In today’s Ticker: baseball star Slim Whitman, a little-known fact about “The Duke,” and more!
- Before he became a country music star in the 1950s, Slim Whitman played minor league ball for the Class C Plant City Berries. (From David Gombac).
- New 1986 throwbacks for the University of Arizona. (Thanks to all who shared)
- I’ve never noticed before, but the pebbled surface of an NFL football includes occasional tiny raised manufacturer logos. (From John Nelson)
- Georgia DB Javon Bullard wore a neck gaiter last night that had the school’s “G” logo upside-down. (From K.C. Kless)
- TCU wasn’t the only Dallas-area team in Los Angeles last night: The Mavericks were also in town as part of a road trip that includes games against the Clippers and Lakers. As a result, Mavs coach Jason Kidd and star guard Luka Dončić were in attendance at the football game last night, and the Frogs had custom jerseys ready for both of them. (From @ChancePlett)
- Cross-listed from the football section: Jason Kidd and Luka Dončić were on hand for last night’s college football National Championship in LA, as the Mavs are currently in SoCal for games against the Clippers and Lakers. The TCU Horned Frogs made sure both got custom jerseys so they could properly root for the hometown squad. (From @ChancePlett)
- The NC State women have unveiled a new uniform set that pays homage to their home arena — Reynolds Coliseum. (From James Gilbert)
- Arkansas will debut new uniforms that feature a throwback logo on Wednesday. (From @HogFlashbacks)
- The Vancouver Whitecaps are currently in between uniform advertisers. Until they ink a new deal, they’re taking steps to cover their old advertiser’s logos in team-produced videos. (From Wade Heidt)
- England: Arsenal wore their white shirts with light-colored numbers in yesterday’s FA Cup match against Oxford United. Names and numbers weren’t legible in wide shots. (From Ted Arnold and @dfoliver68)
- Japan: J1 club Gamba Osaka has unveiled new uniforms made by their new kit manufacturer, Hummel. (From Jeremy Brahm)
- The Washington Post (soft paywall) has published a piece about chicken chain Bojangles and its relationship with the apostrophe. (From David Raglin)
- Syracuse men’s lacrosse will retire No. 22 in honor of attacker Mike Powell this March. It marks the fourth time the school has retired the number across various sports. (From Michael Hochman)
- A trial is underway in New York to determine whether fashion house Thom Browne infringed on Adidas’s “three stripes” trademark with a handful of its designs. (From John Cerone)