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Uni Watch News Ticker for Dec. 3, 2022

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In today’s rather brief ticker, we’ve got a World Cup NOB, a new Triple-A club cap, and an update on New York’s efforts to remove Native American mascots from public schools.

Baseball

MLB

  • The Oklahoma City Dodgers, Triple-A affiliates of the — ahem — Dodgers, have unveiled a new alternate cap, partially inspired by Oklahoma’s first state flag. It is “the first new on-field hat or jersey added to OKC’s regular collection since becoming a Dodgers affiliate in 2015,” says Alex Freedman.
Football

NFL

  • The Ravens have revealed the cleats some players will be wearing for their My Cause, My Cleats game this week. (From Andrew Cosentino)
Hockey

NHL

  • Both the Ducks and the Stars went with their Reverse Retro unis on Thursday night, a rare RR vs RR matchup. (From Wade Heidt)
  • Also from Wade, all Canucks players wore Roberto Luongo, Henrik Sedin or Daniel Sedin jerseys during warmups on Thursday night, honoring the three Canucks legends who were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame earlier this week.
Soccer

International

  • England & Uruguay: Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker Darwin Núñez wears the NOB “Darwin” for his club but “D. Núñez” for his country.
Grab Bag
  • New York’s state government is telling the remaining public school districts that still have Native American mascots to drop them, or else. School districts risk not only losing state funding, but having their superintendents and school board members removed if they refuse to comply.
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Comments (19)

    That OKC hat is bad. Bad idea, badly executed. The numbers are too big, so big in fact that the 5 could be mistaken for a 6. Maybe they’re giving love to Montana? The 46 star is on the side, the state outline is behind the giant 405. Just a mishmash of ideas.

    100%. The video actually got me kinda excited. The area code is overdone. Who even knows area codes anymore? I would’ve made it small on the side or back. Put the 46 in the state outline and bring OKC into some prominence somewhere.

    I don’t think area codes have as much pull as they used to. Think back about 30 years ago when pagers and cell phones were starting to proliferate necessitating the splitting of regions via area code. Suddenly people were identified by their area code. The new ones were for the suburbs or even exurbs and people were either disdained for or celebrated it, depending on where you lived. Nowadays anyone can get any area code they want so the civic pride via area code is fading. However, teams are subtly telling us they’re repping the city when they include area codes as part of their branding. A local angle I can think of is the Pistons and their 313 logo at center court. Prior to returning downtown they played in the suburbs 30 miles away. Other teams are probably doing the same thing; i.e. the Brewers CC caps with the 414 logo.

    agreed. I always thought most airport codes would be much better… though sadly overused these days.

    Most metropolitan areas have so many area codes anymore. Both of my parents were born in Philadelphia so am I 215, 267, 484? Or 609, 856, 610? How about 302 for Delaware? I was a lifelong 609er until one day I wasn’t. I didn’t move, they just split my area code and I became an 856er. Whatever.

    To the average American, having a varsity mascot or a sports franchise named after you IS the highest form of praise. (You wouldn’t have to ask me twice) The part that doesn’t fit is that American Indians want to control their image, and being the mascot of a sports team does not suit their agenda. This is ultimately fair.

    I meant to include that loyalty to teams and schools are forged over lifetimes and become part of our DNA. Their images are not taken lightly. The timing of the Mets’ first World Series bonded me to them. This has proven over 50+ years to be a very durable bond. Now, if for some reason, the Mets’ insignia were an American Indian, and we had to quit the insignia cold turkey, you can bet I’d be bitter about it. I am sure there is a mourning process when teams are dispossessed of images and nomenclatures that were a part of their tradition.

    There is no earthly reason to assume the Mets would ever have to change their name. This is a strawman argument. Redmen, Redskins, Indians and the like directly effect how disenfranchised members of society are represented.

    You’re obviously not a Native American. These are the most tasteless and bizarre comments I’ve ever read on this site.

    The best people to ask about this topic are always white folks whose biggest problem in life would be if the Mets had to change their mascot.

    When I was growing up, my favorite article in the World Book Encyclopedia was “The American Indian”. There was a beautiful chart of Indian symbols and their meanings: I dog-eared that page and referred to it constantly. Their depictions of concepts like combat, intelligence, peace, friendship and beauty were succinct and elegant, and inspired me to become a designer. I discover later on these depictions were misappropriated, and found the whole experience sobering. Don’t you agree?

    If it takes that long to explain the design of a new cap, it is poorly designed. Area codes are outdated as an identification. My daughter was born in Colorado, stationed in San Diego, and has a Maryland area code in South Florida. I’m not sure she identifiers with any of those.

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