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Putting the ‘Argh!’ in Argyle (which doesn’t really apply here but I couldn’t resist saying it)

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UNC debuted new uniforms last night for all 28 of its teams, with two overriding themes: argyle and Carolina blue.

Let’s start with the football team. The good news is that the argyle looks really good on most of the jersey, pant, and helmet applications:

The bad news is that they’re sticking with the BFBS option, which feels like a huge mistake. If you’re trying so hard to honor your heritage, why go with a non-school color? Navy would’ve been better, but instead they’ll have this:

Also worth noting: No custom number font here — just traditional block numerals. Refreshing.

The basketball uniforms look largely unchanged, and therefore fine:

As for the teams nobody cares about the school’s other 26 teams, you can see some of their new uniforms here (click to enlarge):


Bonus points for the stirrups on that one ballplayer, but someone needs to teach that boy how to blouse.

Overall: Very nice job. That one BFBS football uni is the turd in the punch bowl but hey, ya can’t have everything.

Wanna see more? Here’s the athletics department’s new logo sheet and style guide (kudos to them for making those materials available), along with some additional photos.

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

Remember the 1989 Battle of the Bay? That was the World Series with the huge earthquake. I remember exactly where I was when that happened — Reds reliever Rob Dibble and I had just finished an appearance at a “DARE” (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) event in Cincinnati’s suburban Anderson Township. We got in the station van just after 8pm Eastern, I pulled out my Sony Watchman (how quaint) to turn on the game, and it was right at that moment — “Whoa, looks like a quake!” If you want to bid on this poster, it’s up tonight.

Here are the rest of this week’s eBay picks:

• I don’t think these are Sears items, but interesting nonetheless: Notice the Vikings helmet pointed to the left on this ski cap and scarf set.

• Need a card locker to store your NHL trading cards? Here’s a 1970s version that should do the trick, from O-Pee-Chee.

• Check out this 1960s patch/pin/coin set from the Ted Williams Baseball Camp!

• Here’s a pair of 1970s WHA puzzles: Eastern Division and Western Division.

• Here’s a 1960s Cincinnati Reds pin from Crane Potato Chips. Ever seen the team’s C logo look like that?

• Obviously, this isn’t close to being an authentic Bears jersey. But what do you think about the numerals? Should they go to these? (Seems like they used them once in preseason or something.) Definitely gives the jersey a different look.

• Here’s a 1960s Original Six hockey crest to sew on your jacket.

• Dave Boss alert! Here’s a 1960s painting of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Camping out back in the day was more fun with an NHL pup tent!

• Reader TJ Zimina sent in this nameplate from a Richie Zisk jersey. One of the great surnames in MLB history, right?

Follow Brinke on Twitter: @brinkeguthrie

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Garrett McGrath

Baseball News: The Red Sox, as per their new tradition, wore their “Boston” whites and a Boston Strong patch for yesterday’s Patriots Day game (from Joe Kuras). … Here’s short profile on Washington Nationals player Clint Robinson, who’s a bat hoarder (from Tommy Turner). … Seattle Mariners player Brad Miller wore some sweet stirrups with the team’s throwback uniform. … Astros pitcher Pat Neshek wore his throwback stirrups over dark blue sannies on Sunday (from Jordan Fleck). … The Holy Cross softball team has some awesome purple uniforms (thanks, Purple Paul). … “My mother-in-law made this Brewers cake and cookies for my sister-in-law over the weekend,” says Marc-Louis Paprzyca. “She made Bernie, Hank and the fondant herself.” … Astros infielder Luis Valbuena wore some odd socks last night. Tough to be sure if the outer socks were patterned or if the pattern was showing through from an interior layer. Either way, not a good look (from Nicholas Roznovsky). … Speaking of the ’Stros, several reader noticed that Evan Gattis’s belt last night appeared to have a lot of wear and tear, which is odd considering this is his first year with the team.

NFL News: As the coach of the 49ers, Jim Harbaugh wore black on black cleats (from Michael Korczynski). … Niners OL Alex Boone, who called Harbaugh “clinically insane” yesterday, actually mentioned the cleats last September, when he had a more positive opinion of Harbaugh: “He’s a great guy. How can you not want to win for a guy that wears cleats during the game?”

College Football News: Michigan State will wear this patch for their spring game on Saturday. … Here’s a slideshow of some of the more interesting items that were available at Oregon’s surplus equipment sale (from Scott Cummings). … It appears that Virginia Tech may go color vs color for their spring game on Saturday (from Andrew Cosentino).

Hockey News: A shot of the penalty box during last night’s Penguins/Rangers game led Alan Kreit to ask, “Where do the non-Gatorade towels go? I guess they can have other kinds of bottles but only one towel brand.” … A Calgary Zoo gorilla wrapped itself in a Canucks jersey, as you can see in this cute video (from John Muir). … Last night marked the first NHL playoff game in Winnipeg since 1996, and Jets fans in revived their playoff whiteout tradition. But it made a lot more sense when teams wore white at home.

Soccer News: A semi-pro soccer player in the UK was removed from the team after he was caught having sex in the dugout while in uniform (thanks, Paul).

NBA News: The Houston Rockets are giving out red and silver T-shirts for everyone at tonight’s playoff game (from Shaymes Harden). … Someon on Reddit created an NBA playoff bracket the NBA Playoff bracket with 8-bit characters for each team (thanks, Mike). … Also from Mike: Another Redditor created some illustrations showing the NBA’s first-round playoff match-ups, and they’re pretty good! Illustrating the Nets was a challenge, though. … One more from Mike: “The NBA on TNT gang received personalized Harlem Globetrotters jerseys last night — except for Charles Barkley, who got a Washington Generals jersey.”

Grab Bag: The Japanese men’s national volleyball team has a new look (from Jeremy Brahm). … Doug Flutie was being interviewed prior to his charity run in the Boston Marathon while wearing a cap with a logo that combines the Boston’s four major pro sports franchises (from Dave Garabedian). … Under Armour is expanding their presence in Portland, Oregon, location of Nike and Adidas’ North American headquarters (thanks, Brinke). … New logo for Saint Vincent College athletics (from Jim Iovino).

Uni Watch Exclusive: More Clippers Leaks

On Friday I posted some Clippers leaks. That prompted a new source to come forward with some additional materials connected to the team’s upcoming redesign.

As you’ll recall, the images I posted on Friday appeared to be from a rebranding proposal prepared by a design firm. I’ve now acquired that entire proposal. Here it is (for all of today’s images, you can click to enlarge): (Continue reading)

Astros & Angels Celebrate 50 Years of Astros (and the Astrodome)

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By Phil Hecken

Yesterday evening the Houston Astros, as part of their 50 Anniversary of the Astrodome (also 50 years since they were renamed “Astros”) Celebration, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, played a throwback game in the Astrodome. Both teams wore throwbacks, as you can see from the splash photo. We’ll get to those in a second.

But first, in order to set the evening’s feel, the Astros had some throwback feel to the game, with the grounds crew and the “Spacettes” dressed in ‘period’ attire:


'Spacettes' show off the 1965 replica Astrodome

If you’re wondering what the Spacettes are holding, it’s a replica Astrodome, which was given out as a souvenir to fans.

Now, onto the game.

This is not the first time the Astros have thrown back to 1965. They did so against the Phillies in 2010 — I previewed that game at the time (if you want to see what the 1965 unis should look like, read that article). The also threwback to those uniforms in 2012 (you can read about that here). I gave them high praise back in 2012 for breaking out what I still consider to be (far and away) their best looking uniform set (the Astros are one of those rare teams who “got it right” from the start). Last night, they again wore throwbacks — but it was disappointing, because they wore them in a cream set (obviously to make them look more like yellowed wool uniforms); they equipped the Angels in 1965 period-appropriate uniforms as well, including the famous halo for the Angels’ caps.

While several of the Astros went high-cuffed, not all did, and that caused a rather disappointing mish-mash of styles. Most of the Angels when long-pantsed as well. Neither team wore a throwback helmet (although the Astros current lid is almost as good as a throwback). I did not notice, but it was pointed out to me that the Astros wore their current caps (which look like the original), but have the 3-D star. Disappointing. Also disappointing was the fact that the Angels wore red shoes and belts, as these are anachronistic with those uniforms. At least, both teams went NNOB.

How’d the game look? About as you’d expect, with a mixing of uniform styles and high-cuffery/pajamism.

Below are several photos from the game — click on any to enlarge:

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CJ Wilson 2

Dallas Keuchel

Jonahan Villar Mike Trout 2

Lowrie, Springer Jose Altuve

Grossman, Altuve, Marisnick

Game over

Even with all the minor quibbles (as noted above), this was still a nice looking game and proof that for two teams who began their lives in 1961 and 1962 respectively, their earlier uniforms are still far better than their current ones — and ones that they could easily be wearing today and looking great in.

What do you guys think?


colorize thisColorize This!

Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.

Back today with our good friend and long-time colorization expert, Bruce Menard, with a fantastic baseball colorization. I also received one from Gary Chanko, but it’s good enough (and with a great backstory) to be a lede, so I’ll get to that one shortly.

Here’s Bruce (click to enlarge):

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z1935 (Apr16) Babe Opening Day HR (2015 edit2) colorW - Bruce Menard

1935 Babe Opening Day HR (Carl Hubbel) orig

Good morning Phil,

Hey, that pic from this morning of Babe Ruth making his NL debut was my colorization.
I first worked on it a few years back, but I revisited it for a new edit for today. The original was pretty lo-res, so adding color was a challenge!

Maybe you could use it for “Colorize This!” for the weekend?

Description: 80 Yrs Ago Today: Babe Ruth Makes His NL Debut
Braves Field, Boston – April 16, 1935
~ I added some color to this great pic of The Babe crossing the plate after hitting his first National League home run off of Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants. The Braves won by a score of 4-2, and for a moment, it seemed like things might work out for The Babe back in Boston after all…


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Thanks Bruce!


all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks Concepts

We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.

And so, lets begin:


First up today is Tyler Henninger with a some new looks for the Texas Rangers:

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Mr. Hecken,

My name is Tyler Henninger and I am a big uniform watcher. I have created a concept for the Texas Rangers. The concept consists of a new primary logo, new home uniform, minor tweaks to the away uniform, a new home alternate, minor tweaks to the away alternate, and a Sunday throwback home alternate (Kinda like the Pirates). I have attached it below and was hoping you could respond with what you think. I added a powder blue throwback away uniform and changed the new primary logo.

Tyler Henninger

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And we close today with Garrett Heinrich who has many new Houston Texans looks:

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Hey Phil,

Just some Ideas I did for my site after Arian Foster talked about using different unis.

My stories:

Garret Heinrich

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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.


EPL Tracker

Each Saturday or Sunday, Alex Gerwitz will be tracking the kit combinations (shirt/shorts/socks) of the teams in the English Premier League from the previous weekend and the current weekend.

Here is the EPL tracker for Weeks 32 & 33 (click to enlarge):

EPL Tracker Weeks 32 & 33


Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Check out the strong stirrup game here. Those are ’57 Cubs rups — and they used to be mine — on the son of Megan Marshall. Here’s how they looked back then. … It could just be due to how he’s sitting, but Matthew DeLeon thinks the “B” on Kris Bryant’s NOB looks at an off-angle. … Five years ago yesterday, St. Paul artist Ray Barton, 80, passed away. He created iconic Minnie & Paul logo for $15 in 1961 (via Jimmy Lonetti). … The LA/California Angels minor league affiliate in Seattle used to wear halo caps too (also from Jimmy Lonetti). … Last night, the San Antonio Missions did an Autism Awareness jersey thingy (via MiLB Promotions). … The Indians went with red undershirts & socks with their new blue jerseys (via Jarod Miller). … Check out Mets reliever Alex Torres’s new protective cap (which is a different style than he wore last year with the Padres). Thanks to Paul and Marc Carig for that. He got into the game last night, and here’s how it looked (h/t Former Dirt Dart). Here’s an even closer close-up. … Northwestern Wildcats have just a hint of the Northwestern stripe in their leg bumper sticker. And on their shoulder blade stripes (thanks to Greg Mays). … Nice stirrups on UNLV yesterday (from Preston Faudere). … They may be wearing the accursed color of death, but dig the stirrups on the Muncie Central (Indiana) baseball team (via Andrew Walker). … To celebrate their third World Series win in 5 seasons, the San Francisco Giants wore gold lettering and numbers on their jerseys and caps (h/t Josh Herndon). You can see more photos here.

NFL News: This old photo of Jim Zorn & Steve Largent reminds Douglas Ford of Siegfried and Roy. Great jerseys those Seahawks had. … Check out the shredded sleeves on Art Monk, in what looks like the 1994 season (h/t Douglas Ford). … Check out the old facemask/helmet and jersey on Jackie Smith (thanks to Douglas Ford). Also from Douglas comes this wonderful mud photo of Jackie Smith.

College Football News: Last year’s Navy Football uniforms are on display at their complex (via Pam Chvotkin). … For yesterday’s Spring Game, Notre Dame football wore Fr. Ted patches (h/t Mark Cross). … Not much surprise here, but at their spring game, Ohio State still had seven stars (for their 7 Natl. Championships) on their collars (nice grab by Mark Lindsay). … Looks like Purdue will have some new white helmets this fall (thanks to Karl Kraebber). … The gacanefanblog asks, “New helmet” for the Beavers?

Soccer News: “The blue-ish La Liga ref uniform really clashing with Barcelona’s blue,” says Holy Calamity). Here is a better, close up view. While that looks bad, I’m told it was not that difficult to tell the players and ref apart.

Grab Bag: “Shawn Johnson just posted this picture…umm what is going on with that face mask?” asks Keenan Soto. Anyone? … “A couple years ago my wife bought me this mechanical pencil at a booth at the annual Atlantic Antic street fair in Brooklyn for $5,” writes William Olsen-Hoek. “It appears to be made of a red plastic material and is inscribed with the signature of Luke Hamlin who pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers between 1937 and 1941. I haven’t been able to find any information about the pencil nor have I found any similar objects from the same time period on the internet. Wondering if your network of experts might have a clue.” … This is gorgeous: A 1971 Central Districts SANFL jumper featuring stud buttons (from Graham Clayton). … Should the Pelicans be worried about their chances against the Warriors Worriors (nice screen grab by Mike McCutcheon). … Check it out — Carey Price’s mask has a collar lace up design on the chin! (thanks to Wafflebored).


That’s going to do it for today everyone. If you didn’t see yesterday’s entry (with the USFL reimagined entries) or you want to vote again, click here. You guys have a great week and I’ll be back with ya soon!

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.


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“I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed those NFL butt logos.”
–Marty Hick


Your USFL Reimagined Contest Entries (Part I)

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By Phil Hecken

OK, kids. The entries from the “reimagine a USFL team in another sport” (or something like that) contest are all in, and today we’ll be looking at the entrants in three categories: Baseball, Hockey and Soccer/other. There were some 16 basketball entries (though several of those came from one submitter, for different teams) — and we’ll look at those next time.

I didn’t ask for descriptions, so most entrants didn’t provide any. But we’ll show the entrants in each of the first three categories and provide voting after each set. In some categories, there are multiple submissions from one entrant. Treat each separately for voting purposes. OK? OK!

Let’s start with baseball (for any images below, click to enlarge):

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Carlos Foglia:
Tampa Bay Bandits

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D.P. McIntire:
Jacksonville Bulls

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Andrew Seagraves:
Houston Gamblers

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New Jersey Generals

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Munch Suchland:
Tampa Bay Bandits

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Ian Borkowski:
Portland Breakers

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Brady Ivie:
Birmingham Stallions

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Curtis Peddle:
Chicago Blitz


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Will Scheibler:
Jacksonville Bulls:

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Andrew Seagraves:
Houston Gamblers

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Soccer & More

Mark Hinkley:
New Jersey Generals (Soccer)

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Andrew Seagraves:
Charlotte Gold (Soccer)

Seagraves - Andrew Seagraves - Charlote FC Gold Display

Halifax Towne Breakers (Soccer)

Seagraves - Andrew Seagraves - Halifax Towne FC Breakers Full Soccer

New Jersey Generals (Soccer)

Seagraves - Andrew Seagraves - New Jersey Generals Soccer DIsplay

Washington Federals (Soccer)

Seagraves - Andrew Seagraves - Washington Federals Display Soccer

Club Denver Gold (Gaelic Athletic Association)

Seagraves - Andrew Seagraves - County Denver Gold GAA Display

Rochester Federals (Curling)

Seagraves - Andrew Seagraves -Rochester Federals Curling

Allentown Blitz (Bowling)

Seagraves - Andrew Seagraves -Allentown Blitz Bowling Shirt

Adelaide Hills Breakers (Rugby)

Seagraves - Andrew Seagraves - Adelaide Hills Breakers Rugby Kit

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Peter Wajda
Arizona Wrangers (Soccer)

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USFL – Soccer/Other free polls

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And there you have it — the first round of USFL Reimagined Designs. Make sure to cast your vote in each category!


classic scoreboards splashClassic Ballpark Scoreboards

I’m pleased to continue with a favorite weekend feature here at Uni Watch, “Classic Ballpark Scoreboards,” which are created by Gary Chanko. You probably know Gary best for his wonderful colorizations, but he has been a solid contributor for many years, and this is his new project. This segment will appear every Saturday on Uni Watch.

Here’s Gary (click on image to enlarge):

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Classic Ballpark Scoreboards – Series II
by Gary Chanko

One of the first postings in the Classic Baseball Scoreboards series was Connie Mack Stadium. Back then I was experimenting with different concepts for the scoreboard illustrations. The original Connie Mack Stadium scoreboard only captured the prominent “Ballantine Beer” upper portion. This time we’ll look at a representation of that entire scoreboard.

Connie Mack Stadium Redux

Connie Mack Stadium Scoreboard II UW

Home of:Philadelphia Athletics (1909-1954) and Philadelphia Phillies (1938-1970)
Last baseball game:October 1, 1970; Demolished: 1976

The original posting (above link) provided background on the scoreboard, so I won’t bother to repeat the interesting facts here.

Ballantine Beer remained a centerpiece atop the scoreboard until the ballpark was closed. The adverting slogan above “Ballantine beer” seemed to change each season. In 1964 (I’m guessing here) the slogan read “TOTEM HOME PENNANT.” Phillies fans know what happened here.

For this illustration I selected the “Save Herman Ballantine” advertising pitch. I only have vague memories of this ad campaign. I believe it dealt with a fictional president of the brewing company (Herman) that discovered someone had changed the Ballantine brew recipe. Perhaps someone has a better recollection of the story and can fill in the details.

So back to the scoreboard, it depicts a Phillies game in progress with the Cardinals on July 10, 1969.

A New Thing to Know

• The 64-feet high Ballantine scoreboard was in play; balls hitting the Longines clock were home runs. Only one player ever cleared the scoreboard – Dick Allen.

Before the massive “Ballantine” scoreboard was installed in 1956, Connie Mack Stadium or Shibe Park (before the Phillies moved in) featured a rudimentary manual scoreboard in right field. In the next edition of Classic Baseball scoreboards, we’ll survey that installation.

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If anyone is interested in purchasing a digital copy of these posters, Gary is working on an online purchase option. In the interim you can contact him directly at


Too Good For the Ticker
Too Good…

for the Ticker

Got an e-mail from Gene Sanny, and while it’s not particularly long — it’s got some very interesting pics with it.

You can click the images to enlarge:

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Hi Paul/Phil,

When I was younger and collecting football cards, I noticed on some pictures that were close-up enough, I could see that some of the players had some bars cut out of their face masks. It became an obsession of mine looking for face masks like that, and recently I was looking around the web for some helmet pics and stumbled upon Dan Ross’ USFL Breakers helmet and it was like the Holy Grail for me, because you could see actual saw marks in the rubber and metal of the mask. I’ve attached it here along with a few others.

1. The Dan Ross helmet


2. Another Breaker


3. John Kasay, wearing a modern version…. basically what became of these first two as an example…. i guess they just started making them that way in the first place so they wouldn’t have to saw them off.


4. Bill Johnson, Denver Gold USFL


5. Kenny Stabler…. another good shot where you can really see the metal in the center of the mask and where it would connect up on the forehead area.


6. Garo Yepremian when he was with the saints. Didn’t see a lot of Dungard masks get cut like this…. you can see near where it connects to the side of the helmet, that it’s been hacksawed away at…. more so on the far side of the picture. The near side almost looks like they used black electrical tape to cover any protruding metal.


7. Steve Grogan in Superbowl XX against the Bears. This shot really shows on the inside of the front of the mask the “bumps” that were left behind after cutting. This type of mask, without the double bar like this had before the cutting, actually existed, so i’m not sure why he would just cut out the bottom of the middle 2 bars like that… lucky face mask? If the final score was any indicator, I’d say not.


Well, that’s it…. I thought I’d share an old obsession with you… kinda therapeutic.

Gene Sanny

Thanks, Gene. Great Stuff.

OK. Now, onto the ticker…


Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recently told their ticket workers to continue tending to late-arriving patrons as the national anthem plays (thanks to Jon Solomonson). … Is the Rays’ powder blue jersey with these striped stirrups the “best stirrup/uni combo” in the league? Brian Porter thinks so. … As the Houston Astros turn 50, our pal Todd Radom takes a look at how they came to be. … The Salem Red Sox will be wearing camo jerseys every home Friday this year (h/t MiLB promos). … Yesterday the St. Louis Cardinals celebrated Red Schoendienst’s 70 years in uniform with videos, a pre-game ceremony & uniform patch (h/t Eric Spoonmore). Here’s a closeup look at the patch (via Thomas Qualls). … Last night at Parkview Field, the Fort Wayne TinCaps wore Padres-esque jerseys — with the current script, but IN BROWN! #BringBackTheBrown. … Lackawanna College has got some camo going. … Neat Facebook video showing Kris Bryant’s new jersey was created (thanks, Brinke). … May 2 (not May the Fourth) is Star Wars night for the Jacksonville Generals, so here’s what they’ll be wearing (via MiLB Promos). … On Sunday, two MiLB franchises (Mets and Astros AAA Affiliates) will wear uniforms honoring Jerry Tarkanian. … “Some people get their Christmas or Valentine’s Day cards postmarked through certain post offices (ex. Santa Claus, IN; Loveland, CO…),” explains Tom Nichol. “However, there are other, little-known postmarks authorized for local community events. I thought you’d get a kick out of this sweet one saluting former Pittsburgh Pirate Kent Tekulve. The cache (combination of postcard, stamp, and postmark) is sweet! The reason for all of this? The Wilkinsburg Stamp Club is having their annual stamp show this weekend.” … “My son recently started little league, and I was overjoyed to discover that the league issues knicker pants to all of its players!” exclaims “Uniform Guru”. “Apparently the league president refuses to allow any other pants. The majors division teams even wear striped socks and I’ve also seen them in stirrups too. I don’t have any great pics but you can see a slideshow of some pictures here.” … What’s up with A-Rod’s helmet? (good spot by Jason Yeckley). … Whoops: Crew Chief Jerry Meals still wearing his Jackie Robinson Day iron on patch two days later (h/t Curtis Galvin). … For the first time since they reintroduced their orange jerseys, the San Francisco Giants wore orange brim caps (h/t Sons of Johnny LeMaster). … Tonight, in what will be the most beautiful game of the year, the Angels and Astros will throw back to 1965. Awesome. … The Minnesota Twins are going with ‘business/casual scoreboard photos for some reason (from Nathan Gruber).

NFL News: “The internet is officially out of ideas,” writes Jonathan Daniel. Why? Because someone has now created NFL logos as butts (this trend clearly jumped the shark months years ago). … Players selected in the NFL Draft will be getting redesigned hats (thanks, Paul). … Asa Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens has switched to a “possibly toxic uniform number,” (according to Stephen Murphy).

College Football News: Over the past few days there has been talk of new UNC football unis. Will they have argyle on them? What do you guys think of this possibility?

NBA News: Here’s (what I hope is a tongue-in-cheek) article explaining how the new Washington Wizards’ logo is loaded with sexual imagery. Pretty sure it’s a goof, but funny regardless.

Hockey News: In a game that took place Thursday night, the Russian National Hockey Team wore “CCCP” (Soviet) sweaters for the first period of their friendly against Finland. It was actually Finland who suggested this. … These St. Louis Blues-themed pancakes are impressive (thanks to Elena Elms). … Here’s a shot of Ottawa coach Dave Cameron paying homage to Mark Reeds (nice screen shot by Matt Larsen).

Soccer News: When Saturday Comes, an outstanding journal of English football, has launched a website featuring photography from its pages. Notes submitter Cort McMurray, “It’s well worth a look.”

Grab Bag: Check out this old lacrosse commercial. Submitter Connor Wilson says, “An instant classic. I love that the orange uniforms just say ‘lacrosse’ running vertically down the front. Makes me want a Pepsi.” … Is this the best auction item ever? That’s World B Free’s mink coat, which is currently going for bargain-basement prices (thanks to Jonathan Daniel). … Also from Jonathan, are these the best socks ever? … Warrior Lacrosse brand has partnered with the Grateful Dead, collection will be sold starting 5/1 (via Darren Rovell). … Check out this picture of David Letterman in a Notre Dame shirt (via Matthew Moss). … “Wisconsin’s adidas contract ends next year and there are rumors of Under Armour or Nike taking over,” says Alex Bauer. “After the hideous basketball tournament uniforms adidas forced them to wear, I hope they make the switch (preferably Nike).”


That’s going to do it for today. Everyone have a great Saturday — big thanks to all the USFL concepters (make sure to vote) and to Gary, Gene and all those who submitted for the ticker. I’ll be back tomorrow with more. Catch you then.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken


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“That Chicago Sky logo always looks like it’s giving me the finger.”