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Indians Remove Wahoo From Uniforms for Toronto Series

Notice anything different about this photo of Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor (shown above), which was taken during last night’s Indians/Jays game in Toronto?

If you’re an adept uni-watcher, you probably noticed that the Chief Wahoo patch, which usually appears on the left sleeve of Cleveland’s road greys, is missing from Lindor’s jersey. And it wasn’t just Lindor — all of the Cleveland players were Wahoo-free last night, as you can see in this video clip of the game’s final play:

According to this AP story, the de-Chiefing is only for the four-game Blue Jays series and was “partially driven” by the failed 2016 lawsuit that sought to prevent the Indians from using their team name and Wahoo logo in Toronto. It’s not clear if the team was concerned about further legal action or if it was more a matter of being sensitive to the issues that had been raised, although this story on the team’s website suggests that it was the latter. Also, if the move was “partially driven” by the 2016 lawsuit, it’s not clear what else was driving it. I emailed a team representative late last night to ask about those issues, and I’ll update this post if and when I hear back from him. (Update, 9am: Just heard back, as follows: “What is reported in this story is factual. We’re not going to comment any further, though.”)

Wahoo, of course, will be mothballed for good at the end of this season, so this four-game benching is just the latest nail in his rapidly closing coffin.

Wahoo wasn’t the only thing missing from Cleveland’s jerseys last night. They usually use nameplates for their NOBs, but eagle-eyed reader Darrell Dawson noticed that the lettering last night was direct-sewn (click to enlarge):

According to Bill Henderson’s jersey guide, the last time Cleveland went with direct-sewn lettering was in 1985.

(My thanks to John Sabol, who was the first to notice the missing Wahoo patch last night, and to Phil, who was the first to point me toward the AP story.)

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Ticker intern reminder: In case you missed it on Tuesday, I’m currently in the market for a new Ticker intern. The position would require being on Ticker duty on Thursdays and creating the Tickers that appear on Fridays.

Full details are available here.

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Cap inquiry: So here’s something I’ve been wondering about: We’ve sold a decent amount of our flex-fit “alternate” cap, but not nearly as many as I had expected based on some of the polling feedback we’d gotten earlier this year. Is there a reason for that?

Just to backtrack for a sec, my thinking with the alternate cap was that we’d basically do the opposite of the classic cap that we’re selling via Ebbets Field Flannels. For example:

• The classic cap is solid green; the alternate cap has a white front panel.

• The classic cap is wool; the alternate cap is stretch cotton.

• The classic cap is available in fitted sizes or with an adjustable strap; the alternate cap is flex-fit.

• The classic cap has nothing on the back; the alternate cap has the Uni Watch script on the back.

• The classic cap costs nearly $50; the alternate cap costs $30.

In short, I was trying to provide something for everyone. But the response to the alternate cap, while not bad, has been a lot less enthusiastic than I had expected (and much less enthusiastic than the response to the classic cap, too).

So I’m asking for your feedback: Did I do something wrong here? Did I simply misread the preproduction tea leaves? Something else? Feel free to post about this in today’s comments. (And if you want to buy one of these caps, you can do that here.)

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Jets-redesign reminder: In case you missed it on Thursday, I’m running a Jets-redesign contest. Full details here.

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The Ticker
By Kris Gross

Baseball News: The Orioles are hosting O’stoberfest to celebrate Oktoberfest on Sept. 28. The promotion will include a giveaway ceramic beer stein and “German-style” food (from Andrew Cosentino). … “Over five consecutive games from Aug. 26 through Sept. 1, the Royals wore five different jerseys,” says Trent Guyer. “And over a nine-game span during that same time from Aug. 26 through Sept. 5, they never wore the same jersey on consecutive days. If they stick to expected protocol, Friday will be road gray, making it 10 days without wearing the same jersey for consecutive games.” You can see the game-by-game breakdown here.

NFL News: The Eagles wore Super Bowl champions patches for last night’s season opener against the Falcons. … The Bears won’t wear captain patches this season, as they’re going week-to-week with team captains (from Zack Pearson). … A Colorado store is selling all Nike gear at 50% off in protest of the Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. … Did you know that former Raiders QB Ken Stabler modified his facemask with a hack saw? (From Matthew Toy.) … Here’s a gallery showing all of this season’s NFL sideline knit caps. … Vikings QB Kirk Cousins filed a trademark application for “You Vike That!,” to be used on T-shirts and such, but the Vikings and the NFL are holding up the application. “It’s in limbo until they decide to challenge it or not,” explains intellectual property attorney Anthony Verna. … The NFL has a new line of hats showing team logos and the teams’ home states. “The Raiders’ cap does not have a state, since they will (probably?) be moving from Oakland to Las Vegas in a year,” notes Mike Chamernik. “Also, the Giants’ hat only has New York, while the Jets’ has both New York and New Jersey; the Panthers’ cap has both North Carolina and South Carolina; and the Patriots’ cap only has Massachusetts.”

College Football News: Here are this weekend’s uniform choices for Oregon, TCU, West Virginia, South Carolina, Colorado, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Appalachian State, Texas State, Tulane, and Stony Brook (from James Gilbert, Sean Welsch, Ethan Dimitroff, and Phil). … These are some sweet helmets for Western Illinois (from Jack). … Here’s the reason Marshall has black collars on their jerseys (from Brice Wallace). … Apparently Burt Reynolds was responsible for the Florida State uniform redesign. More info here (from Griffin Smith and Phil). … Speaking of Reynolds, great spot by Eric Stangel who noticed a mid-scene number font change on Reynolds’s jersey during The Longest Yard. … The NCAA’s new uniform regulations mean more lectures on uniforms (from Chris Mycoskie).

Hockey News: Lightning goalie Louis Domingue’s new mask pays tribute to the team’s past. The design features depictions of former Lightning greats Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis (from Wade Heidt). … New uniforms for Vermont (from Nate Rathjen).

College Hoops News: Here’s our first look at new uniforms for South Alabama (from Clint Richardson). … New Butler jerseys have slogan and former coach Tony Hinkle’s initials on the inner back hemline (from DB).

Soccer News: The UEFA Nations League unveiled a gorgeous new logo yesterday (from @tasty_magic). … France played their first game since winning the World Cup, and they debuted their new crest and winner’s badge (from Gregory Mascrier). … MLS will use white and gold balls in September to promote awareness for childhood cancer (from Josh Hinton). … Also from Josh, Barcelona’s 2018-19 third kit has leaked. … San Antonio FC will pay tribute to the San Antonio Thunder with these warmup tops tomorrow (from Aaron Zamora). … An artist spent 750 hours creating a mural on Everton’s team history (from Ryan).

Grab Bag: Pro golfer Rickie Fowler wore yellow shoes yesterday to pay tribute to a friend who recently passed away (from Griffin Smith). … Texas volleyball had NOB inconsistencies last night (from Robin Murphy). … Champion, the old-school sports brand, is getting into esports uniforms. … The Washington, DC police are switching their uniforms from light blue to navy blue (WaPo link). … With Serena Williams being told she can’t wear her catsuit at the 2019 French Open, some designers have come up with some proposed outfits for her (from Phil).

Orioles to Wear MLB’s First-Ever Braille Jerseys

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Earlier this year we had a minor league team doing a deaf-awareness promotion with American Sign Language jerseys. Now we have something similar on the major league level, as the Orioles announced yesterday that they’ll wear Braille-lettered jerseys on Sept. 18 for a promotion celebrating the National Federation of the Blind, which is headquartered in Baltimore.

In addition to the Braille insignia on the front of the jersey, the NOBs will also be rendered in Braille:

This is, to my knowledge, the first time an MLB team has done anything like this. I do wish they’d sewn the Braille dots individually, instead of putting them on a big patch across the chest, but it’s still a really nice gesture. And sure you can say, “Blind people won’t even be able to see it!” But as “awareness” jerseys go, this is a very effective one, and it’s tied to the local community besides. I like!

I’m not sure if anyone in the Orioles’ current front office is aware of this, but one of the classic stories about former O’s skipper Earl Weaver is that he was in one of his many heated arguments with an umpire, and the ump tried to prove his point by showing Weaver the rulebook, to which Weaver replied, “That’s no good — I can’t read Braille!” He got the boot after that.

All joking aside, Braille is a fascinating communication system. One of my very favorite possessions is a Braille copy of a certain lifestyle magazine, which is a beautiful and pleasing object (click to enlarge):

To find out which magazine this is, and to learn more about it, look here.

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Jazz, Qualtrics stay the course with charity patch: When the Utah Jazz and Qualtrics announced a year and a half ago that they’d be foregoing a standard advertising patch and would instead be showcasing a patch to promote Qualtrics’s 5 for the Fight anti-cancer initiative, it stood out as a much more laudable approach than other NBA teams were taking. There was no Qualtrics logo on the patch — just the charity’s logo. Still, most observers, myself included, figured that would only last for one season and that the charity patch would be replaced by a Qualtrics patch for 2018-19.

I’m happy to report that I was wrong. Jazz beat reporter Andy Larsen tweeted yesterday that the Jazz will be sticking with the anti-cancer patch. Good for them! Too bad no other NBA team has taken a similar approach.

Larsen also reported that the Jazz will have new alternate uniforms in October, and that the team has a new court design:

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ITEM! Jets-redesign contest: As you probably know, the Jets recently announced that they’ll have new uniforms for 2019, so we’re running a new design contest over on ESPN. The official ESPN announcement hasn’t yet been posted, but blog readers can get a jump on things now. Here are the ground rules:

• Your entry must include a primary logo, full home and road uniforms (helmet, jersey, pants, socks), and up to two alternate, Color Rush, or throwback uniforms. If you like, you can also include secondary logos and a field design, but those aren’t required.

• You can maintain some of the team’s current elements (the helmet logo, say, or the color scheme), draw upon the team’s visual history, or start from scratch and change everything. Up to you.

• Your designs can be created in any digital or analog medium (Illustrator, Photoshop, crayon, whatever) and can be submitted in any standard digital format (JPG, PDF, TIFF, etc.). You can also create a video presentation, upload it to YouTube, and submit the YouTube link as your entry.

• The files you submit should be named after yourself (PaulLukas.jpg, for example). If you’re submitting multiple files, please either number them (PaulLukas1.jpg, PaulLukas2.jpg, etc.) or use some other designation (PaulLukas-homeuni.jpg, PaulLukas-logo.jpg, etc.). Files that don’t follow this format will not be considered.

• In keeping with longstanding Uni Watch chromatic policy, entries with even a hint of purple will not be considered.

• Email your entry to Uni Watch HQ. If you have more than one concept, feel free to enter as many times as you like.

Deadline: Friday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. ET.

The best entries will be showcased in an upcoming Uni Watch column. Good luck!

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Ticker intern reminder: In case you missed it on Tuesday, I’m currently in the market for a new Ticker intern. The position would require being on Ticker duty on Thursdays and creating the Tickers that appear on Fridays.

Full details are available here.

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The Ticker
By Paul

Baseball News: Mets 3B Todd Frazier fooled an umpire — or, if you prefer, cheated — with a new kind of hidden-ball trick the other night. … Brandon Phillips yesterday became the first player in Red Sox history to wear No. 0. … Forty years after an Ohio boy lost his baseball glove at a Little League game, his mother found the glove — with her son’s name still written on it — at a Florida thrift store (NYT link). She bought it for $1.49. … Here’s a good oral history of the Nationals’ racing presidents (from John Muir). … Former NFL player and coach Tony Dungy says he wore No. 21 when he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers as a tribute to Pirates great Roberto Clemente (from Jerry Wolper). … The Astros will be wearing NFL jerseys on their road trip to Boston today, and INF Alex Bregman will wear the jersey of 49ers WR Dante Pettis, the son of ’Stros coach Gary Pettis (from Ignacio Salazar). … The new minor league team in Madison, Ala., will be called the Rocket City Trash Pandas (from Will Nevin). … Brewers fans trolled visiting Cubs fans at Miller Park by unfurling a giant “L” flag after Milwaukee beat Chicago on Tuesday (from Mike Chamernik). … Here’s a corn maze that’s a tribute to Cleveland SS Francisco Lindor (from Jason Hillyer). … Looks like Bryce Harper was wearing stirrups under his pajama pants the other day (from Isaac Johnston).

NFL News: Here’s what the Titans and Bengals will be wearing for their season openers this Sunday (from @ckssense and Phil, respectively). … Back in 2012, the Texans tried to reinforce team solidarity by issuing varsity-style jackets (from Kary Klismet). … After briefly going back to his old helmet, Pats QB Tom Brady was once again wearing a SpeedFlex at yesterday’s practice. … Cross-listed from the baseball section: Former NFL player and coach Tony Dungy says he wore No. 21 back when he played for the Steelers as a tribute to Pittsburgh Pirates great Roberto Clemente (from Jerry Wolper). … Also cross-listed from the baseball section: MLB’s Houston Astros will be wearing NFL jerseys on their road trip to Boston today, and INF Alex Bregman will wear the jersey of 49ers WR Dante Pettis, the son of ’Stros coach Gary Pettis (from Ignacio Salazar).

College and High School Football News: Here are this weekend’s uni combos for Arizona State, FAU, Arkansas, and Syracuse (from Jake Elman, Brock Brames, and Phil). … Ohio State is trying to prevent Oklahoma from trademarking the block-O logo. … Twin brothers Jaret and James Patterson both play for SUNY-Buffalo — check out their NOBs (from Mike with an M). … Here’s a bracket-style competition to determine the best-looking high school football team in San Antonio.

Hockey News: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The Bruins’ and Blackhawks’ Winter Classic jerseys have leaked. … New uniforms for UAB (from @UABslant). … Here’s a weird one: Former NBA star Steve Nash playing hockey in a Phoenix Suns uni (from Mike Chamernik).

Basketball News: Cross-listed from the hockey section: Here’s former NBA star Steve Nash playing hockey in a Suns uni (from Mike Chamernik). … New uniforms for Butler (from Brandon Reef). … College of the Ozarks, an NAIA DII school, will no longer wear Nike uniforms in response to the company’s controversial new marketing campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick (from Lindle McAlister). … New uniforms for Texas. “Looks similar to what they wore in the mid-2000s,” says Brian Beckett.

Soccer News: David Beckham’s new MLS team in Miami has revealed its name and crest. … These next three are from Josh Hinton: New home kit for Peru, Nike has added a second star to France’s 2018 gear, and new sleeve badge for the UEFA Nations League.

Grab Bag: Interesting story about NASA’s first spacesuits. … USF has a new logo for everything other than athletics (from Griffin Smith).

As Season Approaches, NHL Uni Scene Heats Up

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Don’t look now, but the NHL preseason starts in only 10 days, and the regular season starts in four weeks, so we’re starting to see more uniform releases. The latest one came yesterday from the Oilers, who announced that they’ll be marking their 40th anniversary by reviving their blue uniform as a throwback. You can see the front of the jersey above, and here’s how it looks from the back:

As is so often the case these days, they didn’t bother to show the entire uniform — just the jersey. Gee, I wonder why.

This design will be worn four times: Nov. 29 (against the Kings), Dec. 9 (Flames), Dec. 31 (Jets), and March 7 (Canucks).

In addition, the Oilers unveiled a 40th-anniversary patch, which will be worn on the shoulder of all three of the team’s jerseys. It’s a busy design, featuring the franchise’s five Stanley Cups and six retired numbers, along with an insane amount of outlining and shadowing, all crammed into a small patch:

The retired numbers are an interesting touch. Have we ever seen an anniversary patch with that element before?

Also: Take a close look at the “ribbon” that has “1979,” “2019,” and the retired numbers. The way it folds, it sort of implies that the ribbon is blue on one side and orange on the other. But if that was the case, then the portions of the ribbon with the two years and the retired numbers should all be the same color, because those elements all appear on the same side of the ribbon. Yet that’s not the case.

Speaking of the NHL, in case you missed it over the weekend, the Islanders’ new alternate jersey leaked: has confirmed that the leaked design is legit.

And in yet another piece of NHL news, the Rangers announced the date when they’ll be retiring former captain Vic Hadfield’s No. 11 on Dec. 2. (Update: Reader/commenter Rob S. points out that the Rangers had already retired this number for Mark Messier. This is the second time they’ve retired a number for two different players, the other being No. 9 for Andy Bathgate and Adam Graves.)

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ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my annual NFL season preview column is available now over on ESPN. Enjoy.

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

Leading off this week with an interesting Cincinnati Reds uniform set. I’m just gonna quote the eBay seller: “Near complete uniform with jersey, pants and hat. After the Reds’ 1978 Tour of Japan, the Mizuno corporation tried to get the Reds to switch and use Mizuno products. The uniform is unused and the jersey has no number on the back. The uniform comes from the Bernie Stowe collection. Bernie Stowe worked for the Cincinnati Reds from 1968 – 2013 and was the senior clubhouse manager.”

Now for the rest of this week’s picks:

• This 1960s 11″ by 17″ Coke promo poster emphatically states, “Look for Y.A. Tittle and all the NFL Stars Under Coca-Cola Caps!”

• Nice 1970s football graphics on this Avon “First Down” soap-on-a-rope.

• This 1970s Houston Astros golf shirt was offered in yellow, from Goodman’s of Los Angeles.

• This 1970s Zippo lighter with the NFL shield has never been removed from its box. “It Works or We Fix It Free.”

• Aqua Velva was the sponsor of this 1970s NFL booklet, Behind the Scenes of Pro Football. It offered the “inside story of the nation’s top pro sport” and included “insider comments.”

• Going back a few years, this Milwaukee Braves felt “mini pennant flag” (though it resembles neither of those things) was sponsored by Bazooka and Blony. Blony was another brand owned by Topps.

• Bill Glass, who played ten seasons in the NFL with the Browns and Lions, was the original owner of this vintage NFL Alumni garment bag.

• The Royals have a classic look, we’d all agree. It’s gone largely unchanged through the franchise history save for that rather dismal and distressing BFBS period. This is their shiny 1970s dugout jacket, made by Felco.

• If you were a Brewers Booster in the 1970s, this pennant may have hung proudly in your bedroom. (Anyone know what that “graf/s” term was about? A search proved inconclusive.)

• Check out this 1960s NFL “Go With The Pros” helmet kit for the “N.F.L. West.”

• And from reader Will Scheibler, check out this 1972 Hamilton Tiger Cats Grey Cup lunchbox.

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

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Ticker intern reminder: In case you missed it on Tuesday, I’m currently in the market for a new Ticker intern. The position would require being on Ticker duty on Thursdays and creating the Tickers that appear on Fridays.

Full details are available here.

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StripeRite update: Customers are receiving their new StripeRite socks, and the response so far has been very positive. Check it out:

Want to get in on the footwear fun? You can order your own StripeRites through our friends at American Trench.

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball News: Blue Jays P Marcus Stroman didn’t play last night, but he was wearing the wrong cap in the dugout (from Jeff Peters). … Mets Police poobah Shannon Shark has come up with a plausible theory of how some new merch releases may indicate that MLB is planning a series of throwbacks for baseball’s sesquicentennial in 2019. … The Red Sox recently called up 2B Brandon Phillips. He’ll wear No. 0, as his preferred No. 4 has been retired for Joe Cronin (from our own Anthony Emerson). … The Nationals made 2018 All-Star Game rings and gave them out to season ticket holders (from Mike Rosenberg). … A Brewers fan was wearing a Mr. 3000-inspired Rex Pennebaker No. 31 jersey at Miller Park last night (from @phoenixfire8282). … This slideshow ranks every MLB team’s uniform (from Phil). … There was a blue-on-blue matchup Monday between the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and the Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League. … There was a Seinfeld moment in the Pirates’ dugout last night.

NFL News: The Cardinals’ stadium has a new corporate name. At least now it won’t sound like they play at a college field (thanks to all who shared). … Tom Brady has been wearing a new helmet this preseason, but he was wearing his old helmet model during practice yesterday (from Joe Giza). … Speaking of Brady’s helmet, Joey Ellis points out that Brady wore a different helmet model once before — in 2012 when the Pats wore throwback uniforms. … Workers at the Eagles’ stadium are preparing a Super Bowl banner, which will be unveiled Thursday (from Moe Khan). … Speaking of the Eagles, a couple of Philly mix-ups: Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Boston were supposed to give out Pats cups this week for the start of football season, but someone accidentally shipped the restaurants cups honoring the World Champion Iggles. Also, a Pennsylvania Costco was selling a cap with an Eagles logo and a Texans wordmark (from Christopher Hickey). … It took one hell of a photoshop job to turn Luke McCown’s Cleveland Browns uniform into a Bucs uniform for his 2005 football card (from Michael Trubinsky).

College Football News: Michigan has been wearing Jordan uniforms for over a year, but coach Jim Harbaugh still hasn’t replaced his Nike long-sleeved shirt. He simply put a Jordan patch over the Nike logo (from Phil and Hunter). … Florida State will sport a more traditional look this weekend (from @broc1984). … Kentucky has added a helmet decal to honor two Wildcats currently battling cancer (from Josh Hinton). … Also from Josh: Here’s what the college football imperialism map looks like after one week of games. The thought goes that teams acquire other teams’ pre-determined “territory” as the season goes on. … This piece looks at what some teams in the MEAC will be wearing this season (from Ron Peterson, Jr.).

Basketball NewsIt’s probably an understatement to say that NBA players are excited to have more footwear freedom this upcoming season (from Mike Chamernik). … A mayoral candidate for the town of Leitchfield, Ky., is playing both sides of the Kentucky/Louisville rivalry (from Josh Hinton). 

Soccer NewsTons of stuff from soccer expert Josh Hinton: No photo yet, Louisville City FC of the USL will wear pink uniforms for cancer awareness on Oct. 9. … Here’s a review of all the Bundesliga kits for 2018-19. … Atlético Madrid’s third uniforms have leaked (also from our own Jamie Rathjen). … A new UEFA rule requires all jerseys that are striped or patterned on the front to carry that same pattern on the back — of course, with solid space for numbers (also from Moe Khan). … Adidas will no longer make Bosnia and Herzegovina’s jerseys. … Italy’s Serie A will now allow teams to carry a sleeve ad. … Fulham of the EPL wore their away kits from 2017-18 Saturday against Brighton on Saturday (thanks again Josh). … Gamers playing for Team USA in the Overwatch World Cup — a video game tournament — will wear soccer-inspired jerseys during gameplay (from Redleg Runner).

Grab Bag: Reader Michael Goldberg found some spiffy old pennants at an antique store over the weekend. … Poland’s Volleyball league has a new logo and abbreviation: PLS (from Jeremy Brahm). … More from Jeremy: Toray Arrows, a Japanese women’s team, has new uniforms. … Also, Jeremy spotted this photo of a curling cake, fit for Paul or Phil. … Repost: Gamers playing for Team USA in the Overwatch World Cup will wear soccer-inspired jerseys during gameplay (from Redleg Runner).

Time for the NFL Season Preview

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Happy post-Laborious Day! The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, which means it’s time for my annual Uni Watch NFL season preview, which runs down all the uniform and logo changes for the new season (including the Titans’ new look, shown above). Check it out here.

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Another long one: Meet Christian Scotland-Williamson, a newly signed member of the Steelers’ practice squad. His surname has 18 letters, plus the hyphen. Nice that the Steelers used a compressed typeface for his NOB.

If Scotland-Williamson ever makes it onto the 53-man roster, I believe he would set the mark for the longest surname in NFL history. I think the current record is a comparatively paltry 14 letters, shared by Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala, Ryan Christopherson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and Ben Roethlisberger. Am I overlooking anyone? (Update: Yes, as reader/commenter Pete points out, I was overlooking Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and his 16-letter surname. Thanks, Pete!)

(My thanks to Rick Porter and Ryan Ripperton for this one.)

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Now you C it, now you don’t: On the left is a shot of Cubs infielder Addison Russell wearing the familiar C-Flap attachment. And on the right is a more recent photo of Russell wearing — well, what exactly is he wearing? As you can see, it doesn’t appear to be attached via screws or bolts has a slightly different profile.

That’s a new Rawlings product that quietly debuted last month, while I was on my break from the blog. I asked Rawlings exec Mike Thompson about it, and he responded as follows:

This is a Rawlings flap on a Rawlings helmet. Two separate pieces with a clean-looking, hard-to-detect cover that prevents the hardware from showing. More of a seamless, one-piece look — much nicer than looking at the hardware bolting the two together.

The helmet is called the Mach; the jaw piece is called Ext (as in extension). When sold as one unit, it is the Mach-Ext.

Lots of MLBers are still wearing the original C-Flap, but the Ext is being phased in (reader Steven Dodell spotted Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez wearing it the other day), and you’ll likely see more and more of it this year and next.

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Hidden treasures: Got a note the other day from reader Tim Shriver, who works as a retail merch vendor at Wrigley Field. I’ll had the mic over to him:

Level B1 is a lower basement level, adjacent to the clubhouse, that was added to Wrigley for the 2017 season. I use this level every day, as I stop by the vault room before and after each event, but it most fans don’t get to see this area.

The walls of this level have been adorned with lots of very beautiful signs. What I like so much about them is that they aren’t manufactured signs mounted on the walls — they’re hand-painted directly on to the cinderblock. I like them a lot and I hope you’ll enjoy them too.

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Help Wanted: Would you like to work long hours for low pay? Have you always fantasized about having one of the internet’s most persnickety readerships pointing out your every misspelling and coding error? Does typing three consecutive periods, many times per day, sound like your idea of fun?

If this sounds like you, then I may have just what you’re looking for. Kris Gross, who’s been producing the Tickers that appear on Fridays for the past year, will soon be leaving us, so I’m currently in the market for a new Ticker intern. Here are the basics:

1. The job will require you to be on Ticker duty roughly from 8am local time to 9:30pm Eastern each Thursday. Being “on Ticker duty” means (a) monitoring all the email sent to the Uni Watch email account and all the mentions on the Uni Watch Twitter account; (b) compiling all of that content into a draft of the Ticker that will run on Friday, and having that draft ready and waiting for me when I wake up on Friday morning; and (c) evaluating which emails and/or tweets, if any, need to be forwarded to me (which is arguably the most important part of the job). You don’t have to be glued to your computer all day long, but you do need to check those email and Twitter accounts at least every 90 minutes or so, just in case there’s breaking news or something that needs immediate attention.

2. Once you get settled into Tickering, there will also be the opportunity (and occasionally the need) for you to write non-Ticker content.

3. The gig comes with a small stipend that is completely insufficient to cover the work involved, which should be an excellent introduction to the financial realities that await you in the larger world of journalism.

4. All of the following are required:

• A detail-oriented mindset.
• A knack for critical thinking.
• Excellent writing and grammar skills.
• Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.
• Excellent communication skills.
• A strong working knowledge of Uni Watch.
• A strong working knowledge of pro and college sports.
• A strong sense of responsibility and dependability.
• Some experience with HTML.

5. Any of the following, while not necessarily required, would be a big plus:

• Some experience and/or education in journalism.
• A decent working knowledge of AP style.
• Some knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, graphic design.
• Some experience with WordPress.
• A dry sense of humor.
• A college major that is not sports marketing.

6. Although most of the people who’ve filled this position in the recent past have been young people looking to jump-start their media careers, I’d also be happy to work with someone older. There’s no minimum or maximum age.

7. You may have noticed, or at least intuited, that the Uni Watch team is currently comprised exclusively of straight white males. In a perfect world, I would prefer to have a more diverse roster. That’s not to say I’ll pick a less-qualified candidate just for the sake of diversity, but if you think you have the chops and you fall outside of our current narrow demographic range, I’m definitely encouraging you to apply.

Still interested? If so, drop me a line. Your email should include (a) a few paragraphs explaining who you are and why you’re the right person for the job; (b) some suggestions for how Uni Watch could be improved (other than by hiring you); (c) links to two pieces of published writing you’ve done (it would be good if at least one of those pieces is not sports-related); and (d) something else — surprise me.

I apologize in advance for not being able to respond to each applicant personally. Please don’t follow up with additional emails asking if I received your first note — if you’re in the running, you’ll definitely be hearing from me. Thanks!

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Journalism in crisis, continued: Over the past few months, I’ve written several times about the various challenges facing the industry in which I ply my trade — the journalism industry. I was very disappointed to see that the final two days of my August break brought two more pieces of bad news on that front.

First, on Aug. 30, a man was arrested and charged with making over a dozen threatening phone calls to The Boston Globe, repeatedly referring to reporters there as “the enemy of the people” — the same ill-advised, incredibly toxic phrase that has been repeatedly used by the president. According to the Globe’s own coverage of the story:

In one of the calls, on Aug. 13, the caller threatened, “We are going to shoot you [expletives] in the head . . . shoot every [expletive] one of you,” court papers said.

On Aug. 16, the day the Globe and hundreds of newspapers published editorials in support of the free press, the caller again threatened, “You’re the enemy of the people, and we’re going to kill every [expletive] one of you.”

The caller made a reference to Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is leading an independent investigation into the Trump political campaign team’s connections to Russian authorities, and threatened that he was “going to shoot you in the [expletive] head later today, at 4 o’clock.”

Maybe these were empty threats — or maybe not. The caller had over 20 firearms in his home, including a semiautomatic rifle, when he was arrested.

I’ll repeat what I said two months ago, when a gunman shot up the Capitol Gazette newsroom in Maryland: Whatever else one thinks of the president, I hope his fans and foes alike can agree that referring to journalists as “enemies of the people” is a tremendously irresponsible thing to say — in part because a free and open press is essential for the workings of a functional democracy, and in part because of the signal it sends to vigilante lunatics like the one who was threatening the Globe. The most powerful man on the planet should be more careful about the effect that his words can potentially have.

The following day, Aug. 31, brought news that I’d pretty much expected for a while now, but it still hurt: The Village Voice went belly-up due to what its owner referred to as “basically, business realities.” The Voice thus became the latest casualty of our industry’s broken business model, and another 20 journalists — including a good friend of mine — are now out of work.

As most of you know, the Voice was Uni Watch’s first home, from 1999 through 2003. It’s not such a reach to say that I might not be writing these words today, and you might not be reading them, if the Voice hadn’t taken a chance on the then-absurd idea of a uniform column nearly 20 years ago.

I was a Voice reader and fan for nearly two decades before I first had a byline there. The Voice’s coverage of NYC politics, movies, and especially music made a huge impact on me, and it’s no exaggeration to say that a few Voice writers changed my life in various ways. My personal connection to the paper notwithstanding, the Voice was also an important NYC institution for decades. Although it had become a shadow of its former self in recent years, it will be missed. RIP.

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Raffle results: The two winners of the Vintage Brand raffle are Jason Wood and Howard Bosworth. Congrats to them, and thanks to all who entered. More raffles coming soon.

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KRC update: The latest installment of Key Ring Chronicles is about an old-fashioned key. I really like this one — check it out here.

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Merch reminders: In case you missed it last month, our latest batch of StripeRite socks (shown at right; click to enlarge), produced in conjunction with our friends at American Trench, is now available


In addition:

• The Uni Watch flex-fit “alternate” cap is available here. And our original “classic” cap, produced by Ebbets Field Flannels, is available here (but only in a few sizes; restocked inventory of all the other sizes coming soon).

• Membership card orders always flatline during August, when I’m away from the site. Now that I’m back, please consider supporting the site by ordering your own custom-designed membership card.

• Don’t forget all of our Uni Watch shirts and mugs and our extensive collection of Naming Wrongs shirts.

My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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Sorry, no Ticker today, as every member of the Uni Watch team had the day off yesterday. We’ll get back to full Ticker-inclusive content tomorrow. And Collector’s Corner to boot! See you then. — Paul