Today in the Ticker: The Mets are avoiding their pinstripes, the first hijab-wearing player at the women’s World Cup, a bicycle tire that looks like a biscuit, and more.
- The Royals’ groundskeeper is getting his own bobblehead this week. (From Kary Klismet)
- Nationals P Joe LaSorsa is uni-impressive with stirrups and a lowercase “a” in his NOB.
- The Mets have played 12 home games this month and worn their “primary” pinstripes in just two of them. (From Steven Shepard)
- The Orioles have a courtesy golf cart at their stadium based on their City Connect design. (From Andrew Cosentino)
- Great story from Matt Edwards: “The little nine-hole golf course on my tiny island has been maintained by the same person since 1977. In front of his maintenance barn, he has a makeshift flagpole stuck in the ground with a Yankees or Red Sox flag usually flying from it. I didn’t realize until this weekend that he always flies the flag of the team currently in first place in the AL East. It didn’t register with me until I saw the Orioles flag flying this weekend. I hadn’t been to the course while the Rays were in first, but I will make a point to check it out if they retake the division lead.”
- A Kansas City blog ranked the team’s uniform combinations. (From Kary Klismet)
- It’s the offseason, so writers at a Purdue blog asked each other what they’d change about Purdue’s uniforms. (From Kary Klismet)
- The Redblacks brought back their alternate helmet decal, a large R, on Friday. (From Wade Heidt)
- For some reason, Audi Field in Washington still had stadium banners for the MLS All-Star Game during the Washington Spirit’s game on Friday, more than a week after the ASG. Yet they were gone on Saturday, replaced with Leagues Cup banners for D.C. United’s game.
- A piece from The Athletic explores an interesting question: Who among Inter Miami’s opponents gets to swap shirts with Lionel Messi? (From John Flory)
- Based on this gallery, Virginia women’s soccer has new shirts, with a new design for goalies and the numbers and text on the white shirt changing from orange to blue.
- Both of West Virginia’s teams have new kits. (Thanks, Phil)
- Yesterday at the women’s World Cup, Morocco center-back Nouhaila Benzina became the first player to wear a hijab at a senior-level tournament. While FIFA allows that in its tournaments, I should also point out that the French Football Federation bans wearing the hijab in matches it oversees, which was recently upheld by France’s Council of State. It’s unclear if that might resurface for next year’s Olympics, especially as Morocco can still qualify for the women’s tournament. (From Kary Klismet)
- Those of you watching the US/Netherlands game last week, and not yelling at your TV like I was, may have noticed that Dutch midfielder Daniëlle van de Donk got a black swim cap for a head injury at the end of the game. It was basically an alternative to the heavy bandages you usually see to stop bleeding. (From Kary Klismet)
- Bulgaria: New kits for the national teams. (From Ed Żelaski)
- England: New second shirt for Watford of the men’s Championship. (From Ed Żelaski)
- England: Arsenal revealed a statute of very long-serving men’s manager Arsène Wenger outside their stadium on Friday. (From Kary Klismet)
- This piece from New York magazine uses the recent Manchester United/Wrexham men’s preseason friendly in San Diego to contrast how both clubs found commercial prominence. United grew through a combination of merch, ’90s success, and global trips like that one, while Wrexham are on the up through their celebrity owners and the documentary series Welcome to Wrexham.
- England’s men’s Test team wore each other’s shirts on Saturday, apparently before play started, as part of a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society. (From R. Scott Rogers)
- Somerset, one of the county cricket clubs that make up the English men’s domestic structure, have new shirts for one-day matches. (From @CDodge56)
- Some teams at the Netball World Cup, which started Friday in Cape Town, have new kits for the tournament, including hosts South Africa, Australia, England, New Zealand, and Scotland. It’s the first time Australia is wearing an Indigenous design, joining many of the country’s other national teams.
- Meanwhile, the tournament is Wales’s first since they chose a “Feathers” team name last year, in reference to the Prince of Wales’s feathers. At the time they said one reason for choosing a name is that they were the only team in netball’s top 10 that didn’t have one.