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Naming Wrongs 2.0 Officially Up and Running

About two weeks ago I announced that I’d soon be reactivating the long-dormant Naming Wrongs T-shirt project, which is devoted to pushing back against the corporate renaming of stadiums and arenas. Today I’m happy to announce that the project has a logo and that our new Naming Wrongs shop is up and running. (Note that there are three pages’ worth of listings. Some people have told me that they didn’t notice the little “2” and “3” indicators at the bottom of the page at first glance.)

So what are we offering? For starters, as I promised in that earlier post, we’ve brought back the five original Naming Wrongs shirts, but we’ve tweaked the typography and added some additional color options. Here are those five designs, in each of their color renditions (for all of these, you can click to enlarge):

We also have three new designs, which I think you’ll really like (at least based on the feedback and suggestions we received two weeks ago). The first one is for Skydome:

This one was a no-brainer. It was already the first item on my list when I decided to reactivate Naming Wrongs, and a slew of people requested it two weeks ago. (Some of you also asked for Toronto’s familiar split/inlined lettering, but we’re not using any custom or proprietary fonts for this project. Sorry.)

Next up: the ballpark called the Ballpark:

This one was a little further down on my list, but we got a lot of requests for it, so I decided to include it in the first batch of new releases.

Our third release is for Detroit’s new hockey arena. For this one, I decided to go with three different designs, each of which is available in three different colors. The first one is what I call the preseason design:

I’m referring to this next one as the regular season design:

And this final version is simply called the fist, which was inspired by this sculpture in Detroit:

Not bad, right? There’s something conceptually satisfying about the preseason and regular season renditions, and it was fun to experiment with a simple illustration. I’m curious to see how you folks respond.

All of these shirts are now available in our new Naming Wrongs online shop (which, again, runs several pages long). Almost all of the designs are available in short- and long-sleeved versions; the one exception is the Joe Robbie aqua design, because that color isn’t available in long sleeves. No sweatshirts or hoodies yet, but I’ll add them if there’s demand for it. No coffee mugs or other accessories either, but those are easy enough to add, so let me know if there’s any appetite for them.

All of the Naming Wrongs items are also cross-listed in the Uni Watch merch shop, which means card-carrying Uni Watch members can get a 15% discount on them (and on all the rest of the merch listed in the Uni Watch shop). If you’re already a member and would like to have the discount code, shoot me a note and I’ll hook you up. If you’re not a member and want to become one, here’s how to sign up.

We’ll have more new designs soon ”” stay tuned.

Major thanks to Scott M.X. Turner for executing the shirt designs, for creating the beautifully simple Naming Wrongs logo, and for dealing with my very picky art direction. My thanks also to the Rev. Vince Anderson for coming up with the whole “I’m calling it…” trope to begin with, and for his continued solidarity with Naming Wrongs.

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Question Time: It’s been over a year since our last installment of Question Time, so l’m opening the floor for new questions. (Please note that this is not the usual Uni Watch email address.)

The ground rules are the same as we’ve had in the past: You can pretty much ask me anything — uni-related, sports-related, or otherwise. No question is out of bounds, although I may choose to ignore submissions that I consider to be too personal or troll-y.

I’ll do my best to respond to as many of the questions as possible in an upcoming blog entry. If you want to see previous installments of Question Time, to get a feel for the things that have already been asked, they’re all grouped together here.

Again, send your questions here. One question per person, please. Thanks.

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball News:  Scooter Gennett of the Reds made MLB history last night by hitting four homers and racking up 10 RBI against the Cardinals. Unfortunately, he did so in Cincinnati’s camo alts. … Cardinals fans who responded to a Twitter poll want the team to return to wearing navy caps on the road full-time (from Mayer Weisel”). … The Phillies will wear ’70s throwbacks on July 7 and 9 (from Phil). …  The Rays will revive their blue and yellow fauxbacks for the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. That design has been worn only once before, for a road game in Chicago in 2014. The doubleheader is MLB’s first scheduled twinbill since 2011 (from Mike). …  The D-Backs used last year’s Padres logo on their digital lineup cards (from Josh Pearlman). … Rockies P Antonio Senzatela only wears one batting glove — and it’s on his top hand, which is also his pitching hand (from Frito Boat). …  When Bobby Bragan became the president of the Texas League in 1969, he planned to have the umpires  wear turtlenecks (from  Jerry Wolper). …  You really can’t avoid the New Era logo nowadays … Well, except for on Nats manger Dusty Baker’s cap. A quick perusal of Getty Images shows he hasn’t worn the logo on the Nats’ blue cap since at least mid-April (from DG  and  David Goodfriend). … The Fresno Grizzlies Tacos will wear stars and stripes unis on July 4 (from Mike Oz). …  The New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am league unveiled  new logos yesterday. … The Kane County Cougars are giving away bobbleheads in the likeness of Christmas Vaction’s Cousin Eddie on July 14 as a “Christmas in July” promotion (from Nick Lineback). …  The Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League — a Dodgers affiliate — have apologized for scheduling a horribly sexist promotion that prompted immediate criticism after it was announced earlier this week.

NFL News:  The Steelers have a new  advertising patch  on their practice jersey for Rivendale Farms, a local farming and food business. The ad replaces the Legendary Entertainment ad patch that the Steelers had worn on their practice jerseys for the past three years (from  Rich Donahue). … This listicle breaks down nine teams that should wear throwback unis full time (from  Phil). … The Browns gave away new football helmets to a local high school ”” a school that poached the Carolina Panthers’ logo (from  Tony Crespo). … The Bucs’ stadium is being turned into a golf course (from Michael Stein).

Hockey News: It’s official: The NHL will unveil the new Adidas uniforms — including the Vegas Golden Knights’ set — in Las Vegas on June 20. [I’ll be flying out to Vegas for that one. ”” PL] … Here’s a piece that details the  uni changes throughout the history of the Florida Panthers (from  Phil).

NBA and College Basketball News:  This post outlines  some of the changes coming when Nike begins outfitting the NBA next season, and how the new merch will roll out. Buried at the bottom of the article is the news that Nike’s takeover will include socks, with players no longer wearing Stance hosiery (from Phil). … Uni Watch readers already know that former Milwaukee Buck (and current TV analyst) Marques Johnson had some pretty interesting NOBs throughout his career. Yesterday we learned that Johnson thought they were “pretty cool” (from Eric Griffith,  Reinis Lācis, and  Mike). …  New uni numbers for Duke (from  Justin Rocke).

Soccer News:  Porn site  RedTube is the kit sponsor for Washington Square FC, an amateur men’s team in Massachusetts (from  Mitch). … Cambridge United, whose kit advertiser is a construction company, will wear unis that appear to be modeled after reflective vests often worn by construction workers (from  Trevor Williams). … Also from Trevor: Nagoya Grampus, a second-tier Japanese team, will have  some pretty wild  25th-anniversary kits    next season.

Grab Bag: Once a huge no-no, wearing  high black socks with shorts  is now fashion forward. … For all Auburn fans, here’s a comprehensive review of Tiger unis across all sports during the 2016-17 school year (from Clint Richardson). …  Here’s what Australia’s national volleyball team is wearing.  Jeremy Brahm”  calls it  “Rings of Saturn over Ayer’s Rock.” …  Le Coq Sportif will take over as the kit supplier for the French national rugby team in 2018, replacing Adidas. … There are few things more  ’80s than the dashboard of this 1987 Chevy Astrovan (from  Manzell B). … Interesting piece on the “China girls” of old film reels (from Jon Solomonson). … Here’s a look at Australia’s greatest One Day International cricket uniforms (from Tim Cutler).

96 comments to Naming Wrongs 2.0 Officially Up and Running

  • Rubens | June 7, 2017 at 8:02 am |

    Interesting that, when asked about NBA ads Koper kept pushing the word sponsor any chance she had.

    • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 8:10 am |

      Yup. It’s pretty apparent that NBA execs will never ever use the word “advertiser”; only “sponsor.”

      For latecomers, here’s an analysis of that:
      http://www.uni-watch.com/2016/04/19/some-thoughts-about-advertising-vs-sponsorship/

      • Rob S | June 7, 2017 at 8:16 am |

        My feelings on this can be summed up in one line:

        If you’re selling advertising space on your uniforms for sheer profit, and not because you wouldn’t be able to afford to field and dress a team without that money, then your advertising partners are not sponsors.

        • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 8:23 am |

          Exactly. Like I explain in the previously linked piece, a sponsor provides essential support — support without which the enterprise would cease to exist, or would never have existed in the first place. Some sponsors are also advertisers, but not all advertisers are sponsors.

        • Jim Vilk | June 7, 2017 at 11:27 am |

          LikeAs I explain

          Sorry… I get flashbacks to a broadcasting tutorial from Marty Glickman. One of his biggest pet peeves was “Like I said…” He always corrected it to “As I said…”

        • Dan T. | June 7, 2017 at 11:46 am |

          The “sponsor vs. advertiser” question is an interesting one, and I do understand Paul’s argument in how they differ.

          Another point of view is here:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sponsor_(commercial)

          Now, according to the definition provided here, the difference between a sponsor and advertiser is:

          “While sponsorship can deliver increased awareness, brand building and propensity to purchase, it is different from advertising. Unlike advertising, sponsorship can not communicate specific product attributes. Nor can it stand alone, as sponsorship requires support elements”.

          So according to the Wiki page at least, such examples as the patches that will appear on NBA jerseys are examples of sponsorships and can be properly referred to as such, much like the logos on race cars have always been referred to as sponsors.

          So basically, Paul’s claim that it is only a sponsorship if the endeavor being sponsored literally would cease to exist otherwise is false, or at the very least inconsistent with common usage.

        • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 11:48 am |

          Dan, effective trolling consists of more than citing Wikipedia.

          Do you honestly think the NBA patches are not advertising?

          Think harder.

        • Dan T. | June 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm |

          Just presenting a different POV. Not sure this is “trolling”.

          IMO, the two terms are pretty interchangeable; or perhaps you could say that sponsorship is (usually) a form of advertising. Or if you go by the Wikipedia definition, the sponsor of endeavors is allowed to advertise in return for the sponsorship.

          Frankly, it seems to me that “sponsorship” implies a more noble motive than simply “advertiser” and your rejection of the term in this case is that you don’t see anything noble about corporate logos on team uniforms.

          And I am totally in your camp that the sporting world would be a better place without them.

        • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm |

          Frankly, it seems to me that “sponsorship” implies a more noble motive than simply “advertiser”…

          Exactly. That’s why the NBA keeps using that term over and over and over again. But that is bullshit. There is nothing noble about uniform advertising. You may not think there’s anything ignoble about it either, but it definitely isn’t noble. So why not call it what it is: advertising.

        • Greg | June 7, 2017 at 3:04 pm |

          The simplest way to think of sponsor vs advertiser is rec or youth league uniforms. The uniforms get made / teams exist because a company buys them for the team / pays entry fees and expenses. Professional teams that make millions in revenue / have billionaire owners have no need for someone to purchase the uniforms for them or pay for fees and expenses. Thus they are advertisements. Additionally, the uniform manufacturers already pay big money to have the right to make those uniforms and get their makers mark on them. The teams are already getting the gear for free direct from the apparel company.

        • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 3:17 pm |

          Like I’ve said all along, there’s plenty of overlap between the two. Some sponsors are also advertisers. But not all advertisers are sponsors. And the NBA’s uni advertisers are definitely not sponsors.

          We’ve already had this discussion many times. Let’s please move on. Thanks.

        • ROGER MCCANN | June 8, 2017 at 6:13 am |

          “*AS I’ve said…*” Tsk

  • Jerry | June 7, 2017 at 8:09 am |

    Since Tampa is playing Oakland, in the DH. I hope that means the A’s, are wearing their green throwbacks. What an awesome looking game that will be.

  • Eddie | June 7, 2017 at 8:11 am |

    I’m not from Toronto, so forgive me if I’m wrong, but I call it The Skydome.

    • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 8:15 am |

      Nope. For better or worse (I remember hating it when it the place opened, although it no longer bothers me these days), it’s not the Skydome; it’s just Skydome.

      • Iain | June 7, 2017 at 11:38 am |

        I think the shirt should reflect what fans call it & not what the official name was – so The Skydome. In truth, most people in Toronto just refer to it as The Dome.

        • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 11:40 am |

          I talked to several Jays fans about this. The consensus was Skydome.

      • 716 Scott | June 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm |

        Growing up in Buffalo we always called it “The Skydome” but we also referred to “The Aud” and “The Ralph” so maybe we just have an affinity for “the”.

  • Rob S | June 7, 2017 at 8:11 am |

    The basketball icon is next to the hockey one…

  • Dumb Guy | June 7, 2017 at 8:26 am |

    your question time email link has too many “@gmail” endings.

    • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 8:29 am |

      Thanks. Fixed.

  • Ted L. | June 7, 2017 at 8:40 am |

    For pure irony, your next shirt should say “I still call it Fenway”. I hope I’m not the only one who would find that to be comedic gold.

  • rick | June 7, 2017 at 8:47 am |

    Bobby Bragan and umpire article is interesting in that he was thrown out of over 150 games as a player/manager. Turtlenecks in Texas in the summer. Sounds like payback.

    • Jim Vilk | June 7, 2017 at 11:21 am |

      And for a v-neck wearer like me, it’s cruel and unusual punishment in any state…especially in Texas.

  • Peter | June 7, 2017 at 8:56 am |

    Proofreading:

    “A quick perusal of Getty Images shows he hasn’t worn on the logo on the Nats…

    Should it be “hasn’t worn the logo…” (extra on)

  • JakeK66 | June 7, 2017 at 8:59 am |

    For St. Louis – “I’m Still Calling it Kiel” for the Blues arena. I think an ironic one of “I’m still calling it Busch” would be good too!

    • Ryan M | June 7, 2017 at 2:17 pm |

      I was thinking the same thing. I guess technically the current stadium is simply a corporate sponsorship deal that runs through ’26 and not named after Gussie Busch (the way Sportsman’s Park was for its final dozen-ish seasons), so it would be up to Paul whether it’s more akin to Jacobs Field or Coors Field.

      As for our former football facility, I think I read recently that they actually made more money the past year in not having to worry about 10 atrociously-played football games occupying precious calendar dates. But of course its new name is sponsorless–just The Dome at America’s Center. So the ultimate irony would be to say “I still call it the TWA (or) Edward Jones Dome.”

    • Rob S | June 7, 2017 at 2:28 pm |

      Let’s not get too preemptive here. Unless and until there actually is a new corporate advertising name in the works, there’s no point to such a shirt, because the current stadium was always going to be named Busch, just as its predecessor was always named Busch.

      The Kiel one would make a lot of sense. I have no idea if Blues fans still actually use that name, but it does fit the anti-corporate sellout requirement – the Kiel Center was named after the Kiel Auditorium, which in turn was named in honor of former St. Louis mayor Henry Kiel.

  • Greg | June 7, 2017 at 8:59 am |

    I think corporate stadium names are interesting, we don’t really get too bent out of shape unless it is something blatant including a “bank” or other corporate nonsense in it. Wrigley is corporate name and nobody cares. I tried coming up with decent names for all the MLB parks:
    Citizens Park – They could even keep their corporate logo font, just take the bank part out and it sounds good.
    Shea Stadium – I actually don’t think Citi Field is too bad, since it just sounds like City Field.
    Turner Field – Old name works, and probably could get Turner Broadcasting / Time Warner to pony up some cash for it.
    Havana Stadium – A cool way to honor the neighborhood of the Marlins’ park as well as the historical connection to Cuban baseball.
    National Park – Drop the s, this sort of implies it connection to the nation’s capital and national monuments.
    Busch Stadium
    Wrigley Field
    Clemente Park – Pretty self explanatory. Could also go with Three Rivers Stadium.
    Great American Ballpark – In spite of the corporate sponsor behind it, doesn’t sound like one.
    Miller Park – Like Busch and Coors, its family named company sponsoring it, so it works.
    Jack Murphy Stadium – Either go back to the Murph or maybe something with Gaslamp for the surrounding neighborhood.
    Dodgers Stadium
    Pacific Park – PacBell wasn’t an awful name, but since they no longer exist just go with Pacific Park?
    Chase Field – Not much tradition I am aware of in Phoenix, and Chase isn’t super corporate sounding.
    Coors Field – See Miller Park
    Yankee Stadium
    Fenway Park
    Toronto Skydome
    Tropicana Field – A local company who’s name is synonymous with tropical weather and oranges of the local area. It works well enough.
    Camden Yards
    Comiskey Park
    Tigers Stadium
    Jacobs Field
    North Loop Park – Again, recognizing the neighborhood the park is in.
    Kauffman Stadium
    Ballpark at Arlington
    Union Station Park – Enron and Minute Maid are no good, just use the name of the train station the park was built on.
    Oakland Coliseum
    Angels Stadium
    Liberty Park – Liberty Mutual bought out Safeco, so similar to Citizens Bank, throw an abbreviated version of their corporate name on it.

    • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 9:06 am |

      Wrigley is more of a vanity name than a corporate name. Mr. Wrigley owned the team and named the stadium after himself.

      • Greg | June 7, 2017 at 9:32 am |

        Very true. What is your felling on places like Heinz Stadium? Obviously not the same thing as Wrigley, and the Heniz family are no longer the controlling owners of the company to make it a vanity naming rights deal, but it doesn’t sound as awful as say Lincoln Financial Field.

        • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 9:36 am |

          I agree that it’s not as clunky-sounding.

          But the point of Naming Wrongs is not to push back against clunky-sounding facility names; it’s to push back against *corporate* names. Viewed from that perspective, Heinz Field is every bit as bad as Lincoln Financial Field.

        • Chance Michaels | June 7, 2017 at 1:43 pm |

          I’d agree with that.

          Milwaukee’s stadium might well have been named Miller Park if Fred Miller hadn’t died in that plane crash, and had lived to buy the Braves.

          But that’s not what happened, and since the brewery paid a ton of money to put their name on the building it should be treated like any other.

    • Jeff B | June 7, 2017 at 9:28 am |

      I was a kid when the United Center opened in Chicago, and it took me a surprisingly long time to realize it was named after United Airlines. Just seemed like a nice name. United Center – Maybe named that way because it was shared by the Bulls and Blackhawks. If I was an adult at the time, I’m sure it would have been immediately obvious, especially since the old stadium was just Chicago Stadium.

      • Greg | June 7, 2017 at 9:36 am |

        I remember something similar when the Bucs starting playing in Raymond James Stadium. I had never heard of Raymond James Financial group and just assumed it was named after someone associated with the Bucs franchise or a politician from the Tampa Bay region.

        • Dumb Guy | June 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm |

          Me too, like Joe Robbie.

        • Ferdinand Cesarano | June 7, 2017 at 10:01 pm |

          For a long time I didn’t know that the Great Western Forum had a corporate name. I thought that that was just a boastful name, and perhaps that it also expressed a bit of one-upsmanship against Montreal’s Forum.

      • Perry | June 7, 2017 at 10:18 am |

        Same with me and the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, except I wasn’t a kid. I just thought Delta was a modernistic sounding name and never connected it with the airline.

        Ditto Great American Ballpark. Was a while before I knew it was the name of an insurance company.

        I’m pretty naive, I guess.

        • Greg | June 7, 2017 at 11:20 am |

          Ditto on Great American Park, I only realized it was an insurance company like a year or two ago.

    • Tom | June 7, 2017 at 10:03 am |

      “North Loop Park — Again, recognizing the neighborhood the park is in.”

      This is in the AL Central parks part of the list, so are you thinking this is a good name for the White Sox stadium? The stadium is SOUTH of the Loop. And is not part of the South Loop. Bridgeport would be the neighborhood.

      Or just call it Sox Park like old timers do.

      • Greg | June 7, 2017 at 11:18 am |

        North Loop for the Twins, White Sox would just be Comiskey again. Sorry, assumed people were following where I was going with some of these.

      • Adam N. | June 7, 2017 at 11:30 am |

        Target Field – MN Twins – is in the North Loop part of Minneapolis

        • Tom | June 7, 2017 at 11:53 am |

          Ahh! Thanks! My eyes scanned right past Comiskey in the list.

        • Rob S | June 7, 2017 at 2:47 pm |

          Probably would’ve helped if there had been some line spacing between the division groups, to break up the wall of text.

        • Lance Smith | June 7, 2017 at 4:32 pm |

          I’m still calling it the Warehouse District.

    • Brent | June 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm |

      It’s the Ballpark IN Arlington.

    • Ryan M | June 7, 2017 at 2:19 pm |

      I think you meant “Not-So-Great American Ballpark” for Cincinnati. Or “Great American Bandbox.”

    • Rob S | June 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm |

      Turner Field was as much a vanity thing for Uncle Ted as anything, but neither he nor Time Warner have anything to do with the Braves anymore.

      If I were to push for a non-corporate name for the current Braves’ stadium, I’d go with an homage to Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, and say “I’m calling it Cobb County Stadium”.

      • Greg | June 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm |

        I like that. For some reason it reminded me of the wrestler Big Boss Man from the late 80s, was always introduced as “from Cobb County Georgia.”

  • Manuel | June 7, 2017 at 9:01 am |

    I like the idea that just because a team sold the naming rights to a venue, it doesn’t mean that an individual has to use that name. So Progressive Field in Cleveland will always be Jacobs Field to me. However, Little Ceasars Arena was never the Joe. It is a separate building. Just like Joe Louis Arena was never the Olympia. But whatever, you can call it whatever you want.

    • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 9:07 am |

      However, Little Ceasars Arena was never the Joe. It is a separate building.

      Exactly. That’s why we’re not saying, “I Still Call It The Joe.” We’re not hearkening back to the building’s earlier name because it didn’t have an earlier name.

      The wording on that one is, “I’m Calling It The Joe,” a way of saying, “Wherever the team is playing will be the Joe to me.”

      In short: We use “I Still Call It…” for old building with new corporate names, and “I’m Calling It…” for new buildings with corporate names.

      If that doesn’t work for you, no problem. But it works for us, and for a lot of other people.

      • Jon Rose | June 7, 2017 at 10:15 am |

        Was Coors Field ever called Mile High?

        • Perry | June 7, 2017 at 10:23 am |

          Coors Field has never had another name. But the Broncos’ old stadium was Mile High Stadium. The new one was “Invesco Field at Mile High” until Invesco went under, then “Sports Authority Field at Mile High.” Sports Authority is now defunct as well, but the name remains.

        • DenverGregg | June 7, 2017 at 10:28 am |

          The Rockies played the first two seasons at Mile High, during which time Coors Field was under construction and already named Coors Field under a permanent naming rights deal. Pete Coors was a minority owner of the team and the family has dozens of local namesakes including some streets in the far suburbs, so it doesn’t seem too odd for the ballpark to have that particular name.

        • Thomas S. | June 7, 2017 at 11:28 am |

          Eavesdropping outsiders must do a double take whenever a male Broncos fan proclaims, “My mother and I have seats in the Mile High club section!”

        • DenverGregg | June 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm |

          Thomas S – around the turn of the century a work colleague chose an email address of “MileHighSue” at whatever.com. She was taken aback by the assumptions many people made about that moniker, thinking it was clear she was just a Bronco fan.

  • Wade Heidt | June 7, 2017 at 9:17 am |

    For those CFL fans out there. Whether it is the old one or the new one built for this year:

    I am still calling it Taylor Field.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Field_(Regina)

    https://www.riderville.com/mosaic-stadium/

  • Manuel | June 7, 2017 at 9:28 am |

    Thanks for explaining the difference. I won’t be calling Little Ceasars Arena the Joe, but I don’t mind if other people do. Like I said, people can say or do what they want.

  • Dumb Guy | June 7, 2017 at 9:45 am |

    Golfing in the Bucs’ stadium….

    I will assume they limit your club choice, right?

  • Tim | June 7, 2017 at 10:43 am |

    Knee high black socks and shorts conjures up a 4 letter word.

    Dork.

    • Thomas S. | June 7, 2017 at 11:35 am |

      As Rodney Dangerfield might have said, “But those black socks and white shoes really look good on YOU, Sir!”

      • Brent | June 7, 2017 at 1:57 pm |

        I bet it also comes with a free bowl of soup.

    • rick | June 7, 2017 at 11:59 am |

      add sandals…superdork

  • Kyle | June 7, 2017 at 11:12 am |

    That Raptors promo is effed up.

    • Chance Michaels | June 7, 2017 at 4:50 pm |

      I’m guessing they don’t have a whole lot of women in their promotional department.

  • Stephen Rigby | June 7, 2017 at 11:22 am |

    I agree with the list of teams that should revert to throwbacks with the exception of the Bears. They have one of the cleanest, most classic uniforms in the entire NFL. Like the Steelers and Packers I really hope that Nike never dream of redesigning them, look at the mess they made of Cleveland’s uniforms.

    • Rob S | June 7, 2017 at 2:56 pm |

      Agreed on the Bears. The article suggesting that the orange pops off the navy better than white (which is about as high-contrast as you can get without knocking the already midnight shade of navy the Bears use down to pure black) just made me bury my face in my palms.

  • Jason | June 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm |

    I’d love one of those shirts that says “I’m still calling it Rich Stadium”.. but I guess that defeats the point.

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | June 7, 2017 at 12:22 pm |

    I cannot stress how much I love that the Red Wings shirt has a preseason and regular season version. Absolute epitome of Uni Watch.

    • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm |

      I kinda think nobody will buy the preseason one. But doing both versions felt like the right thing to do. Or at least the fun thing to do!

    • MJ | June 7, 2017 at 3:35 pm |

      Second this. The preseason/regular season distinction is brilliant. Although vertical arching or GTFO. We need to start the revival of vertical arching somewhere, the beachhead might as well be here.

  • Jim | June 7, 2017 at 12:39 pm |

    Any chance of getting “I still call it The Murph” for Jack Murphy / Qualcomm … before it gets demolished in 2019?

  • Block "O Canada" | June 7, 2017 at 12:43 pm |

    Proofreading:
    “Yesterday learned that Johnson thought they were “pretty cool”
    – Yesterday “we” learned

  • Manuel | June 7, 2017 at 1:02 pm |

    You can call it advertising. I will call it sponsorship.

    • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 1:04 pm |

      Could you please explain how and why it is NOT advertising?

    • PaulS | June 7, 2017 at 1:44 pm |

      Manuel,
      That would make you wrong: a sponsor, like a patron, is considered indispensable, an absolute necessity to an activity. Think of something like the Tour de France, and the cycling teams involved; without a sponsor, the team has no real chance to enter the race, and even less chance of winning it. On the other hand, the individual NBA teams (because of the league’s TV contract) will break even, or show a profit, before they sell a single hot dog. Money from a patch on their jersey is just icing on the cake (that’s already been iced, with sprinkles, and whatever other sugar you want on there). That patch is not the life or death of the team; therefore, it’s not a sponsor.

      • Dan T. | June 7, 2017 at 2:27 pm |

        Paul S-

        I think the issue here is that there is no real reason to claim that a “sponsor” is “an absolute necessity”. That seems to be Paul Lukas’ opinion alone.

        To “sponsor”, according to the dictionary definition, is simply to provide funds towards an activity carried out by another. In return for the sponsorship, the sponsor may or may not get the right to advertise or get other considerations. Whether or not the sponsorship is absolutely necessary for the endeavor to survive or is done for the purpose of additional revenue is irrelevant.

        Basically, this distinction between the two terms is a form of editorial comment; that being that a sponsor is engaged in a noble pursuit while an “advertiser” is strictly in it for their own profit.

        Plus, one could argue that NBA teams and other pro sports franchises do rely heavily on sponsors/advertisers and therefore sponsors are essential. Has there ever been a professional sports league that was able to function without some form of advertising?

        • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 2:33 pm |

          one could argue that NBA teams and other pro sports franchises do rely heavily on sponsors/advertisers and therefore sponsors are essential.

          And yet somehow the NBA has managed to exist without jersey “sponsors” for more than half a century. Not very essential.

          Let’s please move on. Thanks.

  • Anthony Verna | June 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm |

    I hate it when the Phillies bring out the 70s/80s throwbacks. Not because I hate those uniforms – I love them – but the Phillies just don’t do those throwbacks correctly anymore.

    • Steve D | June 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm |

      They would need zippers and vertically arched names to ever look right.

    • MJ | June 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm |

      100% agree. For playing in the home city of Mitchell & Ness and all the research they have done, the Phillies’ throwbacks have gotten awful lately.

  • Steve D | June 7, 2017 at 1:06 pm |

    I have never called the Mets’ current stadium by its corporate sellout name. However, since it has been around for a bunch of years already, I would more likely say to someone “I call it Shea” rather than “I’m calling it Shea.” The latter implies I intend to call it that, or perhaps I continually call it that, or perhaps I am flippantly calling it that.

    • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm |

      I actually thought about doing exactly what you’re suggesting here.

      But “I’m Calling It Shea” was the the phrase that gave birth to the entire Naming Wrongs project. And it wasn’t my phrase — it was coined by the Rev. Vince Anderson. I felt we should stick with it.

  • PaulS | June 7, 2017 at 1:46 pm |

    The link for the new Vegas, and all new adidas uniforms, in the NHL section doesn’t work; Twitter can’t find the page.

    • Paul Lukas | June 7, 2017 at 1:49 pm |

      That tweet seems to have been taken down. But the info was there, and the statement in the Ticker is accurate.

  • PaulS | June 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm |

    The link on the Panthers’ uniform history is interesting; I wonder if Andrew Greenstein knows about the “video”, seeing has how all the images and the text shown is taken directly from his nhluniforms.com website. Certainly that, and the other vids, are not attributed to him.

    • Rob S | June 7, 2017 at 3:06 pm |

      The video’s pretty outdated as well, since it doesn’t include the return to red in 2011, the ditching of the JetBlues in 2012, or the all-new unis introduced last year.

  • Chris Cruz | June 7, 2017 at 2:24 pm |

    Is it just me or does Dusty Baker’s cap have an extra panel applied over the New Era logo? That portion of the cap looks much bulkier than the rest of the cap.

  • Marcus Jackson | June 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm |

    I sure hope the Cards return to the navy blue caps. After they started using that color for their caps in the ’90s, I just couldn’t picture them wearing the red caps on the road again.

  • Heisenberg's Hat | June 7, 2017 at 8:16 pm |

    So you won’t permit an Indians Uni Watch membership card but are ok with selling the I Sill Call it the Jake tee in Indians colors? I’m guessing this is because these are two separate ventures you’re willing to do something related to the Cleveland Indians? Will you do RFK shirt in the colors of the DC area football team?

  • Joe Suarez | June 8, 2017 at 1:15 am |

    I don’t yet know if this is worth a mention, but the Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim) seem to be treating their standard Jerseys as alternates. They’ve played 8 games since donning camouflage for Memorial Day and have worn red tops at home 6 of those games. They have now worn red tops at Detroit two games in a row and have only worn their home whites on May 30 and June 2nd. There’s a possibility this has already been a thing and I’ve just never noticed it until now. There’s another game starting in 12 hours, wonder what they’ll wear?

  • Alex G | June 8, 2017 at 11:23 pm |

    I still disagree with the omission of Pac Bell Park. Yes, they were a corp. with the naming rights to the stadium. But as a Giants fan – and stadium name purist (Packers fan as well) – Pac Bell didn’t come across like the other corporate-named stadiums. I feel this way because the stadium is on the Pacific (Bay side but still SF peninsula, close enough) and has a bell tower. The name fit quite well, regardless of sponsorship. AT&T and SBC Park were awful renamings…for us, it’s still Pac Bell. With the same ring to it as any of the other stadiums.

    • Paul Lukas | June 8, 2017 at 11:41 pm |

      It’s fine that you like the name Pac Bell, and of course you’re welcome to call your stadium anything you like. But the fact remains: We’re not doing any shirts that honor corporate names, because the whole point of the Naming Wrongs project is to reject corporate names — even ones that “fit quite well.” Sorry.