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Uni Watch News Ticker for May 22, 2023

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Today in the Ticker: Jim Brown in a Raiders uniform, the new Premier League font appears on a shirt for the first time, and more.



  • Not sure if other ad-clad teams are doing this, but Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol has the team’s uni ad on the sleeve of his hoodie. (From Kevin Eckhoff)


  • Here’s another piece on the recently reopened Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, N.J. “What makes this one worth a look compared to all the others is a nice pair of aerial photos I had not yet seen, showing the stadium before and near the completion of its renovation,” says Kary Klismet.
  • The Orix Buffaloes and Tokyo Yakult Swallows will both wear green uniforms this summer. (From Jeremy Brahm and @MW0222, respectively)


  • Reader L.J. Sparvero found a 1983 Sports Illustrated cover showing Jim Brown in a Raiders jersey. At the time he briefly considered coming out of retirement at age 47 as Franco Harris and Walter Payton approached his NFL rushing yards record. The cover shows Brown wearing his usual No. 32, which was worn at the time by Raiders RB Marcus Allen.
  • Meanwhile, L.J. also thinks Steelers QB Neil O’Donnell’s nameplate was off-center in Super Bowl XXX.
  • Reader Russell Goutierez recently discovered a small museum at the Saints’ practice facility. It includes an undated certificate of NFL membership signed by then-commissioner Pete Rozelle and a helmet with a very large facemask worn by LB Rickey Jackson after he was in a car accident in 1989.


  • Penn State released its list of promotions for next season, including a white-out, throwbacks for homecoming, and a game where the crowd forms the school’s helmet stripe. (From Kary Klismet)


  • The Sun added No. 11 for Taj McWilliams-Franklin to their list of “honored numbers” yesterday. The six numbers are combined into one banner and aren’t retired; three of them are currently being worn.


  • “The University of Connecticut is making several upgrades to Gampel Pavilion, including a new court, but likely stopping short of a full $300 million overhaul that had been considered,” says Kary Klismet.


  • Newton-Conover HS in North Carolina is renaming its court after a longtime wresting coach at the school. (From Kary Klismet)



  • England: Manchester City’s men’s team, having clinched the Premier League title through Arsenal’s loss on Saturday, received the trophy after their last home game yesterday. Their shirts had a golden “Champions” NOB and No. 23, which is pretty usual, but they also used the new Premier League font that will debut next season. (From Josh Berger)
  • Germany: New first shirt for Hoffenheim and new second shirt for RB Leipzig.
  • Haiti: New shirts for the national teams were recently released. More here. (From Kary Klismet)
Grab Bag
  • Here’s a piece on two Australian Football League men’s Indigenous designs, for Adelaide and West Coast, that have connections to players on each club’s AFL Women’s teams. Adelaide’s jumper was designed by April Napangardi Campbell, the aunt of forward Danielle Ponter, who’d never met her niece before creating the design. West Coast’s was designed by midfielder Krstel Petrevski, who’s done multiple Indigenous designs; the others were in 2021 for her old AFLW club Melbourne and the National Rugby League’s Melbourne Storm.
  • Meanwhile, Australia’s Super Netball kicked off its upcoming First Nations round, as it calls it, with this ball design.
  • Super Netball’s New South Wales Swifts wore a new version of their now-annual throwbacks to their original color scheme of yellow and blue, instead of red and blue, yesterday.
  • The New York Times ran a piece on Saturday asking why runners, especially pros, still wear pinned-on paper bibs. It’s framed around an incident from the 2021 US track and field Olympic trials where sprinter Trayvon Bromell couldn’t find some pins to attach his. (Thanks, Paul)
  • Last week, Pennsylvania US Senator John Fetterman appeared wearing a hoodie and shorts at a press conference with other Democratic senators, drawing the ire of some Republicans. “I guess politicians have ‘uniforms’ too,” says Max Weintraub. That’s a pretty common look for Fetterman, who dislikes suits.
  • Also from Max: The bluegrass band the Seldom Scene has a new logo.
Comments (15)

    regarding pinning numbers: I do bike racing and pinning numbers on jerseys (or one piece skinsuits) is a pain and it sucks to get pin holes all over nice kit. a pro tip is to use 3m super 77 adhesive spray, number stays on, pulls off easily and goo gone spray helps to get the residue off. there’s a company called nopinz which makes bike fit with transparent number pockets, but that’s definitely a premium option

    Fetterman tries too hard to show his affinity for the working class, to the point it borders on blue-collar cosplay. He was mayor of an old manufacturing town, we get it. But when you’re a representative in an august body like the US Senate, you need to dress that part. You’re no longer the mayor of a single small town and represent millions of people now.
    Jim Jordan is also guilty of it to a lesser degree by refusing to put on a coat in the House. It reeks of effort, trying to visibly show how nonconformist he is. A little respect for the institution isn’t asking too much.

    There are more important ways to respect that particular institution than sartorial choices. Germany had a similar debate in the ’80s: link

    Kind of remarkable that Haiti’s football association is prioritizing kit releases when the county is currently in a state of profound upheaval…

    I’ve never heard that he’s doing that to appeal to the working class or anybody else. He just really doesn’t like suits.

    Part of having achieved that elected office is respect for the institution and its protocols. If he were a lawyer and had to appear in court, he would have to wear a suit. It’s a matter of respect. There are plenty of jobs where you can dress down.

    Fetterman is an absolute fake in that regard. Grew up very wealthy. The blue collar stuff is a total act. Is he uniquely bad in that regard? No. Almost every politician is faking it, and the ones who don’t, the genuine good ones in either party rarely last long. Politics in the age of 24 hour cable news, and social media is pure performance art. Not saying this is specifically true of Fetterman though probably, but most members of Congress are there to make money by trading on inside info and getting lucrative jobs for family members either with donors, or their own campaigns through which they just straight up embezzle campaign donations by naming a spouse or sibling or adult child or whatever a “consultant.” Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, that politician who Stan for, almost certainly doesn’t give a toss about you.

    Substance always dictates style… Michael Jordan got the NBA rules concerning sneakers changed because his game was louder than his sneaker choices. Same thing for politicians, if they’re substantive… style will go wherever they policies take it. If they’re efforts are for naught… their style choices will go the same way as their policies. All this hubbub reminds me of Obama’s tan suit “controversy” link

    Reagan rocked a tan suit and looked good doing it. Mock outrage in the era of bile.

    There are too many well dressed people in Congress who actions and behavior are far more disrespectful and destructive to the institution for me to worry about one guy’s hoodie.

    Rootin’ Tootin’ Newton HS is at it again!

    Ripping off the University of North Carolina (if you’re not cheating, you’re not tryin’) logo in NC State red is pretty shocking. Even for a long time viewer of HS plagiarism. This is downright creepy.

    There are literally eleventy billion young designers out there who could and would love to design HS/College/Team logos that do not require poaching brands from pro teams and other schools.

    Give them a shot to show what good design can do to build a brand. I stopped doing HS logo work decades ago because AD’s and coaches insisted on this practice of poaching. Very, very few teams give permission for their branding to be used (i.e. Green Bay Packers / Georgia in the early 60’s) for a reason. Need a hint, it rhymes with honey.

    Ripping off teams word marks and logos is a crime, and is prevalent on the highest levels of business as it is on the HS level. I am amazed seeing my own work, and other pros I know that have been plagiarized on the internets by logo whores. I recall being told by a thief that, “We figgered that you are old and most likely dead, and would not know about how the internet works, so no worries.”

    Remember this, If you steal it, they will come… after you.

    I urge all design stakeholders to steer clear of this practice. It is only a matter of time before cease and desist letters from law firms hired by the pro/collegiate teams start rolling out. Especially now that they are all expanding their portfolios to cover gaming, and broader entertainment operations in a very competitive sports market.

    Ever tried to ripoff Disney? They are lethal when it comes to poaching their proprietary work.
    I say give the up and coming talent a chance to show what good logo work can do for a team.


    I’ve been pretty forgiving on the ads on the jerseys, more than most Uni-Watch readers or writers. The ads on the dugout hear worries me though. That’s a sign they’re going full European. That’s how all the sideline gear in European football leagues are. They’re either branded same as the kit sponsor, or in recent years, clubs have been selling other sponsorship arrangements specifically for training and sideline gear. For example this past season my club of choice Chelsea had Three Communications sponsoring their kits but Trivago slapped all over the training and sideline range.

    I really hope this is just a unique circumstance because, poorly kept secret of MLB is that field managers rarely wear jersey’s anymore. Ostensibly they’re supposed to have them on under their hoodies, long sleeve tees, batting practice tees but most do not aside from on Opening Day. First & Third Base Coaches who stand on the field are really the only ones left who consistently wear a full uniform.

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