Just what the world needs: More jerseys for sale
Did you hear this one?
The NBA is going to let the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets to wear uniforms with nicknames on the back for one regular season game this year.
Yep. As the story says, no more Allen or Pierce, you’ll get Shuttlesworth or The Truth and, my Lord, when will they stop coming up with ways to separate fans from their hard-earned dollars?
Now, I know this move isn’t aimed at aged grumps like me and I’m sure they don’t care a whit that you wouldn’t catch me dead in any uniform – real names or fake ones – but someone has to explain to me why this shouldn’t be seen as a blatant attempt to increase revenue.
It’s not like it serves any other useful purpose, does it? It doesn’t pay tribute to anything or any group, it doesn’t reach back in time to pay homage to a franchises history.
It’s a cash grab, right? Pure and simple.
Now, I will admit that I don’t get this whole uniform-on-fans thing that much. I don’t think I’ve ever owned one – even back in the day as a kid, I can vaguely remember maybe having a Leaves uniform but that was it – but I certainly wouldn’t be caught dead wearing one now.
In fact, having been around a while, if they passed a law making it illegal for anyone over the age of, say, 45, to wear a pro sport team uniform out in public, I’d be fine with it.
But surely some of you have them, right?
I presume it’s just another way to feel connected to the team you support, right? Or to pay tribute to a player you particularly like?
I guess, at that level, I can sort of understand it but not entirely. I see thousands of people of all ages – and, sadly – all body types wearing jerseys at various games I’m at and I’m wondering if some of them own mirrors.
But marketing gurus around leagues and teams know they’ve hit a financial motherlode and I don’t know where it’s going to end.
There are home jerseys and road jerseys and “alternate” jerseys and throwback jerseys and camouflage jerseys and what have you.
Heck, I think I’ve counted seven or eight different jersey permutations of the HOTH in the last five or six years and they’ve had a long and illustrious 18-year history to draw on.
Now nickname jerseys?
I cannot even imagine what’s next.
Jerseys with twitter names on the back?
This is really good stuff and I imagine if you’re trying to get chores done it’d be a good thing to have playing in your ear.
Can someone explain why I was quite glad to pay $1.25 9/10ths for a litre of gas yesterday morning?
So, another easy win for the women at the FIBA Americas qualification event – they routed Chile 93-51 and there are details here – and talking after the game on a conference call with Lisa Thomaidis and Shona Thorburn, one thing came through loud and clear.
This team know it’s good, probably the best team at the tournament, and the sense of confidence is palpable.
They know that if they take care of business and play anywhere near their capabilities, they are basically guaranteed a spot in the world and perhaps, for the first time in recent memory, they win the FIBA Americas tournament outright.
Thorburn hit on a very good point during the short conversation.
This team plays hard and it plays tough and they have no problem letting everyone know that they’ll be in for a tough, physical game.
I guess that comes from the experience that courses through the roster, a lot of these women have had nothing but success at this level – the team’s been in the last two world championships and the 2012 Olympics – and it’s bred a level of confidence that’s important.
They don’t care who is in front of them or what the other’s team’s reputation is or what the history has been: Canada knows it’s up to Canada to do what it does and success will come; they are talented enough that winning is now expected.
That’s got to be a pretty good feeling, no?
Next up is Venezuela tonight (another 5:15 p.m. East game on NBA TV Canada) and then the big first-round one tomorrow against Cuba.
Not sure there’s any reason right now to think there is some blip on the horizon.
I see a new TV season is upon us – the previews are all over the networks these days – and while it’s starting later than it used and will undoubtedly end earlier – I’m looking for something to pay attention to regularly.
I’m okay with Criminal Minds and the two NCIS franchises and, of course, my new favourite Duck Dynasty (can’t thank the smart people who pointed that out to me enough) but what else is there?
Do I know how to pick ‘em or what?
I see my Pittsburgh Pirates are now officially back in the playoffs after two decades of basic futility and I wonder this:
Does it give rise to any level of optimism for the TOD, whose post-season drought is as long?
I know the franchises are different and the clubs were built differently and the circumstances are not the same but are fans out there thinking: “Hey, if it happened to Pittsburgh, why can’t it happen here?”
Probably not, right?
But it does mean I can now pay closer attention to the baseball playoffs than I normally do – if the time works.
Now I need to see if I have an old Roberto Clemente jersey around here somewhere.