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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

Ujiri swings for the fences in Kawhi for Derozan swap

 

It’s been quite some time when the Toronto Raptors were the talk of an NBA offseason. This has been an absolute whirlwind so I’m just going to try and unpack my thoughts on here and see how I feel about the trade.

Why trade for 1 year of Kawhi Leonard?

The last NBA team to win the championship without having a top 10 player on their roster was the 2004 Detroit Pistons. The Pistons were not only an anomaly for that little piece of trivia, but they are one of the few modern NBA champions to build a starting unit consisting of five All-Star calibre players (Tayshaun Prince is the only one of the five to not make an All-Star team but his four all defensive second-team nods should give him a pass). You know… until this year’s Warriors…

When talking of Raptors championship aspirations these Pistons teams were kind of held up as a blueprint for how they could eventually topple the Warriors in the Finals (I think?). Well as constructed yesterday, the Raptors had two All-Stars in Lowry and Derozan, the ghost of Serge Ibaka, dinosaur center Jonas Valancunias and budding 3-and-D weapon OG Anonoby. While they supported that starting 5 with a very young and productive bench, this team clearly had a ceiling. A ceiling which was well below NBA champions and if that isn’t the end-goal then what the hell are we doing.

At his best Kawhi is a top-five player in the league that can dominate on both sides of the court. In my mind nobody in the league is as great of an option as the number 1 one shutdown defender on one side of the court while being a reliable scoring option on the other side of the court. Pairing Kawhi with Lowry and whichever young players remain when the dust settles raises the team’s ceiling immensely. The Raptors had one of the best benches in the NBA last year but if you can flip some depth for a legitimate star then you have to do it.

That being said trading for Kawhi Leonard is clearly a risk.

Kawhi has his warts

Now he could bounce for Los Angeles or New York in a year. Kawhi could be a diva from day one and refuse to listen to the Raptors brass. Some are suggesting that he might not be the same player as he was pre-injury. The doubters have a point in saying that the asking price is very hefty considering all of these red flags. But at a certain point you have to stop treading water and start to swim. Let’s just hope this trade doesn’t sink the Raptors.

 

It’s well worth the risk

At the end of the day I’m all in on this trade. Sometimes you have to give up Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to get Roberto Alomar. Without Lebron in the East it looked to be an arms race versus the up-and-coming Sixers and Celtics. But now the forever comfortable regular season Raptors of old have a legitimate claim at the NBA Finals.

While Kawhi might be a tough re-sign, keep in mind that a year ago people were already fitting Paul George for his Lakers jersey and when all was said and done George re-upped with the Thunder. Toronto is a hell of alot better of a city than Oklahoma.

Next year there’s no question that the Raptors will be better than last year. Kawhi for Demar is a huge upgrade and that’s not even a slight on DeRozan. Peak Kawhi is just that good. What is kind of lost in the trade is the fact that the Raps also picked up Danny Green who has shot a lifetime .395 from 3 and has suited up for 100 playoff games with the Spurs. With the additions of Green and Kawhi and the subtraction of Poeltl, the Raptors have an unbelievably versatile group who could see a bunch of their athletic wingers and forwards slide across three positions. This is a fun looking team who should now be the favourites in the East.

And if all else fails this move helps to kick start a rebuild that some people were calling for a year ago. If Kawhi walks then Toronto could finally just blow the entire thing up to get a shot at drafting lottery calibre players. I can’t stress enough that you can’t win without a superstar and this move more than anything else shows that the Raptors are going to make it happen whether it is now or down the road. A core of Lowry and DeRozan could clearly only take you so far.

Demar Derozan: The Quintessential Toronto Raptor

Now what shouldn’t be lost in this is that Demar Derozan has been a star both on and off the court for the city of Toronto. While at their peaks you can argue that Carter and Bosh were more effective players, Demar has worked his ass off since day one to be–in my mind–the face of this Raptors franchise.

Vince and Bosh each forced their way out of Toronto in situations that just were not handled well, but as time has worn on the nostalgia goggles have made the duo out to be champions for the city of Toronto.

When Derozan’s free agency hit in the summer of 2016, many thought he would bolt to his hometown LA Lakers. But he had built a home here in Canada and felt that the Raptors had some unfinished business (the money also didn’t hurt).

When all is said and done Derozan is Toronto’s franchise leader in games played, minutes played and points while making four all-star game appearances and two all-league teams. In my mind he is the best the franchise has had and it’ll be tough to see him go.

Bonus: THE BOYS ARE BACK

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Just watch. Pop is going to have this Gay-Derozan tandem popping like nobody ever knew was possible. Giddy up

 

Warriors, Spurs, Rockets and Jazz Move On: NBA Western Conference Playoff Recap and Round 2 Preview

The Recaps

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Portland Trail Blazers: 4-0 Warriors

There really isn’t too much to be said about this series. The Warriors were the Warriors and they blazed a trail through the heart of the Trail Blazers. It’s unfortunate that the Blazers found themselves shorthanded–with starting centre Jusuf Nurkic sidelined with a fractured leg–in a matchup that was already of “David and Goliath” proportions from the beginning. The Trail Blazers have an excellent scoring tandem of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, but they were probably matched up against the only backcourt in the Western Conference that is better then them. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were just too much for them to handle. The X-factor in this series was clearly the Golden State’s Draymond Green. He was at the top of his game making an incredible impact with efficient shooting and playmaking, while demonstrating his Defensive Player of the Year calibre skillset. He stuffed the box score the entire series. Read more

Welcome to the Bench: Shannon Scott

Background
Born: 12/21/1992 (22 Years Old) Alpharetta, Georgia, US
Drafted: Undrafted
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 185 lbs
Shoots: Right
Full Draft Express Bio

2015 Stats (Ohio State NCAA)
G    GS   MPG   PPG   RPG   APG   SPG   BPG   FG%   3P%   FT%
35   35     30.5    8.5     3.6      5.9      1.7      0.1    .412    .284    .742
Full ESPN Stats Page

The Signing
Signed a contract on August 21, 2015 with the Toronto Raptors. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.

What he brings to the team
At 6’2″ with a wingspan of 6’3″, Scott’s size and athleticism make him an intriguing point guard prospect. His defense and playmaking are his calling cards, which enforces the anti-Lou style of play that the Raptors have been trying to enforce this summer. As a junior he made the Big Ten All-Defensive team which certainly beefs up his résumé. The Raptors are not the first NBA team to give the undrafted point guard a look either. Earlier this off season he helped the Spurs win the NBA Summer League Championship. In the tournament he averaged 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 23.5 minutes. His most memorable play of the Summer League tourney was a buzzer-beating, game-winning, floating layup vs. the Boston Celtics.

If there is one team that I don’t mind dumpster diving prospects on, it’s the San Antonio Spurs. His top-prospect pedigree was evident when he entered college as a McDonald’s All-American and was one of the top high school point guard recruits in his class. Although his college career was unspectacular, he still has top-recruit athleticism and very good defensive instincts. Before you write him off because of his draft status, just remember that one of the franchise’s best point guards was also undrafted.

Why he’s on the bench
After going undrafted after his senior year, Scott is a lot older than some of the other point guard prospects on the market. His game gets all of the same criticisms that Raptor’s 2015 first round pick Delon Wright’s does, with a much lower ceiling. His shooting numbers were not great over his college career–his .284 from 3 point range in his senior season being his worst shooting year– coupled with his underwhelming scoring production has certainly lowered his value. His scoring numbers should be taken with a grain of salt considering he did not get a chance to be the primary ball handler with No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russel dominating possession for Ohio State. This summer he has a chance to battle the aforementioned Delon Wright for minutes as the third point guard. Worse case scenario he adds depth to the new Raptor 905 D-League team. Scott definitely has the skill set that could translate to him carving a niche career as a defense-first, playmaking, backup point guard. This might be tough to accomplish with a deep Raptors back court, but if he can show some life in training camp don’t be surprised to see him in an injury call-up situation.

It feels as though for every Jose Calderon the Raptors scout, there are 10 Rafael Aaujo’s drafted. So if Scott could just develop into Rajon Rondo that’d be greeeeat. Nobody should be surprised if Scott has a completely irrelevant career. If that’s the case then I have just wasted my time as well as yours by writing this in-depth analysis on an undrafted free agent. Whatever. I’m already over it.