Today in the Ticker: The latest uni-related publicity stunt in lower-league men’s soccer, college sports teams mark Student Athlete Mental Health Week, and more.
- Domino Sugars, which has a big neon sign on top of its factory in Baltimore, will only light up the Os and Ss in the sign as long as the Orioles are in the playoffs. The practice started yesterday. (From Andrew Cosentino)
- Former Red Sox P Tim Wakefield passed away yesterday. As a tribute for the last game of the season, the entire team wore their jerseys in the dugout, with no jackets or hoodies. (From Joe Merrill and our own Anthony Emerson)
- Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera used teammate Spencer Torkelson’s glove for his final MLB game yesterday. Torkelson said he’s going to retire the glove and display it. (From our own Jerry Wolper)
- Oregon revealed a throwback yesterday similar to one from 2014 and based on a uniform from 1984. It’s unclear when it’ll be worn. (Thanks, Phil)
- Washington Spirit striker Ashley Hatch arrived to Saturday’s game wearing this year’s Suicide Prevention Month shirt from the charity To Write Love on Her Arms. Two of winger Marissa Sheva’s game-worn Ireland shirts from the World Cup were worn pregame by teammates Maddie Elwell and Camryn Biegalski.
- Australia: Three new shirts for the A-Leagues’ Brisbane Roar.
- England: After a week of complaints from Aston Villa players about their sweat-retaining shirts, the women’s team did end up wearing them for their first Women’s Super League game yesterday after an apparent vague attempt to come up with an alternative didn’t happen.
- England: Villa’s opponents Manchester United wore their new third kit, a white/red/red combo that was appearing for the first time this season. That color combo isn’t recorded in Historical Football Kits as ever being worn by the men’s team. In fact, red shorts seem to have last appeared as part of a mono-red combo in the 1950s.
- England: Captains’ armbands and warm-up shirts throughout the country this weekend promoted the “Play Safe” initiative, which generically aims to “to keep children and young people safe, no matter what the football setting.”
- England: I usually don’t like putting instances of black armbands in the Ticker if I don’t know why they’re being worn. But women’s teams were wearing them in what I thought was a fairly obvious memorial gesture for Maddy Cusack, a Sheffield United player in the second tier who also worked in marketing for the club and suddenly passed away recently.
- Wales: Albion Rovers of the men’s fifth tier — not to be confused with the bigger Scottish club with the exact same name — have a new Subway-themed second shirt, as in the sandwich place. I wish I was making that up, but the attention it gets is exactly the reason they did it.
- Reader Tim Dunn’s men’s Rugby World Cup has been tracker is updated through yesterday.
- The original design mockup for Dale Jarrett’s 1994 Interstate Batteries firesuit is available on eBay. “I have no idea where this has been my whole life, but I need this!” says David Firestone.
- Quite a few college sports teams started to observe Student Athlete Mental Health Week on Saturday, including a number of green ribbon helmet decals and patches for the charity Hilinski’s Hope. Examples here.
- For the second time in about a month or so, a player on Brisbane’s men’s Australian Football League team, this time Zac Bailey, had his jumper spectacularly ripped apart. The incident came during the men’s Grand Final on Saturday.