I’ve always been unusually obsessed w/sports uniforms. Throughout my so-called formative years, I could routinely be found doodling, my fave players in their respective uniforms, with a scrivener’s obsession for getting all the details – the piping, the logo design – precisely right. This caused me no undue grief w/my teachers who seemed for some strange reason to think that the drawings of Richard Todd et al. splattered all over my notebook was an indication that I wasn’t paying attention in class. I just think it was an early incarnation of multi-tasking, if you will. Maybe it’s because the teams I pulled for ranged from the routinely awful to the tragically flawed (the early 80’s Mets, Jets, Knicks, and Rangers), but sometimes the sartorial decisions were far more fascinating than the actual product on the field.
For example, when the ‘Bockers ditched their Reed-Frazier era digs…
…for a “modern” design, I was positively floored
Having the team name underneath the uni number? That just seemed fundamentally wrong. Going from royal blue and orange to navy and maroon? Unthinkable! It’d be like waking up one morning to a purple sky.
Well, today comes the always-reliable Alan Hahn with the word that our beloved cagers may be “tweaking” their uniforms for the 2010-11 season. It’s site-protected, so here’s the skinny….
“…Celebrity Fixer Brandon Tierney came up with an interesting topic on Twitter and it was worth expanding. The ESPN Radio personality (and apparently he does something on SNY, but I don’t watch SNY because they give me no love…LOL) talked about the Knick uniform and what fans would think about the idea of a change.
In fact, there is something to this. According to a source, the Knicks have had internal discussions about making some minor changes to the uniform for the 2010-11 season. It doesn’t sound like anything major is being planned, just a subtle tweak and update. The NBA would have to approve and Adidas, the league’s apparel outfitter, would also have to know with enough advanced warning…”
Not that they don’t already have a No. 6 jersey with a certain nameplate ready to hit the NBA Store in July. (I meant Patrick Ewing Jr., who did you think I was referring to?)…”
He then goes on to “suggest” a bolder change, mainly ditching the orange for some kind of blue, black and silver combo.
Look, my clear preference for the “classic” unis aside, there’s a reason the Nix (and the Mets) are blue and orange. For those who didn’t know, this is our city’s flag:
For all you flag aficionados out there, you might notice resemblance to the banner of another nation. Anyone? Anyone? Frye? Frye?…
That’s right! The correct answer was, “What is the Dutch, Alex.” Even though the flag of the Netherlands currently is Red, White and blue (b/c in the 1700′s, the poor quality orange dye used back in the day tended to fade to red with use and was eventually adopted as the official color. Kind of like how the old ABA Denver Rockets went from blue to purple/mauve because they bought some bargain-rate threads that faded in the wash. Like these — http://www.nba.com/media/history/den_uni_01.jpg) the original Orange honored William of Orange, the first Dutch Emperor. And as we all, know, NYC used to be Nieuw Amsterdamm. The team nickname, “Knickerbockers,” is also a nod to our clog-wearing, tulip loving founders and the rationale behind this utterly awesome rarely seen logo:
But I digress…It’s not that I’m pining for Peter Stuyvesant to rise from the dead and run for Mayor. Whether they ditch their color scheme or not or “tweak” the current set or come up with a third/alternate uni like this monstrosity…
…one gets the feeling that every design move is made not in terms of history, loyalty and tradition, but to separate you and I from the almighty dollar via the purchase of “authentic” gear. And the fact that Shiva aka Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds LBJ has a miniscule chance of coming to NYC (as Hahn suggests) certainly would play into a re-design of some kind. A bold marketing rabbit punch to the gut along the lines of: “Look-ee world! New Nix! New Unis! Sane is rich and powerful! Insane is wrong and poor and weak! Res ipsa loquitur. Let the good times roll!!” Heck, they’d let King Badass Mofo scribble the design with crayolas himself if he’d sign a contract.
(I know, my red diaper is showing.)
I realize the Knicks are a for-profit organization (even if spending by the parent company on the team amounts to 3% of their total budget), but golly, can’t they make a non group-think decision here and just bring back these?
Clean. Simple. Perfect. And nice beard, Clyde. Make the shorts a little a lot baggier to accommodate the current predilection for wearing freakin’ bloomers out there. Keep the two-stripe socks and you’re good to go. Even though Seinfeld was more or less right when he said a few years back, “We’re rooting for laundry, basically,” can’t we at least root for the same laundry?