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I’ve been intrigued by the Pistons’ new City alternate (shown above), which to my eye is very attractive and, unlike so many City designs, has a genuinely interesting story behind it. The down side is that it has zero visual connection to the rest of the Pistons’ visual program.
That combination of factors raises some interesting questions — not just about this uniform, but about the City program as a whole — so I recently convened a panel of Pistons fans to pick their brains about all this. It resulted in a really interesting discussion, the transcript of which I’ve just published over on Substack.
You can read the first portion of the article here. In order to read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paying subscriber, which I hope you’ll consider doing! Thanks.
Speaking of this season’s new City alternates, the Mavs debuted theirs last night, and holy shmoly did it look great. Easily the best uniform that this visually characterless franchise has ever worn. Here are some additional pics:
What Can Brown(ie) Do for You?
Who’s that in the cool St. Louis Browns jacket? None other than longtime Uni Watch reader and D&J Glove Repair honcho Jimmy Lonetti (who I interviewed last month). He says he’s always liked the baseball version of Brownie, so he recently picked up a vintage jacket on eBay and sewed a Brownie patch onto it — nice!
Here’s a better look at the jacket and its cool interior label:
Nicely done, Jimmy!
Holiday Shopping Advisory
Our friends at the great Pillbox Bat Co. tell me that if you want one of our custom-painted Uni Watch baseball bats in time for Christmas delivery, you must get your order in by next Wednesday, Dec. 7 — that’s one week from today. Full details here.
Broncos, AMA Reminders
In case you missed it last week, here are two reminders for you:
First, I’m now taking entries for our latest design challenge, which is to redesign the Denver Broncos. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 2. Full details here.
Also, my next quarterly installment of “Ask Me Anything” — the bit where you can ask me anything about uniforms, sports, myself, or anything else, and I do my best to answer — will be coming up next month on Substack. If you’d like to submit a question, feel free to email it here. (Please note that this is not the usual Uni Watch email address.) One question per person, please. I look forward to seeing your queries!
Uni Watch Hit Parade
I’m not sure which I like better on this 1960 R&B tune — the song title or the sensational label design. The song itself is pretty good, too. Recommended!