The new NHL team is called the Vegas Golden Knights and I think it’s OK

Well, first of all, the video package they had couldn’t play during the reveal so that was a bummer since this is Las Vegas and putting on a good show is what the city is known for. The above is the video.

But anyway, it’s here!

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Sacramento Kings unveil new uniforms and I love the black alternate

We had seen the Kings logos rebrand and I thought it was OK. Now we get to see their uniforms and they still remain OK.

I don’t understand the point of two purple uniforms that look very similar. I don’t even understand the font or the over heavy balance of gray/silver to their identity. But it’s here and I just think it is more of a lateral rebrand of their identity. It’s OK.

However, the black alternates should be celebrated. If you look closely at the design, it’s supposed to mimic the city flag. OK, I can roll with that. I love the lion at the collar and the white text over black is simple with the purple trim.

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New Florida Panthers identity isn’t that exciting for me

Chris Creamer has a great post about the new Florida Panthers’ look. I don’t have much to say but after checking his update and looking at what the Panthers have unveiled, here are some quick thoughts.

  • Fine, I get it. You want to the honor the military. You’re copying the same idea as the Jaguars with your crest logo. But in place of that jumping Panther? What a shame. I know that jumping Panther is on the helmet now, but that logo is superior to this.
  • I think it’s OK to copy the stripe across the chest that is similar to the Habs. In fact, that it looks good all things considered. But I just feel it’s unnecessary.
  • The addition of gold and the removal of their dark yellow is a downgrade for me. I like the a lot more and it fits well with the Sunshine State.
  • The sleeve patch I can do without. But it’s different than the traditional designs so I can roll with it. And having it different for captains will be interesting.
  • I like the laces. Still, there are way too many teams with laces but I like this modernized version.

Overall it’s a decent look but I am not jumping and celebrating it. It still feels a little plain to me and so traditional like. I guess with a previous look of a jumping panther I was hoping something would be “in-your-face” with this new look. But I don’t feel it.

Sacramento Kings officially unveil new logos and it could be better

We were informed in a post last week of what the Sacramento Kings’ new logo sets were going to look like. Today, we now know what the colors will be and how it will be used.

Let me say this first. The Kings have had an identity crisis for about 15 years. When they were the purple and black Kings who challenged the Lakers in the early 2000s, that was a neat identity. They tried to roll with it in the following years and had a lot of trouble establishing one whole identity. They were changing wordmarks and primary logos. They kept the same colors, but the whole identity as a mess.

Naturally since they have not established their look, making changes is easy. This is what we have now. The Kings deserve better and in an attempt to stay relevant, they have followed the trend of incorporating an old design to their identity. It’s not great but it’s what happens when a team is struggling to make an impact.

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These new Toronto Raptors uniforms are exactly as plain as I expected

The Toronto Raptors officially unveiled their new uniform set today and it looks exactly like the leaks that we’ve seen for months. Quite frankly, these uniforms are kind of boring.

Looking at it, the identity and the presentation is very tame. There isn’t much too different in terms of the design from their last set. They still have a white, red and black alternate. They’ve also added another black alternate with gold.

One thing you will notice is that the chevrons remain but they point north, going with the “We the North” theme they have. That’s fine, but for a new set, using the same element as the old set isn’t too creative. They are also telling us that they have a “T.O.” in the shorts for Toronto. Sure.

Overall, the look isn’t too different than the old set. And it’s somewhat plain. It’s a lateral move really. It just isn’t too exciting and the Drake alternate seems way out of place. Not a great set. It’s just average.

Tennessee’s sharp new alternate uniform pays tribute to the Smoky Mountains

Tennessee’s sharp new alternate uniform pays tribute to the Smoky Mountains

I wouldn’t say sharp. It’s just OK.

For The Win

The University of Tennessee is switching over to Nike apparel, and the Volunteers unveiled their new uniforms for multiple sports Wednesday in a fashion show. Quarterback Josh Dobbs modeled a new Smokey Grey alternate kit for the football team, which features one of the coolest helmet designs in the nation.

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Those new black Hornets uniforms work surprisingly well

Let me once again emphasize how much I hate sleeves on NBA uniforms.

With that said, if we ignore that element for this new set for the Hornet, we actually have a great design.

I have always liked blue and black together. Mostly a light blue and black combo is very pleasing to the eye and the use of teal and black for this Hornets set is really good. Using their “pride” nickname and having a simple design gives this alternate a very nice touch. I like the striping that crosses down the side.

For an alternate, it’s simple and even though black has never been part of the Hornets identity, it works for an alternate like this. Do they need it? No. Is it silly to have black and sleeves? Yes. But if they are going to go that route, at least they did it well.