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Here’s where you can buy LSU National Champions gear

Tiger fans continue to purchase national championship gear to bring home a piece of history.

“This is a dream. It’s unreal. This is more exciting than words can express” said Arian Silva, LSU fan.

The words “National Championship Winners” are plastered across shirts and hats as a reminder to fans of one of LSU football’s greatest seasons in history

“Everything’s perfect. Everything’s coming into fruition. At the same time, we have an amazing team, an amazing quarterback, amazing coaching staff,” said one fan.

“To see how they all came together as a team and to have a Heisman trophy winner and to win a national championship is a feat in itself,” said another LSU fan.

Here’s where you can get championship LSU gear in Louisiana:

The following stores will open late Monday night (Jan. 13) immediately after the game to sell championship gear:

  • Academy – all Louisiana locations (while supplies last)
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods – all Louisiana locations (while supplies last)
  • Shoe Station – both Baton Rouge locations for an hour after the game (while supplies last)

The following stores will have LSU championship gear on Tuesday, Jan. 14:

  • Walmart – most Louisiana locations
  • Target – most Louisiana locations
  • Purple & Gold and Black & Gold Shop – Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge and Veterans Boulevard in Metairie
  • Academy – all Louisiana locations
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods – all Louisiana locations

Remember, if you can’t make it out to pick up some LSU championship gear you can buy online from the retailers mentioned above.

#HUMBOLDTSTRONG

On April 6th, the hockey community lost 15 brothers. The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin, Saskatchewan when disaster struck. The Bronco’s bus was involved in a collision that took 15 lives. Since the tragedy, the hockey community has been showing their support for everyone involved. From the Humboldt Strong hashtag to donating over 7 million dollars to their GoFundMe, everyone has come together to help aid in any way possible. At CoolHockey, we realize that we have a platform that we can use to help others, especially in difficult situations like this. That’s why we’re writing this post, to help bring awareness to the many opportunities we have as a community to show our support for the Humboldt Broncos and the victims of the accident.

After the tragedy, Sylvie Kellington, a mother of a former Bronco and resident of Humboldt, started a GoFundMe page where anyone can donate. The GoFundMe will directly aid the families who have incurred any expenses as a result of the crash. You can donate to the GoFundMe by clicking here.

In the NHL, the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks showed their support for the community by wearing custom jerseys in their Saturday night game. Each player had their own name replaced with “Broncos” on their jerseys and kept them throughout the game. There is no word yet on whether the jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the cause, but we will add a link when and if they are. Other teams across the league also showed their support with helmet stickers honouring the team.

Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays showed his support with a special inscription on his cap that is being auctioned off with proceeds going to the families. You can bid on the hat by clicking here.

If you’re not in a situation to donate or have already donated, you can still show your support for the Broncos. You can share your messages by using #HumboldtStrong when posting messages, prayers, or thoughts to social media. Another way of showing support is through #SticksOutForHumboldt or #SticksOut. Across the hockey universe, players and fans have been placing their hockey sticks outside their front door as a sign of solidarity with the Humboldt community. This Thursday as part of another movement, you can also show your support by wearing a hockey jersey.

At CoolHockey, we are saddened by the event of this past weekend and offer our sincerest condolences to those affected by the crash. We are here for the Humboldt community and want to show our support while also helping others show theirs.

#HumboldtStrong

How the Atlanta Hawks boosted Sharecare’s social data

At a time when people are increasingly able to ignore ads or just outright pay to get past them, it remains to be seen how well companies can capture viewers’ attention during games and shows. But the NBA helped a select group get a leg up on the competition when it introduced the new concept of small ads on basketball players’ jerseys.

Atlanta-based digital health company Sharecare began sponsoring the Atlanta Hawks jerseys back in August 2017, and the following year won the Partnership Award from the NBA. When the league was looking to start its pilot program two seasons ago, only around half of the teams found a corporate partner. The results, thus far, show that the companies who picked a smart team to sponsor tend to see good ROI.

For Sharecare, it’s in its social media data, since as a private company there is no stock to improve.

On Twitter it’s more of a slow-rolling incline; the followers have increased 5% since 2015. But there was a jump when people started seeing the logo, there’s no doubt about that correlation. Maybe if more people knew Dr. Oz helped create Sharecare, there would be more Twitter memes to keep the momentum going, but alas.

It wasn’t too long ago that the number of Facebook followers and likes were not in the millions for Sharecare. But ever since the preseason began in fall 2019, there has only been an increase in the amount of people interested in Sharecare on Facebook.

You can see the buzz pick up when the jersey patches got announced and shown off to the public. There’s a similar spike when the NBA year kicks off in late September / early October.

About the Data:

Thinknum tracks companies using the information they post online – jobs, social and web traffic, product sales and app ratings – and creates data sets that measure factors like hiring, revenue and foot traffic. Data sets may not be fully comprehensive (they only account for what is available on the web), but they can be used to gauge performance factors like staffing and sales.

College of Staten Island records thrilling double OT win in ‘Heroes’ opener

College of Staten Island head coach T.J. Tibbs will be marrying Curry coach Joe Busacca’s sister, Krystiana, in September 2020.

There’s a pretty good chance they’ll still be talking about Friday night’s game at the reception.

Behind a 38-point effort from senior Adeola Latunji, host CSI withstood a 3-point shooting barrage by Curry and recorded a 103-98 double-overtime win in the opening round of the 18th annual Tournament of Heroes.

The Dolphins (4-6) will try to win their own tourney for the second straight season Saturday when they oppose Wheaton College of Massachusetts at 3 p.m. Curry (3-6) will face Bridgewater for third place at 1 p.m. Wheaton topped Bridgewater, 88-75, in last night’s first game.

The first double-overtime game in tourney history looked to be in CSI’s back pocket when the Dolphins went up 68-55 with 9:30 remaining.

However, Curry fashioned a 20-5 spurt — capped by a 3-ball from Jared Thorpe-Johnson — to take a 75-73 lead with 2:48 left. Chris Velasquez hit a three to give CSI the lead again, but Thorpe-Johnson (34 points) connected from downtown to send it to overtime tied at 80.

Curry of Milton, Massachusetts was founded in 1879 by Anna Baright Curry and Samuel Silas Curry. Stephen Curry was nowhere in sight, but you would have thought otherwise last night while the Colonels, coached by Monsignor Farrell product Busacca, were going 17 for 38 from 3-point land.

The long ball put Curry ahead in the first OT, but Latunji’s layup off a feed from Rigaud Destime, followed by Destime’s layup left things tied at 89 headed to the second extra period.

Latunji ended the night with 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and six blocked shots. He played the entire 50 minutes. Joe Zieris added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Kartalis and Austin Mick had 13 points each and Destime had 12 points, eight assists and three steals.

Curry’s Kieran Carroll had 19 points and 19 rebounds. Damyean Stewart added 19 points.

Latunji started the second OT with a layup and Destime’s steal and layup put CSI up four. The Dolphins maintained the lead to the wire, but not without one more clutch theft by Destime, who was fouled and made one to make it 100-96.

NOTES: The tournament is played in honor of three former Dolphins who perished in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — Tom Hannafin, Scott Davidson and Curtis Aiken. The three are honored each year between games of the opening-night doubleheader. … The tourney will have new dates next season to conform to NCAA Division II rules, now that CSI is a D-II program. The target is a weekend in early November.

COLLECTOR’S CORNER: WHY THE STORM SURGE IS GOOD FOR HOCKEY

This edition of the Collector’s Corner was written by Kieran Lang!

On October 7th, 2018, the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 8-5 in Carolina. What followed the game was crazy, new, and fun. When the game ended, the entire Hurricanes roster got into a line on the blue line facing the other end of the ice. No one knew what was happening. The sound known as the “SKOL Clap” began and the players began to clap along and it was very different. They then proceeded to skate right at the boards and jump into them. What just happened? That question raced through the mind of every single person who saw that it had happened. Here we are, five months later, and it has become the team’s identity.

The Carolina Hurricanes are now in the playoffs about to face-off with the reigning champions, Washington Capitals, in game 6 of their first round match-up. The attendance has grown steadily over the year and is averaging its highest rate in the last 5 years. The Storm Surge has made the fans even more excited to go to home games in the hopes of a win so that they can see a Storm Surge. It is exciting, fun, and brings the fans together. If you go on Twitter and see anyone talking about the Hurricanes, it is either the Storm Surge or their incredible success since December 31st.

The other enjoyment we have all gotten out of the Storm Surge is the Don Cherry rants about how the Storm Surge is “immature”, “too fun for hockey”, as well as other things. The main one that sticks, is his calling the Carolina Hurricanes, a “bunch of jerks.” The “bunch of jerks” statement has become a team slogan. The team made a massive profit off of being called a “bunch of jerks” by selling shirts and hats. In fact, I own one of the shirts and when you go to a game, you see hundreds of the shirts and hats and I am sure even more people have them on under their jersey.

The last bit I want to touch on about the Storm Surge is the fans who travel to Carolina to watch their team play on the road. Here is the main reason the Storm Surge is good for hockey. When the Storm Surge begins, you see fans of the other team join the Hurricanes players and fans for the Storm Surge. Both sides enjoy it and it is a massive reason that the attendance in Raleigh, North Carolina has grown by such a large number this year. The Carolina Hurricanes have brought a lot of fun to the league, and I expect more teams to do something more fun after they win on their home ice next year.

COLLECTOR’S CORNER: THE BEST JERSEY FROM EVERY DECADE

This edition of the Collector’s Corner was written by Robert Lazar!

1910s:

1917-1919 Montreal Canadiens: There aren’t a lot of options for this decade, as the league only played for three seasons in the 1910s, but it was an easy choice to pick this one. This jersey was the first incarnation of the now-classic red, white, and blue jersey that the Habs have used for virtually their entire existence, with an older version of their iconic “C” logo.

1920s:

1922-1925 Toronto St. Pats: There’s a reason that the Leafs keep bringing this back. The clean, simple, and appealing green-and white design stands as a near-timeless classic, with a unique and recognizable color scheme.

1930s:

1935-1940 New York Americans (white): This jersey stands out from the rest in the logo’s modern, contemporary design that wouldn’t look out of place in the modern NHL. The clean stripes of the jersey, accented by the Capitals-esque stars on the chest and back, are good enough, but the interlocking “NY” and “AMERICANS” script polish off the look for a timeless jersey that, in my opinion, is up there with the best.

1940s:

1940-1949 Toronto Maple Leafs: No teams made any significant changes to their uniforms during the 40s, so let’s go with the team that made virtually no changes, aside from using red letters on the blue uniforms from 1945 to 1948. The Leafs uniforms are an all-time great, amongst the top four or five jerseys ever. After a variety of early changes, the 1940s is when the classic look truly solidified itself as the true symbol of the Leafs. While they would later make changes to their identity during the Ballard era, this set was consistently their best, and they went back to a modernized version just a few years ago.

1950s:

1951-1959 New York Rangers: Not their most successful era, but they looked good. Another decade with few teams making significant changes brings another classic design barely changed since introduction. While the blues were introduced in 1949, the whites didn’t exist until 1951, completing the set. And while they may not have seen much success in their original era, these uniforms have since become associated with Rangers legends such as Mark Messier and Henrik Lundqvist, certifying them as all-time greats.

1960s:

1968-1969 St. Louis Blues (blue): These are currently used by the Blues as a throwback alternate, and with good reason. Introduced in the Blues’ inaugural season of 1967, they represent a fantastic, vintage-appearing jersey, with the blue and yellow blending to an appealing design. These sweaters made the Blues easily fit in with the long-lived Original Six uniforms of the day, and stand as a symbol of the second-most successful era in Blues hockey, besides 2019 of course.

1970s:

1974-1976 California Golden Seals: An interesting choice here, but one I’ll defend. In the first of two eras where teams started to experiment, the Teal Seals were one of the few choices that looked clean and unique without being controversial or odd. With the introduction of teal to the NHL’s palette, the Seals compensated for the lack of a true crest with a color scheme that made them stand out from the pack. Balanced with yellow and white stripes, the jerseys made for a truly never-before-seen set that set the Seals apart and gave them their own identity. Sadly, these would only last two full seasons before the team relocated to Cleveland.

1980s:

1980-1989 Hartford Whalers (green): These icons are among the most legendary jerseys in league history. They, of course, feature the iconic whale-tail W used by the Whalers, but are also considered by many to be the best incarnation of multiple designs used with the logo. With their instantly-recognizable light green, blue, and white, these sweaters have been a favorite of collectors and casual fans alike. The famous “Pucky” logo was used until 1985 as well, only contributing to their high status in the jersey world. It certainly makes sense why the now-Hurricanes resurrected them for a pair of games in 2018-19.

1990s:

1996-1999 Phoenix Coyotes: Ah, the Kachinas. Derided by some, beloved by others, but all around a wonderful set. While they certainly fit in with the wild jersey designs of the 1990s, they managed to have a certain levelness to them that kept them from going too over the top. Throw in the fact that the Kachina designs specifically pay homage to the area’s Native American traditions, and you have a set representative of excessive 90s design while still having actual meaning and, of course, looking great on the ice. Like multiple other jerseys on this list, the Coyotes have revived the black design several times; most recently as their current alternate jersey.

2000s:

2007-2009 Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks were, in my opinion, one of the few redesigns that Reebok absolutely nailed. While most Reebok designs had excessive piping, odd stripe schemes, and strange color patterns, the Canucks designs are a fantastic modern take on a classic set. In carrying over the leaping Orca logo from the Nucks’ previous set, the jerseys retain their sense of uniqueness, avoiding a full throwback treatment; however, the retiring of red and silver in favor of the Canucks’ original, distinctly-PNW blue and green was a welcome change. This style of jersey, with the exception of the removal of the “VANCOUVER” wordmark, is now on the verge of becoming the longest-lived in Canucks franchise history, and will likely be worn for years to come.

2010s:

2016-2019 Florida Panthers: And here we have it: the single best jersey of our current age. The Panthers underwent a much-needed redesign from their original Reebok-template jerseys in 2016, and came out with arguably the best set in the NHL today. The set stands out in a good way, with the bold chest and sleeve stripes framing the new, military-esque shield in place of the old leaping cat. Add in the dark blue stripes around the rim and collar and the new Florida flag alternate logo and you have a jersey that ranks up there with the best of them.

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COLLECTOR’S CORNER: INTIMIDATORS

This edition of the Collector’s Corner was written by Dave McCormick, an avid jersey collector and top contributor to the CoolHockey Blog!

An ongoing topic among my jersey collecting friends continues to be the fun conversation of why we pick certain jerseys to add to our collections. The National Hockey League has clearly shifted its focus to young players who are undoubtedly more skilled and faster than ever. Sure, the Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk likes the rough stuff but he’s much more likely (and much more valuable to his team) to score that highlight-of-the-night stick-between-the-legs OT goal from the slot versus Nashville than drop the mitts with his arch-enemy, Drew Doughty.

In fact, the most intimidating sight for any NHL defenseman is no longer a big, bruising forward lumbering down the wing to finish a check as they retrieve a dumped-in puck but it’s the speed and flash of Connor McDavid’s orange and blue uniform as he blows by them that creates nightmares before a game day. So much of the league has changed. Calling it “The ‘Chel,” as many of this generation do, is hardly intimidating. Pucks are no longer dumped in. At most, they are “chipped and chased.” Yes, speed and skill are fun to watch. Today’s young superstars have a certain swagger that makes them easy to cheer for or against (depending on your allegiances). But when it can be argued that the most intimidating person (?) to wear a Flyers uniform is no longer a guy like Dave “The Hammer” Schultz but Gritty, then I start to reminisce about the era I grew up watching and the intimidators whose jerseys we collect.

Please save your chirps about “old school hockey dinosaur” and Don Cherry at least until the end of this blog and let me share some of the most fearsome players in their beautifully collective jerseys from a former era in the evolution of our great game.

There’s not much scarier than an enraged tiger. So, number one on this list is Dave “Tiger” Williams wearing the Canucks “Flying V” jersey. Don’t let the uniform’s nickname fool you. There wasn’t a whole lot of flying around the ice to beat you with speed and skill on those early 80s Canucks teams. With guys like Tiger, Kevin McCarthy, Curt Fraser, Stan Smyl and Harold Snepsts (whose ‘stache alone would win any battle along the boards) those Halloween-coloured uniforms must’ve given opposing players nightmares as if the old Pacific Coliseum was on Elm Street instead of Renfrew!

No paragraph about feared Vancouver Canucks would be complete without mentioning the best friend of the Canucks most skilled and exciting player ever, Pavel Bure. This man was fondly remembered as GINO, GINO, GINO! Gino Odjick made his NHL debut wearing #66 1. So, viewers of that game versus Chicago may have thought…”hmm…the Canucks have a guy with Mario Lemieux skills? Who is this guy?” Well, despite this photo of him with a great scoring chance, he will be most remembered as a fearless, loyal “policeman” for the Canucks. In fact, he took on two other most fearsomely famous players of the era in this very same debut game: Dave “Charlie” Manson and Stu “Grim Reaper” Grimson!

[1] The story goes that Gino was a huge Mario Lemieux fan growing up so he asked the team to wear #66 but after the NHL saw what kind of player he was, and in reverence to “Le Magnifique” the league office called the club to have Odjick’s number changed. This may have been an early signal of how the league would soon enough change to celebrate more-skill over muscle.

Not all intimidators sent a message by dropping the mitts. Others possessed the skills to take advantage of simple physics. By applying the formula of Force = Mass x Acceleration, Scott Stevens delivered the most devastating body checks the league has ever seen. Bedeviling (pun intended) for many opposing players this Hall of Famer had an amazing knack of making body contact in open ice at the exact millisecond where their acceleration and change of direction was enough of a moment to lose focus of their surroundings, and, unfortunately, often consciousness.

As the game changes, there are fewer players in the league today who perform the role similar to what we saw before. Maybe a Matt Martin falls in this category of “old-time hockey” players.

Or Tom Wilson?
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals and Jamie Oleksiak #6 of the Pittsburgh Penguins fight during the first period at Capital One Arena on December 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

While Wilson has often been called dirty for some of his hits, they wouldn’t be uncommon, and often seen as “borderline clean” in the 80s and 90s. Whether fewer of these types of players is good or not is debatable. Though, I certainly wouldn’t debate against increased player safety.

For a guy like Wilson who, as of writing this, has double the amount of PIMS (948) than career NHL games played (469) there’s no denying that he can flat out skate and contribute to the points tally side of the scoresheet with 40 points in 63 games last season and 10 already through the first 15 games of this season. Perhaps he’s proof that even “dinosaurs” can evolve for today’s NHL.

I don’t mean to romanticize the era of hockey that emphasized brute physicality (nor am I saying it is gone entirely from today’s game). We all know many of the sad consequences of taking repeated blows, not to mention the mental strain of knowing that’s what you had to do, game in and game out, to stay in the league. However, when people ask why I, and others, have such jerseys as Snepsts and Stevens, its because we understand that these were all men who were proud of their roles to protect their teammates and keep a certain kind of honour in the game that was valued during the times they played. And, before anyone dismisses them as hockey players, keep in mind that they were paid to play in the league and we paid to watch them play. Their roles contributed to the ability of the skilled players of their times being able to do what they do best, become Hall of Famers (if they didn’t themselves like Scott Stevens) and become synonymous with the league and sport itself – just ask the Great One about how much he appreciated playing with the late, Dave Semenko!

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Why Are Team Uniforms So Important?

Young Boys In Baseball TeamDid you know that even though the first official baseball game was played in 1846, no team wore an actual team uniform until the New York Knickerbockers took the field on April 4, 1849? And, yes, that was their actual name. Another 50 years would pass before all Major League Baseball players wore team uniforms.

Today, nearly all sports players and personnel don team apparel, from football team uniforms to softball team uniforms. On top of that, there’s also high demand for coaches apparel and fan merchandise, too.

So many young athletes take their uniforms for granted, but what is the point of wearing team uniforms? Why were they created and why are they considered to be so essential today? Here we will explore the importance of sports uniforms to teams and fans alike.

Identity

The most fundamental feature of a team uniform, and arguably the primary reason early sports teams adopted them in the first place, is to visually distinguish between competing teams and identify players during the game.

During a soccer game, for instance, the ball might be moving pretty fast. If you’re on the field, you need to know which players to pass to and which to keep the ball away from. Contrasting team uniforms help you stay aware of what is going on around you. For the fans, uniforms help you root for the home team and keep track of the game’s progress. But that’s not the only type of identity uniforms help promote on the field…

Unity

When you are all wearing the same cap and the same team colors, you truly feel like a part of the group. A uniform fosters team unity, which in turn can keep players motivated to succeed. It also creates solidarity between players and fans. Having a strong fan base is essential to a team’s morale, motivating players even further.

Equality

Every member of the team, from the star players to the benchwarmers and coaches, plays an important role in the game. Wearing identical uniforms creates a sense of equality, which is important when you are trying to win as a group. No individual is more important than any other, and that’s what teamwork is all about.

For all these reasons and more, team uniforms, colors, and logos are so important. By wearing and sharing, fans show their support and loyalty to a sports team and players show their dedication to each other.

But what would sports be like if players didn’t wear uniforms? Would team values change? Would the game be as enjoyable for fans? We might be biased towards athletic apparel, but let us know what you think!

Syracuse Orange Unveil Throwback Uniform Set

The Syracuse men’s basketball program on Friday morning unveiled throwback uniforms inspired by the set the Orange wore from 1983-94.

Syracuse will wear the road version of the throwback uniforms — which prominently display a script font across the chest and features traditional side panels — against Georgetown on Dec. 14 (1 p.m. on FOX). The Orange will then debut the home version against North Florida one week later on Dec. 21 (6 p.m. on ACC Network).

The only discernible differences between these uniforms and what Syracuse actually wore at the time is the manufacturer (the Orange were outfitted by Champion at the time) and the gold tab on the back collar, which indicates the program’s status as a school that won a national championship while being outfitted by Nike (2003).

This isn’t the first time in recent years Syracuse has thrown back to this era, as the Orange broke out a fauxback uniform that feature mismatched blue shorts in 2014. The program also wore the script font in 2016 in honor of the late Pearl Washington, who died that year at the age of 52 after battling brain cancer.

According to the school’s official release, Syracuse will make the jerseys available to the general public after the first of the new year through the university bookstore and the Orange’s official online shop.

Check out more photos of the throwback uniforms below:

NFL Honors 150th Anniversary Of First College Football Game With School-Specific Helmet Decals

This week marks the 150th anniversary of college football’s first game, which is why the National Football League allowed players from the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants to wear helmet decals with their alma mater’s logo during Monday Night Football.

The first college football game took place on Nov. 6, 1869, between Rutgers and Princeton. The Scarlet Knights — then known as the Queensmen — won 6-4.

College football programs across the country have worn either a CFB150 patch on their jerseys, a helmet decal or throwback uniforms to mark the momentous occasion. But this is the first time this season the NFL has acknowledged the anniversary of the game that turned many of its athletes into household names.

It’s just too bad this is a one-time thing instead of a permanent fixture on the back of the players’ helmet.