Monthly Archives: November 2019

Carmelo Anthony jerseys have already sold out at the Trail Blazers team store

Portland Trail Blazers fans are pretty pumped about Carmelo Anthony. Anthony hasn’t even played a home game with the team yet, but his jersey has already sold out in the Trail Blazers’ store.

That’s right, fans flooded the team’s store prior to Wednesday’s game to buy Anthony’s jersey. Roughly 45 minutes before the Trail Blazers were set to tip off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Anthony’s jersey was sold out.

The 35-year-old Anthony signed with the Blazers on Nov. 19. The team has played four games since then, but all of them have been on the road. Wednesday was the first time Anthony would play at home with his new team, and he delivered.

Anthony posted 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting in a 136-119 Blazers win on Wednesday, highlighted by this jam.

Anthony has performed admirably since joining the Blazers. In five games, he’s averaged 16.6 points and 5.0 rebounds. Anthony also showed flashes of brilliance in the team’s last contest, dropping 25 points on the Chicago Bulls to lead Portland to a 117-94 win.

The fans don’t seem to mind that at the moment. They are just excited Anthony is around and putting up numbers. That excitement may fade if the team can’t recover from its 7-12 start, but, at least for now, Portland fans can’t get enough of Anthony.

The Miami Heat’s Vice jerseys are back with a new look. Check them out here.

The Miami Heat’s popular Vice jerseys are back once again with a fourth new look.

The Heat unveiled the newest edition of the alternate uniforms Monday and it adds a fourth color scheme to the wildly popular collection: blue. The “ViceWave” City Edition uniforms are on the way.

“ViceWave is the continuing evolution of the enormously successful Vice campaign,” a team press release said. “ViceWave shifts the action from Miami at night neons to the sun-soaked brightness of South Beach afternoon, with the color ‘Blue Gale’ taking center stage.”

Miami debuted the first version of the Vice jerseys two years ago when the Heat donned the original white look with the original Miami Arena script across the chest, “laser fuchsia” letters and “blue gale” numbers. The Heat followed it up with black “Vice Nights” jerseys last season and later added a pink “Sunset Vice” jersey to the collection, using the fuchsia from the black and white jerseys. Miami’s City Edition jerseys this season take the blue gale color from the past jerseys and make it the base color for the new jersey, accented with white numbers and pink lettering.

The Heat is set to debut the jerseys in action Friday against the Golden State Warriors at AmericanAirlines Arena. Jerseys and other ViceWave merchandise will go on sale to the public Wednesday beginning with a midnight madness event at the arena. All jersey purchases will come with a ViceWave toiletry bag, gym towel and sunglasses, while supplies last. Passengers on AmericanAirlines flight No. 68 on Monday also will be gifted a jersey as part of the team’s partnership with the airline.

“Every year when the new jerseys comes out you’re excited,” guard Goran Dragic said. You get so many texts and phone calls, especially from Europe. You get friends, they want, Hey can you hook me up with those jerseys? It’s tough to get them, but I like them a lot.”

The Heat will wear the jerseys 15 times this season, including at five of eight home dates in December. NBA teams are only allowed to wear each version of the City Edition uniforms for a single season, which means Miami will not bring back the Vice Nights jerseys this year. The black and white jerseys were both City Edition, while the pink uniforms were Miami’s “Earned Edition,” which the Heat got to wear as a reward for reaching the postseason the previous year.

This season, Miami has its basic white jerseys as its Association Edition, its standard black jerseys as its Icon Edition, its red jerseys as its Statement Edition, and now the powder-blue jerseys as the City Edition.

While the jerseys were just officially revealed Monday, photographs of the new alternate uniform have circulated since October when Tyler Herro mistakenly revealed them in an Instagram video filmed at the team’s internal media day.

“I love them. They’re beautiful,” the wing said. “I think they give a different vibe to the culture and everything like that.”

Take a closer look:

INJURY UPDATE

The Heat (11-4) will still be without forwards Justise Winslow, Derrick Jones Jr. and KZ Okpala on Monday when they host the Charlotte Hornets at 7:30 p.m. in Miami. Winslow hasn’t played since he suffered a concussion Nov. 5 against the Denver Nuggets, while Jones hasn’t played since Nov. 7 and Okpala hasn’t played since October. Jones is still dealing with a hip injury and Okpala has a left Achilles strain.

But Heat coach Erik Spoelstra revealed prior to Monday’s game that Winslow is expected to practice with the team Tuesday “and then we’ll gauge the next step from there.” When asked about the possibility of Winslow playing in Wednesday’s road game against the Rockets, Spoelstra said: “We’ll see. We’ll just follow the protocol. If he’s able to practice [Tuesday] and he feels good the next day, we’ll see.”

As for Jones, Spoelstra said: “Derrick thinks he can go right now. But based on what happened last time, he fooled us once. He’s super competitive and he wants to be out there. We just want to make sure that he’s fully ready to go.” Spoelstra added that he doesn’t expect Jones to be cleared for Wednesday’s contest.

Power forward Udonis Haslem is doubtful after missing shootaround Monday because of an illness.

Point guard Darryl Macon, meanwhile, remains with G League Sioux Falls and wing Dion Waiters is still serving his 10-game suspension, which will end after the Heat plays the Warriors on Friday.

The Hornets (6-11) are fully healthy.

After fan video goes viral online, Rays invite family to a night at the Trop

A young fan caught a foul ball and gave it to his sister. Video of the event hit social media and quickly became the Rays most popular post ever.

The Hartman family, Rob, 44, and Karen, 42, and their kids William, 7, Mary Grace, 7, and Joseph, 12, are seen at Tropicana Field on Friday, July 05, 2019 in St. Petersburg. Joseph caught a foul ball last week and gave it to his sister. The exchange was caught on camera and posted to the Rays Facebook page, receiving over 400,000 likes.

Austin Meadows popped a foul ball up over the protective netting along the third base dugout last Saturday against the Rangers, and a young fan in a Chris Archer throwback jersey made a tremendous grab on one hop to secure the souvenir.

Joseph Hartman, 12, skipped up to his family’s seats and passed the ball off to his little sister. Mary Grace Hartman, 7, broke out a big smile and hugged her older brother. The entire event was caught on camera by the Rays broadcast on Fox Sports Florida.

The Rays shared the short video across social media, and it caught fire on Facebook. The 41-second video reached over 36 million users by Friday afternoon. It racked up over 14 million views and 400,000 likes on Facebook. By all metrics, the post was the most popular ever for the Rays.

The Rays invited the Hartman family back to Tropicana Field for the Friday night game against the Yankees. Joseph and Mary Grace, along with their brother, William, their mother, Karen, and their father, Rob, made the trip from their home in Temple Terrace to attend the game.

“I was embarrassed,” Joseph said on Friday of the video going viral. He was not embarrassed about the catch or giving the ball to his sister. Rather, the young fan was embarrassed about thousands of people watching him skip down the row of seats to his family.

The Hartman family took in pregame batting practice from field level on Friday night, and the Rays provided the three Hartman children with customized jerseys. Joseph selected 39 for his jersey number in honor of Kevin Kiermaier, one of his favorite Rays. Prior to Friday’s game, the Hartman family met Meadows and Kiermaier on the field

Hartman siblings, Mary Grace, 7, William, 7, and Joseph, 12, wear custom jerseys made by the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, July 05, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Joseph caught a foul ball last week and gave it to his sister. The exchange was caught on camera and posted to the Rays Facebook page, receiving over 400,000 likes.

During the game, the Hartman family, including 13 extended family members, took in the game action from a suite and a pair of extra seats in Tropicana Field. Relatives from Oregon and New York were already coming to Tampa Bay for a vacation, so the Hartman’s used the Rays game to kick off their family gathering.

Girls soccer team is yellow-carded after wearing ‘equal pay’ shirts

Players from a high school girls soccer team in Vermont were penalized after they revealed a message promoting equal pay under their team jerseys during a game, the team’s coach said.

The team had approached Burlington High School soccer coach Jeff Hayes several weeks ago with an idea to reverberate the message first promoted by their heroines, the U.S. women’s national soccer team, Hayes told “Good Morning America.”

For Friday night’s game, which was senior night, the entire team — as well as the coaching staff and members of the crowd — wore the custom-made white T-shirts adorned with #EQUALPAY, Hayes said. After the warmup, the girls placed their jerseys over the shirts to comply with the bylaws of the Vermont Principals’ Association, but after a late goal was scored with thee minutes left in the game, some players took off their jerseys in excitement.

“The fans were just absolutely going crazy,” and began chanting “equal pay,” Hayes said. However, the officials ran over and issued four yellow cards for unsportsmanlike conduct over the excessive celebration.

The penalized players had to sit out for some of the game but were eventually allowed back in, Hayes said.

Members of the team admitted that they got “carried away” by taking their jerseys “all the way off,” but said the message outweighed the penalties they received.

“It goes for everyone — every girl, every woman, the world,” player Helen Worden said. “It’s not just about sports.”

Players from the girls' soccer team at Burlington High School in Vermont were given yellow cards for unsportsmanlike conduct after their #EqualPay jersey caused an excessive celebration on the field and in the crows.

Friday night’s game ended in a tie, but the team feels as if they won in the spirit of spreading the message.

They have now sold more than 700 of the shirts, inviting men and boys to pay 16% more, which represents the average pay gap in Vermont, according to the team. The Burlington High School boys’ soccer team has even worn the shirts in solidarity.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and his wife, Marcelle, were among the purchasers. Leahy tweeted a photo of the couple wearing the shirts, stating, “Marcelle and I stand with you!”

The referee who issued the yellow cards even bought a shirt after the game and told the players he’s excited to wear it, according to the team.The money made in the sales will go to support youth soccer leagues in the community.

“They did such an amazing job with getting involved in the community,” Hayes said.

Uni Watch College Football Preview 2019

Uni Watch’s annual college football preview details all of the uniform changes, design updates and visual tweaks for the 2019 season.

If you’re a big fan of league anniversaries, then 2019 is the year you’ve been waiting for. Major League Baseball has been celebrating its 150th anniversary and the NFL is marking its centennial. But the biggest celebration of all may be in college football, which is commemorating 150 years of gridiron action in ways that will have a major effect on this season’s uniforms. That’s the first order of business for the latest edition of the Uni Watch College Football Season Preview, where we run down all the uniform changes and related visual tweaks for 2019.

The most visible aspect of the 150th-anniversary celebration is the CFB150 logo, which was released earlier this year. Most FBS schools will be wearing it all season long as a jersey patch (the handful of exceptions are noted in the team-by-team rundown that follows), usually on the upper-right chest, although a few schools have it at upper-left.

In addition, the officiating crews will be wearing the CFB150 logo on their jersey sleeves:

And some schools are going the extra mile by including the logo as part of their field designs:

In addition, many schools—particularly those outfitted by Under Armour—are using the anniversary as an excuse to trot out some retro-styled uniforms. Some are true throwbacks, while others are just faux-backs (i.e., not based on any particular uniform from the team’s past), but all of them should give this season more of a nostalgic flavor.

All 130 FBS schools were contacted during the preparation of this article. Schools that are not listed in the team-by-team breakdown either did not respond, reported that they have no uniform changes for the coming season, or are not yet at liberty to discuss uni changes that are still in the works. But you can be sure that there will be lots of additional new designs that haven’t yet been revealed—blackout, whiteout, camouflage, and more—so if your favorite school isn’t listed here, that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t be making some uni-related news later this fall.

As usual, the schools are listed by conference. You can jump to a conference using the menu below. In addition to uniform changes, we’ve included updates to logos, equipment, field designs, and anything else related to a team’s visual program.

Okay, enough preliminaries. Ready to dive in? Deep breath—here we go.

Heritage Link Kit to be unveiled Dec. 3

FC Cincinnati will unveil one of their new 2020 kits on Tuesday, Dec. 3, when they formally introduce the adidas Heritage Link Kit to their fan base.

The Heritage Link Kit will be available for immediate purchase beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at:

  • FC Cincinnati Downtown Shop (43 East Fourth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202)
  • FCC Pop-Up Experience at Kenwood Towne Center (7875 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236)

Additionally, the jersey will be available for online sales exclusively through mlsstore.com and adidas.com on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Wednesday, Dec. 4, before they are available online wherever jerseys are sold starting on Dec. 5.

Later on Tuesday, Dec. 3, FCC will host a launch party at Braxton Brewing Company (27 West 7th St., Covington, KY 41011). Starting at 6 p.m., the three-hour party will include sets by DJ BSP, foosball and shuffleboard games, a special photo shoot booth, as well as the traditional German game of Hammerschlagen. The Heritage Link Kit – as well as a selection of FCC gear and merchandise – will also be available for sale. The first 50 fans who purchase the authentic Heritage Link Kit at the launch party will also receive a limited-edition FCC-Braxton collaboration scarf.

More about the Heritage Link Kit

The Heritage Link Kit is the first of two new jerseys the team will wear in 2020. The Heritage Link Kit will replace the club’s white kit that the team mostly wore in away matches in 2019. The team’s other new jersey – which will replace the club’s 2019 dark kit it usually wore at home – will be unveiled in early February.

Men’s authentic ($130), as well as men’s ($90) and women’s ($80) replica, Heritage Link Kits will be available for purchase at all exclusive locations starting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3. Youth replica kits ($70) will be available for sale later in December.

Additional Heritage Link Kit details include:

  • A design nod to Cincinnati’s German heritage on the main jersey pattern
  • The first stand-alone introduction of the new FCC lion logo
  • Incorporation of Cincinnati’s city motto – “Juncta Juvant” – in the kit
  • Authentic jerseys purchased through FC Cincinnati (FCC Downtown Shop or the Kenwood Pop-Up), or through mlsstore.com will feature the MLS crest on both sleeves

Fans who purchase the Heritage Link Kit will also be able to order customization at the FCC Downtown Shop. Regardless of purchase location, fans can pay $30 to have custom names and numbers added to the backs of their jerseys. Turn-around time is expected to be approximately two weeks from the time the customization order is accepted at the shop.

FC Cincinnati will return to the field in early 2020 for their second MLS season. Season Ticket Memberships for the 2020 season are now on sale to the general public at fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-5425 (KICK). A 2020 Season Ticket Membership also secures fans’ place on the club’s priority list, which will be utilized when sales begin in the new West End Stadium for the 2021 season.

Cowboy Football announces special uniforms for Kansas game

(This story originated with Oklahoma State University Athletic Media Relations and was written by Sean Maguire.)

The Oklahoma State football program will commemorate Veterans Day by wearing special uniforms as part of the Cowboys’ Nov. 16 game against Kansas. OSU partnered with Nike on developing a custom design that includes the following:

Military/ROTC Appreciation

  • The official military base crest of the Cowboy Battalion appears on the right sleeve. The use of the crest represents the historical roots of service fostered by the university. Oklahoma State’s ROTC program originated with the establishment of the school itself. Founded in 1890, military instruction was part of the curriculum.
  • The American flag appears on the left sleeve.

Cowboy Battalion

Player last names do not appear on the back of the jersey. They are replaced by “Cowboy Battalion”. Player names take a secondary role to the base call-outs on the nameplate.

Symbolic Color and Graphics

  • While developing the F-117 Nighthawk, Lockheed’s legendary top secret Skunk Works Division found that the best way to evade visual detection in daylight was a paint scheme utilizing different shades of gray. The use of gray on the jersey and pant represents the evasive aesthetics used on military aircraft. The pant stripe mimics the graphic language of the KC 135, whose flight training and maintenance is provided at Altus AFB.

Folds of Honor

  • The Folds of Honor logo appears on each helmet and jersey. Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.
  • Game-worn uniforms will be auctioned off following the game, with proceeds going to Folds of Honor.

“I have great respect for the people in our armed forces and am excited to honor them for what they do for our country,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “These uniforms are a good reminder to our players – and to all of us – the price these people pay every day to protect our freedom.”

Gundy has made it a tradition, no matter what is going on in the game or what the situation is, of going out on the field in the second half when they honor the MIlitary Family of the Game and pay honor to all members of that family. Oklahoma State as a school and as an athletic department has always shown appreciation and support of the military.