Today in the Ticker: Some new MLS shirts, an MLB team has a lot of uni combos, and more.
Uni Watch News Ticker for April 19, 2023
- The Mariners have worn seven (!) different uniform combos in their past seven games: teal tops and grey pants at Wrigley on April 11; navy over grey at Wrigley on April 12; teal over white at home against the Rockies on Friday; home whites with Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 on Saturday against the Rockies; cream alternates at home against the Rockies on Sunday; navy over white on Monday against the Brewers; and home whites last night against the Brewers. (From Tim Dunn)
- Twins C Christian Vazquez, who now wears No. 8, wore a chest protector last night with his old No. 7 from when he was with the Red Sox last season. (From James Gardner)
- The Cardinals had a batboy Monday with an FiNOB but no number. (From Matthew Fouk)
- Here’s a ranking of the best home run celebrations in the majors. (From Kary Klismet)
- Throwbacks for the Portland Sea Dogs, affiliate of the Red Sox, yesterday, to celebrate their 30th season. (From our own Anthony Emerson)
- New corporate name for the home field of the Vancouver Canadians, affiliate of the Blue Jays. (From Wade Heidt)
- Virginia softball debuted a visor with a flag-accented V-sabre logo last night as part of some sort of larger promotion coming later this season. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)
- New uniform manufacturer for the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball.
- New number assignments for the Seahawks and Bengals.
- Bills RB Nyheim Hines will wear No. 0 this season.
- The Packers have donated new football helmets to 10 Wisconsin high school football teams. (From Kary Klismet)
- Some Virginia Tech players wore SAFR ProTech shells during Saturday’s practice and spring game. ProTech shells are soft additions to the outside of football helmets, similar to the Guardian Caps some NFL players wear during practice. (From Jonathan Sluss)
- Georgia unveiled its national championship rings during its spring game on Saturday. (From Kary Klismet)
- New uniforms for the Stampeders. (From multiple readers)
- The Jets are asking fans to wear white and light up local buildings in blue ahead of this season’s playoff run, and they’ve made a logo for it too. (From Wade Heidt)
- You can download and print your own paper version of the Kraken’s mascot. (From Kary Klismet)
- Left over from the weekend: Team Canada women’s goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens wore old-school-style pads for the IIHF World Women’s Championship. (From gjmarmet)
- The NBA recently instituted an in-season tournament to begin next season. Commissioner Adam Silver said he wants the tournament games to be played with “different” uniforms and courts. (From Richard M. Bernstein)
- Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said he will not be switching the corporate name of the team’s new arena once it opens. The corporation got into some trouble yesterday for some actions it took against an employee. (From Mike Chamernik)
- The Sixers sell a very good-looking popcorn box. (From @Bilder_CEM)
- A new public basketball court has been unveiled in Nairobi, Kenya, with a design featuring the shield from the Kenyan national flag. (From Kary Klismet)
- Also from Kary: A historic community gymnasium in Midlothian, Texas, has been renovated to restore the basketball court to its original splendor.
- New alternate shirt for St. Louis City. (From David R. Truman)
- New alternate shirt for FC Cincinnati and DC United too. (From multiple readers)
- In case you haven’t noticed, those new alternates are part of a series of new shirts that are purported to be made of sustainable materials.
- NYCFC has announced an architect, construction company, and anticipated opening season of 2027 for its planned new stadium. (From Kary Klismet)
- Turkey: New kits for Galatasaray. (From Kary Klismet)
- Here’s an interesting piece on all the restrictions Augusta National Golf Club puts on possessing and wearing its famous green jacket. (From Kary Klismet)
- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Nick Sanchez of the Rev Racing team will use a throwback livery mimicking Mario Andretti’s 1967 Daytona 500-winning car to honor the racing legend when he attends the Buckle Up South Carolina 200 at Darlington Raceway on May 12. (From Kary Klismet)
- Virginia men’s lacrosse will wear 1980s throwbacks on Saturday. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)
- New 50th-anniversary logo for NCAA Division III.
- New 50th-anniversary logo for comic strip Hägar the Horrible. (From John Cerone)
- The New York State Board of Regents voted unanimously yesterday to ban Native American nicknames, mascots, and imagery for public schools.
- These last three items are from Kary Klismet: New uniforms for Clemson women’s lacrosse.
- New athletics logo for Chaminade University of Honolulu.
- New athletics logos for two middle schools in Derby, Kansas.
Cards have had their bat boys NOB with no number for quite some time.
Yeah, we know it isn’t new. It’s just interesting to see.
I think that Steve Ballmer tweet is talking about changing the name of the team itself as it moves to the suburb of Inglewood. Not the stadium, but that how I read it.
Yes, that’s clearly correct. “Steve Ballmer said he will not change the name of the Clippers.” Couldn’t be more clear. The ticker item is wrong.
Can someone explain to me what an in-season tournament would entail for basketball? I’m soccer illiterate so this is a new concept to me.
I’m assuming it relates to the fact that the average soccer season comprises multiple, simultaneously running tournaments rather than a single competition. For example, a team in the English Premier League could be potentially playing in 4 tournaments simultaneously. The term “in-season tournament” is not actually a soccer term though (not on the European side of the Atlantic at least) as it’s not really considered anything unique – playing a league game, a league cup game, an FA cup game and a European cup game all in the space of a few weeks is just par for the course. And of course, that’s not even getting into international games, which also get interwoven into the regular season schedule.
Also, since the NBA season is already pretty long, I personally don’t think it would work exactly like a cup competition in soccer would (as in, being a tournament that gives you extra games outside and completely separate from your league).
I would think it’d be more like the WNBA’s Commissioner’s Cup where two regular season games against each conference opponent are also cup games and then the team with the best record in those games in each conference qualifies for the final.
Details are kinda sketchy, but basically the tournament would be a season in a season. For example, in MLS, teams are competing in either the US Open Cup or Canadian Championship. Those games only count for that championship and have no effect on the regular season. The Cup winners usually get invited to Champions League events alongside Regular Season and Post Season winners.
As far as the NBA goes, I have no idea why they are doing this except to do it. It would make sense if there was some international Champions League-style competition vs Euro League winners, but otherwise it looks like a thing we are doing just to do it. And 500K for the winning team is pocket change to the players.
Within the season there would be games that wouldn’t count towards the league standings but rather they’d be part of a single elimination tournament ending in a final. There would have to be some sort of seeding though based on 30 teams not fitting neatly into a bracket.
The Stamps unis look good overall even with the regrettable decision to have black remaining in the mix. The red had already been updated a season or two ago and anything is an improvement over their previous white uni.
I love that the Stampeders went with a modern take on what is really an old-timey team uniform worn back in the late 40s/early 50s.
We knew the black alternate would be there. They just introduced that version last year. As well, Stamps one of the first pro football team in modern era with a regular alternate. Black alternate jerseys dating back to 1994. They love having it.
My complaints about the return to red and white as primary are small. Wish they would have switched to white helmet bumpers from black but that may just have to do with equipment that they have in stock. As well, the helmet striping still has the thin black lines on the edges. Want to see the helmet stripe just white though this can be barely noticed.
That reveal video could have used more strobe lights…like a lot more ; )
White pants: These are all that’s needed. With all the quick edits and sloppy modeling, I couldn’t tell if the throwback logo appears on them (I assume so).
Red pants: Disappointing. White-over-white on the road, red-over-white at home. Done.
Barely-there black outlining: Totally unnecessary, but whatever.
The alt: My classicist side hates the barb wire helmet stripe, ‘Hi-Yo, Silver” horsey (that is white on the jersey) and the CGY shouldering. My ‘See, I Like New Things’ side supports the number font.
I finally understand why Seattle was asked to delete the grey jerseys. Even after that, that is an unruly galaxy of different costumes to wear. Nobody asked me, but I would have terminated the teal ones.
They call it Northwest Green, not teal, which sounds like Nikespeak, I know, but I like it anyway, even though most of the greens here in the PNW are more evergreen. It has traditionally been worn only on home Fridays, but the new rules have forced them to break it out on the road against blue-topped opponents. And every team can mix and match their four tops and two pants to get as many combos—and that doesn’t include the Padres, who somehow finagled TWO camo exemptions to the new rules. But it’s the rainbow jersey/kit/sweater that is the offensive attire.
The Padres didn’t want to testify before HUAC.
The Cardinals BB’s always go FiNOB. Ethan is the veteran resident BB.
*and no number.
For those who don’t know, Colo on Vazquez’s chest protector is his nickname, which is slang for “ginger” in Spanish.
Thank you! I tried looking it up before I saw your comment but couldn’t find anything that seemed to fit as a nickname.
NASCAR’s Darlington fauxback schemes at each level of competition have become more off-putting with each passing year…the program has clearly run its’ course.
Andretti drove a #11, so the #11 entry should be the one to honor him, right?
Why is it so difficult to get the vehicles to look as correct as possible?
At this stage, why even bother…The past is gone!
Question for Mets fans: Did you get used to looking at that huge ad patch (looks like a box/flag) on the left sleeve by now? I am watching the Dodgers/Mets right now and seeing the patch on screen for the first time and it is comical to my eyes! Can they make that patch smaller this season or is it locked in until further notice?
It’s awful and I’ll NEVER get used to it.
But I do think they’re going to change the shape of it (right now it’s a max 4″ x 4″ square). And rather than attacking the ad itself (per se), Mets fans are outraged it’s still in “Phillie colors” (red and white). So Mets owner Steve Cohen listened and is supposedly working with the advertiser to come up with (hopefully) a smaller ad and (likely) in rendered in Mets blue (or possibly Blue/Orange).
Jeez, how long does it take to shrink a patch and swap red for blue??
Think Uncle Stevie missed a wonderful opportunity. He could have scored major points with the fans by keeping the uniforms ad-free. He could have said…”Yes, I’m rich, but I’m also a baseball fan and understand the sanctity of our uniforms. Our uniforms will not be cheapened with ad patches.” Oh well.
Awful < More Awful < Most Awful
Random thoughts… if I didn’t have epilepsy before watching that Stamps video, I might now. A rather nice looking throwback design, ruined by an awful intro video.
The Mariners should just make the cream/royal blue/yellow alternates the permanent home unis.
Just because a goalie wears tan colored pads, doesn’t make them old school; get back to me when they wear some stuffed, deep channel pads that stay on the front of their legs. These are just modern pads in light brown.
Finally, I’m waiting for the announcement that Rogers has just purchased the naming rights for an entire Canadian province. I’M STILL CALLING IT THE NAT, AND I’VE NEVER EVEN BEEN THERE.
Everybody calls it the Nat or Nat Bailey Stadium anyway. If you were to call it the old corporate name Scotiabank Field no one in town would know what you are talking about. It is one of those deals where the field has the corporate name but not the stadium. Been difficult trying to get early home games played here in Vancouver with all the rain this April.
Have to say getting ridiculous though. Will every stadium or arena in Canada be called Rogers?
Will there be a Ticker coming today?
Shit – totally spaced and neglected to click the “Publish” button. Now published!
Thanks, Paul! As you may know, I’m kind of a fan of The Ticker. :^)