In today’s Ticker, we’ve got some NFL rumors, the Brazilian Football Federation’s wonderfully simple nod to Pelé, and more!
- The Ravens are going mono-black against the Steelers. (From Andrew Cosentino and Adam Keil)
- Phil Simms wore No. 11 for his entire NFL career — except, it seems, for this promotional shot, where he wears No. 19. Was this an early-career preseason thing, where he switched his number for the regular season? A spare jersey he threw on just for these photos? (From Brad Eenhuis)
- Rumor has it that the Lions are (once again) looking to revamp their uniforms, and have filed paperwork with the league to do so. (From Brandon Weir)
- Rumor also has it that the Texans are seeking to revamp their uniforms. Unlike the Lions, the Texans’ look has been mostly the same since they entered the league in 2002. (From Mike Chamernik and Aaron Pinto)
- Oklahoma went with a pirate flag memorial decal for Mike Leach in yesterday’s bowl game. (From Blaise D’Sylva)
- A growing number of NHL players are using a product called Skate Skins, which are removable custom designs that can be applied to the outside of the skate. (From our own Jerry Wolper)
- The OHL’s London Knights have added a memorial patch for C Abakar Kazbekov, who passed away suddenly at age 18 a couple of weeks ago. (From Wade Heidt)
- A pair of WHL teams just traded goalies, meaning that, for now, they’re still wearing gear that has their old teams’ logos. Here’s Victoria Royals’ G Braden Holt wearing his Everett Silvertips gear, and Silvertips G Tyler Palmer wearing his old Royals gear. (From Wade Heidt)
- The Major Arena Soccer League’s San Diego Sockers have unveiled their “Crossborder” jersey. The new kit will be used for the first time for Hispanic Heritage Night on Jan. 8.
- Brazil: Following the passing of Pelé, the official Twitter account of the Brazilian Football Federation changed their avatar to a black-and-white logo, and dropped the five World Cup stars, replacing them with a gold crown. Pelé was known as “O Rei” (“The King”) in Brazil. Santos FC, his team for his entire career before he moved to the New York Cosmos in the 1970s, changed their avatar to a rendering of a crown.
- Sticking with O Rei, his final game was in 1977, a friendly match between the New York Cosmos and Santos. Pelé played the first half for Santos (and scored), and played the second half for the Cosmos. (From Trevor Williams)
- Ukraine: ST Roman Zozulya, who now plays in the Spanish third tier, shared a photo of himself at age 9 wearing a full Dynamo Kyiv training kit. The late ’90s kit is evidently “very rare,” according to essential Ukrainian soccer news source @ZoryaLondonsk.
- Lots of focus on Romanian pizza chain Jerry’s Pizza after misogynist social media influencer/human trafficker Andrew Tate accidentally revealed his location to Romanian authorities by sharing a video of himself with a Jerry’s Pizza box on Twitter after being absolutely owned by a teenager. But what @weirdsportsmerch noticed is that Jerry’s Pizza seems to have a 25th anniversary logo! It’s rather nice, too.