Monthly Archives: November 2019

Carmelo Anthony Jerseys Are Already Sold Out At The Trail Blazers Team Store

The Trail Blazers are 2-3 since the addition of Carmelo Anthony. Not great, but trending in the right direction. Apparently Blazers fans are so excited about Melo’s addition, his jersey has sold out at the team store.

According to Yahoo Sports, as fans rushed the team store on Wednesday night (November 27) prior to the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Melo’s jersey was sold out within minutes.

Melo scored 19 points in the Blazers 136-119 win, their second in a row.

The Blazers signed the 10-time all-star to a non-guaranteed deal earlier this month. With an injury to Zach Collins and a slow start, the team thought it needed some offensive firepower.

Melo hadn’t played NBA basketball in more than a year, since he was traded from the Houston Rockets.

Through five games he’s averaging 16.6 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, and 37.5% from three.

He’s been better than many skeptics thought he’d be at this stage of his career.

Melo recorded his best game of the season against the Bulls on November 25, where he scored 25 points in a win, and moved past Alex English for 18th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Jersey Shore’s already remarkable season 1 win from state final

Police cars and fire trucks escorted the Jersey Shore football team through town toward the high school late last Friday night.

Temperatures hovered near 20 degrees but it did not matter. It felt like the entire town lined the streets, standing and loudly cheering as the bus traveled down North Main Street and Allegheny Street. More jubilant fans greeted players and coaches as they departed the bus. This was a hero’s welcome and grateful residents showered their players with praise following their dramatic 42-35 triple overtime Class AAAA state quarterfinal win against Pottsville.

There was a time when a scene like this only existed among Jersey Shore football players’ imaginations. Jersey Shore fans could only dream that something like this would happen. Only a Hollywood writer could produce a script like this.

But this was all real. The miracle has happened. Jersey Shore is just one victory away from playing for a state championship.

Jersey Shore faces District 2 champion Dallas tonight at Danville in the state semifinals. The winner heads to Hershey next Thursday and plays for the state title.

Think about that. Jersey Shore went 16 years between capturing district championships before winning the 2013 Class AAA title. It went 17 years between winning seasons, ending that streak in 2014. And Jersey Shore opened this decade going 2-28 the first three seasons. That included going 0-10 in 2012.

Now the Bulldogs have built an elite program, one that has produced four district championships and three league crowns in the last seven years. Now, Jersey Shore has become one of the state’s four best teams.

Remarkable sometimes is an overused adjective. But this turnaround truly is remarkable. There is no way anyone could have envisioned this kind of ascent coming seven years ago. Improvement, yes. Becoming one of the state’s top teams? No way.

This program was so dormant for too long. From 2008-2012, Jersey Shore did not win more than two games in a season. A four-year stretch before that 2013 championship included a 3-37 record.

That 2013 season was the turning point. Jersey Shore started 2-6, but caught fire late in the season, went on the road to beat the top two seeds in districts and won that improbable championship. The lasting legacy of that 2013 team goes beyond the championship it won. It was about the belief it instilled. The culture changed and Jersey Shore became a program that did not wait for something bad to happen. Its teams started taking the field each week expecting to win.

Jersey Shore has not endured a losing season since, playing in six of the last seven district finals. It also has won three district titles in four years and back-to-back district and HAC-I championships.

Despite all the success, Jersey Shore entered 2019 as an underdog. The Bulldogs made huge in-season strides a year ago, overcoming a slow start, going 7-6 and winning another district title. The problem was that several starters on both sides of the ball graduated. That included all-state defensive tackle David Tomb, all-state linebacker Hunter O’Conner and four-year starter Koby Peacock, a player who produced nearly half the team’s receptions last fall.

The non-conference schedule included games against Southern Columbia, Montoursville, Mount Carmel, Bald Eagle Area and Bellefonte. Only Mount Carmel did not win a district championship, but all five won at least 10 games and both Southern and BEA also are playing in their respective state semifinals tonight. Just matching last year’s seven wins seemed like it could be difficult.

The players and coaches never thought that way. They did not focus on what was lost, but what was still there. Then they did what the previous six Jersey Shore teams did. They attacked the offseason hard, approached each practice like it was Friday night and kept improving each week. Jersey Shore has won seven consecutive games and 10 of its last 11 since starting 2-2. Included in that stretch was a 42-0 Week 9 win at Class AAA state semifinalist BEA.

Jersey Shore finally made its state tournament breakthrough when it defeated District 1 champion Bishop Shanahan, 33-14, and recorded the program’s first state tournament victory. And yet the Bulldogs still were perceived as underdogs entering last Friday’s game against Pottsville. That status was reinforced when Pottsville scored on its first three possessions and built a 21-0 first-quarter lead.

Early in this decade, that kind of start would have doomed Jersey Shore. The way it fought back and started pushing around the District 11 champions symbolically destroyed any lasting images of these Bulldogs mirroring the teams that once struggled so much. It truly was a team effort with so many players in all three phases making big plays in the most pressure-filled situations. So many times Jersey Shore was a play from defeat and so many times it fought off the ropes. The Bulldogs then delivered the knockout blow in the third overtime when Tanner Lorson hit Brett Guthrie for the go-ahead touchdown and Guthrie followed with a diving interception on the ensuing Pottsville possession.

“We always like to hear, ‘tackle by a bunch of Bulldogs.’ That’s what we always go for. That’s the name we like to hear, not the individual name,” linebacker Dawson Sechrist said. “When you make a big play and the crowd starts roaring everyone gets pumped up from there. It’s awesome. I love it.”

What once seemed impossible became reality and the party was just getting started as jubilant coaches and players embraced at midfield. It continued a few minutes later as fans who packed the Danville bleachers and stayed loud even when things looked so bleak flooded the field and joined in. It then hit its climax when seemingly the entire town wrapped its collective arms around these talented, tough and resilient Bulldogs.

Just imagine what could happen if Jersey Shore wins tonight. Of course, Jersey Shore takes its usual place as underdog entering the game. Dallas (14-0) is undefeated, survived a rugged District 2 field and is coming off a big win against perennial state power Imhotep.

Not that Jersey Shore focuses on that or cares what others are thinking. The Bulldogs focus on what they can do and not what others do. They focus on what they can do and not what others say they can’t do. They work, they never surrender and they believe they can do anything.

“We want it so bad,” Guthrie said. “Everyone on this team wants it so bad.”

“Our motto has been we’re going to have fun,” Gravish said. “We want to have fun and play our brand of ball.”

Jersey Shore has produced a brand of football that once seemed so far-fetched. They have become the Hickory Huskers, the New York Knights, the Mighty Ducks and the Little Giants rolled into one. Fiction has become truth and all things seem possible.

The dream continues.

Carmelo Anthony jerseys have already sold out at the Trail Blazers team store

Portland Trail Blazers fans are pretty pumped about Carmelo Anthony. Anthony hasn’t even played a home game with the team yet, but his jersey has already sold out in the Trail Blazers’ store.

That’s right, fans flooded the team’s store prior to Wednesday’s game to buy Anthony’s jersey. Roughly 45 minutes before the Trail Blazers were set to tip off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Anthony’s jersey was sold out.

The 35-year-old Anthony signed with the Blazers on Nov. 19. The team has played four games since then, but all of them have been on the road. Wednesday was the first time Anthony would play at home with his new team, and he delivered.

Anthony posted 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting in a 136-119 Blazers win on Wednesday, highlighted by this jam.

Anthony has performed admirably since joining the Blazers. In five games, he’s averaged 16.6 points and 5.0 rebounds. Anthony also showed flashes of brilliance in the team’s last contest, dropping 25 points on the Chicago Bulls to lead Portland to a 117-94 win.

The fans don’t seem to mind that at the moment. They are just excited Anthony is around and putting up numbers. That excitement may fade if the team can’t recover from its 7-12 start, but, at least for now, Portland fans can’t get enough of Anthony.

Comets to wear special jersey in honor of 7th season, Canucks design

The Utica Comets are breaking out a special retro-inspired jersey to honor their seventh season.

The team Tuesday unveiled a jersey featuring a black base with red and yellow trim that will be worn in two games this season as part of a limited collection. The jersey – which features a logo that has a digitized comet which streaks toward the shoulder over a retro Comets font – is also an homage to the parent Vancouver Canucks’ 50th season with a similar look to the NHL team’s popular iconic Flying Skate jersey The Canucks are wearing the jersey a few times this season.

“The (Comets) design has been in the back of my head for awhile. I’ve always been a fan of that early-1990s Vancouver jersey because it was part of my childhood as New York Rangers fan,” said Eric Kowiatek, who is the Comets’ Vice President of Creative Services as well as a Utica native. “It was exciting to use a different color palette.”

The jersey – which is part of what the team is calling its “Copper 7 Series” collection as copper is the traditional gift for a seventh anniversary – drew an overwhelming favorable response when it was released Tuesday afternoon on social media.

“To have something come out with an overwhelmingly positive response is almost surreal,” said Kowiatek, who also designed the Comets’ green alternate jersey which the team has worn during select dates since the third season.

The team is scheduled to wear the special jerseys on Leap Day — Saturday, Feb. 29 against Laval — and Wednesday, March 11 against Syracuse. The team said the jerseys will be auctioned “multiple ways following the game on March 11.” Proceeds from the jerseys will benefit Save of the Day Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Comets President Rob Esche.

“We’re really liked the retro design. We felt that it fit in with the (Flying Skate) jersey Vancouver was wearing this season,” Esche said. “It is amazing. I think Eric knocked the design out of the park.”

There are other items included in the team’s seventh anniversary collection. Another key piece is a new logo that also has a retro look with a comet over Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium, team’s downtown home. There are seven tails coming off the comet and are meant to represent the team’s seven seasons, according to Kowiatek. The logo is featured on each shoulder of the retro jerseys.

There is also other apparel with a copper color scheme. Included in the collection is appearal, a hat, patch and a Christmas ornament that will be available at the team store. The ornament will be available beginning Wednesday with other items available later, according to the team.

A copper mug featuring the copper logo is also being given to season ticket members, according to the team. They will be available beginning Friday, Dec. 20.

“We had the ability to do an anniversary kind of thing because of our fan base,” Esche said. “I think this is just a cool treat for everyone involved.”

Atlanta Hawks Announce Preorders of New Peachtree Nike City Edition Uniforms Beginning Nov. 20

The Atlanta Hawks have announced plans to officially debut their new Nike City Edition uniform at the Nov. 20 game versus the Milwaukee Bucks. This year’s release of the city-themed kit is based on the name of the ubiquitous Atlanta street and will available on the same day for pre-order at hawks.com/Peachtree. The uniform, which will be accompanied by a corresponding custom court for home appearances, will be worn by the team 11 times throughout the season at State Farm Arena. The dates for the “Peachtree Nights” are:

11/20 vs. Milwaukee Bucks
12/2 vs. Golden State
12/4 vs. Brooklyn Nets
12/15 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
1/18 vs. Detroit Pistons
1/20 vs. Toronto Raptors
1/22 vs. Los Angeles Clippers
2/20 vs. Miami Heat
2/22 vs. Dallas Mavericks
3/31 vs. New Orleans Pelicans
4/7 vs. Detroit Pistons

The Hawks Peachtree City Edition uniform is a bold statement in black with eye-popping accents of peach for an exciting new colorway. It signifies strength (black) and a spirit renewal (peach) with the name of the iconic avenue emblazed across the chest. Distinctive details include the famous “ATL” designation at the waistband, the peach/basketball hybrid symbol at the knee, and the jersey patch of the Atlanta-based digital healthcare company Sharecare.

“The Atlanta Hawks are paying homage to Atlanta culture with our new Nike City Edition unis,” said Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena EVP and Chief Marketing Officer Melissa Proctor. “Peachtree symbolizes the streets that connect our neighborhoods, from Bankhead to Buckhead, from the West End to East Atlanta Village, and all throughout the metro Atlanta area.”

Along with the special uniform and court, the Peachtree Night games will highlight the distinctive and exceptional symbols of Atlanta from food and music to personalities and landmarks. The Hawks’ award-winning retail department will debut its coordinated “Peach & Black” collection that features a full line of apparel for both men and women on Nov. 27. The line will be available at team stores both in-arena and online.

Canucks will wear their popular 1990s Flying Skate jersey this weekend

The Vancouver Canucks will be kicking it old school on Saturday night, as the black Flying Skate jersey makes its glorious return to Rogers Arena.

The Canucks will wear these popular 1990s uniforms on just three occasions this season for their 50th anniversary. The team will also rock these beauties on January 4 against the New York Rangers for 90s Night, and on February 10 against the Nashville Predators for Legends Night as part of Sedin Week.

Fans were given three jersey options to choose from in the summer of 2018, with 70% of the 23,613 votes cast picking the Flying Skate over the Flying V and Original Orca jerseys.

Born in 1994, Troy Stecher was just three years old when the Canucks switched from the Skate to the Orca, but the Richmond native is excited about the retro look nonetheless.

“I think they’re so clean looking. I’m a big fan,” said Stecher. “I’m excited to wear them.”

So excited, in fact, that Stecher got some custom-made Nike shoes for the occasion.

“I think they look sweet,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of compliments today.”

The Canucks will surely be getting a lot of compliments for their fashion choice on Saturday.

Jacob Markstrom and Thatcher Demko have retro goalie gear ready for the occasion, which we got our first look at during a practice last month. Players were in retro practice gear on Friday in preparation for the game.

The Canucks switched to the Orca in 1997, but they have brought back the Flying Skate before, doing so on February 13, 2016, against the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 20th anniversary of Rogers Arena. These jerseys will be subtly different though, as the NHL switched to Adidas as their official uniform supplier in 2017.

Predators unveil 2020 Winter Classic jerseys

The Nashville Predators have unveiled the jerseys they will wear in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

The jersey was unveiled Saturday morning via a 60-foot by 80-foot banner on the Broadway facing side of Fifth & Broad development currently under construction.

The new jersey features designs inspired by Nashville’s hockey history and passionate fan base. The script crest features felt block lettering, creating a nostalgic look quite suitable for the Winter Classic’s celebration of hockey’s origins of being played outdoors.

The inside collar bears the date of the Winter Classic (Jan. 1, 2020) and a guitar fret board as a nod to Nashville’s vibrant music scene.

The jersey also rocks a new logo, a roaring saber-toothed tiger’s head and represents the predator’s size, strength and speed. It also sports a retro look to honor the history and heritage of hockey in Nashville.

A navy head of the saber-toothed tiger is on the jersey’s shoulder with gold, white and red detailing in felt with custom embroidery.

The Predators will battle the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2020 at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.

Heritage Link Kit to be unveiled Dec. 3

FC Cincinnati will unveil one of their new 2020 kits on Tuesday, Dec. 3, when they formally introduce the adidas Heritage Link Kit to their fan base.

The Heritage Link Kit will be available for immediate purchase beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at:

FC Cincinnati Downtown Shop (43 East Fourth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202)
FCC Pop-Up Experience at Kenwood Towne Center (7875 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236)

Additionally, the jersey will be available for online sales exclusively through mlsstore.com and adidas.com on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Wednesday, Dec. 4, before they are available online wherever jerseys are sold starting on Dec. 5.

Later on Tuesday, Dec. 3, FCC will host a launch party at Braxton Brewing Company (27 West 7th St., Covington, KY 41011). Starting at 6 p.m., the three-hour party will include sets by DJ BSP, foosball and shuffleboard games, a special photo shoot booth, as well as the traditional German game of Hammerschlagen. The Heritage Link Kit – as well as a selection of FCC gear and merchandise – will also be available for sale. The first 50 fans who purchase the authentic Heritage Link Kit at the launch party will also receive a limited-edition FCC-Braxton collaboration scarf.

More about the Heritage Link Kit

The Heritage Link Kit is the first of two new jerseys the team will wear in 2020. The Heritage Link Kit will replace the club’s white kit that the team mostly wore in away matches in 2019. The team’s other new jersey – which will replace the club’s 2019 dark kit it usually wore at home – will be unveiled in early February.

Men’s authentic ($130), as well as men’s ($90) and women’s ($80) replica, Heritage Link Kits will be available for purchase at all exclusive locations starting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3. Youth replica kits ($70) will be available for sale later in December.

Additional Heritage Link Kit details include:

A design nod to Cincinnati’s German heritage on the main jersey pattern
The first stand-alone introduction of the new FCC lion logo
Incorporation of Cincinnati’s city motto – “Juncta Juvant” – in the kit
Authentic jerseys purchased through FC Cincinnati (FCC Downtown Shop or the Kenwood Pop-Up), or through mlsstore.com will feature the MLS crest on both sleeves

Fans who purchase the Heritage Link Kit will also be able to order customization at the FCC Downtown Shop. Regardless of purchase location, fans can pay $30 to have custom names and numbers added to the backs of their jerseys. Turn-around time is expected to be approximately two weeks from the time the customization order is accepted at the shop.

FC Cincinnati will return to the field in early 2020 for their second MLS season. Season Ticket Memberships for the 2020 season are now on sale to the general public at fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-5425 (KICK). A 2020 Season Ticket Membership also secures fans’ place on the club’s priority list, which will be utilized when sales begin in the new West End Stadium for the 2021 season.

Bills and Sabres collaborate to present One Buffalo Charity Bags

Pegula Sports & Entertainment, the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and ADPRO Sports are now presenting limited edition One Buffalo Charity Bags to benefit the team foundations. Each bag is filled with a collection of Bills and Sabres merchandise that provides fans with an opportunity to own exclusive and unique items while supporting the Western New York Community in the process. All net proceeds from the sale of the One Buffalo Charity Bags will be directly donated to the Buffalo Bills Foundation and the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

The charity bags come in three different tiers: gold, silver and bronze, and include a variety of mementos.

Gold Charity Bag ($1,000)

Autographed Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas or Josh Allen jersey (random selection)
Autographed Gilbert Perreault, Dominik Hasek, Jack Eichel or Rasmus Dahlin 50th season jersey (random selection)
Autographed Bills and Sabres mini helmets
Bills and Sabres commemorative pin sets featuring 16 themed pins
Bills and Sabres custom pennants
Josh Allen bobblehead
Sabres beach towel
Bills foam football
Sabres mini hockey stick
Bills and Sabres tumblers
Bills and Sabres adjustable caps
Bills and Sabres New Era t-shirts
Bills Nike club fleece hoodie
Sabres New Era French Terry Crew Neck
Nike duffel bag

Silver Charity Bag ($500)

Choice of an autographed Bills jersey or autographed Sabres navy blue jersey with 50th season patch
Autographed Bills and Sabres mini helmets
Bills and Sabres commemorative pin sets featuring 16 themed pins
Bills and Sabres custom pennants
Josh Allen bobblehead
Bills foam football
Sabres mini hockey stick
Bills and Sabres adjustable caps
Bills and Sabres New Era t-shirts
Nike duffel bag

Bronze Charity Bag ($250)

 

1 of every 5 bags will contain an autographed Bills jersey or autographed Sabres navy blue jersey with 50th season patch
Sabres commemorative pin set featuring 8 themed pins
Bills and Sabres custom pennants
Josh Allen bobblehead
Sabres mini hockey stick
Bills and Sabres adjustable caps
Adidas cinch bag

Jerseys in the Silver Charity Bags and select Bronze Bags will be autographed by a randomly selected player or alumnus including Josh Allen, Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Lorenzo Alexander, Cole Beasley, Tremaine Edmunds, Cody Ford, Frank Gore, Jerry Hughes, Micah Hyde, Ed Oliver, Jordan Poyer, Tre’Davious White, Eric Wood, Kyle Williams, Jack Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin, Gilbert Perreault, Dominik Hasek, Jason Pominville, Jeff Skinner, Sam Reinhart, Casey Mittelstadt, Carter Hutton, Jake McCabe, Marcus Johansson, Victor Olofsson, Colin Miller or Linus Ullmark.

There are a limited number of bags available. Bills and Sabres Season Ticket Holders and My One Buffalo Members will have access to a 24-hour presale starting Friday, November 1, 2019 that will be sent via email. Following the presale, any remaining inventory of One Buffalo Charity Bags will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Fans can visit onebuffalocharitybags.com to purchase a bag. Each purchase can be picked up at the Sabres New Era Store or ADPRO Sports Offices at 55 Amherst Villa Road for no charge. Shipping will also be available and will require a signature upon delivery.

About Pegula Sports & Entertainment

Pegula Sports & Entertainment (PSE) streamlines key business areas across all Pegula family-owned sports and entertainment properties including the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Americans, Rochester Knighthawks, LECOM Harborcenter, Black River Entertainment, ADPRO Sports, PicSix Creative agency and numerous hospitality properties. PSE aims to be a leader in the sports and entertainment industry by bringing together the individual resources, capabilities and talents of each of its entities to create a cohesive and sustainable brand that together represents the Pegula family’s interest. PSE’s mission is exemplified by its One Buffalo initiative, which unites Western New York and serves as a representation of teamwork through a deeper connection between Buffalo sports teams, fans and the community.

Buffalo Bills Foundation

The Buffalo Bills Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. The foundation actively works to have a positive impact on youth health and wellness in Western New York, while supporting NFL and team charitable initiatives.

 

 

Buffalo Sabres Foundation

The mission of the Buffalo Sabres Foundation is to identify and support organizations in Western New York which share our core objectives: serving children and military personnel, caring for the sick, assisting physically and mentally challenged athletes, and supporting youth hockey initiatives. By utilizing financial resources and community influence, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation assists these organizations and their beneficiaries in realizing their highest potential and succeeding in their endeavors.

ADPRO Sports

ADPRO Sports is one of the nation’s largest team sports dealers and brandedmerchandise providers representing major industry leaders such as Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, New Era Cap Company, and many other brands. ADPRO specializes in all aspects of custom branded merchandise for both sports teams and corporations. One of the country’s largest Nike Team dealers, ADPRO Sports is an official NFL premium licensee and maintains local NHL licenses along with select NCAA licenses. The company is the Official Team Dealer and Licensed Merchandise Provider of both the Bills and Sabres and is working with a growing list of NFL, NHL and NBA teams. ADPRO Sports provides uniforms and apparel, along with custom branded merchandise nationwide to more than 250 colleges, 500 high schools, and hundreds of corporations.