Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Game Bibs Fan Focus - Part 5


Our guest for the fifth installment of our Fan Focus blog series is Kristiina, a die-hard baseball fan from Houston! Read on to find out more about Kristiina.

When did you buy your first pair of Game Bibs?
I got my first pair when I was in 8th grade. I still use them today for my high school football games and for University of Houston college baseball games.

Do you have any game day traditions (tailgating, specific foods, etc.)?
Usually for the Astros games, hang with friends about 1-2 hours before the first pitch, then head to the bullpen after the first half inning and hang there in hopes of having a good five innings before heading to my seats.

What song gets you pumped up on game day?
Seasons before, I usually listen to Jason Alden. After winning the World Series last year, one song that always gets me pumped this year, along with Jason Alden’s music, is “World Series Grillz” by Paul Wall.

Name three game day necessities you always have with you.
I carry more than three items in my Nike backpack. I carry my glove to catch some baseballs during BP and/or games, a bottle or two of water to keep myself hydrated on days when the stadium is open and when there is a big festival on Crawford Street, my charger (if it’s going to be a long day worth of college baseball tournaments at the stadium), a baseball and some cards if I want to get something signed and a couple of Sharpies.

What's your favorite game day memory with your Game Bibs?
That’s tough, but I would say either Game 7 of the ALCS against the Yankees or Game 4 of the World Series. I know we lost Game 4, but I went with a cool friend of mine who also is a big Astros fan and is a local sports broadcaster here in Waco, TX.

If you could wear any article of clothing in the same colored stripes as your Game Bibs, what would it be? 
It would be between orange and navy pants or shoes because nobody at Minute Maid Park wears cool pants or shoes with stripes.

Tell us about a favorite sports moment you've gotten to experience.
I grew up as an Aggie, which I always tell people is why I have really strong lungs. My favorite memory was back in ‘06 when I was six years old, I went to the The AT&T Corps Classic between A&M and Army. At the last two seconds of overtime, I had to use the restroom and my mom was really mad. Till this day, I never have to go at the last minute during any event.

Do you have any big plans for this year's football season?
Hopefully attend a few U of H games this season.

What is your favorite sports movie?
Of course, The Sandlot. It’s a baseball classic and will be a classic, FOR-EV-ER.

Who is your favorite athlete?
It’s tough to choose just one, but if I had to choose two active players and two legends, they would be Nelson Cruz or Chris Devenski and Jose Cruz or Chipper Jones.

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us, Kristiina, and best of luck to Houston's sports teams in the upcoming months! Want to be included in our Fan Focus blog series? Contact us on Facebook or Instagram!
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Game Bibs Fan Focus - Part 4


Next up in our blog posts focusing on our bib-wearing fans is Emma from Minnesota! Emma rocks her maroon & gold Game Bibs for every Golden Gopher game (they call them Gopheralls) along with the necessary mittens and beanie, and she was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

When did you buy your first pair of Game Bibs?
I bought my first pair of Game Bibs freshmen year of college!

Do you have any game day traditions (tailgating, specific foods, etc.)?
It’s always a tradition for me to meet up with my friends, head to the tailgates, and show our spirit for our team!

What song gets you pumped up on game day?
My college plays their fight song before a football game and it signals the start of a great game!

Name three game day necessities you always have with you.
My Game Bibs, my phone, and a Chipotle burrito.

What's your favorite game day memory with your game bibs?
Favorite memory with my Game Bibs is always the first game of every year and meeting up with all my friends cheering on our team.

If you could wear any article of clothing in the same colored stripes as your Game Bibs, what would it be?
I think It would be awesome to have a sports bra in the same colored stripes as my bibs!

Tell us about a favorite sports moment you've gotten to experience.
Watching the US women’s soccer team play.

Do you have any big plans for this year's football season?
I already have plans with my friends to get together and make shirts for game days!

What is your favorite sports movie?
The Sandlot is always a classic!

Who is your favorite athlete?
Alex Morgan!

Thanks again, Emma! Do you want to be featured in one of our Fan Focus blogs? Drop us a line on Facebook or Instagram and we'll be in touch!
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Game Bibs Fan Focus - Part 3


We're back with another edition of our Game Bibs Fan Focus blog series! This time, our bibs-wearing superfan is Emily, a college student in Fort Worth, Texas.

When did you buy your first pair of Game Bibs?
I’m part of a spirit organization, the TCU Dutchmen, and the Game Bibs are actually our uniform. We wear them to all sporting and promotional events that we get to attend and they’re kind of what we’re known for on campus. We’re the loud, crazy fans in the stripes in front of the student section trying to get you to cheer louder. So, I’ve been a part of the Dutchmen going on three years now and have been wearing the overalls proudly since my first game.

Do you have any game day traditions (tailgating, specific foods, etc.)?
As part of the spirit group, we arrive at the stadium three hours before kickoff. We get pumped up by setting up our ladders and rally towels to hand out, welcoming the team as they enter the stadium, and filling water misters to spray the fans on those hot games.

What song gets you pumped up on game day?
All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled. This is kind of a TCU tradition. When he says “Everybody hands go…” we replace “up” with “T-C-U” while fist pumping with the horned frog hand sign!

Name three game day necessities you always have with you.
I always carry my backpack with two water bottles, one Gatorade, a bag of Chex Mix, two granola bars, sunscreen, external phone charger, sunglasses, a hat, a small first aid kit, and extra face tattoos. I know that’s more than three items, but while working the games we’re held to a high expectation and encouraged not to leave our post during the game, so I have to be prepared for the long haul!

What’s your favorite game day memory with your Game Bibs?
I had the opportunity to watch this previous year’s (2017) Big 12 Championship game against OU from the front row. Our fan base is amazing and had a great turn out and actually had students wait in a 4-hour long line to get their tickets to this game. It might be an understatement to say this was a huge deal for the campus. I just wish the outcome would have been different, but I know the Frogs left it all on the field.

If you could wear any article of clothing in the same colored stripes as your Game Bibs, what would it be?
I’m actually really obsessed with socks and am always on the lookout for unique pairs! Oh, or a fanny pack would be cool!

Tell us about a favorite sports moment you’ve gotten to experience.
On September 30, 2014 I got to attend the Wild Card game where my Kansas City Royals made it to the postseason! It was a huge high to watch them at the K the rest of the season. The next year when we won, I literally cried and screamed, waking up my college roommates down the hall. It was a way overdue win and being a fan for so long, it was priceless!

Do you have any big plans for this year’s football season?
This is my last year as a Dutchmen and an undergrad student, so I’m looking forward to making the most of it and hopefully expand our spirit organization! On the other hand, as a fan, I do hope to host some away game watch parties and I’ve even been looking into a mechanical bull for one of them! I’m a senior; go big or go home, right?

What is your favorite sports movie?
Remember the Titans. It’s a classic that’s about more than just sports. It teaches you to be a good human being.

Who is your favorite athlete?
Larry Bird. Growing up, I played competitive basketball for ten years. I was never the fastest or the most aggressive, but I could shoot like no other, so my dad would compare me to Larry Bird. He’d say Bird wasn’t the fastest on the court, but he made himself valuable by practicing different shots daily and learning how to get open, making him unstoppable. I strived to be like him and began practicing a couple hours a day before I gave up the sport in high school.


Thanks so much for chatting with us, Emily, and we hope to see you on TV in the front row this upcoming season! Don't forget that you can be featured in our Fan Focus series, too! Just send us a message on Facebook or Instagram to get the ball rolling.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Game Bibs Fan Focus - Part 2


We're back with our second round of the Game Bibs Fan Focus blog series! This time we're talking with a super fan from Wisconsin named Brittany.

When did you buy your first pair of Game Bibs?
Two years ago before the NFL season started, a big group of my friends and I all bought Game Bibs because we had season tickets to Lambeau Field!

Do you have any game day traditions (tailgating, specific foods, etc.)?
Yes!! Before each game at Lambeau, we take a bus up to Green Bay with a bunch of people. Once we get there, we tailgate in the parking lot and surrounding houses in Green Bay that offer their lawns and land as tailgating parties!

What song gets you pumped up on game day?
Just about anything! But what gets us pumped up the most is finally getting to Lambeau Field and seeing all the football fans celebrating and having a great time with everyone!

Name three game day necessities you always have with you.
Phone (for pictures), my clear see through purse, and my game day bibs!

What's your favorite game day memory with your game bibs?
My favorite memory with my game day bibs was the first game we actually got a chance to wear them. It was myself, and a bunch of my friends and we all headed up to Lambeau Field to watch the Packers play. We felt so amazing wearing our game day bibs, and every time we saw other people wearing them we wound stop and take a picture with them! I have a bunch of random pictures with people all wearing game day bibs.

If you could wear any article of clothing in the same colored stripes as your Game Bibs, what would it be?
I’m not sure, the bibs are a golden statement to my closet and by far my favorite piece of clothing. If I had to choose another article of clothing, I would say maybe leggings or a hoodie.

Tell us about a favorite sports moment you've gotten to experience.
My favorite sports moment I got to experience was going to a Packers playoff game against the New York Giants with my brother at the last minute. It was 8 degrees outside and recorded as one of the coldest days in Lambeau history. We watched the Packers destroy the Giants and got to witness Aaron Rodgers throw his second Hail Mary of the season in person. It was one of the best games I’ve ever been to in my life!

Do you have any big plans for this year's football season?
Packers season tickets for the fifth consecutive year in a row!! Also, having my whole family from AZ come up for the Cardinals vs. Packers game on December 2nd. I can't wait to show them how true football fans party and experience game day!

What is your favorite sports movie?
The Sandlot.

Who is your favorite athlete?
I have a lot of favorite athletes for many different sports, but for football, Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson are my two favorite athletes. The Packers won’t be the same without Jordy :(

Thanks for talking with us, Brittany! Do you want to be featured in a blog post? Get in touch with us on Facebook or Instagram!
Friday, June 8, 2018

Game Bibs Fan Focus - Part 1


Part of what makes Game Bibs so great is seeing all the passionate sports fans rocking our bibs at games across the country. Whether you're accessorizing with your favorite outfit or letting your bibs do the talking, we couldn't be more pleased to see Game Bibs across social media and TVs all over the country! To celebrate our customers and avid sports fans, we're putting together a "fan focus" blog series to learn more about you all. Our first bib-wearing superfan is Gema, a college student from Alabama!

When did you buy your first pair of Game Bibs?
I bought them last year for the Alabama Homecoming game!

Do you have any game day traditions (tailgating, specific foods, etc.)?
Of course tailgating on the quad and drinking yellow hammers!

What song gets you pumped up on game day?
"Dixieland Delight" or "Sweet Home Alabama."

Name three game day necessities you always have with you.
Shaker, game day pin, and my phone.

What's your favorite game day memory with your game bibs?
We won every game I wore them for...including the National Championship. #roadtosabanteen

If you could wear any article of clothing in the same colored stripes as your Game Bibs, what would it be? 
Probably a game day pin.. they’re very popular in the South.

Tell us about a favorite sports moment you've gotten to experience.
Sadly, I wasn’t geared up in Game Bibs but I did go to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff this past season and that was my first Alabama game! Roll Tide!

Do you have any big plans for this year's football season?
Just to have fun! Bama is ready to win the championship again.

What is your favorite sports movie?
My favorite sports movie would have to be The Benchwarmers!

Who is your favorite athlete?
This is a tough one...either Dustin Pedroia or Jalen Hurts (always have to go with the Bama pride) Roll Tide y’all!

Thanks for taking the time, Gema! Do you want to be featured in our Fan Focus blog series? Leave us a message on one of our social media channels and we'll be in touch!
Friday, May 11, 2018

Can an Expansion Team Win It All?

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Sports are a funny thing; no matter how many safe assumptions you make as to which teams will win, you can end up completely wrong. One bet that tends to hold true is brand new teams taking many years to become competitive. The Vegas Golden Knights, however, are betting on themselves and thriving on the unpredictable during this year’s hockey playoffs. They dominated the regular hockey season despite this being their first year in existence, and their success in the playoffs shows they are bucking the conventional trend of expansion teams taking years to amass talent, camaraderie and cohesion. Will the Golden Knights be the next expansion team to win quickly? That question got us thinking about some expansion teams throughout North American sports that exploded onto the scene and won in short order.

1971 Milwaukee Bucks
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The Milwaukee Bucks were an expansion team in 1968, and they struggled in their first year in the league. After a stroke of luck awarded them the first pick in the 1969 draft, the Bucks selected a towering man named Lew Alcindor, whom you may now know as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This was coupled with a trade for Oscar Robertson, and Milwaukee suddenly had one of the best front and backcourt duos in the league. Just a few short seasons later, they were crowned champions.

1996 Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars
The Panthers and Jaguars entered the NFL as expansion teams in 1995 and played admirably in that first year. In 1996, however, both teams saw great success on the field, upsetting heavily favored opponents on their way to their respective conference title games. They would lose those games, but they put the league on notice for getting so close to the Super Bowl in such short order.

1997 Florida Marlins
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The year before the expansion Diamondbacks came into existence, another fresh-faced team was the talk of the league. After just four seasons, the Florida Marlins shocked the baseball world and beat the favored Cleveland Indians in a seven-game classic.

2001 Arizona Diamondbacks
The Fall Classic against the powerhouse New York Yankees was one for the history books, and it gave the Diamondbacks their first league championship after just three short years in Major League Baseball.

The Golden Knights will have a tough task ahead of them, regardless of whom they have to play to hoist the Stanley Cup and become the first expansion team to win a title in their first year. They’re certainly bucking popular thought, though, and making analysts and fans take expansion teams seriously. How do you think the Golden Knights will fare in the rest of the playoffs? Which expansion team story is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, and enjoy the games!

Friday, January 5, 2018

NFL Wild Card Predictions by Uniform


We might not have the best track record as of late when predicting which teams will win their matchups, but we can’t pass up the chance to talk about the most exciting couple of weeks in professional football. This Saturday, NFL teams are set to take stage for the opening round of the playoffs. Plenty of familiar faces are in this year’s crop of the top teams, but plenty of teams are making their long-awaited return to playoff football. The Titans, Rams, Bills and Jaguars will all play this weekend for the first time in years (decades, for some), and the NFC South will send three of their four teams into the weekend’s fold. As we’ve done in the past, here are our predictions for the Wild Card games based on uniform matchups.

Chiefs vs. Titans
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A classic, untouched uniform pairs up against a very dated, 90s look in our first matchup. The Titans may have been trying to pay homage to their Houston Oiler past when they added light blue to their uniform, but the design hasn’t aged well. The game itself could be a toss-up even though Kansas City dismantled Tennessee in October, but uniform-wise there is no competition. Chiefs win in their beautiful cherry red and yellow combination. Fun side note: the Titans will be getting new uniforms next year. What do you think they’ll look like?

Rams vs. Falcons
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Aesthetically, this game is a bit of an eyesore. The Rams want to revert to their 1960s colors of navy blue and white, but due to league restrictions, they can’t do that without advanced notice so the NFL can sell off their old merchandise. That’s left them with a jersey that features random bits of gold – the last reminder of their “Greatest Show on Turf” days. They work around this headache by wearing white for most games, which means the Falcons will be trotting out in their red uniforms. Not a bad look by any means, but the uniform has too many superfluous lines and bits that have given it a dated, futuristic look. The Rams will continue their surprising success despite a patched together uniform.

Jaguars vs. Bills
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The Jaguars redesigned their uniforms several years ago to minimize teal and feature a two-tone helmet of gold and black that was supposed to symbolize a jaguar leaping from the shadows. The only problem is the gold portion is on the back of the helmet, which would mean the jaguar is leaping into the shadows. They’ll match up against a Bills squad returning to the playoffs for the first time since the 90s, wearing all white to commemorate the occasion. As far as the game goes, we think the Jags will win this one, but the uniform edge has to give it to Buffalo.

Saints vs. Panthers
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How we feel about this game depends entirely on whether or not the Saints wear gold pants. Throughout football, teams look better when helmets match pants. For some reason, the Saints love to shelve their gold pants and wear an all-black look. Despite the very dated look of the Panthers, we give them the edge if the Saints take the field without much gold in their uniform.

These predictions would have the Chiefs going on to face the Patriots, the Jaguars going on to face the Steelers, the Rams facing the Vikings and the Panthers facing the Eagles. Who do you think will make it out of the first weekend and into the second round? Do you agree with our uniform prediction bias? Sound off in the comments below.