Was Todd McLellan really the problem here?

This comes as no surprise and it was expected for the Sharks. After a disappointing year and many early playoff exits, something had to change. The ending to McLellan’s tenure in San Jose started last offseason when the team didn’t make any significant moves to improve the roster. McLellan was not going to make a great run in the postseason with what he had. So this ending isn’t a surprise.

But should McLellan be the scapegoat? Naturally the thinking for many fans is that the general manager Doug Wilson is the one at fault and he is the one at blame. He assembled the roster and didn’t make any major moves to improve it. And when Joe Thornton called him out, it really painted a picture of potential issues within the organization.

So what happens here? I don’t know but it’s tough seeing him go. Even though I expected it, it’s not easy saying farewell to a coach who brought so much success to this team. But for the Sharks, they have been holding on to the same roster, same coaching staff for so long. A change had to be made. This might not have been the change they had to make, but it was the change they needed. It was time to move on.

Warriors basketball: A passion that never goes away

Been a Warriors fan through these three eras.

A trip down memory lane for me as a Warriors fan. 

I remember I was in first grade and I saw the Warriors on TV. I didn’t know much about basketball, I just liked it. I would try to imitate what I saw on TV to the playground. I even remember the first ever basket I made on the playground I thought that I could one day match what the Warriors did. It was so easy to be impressed by this Warriors team. Little did I know that they were embarking on a playoff drought. But they were the first team I watched. The first team I followed. I fell in love with basketball because of them. And I never left.

It’s not easy being a Warriors fan. As I grew older, my frustrations would grow more and more with the team. It started off innocently with guys like Joe Smith and Latrell Sprewell. Talented players but still not the answer to making the team successful. Of course there would be some questionable coaching decisions, odd free agent signings and just bad draft picks. Remember Todd Fuller? Yeah, the Warriors took him over Kobe Bryant. Still, I followed this team. I would sit by the radio almost every night, listening to the team on KNBR. I loved basketball and I felt that maybe one day they would turn the tide.

I thought their new logo in the 90s was the best. It was perfect for a kid like me. Some kind of mythical mascot with lightning bolts. That coincided with future draft picks like Vince Carter (who was traded for Antawn Jamison) and Gilbert Arenas. Some hope and potential came but it was not meant to be. Bad coaching hires and frustrating seasons later, this team was back to square one. Still, I followed this team. Of course it would have been easier to follow another team during that time. But I don’t do that. I stay loyal to the team that helped me love the game.

I remember that 1999 lockout season. The Warriors finished 21-29 and almost made the playoffs. I thought that was the greatest season. Only because it was the most successful the team ever hard. The bar wasn’t set high, but it gave me a glimpse of what could be.

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Is this for real, Clippers?

Now this is interesting. Check out the above entry about the Clippers and what might be their new uniform and logo design. Take note that these are from sources and these new logos and uniforms are not confirmed, but speculation. So take them for what they are.

But let’s say that these new designs are real. What a mess!

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NHL tweets out photo of fans wearing counterfeit jerseys

NHL teams, like the Habs and Leafs, have made an effort to discourage fans from buying counterfeit jerseys. The NHL doesn’t want fans to buy the fake stuff. It takes away from their merchandise and it cheapens the product. It all makes sense.

But why would the NHL tweet a photo featuring fans wearing counterfeit jerseys?

It’s very obvious that these are not the officially licensed jerseys that the NHL sells.

Fans were quick to point this out.

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Cleveland Browns unveil new uniforms for 2015

In a big event for their fans, the Cleveland Browns have officially unveiled new uniforms for the upcoming season. We already knew about the logo and helmet design changes, but now we have the rest of the package.

The first thing that stands out to me is that the numbers have a very unique drop shadow. To enhance the 3D look, the drop shadow comes from an angle that isn’t common around sports. Normally the “light” comes from the northwest, but it comes from the opposite direction. It’s a very interesting look and one that I am actually not too big on. I always viewed the Browns as a team with a simple look and I think this one is a little too fancy for my taste.

And another new element is the city name on the front. We have seen teams put the team wordmark on the front above the numbers, but I think a city name is a first. And I know for a fact that this is the largest I have ever seen in the pros. It reminds me a college football uniform approach but I feel it’s pretty amateur for a professional team. It might not even be that bad once I get used to it. But for now, I don’t like it.

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Milwaukee Bucks officially unveil new logos

The Milwaukee Bucks have officially unveiled the new team logo for next season after weeks of leaks making the waves around the Internet.

Here are the logos courtesy of SportsLogos.net.

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Is this the new Browns jersey?

These photos, courtesy of BottleGate, were taken at a Columbus store before being removed from the racks.

All the previous leaks of the jersey match this jersey. If these are the new Browns jerseys, there are a few questions I have to ask.

1- Is this the primary jersey, meaning Brown is an alt or not even a jersey?

2- Why is the city name so big on the jersey?

3- Why is the “drop shadow” actually being lifted as if the light was coming from the bottom right?