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Gone But Not Forgotten: NHL Defunct Teams, Part I

[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul may be popping up here occasionally.]

By Phil Hecken, with Mike Styczen

Hey boys and girls — as you can see from the italicized words above, Paul’s taking his annual August break (slightly different from years past, as this year he actually blessed us with a week’s worth of columns last week). You will also note the weekends are going to be different for the remainder of the month, since I’m taking over the weekday articles.

I have a bunch of great guest writers lined up, since I’m not sure how much new uni news we’ll have, but I think you’ll greatly enjoy the guest contributors in any event. Lots of different perspectives, and many of the writers will be covering subjects we don’t normally feature on Uni Watch.

We start this off with my buddy Mike Styczen, who is Canadian, and that by definition makes him a hockey aficionado. Mike’s going to be telling us about some of the more obscure NHL teams which no longer exist (a longer list than you’d expect, actually), and he’s breaking it into two parts. This is part the first. So without further ado, here’s Mike …

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Reviewing the NHL’s Defunct Teams, Part I
By Mike Styczen

When the Seattle Kraken take the ice next fall, the NHL will have an even 32 teams. Like most leagues, however, the NHL has had its ups and downs in terms of membership.

Founded in 1917 with four teams, the league quickly dwindled to three teams, grew to as many as nine teams, and then settled in at what hockey fans refer to as the “original six” teams for a quarter century between 1942 and 1967. A total of nine franchises became defunct prior to 1942, either through ceasing operations or relocation.

After 1967, the league exploded. New teams were added across the continent in wave after wave of expansion and merger. Many survived, many did not. Ten teams vanished during this period – almost all by relocation.

This week, and next, we’ll rank the looks of the defunct NHL teams. First up, we’ll rank the pre-1942 defunct teams, and then we’ll rank the post-1967 defunct teams.

A couple of notes: we’re not going to look at the pre-NHL teams. Like most leagues, the NHL had a variety of predecessor leagues and teams, we have to cut this off somewhere, and that somewhere is the founding of the NHL in 1917. Second, some of the most memorable designs of this era were in other leagues – particularly the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and the Western Canada Hockey League, which competed against the NHL for the Stanley Cup from 1917 to 1926. The Vancouver Millionaires, Seattle Metropolitans and Victoria Cougars would top plenty of uniform surveys, but none of them were NHL teams. Finally, we’re not going to look at teams that renamed themselves (Toronto St. Pats, Detroit Cougars for instance) – we’re just looking at the teams that vanished or moved.

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DEFUNCT TEAMS 1917-1942

9. Quebec Bulldogs

While the Bulldogs had a great deal of success prior to the NHL’s founding, they lasted only one year in the NHL before moving to Hamilton. It’s surprisingly difficult to find photos of the Bulldogs in their one NHL season – nhluniforms.com suggests that they wore a plain blue and white striped jersey, with no logo, but there don’t seem to be any photos of that jersey in action.

Their prior jersey, white with a blue stripe and “QUEBEC” in capital letters, is a pretty bland look with no logo.

A couple of bonus points for the striped socks, but still last on the list.

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8. Montreal Wanderers

Six games into their first NHL season, in 1917, their arena burned to the ground and destroyed all of their equipment, and the team folded. They were a good looking team, but what can you do with a team that only played six games? Ahead of the Bulldogs with the bright red-and-white look, but still at the bottom of our list.

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7. Philadelphia Quakers

Played for one year (1930-1931) after relocating from Pittsburgh, set a futility record by winning four games in their only season, and folded. A strange script logo with a weirdly bent tail. Is it surprising that the Flyers have never bothered to throw back to their predecessors in orange and black? Not really.

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6. Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh, we’ve often noted, is one of those unique cities in which the pro sports teams wear a consistent colour scheme. The team that kicked it off? The 1925 NHL Pittsburgh Pirates.

The team wore a variety of designs in its short (1925-1930) existence. First was a script logo with a capital “P”.

Look closely at the sleeve of that jersey and you’ll see the City of Pittsburgh seal, later worn by the NFL Pittsburgh Pirates in their first season (1933) and revived by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1994.

Later came a blue and yellow design for one season (of which no photos seem to exists). Nothing particularly strong.

Finally, a triangle design and a pirates head logo. Again, nothing special. The Pirates moved to Philadelphia to become the Quakers after five seasons.

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5. St. Louis Eagles

The Eagles played for one season, in 1935-1935, after being relocated from Ottawa. A very bright look, with vibrant red and blue on a white jersey. The logo is solid, if a bit collegiate. I’m surprised we don’t see more of this one, either as a fan fashion jersey or a throwback look for the Blues.

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4. Hamilton Tigers

The Tigers played five seasons between 1920 and 1925. They made great use of black and yellow stripes – both horizontal and vertical – and their final jersey had some pretty amazing sleeve stripes. The logos are average – the tiger head logo is particularly bad. That final jersey, with an “H” logo and the sleeve stripes, has attracted plenty of attention as a throwback jersey, being worn at least once by the OHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Great look overall, dragged down by some bad logos.

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3. New York / Brooklyn Americans

The Americans played for 17 seasons, from 1925 until 1942, and their demise left the NHL with six teams, kicking off the “original six” era. They used a number of different designs in the first few years (red on top, blue on top, different arrangement of the words) but the design was consistently patriotic through most of their existence, stars up top and stripes down below, evoking a giant American flag. Great striped socks in every design. A very memorable scheme.

Here’s an interesting shot, showing two very distinct jersey styles in the same photo

They simplified their look a bit in the 1930s, and then rebranded themselves as the “Brooklyn” Americans without moving out of Madison Square Garden. Those later uniforms were less memorable, but overall the Americans maintained a very good look for their entire existence.

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2. Ottawa Senators

This is a very familiar look. The original Senators played in the NHL from 1917 to 1934 (before moving to St. Louis to become the Eagles) and won four Stanley Cups. Long after the original Senators folded, their look was carried on by the OHL Ottawa ‘67s and later by the expansion Senators. What else can you say about a jersey that’s still being worn over 100 years after it debuted?

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1. Montreal Maroons

Playing for 14 years, from 1924 to 1938, the look of the Maroons was just perfect. Maroon jerseys, the right number of white stripes, a perfect “M” logo. This uniform wouldn’t look dated or out of place today. Absolutely perfect.

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Thanks, Mike! Great stuff. Looking forward to seeing the post-1967 defunct teams next week!

Guess The Game…

from the scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from Jack A. Row.

This game usually runs on the weekends. If you’re not a weekend reader, it’s all explained below.

The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).

Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):

(For an even larger view, click here.)

Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.

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And Now a few words from Paul

Hi! Although I’m technically on blog-cation for the rest of August, I’ll still be popping up here from time to time.

The green-bordered toploaders have arrived at Uni Watch HQ, so almost all of the pre-ordered trading cards have mailed out (each with a relic swatch of the shirt I was wearing for the Topps photo shoot that became the basis for Rob Ullman’s front-card illustration), and the rest will mail out today.

So far three of the green-ink autographed cards have gone out, along with the one purple-signed card, so there are seven green-signed cards remaining. If you want to order, here’s how.

Meanwhile:

• I’ll be participating in a Zoom panel discussion about the use of Native American imagery in sports this Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 12:30-2pm Eastern. The event, organized by Baruch College, is a follow-up to a similar discussion I took part in back in 2016 (you can see video of that one here). Registration is free and can be done here. (If the page asks you which part of the “Baruch community” you belong to, just say you’re an alum, even if you’re not — it’s fine.)

• Here’s some big news: Bill Henderson has just released the latest edition of his guide to post-flannel MLB jerseys — and for the next day or two, you can get this new edition at a significant discount. I cannot stress enough how wonderful Bill’s guide is — I refer to it literally almost every single day, and I’m sure most of you will find it just as essential as I do (even though you don’t write about uniforms for a living). Full details here.

• We still have about 60 of the August pin, about 40 of the July bobble-pin, and about 40 of the key ring.

That’s it. Now back to Phil.

How Well Do You Know Your NFL Teams?

Got a fun quiz in the e-mail from Michael Cahalan, which asks you to name the NFL teams from the clues provided below (he left out one team who remains nameless for now).

I’ve seen quizzes like this before, but this one is new to me. No, it’s not really uni-related, but it’s still kinda fun. See how many you can guess (you can post your guesses in the comments below).

I’ll have the answers tomorrow!

1. Pope’s minions
2. Lone star staters
3. Udder young males
4. Revolutionaries
5. Panned for profit
6. Before the movers
7. Indigenous to India
8. Pic-a-nic basket pilferers
9. Credit card users
10. Luxury autos
11. Mythological foes
12. Christianity’s MVPs
13. Monthly expenses
14. Jungle kings
15. Rodeo buckers
16. West side gang
17. Jim, Tim, Paul, Charlie
18. Desperado crooners
19. Head butters
20. Clouseau foe
21. Ace Ventura’s Snowflake
22. Mr. Ed’s Sons
23. 8 th Commandment breakers
24. Ocean Osprey
25. They kill bugs dead
26. Head honchos
27. Made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs
28. A dollar for corn
29. Poe quotes them
30. Soldier Joe insects
31. Roman 6 monarchs

The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: It rained during yesterday’s Nationals/Orioles game, and the Nationals grounds crew spectacularly failed to unroll the tarp because it became tangled somehow, eventually causing the game’s suspension (from @bryanwdc). … The Rangers wore a new entirely powder blue and red combo yesterday (from multiple readers). … Braves C Travis d’Arnaud has a well-known initial lowercase D in his NOB, but not so on his catcher’s gear. “I guess he just has to live with it,” says Michael Driscoll. … No pic but interesting observation from Jason Hillyer: “James Karinchak #99 of the Indians retired Luis Robert #88 of the White Sox in their game Sunday.” He continues, “Don’t know how to look it up, but that has to be a record (or in the Top 3) for sum of pitcher/batter uni numbers, yes? (At least until Karinchak faces Aaron Judge in playoffs or next season.)” Anyone want to confirm or deny?

Football News: A thread from earlier this year contains some pictures and video of the ’70s-era National Women’s Football League. I vote for trying a fully professional women’s league instead of trying the XFL again (from @MeanJoeFranco). … In 1986, the CFL’s end zones were reduced to 20 from 25 yards in length, so at first the Saskatchewan Roughriders just painted the extra five yards white instead of making any changes to their designs (from Johnny Garfield). … Some Virginia players and wide receivers coach Marques Hagens formed a community outreach group, the Grounds Keepers, that already has its own logo. … Reader Kurt Rozek refurbished old Bengals and Chiefs helmets, citing this entry from January as inspiration. … Another DIY-er finished a wall-mounted Virginia Tech helmet and logo collection (from Matt Wise).

Hockey News: The Sabres are marking the end of their 50th season by returning to royal blue as their primary color this week, with new uniforms revealed tomorrow morning (from multiple readers). … Here is a selection of the sardonic “messages to fans” displayed on Edmonton’s scoreboard video screen (from Wade Heidt).

Soccer News: Teams that released new kits or shirts this weekend included Poland’s Lechia Gdańsk, Belgian team Gent, English League Two’s Port Vale (all from Ed Żelaski), Israel’s Maccabi Haifa (from Kary Klismet), German Bundesliga team Mainz 05’s second shirt (from Greg Phillips), and German 2. Bundesliga team Holstein Kiel’s first shirt (from Ryan Maquiñana). … German team 1. FC Köln yesterday released second and third shirts, and English League Two’s Bradford City also released a second shirt. … Staying in Germany, Eintracht Frankfurt gave their women’s team — the former 1. FFC Frankfurt — their own kits, with mono-black as first choice and mono-white as second. … Yesterday’s women’s Coupe de France final had the players wear NOBs below the number, which is something women’s teams in the sport don’t usually do and which the team pictured, Olympique Lyonnais, didn’t do earlier in the tournament. … Japanese team Shimizu S-Pulse are wearing Thai-script NOBs twice, last Saturday and again next week, both to promote themselves in Thailand and because they have Thai striker and men’s national team captain Teerasil Dangda this season (from Jeremy Brahm).

Grab Bag: As Deceuninck-Quick Step cyclist Remco Evenpoel won Saturday’s stage of the Tour de Pologne, he held up the number of his teammate Fabio Jakobsen, who was badly injured in a crash at the end of the race’s first stage. … In the Australian Football League, Adelaide and Hawthorn revealed their Indigenous guernseys. The annual Indigenous round, which is usually in May, was moved to the weekends of Aug. 22 and 29. … New uniforms for the Japanese top-tier women’s volleyball team NEC Red Rockets and the top-tier men’s team JTEKT Stings (from Jeremy Brahm). … NASCAR Cup drivers often have throwback liveries at Labor Day weekend’s Southern 500 in Darlington, S.C. Ryan Blaney’s is based on former Cup driver Paul Menard’s car when Menard won his first ARCA race at Talladega, Ala., in 2003; the Menard family home improvement company is one of Blaney’s advertisers (from Jakob Fox). … The Mercedes Formula One team added a horseshoe symbol to their cars for this weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, a symbol often seen on the cars of the great ’50s and ’60s driver Sir Stirling Moss. … Clemson updated its style guide to include dark grey and a darker purple as additional school colors. … Not sports-related: A website exists where you can design your own superheroes (from Heath Hendricks). … Apple is apparently taking legal action against a company called Prepear, which Apple contends is too similar to their Apple logo (from Brinke).

And finally… big thanks to Mike for the defunct NHL team piece, and to Michael for the NFL quiz. Everyone have a good Monday and I’ll catch you guys tomorrow.

Peace,

PH

What’s It Like to Be an MLB Reporter During the Pandemic?

We’ve seen a lot of articles about how players are dealing with the new rules and protocols brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. I’ve also heard quite a few broadcasters talking about how their own work experiences have been affected by this strange season.

But what about print and web journalists, the guys who are up in the press box? What’s it like to cover a sporting event this year compared to previous years? How does it affect the articles we read, and the people who wrote those articles?

I’ve been curious about that, so I asked my friend Ken Davidoff if he’d be willing to talk about it. He’s a baseball columnist for The New York Post (a role in which he covers all things MLB-related but with a strong emphasis on the Mets and Yankees) and a longtime friend of Uni Watch, going back over a decade. He spoke with me on the phone yesterday from his hotel room in Philadelphia, where he’s been covering the Yanks/Phillies series. We didn’t talk about uniforms, but I think our discussion will still be of interest to Uni Watch readers, or to anyone who’s interested in the behind-the-scenes details of the sports world. Here’s a transcript (lightly edited and condensed for clarity and length):

Uni Watch: Let’s start with the most basic thing: getting to the ballpark. Prior to this season, how would you get to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field, and how are you doing it this year?

Ken Davidoff [shown at right]: I live in Manhattan, I have a car, so I typically drive. But you know, sometimes for logistical reasons — like if I have a doctor’s appointment, or my wife is using the car — I would take the subway. But I have not taken any mass transit of any kind since I flew home from spring training on March 17. So I am driving every day.

UW: What about going to other cities? You usually travel a lot, but I assume things are different this year.

KD: Yeah. So far I’ve gone to DC and now Philly twice, so I’ve driven to those. My editor and I talked about flying to Tampa — the Yankees are in Tampa this weekend — but ultimately, I was just not comfortable making that trip because of how bad Florida is [regarding the pandemic]. And I am anxious about getting on a plane. If I could either drive to Florida or fly somewhere that’s less infested, I would have considered it. But the combination of the two just made me too uncomfortable.

UW: Have you “covered” any games simply by watching them on TV?

KD: I covered one of the Yankees/Mets exhibition game remotely, and this coming weekend I will cover the entire Yankees series in Tampa remotely.

UW: Have you ever done that before?

KD: No, not before this year. With Yankees/Mets, it was a function of the limits that they’re placing on media at the ballpark. You know, we [the Post] like to cover baseball aggressively. This year we can have a maximum of two people in the press box; we’d typically have more than that covering that game, including me, but with the current rules I had to do it remotely.

UW: Once you get to the ballpark, whether here in New York or on the road, what would you normally have done in previous years, and what’s different this year?

KD: Yeah, it’s all different. So, normally, let’s say for a typical night game, I would get to the ballpark around 2:30 and by three o’clock, 3:30, I’d be in the clubhouse, interviewing players, coaches, front office people, and whoever else. Then there’s the in-person news conference with the manager. Then you go on the field. Maybe you see, you know, an official from another team, an official from one of the New York teams, you do some schmoozing. Maybe you you even just say a quick hi to a player as he’s going from the batting cage back to the dugout. Maybe I’ll pop my head into the visiting clubhouse and see someone I know.

Now you just miss out on all of that. Each team has its own time in terms of when they open their ballpark, and I believe they’re doing it in conjunction with their respective cities. You know, health codes now come into play. So today, for the Phillies game [scheduled to start at 6:05pm], they open their ballpark to media three hours before first pitch. That’s on the earlier side, which I’m happy about. So I’ll get there at three o’clock today. Like, literally as we’re talking, I just got an email from the Yankees saying there’s gonna be at least two Zoom calls for the game — one with Aaron Boone at a time to be determined and one with Masahiro Tanaka at 3:45.

Even the act of eating, it was partially work. Maybe you would eat dinner with a scout or front office person, or with other media. That nice social element is gone now. We are not allowed to leave press box, so I have a cooler with me, with my ice pack, so I can bring my own food, and I’m making sure to stay at hotels with refrigerators and freezers so I can store my ice pack.

UW: I know they would usually provide food or sell food for the media — is it that they no longer do that, or you’re just not comfortable with that?

KD: No, they don’t do it. We need to bring our own. They do provide beverages.

UW: Regarding the Zoom calls, I assume Aaron Boone and the other managers are doing that every day, in lieu of their usual pregame press conferences.

KD: Exactly.

UW: And presumably, you don’t need to be actually be present at the ballpark for that. You could do that remotely if you were off doing something else.

KD: They tend to take place when I’m already at the ballpark, but it’s become a little tricky in that regard. I think last week I did a Yankees Zoom call from their big stadium parking garage, because I wasn’t allowed in the ballpark yet. And a couple days ago I was dropping off my son at a friend’s place in Connecticut, so I did the call in their backyard. Because again, it was too early to walk in the door.

UW: As you enter the ballpark, whichever one it might be, do you wear a mask? And does anyone take your temperature?

KD: Yes, a mask is required. And yeah, in theory, I get my temperature taken every day. In practice, they’re not batting 1.000 on that front. But yeah, the protocol is to have your temperature taken every day.

UW: At the point where you enter the ballpark?

KD: Correct. I think the cutoff is 100.4. And then there’s a questionnaire. You know, essentially, “Have you felt any symptoms? Have you been in contact with anyone who either has Covid or has symptoms?” Which, yeah, to be honest, it’s kind of worthless, because who’s gonna answer “Yes” to any of those questions?

UW: You have to fill that out every day?

KD: Now it’s usually verbal. A team employee will just ask you.

UW: What about testing? Do you have to be tested, or provide evidence of that?

KD: No. But I’m getting tested pretty regularly on my own, just because I am interacting with the public and my family really is not. So I am testing of my own volition. But it is not required.

UW: Normally, you’d spend the game in the press box with lots and lots of other writers, most of whom you know personally. What about now? What is the situation in the press box?

KD: There’s a maximum of 35 media members. That’s what was the collectively bargained number between the players and the owners. There is social distancing in the press box — you essentially have three seats to yourself. I’m usually in there with a co-worker from the Post — usually the beat writer covering that team — and you know, we’re socially distant but we’ll walk up to each other and say, “Okay, what do you think” and “Here’s what I’m thinking.” It’s definitely not as fun or intimate as the pre-Covid days, but I don’t feel like I’m an island or anything like that. I see everybody, we say hi to each other. But yeah, it’s still markedly different.

UW: Is everyone in the press box wearing a mask throughout the game?

KD: Yes, that’s required. You can take it off to eat, but I would say I’m wearing it 90% of the time. When I decide to eat is partially based on hunger and partially based on how much my ears are hurting from the mask.

UW: I’ve seen a lot of articles and interviews where the players have talked about what it’s like to play in an empty stadium. But what’s it like for you working in an empty stadium? Is that strange? You know, the lack of the crowd noise? And what’s it like for the stadiums that are using the fake crowd noise, you know, in the actual ballpark, as opposed to just on the broadcast?

KD: I’m not really a fan of the piped-in noise. I think it’s very cheesy. But I do miss the fans — the fans added an element and could even shape your story. “Giancarlo Stanton got booed after making a big out,” or when the Phillies were in town, Didi Gregorius would have gotten a huge ovation. So yeah, we’re missing that, we’re missing those stories.

UW: What about after the game? Again, you would normally go down to the clubhouse. What do you do now?

KD: They usually do Zoom calls very quickly after the last out. You get emailed the links. So yesterday, [former Yankees manager and current Phillies manager] Joe Girardi is obviously a person of interest for our readers, and [former Met] Zack Wheeler pitched yesterday, so I did those Zoom calls. So instead of, you know, burning a few calories by at least walking to the clubhouses, I just sit on my rear end and go from one Zoom room to the other.

UW: In the clubhouse, you have access to pretty much everyone, or at least everyone who doesn’t hide from you. Whereas now you’re sort of at the mercy of who they choose to put on these Zoom calls. How frustrating do you find that?

KD: Extremely. But, you know, I get it. I certainly would not want to be in the clubhouse right now, when you look at the outbreaks with the Marlins and Cardinals. God willing, we’ll have a vaccine sooner than later, and when that happens, I would certainly hope the old rules resume. And, even right now, I wish there was a way to do more one-on-one access. But I’m quite sympathetic to the teams’ vantage point, and I get why they’re not really doing one-on-ones. It is what it is, and I just hope it’s a short-term situation.

UW: Do you or the other writers ever ask the team PR guys to make a particular player available — someone who isn’t obvious like that night’s starting pitcher or whatever — if there’s a particular subplot or angle you want to pursue?

KD: Yes, but the teams have veteran public relations officials and I’ve found that they have a pretty good feel for what we need. Good example: I think in the second game of the season, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks both knelt during the national anthem, and they both did Zoom calls after the game. We didn’t have to ask — the Yankees understood why that would be a big story. I think Stanton actually did have a big hit, too. But Hicks did not, and he spoke too. The bulk of the questions were about the kneeling, and the Yankees anticipated that. That’s what you hope for, right? You hope for that level of professionalism.

UW: How do you feel about a manager or a GM Zoom interview versus a live press conference?

KD: A hundred times out of 100, I’ll take a live press conference. I mean, it’s just far better to be in the same room with the person. I think there’s just a different dynamic in play. So it’s much worse, undoubtedly, but I understand and support what’s going on right now.

UW: Being a reporter is so much about developing relationships and building trust. How do you do that under the current circumstances?

KD: It’s close to impossible. For the most part, you’re not dealing with anyone live, in person, except the public relations official. And you know, the best relationships get formed from in-person dialogue, whether that’s just connecting on some non-baseball level — “Oh hey, you’re from New Jersey, I’m from New Jersey” — or, you know, Luke Voit is a Midwest guy, so he and I will talk Big 10 football because I went to Michigan. So that’s lost, that’s gone. You know, there’s just nothing that can be done to replicate that. So yeah, it hurts a great deal.

UW: We all know some players have opted out of playing this year. Are there any reporters who’ve opted out because they don’t feel comfortable being at the ballpark?

KD: Certainly some reporters are not going to the ballpark. Many of them, I guess all of them, have some high risk factor, whether it’s age or a medical condition. But the beauty of our job right now is that you can cover it remotely to a large extent. So yeah, reporters aren’t necessarily giving up their salary and service time, like the players are.

UW: Assuming things eventually get back to some semblance of normalcy, do you think there are any aspects of covering the sport this year that will be retained in the future?

KD: That’s a concern. I certainly hope not.

UW: Okay, that’s enough about covering the game. Let’s see how your crystal ball is working: Of the various rule and format changes — seven-inning doubleheader games, the runner starting at second base for extra innings, the expanded playoff system, the universal DH, and so on — which of those do you think will become permanent parts of the sport?

KD: I think a lot of them are gonna stay in place. You know, like seven-inning doubleheaders — I think there’s gonna be a lot of momentum for that. For the extra-inning rule, I don’t know if that’ll go into effect next year, but I think it’s going to happen in the next five years. What else..?

UW: Universal DH.

KD: It’s funny — I think it’s definitely coming in 2022, but I did think that next year they would revert, to have one farewell year for the hitting pitcher. But now that we’ve played a couple of weeks, just my hunch says that will become permanent starting next year. I just don’t think anyone misses the hitting pitcher a lot.

UW: Expanded playoffs?

KD: Unfortunately, that’s probably gonna stick. Although, you, know, I’m skeptical we’ll get to that point this year.

UW: That was my last question, actually — do you think they’ll actually finish the season and get all the way to the World Series?

KD: I don’t, no. And I don’t really blame that on Major League Baseball as much as I blame it on the United States of America. It’s just pretty clear where we’re not taking this virus as seriously as we need to.

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And there you have it. Big thanks to Ken for sharing his experiences — fascinating stuff.

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Trading card reminder: Response to the Uni Watch trading card continues to be tremendous — thank you!

Full details on how to pre-order your own card are available here.

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Brooklyn Branches update: The winner of the auction for the one-of-a-kind Brooklyn Branches jersey, based on Ron Ruelle’s brilliant concept and executed by the great DIYer Wafflebored, is Rick Wessley, who submitted a winning bid of $300. I’ll be donating that amount to the Arbor Day Foundation, so Branch Rickety’s demise will result in the planting of new trees. Congrats to Rick, and my thanks to everyone who submitted bids.

Speaking of the Branches project: Yesterday I showed you the home white and road grey Branches T-shirts. Today we have two alternate versions — brown and green:

Here’s where you can order the brown and green tees, as well as the home white and road grey versions I showed you yesterday.

Immense thanks to Ron and Wafflebored for making this such a fun project!

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August Pin Club update: The Uni Watch Pin Club’s new design for August — a salute to old-school baseball scoreboards, complete with a few misfiring light bulbs — is now available. (If you want more info on the line score and the 4:07 time on the clock, there’s an explanation here.)

This is a limited/numbered edition of 250. As of this morning, there are 67 remaining. You can get yours here.

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Uni Rock update: Some new designs (shown above) have been added to the Uni Rock Shop.

Thanks for all the positive feedback on this project. You can see the full Uni Rock collection here.

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Catch of the day: I’ve written a new piece for InsideHook about cooking seafood (including a whole red snapper, shown above) on one of those tiny mini-kettle grills. Super-fun article to work on! You can check it out here.

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Chili dog: When the Tugboat Captain and I convened on the porch yesterday evening (more about that in a minute), we found that our T-shirts were two great tastes that taste great together. Completely unplanned, I swear!

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: For the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader and also for last night’s game, the Orioles wore their white home unis at Camden Yards, even though the Marlins were the designated home team for those two. The Marlins wore black jerseys with grey pants. (from Andrew Cosentino). … Rockies P Jairo Díaz normally wears No. 37, but took the mound yesterday wearing the No. 35 jersey of backup catcher Elias Díaz (from multiple readers). … There’s a ton of cool Blue Jays uni notes in this article from Bluebird Banter. Highly recommended. … Egon Schiele sends along this wonderful, short podcast episode about the demise of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Another one that’s highly recommended. … Bob Gassel has sent us almost an hour’s worth of footage from the first All-Star/Celebrity softball game, from 1967. … A bunch of Phillies fans positioned just outside the team’s ballpark annoyed Yankees skipper Aaron Boone by blowing an airhorn when Yanks P Jordan Montgomery was in his windup. … The A’s apologized after bench coach Ryan Christenson, apparently trying to elbow-bump, instead made a Nazi salute and then repeated it after a player corrected him.

NFL/CFL News: Browns players have finally gotten the chance to don their new unis (from Bob Moon). … A new Broncos fashion cap from New Era misspells the team’s name (from multiple readers). … The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have unveiled their Grey Cup rings (from multiple readers).

College Football News: Troy has new silver helmets. Better look here (from multiple readers). … New helmets for Charlotte. … Several Texas Longhorn marching band members say they will not perform the school’s alma mater song, “The Eyes of Texas,” which has long been criticized due to its connection to minstrel shows with characters in blackface (from Timmy Donahue).

Hockey News: A hockey blog has ranked all 31 home sweaters in the NHL, and reader Gregory Baker has called it “the worst ranking ever.” … Here are the pads for Wisconsin G Cameron Rowe for next season (from Jerry Nitzh).

NBA News: Fanatics appears to have leaked the Spurs’ 2020-21 Statement alternate. Like all of next season’s Statement designs, it will have a Jordan maker’s mark instead of the Nike logo. … Here’s a wonderful article about a designer who’s making retro-style posters for each Mavericks game this season (from Dan Kennedy). … Also posted in the soccer section: LeBron James donned a new Liverpool shirt walking to the arena in Orlando. Though he’s a part-owner of Liverpool, he rarely wore Liverpool gear during the club’s contract with New Balance. Now that they’re with Nike, it appears he’s ready to rock the red (from JohnMark Fisher). … Bad quality pic, but Lakers G Talen Horton-Tucker wears “Black Lives Matter” as his social justice message. With the NBA adding NOBs beneath uni numbers for players who have a social justice message, that makes 28 letters on his back. Wow (from Steve Kriske).

Soccer News: New kits for Premier League clubs Everton and Crystal Palace. … Sunderland of England’s League One have revealed their new home kit (thanks, Jamie). … Also from Jamie, clubs in the Champions League and Europa League have been wearing “Thank You” above their club crest, in the native language of the club. … One more from Jamie: West Ham’s women’s team is moving to Dagenham and Redbridge’s stadium, Victoria Road. … Valencia has unveiled their new kits (from Kary Klismet). … The following are all from Ed Żelaski: Hannover 96 has unveiled all three of its new kits. … Spanish side Deportivo Alavés unveiled their new home, away and third kits. … Belgian side KAA Gent have posted a teaser video of their new kit on Twitter. … Scottish side Dundee United have a purple away strip. Paul, shield your eyes. … Russian club FK Tambov have a new crest. … Cross-posted from the NBA section: LeBron James donned a new Liverpool shirt walking to the arena in Orlando. Though he’s a part-owner of Liverpool, he rarely wore Liverpool gear during the club’s contract with New Balance. Now that they’re with Nike, it appears he’s ready to rock the red (from JohnMark Fisher).

Grab Bag: Formula One has unveiled a very nice 70th-anniversary logo (from @jayappletree). … Joe Werner sends along this slideshow of the history of Valvoline Oil, as well as its packaging evolution. … The New York Times Magazine has an article about how the pandemic has impacted the fashion industry (from Tom Turner). … Also from Tom, Henrico, Va., High will retire its “Rebels” nickname. … The following are all from Kary Klismet: Military.com has a series of articles on the uniforms of all six branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. … New logo for the Trenton (Mich.) High School Trojans (from Kary Klismet). … The cities of Erving, Mass., and Liberty, S.C., both have new logos. … Gordon College has a new athletics logo, which they’re annoyingly calling a “spirit mark”. … The Las Cruces, N.M., school board has voted to change the name of Oñate High School to Organ Mountain High School, because the school’s namesake, former Spanish colonial governor Don Juan de Oñate y Salazar, was a key figure in the genocide of indigenous Acoma Pueblo people in the late 16th century.

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What Paul did last night: When I started the Pandemic Porch Cocktails™ project, I knew from the start that I planned to take a photo every single day. But I didn’t think I’d be featuring a photo here on the site every day and writing about it — I figured I’d do that only occasionally. But the response to the first couple of PPC™ was so strong that I just kept doing it, and it soon became a daily feature of the site.

That’s pretty awesome — I love it when things happen organically like that — but it’s also taken up more of my personal bandwidth than I anticipated. Tossing a photo up there and writing a couple of paragraphs may not seem like much, but it takes some thought, and it’s often the last thing I do every night (or, if I don’t get around to it, the first thing I do the following morning), which means I’m working at a time I’d generally prefer not to be working. Obviously, nobody’s forcing me to do it, and I’m certainly not looking for sympathy. I’m just explaining that it can be more of a drain than you might think, especially during a year that has more of its share of drains.

All of which brings me to this: As most of you know, I usually take a break from the site in August. I didn’t do that this week, in part because the NBA and NHL were finally restarting their seasons and I wanted to see how things played out. After today, however, two things will be changing for the rest of the month:

1. Phil will be running the site on weekdays, just as he’s done for for previous Augusts.

2. We will not be publishing on weekends.

Things will go back to normal on Sept. 1.

Although I won’t be blogging for the next few weeks, I’ll still be busy (August is when I work on my annual college football and NFL season previews), and I’ll be making various cameos here on the site. But I won’t be running the site on a day-to-day basis — and I also won’t be producing these daily porch dispatches, which will give me a nice chance to recharge my batteries.

I’ll still be taking daily PPC™ photos, though, and you’ll still be able to see them here.

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Important: If you usually scroll past the Pandemic Porch Cocktails™ section because you don’t care about it, go back and read it today. Important info.

Everyone take care, stay safe, and enjoy the rest of your summer. See you in a bit. — Paul

Only in 2020: Yanks Wear Road Unis, as Home Team, on Road

It turns out that even the mighty Yankee pinstripes are no match for the coronavirus.

Here’s the deal: The Yanks and Phils played a doubleheader yesterday in Philadelphia. Game One was a rescheduled game that had previously been postponed. Nothing unusual about that — pretty much every doubleheader in recent years has been the result of a postponement. The difference this time around is that the postponed/rescheduled game was originally supposed to take place in Yankee Stadium, not in Philly. So the Yankees were the designated home team for the opener, even though they were playing on the road.

Since the Yanks were the home team, they presumably wore their famous pinstripes, right? Wrong. In an understandable attempt to keep things logistically simple, the Yanks requested and received permission to bring just one set of uniforms with them — their road greys:

So for the first game, the Yanks wore their road uniforms despite being the home team, despite being on the road.

And that wasn’t the only weird thing about that game. The first game of the doubleheader started at 4pm, and the Phils usually wear their cream alternates for daytime home games. But instead — I guess because they were actually the road team..? — they wore their home-night pinstripes:

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And wait, it gets better: Although the Yanks were the home team and the Phils were the road team, the stats will count torward the Yanks’ road stats and the Phils’ home stats because the rulebook states that the “home team is the team on whose grounds the game is played.”

This marks the second consecutive season that the Yankees have worn a uniform contrary to their home/road designation. For last year’s two-game Yanks/Bosox series in London, the Sox were the designated home team for both games. But the powers that be decided that they needed to showcase those famous Yankee pinstripes to the overseas audience, so both teams wore home uniforms, even though the Yanks were the road team.

Getting back to last night’s twinbill: The Phils were the home team for the nightcap, so both teams wore the same uniforms they wore in the first game — grey for the Yanks, pinstriped whites for the Phils. But just to make things more confusing, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (who didn’t play in the first game) wore the team’s glossy home batting helmet, instead of the matte road helmet:

That concludes this installment of “Only in 2020.” I’m sure the next installment is being written as we speak.

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Trading card update: The full set of 500 Uni Watch trading cards arrived in the mail yesterday (the ones I showed you earlier were printer’s samples). Exciting!

Shortly after the cards arrived, I sat down to sign 11 of them — 10 in green ink, one in purple. It was a bit trickier than I’d anticipated, because the card doesn’t have much white or light-colored space, plus it has a lot of green, so I had to pick a spot where the signature wouldn’t be swallowed up by the background colors. After practicing a bit on the printer’s samples, I went ahead with the real cards, and also numbered each signed card in the top-left corner:

And then I put the signed cards in random spots in the set. Whoever gets them, gets them!

I can’t mail out the cards yet because I still don’t have the plastic sleeves for them, but those are due to arrive in a few more days, so I should get all the pre-ordered cards out the door by the middle of next week.

Speaking of which: Full details on how to pre-order your own card, along with the backstory on this saga, are available here.

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LAST CALL for the Branches auction: Today is the final day to submit a bid for the one-of-a-kind Brooklyn Branches jersey, with proceeds going to the Arbor Day Foundation. Full details on the jersey, and how you can bid on it, are available here. I’ll announce the auction winner tomorrow.

But wait, there’s more. If you can’t afford to bid on the jersey, we now have Brooklyn Branches T-shirts available — including a road grey version with a “Brooklyn” insignia (click to enlarge):

Here’s where you can get the home white and road grey versions.

We may also have green and brown alternates — possibly as soon as tomorrow — so stay tuned.

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August Pin Club update: The Uni Watch Pin Club’s new design for August — a salute to old-school baseball scoreboards, complete with a few misfiring light bulbs — is now available. (If you want more info on the line score and the 4:07 time on the clock, there’s an explanation here.)

This is a limited/numbered edition of 250. The pin launched a few days ago and as of this morning there are only 73 remaining, so they’re going fast. You can get yours here.

Speaking of inventory levels:

• There are now about 45 of the July bobble-pins remaining. Still available here while supplies last.

• There are about 40 Uni Watch Key Rings remaining. You can get yours here.

My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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Uni Rock reminder: In yet another ICYMI item, a bunch of new designs have been added to the Uni Rock Shop (and if you missed the launch of Uni Rock last Friday, here’s an explainer). We’ll have more designs tomorrow. You can see the full collection here.

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The Ticker
By Paul

’Skins Watch: Lane Tech, a high school in Chicago, is dropping its Native American logo (from Kenneth Traisman). … Cincinnati Country Day School will no longer call its teams the Indians (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: A Pennsylvania attorney has filed a lawsuit seeking to postpone a vote by Unionville High School officials on a measure to stop calling its teams the Indians. … One more from Kary: A descendant of the Wappinger Native American Tribe is urging Ketcham High School in upstate New York to keep its “Indians” team name, conflicting with an earlier call from other Wappinger descendants for the school to retire it.

Working Class Wannabes™: An article by ESPN NHL writer Greg Wyshynski — a smart guy who really ought to know better — said the Blue Jackets have a “blue-collar defense.”

Baseball News: An artist named Carl Skanberg has been creating “Scorecard Sketchcards” for White Sox games this season, including some excellent retro-style faux program covers. “He’s been doing baseball (mostly White Sox-related) artwork for years, and his Twitter feed is a heck of a rabbit hole,” says Eriq Jaffe. Indeed — recommended. … In 1964, KC A’s owner Charles Finley challenged the White Sox to make the teams’ upcoming doubleheader into a “style show,” and urged local newspapers to send their society editors to cover it (from Bob Gassel). … The Phillies have added cutouts of some of their players, in the spots where their home runs landed (from @kodywiddak). … The Nationals have continued to wear their gold-trimmed championship uniforms for all of their home games so far. I haven’t confirmed this myself, but @sports_fashion1 says that if they wear their three other white jerseys, they’d be the first team ever to wear four different white jerseys in one season. … Tough night for the Twins batting helmet logos: 2B Luis Arraez’s was badly askew and 1B Marwin Gonzalez’s was missing altogether (thanks to all who shared). … Anyone else notice that the only distinct or even visible detail on the Marlins’ black jerseys is the new maker’s mark? (From Bud Parks.) … The collegiate wood bat Souris Valley Sabre Dogs played last night in jorts! (From Seth Hagen.) … We’ve seen lots of MLBers wearing their uni numbers on their belts, but D-backs 1B Christian Walker’s belt has the team’s logo on it, and teammate Ketel Marte appears to have some lettering printed on his (good spots by Joanna Zwiep).

NFL News: Raiders QB Derek Carr will wear a compression sleeve this season as a tribute to Kobe Bryant (from Nicklaus Wallmeyer). … Washington posted a video of the new helmet numbers being applied to the shells, along with photos of the new helmet design from various angles (from many readers).

College Football News: UCF’s stadium has long been nicknamed the Bounce House. Now that is its official name (from Colin Dilworth).
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Hockey News: The Coyotes have released a video hyping their Kachina uniform, which they’re wearing throughout the current postseason. Incidentally, the jerseys still have the mismatched skate blade colors, a glitch I wrote about back in May (from Alfonso Ferrari). … New logo for the Gillette (Wyo.) Wild, a junior team in the North American 3 Hockey League (from Kary Klismet). … New jerseys for the FPHL’s Columbus River Dragons (from Jack Patterson). … Canadiens LW Jonathan Drouin got a pretty serious haircut between Monday’s and Wednesday’s games. I haven’t had a haircut since February, so I’m envious.

Basketball News: Cross-listed from the NFL section: QB Derek Carr of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders will wear a compression sleeve this season as a tribute to Kobe Bryant (from Nicklaus Wallmeyer).

Soccer News: Wisła Kraków F Rafał Boguski appeared to have a wristwatch on his left arm during yesterday’s friendly (good spot by Ed Zelaski). … English club Bristol City’s Women’s Super League team has moved their home games to Twerton Park in Bath. “That feels kind of weird because they were the only women’s soccer team in the U.K. that built their own stadium, although it was smaller,” says our own Jamie Rathjen. “Now they share with a local lower-level men’s team (in this case, sixth-tier Bath City), like most of the other women’s teams do.” … Also from Jamie: “Nike’s apparently been making more accessible shoes/cleats/boots/etc. for different sports, and just released the soccer version. This story includes an interview with Orlando Pride left-back Carson Pickett, who was born without the lower part of her left arm, so she’d especially benefit from these boots because they’re easier to put on.” … Interesting piece on three proposed number fonts that were rejected by Serie A (from Ryan Maquiñana). … Here’s a list of the most creative team names in American soccer. “It serves as a repudiation of the trend toward simply using ‘United’ or ‘FC,'” says Kary Klismet. … Two more from Ed Zelaski, both about Polish teams: New home kit for Jagiellonia Białystok and Kappa is the new outfitter for Widzew Łódź. … And yet another one from Ed: New kits for French side Red Star.

Grab Bag: Women in the U.S. Air Force can now wear pants, instead of floor-length skirts, as part of their “mess dress” uniforms. … After a wave of criticism, the Dept. of Homeland Security plans to replace the military-style uniforms worn by federal police personnel. … Here’s a peek at the new uniforms for the upcoming season of Star Trek: Discovery. … Someone on eBay is selling a bunch of very nice vintage Durene tees, if you’re into that kinda thing. … Here’s the logo for the NLL’s 2020 draft, plus lots of team-specific versions (from @PhillyPartTwo). … “For anyone interested in the history of military uniforms, the Uniform History YouTube channel is a phenomenal resource,” says Kary Klismet. “Their most recent video is a deep dive into the story behind the U.S. Army’s three-color desert camouflage (aka “coffee stain”) uniform.” … Also from Kary: Kern High School in Bakersfield, Calif., is soliciting community feedback on whether it should keep calling its teams the Rebels. … The Fort Worth police dept. has suspended “themed dress days” after several 911 employees wore Black Lives Matter-themed attire.

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What Paul did last night: Usually I have beer on the porch and Mary has something else. But yesterday she was in the mood for beer, so she ran around the corner to grab a 40 for us to share. And goddamn if it didn’t taste better out of that big bottle than it usually does. Sometimes bringing a little festiveness to the occasion makes a difference.

As always, you can see the full set of daily Pandemic Porch Cocktails™ photos here.

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Signal flare: Reader Tom Dennis, are you out there? I received you email about shipping a card and key ring to the UK, but when I responded to your Outlook.com email address, it repeatedly bounced. Please give me a shout from a different email address, or DM me on Twitter. Thanks! — Paul

Chargers’ New Unis Don’t Match Unveiling Mock-Ups

When the Chargers unveiled their new uniform set back in April, all of the “photos” they released were actually Photoshop mock-ups. At the time, I said:

It’s unusual for a team to unveil [a new uni set] with nothing but Photoshopped images instead of real photography. I don’t mean that as a criticism (we all know the world is complicated right now), but I do mean that there could be certain aspects to these designs, and to how they function in real life, that aren’t yet apparent to us. I always say, “Let’s see how it looks on the field,” but that goes double for this set. I’m sure it’ll still look good, but let’s keep in mind that what we’ve seen so far is a simulation, not the real thing.

Three and a half months later, we still haven’t seen these uniforms on the field, but we’ve finally seen real photos of the players wearing them, because the Chargers posted to online photo galleries earlier this week (look here and here). And guess what: The original Photoshop images — the ones that everyone went bonkers over when they were unveiled — aren’t quite an accurate representation of the real thing, at least in one key aspect.

To see what I mean, take a look at this side-by-side comparison. The image on the left is from one of the Photoshop mock-ups the team released back in April, and the one on the right is from the photo galleries posted earlier this week (for all images that follow, click to enlarge):

Do you see the big discrepancy? The lightning bolts on the shoulders don’t wrap around as much in real life as they did the Photoshopped image, and the bolts’ white border is also significantly thicker.

That was a comparison of head-on views. How about a side view? Here — again, it’s Photoshop on the left, real photo on the right:

This is a particularly good comparison, because the two models are actually the same player — running back Austin Ekeler. Here you can really see the difference in the bolt’s contours and white-to-yellow ratio. You can also see how the bolt in the real photo is positioned more on the sleeve than on the shoulder, leaving an extremely wide gap between the bolt and the collar. It would be better they moved the bolt over to fill the space better. As it stands now, that empty space feels too big, like it’s begging to be filled by a TV number.

What about a view from the other side? The photo galleries didn’t offer much from that side, but here are the best two comparisons I can provide:

That’s enough to confirm what the other two comparisons showed.

There are several different issues here. Let’s start with the white-to-yellow-ratio: I much prefer the real life version, which seems truer to Chargers history and is also a closer match to the bolts on the helmet. In fact, one of my few misgivings about the April unveiling, although I didn’t fully articulate it at the time, was that the white border on the bolts didn’t feel quite right. It looks much better now.

Then there are the issues of where the bolts are positioned and how far they wrap around. For both of those variables, I’d say the real version isn’t as good as the mock-ups. The real bolts are positioned too far outside, and they don’t wrap around enough. In some of the new photo gallery images, the bolts are barely even visible:

Obviously, I realize there are different tailoring templates for skill position players and linemen, form follows function, blah-blah-blah. But the lightning bolt has been the Chargers’ visual signature for six decades now. It’s disappointing to see its impact diminished on the new jerseys, and all the more so after the initial mock-ups told a different story.

(My thanks to reader Adam Tow, who brought the bolt discrepancy to my attention.)

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Campaign message: Two weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who’s a part-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, criticized the league’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement and the larger issue of mixing sports and politics. Last night Dream players, and players throughout the WNBA, responded by arriving to their games wearing “Vote Warnock” T-shirts — a reference to Rev. Raphael Warnock, who’s bidding to unseat Loeffler in this November’s election (lots of additional info here).

The sight of pro athletes publicly repudiating their own team owner through their clothing is rare but not unprecedented. Following racist comments by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in 2014, Clippers players wore their warm-up gear inside-out and also wore black socks and armbands.

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Card reminder: In case you missed it on Tuesday, I’m now taking pre-orders on the first-ever Uni Watch trading card, featuring illustration work by the incomparable Rob Ullman! The response yesterday was fantastic, with over 100 pre-orders and lots of enthusiastic feedback. Thank you!

Full details, including how you can order, are available in Tuesday’s blog post.

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Power Rankings reminder: Also from Tuesday, my latest piece for InsideHook is a new edition of the Uni Watch NFL Power Rankings, with all 32 NFL uni sets ranked and assessed. Check it out here.

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Auction reminder: In case you missed it on Monday, the one-of-a-kind Brooklyn Branches jersey is now complete (and completely amazing!). We’re auctioning it off and donating the proceeds to the Arbor Day Foundation, and today is the next-to-last day to bid. Full details on the jersey, and how you can bid on it, are available here.

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August Pin Club reminder: Another thing you may have missed on Monday is that the Uni Watch Pin Club’s new design for August — a salute to old-school baseball scoreboards, complete with a few misfiring light bulbs — is now available. (If you want more info on the line score and the 4:07 time on the clock, there’s an explanation here.)

This is a limited/numbered edition of 250. The pin launched a few days ago and as of this morning there are only 85 remaining, so they’re going fast. You can get yours here.

Speaking of inventory levels:

• There are now fewer than 50 of the July bobble-pins remaining. Still available here while supplies last.

• There are also fewer than 50 Uni Watch Key Rings remaining. You can get yours here.

• Blue and green seam rippers are currently out of stock. Plenty of yellow, white, and red. Available here.

• I’m down to my last chain-stitched winged stirrup patch. Who wants it? Now sold out!

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ITEM! Uni Rock update: As you can see above, a bunch of new designs have been added to the Uni Rock Shop (and if you missed the launch of Uni Rock last Friday, here’s an explainer). These designs have been added to the ones we had last week:

Working on these with designer Scott M.X. Turner has been a hoot. We’ll have more designs at the end of this week. You can see the full collection here.

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The Ticker
By Lloyd Alaban

Baseball News: Blue Jays OF Teoscar Hernández recently added a accent over the “A” on his NOB. Apparently. he’s been doing this since the Blue Jays’ home opener (from @jsg15). … The Beloit Snappers of the Single-A Midwest League are soliciting fan submissions for a new team name as they get ready to move into a new stadium for the 2021 season (from multiple readers). … With the Blue Jays getting set to play the remainder of their home games in Buffalo, here are a few photos of the infield at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field being replaced in preparation for the big league games (from multiple readers). … Braves OF Ronald Acuña Jr. has his uni number — and maybe his name? — on his bat handle wrap (from Doug Simpson). … Rare situation in the current National League East standings: The Marlins, at 3-1, have a .750 winning percentage and are in first place. But due to the disparity in games played, they’re actually a full game behind the Braves.

Football News: The Iowa State engineering department designed anti-coronavirus face shields for Iowa State’s helmets (from Sean Jankowski). … Arizona Coyotes G Adin Hill of the NHL wore a Seahawks cap while on the bench yesterday (from Randy Policar). … The striping on UVa’s navy helmet is now painted on, just like on the white helmet. The navy lid’s stripes had previously been applied as tape (from proud UVa alum Jamie Rathjen).

Hockey News: Cross-listed from the football section: Coyotes G Adin Hill wore a Seattle Seahawks cap while on the bench yesterday (from Randy Policar).
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Basketball News: ESPN’s Zach Lowe spoke to NBA coaches about suits vs. polos (from Mike Chamernik). … Scorebug confusion for the Blazers’ telecast of their color vs. color game against the Rockets (from Lukas Shaw).

Soccer News: New third kit for German side Arminia Bielefeld (from @yff26). … The English second-tier women’s team London City Lionesses have only existed independently for one season after previously being Millwall’s women’s team, but already switched manufacturers to Kappa from Nike and therefore released a new kit (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … Also from Jamie: Scottish League Two team Queen’s Park built and owned Scotland’s national stadium, Hampden Park, but completed its sale to the Scottish Football Association and are moving to Lesser Hampden, which is just outside the stadium, once they build some stands for it. Hampden Park holds several attendance records that are currently impossible to break because they were achieved with a stadium of mostly terraces instead of seats. … Górnik Zabrze have left Adidas for Hummel (from Ed Zelaski). … Fulham F Ivan Cavaleiro had some NOB issues yesterday (from Jeffrey Seals). … New outfitter for Italian side Sampdoria, which has inked a six-year deal with Macron (from Ed Zelaski). … New home shirt for English side Nottingham Forest (from @AndrewNewts).

Grab Bag: UCLA is aggressively seeking a new apparel deal after Under Armour pulled out of its contract with the school (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: The Hail State Unis website, which covers Mississippi State uniforms across a variety of sports, has just launched an interactive uniform tracking database. … The No. 77 Spire Motorsports Cup entry is being renumbered to No. 74 in order to obtain film footage for an upcoming Netflix comedy series (from Christopher Hickey). … Ireland and England’s men’s cricket teams played a One Day International yesterday and wore black armbands in memory of Northern Irish politician John Hume, who passed away recently (from our own Jamie Rathjen).

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What Paul did last night: Yesterday’s storm didn’t last long — just a few hours — but it was powerful, causing power outages and one death in our city.

Thankfully, our neighborhood was spared the worst of it. We ended up with a lot of scattered debris, but our landlord had already cleared most of it away by the time porch o’clock rolled around. As you can see, some of our flowers got bent out of shape and a few of Branch Rickety’s cousins ended up at the curb, but by that time the storm had passed and it was a beautiful evening, almost like nothing had happened. Weather is so crazy.

As always, you can see the full set of daily Pandemic Porch Cocktails™ photos here.