October 24, 2012
Jerseys are rarelyused as part of in game strategy when it comes to any sport. In Baseball, a hitter wearing a baggier jersey might end up with a better chance of being hit by a pitch, as the rules state that a player’s jersey is part of his body. Stand a little bit closer to the plate with a baggier jersey, like Prince Fielder, and you might end up on 1st base a few more times than a player with a less baggier jersey.
At the University of Southern California, head Football coach Lane Kiffin has found a new way to use sports jerseys strategically in a game. According to the rulebook, players cannot wear the same number and be on the field at the same time, but nothing says players cannot switch jerseys in the middle of the game. Simultaneously, the rulebook also states that a team cannot switch numbers in order to deceive the opposing team. If a team attempts this, the referees shall enforce a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The problem is, there are a lot of players on a team, using a lot of numbers, and the referees generally only watch the offensive and defensive lines, as their attention is set in the trenches most often. So, USC is, every so often, mixing it up, and technically not breaking the rules, but is essentially breaking the rules, and using it to their advantage.
AuthenticStore Buzz: Barry Rubin, the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Philadelphia Eagles was recently at the store. The Pro League Authentics Nike Dri-Fit T-Shirt seen in the above picture is the new Eagles weight room t-shirt, supplied by the #1 Authentic Sports Apparel Store in Philly, Pro League Authentics. Get your PLA shirt by contacting the store or visiting us down town.
Pro League Authentics has just come out with a new exclusive line of apparel. The Legends Line- Wilt Chamberlain. A fan of Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, or maybe you just know him as Mr. 100. Wilt Chamberlain was a basketball legend, considered by many to be the most athletic and talented player to ever strut onto the NBA hardwood. The big man, who wore number 13 and was famous for wearing the sweatband on his head, once dropped 100 points in Hershey, PA. PLA has the exclusive line of shirts of the Wilt Chamberlain line. For more information check out the shirts here: http://www.facebook.com/proleagueauthentics?fref=ts
PLA has also come out with another new line. The NASL was founded in 1968 when the FIFA-sanctioned United Soccer Association merged with the unsanctioned National Professional Soccer League. The league included teams from the U.S. and Canada and featured legends such as Pelé, Kyle Rote Jr., Bob Rigby and Franz Beckenbauer. In addition they also had an indoor soccer division from 1975-1984. The league eventually folded in 1984. Check them out here: http://www.proleagueauthentics.com/collections/nasl
Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: How many Red Sox players have played 2,000 or more games in their career for the Red Sox, and who are they? Answer to come tomorrow.
Thursday’s answer: A popular unofficial mascot was the late Bill "The Beerman" Scott, a Seattle beer vendor/cheerleader who worked for numerous pro teams