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Fauxback Jersey Contest – The Entrants (Part II)

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By Phil Hecken

Back today with Part II of the Fauxback Jersey Contest (if you missed Part I, click here. Everything’s explained in that link, so I won’t repeat it all here.

Below are the second 25 submissions (in alpha-order), numbered and labeled with the team (and year if applicable) the concepter is throwing back to, as well as a description, if provided; following the submissions, we’ll have voting. As you scroll through the graphics, be sure to make note of the concept(s) you like — you’ll be able to vote for as many as you like (but you can only vote once). You guys know the drill by now (click to enlarge, etc.), so let’s get started!

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1. Sean Flaherty (1982 Miami Marlins

Flaherty, Sean - 1982 Miami Marlins

This concept is inspired by the White Sox uniforms from 1982-86. It takes some elements from the original Marlin’s teal and black uniforms and the more orange heavy ones of present day.

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2. Joey Friedman (1970 Colorado Rockies)

Friedman, Joey - 1970 Colorado Rockies

1970 Colorado Rockies jersey. Interestingly enough, the White Sox, Indians, A’s, Pilots, Reds, Expos, and Phillies all tried out the logo on the right chest and number on the left between 1969 and 1970. The logo on the chest is an original attempt at an old, simplistic, and retro logo.

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3. Brendan Gargano (1976 Colorado Rockies)

Gargano, Brendan - 1976 Colorado Rockies

i chose the rockies because their uniforms have always sucked. im throwing it back to 1976, including the national league centennial patch worn by the NL teams that year. the color palette was inspired by the state of colorado flag, which i partially incorporated on the other sleeve.

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4. Kyle Geralds (1976 Colorado Rockies)

Geralds, Kyle - 1976 Colorado Rockies

The Powder Purple Era

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5. Dan Hallberg (1955 Anaheim Mighty Ducks)

Hallberg, Dan - 1955 Anaheim Mighty Ducks

To celebrate the grand opening of Disneyland in 1955, Walt Disney Presents, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim!

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6. Kenion Harvey (1963 Colorado Rockies)

Harvey, Kenion - 1963 Colorado Rockies

Description in image

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7. Matt Harvey (1974 Memphis Grizzlies)

Harvey, Matt - 1974 Memphis Grizzlies

Fauxback Jersey Contest Entry

Team: Memphis Grizzlies

Team founded: Vancouver Grizzlies – 1995, Relocated to Memphis: 2001

Fauxback Jersey year: 1974 – Year the Memphis Sounds were introduced.

Description of jersey: Ties to the City of Memphis with the blues colors, music (six string guitar layout on jersey), and ties to the recent team in Memphis, the Grizzlies.

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8. Brent Hatfield (1975 Marlins)

Hatfield, Brent - 1975 Marlins

1975 Marlins Home Faux-back Jersey

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9. Jim Hayden (1986 Baltimore Ravens)

Hayden, Jim - 1986 Baltimore Ravens

Basically, a faux-back from the 1980’s displaying a lingering influence from the (recently moved) Colts’ uniforms exists in the shoulder stripes (although with an extra sleeve stripe ala’ the Eagles and Jets, seen as a sleeve gather on the modern Nike template). Outside of the USFL,1980’s teams tended toward a “2-color” rather than “3 color” scheme – so I stuck with Purple and Gold (I liked the gold pants the Ravens wore, once, during the 2015 season, so “athletic” gold pants – and helmet – would go with this jersey). Standard block font with no shadowing (since it wouldn’t be until the 1994 Forty-Niners throwbacks that drop-shadowing made a comeback).

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10. Michael Hersh (1924 Los Angeles Xtreme)

Hersh, Michael - 1924 Los Angeles Xtreme

No description provided

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11. Jason Higgins (1973 Nashville Predators)

Higgins, Jason - 1973 Nashville Predators

No description provided

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12. Jason Hight (1976-77 Anaheim Ducks)

Hight, Jason - 1976-77 Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks wear orange currently and wore green in the past- colors associated with actual mallards. The crest is a modified unused design from the 2006 rebranding, and uses the Angels’ “A” from the time period. (1976-77 NHL season)

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13. Justin Howland (1942 Tennessee Titans)

Howland, Justin - 1942 Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans 1942 “Captain America” Fauxback: my take on the what the modern Titans might harken back to the early WWII patriotic swell, incorporating more red, cream, and (poor drawn) stars aligned in an “earlier” homage to the state flag.

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14. Davis Jaye (1928 West Virginia Black Bears)

Jaye, Davis - 1928 West Virginia Black Bears

I chose the West Virginia Black Bears, a minor league team from Granville, WV.

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15. Joshua Johnson (1970s Miami Marlins)

Johnson, Joshua - 1970s Miami Marlins

Here is my Marlins late 70s fauxback, a pinstripe V-neck pullover with intersecting city/team name and a new sleeve patch. Typically I prefer more conservative uni designs, but with fauxbacks and alts I’m okay with being daring.

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16. Andrew Jones

Jones, Andrew - 1978 Arizona Diamondbacks

I chose to use brighter versions of colors the team has worn throughout their history, while combining them to create a different look. I also tried to design a logo that their previous logos could have realistically evolved from.

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17. Meghann Kamlin (1970s Anaheim Ducks)

Kamlin, Meghann - 1970s Anaheim Ducks

Here is my throwback 70’s jersey for the Anaheim Ducks. It features a duck flying in from above, centered on the chest. There is also a shoulder emblem with a side view of a flying duck and crossed hockey sticks in the background.
Thanks for the consideration.

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18. Ryan Kluever (Mid 80s Colorado Rockies)

Kluever, Ryan - Mid 80s Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies circa mid 1980s
I always loved the baby blue road pullovers of the mid 80s (ie Phillies, Cards, Brewers, etc). I imagined that the 90s trend of purple and teal hadn’t yet begun and instead went with the iconic flag colors and design of the Colorado flag.

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19. Fred Kreiger (Tampa Rays)

Kreiger, Fred - Tampa Rays

I wanted to throw back the Rays because they are the Pioneers of the Fauxback. I chose 72 for the number because that is the year my dad was drafted by the Cubs (I made him a Cubs fauxback for display on Father’s Day featuring the infamous “Sugar Bear” logo introduced by the club that year). Best of luck to all the participants and thank you for everything you guys do in keeping up with the site.

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20. Brandon Lamarche (1945 Phoenix Diamondbacks)

Lamarche, Brandon - 1945 Phoenix Diamondbacks

This road uniform includes a new take on the Health patch worn by teams of that era as well as the team takes on the name Phoenix instead of Arizona because all teams of this time took the name of the city they resided in rather than the state.

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21. Jaylen Lane & Ashton Strub (1992 Oklahoma City Thunder)

Lane, Jaylen (& Ashton Strub) - 1992 Oklahoma City Thunder

We chose to throwback the OKC Thunder to 1992 because that was the year I was born in and felt like it would be fun to see a team with a boring identity be taken to life with the wacky and vibrant jerseys of the 90’s.

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22. Ryan Lindemann (1980s Colorado Rockies)

Lindemann, Ryan - 1980s Colorado Rockies

Attached is my entry for the Fauxback contest. I created an early 1980s solid pullover for the Colorado Rockies. Thanks again for all your work and dedication to the site!

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23. Simon Lindsay (1933 Baltimore Ravens)

Lindsay, Simon - 1933 Baltimore Ravens

This uniform is a faux ‘Ravens since 1933’ jersey (same starting year as the Steelers). Their is very little difference between this design and the team design because their look is simple. I have just adjusted the elements to fit the 1930’s like the front shield and no white.

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24. Nick Lineback (1984 Montgomery Biscuits)

Lineback, Nick - 1984 Montgomery Biscuits

“1984 Montgomery Biscuits Inaugural Season”

Deconstructed logos / Made into 80’s pullover style jersey / Added shoulder stripes & side stripe pattern for maximum 80’s look!

“Simplify and Subtract Through Adding.”

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25. Ben Lynch (1947 Vancouver Grizzlies)

Lynch, Ben - 1947 Vancouver Grizzlies

Found this sweet program from the 40’s so I have the Vancouver Grizzlies wearing this 1947 fauxback. Had to keep the ridiculous 90’s font with the alternate Griz logo.

Here is the link to the program if you are interested.

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And there you have it — the second group of entries for the Fauxback Jersey Contest. Voting is below (remember, you can vote for as many designs as you’d like, but you may only vote one time).

Fauxback Jersey Contest – Group II

 
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Let’s have a big hand for the first set of contestants. Let them know what you think (and maybe even lobby for your favorites) in the comments below!

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Mariners & Astros Play A Colorful Throwback

Last night the Astros and Mariners played a (late for me) throwback game, featuring both teams in 1977 throwbacks. Mike Acosta, who is the expert on such things, felt the Astros did a great job recreating the Tequila Sunrises worn that year:

Both unis were pretty sweet:

This video, from Sports Funhouse, gives you a great idea of how sharp this matchup was:

Unfortunately, the Astros were not wearing white cleats, which would have been period-appropriate, but I’ve given up on anything the players do below their knees these days (whether it be socks, stirrups, pajamas, or cleats). At least the ‘stros players (most of them anyway) were going with stirrups (though, not all)! Sadly, it appeared most Mariners and Astros preferred pajamas.


Kudos to the Astros for going the extra mile in getting period-appropriate throwback helmets:

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see this game (one of these days I’ll invest in either Extra Innings or the AtBat app, but today isn’t that day).

And, while I love that the Mariners had a “1977 Turn Back The Clock” night, it’s odd they chose to play it versus the Astros, who were an NL team in 1977 — and because Interplague didn’t happen until many years later, the teams never met wearing these unis. So it was sort of a fauxback game. Still, it’s always great to see the Trident and Rainbow Guts uniforms, even if they didn’t quite replicate how they’d have been worn back in 1977:

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Missed it by *that* much.

You can see more photos here.

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

Following the recent (and awesome) colorizations by Chris Whitehouse (aka “ManCave”), our old friend George Chilvers has returned to grace us with some of his beautiful work! His works are (obviously) the pics in colo(u)r, and the originals are in black & white. You can click on any of the images to enlarge!

Here’s George…

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Hi Phil

Nice to see colourisations back on the agenda. Of course what you need are more obscure (to all of you on the otherside of the Pond) sports’ colourisations. This set are rugby league (not to be confused with rugby union, eg the All Blacks etc). They are, I think, as you would say uni-noteworthy.

The pics are:

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1901 Challenge Cup Final (rugby’s equivalent of the FA Cup) at Headingley in Leeds where a Batley player in white is attempting a conversion after a try against Warrington (whose colours are always described poetically as blue and primrose, although we all know they are blue and yellow);

1901 Challenge Cup Batley v Warrington colour

1901 Challenge Cup Batley v Warrington

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The 1934 Challenge Cup winners, Hunslet, celebrate with the trophy at Wembley. Their colours also have a charming description: myrtle, white and flame;

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Ben Gronow, a Welsh “dual code” international. He started out playing rugby union, then an amateur game, but moved to the professional rugby league in 1910. In this picture he is in a jersey of the Great Britain team probbaly around 1919-20;

Ben Gronow colour

Ben Gronow

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Fred Smith, this being taken in 1910. Rugby league was at the time known as Northern Union (it had been formed as a professional entity by northern clubs who wanted to pay players for lost time from work – the more affluent south still clung onto amateur rugby union based around schools and colleges). Smith is in the kit of the first team to represent Great Britain to tour Australia;

Fred Smith Northern Union tour 1910 colour

Fred Smith Northern Union tour 1910

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Sandy Pearce, an Australian player of the same era. He is wearing the Australian national colours of the time, long before green and gold became the standard colour choice for Australian sports teams. The colours comprise the light blue of New South Wales, and the maroon of Queensland, the two states where rugby league was taking hold;

Sandy-Pearce-1910 colour

Sandy-Pearce-1910

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Billy Batten of Hull, same era, same touring team. He is in his club colours which, despite rugby’s tendency to provide fancy names are described solely as black and white. I would hav ethough tthey could at least have tried midnight black and snow-white. The picture for me was a proof of concept: that you still can colourise black and white :)

Billy Batten 1914 colour

Billy Batten 1914

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Use them as you wish, Phil, I don’t want to jump into Chris’ party, so if you want to keep them for a while that’s fine.

George

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Thanks, George. Great stuff as always! Hope to have you send more our way soon!!!

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So, I was on a Podcast…

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…the other day.

I joined HOVG Proprietor Shawn Anderson and his sidekick Lou Olsen to discuss…wait for it…uniforms.

As they describe it,

The weekend editor (and “bench coach”) for the Uni Watch Blog talks to the boys about those hideous things the Arizona Diamondbacks are wearing, the best (and worst) uniforms in the Majors, why baseball needs to tone down their special jerseys and why 1969 might have been the greatest looking year on the diamond.

You can check it out above or click here.

I’ve done several podcasts before, but I think this one turned out pretty well. If you have some spare time, give it a listen — love to get some feedback! Thanks.

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And now a few reminders from Paul: Hi there. In case you missed it yesterday, I had a new ESPN piece about how the rapper/actor Ice Cube collaborated with uniform designer/historian Todd Radom to create the uniforms for BIG3, the new 3-on-3 basketball league. You can check that out here.

Also: Four new Naming Wrongs designs have just launched. You can see all of the new designs here, you can read more about them here, and you can order them in the Naming Wrongs shop. (They’re also cross-listed in the Uni Watch shop, where card-carrying Uni Watch members can get 15% off. If you don’t already have the discount code, get in touch and I’ll hook you up.)

Also-also: The third batch of StripeRite socks is now available. Most of the designs from the first and second batches are available as well.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have gone retro. Toei Flyers was their name from 1954-1972 (from Graveyard Baseball). … Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras wore a Venezuela flag themed compression sleeve the other day in Miami (from Big Karl). … “The Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders starting selling their July 4th caps (yesterday) — they mirror the Yankees’ July 4th caps but have a traditional embroidered logo on the front (instead of the chromaflex logo),” says Mike Slesinski. “Also, the RailRiders wear ‘glow in the park’ uniforms on Fridays (black and fluorescent yellow-green), but this season they are also using matching helmets that encompass both the matte-finish and 3D logo trends that are popular right now. Here’s their regular helmet for comparison (glossy finish, flat logo).” … More looks at the Railriders neon here (from Chris H). … Great grab from Rich Paloma of Rickey Henderson’s first stolen base in his MLB debut on 6/24/1979 — he’s wearing #39 and has NNOB. … The Louisville Bats threw it back to the Louisville Redbirds on 80s Night at Slugger Field last evening (from John Follett). … on August 5th, the Syracuse Chiefs will become the Salt Potatoes (from Dick Holbrook). … The Peoria Chiefs will undergo a name change for one night — the series finale on Thursday — and officially play as the Peoria Distillers (from Ben Zoss). … The Southern Ohio Copperheads wore some, um, electric jerseys yesterday (from Griffin Ward). … Everyone needs a Joey Votto frankenjersey right? (from Steve Hemsath). … The Salem Red Sox threw back and became the Redbirds (from Chad Hlavaty). … If you eat a meal at “Meat and Potatoes” in Pittsburgh, they throw in a cool poster of Forbes Field (from Russ Flynn). … OK, here’s one of the coolest photos you’ll see today: “3 Rockford Peaches in the house for A League of Their Own Tribute Night! Can you guess which one is an ORIGINAL peach?!” (from Beauty of a Game via Tampa Yankees). … Whoa. Trillvio Dante “Got this unreal Denver Bears hat from the Denver Flea. Made by My Favorite Colors Studio.” … The Salt Lake Bees are “Excited to put on these threads for 80s Night and our Salt Lake Trappers throwback on Monday!” … Jorge Cruz writes, “Yankee 1B Tyler Austins called back up rocking a funny version of Jordan Jumpman Tshirt anyone know what it is?” Apparently it has something to do with the song “Me & Julio Down By The School Yard.” … OOPS! The St. Louis Cardinals gave away a Bob Gibson final out of the 1967 World Series bobblehead yesterday (thanks to Bruce Menard). The only problem? The Birds were on the road for game 7. … Also from Bruce, the Kansas City Royals gave away “Los Reales” BBQ aprons at yesterday’s game

NFL/CFL/College/High School Football News: “The Bengals NBC photo shoot on the team web site shows several players wearing an updated jersey (no neck roll),” says Brian Spiess. “However, the photo gallery also shows three rookies in numberless jerseys that still include the orange neck roll. Not sure what the numberless jersey is used for, but it looks like the team did not update the numberless jerseys.” … Hmmm: CYA or actual sense?: Oregon football players used three helmets last season — green, black and white — that were mixed and matched with myriad uniform combinations. The Ducks were pioneers in football fashion and other schools have followed, using helmets to make a statement. Now, the NCAA wants to determine whether style is coming at the expense of safety. The governing body’s football oversight committee will meet this week in Indianapolis and is to begin studying whether multiple helmets could lead to more concussions and serious head and neck injuries. … “Some awesome person was flying a @ChicagoBears flag at #Glastonbury2017 tonight. #FooFighters” (from Charlie Kranz. … Sometimes, it pays to clean out the garage, as you just might find some treasures (from Erik Gamborg). Paging Gene Sanny & Jimmer Vilk. … The Denver Broncos have yet to find a suitable buyer for the rights to “Sports Authority Field,” named for a company that went bankrupt in 2016 (thanks, Brinke). .. Here’s a look at what could be the new adidas uniform for Rutgers (from Andrew Lind). … Edmonton Eskimos QB Mike Reilly is wearing what looks to be a Qalo wedding band (from Chris Howell).

NBA/G-League/College/High School Basketball News: Believe the hype? He hasn’t even stepped on an NBA court yet, but Magic Johnson sees the Lakers eventually retiring Lonzo Ball’s jersey. … “Came across this read regarding the Lakers rarely used giraffe logo,” says Mina Mikhael. “Uni Watch is cited but I’m wondering if you have further insights on it.” (forwarded from Paul without comment). … Fort Wayne Pistons note the Detroit Pistons cannot seem to make up their mind on when they were established, adding, “Hmmm, to include the Fort Wayne years or not.”

Soccer News: FC Cincinnati of the USL changed their Twitter avatar Saturday to this rainbow colored one. Our own Alex Hider notes this was the same day as the Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival. … Speaking of Pride, the Orlando Pride became next level Pride yesterday (from prop). … The Boston Breakers are wearing a TD Memorial armband (I’m assuming for Tony DiCicco, who passed away a few days ago). From James Gilbert.

Grab Bag: New logo for France Volleyball designed by French agency Leroy Tremblot (from Jeremy Brahm). … The LottoNL-Jumbo team has unveiled a new jersey for the Tour de France, with the black and yellow panels on the original 2017 jersey being flipped so as not to cause a clash with the maillot jaune. … Um…there’s a new furry cyclops mascot for Jewel-Osco, a Chicago-based grocery store chain. Mike Chamernik feels compelled to add, “I send this in only because I go to Jewel literally every day (often times twice a day).” … The KY Bourbon Festival has a new logo (from Josh Claywell).

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And that’s it for today. Thanks to everyone who submitted for the Fauxback Jersey contest. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to vote for your favorites! I’ll have the third (of FOUR) sets next Saturday and the final batch next Sunday, so make sure you check back then. You guys have a great week, and I’ll catch you next month (can you believe next Saturday is July 1?). By they we’ll be ready for four days of flag desecration unis in MLB, so…can’t wait for that. Till then…

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“To be devoid of the appreciation of teal is to lead a sad existence.”

— Jimmer Vilk

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Fauxback Jersey Contest - The Entrants (Part I)

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By Phil Hecken

The latest contest to create a fauxback jersey (similar to that created by the Tampa Rays to connote a uniform which would have been worn by the team, had the team existed at the time) received what I believe to be a record number of entries — 98 to be exact. So the viewing and voting for this contest will be broken down into FOUR separate groups, with 24 or 25 entries per group. The top FOUR vote getters from each group will advance to the finals. The idea was to design a fauxback jersey for a team which did not exist prior to 1990 (you can see the full post here). Most of the entrants respected this rule, although a few may have gone off the boards, so to speak. You readers & voters can take that into account as we reveal the submissions.

There’s a LOT to get to today — so below will be the first 25 submissions (in alpha-order), numbered and labeled with the team (and year if applicable) the concepter is throwing back to, as well as a description, if provided; following the submissions, we’ll have voting. As you scroll through the graphics, be sure to make note of the concept(s) you like — you’ll be able to vote for as many as you like (but you can only vote once). You guys know the drill by now (click to enlarge, etc.), so let’s get started!

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1. Jeff Bakken (1973 DC Nationals)

Bakken, Jeff - 1973 DC Nationals

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2. John Baranowski (1930s Columbus Blue Jackets)

Baranowski, John - 1930's Columbus Blue Jackets

No description provided

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3. Tim Batzinger (1917 New England Revolution)

Batzniger, Timothy - 1917 New England Revolution

New England Revolution 1917 fauxback, based on the design of the first New England flag.

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4. Garrett Beatty (1970 Jacksonville Jaguars)

Beatty, Garrett - 1970 Jacksonville Jaguars

My name’s Garrett Beatty and I’m a sophomore in high school. Funny story: I actually made a faxback jersey for the Royals and didn’t realize the year rule until after I finished. But here’s a Jacksonville Jaguars one. If I do win, is it possible to get the jersey in the long-sleeved version? If not that’s fine. Made a long sleeved and normal sleeved version of the jersey.

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5. Tom Bierbaum (1966-67 Toronto Raptors)

Bierbaum, Tom - 1966-67 Toronto Raptors

For the 1966-67 season, the faux Toronto Raptors, inspired by the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, positioned a winged raptor on their jersey, just as the expansion Falcons had done earlier that fall.

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6. Blake Pass (1979 Florida Marlins)

Blake Pass - 1979 Florida Marlins

No description provided

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7. David Bloomquist (1967 Jacksonville Jaguars)

Bloomquist, David - 1967 Jacksonville Jaguars

Introducing the 1967 Jacksonville Jaguars Fauxbacks

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8. Eric Bogh (1983 California Angels)

Bogh, Erik - 1983 California Angels

I am submitting a fauxback jersey for the 1983 California Angels. I realized late that this team didn’t qualify, but I wanted to send this along anyways.

I always liked the baby blue away uniforms and thought the Angels would have been a great candidate for them. I’ve created a new cap logo, inspired by the Expos and Brewers of the time, where there is an interlocking C and A. Lastly, I incorporated yellow as a secondary color, as a nod to the popularity of the color at the time and in present day uniforms.

Thank you for hosting these contests and sorry for not following the rules.

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9. Ian Borkowski (1969 Miami Marlins)

Borkowski, Ian - 1969 Miami Marlins

1969 Miami Marlins road fauxback, vest style jersey with blue undershirt, which is adorned with MLB 100th Anniversary patch. Note the NOB below the number, inspired by the mid 1960s Cincinnati Reds.

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10. David Britt (1962 Washington Nationals)

Britt, David - 1962 Washington Nationals

I’m not really a fan of any post 90s teams, but I like the Nats’ unis, and I like red pinstripes, so I thought I would throwback to 1962. They adopted these until they switched to red pullovers in the 70’s in my alternate history.

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11. Brittany Brown (1974 Anaheim Ducks)

Brown, Brittany - 1974 Anaheim Ducks

In the tradition of fauxbacks, this Anaheim Duck jersey is based on the California Golden Seals uniforms from 1974 while utilizing the Duck’s original colors.

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12. Mike Cahalan (1976 Toronto Raptors)

Cahalan, Mike - 1976 Toronto Raptors

In an award winning 1976 interview with legendary anchorman, Ron Burgundy, Toronto player/owner, Jackie Moon, revealed that the name ‘Raptors’ came from a dream he had about man-eating dinosaurs that he vowed to make into a blockbuster movie that he would call “Love Me Sexy Dinosaur Park”.

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13. Adam Cain (1946 Miami Marlins)

>Cain, Adam - 1946 Miami Marlins

Here’s my take on the 1946 Miami Marlins, the 50th anniversary of the city (I would have thought Miami was much older than that).

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14. Michael Candelmo (1984 Colorado Rockies)

Candelmo, Michael - 1984 Colorado Rockies

The Denver area lost their original Colorado Rockies after the 1982 season. It would be another full decade before the current Colorado Rockies returned in the form of the purple-hued baseball team. This faux-back is era-appropriate with contrasting shoulder/sleeve panels. The color scheme/logos are based directly on the hockey club that many home-town fans were surely missing at the time.

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15. Erik Ceja (1980s Anaheim Mighty Ducks)

Ceja, Erik - 1980s Anaheim Mighty Ducks

80’S mighty ducks shirt!

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16. Gary Chanko (1976 Miami Marlins)

Chanko, Gary - 1976 Miami Marlins

For the 1976 season the Marlins introduced the legendary “collared” jersey. The style was popular among the players and fans and remained unchanged until 1980. The Chicago White Sox attempt with a similar jersey style proved a disaster and was quickly abandoned.

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17. Sean Connor (1975 Miami Marlins)

Connor, Sean - 1975 Miami Marlins

I’ve got a 1975 Miami Marlins road jersey for you. In his first year of free agency, it would have made sense for Jim Hunter to sign with “The Fish.”

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18. Matt Cooksley (1949 Dallas Stars)

Cooksley, Matt - Dallas Stars - 1949

Fauxback for 1949 Dallas Stars (although could work for many years of the original six era).

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19. Colin Davis (1962 Marquette Lacrosse)

Davis, Colin - 1962 Marquette University (Lacrosse)

Thanks For letting me do a Lacrosse jersey! I enjoyed drawing this.

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20. Gavin Davis (1990 Vegas Golden Knights)

Davis, Gavin - 1990 Vegas Golden Knights

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21. Ethan Dimitroff (1989 Oklahoma City Thunder)

Dimitroff, Ethan - OKC Thunderfauxback

The colors are the same as the current Thunder which I don’t see as being unrealistic before the teal takeover of the 90’s. This is a road jersey with a block lettering. I made some use of the yellow which is in the logo. The trim of the jersey I used some Native American pattern as a simple nod to the region without going over board. I included the NBA logo in its current place as it would be worn in present day since it is a “fauxback”. Why 1989 you ask? Because it was the year I was born lol. Sorry if I made you feel old.

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22. Craig Dudley (1970 Columbus Blue Jackets)

Dudley, Craig - 1970 Columbus Blue Jackets

My submission is the “1970” Columbus Blue Jackets – NHL. I figured I would create the design using throwback materials (markers). The Jackets began play in 2000 so this is a 30 fauxback.

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23. Leo Dwyer (1972 Toronto Raptors)

Dwyer, Leo - 1972 Toronto Raptors

1972 Toronto Raptors.

T is for Toronto!

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24. Bob Farrigan (1936 Atlanta Falcons)

Farrigan, Bob - 1936 Atlanta Falcons

Fauxback jersey for the Atlanta Falcons 1936 season.

Inspirations;
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· Atlanta Falcons 1968
· Boston Indigenous Americans 1935
· Cleveland Native Americans 1931
· Chicago Cardinals 1927

Baseball-
· Typeface based on the Atlanta Crackers deco “A”

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25. Rodney Finnegan (1976-77 Colorado Rockies)

Finnegan, Rodney - 1976-77 Colorado Rockies

Attached is my entry for the Fauxback Jersey contest. It is a baseball jersey for the current National League leading Colorado Rockies throwing back to the NHL’s cellar-dwelling 1976-1977 Colorado Rockies. The jersey is intended to be used as a road or “third” (special occasion) jersey.

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And there you have it — the first group of entries for the Fauxback Jersey Contest. Voting is below (remember, you can vote for as many designs as you’d like, but you may only vote one time).

Fauxback Jersey Contest – Group I

 
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Let’s have a big hand for the first set of contestants. Let them know what you think (and maybe even lobby for your favorites) in the comments below!

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So, I was on a Podcast…

hovg pod

…the other day.

I joined HOVG Proprietor Shawn Anderson and his sidekick Lou Olsen to discuss…wait for it…uniforms.

As they describe it,

The weekend editor (and “bench coach”) for the Uni Watch Blog talks to the boys about those hideous things the Arizona Diamondbacks are wearing, the best (and worst) uniforms in the Majors, why baseball needs to tone down their special jerseys and why 1969 might have been the greatest looking year on the diamond.

You can check it out above or click here.

I’ve done several podcasts before, but I think this one turned out pretty well. If you have some spare time, give it a listen — love to get some feedback! Thanks.

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And now a few reminders from Paul: Hi there. In case you missed it yesterday, I had a new ESPN piece about how the rapper/actor Ice Cube collaborated with uniform designer/historian Todd Radom to create the uniforms for BIG3, the new 3-on-3 basketball league. You can check that out here.

Also: Four new Naming Wrongs designs have just launched. You can see all of the new designs here, you can read more about them here, and you can order them in the Naming Wrongs shop. (They’re also cross-listed in the Uni Watch shop, where card-carrying Uni Watch members can get 15% off. If you don’t already have the discount code, get in touch and I’ll hook you up.)

Also-also: The third batch of StripeRite socks is now available. Most of the designs from the first and second batches are available as well.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Here’s a great sign from TheGoalNet from his hometown in the Berkshires. … As you may be aware, two of my favorite MiLB teams are the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and the Fresno Grizzlies — and the two teams recently had a contest in which the loser would wear the winner’s caps for a game. The Pigs won, so the Fresno Grizzlies had to wear Iron Pigs Bacon hats after losing the bet. They added their own twist by adding the Carnitas patch on the side (h/t Aaron Wiens). … “Ads on uniforms! No leagues! Goodbye Oakland and Tampa Bay! They seem like mammoth changes that would be difficult for MLB to implement.” These and more are discussed in this article, which itself looks at ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian’s piece on the look of baseball 20 years from now. Recommended reading. … A Colorado Rockies blog asks, “What nicknames, patches, or other personalizations should Rockies players do with their uniforms on Players Weekend?” … Looks like the Major League All-Star Game Home Run Derby caps will be black (from Pete Butera). — However, there are also these caps now available in the MLB shop — possibly for the use in the Futures Game? (from Niko Goutakolis). It would appear to be so (h/t Nicholas Schiavo). … The El Paso Chihuahuas have unveiled their flag desecration caps & jerseys for this Sunday. … It was David Ortiz night at the Fens last evening, and of course, the Sawx wore red tops (from Funhouse). … “Pitching coach Charles Nagy has the wrong hat on,” notes Evan Riggs. He adds, “And it’s an Angels hat that I’ve never seen before, period.” … The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters are honoring the 1962 NPB Champion Toei Flyers with throwback jerseys for weekend Legend Series (from Max G.). … Do the Durham Bulls know about this?: “Fun sign at the Upper Valley Nighthawks’ ballpark in White River Junction, Vt.” says Tris Wykes. “They’re a New England Collegiate Baseball League team.” (If you weren’t aware, there’s a fairly famous sign down in Durham.) … I’m trying to figure out why a “fan” would buy a teal Mariners jersey with a “GO CUBS” NOB (from Lawrence Morgan‏). … A new minor league team that will call Fayetteville, North Carolina, home, but what will the team be called? You can help the team choose a name (from James Gilbert).

NFL/CFL/College/High School/Football News: On some type of Canadian TV show taping, some New Orleans Saints’ were seen sporting old collars and “Michael Lewis wearing the once worn gold jersey (a personal favorite),” (from Ray Garofalo III‏). … BYU Football will honor Hall of Fame Coach LaVell Edwards with this uniform patch this season (from Paul R. Cherrington). … Here’s how it will look on the jersey. … Also, BYU is going to be retiring the jerseys of Marc Wilson, Robbie Bosco and Luke Staley. … What should Rutgers fans expect in new football uniforms? Chris Ash explains. … There was recently an image floating around of a matte black helmet, supposedly for Georgia. Turns out, thankfully, it’s a hoax. … IndyCar driver and rookie Ed Jones is wearing this Walter Payton tribute helmet (here’s a look at the back) in this weekend’s Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Wisconsin (also posted in Grab Bag). From Morgan Webster. … The Alfred University Saxons have new white jerseys (via Paul). … People always like to comment on how player use their cell phones on the field after games in today’s Day & age, but here’s a Youngstown State player in 1994 walking around with one of those big camcorders after winning the National Championship (from Robert Hayes). The players are also wearing some kind of 125th anniversary patch.

Hockey News: Tweeter (and reader) Nick Lineback says of these Jaws-themed jerseys, “Late entry candidate for jersey of the year. They’re gonna need a bigger jersey?” … Here’s just a wonderful 1975 image of a color vs. color game between the Los Angeles Kings and the California Golden Seals (image from Vintage Sports Images). … Tweeter Patrick Thomas saw this NY Rangers tweet of their new jersey and notes that the gray collar is gone. … Holy crap: The Golden Knights name and logo still officially do not belong to the team, leading the franchise to advance this month the legal battle to own its trademark rights (from Tommy Turner). … Goalies wear captaincy patches too! “Collegiate, but are you aware of this example? Cal Petersen of Notre Dame,” says Mike Engle. … With all the uni unveilings this past week, I wasn’t sure if we’d seen this one, so apologies if it’s already been posted: here’s a look at the Tampa Bay Lightning road (white) jersey. Also, the Lightning’s anniversary patch will be on upper right chest of home & road (half of season) sweater (from John Sabol). … UND will have their new Fighting Hawks logo on their hockey sweaters. … Yikes — not the best job affixing a nameplate on the newest Florida Panther (from Greg Rajan). … “Based off this photo, looks like the Hawks sticking with the two layer sewn twill numbers on game jerseys,” says Steve Jankowski.

NBA/G-League/College/Basketball News: In case you missed it, on Thursday, the Phoenix Suns unveiled a FIFTY seasons anniversary patch (from multiple folks). The teams also unveiled several alternate anniversary patches, including one in Spanish (from Conrad Burry). … Here’s a look at a Boston Celtics jersey with a GE ad patch. Robert Hayes notes it’s likely still an adidas jersey. — Here’s a look at the back with the Jerry West logo on the shoulder (from Brad Tatum). … Here’s the Golden State Warriors Championship patch (from The Emblem Source). … This isn’t incredibly shocking, but Lonzo Ball, the LA Lakers No. 1 Pick (and No. 2 overall) pick confirmed he will continue to wear the No. 2 he wore with UCLA with the Lakers. … “Lonzo Ball wearing pre-2014 adidas home jersey…” says Jay Appaji who asks, “is that a Derek Fisher jersey? Lol”. This was also noticed by Football Guy.

Soccer News: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino is changing from number 11 to 9 next season. The club has offered to have him sign for free any eligible 2017/18 #11 Firmino jerseys that were purchased before the change. On top of that, The Anfield Shop, an American LFC retailer is offering $50 rebates or gift cards for those who purchased #11 jerseys (from Patrick Walsh). … “Spotted in NYC,” says James Beattie. “Will likely be Tottenham Hotspur’s home kit in 2017-18.”

Grab Bag: Brazilian volleyball team Olympikus stylist Renan Serrano took used jerseys from Brazil’s biggest victories and cut them into smaller pieces and then transformed them into a new jersey. This new jersey would be the only one in world (from Jeremy Brahm). … This will be…interesting: Citing religious refusal of adoption rule, California bans state travel to Texas: California state agencies, universities and commissions won’t be allowed to send their employees to Texas after the California attorney general declared a Texas law discriminatory. Submitter Josh Hinton asks, “No public university from California can play in Texas. Does that mean that if UCLA wins their region they can’t go to the final 4?” … IndyCar driver and rookie Ed Jones is wearing this Walter Payton tribute helmet (here’s a look at the back) in this weekend’s Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Wisconsin (also posted in Football). From Morgan Webster. … Our pal Douggie Keklak saw this video of the 1972 Munich Olympics and asks, “Is that a Star of David as decimal? A memorial to the tragedy in those games??” … BFBS wrestling singlet for the Tar Heels (from James Gilbert). … Check out this article from NatGeo: “From Blood-Soaked Sand to Retractable Roofs: A History of Stadiums” (great find by Dale Alison, who adds “Didn’t know if you saw this. Impressive? Certainly whimsical and obviously expensive.”) … adidas has nearly doubled its US sneaker market share — at Nike’s expense (thanks, Brinke).

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And that’s it for today. Thanks to everyone who submitted for the Fauxback Jersey contest. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to vote for your favorites! I’ll have our second (of FOUR) sets tomorrow, so make sure you check back then. And if you have a few spare minutes, give the ‘cast a listen too! Catch ya on the morrow…but until then…

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“If Connecticut had a demonym that wasn’t awkward and terrible, I would definitely use it.”

— Jon Rose

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Draft Day Tradition

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The Timberwolves have never had good uniforms, but they do have one of the best uni-related rituals in all of sports: Each year they mark the day of the NBA draft by preparing draft prospect jersey cookies. How cool is that? The maker’s marks are a bit depressing, but I guess you have to give them points for accuracy.

(Big thanks to Jared Hensch for this one.)

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Odd couple: On the left is rapper/actor Ice Cube. On the right, uniform designer/historian Todd Radom (in a photo taken recently by his daughter, Hannah Radom). My latest ESPN column, which will post today, is about how these two gents teamed up to create the uniforms and logos for BIG3, the new 3-on-3 basketball league that’s debuting this Sunday. Check it out here, and then I’ll have a follow-up blog piece next week with a lot of additional background info from Todd.

And speaking of ESPN stuff, in case you missed it yesterday, here’s my piece on five takeaways from the NHL/Adidas unveiling.

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Just give me all your money already: In case you missed it yesterday, there’s a lot of new Uni Watch-related merch currently available, as follows:

• Four new Naming Wrongs designs have just launched (including the Murph design shown at right; click to enlarge). You can see all of the new designs here, you can read more about them here, and you can order them in the Naming Wrongs shop. (They’re also cross-listed in the Uni Watch shop, where card-carrying Uni Watch members can get 15% off. If you don’t already have the discount code, get in touch and I’ll hook you up.)

• The third batch of StripeRite socks is now available. Most of the designs from the first and second batches are available as well.

• With Independence Day fast approaching, this would be a swell time to order the Uni Watch stars and stripes T-shirt. But in order to get the shirt in time for the holiday, you’ll have to choose rush shipping, which costs an extra $7. (For those of you who ordered this shirt yesterday, I think it will arrive in time for the holiday even with normal shipping. Fingers crossed.)

Okay, end of sales pitch. My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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The Ticker
By Paul

’Skins Watch: In light of this week’s Supreme Court decision overturning the ban on trademarks for offensive terms, which was widely viewed as a win for the ’Skins, the New York Times editorial board, which had previously opposed granting of trademark status to the ’Skins, now supports it (from Tommy Turner).

Baseball News: New bat knob decals for Twins INF Ehire Adrianza. … The Montgomery Biscuits have a new cap with a wraparound biscuit design. Not bad, but nothing can match the anthropomorphized biscuit. … Poutine-themed jerseys this Saturday for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (from Tris Wykes). … The White Sox will retire Mark Buehrle’s No. 56 on Saturday. Fans will receive a commemorative pin with this logo. … This is pretty cool: The old Hale America “Health” patch, which was worn on MLB jerseys in the early 1940s, is now being featured on a cap (from @civil_standard). … Great little video clip about the origins of the Cardinals’ birds on the bat insignia. … Our own Phil Hecken is featured in this excellent podcast by the Hall of Very Good crew — don’t miss.

Pro Football News: The Calgary Fire Department donated a custom-painted Calgary firefighters helmet to be awarded to the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders’ special teams player of the game following wins (from Wade Heidt). … The Ravens hung a motivational sign from the goalpost of their practice facility (from Andrew Cosentino). … Cris Routh spotted the Dolphins using mismatched “2” numerals for two games in 1988: against the Bucs on Oct. 30 and against the Browns on Dec. 12. In that second shot, the 7s are mismatched as well. … For reasons that aren’t clear, Steelers WR Antonio Brown was spotted working out in a Panthers helmet. … The CFL’s Montreal Alouettes have two interesting anniversary decals on their helmets: Canada 150th and Montreal 375th. Halftime performers last night wore jerseys with No. 375 for the Montreal anniversary. … NFL officiating note: The head linesman will now be called the down judge. The designation on the back of the jersey will be “DJ” (from Mike Wilson).

Hockey News: Here’s something I hadn’t remembered: At one point the Florida Panthers’ gloves were supposed to have claws (from Moe Khan). … Gotta love a hockey uniform that references Naragansett beer and Jaws simultaneously (from Joel Mathwig). … The Stars will retire Jere Lehtinen’s No. 26 on Nov. 24 (thanks, Mike).

NBA News: The Bucks’ D-League G-League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, officially unveiled their logo set, although there wasn’t much drama because the primary mark had already leaked a few days earlier.

Soccer News: A uni-related gaffe on Arsenal’s website may have hinted at Alexis Sanchez’s departure from the team (from Ted Arnold). … New road kit for Barca. … The LA Galaxy will celebrate LGBTQ Pride Night on Saturday, with rainbow-patterned warm-up tops and corner flag. … Experts have identified the worst jersey in the history of English soccer (from Matthew Solly).

Grab Bag: American Airlines is searching for a new uniform manufacturer following repeated staff complaints about their unis causing various health problems (from Dan Tarrant). … Longtime reader/contributor R. Scott Rogers put his 2017 Purp Walk sticker on his curling broom handle. … The city of Columbia, S.C., is getting ready to choose a new flag design (from @jhlichty).

NBA Draft to Proceed Without Nike Jerseys

Hi there. Las Vegas was fun (more on that in a minute), but it’s good to be back on terra Brooklyna. Got back to Uni Watch HQ at about 9pm. The good news is that since my body was still on Pacific Time, I was able to stay up and watch most of the Mets/Dodgers game; the bad news is that the Mets/Dodgers game wasn’t worth watching, at least if you happen to be a Mets fan.

Anyway: The NBA Draft begins tonight. That has led to a bunch of questions from various readers, so let’s shift into Q&A mode:

Will the NBA and Nike unveil their new uniforms at the draft?

As far as I know, no.

So when the draftees pose for photos while holding up jerseys, they’ll be using the old Adidas jerseys?



Presumably, yes.

But I thought Nike is taking over for Adidas next season.

Yes. But next season isn’t here yet. My understanding (and I’m phrasing it that way because I haven’t 100% confirmed it, but I’ve heard it from more than one source so I’m about 98% sure that it’s true) is that Adidas is outfitting the NBA Summer League, which runs through mid-July. In other words, Adidas’s contract isn’t quite finished yet.

So when will the Nike unveiling take place?



It’s not clear. Several different NBA teams have said that their new unis would be revealed “later this summer,” but I haven’t heard anything more specific than that. And believe me, I’ve tried to find out, because my secret fear (or is it actually my secret hope? )is that I’ll make plans for a summer vacation and then find out that I’ll be away on the unveiling date. So I’ve made a lot of inquiries, but nobody’s talking.

The NHL held their unveiling prior to their draft. Why can’t the NBA do that too?



As I just explained, Adidas’s contract isn’t actually finished yet.

Then the NBA should move the draft to a later date, so it takes place after the Nike contract kicks in.

Maybe. Or maybe a bunch of staged photo ops featuring overgrown children posing with corporate executives isn’t the most important thing about the draft. Or maybe the staged photo ops will work just fine with the current jerseys instead of the Nike jerseys.

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The draft, incidentally, will be held at the Nets’ arena, just down the road from Uni Watch HQ. But I have other plans for tonight, so apologies in advance if I miss any uni-related moments.

Meanwhile, a few thoughts regarding Las Vegas:

• The heat topped out at 117º on Tuesday, tying the city’s all-time record high (and shattering my own record high). Naturally, I stayed indoors as much as possible. But I took seven cab and Lyft rides and inevitably ended up talking about the heat with most of the drivers, all of whom said, more or less, “Yeah, it’s hot, but my car can handle it, and it’s fine as long as the air-conditioning holds out.” One guy added that he has to buy new windshield wipers pretty frequently, because the rubber dry-rots in the Vegas heat.

• My one extended period of being outdoors came on Tuesday morning, when I took a one-hour tour of the Neon Museum, which was pretty excellent. I’ll share some photos with you soon. (The temperature at the time was “only” 95º. The tour guide, who wore one of those safari caps with the flap on the back to protect his neck from the sun, insisted that we all bring a bottle of water, and they also offered us umbrellas. I declined the umbrella and had no problem with the conditions, although a few of my fellow guests peeled off and retreated to the museum lobby midway through the tour.)

• I didn’t gamble at all — in part because I had a busy itinerary and never really had any down time, in part because gambling by myself has never seemed like much fun (I’d rather be doing it with a friend or girlfriend). Also: Over the years I’ve found that I prefer gambling in non-Vegas settings — in Reno, say, or at Indian casinos, or at small-town “Las Vegas Night” events, or in Canada. There’s something interesting about how those places try to mimic Vegas, which for some reason I find more interesting and endearing than Vegas itself.

• I’ve been watching the new season of Twin Peaks, much of which takes place in Las Vegas (mostly in residential and office settings, not on the strip), and I was surprised by how much I found myself thinking about that during my time there. I asked a few locals how they felt about the show’s portrayal of their city, but none of them had watched it. Usually I’m the one who hasn’t watched the TV show that other people are talking about, so it was weird to be on the other end of that equation.

• I only had one free night to make my own dinner plans, and I had really wanted to eat at Chicago Joe’s, which is basically this little house. About the most un-Vegas-y setting imaginable, right? That seemed like it’d be fun and interesting. Unfortunately, they were closed on Mondays. Dang. Maybe next time.

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More NHL stuff: As everyone continues to process all the information that was presented at Tuesday night’s NHL/Adidas unveiling, here are a few follow-ups:

• On my plane ride home yesterday, I wrote an ESPN piece with five major takeaways from the unveiling. It’s up now on ESPN.

• Golden Knights owner Bill Foley has been telling people that the team will wear gold gloves, rather than the white ones that were shown at the unveiling. A few people at the event told me that the team actually went back and forth on the glove color in the days leading up to the unveiling. They also said that gold gloves were difficult to manufacture and might not be possible, which seems odd, but I’m not in the glove making business (yet), so what do I know. For now, I’d say we should all treat the team’s glove color as “to be determined.”

• Speaking of the Knights, after they chose goalie Marc-André Fleury in yesterday’s expansion draft, the NHL posted a short video of Fleury wearing a Knights jersey. The weird thing is that the jersey includes the NHL centennial patch, which teams wore last season:

That patch, wasn’t included on any of the jerseys shown at Tuesday night’s unveiling, but all NHL teams began wearing it midway through last season, as soon as the calendar turned to 2017, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them keep using it through Dec. 31. I’ve asked the league and Adidas about that and will let you know once I hear back from them.

• Random factoid: One of the most interesting bits of information that emerged from my interviews with Adidas and NHL people came when I was talking with NHL exec Brian Jennings. I mentioned how the NHL logo at the base of the jersey collar was being changed from an embroidered patch to a Chromaflex chip. He said that when he saw the first prototype with the chip, he ran his fingers against the chip’s edges and decided they were too sharp, because a player could get cut if an opposing player grabbed his jersey and pushed it up into his face. So the logo chip had to be retooled with smoother edges. What a great bit of uni minutiae!

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Naming Wrongs update: Scott Turner and I have been working on the next round of Naming Wrongs shirts, and I’m happy to report that four new sets of designs are now available for ordering. Let’s go one at a time:

1. The Ralph. Got lots of requests for this one. (Also got requests for Rich Stadium, but we can’t do that one because that’s a corporate name — sorry.) We’re offering four different versions, although I’m assuming the first two will be the most popular (for all of these images, you can click to enlarge):

2. The Rose Garden. Another no-brainer. We decided that this one called for something more than just typography (although we may add a straightforward typographic version if people ask for it):

3. The Murph. This was an interesting one, because Qualcomm’s naming rights deal just expired last week, and there’s some question regarding what the stadium’s new name will be. So we’re introducing a new phrase: Instead of “I Still Call It” or “I’m Calling It,” this one will have “Just Call It”:

4. The Ted. I received quite a few requests from Braves fans who wanted a shirt for Turner Field. “I Still Call it” obviously doesn’t work here, and “I’m Calling It” didn’t feel right to me either, because the new ballpark is off in the suburbs and has no connection to the Ted. So we once again went with “Just Call It.” I’ll be interested to hear how that works for everyone.

All of these designs are now available in the Naming Wrongs shop, and are also cross-listed in the Uni Watch shop (where card-carrying Uni Watch members can get 15% off; if you don’t already have the discount code, get in touch and I’ll hook you up). My thanks to everyone who submitted suggestions and ideas. We’ll have more designs soon.

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Seasonal suggestion: Independence Day is fast approaching, which means we’ll be seeing lots of stars and stripes uniforms throughout the uni-verse (including in MLB, where they plan to have players wear flag-based unis for four consecutive days).

With that in mind, I humbly suggest that you consider the Uni Watch stars/stripes T-shirt for your holiday needs. It has a handsome flag-themed script on the front, and the back design allows you to tell the world what you think of “patriotic” uniforms.

The shirt is available here. My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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StripeRite reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, I’m extremely happy to announce that the latest batch of StripeRite socks (shown at right; click to enlarge) is now available from American Trench. I really like these designs, and I hope you will too. Supplies are limited, so move fast if you want to get in on these.

And remember, most of the designs from the first and second StripeRite batches are still available as well.

Sorry about all the sales pitches today. Just one of those things where several projects came to fruition at the same time. My thanks, yet again, for your consideration.

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The Ticker
By Mike Chamernik

Baseball News: An opera about Negro League legend Josh Gibson, named The Summer King, recently ran at the Pittsburgh Opera. Though the story is a tragedy (Gibson suffered a brain tumor and died of a stroke at only 35), the production included lots of great old uniforms (from Ted Arnold). … The Mariners’ Kyle Seager wore light blue batting gloves on Tuesday night. They were probably left over from Father’s Day weekend — or, as @SpoonT12 points out, maybe they were UNC gloves, because Seager is a former Tar Heel. … Cory Fisher picked up some Michigan State stirrups from the university surplus store. … The Diamondbacks gave away team-themed car sun shades earlier this season, and they came in handy yesterday, as temps in Phoenix reached 115º (from @ASU_Uniformity). … Royals C Salvador Perez hit a grand slam while using Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera’s bat, which was left behind in KC when the Tigers were in town (from Jason Pratt). … Speaking of the Royals, why do some players wear their sunglasses backwards on their caps? In the Royals’ case, it’s because their minor leaguers are taught never to cover their cap logos.

NFL News: The Broncos used to share Mile High Stadium with the Triple-A Denver Bears baseball club. For the Broncos’ 1978 opener, they kept the dirt infield, but put artificial turf over the pitcher’s rubber. That comes from this video clip (from Bill Kellick). … Pope Francis tried on a helmet and was given a personalized Papa Francisco jersey yesterday when Jerry Jones, Ronnie Lott, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame delegation made a visit to the Vatican (from Alex and Mary Lynn Delfino). … An October 1975 edition of the Philadelphia Daily News contains a full page on NFL uniforms. The piece includes a story on how Vince Lombardi, through force of personality, changed the Redskins’ colors when he took over as coach in 1969 (from @SportsPaperInfo). … Based on metrics including attendance and amounts of social media buzz, a sports analytics professor ranked the popularity of NFL teams (from Douglas Ford). … Former Vikings coach Bud Grant required his teams to wear black shoes. That clip also includes a humorous bit with a Vikings player describing black Converse high-tops as “America’s shoe.”

College Football News: Illinois is getting rid of their center helmet stripe. Here’s last year’s helmet for comparison (from Craig Choate). … Arizona will have new uniforms next season (from Phil). … Ball State updated its helmet design (from Adam Maxwell, via Phil). … New argyle gloves for UNC (from James Gilbert). … Toledo announced a new apparel deal with Nike (from Ryan Hercik). … New orange uniforms for Sam Houston State (from Chris Mycoskie). … Remember when Tennessee wore “Smokey Grey” alternates in 2013? The Vols planned on wearing a new version for 2014, but outcry from fans pushed them to scrap the look. The never-worn 2014 unis were sent to a youth football team in Israel (from Mark Smith). … Check out the amazing jersey design worn by the officials in the 1970 Rose Bowl (from Jerry Wolper).

Hockey News: The Red Wings revealed a logo for their inaugural season at Little Ceasar’s Arena. No word yet on whether it’ll be worn as a jersey patch. Lots of fans on social media immediately pointed out that the swirl at the center of the design looks like the Hurricanes’ primary logo. … The Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa will indeed miss the 2017-18 season, and possibly beyond, due to a skin disorder exacerbated by his equipment. Hockey players have long suffered from mysterious rashes and skin outbreaks due to their pads and jerseys: The plague was known as the gunk back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1988, the Oilers discovered that the formaldehyde used to prevent mildew and maintain the color of the equipment was to blame. … The Penguins will raise their Stanley Cup banner at their home opener on Oct. 4 against the Blues. … In the wake of the NHL uni unveilings, one observer picked winners and losers based on the teams’ redesigns and tweaks. … The NHL draft is tomorrow, and here are the the draft caps (from Nick Lineback). … The Sabres’ lace collar looks like a fish skeleton (from Ross Taylor). … The Columbus Burn, a proposed SPHL team, revealed their logo. Having a “Burn” logo in blue reminds me of those color text brain teasers. … An NHL jersey change you may have missed: The Blues’ numbers have changed from yellow to white (from Dave Singleton).

NBA News: The Pacers’ Lance Stephenson swung a deal with teammate Kevin Seraphin to obtain No. 1. Stephenson, who rejoined Indiana late last season, wore the digit during his first stint with the team. …The Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stopped by the Alamo before Game 4 of the 1983 Western Conference Finals against the Spurs in San Antonio. He even signed the guest book (from Jeremy Kendrick). … No photos, but the last two paragraphs of this article indicate that a New York Nets player wore a Miami Floridians practice jersey during a 1969 ABA game after Nets management misplaced his normal uniform (from Jerry Wolper). … Pro wrestler Kassius Ohno likes to wear NBA-inspired ring gear. … The Clippers have come up with a logo variation that’s even worse than their regular logo.

Soccer News: Here are the pre-match training top and the match tee for the U.S. Men’s team for this summer’s Gold Cup (from Conrad Burry). … New home kit for Arsenal (from an unnamed reader). … New home and away kits for Chelsea and Tottenham have leaked (from Charles George). … The NWSL will honor Tony DiCicco with a moment of silence and armbands at this weekend’s games. DiCicco, who died of cancer on Monday, was the USWNT coach in 1999, when they won the World Cup. … Manchester United’s new home kit has leaked (from Charles George). … New away kit for Inter (from Tim Kraus).

Grab Bag: Here are the liveries for this weekend’s IndyCar race, the Kohler Grand Prix Road America (from Tim Dunn). … A scathing inspector general’s report indicates that the Pentagon wasted $28 million on the wrong type of camo for uniforms for the Afghan army. Officials opted for a proprietary forest pattern, even though Afghanistan is mostly desert. You can read the full report here (from Trevor Williams and Hugh C. McBride). … This might be the most unlikely connection in the history of connections: Bob Saget and some of his fans think he looks like the Cholula hot sauce mascot. … Rather than “borrow” a pro team’s logo, Weiss High School in Austin, Texas, designed its own new logo. Here’s the final result (from Clint Loerwald). … A Tennessee sports fan has created a mash-up logo honoring the Titans, Grizzlies, and Predators. Scroll down through the responses to see similar designs for other cities.