Monday Morning Uni Watch

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End of an era yesterday in Oakland, as the Chief and Raiders played what is likely to be the final NFL game to take place across an MLB infield. The Raiders’ next game in Oakland is in November (their Week Five “home game” against the Bears is in London), so their home schedule will not overlap with the A’s, even if the A’s go all the way to the seventh game of this year’s World Series.

I understand that players hate playing on baseball infields (the dirt surface is reportedly miserable), but I grew up watching NFL games on baseball diamonds, so I feel a little bit sad to see this phenomenon drawing to a close. Lots of additional photos here and here.

In other news from around the league yesterday:

• Surprising move yesterday in Green Bay, as several Packers wore captaincy patches — something they’ve previously done only in postseason games. It appears that new head coach Matt LaFleur has a different approach to this aspect of the game than his predecessor, Mike McCarthy, did.

• Speaking of the Packers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers wore a play-calling wristband. According to this article, it was the first time in his career that he wore this accessory:

• The Dolphins wore their beautiful white throwbacks:

• The Bengals went mono-black:

• The Ravens waited until their regular season home opener to bring back their old midfield logo (they had been using their helmet logo):

• Six teams wore white at home: the aforementioned Dolphins, plus the Rams, Ravens, Texans, Titans, and Washington.


Meanwhile, I’ve once again provided my picks for the week’s best- and worst-looking games over at Sports Illustrated. You can check that out here.

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ITEM! Free salty snack-themed cornhole set: Probably the strangest freebie I’ve ever received here at Uni Watch HQ showed up a few days ago, as the folks at Frito-Lay (whose official corporate name includes a hyphen, although their logo, as you can see above, does not — odd) sent me a cornhole set, complete with two boards and six bags that look like sacks of Fritos, Cheetos, and Tostitos.

Realistically, I have no use for this — no backyard, no front yard, no alleyway — so I’m going to give it away, but with a catch: If you want it, you have to come pick it up in person. It’s big (26″ x 50″ x 9″) and heavy:

You want? First person to claim it can have it, but you have to come pick it up sometime this week. Check that — already claimed! Thanks.

(Full disclosure: The cornhole set also came with several bags of chips. I’m keeping those!)

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Cap update/reminder: I thought it would be good to show our two Uni Watch cap offerings side by side — two different designs, different fabrics, different price points. That’s our Classic Cap on the left (wool, fitted or strapback, $42.99) and our new Gold Circle Cap on the right (cotton, strapback, $24.99).

Yes, they also have two different shades of green. That’s because we don’t move enough units to get a custom shade, so we have to use stock colors. (Personally, I like both of these shades of green, so I don’t mind the inconsistency.) Similarly, the cotton cap wasn’t available with a gold squatchee, but I’m fine with that too.

Anyway: The Classic Cap is available here, and the Gold Circle Cap is available here. My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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Wrong number: Got off the subway yesterday at a stop I don’t normally use and was greeted by this quartet of derelict pay phones. I love how all four are different: One has a piece of the receiver; one has the cord but no receiver; one has no cord; and one has no phone. A variety pack!

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: This Twitter thread has MLB’s Joe Torre saying that the Yankees and Mets won’t be allowed to wear New York first-responder caps on Sept. 11 in the future because the league doesn’t want to determine “which tragedies qualify for special hats.” He did confirm they could wear patches, though (from @Zanerzas). … Before you criticize MLB for that, a Brooklyn city councilman has already beaten you to it after the Mets weren’t allowed to wear the hats last week (from @_Swift23). … Reader Mike Rosenberg is getting married in November, so he and his fiancée got yarmulkes with squatchees.

Football News: The Rams’ and Chargers’ new stadium already has a naming-rights advertiser (from @Cdud1970). … Syracuse retired the No. 72 jersey of LB Tim Green this weekend. Syracuse seems to distinguish between retiring jerseys and numbers, of which this was the former, meaning the number remains in circulation (from Jakob Fox). … The team of the day yesterday for Blaise D’Sylva‘s daily helmet collections happened to be Syracuse. … You can see Wade Heidt‘s Canadian college uni tracking in yesterday’s comments. … You know how QBs wear red “no contact” jerseys during practices? Back in the 1960s, Chargers coach Sid Gillman had his QBs wear red crosses.

Hockey News: Some items from the start of Canada’s Junior A season from Wade Heidt: The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Yorkton Terriers have new uniforms that are dark grey when team colors are black and orange. … The Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Calgary Canucks, whose new uniforms we had in the Ticker recently, still have royal blue helmets, even though they switched to navy blue jerseys and pants. … There was also a color-vs.-color game between the British Columbia Hockey League’s Trail Smoke Eaters (orange) and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (black). … The BCHL champions, the Prince George Spruce Kings, also got championship rings. … New mask design for Islanders G Semyon Varlamov (from John Muir).

Basketball News: New uniforms for Washington’s women’s team, together with the men’s team, which we mentioned last week.

Soccer News: The women’s team at German club 1. FC Köln wore blue wristbands on Friday for gender equality and in memory of Iran’s Blue Girl, who died after self-immolating last week in protest at a prison sentence received for violating Iran’s ban on women attending soccer matches. … AS Roma’s women’s team also wore blue armbands during warm-ups. … Blue Girl’s favorite team, Esteghlal, wore warm-up shirts in memory of her. … Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers commemorated the 130th anniversary of their stadium, Molineux, on their shirts. The stadium’s first game was on Sept. 7, 1889 (from Josh Hinton). … D.C. United midfielder Ulises Segura wore a No. 32 NNOB blood shirt, instead of his No. 8, for about half the first half yesterday, but got a new shirt at halftime. … My brother Nate Rathjen says a source at USL Championship team Loudoun United told him that the team won’t wear their shirt from the league’s new collection of city-themed shirts this season, but perhaps in the first game of next season. Loudoun’s shirt is miles better than most of the others we’ve seen, but to use D.C.’s flag, instead of the flag of Loudoun County, Va., as a base doesn’t make much sense and is a massive missed opportunity. … Chelsea has worn four different goalkeeper kits in six games so far this season — “and that will be five in seven games this Tuesday,” says Denis Hurley.

Grab Bag: The Seattle Times interviewed Paul about the city’s sports uniforms. They’re also doing a Seattle uniforms bracket contest, including Washington State, which is most definitely not a Seattle school, though the paper writes about them. Meanwhle, they left out, among others, the NWSL’s Reign FC, which I find unacceptable, especially because Reign FC were mentioned in passing and weren’t just overlooked. … Walt Whitman HS in Bethesda, Md., has a lot of different logos going on (from Andrew Hoenig). … NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer made the space above the driver’s window usually that usually reserved for the driver’s name into a memorial for his grandmother (from James Gilbert). … A photo from earlier this year of Australian rules footballer Tayla Harris that went viral online and then became the basis for one of the logos for AFL Women’s is now the basis for a new statue. … Not sports-related, but interesting: the Massachusetts Turnpike, which is the portion of Interstate 90 in the state, has two different logo variations and a throwback logo (from David Sperino and John Costello).

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What Paul did last night yesterday afternoon: The only thing I miss about the old Uni Watch HQ is that I no longer have a backyard where I can grill. I’ve been going through grilling withdrawal this year, so yesterday I decided to haul a bunch of charcoal, beer, and grillables to Prospect Park, where they recently installed a set of public-use grills near the entrance closest to our house.

Marinated some chicken, invited a bunch of friends, spread out a few blankets for picnicking — perfect. Felt so good to be grilling again!

Sure beat the hell out of sitting on the sofa watching football. However you spent your Sunday, I hope it was just as good!

Sunday Morning Uni Watch

By Phil Hecken, with the SMUW Crew

There didn’t seem to be too much really good Uni Watching in the NCAA yesterday, as in week three teams don’t typically bust out crazy new uniforms, for some reason. This year was no exception. Oh sure, we had a bunch of new unis and a lot of new helmets (or at least new detailing on the helmets), but nothing, ya know, too ridiculous.

One outfit worn yesterday wasn’t even new — LSU’s return to white hats and britches. This was the fifth time that combo has been worn, and the team is 4-1 wearing them, so clearly they don’t have a negative affect on the W-L.

It’s a weird thing, this uni. I can’t really decide if I like it or not. I mean, it’s a nice enough uni — I love it when helmets match pants, but for the rare times that LSU wears purple jerseys, I kinda wish they’d wear gold helmets and pants, as that’s always been a great look.

As far as alternates go, this is a much better look than the color shifting purple hats the team wore last year. Maybe I was just off-put a bit by LSU’s opposition (who gave them a bit of a scare in the first half) also wearing white helmets & pants creating a sea of white.

Anyway, we’ve got a big post today — including a sub-lede below on the New York Jets BFBS unis (which they’ll debut on Monday Night Football tomorrow), so I’ll let TJ take it from here.

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

Not gonna lie, I wasn’t too happy with how Week 2’s piece came out, but let’s make up for that with everything I could find for Week 3.

From Friday:

• It was a black-and-white affair between Wake Forest and North Carolina, and not a bad-looking one at that. I still can’t get around how… PLAIN those numbers are for the Demon Deacons. Like chicken with only –and barely any– salt and pepper.

• Oh boy, Houston… we need to talk. If you’re gonna wear BFBS, can you at least coordinate? Like, a black helmet with a red logo would’ve looked 2,456 quillion times better. Granted, it’d be nowhere near as good as wearing a proper red jersey/white pants combo, but here we are. Or at least wear white pants if you must keep the white helmet. ThisDOESN’T WORK.

From Saturday:

• Utah wore their awesome State outline helmets against Idaho State. Those pants are still a tragedy, however. Also, while hunting for pictures of this game, I found this thumbnail (for one of those fake “WATCH FREE SPORTSBALL LIVE LINK IN THE DESCRIPTION!!!1!!11!!!” videos on YouTube that people upload on gameday). There is A LOT to unpack here. We’re just gonna move on because… WOW.

• Arizona State looked pretty decent against Michigan State.

• Cincinnati wore their retro uniforms against Miami (OH), and there’s something that I wanted to point out (I may have already pointed it out a long time ago, but I don’t remember, so just in case): Under Armour uses a specific block font for their numbers, and it borders on Athletic Block levels of unattractive. Just about every UA-outfitted school that uses a block font (and nothing custom) wears them, with some exceptions, such as Notre Dame (although they did wear the “UA-block” numbers when they first switched from adidas back in 2014). It’s simply not a good block number treatment, and UA can’t come up with something better soon enough. Other than that, Cincy looked alright. Not my favorite look, but it’s passable. Also, something we haven’t seen from the Bearcats until yesterday: a 150 patch!

• I loved Minnesota’s helmets from their matchup against Georgia Southern. The Gophers wore Goldy on the helmets for the first time since 2017. Also, note the stripped-down NFL-style captaincy patch in this pic. Speaking of captaincy marks, Georgia Southern’s treatment looks like it was drawn on with a Sharpie from afar (h/t/ @VictoryCB). Minnesota’s killing it with the helmets this year.

• As is Oklahoma State! Here’s a closer look, as well as a look of the BOONE memorial decal for T. Boone Pickens.

• Speaking of helmet firsts since 2017: Virginia Tech broke out the orange helmets against Furman.

• From one Tech to the next: Georgia Tech wore their gold jerseys against The Citadel (which oddly enough, is a different template from their standard unis). Also, I don’t know if I missed something, but does anyone know the significance of the crown-looking decal on the back of the helmets? As an aside, if you look at that last photo, you’ll notice a #90 in a heart on the nape of the neck of the jersey. That’s in memory of GT defensive lineman Brandon Adams, who passed away earlier this year. Here’s another photo of the heart 90 on the back of a helmet.

• West Virginia seems to be working extra-hard to get on my good side this season, and it’s working.

• Alabama only won by 24 against South Carolina, and as such, wasn’t as lopsided as we’re use to seeing with Bama vs. Whomever, but this nose bumper helped to make up the difference (h/t @GriffinTSmith).

• East Carolina’s helmets paired with their purple pants had about the same effect as mixing two different blue components from two different blue suits, and the results being nothing short of… well, yeah. The photos don’t do it justice, but the results were not great.

• Ole Miss wore their light blue helmets (which are some of my favorite helmets in college football) against Southeastern.

• Miami (FL) did a fantastic job on the endzones this week (photo cred to Rich F., who writes: “New end zone for the Hurricanes. I assume it will work for the dolphins, too”)

• I don’t remember if I mentioned this already in Week 1, but we have another member of the no-150 group of… teams that aren’t wearing the 150th patch for college football??? (I really gotta come up with a name here): USC.

• Speaking of which, Air Force has one of the few color-matched 150 patches in college football.

• Syracuse Offensive Lineman Dakota Davis lost the ‘S’ on his collar (h/t Kyle Good).

• From Joshua Hinton: “Lynn Bowden has changed back into the number 1 jersey. He was previously wearing the number 3 jersey in support of Terry Wilson.”

That about does it for Week 3. Next week is when THE REAL FUN BEGINS, and conference play starts to heat up. I noted some helmets above, but if you need more (or saw a helmet that I didn’t cover), you know who to call. Hope everyone has a great day, and I’ll see you next week!

Joe Ringham 5 & 1 Memal’s 5 & 1

Following in the footsteps of the original “5 & 1,” Jim Vilk, Catherine Ryan after him, and finally Joe Ringham, for 2019 we have a new “5 & 1” (five good looking and one stinker) uni-vs-uni matchups — Michael “Memal” Malinowski. Like Joe, Catherine & Jim, Memal will pick HIS 5 best looking/1 awful matchup, and occasionally have some honorable mentions (both good and bad). 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 Memal

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I’ve discovered in my three weeks of doing this piece that finding photos of games that start after 4PM eastern time is either boom or bust! I wanted to include Oklahoma and UCLA in the piece this week, but I struggled to find more than one photo with both teams in it to feature in this segment, which isn’t enough, so they’ll just have to suffer for an unofficial 6th place. The top 5 looking games this week then are:


5. Florida @ Kentucky

I’m a fan of Florida’s orange pants, and against Kentucky’s complete blue uni set and background of blue provided by the Wildcat’s fans the Gator’s orange helmets and pants really burst!


4. Clemson @ Syracuse

Are you a fan of the color orange? Than this was the game for you this weekend! Syracuse brought back the uniform template they never should have strayed from and between their blue jerseys and Clemson’s white pants there was enough contrast to keep this from looking like an intersquad scrimmage.


3. TCU @ Purdue

It was a spy vs spy matchup in West Lafayette as TCU went full stormtrooper against Purdue’s all blackset. Between Purdue’s helmet featuring a railroad pattern stripe and the shoulder pattern on TCU’s uniforms there were some very nice details in this matchup!


2. Pitt at Penn State

Our first look at Pitt’s new away threads came at Beaver Stadium where the home team wore their traditional white/blue/white combination. I hope all of you who care about this matchup soaked it up for all it’s worth, for who knows when we’ll see these two well dressed in-state rivals meet again.


1. Georgia Southern @ Minnesota

For those who love great looking helmets, this was the matchup of the weekend! Not only did you have Georgia Southern rock their helmet numbers in their traditional looking blue/white/white combo, but Minnesota wore their maroon/maroon/gold set and sported two different decals on either side of their helmets! A great game on top of being a great looking game earns you the top spot this week!


And because somebody has to be the sacrificial lamb…

@1 Washington State vs Houston

Ummm, who are these teams? The only standard team colors present in this match up are the jersey numbers, so if you were just flipping through the channels you would have to find the score bug to know who was playing. Aren’t teams concerned about branding anymore?

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Thanks Memal! You can follow Memal 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 2018 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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More Here.
Follow Rex on Twitter here.
And (new for 2019!) — check out Rex’ &1/favorite ACC matchup and Rex Weekly Update.

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


More here.
Follow Dennis on Twitter here.

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And here is Ethan, with the SEC:


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:


Follow Kyle on Twitter here.

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And here’s Ethan with the B1G:


Duck Tracker

Welcome to the 2019 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!

Jets To Go BFBS on MNF

Don’t adjust your tv’s tomorrow night — the J-E-T-S JetsJetsJets will be breaking out their BFBS uniforms. Most of us consider them BFBS anyway — but this isn’t necessarily so, as reader Dylan Nir (a lifelong Jets fan) explains below. Please give this a read — it’s really well done. Thanks!

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The Jets Black Jerseys are More than BFBS — They are Quintessentially Jets
By Dylan Nir

Tomorrow, on Monday Night Football, the Jets are going to wear black uniforms for the first time in their sixty-year history. BFBS jerseys (black for black’s sake, for the uninitiated), rightfully catch a lot of flak. Paul did a pretty good job of capturing that in his 2017 article, so I won’t harp on his old points, but as the Cardinals, Lions, and especially the 49ers can attest, it doesn’t tend to work in the NFL. Gratuitously adding black almost always reads as a cheap marketing scheme to sell more shirts, and damages teams’ histories more than it enhances it.

Many will lump the Jets’ new 2019 black unis in with the others (Paul included), but as a life-long Jets fan, it doesn’t feel that way. These jerseys, though marketed embarrassingly as “Stealth Black,” are not BFBS. They aren’t a ploy to attract younger fans with what a stuffy marketing team thinks is a trendy, cool look. Rather, these uniforms are quintessentially Jets.

The Jets Have Had Black Before

It’s worth noting that this is not the first time the Jets have had black in their uniforms. Starting in 1990, the Jets added black trim to their “Sack Exchange”-era Kelly green and white uniforms. The touches, though not overbearing, were far from subtle. Head Coach Bruce Coslet, the “driving force behind introducing black elements to the uniform,” wanted them, “from top to toe.” The black trim and facemasks gave a hardened look to the classic uniforms.

Black played an even bigger role in some of the coaching staff’s attire. Bruce obviously sported the color, but other 90s Jets coaches Pete Carroll, Rich Kotite, and Bill Parcells all followed suit.

Black Didn’t Just Stop When the Jets Changed Jerseys

Though the jets switched back to a classic green and white look in 1998, the early 2000s saw an explosion of black Jets gear in the fan marketplace. As a kid growing up in New Jersey, black Curtis Martin and Chad Pennington Reebok jerseys were everywhere. A few years later, they got a touch-up somewhat akin to the black unis the Jets are going with now. Every time I make a trip to the Meadowlands on gameday, I still see one or two of these around. Youth teams calling themselves the Jets integrated black in their jerseys, including current Jet Ty Montgomery’s team.

Winter coats, hats, and all other types of Jets merchandise came in and heavily featured black. Though the team was no longer sporting it on the field, in the tri-state area, black had become a legitimate third team color.

Black and New York

But black doesn’t just have an important place in Jets history. It has a deeper meaning for fans in New York. The Jets cheesy marketing around “Gotham” misses the mark. But for fans of the “other,” often overlooked New York teams, the significance is clear.

Think the early 2000s Mets. Their black alternate jerseys are iconic [NO THEY’RE NOT — PH], and captured some of the team’s signature moments of the era, especially their 2000 World Series run. The Yankees would never be caught dead wearing black (I choose to forget this year’s Players Weekend ever happened) let alone wear an alternate in the World Series. The storied history of the New York Knicks, with their bright blue and orange colors, is countered how? By the Nets, coming into Brooklyn with Jay Z and black uniforms. Their modern black look is a statement, and one of the growing brands of the NBA. Even the Islanders, ever overlooked in favor of Madison Square Garden’s Rangers, unveiled black uniforms in 2011, and a better-looking set in 2015 that highlighted their connection with the Nets.

In the context of New York sports, black jerseys show grit. They show resistance to the more established teams and cultural norms. They give a meaningful addition of revolutionary spirit to the under-appreciated, “secondary” teams’ cultures – teams seemingly always fighting for their legitimacy. The Jets, with three fewer rings than their stadium-mates the Giants (who would also never be seen in black uniforms) encapsulate this chip-on-the-shoulder mentality.

For other cities (save for maybe Los Angeles), this identity doesn’t make sense in quite the same way. That’s why other NFL (and other major sports) teams’ experiments with black have seemed disingenuous – and failed. But for the Jets, it makes perfect sense. Their black jerseys don’t just take a place in NFL uniform history – they are staking their claim in New York history.

The BFBS trend in the NFL seems to be dying down – and good riddance. Teams like the Lions and 49ers have given up on black. Recent uni changes for the Browns and Titans have avoided the color – even minor black elements. So are the Jets clinging on to a nearly dead fad? Nope. They are making a statement in line with the team’s history, culture, fans, and city. And I for one, will be excitedly sporting my black jersey tonight.

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Thanks, Dylan. While I don’t necessarily agree with you, you’ve made excellent observations and points! I’m sure some are going to look at the new Jets uniforms (coughJayBraimancough) in a new way. OK, Jay won’t but maybe others will!

Ethan Dimitroff, Field & Helmet Designer

You guys know Ethan from his B1G and SEC tracking, and I’ve featured him on UW a few times showing off his uniform designs and concepts. But he’s also a designer IRL –you may recall this article about him designing a helmet for his alma mater!

When Ethan sent me his tracking yesterday, he included this:

“I’ve also included my high school alma mater’s new football field turf which I designed. They played their first game on the turf last night with a big win. They just finished installing the turf on Thursday. I didn’t know if you wanted to feature that too.”

How cool is that. His alma mater is Riverside High School in Quincy, West Virginia.

Here’s the field he designed:

And the helmet?

Same school that I did the helmet decals in your last article about me. We added a custom center stripe right before the season started. The midfield logo which I designed is also used for award decals on the helmet. As you can see on #52.

Great stuff, Easy E!

Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: From our Pacific rim correspondent Jeremy Brahm, Taiwan’s Eleven Sports did another throwback broadcast on the Brothers vs Uni-Lions game. They even brought back the old home run animation as well. … Oh. My. God. Seriously, Oh. My. God (from Terry Mark). … The San Francisco Giants became Los Gigantes de San Francisco last night (thanks, Brinke). … You’ve always wanted to see the starting lineup for the Astros sitting on a rocket in the Astrodome right? (from Old Time Hardball).

NFL/CFL News: From thnom comes this interesting video covering all the NFL team names, “How EVERY Team Got Its Name & Identity!” … Tom Brady put powder and towels down his centers’ pants to avoid wet, sweaty footballs, says former player (thanks, Brinke). … Our CFL guy, Wade Heidt, “noticed something interesting from the Ottawa at BC CFL game on Friday night. BC Lions DB Garry Peters was wearing Clemson gloves. Must be his old college gloves as Peters played his college football at Clemson.” … Because everyone has a ranking: here’s another NFL uni ranking article (from Ricky Adams). … The Rams will be wearing white jerseys and pants today, which means their opponents, the Saints, will be wearing black jerseys. The good news is the Saints will wear their gold pants. … This is pretty cool. Jerry Wolper writes, “Mot that I ever gave it a great deal of thought, but I didn’t realize the [Pittsburgh Steelers] logo got filled in freehand.”

College Football News: Check out these very cool Syracuse throwback items n display for their celebration of 150 years of tradition (from Michael MPH). … The amazing Blaise D’Sylva continues his amazing look at all the helmets worn by all 130 FBS teams, yesterday highlighting Pitt helmets. … Good observation from Josh Hinton who writes it’s “Interesting that NBC still uses an older score bug for CFB games but has a modernized score bug for the NFL.”

Hockey News: Pretty cool red line for the Dartmouth Hockey teams — it’s a tree line, get it? (from Stan From Manhattan, g’head). … Did you like alternate jerseys from the 90s? Well, you’re in for a treat. The St. Louis Blues bringing…this uniform…back for three games this season. More here. Wasn’t a fan of them then, and not a fan of them now. … That news prompted Tom O’Grady to post some photos of some prototype Blues sweaters that never saw the ice. … “Here is the front runner for worst Junior uniform of the year very early,” writes Patrick Thomas. I’m inclined to agree.

NBA News: Would you like a Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets jersey for “Free”? Well, if you go to the second game of the season, against the Knicks, they’re giving away 10,000 of them.

Soccer News: For lots and lots of soccer news, always be sure to check the twitter account of Josh Hinton, who tweets more about soccer than anyone alive.

Grab Bag: Richard Branson — he of the “Virgin” businesses — is introducing new cruise ships and the crew will be outfitted with some, um, atypical cruise ship uniforms (from Rand Martin). … Some 140 of these special flags were put up along Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the U.S. Capitol. They were installed ahead of a Monday morning parade planned along Pennsylvania Avenue, called a 51 Star Flag Salute to D.C. Statehood (from William Yurasko). … Really great story here about the demise of paper tickets to games (h/t Brinke).

Your 2019 Rugby World Cup Preview

By Phil Hecken, with Anthony Emerson

Got a special treat for you today — our own Anthony Emerson has been preparing for the Rugby World Cup for (literally) months, and this article almost ran during Paul’s summer hiatus in August — but at the time, three of the teams playing hadn’t yet released their kits, so I promised Anthony I’d run this article right before the Cup begins — which is this Friday (September 20th) — and the entire tournament runs until Saturday, November 2nd!

Please join me now in thanking Anthony for all his research (and his opinions — with which you may agree or disagree in the comments below)! Here’s your …

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2019 World Cup Preview
By Anthony Matthew Emerson

Etienne Feyder: “Well, you know what they say about soccer — it’s a gentleman’s game played by hooligans. On the other hand, rugby is a hooligan’s game played by —”

Linga Moonsamy: “Ja, ja, I’ve heard it before. It wasn’t funny the first time.”

Invictus, 2009

Rugby is an old game — according to records, the first match was played in 1845. Despite the age of the sport, the first Rugby World Cup was held in 1987. And despite the Rugby World Cup’s brief history, it’s been filled with absolutely iconic moments — from an American embarrassing Bryan Habana, supposedly the fastest player in the world in 2007, to Jonah Lomu running over three poor Englishmen, to a nation coming out of the shadows of Apartheid into a new, bright future.

Have I made you a rugby fan yet?

How about dueling war dances? Yes, you’ve probably heard of New Zealand’s haka, but Fiji has the Cibi, Tonga the Sipi Tau and Samoa the Siva Tau. These small island nations — minnows in every other international sport, heavy-hitters in rugby — take rugby matches seriously, especially against each other (and especially-especially against the formidable All Blacks).

Have I made you a rugby fan yet?

No? Well, maybe the kits will. Here are the kits for all 20 of the teams competing in this year’s Rugby World Cup, kicking off from Japan on September 20, with a match between the hosts and Russia.

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Pool A
Ireland (Canterbury)

Get used to this template, because we’re going to be seeing a lot of it. The Irish primary kit is one of the better kits of the tournament. It’s attractive, showing that simplicity is sometimes the best policy when it comes to kit. My two (relatively minor) qualms are the mismatched collar trim and the weird slits down at the bottom of the jersey, that all Canterbury kits have at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Behold, the Canterbury Slits. Once you see them, you can’t unsee them, and they annoy me (almost) every time. And as Canterbury provides the most kits for this Rugby World Cup (seven including Ireland), I’ve been annoyed a lot. Overall: B+

The Irish alternate kit is even better than their primary and again reinforces the simplicity policy. It’s hard to tell in this image, but there’s a slight heathering effect to the grey part of the shirt — a small detail that I nonetheless love. It still has the Canterbury Slits down at the bottom, and they cost Ireland an “A+”. Overall: A

Scotland (Macron)

Unfortunately, Scotland won’t be wearing kilts on the pitch, but it’d be fucking awesome if they did! Overall, I love this jersey. It’s the class of Pool A. From the tartan pattern on the yoke and collar, to the rich navy, to the no-frills or weird design choices (like the forthcoming Asics Collar or the Canterbury Slits). Overall: A+

The away kit is amazing, too. It still looks like Scotland, even with navy as only an accent color. I do wish we could see the full kit, though. Overall: A+

Japan (Canterbury)

The hosts claim the strange shape of the hoops on their kits represent a “samurai helmet.” But to me, they have the effect of making their players look like they have rectangular bodies, especially the primary white-and-red. This is one of the only Canterbury kits that doesn’t include the bottom slits, but it has the same cut as the others. This is hugely disappointing, especially considering their the hosts and their 2015 kits were gorgeous. A shame. Overall: D

The hoop effect isn’t so bad on the blue and gold, and I like that one a bit more. The blue and gold work well together, the Canterbury Slits aren’t quite as evident here as they are on other Canterbury kits, and the sublimated patterns are so off-the-wall that I actually kind of like them! Not sure what’s going on with GFGS shoulder yokes, though. Overall: C

Russia (Canterbury)

Gorgeous. Let’s start with the bad, though. Like other Canterbury teams, the Canterbury Slits are present and annoying, as is the piping that starts at the slits and goes all the way around the torso of the shirt. That being said, I love the design across the chest. It makes the team look so positively unique, and unlike any other team at the World Cup, that it elevates this kit into the top tier. Overall A

The design works even better on the blue away kits than the home red kits. Not a huge fan of the all-blue effect (would’ve liked to see some red shorts) but it hardly hurts the overall kit. Some of the best of 2019. Overall: A-

Samoa (BLK)

Love it. Love it love it love it. It’s hard to tell in the picture, but there are sublimated Samoan designs on the lower right part of the torso and left sleeve. “Tautua mo Samoa” is inscribed on the inside collar, and the shade of blue is perfect in evoking the waters around the island nations. I’m not a huge fan of the tiny bit of red on the collar — it looks cheap, and almost serves as an arrow pointing to the BLK logo. But otherwise, this is a home run. Overall: A

Weirdly, I don’t like Samoa’s alternate kit nearly as much. It looks like a training top, even though it’s effectively the same as the primary kit with the colors inverted. For whatever reason, it just looks less professional than the primary kit to me. Overall: C-

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Pool B
New Zealand (Adidas)

A disappointing effort from the defending champs, as New Zealand have taken simplicity too far — their kit looks like a T-shirt. No collars, no trim, nothing — I saw three guys working out at the gym in New Zealand’s kit. There are sublimated fern and koru designs, which I do like, but it’s hardly enough to improve the All Blacks’ grade. I just feel bad we’re probably going to see Kieran Read hoisting the Webb Ellis Cup in this. Overall: D-

It’s the same as the primary kit, but white. All the same issues still apply. We’re just going to see it a lot less. Overall: D-

South Africa (Asics)

And here is our first introduction to the “Asics Collar”. For some reason, Asics is imposing huge, uterus-shaped cut outs smack in the middle of their kits. It’s ugly, it’s distracting, and it’s totally, totally unnecessary. Hell, even if the white was filled in with yellow it’d still be huge and ugly and distracting. It’s awful. The photography here is also good at hiding another superfluous and utterly annoying design element: the yellow rib stripe. Why is that there? We know they’re the Springboks!

The rest of the kit is great. It looks like a Springboks kit. I really dig the socks. But goddamn, that collar is putrid. Overall: C-

The best part about the change kit is that there’s no Asics Collar, because the rest of the kit is (almost) the same color as the uterus cut-out. That’s an improvement, I guess? On the other hand, the rest of the collar looks like one of those neck rolls you used to see NFL offensive linemen wear in the 90s. And what’s the deal with that random green stripe on the rib? Did someone at Asics HQ remember they were designing South Africa’s kit, panic, and decided to throw some green on there at the last minute? It’s even less explicable here, where yellow is the operative accent color, than it is on the primary kit. Inexcusable. Overall: D+

Italy (Macron)

Yup, that’s Italy! Bright blue home, white change. I like the home kit’s collar, though it could be a bit more prominent. But like Macron’s other efforts this cycle, it’s no-frills and looks great. Unfortunately, here you can see that the material in the shoulder yokes is slightly different than the material used on the rest of the kit — you couldn’t tell with Scotland’s tartan-patterned yokes. That will get mighty annoying, especially as players sweat through other parts of the kit, darkening it. Overall: B-

The away kit isn’t as good. There’s the weird little triangle dip in the collar, which almost looks like an arrow pointing to the Macron logo, and I don’t like that the stripes don’t go all the way up the kit. Either go all the way or don’t bother. Also looks like the stripes are a different shade of blue than the shorts and collar, but it might just be the lighting. Overall: C-

Namibia (Mizuno)

Mizuno provides the Welwitschias’ kits. These were hard as hell to track down, as Namibia Rugby’s official website hasn’t been updated since 2015 and its Facebook page and Twitter didn’t have any photographs of the actual kit. I was finally able to track down this extremely low-quality image thanks to Phil. Thanks, Phil! Judging by Mizuno’s marketing campaign for the Tonga kits, those stripes are supposed to represent a samurai’s armor; the effect is better on Tonga’s kit. Ah, the joy of kit templates.

I hate those giant red armpit stains. They seem totally superfluous and hurt what is otherwise a solid kit. And that collar is disgusting, it makes the jersey look incomplete. Overall: C

As of yet, the Welwitschias have not released their away jersey. It’s probably going to be white with blue accents.

Canada (Canterbury)

A classy new badge for Canada Rugby is the highlight of this jersey. I like the striking red and the sublimated maple leaves, and Canterbury didn’t fuck with the collar like they did for almost every other team they’ve provided for. I like this kit; it’s distinctly Canadian, doesn’t go over the top, and the Canterbury Slits aren’t that bad. Overall: B+

As a paid member of the Uni Watch staff, I should hate this kit. It’s consummate BFBS. Canada’s sports teams — including the rugby team — have always used white change kits, not black.

And yet. Red and black look so nice together. This is the one Canterbury jersey where the Canterbury Slits are a net positive, giving a nice splash of red just so the black doesn’t get too boring. The black is crisp and clean. This will look great on the pitch, and is one of my favorites of the World Cup. Overall: A

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Pool C
England (Canterbury)

Like Ireland, Canterbury played it safe with England, but also infused a few of their own little designs. Unlike Ireland, I don’t like either of England’s little design choices. Like Ireland, they’re going with the mismatched collar, and like (almost) every other Canterbury team, England is subjected to the ugly Canterbury Slits. In 2003 and 2007, England included splashes of red on their white primary kit, and they won in ’03 and finished runners up in ’07. 2011 and 2015 featured entirely white kits where England lost in the quarter final and pool stage respectively. So maybe the red is for England to catch a little mid-aughts magic! I love the pattern around the sleeve cuffs. But god, I hate that fucking collar. Overall: C+

I really, really like this kit. It’s far and away from a traditional England look, but it still looks like England, if that makes any sense. I love that the Canterbury slits are practically invisible, and I love that England doesn’t have the mismatched collar. I love the heathering (or “marl”, as it’s officially called according to Canterbury). I love that the collar seamlessly flows into the torso of the jersey. I love that the Canterbury Slits are the same color as the rest of the kit. I love this kit. Overall: A+

France (Le Coq Sportif)

So here we have the French jersey. It’s blue for Les Bleus. It’s inoffensive but it’s also boring. The most notable thing is the new crest, featuring a sole red Gallic rooster (previous iterations had the rooster gold on a red background). Call me crazy, but it almost looks like the LCS logo at the center of the shirt. I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I’m just pointing it out. EDITOR’S NOTE: Anthony is, in fact, a tiny bit of a conspiracy theorist. Overall: C

It’s…literally the same kit, but white. Totally boring. I want to poke it with a stick and tell it to do something. Overall: D-

Argentina (Nike)

Nike’s only entry in the RWC is a clean and classy look for Los Pumas. Who woulda thunk that Nike’s only RWC home kit is the most traditional rugby kit this cycle? From the traditional polo collar to the no-frills Argentine hoops to the socks, this kit is one of the best of 2019. Overall: A+

I guess Nike was saving all their creative energy for the change kit. And weirdly, I dig it! The colors work really well together. I wouldn’t have gone with the gradient, but Argentina’s flag does include the yellow Sol de Mayo and the yellow transitioning to sky blue does evoke sunshine. The seemingly iridescent Nike swoosh is my only qualm here; the purple coloring seems intentionally designed to draw your eye to it. I guess that’s the price you pay for having the Nike swoosh be so subtle and understated on the primary kit. Overall: A+

United States of America (Canterbury)

God, I can feel myself filling with patriotic fervor just looking at this jersey. It’s bold, brash and absolutely American. I’m not even annoyed by the Canterbury slits or the mismatched collar. I love the red-and-white stripes on the sleeves, evoking the American flag. I love the sublimated stars on the shoulder yokes. I love this jersey. I just wish we could see the rest of the kit. Overall: A+

At first glance, I thought the blue upper-chest pattern was a sublimated diamond-tread. I feel like I shouldn’t like this jersey — it has all the issues every other Canterbury kit has — but nevertheless, I do. It doesn’t quite work for me on the same level as the primary jersey, but I still find it to be perfectly, absolutely American. Well done, Canterbury. Overall: A-

Tonga (Mizuno)

The ’Ikale Tahe have come out with a clean design, one of two Mizuno-manufactured kits this World Cup. I like the subtle stripes, which according to Mizuno are supposed to evoke a samurai’s armor, and I think this effect works much better than Japan’s “samurai helmet” nonsense, and much better on this Mizuno kit than Namibia’s. Nonetheless, I do have some issues with this kit; namely, the giant white armpit patches and the collar. I don’t see the need for the armpit patches. Perhaps they’re supposed to show off a Tongan design, as there does appear to be a Tongan design in there, but I think the design could’ve been just as legible on the red. And I have no idea what’s going on with that collar; it makes the kit look almost incomplete, somehow. Like an image that got corrupted on a harddrive. Overall: B-

Tongan away kits were unreleased at press time.

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Pool D
Australia (Asics)

I don’t hate the Asics Collar on the Wallabies jersey, mostly because the chevron-shaped cut-out is the same color as the rest of the collar (unlike on South Africa’s jerseys). It’s still too big, and it’s still obnoxious. The rest of the kit is nice enough. It’s a simple and understated look for the Aussies. Perhaps a bit too simple, if I’m honest. I criticized the All Blacks for putting out what is effectively a T-shirt, shouldn’t I do the same for this one? Overall: C

The Wallabies alternate kit is being described as their “Indigenous Kit”, a concept hugely popular in Australian rules football, the NRL and SuperRugby, Australia’s domestic leagues. It’s now making its debut on the global stage, and Asics and the Wallabies have teamed up for a beautiful kit that seamlessly blends the designs of Aboriginal Australians into what is unmistakably a Wallabies kit. Not even too bothered by the Asics collar here. Overall: A

Wales (Under Armour)

Another somewhat conservative showing for one of the Home Nations, as Under Armour has supplied Wales with a traditional look. I like the collar, though I do wish it had buttons and was slightly larger. I’m not wild about the sleeve cuffs not going around the entire sleeve, but I can live with it when the rest of the jersey is this classy. Overall: B+

So this was the best picture I could find of the Wales change strip without their ugly sponsor logo that they’re not even going to be wearing for the World Cup anyway. I’ve tried to avoid models and replica kits, but it was this pic or Isuzu. And I like this jersey! I like it a lot! I’m wild about halved and quartered kits in soccer, and I feel the same way about them in rugby. Its just wild enough not to make it boring, and simple enough that you wouldn’t mind actually wearing it like our model friend here. Overall: A

Georgia (Canterbury)

The Lelos come in with the single best crest in the Rugby World Cup, a traditional Georgian symbol called the Borjgali. Georgia’s traditional rugby color was a bold crimson, but the Lelos changed to a more unique maroon in 2017. I find this shade of maroon a bit too purplish for my liking, though, and the Canterbury Slits ruin an otherwise clean jersey. Credit for the gold leaf emblem on the back of the neck, but it’s not enough to salvage this kit. Overall: C-

I imagine the as-yet unreleased away kit will be a white version of this kit, as that’s what’s been happening with the smaller teams.

Fiji (ISC)

Oh man, that is one good-looking kit. From those amazing striped socks to the indigenous designs running down the sides and onto the sleeves and yoke, to the sleeve cuffs, I think I’m in love. Beautiful, this is one that I can’t wait to see take the pitch. Overall: A+

It’s the same deal, but in black for the away kit. In this rendering, you can actually see how detailed some of the Fijian designs, including onto the sleeve cuffs. Utterly incredible, makes me wonder why more teams don’t go with ISC. Overall: A+

Uruguay (Oxbridge)

Oxbridge is small South American manufacturer that also provides the Chile rugby team with their kits. Naturally, this is their only output for the 2019 RWC. And it’s great! I love the sublimated Sol de Mayo, the splash of yellow on the collar (which unlike the Asics Collar or Canterbury Collar isn’t intrusive), and the shade of blue. It’s a classic Uruguayan look with a modern twist. Overall: A

The away kit is plainer, but no less nice. The blue is a more royal shade, as opposed to the sky blue on Los Teros’ home kit. The white is classy and conservative, but not in a boring way. Again, the yellow in the collar is a nice splash of color. Fantastic — I expect big things from Oxbridge in the future. Overall: A

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Thanks Anthony! Obviously that was a lot of work (hope all the readers are still with us). Nicely done. OK readers — what do you think?

Jets & Flames Reveal Heritage Classic Unis

Yesterday, both the Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames, the two teams playing in the “Heritage Classic” outdoor game (much like the “Winter Classic,” but in Canada and involving Canadian teams). This year’s tilt is scheduled for October 26, 2019, and will be played at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan — the home field of the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The first Heritage Classic was played in 2003 (I remember trying to frantically find the game on my cable system back then — it was actually when I’d just separated from my then-wife and I still remember it vividly), but never became a yearly thing. In fact, there have only been four held in total (the Flames/Jets tilt will be the fifth), and the other three occurred in 2011, 2014 and 2016. I remember the first one being EXTREMELY cold — and that makes sense given they’re played Canada either in late October or mid-winter. Anyhoo…yesterday both teams unveiled their unis for the special outdoor game. We’ll start with the Flames since they unveiled in the early afternoon…

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Why am I only showing you the sweater? Because that’s ALL that was unveiled yesterday. Seriously — do you think they have any ulterior motive?

Actually, the uni the team is throwing back to (yes, it’s a throwback) is the 1989 Stanley Cup Champion team uniform. Although the team actually captured the cup wearing red jerseys, the team will be sporting the white jersey at the Classic.

Here’s how the team described the jersey (only) in their release:

The jersey features a white base with red and yellow design elements in a true recreation of the original look. Calgary’s flaming “C crest sits loud and proud on the jersey’s chest. The crest features double-layered twill embroidery. Block lettering numbering and typography is authentic to the Flames’ 1989 uniform.

Here’s the hype video:

You can see lots more photos here (unfortunately they only show the jersey).

We can infer, if the uni is a throwback to 1989, that the helmet will be white and the pants will be red, along with some sweet striped socks, but it sure would have been nice to see the ENTIRE uniform unveiled. I guess fan retail sales of breezers ain’t what they used to be.

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The Winnipeg Jets (version 2.0) also unveiled their HC kits — they actually show a full uniform:

If that uniform looks familiar to you you’re obviously an old Canadian, it should. The original Winnipeg Jets wore a very similar uniform back in their WHA days during the 1970s

Here’s how the team describes it:

Inspired by the iconic sweaters first worn 40 years ago, we are paying homage to the team’s legacy by donning the jerseys worn during the World Hockey Association (WHA) era.

The Jets’ Heritage Blue jersey and full uniform draws inspiration from the championship era of the late 1970s and features a crossover V-neck color and vintage-inspired mesh striping. The crest employs traditional chain stitching to lend a distinct authenticity to the throwback uniform. A pant logo highlights the historical Jets ID set, complete with an era-accurate name and number set.

Here’s a handy-dandy guide to the features on the jersey:

Here’s the Jets’ hype video

I love the chain stitching on the jersey crest!

More photos here.

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: “Cristóbal Torriente, 1923” (color study)
Subject: Cristóbal Torriente, 1923
Medium: Oil on linen mounted to board
Size: 5” x 7”

Cristóbal Torriente was supposedly one of the greatest ballplayers of his era. A stocky centerfielder, he embodied the classic five-tool package: hitting for average and power, fielding, throwing and running. Though to this day, historians do not know (with certainty) a ton about his early career in Cuba. What is known is that he bounced around from team to team a bit, mostly between the Habana Reds and Almendares Blues while on the island. Not much in the way of statistics have survived from that era, so much of what we know – or think we know – about the man still somewhat smacks of hyperbole.

Stateside saw him continue his vagabond ways, playing with a multitude of clubs into the early 1930s. Most notable was his stint with the Chicago American Giants in the late 1910s and early 1920s, who he helped take three league pennants in Rube Foster’s Negro National League between 1920 and 1922. He reportedly did so while batting .411, .338, and .342. Even those numbers couldn’t keep him in one place for long, as he split time between the Kansas City Monarchs, Detroit Stars, Gilkerson’s Union Giants and the Cleveland Cubs up until he was finished in 1932.

Sadly, Torriente passed away in 1938 at the age of 44, both destitute and alcoholic. Here he is pictured with the Elefantes de Marianao in 1923.

This is one of 200+ paintings of mine that will be on display at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the spring of 2020.

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

Uni Concepts & Tweaks

After being dormant for a while, the Uni Tweaks/Concepts have returned!

I hope you guys like this feature and will want to continue to submit your concepts and tweaks to me. If you do, Shoot me an E-mail (Phil (dot) Hecken (at) gmail (dot) com).

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I received the following e-mail from reader John Elbertson, who has a couple NFL concepts:

What’s up Phil?

Here’s a concept for the Baltimore Ravens that’s meant to have a classic look to it.

The logo is only on the left side of the helmet to emphasize their rivalry with Pittsburgh. As for the raven itself, I wanted to draw it a different style than the other logos in their catalog. The shield logo works great as a secondary, and it’s hinted at on the wing of the raven. I always get a kick out of logos that wear the gear, like how the Raiders logo has the proper stripe on his helmet.

The uniform was originally gold/purple/gold, but the black jersey is really popular among Ravens fans that I talk to. So I went with something similar to the Falcons red/black/white combo, which always looked sharp. I stuck with Baltimore’s endearingly hideous number font; it didn’t look like a Ravens concept without it.


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Thanks John. OK readers (and concepters). If you have some tweaks or concepts, shoot ’em my way with a brief description of your creation and I’ll run ’em here.

The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: The only time a personalized jersey is acceptable is when you get the number 00 and “YOUR NAME” on the back, like this Cubs fan did (from Jennifer Hayden). … Also posted in the hockey section: the Cardinals wore Blues-themed jerseys during warm-ups last night (from Seunghoon Han). … The Brewers are the latest team to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole (from @RabidMongoose). … Speaking of hockey/baseball crossovers, it was “Ducks Night” at the Angels game last evening, and the Angels logo on the scoreboard is the Ducks/Angels logo. The Angels players on the scoreboard are all in Ducks uniforms, and the Rays players are in Lightning uniforms (from Louisx209). … Did you know Charlie Manuel has an absolutely magical Twitter account? It’s true! Yesterday he posted this awesome picture of himself as a member of the Kinetsu Buffaloes in 1980, revealing that he chewed gum or squid as tobacco wasn’t allowed in NPB dugouts (from John Elbertson). … The mascot of the late Oakland Oaks was kind of terrifying (from @Eloquocious).

NFL News: Brad Eenhuis wants to know what these leather things are on Rosey Grier’s facemask. Anyone? … Goodness, the Panthers’ TV numbers are tiny, aren’t they? (from Josh Berger). … The Texans are going with white jerseys and white pants on Sunday against the Jags (from @cesarcu52). … Evidently the Bengals are going all black tomorrow, even though it might be the hottest game in Bengals history (from @piquedbyperique). … New Seahawks DL Jadeveon Clowney bought the number 90 from teammate Jarran Reed (from Tim Dunn). … The Ravens have gone back to the shield logo at midfield (from Tim Klapac). … In the latest twist in the Antonio Brown saga, the helmet company Xenith — whom Brown only signed with days ago following his long battle with the league over his now-banned Schutt Air XP Advantage — has dropped him following his rape allegation. So who knows what he’ll wear tomorrow! (from multiple readers). … The girl of my dreams got a tattoo of Bill Belichick on her shin (from Dan Snider).

College Football News: Oklahoma State will honor T. Boone Pickens with helmet decals (thanks, Phil). … Cincinnati is going with throwback unis and a throwback field — that is, no midfield logo and no endzone paint — today (thanks, Alex). … LSU is going with new white lids today (from Adam Faucheux). … Mizzou is going mono-black today against Southeast Missouri (from Jacob Bogage and Jack Morrisroe). … VATech is going orange-maroon-maroon when they take on Furman today (from Andrew Cosentino). … Yellow-white-yellow for Pitt today (from @tjcttr). … Kentucky is going mono-blue (from Josh Hinton). … Also from Josh, Louisville is going red-white-red with new helmets. … Grey-white-grey for K-State today (from Sean Kautzmann). … Troy is going red-red-black (from @drryanbohannon). … The following are both from Phil: Maroon-maroon-gold for Minnesota today against Georgia Southern. … Blue-red-white for Ole Miss today.

Hockey News: Awesome new pads for Blackhawks G Collin Delia (from Griffin T. Smith). … And it was “Ducks Night” at the Angels game last evening, and the Angels logo on the scoreboard is the Ducks/Angels logo. The Angels players on the scoreboard are all in Ducks uniforms, and the Rays players are in Lightning uniforms (from Louisx209) … Cross-posted from the baseball section: the Cardinals wore Blues-themed jerseys during warm-ups last night (from Seunghoon Han). … Speaking of the Blues, G Jake Allen’s new mask might hint to a new alternate sweater, according to one article (thanks, Phil). … Midway down this article is the news that Canucks D Chris Tanev will have custom gloves and shin pads made by the Canucks training staff to better protect him from his all-out style of play (from John Muir). … Speaking of the Canucks, G Thatcher Demko has some pretty cool throwback pads (from Mike Engle). … The New Mexico Ice Wolves of the NAHL have given us a hint to their debut unis (from @SkiWookiee). … Columbia University’s unis have leaked onto Twitter (from @ednick).

NBA News: The Sixers’ new ‘Statement’ unis are in NBA 2K (from Jack Connell). … Knicks fans were not at all happy that Madison Square Garden gave The Undertaker a Knicks jersey with Patrick Ewing’s number and “Undertaker” as the NOB (from Josh Claywell).

College Hoops News: New unis for Villanova men, and another Nike team with the gold collar tag (from multiple readers). … UW men have also released their new unis for this season (from Mike Dahlstrom).

Soccer News: Good god, Watford’s Bitcoin ad patch is awful. Perhaps the worst one in the entire Premier League, and I root for the team with Chevrolet as their main kit advertiser (from Jason Sluss). … As usual, too much great stuff on Josh Hinton‘s Twitter account to list it all here, but I will give a special shout out to PSG’s barely-legible new Champions League font.

Grab Bag: Friend of the site Mark Lavis has launched a new sports logo database website where logos aren’t listed by sport or league, but by elements to the logo. Highly recommended. … The Harvard Business Review has conducted a study of 597 corporate logos to figure out which are most effective (from Jason Hillyer). … New unis for Toyota Mobility Tokyo Sparkle volleyball (from who but Jeremy Brahm). … Colorado State women’s volleyball went orange and green for their annual “orange out” match, a callback to their time as Colorado A&M (from David Wiechmann).

Reminder: Don’t forget to e-mail Uni Watching (the usual address) or tweet to Terry Duroncelet any and all of your college football observations for the Sunday Morning Uni Watch. Thanks! And if you have any suggestions for the 5 & 1, tweet them to Memal (not that he’ll use them, but he’ll definitely consider them). Thanks x2!

Question Time, Vol. 10

Welcome to the latest installment of Question Time, where you get to ask me anything and I do my best to answer. Let’s get started!

How do you manage to avoid doubling things up in the Ticker from day-to-day? I’ve noticed the occasional doubled entries within a few days of each other, but it feels like a pretty rare occurrence. It’s extra-impressive, considering how many different people contribute to and compile it. I was just curious what the underlying method is, if any. Kudos to you and your staff!

We all read the entire site every day, so we know what’s already been covered — or at least that’s the idea. I’m the last line of defense (at least on weekdays), because I edit the Ticker before it gets published. Sometimes I catch and remove redundant items — and sometimes I miss them — but for the most part we’re all pretty good about keeping the content fresh.

What advice columns do you read regularly, or even frequently/often?

In terms of written advice columns, I no longer read any of them.

I do listen to Dan Savage’s weekly Savage Lovecast sex-advice podcast, but that’s about it.

When I was younger, I loved reading Ann Landers. I quite enjoy the fact that Dan Savage owns her old desk.

I feel like there used to be an “I Miss Cole Field House” Naming Wrongs T-shirt. Was this just a fever dream or did it actually exist and is not available anymore?

Yes, it did exist. UMd asked us to remove it. I think we had a good legal basis for keeping it, but I wasn’t interested in getting into a fight with them, so we withdrew the shirt. Sorry.

I coach at a high school that signed a school-wide uniform contract with one of the big sports apparel companies. The result has been horrific: different fonts, mismatched color combos, variations of the primary logo, etc. What is your reaction to high school athletics (and lower school levels) becoming more about the maker’s mark and less about the team name across the chest?

As you can probably guess, I’m not a fan. Even without the issues you mention (i.e., even if the colors and logos were consistent, etc.), I always find it disappointing when children — especially in the context of a school — are essentially being taught to be consumers. Not sure what to do about it, though. Increasingly seems to be where we’re at as a society.

I’ve noticed you rarely mention movies, and when you do they tend to be documentaries. Is it fair to infer from this that you are not a big movie guy? Do you have a favorite movie or a few favorites?

Hmmm. I feel like I’ve mentioned lots of non-documentary movies over the years. I love movies! And I go out to see a lot of them, in part because I don’t have Netflix (I work at home staring at a screen for most of the day, so the last thing I want is another excuse to stay at home staring at another screen).

However … the Tugboat Captain and I were saying just the other day that we haven’t seen many really good movies lately. We sort of mentally catalogued the movies we’d seen over the past year or two and agreed that only a handful of them were special, while most were sort of meh.

As for favorites: Depending on which day you ask me, I’ll tell you that my all-time favorite movie is either His Girl Friday, Days of Heaven, or Time Indefinite (a documentary, but a very atypical one). I have many hundreds of other favorites — Jaws, Life Is Sweet, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Dead Ringers, Faces/Places, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, and so many more.

Do you have a book in you? Maybe an essay compilation. I’m a big fan of Shea Serrano, and his most recent book about basketball (and likely the new book he has coming up about movies) is in the format of answering one question each chapter — maybe a macro-format like that might help. I read a book years ago about baseball where the author wrote about everything at a major league stadium except the game: one chapter was on turnstiles (I learned what a stile is), one as on the field (the Chisox groundskeeper would cut the grass according to Nellie Fox’s recommendations), etc. Maybe something like that about uniforms..?

Here’s my feeling about doing a book: I only want to do it if I don’t have a steady journalism/blogging gig. I know some people (including some friends of mine) are able to juggle a book project with their existing workload, but I just don’t see how it’s possible. So if I did a book, it would probably mean shutting down this blog, stopping my SI work, etc.

I actually had a good idea for a book during my “free agent” period (i.e., in between ESPN and SI) and spoke to some publishing people about it. There was some interest, and it might still be viable at some point down the road. But for now, I’m working pretty much at capacity.

Also: To be fully truthful, I don’t have a burning desire to do a book. Part of this is because I worked in publishing during my 20s and have no romantic illusions about the industry, and part of it is that the first six issues of my 1990s zine were already compiled into a book and it didn’t change my life in any appreciable way.

And if I’m being really truthful, the big issue may be that I now read so few books myself that I’ve probably lost the ability (if I ever had it) to tackle complicated subjects in a long-form format. I consume a huge amount of short-form journalism and related writing but very few books, and that has almost certainly had an effect on my own ability to conceive and execute a book-length project. I’ll admit that the very idea of it scares me a bit.

Name three things you look for in a welcoming bar/tavern/saloon environment.

Good neon sign, friendly bartender who’s more interested in being a bartender than checking his/her phone, and interesting regulars who, ideally, are nothing like me.

Are there any “sports” that shall not appear on Uni Watch, like bowling, NASCAR, F1, cricket, golf, cornhole, sailing, fishing, archery?

I’m pretty sure I’ve covered all of those at one point or another (sometimes just as Ticker items, but in most cases with full-blown articles) and I’ll gladly do so again if there’s a uni-relevant reason to do so.

I pretty much draw the line at pro wrestling — I won’t cover that because it’s not a sport.

There are a few other things that I’m theoretically willing to cover, but only if there’s a really compelling reason to do so. UFC, for example, is more legitimate than pro wrestling (i.e., it’s more than just choreographed theater), but I’d rather not be associated with it. Also, while we’ve occasionally run Grab Bag items on e-sports, I can’t say I care about covering that either.

Do you have a preferred location to sit when going to a baseball game?

I will always trade altitude in return for centrality. In other words, I’d rather be sitting in the upper deck, near home plate (which is in fact where I usually sit these days), than way down the baseline on the field level.

A perfect seat, for me, is in the second or third row of the first level above the field level, one section to the first base side of home (i.e., just off-center). Of course, given what tickets now cost, I can’t afford to sit in a good seat like that anymore, which is why I’m usually in the upper deck nowadays!

For a while there was a ’Skins Watch logo in the Ticker where the Native American was face-palming. Where did that go? Why discontinue it? It was a cool way to indicate the nature of that portion of the Ticker.

I don’t think we’ve ever used a face-palming Native icon for ’Skins Watch (or if we did, it was inadvertent). But now that you bring it up, I see that it’s a thing — I didn’t know that! I agree that it would be good for ’Skins Watch, so maybe I’ll start using it. Thanks for the tip!

When you announced your new deal with SI, you mentioned, as an aside, “There are certain places I would never work for under any circumstances because they’re just too toxic.” Which ones?

In terms of sports media, I cannot imagine a circumstance in which I would work for, or otherwise contribute to, Barstool.

As for the larger media world, I also cannot imagine a circumstance in which I would work for, or otherwise contribute to, Fox News. (I had to think about that one recently, because I thought there was a chance I might have been invited onto one of their shows if my “Mistaken for MAGA” article had gained significant traction. That ended up not happening. But if they had asked me to come on, I would have declined.)

Of course, there are also lots of fringe-y media outlets (sports-related and otherwise) that I probably wouldn’t want any part of. And whenever I’m asked to appear on a radio show, I try to make sure that it’s not a shock-jock show, because I want no part of that.

Love the site. I noticed at the bottom it says “Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties.” What does that mean? Is it a financial arrangement? Are you linked from the USAT website somewhere?

USAT’s ad network is one of several networks that serves ads onto the site. For some reason they’re the only one that wants us to include our affiliation with them in the fine print, so we do. We could (and maybe should) remove it and they likely wouldn’t care. Not a big deal either way.

As the NBA transitions away from the traditional uniform assignments of wearing white at home and colors on the road, I feel less of a connection to the uni-verse. Here’s what I mean by that: If I saw an old game photo of Reggie Miller wearing a white uni, I would have a fairly high degree of certainty that the game was played in Indy; based on whether it was the Flo-Jo design or the pinstripes, I would know an approximate sense of which season the game occurred in. Now that the teams wear several different designs at home and several different designs on the road, and because those designs change so often, my uni knowledge no longer helps me when I look at photos.

Do you see this as a problem for people connecting to the uni-verse? Do you see it as a problem when future uni-researchers try to solve mysteries about the uni-verse?

It will definitely make it harder for history mystery sleuths. And based on what people have told me, many fans do feel less of a connection to the new revolving-door uni-verse. Younger fans who grow up with this new state of affairs, however, may feel just as connected as ever, because it’s what they’re used to. We’ll see.

What are your three favorite sporting events to watch?

I assume you mean on TV, yes? I’d go with the World Series (assuming a four- to seven-game series counts as a single “event”), the NFL’s conference championship Sunday (although I liked it better when both games took place during the afternoon, instead of having one game at night like they do it now), and a really good high-stakes, top-level boxing match — preferably middleweight or heavier.

Coming from a fellow Mets fan reflecting on the 11-10 debacle loss to the Nationals: Is it really character-building to be a fan of this franchise, or are we all just delusional?

Who ever said it was character-building? It’s brutal! But at least the uniforms are good.

You’ve said the reason you can’t use Paypal is a “long, annoying story,” but I’d be interested in hearing it if you’re willing/able to share.

I’d rather not get into it. The short version is that I tried to do something nice for someone and it ended up biting me in the ass.

How would you feel about more on field/ice/court advertising in place of ads on uniforms? I think I could live with a few more ads on the ice to keep hockey sweaters ad-free.

This is a false choice. It’s like saying you’d rather eat puke than eat shit. I’d rather not eat either of them. Keep advertising where it belongs and keep it away from where it doesn’t belong, the end.

You weren’t too optimistic about the AAF’s survival from the outset (nobody was, really), but I was wondering, would you have been a little less vocal about it if your friend Todd Radom created all of the logos for the league (like his did for the Big3) instead of someone you don’t know?

Actually, lots of people were optimistic about the AAF’s survival, and I got a lot of pushback from people who thought I was too dismissive of the league’s chances.

If Todd (or any of the other designers I know) had designed the uniforms, I would’ve done what I always do: assess the designs on their merits and assess the league on its merits.

I also know enough about Todd to know that he doesn’t get involved with fly-by-night operations (well, except maybe Uni Watch). His involvement with AAF would have translated to a certain amount of credibility right there, although I would still have been very skeptical.

(And for those who are no doubt wondering: Yes, I’m also skeptical about XFL 2.0.)

I’m a New York pizza hound. Whenever I am in the city, I always want to try a new place. Last time I was there, I went to DiFara. What’s your favorite pizza place around where you live in Brooklyn?

I actually live a short walk from DiFara! But I’ll tell you a little secret: I’ve never loved DiF. Everyone else thinks it’s the bee’s kneecaps, but I think it’s just decent, fine-but-unremarkable pizza. I’ve never understood all the fuss. Meanwhile, it’s way overpriced and there’s always a line. No thank you.

The Tugboat Captain agrees with me. It would probably be overstating things to say that our shared indifference to DiFara’s is the glue of our relationship, but only slightly. We have a less celebrated slice/pie joint not far away. It does us just fine.

For Brooklyn pizza that goes above and beyond, I prefer Lucali, Grimaldi’s, Sam’s, and Paulie G’s. In Manhattan, I like Arturo’s and Prince Street. But my favorite NYC pizza is in Staten Island: Joe and Pat’s. Whisper-thin crust, great toppings.

Hmmm, now I’m hungry.

(Meanwhile, here’s a funny story about my contrarian view of DiFara’s: I used to be friends with the great food writer and raconteur Josh Ozersky (R.I.P.), who loved DiFara’s and especially loved Dom DeMarco, the elderly pizzaiola who runs the place. At one point I was telling Josh how I wasn’t that into DiFara’s, and he basically waved me off and said, in his endearingly pompous way: “Paul, the most powerful electron microscope in the world is located at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It can detect things as small as a hydrogen atom. That microscope could not detect how little I care about your opinion of Dom’s pizza!”)

Did you have any favorite children’s books when you were growing up?

Yes! I loved (and still love) Where the Wild Things Are, Just So Stories, The House at Pooh Corner, The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel), Charlotte’s Web, A Wrinkle in Time, Harry the Dirty Dog, Green Eggs & Ham (and lots of other Dr. Seuss books), The Velveteen Rabbit, and probably a bunch more that I’m forgetting. I still have my childhood copies of most of them.

I was disappointed to see that the Flyers are using one large center-ice logo instead of the dual logos. Do you have an opinion on ice logos?

I think it depends on the logo. The Flyers’ logo looked good in the dual configuration, because it’s horizontal. Ditto for the Canadiens. The horizontal logo fits well into the semicircle. But a less horizontally oriented logo — the Rangers’, say — doesn’t look as good in the dual configuration, at least to me. Case-by-case basis!

Airplane seat choice: window, middle, or aisle, and why?

If it’s daytime, window (because I like seeing out the window); at night, aisle (easier restroom access).

I hatehatehate the middle.

You’ve documented several trips to Wisconsin, which is great because it’s the best state in the union. But to my knowledge, most of your Sconnie travels have taken you to the southern/eastern parts of the state. Have you ever headed into the forests of northern Wisconsin? Or followed the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers along the western border?

Au contraire — I’ve done several northern-Wisconsin trips! Here’s a trravelogue of one of them, from 2011.

In 2001, a friend and I drove the entire length of the Mississippi River (the Great River Road, as it’s known), from Minnesota to Louisiana. I ended up writing about it for the travel column I had at the time in Money magazine. Great trip, including the Wisconsin portion!

You’re an admitted traditionalist when it comes to uniforms. Do you think this view ever limits your ability to do balanced commentary on uniforms that veer towards the hyper-modern like the Seattle Seahawks, Oregon football, and Dallas Mavericks?

Correction — I’m an admitted classicist, not a traditionalist. What’s the difference? A traditionalist says, “Don’t ever change anything because change, by definition, is bad.” A classicist says, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But if it is broke, then let’s improve it!”

As for your larger question about “balanced commentary”: My job is not to provide balanced commentary; my job is to say what I think and explain why. My tastes and standards are what they are. I try to apply them consistently and fairly, and to explain the bases for them, which is all any critic can do. Your mileage may vary.

If you could live in any other state besides New York, where would you live and why?

This question was asked in a slightly different form in the last installment of Question Time. I’ll let that answer speak for me here.

Most NBA teams wear the city or state name on their standard dark uniforms. With the move away from road and home designations, and more teams wearing dark uniforms at home, do you think more teams will start wearing the team name on the dark uniforms?

Interesting question! It definitely seems plausible that city/state designations might be relegated to the City alternate designs. Then again, it’s hard to imagine, say, the Knicks without “New York” arched across their chests, no? Hmmmm.

We all know you are an avowed carnivore. If you were hosting a dinner party for vegan or vegetarian guests, what would you serve?

Interesting that you phrase this as a hypothetical! In fact, I have several vegetarian friends and have had them over for dinner many times. My usual default is pasta, but sometimes I make pizza.

What are your favorite sandwiches?

This is the part where I’m supposed to say, “Hot dogs,” and then Phil comes and kills me.

I love the idea of sandwiches. In practice, though, I’ve never been a big sandwich guy. Didn’t grow up eating PB&J, didn’t live on subs/heroes in college like some of my dorm-mates did. I do love a good hot pastrami on rye, which I always order when going to Katz’s in Manhattan, but I usually go there only once or twice a year. And I’ll find myself ordering a BLT (with butter instead of mayo) at a diner a couple of times a year.

Does a Wisconsin double-brat sandwich count? Or is that more like a hot dog?

If you were to pick one uniform from each of the Big Four pro leagues to be your favorite, which one would you choose from each league?

I get this question a lot, and my answer tends to vary depending on my mood. For today:

– MLB: Cardinals home white
– NFL: Packers green
– NHL: Rangers road white
– NBA: Warriors white

My question is the same as always: Any plans for traveling to the Seattle area or the northwest in general?

Not at the moment. Sorry!

You’ve often spoken about how you fell in love with uniforms as a child in the 1970s. Do you think if retail uniform merchandise had been widely available during those years that you would have worn such merchandise then and/or now? Or could the glut of it possibly have had the opposite effect and curtailed your passion for uniforms?

Interesting question! Impossible to know for sure, of course. I can tell you one thing: There’s no way my parents would have sprung for pricey jerseys, and there’s also no way I could have afforded them myself on my allowance. But would I have wanted to own and wear such items? Quite possibly! It’s interesting to ponder. But I’m glad I grew up in an era when I was able to appreciate uniforms just as uniforms, not as a consumer goods.

Are there any uniforms that you’ve changed your mind about over time? Just to be clear, I don’t mean unis that you’ve gradually acclimated to and now think are apt representations of their team (even if you still personally dislike). I mean instances where once you may have thought, “Team x’s use of polka dots is a crime against humanity,” but now, however many years later, you genuinely like it.

The example that springs most readily to mind is the Diamondbacks’ original purple/teal/cream vest design. Initially, it seemed like a boilerplate example of the then-current purple/teal trend, but I think it’s aged remarkably well and now feels like a classic. I wish they’d go back to it full-time.

(Yes, it’s true — I just praised a purple-inclusive uniform.)

You road trip a lot but have you ever done a long distance train trip? If not do you have any desire to?

In theory, I would love that; in practice, I wonder if I’d get restless.

The great Caity Weaver recently wrote a really good article about taking a cross-country train trip. Recommended!

I love cooking and absolutely love when Culinary Corner is included in the blog. Is there any method of cooking that you have recently (in the past year or so) begun to use that you wished you would have discovered 10 years ago?

You know, when I moved in with the Captain about a year ago, my moving-in gift to both of us was one of those sous vide sticks. I was certain it was going to revolutionize our cooking and eating lives and that we’d be saying, “We should have started doing this ages ago!”

A year later, we’ve used it only twice. Hmmmmm.

Why does a royal blue script on a black Jersey or shirt always look purple to me?

Tenth circle of Hell?

Soup or salad when ordering with your main course?

Depends! On so many things — what is the main course, for example? If it’s heavy and/or fried, I might go for a salad. If the main is light-ish, I might go for the soup! And what kind of soup is it? And is this the kind of place where the salad is gonna be just a few sorry-looking lettuce leaves and two croutons? So many variables to consider!

What colors do you feel are most underrepresented in sports, and which Big Four or college teams would benefit from adopting those colors?

I’ve always maintained that green (which happens to be my favorite color) is badly underrepresented in the uni-verse. I can sorta-kinda understand it in baseball and football, where teams understandably don’t want their uniforms blending in with the field of play, but there’s no reason basketball and hockey can’t have more green. (As for which teams should switch to green, uh, maybe all the teams currently wearing purple..?)

I also love orange as an accent color and would love to see more of that. In fact, green with orange accents is particularly good, as the University of Miami demonstrates on a regular basis.


That’s it for this round of Question Time. Thanks for all the queries! You can see all the previous installments of QT here.

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Daily double: One day after Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun wore injured teammate Christian Yelich’s jersey underneath his own (as detailed in yesterday’s lede), he did it again in yesterday afternoon’s game against the Marlins.

And this time Braun hit a home run — an improvement over his first two-jersey game, when he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a GIDP.

The Brewers are in St. Louis tonight. I’m assuming Braun will be doubling up once again.

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And the seats will be replaced by black leather sofas: Amusing promotional stunt yesterday by the pornography studio Bang Bros, which formally submitted a $10 million bid to secure the naming rights to the Miami Heat’s arena (whose name, as noted in yesterday’s Ticker, will no longer be an ad for an airline and is therefore once again up for sale).

Obviously, there are lots of jokes one could make here (let’s please not post any of them in today’s comments, thanks). Just as obviously, the bid will be declined. But it’s worth noting that the porno folks wouldn’t be able to use the Heat as a vehicle for free publicity if the Heat hadn’t decided to sell their arena’s identity. When you lie down with dogs, as the saying goes, expect to get fleas. And when you make anything and everything available for sale, don’t be surprised if some of the prospective buyers are scumbags who are only too willing to publicly embarrass you. You get what you pay for? Sometimes you get what you sell for.

In short, this is just the latest example of why naming rights always suck (pun fully intended).

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I know I said we should never speak of this again…: … but I’ve been laughing all week at one particular aspect of the OBJ watch saga, which is that no two media outlets seem to agree on what the watch cost or is worth.

Depending on which story you happened to read this week, the watch’s value and/or sale price is $189K, $189.5K, $190K, “around 190K,” $191.5K, “more than $200K,” $250K, “over $250K,” “nearly $350K, $350K, “$350K-plus,” or $425K.

This type of moving-target bullshit goes on all the time in the world of celebrity gossip, which is basically the world that OBJ now lives in. Am I the only one who thinks he’s really wearing one those toy watches that used to come in a box of Cracker Jack?

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LAST CALL for the Teespring sale: Teespring’s latest 10% sale runs until midnight tonight. To get the savings, order anything from the Uni Watch Shop and/or the Naming Wrongs Shop and use the checkout code S3PT3MB3R (yes, Teespring seems to have a knack for cringe-inducing codes). You’ll save 10% but Uni Watch will still receive our full profit — a win-win.

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Cap reminder: In case you missed it on Monday, we have a new cap! If our wool Uni Watch Classic Cap is either too expensive or too warm for you, this new cap might be more to your liking. It’s made of really nice cotton twill, and we’re selling it for $24.99. It’s a strapback, so one size fits all.

We’re only planning to keep this one available for a month or two, so move fast. Additional photos and ordering info here.

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: In case you’ve never seen it, here’s a bit of video showing one of A’s owner Charley Finley’s gimmicks: Harvey the Rabbit, a mechanized rabbit that delivered baseballs to umpires at A’s games in the ’60s. This is amazing, why don’t teams still do this? (From Todd Engle). … Mets radio announcer Howie Rose lambasted MLB for not allowing the Mets to wear first responder caps on Sept. 11, throwing in a criticism of the Players’ Weekend unis as a contrast (from Steve Hom and David Dahl). … The Nats’ Single-A affiliate in Fredericksburg, Va., formerly known as the Potomac Nationals, will announce their new name and logo on Oct. 5 (from William F. Yurasko). … A Brooklyn Cyclones employee is growing tomatoes in the team’s bullpen, a throwback to the days when the Mets bullpen coach Joe Pignatano had a bullpen vegetable garden at Shea Stadium (from Ebin Sandler). … The Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters are wearing “Come And Take It” jerseys for the Atlantic League postseason, based on this flag. The Skeeters are the defending Atlantic League champions, and are daring the rest of the league to come for their crown (from Ignacio Salazar). … Mets 1B Pete Alonso because the latest MLBer to shave his mustache in the middle of a game (from Phil).

Pro Football News: Most of the original AFL franchises revealed 60th-season logos earlier this year. For some reason, the Chargers waited until yesterday to reveal theirs (from Brian Taylor). … Pats wideout Antonio Brown is now wearing No. 17 after being temporarily given No. 1 at practice Wednesday. No. 17 was worn by his father, Eddie, in the Arena League. … Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has custom thigh pads with his uni number on one leg and the Cowboys logo on the other (from multiple readers). … The Titans are going navy-white-light blue on Sunday (from Heath Carignan). … Here’s a great shot of two female pro football players from the 1973 Dallas Bluebonnets (from a contributor who didn’t give his name).

College Football News: Johnny Manziel’s Texas A&M uni has been stolen from a museum (thanks, Paul). … TCU is going mono-white tomorrow (from @RadiusAthletics). … Louisville is going red-white-red tomorrow (from M. Brinston Berry). … UNLV is going red-white-red against Northwestern (from @CFB_design). … Houston is going white-black-black this weekend, a debut for their BFBS unis (from Ignacio Salazar). … UCF is going gold-black-white against Stanford. … Penn State is still trying to trademark “Happy Valley” (from William F. Yurasko).

Hockey News: The Oilers have unveiled their new alternate uniforms (from multiple readers). … Here’s our first look at the entirety of the Canucks new unis — not just the jerseys, as we had previously seen (from Wade Heidt). … The ECHL’s Jacksonville Icemen have unveiled their new alternate sweaters (from James Chandler).

Hoops News: New unis for George Mason men. Among other changes, they appear to have added NOBs, which they didn’t have last season.

Soccer News: Mexican side Pumas has unveiled its 65th anniversary logo (from @cesarcu52). … New sleeve ad for Premier League side Watford (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … Celtic FC Women have a new back-of-shirt advertiser (from Ed Żelaski). … Josh Hinton‘s daily download can be found on his Twitter account.

Grab Bag: Australian bowler Mitchell Marsh is going FNOB for the final Ashes test. His brother Shaun plays for Australia but wasn’t in the squad for that tour (from Tom Snee).

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Raffle results: The winner of this month’s Vintage Brand raffle is PJ Chu, who’s chosen this Mets cutting board — congrats! More raffles coming soon. — Paul