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Of Ducks and Dogs: Connecticut Road Trip Report

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Back on April 4, we had a Ticker entry that read like so: “Alex Shuman recently went duckpin bowling at a charming place called Perillo’s Bowl-O-Drome in Waterbury, Conn. ‘Sadly, the owner is closing the place for good May 22,’ he says.”

That seemed like something worth checking out before they closed up shop, so on Saturday the Tugboat Captain and I, accompanied by our friend Robert, went off on a little Nutmeg State adventure. We had a great time bowling, bookended by two excellent food-related stops.

Our route was a clockwise oval, beginning in NYC and looping up north to central Connecticut, then down to New Haven and back home:

We left Brooklyn shortly after noon. Traffic on the way up was pretty bad, turning what should have been a two-hour drive into a three-hour ordeal, so we were good and hungry by the time we arrived at our first stop: Blackie’s, a hot dog joint in Cheshire that I’ve been stopping at for about 20 years.

On my first visit back in the late 1990s, I was impressed with the dogs and asked the counter clerk how they were cooked. She said, “Oh, they’re boiled [ever-so-slight pause] in oil.” I laughed and said, “Oh, you mean they’re fried.” “Oh no, not fried,” she insisted. “Boiled. In oil.”

By any name, they’re great dogs, especially when topped with a mix of mustard and Blackie’s homemade hot pepper relish.

It was a short drive from Blackie’s to Waterbury, home of Perillo’s Bowl-O-Drome, which did not disappoint. Lots of great fixtures and signage, and of course I loved the green/white color scheme.

For the uninitiated, duckpins is popular primarily in Baltimore and in lower New England. (In upper New England, you’ll find candlepins.) The lane is the same as a standard tenpins lane, but the pins are short and squat, and the balls are about the size of a softball, which makes it very hard to get a strike. Nobody has ever thrown a perfect 300 in ducks, a point of pride among the game’s partisans, who think traditional tenpins is too easy.

In ducks (and also in candles), you get three balls per frame, instead of two. Ducks pinsetting machines don’t automatically clear out the fallen pins between balls or rerack the pins at the end of the frame — you have to tell the machine to do that. The rerack command is sent by pressing a button attached to the ball return fixture, and you clear the fallen pins via a little foot pedal located beneath the ball return. Each pair of lanes has two of these foot pedals, which are nested together in a way that I find immensely pleasing:

The owner wasn’t on-site, but we chatted a bit with the desk clerk, who said Waterbury used to have eight or nine additional ducks houses. “On a Friday night, you couldn’t get a lane — they were all booked up!” he said. Perillo’s is now the last place left in Waterbury (although there are a few others in nearby towns). He also said he didn’t know anything about the place closing next month. “I’ve heard that kinda thing before — they’re always talking about closing it up! But I’ll keep showin’ up for work until they tell me not to.”

Periollo’s only deficiency is the lack of a bar, so after bowling we stopped for drinks at a watering hole we’d noticed a few miles away (sorry, no photos) and then headed south to our final stop: New Haven, home of some of America’s best pizza. I’d eaten several times at the most celebrated of the town’s pizzerias, the excellent Frank Pepe’s, but I’d never been to Sally’s, which was supposedly at least as good, so that’s where we went.

I loved it. Sally’s is smaller and more homey than Pepe’s, and pie had a slightly more charred crust. We ordered a large, half-pepperoni and half-cheese. As usual with New Haven pizza, it was oblong — somewhere between an oval and a rectangle. A spectacular capper to a really great day.

Traffic on the way home was much better, and we were home before midnight. Such an excellent day! All the more so given that I’ve been having some health-related issues and other stresses lately, so it was great to have a near-perfect road trip. However you spent your weekend, I hope it was just as rewarding.

(Mega-thanks to Alex Shuman for telling me about Perillo’s Bowl-O-Drome. Without his tip, this adventure wouldn’t have happened.)

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KRC update: The latest installment of Key Ring Chronicles is about a Swiss Army medallion (shown above). Check it out here.

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball NewsThe Padres wore naval camo yesterday for Air Force Appreciation Day. They’ll wear the blue camo pattern one more time this year, on June 25 for Navy Appreciation Day (from Maximiliano). … Great-looking color-on-color game between the Astros and Rays yesterday (from Patrick Hackett). … Odubel Herrera of the Phillies was wearing mismatching batting gloves yesterday (from LaBar). … The Great Gazoo was at the Brewers game yesterday (from Nick Lineback). … Umpires have been wearing a “RG” memorial patch for former ump Russ Goetz, who died in March. They’ve also added an “MJ” patch for Mark Johnson, who died in October. … The Braves will give away this nice sliding Dansby Swanson bobblehead in June (from Smow). … Check out Darryl Strawberry’s McDonald’s wristbands that made the cover of a 1984 issue of Sports Illustrated (from Michael L. Hayden). … The Lehigh Valley IronPigs wore Phillies-inspired fauxbacks yesterday (from Eric Chase). … Tennessee has striped socks that match its dark gray uniforms (from Nick Lineback). … The Rowan University softball team was sporting some nice yellow stirrups yesterday (from Frank McGuigan). … Texas Tech softball has some crazy helmets.

NFL News: Washington CB Joe Lavender had a “Hit Win” sticker on the back of his helmet in 1976 (from Peter Fredrickson). … Here’s what every NFL team’s helmet looks like in its rival’s colors (from Brian Sandler).

Hockey News: The Devils allowed their season ticket holders to come paint whatever they wanted on the ice at the Prudential Center (from Stan Capp). … Alex Ovechkin has a memorial sticker on his shoulder pads to honor of the victims of the 2011 plane crash that killed every player on Lokmotiv Yaroslavl, a KHL team (from Stein).

Basketball NewsAccording to this report, it was Celtics coach Brad Stevens who led the push to add black mourning bands to the team’s jerseys in honor of Isaiah Thomas’s sister, Chyna, who died in a car crash just before the playoffs began (from Phil). … The Lakers’ new training center will feature two full-length courts. One of them appears to sport the newly named South Bay Lakers logos. … University of Minnesota’s Nate Mason was spotted wearing his own jersey to a party this weekend (from Steve Rausch).

Soccer News: Liverpool L.F.C. was forced to wear Yeovil Town L.F.C.’s change kit when its own uniforms didn’t make it to the game. BBC has a video recap, but it’s only available to those in the UK (from Josh Gardner). … White-on gray was a theme in MLS yesterday.  Orlando City FC /New York City FC and the Sounders/Galaxy played along (from thanks to all who shared).

Grab Bag: Ben Greenfield spotted this Packers/Brewers/Badgers logo mashup on the sign of a gas station in Mukwongago, Wis. Why is it being used as a gas station logo, and why weren’t the Bucks included? … A bunch of hash browns have been recalled because they include “extraneous golf ball materials” (from Douglas Ford). … Aussie football player Bob Murphy played his 300th game for the Western Bulldogs this weekend, so the team wore throwback guernseys with collars to mark the occasion. Murphy is the last active AFL player drafted in the 20th century (from Kurt Crowley).

Meet Bill Hetrick - Part I - The Ultimate Dolphan

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By Phil Hecken

Some of you may have noticed that I tweet a lot — and I’m sure I interact with a good number of readers (some of who I *know* outside of twitter), but mostly my interactions are in the context of having a uni-related article picture tweeted at me (which I’ll almost always R/T). I already follow far too many accounts (2,300+) and have a fair amount of followers, so apologies if you’re one of my frequent interacters but I don’t actually follow you back.

About a month ago, I noticed a new follower, Bill Hetrick. He immediately became a fount of knowledge in my timeline, and while a bunch of it was Dolphins-related, there were some gems in there as well (that’s but a tiny sampling of what turned out to be…well, an amazing collection of sports ephemera and memorabilia). If you really want a treat, check out Bill’s tweets with replies.

I decided I needed to talk to Bill and find out the breadths and depths of his collection and what made him tick. As I already alluded to, and which today’s splash shows, Bill has an amazing collection of Dolphins stuff — but he’s got a lot more non-Dolphins in his collection too. I interviewed Bill about this, and there is so much in the collection, I’ve decided to break it down into separate parts. Today will focus exclusively on the Dolphins portion. Without further ado, let’s meet Bill, and then we’ll get to the Dolphin collection:

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Uni Watch: I noticed you started following me on twitter a short while ago. Are you a Uni Watch reader? If so, how long have you been reading the blog?

Bill Hetrick: Well, I’m newer to twitter than to Uni-Watch. I’ve been a reader of the column on ESPN and a follower of the website for many years. Once I discovered what y’all are doing — given my interest in memorabilia and sports history, I’ve followed you regularly

UW: What do you do for a living, and how did you become a Dolphins fan? Were you “born” a Dolphins fan or did you have other professional football rooting interests?

BH: I’ve been a real estate agent for the past 20 years, but my first job was as the Visiting Clubhouse Manager (1980) and then the Assistant General Manager (1981-86) for the Jackson (MS) Mets, NY’s AA team in the Texas League. From there, I moved to layout and design and writing for the Sports Department of Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger newspaper (1986-1990).

UW: You said you were a real estate agent (actually an award-winning real estate agent) in real life, but you’re also the co-founder of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Can you tell me a little about that?

BH: When I left the Clarion-Ledger, I was hired by the Mayor of Jackson, Kane Ditto, to be a part of his staff. Along the way, the City and Hinds County collaborated on a bond issue to renovate Smith-Wills Stadium, the home of the Jackson Mets and then the Jackson Generals (Houston Astros’ AA team) after the Mets moved their AA team to Binghamton. The Mayor appointed me in 1991 as chairman of the joint task force to oversee the renovations to the stadium, due to my background and knowledge of the Stadium, its tenants and their needs.

UW: That’s obviously where the photo of you in a Jackson Mets mascot costume comes from.

BH: At the time, the City of Jackson operated the Dizzy Dean Museum near the grounds of Smith Wills. It was poorly run and poorly promoted and falling into disrepair. Long story short, as we planned for the Smith Wills renovation, the Dean Museum came up, and after deciding not to incorporate it into the Stadium renovation (a brilliant non-move in retrospect), the committee began a discussion of actually building a Mississippi Sports Museum, with a “Dizzy Dean Gallery” as a centerpiece of the Museum. That project came to fruition a year later, as several of the members of that committee and others founded the non-profit Mississippi Sports Foundation, and in 1996, we opened the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, across the parking lot for Smith Wills Stadium. The history of the Hall of Fame and the facility is a story unto itself.

UW: Awesome — we’ll get into that another time. Back to the J-Mets. You worked for the AA Jackson Mets in the early to mid-80s. What did you do there and did this start (or merely add to) your collecting?

BH: As I mentioned, I started as the Visiting Clubhouse Manager (I was named VCM of the Year for the Texas League by the players btw!) in 1980, where I washed uniforms, underclothes, cleaned shoes and cleaned the clubhouse after the games. Some Manager. I was the gofer of the year in a cinderblock hot box with no AC . But man, the folks I met. My first day in the visiting clubhouse, I walked into the dugout and there stood Warren Spahn. The San Antonio team that year featured Mike Marshall, Orel Hershiser and Fernando Valenzuela, who spoke no English at all. Not a bad lineup. Most amazing year of my life. I met so many people who went to major league careers. That was where I started collecting autographed baseballs.

UW: You must have seen quite a few of the “raw” stars the Mets had in the early 80’s coming through.

BH: In 1981, I moved into the 3-person front office as the assistant GM (Mike Feder was the GM) and filled that position during the season while I attended college during the off-seasons at Millsaps College in Jackson. I was with the Mets during their minor league heyday and worked with Darryl Strawberry, Billy Beane, Roger McDowell, Lenny Dykstra and a host of others. 13 of 25 players on the 1986 World Series Champions played in Jackson while I was there. I went to the 86 NL Playoffs in Houston and attended Spring Trailing for 6 years in a row. I picked up a ton of autographs through the 80s with the Mets.

UW: OK. Let’s get back to the Dolphins. Were they the closest football team to you? What appealed to you about them, and what led you to want to start collecting Dolphins’ items?

BH: My grandmother gave me a Bob Griese poster for my 9th birthday in 1971 when I turned 9, and the rest is history. I was hooked on football and the Dolphins. Living in Mississippi, I am surrounded by Saints fans, but they’ve never been “my” team. I’ve also been a NY Giants fan since Eli became their QB, and appreciate their history because of Charley Conerly having played there in the 50s and 60s.

UW: As the readers will soon see, your Dolphin collection is incredible. How long have you been collecting?

BH: Well, I guess since I was 9, technically, but really, I got serious about it during the late 80s during the Marino era. I was a huge fan of the 70s Dolphins – Griese, Csonka, the No-Names — but the Marino years were really amazing and I started seriously collecting in those days.

UW: Do you remember the first item you got or purchased?

BH: I bought a signed Marino helmet from a friend who was narrowing his collection.

UW: What’s your favorite Dolphins item?

BH: I’ve got a satin while Starter jacket that Don Shula singed for me in New Orleans in 1986 or 87. He signed it with an aqua sharpie while I was wearing it, so it is both my favorite item and an awesome memory.

UW: Besides Dolphins paraphernalia, what other items are in your collection? What can we expect to see next time?

BH: Well, due to my background with the newspaper and the Hall of Fame, I collect Mississippi memorabilia – lots of Walter Payton – who I spent some time around – Brett Favre, Jerry Rice, Steve McNair., Archie and Eli Manning. I collect Hall of Fame and Super Bowl winning quarterbacks on mini helmets and baseballs. I also have over 100 signed Hall of Fame baseballs. I have 7 US Presidents on baseballs.

UW: We’ll take a look at those in Part II — but what led you to create your “mancave”? Does your wife mind? Is she a collector too or does she kind of roll her eyes?

BH: Well, I used to have a “Dolphins Closet” before I got my “Dolphins Den.” Once my daughters grew up and moved out, I commandeered a room, and the rest is history.

UW: Your wife must love you very much.

BH: My wife, Marilyn, is AMAZINGLY tolerant of my habit and the room. I would call her supportive, even. She knows it makes me happy, so she’s cool with it. She’s proud of it for me, because it is so unique and unusual. I have friends tell me all the time, “Wow, I wish my wife would let me do this.” But we both know there is a financial line I just can’t cross, so Babe Ruth will probably never be a part of the collection. She’s great. Obviously, it would not exist without her blessing.

UW: That’s amazing Bill. Thanks for sharing. Now, let’s look at your Dolphins’ collection!

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Bill’s collection is quite extensive — what I’ve done below is broken it into “sections” — I’ll post at least one inline photo for each section, and then add a slideshow with more photos from that segment. You can click on any images below to enlarge.

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Don Shula Autographed Helmet

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Shula signed the helmet in Jackson, where I live, at a Boy Scout banquet. Shula’s been a hero of fine since the early 70s. There was a small crowd and he entertained about 6 of us for nearly an hour with stories. Amazing evening for me. I’m also hoarding 1972-73 era Dolphin zippos


To view this album, click here

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Larry Csonka Jersey

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I have a backchannel connection to Csonka, and he will sign items for me for a contribution to St. Jude’s, so every now and then I send something. My first connection to sports was the 1971 Dolphins. My grandmother gave me a Bob Griese poster that she had gotten from a cigarette promotion, and I was hooked. Still have the poster.


To view this album, click here.

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Miscellaneous Dolphins Collection:

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The pennant is also a treasured possession. I sent it back and forth to a promoter is SoFla several times over the years when he was having “Perfect Team” autograph shows.


To view this album, click here.

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Corner Closet

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Shula signed this jacket for me outside the team hotel in New Orleans, while I was wearing it, before a game with the Saints in the early 90s. I had an aqua sharpie with me, just in case. This was back when sports teams weren’t hidden behind security forces or shuttled out secret entrances. One of my prized possessions.


To view this album, click here.

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More Random Dolphins Collection

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To view this album, click here.

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Broad Views of the Dolphins Collection & More:

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[You’ll note these include some non-Dolphins items. Lots of them, actually. It’s an AMAZING collection — PH]


To view this album, click here.

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Helmet Phone:

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Functional helmet phone, use it daily. Original smooth top design. This is important. Most others have a replacement handset that protrudes from the top of the helmet and takes away the roundness. I had the shade custom made for the lamp. Bought the material off ebay. NOTE: I am a dolphins logo purist. Pre-1997 logos only.

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And there you have it — or at least the Dolphins portion of it. There’s lots more from that phan-cave, that’s for sure, but the rest will wait for another day.

I want to thank Bill for sharing (and his patience). I’ll have more of Bill and his collection shortly. I hope you enjoyed the first look. Please let him know your thoughts in the comments below — and if you have any questions about anything, I’m sure he’ll be reading today and will respond, so fire away. OK? OK!

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USA Baseball Jersey Contest Raffle:
And The Winner Is…

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Drew Solka

I received Three Hundred and Ninty Five (395!) raffle entries for this contest, and Drew Solka was randomly selected as the winner. I used a random-number generator, and Drew’s entry corresponded with the number chosen. So congrats to Drew!

What you see above is the jersey of original contest winner Dan Kennedy (who selected his road version), as well as that of the raffle winner. So…why does the second jersey say “Lucroy” you may ask?

Most of you (as I likely would have) chose your own NOB and probably your favorite number. Drew went a different route and chose the following:

Size: Medium
NOB: LUCROY
#: 25

Hopefully both Dan and Drew will take photos of their jerseys when they arrive and will share those with us.

I want to again thank Steve Rosenbeck of Garb Athletics for partnering with Uni Watch to create these great jerseys. As an added bonus, Steve made a short video showing the process of making Dan’s jersey. Check it out:

How awesome is that?

You can also follow Garb on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for designs, ideas and updates.

We’ll announce the next jersey contest soon, so make sure you keep checking back.

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Lukas b&wIn Case You Missed It…Paul’s Latest ESPN Piece

With the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas, Paul asked readers for their concepts on how they might look “after getting a facelift” for their relocation to the desert. Tinkering with the Raiders’ look is a dicey proposition because most fans like the team’s uniforms just the way they are. How can you mess with the iconic silver and black? Still, there were some interesting entries!

If you didn’t read Paul’s latest piece, here ya go. Totally worth the read if you’re at all into redesign contests (or even if you’re not).

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Too Good For the Ticker
Too Good…

for the Ticker

Got an e-mail yesterday that’s too long (and too good) for just the ticker. It comes from reader Charles Rogers and it looks back at the “gray” Cardinals

I’ll let Charles explain (you can click on the images to enlarge). Here’s Charles:

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Hello –

I’m guessing Uni Watchers may be familiar with The Image of Their Greatness, the extensively illustrated history of baseball by Lawrence S. Ritter. I discovered it in high school around the same time I started following baseball and it was a seminal influence. My copy is somewhere in a box in my dad’s garage, but for years I seemed to recall a photograph of a Cardinals player from the thirties or forties in a grey hat with their familiar logo. (In my mind, I assumed the logo was red.)

Now, grey is my favorite color and the Cards are my second favorite team, so I’ve looked high and low for a Cooperstown Collection (or whatever) version of this hat. I also couldn’t recall the name of the book in which I saw this photo, so I wasn’t entirely sure I remembered correctly. Anyways, to come to the point, I remembered the title last week, got the book from the ever-reliable L.A. public library, and found this:

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That’s William Walker Cooper, who played for St. Louis from 1940 to 1945.

And this:

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That’s Harry Brecheen, who played for the Cardinals in 1940 and from 1943 to 1952.

Now, of course, these are black and white photos and those caps could be faded, so who knows! But I wondered if anyone out there has noticed these and/or had any thoughts and/or opinions. I’ve attached a few more photos I found online. Please help! I’m dying to have some refutation or corroboration! Thanks.

Charles Edward Rogers

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Thanks Charles. As he noted in his e-mail, Charles also included three more images, one of which is obviously colorized, that show the period in question:

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Here’s the book of which Charles spoke — Image of their Greatness by Lawrence Ritter.

I happen to love that style of St. Cards uni (it may in fact by my most favorite of ever)…and the Cards wore it from 1940 through 1950. According to Okkonen, it looks like the Cards did wear a gray cap (for at least some games) in 1941. However, I can’t quite make out the cap logo — I’m not sure it’s the classic interlocking StL. In all the other seasons, it appears the Cardinals are wearing the blue crown/red brim caps. But I’m far from an expert on either the Cardinals or this era. Can anyone confirm (or deny) or corroborate if the Cards did indeed ever wear a gray crowned cap?

Thanks!

OK. Now, on to the ticker…

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: It looks like the Clemson Tigers are using a raised 3-D logo on their batting helmets (from Greg Isaacs). … “I recently wrote a piece about the roots of my passion for design beginning with the 1989 upper deck series, along with the mysterious case of Kevin Mitchell’s painted jersey in his 1988 Topps card,” says Ka Wai Cheung. … This bit is kinda cool (from Mike Engle): “We know about the ball that stuck to Yadi Molina’s equipment. I didn’t know it went to game used market. But check out that sticker — that Cards logo is quite vintage and not in use today, no?” … For those of you who find stats like this interesting (as I do), the Oakland As are 4-0 in their Green jersey at home this year, while the Mariners 0-5 in road grays (from David Taub). … Tweeter Jorge Cruz noticed these old time baseball logos and pennants on a Two Boots Pizza promotion sign. I’m thinking Paul may be interested in the one that reads Meat the Mets, which is reminiscent of a theoretical t-shirt that may possibly be available for purchase. And of course, there’s always the great Larry Torrez graphic. … “A page out of Rajai Davis’s book and stirrups I didn’t know about? Orange stripes on black stirrups, over white Trusox,” writes Mike Engle. Damn those are some nice hose. … Holy crap — check out the Yokohama Bay Stars 2017 Star Night jersey (from Jeremy Brahm). … So — which side are you taking in the Iron Pigs (bacon) vs Fresno Grizzlies (taco) war? You can wear your preference on your feet. Check out the links in the tweet. … Nice rups for the Bowling Green Hot Rods yesterday (from Monkey Pandemonium‏). … The BFBS Mets uniforms of the late 1990s/2000s were bad, but this fashion jersey missing all orange elements is the worst (from Jorge Cruz). I bet Jimmer Vilk is a big fan of the ghost wordmark. … On May 7th the KC Royals and Cleveland Indians will become the Monarchs & Buckeyes and wear these glorious Negro League throwbacks (h/t Robert Hayes). … Andrew McCutchen wore spikes yesterday with the Ken Griffey logo (from Jorge Cruz). … I kinda like this look the Florida Gators Softball team broke out yesterday, wearing yellow caps and stirrups in honor of all those battling Pediatric Cancer (from Gators SB Equipment). … Check out this Red Sox Fenway Park Green Monster “BSTN” artwork by @timscapes (from 70s Logos). … This is a really nice Garrett Popcorn tin found at the new Comiskey Park (from Devon Kuckenbecker). … Linfield College baseball has some pretty solid stirrups (from Sean Pellatz). … Looks like Rutgers has both matte and shiny hats, and apparently they wear them both in the same game (from Jay Wright). … In 1990 (and other years around that time) the Auburn Astros had “A-Star” caps (from Nick Lineback). That’s Bob Hurta (great name for a pitcher, no?) and if you want to know more about his short-lived MLB career, check out this website–Greatest 21 days. … What happens when opposing team “fans(?)” show up in your ballpark in their squad’s “gear”? Check out what the Reds did to some Cubs fans during a game in Cincinnati (from Patrick O’Neill). First comment: “Rizzo trolled the reds with a 3 -run homer in the 9th.”

NFL/College/High School/Football News: I’m not quite sure what’s going on here (or even if this is legit), but “The Kentucky Buckets discontinued the use of this helmet after the opposing team the ‘Kingpin chicken eaters’ had a similar helmet.” (from Timmy C.). … For their Spring Game, Virginia Tech broke out orange, maroon and white jerseys (from Andrew Cosentino). … Other than the fact the author of this article actually likes the Lions wordmark on the sleeve, I pretty much agree with his assessment of the new Lions unis. … During the UGA Spring Game, the officials were wearing caps with the SEC Logo (from Chitty²Bang²‏). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Color video of 1965 Playoff Bowl (from Kurt). … Oops! “Nice of Sports Illustrated to put a Dolphins uni on Drew Brees,” says Bob Gassel, “but the sleeve logo is facing the wrong way.”

Hockey News: This one’s not really uni-related (and it’s barely hockey-related…seems more like something that should have been in The Office) but, “I feel like there’s some irony here,” says Dustin Perez. “Saw this at a hospital in Odessa TX.” I almost feel it should have been accompanied by live action shot. … There are decent replica jerseys, and then there are cheap knockoffs (from Tony Tengwall) who adds, “I feel like the Brodin guy got ripped off…” … I’m pretty sure this isn’t a hockey jersey, but since it comes from Wafflebored, I’ll put it here: Vintage Sand Knit jersey with interesting drop shadow western font. … And I KNOW this one isn’t a hockey jersey (but it’s also from the Waff): check out this Presbyterian Tequila Sunrise!

NBA News: After arriving in Kenosha on 4/18, Wisconsin Gov. Walker gave President Donald Trump a “Make the Bucks Great Again” hat & jersey. According to Josh King, Trump didn’t want to put the hat on. … Tweeter Ty Tamlin is back with his “jersey choice for each franchise,” this time with his selections for the NBA.

College Hoops News: “Never mind the kicks, Coach Cal is still rockin the old UK logo,” noticed Chitty²Bang²‏, of this tweet from John Calipari, coach of the University of Kentucky Wildcats. … Yesterday’s article on “Championship Looks” prompted reader Matt Privett to suggest one from the college ranks: The 1993 NCAA Championship Game featuring the Wolverines vs. the Tar Heels. (This was also mentioned by Dan Tarrant in yesterday’s comments).

Soccer News: Here’s something I did not know (until yesterday)> Manchester City’s practice turf is a Carolina/powder blue (from Christopher Jaques). This, of course, makes total sense when you consider the color of their primary kit. … Looks like Daniel Salloi’s nameplate was askew last evening (h/t Jon Arnold and Jay). Here’s another look (from Amanda Vermilyea). … FC Cincinnati of the USL wore their black kits last night against Louisville City (from Brian Henke).

Grab Bag: Ooooohhhhh — check out this Marshall Thundering Herd sweater vest that Coleman Mullins found in some sort of thrift or consignment shop. Since he’s a Mountaineer fan, he adds, “Too bad its a Marshall one!” … OOOooohhh — check this out: “The stories behind some famous logos, many I’ve never heard before,” says 70s Logos. “VERY interesting stuff!” of this site showing 15 famous logos with hidden meanings. Some of them we have seen before, but it’s still pretty cool. … Eric wins the Pennant(s): Eric Lovejoy simply writes, “that feeling when you find these in your childhood closet at your parents old house!” … “What has the world come to?” asks Ken Traisman. “The Chicago Flip Cup Tournament logo resembles that of MLB. Shocking.” … Villanova lax debuted new helmets yesterday (from Michael Geddes).

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And that’s it for today. Big thanks to Bill Hetrick for sharing (just a portion of) his tremendous collection, and congrats to the USA Jersey Raffle winner Drew Solka. Thanks also to Steve Rosenbeck for partnering with Uni Watch to create the jerseys for both Drew and Dan Kennedy.

You guys have a good Sunday, and a great week, and I’ll be back next weekend. But until then…

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“Cardinals never looked good in navy caps. Traditional schmaditional — the red caps were a massive and overdue improvement.”

— Jim Vilk

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'Championship Looks'

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By Phil Hecken

Got an interesting e-mail yesterday from reader Chris Proctor. It plays into a number of themes on Uni Watch, including my recent (and soon to be re-started “What’s Your Sign(ature)?” series) — namely, what team looked their “best” when they won a championship? Much as I believe a team’s best uniform and the one for which they’re most likely to be remembered (their “signature” uni, if you will), are not necessarily the *same* uni, Chris brings up a great topic that I’m sure deserves more discussion — and clearly opinions will come into play here. I’ll let Chris take it from here:

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Championship Looks
By Chris Proctor

This is something I’ve been thinking about since the Cavaliers won the title last summer, what are the best “Championship Looks”? By that I mean, which teams looked the best when they won their respective titles? It was such a huge moment for Cleveland but, unfortunately, the lasting image will always be them celebrating while wearing, what look like, t-shirts bought from Academy. The Cubs win was a historic moment, but the pictures will always be of them wearing their batting practice jerseys instead of “CHICAGO” proudly across their chest. Obviously teams usually look better when they win at home, but the Indians were wearing their batting practice jerseys too.

So, what do you think are some of the best looking championship moments? Here are some of my recent suggestions:

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2013 World Series — White Red Sox over the beautiful grey Cardinals against the backdrop of Fenway Park. Hard to top.

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Super Bowl XLV — The home Green Bay Packer uniforms are always great.

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2008 and 2010 NBA Finals — Lakers and Celtics both winning on their home court. Would have look great even if the road team had won. Best looking match up in NBA history.

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2013 Stanley Cup Finals — Blackhawks over Bruins. Two classic, basically unchanged, uniforms.

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And finally, my personal favorite. I’m a Cowboys fan so for me, this looks the best:

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Classic Cowboys white vs. very solid Buffalo Bills blue against the backdrop of the Rose Bowl. Can you imagine if the Cowboys were to go to the Super Bowl and wear their blues? That would just look weird.

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Anyway, I always think about this kind of stuff and my wife simply says, “I don’t care.” Lovingly though, but still. Not many people care about this kind of stuff and I thought you might. Thanks for your time.

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Phil here. Good stuff, Chris — and certainly a good basis to start a discussion.

Those are certainly some solid choices, but they only cover the past 15 years or so (or say, from 2000 to present). While the Packers are a fantastic choice for football, might there have been an even better matchup than the Steelers (lotsa gold pants there)? You might be hard-pressed to find a better looking matchup in the 2000s (one could argue the Colts vs. Bears was a great one as well). Another solid choice with Sawx vs. Cardinals — was there a better one in the 2000s? The 2006 Series was Cards vs. Tigers, but that one ended with the Cards at home, Tigers in their roads — which would be even more classic if they were reversed? What about other decades or the other sports? Blackhawks is (again) a solid choice — but what about 2010 when the ‘hawks were in white and the Flyers were in orange? Just throwing that out there. In hoops, it’s hard to argue against the Celtics or Lakers, as long as they’re in their classic unis.

What do you guys think? What are your choices for best “Championship Looks” — as defined by the unis being worn when the team won the final game? Let’s hear your choices for the 2000s — did Chris nail it, or do you have other thoughts? How about other decades? What were the top ones of the 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s? Which decade had the best overall looks?

Let’s have your thoughts down below!

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In Search of…
…the “Perfect” Baseball Card

Earlier this year, I ran a post in which reader Ray Hund described his quest — and “rules” — for a “Perfect” baseball card. I had asked readers to submit their own submissions for what they considered to be their own version of the perfect card. I’ll run these periodically. If you have a submission for your own “Perfect” baseball card, shoot me an email with a short(ish) writeup and of course, an image (or images) of your own perfect card.

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We begin today with Jeff Spry (who actually had *two*):

I love this idea and hope you print all of the entries – I loooove reading about old cards. Here are my two nominees:

1976 Johnny Bench
The Reds won the Series in 1975 and Bench was in full power as the game’s greatest catcher. This card always captured my attention – I love the look of the warrior, who surely has just tagged out some would-be run-scorer, no doubt in a collision where the other guy is in great pain, with nothing but a cloud of dust remaining. This captures the essence of Bench well. The uniform is obscured, though you can see part of the “C” logo and should be excused because of his position and the tools of ignorance. As much as I hated Bench destroying the Yankees later that summer, there is NO question – this is a GREAT CARD.

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1978 Reggie Jackson
Reggie was coming of the most amazing display of power in World Series history, hitting three home runs off three Dodgers’ pitchers to win the 1978 championship. Here, Reggie is coming out of his shoes once more to launch another moon shot. The classic Yankee logo is obscured but you can see the pinstripes in all their glory. Perfect card for Reggie.

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Jeff Spry

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And we conclude today with Carl Anderson (with THREE plus some Honorable Mentions):

Three Cards come quickly to mind. Though, I’m sure I can think of more.

1. Paul Molitor, Topps 1979.

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Simply put, Paul Molitor’s ’79 card is the most beautiful baseball card I own. It’s the sunlight, the gorgeous Brewers batting helmet, and Molitor’s downward glance and almost demure smile. He’s a kid at the beginning of what will be a Hall of Fame career. He kind of reminds me Montgomery Clift in “Red River.” The Brewers were second in the AL in 1979. Molitor hit for .322 and scored 88 runs.

2. Gorman Thomas, Topps 1980.

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“MY NAME IS GORMAN THOMAS AND I HIT HOMERUNS.” My favorite baseball card design and perhaps my favorite baseball uniform. Gorman hit 38 HR in 1980 and lead the AL in strikeouts. As you can see, he also had nice hair and a great mustache. The 1980 Brewers went 86-76.

3. Bret Saberhagen, Topps 1988.

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Topps’s minimalist design and the simplicity of this photograph are perfectly matched. And the powder blue Royals uniform goes great with the green and white border. Shame about the elastic pant cuffs, though. 1988 was a down year for Bret. He went 14-16 with an ERA of 3.80

Honorable Mentions:

Joel Youngblood, Topps 1978. Looks like a lumberjack or a steel driver. The shorter sleeves remind me of an earlier era.

Alan Trammell, Topps 1983.

–Carl Robert Anderson

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I received a bunch of submissions from you guys already, and I’ll continue to run them — if you’d like to send me your “perfect” card, my e-mail address is above.

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Lukas b&wIn Case You Missed It…Paul’s Latest ESPN Piece

With the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas, Paul asked readers for their concepts on how they might look “after getting a facelift” for their relocation to the desert. Tinkering with the Raiders’ look is a dicey proposition because most fans like the team’s uniforms just the way they are. How can you mess with the iconic silver and black? Still, there were some interesting entries!

If you didn’t read Paul’s latest piece, here ya go. Totally worth the read if you’re at all into redesign contests (or even if you’re not).

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Here’s the Prince-themed T-shirt Minnesota Twins players will wear during batting practice on “Prince Night” June 16 (from Tyler Mason). … I’ll be honest, I had to google “Guy Harvey” when I saw the Daytona Tortugas were wearing special Guy Harvey jerseys for last night’s game. Turns out he is a Jamaican marine wildlife artist and conservationist. Here’s how they looked on the field (from Daytona Tortugas). … Beautiful colorization from Bruce Menard of Babe Ruth smacking home run number 710. … If you like patches and the like, The Emblem Source has just gotten space in the Mariners shop, so you can get many items at several MLB ballparks now (Currently there are fixtures at Yankee Stadium, Safeco Field, and Wrigley Field.). … The great Splendid Splinter, Ted Williams, was and will always be known as a member of the Red Sox, but he also managed the Texas Rangers (from Bruce Menard), and prior to that the Washington Senators. It’s still odd to see him in anything but Red Sox garb. Almost like seeing Joe DiMaggio as a member of the Athletics. … Andrew Mccutchen was “rocking (a) Griffey logo on arm band!” exclaims Jorge Cruz. He then adds, “Wouldn’t be cool if this became the official Nike baseball logo?” … The Oakland A’s were sporting Golden State Warrior-themed BP jerseys yesterday (from Kris Vossmer). Here’s another look (from kyle rancourt). … Columbia University wore some pretty gorgeous hose yesterday (from Forward Progress T’s). … The Jacksonville Sharks will wear special jerseys for their Military Appreciation Night game on May 6, which will feature World War II B-17 bombers on the front & back. … Check out this beautiful jersey the Phillies wore for ONE season — 1938. Their last season at Baker Bowl and first season at Shibe Park — a mid-season switch (from Alex Cheremeteff). Here’s how that jersey looked on the players in their last game at Baker Bow. (also from Alex_. … It’s tough to see in this pic (but I watched the game live and can confrim) — but Addison Reed was wearing the wrong cap last night (it *should* have the white outline, as the mets were wearing their alt-blue smocks). From Alejandro DeJesus‏). Here’s another view (from James Beattie). Best view is here from Niko Goutakolis‏). It just proves the stupidity of having an alt-cap that’s essentially the exact same as the primary cap. I’m sure this won’t be the last time this happens. … The Gwinnett Braves had a sort of crossover theme night with Atlanta United FC. If you’re interested in bidding (they’re auctioning them), go here (from Cody Fortune). … The San Diego Padres script & logo were rainbow colored on their scoreboard in support of Out at the Park night (from Brandon Wright). … The Pittsburgh Pirates honored the Steelers’ Dan Rooney last night with a hypocycloid logo on the pitcher’s mound and his name and birth/death years behind the plate (from juice).

NFL/College/High School/Football News: Roary (yes, that’s the name of the Lions’ mascot) was spotted yesterday wearing the teams new uniform. I still hate the “LIONS” on the northwestern sleeve stripe, but otherwise, I’m definitely not hating the new unis (from Douglas). Yes, I know this was in yesterday’s ticker. … WHOA!!! Check out this gorgeous, color film of a true, sandlot football game from Pennsylvania in 1940 (from 216 Sports History). … Also from 216, check out this magazine ad for the phantom “CB” helmet design that the Browns nearly wore in the 1960s. … Upper Iowa University (the Peacocks) have a new helmet logo (from sam). Actually, they have a whole new “brand identity” and logos. … We can never have enough articles about Packers’ seamstress Florence Van Sistine, can we? That’d be a “no” (from Michael Bialas). … Here are some photos of the Iowa Barnstormers First Responders night uniforms. Jerseys will also have badge numbers of 6 local fallen officers (from Connor Ferguson). … In College “uni” news, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved delaying a rule until the 2018 season that requires players to wear kneepads and pants that cover the knees. It is “recommended strongly” that the pants cover the knee for the 2017 season (from Harrison Huntley)… That Michigan Wolverine football field trip to Italy is just packed full–not only is Harbaugh having his son baptized and daughter 1st communion at Vatican, the Pope is even getting a helmet (from PJ Kuzdal). … Tweeter Victory Cheeseballs thinks the model for the 49ers QB in this 1996 Monopoly game is the Patriots’ Drew Bledsoe.

Hockey News: Tweeter Thomas Smith writes, “Possible rematch of 06 Western Conf Finals between @AnaheimDucks & @EdmontonOilers. Ducks jerseys were 10x better than current.” I gotta be honest — I don’t remember that Ducks alternate at all. And yet, there it is. … Remember that awful Capitals/Maple Leafs frankenjersey I had in last weekend’s ticker? Well, he’s a Constitutional lawyer and Dan Steinberg of the WaPo got the story behind it (from Ted Arnold). He’s probably going to do it again. … Unlike the Washington Wizards (as you’ll see in the NBA section below), the Edmonton Oilers have actual playoff jerseys that fans can purchase in stock.

NBA/College/Basketball News: When the Wizards announced in late March that they would wear their white stars-and-stripes uniforms at all home playoff games this spring, the response seemed pretty close to unanimous approval. There’s just one problem: Fans loved them so much that the team sold out its entire supply of retail inventory before the postseason started (from David Goodfriend). … So you think wearing your favorite team’s shorts helps them win, or are one of those It’s only weird folks, you’re not alone. The youngest Kardashian sister ‘has all these little rituals that she has to do before every big game, including sleeping in one of Tristan Thompson’s jerseys from last year,’ reveals a source. She’s convinced it’s magic.

Soccer News: This article contains a very nice gallery of those recycled “Parley” ocean plastic jerseys that New York City FC will wear this Sunday (they’re one of several clubs wearing the kits, the others being Orlando City, the LA Galaxy, and the Seattle Sounders to “celebrate Earth Day and in conjunction with MLS’s Greener Goals initiative.”) … Here’s a “first look” at photos of the 2017-18 Barça home kit. Says Conrad Burry, “It’s not the authentic kit, but real one won’t be too different.”

Grab Bag: Those new Mickey D’s unis? They “Promise to Usher in the Logan’s Run Dystopia We’ve All Been Waiting For”.
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And that’s it for today. Thanks to Chris Proctor for what turned out to be a pretty interesting Think Piece (in a manner of speaking). But certainly a subject that’s not only ripe for debate, but also one where the beauty of the unis is oftentimes in the eye of the beholders.

I will have (barring any breaking uni news) a pretty fabulous lede tomorrow and ALSO the name of the Winner of the USA Baseball Jersey Raffle. So make sure you check back in then. But until then…

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“If you find it exhausting/depressing to read much of what’s in the Ticker, imagine what it’s like to *compile* it. ;)”

— Paul Lukas

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NFL’s Worst Uniform to Get High-Tech Patch

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This fall will mark the start of the Bengals’ 50th season, and yesterday the team announced a series of moves to mark that milestone, including a new jersey patch.

The interesting thing, as you can see above, is that the patch isn’t embroidered. I’m not sure if it’s Chromaflex or some other newfangled process (I’m trying to find out). For now, let’s just call it plastic.

These plastic patches have been knocking around the uni-verse for a few years now. The leagues clearly like them, not only because they seem high-tech but also because they’re harder to counterfeit. They’ve mostly been used for postseason logos (the Super Bowl, the World Series, the MLB playoffs, etc.) or for other special occasions (like the team logos on this year’s MLB Independence Day caps). But I think this may be the first time a Big Four team has gone the plastic route for a basic commemorative patch. And that raises a question: Are embroidered patches on the way out? And if so, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that I’m a big fan of traditional embroidery. But I can also see that plastic patches offer some advantages, primarily because they can reproduce small details more faithfully. Having had a bit of experience with patches myself, I know first-hand that embroidery can be tricky. And even if you’ve never designed or produced a patch, we’ve all had that experience of seeing a flat-color jpg of a great-looking patch design and then being a bit underwhelmed by the embroidered version. Take, for example, the patch that the Braves are wearing this season to mark the opening of their new ballpark (for both images, you can click to enlarge):

Leaving aside the fact that the embroidered version doesn’t include the ballpark’s name (that’s due to MLB’s longstanding prohibition on corporate advertising on uniforms), it’s pretty obvious that certain aspects of the digital design didn’t translate particularly well to the embroidered version — most notably the Braves’ own script! I’m pretty certain that would have looked better if the patch had been rendered in plastic.

Longtime Uni Watch pal/ally Todd Radom has designed many a patch over the course of his design career, so I asked him about this. His response:

I always design with the “Will it embroider?” question firmly in mind. I’ve never been tasked with an assignment knowing that the most visible application of it would be in plastic, at least not yet. Even if I knew that the patch would be plastic, sleeve patch logos are utilized extensively across all kinds of other stuff, so it wouldn’t necessarily affect my design.

Seems to me that there are varying levels of execution here, much like embroidery. I generally like the Super Bowl patches — the design decisions that involve texture and use of lines can enhance the overall look if done well. Lighting matters, as witnessed by what the World Series patches looked like in the dim lights of an illuminated Wrigley Field, as opposed to what these might look like during a day game (or indoors).

All very interesting, and something to keep in mind as the embroidery-vs.-plastic situation plays out in the months and years to come.

Meanwhile: I find it disappointing that the Bengals are celebrating an ordinal instead of an anniversary. Look at the dates on the patch — 1968 and 2017. So unsatisfying! Would’ve been better if they’d waited to do a proper anniversary patch in 2018.

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ESPN reminder: My latest ESPN column, which went up yesterday, looks at various reader-submitted proposals to redesign the Raiders.

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The Ticker
By Paul

’Skins Watch: In Virginia, where ’Skins owner Daniel Snyder wants to build a new stadium, two candidates running for the state’s Democratic gubernatorial nomination both oppose the team’s name (from Tommy Turner). … Student leaders at San Diego State have narrowly voted to keep the school’s “Aztecs” team name. There had been a movement to change it because it was viewed by some as being culturally insensitive. If the motion had passed, it would only have been a non-binding recommendation that would have been passed along to the school’s administration, which has resisted previous efforts to change the name (from Daron Nowak).

Baseball News: Red Sox P Chris Sale, who famously took a pair of scissors to a throwback uniform last summer, now appears to have cut a small notch in the back of his cap (great spot by Kyle Barber). … New ALS-awareness uniforms for NC State. Note that the “Strikeout ALS” NOB is grammatically incorrect, because “strikeout” (one word) is a noun, not a verb. The proper form would be “Strike Out ALS” (from James Gilbert). … The Twins are showing their players wearing civvies on their scoreboard this season (from Peter Burns). … The Pirates had planned to do a Starling Marte replica jersey giveaway in July, but that promotion has been scrapped in the wake of Marte’s PED suspension (thanks, Phil). … Earlier this week we Ticker-mentioned that the St. Paul Saints are changing their name to the Duck Duck Grey Ducks later this season. Here’s an article with mockups of the other finalists for the name change contest (from Michael Blomquist). … The Nationals are providing uniforms to DC-area Little League teams. … As an aside, that last item refers to the new unis as “new digs.” I see that usage semi-frequently and don’t understand it. “Digs” is slang for a place to live. I think the slang term for clothing that people mean to be using — but for some reason aren’t using — is “duds.” … Padres players Ryan Buchter and Hunter Renfroe wore team jerseys while serving as baggage handlers at the airport yesterday. Some of the baggage must have belonged to SDSU lacrosse players, because that video includes a shot of Buchter trying on a lacrosse helmet (from Jared Buccola). … Here’s the uniform that the Albuquerque Isotopes will be wearing later this season when they become the Albuquerque Green Chile Cheeseburgers for a day. Additional info here (from Rob Montoya). … New pink anti-cancer uniforms for Northwestern State softball. … The Rangers tweeted this photo of baseballs at their ballpark. But if you look closely, you can see that some of the balls have the Mariners’ 40th-anniversary logo. “Might have been left over from the last trip,” says Drew Solka). … They showed a close-up of Phillies INF Andres Blanco’s personalized bat knob decal during SNY’s Phils/Mets broadcast last night. “Gary [Cohen] and Ron [Darling] then mentioned the Billy Ripken ‘Fuck Face’ incident,” says Dave Rakowski. … Pretty funny backwards jerseys last night for the Fresno Grizzlies. … If you watch this video clip, you’ll see a Nike maker’s mark in an unusual place: on the brim of the cap (from Zachary Loesl). … Yesterday’s Ticker had a photo of Copa Airlines plane with an MLB logo as part of its livery. Trent Guyer points out that this is because Copa is MLB’s official airline for Latin America and Canada.

NFL News: Here’s an old shot of Eagles QB Ron Jaworski with a badly off-center NOB. … The investigators who tracked down Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey also recovered Broncos LB Von Miller’s helmet from Super Bowl 50. … Giants QB Eli Manning angrily denied recent allegations that he provided fraudulent “game-used” gear to a memorabilia dealer. … Lots of great old NFL posters, ads, and other visuals on this Pinterest page. That sound you just heard in the background was Brinke Guthrie drooling. … Here’s this year’s Thursday-night NFL schedule, which was released yesterday. I haven’t had sufficient time or masochism to map out what the Color Rash pairings will be, but I’m sure someone out there is already taking care of that, yes? … The Lions’ sideline mascot, Roary, has made his first appearance in the team’s new home uniform (from @dmoon).

NBA News: With Carmelo Anthony’s days as a Knick apparently numbered, SI imagined what he might look like as a Piston. But the photo they chose to Photoshop was from a game when he was playing against the Pistons, so the resulting image was Pistons vs. Pistons (from Austin Fowler). … Here’s a time-lapse of the giveaway T-shirts being laid out at the Pacers’ arena (from @tasty_magic). … And here’s a similar time-lapse for the Grizzlies’ rally towels (from Kendall Cruse). … The Bucks wore their black alts and used their alternate court design for last night’s playoff game against the Raptors. And although there’s no time-lapse, here are the T-shirts they gave out. … Down in Mobile, Ala., there’s a landscaping company called Laker Man. They use the Lakers’ logo, and the guy in that photo is even wearing a Lakers cap! (From Stephen Rains.) … The Wizards’ stars/stripes uniforms, which they’re wearing for home playoff games, are sold out, so fans can’t buy them during the playoff run (from Craig Kirkpatrick).

Soccer News: A Korean team, Gangwon FC, has a ski jump at one end of its stadium, thanks to the Pyeongchang Olympics (from Saurel Jean Jr.).

Grab Bag: Back in December, American Airlines flight attendants said that their new uniforms were causing bad skin reactions. Now AA’s pilots are saying the same thing about their new uniforms. … New 45th-annivesary logo for the World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia. … Long Beach, Cal., has updated its city signage with a more user-friendly design (from Andy Garms). … Star Trek bathing suits? Sure, why not. … More “family friendly” uniforms on the way for Hooters (thanks, Phil). … Here’s an interview with the designer who created Air Canada’s new black-centric livery (from Edward Hahn). … Police uniforms in Wichita, which had been khaki, are changing to blue. … Duquesne athletics is switching from Adidas to Nike. … A Chinese court has fined Puma about $420,000 for creating a “Year of the Goat” logo that infringed on the trademark of a Chinese company (from @GKG_77).