Monday Morning Uni Watch

With the Panthers hosting the Bengals yesterday, both teams wore “One Carolina” helmet decals to support the Hurricane Florence relief efforts and show solidarity with the victims. (ECU wore this same decal on Saturday night, and lots of other schools across the Carolinas wore it as well.) It’s not clear, at least to me, whether this was a one-game thing for the Panthers or if they’ll keep wearing the decal for additional weeks.

In other news from the around the league yesterday:

• The Jags, while wearing white at home, also wore teal pants, I believe for the first time ever (their original prototypes notwithstanding):

As you can see, the Titans’ uniforms were sort of an inverse of the Jags’ (I say “sort of” because the Titans’ light blue and Jags’ teal aren’t a true match), which some observers found particularly off-putting.

• Speaking of pants: The Giants’ protocol for the last few seasons has been to wear their white pants at home and grey pants on the road, irrespective of which jersey they’re wearing. So if they’ve been on the road against an opponent wearing white jerseys at home (like a game in Dallas, for example), the Giants have worn blue over grey. But for yesterday’s game in Houston, with the Texans going mono-white at home, the Giants wore their white pants instead of the usual grey road pants:

• After upgrading to the Riddell SpeedFlex helmet for the preseason and the first two games of the regular season, Pats quarterback Tom Brady went back to his old-school helmet for last night’s game against the Lions.

• Surprising to see that Ravens wideout Michael Crabtree and Washington tight end Jordan Reed both played — and caught passes — bare-handed:

I did a little photo research and found that Crabtree wore gloves in Week Two but was bare-handed in Week One. As for Reed, he wore gloves in Week Two and Week One. Interesting to see that both of these guys went glove-free yesterday.

• On Friday I mentioned how several NFL quarterbacks had inconsistencies regarding the stars on their captain’s patches. Here’s another one: Washington’s Alex Smith was wearing the gold “C” yesterday, indicating at least five years of captaincy with the same team, which makes no sense because this is his first year with the team (click to enlarge):

I checked and found that smith also had the gold patch last week, but we all missed it. The kicker is that he had a white “C” and only one gold star in the season opener (click to enlarge):

So that makes at least three QBs with new teams this season — Cleveland’s Tyrod Taylor, Arizona’s Sam Bradford, and now Smith — who properly had one gold star in Week One but then “graduated” to additional stars in Weeks Two and Three. It would be easy to think that the NFL issued a new patch protocol after Week One, except that Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins, in his first year with the Vikings, still has only one gold star, which is as it should be.

In short: There’s no rhyme or reason here. I’m also unsure whether these inconsistencies extend to other captains beyond quarterbacks. (QBs are much easier to track because they’re photographed so frequently at close range, which makes it easy to see small details like captaincy stars.) Has anyone noticed anything similar going on with non-QB captains who’ve joined new teams this season?

The obvious solution, of course, would be to just scrap the stars, which are a silly gimmick. (You could arguably say the same thing about the patches themselves.) Anyway, I’ll ask the NFL about the inconsistencies and see if they can clarify the situation.

(As an aside, it’s worth noting that there are only two NFL teams with blank nose bumpers — KC and Washington — and Smith has now managed to play consecutively for both of them.)

• In addition to the aforementioned Texans and Jaguars, three teams wore white at home: the Dolphins, Rams, and Panthers (who, as you can see, also wore black socks once again).

• Here’s a list of players who protested during the national anthem.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Gabe Cornwall, Clay Cutler, Wade Heidt, Jason Hillyer, Omar Jalife, and Dustin Pomprowitz for their contributions to this section.)

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Membership update: Some new designs have been added to the membership card gallery (including Ben Froehle’s, shown at right, which is based on Utah State football). Really nice job on that gradation by card designer Scott Turner.

Remember, a Uni Watch membership card entitles you to a 15% discount on any of the merchandise in our Teespring shop. (If you’re an existing member and would like to have the discount code, email me.) As always, you can sign up for your own custom-designed card here, you can see all the cards we’ve designed so far here, and you can see how we produce the cards here.

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: Muscular Reds P Michael Lorenzen appear to have busted out of his sleeve piping (from Jered Petrey). … Nationals OF Bryce Harper was wearing a jersey that he signed yesterday. It was given away after yesterday’s game, though it’s not clear if any of the other players participating in the giveaway also wore their signed jerseys (from @thefrownyface). … One of the suites at the Braves’ stadium has a picture of Casey Stengel in the 1939 Boston Bees road uniform. “Dig the colored belt loops and the font I tend to associate with the Pirates,” says Austin Gillis.

Football News: Nebraska is one of the teams to have added players’ area codes to their nose bumpers. They weren’t there when Nebraska’s uniforms were updated this summer (from James Hendrickson). … A few Utah Jazz players appeared at Utah State’s game against Air Force, and guard Donovan Mitchell, who has an endorsement deal with Adidas, covered the Nike logo on the jersey he was given with green tape (from @trayallday). … Virginia RB Jordan Ellis had some kind of X on his front bumper instead of the ACC logo. … Two San Diego-area high schools, West Hills (black) and El Capitan (yellow), played a color-vs.-color game on West Hills’s blue field (from Brad Gomez).

Hockey News: The jerseys for yesterday’s Sharks alumni game featured the team’s foundation logo below the crest (from @OlegKvasha). … From the Western Hockey League’s opening weekend (for more, see yesterday’s Ticker): The Saskatoon Blades wore previously revealed Humboldt Broncos tribute uniforms, and goalie Nolan Maier wore a matching mask, while the Swift Current Broncos added an interlocking SC to their pants (from Wade Heidt).

Basketball News: Cross-listed from the football section: Jazz players Donovan Mitchell, Royce O’Neale, and Georges Niang appeared at Utah State’s football game against Air Force. Mitchell, who has an endorsement deal with Adidas, covered the Nike logo on the jersey he was given with green tape, while the other players didn’t (from @trayallday).

Soccer News: Saturday’s NWSL championship game featured a patch of the game’s logo in the lower corner of the front of the shirt, because the places where patches would go in other sports are taken in soccer. … In Scotland, Celtic goalie Craig Gordon wore what looked to be black training shorts and socks (and tights), clearly different from the black shorts on the rest of the team. … Scottish team Rangers have worn three different variations of their second kit in the Europa League this season, with the third appearing last Thursday. Additionally, winger Ryan Kent had the colors on his sash reversed (blue is supposed to be on top) for half the game Thursday (from @bryant_rf). … There were blue-vs.-blue matchups between Cardiff City and Manchester City in the Premier League and Philadelphia and Sporting KC in MLS. … English club Lewes claims to be the only club in the world to pay its seventh-tier men’s and second-tier women’s teams equally, and has used its shirts both last season and at the beginning of this season to promote gender equality.

Grab Bag: Austrian cycling team WSA Pushbikers showed up at the road world championships in Innsbruck with a team car in the form of a gloriously unpainted — naturally, team cars are usually in team colorsvintage Mercedes.

Sunday Morning Uni Watch

By Phil Hecken and the SMUW crew

Wait. You’re running a splash photo of Oregon again? What gives?

Well, aside from yesterday’s match up with Stanford being an absolutely crushing overtime loss for the Ducks (I ended up watching the entire game), the team again has done something new. They repeated a uniform combination in the same season, a mere two weeks after wearing it the first time. I can’t remember the last time the Ducks wore the same combination twice in a season — it’s gotta be at least a decade if not longer. The team sported exactly the same mono-green set they wore in Week 2. Color me shocked.

It was a good looking game (I may be one of the few who — if a team has to wear mono-dark, actually prefers their opponents go all-white). The Ducks have worn school colors three of their first four games, and they repeated a combo. This is some new uncharted territory, kinda. The team that invented going entire SEASONS without repeating a look has broken its own playbook. I don’t know whether to be surprised, shocked, pleased or bummed. But all “good” things must come to an end, and it appears the gimmick that launched an entire league of copy-cats is, if not retired, on hiatus for this season. I thought for sure they’d have mix/matched in either yellow pants or jerseys for this game. Nope.

By the way, have I ever mentioned Oregon has really huge numbers?

Happy first full day of Fall.

Here’s TJ with your…

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

Fall. A time for crisp air. A time for festivities. A time where the incoming cooler weather, is oddly warming in its embrace… unless you’re like me, and you live in Louisiana, in which you’ll still sweat and suffer for at least another month, if not two. Nevertheless, the show must go on…

From Thursday:

• I don’t use the terms “full-Vader” and “Stormtrooper” like I did years ago anymore, but I think it’s appropriate here: Temple went all-in with the Star Wars theme. It’s almost a shame that Tulsa didn’t play along and wear white pants.

From Friday:

• Is it bad that Illinois does Syracuse better than Syracuse does Syracuse?

From Saturday:

• Several teams over the last few days were wearing the Extra Yards For Teachers decals on their helmets, which you can find more info here (h/t to Colin Hass-Hill). Also, if you look at that helmet one more time, it appears that the helmet stripe is painted on? I could be totally wrong, however.

• Notre Dame’s Golden Dome helmets (still the best lids in college football, IMO), were having some helmet color issues that were akin to the gold identity crisis that plagued the New Orleans Saints up until 2012. Rocky De La Rosa writes: “While watching the Notre Dame vs Wake Forest football game I noticed that players who are wearing the Vicis helmet for ND seem to have a brighter/deeper gold color than those with conventional shells who have more of a Vegas good color.”. Like mentioned before, it seems to be a thing mainly (if not exclusively) amongst the Vicis helmets. “Could this possibly be due to the softer shell type? May need further investigation.” All screenshots courtesy of Randall).

• Remember that somewhat-weird captain’s ‘C’ placement on Texas’s uniforms from a couple of weeks back? I managed to get a close-up picture of it during the Texas/TCU game. Interesting how it’s on a jersey-colored square, instead of just a tackle-twill ‘C’.

• Mizzou wore all-gold against Georgia, which included new gold helmets! Apparently, this is the first time the Tigers have ever worn gold helmets.

• Virginia Cavaliers 3rd string QB Brennan Armstrong wears #98.

• Iowa State wore ‘CBA’ on their helmets, sideline apparel, and most likely other areas that I’m missing in honor of Celia Barquin Arozamena, an Iowa State student and former golf champion who was murdered recently.

• Kent State wore new “FlashFast” helmets. While the asymmetrical one number on the side is played out at this point, I LOVED the massive bolt on the left side. When your team name is the Flashes, why not have a little fun?

• In a tackle attempt, Tulane Safety P.J. Hall only got a piece of Buckeyes WR Parris Campbell, if you catch my drift.

• LSU wore their seldom-seen purple tops against Louisiana Tech. For context, LSU only wears the purple jerseys for home games against non-conference opponents, with the exception of the home opener, in which they wear white, no matter what. Additionally, this is the first time since 2015 that they’ve done gold/purple/gold (October 24th, to be exact).

• Oklahoma State wore mono-grey for the first time in six years against Texas Tech. Y’know, for a team that normally looks pretty decent in grey accents, they were decent enough. I just wish that they WOULDN’T WEAR THEM AT HOME AGAINST A WHITE-JERSEY TEAM. What, did they take a page out of the Book of Memphis?

• Behind the mask: in the Alabama/Texas A&M tilt, there was a facemask call against Texas A&M that resulted in Alabama’s Damien Harris’s facemask doing… well, a picture speaks 1,000 words. Also, when life throws you lemons, you make lemonade. And when lemonade is made, you make a shirt out of that lemonade (context for those out of the loop).

• Mmm… Looks like fall football to me. Nice.

• Maryland played Minnesota over the weekend. The Terps wore #74 decals in honor of Gophers lineman Nick Connelly, who passed away earlier in the week, as did the Gophers themselves (the bright green ‘NC’ on the left). Also note the ‘JM’ on the other side of Minnesota’s helmet, which is presumably for Maryland’s own Jordan McNair.

• Oklahoma wore Thunderbird decals (although the closeup looks closer to a sticker to me) on the back of their helmets in recognition of the 45th Infantry Brigade of the Oklahoma National Guard, during their game against Army.

• Hey, more FCS coverage! Not a bad thing, even though I generally cover FBS. Colgate turns 200 this year, and wore some sweet unis for the occasion against Lafayette. Also, in the promo for these uniforms, you’ll note that the ends of the sleeve stripes come at a point, instead of just being flat. Little things ‘n’ all.

• And one more FCS nugget for you: Montana wore their copper retro-ish (I don’t know how to refer to them) alts against Sacramento State.

That’ll do it for Week 4. Happy Equinox to you all, and I’ll see you next week.

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Thanks TJ! OK, now for the rest of your SMUW.

Joe Ringham 5 & 1 Joe Ringham’s 5 & 1

Following in the footsteps of the original “5 & 1,” Jim Vilk, and Catherine Ryan after him, Joe Ringham returns for 2018 to make his “5 & 1” (five good looking and one stinker) uni-vs-uni matchups. Sometimes he’ll have some “honorable mentions” and sometimes there will be more than one “bad” game. You may agree and you may disagree — these are, after all, just opinions and everyone has one. Feel free to let him know what you think in the comments section.

Here’s Joe:

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Good Sunday, everyone! With the weather now turning a little fall-like here, that can only mean that we’re starting to get into the better looking games of the year. So, let’s get to the list for this week…

5) Georgia at Missouri — I have to admit, when I first saw this game, I had this pegged for the +1. But then, as things sometimes happen, it grew on me. Georgia always looks good on the road. But, I grew to really like the mono-gold Mizzou went with here. Actually made for quite the decent looking game.

4) Ohio at Cincinnati — Sometimes you come across games, while going through the day in college football, that catch your eye. This was one of them. Loved the Bobcats going white/white/green on the road, and it really matched up quite well against the red/black/red that the Bearcats went with.

3) South Alabama at Memphis — Another gem of a find while perusing through the games in the evening. Really like the blue/blue/grey of the Tigers at home here. Match that against the white/white/red of the Jaguars and you’ve got a fine-looking game on a Saturday night.

2) Kansas State at West Virginia — If you’ve followed my time here in this space, you know how much I love K-State’s uni’s. Simple, elegant, classic. They pair up tremendously against WVU’s blue/gold/blue look at home this week. An excellent-looking game for the eyes in Morgantown.

1) Nebraska at Michigan — Two traditional and iconic college football programs. Two classic uniforms. Easily the best looking game of the weekend according to me.

And, finally…

+1) Penn State at Illinois — Well, Illinois, you get to host a big time conference opponent for your first Friday night conference game ever (hate the Big Ten for doing the Friday night thing, by the way), and you muck up what could’ve been a decent looking game by going mono-orange. Not a good look…

Enjoy the rest of the first football Sunday of fall, and I’ll catch you all next week!

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Thanks Joe! You can follow Joe on the Twitter and let him know what you think of his choices or make a 5 & 1 suggestion of your own!

NCAA Uni Tracking

Uni Watch will again track the uniform combinations worn by the “Power 5” conferences. All of the 2017 trackers are back!

We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII), and Ethan Dimitroff (tracking the B1G AND the SEC). Rex, Dennis, and Kyle and are all returning from 2015, and Ethan is back after joining the NCAA Uni Tracking a couple seasons ago. Ethan continues his dual role of tracking both the B1G and the SEC.

Here are the Uni Trackers for the Power 5 Conferences:

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Rex is up first today (ACC):

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ACC

More Here.
Follow Rex on Twitter here.

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And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:

PAC-12

More here.
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And here is Ethan, with the SEC:

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And be sure to check out Ethan’s WVU Mountaineer Tracker.
Follow Ethan on Twitter here.

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And here is Kyle with the Big XII

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Follow Kyle on Twitter here.

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And here’s Ethan with the B1G:

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Duck Tracker

Welcome to the 2018 Oregon Ducks Uni Tracker. This little project was originally begun way back in 2008-09 by Michael Princip, who retired after several seasons, whereupon the project was continued by Tim E. O’Brien. He, too, retired from the tracking, but the project has been ably kept up by the man who also tracks the Pac12, Dennis Bolt.

Here’s this week’s Uniform Combo for the Ducks (you can click to enlarge):

You can read about this uniform, and MUCH MORE, by checking out the Duck Tracker here!

Thanks Dennis!

San Jose Sharks Release New Third Sweater

In a surprise move, and in what might otherwise be considered a ‘news dump,’ late last evening the San Jose Sharks released a new third sweater. Like Friday’s Flames release, the only photos to accompany the press kit I received show the jersey only. Grrrr (although we do get a look at it in the hype video which follows). Nevertheless, like many of the other Adidas third jerseys, this one is déjà vu all over again.

First, the corporate-speak:

The Sharks’ new stealth sweater ties the team to its home base in the heart of Silicon Valley and establishes the Sharks as a “Team of the Future.” In collaboration with adidas, the Sharks set out to create an all-new look that pays homage to NorCal, embraces the tech culture of the region, and adds to the predatory nature of the team mascot with a sleek new black-on-black look.

Fusing the future with the past, the sleeve stripes feature a digitalized circuit pattern that subtly incorporates a “SJ” pattern, while tonal shoulder patches are a throwback to the original patches worn from 1991-1997. Additional details include “This is Sharks Territory” is emblazoned across the interior neckline.

OK, let’s take a look (click any image to enlarge):

They’ll wear these a lot, on what are being called … wait for it … “Stealth Nights.”

Stealth Nights will include all regular season home games on Thursday and Friday nights as well as the Saturday, November 3 game vs. the Philadelphia Flyers. The Stealth Night schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 18 vs. Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 1 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 3 vs. Philadelphia Flyers at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 15 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 23 vs. Vancouver Canucks at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 13 vs. Dallas Stars at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 20 vs. Winnipeg Jets at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 27 vs. Anaheim Ducks at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 vs. Washington Capitals at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 1 vs. Colorado Avalanche at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 7 vs. Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 vs. Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28 vs. Chicago Blackhawks at 7:30 p.m.

Aside from the horrid corporate-speak and the ridiculous name, I have actually preferred the Sharks in their black jerseys. Of course, these were leaked earlier this year.

Here’s the hype video

Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Apologies if this has already been covered, but the Round Rock Express have a new player development contract with the Houston Astros. The team showed a graphic on Friday evening with a uni-related twist. For more on that new affiliation read here (from Steve Dodell). … Julia Morales writes on Twitter, “When the Gurriel brothers go deep TWICE on the same day.” (From Ignacio Salazar). … Tweeter Corey Buck writes, “Spotted a Super Mario Brothers jersey at a store called Boxlunch at @HoustonGalleria and the back only has pinstripes. Odd seeing two different colors of stripes on collar and sleeve.” … “This was the kid in full umpire uniform that the @masnNationals crew picked up on their broadcast during #Nats game,” says Ben Raby. “Kid was hilarious. MASN had some good fun with it. The kid mimicked every ump move. Even had a clicker. Too good”

NFL News: This is pretty cool: In the 2018 New York Football Giants media guide, they have three great pages showing their uni and logo history pages 310 through 312 (from Jason Gutierriez). … Franken-jersey alert: Ed Sheeran kicked off his two concerts at Met Life stadium this weekend wearing a half Giants/half Jets jersey (from Chris Flinn).

College/High School Football News: Mt. Hope & Coverty High schools wore “salute to service” jerseys this past weekend. Submitter Anthony Gonsalvez adds, “What was interesting was that they had the National Guard logo on the front of their jerseys. Is this the first time a high school had that type of advertisement on the jerseys itself?” … Great Old Time Photo from my pal Ron Bolton, who writes, “Madison, WI, November 17, 1923 – this might be my favorite old football photo, I love baseball animatronic scoreboards that work like ESPN GameCasts, here is one at Hill Auditorium that is for football. It’s keeping track of the Michigan-Wisconsin game won by the Wolverines 6-3.”

Hockey News: “Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season opened up on the weekend,” writes Wade Heidt. “The Shawinigan Cataractes wore their new navy blue jersey which is a special birthday outfit for the team’s 50th anniversary.” The jersey pays tribute to teams in the city before them. The sleeves feature the old Cataractes logos from the past. Here is a photo with explanation about features of the jersey (it is in French but easy to figure out). Here are the uniforms in action on Sept 21. Featuring yellow helmets and yellow socks. … The following items are all also from Wade Heidt: The Western Hockey League season opened on September 21. Here are some observations from opening night. 1) Both the Brandon Wheat Kings and Victoria Royals wore their alternate uniforms for their home opener. The Wheat Kings in yellow and the Royals in black; 2) Regina Pats last year wore their 100th anniversary logo on their pants. They have kept a logo on their pants at the same spot, replacing it with their primary logo; 3) Lethbridge Hurricanes wore special jerseys for warm-ups in honour of their forward Ryan Vandervlis, who is on the road to recovery after severe burns suffered in a campfire explosion in June; 4) In addition, the Hurricanes have new socks. The stripes now better match the sleeve stripes on the jersey. “Much better compared to the old socks,” he adds. … The Columbus Blue Jackets are going without logo decals this preseason (from Patrick Thomas). … STILL more from Wade Heidt: More major junior hockey news coinciding with start of new season. The Moncton Wildcats are in a new arena and also have some new uniforms. The Wildcats opened their season on the road with new white uniforms. In addition, the gloves and pants are now royal blue. The Wildcats had combined both royal and navy blue as trim colours in their uniforms before. “The gloves and pants had been navy blue previously. Here is the new look. Prior uniforms seen here.”

Grab Bag: Hmmmm. Another possible logo-poach alert: Bet they didn’t get the Dallas Stars permission…or maybe they did: “This logo is being used in many locations in the hallways of my old high school in New Jersey, Toms River North,” says reader Kevin Clark. … Steve Davis on Twitter: “If you are watching Schalke-Bayern right now (Weston McKennie! #USMNT) from the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen (GER), you are seeing a match on a sliding, retractable field. Sits outside; moves inside for matches. Always curious, why not more of these in US? Submitter Josh Hinton adds, “This is very cool.” … New uniforms for Polish Men’s team Onico Warsaw (from Jeremy Brahm). Also from Jeremy: the Italian Volleyball Federation has employed a cartoon artist for the men’s tournament and the detail is impressive. … After the second set of Saturday’s match against Northeastern, Towson University’s volleyball team switched from its white jerseys to blue Aces 4 Autism jerseys (from John Cannon).

Another Oakland A's Stadium Design


If you read Uni Watch during Paul’s August sabbatical (and I know you did), I was fortunate to feature my friend Mark Anderson’s concepts for a proposed Oakland A’s ballpark (if you didn’t read that — please take a few minutes to do so). Shortly after running that piece, Garrett Zubler sent an e-mail which read, in part,

I saw that you had an article about a design for a new ballpark for the Oakland Athletics. I was intrigued because I’ve been following the Athletics’ pursuit of a new stadium semi-frequently for the past two and half years or so. In order to receive my degree of Bachelor of Architecture, I needed to complete a thesis design project. My project was the design of a baseball stadium for the Oakland Athletics. Coincidentally, I had chosen the Howard Terminal site, which is the same site that Mark Anderson had used in the article on your site.

My design for the stadium sought to create a contemporary feel while also drawing inspiration from the successful elements of the retro-classic and retro-modern ballparks. In addition, my project being a year-long effort, also looked at the site design around the ballpark. In the end, I was able to find the number one selling point for building the stadium at Howard Terminal: the view. After setting the stadium into Google Earth, I was able to show that the stadium would provide a picturesque view of downtown Oakland AND the hills beyond the city.

I was intrigued and one thing led to another, which culminated in what follows. Garrett sent along some of his very detailed sketches for his proposed stadium, along with descriptions, and I also interviewed him about this project. The interview is first, and the stadium proposals follow. Please enjoy!

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Uni Watch: OK, standard question first — are you a Uni Watch follower (and if so, for how long?) and what first brought you to the blog?

Garrett Zubler: Yes, I’ve been following for a few years now. I originally found the site from the season preview for college football uniforms.

UW: How old are you and where do you live?

GZ: I’m 25 and living in Philadelphia, PA.

UW: You sound a lot like me: in addition to unis, you love stadium design. Have you been into both since childhood?

GZ: I’ve always been fascinated by football helmets and I would actually draw football uniforms as a kid. As far as stadiums go, I always enjoyed going to different ones, but found a passion for them as I became interested in architecture in high school.

UW: Your thesis for your Bachelor of Architecture was the project we’re about to see. How did you come up with this?

GZ: One of the main goals of a thesis project is to come up with a design solution to a real world problem. Being an avid baseball fan, I knew that the Athletics and Rays were in dire need of a new stadium. Having previously researched major league baseball stadiums in Philadelphia, I was aware of the Athletics’ history in Philadelphia and I chose to design a stadium for them.

UW: Where did you go to school for this and do you plan to create other stadia proposals in the future (either for fun or for your vocation)?

GZ: I graduated from Drexel University and was fortunate to have Don Jones, who worked on the design of Citizens Bank Park, as my adviser. While I would love the opportunity to design stadiums, unfortunately there are not a ton of firms that get to consistently focus on designing them. At the moment I’m studying to get my license as an architect and working for JacobsWyper Architects.

UW: Obviously it is coincidental both Mark Anderson and you chose the Howard Terminal site for the proposed new ballpark. Having never been to Oakland (or San Francisco for that matter), is this a “logical” location or what made you choose it?

GZ: When I first started the project I researched sites that the Athletics’ had been considering for the stadium. Hindsight being 20/20 I really wish I had sent a survey out to Oaklanders (I hope this is the correct term) and Athletics fans to get their opinions on the location and what they would like in a new stadium. While it cannot be overlooked that the site is currently being used by a shipping company, I think the site has too many positives for the city to allow that to stand in the way. Obviously my number one selling point was the potential view toward downtown, but further research indicated the development would help diversify the Jack London neighborhood, increase waterfront development, cleanup the existing industrial site, and could strengthen the relationship between the team and the city.

UW: Was the goal of the location access to mass transportation or is it convenient for those living in the vicinity or the picturesque view it would present, or a combination of things? Was any factor the deciding one or did each one add up to the whole?

GZ: Having been able to take public transit to Phillies games for $3.60 round trip (a couple years ago) made me question why anyone would drive to the ballpark if public transportation was convenient. If public transportation is safe, easily accessible, and cheap you don’t need a giant sea of parking around the ballpark. Upgrading the infrastructure for a new train station just outside the ballpark would be beneficial to the city, neighborhood, and stadium. It would be foolish to undertake a project of this scale without doing so. I’m going to make a number of references to the picturesque view this location offers, but honestly, its only worth it if the other necessities are taken care of as well.

UW: What would be the seating capacity for the stadium? How much room for cars (either in the parking garage/area or in nearby lots) is there and would it be just as easy to get to via mass transportation? In other words, is this something that would be driveable, but just as easy to get to in other ways?

GZ: The capacity is 42,854 seats including 84 suites. On-site garages and lots would park about 5,000 cars with additional 1,500 spaces plus street parking within a half mile of the park. However, the location is very easy to get to by other means and one of my main focuses was to maximize the ease of access to the site in ways other than by car. A new local and regional train station could be built less than 500′ away from the stadium. Being located on the bay also allows for fans to arrive by water. The San Francisco Bay ferry has an existing stop at Jack London Square and I also showed docks being constructed for fans to arrive by private boats, canoes, or even kayaks. As the stadium is less than one mile from downtown, many fans could walk to the game after work (in doing so they would walk past neighborhood bars and restaurants for dinner). I also looked at census data and I was able to find that approximately 15,000 people live within 1 mile of the stadium and this number would increase as new residential buildings are constructed around the site.

UW: Did you decide on the location first and then work from there, or did you design the ballpark and tailor it to fit into the location?

GZ: Location was the first thing to be determined – I love the fact that baseball outfields don’t have fixed dimensions and originally fields were constrained to their sites. Being a large open lot, my stadium wasn’t really constrained to any city blocks, but the site planning around the park was. I carried some of the city blocks through to the site but let them disintegrate and mesh into the ballpark in various ways; specifically having M.L.K. Jr. Way and Market St defining the east and west edges of the ballpark property. The public park to the east of ballpark was also one of the driving factors as I wanted a way to create more public green space and gradually extend Jack London Square until it led into the ballpark. This is one way that the ballpark can do more to enhance the existing neighborhood.

UW: What made you choose the exterior materials?

GZ: Great question! The base material of limestone comes in various scales, is tactile, casts varying shadows throughout the day, and can be locally sourced. The metal panel also casts shadows through a deep rib panel but provides a linear patterned surface to contrast the stone. Finally, the copper accents are a tribute to the copper-trimmed mansard roof of Shibe Park. The added benefit of using copper is that it adds color and will patina into a green for the Athletics over 5-30 years.

UW: I note both Mark’s plans and yours detail extensively activities OTHER than simply watching the game (amenities to draw in fans and give them something to do when they’re at the park). I guess this is a major concern nowadays for architects. Would everything be all WiFi and other “necessary” amenities?

GZ: This is really something that all professional teams should be concerned about as tv and streaming quality increases and attendance decreases. Die-hard fans will always go to the games, but teams should get creative in how to bring families and casual fans to the game. Not to mention, the longer fans are at the game, the more likely they are to spend additional money on things like food and beverage. I wanted to spread the activities out, starting with a wiffle ball field and beer garden outside the park this provides fans a reason to get to the game early. Inside the stadium, I put the beer garden, entertainment, and gaming area on the upper deck as it’s less crowded than the main concourse and a number of these fans may have purchased lower price tickets to hang out at the park rather than be highly focused on the game. This space also gives fans a place to spend time after the game ends until they are ready to leave.

UW: This is really fantastic. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about the stadium proposal?

GZ: A few other things to note: I was heavily influenced by City Baseball Magic by Philip Bess and would recommend it to everyone with an interest in baseball stadiums. The outfield dimensions are noticeably deep due to strong winds from the WSW direction from April through October. This could also be beneficial for how the Athletics build their roster – by acquiring fast, line-drive hitters that can rack up doubles and triples. Also, the ballpark would be a lot more beneficial to the neighborhood if it can be used throughout the year rather than just for games, which is why I fully developed the site around the stadium. For this I’ve included a public park, ground floor retail and dining around the perimeter of the ballpark that is open year-round, and adjacent housing and office space.

UW: Do you have a website, blog and/or social media presence? How can folks follow you if they wanted to?

GZ: I don’t have a social media presence for people to follow as I wouldn’t really have the free time to keep up on it. If anyone had comments on the design or wanted to reach out, they could use my email address of gmz26@drexel.edu.

UW: Awesome! OK, let’s take a look at your project (click on any images to enlarge)!

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Urban Stitches: A Major League Baseball Stadium Design for the Oakland Athletics
Thesis Project for Bachelor of Architecture Degree at Drexel University

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Downtown Proximity: One of the benefits of building the new ballpark at Jack London Square is its proximity to downtown. A stadium here would be less than one mile from downtown Oakland compared to nearly five and a half miles of the current location of the Coliseum.

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Public Transportation: One of the major concerns with building the stadium at Howard Terminal is the question of how to maximize public transportation to get fans to the game. Currently, the nearest BART Stations are over 1 mile away; however, there is an Amtrak line that runs adjacent to the site already. There is no reason to think that this line cannot be overhauled and tied into the existing BART lines to increase access to the site via train.

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South Approach: Additional transportation outside of cars could be considered by constructing docks for the San Francisco Bay Ferry, private boats, and even kayaks.

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Site Amenities: Looking at the current amenities in the area one can see that the Jack London Square neighborhood has ample restaurants and bars but has very few green spaces and entertainment options. The addition of the ballpark will add a new entertainment destination, public parks, increased retail, and residential and hotel buildings.

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Site Plan: One of the under considered aspects of a ballpark is the design of the site around the building. If the Athletics are to acquire Howard Terminal we can assume that the current users of the terminal will be relocated leaving the A’s free to fully develop the entire site.

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Center Field Approach: In addition to the ballpark there will be a new public park to the east that leads to the center field entrance of the stadium. This park is an extension of Jack London Square and will also have a waterfront portion that wraps around and is partly covered by the stadium. To the north is a retail, entertainment, and residential district that is adjacent to the new train station.

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Center Field Approach Night: At night, fans are drawn through the public park by the bright lights emanating from the stadium.

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Tailgate Area – Third Base Side: To the west side of the ballpark are office buildings, parking garages, and another public park. During the day the garages and green space can be used for the office employees while at night they are used for fans to park and as a tailgating space.

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Façade Materials: The exterior of the building is made of heavy textured stone, corrugated metal panels, and copper accents. The stone and metal panels provide texture and shadow to the building that changes appearance throughout the day. The copper pays tribute to the Athletics origins at Shibe Park, and it will also patina to a green over time. Part of the façade features large bridge-like spans of glass. There are also openings where fans inside the ballpark can interact with people outside.

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Main Concourse Plan: The main concourse completely encircles the field, allowing fans to freely roam in any direction around the field without missing a minute of action. There are also large sections of the concourse pulled away from the field for fans to get food and experience different views out of the stadium. The field dimensions are fairly deep due to the wind primarily blowing out right center field.

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Main Concourse, Home Plate: The view from behind home plate opens up in center field to allow sights of the downtown area and the hills beyond. Unlike the Coliseum where the field was shared with a football team, the foul territory here is substantially smaller. The scoreboard in left field is made entirely of LED’s.

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First Base Seats, Night: This night rendering shows how close the seats are to the field and the band of lights above the upper deck. With the use of LED’s, the number of light fixtures can be substantially reduced.

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Upper Concourse, Home Plate: Views from the upper concourse allow for a more expansive view of the downtown area and the hills beyond.

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Upper Concourse Plan: Each seating level in the stadium has different features and elements for its users. The upper concourse has places where fans can look down and interact with people on lower levels. On the south side of this concourse there is a large entertainment area with different sections. This space has a flexible, open entertainment area, small quiet dining areas, a large beer garden, and a gaming section. All of these spaces look out over the San Francisco Bay.

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Quiet Dining Space: Here fans can get away from the busy areas and relax on Adirondack chairs overlooking the Bay.

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Beer Garden Area: There are large tables as well as cluster seating for smaller groups. The shipping containers, referencing the history of the site, are fit-out and painted Athletics’ colors.

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Gaming Area: This area is adjacent to the beer garden. This is a way for the team to get fans to arrive earlier and stay later.

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Section Perspective: This view captures the different elements for the fans on various levels. Not mentioned earlier is the two story space overlooking the bay for the club and suite levels. On the ground level outside the park is a boardwalk along the water. People walking out here can be partially protected from weather by the cantilever above and they can interact with fans on the main concourse level.

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Right Field Seating Section: Fans on the main concourse level have access to a large concession area. Fans in the upper decks have the advantage of being covered by the roof above. Additionally, the seats in the last row of the upper deck are still able to see to the edge of the outfield wall below.

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Right Field Upper Deck Seating: Fans in the “cheap seats” still get a great view of the game. They are only unable to see a play that is right up against the wall.

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Site Model: To help visualize the space in 3-D, I built a site model at a scale of 1”= 80’. This helps to put the size of adjacent buildings into perspective. In this model, gray buildings are new and brown buildings are existing. Much development would be constructed around the stadium to help the community thrive.

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Section Model: This model was built at a scale of 1” = 10’ to help visualize the structure of the cantilevered portion of the building and the roof. The seating rows also help convey the scale of the building.

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Wow! Fantastic stuff Garrett. This is another proposal the Oakland A’s need to see before they finalize anything for a new home at some point down the road. OK readers…what say you?

Calgary Flames Release New Third Sweater

If past is prologue, then Adidas seems intent on making NHL teams’ new third sweaters either full throwback, or certainly retro-inspired. The new Calgary Flames third sweater, revealed yesterday, follows this trend (one of the few new uni trends in sports with which I’m 100% on board).

I’ll attempt to dispense with most of the corporate speak, but according to the Flames/Adidas

Calgary set out to create the new while honoring the past by bringing back a heritage jersey that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the team’s 1989 Stanley Cup® victory. This true-to-form retro look features a primary red base with the flaming “C” logo and gold and white accents, along with stripe detailing on the sleeves and hem.

Inspired by a version of the 1989 uniform from the team’s glory days, the fan-favorite jersey was reimagined and reengineered for the innovation and technical design of the adidas adizero Authentic jersey silhouette and will carry a significant piece of team history into the upcoming season.

Unfortunately — as is completely the trend as well these days — the team/Adidas did not provide photos of the full uniform — in fact, they only included one full jersey shot, with a couple up close versions showing some details. Fortunately, since this is basically a throwback to 1989, we know what the rest of the uni should (and likely will) look like.

Here’s the new jersey (click on any photo to enlarge):

Here’s how those original 1989 jerseys looked:

And of course — if that design looks familiar to you in a more recent era, it should. The jersey was worn first as a throwback (beginning in 2009) and then as the team’s third jersey back in 2016. So, as I’ve said before with other new third jersey unveilings: what’s old is new again.

Here’s how that third jersey (and full uni) looked in the prior Reebok template (so it will look slightly different with the new Adidas update):

Nice right?

So far, I’ve pretty much loved every “new” third jersey teams have unveiled so far!

Your thoughts?


Kreindler’s Korner

I had the distinct pleasure of featuring the wonderful artwork of artist Graig Kriendler on two occasions over the summer and fall of 2017, and more recently, in August of 2018.

For those who don’t wish to click the links, Graig paints baseball heroes (and regular guys) from the past, and is an immense talent.

Occasionally, I will be featuring his work on Uni Watch.

Here’s today’s offering (click to enlarge):

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Title: “Sandy’s No-No”
Subject: Sandy Koufax, 1964
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 24″ x 33″

This was a tough painting to pull off. With the background element of the lit scoreboard, I knew that most of the contrast had to come from those lit numbers, which because of that difference in value, was where the viewer’s eyes were going to go first. In this case, that was fine, though I couldn’t have them dwell TOO long there, as I still wanted Sandy to be the focal point. The best thing I could do to facilitate that was to make sure my edge control was just right. Each number had to stay on the softer side, with very few – if any – hard edges. And most of the nuance would go to Koufax and that mound he was on.

I had a good guide, as the photo the painting was based on (by the master, Walter Iooss) had some of that work done for me. Even though I changed elements of the scoreboard itself (making the scene from a later inning and including final scores from out-of-town games), it retained a lot of the original characteristics found as a result of his lens. But when these images enter the realm of color via paint, it can – and should – change some of those dynamics. I was able to separate Sandy from the background even more with the surface texture I could develop with the medium (while keeping the scoreboard flat and smooth by comparison), in addition to making him more three-dimensional with the manipulation of his edges. It also didn’t hurt that he was the most recognizable human element of the piece, as we are often drawn to that detail above others if one is presented in an image.

However, there was also a bit of an issue with the player in the background. This is one of those situations where if I had to do something over or make a change, I would have done so. I placed center fielder Willie Davis in the picture, which in itself was the right way to be, but I believe he’s probably a bit too big. Reason being, I made him that size as it would have been a bit more true to how we would see him with the naked eye, rather than how compressed he becomes because of the camera. Though as a result, and because we don’t see Dick Tracewski in frame, most viewers might assume that I mistakingly depicted a left-handed second baseman. I often have to explain that when I post the painting on social media, but even then, shouldn’t have made the decision that required me to do so.

A tough painting to pull off, indeed.

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Thanks, Graig! You can (and should!) follow Graig on Twitter.

The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: The Cardinals wore hockey-themed BP jerseys to celebrate the impending start of the NHL season (thanks, Brinke). … The Rockies’ Twitter account made a delicious typo (from @YAMANSDOOD).

NFL News: Apparently the Browns’s color rash unis featured the old Browns wordmark (from Chris J. Spisak). … The Falcons released their black jersey schedule yesterday (thanks, Phil). … The Panthers are going all white (thanks again, Phil). … The Packers have recreated one of Vince Lombardi’s famous jackets, complete with minimalist chain-stitching (from @MilesCliatt).

College/High School Football News: Here’s an awesome — but brief — video of the grounds crew at Neyland Stadium putting down their famous orange-and-white checkerboard end zones (many thanks to Moe Khan). … The Sooners will wear a Thunderbird helmet decal during the game against Army to honor the Oklahoma National Guard (from @PaytonGlen). … Utah State is going all white today (from @akaggie). … Houston will go white-red-red today (from Ignacio Salazar). … Rice is going blue-white-white today (from Bronson Black). … Kentucky are wearing blue lids today (from Drew O’Neal). … The following are all from Phil: Orange-white-blue for the Gators. … Blue-red-white for Ole Miss. … West Virginia will go blue-gold-blue against K-State (thanks, Phil). … TAMU is going with white jerseys today, and that’s all you can get out of this teaser video. … ‘Cuse is going blue-orange-blue with a special camo helmet logo. … “Superintendent of Willoughby-Eastlake Schools in Ohio rocking a split jersey for the annual game between North HS and South HS, both High Schools in the same district” says @JThrock45.

Hockey News: Coyotes goalie Antti Rantaa’s new pads may be the greatest in the history of organized hockey (from Tyson Tomao). … No design yet, but the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals — still feels weird to type that — will have a third jersey (thanks, Phil). … Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy wore a fleece pullover with the Bruins 1975-1994 logo during a press conference. Perhaps a hint as to the Bruins’s as-yet unreleased third jersey (from @WeberKing).

NBA News: So we have jersey schedules in football. And now, the Jazz bring jersey schedules to basketball (thanks, Phil). … One of the last teams that hasn’t gotten the Mr. Yuk treatment is now exploring ad patches (thanks again, Phil). … Also posted in the soccer section: The Junior Basketball League (aka the Ball family’s personal basketball league) has Team USA uniforms for their international tour, and they look very similar to US Soccer’s crest (from Nate Olivarez-Giles).

Soccer News: AEK Athens wore the logo of UEFA’s anti-racism campaign heat-pressed over their typical advertisement, a betting company. The match was against Ajax in Amsterdam, and the Netherlands does not allow betting advertisements on unis (from Josh Hinton). … Uruguayan club Peñarol inexplicably released a 127th-anniversary kit (thanks, Jamie). … Cross-posted from the basketball section: The Junior Basketball League (aka the Ball Family’s personal basketball league) has Team USA uniforms for their international tour, and they look very similar to US Soccer’s crest (from Nate Olivarez-Giles). … The soccer world has seen a bunch of crazy and bad shirt advertisers, but this is the first time I’m seeing a primary ad for something as benign as mops. That’s the 1995-96 AS Cittadella kit (from Lucan Denfield).

Grab Bag: St. Louis’s Laumeier Sculpture Park is hosting an absolutely amazing neon sign exhibit (from @matthewkd1982). … The National Lacrosse League’s Vancouver Stealth are rebranding as the Vancouver Warriors (from Zeke Perez Jr.).

The Story Behind Inter Miami’s Crest

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I rarely write about soccer, because I know so little about the sport. But I have a really fun new soccer-centric piece up on ESPN — it’s a look an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the crest for David Beckham’s new MLS franchise, Inter Miami, with lots of developmental sketches (see above) and inside info. It was really fun to work on, and it even has some quotes from Beckham (although I didn’t get to interview him directly — had to deal with an intermediary, grrrr). Check it out here.

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Living up to their name: The Browns’ mono-brown Color Rash uniforms finally made their on-field debut for last night’s game against the Jets and looked about how you’d expect. Can’t say I’m a fan, although at least they don’t have the big honking wordmark on the pants.

I am a fan, however, of the Browns’ new striped end zones — although I’d be a much bigger fan if the old Browns script weren’t bleeding through the stripes (click to enlarge):’

Speaking of stripes, the stadium’s sideline fans have a Browns helmet design theme — even for the visiting bench:

In that same game, several people noticed that Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s captaincy patch had two stars. The stars are supposed to represent how many years the player has been a captain for his current team, and this is Taylor’s first year with the Browns, so there’s no way he should have two stars. And yet:

I did some quick photo research and discovered that Taylor had two gold stars — which, again, doesn’t make sense — for last Sunday’s game against the Saints, but none of us noticed (for all of these pics, you can click to enlarge):

But Taylor had only one gold star for the Browns’ season opener against the Steelers:

Taylor isn’t the only NFL quarterback with captaincy patch issues. Reader Clifford Baxter notes that Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford, who’s in his first season with Arizona, had three gold stars last Sunday:

But for the Cardinals’ season opener against Washington a week earlier, Bradford had only one gold star:

Just to compare some recent examples, when Peyton Manning moved from the Colts to the Broncos in 2012, he went back to wearing one gold star. Ditto for Brett Favre when he joined the Jets and Vikings. That’s how it’s supposed to work.

Speaking of the Vikings, quarterback Kirk Cousins joined their roster this year. Sure enough, just one star. Well done, Vikes.

(My thanks to Billy King for the end zone shot and Kenny Kaplan for the sideline fans shot.)

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Early uni ad: The excellent Threads of Our Game site, which documents pre-1900 baseball uniforms, recently came up with an interesting example of ads on unis. It seems that in 1894, the Milwaukee team in the Western League — that was a short-lived minor league — wore blue ribbons on their road uniforms as a nod to Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, which of course was brewed in Milwaukee. At the time, PBR’s packaging featuring actual blue ribbons on the bottles, so the ribbons on the uniforms were a very literal evocation of the product.

So far, there are no photos of this uniform, but Threads of Our Game historian Craig Brown has turned up several written descriptions of the ribbon-clad unis and used them to create the mockup shown at right. Brown’s research also turned up an 1894 article with this passage:

The team is backed by a brewery, and its players are advertising the same on their uniforms. There have been advertisements on jockey’s jackets at Latonia [a local horse racing track], but never before on a ball-player’s back.

That indicates that there may have been a rear-jersey ad in addition to the blue ribbons, and also suggests that uni ads were unheard of up until that time.

Fascinating stuff. For additional info, check out Brown’s full report.

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Last call: Today’s the final day to get your entries in for my Jets-redesign contest. As usual, the best entries will be featured in one of my upcoming ESPN columns. Full details here.

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Naming Wrongs update: We had previously done some Riverfront Stadium shirts in Reds colors. But with the NFL season underway, we had some requests for Bengals-colored versions. They’re now available in black with white lettering, black with orange lettering, and orange:

These designs are now available in the Naming Wrongs shop. They’re also cross-listed in the Uni Watch shop, where card-carrying members can get 15% off. (If you’re a member and need the discount code, send me a note and I’ll hook you up.) My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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Bat giveaway: One of our steady advertisers, the Pillbox Bat Co., is raffling off one of their “Join or Die” bats (the barrel of which is shown above). Full details here.

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The Ticker
By Brinke Guthrie, pinch-Tickng today

Baseball News: No polo pony here, but that is indeed designer Ralph Lauren wearing a Yankees cap with his signature on the bill. Looks like the cap is using the jersey version of the “NY” (from @GuffMichael). … The Round Rock express are now affiliated with the Astros and have new logos and uniforms. … When the Twins used to play at the Met, the grounds crew would chalk up the visiting team’s logo on the fungo circle (from Chris Hickey).

NFL News: Reader Alan Topolski was in a Los Angeles Ralph’s supermarket and took note of the store’s Rams balloon display. “They had a display of Rams helmet foil balloons. I was surprised that they were using the outdated style that they stopped wearing during the 2016 season.” … Jason Brooks created a set of Eagles concepts. …A Browns fan came up with a new NOB for a Browns jersey after last weekend’s kicking woes. … The NFL is closing its NFL Experience store/exhibit on Times Square. Paul had written about it earlier this year. …@IHSAState wants to know if there’s a cooler football helmet anywhere than this one for the Fisher (Ill.) HS Bunnies. … Deadspin published a piece on how the NFL uniform code “needs to be destroyed” (from Eric Bangeman). …The Bengals are wearing their home black over white when they visit the Panthers this Sunday (from Joshua Hinton).

College Football News: Syracuse will retire Joe Morris’s No. 47 on Saturday (from Phil). … Virginia Tech will wear white/orange/white at Old Dominion this Saturday (from Andrew Consentino). …Clemson to wear white jerseys at Georgia Tech for the first time since 2007 (from Benji B). … Hard to believe, but the University of Oregon is cutting back on uni combos (paywalled, from Jason Hillyer). … Oklahoma will wear a “thunderbird” decal on their helmets this Saturday vs. Army, and Tennessee will go orange over white against Florida (from Phil). … The Force is clearly with Temple University (from Phil).

Hockey News: The Sabres tweeted “there’s a story behind every (goalie) mask.” …Chris Creamer has a history of the NHL All-Star Game logos following the 2019 ASG reveal for San Jose. …The Shawinigan Cataractes (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) will wear these throwback jerseys for Oct. 7 and 13 home games (from @PThomas19). …The AHL San Antonio Rampage will use this logo for their first-ever “Dia De Los Muertos” game. The team will be known as “Los Chimuelos De San Antonio” (from @StrosBros1).

Basketball News: Virginia Commonwealth University showed off its new home whites (from Tommy Turner). …Nike has released the new Air Jordan XXIII.

Soccer News: Jimmy Lonetti says, “Minneapolis City SC of the NPSL has created an alternate logo that honors the Minnesota Kicks of the old NASL”.

Grab Bag: Roger Federer is using a new red version of his Wilson signature racket for this weekend’s Laver Cup in Chicago. … If red’s not your color, Head has released a yellow 25th-anniversary edition of the Andre Agassi Radical rackuet design. … Naomi Osaka, who won the women’s title at the U.S. Open, has scored a huge payday from Adidas. … How tech times have changed: Teams and leagues used to send Uni Watch confidante/logo designer Todd Radom info on floppy discs! . … An Italian clothing company is selling battered-looking sneakers that are intentionally distressed and critics say they are “mocking poverty”. They also cost, er, $530 (from Jason Hilyer). …”Hank Steinbrenner bought into Indycar’s Harding Racing, to form Harding Steinbrenner Racing. His son George IV races for Indy Lights. The kicker, next year we’ll see Yankee pinstripes on an Indycar,” says Tyler Scott

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Happy birthday to DIY genius Wafflebored, who turns 50 today. Have a good one, buddy. By coincidence, today is also my half-birthday, so Wafflebored and I are both equinox babies. The 21st is a very good day on which to be born!