Tuesday Thoughts: Lexington Legends new uniforms

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I dislike baseball. I played little league and am happy I did since it is an American tradition. However, I am glad I never went any further on the diamond.

About every other year I venture out to the ballpark and do so as cheaply as possible. Luckily in Kentucky we have the Lexington Legends. The organization is great with convenient parking, a nice stadium, and lots of promotions. I loved their old uniforms with the big L and the state outline at the bottom. The new logos are okay. I especially like the hat with LEX on it. However, I do not like the cartoonish mustache hat and I do not like the green color scheme. I think the Legends should keep with old fashion look with the classic colors and cursive looking font. This is a team marketing itself as a preserver of the national past time so playing to that is a great marketing idea.

I have been on a uniform kick lately…Check out the previous post below concerning the worst NBA uniforms.

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Tuesday Thoughts : Tampa Bay Bucs NEW uniforms

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I am a lifelong Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan! My Great Grandfather lived outside of Tampa and I grew up with a stuffed orange pirate in my bedroom. I also lived outside of Tampa for a year and a half. My wife and I attended a draft party at Raymond James stadium while we were down there. I was very excited in the 1990s when they updated their uniforms. I personally think they are the best uniforms in the NFL! Why change them?

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Just recently the Bucs organization unveiled their new uniforms that they spent two years designing. 2 years……2 years. As you can see, what they came up with could have been created by a teenager on their x-box in 15 minutes. Needless to say, I dislike the new uniforms. What are your thoughts?


Tuesday Thoughts : Cincinnati Rockers football

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You may remember the Lexington Horsemen arena football team but do you recall the Cincinnati Rockers? I do because my Father took me to one of their games. Back then, the early 90s, arena football was labeled as the 50 yard indoor war. The game itself was interesting to watch and former Kentucky football head coach Fran Curci was the Rockers head coach.

Plus it was also a great that I was a teenager and it was bikini night so women who wore bikinis got in at a discounted priced. Our seats happened to be in a bikini section too. Basically, it was a bunch of drunk girls and their even more drunk boyfriends. From what I have been told this scene is similar to Bengals games.  Despite these desperate promotional efforts the Rockers disappeared after two season.


Tuesday Thoughts: Worst NBA logo changes

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Back in the 1990s, my era, several National Basketball Association teams decided it was time to upgrade their logos. By far the two worst logos changes belonged to the Detroit Pistons and the Houston Rockets. A complete abandonment from traditional colors from both teams and completely new designs for uniforms were the fad. However, it went over like green ketchup.

Detroit was known as bad boys wearing blue and red. A patriotic, made in America look, as the city is known for American made automobiles with engine pistons pumping. They became a greenish/blue team with a flaming horse logo. I understand the horse stands for horsepower, but the color changes made no sense. Thankfully the Pistons are back to the traditional red and blue.

The Houston Rockets take the last place trophy when it comes to best logo change. The Rockets went from a traditional yellow and red to a dark blue and a cartoon rocket. Nothing says professional basketball like a Looney Tune figure. It was a joke as these touch players with such as Charles Barkley wearing a cartoon on their uniform.

I hope the marketing companies that created these logos and thought it was a good idea took their large sums of money and closed up shop. I not the Lakers will soon become orange and pink with a surfer.

Tuesday Thoughts : Old School Video Games remain the best

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The football game, Madden, is a juggernaut of a video game franchise. Being on the cover has become a pop culture Heisman trophy. College dorms crown residence hall champions, fundraiser tournaments draw big money as everyone thinks they are the best and take pride in this competition. I think the game is awesome with its game play and realistic features.

Nevertheless, Tecmo Bowl and Blitz remain the best football video games ever made. Nothing beats these legendary titles.

Tecmo Bowl can be defined by one team…the Raiders. All a player had to do was hand off to Bo Jackson and you knew you would score. Bo never got fatigued and you only had 4 plays to call and 2 of them were hands off to him. Bo knows Video Game Dominance!

Blitz was the rule breaking, mean, and nasty game that thought outside the box. In Blitz a player could body slam opponents and hit late after a player goes out of bounds. It was all testosterone.

Who needs a PS4 or Xbox One when all you need is an old school Nintendo or N64?

Tuesday Thoughts: Hockey in Kentucky

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Does anyone remember the Throroughblades that played in Rupp Arena? I do because I went to a few games. It was a lot of fun as this sport is very unique to the area. It was a rare chance to see hockey….and hockey fights. The blades went under in the early 2000s. They were quickly replaced by a team called the Men O War, which lasted an even shorter amount of time. I doubt hockey will return to Kentucky anytime in the near future. It was fun while it lasted though…

Thank You Gover Floral Company

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A special Steve Black Show THANK YOU to Gover Floral Company of Corbin, Kentucky. With Valentine’s Day approaching, be sure to pick up a dozen roses for your special someone at Gover Floral Company in Corbin, Kentucky. They offer a variety of products including: wind chimes, throws, flowers, and plants. Also, they are southeastern Kentucky’s leader in floral services and have been in continuous operation since 1929! Gover Floral Company truly is The Best in Flowers!

 

Contact Information

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910 Master St, Corbin, KY 40701

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Tuesday Thoughts : The Super Bowl……End It

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The Super Bowl was Sunday and the biggest story not getting attention is that of human trafficking. This is relevant as the super bowl weekend is the biggest weekend of human trafficking in the United States. To learn more visit the link below and END IT!

http://enditmovement.com/


Tuesday Thoughts: NFL in London, England is a bad idea

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Does anyone remember NFL Europe? Probably not. If you do it’s probably because your favorite player couldn’t make it in the regular NFL, but you still followed their career. This made me ponder the questions as to why the NFL is considering putting a team in London, England.

Much discussion has occurred concerning the NFL success overseas leading to the development for a regular team overseas in London. The NFL has played some international regular season games in Wembley Stadium in recent memory. Why is the NFL so desperate to tap into a market saturated in soccer? The cost of travel is a budgeting nightmare and converting salaries constantly from pounds to dollars and back is a human resources nightmare. This makes no sense from a player personnel point of view.

So to the NFL……do not place a team in London, England!

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24142624/roger-goodell-on-la-or-london-nfl-team-first-i-want-both


Tuesday Thoughts: XFL debuts in the NBA

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When this announcement hit that the Miami Heat would be wearing official uniforms with nicknames on the back, I know Vince McMahon was somewhere smiling! Tonight the defending NBA champions, Miami Heat, will be sporting nicknames on the back of their jerseys. Ray Allen decided to post in December a photo of his jersey with the nick name “J. Shuttlesworth” which is a character in the Spike Lee movie He Got Game. This will not be the one and only time the NBA uses these nickname jerseys as well, as other games are scheduled.

http://espn.go.com/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/story/_/id/10158741/ray-allen-miami-heat-wear-jesus-shuttlesworth-jersey

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When Vince McMahon used this idea in the early 2000s with his professional football league, XFL, the idea was laughed at. The nickname jerseys drew immediate attention as the first game featured a running back with the nickname HE HATE ME.

Now 10+ years later the idea is being used and embraced. I personally think it is tacky. I realize many fo these jerseys will be autographed and auctioned off for charities. I also realize replicas will be sold and bring in lots of money. I still think it is tacky.

Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised that in a blow out game the 5 benchwarmers come onto the court wearing their jerseys and the cameraman happens to catch on the back “Your Local News Is Next.”