Disappointing news yesterday out of Charlotte, as the Hornets became the latest NBA team to sell space on their jersey to an advertiser, and the second to do so since the start of the season. The patch will make its on-court debut for tomorrow night’s game against the Cavs, which will also be the season debut for the team’s much-ballyhooed throwbacks — a lose-lose.
It’s interesting that the Hornets have chosen to go this route. They had previously said that they weren’t sure they’d have a uniform advertiser because they might not want to have anything compete with the Jordan logo (and, conversely, potential advertisers might feel overwhelmed by the Jordan logo). But the price was apparently right.
In keeping with our new policy, I will neither show the ad patch nor name the advertiser, but I will definitely show how the patch makes the team’s uniforms look like crap. Here (for all of these, you can click to enlarge):
That about covers it. There are now 19 ad-clad teams and 11 ad-free teams. #NoUniAds
(My continued thanks to Nic Schultz for his Photoshoppery.)
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By Brinke Guthrie
If you love retro baseball art, you can’t beat this White Sox scorecard cover from the bicentennial year, 1976. It’s got all the artistic tricks from that period — the multi-colored stripes, the baseball in motion, the works. The cover has “Apr 9 ’76 KC” scrawled in the corner — that was Opening Day, with the Sox beating the Royals, 4-0.
Now for the rest of this week’s picks:
• Before we go any further, since it’s my birthday the day after tomorrow, I can dream about getting this Kruk & Kuip double-bobble. If you’d like to buy it for me, I’ll happily provide shipping details!
• Here’s a 1970s Dallas Cowboys zip-front sweater from Sears. 100% virgin acrylic!
• I’ve seen NFL helmet plaques like this before, but not from the NBA. This 1970s Knicks plaque comes to you from Kentucky Art Plaques of Morehead, Ky.
• Speaking of helmet plaques, does the facemask on this 1970s Seahawks helmet look a bit off to you?
• Boy howdy, check out the artwork on these 1970s Sears MLB curtains. Why did I not have these?
• Got a little extra black outline trim on the arrowhead logo of this K.C. Chiefs parka, made by Logo 7 (predecessor of Logo Athletic). The listing says 1970s but it looks to be more contemporary than that, no?
• This eBay seller says he has a bunch of locker room locker plates from the San Diego Chargers — that one’s an example from Torrence Allen’s locker. He wears No. 83 now but did wear No. 3 at one point that season, maybe just for training camp.
• Here’s a 1970s Baltimore Colts gear bag that looks like it’s in great shape.
• Nice-looking 1970s NFL Alumni jacket in New York Giants colors.
• The face of Packers all-time great lineman Jerry Kramer was on the face of this 1970s Pizza Hut promo glass.
Assorted reminders: In case you missed it yesterday, we have a bunch of new Naming Wrongs shirts (including the very cool Cap Centre design shown at right). Check them out here.
Speaking of the mini-helmet, reader Brad Darby, who was the first person to order one of the minis last Thursday evening, has already received his mini in the mail:
— Brad Darby (@MylesH1gh) November 14, 2017
Looks sharp, no?
Baseball News: New 60th-anniversary logo for the Giants’ move to San Francisco. I can confirm that it’ll be worn as a sleeve patch. To my knowledge, it will not appear on the cap. … Reader Brett Baker’s grandfather, Harold Baker, was best friends with longtime American League ump Larry Barnett, who gave the elder Baker this very cool game pass. Here’s the flip side. … Here’s a 1980 video of Styx keyboardist/singer Dennis DeYoung wearing a Cubs jersey — notable that it’s from pre-merch era (from Rich Paloma). … Here’s a good piece on the history of football games at Fenway Park (from Dan Tarrant).
NFL News: Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry appeared to be wearing a gold bracelet for last night’s game against the Panthers. … Speaking of the Panthers, they wore the initials of fallen service members on their helmets last night. Additional info here (thanks, Phil). … The Raiders broke ground on their new Vegas stadium yesterday (thanks, Brinke). … Cool shot of the Lions playing the college all-stars in 1953. Such games were common back in the day (from Ray Hund).
College Football News: Here’s our first full look at the white alternates that Ohio State will be wearing against Michigan. … Speaking of Michigan, LB Patrick Kugler engaged in a bit of corporate theater by wearing an Adidas sweatshirt with a cover-up Nike logo. Guess he can’t draw the jumpman. … Did you know that the winner of the Florida/Florida State game wins something called the Makala Trophy? It’s true (from Andrew Cosentino). … Penn State is doing a stripe-out for this weekend’s game against Nebraska. … Cross-listed from the baseball section: Here’s a good piece on the history of college football games at Fenway Park (from Dan Tarrant).
Hockey News: The NHL 100 Classic uniforms are expected to be unveiled today, and the Canadiens have released some teaser photos of theirs. … Star Wars jerseys upcoming next month for the Toledo Walleye.
Basketball News: If a player’s number is 22, you’d think it would be easy enough to ensure that both numerals were properly oriented — but you’d be wrong. That’s a player on the AC Clippers sporting the mismatched 2s (good spot by Ross Yoshida). … Purdue players are wearing “Togetherness” shooting shirts this season (from Jeff Dem). … Grey-out last night for Providence (from Ryan McNeely). … Very unusual new home whites for San Francisco.
Soccer News: New home jersey for Switzerland (from Ed Żelaski). … New uniforms for the Delhi Dynamos. … Liverpool is apparently wooing LinkedIn to be the team’s next shirt advertiser. … Japan’s new kit is, uh, really something.
Grab Bag: Love this soap box derby photo and accompanying button (both from Ray Hund). … State troopers in North Dakota will soon be switching from white patrol cars to black. … Scammers were showing up at San Diego residents’ homes, falsely claiming to be from the local electric utility, so now the utility has changed its uniforms. … New uniforms for the U.S. ski team (thanks, Phil). … Here’s a really interesting piece about the color-coded uniforms on aircraft carriers. … Holy moly, look what you can do with the label on this Christmas-themed bottle of Coke.
What Paul did last night: Last night I saw the new movie The Florida Project, which is about childhood and poverty and Disney and welfare hotels and single parenthood and adventure and friendship and pathology and burping and prostitution, not necessarily in that order.
How good was it? So good that I didn’t even mind how much of it is purple (as you can see in the trailer above). So good that I didn’t mind that one of the kids was played by a six-year-old actress named Brooklyn. So good that I didn’t mind Willem Dafoe doing a fairly boilerplate heart-of-gold routine.
It’s really good. See it.