We are hanging in there up here in Maine. In today’s Ticker, more speculation about the fate of the Giants’ ad patch, a possible Washington Huskies uni jinx, and more.
- The D-backs posted a video to social media of a team employee applying the World Series patch to the chest of their red jerseys. As Paul noted in his World Series preview, this is the first time a team has worn the World Series patch on the chest since the Rockies wore their sleeveless unis in the 2007 Fall Classic. (From Josh Pearlman)
- SF Gate is wondering what will happen to the Giants’ ad patch now that the advertiser is prohibited from operating in California. (Thanks, Phil)
- The Ravens will wear black-white-white for Ravens/Cardinals. It’s the first time they’ll wear that combo this season. (From Andrew Cosentino)
- Does Washington play worse when it wears alternate uniforms instead of its traditional gold-purple-gold look? At least one sportswriter has made that connection. (From Kary Klismet)
- Notre Dame’s costumed leprechaun mascot will be portrayed by a woman for the first time ever when the Irish play Pitt on Saturday.
- Nevada football will debut a new helmet for their homecoming game against New Mexico. (Thanks, Phil)
- Here are this weekend’s uni combos for Pitt and ASU.
- Here’s a gallery of many NBA championship rings. Many teams in the 1970s and early ’80s had similar base designs — I wonder if that was league-mandated? (From Kary Klismet)
- The world’s oldest existing basketball court, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, is being refurbished and turned into a museum.
- England: Queens Park Rangers of the EFL Championship have a new naming advertiser for their stadium, Loftus Road.
- Spain: Photos of Atlético Madrid’s new fourth kit have leaked. As the article notes, this kit was likely designed and released in case of a kit-clash with another team with a very light kits, as their first and second kits feature a good amount of white, and their third kit is light green.
- New livery for the Andretti Global racing team of Formula E.
- Here’s a collection of logos from the heyday of World Team Tennis. Lots of 1970s aesthetic greatness to be found there.
- Iowa’s annual RAGBRAI cycling event has unveiled its 2024 logo. (From Kary Klismet)
- For breast cancer awareness, Chiquita has adjusted its famous Chiquita Banana logo character so that she’s now giving herself a breast self-examination. (From Liz Clayton)
- I’m pretty sure we’ve covered this before, but just in case, here are some of the rejected logos for Sony’s original PlayStation.
- The excellent Retrologist Substack has a tremendous (paywalled) piece on the evolution of Pepsi’s logo, as told by roadside signs. (From William F. Yurasko)
- A new book coming out in February about Boston sports dominance in 1986 features an apostrophe catastrophe on the cover. (From Janet Davis)
- Here’s an interesting feature on the University of Illinois students behind the effort to change the school’s mascot to a bird known as the kingfisher. (From Kary Klismet)
- Did you know that Ohio University used to have a female counterpart to its costumed Bobcat mascot called “Bobkitten”? Here’s the story. (From Kary Klismet)