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Uni Watch News Ticker for May 16, 2023

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In today’s Ticker: A strange memorial announcement in Oakland, a bizarre Instagram post by the Commanders, and lots of throwback NASCAR paint schemes.



  • Two for the price of one? The A’s yesterday announced that they’re adding two memorial patches — one for former P Vida Blue, who died last week, and one for former 3B Sal Bando, who died in January. Very strange that someone else had to die before the A’s decided to memorialize Bando.
  • Many baseball fans — including reader Paul Kalomiris — inexplicably got MLB app push alerts from games that took place in the 1970s yesterday. Even weirder is that Paul gets pushes for the Nationals, so his push alerts came through as old Expos scores. (Trevor Williams also shared this story with us.)



  • New Yorkers may have spotted this baseball-themed poster adorning the walls of the subway in recent weeks. Reader Alex Moggridge thinks they’re pretty cool — the catcher’s vest jersey notwithstanding.
  • The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters’ garish deep-v neck, collared alternate uniforms continue to break the internet days after their debut. (From Phil and Kary Klismet)


  • A graphic at the top of the schedule page on the Cowboys’ website includes a pretty blatant apostrophe catastrophe. (From Jason Brown)
  • The Commanders posted a strange graphic on their Instagram page that shows them playing the Cardinals with both teams wearing white. (From Timmy Steffes)


  • Here’s a ranking of USFL 2.0 uniforms. (Thanks, Phil)


  • The Hornets have unveiled a new logo commemorating the 35th anniversary of the original Charlotte Hornets franchise’s inaugural season. Kary Klismet notes the “35 Years” wording is misleading, as there was a three-year gap between the Hornets leaving town and arrival of the Bobcats, who eventually re-took the Hornets’ identity.


  • MLS has released designs for the pre-match jerseys teams will wear for their 2023 Pride Matches. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)


Grab Bag
  • Lots of NASCAR drivers ran throwback paint schemes during the weekend’s race at Darlington, and has a full recap. (From Kary Klismet)
  • New rules issued by the International Cricket Council include a requirement that helmets be worn by players at all high-risk positions. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Indiana’s men’s and women’s track teams are among the athletic programs on campus embracing the candy-striped pants made famous by the men’s basketball team. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Orofino High School in Idaho goes by the nickname “Maniacs.” The Idaho Statesman has published a piece on the name’s origin. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Center Grove High School in Indiana has revived a longtime tradition of keeping a “Trojan Horse” on the sidelines during athletic events. (From Kary Klismet)
  • New uniform patches for the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Adidas has released a new line of sneakers to celebrate Pride. (From John Cerone)
  • A few years ago, several countries in Latin America, including Mexico, decided to ban makers of sugary foods from using cartoon mascots as part of their branding, leaving cereal boxes with lots of negative space. (From  @JayJayDean)
  • This in-depth story explores how MultiCam became the camouflage of choice for the U.S. military and armies around the world. (From @rscottrogers)
Comments (16)

    MLS has released designs for the pre-match jerseys teams will wear for their 2023 Pride Matches.

    * What designs? There is one (silly) design with a bunch of different advertisers on the back.

    The SIR on the catcher’s back stands for the Staten Island Railway. The poster includes rail access to New York City’s two minor league teams besides the Majors. SIR=Ferryhawks of the Atlantic League, N=to Coney Island for the Brooklyn Cyclones, a Mets farm team, 4 and D go to Yankee Stadium, and the 7 line goes to Citifield and the Mets.

    Proofreading on the Indiana track and field item: the entry mention’s the men’s team wears the candy-striped shorts, but posts a photo of a female athlete. To be sure, it’s both the men’s and women’s team that wears these. Additional photos below:


    To call any of those wrong-looking NASCAR Cup schemes “throwbacks” is laughable, especially Brennan Poole’s riff on Bobby Allison:
    Logano’s at least tricks the eye so you don’t notice the number shift all that much. Could almost say the same for Ryan Newman’s ‘welcome back’ fauxback…to himself. Both are the best of a very very bad lot.
    I’ll add that Spire Motorsports #7 and #77 told good stories – as they traditionally do.

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