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Please Stand By

Paul here, filling in for Phil, who’s had a power outage and therefore can’t post his usual excellent content. He did manage to compile a Ticker before the power went out (see below), but that’s all we have for now. Here’s hoping the electricity gods see fit to restore his power soon!

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Uni Watch News Ticker
[NOTE: Yesterday’s post had a slight glitch and for a portion of the day, only the lede was visible. For those who happened to read during that time, and missed yesterday’s ticker, I’m reposting it below, in BLUE. Sunday’s ticker appears in black ”” PH]

Baseball News: The Lancaster JetHawks will wear these Star Wars-inspired jerseys on June 17th (from OT Sports). … Tweeter Josh Claywell says, “A Davidson batter has a chipped decal, and I never knew Rhode Island’s unis said ‘Rhody’.” … Check out these Mexican Baseball Team Portraits, photos undated (from Country of Baseball). … Here is our first look (ugh) at the Fresno Grizzlies Fourth of July jerseys (from OT Sports). … The Bowling Green Hot Rods will be auctioning specialty jerseys honoring local military & first responders during games from today to Monday (from BG Hot Rods). … I’m just gonna leave this here without comment: “Baseball fans, quit your complaining about camo uniforms.” Well, one comment — yet another talking head who conflates Memorial Day with being a “military holiday.” FFS. STOP IT ALREADY. … Playing out of the RMBL, the Boulder Collegians are a collegiate, summer baseball organization, based out of Boulder Colorado. Check out what they are wearing (h/t AJayAMileHigh). … There’s high-cuffed, and then there is “high-cuffed”: Here’s Odubel Herrera going “high cuffed” on the sleeves for his at bat (pic from Mark Lackinger, via Paul). … Hmmmm. You know how the Iowa Hawkeyes try to look like the Steelers in football? Well, it seems they like to look like the Buccos for baseball (h/t Nathan Bryson). … Also from Nathan, it would seem that David Price has a brother from another mother on THE Ohio State Buckeyes team. … The Cedar Rapids Kernels wore and auctioned off these jerseys last evening (h/t Cedar Rapids Kernels). … The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony wore a disgraceful “diplomatic” Mets/Yanks frankencap the other night (h/t Sam O). … New Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias had an accent on his jersey last evening (h/t #BradYourFriend). This is both awesome/interesting as he didn’t have one on his Dodgers uni(s) previously. … Did you ever want to know how Stan the Man poles out hits? (from Bruce Menard). We need to bring that lexicon back to today’s game, no? … LSU is going to retire Todd Walker’s jersey in 2017. … The Columbia Fireflies will celebrate their connection to Prince by wearing these purple game purple game jerseys. … The New York Yankees, of all teams, are now wearing matte helmets on the road. Additional details here. … As reported by Paul, the Mets will be wearing their 1986 Throwbacks all weekend (including last night, as shown on Jacob DeGrom) long. Those racing stripes on pinstripes were awful, but they look even worse when worn pajama style and with oversized jerseys. At least the field looked good (from RN’s Funhouse). … There’s no context to this, so I’m gonna guess it’s either a “slump buster” or a “because they can” move: “Brewers wearing alternate/throwback BP jerseys tonight” (from Mike Chamernik). I posed the question on Twitter, and the responses weren’t totally satisfactory. Friday night is retro night, and that’s a “retro” BP jersey–and the starting pitcher gets to choose the jersey so…Anyway, they wear those tops once a year, so last night was apparently *that* night. Just another excuse to sell more merch, IMO. Here’s another look (h/t RN’s Funhouse). … The Brevard County Manatees wore camo last night (from Dave Doop). Because nothing hides giant, slow underwater sea creatures better than camo.

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Jose Bautista served his one game suspension Friday night. He still attended the Blue Jays game and dabbled in some PA announcing while wearing a Raptors jersey. He then attended the Raps game (from Mike Chamernik). … “Apostrophe catastrophe for the Bridgeport Bluefish on their alternate (and their similar BP) jersey,” notes R. Scott Rogers, who adds, “Bridgeport plays in the independent Atlantic League.” … Everyone knows tickets to the hit musical “Hamilton” are nearly impossible to come by — but if you want to catch the cast, try the Central Park softball fields (from Paul). Also included is a photo slideshow. … “I always wondered what players did with the extra pant material when they went high-cuffed,” says Trent Guyer. “When I played 15-20 years ago, I just stuffed my pant legs in my socks, resulting in some bunching. Jose Altuve seems to have figured it out, but to me seems to be a rarity. He just has short pants made that stop at the top of his socks.” … Check out the stirrups worn Friday night by the Potomac Nationals (Nats high A team in Woodbridge, VA). From Adam Korengold. … Here is a closer look at the Yankees new matte batting helmets. In a related piece of news, there is a section in this article detailing the new helmets and how they came to be worn. … Last night Jason Ricles was at a Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs home game. “They are wearing their bacon red jersey with grey pants and the (Louisville) Bats who are the away team are wearing full grey as well.” … A hot dog is not a sandwich (from Jimmer Vilk). … Langham Creek HS (Houston) is sporting a DBacks font (from Denis Costello). … These just might be the flag desecration jerseys of all time. Congratulations to the Sacramento River Cats on that feat (from PlainsmanParkingLot). … Arizona Softball has Navy-esque batting helmets with pride stickers (via Clint Richardson). … Remember the Topps baseball cards Burger King used to give away? Here’s the ’78 Yankees stars (from Bruce Menard). … Blue Jays hurler Marcus Stroman was rocking some very nice Stirrups yesterday (from Martin, Chris Creamer, and Genovese respectively). … Check out Alex Cobb’s flag desecration glove for a bullpen session (h/t Christopher Overholt). … “Do the High Desert Mavericks have the worst jersey design?” asks Andrew Vitcavage. “Staggered basic typeface. Ugh.” … Also from Andrew, the Lancaster JetHawks have astronauts as their racers a la Nats president race.

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NFL/Football News: Tweeter Daniel Woods doesn’t know “if it’s confirmed yet”, but a screenshot from the new Madden game shows the Saints with a 50 yr patch. Yes, it has been confirmed (and even seen on a jersey). … Ravens defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan is switching from #97 to #99 as a tribute to Warren Sapp. Sapp does not appear to be pleased (from Andrew Cosentino). … Aaron Rodgers explains why he’ll never let the NFL put a camera in his helmet. … Here’s a look at the Vikings new field (from Patrick Thomas). … Crossover alert! Not sure if this is the cutest pic ever, or borderline child abuse: Ben Roethlisberger already has his newborn rooting on the Penguins in the Stanley Cup finals (from Josh Sánchez). Also posted in the NHL section.

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Tweeter Andrew Greenblatt asks Was this ever a Bengals logo? … “Bought my New Jersey Generals t-shirt today,” says Erik Gamborg. “Very excited!” Erik notes that “Amazon’s got ’em” — and here’s one for the Washington Federals. That sound you hear is Jimmer Vilk emptying his swear jar. … Madden 17 will have the Riddell SpeedFlex helmet (from Andrew Lind).

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Hockey News: We don’t normally talk about the NHL and camopander or flag desecration uniforms this time of year, but why should they be left out of the “star spangled tee shirt” market over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend? (a rare non-Mets/baseball submission from Mets Police honcho Shannon Shark). … “Not sure if anyone has mentioned it before but there’s something different about the hem on Crosby’s sweater,” observes Mark Sencich. “It doesn’t look like the standard template the other players are wearing and almost like it has an extension sewn on it.” … Here is Conrad Burry‘s updated NHL Playoff Hockey circle backet. … Crossover alert! Not sure if this is the cutest pic ever, or borderline child abuse: Ben Roethlisberger already has his newborn rooting on the Penguins in the Stanley Cup finals (from Josh Sánchez). Also posted in the NFL section.

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NBA/NCAA/Basketball News: The Utah Jazz’ “snowflake” logo was spotted the other day on a shooting machine (h/t BYU Sports News). … Dan Kennedy has done an Oklahoma City Thunder rebrand(?) submission. In any case, it’s worth the look! … Does Paul George wear his own Indiana Pacers jersey on vacation? Quite possibly. … Great spot by Matt Roman who writes, “Dunno if you’ve already covered this. TNT keeps using Golden Gate Bridge for warriors logo on broadcast. Correct logo actually shows Bay Bridge.” … Check out these new hoop uniforms for Vail Christian Academy (from Marc Gustafson). … Hmmm — statement or ??? — someone was wearing a backwards “C” on a Cleveland Indians cap at last night’s Raptors/Cavs game (good spot by Clayton Hrusovsky). It’s apparently manufactured by a company called “Ilthy” based in Lakewood, OH. (from Kyle Lenderman).

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Check out the new uniforms the Philippine team will wear into battle at the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers. … There is a slight discrepancy in the Cleveland Cavs logo in actual ECF Champs hat and what NBA Store is selling (from Jay Appaji). Yet, apparently they are selling the correct version in Ohio (from Game. Blouses.). … “I will never understand giving the crowd shirts which are the same color as the opposing team,” says RN’s Funhouse

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Soccer News: Here’s some news George Chilvers should be pleased with: Here is the kit that Wigan Athletic will wear on their return to the Championship next season. It’s similar to this season’s League One title-winning shirt, with the addition of red banding on each sleeve and the collar. … Here’s a cool graphic of the kit design for all the previous Champions League champions (thanks to Conrad Burry). … A possible Tottenham 2016-17 away kit has leaked online, and Spurs fans will hate it (from John Muir).

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The 2016 Argentina Copa America kit has been released, and the Barcelona 2016-17 home kit has been leaked (from Paul Lee).

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Grab Bag: Tweeter Aaron J. Smiley thinks John Cena’s new T-Shirt looks awfully familiar. He adds, “don’t you think??” … I know not many of you are tennis fans (and less so probably pay any attention to the French Open, but this year, adidas has been putting their advertisers signed athletes in camouflage outfits. Yep. Thanks to Tommy Turner, I think. … OK, why is there a lion about to eat an Indy 500 driver? I don’t know, but you can see that and a bunch of crazy photos from the Greatest Spectacle in Racing here If that’s not enough, there are more here.

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“As Under Armour competes with Johns Hopkins for who can own more Baltimore real estate, they’re opening the Under Armour Performance Center downtown,” says Andrew Cosentino. “Despite all of corporate speak, I love that they kept the original architecture of this beautiful 1920s-era bank intact.” … Patrick O’Neill sent in this Cincinnati Enquirer article. “Of some interest is the second picture which displays the socks of the Colorado Governor depicting Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Knowing about your hosiery obsession, I thought you would enjoy.” … Check out the unis in this teams-to-be-named-later pro rugby league in the USA. … “So”¦ the Black River High girls sports teams in Vermont are called the First Ladies. The boys teams are the Presidents,” notes Cassian Wykes. “So what happens if Hillary Clinton is elected President?” … This is a pretty interesting Oregon jacket. Anyone know the vintage? (from Chris Dougherty). … Check out these lacrosse helmet lamps (from The HelmetGuy). … WWE says they will no longer sell John Cena”˜s new Pabst Blue Ribbon inspired shirt, even though they don’t believe they did anything wrong by making it (from Aaron J. Smiley).

30 comments to Please Stand By

  • KikiDee | May 29, 2016 at 8:18 am |

    Where the heck do people live where power outages happen? I recall them being somewhat common in the 70s and 80s but can’t recall last time I lost power.

    Is this for real or just Phil’s version of “dog ate my homework”?

    Thanks again for all the weekend work! Great stuff!

    • Mark in Shiga | May 29, 2016 at 8:27 am |

      At the Jersey Shore in the ’80s and ’90s we seemed to have one every summer or so. Power lines were above ground, not buried, so storms would take them down.

    • The Jeff | May 29, 2016 at 8:38 am |

      It doesn’t really take that much if the lines are above ground. Something as simple as a car hitting a pole can knock out an area for a couple hours, whatever. A squirrel bites the line and fries itself, etc. Nevermind actual storms with strong winds. Heck, I lost internet access for a day once because the city was doing electrical work and cut a cable they shouldn’t have.

      • arrScott | May 29, 2016 at 9:34 am |

        Exactly. I was in Toledo for a week for work once in 2006, and a quarter of the city lost power for an entire morning because a single truck ran into a single utility pole and knocked it down. Most electric infrastructure from before the mid-1990s is above ground, and thus vulnerable to outages from such sophisticated threats as car accidents and squirrels. Bury the wires and you can reduce outages to nearly nonexistent, but it’s expensive to bury new electric networks. And it’s prohibitively expensive for most localities to switch from legacy exposed networks to fully buried networks.

    • Special K | May 29, 2016 at 9:11 am |

      Here in the Chicago area, we lose power occasionally when a big storm goes through. Not all the time, but at least once every few years and sometimes a couple of times in one year.

    • Will S | May 29, 2016 at 10:08 am |

      Power lines above ground here. Small area ones here are somewhat common but usually quite short. One in April for a around an hour at my workplace area – nesting bird related.

      One earlier in April disrupted a Thunder Bay North Stars playoffs game at Fort William Gardens (and my pickup game that was to occur after it). Rest of game played before the next playoff game. My last pickup game of the season is to be tacked on to next season. My house was just outside the outage area.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3JFuAWRS68

      http://www.netnewsledger.com/2016/04/07/hydro-outage-2000-2500-homes-and-business-impacted/

  • Mark in Shiga | May 29, 2016 at 8:30 am |

    Looking at the Mets’ 1986 throwback uniforms, there’s one element that they didn’t try to bring back: the thinner NOB font that was used in longer names. I can’t seem to get a photo of it, but the NOBs look awful on long names like SYNDERGAARD and GRANDERSON because they’re so big and thick.

    What’s worse, they shove the numbers downwards. This gets me to thinking: have NOBs in the under-the-number style, as worn by the Reds in the ’60s and on several basketball teams, ever shoved the numbers upward because their long curves take up too much space?

    • Graf Zeppelin | May 29, 2016 at 10:43 am |

      I also noticed something else: The maker’s mark (Majestic) on the sleeve cuff, forward of the racing stripe (look here.

      I thought I remembered the “Rawlings” maker’s mark being embroidered on the racing stripe, but it turns out (a.) that didn’t appear until ’87 (on the right sleeve, not the left), and (b.) Rawlings didn’t make the Mets jerseys in ’86, Goodman did.

      Still, when the Mets wore ’86 throwbacks in 2006, the Majestic logo appeared on the racing stripe, below the 25th Anniversary patch.

  • Lindy | May 29, 2016 at 8:38 am |

    Man, that blue text with the green is so much easier to read. My 26 year old eyes struggle to pick up the green when its paired with the black text.

    • KikiDee | May 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm |

      This is a GREAT point regarding the blue/green vs black/green contrast.

  • Jon | May 29, 2016 at 8:40 am |

    The John Cena tee shirt, mentioned at the end of the ticker, was taken off the WWE website yesterday and is no longer for sale due to a cease and desist tweet from PBR….

    https://twitter.com/pabstblueribbon/status/736305632815554561

  • arrScott | May 29, 2016 at 8:46 am |

    That hot dog/sandwich article should be taught in logic and rhetoric classes. It includes almost every one one of the classical logical fallacies and never once engages any of the substantive questions that would determine whether a hot dog is a member of the class of sandwiches. Really impressive in a way – even the worst arguments usually at least touch on the actual question at hand.

    Sacramento and Alex Cobb’s glove look so good that I’m willing to overlook the Flag Code in their instances. Especially Cobb – anyone who manages to get all 50 stars into the design like that earns the right to do whatever he wants, in my book. I’m tired of lazy designs that put some random number of stars on the flag. Unless you’re depicting a particular year in history, show 13 stars or 50 stars.

  • Shane | May 29, 2016 at 8:55 am |

    When I played in Little League and Babe Ruth, I definitely made my parents buy those short pants like Altuve wears so I could show sock.

    Didn’t think they still made them.

    • Special K | May 29, 2016 at 9:08 am |

      I was under the impression from reading this site that wearing short pants like Altuve was what everyone did who shows long socks or stirrups. It’s called high-cuffed because the cuff of the pants is higher than normal pants.

  • Gene sanny | May 29, 2016 at 9:08 am |

    I got the Birmingham Stallions and San Antonio Gunslingers versions of those USFL tees for christmas this past year… soft style, well-fitting tees…. and always quite the conversation piece…. love ’em.

  • Wade Heidt | May 29, 2016 at 10:19 am |

    The Oklahoma City Thunder prototype design is pretty good. I like that logo better than the actual one.

    Got me thinking – a staple colour scheme in any league is black with yellow trim. Though the NBA seems to have so many teams wearing purple – there is no team wearing just black with yellow trim. I guess since Pittsburgh does not have a team, it is open. I am surprised no new or rebranded team has grabbed that simple, classic colour scheme.

  • JTH | May 29, 2016 at 10:23 am |

    Love the site! Will be going the June 5th Brewers/Phillies game to get the ‘Phillies Retro Socks’

    Ah, modern technology! Alas it does require moving electrons of some sort to keep working for us…

    To Phil, Paul and everyone here, think about a UPS-(Uninteruptable Power Supply), for your home/business internet modem, wired/wireless network, computer & monitor.

    When it is sized properly (based on the draw of the equipment to be powered), the UPS will operate that equipment allowing X amount of time to complete work and if enough capacity, allow completion and uploading of said work.

    One of the additional benefits w/UPS is protection from low power dips and high power hits from the utility power. I haven’t had the horrible drive crashes on the back-up drives since I put one in 4 years ago.

    Now there is another UPS for the TV, DVR, Home entertainment equipment and it’s technology behaves very nicely since installed.

    Let’s face fact’s here, the tech we need these days to communicate and produce work in today’s world requires this measure of underlying support for our ‘office space’.

    Love the site! Thanks to everyone who contributes!
    JTH

  • Mainspark | May 29, 2016 at 10:35 am |

    Paul – Enjoyed your quote in the NYT today. Captured the Yankee mindset perfectly and I say that as a casual Yankee fan.

    • Paul Lukas | May 29, 2016 at 10:40 am |

      Thanks! I assume you’re referring to the “spontaneity” quote, yes?

      • Mainspark | May 29, 2016 at 11:16 am |

        Yes. An accurate perception in an economy of words. Well done.

  • Graf Zeppelin | May 29, 2016 at 10:45 am |

    I’ve decided that I’m in favor of matte helmets. I think they look good, and compared to the glossy helmets they look more like the regular caps, which I like.

    Not saying every team should use them, only that I’d have no problem with it if they did.

    • Dan T. | May 29, 2016 at 8:58 pm |

      While I don’t think matte helmets (in football and baseball) necessarily look bad, I have predicted and continue to predict that in 2026, Uni-watchers will mostly confine them to “what were they thinking?” slideshows.

  • David Firestone | May 29, 2016 at 10:51 am |

    FYI the Black River High article links to a mobile version, and won’t load on Firefox.

  • Clarybird | May 29, 2016 at 11:35 am |

    “In a related piece of news, there is a section in this article detailing the new helmets and how they came to be worn.”

    This must be the wrong article – there’s no mention at all about the new batting helmets.

  • Judy A | May 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm |

    I’d love to get one of those Washington Federals t-shirts but couldn’t find them on Amazon. Any help with an Amazon link would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • Adam Vitcavage | May 29, 2016 at 3:54 pm |

    Thanks for using my ticket submission for the Jethawks! But you said my name was Andrew and not Adam. Not that it matters. Ha

  • Dan T. | May 29, 2016 at 7:44 pm |

    While Pabst seems to be within their rights to ask the WWE to stop selling a t-shirt that clearly is a rip-off of their logo, it also seems that they missed out on a business opportunity…

    Why not contact the WWE and work out a deal where Pabst licences the use of their logo, say for 10% of total sales?

    That way, Pabst earns $, protects their trademark, and most importantly gets free advertising from the WWE since every time somebody sees a Cena t-shirt, it will remind them of PBR…

  • GTV | May 29, 2016 at 9:03 pm |

    That’s Oregon Track Club. They’ve used some version of the O and tree for years. No idea how old this might be.

  • Steve D | May 30, 2016 at 8:34 am |

    The Broadway Show League? Loved the unis when Rochelle, Rochelle – The Musical played Improv.

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/85/8e/ce/858eceb8f0c84b7baa913899e1c0d307.jpg