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Uni Watch News Ticker for Oct. 30, 2023

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Today in the Ticker: Ripple effects from Adam Johnson’s on-ice death, it’s Pride time in Australia, and more.





  • Robin Williams — yes, the actor — was once the first male cheerleader for the Broncos while filming an episode of Mork & Mindy. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Also from Kary: The Packers’ team historian explained the mystery of whether the team wore blue and gold or blue and white in 1921. The team’s official uniform history shows the latter on the advice of Hank Derleth, among others, an early-’60s Wisconsin player who later owned an NFL uniform manufacturer.


  • The Florida/Georgia game is annually played at the Jaguars’ stadium. But with the stadium scheduled to be renovated in 2026 and 2027, they might play at different neutral sites.
  • UCLA added a statue of Terry Donahue, its most successful coach, outside the Rose Bowl. (From Kary Klismet)



  • You may have heard that former NHLer Adam Johnson, who briefly played for the Penguins, died over the weekend after taking a skate blade to the throat while playing for the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League’s Nottingham Panthers. That prompted a number of players on the AHL’s Providence Bruins to wear neck guards yesterday. (Thanks, Anthony)
  • In a related item the AHL’s Ontario Reign, for which Johnson previously played, honored Johnson by making him the first star of last night’s game. (From our own Jerry Wolper)
  • The AHL’s Henderson Silver Knights wore state flag-themed jerseys for Nevada Day, a state holiday on the last Friday in October. (From Kary Klismet)
  • The ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings had orange ice on Friday for a Halloween promotion. (This and the remaining items in this section are from Wade Heidt)
  • The QMJHL’s Rimouski Océanic wore throwbacks to a former team in the city, the Rimouski Maple Leafs/Feuilles d’Érable, including very large numbers on the front.
  • The QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes now have a two-tone yellow/blue helmet for their alternates. “Should wear it with all the uniforms,” Wade says.
  • The WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors held a military promotion with camo-trimmed jerseys. The team’s logo now features a military jet since they retired a previous Indigenous-based logo last year.


  • Illinois auctioned off the shoes worn by men’s coach Brad Underwood for an exhibition against Kansas yesterday to benefit victims of the Maui wildfires. (From @mrmichael21)


  • We’ve mentioned before that what may be the world’s oldest existing court is in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. A museum is being built around it by the same architect who renovated the Basketball Hall of Fame. (From Kary Klismet)


  • Tallahassee Reckoning, a new team in the USL W League (although it uses “TLH” in its name and expects people to know to pronounce that “Tallahassee”), is holding a vote for its inaugural first/home shirt and first-choice goalie shirt.


  • England: Liverpool striker Luis Díaz’s parents were reportedly kidnapped in Colombia this weekend. After teammate Diogo Jota played instead of Díaz and scored during Liverpool’s men’s game yesterday, he held up Díaz’s shirt.
  • Tanzania: New shirts for the national teams. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Turkey: The three biggest clubs in the country, Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, and Galatasaray, all modified one of their shirts from this season for the 100th anniversary of the modern Turkish state, which was yesterday. Beşiktaş modified their red third shirt, however, and couldn’t wear it against Galatasaray in the men’s Süper Lig. Fenerbahçe’s shirt featured the face of the country’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, instead of ads.
Auto Racing
  • The local council in the area of the All England Club approved plans for an expansion of the club, including another show court and extra courts to allow Wimbledon qualifying to be held there — qualifying currently takes place nearby at Roehampton. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Resident volleyball guy Jeremy Brahm says even he’s never seen a solid black court like the one the Japanese men’s team Tokyo Great Bears have.
Grab Bag
  • If you’re unaware, the logo for the 2024 Summer Olympics is supposed to be a woman with a bob haircut. The writer of that article seems to have missed the date of the embedded tweet, because it was revealed Oct. 22 — but in 2019. (From Kary Klismet)
  • The Australian Football League’s women’s Pride round is next weekend, which is the last week of the regular season this year. A number of designs have already come out for Hawthorn, Essendon, Collingwood, St. Kilda, Sydney, Port Adelaide, and Fremantle. Sydney, Collingwood, and Hawthorn, at least, wore their designs this weekend so they could appear for a home game.
  • Virginia revealed last season’s women’s swim/dive national championship banner on Friday.
  • Some Irish counties’ men’s Gaelic games teams have new shirts, including Derry, Fermanagh, and Tipperary. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Strasburg HS in Colorado has an “Indians” team name, but partnered with the local Northern Arapaho to ensure that’s “respectful,” also using a logo designed by an artist from the tribe. (From Kary Klismet)
  • A new high school in Heber City, Utah, wants public input on a school name and team name/mascot. (From Kary Klismet)
  • A survey of New York University students found that they prefer the current “Violets” name instead of “Bobcats,” which is the school’s mascot. (From Kary Klismet)
Comments (9)

    I didn’t catch that Adam Johnson’s injury was a blade to the throat. Ugh. I believe similar injuries have happened once or twice before (I recall footage of a player sort of crawling across the ice with blood spilling out of his neck a few years ago) and wondering if it was likely to cause someone’s death. Terrible. RIP.

    This actually has occurred twice in Buffalo. Richard Zednik also had his throat cut by a skate blade in Buffalo in 2008. Thanks to the quick action of the Sabres’ training staff, his bleeding was stabilized and he was rushed to the Erie County Medical Center where he recovered. He returned to the NHL the following season.

    It’s pretty wild this happened in the same place twice, fortunately with a positive outcome.

    Guy kicked him in the neck deliberately, you can see it in the video. Wasn’t a “freak” accident, but it’s great that people keep going with that story.

    The not-as-famous-but-ironically-also-in-Buffalo Richard Zednik incident (2010): link Happened about 50 feet in front of me. Still haunts me to this day.

    Holy crap. They showed that in slow mo several times. Yes, I can see how that would be haunting. I don’t recall the one with the goalie Paul noted. I was thinking there was another one with a skater. Regardless…

    There is footage of the Clink Malarchuk injury. I really don’t recommend watching it. Definitely left me shook as a child when I saw it when it happened, and even moreso today.

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