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Uni Watch News Ticker for May 15, 2023

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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.
  • Two high school teams, Grant Union HS in California and Mill Creek HS in Georgia, received rings for winning last year’s state championships. Grant Union is in Sacramento and they also gave a ring to the city’s mayor. (From Kary Klismet)


  • 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)
Auto Racing
  • Arrow McLaren IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward has a new helmet design. (From Kary Klismet)
Grab Bag
  • 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)
Comments (7)

    Heads up, no link on the international soccer entry about the illustration featuring J-League mascots

    Eurovision “postcards” fill time to adjust the stage between performances. Postcards are produced for each entrant by the broadcaster staging the contest (this year the BBC, on behalf of last year’s winner, Ukraine), according to a given theme. This year’s postcards showed a connection between landmarks from Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the entrant’s country.

    This afternoon, the IIHF ice hockey world championship will feature a group stage match between Sweden and Finland, the countries that finished one-two in Saturday’s contest.

    At the World Ice Hockey Championships, the U.S. men’s team is wearing the royal blue Olympic jersey (with a block U.S.A. instead of the flying S logo) instead of the navy jersey in pool play.

    They have also worn the white uniform with the flying S logo.

    Yeah, I do not like that at all, and do not understand it. Was talking about that exact thing with a friend this morning as the game started.

    It’s annoying enough that the IOC bans actual federation logos, and makes everyone’s hockey, soccer, and rugby 7s shirts look weird and bad.

    But to inexplicably keep the Olympic font for 1 of their sweaters when the other 2 show that our normal logo works so well on that template, is very odd and annoying.

    “…Fulton, Ill., is holding an event next weekend for DeMoulin Bros. and Co., a company founded elsewhere in the state…”

    Yeah, WAY elsewhere. The two towns are nowhere near each other.

    Fulton is right across the Mississippi from Clinton, Iowa – so basically due west of Chicago on the opposite side of the state. DeMoulin Bros is located in Greenville, which is like 45 minutes east of St. Louis.

    Just saw that tonight’s Mariners-Red Sox game features starting pitchers wearing number 68 for Seattle (Kirby) and 89 for Boston (Houck) for a sort of inverted matchup. Wondering how many other possible matchups there are like this and I guess it comes down to whether you think 2 and 5 would work, where a not-uncommon 15 vs 21 would count.

    And I’m reminded of Bill Lee’s request to wear number 337, so he could stand on his head and the fans would still be able to know who he was.

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