Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Game Bibs Makes Some NFL Draft Predictions

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For football fans, there are only two sports seasons: football season and waiting for football season. This Thursday, April 27, marks the 2017 edition of the NFL Draft. It’s become a 4-day media fest that either renews a fan base’s faith in its team or has everyone dreaming of the deals that could’ve been. Every year is full of surprises as well as sure things, so what does 2017 have up its sleeve? Move over, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, the Game Bibs crew has five infallible draft predictions to share with the NFL faithful.

1. The 49ers won’t trade down for more picks, and will instead grab DeShaun Watson with the #2 pick. In years past, teams have shied away from dual threat quarterbacks, claiming them to be too short with not enough pocket presence. Watson’s college career has cemented him as a capable all-around passer, and San Francisco’s unstable outlook at QB has us thinking they’ll go for it instead of trading out of this spot.

2. The Chicago Bears will draft a quarterback at #3. Years of disappointing play by Jay Cutler and a QB pen currently filled with backup passers will encourage Chicago to make a pick for one of the three talented quarterbacks in the draft, most likely Mitch Trubisky out of North Carolina. He’ll hold a clipboard while he gets acclimated to the speed of the pro game, and we’ll hopefully get another round of Mark Sanchez and the butt fumble in 2017.

3. The Packers won’t draft a running back in the first round. For the life of us, we can’t figure out why.

4. The Cleveland Browns will trade for a quarterback instead of drafting one, and they’ll end the night with even more draft picks than when they started. Myles Garrett is just too big and too scary for them to pass up with the first pick, and Cleveland has been stockpiling picks over the last few days to make draft day trades. Requests for us to offer orange and brown game bibs will go through the roof.

5. Mel Kiper Jr.’s hair will further defy the laws of gravity, Brock Osweiler will reinvent himself as a punter and Jabrill Peppers will be drafted as a running back. In all seriousness, someone will overreach for a quarterback in the first round after Trubisky, Watson and Patrick Mahomes come off the board (we’re looking at you, Jets). Our money’s on that player being DeShone Kizer out of Notre Dame.

The top few draft picks seem like a sure thing, but what do you think will happen come Thursday night? Will your favorite team garner praise for their methodical, genius approach or will they trade the farm to move up a few spots in the order? Share your expert analysis with us in the comments section below!

Monday, April 10, 2017

5 Famous Color Scheme Changes

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It was recently voted by NFL owners that the Oakland Raiders will be allowed to move to Las Vegas for the start of the 2020 season. The delay is due to a stadium being built in the desert, and that gives fans plenty of time to wonder whether the Raiders will take this opportunity to change up their color scheme to coincide with their relocation. We’d put our money on the Raiders maintaining their classic black and silver color scheme, but it got us thinking about some times when sports teams drastically changed their colors.

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Arizona Diamondbacks (Purple & Teal – Red & Black)
In probably the most 90s color schemes you could dream up, the Diamondbacks started play sporting a purple-pinstriped getup with a purple cap and touches of teal and gold. A World Series championship made the color combo a unique favorite among fans, but they eventually shifted to black and a brick shade of red. The initial designs of this purple-powered uniform were a bit off, but we like the color combo. Maybe Arizona will bring it back someday.

Milwaukee Bucks (Red & Green – Purple & Green)
The Bucks stormed onto the NBA scene in 1968 and became one of the quickest expansion teams to win a pro sports championship. That made their red-and-green Christmasesque uniforms a fan favorite thanks to the likes of Oscar Robertson and Lou Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul Jabbar). A few tweaks came before their drastic, ill-advised shift to purple and green, which was a look that stuck until 2006 when they took a short trip down the red and green memory lane. In 2015, they settled on a green and cream combo that blends old and new.

Washington Capitals (Red, White & Blue – Black, Gold & Teal)
If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. The Capitals wore a city-appropriate combination of red, white and blue before inexplicably swapping to a very period-appropriate blend of black, gold and teal. The rise of Alex Ovechkin had fans clamoring for a look that reminded them of their glory days, and the team eventually shifted back to their old colors.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Red & Creamsicle Orange – Red, Pewter & Black)
A color combination that reminded most of ice cream more than it did a football team, the creamsicle orange and red combination Tampa Bay used in its early days was widely hated. They shifted to red, pewter and black and ended up winning a Super Bowl. After a few tweaks, that look has stuck despite some fans clamoring for a return to their misunderstood color scheme.

Houston Astros (Navy Blue & Orange – Red & Black)
They may have taken a short detour into navy blue and gold before the full red & black takeover, but we’ll consider this as one, long transition that never should’ve happened. Navy blue and orange is nothing new, but the way the Astros utilized the colors to draw from Houston’s NASA history was a thing of beauty. For years, a stomach-churning variety of red and black donned Houston’s uniforms. It wasn’t all bad as the team had one of its best playoff runs in the uniforms, but they’ve since seen the light and gone back to navy blue and orange.

There are definitely some big color combo changes that we left off this list (the Blue Jays dressed in black, anyone?) so we’d love to hear what you think are some of the most drastic color combination changes in pro sports. Share your thoughts with us below!