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Big day today, as we have a major season preview column for your enjoyment. But before we get to that, protocol dictates that we deal with yesterday’s NFL action.

So! Interesting move yesterday by Washington, which wore retro uniforms (I don’t think we can properly call these true throwbacks). They went with blank helmets — no logo, no numbers, no nothin’ — and also removed the Indian head sleeve logos that have previously been part of this jersey design. Here’s a comparison:

Also: In that “New” photo, see the little grey plastic panel on quarterback Alex Smith’s helmet? Those plastic pieces are standard on one helmet model — I think it’s the ridiculously named Schutt Vengeance. Most teams have them match the shell color, but Washington usually has them in yellow, to match their facemask color. Since yesterday’s retro uni included grey masks, they also used grey for those little plastic panels:

You can see more photos from this game here and here.

In other news from around the league yesterday:

• The Eagles wore their green pants for the first time this season, which helped create a very good-looking game in Cleveland:

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• In that same game Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry saluted his Philly opponents by wearing cleats featuring former 76ers star Allen Iverson:

• The Ravens wore their black alternates:

• The Panthers went mono-black:

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• In that same game, Panthers linebacker Jermaine Carter made a cross-sport move by wearing Charlotte Hornets-themed cleats (not sure if he wore them in the game or only for pregame activities):

• Sort of a yin/yang game in Houston as the Texans wore navy over white against the Pats, who wore white over navy:

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• The Vikings broke out the purple Rash:

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• On the last substantive play of that Vikings/Cowboys game (there were two subsequent kneel-downs), one of Vikes wideout Adam Thielen’s yellow shoes inadvertently came off, causing many fans and broadcasters to mistakenly think a penalty flag had been thrown:

• Something about the Steelers/Jaguars game was really visually discordant. The two teams’ color schemes just didn’t mesh well at all. If felt like the Steelers were playing in bright sunshine while the Jags had some sort of dark filter:

• That Pittsburgh/Jacksonville game had something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before, as Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster injured his ankle by stepping on a just-tossed penalty flag (additional info here):

• We’ve seen lots of players in recent years wearing Tredcals, which are those thigh pads with the player’s uni number or team logo in raised relief. But Colts defensive lineman Grover Stewart is the first player I’ve seen who’s wearing one with the Black Power fist:

Some quick photo research reveals that he also wore it last week and the week before that, but I hadn’t been aware of it until now.

After a few of us discussed this on Twitter, I learned that Steelers defensive back Terrell Edmunds also wore the raised fist yesterday — as well as “BLM” on his other thigh pad:

Edmunds has been wearing these pads at least since Oct. 11. Again, I hadn’t realized that until now.

• Chargers kicker Mike Badgley arrived for yesterday’s game against the Jets wearing a L.A. Kings jersey:

• Not a single home team wore white.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Mike Chamernik, Jakob Fox, Pro Football Journal, @bparras, and @GoinRounds.)

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College Hoops Season Preview: Don’t look now, but the college basketball season tips off this Wednesday. That means it’s time for the annual Uni Watch College Hoops Season Preview, with all the news on this year’s new uniforms, logos, court designs, and related issues (including Arizona State’s new black alternates, Duke’s new “Equality” slogan underneath the back numbers, and UNC’s new navy alternates, all shown above).

There are over 350 Division I schools, so this is always my biggest column of the year. My InsideHook editor and I were updating it past midnight last night, so it should be very up-to-date! You can check it out here.

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ITEM! Save some money while giving me money: I’m assuming that the holiday shopping season, like just about everything else, is going to be a bit different this year (at the very least, we presumably won’t have people trampling over each other at the Walmart entrance on Black Friday). But one thing you can usually depend upon around this time of year is a series of sales, price breaks, and so on. So in the spirit of the shopping season, I’m happy to announce the following:

• The Uni Watch Classic Cap, which normally costs $39.99, is now only $35.99 — a 10% break. All fitted sizes are currently in stock, along with the adjustable strapbacks.

• As I announced last week, I’ve also reduced the price of Uni Watch trading cards. Full details here.

• And as I mentioned at the end of last week, Teespring is currently offering free shipping on all orders of $50 or more. You can combine items Uni Watch, Uni Rock, and Naming Wrongs shops (or any other Teespring items) to hit that $50 threshold. Use the checkout code FREEOVER50 to get in on the deal, which is good from now through Wednesday.

My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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ITEM! Trading card raffle: Longtime reader Gordon Blau has generously purchased five Uni Watch trading cards for me to raffle off, so that’s what we’re going to do today.

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 five winners tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the winner of the Austin FC shirt raffle is Audra Krake. Big congrats to her!

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: The Japanese Central League’s Chunichi Dragons revealed an 85th-anniversary logo (from Jeremy Brahm).
 
 

Football News: Pitt added a patch of the athletics program’s “United as One” logo, which was released about a month ago (from @MrBudziszewski). … The CFL’s Edmonton Football Team wants fans to send in suggestions for a new name (from Wade Heidt). … There may not be in-person NFL jersey swaps this season, but Buccaneers QB Tom Brady still got one in the mail from Cardinals WR Deandre Hopkins for winning a tongue-in-cheek meme contest (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: A California high school is building a new stadium. … The music industry is cracking down on NFL teams for using copyrighted music without permission in highlight and locker room footage.

Hockey News: The K-Pop group NCT has a new hockey-themed music video that shows the band members in custom team uniforms, plus there are retired-number banners and a locker room shot (from Mike Chamernik). … The junior United States Hockey League’s Des Moines Buccaneers are building a new arena (from Kary Klismet).

Basketball News: NBA numerologist Etienne Catalan has some more new and changed player numbers. … A high school in Indiana added the initials of its state all-stars to its boys’ team’s jerseys (from Tim Mangas).

Soccer News: Further memorials for former England goalie Ray Clemence from his clubs, Liverpool, Scunthorpe United, and Tottenham Hotspur, included Spurs’ warm-up shirts and black armbands for those three clubs as well as some others. … Liverpool’s ad was also replaced with the advertiser’s charity, which Premier League teams can do once per season (from Moe Khan). … New shirts for Japan’s J2 League’s Ventforet Kofu (from Jeremy Brahm). … A new Chicago team in the National Independent Soccer Association is holding a name-the-team tournament — one of the top choices, Chicago Sting, is a reference to the NASL team (from Chuck Nolan Jr.).

Grab Bag: In Australian Twenty20 cricket’s Women’s Big Bash League, the Sydney Sixers added motivational messages to their shirts in support of young cancer patients. With that, the WBBL has provided us Ticker items for every week of its regular season. … In Ireland, the 100th anniversary of Bloody Sunday was commemorated by the two county teams that played in the associated Gaelic football game, Dublin and Tipperary. Dublin wore sleeve patches on both sleeves and Tipperary wore throwbacks. The commemoration was made possible by the pandemic, because county teams usually play from January to September. … The U.S. Virgin Islands police have new uniforms (from Timmy Donahue). … Meanwhile, most of last week was Transgender Awareness Week, and the U.K.’s South Wales Police could wear associated patches (also from Timmy). … Here is a history of the Lego logo (from Kary Klismet).

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What Paul did last night two nights ago: Saturday’s installment of Pandemic Porch Cocktails™ was more festive (and, as you can see, more cluttered) than usual. That’s because it was the weekend before Thanksgiving. Ordinarily, that would mean we’d be joining up with our friend Carrie and going down to her dad’s place on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, where we’d attend the annual Ducks Unlimited Eastern Shore Oyster Roast (I wrote about the 2017 edition of this great event here). Since this year’s oyster roast was cancelled due to the pandemic, we all decided to get together on Saturday and eat oysters over Zoom (you can just barely see our laptop in the PPC™ photo — the Tugboat Captain is looking down at it).

Carrie and her parents just slurped raw oysters, but we decided to simulate the oyster roast by grilling ours, so I set up our little kettle grill in front of the house and strapped on my holstered oyster-shucking knife:

We got a bunch of Malpeque oysters and shucked some of them while leaving the others unopened, plus we also got some littleneck clams:

When the fire was ready, we put the unopened oysters on the grill, added the lid with the vent left open, and cooked them for 10 minutes, by which time they had opened and were ready to eat:

Then we put the shucked oysters on the grill and spooned on a mixture of butter, garlic, paprika, and parsley, followed by a topping of breadcrumbs and grated parmesan cheese (this is more of a Gulf Coast thing, not a Virginia thing, but it’s mighty tasty). After another 10 minutes they were ready:

It wasn’t as good as a real Virginia oyster roast (and our oysters were farmed, not wild, so there were no pea crabs!), but it was a reasonable facsimile — enough to scratch the itch that my internal clock has developed every year around this time. Here’s hoping we can go back to Virginia for the real thing a year from now.

As always, you can see the full set of daily Pandemic Porch Cocktails™ photos — now more than 250 of them — here.

Sunday Morning Uni Watch

By Phil Hecken & the SMUW Crew

The Georgia Bulldogs broke out their new black jerseys yesterday, defeating the Mississippi State Bulldogs in what turned out to be a close and exciting game. Georgia kinda has a checkered history with black jerseys — wearing them once in 1947 (or so history says) but not breaking them out again until 2007. Georgia trounced Auburn that day 45-20 and then crushed Hawai’i 41-10 in the Sugar Bowl while wearing them. But in September 2008, Georgia held one more Blackout against Alabama. A 31-0 halftime deficit and a 41-30 defeat later and the mystique of the black jersey’s had vanished. The team wouldn’t wear a black jersey again until 2016, when they broke them out against the ULL Ragin’ Cajuns (Georgia won 35-21).

They broke them out again last night. Except these jerseys had a little extra ornamentation:

Yep, the new black jerseys feature a graphic image of a dog collar around the neckline. They also feature a “Together Equality” patch on the chest. Yeah, we get that you’re the Bulldogs, but a dog collar? Seriously? And yes, we get that Uga the bulldog mascot sometimes sported a spiked collar. Still, you’re a ranked SEC team, not a Pee Wee football team.

For the most part, in the long shots, the collar wasn’t really visible. But in the close shots, it surely was:

And in the close-close ups…

Well, you get the idea.

The black jerseys also featured a patch of Uga, wearing a representation of the same dog collar that was on the Dawgs neckline.

I like Georgia in the black jerseys (I’m surprised they have been worn so scarcely in the past decade-plus). I also liked the throwbacks they wore earlier this season. And the block numbers on the black jerseys are so much better than the rounded, non-serifed numbers they’ve had for several years. If only the black jerseys didn’t have that collar…

Anyhoo, enough of my screaming at clouds. Here’s TJ with your…

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
by Terry Duroncelet

Black unis. Throwbacks (or throwback-adjacent, at least). Towel theft. We got it all. Let’s jump right in.

From Friday:

• You guys… Louisville has FINALLY done it: they’re wearing a proper uniform!!! These lookers are actually modeled after the Johnny Unitas-era unis from 1951-1954. Speaking of which… peep this. Now you have this information, and you may process this however you please (original photo). The rather modern earholes had decals over them that mimicked the circular earholes of the era (the excess was cut away, of course, as you can *kinda* see in the previous photo). I also love the tan-colored bits at the ends of where the earholes are and the neck bumper. Also from that same game: rare, but welcoming orange/white/navy pairing from Syracuse. All-in-all, this game was a beaut, and a good way to transition into the weekend. Speaking of which…

From Saturday:

• Can I get a McF in the chat for Indiana Linebacker Micah McFadden’s kerning disaster on his NOB? (H/T to Brian Spiess)

Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, and Vanderbilt wore S&S decals over the weekend. I’m sure there were at least a couple more teams that I missed, however.

• One thing you can always count on regarding the SEC: the colors (and matchups therein) are AMPLE, and Mizzou’s outstanding combo against the equally-snazzy South Carolina Gamecocks is no exception.

• Rutgers wore mono-red for the first time in a long time against Michigan.

• Washington wore all-black against Arizona. There’s something about people in general –whether they’re athletes on a team in uniform or not– wearing all-black on a cold November night that just feels… COOL. Don’t get me wrong: this is still objectively BFBS at the end of the day, but in another world, this is a good look.

• Speaking of BFBS, Iowa State wore theirs against Kansas State. Again, no team that doesn’t have black in their school colors needs to be wearing black unis outside of October, but I still maintain that the Cyclones’ BFBS unis are one of the better ones in college football.

• And STILL on the black train, Utah wore theirs against USC.

• Alright, that’s enough black, so let’s lighten the mood a bit. Or should I say… WHITEN? Florida wore what I dub the Albino Gator look (all-white) against the aforementioned Vanderbilt.

• Ya know, I don’t hate the white facemasks on Northwestern’s purple lids (first time in 30 years, apparently!). Also from that same game: it’s Real Towel Snatching Hours (H/T to Timmy Donahue)

• Oregon wore uniforms in celebration of pan-Polynesian culture against UCLA. (more info here)

• Seeing Nebraska in Blackshirts mono-black is giving me whiplash.

• Penn State wore their “Generations of Greatness” uniforms against Iowa.

That’s gonna do it for Week 12. With Thanksgiving upon us, I hope you have a happy and safe Turkey Day, and as always, I’ll see you next week… provided Friday and Saturday don’t pick my bones clean first.

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Thanks, TJ! OK, now on to the rest of your SMUW…

Joe Ringham 5 & 1 Memal’s 5 & 1

Following in the footsteps of the original “5 & 1,” Jim Vilk, Catherine Ryan after him, and finally Joe Ringham, in 2019 we introduced a new “5 & 1” (five good looking and one stinker) uni-vs-uni matchups — Michael “Memal” Malinowski. Like Joe, Catherine & Jim, Memal will pick HIS 5 best looking/1 awful matchup, and occasionally have some honorable mentions (both good and bad). You may agree and you may disagree — these are, after all, just opinions and everyone has one. Feel free to let him know what you think in the comments section.

Here’s Memal

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It was an interesting Saturday of college football full of hard fought rivalry games and almost as many teams going BFBS as did on Halloween! In my eyes, it was another Saturday of sensational looking matchups in a long line of Saturdays full of so many good looking games it’s become easier to sort out the best looking ones and harder to choose a match up for the &1!

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Honorable mention: Bedlam

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5. Arkansas State @ Texas State

The maroon and gold of Texas State might be my favorite color combination in all of college football. The white unis and scarlet and black helmets of the Red Wolves looked sharp against the Bobcats set as well, but the similarities between their sleeve stripes and plainness of their pants kept me from putting this one any higher.

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4. UCLA @ Oregon

The all black unis and subtle Polynesian elements looked sharp against the Bruins regular road set. I especially liked the neon green against UCLA’s true blue! The unique collar/chest design reminded me of TCU’s uniforms which also have a busy design that I really like!

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3. LSU @ Arkansas

The Razorbacks and LSU both wore their standard sets and a game that was sloppy in terms of the play and weather was made better because of it. I think the gold/white/gold combo of the Tigers looks best against any team in red and white!

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2. East Carolina @ Temple

I loved all the contrasting elements between the looks of these two teams. Between the wild stripe patterns and the clash of colors this was a game I couldn’t get enough of!

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1. Mississippi State @ Georgia

I’m not only a fan of how their black alternates look, I’m also a fan of how Georgia seems to know when to pull them out and make a seemingly regular game feel special. Mississippi State’s maroon pants pair nicely with a matching lid too!

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&1 FIU @ Western Kentucky

Sometimes uniforms just look bad, sometimes uniforms styles clash on the field, and then sometimes both of those conditions collide on the field like they did in Bowling Green, Kentucky and you get a game that the look of it just makes you shudder.

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Thanks, Memal! OK readers? What say you? Agree or disagree with Memal’s selections? Let him know in the comments below.

NCAA Uni Tracking

Uni Watch will again track the uniform combinations worn by the “Power 5” conferences. All of the 2019 trackers are back!

We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII), and Ethan Dimitroff (tracking the B1G AND the SEC). Rex, Dennis, and Kyle and are all returning from 2015, and Ethan is back after joining the NCAA Uni Tracking a couple seasons ago. Ethan continues his dual role of tracking both the B1G and the SEC.

We started the year off with three conferences (SEC, B1G, PAC-12) not playing at all, but now all five of the Power 5 have returned to play.

Here are the Uni Trackers for the Power 5 Conferences (I’ve left all the previous tracker info in their usual slots, even if the conferences aren’t playing. In case you want to click on any of the links):

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Rex is up first today (ACC):

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And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:

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More here.
Follow Dennis on Twitter here.

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And here is Ethan, with the SEC:

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And be sure to check out Ethan’s WVU Mountaineer Tracker.
Follow Ethan on Twitter here.

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And here is Kyle with the Big XII:

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Follow Kyle on Twitter here.

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And here’s Ethan with the B1G:

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Welcome to the 2020 Oregon Ducks Uni Tracker. This little project was originally begun way back in 2008-09 by Michael Princip, who retired after several seasons, whereupon the project was continued by Tim E. O’Brien. He, too, retired from the tracking, but the project has been ably kept up by the man who also tracks the Pac12, Dennis Bolt.

Here’s this week’s Uniform Combo for the Ducks (you can click to enlarge):

You can read about this uniform, and MUCH MORE, by checking out the Duck Tracker here!

Thanks Dennis!

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And now a few words from Paul: Hi there. In case you missed it on Friday, I’m currently raffling off one of Austin FC’s new inaugural jerseys. USA addresses only (sorry). To enter, send an email with your name, mailing address, and shirt size, to the raffle address by 8pm Eastern on Sunday. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!

While we’re at it:

•  Teespring is currently offering free shipping on orders totaling over $50. That means you can mix and match items from the Uni Watch, Uni Rock, and Naming Wrongs shops and save some coin on on the freight. Use the checkout code FREEOVER50 to get in on the deal.

• Uni Watch Trading Cards are now available at a reduced price.

That’s it from me! Now back to Phil.

Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

NFL/CFL News: To the surprise of exactly no one, the New Orleans Saints will be wearing mono-black against the Falcons today. … Here’s a new one: today, the Vikings will play the Cowboys in what they are calling their “Primetime Purple” uniforms. … For first time in 6 years, NRG Stadium roof will open for Texans game (Houston hasn’t opened the retractable roof at NRG Stadium for a game since 2014). … Good spot here from Matthew Toy, who noticed different fonts on the 1974 Stillers. … Some great vintage NFL finds here from Ignacio Salazar. … The 2021 Grey Cup and Grey Cup Festival logos have been unveiled (from Wade Heidt). … This Steelers Helmet Jeepster is just so Yinzer it’s great. But it’s got TWO decals (oops).

College Football News: Did you ever want to know the “strange” history of the Georgia Bulldogs’ black jerseys? Well, here’s your chance. … Shortly after their game ended yesterday, BYU teased a future BFBS game.

Hockey News: The Vancouver Canucks have worn quite a different number of uniforms and styles in their existence, and this article attempts to rank every one from worst to best. … Lots of juicy uni nuggets in this article on the Avalanche’s 25 anny, including a pretty good photoshop of the team wearing blue gloves and breezers. … Check out the Hockey fights cancer themed jersey worn by QMJHL’s Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Thursday night (from Wade Heidt). … Looks like everyone is getting into this reverse retro jersey trend (from Wooter Apparel).

NBA News: With all the new “City” uniforms the NBA has trotted out recently, everyone has their own hot take. Even The Onion (from Kenny Ocker). … Looks like a new Pacers jersey may have leaked (from Mike Chamernik). … Hmmm. Are the Timberwolves ad free (for now)? From Josh Claywell. Why yes, yes they are (from Elliot Mann).

College Hoops News: The North Carolina Tar Heels, who are famous for wearing “Carolina” blue, have introduced a navy blue alternate uni for this upcoming season. Because they can. … James Gilbert (see this thread seems to think the team has worn dark blue unis before. And also orange. … As a way of cutting down on the COVID, some refs are now using the “whistle mask” (from Chicago Gump).

Soccer News: Hertha’s 4th shirt won’t have the fan design in the numerals. Club’s normal lettering is used instead (from Ed Żelaski). … Orlando City is selling playoff hero Rodrigo Schlegel’s keeper kit. If you don’t know why he’s a hero, read this (from Dave Raglin).

Grab Bag: Interesting non-sports look at aesthetics comes from this article on the outfits worn by the actors in the movie “Casino” (from Jason Hillyer). … Most of us love stripes on a uni (when tastefully done), but stripes also have their place in non-uni fashion too. … During Friday night’s TriNations match between Australia and Argentina one of Australia’s starting centre’s had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction. Submitter Evan Stewart adds, “Different that the issue we saw two weeks ago where a lot of the Aussie forwards had their numbers peeling off the back of their jersey.” … “Apparently, there’s an iconic scene in the first Twilight movie with the vampires playing baseball,” writes Mike Cooperman. This article has a breakdown of uniforms and inspirations.

And finally… that will do it for this fine November Sunday. Big thanks, as always, the the entire SMUW crew for making your football Sunday’s possible!

Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving — whether you’re visiting/receiving friends and/or family, or if you’re staying home this year. Please be safe! I’ll catch you next weekend.

Peace,

PH

The 'City Edition Redesigns Project'

By Phil Hecken

A few weeks back, just as we were getting our first look at some leaks of the new “City” alternate uniforms the NBA was trotting out for its teams, designer Mike Joseph (whom I have featured on UW several times before) mentioned to me in a DM, “There’s a big group of us designers doing a NBA City Edition series since Nike sucks at it. We’re going to do a draft and everyone is going to redo a team our way. We’d love to save them all up for UW if you want to run it.” I was intrigued and wondering how a “project” like this would come off (and I agreed with him that many, if not all, of the Nike designs were less than good). Well, several weeks later, and in the middle of the NBA’s unveiling of the 2020-21 alternates, Mike and a big group of designers have now finished their project to create a better alternate than Nike. Whether these are or aren’t is of course up to each individual viewer’s taste, but the effort and the “storytelling” is something. There’s a LOT to get to today — not just the uni concepts, but a bit of a bio on each designer — so I’ll turn this over to Mike now who’ll take it from here.

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The “City Edition Redesigns Project”
by Mike Joseph

The City Reconstruction Project came about when designer Seth Reese (@ninety4feet) tagged a bunch of us in this tweet suggesting that the NBA could, shall we say, use a little help with some of the City Edition designs that had been leaking at the time. For the most part fan reactions to many of the designs had ranged from disappointment to disgust and everything in between.

As huge NBA fans and even bigger sports uniform enthusiasts, most of us spend all of our free time either glued to social media waiting for the next uniform to be released or on our computers tinkering away at designs of our own with aspirations of someday getting a call (or tweet? email? something?) from Nike, Adidas or another company that might let us bring one of our ideas to the big stage. So, when Seth’s now infamous tweet notification came through, we assembled like the Avengers and quickly formed a group chat to start bringing his idea to life. [Note: not everyone tagged in the original tweet was able to participate and some others not tagged were immediately added, so we started with a group of 10 and kept our group intact all the way through, which we’re very proud of.]

What you see below is the result of a few weeks of intense work over late nights, back and forth critiques, hilarious jokes, unselfish sharing of knowledge, humble acceptance of feedback and a collaborative spirit unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of. For some it was truly therapy during this strange time we’re all living through, when life’s normal ups and downs are somehow magnified under the lens of COVID-19. We’re all really proud of the uniforms, as each one is truly beautiful in its own way and represents each designer’s vision of the team and city it represents, but I’m most proud of this group of designers (some as young as 16!!!) and how we all came together to form a little family when some of us really needed it. We hope you enjoy what we created, but even if you don’t, we enjoyed the hell out of creating it together. – Mike Joseph (@sansfordandsuns/@unimockups)

• We did a draft to determine the teams for each designer, them some trades were made since some of us didn’t want our favorite teams and some did – we had a trade deadline and everything

• We used the UniMockups template for this – available here

[We’ll be breaking the designs down by designer, and at the beginning of each artist’s section, there is a brief bio — PH]

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Name: Tore
Handle: @Eikthyrne
Link to Portfolio/Site: https://twitter.com/Eikthyrne

Boston Celtics

Culture, heritage and a tradition of winning since 1946, this city edition is in deference to the Celtics legends of old and the late great Tom Heinsohn. A uniform with a retro and classic look, retaining design elements of Celtics past and future.

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Memphis Grizzlies

Beale Street is one of the most iconic streets in the US and famous around the world. The uniform is a melting pot of former Memphis teams, just like Beale Street is a melting pot of delta blues, rock n roll, R&B and gospel music. Wordmark is a homage to the Memphis Sounds and the piping influenced by the Memphis Tams. Navy, beale street blue and white inspired by the streets’ nightlife palette.

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New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans is named in honor of the Duke of Orleans, Philippe the second. The Duke came from the House of Orleans, sometimes called the House of Bourbon-Orleans. The coat of arms served as inspiration for the uniform.

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Name: Seth Reese
Handle: @ninety4feet
Link to Portfolio/Site: https://www.behance.net/sethreese

Chicago Bulls

It only seems right to have a Jordan inspired Bulls city jersey, right? Jordan brand’s infamous cement pattern is used as the trim throughout the uniform. Combined with the Chicago script from Jordan’s rookie year, this jersey properly pays tribute to Chicago’s greatest citizen.

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Houston Rockets

Inspired by Houston-native Travis Scott’s Air Max 270 Cactus Trails, this new Rockets city jersey combines elements from the beautiful shoe and a twist on past Rockets identities.

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Oklahoma City Thunder

A refresh of the Thunder’s 2018/19 city jersey w/ a Chickasaw Nation pattern on the trim. A new way to honor Oklahoma’s Native American population and impact on the state.

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Name: Joseph
Handle: @design_NBA
Link to Portfolio/Site: just google djossuppah art, lol

Atlanta Hawks

Inspired by the rap group Migos, using their extroverted personalities as the base of the design.

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Los Angeles Lakers

Inspired by Hollywood and its history with the arts, particularly film. The color palette unintentionally, has a 50’s look to it, which was the brief era that featured one of my favorite actors, James Dean.

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Toronto Raptors

Inspired by The Weeknd, with the goal of being used in a lore type series for Toronto based talent. The design itself is based on his popular album, Star Boy.

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Name: Nick Mueller
Handle: @MLR_Studios
Link to Portfolio/Site: https://www.instagram.com/

Charlotte Hornets

Inspired by their pinstripes and other design elements that they use. The wordmark is inspired by the University of North Carolina Tar Heels’ basketball uniforms. Side paneling as well.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers hosted the 1997 NBA All Star Game, and the Cavs have rumored to use Graffiti towards their new City Edition. The color scheme is from that All Star Game, and I made a wordmark that is graffiti.

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Indiana Pacers

Indianapolis is home to the Indy 500 and is the Racing Capital of the World. A great little element from the Stadium is the Checkered finish line made from Brick. The Pacers had that, but never used it, and I wanted to give them that, as it stays in line with their previous City Edition uniforms, all inspired by racing.

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Name: JazzUniTracker®
Handle: @JazzUniTracker
Link to Portfolio/Site: https://twitter.com/JazzUniTracker

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets City Edition concept is inspired by the iconic Brooklyn, New York subway system. The Brooklyn wordmark across the chest is taken from subway signage made from mosaic tiles. The trim represents the many subway lines intertwined as one system to connect New Yorkers to each other.

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Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers City Edition concept honors the team’s brief stint in San Diego from 1978-84, the jersey represents the beautiful Pacific Ocean waves and sunsets frequently seen along the coast, both highlighted through the jersey’s color scheme and pattern. Additionally, the wordmark across the chest is taken from the famous “Old Town” district, complete with subtle sand texturing within.

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Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz City Edition concept celebrates the “Greatest Snow on Earth”, found in the Wasatch Mountain Range nearby Salt Lake City. Complete with the Utah wordmark taken from the curved tracks left by skiers in fresh snow, the blue to white gradient pattern on the chest represents the clear blue skies seen above the beautiful powdered slopes.

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Name: Casey Vitelli
Handle: @caseyvitelli
Link to Portfolio/Site: https://caseyvitelli.myportfolio.com/

Golden State Warriors

Inspired by the waters of the ‘San Francisco Bay’. The wordmark is an extension of the fonts used for ‘The’ in ‘The Town’ and ‘The Bay’ logos. ‘San Francisco lays across the chest to represent their current location and California beginnings, 1962.

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Sacramento Kings

Inspired by Old Sacramento, which was founded between 1849 to 1855. The jersey contains the ‘Tower Bridge’, which is a vertical lift bridge across the Sacramento River, linking West Sacramento in Yolo County to the west, with the capital of California, Sacramento, in Sacramento County to the east. The bridge started construction in 1934.

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San Antonio Spurs

Fans have been wanting a ‘Fiesta’ design for years, and we delivered. Moving away from our standard Black/white/silver combo, we added a more colorful approach to this design. Inspired by the logo, used from 1989-2002.

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Name: SansfordAndSuns
Handle: @SansfordAndSuns
Link to Portfolio/Site: https://www.unimockups.com/

New York Knicks

I always think of Rucker Park when I think of NY basketball, so when I got the Knicks that was my first thought. I decided to pull the NYC Parks logo into the design and lean into my favorite Knicks uniforms from the 90s with a clean and classic look with a modified NYC logo on the shorts.

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Orlando Magic

The Orlando/Disney connection may be cliche, but they are the Magic for a reason and I wanted to pull from one of the most magical Disney films, Fantasia. The design is inspired by the Fantasia movie poster from the 90s update with the gold wordmark and the stars and moon from Mickey’s wizard hat are on the waistband tag.

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Portland Trail Blazers

Portland has several nicknames, one of the most common being The Rose City. I used signage from the International Rose Test Garden as inspiration for the wordmark and sublimated a rose bush pattern on the side panels, with some added green in the trim to go with the green leaves. The classic swash graces the waistband tag.

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Name: Bryan
Handle: @icniivad
Link to Portfolio/Site: https://www.behance.net/daviinci

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves City Edition uniform concept embraces Minnesota’s state motto – L’Etoile du Nord, French for “The Star of the North” – while focusing on the magnificent colors of the Northern Lights. The beloved tree pattern returns to create a vibrant gradient, and underutilized brand marks such as the North Star and front-facing wolf logos are incorporated on the shorts to complete the look.

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Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers City Edition uniform concept features design elements honoring the legendary Allen Iverson while incorporating the team identity “The Answer” made iconic during the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. The shorts trim pays homage to his signature crossover, while the Liberty Bell on the belt buckle symbolizes his unparalleled durability and fortitude. The side paneling contains the Kente pattern from Georgetown University – Iverson’s alma mater – in tribute to the late Coach John Thompson II, the man with whom Iverson credits for saving his life prior to entering the NBA.

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Washington Wizards

The Wizards City Edition concept uniform celebrates the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C.’s weekslong cultural festival commemorating the gift of approximately 3,000 cherry trees from the Mayor of Tokyo to the United States in 1912. The District of Columbia’s iconic flag – which has been flipped to include cherry blossoms – takes the place of a traditional wordmark, while the paneling and shorts designs take cues from the look of the team formerly known as the Bullets during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

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Name: Lance Hinesman
Handle: @Lance_Hinesman
Link to Portfolio/Site: https://www.behance.net/lhinesman

Denver Nuggets

This Nuggets jersey is inspired by a mural located in Denver. The mural is the source of the wordmark and pattern that covers the jersey.

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Detroit Pistons

The Pistons concept is an ode to Motown and creates a retro feel for the city jersey. The jersey itself features a pattern and wordmark straight from Motown albums covers and tickets with a brand new color scheme.

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Miami Heat

As a heat fan, it’s hard to let go of the vice theme just yet, but if I was going to keep the vice, I had to switch it up. The heat jersey has a brand new wordmark in a postcard font with a beach scene within its letters. The wordmark and number also have bright pink and teal gradients to add a nice splash of color.

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Name: Ryan Meils
Handle: @ryaninsix
Link to Portfolio/Site: https://www.behance.net/ryanmeils

Milwaukee Bucks

Inspired by the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Calatrava, something anyone from Milwaukee could recognize. The wordmark replicates the museum logo and the side panels include a design of the museum’s wings in the cream city rainbow colorway.

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Dallas Mavericks

Inspired by Dallas aviation. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is one of the biggest in the country coming in at 27 square miles. Dallas is also home to the headquarters of Southwest and American Airlines.

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Phoenix Suns

Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, who built multiple buildings in the Phoenix area. The red and gold colors used have a southwestern feel and are pulled straight from Frank’s palette, he also designed the font used. The jersey is complete with a geometric pattern to mimic Frank’s architectural style.

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Wow! And there you have it — all 30 NBA teams with redesigned “City” uniforms (and complete with “inspirations”). Great effort fellas! Clearly a LOT of work has gone into this (possibly more than has gone into the “real” City jerseys).

What say you readers? How’d they do???

Celtics, Pistons Make It Official

The Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons officially unveiled their new City alternate uniforms yesterday, although both had earlier been leaked, so it’s simply a confirmation of what we basically already knew.

Have we ever said most of these alternates are completely unnecessary and simply a merch grab? Both of these certainly fall into that category.

First up the Celtics:

In a vacuum, this isn’t a bad uniform (save for the overly thick side panels and shorts hems), but it is, like most third fourth fifth(?) uniforms, completely unnecessary. And in what counts for the “inspiration” behind these — if you hadn’t already figured it out — are the banners than hang inside Boston Garden TD Garden arena:

If you look at the thickness of the border on those banners (especially in comparison to the size of the “BOSTON CELTICS” font), you can see that’s the “inspiration” for the thicker uni stripes.

Of course, no unveil would be complete with out a hype video (don’t blink or you’ll miss the subliminal shoutout to their advertiser):

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The Detroit Pistons likewise unveiled their new alternate uniforms yesterday. Theirs are blue (another “Motor City” tilt), and in what it believed to be a pro sports first, boast a comma as seen in this circular read of ‘Motor City Detroit, Michigan’ across the chest:

Like the Celtics new uniform, this one also features very thick side panel/short stripes:

The hype video seeks to play up the automotive aspect of the uniforms (you’ll see they compare the stripes to classic auto trim) and includes a visual reference to Woodward Avenue (“Detroit’s Main Street”) as a logo on the waistband of the shorts:

Neither uniform is terrible (though both are unnecessary) but at the very least, both of these unis are in team colors and you could quickly glance at a tv or phone screen and recognize either team at a distance, which is a plus.

What do you guys think?

OHANA!

The Oregon Ducks are squaring off against UCLA today, and (surprise!) will be sporting a new uniform. My Duck Tracker, Dennis Bolt, has put up a short blog post on this uniform over on the Oregon Duck Tracker website, which reads like so…

Week 3: November 21, 2020 “Ohana”

The Ducks pulled out their first “themed” uniform of the season. It’s an homage to almost-black, neon green, and Polynesia. It’s the first special uniform since September 2017, when they had an anti-cancer one-off uniform. This is also the first mono-black set since week 3 of 2018. Loyal readers might remember the 2016 season (4-8), when each week revealed uniforms that were wildly different and usually came with a “story.” This has the feel of those days, but albeit more subtle and, honestly, merchandized by Nike stores.

To read a bit more about this uni (and see some more graphics/photos), click here.

Thanks Dennis!

Guess The Game…

from the scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from Charlie Fogg.

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, but with the recent coronavirus outbreak, Graig’s time is just too precious and he needs to tend to other things besides coming up with a new writeup each weekend.

So, going forward, for as long as the COVID-19 situation is bad in New York, I’m going to run a few “Best of’s” until Graig returns.

Here’s today’s offering:

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Title: “Thick Air”
Subject: Hank Greenberg, Goose Goslin, Charlie Gehringer and Pete Fox, 1934
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 35″ x 29″

It’s hard to find an image that says ‘baseball’ more than this one. You’ve got three Hall of Famers and one of the era’s great outfielders, all peering out of the dugout at Yankee Stadium, posing for cameramen before a game. In the distance, you can see stands filled with spectators, ushers and vendors. In the foreground, dirt with spike marks, as well as baseball bats and fielding gloves. It’s just all there: Four men from a bygone era in baggy uniforms and the tools of their trade, all with the look of people smack in the middle of the Great Depression.

It was certainly important to me to get the look of the players just right. At that point in 1934, Hank Greenberg was still in the early stages of a brilliant career. Goose Goslin, though nearing the end of his rope, was having a productive season, his first in Detroit. Charlie Gehringer continued to perform consistently and brilliantly. Pete Fox, still a youngster, made the most of his speed offensively on the basepaths and defensively in centerfield.

And yet, for me, this painting was just as much about creating an illusion of a hot and hazy summer day as it was depicting these Tiger greats. I wanted the viewer to look at the scene and feel the steam coming off of the field and into the stands. Also how uncomfortable and heavy those wool uniforms were. I feel like a lot of it was accomplished by control of values along the players’ skin – how light could illuminate sweaty flesh. Little color accents augmented that feeling of the haze and thick air between the players and the fans. Certainly edge control had a lot to do with it as well.

Really, this is how I think about all of my paintings. Yes, a rendering of Hank Greenberg has to look like Hank Greenberg, but I want to show people that there’s more to it than that. Show them that Hank Greenberg was a real person and actually inhabited our world – a world that was not in black and white. I feel like the ability – and responsibility – to do that is what’s most important to me.

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

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And now a few words from Paul: Hi there. In case you missed it on Friday, I’m currently raffling off one of Austin FC’s new inaugural jerseys. USA addresses only (sorry). To enter, send an email with your name, mailing address, and shirt size, to the raffle address by 8pm Eastern on Sunday. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!

While we’re at it:

•  Teespring is currently offering free shipping on orders totaling over $50. That means you can mix and match items from the Uni Watch, Uni Rock, and Naming Wrongs shops and save some coin on on the freight. Use the checkout code FREEOVER50 to get in on the deal.

• Uni Watch Trading Cards are now available at a reduced price.

That’s it from me! Now back to Phil.

The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: The Expos had a pretty cool uniform drawn up for their 20th anniversary. Imagine if they actually wore those in 1989! (from Moe Khan). … The logos have been revealed for two new Expedition League teams: the Canyon City Spuds and the Mining City Tommyknockers (from Kary Klismet).

NFL News: The Iggles are bringing back the green pants when they visit Cleveland tomorrow (from Sam McKinley). … Here’s a neat story about the nixed plans for a Patriots stadium in Hartford, Ct., before Robert Kraft decided to keep the team in Foxborough (from Kary Klismet).

College/High School Football News: Minnesota’s SJSOB — that’s social justice statement on back — for last night’s game against Purdue was “End Racism.” The team also changed the “M” helmet decal to black and added a “HERE” helmet decal — HERE standing for ‘Help End Racism through Education’ (from Erick Kriewaldt). … Here’s our first look at UCLA’s social justice patch (from Kary Klismet). … Both Virginia Tech and Pitt evidently have to wear face coverings on the field for today’s game (from Andrew Cosentino). … Kentucky is going blue-white-blue against Alabama. … Mizzou is going yellow-white-yellow. (from @theREALbgott). … Black-black-yellow for Southern Miss against UTSA. … Florida is going mono-white, with a new helmet stripe (from @johnnyd381).

Hockey News: Here’s one blog’s list of the worst third jerseys in NHL history (from Kary Klismet).
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NBA News: Igor Coelho — AKA Camisas da NBA — has done it again, getting his hands on the Timberwolves City Edition (from Dan Bodurtha). … With the Raptors announcing that they’ll play their home games in Tampa as long as the Canadian government keeps its current COVID restrictions in place, lots of people had takes on what the Tampa Bay Raptors should look like. … In addition to a new City Edition uni, the Celtics also have a new ad patch. Apparently, the ad patch was created and designed to evoke the Celtics’ famous warm-up jackets worn during the 1980s, with the contrasting nameplates. I think the marketing bullshit has gone too far. … The Clippers also have a new ad patch. … The Hawks photoshopped C Dewayne Dedmon into the team’s new uniform for a Twitter post thanking him after trading him to the Pistons. Dedmon never wore that uniform in a game (from Daniel Cardwell). … Uni number guru Etienne Catalan has another full slate of number changes around the NBA available on his Twitter account.

College/High School Hoops News: Some gorgeous new throwbacks for Boston College men. … Weber State men have a new road uni that is a major, major downgrade. … Army men have new home unis, complete with SLOB — school location on back (from Justin Rocke and Ian Curtis).

Soccer News: Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker will wear a replica of Ray Clemence’s 1981 European Cup Final jersey during warmups Sunday against Leicester. Clemence died last Sunday at the age of 72 (thanks, Jamie). … Argentine side Vélez Sarsfield have unveiled their new away kit (from Ed Żelaski).

Grab Bag: While Joe Werner‘s father-in-law was removing flooring in his 150-year-old farmhouse, he discovered some newspaper comics from 1937! … Rugby United New York of the MLR have unveiled their new kits and a new secondary logo (from Kary Klismet). … The Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania has been banned from flying flags other than the US flag, the state flag, or the POW/MIA flag from the balcony below his office at the state Capitol building. Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman had previously displayed the LGBTQ+ and trans pride flags and is currently displaying a marijuana leaf flag from the balcony — his wife, Gisele, uses medical marijuana due to chronic back pain and Fetterman is an advocate for legalization (from Timmy Donahue). … Is it crazy that I want to live in the Yellowstone National Park employee gym? (from James Gilbert). … The Lanka Premier League, a new Twenty20 cricket league in Sri Lanka, has unveiled the logos for its five teams heading into its inaugural season (from Kary Klismet).

And finally… that’s all for today. Big thanks to Mike Joseph and his nine cohorts for their redesigns of the NBA alternate unis! What a project — make sure to let them know what you think in the comments below.

Everyone stay healthy and safe, and I’ll catch you back here with the Sunday Morning Uni Watch Crew tomorrow.

Peace,

PH

Seahawks and Cards Stage Entertaining Uni Clown Show

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Quite the spectacle last night in Seattle, as the neon-clad Seahawks hosted the Magic 8-Balls mono-BFBS Cardinals (lots of additional photos here), creating one of the more entertainingly awful uniform matchups in recent memory.

Seattle and Arizona are in the same division, so they play each other twice a year. Last night’s game was their second meeting of this season — the previous one came four weeks earlier. Check out what they wore for that one:

First, note that the Cardinals have now managed to wear two different BFBS jerseys — the “normal” version with white numbers and the Color Rash version with red numbers — against the same opponent in the same season. (Did you even realize they had two different BFBS jerseys?) And second, these two teams have now pulled off the bizarre trick of wearing four different jerseys when facing each other in the same season, none of which are their primary jerseys. This is the world that Nike hath wrought.

And just for an extra dollop of silliness, the Seahawks announced prior to last night’s game that their stadium has a new advertised name, wheeee!

But wait, it could be worse — in fact, it was worse in 2017, when the two teams went BFBS bodysuit vs. neon bodysuit:

It’s easy to make fun of Seattle’s highlighter design, but the Cardinals are the real ongoing travesty here. Their uni set has been a disaster for a decade and a half. The embarrassing side panels, the bizarre pants piping, the nonsensical pair of the old-school, grey-facemasked helmet with the new-school jersey and pants — such a mess! There’s no other NFL team more drastically in need of a redesign. Come on, Bidwills, do the right thing already!

Finally, if you want to remember how good these two teams used to look when facing each other, there’s a nice gallery here.

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NBA update: Holy tequila sunrise, Batman! The Nuggets unveiled their latest skyline alternate yesterday, and this one seems particularly ill-conceived. Why? Well, for starters:

• Color-wise, it doesn’t feel at all Nuggets-y.

• Speaking of the colors, it feels a lot like the Jazz’s “red rock” design.

• Considering all the problems this year with Colorado wildfires, do you really want a uniform that looks like the city and mountains are ablaze?

Like most of the City alternates, this one fails the most basic test, which is that it has no compelling reason to exist (although it’s amusing to see the team try to suggest otherwise). What a waste of space.

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Lakers vs. Lakers: The photo shown above ran in The Los Angeles Times on Nov. 20, 1964 — exactly 56 years ago today!

As noted in the caption, that’s Lakers great Jerry West on the left, while the player on the right is Jack Twyman of the Cincinnati Royals (forerunner of today’s Sacramento Kings), who had to wear an old Minneapolis Lakers road uni — which the Lakers apparently had on hand at their arena, despite having moved from Minneapolis four years earlier — because his own uniform was misplaced.

This is similar to the famous 1978 Sports Illustrated cover shot showing Spurs guard Mike Gale in a Bullets uniform (more info on that here), but I’d never seen this one until Todd Radom sent it to me yesterday. Thanks, Todd!

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Hipster dripster: Back in April, when the Falcons unveiled their new uniforms, they referred to it as a “new drip” — not just on Twitter (as shown above), but also on their website. Lots of media outlets dutifully parroted the “new drip” lingo.

I confess that this was my first encounter with the term “new drip.” Yes, I realize I was very late to that party. As a geeky, middle-aged White guy with approximately zero affinity for hip hop, I was unaware that a “new drip” referred to a cool new outfit, or that the Atlanta-based rapper Soulja Boy had released the song “New Drip,” or that there were countless other “drip”-themed rap songs (although I soon learned all of those things, because I was curious about the use of the term in connection with the Falcons’ uniform unveiling and tried to educate myself on what it was all about).

After that, I started noticing the uses of “new drip” in various contexts (it was more prevalent than I had realized, and not just in the uni-verse!). But I did not start saying or writing the term “new drip” myself, because I figure there’s nothing lamer than a square, middle-aged White guy adopting Black street terminology.

Yesterday, however, an ever squarer, even older White guy provided me with an opening. And so now, finally, I can say it loud, say it proud, just like the cool kids. Check it out, people — new drip:

(Footnote: About 10 minutes after I finished writing this section, someone tweeted this at me. Really!)

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ITEM! Austin FC shirt raffle: MLS’s latest team, Austin FC, unveiled their inaugural shirt earlier this week, and now a lucky Uni Watch reader will get to win one of those shirts!

This will be a three-day raffle. USA mailing addresses only. To enter, send an email with your name, mailing address, and shirt size, to the raffle address by 8pm Eastern on Sunday. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!

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Membership update: Eight new designs have been added to the membership card gallery, including Chris Pedersen’s (shown at right), which is based on the old Edmonton Mercurys. What a gorgeous sweater that was! Great design choice by Chris.

Ordering a membership card is a good way to support Uni Watch (which, frankly, could use your support these days). And remember, as a gesture of comm-uni-ty solidarity, the price of a membership has been reduced from $25 to $20 until further notice, plus a Uni Watch membership card entitles you to a 15% discount on any of the merchandise in the Uni Watch, Uni Rock, and Naming Wrongs shops. (If you’re an existing member and would like to have the discount code, email me and I’ll hook you up.)

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 (now more than 3,000 of them!), and you can see how we produce the cards here.

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: The Australian Baseball League’s Brisbane Bandits announced a link with the Brewers on Wednesday, but used the old Brewers ball-in-glove logo, rather than the updated one, in their announcement (great spot by Chad Lehman).
 

NFL News: Washington will be wearing throwbacks on Sunday. “Perhaps conveniently [they] did not show the sleeves,” says our own Jamie Rathjen, referring to the Indian head patch that has previously been part of that throwback design. The patch will presumably not be used this time around. … Fox’s comic-book-style graphics gave Russell Wilson an off-center Nike logo during last night’s game (from Brad Boyd).

College/High School Football News: RB Jalen Holston will get Beamer’s No. 25 jersey for Virginia Tech, who are going maroon-white-maroon (from Andrew Cosentino). … Oregon will wear Polynesian-themed uniforms tomorrow against UCLA (from multiple readers). … Virginia is going blue-blue-white tomorrow (thanks, Jamie). … Utah is going BFBS but adding social justice statements in place of traditional NOBs (from Cody Pullan). … Appalachian State is going mono-white with a flag-desecration helmet logo (from Sean Welsch and Matt Rashford). … San Jose State is going mono-white tomorrow (from Timmy Donahue). …”Interested in a comprehensive compilation of Mississippi high school football helmet designs? This blog has you covered,” says Kary Klismet.

Hockey News: Here’s a Flyers uni retrospective (from Kary Klismet). … The OHL’s Erie Otters have unveiled their 25th-anniversary logo and an alternate sweater commemorating the anniversary (from Wade Heidt). … Also from Wade: The QMJHL’s Tigres de Victoriaville did the pink thing on Wednesday night. … LIU men have unveiled a very nice new sweater (from multiple readers). … New sweaters for Minnesota men, plus a 100th-anniversary patch on both the sweater and the pants! Is this the first time we’ve seen an anniversary patch or other commemorative logo on hockey pants? (From Nick Hannula.)

NBA News: Anthony Edwards was the first overall pick in Wednesday night’s draft, so it makes sense that he’ll wear No. 1 for the Timberwolves. Etienne Catalan had that news, and check his Twitter account for all your NBA uni number needs.

College/High School Hoops News: New unis for Idaho men and women (from Kary Klismet). … New unis for Wisconsin-Green Bay men (from Eric Fischer). … Wyoming men have posted new a new uni teaser (from Darryl Knight). … Kentucky has added ugly splotches showing Rupp Arena’s new corporate-backed name to their floor. New version on top, old on bottom. … Also from Kary: New floor for Lydon Institute in Vermont.

Soccer News: Colombia’s kits on Tuesday were a mashup of three different kits — 2018’s shorts, 2016’s socks and the current blue shirts (thanks, Jamie). … Also from Jamie, new kits for Australia’s Perth Glory. … Hertha Berlin will wear a commemorative shirt honoring the club’s supporters this weekend (from Ed Zelaski). … SC Freiburg will also wear a commemorative shirt this weekend to honor the club’s supporter group. … Also from Kary: The Cagliari City Council has approved a new stadium for Serie A’s Cagliari Calcio.

Grab Bag: The NLL has revealed the logo and name of their new Fort Worth team, called Panther City Lacrosse Club (from Jose Herrera). … British Columbia’s The Province newspaper is holding a contest to determine which B.C. sports uniform is its readers’ favorite (from Wade Heidt). … Great holiday gift idea: this tabletop curling game! (from Mike Williams). … Kary Klismet sends along this Twitter account for college logos from all levels. … Also from Kary: A few weeks ago we Ticker-linked an item that seemed to indicate the Australian Football League’s Sydney Swans were soft-launching a new logo. Yesterday, the Swans formally unveiled it. … The Southern Conference has unveiled its 100th-anniversary logo (from Brandon Keys and Timmy Donahue). … This is so cool: Graphic design titan Paul Rand was commissioned to redesign the Ford logo in 1966, though his redesign was ultimately rejected.

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What Paul did last night: There’s this guy who often walks by with a baby stroller during our porch sessions. Since it gets dark so early these days, he recently put little lights on the stroller, and it looks so completely awesome. I’ve been hoping to photograph him for a while now, but he often seems to go by when I’m distracted, or in the middle of a conversation with Mary, or whatever.

But as I was setting up for last night’s photo, there he was! The photo doesn’t really capture how great the lights look in person, but I’m glad I finally documented Brooklyn’s coolest baby stroller.

As always, you can see the full set of daily Pandemic Porch Cocktails™ photos — now nearly 250 of them — here.

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Next Monday, in addition to our usual NFL roundup, I’ll have my annual College Hoops Season Preview. Until then, stay safe, mask up, and enjoy Phil’s weekend content. I’ll see you back here on Monday morning. — Paul