Best Players by Number : Mitchell & Ness

Check out the full article on Mitchell & Ness below but being a sports fan and uniform geek, this is a great read.  They have selected a top player who wore a particular jersey number in the NBA, 1-100.  For example, 23 Michael Jordan, 33 Larry Bird, 76 Shawn Bradley… you get the idea.

There are 14 numbers that have never been worn in the NBA so if you want to make a list like this in the future, this might help you find the number for you.

NBA Best Players by Numbers

Source: Best Players by Number : Mitchell & Ness

CSUN Matadors_floor design 2014

Uni-Forum: College Basketball Uniforms 2014-15

Paul Lukas on Uni-watch assembled a plethora of college basketball uniform changes and court designs over on ESPN here.  Here are some of the standouts… good and bad.

College Basketball Uniforms 2014-15.

Georgetown Hoyas_black uniforms

I have always loved the Hoya uniforms going back to Allen Iverson, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, etc.  This black set by Jordan looks great and the Georgetown “pattern” covering the entire uniform works for me.

Kansas Jayhawks basketball uniforms_2014

I think this set from Kansas looks classic.  Although, I wish they would have kept the diagonal direction of the Jayhawk script on the white set.

Louisville Cardinals_basketball uniforms 2014

The horizontal stripe around the waist area of the shorts sounds good in theory but rarely is executed well.  Louisville needs to scrap this as it looks like a weight belt or cumberbun.

Tulsa_basketball uniforms

The cursive script has been a big part of Tulsa’s brand identity but it is being replaced on their new uniform set in 2014-15.  I don’t hate the new typeface but is it worth ditching the traditional cursive?

UCONN Huskies_basketball uniforms 2014 white

Yes, yes, yes!!  I love the look to days of past.  UCONN basketball uniforms are a top 10 set year in and year out in my book so I’m excited to see them bring back this classic look.  Very nice!

University of Utah_basketball uniforms 2014

The shorts of this Utah Ute set is what caught my eye.  The Utes started to use the “mountain” graphic on their football unis and has been a good look for them so why not bring it to hoops.

BYU Cougars_basketball uniforms 2014

Not a huge change here for BYU but they decided to curve “Brigham” instead of keep it parallel with “Young”.  I prefer the set from last year for these Cougars but the new version isn’t terrible.

Dayton Flyers_basketball uniforms 2014

This change is a positive one for the Dayton Flyers.  I’m a fan of the minimalist look and getting rid of the blue drop shadow and the streak across the top of “Dayton”.  The shorts are a plus as well with the new Flyer logo on the side panel.

Kentucky Wildcats_basketball uniforms 2014 back graphic

The Kentucky Wildcats is bringing the checkerboard graphic back on the shorts this year along with the state outline and “Kentucky” graphics on the back panel.  Although, these graphics appear to go down a long way so I’m not sure how this will look tucked in.

Louisville Cardinals_basketball uniforms 2014 camo

This set for the Louisville Cardinal is an alternate created for the Armed Forces Classic on November 14th.  I do like the blue hits on this set and they look even better with the D-Rose low kicks.  The camo isn’t overstated which is a good move but I’ll tune in to see how these actually look on the court.


College Basketball Floor/Court Designs:


CSUN Matadors_floor design 2014

I love the “grey” theme of the Cal State Northridge basketball court.  I don’t think they will keep the white velvet rope but I’m a sucker for black, red, white, and grey combos and they pulled this off.  I’m anxious to see how this looks on TV.

FloridaState_basketball floor 2014

A clean and well executed look from the Florida State Seminoles.

ncstate wolfpack court

Don’t worry guys… I’m still a Tar Heel fan but again… red, black identies get my attention and I like the wolf logo being utilized front and center at mid-court.  I don’t care for the interlocking NC State logos in the arc… maybe just one would have looked better.  I mean the fans need something nice to look at when the team is losing right?

Northern Illinois Huskies_basketball court 2014

The Northern Illinois Huskies are pulling off the black court with a light 3 pt area.  The red trim around the court looks nice as well.

Xavier_basketball floor court A trend for court designs seems to be to show your city’s skyline.  The jury is out for me on this idea.  I’m sure it means something for the locals but if it isn’t a highly recognizable skyline, should it be used?  I’m also not sure how I feel about the imbalance of the court design since it isn’t on both sides of the floor.

Washington Huskies_basketball court floor

Another “skyline” floor design for the Washington Huskies.  At least this one contains the recognizable space needle.
Long Beach State_basketball floor court

This follows a similar thread as the skyline but what should that look like for Long Beach?  How about palm trees?  At least they extend across the entire floor to bring balance to the design.  But you almost don’t see the word “Beach” front and center at mid-court… awesome.


BYU Blackout!

Where did this come from?  BYU has been trying to be more creative lately but this is the complete opposite of creativity.  They have asked fans to wear white for a “white-out” and then for another game they asked them to wear blue or white, depending on their section, and now they are planning a black-out for when Oregon State comes to town.  Never mind that black is one of Oregon State’s primary colors and nowhere to be seen on BYU’s color palette… it makes perfect sense.

Even the execution of the uniforms are awful.  I would much rather see the Royal Blue throwbacks or some funky pro-combat re-design.  I’m glad they are making an effort to mix things up but in my book, this just doesn’t make sense.

Here is the official press release…

BYU announced Monday the home football game versus Oregon State on Saturday, Oct. 13, will be a blackout — on the field and in the stands, not the television broadcast.

For the first time in the modern era the Cougars will wear a black uniform, specially created by Nike. Fans are being encouraged to support the team by wearing black to the game that will air regionally on ABC at 1:30 pm MT (3:30 pm ET).

“The uniform was designed to have the same striping and maintain an element of tradition, while also creating a fun atmosphere for the team and the fans,” said BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall. “Our plan is to wear the uniforms for this one game.”

The Athletic Department plans to sell the uniforms with proceeds going back into the football program. The uniforms will first be offered to members of the Cougar Club, followed by the general public if some are still available. [ EDIT: because they are hideous, I’m sure some will still be available]

In addition, the BYU Bookstore has created a special ‘blackout’ shirt and other merchandise that is now available at the BYU Bookstore.







Wasn’t Meant to Be


There is no other way to explain it other than it wasn’t meant to be for this UNC Tarheel squad to cut down the nets this year.  Once the crew had made their decisions to return to Carolina, the championship dream was within their grasp and the future was bright in Chapel Hill.  They stumbled a couple of times throughout the season (UNLV & FL State), people questioned their toughness and outside shooting, but they started to click at just the right time and ended up earning that coveted number one seed.  However, “Wrist Watch” took on a whole new meaning as the Heels suffered two major injuries to their starting five within the last few games (John Henson and Kendall Marshall) and it proved to be too much to overcome.  The Heels fought through Henson’s wrist injury and probably even became better for it as we saw McAdoo really start to come into his own and become a real contributor to the team.  However, the second major injury, Kendall Marshall’s broken wrist, threw a HUGE monkey wrench into things.  The point guard is the engine and Kendall Marshall isn’t your normal, Honda Accord, engine.  Kendall is the Ferrari of point guards and one does not simply replace a Ferrari engine.  You might say, “Well it is Carolina, they just need to plug in another McDonald’s All-American.” but due to injuries earlier in the year to Leslie McDonald  and Dexter Strickland, Stillman White was their only hope.  No excuses though, this is Carolina basketball and they should be able to bounce back and fight through it with all of the other talent on the team.  The Heels almost did just that but alas, it wasn’t meant to be this year.

Credit to Stillman White, who as a freshman, played very hard in his first two starts… in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 (no pressure there) and had no turnovers.  However, much like Kendall struggled with shots earlier in the season, Stillman didn’t have an offensive impact to keep defenses honest and it does take time to establish a confidence and chemistry with your teammates.

The entire team fought very hard in that Kansas game for 35 minutes but when it came down to crunch time, they didn’t play their best on a few possessions and Kansas capitalized… game, set, match.  You can watch the post game interviews if you want to relive the pain (Inside Carolina – post game interviews).


The Heels will look very different next year.  I would say Henson and Barnes are gone for sure.  Chances are that Marshall will leave as well and with the late season surge of McAdoo… who knows if he will make the jump.  In terms of freshman, we have Marcus Paige (6-0 160), Joel James (6-10 280), Brice Johnson (6-9 200), and JP Tokoto (6-5 180) coming in and look to be a solid recruiting class.  Even though the season ended with disappointment, it was still as successful year and there is much to be proud of.  Here are some of my highlights to help us all remember why it is good to be a TarHeel!

  • 32-6 record
  • Stomping Duke on their home court & spoiling Senior night
  • ACC Regular Season Champions (much more prestigious than a conference tournament championship)
  • They played on an aircraft carrier – with tarheel blue camo unis!
  • Nike Hyper-Elite uniforms vs Maryland
  • I got to see this squad in person during the Las Vegas Invitational – not the outcome I was expecting but still great to see them in person.
  • Tyler Zeller – named 2012 John R. Wooden Award All-America Team, ACC 2012 Player of the Year, AP Second Team All-American.  Earlier in the season I felt Z wasn’t playing tough enough but that definitely changed as the season went on.  Very lucky to have him at UNC for four years and a great example.
  • Kendall Marshall – AP Third Team All-American, Second Team All ACC, the best single-season passing performance in ACC history.  Such a fun player to watch distribute the ball and as the season progressed, start to knock down shots.  I even enjoyed watching his dad and sisters root him on during the games.
  • Harrison Barnes – First team All ACC.  I’m not going to throw Barnes under the bus.  There is so much pressure put on him to be the next Kobe or Lebron, let’s just let him be Harrison.  He did at times seem to disappear but when he get’s going, it is fun to watch.  He won many games for us throughout the year.  We just hoped he would have a better game against Kansas but I’m sure he feels much worse than we do.
  • John Henson – First team All ACC.  That jumper of his came along very nicely and had 101 blocks on the year.  He played tough down the stretch with his injuries.  Repeat member of the All ACC Defensive team. Very fun player to watch.
  • Reggie Bullock – Key contributor and made some big shots, also played good D.  He really stepped up when Dexter went down.
  • PJ Hairston: started the year off scorching the nets from downtown but I believe the injuries he played through messed up his rhythm.  We saw his % decline as the season progressed but he is strong and will bounce back next year.  He is still a nice dunker though.
  • James Michael McAdoo: started the year off shaky but as the season progressed, we started to see that special player.  His denials and steals at the top of the key, which lead to fast break dunks, were a joy to watch… and Charles Barkley thinks he is the most talented player on the team… so he has that going for him.
  • Stillman White: Perhaps Stillman was thrust into the spotlight to bring attention to his mission plans – I bet he will see fewer slammed doors if he goes state-side.  Not sure if he will have a place on the team when he finishes his mission but I appreciate his example and playing hard when his number was called… great story.


Droppin Old School

A little nostalgia from the good ol’ days



UNLV_LJ Augmon

KarateKid_Crane kick

Ozzie Smith_flip

TomChambers_knee dunk


Uni-Forum: Nike Hyper Elite USA Basketball


The new uniforms for USA Basketball were recently unveiled and I really like what I see so far.  They are made from the same materials that the NCAA Hyper Elite uniforms are made from so they are light and made from green materials.  I can’t put my finger on it but I’m also digging the USA logo on the chest.  I’d love to see a blue or red set accompany this white version.  Here is some more info on the new uniforms Via Alec Banks at HypeBeast:

Combining Nike’s lightest, most technologically advanced textiles with iconic graphics, the Nike Hyper Elite Basketball Uniform helps boost players’ performance and communicates the pride of USA Basketball. The innovation begins with Nike Aerographics, an engineered fabric that is a passive cooling solution allowing greater design and graphic flexibility while creating mesh areas in a garment without adding seams. It adds graphic interest to a garment that actually contributes to the performance by increasing air circulation. The Nike Hyper Elite Shorts to be worn by the USA Basketball team alone weigh in at 14 ounces lighter than the average shorts currently worn by professional players. The Hyper Elite Jersey, with its 3D-structured Dri-FIT fabric, helps pull sweat away from the skin and reduce cling while a functional flock screenprint on the inside of the collar provides further sweat management. The sleeveless v-neck silhouette, including hem vents and modified armholes, offers mobility while the slim fit reduces bulkiness and distraction. Finally, the debut of the Nike Hyperdunk, part of the landmark Lunarlon Collection. An innovative combination of advanced Nike Flywire technology and a basketball-specific Lunarlon cushioning system, this light, more supportive, durable and breathable shoe is expressly designed to meet the demands of elite basketball players worldwide. As modeled by Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Deron Williams and LeBron James, the United States basketball pride is in good hands.


Nike Basketball Goes Platinum

Nike announced this week that they have developed a new Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniform for nine teams that will be worn during select games between now and March Madness.  The nine schools that were selected for this honor have all won National Championships wearing Nike footwear and apparel.  The teams include Arizona, Baylor (women), Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Syracuse, UConn (men and women), and last but not least, the University of North Carolina.

Aesthetics aside, the uniforms utilize the most recent innovations to spawn from the Nike labs.  These uniforms were designed “at the intersection of sustainability and performance”.  Even though the prominent color is platinum, these uniforms are also green.  The fabric of the shorts are made from 100 percent recycled polyester and the jersey fabric is made from 96% polyester.  These sets are also five percent lighter than the previous Nike Hyper Elite uniform.  I’m not sure if you have worn the previous set but there isn’t much too them and they are already incredibly light.  At some point I don’t think I mind a little weight.  I don’t want to be out on the court feeling like I’m wearing a plastic baggy around my loins.

As I mentioned before, the prominent color for all the schools will be platinum but each will feature the school’s colors as accent colors.  This has already started to cause a stir with some of the fans from each school but to them I say relax, it is only one game.  Although, UNC will be wearing their set on senior night.  I imagine some seniors dreamed of wearing Carolina blue on their final home game so I can understand that but as long as they win, everything will work out just fine.

The back of each jersey will sport a full Aerographics panel with a blown up version of their logo (i.e., a large interlocking NC logo for Carolina).  I thought that choice was a little weak but the best part is that the back will contain one star for each of the school’s national championships with the corresponding year.  Carolina is looking nice with 5 stars across the top (only to be outdone by Kentucky’s 7).  The stars are in the location where the nameplate normally is sewn so I doubt that they will have names on the back of this set but we shall see.  Nike also took some liberties with the team name that normally adorns the front of the jersey.  For example, UNC classically states North Carolina on their traditional set but for these, it simply states Carolina.  Other changes include Zona (Arizona), Cuse (Syracuse), and Gators (Florida).  Another interesting difference I saw was that UCONN’s accent colors are black and red instead of navy… and I have to say I like it.  One last observation on the new set.  I noticed a slightly different design on the Elite socks in the photos.  I’m sure that if my son notices them he and all of the other kids will soon be trying to find out where to buy them.  In fact, if any of you notice where you can buy any of these pieces, please let me know.

The dates and match-ups for when these uniforms will be seen in action are found below.  If you look closely you will notice that all of these match-ups are against schools who support Addidas or Under Armor… coincidence?  I think not.

If you know me well you know that I am brand-whipped by Nike.  I am generally in full support of anything they put out and these are no exceptions.  Would I like to see Carolina move to these full-time?  No… but I am glad to see the innovation continue and pushing the edge with style and performance.  I have included photos of the UNC set but you can see the rest by clicking on this link.

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Dates include UConn vs. Notre Dame (1/29), Kentucky vs. Tennessee (1/31), Duke vs. Maryland (2/11), Baylor (women’s) vs. Texas A&M (2/11), Florida vs. Tennessee (2/11), Syracuse vs. USF (2/22), Arizona vs. UCLA (2/25), UConn (women’s) vs. Notre Dame (2/27) and UNC vs. Maryland (2/29).

Uni-Forum Observations

A random collection of new uniform news including new alternate jerseys from the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings.  I just had my birthday but had I known that someone is making Jordan Shoe cakes, I would have requested one of those.  Lastly, BYU and Utah went color on color in their matchup this week… no whites.











The Florida Marlins…err Miami…err say what now?!?!

(Editors Note – Showtime must be doing some funky retro posting, I just saw he stole my thunder on this with a post on the 12th only I’m fairly sure that post wasn’t there an hour ago…maybe its just the cold medicine.  Sorry for the double news!  Never had to say that on before…)

I just stumbled upon the news that the Florida Marlins are getting a new ballpark in 2012 and to commemorate the move they are committing to the city of Miami and  re-branding themselves as the Miami Marlins…

Oh and with that re-branding comes…

Thats right folks, new colors, logos, jerseys, hats…the whole shebang…


Well first off, I don’t think this is going to help with the stereotype regarding drugs and Miami because you would have to be coked out of your mind to come up with that color scheme.  Yes the palate is a little hard on the eyes for sure but I get it.  You want to catch some of that delightful “art deco” Miami style that isn’t at all cliched and it helps capture all the  Dolphin fans.  Hey anytime you can work an orange jersey and hat into your wardrobe you gotta jump on that right?  I just hope its not to late to bust in some orange pants for the worlds first ORANGE OUT!!!

Here is a little buzz speak from the firm that handled the redesign:

“The new primary mark features a sleek, iconic marlin image swirling around an art-deco influenced M – a symbol for both the city name as well as its nickname. A new color palette has been selected with input from season ticket holders and fans of the team. The teal has been replaced with the colors of Miami – Ocean Blue, Sun Yellow and Red-Orange.

A distinguishing feature of the new uniform presentation is presence the word MIAMI arching across the front of both the white home and light gray road uniforms. This is the first time in modern Major League Baseball history that the city name appears on the front of a home jersey and illustrates the franchises commitment to it’s new city and “The Gateway to the Americas”.”

So the Florida Marlins season tickets holders, all 12 of them, voted for these “colors of Miami”?  That’s a little hard to believe.  Not only that but they have to put Miami on the home jerseys so everyone doesn’t forget where they are at.  Thats to be expected though, what with the run at every free agent on the market the Marlins are going for this off season, they are bound to forget where they are playing.

But fear not loyal Miami sports fan…our transition isn’t stopping here.  The new stadium will feature awesome things like:

A retractable roof…


Sweet, sweet fishtanks (yes 2x the sweet) behind home plate so little Jimmy with the front row seats has something to do during those long boring MLB games…

Oh and when one of your Miami Marlins goes yard in the new park…THIS HAPPENS!!!!




But it can’t stop, it won’t stop…it is the 2012 Miami Marlins baybee!!!

Hey anytime you can combine the glitz and glamor of Vegas with the pageantry of Sea World at an MLB game…well full steam ahead sez I!  Add it all up and I think I finally understand what Will Smith was rapping about!

(sorry I realize I probably should have warned you before you scrolled down to that image and truly apologize for any damage it did however if I had warned you I think it would have lost its epicness don’t you agree?)

On a side note at least they had the balls to go through with a full re-branding…unlike a certain horrible NBA franchise in Utah who thought it was a good idea to dust off old logos and do a horrible palate swap to try and capitalize on a hot selling alternate jersey…

(Oh and one last thing, I dare somebody…anybody (you hear me crispy creamers?) to re-brand the Miami Heat with these colors so that every Miami sports team will feature Orange and Blue.  Those are the colors of Miami after all!)