City Edition: New sixers uniforms pay homage to Rocky

Sixers release City Edition uniforms

At long last, the Sixers have released their 2018-19 season “City Edition” uniforms, and they are… interesting. I’d probably venture as far as to say that they’re bad.

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Every team has created a City Edition jersey each year since Nike took over. These threads attempt to give the team a way of expressing something unique to the city that they represent, while also being a fun change of pace from the squad’s typical look.

Last season, the Sixers donned the parchment colored “Phila” script jerseys. These represented the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776. I thought those kits looked pretty nice, while still managing to both recognize a cool theme, and call back to the “Phila” of the Wilt era jerseys.

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The 2018-19 Edition

This year, the team and Nike decided to go in a different direction. They decided on using the uniforms to call back one of the most iconic (fictional) moments in Philadelphia’s history. This, of course, being Rocky Balboa’s training montage. They do this by making the jerseys letter-less, and the color of (one of) our favorite underdog‘s grey sweatsuit.

To be honest, I think it’s a bad look. I see what they were trying to do, but I just don’t think basketball jerseys should look like a sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off. I think as warm-ups, as displayed by Robert Covington below, they actually look clean and cool, however, I doubt they’ll look all that hot on court.

Our very own, real-life Rocky Balboa

All that said, the creation of these jerseys have left us with one very important positive. One Timothy John McConnell, or Rocky 2.0, took a photoshoot in a meat factory to promote the new kits, and it is nothing short of magical.

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Not only do these pictures exist, McConnell himself asked to have them taken. Thanks to Zach Lowe’s ESPN article, we know that McConnell told team officials, “If we’re gonna do this, I want to go all out” he continued, “I wanna be in the meat locker.” TJ requesting to be put in a freezing cold meat locker in a grey sweatsuit with bloody taped up hands in order to reference Philly’s greatest cultural icon is really the only thing that matters about this whole thing anyway.

These new jerseys will debut at home against the Hornets on November 9. Despite their weird look, at least we’ve already gotten some fun content out of ’em.

Featured photo courtesy of gianlucaspinosa via Flickr