It didn’t take long for the new NBA season to have a uni-notable moment, as LeBron James suffered a ripped jersey during last night’s Cavs/Celtics season opener. As you can see above, the jersey tear ran right between his rear numerals. It apparently happened when Jaylen Brown of the Celtics grabbed a handful of polyester.
This is the second time in less than three weeks that an NBA player has sustained a seriously torn jersey. The first time was on Sept. 30, when Lakers guard Tyler Ennis was victimized during a preseason game. His tear also ran right between the rear numerals. Hmmmmm:
Memo to Nike: Better get this flaw fixed quickly.
Other notes from last night’s season opener:
• Getting back to LeBron, he wore sneakers emblazoned with an “Equality” message:
• The Cavs linked arms during the national anthem:
The Cavs link arms during the national anthem before tonight's season opener vs. the Celtics pic.twitter.com/VY6wFzE4CP
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 18, 2017
• Teams had worn white tights and mostly white socks during the preseason, but the Celtics went with green tights and green socks:
• That included Terry Rozier, whose signature one-leg tights look featured one green leg:
• Oh, and both teams wore completely unacceptable corporate advertising patches, but you already knew that.
Meanwhile, last night’s other NBA game featured the Warriors hosting the Rockets. Prior to the game, the Warriors received their rings and raised their latest championship banner:
What a time! pic.twitter.com/VGj0jLsMF3
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) October 18, 2017
One big change from past seasons: The defending champs didn’t wear an O’Brien Trophy patch for the season opener. Gee, I wonder why. (Hint: Rhymes with “No room left after adding Nike logo and corporate ad patch. Douchebags.”)
KRC update: The latest installment of Key Ring Chronicles is about an old orange fishing lure. I really like this one. Check it out here.
By Alex Hider
Baseball News: There’s growing hope that we’ll see the Expos logo back in the MLB soon. NBC Sports reported yesterday that there’s “growing consensus” that the league should add expansion teams in Montreal and Portland, as well as expand the playoffs and shorten the regular season (from Brinke). … Astros P Lance McCullers wear No. 43. But during Monday night’s Yanks/Astros ALCS game, a Fox Sports graphic featured of a photo of him from Jackie Robinson Day and mistakenly listed him as No. 42. … Interesting discussion: If Carlos Beltran were to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which cap would he put on his plaque? (From Paul). … Dwyane White noted some Padres NOB arching inconsistencies during this shot of the 1984 World Series. … The fan who gave the thumbs-down sign that was adopted by the Yankees as a sign of team unity now has his own bobblehead.
NFL News: One ESPN writer thinks the Chargers should go powder blue full-time to help create buzz in Los Angeles. I think it’s safe to say that Uni Watch agrees (from Phil). … From Monday Night Football: Titans T Taylor Lewan lost a shoe during play. He ended up borrowing a shoe from fellow OL Brian Schwenke (from Paul Deaver). … It’s not uncommon for NFL teams to have players wear replica jerseys for community events, but the Saints have their players in old jerseys with the dreaded toilet seat collar (from Ray Garofalo III). … The late-’80s Rams had double-decker FNOBs for DL Richard Brown and WR Ron Brown (from Pro Football Journal).
College Football News: Players for Charleston Southern, an FCS program, chose to remove the decals from their helmets for their game last Saturday to protest the school’s administration. Their protest reportedly stems from the school’s cafeteria running out of food and leaving players hungry. The team says they plan on playing without decals for the rest of the season (from Joel Mathwig). … Virginia Tech will wear white helmets this weekend (from Andrew Cosentino). … Virginia tweeted a photo of S Quin Blanding wearing a Mighty Ducks jersey the other day (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … Youngstown State will wear Pinktober ribbon decals this week (from Robert Hayes).
Hockey News: The Penguins have taken to adding award stickers to a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet as a player-of-the-game ritual. The decals include the player’s number and the logo of the opposing team (from Mike Slavonic). … In a related item, the Flyers give their player of the game a Ric Flair robe (from @TheGoalNet45). … The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins wore new breezers and socks with old jerseys during a preseason game earlier this month (from Patrick Thomas).
Basketball News: P.J. Dozier, an undrafted rookie, will be the first player since Kevin Durant to wear No. 35 for the Thunder. … The Browns simultaneously wished the Cavs good luck and trolled Celtics G Kyrie Irving by blatantly Photoshopping Jabrill Peppers’ Cavs jersey in a photo. … Speaking of the Cavs, the season is barely underway and a pair of fans are already selling T-shirts urging LeBron James to re-sign with the team next offseason. … The NBA will auction off the jerseys worn during last night’s games to benefit hurricane victims (from Phil).
Grab Bag: ’Tis the season: Scott Nuzum spotted a pink-on-pink matchup at a high school volleyball game between Uniontown and Pleasanton in Kansas, and Burrill Strong spotted pink-on-pink game (with a little camo thrown in) between Dexter and Chelsea in Michigan. … Speaking of mono-colored high school volleyball games, Nik Streng spotted a red-on-red matchup between Weiser and Payette in Idaho. … Virginia Tech engineering students have created 3D-printed golf grips that are designed to perfectly conform to an individual’s hands (from Andrew Cosentino). …Paul Weisner ran the 40th Chicago Marathon earlier this month. Interestingly, they sent a patch to anyone else who registered for the race and also turned 40 during 2017. … American Airlines apparently doesn’t recognize curling as a sport (from Mark Smith). … A mother in Long Island wants a local high school to do away with revealing girls’ cross country uniforms (from Chris Flinn). … Youngstown State has added its athletic logo to crosswalks on campus (from Robert Hayes). … Here are the 2017-18 men’s and women’s volleyball uniforms for the Japanese V-League (from Jeremy Brahm). … New jerseys for the Wales Rugby Union National Team. Ditto for England (from Jimmy Griggs). … Here’s a detailed explanation of the crest design for the English rugby league team Salford (from James Welham).