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Uni Watch News Ticker for Oct. 2, 2023

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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)


  • Saturday was the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. Its color is orange, so the CFL used orange penalty flags and the midfield 55-yard line marker was also trimmed in orange. Every team also wore orange warm-up jerseys. (From Wade Heidt)


  • 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.
Auto Racing
  • 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.
Grab Bag
  • 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.
Comments (12)

    Re: CFL Flags, don’t they use orange flags all the time? I could be wrong, I can’t tell you the last time I watched a CFL game/highlight

    They used to use red flags but a few years ago they switched to yellow flags. It may have had to do with confusion over a red flag being used for challenges but I’m not sure.

    The CFL used to use orange flags on the regular. They changed to yellow penalty flags in 2022. So the use of orange flags this weekend also had a throwback type feel, too.

    Unfortunate to hear it has been so long since you have seen a CFL game/highlight. If you are a football fan, you are missing some quality football.

    They were a reddish orange like the ones used this weekend. Here is a old photo from 2015. Old CFL logo on the uniforms for the officials. The old and great looking BC Lions uniforms in a portion of this shot. Back when the CFL referee wore a black hat while they other officials wore the white hats. I loved that. They did the flip-flop to ref in white hat and other officials in black hats in 2019.


    I had forgotten that Jarrett’s stay with Joe Gibbs Racing was actually very brief…but he helped put them on the map to stay.
    DJ wore that suit design to Victory Lane Charlotte in ’94 – paired with a helmet based on the Dallas Cowboys design (5:00 mark of this clip):

    In re: United, the men’s side when mono-white the first time they wore that kit (link), though the new version of FIFA/EA FC has them with red shorts on the men’s side as well. Interesting to see what the men will wear the next time they pull out that kit.

    I feel like I had seen pictures of them wearing red shorts and socks for the third during the Premier League’s media day or during a photo shoot by Manchester United. Guess they may mix and match third kit elements too, given they’ve done that previously last season and the season before it.

    I get that Oregon is gonna Oregon, and wear some garish new uniform every week that probably won’t have school colors. But man those throwbacks are their best look and it isn’t close.

    It was cool to see Cabrera come out to work 1st one last time in the top of the 8th yesterday. He even fielded the first out of the inning before coming out of the game.

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