Today in the Ticker: Eurovision and Uni Watch collide, French men’s soccer does Pride, and more.
- The Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs have a bacon-themed “Bacon, USA” uniform that they’ve been wearing for Saturday home games since 2016. It’s worn with grey pants, so that commonly creates situations where both teams are wearing grey pants, as with Saturday’s game against the Memphis Redbirds. (From Jeff Stark)
- The outlandish new collared alternates we mentioned yesterday for Japan’s Pacific League’s Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have a matching batting helmet and cap with the same vibes. (From Kary Klismet)
- “If you haven’t yet seen enough stories about Hinchliffe Stadium, the newly refurbished former Negro Leagues ballpark in Paterson, N.J., that is now home to the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Frontier League, here’s another one,” says Kary Klismet. “It does include some nice photos that show the stadium before and after renovation.”
- Korean team SSG Landers has a new Starbucks-themed uniform.
- 76ers PF P.J. Tucker apparently played most of yesterday’s game, according to Twitter-er @Finerific, with a jersey tear under one of his arm holes.
- Each entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest produces a “postcard” — a short introductory video that, this year, also shows sights from their country, from the would-be host Ukraine, and from the actual host, the UK. Cyprus’s entry, Andrew Lambrou, wore a Giannis Antetokounmpo Bucks jersey. In this video from when the spot was filmed, Lambrou also says a basketball court — well, half of one — was built specifically for the video.
- South Georgia Tormenta’s USL W League team have a new shirt that includes front numbers, which are very rare for club teams outside of Asia, and a W League champions’ patch.
- New second shirt for the USL League Two/W League’s Lane United, of Eugene, Ore.
- Houston Dash midfielder Sophie Schmidt hit 100 NWSL regular season appearances a few weeks ago in a game abandoned at halftime after being delayed by thunderstorms. She got a framed No. 100 shirt on Friday.
- Also in the NWSL, Angel City winger Alyssa Thompson missed her prom to play in the team’s game on Saturday, so her teammates wore prom outfits pregame.
- Angel City’s opponents, the Washington Spirit, posed with a small placard for their starting lineup photo because athletic trainer Rylee Learn’s brother Brandon is battling cancer.
- PRO officials, who referee the US professional leagues, are wearing blue wristbands with the letters HD in memory of Terry Vaughn, a former referee in MLS and some CONCACAF men’s competitions who recently died of Huntington’s disease.
- England: New first shirt for Barrow of the men’s League Two. (From Kary Klismet)
- France: The men’s Ligue 1 and 2 held a pride weekend this weekend, including rainbow numbers and a pregame banner. An unspecified number of Toulouse players “expressed their disagreement” with the gestures and were promptly left out of the matchday squad yesterday.
- Germany: Bayern Munich’s new third shirt features a 1923 throwback team logo. (Thanks, Anthony)
- Georgia: New shirts and ad for Dinamo Tbilisi. (From Ed Żelaski)
- Japan: For the J. League’s 30th anniversary, here’s an illustration featuring all of the league’s mascots. (Thanks to all who shared)
- Scotland: Celtic’s new third shirt has leaked. (From Ed Żelaski)
- Arrow McLaren IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward has a new helmet design. (From Kary Klismet)
- In men’s Gaelic football, the Ulster Senior Football Championship final between Derry and Armagh was an odd color combo of red vs. orange. The blog Museum of Jerseys points out that Derry normally wear white with a red hoop but appeared to have inverted that, which to me caused more of a color clash than white vs. orange would and might put them in line for a fine. (From Colm Heaney and Phil Santos)
- The junior college Arkansas State-Newport is starting an athletics program and chose the “Aviators” name a few years ago. It now has a logo. (From Kary Klismet)
- The town of Fulton, Ill., is holding an event next weekend for DeMoulin Bros. and Co., a company founded elsewhere in the state and one of the six US manufacturers of marching band uniforms. (From Kary Klismet)