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Uni Watch News Ticker for Nov. 7, 2023

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Today in the Ticker: Three-digit numbers, cricket equipment shenanigans, and more.




  • David Gratt points out that yesterday’s Ticker item about Japan’s Hanshin Tigers included a shot of several players wearing three-digit uniform numbers. Anyone know more? Is this the first instance we’ve seen of three-digit numbers being used on the field?


  • A couple of items that didn’t make yesterday’s Monday Morning Uni Watch report: Pats coach Bill Belichick wore a “TAPS” pin and players wore pairs of initials on their helmets. Per this article, “Each member of the Patriots coaching staff wore pins and the players wore helmet stickers honoring a Gold Star Family. It’s part of the team’s ties to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which describes its mission as ‘caring for the families of America’s fallen heroes.’” Also, the Panthers honored three WWII veterans, each at least 100 years old, by giving them jerseys with their ages as the uni numbers.
  • New Jersey businessman and Democratic Party organizer George Norcross was ejected from the Eagles/Cowboys game in Philly on Sunday. He says he was kicked out of the stadium for displaying a banner with U.S. and Israeli flags. Norcross says he plans to sue the team.
  • Former Giants LB Brad Van Pelt wore quite the flak jacket back during his playing days in the ’70s and ’80s. (From @NFL_Journal)


  • Saskatchewan Roughriders WR Mitch Picton has worn the same shoulder pads for about a decade, since his college days playing for the U. of Regina Rams. (From Wade Heidt)


  • We had a color-on-color matchup in the WHL, as the Saskatoon Blades wore their yellow alternates on Sunday at home against the Regina Pats. “It reminds me of hockey in the 1970s and 1980s,” Wade Heidt says.


  • Houston will wear a memorial patch this season to honor former player Reggie Chaney, who died earlier this year at the age of 23. (From Ignacio Slazar)
  • The Virginia Tech women have unveiled their 2022-23 Final Four rings. (From Andrew Cosentino)
  • Longwood University is opening a new basketball arena this season. (From Kary Klismet)


  • Tampa has unveiled the team name and logo for its entry in the new women’s USL Super League: Tampa Bay Sun FC.
Grab Bag
  • A bizarre equipment-related snafu at the Cricket World Cup led to a rarely-seen event on Monday. Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews had the chinstrap break on his helmet prior to his at bat. Rules require the next batter to be ready within two minutes of the previous one’s dismissal, or they can be called “timed out.” Mathews apparently tried to talk to opponents and umpires about fixing the chinstrap, but Bangladesh appealed for his dismissal. Mathews is the first person to be timed out in any international-level match. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)
  • This story explores the reasons why the Porsche and Ferrari logos look similar. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Holy Cross Catholic School in South Bend, Ind., is considering whether to discontinue its use of “Crusaders” as a team name. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Navy ship crews are slated to receive a new flame retardant uniform the service has billed as the “primary at-sea” option by next year.
  • Great look behind the curtain from Miguel Gutierrez, who competed for the Philippines in the country’s first World Curling Federation event at the Pan Continental Championships last week. Gutierrez says the Philippines’s uniforms were made by Dynasty, but there were some issues. He says that half the women didn’t receive their kits until halfway through the event, leading some curlers to iron patches onto thermals they bought at Walmart. He also adds that some uniform graphics had layering issues, and some graphics strangely included stripes when they shouldn’t have. “All in all, didn’t take away from the team’s experience and Dynasty is promptly sending over replacements for all the defects,” Miggy said. Congrats Miguel, and thanks for sharing!
Comments (15)

    I feel like it was once mentioned here that in Nippon Professional Baseball, coaches do wear three-digit numbers. Or maybe I’m misremembering it.

    That’s the answer. There was a proposed professional league in the U.S. which would have had a common roster of about 50 players traveling from city to city, playing the second-string players at 3 p.m. for free or low-cost games to attract schoolchildren and playing the first-string players at 7:30 for the well-heeled.

    I don’t think that league ever took off here.

    That article about the Chiefs logos refers to their font as “sans-serif”… Why are those types of articles so consistently awful?

    Brad Van Pelt played LB, not QB. It’s probably been covered how he got #10 on here before.

    A friend of mine might be named for him.

    Every time an unusual dismissal like this happens in cricket, public discourse becomes divided between those who favor the strict application of the rules-as-written, and those who invoke “the spirit of cricket” to argue that the team benefitting from the dismissal has some kind of moral obligation to have refused the wicket. I tend to fall into the former camp myself, though in curling “the spirit of curling” very often does lead game disputes to be settled in favor of forgiveness and a do-over. But in this instance, I think it’s poor form for the umpires not to have called time out. The helmet is basic player-safety equipment, so if player safety really is a primary concern, then Matthews needed to be afforded whatever time he needed to get his helmet and pads right.

    This is where I stand too. This was obviously a freak occurrence, and Mathews was obviously not using the extra time to gain an advantage. It would be different if he was fidgeting with his pads incessantly while spying the alignment, but this is not the case here.

    I guess they don’t have Time-outs?… if an NFL player broke their face mask they would not be allowed in the next play until replacing the helmet and unless the team called a time out there would be no stoppage…he would have to be substituted if even the rules allowed it in that instance not sure what would happen if you didn’t have a timeout, I know there are Officials timeouts but I don’t think they would do that for an equipment malfunction…

    Upon further reading and watching, the dismissal was warranted. The time limit expired before the chin strap broke.

    Maryland Football has released a new white “Terps Script” helmet that they will be wearing with their usual white road tops and white pants.

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