Today in the Ticker: Part of the soccer world goes nuts at the Spanish federation, some early-season NFL and college football items, and more.
- The Dodgers are holding Salvadorean Heritage Night this week, including a jersey giveaway. (Thanks, Phil)
- Outfielders increasingly have little cards telling them where to stand for each batter. The writer of this article noticed Atlanta CF Michael Harris II keeping his card in his glove last week and, Uni Watch-style, went back through pictures and videos to figure out how long he’d been doing that. The answer appears to be since the beginning of this season. (From K.C. Kless)
- The New York Times ran a piece on batting gloves on Saturday. (From Tom Turner)
- In MLB.com’s Phillies newsletter, C Garrett Stubbs talked about why his nickname on his glove is “Day Games.” (From Kurt Esposito)
- The Triple-A Worcester Red Sox became the “Wicked Worms” recently. (Thanks, Phil)
- On Saturday, the Broncos wore white at home for the first time, preseason or not, since 2003. That’s not counting Super Bowl 50, where they wore white as the home team-designate. (From Kary Klismet)
- Lions QB Teddy Bridgewater switched to No. 17 from No. 50 on Friday. I’m sure some of you are disappointed. (Thanks, Phil)
- Raiders RB Josh Jacobs also has a new number. (Thanks, Phil)
- This week’s group of uniform rankings includes 10 NFL teams who the writer thinks needs new uniforms. (Thanks, Phil)
- The Panthers debuted their new shade of blue jerseys this weekend. (Thanks, Phil)
- Michigan WR Roman Wilson got the No. 1 jersey for this season, which isn’t an award as such but the article asserts that it’s often given to the team’s best receiver. I’m skeptical of those sorts of claims about numbers — they’re never true 100% of the time unless there’s a rule as to who can wear it. (Thanks, Phil)
- Meanwhile, LSU’s No. 7 jersey actually is an award, meant to go to the team’s best player from Louisiana, and this year it was given to OT Will Campbell. However, he’s going to wear it as a patch instead of wearing the number. (Thanks, Phil)
- Some Alabama players have new numbers. (Thanks, Phil)
- San Diego State has a robot that paints some of its field controlled by a person with an iPad. (From Stephen Lucas)
- Applachian State is retiring No. 14 for Armanti Edwards Nov. 25. Edwards was a quarterback in college — including for the 2007 win against Michigan — but a wide receiver in the NFL, CFL, and 2020 XFL. (Thanks, Phil)
- Southern California will add a No. 12 memorial helmet decal for RB Charles White. (Thanks, Phil)
- Here’s one writer’s list of the 10 worst college uniforms ever. (Thanks, Phil)
- The NWSL’s Angel City’s captain Ali Riley posted a picture on Instagram of a double-width “One Love” armband for her on Thursday, saying “Now that’s what I call an armband, FIFA.” Of course, there weren’t any Pride armbands at the women’s World Cup. So Riley, who also captains New Zealand, painted her nails in the colors of the rainbow flag and the trans Pride flag and they were clearly visible on TV after New Zealand’s first match. I’m not sure if she wore the armband yesterday, though.
- Every NWSL team wore wristbands saying “Contigo Jenni” (“with you Jenni”) this weekend. Pachuca midfielder Jenni Hermoso was forcibly kissed by Royal Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales following the World Cup final last week, which already sparked a scandal before it blew up after he refused to resign on Friday. That was the trigger for female players — and an unacceptably small number of male players, including Spanish striker Borja Iglesias and some others below — to further amplify their support of Hermoso and other Spanish players.
- Germany: SC Freiburg fans brought two banners supporting Hermoso to their men’s Bundesliga game on Saturday, also throwing in a shot at Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, a former CEO and current board member for Bayern Munich who defended Rubiales last week. One said “Power relationships play out; women win the World Cup, toxic masculinity on everyone’s lips.” The other said “Fist instead of a kiss for Rubiales and Rummenigge — sorry, with all due respect, that’s absolutely okay.”
- Mexico: Tigres’s women’s team posed with a shirt with Hermoso’s NOB and No. 10 on Friday.
- Mexico: Hermoso’s club Pachuca and their opponents on Friday, FC Juárez, posed with a really big “Estamos contigo Jenni” (“we’re with you Jenni”) banner. (Hermoso was not in Pachuca’s matchday squad.)
- Spain: Instead, Hermoso was at former club Atlético Madrid’s game against AC Milan in the friendly tournament The Women’s Cup on Saturday. Atlético midfielder Leicy Santos scored the only goal and celebrated by holding up Hermoso’s Spain shirt. The shirt reappeared at their trophy celebration afterward.
- Spain: Sevilla’s men’s team walked out wearing shirts saying “Se acabó” (“it’s over”) on Saturday, probably directed at Rubiales. The goalscorer from the women’s World Cup final, Olga Carmona, was at the game.
- Spain: Cádiz’s men’s team walked out with a banner saying “Todos somos Jenni” (“we are all Jenni”) on Saturday.
- Sweden: Players on BK Häcken of the men’s Allsvenskan also wore wristbands yesterday like those in the NWSL.
- England: In non-Spain news, a matchup in the men’s seventh tier between Gainsborough Trinity and Guiseley on Friday was roughly purple vs. purple, or at least looked like that. (From Patrick Neligan)
- Scotland: Right on cue for today’s lede, two Scottish Women’s Premier League 1 matches yesterday saw both teams wear their second kits. Aberdeen and Heart of Midlothian went black vs. pink for some reason rather than Hearts wearing their white third kit, which makes me skeptical that the women’s team will get to wear it. Partick Thistle and Montrose saw Thistle do a promotion with the breast cancer charity CoppaFeel! using their partially-pink second kit.
- In this Twitter thread, people got to ask questions about Nebraska’s outdoor women’s doubleheader at football’s Memorial Stadium on Wednesday. The two matches are Division II Nebraska-Kearney and Wayne State, followed by Nebraska and Omaha. (From G.J. Marmet)
- The fashion brand Buck Mason just bought a sewing factory and cloth mill (NYT link) in Pennsylvania in what sounds like an attempt to self-sufficiently make T-shirts. (From Tom Turner)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina’s military has new uniforms. (These four items are from Kary Klismet)
- Saint Joseph’s revealed a new hawk mascot on Friday that we’d mentioned was coming last week.
- Southern Illinois revealed a new academic logo, which is part of what seems to me to be a growing trend of sports identities being involved in schools’ non-sports logos.
- The University of San Francisco is considering dropping its “Dons” mascot because of its connection to Spanish colonialism.