The NBA Finals patch for the Warriors, Cavs jerseys might look like this

New shirt available at the Warriors’ online store.

Since the NBA designated their logo to the back of the jerseys for this season, some have wondered if the NBA Finals patch will also be placed on the back. In years past, the NBA Finals patch has been placed in the front of the jersey. Last year, they combined both the NBA logo and the NBA Finals patch together into one.

So this year, with the NBA logo above the player name, the NBA appears to have decided to keep the NBA Finals logo on the front of the jersey.

If shirt jerseys (shirseys) are any indication, the NBA Finals patch will look like the above. Instead of a gold patch, it’s the wordmark for the NBA Finals and the NBA logo. It’s very minimal and it’s a first in my memory that they are using the script of “The Finals” as the patch for the championship round. Additionally, it doesn’t feature any gold or the image of the championship trophy.

It’s different but it makes sense. For the championship round, you want the photos and videos of the games to be distinguishable from other games from the season. Having the patch on the back of the jersey limits the visibility. But keeping it in front works well. So if this is what the NBA is doing, it’s a smart move. The patch could have been bigger or featured some gold (or even the Larry O’Brien Trophy), but I have no issue with this design. Simple works for me.

The Stephen Vogt impersonation of Chris Farley’s Matt Foley is quality TV

Yes! In a van down by the river!!!

Please vote for him to get into the All-Star Game!

The Warriors are going to the NBA Finals and I am so happy

Stephen Curry — the MVP and the leader for the Warriors.

I remember when I was in 1st grade when I started to watch a little bit of basketball. The first team I watched were the Golden State Warriors. Later, I remember reading about Joe Smith and I thought the Warriors were a good team. They had guys like Latrell Sprewell and Chris Mullin (who ended up being my favorite player) and I just kept following the team. I didn’t know any better. All I knew was that the NBA was full of great superstars but the Warriors were my team and maybe they were stars too. They weren’t, according to the commercials and advertisements they would air on national TV. I didn’t know any better. I thought the Warriors were good.

As the years went by, the Warriors did not play well. They drafted poorly. They overpaid bad players. They didn’t win. They had so many coaching changes. Just a lot of bad moves. Yet I still followed them. I remember Scott Burrell, Vonteego Cummings, the false hopes of the 1999 season and losing great players like Gilbert Arenas while booing an owner during a jersey retirement ceremony.

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Sammy Sosa Update: Alive With “Normal-ish” Skin Color

This is somehow the most important sports news I’ve read today.

Draymond Green’s new Beats By Dre commercial throws shade at James Harden

Remember when James Harden said that the Warriors weren’t that good? That caused a big stir during the regular season as the Warriors won all four games they had against the Rockets by double-figures. Entering this Western Conference finals, that was the talk of the series as people were reminded that Harden had dismissed the Warriors as a good team.

With the Warriors up 2-0 on the Rockets in the series, Beats By Dre released this new commercial in which a reporter mentioned the exact same scenario among (without mentioning Harden’s name) other thoughts from supposed haters of Draymond Green. In classic Beats style, Green put on his headphones and walked away from the onslaught of media questions.

The commercial takes a jab at Harden and the Rockets and with the Warriors now 6-0 against them this year, it’s just icing on the cake to a quote from months ago that is still being talked about.  Green probably doesn’t care what Harden said, but for the commercial, it’s good TV to remind Harden about his foolish words.

Also mentioned in the commercial is his size and his mother. Check out the commercial above.

Justin Smith: Consistently good

What was expected has now happened.

One of the things I enjoyed about Justin Smith, other than his consistency (played 221 of 224 games) and his lethal attack on the opposing quarterback, was that he didn’t seem like the kind of guy to let fame to get to his head.

He was in discussion for defensive player of the year once. He was praised as the anchor of the 49ers defense. The fame from his success and the team’s success was there. Yet he just seemed like the kind of guy who would go out to the lake and go fishing after practice instead of hanging out at bars or at parties. He was truly a cowboy in every sense of that nickname.

In the locker room, he kept to himself. He didn’t cause any scenes during media time yet he got along well with all teammates. He was all business. The perfect man for the job of being the lead anchor.

Enjoy retirement, Justin. Ride off into the sunset, cowboy.

 

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.

Cavaliers fan tries to prove that Derrick Rose’s game-winning shot should not have counted

One of the best things about Twitter is reading tweets from fans who have conspiracy theories or can’t accept reality. Following Derrick Rose’s game-winner against the Cavs, I saw this tweet from a Cavs fan trying to prove that the inbound took too long. I found this very funny.

Of course, the first mistake here was that the timer started when the whistle blew, not when the inbounder received the ball. Clearly this fan doesn’t know the rules. The whistle only means that the game is resuming, not to start the clock.

Also, the five-second rule can’t be precise. It actually is on the discretion of the referee who is making the count. And if you look at the referee, he is at about 4.75 (give or take) in his count.

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