Hockey season just ended, but the NHL is still in the news, because the Anaheim Ducks (no longer “Mighty,” because they’re no longer owned by Disney) unveiled their new uniforms yesterday.
This design has its nice touches (the repeated use of the thin orange stripes is particularly nice), but Uni Watch is generally unimpressed. For starters, the diagonal jersey striping (which looks even worse from behind) is bad news, especially since it inevitably evokes thoughts of such ill-fated disasters as this and this. And the black/orange color scheme is a bit iffy — as reader Joe Berlinghieri points out, “there’s the danger that they could start to look like Halloween costumes, like the old Canucks uniforms.”
But the biggest problem is the jersey logo. Uni Watch loves the web-footed “D,” and the overall wordmark isn’t so bad by itself, but it’s a total snooze when applied to the jersey. Over on Chris Creamer‘s message boards, someone showed how cool it would’ve been if they’d just used the D. And hey, what if they’d had the guts to do something literal, instead of stylized, like the minor league Long Island Ducks baseball team. Still, Uni Watch supposes we should be glad the Anaheim crew didn’t take any cues from those other Ducks who released new unis this week.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Uni Watch can’t decide what to think about Lastings Milledge’s red armbands — sorta cool, but also the kind of thing that could easily get out of hand. … Uni Watch webmaster John Ekdahl is up in Cooperstown, where he snapped this photo of the MLB uniform guidelines, which are posted in every team’s clubhouse. … Interesting note from Matt French, who writes: “During Wednesday’s UNC/Cal State Fullerton game, UNC called on lefty fastballer Andrew Miller to close out the game with two out in the 9th. As Miller made his way to the mound, the home plate umpire noticed he had a red substance on the right shoulder of his uniform. They called a mound conference and discussed for the better part of two minutes whether the substance was blood or ketchup. It turns out Miller — traditionally a starter — was eating something in the dugout, figuring he wouldn’t see action in the game. When he got the word in the 6th that he might throw some relief, he apparently dropped whatever the food item was onto his uniform.” You can vagely see what he’s talking about in this photo of Miller icing down his arm after the game. … Uni Watch’s recent note about the growing scourge of elastic-less pant cuffs prompted this note from Lincoln King: “Cubs broadcasters Len Casper and Bob Brenly reported during the June 20th Cubs game that Scott Eyre received word from his agent that he would be fined by MLB for taking the elastic out of the bottoms of his pants. That night, he returned with elastic in his pants.” This is the first Uni Watch has heard of anyone being fined for this particular offense. … Logo Creep Alert from Dave Schmitt, who took this screen-grab from yesterday’s Ghana/USA match. “Is this a bandage?” he asks. “A Nike ring?” Beats Uni Watch. Anyone..? … It’s annoying enough that Roger Clemens has been wearing that stupid “Rocket Man” logo on his glove in recent years. But it looked even bigger and uglier last night.