NBA Drops the Bomb with 28 New City/Mixtape Uniforms
By Paul Lukas, on November 2, 2021
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After a slew of leaks and teases, all 28 of this season’s new NBA City alternates — one for every team except the Jazz and Suns, who are reprising last season’s City designs — were finally unveiled yesterday. You can see the jerseys in the graphic shown above, and you can see many of the full uniforms in this video:
Instead of covering this huge uni drop here on the blog, I’ve decided to run today’s lede over on Bulletin. I thought the ad-free, uncluttered layout would be good for such a large post. (As most of you know by now, my weekly Bulletin posts usually run on Thursdays or Fridays, but that’s just a habit, not a rule.) Those of you who’ve subscribed to receive my Bulletin content via email should already be seeing this piece in your in-boxes. Everyone else can read it on my Bulletin page. Enjoy!
• This 1989 MLB “Sportstalk Player” would play audio from cards you’d insert into it.
• Never seen one of the great Technigraph helmet plaques for the Houston Oilers until now. Luv Ya Blue!
• Great-looking set of 1970s NFL Fleer patches here. Did anyone else besides me love the gum that came with ’em?
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And no dishwater in the promo photo, thankfully: Longtime NFL linebacker Von Miller, who was just traded from the Broncos to the Rams, wore No. 58 with Denver as a tribute to former NFLer Derrick Thomas. But Rams linebacker Justin Hollins already wears No. 58, so Miller will wear No. 40 — the same number he wore years ago at Texas A&M. He will be the first Ram to wear that number since 1960. The number was never officially retired but has been kept out of circulation to honor former WR Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, whose family has given their blessing to Miller wearing the number.
(My thanks to our own Jerry Wolper for this one.)
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November pin reminder: In case you missed it on Monday, our latest Uni Watch Pin Club design is soccer-themed — a Pin Club first! I love how the winged stirrup is kicking the ball.
Uni Watch Screening Room: The French Dispatch: Filmmaker Wes Anderson tends to feature a lot of uniforms in his movies — police uniforms, chauffeur’s uniforms, bellhop uniforms, and more. That trend continues in his latest movie, The French Dispatch, which I saw on Saturday.
My favorite uniform in the movie, by far, was worn by Adrien Brody, playing a French prison inmate who was convicted of tax evasion. He had “Zone Bonne Conduite” (“Good Conduct Area”) on his collar, and the rear view showed that he had CIOB (that’s criminal infraction on back; click to enlarge):
The movie also features uniforms for prison guards, a police cook, a chauffeur, lots of cops, and more. Anderson clearly loves his uniforms! I need to find out if he’s also into sports uniforms. Hmmmm.
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Uni Watch Hit Parade: Juniper: My friend Michael’s daughter, Juniper, is only in high school but has already made the first of what I expect will be a lot of albums. (She made it last year, in fact!) One of the songs from it, “Boys!,” is so fun and catchy that it’s been stuck in my head for the past couple of weeks. I dare you not to love it!
Baseball News: Interesting move by the Padres, who introduced new manager Bob Melvin with a social media graphic in which he’s pictured wearing the cap of his former team, the A’s (from Trevor Williams). … Years ago, while working on his kitchen, Bradley Bing found this 1986 Astros apron behind the cabinets. What a find! … The Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, a Blue Jays affiliate, will play one game next season as the Manchester Chicken Tenders (from Keith Burbank). … Here’s a look at Dodgers 1B Albert Pujols, now playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic, in his new Leones del Escogido uniform. He actually had a game-winning hit in his first game (from @181st_Street).
Pro Football News: KC QB Patrick Mahomes wore a shirt for Kansas City’s newly renamed women’s soccer team, the Kansas City Current, prior to last night’s game — sans maker’s mark (from Mauricio Gómez Montoya and Cameron Schneider). … Not uni-related but still in our wheelhouse: Cowboys QB Cooper Rush’s TD pass to WR Amari Cooper marked the first TD in NFL history where the passer’s first name matched the receiver’s last name. It comes a season after Cowboys’ QB Andy Dalton threw a TD to Dalton Schultz — the first time a passer’s last name matched a receiver’s first name on a TD, although there are some near-misses for both oddities (from Orson McFeathers). … When the Jets hired Lou Holtz as coach in 1976, he was photographed holding a striped football — even though the NFL only used that ball design during the 1973 season (from Doug Keklak). … I think we may have missed this when it first happened, so just in case: The CFL’s Edmonton Elks and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers both wore orange jerseys during warmups prior to their game on Oct. 8 to mark Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Day, which honors the lives of Indigenous people and children who were killed in residential schools decades ago (from Robert Martin).
College Football News: Kent State will wear powder blue jerseys and white helmets and pants on Wednesday night against Northern Illinois (from @thedadhat216). … Reader Sam Eaton was going through his stadium cup collection recently and found this beauty from Marshall Faulk’s near-Heisman season with San Diego State in 1993.
Basketball News: The city of Chicago is honoring the WNBA champion Sky by decorating some trains on the Green Line with commemorative wraps (from @Wilds_Lee). … The choice of scorebug colors for last night’s Sixers/Blazers game was particularly puzzling given that Philly was in red and the Blazers were in black (from @marc_brocepek). … Here are this season’s All-Star Game logo and assorted skills challenge logos for the Japanese B.League (from Jeremy Brahm).
Grab Bag: Paul’s discussion of New York’s famed bodega cats in yesterday’s post prompted an email from William F. Yurasko about the Brooklyn Bodega Cats broomball team and their fantastic sweaters. … Earlier this year, Norway’s women’s beach handball team was fined after they chose to wear shorts and tank tops like their male counterparts instead of traditional bikini uniforms. After the move prompted a worldwide backlash, the International Handball Federation has formally (and finally) changed the rules to allow for the use of tight shorts and tank tops for women. … The Houston Open golf tournament has a new corporate advertiser (from Ignacio Salazar). … Here’s a potentially awful situation in the making: FanDuel and DraftKings are among the bidders seeking to buy The Athletic.