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Good morning, and happy post-St. Paddy’s Day! There was a lot of wearin’ of the green here at Uni Watch HQ yesterday, but we’ll get to that later. For now, let’s talk about Tom Brady. After reports began circulating yesterday that Brady was heading to the Buccaneers, lots of media outlets began posting images of him Photoshopped into the Bucs’ alarm clock uniform — a uniform that he’ll never wear, because everyone knows the Bucs will soon announce new uniforms (and some of us already know what they’ll look like).
The funniest image was the one shown above (which was tweeted by SportsCenter), because the Photoshopper removed the visor from the original photo, but not the visor tabs! Sloppy work, but few of us are at our best these days, so we can let it slide.
Here are some additional renderings of Brady wearing a soon-to-be-phanton Bucs uni:
— NFL (@NFL) March 17, 2020
— ESPN (@espn) March 17, 2020
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 17, 2020
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 17, 2020
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) March 17, 2020
— theScore (@theScore) March 17, 2020
— NFL (@NFL) March 18, 2020
Brady to Tampa.
We get Rodgers/Brady round 3 in 2020.
Let’s. GO. pic.twitter.com/Ypai1gG1Mt
— Nate Temple (@temp_21) March 17, 2020
Tom Brady in his Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform in Madden pic.twitter.com/sXbT9CU03Q
— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) March 17, 2020
— Madden NFL 20 (@EAMaddenNFL) March 17, 2020
Some notes about these renderings:
• It’s interesting that the most ’Shoppers chose to depict Brady in a red jersey, even though the Bucs often wear white at home (although, admittedly, they did so much less often in 2019).
• Some of the depictions show the standard NFL logo on the collar, while others show last season’s centennial logo.
• Some of the renderings show Nike’s Flywire collar, while others show Nike’s updated template (which most NFL teams use, but not the Bucs — they’ve never worn it except for Color Rash games).
• Interesting that most of the ’Shoppers chose to show Brady without a helmet — one less thing to render. Oddly, one of the helmet-clad renderings includes a black facemask, something the Bucs have never worn with the uniform shown.
• Naturally, everyone gave Brady No. 12. It’s worth noting that Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin currently wears that number, but he’ll presumably be willing to give it up.
Meanwhile, here’s a thought: Under normal circumstances, we’d expect the Bucs to introduce Brady at a press conference in the near future, and we’d all be wondering if they’d present him with an old jersey or use the presser as a way to unveil the new ones (especially since the design has already leaked). But in light of the current restrictions on group gatherings, I find it hard to imagine that there will be a conventional live press conference anytime soon.
I suppose they could do a virtual presser via a live video link. Or, if they really want to use Brady as a way to unveil the new uniforms, they could just post a promo video of him in the new threads sometime soon-ish. I suspect that’s the most likely option.
As you’d expect, Brady’s move to Tampa has led to the usual photo roundups of great athletes who ended their careers in the “wrong” uniforms. It’s all pretty boilerplate, but still fun — here’s a decent example.
Finally, if you’re thinking about the Bucs’ Creamsicles and wondering what might have been, you’re not alone:
Some of you asked for Brady in this uniform. Here ya go. pic.twitter.com/V1lJCSkOfn
— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) March 17, 2020
(My thanks to Matt Fedorka, Kyle Speicher, J.A. Scott, @realmahn, and our own Brinke Guthrie for their contributions to this section.)
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Wearin’ of the green by Uni Watch readers: Who was that wearing the 2011-12 Ireland home shirt in honor of St. Paddy’s Day yesterday? None other than longtime Ticker stalwart Ed Zelaski, who was one of many Uni Watch readers who shared photos of themselves wearing green caps, jerseys, and Uni Watch apparel yesterday.
Here are some other readers who sent me pics (for most of these, you can cilck to enlarge):
Michael McGroarty (and son)
Kary Klismet (and son)
In addition, a bunch of people shared their green apparel on Twitter:
— Erik Gamborg (@ErikRGamborg) March 17, 2020
Brady is gone, coronavirus is spreading, but everything is good when you have this jersey for St. Patrick’s day. pic.twitter.com/7H8Z4CCykN
— Kevin Rice (@KevinRice93) March 17, 2020
— Dave Buchanan (@FastTrack550) March 17, 2020
— (@PunCMD) March 17, 2020
Of course! pic.twitter.com/rjHJDvQfje
— Frank Ferreri (@fferreri2) March 17, 2020
— Brian Weingartz (@baawein) March 17, 2020
The wearin' of the green pic.twitter.com/PX9hE9YiRN
— Ewen McKay (@TheRealAusadian) March 17, 2020
— David Murphy (@iDavidMurphy) March 17, 2020
— Chris Lather (@clather16) March 17, 2020
— Eric Lovejoy (@eblovejoy) March 17, 2020
Having a whale of a day! pic.twitter.com/lMciHQVmPY
— Kevin More (@kevinmore8) March 17, 2020
Oops, forgot to attach! 😯 Here it is. pic.twitter.com/DMVVCVxcON
— Mark Richter (@markrichter) March 17, 2020
— F.K. Yaaj (@Redsunhero) March 17, 2020
— some other alex keppel (@THEalexkeppel) March 17, 2020
So what have we learned here (aside from the fact that Twitter’s auto-cropping function doesn’t like Uni Watch readers)? We’ve learned that people own an admirably large amount of green gear.
And so do I! Green is my favorite color, so I have plenty of green jerseys. I wore a bunch of them yesterday here at Uni Watch HQ and put them all in a Twitter thread. If you want to see, click on the embed below and scroll through the full thread:
A thread: The Wearin' of the Green (while sitting on a green couch with green pillows) at Uni Watch HQ, featuring vintage jerseys from my collection. Photos by @mabatron.
First up: Baseball jersey from Warsaw, Missouri. (I also have the pants and stockings.) /1 pic.twitter.com/zmMdqu7b9q
— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) March 17, 2020
Just when we needed it: Back in November I published an interview with a guy named Ben Rose, who had just created one of the greatest uni-centric videos ever posted on YouTube. His video was nominally about the Milwaukee Bucks and other Milwaukee teams, but was really about uniform design in general. Everything about it — the analysis, the editing, the script, the voiceover — was brilliant.
That video was called “The Theory of Everything, Vol. 1.” Ben later followed it up with Vol. 2, and now he’s out with Vol. 3, which is embedded above. Sensational stuff, as usual, and well worth your 18 minutes — highly recommended.
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Pandemic logos: Yesterday I suggested that the Twins’ “Minnie and Paul” logo, which normally shows the two characters shaking hands, should be redesigned to make it suitable for social distancing. Reader Dan Bodurtha accepted that challenge and came up with the solution shown above — nicely done!
Reader Ian Lee also took a crack at it — here’s his version (click to enlarge):
The Twins’ logo seemed like an obvious candidate for a pandemic redesign because the original version showed behavior — a handshake — that’s currently unsafe. But lots of other logos could also get a pandemic makeover. Reader James MacNeil came up with this for the Penguins (click to enlarge):
If anyone else wants to redesign any team, league, or event logos to make them more suitable for what we’re all going through, send your concepts my way. Thanks.
Virus Watch: The pandemic hit South Korea before it hit America, and they dealt with it much more swiftly and effectively than we have, so things are getting a bit better there. Case in point: The Hanwha Eagles were able to play an intrasquad scrimmage yesterday — home whites vs. road greys — but in an empty building, and with all players wearing surgical masks.
Here are some additional photos:
(My thanks to @jayappletree for this one.)
Membership update: We’ve had a nice spike in membership orders since I reduced the price from $25 to $20 two days ago as a gesture of pandemic solidarity — thank you! Card designer Scott M.X. Turner is beginning to plow through the backlog, so five new cards have now been added to the membership card gallery (including Andrew Gelman’s card, which is based on the mighty Caribous of Colorado!).
Ordering a membership card is a good way to support Uni Watch (which, frankly, could use your support these days). 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.
While we’re at it: In case you missed it earlier this week, membership cards aren’t the only things that are currently discounted:
• Seam rippers, which normally cost $6, are now $4 — a 33% cut.
Want to support Uni Watch but don’t want more stuff cluttering up your life? We’re also grateful for donations.
My thanks, as always, for your consideration. Stay healthy and safe!
By Lloyd Alaban
Baseball News: A recent Braves spring training shows players wearing shirts with a heretofore-unseen Braves logo featuring an outline of the state of Georgia. Even weirder, the shirts were apparently made by Under Armour, not Nike (from David, who didn’t give his last name). … A’s president Dave Kaval has asked a fan who’s stricken with Covid-19 to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day, whenever that turns out to be. … Here’s the story of the man behind the Orioles’ braille uniforms (from Joshua P. Cohen). … Bank of America is offering Marlins-themed checks using the club’s old logo (from Gregory Zitelli).
NFL News: Here are WR Stefon Diggs, DE Calias Campbell, RB David Johnson, QB Marcus Mariota, TE Austin Hooper (who will never wear this jersey), CB Byron Jones, QB Phillip Rivers, and WR Deandre Hopkins Photoshopped into their new unis (from Nicklaus Wallmeyer).
College Football News: Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern wore a Minnesota jersey at a recent press conference announcing the closure of the state’s bars (from Mark Wilkes). … Oklahoma is letting fans choose how Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will look for their game against Tennessee in September (from @Jawn42).
Hockey News: Here are the St. Patrick’s Day jerseys that the Syracuse Crunch, affiliate of the Lightning, would have worn yesterday. Here’s a closer look (from multiple readers). … Retired G Mike McKenna sometimes suits up with the Golden Knights, for whom he also is an analyst. Here’s his mask (from @OlegKvasha). … Colorado Eagles (affiliate of the Avalanche) G Hunter Miska was going to wear this St. Patrick’s Day-themed mask this week. Instead, it will be auctioned off (from Wade Heidt). … The Hamilton Steelhawks of the OHA revealed their St. Patrick’s Day logo (from Ross Taylor).
NBA News: 76ers SG/SF Matisse Thybulle is the latest player to wear his full uniform at home (from multiple readers).
Soccer News: From Ed Zelaski: New unis and logo for FC BATE Borisov. … We missed this in February, but Polish 2 Liga side Chrobry Głogów updated their logo. … AS Roma’s new home shirt has leaked, and so has Brazil’s new home and away shirts.
Grab Bag: Reader Anthony Krafnick was on a family vacation at Disneyland the week before it shut down. He logged each piece of MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL apparel he saw and compiled it into a Google Sheets doc. … The Sturgis Journal has continued to publish new stories in its series on Michigan high school mascots, including features about the Constantine Falcons, the Pansophia Pumas, the Lakeland Lakers, and a great behind-the-scenes piece about the extensive research undertaken for the series (from Kary Klismet). … Here’s a uni intro to the United States Public Health Service (from Timmy Donahue). … The Chicago Area Runners Association is encouraging social distancing with this T-shirt (from Kenneth Traisman). … A tailor in Bengaluru, India, has been charged with duping hundreds of newly inducted police officers by promising to supply uniforms for their graduation parade, taking cash advances, and then failing to deliver. … Reader Aaron Feinblatt found a sticker protesting against “modern generic stadiums” in Tel Aviv, Israel. The funniest part is that the sticker design is based on the old Run-DMC logo … New logo for the grocery chain Giant Eagle (from @DarkAudit). … Here’s a well-designed infographic showing the history of pandemics (from Justo Gutierrez). … The Office of the Governor of Ohio yesterday posted a graphic using a four-leaf clover instead of the proper three-leaf shamrock (from Jim Vilk).
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What Paul did last night : A few days ago the Tugboat Captain and I decided to start a daily ritual of having cocktails on our front porch at the end of the day. Now, the reality is that we often did this anyway (at least during the warm-weather months), but it’s a small pleasure that somehow seems more important during the pandemic — a way of going outside without going all the way outside, and a way of seeing other people (and dogs!) walk by without having to get too close to them.
Yesterday I decided I’d start documenting this daily ritual. Granted, it wasn’t the most photogenic scene, what with all the trash in front of the house for this morning’s pickup, but whatever. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll use the same framing and staging each day, or if I’ll change things up. Either way, it seems like a good, simple way to create a daily record of this surreal experience we’re going through. (But don’t worry, I won’t make you look at a new porch photo each day — I’m just showing you the first one as a way to kick off the project.) Are any of you doing anything similar in terms of creating a document or record?
How’m I doing? I’ve been trying to strike a balance between “normal” Uni Watch content and acknowledging the pandemic’s existence. How do you feel about that? Are things like the mask-clad Korean baseball team and the Twins/Penguins logo redesigns okay with you? Or are they annoying reminders of a bad situation? I can’t guarantee I’ll do exactly what everyone wants, but I do value your feedback. Let me know what you think. — Paul