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New Jersey Devils: Reported Green Jersey Idea Is Terrible

The New Jersey Devils were loosely mentioned in a report that they could be in for a new alternate jersey. It’s not the black one we all want. It’s green.

There’s not a lot of hockey news going on right now, but there seems to be plenty of reports of what might happen in the future. Some are talking about how the playoffs may look after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, and others are looking ahead at free agency and the draft. Here in New Jersey, we’re hearing reports of new jerseys! In fact, the New Jersey Devils are reportedly tied to a possible green jersey.

The report from Icethetics says their “sources” within the organization says that a green jersey is in the works for this year. The writer does go on to say this source doesn’t have a proven track record, but it’s interesting to think about.

Obviously, for most of the Devils fanbase, when they hear about a fourth jersey they are looking for a black alternate. It’s all a lot of fans have wanted for the Devils for a long time. With Adidas coming in with some interesting ideas, fans held hope for concepts of the sort. When the Devils replaced the green in their logo for black, it always made a black jersey the pinnacle for us.

Yet, somehow, the team reportedly heard “we want a green jersey”. Our friends at the Backhanded Devils took a stab at making a green jersey. We’re not fans (although they’ve made some other concepts that are stellar).

It looks like Christmas and camouflage had an ugly baby. There is no way to make a green and red jersey look good. The Milwaukee Bucks is about the only one in sports we can think of. Everything else is a Chinese knockoff they make for Christmas time. Even the Bucks jerseys that don’t have the red are much, much better.

Hopefully this is an idea that gets taken off the table. The Devils don’t need another jersey right now, especially if it’s not the black jersey people clamor for. Green is just such an odd choice.

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Gase: Brady not only one to look weird in different uniform

Lots of major pro athletes switched to less-than-traditional teams

This file photo shows New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and coach Bill Belichick talking during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII.

There is a scene in the film “Wayne’s World” where Garth looks down at the new studio that isn’t in an Aurora, Ill., basement and says, “Wow, it looks like we’re looking down at Wayne’s basement, only that isn’t Wayne’s basement. Isn’t that weird?”

I had had the same feeling the first time I saw Tom Brady superimposed in a Tampa Bay uniform. It was like seeing the Verizon guy working for Sprint, the milk poured into the bowl before the cereal, or Ice-T as a cop in a Law and Order. Something felt … off.

But this has actually happened more than you think in sports. While most fans would have enjoyed to see the ex-New England Patriots quarterback stay with the same team his entire career, some of the top players ever didn’t play their whole career with one team. Barry Bonds, Henry Aaron, Wayne Gretzky, LeBron James, Babe Ruth, Greg Maddux, Willie Mays and Joe Montana all played with multiple teams.

But some players felt more out of place in different uniforms than others, to the point where it’s almost not remembered. Here’s a look back at ten players that really felt out of place in a different setting.

Michael Jordan, as a Washington Wizard

Did you know Jordan, the best NBA player of all time, didn’t finish his career with the Chicago Bulls? He retired for three years after his Bulls won the 1998 NBA Finals and then showed up in 2001 to play again, as a Wizard. He didn’t play poorly, averaging over 20 points a game in his two seasons in Washington, but both teams finished with identical 37-45 records and failed to make the playoffs each year. Don’t forget that Jordan was also a Chicago White Sox farmhand but that’s a different column.

Johnny Unitas, as a San Diego Charger

After years starting as the quarterback for the Baltimore Colts from 1956 through 1972, Unitas turned in his helmet with a horseshoe on it for one with a lightning bolt. Sadly, Unitas couldn’t catch lightning in a bottle in his last year of his career. The man that threw 290 career touchdowns and led the Colts to a Super Bowl V victory as well as championships in 1958 and 1959, only threw three touchdowns while being intercepted seven times in 1973.

Jerry Rice, as a Denver Bronco

When the best wide receiver of all time left the San Francisco 49ers for the Oakland Raiders, it was weird. After all, he had helped the 49ers win three Super Bowls. However, he was still in the Bay Area. Seeing him as a Seahawk was also odd, but at least we could still watch him, as he played 11 games in 2004 and scored three touchdowns.

But what people really don’t remember is that he showed up to the 2004 preseason as a Denver Bronco. He never played a regular season game for them that year as he learned he would be at best the No. 4 receiver. Still, if you see a Rice Broncos jersey it’s got to be more rare than a butcher who doubles as a vegetarian.

Steve Carlton, as a San Francisco Giant

Carlton pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1972 through 1985. During that time he won four Cy Young awards. That’s one for each decision he had for the San Francisco Giants in 1986, when he went 1-3 with a 5.10 ERA and was quickly released. He would later pitch for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins for brief periods before calling it quits.

Emmitt Smith, as an Arizona Cardinal

From 1990 to 2002, Smith was so good of a running back with the Dallas Cowboys that he led his team to three Super Bowl wins and eventually became the all-time leading rusher in NFL history with 18,355 yards. The guy was born to run more than Bruce Springsteen or Forrest Gump. But it just looked awkward to see him donning the red and white. He actually played well in his last season in 2004, rushing for nine touchdowns and nearly 1,000 yards.

Patrick Ewing with the Orlando Magic; Hakeem Olajuwon as a Toronto Raptor
For years, these two NBA centers were arguably the best, especially after Kareem Abdul Jabbar retired and before Shaq joined the league. They even played each other in the NBA finals in 1994, Ewing by then a longtime New York Knick and Olajuwon a longtime Houston Rocket since the mid 1980s. But father time comes to us all, as these two greats eventually couldn’t play like they used to in 2001. Olajuwon averaged just 7.1 points a game during his one year in Toronto during the 2001-2002 season. Ewing, meanwhile averaged 6 points a game that same year. For both players those totals were nearly 15 points a game under their lifetime stats.

Reggie Jackson, as a Seattle Mariner?

Jackson is known for his World Series and regular season fame with the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees, as well as a five-year period with the California Angels. He was even a Baltimore Oriole for one year in 1976. But did you know he was a Seattle Mariner (kind of) for … about 20 minutes?

During the 1979 All-Star game festivities Jackson had yet to receive his Yankees jersey for the team photo. So they gave Jackson a Seattle Mariners jersey to wear during the photos since that year’s game was being played at the Kingdome. There is about two chances you’ll ever see someone in Seattle wearing a Jackson Mariners’ jersey — slim and none.

Martin Broudeur, with the St. Louis Blues

Opposing NHL scorers had a “devil” of a time trying to get a puck past this New Jersey goaltender, as he played from 1991 to 2014 and eventually picked up the most wins of any player ever in the league. However, in his final year he played for the St. Louis Blues for seven games. I guess he didn’t “respect the team” as much as Seinfeld’s David Puddy.

Rickey Henderson, as a Dodger

Look, Henderson stole 1,406 bases in his career, the most of all time in MLB history and that’s a record that probably will never be broke. But did you know his last three steals came in 2003 as a Dodger? He stole three bases and played 30 games there.

Henderson as a Padre, Mariner or extending his career in indy ball was bizarre too.

But even Rickey will tell you that Rickey looked weird wearing the blue and white rather than the green and gold.

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Remember When the Atlanta Hawks Wore Mismatched Jerseys?

Taking a look at the Atlanta Hawks’ 2015-2016 mismatched jerseys.

Ugh. As both a fan of the Atlanta Hawks and a basketball jersey aficionado, I’ve been dreading writing this piece. But with the Coronavirus sidelining play for at least 30 days, I guess there’s no better time.

In the summer of 2015, the Hawks were coming of their 60-win, franchise best season that saw them in the Eastern Conference Finals. Outside the loss of DeMarre Carroll, the team was looking to run it back with all their best players returning. Even with a very similar roster, Atlanta looked very different the next season.

The Hawks revealed new colors, jerseys and logos, moving away from the fairly plain-looking kits they had rocked since 2007. The new look featured a red, charcoal and ‘volt green’ scheme, while bringing back the “Pac-Man” logo from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

The jerseys are still being used today, and while they’ve never been a huge hit, are still among the league’s most unique looks. In fact, they used to be even more unique.

One of the main ideas behind the kits was the ability for the team to mix-and-match their jersey tops with their shorts. Meaning if they were wearing the red ‘alternate’ jersey, they could be wearing the charcoal ‘road shorts,’ and vice versa.

NOVEMBER 01: Nicolas Batum #5 of the Charlotte Hornets is trapped by teammates Paul Millsap #4 and Kent Bazemore #24 of the Atlanta Hawks during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on November 1, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

I remember not being a big fan back then, and looking back now I honestly have no idea what they were thinking. Obviously the Hawks were trying to stand out and perhaps get more mainstream attention after their best season ever, but this was such a swing and miss.

Maybe the mismatching of it all wouldn’t have been so bad if the base jerseys themselves weren’t bad jerseys to begin with, but overall I just don’t think mismatching belongs on NBA courts.

The Hawks’ use of the mismatch was panned by fellow jersey critics, and luckily they retired it after just one season. Since then, they’ve appeared on a few ‘worst jerseys ever’ lists, and are widely recognized as the worst threads an Atlanta Hawks team have ever worn.

A complete redesign of the Hawks’ jerseys have been teased at for a while, and it seems like they may be coming in time for next season. Hopefully they learn their lesson and keep it the same color, top and bottom.

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Rugby: All Blacks to auction match-worn jerseys to raise funds for Australia bush fire relief

The All Blacks are set to donate match-worn jerseys to help raise funds in support of the Australia bush fire recovery and relief efforts.

Following cricket great Shane Warne’s contribution raising over one million dollars by donating his baggy green cap, the All Blacks will donate 12 jerseys with all proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

All Blacks loose forward Sam Cane said he’s hopeful the funds raised will have a positive impact on affected communities.

“We don’t hear as much about the bushfires on the news anymore, but the devastation left behind remains for communities across Australia. Houses have been lost, wildlife has been destroyed, and for some people their life won’t be the same again,” Cane said.

“As New Zealanders, we all feel for our mates across the ditch and want to support them through what is going to be a long and hard road to recovery.

All Blacks flanker Sam Cane.

“When we saw that Shane Warne had raised over one million dollars by donating his baggy green (Australian cricket cap), we realised we could raise more money by donating our own All Blacks jerseys which are incredibly special to us.”

The All Blacks jerseys will be auctioned differently to Warne’s baggy green which went to the highest bidder.

Cane explained they wanted to give everyone who donated an equal chance of winning one of the 12 jerseys.

“I’ve done things for charity in the past and people have said they can’t afford the items but would still like to help. So, what we’ve done here is to give everyone an equal crack at getting one of the jerseys,” Cane said.

“We’ve created a give-a-little page and will give away one jersey per day. Everyone that donates at least $10 on a certain day (and answers a simple question) will go in the daily draw to win one of the jerseys.”

To be eligible for the daily draw, each donation of $10 must include the correct answer to a simple trivia question.

The donated jerseys are from: Sam Cane, Kieran Read, Jack Goodhue, Richie Mo’unga, Anton Lienert-Brown, Aaron Smith, George Bridge, Codie Taylor, Liam Coltman, Brodie Retallick, Ardie Savea, Dane Coles

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New Mexico United reveal 2020 away jerseys

New Mexico United owner Peter Trevisani popping out of a refrigerator? It’s in this video.

“Last year, we started a movement,” he says.

And later says, “It’s more than a movement. It’s a revolution.”

He’s speaking about the New Mexico United. On Saturday, the United revealed its away jerseys, its “2020 Away Kits,” during a special party.

The United play its first home match of the season on March 21 against El Paso. NMU opens the season at Austin Bold FC on Saturday.

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Shockers to wear pink uniforms that will be up for auction after game Thursday

The timing was right, Gregg Marshall said.

Wichita State is set to debut hot pink uniforms for its game Thursday at home against South Florida for its “Pink Out” game in connection with Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society. The Shockers will wear pink shoes, too, through the “generosity of Under Armour,” Marshall said. But there is a little more to the story.

“My mom’s going through some breast cancer situation right now,” Marshall said. “Our vice president of the university and a good friend of mine, Elizabeth King, has gone through a similar deal at about the same time. So when they asked me, I said, ‘Well, we need to honor those ladies and just bring awareness and try to raise some money.’”

Each of the pink jerseys will be auctioned off after Thursday’s game, Marshall said. Game-worn shorts and other items like autographed basketball and Marshall’s tie and shoes will be up for bidding in the days following the game, according to a WSU release.

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society, according to the release.

“I know my wife has already talked about try to buy Noah Fernandes’,” Marshall said. “So no one bid on that one. I think Lynn’s gonna try to buy it.”

Marshall said he hadn’t seen the pink uniforms as of Tuesday afternoon. They have the same black and white piping around the shoulders and knees, but instead of a classic Shocker yellow, highlighter pink has taken its place.

Marshall said he takes a lot of pride in getting to put on an event within the game like this.

“We do quite a bit of that with our Guest Coach Program that we have, and we’ve raised a lot of money over the years for the local charities by doing that,” Marshall said. “It’s been just a win-win, so it’s great.”

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BlueClaws add beach-themed alternates

The Lakewood BlueClaws, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, have long embraced their location along the iconic Jersey Shore as part of their brand. It’s not just that the team is named for that most delicious part of the crabs that fishermen pull from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. It’s that the team’s ballpark features classic Jersey Shore boardwalk activities like a nine-hole miniature golf course and games like Hoop Shot, Balloon Darts, Ring Toss, Cat Rack, and Goblet Toss.

The BlueClaws took that tie to summer fun a step further with a new beach-themed alternate logo and uniform set. The logo features Pinchy the crab wearing a sand bucket as a shell. The cap, with a sand-colored beak and red, yellow, and blue panels, is modeled off a beach ball.

The BlueClaws will wear the new uniforms for Thursday home games in 2020.

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Kansas to retire Marcus Morris’ No. 22 jersey on Feb. 17

The Kansas men’s basketball program on Monday announced plans to retire the jersey of former KU standout Marcus Morris during a ceremony on Feb. 17 when Kansas plays Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse.

In doing so, the Jayhawks, for the first time in history, will essentially be honoring two players with one jersey.

“We knew when Marcus left school in 2011 that his jersey would be retired,” KU head coach Bill Self said in a news release announcing the plans. “When you say Marcus, you have to include his twin brother, Markieff, because they did everything together. It’s amazing to see the growth they had from when they got here. They were both good players that were a little lazy. You had to beg them to give a second effort. Then they got used to the culture, the grind, the routine and took off. I have never enjoyed coaching a twosome that I felt has as good a feel for the game as what they had.”

On Monday afternoon, during a meeting with the media to preview Wednesday’s game at West Virginia, Self said he had “a few” Marcus Morris stories that stood out as his most memorable and elaborated on the twins’ understanding of the game.

Kansas forwards Marcus (22) and Markieff Morris get the crowd to its feet after a ...

“On the court,” Self began, “I would say the thing that would probably stand out the most is how smart he was and how competitive and smart that the twins were. Ridiculously bright. Unbelievable IQ.”

Self said only a few players during his 17 seasons at Kansas saw the game as well as the Morris twins in terms of basketball intelligence.

“I’ve only had four or five like that,” Self noted. “Aaron Miles you could throw in that category. Devonte’ (Graham) was like that. But there haven’t been very many. The biggest thing that (the Morris twins) did was they made it where it was interesting to come to work every day. And I mean that from all standpoints. I loved coaching them. They say young people, if you’re around enough of them, it’ll keep you young. They certainly played a big role in aging me but still yet keeping me young at thought while they were here.”

Although it will just be Marcus Morris’ No. 22 jersey that will hang in the rafters at the south end of Allen Fieldhouse, Markieff no doubt will be on hand for the ceremony.

“I’m excited to be getting my jersey hung in the rafters at Allen Fieldhouse,” Morris said in the news release. “But this is not only about me, it’s my teammates, especially Keef (Markieff), coach Self, the other coaches, my family, the fans and everybody who helped me along the way. To have my jersey up there with other great players like Wilt (Chamberlain), Danny (Manning), and Paul (Pierce), is an honor. I look forward to coming back to KU where I have so many great memories.”

Now with the Los Angeles Clippers and in his ninth NBA season, Marcus Morris will become the first player who wore No. 22 at Kansas to have his jersey retired.

In three seasons at KU, Morris started 91 of 109 games and averaged 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

He was a two-time all-conference selection and a member of the Big 12 All-Rookie team his freshman season in 2008-09.

Morris helped KU win three Big 12 regular-season titles, two Big 12 Tournaments and was 52-1 in games played in Allen Fieldhouse, including back-to-back 18-0 records in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Morris earned Consensus All-America second-team honors and the Big 12 Player of the Year nod following his junior season in 2011, when he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game in 38 games for the Jayhawks.

The Philadelphia native also led the Jayhawks to the 2011 Big 12 Tournament title that season, earning Most Outstanding Player honors. Two weeks later, he landed on the NCAA Tournament Southwest Regional all-tournament team after helping lead Kansas to the Elite Eight.

Morris’ 1,371 career points rank 29th on the KU career scoring list, and his 676 rebounds tie him for 19th with Paul Pierce. He led KU in scoring in 2010-11, and his 654 points that season rank 15th on KU’s single-season scoring list.

“I’m very proud of both Marcus and Markieff,” Self said of the NBA lottery picks, who were selected back-to-back at No. 13 and No. 14 (Markieff first) in the 2011 NBA Draft. “I know how much this will mean to Marcus as he brings his own family back for this honor. He and Keef will always be remembered for the competitive spirit they played with and also for the great teammates they were.”

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James, Antetokounmpo lead NBA jersey sales

DECEMBER 03: Lebron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on December 03, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are Kings of the NBA — at least in the most popular jersey list.

According to the NBA and the NBA Players Association, James and the Lakers secured the top spots on the league’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise lists, respectively, for the second year in a row.

Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks claimed the second spot while Golden State’s Stephen Curry locked in at number three.

Luka Doncic took an impressive sixth spot in the 15 most popular jerseys in only his second year with the Dallas Mavericks.

Meanwhile, New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson, despite not having played a game in the regular season so far, also managed to barge into the list at the 15th spot.

When it comes to team merchandise, the Boston Celtics ranked second behind the Lakers while defending champions Toronto Raptors soared into the top five for the first time ever.

With the addition of Kryie Irving and Kevin Durant to their roster, the Brooklyn Nets got back into the top 10 in team merchandise sales for the first time since 2014.

Irving and Durant also ranked in the top 15 in jerseys at 10th and 12th, respectively.

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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry to have his jersey retired in February by Villanova Basketball

Kyle Lowry will have his No.1 Villanova jersey retired in February.

Arguably the greatest Raptor of all-time will be immortalized by his alma mater.

Kyle Lowry’s No.1 will be hung in the rafters at Villanova at halftime of the Wildcats’ game against St John’s on Feb. 26th.

“Kyle brought a toughness to our program that everyone has had to live up to in the years since. We’re so proud of all his basketball accomplishments, but mostly the man, father and husband that he’s become,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in a release.

Lowry was instrumental in the Wildcats winning 52 games and embarking on two deep NCAA Tournament runs in his two seasons at Villanova. (2005 NCAA Sweet 16 and the 2006 NCAA Elite Eight)

He averaged 11.0 points, 3.7 assists shooting 44.4% from three in his Sophmore year, which turned out to be his final season at Nova.

His Nova resume includes being named 2005 Philadelphia Big Five Rookie of the Year, Big East All-Freshman team (2005) and an All-Big East nod in 2005-06.

Since then he’s gone on to be named a five-time NBA All-Star, All-NBA honours in 2015-16 and was the heart and soul of the Toronto Raptors championship run in 2019.