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Jersday Blog January 24, 2019

The Round-Up

Milan Lucic Winter Classic Boston Bruins Jersey

How many Bruins jerseys does this guy have? Each week Burgess pumps out a new one out of the vault that Tim Thomas built.

Despite the $42 million albatross of a contact Lucic currently carries and his lowly 5 goals in 50 games, there was a time he was one of the games premier power forwards. From 2011 to 2015 Lucic scored 105 goals with 253 points, 503 PIMs and 1006 hits in 367 games for the Bruins. The guy hit hard (and illegally), was always ready to throw off the gloves and knew how to plant himself in front of the net.

In his prime Lucic was one of the league’s most hateable players. I can see why Bruins players would like him. It’s the same reason they’ll defend Marchand to the death. They’re all morons.

Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals Jersey

Another example of an albatross contract that overshadows a player’s former greatness. Sure a lot of people remember him as an all-star. But there’s a whole generation of baseball young fans that don’t necessarily remember him as one of the best first basemen of all-time and the third-best hitters of the 2000’s (I’d put him behind A-Rod and Barry Bonds). From 2000 to 2010 Pujols was second in the MLB in fWAR with 77.5, second in wRC+ with 169, second in home runs with 408, first in batting average with .331, third in OBP with .426 and second in slugging with .624.

To sum it up, Fat Albert was a stud. When he does retire Pujols should follow suit with Mariano Rivera and get in unanimously.

This is a great jersey. The St. Louis Cardinals have a classic, timeless look that still plays in 2019. And of all of the greats to suit up for the Cardinals, Albert is at the top for me when it comes to jerseys.

 

John Tavares New York Islanders Jerseys

This guy must’ve been hit hard in July. Well for anyone keeping track at home, the Islanders are going into the All-Star break in first in the Metropolitan with 63 points while the Leafs are second in the Atlantic with 62 points. Anyone that thought the Islanders were dead in the water without Tavares (hand up I thought they were toast) can go eat crow. The Islanders have the least goals against with 118 due to surprisingly one of the best goalie tandems in the NHL (where the hell did Lehner and Greiss come from?!) and a sturdy system put in place by Stanley Cup winning coach Barry Trotz.

But at the end of the day…

Suck it.

Jersey of the Week

Larry Bird Boston Celtics Jersey

Larry Legend. The Hick from French Lick. This jersey gets a tonne of appreciation from Celtics fans, middle-aged white dudes, and college kids on St. Patties days alike.

This jersey gives me visions of championships, mullets, step-back jumpers, no-look passes, Converse sneakers and short shorts. The white, gangly assassin is unintentionally one of the most gifable basketball players of all-time.

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Slow, methodical and elegant. The Larry Bird way.

The Weekly News Dump

 

 

I give the early advantage to the Rams on this one.

The mashup nobody asked for. I’d rock a Ryan Getzlaf Angels hockey jersey.

I’m in on these as long as Rougned Odor isn’t involved. I hate that guy.

Early impressions… these are solid… but kind of boring… kind of like the Twins.

 

The 80’s were a wild time for basketball. Everyone was on coke and sometimes jerseys went missing. What a time.

This year’s Hall of Fame class is awesome. Mussina was one of the American League’s best starters throughout the 90’s. Edgar Martinez is arguably the best DH of all-time (all of the Ortiz stans need to drop the pitch forks already). The best closer of all-time is the first unanimous vote-in in Hall of Fame history.

And my boy Doc Halladay rightfully got in on his first try. Now I wish he was going in as a Blue Jay, it doesn’t change the fact that he is the best pitcher in franchise history, one of the best pitchers in the league for over a decade and a universally beloved player in both Toronto and Philadelphia.

Quack quack Mr. Ducksworth.

That settles it. I need an O’Dog jersey.

So much respect between these two. Great for the game.

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