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The Jersday Blog November 15, 2019

Jersey Round-Up

2003 Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training St. Patrick’s Day Jersey

As found in a Value Village for a crisp $5 bill, this Blue Jays jersey is quite the find. You know it’s a winner when you Google the jersey and one of the top results is Eric Hinske.

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Off the top of my head, here are all of the Blue Jays’ Opening Day first basemen since Hinske left in 2006: Lyle Overbay, Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion, Chris Colabello, Justin Smoak…

And survey says… I missed Steve Pearce in 2017… As Blue Jays era Steve Pearce apologist, this is a tough look for me. I guess when I think of Steve Pearce as a Blue Jay I remember him absolutely fighting for bloopers and his cement feet in left field. For the record, had Pearce been healthy and Justin Smoak not broken out at first base forcing Pearce to platoon in left, Steve Pearce would’ve been fine for the Blue Jays.

Arian Foster Houston Texans Jersey

Throwback to high school where Arian Foster was the NFL’s premier running back. In 2011 I did my first fantasy football draft and was hoping to have Foster drop to me at 4th overall. He ended up going first so I took Maurice Jones-Drew after Calvin Johnson and Ben Roethlisberger (that guy was an idiot) were off the board. That was 7 years ago… Life comes at you fast…

Chris Osgood Winter Classic Alumni Jersey

Ray brings the jersey heat once again. The Wizard of Oz was a weird goalie in the sense that he was both incredibly overrated with his .905 save percentage across 744 career regular season games, but also was underrated as a playoff performer. 74 career playoff wins and three Stanley Cups show that Osgood knew how to turn it on when it mattered most. And his funky goalie mask? Incredible.

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Jay Ajayi Philadelphia Eagles 2018 Super Bowl Jersey

Fly Eagles Fly. While this year’s poor showing probably proves that the Eagles are a flash in the plan, it was one hell of a flash. Last year’s Super Bowl run was incredible in hindsight. The Eagles were a well-oiled machine despite having Nick freaking Foles at the wheel of the offence (even if some people wildly claim that “Big Dick” Nick should still be the starter).

This Jay Ajayi jersey is especially cool since Ajayi changed his number going into year making his #36 a Super Bowl exclusive.

Isiah Thomas Throwback Detroit Pistons Adidas Jersey

Before he was a broadcaster or the failed Knicks head coach, Isiash Thomas was widely regarded as one of the best point guards of all-time. Too many think of the short Isaiah Thomas currently guarding point for the Denver Nuggets when they hear the name, Isiash was the face of the infamous Detroit “Bad Boys” Pistons of the 80’s.

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As per Wikipedia, Isaiah was actually named after the Pistons great:

Thomas was named after former Detroit Pistons Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas when his father, James, bet his friend that his favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers, would defeat the Pistons in the 1989 NBA Finals (which the Pistons won in a four-game sweep). The younger Thomas ended up being born months before the Finals took place, but James had already warmed to the name, which his mother, Tina Baldtrip, insisted on spelling Isaiah, as she desired a biblical name.

This is a very cool jersey.

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NBA City Jersey Power Rankings

30. Memphis

Men's Memphis Grizzlies Mike Conley Nike Gray 2018/19 Swingman Jersey – City Edition

Yuck

29. Orlando

Evan Fournier City Edition Swingman (Orlando Magic) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

You’d think a team with the nickname “Magic” would go out on a limb and not be so boring. For a basketball team neighbouring Disney World that hasn’t been relevant since Dwight Howard, they should be trying out crazy new designs on a monthly basis. They should be trying out as many loud looks as a 90’s expansion hockey team. Bright colours, Tie Die, comets, Mickey Mouse, anything. Let’s get weird.

28. Indiana

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Another yellow on grey. Yuck x2

27. Dallas

Dirk Nowitzki City Edition Swingman (Dallas Mavericks) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

Swing and a miss Mark Cuban.

26. San Antonio

Pau Gasol City Edition Swingman (San Antonio Spurs) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

Not bad, I’m just not a huge fan of replacing words on the front of jerseys with the primary logo. Just doesn’t do it for me.

25. Phoenix

Devin Booker City Edition Swingman (Phoenix Suns) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

Not a tonne of wow factor here. I do like that its a louder purple like their old Barkley-era jerseys but its not different enough from their normal jerseys.

24. Pistons

Blake Griffin City Edition Swingman (Detroit Pistons) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

At least the Pistons tried something different

23. Washington

John Wall City Edition Swingman (Washington Wizards) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

Boring but less bad than the jerseys I ranked below.

22. Lakers

Lonzo Ball City Edition Swingman (Los Angeles Lakers) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

Purple with black pinstripes just don’t pop. The Lakers have had some iconic looks but this ain’t it chief.

21. Clippers

Some people dig this jersey but I think it’s kind of a rip-off of the 76ers look. Also the LA logo on the front looks too much like the New Balance logo:

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20. Portland

Damian Lillard City Edition Swingman (Portland Trail Blazers) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

This year’s take on the Rip City jersey isn’t as good as the old sleeved Adidas jersey (one of the few sleeved jerseys that were actually popular), but are better than last year’s City jerseys.

19. Charlotte

Kind of cool. I’d pop on a Kemba City jersey.

18. Houston

James Harden City Edition Swingman (Houston Rockets) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

These are pretty decent. A lot of fine designs in the background of the jersey when you look closely. These will absolutely pop off in China.

17. Cleveland

I initially thought that the jerseys were fugly, but I’m actually warming up to these bad boys. I can’t wait for K Love to get healthy and zipping around the court for the 2-12 Cavaliers.

16. Milwaukee

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This is the type of weird that the lower-class NBA teams need to deploy.

15. Sacramento

Fox, Bagley, Cauley-Stein and Hield make this 8-7 Kings team kind of frisky. These jerseys are very frisky.

14. Philadelphia

Joel Embiid City Edition Swingman (Philadelphia 76ers) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

These have gotten some heat in the NBA twitterverse for being kind of ugly but I like the look of these. They look like a complete throwback. These jerseys are like Rocky meets Hoosiers.

13. Atlanta

Men's Atlanta Hawks John Collins Nike White 2018/19 Swingman Jersey – City Edition

A slight OVO rip-off but these are still pretty cool. Might have to scoop up a Trae Young City jersey.

12. Golden State

Stephen Curry City Edition Swingman (Golden State Warriors) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

The Warriors haven’t really missed on a jersey since the Baron Davis era

11. New York

Kristaps Porziņģis City Edition Swingman (New York Knicks) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

I’m a huge fan of the stripes down the side look that some basketball jerseys use. Marquette and the Bucks uniforms are both very solid.

10. Utah

Rudy Gobert City Edition Swingman (Utah Jazz) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

These are good but I docked them some spots because Utah is the only team rolling out the same City Jerseys as last year.

9. OKC

Russell Westbrook City Edition Swingman (Oklahoma City Thunder) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

I like these way better than OKC’s regular jerseys

8. Toronto

These look a lot cooler than last year’s black and gold OVO City Jerseys. If they aren’t sold out yet I’ll have to scoop up a Kawhi one before it’s too late.

7. Brooklyn

Men's Brooklyn Nets D'Angelo Russell Nike Black 2018/19 Swingman Jersey – City Edition

6. Boston

Kyrie Irving City Edition Swingman (Boston Celtics) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

Simple and effective.

5. Chicago

Men's Chicago Bulls Lauri Markkanen Nike Black 2018/19 Swingman Jersey – City Edition

Chicago’s city flag just looks so cool on a jersey.

4. New Orleans

Anthony Davis (NBA) City Edition Swingman (New Orleans Pelicans) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

These are infinitely better than the Pelicans main jerseys. Why is tan/beige a prominent colour in their design? Give me more Mardi Gras!

3. Denver

Shout out Alex English and the rainbow era Nuggets

2. Minnesota

1. Miami

The only thing that could’ve made these jerseys more MIAMI is if they somehow included Pitbull. The King of Miami. Mr. Worldwide.

If you want to show off a sweet jersey or want to put a buddy with a jersey-buying problem on blast, be sure to send your submissions to me over Twitter @twaind4

The Jersday Blog November 8, 2019

Jersey Round-Up

Buddy Hield New Orleans Pelicans Alternate Adidas Jersey

Buddy Buckets baby. Is there a riskier lottery pick than the limitless range college assassin? For every Steph Curry there seems to be hundreds of busts like Jimmer Fredette, Doug McDermott and Nik Stauskas.

Buddy is still young enough that he could still figure it out and develop into a CJ McCollum type game breaker. It was probably a bit of a stretch for the Kings to make him the centre piece of the Boogie Cousins trade but the offensive upside still remains.

I’m not a huge fan of the Pelicans jerseys or colour scheme in general so for me to pick one up it would purely be because of the name on the back. The shortlist of Pelicans that move the needle for me: Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, any Lance Stephenson jersey plays, Jimmer Freddette (a bust but a legend) and Buddy Hield. If you don’t think Buddy is worth your hard earned cash soak up some of these college highlights:

Oklahoma Buddy Hield was a tsunami of buckets.

Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers Away Adidas Jersey

I like the cut of Damian Lillard’s gib. He’s an all-star calibre point guard who is just on the outside looking in when it comes to the upper echelon of point guards. While some players would be content with that standing and the paycheque it comes with, Dame Dolla plays with a chip on his shoulder. Whether he’s spitting bars or hitting game winning jumpers, Lillard’s a fun guy to root for.

This is one of my favourite jerseys in my closet because of Portland’s unique and sleek design. Also Lillard is a good enough player that people want to rock his jersey and just fringy enough to impress some basketball fans. Plus I got this one super cheap from the NBA store when the league was shifting to the Nike brand so every old Adidas jersey was on clearance. Pro tip: keep an eye on the MLB or any team stores when the league shifts from Majestic to Under Armour in the winter of 2020.

Lebron James Cleveland Cavaliers Mid-2000s Away Adidas Jersey

The 2000’s Cavaliers jerseys are so bland and inoffensive it’s hard to really love them. The 2000’s in general were a time for pale colours, bland designs and mediocre logos. But wearing this era of Lebron jersey really shows that my boy Mikey G as a day one Lebron fan. Before Lebron gained 50 pounds, won his rings and moved to LA, he was a high-flying freak who carried the decrepit corpse of a Cavs roster to the 2007 NBA Finals. Championship Lebron had Wade, Bosh, Kyrie and Love. 2007 Lebron had Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. 2007 Lebron was my favourite Lebron.

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Phil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs Alternate Reebok Jersey

If you don’t love me at my:

Then you don’t deserve me at my:

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Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup champion. Deal with it Steve Simmons.

Any Leafs fan with a jersey circa 2016 (the year of our saviour Auston Matthews) is a true ride or die fan.

Steve Yzerman 1984 Campbell Division All-Star Jersey

Ray continues to hit home runs with his jersey game. This Yzerman jersey brings some major heat. When Yzerman wore this jersey in 1984, he was the the third-youngest to play in an NHL All-Star Game at 18 years and 267 days old. Per Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com:

“He was the third-youngest to play in an NHL All-Star Game, after Fleming Mackell of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1947 (18 years, 166 days) and Larry Hillman of the Red Wings in 1955 (18 years, 259 days). But Yzerman was the youngest to play in an All-Star Game who wasn’t a member of a defending Stanley Cup champion, which was the old format.

Not until Jan. 30, 2011, when Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner played in the All-Star Game at age 18 years, 259 days, did someone younger do it.

He found himself in the locker room at the All-Star Game with Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr, Wayne Gretzky, Lanny McDonald, Mark Messier and Denis Savard, with whom he now is enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.”

Charlie Conway Mighty Ducks Jersey

The Charlie Conway jersey seen around the world:

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As someone with a front row seat to this scene, I can say with certainty that this video from the 2017 Brock St. Patties Day must be the hardest that someone has been hit by a door. Once you get past the linebacker trying to run through the door and the unsuspecting recipient of the door’s wrath, it is obvious that the star of this video is Adam AKA the laughing captain Charlie Conway.

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I had these Heat ranked as my number one in my quick hitting City Jersey Power Rankings last week. I’ll dedicate a whole blog to the jerseys once they’ve all been released.

The Cavaliers continue to be a punching bag. While I like that they didn’t play it safe with their City Jerseys… they maybe should’ve played it safe with their City Jerseys.

Pandering to the huge Chinese basketball market is never a bad idea. Money is money.

I’m not a big camo guy so these jerseys don’t  really do it for me. I’m sure the intersection of hype beasts and hoops fans will gobble these up.

 

 

Fortnite! Football! Sure!

These are actually pretty cool!

So are these!

These are not!

The Red Wings jersey is basic, the Bruins jersey has too much going on, the Leafs jerseys are rip-offs of the old Summit Series jerseys,

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the Rangers jerseys look like Tommy Hilfiger sweaters, the Black Hawks are just gross looking and Montreal…just sucks. Good for the NHL to try something new with their video game-exclusive jerseys, but the end result looks like they’re not even trying.

 

Speaking of not trying, what’s up with Tampa Bays new jerseys?

The Kings alternate is fine if not unspectacular. The St. Pats jerseys always seem to play with the hockey jersey crowd when the Leafs bring them back.

These are very sharp. My early impression is that I think that they’re my favourite Bruins Stadium Series/Winter Classic jerseys to date. Which is saying a lot because the Bruins always seem to hit these out of the park.

**Update because jersey news doesn’t rest**

The Toronto Raptors may as well just take my money right now.

These are kind of cool in the sense that you don’t see a lot of pure black with white accent colour schemes. The ones that immediately come to mind are the old Islanders third jersey and the current Brooklyn Nets look. Although these do kinda make Toews look like a bit of a jail bird.

Also shout out to my boy Mitch interning at the Brampton Beast. Meant to get this jersey in the blog earlier. These Remembrance Day jerseys are really nice.

Jersey Foul

 

 

 

These jerseys went viral last Sunday when the Packers and Patriots squared off in one of the most anticipated games of the weekend. In my mind nothing encapsulates the participation trophy generation more than these kids. Sports are about winning and being the best. Sports fandoms deal in absolutes and passion. It means participating in Lebron vs. Jordan debates and not hedging in saying “well I think they both have their merits and are certainly two of the best of all-time.”

Sports aren’t a democracy. It’s supposed to be entertainment. Have a take. Believe in something. Sports are irrational. There is no rationality in the Rodgers vs. Brady discussion. Brady has the rings. Rodgers has the arm. But if you sew together a custom combo jersey you’re an all-time cuckold. Pick a lane and stay in it. That’s true sports fandom.

If you want to show off a sweet jersey or want to put a buddy with a jersey-buying problem on blast, be sure to send your submissions to me over Twitter @twaind4

The Jersday Blog November 1, 2018

This week’s round-up marks the official end of baseball with a call for MLB jerseys. I’m going to cool my jets on the whole critiquing of entire collections. It takes a lot out of you to be as critical as I am. Also late in the blog I do a very quick power ranking of the NBA city jerseys that have been released. Buckle in.

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Mid-2000’s Blue Jays Home Jerseys

With last night being Halloween, this is a double whammy jersey post. Growing up Roy Halladay was by far my favourite athlete (again gone too soon) and I wanted nothing more than too grow up to be him. Now unfortunately I was very small with an awful arm so those dreams would’ve been better spent on a profession that I could achieve like an accountant or horse jockey. Either way, in backyard wiffle ball (against my brother who is 4 years younger than me) I may as well have been Roy Halladay. We’re talking slicing cutters, wipeout sliders and some sweet chin music to keep Phillip honest.

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Now I couldn’t find my Halladay jersey but my brother’s Wells is still lying around. While the Jays current look is the best uniform set that they’ve ever had, I kind of miss these grey and silver bad boys. The “angry bird” logo on the front evokes flashbacks of Orlando Hudson smiles and Miguel Batista blown saves. If I could get my hands on a “new” Halladay jersey in one of their old jerseys nothing would make me happier. Because, contrary to what the losers and haters may say, I can’t squeeze into a Youth Large.

David Ortiz Home Jersey

Daaaa Jankees lose.

It sounds like Cam is still a little shaken up over my breakdown of his collection but quite frankly he should just move on and get back in the gym to refine his jersey game.

While I’m pretty indifferent about the Red Sox, Big Papi and his big dingers warrant some jersey appreciation. As a retired Red Sock(x?) Big Papi certainly isn’t afraid to show his bias as a member of the media:

Who cares? Papi is the man.

Dennis Eckersley Oakland A’s Home Jersey

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Oh buddy. Here we go.

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Sweet stache, the 1992 AL Cy Young AND MVP, a 1987 World Series ring, a lifetime 3.50 ERA, 361 games started and 390 career saves. Eckersley was an absolute cowboy. After over a decade as one of the best starters in the game for the Indians, Red Sox and Cubs, Eckersley reinvented himself as one of the best closers of all-time when he was traded to the Oakland A’s in 1987.

As for the jersey itself, I’ve always thought that the A’s jereseys have a clean look. The green and yellow colour scheme is very utilized with only the Green Bay Packers coming to mind as another obvious team that rocks the look.

Another Oakland A’s great hitting the blog. There is nobody better at stealing bases. Ricky Henderson is to base stealing as Joey Chestnut is to hot dog eating. He’s the best and it isn’t even close. Henderson holds the major league records for career stolen bases, runs, unintentional walks and leadoff home runs.

Rickey is also regarded as one of the biggest characters in baseball history. Supposedly he used to practice his swing naked in front of the mirror before every game while yelling “Rickey’s the best!”.

Well, Rickey is the best.

This is a very cool jersey. I’ve actually seen this jersey pop up once or twice in a Brock Sport Management class or at a bar in downtown St. Catharines. As someone who sides with Jordan in the heated MJ v Lebron debates and as a huge fan of Space Jam this jersey speaks to me. I for one want to believe the conspiracy theory that MJ turned to a career in baseball because David Stern secretly suspended behind closed doors for excessive gambling debts.

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An Impromptu Power Ranking of the new NBA “City” Jerseys

1. Miami Heat

2. Minnesota Timberwolves

3. Denver Nuggets

4. Chicago Bulls

5. Brooklyn Nets

6. OKC Thunder

7. Philadelphia 76ers

8. Charlotte Hornets

9. Detroit Pistons

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic

If you want to show off a sweet jersey or want to put a buddy with a jersey-buying problem on blast, be sure to send your submissions to me over Twitter @twaind4

The Jersday Blog October 25, 2018

In this week’s Jersey Blog, I’m breaking down an entire collection of jerseys. By no means am I a professional critic but I do know a good jersey when I see it. Big thanks to Cam Burgess for stepping into the ring. Hopefully he rolls with the punches and takes my criticism constructively.

Jersey Round-Up: The Cameron Burgess Collection

Paul Pierce Adidas St. Patrick’s Day Celtics Jersey

I covered this jersey in last week’s blog. No sense in me re-examining it so here’s what I had to say about it:

As Cameron’s former roommate, this jersey has gotten a tonne of bar play and has made the rounds each St. Patties Day. “The Truth” is one of the most beloved Celtics of all-time. Paul Pierce was pretty much the only relevant guy for Boston for pretty much an entire decade of mediocre rosters before they picked up Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. This is just a very cool jersey.

Ken Griffey Jr. Majestic Alternate Teal Mariners Jersey

In the heat of the steroid era, “The Kid” is one of the most iconic baseball players of the late 90’s/early 2000’s despite keeping his nose clean. Despite big boppers like Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds effortlessly poking home runs into the stands, Griffey was the face of the league. Ken Griffey Jr.’s sweet swing, highlight reel plays from center field, backwards hat and big goofy smile was why he’s the man.

Autographed Matt Bonner Reebok Raptors Jersey

“Won that in high school, they had this and a Ray Lewis jersey and I got stuck with this, no idea if that signature is real or not”

I’ve tried to buy this jersey off of Cam considering I feel that he doesn’t deserve it. He has the weird misconception that he got “stuck” with the Bonner jersey as some sort of consolation to the Ray Lewis jersey. Does anyone remember that Ray Lewis allegedly killed some guys? The only thing thing that Matt Bonner has ever killed is the hopes and dreams of his opponents.

The “Red Rocket” was a fan favourite in the city of Toronto and was pretty much the featured player on the 2007 and 2014 Spurs championship teams. Sure Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili were “better players” and could actually “score” or “play effective defense”. But I would argue that the Rocket’s marksmanship from downtown commanded so much attention from opposing teams that the stars could move around uninhibited. Matt Bonner is a baller and I would kill for this jersey.

Rob Gronkowski Patriots Jersey

I’ve never been a huge fan of New England’s regular jerseys. Call me crazy, but the whole grey on navy blue just doesn’t do it for me. I think that the colour scheme might be the easiest replica for a Walmart to whip up. Any of New England’s jerseys that use more red like their old Colour Rushes are a lot cooler:

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Cam’s Navy Gronk jersey just doesn’t do it for me. Now this Gronk jersey would be worth my money:

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Vince Carter Purple Throwback Raptors Jersey

I’ve been wanting to pick up this jersey for a while. When these were released a couple of years ago they were hot in the streets. These days 90’s nostalgia is at its peak to the point where ugly jerseys of yesterday are being re-released and selling like hot cakes. That’s capitalism baby.

Now this Vinsanity jersey loses a few points because the Nike swoosh (this jersey has only ever been released under Adidas) and the fake autograph print make this jersey an obvious fake. Now in the grand scheme of things this purchase is the perfect combo of cool and thrifty but in the jersey game this is just an intentional foul.

Milan Lucic White Reebok Bruins Jersey

Speaking of fakes. The logo and numbers a more of a highlighter colour than a true Bruins gold. Jerseys are a lot like IDs in the sense that there’s nothing cooler than an awesome fake. In terms of jerseys, an effective fake makes people believe that your $20 Larry Bird jersey is actually a $300 Authentic.

In the case with this jersey, big bad Looch gets bounced at the door.

Jerome Iginla 2010 Vanouver Olympics Jersey

I’m a big Jerome guy and the 2010 Olympics is on the pinnacle of Canadian sports moments. Iginla is not only one of the best players that has ever dressed for the Canadian national team, but he also assisted on Crosby’s Golden Goal.

Throwback Trevor Linden Canucks Jersey

In my honest opinion, this is the jewel of Cameron’s collection. The 90’s red, yellow and black Canucks logo shaped like a skate is just such a cool logo. Plus Trevor is an awesome pick for this jersey. Linden’s toughness scoring ability and leadership puts him up on the Canucks franchise Mount Rushmore with the Sedin twins and Pavel Bure.

My Grade for the Entire Collection: 5.6/10

Now before Cam attacks me, I run a very tight ship with my ranking systems when rating anything. Whether it’s jerseys to cereals I am not an easy grader. I would personally give my own collection a 5.2/10 so a 5.6 is not a bad score. This is not a “pass” or “fail” grade, I will use all 10 numbers. The ideal 10/10 collection may never be achieved. A 9.9/10 is a beautiful combination of quality, quantity, rarity, authenticity, excellence, creativity, variety with a slight wild card factor.

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All in all this is a solid jersey collection. There’s a good mix of different sports, colours, with some real gems. One of the critiques I have about this collection is that it could stand to be more bold. Jerseys like the Matt Bonner and Trevor Linden jerseys put asses in the seats. At the end of the day, just buy whatever jerseys you like. But if you want to impress me, you have to bring some heat.

I specifically am coming out of the critiquing-gate hot in order to set a precedent. Throw out everything you know about grades from elementary school where 0-49 is a fail.

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If you want to show off a sweet jersey or want to put a buddy with a jersey-buying problem on blast, be sure to send your submissions to me over Twitter @twaind4

Bench Life Jersey Thursdays October 18th, 2018

This is the third weekly instalment of my “Jersey Thursdays” blog series. Last week we had some nice jersey submissions and an impromptu Rance Mulliniks scouting report. With this week being the start of the NBA regular season I took a more NBA-centred approach to this blog. The readership is starting to go up for these blogs but it seems like the audience participation has been limited to guys that write for this site. That being said, I’m just going to lower my pad level and keep moving the chains.

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Bench Life Jersey Thursdays October 11th, 2018

Last week was the first edition of my weekly jersey blog where I gave out a few of the hits from my own collection. This week we’re back with a few jersey submissions from a few dutiful fans (my uncle + Ray and Ballantyne). As this thing grows I’m hoping to expand my search for the best/worst jerseys to a global level but for now I’m a humble yet hungry small fry in the jersey blogging community. Read more

Bench Life Jersey Thursdays October 4th 2018

I’m starting this weekly jersey blog because I’ve always been a huge jersey nut but have yet to really do much blogging on the subject. The idea for these blogs will be to write about any cool or funny jersey talk circulating around the internet and to roast some real jersey fouls that pop upon my Twitter feed. As someone with a checkered past with jersey purchases, I do have some insight on these matters. As I go along I hope to have some people send in some cool jerseys for me to blog, but more importantly feed me the bad ones. Since this is a new feature on the website it’ll obviously take some time to gain any steam at all so in the meantime I’ll do a quick run through on my some beauties that I’ve acquired. But in the future, if you want to put your buddy on blast for an old Aki Berg jersey but are too polite, send them my way.

Now to give a taste of the highs and lows of my jersey collection:

The Good

The 2014 Sochi Olympic Martin St. Louis jersey is easily the best jersey that I own. These jerseys were kind of divisive compared to most of the other jerseys that Canada has rolled out. This was the first year of the modern Nike necklines and the jersey definitely fits like a lighter athletic material than the typical hockey jersey. I personally thinks it’s awesome because of the seeming throwback design to it and cool little details like the 12 golden maple leafs on the front representing (at the time) Canada’s 12 combined gold medals in men’s, women’s and sledge hockey.

On a personal level this jersey is awesome because, when I was growing up, Matrin St. Louis was one of mine and my grandpa’s favourite players. If you were a fast, skilled player and/or a good old Canadian boy my grandpa seemed to be a huge fan. Martan St. Louis (old grandpa Waind pronounced Martin like some sort of Quebecois but then butchered the  last name and pronounced it like the city of St. Louis) seemed to be at the intersection of a Venn diagram that had the Sedin twins on the one side and the Sudbury born Staal brothers on the other.

Anyways, the summer before the 2014 Olympics my grandpa passed away and when Marty finally cracked team Canada I knew I had to scoop up this jersey. It was just an awesome scene waking up early to watch my guy win the gold and get thrown on his shoulders by back-up goalie Mike Smith. Simply the best.

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The Bad

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Well that’s not bad at all…

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Yikes.

The kicker here is I got brainwashed by the Cliff Fletcher propaganda when he and the Toronto media labeled Luke Schenn the future captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. You would have thought that I would’ve seen the writing on the walls after the poor play and Dion Phaneuf trade. But I still thought that the hulking Saskatchewan native would eventually turn it on and become the Adam Foote calibre shutdown guy we were promised. The Schenn-for-JVR trade that happened right after I got this jersey sucked because, as a hockey move, I knew it was a home run from the moment it was announced. As a consumer of mediocre hockey jerseys it made me nauseous.

I actually rocked this jersey last night at the sports bar for the Leafs opening night dub over the Habs (not a biiiiig deeeeeal). As a jersey, the 2010’s Maple Leafs Reebok third is one of my favourites. And since it has Luke Schenn on the back I don’t mind wearing it out and risking some beer spillage. It also separates me from some of the fair weather fans rocking the Tavares jerseys who would have no idea who Mikael Tellqvist or JS Aubin are.

The Ugly

Why would I buy this?

In my defense Rasmus hits big daddy dongs.

Like the Blue Jays front office, I was tricked by the sweet swing and luscious mullet. He had the speed, power and tools of  a hall of famer but just didn’t know what to do with them. In 2007 Baseball Prospectus had him ranked as the 8th best prospect in baseball wedged between Cy Young pitcher Rick Procello at #7 and Buster Posey–easily the best catcher of this decade–at #9.

I just remember at the time I got this jersey, the Jays were in flux. Bautista and Encarnacion were just starting to breakout, the bullpen was headlined by Casey Janssen and the fans were being sold on the youth of Rasmus, Brett Lawrie, JP Arencibia and Travis Snider. For me it was a coin flip decision between Rasmus or a Ricky Romero.

I sometimes wear this jersey to the bar because–like the Luke Schenn–I don’t care if I spill a drink on it. I still get the odd guy yelling “Who the fuck buys a Colby Rasmus jersey?” at me. Who the fuck indeed.

Jerseys around the internet

I don’t have a tonne to take on this week. I plan to get out a blog within the week power ranking the new NHL third jerseys. Speaking of the third jerseys how those Coyotes throwbacks?

If you look closely the Coyotes actually cheaped-out on giving Biz Nasty an authentic Adidas sweater and hooked him up with a replica jersey. He’s a team employee on the media side and one of the most beloved the players in franchise history but they couldn’t shell out that extra $100 bill? I was going to make a joke about the NHL having the team on a strict budget…but apparently they actually have an owner now? Andrew Barroway? I couldn’t care less about this team.

If you want to show off a sweet jersey (like one time in class I saw a guy with a Florida Gulf Coast Chris Sale jersey), or want to put a buddy with a jersey-buying problem on blast, be sure to send your submissions to me over Twitter @twaind4 

 

 

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