Today in the Ticker, we have a possible new Rays anniversary logo, a dome possibly being added to an NFL stadium, a very unusual use for the Stanley Cup, and more.
- The Rays have filed a trademark application for a 25th-anniversary logo.
- The Mets changed all their social media avatars to black-and-white yesterday. Not sure what, if anything, that portends.
- Phillies P Ranger Suárez keeps insisting on wearing his stirrups backwards! (From @_ynnhoJ)
- Really good article about the guy who supplies the mud that’s used to take the shine off MLB baseballs.
- Here’s an article on the Jackie Robinson Museum, which is opening today in NYC.
- With Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva just inducted into Cooperstown, that means the early-1970s Twins had five Hall of Famers (the others were Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, and Bert Blyleven) despite not winning a title.
- The Single-A Spokane Indians recently introduced an unusual costumed mascot based on a military fuel plane. (From Rob Walker)
- With the Bears exploring a possible location for a new stadium, Chicago’s mayor is trying to entice them to stay put by proposing the addition of a dome to Soldier Field.
- Here’s a short video clip showing some of this year’s new alternate helmets being produced, decal’d, and so on. (Thanks to all who shared)
- KC execs are having an “open discussion” about the possibility of an alternate uniform.
- Avalanche D Jack Johnson has made the most of his time with the Stanley Cup. Not only did he serve his family ice cream out of it (as reported in last Wednesday’s Ticker), but he also used the Cup to baptize his kids! (From Kary Klismet)
- England: The Premier League is apparently bringing back the “No Room for Racism” patch this season.
- England: New third kits for Luton Town. (From Kary Klismet)
- Wales: New kit for Wrexham AFC. (From Ed Zelaski)
- Portugal: New home shirt for Boavista. (From Ed Zelaski)
- Portugal: New third kits for Sporting Lisbon. (From Kary Klismet)
- Ukraine: FC Dynamo Kyiv’s new away and third shirts may have leaked. (From Ed Zelaski)
- Germany: New home kits for RB Leipzig. (This and all remaining items in this section from Kary Klismet)
- Germany: New third kits for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
- Germany: New kits for SpVgg Unterhaching.
- Italy: New away kits for Udinese.
- Netherlands: New away kits for AZ Alkmaar.
- Netherlands: New away kits for Vitesse.
- Serbia: New third kits for Red Star Belgrade.
- Spain: New away kits for Tenerife.
- Spain: New third kits for Valencia.
- Spain: New kits for Sabadell.
- Spain: New home kits for Deportivo La Coruña.
- At Sunday’s Cup race at Pocono, lower-tier driver Ty Gibbs, filling in for an injured Kurt Busch in the No. 45 car, had to wear Busch’s firesuit and borrow a pair of Denny Hamlin’s racing shoes to fulfill advertiser obligations. (From Chris Hickey)
- The coach of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, an Australian rugby league team, has apologized for the controversy surrounding the team’s rainbow-trimmed Pride jersey, which has led seven players to boycott this Thursday’s game. The situation brings to mind my recent Bulletin article about whether cultural-messaging uniforms should be optional.
- New 10th-anniversary logo for Google Play.
- An Iowa group in charge of local farmers’ markets will change its rules and guidelines after discovering that a market vendor was selling coasters featuring the logo of the extremist militia group the Three Percenters.
- Last week I wrote a short post about a graphic that showed the Chicago athletes by uni number. Lots of people had gripes and nitpicks about various aspects of the graphic, and now the guy who created it has responded to some of that feedback in a lengthy Twitter thread. (From @NotHotTakes)
- Really interesting series of squash court photos taken by a drone. (From Rob Walker)
- Just in time for the summer heat wave, the U.S. Army and Air Force have run out of female hot weather uniforms.
- Here’s a piece on Perry the Bull, the mascot for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. (From Kary Klismet)