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Monday Morning Uni Watch

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Good morning! Quite the winter wonderland yesterday in KC, as the Chiefs and Broncos played in the snow (lots of additional photos here, here, and here). There was even a snowball fight on the field prior to the game:

In other news from around the league yesterday:

• Very welcome sight in DC, as the Eagles wore their long-lost green pants for the first time since 2017 (!):

• The Chargers wore their mono-royal alternates:

• Rare sight in Dallas, as the Cowboys wore navy over white — at home:

• The Bengals went mono-black:

• The Titans went mono-light-blue:

In that same game, Gridiron Uniform Database co-honcho Bill Schaefer said he thought the Titans’ jerseys and pants didn’t match. “The jerseys are a bit more vibrant, almost like the pants are one year old and have faded,” he wrote to me. Did it look that way to anyone else? I don’t really see it. Here’s a video clip:

• The Steelers wore their mono-black alternates:

• With that Pittsburgh/Buffalo game featuring all three of the Edmunds brothers — Steelers defensive back Terrell Edmunds, Steelers running back Trey Edmunds, and Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds — their father, former NFL tight end Ferrell Edmunds, wore a frankenhat:

• No home teams wore white.

• Looking ahead, tonight’s Saints/Colts game is a rematch of Super Bowl XLIV, and it appears that the Saints are adding a 10th-anniversary patch for the occasion:

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Membership update: I don’t think we’d ever gotten a request to make a supercross-based membership card until a few weeks ago, when reader John Flory asked for his card to be patterned after Jeremy McGrath’s 1996 jersey. Let’s have a standing O for card designer Scott M.X. Turner for doing such a great job with this complicated design.

John’s card is one of a bunch that have been added to the membership card gallery. I expect the printed/laminated versions of all cards currently in the gallery to ship out in time for Christmas delivery. (If you want to get someone a membership card as a gift but didn’t order it yet, you can still order a gift membership voucher right up through Dec. 24.)

Ordering a membership card is a good way to support Uni Watch (which, frankly, could use your support these days). And remember, a Uni Watch membership card entitles you to a 15% discount on any of the merchandise in our Teespring shop and our Naming Wrongs shop. (If you’re an existing member and would like to have the discount code, email me and I’ll hook you up.) As always, you can sign up for your own custom-designed card here, you can see all the cards we’ve designed so far here (now more than 2,400 of them!), and you can see how we produce the cards here.

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A different kind of uniform: The Tugboat Captain and I were invited a very fancy holiday party at a very swanky Upper East Side museum on Saturday night, so I had a rare chance to dress up. And although you can’t see it in the photo shown above, I was wearing Uni Watch cufflinks!

It was quite the scene. As you can see, there was a big fountain (which included two spitting frogs that for some reason I found endlessly amusing), along with a live band, an open bar, and a huge spread of food (including lots of roast pork served on a platter with the pig’s head), yowza!

I don’t get to attend shindigs like this very often. A fun change of pace!

On our way back to the subway, we passed something I’d never seen before: blue traffic cones! Man, these Upper East Siders take the whole “blueblood” thing more seriously than I realized:

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Hmmmm: Why was I wearing a Uni Watch attire for a photo shoot in the December cold yesterday? It’s a fun story — more details soon.

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Year-end raffle reminder: In case you missed it on Friday, our annual year-end raffle is now underway, with dozens of cool items available for you to win (including the Rangers 2019 NHL All-Star Game jersey shown above). Full details here.

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: From the realm of weird mascots, we present the Japanese Pacific League’s Chiba Lotte Marines’ fish, the premise of which is that it has “eaten” the person wearing the suit and “spits” them out (from Jesse Tenorio). … Twitter-er @WarJack82 points out that because the Rangers traded CF Delino DeShields, he’s the second player this offseason to participate in a uniform reveal and then be traded. … Continuing with the Rangers, this is how their old stadium will be set up to host USL League One’s North Texas SC (from Josh Hinton). … Christmas stocking uniforms for the Australian Baseball League’s Perth Heat (from Samuel Williams).

Football News: The school of the day from Blaise D’Sylva’s helmet collections was his alma mater, Washington State.
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Hockey News: Junior teams that wore Christmas-themed uniforms included the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, with coaches also wearing Christmas sweaters, the WHL’s Prince George Cougars, and the British Columbia Hockey League’s Prince George Spruce Kings. The BCHL’s Victoria Grizzlies wore teddy bear toss-themed uniforms (all from Wade Heidt). … Also from Wade: the OHL’s Oshawa Generals marked their equipment manager’s 2500th game with a commemorative jersey. … A Kings blog mentioned that the team added purple to their black-and-white color scheme in 1998 right after their merch was banned by many schools’ dress codes (from Jack Wade).

Basketball News: Kentucky’s women’s team wore black alternates at home against Louisville. I don’t get why a team would wear BFBS when their rival has black as a color — something Iowa State has also done (from Josh Hinton and Jennifer O’Hagan). … Clemson wore ’90s throwbacks against South Carolina yesterday (from the Clemson Uniform Tracker). … Minnesota wore gold at home against Ohio State (from @BrickShirtHouse). … The D-League Canton Charge wore Cavaliers-style fauxbacks for the parent team’s 50th anniversary (from Tom Pachuta).

Soccer News: In the Premier League, Arsenal wore the team charity’s logo as a patch. It’s fair to say their defense felt charitable, too (from Josh Hinton). … Odd coincidence, perhaps: Tottenham Hotspur’s men’s and women’s teams both happened to wear a relatively uncommon blue-blue-white combo when playing at the exact same time. … Italian team AC Milan wore a 120th-anniversary shirt which was essentially the same as their normal first shirt for this season except with gold accents. … Also in Italy, Napoli are one of a small handful of soccer teams in the world that fall for some of the uni-based fads well known to us, and they outdid themselves with a black, camouflage fourth kit worn at home with a cringe-inducing name (from Ed Żelaski). … The next three are also Josh: new second kit for Mexico. … These are apparently Liverpool’s would-be shirts for next season, if they hadn’t switched to Nike from New Balance. … This is how the Texas Rangers’ old stadium will be set up to host USL League One’s North Texas SC. … New shirts also for Irish teams Bray Wanderers and Waterford.

Grab Bag: English rugby union team Bath wore a creative substitute for one of their ads for a European Rugby Champions Cup game in France, because the country bans alcohol ads (from Josh Gardner and Ben O’Connell). … The NLL’s Saskatchewan Rush wore fifth-anniversary jerseys (from Wade Heidt). … I’m sure you’ve seen the $120,000 banana taped to a wall by now. Boston College’s field hockey team recreated it with a stick from that sport. … Some Gaelic Athletic Association county boards in Ireland have started releasing new shirts for their Gaelic games teams, including Wexford and Waterford. … Sen. Joni Ernst is leading a push for better-fitting body armor for female members of the military (from Timmy Donahue).

28 comments to Monday Morning Uni Watch

  • Steve | December 16, 2019 at 8:28 am |

    I believe there’s a slight typo: you say you “can” see the Uni Watch cuff links in the photo of you and the Tugboat Captain, but from context, I’m guessing you mean “can’t”.

    • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2019 at 8:41 am |

      Correct — thank you! Now fixed.

  • Marcus Jackson | December 16, 2019 at 8:35 am |

    North Texas SC is gonna play at the Rangers’ old place, Globe Life Park in Arlington, not the MLB club’s new place, Globe Life Field. The soccer franchise is gonna shack up with the XFL’s Dallas Renegades after the Rangers’ old joint is reconfigured for football and soccer.

    • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2019 at 8:42 am |

      Thanks. Fixed.

  • Kevin Zdancewicz | December 16, 2019 at 8:49 am |

    Which Gridiron Uniform Database co-honcho was it?

    • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2019 at 8:59 am |

      Bill Schaefer — thanks for pointing out that omission. Now added.

  • Padday | December 16, 2019 at 8:52 am |

    Proud day for the Déise as Waterford gets two separate entries in the Ticker.

    • Jamie Rathjen | December 16, 2019 at 9:09 am |

      Third and fourth ones ever, in fact (after I got the soccer team in twice last year).

      • Padday | December 16, 2019 at 12:24 pm |

        Great representation for the “Sunny South East” in general when you also throw in the absolutely gorgeous return to the classic Wexford yellow shoulders (even if it is inherently wrong for a side nicknamed “the Yellow Bellies”).

        Meanwhile, very relieved Bray (just up the coast) have retained the candy stripes again this year. It’s no coincidence that the four years or so they didn’t have candy stripes represent some of the darkest years in the club’s history.

  • Lee | December 16, 2019 at 8:52 am |

    I definitely see the non-matching Titans’ jerseys and pants in the video!

    • Bill S | December 16, 2019 at 10:59 am |

      Thanks! Good to know eyes beyond my ‘four’ see the same thing.

      • John P | December 16, 2019 at 2:32 pm |

        I see it, but its very slight; would not have noticed it myself. Nothing compared to 10-20 years ago when every seemed to have 4-5 different versions of their primary dark color between pants, jerseys, socks, and helmets. Hell, the Packers used to have 2 very different greens on their jerseys in the 5 sleeve striped Starter days.

  • Jason Kodger | December 16, 2019 at 8:54 am |

    Link to the McGrath jersey is 403’d.

  • Lindsay Brooke Resnick | December 16, 2019 at 10:06 am |

    What a great looking couple! You two clean up well! Glad you had a good time at the party.

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | December 16, 2019 at 10:12 am |

    The Saints wore gold helmets/white jerseys/gold pants in their SB XLIV victory. There is a small history of the Saints wearing white at home (even if weather is a moot point at the Louisiana Superdome). I think they should have reprised that look here. Missed opportunity. But totally consistent with other “Super Bowl throwbacks, but reversed” dates earlier this year, like Packers/Chiefs and Packers/Raiders.
    Also, I loved (and still do) love that Super Bowl XLIV logo. I love the field goal uprights out of the L and I, and I love that that was the last “custom” SB logo before that literally got standardized.

  • MJ | December 16, 2019 at 10:28 am |

    1. The Eagles bringing back the green pants was long overdue. Until they revert back the silver pants and kelly green, this is better than white pants all the time.
    2. The Cowboys navy/white is becoming less rare these days.
    3. You two clean up real nice like…

  • Mainspark | December 16, 2019 at 10:29 am |

    Is your glove a Rawlings fastback model? If so, I have one just like it from my HS days albeit for my left hand.

    • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2019 at 10:43 am |

      Yes, exactly! Bought it around 1989, give or take.

      • Chance Michaels | December 16, 2019 at 11:38 am |

        That’s awesome. I still play with the Robin Yount model Rawlings fastback glove I’ve had since I was a teenager.

  • Taylor Smith | December 16, 2019 at 11:42 am |

    Question: the shape of ball cap bills have changed over time and are a combination of aesthetic, functionality and popularity. PURELY from an attractiveness perspective, what bill shapes do you think look best? How about from a total uniform perspective? Time period?

    I love when you talk stirrups and pajama pants, interested in the same analysis of bill shape.

    Big fan, thanks!

  • Brian | December 16, 2019 at 12:54 pm |

    Cowboys wore navy over white for 2nd time this year, so not all that rare these days

    • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2019 at 12:55 pm |

      Given the historical context — macro vs. micro — I’d say it’s still pretty rare.

  • Jody Watts | December 16, 2019 at 2:50 pm |

    Please NFL get rid of the yoga pants look

  • Christopher Falvey | December 16, 2019 at 2:55 pm |

    Late to the game, but I DO actually see a very slight difference in vibrancy in the Titans jerseys over pants. The pants, at certain angles, on certain players… do seem a but more… grey?

    Bad quality video, so not positive, but I can see it for sure.

    Now was I primed to see it because of the comment above it? Maybe… ha!

  • Wade Heidt | December 16, 2019 at 3:11 pm |

    Further to the Ticker item, a bit more about Oshawa Generals Equipment Manager Bryan Boyes. He started as a stick boy with the Generals in 1976 and became their Equipment Manager in 1982.

    Meaning he managed the equipment way back when they wore Cooperalls:

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/511lC39UaUL.jpg

    Also when the Generals wore the quite awesome two-colour helmet:

    http://bigmouthsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/eric-lindros-w-oshawa-generals.jpg

  • Perry | December 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm |

    As an Arsenal supporter, I appreciate the charitable defense line. Sometimes all one can do while their club is in the worst run of games in three decades is laugh.