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How non-Spurs fans liked the Fiesta jersey

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Hopefully it wasn’t as bad as I felt about Phoenix’s ‘The Valley’ jersey.

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Admittedly, I am a San Antonio Spurs homer. After all, I write for a Spurs blog. But I was also born and raised in San Antonio, so I am embedded in the culture. For me (and many of us out there based on the sales) the melding of our San Antonio Fiesta and our San Antonio Spurs didn’t just make good sense, it was stylish.

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But how do those outside San Antonio see this year’s edition of the City Jersey? Even SB Nation ranked the Spurs jerseys at the top of their picks, so it can’t just be the locals and the Pounders.

I used to live in Brooklyn and I love Jean-Michel Basquiat, but I couldn’t get on board with their special edition city jersey, so for me it’s just not about location and fandom. There is an element of style.

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As the postseason kicked off, I took notice for the first time of the Phoenix Suns city edition.

Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns - Game Two Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Don’t misunderstand me, a jersey is not enough to make or break my innate “rooting against” mechanism. I am still loving Monty Williams, Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton, Jae Crowder, and Chris Paul. I am still rooting against a cobbled super-team in the biggest of all markets. But those jerseys are an eyesore.

First of all, I’ve never heard of Phoenix referred to as “the valley,” and as a Texan, we already have an area called the valley, so that was confusing. Upon further review, I found it is reference to Phoenix being “the valley of the sun.” Not a bad reference, but if it requires research . . .

Second, the image is pixilated, like our old military jerseys (also not a fan) as if it was in a larval stage of design when someone yelled, “no more time, get it to the printer.”

And personally, I don’t like the colors, which leads me back to the original fiesta color thought — does my approval of the Fiesta colors have to do with being from San Antonio? Do Phoenix natives love this color-scheme? Does it tie into their history? Is it part of the city’s fabric and celebratory images?

If so, I have some more research to do.

Phoenix host the Los Angeles Lakers tonight back on their homecourt for Game 5 in this best of seven series.

Go Suns!


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