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Barry Laminack: NBA city edition uniforms are (mostly) awesome

The Rockets city edition uniform. Courtesy photo

First of all, no I don’t plan to turn this weeks column into a fashion blog. That said, Nike and the NBA have released their “City edition” uniforms, and most of them are pretty badass.

Nike’s Houston City Edition Jersey.

After looking at all the bad ass designs, you have to tip your hat to the NBA for trying to stay “cool” and “relevant’ and fresh when it comes to apparel and jerseys. Which is pretty much the complete opposite of the NFL. Other than the color rush uniforms  that are used on Thursday night games (which I really like and think should be adopted full time – and updated often), the NFL uniforms are old, boring and quite frankly they all pretty much suck.

Each NBA team has FOUR different jerseys they can choose from, and to take it a step further this year, the NBA is no longer requiring a team to use their white uniforms. Teams can choose whatever colors they want, so long as they opposing uniform isn’t close in color (in other words, the Rockets can’t wear their black unies if they are playing the Spurs, who also plan to wear their black jerseys).

Like the NBA, the NFL needs to embrace this new era of modern and ever changing uniform designs. In the NCAA, teams like Oregon are able to recruit better because they have so many different variations when it comes to their uniforms. And don’t think for one second other colleges didn’t see that and follow suit with updates and more uniform options.

The NFL is already watered down enough. It’s game play is actually getting kind of boring, if I’m being honest. So they might as well be appealing in other ways.

I’m not sure why the NFL has to be so stiff with everything they do. I guess it’s the good old boy network still running things behind the scenes? They should embrace these kinds of changes. Surely there’s a way that they can capitalize on it monetarily?

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Another tough loss for Houston. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans lost again as their road game ineptitude continues. Former Texans stars DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt helped the Cardinals to the 31-5 victory.

1. The lack of talent is getting exposed earlier and earlier each week. The Texans have seen games slip away faster and faster from them each week. The team is overmatched almost everywhere.

2. Penalties remain a problem for the Texans. It seems like clockwork the team gets an illegal motion or illegal formation each week. Jordan Akins torpedoed a drive with a chop block. Max Scharping erased a positive play with a hold.

3. Davis Mills had some solid moments, but again, this team isn't good. It is hard to assess Mills with this team. He's making quicker decisions but he doesn't have the time or the players to make big plays.

4. The offensive line stinks. The interior of the line is still a mess and with Laremy Tunsil down the edges find themselves shaky as well. The running backs don't block well. The blocking tight ends don't block well. It is bad football in what was supposed to be a much-improved unit.

5. Desmond King was the best returner in the preseason. The team elected to give Andre Roberts an opportunity for a few games, but with his departure, the duties went to King. King is the most successful returner the Texans have had in a long while. Yes, it is that clear after just one game.

6. Max Scharping was benched in favor of Justin McCray. McCray produced similar levels of success. Scharping was benched last year for a journey-man veteran as well. The former second-round pick isn't getting it done.

7. Speaking of former second-round picks, Lonnie Johnson had an interception. That was the highlight of his day. Otherwise, Johnson frequently has me asking "what is Lonnie Johnson doing?" The former second-round pick at cornerback has been less than impressive at safety. Johnson seems to frequently be out of position or making the wrong choice in coverage.

8. DeAndre Hopkins had a solid day against the team that traded him away. Hopkins hauled in seven catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. After he scored, Hopkins looked to bring his hands together and mimic a prayer motion. I don't anticipate this was a nod to Arian Foster but perhaps could this have been about Jack Easterby?

9. The Texans had some sacks, but little of that action came when the game was close. Jonathan Greenard added two sacks to his total. The success Greenard is having is frustrating when you consider he couldn't get on the field last season. Charles Omenihu returned to action and had some pressures for the defense.

10. During the game reports surfaced that the Panthers might be interested in trading for Deshaun Watson. It was also reported by the Houston Chronicle Watson had vetoed a trade to Philadelphia, so the Eagles will not be involved in the Watson sweepstakes. The Panthers can only trade two first-round picks. The Miami Dolphins have three first-round picks they can trade for Deshaun Watson.

11. The Texans decided on a "culture" head coach in David Culley. His team has looked lifeless on the road. While the Texans took their beating, the Lions gave it their all against a good Rams team. Detroit is winless, but they play harder and better than the Texans. It grows clearer each week "culture" is meaningless if the team can't win.

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