Evolution of Jerseys

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Italy, Jerseys, Nike, Puma, Technology, US National Team, us soccer


ISPS and I were going through some boxes at the office full of gear, boots, video games etc when we stumbled upon the 2000 USA Men’s National Team jersey (the white jersey in the picture above). It was a size large and just looked really big. Like way bigger than a large should look. So I went and grabbed the Italian national jersey from this year’s World Cup. Also in a size large. It was clear that there was a massive difference in size. So we wanted to do a little scientific experiment (or as scientific as we get). This basically meant hanging the jerseys on a wall and comparing their sizes.

As you can see, there is a pretty massive discrepancy in terms of 2000 jersey sizing to 2014 jersey sizing. We must mention that the Italian jersey is the actual fit of the jerseys worn by the players and not just a replica. So that makes it slimmer. Plus PUMA made some really slim jerseys. Like super slim. So those two factors should be taken into account.

But there are still some pretty massive differences in how these jerseys fit, feel, weigh etc.

The US jersey from 2000 clocked in at about 36″ from sleeve to sleeve. And it is heavy. I’m not sure how heavy, but it’s heavy. And I remember wearing this exact jersey, and when it got wet… Let’s just say you definitely got weighed down.


The Italy jersey from 2014 measured in around 28″. Roughly 8″ or so narrower than the jersey from 2000. Weight, fabric and just about everything else is so much more advanced from a jersey 14 years ago.


This all seems obvious. Advancements in the game, in technology, in manufacturing ensure that the products involved in the game have all made significant advancements. We see this all the time with boots clocking in that are crazy lightweight and made out of materials we never expected to see in the game. But sometimes you need to see where things have been and compare them to where things are now to get an appropriate sense of just how far the game has involved.

To see how far soccer product has come in the last 14 years is pretty amazing. To imagine where it will be 14 years from now. Almost impossible.

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Video :: Bright Dike Shoots – Right Boot Finds The Back Of The Net

Filed under: MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer News, Videos

Bright Dike

~~ Whoa.  Not the finish any of us watching were expecting……  On another note, great to see Bright Dike back on the field after missing out on the World Cup after blowing out his Achilles Tendon.

Bright Dike may need to tighten his laces, as his shoe flies into the back of the net on a shot from distance.

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Video :: adidas Brings Back The Predator 94

Filed under: Boots, Soccer News, Videos

adi Predator

~~  Full disclosure… I rocked the Predator’s for eight  years straight while playing in MLS… I love this boot.  I could pull them right out of the box and step onto the field and have no problems whatsoever… To see these back… Man.  Now I need to know what these feel like present day versus the past.

These will forever be the boots that John Harkes and Marco Etcheverry rocked.

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Of Course Cristiano Ronaldo did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge… in his CR7 Underwears

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Happy to take part of it #ALS #Icebucketchallenge @JMC_Foundation – Cristiano

You’re welcome ladies who read TOW…..

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Hand made Lionel Messi Marble statue KICKSTARTER

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Lionel Messi

lio messi kickstarter

Duc Truong, out of West Covina, CA just posted a Kickstarter that is looking to produce marble statues of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Lionel Messi.

I happened to see the KS from it being posted on a Lakers website, for Kobe, and happened to see the Lio statue. It actually works all the way around because Kobe has a well documented love of the game and LeBron is a part owner of Liverpool.

The statues, of which they are only planning to make 40 total, can be had on the early bird price of $1,800, and $2,000 if you aren’t one of the first to get in.

Check out the video below and head over to their KickStarter page for the deets. This is some strong stuff!

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The Original Winger takes the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge”

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@espn700bill – #ALSIceBucketChallenge Accepted.. @bumpypitch @isps_tow @realsaltlake & #GarthLaerway, you’re up next – Dunny

* I knew, sooner or later, Brian would be getting ice and cold water dumped on his head and that he would be throwing Beans and I in to the mix. Well done bro. Challenge accepted We’ll see. – ISPS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.

The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

For more information, head over to www.alsa.org

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Watch :: Men in Blazers Make their NBCSN Debut – Premier League opening weekend

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The Men in Blazers join Rebecca Lowe to discuss the opening weekend of the 2014-2015 Premier League season. In the comfort of their new panic room, Michael Davies and Roger Bennett do their best to reenact the best moments of the weekend.

Love it…. glad to see these guys getting more and more attention because they are awesome for the game. We’ve said it a million times here, but there couldn’t be two better guys as ambassadors.

mib nbc debut

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West Ham v. Tottenham Pitch Invader takes free kick …. Gets arrested.

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Pitch Invaders

Shouts out to “Tristan” for getting the vine of this PI. Apparently the kid ran almost the length of the field and then uncorked a halfway decent free kick that was saved by the West Ham keeper. Running that far in some chucks, on grass, is a feat in and of itself.

Later in the evening, Scotland Yard announced that a 22-year-old man from Kent had been arrested for suspected pitch invasion. “Suspected” … wait, whaaa?

Anyways, this kind of stuff has to stop. Step your security game up West Ham, can’t have drunk kooks running on the field like that.

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