Uni Watch DIY Project: Turning a Raider into a Bearcat

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[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest entry from Brian Spiess, Senior Assistant General Counsel at the University of Cincinnati, who’s going to tell us about a DIY project involving his beloved Cincinnati Bearcats. Enjoy. — PL]

By Brian Spiess

Growing up in Cincinnati in the 1980s, my favorite place to visit was Koch Sporting Goods. Koch sold MLB fitted caps years before anyone else locally (and maybe nationally), and also carried authentic stitched jerseys. I still have a vintage University of Virginia Ralph Sampson orange basketball jersey.
One year, in the early 1980s, I wanted an Oakland Raiders football helmet. As a Cincinnatian, I was a Bengals fan, but I liked the look of the silver and black helmet. When we went to order it, Koch let me customize the helmet with a black facemask because I liked the look of it, even though the Raiders have never worn a black mask (see photos above and below). That decision turned out to be fortuitous.

Years later, the helmet was collecting dust and the facemask clips had started to rot. Then, when I took a job with the University of Cincinnati (UC), I got an idea: Maybe I could repurpose the helmet as a throwback UC helmet. Although I primarily remembered the Bearcats wearing a black helmet with a red/white logo, I decided to make my throwback helmet red — again, because I thought the black facemask would stand out. In addition, when I searched online for helmet decals, I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of two block UC logo decals in a black-and-white color scheme. That confirmed the decision to make the helmet red.

I apologize to any Raiders fans out there for what happened next. I removed the Raiders decals with a razor blade, removed the remaining helmet clips, and sanded the silver paint off of the shell.

Then I placed the blank helmet shell on an upside-down table leg in the back yard and spray-painted it red.

But what about the rotted helmet clips? I returned to Koch (still in business, still in the same location), where a salesperson sold me some clear plastic clips for next to nothing and then gave me a set of wider off-white clips for free as a backup, just in case the clear ones didn’t fit. (That turned out not to be necessary.)

I then attached the facemask, applied logo decals, and the helmet was finished. It now sits in my office on campus, and I occasionally bring it to football games and set it on the ledge in front of our front-row seats.

Fast-forward to last Saturday’s American Athletic Conference championship game: UC went mono-red! Sadly, the darker color of the current red helmets didn’t match the red jerseys and pants nearly as well my DIY spray-painted version would have.


Paul here. Fun project — and timely to boot! Big thanks to Brian for sharing it with us.

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

Starting off this week with this tremendous-looking Professional Football 1953 Year Book. I doubt that QB’s teeth will stay that perfect without a facemask! In any case, the talented artist here was a fellow named Lon Keller, and you can see more of his great work (including this cover) here

Now for the rest of this week’s picks:

• Another NFL yearbook here, this one is from 1961. The artwork definitely isn’t in the same, er, league as the previous one, but still an interesting item.

• Look at this beauty — a team-issued 1970s Minnesota Vikings jersey from Sand-Knit. You can almost picture Mary Richards washing her car in this one.

• Cleveland Cavaliers fans in the 1970s could show their devotion with this “I Am One of Cleveland’s CAValry” bumper sticker.

• This vintage Loyal Products New York Football Giants helmet is also a bottle opener!

• This 1970s Atlanta Falcons watch has small footballs at the 6, 9, and 12 positions on the dial.

• Royal Crown Cola brought you this can commemorating the Los Angeles Lakers’ 1987 NBA title.

• This Mr. Met pin has been sealed in his bag since the 1960s. Maybe Paul could let him out?

• “World Premier Major League Hockey, October 11, 1972” is printed on this WHA Cleveland Crusaders (or is it “Crusaders Cleveland”?) mug.

• This 1970s “Super 8mm viewer” (no batteries needed) comes with Pro Hockey Tips (“Conseils des pros du hockey”) color cartridges on “Centre Ice Play” and “Defense,” narrated by NHL stars Brad Park and Phil Esposito.

• The Cincinnati Reds’ “Running Man” logo is shown on this 1970s Big Red Machine-era trash can from P&K Products. 

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Swinging Santa reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, our “Swinging Santa” design, originally created for our December pin (which is now sold out), is now available on T-shirts.

In addition to the basic tees shown above, we also have long-sleeved T-shirts and hoodies (click to enlarge):

Here’s where you can order these in green, red, and grey.

Meanwhile, with the December pin now sold out, I’ll soon be placing the order for this year’s bonus pin, which will be given to everyone who collected all 12 of this year’s designs. I need to know how many of the bonus pins to make, so if you’ve collected ’em all, please email me ASAP with (a) your name and address, and (b) proof that you’ve collected all of this year’s pins. The proof can include photos of the pins themselves and/or order-confirmation emails from Teespring.

The bonus pins will ship out early next year. Thanks for your support of the pin project!

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball NewsAntiques Roadshow featured a 1917 Red Sox calendar on a recent episode (from James Gilbert). … The Round Rock Classic, a college tournament that will take place in Texas in February, has sold its naming rights and unveiled a new logo (from Ignacio Salazar). 

NFL News: The NFL published an illustrated promotional graphic for Sunday’s Broncos/KC game featuring a Broncos uniform combination that’s never been worn (from Ben Danner). … Yesterday’s Ticker included a note about a Browns schedule graphic depicting the Ravens’ helmet in a two-bar format. Joe Werner points out that the full schedule also includes two-bar designs for several other modern helmets, including those for the Broncos, Chargers, Patriots, and Texans. They also depict the Browns helmet with a gray facemask, even though their current primary design features a brown facemask.

College Football News: This year’s college football playoff features a lot of red. In fact, Michigan is the only CFP school that does not feature red in its color scheme (from @emptyrambler). … The ACC Tracker has added a page to show the uni matchups of every conference championship game dating back to 2012. … San Diego State made the naming rights deal for its new football stadium official yesterday (from Scott Dean). … Literally erasing history: Miami yesterday announced the hiring of Mario Cristobal as head coach. Cristobal previously played and coached for the ’Canes, but they scrubbed the Nike swooshes from the old photos included in their announcement. Miami, of course, is now an Adidas school (from Moe Khan).

Hockey News: The Flyers have banned road teams from the common pregame ritual of juggling a soccer ball (from John Muir). … Speaking of the Flyers, a Philly police dog had an, um, unfortunate accident right on top of the center ice logo at their home arena yesterday (from Andreas Papadopoulos). … The Sens wore a memorial helmet decal to honor Devils RW Jimmy Hayes when they played in New Jersey last night (from Wade Heidt). … Check out this photo of Rangers coach Gerard Gallant wearing a full football facemask during his playing days with the Red Wings in 1985.

NBA Hoops: The Pistons added a yellow memorial band for the Oxford High School mass shooting victims last night. It’s not yet clear if it will be retained for the rest of the season. … An old Warriors/Bullets game, highlights of which were shown during last night’s Warriors game, appeared to be blue vs. blue. How could that have happened?

College Hoops News: Illinois and Iowa men’s played a color-on-color matchup last night (from Nick Souza). … The Virginia Tech women debuted a white “retro” uniform set on Sunday (from Andrew Cosentino). … Speaking of women’s hoops, James Madison has unveiled a new logo to commemorate the 100th season of its women’s basketball team (from Ted Bloss). … North Carolina Central’s Ashlyn Lockard has a creative way to wear her long hair while on the court. She tucks her hair into the back of her jersey and lets the excess hair flow out the bottom of her shirt (from Brian Weingartz). … It’s common knowledge that football great Jim Brown also played lacrosse while in college at Syracuse. However, he also spent two seasons playing on the Syracuse basketball team, where he wore this awesome script jersey (from Max Weintraub).

Soccer News: MLS has unveiled the design of the 2022 game ball — a design that current Sounders G Stefan Frei says could pose a problem for goalkeepers (from John Muir). … Speaking of MLS, they announced the launch of a new developmental league yesterday, MLS Next Pro, and unveiled the league’s new logo (from Trevor Williams). … ERGO, a German insurance company, expanded its advertising agreement with the German national team. Not only did the company get its own jersey, like a player signing a contract, but the company also managed to draw the famous 1990 West Germany shirt using the lights in their headquarters in Düsseldorf (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … The “pre-match” shirts that Manchester United will wear for the second half of this season have reportedly leaked (from our own Anthony Emerson).

Grab Bag: A USA/Japan curling match could not be streamed on olympics.com as originally planned because of a sex toy shop ad on the ice. … Reader Adam Herbst recently visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit on 20th-century British print art and sent some photos of the sports-related pieces. … The Georgia Swarm of the National Lacrosse League recently unveiled new uniforms (from Dave Buchanan). … Here’s what the medals and trophies looked like for the 2021 Women’s World Team Handball Championship (from Jeremy Brahm).

Monday Morning Uni Watch

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In theory, an Eagles/Jets game should be eye candy for me, since both teams’ primary color is green. But yesterday’s matchup was more of an eyesore, with both teams trotting out BFBS elements. What a mess!

Here’s how ridiculous it looked in action (with a BFBS end zone for good measure):

In other news from around the league yesterday:

• For the first time ever, the Seahawks wore navy over grey at home:

According to the Gridiron Uniform Database, the Seahawks wore this uni combo seven previous times since adopting their current uniform set in 2012, but always on the road.

• As you can also see in that Seahawks/49ers photo, the Niners wore their white throwbacks. Here’s a better look:

The Niners will wear these white throwbacks one more time this season (Dec. 23 against the Titans), and will also wear their home throwbacks one more time (Dec. 19 against the Falcons).

• The Bears wore their orange alternates:

• For the first time this season, the Bengals wore their black jerseys with the white pants with the black/white tiger striping:

They had previously worn black over white in Week Five against Green Bay, but that was with the orange-striped pants:

I think I prefer the version they wore yesterday.

• The Lions wore their brutal mono-GFGS alternates — woof:

Happily, this might be the final time we see this uniform, as the team is reportedly considering a uni change for next season.

• In that Lions/Vikings game, both teams wore the logo of Oxford High School, site of our nation’s latest mass school shooting:

• In addition, Lions personnel wore Oxford T-shirts and caps during pregame activities, and head coach Dan Campbell wore the cap during the game:

• The Texans wore their red alternates:

• G.I. Joevember is over, but Giants coach Joe Judge was still playing military dress-up:

• As you can see in some of the photos from today’s post, lots of players were wearing new footwear designs for the annual “My Cause, My Cleats” promotion. (There’s more info here, and most teams have photos of their players’ cleats on their websites.) Interestingly, the “My Cause, My Cleats” lettering on end zone back lines was rendered inconsistently from stadium to stadium — sometimes all-caps, sometimes a mix of upper- and lowercase; sometimes spread out, sometimes compressed:

There’s nothing wrong with those inconsistencies, of course. It’s just surprising to see it in the NFL, which is usually so rigorous about consistent messaging.

• Just one team wore white at home: the Dolphins.

Looking ahead: Tonight we’ll see white over blue vs. blue over white.

(My thanks to our own Jerry Wolper for sending me down the end zone lettering rabbit hole.)

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ITEM! New Bulletin article: Andrew Greenstein, who maintains the essential NHL Uniform Database, is one of the uni-verse’s unsung heroes. For my latest Bulletin piece (which was actually published midday on Friday, but too late to be mentioned/linked in that day’s blog post), I interviewed him. You can check it out here. Enjoy!

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An American life: Who’s that wearing No. 99 in the photo above? None other than Bob Dole, who would go on the be the Republican Party’s nominee for Vice President (1976) and President (1996). He died yesterday at the age of 98.

The photo above was taken when Dole was in high school. He went on to play basketball at the University of Kansas — you can see him in the back row, third from the left, in this team photo:

Dole also ran track at KU. That’s him on the right in this next photo:

Multiple sources say this next photo shows Dole playing high school football, although you can’t make out very much:

There are also plenty of photos of Dole posing with uniformed athletes. Like a lot of Washington politicians, he sometimes showed up at Washington Senators games, as shown here in 1963 (not sure why one player is in a home uni and the other is road greys):

And here’s Dole with a pair of Kansas City Royals during the team’s first spring training camp in 1969:

When the Royals faced the Cardinals in the 1985 World Series, setting up an all-Missouri Fall Classic, Dole, who was then a senator from Kansas, had some fun pretending — and insisting — that that the Royals’ stadium was actually in Kansas:

Dole occasionally incorporated uniforms into his political operations, as shown in this shot of him holding a “Dole 96” jersey during his 1996 presidential campaign:

Of course, the most notable uniform in Dole’s life was the one he wore as a member of the U.S. Army. Here he is as a second lieutenant:

Dole died in his sleep. We should all be so lucky. R.I.P.

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Game of shadows: On Saturday evening, the Tugboat Captain and I were walking along a fairly desolate Brooklyn street and passed the scene shown above. I noticed that the three beams of light showing through the gate — left, center, and right — looked like the classic striping that appears on NFL helmets and pants. Here they are, from left to right:

Isn’t that cool? #Alwaysuniwatching

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“Ask Me Anything” reminder: In case you missed it on Friday, I’m planning another “Ask Me Anything” post over on Bulletin. You can ask me a question about Uni Watch, about uniforms, about sports, or just about me. No question is out of bounds (it never hurts to ask!), but I reserve the right not to answer questions that I feel are too personal or otherwise inappropriate. Send your questions here (note that this is not the usual Uni Watch email address), and please stick to just one question per person. Thanks!

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ITEM! By popular demand: Quite a few of you suggested that our December “Swinging Santa” pin, designed by Todd Radom, would look good on a T-shirt, so we’ve made it so!

In addition to the basic tees shown above, we also have long-sleeved T-shirts and hoodies (click to enlarge):

Here’s where you can order these in green, red, and grey.

If there are any other products you’d like to see with this design (pint glasses, prints, etc.), let me know.

Speaking of Swinging Santa: As of this morning, we were down the very last December pin — just one remaining! Who wants it? Now sold out!

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for Christmas-themed merch, don’t forget our ugly sweater design and our red/green Color Remix tee.

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IMPORTANT — “Collected ’Em All” reminder: If you purchased all 12 of this year’s monthly pins, you’re eligible to receive the bonus pin shown here (the background will be knocked out). We need to know how many of these pins to make, so if you’ve collected ’em all, please email me ASAP with (a) your name and address, and (b) proof that you’ve collected all of this year’s pins. The proof can include photos of the pins themselves and/or order-confirmation emails from Teespring.

The bonus pins will ship out early next year. Thanks for your support of the pin project!

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And there will be leftovers: As most of you know, the Tugboat Captain was still stuck in the Covid sanitarium on Thanksgiving (plus she didn’t have her full senses of taste/smell). Now that she’s back home and feeling good again, we had our own Thanksgiving (Observed) feast last night. We both prefer dark meat, so we got a pair of massive turkey thighs and also made mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts with bacon, stuffing (Mary’s dad’s recipe, with Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage), gravy, and hard cider. It was all sooooooo good:

Later on, there was pie:

It was worth the wait. We have a lot to be thankful for.

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: Former MLB 2B Matt Antonelli now has a YouTube channel and on Saturday posted a video on “how uniforms and numbers work” in MLB (from Mike Chamernik). … Outside the Mariners’ visitors’ locker room is a chart showing which combos of varying alternate colors can and can’t be worn together (from @PburghNo1). … Two new alternates for Japan’s Central League’s Tokyo Yakult Swallows (from Jeremy Brahm).

Football News: The Patriots’ Hall of Fame said on Friday that the team is bringing back the red throwback jerseys next season (thanks to all who shared). … The Raiders sent RB Bo Jackson’s jersey from his last NFL game to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and it was recently rediscovered by curator Tom Shieber (from Trevor Williams). … The Browns promoted their upcoming game against the Ravens with a graphic showing both teams’ helmets with old-school two-bar facemasks — even though the Ravens didn’t exist during the two-bar era (from @TorontoDawg).

Hockey News: For Jets RW Blake Wheeler’s 1000th NHL game yesterday, the team wore his NOB and No. 26 in warm-ups and also gave him a No. 1000 jersey (from multiple readers). … The Kraken are wearing Indigenous-designed warm-up jerseys prior to tonight’s game (from Moe Khan). … The Wisconsin/Minnesota women’s game on Friday was color vs. color (from Nicole Haase). … The next three items are also from Wade Heidt: The WHL’s Winnipeg Ice wore their winner of the CHL’s Leave Your Mark Design a Jersey contest. … The Junior A British Columbia Hockey League’s Chilliwack wore their “BCHL 60th-anniversary throwback-inspired uniforms” on Saturday and so did their opponents, the Langley Thunder. Separately, the Victoria Grizzlies wore their throwback-inspired uniforms for the first time. … New home jersey for St. Lawrence’s men’s team (from John Muir).

Basketball News: A marketing firm asked fans to rank the NBA’s costumed mascots. Here are the results. … Virginia men’s coach Tony Bennett gave the recently retired long-serving UVa sports writer for the Roanoke Times, Doug Doughty, a framed jersey after Friday’s game. The jersey is in the pre-2020 style, which last year’s men’s seniors also got, and was numbered 45 for Doughty’s years of service (from my brother Nate Rathjen). … This is weird: Bryant’s men’s team has numbers of varying width. … Division III Illinois Wesleyan’s men’s team has been wearing grey alternates for every home game because their white uniforms hadn’t arrived yet, but the home whites finally did arrive this weekend (from Bob Quillman).

Soccer News: USL League One’s Greenville Triumph are starting a USL W League team but want to give them a separate name and crest. They’re down to five name finalists. … German club 1. FC Nürnberg wore “Christmas shirts” in the 2. Bundesliga yesterday. Despite the designation, the shirts are not Christmas-themed and instead are based on their look from the ’60s. … New shirts for Japan’s Kyoto Sanga and Ventforet Kofu (from Jeremy Brahm). … Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Amandine Henry got a No. 200 shirt yesterday for 200 appearances in France’s Division 1 Féminine. … The Scottish Football Museum has a new exhibit on Rutherglen Ladies, a tartan-clad women’s team that played from 1921 to 1939 despite their founding year coinciding with the women’s game being banned from stadiums of Football Association and Scottish Football Association clubs. The ban started 100 years ago yesterday and lasted, at least in England, until 1971. … For yesterday’s Women’s FA Cup final, the steps up to the royal box at Wembley Stadium were decorated with the names of previous winning captains. … Norwegian side Tromsø IL has released what it claims to be the first shirt with a QR code (from Jeremy Brahm).

Grab Bag: Reprinted from Friday’s comments: Cycling’s Ineos Grenadiers released their kit for next year (from commenter Phil P). … Scotland’s netball team has a new kit. … This video has an overview of next season’s Formula E liveries. … A New York high school boys’ volleyball team, Eastport-South Manor, has shirts that are quite clearly based off of the woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa, by the Japanese artist Hokusai (from Gordon Blau). … The next two are from Jeremy Brahm: The Italian men’s volleyball team Power Volley Milano wore a shirt on Saturday for the start of the opera venue La Scala’s season, which is Dec. 7. … Another Italian men’s team, Lube Civitanova, has new kits for the Men’s Club World Championship. … CBS Sunday Morning recently did a story on a Kentucky woman who found Army uniforms in a dumpster and successfully returned them to the owner’s family (from John Chapman). … The five teams in New Zealand’s upcoming Super Rugby Pacific competition have revealed their kits (from Sy Hart). … This week’s F1 race was in Saudi Arabia. Since alcohol is banned there, Scuderia Ferrari blacked out their Estrella Galicia 0.0 advertisements, even though it’s a non-alcoholic beer (from Omar Jalife).

Uni Watch Is Taking This Weekend Off

Due to some scheduling complications, Uni Watch is closed this weekend.

We’ll be back on Monday morning — see you then!

Preds, Lightning Reveal Crummy Stadium Series Jerseys

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The Predators and Lightning, who’ll be facing each other in an NHL Stadium Series game on Feb. 26, both released their uniforms for that game yesterday.

I understand that Stadium Series uniforms (a) are designed to be seen from a greater distance than a usual hockey uni and (b) have a history of pushing boundaries, but these are pretty bad. The Preds design is particularly embarrassing — not just the idea of putting “Smashville” on a jersey (which is bad enough) but also the specific execution of that word. I mean, jeez, look at the two “S”es! Look at the center stroke of the “E”! And hey, let’s throw a guitar-pick logo in the center just to make sure everyone knows which team this is for, even if it disrupts the lettering! The whole thing diminishes the sport, the uni-verse, and all of us who are exposed to it. Piece o’.

The Tampa design isn’t as bad, but that doesn’t mean it’s good. Not a fan of the nickname insignia or the font, the latter of which is also used for the numerals:

On the plus side, Tampa’s shoulder patch looks really good:

I do think the Lightning jersey might look better in the context of the full uniform, but there’s no way to know for sure because they didn’t bother to show us the full uniform. Sigh.

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The shadow knows: As noted in yesterday’s Ticker, all the player headshots on MLB.com roster pages were scrubbed and replaced with plain silhouettes when the MLB lockout began two nights ago (a move that the owners say was done out of legal necessity, not as a form of trolling). Lots of players responded yesterday by using the silhouettes as their new social media avatars, which is pretty funny. Additional details here.

In addition, MLB.com has stopped publishing new articles about current players and is instead leaning heavily on content about team history. This is all part of the brave new world of labor strife in the internet era. Stuff like this never came up before because there was no MLB.com back in 1994, which was the last time baseball had a labor impasse.

Interestingly, however, the official MLB retail channels are still selling jerseys with players’ NOBs. According to Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold, that’s because merchandising is covered by licensing agreements, not by the now-expired collective bargaining agreement.

Speaking of merchandising: You can buy a plain player silhouette T-shirt, wheee!

And then there’s this, which I’ll leave as the last word on this topic (for now):

(My thanks to Marcus Hall for that last embedded tweet and our own Anthony Emerson for the T-shirt link.)

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December pin almost gone: In case you missed it on Wednesday, the Uni Watch Pin Club’s December design is now available. As you can see above, it’s a swingin’ Santa with a candy cane-striped bat!

It was difficult to photograph the silver highlights while also showing Santa’s proper skin tone. Here’s another view (click to enlarge):

This pin was produced in a numbered edition of 150. As of this morning, there were only eight remaining, so this one will likely sell out today. Move fast if you want one!

Also: As you may recall, everyone who collected all 12 of last year’s pins received a bonus “2020 All-Star” pin. We’ll be doing a “collect ’em all” bonus pin this year as well, but we need to know how many of them to make. So if you’ve collected ’em all, please email me with (a) your name and address, and (b) proof that you’ve collected all of this year’s pins. The proof can include photos of the pins themselves and/or order-confirmation emails from Teespring. The bonus pins will ship out early next year.

And speaking of things that will likely sell out, we’re down to the last few Uni Watch Alternate Caps. Here are the sizes and quantities remaining:

7-1/8: 1 cap
7-5/8: 2
7-7/8: 1

Photos and ordering details here.

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ITEM! Call for new AMA questions: As you may recall, the series of posts that I used to call “Question Time” (you can see those 11 entries here) is now known simply as “Ask Me Anything.” The first entry under the new rubric ran on Bulletin a few months ago, and I plan to keep doing new AMA segments on Bulletin every three or four months, which means it’s time to ask you folks to submit new questions.

You can ask me a question about Uni Watch, about uniforms, about sports, or just about me. No question is out of bounds (it never hurts to ask!), but I reserve the right not to answer questions that I feel are too personal or otherwise inappropriate. Send your questions here (note that this is not the usual Uni Watch email address), and please stick to just one question per person. Thanks!

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: The new owners of the Springfield Sliders of the United States Prospect League are rebranding the team to a yet-to-be announced identity (from David Dahl). … Speaking of team renamings, the Highline Bears, a Seattle-area summer collegiate team, will now be known as the DubSea Fish Sticks.

NFL News: If the Broncos and Bears had a baby, it might turn out like this hatTyler VanDenRostyne spotted that at Ross. … I know we’ve covered this before, but it’s always weird to see Ricky Williams’s FNOB during his stint in New Orleans (from Kristian Nicosia).

College/High School Football News: Michigan will wear a patch memorializing the victims of this week’s Oxford High School mass shooting for the Big 10 Championship (from multiple readers). … New front helmet bumper for Virginia Tech (from Andrew Cosentino). … Here’s this weekend’s uni combo for Appalachian State (thanks to all who shared).

Hockey News: Kyle Konin, the emergency backup goalie for last night’s Blues/Bolts game, was assigned to the Blues but wore Lightning pads and pants (from Wade Heidt). … A New Jersey brewery is poking fun at the Devils’ new “Jersey” jersey with a “Beer” beer (from Ed Kalas). … The WHL’s Regina Pats will wear a one-off gradient jersey this Saturday (from Wade Heidt). … New BFBS unis for Quebec’s Concordia University women’s team (from Trevor “Teebz” Alexander).

College/High School Hoops News: The 2023 Men’s Final Four logo has been revealed (from Ignacio Salazar).

Soccer News: The Museum of Jerseys blog has a fascinating new post about outfield kits that looked very similar to keeper kits (thanks, Jamie). … Reader @GoDarkHorse noticed that Brentford keeper Álvaro Fernández wore spiked gloves during yesterday’s match against Tottenham. … Brazilian side Cruzeiro have had their new home kit leaked (from Trevor Williams). … New children’s hospital-inspired shirt for Italian side Parma (from Steve Kriske).

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And that’s a wrap for this week. This is the part where I’d normally say, “Enjoy Phil’s weekend content,” but I can’t say that this time because Phil’s taking a well-deserved weekend off to compete in a curling bonspiel. So the site will be closed for the next two days, but I’ll be back as usual on Monday. See you then! — Paul