The Jersday Blog December 13, 2018

The Jersey Round-Up

Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies Jersey

This one hurts. Just a week ago I professed my disappointment with Tulo’s Blue Jay era and now, with the snap of a finger, he’s gone. Paid $38 million to stay out of Toronto. Well pull up a chair. Back in my day Tulowitzki, Matt Holiday and Jeff Francis were the best players on the 2007 World Series runner-up Colorado Rockies. From 2007 to 2014 here are the top 5 shortstops based on Fangraphs WAR:

1. Hanley Ramirez 36.5
2. Troy Tulowitzki 33.4
3. Jose Reyes 30.6
4. Jimmy Rollins 30.2
5.  JJ Hardy 24.0

Believe it or not Tulowitzki used to not stink. In fact he was actually awesome. Good luck with your future endeavours Tulo. I hope you find your peace playing second base for the Oakland A’s.

Joffrey Lupul 2014 Winter Classic Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey

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Say what you will about Brian Burkes tenure as Toronto’s GM, but the guy made some shrewd trades. Feast your eyes on this home run:

2011-Feb-09  Anaheim Ducks trades Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardiner and round 4 pick in the 2013 draft (Fredrik Bergvik) to Toronto Maple Leafs for Francois Beauchemin

For the price of a 30 year old Beauchemin the Leafs got 2 solid seasons out of Lupul–67 points in 66 games in an All Star 2011-12 season and a 22 goal 2013-14 season–and many good seasons out of Jake Gardiner (he may throw the odd pizza up the middle but more often than not Gardiner is very effective).

The Winter Classic game was one of the few highlights of the 2013-14 season. A 3-2 shootout win over the Red Wings on January 1st at the Big House in Ann Arbour really kicked off 2014 with a bang. The Leafs would finish the season 38-36-8 missing the playoffs altogether which was pretty par for the course.

In terms of Winter Classic jerseys the 2014 look was alright. There are too many stripes for my liking. But Toronto bias aside any Leafs jersey has looked like a classic and this jersey is no exception. At the time I almost sprung for a Jonathan Bernier Winter Classic jersey which would’ve been par for the course for me.

Alex Barkov Florida Panthers Jersey

Barkov is quietly one of the best centres in the NHL and it’s crazy that there’s not more buzz around the guy. He had 78 points in 77 games last year and he is on a point per game pace once again this year. MacKinnon and Seth Jones get more of the buzz from the 2013 draft and deservedly so. But Barkov is not far behind at all.

Also shout out to Florida’s newest look as the only jersey in franchise history to not look like a Walmart special. The Canadiens-esque stripe down the middle that most teams are using looks sharp. The switch from yellow to gold and emphasizing red over the navy has been a great call.

Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants Jersey

Here’s a brief synopsis of OBJ’s young career so far:

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Say what you will about Odell, nobody can deny that he is a fun and talented player. Love him or hate him the guy puts asses in the seats. Off the top of my head here’s a quick top five Giants I would get a jersey of:
1. Saquon Barkley
2. Strahan
3. Lawrence Taylor
4. Odell
5. Victor Cruz

1997 NHL Eastern Conference All Star Jersey

A lot of NHL 90’s jerseys went from cool to ugly and tacky and now they’re just cool. The San Jose themed ’97 All Star jersey is a cool get. This one doesn’t have a name and number on it so here’s a list of guys who could’ve been on it:

Starting Lineup:
United States 2 – D Brian Leetch (New York Rangers)
United States 10 – LW John LeClair (Philadelphia Flyers)
Canada 22 – RW Dino Ciccarelli (Tampa Bay Lightning)
United States 34 – G John Vanbiesbrouck (Florida Panthers)
Canada 77 – D Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins)
Canada 99 – C Wayne Gretzky (New York Rangers), Captain
Commissioner’s Selection:
Canada 15 – C Dale Hawerchuk (Philadelphia Flyers)
Canada 32 – C Dale Hunter (Washington Capitals)
Reserves:
Canada 4 – D Scott Stevens (New Jersey Devils)
Canada 7 – D Paul Coffey (Philadelphia Flyers)
Canada 8 – RW Mark Recchi (Montreal Canadiens)
Sweden 9 – RW Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators)
Canada 11 – C Mark Messier (New York Rangers)
Slovakia 12 – LW Peter Bondra (Washington Capitals)
United States 16 – D Scott Lachance (New York Islanders)
Canada 18 – LW Geoff Sanderson (Hartford Whalers)
Canada 21 – C Adam Oates (Boston Bruins)
Slovakia 24 – D Robert Svehla (Florida Panthers)
Canada 30 – G Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils)
Czech Republic 39 – G Dominik Hasek (Buffalo Sabres)
United States 44 – D Kevin Hatcher (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Canada 66 – C Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Canada 88 – C Eric Lindros (Philadelphia Flyers)

 

Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey

This is a cool jersey. The Dodgers look is timeless and Jackie Robinson is on the Mount Rushmore of Dodgers ethos. As the first African-American player to play in the big leagues Robinson is a legend that really doesn’t need an introduction.

The movie “42” that came out in 2013 was solid. My brother does a great impression of Harrison Ford playing Dodgers owner Branch Rickey where he contorts his face and growls “baaaasebaaaall” in a raspy voice while pretending to smoke a cigar. Take my word for it, it is spot on. If you haven’t seen the movie yet definitely check it out.

 

Jersey Dump

 

 

Henry stiff-arms his way in to the Titans record books

With the season winding down, each game starts to matter a little bit more than the ones in September. The playoff picture is getting clearer, but even those teams that aren’t fighting for playoff positioning are still fighting for their jobs next season. Players are either trying to pad their stats in a contract year, while others are looking to prove that they still belong on the roster. With that being said, Week 14 featured some crazy individual performances and more than a few upsets.

It started off on Thursday night with the Titans playing the Jaguars. The Jaguars nearly went to the Super Bowl last season, they started off this season by beating the Patriots in Week 2, but now they sit with a record of 4-9 at the bottom of the AFC South. It seems like the future isn’t looking bright in the future either, as they’ll begin their search for a new starting quarterback this offseason.

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The Jersday Blog December 6, 2018

The Jersey Round-Up

Brock Badgers Basketball Jersey

Last year the Badger’s mens basketball team was second in the OUA and first in the Western Conference with a record of 21-3 which was good enough to qualify for the USports championship as the seventh seed in Canada. This year’s team is 7-4 and the word on the street is the team looks noticeably worse.

Some would say the difference this year is the fact that face of the program Dani Elgadi graduated to play pro basketball in Germany. Others would point to the fact that unofficial season ticket-holders Adam and I haven’t been to a game since last season. It’s tough to say which is the reason.

Mats Sundin Quebec Nodiques Jersey

Zut alors what a jersey. Pour one out for the Nordiques team that never was. When the Nordiques got bounced to Colorado in 1995, they were the smallest market in the NHL and the second smallest market to Green Bay of the Big 4 Leagues. The unfortunate part is the team was on the upswing and won North East Division with a 30-13-5 record in the lockout shortened 1994-95 season. The following year the Avalanche won the 1996 Cup with this beauty of a roster:

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Imagine how much crazier this roster would’ve been had the Nordiques not traded a 22 year-old Mats Sundin for 1 season of Wendel Clark?

Teemu Selanne Winnipeg Jets Jersey

The Finnish Flash. 76 goals and 132 points as rookie. Teemu was a sick sick puppy. While he may have played more seasons as a Duck and won a Cup in Anaheim, Winnipeg is where it all started. While I’m a big fan of the Winnipeg Jets revamped look, their old look is an absolute classic.

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Throwback to better days

Aaron Sanchez Toronto Blue Jays Jersey

Troy Tulowitzki Toronto Blue Jays Jersey

It was just over three years ago that the Blue Jays traded for the best shortstop in the game, 22 year-old Aaron Sanchez was throwing bullets from the bullpen and the Blue Jays were the hottest team in baseball heading into the 2013 playoffs.

Here’s my defense of the Tulowitzki purchase: Tulo was my favourite non-Blue Jay before the trade, he had been one of the best shortstops in baseball and the Jays shop at the Rogers Center was sold out of Donaldson, Bautista, and Encarnacion. Right from the get go Tulo has been a let down and now he gets paid a lot of money to chill on the DL. As long as I have money in my bank account I’ll continue to buy bad jerseys.

As for Sanchez, when he doesn’t have blister issues, has shown the ability of an ace. He’s shown some command issues and might traded for prospects that better fit the Blue Jays timeline. But when he’s on, he has one of the best fastball curveball combos out there.

The Jays might be kind of crappy right now but at least we’ve had a few good seasons in the last 2 decades.

Drew Bledsoe Buffalo Bills Black Reebok Jersey

“The guy before Brady”. The four-time Pro Bowler has become a footnote in the story of the Bellichick era. If he didn’t have a net worth estimated at $48 million I’d actually feel bad that Bledsoe got cucked by Tom Brady.

This gem of a jersey screams early 2000’s. While I love the Bufflo Bills colour scheme and would puke if this were their current jerseys, ugly throwbacks always play. This is some very nice tailgate attire.

Boston Bruins Classic Dark and 1995/96 – 2005/06 Alternate Bear Jerseys

As much as I hate the Bruins I also hate how much I like their jerseys. The jersey on the left was their main jersey in the 80’s up until 95. This jersey was worn by legends like Ray Bourque, Cam Neely and Happy Gilmore.

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As for the Pooh Bear Jersey, as I’ve said above, ugly throwback jerseys always play. I’d rock a Jumbo Joe Thornton Pooh Bear jersey in a heart beat. Bruins hate aside they have some clean looks.

Jersey Dump

Drake doesn’t wear nobodies. This bodes well for RJ “the real Maple Jordan” Barrett.

Very cool.

Nike>Under Armour any day of the week.

#freeBortles

I kind of want a Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead jersey now.

Didn’t realize Jrue had two brothers.

Best of Seattle Concept Jerseys

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So Long, Mike McCarthy

Well, it finally happened. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has often found himself the target of criticism over the last few years, and this season proved to be the tipping point. The Packers were one of the favourites in the NFC early in the year, with Tony Romo even predicted them to face the Jaguars in the Super Bowl. Now, Jacksonville hasn’t been great either so maybe there’s some sort of Romo Curse, but that’s not the point right now. With the Mike McCarthy era in Green Bay coming to an end, let’s look back on his time in charge of the Packers.

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Jersday Blog November 29, 2018

Jersey Round-Up

Adidas Newcastle Home Kit

Quite honestly hats off to me for the execution on this one. For the life of me I had no idea what soccer… correction football… team this was. I had to fire up Google to make head or tails of this nonsense. Notice the correct British use of the word “kit”. Who is this cultured aficionado? Supposedly people wake up early to watch Premier League on weekends. Could’t be me

In terms of jerseys it kind of looks like a stereotypical referee shirt. Here’s a little tip to those not in tune with the beautiful game: Premier league referees wear solid coloured shirts. And that’s me talking soccer.

Bruce Smith Buffalo Bills Champion Jersey

Now back to some real football. Bruce Smith is a real one. Hall of Fame defensive end, one of the stars on Buffalo’s back-to-back-to-back-to-back Super Bowl runner-up teams from the 90’s and the NFL’s all-time leader in quarter back sacks with 200.

Now from the looks of it, I’m going to say this is probably a thrift shop pick-up. In my mind the best kind of Bills jersey is a cheap Bills jersey. If you’re going to a member of the mafia you can’t be afraid of your authentic Lesean McCoy jersey getting barbeque sauce and beer poured on it. With a jersey like this you can jump through flaming tables to your hearts desire and look fresh while doing so.

Raptors Staring Big Men 2012-2015 Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. It’s a shame that the NBA is going small and these two are literal dinosaurs. Back in my day you had didn’t worry about your power forward’s “switchability” you were looking for rebounds, shot blocking and some sweet post work.

This era of Raptors jersey might be the least aesthetically pleasing but they’re the ones that I grew up with so I’ll always go to bat for them. At the time they came out I remember people were pumped because at the time the purple look wasn’t that popular. But like a fine wine the purple Raptors throwback is what the people want.

Vladamir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays Home Jersey

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Getting a prospect’s jersey is always a risky proposition… But this is a slam dunk. The road to the Blue Jays having a legit blue chip prospect pan out is littered with Travis Sniders and Kyle Drabeks.

 

Peter Stastny Quebec Nordique Jersey

I love the old Nordique jerseys. The logo has a classic clean look, the fleure de lis hasn’t really been utilized in too many hockey jerseys since, and there have been some straight up studs to suit up for Quebec. Stastny is low key one of the all-time greats. Get a load of this:

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If Stastny had a few more elite years he would no doubt be in the NHL pantheon but at the very least (based on no fact-checking on my part) he’s a top 5 Euro of all-time.

Mississauga Ice Dogs Jersey

Shout out to the team that Cherry built. Before they moved to Niagara and Cherry sold his shares in the team, the Ice Dogs were truly a tire fire. From its first season in 1997 to when they relocated to Niagara in 2007, the team had a record of 184-354-47. They actually has a bunch of notable NHL alumni:

  • Daniel Carcillo
  • Greg Jacina
  • Brian McGrattan
  • Sean McMorrow
  • Patrick O’Sullivan
  • Kyle Quincey
  • Igor Radulov
  • Rob Schremp
  • Jason Spezza
  • Chad Wiseman
  • Cody Bass
  • Luca Caputi
  • Dustin Jeffrey
  • Alex Pietrangelo
  • Oskar Osala

This jersey is so cool because I’d imagine that there are just so few around anymore. I love jerseys that sit in the middle of the obscure and kind of ugly section of the Venn diagram. Give ugly jerseys a couple of years and they become cool. That’s just how it is.

Jersey Dump

I’m here for this.

Call me when I can get a Johnny Manziel Arizona Hot Shot Jersey.

I’m all for the Bills upgrading these to their primary jerseys.

It’d be cool to scoop up a Selanne throwback. Maybe a Shane Doan or Keith Tkachuk.

Bring back Colour Rush Thursdays. The worst Colour Rush jersey is still beautiful in my eyes.

Where’s Josh Allen?

This is too well put together. The old viral taped up Browns QB jersy was the epitome of Cleveland football.

As a hater of Kyrie and the Patriots this jersey nauseates me to my core.

 

Thankful for Thanksgiving Football

While the guys here at Bench Life are all Canadian, we still take the time to acknowledge American Thanksgiving for one very important reason: a full day of NFL football. It basically becomes an unofficial holiday for all of the NFL fans north of the border anyways, so in honour of our favourite not-a-real-holiday, let’s take a look back at everything that happened over Week 12 in the NFL, including everything from Thanksgiving Day.

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The Jersday Blog November 22, 2018

The Weekly Jersey Round-Up

Limited Edition Calvin Johnson Blue on Blue Detroit Lions Nike Jersey

This is one of my favourite submissions so far. Just a sweet Detroit Lions look coming in hot on Thanksgiving Thursday. The Lions definitely could’ve used Johnson today considering they lost 23-16 to Chase Daniels this afternoon. Since trading Golden Tate to the Eagles the Lions top receiver is… Kenny Golladay?

I’m sure the 33 year old Johnson could still suit up and probably dominate. When Megatron retired two years ago, he left on top of the game. Johnson, along with Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, and Antonio Brown are the only receivers with seasons of 1,600 yards receiving. In 2012 Johnson broke the record for the most receiving yards in a single season with 1,964 yards. At his peak he was a 6’5″ beast who could run, jump and catch with the best of them.

 

Boone Jenner Oshawa Generals Reebok Jersey

Boone Jenner straight out of the Shwa. I’m a huge fan of junior hockey jerseys and Jenner is no exception. I’m curious as to what level of Jenner/Coloumbus/Oshawa fan you’d have to be to scoop this one up. Oshawa Generals jerseys have a clean classic look and are probably one of my favourite OHL sweaters. The more I think about it I’m all about this jersey. Jenner is the perfect intersection of grit, scoring, obscure and is just low-key good.

Colin Kaepernick San Fransisco 49ers Jersey

If you don’t sympathize with the plight of Colin Kaepernick then you’re kind of an ass hole. He’s good enough that he should at least be on a roster. In 2016 he had a 90.7 Quarterback Rating which would be 20th in the league this year sandwiched between Matt Stafford and Andy Dalton. Now Kap has never been as great as he showed in that 2012 Super Bowl run, but when he had it going the guy played like a god damn video game. Decent arm, had some size and could run like the wind. Just a fun, fun player to watch.

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Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs Reebok Winter Classic Jersey

The Leafs are third in the NHL despite having Matthews stapled to IR since October 27th. This team is a wagon, Autson Matthews is a stud (10 goals in 11 games noooot a big deeeeeal) and it finally feels like its all coming together for the Leafs. This Winter Classic jersey bangs.

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Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs Adidas Jersey

I just realized I only own point guard jerseys. I guess you don’t see your patterns until its right in front of you. I have Steve Nash, Jose Calderon, Spud Webb, Cory Joseph, Damian Lillard and Tony Parker. It’s like I’ve unintentionally boycotted dunking. Regardless of my point guard fetish, I think the Tony Parker jersey plays. 4 time NBA champ, 2007 Finals MVP and a 6-time all-star.

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Autographed Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors Jersey

Ibaka’s resurgence has been a huge part of the Raptor’s scorching hot 15-4 start. The guy is blocking shots and working in the paint like a maniac. He hasn’t been this effective since the Thunder had Durant and Harden (laugh out loud hilarious that the Thunder chose to pay Ibaka over Harden (laugh out laugh hilarious that the Magic traded Oladipo for Ibaka (laugh out loud hilarious that the Thunder flipped Oladipo for Paul George))).

After a questionable first year and a half into his Raptors tenure, Ibaka is now dominating on the court and in the kitchen. Bon Apetit.

Ron Francis Hartford Whalers Jersey

Shout out to Doctor Hyatt! An esteemed professor in Brock University’s sport management program, Hyatt’s love for the Hartford Whalers is only matched by his love for Tim Raines and the Houston Astrodome. Listening to his lectures in second year History of Pro Sport (yes that was a real class) were some of the funniest and most informative rants that I have ever witnessed. Tim Raines is only in the Hall of Fame because of champions like Hyatt fighting for his cause. And if he had his way, the Hartford Whalers would be back in the NHL. Hyatt Fun Fact of the Day: the Hartford Whalers logo contains a whale tail, the letter “W”, AND the letter “H” is hidden in the middle of the logo. Fascinating stuff.

Jersey Dump

These are beautiful. Buckeyes haven’t been relevant since Jared Sullinger but these jerseys queue their comeback. Bad teams don’t wear jerseys this nice.

These jerseys land square in the middle in the Venn Diagram of my Yankee hate and Notre Dame hate.

The NFL needs more colour rush… Bring back colour rush Thursdays!

 

Throwback to a time when the Bills still didn’t win the Super Bowl! Still nice though.

 

Gonna have to pop on a Beltre jersey. Just don’t know which team it’d be…

I don’t love the Marlins new look. It’s better than the bright orange era but definitely worse than their 90’s look.

Probably a decent call to get rid of the Chief Wahoo logo. Big fan of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitar patch on the sleeve. Cleveland Rocks.

 

I saw some hate on the powder blues on Twitter but I’m a big fan.

These make me dizzy and nauseous.

Mike Modano, Eddie the Eagle, Jere Lehtinen, Sergei Zubov, Derian Hatcher. Now that is Texas hockey.

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

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