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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

Lineback, Zach - 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.:

Movie Jersey Contest – Part II free polls

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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…

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.


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

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'Movie Jersey' Contestants - Part I

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By Phil Hecken

Last weekend I announced our latest contest, which was basically to “update” a jersey from a movie for 2017. While I did say “movie” I didn’t specifically forbid updating a jersey which appeared on television, so I did actually receive a few of those. I also didn’t explicitly forbid using a “real” team from a movie, and I did receive one or two submissions of people who updated jerseys for actual teams. Voters can take these factors into account.

If you want to know the particulars of the contest, it’s all explained in the link above. I received a total of 46 submissions — so I’m going to run 23 today and 23 tomorrow (all alphabetically) 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 (today and Sunday) 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. Nick Allen
Movie/Jersey: The Replacements

Allen, Nick - Sentinels

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2. Matt Bachovchin
Movie/Jersey: Slapshot/Chiefs

Bachovchin, Matt - Chiefs

“As a native of Charlestown (aka Johnstown, PA) I decided to redesign the Chiefs road jerseys – switching to a slightly darker blue, eliminating any white and changing the horizontal ‘Chiefs’ to the diagonal ‘Charlestown’ as its main front design. My inspiration was the ‘Tre Kronor’ from the Swedish National team.”

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3. David Britt
Movie/Jersey: A League of Their Own

Britt, David - Peaches

“IMO, the two best baseball movies don’t include adult men: The Sandlot and A League of Their Own. I updated the Rockford Peaches, because my wife said if I won, she would absolutely wear a Peaches jersey…and I thought that would be a cool thing to give her.”

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4. Adam Cain
Movie/Jersey: The Waterboy

Cain, Adam - Mud Dogs

“Here is my take on the SCLSU Mud Dogs; a subtle update, the main change is the unfortunate addition of the Farmer Fran memorial patch.”

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5. Michael Candelmo
Movie/Jersey: Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings

Candelmo, Michael - Bingo Long All Stars

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6. Gary Chanko
Movie/Jersey: The Saga of Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars

Chanko, Gary - Bingo Long All Stars

From the 1976 comedy sports flix. The fictional uniform designed for the movie were as flamboyant as the team’s on field antics. My updated minimalist design retains the original color scheme. Each jersey now displays ‘Bingo,’ in contrast to parts of the full team name spread across multiple jerseys.”

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7. Austin Chen
Movie/Jersey: Slap Shot/Chiefs

Chen, Austin - Chiefs

“I chose show some love to the Charlestown Chiefs’ away uniforms (from Slap Shot). I wanted to emphasize the team’s primary color some more, as well as bring symmetry to the striping. The end result is a sweater that is clean and distinctly classic, but fits well with today’s aesthetic.”

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8. Jacob Colby
Movie/Jersey: The Big Green/The Big Green

Colby, Jacob - The Big Green

“Took this jersey from the soccer movie The Big Green. I took the old style jersey and gave it a modern look. This jersey would be adidas if possible. Basic but clean like a real pro style jersey with an updated custom goat logo.”

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9. Stephen Colyer
Movie/Jersey: Benchwarmers

Colyer, Stephen - Benches

“I picked the movie Benchwarmers and just updated their 80s pullovers to more of a traditional button down with bright colors and simplified the name to “Benches”, kind of what the Tampa Bay did going from Devil Rays to Rays. The bench in the logo is a metal bench instead of a wood bench which are more common now as well.”

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10. Jimmy Corcoran
Movie/Jersey: The Mean Machine

Corcoran, Jimmy - Mean Machine

“I updated the 1974 Mean Machine jersey, I updated the fonts, added a Georgia Corrections patch, and a memorial patch for Nate Scarborough. I did #30 because Sonny Sixkiller was my father’s back up with the Bell and they once did his Longest Yard scene for me in the locker room.”

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11. Drew Doyle
Movie/Jersey: Air Bud/Timberwolves

Doyle, Drew - Air Bud Timberwolves

“Fabricated using the latest dog-performance-enhancing technologies, these redesigned “Air Bud” jerseys feature more gold and less white to pay homage to the school’s most legendary player of all time: a Golden Retriever named Buddy. They also feature light-blue claw marks and a modern wolf head.”

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12. Craig Dudley
Movie/Jersey: The Natural

Dudley, Craig - Knights

“The Natural is easily in my top three sports movies. So I had to choose the New York Knights home jersey for this contest.”

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13. Brendan Gargano
Movie/Jersey: Space Jam/Tune Squad

Gargano, Brendan - Tune Squad

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14. Chris Glover
Movie/Jersey: The Replacements/Sentinels

Glover, Chris - Replacements

“Sentinels 2017 Home Red Jersey; Custom Template w/ simpler design; Modified traditional striping on shoulder; Metallic blue outline on numbers and stripes.”

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15. Staci Glover
Movie/Jersey: The Natural/New York Knights

Glover, Staci - Knights

“2017 Home Cream Jersey; Navy blue stripe around collar and across shoulders; Navy buttons represent rivets in the armor; Sleeve logo identifies with both medieval and military.”

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16. Andrew Greenwood
Movie/Jersey: Space Jam/Tune Squad

Greenwood, Andrew - Tune Squad

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17. Joe Hilseberg
Movie/Jersey: A League of their Own

Hilseberg, Joe - Rockford Peaches

“This was an easy one for me to pick, and a simple tweak too. I have always wanted to update the manager’s jersey from A League of Their Own. It looks like they grabbed whatever was on the rack and slapped a patch on it. I wanted the men’s version to be more on par with the women’s, but still different. Nothing fancy, but better than just the patch on the front.”

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18. Christian Jackson
Movie/Jersey: Slap Shot/Syracuse Bulldogs

Jackson, Christian - Bulldogs

“For my submission I have updated the jersey of the Syracuse Bulldogs from the 1977 movie “Slapshot”. The new uniform uses an Adidas template. I went with a slightly deeper orange base than the original. It features aggressive vector logos with bold lettering.”

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19. Andrew Jones
Movie/Jersey: The Replacements/Washington Sentinels

Jones, Andrew - Washington Sentinels

“Home Jersey for the Washington Sentinels from the Replacements: The shoulder stripes and with the 3 stars and the updated logo are meant to represent the flag of Washington DC.”

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20. Kristopher Kern
Movie/Jersey: The Mighty Ducks/Minnesota Waves

Kern, Kristopher - Minnesota Waves

“The heritage of Minnesota Waves hockey is celebrated by utilizing the most unique color palette in all of sports combined with a modernized logo and jersey design. The legacy of greatness established by Gordon Bombay is reflected in the new look: the design is built for speed…and triple dekes.”

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21. Alexander Lash
Movie/Jersey: Hardball

Lash, Alexander - Kekembas

“Attached is my entry. longtime reader, first time entry. Thanks so much for putting together the Uni-watch blog every day. Its a great way to start the work day.”

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22. Ian Lee
Movie/Jersey: High School Musical

Lee, Ian - High School Musical

“My Jersey Contest Submission. Attached is my Jersey Contest submission. It’s from High School Musical.”

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Movie/Jersey: The Mighty Ducks

Lineback, Nick - Ducks

“Here’s my submission into the coolest contest I’ve seen in quite some time! I apologize for the earliness of the hour, as I’m about to go work for 12 hr shift 7am – 7pm.”

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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 I. 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 Part II tomorrow.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Yesterday, in 1979, the Philadelphia Phillies wore their now-infamous “Saturday Night Special” all burgundy uniforms for the 1st & last time (from Bruce Menard). Here’s another look (via Dan Mallon). … Evidently, the burgundy uniforms were viewed as a bad idea for multiple reasons (from Todd Radom). … “Apparently the doctors of the 4077 developed time travel for the army in the early 1950’s, as Jamie Farr’s character is spotted wearing a 1972-1985 Texas Rangers hat,” writes Bryan Moore. “This came from a 1979 episode.” … Nice photo here of Warren Spahn as a pitching coach for the Cleveland team in 1973 — check out the soutache on the cap! (from 216 Sports History). That’s a “coaches” cap. Here’s a shot of Rocky Colavito also sporting one. … Shawn Anderson has a website, “Hall of the Very Good,” which I occasionally link to, and this one features a podcast with Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, who discussed the origin of the Kansas City Royals “Dressed to the Nines” (Negro League throwback game), among other topics. Highly recommended. … Here’s a version of the very scary Mr. Met (the original one), riding a bike (from Bruce Menard). … Remember those Crying Jordan softball jerseys? You can now buy one (for charity). … Here’s an absolutely stunning photo of Stan Musial in 1942 (note the Hale patch), and which is also colorized, by ManCave Pictures. … “I saw a guy wearing a Cubs World Series championship t-shirt yesterday on the Red Line after the Cubs game,” says Ryan Beth. “I remember you posting about Javy Baez having this same design as a tattoo, and that it was also the 2015 WS Champs style that was used for the Royals.” … While the SF Giants were busy wearing a white (instead of cream) uni for Breast Cancer Awareness Mother’s Day weekend, the San Jose Giants wore these beauts (from OT Sports). … The “opening round play for the Women’s College World Series Lexington Regional still shows the outdated logo” (from Gosha Offset). … The Frisco RoughRiders will don these jerseys for Military Appreciation Night this evening (from Frisco RoughRiders). … Whoa — check out these Westside Woolly Mammoths (USBPL) ‘Flintstone’ jerseys which debuted last night (from Timothy Pontzer). … You can read Daniel Norris’ undershirt (#Tigers baseball) through his jersey observes Beau Parsons. … START ‘EM YOUNG (and start ’em off right!): Check out the stirrups on this little guy (from Mike Tocco). … Speaking of a good stirrup game — check out Linfield College (from Ben Belletto‏). … The Buffalo Bisons whipped out their baby blue look last evening (from Jordan M.).

NFL News/CFL/College/Football News: This prolly won’t stir controversy: The jerseys and cleats that Colin Kaepernick wore during the 2016 NFL season where he protested the National Anthem are headed into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. … Not sure if we covered this back when Paul was finding which teams did and did not cut the helmet stripe to fit the newer style helmets, but the Carolina Panthers are one of those teams who apparently don’t cut it (from Troy). … Check out these photos of Terrell Davis during the sculpting of his Pro Football Hall of Fame bust (from Kary Klismet). … “From NFL rookie symposium” comes this photo of JuJu Smith-Schuster’s jersey. Submitter Jenks McGee asks, “Somebody condense the font by 40%?” … Latest (confirmed) team to upgrade their jersey template: The Cincinnati Bengals, who’re getting rid of the awful Nikelace (from Ryan Suckow). … Iowa State sported “Beat Iowa” on their jerseys in 1977 when their rivalry with Iowa resumed after a 43-year pause. They lost, 12-10. (from Sports Paper via Paul). … “Just a minor observation: at the Taste of the Jets event, the Jets were selling helmets and mini helmets with the white facemasks used in last season’s Color Rush,” writes Jonathan Earl. “Does this suggest the team might be thinking of a permanent move to white facemasks?” … A couple people (including Nicholas Barrett and Cam Erikson) pointed out this Vikings jersey which is either new or a hybrid of the color rash/regular jersey (note the gold sleeve stripes). Anyone know if this is just a one-off type thing or will the Vikes be modifying their jerseys going forward? … Going, ahem, *head to head*: Schutt has filed a lawsuit against Riddell, claiming that Riddell is infringing three patents covering Schutt’s football helmet technologies (via Paul, from a sender who prefers to remain anonymous).

Hockey News: The Ottawa Senators are embracing their status as the lone remaining Canadian team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and added a Canadian flag decal to the back of their helmets. … Windsor is hosting the CHL’s Memorial Cup, and this the Commemorative Memorial Day jersey (from our old pal Teebz). … The Nashville Predators are honoring their injured teammate by adding a band aid to a locker room mural. More on the mural (from Alex Hider). … Tweeter Steven Mills received a survey to help the Washington Capitals decide on an Alternate via the Interwebs. They are obviously looking towards 2018-19, as there will be no alternate jerseys this upcoming season. … Peter on Twitter asks, “IF the Ottawa makes the Stanley Cup, where would the patch go on this jersey?” … FTH GLG? “Just saw this hardcore @MapleLeafs fan way out here in California. #Leafs fans are everywhere,” says Damon Hirschensohn.

NBA/D-League/College/High School/Hoops News: Apologies if this has already appeared in the ticker, but the Cleveland Cavaliers, who announced their jersey advertiser will be Goodyear this week, have now given some details on how their patches will look when paired with their white and wine color unis (from David Gipson). … Officiating a high school sporting event can be a thankless task, what with parents and coaches screaming for your head while you do a job that isn’t exactly going to make anyone rich. And now it appears that fewer people are choosing to go that route (from Tommy Turner). … Conrad Burry writes, “JUST IN: The new Cavaliers ‘global logo’ and a new Spurs logo have leaked online via new hats. Check ’em out here.”

Soccer News: The names of (*some*) of the South London boroughs are on the stripes of this new Crystal Palace kit top (good spot by Mark Coale).

Grab Bag: Golfer JordanSpieth wants to make a statement in his hometown this week, but he let his shoes do the talking first — check out the shoes (from Megan Brown). … Here’s a look at the Haas F1 Team’s updated livery for Monaco and beyond (from Victory Cheeseballs). Here’s another look (from Omar Jalife). … Reader Paul Carlson thought we’d be interested in Indycar driver, JR Hildebrand’s numbers project. “He and a team of friends are taking a look at old racing numbers, offering up a little history on them and digitizing them for fans’ use.” … Students at South Burlington High School have picked their new mascot — they picked “Wolves” to replace “Rebels” (from Jay Pritchard).

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That’s all for today folks. Everyone have a great Saturday, and make sure you vote! I’ll catch you guys tomorrow, but until then…

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“I’m really, really trying to not be Get Off My Lawn Guy. But MLB seems determined to push me there.”

— Jon Rose

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Under Armour to Take Over MLB Uniforms a Year Early

When the word came down last December that Under Armour would be taking over from Majestic as MLB’s uniform outfitter in 2020, my ESPN colleague Darren Rovell’s coverage of the situation included a small detail that many people, myself included, overlooked: “The deal is scheduled to begin in 2020 and run for 10 years, but sources say it could start before that should Majestic decide to bow out early.”

Fast forward to last month: Fanatics bought Majestic’s parent company, including the Pennsylvania factory where Majestic makes MLB uniforms. That led one of my sources to suggest, citing the line in the Rovell story, that the schedule for the Under Armour changeover might be accelerated.

And sure enough, that’s what’s happening. Here’s the story, as reported yesterday by the AP:

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that fan merchandise from Under Armour will be available next year and that Under Armour will be used for dugout clothing during the 2018 postseason. The full switch to Under Armour for on-field apparel will take place for the 2019 season.

So the Under Armour logo will begin appearing on jersey chests (not sleeves) in 2019 — a full season earlier than had been expected. Man, it’s like hearing your life expectancy was just reduced by one year.

If you choose to believe that Manfred is also champing at the bit to add uniform advertising, this new development also has implications on that front. Back in February, Manfred said he couldn’t even think about uniform ads until MLB got used to having the maker’s mark on the chest. Well, they’re going to get used to it one year earlier than we thought, so the timetable for considering uni ads will presumably be moved up as well. (To be clear, I’m not saying, nor do I believe, that MLB uni ads are a done deal. But whatever internal process MLB has for evaluating the situation is now on a faster track .)

In short: Enjoy this season and next season, because things are going to get seriously ugly after that.

(My thanks to Phil for bringing this news to my attention just as it was breaking yesterday.)

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The Ticker
By Paul

Baseball News: New bat knob decals for A’s 1B Yonder Alonso. … Here’s an illustrated timeline of Mets home uniforms (thanks, Phil). … The Corvalis Knights — that’s a collegiate wood bat summer team — have new uniforms with the team logo on the upper thigh (from Ben Eshleman). … Cubs 2B Ben Zobrist wore stirrups yesterday. … Just what the world’s been waiting for: stars and stripes umpires. … Pirates first base coach Joey Cora forgot his helmet last night, so pitcher Ivan Nova taped the helmet to Cora’s head (thanks, Phil). … The A’s wore San Jose Sharks-themed BP jerseys yesterday. Here’s a closer look. … Angels OF Cameron Maybin has been hiking up his pants to Hunter Pence-like heights (from Gary Skraba). … Unusual to see that the Yanks’ road BP jersey uses the helmet version of the “NY” logo, rather than the jersey version (from Steve Dodell). … A’s OF Rajai Davis went with white sanitaries, rather than the usual gold, last night (from @UnkieNoah).

Pro Football News: With news emerging yesterday that the opening of the Rams’ new stadium will be delayed by one year, my ESPN colleague Alden Gonzalez is reporting that the team’s new uniforms will likewise be pushed back to 2020. Or, then again, maybe not. … Meanwhile, the L.A. Coliseum, where the Rams will now be playing for an additional year, is getting a new corporate name. Gross. … Here’s a great shot of Raiders RB Marv Hubbard wearing the padded helmet style usually associated with the Chiefs’ Willie Lanier (from Miles Filbert). … After I posted that Hubbard photo on Twitter, Kevin Gallagher responded, “Several Raiders offensive linemen of that era wore the padded crown, including Gene Upshaw and Boomer Brown. I hadn’t known that! … Back in 2011 I did an article on the history of the Pats’ ill-fated “Proto-Elvis” logo. Now Andrew Mason has found a glimpse of Proto-Elvis shown in the end zone during a game! Never seen evidence of that before. Maybe that was the game when they had the halftime vote on whether to replace Pat Patriot with Proto-Elvis..? … A new professional seven-on-seven flag football league is set to debut in 2018 with an interesting innovation: ” The league’s flags, which are patent pending, are attached via magnets instead of the typical Velcro. When a flag is detached, a sensor detects it and an official will be able to see the exact point on the field [where] the flag came off, thus ceding the guesswork to science.”

Hockey News: Longtime reader Richard Craig recently received an email from the Sharks, which invited him to participate in a poll regarding the team’s third jersey. You can see the email and click through the poll questions here.

NBA News: Earlier this week I wondered if the Cavs might wear this Akron Goodyear Wingfoots uniform as a throwback next season. As it happens, LeBron James showed up at practice yesterday wearing that very jersey design. Not sure what the little logo on the chest was (it appears to include “USA“; on the back it had Kyrie Irving’s number and NOB, along with the Goodyear logo. … SportsCenter put together a series of graphics yesterday about the players named to this year’s All-NBA teams. Interestingly, they chose to show most of the players in alternate uniforms (from Ryan McRyanson). … Golden State has some uneven NOB/number spacing. … The floor at a bar in Syracuse is the original hardcourt used by the old Syracuse Nationals, who are known today as the Philadelphia 76ers (from Bryan Prouse).

Soccer News: New kit for FC Bayern. … New sleeve advertiser for FC Schalke 04 (from Anthony Nuccio). … The Scottish club Hearts has inked a new deal with Umbro (from Ed Żelaski‏). … Borussia Monchengladbach has semi-jokingly accused Borussia Dortmund of stealing their kit idea (from Josh Hinton). … Incredible Hulk-themed kit for Atletico Astorga FC (from The Book Room). … New jersey for Dynamo Dresden (from Ed Żelaski‏). … Also from Ed: The new Pumas kit has leaked. The design is based on UNAM’s American football team.

Grab Bag: A Nike-financed track and field program has raised serious questions about doping. It’s amazing how Nike manages to involve itself in so many unsavory enterprises, even ones that have nothing to do with uniforms. … Fashion designer Naoki Takizawa has been creating really nice uniforms for the staffs of various companies and institutions (from Greg Franklin). … Here’s a story about Nevada’s “Battle Born” uniforms across several different sports (thanks, Phil). … New Dallas-themed golf shoes for Jordan Spieth (from Tony Andela). … Here’s a chart that shows every color of cardigan that Mr. Rogers wore from 1979 to 2001 (from John Muir). … Here’s a look at the liveries for the Indy 500 (from Tim Dunn).