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Uni Watch News Ticker for July 28, 2023

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In today’s Ticker:  a rugby kit protest in Australia, some vintage Turn Ahead The Clock Night pregame footage, and more!



  • Here’s some excellent pregame footage from the Mets’ TATC night, 24 years ago yesterday. (From Peter Hausler)
  • Here’s some footage of Brewers OF Jeffrey Leonard wearing No. 00 way back in 1988! (From Brian Walter)
  • The A’s new stadium in Las Vegas apparently won’t look much like the renderings that were recently released. Key passage from that article: “It’s long been common knowledge … that initial stadium and arena renderings frequently have marked differences from their finished versions. Early drawings are often used to generate public excitement and win political support and public dollars.” What a racket.


  • Hagerstown, Md.’s new franchise in the independent Atlantic League will be known as the Flying Boxcars, in tribute to the World War II-era Fairchild cargo planes built in the city. (From Kary Klismet)


  • The new Western Canadian Baseball League team in Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Berries, have unveiled their logo.
  • William Ginn’s father was a sales rep for Adirondack Bats back in the 1960s and ’70s. Here are some sample bats that William recently found while going through his parents’ old house.


  • The Steelers have new practice jerseys. (Thanks, Phil)
  • A writer has listed his picks for the five most “cursed” uniforms in NFL history. (From multiple readers)
  • New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro has some thoughts on the Jets’ and Giants’ new throwbacks. (From Paul Dillon)


  • Here’s an article on Arizona Coyotes’ uniform history. (Thanks, Phil)


  • The Federal Prospects Hockey League is expanding to Wytheville, Va., and the team has revealed its name and logo: the Blue Ridge Bobcats. (From Christian Gardecki and John Cerone)


  • USL Championship side New Mexico United have signed a lifetime deal with an arts collective for the front-of-shirt advertisement. (From David Weise-Carl)


  • Croatia: NK Osijek of the top-level HNL has opened its new stadium. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Denmark: FC Copenhagen is the latest club to ban fans from bringing in signs asking for players’ jerseys.
  • Perú: Club Universitario de Deportes have unveiled a 99th anniversary kit, with the crest depicted with a safety pin as a nod to how the club’s badges were affixed in 1924. (From Ed Zelaski)
  • Scotland: New third kit for Heart of Midlothian of the Scottish Premiership, inspired by the club’s very first kit in honor of its 150th anniversary. Get a load of those gorgeous socks! Also, note that keeper Craig Gordon is modeling it — the kit is a throwback to a time when keepers wore the same kits as outfielders, though McGregor will have to wear a keeper’s strip when the kit makes its on-field debut. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)
  • Scotland: New second shirt for Dundee United of the Scottish Women’s Premier League/men’s Championship. (Thanks, Jamie)
  • Players in Australia’s National Rugby League and National Rugby League Women will be covering up the league logos on their kits as negotiations over a new CBA enter their 21st month. (From James Tiberius)
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  • New jerseys for Athletes Unlimited’s lacrosse league. (Thanks, Jamie)
  • This video of antique pencil-sharpening gadgets is completely fascinating. (From Jason Hillyer)
  • New packaging and logo for Jell-O. (From John Cerone)
  • The consummate gift for any sneakerhead or Apple fan: These 33-year-old Apple sneakers can be yours for a cool $50,000. (From John Cerone)
  • Maine’s forthcoming flag referendum has been pushed from Nov. 2023 to Nov. 2024. Turnout will certainly be higher in a presidential year than an off-year, but I want to get the new flag flying as soon as possible.
Comments (17)

    The author of the “cursed” NFL uniforms article didn’t think to include photos of said uniforms huh…

    How can this list have any credibility when it does not include those hideous clown costumes the Browns wore from 2015 through 2019? During that stretch, the Brownies went 17-62, including those legendary 1-15 and 0-16 seasons.

    Not 1 mention of the Buffalo Bills?
    15 years (’87-’01) in those red helmet/white facemasks – 6 AFC playoff defeats, 5 seasons no better than .500…oh, and 4 consecutive SB losses.
    Their ’84-’86 seasons are up there (or down there) too: 8-40 in those red lids and blue facemasks (A look I loved, so I pin the blame on the blue pants…mostly).

    Funny, I associate those red helmets with the Bills’ most successful stint in the post AFL-NFL merger era. Ten playoff appearances, six division titles, and four AFC championships in a twelve-year span from 1988 to 1999 doesn’t sound like a curse to me.

    Quality pencil sharpeners aren’t very portable. Manual pencil sharpeners can’t approach the perfection of mechanical double-burred sharpener. At the same time, the quality of mechanical pencils has improved dramatically in the past decade. Thus, I use wooden pencils at home and mechanical ones in coffee houses.

    I’m a big fan of the logo and the new graphic treatment in general. But the packaging changes have rendered regular and sugar-free Jello products much less visually distinct on the shelf. Coca-Cola made a similar change a while back. It’s important for a sugary snack brand with a sugar-free product to make the sugar vs no sugar distinction maximally clear.

    Its quite painful to see your team leaving town, but the people of Oakland should celebrate getting rid of these owners.

    Sorry, Paul. Once the name was revealed it was certain. It was an inevitable destiny that the Saskatoon Berries would wear purple. :)

    I remember back in the day the Steelers had unnumbered plain gold and black jerseys for practice. It was a special kind of hell making anyone wear black in that Latrobe heat, but that was Chuck Noll! hahaha

    Interesting rendering of the A’s stadium in Las Vegas. The field itself looks a lot like the field in Oakland with the huge amount of foul territory and long distance from both dugouts and the backstop to home plate. I can’t see why they would do that. New stadiums tend to have the seats, around foul territory and behind home plate, closer to the field (and add more seats and charge more money per seat).

    For those interested, as goalkeepers have different rules to other players (can pick up the ball!) in the early days, goalkeepers wore the same kit, but had to wear a cap to differentiate themselves from outfield players.

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