October 27, 2012
Tomorrow is NFL Sunday. While the NFL week now begins every Thursday night, Sunday is when the fun really begins. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, fun is a bad word to use. First, the team must attempt to contain Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was almost elusive enough to bring the skins back to beat the division rival New York Giants. While the Steeler defense will do their best to stop Griffin, Steelers fans will do their best to justify their team’s new throwback jerseys that make them look like a yellow jacket crossed with the inmates from “The Longest Yard”.
The jerseys are a celebration of the 80 years of Football that has been played in Pittsburgh. 80 years ago the Pittsburgh Pirates played Football, and wore shirts that had yellow and black solid strips running horizontally with their numbers stitched to the front in block lettering. These will be the same uniforms worn by the 2012 Steelers tomorrow afternoon. The team has stitched a patch to the upper right front corner of the uniform with an “80 seasons” emblem to commemorate the jerseys history.
The Steelers have worn throwback uniforms in the past, but they were those that the 1960 Steelers wore, and they were not nearly as odd as the 80th anniversary ones. The Steelers will wear their usual helmets with their new “prison break” uniforms, as opposed to the gold helmets they wore with their usual throwback uniforms. The Steelers and Redskins will first hike the pigskin at 1:00pm Sunday at Heinz Field.
Authentic Store 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: Which World Series was longest best-of-7 World Series ever in terms of total number of innings played? Answer to come Monday.
Thursday’s answer: While replay was used for a number of years prior, the first season in which coaches could actively challenge plays was in 1999.