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Uni Watch News Ticker for Dec. 19, 2022

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Today in the Ticker: A Redditor collects would-be World Series press pins, items from the men’s World Cup final, and more.

Baseball

MLB

  • An MLB.com article on how valuable each uniform number is, based on the Wins Above Replacement stat, was recently updated after originally being posted in 2020. (From Pete Simmonds and Tim Dunn)
  • A reader who wishes to remain anonymous tells us about a Reddit user who collects World Series press pins for teams that didn’t make the Series, but were close enough that pins were made.
Football

NFL

  • The Raiders have been using a holder on all kickoffs for the past two weeks to hold the ball on the front edge of the tee in order to gain more height. The NFL initially told them that was fine, but they’ve now decided it’s not. The rules say a one-inch tee must be used and that the ball can be placed any way on the tee, but the NFL says what the Raiders were doing basically made it a 1.5-inch tee. (From Block “O Canada”)
  • The Commanders’ Sean Taylor memorial, which was revealed a few weeks ago — and which Paul criticized for its various flaws — has been updated. Among the changes: The Nike jersey has been replaced with an era-appropriate Reebok jersey, and the facemask now features Taylor’s signature tape striping. (Thanks to all who shared)
  • Two Steelers fans managed to get the ball used for the Immaculate Reception in 1972 immediately after the play and still have it today. (From Rob Matuga)
  • Jets players took kids shopping for the holidays wearing NNOB jerseys. (From @stevenwoj)
Hockey

NHL

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  • Canada’s men’s team for the upcoming world junior championship has new white jerseys. (From @mrbh204)
  • The PHF revealed the logo for its 2023 all-star weekend in Toronto.
  • The PHF’s Buffalo Beauts held an autism acceptance night on Saturday and wore alternate jerseys for the second day in a row. They also have a memorial patch for the victims of the Buffalo mass shooting in May, but it appeared not to be on either of the alternate jerseys this weekend.
  • Here’s a look at the Pittsburgh Pennies tribute jerseys the PHF’s Connecticut Whale are to wear Jan. 14.
Soccer

International

  • Paris’s Métro has a station named Argentine that was temporarily renamed France for the men’s World Cup final. (From Andreas Papadopoulos)
  • Three-starred shirts were on hand for Argentina after they won the men’s World Cup final, though the arrangement of one above the other two might only be temporary because it’s similar to what the USWNT did immediately after wins in 2015 and 2019. (Thanks, Anthony)
  • Argentina’s Lionel Messi raised the trophy wearing a traditional Arab cloak known as a bisht handed to him by the Emir of Qatar Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani. More than one commentator criticized that as Qatar attempting to force its way into Argentina’s moment. (From multiple readers)
  • Here’s a good breakdown of why Argentina wears light blue and white. (Thanks to all who shared)
  • Canada: A new pro women’s league is planned to launch in 2025. It doesn’t have a name yet but its working title, Project 8, incorporates the customary number of one of its founders, former midfielder Diana Matheson, and the number of planned teams.
Grab Bag
  • Here’s an article about the Q collar, a device that an increasing number of athletes in several sports are wearing to help prevent brain injuries, although its effectiveness is a matter of some debate.
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Comments (6)

    The bisht issue is tough. On one hand, it’s a very respectful gesture from the Emir, basically another trophy for Messi to own. But, every culture and region has formal attire for special occasions and it just seems…awkward?…that he was made to wear it during the biggest photo-op of the tournament.

    It felt out of synch with the team celebration, but my opinion may be missing cultural context and significance. I’m wondering if the emir missed a chance to have Messi *return* to Qatar to drape the bisht on the champion’s shoulders.

    I think that’s the thing that is discordant is the fact that it was done before the team celebration. I think the outcry would have been reduced significantly if
    1) Messi received the bisht at the same time as the Golden Ball, with the understanding that it would be (respectfully) stowed for the team celebration or
    2) All individual winners (Messi, Mbappe, et al) were presented with a bisht with their individual awards, again with the Argentinian winners stowing the bisht for the team picture.

    On the flip side, I think Qatar would definitely be guilty of essentially photobombing the celebration if every Argentine player were forced to wear the bisht for the team picture.

    At the end of the day, this seems to be a case of awkward exchange of intercultural traditions rather than anything nefarious.

    The issue re: the bisht (for me) is the sports-washing, if not for those implications, I could see it for the gesture it was meant to be, though I would still find it a bit awkward, and an imposition on Argentina’s moment.

    I was also disappointed in the unis for the final, would have very much preferred both teams’ first kits, which present no clash issues, were used in the 2018 QF between the teams, and are both gorgeous, classic kits. Historic final deserved historic kits.

    This tournament, it seemed FIFA had mostly dropped the “mono light v mono dark” uniform rules, not sure why it was an issue in the final.

    Thought of Uni Watch when I saw a post on reddit (by someone named “lifesyndrome”) that the Warriors played a lineup where each player had a binary number during the 1st quarter of yesterday’s game. This is (tied for) the lowest sum possible when summing up each individual digit.

    00 – J. Kuminga
    0 – D. Divincenzo
    1 – J. Green
    10 – T. Jerome
    11 – K. Thompson

    If those are Canada’s jerseys for the World Juniors, I’m not surprised. A bit disappointed but not surprised; could be worse I guess but those are duller than a butter knife. At the very least put the stem on the leaf.

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