t live near any of those cities, find it on DVD, or on demand, or streaming, or whatever — it’s really special.
Here’s the trailer: