Photo: Adidas' 2013 NBA All-Star Jerseys Are 'Aeronautical'

Photo: Adidas' 2013 NBA All-Star Jerseys Are 'Aeronautical'

You know -- well done.

Certainly an improvement from last year, where the semi-muted, dark-light-color pattern from top-to-bottom was just drab and runny.

The colors on the 2013 jerseys are brighter and the design sharper.

Some good work out of Adidas, who was apparently concerned with being appropriately Houston-y, so obviously planes.

From NBA.com (via probasketballtalk):

Designed by adidas, the uniforms take inspiration from Houston's rich
aeronautical history and the speed of the jet planes that dot its
skies. The uniforms' eye-catching impact camo pattern evokes the world's
fastest fleet of aircraft with the classic silhouette of a basketball
net.

Can't, uh, can't say that really jumped out at me on first look, but alright, what else you got?

Players will take to the court in black-and-white aviator-style NBA All-Star warm-ups featuring metal zippers made with a similar anodized finish used on airplanes. Each player's jacket will be customized to represent individual career accomplishments such as NBA All-Star Game appearances and All-Star MVP awards, NBA titles, in addition to regular season awards and Scoring Championships.

Needless to say, I'm now foregoing all non-anodized zippered clothing. As for the jerseys, I'm a fan, especially of the East's blue.

Would you buy one if Jrue Holiday's name winds up on the back? Starters for the 2013 game will be announced Thursday, Jan. 17 (tomorrow).

All this talk about planes makes for a super convenient excuse embed NMH.


Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time

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Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time

At 16-2-1, Penn State's men's hockey team is ranked first in the nation for the first time in program history.

The Nittany Lions have improved each of the last four years under head coach Guy Gadowsky. 

Their record by year:

      2013-14: 8-26-2
      2014-15: 18-15-4
Last season: 21-13-4
This season: 16-2-1

Penn State received 30 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Division I poll. Denver is ranked No. 2, followed by Boston University, Minnesota-Duluth and Massachusetts-Lowell (see USCHO poll).

Penn State was ranked fourth last week before sweeping Michigan State.

Joel Embiid now as dominant as Henry Sims

Joel Embiid now as dominant as Henry Sims

There are seemingly countless metrics one can use to detail Joel Embiid's supremacy as a Sixer, but perhaps no stats more clearly tell the story of how indefatigable the rookie has been this season than those of his free-throw shooting. Despite ranking just eighth on the team in total minutes, he's already gotten to the line 215 times this season and made 169 of them, about 250% more than the second-most made FTs on the team (Ersan Ilyasova, 65). What's more, his seven games with ten or more free throws attempted is already more than Thaddeus Young (six), Evan Turner (three) or Jrue Holiday (zero) ever had as a Liberty Baller. 

But yesterday against the Bucks saw JoJo hit a new level with his foul drawing. Despite essentially being shut down by the Bucks in the first half -- I can't remember if he even had a single bucket at the break -- The Process eventually imposed his will in Milwaukee in a major way, parading to the line in the second half, ending with 22 points (as well as 12 rebounds and five blocks) on 4-9 shooting, getting to the line an astounding 18 times. 

Who was the last Sixers giant to accomplish such a feat, you might wonder? Well... 

Yes, it's been an impressive season for our double-redshirt rookie, and every game he seems to add another immortal name to his list of historical analogues. But not until now could we afford to mention him alongside the great Henry "Lickface" Sims, two-year Process legend whose 18 trips to the free-throw line on April 4, 2014 totally helped us win that random late-season game against the then-rebuilding Boston Celtics. As impossible as it once seemed, it now appears that soon, Embiid's folk herodom will be as self-evident and undeniable to the Sons of Sam as that of Hammerin' Hank himself. 

Get this guy to the All-Star team already.