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Jersday Blog February 1, 2019

This blog is a day late and for that I apologize. Sometimes you have to work to pay rent, phone bills and groceries so blogging about jerseys has to briefly be put on the backburner. So without further ado enjoy the Friday edition of the Jersday Blog.

The Round-Up

Rob Gronkowski Patriots Jersey

The Patriots are in another Super Bowl and it makes me physically ill. As a fan of the Bills, Blue Jays, Maple Leafs and Raptors I can’t imagine the feeling of winning one championship let alone having one of my teams win five Super Bowls. That sort of success has quite frankly left Boston sports fans arrogant, spoiled and glutinous. Quite frankly I feel sorry that Patriots fans haven’t been afforded the life lessons and teaching moments that come with your team’s constant failures. I feel as though I have come out the other side a better person.

Either way my prediction is that the Patriots will win 27-21. I hope I’m wrong.

Martin St. Louis 2014 Sochi Olympic Jersey

Of all of the jerseys I own this is a dead-heat tie at number 1 with my Spud Webb jersey. Both are two of the GOAT short guys in sports history. Someday I hope to be right there with them, I just need to find a sport. I’ve already tried baseball and basketball. I’m too frail for MMA, boxing, wrestling, football, hockey and lacrosse. Soccer players are usually signed by pro teams at age 12 so I may have missed the boat there. I think I’ll have to become a horse jockey or rowing coxswain.

Alex Ovechkin 2011 Winter Classic Washington Capitals Jersey

These are my favourite Washington Capitals jerseys. Of all of the iterations that played on their old colours, I think this Winter Classic look is the best spin on their vintage look.

While we’re here why don’t we check in on the Crosby vs. Ovi race that has been ongoing since 2005:

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Holy shit these guys are fantastic.

Dwight Howard Orlando Magic Jersey

Say what you will about the current public image of Dwight Howard. There was a time that Dwight Howard was the NBA’s best center and comparisons to Shaq weren’t so farfetched.

From 2007-2012 Howard averaged 20 points, 13.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks with the Orlando Magic. In that span he made 6 All-Star Games, won 3 Defensive Player of the Year award, finished top five in MVP voting 4 times, was named to 5 First All-NBA teams and Dwight single-handedly dragged the Magic to the 2009 NBA Finals where they lost to Kobe and the Lakers. The guy was on a fast-track to the Hall of Fame.

Now the artist formerly known as D12 is injury prone, a stylistic dinosaur and he has become a bit of a social pariah. Regardless, when he was going, Dwight was an absolute monster.

Jersey of the Week

Peter Forsberg Colorado Avalanche Jersey

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This is probably the best submission to date. Growing up Forsberg was by far my favourite player. Silky smooth mitts and the guy racked up stats like it was nobody’s business. 885 points in 709 regular season games split between Quebec, Colorado, Philadelphia and Nashville. It’s a shame he had so many leg injuries because guy was an absolute beast.

Of all of the Chel games, NHL 2004 was the game I easily played the most. So much so that Punk Rock 101 by Bowling for Soup is burned into my brain permanently. Back in those days I would only play as the Colorado Avalanche because it may have been the most stacked team of all-time. We’re talking the regular suspects like Forsberg, Sakic, Milan Hejduk, Alex Tanguay, Rob Blake, Adam Foote, David Aebischer and, for one season only, Teemu Sleanne and Paul Kariya. This may be the best team to not win a Stanley Cup.

The Weekly News Dump

 

Incoming: all of the “updated” spring training looks. Capitalism is a beautiful thing. ALso these jerseys are also beautiful. I’m a sucker for a powder blue baseball jersey.

Don’t sleep on the Big 3. What other league will you see a 40 year-old Scalabrine get crossed up by a 40 year old Jason “White Chocolate” Williams?

OBJ repping my boy Spicy P(ee).

It’s been years since an all-star game jersey moved the needle for me.

 

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