Today in the Ticker: The Sharks’ number retirement this weekend featured two different patches, Australian soccer does Pride, and more.
- “Might be just a spring training thing, but it appears that Atlanta is no longer using the raised/3D batting helmet logo,” Paul says.
- The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders are wearing 2003 20th-anniversary throwbacks for Sunday home games this season.
- The New England Collegiate Baseball League’s Valley Blue Sox have a new logo. (From Kary Klismet)
- Reader Jonah Reed noticed that Thunder SG Aaron Wiggins cuffs the bottom of the left leg of his shorts. Jonah says he thinks Wiggins may have been doing this for a “little while.”
- Indiana’s teams are among those that wore alternate uniforms for Black History Month, doing so last week. (From Kary Klismet)
- In MLS, Atlanta United midfielder Thiago Almada celebrated a goal yesterday by revealing an undershirt saying “Fuerte Apache,” the nickname of the Buenos Aires neighborhood he grew up in. The moment has already been turned into an advertisement. The team also wore memorial armbands for Anton Walkes, the former Atlanta center-back who moved to Charlotte FC and died in a boating accident over the offseason. (From Michael Rich)
- Reprinted from yesterday’s Ticker comments: MLS’s Nashville SC wore their new second shirt at home on Saturday. (From Brian Henke)
- Two new shirts for the USL Championship’s Loudoun United.
- Australia: The A-Leagues held their pride weekend this weekend. Some teams wore rainbow numbers and NOBs and the Perth Glory women’s team added rainbow socks.
- England: Multiple men’s teams wore warm-up shirts supporting the charity Her Game Too on Saturday, including Birmingham City, Leeds United, Southampton, and nonleague St. Albans City. The charity works to bring awareness to and prevent sexist behavior in sports, especially among fans.
- England: Newcastle United goalie Loris Karius played in yesterday’s men’s League Cup final wearing a pair of vintage-looking “leather” gloves. Karius only played because starter Nick Pope was red-card suspended and backup Martin Dúbravka was cup-tied — that is, he was ineligible because he’d already appeared for another team in the same competition this season. That team was Newcastle’s opponents Manchester United, leading to speculation that Dúbravka could actually receive a winner’s medal after Man U’s win. (From Kary Klismet)
- England: Speaking of Manchester United goalies, David de Gea was given a No. 181 jersey to commemorate his record-breaking 181st clean sheet. (Thanks, Anthony)
- England: Hereford, in the men’s sixth tier, wore black armbands yesterday in memory of commentator John Motson. One reason why? Hereford’s predecessors Hereford United pulled off one of the most famous upsets in the men’s FA Cup in a 1971-72 third-round replay against Newcastle United, which a young Motson commentated on for the BBC’s Match of the Day. (From Brian Henke)
- Japan: Teams in the men’s J.League used to participate in the primarily Asian quirk of wearing front numbers, which is otherwise usually restricted to national teams. Apparently none are doing so domestically this season for the first time in the league’s 30 years. However, front numbers are still required for Asian club competitions, like the men’s AFC Champions League, barring an update to their equipment regulations. (From Jeremy Brahm)
- Scotland: Rivals Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian’s women’s teams played each other yesterday. Both participated in memorial gestures for Hibs chairman Ron Gordon by wearing warm-up shirts and black armbands. They also both supported Football v. Homophobia Scotland‘s month of action.
- Turkey: The men’s Süper Lig resumed this weekend after the earthquakes affecting the country and Syria. Beşiktaş fans threw stuffed animals onto the pitch for children affected by the quakes, much like teddy bear tosses in ice hockey.
- Australian Football League club Sydney has participated in the city’s Mardi Gras parade, which is also a very large pride parade, for several years. This time they sent players and others in full uniform with both of their teams’ pride designs.
- The mascot for the upcoming World Judo Championships in Doha was revealed recently. (From Kary Klismet)
- The electronics company Nokia has a new logo for the first time since the ’60s. (From Tim Dunn)