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

And The Happiest States In The U.S. Are…

And The Happiest States In The U.S. Are...If you’re sick of cheerful, happy people, it might be wise to avoid Hawaii or Napa, California. They were found to be the United States’ happiest state and city, respectively, in a recent study of geotagged tweets.

‘Fondness for profanity’

Researchers at the University of Vermont sifted through more than 10 million geotagged tweets from 2011 to map out the moods of Americans in urban areas. They ranked the locations based on frequency of positive and negative words using the Mechanical Turk Language Assessment word list.

Maine, Nevada, Utah and Vermont round-out the top five happiest states list, following rainbow and beach-filled Hawaii. Louisiana was found to be the saddest state, followed by Mississippi, Maryland, Michigan and Delaware. One reason for Louisiana’s low cheeriness ranking (they must not have measured during Mardi Gras) is its inhabitants’ fondness for profanity.

‘Coastal areas were more chipper’

The study, which was broken down by The Atlantic, also looked at the results for 373 urban areas to rank the happiest and least-happy cities. Vacation destination Napa, California, was determined to be one of the happiest cities along with Longmont, Colorado; San Clemente, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Santa Cruz, California.

The five most bummed-out cities according to average word choices were Beaumont, Texas; Albany, Georgia; Texas City, Texas; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Monroe, Louisiana. Again, researchers found liberal use of swear words to be a key factor in a city’s overall happiness score. Coastal areas were more chipper than landlocked areas, and the cities with a higher density of tweets tended to be less happy.

The research shows that social networks have a lot of promise for these types of surveys, and also that there are still some major limitations. Researchers point out that only 15% of online adults are using Twitter, and those users don’t accurately represent the demographics of the United States.

Do you agree with the results of this study? Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad.

Source: Heather Kelly, CNN

Image: The Telegraph