Take a look at that tweet. I dismissed it when it was announced and thought that it was a pretty decent looking uniform. I don’t like the sleeves, but the piping to match the Lorraine Motel railing, the colors to match the door and the wreath for Martin Luther King Jr.’s death seemed like pretty clever ways to incorporate elements of the place of his death.
(Wait, the 50th anniversary would be 2018. Grizzlies can’t do math.)
But then I started thinking about it more. Why would they make a uniform, let alone profit from merchandise sales, solely based on the place where MLK was murdered? If you want to commemorate MLK, why do it at the place he died? Wouldn’t his hometown of Atlanta be a better fit? And is it necessary to do a full uniform like this?
One of the best team apparel cap designs I have ever seen was created by Reebok for the NFL in 2006. All team caps were unique in design because the side panels of the caps were actually the design of the team pant stripes that year. In Reebok’s tenure in manufacturing items for the NFL, this was their best design.
Today, Mitchell & Ness released a series of throwbacks for the Lakers (here, here, here), Sonics (here, here) and Grizzlies (here). Notice anything? They took the same concept of what Reebok did with their snapback. It’s a great looking cap, but it doesn’t feel original. Of course, there are limitations in designing such a cap. But it just feels like M&N took what Reebok did and re-purposed it for their design.
This could just be a coincidence but since the Reebok idea isn’t an innovative idea and it came out almost a decade ago, you never know. I’m surprised that there are only these three teams. I wonder if more is to come.