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Uni Watch News Ticker for July 25, 2022

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Today in the Ticker: The first stage of the first Tour de France Femmes, the Red Sox choose their 2023 uni advertiser, it’s still soccer shirt season, and more.

Baseball

MLB

  • Mariners OF Kyle Lewis was missing his batting helmet logo for part of yesterday’s game. (From multiple readers)
  • “Want to see the 2023 Seattle All-Star Game logo rendered in sand art? Of course you do!” says Kary Klismet.
  • The Red Sox have reportedly struck a deal for an insurance company to be next season’s uni advertiser. (From Shawn Hairston)
  • Speaking of the Red Sox, here is a history of Fenway Park’s Green Monster. (From Kary Klismet)
  • After D-backs P Madison Bumgarner called Nats OF Victor Robles a “clown” for admiring a home run, Robles responded by wearing a clown nose in the Nats’ dugout.

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  • Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League’s Wei Chuan Dragons opened a new stadium. (From Kary Klismet)
  • The Rakuten Monkeys unveiled an “Earth Green” uniform, to be worn on Aug. 6-7. (From Jeremy Brahm)
Football

NFL

  • A 49ers blog did a retrospective on the team’s logo history. (From Kary Klismet)
Basketball

WNBA

  • The Phoenix Mercury gave Seattle Storm PG Briann January, who is retiring after this season, framed Mercury and college jerseys since she went to Arizona State and played in Phoenix for two seasons.

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  • The Mainland Pouākai, one of the teams in Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa, New Zealand’s women’s league, had a center-circle logo on Saturday saying “Invest in women. Pay women. Hire women.” If that slogan sounds familiar, it’s also been featured on a T-shirt that’s appeared in the Ticker before.
  • The New York Times did a piece on female players’ hair and makeup routines and how for college players the increased focus on appearance actually leads to more NIL opportunities than for men. (Thanks, Paul)
Hockey

NHL

  • Two pictures we had in the Ticker yesterday of an alleged new Canucks Reverse Retro jersey are part of a group of five that surfaced on Reddit on Saturday. You can also see that the jerseys will apparently have the throwback orange and black NHL shield logo. (From multiple readers)
  • Meanwhile, there’s lots of chatter about a possible leak of the Islanders’ RR design. (Thanks, Phil)
  • A fan is suing the Blues, claiming that a lot of supposedly game-used gear he purchased from the team wasn’t actually game-used. (From @2xAught7)
Soccer

International

  • Argentina: Club Almirante Brown, in the men’s second tier, wore throwbacks this weekend. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Austria: New shirt for Austria Lustenau. (From Kary Klismet)
  • England: New font for Arsenal for non-Premier League/Women’s Super League games. (From Kary Klismet)
  • England: New second shirt for Brentford.
  • England: New shirt for Shrewsbury Town. (From Ed Żelaski)
  • England: Reading’s new first shirt has “climate stripes” on the sleeves that represent the average temperature (although it’s unclear if that’s global or something else) over the club’s 151-year existence, so, red is warmer than average and blue is cooler.
  • France: Two new shirts for RC Strasbourg. (From Kary Klismet)
  • France: New shirt for Chamois Niortais. (From Kary Klismet)
  • France: New shirt for Valenciennes. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Germany: An investor in Hamburger SV also owns the Volksparkstadion naming rights and said he would be up for renaming it after HSV striker Uwe Seeler, who passed away last week.
  • In the meantime, HSV’s men’s team’s shirts memorialized Seeler yesterday. (From Ed Żelaski and Kary Klismet)
  • Netherlands: New shirt for Willem II. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Portugal: New shirts for Paços de Ferreira. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Portugal: New shirt for Vitória. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Qatar: New shirt for Al Sadd. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Scotland: The wearer of No. 9 for Aberdeen’s men’s team has changed since last Tuesday from American striker Christian Ramirez to new teammate Bojan Miovski, which is a bit odd when their competitive games have already started. Ramirez yesterday instead became one of the few players to wear No. 99.
  • Serbia: New shirts for Partizan. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Spain: New second shirt for UD Las Palmas. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Spain: New shirt for CD Castellón. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Spain: New second shirt for Recreativo de Huelva. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Spain: What are allegedly the men’s national team’s new shirts were worn on-air by two streamers last week. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Switzerland: FC Zürich’s men’s team wore a temporary black kit for men’s Champions League qualifying last week because of supply chain issues. (From Kary Klismet)
Cycling
  • SD Worx wore a jersey designed by one of its riders, Amy Pieters, for the first stage of the Tour de France Femmes yesterday. She’s recovering from what sounds like a nasty crash last December.
  • Multiple other participants in the Tour de France Femmes have new jerseys for the race, including Arkéa and EF Education-Tibco-SVB.
  • With no defending champion to give the No. 1 bib to as is usual in the men’s Tour de France, the assignment went to the current world road race champion and UCI Women’s World Tour leader, Elisa Balsamo.
  • In the men’s race, the winner’s team, Jumbo-Visma, didn’t wear a special jersey for the last stage as has become common recently, but the team got yellow-painted bikes except for green jersey winner Wout van Aert, who got a green version. The team also brought the bibs of its three riders who didn’t make it to the end.
  • The last-placed rider in the men’s race is known as the lanterne rouge and you usually don’t see them on TV. So I’m not sure how long it’s been going on that one of their bib numbers is actually replaced with a red lantern. (From Jeremy Brahm)
Boxing
  • Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay won an auction for the championship belt Muhammad Ali won in the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle match. (Thanks, Paul)
Volleyball
Grab Bag
  • Tennis player Coco Gauff now has her own shoe. (Thanks, Brinke)
  • The next AFL Women’s season starts in a month and after a few years of expansion is set to be the first with the same 18 teams as the men’s league. Players from all 36 teams were brought together in one photo last week, including first looks at the designs for the four remaining women’s expansion teams.
  • USA Field Hockey has a new outfitter for umpires.
  • Reader Jared Buccola has this week’s Premier Lacrosse League roundup: “Redwoods keep it simple with a mono-white look, while Atlas brought out a new blue/blue/white combo for this year.  Whipsnakes wore mono-green against the red/white/red look for Chaos.  Archers mixed it up going blue/orange/blue to contrast the mono-white Cannons.  Lastly, Waterdogs went purple/purple/white in an OT win against Chrome, who went matte gray over light gradient for the first time.”
  • Seven players on Australia’s National Rugby League’s Manly Warringah Sea Eagles aren’t going to play in this Thursday’s game because they refuse a rainbow-accented shirt. The article makes it sound like that somehow they didn’t realize until today they were expected to wear it.
Comments (21)

    The article about double knit uniforms and astroturf incorrectly states the Red Sox wore flannel uniforms through the 1973 season. Yaz debuted the team’s double knits at the 1972 all-star game.

    Re: Hagan Sports and field hockey.

    That company, I believe, is owned/operated by Shannon Taylor (whose twitter handle is Be11eve), a former member of the U.S. national team who once scored the game-winning goal against Argentina in the London Olympics.

    Appreciate all the cycling coverage in the ticker today! Another uni-centric detail from the last few days of the mens tour: Simon Geschke wore the polka dot jersey into Paris, but had actually relinquished it to overall leader (and yellow jersey wearer) Jonas Vingegaard a few days earlier. Since a rider can’t wear two jerseys, the second place rider in that category continues to wear it during the race. Geskche seemed particularly heartbroken about losing the jersey and expressed a preference for wearing his standard team kit over wearing the king of the mountains jersey on behalf of another rider. Tradition won out, and Geschke seemed to be reluctantly participating in all the leaders photo ops during the final stage.

    It might be tradition, but what it really drives the rule is that the jerseys are sponsored, and if no one wears the polka dot jersey, that jersey’s sponsor misses out. Lame reason, I know.

    I’ve always felt this is silly. I know the Tour wants all the jerseys out there, but how eyerolling to have to wear a leader’s jersey when you aren’t a leader in that category, maybe it provides motivation to win it back, but come on.

    I’ve always thought that the actual leader of the category should get to decide how to display it. For example, wear the yellow jersey and a polka-dot/green/white helmet. My god could you imagine the clash if there was a man in all four?! Yellow jersey, green helmet, polka-dot bibs, and a white bike?! The Tour would never allow it, but it’d be hilarious and ridiculous.

    I agree, and I think it was especially unfortunate this year: Geschke was so close to winning it, and likely would have if not for the GC battle. I felt bad for him, both for coming up a little short, and for having to continue to wear the jersey he didn’t win.

    On the Canucks reverse retro: “You can also see that the jerseys will apparently have the throwback orange and black NHL shield logo.”

    That’s a new logo. On the original (pre-lockout) logo the lettering went top-left to bottom-right. I don’t think they’ve ever used an orange and black logo where the lettering went “up” instead of “down”.

    NHL logo on jersey kind of plays in with Reverse Retro theme. A little bit of the old mixed with the new.

    Yep. Assuming this is authentic (and not a aliexpress knockoff) that seems most likely. I just wanted to clarify that that is NOT the pre-lockout logo.

    One thing I’ve debated mentally about NIL is if it will exacerbate the problem of women in sports being promoted more for how they look than how they play.

    On the one hand, anything that brings more attention and revenue to women’s sports could be sold as a good thing. On the other, it does seem like the biggest, most Googled “stars” of women’s sports are more often the ones with model-like looks more so than the best results.

    Sometimes there’s overlap — Jan Stephenson, perhaps the original crossover female athlete, won three LPGA majors, but was better known for wearing a tie-top on the cover of Sport in 1977, and Maria Sharapova won five majors. But the number of famous female athletes who aren’t exactly world-beaters seems to have grown quite a bit in the Internet age: Anna Kournikova, Natalie Gulbis, Allison Stokke, Paige Spiranac, and so on.

    I just fear it belittles the actual competition of women’s sports. It’s gotta be frustrating to be a female athlete who wins a lot, but gets maybe a third of the marketing dollars as someone they routinely beat but has a prettier face.

    I do fear social media generally has made us more vain. Don’t know if we can go back on that, though.

    I’m surprised nobody threw at Robles yesterday after the clown nose. But then you don’t normally throw at a .236 hitter.

    From a WaPo article…Manager Dave Martinez didn’t like what he did:

    “I didn’t see it,” Martinez said. “I heard about it. I will talk to him. … That’s not who we are, right? It happened; it’s done. I don’t want to see that kind of stuff.”

    Anybody who saw Robles’ actions after he his the homer knows Bumgarner’s reaction was way out of line. Bumgarner’s the biggest crybaby in baseball, constantly being insulted by insults not there. Martinez should be supporting his player instead of trying to be a has been like Tony La Russa. I thought Robles’ red nose was a great response to Maddy the Clown.

    Not even a Canucks fan but I would absolutely wear that jersey! They’ve always had some of my favorite looks with very few clunkers. This is a good one.

    With apologies to Guy Mitchell…

    Well, I never felt more like suing the Blues,
    ‘Cause I really thought, this stuff was game-used,
    But it’s not, why’d you do me this way?
    Well, I never felt more like cryin’ all night,
    The tags are all wrong, the markings ain’t right,
    Mislabeled, that’s why I’m suing the Blues!

    An overlooked RR idea for the Islanders would be to render their classic uniform in their 1995 colors.

    My only suggestion to the new format is for each story posted no only has the date but also the time it was published.

    I love Jared Buccola’s Premier Lacrosse League roundup! Here’s hoping you keep it up, Jared!

    That Vancouver uni should be their new one, not an alt/reverse retro/whatever. Beach the whale!

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