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Uni Watch News Ticker for May 25, 2023

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In today’s Ticker: Video captures a batting helmet logo falling off during an at-bat, an NFL game goes into the “5th quarter,” and more.













  • New third kit for USL League One side Lexington Sporting Club. (From Ed Zelaski and


Grab Bag
  • New package design and logo for Kraft Singles “cheese.”
  • A kerfuffle has broken out in Canadian politics over the Bloc Québécois’ new branding, which includes a map of Quebec that includes Labrador, which is part of a separate province. (Thanks, Anthony)
  • Nice story on the history of Mitchell & Ness. (From Billy Ballas)
  • New lacrosse uniforms in the works for all eight PLL teams. Uni Watch lacrosse expert Jared Buccola will have a full rundown next week.
  • Speaking of lacrosse, here’s a list of the best NCAA men’s quarterfinals sites. (From Kary Klismet)
  • George Washington University’s teams, which were previously called the Colonials, will now be called the Revolutionaries. (Thanks to all who shared)
  • The girls’ lacrosse team at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, Mass., has debuted new uniforms with the school’s new “Titans” team name, which has replaced the recently retired “Tomahawks.” (From Kary Klismet)
Comments (26)

    Tua actually has on the Vicis Zero2 Matrix ID QB. I asked about this on twitter to find out how we can tell if it’s a Matrix ID QB and from a Schutt/Vicis rep, “The internal RFLX layer is tuned specifically to perform better on helmet to ground impacts that the NFL deemed more exclusive to the QB position.” So there is no visual difference between the regular Zero2 and the Matrix ID QB.

    Something I’ve noticed with the new number rules, and it’s even more apparent with the Patriots numbers, is that it seems players don’t care as much about having THEIR number anymore, rather they would have any single digit number. Take JuJu for instance. He could have easily gone back to 19, a number he wore for the majority of his career. He wore 9 with KC, the same as his college number. I’d wager that he would have taken any single digit number that was available.

    Just seems like gone are the days of players wanting to have the same number as long as they can get a single digit number.

    Old scoreboards would routinely put “5” for overtime periods in football and basketball (and “4” for hockey).

    Interesting question posed after the HBOMax –> Max rebrand yesterday.


    Presumably, they’re all trying to be the anti-Netflix which is “the red brand”. But it does seem odd.

    They were never going to go for Blue Fog, and they’d already eliminated Hippos and Continentals, so Revolutionaries was the best we could expect. I say as a GWU alum who’s advocated for ditching Colonials since freshman orientation in 1992. Just a ridiculous name for a school named after a dude whose entire public career was defined by ending America’s colonial status.

    Let’s see…what other things represent George Washington…

    Wooden Teeth?
    Cherry Trees?
    Commanders (oh wait…can’t use that…WFT has proven that)
    Chancellors? (but he was Chancellor for William and Mary so…)
    Whiskey Rebels?

    Mitchell & Ness isn’t too highly regarded in the pennant collector community. True, they use very high quality materials, but there are lots of inaccuracies in their reproductions. Here’s my favorite example: the Pittsburgh Pirates logo has been flipped horizontally, the stripes removed from the bandana, and the famous catchphrase “Beat ’em Bucs” has been changed to “Beat ’em Bucks”. “Bucks”? Did they think the cheer was for a deer or a dollar bill instead of a pirate (buccaneer)? I’m guessing M&N couldn’t get clearance to use the old designs or just didn’t want to go through the hassle of royalties.


    Pretty sure the 5th quarter was the name of the local postgame show for the Steelers on the local NBC affiliate back when the AFC was on NBC. I recall joking that if the game went to OT, it should have be re-named for that version as “The 6th Quarter”

    GWU alum here…the university clearly wanted to rebrand but not do anything too radical, hence Revolutionaries. It’s fine. It’s a mouthful that will rarely be said in full. Looking forward to the university trying to force some lame slogan (ex ‘REV it up!’) and the students making their own better one (along with posters of Che Guevera).

    I had no idea that Kraft singles were too difficult to open. I’ve always found them quite easy to open.

    Every once in a while you wake up and discover you’re apparently exceptional at something. Now to use my power for good. Does anyone need their “cheese” opened?

    I have a new favorite adaptation of the Cardinals jersey logo. That bats-on-a-bat logo is so clever and so well executed!

    Thanks for the link to the Mitchell & Ness story … I have fond memories of visiting the store when I was in college during the mid-80s. Our visits were during its half-price weekend – 50% off everything in the store. I bought a 1930s Lou Gehrig home pinstripe jersey for $45; the next year (or the year after), we went to the store again on half-price weekend, and I bought a 1939 Lou Gehrig away jersey (with the Baseball Centennial patch) for $55. I still have both jerseys.

    MiLB return to Spartanburg is long overdue…sadly at the expense of another solid minor-league market.
    I suppose Duncan Park (home to some of Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium’s original seats) can’t be updated substantially to suit the new team needs since it’s a ‘registered’ historic landmark, plus the promise of a new stadium downtown makes the move more attractive to the new ownership and the city.

    Great story about M&N. In 1987 I had requested a special order from them regarding their Milwaukee Braves jersey. As a big Bob Hazle fan, I requested a M&N Brave’s Spahn jersey but with the numbers switched to “12”, Hazle’s number. It took 6 months to complete, but is my most cherished jersey. M&N’s catalogs at that time were outstanding……..high quality glossy pages with color photographs.

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