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Reader Email: I’m No Longer a Fat Ass, Which Flyers Jersey Should I Get?

Kyle Scott - October 18, 2013

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Email from reader Larry:

Kyle… Help… I recently lost 215 pounds all my flyers jerseys are HUGE on me now… I need a New Jersey… But I’m sick of buying a player and they get traded in a year and I don’t wanna wear it anymore.. So I wanna get a new style jersey and customize it with a vintage player… Somebody a true flyers fan can appreciate… Who do I go?… Parent? Clarke?… My all time fav flyer is Hexy and he’s prolly gonna be the gm when Holmgren starts fellating snider with less vigor… Howe? Desjardins? Kerr?… Help me man who should I get?

First of all, you don’t need a New Jersey. You need a new jersey, not the state governed by Chris Christie, The Governor.

Agreed– don’t get a current player unless it’s G. Not even Paul Holmgren in a drunken rage and with a sticky PS 3 controller would move him.

I’m not a huge fan of the new-style customized with old player look. BUT. But there’s an acceptable loophole– the Winter Classic Alumni Game. They wore current jerseys. So, you can get an old player in the new style without penalty, provided he played in the game. God is good to you, my friend.

My thoughts on your suggestions:

Parent: Maybe. But he’s lost something since he’s revealed how totally out of touch he is in his Philly.com pieces.

Clarke: Never a bad choice. But it’s like choosing to root for Man U in soccer– everyone will get a Clarke.

Hexy: You don’t want a GM’s jersey. It’s like church and state.

Howe: Great choice, but he works for the Red Wings and identifies himself as much with that org. as he does the Flyers. Always leaves a bad taste in my mouth when an athlete has dual citizenship.

Kerr: Do you really want to wear a Shore realtor’s name on your back?

Desjardins: Bingo. I’m guessing you’re in your late 20s, early 30s. If so, Dej is as much a part of your Flyers memories as any. Had his best years of his career here. Never any problems. Well-respected and known, yet kind of obscure. Maybe left a bad taste in your mouth once he started doing that spinning on a top thing at the blue line his last couple of years, but overall a great player with a perfect Lou Nolan name – Eric Desjarrrrrrrdins – a knack for coming up big, and a great goal celebration.

His overtime goal against the Rangers in Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals (1:33) is one of my all-time favorite Flyers moments:

Get it without the C, though. Get the A.

The Iron Pigs Have New Alternate Jerseys

Kyle Scott - March 18, 2013

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The Iron Pigs are taking some cues from the marketing wizards over in Reading and are adding a new uniform to their rotation this year. Behold the powder blue and maroon pullover:

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From the release:

The IronPigs will don a powder blue and burgundy retro mesh jersey during Sunday home games this season, paying homage to the Phillies' tradition-rich teams of the 1970s and 1980s and marking the first significant uniform change since the IronPigs debuted in 2008. 

This pullover jersey features the primary IronPigs logo emblazed on the left chest to modernize the classic powder blue and burgundy look.  Its mesh composition promotes breathability and provides additional comfort for players and fans alike.

"This is an iconic color scheme and one that IronPigs fans and Phillies fans collectively adore," remarked IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes. "We think our fans are going to squeal over this fresh new look!"

 

HEYYO (!!!)

You can pre-order the jersey, but no actual product images are available yet… and, really, they’re going to make all the difference: Too dark, and it looks like a cheap knockoff of a throwback Phillies jersey. Too light, and it’s a baby bib.  

I actually like the home Baseballtown Fightins jerseys better. They’re growing on me for some reason. They’re original. The Iron Pigs Sunday jerseys seem forced, and there's something missing on the front.

A Change.org Petition for the Eagles to Bring Back Kelly Green Has Over 4,000 Signatures

Kyle Scott - January 31, 2013

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I’ve always thought that the online petition was sort of like the phony Craigslist posting in the interweb hierarchy– a low-hanging fruit story for bloggers and news outlets, and a legitimization of something that is either, in the grand scheme of things, frivolous or, well, illegitimate. But sometimes, they actually make sense. And what better way to get Jeffrey Lurie’s attention about switching back to Kelly Green uniforms than by starting a Change.org petition and then having local Philly outlets write about it? 

Twitterer and Zoo With Roy contributor Cranekicker has called attention to a petition for the Eagles to switch back to Kelly Green that has over 4,000 signatures already, mine included. It reads: We are not asking for throwback uniforms; a modern uniform design is appropriate, but Kelly Green should be the official color. It's more representative of our legacy, and the franchise is going through major changes that should be reflected by a change in our image as well.

The petition has already gotten some love from Philly.com's blog with a similar banner and FOX 29 (and now the best sports blog ever), and I’m sure will pick up more steam today. 

The call for Kelly Green is nothing new. The Midnight Green color scheme, championed by Earth-sexer Christina Lurie, has run its course. Hell, I pleaded for the change over a year ago, and ever since the Luries announced their divorce, which reportedly left Christina with no management authority over the team, the calls – on Twitter, specifically – have gotten louder.  A hurdle, though: Making substantial changes to logos or uniforms in the NFL is two-year process, which means that unless the Eagles submitted the change in 2011, we likely won’t see new uniforms in 2013. It’s possible that they did, but our uniform geek Dan Fuller* tells me that those things usually leak out and, to date, there have been no leaks related to the Eagles. So, we would likely be looking at 2014 at the earliest. [There is nothing concrete in the rule book about this, so it’s entirely possible it’s more of a “guideline” than a hard and fast rule.] 

I’d like to see the Eagles get creative with Nike, who began making NFL uniforms last year. At a way-too-hyped event in New York, the company unveiled the future… and only the Seahawks made any radical changes to their design. The Eagles should follow suit. It doesn’t mean much that Chip Kelly came from Oregon, which literally had a new getup each game thanks to being Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s alma mater, but the direct connection from the coach, last name Kelly, to Knight doesn't hurt the potential for a radical shift to Kelly Green uniforms. 

But no need for throwbacks. Any change should be modern and take advantage of having the evil geniuses at Nike at the ready.

Sign the petition here.

*I asked Dan if he wanted to handle this post, but upon hearing about the petition, he locked himself in a dark room with a box of tissues and this SI For Kids cover. Weird.


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Video: Making The Jersey

Kyle Scott - December 10, 2012

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We spent quite a bit of time and endless interweb space covering the Reading Fightins’ surprising brand redesign, so why stop now? Here’s a well-produced video from Brandiose, the company put in charge of turning the R-Phils into the Fightins, which shows the making of Reading’s new Baseballtown jerseys. Nothing earth-shattering, but interesting for you uni geeks, like our fashion editor Dan Fuller.

Hop it for the video.

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How To Fix Our Football Team: Give Us A New One

Kyle Scott - October 22, 2012

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Last year, after the Eagles got out to a 3-6 start, I wrote an almost 3,000-word post on what was wrong with the team and organization as a whole. Almost all of it remains true today. Some details have changed, but the message is the same: the Eagles aren’t capable of winning a Super Bowl as constructed, Andy Reid needs to go, and the team needs an image refresh. Here is that post, originally on this site on November 16, 2011.

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Eagles Not Going Back From Black (Jerseys)

Kyle Scott - August 23, 2012

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For some unholy reason, the Eagles will wear their black uniforms again this season. 

According to the best Eagles reporter there is, Tim McManus, the jerseys, which were cool in, like, 2005, will be worn on October 28 against the Falcons. So, a Halloween game. Basically. 

Meanwhile, our fashion editor Dan Fuller sobs in a cubicle (mostly because of the font on that bootlegged jersey).

The New Nike Eagles Jerseys

Kyle Scott - April 3, 2012

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Photo via Darren Rovell on Who Say

Here they are, the new Philadelphia Eagles Nike jerseys, and they’re exactly the same!

Today at a press conference that mystifyingly wasn’t shown live on the NFL Network, the NFL and Nike unveiled the new jerseys to be worn by all 32 NFL teams. Previously, as you likely already know, teams wore Reebok jerseys. Now it’s Nike’s turn, and from the looks of things, they were much more conservative than they were with the NCAA.

This is disappointing, to say the least. I wrote at length here about how the Eagles would benefit greatly from a brand facelift, which could have largely been accomplished by refreshing their jerseys. With Nike taking over jersey design this year, it seemed like a good time to do just that.

No such luck.

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What you are seeing is essentially the same jersey (cosmetically speaking), with most of the differences coming in the fabric used by Nike. The only team that received a radical change to their new uniforms was the Seattle Seahawks:

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I actually like those, and wanted to see something similar, or at least as drastic, for the Eagles. Oh well. 

As you can see in this picture tweeted by Paul Lukas, Michael Vick (and other notables) was in New York to debut the Eagles’ new old look:

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We’ll have links to purchase when the jerseys go on-sale soon.

About the only things that are new for the Eagles are the cleats and gloves, which you can view after the jump.

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The Fallout From Jeff Carter’s Time in Columbus is Hilarious… Also, Sad

Kyle Scott - March 8, 2012

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