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  1. That's interesting. It's still not as authentic to the city as, say, the Motor City -- the announcer is a team employee (or an employee of the team's partner, anyway). Does it make a difference if the announcer comes up with it instead of the marketing department coming up with it and feeding it to the broadcast team? OTOH, the name has history, and the announcer sounds like he had a long, iconic run in the minds of the fans. I guess it feels better than Buzz City.
  2. Right, but is a name developed by the team marketing department, or I'd it a nickname honestly earned and conferred onto the city or team by the fans and/or local media? The Motor City is definitely the later. I got the sense that Buzz City is the former. I don't know either way about Rip City.
  3. I remember being slightly annoyed at the fit of King's jersey when he was playing for the Bullets. The scoop of the neck was deeper than most (revealing far too much taco meat). This also had the unfortunate side effect of pushing his jersey # down his torso, to the point that the bottom of the "30" came perilously close to touching his waistband. This wasn't a bug in the uni template itself; Mark Alarie's jersey didn't have this problem: Ditto for Hot Plate (in the standard jersey # version):
  4. I preferred the Bullets' italicized #s from the Bernard King/Steve Colter era over the more conventional #s used in the "Gugliotta Era": OTOH, the Bullets' wordmark is indeed cleaner without the border -- although they should've made the basketball red to give the wordmark more pop. Oddly enough, the Bullets' road unis still used a blue wordmark and #s with a white border. That was annoyingly inconsistent. But I agree that, in both instances, the word mark was too small.
  5. But that's my point. Why mention it in the press release at all if they're not going to bother even showing a rendering or a sketch of it until later? And why bother showing an official pic of a new uni in the press release if they're not going to have a full gallery showing off all of the new features? And why not coordinate with the teams how to best roll this out to avoid having the Kings jump the gun (if they even view it that way)? I can't imagine Nike wanted their SSMSS to be first revealed via awkward renderings on the Kings' app.
  6. That's so odd. Why would Nike introduce a revolutionary (and potentially controversial) design element -- and *not* show it off during their official launch? And, why would the Kings' official pics *also* fail to show it? Who cares if the back looks odd -- why wouldn't Nike steer into the skid and market the heck out of the performance benefits of the Scapula Shaped motion shoulder seam (SSMSS) to the point that consumers buy into the hype and accept it? What a strange roll out.
  7. I'm concerned that Nike's new off-center notch on the shorts will throw off the "W" in the Wizards' short design. Of course, if the Wizards go with their popular stars and stripes (or some other design) instead, that would render my concern moot.
  8. I'm generally against those nicknames, agreed. That said, if the Wizards break out a "Chocolate City" jersey, they can take all of my money.
  9. I'm more annoyed at the fact that the descriptions talk about how the crown is now at the waistband (because "we are all kings"), yet none of the photos give you a clear view of the waistband. EDIT: ah, I see others have posted photos that show the waistband. I withdraw my complaint.
  10. I wouldn't be surprised if the Wizards pushed their red unis (even though I prefer their whites). The Leonsis-owned Caps love to push their "Rock the Red" slogan for home games.
  11. FWIW, as a fan of both the USMNT and Trinidad & Tobago, I found it very disconcerting to see the USA in red and T&T in white w/ black shorts last Thursday. It took me and my dad a beat to figure out which team was which: The USMNT traditionally wears white shirts w/ dark shorts; the Soca Warriors traditionally wear red (see below). One would think that both teams could've worn their primary kits with no clash; why the switch up? I thought teams would be fine with both sides wearing dark shorts, provided that the tops were contrasting, but perhaps that's also something to be avoided?
  12. The Spurs have joined the Red Lantern Corps.
  13. It looks more like a speeding locomotive, or an extended scepter, or basketball sperm. Regardless, it's *bad*. And, it's off-brand. No one can clearly figure out what it is, or what it's suppose to represent. Is the ball whooshing through the D? If so: why introduce motion when the rest of the brand is static?
  14. I dunno about that. The DC logo is featured prominently in the background of this recent offseason interview with Wizards' GM Ernie "I get to keep my job forever" Grunfeld: http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/ernie-grunfeld-re-affirms-wizards-commitment-retaining-otto-porter I'm not a fan. The "DC" font doesn't fit in with any other aspect of the team's identity. The "dc" hand logo is far superior. It's simpler and cleaner, it's a nice nod to multiple eras of the team's history (the hand from the Unseld-era Bullets; the italicized slant from the Muggsy Bogues-era Bullets), and it looks great on a baseball cap. That's as classy a secondary logo as there is in the NBA. If the team ever became truly successful, that logo would have a chance to become iconic in a way that very few NBA secondary logos do. The DC monument logo posted earlier would undermine the dc logo, and as such should have no place in the team's current identity.
  15. I thought Adidas' current uni template can't accommodate split fonts for the jersey #s -- which is why Memphis had give up their split font #s. Perhaps Nike has a viable solution.