And the confused fan of the weekend award goes to…

In a game between the Marlins and A’s, this fan wears a Marlins shirt and an A’s cap. I don’t get it. Choose one. You can’t have both.

I don’t know your story and I don’t want to know it. It’s just not what you should be wearing.

 

Isaiah Austin getting drafted by the NBA had me in tears

Props to the NBA. Props to Adam Silver. This was awesome.

Charlotte Hornets’ new court design is absolutely gorgeous

My one wish for this court was to somehow incorporate a honeycomb design into the floor. What they did was not only deliver that, but did it in a very tasteful way.

The simplicity of the sideline and baseline is really nice. The key is purple, which really balances the color. The center court logo is the primary, which is a good choice. I wish they used the crown logo instead of the Buzz City logo.

The parquet honeycomb floor is the winner here. It has staying power as a unique element that makes this team instantly recognizable just by their floor. It’s not overkill and yet it really captures the identity of this team.

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Branding hashtag makes Giants Twitter give out false information

On Twitter, the San Francisco Giants brand themselves as #SFGiants. That’s their twitter hashtag. It’s short and effective. Good.

But when sharing some information about Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter, they had to find a way to put that hashtag in. Unfortunately, their tweet ended up giving the wrong information.

As you can see, both Christy Mathewson and Tim Lincecum hold multiple no-hitters in Giants franchise history. But the tweet reads as if Mathewson wore a San Francisco Giants uniform when he threw his no-nos. That’s not true. Mathewson spent his days with the Giants while the team was in New York. He retired way before the Giants moved west.

Branding your image is one thing. But when it becomes a habit, stuff like this happens.

And LeBron James will now play for…

Here we go again.

On July 8, 2010, I sat at my home watching TV. It was my birthday. LeBron James ruined it.

The Decision was what everyone was talking about. The selfish, attention-grabbing move was James’ attempt to make himself bigger than the game. It was horrible. I will never ever forget it.

Now James has decided that after four seasons with the Miami Heat, he will opt out of his contract and be a free agent again. Will he pull another stunt like this? I doubt it. He’s learned his lesson. But instead now we wonder where he will play.

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The Home Run Derby caps look so uncreative

The American League is in red. The National League is in navy blue.

Unlike years past with a custom logo for the National and American League, it’s just a recolored cap.

I’m not feeling it. Heck, even the Rangers cap doesn’t look different from what they already wear.

AAJA’s #V3con was an experience I will cherish forever

The Japanese American National Museum was my weekly home for almost two months. It’s a great place.

During the time between my departure from the NFL Network and my arrival at Yahoo, I was looking for something to do to occupy my time. I think that for me, I just wanted to stay connected. I wanted to stay fresh. I needed to really make myself useful.

Thanks to a suggestion of a friend, I got connected with the Asian American Journalists Association. This was a group that I had always known about. But because their meetings were far away and I was a poor college student back then, I never gave it much thought. I always thought that I would learn my way through my field in journalism without them. And so far, I was right.

But now that I am in Los Angeles and they have an LA chapter, I felt that it would be a good opportunity to see if I can help them with anything. It so happened that they were already in the final stages of getting their annual V3con conference. I had never heard of it before. But after checking their website, I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of during this down time.

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Charlotte Hornets unveil new uniforms and I like them

Home, road and teal alternate. However, Al Jefferson noted that the teal can be worn at home or on the road. That sounds pretty neat since the uniform color is bright enough for it. 

The Charlotte Hornets officially unveiled their new uniforms today and I think they look great. They aren’t exactly replicas of their old set but taking a twist of history and modernization together, it’s a good combination.

For a full gallery, click here.

For the unveiling video, click here.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the pinstripes are gone. Well, not exactly. They may not be the main feature on the jersey, but each uniform features pinstripes that go down the side. That pays homage to the history of the team. It’s simple and unique.

What I also like about that is the stripes are only on one side. This is another homage to a very 1990s design where uniforms are asymmetrical. Having a major design element ONLY on one side is a classic `90s look and I think this is a great part of this new set.

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My favorite Tony Gwynn memory

I am still heartbroken over the news of Tony Gwynn’s death. There are only a handful of people I can say are the foundation to my love for baseball and Gwynn is one of them.

I got into baseball full-time in 1998. That year the Oakland A’s had a promotion where kids can attend games for 98 cents. Add onto the amazing home run chase and baseball was my love.

But during all of that, there was this one man quietly making waves. Tony Gwynn wasn’t hitting home runs, but slapping singles left and right. That Padres team would make it to the World Series that year. And all the talk I can remember was how Gwynn was so deserving of a title.

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