ECHL Team’s Uni Announcement Sparks Jan. 6 Controversy
A bizarre situation unfolded over the past two days, beginning on Tuesday night, when the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL tweeted an announcement that they’d be wearing a throwback jersey (shown above) on Jan. 6. A few readers let me know about it yesterday morning, and I originally planned to include it in today’s Ticker — your basic uni announcement.
But as you can see, the tweet included the phrase “We don’t care, we paint the town red” — apparently a reference to the Doja Cat song “Paint the Town Red.” But the combination of the throwback date and the Republican Party’s association with the color red apparently led some folks to think the team was making some sort of in-joke reference to the 2021 Capitol Insurrection.
So the team deleted the throwback-announcement tweet yesterday afternoon and issued the following statement:
Rumors that Jack Del Rio has been working in the Cyclones’ social media department could not be confirmed at press time. Meanwhile, I’m fairly certain the Cyclones will make sure that they’re not scheduled for a home game on Jan. 6 next season.
ITEM! 2023's Top Uni Storylines, Plus Suggested Resolutions
For this week’s Uni Watch Premium article on Substack, I’ve taken a look at the year’s top 12 uni-related storylines. (As you may recall, I did something similar last year.) And this year I’ve added something new: I’ve come up with suggested New Year’s resolutions for assorted leagues, commissioners, and so on — resolutions that would make the uni-verse a better place.
You can read the first part of this article here. In order to read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paid Substack subscriber (which will also get you full access to my Substack archives). My thanks, as always, for your consideration.
Too Good for the Ticker
This past January was the 45th anniversary of Uni Watch reader Kevin Largent’s father scoring 45 points while wearing this No. 45 jersey for Hebron (Ind.) High School. What a great family heirloom!
Your Now Somewhat Less Frequent Dose of Kitten
I’ve been cutting back a bit on the kitten pics because, you know, how many photos can I publish of the two of them curled up togther, or the two of them staring at the birdfeeder, or whatever? At some point it starts to feel repetitive. But I’m a total sucker for when they groom each other — enjoy.
Can of the Day
Love how the “HD” looks like it’s been carved into the side of a mountain. Definitely puts the “heavy” into “heavy duty”!
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We’ll have a new raffle as a separate post later today, so watch for that! — Paul