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Uni Watch News Ticker for April 21, 2023

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In today’s Ticker, we’ve got an NFL team extending its naming rights deal, a new Copa de la Diversión identity, and more!



  • The Phillies are bringing back their powder blue uniforms, which will be their fifth uniform of the season. So who knows if the “4+1 rule” is actually being enforced? (Thanks to all who shared)


  • After extremely positive reaction from their first alternate identity, the Eugene Emeralds, High-A affiliates of the Giants, have unveiled their second for the season: the Eugene Pranksters, a homage to the followers of Eugene resident and Beat generation icon Ken Kesey. (From Harry F. Higgins)
  • The Reno Aces, Triple-A affiliates of the Diamondbacks, have a new Copa de la Diversión identity: Micheladas de Reno, based on a beer-and-tomato-juice cocktail popular with Mexican migrants in Nevada.


  • In 1938, members of the Japanese Air Defense Corps baseball team wore gas masks during a game as part of tests of the nation’s anti-gas equipment. More details here. (From Will Scheibler)


  • The Ravens have extended their stadium naming rights deal with their corporate advertiser for another 15 years. (From multiple readers)
  • The NFLPA says that noncontact injuries occurred at a much greater rate on artificial turf than natural grass.


  • The Edmonton Elks are letting fans put their names inside the team’s helmet logos for this season’s home opener, if they drop a cool $250, or $190 if you’re in the U.S. (From Wade Heidt)


  • The Warriors will not allow Kings fans to carry cowbells into Warriors home games.


  • England: Pope Francis was given a Lisandro Martínez Manchester United jersey. Like Francis, Martínez is from Argentina.
  • Japan: The Urawa Red Diamonds have unveiled a new kit they will wear in the Asian Champions League final on April 29th and May 6th. (From Kary Klismet)
Auto Racing
  • A couple of liveries for this year’s Indianapolis 500 have been unveiled, including for Tony Kanaan of the Arrow McLaren team (in what will be his final Indy 500) and Stefan Wilson of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
  • Josh Berry of JR Motorsports will drive a car with a paint scheme paying homage to Hut Stricklin’s late ’90s Stravola Brothers Ford for NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway on May 13th. (From Kary Klismet)
Grab Bag
  • Here’s a detailed retelling of the origins of Penn State’s Nittany Lion mascot. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Here’s an interesting story about how a couple of game-worn football jerseys from Ireland’s Gaelic Athletic Association wound up for sale for $10 each in an Australian thrift store. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Kansas State is reportedly contemplating ways to incorporate lavender into more of its teams’ uniforms beyond men’s basketball. (From Shawn Hairston and Kary Klismet)
  • American Airlines’ in-flight supervisors are being pressured to write-up three crew members for uniform violations. I always felt rules like this were silly — what if everyone’s complying?
  • Staying with airlines, new crew uniforms for Zimbabwe’s Fastjet airline. (From Kary Klismet)
Comments (19)

    Don’t you agree the “4+1 Rule” is turning into a Nothing Burger? It seems a couple of teams wanted to discontinue jerseys they thought unpopular, and the rule simply gives them cover.

    This is actually an extremely good point especially in the context of the teams that eliminated the road greys (like Seattle).

    Mariners Marketing: We really want to get rid of the grey road jerseys. No one buys them. But we know it’ll make the traditionalists very angry.

    Owners: I’ve got it, let’s say Nike and MLB made us get rid of of a jersey!

    Marketing: Brilliant, we can even give it an official sounding name!

    That Hut Strickin (one of Cup’s greatest driver names!) is an anomaly when it comes to most fauxbacks.
    A #8 paying tribute to another #8 – celebrates the number’s history, tells a NASCAR story, and is as period-correct as possible.
    Cup cars don’t even come close to looking ‘right’ on a weekly basis, especially when they run retro schemes at Darlington. Leave it a lower-tier livery to show the way… Dale Jr. Gets It!

    Dick Trickle. Hands down the best name ever.
    How Depends Undergarments missed that sponsorship opportunity is beyond me.

    “And Dick Trickle in the Depends Unergarments Ford appears to be in some trouble on the back stretch.
    Let’s go to Dr. Jerry Punch to see what the problem is.”

    If an NFL team has to put their name on a jersey or pants then they are suffering from a Rapid Brand Scheduled Disassembly.

    Amazing fiend by Will Schrieber on the baseball game played in gas masks. Talk about some of the creepiest and most disorienting sports images I’ve ever seen!

    No problem. Always happy to creep someone out.

    You are far from the first or last that will spell (or pronounce) my last name wrong – even by true fiends of mine ;)

    Here’s a link to all the liveries shown at the Indy 500 Open Test yesterday. #23 being run by Ryan Hunter-Reay is the only one that’s not yet got sponsorship on the car.


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