Greetings from Washington State, where I’ve been vacationing since Friday (here’s the view from the cabin where the New Girl and I have stayed the past two nights). Thanks to the time difference, I’ll still be asleep when many of you read this, but whatever — you can start the day’s discussion without me.
But even though I’m supposedly on holiday, I’ve still been keeping up with all the uni-verse, all so that you — you, dear reader — can stay up to date on the latest developments. How’s that for dedication? No need to thank me; just buy me a drink or five.
Anyway: Lots of uni-notable news over the weekend, a few items of which deserve more than the cursory Ticker treatment:
• As you can see above, the NHL has released the jersey designs for next year’s Winter Classic, and boy do they look great. As you may recall, these are the same designs that had shown up on eBay a few months ago, leading to mucho speculation — accurate, as it turned out — that they were the phantom designs for this year’s cancelled Classic.
• Iman Shumpert of the Knicks shaved an Adidas logo into his head, but the league put the kibosh on that. Say this much for the NBA: They may be adding uniform advertising soon, but for now they’re sticking to their “no logo creep” policy. Good for them.
• Arizona State football coach Todd Graham’s wife tweeted a photo showing new ASU helmets with oversized logos. Haven’t seen confirmation that these will be worn on the field (if anyone knows more about that, please fill me in), but I like ’em. Bigger isn’t always better, but in this case I did the visual effect.
• The Giants received their World Series rings before yesterday’s game and wore gold-lettered jerseys and caps (with annoying World Series cap patches) for the occasion. Gold-lettered batting helmets, too. (As an aside, Angel Pagan was wearing Barry Zito’s helmet [screen shot by Tyler Kulasza]).
• This is odd: Royals starter Wade Davis had the “KC” logo on the front of his socks, instead of the sides, on Friday. Never seen that before. Will this sock style be made available to all the Royals, or is it just a Wade Davis thing? Feels like a further blurring of the already fuzzy line between socks-as-uniform-element and socks-as-equipment. Also, in that same game, the Phillies wore their standard home pinstripes, even though it was a day game, which usually means that they’d wear their retro alts. (Big thanks to Tyler “, the Creator” Kepner for tipping me wise to this one.)
Okay, that’s it for today’s lede. See you Seattle-area folks tonight, 7:30pm, at the College Inn Pub.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Adidas finally figured out that selling those Kevin Ware shirts might not have been the best idea after all. … While looking for something else, I noticed that the Chiefs have a “50 Years in KC” logo on their site. Was this ever formally announced, or did they just do a soft launch? … Gorgeous throwbacks for Vanderbilt baseball (from Blake Pass). … UVA baseball is using bat knob decals (from Steve H.). … Check the tattoos — and the logo creep — on this Mat Latos bobblehead that the Reds will be giving away on June 5 (from Kevin Thomas). … A note toward the bottom of this article indicates that the Penguins won’t have an alt uni next season but could have a new one for 2014-15 (from Kevin Dorsey). … Here’s a pretty entertaining chart of college mascot animals (from Andy McNeel). … Here’s an article about Pro League Authentics, the Philly-based company started by some former Mitchell & Ness employees (from Kurt Esposito). … New alternate uni for the Stockton Ports. “Note the cap logo featuring a dockworker holding an asparagus spear,” says Rich Paloma. “Stockton has the Asparagus Festival every year to celebrate the crop grown in the area.” … Tigers catcher Alex Avila still has last year’s World Series decal on his catcher’s helmet (from A.J. Frey). … New mask for Rick DiPietro (photo by Dave Csordas). … Roarke Boes notes that Marian Gaborik, newly acquired by the Blue Jackets, is wearing a jersey with rather short-hemmed sleeves, which has the effect of eliminated the sleeve star. … In a related item, the Lightning recently acquired goalie Ben Bishop, but he was still wearing his Senators mask (and I think his Sens pads too..?) during his Tampa Bay debut last week (from Marc Mandin). … Chelsea is trying to get fans to order next season’s kit without even knowing what it looks like. “It’s times like these that our American uniform and merchandising problems seem small,” says Charles Noerenberg. “At least I’m not being pressured annually to buy the newest iteration of a shirt with a giant sponsor logo on it.” Not yet, anyway. … In case you missed it in Phil’s weekend coverage, the Mets wore their blue home alts for the first time on Friday night. … The Vikings will be wearing black shoes and a wordmark under the collar, although neither of those really qualifies although that barely qualifies as news. … Minnesota baseball wore spectacular 1977 throwbacks the other day. “I like that the ‘Siebert Field inaugural year’ logo was direct sewn on the sleeve,” says Mike Menner. … Penn State went GFGS for their 100th-season celebration game against Drexel. … ” I know you don’t like softball tops,” says Jimmie Canupp. “But I wanted you to check out my team’s uniforms for the US Army softball league here in South Korea. We chose blue and orange because it’s the US Army Aviation official branch colors.” … Bizarre — and hideous! — G.I. Joe pattern worn by Great Oak High of Temecula, California, on Friday (from David Lassen). … The Orioles, as is their annual habit, lined up on the infield, instead of on the baselines, for Opening Day (from Andrew Cosentino). … “Barnsley’s two kits were judged by the referee to be too similar to Crystal Palace’s home kit, so the former was forced to wear the latter’s away kit,” explains Michael Orr. Further info here. … Gorgui Dieng’s Final Four patch was askew towards the end of Saturday’s game (from Joshua Buksbaum). … Check out this great old photo of Pittsburgh Pirates hockey goalie Roy Worters (from Yancy Yeater). … When the Pirates wear their black jerseys, they also wear the cap with the white-outlined “P” logo. But A.J. Burnett wore the normal cap, with the non-outlined logo, on Saturday (from Jason Christie). … Is Salty using Jason Varitek’s old knee-savers? Looks like it (good spot by David West). … At least one Cool Flo helmet is still being used in MLB, although it’s being worn by a catcher (from Jason Greening). … Wait, here’s another catcher wearing a Cool Flo, but with a twist: The White Sox wore their 1983 Sunday throwbacks for the first time yesterday, but catcher Tyler Flowers wore last year’s throwback helmet (screen shot by Bob Gassel). … Reggie Jackson is selling his most famous jersey (Kurt Esposito again). … Vanessa Bayer wore a Yankees yarmulke on Saturday Night Live over the weekend (from Chris Flinn). … Shaq’s jersey has been fixed (photo by Jose Niebla). … Disturbing phenomenon noted by Bobby Pinkham, who spotted a Fruit Stripe pattern on the wall in this Nebraska football photo. “Are we now going to see the Fruit Stripe design all over everything Adidas in every sport? And let’s pray to the uni gods that we will never ever see a football uni with Fruit Stripe pants or any other Fruit Stripe element, especially not for awesome Adidas schools like Nebraska, Notre Dame, or Michigan. This could be a really scary sign for things to come.” … David Sonny notes that the Reds now have three double-flapped batters: Shin-soo Choo, Bronson Arroyo, and Derek Robinson. … Here are three Cornell baseball players with three different lower-leg styles. “The one on the right said they get a choice of striped or solid stirrups,” says Tris Wykes. … “I noticed Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians going without batting gloves in his third AB on Sunday,” says Ty Beatty. “He was wearing them in his first two, and I’ve never seen him not wear them in his career. I’m assuming he took them off because he’s mired in a 2-for-20 slump to start the season.” … Pretty cool photo of the Opening Week logo being stenciled onto the Padres’ field (from Brady Phelps). … In a related item, the Opening Week logo in Toronto is just red and white, with no blue (from Graham Bakay). … The Lakewood BlueClaws have been wearing “Restore the Shore” jerseys. Instead of NOBs, the jerseys have the names of New Jersey towns that were heavily hit by Hurricane Sandy. Dan Cichalski has documented lots of the towns being represented. … Darrell Stuckey of the Chargers tweeted an interesting (and cute!) photo of his baby daughter. “Does this mean the Chargers will have numbers on the side of their helmets this year?” asks Andrew Domingo. Good question. … Good obituary on the guy who designed the Bills’ charging buffalo logo (from Mike Monaghan). … Thinking good thoughts today about P. and B. Fingers crossed.