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Uni Watch News Ticker for April 14, 2023

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In today’s Ticker, we’ve got a new food-based alternate identity for the Red Sox’s Double-A affiliate, an autonomous Zamboni, and more!



  • Tomorrow is Jackie Robinson Day. All uniformed personnel will wear No. 42.
  • The Padres are in the midst of wearing five different unis in five days — primary homes yesterday night, City Connects tonight, Jackie Day unis tomorrow, camo alternates on Sunday and PCL throwbacks on Monday. (From Jared Buccola)


  • The Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A affiliates of the Red Sox and this writer’s hometown team, have unveiled their 2023 food-based alternate identity: the Maine Clambakes. I love it, especially because there’s an iconic (to me) restaurant about 45 minutes from Hadlock Field bearing the same name. The alternate identity will be worn on August 25.
  • The Vancouver Canadians, High-A affiliates of the Blue Jays, wore these really nice blue throwbacks last night. (From Wade Heidt)


  • Emporia State University has new jerseys designed to honor former team member Jacie Stevens Cochran, who died from complications related to childbirth. (From Kary Klismet)


  • Helmet manufacturer Vicis has received NFL approval to introduce the first quarterback-specific helmet for the upcoming season.
  • In a related item, the league has published its annual helmet safety rankings, with Vicis models once again occupying the top spots and seven Schutt models now banned from use. (From multiple readers)
  • Reader Bill Ritticher was recently given this 1993 NFL checkers game, with mini helmets as pieces. According to Bill, “you start off as a ‘Rookie’ with just the helmets (no facemasks). As you progress and ‘tackle your opponent’ (King me!) you attach the little face masks and become a ‘Veteran.'” All photos here.
  • New Ravens WR Odell Beckham Jr. will wear No. 3. James Proche, who switched from No. 11 to No. 3 ahead of last season, will switch to No. 10, his third uni number in four years. (From Andrew Cosentino)
  • Here’s one writer’s opinion on four teams that need new uniforms. (Thanks, Phil)
  • Jets RB Breece Hall is publicly contemplating a switch from No. 20 to No. 0.


  • SMU will be wearing a helmet designed by a patient at Children’s Health for its spring game this weekend. (From Kary Klismet)


  • New uniforms for the B.C. Lions. More photos here. (From multiple readers)


  • Sabres G Devon Levi didn’t have a black mask when he was called up, so he made his own using markers. Close-up here — and get a load of the lightsaber as one of the swords! (From Brandon Weir and Patrick McQuillen)
  • Students at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an autonomous Zamboni for the Penguins. (From Chris Weber)


  • Wednesday night’s Thunder starting lineup consisted entirely of players who wear single digits — Jaylin Williams, No. 6; Jalen Williams, No. 8; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, No. 2; Josh Giddey, No. 3; and Lu Dort, No. 5. Had this ever happened in a modern postseason game before? (From Darin Nelson)
  • With the Suns having recently been sold to a new owner, their uni advertiser has re-upped through 2026. The company had previously said it would not extend the deal if Robert Sarver remained in control of the team.


  • The NWSL Challenge Cup has a new logo for this season. (Thanks, Jamie)
  • Also, both Racing Louisville and Louisville City will wear orange anti-gun violence armbands this weekend in memory of the victims of the mass shooting earlier this week. (Thanks, Jamie)
Grab Bag
  • School district officials in Vermont are considering whether Brattleboro Union High School’s team name — the Colonels — violates a new district policy requiring nondiscriminatory mascots and team branding. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker presented Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison with Bulls and Blackhawks jerseys with “BIDEN-HARRIS 24” NOBs to celebrate Chicago being awarded the 2024 Democratic National Convention.
  • Fremantle of the Australian Football League have unveiled some really nice jumpers, which they’re calling the “stealth jumper.” They’ll wear them for today’s game against Gold Coast Suns. (From Shawn Harrison)
Comments (7)

    I have mixed feelings about the new BC Lions uniforms. They are not bad a uniform. They fixed the striping on the jerseys compared to the old ones. No more horrible shoulder yokes. Now has traditional style jersey and pant striping. However, I feel the Lions should have stayed with orange as the primary colour and black as the trim. They own orange as their colour in the CFL and have looked good wearing predominantly orange with a bit of black trim (see 2005 to 2015 unis).

    Since the Lions started in the 1950s, they have continued to switch back and forth between orange and black being the primary colour. These new black uniforms have a subtle nod to the old 1960s unis. When Lions wore mono-black with strictly orange numbers on the jerseys.


    Note to the Padres post. The graphic (first posted by @talkingfriars) was made yesterday (Thursday), but prior to that, the Padres had worn their Khaki road unis. So it’s technically 6 different uniforms in 6 straight games. (Wed road khaki, Thurs home white, Fri city connect, Sat Jackie Robinson, Sunday Camo, Monday PCL)

    These nickname kerfuffles always make me laugh.

    As the linked article notes, the Brattleboro Colonels nickname can be traced back to William Brattle, “a rich white man who lived in Cambridge, Mass. and was gifted a large sum of stolen Abenaki land, now known as Brattleboro.”

    But are any of these outraged citizens going to give back their own land to the Abenaki?

    I didn’t think so.

    “Fremantle of the Australian Football League have unveiled some really nice jumpers, which they’re calling the “stealth jumper.” ”

    BFBS + marketing BS

    Padres are actually on 6 different jerseys in 6 days, as the wore tan pinstripes in New York on the road that Wednesday before.

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