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Uni Watch News Ticker for July 19, 2023

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Today in the Ticker: Some minor league baseball news, Women’s World Cup design insights, and more.





  • Baseball United, a league founded last year featuring teams from India, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates, is adding two new teams next month. (From Marcus Hall)







  • Had UNC won the men’s national championship last year, this might be what the championship merch logo would’ve looked like. (From James Gilbert)


  • On Monday, we reported on K-pop group CIX wearing custom basketball uniforms to celebrate their fourth anniversary. The group released more photos yesterday. (From Greg Franklin)


  • New shirt for Sacramento Republic of the USL Championship. Hype video here. (From multiple readers)


  • These LinkedIn and Twitter posts detail how Adidas made some of the Women’s World Cup kit designs. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)
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    The wall of helmets at the Jaguars facility are probably the college helmets of their players. Furman, NDSU, Cornell, and Richmond are not D1 so they wouldn’t be in the Top 25. Also looks like the one between LSU and Michigan is for the Masters.

    I wish the Rams would tweak their blue uniforms to get rid of the gradient numbers. It should be solid yellow. And speaking of the Rams, did they permanently mothball the dirty white “bone” uniforms?

    The Rams wore the dishwater jerseys twice, and the pants three times during the 2022 season.
    Has there been anything from the Rams saying they have moved on from them for 2023?


    Yes…and ditch the blue pants, too. Yellow all the time!
    The market is sorta flooded with throw/fauxbacks right now (not saying that’s a bad thing), so I’m glad the Rams will stay the course for a season or 2.

    That Times piece about the Yellow Jersey is fantastic–reminded me of a clip from the early stages of this year’s tour where Neilson Powless, who was wearing the polka dot jersey, was complaining that his team didn’t want to let him wear red bib shorts to match the jersey, though they did eventually ok it.

    Powless in the team shorts: link

    Powless in red shorts: link

    The inconsistencies of how riders/teams handle the various leaders jerseys are always interesting to me. Some guys seem to wear the jersey over top of the normal kit (the one I remember always doing this in the Tour was Peter Sagan in the green jersey (link) (note that the team kit is a similar but different shade).

    The other thing is that for KOM guys that wear the “matching” shorts, sometimes they are solid red like Powless but other times they are polka-dot as well, like Ciccone in this year’s race (link).

    The other other thing is that the “matching” shorts for the green jersey always seem to be green as well (link), whereas the matching shorts for the yellow jersey are usually black (link), except for on TT stages where the one-piece attire is usually all yellow (link).

    And on top of that you have Magnus Cort wearing a polka dot helmet during the early stages last year:


    It’s probably infuriating to some, but I enjoy seeing how each rider/team handles the special jerseys.

    “Following up on yesterday’s lede: Angels P Patrick Sandoval wore a belt without a uni number for last night’s start against the Yankees.”

    I’d like to think there’s a 5% chance Sandoval is specifically trolling Uni Watch!

    Definitely more subtle, but the Reds have sold the opposing team’s cap in their team shop for years. I didn’t visit that shop in my lone visit to the pak this year, so I can’trecall if they still do this. Took me off-guard at first, but it doesn’t bother me. I’m generally okay with opposing fans and could even see myself collecting opponent caps even though I haven’t.

    Twins and Nats did this back when I lived in their respective cities and attended games on the regular.

    The feigned outrage against it in Seattle bothers me quite intensely. One of the great things about American sports fans, historically, has been that we have a culture of loving sport first, team second. Like, the stereotype of an American sports fan is someone who can turn on the TV or sit down at a bar and enjoy whatever game is on, even if the team he or she roots for isn’t playing. And it’s almost a rite of passage for an American sports fan to show up at a stadium or a bar or other public gathering and find oneself the only person rooting for a team where everyone else around is actively rooting for the other team – and instead of feeling threatened, having that become an all-time favorite experience. Because as hard as we cheer to support our team, we tend not to treat opposing fans as representatives of an enemy. If you’re a fan of the sport first, your team second, you always have it in mind that if you’d lived somewhere else, you’d have come to root for that team instead.

    Whereas in Europe, at least as far as soccer goes, the culture is more of being a tribal, identity-defining fan of a team first, the sport second. Or not at all. Living there, I knew people who were passionate fans of a team who didn’t seem to actually enjoy the sport of soccer all that much and would never think of watching a game their team or country wasn’t playing in. And yeah, these are both very broad oversimplified observations with lots and lots of exceptions. But there really is a different vibe between the sports fandom of the United States (and Australia) and Europe. Try showing up an a bar even on NFL gameday where you know you’ll be the only person wearing one team’s jersey – you might expect to come in for some verbal ribbing, especially when the crowd favorite scores against your team, but you wouldn’t expect to face physical threat to your limb and life.

    Whereas the first time I attended a soccer game in Europe, I dressed in the home team’s colors but left the stadium by accident with the visiting team’s fans. (There were no PA announcements reminding people to wait in their seats for 20 minutes while the opposing fans cleared out, so the game ended and I just left.) The home team had defeated the visitors, and I can only think of a couple of times in my life when I’ve been as frightened for my physical safety by other people in public. If my accent and general cluelessness hadn’t been obvious to the fans who confronted me on that walk between the stadium gate and the door to the first pub that wasn’t sealed shut with locked steel panels, I think I might have been in actual danger. I’ve never felt like that in an American sporting context, ever, including when I’ve been wearing opposing-team gear and and actively rooting for the visiting team in stadiums, which I’ve done in multiple sports. I mean, just this month I attended my first game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati (5 stars, would recommend) wearing a Padres hat. And on the field, the Padres were just absolutely humiliating the Reds. There were a lot of Padres fans at the game, but I was the only one in my section, and yet the Reds fans around me were never hostile in the least. Big guy in the family sitting to my left even gave me his helmet nacho bowl as a souvenir, that’s how hostile and threatening the Reds fans were.

    The vibe of the Seattle responses to the Blue Jays merchandise quoted in the article is much closer to European soccer hooliganism than to traditional American sports fandom, and it’s troubling to me that the team store would give into it. The correct response to complaints is, “We’re here to sell merchandise, and every dollar we earn in sales helps us pay our players and staff to make the Mariners the best team we can be.”

    One minor-league niblet from last weekend:

    The Erie Seawolves changed identity to the Erie Snowwolves, something they’ve done for several seasons. Last Sunday, however, they wore Tequila Sunrise jerseys but in a black and blue colorway.

    The jerseys are on auction right now through Friday.

    Mitchell and Ness was selling a road Tug McGraw Mets jersey from the 1960s with number 56. I challenged that with them and cannot find it in the database. Tug McGraw would pull that kind of stunt…ya gotta believe me!

    Miss State didn’t tease new uniforms. They announced them on the 17th, with tons of pictures/videos/and descriptions as to the new uniforms and the changes made.

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