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Uni Watch News Ticker for Sept. 6, 2023

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In today’s Ticker: An MLB star shaves his beard, an NHL throwback returns for another season, and more.



  • Apparently, Angels P/DH Shohei Ohtani wasn’t available for the club’s recent team photo, so the team used a body double for him. (From Marcus Hall)
  • Phillies DH Bryce Harper shaved his beard to try and break a 16-at-bat hitless streak. (From Andrew Cosentino)


  • Nippon Professional Baseball’s Chiba Lotte Marines mascot Mar-kun (a seagull) reached his 2,000th game, so the Bay Stars Starman came to visit. (From Jeremy Brahm)
  • Reader Steve Sher spotted an umpire with a pink top.


  • Orange/white/white/black for the Bengals this week. (From our own Phil Hecken)
  • As the Broncos get ready to debut their new white alternate helmet this season, a local news station has released a video retrospective on the team’s uniforms since 1968. (From Kary Klismet)


  • Left over from the weekend: Colorado CB Travis Hunter wore two different helmets Saturday. (From Ryan Hess)
  • Here’s every uniform combination Tennessee has worn since head coach Josh Heupel took over the team in 2021. (This, and the next two items are from our own Phil Hecken)
  • New alternates for FIU will debut this week.
  • North Dakota State will honor a fallen Fargo police officer this week with a helmet decal.
  • Mississippi State has a new live bulldog mascot named Dak. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Fans sitting in Penn State’s student section get fabric wristbands instead of paper tickets, which has sparked a debate on campus. (From William F. Yurasko)
  • Air Force is about to spend $270 million on stadium upgrades.


  • Australian Football League club St. Kilda’s men’s team wore a 150th-anniversary design earlier this season. They’re breaking it out again for a home playoff game next weekend. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)


  • The Sabres will wear their black “goat head” alternates 15 times this season, although the exact dates have not yet been announced. (From our own Phil Hecken)


  • Here are the sweaters the Charlotte Checkers, affiliate of the Panthers, will wear for the Queen City Outdoor Classic. (From our own Phil Hecken)


  • The band Pearl Jam did a show in St. Paul recently and had custom sweaters available based on the World Hockey Association’s St. Paul Fighting Saints. (From Adam Crowson)


  • New unis for Auburn men’s. (From multiple readers)


  • Here’s a look at the interior of the new arena for the Caledonia Gladiators, Scotland’s only team in the British Basketball League. (From Kary Klismet)


  • Spain: Looks like Real Madrid has misspelled MF Jude Bellingham’s name on his locker. (From our own Anthoney Emerson)
  • England: Manchester United youth team goalie Safia Middleton-Patel just went public with her diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. As part of that, she’s adding the puzzle piece symbol to her boots and gloves. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)
  • New unis for the South Africa men’s national team. (From our own Phil Hecken)
  • New advertiser for the Turkish Women’s Volleyball 1. League. (From Jeremy Brahm)
  • New ball for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. (Also from Jeremy)
Comments (16)

    The Ticker post says Harper has a 16 GAME hitless streak, while Twitter says it’s a 16 AT-BAT hitless streak. Seems to me, that’s a bit of a difference.

    It also says he shaved his HEAD at the top of the post, and then that he shaved his BEARD in the link. Also seems to be quite a difference.

    It seems like Travis Hunter’s two-helmet set up is likely a function of being a two-way player, coached by Deion Sanders. Deion wore a Riddell RB-Eyeglass-Protection face mask on defense, and wore a standard 2-bar wide receiver face mask on offense for a wider field of view.

    Similar effect but a different approach . As a player Sanders wore the same helmet model (whatever Schutt Air Power/Pro Air he liked) with the 2 different facemasks.

    Hunter is actually wearing 2 completely different helmets- a Schutt V7 on defense and a Riddell SpeedFlex on offense.

    As someone who has to work games at Air Force’s stadium, can I suggest a freakin’ elevator so I don’t have to traipse my 53-year old ass up three decks of stands to the press box at 6,600 feet of elevation?


    If the Bengals made primary white jersey and white pants their alternate for the white helmet how can they make the orange helmet combo work? Unless of course they are keeping the CR white?

    I’m assuming the article about the Sabres has been updated since it was posted here, as it now contains the dates on which they’ll be wearing their alternates.

    Someone should tell the first guy in the Penn State ticket debate that there will come a time when he will have no idea where those ticket stubs are (they will be in a box in the garage) and a later time when his kids will wonder why their late father held onto them.

    Do you REALLY need a keepsake from the game against Buffalo in September 2019? Really? (I have tons of ticket stubs, but I am old and a packrat and I have to admit it is silly to still have them.)

    I was saddened by the mentioning of instafans in the PSU student section who leave in the second quarter after acting up in front of their phone. Why do they exist?

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