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The Top 50 NBA Commercials of All Time

mars blackmon

In the Spring of 2007, I was just a young pup in this NBA blogging world. Since then, I have accumulated literally dozens of readers and made untold tens of dollars writing about the NBA, but back then the only people reading this blog were me and Drop Dead Fred. (He didn’t even like it … I just spammed his Gmail account with links to my posts.)

Then, on April 4, 2007, I did a post called “The Top 50 NBA Commercials of All Time” that got linked to from Henry Abbott’s new ESPN version of TrueHoop and a cavalcade of other NBA blogs that probably don’t even exist anymore and, like, 40,000 people showed up. Since my previous high in any day was somewhere south of 4 unique users, it was pretty cool.

Unfortunately, within the year I switched hosting companies and perhaps-due-to-nonpayment (who remembers really?), I lost pretty much all my old content in the transfer. It seemed like a bummer at the time, but honestly the commercial thing and like three other posts were probably the only not completely terrible things I ever did. Still, losing stuff sucks.

HOWEVER, through the miracle of the a tech-smart friend of mine, I was recently able to recover some stuff. And so, mostly because I want to put it back in my archives, I’m re-posting it as it was originally posted verbatim in April, 2007. (Thus, forgive the omission of any spots from the last three years that warrant inclusion.)

Additionally, this may as well be the formal launch of “The NBA Commercial Project,” which will be an attempt to gather links to video for every NBA commercial ever made. We’ll start with just these 50 and build on that. And that’s where I’ll need your help. Head over there and drop links to videos in the comments.

Just do it (wocka, wocka, wocka).

Check the full, original Top 50 after the jump.

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The NBA Logo Ranking Project:
#30 – Atlanta Hawks

I hate to start off this list being somewhat disengenuous, but alas, it must be done.

See, in and of itself, the current Hawks logo isn’t the worst logo in the League. Honestly, it isn’t even that bad. It’s certainly not good. But compared to the next five or six you’ll see appearing on this list, it may as well be hanging in the Met.

The real reason the current Atlanta Hawks logo must be condemned today, tomorrow and ’til the end of time is because it is not the Pac-Man.

Maybe it’s just the Nique fanboy in me speaking here, but the classic Hawks Pac-Man was the best logo in the history of sports — and possibly the best creation in human history aside from barbaque ribs. Much like the best logos in the NFL and MLB, it’s beauty lies in its simplicity: All you have is the majestic hawk head inside a circle. So logical, it’s genius. So iconic, it’s perfect.

Why would you ever abandon that?

On top of that epic decision-making failure, further points were deducted for the fact that Atlanta’s former alternate logo, which the franchise abandoned two years ago, was better than its current alternate logo. The old one looked like the punk-rock son of the St. Louis Cardinal while the new one looks like a meth-head.

The lesson here, sports fans, is that the only thing worse than just being outright shitty is having the ability to be awesome and then, one day, voluntarily deciding “Awesome is overrated. I’d rather be shitty.”

The more you know.

Hawks Logo

Dominique Wilkins is rolling in his grave. Mookie Blaylock is rolling in his grave. Tree Rollins is rolling in his grave. Plastic Man is rolling in his grave. The Czar is rolling in his grave.