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.

 

Looking Back at Johnny Manziel’s CFL Career

After a not-so-successful stint with the Cleveland Browns to begin his NFL career, Johnny Football took his talents north of the border to play in the CFL. It was pretty clear that he didn’t see the CFL as his future career, but rather a stepping stone on his journey to get back to the NFL. One season later, and it looks like Comeback SZN might be over for Manziel.

Read more

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:
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Jersday Blog February 21st, 2019

The Round-Up

Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors Jersey

When it was announced that Miami was retiring Bosh’s # 1, it immediately begged the question: should the Raptors retire the number of the franchise’s leader in rebounds, blocks and All-Star games (tied with Vince Carter with five if you don’t count Vince’s 2004-05 after he was traded mid-season to the Nets).

While Bosh is technically a top five player in Raptors franchise history, I think that teams should only retire players who have taken their teams somewhere or at the very least have some regular season team success. In the Chris Bosh era the Raptors only made the playoffs twice and were bounced in the first round both times. Kevin Garnett is an all-time Timberwolf(?) because he led the team to the playoffs eight times (making it as far as the Western Conference Finals in 2004) while constantly playing like an MVP candidate. Is Michael Redd a Bucks great because he was the best player on a horrendous team for almost a decade? Bosh lies somewhere in the middle of these two players and I for one would vote “no” if asked to retire his jersey.

Vince Carter Purple Raptors Jersey

Vince Carter is another interesting conversation. Nostalgia goggles have made Toronto fans all but forget the time he stabbed the team in the back and forced a trade out of town. Formerly a pariah in Tdot, public perception has shifted on Vincanity. He is now regarded as an all-time great in the city of Toronto when he was the subject of some OG jersey burning back in the day.

The case for Vince is he was the Raptors’ first superstar, he is top three in virtually every Raptors scoring records, and was a basketball cultural icon while wearing Toronto purple and black.

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I’d retire VC’s 15 before I would retire Bosh’s number 4… But I think it would be cool if they held off like a decade and retire Demar’s 10 first.

Derozan is the franchise leader in games, minutes, free throws and points; He’s the been the face of the team during the franchise’s most successful stretch and he is by far the most loyal player they’ve ever had. As unlikely as it would be, I’d love to see Demar’s number as the first Raptor in the rafters with all of the Leafs and Bon Jovi.

Rafael Palmeiro Baltimore Orioles Jersey

569 career home runs and 71.9 WAR in 20 seasons. Palmeiro is definitely one of the most understated boppers of the steroid era. Like Bonds, McGwire and Sosa, Palmeiro is another juicer that makes you wonder just how good he would’ve been had he played clean. Well we’ll never know. What we do know is Palmeiro is one of the best hitters ever and he’s not one to listen to the haters.

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Jersey of the Week

Jack O’Callahan USA Jersey

Unreal. This jersey hits the mark. It doesn’t matter if you’re not an American, a hockey fan or even like sports. If you have a beating heart then you should’ve seen Miracle. For me it’s in my top 5 favourite sports movies. In no particular order I have: Money Ball, Miracle, The Rookie, Remember The Titans and Coach Carter.

OC’s playing baby!

 

Jersey of the Week Scoreboard:

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

The Weekly Jersey Dump

The only dunk worth watching in the dunk contest. Honestly what the hell was with that plane?

Cool in terms of basketball and rap culture. Pretty underwhelming dunk considering Diallo DUNKED OVER SHAQ.

Is that really much different?

 

I kind of love these jerseys. Just don’t think there’s anyone on the Marlins worth getting on a jersey.

 

I kind of need a chrome JR Flyers jersey now.

Tough look for the DO Double G. I’d throw that trash on the ice.

As a half-Irish Leafs fan this is right up my alley. I’ll need to scoop one of these puppies up.

Four Potential Landing Spots for Le’Veon Bell

After sitting out the 2018 season, there were a lot of questions about Le’Veon Bell’s future. His relationship with the Steelers seemed to be deteriorating by the day, and now we know for sure that Pittsburgh will let Bell become an unrestricted free agent.

There was always a chance that the Steelers would franchise tag him for yet another season, but after the emergence of James Conner in 2018 it became clear that the Steelers didn’t need to pay up to get a good running back. However, there’s a long list of teams who would love to add an elite offensive weapon like Bell to their lineup, so let’s take a look at the most likely teams that Bell could sign with.

New York Jets

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Apparently, a bunch of NFL executives are already saying the Bell to the Jets is a sure thing. They need a running back, they have the cap space, and bringing in a player who is able to carry an offense the way that Bell can will definitely take some of the pressure off of Sam Darnold as he becomes comfortable in the NFL. The tough part might be convincing Bell to join a team that isn’t very good. Earlier this season a fan tweeted that he should come to the Jets for $60 million, but Bell responded saying that $60 million isn’t enough to come to New York. I mean, you’re basically guaranteed not to make the playoffs and get smoked by the Patriots twice a year. Not exactly an ideal situation.

Indianapolis Colts

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The Colts are in a similar situation to the Jets. They don’t really have a #1 running back, and giving Andrew Luck another target in addition to TY Hilton immediately improves their chances in the sometimes good, sometimes bad AFC South. Bell has hinted at his interest in joining the Colts, commenting “just imagine” on a post about Luck throwing for at least three touchdown passes in eight straight games. The Colts will have about $120 million in cap space this offseason, so Bell to the Colts is definitely possible. It also helps that the Colts are good and still improving. After a slow start to the year, Andrew Luck got back to his pre-injury form, and they even won a playoff game this year. Bell could turn the Colts into one of the top teams in the AFC.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles were ready to trade for Bell earlier this season, but no deal could be made until Bell signed his franchise tag which never ended up happening. Now that Bell is going to hit the open market, should the Eagles make a move for him? Jay Ajayi won’t be under contract with them next season, and without Nick Foles on the roster the Eagles have even more cap space to work with. Bell would definitely be a worthwhile addition to a team that is in the middle of their window to contend for a Super Bowl, and could be the missing piece that gets them back to being one of the top teams in the NFC.

Miami Dolphins

This one is a bit more off the board, but it makes a lot of sense the more you think about it. While Bell was sitting early in the season, he was spending his time down in Miami. With Kenyan Drake as the only running back under contract for the 2019 season, the Dolphins could be in a position to make a big splash this offseason. The Dolphins aren’t exactly in a position to be a solid playoff contender anytime soon, and similar to the Jets they’re also going to lose to the Patriots twice a year, so it might take a little bit of extra money to convince Bell to sign, but if he values money over winning, then Bell to Miami seems to make a lot of sense. Another edge that Miami has over New York is the weather. Do you want to deal with snowstorms, or enjoy some sun in Miami all year long? Seems like a no brainer to me.

Jersday Blog February 14, 2017

The Round-Up

Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors Jersey

Every Raptor fan’s favourite fat-turned-slim point guard has come a long way since his first years in Toronto.

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In seven seasons with the Raptors Lowry has surpassed Damon Stoudemire, Muggsy Bogues and Jose Calderon to cement himself as the franchise’s premier point guard. The Lowry-Derozan era Raptors were one of the most successful stretches in franchise history. Who knows how long the Kawhi era lasts and who’s to say what will become of the Spicy P & OG future. Lowry and Derozan may have never reached the Finals, but they delivered five years of consistent regular season success and playoff basketball, which just wasn’t a thing before 2014.

Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays Jersey

Here’s how JD No Whisky holds up among Blue Jays 3rd basemen:

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I mean… with a franchise with Rance Mulliniks AND Kelly Gruber it can certainly be tough to stand out. Yet there Donaldson stands, on the Mount Rushmore of Blue Jays greats. Now it’ll be tough to go from a perennial MVP candidate to **checks Blue Jays depth chart** Brandon Drury, but Donaldson’s dead arm campaign of 2018 should dampen the blow. Don’t get too impatient because, despite the MLB trend of manipulating superstar rookies’ service time, the next great Blue Jays 3rd base is right around the corner.

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1990’s LA Kings Jersey

This era of Kings jersey is my favourite. It slightly edges out the Marcel Dionne-era purple and gold but destroys the Ziggy Palfy purple and black. The current ones are a nice modern update on the 90’s look but in my opinion the original is King. Shoutout Kerry Fraser missing Gretzky’s high-stick on Gilmour. Dark times.

Sonny Weems Toronto Raptors Jersey

Money Sonny! Shout out to my boy Mikey G!

Sonny Weems was by far our favourite player in a shitty era of Raptors basketball. Whether he was getting his ankles broken

or absolutely throwing down

Money Weems made things happen when he was on the court. He wasn’t just jogging along to get his steps in. He had a couple of solid seasons in the NBA. His best ones by far were as a Raptor. But the guy is still making money moves overseas.

In 2017 Weems player 8 games for Zhejiang in the Chinese Basketball Association and averaged 31.7 points per game, 8 rebounds and 5.9 assists. The guy can hoop. I’ve often said that.

Jersey of the Week

1997 Anaheim Mighty Ducks Alternate Jersey

I honestly couldn’t identify this jersey at first glance. I honestly though it was some Walmart road hockey hybrid. But on further investigation it was used as a third jersey for exactly two seasons. Anytime someone throws a throwback Anaheim Mighty Ducks jersey at me it is an automatic contender for Jersey of the Week. Give me one dripping in obscurity and we have a winner.

Jersey of the Week Scoreboard:

@Acooksy19: 2
@wilsondrew17: 2
@jefftrahan13: 1
@phillydip4: 1
@beamerr9: 1

 

The Weekly Jersey Dump

These are awesome. I’m not well-read on the program but a quick Wikipedia scan show that that’s where Hot Rod Williams played. Cool.

 

On first impression I think I’m an Arizona Hotshots guy. Haven’t watched a game but I’d rock these jerseys:

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It’s simple. If the Mighty Ducks cast is involved I’m here for it.

Just a couple of GOATs. Throwback to the 2006 and 2011 Finals.

Speaking of GOATs…

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