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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.

Canes auctioning custom jerseys worn and signed by Backstreet Boys

If you “want it that way” — with “that” being a Carolina Hurricanes jersey worn by a member of the Backstreet Boys when they performed last month at PNC Arena, you certainly can have it that way.

But that’s provided you are the successful bidder for the gear during a public auction by the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation that began Monday and runs through Wednesday, Oct. 23.

The proceeds from the auction will be used to support the group’s mission, which works to meet the needs of underserved children in our community while also stoking interest in youth hockey.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the lowest bid was for $150 for the jersey worn by Howie Dorough.

The highest bid so far has been for $225 for the sweater worn by Brian Littrell.

According to the foundaiton, each celebrity jersey has an autograph of the Backstreet Boy who wore it and it will come with a certificate of authenticity and a tax receipt so the lucky winner can prove to Uncle Sam that the purchase was indeed a charitable one.

So, as the Backstreet Boys say, “Quit playing games” with their hearts and bid.

Adidas Surprises Texas’ No. 1 High School Football Team With Custom Cleats

In Texas, football is king, and Houston’s North Shore High School Mustangs wear the crown.

As reigning state champions, the Mustangs have a lot to show and prove—from their performance on the field to the way they look walking down the tunnel. Under the tutelage of head coach Jon Kay and his staff, North Shore’s varsity players are more than just teammates, they are brothers. The Mustangs’ success both on and off the field hasn’t just earned them nationwide recognition, it led to a relationship with long-time sponsor Adidas, who’s provided the team with grassroots support through its Friday Night Stripes [FNS] program. FNS is Adidas’ innovative and inspirational way of championing high school sports by highlighting and livestreaming games from six of the best football teams in the country, and Coach Kay is proud to know his squad is included.

“I think they take a great deal of pride in not only winning and being competitive, but also doing it the right way and making sure that it’s a great representation of this community,” says Coach Kay.

Forty-eight hours before one of the biggest games of the season—a matchup against Beaumont’s Westbrook Bruins, a top 20 state team—the Mustangs walked into the locker room expecting another grueling workout. Before beginning the excruciating six-hour day, Coach Kay authoritatively blew his whistle and told the team to listen up because practice was going to be a little different today. Recognizing the team’s hard work and dedication, Adidas flew in celebrity sneaker and cleat designer Troy “Kickasso” Cole to meet the players.

Kickasso doesn’t just personalize footwear for some of the biggest athletes in the world, he makes sure to stay involved in the community and loves giving back whenever he can. When Adidas tapped the Kickasso Kustoms CEO to help surprise the nationally-ranked football team with tailor-made cleats, he jumped at the opportunity.

“My motto is look, good, play good. Adidas is definitely the creators brand. They really allow creators like myself to use their skills and accentuate their products,” says Kickasso. “Adidas coming to me for this project means a lot because I really like helping kids. To have a big brand see that and be aware of it, and then ask me to help with the [Mustangs]…it means a lot.”

Using the Adizero—the lightest cleat in football—as his canvas, Kickasso spent the next several weeks hand-painting 76 pairs for the Mustangs’ big game. Speaking to the team’s mascot, and red, black, and white colorway, Kickasso channeled his gritty, graffiti-style vibe to create a one-of-a-kind Mustang surrounded by red and black paint splatter, a black upper lining, and red paint to accentuate the brand with the three stripes.

When Kickasso and Adidas arrived at North Shore’s fieldhouse, players didn’t know what to think. Senior linebacker Corey Flagg said the team was expecting new jerseys, but opening a box of custom cleats changed the game. After watching a room full of high school players erupt with joy, senior running back Zach Evans said the Mustangs’ tailor-made Adizeros will make everyone stop and look, especially their opponents.

“Most teams come out there with their Jersey numbers and stuff…[now they’ll be] trying to look at us instead of worrying about they self,” Evans confidenty says.

As their high school’s trendsetters, players say it won’t take long before the rest of North Shore High School is trying to stunt a fresh pair of custom-made shoes, too. “Everything we wear, everybody wears,” Flagg jokingly says. “Everybody gonna see the mustang and try to put their logo on [shoes].”

When it comes to the performance and durability, senior cornerback Upton Stout says, “They’re comfortable cleats. They allow me to cut up, break, and do everything I need.” Flagg agrees, and added, “They’re great cleats. They don’t take too long to break in; they protect my ankles; and I like ’em real light.”

While the team’s appearance and conduct on the field are key in reaching their goal, which includes taking home every indubitable win possible, Stout says how he feels stepping onto the field is just as important in reaching success. For him, Adidas’ Adizeros makes him feel invincible.

“When I put on my Adidas cleats, I feel fast,” says Stout with a smile on his face. “I feel like every time I lace them up can’t nobody stop me—like I’m unstoppable.”

After watching his team test out their new cleats, Coach Kay reminded the Mustangs’ is was time to handle business on the field, and finish preparing for another big season game. North Shore’s A squad hit the field, then the weightroom, then the field again. But the team doesn’t mind, because at the end of the day, they know they’re working for something not everyone can have.

“We sacrifice a lot to be a part of this Mustangs program,” says senior cornerback Marcus Cockrell. “It’s not for everybody.”

Stout adds, “It’s an awesome privilege to be a member [of the Mustangs]…knowing you’re doing something everybody can’t do.”

For Coach Kay, it all comes down to one motto: relax, focus, and ball.

“I want them to, to relax. I want them to focus on and then trust their training and then just go play,” he says. “When we’ve prepared and we’ve had a great week of practice…I believe that they’re gonna relax and they’re gonna focus on their assignment and they’re just going to go out and do what they do.”

After another week of hard work in the books, the Mustangs’ traveled 90 minutes east to face off against the “well-prepared” Bruins. With the FNS lights beaming across the stadium and hundreds of people watching in the stands, Adidas livestreamed the three-hour-plus matchup to millions as the Mustangs were determined to show the country why they’re the No. 1 in Texas. By the end of the night, North Shore held their state title, adding another win to their record with a final score of 54-25.

Until the next game, it’s like Coach Kay says, relax, focus, and get ready to play some football.