Surprise! Oregon Introduces A New Uniform!

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By Phil Hecken

To the surprise of absolutely no one many, the Oregon Ducks introduced a (beautiful) brand new uniform yesterday — (technically three of them) — which they’ll be wearing today(!) when they play their annual Spring Game. The uniforms (which you can see below in great detail) will be fauxbacks, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of their 1916 (technically, January 1, 1917) Rose Bowl victory over Penn. Yes, the team is breaking out absolutely beautiful new uniforms for a spring game. It’s good to be a Duck. (Continue reading)

VT Hokies Do The Corporate Rebrand Thing, Get New(ish) Unis

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By Phil Hecken

After teasing it Friday evening (there were a couple of items in yesterday’s ticker), the Virginia Tech Hokies released a sports rebranding tweaking yesterday, across all sports. As it has begun doing with other schools, it was all part of a department-wide “branding initiative” by Nike. The school revealed new uniforms for a number of sports, including football, men’s and women’s hoops, baseball, softball, lacrosse, and volleyball. So, in the fall of this year, all 22 athletic programs will begin phasing in new uniforms that will feature consistent logos, colors, lettering and numerals. (Continue reading)

2019 Shaping Up as Potentially Epic Year for Patches

During one of our recent discussions of anniversary patches, ordinals, and the like, reader Kurt Crowley posted a comment that caught my eye:

Can’t wait until 2019, which will feature MLB’s 150th anniversary, the Padres’ and Royals’ 50th anniversary, college football’s 150th anniversary, the NFL’s 100th season, and the 60th season for the eight original AFL teams and the Cowboys.

Sounds like a potential jersey patch bonanza, right? But the bonanza might be even bigger than that, because it turns out Kurt barely scratched the surface of what will be happening in 2019. Here’s what else is on the calendar for that year: (Continue reading)

Too Bad Juneteenth Isn't During Football Season

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About five years ago I did an ESPN feature about a mid-1960s minor league baseball team that wore a Confederate battle flag sleeve patch. But I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a college football team that wore the a Confederate flag patch until now. (Continue reading)