Thursday, March 9, 2017

Who Will Be the Last Four?


One of the most popular sports tournaments is about to descend on coliseums and television sets around the country. Who will pull the big upset? Who will be this year’s underdog that takes the nation by storm? Most importantly, which teams will comprise the last four of the tournament? We want to hear what you think, so we’re putting together a contest for a chance to win a pair of Game Bibs! The rules are simple.

  1. Comment on our Instagram post predicting which four teams will be the last four standing
  2. Tag a friend in the comment with whom you’d rock a pair of our Game Bibs 
  3. If you guess correctly, we’ll send a pair of bibs for you and your friend in your favorite color combination
  4. If no one guesses the correct four teams, the person with the most out of four will be our winner

Simple enough, right? The tournament’s teams will be finalized this Sunday, March 13, and we’re giving you a bit of time to see how the field plays out. Your final picks are due by Friday, March 17! If you’ve got any questions or concerns about how the contest works, feel free to send us a message on social media or leave a comment here. Good luck!

*If we don’t have your preferred color or size in stock, we will ship them to you in August when our fall inventory arrives

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Most Unique College Mascots

UA-Monticello Boll Weevils
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We’re still a few days away from the final selections for the men’s and women’s college basketball post-season tournaments, but a few of the holes in the bracket are being filled, introducing casual sports fans to teams they haven’t heard of. That also means plenty of fun mascots to learn. A few great ones that have a chance to make an appearance in the post-season this year include:

  • UC Irvine Anteaters
  • Northern Kentucky Norse
  • CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners
  • Dayton Flyers

Not every great college nickname gets to grace our television screens come March, so in no particular order, here are five of the most unique college mascots.

UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs
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1. UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs – This name comes from a 1974 nickname for the college’s club soccer team. It has crawled its way into hearts and minds since then as one of the weirdest, unsettling nicknames in sports.

2. Saint Louis University Billikens – A mythical good-luck figure that’s supposed to represent “things as they ought to be”, a Billiken was created as a charm doll by an art teacher who claimed to see the figure in a dream.

3. Campbell University Fighting Camels – The Camels narrowly missed a chance to participate in post-season basketball. Legend has it the name derives from a student approaching the founder, James Campbell, after the school burned down and said, “Your name’s Campbell; then get a hump on you! We’ve got work to do.” Meant to encourage the founder to rebuild, it was misheard as “camel” and the name stuck.

4. University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils (Cotton Blossoms) – UA-Monticello is one of the few colleges with different mascots for men’s and women’s varsity sports. Gracing the college’s nickname since 1920, boll weevils love to eat cotton, and cotton blossoms are common in this area of Arkansas.

Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys
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5. Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (Golden Suns) – Sticking with the dual nickname trend in the state of Arkansas, the men’s teams at ATU are known as the Wonder Boys while the women are the Golden Suns. The former comes from a freshman football player scoring two touchdowns and kicking two extra points in an upset of Jonesboro in 1919. Newspapers called the player, John Tucker, and his teammates “the wonder boys” in headlines, and the name stuck. A replacement for Wonder Girls came about in 1975.

The college basketball playoffs are always a time of surprises, upsets and underdogs. As much as anything, we’re excited to see what sort of unfamiliar mascots make an appearance on the court. Is there a crazy mascot we left off the list? Share it with us in the comments below!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Look at Post-Season College Basketball Uniforms

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With the college basketball post-season just around the corner, we’ll be getting an eyeful of flashy, colorful uniforms in dozens of games for the next few weeks. Some will have classic designs from familiar and unfamiliar teams, while others will use the national spotlight to try out bold new uniforms. Just recently, Adidas unveiled a slew of post-season uniforms for their outfitted schools, complete with matching shoes. It got us thinking about some of the most notable college basketball uniforms we’ve seen in Marches past. Here are a few that stood out.

Adidas 2013 “Impact Camo”
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Oh man, what an eyesore. Every school outfitted by Adidas was forced into these highlighter-shaded uniforms with color-coordinated camouflage shorts. Eye-catching for all and nauseating for most, it was an aesthetic blessing when any of these camo-clad squads were eliminated from the tournament. See above for a closer look.

Maryland 2016

More than any other school, the University of Maryland loves to incorporate their state’s flag into their uniforms. The digs they rolled out for the 2016 tournament cleverly used the uniquely-styled and colorful flag as edging for their jerseys and shorts.

Kentucky 1996
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Denim has its place, but that place isn’t on a basketball uniform. The Wildcats unfortunately took the court in the mid-90s in a worn, weathered look that thankfully has never returned to the hardwood.

Notre Dame 2015
Both squads of Fighting Irish rolled out a new Adidas look for the 2015 tournament, but the women’s squad got more time in front of the cameras as they made it all the way to the championship game. The look included the school’s classic navy blue, but the familiar colors stopped there. A highlighter green dominated the trim of the uniform, while inexplicable green treads accented the shoulder straps and shorts. Many would say, “as long as they win, who cares what they wear?” but we’d respectfully disagree.

Baylor 2013
We hope Baylor fans weren’t tuning into 2013’s version of the women’s tournament looking to find that classic green and gold combination their school is known for. What was left in its place? Gray and bright yellow, naturally. To add insult to injury, the gray uniforms featured gray numbers and names on the back, making it hard to tell players apart during games.


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Photo credit: npr.org

We love the classics when it comes to school uniforms, so post-season tournaments are always a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to uniform aesthetics. Disagree with us or have a favorite uniform combo from years past? Share with us in the comments below!

Monday, March 6, 2017

5 of the Biggest College Basketball Tournament Upsets

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The annual college basketball tournament in March is something to behold. For a few weeks, the world is exposed to a field of familiar and unknown teams that have fought and clawed their way into the always-entertaining, massive tournament to determine the best basketball team in American college sports. Most games are hectic and come down to the wire, and we imagine this year will be no different. There are always a handful of memorable upsets, as well. We decided to review some of the biggest ones. Who knows, maybe a huge upset will replace one of these in years to come!

1. George Mason over Everyone in 2006 – Probably the most memorable example of an upset in college basketball, the Colonials from George Mason came into the 2006 tournament as an 11-seed and rattled off wins against Michigan State, UNC, Wichita State, and UConn to make it to the last four teams.

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2. Florida Gulf Coast over Georgetown, 78-68 in 2013 – Coming in as a 15-seed against the mighty 2-seed Hoyas from Georgetown University didn’t seem to bother the small, unknown team from FGCU. Being a Division I team for only two years, the Eagles took the sports world by storm with their high-flying offense and scrappy defense. They earned the moniker “Dunk City” and made a run into the 16-team round of the tournament that year.

3. Harvard over Stanford, 71-67 in 1998 – 16-seeded teams have never upset a 1-seed in the men’s tournament, but it’s happened in the women’s tournament. The 1998 women’s squad from Harvard boasted Allison Feaster, that year’s leading national scorer, and took advantage of untimely injuries to a Cardinal squad before recording the first ever and only 16-seed win against a 1-seed in the NCAA tournament. Did we mention this game was played on Stanford’s home court?

4. North Carolina State over Everyone in 1983 – You can point to their 2-point victory over powerhouse Houston as the upset – and we probably should – but the Wolfpack’s entire run in this tournament should be considered an upset. They had to win the entire ACC tournament just to qualify for the national tournament and produced win after dramatic win on their way to a national title.

5. Louisville over Baylor, 82-81 in 2013 – The women’s game has produced some steamrolling squads in the last decade or so, with many of them going undefeated for multiple seasons at a time. The 2013 team from Baylor came into this game having won 74 of 75 previous games. They also had 6’ 8” Brittany Griner, a dominating force under the hoop. A scrappy Cardinals team found just enough shots to get over the Baylor hurdle on a ride to that year’s championship against UConn.

Upsets are fun, but they’re even more fun if the underdog goes on to make a deep run in the tournament. Hopefully this year will produce a few more bracket-busting moments in both tournaments and give us some new underdogs to follow. Who do you think will provide the next big upset in the tournaments? Share in the comments below!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Way-Too-Early 2017 Baseball Season Prediction

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With last weekend’s game, the football season has officially come to a close. For some, this means a long hibernation through the spring and summer until football rolls back around. For others, it’s the chance to bask in the uninterrupted television coverage of their favorite sports. In just a few short days, pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Spring Training for their respective baseball clubs, signaling the beginning of the preseason before things kick into gear in April. All that being said, who doesn’t love a prediction of how the grueling, 5+ month season is going to play out? Here’s how we think it’ll happen.

American Division Winners: Red Sox, Indians, Astros 
The Red Sox upgraded their team in a bunch of important spots, most notably with the acquisition of Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. Their starting rotation is a scary one, and we can see their starters pitching deeper into games and winning the close ones.

Cleveland will repeat in their division mostly because there won’t be a team that challenges them for the top spot. With Andrew Miller under team control and a young, speedy group of players, expect them to run away with the division title after a brief tussle with the Tigers.

The Astros could’ve easily won their division last year if they had figured out how to beat the Rangers throughout the season. A few veteran additions to their defense and offense will provide some guidance for their young core, and if their pitching stays healthy then we can see them outlasting Seattle for the division title.

AL Wild Card: Blue Jays, Mariners
The Blue Jays have found some sustained success over the last few years, mostly due to speed and consistent pitching. They’ll linger around in the division championship picture before ultimately facing the upstart Mariners in the play-in game. After some great offseason trades to net young, hard-hitting position players, expect Seattle to win this matchup.

National Division Winners: Dodgers, Cubs, Nationals
Always battling it out with the Giants, the Dodgers seem due to finally put all the pieces together and run away with the division in August. A healthy Clayton Kershaw paired with an innings-eating Rich Hill, the addition of Sergio Romo in the bullpen, and more offense from this young, talented lineup should push the Dodgers forward.

As much as losing Dexter Fowler to the rival Cardinals hurts the Cubs on both offense and defense, the team didn’t really lose important pieces anywhere else. They might not replicate their 103 wins from last season and the bullpen is still questionable, but they’re bound to claim the title for most wins in the entire league. Kris Bryant will only get better, and this young group of infielders and outfielders plays loose and relaxed in the face of pressure.

Adam Eaton and Trea Turner give the Nationals some great offensive options ahead of Bryce Harper in a young, talented lineup. When paired up with their talented starting pitchers, the Nats looks poised to swat away any attempt from the Mets to steal way the division.

NL Wild Card: Rockies, Giants
The Rockies had one of the best offenses in baseball last year. Yes, Coors Field is one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in the league, but scoring runs always matters. When you pair that up with young starting pitching that’s ready to break through, we could very easily see the Rockies surge into the playoffs with a strong August and upset the always-pesky Giants.

League Champions: Astros, Nationals
This feels like the year the Astros have been building towards. Their young players have experience and grit, and they’ll be accompanied by a nice group of veteran players that includes Brian McCann to handle the pitching staff and Carlos Beltran to encourage patient, selective at-bats.

It won’t be an easy or pretty road to the National League championship for Washington, but they have the offense needed to bend without breaking, and we see them outlasting the Dodgers in a classic championship series matchup.

World Series Champions: Astros
The Nationals will give Houston everything they can handle, but breakout playoff hitting from the likes of Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, and George Springer will lift the Astros through any potential pitching problems and on to a championship trophy.

In recent years, baseball has become a game of parity and mystery. It was impossible to guess that the Kansas City Royals would come out of nowhere to make a World Series run a few years ago and then sustain the momentum to win it all the following year. The Cubs rebuild came ahead of schedule by close to two years and resulted in a miracle championship. Which team will come out of nowhere to surprise everyone and win it all? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Friday, February 3, 2017

6 Must-Have Football Watch Party Snacks

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The big game for pro football is just around the corner, and plenty of fans will be busy hosting watch parties to see who will take home the biggest prize in the sport. Aside from the jerseys and game bibs and refreshments, there are bound to be some tasty snacks at the party! Here are a few of our favorites, with some links to easy recipes so you can have them at your watch party, too.

1. Buffalo Wings – These little scraps of chicken just seem to go so perfectly with football watching. They’re small, (relatively) easy to eat, and you don’t need to bother with utensils to have one or seven of them. We like ‘em crispy instead of weighed down with flour and batter, so try this oven-baked wings recipe from RecipeTin Eats!

2. Sausage Balls – These might not make you think of football-watching snacks, but they are absolutely addictive. Throw some cheese in there, and a full plate of these things will be gone before the opening kickoff. Check out this BigOven recipe that uses cream cheese to keep the balls from drying out in the oven.

3. Nachos – A mainstay for all sports snacks, nachos are so simple, you could just douse chips with cheese and call it a day. But why not dress them up a bit? This curried nachos recipe from Mel’s Kitchen gives the base ingredients some Indian flare and then tops it off with a mango salsa. Unbelievably good.
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4. Pigs in a Blanket – Super simple and poppable, these little hot dog treats take barely any time to make and are always a hit at parties. We love them with a bit of cheese wrapped into the dough, but this recipe from Food.com recommends sprinkling with garlic salt and parmesan cheese.

5. Beer Margaritas – They may not be a snack, but a tasty, tart beerita can mix things up a bit and keep things loose at the party when one fan base inevitably starts getting stressed. All the tastiness of a margarita with the nice mellow taste of a beer tossed in? We’re into it! This version from AllRecipes.com looks like a quick and simple one.

6. Spinach & Artichoke Dip – You may not love these two main ingredients on their own, but when you mix them with a healthy dose of cheese, you’ll be a believer. Pick up some thick, hearty chips to take the weight of this dense, delectable dip and grab this recipe from Food.com for the big game.

With a full arsenal of snacks at your disposal on Sunday, there might not be much reason to eat before or after the big game! What are some of your favorite game day snacks we didn’t mention? Share them with us in the comments below and enjoy the game!

Monday, January 30, 2017

A Game Bibs Pro Football Championship Prediction

A topsy-turvy, nail-biting series of playoff football games has finally narrowed the field to our last two teams. In one corner, a juggernaut of a franchise looking for its fifth league championship in the last 15 seasons and its ninth overall appearance in the big game. In the other corner, a flashy, high-flying team that steamrolled the competition through the playoffs, making its way to its second-ever league championship game and searching for its first title. We’ll leave the analysis of the game to the professionals, but we can certainly give our input based on uniforms and color schemes!

Red & Black

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This color scheme is underused in North American pro sports, so we’re glad to see it make an appearance on the biggest football stage. Our love stops at the colors themselves, though. The early-2000s rebrand of this Atlanta-based franchise is still quite evident in their current uniform set, with random and unnecessary accent color blocks scattered around the uniform and a robotic-looking bird adorning their helmets. The team’s uniforms of yesteryear have become a nostalgic keepsake for the fan base, but if this team wins it all in their current digs, then we can’t imagine anyone clamoring for them to revert to the retro look. One could argue that their style of play almost resembles the uniforms they wear: flashy and in your face. Maybe that’ll work to their advantage on the field.

Navy Blue & Red

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Love them or hate them, the boys from New England are the epitome of consistency in football. They aren’t the epitome of uniform aesthetics, however. Their current uniform, while consistent and unchanged for years, is a blend of the tried-and-true (and tired) navy blue and red with design elements that seem almost like an afterthought. Random color panels on each side of the torso? Check. Blue stripes on blue pants? Check. A shooting star-esque helmet logo? Sure. All that being said, these guys just continue to win. It’s made us soften to their uniforms and most football fans would agree. Their throwback uniforms are still a thing of beauty, though!

Prediction: We can’t really make a prediction on the field as it’ll come down to controlling turnovers and long, clock-draining drives, but if we had to put our money on a color scheme, red and black has our vote.

A long and surprising football season is about to come to an end with an unlikely champion contender facing the veterans who’ve been here before (and before that, and before that). Who do you think will win? Which uniform combination do you prefer? Share in the comments below!