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From Timeless Classics To Uniforms That Look Like The Trash Bags They Belong In, These Are The All-Time Best And Worst Looks Of Dallas-Area Sports Teams.

By now, we’ve all seen those dreadful new Dallas Mavericks City Edition jerseys — the ones that look like they were designed by a fortysomething who’d heard about the 1990s but somehow managed to never actually live in them.

Yes, these ones:

Nope, they’re not great!

Of course, as much enjoyment as we get from dunking on the Mavs’ poor sartorial and design choices throughout the years, it should be said that our professional basketball franchise isn’t the only offender when it comes to sports teams around these parts just severely missing the mark on the fashion front.

At the same time, we should also point out that there have been some truly great uniforms worn by our area athletic organization at certain points, too.

In this post, we aim to highlight both — the good and the bad — by attempting to identify the best and worst uniforms that each of our region’s teams have worn throughout the years.

Dallas Mavericks

THE BEST: The Dallas Mavericks’ throwback green jerseys, most recently seen in the 2015-2016 season, are so adored that they’ve even inspired an entire group of people on Twitter to start up a #GreenItBack campaign in hopes of convincing Mark Cuban and the rest of the team’s front office to bring these bad boys back into the squad’s regular uniform rotation — and hopefully as its main look. It’s tough to disagree with those folks; this look is among the cleanest the team had ever worn, and its font choice is — a rarity for this franchise — actually readable and good. Seriously, the little curls off the D and the Ls are a great touch, as is the green inner outline.

THE WORST: This design, worn only once in 2003 before being taken off the market, are so bad they’ve become almost legendary. It’s easy to understand why; they look like what you’d get if you just wrapped a human in tin foil and said, “OK, now, go play some basketball.” I’m literally sweating while I look at these things because I imagine the players were actually being cooked alive while wearing these on the court.

Dallas Cowboys

THE BEST: For all the issues one may have with Jerry Jones and the way he runs his team, you can’t accuse him of missing the mark much on the branding front. The Cowboys have a classic look, and they rarely stray from it. A lot of this stems from how simple the team logo is, and how that logo fits into the simple design of the jersey. I mean, it’s just a star! And because it’s just a star, you can package it almost any way you want, in any combination of the team’s silver or blue or even white color schemes, and call it a day. This is a look that just screams, “Don’t mess with success!”

THE WORST: OK, so, this is the exception to the just-slap-a-star-anywhere-and-you’re-good-to-go rule. When you make the star white and putting it right on the shoulder, it looks more like a theatrical production’s interpretation of military attire than it does something that looks sleek on the football field.

Texas Rangers

THE BEST: Most plain white jerseys are pretty boring, granted. But the simplicity of this Nolan Ryan-era Rangers look really works in its favor. With the team name scripted out in that classic baseball font where the last letter swoops back under all the other ones, this jersey looks crisp and timeless.

THE WORST: The Rangers just recently announced a slate of new uniform options for the 2020 season and, while most of them are pretty cool, the team’s planned spring training look leaves a lot to be desired. Am I nuts in thinking that it looks like a Polo shirt that’s missing its collar? The modernized version of the old State of Texas logo that’s placed on the left chest just screams golf shirt to me. It’s a very “I’m going to find this at T.J. Maxx one day” kind of jersey — and, even looked at in greater detail, it doesn’t improve much.

Dallas Stars

THE BEST: The newest Stars jersey is also the team’s best. Designed for the upcoming Winter Classic match-up that the team is hosting at the Cotton Bowl here in Dallas on New Year’s Day, this design is a clever nod to the uniforms worn by the first pro hockey team in Dallas history, but in the modern team’s Victory Green and white color palette. Another stellar design that errs on the side of simplicity over complication, it even incorporates a little flash into its package in interesting ways, like with how it hides the Texas state flag within its inside back collar. Sure, maybe using a star to stand in for the “A” in “Stars” is a little cliche at this point — but at least the letter and the symbol used to stand in for it both have points at the top — unlike some other examples of letter-swapping that you can find in bad designs elsewhere.

THE WORST: Oh. Oh, no. I’m not even sure what to say about this one. This 2003-2006 alternate sweater design looks like if you took the Chicago Bulls logo and pointed the horns down, then transported this poor bovine creature into space and converted it into a constellation through some kind of dark magic. It’s also popularly referred to as the “Mooterus” jersey, since it bears a bizarre resemblance to the shape of a uterus. Beyond those critiques, the curved lines and shooting star added onto this package fail to contribute anything positive to the mix. This is just a terrible miss on all levels.

Dallas Wings

THE BEST: N/A.

THE WORST: This isn’t necessarily the Wings’ fault, as the WNBA forces all teams in its league to use the same basic design template, swapping out only the colors and logo in order to fit each team’s aesthetic. The Wings’ color scheme is actually pretty interesting and undeniably eye-grabbing, and could be put to use in cool ways by the team if it had the freedom to explore that. Alas, they don’t, and the WNBA’s template doesn’t do the team’s look any favors, leaving its players to look like walking highlighters.

FC Dallas

THE BEST: (To be clear, we’re sticking to post-Dallas Burn-era jerseys here.) Considering just how steeped in tradition and pride the State of Texas is — sometimes a good thing, sometimes not a good thing — it’s a little surprising that more area teams don’t rock jerseys that have been inspired by the state flag. But FC Dallas did just that with this kit, and it makes for a clean look — one that manages to be pure Texas without screaming about being pure Texas.

THE WORST: Woof. It’s always a risky endeavor when a team comes out with an alternate jersey that uses a color scheme different than its usual look, but it’s worst when it’s done in tribute to another team, as was the case with this 2006 look that supposed paid homage to Mexico’s famed Tigres club. I’m sure someone in the marketing department thought this would be a good way to endear FC Dallas to the fanbase of a more historic franchise than its own, but the execution here is just an eyesore.

Local Colleges

THE BEST: An easy choice, frankly. SMU’s Triple D marketing campaign and subsequent Dallas-themed jersey from this year has been universally praised as a perfect ode to the City of Dallas and maybe the best branding decision that a local sports team has made in a long time. Is it a coincidence that the team that got to wore unis this clean was also the best one that the school fielded in literal decades? We think not.

THE WORST: Can someone explain to us why TCU had orange numbers on its alternate uniform this year? Because the school’s own explanation of this design doesn’t do that for us at all. Apparently, this look was inspired by the school mascot’s ability to shoot blood from its eyes as a sort of final defense mechanism when facing down a predator — which, OK, maybe explains the red on the gloves and on the helmet. But why orange on the jersey, then? If I saw someone wearing this around town, I’d immediately think that a Syracuse fan had moved to Dallas. I wouldn’t think, “Oh, orange is kind of like red, which is the color of the blood that horned frogs squirt out of their eyes when they’re worried they might die.” But, hey, maybe that’s just me.

Can the Color of Your Team Uniform Give You a Competitive Edge?

It’s not uncommon for athletes to have good luck charms, lucky numbers, and superstitions, including some downright bizarre pre-game rituals. For instance, Michael Jordan wore his UNC shorts under his Chicago Bulls uniform in every NBA game. Before a night game, third baseman Wade Boggs would begin practice at exactly 5:17 PM and start wind sprints at precisely 7:17 PM. It sounds crazy, but it seemed to have worked for these two Hall of Famers.

One superstition some athletes hold may actually have some scientific merit. Studies have shown that the colors of athletic uniforms can sometimes make the difference between winning and losing. Certain colors associated with dominance and aggression can actually empower players and give them a competitive edge.

Colors have a psychological effect on the animal brain, ours included. A certain hue can impact a person or animal’s mood, behavior, brain activity, and body posture. For instance, in nature, orange and red signal aggression and danger to a variety of organisms. In many human societies, red is associated with anger and fear. Black often signifies dominance and death.

When it comes to athletic uniforms and coaches apparel, scientists say that the colors black and red may affect the way the team’s opponent sees them as well as the way the wearer feels and performs. During a 1988 study, Cornell University’s Mark G. Frank and Thomas Gilovich showed 25 subjects a series of images of hockey and football team uniforms in different colors. They found that the subjects were more likely to label those in black uniforms as more aggressive than those in other colors. The researchers also concluded that hockey players wearing black team apparel acted more aggressively on the ice.

In a similar study, Olympic athletes wearing red were found to be more likely to defeat those in blue uniforms, according to researchers from the University of Durham, Russell Hill and Robert Barton.

Of course, if red and black uniform colors were actually a dominant factor in determining the success of a team, the Atlanta Falcons would have won a Super Bowl by now and the New York Yankees would not have earned 26 World Series titles. Nonetheless, if you’re choosing a design for your custom team uniforms, it might not hurt to go with something red and black.

For Navy Midshipmen, small football uniform patches carry important stories

Justin Self had always leaned on his father, Mike, to pursue his dream of playing college football. Drills on the middle school field, Friday night lights in Texas, Saturday morning garage workouts, summer camps and official visits — Mike guided him through all of it. The two bonded through their love for the sport, as Mike was born in Arkansas and raised in Birmingham, Alabama — a mecca of college football — and Justin grew up about 35 minutes from the historic Cotton Bowl.

Mike had played two seasons as a long-snapper at North Alabama before serving in the reserves and enlisting in the Navy, where he worked mostly as a radio operator but was never an officer. Considering his background, it was only natural that part of his son’s recruiting process included an official visit to the U.S. Naval Academy. Justin was sold as soon as he met the team.

“I had always joked with him about how I was going to be an officer when I graduated and he was an enlisted guy,” Justin said, “so he was going to have to salute me.”

It happened sooner than expected.

“I remember my signing day,” said Justin, now a junior offensive tackle. “When I finally signed, he broke down in tears. Afterward, the gym was empty, it was just me and him in there. He came up and he gave me a salute.

“‘You’re going to be an officer,’ he said.”

In May 2017, before Justin’s plebe summer, the training program for incoming freshmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, Mike Self died after a heart attack he suffered during a family trip to visit relatives in Alabama. He was 49 years old, and Justin was 19.

About a year later, Justin was home on break and rooting around in his dad’s storage shed in their backyard, searching for things from his father’s childhood when he spotted an old cardboard box.

The otherwise nondescript cube was a treasure trove of Mike Self’s Navy days, filled with pins and badges he wore on his old uniform, pictures, foreign currency and a yearbook from the three different ships he had served on.

Justin Self is wearing his late father's USS Dahlgren patch, which Self found in a box.

Justin opened the unmarked box and spotted the patches his dad had cut off his uniforms, thin black strips in a slight arch with U.S.S. DAHLGREN stitched in white letters. Excited, he ran inside the house to show his mom. That night, an idea hit him:

“When I dress for the Army-Navy, game, I’m putting these patches on.”

Selecting a patch for the uniform worn in Saturday’s Army-Navy game is one small, but significant, personal choice given to the Midshipmen on a campus where nearly every other decision is made for them, including what they wear and how they wear it.

Since August, long before the first snap of the season, Navy’s specially designed uniforms for its game against Army in Philadelphia were hidden in the academy’s Halsey Field House. They weren’t completed, though, until late November, when the finishing touches were sewn on — one patch chosen by each player from more than 600 shipped to Annapolis from all over the world, or passed along through friends and family, representing all different branches of the military, including, of course, the Army.

At Navy, it’s a unique tradition that began in 1989. Army also wears patches chosen specifically for this game, but collectively honors a division as a team.

Each stitched symbol tells its own story, and while some are chosen simply for style, other reasons run deeper. For the second straight season, Justin Self will honor his father — but he also saved enough of the patches for his little brother, Brent, who committed to play at Navy next year.

“For some guys, it’s emotional,” Justin said. “They do it because it’s something they’ve always believed in. Some guys pick because it’s the coolest patch on the table. For me, it’s knowing [my dad] is on the field with me since he can’t be in the stands. It’s my little way of having him there with me on the field.”

Patches are mailed from all over the world in hopes a player will select them for his jersey.

The patch is in the mail

Dear Navy Football,

I’m submitting my squadron’s patch for consideration for this year’s Army-Navy game. The squadron is VAW-121 Bluetails from Norfolk, VA, and we fly the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. We have been deployed since April 1st onboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN where we have been flying missions in support of U.S. objectives in the Arabian Sea. We have several alumni in the squadron, but unfortunately we will not be able to attend the game. I know it would mean a lot to all of the alumni and Sailors in the squadron to see the command represented front and center at America’s game. It would lift their spirits on what has been a very long and demanding deployment. Thank you for your consideration. GO NAVY! BEAT ARMY!

Very respectfully,
LCDR Vaughn “Patchez” Villarreal
Operations Officer
VAW-121 Bluetails
USNA Class of 2007

The letters pour in from literally all over the globe, detailing missions abroad and at sea, and explaining the significance of the enclosed patches. There are heaps of them in clear plastic bins; many are spread out on tables in a colorful array for the players to examine. Some letters are directed to specific players, but no one forces them to wear that specific patch.

Sometimes, it means just as much to have the patch chosen as it does to wear it.

“I’m not sure if the patch ended up getting picked or not …,” Lt. Cmdr. Villarreal wrote in an email to ESPN, “but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

On Nov. 7, players slowly shuffled into the equipment room to sift through rows of various patches in many shapes and sizes from different commands. Like in a department store, some players asked to put the patches on hold.

“It’s back there, it should be in the top drawer,” junior striker Jacob Springer reminded Greg Morgenthaler, associate athletic director of equipment operations for football. “Top right. You held it for me.”

Since Aug. 30.

Sophomore cornerback Mikey McMorris enlisted the help of his older brother on FaceTime as he browsed the selections. Sophomore receiver Mychal Cooper was on the phone with his stepfather, Jon Arnold, in the equipment room as they decided Cooper would wear one of Arnold’s old Army patches.

Joe Goff is wearing his brother's Army patch to honor the West Point grad.

“All of these mean a bunch of great things, but I really have no connection to those,” Cooper said, looking at the patches on cluttered tables. “My stepdad, he’s been a really big influence in my life. He was in the Army. He was in the 101st Airborne Division. I’d like to wear something that means something to me.”

Peter Ford, Navy’s assistant director of equipment operations, looks more like a lineman than a tailor, but he boasts he can sew one patch in under a minute (as long as it’s a circle, there’s no Velcro to burn off, and it’s not something complicated — like Eagle wings).

“I learned to sew from YouTube,” he said.

Ford and his colleague, Shari Mangas, use the two sewing machines in Halsey Field House, where Mangas had been sewing on the A’s for the American Athletic Conference for over a month. The Navy uniforms will also feature college football’s 150th anniversary patch for the first time this season.

On the day before Thanksgiving, the entire team went to the theatre at the Annapolis Mall to see “Knives Out.” Before the movie started, they were treated to a special preview on the big screen — the reveal of their uniform for the Army game.

“I was not expecting it,” senior long-snapper Michael Pifer said. “It was a really good, collective reaction. I’m pretty sure everyone liked the concept and the theme of it.”

Senior nose guard Jackson Pittman and junior linebacker Austin Talbert-Loving have chosen to wear the patch featuring a castle sent in by the battalion of former Navy defensive end Amos Mason. A 2017 graduate, Mason is now a combat engineer officer in the Marine Corps, based in Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Pittman and Mason went to the same high school, Brentwood Academy in Tennessee, where Pittman’s father, Jack Jr., coached them both.

“I’m excited that he chose to wear my badge,” Mason said. “You can send them in, but there’s no guarantee that those guys are going to wear it.”

Defensive co-captain Nizaire Cromartie will wear a patch in memory of recent graduate Joshua Kaleb Watson; he was one of three U.S. sailors, along with Mohammed S. Haitham and Cameron Scott Walters, fatally shot on Dec. 6 at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Cromartie’s patch was taken from the flight suits of his classmates from the Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Florida, where Watson, Haitham and Walters were assigned.

Players in search of a patch sort through options to have stitched on their uniforms.

Keeping memories alive

Not all patches come to the equipment room.

Navy offensive tackle Billy Honaker will wear a patch to honor his cousin, Christopher Stephen Honaker, who was killed in Afghanistan. Senior safety Elan Nash lets his dad, who served four years on the USS Forrestal, choose a patch from his dress uniform. This year he picked a Petty Officer 3rd Class Aviation Structural Mechanic badge.

“He was a big influence in me coming here. And being affiliated with the Navy and the Naval Academy in the first place, when I was younger he had taken me to some games, just as a fan, because we’re from the Philadelphia area,” said Nash, whose grandfather also served in the Navy. “Obviously, he’s had a huge impact on my life. … It’s just a cool way to honor my legacy and my family a little bit, more than just the name on the back, but something more specific to what my dad actually did in his time in the service.”

Senior offensive tackle Joe Goff picked his brother’s Army patch (yes, he’s allowed) because he said the West Point grad is the reason he plays football.

“I’m just more than happy to honor him and be able to show him I’m thankful for what he’s done for me,” Goff said. “Even with the whole Army-Navy tradition, the family love is definitely what’s more important to me.”

One of the most remarkable origin stories is of Pifer’s patch. He was sitting in his dorm room in October, scrolling through Facebook, when he came across a post celebrating the 95th birthday of his friend’s grandfather, John Kepechia:

Happy 95th Birthday to John Kepechia! He was a member of the US Navy Torpedo Squadron VT305. They were shot down over the Solomon Islands on their 34th Mission May 21st, 1944. John was 19 years old. Of the survivors he is the only one remaining.

“I was like wait, I didn’t realize all this happened,” Pifer said. “I can’t believe I never heard anything about this. It was kind of surreal.”

“He was 19 years old and people were dying in his arms,” Pifer’s mom, Jill DeNillo, said of Kepechia. “I’m bawling reading this, so I’m investigating it more. We knew he was a veteran, but we didn’t have any clue until just recently that he’s the last remaining survivor.”

Michael Pifer had a replica made of a patch worn by a friend's grandfather, 95-year-old John Kepechia, when he was shot down over the Solomon Islands in 1944.

Knowing he had to pick a patch for the Army-Navy game, Pifer immediately thought of Kepechia, who follows Pifer’s Navy football career. Pifer played youth football all the way through high school with Kepechia’s grandson, Tyler Lavelle. There was one problem: Kepechia’s patch — and everything else from that day — has been missing since he was taken prisoner. Kepechia had a drawing, though. It was a picture of a red donkey on tan felt, and according to a collector’s site, it was made in Australia and only 200 were ordered.

DeNillo did some searching through social media and eventually found a company called Wings and Things in Pensacola that would replicate the patch.

“Since it’s in World War II and the 1940s, I didn’t know if anyone was going to be able to create the patch,” Pifer said, “Whenever we figured out we could, I was like, ‘Yeah, no-brainer, let’s do this.’

“We actually were able to get some in bulk, so we were able to give some to him and his family so they are able to pass that down and keep telling the stories.”

The memorabilia is what keeps the stories, and memories, alive.

Following his military career, Mike Self worked as an electronics technician for a company in the oil industry and focused on his wife, Ginger, and their two boys, Justin and Brent. When Justin was in high school, he and his dad “had this little thing” where Mike would write him a note every Thursday night and slip it into his lunchbox on Friday mornings to encourage him for that night’s game. He continued to do that through email when Justin was at the Navy prep school.

Now, Ginger writes them, and her voice cracked as she talked about it.

“I started reading some of them, what Mike wrote, and thought, ‘OK, how could I put it in my own words?'” she said. “I just encourage him to stay with it, ‘What your dad taught you, just keep it up.’ I always end it with — because my husband did, too — ‘Love, one of your biggest fans, Mom.’ Because one of his biggest fans is always watching, too. I say that to him, too, ‘You know he’s watching.'”

Justin still saves the emails. He has a box of his own, just like his dad.

“It means everything to me,” he said. “I’ve got them saved in folders every time she sends them to me. I want to be able to, in 20 or 30 years, share those with my kids. I even have my dad’s old paper ones in a box at home somewhere. I just want to be able to show them what my parents did for me.”

On Saturday, with one small patch, he’ll show everyone watching, but he won’t be the only Midshipman wearing a story.

San Diego State Aztecs To Wear Michael Jordan-Era Chicago

Back in November, the San Diego State men’s basketball team unveiled turquoise uniforms in honor of Native American Heritage Month that were somewhat reminiscent of the Chicago Bulls’ recently unveiled City jerseys.

But while that was simply a coincidence, the Aztecs actually revealed alternate uniforms this week that are an exact replica of those worn by the Bulls during the Michael Jordan era for Sunday’s game against San Jose State (3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports San Diego).

While Jordan played his college ball at North Carolina, San Diego State’s move from Nike to subsidiary Jordan Brand last season facilitated the decision to honor the greatest basketball player of all time.

“As a guy who grew up in the ’90s (when) Michael Jordan was winning all those championships and the Bulls were the class of the NBA, I thought it would be cool to put our team in a uniform that so many of us grew up with and idolized,” Aztecs director or operations Matt Soria told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Of course, the only difference between San Diego State’s uniforms and Chicago’s are the wordmark on the front and logo within the diamond-shaped shorts design. Nobody on the team will wear Jordan’s No. 23, either.

“They’re very similar to the Bulls uniform,” junior forward Matt Mitchell said. “I love them. I’m sure the entire team will love wearing them.”

This marks the first time since the 2014-15 season that the Aztecs will wear red uniforms thanks to a number of notable road losses that season. They’ve worn black on the road ever since.

The Spartans will counter with their gold uniforms on Sunday afternoon, meanwhile.

Family searching for deceased son’s Saints jersey, missing since 49ers game

“That was his, it still has his smells … We know he wore it at every game. It would be great to get back.”

A family of Saints fans from Mobile, Ala. is desperate for your help to find a missing Drew Brees jersey.

They brought it with them to the home game at the Dome last Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, but it hasn’t been seen since. The jersey belonged to Bobby Harper Jr., an emergency room nurse who passed away in a car accident in January.

The Harper family have been Saint fans and season-ticket holders for years. They had several family traditions they carried out at every home game including wearing the same outfit to each game.

“We all have our game day attire, we don’t change,” said Jennifer Harper. “Same socks, same shoes, same blouse, everything.”

Bobby Harper Jr. stuck out in a crowd at the Dome. He was 6’7” with red hair and a red beard. He always wore his Drew Brees jersey to the games.

“He was on his way to help a coworker who was stranded when he was killed in the car accident,” said his mother, Jennifer Harper.

The shock of his loss hit his family hard. The Saints traditions became part of Bobby’s end-of-life celebrations. They hosted a Saints tailgate at their home for his memorial. Bobby’s ashes are in a Saints urn.

This season, his family has attended games with his old jersey and hung it on his empty seat.

“There’ll be times I hold onto it,” said Jennifer Harper. “I clutch it to my chest, I put it in front of me cheering.”

Jennifer Harper says she remembers packing up the jersey and putting it in her clear plastic bag before leaving the stadium Sunday. When the family got to the car, they realized it was gone.

“I think and assume someone took it out of the bag,” said Bobby Harper Sr. “It was an easy pick, they probably took it for a souvenir.”

Family wants whoever has the jersey to know its true value.

“That was his, it still has his smells,” said Bobby Harper Sr. “We know he wore it at every game. It would be great to get back.”

“It would mean the world to me, it’s just part of our tradition,” said Jennifer Harper.

Family believes the jersey could have been taken somewhere near their seats in Section 1-19 rows 13 and 14. The Drew Brees jersey was an extra-large. They say if someone would like to return the jersey, they can send it to WWLTV.

The New Orleans Saints have reached out to the family to offer a new jersey, signed by Drew Brees.

IronPigs: Say goodbye to Friday night black, hello gold uniforms

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will honor Minor League Baseball’s best fans with “Gold-standard” jerseys and caps, which will be worn during Friday home games this season.

The new jerseys and caps will debut on Friday, April 17, the IronPigs’ 2020 home opener against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

These jerseys will be replacing the black “Molten” jerseys that previously were worn on Friday nights. This also is the first jersey unveiling since 2018, when the IronPigs introduced their maroon Sunday uniforms.

“These uniforms represent what we as an organization think of our fans — the ‘gold standard’ in Minor League Baseball,” IronPigs President/General Manager Kurt Landes said in a statement. “Our team will wear these uniforms every Friday home game knowing that they have the best fans in Minor League Baseball behind them. Symbolically, these Gold-Standard uniforms will be the epitome of what being an IronPigs fan is all about.”

The “Gold Standard” initiative was brought to life when the IronPigs were awarded the Larry MacPhail Award in October. The annual award acknowledges the top marketing and promotional Minor League Baseball team.

In addition to winning the industry’s most coveted award, the IronPigs have won more Golden Bobbleheads (5) than any other team in baseball. Golden Bobble awards are given to the year’s top promotions and events within Minor League Baseball. The “Gold Standard” uniforms are a direct tribute to IronPigs fans whose support has allowed for the organizations’ numerous successes since the franchise’s inception in 2008.

The uniforms will feature a gold base with “IronPigs” across the chest in metallic gold with black trim. A black stripe will be at the base of each sleeve with a “Gold-Standard” patch, featuring five gold stars, on the left sleeve. The five-stars represent the top rating of the IronPigs and their fans. The team will also be wearing all-gold caps with a gold liquid chrome IronPigs logo on the front with five stars located on the side.

The “Gold-Standard” jerseys and caps, as well as other innovative merchandise, are available at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Coca-Cola Park and ShopIronPigs.com.

The 2020 IronPigs season is the team’s 13th as the Philadelphia Phillies’ top affiliate and 13th at Coca-Cola Park.

New coach, new players, new hockey season at De La Salle

 

Too bad there aren’t names on the backs of the hockey jerseys at De La Salle.

New head coach Nick Badder could use the help.

Adhesive name tags at the very least.

The Pilots lost 13 seniors to graduation and return less than a handful of players listed on last year’s roster.

“Yeah man, it is like misfit toys. We’re trying to figure it out right now,” said Badder. “We have one returner from last year who really got minutes. We have a brand new team. We are trying to figure this out together. A new coach. New teammates. It is going to take some time.

“I have to be a little more patient with them. I am expecting a lot out of them, but I know they can do it. Today, that was a good team we played. That was our best game of the year. I felt like our effort was there,” continued Badder.

De La Salle gave everything host University of Detroit Jesuit could handle before falling 4-3 in a Catholic League quarterfinal game played at the Viking Ice Arena in Hazel Park.

“Today they acted like they wanted to be here and that is the biggest thing,” said Badder. “I am proud of them for not giving up. We dominated that second period. I was very encouraged by the effort.”

The Pilots fell behind 2-0 on two late goals in the first period.

The first was scored by U-D’s Jimmy Gormley, who knocked in an unassisted power play goal with just about two minutes to play in the opening period. Just a minute later, Xavier Villaire scored.

However, the Pilots evened things at 2-2 in the second period on goals by Jack Rivera at the 6:45 mark and Thomas Bechtell about a minute later.

A goal by U-D’sBrendan Zemke with 3:09 to play in the second period gave the Cubs a 3-2 advantage.

Gormley got his second goal of the game midway through the third period to put his team up 4-2.

A couple of minutes later, the Pilots responded with a power play goal by Matthew Rogers.

“I honestly wasn’t sure what the expectations of the team were when I took the job,” said Badder. “ It’s my first year here. I didn’t see them play at all last year. I didn’t know much about them.

“As a coach, I always consider myself an older brother to the players rather than an authoritarian figure like a father. I try to relate to them and get them playing the game the way I’d like to play. It is going to take some time but I think I’ll get here,” continued the first-year De La Salle coach.

Badder, 29, served as the head hockey coach at Romeo High School from 2014-18, leading the Bulldogs to three MHSAA regional titles (2015, ’16, ’17) and the 2016 Division 2 state championship. The title marked the school’s first-ever hockey crown and the first hockey championship for a Macomb County school since Fraser won the Class A tournament in 1983.

He spent last year leading the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies Bantam AA team.

The Pilots will once again play in the South Division of the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League, squaring off against divisional opponents Grosse Pointe North, Grosse Pointe South, Trenton and U-D Jesuit. The team will then cross over against MIHL powers Brother Rice, St. Mary’s, Cranbrook and Detroit Catholic Central. Its non-league slate includes top-notch competition such as Hartland, Eisenhower and Livonia Stevenson.

Rivera, a sophomore, had a strong game against U-D Jesuit.

”We stuck together. We went down two goals and we didn’t lose it. It was a back and forth game. Either one of us could’ve won. With the coach we have and the potential we have as a team, we could go all the way,” said Rivera.

“I played for Coach Badder with OJG (Oakland Jr. Grizzlies). I love De La Salle. I love the team. I love our coach. I decided playing for the high school would be fun. It has been a blast,” continued Rivera, a sophomore.

“People play the sport to have fun and I am having fun right now. That is all I could ask for,” continued Rivera.

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Joe Zerilli scored in the first period to help the Big Reds tie the Black Hawks at Fraser Hockeyland.

NC State Icepack’s new jerseys honor past

The NC State Icepack celebrate winning the Governor’s Cup against UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 at PNC Arena. The Icepack won 8-6.

In one of its final home games of the first semester, the NC State Icepack showed the fans its long-awaited alternate third jersey in action, a red primary with off-white accents, in a 5-1 win over another former Big Four team, Wake Forest, Nov. 15.

The jersey was part of NC State men’s club hockey’s Heritage Day, in which it honored a few of the teams founding members all the way back from 1976.

In the fall of 1976, founders Richard Jordan, Phil Segal, Gordie Feathers and Richard Jarrell established the NC State men’s club hockey team, setting the stage for the Icepack team we see today.

“We started when I was a sophomore and that was the ‘76-’77 season,” said Richard Jordan who came down from his home in Minnesota for the game last Friday. “I started thinking about it freshman year, second semester, when I found out there was such a thing as ACC hockey. Found out Wake Forest had a team, UNC, Virginia and I got to thinking ‘Why don’t we have a team?’”

Since then, NC State has become one of the best collegiate teams in the area. It wasn’t known as the Icepack back then though. When it was founded, the team went by a different, but equally clever name: the Wolfpuck.

“We also only had a single jersey back when we started,” said Doug Goldstein who played goalie for the Wolfpuck starting in 1977. “We just wore shirts, that’s it. No matching uniforms like they have today.”

The new jerseys were designed by Icepack team member Eric Todd, a third-year in business administration and arts entrepreneurship, and freelance graphic designer.

“We had been talking about doing red jerseys for a while and we had to figure out a way to make it our own,” Todd said. “When I looked up inspiration, I saw a lot of throwback jerseys and I liked those because I felt like right now we are entering a new era with the team, we are going to nationals, we’re doing big things. I felt like honoring the past and incorporating that into the jersey was pretty important.”

Part of the history involved a constant struggle to find ice time. With no ice in Raleigh, the Wolfpuck had to travel all the way to Greensboro in its first two years, and then Hillsborough for a while.

“It was a two-hour drive before and then a 45-minute drive just to practice and have games,” Goldstein said. “We had to bribe students to come to games.”

“We would advertise in the paper or anywhere we could, just trying to get attention because hockey in the Carolinas wasn’t anything like it is today,” Jordan followed up. “So, one time we had a keg of beer that we got permission to bring into the arena in Hillsborough and we offered free beer to any Wolfpack fans, of course, the drinking age was 18 back then. Looking back, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do.”

Recounting some of their favorite memories from their years on the team, Jordan started off with a particular game against another Big Four rival.

“The first year, we had a goalie, who was a pretty big grad student and our only one at the time,” Jordan said. “We were playing Duke, and the goalie helmets in those days were the masks with the little holes in them not with the bars like today. Well, he got cut right above his eye after a puck hit him in the mask.”

“He was bleeding like a stuck pig out there on the ice, so a kid from Duke, who we found out later was a pre-med student, came skating over with his little black doctor’s bag and stitched him up and we continued the game. When it happened, we were up by a couple goals, but by the end, we lost by double-digits because only having one eye doesn’t work too well for a goalie.”

For Goldstein, the best memories were the ones shared by most other NC State fans, the besting of long-time rival UNC.

“The couple of times we beat Carolina were always a lot of fun,” Goldstein said. “We did it in the shootout one time, which was cool for me, and I think we only beat them one other time because they were always the best team in the league back then.”

In the ‘70s, the teams in the area and ACC were known as the Big Four: UNC, Wake Forest, Duke and NC State. However, another playing option the Wolfpuck found was the soldiers at Fort Bragg.

“We played Fort Bragg once and that wasn’t one of our best decisions,” Jordan said. “We got killed because all these Army guys wanted to beat the smart college kids and the refs were Army guys also, so that didn’t work too well. We never did that again.”

While some decisions created remorse, the idea to start a club hockey team is one they have never regretted.

“It’s incredible what this has become,” Goldstein said. “Like I said, we had just the one jersey, no matching uniforms and we paid for everything on our own. Now they have names over their lockers, three jerseys, helmets and three coaches. We didn’t even have a coach for the first years.”

It’s safe to say the founders never expected what the team would become or the following and support it would garner over the years, but it has truly developed into one of the richest NC State sports clubs.

Where do Celtics City, Bruins third jerseys rank among Boston’s all-time alternate uniforms?

Jaylen Brown (above) and Patrice Bergeron (below) wear Boston's new alternate uniforms

On Thanksgiving eve, the Celtics broke out their latest City Series uniforms for a game against the Nets. On Friday the Bruins will debut their 2019-20 third jerseys against the Rangers.

Both join a collection of mostly good, but occasionally bad alternate uniforms for the Boston sports teams.

Both the best and worst belong to the Bruins with the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots all represented in between.

Have a look:

16. The Bruins gold bear jerseys

The Bruins have had an almost spotless record with uniform choices. They’re only miss was a bad one.

From the jagged stripes on the arms and shoulders to a Bruins word mark that wasn’t consistent with anything else. They’re certainly not the worst jersey an NHL team has ever worn but the worst ever in Boston.

15. The Red Sox Turn Ahead the Clock Jersey

So they never actually wore these. Mother Nature hated them enough that it rained when they were supposed to debut. The Red Sox never rescheduled the game.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass on Oct. 5, 2017, in Tampa, Fla.

14. Patriots white Color Rush uniforms

Football uniforms that have white jerseys and white pants are all ugly. They just are. The jerseys would look fine, even good with blue pants, but top to bottom white looks too much like a member of the kitchen staff.

13. Celtics grey jerseys with sleeves

These look like something a college team would wear. It’s not that ugly, but it’s not worthy of the Celtics.

Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker (8) drives past Brooklyn Nets' Jarrett Allen (31) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019.

12. The Celtics 2019-20 City Series uniforms

These are close to being really good, but the font feels like something called “Generic Irish Pub Sign Font” on an establishment that didn’t sell Guinness.

11. The Celtics 2018-19 City Series uniforms

Moments after I first encountered these jerseys, someone pointed out that they have an almost identical color scheme to the Seattle Super Sonics. And now that’s all I see.

These are fine, but not terribly creative. especially compared to other City uniforms.

Miami has the Miami Vice uniforms. Chicago created the outstanding Chicago-flag themed ones. The Knicks created a firefighter-themed uniform. Boston added a yellow border line. Make something with a shamrock or something Boston connected. These are disappointing.

10. The Bruins 2019 Winter Classic jersey

The color scheme alone makes this a pretty good jersey, but it could have been better.

The BostoN font is odd. Why in the N so big. The bear looks uncertain and it would look better without the word Bruins at all.

Think of how much better this would have looked with either a gold or a white version of the B in No. 6 below.

Celtics Gold on Green

9. The Celtics’ gold on green

Every time I see these I can’t get past that they look too much like Lebron James’ high school jersey at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s in Akron.

They’re not bad, but they don’t feel like Celtics jerseys.

Boston Red Sox's Clay Buchholz against the New York Yankees in Boston, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

8. Red Sox red alternates over white pants

If the Red Sox had worn these to clinch the World Series to instead of the blue ones, their positions on this list would be switched. Both are better than the Red Sox road gray uniforms.

7. Bruins 2019 Winter Classic Uniforms/1991 75th Anniversary Uniforms

The sweaters the Bruins wore at Notre Dame Stadium are awfully close to the alternates they wore regularly in 1991 as part of the league’s 75th anniversary.

These are classic and among the many great Bruins jerseys throughout history. The fact that they almost look like a leather helmet era football top made them perfect for a game at Notre Dame.

6. The Celtics’ black on green uniforms

The Celtics are so historically tied to their classic green tops with white letters and white numbers, any variation is going to be scrutinized.

But while these are still simple, they have a nice modern look to them.

The Boston Bruins 2019-20 third jersey

5. Bruins 2019-2020 third jerseys

The Bruins’ color scheme is hard to screw up. They went simple, basically a reverse version of last year’s Winter Classic and it worked really well.

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown pauses on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Celtics won 103-101.

4. Celtics green-on-black

Green on black is an outstanding color combination that’s really underused. Of the Celtics alternates, these are the best.

Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce celebrates his second home run during the eighth inning in Game 5 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles.

3. Red Sox blue shirts over grey pants

A very similar version of these used to be the batting practice/spring training jersey. The current version is simpler. It will forever be more popular now because anytime someone sees it, they’ll subconsciously remember that the Red Sox won the 2018 World Series wearing these.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes under pressure from Green Bay Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell (51) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass.

2. Patriots blue color rush jerseys

Many of the color rush uniforms had become punch lines. Seattle looked like a lime green highlighter. The Dolphins had some hideous orange ones.

But the Patriots all blue, with the old-school shoulder stripes, were not only good, but arguably the best New England uniforms since the red ones with Pat the Patriot.

Boston Bruins players including goalie Tim Thomas, center, walk to the ice rink to practice at Fenway Park in Boston on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, in preparation for New Years Day's Winter Classic NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

1. Bruins Winter Classic Jersey 2010

Like most jerseys from the annual outdoor game, these gold sweaters are a throwback to the team’s late 1950′s uniforms. They’d be among the league’s best uniforms if they were the team’s full-time tops and and they’re Boston’s best alternates ever.

Preds Reveal 2020 Winter Classic Jersey

Nashville Unveils Jersey to Wear in 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day

The threads are here.

Less than two months remain until the Nashville Predators face the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day, and the Preds have officially unveiled what they’ll be sporting for the occasion.

In conjunction with adidas and the NHL, the Predators revealed their jerseys for the Winter Classic, a classic custom look that is unlike anything ever worn by the franchise.

From adidas: “The new jersey was created with a heritage aesthetic, featuring designs inspired by Nashville’s rich hockey history and its passionate hockey fanbase. 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. The retro look will make its on-ice debut on January 1, when the Predators take on the Dallas Stars at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas.”

Previously introduced to Smashville back in September, the jersey features a new logo “which takes the form of a roaring saber-toothed tiger’s head and represents the Predators’ size, strength and speed. The new logo has a retro look to pay homage to the history and heritage of hockey in Nashville.”

The new logo is featured on one of the shoulders of the jersey with the 2020 NHL Winter Classic logo affixed to the opposite shoulder. The inside collar features the date of the game as well as a guitar fretboard, a nod to Music City.

So, how can you get your hands on one?