Monthly Archives: January 2020

LeBron James shouts out Klay Thompson for college jersey retirement

It’ll never get old seeing the moments when game recognizes game. Especially when part of that game belongs to LeBron James.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson had an emotional day at his alma mater when his No.1 jersey was retired by Washington State on Saturday.

King James took to social media to give his sign of respect to Klay on the honor.

When one of the best recognizes you, it means something.

Over the years, the two have tipped their caps to one another. LeBron even jokingly (maybe not) tried to recruit Klay after he scored 43 points in a game right before Klay coincidentally would become a free agent.

Klay will be a Warrior for a long time after signing a max-contract with the team, so those hopes are lost, but it’s pretty obvious there are no hard feelings there.

He wasn’t the only one to show love for Klay.

Steph Curry was there acting like a proud papa for his longtime teammate as he watched Klay give his speech. And, of course, no Klay event is complete without some love from former Dub Zaza Pachulia.

Klay had a lot of support on a very important day.

Atlanta Falcons To Unveil New Uniforms In April

After 17 seasons in their current set, the Atlanta Falcons announced on Tuesday night they’ll unveil new uniforms in April.

Team owner and CEO Arthur Blank sent a letter to season ticket holders informing them of the looming changes.

“Time and again, we’ve heard you ask for new uniforms over the years,” Blank said. “We’ve listened to your feedback and worked closely with Nike and the NFL over the past two years to create a look that represents you and reflects Atlanta’s culture, pride and unity.”

The Falcons have worn red or black jerseys since their inception in 1966 with periods that included white, silver and/or black pants pants. The team also wore red helmets through the 1989 season — with thin gold stripes for the first four seasons to appease Georgia Tech fans who thought Atlanta looked too much like rival Georgia — but switched to black lids in 1990.

Atlanta went through a major rebrand ahead of the 2003 season that included a new logo and all-black uniforms with a unique sleeve design and piping down the pants. That look has remained, though the Falcons promoted the red alternate with white pants to the primary set one year later.

The team wore throwback uniforms on several different occasions in the last decade — most recently pairing their 1990s-era helmets with their 1966 throwback jersey and pants — in addition to an all-red Color Rush set in 2017. The clamoring for the throwback uniforms, as well as the recent trend of teams donning simpler uniforms, would suggest the Falcons will follow suit. It remains to be seen if they choose black or red helmets, however.

In addition to the uniforms, it appears Atlanta has slightly modified its wordmark. The header of the letter Blank sent to fans included a wordmark with a bolder and more condensed font than the previous wordmark, while the letter “T” no longer has a serif and — like the “O” — features an indented notch.

With the announcement, the Falcons will join the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams in unveiling new uniforms this spring.

Liverpool signs Nike deal to be official kit supplier starting in 2020-21; what will the uniforms look like?

The English giant is moving on from New Balance at the start of next season

Liverpool announced on Tuesday that it will move one from New Balance at the end of the season and begin a new partnership with Nike starting next season. The Oregon-based sportswear giant will supply the uniforms for the first team, women’s team, academy, staff and the club’s foundation starting in June. Here’s more from the team’s announcement:

Liverpool Football Club is delighted to announce Nike, the world’s leading footwear and apparel company, as its official kit supplier from the 2020-21 season.

The multi-year partnership, which begins on June 1, 2020, will see Nike manufacture and supply Liverpool FC’s playing, training and travel wear.

As official kit supplier, the agreement will see Nike outfitting the men’s, women’s and Academy squads, as well as coaching staff and Liverpool FC Foundation.

The partnership coincides with our move into a new, state-of-the-art training facility in Kirkby for the 2020-21 season, a project that includes investment in improved sport facilities for the local community.

Now, this isn’t really a surprise at all, and switching brands is quite common for soccer clubs when deals expire. You see some stick with one brand for a long time like Adidas and Real Madrid or Barcelona with Nike. But take Arsenal as an example, which in recent years has gone from Nike to Puma and then to Adidas. Liverpool has never worn Nike in its history, starting with Umbro in 1972 before Adidas (1985-1996), Reebok (1996-2006), Adidas (2006-2012), Warrior Sports (2012-15) and New Balance since 2015. This will mark the third straight American apparel brand for the Reds, who are owned by American sports company Fenway Sports Group, who also own the Boston Red Sox.

Now the big question is — what will the kits look like? It’s too early to tell, obviously, but the news didn’t stop those on the social media from creating renderings of what the kits could look like. Here’s a sample:

Liverpool joins Brighton Chelsea, Tottenham, Preston North End and Hallam FC as clubs sponsored by Nike in England. You can watch Liverpool in the Champions League and Premier League on fuboTV (Try for free).

2020 NHL Winter Classic: The Logos, Uniforms, and Design

The 2020 NHL Winter Classic is today, and for the first time ever the annual event is being held in a warmer climate city. The Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas plays host with its 92,000 seats waiting to be filled with patrons daring to brave a relatively warm +14°C (58°F) to see the Nashville Predators take on the home team Dallas Stars.

The Cotton Bowl on the morning of the 2020 Winter Classic

The overall theme of the design surrounding the event this year is the old west.

Designed by NHL Creative Services along with Fanbrandz out of New Jersey, the 2020 NHL Winter Classic logo is based on a belt buckle, a fashion accessory traditionally associated with Texans, cowboys, and Texan cowboys.

“As you start going through this process, we collectively brainstorm and discuss, ‘What makes the most sense for this event, this location, without being too whimsical?’”, said Paul Conway, the NHL’s VP of creative services to NHL.com at the time it was released.

“You want to be careful not to be too predictable on a certain level”, Conway continued. “You want to make sure it comes across and feels like it’s part of the Winter Classic brand, yet still feel unique. But everything certainly takes form and takes root in that early development.”

DALLAS STARS

While the official press release made no direct mention of it (saying only it’s based on Texas hockey history), the Dallas Stars 2020 Winter Classic logo and uniform are both clear tributes to the old Dallas Texans team of the 1940s.

The jersey is green with white shoulders, a single white stripe on each sleeve with both featuring a patch — a Winter Classic patch on the right arm, and a new State of Texas patch on the left. The Dallas Texans used both a shoulder yoke and the sleeve patches as well.

Player name and numbers are in a block, serif font — the same style as the “ST*RS” wordmark across the chest.

In an effort to create a more overall vintage hockey uniform feel, pants are beige (as they were in the NHL in the 1920s) and gloves are plain leather coloured (as they were in the NHL until the late 1950s). Both the pants and gloves do add a bit of colour with some green trim.

A look at the two Dallas Texans uniforms which appear to have inspired this Stars design… First, this design which looks a lot like the logo, sleeve, and socks striping:

And then the shoulder yoke, waist striping, and sleeve patches:

Mash together the best bits of both uniforms and ta-da! You’ve got yourself a great looking uniform. It’s magic!

Goaltender Ben Bishop has a special mask for the game featuring the Stars retro logo as well as the Cotton Bowl stadium and Big Tex wearing the Stars Winter Classic jersey:

The mask art was done by DAVEART.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

With a heavy nod to the old Nashville Dixie Flyers, who played in the Eastern Hockey League from 1962-1971, the Nashville Predators 2020 Winter Classic uniform replicates the Dixie Flyers style of a large horizontal stripe across the middle of the jersey and the team name scripted within it.

“The new jersey was created with a heritage aesthetic, featuring designs inspired by Nashville’s rich hockey history and its passionate hockey fanbase”, read the release from Adidas. “The script crest, felt block lettering and classic striping create a nostalgic look suitable for the NHL Winter Classic’s celebration of the game’s origins outdoors.”

On the shoulder is a “fauxback”-styled Predators logo, this new logo “represents the Predators’ size, strength, and speed” and is given a retro look “to pay homage to the history and heritage of hockey in Nashville”.

Like the Stars, this jersey also includes a patch featuring the 2020 Winter Classic logo on the opposite shoulder:

As mentioned earlier, this entire jersey a clear tribute to the uniforms worn by the Dixie Flyers, Nashville’s minor league hockey team in the 1960s. Like this Predators jersey, the Dixie Flyers uniforms included a similar horizontal stripe and scripted wordmark.

Of course, both goalies for the Predators have custom mask designs ready for today’s game, here’s Pekka Rinne’s who embraces the Preds new “fauxback” style logo:

While Juuse Saros has a new mask which includes a photo of Rinne himself (along with another Finnish hockey player Kimmo Timonen):

And here’s your good-looking uniform matchup for the game:

Game time is set for 2 pm ET (or 1 pm in Dallas)… but I’d be surprised if the puck is dropped before 2:30.