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NFL helmets — is there anything they can’t do?

Over the years we’ve seen helmet phones, helmet snack bowls, helmet pencil toppers, helmet chairs, and a lot more. But I don’t think we’ve ever seen an NFL helmet Ferris wheel — until now.

The Ferris wheel in question is SkyView Atlanta, whose 42 climate-controlled cars have been spinning in downtown Atlanta since 2013. With the Super Bowl taking place in Atlanta this Sunday, 32 of those cars have been vinyl-wrapped to look like NFL team helmets. (I don’t know why they didn’t just use throwbacks whatever to fill out the remaining 10 cars.)

You can see some of the helmet-themed designs in the video above, and there are additional views in this next video clip (skip ahead to the 22-second mark):

And here’s yet another short clip:

I kinda love this — in part because I like Ferris wheels (here in Brooklyn, we have the magnificent Wonder Wheel out at Coney Island) but mainly because I love how football helmets can represent, or be represented by, almost anything. If they haven’t shot a helmet-themed satellite into space yet, that must surely be coming soon, right?

One thing I don’t think I’ve seen: a bowling ball that looks like a football helmet. I’ve seen bowling balls with helmets depicted on them, but not bowling balls that mimic a helmet’s design. Come on, people, that’s a natural!

Anyway, where were we? Oh, right: the Ferris wheel in Atlanta. A ticket costs nearly $14, which seems a bit steep (the Wonder Wheel is only $8, and you get a view of the beach and the ocean instead of a bunch of buildings), but maybe you can just stand nearby and watch the helmet-y cars as they go around, because that’s the real attraction here anyway.

Interestingly, they made one big mistake: The Rams car is based on the team’s white-horned helmet, not the yellow-horned design that they’ll be wearing in the Super Bowl:

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Can a zebra change its stripes stars?: Remember, the Super Bowl isn’t the end of the football season — the NFL is just the glorified preseason for the start of the real football league, the AAF, whee! And yesterday we got our first look at the uniforms for the AAF officiating crews (see above).

That photo isn’t great, but there’s enough visual information there for me to offer the following reactions:

• Stars on jersey shoulders? Seriously? When’s the last time a ref or ump in any sport wore stars? Looks seriously rinky-dink.

• That American flag patch is a mistake. Technically, of course, it’s properly oriented, but lots and lots of people don’t know that, and you know a bunch of them are going to say, “Wait, that flag is backwards” (two such people have already asked me about it), or even, “Ha-ha, moronic amateur league has its refs wearing a backwards flag!” Look, if you insist on making your officials wear a flag patch to prove how patriotic you are, or to emphasize the second word in your league’s name, or whatever, just put the patch on the left sleeve, so people won’t mistakenly think it’s backwards.

• What is the deal with those jerseys? It almost looks like they’re wearing black pinnies over their zebra stripes, but I’m pretty sure it’s a one-piece design because of the raglan sleeves. Looks seriously weird, but maybe we’ll see a method to the madness once we get a look at the front view. But having the officials wear black pants and mostly black jerseys is going to cause problems for any game involving the Birmingham Iron.

• That striping on the brim and crown of the cap (which is presumably matched by a corresponding stripe on the other side) looks like a textbook example of trying to reinvent the wheel. Just let it be a white cap without the gewgaws.

• Speaking of the caps: At least two guys on the crew wearing white! In the NFL, the ref wears white and everyone else wears black. Ditto for the NCAA.

• On the plus side, the maker’s mark is on the back of the cap, instead of the side. Back of the pants, too. (Yes, that’s the Starter logo. They’re also making the players’ uniforms.)

That’s a lot of bang for one photo’s worth of buck, right? And hey, while we’re at it, here’s what the AAF’s football will look like (click to enlarge):

Take a good look at all of this, because it probably won’t be around very long.

(My thanks to Jim Polacek for pointing me toward the photo of the officials.)

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EXCLUSIVE! NHL 2019-20 news: Last month I had some info from a Chicago-based source who said the Blackhawks would be changing the collar on their red jersey next season. I can now confirm, via another source, that the Blackhawks will have new home and road jersey designs for 2019-20. I don’t have any details on what the changes will be, but I think it’s fairly safe to assume that they’re changing the collars (because really, what other changes could they possibly be making to a jersey as iconic as this one?).

Also:

• One team — I’m not yet ready to say which one — will have new home, road, and alternate uniforms next season.

• One team will have a new road uniform.

• Seven teams will add new alternates. That group includes the Golden Knights, who’ll be expanding their wardrobe for the first time.

That is all, at least for now.

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

The last time the Pats and Rams faced off for all the marbles was in Super Bowl XXXVI, so we have a few items from that game to lead off this week’s Collector’s Corner. First up, this Jester Beanie Baby (remember when Beanie Babies were all the rage?). This little fellow comes complete with the official game logo. There’s also this T-shirt, this denim shirt, and this official Supe XXXVI jacket.

Now for the rest of this week’s picks:

• This 1960s POS (that’s “point of sale,” kids) NBA sign for Colt 45 malt liquor was designed so that “Colt” and “45” looked like the team name and player jersey number — clever!

• Late-1960s NHL Oakland Seals fans would bundle up for a chilly night with this scarf/muffler. The team was founded in 1967, and Wikipedia says “the team was renamed Oakland Seals partway through the 1967–68 season,” after originally being named the California Seals.

• Here’s a terrific-looking 1970s Packers pom hat from Sears. (But you knew that.)

• WIth the Padres bringin’ back the brown in 2020, here’s a Wilson-made brown jacket from 1969, their first season.

• Also from 1969, a pair of pillows featuring the 24 then-current MLB teams.

• Nice artwork on the cover of this January 1968 Pro Bowl game program.

• This NBA Bas-Ket game promises “Real Basketball in Miniature” for “Fast Action Sports Fun!” Obviously not 1960s, more like 1990s, right?

• These 1973 NFL placemats featured generic football teams.

• Someone stuck a bunch of 1970s NFL Chiquita team stickers on a football-shaped piece of wood.

• It looks like this 1970s Atlanta Falcons helmet radio has been in the trenches a time or two. Still works, though. (Maybe you’d prefer a Miami Dolphins football phone?)

Seen an item on eBay that would be good for Collector’s Corner? Send any submissions here.

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Raffle reminder: The good folks at Vintage Brand are using the week leading up to the Super Bowl to run another raffle. The lucky winner will get to choose any item from the Vintage Brand site (like the cool Patriots canvas shown above, for example).

To enter, send an email to the raffle address by this Thursday, Jan. 31, 7pm Eastern. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner on Friday. Good luck!

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The Ticker
By Anthony Matthew Emerson

Baseball News: We already know that Adam Ottavino will be the first Yankee ever to wear No. 0. But according to Quentin Ellis, he’ll also be the first Yanks pitcher to wear a single-digit number since 1930. The last to do so? None other than George Herman Ruth. … The Missoula Osprey of the Pioneer League are rebranding and are asking the public to help choose their new name (from Clark Barnier). … USF has unveiled new all-black unis (from Cedric Padilla). … This Twitter thread shows off Arizona softball’s 2019 unis. Note that there are no visible buttons (from Rocky De La Rosa). … Toledo softball also released their 2019 unis (from Josh Claywell). … New batting helmets for Mizzou softball (from Steve Johnston). … Can you tell the difference between New Era caps made domestically and made overseas? This guy can (from Andrew Primeau). … A tequila sunrise-based design really loses something when it’s plastered with ads (from Travis Peterson). … Anyone know what these extra numbers on the Pirates’ vests would be for? (From Jerry Wolper.) … New 70th-anniversary logo for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. “The design uses elements from uniforms in each era,” explains @BigDaddy45.

NFL News: We got our first full view of the Super Bowl field all decked out for the big game (from @christmasinatra). Note that the Rams end zone has the team’s helmet, not the team’s logo. @Keyvon212 points out this is the first time a Super Bowl end zone has had a helmet design since SB XXXIX, 14 years ago. … Speaking of helmets, it appears the Rams are making heavy use of their helmet logo, which is even appearing on the “interview sweatshirts.” Also note that the sweatshirts have team font uni numbers (from Alan Kreit). … The Patriots have posted a video on their Facebook page showing the work being done by their equipment manager (from Nick Jones). … When you put “pats rams” in the Instagram .gif search bar, it gives you two helmets that look sort of like the Pats’ and Rams’, but are far enough away to avoid a lawsuit from the NFL (from Griffin Smith). … The Super Bowl popup store in Atlanta is selling a Rams jersey that the team even doesn’t wear anymore (from Alex Barth). … Meanwhile, if you’re in the market for St. Louis Rams merch — including a Rams thong — there’s a shop in Missouri that can help you with that (from Tris Wykes). … Notice anything odd about this photo of Bill Parcells, Brian Griese and Joe Montana announcing the NFL’s “Cholesterol Screen Team” before Super Bowl XXXV? Check above the facade — it’s lined with jerseys! Perhaps those were the jerseys of other members of the Cholesterol Screen Team? (Excellent find by Mike Colvin.)

College/High School Football News: The font used in Clemson’s national championship logo (gif warning) makes the “IO” in “national” and “champions” look like the number 10. That can’t be intentional, can it? What would the “10” be referring to anyway? (good spot by Frank Mercogliano). … The first installment of Auburn Through the Years, a retrospective of Auburn football uniforms, has been posted (from Clint Richardson).

Hockey News: Here’s our first look at the Pens’ and Flyers’ Stadium Series sweaters, which look pretty much like everyone expected (from @ImAnimated). … Oh my god, so many things going on in this pic of Jorma Valtonen at Leafs camp in 1972. Uni No. 100, a crest I’ve never seen before on a Leafs sweater, and the oddest mask I’ve ever seen (many thanks to Chris Mizzoni for sending this our way). … Billy Cole’s mom found this old Colorado Rockies — the NHL Colorado Rockies of course — hockey puck in her basement. … Color-on-color alert in the AHL All-Star Game (from Jakob Fox). … Check-out this gorgeous 125-year-old hockey sweater, from the Rat Portage Thistles, which might be the most punk-rock-band-sounding hockey team name ever (from @mixedmediashop).

Hoops News: Here’s a really interesting piece on “Ninja-style” headbands, which are slowly becoming more and more prominent throughout the NBA (from Ryan Frazer [as an aside, I wish I’d written that piece myself — PL]). … This butcher’s shop in Dubrovnik, Croatia, has Bulls logos on its awning and street lamp. “Must be old Kukoc fans,” says @mmmmmmboy. … Radford men are debuting these awesome throwbacks on Thursday (from Doug McKinney).

Soccer News: The Philadelphia Union released their new away kit (from Andrew Dillon and Josh Hinton). … Sporting Kansas City teased their new kit in the most frustrating way possible (also from Josh Hinton). … Argentine side Rosario Central has new kits and a new kit provider in Under Armour. The club had been using temporary kits manufactured in-house (from Ed Żelaski). … Good article about the 23-year-old designer who created a new jersey for Nigeria (from Kary Klismet). … River Plate’s new away kit has leaked (Josh Hinton again).

Grab Bag: Joe Gibbs Racing will have memorial stickers on each of their cars in honor of former organization president JD Gibbs, who passed away on Jan. 11 (from Christopher Hickey). … This Atlantic article about lines from women’s restrooms has a somewhat odd choice for a header image: the women’s restroom line at Yankee Stadium during the 2014 NHL Stadium Series game between the Rangers and Devils (from Chris Flinn). … Jason Torban spotted a sign in Ambler, Pa., that’s shaped like a Brannock Device, Paul’s favorite object. … Speaking of things Paul likes, Thomas Schroeter discovered this abandoned psychiatric facility in Wingdale, N.Y., with old-timey bowling lanes and old-timey baseball fields. … New lacrosse helmets for the Washington club team (from Anthony Edwards).

Twins Photo Appears to Show MLB 150th-Anniversary Patch

For months now people have been asking me, “Is MLB going to have a 150th-anniversary patch for 2019?” And for months I’ve been responding, “I assume they will, but they haven’t released it yet and I don’t know what it’s going to be.”

With pitchers and catchers just a few weeks away, we may finally have gotten a peek at what the patch will be. Yesterday the Twins tweeted some photos of newly acquired DH Nelson Cruz in his Minnesota gear, and one of the shots (shown above) had something very interesting on the right sleeve. Let’s take a closer look:

Not the most scintillating piece of design. But I’ll tell you what — it’s way better than that crummy NFL centennial logo, simply by virtue of not trying so hard. In a uni-verse where almost everything is overdone, it’s nice to see something so understated. I’m not saying it’s a great logo, but I’m definitely saying it’s not awful in all the usual predictable ways, and that almost (but not quite) feels like a win.

Anyway: Now that the cat’s out of the bag, I assume we’ll soon be hearing more about this logo and how it’ll be used — stay tuned. Meanwhile, I’d like to point out that I made through this entire entry without using the word “sesquicentennial.”

(My thanks to Neal Dorfman and our own Brinke Guthrie for bringing the patch to my attention.)

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Oh right, the Pro Bowl was yesterday: The big innovation at this year’s Pro Bowl, which you presumably missed because you had better things to do (or at least I hope so, for your sake), is that each player had a helmet decal saluting his hometown high school. Nice enough idea, except that they used the same font for every school, which made the whole thing feel a bit generic.

Bears running back Tariq Cohen took things a bit further by adding a decal with the logo of his high school, Bunn High from Bunn, N.C.:

That “B” logo normally appears on Bunn’s helmets.

Also of note: The coaching staffs for the game came from the Chargers (for the AFC) and the Cowboys (NFC). And in case you had trouble remembering that, you could just look the players’ sideline rain ponchos:



Hard to believe they didn’t have official Pro Bowl ponchos, no?

As for the rest of the game, the uniforms were the same as last season, except this year everyone was getting rained on, which seems like a just punishment for a “game” that really has no reason for existing, even by all-star standards.

After the game, broadcaster Jason Witten broke the game’s MVP trophy, which sums things up quite nicely:

(My thanks to Blake Fox, Keith Grinde, Paul Weisner, and our own Brinke Guthrie for their contributions to this section.)

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MLS update: A very reliable source told me the following yesterday:

I’ve got the MLS jersey launch calendar on my computer. Houston Dynamo (Jan. 30) and NY Red Bulls (Jan. 31) have upcoming releases. The most anticipated one is Atlanta United on Feb. 15, but that date leaked recently (nothing too crazy going on with their jersey, just more stripes).

FC Cincy will launch their first jersey on Feb. 11. I haven’t seen it, but I know it’s royal blue, and it’s on a previously designed Adidas template. I was told by Adidas that due to the team negotiating colors/crests/etc. with Adidas for so long, they were limited as to what their kit could look like in year one. Apparently there was a dispute about the shade of blue and orange they wanted, as they were going from Nike to Adidas and Adidas probably didn’t want to stock a different shade of royal than what they already stock (which totally makes sense, as VF/Majestic threw a fit at the Marlins when they changed in the early part of the decade since their orange wasn’t the same orange that they stocked for any other team).

FC Cincy’s alt/away kit is super-basic — I believe they said it was literally just a white jersey with the crest on the left chest — but that’ll get replaced in 2020.

Who says I never write about soccer? (Okay, so copying/pasting someone else’s email isn’t really “writing,” but still.)

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Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG; click to enlarge

“WE>ME” follow-up: On Friday I ran an entry about McEachern High School in Georgia, whose basketball team uses a “WE>ME” NOB. In my interview with the team’s coach, Mike Thompson, he said he got the idea from a Little League team that he briefly saw on TV last summer, but he couldn’t remember which team it was.

Reader/commenter Joe Anderson has cleared up that mystery: The Hawaii team wore the same motto on their backs during last year’s Little League World Series. As you can see above, they used a modified Texas Rangers motif for their uniforms, including the NOB lettering.

I passed this info along to Thompson, so now he can properly credit the Hawaiian team when people ask him about his team’s uniform slogan.

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ITEM! New raffle: The good folks at Vintage Brand are using the week leading up to the Super Bowl to run another raffle. The lucky winner will get to choose any item from the Vintage Brand site (like the cool Rams yearbook canvas shown above, for example).

To enter, send an email to the raffle address by this Thursday, Jan. 31, 7pm Eastern. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner on Friday. Good luck!

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The perfect prescription: I don’t often wear tank tops, but I might make an exception for this tremendous vintage basketball jersey that’s currently available on eBay — if it fit me (alas, it’s too small). What a beauty! Reasonably priced, too. I’d love to see a Uni Watch reader end up with it — here’s the full listing.

If one of you folks snaps it up, let me know and send more photos when you receive the jersey!

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Membership update: We got a really interesting membership request the other day from Tyler Rodgers, who wanted a Carolina Hurricanes treatment but added, “Please include the horrible half-inch or so where the nameplate doesn’t align with the base of the shoulder yoke on the new Adidas template. It’s such an infuriating detail that I, as a ’Canes fan, need to own it.” As you can see at right, we were happy to accommodate his request. I love including that kind of detail!

Tyler’s card is one of a bunch of new designs that have been added to the membership card gallery. I have three slots open on the current sheet, so the next three people to sign up will get their cards very quickly.

Ordering a membership card is a good way to support Uni Watch (which, quite frankly, could use your support these days). And remember, a Uni Watch membership also entitles you to a 15% discount on any of the merchandise in the Uni Watch Teespring shop and the Naming Wrongs shop. (If you’re an existing member and would like to have the discount code, email me.) 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, and you can see how we produce the cards here.

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Some thoughts on “caving”: In the wake of president Trump’s decision on Friday to end the government shutdown, there’s been lots of media chatter about how he “caved.” This term, “caved,” has been used in informal conversation for a while now, but the shutdown announcement seems to be an inflection point regarding its use by mainstream media outlets. According to one report, the term “caved” was being used so much in the media over the weekend that there was a spike in people looking up the term’s definition on merriam-webster.com.

“Caved,” of course, refers to caving in, which is what happens due to a weak spot in a ceiling or roof or whatever. So accusing someone of “caving” is accusing them of being weak. The term comes up sometimes in the uni-verse, particularly in the debates regarding Native American imagery — lots of people have told me that the Indians “caved” by agreeing to scrap Chief Wahoo, and ’Skins fans hope that the team won’t “cave” and change its name. Over the past few days I’ve also heard people say that the Padres are finally “caving” to fans’ preferences by bringing back the brown.

It’s hard to express how much I hate this use of “caved,” whether referring to the president, the Padres, or anything else. It reduces every situation to an overly simplistic spectrum of strength vs. weakness, and it serves as a lazy all-purpose indictment of anyone who ever changes their mind. The reality is that changing your mind often entails a lot of thoughtful consideration, acknowledging and learning from your mistakes, listening to opposing viewpoints, and looking at the bigger picture, all of which takes a lot of strength, not weakness.

In the case of the Indians and Wahoo, one could just as easily argue that MLB commish Rob Manfred was the one who “caved,” since he was unable to convince the team to scrap Wahoo simply because it was the right thing to do and instead had to induce them with a valuable bargaining chip (hosting this season’s All-Star Game). Of course, I don’t really believe Manfred “caved” either — I’m just pointing out that this situation, like most situations, is more nuanced than the term “caved” suggests.

In the case of the president and the shutdown, I suppose you could argue that “caved” is appropriate, since he appears to think everything really is a strength-vs.-weakness proposition. Still, he deserves better than to have a complex decision reduced to a boilerplate term of mockery, and we all deserve better than to have this toxic term gain greater public currency.

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: Reader Colleen Haberkorn is hoping that we can help identify the Yankees and White Sox players shown with her dad in these pictures (one is of Mickey Mantle), as well as when the pictures were taken, which is estimated to be the early ’50s. … The new Astros Hall of Fame, which inducts its first class in August, will give inductees orange blazers (from Elan Tavor). … Reader Jeff Wilk sent us a video of the Brooklyn safety cap in action at the 1952 World Series.

Football News: Current and past Ticker-ers Anthony Emerson and Mike Chamernik sent us this ranking of Super Bowl logos. … In response to a question posed in yesterday’s Ticker about how conference-specific Pro Bowl helmets were made before each player just wore their own, reader Brian Anderson tells us that they were indeed the players’ normal helmets painted over, as with this 1968 Packers example. … Here’s the story behind Clemson’s 2018 national championship logo (from Kenneth Fields). … An Iowa helmet appeared on a model at Paris Fashion Week (from Kary Klismet). … In an Alliance of American Football scrimmage, it looks like some Memphis Express players were missing their helmet logo (from Josh Graves). … Here’s some video of former Giants RB Ottis Anderson explaining how he wore practice pants instead of game pants during the team’s Super Bowl XXV championship run.

Hockey News: UMass Lowell wore throwbacks with city-neighborhoods-on-back Saturday against Boston College (from Tommy Coyle). … The WHL’s Kootenay Ice wore partially pink uniforms for an anti-bullying game (from Wade Heidt). … This 1974 article includes info on the Penguins’ Andy Brown being the last NHL goalie to play regularly without a mask (from Jerry Wolper). … Here are some concepts for next season’s Stadium Series game, which is in Colorado Springs between the Avalanche and Kings (from @lilkuzyvert92).

Basketball News: Notre Dame wore green at home Saturday against Virginia. … Virginia’s women brought orange alternates to Friday’s game at Pitt. … Here’s a pair of numbers for NBA call-ups: No. 24 for Cavaliers PG Kobi Simmons and No. 10 for Suns PF Emanuel Terry (from Etienne Catalan). … Raptors F Danny Green nonchalantly lowered his shorts and adjusted his undershorts during a teammate’s free throw yesterday (from Mike Chamernik).

Soccer News: Spanish team Athletic Bilbao now adds match info to its captain’s armbands (from Ryan Maquiñana). … German team Fortuna Düsseldorf wore black throwbacks — with ads, of course — yesterday to commemorate the 100th birthday of goalie Toni Turek, who played for Fortuna when he was the World Cup-winning goalie with West Germany in 1954 (from Elijah Newsome). … The U.S. men’s national team yesterday against Panama wore black armbands for Sigi Schmid, the winningest coach in MLS history, who passed away on Christmas. … USL Championship team El Paso Locomotive have Adidas training wear, but their kits are made by BLK (from Josh Hinton). … Josh also tells us that El Paso’s league-mates Phoenix Rising have an unchanged second shirt for this season, and the shirts featured in yesterday’s Ticker were the first and third shirts. … Most of the way down this article, it’s mentioned that Cardiff City will wear yellow daffodils on Tuesday to honor striker Emiliano Sala, who signed for them from French team Nantes but disappeared with the plane carrying him from Nantes to Cardiff. The yellow daffodil combines Wales’s national flower and Nantes’s primary color. … Cardiff City’s under-18 and women’s teams, the only two teams from the club to play this weekend, both laid wreaths next to the pitch before their matches. … Meanwhile, Nantes’s reserves wore green armbands.

Grab Bag: The Man Booker Prize, the top award for novels published in the UK, actually has an advertiser in its name and the organizers are looking for a new one in time for the 2020 award. … The NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks and Buffalo Bandits both wore Navy-themed uniforms with below-number nameplates (from Wade Heidt). … Reader Tim Dunn sent us a look at the kits for rugby union’s Six Nations, which starts Friday, in which you can also see the competition’s new advertiser. … A Milwaukee artist paints shoes for athletes in various sports (from Kary Klismet).

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What Paul did last night yesterday: My friend Brian holds an annual two-part party each year on the Sunday before the Super Bowl. The first part is a few hours of bowling at the always awesome Paul’s Bar & Bowling in Paterson, N.J., and then everyone heads over to Brian’s house for a lot of food and drink. Brian always breaks out all sorts of bowling-themed décor for the occasion — here’s what he had on display yesterday (click to enlarge):

There was also this very excellent vintage tin bowling toy, which I shot a (very short) video of:

When God Gives You Some Blue Tackle Twill...

…You Gotta Do A DIY

By Phil Hecken, with Terence Kearns & Joe Hilseberg

It started with a Twitter DM.

A little over a week ago, UW friend and supporter Terence Kearns sent me a direct message with the following:

“So, you wanted to see what’s up?” with the following pics:

There were actually a couple more pics attached as well. Then came the following message:

“Joe Hilseberg made all the letters/numbers from glacier twill. The 7 Line shoulder, neckline and rear hem patches came from a 7 Line Army jersey and the flag patch I bought at Citi Field. Bought the blank jersey online at a hockey supply company.

“Wanna write it up for a weekend post?”

Well, hell yes! I’d love to know the story behind that custom job. So I asked TK and creator Joe Hilseberg if they’d be able to provide me with the details and the backstory.

Terence Kearns:

While doing a coupla jerseys to replenish my collection a few years ago, Joe mentioned he came across some glacier twill and I should do a Mets themed jersey. I put it outta my mind until I had an extra 7 Line jersey that I wanted fixed and another I wanted customized. I had an idea just to strip the jersey I planned to fix and use some elements to make the Mets/7Line Army jersey. I sent Joe the JPEG of the blank jersey I got online with pics of the patches and after a few tweaks he came up the mock up in an afternoon! HAD TO do diagonal lettering cos I’m a NYR fan and HAD TO do black drop shadow cos it’s the best Mets Uni element since their inception and it just looks AMAZING on the orange jersey!

Despite the fact that I’m in complete disagreement with “Tezza” (his nickname) on the Mets and the unfortunate black block shadow they added in the late 1990s, I have to admit, it does look pretty cool on an orange jersey, and when the Mets aren’t using it. How did he get the name “Tezza” and pick the number (13)?

Tezza is just my nickname. Like Terry would be. The Brits do it like that: Gary = Gazza, Aaron = Azza, Sharon = Shazza, etc. 13 has just always been my number.

Before we get to Joe and his treatment, a bit of background. Terence is a “member” of the “7 Line Army,” a group of rabid Mets fans who pack both Citi Field Shea sections and who also travel to opposing ballparks to cheer on their favorite team.

Anyway, I talked with Joe who described how he and TK created this one of a kind jersey, and here’s Joe’s account:

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TK is right… I had a ton of Glacier twill left over from some old Mets projects I did.

He asked me to come up with some concepts for a Mets hockey jersey that featured the 7 Line elements that we were going to strip off of an old jersey.

I came up with some designs…

And after some tweaking we settled on one.

From there I cut out the letters to be sewn and even sent TK a little sneak peak of them.

After the blue layer was sewn, I heat pressed the letters onto the jersey. TK was very specific about the arc and letter spacing he wanted, so I sent him photos to confirm.

I used heat resistant tape to position the front letters before pressing them into place.

I was able to remove all of the 7 Line patches from the old jersey pretty easily. Also I took off the jock tag area and created a new patch out of it complete with serged edges. We used this to cover the brand mark on the back of the jersey.

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And then we have the finished product!

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SWEET! Thanks Joe and TK for sharing this little DIY story. It’s amazing what one can do when one has a bit of blue tackle twill left over…

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Kreindler’s Korner

I had the distinct pleasure of featuring the wonderful artwork of artist Graig Kriendler on two occasions over the summer and fall of 2017, and more recently, in August of 2018.

For those who don’t wish to click the links, Graig paints baseball heroes (and regular guys) from the past, and is an immense talent.

Occasionally, I will be featuring his work on Uni Watch.

Here’s today’s offering (click to enlarge):

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Title: “Enter Sandman”
Subject: Mariano Rivera, 2004
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 26″ x 36″

I’m no wordsmith. Not even close. And sometimes I try to be. But when it comes to Mariano Rivera, I can never adequately articulate how incredible he was. When he comes up in conversation with my friends, I do my best to hit home the fact that we’ll never see his like again. This is, of course, after most of my friends have done the same thing (and that’s whether they’re Yankee fans or not). I just don’t know if there was ever a player who made the game as ‘broken’ as he did when he was on the mound. I mean, for intents and purposes, from 1997 to 2013, if New York had a lead on you in the eighth, the game was over. He was that automatic. But, as I had mentioned before, I’m no wordsmith. And especially to you readers, that would be pretty evident.

It’s only in my painting that I feel like I have even a modicum of control when it comes to emoting a particular idea. And emoting something like the dominance of this great Panamanian pitcher is not something that I should depict traditionally. Surely, action shots on the mound – regardless of the angle – can be compelling and dynamic. In reality though, that sort of visual is only a small part of the story.

But being in Yankee Stadium on a cold September night, or watching the game on television while sitting in your favorite seat, provided us all with a common experience. When the opening notes to Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ blasted on the PA and you saw number 42 trotting out of the gate, well, that kind of said it all: game over.

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Thanks, Graig! You can (and should!) follow Graig on Twitter.

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More Gouache From Gene Sanny

Weekend readers will recall I’ve run a few sub-ledes featuring artwork by Gene Sanny, done using a Gouache technique, which basically means applying watercolor colors to an image and then removing (or erasing) them to create a new image. You can see this technique used on an earlier painting by Gene.

Here’s one I received last weekend:

Got another one done during the NFC championship game today. Joe Kapp in the frigid temps, back when the Vikes played outdoors.

Check it out (click any image to enlarge):

And the finished product:

Beautiful Gene! Keep ’em coming.

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What Phil Did…

… last weekend.

In case you noticed, I took last weekend off (a birthday present from Paul) — even though it was a couple weeks past that day (1/3), Paul had offered me my b-day “weekend” off, so I asked if I could defer that vacation until last weekend, when I curled with the Long Island Curling Club in a “friendly” versus the Windsor (Nova Scotia) Curling Club. A “friendly” consists of playing multiple matches against another club, with one club being named champion at the end.

News12 Long Island actually came to our rink to document the event:

If you watched that (and I know you did), you probably caught some glimpses of my rink (“team”) in the background — we were all wearing Islanders jerseys and Long Island Curling Club pants.

Not all of the teams “dressed alike” although most players from the opposing Windsor Curling Club wore official WCC red jackets with black pants (our new Canadian friends explained to us that “crazy pants” hadn’t yet made it to their sheets, and the standard dress is still always black pants). Perhaps they’ll come out of this tourney with a new appreciation for our sartorial choices.

My rink actually wore three different “uniforms” throughout our three games: opening night we all sported the LICC pants with light blue LICC t-shirts (which you can see below on a few of us in this group shot with the WCC — that’s me with the upraised fist):

You can also see how great the Windsor squad looks in their black and red.

On day two we played two games, and my rink sported the Isles gear. In the splash photo, note there are five of us: two of our members (Colin Kasprowicz and his son Ilya) “split” a spot in the rotation, so Colin (upper right) only sported the Isles jersey, while Ilya (front) rocked a royal Isles sweater and LICC pants. We all had custom matching caps too. Here’s a full shot showing the team (with Nova Scotia and USA flags to boot!). L-R: Me (Third or “Mate”), Johnny Lusardi (second), Jack Glanzer (fourth or “skip”) and Colin Kasprowicz (first, or “Lead”); splitting duties with Colin is his son, Ilya, in the front. It’s tough to tell from the photo, but all five of us are wearing very similar, but actually different jerseys from different eras.

The caps were cool — and a custom job done by John Lusardi — featuring “Long Island Curling Club” on the front, a design with a curling stone on the right side, a LICC “crest” with two brooms on the left side, and (it’s tough to see) our NOB in orange on the backs of the caps. Thanks, Johnny!

For our final match on Saturday night, we elected to just go with crazy pants and various LICC shirts.

All in all it was a great time, and we all definitely made some new Canadian friends (I’ve been to Canada many times, including Nova Scotia, and even dated a Canadian lady for about 8 months — I can confirm that Canadians are some of the nicest people on the planet!). The plan is for us to visit Windsor next year for a rematch.

If you want to see more photos (mostly of my squad) from the friendly, click here. Yes, I am wearing my own NOB on the Islanders jersey. It was a gift.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Ooooooh! Check out this beautiful 1915 Bradley Knit Wear ad featuring Pittsburgh Pirates star Honus Wagner (from Bruce Menard). … You don’t see pitchers warming up in jackets nowadays, but I bet they might if they could wear this awesome tequila sunrise jacket, seen here on the Experss (from Goat Jerseys). … Chris Richards (aka “Phantom Dreamer” writes, “Mariners fans have become so frustrated over the management’s tone deafness regarding the team’s uniforms & overall visual identity that they have reached the point that they’re constructing custom jerseys. Below, a powder blue trident jersey made out of a TBTC #Royals jersey.” … The Great One (Wayne Gretzky) turned 58 yesterday, so Bruce Menard posted this great photo of Gretz’ in a “99” Dodgers jersey (love that bandanna/headband and full mullet). … It’s a little tough to see, but caps didn’t always have embroidered logos — as this Larry Doby photo show, the logo is a patch, sewn directly onto the cap (from John Sabol). A couple more examples can be seen here and here (from Robert Hayes). … The Texas Rangers will retire Adrian Beltre’s #29 (from Jimmer Vilk). … There were no Allegheny Yinzers jerseys on display yesterday at the Altoona Curve booth, but they did have the hat (from Denny Pottinger). … I’m pretty sure we had this info before, but just in case: Pirates have a new camo cap for 2019 (from Darrell Dawson). … Angels reliever Keynan Middleton will apparently now wear number 99 (he previously wore number 39, and other Angels were in their numbers from last year at Moving Day to Spring Training). From C. Duncan. … Check out this amazing archival footage of the Montreal Expos home opener vs. STL, inaugural year at Jarry Park, 1969. Goat Jerseys notes, “Some really cool footage here. Check out the 0:55 mark, lady in the Expos blazer👌.” … In honor of the Royal Rumble, the Arizona D-Bax have created a custom jersey for Vince McMahon (from Mike Chamernik).

NFL News: Here’s some more follow-up on the supposed New York Jets leaked unis that appeared on the twitter a few days ago (from Ryan Bower). … The Pro Bowl game, which no one will watch, is today. Here’s a great look at AFC helmets and NFC helmets, back when they were conference-specific (from Old Time Football). I believe back then the conferences simply repainted the teams regular helmets (as the season had ended) for the game, but I could be wrong. Anyone? … Here’s a pretty interesting (be warned: WaPo) article on the future Rams/Chargers $5 BILLION stadium, which may be the “future” of all stadia. … In yesterday’s Pro Bowl skills competition, JuJu Smith-Schuster wore his shirt backwards on top of his sweatshirt so that his name appeared on his chest (from Brian Spiess).

College Football News: Here’s a uni malfunction we all missed from bowl season. Jim Pericotti writes, “Working on a project, and I came across the attached picture from the Military Bowl, Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati. Looks like the 4 on the front of #45 is peeling off. Didn’t remember seeing this in the ticker, so I apologize if it was already discussed.” … Ohio State’s Terry McLaurin was sporting a Raiders logo on his Buckeye helmet (from Old Time Football). Why, you may ask? “Gruden is coach of the North team and his staff is giving them out after big plays,” notes Bob Johnson. Here’s another one on Notre Dame’s Drue Tranquill (from Oscar Buck Wilde). And finally here are a couple more hats with Raider stickers from the Senior Bowl (from Gene Sanny). … Finally, a gift for Husker fans who can’t choose between Ameer Abdullah/Stanley Morgan and Kenny Bell (from Lincoln Arneal).

Hockey News: If you look real closely at this gathering of the NFL mascots, you’ll notice the Capitals mascot is wearing a Stanley Cup ring (good spot by Robby Aces). … From Friday evening: check out the inside lining of Henrik Lundqvist’s jacket (thanks to Josh Claywell and Al N. Kreit). … Tweeter Louis noticed the collar on the Ducks All Star sweater is solid orange, and not their normal multi colored collar (for comparison). … Check out this cool mask on Gary “The Cobra” Simmons (from Goat Jerseys). So much to love in that pic: Old school brown leather glove, blocker (and one can assume pads), fiberglass painted mask, Seals uni. Nice! … Last night, the Green Bay Gamblers wore Packers-themed uniforms (thanks, Paul). … Yesterday, Michigan and Penn State went color vs. color at the Garden (from Brett Sosnik).

NBA/Other/College Hoops News: From the one and only Jimmer Vilk: “Cleveland Priests’ basketball jerseys…nice use of a cross for a t.” … The Illawarra Hawks wore uniforms in tribute to defunct rugby league team Illawarra Steelers (from E P Conrad). … Yesterday, Northwestern hoops wore some special shoes (from Northwestern Basketball). … Looks like Xavier is reintroducing the “Running Man” logo (from Josh Claywell and Matthew Weber). … Iowa State and Ole Miss both wore alternates for their SEC/Big 12 Challenge matchup in Oxford on Saturday, creating an anthracite-for-anthracite’s-sake vs. powder blue matchup (from Kary Klismet). … Reader John Muir noticed the scorebug was confusing too: “Iowa State (Gray uniforms, red in the scorebug) at Ole Miss (Light blue uniforms, navy blue in the scorebug). At least the Ole Miss floor border matches the marker.” He adds, “What’s the point of trying anymore?” … Andrew Cosentino writes, “In a hideous color vs color matchup, Virginia Tech wore PFPS while Syracuse wore orange. It’s tough to watch.” Here’s why. A few twitter folks seem to agree. Yep.

Soccer News: The Portland Timbers tweeted out two photos Friday teasing their new 2019 jersey. The Timbers are expected to officially unveil their new kit in the coming weeks. … Check out these concepts for Tottenham Hotspur (from Terence Kearns). #COYS! … “The 7 team Canadian Premier League kicks off its inaugural season in 2019,” writes wade Heidt. “CPL Commissioner David Clanachan indicated that supplier Macron is designing 14 unique home and away kits. They will be unveiled in early April. He is stating CPL will be one of the few leagues that will have custom-made kits league-wide.” … Phoenix Rising FC have new kits (from Adam Vitcavage). Here’s another look (from Ed Żelaski).

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A(nother) Uni Watch Reader Design Hits The Ice

By Phil Hecken

Readers will recall that during the month of August (when Paul takes his much-deserved sabbatical from the weekday duties) — and for the third consecutive year — I had the honor and pleasure of again hosting a design contest sponsored by the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Red Wings. This year the winner of the 2018 contest was Matt Harvey, whose winning design was this:

As the Griffins did following the 2016 contest with winner Dan Kennedy, and last year’s winner, John Elbertson, Matt received a custom jersey based off of his design, and a special invitation to join with the team at the game where the fauxback jerseys were being worn.

The game had originally been scheduled for late December, but at the last minute (almost literally), the game where Matt’s winning design would be held was switched to January 19, 2019.

Unfortunately, due to the last minute scheduling change, Matt (unlike previous winners) wasn’t able to attend the game in person, which was disappointing for all involved. Late last year, I had interviewed Matt, and since then, I’ve run a few of his other uniform concepts on Uni Watch. Today, I following up with Matt about the contest and the Griffins treatment of his design, and also with photos of his jersey being worn on the ice.

The first step came with Matt’s design being adapted to an actual jersey. The initial photos capture the essence, but almost appeared to be anthracite in color (click on any images below to enlarge):

When Matt first received those pics, he told me, “Here is a sneak peak of the jerseys for the Grand Rapids Griffins that I designed. I was told that the jerseys look darker than what is on the image. The lighting in the room is very bright.”

Indeed, those original photos didn’t do the Griffins’ treatment justice. Later on, Matt sent me the following shots of his jersey design:

Here are some more looks:

You can see a few more photos here.

After seeing those, Matt told me, “I think it turned out quite nice and I’m happy with the the final design. I’ll break it down more and give you my full thoughts on the jersey once I see them on the ice.”

That time has now come.

We’ll start with a couple photos of Matt’s design in the flesh, as it were, worn on January 19th. Interspersed with the game action shots will be Matt’s thoughts (in italics):

What an honor it is to have a design come to life. I’ve always dreamed of having a design of mine come full circle, and this one is extra special because it’s in the realm of sports. I’ve been doing my own sports logos and uniform designs ever since I could draw and to see the hard work and determination pay off means the world to me and I’m truly honored to have done this design for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

After seeing the jersey in person and the images, I was amazed. The jersey looks absolutely amazing. It’s almost exact to the original concept that I had put together.

The uniform features a dark grey/charcoal base color with two red stripes that go across the front/back and sleeves of the uniforms. Each sleeve features the players number, with the players number on the back in white, followed by a thin black and thin red outline.

One change the team did make was make the collar black, which it does look nice. The original concept had the collar in the same base grey as the uniform. Besides the collar change, that was the only change they made to the uniform (if you don’t count adding the sponsors [advertiser — PH] logos on the front and back of the uniform.)

The best part of the uniform is the crest logo featured on the front of the uniform. The red shield logo which features a “G.R” initials logo and wings brings the uniform to life. The logo represents the city (Grand Rapids), the Griffins, and the affiliate team, the Detroit Red Wings, all in one logo and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

The logo looks amazing from both close-up and far away. I spent many hours trying to get the logo too look right and be easily readable and recognizable. I also wanted the logo to feel strong and have a since of pride. After seeing the reactions from players, and fans on social media, I think I was able to achieve some success with the logo.

Overall, I’m very happy with how the uniform turned out. The pictures from the game looked great, and I thought the contrast of the uniform looked nice as well. Even though I wasn’t able to attend the game in person, from the pictures I did receive, they looked great on the ice, and I thought the uniform matchup against Milwaukee was nice as well. It looked like a nice turn out in the crown of people that came out to support the Griffins and see the jerseys, and that made me feel even more honored.

Well done Griffins. Good win in a good lookin’ uniform.

To all those who reached out to me with positive comments and congratulating me, I say thank you. It really means a lot.

Again, I’m very honored for the opportunity to have designed this uniform. I hope it’s not the last one I get to design, and I look forward to the next design challenge.

Thanks, Matt! Fantastic design, and great job by the Griffins in bringing it to life. There are a few more game action shots available here.

Well readers, how’d they do? Were any of you readers in attendance for this game? Please let Matt know your thoughts in the comments down below!

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Nike Confirms MLB Deal

Yesterday, the news broke on the (possibly) worst kept secret in sports/uni news: Nike will officially take over as the official uniform supplier for MLB, with the deal to begin in 2020. Darren Rovell reported it early yesterday:

For the details, here’s a good article. It’s nothing we didn’t (really) already know: Nike will “design the apparel that players wear on the field — including jerseys, base layers and warmups” while Fanatics “will manufacture and distribute all of Nike’s MLB products sold at retail.”

Do you notice the alarming trend in the verbiage of the first sentence? Read it again.

Yep. “Nike Inc. will be the next jersey supplier…”

So, they’re not making the pants too? Of course they are, but in another nod to the increasing culture of making official gear which fans can purchase, the focus of on-field uniforms has really become secondary to the marketing of the “jersey.” That copy should most certainly read “Nike Inc. will be the next uniform supplier,” but “jersey” has now either become shorthand for “uniform” or, more likely, “jersey” (and jersey sales) is once again the driving force behind the announcement. I’m not sure if the wording used in the article came directly (or was reworded) from a Nike statement, but shame on the writer for using “jersey” instead of uniform.

But I digress. What does this mean going forward, in terms of how teams will look on the field in 2020 (and beyond)? Aside from new templates, teams will probably look very similar to the way they do today. Remember: while Nike will “design” the uniforms, they will still do so at the direction of the teams. Yes, we’ve seen their influence on the NFL (think Seahawks, Buccaneers, Vikings, Browns, etc.) and the NBA, and that’s not to discount how Nike will attempt to transform MLB. But they are still the manufacturer and MLB is still the client. Nike will make the uniforms the teams request.

Uniforms are likely to remain the same or relatively unchanged, at least at first. One difference we may see is logo placement: Majestic (the current uniform supplier) currently places the Majestic logo on the left sleeve and on the back belt loop of the pants. UA’s deal with MLB had been to move the logo from the sleeve to the chest. Nike’s deal probably includes this provision as well.

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Padres Officially Bring Back the Brown

In case you missed it, perhaps the second worst-kept secret was revealed the other day: Yes, (FINALLY!) the San Diego Padres have listened to their fans and will be officially changing to brown and gold uniforms in 2020.

According to this article in the San Diego Tribune, “The Padres notified Major League Baseball of their intent to wear new uniforms starting in 2020, and the organization conducted focus groups testing brown uniforms on Wednesday and Thursday.”

Although there are no uniform mockups, the focus groups were shown a combination of three different home and road sets. Here’s how they’re described:

Hmmm. “Solid tan.” “Tan and brown.” Why am I having really bad flashbacks as I type this? I may have been one of the few who appreciated the Padres sartorial choices when they eschewed the road gray uniform back when they went with the all “sand” uni back in 2004. But that grew old quickly, and I hope they have learned from their past mistakes.

As part of my “What’s Your Sign(ature)” series, I explored the Padres back in 2016. If you read that, you’ll note the rich brown (and gold) history the team had from its inception up until 1991.

With regard to those “focus groups,” who preferred the brown and gold — those were conducted last summer; interestingly, the brown and gold was not preferred by a majority or participants, but those who did were apparently quite “passionate” about it:

Focus groups in June — featuring brown and gold, brown and orange, blue and white and blue, orange and white uniform choices — revealed no majority preference. However, the largest and most passionate minority was comprised of those who favored brown and gold.

While it’s impossible to tell what the focus groups were shown (for brown/gold/tan uniform choices), none of what is described sounds like it will be what we’d consider of the throwback or “fauxback” variety. Also of note: now that Nike is officially the MLB uni supplier for 2020, and these uniforms are scheduled to be worn beginning in the 2020 season…will these be “designed” in conjunction with Nike? (And even if they are, they may just have to “make” what the Padres demand.) Or, will the Padres and Nike kick off Nike’s reign of terror uniform supplying days the way the Seahawks did back when Nike got the NFL contract? I’d love to catch a glimpse of the sample prototypes the focus groups were shown.

Also, I smell a uni design contest coming soon…

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More Gouache From Gene Sanny

Weekend readers will recall I’ve run a few sub-ledes featuring artwork by Gene Sanny, done using a Gouache technique, which basically means applying watercolor colors to an image and then removing (or erasing) them to create a new image. You can see this technique used on an earlier painting by Gene.

Gene’s back again, this time with a painting of an iconic Steelers quarterback you should be able to instantly identify. You should know who it is by the second image below (click on each to enlarge):

And voila, the finished product:

Beautiful, eh? Of course it is! Great stuff Gene — keep ’em coming!

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The Ticker
By Anthony Matthew Emerson

Baseball News: We got a good ole-fashioned Uni Watch Mystery on our hands. Vincent Colon received this Mets weird/awesome Mets pullover for Christmas. It has a Champion makers mark, and my estimation puts it from the early to mid-90s, judging by the overall design. I’ve never seen anything like it. Anyone have anything similar? … Like Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina is going into the Hall of Fame sans cap logo, thus ending a Uni Watch debate. It is interesting that two of the four BBWAA-elected inductees are going in without cap logos. It’s also interesting that the other two only played for one team, thus negating  (thanks to PaulMike ChamernikKary KlismetMike Engle and everyone else who sent this in). … Paywalled, but ESPN Insider’s Bradford Doolittle has a treatise against the corporatization of ballpark names (from Mike Chamernik). … UNC has new tri-color caps for this season, and they’re absolutely gorgeous (from James Gilbert). … New blue jerseys for FAU (from Jake Elman). … New unis for Missouri S&T (from Patrick Murphy). … Lindsay Resnick found this T-shirt in the Auburn bookstore, and found the script “Tigers” to be very similar to the Detroit Tigers’s script wordmark. … In light of yesterday’s lede about the WE>ME nameplates of McEachern High, Joseph Andersen remembered the Honolulu Little League team using the slogan themselves last summer on their way to the Little League World Series Championship.

NFL News: As Antonio Brown continues to try to depart the Steelers, he has now posted an images of himself photoshopped into a 49ers uni and hugging Jerry Rice on Instagram (from Mike Chamernik). … The Patriots have applied the Super Bowl LIII patches to their jerseys. …  @PeskysPole noticed that the prop Chiefs helmet NFL Network has on set has the logo facing the wrong way; the arrowhead should be pointed towards the facemask. … The NFL is testing the new Prizm visor during tomorrow’s Pro Bowl (from @BigJ52).

College Football News: Also posted in the NBA section: Kevin Durant was given an old Nike Mach Speed-template Longhorns jersey by Texas, despite the team having dropped that template in 2017 in favor of the Vapor Untouchable template (from @CFB_design).
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Hockey News: Penguins D Kris Letang is wearing a cap with his team’s old shade of gold in this photo (from Kevin D. Riley). … In 1997, the Sharks acquired G Ed Belfour from the Blackhawks, and had him thrust into net two nights later. He had no time to get Sharks-colored pads and mask and thus used his red-and-black set, and even wore Blackhawks pants for the game — note the red and white stripe on his pants (from Jerry Wolper). … Speaking of the Sharks, the 2019 NHL All-Star Game is in San Jose, and evidently the league and/or host committee is playing up the Silicon Valley angle, as the official pins for the game are designed to look like the world’s ugliest computer chip (from Eric C. Stroker). … And speaking of All-Star Games, the sweaters for the AHL All-Star Game have been revealed. I’ve definitely seen worse sweaters before, so I guess points for that. … The ECHL’s Jacksonville Icemen have unveiled the world’s best military appreciation uniform (from Nick Kamarich). … The QMJHL’s Charlottetown Islanders last night wore the unis of defunct AHL Prince Edward Island Senators, a team that lasted only three years. The sweaters were auctioned off for charity following the game (from John Muir).

NBA News: Good lord, the number font on the NBA All-Star Game unis is atrocious. … Cross-posted from the college football section: Kevin Durant was given an old Nike Mach Speed-template Longhorns jersey by Texas, despite the team having dropped that template in 2017 in favor of the Vapor Untouchable template (from @CFB_design). … Also posted in the College Hoops section: Roy Williams and LeBron James both wore the same sneakers the other day (from James Gilbert). … New Nets SF Mitch Creek will wear No. 55 (from Etienne Catalan).

College Hoops News: Pink-accented unis for Creighton in their game against Butler (from Chris Richardson). … Kentucky now wearing Paul Gordon-inspired shoes (from Josh Hinton). … Cross-posted from the NBA section: Roy Williams and LeBron James both wore the same sneakers the other day (from James Gilbert).

Soccer News: Adidas will once again use templates for their kit designs, which of course stymies the look of dozens of teams (from Josh Hinton). … Vancouver Whitecaps have revealed their 2019 home kit. Note that it includes a 1979 Champions patch, with the most over-the-top 70s font imaginable (from Wade Heidt). … FootyHeadlines has leaked Orlando City’s 2019 home kit (from Josh Hinton). … New kits for Colombian side Atlético Nacional (from Ed Żelaski). … Enough ads on the kit for Bolivian club The Strongest? That’s Caught Offside podcaster JJ Devaney in the photo (from Kyle Dawson).

Grab Bag: Someone has ranked the “biggest fashion faults” of the Australian Open (thanks, Phil). … Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s racing team will use the famous No. 8 car in the Xfinity Series (from Christopher Hickey). … Here’s an art project that’ll tickle many a Uni Watcher’s fancy: photographer Kevin Hong has been taking utterly breathtaking shots of vintage bowling alleys throughout the country. Highly recommended (from “esa“). … The iconic 30th Street Station board in Philadelphia will be removed over the weekend, as it is not compliant with disability regulations (from Blake Fox). … The logo for Senator Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign uses the same font as the logo for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (from Brad Loliger). … Wells Fargo is getting a new logo to try to distance itself from scandals (from Christopher Hickey).

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One Final Note…

Jimmer Vilk informs me that all the Vilkmas Winners will have their items shipped this week. So to the lucky five: keep an eye on your mail boxes!

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