Maybe you've seen these. Well I can tell you one thing, whoever bought one never had to leave their house. You won't find one of these lining the racks and shelves of the WFC or any Modell's or Dick's, that's because someone who is really good at photoshop excited someone in China enough to mass produce these ugly sweaters, not once, but twice. Now, living and going to school in Pittsburgh means that Flyers games are shown at minimum 6 times a year, and then whenever Versus or NBC wants to show me a game. So far this year I was graced with a free preview of NHL Center Ice, and trust me, if i were made of money, I'd add it to the plan. But something keeps bugging me about watching.
Writing for this website, twitter is a very important tool. News in sports is constantly changing and most beat writers and national media personalities use twitter to share stories with their followers. Not only do writers use twitter, but athletes across all sports are becoming notorious for their twitter accounts. Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has the most followers out of any professional athlete. He occasionally stages meet and greets with any of his followers who want to come out and meet him. He once treated a number of people to dinner in Cincinnati all through a tweet. There are many Philadelphia athletes with twitters. Jimmy Rollins, Mike Vick, Evan Turner, JVR, just to name a few. Although recently, a new Philadelphia has made his way to twitter, and lets just say, I really wish he didn't.
This week, West Virginia University head football coach Dana Holgorsen ripped into the Mountaineer fan base for a lack of support during last week's home game. 46,603 people came out to see the Mountaineers crush Bowling Green (but it rained... a lot). This attendance number is around 15,000 less than Milan Puskar Stadium's capacity. Holgorsen wondered where all the die-hard Mountaineer fans went after showing up in record numbers for their primetime game the week before against LSU. Now as a Pitt student, i hate all that is WVU, but I have to somewhat agree with Holgorsen when it comes to his comments.
In the age of constant team re-branding in college sports (Oregon, Oklahoma St, Arizona St, Maryland), it is always nice to see classic consistency (Penn St, USC, Alabama). Now personally, I enjoy a good pro combat uniform (I did not like Under Amour's stunt with the Maryland flag jerseys), especially when it is done well. I also like tradition, and think that Penn State's jerseys are some of the nicest ones out there. When my school, Pitt, switched to Nike and received new jerseys, they were simple and smart, the parts of Nike that don't make news.
Now you are probably wondering as to why there is a strange looking Marlins logo up here. That's right, the Marlins are getting re-branded. It all starts with a brand new stadium. Personally, I don't know how the city can afford to even build a brand new one, considering no one went to the last one. Look at all those people! Maybe LeBron James helped finance it by giving the city all of his 4th quarter earnings. First of all, I hate this new logo. Obviously we won't know what the jerseys will look like until sometime next year, but this isn't a good start. The Marlins were one of the few teams to not have blue(it's called Florida blue, but lets be honest, that's not really blue) or red in their color scheme. When they came into the league, their jerseys were revolutionary. Look at all that teal! Over time, the teal became more and more subdued. The city of Miami, notable for having awful fans who can't even sell out 8 football games, are getting a brand new state of the art stadium, now they better use it and go to games because they'll have their precious retractable roof.
Don't lose hope in baseball so fast now. The Toronto Blue Jays are going back to their roots next year. Now I did not dislike the Jays previous logos, I just feel as if their original one was best. This new logo is a more modern, and sleeker version of their old one. It is not so much a re-branding as it is a renewal. Maybe next year it will take some new jerseys and an even bigger Red Sox collapse in order for the Blue Jays to have a chance.