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)

Red Wings Unveil Joe Louis Arena Farewell Patch

This is shaping up as quite a week for NHL patches. First we had the 1967 expansion teams announcing their anniversary patches a few days ago, and now the Red Wings have announced that they’ll be wearing a Joe Louis Arena final-season patch for 2016-17 (further details here). (Continue reading)

Four NHL Teams Reveal Anniversary Logos

Lots of nostalgia around the NHL at the moment, because yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the NHL’s first wave of expansion, when the league awarded six new franchises to supplement the Original Six teams.

Those six expansion teams began play in 1967, and four of them — the Penguins, Flyers, Kings, and Blues — revealed anniversary logos yesterday in advance of what will likely be a series of big 50th-season promotions for the 2016-17 campaign. (Regarding the other two franchises: The North Stars are now the Stars, who did not release an anniversary logo yesterday, and the Seals, who later became the Barons, no longer exist.)

Notes, thoughts, etc.: (Continue reading)

World Championship Patches: Yea or Nay?

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What was that on the Royals’ sleeves at a recent fanfest event? It’s their championship patch, which they’ll be wearing this season.

This type of patch is pretty standard now for reigning World Series champs. What do you think of it? Is it a reasonable expression . . . → Read More: World Championship Patches: Yea or Nay?