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Uni Watch News Ticker for Sept. 19, 2023

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In today’s Ticker: The Rays are a step closer to staying in Tampa, Indiana goes BFBS, and PJ Fleck’s impassioned defense of unnecessary uniform changes.



  • The Rays will reportedly announce today that they’ve struck a deal to build a new stadium in St. Petersburg that would be ready for the 2028 season. (From Kary Klismet)
  • The White Sox have published a super-interesting piece on their most recent rebrand in 1991, and how soliciting opinions from fans at a Chicago-area block party solidified their decision to go with a black, silver, and white color scheme. (From Phil)


  • Eagles QB Jalen Hurts is starring in a new Hulu commercial that uses the jersey nameplate as the spot’s premise.
  • Cincinnati isn’t exactly a hockey hotbed, but Michael Niehaus spotted a Bengals fan wearing a retro No. 99 jersey with a “Gretzky” NOB during Sunday’s home opener.
  • Many Eagles fans are upset that their Kelly green merch orders have either been delayed by Fanatics or arrived with defects. (From Kurt Esposito)









  • The scoreboard at the Clippers’ new arena will apparently span over an acre. (From Kary Klismet)


  • D-III St. Norbert College has renamed its court after a former player who was the school’s first Black graduate. (From Kary Klismet)



  • Scotland: Amateur side Haddington Town AFC has accused billionaire Elon Musk of poaching the club’s logo and using it for his space travel company, SpaceX. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Tim Dunn has updated his men’s Rugby World Cup jersey tracker through last weekend. Each match’s winner is shown in bold.
  • The Springboks, South Africa’s men’s national team, typically wear a dark green kit for most of their matches. However, they wore a white and turquoise alternate uniform for their World Cup opening round, a decision that proved controversial among fans. Now, the team is saying that World Rugby, the tournament’s governing body, forced them to wear their alts for the first match.
Grab Bag
  • Here are the kits for all of the teams competing in the upcoming men’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. (From Phil)
  • Tiagos Tacos, a Miami chain restaurant, modified its logo for its location near the Florida International University campus. (From Jorge Cruz)
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has apparently scrapped the chamber’s suit-and-tie dress code, which will allow Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman to wear his preferred hooded sweatshirts and gym shorts on the Senate floor. (From Kary Klismet)
  • French esports team Karmine Corp has unveiled plans for a new 3,000-seat arena, the first such arena in Europe. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Statistics-based website 538 has a new logo. (From Ron Ruelle)
  • Here’s a video showing how a DIYer turns sports balls into shoes. (From John Flory)
Comments (44)

    Everything that I have seen is that the Rays’ stadium roof will not retract to save on costs and space. No word on if catwalks will remain in play.

    Why am I not surprised Fanatics did a botch job? Seems every time they come up, it’s about their poor quality.

    Fanatics did a shockingly good job with the Bruins Winter Classic gear last season. But yeah, most of their stuff is trash

    So the Rays are sorted, looks like the Brewers are through 2050 as well. Leaves the White Sox & Orioles now trying to use Nashville to extort money from their respective markets. Truthfully, I thought the Brewers were the only realistic threat to relocate for 3 reasons.

    1. Milwaukee’s Trip A team is in Nashville
    2. Nashville is a bigger market than Milwaukee (barely)
    3. I assumed the Rays would re-lo to Orlando if they moved.

    Now, I’m not sure. If I were to bet, the White Sox will end up in the Chicago burbs and the O’s will get their entertainment district. Expansion can’t come soon enough to take Nashville and Salt Lake/Portland off the table.

    I still favor Nashville + Montreal for realignment aesthetics.
    AL West: Angels, A’s, Mariners, Rockies
    AL Midwest: Rangers, Royals, Twins, White Sox
    AL Central: Guardians, Rays, Stars, Tigers
    AL East: Blue Jays, Orioles, Red Sox, Yankees

    NL West: Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Padres
    NL Midwest: Astros, Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs
    NL Central: Braves, Marlins, Pirates, Reds
    NL East: Expos, Mets, Nationals, Phillies

    14 vs intradivision = 42 games
    6 vs intraleague = 72 games
    3 vs interleague = 48 games

    Not Expos, please. All for a team in Montreal, but they’d need a different name. The Expos are the Nationals now – MLB shouldn’t make the same mistake that the NHL did with the Jets.

    Agreed on Montreal: I want the city to get an MLB team, but I don’t want it to be called the Expos. However, Montreal’s team needs a name that works in both English and French, which Expos does nicely. I haven’t been able to think of a good alternate name that does so.

    Realignment? Glad you asked!
    NL East: New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, DC
    NL North: Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City
    NL South: Atlanta, Miami, Cincinnati, St. Louis
    NL West: Arizona, Los Angeles, San Diego, SanFrancisco
    AL East: New York, Boston, Baltimore, Toronto
    AL North: Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota
    AL South: Houston, Nashville, Texas, Tampa Bay
    AL West: Colorado, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Seattle
    The Rockies and Royals swap leagues to prioritize making all divisions out of teams in neighboring time zones, and to utilize a rivalry in Missouri.

    Realignment? Now that you mention it:
    NL: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, NY Mets, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Toronto
    AL: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Minnesota, NY Yankees
    Southern League: Atlanta, Charlotte [expansion], Houston, Miami, Nashville [exp.] Tampa Bay, Texas, Washington
    Pacific League: Arizona, Colorado, Las Vegas, LA Dodgers, LA Angels, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle

    NO MORE DIVISIONS. NO MORE WILD CARDS. The pennant winners–and only those–of each league meet in a seeded playoff round, followed by the World Series. Limited interleague play.

    I know MLB will never let this happen, but it is objectively good and I have spoken. I regret nothing.

    There is a 0% chance of any league putting another team in Canada. It’s not going to be Montreal. You’ll get one towards the east and one out west. Nashville is a lock for the east, Salt Lake City is a heavy favorite for the west with a very outside chance of Portland.

    This is the saddest Ticker I have read in days. To wit:
    1. I lived through Indiana’s first dalliance with BFBS. It was a bad idea then and it is a bad idea now. Crimson and cream is fine.
    2. Fanatics is why I haven’t bought any Eagles gear yet. How did we get stuck with this monopoly as a means of getting fan-driven merchandise? There is no incentive for quality and they know it.
    3. The only thing UTEP’s camo pattern hides… are the player numbers. *facepalm*
    4. PJ Fleck is the worst thing to happen to uniforms in decades. It started when he insisted on turning a school’s uniforms into a vehicle for his personal brand of pseudo-inspiration, with the paddles and the rowing the boat analogies. It was tolerated at Western Michigan and Minnesota got conned into it as well. An esteemed member of the Big Ten sold out its uniforms to this clown. And who the hell is he anyway? Nobody ever confused him with Nick Saban. It made UNC beating the snot out of Minnesota a little sweeter, not gonna lie…
    5. Chuck Schumer should be embarrassed. Are we that sloppy as a nation and a society that we’re allowing John Fetterman to fetishize Working Class Hero status on the Senate floor? My man, you are representing 11 million Pennsylvanians, and nearly half of them didn’t vote for you. Show the Senate and your constituents a little respect and put on a suit and tie like a grownup. (And before you fight me, I am a registered Democrat and would have voted for Fetterman over Mastriano if I lived in PA, so don’t make this into some sort of tribal political issue; this is a sartorial issue.)

    I weep for us all. But the Oregon cleats are pretty cool.

    I have had one on one conversations with P.J. Fleck. He is real. His goal is to help young men become positive contributing members of society. The team’s grades have never been higher, the team has never been as involved in the community as much as they are now. His Row The Boat mantra is the result of what he used to help himself get through the death of HIS infant child. He uses it to help teach the members of the program how to get through adversity. Does he use phrases and hyperbole to help psych up these young men and Gopher fans? Absolutely. Easy to look at it and say it is B.S. But Gopher football has never been in better hands.

    Thank you for the insight and for sharing. This puts things in a different context. While I maintain that a school’s uniform is not the proper vehicle for any individual’s mantra, I now understand its importance and what motivated it.

    MJ, Thank You for your reply. The first time I met PJ Fleck, all I knew was what the media had said about him. The fast talking and use of phrases and hyperbole. But he was soft spoken and told me his goal was to make the program members as good as it could be in all facets of life. And from what I have heard and seen, his wife is wonderful in helping nurture the players who are away from their own mothers.

    And for the record, I wish their uniforms only had maroon, gold and white, and DID NOT INCLUDE black or anthracite.

    On your last point, I was a Senate intern when Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado received dispensation to Senate dress rules to permit him to wear his preferred bolo tie in lieu of the then-required cloth tie. The senator I worked for was a former college professor who preferred to work in shirtsleeves, so he kept a jacket and tie handy in case he needed to rush to the floor.

    The jacket-and-tie rule has always been honored at least a little bit in the breach, so I don’t object in principle to formalizing the breach. But while my basic attitude is that permitting Fetterman to dress as he prefers is ultimately a matter of respecting the choice of the voters of Pennsylvania, I think of casual dress on the floor as a House thing, not a Senate thing. But if we’re going to have the DH in the National League, I guess hoodies on the Senate floor are inevitable. How long until we see NFL or college gridiron jerseys in a floor debate?

    Incredible to me that the Rays and MLB are making the same mistake as they did with the Trop. Building the stadium in St. Pete makes it obscenely difficult for most of their fanbase to get to, because there’s one way in and one way out.

    This video is a helpful primer as to why it’s not just the outdated stadium working against the Rays: link

    Kind of annoying is that the ESPN article linked mentions the new stadium being part of the redevelopment of the “Gas Plant District”, but doesn’t explain where that is. A quick lookup, though, reveals that… it’s exactly where the Trop is now.


    No surprise that the Eagles fans can’t get decent merchandise. I won’t call it “fan gear.”
    I made the mistake a few times buying from Fanatics. I won’t say every time there was something wrong but I would venture to estimate 60-70% of the time I had some defect. That’s far too high a margin of error.
    What’s worse is they are taking over more of the market. It’s unacceptable to charge good money for such marginal work at best. I refuse to buy anything they produce or sell.


    Nasty mono green crap. Hate that. We will have officially bottomed out when Penn State goes mono navy some day. I still want to vomit every time Michigan goes mono blue. Not a fan of any of it.

    The White Sox have published a super-interesting piece on their most recent rebrand in 1991, and how soliciting opinions from fans at a Chicago-area block party solidified their decision to go with a black, silver, and white color scheme.

    And yet every Sunday at home, the White Sox undercut this excellent brand by wearing those navy and red fauxbacks. Never let it be said that Jerry Reinsdorf’s incompetence doesn’t extend to branding.

    The headline on the Springboks situation at the Rugby World Cup is that they had to change versus Scotland, but the real head scratcher is the point made further down that article about them having to have a second alternate for their game against Ireland. As far as I’m aware, every other nation at the tournament only has a single alternate. South Africa only have a second because apparently Nike didn’t anticipate that making a light green alternate may still clash with the Irish primary green kit. Seriously, the draw for this world cup was done two and half years ago. It’s not like Nike had come up with their design and then “oof, bad luck that the Springboks got drawn against the only other team in green at the tournament”.

    I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Liberal, and I approve of the suits-and-tie rule in Congress. Mr. Fetterman, this is likely the most important job you will ever hold. Show it some respect.

    The Clippers will come to regret the oversized scoreboard. The new barn in Detroit has/had one of the largest boards for the size of the building, and it’s just too big. Doesn’t matter how much you try to watch the game on the ice/court, unless you’re in the lowest 25% of the building, it will interfere with your eyesight. Given the latency between live action and video, it’s a little disorienting.

    Should the Bengals fan have a Messier 11 on their jersey? After all Messier actually played in Cincy in the last WHA season.

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