Tag: basketball

UNC Men’s Basketball 1972-73: “How You Doin’?”

UNC Men’s Basketball 1972-73: “How You Doin’?”

Ephemera
I don't handle college basketball ephemera on the Press Room (yet), but I couldn't not share this anyway. It's the media guide for the North Carolina Tar Heels' 1972-73 men's basketball season, and it is quite fetching for a few reasons. Here we see a quite fetching UNC co-ed being eyed, sort of creepily I might add, by a trio of UNC players including George Karl on the right. And hoo-boy are those some great pants he's wearing. But it's not his legs we're interested in, right? Ah, college life. As it turns out, putting pretty college women on the front of media guides and programs was not an uncommon practice, and I'm not even including cheerleaders in that category. But that's another topic for another post...
The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Northwest Division)

The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Northwest Division)

Sports
I’ve gone through my logo rankings for the NFL and MLB, so now it’s time for the NBA! If you want to see which logos I picked as the best for those leagues, I’ve provided this handy reference page. Otherwise, let’s do some roundball logo reviews. I’m going to take this at an easier pace than I did with football and baseball, so this will be running throughout the NBA 2012-13 regular season. Up next are the five teams of the Western Conference’s Northwest Division — the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, and Utah Jazz.  As always, most of these are sourced from Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website. Denver Nuggets Best What's this, you ask? Well, before the Denver Nuggets came to the NBA from the old American Basketball Associ
The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Central Division)

The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Central Division)

Sports
I’ve gone through my logo rankings for the NFL and MLB, so now it’s time for the NBA! If you want to see which logos I picked as the best for those leagues, I’ve provided this handy reference page. Otherwise, let’s do some roundball logo reviews. I’m going to take this at an easier pace than I did with football and baseball, so this will be running throughout the NBA 2012-13 regular season. Up next are the five teams of the Eastern Conference’s Central Division — the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, and Milwaukee Bucks.  As always, most of these are sourced from Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website. Chicago Bulls Best Well, this is an easy choice. The Bulls have had the same primary logo since they came into the league for the 1966-67 seaso
The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Atlantic Division)

The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Atlantic Division)

Sports
I've gone through my logo rankings for the NFL and MLB, so now it's time for the NBA! If you want to see which logos I picked as the best for those leagues, I've provided this handy reference page. Otherwise, let's do some roundball logo reviews. I'm going to take this at an easier pace than I did with football and baseball, so this will be running into the NBA 2012-13 regular season. Up first are the five teams of the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division -- the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Toronto Raptors.  As always, most of these are sourced from Chris Creamer's outstanding logo website. Boston Celtics Best What better way to start this logo series than with one of the NBA's all-time great ones? The original Celtics leprechaun logo
Brick! — The 10 Longest Active Title Droughts in NBA History

Brick! — The 10 Longest Active Title Droughts in NBA History

Featured Posts, Sports
Winning an NBA title is hard. Really hard. But some franchises have taken futility to a whole new level. I speak, of course, about the longest streak of consecutive seasons without winning an NBA championship. Let's take a look at the ten longest active streaks as of the start of the 2012-13 regular season. #10 -- Portland Trail Blazers (35 seasons) The Blazers enjoyed their one and only NBA crown in the 1976-77 season, the year new head coach Jack Ramsay and Hall of Fame center Bill Walton led the team to its first winning campaign and first playoff appearance. The team followed that up by making it to the Western Conference semifinals, where they lost in six games to the Seattle SuperSonics. From that magical season all the way through 2002-03, Portland missed the playoffs...
How Google sees it: LeBron James vs. Dirk Nowitzki

How Google sees it: LeBron James vs. Dirk Nowitzki

Funny Stuff, Sports
These results will undoubtedly change soon, but here's all you need to know today about LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki, less than 24 hours after the Dallas Mavericks humbled the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. Thanks Google autocomplete! LeBron James is... Dirk Nowitzki is... Hmm, so apparently they're both gay, ugly, and overrated. I'm just not sure who I should hate more -- the Nazi or the one in the Illuminati. Related articles Here's LeBron James And Dwyane Wade Mocking Dirk Nowitzki Before Last Night's Game [Video] (deadspin.com) What Germans think of Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki (csmonitor.com) Derek Harper: 'Immature' LeBron James Lacks 'Game' To Win Championship Alone (newyork.cbslocal.com)
I Put on My Robe and Wizards Jersey

I Put on My Robe and Wizards Jersey

Sports
Proving that it's never too late to right a hideous wrong, the NBA's Washington Wizards recently unveiled their new look for next season. Which is much like their old look. Witness: Current Wizards getup (the suck): Pretty awful, no? The color scheme is decent but that wacky typeface belongs on the packaging for some kids' drink, and that logo is simply too lame for words. New Wizards getup (much better): If those seem familiar to long-time basketball fans, there's a good reason. The new logo set is basically a lift of the old Washington Bullets look: Too bad they didn't go all the way and don those super groovy '70s uniforms, complete with form-fitting patriotic ball shorts: In any case, it's still an upgrade in just about every way possible. Now if only they...
Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: Fantastic batch of color photos from the early 1900s taken by French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn. (Citynoise) An fancy interactive map of heavy metal, with sub-genres I've never even heard of. (Map of Metal) Sports columnist Michael Rosenberg puts the epic fail of the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers into perspective with a look at the worst single-season drop-offs ever. And look, my Oakland Raiders made the list! (CNNSI) Cool bootleg of the week; a reunion show featuring jazz greats Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart (Slim & Slam to fans) at the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival. (T.U.B.E.) An excellent column by Jennifer Floyd Engel on the recent dustup between Peter King and Jason W
Oklahoma City Joins the WNBA

Oklahoma City Joins the WNBA

Sports
Congratulations Oklahoma City!  Your new NBA franchise, the Thunder (née Seattle SuperSonics), is now the proud owner of one of the crappiest and most unimaginative logos in professional sports. Oh.  My.  God.  If that logo doesn't scream "banged out by a student at a local community college's graphic design program" I don't know what does.  Reading the press release announcing the franchise's new name and logo/colors is laughable.  Here's my favorite part: With a nickname denoting energy and power, a classic-look logo, and the colors of an Oklahoma sunset, Oklahoma City's NBA team unveiled its identity today. A classic-look logo?  If by 'classic' you mean 'some time in the last five years' then sure, it is I guess.  And if the team name is Thunder, why would you want the colors o