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.Sleeved basketball jerseys are going to become the norm. You know why, right? Think back to when jerseys where HUGE - at least they were I was in high school in the 90s. It was a race to see who could own and wear the most $40 replica NBA jerseys.
So why are we suddenly seeing sleeves now? Simple: Jersey retailing has become a huge revenue stream in the sports world, and there are lots of fans who'll gladly buy and wear football or baseball jerseys but will think twice about wearing a tank top. By offering a basketball jersey that's basically a glorified T-shirt, teams should see a lot more action at the cash register.
Sleeves also open up a lot of design possibilities. The problem with basketball uniform design has always been that there's so little real estate to work with: There are no sleeves, no long pants, no headwear, and you're required to put a uniform number on the front and back, which limits your visual options. But once you add sleeves to the equation, you can add stripes, patches, logos -- basically all the stuff that shows up on other sports' uniforms.
Wearing tank tops was an awful look. Over a white or colored tee (because you had to at school), probably worse.
I'm not a jersey person now, but I'd wear an NFL jersey probably above and beyond anything else.
Then NBA. Then NHL, a league I don't even watch.
Just no tanks. None. Interested in jerseys I own? A black Jeremy Maclin jersey. A home Roy Halladay, and a road World Series edition Evan Longoria. None of which I ever, ever wear.
.You know I love stats, but often no metric, no matter how advanced, can tell you that Davidson is going to morph into roughly the 319th best FT shooting team in the nation in a tournament game. It's just conventional wisdom to consider a mid-major on the brink of an enormous upset could fold under the pressure. Davidson came into the Marquette game as the best FT shooting team in the nation at 81%. They were 14-22 (63%) from the line yesterday, and missed many when they needed to ice the game.
Outside of Rondon, it's essentially a crapshoot. Alburquerque, Villarreal, Downs, Marte -- they've all made strong impressions this spring, too. But, strong enough to convince Leyland to add them to the 25-man roster?
It's a tight race between all four, but Leyland is still waiting for one or two to actually take the bull by the horn.
"Like I said, some guys need to step it up," he said.
It seems that in every other bullpen in baseball there's a guy or two who rise above their expectations, and help carry a relief core - even if it's just for a half a season. Then another steps to the forefront. Remember how exceptional Phil Coke was in the playoffs last year? Someone, preferably in front of whomever is closing, in the Tigers pen needs to be that good at any given time throughout the season.