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Uni Watch News Ticker for April 12, 2023

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Today in the Ticker: Some fan-designed warmups for an NHL team, an interesting display in a women’s soccer match, and more.



  • The Padres will wear their Pacific Coast League throwbacks next Monday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of local son C Johnny Ritchey breaking the west coast professional baseball color barrier on the West Coast. (From our own Phil Hecken)
  • Former Blue Jays 1B Fred McGriff appeared in a jersey during his former team’s home opener pregame ceremonies. He was given a Nike Cooperstown Collection jersey to wear, instead of a proper jersey. (From @MBDChicago)
  • Remember that Yankees batboy we reported on earlier this week whose hair seemed to violate the club’s strict grooming policy? Yesterday he was seen wearing a helmet with his long locks tucked in. He also took some ridicule on the air from Yankees TV broadcaster Michael Kay. (From Mike Sgroi)


  • The High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, affiliate of the Brewers, have released a logo marking their 15 seasons as a Brewers affiliate. (From Jeff Ash)


  • Some uni tweaks for the Taiwanese team Fubon Guardians. (From Jeremy Brahm)


  • After news broke yesterday that the Lions were trading CB Jeff Okudah to the Falcons, Lions WR Jameson Williams said on social media that he wants to wear No. 1. Williams currently wears No. 9 (with permission from former Lions QB Matthew Stafford) but wore No. 1 when he was in college.
  • Here’s a history of the Vikings’ logo. (From Kary Klismet)


  • Here’s a look at SMU’s new helmet, designed by a patient at a local children’s hospital. (From Blaise D’Sylva)
  • Central Florida unveiled new helmets during its spring game this past weekend. (From Kary Klismet)


  • The Birmingham Stallions have unveiled their rings for winning the 2022 USFL championship. (From Kary Klismet)






  • USWNT captain D Becky Sauerbrunn was honored last night for reaching 200 caps and received a commemorative captain’s armband. Like MF/D Julie Ertz, who we mentioned on Monday, Sauerbrunn’s honor is coming long after she actually earned her 200th cap. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)


  • Brazil: New shirts for Sport Recife of Série B. (From Kary Klismet)
  • England: Three players in the starting lineup for yesterday’s women’s friendly against Australia didn’t have NOBs, representing the one-third of people born in the UK who develop dementia. The three are facing away from the camera in the photo. Australia also participated and had different players go NNOB in each half. (From multiple readers)
  • Japan: New 30th-anniversary ball design for the J.League. (From Jeremy Brahm)
  • Japan: New graffiti-inspired 25th-anniversary logo for FC Tokyo. An anniversary uniform, to be worn for three home games this fall, will be revealed tomorrow. (From Jeremy Brahm)
  • The Netherlands: After FC Den Bosch, a team that plays in the second-tier Eerste Division, lost 13-0, the club sent fans who were in attendance keychains that read, “That was shit. But I was there.” (From John Cerone)
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  • Here’s another one-off design for this week’s Australian Football League men’s Gather Round, this time for Adelaide. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)
  • A Taiwan air force patch has gone viral for depicting a Formosan black bear, which is native to Taiwan, punching Winnie the Pooh, a character adapted to ridicule Xi Jinping, the president of the People’s Republic of China. (From multiple readers)
  • Fun fact from the United States Marine Band and reader James Gilbert: The Marine Band is the only unit in the U.S. Marine Corps where rank insignias feature a musical lyre instead of crossed rifles.
  • New logo for Babcock Dairy, the dairy shop run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Agriculture Department. (From John Marmet)
  • Here are some AI-generated logos of popular brands.
Comments (13)

    “Williams currently wears No. 9 (with permission from former Lions QB Matthew Stafford)”. Why do players suddenly need the permission of the previous owner of the number? Off my lawn! The whole numbering system in the NFL is out of whack anyway. 1-59 and 90-91 for LBs and Edge (DE). WR can wear 1-49 and 80-89 (though they all want 1-9 now). And now 0 is in the mix? Don’t be shocked if the NFL decides to let offensive and defensive players wear the same numbers like in college. A QB and MLB both #9. It’s probably coming because these divas all want single digits now.

    I would guess that the Lions are probably going to retire #9 for Stafford at some point, and so Williams asked his permission so that he didn’t look like a jerk if/when that happens. It doesn’t sound like Williams asked Okudah for his #1, even though they went to college together. He just kind of claimed it, because it’s not in danger of being taken out of circulation.

    No screen shot, but the Yankees Bat Boy in Cleveland also switched from a Yankees helmet to a Rawlings branded helmet (maybe larger to fit his hair).

    the delay for the 200th cap celebration for Becky Sauerbrunn at least makes a little more sense than Ertz since it was in Sauerbrunn’s hometown.

    The visiting team’s batboy is an employee of the Guardians, not the Yankees. Therefore he need only adhere to Cleveland’s dress code, not New York’s. If Michael Kay doesn’t like it, he can hire his own traveling batboy to accompany the team. Sheesh.

    “…a team that plays in the second-tier Eerste Division…”

    Eerste Division translates to “First Division”

    And in Dutch soccer, it is the second-tier. The first-tier is the Eredivisie (Honor Division). This is also not uncommon in European soccer – in England, the top tier is the Premier League, the second tier is the Championship, and the third tier is League One.

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