The 49ers’ black end zones are not to my liking

Via the 49ers’ Instagram.Over the weekend, the 49ers have been going to Levi’s Stadium for practices and one of the newest additions to the stadium are the black end zones.

This comes after the 49ers revealed in the spring that they are adding an all-black uniform set. This is clearly a marketing ploy and in order to make it work, they are making the end zones black for the first time ever.

The 49ers as a team has never heavily emphasized black. For their entire history, it’s been reserved as the trim to their logo or simply used as dropshadows for the numbres on the uniform. That’s really it. But now that they’ve made black a part of their identity as an alternate, we have this. I personally think that this idea works for a team starting fresh. But for a team with so much history, forcing black into the identity is too much.

Discover: Hall of Fame Monday Edition

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My blog post on the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is featured on the MLB.com blog.

Originally posted on MLB.com Blogs:

Craig Biggio,John Smoltz,Randy Johnson,Pedro Martinez

The Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 was inducted on Sunday, and INSANE SPORTS posted a reaction.

Another Girl with a Sports Blog shared her thoughts on the inductions and what they mean.

Fan Samuel Lam made the trek to Cooperstown and blogs about the experience over at But at the end of the day…

Chris Palmquist saw the enshrinement of some of the biggest names in baseball from his youth as a farewell to his childhood.

MLB.com’s Tracy Ringolsby writes about Craig Biggio’s Mile High opportunity in his Write ’em Cowboy blog.

Dan Hughes explores John Smoltz’s sudden 1991 transformation into a Hall of Fame pitcher at Baseball Magazine.

Boston fan Bill Zeoli hailed Pedro Martinez as the best pitcher he’s ever seen, and he’s not alone in that belief.

The Yankees might not be the first team you think of when you hear Randy Johnson’s name, but The…

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Day 2 of my trip to Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony

The problem with having a clueless millennial help you take a photo is that it’s not straight and it’s vertical. Oh well.

Sunday was the whole reason why I made this trip out to Cooperstown. It was time for the induction ceremony for four players from my generation. I was so excited to make it out there but I was also running on empty in terms of sleep. It took me an hour to get to my lodging area and because the doors to the museum opened up at 7AM for Hall of Fame members (that’s me) I woke up at 5AM to prepare my checkout and drive to the Hall. But one benefit of that was that the parking was easy to find (and free) in the area right next to the Hall.

It rained a little that morning but that wasn’t going to deter me. In fact, I just powered through the rain and made it to the Hall. It has’t changed much since the last time I was here in 2008, but they did have a few new things. One was the removal of the wall of balls from all the no-hitters. The new Hank Aaron exhibit was great. It even included the actual uniform he wore when he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record.

There are so many things to see in the museum. The first floor features some cool artifacts from each of the new inductees but the highlight is still the hall of plaques. I didn’t get a chance to walk and look through all of them since I did that the last time I was here. But I did focus a little on some of the plaques that have been put up since 2008. It was an amazing experience just to see these plaques and walk through the halls of legends.

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The 2015 edition of ugly NFL Christmas sweaters are out and they’re ugly

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With the craze of the ugly Christmas sweaters and the NFL tag-teaming last year, it’s natural that people want more. Now we have them. Check out the new sweaters that you can pre-order right now.

The common themes are still there with the design: asymmetry, random winter-themed designs and other random fashion designs like chevrons and diamonds.

These were hot last year. Would they continue to be hot sellers this year?

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah comments on Cowboys, Broncos collusion investigation with emojis

Looks like the emoji messages on Twitter hasn’t left the sports world. After news broke of the an investigation on possible collusion between the Broncos and Cowboys, NFLPA’s assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah shared his thoughts on the matter through a tweet of emojis.

My math tells me that the message means: (Broncos + Cowboys) x Love = Anger and disapproval

Either way, this is a serious issue and the NFLPA will not stand for it. And using emojis to express it is the way to go.

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Justin Smith: Consistently good

What was expected has now happened.

One of the things I enjoyed about Justin Smith, other than his consistency (played 221 of 224 games) and his lethal attack on the opposing quarterback, was that he didn’t seem like the kind of guy to let fame to get to his head.

He was in discussion for defensive player of the year once. He was praised as the anchor of the 49ers defense. The fame from his success and the team’s success was there. Yet he just seemed like the kind of guy who would go out to the lake and go fishing after practice instead of hanging out at bars or at parties. He was truly a cowboy in every sense of that nickname.

In the locker room, he kept to himself. He didn’t cause any scenes during media time yet he got along well with all teammates. He was all business. The perfect man for the job of being the lead anchor.

Enjoy retirement, Justin. Ride off into the sunset, cowboy.

 

Why the timing of the new 49ers black alternate uniform seems to be perfect

On Thursday, I took some time to digest the new 49ers black alternate uniform. After about 24 hours since it first surfaced, I have determined that this was the perfect time for these uniforms to exist.

Here are my personal thoughts.

Let me preface that the 49ers didn’t need an alternate uniform. In fact, if they wanted to introduce a new set for the upcoming season, they should have brought back a throwback. Those 1994 throwbacks are very popular and would have been a much better choice.

But due to the limitations of creativity for alternate uniforms in the NFL, the 49ers had little to no choice but to go with black. (Take a look at the alternate uniforms in MLB, NBA and NHL. All of them break away from the same template of the team’s standard design. In the NFL, all templates remain the same.)

But the question simply remains: Why?

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