Monthly Archives: November 2019

Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. shows off his massive framed jersey collection

He has quite a wide variety of jerseys

Many fans have an extensive jersey collection, but it’s going to be hard to find one that rivals that of Cleveland Browns star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. On Friday, Beckham posted a video to Instagram of him walking through his home and showcasing his framed jersey collection.

In the video, fans can see Beckham’s collection, which includes jerseys from:

  • DeAndre Hopkins
  • Julio Jones
  • Khalil Mack
  • Joe Montana
  • Richard Sherman
  • Steve Smith
  • Jarvis Landry
  • Drew Brees
  • Jamal Adams
  • Ezekiel Elliott
  • Tom Brady
  • Jalen Ramsey
  • Stefon Diggs
  • Mike Evans
  • Todd Gurley
  • Colin Kaepernick

.. and plenty of others!

Beckham also has multiple jerseys from teammate Jarvis Landry from his time with the Miami Dolphins and now with the Browns. The duo also played together at LSU. .

The majority of the jerseys — which are all from various NFL eras — that Beckham has in his home are also signed by the players. Beckham has so many framed that it seems there isn’t much empty space of the walls in his house.

Beckham ends the video by showing off his basement that also has several more jerseys to go along with multiple arcades games.

Many fans may a few framed jerseys like this on display in their home, but it’s really hard to beat the impressive collection that Beckham has in his home.

New tradition: Ohio State and Michigan each wear home jerseys

As I sat in the press box at Ohio Stadium last Saturday following the Buckeyes’ 28-17 win against Penn State, I kept finding myself looking up to one of the television screens showing USC against UCLA. It wasn’t that this was a compelling rivalry game between two teams from Southern California — the Trojans were up 38-14 at that point — but the visual appeal of the contest kept catching my eye.

If you are unaware, USC and UCLA both wear their home jerseys when they meet in the final regular season game of the year no matter where the game is played. The two teams have done this all but one season since 2008 and prompted an NCAA rule change that permitted them to do so starting in 2009. This tradition goes back further to when both teams played in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum until the Bruins moved to the Rose Bowl in 1982.

While it’s becoming more normal to see teams move away from the tradition of home uniforms at home and away uniforms on the road in other sports, seeing USC in its Cardinal uniforms and UCLA in the true-blues on the field together is unique in college football and a beautiful sight.

What would be even more appealing to the eye is if Ohio State and Michigan adopted this same tradition. If on this Saturday, when the Buckeyes and the Wolverines meet for the 116th time, Ohio State wore its scarlet home jerseys and Michigan was in its famed blue kits, it would be a joy to behold. It wouldn’t matter that the game is in Ann Arbor because these two traditional college football powerhouses, each with their unique looks, would be on the field in their most recognizable uniforms.

These rivals used to do this. Although it’s hard to find evidence of this, due to black and white pictures from the time, the two teams wore their home jerseys until sometime in the 1950s.

What was the reason for the change? While there’s no official explanation, it is believed that television had to do with it. While scarlet vs. blue looks great in color in person, it’s hard to tell those two teams apart on black and white screens. By the late 1950s, TV had won out and the home team was wearing its color uniform and the road team wore white.

USC and UCLA wear their home jerseys against each other no matter where the game is played.

But it’s not as if this has become a set-in-stone tradition either. Nike has made sure of that. In 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 the Buckeyes wore an alternate uniform in The Game, differing from their traditional home or away kits. This was done to advertise those uniforms in the biggest game of the year and make money. But money be damned when it comes to this rivalry game.

It seems Nike has figured this out. After wearing all white uniforms in Ann Arbor two years ago, the Buckeyes were in their traditional home attire last season. There is not expected to be any alternate wear for this season’s game either.

So what’s standing in the way of these two teams, who have met every year since 1918, from going the way of USC and UCLA or Florida and Georgia, as another example? There are some requirements that have to be met.

According to the altered NCAA rules, the home team must agree to both teams wearing their home uniforms in writing prior to the game and the home team’s conference must verify that the uniforms contrast. So if Ohio State and Michigan wanted to make this happen, given their differing colors, it would not be difficult.

While there will certainly be the traditionalists who say that they want to see the home team in its home jersey and the away team in its away jersey when these two meet, that argument went out the window when Nike started altering things. If this was agreed upon by Ohio State, Michigan, the Big Ten and Nike, it would add another unique tradition to the rivalry that already has so many.

Dodgers Unveil Players’ Weekend White Jerseys and Nicknames

The Los Angeles Dodgers unveiled their white MLB Players’ Weekend jerseys on Tuesday. See all the nicknames and which one your favorite player chose.

The Los Angeles Dodgers jerseys and nicknames to be worn during the third annual MLB Players' Weekend.

Let the Kids Play.

Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that the annual Players’ Weekend would be back for a third consecutive year.

The weekend, which features an opportunity for players’ to show off a little bit of their personality and take a break from the monotony of the marathon 162-game regular season commences on Aug. 23 thru the 25th.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be home that weekend, hosting the New York Yankees. That means fans will have a chance to see all the fun nicknames and accessories, in-person at Dodger Stadium, but will be denied the chance to watch the longtime rivals square off in their traditional uniforms.

Instead of pinstripes and the “Dodgers” across the chest with the red numbers, both teams will wear white and black monochromatic uniforms. This is a stark change from the previous colorful uniforms of the previous two years that honestly looked more like little league uniforms than professional jerseys.

According to MLB, the home team will be able to decide which color they want to wear over the weekend. The Dodgers have already opted to wear white. The starting pitcher for the Dodgers during the three-game weekend series will have to wear a black hat to ensure umpires and batters have clear visibility of each pitch he throws.

In addition to the different uniforms with players nicknames on the back, the players will also be allowed to wear custom equipment throughout the game including, socks, cleats, batting gloves, bats, arm bands, pads, and catcher’s gear.

One dramatic difference during this year’s Players’ Weekend compared to years previous is that MLB has announced they will be more relaxed with their strict mobile device policy.

This is a tremendous upside for the players, who will now be able to use their phones and tablets on the field or in the dugout before the game.

MLB also announced that each team will select an ambassador from the team for the Players’ Weekend. The Dodgers chose Cody Bellinger.

Speaking of Bellinger, the MVP candidate will stick with his longtime nickname of “Belli” this year. Many other Dodger players are doing the same, Kershaw is sticking with “Kersh,” Kenley Jansen “Kenleyfornia,” Corey Seager “Seags,” and Enrique Hernandez “Kiké.”

There are a few surprises and changes this year: Walker Buehler for example, has gone by the nickname “Ferris,” in the past two machinations of Players’ Weekend. This year, the first-time All-Star chose “Buetane” as his nickname.

Arguably the greatest nickname in Players’ Weekend history, Rich Hill’s infamous “Dick Mountain,” from 2018 is gone, and will be replaced with the name of his newly established charity, “Field of Genes.”

Among some of the other notable nickname choices on the Dodgers: relief pitcher Joe Kelly will pay homage to the Los Angeles area code he grew up in with the nickname “909,” and newly acquired Kristopher Negron went with the creative “Negron James,” (like LeBron James) we can hear the infamous video in our ears now.

In addition to some outstanding nicknames, there were of course some missed opportunities as well. Will Smith, known throughout the Southland as the “Fresh Prince of LA,” opted for “Smitty,” instead of the “Fresh Prince.”

Joc Pederson known by his teammates as “Yung Joc,” decided on just a crown emoji on the back of his jersey.

Matt Beaty, who is a man of many nicknames including “Gone, Beaty Gone,”Beaty, Beaty, Bom, Bom,” and “Darth Bader,” opted for the more mild “Baters Taters,” a nickname he says people have called him since High School. However, Beaty and teammate Kyle Garlick—who both have bald heads—go by the nicknames “Beans and Potatoes,” and we would have loved for them both to chose that instead.

Finally, Dodgers top pitching prospect, Dustin May—who made his MLB debut last week—has been given the nickname “Gingergaard” in reference to his resemblance to New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.” Despite being fine with the nickname, May refused to breathe life into it, choosing “Big Red,” the nickname given to him by Triple-A Oklahoma City teammate Gavin Lux instead.

All of the Dodger players nicknames are listed in their entirety below and as they do every year, MLB will auction off the Players’ Weekend jerseys with all the proceeds going towards the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.

Dodgers complete list of nicknames :

Pedro Baez: “LA MULA”
Cody Bellinger: “BELLI”
Walker Buehler: “BUETANE”
JT Chargois: “SHAG”
David Freese: “DAVEHUMAN”
Yimi Garcia: “VILLA TRINA”
Tony Gonsolin: “GOOOOSE”
Jedd Gyorko: “JERK-STORE”
Enrique Hernandez: “KIKÉ”
Kenley Jansen: “KENLEYFORNIA”
Joe Kelly: “909″
Clayton Kershaw: “KERSH”
Adam Kolarek: “AK”
Kenta Maeda: “MAEKEN”
Dustin May: “BIG RED”
Russell Martin: “EL (MUSCLE EMOJI)”
Max Muncy: “FUNKY MUNCY”
Kristopher Negron: “NEGRON JAMES”
Joc Pederson: “(CROWN EMOJI)”
A.J. Pollock: “POLLO”
Hyun-Jin Ryu: “류현진”
Casey Sadler: “SADS”
Corey Seager: “SEAGS”
Will Smith: “SMITTY”
Ross Stripling: “CHICKEN STRIP”
Chris Taylor: “CT3″
Justin Turner: “REDTURN2″
Julio Urias: “EL CULICHI”
Alex Verdugo: “DUGIE”
Tyler White: “WHITEY”

Rockets Reveal Three New Uniforms for 2019-20 NBA Season

A fourth new uniform will be revealed in November

Tonight, the Rockets revealed three new uniforms for the 2019-20 NBA season.

The red “Icon” and white “Association” jerseys showcase significant changes including a new “Rockets” font, modernized side panels, and the inclusion of black as a core color. The new custom font moves away from the past gothic typeface for a clearer and more streamlined look. The side panels evoke a rocket launch with propulsion trails at the bottom of the shorts. The inclusion of black as a core color is partially a result of the popularity of the fan-favorite black “Statement” jersey the Rockets debuted during the 2016-17 season. That uniform will continue to be used in the upcoming season, in addition to the three new kits and a fourth which has yet to be revealed.

Another new addition to the Rockets’ uniform lineup is bound to become a fan favorite this season as well. The new “ketchup and mustard” colored “Classic” jersey celebrates 25 seasons since the Rockets went back-to-back after winning the 1994-95 NBA Championship. The colors and design of the uniform are the same as that historic season, but the jersey and shorts will be made with current performance material. The uniform will be worn only for the upcoming season and showcases a contrast in style with the uniforms of today. Some of the most notable differences are the original U-shaped neckline and the lack of a team logo on the belt line.

A fourth new jersey, the “City” jersey will be revealed in November. It will move away from the Chinese jerseys the Rockets have used in past years and evoke Houston’s history and present. While no details can be revealed until November, it will certainly be “out of this world.”

The Rockets will, however, continue to celebrate their relationship with their Chinese fans. As a tribute to the massive popularity of the club in China, the Rockets will debut an alternate court for home games played over Lunar New Year.

Last week, the Rockets revealed a new secondary or “global” logo, for international usage. However, the Rockets “R” will remain the primary logo and continue to be the most prevalent. The new logo takes use of the new font and places it in a more dimensionally balanced setting. The logo features “Houston Rockets” wrapping around a “basketball globe” and matches the desire of the franchise to be champions of the basketball world.

Penn State players warm up in custom T-shirts denouncing racist letter

A letter sent to Jonathan Sunderland has received a staunch rejection from Penn State football.

The Penn State football program’s rejection of the racist letter sent to safety Jonathan Sutherland reached the field on Saturday, as players warmed up with custom-made T-shirts bearing a message.

The shirts’ message: “Chains, Tattoos, Dreads & WE ARE.”

According to the Daily Collegian, multiple players were seen wearing the shirts in pregame before the Nittany Lions’ game at Iowa.

The shirts are a direct response to the letter exposed online by Penn State defensive end Antonio Shelton earlier this week. The screed criticized Sutherland’s dreadlocks as “disgusting and certainly not attractive” and calling for a dress code for football players. That led to a program-wide outcry, with Sutherland later calling the message “rude, ignorant and judging.”

Penn State takes away shirts

According to ESPN’s Holly Rowe, the shirts were worn without the blessing of head coach James Franklin, who had vigorously defended Sutherland as “one of the most respected players in our program.”

The shirts were reportedly collected from the players by Penn State personnel after the players took the field. Penn State later released a statement claiming it had the players remove the shirts out of fear of an NCAA violation.

It’s hard to imagine the NCAA would have dared punish Penn State for such an expression, but then again, this is the entity that vacated a national championship because players borrowed their coach’s Subaru.

Show me the merch: what’s going on with the USWNT’s World Cup jersey sales?

There are a ton of frustrating things about trying to get a Women’s World Cup jersey and that’s bad.

If you get emails from US Soccer, odds are last week you got a notification: “Jerseys back in stock!” USSF and Nike are seeking your dollars with the World Cup less than a month away, but based on the way the jerseys were rolled out, they’re not doing it as well as they could. There are some key issues with this World Cup jersey push that make it seem like USSF and Nike either don’t care enough about the USWNT or the Women’s World Cup, respectively, or simply aren’t keeping up with the evolving demand for women’s products, neither of which particularly shines a flattering light on them. At the very least, the whole thing has been done in a less-than-optimal way, and is undoubtedly costing real money as customers get frustrated. Let’s lay out some of the problems.

First, the jersey campaign launched without a 3-star red away available in a straight cut, the cut that men usually purchase. The white home jersey is available right now with three stars in both the straight and fitted cuts. The same is true for youth jerseys – the white youth jersey has three stars, but the red away does not. Here’s a screenshot of the US Soccer online store’s jersey page from Wednesday, March 9, when they first announced the jersey sale.

The same was true everywhere you looked at the time of the announcement, whether it was Nike’s online store or another online retailer. However, a call with a Nike rep Wednesday evening revealed that there WILL be a straight-cut 3-star red away jersey available for adults and a 3-star red in youth sizes in the next couple of weeks. A spokesperson for USSF said that their delay in availability was due to Nike not having the straight-cut red 3-star on their end.

Second, there’s the lack of customization. At launch, you couldn’t customize any of the jerseys you bought from the US Soccer store. Some retailers had pre-customized options with popular player names like Morgan and Heath, but the only place that allowed unlimited customization is Fanatics, as highlighted by the USWNT Players Association twitter.

The USWNT twitter account eventually tweeted that jersey customization was coming to US Soccer’s store as well, and indeed you can now customize jerseys through USSF. But why the delay? Why not do the launch right?

Third, jerseys won’t actually ship until weeks from now. USSF jersey orders right now are pre-orders, with shipping in 2-4 weeks. Retailers have the same problem, as you can see in this order for a home stadium from Fanatics, which shows an expected ship date of May 31.

The World Cup begins June 7. That’s not a lot of time for fans who are traveling to France, or even just to build hype by having people walking around in their World Cup jerseys.

And in a continuing problem, you can’t get the World Cup winners patch on USWNT jerseys, the same patch pictured above in the header showing Alex Morgan’s jersey. But champions patches are available for men’s jerseys, as you can see with this Germany 2018 jersey.

World Cup champion patches are manufactured by Unisport, which adds a layer of logistics obviously, and actually draws FIFA into the mix, as orders reportedly go through them (which makes sense, since it’s their brand). It’s uncertain who is responsible for this particular roadblock, and perhaps here it’s reasonable to lay the failure at FIFA’s feet for once, but it’s still incredibly frustrating.

So let’s go through a couple of scenarios. 1) everything is Nike’s fault, 2) everything is USSF’s fault, 3) this is a combination of Nike and USSF errors (with a little sprinkle of FIFA on top, for that chef kiss flavor of constant irritation). Given the current difficulty in acquiring WNT jerseys of any country sponsored by Nike, it would seem they’re at least a little bit responsible for the current struggle. However, the same Nike rep who said a 3-star straight-cut away will eventually be available did confirm that other Nike-sponsored WNTs will have their jerseys available for sale on Nike’s site May 16, three weeks out from the World Cup.

Additionally, all problems falling on Nike’s end seems unlikely given how much they put into their extravagant World Cup kit launch in March in Paris, and given that non-USSF jersey suppliers like Fanatics don’t seem to have all the same problems that USSF did on launch. As shown in the tweet above, Fanatics had officially licensed customization available from the drop, which makes it puzzling as to why USSF wouldn’t have the same. That sounds like a supply chain problem, although it’s unclear where the error comes in – did USSF not order enough or in time from Nike to have things available? Did Nike simply have a limited amount of customization supplies manufactured at the time of launch? Who underestimated demand, or thought that a partial product launch wouldn’t irritate fans, particularly so close to the World Cup?

There are, of course, accidents, like hold-ups at the manufacturing or warehouse level. And perhaps someone decided it was better to start selling what they had rather than wait on a couple of jersey styles or customization options. But it looks slapdash and messy, and it probably dissuades some fans who otherwise would have made a purchase, particularly men seeking to support the women’s team. It also suggests a lack of prioritization of the World Cup and a failure to treat it as an enormous global event that requires lead time and coordination so that products can go out smoothly. The World Cup is not some sudden event – it happens, like clockwork, every four years. Widespread focus so rarely lands on the women’s game thanks to sports media’s reluctance to cover the day-to-day of the women’s game, which puts more pressure on companies and federations to get it right during the World Cup. They wobbled on the delivery this year.

No matter which scenario is true, there’s a failure somewhere at a top level to properly sell USWNT (and other countries’) jerseys. At a time when USSF is being accused of not devoting enough resources to marketing the WNT, thus depressing their actual market value and corresponding revenue, it’s a bad look. Money is being left on the table due to these mistakes, and if corporations and federations are so concerned about revenue, maybe they should re-evaluate their own efforts to bring it in.

Take a look at Nike’s first esports jerseys

A massive makeover for the League of Legends Pro League (LPL) in China.

At last, Nike has revealed its first professional jerseys for the LPL (League of Legends Pro League) in China. The shirts were unveiled on the last day of the LPL Summer Gauntlet, a post-season competition that decides which team will take China’s third and final spot at the World Championship next month. FunPlus Phoenix (FPX), Royal Never Give Up (RNG) and reigning champion Invictus Gaming (IG) will wear their uniforms first while competing for the world title in Paris. All 16 LPL teams will then wear their jerseys from the start of the Spring Split next year

All of the shirts have a similar design. There’s a V-shaped panel on the front, some sleeve highlights and a special, not-quite-crest illustration in the bottom right-hand corner, just above the box that proves each jersey is authentic. The jerseys also have a small visual flourish on the back, just below the neckline. IG, for instance, has two circular reticules that are supposed to represent the beginning and end of the team’s most devastating attacks. All of the jerseys use Nike’s “Dri-FIT” construction, too, to stop players getting sweaty while they furiously move their mice.

At the moment, every team in the LPL has a uniform littered with logos from various equipment suppliers and sponsors. The Nike jerseys, meanwhile, are effectively blank. It’s not clear if the teams will be banned from pursuing sponsorships or have to conform to specific size and placement rules, similar to soccer and other conventional sports. We’ve reached out to League of Legends developer Riot Games for clarity.

Nike announced its four-year deal with the LPL in February. As part of the deal, the company promised to analyze esports athletes and the possibility of custom body-training programs. Over the weekend, Nike released a documentary that focused on the health of RNG’s superstar bot-laner Jian “Uzi” Zihao and Invictus Gaming jungler Gao “Ning” Zhen-Ning. Unsurprisingly, the company found that both players had excellent memory and hand-eye co-ordination but needed to improve their strength and flexibility. To help them, Nike developed a “step-by-step targeted training program” that will also be offered to every player in the LPL.

Nike has dabbled with esports before. The company recruited Uzi for a “Dribble &” marketing campaign with basketball superstar LeBron James last year. The four-year deal with the LPL is the first time it’s formally sponsored an esports team or competition, though. The company joins a raft of apparel giants who are associated with League of Legends. Team Vitality, a prominent team in Europe, wears Adidas jerseys. Shalke 04, meanwhile, wears the same Umbro shirts as its soccer ball-kicking compatriots. And Cloud 9, one of the oldest and most successful teams in the North American LCS, has a deal with Puma at the moment.