Colts appear to be emphasizing old logo in new merchandise

Since their inception as the Baltimore Colts in 1953, the Colts have used the above logo. It wasn’t until 1978 when the team decided to move forward with the horseshoe logo.

Last season, coach Chuck Pagano has been seen wearing that throwback logo. Now their training camp gear features that logo instead of the horseshoe. Does this mean the team is going to use that more often or is this just a design for coach?

Regardless, the team hasn’t mentioned their Baltimore roots as often as I thought they would since moving to Indianapolis. Their current set (gray facemasks, black cleats) does pay homage to that time so maybe this is another step towards it.

Either way, I like this logo a lot and am glad to see more of it.

Memorial Day means confusion to what it means for Blue Jays

Blue Jays celebrated America’s Memorial Day by wearing their Canadian camouflage.

During American holidays, all of Major League Baseball is decked out in special uniforms. Whether it’s the caps or jerseys (sometimes both), the teams will wear either a flag patch or a camouflage design. But on Memorial Day yesterday, it was a little strange.

Since it’s an American holiday, it would have been odd for the Blue Jays to participate in the uniform changeup. But it had been promoted that the Jays would take part of it.

But when the day arrived, the Jays did not wear that cap. Instead they used the Canadian (CADPAT) camouflage design instead. As you can see in the above photo, it’s green and completely different than what the rest of the league was wearing.

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New Era’s NFL Draft caps are actually kind of unique

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When I first got a glimpse of the draft caps, I wasn’t too sure of it. But after some time looking at it, I think I am starting to like it.

The thing that threw me off was the gray bill. I initially thought it was New Era’s generic attempt to simplify the manufacturing process. However, as we would learn, each cap is designed specifically for the team with the script and logos. What makes them unique is that when a camera flashes, the reflective text shines. It kind of reminds me of the vests bicyclists wear while riding at night.

I’m from the old school and I like my draft caps simple. These caps are actually very simple in terms of the crown, but the bill is what makes it work for today’s generation. I’m very sure that these will go very well with the players who will wear them when they are announced. I do wonder how they will look like under the bright lights of Radio Music City Hall when the photographers take pictures.

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New Era unveils first look at possible new NFL Draft caps

These appear to be the new draft day caps.

According to New Era’s United Kingdom site, we have what appears to be the draft caps for this upcoming NFL Draft. These are labled “NFL Draft On Stage” caps.

All the caps feature the team logo in the front with the crown of the cap matching the team’s main color. The NFL Shield on the back of the crown is gray.

The one difference is the brim. Each cap’s brim feature designs that are team specific. They have both the team wordmark and the team logo on a gray brim.

For some teams like the Raiders and Lions, the brim works. But a team like the Ravens and 49ers, not so much.

What do you think of these new caps?

Philadelphia Eagles graphics department uses wrong font on jerseys

The Philadelphia Eagles have no known plans to make alterations to their uniforms. So when they tweeted out this graphic yesterday, it was odd to see them use a new font.

One of the major differences is to the No. 4. Compare the 4 in Darren Sproles’ jersey to what the 4 really looks like.

Somebody in the Eagles graphics department messed up somewhere and used the wrong font. I’m surprised nobody saw it and corrected it.

The Opening Series was a perfect cash grab opportunity

Anytime Major League Baseball goes overseas for meaningful games, there’s always a great opportunity to make money. Merchandise sales go through the roof because fans who may never get a chance to see these big league players will buy all kinds of souvenirs.

What was odd about this trip overseas was that it affected the uniforms the players wore.

The patches on the cap were a give and is standard, but the jerseys and pants also had to go through some changes as well .

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Adidas can’t even get their Yao Ming throwback correct

His name is Yao Ming. Yao is his surname. He has worn YAO on his jersey throughout his entire NBA career.

But somehow, someway, Adidas missed that. Either they did not do any research, have any common sense or have no idea how names work outside of America.

 

 

Did Klay Thompson join Twitter just for a promotion and to boost merchandise sales for the Warriors?

The Warriors are having Social Media Night again and part of the night will feature these new shirts that feature the Twitter handles of the players.

It’s a great promotion and these shirts are cool. However, there was one thing that caught me by surprise and it was the timing of this and Klay Thompson’s “return” to Twitter. I was unaware that Thompson was ever on Twitter. In fact, he hasn’t been on Twitter until he miraculously revived it two days ago.

Prior to the All-Star break, Thompson did not have a Twitter account. The Warriors acknowledged this as part of their lineup announcement all season long.

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New Era’s confusing reveal of the new batting practice caps

If you see the above link, that is a story on the new batting practice caps that several teams are using as an alternate this upcoming season. I had seen a few of these before but didn’t write about it because I also came across this story that I did write about.

In my blog entry, I noted that the New Era UK site said that the team would be reverting back to the 39THIRTY model for this upcoming season. But apparently, after looking at the details, it seems that the site may have just mislabeled their description.

But if we look at the new information provided above, we see that several teams are adding a new cap to their style guide. They are the 59FIFTY model and a few of them are throwback designs. These likely will be used during spring training and throwback games. And more importantly, it could be a sign that all caps in the future could be part of the Diamond Era mesh design.

For now, we’ll just take these new caps as part of some kind of merchandising marketing ploy. Only one year after their big reveal and already their putting more different stuff on the shelves. That’s New Era and MLB for ya.

MLB 2014 On-Field Clubhouse 39THIRTY postgame caps are out and they look like neon lights

New and unnecessary.

New and unnecessary.

Last year, MLB released these postgame caps. They were optional to wear during postgame interviews, but aesthetically they were just bad.

It appears that they have a new line for this year. Check out some of them that are already available for purchase.

It’s like they’re going with the all black look, much like the darkness of light with the logos lit up like oversized neon signs outside of a bar. Look at the Orioles cap. And now look at the Indians one.

This isn’t necessary but merchandising could rise because of it. And that’s why we introduce these things, right?