Monday Morning Uni Watch

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Good morning! The most interesting uni-related development in yesterday’s NFL games took place in the stands, not on the field. With the Packers and Lions playing each other yesterday, the parents of Packers wideout Equanimeous St. Brown and Lions wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown wore Franken-jerseys, but they weren’t the usual half-and-half designs split down the middle. I really like how those turned out!

Meanwhile, down on the field, the Lions wore their throwbacks:

After the game, the two St. Brown brothers swapped jerseys.

In other news from the final week of the league’s first 17-game season:

• The Dolphins wore their throwbacks and also went with a throwback field design:

[Insert the entire sports world saying, “They should wear those all the time!” here.]

• The Ravens wore their black alternate jerseys:

• The Bengals and Browns were essentially color-inverted versions of each other (additional photos here and here):

• The Seahawks went mono-grey:

• The Giants and Washington aren’t particularly good teams, but at least they combined to create a pretty good-looking uniform matchup:

• Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill wore an Oilers shirt during pregame warm-ups:

• Speaking of the Titans: Linebacker Zach Cunningham said last week that he’d take special satisfaction in beating the Texans, because they waived him last month. The Titans did indeed win, and after the game Cunningham wore a headband with a metal Texans logo plate:

Update: Reader/commenter Kyle provides the following explanation for the headband:

It’s from a popular manga/anime, Naruto, where ninjas show their allegiance with a metal headband that has their village symbol on it. Rogue ninja who leave the village will scratch a horizontal line through it, signifying that they have abandoned their allegiance, which is what. Cunningham did when he joined the Titans. You can see the horizontal scratch on the logo pretty well.

• Following up on an item from last week, the Raiders retained their “JM” memorial decal for John Madden (and will presumably keep wearing it in the postseason as well):

That shot also shows the Raiders’ longstanding “AL” perma-memorial decal for Al Davis, plus it shows tight end Darren Waller’s Walter Payton decal (which he’s been wearing for the past month because he’s the Raiders’ nominee for this season’s Man of the Year Award), plus-plus it shows the “Inspire Change” decal that all teams wore for the final two weeks of the season (not to be confused with the “Inspire Change” neck bumper slogan that Waller has been wearing all season long). That’s one busy rear helmet region!

• For the second consecutive week, the Panthers wore a uni combo that they’d never worn before. Last week it was mono-white, including white socks; this time it was black jerseys, white pants, and white socks:

• The Bucs (shown in that Panthers photo above) were the only home team that wore white.

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And that’ll do it for the regular season! With the playoffs now set, Greg Harvey has created a animated timeline showing cumulative postseason appearances since the 1970 merger:

Speaking of the postseason: All 14 teams who qualified have previously appeared in a Super Bowl (including my favorite team, who punched their postseason ticket with a really exciting overtime win), and Twitter-er @villaroman83 calculates that 22 of the past 55 Super Bowl matchups could potentially be reprised this time around.

Next up: Wild Card Weekend. My favorite team will be facing my most hated team on Sunday. Can’t wait!

(My thanks to all contributors, including Gabe Cornwall, Leon Häfner, David Petroff, Ignacio Salazar, Lee Wilds, and @2Framezz.)

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Stargell’s Roman conquest, continued: Last month I noted that former Pirates slugger Willie Stargell wrote his uni number on his shoes and cap in Roman numerals. Now it turns out, as shown above, that he also used the Roman format on his wristband.

It’s not uncommon for ballplayers to inscribe their uni numbers on their gear, of course, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen another player use Roman numerals. Fascinating!

(Big thanks to to Scott Chamberlain for this latest photo of Stargell, and to Samuel Barrett and Christopher Leopardi for raising this topic last month.)

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Sweet sweater story: You want “storytelling”? Here, let me tell you a story — the real kind, not the marketingspeak kind.

The photo above was taken yesterday. Nice cardigan, right? The Tugboat Captain spotted it on eBay about three years ago and figured I’d love it, so she bought and it planned to give it to me as a birthday present. But when it arrived, the colors were paler than the eBay photos had led her to expect, and she thought I might not love it after all, so she hid it away and figured she’d decide what to do with it at some point down the road.

Fast-forward to Saturday night: I was looking at some vintage stuff on eBay and said to Mary, “Wow, look at this sweater — it’s right up my alley, except it’s not quite my size and way too expensive. Dang.” It was the exact same sweater she’d purchased for me three years ago (except the one she bought was the right size and at a more reasonable price, of course).

Now that she knew I’d like it after all, she waited until I went out for my daily bike ride yesterday, at which point she excavated the sweater from its hiding spot and left it on our bed, where I discovered it after my post-bike shower. My brain totally crashed when I saw it — like, “Wait, this is the same sweater I saw last night on eBay, but how can it be here??” Then she came in and explained the whole backstory. Such a great surprise!

Now that’s a good story, am I right? The funniest part is that Mary (or anyone, really) would think I might not like this. It’s true that I particularly love deep, dark, saturated shades of green, but these shades will do just fine!

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Too good for the Ticker: Holy moly, look at this amazing 1943 Detroit Lions letterhead! Love the little note at the bottom: “America’s Most Colorful Football Team.” I wonder how long they kept using that slogan?

(Big thanks to Lee Wilds for this one.)

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Pin Club update: I love these displays that reader Michael Rich made for his Uni Watch pins. The one on the right is still awaiting its All-Star pin to go in the center, but Michael should be receiving that in the mail any day now.

If you want to download blank versions of these displays, here are the 2020 and 2021 designs — enjoy! And big thanks to Michael for sharing these with the comm-uni-ty.

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ITEM! Uni Watch finally (re)joins modern world: After a nearly 12-year absence (for absurd and utterly frustrating reasons I’d rather not get into), I’m happy to announce that I am back on PayPal! Effective immediately, I am accepting payments at newcollegeuni@gmail.com.

This means I can finally accept PayPal for the Uni Watch products I sell directly: memberships, seam rippers, caps, koozies, magnets, trading cards, and chain-stitched patches.

I’m still accepting Venmo (@Paul-Lukas-2), Zelle (plukas64@gmail.com), and Apple Pay (get in touch for details), but those don’t work for non-USA customers, so my new PayPal status is particularly good news for overseas readers. Whoo-hoo!

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ITEM! Alternate Cap price cut: I have only four Uni Watch Alternate Caps remaining, in the following sizes:

7-1/8: 1 cap
7-5/8: 2 Now sold out
7-7/8: 1

I’d like to get these out the door, so I’ve cut the price from $42.99 to $31.99 — a 25% price reduction. Full ordering details here.

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: The caption for the photo in the New York Times obituary of the original portrayer of Mr. Met, Dan Reilly, says it was taken in the ’60s. “But as any good uniform geek can clearly see, he’s wearing a version of the Mets uniforms from the 1980s,” says Dan Kaempff. … The NHL’s Anaheim Ducks wore Angels-themed pregame jerseys last night (from Jim Brunetti). … The Yankees are about to make history by hiring the first female manager for an MLB-affiliated minor league team. “At least she won’t have to worry about their facial hair policy,” says Tim Baker.

Football News: Last night’s episode of 60 Minutes had a segment on NFL kickers, including their shoes and the special “K balls” that the league uses for field goal and extra point attempts (from Mike Chamernik). … This article from before this year’s Grey Cup final mentions the poor recent record teams wearing black helmets have in the game, which was extended this year with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ loss (from Wade Heidt).

Hockey News: The AHL’s Charlotte Checkers have been affiliated with the Panthers, not the Hurricanes, since last season, but they still have a Hurricanes-reminiscent alternate logo outside their locker room (from @IronCaniac). … The ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators wore Star Trek-themed jerseys on Saturday (from Wade Heidt). … Cross-listed from the baseball section: The Ducks wore Anaheim Angels-themed pregame jerseys last night (from Jim Brunetti). … Speaking of the Ducks, they wore white at home for last night’s game against the Red Wings. That’s because the Wings had to bring their red home uniforms with them on the road for Saturday’s game against the Kings in L.A., because the Kings wore their white alternates. So the Wings asked the other teams they’re facing on this road trip to also wear white at home (thanks to all who shared).

Basketball News: With Warriors G Klay Thompson returning to action last night — his first appearance since Game Six of the 2019 Finals — teammates Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry wore Thompson jerseys during pregame warm-ups (from Mike Chamernik). … The Lakers have two different baseline logo configurations, which reader Matthew Wolfram believes depends on whether a game is nationally televised. If it’s not, the “Lakers” text is on one side of the basket and an ad on the other; if it is, the “Lakers” text is centered, he says.

Soccer News: The first three items refer to the FA Cup third round: The sleeve patch had “150 Years” added to it this season. … Birmingham City wore a patch in memory of young fan Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. City’s women’s team also participated yesterday. … Arsenal’s one-time mono-white kit yesterday bizarrely had white numbers, and also seems to mark the men’s team’s first time in mono-white since Jan. 3, 1970, according to Historical Football Kits and this Museum of Jerseys post. Arsenal’s women’s team didn’t participate except through social media graphics and through manager Jonas Eidevall wearing a white jacket for the past few days. … The costumed mascot for the Africa Cup of Nations, which started yesterday, is wearing a bulletproof vest as part of the tournament’s enhanced security measures (from Kary Klismet). … Speaking of ACON, the tournament’s uniforms have been made by a whopping 15 different kit manufacturers (from Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: New uniforms for second-tier Japanese side Thespakusatsu Gunma.

Grab Bag: Three AFL Women’s teams, Brisbane, Geelong, and Richmond, opened the season by wearing special event designs, either pride or Indigenous, as clash guernseys. … A camogie club from Ireland’s County Kerry played in the All-Ireland Junior Club Championship yesterday. Their shirt advertiser is a bar named after Manchester United’s Stretford End at Old Trafford, so the shirt prominently features the bar’s logo of a modified Man U crest.

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On a sad note, Chris Creamer reported last night that his father had unexpectedly passed away at the way-too-young age of 68.

Chris has told me lots of stories about his dad. Among other things, his dad was pretty tech-savvy and helped teach Chris how to set up the first version of SportsLogos.net back when Chris was a kid and the internet was still in its infancy.

In 2016, Chris and I co-hosted a uni-centric gathering in Brooklyn, and I had the pleasure of meeting both of his parents at that event (his entire family was taking a little vacation in NYC). Of course, they were lovely people, just like Chris.

Chris has become a really good friend over the years (our podcast project last year both reflected and deepened that bond). I know that the pandemic has been hard on him and his family — to lose his dad on top of everything else feels like piling on. I know you’ll join me in expressing our comm-uni-ty’s condolences for his family’s loss. R.I.P. — Paul

Reimagining the ABA — Part II

By Phil Hecken

Good Sunday Morning, Uni Watchers. I hope everyone had a good Saturday.

Waaaaaaay back in August, when I was doing the weekday posts during Paul’s sabbatical, I had featured Zachary Wooldridge and his for reimagining the ABA (American Basketball Association). Originally, Zachary had hoped to do concepts and backstories for six teams, but was only able to complete three. He’s now finished the final three teams, which he sent to me over the holidays. We’re going to look at those today. If you didn’t read Part I, it’s not really necessary as a prerequisite for Part II, but it was a very nicely done piece, and I’d recommend you take a look at it if you have some extra time.

Here’s Zachary with…

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Re-Imagining the ABA — Part 2
by Zachary Wooldridge

The ABA ended folded in 1976, way before my time. But it fascinates me nonetheless, and I attribute that to two major factors.

The first would be growing up in basketball-obsessed Kentucky and hearing tell of the Kentucky Colonels, their success, and how the state was “robbed” of having a professional sports team. Sure, Cincinnati is just over the river but who wants to cheer for Ohio sports? Not to mention their lack of basketball. The second would be the 30 For 30 documentary Free Spirits, about the Spirits of St. Louis. Seeing the Spirits explored through that documentary increased my fascination with the colorful and short-lived league.

Some months ago I set out to imagine what some of the former ABA teams could look like today. Back in August, I published the first part, which featured re-imaginings of the Baltimore Claws, Pittsburgh Condors, and Virginia Squires. Now, in Part 2, I’m presenting you with three more, including the two teams that have fueled my interest in the ABA.

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Kentucky Colonels

Some say Kentucky was robbed of a professional sports team because in 1976 the Bulls wanted star Colonels player Artis Gilmore and they opposed adding Kentucky to the NBA. That’s the story I was always told, and it’s hard not to think there wasn’t some politickin’ going on behind the scenes. After all, the Colonels were one of the most successful teams in the ABA. The most wins of any ABA team, a championship and several runs at one, as well as one of the best-attended teams. An impressive resume, but the NBA didn’t want them.

Another thing of note is the Colonels were one of only two franchises that didn’t relocate or rename during the ABA’s existence. The other team so happened to be their archrival Indiana Pacers. However, they did change their team colors and uniforms several times, which left a lot of looks to build an identity off of.

Being a native Kentuckian, I know that were the Colonels to return it would need to be a team that represents the entire commonwealth. This meant I didn’t feel like I could make the Colonels a red team or a blue team, the colors of the Universities of Louisville and Kentucky respectively. Additionally, I didn’t want to go with the classic red-white-blue color scheme the Colonels wore near the end of the ABA. It’s an overused color scheme in North American sports. I also considered purple, the mixture of red and blue, but due to a hate-filled high school rivalry I couldn’t stand the thought of my team wearing purple.

Then in my research, I learned that in the early days the Colonels wore green. And our nickname is the Bluegrass State after all. So after some playing around, I settled on Bluegrass as the primary color, Goldenrod (the state flower) as the secondary, and Charcoal as an accent as needed.

As for the logo, I wanted to leave as little room as possible for any connections to the Confederacy with the Colonels name. No Johnny Reb-esque mascots or iconography, especially since Kentucky wasn’t ever a member of the Confederacy. Instead, I leaned into a general military theme with cannons serving as the prominent symbol for the team, partly chosen because “Cannons” would serve as a fine name should Colonels ever need to be abandoned. I included fleur de lis to represent Louisville, where the Colonels would play.

Association

Icon

For the Association and Icon jerseys, I wanted something clean and simple. The side panels feature repeated inverted chevrons inspired by army rank insignia to play with the Colonels name. I also continued the Colonels aesthetic tradition of having only the first letter capitalized, as opposed to all-caps like many other teams.

For the City Edition, I wanted to make something for Louisville the city. Purple is now associated with the city, especially with the rise and success of soccer teams Racing Louisville and Louisville City FC. Fleur de Lis, found all over the city, adorn the sides with striping descending down from them. A blackletter typeface seemed appropriate and in character for the city as well.

City Edition

The best teams have traditions, so I thought one the Colonels could adopt would be modeling their Statement jerseys after the silks of the winning horse from that year’s Kentucky Derby. After all, what is a bigger statement than winning one of the biggest events in sports? So I not only designed one for this year but for the previous two years as well to show how this tradition might look year to year. While the designs might differ each year, a common thread between each edition would be the inclusion of roses to further tie each jersey to the Run For The Roses. I based this season’s edition on the silks of Medina Spirit.

Statement Edition

All in all, I’m pleased with what I put together for the Colonels and I would happily rep the team’s colors. And I’m sure Paul will be pleased to see a green and yellow inclusion as well, though he’ll have to forgive me for the one purple set.

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San Diego Sails

The San Diego Sails spent more time existing as the San Diego Conquistadors than they did the Sails, but I felt the Conquistadors name might not be the best in this day and age. So I elected to go with the Sails name, which they used in their last, partial-season of existence. While the Conquistadors wore red and yellow and the Sails wore blue, green, and white, I admittedly reached from a different chapter of San Diego basketball history and drew inspiration from the colors of the Clippers during their time in San Diego.

I wanted to lean into the California coast/pacific theme, so I incorporated a stylized representation of where the ocean and sky meet and nautical flags into the logo. The horizon-motif features on both the Association and Icon jerseys as well. For the City jersey, I stylized the name on the jersey after the Old Town sign, as well as a subtle sublimated pattern based on the shape of the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. For the statement edition, I took inspiration from San Diego’s Hispanic heritage by incorporating a sarape-inspired pattern throughout the jersey.

Association Edition

Icon Edition

City Edition

Statement Edition

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Spirits of St. Louis

The Spirits of St Louis and the Kentucky Colonels were the only two ABA teams left standing at the time of the ABA-NBA merger that did not make it into the NBA. Named for the Atlantic-crossing plane of Charles Lindbergh, they were a high-flying and colorful team with some big personalities.

When re-imagining this team I wanted to give them a brighter orange than the burnt orange the Spirits originally used, and I paired it with red to give a warm and energetic feeling to the team identity. For the logo, I based the shape on the arc of, well, the Arch. It’s St. Louis, you have to incorporate the arch. A top-down representation of Lindbergh’s plane and a fleur de lis serve as alternate marks.

The Association jersey is simple and clean, features subtle, diagonal striping to invoke the upward movement of a plane taking off. The Icon jersey goes for a modern-classic look with two-tone pinstriping. The city edition takes inspiration from St. Louis’s flag, transposing the colors and elements of the flag to the jersey. The Statement jersey features script paying homage to the original Spirits uniforms and a sublimated brick pattern to reference the buildings of the midwestern city.

Association Edition

Icon Edition

City Edition

Statement Edition

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Final Thoughts

There seems to be more and more talk about expansion for the NBA, and I would like to see it happen. There are a lot of cities hungry for professional basketball and it’d be nice if the NBA gave a look at some of these communities that supported teams in the past. My vote is obviously to bring the Colonels back, but I’m excited to see how any future teams might look back at the past for inspiration.

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Good stuff, Zachary! Thanks again for sharing — sure, it took longer than either of us originally envisioned, but it was worth the wait. Readers? What say you?

Guess The Game…

from the scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from Jan Scott.

The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).

Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):

Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.

The “BEST OF” Kreindler’s Korner

Hey guys & gals. You’ve enjoyed Kreindler’s Korner for several years now, mostly on the weekends, on Uni Watch, and we’re still doing the “Best of” until Graig can re-devote his efforts to new writeups for paintings you haven’t seen. Hopefully that will be soon!

Here’s today’s offering:

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Title: “A Bewildered Bystander”
Subject: Mickey Mantle, 1951
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 20″ x 46″

Here we see a young Mickey Mantle posing before his first regular season debut with the Yankees on April 17. Being a cool, mid-April afternoon, I wanted to make some conscious decisions with my color choices. The sky was kept a little bit dusty and overcast, as it seems like there was mostly cloud-cover during the contest. We can tell that the sun is peaking out a bit here due to the shadow cast by the tripe deck stadium across the right field-side (near his belt). It’s not super bright though, as we can still make everything out in the shadows of the stadium and Mantle himself. Had it been overdone, all of that stuff would appear a value or two darker than it is, as well as the light grass being much brighter, and for whatever reason, just wouldn’t have felt like April. Sure, the focus of the painting is obviously the young rookie, but I was just as concerned with putting him in the proper context of his debut – that sort of attention to detail is the kind of stuff I really strive for.

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

And new a few words from Paul Hi there. In case you missed it on Friday, my latest piece on Bulletin is an exclusive interview with the designer who created a prototype uniform for the 76ers in the early 1980s. As you can see above, the design had a neon sign motif, but it was more involved than that — it was meant to shimmer under black light — yowza!

It’s a fascinating story, loaded with photos and original mock-up drawings. I hope you’ll check it out here.

Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: The following are all from ticker stalwart Kary Klismet: This video provides a computer-rendered tour of North Carolina State’s planned upgrades to its baseball stadium. … 65 years ago this past week, the Brookly Dodgers became the first team in Major League history to buy their own airplane for team travel, and the livery on it was spectacular. … The University of Notre Dame library has a special exhibit called “Words on Play” that details early baseball literature before the 20th century. The physical exhibit was mentioned in The Ticker way back in 2010, but since then it’s also been turned into a spectacular online exhibit. (The “Printed Ephemera” section, in particular, is not to be missed.)

Football News: Reader Luke McCarnan writes, “It drives me nuts, but ESPN often uses photos for their headline games that aren’t from the actual game presently being played. However, usually they don’t include players from both teams so it’s not so easy to tell. But (yester)day, it’s obvious. And maybe insulting. For the FBS Championship game (1/8) Montana State played North Dakota State, but ESPN featured a picture of Montana State playing a different team — I’m pretty sure it’s South Dakota State, the Jack Rabbits. Ufdah!” … Not quite uni-related, but uni-adjacent (since the Giants do have an “NY” on their helmets): Is it time for the Jets and Giants to return to New York? A $6 billion lawsuit says yes (from Jenkins Smith). … Pretty impressive hype video for the Ravens. “What if they told you this was the last time you was gonna wear this uniform? How would you seize this moment?” … The Bills will go royal/white today vs. the Jets, who’ll be in mono white. … The Lions teased it earlier this week and now it’s confirmed: They will wear their throwbacks today for the season finale. … A Tampa Bay Buccaneers player signed a contract extension wearing an MLB Arizona DBacks jersey (from Lee Wilds). … It appears that Jackson Mahomes’ jacket that spells out Mahomes is missing the letter “E” (from Moe Khan) Or was it? (from Texas Trevor). … Looks like Melvin Gordon III’s NOB actually uses #1s instead of “I”s (from Clay Mitchell), but no — that’s just the Broncos “stupid custom font” (per Paul). … WHOA — Check out the uniforms for the Virginia High School Football Team Champions — Little Ten Conference, Virginia, Minnesota (from Nick Hannula). … Interesting display of Georgia and Alabama uniforms, ready for Monday’s College Football Final (from Greyson Roberts). … The uniforms for the High School “All American Bowl” were um…colorful (from Marcus Hall). … The Pro Bowl, which no one apparently watches or cares about, will still have uniforms for both the NFC and AFC (from Sportie McKenzie). … This website details Michigan’s uniform history dating all the way back to 1879 (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: here’s one writer’s list of the 10 worst uniforms in college football since 2000.

Hockey News: Here’s another article that ranks NHL jerseys (from worst to first). The worst? Chicago Blackhawks. You can probably guess why. … I’ve always said there are good color vs. color and bad color vs. color matchups. This one is one of the good ones (from Mark Wellner). … Check out the Oregon Ducks Hockey team (via Paul). … The Kalamazoo Wings played on rainbow ice on Friday night (from Paul). … 18-year-old Grant Gilbertson was a player with the Peninsula Panthers, who tragically passed away on Monday. The team will honor him with his number on their helmets for the rest of the season (from Wade Heidt). … Here’s some great video of the original Quebec Nordiques uniforms (from sheduardo). … In addition to unveiling its all-star game logo (as mentioned in Saturday’s Ticker), the Premier Hockey Federation (formerly the National Women’s Hockey League) has also revealed the game jerseys (from Kary Klismet).

Basketball News: The Philly Voice ran a nice piece on the 76ers prototype that Paul had written about on Friday. Lots of props to UW! … An old field house in Davenport, Iowa, contains a reused Coastal Carolina basketball court (from Nick Pfeiffer). … This is cool: Texas MBB players on the floor are numerically 5 in a row (from GeoPokes). … Here’s an ESPN graphic showing both Avery Bradley and Malik Monk wearing 11. Bradley is now wearing 20 (from Bill Russo).

Grab Bag: Not uni-related, but VERY cool nonetheless. Check out this article: From Greek to Latin: Visualizing the Evolution of the Alphabet (from Jon Vieira). … The NLL (Lacrosse) teams wore the orange “Every Child Matters” shirts in warm-ups for Jan. 6-8 games. These acknowledge the children left behind and the survivors who are still healing from the trauma at indigenous residential schools. … Ads are a bane to uniforms, but they’re a boon to many Minnesota pro teams (from Brian Kerhin). … This sign literally put my OCD into hyperdrive (from Walt Young). … New logos for Chippewa Hills High School in Remus, Mich. (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: The Fort Worth Polytechnic High School Parrots have new logos. … Here’s a gallery of uniforms for several professional road cycling teams for the 2022 season (also from Kary).

Uni Tweet of the Day

Probably one of the better “one and done” uni ideas…

And finally… that’s it for today. Thanks to Zachary for sharing his ideas for the remaining three defunct ABA teams! Fun stuff.

Everyone have a great week — enjoy the NFL today (is the regular season finally over???), and of course the Natty between UGA and ‘bama tomorrow night. Stay safe! Until then,

Peace,

PH

15 Possible Alternate NFL Helmets

By Phil Hecken

Greetings, and good morning Uni Watchers! I hope the first week of the double-deuces is treating you well (and you’re staying as safe and COVID-free as possible).

Early last year, there were rumblings that the 2022-23 NFL season would include the “elimination” of the one-shell rule (which they ended up doing in June, and Paul had a great detailer here on what that entails). But before that happened, I did a couple pieces on potential alternate helmets for both the NFC and AFC. There were obviously a bunch of possible “alternate” helmets in those pieces even I wouldn’t want to see on the field, but it was just for fun. Once the NFL announced the one shell rule was lifted, this opened the door to all 32 teams having a second color shell to use either with an alternate uniform, or with a throwback.

Fast forward to December of last year, when Paul broke the news that only 15 teams would be adding alternate helmets for next season. While we can probably guess several of those teams (Patriots, Buccaneers, Falcons, Steelers — teams who have previously worn throwback uniforms with different color shells from their current ones), that still leaves a bunch we can only speculate about.

Enter today’s featured guest, Jordan Grimes. In what I’m pretty sure is a first for Uni Watch, most of the remainder of this article will be in the form of a fairly short (17 minutes) video, where Jordan will give a brief synopsis of the current helmet rule, and then proceed to tell (and show) us what he thinks (or in some cases, hopes) the 15 teams who will wear alternate shells next year will be. I think you’re really going to like this — I’m not sure if the video-heavy format will work well for UW, but this is a great quality piece and well worth the less-than-twenty-minutes of your time. I’ll turn it over to Jordan now.

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15 Possible Alternate NFL Helmets
by Jordan Grimes

I was intrigued to see the Uni Watch article in early December about there being 15 teams wearing alternate helmets next year. The first year where the “one helmet rule” is lifted. My mind went spinning on which teams it would be so I created my own set of teams (in no particular order) that I’d like to see! Behind each concept is a reference photo for the whole uniform. I have a fun reveal and explain more in my YouTube video so check that out. Enjoy.

Here are the helmets depicted in the video:

Atlanta Falcons

Dallas Cowboys

Seattle Seahawks

Cincinnati Bengals

Carolina Panthers

Los Angeles Chargers

Denver Broncos

Chicago Bears

Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Indianapolis Colts

New England Patriots

Los Angeles Rams

Pittsburgh Steelers

Philadelphia Eagles

There you have it. 15 possible alternate NFL helmets that we may see next year. If interested, here is an interactive link to click around yourself.

Can’t wait to see how the actual teams reveal their alternate shells!

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And there you have it. Thanks, Jordan!

What do you guys think? And almost as importantly — what do you think of using video as the main portion of the lede story? Would this be something you’d like to see more of — or is this format better suited to the usual text/pictures? I’m curious whether or not this would be something that appeals to you as readers — please let me know in the comments below. I happen to love it (and Jordan’s piece was very well done), but I’d love to hear what you think too.

Guess The Game…

from the scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from Kelly Howard.

The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).

Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):

Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.


Uni Concepts & Tweaks

Time for more Uni Tweaks from the UW readership.

I hope you guys like this feature and will want to continue to submit your concepts and tweaks to me. If you do, Shoot me an E-mail (Phil (dot) Hecken (at) gmail (dot) com).

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Today’s concepts come from John J. Woods:

Hi Phil,

As a kid, drawing the Patriots logo was difficult because of all the detail.

The logo starts with shoulders. One arm is straight to the ball. The other is bent on the knee. Like the letter P.

Note: people talk about not using Native American imagery in logos. They also cannot create logos with, well, Caucasian imagery either. This logo avoids that.

John

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OK readers (and concepters). If you have some tweaks or concepts, shoot ’em my way with a brief description of your creation and I’ll run ’em here.

And new a few words from Paul Hi there. In case you missed it on Friday, my latest piece on Bulletin is an exclusive interview with the designer who created a prototype uniform for the 76ers in the early 1980s. As you can see above, the design had a neon sign motif, but it was more involved than that — it was meant to shimmer under black light — yowza!

It’s a fascinating story, loaded with photos and original mock-up drawings. I hope you’ll check it out here.

The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Hockey News: The logo for the 2022 Heritage Classic, to be held in Hamilton, On., has been revealed. … The Premier Hockey Federation has revealed their 2022 All-Star Game logo (thanks, Jamie). … The ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings painted their ice in rainbow colors for pride night. The Wings will also be wearing rainbow-accented sweaters (from Wade Heidt).

NBA News: This New York Daily News article discusses how the Knicks have seemingly nixed their “Classic Edition” unis for the foreseeable future, being pulled for the league’s jersey schedule site (from Nicklaus Wallmeyer).

Soccer News: A small club from the Brazilian state of Tocantins, Taquarussú EC, has completely stolen Toronto FC’s crest (from Andreas Papadopoulos). … Borussia Dortmund are letting anyone submit a design for their 2023-24. Submissions will be accepted until February 6. After that, a jury of nine, including club captain Marco Reus, will pick nine favorites which will then go to the public for a vote in March.

Grab Bag: The town of Bath, Maine, has a new logo. … The superintendent of Edina, Minn., public schools has decided to drop the school system’s hornet logo after the former student who designed it filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on Monday (from Aaron Richards).

Uni Tweet of the Day

Screw the throwback helmets…just have the ‘pokes wear these shades again.

And finally… that’s all for today. Big thanks to Jordan for that really neat presentation. I’d bet at least half the helmets he’s identified will end up being worn next season.

Everyone have a great Saturday and I’ll catch you back here on the morrow. Until then…

Peace,

PH

What Lockout? Kermit, Fozzie, and Animal Say, ‘Play Ball!’

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Good morning! There’s a lot of uni-related stuff to parse in this shot of the Muppets playing baseball. For example:

• Kermit does not have a fielder’s glove.

• Fozzie Bear appears to be the rare left-handed catcher.

• Kemit is wearing stirrups that loop right under his feet (no sannies, no shoes!), and it looks like Animal is as well.

• No headwear for Kermit or Animal, while Fozzie has a cap but no jersey or pants. So much for uniformity!

There are also photos floating around showing Kermit on the mound with a cap and a glove (or, if you prefer, a Ker-mitt) and a better look at Animal’s stirrups.

You want other sports? Can do: Here are the Muppets playing basketball, hockey, and football.

(Big thanks to Marc Brubaker for this one.)

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Today’s real lede is a doozy: For my latest piece on Bulletin, I have an exclusive interview with the designer who created a prototype uniform for the 76ers in the early 1980s. As you can see above, the design had a neon sign motif, but it was more involved than that — it was meant to shimmer under black light.

It’s a fascinating story, loaded with photos and original mock-up drawings. I hope you’ll check it out here.

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Pocket scholar: Reader Chris Hickey has emerged as our pre-eminent researcher of pants-pocketed MLB coaches and managers. His latest find, shown above, is a major one: In 1937, Pirates coaches Jewel Ens and Honus Wagner both wore flapped pockets. This is the earliest pocket example we’ve seen so far, and is also the first time we’ve seen anyone other than Casey Stengel going with the flapped variety.

Two years later, in 1939, Wagner and Ens still had their pockets (and maybe were simply still wearing the same pairs of pants), although manager Pie Traynor did not:

I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll keep saying it: It’s kind of mind-blowing to think that I never noticed this detail before!

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Too good for the Ticker: What you see above is the entry form that was used for countries applying to compete in the 1954 World Cup. I love love love the little bit at the bottom, where teams were supposed to sketch a mock-up showing the “exact arrangements” of their kit designs. So good!

(Big thanks to the Football Kit Podcast for uncovering the entry form, and to Jeremy Brahm for bringing it to my attention.)

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ITEM! Yet another raffle: For our fourth and final raffle of the week, I’m giving away a Uni Watch gift pack, including a koozie, two magnets, and a trading card.

This will be a one-day raffle. No entry restrictions. To enter, send an email with your mailing address to the raffle in-box by 8pm Eastern tonight. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!

Meanwhile: The winner of yesterday’s raffle for the Uni Watch basketball shorts is Pete Svendsen. Congrats to him, and my repeated thanks to Matt Sanderson for making that one possible.

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Pin Club update: All of the 2021 All-Star pins mailed out yesterday. So if you sent me proof of having collected ’em all in 2021, your bonus pin should be arriving shortly!

I have seven extra pins. So if you collected ’em all but somehow missed my earlier calls for documentation, please send me proof ASAP. Your proof can be any combination of photos of the pins themselves and your order-confirmation emails from Teespring.

While we’re at it: I’m pretty sure all shipping snafus regarding the December pin have now been resolved. But if there are any lingering issues regarding that episode, let me know. Thanks!

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: Reader Bo Baize came across this photo, which appears to show Tigers players. But those are actually the Dallas Eagles, a minor league team affiliated with the Tigers in 1946 and ’47. They continued using the Olde English D for some time afterward, as evidenced by this c. 1960 picture. … Quebec truck stops are still selling Expos merch.

Pro Football News: Someone is suing the Jets and Giants for calling themselves “New York” when they play in New Jersey (from Paul Bryant). … Check out John Elway’s lower torso in this photo — you can see his Broncos undershirt through his jersey! Ditto for the offensive lineman (great spot by Rudy Gutierrez). … The Dolphins practiced without helmet logos yesterday, strongly hinting that they’ll be going with throwbacks against the Pats on Sunday (from Bryce Starkey). … Bucs coach Bruce Arians went full G.I. Joke for his press conference yesterday. Kudos to @DSomnambulus for referring to him as “General Cosplay.” … In case you hadn’t heard, the USFL is back, and they’ve unveiled their divisional logos (from Jim Vilk).

Hockey News: The Golden Knights wore pride-themed warm-ups last night (from Wade Heidt). … Also from Wade: The WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds will be playing the Everett Silvertips at the Kraken’s Climate Pledge Arena, and the event has its own logo.

Soccer News: Arsenal is launching No More Red, an official campaign to end knife crime in London. The campaign includes wearing an all-white kit with the crest and advertiser logos whited out as well. Also: No retail versions, to reinforce the notion that this is about values, not commerce. … The Africa Cup of Nations always has some of the best and most unique jerseys in international soccer. This blog ranks all of them for the 2022 tourney (thanks, Phil).

Grab Bag: Australia’s men’s Test cricket team are wearing pink numbers/NOBs/other accents for the ongoing fourth Ashes Test. This is a promotion they do every year for Jane McGrath day, which honors a late Australian cancer activist and wife of former cricketer Glenn McGrath (thanks, Jamie). … Sports media news: The New York Times is purchasing The Athletic.

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That’ll do it for this week. Enjoy Phil’s weekend content, stay safe, and I’ll see you back here on Monday. — Paul