Skip to main content

Dope Sports Threads - Nike City Connect Series (Houston Astros)

Ok, I'll try to keep all snarky comments about "cheating" out of this review. Because really, the Astros really have a VERY cool concept here for their City Connecti uniforms. 

Houston and its ties to NASA and everything space exploration made this such an easy concept for Nike to move towards. I think what really makes this design so awesome is the ability to take the current color scheme and designs and turn it up a notch giving the Astros a very space-theme feel, but also, one that also comes off extremely futuristic. 

There are several elements of this design that really work for me. The first is a minor element, but the biggest one is the gradient use of blue and orange throughout the uniform. From the piping on the front of the jerseys to the socks to the font on the back of the jerseys - and the minor tidbits in between - all of it is really well done. 

Then there is the font which really brings the look together. It looks and feels as sci-fi and galactic as a space theme should. 

And of course, there is the "Space City" moniker that obviously fits the vibe of the town. H-Town does as well (the Rockets currently use this), but it doesn't come across as cool in usage as it does in verbiage. 




Nike has shown no hesitation to go one-color for top and pants, and in this design, they obviously flex that design concept again. I don't mind the all-blue look, especially as the gradient socks really remove the eyes away from what could be a very dark aesthetic presentation. 

However, this may sound ridiculous, the number on the upper right leg is a HUGE eyesore for me. I'm not sure what is with baseball and this concept of having the jersey numbers on the pants (those vintage 70's White Sox uniforms are still a bother for me with this concept). I'm just not sure why it is needed.  Again, I'm just not a fan of the pant numbers. 

Overall, these are cool. I'm not in love with them as the designs for the White Sox, Nationals, and Diamondbacks, but these are good enough to pass. I love the color usage and the font, the whole package is just doable. 

Recently Read Posts

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/25/22

3  Up 1. Albert Pujols - 700 homeruns is insane. Even through a generation of steroids, the number is incredibly exclusive (sans, you know, Bonds). So much props to Pujols who literally puts himself in some rarified discussions among the game's greatest.  Here are some quick thoughts from yours truly on Pujols hitting 700 .  2. PATHFINDER - The fight against cancer just got a smidge better. GRAIL announced results from their PATHFINDER study that may have found ways to provide early detection screening to significantly enhance the discovery of cancer well before symptoms begin.  I accidentally ran into this story - why isn't this more headline news? SMH.  3. Pandemic Over? - The World Health Organization (remember them, before everyone suddenly became public health experts) described COVID as an "acute global emergency". Going even further, announced that 20M global deaths were avoided last year due to vaccines. Just outright amazing.  3 Down 1. Brett Favre - No resp

5 Thoughts on Pujols Hitting 700

It almost feels like the negative vitriol that surrounded Major League Baseball and its labor issues have dissipated into an air of forgetfulness and forgiveness. A season that has brought us old-school lore with the chasing of historical numbers by way of Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols, and the likes of a modern-day Babe Ruth, in another dominant season by Shohei Ohtani, would ultimately do that. Sprinkle in some amazing rookies on the rise, and all of sudden it's, what did I say about baseball's treatment of fans? It's been some season... In this post, I want to focus on Albert Pujols...the "King", the "Machine", one of the greatest ever. After hitting a historic 700th Home Run ( by the way, I definitely predicted that back in March  - just humble-bragging a bit), I wanted to drop five (fitting, yeah?) thoughts on Albert Pujols:  GREATEST EVER?! - Pujols' career often feels like the Angels' years were some sort of nightmare or a bad edition in a

Durant Showed Us Who He Was

When people show you who they are, believe them.  That's what my thought process is reduced to regarding Kevin Durant, his trade request from the Brooklyn Nets, and well, everything else that surrounds the latest drama that has taken over the NBA (and in many ways, the sports world).  Kevin Durant is immensely talented. Superhuman in so many ways. If you see him in person (as I have many times at the Barclays Center as a Brooklyn Net, and once at the Staples Center as a young member of the Oklahoma City Thunder), you're simply in awe of his stature, his ability, and his grace on the court. It's the kind of aura that keeps you believing in the aura of pro sports, and the sheer exclusiveness of these human beings. It's in the same realm as LeBron James and Steph Curry, physical and ability marvels that go just beyond remarkable, existing in a realm of specialness that cannot be described other than comprehension with the eyes.  Kevin Durant is one of my favorite athletes

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/18/22

3 Up 1.  Yvon Chouinard - Nothing says big baller like announcing you're donating your company's worth to the mission of fighting climate change. Sure, there are some tax benefits (let's not be silly), but that's still a pretty damn impressive thing to do. Wish we saw that more from billionaires.  2. Aaron Judge - Well, the big fella is on his way to breaking the record of 61 home runs (whether you think it's just the American League record or the in fact still the single-season home run record is up to you). I just hope he does it over the next two days at Yankee Stadium, on YES, with Michael Kay on the call. It'll be a damn shame if it happened on Apple TV where it happens in a vacuum and most fans will be unable to experience history. That would be awful for baseball.  3. How The Word is Passed - This is a selfish "Up" from me because I finally finished this book that has been on my list for a while - and it is a must-read for all. I'm a big