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Movie Jersey Contest - The Final 10

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By Phil Hecken

OK — we’ve had our voting and now we’re down to our final 10 Movie Jersey Contest contestants. In case you missed it, last weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 46 participants (23 each day) had their jerseys shown and voted upon, and as per the rules, the top 5 vote getters from each day have now moved on to the finals. I’ll have each of the 10 finalists below (one last set of voting will follow). The poll was closed at 11:00 pm Friday evening and the votes as of that time were as follows for each day (click to enlarge):


Movie Jersey Poll I


Movie Jersey Poll II

So, congratulations to David Britt, Brendan Gargano, Christian Jackson, Kristopher Kern and Nick Lineback from Saturday’s voting, and Angus O’Keefe, Justin Peterson, Romulus Ramirez, Will Sinnott and Matt Yancey from Sunday. Those ten contestants will now face off for the final vote.

Once again I want to give thanks to Steve Rosenbeck of Garb Athletics, who will provide the reader with the winning submission a custom-created jersey based off of his/her creation!

Here’s your 10 finalists (once again in alphabetical order) — DON’T FORGET TO VOTE at the end of the section!!!

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

Britt, David - Peaches

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

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

Gargano, Brendan - Tune Squad

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

Jackson, Christian - Bulldogs

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

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

Kern, Kristopher - Minnesota Waves

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

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5. Nick Lineback
Movie/Jersey: The Mighty Ducks

Lineback, Nick - Ducks

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

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

O'Keefe, Angus - Rockford Peaches

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

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

Peterson, Justin - Springfield Isotopes

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

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8. Romulus Ramirez
Movie/Jersey: Hardball

Ramirez, Romulus - Kekambas

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

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9. Will Sinnott
Movie/Jersey: Mystery, Alaska

Sinnott, Will - Mystery Alaska

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

Yancey, Matt - Sharks

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And now — cast your votes — remember, you can vote for as many submissions as you’d like but you can only vote once. The top vote getter will receive a custom new jersey from Steve Rosenbeck and Garb Athletics. I’ll reveal the winner next weekend:

Movie Jersey Contest – The Finals free polls

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Thanks to everyone who participated and good luck to our 10 finalists!

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A Little Help…???

Earlier this week I exchanged a few e-mails with Chris Whitehouse, who you’ll get to meet in much greater depth next weekend — and who is an amazing colorizer of black and white photographs — mostly sports — and he has had several of his colorizations featured on here before (he’s known professionally as “ManCave Pictures”).

Anyway, Chris has posited a question to me that I can’t answer, but I’m hoping the collective knowledge/researching abilities of Uni Watch nation can assist us with. Here’s Chris:

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Hi Phil,

This was my Uncle Stanley Klores, Major League prospect and head baseball coach at Northwestern.


You can check the full bio here.

I’ve looked everywhere for an idea on these uniform colors, without luck. I’d really love to restore this photo for his son, my cousin, and the rest of my family.

Most likely red with blue piping, but I really want to be sure.

Any ideas?


Thank You!

I told Chris I’d post this for the readership. He has actually gone ahead and colorized the photograph, believing those colors to be correct, but he wants to be totally sure (click to enlarge):

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If anyone knows the colors for sure, or can confirm what Chris suspects, please post your thoughts/answers in the comments below!

Thanks UWers!!!

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Lukas b&wIn Case You Missed It…Paul’s Latest ESPN Piece

Last week Paul did a blog entry on MLB players who’ve worn the captain’s C. On Friday, he released a new ESPN column that expands upon that piece, with new players added to the mix (turns out that the first C-clad captain was Dave Concepcion in 1983) and more historical context (can you guess who is the only player to have worn the C in a World Series?).

If you didn’t read Paul’s latest piece, here ya go.

Good stuff there!

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Here’s a somewhat ‘primitive’ (in that it’s not as intricate as some of our own trackers go) look at Diamondbacks uniform tracking for the month of May. … I often give MLB (and their partners in crime, most of whom make lifestyle gear) grief over their complete missing of the mark on Memorial Day (and have been doing so for longer than I care to admit), but things may be a-changin’. Not only did adidas seem to “get it,” here is some information from Mike Galante that gives me “hope” MLB and its partners may finally be recognizing the solemnity of the “holiday” we “celebrate” this Monday (and all weekend long): “USAA is a client that I’ve recently worked with to produce a commercial spot. Being as they’re a company that has a military tilt, we just released this Memorial Day themed ad with Justin Verlander from the Detroit Tigers. It will be airing across all US Regional Sports Networks in all MLB teams’ games this week and through the holiday weekend. The poppy has a strong presence in the spot.” … Hmmm: “This carpet company has a logo that looks a lot like the Rockies logo,” says Jeffrey Schleicher. Here’s a link to their website. … Interesting observation, from Matthew Lohr “but it seems that this Monday, when the Cubs play the Padres that it might be the first time since 1915 that there will be no blue on the Cubs’ unis with the way they are doing the uniforms.” Actually, they’ll be sporting these jerseys and these caps beginning today. So we’ll get three days with no blue (and that’s the case for pretty much every team, save for teams with blue batting helmets). … Two Orioles uni observations from Andrew Cosentino: 1) The O’a had a Halloween themed color vs color against the Astros, and 2) The O’s wore their all-black BP caps. … I know we’ve seen this before, but John D. Russel notes Padres starter Perdomo has the toe of his right foot reinforced with either tape or some epoxy. John adds, “Can’t recall seeing this before, but maybe it’s just designed to cut down on the wear and tear.” … Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays is now wearing a face guard on his helmet (good spot by Ian Okorofsky. … Jed Lowrie of the Oakland A’s was sporting a Rawlings logo on the back of his helmet (from Niko Goutakolis‏). According to Paul, that’s a no-no. … Oooh, check out this display of ACC baseball jerseys at Louisville Slugger HQ (in front of Bench and Dawson bat specs). From James Gilbert. … “A bucket full of Mariners 40th year baseballs on the A’s account talking about New York,” says Josh. “I’m confused.” … What’s worse than one team wearing the accursed color of death? An Ohio D-II High School regional final game. Two of them. … Holy shit! We have a new contender for Giveaway of the Year, on June 17th the Jacksonville Shrimp will be giving away this Neck Pillow (from MiLB Promos). … From June 2 thru June 4, the Frisco Rough Riders will be wearing these special Strikeout Cancer jerseys (from Frisco Rough Riders). … Looks like Kent State baseball was wearing camo caps last night (from Mary Lynn Delfino). … Here’s a WONDERFUL partial colorization of Lou Gehrig from Chris “ManCave Photos” Whitehouse) with Joe D. in 1937. … The Toronto Blue Jays have some really nice logo details on their stadium shop jerseys (from MBD Chicago). … Why do teams keep trotting out softball jerseys? Maybe the tail is wagging the dog (h/t A M Myers). Granted, that’s not exactly a scientific poll (and it likely skews towards a younger demo — but they’re also the target demo for jersey sales), but teams can justify adding color jerseys by claiming it’s what the fans want. But I’d love to see exactly *who* answered that poll. But clearly, polls are always right, right?

NFL/College/CFL/Football News: Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, SC, has new helmets. The school’s nickname (Cardinals) is printed on the center stripe. Submitter Andrew Shain asks, “How common is that?” … Seahawks legend Cortez Kennedy wore No. 96. In 1992, he wore No. 99, and here’s why (from Markus Kamp). … Some college football fans collect autographs, ticket stubs, or jerseys. ‘Others take things to the next level, and design their own awesome concept helmets, or even build custom helmets for their favorite teams.’ … The University of South Florida has sent a cease and desist letter to an Alabama HS using similar logo without permission. Yeah, they prolly have a case (from Robert Hayes). … Check out this outstanding hat on a former FAMU coach (from Victor Fromage). … Luckily for Bengals fans, the team’s 50th logo to be installed on East Club windows (from Brinke).

Hockey News: There are tremendous old hockey photos and then there are truly outstanding old hockey photos. This one of the 1957-1958 Boston Bruins falls into the latter category (nice find by R.J. Pratt). … Besides the preciousness of Alexa (who happens to have her own twitter handle), can anyone spot what’s wrong with this blanket? (from Megan Brown).

NBA/D(G) League/College Hoops/Basketball News: According to tweeter John Bedell, “One last pickup game on the original tartan floor at UD Arena. It’s being removed starting Tuesday as part of facelift.” Of course, with everything old that needs replacing, Jimmer Vilk was none too happy with this development. … If you’re into phantom championship gear, here’s your chance to pick up a Miami Heat NBA Champs 2011 cap (thanks to Tyler). Wonder if any Mavs fans will score it.

Soccer News: The United States’ men’s and women’s teams will wear rainbow numbers in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month, during June friendlies, U.S. Soccer announced Friday. The men will sport the jerseys in a World Cup-qualifying warm-up against Venezuela on June 3, while the women will don the shirts in friendlies against Sweden on June 8 and Norway three days later. … Lane United FC unveiled its third kit for the 2017 season at the Reds’ PDL home opener on Friday, May 26 (from Brittany Brown). … New shirt for Rapid Vienna. They’ll wear it this weekend in their last match of the season (from Ed Żelaski). Also from Ed: new third shirt for Chile’s Colo-Colo. … “Heard of any other youth leagues with this mandate?” asks C. Todd Davis. “Check end of thread…it’s a mandate for practice & games.” This is fairly fucking disgusting (and apparently, not completely uncommon). … West Ham United is going with a first ever black away kit this upcoming season (from AG Harris IV). … In this ticker, we’ve seen a phantom cap and a phantom blanket, so how about a phantom ticket for Pittsburgh Spirit vs NY Cosmos game 3/23/85. The Cosmos ceased operations prior this game (h/t Jimmer Vilk).

Grab Bag: “I was watching the latest episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Thursday) night and one of the segments highlighted the 2016 World Pinball Champion,” writes Mike Rosenberg. “His name is Robert Gagno and he is Canadian. He also, this episode keeps reminding you, has autism and pinball is is something he excels in.” Mike continues, “Besides simply telling you about this really sweet and heartwarming story, I writing because whenever they would show Robert at a competition he was just wearing jean, t-shirt, and headphone. This got me thinking, what are some other sports that do not require any special gear or uniform? We are so use to seeing multimillion dollar athletes decked out in branded kit that it was almost jarring to see another sports world champion wearing the same clothes I was wearing while watching him.” Good question — UWers, can we name any of these “sports”? … Not uni related, but Bo Baize knows how much Paul likes infinite regression on labels — Bo, c’mon man, you gotta hold the can like on the label!!! … Speaking of cool labels, check this one out (from DHG1984). … Crossover alert: Bill Belichick visiting Maryland lacrosse practice yesterday (from Matt Shevin).

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And that’s it for today. Thanks to everyone who participated in the “Movie Jersey” contest, and good luck to our 10 finalists. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to vote for your favorites! I’ll be back next weekend with the winner.

As you probably know (sigh), today MLB begins its celebration of Memorial Day with a new set of caps and unis (and also awful camo socks) — they’re still bad, but not as bad as they have been, so, while I do expect the ratchet to keep turning (now we have THREE full days of this uni nonsense — some clubs will wear both home AND road unis, since MLB doesn’t do wraparound series between Sunday and Monday), maybe one day they’ll get the true meaning of Memorial Day (hint: it’s not about celebrating the military, or war, or barbeques or even baseball), but a solemn day of remembrance. The rather sedate “poppy shoes” are at least a welcome relief. PLEASE tweet at me or e-mail me (or uniwatching) any photos of oddities (and socks, sweatbands, catcher’s gear, bases, bats etc.), or the usual stuff. I’ll be doing a full run-down on the uni shenanigans tomorrow. Thanks! Catch you tomorrow…but until then…

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.


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“(E)veryone knows that in rural Quebec the drinking age is merely a suggestion anyway, pas encore!”

— Jon Rose

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It Was 18 Years Ago Today

May 17, nine days ago, was the 11th anniversary of the first entry on this website. But today is another important day on the Uni Watch calendar: It was 18 years ago today — May 26, 1999 — that the very first Uni Watch column appeared in the now-defunct sports section of The Village Voice. Here’s how it looked (click to enlarge):

It was essentially the first installment of what we now think of as my annual MLB season-preview column, except it wasn’t really a preview because it appeared in late May. But there had never been anything like Uni Watch up until that time, so the whole idea of chronicling the season’s uniform changes seemed novel and interesting, even if the season was nearly two months old.

I wrote another column four weeks later, and another one four weeks after that, and that’s how Uni Watch got started. The Voice killed their sports section in the fall of 2003 (my editor left the news for me on my home voicemail, which I heard while calling in from a payphone at the Lightning Field — I’ll always remember that), so I briefly moved the column to Slate. Then I convinced ESPN to give me a shot in the summer of 2004, and I’ve been with them since then. This website, which was designed to supplement the ESPN column, launched in May of 2006.

If I had been smart, I would have waited nine days to launch this site, so the site’s anniversary and the larger Uni Watch anniversary would sync up. I’ve sometimes wondered if we should just split the difference between May 17 and May 26 — either May 21 or 22 would work — and call it Uni Watch Day, sort of like the way Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays have been merged into Presidents Day. But then I think, “Nah, I like getting to celebrate two anniversaries,” so there you go.

Anyway: Uni Watch has now turned 18! That means Uni Watch can now:

• Buy cigarettes
• Vote (thanks, 26th Amendment!)
• Enlist in the military
• Serve on a jury
• Get a credit card
• Get a tattoo, in most states
• Be held in an adult jail
• Donate blood
• Go skydiving
• Buy a lottery ticket
• Buy a car

And so on. Pretty amazing that this media project has lasted this long. A lot of the credit for that goes to you folks. Thanks for all your contributions, for all your ideas and suggestions, for all your support and encouragement, and just for showing up here each day. And that goes quintuple for those of you who’ve been Uni Watch readers all the way back to the Village Voice days. You’re the best.

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Friday Flashback: Last week I did a blog entry on MLB players who’ve worn the captain’s C. Today I have a new ESPN column that expands upon that piece, with new players added to the mix (turns out that the first C-clad captain was Dave Concepcion in 1983, shown above) and more historical context (can you guess who is the only player to have worn the C in a World Series?). Check it out here.

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The Ticker
By Paul

’Skins Watch: If you go to this page and search on “Now the 57’s,” you’ll get a story on how the Swift Current team in the Western Major Baseball League — a Canadian collegiate summer league — has changed its name from the Indians to the 57’s. If you scroll down one item below that, you can see how the club was soliciting new team names from the public (from Ron Yaworski).

Baseball News: I know it’s pretty common now to see all sorts of teams wearing tequila sunrise jerseys, but the ones being worn by Chatsworth High School in California look particularly sharp. … Most facemask attachments on batting helmets these days are the solid plastic extension, but LSU’s Greg Deichmann wears a series of molded bars (from Alex Allen). … I don’t drink wine or root for the Orioles. But if I did, I’d totally be into these awesome Orioles bottle stoppers, which the O’s will be giving away on July 22 (from Andrew Cosentino). … Adidas has produced a new Memorial Day cleat, which over 100 MLB players will be wearing this weekend. Interestingly, the design does not feature any camouflage. Instead it features a red poppy — an interesting choice, since poppies are used by UK commonwealth countries for Armistice Day, which takes place on Nov. 11 and is their version of Memorial Day. So for once, we have a design that’s actually about memorializing the dead, not rah-rah-ing the living — nicely done. I do think it’s a bit odd to employ a symbol associated with other countries for a holiday that takes place in November, but whatever — any non-camo approach is an improvement (thanks, Phil). … The Corpus Christi Hooks are in the midst of a three-game run wearing Dia de los Hooks uniforms (from Edward Lopez). … Great cross-sport promotion by the Hartford Yard Goats, who have Whalers Alumni Weekend jerseys (from @MiLBPromos). … Check out that mask that Japanese player Takashi Toritani is wearing after suffering a broken nose. Never seen anything like that on a baseball diamond before. … Astros SS Carlos Correa is the latest MLB player to wear a faceguard attachment on his batting helmet (from @mws621). … I assume this is a standard Nike template, but the U. of Iowa has an odd jersey format that results in a truncated headspoon (from Kary Klismet). … The visitors’ dugout in Toronto — and, I’m assuming, every other MLB dugout — has signs listing the guidelines for cell phone use and permissable personnel. Interesting that there’s a ceiling on the number of coaches — I hadn’t been aware of that (from Marc Bauche).

Pro and College Football News: Here’s the story behind why 49ers rookie Solomon Thomas wears No. 94 (thanks, Brinke). … Interesting move by the Saints, who memorialized Cortez Kennedy on their helmets during OTAs yesterday. Kennedy played his entire career with the Seahawks, so this is a pretty big gesture of respect by another team (thanks, Phil). … Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill was practicing this week in shorts with the team’s throwback logo. “Makes me hope they’ll get rid of the current unis and go with the sweet throwbacks full-time,” says Coach Ed. … With the NFL loosening the rules for touchdown celebrations, here’s one observer’s picks for the 30 greatest celebrations of all time (blame Kary Klismet). … New uniforms for New Mexico Military Institute (from Rob Montoya). … The latest baseball luminary to be stuck wearing the Hall of Fame’s lame-o induction jersey is none other than Homer Simpson. That’s a promo towel from this weekend’s “induction” event (from Tyler Kepner).

Hockey News: As a few jillion people have pointed out, it’s going to be a very yellow Stanley Cup Final. … Speaking of which, the Final logo has been added to the Predators’ ice surface (thanks, Alex). … Meanwhile, where will the Penguins be wearing the Final patch, since they already have a 50th-anniversary patch? When asked about that back in January, Pens equipment manager Dana Heinze said the anniversary patch would move to the shoulder in order to make room for the Final patch (from Jared Grubbs). … is reporting that 12 NHL teams will have some sort of uniform change as part of the Reebok/Adidas changeover, although the article says, “these changes could be very minor, even as minor as just an already existing alternate uniform being ‘promoted’ to a full-time home uniform.” In other words, let’s not go too crazy until we see what’s what. … I had this in the baseball section, but it works here as well: Great cross-sport promotion by minor league baseball’s Hartford Yard Goats, who have Whalers Alumni Weekend jerseys (from @MiLBPromos).

NBA News: Looks like the Hornets have throwbacks in the works. That would presumably be their original design, created by menswear mogul Alexander Julian (from Craig Kirkpatrick).

Soccer News: New third jerseys for Chelsea and Manchester City. … New kit for Hoffenheim. … New home kits for West Bromwich and Melbourne City (from Josh Hinton).

Grab Bag: Over 100 athletes, including over 80 Americans, were given defective medals at the Rio Olympics. … Best click you’ll have all day is this absolutely heroic article on a regionalism I hadn’t been aware of: In L.A., donut boxes are always pink. Tremendous piece of work — highly recommended (big thanks, Brinke). … Two breweries have new logo and packaging designs: Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee and Cape May Brewing in New Jersey (from @gimarmet). … Copperplate Gothic is a badly overused and dated typeface, but there’s one place where it’s very appropriate: outside a historic copper mine (from Andy Garms). … The U.S. Navy will soon start selling a new “fitness suit.” Key quote: “All the other military services have had fitness suits for years. Issuing a Navy version is a milestone sailors have long wanted. The Navy approved the official fitness uniform in 2007 and officials started development multiple times, only to scrap the efforts and start over. This time, officials say, they’ve got it right.” Or as reader Chris Bisbee puts it, “It took the world’s largest nuclear navy 10 years to design and field a fucking track suit.” … This week’s New Yorker has a faaaaascinating feature article about sand. Yes, sand! You might not find sand as interesting as I do, but the first few hundred words of the article are about the very exacting specs for the sand used in beach volleyball courts, so it’s right in the Uni Watch wheelhouse. … “Kicking people in the shins is an actual organized sport in Great Britain,” says Kary Klismet. “The uni-related tie-in is that the only protective equipment allowed is straw tucked into the competitors’ trouser legs.”

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If you’re traveling for the holiday weekend, travel safe. If you’re working, thanks for keeping the world spinning while the rest of us enjoy some time off. And if you’re mourning a fallen service member for Memorial Day, please accept my condolences for your loss.

Left Is Right and Right Is Wrong

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Funny moment in last night’s Cardinals/Dodgers game, as L.A. catcher Yasmani Grandal stepped into the left-handed batter’s box during the bottom of the first while wearing a right-handed helmet.

Grandal is a switch-hitter, so he has two helmets. We’ve seen switch-hitters accidentally wear the wrong lid a few other times over the years, but this is the first instance I’m aware of from this season. Of course, one way to avoid this problem is to wear a double-flapped helmet, but there are very few double-flappers in the bigs these days. (By rule, all minor leaguers are double-flapped, but that’s another story for another day.)

Grandal grounded out to end the inning, and neither team’s broadcast crew noticed the helmet glitch while he was batting. But after the Dodgers came back from commercial, their play-by-play man — Joe Davis, I think — had this:

During Grandal’s next plate appearance, in the bottom of the fourth, Davis noted, “Yasmani’s got the right helmet this time!” and then moved on.

No mention of the incident from the Cardinals’ broadcasters. But hey, if the umpires didn’t notice, you can’t blame the broadcasters for missing it as well.

(My thanks to Ty Murphy, Tim Di Martino, and @The_Maddin for their contributions to this one.)

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Rather ripped: I had some business to attend to yesterday in New Jersey, and along the way I stopped at Hiram’s Roadstand, a hot dog joint that I’d driven past many times over the years but had never stopped at. As you can see above, they delivered the goods, and then some.

The franks at Hiram’s, like those at many doggeries in New Jersey and Connecticut, are deep-fried. In northern New Jersey this type of hot dog is known as a “ripper,” because the frank rips apart in the hot oil. You can see this more clearly in this photo that I took before I added the mustard:

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Membership update: Seven new designs — all nauseatingly purple — have been added to the membership card gallery (including Kyle Coons’s Orlando City SC treatment, shown at right; click to enlarge if you want to see the fine details). The printed/laminated versions of those designs will mail out shortly. We’ll continue to plow our way through all the Purple Amnesty Day orders over the next week or so.

Thanks to these latest additions, the membership gallery now has over 1,800 designs. Amazing.

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

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The Ticker
By Mike Chamernik

Baseball News: Indians OF Daniel Robertson normally wears high-cuffed pants, but yesterday he added stirrups to his look (from Robert Hayes). … New uniforms for Boise State (from Evan Olson). … The Biloxi Shuckers will wear pink jerseys on June 2 (from Zachary Loesl). … Florida State and Notre Dame went garnet-vs.-green yesterday in the ACC Tournament opener (from Josh Sandin). … Todd Bohnenkamp has a preschooler-sized MLB logo cap that he’s had since he was a kid. The hat is from the mid-1970s, and all the logos are rendered in blue and red. … Willie Stargell’s children are unhappy with his widow’s decision to sell off his memorabilia (from Jerry Wolper).

Pro and College Football News: New white helmets for the Toronto Argonauts (from Phil). … Eagles QB Carson Wentz is one of the first NFL players to wear a Vicis Zero1 helmet, which is designed to reduce head trauma. The league approved the helmets for this season (from Chris Cruz). … The Omaha Beef of the Champions Indoor Football pretty much wear the wildest uniforms imaginable. … Jon Solomonson spotted a bizarre Falcons logo on an old gumball helmet on eBay. … Bartell Drugs had excellent NFL posters 45 years ago. … Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium turns 100 this year, so each Badgers home game will have its own retro-themed ticket design (from Dave Balke).

Hockey News: Here’s what the Stanley Cup Final patch looks like on the Predators’ jerseys. … Yesterday we noted that Jack Lynch of the Capitals wore a lacrosse helmet back in 1975. David Holland found another photo. By the way, I didn’t know that Louisville Slugger used to make hockey sticks.

NBA News: The Cavs still need one more win to defeat Boston, but Dick’s Sporting Goods jumped the gun and started advertising Cavaliers Eastern Conference champions and NBA Finals gear (from Chris Spisak). … Here’s a ranking of the five best Suns uniforms of all time (from Phil). … A graphic designer created a Charlotte Hornets football uniform concept. The honeycomb pattern stripes are a nice touch (from Andrew Cosentino).

Grab Bag: Here’s a look at the Seattle Sounders’ MLS Cup rings (from @pleatedfront). … All the cars in this weekend’s Indy 500 IndyCar race and Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race will have a #CheckIt4Andretti decal, meant to raise awareness for colonoscopies after racing legend John Andretti was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer (from Kevin Tamosaitis). … New uniforms for USA Rugby (from Tim Dunn). … The upcoming Indigenous Round in Aussie rules football celebrates the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people to the sport. This year is the 50th anniversary of a 1967 referendum where Australians largely voted in favor of changes to the constitution, which up until then had discriminated against Aboriginal people. Teams will wear uniforms designed by indigenous artists, and 10 players will change their uni numbers to either 50 or 67 (from James MacNeil and Chris Bamford). … Sports memorabilia collector Joel Platt is looking to sell his one million-piece collection, which may be worth as much as $250 million. Among the items in the set are Jim Brown’s NFL retirement letter, Cassius Clay’s Olympic jacket, and the beanball that killed Ray Chapman (from Cary O’Reilly). … Irish boxer Mick Conlan has been training in a Republic of Ireland soccer jersey (from @teddyice13). … Henry County, Va., has a new logo for the 70th year of Martinsville Speedway. … New logo for the Little Italy Historic District in Rochester, N.Y. … New volleyball uniforms for the Serbian women’s team, the Japanese men’s team, and Corinthians São Paulo. Also, the Estonian volleyball mascot has a FIVB volleyball as his nose (all that from Jeremy Brahm).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Ticker
By Mike Chamernik

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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