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Uni Watch News Ticker for Jan. 21, 2023

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In today’s ticker, we’ve got some Lunar New Year NHL warm-ups, a redesign in Major League Rugby, and more!

Baseball
  • Japan: The Hanshin Tigers will have just one cap design for the 2023 season, having previously had different designs home and away.
Football

College

  • A photo on the front page of ESPN.com of the last Eagles/Giants game happened to catch that Giants C Nick Gates had lost the “Y” on his helmet logo. (From Wesley Black and Hunter Gingras)
Hockey

NHL

  • The Canucks have new practice jerseys to match their throwbacks. (From Wade Heidt)
  • Sticking with the Canucks, they also had a very nice throwback-inspired design for their Lunar New Year warm-ups. It is, of course, the year of the rabbit.
  • And sticking with Lunar New Year warm-ups, the Kraken also had a very nice one. I love how they incorporated the rabbit and the red ribbon to form not just the outline of the team’s logo, but even included the logo’s distinctive red “eye”.
  • Rumor has it that the Oilers could be bringing back this old Edmonton Mercurys sweater for the Heritage Classic, appropriately Oilerified. (From @ibramble)

Minors/Juniors

Basketball

College

  • LSU men are wearing their “Stars & Script” throwbacks today. (From Ernie Ballard and Benji King)
  • Marquette men honored their 2003 Final Four team at halftime yesterday, giving players and coaches from that team rather nice jackets. (From @DBarmonjay)

G League

Soccer

USA

International

  • Georgia: New logo (and kit provider) for Dinamo Batumi of Georgia’s top flight. (From Ed Zelaski)
  • England: New Arsenal signing W Leandro Trossard will wear No. 19, which was last worn by W Nicolas Pépé. Pépé is still technically an Arsenal player, but he is on loan at French club OGC Nice this season.
Rugby
  • New logo for Major League Rugby side Rugby ATL. I must say, this is a pretty big downgrade.
Grab Bag
  • Here’s a breakdown of animal and meteorological team names across the big four of North American professional sports.
  • Pink Floyd updated their social media avatars to a 50th anniversary logo in honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of The Dark Side of the Moon. Because the iconic cover of The Dark Side of the Moon features light refracting into the full spectrum of colors — i.e., a rainbow — the logo did too. You can imagine what happened next.
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Comments (9)

    Regarding that Pink Floyd article in the grab bag: can we as a society please stop giving attention to people who behave like those trolls who left those comments?

    Went to a Floyd cover band show (Aussie Pink Floyd, great show, highly recommended) and a guy next to me was shouting obnoxious crap in refrain to the lyrics (mother should I run for president? “Not if you’re Joe Biden! Ha! Gottem!” Mother should I help them build the wall? “Yeah!!! Build that wall! Build that wall!” etc) I was suitably shocked that this guy could be a Floyd super fan (I can’t deny him that. He was super knowledgeable and super into the music, and knew every song from the first note) and still somehow completely miss the sentiment of their music.

    I was learning how to poop in the toilet when Floyd broke up, but they are one of my favorite bands, so please tell me I’m not crazy in my assessment of their messaging.

    Anyway, the rest of the attendees ignored this guy and his BS fell on deaf ears and rolled eyes and elbow nudges. It’s good to get updates on how far we still need to come in these regards but, yeah, we can ignore a lot of this noise.

    If you consider how many British rockers of that era later embraced anti-immigrant and anti-vax politics, maybe it’s not entirely surprising. Though Floyd seemed to jabbing against exactly that in “The Wall” with the concert rant about Jews, etc.

    The Pink Floyd thing raises an interesting bit of design history. In the English-speaking world, rainbows are typically depicted with seven colors, the famous ROYGBIV sequence. (Most languages and cultures have slightly different definitions of how many colors are in the spectrum and where exactly they divide from one another.) For DSotM, Pink Floyd simplified the spectrum to six colors, omitting Indigo for a sequence that bottoms out with blue and then violet/purple. That was 1973. In 1978, the first Pride flags debuted, initially with 8 stripes, including Turquoise and Indigo, but by 1979 the better-known six-stripe rainbow flag had become ubiquitous, and so the Pride flag as we know it duplicates the DSotM rainbow sequence. Probably a coincidence of convergent design, but the ubiquity of the DSotM graphic in the 1970s and 1980s makes me wonder if the record cover at all inspired the design evolution of the Pride flag. The DDotM prism was absolutely everywhere for a while there – you couldn’t open a locker or peek inside a Trapper Keeper in my middle school without seeing a sticker of it.

    Now that’s a design-minded response!

    Interesting tid bits, thank you! It could be that Pink Floyd’s rainbow was so ubiquitous (or the six stripe rainbow concept in general) that people who wanted to show support in other ways (stickers/decals, fashion, accessories, decor) or people buying rainbow flags from wherever they could get them (no internet shopping then) or without knowing the specific difference in flag stripes had more access to items using a six color design and so ultimately a case of reverse engineering to accept/allow support without having to adhere to a less common right color design.

    Am I over thinking it? Isn’t that what we do around here?

    I like the new ATL rugby logo (on left). It has more depth and they’ve worked in all 3 letters of ATL. Why do you think it’s a downgrade?

    To me it’s not that the new one is so good, but that the old one is so bad. And I’m glad to see the rare green/sky blue combo, which in American sports is practically unique to Tulane University (which calls its forest green “olive”).

    FYI: The jackets Marquette’s Final Four team members were wearing were purchased by Dwayne Wade to commemorate that 2003 team.

    Sorry, but that Edmonton Mercurys sweater is butt ugly and requires major surgery to make it passable… and a Mercury Head lends itself to so many ideal designs!

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