The first thing I noticed when I saw this photo was the hosiery.
On of the great things about the NFL is that there is a lot of room for creativity. Even if you don’t like what the new NFL uniforms have given us, we can all agree that the designs are creative. But as we have seen over the years, there is one element of the design that appears to be fading away. And it’s a shame too because it is a distinct part of the NFL’s history.
Whatever happened to stripes on socks?
In today’s NFL, the design of socks, for the most part is pretty boring. Teams usually stick with one solid color and leave it at that. In fact, teams that used to have stripes on their socks have since opted to go with a solid color. Even teams that haven’t made any major changes to their team uniform design have opted to go with the solid sock.
So what’s the future look like for the NFL? As the Rams and Browns are expected to make uniform changes for next season, could they continue the trend? Let’s take a look at the current state of the NFL’s hosiery situation.
Since taking over in 2012, Nike has overhauled the uniforms of five teams. Of those five, four of them have asymmetrical design elements.
The definition of symmetry, in terms of uniform design, is that if one side of the uniform is a certain designed a certain way, the opposite side should feature the same element. Asymmetry is one both sides don’t match.
Team wordmark on left shoulder, not on the right.
New uniform for the Buccaneers.
EDIT: Full gallery here. Great analysis here also.
Nothing too surprising. I am sad that they did not reveal the other pants choice or the two other socks choices. The font for the nameplate I will have to get used to. The red jersey is still slightly better but overall, not a huge fan. But I suppose in time and seeing it in action will change my thoughts.
The Buccaneers are scheduled to reveal their entire new uniform set on Wednesday, but today they decided to show one photo of their new design that took two years to create. Since this is just one photo, I will point out some elements that I notice and wait until Wednesday to have the full rundown.
Starting with the pewter shoulder yoke, I can dig it. The color itself is unique and I like how the trim is Bay Orange, contrasting with the bright red flag. In fact, the Bay Orange as a trim adds a nice touch. However sine it’s a Nike template, part of the trim was design with the flywire in mind. It’s fine, but that’s what I will always notice.
And one more thing that is hard to see is that you may not notice is that right shoulder features the flag logo while the left one says “BUCS” right under the Nike logo. Very subtle, but very unnecessary.
The font is terrible. It’s not good. It’s not good at all. A digital clock?
We knew it was going to happen. Now Jimmy Graham is confirming that he will get the franchise tag. However, we don’t know what position he will be tagged as. He will make significantly less if he is tagged as a wide receiver, but his party is arguing that because he lines up in the slot so often that he can and should be viewed as a wide receiver (and thus receiving a bigger price tag).
If Graham is tagged as a wide receiver, it will not only affect the Saints financially (and their approach to how they line him up in 2014), but it will also affect the fantasy world.
Will they list him as a wide receiver only? Or maybe a tight end only? Or will he be eligible for both?
Jim Harbaugh in Cleveland?
So there have been conflicting reports and denials by the 49ers that the supposed proposal to trade Jim Harbaugh to the Browns for draft picks is false.
Of course, both sides could easily deny it just to save face, but we will never know if it was true.
However, if it was true and multiple draft picks were involved, then we have to wonder if that was the only thing on the table or something else prevented the deal from happening. Also, that would mean the 49ers would have to promote Greg Roman or Brad Seely as the new head coach. Or steal David Shaw from Stanford.
Using my logic, these are the terms to the trade that would make it fair for both sides.
New Buccaneers logo.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled their new helmet, their first helmet design change since 1997. Here are the differences.
Here are the changes and additions.
- The logo is simplified with new skull. The swords and football is still there, but it just seems like a change that wasn’t necessary. Flag is still tattered. The original logo was just fine as is. I do not like the absence of red from the handle of the sword.
- The wordmark is not good to me. Their original one was nice and this simplified version takes away the aggression of the identity.
Why is the logo that big?
One of the many pages you can color in the new book of the history of disappointing Cleveland sports moments.
You may or may not be a fan of Cleveland sports teams, but you are familiar with the history of heartbreak the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians have given their fans over the years. From The Drive to The Shot, Cleveland fans have experienced a lot of heartbreak from their favorite teams since their last professional championship in 1964. It’s such a common thing for Cleveland sports to fail, that even Cleveland sports blogs have adopted that mentality.
Scott O’Brien, a native of Cleveland who now lives in Los Angeles, decided to gather all the heartbreak he’s endured over the years as a fan of these three teams and put together a coloring book based on it. It’s an odd thing that has gained enough attention that his Kickstarter project has already exceeded its funding goal with more than three weeks left.
In an interview with But at the End of the Day, O’Brien explains his decision to create this coloring book.
“The book idea came out of nowhere,” O’Brien says. “I was sitting in L.A. traffic and I heard about the Browns firing their front office again and it just kind of clicked to me.”
O’Brien, father of a one-year old daughter, realized that another heartbreaking moment had just occurred and his kid will never understand his pain. He then thought about a possible way of explaining it to her when she grows up.
“There’s no way of explaining what I went through as a Cleveland fan growing up in the `80s,” O’Brien reflects. “I thought a coloring book would be a fun way to show her the history and why Cleveland fans are bummed out more than just a specific team you like.”
Our speculation yesterday is now a reality. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting a new logo with a new helmet. The tweets didn’t confirm if a new uniform is coming, but judging by the big sale yesterday and this tweet, I think that’s happening as well. The unveiling will take place on NFL Network on Thursday by Warren Sapp and Gerald McCoy.
This is already a major downgrade. I’ve have praised the team for having one of the best helmets ever in NFL history. The pewter along with the orange and red is a great color scheme and their uniform as a whole is a modern classic.
For the first time since 1997, the Buccaneers are making a uniform change.
With a tweet so vague, it could be anything. They could be announcing a major coaching staff change. Warren Sapp might join the organization or they may be signing a big player. Or maybe they could be retiring Derrick Brooks’ number.
It’s hard to figure out what it could mean so the speculation can begin. Here’s one thing that also came up on the team website today: Jerseys are discounted.
The jerseys, originally priced at $99.99 have been discounted to $50. That’s a surprising move. It could be because it’s President’s Day and they’re doing a sale for that. But normally pro teams never have a major discount unless they are trying to rid of old inventory.
Ted Wells has released his report on the Miami Dolphins scandal. You can get all the details in the above tweet with links.
I will keep my thoughts on it short.
Like I had said before, both sides are at fault and I still see it after this report. Richie Incognito, along with the other people, need to know what kind of language they are using and how it can be offensive. There are certain things you can and cannot say and even though you think it’s OK, you know anything that crosses the line doesn’t translate to everyone.
Jonathan Martin didn’t do much or enough to stop it or even tell people he needed help. Instead he hid it and ran away. That doesn’t solve any issue at all.
Ultimately, the instigator will get the brunt of the punishment but Martin didn’t do anything to help prevent the ongoing verbal assaults. This isn’t a surprise in the locker room culture that I’ve seen in the NFL. Jokes happen all the time and sometimes they go too far. Certain people know the limits and some don’t. This is the case of that and it’s sad it has come to this.