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Raptors Unveil New Unis for 2015-16

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By Phil Hecken

Late last evening the Toronto Raptors released their new uniforms for 2015-16. They’ll begin wearing them in the pre-season of this year. As was widely rumored, there will be four new uniforms: a home, a road and two alternates. They were unveiled by Rapper Drake, who actually wore the OVO uniform top last evening during his own OVO Fest at Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre. Drake collaborated with the Raptors on the redesign.

According to the press release, “The new look pays tribute to the City of Toronto as well as being the lone Canadian club in the National Basketball Association. The main colours will remain centred on Canada’s national colours of red and white. Black and silver will continue to be used for trim on the home white and red road uniform. The club will also sport two alternate black uniforms. A version with red, silver and white trim will return, joined by a special alternate featuring gold and white trim.”

Let’s take a look at those (click any image to enlarge):

Home:

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Not much needs to be said description-wise, as all the details are pretty much listed in the four graphics below the uniform photo (same for all of the remaining uniforms).

Road:

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Alternate 1:

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Alternate 2: (The “Drake” OVO Alternate)

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Not bad! As you’ll note from the small descriptors of the home (basically repeated for each of the uniform sets), there are changes from the previous uniform set. You can see those and previous uniforms here.

From the press release:

Jersey:

• The chevrons on the side of the jersey will now point “north” to align with our slogan of “We The North.” The chevrons had pointed downward since being introduced as a uniform accent in 1999.
• The fonts are accented with silver lining, a throwback to our past.
• Player names on the back will now be arched rather than straight across.
• At the waist-level hem of the jersey is an upside-down tag with our “We The North” slogan.
• It will be visible to players when they tuck in their jersey, and will serve to remind them of what they represent.
• Engineered mesh finish with a subtle design to emphasize a more aerodynamic feel that follows the contours of the body.

Shorts:

• The front of the waistband dons a Maple Leaf, incorporating our new look and feel with the symbol of our nation.
• The shorts have a shout-out to Toronto, sometimes referred to as the “T Dot.” “T.O.” is stitched on the side with our new logo representing the “O.”

There weren’t a lot of details as to when these would be worn, but one could probably assume they’ll wear all four (or at least the two alternates plus the white uniform) at home, and the red and possibly (probably?) the two alternates on the road as well.

There isn’t a huge difference (other than already noted) between their previous set and this new one, save for the “Drake” alternate, which features gold piping and accents. The logo (previously revealed) is also new. The wordmarks and numbers are new, and you can see the differences here:

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One little detail too, captured nicely by this tweet — whether intentional or not, the waistband, stripe and logo form “TO” (h/t Paul Lee):


I’m not sure there is a need for two alternates, especially since both are black and not all that different — but there is, of course, a jersey market, so those who are ‘true’ fans will, of course, need to buy more jerseys. I didn’t mind their old set, and I think these are a slight improvement (if not entirely necessary). Fortunately the Raptors didn’t try to incorporate purple into this set, although they’re more than welcome to continue wearing the throwback they busted out several times this past season. Best to keep that one solely as a throwback and not try to force purple into the red/white/black (and gold) colorscheme.

As I said, I like them — although they’re only a slight upgrade from the prior set. What do you guys think?

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Cincy Bearcats Get New Unis — UA Calls Them “Ungrabbable”

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Big news out of Under Armour yesterday, as they released one set of new uniforms for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats (who switched from adidas to UA earlier this year), and immediately touted these uniforms (as well as those of Notre Dame, Utah, Auburn and Maryland) as having ‘ungrabbale’ properties. More on that later. Let’s take a look at Cincy’s new uni set (click on any photo to enlarge):

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Not bad, all things considered. The first thing you should notice is that (at least on the one set revealed) they are not that different from their previous set. Gone are the red collar and piping (and adidas treatmarks), replaced with a new “stripe” on the jersey, and (more importantly), the claw marks on the pants. Those have also been replaced with the Cincinnati Stripe, which is also replicated on the helmet. TV numbers have been moved from the sleeve to the top of the shoulders. Some more looks at the new unis:

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The most prominent feature, seen throughout the uniform, is the “stripe.” What exactly is the stripe? Well, thankfully, we have a handy-dandy guide:

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I actually like the stripe as a design element — and that it is repeated throughout the uniform. It seems uniform makers these days are always searching for a “story” to tell as a feature of the uniform (in most cases failing from a graphic standpoint), but in this case, I think it works. If UA gives them a red and white set (and certainly a red and white helmet), these should work well. Much of the uniform is unchanged from that worn under adidas, from the number font to the wordmark. The Cincinnati logo remains on the helmet, as the second “C” in the jersey wordmark and on the pants. The centrally-located adidas logo has been replaced with the UA logo on the left side of the chest:

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Purely from a design standpoint, I think UA has done a good job with these.

But, like competitors Nike and adidas, Under Armour has (claimed to) create a uniform that will make it impossible for defenders to grab onto, by developing a faster, stronger, tougher, lighter space-age fabric amusingly named “ArmourGrid”. The corporate-speak is at full blast…to wit, it’s the “toughest” jersey UA has ever made:

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They say the same for Auburn, Maryland, Notre Dame and Utah.

The UC unis were unveiled as part of a roll-out of (supposedly) new uniforms for four of its other schools, all of which were touted as having this fantastic new uniform:

Utah:


Notre Dame:


Maryland:


Auburn didn’t (as far as I could see) have as polished a twitter presentation, but they did still plug the new technology:


This would all be wonderful if this was indeed “new” technology — thing is, the only new school actually getting it is Cincy, since the other schools have used it before (albeit not on a full-time basis). Maryland has actually had it for several seasons.


Auburn student and uniform aficionado Clint Richardson reports that Auburn has had this technology for a while as well. He notes, in a series of tweets, “I don’t know if Under Armour is claiming this or if people are assuming – Maryland was not the only team to test the new template last year. Maryland, Texas Tech, Utah, and the Notre Dame alternates were all on the new template last season. Notre Dame and Auburn just transitioned fully to the new template this year. Cincy was a new design. The others were last year’s uniforms.”

So, like every other uniform that has come before it, the technology is bullshit just UA’s way (and Nike and adidas do this as well) of claiming it’s superior to all others. Frankly, it’s off-putting — can’t they just release the unis and leave it at that? I’m sure Nike, adidas and UA all make fine uniforms, and none of them is probably any demonstrably faster/stronger/lighter than any of the others. Between this and the cleats,


it’s just become more noise.

But hey, the recruits are attracted to bright, shiny things and these deliver. Even the “story” each company spins to make a certain school’s uniforms “unique” is becoming trite (although I do like the new UC stripe). But the pride unis, the sweatbacks, etc… The more unique each school becomes the more the same they stay.

I’m pleased UA showed *restraint* with these uniforms — there are going to be some good new unis this fall (along with some awful new ones like UCLA). I’d say UC is among the good ones (at least based on this black set).

What do you guys think of these uniforms? Let’s have your thoughts in the comments section below. (H/T to Uniform Nation Blog for some of the images used in this writeup).

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

METS

Got a few game programs to look at today. Cool looking Mets game program from their Miracle season of 1969. And notice on the top left of the cover- this was the second game of a twin bill . July 13th, 1969: Mets 9, Expos 7. Cal Koonce in relief of some guy named Nolan Ryan picked up his third win of the year against a like number of losses. Shea attendance, 40,653. Game time, 3:06. Now onto the rest of the week’s stuff:

Staying with 1969: don’t think I’ve seen this before- a 48 page magazine created to celebrate the 50th Season of the NFL in 1969.

Check it out- the 1969 NFL/Honeywell Action Photography Guide! tips on film, lenses, filters and focus to help you capture all the action with still, movie, and flash photography. And look who created this: Dave Boss, Creative Services Director for National Football League Properties. I don’t think I knew The Man ever held that title- what a gig that must have been!

Like the Detroit/Washington helmet depictions on the cover of this 1965 Hall Of Fame Game program. Never seen the facemasks drawn like that.

This classic looking 1970s San Francisco 49ers helmet plaque will take you back to the days of Ken Willard.

Guaranteed to make you smell like a Yankee: a sealed bar of soap from the 1950s, from Mickey Mantle’s very own Holiday Inn in Joplin, Missouri.

This 1970s NHL Mini-Sport Kit for the Eastern Conference is “unused in the box.”

Here’s a 1970s Steelers carry bag that looks to be in good shape. The seller has several other teams available, too.

Just shoot par, baby: this 1970s Ray-duhz golf ball has a logo that’s just a bit off.

This 1970s Montreal Canadiens mug has held up well- slight bit of chipping around the name, though.

Saints fans will really geaux for this Superdome ceramic bank.

Follow Brinke on Twitter @brinkeguthrie.

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Uni Watch Ticker
Compiled by Mike Chamernik

Baseball News: Brewers pinch hitter Elian Herrera wore striped stirrups last night (from Zach Weber). … In case we haven’t seen them, here are (probably) the MLB’s postseason and World Series logos for this year (from Alan Borock). … At one point, Purdue emulated the Atlanta Braves’ jerseys. Pretty creative! (from Mick Conwah). … Some players, including Kris Bryant and Steven Souza, have their names on their elbow guards. … Rangers C Bobby Wilson wore a red catchers’ helmet while his teammates wore blue caps (from Brett Murphy, Jr.). … The short-season Class A State College Spikes gave away team-branded cups last week (from Brian Cox). … The Spokane Indians added the Salish language to the 2015 Northwest/Pioneer Baseball League All-Star uniforms (from Phil). … The Tampa Yankees will have a Star Wars Night on Saturday (from Benjamin Mead). … A vintage Base Ball game was played in Gettysburg, Pa., last month. The participants played with 19th century uniforms and equipment (and facial hair). Cool stuff, though I guess not everyone got into the old-timey spirit. … Lots of good color shots of the 1959 Red Sox in this film (from Jerry, who didn’t give his last name). … A Mets fan (not Paul or Phil, I assume) received some snazzy customized Keds shoes with Mets designs on them. … Cort McMurray was definitely in St. Louis this weekend, as he spotted this barbecue joint’s logo. … Within this piece, a blog by social critic James Howard Kunstler, is this “Historically, it was never before the case that US soldiers went about in battle dress at home. This disgusting trend has even been adopted in major league baseball. The New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates have gone on TV wearing camo baseball uniforms. What are they trying to prove? That we are all at war all the time?” (From Matthew Lawrence).

NFL and College Football News: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill ditched the Speed Flex’s ratcheted chinstrap and went back to snap buttons. … Texas A&M is hinting at unveiling new Adidas uniforms (from Phil). … North Carolina put an argyle stripe on its helmets. Nice! (From James Gilbert). … Got a note from Kenny Abbey that said that an Arizona State player showed up to a recent football practice at a high school in his hometown, and the player mentioned ASU will wear camo against Oregon. … New white helmets, with a large cartoon Pistol Pete logo on them, for Oklahoma State. … Florida will not wear black uniforms this year. … New unis for the Colorado School of Mines (from Phil). … New helmets and jerseys for some MEAC schools (from Phil). … Folks are guessing at what changes are in store for Kansas (from Phil). … USC has the No. 1 spot in this ranking of Pac-12 uniforms (from Phil).

Soccer News: Here’s a look at all the Premier League’s shirts for 2015-16 (from Phil). … Before the club could officially unveil its new uniforms, Fulham’s new kit was shown in a television commercial. … New away kit for Lazio. I really like the design and the black-and-light-blue color combo (from Ben Whitehead). … Yesterday was the anniversary of David Beckham wearing a misspelled jersey (from Brendan Jones). … The Chicago Fire wore BFBS jerseys on Sunday (from Steve Johnston). … New kits for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners (from Alan Evans).

NBA News: Adidas is trying to lure James Harden away from Nike with a $200 million (over 13 years) endorsement deal. … The Dream and Mercury went color-vs.-color in the WNBA on Sunday. “None of the photos there depict that the Dream’s pink jerseys did not have numbers on the back, which created some issues for the officials,” says Sean Kerwin.

Grab Bag: Two Canadian students invented an audible puck to aid visually-impaired hockey players (from Cassian Wykes). … Something new is being unveiled at San Diego State today. Unclear which sport that even is (from Phil). … An Ohio mayor’s re-election logo looks a little like the Gmail logo (from Mark Dziak). … David Firestone wrote a piece on NASCAR napkin rings. He also found a Montreal Canadiens jersey that was customized in honor of Patrick Carpentier, who is from Quebec.

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And that will do it for today. Good thing there wasn’t any uni news yesterday/last night, huh? Thanks to Brinke for the Collector’s Corner and Mike for compiling the Ticker. Catch you guys and gals tomorrow.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“Let’s just let the Millenials wear what they want. This is what 6th place trophies will get you.”
–Brent

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Nike To Go BFBS For Nine Schools?

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By Phil Hecken

Reports surfaced yesterday, picked up by various outlets (for example, here, here, here and here), that Nike would be outfitting nine of its schools in black jerseys for certain games this season. The reports all stemmed from a series of tweets by Andrew Lind, a reporter/columnist at The Tidewater News in Virginia. He’s also a longtime reader/friend of Uni Watch, who reported the news as follows:






If true, then Nike is really calling all the shots on college football design. In case you couldn’t make out the nine schools, they are: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.

OK — two of those schools — Oregon and Florida State already have black jerseys (although Florida State has yet to wear their black alternate in a game; Oregon, of course, pretty much invented the whole BFBS genre). Of the other schools, Georgia has worn a black alternate in the past, although the Bulldogs haven’t worn an alternate jersey since the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. So a BFBS alternate wouldn’t be new for those three schools.

Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas — hmmmm. Earlier this year, Texas’ Charlie Strong said there would be no alternate uniforms for his team this year. And it’s hard to see Alabama wearing anything other than their standard uniforms (their one alternate, I believe was their 2010 “Pro Combat” number that was very similar to their current set, save for the ‘houndstooth’ pattern on the numbers and helmet, and a slightly different pants stripe pattern).

What about Ohio State? Well, Kirk Barton, who is an Ohio State graduate assistant/former Buckeyes and NFL lineman, basically confirms the black for the Buckeyes:


As that tweet mentions, they’ll wear BFBS versus the Nittany Lions, an October 17th affair at the ‘shoe.

On the other hand, Kenny Mossman, who is the Oklahoma Senior Associate Athletics Director, said Oklahoma will not be doing the BFBS thing this year:


Shortly after that, Georgia’s AD, Greg McGarity, said UGA will also not be doing the BFBS thing:


UPDATE:

Texas will also not be participating in the BFBS:


I haven’t (yet) seen anything confirming or denying the BFBS jersey rumor for Florida or LSU (or Alabama), but those first two schools have worn special Nike uniforms in the past, although those were always in school colors. Any BFBS jersey would of course be done in a football cut, and would not look like the fan t-shirts. If you want to see what the fan t-shirts on which the BFBS jerseys would be based, I’ll post each below (click to enlarge):

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I can’t say I’m a fan of any of those — but then again, those wouldn’t be what’s worn on the field. How might one of these look? Well, thanks to Uniform Nation Blog, here’s how LSU’s BFBS alternate might look:


Interesting. That certainly looks more like a football jersey than the t-shirts. Not that I like it, but I can at least visualize it.

So will any of these BFBS alternates be worn? If Ohio State is to be believed, at least they will, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Oregon (who never saw an alternate they didn’t like) and FSU (who have a black alternate they’ve yet to wear) in them. It would seem that Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia are out, and I have to think LSU and Florida are long-shots. Still, we’ll see how much influence Nike has if these are indeed to be worn.

What do you think, readers? Casting aside your thoughts on BFBS, do you think any of these schools will do it? Should they? If one of these schools is your alma mater (or just one for whom you root), how do you feel about it? Let’s hear it.

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Browns go Camo-for-camo’s-sake

At least we know who to blame:


What, pray tell, is he talking about? Well, see for yourself:

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Yes, the Browns have introduced digital camouflage jerseys. They were broken out yesterday, much to the surprise (and delight) of the players. Yes, that camo is orange and brown (yes, it looks black, but it apparently is a dark shade of brown).

Why? Well, according to this article, “Winning teams … will now sport fresh orange, brown and white camouflage,” which replaces an orange jersey which was worn by the previous days “winning” team. What’s a winning team? Coach “Mike Pettine livened up the end of training camp last year when he instituted a daily final drill that would determine a winner and loser of some capacity.”

Fear not, for these jerseys will only be worn for practices. Let’s hope this doesn’t give Nike (or the NFL) any ideas to introduce new alternates at some point in the future.

Here’s a couple more looks:

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Woof.

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colorize thisColorize This!

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

I usually run this feature on the weekends, but since I’m running the show during Paul’s sabbatical this month, I’ll probably (or at least as long as guys submit to me) run these once a week during August. Got several today, from our friends Chris Whitehouse of ManCave Pictures, and Bruce Menard.

Enjoy!

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First up, a couple from ManCave:

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Hi guys,

This is Christy in Weeghman Park (Later Wrigley Field) on September 4, 1916. It was his last ever pitching appearance, although he continued as Manager of the Reds.

I am thankful to the uniform gods that these pinstripes were grey and not red. That saved hours of tedious work.
Does that make me a uniformitarian?

Ty & Joe. I believe that Ty is thanking Joe for his filthy uniform, because it added a bit of color to two otherwise uninteresting color schemes.

Next week: Taking it outside the park for some colorful fans.

Chris Whitehouse

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Next up is Bruce:

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Good morning Phil,

I guess you’re not on weekends for a while, but here’s the latest colorization of Dizzy Dean and a lovely lady on a bicycle built for two – all in good fun for the 60th anniversary celebration of the National League.

I included a before/after too…

Cheers!
~Bruce

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And one more from Bruce:

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Hi Phil,

Here’s a new colorization, actually it’s an update of something I started last year. I filled in a lot more color for this latest version. Anyways, it’s a game at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn on August 2, 1938 (Dodgers vs Cardinals) – In this game, the Dodgers used an experimental yellow baseball for better visibility (years before Charles O. Finley!).

Cheers!
~Bruce

That’s it for today. Great job, Chris and Bruce!

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: On Friday, the Bowie Baysox had a “Military Heroes” appreciation night. You can probably guess how the jersey looked (via Bowie Baysox). … The Salt Lake Bees wore a very red “Gulls” jersey on Saturday (h/t Salt Lake Bees). Here’s a “game” action shot (via emotionaltrainwreck). …The Omaha Storm Chasers did a turn back the clock night this weekend and wearing O Royals unis from the 90’s. “Found this gallery of old pictures from the days at Rosenblatt,” writes Blair Riffel. “Check out the black unis they had in the one pic!” … Mike Leake is wearing number 13 with the Giants (with #44 being retired, of course). Thanks Brinke. … New Toronto Blue Jay David Price’s cap is already squatchee-free (h/t Brian Cheung). Speaking of Price, he’s sending a jersey to a young Blue Jays fan who made his own (Thanks, Brinke). … Check out this ticket stub from the 1978 All Star Game held in San Diego (from Scott-E). … Stirrups aren’t just a good look, but at least one star has better numbers while sporting them (thanks Paul). … Cardinals wives have their own jerseys for promo appearances (from John Smith). … The interior of the Baseball Hall of Fame is visible through Google Street View, says Mike. “Cool stuff!” Plaques. 2nd floor. … The Fort Wayne Tin Caps wore Stand Up 2 Cancer jerseys yesterday (h/t MiLB Promos). … “Have you ever seen this article from the AP from 1976 about the Yankees protesting the White Sox new Veeck-designed uniforms?” asks Thomas Juettner. “It includes protests against both the white undersleeves and the untucked jerseys.” … Yesterday the ChiSox wore their Beach Blanket Bingo unis and Avisail Garcia wore the wrong helmet (h/t Lane Horcher). He must Get It™. notes Clint Wrede, who writes that “after he singled, TV coverage showed him taking his lead at 1st as the next batter stood in. In the midst of that, Garcia quickly took off his helmet, turned it around to look at the front of it, shrugged and smiled, and put it back on. Sure enough, when Garcia came up again in the 4th, he wore a throwback helmet.”

NFL News: Tweeter Shawn Cyr asks, “Could the Globe have used a photo that looked less like the Patriots jerseys. … The Carolina Panthers have released their 2015 jersey schedule. They’re planning to wear their blue alts three times, which I thought was impermissible. One of those times is Tgiving — maybe the rule is lifted for that day? (thanks Paul). … “Hi, I’m on vacation in Cape Cod and saw this (deflated football)” writes Joseph Bailey. “Definition of irony?” … Here’s a good set of special patches & decals for the NFL this year (great find by Raiders Italia). … Do the Steelers have a deal with Waffle House? Check out this arm sleeve (good spot by Ryan Connelly). Here’s and even better view (via The Best Gear). … Peyton Manning is wearing a SpeedFlex helmet with a 1st generation Revolution facemask (from Andrew Lind). … Most of you probably know about the debate over the color of the Broncos’ early-1962 helmet decal, which we finally solved a few years back. But check this out: Gridiron Uniform Database researcher Bill Schaefer has found some photos from a Broncos/Chargers preseason game played on Aug. 18, 1962. Most of the Denver players’ helmets were blank, with no logo decals. But Wahoo McDaniel (No. 54) appears to have had a white logo on the let and a blue one on the right, prompting Bill to ask, “Was this game perhaps a ‘visual test’ to see which version was better?” (thanks Paul). … In case you missed it: Titans’ Zach Mettenberger had his jersey misspelled. You can read more here (thanks to Jeff Hunter). … Over the weekend, Johnny Ek had an item on the The Seahawks wearing lime green jerseys at camp. More photos here. Reader Kyle Hanks notes, During training camp in the past the offense has always worn navy (with QB’s in red) and the defense has worn white. This year the defense is wearing green. Also, it’s hard to tell from the pictures but Russell Wilson is wearing Under Armour shoes. He’s worn Nike up until now.” (also sent in by Tim Dunn). … The Panthers have new practice jerseys (h/t Chris Kroeger). … Reader Joe Bozek saw these NFL player socks at K-Mart in Buffalo. … Wow — some FANTASTIC old 49ers training camp photos in this link (h/t Brinke). … Boom Herron of the Colts has been sporting socks with his likeness (via Charles Weiss). … Looks like the Bengals are using a several seasons-old helmet on their season tickets (nice spot by Dave Fiora). … In other season ticket news, per Bears’ season tickets, they will wear ‘Monsters of the Midway’ throwbacks on September 13th and December 6th (thanks to Jamie Uthe). … The Raiders will become the latest NFL team to have the Nikelace “Elite 51″ jerseys this season (via Andrew Lind).

College Football News: Even though they just introduced new uniforms, Arizona State will be wearing a special new alternate uniform vs. Texas A&M on September 5. Apparently there will be more alternates during the season too. … Michigan State will have bronze facemasks as an option this year (h/t MSU Football EQ). … Ohio State has registered a trademark for Urban Meyer (thanks, Paul). … New sneakers for UNC Football this fall (h/t James Gilbert). Also from James, UNC helmets for first practice. Newcomers get a label with their name and no decals. … More UNC: some new gloves for the Tar Heels (via David Roeder). … The U of Hawaii is outfitted by UnderArmour, well except for the shoes. That may be changing (from Bill Sodeman). … ICYMI: Texas’ Football Jerseys for 2015 feature “Texas Fight” script (from Joey Breeland). … New unis for North Carolina Central (via HBCU Gameday). … Looks like new unis for Minot State (from Zo). … UCLA players are practicing with NFL stamped balls (from Sultana Stallions). … Here’s a video of the new North Texas Mean Green unis (from Mike Shirley). … According to this story about BGSU’s new Nike contract, “Last September, Kingston said having the ability to have brown uniforms with Nike was one of the many reasons to sign with the company” (thanks to Tom Kocecny). … Norfolk State has a shiny new helmet (from Doug Hazard). … The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick has weighed in on Nebraska’s BFBS uniforms, and he’s not a fan, noting the disturbing trend to move merch. … A leak (or sneak preview) of the new Cincinnati Bearcats’ helmet was posted on snapchat (from Uniform Nation Blog). The Bearcats switched from adidas to UnderArmour this past season, so they may have a bunch of new helmets. … Looks like Texas A&M will be introducing something new (alternate?) on August 7th.

NBA News: A while back, I had a piece in the Sporting News on which ten NBA teams could use a “redesign.” Well, the SN graphic guys took a shot at those redesigns. … The new NBA 2K16 game allows you to, among other things, customize & create logos and jerseys. …From the Official NBA snapchat: Old Bucks, Clippers, and Sixers uniforms being used at the Africa games. Here’s a better look (from CustomCoversUniverse). Closeup of the old Bucks jersey (from Brandon Cottrell). … More on that game: Dikembe Mutombo and Hakeem Olajuwon made a cameo appearance in today’s World vs. Africa exhibition game. They each wore throwback jerseys (thanks, Mike). … All those retired jerseys have the newest Celtics crunching numbers. … Ooohhhh, here’s a gorgeous 1970-71 George Wilson Buffalo Braves Game-Used Home Jersey, from the Braves’ inaugural season (great find by Phil Lawson). … “I was walking around New York this weekend and I walked by this store in midtown called Organic Modernism,” writes Alexander Ridore. “Apparently they have been around since 2009 but I thought their logo looked a lot like a Milwaukee Bucks logo idea that didn’t make it to the final round of logo ideas.”

Hockey News: Interesting find in the NHL 16 beta, the Griffins may be switching to their alternate logo (h/t Taylor Reeves). … The USA Hockey store is selling a shirt with the logos of defunct teams (from Matt Necci). … Here’s the jersey Centennial H.S. hockey (MN) is wearing for a week-long trip to play NY teams (nice find from Teddy Ice). … WOWSA – check out this gorgeous photo of the Rangers and Canadiens from the 1960’s (h/t Super 70s Sports).

Soccer News: During August, the numbers on every MLS team jersey will be designed with pictures from season ticket holders (via Ian Thomas. … Here’s a look at the Everton third kit (from Tim E. O’Brien). … Is this another new kit for Tennessee? If so, stamp of approval! (via David Johnston). … Nathan Sturgis of the Houston Dynamo missing a jersey sponsor Saturday night (h/t T.J. Leibowitz). … Arsenal has a Community Shield patch (from Tim Cross). … adidas/Man United created a special fan jersey for women, with a “plunging” neckline. That begs the question, “Are the women’s jerseys sexist?”. No, seriously.

College Hoops News: “I know how much you love stripes so am attaching a few pics of the basketball team from the University of Tampa 1964 yearbook,” says Phil Bacon. “Colors are red, gold and black. No pics of the road uniform.” … Butler is getting a new court logo corresponding with new logo update (via Kyle Beery).

Grab Bag: Here’s a fascinating article from the NYT on how some immigrants to NYC wear (and are apparently quite comfortable in) long pants and sleeves during sweltering NYC weather (Thanks Paul). On a quick side note: My how styles change. When I was in junior high, no self-respecting male would have ever worn anything but long pants in school, no matter what the temp. A few years later, I was seeing the kids a few years behind me wearing shorts in the winter. … The Miami Dolphins have become the first sports team to use a ‘new innovative Twitter feature’, which uses “the ‘Collection’ feature to tweet a product photo or gallery of product photos that will link to a Twitter page that is tied to an online store or marketplace” (thanks to Tommy Turner). … From Brinke: How Shake Shack Made a 70-Year-Old Font Hot Again. … The WaPo is still using the outdated Astros logo (good spot by Dave Fiora). … Here’s a Louisville Cardinals logo most of us have probably never seen before — interesting stars & bars there (from Don Gale). … Aboriginal players of the Melbourne Demons AFL team wore forearm tape in Aboriginal colors as a show of support for Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes during this weekends game against Collingwood (thanks to Graham Clayton). … “Saturday’s installment of the comic strip Get Fuzzy features T-shirt designs created by the monkey-hating cat Bucky,” explains Clint Wrede. “One of the shirts is a football jersey with the XFL-inspired nameplate of “HE HATE MONKEY,” complete with the number 30 that Rod Smart wore on his “HE HATE ME” jersey, but with different colors.” … A Trivial Pursuit question had a very sartorial answer (h/t ucnu112). … “I am researching a bowling ball to purchase and stumbled across this ABA ball as well as an old Ebonite ad,” writes Douglas Ford. “I might write that address to see if I can get a new ball from them at ‘$29.95′.”

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And that’s it for today — plenty to discuss below in the comments, so don’t be shy. Thanks to the colorizers and everyone who submitted to the ticker, whether by tweet or by e-mail. In case you missed it, Paul is taking his annual well-deserved break from the blog for August, so I’ll be handling things for the next four weeks. Hopefully I’ll live up to the high standards you’ve come to expect during the week. I have a few surprises and guests lined up and there will be plenty to read and see for the next month. Johnny Ek will handle the weekends for me for the month. I should also have a lot of my weekend features (colorizations, concepts, scoreboards, etc.) which I’ll run during the weekdays. I think you’ll enjoy!

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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Miracle on ... Grass?

By John Ekdahl

The Rochester Red Wings and Syracuse Chiefs were wearing 1980 USA hockey “Miracle on Ice” jerseys last night. Even the umps got into the act (picture below).

Both teams will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in sports history by wearing replicas of Team USA’s home and away jerseys worn during the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. Rochester will wear the whites, while Syracuse will be in blue. No one will play the part of the USSR, but the umpires will be dressed as hockey referees.

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It looks like the 49ers are going with black end zones this year.

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Marvel Superheroes to Invade the NRL

By John Ekdahl

Marvel-mania has spread down under, it would appear.

Round 21 of the NRL Telstra Premiership will see footy fans and their heroes collide when seven teams align with Marvel to battle it out in Super Hero Round.

To celebrate Super Hero Round, Marvel Super Hero Zones will be set up across five matches (listed below).

Showcasing the Marvel Super Hero icons, the Roosters will wear the Captain America jersey, the Raiders the Hulk, the Cowboys will channel Thor, the Dragons will return to Iron Man and Manly will be Daredevil.

The Knights will channel Spider-Man and Wests Tigers will wear War Machine.

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Manchester United’s 2015/2016 home shirt has been unveiled.

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The Seahawks opened up camp in Paul’s favorite snot green jerseys yesterday.

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Zach Mettenberger’s (pre)season is off to an inauspicious start.

Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger took to the field missing one thing on Friday: an “R.”

The back of the second-year pro’s practice jersey read METTENBEGER, something he didn’t discover until practice was over.

“I didn’t even realize it,” he said with a smile. “Honestly, I don’t see the big deal. It doesn’t really matter to me. I don’t think anyone noticed. They’ll fix it by tomorrow, I’m sure.”

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Texas’ jerseys will add “Texas Fight” Script for 2015.

Texas’ football jerseys for 2015 will feature a special Longhorn phrase.

According to a photo tweeted by Texas wide receivers coach Jay Norvell, there will be “Texas Fight” script on what appears to be the inside of the collar of the Longhorns’ jersey.