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You Can Take the Team Out of the City...

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Reader D.P. McIntire sent in this photo of a Raiders bumper sticker yesterday. Sure, it’s a funny riff on the whole “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” thing, but underneath the humor is the larger and more intriguing issue of how sometimes you can take the team out of the city but you can’t take the city out of the team. Consider the possibilities:

• The Indianapolis Colts of Baltimore
• The Utah Jazz of New Orleans
• The Los Angeles Dodgers of Brooklyn

And so on. I don’t think it works for every relocated franchise (and let’s please not go down the road of teams that also changed their names — “Oklahoma City Thunder of Seattle” doesn’t work) , but it’s an interesting trope.

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Meanwhile, out at the ballpark…: This was the scene last night in Flushing, as Phil and I met up to watch the Mets and Padres (a real barn burner right there, eh?). Matt Fratboy was on the hill for the home team, so we worried that they’d be wearing his preferred blue softball tops, but they wore their standard home pinstripes — nice. Even better, they scored seven runs in the first inning, giving the home fans a much-needed laugher.

An interesting groundskeeping note from the game: Years ago I wrote about the differences between the Mets’ two scripts — I call them the Classic Script and the Wilpon Script — and how there’s no rhyme or reason to which one gets used in a given situation. Just as a quick refresher, here are the two scripts — Classic on top, Wilpon on bottom:

The Wilpon Script is a really bad piece of design, which is annoying. But it’s arguably even more annoying that the team uses the two scripts interchangeably, with no rhyme or reason. The latest example of that is that the Mets mowed the Classic Script into the outfield grass a few days ago, but they routinely paint the Wilpon Script onto the grass behind home plate, so now they have both versions displayed on the field at the same time. Here’s a photo I took last night:

It’s hard to see in that photo, but the outfield version is definitely the Classic Script. It’s easier to see here.

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StripeRite update: I’m happy to show you the four designs that will be featured in our third batch of StripeRite socks (see above). I think you’ll agree that they’re all extremely handsome. As usual, we’re at the mercy of the knitting mill schedule-wise, but we hope to have these in stock and available for sale soon — possibly by mid-June, and definitely by the end of June. No pre-orders this time, but I’ll give you the heads-up when everything’s ready to go.

Meanwhile, the first and second batches of StripeRites are still available for your shopping pleasure. My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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Naming Wrongs reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, I’m about to reactivate the Naming Wrongs T-shirt project. Get the full scoop here.

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The Ticker
By Mike Chamernik

Baseball News: Red Sox Nation travels well, particularly for road games against AL East rivals. The team is hosting a Red Sox in Baltimore Party for a road game against the Orioles on June 3. The ticket package includes this Maryland flag-themed BoSox shirt. I wouldn’t be surprised if things aren’t quite civil between O’s and Sox fans, especially considering the turmoil from a few weeks ago (from Adam Vitcavage). … Two notes on Yankee Stadium: The team added a Judge’s Chambers section to its outfield seating in honor of phenom Aaron Judge, and Yogi Berra’s No. 8 is still upside-down in Monument Park (from Adam Lazer). … The Buffalo Bisons will wear Jabba the Hut jerseys for Star Wars Night X on June 3 (from Matt Wilcott). … The first Washington franchise alternated between being called the Senators and Nationals over its first 60 years. Back in the 1910s, team owner Clark Griffith said he preferred “Senators,” and even liked “Washingtons” (from William Yurasko). … The Astros’ Mike Fiers wore a University of Houston helmet when crashing Tigers outfielder JD Martinez’s MLB Network interview the other day. … Robin Yount is a partial owner of the Lakeshore Chinooks collegiate summer team, and he showed off the team’s new alternate jersey the other night (from Zachary Loesl).

NFL News: Due to construction delays for the new Rams/Chargers stadium, the NFL voted to push back Los Angeles’s Super Bowl one year to 2022. Tampa will host Super Bowl LV in 2021. … The NFL also voted to relax penalties for end zone celebrations. Players will now be able to go to the ground, use the ball as a prop, and make snow angels after scoring a touchdown. … Odell Beckham Jr. signed a footwear and apparel deal with Nike worth $5 million a year over five years. It’s the largest contract Nike has ever given an NFL player (from Brinke).

College Football News: To counter NC State players in white shoes, Clemson players wore orange cleats for a game against the Wolfpack in 1967 (from Scott Trembly). … Boise State pushed back its uniform unveiling event, which had been scheduled for yesterday, to next Tuesday (from Phil).

Hockey News: The Swedish team wore gold helmets during the celebration of their World Title (from A.J. Frey). … Jack Lynch of the Capitals wore a lacrosse helmet with a facemask to protect a broken cheekbone for a game against the Blackhawks in 1975 (from Russ Levine).

Basketball News: The TBT Jamboree is being held in Philadelphia in June, so teams will wear Rocky-themed uniforms. … The D-League’s Iowa Energy will get new a name and design package after becoming an affiliate of the Timberwolves (from Travis Hines). … New logo for the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.

Soccer News: The newest episode of the 99 Percent Invisible podcast discusses the history of Brazil’s iconic soccer jersey. After suffering a crushing defeat in the 1950 World Cup final, Brazilians blamed everything for the loss, including the team’s white jerseys. So the country’s soccer authorities held a new jersey contest, with the stipulation that entries had to work in the colors of the country’s flag. The winner was Aldyr Garcia Schlee, a 19-year-old illustrator from a small town near the Uruguay border. Schlee is still alive, and he actually has a secret that many Brazilians would consider blasphemous (I don’t want to spoil the podcast, it’s a good one).

Grab Bag: PayPal is suing Pandora over its similar blue P logo (from Brinke). … Also from Brinke: A man stole 800 pairs of shoes from a Nike Factory Store in Portland. It’s unclear how he was able to do so. It’s also unclear how 800 pairs of shoes were only worth $5,000. … A recent high school graduate designed the logo for 30th annual International Horseradish Festival, which will be held in Collinsville, Ill., a city known as the “Horseradish Capital of the World.”

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Paul here. I’m going to be off the grid for a good chunk of today. Play nice while I’m away, yes? Thanks, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

The Return of Naming Wrongs

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As longtime readers may recall, back in 2009 I partnered with the apparel brand No Mas and the Brooklyn musician the Rev. Vince Anderson to create a T-shirt that said, “I’m Calling It Shea,” which was our response to the Mets selling off their new ballpark’s naming rights. The shirt was so successful that we launched a line of similar shirts (shown above) under the banner Naming Wrongs.

The Naming Wrongs project eventually stalled, as No Mas prexy Chris Isenberg moved on to other things (he now runs Doubleday & Cartwright, the design firm that created the Milwaukee Bucks’ current look). But people still remember Naming Wrongs. Every time a stadium or arena gets a new corporate-advertised name, I get emails from people who ask, “Are you going to do a new shirt?”

And now I can finally say yes. I’m happy to report that I’ve made arrangements to reactivate Naming Wrongs. And not a moment too soon — with corporate influence and advertising continuing to worm their way into every nook and cranny of the sports world, Naming Wrongs feels like a small but meaningful act of resistance.

Our own Scott M.X. Turner is handling the typography on the new product, and the shirts will be sold via Teespring. Since Teespring prints on demand, this means we’ll never be out of stock, which was sometimes a problem with the No Mas product.

So what will we be offering? For starters, we’re bringing back the five original Naming Wrongs shirts. But we’ve tweaked the typography and added some additional color options. Here’s what we’ll have (for all of these, you can click to enlarge):

Not bad, right? We’re also planning on a bunch of new designs. You can probably guess what some of them will be (we have a pretty long list), but I’d also like to hear your suggestions: What other designs should we do? Send your ideas here. We’ll do our best to act upon people’s requests.

You probably have some questions, so let’s shift into Q&A mode:

When will the new versions of the five original designs be available again?

Probably in a week or so. We’re just getting a few things set up before we launch.

What about the new designs?

I hope we’ll have at least a couple of them ready to go along with those five . And then we’ll continue adding additional ones as time allows.

Will these be limited-edition shirts, or will they be available indefinitely?

I plan to keep them in print for the foreseeable future.

Will the shirts have anything on the back?


Will long-sleeved versions be available?

In most cases, yes. Sweatshirts and hoodies, too.

Will the 15% discount for card-carrying Uni Watch members apply to these shirts?

Yes. The Naming Wrong product will have its own Teespring shop, but the shirts will also be cross-listed in the Uni Watch shop, where the discount will apply.

Why do some of the shirts begin with “I’m Calling It…” and others have “I Still Call It…”?

We use “I’m Calling It” for new buildings with corporate names, and “I Still Call It” is for old buildings with new corporate names.

I just thought of a shirt you should do and I don’t feeling like scrolling back up to that email link you gave earlier. Can you give it to us again?

Sure. If you have a good idea for a Naming Wrongs shirt we should do, please send it here.

The San Francisco Giants play in AT&T Park, but I still think of it as Pac Bell Park. Will you do a “I Still Call It Pac Bell” shirt?

No. We won’t do any designs that honor previous corporate-advertised facility names. We’ll only do shirts that honor non-corporate names.

Will you do shirts for corporate-renamed college football bowl games?

Possibly. But one thing at a time — we want to get the stadium/arena shirts up and running first.

Who’s this Vince Anderson guy you mentioned?

The Rev. Vince Anderson is a Brooklyn-based musician. He was the one who came up with the phrase, “I’m calling it Shea,” so none of this would have happened without him. He’s given his blessing to the project’s revival.


I think that’s it. I’ll let you know when the shirts are ready for ordering.

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Keeping up with the Joneses: Way back in 2007, I wrote about how Bear Bryant, who coached Kentucky in the early 1950s, had twins Larry and Harry Jones wear Nos. 1A and 1B. Now Twitter user @ItsTheBigFish has found a video (shown above) that provides us with several seconds’ worth of footage of Harry.

Okay, so he’s just walking onto the field with the rest of the team, but still — pretty cool to see!

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

Starting things off this week with a vintage Apex parka for the Cowboys. I had this one! One of many Apex-Cowboys items I had — a contact at Apex kept me well outfitted with massive freebies. Those were the days. Loved the design, but the weird thing about this one was it attracted lint like you couldn’t imagine. Wear it for awhile and you’d need a lint roller to pull off all the hair and miscellaneous detritus. But like I said, I couldn’t beat the price.

Now for the rest of this week’s picks:

• Here’s the box for a 1970s NFL gumball helmets goalpost kit. Can’t decide if that’s Herschel or Walter Payton on the box lid.

• How about this 1960s Vikings bucket cap made by Sta-Well. Nice old-style NFL shield on there.

• The Warriors are cleaning up once again in the playoffs, so we’ve got this 1970s Warriors/Rick Barry poster from Spalding. Always saw “Advisory Staff” on ads for the major sports back then. What did an adviser do other than get paid and pose for photos? [I believe that was the earlier version of what’s now known as a “brand ambassador.” — PL]

• Vintage NFL team name fonts galore on this 1970s Sears NFL lampshade.

• Is it me, or does the Colt on this 1960 Baltimore Colts sticker look like he’s had one too many energy drinks?

• Here’s a 1977 NFL Action Team-Mate Playbook. It goes along with guys like this Fran Tarkenton figure.

• They didn’t quite get the helmet right on this 1960s Jets button right, did they?

• They used the Saints’ short-lived black helmet on this 1960s Chase & Sanborn coffee mug.

• This auction for this 1968 Westclox Team-Mate Baltimore Orioles pocket watch ends tonight, so move fast. Looks to be in perfect shape!

• Freshen-Up gum presents your 1978 NFL Rookies of the Year Media Guide.

• Gonna say Tommy Casanova of the Bengals at the top of this 1978 NFL Pocket Schedule from the United Way. Boy, it was brutal at Miami University (Oxford, OH) in the fall of 1978, what will all the Browns fans also going to school there. The games between the two teams were taken rather seriously in the basement TV room of Reid Hall.

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KRC update: The latest installment of Key Ring Chronicles is a really good one. It’s sort of about a key fob promoting a Las Vegas casino, but it’s also about a really interesting family business that manufactured novelty key ring item. Check it out here.

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The Ticker
By Paul

Baseball News: Mississippi and Auburn both wore throwbacks the other day. Note the captain’s “C” for Mississippi 2B Tate Blackman (from Clint Richardson). … Inconsistent pants striping for the Reno Aces (from @AZJoshM). … New minor league promotion: Race around the bases while carrying a giant toothbrush. … Uniform designer/historian and longtime Uni Watch ally/pal Todd Radom has been doing a series of podcasts with ESPN’s Buster Olney. … Pirates INF Gregory Polanco has a new pair of custom-painted cleats that pay tribute to Royals P Yordano Ventura (from Megan Brown). … The Durham Bulls will be wearing Durham skyline jerseys on June 8. As you can see there, the promotion includes something called “Runaway” and shows a logo of a kid with a bindle, so I initially thought, “Oh, this must be in conjunction with a charity that helps runaway children.” But no — Runaway is actually a Durham-based clothing brand that uses runaway-kid imagery in its branding. Can you fucking imagine? … Check out this shot of NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and actors Charlie Sheen and Billy Barty wearing unusual Dodgers uniforms (from Pat Costello). … Also from Pat: Who’s that in the Globetrotters uni? None other than Baseball Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins. Here’s a watermarked color image from the same photo shoot (from @ProFootballJournal). … Check out the inconsistent underbrim colors in this 1986 Astros shot (from Johnny Garfield and @ProFootballJournal).

Pro and College Football News: During a 1969 Broncos game, a fan snuck into the manually operated scoreboard and changed some of the lettering (from @BroncosQBclub). … Boise State will unveil new uniforms this afternoon (thanks, Phil).

Hockey News: I usually think it’s best to support one’s own team without trashing the opposing team. But I’ll make an exception for this: A bunch of live penguins mucking up a Senators-like logo (from Bryan Justman). … The latest corporate theater absurdity: Former Tennessee Titans RB Eddie George and current Titans QB Marcus Mariota showed up at last night’s Ducks/Preds game in Nashville and were given Predators jerseys — and Mariota’s had Nike logo creep. That’s a Nike logo on a Reebok jersey. Douchebags (from Lee Wilds).

Soccer News: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: New kits for Zambia. … New home kit for Ajax. … New third kit for Manchester United. Additional info here. … New home kit for CSKA Moscow. … New home kit for Club America.

Grab Bag: Novak Djokovic has signed a new deal with Lacoste (thanks, Brinke). … Oh man, I love a good infinite regression (big thanks to Jay Sandora). … New uniforms for Anaheim’s motorcycle cops (from Richard Paloma). … Oh man, look at these completely amazing photos of bowling alleys in Germany. Spectacular stuff (big thanks to my pal David Brown). … Here’s a look at USA Rugby’s new Adidas-made uniforms (from Tim Dunn).

NFL Jerseys with New Tailoring Template Begin to Surface

During and prior to the NFL draft last month, we talked about how most teams are transitioning to Nike’s new tailoring template.
Now that NFL teams are conducting rookie photo shoots, we’re getting our first looks at how that template looks on a fully suited-up player. Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of what’s been circulating so far (for all photos, click to enlarge):

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Some quick notes:

• The collars are sooooo much better without the Nikelace.

• But as we discussed a few weeks ago, it’s too bad about the truncated striping on the Bills’ collar. The same thing will be happening with the Pats, although I haven’t yet seen a photo of a player wearing the new jersey style.

• Aside from the collars, the lack of seams is another big improvement.

• As you can see in the final photo in the series, some teams are still using the old jersey template in their photo shoots. Does that mean those teams are definitely sticking with the old template for the upcoming season? Possibly, but I wouldn’t bet too heavily on that based on a photo shoot in May. Sometimes the new jersey stock isn’t available yet. If a team is wearing the new template in these photos, you can bet that that’s what we’ll be seeing on the field. But if you see the old template, I’d recommend a wait-and-see approach (except for the Browns, who as we’ve already discussed are stuck with the old template because of their ridiculous contrast-colored top-stitching).

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Membership update: Eight new designs have been added to the membership card gallery. That includes the very interesting request we got from Keith Adelsberger (shown at right; click to enlarge), who wanted the “2131” sign that was posted at Camden Yards on the night Cal Ripken Jr. broke the consecutive-games streak. I wasn’t sure Scott Turner would be able to execute that one. But as you can see, he really nailed it. Great job, Scott!

The printed/laminated versions of these cards will ship out in a few days. Next up: all of the orders we received on Purple Amnesty Day.

Remember, a Uni Watch membership card now entitles you to 15% off of any of the merchandise in our Teespring shop (if you already have a card, you can email me to get the discount code). As always, you can sign up for your own custom-designed card here, you can see all the cards we’ve designed so far here, and you can see how we produce the cards here.

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The Ticker
By Paul

Baseball News: My ESPN colleague Buster Olney’s excellent piece on the idiocy of beanball retaliation includes the following passage: “[Orioles pitcher Jim] Palmer disliked how [White Sox catcher Carlton] Fisk wore his uniform and, fixated on that, he hit Fisk on purpose.” It’s not clear what Palmer didn’t like, but Fisk went higher-cuffed, and with higher-cut stirrups, than most other players of that era, so maybe that had something to do with it (from Jason Brame). … The Reno Aces are holding a design contest for a new jersey to celebrate Reno’s sesquicentennial. … Whoa, check out the great uniforms for this American Legion team in Wyoming (from @wyomingfootball). … The Bowie Baysox wore a puppy-themed jersey yesterday, to raise funds for animal charities (from Al Hood). … Whoa, so much going on in this uniform! A purple tequila sunrise with white-on-white numbers, verically arched TNOB — with periods! — and Northwestern-striped stirrups. That’s Massillon Jackson High School in Ohio (nice find by Tom Pachuta). … The Gwinnett Braves are having a contest to select a new name for 2018, apparently because fans sometimes confuse them with the big league team.

Soccer News: New sponsor advertiser for Juventus. … New kit for Newcastle United. “The numbers have the updated lion on the base of the numerals,” says Josh Hinton. “Last year, the Premier League was using the outdated PL lion on the base of the numerals.”

Grab Bag: The captain of the Syracuse lacrosse team wears a “C” (from Brian Wulff). … New logo for the Western Lacrosse Association, a men’s Senior A box lacrosse league in British Columbia (from Wade Heidt). … Pro golfer Jason Day is wearing shoes with Tiger Woods’s logo. … Rugby news from Craig Costello, who writes: “For every Leicester Tigers game, each player has a unique letter placed on the chest of his jersey. This dates back to the club’s tradition of using letters instead of numbers to identify players, which they began back in the 1920s. Whereas most rugby teams are numbered 1-15 (with the number of the shirt generally describing the player’s position and role), Leicester spent 70 years with their players wearing A-O. The tradition was brought to an end in 1998 when the rulemakers of the top division of English rugby decreed that everybody should wear numbers to avoid confusion. In recent years, Leicester have included the letters on the front of the shirt as a neat nod to their history. They also still wear the letters on the back in non-competitive matches.”

'Movie Jersey' Contestants - Part II

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By Phil Hecken

Back today with Part II of the “Movie Jersey” contest — if you missed Part I, you can look here.

As mentioned yesterday, I received a total of 46 submissions — I ran 23 yesterday and the final 23 (all alphabetically) are below, with a single set of voting each day. So as you scroll through the submissions today, make notes (or write down) the jerseys you like. At the end of all the submissions, I will have a poll where you can vote on as many of the efforts as you’d like. The top five from each day (yesterday and today) will move on to the finals next weekend. Some of the entrants did provide short descriptions, which I said I would include if they were given to me.

Big thanks go out to Steve Rosenbeck of Garb Athletics, who will provide the reader with the winning submission a custom-created jersey based off of his/her creation!

Lots to get to today, so let’s get started. Again, DON’T FORGET TO VOTE after all the day’s submissions are shown. There will be a lot of choices, so make sure you select the correct entrant(s). To make it easier, I’ll number each entry and include the Movie/Jersey in the voting. OK? OK…here we go (you should be able to click any image to enlarge):

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1. Zach Lineback
Movie/Jersey: The Natural/NY Knights

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2. Tom Mandile
Movie/Jersey: Teen Wolf

Mandile, Tom - Beavers

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3. Chris Mayor
Movie/Jersey: Draft Day

Mayor, Chris - Browns Draft Day

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4. Kevin McLaughlin
Movie/Jersey: Bugs Bunny/Gas House Gorillas

McLaughlin, Kevin - Gashouse Gorillas

If the funny little “alternate” jersey is not allowed, let me know and I can get rid of it. Thanks! I know you’re being bombarded today!

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5. Hunter Mills
Movie/Jersey: The Waterboy

Mills, Hunter - Mud Dogs

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6. Quentin Moore
Movie/Jersey: Invincible

Moore, Quentin - Invincible

“I chose to redesign the Philadelphia Eagles jerseys from the movie Invincible. It gave me a great opportunity to design my favorite team’s jersey, use Kelly green and enter another great contest.”

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7. Joseph Mueller
Movie/Jersey: Like Mike

Mueller, Joseph - Knights

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8. Dylan Nir
Movie/Jersey: Gus/California Atoms

Nir, Dylan - California Atoms

“Here is my entry for the movie jersey contest. I updated the California Atoms jersey from the 1976 Disney movie Gus. These two links show the uniform from the movie and the team logo.”

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9. Angus O’Keefe
Movie/Jersey: A League of their Own

O'Keefe, Angus - Rockford Peaches

“Did a modern day take on the Rockford Peaches from A League of Their Own. Obviously influenced by the Card’s throwback jerseys, using the scales from the Peaches’ original logo.”

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10. Blake Pass
Movie/Jersey: The Rookie

Pass, Blake - The Rookie

“I call this a “retro update” since so many college and minor league teams are wearing these as a new style these days. The link is the only pic I can find of him wearing the original in the movie.”

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11. Justin Peterson
Movie/Jersey: The Simpsons/Springfield Isotopes

Peterson, Justin - Springfield Isotopes

“I didn’t read the rules close enough and picked a team from a TV show. My bad.”

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12. Tyler Piechota
Movie/Jersey: Slap Shot

Piechota, Tyler - Chiefs

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13. Romulus Ramirez
Movie/Jersey: Hardball

Ramirez, Romulus - Kekambas

“Classic clean approach. Heather grey modernized fabric pattern. Updating the logo and numbers with a clean custom sans serif font. Side panel design not distracting from the logo. Honorary G-Baby sleeve patch. Custom button. Kofi, G-Baby’s older brother and protector was chosen as the player name on the jersey.”

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14. Alex Rocklein
Movie/Jersey: Space Jam/Tune Squad

Rocklein, Alex - Tune Squad

“I redesigned the jersey for the heroes of Space Jam, the Tune Squad. In keeping with the spirit of the contest, I chose LeBron to be featured on the jersey. I pulled out the Looney Tunes bullseye and used that as a modernized accent.”

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15. Matt Rogers
Movie/Jersey: The Waterboy

Rogers, Matt - Waterboy

“Kept the adidas sponsorship and added elements that most adidas schools have. Updated the Bourbon Bowl patch to reflect the bowl that would be played as a result of the 2017 season.”

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16. Tim Shriver
Movie/Jersey: M*A*S*H

Shriver, Tim - MASH

“A complete redesign, here’s my entry from the 1970 film, MASH. In the movie MASH, the unit wears plain, unadorned red jerseys with white numbers…how unamerican! For 2017, the 4077 goes BFBS with OD green trim and stencil numbers/letters, with no contrasting outline because legibility is optional these days. Of course there’s a ubiquitous flag patch as well.

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17. Will Sinnott
Movie/Jersey: Mystery, Alaska

Sinnott, Will - Mystery Alaska

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18. Mike Smith
Movie/Jersey: Bad News Bears

Smith, Mike - Bears

“The back stays blank only with CHICO’S BAIL BONDS. ‘let freedom ring'”

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19. Stephen Smith
Movie/Jersey: Batman: Dark Knight Rises

Smith, Steven - Gotham Rogues

“Here is my entry for the contest: a reboot of the Gotham Rogues from the Dark Knight Rises Batman movie. This is an attempt to simplify the uniform, as well as update the font to something that still has a modern feel, but stays relatively fitting to the name and logo.”

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20. Brett Thomas
Movie/Jersey: Hardball

Thomas, Brett - Kekambas

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21. Jesse Tratner
Movie/Jersey: Space Jam/Tune Squad

Trattner, Jesse - Tune Squad

“I have selected to do the “Tune Squad” jersey from Space Jam.”

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22. M. Worthington
Movie/Jersey: Christmas Vacation

Worthington, M - Blackhawks-Griswold

“We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest season since Pit Martin skated with Jimmy f’n Pappin. You mean you didn’t order the Metallic Pea Green and Simulated Wood Grain DI-NOC?”

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23. Matt Yancey
Movie/Jersey: Any Given Sunday/Sharks

Yancey, Matt - Sharks

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And now…cast your votes — remember, you can vote for as many submissions as you’d like (top 5 move on to the finals), but you can only vote once.:

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And there you have it — Part II. I’m pretty impressed with the entries, and I think this was a pretty fun contest to host. Give the participants your thoughts (props, jeers, etc.) in the comments below. I’ll have the top 5 today, added to the top five vote getters from yesterday, for our final voting next weekend.

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…and Baseball & Horse Racing

The Orioles’ newest promotion, “Celebrate Maryland Day,” was done to coincide (I am pretty sure) with the running of the Preakness Stakes. It should not be confused with actual “Maryland Day”, which is a legal holiday and celebrated on March 25 (the landing of the first European settlers in the Province of Maryland). Maryland was admitted to the Union on April 28, 1788. So … it’s gotta be a tie in to the ponies, right?

Anyway, in celebration of “Celebrate Maryland Day,” the birds wore custom hats and jerseys with Maryland Flag script on Saturday in their game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Reader Will Shoken sent in some pics and added the following:

“The Orioles wore special Maryland flag jerseys and caps. J.J. Hardy and Hyun Soo Kim also wore Maryland flag socks. Replica jerseys were given away to the fans (as seen in the background in the view of Adam Jones at bat).”

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Nice, right? So much nicer when teams decide to do their own self-promotion instead of having “theme” unis/jerseys forced upon them by MLB.

I’d actually hoped (and planned) on seeing this game, but circumstances, and finances (plus a car that won’t currently pass inspection and needs a new windshield — really didn’t feel like tempting fate and a ticket) conspired against me. So…I still have to cross Camden Yards off the stadium bucket list. Hopefully at some point later this season. If anyone’s up for a road trip (or is from/near Ballmer…let’s talk).

Thanks to Andrew Cosentino for one of the tweets and the final two flag socks photos used in this section.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: “I was really impressed with my local high school’s baseball and softball uniforms,” says Sean Gibson. “Our high school colors are Maroon and Gold. I think they did a decent job this year with the maroon (they go from ketchup red to too purple maroon). The high school is Juab High School in Nephi, Utah.” … In a crossing the rubicon split Jimmer Vilk would *love,* check out new Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott getting set to throw out the first pitch at a Buffalo “Bissons” game (from Michael Blake Raymer). … This was discussed in yesterday’s comments, but Kenneth Turner had this to say about Jaime Farr’s M*A*S*H “Texas Rangers” cap: “Being from Toledo, OH like Jamie Farr, his love for his hometown is well known and legendary. He frequently wore caps and jerseys on the show from his beloved city and team, as in this picture. He is actually wearing a cap from the Toledo Mud Hens, not the Texas Rangers.” … More “foreign team” fan license plates: A Miami Giants fan (from Chris F.). … Here is all that remains of the Polo Grounds today (from Glorious Tentacles). … Here’s a beautiful signed print of Le Grand Orange as an Expo (from Gregg Inkpen). … START ‘EM YOUNG Part II: “That’s my boy rockin’ the stirrups in 2015. Coach loved it, even if one stirrup went rogue,” says 3-6-3 DP). … Neat bobblehead giveaway at Wrigley Field yesterday: “The Final Out” featuring Kris Bryant & Anthony Rizzo (from Bruce Menard). … There are “tons of awesome photos of House of David in this story,” says our own Alex Hider. … The author of this article seems to think the Durham Bulls “Bull City Blues” unis are the best in MiLB. I do like them a LOT. … WHOOPS!!! These are NOT the jerseys you’re looking for San Jose Gaints (great spot by Jason Knapp). However, in their defense, the Giants had a great reply. … John Muir is a big fan of the Cubs infield tarp covering, saying “The product placement on the infield tarp is pretty close to perfect.” … “We’re heading to the MiLB Bowie Baysox for the game to(day), and noticed that they will be wearing special uniforms celebrating a cartoon my son watches on tv,” says Daniel J. Sym. “Definitely one of the more unique uniforms I’ve seen and I thought you might be interested.” … Major baseball find on Antiques Roadshow: Ned Hanlon’s Baltimore #Orioles championship awards (1894-96); from Bruce Menard. … Paul knew I’d love these Omaha, NE Westside high school blood red uniforms with vertical name down black placket. Runner ups in Class A baseball yesterday (from Jeff Jensen). … Stirrups all day long (from danny). I’m guessing that comes from the Wilmington Blue Rocks game. … James Gilbert writes, “I don’t know why #26 is standing with a #46 framed jersey and why it’s a 2-yr old jersey style (old script/# typeface).” … It doesn’t quite top Salty’s 14 letter surname, but Check out the new Cincy Red (just called up from the minors), with a 13 letter last name (from Guybrush).

NFL/CFL/College/Football News: OK, this is kinda odd — check out this locker photo from Mitch Trubisky instagram. Beau Parks asks, “Bears changing pant stripe?” Those sure look like Denver Broncos pants. And Trubisky went to UNC, so clearly those aren’t something the Tar Heels would have worn. I’m like 99.9% sure those aren’t Bears trou, but why are they in his locker then? … This photo (from Broc) show teams who’ve dumped the Nikelace in favor of the updated template. … Was the two-stripe Niner update just a tease? Gabriel Alvarado asks, “Maybe the Niners are still using the old template after all?” — I’m betting that’s just old stock, but clearly that’s a Nikelace. Also shown with the old template are the Bengals, who we know are updating. … One team we KNOW are switching to the new template are the New York Football Giants (from Alejandro DeJesus). … If you look in the back row (third from left), is that a Lions throwback? (nice spot by Delmz). … An arcade in Pigeon Forge with some outdated NFL team logos on their cups (from Pat Anello). … I’m pretty sure we’ve seen these before, but Southern Miss has some new unis (and combos) for 2017 (from Adam Sullivan). … Another team without the Nikelace: The Eagles (from Nick M.). …”Check out this vintage 1970’s Cowboys trash can I found at a yard sale today for 50 cents!” exclaims Forward Progress Tees. “There’s one on Ebay priced at $120!!!” … Our pal Jimmer Vilk would absolutely love these Cedar Rapids Titans jerseys (from Kevin English).

Soccer News: Following up on a ticker item from yesterday, Mark Higgins writes, “The five boroughs listed on the new Crystal Palace shirt are actually the five boroughs that the area of Crystal Palace straddles – much like a tri-state area. The Selhurst Park stadium is located entirely in South Norwood in the borough of Croydon and not in Crystal Palace, however – and the Crystal Palace the club is named for no longer exists. It was moved to Sydenham Hill in London in 1854 before burning down in 1936, and was originally located in Hyde Park, in the borough of Westminster. In short, this is a shirt and club with some interesting history!” … The leaked Barcelona kit shows a new stripe pattern for 2017-18 season. Submitter Josh Hinton adds, “The club’s new sponsorship deal with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten kicks in, but that doesn’t appear to be the only change.” … From Ty Smith: Bayern Munich makes the gameday mascots cover up Nike swoosh on boots. … Big Nike leak today, “Inter Milan the pick of the bunch for me” says Mikey Traynor. … Kacper Laskoś plays without Wisła Kraków’s advertiser (@LVBETpl ) because he’s under 18. Wearing would violate Polish law (good spot by Ed Żelaski‏).

Grab Bag: USA Luge has launched an online vote to decide which of two helmet designs their athletes wear at next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. … The International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed Pakistan’s jersey for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales. It’s quite good looking, (just not a fan of the contrasting side panels), but great colors. … Check out Jimmie Johnson’s “Hamilton” helmet (from Mike Bilder).

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And that’s it for today. Thanks to everyone (both days) who contributed to the “Movie Jersey” contest. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to vote for your favorites! I’ll be back next weekend with the ten finalists. Everyone have a great week and I’ll catch ya next weekend…but until then…

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“Baseball pants are the same color as the shirts. Anything else is softball.”

— Jon Rose

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