New Orleans Pelicans Unveil New Uniforms

New Orleans Pelicans Unveil New UniformsIf we had to describe the New Orleans Pelicans’ new uniforms in one word, it would have to be ordinary. Or pedestrian. Or bland. Take your pick. The team unveiled their brand-spanking (not so) new look in front of a crowded, smoke-filled room overlooking a fashion-show-esque runway.

‘Flat-out boring’

Aided by Jason Smith (the team’s longest-tenured player), Ryan Anderson, Anthony Davis and All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, New Orleans ushered in its next era of basketball attire with a bang—or tried, at least. Lights flashed, smoke blew and the players smiled, but did the jerseys deliver?

A potential kidnapping of Cleveland and Memphis’ uniform designers aside, New Orleans’ new color scheme is flat-out boring. Perhaps it’s just because we’ve seen these color blueprints before, but nothing about them “pops” or is especially unique. Too bad the Louisiana state bird isn’t the flamingo instead of the Brown Pelican. Then the team could have incorporated a lively pink into what is right now a dreary combination of shades.


‘Omelets’

I commend New Orleans for those random egg-shaped bumps, for they really liven up an oft-overlooked aspect of the uniform. They’re unique, out of place and make me think of omelets. Job well done. Not even a string of haphazard lumps are enough to prevent us from noticing the absence of a freaking pelican, though.

Let’s be clear: New Orleans could have done worse. These uniforms could have been all brown. That would have been worse. But they could have also been better. Much better. For now, until the Pelicans can come out with an alternate jersey leading into the 2014-15 season, these will have to do.

So, whaddaya think of the New Orleans Pelicans’ new uniforms — flyer or diver? Share your thoughts with us!

Source: Dan Favale | Bleacher Report

Image: Sports Illustrated

Ariel Castro May Face Death Penalty Over Kidnap Victims’ Miscarriages

Ariel Castro May Face Death Penalty Over Kidnap Victims' MiscarriagesAriel Castro appeared silently in court Thursday, his head down, as he was arraigned on four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape, accused of holding the women captive in his Cleveland home. Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Lauren Moore ordered Castro held on $8 million bond — $2 million for each of the three women and the child born to Amanda Berry before they were freed Monday evening.

‘Aggravated murder’

Hours later, the top prosecutor in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, announced he’d press for more charges — “for each and every act of sexual violence … each day of kidnapping, every felonious assault (and) all his attempted murders.”

Furthermore, Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said he’d try to persuade a grand jury to indict the 52-year-old Castro for “aggravated murder” for the termination of his captives’ pregnancies. He cited a state law that a person can be charged with murder — a conviction that could lead to the death penalty in Ohio — for killing unborn children.

According to an initial incident obtained by CNN, Michelle Knight said she became pregnant at least five times while in Castro’s 1,400-square-foot home. When that happened, she told investigators, Castro “starved her for at least two weeks, then he repeatedly punched her in the stomach until she miscarried.”


‘Torture chamber’

It is not known how many times, if any, the other two women got pregnant only to miscarry. One of them, Amanda Berry, gave birth to a daughter while in captivity.

“The child kidnapper operated a torture chamber and private prison in the heart of the city,” McGinty told reporters. “The horrific brutality and torture that the victims endured for a decade is beyond comprehension.”

Castro’s own mother is among those trying to make sense of the horror.

“I have a sick son who has done something serious,” she told Univision and Telemundo. “I’m suffering very much. I ask for forgiveness from those mothers; may those girls forgive me.”

Do you think Ariel Castro will receive death penalty for forcing his kidnap victims to miscarry? If you were the kidnap victims’ family, would you be able to forgive Castro?

Source: Greg Botelho and Pamela Brown, CNN

Image: Sport Spyder