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You're right, Jim... you don't have to dig too deep to strike design gold in the ABA. The fact that the ABA was a league struggling to compete with the NBA made it necessary for many teams to change locations in order to survive which made for a plethora of logo, color and uniform changes. Geez, cities even had as many as 3 different team names, for Pete's sake (Memphis went from "Pros" to "Tams" to "Sounds" between 1970 and 1974!). It's great that there were alternative leagues like the ABA to push the envelope, but it's also sad that the stranglehold the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL have now makes it nearly impossible for a start-up league to compete on a level playing field.

Zubaz is zu-back!

I love how the U in the Spurs logo is a spur! It's pretty brilliant. Did you know the business end of the spur, aka the spinning wheel with the spikes, is called a rowel? I know this from an episode of Jeopardy! from last year or so. The final Jeopardy! question, er, "answer," was in the category of NBA Team Logos. Since I'm a logo freak, I knew I had a pretty good chance of getting it correct. The "answer" was, "This team has a rowel in its logo." I had no idea what a rowel was, so in my mind I visualized all the NBA logos to find ones that had small unusual details. I narrowed them down to the Celtics, thinking a rowel might be what Lucky the Leprechaun's pipe or cane are called, and the Spurs, thinking a rowel might be the name for the U-shaped device that attaches to one's heel. For some reason, my final choice was the Spurs, and sure enough, I got it right. I completely blew myself away that I guessed it correctly without knowing what a rowel really was, and even though a rowel isn't the U-shaped device but actually the pointy spinning star at the end of a spur. Too bad I wasn't a contestant on the show; I coulda been the next Ken Jennings.

As far as the Floridians, I wonder if they were the first male athletic team to have pink in their uniforms?


rowel.. nice. now i'll never forget what a rowel is. thanks!


Perhaps the Floridians were the first American team to use pink, but U.S. Palermo, a soccer team in the Italian league, first wore pink and black in 1905:


Daniel J Leonard

Your Kentucky Colonels (How exactly, does that get pronounced, Ker'nols?) uniform was very cool. Did you check out the character who was a little too into his favorite player, sporting Woody Harrelson's, Monnix-Colonels jersey in 'Semi-Pro'?
The other hoops jerseys you described are all absolutely, classic. Dr J's NETS, I own, though with Buck William's #52 and the Floridians is my all time favorite.
Interesting take on the Denver Nuggets jersey, I never thought about it but our eyes weren't 'trained' to see the logo where it was on that 1976 version. I also owned the city in front of the rainbow Nuggets jersey back when you had to purchase them through NBA league catalogs in the 80's.
What made the Spurs so unique,
back in the day, in addition to their 'clean' arched SPURS logo was the their color combination.
Seems most all teams now sport some black alternative uniform option. Didn't used to be like that.
Now, with your design abilities, the internet, and competition, we shouldn't have to suffer through anymore of those unimaginative, blase, Sand-Knit dominated designs.

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