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There are a lot of significant visual changes on MLB diamonds this season — the addition of the Nike maker’s mark, the Padres’ return to brown, the return of the Brewers’ ball-in-glove logo, and more. But arguably one of the most important design revisions was unveiled yesterday, as the Phillies revealed the new-look Phillie Phanatic.

In case you hadn’t heard, the latest tweaks to the Phanatic’s visage were prompted by a legal spat between the team and the mascot’s creators. So how does the new version compare to the old? Twitter-er and Phillies fan @PhillyPartTwo spent a good portion of yesterday breaking down some of the before/after issues:

Hmmmm. At first I thought, “A blue tail? For the green Phanatic? That’s crazy!” But it turns out that he already had a blue tail — I just didn’t realize it. (Did you? Be honest!) It’s now a lighter blue, as you can see here:

Overall, I’d say most of these changes are not for the better, but at the same time they don’t seem to be doing any irreparable harm to the character. Speaking of which, his character is still, well, very much in character:

There’s some additional video (which I wasn’t able to embed properly, alas) here, which again makes it clear that the Phanatic’s essential Phanaticism remains intact. It’s like when your favorite comic book character — which is what the Phanatic basically is — is suddenly being drawn by a new artist: mildly jarring, but the character is still the character.

Of course, it helps that the Phanatic has such a strong behavioral identity. His individuality is rooted as much in what he does as it is in how he looks. If you compare that to, say, Mr. Met, I’m a big Mets fan but I couldn’t really tell you what Mr. Met does other than wave and cheer (and occasionally flip the bird). So if they changed his design — maybe give him a cube head instead of a spherical one? — it would be tougher for fans to swallow, because he doesn’t have much of a behavioral identity.

Meanwhile: It’s also worth noting that the Phanatic’s new jersey doesn’t have the Nike maker’s mark. Looks like his old one didn’t have the Majestic mark either. So in some ways, he’s the best-dressed guy on the field.

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Uni Watch before there was Uni Watch: It’s always interesting to see uni-centric articles from the era when such articles were rare. Longtime reader Kenn Tomasch found one of them yesterday, when he came across this old AP wire story about MLB pitchers who defied superstition by wearing No. 13. Even better, the article ran on Sept. 13, 1946 — which was Friday the 13th!

No quotes from any of the pitchers, unfortunately, but it’s still nice to see that some sportswriters were paying attention to uniforms way back in the day.

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Too good for the Ticker: Ooh-la-la, what have we here? It’s a vintage thrift store find by Twitter-er @kingtaay. I love warm-up tops like this one. Let’s havea look at the back, shall we?

Very nice chain-stitching! But the best part, of course, is that mascot patch on the front. Let’s take a closer look:

Hmmm, a diapered, halo-clad baby wearing what appears to be boxing gloves. So was the team called the Fighting Angels? The Fighting Kewpies? Something else? @kingtaay doesn’t know, and my initial googling hasn’t turned up any promising leads. Anyone know more..?

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The movement continues: Reader @ClintFromOhio is the latest to perform a logo-ectomy on one of his caps, and I think you’ll agree that his work is among the best we’ve seen. Very nicely done!

Meanwhile, Jason Sonnabaum has become the first cap surgeon I’m aware of to remove the MLB logo from the back of the cap:

Also: In case you missed it on Friday, reader and cap surgeon Wes Muniz has created an excellent video tutorial on how to remove the logo with a seam ripper. It has been viewed over 1,000 times so far — amazing! Here it is:

If you need a seam ripper of your own, you can get one at any fabric store, or order one from me. #NoEra

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Going fast: As of now, I have only two one remaining sets of these great-looking Uni Watch coasters. I’m selling them in groups of three for $9 with free shipping. Who wants ’em? Coasters now sold out, sorry!

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: Reader William F. Yurasko tells us that the U.S. Capitol Police, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police, and the D.C. fire department all had patches celebrating the Nationals’ World Series championship. … USC debuted camouflage jerseys and caps this weekend (from multiple readers).

Football News: The St. Louis BattleHawks are apparently the first XFL team to add captaincy patches (from multiple readers). … In a bizarre coincidence, the BattleHawks also have one player named President and another named Hillary (from Jeff Greinstein). … The BattleHawks’ logos also have some hidden symbolism (from Brad Eenhuis). … Brad also sent us this Iowa high school with odd sleeve stripes ca. the early ’80s, but doesn’t remember which school it is. … Cross-posted from hockey: The WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings wore Winnipeg Blue Bombers-themed jerseys (from Wade Heidt). … In this video, you can see “Broncos” painted in the end zone during a 1970 Bills/Broncos game in Buffalo. Great uniforms, too (from Jason Gutierrez). … Here’s a ranking of the NFL’s worst helmets (from Tim Dunn).

Hockey News: The Kings saluted Kobe Bryant yesterday by wearing L.A. Lakers-themed pregame sweaters with Nos. 8 or 24. … The Capitals will give out jersey towels tomorrow for their celebration of Alex Ovechkin’s 700th goal. Twitter-er @the_casserole points out that the jersey has yellow laces, like Ovi’s skate laces, but obviously the Caps’ jerseys don’t normally have laces. … The pads used by Hurricanes emergency backup goalie David Ayres on Saturday apparently were an old set from the AHL Toronto Marlies’ Kasimir Kaskisuo (from @OlegKvasha). … The Rangers wore dark blue warmup jerseys with flag-themed numbers on Saturday (from Wade Heidt). … More junior hockey items from Wade: The WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings wore Winnipeg Blue Bombers-themed jerseys. … The WHL’s Regina Pats wore autism-awareness jerseys. … The WHL’s Victoria Royals wore pink-accented uniforms with a crest based on that of the Pacific Coast Hockey League’s Victoria Cougars, who became the last non-NHL team to win the Stanley Cup in 1925. … The OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs wore camouflage — it may not be related, but the Royal Military College of Canada is located in the city. … Down a level in junior hockey, the British Columbia Hockey League’s Merritt Centennials wore uniforms in support of the Ty Pozzobon Foundation, a charity founded in memory of a professional bull rider from the city who died by suicide in 2017. … Bowling Green wore throwbacks this weekend (from @CLEsportsfan3)

Basketball News: Cross-listed from the hockey section: The NHL’s L.A. Kings saluted Kobe Bryant yesterday by wearing Lakers-themed pregame sweaters with Nos. 8 or 24. … Celtics players paid tribute to Bryant in their game against the Lakers by wearing purple sweatbands with his numbers on them (from @HitTheGlass and Jakob Fox). … In what seems like another Kobe tribute, Spurs SG Lonnie Walker wore one yellow and one purple shoe (from Devon Kuckenbecker). … Women’s college teams wearing pink or pink accents included Georgia Tech (from Richard Musterer), Wake Forest (from James Gilbert), and Michigan State. … Cincinnati’s men’s team wore black at home to create a color-vs.-color game with Wichita State (from John Muir). … Northern Iowa’s men’s team wore purple at home. … Yesterday was “2000s Night” in Portland, so the score bug for the Blazers/Pistons game included a throwback Pistons logo (from many readers).

Soccer News: German teams in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga wore black armbands in memory of the victims of the mass shooting in the country last week. … Staying in Germany, 3. Liga teams wore warm-up shirts in support of Würzburger Kickers center-back Leroy Kwadwo, who was racially abused recently. More info here. … French team Paris Saint-Germain replaced their front ad with a message of support for Chinese coronavirus victims. … Scottish team Aberdeen wore a patch of a logo they released last week celebrating the club’s recognition by UEFA as 2019’s best professional European club for work done in the community. … Twitter-er @VictoryCB sent us this badge from current English League Two team Northampton Town, which as far as I can tell never appeared on their shirts, though the player’s type of collar and the style of ball would date it to probably the 1950s or early ’60s at the latest. … 1976-77 throwback kits for Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv (from Ed Zelaski).

Grab Bag: Thailand cricketers wearing single-digit numbers at the ongoing Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia have a leading zero before the number. … Four AFL Women’s teams wore rainbow accents for the league’s pride weekend: Carlton, Geelong (separately from their game this weekend), St. Kilda, and Western Bulldogs. … Jeremy Brahm also sent us some long-sleeved AFL guernsey concepts. Because AFL Women’s takes place during the Australian summer, some players there actually do wear sleeves. … Wales’s rugby union teams both wore green clash socks in the men’s and women’s Six Nations this weekend (from Sy Hart). … Major League Rugby’s Houston Sabercats are the only team in the league with their own stadium, so they have their logo at midfield — elsewhere in the sport there’s usually nothing or an ad there — and it’s oriented towards the end zones, not the sidelines, like bygone center-ice logos in hockey (from Josh Lurie). … The helmets worn by Boston University’s women’s lacrosse goalies feature a Boston city skyline (from @FrozenRodent). … An Anchorage police officer was apparently saved by a gunshot hitting his badge (from Timmy Donahue).

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Our latest raffle winner is Glenn Chavez, who’s won himself a complimentary Uni Watch membership. Congrats to him, and thanks again to William Beebe for sponsoring this one. — Paul

Are You Ready for Some Baseball?

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Paul here, filling in again for Phil, who’s off this weekend.

Grapefruit and Cactus League action got underway in earnest yesterday, and there were several uni-notable aspects of the Yanks/Jays game in Tampa. First, as you can see above, the Blue Jays have added a black armband. That’s for former player Tony Fernández, who died last Sunday.

Black armbands have become fairly uncommon in MLB, as custom-designed memorial patches have become the norm. It’s not yet clear, at least to me, if this armband is just a spring training thing, or if it’ll be worn all season long, or if it’s just a placeholder until the Jays have a patch ready to go. I’m trying to get clarification on that from the team — stay tuned.

In addition, as you can also see in that photo, the Jays have become the latest team to adopt a matte batting helmet with a 3D logo. But their base coaches are still wearing glossy helmets:

Seeing the two helmet finishes side by side, it seems pretty clear to me that the glossies look better. I like matte for certain teams, but not in this case.

Also of note from that game: As you may recall, the Yankees have been wearing a Steinbrenner Field 25th-season patch on their spring jerseys. But for yesterday’s game, their wore their standard pinstriped jerseys — which did not include the patch (even though the game was being played at Steinbrenner Field). Interesting.

And yes, the new maker’s marks on the jerseys looked like shit, but we all knew that would be the case.

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Hoop-de-do: There were a couple of color-vs.-color college hoops games yesterday. Let’s start in the Sooner State, where Oklahoma and Oklahoma State went red vs. orange — ugh. I thought the entire sport of basketball had sworn off that color matchup after the Knicks and Hawks tried it in 2013, but apparently not.

Here are a few more shots from last night’s disaster:

Meanwhile, Kansas State wore their lavender/purple throwbacks at home against Texas, creating a visual mishmash for the ages:

In order to fully appreciate how bad this one looked, you really need to see the players in action, so here are two video clips:

On the plus side: Very color-appropriate score bug design!

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Not quite ready for prime time: During last night’s Hurricanes/Maple Leafs game in Toronto, ’Canes goalies Petr Mrazek and James Reimer both went down with injuries, so emergency netminder David Ayres, who’s the Zamboni driver for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, was pressed into service — and made his NHL debut at the age of 42! As you can see in the video clip above, he took the ice in the second period wearing Marlies-themed blue pants, a blue/white mask, and blue/white pads (additional info here).

But by the time Ayres came out for the third period, someone had gotten him a pair of red pants (or maybe just a red shell to put over the blue pants):

Also: Ayres wore No. 90. According to Hockey-Reference.com, only 21 other players in NHL history have worn that number!

So how did he do? Ayres allowed goals on the first two shots he faced but then stopped the next eight shots, earned the win (reportedly becoming the first emergency goalie to do so in NHL history!), and was named the game’s first star. Here’s a great postgame interview with him:

(My thanks to the many people who were keeping track of this one.)

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Going fast: As of now, I have six five four three two remaining sets of these great-looking Uni Watch coasters. I’m selling them in groups of three for $9 with free shipping. Get ’em while they last!

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Sorry, no Ticker today, because I spent most of the day on hiking and eating in Staten Island and the rest of the Uni Watch team had the day off. We’ll get back to full content tomorrow — and I don’t mind saying that I have some really good content lined up for the coming week. See you then! — Paul

’Canes Dress Up in Hornets Colors

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Paul here, making a rare weekend appearance while Phil takes the weekend off so he can participate in a curling tournament. (Hope you win, buddy!)

So: Cross-sport uni promotions are getting more and more common. The latest example took place last night in Raleigh, as the Carolina Hurricanes held a Hornets Night promotion, complete with Hornets-colored jerseys for pregame activities. Here’s how they looked as the team came onto the ice:

The Hornets logo also appeared on pregame pucks:

The ’Canes also imagined how it might look if the Hornets returned the favor:

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Get out the sunglasses: There’s color vs. color, and then there’s really color vs. color. That was the situation last night in the ECHL, as the Fort Wayne Komets wore pink while hosting the yellow-clad Toledo Walleye. Yikes!

Here’s how it looked in action:


And if you think that was bright, check out what the Oregon and Cal women’s basketball teams were wearing last night:

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be glad when Pinkuary is over!

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Coasters reminder: In case you missed it on Thursday, I have a small supply of these great-looking Uni Watch coasters. I’m selling them in groups of three coasters for $9 with free shipping. I’ve already sold through more than half of them in the past two days, so get ’em while they last!

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: Dodgers P David Price has almost always removed his squatchee — or as he calls it, “the ouch button” — since his rookie season back in 2008. However, he hasn’t removed it from his spring training caps so far this month (from @UntillTheNight). … Reds strength and conditioning coach Sean Marohnis has a Reds football helmet that he wears for drills. Here it is on the man himself. “The ‘stitching’ stripe is a nice touch,” writes Joanna Zweip (also from a whole bunch of other readers) . … The Phillies will unveil a “new-look Phanatic” on Sunday (from Frank McGuigan). … The Shift motocross team wore special Padres-inspired helmets and firesuits for their riders at an event in Petco Park a few weeks ago (from John Flory). … Dave (who didn’t give his last name) found this old-school Tigers pin at a vintage shop in Hamilton, Ont. Anyone recognize the logo? … The Empire League, an independent league, is expanding to six teams with the Georgia Rhinos (from John Cerone). … Nice stirrups for Delaware State softball (from Brian Weingartz). … Here’s a really good, thoughtful interview with the Pennsylvania Little League commish who decided not to use the Astros’ team name this season.

Hockey News: The Islanders wore “’27′” patches for John Tonelli’s number retirement last night. The team also all wore Tonelli jerseys during pregame activities (from @cannolifactory). … We now have confirmation that the Golden Knights will have a gold third sweater next season. It will be released sometime this summer (from Wade Heidt). … Robert Morris women wore these nice throwbacks last evening (from Nathan Hogue and Oleg Kvasha).

NBA News: NBA TV tweeted an awesome graphic of every Dwyane Wade jersey in history ahead of tonight’s Wade number retirement ceremony in Miami (from Qumar Zaman). … NBA uni number guru Etienne Catalan had graphics for a whole bunch of new numbers yesterday: Reggie Jackson of the Clippers’ No. 1, the Pistons’ Derrick Walton Jr.’s No. 12, the DeMarre Carroll of the Rockets’ No. 9 and the Grizzlies’ Dusty Hannahs’ No. 5. … The Undefeated has a nice article about how the NBA has mourned Kobe Bryant through sneakers (from Mike Chamernik).

College Hoops News: Utah will retire Wat Misaka’s No. 21 next season. Misaka was the first person of color to play in the NBA, and helped Utah to the 1944 NCAA Championship (from Timmy Donahue). … Last night’s Buffalo/Kent State game had two things you don’t often see on a basketball court: one team with nameplates and the other with vertically arched NOBs (great observation by Timmy Donahue).

Soccer News: NYCFC had some patch issues during their CONCACAF Champions League match against San Carlos (from Steven Brown). … Land-Grant Brewing is producing a line of can designs that look like the most iconic shirts in Columbus Crew history (from John Flory and Jared Sloan). … New logo for FC BATE Borisov out of Belarus (from Ed Żelaski).

Grab Bag: The Japanese Olympic Committee has revealed their podium jackets for Tokyo 2020 (from Jeremy Brahm). … Popular Mechanics has conducted some research on the effectiveness of military helmets in preventing traumatic brain injuries (from Scott Rogers). … Randolph Union High School in Vermont is changing its logo after complaints that it resembled a Ku Klux Klan member on horseback. The mascot name — the Galloping Ghost — will remain, but the illustration will be changed (from Timmy Donahue).

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That’s it for today. A lot shorter than Phil’s usual weekend extravaganzas, I know, but don’t worry — he’ll be back next Saturday. — Paul

Uni Watch DIY Project: Wafflebored Goes Art Deco

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[Editor’s Note: Today we have another spectacular DIY project from the great Wafflebored. Enjoy! — Paul]

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As a maker of custom sports jerseys, I sometimes get a little tired of making vintage replicas or jerseys that combine eras. They’re fun to make, but often I would like to do something different, maybe draw in influences from the outside world or try to push the boundaries a bit in terms of what a sports jersey can be. The jersey you see here is the result of this thinking: It’s a Canucks “V” jersey done from an Art Deco perspective.

The concept is simple: I love the Canucks (especially the V jersey), and I love Art Deco. And there may be more in common between those two things than you might think. Take the Canucks’ “skate” logo, for example: The speed lines and movement show a definite Art Deco influence:

And while Vancouver, where I live, isn’t particularly known for Art Deco, we do have a few nice examples of the Deco style, such as City Hall and the spectacular Marine Building. I’ve visited the Marine Building many times over the years, and while I didn’t consciously decide to include its detailing on the jersey, there is no doubt that it was an influence:

Many of the the themes of the Art Deco movement have some parallels within the 1978 Canucks redesign. The bold embrace of the future certainly is one of the common elements, as there is no other way to explain the V jersey, especially compared to the more subdued and traditional blue/green look the Canucks previously wore.

I used old stock Canucks patches for the sleeves, and embellished them with sun rays, which look similar to the brass osprey doorway design from the Marine Building:

The V motif itself, of course, is also a common element of Art Deco design. After I finished the jersey I visited the Marine Building again to see if I could find an example of it to compare to the jersey. I found this:

One thing I’ve found over the years is if you stray too far from traditional jersey materials, your project can wind up not looking like an actual jersey. I decided to push this a bit, as I wanted the overall effect of the jersey to be very metallic, similar to those gilded relief pieces you often see in Art Deco architecture. While there are plenty of metallic-finish sports fabrics out there, I opted to use an orange lamé material that has a very pronounced chrome-like sheen. The gold parts of the V are a metallic gold satin fabric, a really nice cotton-backed material. For the details, I used old gold and black tackle twill.

The metallic fabrics do take it close to a more costume-like look. But the photos don’t really do justice to the effect these materials provide, and I do think they were necessary to take the jersey away from a standard jersey look to something really ornate and unusual.

I love lace-up collars, and have added them to other V-style jerseys. I love the way they nestle into the V, plus in this case it felt appropriate for a vintage-inspired design. In addition, I designed a stand-up collar with added sun ray embellishments, as I thought an Art Deco jersey surely would have some kind of intricate collar design. I’m happy with the way it looks when worn:

Overall, this was a fun and challenging project. It didn’t wind up quite as I envisioned it, mainly because I had to go through a lot of experimentation to get the Deco details to look correct. I went through a number of revisions to finally get a look that I was happy with. As usual, I went with a goalie’s name and number on the back, in this case popular left-handed goalie Glen Hanlon, who did wear the V for the Canucks. (The name/number font I chose also reminds me of Art Deco revival, such as its use during the disco era, which is certainly appropriate for the disco-era V jerseys. The old Studio 54 logo reminds me of the font I picked.)

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that we’ve just entered the ’20s — 100 years since the decade of Art Deco’s rise. I made this jersey around New Year’s, and I noticed many people were referencing this decade as the new roaring ’20s. Unintentional on my part, but the jersey would have been great to wear to a New Year’s Eve party. As usual, though, I was in bed by 10:30pm.

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Somewhere, Billy Ripken is smiling: Gonzaga pitcher Keaton Knueppell had an interesting message inscribed on his glove yesterday. Quite the vulgar hurler!

It’s worth noting that Knueppell’s white glove is an apparent violation of the NCAA rulebook, which states, “The pitcher’s glove may not be white or gray.” But maybe his response to that objection is written right there on the glove!

(My thanks to the many readers who sent this one in.)

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Calling all Astros fans: Another Little League chapter announced yesterday that it will no longer call any of its teams the Astros. This is at least the third Little League to do this, and I have a feeling there will be a lot more to come, as “Astros” becomes something of tainted word.

That raises a question I’ve been curious about: What’s it like to be a ’Stros fan these days? Has the cheating scandal made you reconsider your fandom, or changed your feelings about any specific players? Have your happy memories of recent seasons become problematic? If you own Astros apparel, are you thinking twice about wearing it?

Just to be clear, I’m not saying you should be reconsidering your fandom or anything like that. But as I’ve written many times, sports loyalties are essentially very strong and completely irrational forms of brand loyalty — that’s why we root for a uniform, no matter who’s wearing it. Generally speaking, a team and its players, management, and ownership can often do almost anything and fans will still remain loyal. (As a Mets fan myself, I know this all too well.) But I’m wondering if the Astros have crossed into uncharted territory in that regard.

I know many of you out there are Astros fans. Would you care to tell us how you’re feeling about all of this? Again, just to be clear, I don’t think there’s any right or wrong here regarding your feelings — I’m just curious (okay, nosy) to hear what those feelings are. Feel free to share your thoughts in today’s comments, and thanks in advance.

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ITEM! Another membership raffle: Reader William Beebe recently won one of our raffles and has paid it forward by purchasing a membership for me to raffle off, so that’s what we’re going to do today.

This will be a one-day raffle. To enter, send an email to the raffle address by 8pm Eastern today. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner on Monday. My thanks to William for sponsoring this one.

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Cap surgery tutorial: Lots of people have told me that they’re interested in removing the maker’s marks from their caps but would feel better about trying it if they could watch a video tutorial first. Reader Wes Muniz, who’s performed successful surgery on a dozen of his caps, has now made such a video. Big thanks to him for sharing his expertise!

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Coasters reminder: In case you missed it on Thursday, I have a small supply of these great-looking Uni Watch coasters. I’m selling them in groups of three coasters for $9 with free shipping. I sold through about half of them yesterday, so get ’em while they last!

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: Confirmed: The Nats are going with a matte helmet (from Johnny Garfield and @bignatsnut). … Rangers OF Joey Gallo posted a photo of himself in the team’s new powder blue alternate jersey and white pants, a combination we hadn’t previously seen (from Chris Mycoskie). … New Red Sox OF Alex Verdugo will wear No. 99 in honor of Manny Ramirez. Verdugo was originally assigned No. 12. Ramirez wore 99 with Verdugo’s previous team, the Dodgers, but famously wore 24 with the Red Sox. … Dodgers OF Cody Bellinger now has a gold Rawlings logo on his glove because he won the Gold Glove last year (from Mike Chamernik). … Oh man, check out this gorgeous 1915 schedule for the Philadelphia A’s and Philadelphia Phillies. “The pitcher depicted is the great Rube Waddell, who died a year earlier. Waddell last pitched for the A’s in 1907 — never wore that uniform,” tweets Alex Cheremeteff. … The Sioux Fall Sunfish, a new expansion team in the Expedition League which is a collegiate summer league, have unveiled their logo (from Kary Klismet). … Cal State Northridge wore 1970 throwbacks the other day, from when the university was San Fernando Valley State College (from Mike Cooperman).

Pro Football News News: The Patriots have published an article on their uniform and logo history (from Jacob Ventura). … Hamilton Tiger-Cats CB Frankie Williams is changing his uni number from 37 to 1. The TiCats teased the change on Twitter earlier in the day (from Wade Heidt).

College Football News: In 1983, Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers wore a full Huskers uniform on the floor of the legislature to advocate for college players to earn a wage. Chambers’s fellow State Senator Megan Hunt noticed our conversation on Twitter and chimed in to say that a player gave the uniform to Chambers for him to wear. Chambers hasn’t worn a Huskers uniform on the floor again. Instead, he often opts for T-shirts, sweatshirts, and jeans on the floor of the legislature, instead of the more typical suit (from Brett Baker). … Jason Hillyer spotted this baseball cap designed to look like an Ohio State helmet — complete with Buckeye honor decals — at a Goodwill yesterday.

Hockey News: Also posted in the soccer section: The Kings had their LA Galaxy promotion last night, and wore these sweaters during pregame skate. Note the captain’s armband for the alternate captain. The Kings had new Galaxy ST Javier “Chicharito” Hernández drop the opening puck, but it appeared some of his NOB lettering was peeling off his sweater (from Jakob Fox). … The AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins are wearing Jurassic Park-inspired sweaters for ’90s night on Sunday. … The AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms are wearing 1980 Miracle on Ice-inspired sweaters next weekend. Note that they’re keeping their usual black/orange color scheme; other teams have usually adopted Team USA’s red, white, and blue color scheme (from Robert Caplette). … Bowling Green will wear some gorgeous throwbacks soon (from Matthew Daley). … Also posted in the NBA section: The NBL’s Sudbury Five and OHL’s Sudbury Wolves had a jersey swap on Wednesday night — the Wolves wore a hockey version of Five’s jersey, and vice-versa. The teams will do it again tonight (from Wade Heidt). … Rare sight here: Photos of the Capitals’ short-lived white pants.

NBA News: A Reddit user has published a scathing critique of the Rockets’ uni advertiser, ROKiT (from Mike Chamernik and @_ynnhoJ). … Cross-posted from the hockey section: The NBL’s Sudbury Five and OHL’s Sudbury Wolves had a jersey swap on Wednesday night — the Wolves wore a hockey version of Five’s jersey, and vice-versa. The teams will do it again tonight (from Wade Heidt). … New Rockets F Jeff Green will wear No. 32.

College Hoops News: Remember Paul’s lede a few days ago about Jacksonville’s throwbacks? … They wore those uniforms last night — you can see a bunch of game photos here. … Wichita State and USF went pink vs. green last night (from Nick Abbott). … Oregon and Arizona State men went green vs. yellow last night (from Josh Hinton). … South Dakota women wore pink-trimmed unis last night (from Kary Klismet). … Wake Forest gave away these nice replica 1995 ACC Champions T-shirts with a nice touch — no big ad on the back! Rare for giveaway shirts (from David Kilduff). … San Francisco’s uniforms are missing a period.

Soccer News: Here’s a depressing development: German side Borussia Dortmund is splitting their main shirt ad by competition. 1und1 is getting Bundesliga games, while in cup games the club will stick with current ad Evonik. Here’s a look at BVB’s Bundesliga kit with the new ad (from @ArztohneDr). … Spanish side Sevilla went ad-less during their UEFA Europa League match against CFR Cluj in Romania yesterday. Sevilla’s shirt ad is for MarathonBet, but Romania does not prohibit gambling advertisements, as Cluj wore their betting ad during the match. … A Twitter user found this hilarious c. 1996 image of Marco Etcheverry in a training top with a normal-sized Umbro logo and a huge Umbro logo. Talk about logo creep (from Oleg Kvasha). … The Major Arena Soccer League’s Dallas Sidekicks were forced to wear the defunct Stockton Rush’s old kits for a match in southern California against the Ontario Fury after the Sidekicks had all of their equipment stolen out of their locker room (from @bryant_rf). … Cross-posted from the hockey section: The NHL’s Los Angeles Kings had their LA Galaxy promotion last night, and wore these sweaters during pre-game skate. Note the captain’s armband for the alternate captain. The Kings had new Galaxy ST Javier “Chicharito” Hernández drop the opening puck, but it appeared some of his NOB letters were peeling off his sweater (from Jakob Fox).

Grab Bag: K-Swiss is introducing an entire line of Breaking Bad-inspired sneakers (from @walbergLines). … The Verge has an article about the design process going into Microsoft’s new icons (thanks, Brinke). … New York City’s health department has introduced a new package design for NYC-themed condoms (from Timmy Donahue). … A house in Michigan completely covered in University of Michigan memorabilia is up for sale (from Jorge Cruz).

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