July 21, 2015

Indiana Pacers to Wear "Hoosiers" Inspired Uniform: Pacers will wear ‘Hickory’ uniforms in select games starting in the 2015-16 season to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary.

posted by NoMich to basketball at 11:09 AM - 7 comments

Love the shiny shorts. I'd like to see that old-school style come back.

posted by Rock Steady at 11:39 AM on July 21, 2015

Can't quite see from the photo, but I'm assuming the size of the shorts will be more in keeping with current fashion.

I may be the only person who found the movie "Hoosiers" to be pretty lame and predictable. I had heard so many good things about it, I was sure it was going to change my life in some meaningful way. Did not happen.

Gene Hackman kissing Barbara Hershey? How do those two belong together by any stretch of the imagination? It was clear they were heading for contact from the first moment they encountered each other, in a clumsily scripted way. I squirmed just as I did when John Wayne kissed Angie Dickinson in Rio Bravo.

I'd love to see the Pacers schedule an Old Timers game in the throwback unis. Because I want to see Rik Smits take the floor in shiny gold shorts and above-the-knee black summer tourist stockings. He always looked like he was visiting the Acropolis with three cameras around his neck, and a fanny pack full of travel tissues and sunscreen.

posted by beaverboard at 12:29 PM on July 21, 2015

Isn't this basically the introduction of major advertising to North American sports uniforms (big 4 sports anyhow)?

posted by rumple at 12:59 PM on July 21, 2015

I love Gene Hackman's acting, but I never saw Hoosiers as a great movie. With all the hype I expected it to bring something new to the formula of an underdog triumphing over adversity and winning it all. But it didn't.

It seems weird to honor a cinematic Indiana team instead of the real thing, the 1954 Milan High School state champions who inspired the film.

Isn't this basically the introduction of major advertising to North American sports uniforms (big 4 sports anyhow)?

I think the creep of brands into big four uniforms has already begun with brand logos on uniforms and equipment. They keep getting bigger.

posted by rcade at 01:29 PM on July 21, 2015

Yeah but at least those brands make the actual equipment. This is advertising for a movie. I guess the "Mighty Ducks of Anaheim" crossed that barrier, this should be derided to the same extent.

I suppose the trend for camoflauge uniforms is more or less Armed Forces recruiting advertising as well, though arguably more subtle than this example.

posted by rumple at 01:57 PM on July 21, 2015

Tangetal: we watched North Dallas Forty for the first time this weekend and while I liked it I left the movie pissed off, mainly because the moralizing bastard owners of 40 years ago seem a lot like Goodell.

The Hackman film that disappointed me was The Conversation. Did not live up to the hype for me.

posted by yerfatma at 11:01 AM on July 22, 2015

Now, on sale at NBA.com! It's like the camouflage uniform shirts (to "honor veterans") and pink shirts, wristbands and shoes (for breast cancer awareness) athletes wear. The leagues likely make donations to associated organizations, but it's probably a small percentage of the revenue derived from the sales.

posted by jjzucal at 11:13 PM on July 23, 2015

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