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Uni Watch News Ticker for Nov. 8, 2023

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Today in the Ticker: An exorbitant price for a uni number, the funny equipment story about UFC’s first event, and more.




  • Mono-black for BYU this week, including a new helmet. (From our own Phil Hecken)
  • New unis for Coast Guard. (also from Phil)
  • Ohio State will wear their mono-grey alternates this week.
  • Ball State wore helmets with the US flag added to their cardinal logo last night against Northern Illinois. Meanwhile, Western Michigan wore camouflage-themed helmets against Central Michigan. San Jose State will wear helmets with San Jose’s area code on them, while Marshall will wear its tribute helmet this week. The helmet honors the victims of Southern Airways Flight 932, which crashed in 1970. All 75 people on board died, including 37 players and 25 boosters. (From Blaise D’Sylva)


  • The Spurs are apparently considering building a new arena in the Hemisfair section of downtown San Antonio, where they played from 1973 to 1993. (Also from Kary)


  • New court for Kentucky men’s. (From Mike Chamernik)
  • The Virginia Tech women’s team has unveiled their rings and banners for winning the 2023 ACC championship and making the Final Four. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Kansas men’s appeared to have inconsistently arched NOBs yesterday. (From @HotelCitroen)

G League

  • Officials have broken ground on a new arena in Noblesville, Ind., for the Indiana Mad Ants, the Pacers’ G League affiliate. (From Kary Klismet)


  • Officials have broken ground on a new arena in Noblesville, Ind., for the Indiana Mad Ants, the Pacers’ G League affiliate. (From Kary Klismet)
Grab Bag
  • Art Jimmerson, the first person to ever tap out in a UFC match, was so confident he would win against his opponent, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner Royce Gracie, that Jimmerson wore only one glove that night. (From Mike Chamernik)
  • This piece explores the history of hunting camouflage. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Here’s why the Minnesota State Patrol cars are maroon. (Also from Kary)
Comments (12)

    My exact reaction. I have a hard time believing it needs replacement; seriously, I have shirts that old that are fine.

    The story with Newton is interesting since he went with Number 1. He was the one that started the trend for qbs wearing that number and now its a constant in the league.

    Another factor may be bigger rosters and relaxed numbering rules. When WR started grabbing numbers in the 10s, more QBs ended up with single digits.

    It is hard to think of many star QBs with number 1 before him. When Warren Moon wore it, it was a rarity.

    The ravens need to either a) remove the outdated purple helmet stripes or b) make the purples match. This team is going to be making a prime time run and the purples not matching (similar to Rockies issue previously) is only going to be more glaring

    Hey Paul, weird question. Have you ever heard of a super star free agent NOT signing with a team because his uniform number was taken/retired?

    There were rumors that A-roid wanted the Yankees to “unretire” #3 when he was traded to them by Texas. That’s not quite the same as refusing to sign with a team because a number was unavailable, but it’s not dissimilar. I can’t confirm this (looked, but it’s all just speculation), but it wouldn’t surprise me if in fact he broached it with management.

    I know A-roid is miffed the Yankees haven’t retired his #13 (which they won’t, at least as long as the HOF keeps him out), and he’s clearly attuned to such things (he is, if nothing else, a YUGE baseball fan and historian).

    I can’t think of one that went that far. There have been some where the team put a retired player on the spot and he agreed to unretire his number.

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