Ever since I was a kid, I’ve tried to stay up late and watch the Mets when they play on the west coast. And ever since I was a kid, I’ve usually ended up falling asleep on the sofa in the middle of the game.
That’s what happened to me last night. When I woke up at about 12:45am, I took a quick glance at my laptop to see if there had been any late-breaking Ticker submissions. Turns out I had about 20 emails — a huge amount, given that I’d only been asleep for a little over an hour. What had happened?
As I quickly discovered, there’d been an NOB typo during the USA/Belize soccer match. As you can see in the photo above, striker Chris Wondolowski was wearing “Wondowlowski” (note the extra “w”). The error was hard to miss, because he scored three goals in the first half, so the camera was on him a lot.
Someone on the USA squad apparently spotted the typo (or else just checked in on Twitter, where there was lots of chatter about the mistake), because Wondolowski came out with a properly spelled NOB for the second half:
As several observers quickly pointed out, Wondolowski didn’t score any goals in the second half, so they should probably send him back out with the misspelled jersey next time around. Or as one soccer writer put it, “So now he has to legally change his name to Wondowlowski.”
(My thanks to everyone who wrote in regarding Wondo’s typo.)
’Skins Watch: No ’Skins news today, but it turns out that the Mets have found a new way to stub their toe, this time by planning and then scrapping a Native American Heritage Day promotion, which was originally scheduled to be held on a date when the Braves were in town. The whole thing quickly became a farcical mess. Read about it here.
New Sponsor Shout-Out: Longtime readers are no doubt familiar the pseudonymous Hungry Hungry Hipster (aka “HHH”), who has submitted dozens of Ticker contributions over the years, plus he also guest-wrote a brilliant deconstruction of a very famous sports photo . HHH has a new T-shirt operation, called Forward Progress, which is now advertising in our right-hand sidebar.
HHH describes Forward Progress like so:
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One note about our logo: It’s a ligature of an F and a P with a negative-space arrow, and together they resemble the yard markers that football chain gangs carry.
And there you have it. Thanks for advertising with Uni Watch, HHH. If anyone else out there is interested in advertising, feel free to be in touch.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Let’s start with a bunch of college football stuff: Here’s the Longhorns’ new white jersey, along with a rear view and the pants. And here’s Marshall’s new Conference USA patch, and Oregon State’s Pac 12 patches (all this from Phil). … Yesterday I mentioned that the Blazers had changed the color and font of the uni numbers on the back of their red alternate uniform. What I failed to mention is that they’ve made the same change to the uni numbers on the front of that uni. … The Bucs will wear their Creamsicle throwbacks on Sept. 29 against the Cardinals (thanks, Phil). … Bryce Harper was wearing teammate Ian Desmond’s batting gloves on Monday night (good spot by Erik Autenrieth). … Speaking of Desmond, he shaved in the middle of last night’s game, because his beard “was weighing me down.” He joins the ranks of other in-game shavers, including Jason Giambi, Jason Kendall, and Russell Martin (from Chris Flinn and Nicole Haase). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: New ads may be coming to the Wrigley Field clock and outfield walls. … Interesting article about changes to Canadian Army uniforms (from Andy Horne). … Whoa, look at this horrific mesh jersey festooned with MLB cap designs. Hideous but oddly compelling. … Former NHL player George Laraque was wearing a green Team Canada jersey the other day. “He’s running for parliament as a Green Party candidate, so I guess that’s why,” says Norm Johnson. … New away kit for Arsenal. Love those socks! … Brutal minor league game the other day, as the Auburn Doubledays and the Williamsport Crosscutters both wore red jerseys and caps. “The only difference was the color of pants,” says Chris Long. “Oh, and this was a doubleheader, so I thought that they would change tops for the second game, but they didn’t.” … Never seen this before: An amateur team in Cold Spring, Minnesota, has been wearing a solid-charcoal uni. “We have been getting a lot of flak in our area, as some people see these as very ugly uniforms,” says team member Reece Hemmesch. … This is pretty cool: an animated GIF of all of Chris Davis’s home runs this season (from Chris Flinn). … If you have kids who play football, soccer, or other sports that often entail concussions, you’ll probably want to check out the Centers for Disease Control’s new “Heads Up” website, which is intended to be a resource for parents. … Lifestyle pornographers Abercrombie & Fitch discourage their employees from wearing black (from Josh Wren). … More drama regarding the players who wore Nike shirts to Adidas’s Bayern Munich unveiling, and honestly, who really cares? Put all these clowns in a locked cabin, throw away the key, and then toss the whole thing in the ocean. … The Lake Geneva Generals — that’s a semipro football team in Wisconsin — have a solid-G.I. Joe uniform. Hey, after all, they’re generals! (From David Petroff.) … I’m still calling it the Shark Tank (from Adam Schechter). … Speaking of the Sharks, here’s a good article about how they got their color scheme, and more about how their brand was created (from Bruce Utzig). … Dioner Navarro of the Cubs pulled up one of his pant legs last night, revealing what appears to have been a Nike soccer sock. “I heard earlier in the year that Navarro was a big soccer fan, but I can’t identify which team these socks belong to,” says Micah Schaffer.