We all know that the buzz about support among leagues, teams and players for the LGBT community grew when Jason Collins came out back in April. Since then, it’s been a pretty big deal and even in the places outside of the four major sports, there has been a support like none that we’ve seen before.
Athlete Ally tweeted this out yesterday, showing that the NFLPA is in support and actually will be designing shirts in that support. There’s a vote for which design should be chosen for mass production. I think B looks the best.
But the bigger thing here is that we are now seeing the evolution of how acceptance is starting to take over. It’s still a touchy subject but at least it’s not swept under the rug. This is a small step in the right direction, so it’s a good move. I’d like to see what else is in store for the future.
New Era’s creativity here isn’t that great.
We knew that the camouflage caps were only a Memorial Day thing. So I was left to wonder what the Independence Day caps would look like. New Era’s Facebook page showed us that this morning.
It’s the mesh fabric that the new batting practice caps have and I think that’s totally fine with me. What bothers me, aside from the randomness of a red or blue brim, is that the starts on the logo do not reflect the flag. As you can see by the Angels logo, the Stars are not parallel to each other. It’s just randomly placed.
It appears that the home team will wear caps with the white crown and the road team will be the gray crown. The brim colors appear random, so I don’t know what correlation there is for that either.
Wearing batting practice caps for games isn’t out of the ordinary during the regular season. In fact, this past week we’ve seen the Twins and Blue Jays do it.
But this is the first time in my memory that the A’s and Giants will join the trend. New Era confirmed to me via Twitter that their batting practice caps will see the field during tonight’s game.
I think this might be an attempt to help boost merchandise sales or maybe just a way to change things up?
But at least this isn’t an unfamiliar look. These two teams faced each other numerous times during Spring Training, so these two caps being on the field together isn’t a first.
The email tells me that the deal comes with free beach towel!
We already knew that all teams would be wearing this United States Marine Corps camouflage cap, but also they will pair it up with matching jerseys.
In fact, I got an email this morning from the online shop promoting the new products and how if I spent at least $99, I’d get a free beach towel with it!
I’m pretty sure that the intent of this sale wasn’t to promote their new product by using Memorial Day as their launching pad. After all, Memorial Day is to honor all those who’ve died in war fighting for this country. But somehow, someway once again, combining a day of memory for the fallen and great deals on camouflage gear has become MLB’s norm.
As mentioned by Uni Watch, it’s one of those things where maybe the best thing is to not use the weekend as a marketing opportunity. It shouldn’t. But here we are.
New Texas A&M alternate uniforms?
According to Uni Watch this morning, they have what appears to be an alternate uniform set for Texas A&M football. It is not confirmed, but all signs point to this being a potential one-time set that will be used for a big game. That big game could be the one against Alabama.
It’s essentially the same as the team’s normal set except for the colors. The only difference really is that the helmet is a gradient. It starts with black up top and slowly fades into maroon in the bottom. It doesn’t appear to be that bad either. And unlike the Jaguars, it’s not abrupt.
Now one thing about Texas A&M’s uniform I really like is the two-stripe shoulder that runs down to the compression sleeves. I honestly think that this is one of the best designs in all of football. With the essential disappearance of sleeves, extending it through the sleeves. I like how they’re keeping it with the maroon stripes.
But of course, this is Adidas, so they would mess it up with a forced three stripe. The pink arm sleeve is bad. The Adidas three stripes are unnecessary. This is Adidas and this is why I dislike them. And it clearly doesn’t fit into this uniform. What is good is ruined by the three stripes again.
Mark Cuban may be one of the smartest owners in sports, but his latest move has gotten some fans questioning his morals.
If you haven’t heard the story, Mark Cuban is sourcing the Mavericks fans for ideas on a new uniform design. This isn’t uncommon in sports and it’s a pretty great way to get the fans involved. The only problem with this promotion is that Cuban isn’t giving much of a compensation for the design that ends up being chosen.
Here are his rules for the contest.
Who will own your design ? The minute you post it, the Mavs will. If you think its horrible that the Mavs own your design. Do not post. If you think its cool that the Mavs could possibly use your design and you will have eternal bragging rights , then post away. If we really like your design and you , I may even throw in some tickets. If we don’t use your design, it will still be here on this site for now and ever more for you to glance longingly at. If your design is close , if not identical to other designs and we pick one of the other designs, for whatever reason, then thats just the way it goes.
The easy argument is that if you submit the design, you know what you’re getting into. And I agree with that. Designers struggle to get recognized in the business and they have to pick and choose their opportunities. Despite the chance to design an international brand, the lack of compensation might not be worth the time and effort.
Vote as your heart desires!
EDIT: 10:12AM — The second round is already up.
Check out the uniform contest ESPN is holding right now. They’re ranking all MLB uniforms and putting them against each other in a tournament style bracket.
The idea is fine and the concept actually is pretty unique, but the seeding has me all confused left and right.
First of all, why do the Tigers and Cardinals have first round byes? What criteria got them that spot? Is it just tradition and looks? I don’t think the Tigers set is stronger than the Yankees. The Cardinals maybe, but no free passes for either teams please.
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New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest.
This means is that 49ers fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of Colin Kaepernick and Patrick Willis to also become THE face of the 49ers.
The contest is live at www.speakwithyourcap.com and through New Era’s Facebook page. Quite simply, all you need to do is submit photos of yourself showcasing how you as a 49ers fan personally “speak with your cap.” Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.