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Monday Morning Uni Watch

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Yesterday the Tugboat Captain and I decided to pay a visit to Glacken’s, the estimable 76-year-old bar in the Bronx, where we watched plenty of football and dominoes (although not always in that order). The football was particularly pleasing to the eye, because the game on the tube was the Packers/Texans tilt at Lambeau, where it was snowing — plenty of photos here — although the domino action was definitely more intense. Best bar in NYC, hands down, plus we spent nearly an hour yakking with some guy who gave us tips on where to eat in Memphis. A win-win-win!

In other news from around the league yesterday:

• There was also a snow game in Chicago, where the Bears hosted the 49ers (lots of additional photos here). And a cold game in Chicago always means lots of cracked, peeling, or otherwise dysfunctional wishbone-C helmet decals:


• The Saints wore 1960s throwbacks (additional photos here). Man do I love that shade of gold for the pants and numerals. I don’t even mind that the shade of gold on the helmets didn’t match, although it would’ve been nice if they had gone with the slightly larger fluer de lis that they used to wear back in the day.

• The Bengals wore their orange alts. This was the first time since 2004 that they’ve worn the orange jerseys with black pants. Coach Marvin Lewis reportedly hates the look, but the players requested it. They’re 4-0 in that combo.

• The Chiefs and Falcons played one of those mirror-image games — red over white vs. white over red (additional photos here). And the Cardinals and Washington did something similar.

• The Jags went mono-black.

• In case you haven’t seen it before, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett wear the world’s smallest shoulder pads.They’re basically kicker’s pads, and he says he wears them to make himself use good tackling technique. If he doesn’t do it right, it hurts.

• Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos, who’s from Brazil, wore pregame shirt in in memory of the Brazilian soccer team that was recently victimized by a plane crash.

• Panthers quarterback and reigning league MVP was held out of the game-opening series for violating the team’s dress code. And what was that violation, you ask? He didn’t wear a necktie when arriving at the stadium. Yup.

• Nobody wore white at home yesterday.

• Players participating in postgame jersey exchanges included Antonio Brown (Steelers) and Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants); Nickell Robey-Coleman (Bills) and Malcolm Smith (Raiders); Zach Brown (Bills) and Kelechi Osemele (Raiders); Justin Hunter (Bills) and Mychal Rivera (Raiders); Mark Ingram (Saints) and Golden Tate (Lions); and several Eagles and Bengals players.

• Here’s a list of players who protested during the national anthem.

• Here’s a gallery showing lots of yesterday’s custom do-gooder cleats in action. I noticed that some of them didn’t make it onto the field, though. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, for example, had a striking green and gold pair but just wore basic black yesterday. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was another player who was supposedly going to wear something eye-catching but instead went with his usual look. Hmmmm.

• In a related item: Although the Titans and Browns had a bye yesterday, a Titans spokesperson had told me that a bunch of their players would be wearing the custom cleats this coming Sunday. But now there’s a report that those two teams won’t wear the cleats this Sunday after all. Hard to understand the thinking behind that.

• And one more cleat note: Eagles receiver Dorial Green-Beckham apparently pretended that Kanye West has a charitable foundation so he could wear Yeezy cleats.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Mike Chamernik, Brinke Guthrie, Alex Hider, @RNs_Funhouse, and @Royalchief77.)

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CFB Playoff unis released, sort of: For the third straight season, all four of the College Football Playoff teams are Nike-outfitted. And so the world is once again engaging in the odd ritual in which everyone makes a fuss over Nike “unveiling” the “new” uniforms for the four teams — which aren’t really new and don’t even make sense because two of the teams will be wearing white, so why show us their colored jerseys? (Wait, let me guess.) One of those teams is Ohio State. Everyone’s saying, “Oooh, ahhh, it’s the same jersey with the black TV numbers that they wore against Michigan.” Yes, but they can’t wear it in the first playoff round against Clemson because they’re going to be the visiting team and will therefore be wearing white. Word I’m hearing is that they’ll be going with this design, which they wore in the 2015 Sugar Bowl.

For those who like to keep track of such things, Alabama, Ohio State, and Clemson will be wearing the new Nike template with the embarrassing name that I can’t bring myself to spell out, while Washington will be wearing the old Nike template with the other embarrassing name that I can’t bring myself to spell out.

Finally, speaking of Ohio State, here’s a non-uni-related footnote: The Tugboat Captain’s new roommate is a high school English teacher here in Brooklyn, and she taught OSU running back Curtis Samuel. Says he’s a nice young man.

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T-Shirt Club reminder: In case you missed it last week, the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club’s final design of 2016 is now available for ordering. The design is a mash-up of uniform elements from all of our previous 2016 shirts (click to enlarge):

The only new element is the baseball cap (which didn’t appear on our baseball-themed shirt because the player was wearing a batting helmet). It’s comes in four color options — our usual grey, black, green, plus a new “military green” (that’s what the manufacturer calls it, although I’d just call it light olive) — and is also available with either short or long sleeves.

The shirt will be available through this Friday. The shirts are due to ship right after Christmas, so they should arrive in time for you to wear them on New Year’s Eve. (I had hoped to have them delivered in time for Christmas, but it just wasn’t possible to get things finalized in time for that. Sorry.)

If you’ve ordered all five of this year’s previous shirts and also get this one, you’ll be eligible for our year-end “Collect ’Em All” prize, which will be a patch based on the jock tag design used on this year’s shirts. To qualify, please send me proof that you’ve bought all six shirts. The proof can either be (a) a photo showing all the shirts or (b) screen shots of the “Thank you for your order” emails you received from Teespring and Represent.

Once again, the new shirt can be ordered here. Thanks for your consideration.

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

NFL News: Bears RB Jordan Howard has been wearing the same T-shirt under his pads for every game he’s played in since the seventh grade. The shirt honors his father, who died when Howard was 12 years old (from Mike Chamernik).

College Football News: Oklahoma’s social media team had an Auburn helmet with a white face mask in its Sugar Bowl graphic yesterday (from Brady Vardeman). … The Sun Bowl had outdated Stanford and North Carolina helmets at its press conference yesterday (from James Gilbert). … The white jerseys Louisiana Lafayette wore on Saturday had a sublimated fleur de lis (from Tom M.). … Check out this awesome game program from the 1962 Army/Pitt football game (from EJ Borghetti).

Hockey News: The Penguins honored the 1991-92 championship team Saturday, and outfitted former players with sweaters featuring the 50th Anniversary logo. (from Rob Ullman). … The University of Regina is getting innovative with uni numbers on the knees — and some slick yellow unis to boot (from Wade Heidt).

College Hoops News: Creighton has worn two different white jerseys this season (from Padsker). … North Carolina gave away this Roy Williams bobblehead at its game yesterday (from James Gilbert). … Oklahoma State and Maryland played a gray/black game on Saturday (from Matt Shevin).

Grab Bag: This Chicago Cubs World Series commemorative bat doesn’t include Wrigley Field’s new video boards (from Jack). … Whoops. Penn State wrestling had a few errors on its ticket to its match against Lehigh: The ticket calls the match a football game, and says it takes place in Beaver Stadium. (from Chris Flinn).

Sunday Morning Uni Watch

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By Phil Hecken & The SMUW Crew

Well — the “regular” season wrapped up (well, except for that Army/Navy tilt next weekend) yesterday, with lots of Conference FBS Championships for the Power Five Four (sorry Big XII, maybe next year) as well as the other conferences, leaving just the A/N jaunt before we kick off bowl season. Of those games, most were pretty good looking (though my 5 & 1 guy will probably disagree), and any time you have Alabama, Penn State, Clemson, Wisconsin (and I’ll throw in Oklahoma, even though they were merely in Bedlam) playing on a featured Saturday…you’re going to get some good unis and some good matchups.

Long time readers of this blog probably know I LOVE Alabama’s unis, which are my favorite in all of college football. I’m sure this is partly influenced by the fact that my High School Alma Mater basically looks like Alabama, and they’ve dressed like that since long before I graduated from there in 1984. While Alabama is crimson, GCHS colors are maroon and gray…but the unis are even close in color. Both schools have NNOB, one helmet, one home jersey and white pants worn for home and road. There are no alternates, no camopander, they don’t even do the pinktober shtick. It’s beautiful. Simple and classic.

That’s not to say there is no place for wild and crazy unis — I just happen to like the classics, and Alabama looked much the same when Joe Wille played there. Consistency over the decades, especially in the face of the increasing influence of Big Uni and the lifestyle brands should be something we admire. Leave the fancy unis to Oregon and Maryland and schools like that. But lets keep ‘bama and PSU in their simple unis for a while longer, shall we?

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

As December is wont to do, Championship Week brings the initial chilling winds signifying the end of the college football regular season (with next week’s annual Army/Navy game being that satisfying Christmas spirit blizzard), and as you would expect, there was minimal activity, but I did manage to pad out some bits from what few games there were over the weekend…

From Friday:

• Not everyone can keep up with all the semantics of every team’s season, so imagine my surprise to find that Western Michigan was ranked #17 in the nation (12-0 as I write this). Now imagine if the Broncos looked as good as they’re playing this season… yeah, a real pipe dream. It’s like Western Michigan is actively trying to be the living symbol of what not to do when filling in your order on the Adidas Uniform Builder. Let’s break it down: non-tackle twill jersey numbers, school name, and player names? Check. GFGS? Check. Contrast side panels? Check (although they at least follow the side panels on the pants, unlike what the Bills wore for south of a decade). Some weird sublimated graphic that seems bears an iota of camouflage? Check. Grey decals on a brown shell, thus giving the color brown an even worse (and if you ask me, undeserved) reputation? Check. I almost prefer the brown and white uniforms from a few years back, even if the subtraction of gold led to some rather… unfortunate comparisons (draw your own conclusions as to what I’m referencing). The Ohio Bobcats weren’t much better, either. They could’ve been the equalizer to the Broncos, but that would actually make sense, now wouldn’t it? Even the Mothership was having a rough night. Look at the scoreboard at the lower righthand corner: Western Michigan is depicted in black, and Ohio in green, with neither teams wearing either of their respective colors (with credit to Grimmetal Ute).

Decent contrast in Friday night’s PAC 12 Championship game between Washington and Colorado, but what the hell is up with the 76 gas station logo? Clearly, they’re the sponsor for the game, but the logo looks like it was COMICALLY slapped on there literally two hours before the players hit the field for warmups as an afterthought. Hell, look what I did in GIMP in like, one minute.

From Saturday:

• Louisiana-Monroe wore S&S decals in their game against Louisiana-Lafayette (closer look), and they also wore ’48’ on the back of their helmets, in honor of Louis Blanchard, a Louisiana high school football standout who passed away last week. Louisiana-Monroe was one of the schools recruiting him, and he committed to the school just days before suffering a neck injury that would later prove to be fatal.

• Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is a tucker (with credit to Pistols Firing). Also, they brought back the Barbed Wire helmets from when they played Texas Tech, but with black facemasks.

• So, the cups from the SEC Championship game seemed to have had a strange glitch with the blue (official SEC colors are blue and gold), so it kind of gave the impression that SEC HQ was located in Baton Rouge. Here’s another pic for comparison. I’m thinking it’s early-onset light exposure (credit to Griffin Smith for both of the cup pics). In non-LSU news: Florida wore full-orange against Alabama. Something I wondered for a little while was why Bama was wearing white and Florida in colors, despite Bama being the higher-ranked team. Turns out that the divisions alternate every year. Case-in-point: last year’s SEC Championship game was also Alabama/Florida, and the Crimson Tide wore their usual home uniforms. Lastly, the SEC Championship celebrated its 25th contest, and both teams wore new helmet decals for the occasion. Befitting, since these two were the first ones to compete in the inaugural game in 1992, have played against each other in 4 of the last 9 (2008, 2009, 2015, 2016), and are responsible for 9 of the 25 games (1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2016).

• As far as uni designations go, this also applies to the B1G Championship, as Wisconsin (#6 going into yesterday) wore all-white against Penn State (#7). Here’s last year’s tilt between #4 Iowa and #5 Michigan State for comparison.

• Clemson not only edged out Virginia Tech on the field, they were also more superior at lining up their championship game patches than the Hokies (credit to Jonathan Hall for both pics).

And THAT… will do it for Week 14. Another regular season in the books, and with that, I hide away until bowl season. Until then, catch you next time.

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Thanks, TJ! And thanks again for another great regular season.

TJ, as well as our 5 & 1 picker Joe Ringham, and the Power 5 trackers (Rex, Dennis, Ethan and Kyle) will all be back at some point (I’m hoping to have some special content from them as well) once the Bowls are in full swing. But they can all take some deep breaths and relax for a few weeks, at least (some longer than that).

I can’t thank all these guys enough — not only producing great content for every Sunday, but doing it under my somewhat tight deadlines, and they’ve not only come through with flying colors every week, but absolutely knocked it out of the park (if you’ll pardon the baseball analogy) every time!

Please take a minute in the comments below to thank them all for another great regular season!!!

And with that…the rest of the SMUW.

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Joe Ringham 5 & 1 Joe Ringham’s 5 & 1

Following in the footsteps of the original “5 & 1,” Jim Vilk, and Catherine Ryan after him, Joe Ringham is back for 2016 to make his “5 & 1” (five good looking and one stinker) uni-vs-uni matchups. Sometimes he’ll have some “honorable mentions” and sometimes there will be more than one “bad” game. You may agree and you may disagree — these are, after all, just opinions and everyone has one. Feel free to let him know what you think in the comments section.

Here’s Joe:

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Happy Sunday, everyone! Final edition of the 5 & 1 for the regular season, with obvious slim pickings because of it being Championship Saturday. So, let’s get right to the list, shall we?

5) MAC Championship: Western Michigan vs Ohio — At first, I wasn’t too fond of this match-up. But this really grew on me, after looking at it again. Ohio’s mono-black set actually didn’t look too bad, with all the green trim making it look decent. You pair that up against the Broncos’ brown/gray/gray, and it really does look pretty good.

4) C-USA Championship: Louisiana Tech vs Western Kentucky — Very sharp looking game here. La Tech looked really good in white/white/blue on the road here. This paired up really well against the chrome/red/white the Hilltoppers went with as the hosts.

3) Big Ten Championship: Wisconsin vs Penn State — This makes it on the list for its simple beauty. The Badgers looked excellent in their usual mono-white road look. Penn State looked their usual best in their traditionally classic home unis. J

2) Mountain West Championship: San Diego State vs Wyoming — I flipped to this game, just out of the blue, and was stunned by how great this one looked. The Aztecs looked fantastic in their road red/white/black set, always a fine look for them. The Cowboys matched that up with their white/brown/yellow home set to make this look very visually appealing.

1) American Championship: Temple vs Navy — I started watching this game around lunchtime and immediately knew this would be tough to beat. The Owls looked incredibly sharp in their maroon/white/maroon road unis. That look matched up perfectly against the gold/navy/gold of the Middies. One incredibly superb looking game to help close out the regular season.

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+1) SEC Championship: Alabama vs Florida — This had potential to be on the good side… until the Gators showed up in mono-orange. You deserve to get beat down like that when you put on a uniform combo like that.

That will do it for me for the regular season. I’ll be back again during the bowl season for TWO bowl editions, so be on the look-out for that. Until then…

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NCAA Uni Tracking

Uni Watch will again track the uniform combinations worn by the “Power 5” conferences. Most of the 2015 trackers are back, with one new tracker added:

We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII), and Ethan Dimitroff (now tracking the B1G AND the SEC). Rex, Dennis, and Kyle and are all returning from 2015, and Ethan is new to the NCAA Uni Tracking this season. Ethan has stepped into the dual role (thanks, man!) of both the B1G and the SEC after one of my previous trackers could no longer provide the B1G.

Here are the Uni Trackers for WEEK FOURTEEN of the NCAA Season.

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Rex is up first today (ACC):

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And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:

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And here is Ethan, with the SEC:

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And be sure to check out Ethan’s WVU Mountaineer Tracker.

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And here is Kyle with the Big XII:

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UW Friday Flashback UW’s Friday Flashback

In case you missed it on Friday, hundreds of NFL players will be wearing custom-designed cleats to support various nonprofit foundations and other charitable causes this Sunday. Paul had hoped to have an ESPN column about some of the people who actually designed and painted some of those cleats, but some very annoying circumstances conspired to make that impossible. So instead he still has a great piece in which he showcases some of the more notable designs (like these seen here).

Check out the Friday Flashback here.

Enjoy!

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T-Shirt Club reminder: Paul here. In case you missed it a few days ago, the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club’s final design of 2016 is now available for ordering. The design is a mash-up of uniform elements from all of our previous 2016 shirts (click to enlarge):

The only new element is the baseball cap (which didn’t appear on our baseball-themed shirt because the player was wearing a batting helmet). It’s comes in four color options — our usual grey, black, green, plus a new “military green” (that’s what the manufacturer calls it, although I’d just call it light olive) — and is also available with either short or long sleeves.

The shirt will be available through next Friday, Dec. 9. The shirts are due to ship right after Christmas, so they should arrive in time for you to wear them on New Year’s Eve. (I had hoped to have them delivered in time for Christmas, but it just wasn’t possible to get things finalized in time for that. Sorry.)

If you’ve ordered all five of this year’s previous shirts and also get this one, you’ll be eligible for our year-end “Collect ’Em All” prize, which will be a patch based on the jock tag design used on this year’s shirts. To qualify, please send me proof that you’ve bought all six shirts. The proof can either be (a) a photo showing all the shirts or (b) screen shots of the “Thank you for your order” emails you received from Teespring and Represent.

Big thanks, as always, to my creative partner, Bryan Molloy, who executed this design and then patiently endured my dozens of picky fine-tuning requests.

This is our final shirt of the year. Will we do the T-Shirt Club again next year? I’m not sure. I’d definitely like to do some more shirts, but maybe in a more random, less programmatic way. We’ll see.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Interesting uni news is revealed in this article, some of which we already knew. If you scroll down, you’ll see “Clubhouse manager Tony Amato said the Indians won’t have an alternative jersey until 2018 after retiring the cream jerseys last season. They will, however, retain the red caps from the cream uniforms and wear them with their blue tops at home in 2017.” (from #RallyTogether). Interesting — as we all know, the blue cap had “Wahoo” while the red cap has the Block C. Slowly but surely, it looks like Wahoo is making a quiet departure from the unis. … We all know a hot dog is not a sandwich, even when it’s depicted in the hands of a vendor on a MiLB Cap. That’s the Reading Fightin’s cap, and you can get one if you like (from Thom Pucks). … In yesterday’s ticker I had an item featuring a photo of a Cubs World Series patch with a “CHAMPIONS” patch underneath. Apparently, this is a thing (from Titan4Ever2448). … From Bruce Menard check out this beautiful rare 1930’s St. Louis Cardinals cast-iron paperweight. … We may have seen this before, but once more couldn’t hurt: Ron Jackson wearing a Full Name on Back (pic from Super 70s Sports, via Brian Flemming).

NFL/CFL News: On Friday, Vince Wilfork and Jadeveon Clowney switched jerseys at practice and the result was hilarious. … Reader Tom M. noticed “Bills lineman Jordan Mills has his running buffalo missing from his jersey this week.” Guessing by “this week” he means last Sunday. … Apropos of absolutely nothing, here’s a nice shot of Bart Starr sporting long sleeves (from Mark Murdoch). … Our pal Wafflebored noticed this jersey mistake. What’s wrong, you say? “This 6 is actually a 9. The stripes should be on the bottom for both numbers.”

College/High School Football News: Reader Tim Dunn points out that there is a High School team with a native American mascot (Brave) that just won its championship. … Before Bedlam yesterday, Southwest Airlines did an unusual flyover in “memory” of Mike Winchester, who was a punter for the Sooners who lettered from 1984 through 1986 and was a member of OU’s 1985 national championship team, and was killed Nov. 15 outside Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport, where he worked for Southwest Airlines for 29 years. … Here’s an interesting “take” on Notre Dame. Submitter THE Andreas A Schmid says, “Bet they’d win more than 5 games a season.” … Navy (and Army) will both likely have new costumes for their big game next weekend. I have no confirmation, but it’s possible this is the jersey Navy will wear (from Nick). … Tweeter Jordan Daniels says “picture from 1992 SEC champ footage — forget stirrups we need more sock numbers.” … Oh. My. God. Has no one noticed until now that the helmets in the KFC commercials are actually a bucket of chicken????? (from Eric Gamborg). … I have no words for these uniforms (well, I do, and they start with the initals “W” “T” and “F”). From William..

Hockey News: Pretty amazing story in Chicago yesterday with a bit of uni news thrown in: Eric Semborski, who played goalie for Temple (as you can see by his mask) was signed to an “emergency” contract yesterday morning. Regular goalie Corey Crawford had an emergency appendectomy. So Semborski was (literally) given Crawford’s jersey with Semborski’s nameplate sewn on right on top! Cool! (thanks to Thom Pucks and Karl Greenfield). … Wafflebored also noticed the font for “SEMBORSKI” is different from the Blackhawks’ normal font. … Awww, check out the “mini Sioux (sorry), mini Terriers, and mini Rangers” (from Patrick Thomas). … The EIHL (Elite Ice Hockey League), apparently based in Europe, has some really awful uniforms (from Matt Campbell).

NBA News: Tweeter Carl L M Jacla asks, “in the NBA, what exactly is a ‘Stretch’ uniform?” … The Hornets, wearing their beautiful teal(ish) alts, played a color on color game versus the black, sleeved Minnesota Timberwolves last night (from Ben Campbell).

College/High School Hoops News: I’m generally a fan of teams giving away “free” shit to their fans (though I’m not fond of those who immediately put such giveaways on eBay). Carl Schneeman points to this Marquette Basketball pint glass poster (with some free t-shirts too) as a pretty cool series of giveaways. You can read more here. … Not all color on color games are good. Witness this Rend Lake College (red) vs Lincoln College (purple) hookup. Yes, you can tell the teams apart, but they’re both too dark to oppose each other (from Michael Marlo). … Tweeter Christopher Jaques says, “Props to Maine and the American East for the warmup shirts in Cameron (last) night.” Those are in response to North Carolina’s passage of HB2, which “prevents transgender people from using government-run bathrooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify.” Here’s some more about Maine’s wearing the warmup shirts. … Also from that game, Duke was wearing a black band to honor former school President Keith Brodie who passed this week (from Eric Spoonmore. Here’s another look. … Sunrise Christian (a private academy in Wichita), the team from Kansas playing last night, has a shoe company logo as part of its school logo (from Mike Chamernik). … Well, Jimmer Vilk surely approves: Tweeter TJ Hudge notes at least one player on the Michigan Wolverines wears ’em high — “I’ve seen short shorts but this takes it to a whole new level!!”.

Soccer News: Sporting Clube de Portugal wore these special jerseys in yesterday’s match against Victoria FC to honor victims of plane crash that nearly wiped out entire Chapecoense soccer team on Monday (from Joey Bertão). Here’s a look at the back of the jersey. … Here’s a look at those jerseys in action (from Mike D). … According to leaked designs, this is what the 2017 FC Barcelona home kit will look like (from Tim Cross).

Grab Bag: Reader Chris Flinn noticed a couple of uni-related answers on Jeopardy this week: All good Uni Watchers should easily get these — “After an eye injury in 1974, this legendary NBA center began wearing plexiglass goggles,” and “After cracking three ribs in 1978, QB Dan Pastorini became the first NFLer to don this four letter ‘jacket’.” You can post your answers below, and you better get them right.

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And that will do it for today.

I know I thank them every week, but please join in in giving some extra special props to the entire Sunday Morning Uni Watch Crew: Terry, Joe, Rex, Dennis, Kyle & Ethan. These guys are incredibly devoted and awesome at what they do — I couldn’t even come close to providing this kind of College Football coverage without them! While this is *technically* the last Sunday Morning Uni Watch of the season where all their individual contributions make up the sum of the post, I’ll have all of them back before the season ends with wrap-ups, bowl coverage and more, and possibly feature some of their own efforts on other projects! Stay tuned.

Everyone have a good Sunday (wake me up when December ends) — I expect Navy and Army (the only game in town next weekend) will have some kind of special costumes next weekend…so there’s always that.

If you missed it yesterday, I am looking for nominations for the worst uniforms of the 2010s (details in that post). Got several submissions yesterday, but I can always use more nominations. Keep ’em coming!!! See ya next weekend, but until then…

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

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“He says a hot dog isn’t a sandwich. He follows it up by saying a hamburger isn’t a sandwich. Thus proving… a hot dog is indeed sandwich. He probably thinks the pot isn’t black, and the kettle isn’t either.”

— St. Looey Martay

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Let's Revisit This -- What Are The Worst Unis of the 2010s?

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By Phil Hecken

Waaaaaaaay back in 2009, my buddy Jimbo Huening helped me out with a project that involved the participation of the Uni Watch readership, in which we sought to determine the worst uniform ever (which Paul picked up over on ESPN. Your finalists were here. That contest asked for submissions from you guys, and looked for the worst uniforms across the uni-spectrum. In perhaps not a shock, the readership determined the worst uni was that worn by the Caribous of Colorado (a look that was ‘lovingly’ brought back by the Colorado Rapids a few years ago).

If you look back at the nominees link, you’ll note there were a lot of categories: the major sports, plus Hockey, Short-lived unis, Soccer, College Football and Basketball, and Miscellaneous pro football (XFL, NFL Europe, WFL, etc.). I’d like to revisit this again, but let’s lessen the categories (perhaps adding sub-categories: alternates, one-offs, special/holiday unis) and timeframe: this time around, I’d like for you guys to submit to me your worst uniform nominees for 2010-2016 in just six categories:

MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS and NCAAFB.

In the comments, or in an e-mail to me (subject: “Worst uni nominee”) or in a tweet (hashtag #worstuni), I’ll ask you for your submissions. If possible, please include a photo and the year(s) worn — remember, I’m looking for uniforms from 2010 to 2016.

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Major League Baseball

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Baseball might seem like a slam dunk for the Diamondbacks (but which one of their 7 combos?), but over the past seven years there have been a bunch of stinkers (or beauties, depending on your perspective) worn in baseball. Whether it’s the awful camo-pander some teams went with, or some eye-searing throwbacks, there have been a bunch of awful uniforms worn this decade. And of course some teams just have bad regular uniforms, but it will be hard to top the 2016 Diamondbacks in that category. Let’s get some nominees.

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National Football League

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Since the NikeFL added color rash last year, we have a surprisingly large pool of bad unis from which to choose, including the as-yet-to-be worn all neon/lime numbers from the Seahawks. But whether it’s really awful CR, or bumblebees or Acme Packing Company harkbacks or just really, really bad regular unis, this category should yield some good choices. Let’s have em.

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National Basketball Association

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I’d argue that NBA uniforms have gotten better over the years, and some of the looks in the league are as good now as they have ever been. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen our share of turds in the past seven years, including the Hawks we-forgot-our-regular-pants look above (Jim Vilk will disagree with me vehemently on this one). And if that unmatched set isn’t your cuppa, don’t forget the Hickory High School fauxbacks the Pacers sported. But don’t forget the Chinese New Year unis or the Christmas Day tee shirts that have been thrown into the mix. We can also throw the ASG unis in there too. Give me some good nominations, please.

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National Hockey League

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Like the NBA, the NHL seems to have gotten its act together, uni-wise, in the past few years, but they’ve still produced a bunch of bad unis, so we’ve got plenty to choose from here too — including the Buffalo Sabres gold front/navy back numbers above. But don’t forget the Barber Poles (I say these count since they were worn during the 2009-10 season), those really shiny Stadium Series numbers, or perhaps you don’t like stripes. Maybe not as many good choices here as if we could bring the ’90s and aughts into the equation, but still…there are some bad unis out there. Let’s have your sections.

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Major League Soccer

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I admittedly don’t watch much soccer, and when I do, it’s usually Olympic or World Cup — but there are no doubt some bad MLS kits out there, right? I’d almost be willing to go back to the gloriously so-bad-they’re-good unis of decades past, but I’m sure we can find a bunch in the 2010’s too (including the Rapids/Caribous throwback), and anything that’s all purple or looks like an NFL color rash uni or has ads on it has to be bad, right? Help me out here, people.

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College Football

Northwestern (vs. Michigan, Nov. 16)

Clearly, this will give us the most choices (since there are so many NCAAFB teams, and they all seem to have so many unis); I’m thinking this may need to have some sub categories, but for now, I just want you guys to let me know the worst ones, whether they be “regular” unis, “tribute” unis, alternate atrocities or Bowl unis turned regular unis. There are literally thousands of choices here. Choose well.

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OK there you have it — the categories — just submit your choices to me, either via the comments section below (again, try to have a photo and year), or to my e-mail or tweet at me. I’ll compile the best nominees (perhaps running it via a select sub-committee) and we’ll have some voting on these in the coming weeks. The voting will likely focus on one discipline at a time, and possibly be as sub-ledes, depending on content. OK? OK.

Get crackin’!

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UW Friday Flashback UW’s Friday Flashback

In case you missed it on Friday, hundreds of NFL players will be wearing custom-designed cleats to support various nonprofit foundations and other charitable causes this Sunday. Paul had hoped to have an ESPN column about some of the people who actually designed and painted some of those cleats, but some very annoying circumstances conspired to make that impossible. So instead he still has a great piece in which he showcases some of the more notable designs (like these seen here).

Check out the Friday Flashback here.

Enjoy!

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T-Shirt Club reminder: Paul here. In case you missed it a few days ago, the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club’s final design of 2016 is now available for ordering. The design is a mash-up of uniform elements from all of our previous 2016 shirts (click to enlarge):

The only new element is the baseball cap (which didn’t appear on our baseball-themed shirt because the player was wearing a batting helmet). It’s comes in four color options — our usual grey, black, green, plus a new “military green” (that’s what the manufacturer calls it, although I’d just call it light olive) — and is also available with either short or long sleeves.

The shirt will be available through next Friday, Dec. 9. The shirts are due to ship right after Christmas, so they should arrive in time for you to wear them on New Year’s Eve. (I had hoped to have them delivered in time for Christmas, but it just wasn’t possible to get things finalized in time for that. Sorry.)

If you’ve ordered all five of this year’s previous shirts and also get this one, you’ll be eligible for our year-end “Collect ’Em All” prize, which will be a patch based on the jock tag design used on this year’s shirts. To qualify, please send me proof that you’ve bought all six shirts. The proof can either be (a) a photo showing all the shirts or (b) screen shots of the “Thank you for your order” emails you received from Teespring and Represent.

Big thanks, as always, to my creative partner, Bryan Molloy, who executed this design and then patiently endured my dozens of picky fine-tuning requests.

This is our final shirt of the year. Will we do the T-Shirt Club again next year? I’m not sure. I’d definitely like to do some more shirts, but maybe in a more random, less programmatic way. We’ll see.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: The settling of the possible baseball strike has yielded some positive changes (like the ASG no longer determining home field for the World Series). There’s also this good development: “The annual ritual of rookies having to wear dresses or costumes may be over. There’s an anti-hazing and anti-bullying implemented in CBA” (thanks to Mike Chamernik). … You won’t find a much better photo (or a better looking uniform) that the one Stan Musial is posing in (thanks to Bruce Menard). … Tweeter MBD Chicago has quite a Cubs’ jersey collection, and one of them includes a World Series patch with a “Champions” patch underneath. That’s probably not official. … The Atlanta Braves will wear this jersey patch for their inaugural season at Sun Trust Park (from The Emblem Source). … Those World Champion Chicago Cubs know a hot dog is not a sandwich. When you’re right, you’re right (from Griffin Smith). And that was Cubs play-by-play man Pat Hughes handling the Twitter account, not just some intern. … And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: LeBron James in a full Cubs uniform (he’d lost a bet to Dwayne Wade over the World Series), from Robert Hayes. … Here’s your first look at the new uniforms for the Northern Kentucky University Norse (from Andy Kroeger).

NFL News: This is interesting: ” I ordered a customized Tervis Tumbler on Monday,” says Joseph Bailey. “I sent in a photo of an old school Browns logo (from a bumper sticker I own). Sadly, they won’t make it for me. They have a contract with the NFL, but they don’t use old logos. I had hoped to get this. Sadly, they won’t allow it.” That’s sad. … People tend to forget just how red the reddish-orange pants sported at one time by the Denver Broncos were (photo from Sports Paper). And it’s not just the photo — the orange worn by the Bengals in that photo is pretty…orange. … The cool cleats you’ve seen in the NFL? The epicenter of the trend is a store in the Walden Galleria. … Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. will be wearing these sweet soled shoes for the “Make A Wish” foundation in Sunday’s #MyCauseMyCleats game (from Megan Brown). … Now that the Seattle Sounders’ season has ended, the endzones at Century Link Field are Seahawks blue (they do this every year, and I love it — kinda like the Raiders playing on a dirt infield or other old-school, early-season quirks). From Chris Englund.

College/High School Football News: I’m always curious why helmet logo stickers come loose. Is it more of a factor of the weather than anything? Seems like we seem them more when the weather gets colder, but clearly they happen in all weather. In that vein, Ty Chandler from MBA in Nashville, TN had a bit of a helmet logo issue during the DII State Championship game Thursday night (from Anthony Shiffman). Google tells me the high was 53 and the low was 35 there yesterday, so it doesn’t *seem* like cold was the issue. … Would you buy a custom jersey for a player who never attended the University that is selling it? Well, if you’re a LeBron James fan, you might. … Someone has gone to the trouble of ranking Kansas’ uniforms for games seven through 12 of this year. With the exception of the “Limestone Throwbacks”, they’re all awful. … Almost as bad (and it’s worse if you include quantity over quality) is this article which ranks ALL 12 Syracuse uni combos for the 2016 season (from Bryan Prouse). … The B1G Championship is tonight in Indianapolis, so the Indy Cars at the Indy Motor Speedway were decked out in Nits & Badgers colors/logos (from Charles Weiss). … The MAC Championship was played last night — Terry will have more on the unis in SMUW tomorrow — but neither team wore school colors and the endzones were also in neither team’s colors (from Paul Braverman).

Hockey News: The San Jose Sharks played the Montreal Canadiens last night, and it was “Star Wars” night — so naturally the Sharks came up with a special logo just for the occasion (from Jared Buccola). Here’s how they were promoting the event on social media. And at morning skate yesterday, they wore these sweaters (from Joe Farris)…. “Ugly” is of course, in the eye of the beholder: “A friend of mine who works for the Youngstown Phantoms hockey team posted himself in his ugly sweater of the year,” writes Alex Dewitt. “Very uni-like without being a uni one.” … Toronto Maple Leafs fans are (justifiably) upset after learning the league’s online store couldn’t ship custom Centennial Classic jerseys to Canada. … The Vancouver Giants, a junior hockey club, will be wearing special Ugly Christmas Sweater jerseys for a pair of home games at the Langley Events Centre this month. And these are pretty ugly. … The Reading Royals had these KISS sweaters made for them by OT Sports. … a.g. sent this graphic he says is “a small sampling of elements the Vegas Golden Knights have ‘borrowed’ for their generic logo.” … The Orlando Solar Bears wore these ugly Christmas sweaters last night for their Teddy Bear Toss, and will wear them again on December 22nd. Those jerseys made for a color vs. color game with the Florida Everblades last night (from Ian Anderson). Here are some more photos of that ugly sweater. … Williams College has new sweaters (from Hockey in the ‘CAC). … Wow — the Indy Fuel wore some beautiful “bicentennial” jerseys last night (from Jeff Tasca).

NBA News: “Do you know who won a championship ring with the Lakers as a player and then played for the NFL Eagles 2 years later?” asks Douglas Ford. “Badass Bud F-ing Grant, that’s who! Behold Bud in his awesome striped tube socks rocking the #20 uniform! (since the picture is B&W you won’t have to suffer through any purple). Bud, of course, became an HOF coach in both the CFL and NFL.” … Are Disney’s CGI guys subliminally inserting NBA logos into their movies??? (interesting observation from thA Pandabear).

College Hoops News: This may be a repeat, but it bears repeating: Those UMKC uniforms, with the city skyline on the pants hem, are sweet. They’ll wear those on December 10th for “Kansas City Day.” … The UNC Tar Heels women’s team are giving away this Charlotte Smith bobble head on Sunday when Carolina hosts Elon (from James Gilbert).

Soccer News: Italian club AC Milan is honoring Chapecoense after the Brazilian club lost the majority of its players and officials in Monday’s horrific plane crash in Colombia, with 71 deaths in total, including flight crew and journalists. The club said it will be wearing a special jersey in Sunday’s Serie A match against Crotone. … Christopher Jaques noticed this new North Carolina FC logo and wonders what league they be in. It turns out it was the Carolina Railhawks owner who filed for that trademark (from James Gilbert). … I know we’ve seen these before — but you can’t unsee this crazy German soccer fashion show that’s vaguely reminiscent of the porn of that era, only with clothes (from Derek McCord). It’s especially creepy if you like seeing stirrups without sanis.

Grab Bag: Chicago Cardinal (Catholic leader, not football player) has an updated coat of arms, notes Kenneth Traisman, who adds, “Blase Cupich was recently elevated to Cardinal by Pope Francis.” … I didn’t realize this until Steve Johnston sent this item in, but the attack on Pearl Harbor is celebrating a special anniversary this year: “Came across this logo via a my town’s newsletter. Checked and there is an official website that also includes it. … According to the National Lacrosse League, “A HISTORIC moment in #NLLHistory will take place on 12/17!” They’ll reveal a new logo (from Griffin Smith). … From reader Scott Stoddard we have this “Epic vintage curling sweater.” Scott adds, “It sounds like the seller has no idea about the motif. No mention of curling in the title or description.” … American Airlines rolled out new uniforms to more than 70,000 of its frontline workers in September. The appearance of the uniforms was well-received, but now American’s flight attendants union is calling for a total recall after saying the outfits have sickened more than 1,000 workers, after complaints about itching, rashes, headaches and hives surfaced within the first few weeks of the uniform roll-out (from Brinke). … Did you ever wish a thread existed on a message board where the best track uniforms were discussed? Me neither, but here ya go anyway (from Alex Harris).

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And that will do it for today. Hope everyone has a great Saturday — lots of big NCAA football games throughout the day to enjoy, as the regular season begins to wind down. I’ll be back one more time with the Sunday Morning Uni Watch crew (as a unit — but we’ll still have contributions from them throughout he remainder of the season).

Don’t forget to submit your nominees for the worst uni of the 2010s!

See ya tomorrow, but until then you can …

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“The Cowboys pants with the grey stripe would look great with their blue jerseys. If the Cowboys would let go of their wacky mismatched colors tradition they could have some great uni combos.”

— GTV

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Do Mono-Colored Uniforms Look Smaller?

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As I watched last night’s Cowboys/Vikings game, a thought occurred to me: Players in monochromatic look smaller, at least to me. Smaller and narrower. I’m not sure why this is — maybe because the solid-colored uni looks sleeker and more streamlined? — but it’s something I’ve instinctively thought for many years but have never fully articulated, even to myself, until now. It doesn’t matter if the uniform is mono-white, mono-purple (ewww), or mono-anything else — the players just look smaller, like they’re little video game figures.

Does anyone else experience the same visual effect?

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Do-gooder footwear bonanza: As you’re no doubt aware by now, hundreds of NFL players will be wearing custom-designed cleats to support various nonprofit foundations and other charitable causes this Sunday. I had hoped to have an ESPN column today about some of the people who actually designed and painted some of those cleats, but some very annoying circumstances conspired to make that impossible. So instead I’ll have a piece in which I showcase some of the more notable designs (which is, you know, what pretty much every other sports media outlet is doing, which is why I wanted to do the other piece about the people who created the designs, but that didn’t work out, grrrrr). Check it out here.

Actually, there is a story I can tell you — or at least link to — about someone who designed some of the cleats: The participating players on the Raiders had their custom footwear designed and painted by the team’s longtime equipment manager, Bobby Romanski, who’s also an artist. There’s a really good article and video about him here. Highly recommended.

Romanski has been the Raiders’ equipment guy for over 20 years, but I confess that I’ve never been aware of his name. He comes off as a really interesting guy — thoughtful, soft-spoken, humble. And an artist to boot! Good for him.

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Pack straps, continued: In response to yesterday’s entry about Packers quarterbacks Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, and Brett Hundley all wearing the same old-school two-point chinstrap, Twitter user @Kodison12 informed me that the trend goes beyond those three players. At least three additional Packers signal-callers — Graham Harrell, Craig Nall, and Joe Callahan (all shown above, from left to right) — have worn the same antiquated strap in recent years. And then reader/commenter Randy pointed out that yet another recent Green Bay quarterback has worn that strap: B.J. Coleman. So that makes at least seven Packers wearing this strap, during a period in which almost nobody else in the league has worn it.

It’s worth noting that a few other recent Green Bay quarterbacks have used the more conventional four-point strap, including Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien, and Seneca Wallace, so the old-school two-pointer hasn’t been a universal Packers thing. But it’s still definitely a Packers thing.

Unfortunately, my request to discuss all of this with equipment manager Red Batty was turned down (the team doesn’t make its support staff available to the media). But I’ve asked the PR to see if they can get some info from Batty to pass along to me. Still waiting on that. Fingers crossed.

Meanwhile, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, it’s entirely possible that there are punters and kickers out there who wear the old two-point rig — I haven’t done a close inventory on them. And readers wasted no time in finding just such a player in last night’s game: Vikings kicker Kai Forbath.

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Footage from the vaults: Reader John McMunn recently came across the video shown above, which features game highlights from Weeks 1 and 6 of the 1954 NFL season. I’ll let John take it from here:

Of note is that in Week 1, the Bears/Lions and 49ers/Redskins games were color on color. So was the 49ers/Bears game in Week 6. That same week, the Eagles and Packers played a night game that was color on color. One of the neat features was the use of a white football for the night game.

Also: Despite warm weather in Week 1, the players’ jerseys had long sleeves.

One other note is that all the officials are wearing white caps, unlike today when only the referee wears white and the rest of the crew wears black.

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T-Shirt Club reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club’s final design of 2016 is now available for ordering. The design is a mash-up of uniform elements from all of our previous 2016 shirts (click to enlarge):

The only new element is the baseball cap (which didn’t appear on our baseball-themed shirt because the player was wearing a batting helmet). It’s comes in four color options — our usual grey, black, green, plus a new “military green” (that’s what the manufacturer calls it, although I’d just call it light olive) — and is also available with either short or long sleeves.

One note: Yesterday a few people said they thought the guy in the photo was wearing a left sneaker on his right foot, and maybe a right cleat on his left foot. There’s a story behind that (not worth explaining, trust me), but I could see what people meant, so we’ve adjust the footwear like so — old version on the left, new on the right:

The shirt will be available through next Friday, Dec. 9. The shirts are due to ship right after Christmas, so they should arrive in time for you to wear them on New Year’s Eve. (I had hoped to have them delivered in time for Christmas, but it just wasn’t possible to get things finalized in time for that. Sorry.)

If you’ve ordered all five of this year’s previous shirts and also get this one, you’ll be eligible for our year-end “Collect ’Em All” prize, which will be a patch based on the jock tag design used on this year’s shirts. To qualify, please send me proof that you’ve bought all six shirts. The proof can either be (a) a photo showing all the shirts or (b) screen shots of the “Thank you for your order” emails you received from Teespring and Represent.

Big thanks, as always, to my creative partner, Bryan Molloy, who executed this design and then patiently endured my dozens of picky fine-tuning requests.

This is our final shirt of the year. Will we do the T-Shirt Club again next year? I’m not sure. I’d definitely like to do some more shirts, but maybe in a more random, less programmatic way. We’ll see.

Once again, the new shirt can be ordered here.

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The Ticker
By Paul

Baseball News: Best thing to emerge so far from MLB’s new labor deal: Home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be tied to the All-Star Game. Helle-freakin’-lujah. … Also: The new deal bans smokeless tobacco for new players. … Speaking of smokeless tobacco, the list of cities that have banned its use in their ballparks now includes Milwaukee. … New logo for the short-season Single-A Northwest League. … Here’s an MLB nickNOB I don’t think we’ve seen before: Ruppert Jones of the 1979 Mariners with a “Rupe” nickNOB (from Mickel Yantz, via @ChrisRichardsPD).

NFL News: Here’s a place where I’ve never seen the Jags’ original phantom logo before: on a tree ornament. … Dallas QB Dak Prescott suffered a torn jersey last night. Then it got worse, and they stitch it up later (screen shots by Joey Breeland and Zak Meyer). … Cowboys DE David Irving wore the wrong (i.e., right) socks last night. And if you look in the background of that photo, you can see that someone in the secondary was doing likewise (from Jonathan Dodd). … Former Vikes coach Bud Grant was at the game last night and was wearing an NFL helmet necktie (from Chris Rabalais).

College Football News: Here’s Clemson’s jersey patch for the ACC championship game (from Mark Johnson). … In that same game, Virginia Tech will go mono-maroon (from Andrew Cosentino). … Looks like Ohio will be wearing matte black helmets for the MAC championship. … According to a note roughly midway through this story, Purdue players warmed up in black jerseys before the 1986 Old Oaken Bucket Game against Indiana and then returned to the locker room to find gold jerseys waiting for them, which apparently got the team all excited. “We’ve heard similar stories before, but it goes to show the influence of retail jerseys,” says Aaron Parish. “Could you imagine any surprise switch like that today? It would be announced way in advance and have a big ‘story’ behind it.”

Hockey News: A low-level junior team has poached the Niagara Ice Dogs’ logo. I’m always amazed by how brazen people are aout this kind of thing. Also amazed that they’d settle for using someone else’s logo instead of wanting one of their own. … New ugly sweater jerseys for the Springfield Jr. Blues.

NBA News: LeBron James, having lost a bet on the World Series, will be wearing a Cubs uniform when the Cavs arrive to play the Bulls in Chicago today (thanks, Mike). … Brook Lopez of the Nets wore a Craig Sager tribute warm-up top prior to last night’s game against the Bucks (from Mike Horowitz). … This is pretty amazing: World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen was wearing NBA socks during his recent match against challenger Sergey Karjakin the other day. Wonder if he’s actually an NBA fan or if someone paid him to wear the hose (from Jay Bracken).

College Hoops News: Here’s a time-lapse video showing the creation of Louisiana-Lafayette’s new floor design. … The NCAA has revealed the logo for the 2018 Final Four (from Ed Kendrick). … Pretty cool skyline alternate design for Missouri-Kansas City (from @powerandfinesse, who was the first of many readers to send that one in). … Bizarro shorts this season for Warner University. … Arkansas’s home court has a mark where the first slam dunk was launched (from Matt Snyder).

Soccer News: Looks like Paxton Pomykal, who plays for the MLS team FC Dallas, was wearing his shorts backwards the other day (from Mark Dancer).

Grab Bag: MLB destroyed the Indians’ championship merch, but Hillary Clinton victory merch is still being sold, albeit at a discount. “I guess it’d be weird to send something like that to needy countries,” says ‏@callmew1lly. … The federal Dept. of Transportation says hundreds of signs promoting tourism on highways throughout New York State are illegal, because they’re so big and info-packed that they pose a distraction hazard. … Nike is trying to bypass retailers by selling more items directly to consumers. … The son of a Texas police officer who was killed in the line of duty was given teddy bears made from his father’s uniforms. … Jared Law notes that all-star game logos for assorted sports and leagues usually have one thing in common: they use a star in place of the hyphen in “All-Star.” Has this become such an established trope that it’s essentially an imperative? If an all-star logo used a conventional hyphen instead of a star, would that be a design sin? Discuss. … Monster recently signed an endorsement deal with Tiger Woods, but don’t expect them to do similar deals with other golfers (thanks, Brinke). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: If we ever add more states to the union, how will we add stars to the American flag? Here’s a good exploration of that topic, including this amazing flag-builder app (with big thanks to R. Scott Rogers):