The MLB All-Star Game pillbox caps are the most predictable thing

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Apparently they are just concepts. So whoever created this did it pretty well to the point where all media picked up on it and said it was real. So the rest of this entry really is nothing.

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If you missed it, images of the All-Star Game caps are out. Predictable.

It’s pillbox, which matches that of Mr. Redlegs. Since the Reds are hosting the midsummer classic and they don’t have any distinct cap design from their era, taking something from their mascot made sense. It was so predictable. They had no other choice. (Hey, pillbox caps are supposed to be flat on top.)

This trend started last year when the Twins were hosting and the All-Star Game caps (a first in MLB) was created to imitate that cap design from the Twins’ past.

It looks like the National League will all have white crowns and the American League will all have their team colors. In theory, this is a great idea. But I still don’t dig it. It seems forced and are All-Star Game caps necessary? Nope. It may look decent for some caps but overall, it isn’t that great. Anything for merchandising purposes, I guess.

I wonder what they’re doing with San Diego next year. Taco Bell caps?

Next season’s NBA Christmas uniforms are actually really neat

Check out the exclusive look at next season’s Christmas look courtesy of Paul Lukas. He details a lot about these designs and you should read about it. Here I’ll share my thoughts on it.

  • As he mentioned, these Christmas uniforms are free from gimmicks like sleeves and over the top colors. Instead it’s a Christmas-type font and template to match. The piping and shorts are made to imitate the current uniform the teams have. This is simple and very well-executed.
  • I am not too huge on every team having the same template for team name and having the same color. However, it is the smallest gripe I have with the new set. It’s still simple and refreshing to see Adidas scale back in the design and instead give us something that actually makes us think of Christmas.
  • Cursive! You know what I learned some time ago? Very few schools teach cursive these days. So many people actually don’t know how to write or read it. It’s still common in baseball but not in basketball. I am glad these uniforms will teach some people about reading cursive.
  • Hey, check out the Clippers’ waistband. It’s that ugly new logo!

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MLB’s Independence Day caps look like this?

Paul Lukas has all the details in his blog. I will share a few thoughts.

  • I hope that all these caps are the same red, white and blue color scheme. If the A’s had their green and gold featured in this cap, it will look terrible.
  • The flag isn’t necessary. It just clutters it up even more. From the first glance, I was afraid that the gray would be the reflective material New Era has used recently. But that would be illegal so it’s not there.
  • This is what happens when they’re running out of ideas. I have no problem with the design really. But the problem lies within the fact MLB is using it as an official part of their uniform.

MLB’s new Memorial Day uniforms are just OK

MLB has just announced their designs for their Memorial Day caps. It’s essentially a standard cap for all teams except that the bill is in camouflage.

These seem more and more forced every year but this year, it just seems like they’re running out of creative ideas. Heck, this design was used by New Era for the NFL already. And for the jerseys. They’re just camo-filled.

It’s not over the top but it’s not that creative anyway. It’s simply a camo bill on a regular home cap. Same for the jersey. It’s just OK. What do you think?

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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49ers unveil new black alternate jersey on Snapchat; black pants also included

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Update made to post added towards end of entry.

On Wednesday, the 49ers announced that they would unveil a new alternate uniform during the draft. Ladies and gentleman, here it is via their new Snapchat. After some speculation on Wednesday, a black uniform was suspected and this is what we have.

This new jersey appears to be a simply recolored version of the team’s standard uniform. Essentially, the 49ers have taken the base of their white jersey and made that black. The red numbers, names and stripes remain. Considering that the team’s logo features black and nowhere else on the standard uniform uses black, this seems to be an odd choice. But given the trend of what alternate uniforms look like in the NFL (and the popularity of black jerseys), this was the only logical direction. A gold alt would have been too difficult to mass produce and it would not look great with the team’s current gold (more like khaki) pants. But they added a gold Nike swoosh on the sleeves. So there’s that for color diversifying.

Adding a black jersey will diversify and grow the potential merchandising opportunities. The team did not go with adding a different red jersey. They went with a new color, which will be a hot sell no doubt among fans. The 49ers have never worn an alternate in their entire team history. They have worn throwbacks, but alternates are made specifically with the intent to have a different option during the seasons (along with the merchandise sales). Per NFL rules, alternates can be worn a maximum of two times during the regular season.

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What to expect from the new 49ers alt uniform

First of all, the above news. Here is a part of the release: 

The 49ers will be introducing the team’s first alternate uniform in franchise history. The 49ers last made changes to their uniforms prior to the 2009 season, when San Francisco reintroduced the classic color of the 49ers, alongside the return of the grey facemask to the helmet. The new alternate uniform was the result of a coordinated effort between the 49ers, their players, Nike and the NFL.

“I think the fans are going to be excited when they see our new look,” said 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who was among a group of players involved in the design of the new uniform. “I think the fans are going to understand we mean business. All I can say is we won’t have to worry about how we look, because we’ll know we look good.”

This is not a surprise. In fact, this was in the works in 2013.

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