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XFL 2020: Every Team, Their Logos and Uniforms

Yes, the XFL is back this weekend!

The inaugural games of the (second) inaugural season of the league will be played on Saturday with the Seattle Dragons visiting the DC Defenders at 2 pm ET followed by the LA Wildcats travelling to Houston to take on the Roughnecks at 5 pm. The Vipers and Guardians, as well as the BattleHawks and Renegades, make up the Sunday schedule.

As is the case with any new league, it’s hard to remember who’s who, what’s what, and which players we’ll all temporarily grow very attached to before forgetting they ever existed all within the span of about eight weeks. Fun rides but here’s hoping the XFL pulls it off this time because the only thing better than sports is more sports.

Below you’ll find our recap of all the new teams, their logos, and their uniforms for the 2020 XFL season. Enjoy.

DALLAS RENEGADES

Deep in the heart of Texas beats a different kind of pulse. A spirit untamed A swagger that can’t be denied. Where big meets bold meets badass. This is outlaw country, inside the lines. This is hell on wheels, between hash marks. This is their home on the range. The Dallas Renegades. Raising hell. – XFL

Good news, Oilers fans. Powder blue has returned to the Texas gridiron! But it’s in Dallas. Sorry.

The Dallas Renegades logo is powder blue and black with a hint of red, the logo showing a renegade (a person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of principles, says OED) with a hat on its head and a bandana over the lower half of its face, the red eyes the only visible feature.

Playing at Globe Life Park, the former home of the Texas Rangers, the Renegades will be wearing a mostly black uniform with a fair amount of light blue throughout.

At home, the jerseys are black with light blue shoulders and a red line on each sleeve; there’s also a single black stripe right at the end of the sleeve. The light blue continues down each side of the jersey from the armpit to just above the waist forming a triangle shape. Numbers are light blue with white trim, the team wordmark across the front collar.

On the road, the jerseys are white with black shoulders with a light blue stripe around the end of the sleeves. Like the home set, there’s a single red stripe on each sleeve and the shoulder colour (in this case, black) continues down the side to form a triangle under the armpit. Player numbers are light blue with black trim and the team wordmark is again under the front collar.

Pants for both sets match the jersey colour and feature a reverse stripe coming up from the bottom of the pants up to around the knee.

Helmets are a light blue shell with black facemask, a single black stripe up the middle and the team logo on either side.

DC DEFENDERS

On the shoulders of giants, they stand tall. Unconquerable. Unyielding. Marching ever forward, a force united. One quest. One purpose. One resolve. Seeking glory through grit. Victory through valour. The DC Defenders. Taking their stand. – XFL

Washington’s newest football team (likely unintentionally) named two other Washington-area “football” teams in the video introducing their team name – “Valor” and “United”, of the Arena and European varieties of football respectively. The DC Defenders are red and white, the logo is a red shield with two crossed lightning bolts on it as well as three stars.

Playing out of Washington’s Audi Field (also home to DC United of Major League Soccer). The Defenders uniforms continue the basic red-and-white colour combo from the logo with no striping on the jerseys.

The XFL says the red is for the colour of the DC flag and “our Founding Fathers’ coat of arms” while the white represents the monuments of Washington.

A single lightning bolt is shown horizontally across each sleeve, a simplified version of the team’s logo (two crossed lightning bolts with three stars surrounding it) is placed at the front collar with the team’s wordmark logo reading “DEFENDERS” just below it. Numbers are a single-colour sans serif, player names as well. The XFL logo is worn as a patch on the upper left side of the jersey front. No manufacturer logo is visible.

Pants match the jersey colour for both the home and road set, there’s a thick stripe down each side of the pant leg with a lightning bolt starting at the waist and continuing down to around the knee. The XFL logo on the front of the right pant leg.

Helmets are red with a white facemask, single white stripe up the middle and the team’s logo in white on either side.

HOUSTON ROUGHNECKS

Resolute. Rippling with heat. Railing against fatigue. Unceasing and often unseen, they labour deep in the trenches. Mercenaries in the muck. Brawlers in blackened dirt. Not just for three hours. Not just when the lights are bright. These are the scratching, grinding, never-bending few. The Houston Roughnecks. Going to work for you. – XFL

Good news, Oilers fans (seriously this time), Your oil derrick is back, but this time in the colours of the Houston Texans. The derrick in red, blue, and white with the bottom half in the shape of an H, a red star at the top.

Now when we first saw the logo, we kinda hoped we’d get a Houston Oilers-inspired uniform. We didn’t. But hey, those are some Tennessee Titans-lookin’ numbers they got there, so let’s go ahead and call it a tribute anyways.

At home, the Houston Roughnecks are wearing red jerseys with blue sleeves and a red star on each. The blue stripes continue down each side of the jersey and are also featured around the collar. Speaking of the collar, the team’s primary logo – an oil derrick in the shape of an “H” with a red star above – is there as a patch above the team’s wordmark. Numbers are blue with white trim and, as mentioned earlier, kinda remind me of the numbers worn by the Houston Oilers of 2019 — the Tennessee Titans. Player names are single-colour white.

On the road, the Roughnecks are wearing grey jerseys with red sleeves/side stripes/collar and a blue star on each sleeve. Player numbers are blue with red trim and the player name on the back is blue.

Pants are grey with red/blue/red striping on the side when paired with the home reds and are blue with grey/red/grey stripes on the road.

The helmet has a grey shell with blue/white/red/white/blue striping down the middle and the primary logo on each side. Facemask is red.

LOS ANGELES WILDCATS

In the land of bright lights. Far from the flash and fame. They’ve already begun to prowl. Enter their den and be dominated. Run away and be ripped apart. This is prime time meets primal instinct. This is showtime with a snarl. This is our time to roar. The L.A. Wildcats. Unleashed. – XFL

Who are we? The Wildcats!

A far cry from the Los Angeles Xtreme of the original XFL, the LA Wildcats give us about as traditional of a name as you can give us… and I’m okay with that. The logo is orange and red, a stylized “LA” – perhaps the flourish from the “A” is meant to be the tail of a wildcat?

Playing out of Carson, California in the same stadium as the NFL’s Chargers, the LA Wildcats will wear black, red, and orange uniforms for their inaugural season in 2020.

For their home games, the Wildcats will be dressed in black with red sleeves and red stripes down each side of the jersey. The collar is also red and includes the team wordmark below. Player numbers are orange with red trim, names are in orange.

On the road, the Wildcats are in white with orange sleeves, a single black stripe at the cuff. Like the home set, the sleeve colour continues down the side of the jersey to the waist. The collar on the road jersey is black, as is the wordmark logo below it. Player numbers are red with orange trim, player name in black.

Pants are black at home, white on the road — both pants matching the jersey colours. They both incorporate a scratching design down the side of each pant leg, on the road whites this is enclosed within a wide black stripe that goes down the entirety of the leg.

The helmets carry on with the scratching theme, using it as the centre stripe in red on a black shell. The team logo is on either side in orange and red and the facemask is orange.

NEW YORK GUARDIANS

Sentries carved of stone. Watchdogs over the metropolis. A prehistoric predator. A beast evolves, turned loose in a new kind of jungle. All teeth and talons, eyes unblinking. They know fear because they feed off it. They are your first line of defence, and there is no need for a second. The New York Guardians. On duty. – XFL

A reference to the gargoyle statues seen on buildings throughout New York, but the Guardians logo looks more like a lion to me, perhaps inspired by the two lion statues *guarding* the New York Public Library? Ghostbusters fans know what I’m talking about. The colour scheme for the Guardians is black, silver, and red and like all of New York City’s pro football teams, they’ll be playing in New Jersey.

At home, the uniforms are black with a grey/red/grey striping pattern on each shoulder, the team’s primary logo as a patch on the sleeve under the stripes. At the collar is the team’s alternate logo with their wordmark logo below in grey. Player numbers are grey with red trim and player names on the back are single-colour grey.

On the road, it’s the same exact same design but with grey and black flipped. The jersey and pants are both grey with black/red/black striping on the shoulders. Pants match jersey colours for both and mimick the shoulder striping pattern down the side of each pant leg.

Helmets are black with a black facemask and no striping across the shell, instead the team’s primary logo encompasses each side entirely.

ST. LOUIS BATTLEHAWKS

Winged warriors. Preparing for flight. Preparing to fight. They await their orders. Then attack as one. Diving, dodging, swooping, striking. Their mission: create chaos. Their mandate: Win at all costs. The St. Louis BattleHawks. Cleared to engage – XFL

St Louis gets its own pro football team again, no nothing relocated this time, and they’ll be known as the BattleHawks (one word, capitalized midway through) with a colour scheme of blue and silver. The logo features a sword with two wings.

At home in the dome, the BattleHawks will wear blue jerseys with silver pants while simplifying things a bit to just blue-and-white while on the road.

Their home royal blues have two swooping stripes on each sleeve, one silver and one navy blue, a single thin royal blue stripe right at the cuff. The collar is navy blue with no decoration aside from the team wordmark logo in silver just below. The player number is white with navy blue trim, names are single-colour white.

On the road, jerseys are white with royal blue and navy blue swooping stripes on the sleeves and a royal blue collar. Wordmark is, of course, there at the neck now in navy blue. Player numbers are royal blue with silver trim, names are navy blue.

Pants are silver at home, royal blue on the road. Both colours have double stripes down each pant leg, navy blue-royal blue on the silver pants and navy blue-white on the royal blue pants. Each stripe is of equal width.

The helmets are where the BattleHawks have some fun, in a style similar to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, the ‘Hawks have a wing on each side of the helmet and then a sword right down the middle which – when viewed all together – forms the team’s full primary logo of a sword in between two wings. Love this. Shell is royal blue, facemask is navy blue.

SEATTLE DRAGONS

Rising from the turbulent sea. Beneath the darkening skies of their weather-hardened home. Relentless, ruthless, ravenous. Not of mythology, but of muscle and might. Not of folklore, but of football. This is your darkest fantasy…in cleats. The Seattle Dragons. Breathing fire. – XFL

I said consummate V’s!

The Seattle (or UAB?) Dragons are blue, green (because Seattle), and orange with a dragon head breathing fire as its logo. Another good old-fashioned name for the new league, one which we first saw as a possibility for this team two months ago (and if I recall correctly, Dragons was my choice from that list, so… I suppose I’m pleased)

The Seattle Dragons will play their home games at CenturyLink Field, joining Los Angeles, New York, and Tampa Bay as teams to share their stadium with the local NFL team.

Seattle wears navy blue at home with green sleeves and a thin orange stripe on the shoulder, green striping continues down the side of the jersey. It’s the same jersey template as the Tampa Bay Vipers but in Dragons colours. Wordmark at the collar is orange, numbers are white with orange trim, player name is white.

On the road the Dragons wear white, the striping is identical in positioning and colours as their home jersey. Player numbers are orange with navy blue trim, names are in blue.

Pants are navy blue at home and white on the road to match their respective jerseys. Both have a stripe that curves and runs up from the bottom of the leg up to the waist tapering off as it goes higher.

Helmets have a white shell, the dragon from their primary logo coming up from the bottom of the helmet on either side. A single orange stripe starts thick at the face and continues getting gradually smaller until it forms a point near the back of the head. Facemask is green.

TAMPA BAY VIPERS

In the shadows, they wait. Demons, born in darkness. Hunters by instinct. Cold-blooded by nature. Their bite, unavoidable. Their grip, inescapable. They slither and stalk their competition. Luring all who challenge them into the jaws of defeat. The Tampa Bay Vipers. Ready to strike – XFL

Finally, we have the Tampa Bay Vipers. A green and gold colour scheme (nice) with a logo that’s both a “V” for Vipers and the fangs/lower-head area of a snake.

Well, I suppose every league needs its Seattle Seahawks, its Oregon Ducks, its… Arizona Diamondbacks? The Tampa Bay Vipers fill that role nicely for the XFL. With a colour scheme of green, brighter green, and gold, the Vipers are named for the snakes “that slithered out of prehistoric Gulf Coast swamps”.

At home, the Vipers are wearing re-coloured Seattle Dragons jerseys. They’re green jerseys with green pants, light (“action”) green sleeves, side stripes, and collar. There’s a single, thin gold stripe on each shoulder between the main body green and the lighter green on the sleeve. Player numbers are gold-trimmed in the lighter green and the team’s secondary logo – a snake’s head – is at the collar. No wordmark here! Breaking the mould we’d seen so far throughout the XFL.

For road games, it’s a little less jarring with white uniforms (they really could’ve gone gold here and it might not have been too bad), and green sleeves/side stripes. That same gold stripe seen on the home uniforms is here on the shoulders of the road. Player numbers are green with “action” green trim.

Pants are green at home and white on the road, both have thick striping that begins at the bottom and thins out as it moves up to the waist with thin gold piping running alongside.

The helmet is where I think they made a mistake, the shell is the lighter “action” green which might work okay with the home uniform but looks very out of place on the road whites which have hardly any “action” green outside the helmet. The dark green would have worked better here, in my opinion. Facemask is gold, the primary logo is on the sides, and there are two green stripes up the middle.

Every XFL Team Helmet for 2020 season

“The XFL is about football and fun, and our team identities are intended to signify just that,” said XFL President Jeffrey Pollack in a press release. “Now it is up to our fans and players to help write the story. What happens on the field and in the community in the years ahead will determine the true spirit of each team.”

The re-born inaugural 2020 season for the XFL begins on Saturday, February 8th with the championship game set for April 26th.

Report: 49ers lobby NFL to wear their throwback uniforms in Super Bowl

Richard Sherman leading 49ers’ campaign to allow them to use all-white 1994 throwback uniforms for Super Bowl against Chiefs

Richard Sherman, celebrating after an interception in a win over the Panthers earlier this season, is leading a petition to have the NFL allow wear these same throwback uniforms in Super Bowl LIV.

When the 49ers try to capture the franchise’s first Super Bowl title in 25 years, they’d love to dress the part of their last championship team by wearing their 1994 throwback uniforms in Miami against the Chiefs.

49ers cornerback Richard Sherman told The Athletic after Sunday’s NFC Championship victory he and some teammates are hoping the NFL will approve their request to don their all-white retro threads in the Super Bowl. Sherman told David Lombardi of The Athletic the league “is thinking about changing (the uniform) policy now,” which for marketing purposes had in the past placed restrictions on the usage of non-traditional uniforms, especially in the postseason.

However, considering how much the league has relaxed its uniform policy over the past year, you’d have to like the 49ers’ chances of wearing what they want.

Because the 49ers are the designated road team, they wouldn’t be able to wear the exact uniforms that Steve Young and his teammates wore while beating the Chargers 49-26 in Miami for Super Bowl XXIX in 1995. That 49ers title team wore red jerseys as the home team but only the all-white throwbacks appear to be an option this time since the Chiefs’ home jerseys are red.

The 49ers have worn the distinctive all-white oldies with black-trimmed drop shadow numbers twice this season with favorable results. They wore them in a 51-13 win at home against the Panthers and later received permission to wear them again in their epic Week 17 win in Seattle. San Francisco first wore the ’94 white throwbacks last year during a 39-10 loss to the Rams at Levi’s.

Before the 2018 season, the NFL announced it would allow teams to wear an alternate jersey (either color rush or throwback or alternate jerseys) for up to three games in the regular season. But the league this season has permitted the Browns, Rams and Ravens all to wear alternate jerseys more than the allowable three times, with the Ravens donning their alternate all-black uniforms in four games, including a Week 13 victory over the 49ers.

Even more curiously, the league apparently last month removed part of the rule governing how many times teams can wear alternate jerseys from its NFL Operations Website.

Regardless of which jersey style they wear, though, this will be the first time in three Super Bowl trips to Miami that the 49ers won’t wear their home reds. San Francisco beat the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII and the Chargers in XXIX when The Hard Rock was called Joe Robbie Stadium.

As the home team, the Chiefs have the option to wear either their regular red home jerseys or their white ones that are reserved for road games. It should be noted the Chiefs lost Super Bowl I against the Packers while donning white shirts, and then won Super Bowl IV by beating the Vikings while wearing red jerseys.

LeBron James, Lakers Lead Jersey And Merchandise Sales Lists For 2019-20 NBA Season

The NBA released the top-selling players and teams in terms of merchandise sales and unsurprisingly LeBron James led all players in jersey sales while the Los Angeles Lakers sold the most merchandise of any team in the league.

James has now been on the Lakers for two seasons and in both of them, he led the way for individual jersey sales.

In addition, the Lakers also sold the most merchandise last season and the addition of Anthony Davis likely wasn’t going to do anything to change that.

The NBA released the top-15 individuals for jersey sales this season and there are hardly any surprises in the results:

1. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
3. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
4. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
5. James Harden, Houston Rockets
6. Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks
7. Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers
8. Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
9. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
10. Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets
11. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
12. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets
13. Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets
14. Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
15. Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans

There are few interesting placements here, but nothing truly out of the ordinary. Stephen Curry is showing his popularity by ranking third without having played a game in three months. Jayson Tatum is a bit higher than expected at fourth while Davis is probably lower than expected at eighth. However, Davis’ placement can likely be attributed to the uncertainty of his 2020 NBA free agency as well as his number change to 23 if he does re-sign.

The NBA also released the top-10 teams by total merchandise sales with minimal surprises again:

1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Boston Celtics
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Toronto Raptors
5. Milwaukee Bucks
6. Golden State Warriors
7. Houston Rockets
8. Chicago Bulls
9. Miami Heat
10. Brooklyn Nets

The Lakers leading the way is not shocking in the slightest. The Boston Celtics coming in at No. 2 also provides little intrigue. The only minor surprise here is the Chicago Bulls ranking in the top-10 due to their lack of success on the court, but they are still a huge market and the team has several promising young players like Zach LaVine and Lauri Markannen.

The Lakers will always be in the top-10 of these rankings but as long as James and Davis are on the team, there’s no doubt they’ll rank at No. 1.

These obviously are not the final figures as those are usually released in April, but it’s unlikely fans will see any movement at the top of the list between now and then.

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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