Two Weeks Of Customs: “Roy Lavender”

I’m sharing two weeks worth of customs which were originally out on Twitter ( #DailyTSRcustom ).  There are a lot of customs today, be forewarned.  I’m going to go about sharing them largely in the order they were Tweeted, but I’ll wrap up with a bunch of 2022 Shmeritage customs I did to celebrate “Photo Day”, one of my favorite times of the baseball year.

SEMI-SPOILER ALERT

I’m going to touch on some of the results of the round-robin portion of the World Women’s Curling Championship wrapping up this weekend, but I won’t mention who won any of the playoff games… just in case people are still catching up on their viewing.

We’ll start with a curling highlights custom of Team Gushue, winners of the Tim Hortons Brier, the Canadian men’s championship.  Due to a failed COVID test during the tournament, they were down to three men on the ice, but still managed to win it all.  They also won Bronze in Beijing and will go on to represent Canada in the World Men’s Curling Championship in Las Vegas this April.

This next custom was featured on Twitter before my previous post featuring the Dave Roberts of the 1970s.  Shouldn’t the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts should have gotten a card in 2022 Heritage?  An insert, at the very least…

Siblings Becca and Matt Hamilton won the US Mixed Doubles championship and will represent the US at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Geneva in late April.

It was announced that Jennifer Jones, whose team decided to break up and go their separate ways, is going to join Team Zacharias as skip, bringing one of the greats in curling history together with the team which won the 2020 World Junior Curling Championship.  There have been a few “holy crap!” announcements of team changes taking effect after this season, I’m sure there are more to come.

I’d already featured Jennifer Jones here on the blog, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to repeat it.

…and what the heck, since 2022 is the year that Topps Heritage does the 1973 design, and since I did my first batch of curling customs eight years ago using that same 1973 design, here’s the Jennifer Jones custom from back then.  I’ve gotten better at doing 1973, but these customs hold a special place in my nerdy little heart.

At the beginning of the World Women’s tournament I featured customs of Anna Hasselborg and Eun-Jung Kim, and both teams made it to the playoffs, not that this was a tremendously brave prediction.

My Steelers have been busy lately so I decided to bring back my 2021-22 “Hot Stove” template and feature some of the comings and goings now so I won’t be as surprised in September. Mitch Trubisky was signed to help fill in the gap left by the retired Ben Roethlisberger.  This Steelers fan is ready to move forward from Ben, whether it’s for good or bad.  There will be more of these customs, but I haven’t gotten a chance to make them just yet.

Mariners pitcher Casey Sadler has pitched in over 100 career games and appeared in 42 last year, but his only Major League card is from 2020 Topps Total.  Sadly, shortly after I Tweeted this it was announced that Sadler will undergo shoulder surgery and  miss the upcoming season.

Oh, one other thing about this custom…  2022 Heritage uses magenta and green for the Mariners, and there was no way I was going to replicate that ugly combo in Shmeritage, not when green and blue are otherwise unused, come closer to team colors and generally looks far better.

After 12 years as a third on Team Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes has announced that she’ll be the skip of her own team next season. Joining her will be Selena Njegovan, Jocelyn Peterman and Kristin MacCuish.

Nashville defenseman Roman Josi was named the NHL’s 1st Star of the week ending 3/20. For the week Josi was tops in the NHL in assists and points (both 9). FWIW, this is the first Predators custom I’ve made in this “set”.

Switzerland went undefeated in the round robin of the World Women’s Curling Championship, and has qualified for this weekends playoffs. Silvana Tirinzoni is the skip, but throws third. Alina Paetz throws fourth.

Sandy Alomar Sr. was in 1973 Topps… It seems like Sandy Jr. should’ve gotten a card in this year’s Heritage set.  Again, an insert would’ve been fine.

Daniel Sprong, obtained from the Capitals at the trade deadline, has provided some much-needed offense for the Seattle Kraken. He’s scored a goal in each of his 2 games since the trade.

One of my favorite parts of Spring Training comes early in the whole process.  Photo Day!  It’s always fun to see photos of players in new uniforms, whether they’re new to that player or new to everybody.  I did a bunch of customs using my 2022 Shmeritage design, and I’ll just feature them here without comment.









Continuing with my series of the offbeat songs I might consider using as walk-up music if I had enough athletic talent to play in a league which has a PA system over which to play walk-up music…. “Roy Lavender” by Henley Douglas RnB is a song I just happened to catch on the radio one day, and it instantly caught my attention.

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