A Big Lump of Coal for Christmas

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Inexplicable move last night by the Eagles, as they wore their mono-black alternates for last night’s game against the Raiders. Seriously, if your primary team color is green, isn’t that what you’d want to wear on Dec. 25? Okay, so it’s also what you’d want to wear on the other 364 days of the year, but especially on Christmas, right? Jeez (lots of additional depressing photos here).

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NBA Uni Tracking
By Collin Wright

Over the past three weeks we’ve seen the number of games with the home team in a colored uniform and road team in white level off at 33%. There’s continued to be a decrease in the number of traditional matchups, and an increase in color-vs.-color games (click to enlarge; stats do not include yesterday’s games):

A few other notes:

• Most teams are expected to unveil their fourth uniforms tomorrow, Dec. 27. A few teams jumped the gun and revealed theirs over the weekend, including the Grizzlies and Jazz.

• The Hawks finally unveiled their throwback, which they’ll wear four times, beginning on Jan. 20.

• The Heat have also continued to show that their preferred uniform is their throwback set. They’ve worn the black ’90’s-era uniform a total of 16 times, or 49% of their games played. By contrast, their “new” black set has only been worn three times (9%) and not at all since Oct. 28, which was their fifth game of the season. According to their newly released uniform schedule, they’ll wear the black design again on Jan. 14.

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Sorry, no Ticker today. We’ll get back to regular content tomorrow.

In case you missed it yesterday, here are the year-end raffle winners. Have a great Boxing Day and I’ll see you back here in tomorrow morning. — Paul

27 comments to A Big Lump of Coal for Christmas

  • Josh Hinton | December 26, 2017 at 8:41 am |

    No Christmas Day jerseys this year in NBA.

    • MJ | December 26, 2017 at 8:51 am |

      Noticed that; any reason why?

      • BurghFan | December 26, 2017 at 8:52 am |

        Because four or five jerseys per team is enough?

    • Jim Vilk | December 26, 2017 at 9:09 am |

      Every game is like Christmas for Nike jerseys. They tear as easily as wrapping paper.

      • Phil Hecken | December 26, 2017 at 9:21 am |

        I’m pretty sure Jimmer has used that line before (scroll down a few…)

      • Colin | December 26, 2017 at 10:32 am |

        Funny! That’s the only reason why I don’t want to get a NBA jersey!

  • pete | December 26, 2017 at 8:43 am |

    Hey Paul, I took a swing at your irish creme recipe. Big hit with my in-laws on Xmas eve … big hangovers on Xmas day. Luckily had a few drops leftover to add to morning coffee! Look forward to making it again.

  • MJ | December 26, 2017 at 8:52 am |

    Eagles going full-on BFBS is a crime any day of the year. Burn ’em and move on.

    • Paul Lee | December 26, 2017 at 9:43 pm |

      And against the Raiders, no less.

  • Greg | December 26, 2017 at 9:54 am |

    Eagles BFBS is brutal. The finish of their helmets do them no favors either, as with the black jerseys it sort o just makes their helmet look black being illuminated with green lights.
    If they are going to insist on wear the black jersey at least match it with the green pants.

    • Phil Hecken | December 26, 2017 at 10:21 am |

      I wouldn’t say “match” the black and the green so much as pair it with green pants.

      And yes, that looks *better*. But we all agree the Iggles need to ditch the money “midnight” green they currently use and just wear these full time.

      • Greg | December 26, 2017 at 2:39 pm |

        Agree on all fronts. I’d be ecstatic if they simply swapped out the “midnight” green for kelly green in their current design. I think the vast majority of Eagles fans want kelly green back, word for years has been Lurie’s (now ex) wife hates the kelly green, and that is why it hasn’t returned.

        • Wade Heidt | December 26, 2017 at 4:07 pm |

          Let’s do the same swap with the New York Jets while we are at it. How can the NFL have 32 teams and have not one wearing kelly green? A very unpleasant circumstance.

    • Daniel Tarrant | December 26, 2017 at 11:33 am |

      While we’re at it, the Eagles returning to kelly green and silver is pretty high on my Uniform Wish List.

      • Cole | December 26, 2017 at 11:57 am |

        Couldn’t agree more. That forest green color is trash.

        • Graf Zeppelin | December 26, 2017 at 4:19 pm |

          That’s not forest green; it’s midnight green. The Packers and Jets (theoretically), and the Oakland A’s, wear forest green.

        • Cole | December 27, 2017 at 2:30 am |

          Still trash.

  • Thomas | December 26, 2017 at 11:26 am |

    I’m frequently disturbed by how little thought NFL teams seem to give to the match-up when making choices for gameday.

    Why did the Rams and Titans both wear navy pants when they faced off? Shouldn’t the Rams have worn white? Or the Titans Columbia blue?

    Why did the Eagles wear black against a team that specializes in black?

    Why couldn’t the Browns break out the orange pants to play the Bears?

    • Greg | December 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm |

      Yeah. It is a testament to how little effort they put into giving their teams unique visual identities with their uniforms. For example, when the Bills went back to the white helmets, now they look so similar to the Colts. Why not keep the red helmets with blue jerseys? Visually distinct in the league.

      • Thomas | December 26, 2017 at 3:36 pm |

        Interestingly enough, the Bills have seemed to embrace the all red look from Color Rash at times. I wonder if that’s a direction they’re looking to head.

  • Jet | December 26, 2017 at 2:45 pm |

    Some great uniform and equipment-related footage in this 1965 pre-season Boston Bruins film!!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TfV8kHZ7Mg

    -Jet

  • -DW | December 26, 2017 at 5:29 pm |

    Isn’t that what the NFL players want anyway, Mono Black vs Mono White?

  • Randy | December 26, 2017 at 5:41 pm |

    Yeah, if any day I’d okay a matching top and bottom NFL uniform, it would be the Eagles wearing GREEN on GREEN on Christmas. Black on Black is as dumb as the Eagles having black in their uniform to begin with.

    Kelly/Silver/White is the way to go BACK TO!!!

  • Daniel Tarrant | December 26, 2017 at 11:11 pm |

    Along these lines, has anybody ever brought up the idea that perhaps the NFL should stop letting teams choose which of their jerseys to wear on a given day and instead have the league form an Aesthetics Department that would choose the best combos for each team for each game?

  • David Byrne | December 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm |

    I agree with the sentiments expressed on the BFBS Eagles. All the more reason the city that booed Santa and threw snowballs him should never have been given a Christmas home game in the first place.