Author Archives: Thomas Waind

A Title 24 Years in the Making

I still can’t believe I’m saying this.

The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions.

Last Thursday night was the peak of my sports fandom. Having been a Toronto sports fan my whole life there were certainly more losses than wins.

This playoff run has been both both biggest rush and one of the most mentally taxing stretches. They say “act like you’ve been there before” but I literally haven’t been there before. The emotional toll that a playoff run puts you through is something I’ve never had to experience. Usually when my teams make the playoffs it’s like ripping off a band-aid and they get eliminated right away.

This year in retrospect this year was an absolute roller coaster. From the initial Kawhi trade, to the “load management” regular season, losing Game One of the playoffs to Orlando, Philadelphia taking it to seven games, “The Shot”, Milwaukee’s 2-0 series lead in the Conference Finals, Toronto charging back and winning four straight to advance to the Finals, the Klay injury, the Durant injury, the other Klay injury, the Game 6 win…nevermind foul was called before the inbound, Kawhi shoots free throws and then…

Pure bliss.

Best pictures from the Championship Parade

Kawhi Leonard’s championship style.

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Kyle Lowry gazes at the sea of fans.

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Kawhi Leonard holds his MVP trophy while celebrating with Drake.

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Kawhi Leonard is happy.

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My Blue Jays and Maple Leafs fandom is something that I was born into. My dad and grandpa were die hard fans so I would be remiss not to follow those loveable losers into the abyss. I used to bike over to my grandpa’s place on MLB Opening Day and the first Leafs game of the season, kick my feet up and watch the season end just as it started. My Grandpa and I were always optimistic that the likes of Alex Steen and Aaron Hill were the keys to turning their respective Toronto franchises around.

But when it comes to the Raptors, that is a team that I felt that  picked. Which isn’t necessarily a better feeling–I would be an absolute puddle to see the Blue Jays win a World Series or watch Auston Matthews lift the Stanley Cup–but it’s just a different feeling.

Growing up playing basketball in a small, hockey-dominated town, my buddies and I were a group of Raptors fans very much in the minority at the time. The Leafs could look for the right pieces to surround Sundin, we were looking for a point guard for Chris Bosh. The Leafs had Joe Bowen and Bob Cole, we had Chuck Swirsky and Jack Armstrong.

My Top 10 Fringy Raptors

10. Aaron Gray: Tall White Sideline Guy #1
9. Greg Stiemsma: Tall White Sideline Guy #2
8. Pops Mensah-Bonsu: Most Memorable Name for a forgettable player
7. Fred Jones: people forget he won a Dunk Contest
6. Reggie Evans: All Grit First Team
5. Jason Kapono: 3 Point Champion
4. Chuck Hayes: CHUCK HAYES!
3. Jorge Garbajosa: Sometimes the brightest flames burn the shortest
2. Sonny Weems: Clarence Weems AKA Money Sonny AKA Euro League All-Star
1. Jamario Moon: Former Globe Trotter

Being the white, incredibly short, slow, shooting guard that I was, I spent my fair share of time on the bench. My Italian buddy Mikey G would accompany me at the end of the bench. Honestly he’s probably an even big a bigger Raptors fan than me.

At the end of the bench we’d do our best Chuck Swirsky imitations and call play-by-play whenever our mediocre basketball team would sink a few shots. “Onions baby onions!” “Bring out the salami and cheese mama! This one is over!” And when the game in front of us inevitably get boring–usually in the middle of the third quarter of a 30 point dismantling–we’d develop blueprints in order to turn the Raptors around.

“In limited minutes Linas Kleiza has been a stud. If we start playing him more maybe we can catch a few teams napping.” “I for one think Sonny Weems needs more rope.” “Honestly Bargnani might be kind of lazy. But if he can build a bit of a game around his jumper he can be a poor man’s Dirk.”

Yeah we are idiots.

When the clock hit 0:00 in that Game 6 the first call I got a call was from that glorious idiot Mikey G. “We did it bud. Holy shit we did it.” Just an absolutely poetic moment shared between a couple of morons.

My top five Raptors moments

5. Demar DeRozan, “I am Toronto”

We may not have been able to get over the hump with Demar, but his fingerprints were all over this championship team. He was the first All-Star to embrace Toronto and actually decide to stay. Years of watching guys like Carter, McgGrady and Bosh leave for “greener pastures” left Toronto feeling like an ugly step-sister NBA franchise. Nobody wanted to be in Canada… until Demar.

4. “Fuck Brooklyn”

This was five years ago! The first “We the North”. The first “Jurassic Park”. This Raptors playoff team just felt different than the last iterations led by Carter or Bosh. It was a frisky team that the city rallied behind and really set the wheels in motion for what we witnessed last week.

3. I don’t know what to call this but it gave me chills

2. Kyle lifts the “Larry O’B”

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After the Raptors ownership group got the first hoist, Serge and Masai made sure that Kyle was the first Raptor to get his hands on the trophy. The guy is the last man standing from the first “We The North” 2013-14 team. For all of the heat he’s taken in years past over his ability to rise to the playoffs, it’s just poetic that Kyle led the way with 26 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds.

1 A Kawhi’s Shot

As wild and exciting as Game 6 was last night, this shot–this crazy unrepeatable shot–was the defining moment of Toronto’s championship run. I’ve watched a lot of Raptors basketball and this shot just doesn’t go in. This moment signified that this year was different.

1 B Kawhi’s Laugh

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Now this whole piece might come off as the ravings and ramblings of a lunatic, but honestly watching the Raptors for two decades will do that to you. This championship just means so much. It’s just been a wave of pure elation. Cheering for the Toronto Raptors, through their ups and down, has been one of the most profoundly satisfying aspects of my life.

This joy for this Toronto Raptors championship is the cumulation of years of my love for the game of basketball. Driving to tournaments with my parents, practicing fade aways and post hooks in the driveway with my brother, not to mention the countless people I’ve connected with through the sport.

This in of itself is the essence of this Toronto Raptors team. It has just brought so many people together across Toronto, across Ontario and across Canada. It’s a beautiful thing. This was apparent when my brother and I took the whole day off to get into Jurassic Park for Game One of the Finals. In the area the were thousands of fans of different ages and races all brought together by the Toronto Raptors.

Look no further than that Raptors team itself to see how a trivial game can bring people together. Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam rose out of Africa to play on basketball’s greatest stage. Spaniard Marc Gasol finally got his first championship at age 34. Jeremy Lin was the first Asian American to win an NBA title. Undrafted Canadian Chris Boucher won a championship in the same season he locked up G League MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Not a single player on the team was a lottery pick in the respective draft year. And rookie coach Nick Nurse–who started coaching coaching in 1990 for the British Basketball League’s Derby Storm–was the one to bring all of these loveable misfits together. This is one of the best and most fun professional sports teams that this city has ever seen.

Cherish every moment of this team while you can. There’s no point lamenting on the Kawhi decision more than you have to. Just soak it all in because there’s no guarantee we will ever see anything like this again.

The Toronto Raptors are NBA Champions.

Jersday Blog April 4, 2018

Now time for the Thursday, Friday, Saturday Jersey Blog! Punctuality has been a hell of a battle lately. Bear with me when I say next week I’ll be back on track.

The Round-Up

Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 2008-11 Alternate Jersey

The blue Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys are one of my favourite NHL looks. Crosby is definitely the cream of the crop for this era. Malkin, Fleury, Letang, Gonchar, Staal, Kunitz, Bill Guerin, Matt Cooke, Alex Ponikarovsky. Simply the best.

Detroit Tigers Batting Practice Jersey
(Submitted by Phillip Waind)

Since summer time is just around the corner it means baseball jersey season is almost upon us. The v-neck batting practice jersey a good look for 500 levels beers, barbecues, drinks on the docks and darties. I was with my brother when he got this beauty from Comerica Park last year. Watched the World Champion Boston Red Sox carve up the hapless Tigers. It was a treat to watch Chris Sale when he could still top 90 MPH.

The Tigers may be rotten this year but this jersey is fresh.

Baker Mayfield Oklahoma Sooners Jersey

Baker Mayfield is hot in the streets right now. On paper the Cleveland Browns looks like they will be a wagon this year and Baker Baker Touchdown Maker is the one steering. Mayfield is probably the most exciting quarterback in the game both on and off the field. He can throw the back foot scramble bullets that people thought was in Johnny Manziel’s repertoire and doesn’t hold back from talking shit on Twitter.

Normally a college jersey is a slam dunk for Jersey of the Week but…

Jersey of the Week

Mississippi River Kings Jersey

Never heard of this team. Never heard about the Southern Professional Hockey Team. When I Google “Mississippi River Kings Buker” there is no such player that pops up. But I’ll be damned if this isn’t the wildest jersey that I have ever laid my eyes on. The playing cards, the poker chips, the subtle diamond, hearts, clubs and spades in the background, the red, green and yellow colour scheme, the angry turtle and dog logo. There is just way too much to unpack here.

As of right now the River Kings are out of operation as they search for an owner. Ladies and gentlemen I might just throw my hat in the ring. I would love to be the man to bring hockey back to Mississippi.

Jersey of the Week Scoreboard:

1. @Acooksy19: 6
T2. @beamerr9: 2
T2. @wilsondrew17: 2
T3. @jefftrahan13: 1
T3. @phillydip4: 1
T3. @MondoHarrison: 1
T3. @bstep47: 1

Two straight weeks without a Jersey of the Week submission from Adam. Will he respond?

The Weekly Jersey News Dump

The NHL and New Era are batting .000 on these draft caps.

How is it possible for the Diamondbacks to have approximately 100 active jerseys and all of them stink out loud.

RIP Nipsey Hussle.

Incredible shot by an incredible Argentinian.

Wasn’t a fan of the old look so these are fine… But on behalf of the Saskatchewan Roughriders cease and desist.

Jersday Blog March 29, 2019

Back to back weeks I’ve posted this blog a day late. Sometimes life gets in the way even when jerseys are at stake. Last week I got caught up in March Madness. This week I had the flu.

The Round-Up

Roy Halladay Powder Blue Throwback Blue Jays Jersey

This puppy came in from China just in time for Opening Day. The Toronto Blue Jays Opening Day starter has been a real revolving door since they traded Halladay to the Phillies in 2010.

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What a wrecking crew. The fact that Doc pitched seven consecutive Opening Days is a testament to his longevity and dominance. He was truly the GOAT of Blue Jays pitchers. Read more

Jersday Blog March 21st, 2019

The Round-Up

Steve Nash Santa Clara Broncos Jersey

I’ve had my eye on this jersey for a while and it came in from DHGate just in time for March Madness. As the greatest Canadian basketball player of all-time, Santa Clara is where Steve Nash put his name on the map. He wasn’t recruited by a single Division 1 program so his highschool coach started mailing out letters and highlight films which got him a tryout with Santa Clara.

In his four seasons at Santa Clara, Nash led the Bulldogs to three of the school’s eleven NCAA tournament appearances, two West Coast Conference regular season championships and the 1993 WCC tournament championship. In four years Nash went from a Canadian highschool player not even worth recruit to playing his way to being the 15th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.

Kyrie IrvingCleveland Cavaliers Jersey

Here’s a quick power ranking of Cleveland’s first overall picks:
1. Lebron James 2003
2. Kyrie Irving 2011
3. Brad Daugherty 1986
4. Austin Carr 1971
5. Andrew Wiggins 2014
6. Anthony Bennett 2013

Any Kyrie jersey is a cool one since he’s got the most gifable handles in the NBA. On top of that I’d the Cavaliers look over the Celtics considering Kyrie hit the biggest shot in the franchise’s history.

Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners Jersey

Baseball’s back! Technically. The MLB is one of the few leagues that opens their regular season a week before the official Opening Day. The Japanese series between the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners has come and gone with very little fanfare with only the most diehard fans getting up at the crack of dawn to catch the action.

With Ichiro retiring yesterday, it begs the question as to who’s the greatest player in Mariners history. They both played 13 seasons in Seattle with Ichiro totalling 56.3 WAR in that time and The Kid racking up 70.6. But I think Wins Above Replacement sells the greatest Japanese player ever a little bit short. The guy batted .311 for his career while playing Gold Glove defense and possessing 30 steal speed. There has never been a player like him and I can’t imagine there ever will be.

Los Angeles Kings 1998-02 Light Jersey

These jerseys were in a bit of a transition phase from the Robitaille and  Gretzky era to the brutal era post 2005 lockout that preceded the championship stretch with years of lottery picks. I like these jerseys better than LA’s current look in my opinion.

Here’s some of the hits from this four year 98-02 stretch:
-Luc Robitaille (on his second of three stints with the Kings
-Rob Blake
-Ray Ferraro
-Olli Jokinen
-Ziggy Palffy
-Glen Murray
-Jozef Stumpel
-Mathieu Schneider
-Lubomir Visnovsky
-Felix Potvin
-Jason Allison
-Adam Deadmarsh

Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets 2008-13 Away Jersey

Imagine having Chris Paul and Anthony Davis for 13 total seasons and only making the playoffs five times in that stretch. The basketball Gods have been cruel to the city of New Orleans.

I was close to springing on this jersey for the Jersey of the Week. Any jersey of a Hall of Fame calibre player on their original team always plays. I’m sure New Orleans fans go to sleep dreaming of Chris Paul-David West pick and rolls. Probably not.

Nonetheless, awesome jersey.

Robert Griffin III Redskins Ugly Sweater

This is one of the best Christmas sweaters I’ve seen. All RG3 wants for Christmas is a new set of knees. His 2012 rookie season was simply electric. 102.4 quarterback rating fueled by juke-stepping for first downs and tossing bombs downfield. Sometimes the brightest stars burn the fastest.

Jersey of the Week


Mo Mamba Texas Longhorns Jersey

If he weren’t childhood friends with rapper Sheck Wes, the average person probably wouldn’t have any idea who Mo Bamba is. The 7 foot big man with the 7’10” wingspan hasn’t done much other get drafted 6th overall in 2018 and becoming a frat party anthem. Last year in his freshman season the Longhorns got bounced first round by Nevada in the first round of March Madness and this season Bamba has only played 16 minutes a game with the mediocre Orlando Magic before fracturing his tibia.

Regardless, this jersey is greater than just Mo Bamba’s resume. It’s a cultural phenomenon the same way as a #6 Cory Joseph OVO jersey or a Charlie Conway Mighty Ducks jersey (he didn’t lead the team in goals and he was a healthy scratch during the gold medal game of the World Championships at the end of D2).

 

Jersey of the Week Scoreboard:

1. @Acooksy19: 6
T2. @beamerr9: 2
T2. @wilsondrew17: 2
T3. @jefftrahan13: 1
T3. @phillydip4: 1

Adam is starting to lap the competition.

The Weekly Jersey Dump

Shoutout Patrick Lalime

Coolest jerseys in the AHL?

I’m petitioning to making these the full-time jerseys. Simply the best.

This is a no from me dawg.

 

Worst player to have his jersey retired?

 

Who would’ve thought we’d get a Nascar-Machine Gun Kelly-Cleveland Browns crossover?

Jersday Blog March 14, 2019

The Round-Up

John Tavares Toronto Maple Leafs St. Pats

Any other week this would’ve won Jersey of the Week. This is by far the strongest field of submissions that I’ve had so  unfortunately it falls into the category of the “also ran”. If I was a complete Leafs homer I would’ve named it the winner, but I don’t let bias taint the jersey game. Big integrity move on my part.

For my money the Leafs have the best St. Patrick’s day set-up in sports. Every other team just falls back on the “make our regular jerseys green” play but the Leafs can just dust off the retro Toronto St. Pats out of the closet and print some money. Toronto St. Pat’s gear is on another tier with Boston Celtics and Notre Dame Fighting Irish apparel for St. Patty’s day outfits.

While we’re on the subject of St. Patrick’s Day, the viral video that my buddy took on St. Paddy’s Day two years ago ended up on Ellen this week. Shout out to Blake the man behind the camera. Shout out to the guy that got hit by the door. Apparently he was fine. Shout out to my hair cut seeing as the top of my head takes up 1/4 of the screen. Shout to Adam “Charlie Conway” Cooke.

Michigan Wolverines Baseball Starter Brand

You can tell that this puppy came straight from the thrift shop and it is fantastic. This jersey is pure grit. I’m always a big proponent of pinstripes on a baseball jersey and there is no exception here.

Go Blue.

Alex Pietrangelo St. Louis Blues 2008-2016 Alternate

The Original 6 teams get a lot of lip service in the “best jerseys in hockey” conversation. Everybody’s favourite looks seem the be the classics or the ugly 90’s throwbacks. The St. Louis Blues sneaky have one of the sharpest set-ups in hockey with some great names that you can throw on the back of the jerseys. Chris Pronger, Adam Oates, Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, Keith Tkachuk, Curtis Joseph, Vladimir Tarasenko. This Pietrangelo 3rd jersey hits the right notes.

Jordan Eberle Edmonton Oilers 2015-2017 Reebok Alternate

Remember when the Oilers traded Eberle for Ryan Strome? Remember when the Oilers traded the first round pick that would become Matthew Barzal for Griffin Reinhart? Remember when the Oilers traded Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson.

These trades are the result of Chiarelli making a deal with the devil to win 2015’s McDavid lottery. How in the world can you ice a team that currently sits 22nd in goals for per game in spite of McDavid’s 100 points in 66 games? What a mess. They have the best player in the world, all of those Stanley Cups, a new arena and sweet jerseys so at least they’re a hot mess.

Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets

The pride of Kitchener, Ontario. You know, growing up within a stone’s throw of KW, I know people that played against Jamal Murray in highschool. He’s lucky that Grand River High School didn’t make a trip down to the Falcon’s Nest in Fergus during my reign as chief towel waver and high fiver. He may not have made the NBA after I was through with him. I have derailed a few careers with my relentless “D What?” “Defense!” chants.

Dennis Rodman Chicago Bulls 

I believe it is fair to assume that Dennis Rodman is the only person on this planet to date Madonna, brunch with Kim Jong Un and lead the NBA in rebounds per game for seven straight seasons. This guy was/is legitimately a complete psychopath. Hell of a basketball player though.

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Christian Laettner Duke Blue Devils

March Madness is just around the corner so this jersey is perfect. Everybody hates Christian Laettner! This guy was the original Duke villain that blazed the trail for the likes of Grayson Allen and JJ Reddick. This guy was known for stomping on your hearts with big shots and… literally stomping on people.

Hate him if you will, but sports needs villains and Christian Laettner was one of the best college players of all-time and one of the biggest tools. Also, Christian Laettner also holds the rare distinction as the worst player on the 1992 Dream Team. The US men’s Olympic team was only going to take one college player and Chuck Daly and his coaching staff (Coach K) the Duke phenom over LSU’s Shaquille O’Neal (ever heard of him?). Unbelievable.

Jersey of the Week

Claude Giroux Berlin Polar Bears

I was ready to hand jersey of the week to Christian Laettner until this one hit my timeline. This is the first Deutsche Eishockey Liga jersey we’ve seen and it’s a beauty. During the 2012-13 NHL lockout Giroux racked up 19 points in 9 games with the Polar Bears on a team that also featured Flyers teammate Danny Briere. Any jersey of a North American All-Star on an overseas team’s jersey is a contender for Jersey of the Week. If someone hits me with a Davos HC Joe Thornton jersey that will be an automatic win.

Jersey of the Week Scoreboard:

1. @Acooksy19: 5
T2. @beamerr9: 2
T2. @wilsondrew17: 2
T3. @jefftrahan13: 1
T3. @phillydip4: 1

The Weekly Jersey Dump

 

These jerseys are kind of awesome. The overall look would look better with white pants but the jerseys themselves are a huge look.

 

Even the Raptors practice jerseys are hot. I’ll take a Spicy P Siakam OVO practice jersey please.

These are the perfect kind of ugly. This hits the Shane Doan-Randy Johnson sweet spot.

Whoever greenlit this must be a “fun” math teacher. Quit trying to make pi day happen. You can’t make me care about math.

 

 

Burning jerseys is so passe. I like that people are starting to get more creative in disgruntled jersey destruction.

Oof. As someone that owns a Colby Rasmus, Luke Schenn and Cory Joseph jersey this tweet hits home.

Jersday Blog March 7, 2019

The Round-Up

The Brendan Ballantyne

While you won’t find this on Fanatics best sellers list, I think it’s safe to say that Ballantyne has the most jersey sales in the Brock intramural basketball circuit.

Anyone willing to put this puppy on their credit card is clearly a fan of funky jump-shooting mechanics, cheap L3 personal pitchers and fantasy sports spreadsheets. Young Ballantyne was a hustler through and through. This jersey will be the next big summertime music festival look. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Drake or Snoop Dogg rocking this throwback on stage at some point.

Alex Burrows 2014 Heritage Classic Vancouver Canucks Jersey

These are some of my favourite NHL jerseys ever… period. It was the Heritage Classic versus the Senators where Torts ended the Luongo’s Canucks tenure by benching him for Eddie Lack. What a time to be a ‘Nucks fan. These days they’re on the up and up with some young studs and are a few pieces and a goalie away from being a playoff challenger in the crappy Pacific.

If this wasn’t a Burrows jersey this would’ve been the jersey of the week. The guy was an absolute weasel. Burrows wasn’t nearly good enough to be Brad Marchand and wasn’t quite dirty enough to be Matt Cooke. The result was something like this:

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Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves Jersey

This jersey just called your mom fat and said you rebound like a Nancy. In my mind KG is the best combination of talent and trash talker in all of sports. The guy was a career 17.8 and 10 power forward, 15 time all-star, and an MVP and championship ring to boot. You can talk that talk if you can walk that walk. The guy was just an absolute psycho. Here’s a story from a 2016 Vice article about how this guy can’t even watch TV without going unhinged:

Tyronn LueA lot of people do all their howling on the court and they’re faking just for attention, but what he does is genuine. So one day we were at his house and we were watching Puff Daddy’s show Making the Band, and in one of the scenes, some new guys came in and were trying to sing and were trying to compete against the guys who had been there. And KG just got so hyped, “Motherf*cker, you’ve got to stand up for yours! You’ve got to fight! Motherf*cker, you’ve got to come together!” He’s going crazy, he’s sweaty. And he just head butts the wall and put a hole in the wall of his house.

This guy’s the best.

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Tetsuya Utsumi Tokyo Gas Jersey

I can’t say I know a lot of Japanese-specific baseball. From what I can tell from his Wikipedia page, Utsumi was a junkballing ace in the Nippon Professional Baseball League. He won the 2012 Japan Series MVP and was a member of the Japanese team that captured the gold in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. I don’t have much to go on but this is a cool jersey nonetheless.

Jersey of the Week

Marcus Stroman Duke Jersey

This is the second week in a row I’m going with a college jersey, but this pick is honestly blows last week’s Brian Lewerke jersey out of the water. Stro Show is one of the biggest personalities in the MLB and has shown that he has the ability to absolutely deal. He’s kind of tiny for a pitcher but is a total bull dog on the mound and can spin the ball as if it’s a wiffle ball. Stroman is definitely considered one of the best pitchers that Duke has had. He’s the first Duke pitcher to ever be drafted in the first round of the MLB draft and holds the school record for career strikeouts with 290 over 222 innings pitched.

 

Jersey of the Week Scoreboard:

1. @Acooksy19: 4
T2. @beamerr9: 2
T2. @wilsondrew17: 2
T3. @jefftrahan13: 1
T3. @phillydip4: 1

Adam gets back on the board and gets some separation from the pack.

The Weekly Jersey Jump

I kind of like the look of the bottom left logo. It looks like a cereal or orange juice logo.

 

 

I can’t believe Clay Buchholz didn’t crack this list

Yeah. Harper looks good in a Phillies jersey. I might have to pull the trigger on one.

Mr. Julianne Hough the the sweet throwback. Little piece of trivia: Brooks Laich assisted on both Michael Nylander’s last career goal and William Nylander’s first career goal.

 

Inspired by Big Country and Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

 

Jersday Blog February 28, 2019

The Round-Up

Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagle Jersey
Submitted by Joey Hasson

Well the Nick Foles era is officially over in Philly… for now. Big Dick Nick and the Eagles are like football’s Ross and Rachel. They’re just on a break.

If this really is curtains for Foles in Philly, you really have to pour one out for one of the most unlikely Super Bowl MVPs of all-time. I’ll still contend that Foles got a bad rap because he had a couple of lousy seasons in St. Louis under JEFF FISHER. Jeff Fisher stinks.

I think Foles is a solid QB and someone will scoop him up to a decent deal. We’ll always have the Philly Special. Fly Eagles Fly.

Zach Parise Minnesota Wild Jersey

I think if you’re going to get a Wild jersey, Minnesota-born Parise is one of the better ones you can rock. Here’s where the 34 year old Parise stacks up with Minnesota-born NHLers:

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While I’m on the subject Matt Cullen would be a cool Wild jersey too.

Jason Spezza Ottawa Senators Jersey

The second overall pick in 2001 is still kicking it in the NHL. That’s 18 seasons ago. Come on!

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What a draft class! Spezza, Kovalchuk AND Alexandr Svitov. 

As a Leafs fan you can’t talk too much about the Senators organization without breaking into hives. They have had some absolute horses when you look back at some of those early-to-mid 2000 teams. Spezza, Alfredsson, Dany “50 in ’07” Heatley, Chara, Redden, Martin Havalat, Marion Hossa, Mike Fisher-Underwood. Not too shabby.

Jersey of the Week

Brian Lewerke Michigan State Jersey

This was a toss-up. The Zach Parise is literally the nicest jersey submitted this week. The pre-2004 lockout era Spezza is an awesome throwback. But in this case the tie goes to the college football jersey with not-quite NFL calibre QB on the back. I just can’t in good conscious award a Spezza Senators jersey the Jersey of the week.

One would argue that Michigan State doesn’t even have the best college football jerseys in their own state, but I think the Spartan green and white hold up against the Jordan brand Wolverines. The Spartans have a very sharp look. These are just sick:

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Now Lewerke isn’t someone to get to wild about. A 106.1 Quarterback Rating is nothing to get too jazzed for. He did have that big rushing touchdown to edge out the Wolverines last year:

I dunno, college jerseys just do it for me.

Jersey of the Week Scoreboard:

1. @Acooksy19: 3
T2. @beamerr9: 2
T2. @wilsondrew17: 2
T3. @jefftrahan13: 1
T3. @phillydip4: 1

Suddenly Adam has some extra pressure on his heels in the standings. Hungry dogs run faster.
 

The Weekly Jersey Dump

That ’79 look laps the competition.

Hopefully this means these jerseys aren’t going away. The Nets Biggie jerseys are one of the best alternates in the game and easily the best the Nets have had in years.

Yeah these are nice and all, but where’s the Atlanta Thrashers throwback?

This Stadium Series look was pretty divisive. I wouldn’t like that jersey/helmet combo if it were a regular jersey, but for special event I like the change of pace. The set-up almost looked like two AFL teams with the way the helmets looked. I thought it was cool.

A Russel/ Booker back-court would look real nice. Make it happen Suns/Nets.

I’d scoop up one of these Manny Machado Padres jerseys:
Men's San Diego Padres Manny Machado Majestic Brown Patch Flex Base Player Jersey

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