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Fresno Grizzlies to wear Ninja Turtles uniforms

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The Toldeo Mud Hens may have started a new trend with the announcement they made last month about their plans to rock “Ghostbusters” jerseys for a game this spring. On Sunday, the Fresno Grizzlies — a San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate — unveiled their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles swag.

And now, we’re left with a coin flip. I love the Ghostbusters look, but the Ninja Turtles threads are right up there. The fact that all four colors are represented in some way is incredible. I hope that is actually what the uniforms will look like and isn’t just part of the promo. If so, those hats are going to fly off the shelves.

H/T The Big Lead
Photo: Twitter/Minor League Promos

Raptors bringing back awesome purple jerseys next season

The Toronto Raptors will be celebrating their 20th year as an NBA franchise during the 2014-2015 season. If you were a kid who grew up in the 1990s, you probably had or knew someone who had a purple piece of clothing that was acceptable for a young boy to wear because it represented basketball’s newest team. That shade of purple is coming back next season.

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The Raptors announced on Thursday that they will be wearing their original jerseys for select home games next year to commemorate the team’s 20th anniversary. Amir Johnson modeled one of the “Jurassic Park” throwbacks on Instagram.

I just might have to bust out my old Starter jacket.

Tampa Bay Bucs unveil new uniforms

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled new uniforms for the 2014 season on Monday, which the team believes blend a mix of tradition with a modern design. That modern design includes includes a reflective chrome border around the numbers on the jerseys — something that has not been done before in the NFL.

“Today marks the culmination of more than two years of research and planning to bring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a new and exciting era of our history,” Bucs co-chairman Edward Glazer told the team’s official website. “We worked closely with our partners at Nike to design a uniform that would set the standard for both design and functionality. The result is a sleek, modern design that honors our championship past while also establishing a new, bolder identity moving forward.”

The uniforms also feature the color orange, which was nixed altogether in the late 1990s when Tampa Bay introduced its predominantly red, white, black and gold design.

While I hate when people overreact to uniform changes, I’m not a huge fan of these. They look a little too similar to the threads Maryland introduced a couple of years back, and you know how we feel about those.

Toledo Mud Hens to wear Ghostbusters jerseys

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The original “Ghostbusters” movie will turn 30 this summer, which is enough to make any person who grew up in the 1980s feel really, really old.  With the passing of actor Harold Ramis — who played Dr. Egon Spengler in the movie — earlier this week, there was no better time than Thursday for the the Toledo Mud Hens to unveil the “Ghostbusters” inspired uniforms they will wear this season.

The Mud Hens, a Detroit Tigers minor league affiliate, will be wearing the jerseys on May 30. Minor league teams wearing quirky jerseys to scoop up a little publicity is nothing new, but we usually see lame stuff like Christmas in July. The “Ghostbusters” threads are right up there with the tuxedo jerseys worn by an AHL team last year. All class.

H/T CBS Detroit
Photo: Instagram/Mud Hens

Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveil new ‘enhanced’ logo

Times are changing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gone is Greg Schiano, who compiled an 11-21 record in two seasons at the helm. In is former Chicago Bears head coach, and one-time Bucs’ linebackers coach, Lovie Smith.

It also sounds like there could be significant shuffling of the roster.

In keeping with the theme, players who are around when the season opens will be sporting new headgear that was unveiled on Thursday.

As we can see, courtesy of Paul Lukas from Uni Watch, the new logo takes up a much larger portion of the helmet.

The idea behind this was to portray a more intimidating presence, according to Buccaneers Co-Chairman Edward Glazer. I guess it does have a bit more edge than the team’s original helmet.

I’m not a particularly big fan of chrome helmets that can be seen from outer space like the ones making the rounds in college football, but I do like the chrome face mask on this one.

The Buccaneers last changed their helmet design prior to the 1997 season. They made it to the Super Bowl five years later. I imagine Lovie Smith is hoping it won’t take that long this time around.

Dirk Nowitzki thought the Christmas sleeved jerseys were ‘awful’

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Not too many people were fans of the sleeved jerseys the NBA had teams wear on Christmas. Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, whose team had the day off, was one of those people.

Careful, Dirk, comments like those are grounds for a fine from David Stern.

But who disagrees with him? Not only are they non-traditional and ugly looking, one player even complained that the sleeves adversely affected his performance.

LeBron James also complained about the sleeved jersey prior to Christmas, and he didn’t seem to like wearing it during his game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

I didn’t think the jerseys were that bad, you know, if teams were trying to compete with Globo-Gym’s Purple Cobras for league dominance.

Oregon State uniforms were all orange top to bottom and hideous

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Oregon State went with an all-orange uniform selection for Friday’s home game against Pac-12 opponent USC, and their duds were hideous. They were wearing orange from head-to-toe — cleats, pants, jerseys, gloves and helmets were all orange. It was terrible.

The uniforms led to jokes cracked everywhere. One of the best descriptions I saw came from someone who said the Beavers were going with their traffic cone look.

The all-orange unis were actually part of an entire “orange out” the Beavers program had for the nationally-televised game.

I’ve ripped on Oregon’s uniforms in the past, but they’re nothing compared to what Oregon State had on. Yikes.

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