Last season I wrote about the 9/11 flag patches MLB has every player wear to honor the victims of the day. MLB is doing it again and it once again shows that the caps the players are wearing are not the same ones you can buy online.
Minnesota Twins just placed the flag patch over the All-Star Game patch.
Notice the flag patch here. It’s clearly just glued on over the Twins’ All-Star Game patch. Different from what the online shop is saying they are wearing. Also, the location of the patch is on the first side panel, placed in front of the ear.
The Panthers and Jaguars played each other for their first game.
Both the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars are celebrating their 20th season in the NFL. I have a soft spot for expansion teams and when they both made the playoffs in their second year, it was a huge deal for me as a young NFL fan.
I was looking through some old photos and I found this gem. Take a look at the above photo. Their first ever NFL game was a preseason matchup against each other. Look at the uniforms. One team remained mostly the same. The other is completely different.
I like the Panthers uniform and I am so glad they kept it. Although I do wish they had kept wearing the blue socks with the home set. The Jags on the other hand, got it right from the start. Simple pant stripes, great logo, no over muddling of design. It was a great look and it should have stayed. It was a better alternative than the uniform they initially planned to wear.
As the NFL season approaches, it’s crazy to think that it was around 20 years ago I started watching football and part of the reason why were these two expansion teams. A lot has changed since then. Well, not so much for the Panthers. But looking at these original sets, I wish they would have kept them.
What I like about these new Blues uniforms is that they look nothing like their old set. Removed are the unnecessary pipings and the odd color placements. Instead it’s a simple classic look that is similar to what they wore before Reebok Edge took over.
Sometimes simplicity is the best and the Blues nailed it. It’s a jersey you’d be proud to wear. Good job!
The 1994 throwbacks.
In 1994, the NFL celebrated their 75th anniversary and many teams throughout the league wore throwbacks that season. The 49ers wore the throwbacks you see above, taking back to their 1955 set, early in the season. When they got superstitious, they decided to keep wearing that uniform. They eventually rode that all the way to their Super Bowl XXIX victory.
That was the last time the 49ers won the Super Bowl and the aspirations to return and win it are at an all-time high for this franchise. Since the 49ers changed their uniform to their current set in 1994, the team has not worn a throwback for any kind. This current set is so similar to what they wore during their glory years of the 1980s that they eliminated any potential throwback games to that era. Of course they could throw back to the Jeff Garcia, Shaun Hill days but most of those were very tough seasons that fans might not want to remember.
So why not throw back to the 1994 set?
Paul George wears No. 24. There have been talks over the past couple seasons that he should change his number to 13 so they can call him PG-13. You know, because creativity with nicknames and numbers is the in thing right now with CP3 Chris Paul and D-12 Dwight Howard out there. And he decided that he will do just that.
So George, wanting to build his brand and establish his own nickname, will buy up all the current jerseys that bear his old number so he can make this new change.
Nicknames used to be organic. Players used to be given nicknames, not take something and create it for themselves. But in this money-hungry world, where people are all about their own image, here we go. The nickname is nice, but I will never really go for it since it was just a creation for marketing purposes. It’s not really a nickname when you give it to yourself. Giving yourself a number change so people can call you something they’ve wanted to call you is just dumb.
But money talks.
Hey Norris Cole. When are you going to change to No. 17?
I love throwback games. And when they are done right, they are a great sight to behold. In fact, this could be a very visually-pleasing affair. I’m all for it!