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[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]

By Phil Hecken

You had to figure this was coming.

With “secondary” floors all the rage in the NBA now, and with the Charlotte Hornets unveiling throwback uniforms just a couple weeks ago, yesterday the team unveiled a new throwback court. In case you missed it, here’s a look at the retro unis the team will be sporting this season:

They followed that up with a new “retro” court they will use for “Classic Night” games, when they will break out the new (old) uniforms.

The Hornets are this year celebrating their “30th Season” — which is really the 30th Anniversary of the inaugural 1988-89 Hornets season — although the original Hornets moved to New Orleans and the “new” Hornets were born the Charlotte Bobcats several years later. While one can argue this is playing a bit fast and loose with the truth, it’s clear the team loves the name and the uniforms that first graced the courts 30 years ago.

According to the NBA, “The court is based on the design used at the Charlotte Coliseum from 1995-97 that features the classic Hornets logo at midcourt with a teal trail leading to the sideline, the free-throw lines as part of basketballs and a teal cell pattern within the free-throw lanes. The team used a similar design without the free-throw lane cell pattern from 1997-2002.”

Here’s the hype video:

The baselines have Charlotte Hornets in the classic Hornets font, with the sideline facing the TV cameras (the benches are on the opposite side) also saying Hornets. The original Hornets logo is at mid-court (with a teal-to-blue “S” shape design leading to the sideline). The keys will a honeycomb pattern inside them and within the three-point lines (with a teal-to-blue shading) is the secondary 30th Anniversary logo with the years “1988” and “2018” on either side.

The NBA/Hornets release also notes:

The Hornets will play on the classic court a minimum of six times during the 2018-19 season for “Classic Night” games, which will celebrate the history of the franchise and feature music and game presentation elements designed to take fans back to the Charlotte Coliseum of the late 1980s and 1990s. The “Classic Night” games will honor some of the organization’s all-time great players and feature giveaways, including bobbleheads and T-shirts, that highlight some of the top players and moments in Hornets history.

You didn’t think they weren’t going to turn this into a marketing opportunity did you? But hey, the fans clearly love this and with retro all the rage now, it’s actually a fine looking court to be paired with the throwback unis. By the way, the Hornets will also be hosting the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, perhaps coincidentally to be held on owner Michael Jordan’s 56th birthday (February 17th). Perhaps even more coincidentally, MJ was the leading scorer in the 1991 All Star Game, also held in Charlotte.

You may recall Charlotte was supposed to host the All Star Game a few years ago, but that was scrapped when politics and sports collided. But it’s all good now, right?

While the announcement is for the team to play on this court (and in the retro unis) a “minimum” of six times, I get the feeling they may be using it a bit more than that — especially if Nike is still calling the uni shots and needs to move more retro jerseys.

Whatever the motive — I love the throwback court and when coupled with the throwback unis, it will be a nice trip down memory lane. I never really liked the Alexander Julian designed unis when they were first released, but they grew on me over time. They’re still growing on me — a rare case when a trendy uni design in even trendier colors has actually somewhat stood the test of time. Or as they say, time teals all wounds.

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Cleveland & MLB Unveil 2019 All Star Game Logo

Yesterday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians and Major League Baseball released the logo for the 2019 All Star Game, which will be played in the same city where the Cuyahoga River caught fire where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is also located. So, playing off that theme, the ASG logo reflects that (good) bit of Cleveland mystique.

The Indians will be hosting their first All Star Game since 1997, when the ballpark was then known as Jacobs Field. If you’ve been following the issue of the removal of Chief Wahoo from the Indians uniforms, the move to give the ASG to Cleveland dovetails with the removal of the Chief from the unis. The team and MLB have indicated it is coincidental and there was no quid pro quo involved, but whatever the reason, the game returns to Cleveland next summer. The game will be played at Progressive I Call It Jacobs Field on July 9, and this will be the sixth time Cleveland has hosted the event (and the second All-Star game at the Jake), which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year.

Naturally, there was a hype video involved:

And the logo itself:

“This is a very exciting time for our city and organization,” said Indians owner Paul Dolan in a statement. “Today’s logo unveil starts the countdown to 2019 All-Star Week festivities and is an invitation to baseball fans around the world to come visit our Rock N’ Roll city. With significant renovations over the last few years at Progressive Field, our ballpark truly is a crowned jewel and we look forward to putting on a great show for Major League Baseball.”

Our friend Chris Creamer over at SportsLogos dot net has a really good look at the logo and its various iterations, including what is very obviously a MasterCard advert conveniently embedded into some of the logos. Even without the word MasterCard, it’s as clear as day what the logo is. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised.

I don’t mind the guitar (and R&R HOF) theme so much, but maybe it’s getting a bit cliched for that city…

…but we all know the Rock and Roll roots run deep in this town, right lads?

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball NewsFormer Tigers P Mike Fiers was traded to the A’s on Monday, so during a postgame interview he taped over the Tigers logo on his cap and drew and A’s logo (from Mike Chamernik). … Mets P Noah Syndergaard is wearing the wrong cap with the team’s home jersey in a new Delta commercial (from Niko Goutakolis). … We’ve seen color-on-color, but how about pins-on-pins? The Phillies and Pirates did it at least once in the ’70s or ’80s (from Goat Jerseys). … Reds 3B coach Billy Hatcher has apparently been wearing a sticker on his helmet his number and mascot Rosie Red (from CJ). … Former Cardinals SS Ozzie Smith was wearing quite the jacket at the PGA Championship yesterday (from Phil). … This has probably been ticked before, but when the Padres nearly moved to DC in 1974, a Washington group made these uniform prototypes (from Noah Petro). … The Akron RubberDucks are selling these caps and T-shirts in advance of ’70s night this weekend. Could we see something similar on the field? (From Phil). … The Reading Fightin’ Phils will retire No. 21 for Roberto Clemente on Aug. 22 (from Phil). … The Buffalo Bisons will wear “Super Celery” jerseys this weekend. The jerseys are based on a wing-themed live mascot race the team holds. … The Brooklyn Cyclones will wear bagel uniforms for an upcoming game.

NFL News: The Rams and Saints will have male cheerleaders dancing on the sidelines this season. I wonder if they’ll be told when to change their underwear? Doubt it. … The Titans will debut their new unis on Thursday and wear white jerseys and navy pants (from Jim Wyatt). … This may have been ticked before, but the Dolphins have announced which jerseys they will wear for their home dates this season (from Bryce Starkey). … This new bobblehead of Saints RB Alvin Kamara has him in a jersey with a “toilet seat” collar, which the team stopped wearing a few seasons ago (from John Hendrix). … This blog post breaks down four teams that need a uni update.

College/High School Football NewsArizona State unveiled the white and GFGS versions of their new jersey set yesterday (from @Fresh_Prince80). … It appears that West Virginia QB Will Grier practices in a game day-cut jersey (from Jason Bernard). … Sun Prairie High School (Wisconsin) will wear First Responders jerseys for a game on Aug. 24.

Hockey NewsThe Canucks are allowing fans to pick which uniforms the team will wear as a throwback in 2019-2020 for their 50th season (from Steve May). … Here’s a list of all the number changes for the Carolina Hurricanes. … A classic offseason feature piece: What have Caps players put in the Stanley Cup?

NBA NewsHard to believe that it was 15 years ago that T.J. Ford wore ridiculously large shorts during his rookie photo shoot (from @LevityNYC). … This Sacramento Kings blog is down to the Elite Eight in a tournament to determine the best jerseys in team history.

Soccer NewsThe periods on Liverpool F Mo Salah’s jerseys are riding extremely high (from Moe Khan). … New uniforms for North Carolina (from James Gilbert).

Grab Bag: Sports idioms often leak into everyday American English, but do you know the origins of those common phrases? (NYT link) (from Ted Arnold). … New logo for UNC Greensboro. … Auburn’s marching band uniforms will have some minor changes this season (from Clint Richardson).

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Don't Tread On Me: Adidas Drops Updated Unis on NCAAFB Teams

[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]

By Phil Hecken

To not much fanfare, yesterday Adidas unveiled new uniforms for several schools. The uniforms themselves are not really “new,” they contain mostly tweaks, but the big news is that the uniforms are dropping the “tire tread” template in favor of a new style which first debuted during the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl last winter. Lets dispense with the corporate-speak right away:

With an emphasis on full range of motion, fit, form and function, the Primeknit A1 Football Uniform redefines the compression silhouette and takes the innovation and design for football jerseys and pants to the next level.

A new body-mapping jersey design features an all-new ribbed knit pattern on the chest and shoulder pads to produce a refined fit, while knit engineered mesh channels feature Climacool technology to provide enhanced breathability and cooling zones. The development of a new innovative chevron pattern on the chest of the jersey aligns with a player’s shoulder pads and generates increased durability and protection for high-contact zones, while the inside of the jersey features silicon grip patterns on the shoulders to lock pads in place.

Most of the big schools (or at least the ones who didn’t earlier receive new/redesigned uniforms) in the Power 5 had small unveilings throughout the day, and most included a hype video of some sort. In no particular order (and unfortunately, most of the schools didn’t post many photos/stills), here are the teams that showed off the new style of uniforms:

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Nebraska

Unfortunately, there were few closeups (but we did get the “three stripe life” symbol being flashed) but you can see the new patterns more closely in the video.

It’s tough to tell from the video/stills, but it looks like the red pants are now stripeless, whereas in previous years they had stripes. A bit more on that here.

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Texas A&M

Doesn’t look like any changes here — although now the Adidas logo appears to be on the butt of the pants.

You can read more on these here.

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Miami

Just three uni combos shown, but they’ll probably reuse the black “Miami Nights” uniform from last season (note the tire tread pattern on that). It remains to be seen, if indeed the uni is worn again, whether it will be in the new material/template.

There’s a bit more on that here.

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Louisville

OK — that wing pattern on the white uniforms is new. L’ville has had a shitty shoulder cap stripe for a while now, but this one — I think I need to see it in action before I render a judgment. Also note the TV numbers are rotate towards the front of the uniform, rather than to the side. Like some other new Adidas unis this year, there is a subtle pattern in the print on the sides.

A bit more on those unis here.

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Kansas

You can get probably the best look at the pattern from looking at the Kansas jersey.

Interestingly (or at least a far as I could tell), KU didn’t do a hype video, but instead put out a graphic showing the finer points of the uniform:

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Rutgers

Rutgers have a few changes this season — including new northwestern striping on the sleeve caps of the jersey, plus a partial NW stripe on the pants, which had been solid white. You can read more about those changes here.

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Here’s a bit more on those.

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Arizona State

We’ve known these were coming for some time (plenty of leaks) but it was official yesterday. These are much cleaner than the previous iterations and there’s nothing wrong with that! Most notably these have the Arizona State flag sublimated into the uni. Not sure how visible this will be on game day, but up close it looks nice.

More info on that uni here.

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Phew!

That’s a lot to absorb, but suffice it to say that — at least as far as the “look” of the unis go — every team who has switched to the new template should look a lot better on the field. Of course, we’ll need to see the unis in action (and it would have been nice if the schools themselves had identified any changes, especially the obvious ones) to render a final judgment, but based on the few photos and hype vids, these all look to be a vast improvement over the past generation of template. Miami especially looks good (if you recall, their tenure with Adidas began with the weird shoulder cap striping, bad fonts and even worse NOBs. All of that improved during the first season [a real rarity] when Adidas made changes mid-season to the uniforms). I’m really interested to see how Louisville’s uniforms turn out, as they had been one of the worst in football. But based on what was revealed yesterday, Saturdays this fall could be looking a LOT nicer!

Your thoughts?

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Collectors Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

The Miami Dolphins 1973 season was almost as good as the previous 1972 season. OK, so they didn’t go undefeated as in 1972, (you can’t have everything) but 1973 did bring them another Super Bowl win, this time over the Vikings. The 1973 season is documented in this hardback book, appropriately titled “Dolphins 73.” The dust jacket shows some wear (don’t we all after 45 years) but the book itself looks to be in fine shape. Now for the rest of the week:

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• WBEN Radio 930 sponsored this 1970s NBA Buffalo Braves glass.

• Here’s a bag of 1950s basketball players– a “ten man squad.” You can “run, pass and shoot with a moveable ball.”

• Here’s a set of mixed decade New York Yankees memorabilia; a bank and stein from the 1970s and a mug from 1990.

• And one more for the Bronx Bombers; 11 different bumper stickers in this lot, including one that says “Billy’s Back.”

• Jets WR Don Maynard was the obvious model for this 1970s Jets light switch wall plate.

• The SF Giants gave these away a few weeks back- “Battle of the Bay” snowglobes which show the Giants and the Oakland A’s- it has a 1989 World Series theme.

• Here we have a 1970s Chicago Bears helmet coat rack.

• I guess this 1970s Philadelphia Eagles Bill Bergey jersey was a promo item for “Aim toothpaste;” the tag on the hem says “Designed and tailored expressly for Aim toothpaste by Medalist Industries.” The seller also has a Rams McCutcheon jersey, too.

• This lot of four 1970s-1980s Sonic promo NFL plastic mugs includes theSaints, Oilers, Falcons, and Washington.

• Phil Esposito used to endorse all sorts of hockey stuff- here he is on the packaging (minus Bruins logo) for an “official” street hockey blade. (Street hockey sneakers, anyone?)

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And now a few words from Paul: Hi there. First and foremost, let’s have a nice round of applause for Phil, who’s been doing a great job during the first week of my August break from the site. Kudos to him and to the rest of the Uni Watch team.

My thanks to the many of you who checked in with “Hope you’re feeling better” sentiments after I mentioned last week that I’d caught a nasty stomach bug. The good news is that while I’m not completely out of the woods yet, I am finally feeling a bit more like myself. The bad news is that things got significantly worse before they got better — so much worse that I had to go to the ER on Sunday. Have I mentioned that I’m moving in a few weeks? Ay-yi-yi.

Anyway: I have some news updates on a variety of fronts. One at time:

1. As you can see at left (and can click to enlarge), Uni Watch flex-fit alternate caps are starting to arrive in people’s homes — including mine. Looks great, feels great, and we have an update regarding the sizing: We had originally said, based on info from the factory, that the L/XL size was the equivalent of a fitted size 7 through 7-3/8. But now that the product has come in, the L/XL clearly stretches to the equivalent of a 7-5/8 (we checked this on several caps), so we’ve updated the product specs on the ordering page. I’m hoping this will put the cap in the “I can wear this after all!” range for more of you. You can order the cap here.

2. I have continued to add a couple of items to the Flickr set of things I’m selling before I move. Check that out here, and make me an offer if there’s anything you’re interested in.

3. Speaking of stuff I’m selling, for a variety of reasons I’ve decided to sell several hundred of my LPs and CDs. Some are rare and valuable; others are fairly common; all are very good music. I will sell these only in person, at my apartment. I’m having an open-house sale this Saturday, Aug. 11, but you can make arrangements for a private shopping session either before or after that date. Full details here.

4. Finally, speaking (again) of things I’m selling, I’m getting a bit concerned about the fate of my beautiful antique display case, which will not fit in my new home. I’ve listed it everywhere (Craigslist, eBay, etc.), mentioned it to friends, contacted a few dealers, included it in the “Stuff I’m Selling” Flickr set, blah-blah-blah — haven’t had a nibble. It has to go somewhere by the end of August.

I understand that it may be too large for many households. It does have a big footprint (52″ wide, 28″ deep, 43″ high), but it also has big virtues: Wood and glass, with sliding wood doors in the back, two removable glass panes on top, and two movable interior shelves. Perfect for showcasing collectibles, heirlooms, etc.

I’ve been asking $350 for it, which I think is way less than it’s worth, but I’d consider any reasonable offer. My main concern is that I don’t want it to end up at the curb, because that’s just too sad to contemplate. If you’re interested, or if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Thanks. (For the four photos below, you can click to enlarge.)

That’s it. Thanks for listening. I’ll retreat back into the background now.

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball NewsThe 2018 Players Weekend caps have been released. Like last year, the caps are in highlighter colors. However, the caps have contrasting brims this year (thanks to all who shared). … Looks like the Rangers have come up with a final season logo for Globe Life Park, which will close following the 2019 season (from John V.). … According to Joe Erwin and Sean, the numbers on the jerseys of some of the Red Sox’s recent call-ups are riding low, as if some space was left for a nameplate. Of course, the Sox don’t wear NOBs on their home jerseys. … The Phillies honored the 2008 World Series champs before Sunday’s game. Lots of inconsistencies with the jerseys in the team photo, including font stroke width and jersey templates (from Jake Fayette and JLS). … Pirates players dressed up in NBA and WNBA jerseys for their road trip. Third baseman David Freese dressed as the ref — but wore a college ref’s uniform (from Brian Cox). … Reds 3B Eugenio Suárez likes to blow bubbles with bubblegum (WSJ link) — BIG bubbles. … This package of Rawlings mini-helmets mixed up the National and American Leagues (from Billy King). … The Omaha Storm Chasers wore uniforms based on the video game Fortnite last night (from Blake Cripps). … Not uni-related, but a nice move by the Indians, who replaced a fan’s tickets after she missed a game 52  years ago because of an accident (from Jason Hillyer). … The Brandywine Base Ball Club of West Chester will host a doubleheader of vintage base ball matches on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at East Goshen Park (from Jim Dornberger).

Football NewsHas anyone else seen products like this that allow teams to change shell colors on the cheap? (From Joe Nocella). … We have a couple of Canadian Junior Football League opening weekend notes from Wade Heidt: The Westshore Rebels at Langley Rams went col0r-on-color, and the Valley Huskers broke out new BFBS uniforms.

NFL News: Brian Dawkins’ Hall of Fame bust has a style inconsistency — all the dates on it are fully written out, except for the year he retired, 2011 (from @MWM145). … Lots of issues with the piece of art honoring Randy Moss’s Hall of Fame induction: The hairstyle on Moss’s bust is inaccurate, it shows him scoring in a jersey he never scored in and shows him celebrating in a purple end zone, which the Metrodome never had (from @jesseredacted). … Looks like Jags RB Leonard Fournette will continue to wear his LSU shoulder pads under his jersey this season (from Clint Richardson). … Frank McGuigan notes that TC from Magnum, P.I. wore Eagles and Falcons hats at different points during the shows run from 1980-88.

College Football NewsThere’s currently a shortage of new Georgia Tech Adidas merchandise, even though the team’s new football uniforms were just unveiled (from Mike McLaughlin). … Speaking of Tech, Steven Little mocked these uniforms before the Jackets unveiled their new set. … Looks like West Virginia has added yellow to the nose bumpers on their blue helmets. Last season, the nose bumpers on the navy helmets were black (from Brock Barwick). … With rumors swirling that Notre Dame may wear green against Michigan this year, this blog breaks down whether green brings the Irish luck (from Phil). … North Texas has quite a few uni combinations available this year (from Robert Botts). … By the looks of this photo, Monmouth will be wearing at least three different helmet colors this year (from Coach IV). … Southern Illinois has added white helmets to its rotation (from @mrmichael21). … New white lids for Georgetown (from Phil). … North Carolina will be using digital down markers on the sidelines this season (from James Gilbert). … Speaking of the Tar Heels, 13 players were suspended yesterday for selling their team-issued Jordan shoes. Of course, Jordan will get millions of free ad time from Tar Heel players this year, as their logo is on UNC’s jerseys.

Hockey NewsWhen the Minnesota North Stars picked their color scheme in the mid-’60s, they took care not to choose colors too similar to other local teams or borrow schemes from prominent NHL teams (from @spellsgood).

Basketball NewsThis shooting sleeve has a mashup of the Warriors’ current and mid-2000s logos (from Dan Kennedy). … Shizz Alston Jr. will wear No. 10 at Temple, just like his dad, Rafer Alston, when he was at the school (from Michael MPH). … New floor for Minnesota’s Williams Arena (from Jeremy Formo). … A YMCA in Rockford, Illinois partnered with Rockf0rd Area Arts Council to make this wild Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired basketball court (from Jonathon Cain). … Repost: Pittsburgh Pirates players took a flight dressed up in NBA and WNBA jerseys recently. Third baseman David Freese dressed as the ref — but wore a college ref’s uniform (from Brian Cox).

Soccer NewsLots of minor changes for the Auburn women’s soccer uniforms (from Clint Richardson). … Real Madrid unveiled a new third jersey made entirely of ocean recycled plastic yesterday (from Jeff Eisenband).

Grab BagAustralian rugby player David Pocock chooses not to promote brands, and spray-paints his cleats black to erase any potential advertising (from Jason Hillyer). … Staying on the rugby pitch, Northampton Saints of the English Premiership unveiled a new BFBS jersey — and Rugby Shirt Watch even gave Uni Watch a bit of a shoutout (from Adam Ingle). … Some NASCAR teams had been altering their paint schemes to obscure body modifications from the new scanner-based inspection process (from Chris H.). … Jim Vilk noticed some issues with the superscripts on the street signs near his home. … Newsday crossword puzzle on Sunday was titled “Arena Ad ventures.” A fun play, but remember: They’re all named wrong.

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Familiar Competition, Unfamiliar Colors

[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally. Today we have a special entry from our own Jamie Rathjen, who takes a look at the color clash-related rule in English soccer’s FA Cup. Enjoy! — PH]

By Jamie Rathjen

England’s FA Cup has been one of the more idiosyncratic competitions in sports for most of its existence. At its founding in the 1870s, it was one of the first knock-out tournaments ever conceived. After assuming more or less its present structure in the 1920s, the competition has been slow to adopt innovations from the larger world of soccer: for example, penalty shootouts were not used at all until 1991, about 20 years after their invention. Instead, the FA Cup is well known for its almost unique but now diminishing practice of replaying drawn matches.

So it’s perhaps only fitting that the competition would have some bizarre rule regarding kits. And of course, it did: for many decades, both teams were required to change if their colors clashed. Other mentions of this rule that I’ve found essentially state the previous sentence and leave it at that, but I want to provide some examples of when both teams changed, as well as when only one did.

Let’s start with the competition’s final, which saw both teams change on a total of 13 occasions from 1909 to 1982. In the first such instance, Bristol City and Manchester United changed to, respectively, a blue shirt and a white shirt with a red chevron.

The first 10 such instances of color clashes in the final led to both teams changing, until 1963, when Leicester City wore white against Manchester United. From then until 1982, only one team changed in six finals, while both teams changed in three.

Eventually, requiring both teams to change was going to prove inflexible, as in a 1969 quarter-final. Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion played a yellow-vs.-white matchup which left the teams nearly indistinguishable on black-and-white TVs.

This seems to have somewhat accelerated the decline of strict adherence to the requirement that both teams change. The requirement still existed, but a few years later the 1971 final showed that enforcement was at the discretion of the organizers.

The earliest examples I’ve found outside the final of only one team changing were two quarterfinals on the same day: March 18, 1972, when Stoke City wore white against Manchester United in red and Tottenham Hotspur wore yellow against Leeds United in white.

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Yet the winners of both those games, Leeds and Stoke, changed for the semifinals, as did their opponents. Perhaps at this point, the both-change rule only applied to neutral-site games: semifinals, finals, and any other game which required more than one replay.

For the next 10 years, instances of only one and of both teams changing co-existed, sometimes with the same team involved in both situations in consecutive games, as Arsenal were in 1978.

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The last time that both teams changed in the final was the 1982 replayed edition between Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers, two white-and-blue-clad teams. For both games, Tottenham wore yellow and QPR red and black. After that, there don’t seem to be any further examples – the FA Cup’s regulations no longer contain the both-teams-change rule – until the old tradition appeared one more time in a 1997 semifinal between Chelsea (yellow) and Wimbledon (red/black).

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Daniel Garrison Soccer Kit Concepts

A short time ago Daniel Garrison sent in five soccer concepts that combine the four major sports from a specific city and incorporate those into a single kit. I’ll let Daniel explain…

Hello Friends,

I put together some soccer kits based on the idea of combining all the Big 4 sports teams in major cities into one unified brand (similar to European clubs like Real Madrid using the same logo across different sports).

I gave each team four shirt sponsors advertisers (front, back, and both sleeves) based on locally headquartered brands high on the Fortune 500 list.

The club logos feature aspects from each respective NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL logo in a given city.

Hopefully you’ll find some use for this.

Thanks,

Danny

Thanks Danny — and here they are (click to enlarge):

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Washington

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Los Angeles

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Chicago

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Dallas

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New York

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Good stuff, Daniel. Thanks for sharing!

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: Reader Ray Hund has some pictures for us from the book Americana the Beautiful: Mid-Century Culture in Kodachrome. Here’s Willie Mays signing autographs in Phoenix in 1955 and the sign outside a Holiday Inn operated by Mickey Mantle in Joplin, Mo. … “I snapped a couple quick pics at my Uncle Terry’s funeral in North Lake, WI,” says Peter Frederickson. “He was a part of Land O’ Lakes baseball as a player and, eventually, a manager/coach. They had a nice display up of his player jersey from the late 50’s/early 60’s, and a couple of jackets.”

Football News: The Rams’ training camp at Irvine, Calif., features a uniform history display. … Speaking of the Rams, Bill Kellick sent us a video of the then-Cleveland Rams’ 1945 Thanksgiving game against the Lions. The Rams, who have the dark numbers in the video, changed to yellow against the Lions’ blue that day, according to the Gridiron Uniform Database. … The Eagles wore camouflage numbers for an open practice yesterday (from Blake Fox). … The set of NBC’s Meet the Press features a Miami (Fla.) helmet off to the side. Moderator Chuck Todd is from Miami and is apparently a big ‘Canes fan, though he actually went to D.C.’s George Washington University (from Max Weintraub). … Jets coach Todd Bowles was wearing a hat with a mashup of the team’s classic and new logos (from JJ Sledge). … Randy Moss wore a tie to Saturday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies showing the names of black men and women and children who were either killed by police or died under suspicious circumstances while in police custody (from Mike Chamernik).

Soccer News: New kits for Premier League Leicester City (third kit), the English Championship’s Blackburn Rovers (second), Italian team Udinese (second), and German 2. Bundesliga team St. Pauli (third, including the back). … Let me preface this item by saying that preseason is full of kit shenanigans. That said, AC Milan wore a black/dark red third kit against FC Barcelona, making for a black-vs.-dark-blue matchup in the International Champions Cup Halfhearted Soccer and All-Out Marketing Cup (WaPo link) (from multiple readers). … Speaking of preseason, new Liverpool goalie Alisson Becker made his debut with his NOB drawn on with a pen (from Josh Hinton). … Also from Josh: Italy’s Serie A, broken down by manufacturer. … Also-also from Josh: the new Austin USL team revealed its name and crest and shirts. … Chelsea striker Álvaro Morata is switching from No. 9 to No. 29 this season, because his twins were just born on July 29 (from Chris Cruz). … Montréal Impact goalie Evan Bush changed kits at halftime Saturday against D.C. United.

Grab Bag: Since Georgia Tech now has new logos, etc., their yellow jacket logo, Buzz, comes in new colors (thanks, Paul). … Only a handful of national flags have ever used purple (including, currently, Dominica, and Nicaragua through its coat of arms), and this video attempts to explain why (from Larry Bodnovich). … Here’s a rundown of the new shirts in two big rugby union leagues: the English Premiership and the Pro14, which includes teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, and South Africa. … The Czech Republic’s volleyball federation has a new logo (from Jeremy Brahm).

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It Was 'The Sandlot' 25th Anniversary Night at Miller Park Last Night


By John Ekdahl

Last night was the The Sandlot 25th Anniversary Night at Miller Park, which included a “Great Hambino” (Hamilton Porter, played by actor Patrick Renna) bobblehead wearing a Brewers jersey, in addition to a showing of the film following the game. They have, unsurprisingly, already hit eBay.

Back in March, the team released a promotional video which recreated some of the iconic scenes from The Sandlot featuring the players. It wasn’t… well, they tried.

The night before, the Brew Crew wore these beauties above and won on an Eric Thames walk-off 3-run home run with two outs in the ninth. Check out the shoes he was wearing:

The cast of The Sandlot reuinited in April for a spot on the Today Show:

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Here’s a fun article over at Bleacher Report that highlights the #1 jersey that haunts each NBA franchise. For most teams, it’s a player from a bad trade or draft pick or an opposing player that had the team’s number. But for the Warriors its an actual uniform era:

Don’t be mad or feel gypped. These jerseys are that ugly.

Besides, it just so happens the use of these puke-orange atrocities, between 2003 and 2010, aligned with some of the Golden State Warriors’ darkest hours. They fielded the We Believe crew during that period, in 2006-07, but finished above .500 just twice.

Give it a read here.

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Small changes for Iowa’s uniform this season comes with a new number font:

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Here’s a quick little video out of Rams training camp showing the evolution of the franchise’s uniforms:


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This was highlighted in the ticker on Friday, but it’s worth circling back to note that Arizona State’s new hockey uniforms allow for a whopping 72 different combinations.

With an emphasis on innovation, combined with the uniqueness of college hockey in the desert, ASU and adidas teamed up to create a total of 72 uniform combinations – more than any other hockey program in the country.

“The willingness of adidas to collaborate and transform the look of what was an already unique program into something college hockey hasn’t seen before, puts adidas Hockey at the forefront of yet another hockey apparel landscape,” said Sun Devil Hockey equipment manager Jon Laughner. “This is just the start of reinventing the college hockey uniform system. We are excited to rollout new and exciting uniforms.”

The promtional video is below (obnoxious music warning – be sure to mute):

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The Atlanta Falcons wore camo jerseys at training camp, with TAPS families in attendance.