Thursday, March 6, 2014
Jeff Pearlman grew up in New York, but loved the Lakers. He’s now turned that love into a fascinating new book on our favorite team, and their exploits in the 1980′s. We caught up with Jeff for a quick Q&A…
What fact that you uncovered surprised you the most about the Showtime Lakers?
That, in 1979, Jerry Tarkanian agreed to become the Lakers’ coach. Then his agent was murdered and he returned to coach at UNLV.
What do you think is the biggest public misconception about Showtime?
That Magic was all about partying and sex and living the showbiz life. Truth is, the man was a dogged worker who put basketball far before anything else. Yes, he enjoyed the fruits. But he was a Laker.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Monday, November 18, 2013
Black Mamba in a black uniform? With Kobe now cleared for basketball activities and practicing with the team, could his return day coincide with the Lakers’ new black “Hollywood Nights” Jerseys? The black uniforms, which Mamba models above, will be worn 6 times this year– all of them at home, but curiously the first date will be an away game.
Kobe loves to play in NYC, and the jerseys are clearly designed to part Lakers fans with their money, and what better way to sell them to the public then at Kobe’s first game back with the team?
Here’s what the homies at Uni Watch had to say about “Hollywood Nights”:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Mister Cartoon, the artist synonymous with LA’s street culture turns his pen to re-imagining the iconography of one of the city’s most well loved and recognized sports teams. Check out a completely dope collaboration between Mister Cartoon and the Los Angeles Kings.
This video, shot by Estevan Oriol, gives an overview of the Mister Cartoon x LA Kings collaboration. Merchandise will be available to purchase at the Los Angeles Kings home base, STAPLES Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and online at Team Store LA/. All the items are limited edition.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
DJ Felli Fel dropped this yesterday: Dodgers Anthem 2013 ft. Ice Cube, Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga. The Dodgers are down 2-0, are likely missing their best hitter, and have to face the Cards’ ace tomorrow but they’re not out yet. GO DODGERS.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Jose Romero posted this on Twitter a couple of days ago “Ready for the Playoffs”. The tattoo work was done by Killer Tattoos in Pomona.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Rapper Mr. Criminal (AKA Roberto Garcia of Los Angeles) has created a custom walkup song for the Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, to be played when he comes to bat as soon as the Dodgers get back in town. The song begins like this:
Para todo mis latinos, unidos
arriba, los manos
representando por todos mi cubanos
y norteamericanos, mexicanos, argentinos, ecuatorianos
it’s Mister Criminal with that steelo
comin’ to bang and I’m comin’ to swing
number one in the major leagues
from the bottom to the top
it’s that homie Yasiel Puig
Viva Cuba libre siempre
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
USC recently released this map from the Doheny Library. It’s from the original proposal for Dodger Stadium, and contains some interesting period details, such as the proposed “Riverside Freeway” south of the stadium, which is what the 5 Freeway is now except north of the stadium. First spotted at TrueBlueLA.com, which has a bunch of other cool details. Below, see a contemporary map of roughly the same area.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Emory University’s Sports Marketing Analytics department does statistical analysis of various sports teams, markets, players, and fanbases. Their MLB study from 2013 ranked the Dodgers and Red Sox, who arrive at Chavez Ravine this Friday, as the teams tied for first place in their analysis of the sport’s “best fans”. Trot that out the next time some annoying Yankees fans talks about how our people leave games early, are “thugs”, or other nonsense that is now repudiated by rigorous scientific analysis.
Our hated rivals to the North were a distant 4th place, while the Angels were at the very bottom of the heap, ranked last in all of Major League Baseball.
From the study:
One of our favorite types of analyses at Emory Sports Marketing Analytics is to assess the brand equity (a proxy for fan intensity and loyalty) of sports teams. Today, we present our analysis of MLB fan bases. Thus far, in our short history, we have looked at the brand equity of college and pro basketball teams. For those who are unfamiliar, brand equity is a common concept in marketing. The basic idea is that well known and well regarded brands provide value to organizations. Examples of high brand equity brands include Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Apple. These brands have value because consumers may have significant loyalty to the brand, or may be willing to pay a price premium. There are a wide variety of methods for calculating brand equity. Most methods involve surveys of consumers, and focus on data such as awareness levels, loyalty rates or consumer associations.
Monday, August 12, 2013
If you didn’t, even you’re a huge Dodgers fan, don’t be ashamed– very few other people noticed either. In fact, before the days of the internet it’s likely no one would have mentioned it for years, if at all. The changes are quite subtle. Back in 2011, SportsLogos.net ran a post titled Dodgers Change Logo, Nobody Notices. Not many people noticed that post outside of the sports uniform blog scene. In only came to our attention today, nearly 2 years later. From the original article:
The major minor-changes involve:
The leading script into the ‘o’ of ‘Dodgers’, it’s there in 2010, it’s gone in 2012.the ‘D’ in ‘Dodgers’ also had a slight change, specifically the curl in the 9-o’clock region of the logo, it’s much shorter in the 2012 edition.the flight lines of the baseball have been corrected.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Galaxy Vs. Juventus
Not even Andrea Pirlo could swing a victory on Saturday night, as L.A. Galaxy went on to defeat Turin, Italy’s famed Juventus 3 to 1. Sure, the players may not have been killing themselves, but still, score one for The City of Angels, which also got to see its beloved Dodger Stadium mangled into a not-very-convincing futbol field. Great day with some great players in the house, including Ronaldo, who had helped Real Madrid defeat The Galaxy the previous day in Arizona.