Today in the Ticker: A baseball curse ends in Japan, a tire is a canvas for a farewell, and more.
- I don’t think we’ve mentioned that the winner of NPB’s Japan Series (or Nippon Series), which this year was the Hanshin Tigers, gets a big pennant immediately after they win to hang in their stadium. And yes, they already have a championship logo. (From Jeremy Brahm)
- Former Tigers outfielder Shintaro Yokota had to retire in 2018 after developing brain cancer and died earlier this year. Tigers players brought out his jersey for the championship celebrations. (From Jeremy Brahm)
- The last time the Tigers won the Japan Series in 1985, fans threw a statue of KFC’s Colonel Sanders into the Dōtonbori River in Osaka while celebrating their Central League pennant win, starting what ended up being called the Curse of the Colonel. Yesterday, a fan dressed as Colonel Sanders was thrown into the same river to symbolically end the curse. (From Jeremy Brahm and Trevor Williams)
- “If you appreciate the aesthetics of trophies and championship rings, the items included in these Canadian sports-focused auction lots represent some serious eye candy,” says Kary Klismet.
- The QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads wore a dark purple/green/dark purple combo with green helmets for a Hockey Fights Cancer promotion. “Purple jerseys with forest green equipment would be a workable look for a hockey team if they ever wanted to consider it,” says Wade Heidt.
- The Junior A British Columbia Hockey League’s Victoria Grizzlies wore “military appreciation” jerseys on Saturday that did not have camo, but did have a poppy. (From Wade Heidt)
- The lanes of the Heat’s new non-tournament City Edition court have some text that toots their own horn just a little bit. It was on the mockups posted here last week, but I’m not sure if anybody noticed. (From Jeremy Brahm)
- Yesterday, a new Spokane club in USL’s League One, W League, and Super League — the last of which the USL intends to compete with the NWSL — revealed its women’s teams’ name as “Spokane Zephyr.” The future men’s League One team already has the name “Spokane Velocity.”
- England: Both men’s and women’s teams began wearing poppy patches for Remembrance Sunday this weekend. In a change from previous years, “2023” was written on the bottom part of the patch. A minority of teams add writing around the patch or occasionally wear a different patch, such as Wolverhampton Wanderers’ men’s team. Some women’s teams wore armbands instead, either plain black or with poppies on them.
- England: Last week, we mentioned that Liverpool striker Luis Díaz didn’t play because his parents had been kidnapped in Colombia, but his teammates incorporated his shirt into a goal celebration. This week, Díaz did play in Liverpool’s men’s game yesterday, scored a late equalizer, and lifted up his shirt to reveal an undershirt saying “Libertad para papa” in Spanish, as his mom has been freed but his dad hasn’t yet.
- Saturday’s 8 Hours of Bahrain was the final race for the LMGTE Am class in the World Endurance Championship before it’s replaced by a new GT class next season. The eventual LMGTE Am class winner on Saturday, the all-woman Iron Dames team, had a bunch of people sign their car before the race as a farewell and also wrote goodbye messages on the last set of tires they used.
- Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League is holding First Nations games, as they call them, this month from Nov. 5-24. Four of the eight teams have already revealed their shirts for the games. A men’s version will probably follow later in the southern summer.
- Here’s a roundup of all the Australian Football League’s women’s Pride designs from this weekend that haven’t been featured in the Ticker yet.
- Australia’s Hockey One’s NSW Pride also held a Pride promotion — and no, that’s not where their name comes from — by wearing rainbow socks on Saturday.
- An interior decor/stationery company, the Southern Hospitality Co., has a guide for pluralizing last names on cards just in time for the holidays. In short, don’t be my relatives who have written “The Rathjen’s” on cards for years. (From Bryan Martin Firvida)
- The University of Tennessee has a new exhibit on the Smokey mascot in one of its libraries in Knoxville. More in this video. (From Kary Klismet)
- Here’s a guy who collects “Do Not Disturb” signs from hotels, showcasing their wide design variety. (From John Flory)
- Here’s a look at some of the more unusual outfits in yesterday’s New York City Marathon.
- Some think that the Wendy’s logo has a hidden “Mom” near the bottom, but the company swears it’s just a coincidence. (From Kary Klismet)