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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?

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.

The Weekly Jersey Dump

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