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Uni Watch News Ticker for Sept. 14, 2022

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In today’s Ticker: A rare case of City Connect uniforms on the road, a uni mistake at the College Football Hall of Fame, a very cool NFL-themed hoagie wrapper, and an NHL team with a sense of humor about a uni leak.

Baseball

MLB

  • An old episode of Kojak featured the title character wearing a jacket with inaccurate Yankees patches. (From Michael James)
  • The Rays and Jays went blue vs. blue last night. (Thanks to all who shared.)
  • You don’t often see CC uniforms being worn on the road, but that’s what the Brewers did last night in St. Louis. (From Dan Pepper)
  • Cardinals P Adam Wainwright and C Yadier Molina are slated to break the all-time record for career starts by the same battery tonight. Molina will wear this commemorative mask for the occasion. (From Erik Spoonmore)
  • As you may recall, “Postseason” cap patches weren’t worn last season due to supply chain issues, but it looks like they’ll be back this year.

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  • The new collegiate wood bat Northwoods League team in Minot, N.D., has unveiled a list of potential team names ahead of its 2023 debut. (From Kary Klismet)
Football

NFL

College

  • Here are this week’s uni combos for BYU, Kansas State (including a new white helmet), and Utah. (Thanks to all who shared)
  • New BFBS uni for San Jose State. It’ll be worn on Sept. 24. (Thanks, Lloyd)
  • Rice will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the debut of their first Black players by wearing 1972 throwback helmets this Saturday. (From Chris Mycoskie)
  • The College Football Hall of Fame just put up a display for new inductee Marvin Jones. But the display includes a purported Jones jersey that includes FSU’s 50th-anniversary patch from 1996 — which means it can’t be a Jones jersey, since his last season at FSU was 1992. (From Matt Yancey)
  • We all know Cam Newton played at Auburn. But he considered going to Virginia Tech — because of their uniforms! (From Andrew Cosentino)

CFL

  • The BC Lions will wear an Indigenous-themed helmet logo for their Sept. 30 game against the Ottawa Redblacks. Both teams will also wear orange spatting for Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation holiday. (From Wade Heidt)

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  • Washington (Ill.) High wears a Washington Nationals-style “W” helmet logo and a seriously weird-looking jersey that appears to be a mix of camo and confetti. (From Pete Stein)
Hockey

NHL

  • Reaction to the Canadiens adding an ad patch continues to be extremely negative.
  • Counterpoint: A Maple Leafs blogger says he has no problem with NHL jersey ads.
  • Here’s a video of the Lightning’s logos and graphics being applied to their home ice, including a 30th-anniversary logo at center ice. (From Brandon Weir)
  • New mask for Oilers G Jack Campbell. (From Kary Klismet)
  • The Sharks’ new jersey designs have already leaked, but the team will officially unveil them tonight. In an amusing move, the team tweeted, “[W]e’d appreciate it if everyone acted very surprised for us.” (From Mike Chamernik)
  • Speaking of the Sharks, their Reverse Retro design will reportedly be inspired by the 1974-75 California Seals. (Thanks, Phil)

College

Basketball

NBA

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  • The CEBL’s Fraser Valley Bandits will now be known as the Vancouver Bandits. (From Wade Heidt)
Soccer

USA

  • From our own Jamie Rathjen: Washington Spirit striker Ashley Hatch received a commemorative No. 100 shirt for reaching what looks like 100 Spirit appearances (not total NWSL appearances, which she would have reached last season).

International

  • Scotland: Celtic’s usual shirt advertiser is giving up its spot for tonight’s match and will be replaced by an ad for the team’s foundation. (From Ed Zelaski)
  • Colombia: New away kits for Millonarios. (This and all the remaining items in this section are from Kary Klismet)
  • Italy: New third kits for Juventus.
  • Mexico: Cruz Azul has a new alternate kit that mixes a green gradient effect into their traditional blue shirts in support of the Mexican Men’s National Team.
  • Mexico: Necaxa’s new third kit also pays homage to the Mexican Men’s National Team, referencing the 1998 World Cup design.
  • Morocco: New home kits for Raja Club Athletic.
  • Ukraine: New third kits for Shakhtar Donetsk.
Tennis
Cricket
Comments (23)

    The opponent is a tough call. ABA teams got to play NBA teams in preseason for a while, so that could be an NBA opponent with a nameless jersey. Or it could be an ABA team using nameless jerseys in preseason.

    “Here’s a mid-1970s shot of Moses Malone playing for the ABA’s Utah Stars. Not sure who the opposing team is, but it looks like a color-vs.-color game.”

    There’s no link.

    “BC Lions will wear an Indigenous-themed helmet logo for their Sept. 30 game against the Ottawa Redblacks. Both teams will also wear orange spatting for Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation holiday”

    The Lions have worn their orange pants exclusively on the road with their white jerseys this year. I would bet we see the Lions go orange over orange at home for the first time this year on Sept. 30.

    link

    I’m definitely interested in seeing what the Sharks do with their Reverse Retro jersey. The 1974-76 Golden Seals’ unis are among the most unique ever seen in the NHL, with the looped shoulder stripes. The big question is, will they half-ass it, or will they actually incorporate the loops into the underarm panels?

    This for sure. Can’t believe that in an era where everything is for sale, the Chiefs and Snickers didn’t work something out.

    Black-on-black lettering should be the exclusive property of the San Antonio Spurs. They owned that look; the new teams are just pretenders.

    Would be nice to see the Chiefs break out the gray facemasks for the opener too. Why not?
    If the Chargers opt for the yellow pants, this will be one good looking game!

    Regarding the CFB Hall of Fame item, as has been documented on this very site many times, jerseys are often recycled for many seasons before being taken out of service. The jersey in question very well could’ve been worn in 1992 and 1996.

    The story about Celtic’s sponsor “giving up” their usual space for Celtic’s charity is a bit disingenuous. Betting sponsors are banned in many European countries, so clubs from the UK often have to find a workaround for away games in European competitions.

    Calling Wawa a “Pennsylvania-based convenience chain” is a little like calling carbon “an element found in the human body”. Wawa is somewhere between a religion and a way of life and the actual essence of life for some of us… LOL

    Re: Molina’s commemorative mask

    What are the rules on catcher’s helmet designs? I remember when the hockey style ones were introduced, they had more intricate logos/designs on them (link), but I thought there was a rule against that now. I can’t recall anything more intricate than this (link) in recent years.

    You’re absolutely correct. Apparently custom paint jobs were banned after the 2012 season, with only two players (John Buck and Gregg Zaun) being *grandfathered* in. From this article: (link)

    Wilson, which supplies the catcher’s masks in MLB, has now banned personalized art on the equipment. But Buck and fellow backstop Gregg Zaun, who both had an artist paint their mask before the Wilson ruling, were allowed to continue the practice because they auction the items off to fund their children’s charities. Zaun hasn’t played in the majors since 2010, making Buck the only member of a most exclusive club.

    Apparently NOSCAE (the independent organization that sets the equipment safety standards) now voids their certification if the helmet has been modified in any way beyond factory standards. All the hockey-style helmet manufacturers have the same restrictions.

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