Remember when I was unhappy with how the NBA’s attempt at promoting their Latin Nights with poorly-worded uniforms? I just got an email from them with the above graphic.
I just can’t get over the idea that adding “El” or “Los” to a team name makes it Latin. At least, that’s the idea this whole promotion gives me. I get they are trying to do a promotion (and most importantly, sell merchandise) but some actual accuracy would be nice. I still don’t get how “Los Suns” can’t just be “Sols” or “Los Bulls” can’t be “Toros” instead?
As I’m watching the Suns and Heat wear their uniforms, I just can’t help but shake my head.
But I suppose the NBA will never get it. I’m just glad they didn’t screw up the Chinese New Year uniforms.
The Browns are getting a new uniform this year and today they unveiled their new helmet and and alternate logo. I was hoping for big changes. Instead, the changes are minimal.
Let’s first look at the helmet. The Browns are adding a brighter shade of orange to their identity, which means their logoless helmet will remain logoless, just with a different shade of orange. And instead of a gray facemask, it is now brown. The brown facemask is a first in the NFL I believe and it adds some identity to the helmet. I actually like this change. I was hoping for a logo on the helmet but that wouldn’t work for me. The Browns will always be a team without a logo for me and they stuck with it.
Here is a word from the team:
Our updated helmet logo is reflective of today’s modern Cleveland – the design honors the past while evolving into the future. The iconic brown and white stripes stand tall over the orange helmet – a new orange color that matches the passion of the Dawg Pound. The new brown facemask represents the strength and toughness of Cleveland.
Sleeves are bad. But the designs are nice.
I don’t like sleeved uniforms in the NBA. In fact, any sleeve uniform I just cringe when I see them. Yet for some reason, this matchup right here doesn’t bother me. I don’t know why.
First, this is the Rockets’ Chinese New Year uniform and it actually looks really good. Aside from the sleeves, the design is simple yet still captures the identity of the Rockets team. As a one-time deal, this one actually looks like it belongs in the NBA. In fact, this seems like a design I might see in a league in China.
The Wolves, out of all the sleeved jerseys out there, have one that doesn’t offend me so much. I like it also because of the simplicity. Black is a safe color to go with when it comes to sleeves and the side panels work really well with their identity.
So in a battle of very ugly jerseys, the two that were least offensive to me met on the court tonight. If you just look away from the sleeves, these jerseys aren’t too bad.
I know the recent trend in the NBA is to have the designs on the court be very bare. Even last year’s All-Star game was pretty colorless. The key was not colored and the only thing that had any color was the midcourt logo.
Take a look at the above video. The floor projection video works well because the floor, once again, was just hardwood. The keys weren’t painted and aside from the midcourt logo, all other designs were wood-colored (just in different tones). Even during the video, the logo at midcourt was covered by a white sheet.
Even though the colorless floors are trendy, did the designers of this floor design it knowing full well that the best way for the video projection was less color?
The San Francisco Giants have unveiled a very unnecessary black alternate jersey today. They take a similar approach to what they did with their last black jersey. Except this time it’s not the team name, but their cap logo on the left side. (Oddly, they won’t have an accompanying cap for this jersey.) It’s the idea of their alternate road jersey, but in black.
Along with the black on black logo, they have orange piping and the sleeve stripe. They introduce a new sleeve patch as well. There will be no name on back, much like the home jersey, and the number will be in the same design as the logo in front.
I have always considered the Islanders fisherman jerseys to be the most beautiful ugly jersey in all of sports. It’s so ugly, yet there is a bit about it that gives me the warm feelings. The team only wore these for two seasons and as the Islanders play their final season in Long Island, it is nice that they are bringing back this integral part of their history.
I cannot wait to see them in action one last time. Even though this is just a warmup jersey, it’s still something. A part of me wants to get this jersey for the sake of owning a piece of ugly uniform history.