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A design expert and an idiot review ‘The Simpsons’ themed hockey jerseys

The Springfield Thunderbirds of the AHL are making a big play to get Springfield, Massachusetts recognized as the true Springfield to coincide with the 30th anniversary of The Simpsons.

The jerseys will be used as part of a promotional night on February 1st where the team will be renamed the “Ice-O-Topes,” in honor of the sports franchise of the same name in the show. The first look at the jerseys is astonishing. The bright yellow is eye-catching, the donut accents are a bold touch — but how good are these uniforms really?

It’s time for Tyson Whiting, Senior Designer at SB Nation and a design expert to review these for their worth alongside me, James Dator — resident design idiot.
Tyson, an expert:

Color: Right off the bat, the colors were the first thing that hooked me. They are SO strong. The yellow, the soft light blue, the pink! The color carries this jersey and drives home the Simpsons vibe. Maybe I am just a suckers for a nice deep yellow. Oh my god the socks are so good too!

Layout: I love the center stripe because it highlights the logo really well. The number on the sleeve sits nicely on there too. I feel as though the bottom stripes could have gone with one or the other. The detail on both compete in the hierarchy, and creates a slight distraction. I’d personally stick with the donut pink stripe, but I would make the sprinkles feel more random and less uniform. The horizontal sprinkles feel unnatural, and tad forced. The neck design on this jersey is unique and simple and considered with its blue tones. I wanted to mention it because something like that goes unnoticed and it is very nice.

Logo: I love this logo. Everything plays nicely together. I’d maaaaybe make the electric bolts a little bigger, but not totally necessary. I prefer the jersey logo where the center (nucleus?) is just a pink dot, and not a donut. I see what they are doing there to really drive home the Simpsons theme but it gets back into the idea that too much detail on a logo makes it busy. I don’t hate the donut when all is said and done though. It might not have needed the white boarder around it, but I can take it or leave it. Boarders tend to make things feel trapped but I don’t think it goes that far here. It is a nice logo considering what it is trying to do. It pays homage to the original logo and also the Simpsons as a whole.

Alt Logo: This logo knocks it out of the park. The remake of their usual logo in the Simpson style is clever and perfectly executed.

Overall thoughts: I picked at a few subjective details and I think it was fair considering how awesome this jersey is technically overall. If I was a T-Bird fan I’d buy this so fast (Hershey Bears fan here!) Everything goes together so well and does an incredible job at being one of those “theme night” jerseys without looking like hot trash. Because, we all know “themed” jerseys are all trash and I stand by it. I love hockey. I love The Simpsons. I love this jersey.
James, an idiot:

Color: I’m getting some SERIOUS Nick At Nite nostalgia vibes here which I’m super into. I know this is for The Simpsons, one of my favorite shows of all time — but this has a serious Hey Arnold! feel too, which I’m into. I personally don’t think I can pull off yellow, but if i had to wear yellow it would be this yellow.

Layout: There is so much going on and I’m here for it. I know Tyson thinks it’s a little busy, but when I’m looking for a tacky-ass theme jersey I’d rather it go all the way and blow me away with just how much it all is. I like donuts. I’m less of a fan of radiation since watching Chernobyl, but I can still get down with everything this jersey is giving me.

Logo: “Yassssssss!” is pretty much my only reaction here. I love the typical atom design with the donut at the center because it confirms my personal bias that donuts should be at the center of everything. This might sound weird when we’re talking about a tacky theme jersey, but there’s something almost classy about the logo. It looks like it could be a real logo a team is using seriously (and not just for a theme night) aside from the donut. I really like the juxtaposition.

Alt logo: I’m a tad bit disturbed the bird has Homer’s hair because it creates a fanfic rabbit hole I don’t want to travel down. Otherwise it’s perfect. This was either done by an actual Simpsons’ artist, or a really, really good facsimile of one.

Overall thoughts: I really want to buy one of these jerseys. I wish the team had gone for “Isotopes,” which the show uses for the minor league baseball team — rather than the extremely on the nose “Ice-O-Topes,” which was notably in the hockey episode, but I like it decidedly less. Really that’s a pretty minor quibble. This is the best theme jersey I have ever seen in any sport, and that is an astonishing accomplishment for any team.

Tom Brady Will Send Jersey to Joe Mixon After RB Admitted He Was ‘Too Scared’ to Ask

Joe Mixon met Tom Brady on Sunday following the Patriots’ 34-13 win over the Bengals. But in the midst of meeting one of the NFL’s all-time greats, the 23-year-old running back got cold feet and failed to ask for the six-time Super Bowl champ’s jersey.

Brady said he saw the tweet from Mixon on Sunday night and was flattered.

“I’m going to send him one, because I saw that last night. It was pretty cool,” the 42-year-old QB said Monday morning in his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show.”

“He was like, ‘Great player, hell of a runner,'” Mixon told reporters of his experience meeting Brady. “I was like, ‘Dang, that’s Tom Brady that said that.’ I appreciate that. I was like, ‘Good job, keep being you, keep being great.'”

While the Bengals appear on track to claim the NFL’s top overall draft pick, Mixon is closing in on his second straight 1,000-plus yard rushing season in three years.

He needs just 75 yards to reach the four-digit mark and will presumably have two chances to do so as Cincy squares off against the Dolphins and Browns in Weeks 16 and 17, respectively.

And if reaching 1,000 rushing yards wasn’t enough, the Oklahoma product appears to be getting an extra-special holiday gift too.

NFL brothers swap jerseys after Buffalo Bills clinch playoff spot in win over Pittsburgh Steelers

The game between the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night featured a little bit of history as a trio of brothers played in the same game for the first time since 1927.

Trey and Terrell Edmunds play for the Steelers while brother Tremaine plays for the Bills.

They were the first band of brothers to appear in the same NFL game since Joe, Cobb and Bill Rooney all played for the Duluth Eskimos in 1927, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The brothers were spotted taking a photo before kickoff.

While the Bills defeated the Steelers 17-10 to clinch an AFC playoff spot, the brothers all swapped jerseys at the end of the game.

At one point, the NBC broadcast panned to their parents Felicia and Ferrell Edmunds, who were sitting in the stands decked out in Steelers and Bills gear.

Ferrell Edmunds played tight end for the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks from 1988 to 1994. He was a two-time Pro Bowler and had 12 touchdowns in his career.

Trey Edmunds has gotten some significant playing time with the Steelers this season. He’s rushed for 92 yards and 22 carries and has two rushing touchdowns this season. He was added to the Steelers’ practice squad in 2018 and was activated to the main roster last December.

The Steelers selected safety Terrell Edmunds with the No. 28 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s played in 29 games over his first two seasons. He has one interception and 172 combined tackles over those games.

Tremaine Edmunds also entered the league during the 2018 season. He was selected with the No. 16 pick by the Bills last year. He has played in 28 games for Buffalo and has recorded three interceptions and 226 combined tackles.

Tremaine and Terrell played together at Virginia Tech and made history by becoming the first brothers to be selected in the first round of the same draft. Trey also played at Virginia Tech but finished his collegiate career at Maryland.

Lamar Jackson Jerseys Are So Popular They Are Starting To Sell Out

If you’re wanting to get on the Ravens bandwagon and buy a Lamar Jackson jersey, you may have to look hard for one.

Many Ravens fans are reporting that Jackson jerseys in sizes S-XL are sold out in stores and online and may not be restocked in time for Christmas.

WJZ’s Paul Gessler was at Poor Boys Sports in Dundalk Friday, where the only no. 8 jerseys they had were in youth sizes.

Anything with Lamar on it is a hot seller, retailers say.

On NFLShop.com (Fanatics), they only have men’s jerseys in 3XL and women’s in small only.

Stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods are also out of popular sizes. Online you can buy a Nike’s men’s no. 8 jersey in only XL and 3XL.

Even if you can’t support Jackson, you can still show off your Ravens pride with other gear.

Fans are buying anything purple, lights for their yard and new gear with the AFC North title win on it, said Poor Boys owner Mike Tyson.

The purple and black are keeping retail stores busy; Poor Boys said it’s their best season in years.

MLB players to sport Nike swoosh on front of jerseys in 2020

Baseball is going swoosh. Nike’s famed logo will appear on the upper right chest of all 30 Major League Baseball team jerseys starting in March. The placement is in a far more prominent position than the Majestic Athletic logo previously stitched onto player sleeves.

The new jersey placement is part of a 10-year agreement announced last January that replaced an earlier deal announced with Under Armour to take over from Majestic. Online sportswear retailer Fanatics will manufacture and distribute licensed Nike Major League Baseball uniforms and training wear to consumers.

Majestic had manufactured MLB batting practice jerseys since 1982 and had been the exclusive supplier of game uniforms since 2005. Before that, uniforms were manufactured by Majestic, Russell Athletic and Rawlings.

MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. said in January that Nike is the ideal new partner for jerseys because the company has a “global brand and reputation as a leader in driving innovation.”

As part of the jersey deal, the league will promote Nike products on MLB’s website, social media platforms and television network.

Jersey presence isn’t Nike’s only tie to professional baseball: The company has endorsements with more than 500 players — including some in the minor league.

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, Cleveland Indians third baseman José Ramírez and Chicago Cub shortstop Javier Báez all have cleat endorsements with Nike, although details about their individual deals haven’t been made public.

Other professional sports leagues, including Major League Soccer and the National Basketball Association, allow company logos on their player jerseys. The trend has so far eluded the National Football League.

Man stole soccer jerseys from Cork city sports shop

A man stole three soccer jerseys from a sports shop in Cork city and today it emerged he had five previous theft convictions.

Patrick McCabe, aged 39, of 17 Illen Court, Togher, Cork, pleaded guilty to the theft of three jerseys with a total value of €210 at Lifestyle Sports in Cork city on October 5, 2018.

Inspector Paul Murphy said the accused went into the store on that date, selected the three jerseys and left without paying for them.

“He placed them in a tinfoil-lined back in order to evade security when leaving the premises,” Inspector Murphy said.

A store detective observed the theft on CCTV and stopped him outside.

Gardaí were called and the accused man remained at the scene where he admitted leaving the store without paying for the soccer jerseys.

Insp. Murphy said he had five previous convictions for theft and five for public order offences. He said the last theft conviction was 2017 and there were two before that in 2010.

Diarmuid Kelleher, solicitor, said the defendant’s mental health was declining at the time. Mr Kelleher said the 39-year-old also had physical health problems.

The solicitor said the defendant was on a plethora of medication at the time but that the medication had since been changed with better effect.

Mr Kelleher also said the property had been recovered.

Judge Con O’Leary convicted and fined him €100 on the theft charge.

In relation to the foil-lined bag adapted for use in the course of the theft, McCabe also pleaded guilty to that. Judge O’Leary said he would take that charge into consideration.

Baseball fans are furious about the Nike logo on the new MLB jerseys

Every MLB team will have a noticeable uniform change this coming season, and it won’t be too difficult to miss.

Nike will be the official on-field uniform supplier for Major League Baseball, taking over a role that Majestic Athletic had held since 2004. And while Majestic was evidently content with a discreet company logo on the sleeve, Nike — as you should expect — is going a different direction.

GET READY FOR THE SWOOSH.

That’s right. Every MLB jersey will have the Nike logo on the front of the jersey. From the Miami Marlins to the New York Yankees, no team was able to avoid supplying Nike with premium real estate on the jersey.

And sure, it’s just a logo, and manufacturer logos get similar placement in the NBA, college sports and, oh, every major soccer league. Only the NFL relegated the swoosh to the sleeves.

But baseball is a game that clings irrationally to tradition. It managed to avoid a major corporate presence on uniforms for a century until the New Era logo’s addition to the caps sparked a mini-meltdown a couple years ago. So, it came as no surprise that MLB fans weren’t particularly pleased with the swoosh’s place on the front of the jersey.

Put the swoosh on the sleeve…doesn’t look professional enough for the New York Yankees organization. Steinbrenner would say the same thing.

 

Would the Nike logo look better on the sleeves? Yes. Will fans eventually get used to it? Also, yes.

NC State Icepack’s new jerseys honor past

In one of its final home games of the first semester, the NC State Icepack showed the fans its long-awaited alternate third jersey in action, a red primary with off-white accents, in a 5-1 win over another former Big Four team, Wake Forest, Nov. 15.

The jersey was part of NC State men’s club hockey’s Heritage Day, in which it honored a few of the teams founding members all the way back from 1976.

In the fall of 1976, founders Richard Jordan, Phil Segal, Gordie Feathers and Richard Jarrell established the NC State men’s club hockey team, setting the stage for the Icepack team we see today.

“We started when I was a sophomore and that was the ‘76-’77 season,” said Richard Jordan who came down from his home in Minnesota for the game last Friday. “I started thinking about it freshman year, second semester, when I found out there was such a thing as ACC hockey. Found out Wake Forest had a team, UNC, Virginia and I got to thinking ‘Why don’t we have a team?’”

Since then, NC State has become one of the best collegiate teams in the area. It wasn’t known as the Icepack back then though. When it was founded, the team went by a different, but equally clever name: the Wolfpuck.

“We also only had a single jersey back when we started,” said Doug Goldstein who played goalie for the Wolfpuck starting in 1977. “We just wore shirts, that’s it. No matching uniforms like they have today.”

The new jerseys were designed by Icepack team member Eric Todd, a third-year in business administration and arts entrepreneurship, and freelance graphic designer.

“We had been talking about doing red jerseys for a while and we had to figure out a way to make it our own,” Todd said. “When I looked up inspiration, I saw a lot of throwback jerseys and I liked those because I felt like right now we are entering a new era with the team, we are going to nationals, we’re doing big things. I felt like honoring the past and incorporating that into the jersey was pretty important.”

Part of the history involved a constant struggle to find ice time. With no ice in Raleigh, the Wolfpuck had to travel all the way to Greensboro in its first two years, and then Hillsborough for a while.

“It was a two-hour drive before and then a 45-minute drive just to practice and have games,” Goldstein said. “We had to bribe students to come to games.”

“We would advertise in the paper or anywhere we could, just trying to get attention because hockey in the Carolinas wasn’t anything like it is today,” Jordan followed up. “So, one time we had a keg of beer that we got permission to bring into the arena in Hillsborough and we offered free beer to any Wolfpack fans, of course, the drinking age was 18 back then. Looking back, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do.”

Recounting some of their favorite memories from their years on the team, Jordan started off with a particular game against another Big Four rival.

“The first year, we had a goalie, who was a pretty big grad student and our only one at the time,” Jordan said. “We were playing Duke, and the goalie helmets in those days were the masks with the little holes in them not with the bars like today. Well, he got cut right above his eye after a puck hit him in the mask.”

“He was bleeding like a stuck pig out there on the ice, so a kid from Duke, who we found out later was a pre-med student, came skating over with his little black doctor’s bag and stitched him up and we continued the game. When it happened, we were up by a couple goals, but by the end, we lost by double-digits because only having one eye doesn’t work too well for a goalie.”

For Goldstein, the best memories were the ones shared by most other NC State fans, the besting of long-time rival UNC.

“The couple of times we beat Carolina were always a lot of fun,” Goldstein said. “We did it in the shootout one time, which was cool for me, and I think we only beat them one other time because they were always the best team in the league back then.”

In the ‘70s, the teams in the area and ACC were known as the Big Four: UNC, Wake Forest, Duke and NC State. However, another playing option the Wolfpuck found was the soldiers at Fort Bragg.

“We played Fort Bragg once and that wasn’t one of our best decisions,” Jordan said. “We got killed because all these Army guys wanted to beat the smart college kids and the refs were Army guys also, so that didn’t work too well. We never did that again.”

While some decisions created remorse, the idea to start a club hockey team is one they have never regretted.

“It’s incredible what this has become,” Goldstein said. “Like I said, we had just the one jersey, no matching uniforms and we paid for everything on our own. Now they have names over their lockers, three jerseys, helmets and three coaches. We didn’t even have a coach for the first years.”

It’s safe to say the founders never expected what the team would become or the following and support it would garner over the years, but it has truly developed into one of the richest NC State sports clubs.

LSU’s Joe Burrow sports ’Burreaux’ jersey to the delight of fans

The LSU faithful made sure to show just how much they appreciate quarterback Joe Burrow when he was introduced Saturday night in Baton Rouge ahead of the Tigers’ game against Texas A&M.

Burrow returned that support with some love of his own.

Burrow wore a “Burreaux” jersey during the Senior Night festivities to the delight of the LSU fans.

It’s about more than the opportunity for No. 1 LSU (11-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 College Football Playoff) to remain unbeaten and shore up their College Football Playoff credentials against the Aggies (7-4, 4-3).

Burrow’s college career has been transformed dramatically in a matter of two seasons since the seldom-used backup at Ohio State transferred to LSU, where he not only became a starter, but smashed school records and emerged as a Heisman Trophy favorite this year.

Burrow, who last season led LSU to its first 10-win season since 2013 and a Fiesta Bowl victory, followed that up with single season school records of 4,104 yards and 41 touchdown passes this season while completing 78.9 percent of his throws.

Couturier, Laughton help Flyers rout Red Wings 6-1

Sean Couturier got things started for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Couturier and Scott Laughton each had a goal and an assist as Philadelphia beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 on Friday for its third straight victory.

Kevin Hayes, Oskar Lindblom, Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk also scored, and Jakub Voracek had three assists for Philadelphia. The Flyers haven’t lost in regulation during the regular season to Detroit since Jan. 25, 1997, going 16-0-1 over that stretch.

Robby Fabbri scored for the slumping Red Wings. They have lost eight in a row and are an NHL-worst 7-18-3.

Detroit was within a goal and had outplayed the Flyers for much of the contest before Couturier scored his eighth with 11.9 seconds left in the second to make it 3-1.

“That third goal obviously hurt them,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said.

After a pass from Niskanen, Couturier got in all alone on Calvin Pickard and followed up Pickard’s initial save.

“I don’t think we played that great, and it could’ve went one way or the other,” Couturier said.

Hayes and Lindblom scored 30 seconds apart early in the third period, making it 5-1. Hayes’ goal was of highlight-reel variety, receiving a pass from Laughton through his legs before finishing with a backhander from close range 27 seconds into the third.

“For a team that’s had trouble like us, it becomes a big hill,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “We have to keep the game more in reach.”

Pickard was called up from Grand Rapids of the AHL after Jimmy Howard injured his midsection in Wednesday’s 6-0 home loss to Toronto. Regular backup Jonathan Bernier was in uniform but has been battling flu-like symptoms. Pickard made 28 saves.

Carter Hart stopped 32 shots for the Flyers. Hart was especially strong in the first period, when he stopped 12 of 13 Detroit shots.

“We got some big saves that enabled us to find our legs,” Vigneault said. “The expectations are that it’s going to be easy, but it’s never easy. You have to earn your wins. It took us awhile to get going, but in the second half (of the game) we earned it.”

Gostisbhere, two seasons removed from a 65-point season, was a healthy scratch the last three games and entered Friday with just six points in 22 games. But he notched his second of the season on the power play with 57.1 seconds left in the first period on a backhander from the left of the crease.

Fabbri tied it at 1 with 11:51 left in the first on a slap shot from the top of the left circle, ending a long drought for Detroit. The Red Wings hadn’t scored in 164 minutes, 37 seconds prior to Fabbri’s fourth goal in eight games since joining the club in a Nov. 8 trade with St. Louis.