The professional ice hockey team, San Jose Sharks, celebrated Juneteenth by having its players wear specially designed jerseys during pregame warmups. The unique sports memorabilia was created by Mohamed Fofana, an employee at the Sharks’ front office.
Paying Homage and Raising Awareness Was the Artist’s Main Objective
In an interview, Fofana shared that paying homage to Terry Smith was at the forefront of his priorities. Smith was the man responsible for Sharks’ original logo. The young artist created his own rendering of the iconic logo and added his personal touch by writing the team’s name with red, yellow, and green letters. The players’ last names on the back were also done with multi-colored lettering, while the shoulders featured the letters “BHM” in honor of Black History Month.
However, Teddy Smith wasn’t Fofana’s only source of inspiration. His little brother was also his muse. The artist wanted to create something that was cool and fun, something that would be appealing to people of all ages, including teenagers like his brother.
He wanted the jerseys to do more than commemorate Juneteenth. He wanted to use his art to introduce ice hockey to new audiences. In the same interview, Fofana shared that he discovered the sport later in his life, and wanted to give the opportunity to younger generations to fall in love with the game that currently plays an important role in his life.
The Sharks Both Honored Juneteenth and Gathered Money for Different Charities
After being used by the players during their pregame warmups, their jerseys are collected and auctioned off for charity. The San Jose Sharks are clearly trying to support their community in more than one way by having Fofana create special jerseys in honor of Juneteenth.
The team was created in 1991 and is still in pursuit of its first Stanley Cup. However, their commitment to raise awareness about ongoing issues has clearly allowed them to win the hearts of numerous ice hockey enthusiasts from all over the world.
It’s been more than a month since Josh Allen called tails, the coin came up heads, and he never saw the ball again in the AFC Divisional Round playoff loss to The Chiefs. This has brought attention to the NFL Competition Committee, which is set to meet in Indianapolis and discuss several issues. The main issue is altering the overtime rules in order to ensure that both teams get possession.
The Bill’s Proposal Would Impact Only Postseason Games
In today’s NFL rules, if the team that possesses the ball first scores a touchdown on the opening drive, the game is over. However, if it scores a field goal, or doesn’t score at all, the opposing team gets the ball and can either win the game with a touchdown or tie it with a field goal.
This is not the case with the regular season, where if the game is tied after 10 minutes, it’s over.
Bills’ coach Sean McDermott thinks there’s a better way, and the game needs to evolve. He didn’t give more details than that, but it’s important to mention that the Bills are not the only ones with a proposal to the NFL Competition Committee.
The Colts Applied to the Regular NFL Season with a Solution
During a media session at the NFL Scouting Combine, Brandon Beane (Bills’ general manager) said that there would definitely be some changes but he couldn’t yet say how many proposals there would be from different teams. He also added:
“GM and I laughed at the Senior Bowl that there was going to be 32 different proposals.”
The Colts think it’s fair to apply changes for the regular NFL season as well. However, Beane disagrees with that. The Bills’ manager doesn’t think ties in the regular season are that big of a deal. He emphasizes that it’s a 17-game season, and players have been working non-stop since April or May. Everything’s on the line when it comes to postseason games, and these are the ones that deserve attention in terms of updating the rules.