Remember my post on the A’s socks earlier this year? In one game today, we saw five of them. FIVE! All on the field at the same time in the same game.
I like socks a lot. But there is no uniform in this. They are all different and it tarnishes the identity. One is enough. Let’s not have five and possibly more in the future.
When the news broke earlier this morning, I was concerned. I thought Adidas wanted out of the big four major sports. But instead, they are tapping back into a market that I didn’t think they would try to get involved in. But the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.
Adidas is leaving the NBA and they know that they still can be a powerhouse in sports. They are huge with soccer and they are very strong in the college sports world. But with hockey being at the bottom of the four major sports — plus their ownership of Reebok — taking over the NHL was an easy choice. All they had to do was beat the competition and they did just that.
So starting with the 2017-18 season, Adidas will be the king of the ice.
The Ducks have been incorporating their Mighty Ducks logo into their identity recently. In fact, it’s been a shoulder patch. But this new development is really intriguing. It’s actually not a surprise they’d use it as a crest but to see it on a really loud orange jersey. I guess it’s not too surprising really. Orange jerseys are not new to the NHL and for sure this marriage of old school and new school is very necessary now that the team has switched up their primary sets. Not bad.
The Avalanche pays homage to the Rockies before they became the devils. I’ll be honest and say that I liked their blue thirds they had before. Bringing back a new blue third makes me happy. I like the balance of color here and it’s a unique look which I think could be very popular with the fans. I know I like it!
The Toronto Raptors officially unveiled their new uniform set today and it looks exactly like the leaks that we’ve seen for months. Quite frankly, these uniforms are kind of boring.
Looking at it, the identity and the presentation is very tame. There isn’t much too different in terms of the design from their last set. They still have a white, red and black alternate. They’ve also added another black alternate with gold.
One thing you will notice is that the chevrons remain but they point north, going with the “We the North” theme they have. That’s fine, but for a new set, using the same element as the old set isn’t too creative. They are also telling us that they have a “T.O.” in the shorts for Toronto. Sure.
Overall, the look isn’t too different than the old set. And it’s somewhat plain. It’s a lateral move really. It just isn’t too exciting and the Drake alternate seems way out of place. Not a great set. It’s just average.
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.
Click the link for all the description. I don’t want to write out every detail, but I will point out that this offseason of changes has been terrible.
There have been some successful uniform changes such as the Bucks rebrand and the Sixers going a little more simple. But overall, the new uniforms are terrible. There are more sleeves and more logo-centered designs. Additionally, there are so many gray uniforms now that have forced the officials to wear white shirts.
I don’t think I can recall a time where so many uniform updates came in one offseason. The Raptors look bland and some alternates look terrible.
If this is an official style guide, then I am disappointed. But maybe they won’t look so bad in person. Or maybe they are that bad. Here’s to hoping for something better.
But hey, “The City” throwbacks are returning!
The Pacers announced that they would be wearing these uniforms for several games next season. This is the uniform from the “Hoosiers” movie. It is a very important movie in Indiana history and it captures the state’s love for basketball. It’s one of the best sports movies of all time and the Pacers celebrating the 30th anniversary of the movie is a great idea.
But this is a professional team wearing a uniform from a movie based on a high school team. That doesn’t sound right.
The homage is great but somehow the Pacers wearing a throwback like this seems kind of minor league. It isn’t but a gimmick like this really cheapens the product. But it’s still a nice homage. I’m torn between how I really feel about this. It’s a movie, not an actual historical evvent. It just seems very out of place.
It’s a great idea but it isn’t perfect. I just don’t think a professional team should have to wear uniforms from a fictional movie.