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Uni Watch News Ticker for April 28, 2023

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In today’s Ticker: an apparent leak of Barcelona’s uniforms and a NHL/NFL crossover mystery, and more.



  • Mets P Joey Lucchesi took the mound yesterday with “LFGM” — an acronym for Let’s Fucking Go Mets — stitched on his glove. (From @Batbeat2)


  • The Minot Hot Tots of the collegiate wood bat Northwoods League have a new mascot. (From Kary Klismet)
  • New uniforms for American Legion Post 49 team in Hamlet, North Carolina. (Also from Kary Klismet)


  • Here’s a look at the company that letters up the jerseys at the NFL Draft. (From Phil)
  • The Browns have unveiled the top 10 vote-getters for their fan contest to design a new Dawg Pound logo. Voting is still ongoing.
  • A Rams player in the 1951 NFL Championship — perhaps Bob Boyd? — adorned his helmet with an athletic tape cross, marking an early instance of religious symbolism on the field. (From Christopher Hickey)






  • The Portland Thorns of the NWSL have unveiled their 2022 championship rings. (From Kary Klismet)


Auto Racing
  • NASCAR Cup driver William Byron will drive a car with a livery inspired by Jeff Gordon’s 1998 color-changing car during an upcoming race at Darlington. (From Christopher Hickey)
  • Here are the backstories behind the logos and liveries for F1 teams Mercedes and McLaren. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Two teams in the Pro Volleyball Federation — the Columbus Fury and the Grand Rapids Rise — have unveiled new team names and logos. (From Scott Kaplan)
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Comments (9)

    Interesting to see North American soccer teams going with rings like the other North American sports. In Europe, they get a medal, and they get it literally at the end of the match. For the Champions League & FA Cup at least the runners up get a silver medal as well. It’s like the Olympics except with only gold and silver, no bronze.

    Soccer in North America always seems to be struggling to find it’s identity at times MLS & NWSL seem to trying to be more European with things like naming conventions, counting up clock etc, but then they’ll keep things from North American sports like playoffs, unbalanced schedules, and I guess championship rings rather than medals.

    I’m curious to know who pays for the medals in international soccer. My guess is that the organizing body of the competition does, and that they’re part of the operating expenses. In some ways, they seem like an extension of the trophy that every player gets to keep.

    The rings in North American sports are usually purchase by the team as an after-the-fact keepsake, and they get to design them however they want. It hadn’t occurred to me that international teams might not give their players rings out of their own budget – or that the medals would serve as a functional alternative to rings. Just another interesting dichotomy between the sporting cultures of each location….

    It’s definitely paid for by whomever put on the competition. So like if you win the Champions League, UEFA paid for that medal.

    One bit of personalization, apparently the players can send the medal in to have their names engraved on them. Also several famous scenes of losing team’s players tossing off their silver medals and leaving them on the pitch.

    On the bit about the company putting names on draft jerseys, that’s not screenprinting. That’s a material called perma-twill. It’s normal “tackle twill” material with a permanent adhesive, heat pressed on. there is only the hint of a scene of the material being cut on a trotec laser, which sears the edges and makes sewing unnecessary.

    I don’t know if this is the reason for Smith’s Jets sticker, but back then the Jets practiced at Hofstra University, which is literally across the street from the Nassau Coliseum. So there might have been some cross-sport socializing.

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