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These Phillies-Sixers crossover uniforms are straight fire, even Bryce Harper approves

These Phillies-Sixers crossover uniforms are straight fire, even Bryce Harper approves

Concept uniforms: A creative way to play around with your favorite teams and what they could possibly wear during a game. 

While jerseys across all leagues have gotten more unique over the years, sometimes fans decide to have a little bit of fun by creating concepts of their own. 

Denis Kennedy, a recent graduate from King’s College, is a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan and wanted to put his graphic design skills to the test. He took the 2018-19 City Edition uniforms that the Sixers wore and created a version for the Phillies. 

In case you need a refresher on those uniforms, this look went above and beyond, creating a Rocky-inspired look that fans went insane over. It captured the heart of Philadelphia and just a bit of city nostalgia for the perfect combination. 


(Image credit: USA Today Images)

As a way to help fill the void without sports and to also advance his professional portfolio, Kennedy started to create pieces of graphic art that the Philadelphia sports community could all enjoy. 

And thus, Kennedy got to work on his crossover concept — and turned the beloved Sixers uniform into a Phillies one.


(Image credit: Denis Kennedy

For Kennedy, though, this jersey and graphic takes on a much deeper meaning — especially with the time that we are now going through. 

“These Rocky inspired Phillies uniforms represent the mentality of the city of Philadelphia as a whole,” Kennedy said to NBC Sports Philadelphia. “In times like this, it’s important that we realize that, ‘It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.’

“These Philadelphia Phillies and Sixers uniforms represent that we are all in this together and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We will get through this and baseball will be back.” 

It’s safe to say the image was well received, as Bryce Harper shared the work to his personal Instagram page with the comment, “Nasty!!”

Nasty in a good way, of course. 

These jerseys are an awesome concept all around — and personally, I think they look cooler than the road greys the Phillies currently sport. 

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Every 2020 Super Bowl commercial with a tie to Philadelphia

Every 2020 Super Bowl commercial with a tie to Philadelphia

As the Super Bowl aired Sunday, we couldn't help but notice the amount of Philly ties that popped up during the commercials. So of course, we thoroughly went through every commercial once more to see if we missed any. Turns out, there were a few, as some were much more obvious than others.

Now, while you’re processing the end of another NFL season, take a look at what we found.

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The end of this commercial featured the famous Rocky steps and a runner in grey sweats just like the signature moment from the film. With the classic Twisted Sister song "I wanna rock," playing in the background, Chris Rock reveals himself to be the runner.

This had everyone instantly thinking about where Sly Stallone could be … and Facebook was one step ahead of us. Stallone makes his way into frame for a few seconds and it was the perfect amount of nostalgia for all of those Rocky fans out there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0uYOOTz6kk

Carli Lloyd

Secret Deodorant’s ‘Kick Inequality’ ad surfaced on social media a few days before the Super Bowl but it turns out, they weren’t the only ones who were impressed with Lloyd's skills. In Facebook’s commercial previously mentioned, she is seen kicking yet another field goal.

And to think both were inspired by a field goal from the Delran native that took place following an Eagles practice.

Tide

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Charlie Day had quite an extensive amount of air time throughout the broadcast with Tide’s "Super Bowl now, Laundry later" commercials.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPrLiNseyCc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUTCZKwUcno&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QASoewnOU0E&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvjofkLllZs&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RVUcdyEq9k&feature=youtu.be

 

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This one has no ties to Philly aside from the fact the star of the commercial lost in Super Bowl LII to the Eagles with a final score of 41-33 … remember? I think you do.  

Tom Brady teased the commercial on his social media a few days prior to the big game and speculations of him retiring immediately surfaced. Was Brady really going to announce his retirement during a Super Bo-actually, I wouldn’t have been surprised. But like he says in the commercial … he isn’t going anywhere.

Basically, the internet broke because Brady posted an image to tease a commercial about Hulu having more than just live sports.

Jeep

When putting this together, it made me think about how Pennsylvania has more than one famous groundhog. Does any other state even have one? I don’t know what to do with this information.

Anyways, Jeep easily had one of the best commercials of the night starring Bill Murray. The commercial took us back to 1993 and the film "Groundhog Day," with a few modern twists.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnhzGUcENWo

And if you enjoyed the commercial that much, Jeep also released an extended version of the one that aired.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QgBRvMmWk4

Genesis

The Hyundai-owned Genesis commercial featured power couple John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen.

But how does this commercial have anything to do with this post?

Well, Legend is an alumni of the University of Pennsylvania … so there you go.

Did you know that Legend was offered admission to Harvard and scholarships to Georgetown University as well? Goes to show you that no one can turn down the best place in the world, even if Harvard wants you.

Sabra Hummus

Sabra had quite an interesting cast … having just about every person who went viral in 2019 and then some. There was a quick cameo at the end of Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo from the Real Housewives of New Jersey and they were there to do what they do best, cause a scene and flip a table.   

I thought that would have been the closest thing to a Philadelphia tie in this commercial, but it didn’t end there. Kyle Giersdorf from Montgomery County made an appearance as well. Who is Giersdorf, you might ask? He’s none other than Fortnite's first solo world champion. After winning in the final round of "Fortnite: Battle Royale," this past summer, the teen took home a $3 million cash prize. Yes. $3 million.

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Are Seahawks trolling Philly with 'Rocky' music at practice or just being smart?

Are Seahawks trolling Philly with 'Rocky' music at practice or just being smart?

It's good to be prepared for any situation.

Maybe Pete Carroll was a Boy Scout and knows the importance of always being prepared because he had his Seattle Seahawks practice this week while the theme from Rocky blasted over speakers.

This was a divisive thing to see and hear in our NBC Sports Philadelphia news room. Some believed that Rocky is "our thing" and that any attempt to appropriate it will end poorly for an outsider. There is history there. It didn't go so well for the Minnesota Vikings and their fans when they took over the steps at the Art Museum a few seasons ago. More recently, it went poorly for the Timberwolves as well.

Now, the Seahawks are playing Rocky jams at their practice, for whatever reason. Could be some strange mind games. Or maybe they're just preparing for a game at the Linc when a scene from Rocky is shown on the jumbotron and the music is blasted throughout the stadium at every game. Gotta be prepared for that.

Or maybe it's just good music to get pumped up to. I mean, have you seen a Rocky training montage?

So, get angry about it if you want but at least they didn't put a jersey over a statue. Yet.

You can get a glimpse of the Rocky music playing at Seahawks practice below courtesy The News Tribune.