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Uni Watch News Ticker for Sept. 16, 2022

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Today we have the worst Team USA unis ever, a cringeworthy NFL logo promotion, and customized shinguards.



  • Whoa, check out the Nationals’ bullpen cart, complete with a flashing light as the squatchee! (From Bud Parks)
  • Mets P Max Scherzer had a rehab start in Triple-A Syracuse earlier this week. He didn’t fully button his jersey, revealing a small velcro patch on the interior. (From Rick DiRubbo)
  • Reader James Roche snapped the perfect photo of the various belts Padres players have used this season.


  • The Ravens are going black-purple-white against Miami on Sunday. (From Andrew Cosentino)
  • For Hispanic Heritage Month, the NFL has come out with a version of the league’s logo replacing the “N” with “Ñ”, apparently not realizing that the Spanish language includes the letter “N”. A lot of people noted that it was basically the NFL’s version of an old The Office bit. (From multiple readers)
  • ESPN used a Rams logo when talking about the Chargers/Chiefs game yesterday. (From Marcus Hall)


  • P Peter Moore will wear Frank Beamer’s No. 25 this weekend for VT. (From Andrew Cosentino)
  • Here are this weekend’s uni combos for Troy, UNLV, Michigan State, Virginia, and Oklahoma. (Thanks to all who shared)
  • Notre Dame will have NOBs on their green jerseys, which they’ll be wearing on Saturday against Cal. (Thanks, Phil)


  • The Edmonton Elks will be wearing No. 15 helmet decals to celebrate QB Ricky Ray being elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. (From Wade Heidt)


  • The Islanders have a gorgeous 50th anniversary patch. It’ll look even better next to the ad patches most teams will have in that position, too. (From multiple readers)


  • Penn State goalie Noah Grannan has a new mask design for this season. (From William F. Yurasko)


  • The Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL have unveiled an Indigenous jersey to be worn on Oct. 1 for Canada’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. (From Wade Heidt)


  • The USMNT have released their World Cup kits, which have been the subject of numerous leaks. Now that they’re official, though, I’m comfortable declaring them the worst USMNT kits of at least the last 30 or so years. It may just be the renderings, but the jersey and shorts numbers don’t appear to match, either. Worse still, it appears that the designers forgot about the USWNT, as the central placement of the USSF crest pushes the USWNT’s World Cup holders badge awkwardly to the side. (From multiple readers)


  • Germany: Bayern Munich have released their Oktoberfest kit. All players are wearing green boots in the promo shots, which makes me wonder if that will be a requirement for their Oktoberfest match — soccer players usually have free choice for what color boots they wear in a match.
  • Ukraine: Dynamo Kyiv have released their 2022/23 kits. Dynamo have already played three matches in the Ukrainian Premier League, using last year’s kits. (From Ed Zelaski)
  • England: A young fan gave Manchester United FW Jadon Sancho a pair of customized shinguards. Sancho wore them in his next match, and after scoring, held one of them up to the crowd.
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Comments (14)

    For the Mustang comment in the Grab Bag, the new badge turned out to be for a trim level called Dark Horse. All Mustangs will continue to wear the left-facing galloping mustang.

    “It may just be the renderings, but the jersey and shorts numbers don’t appear to match, either. ”

    It’s not that they don’t match, they just got Alex Morgan to wear a pair of the current blue shorts for that video (and the font does match those).

    Bayern’s women’s team also got the Oktoberfest shirt (link), although I can’t remember if that’s a first or if they did last year.

    “Gentlemen may cry, Style, Style– but there is no style. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from Oregon will bring to our eyes the clash of tie-dye and stonewash! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is soccer so dear, or style so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of focus groups and influencers? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me Waldos or give me death!”
    -Patrick Henry, probably.

    I’m not a die hard soccer fan by any means – but I usually watch US teams in the world cups, and am disappointed by these. I know Nike and USSF usually have the primary be plain white for the World Cup (which I think is a mistake on its own) but even with that, the whites here are bad almost entirely because of that templatey collar treatment. The shoulder stripes are kinda cool I guess, and I don’t care for the crest except it looks way awkward for the USWNT.

    And usually they have pair it with something inspired – bold, yet simple and timeless – for the colorful alternate (the popsicle in 2014, the sash in 2010, 2006 was simpler with a nice stripe but the white shirt wasn’t plain in that one). Unfortunately the tie dye will look plain blue from afar. I guess the all blue look with shorts and socks may look cool on the field, but tie dye has been around for a while and is definitvely not classic feeling like the older examples were. I know some love the 2015 USWNT WC look – so maybe this will grow on that crowd. But yea, I’m not a fan.

    I guess if they go thru to the quarters the all bright blue look will become a feature in the future tho, and I’d be ok with that.

    clarifying – when I say “I don’t care for the crest” I mean I don’t have an opinion. On the men’s shirt it’s fine to me, someone who is not a die hard.

    The Nike collar treatment for this year’s templates is simply weird. Like a horned bib. It looks weird on the professional teams that have it (Tottenham’s away “volt” collar) and it looks weird on the national teams that are now getting it. So for the US national teams getting that navy collar is not a surprise.

    What is surprising is the sleeve treatment. Besides looking like an American football design element, it’s going to get covered by tournament patches, whether in the WC, Concacaf, or other tournament play.

    The blue tie-dyes are subtle enough that they won’t be remembered unless the USMNT miraculously wears them on a deep tournament run.

    It wouldn’t be Nike if they didn’t make something arbitrary and ridiculous on their template simply because they could. That “horned bib” (perfect term, by the way) is an unnecessary blotch of color. The cut of the fabric does nothing to improve performance. It is a way to spot a Nike from the second deck.

    The point with the letter Ñ Is that it’s only used in Spanish. CNN did it too years ago.

    Anyway, it’s kind of lame.

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