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Uni Watch News Ticker for Dec. 21, 2022

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Today in the Ticker: College bowl uni news, the Giants can’t keep their uni schedule straight, and more.



  • Former Reds P Tom Browning died Monday. Yesterday we reported how he once joined fans on a rooftop across from Wrigley Field in full uniform. In yet another uni-related story, Browning once drove his pregnant wife, who was in labor, to the hospital while wearing his uniform during Game Two of the 1990 World Series. (From @texastrevor)
  • Single-digit pitcher alert: Tigers P Beau Brieske has switched from No. 63 to No. 4. (From Jerry Nitzh)


  • On Tuesday, we reported the Vikings were going to go mono-white against the Giants this week. But the Giants tweeted way back in August that they would be wearing white during that game too. Obviously, the Giants will wear blue. That’s the second mistake in their published uni schedule, which also said they’d be wearing blue in Dallas on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys wore their blue throwbacks that day, so the Giants actually wore white. (From Matthew Brooks)
  • Left over from a few weeks ago: Commanders WR Dyami Brown had two mouthguards attached to his helmet. (From @BurnerGSmith)
  • Ahead of Super Bowl XVI in 1982, the league produced a little “history of the football helmet” display. The logo on the real helmet appears to be an illustration of the Pontiac Silverdome, where the Super Bowl would be taking place. (From Jonathan Daniel)


  • Here’s how the Fiesta Bowl patch, College Football Playoffs helmet decal, and shiny maker’s mark look on TCU’s uniforms. (From @TheIvor)
  • San Jose State wore their alternate helmets for yesterday’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. (From multiple readers)
  • Speaking of the Idaho Potato Bowl, here’s what the trophy looks like. The winning coach — this year, Eastern Michigan’s Chris Creighton — gets doused in French fries after the game. (From L.J. Sparvero)
  • Here’s every Oklahoma bowl game end zone design since 2001. (From Sam McKinley)


  • Maple Leafs C Auston Matthews wore an ugly sweater pregame and had matching skates to boot. (From @markinvictoria)


  • A beautiful sweater from the Johnstown Jets, a defunct team from the Eastern Hockey League, is up for bid on eBay. (From @NorthwestPurple)





  • The USL Championship’s Loudoun United have a new back-of-shirt ad from a certain UK bookmaker. Says our own Jamie Rathjen: “I rarely complain about ads, but that one honestly makes me barf.”


  • Japan: New home and away shirts for Sanfrecce Hiroshima of the J. League. (From Jeremy Brahm)
  • Argentina: New shirts for Club Atlético Colón. (From our own Anthony Emerson)
Auto Racing
  • The FIA, the governing body of F1 racing, has banned the “general making and display of political, religious and personal statements or comments” without permission. (From our own Anthony Emerson)
Grab Bag
  • New kits and livery for cycling team Ineos Grenadiers of UCI WorldTeam. (From Robert Caplette)
Comments (7)

    “New personal logo for Grizzlies PG Ja Morant.”

    Great reply tweet: “Nike giving every athlete the same exact logo with different initials lol”

    Regarding Dyami Brown and 2 mouthpieces…I’ve noticed more and more players keeping a “spare” mouthpiece tucked in one of their many helmet vents during gameplay. The guy that sticks out to me is UGA TE, Darnell Washington. Not sure if it’s a fashion thing? Brown having 2 attached to the facemask for his choosing is a new one though.

    With lip guards being so prevalent now, almost a mainstay for any position player, we’ve seen tons of artwork, logos and such being put there. There’s even the pacifier one that guys like DK Metcalf wear. Why any grown man would want to mimic wearing a pacifier is beyond me but here we are.

    Might be worth doing a piece on mouthpieces across the leagues. Steph Curry started his chewing on a mouthpiece trend….enough that video games include it now. A lot of MLB players use that plate thing. I can recall Ryan Howard chewing on his a lot as a Phillie. And now across football, the lip guard is a fashion statement.

    What exactly is the point of a “lip guard”? I’ve never heard of a player getting hit beneath his facemask where that would be required.

    Also, all season Stefon Diggs has been wearing his mouth/lip guard dangling from his helmet. I don’t believe he is wearing a second mouthguard. I’m guessing also for “fashion” though I’m not so sure what’s fashionable about it. One game he had it yanked off. Not sure why a player would want anything additional that could be grabbed. UNLESS, if it’s grabbed it increases the chances of being mistaken for a facemask penalty, in which case it might be a brilliant move.

    Since the Vikings kinda came up with the white-out gimmick at the last minute, I do not find fault with the staff at the Giants uniform guide.

    Due to Franco Harris’s death, there are Immaculate Reception replays and stories abounding across the internet. I clicked a YouTube link of the play and holy cow, look at that nameplate for John B A N A S Z A K on the Raiders:


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