Your USFL Reimagined Contest Entries (Part II)

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By Phil Hecken

Back today with the second set of contest entries for the reimagining of USFL team logos and colors on other sports teams. If you missed the first set of entries for this contest (which also gives a short explainer), click here.

I’m also pleased to announce the winners from the previous contest:

Baseball: Carlos Foglia, Tampa Bay Bandits.

Hockey: Ian Borkowski, Portland Breakers.

Soccer/other: Peter Wajda, Arizona Wranglers.

The second set of entries today are all basketball — with a total of 16 entries from three participants. Take a gander below and there will be voting immediately to follow. You know what to do:

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Basketball

John Powers
Oakland Invaders

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Andrew Seagraves
Denver Gold

Seagraves, Andrew - Denver Gold

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Jon Tillis
Birmingham Stallions

Tillis, Jon - Birmingham Stallions

Boston/New Orleans/Portland Breakers

Tillis, Jon - Breakers

Chicago Blitz

Tillis, Jon - Chicago Blitz

Denver Gold

Tillis, Jon - Denver Gold

Houston Gamblers

Tillis, Jon - Houston Gamblers

Los Angeles Express

Tillis, Jon - LA Express

Memphis Showboats

Tillis, Jon - Memphis Showboats

Michigan Panthers

Tillis, Jon - Michigan Panthers

New Jersey Generals

Tillis, Jon - New Jersey Generals

Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars

Tillis, Jon - Philadelphia Stars

Pittsburgh Maulers

Tillis, Jon - Pittsburgh Maulers

San Antonio Gunslingers

Tillis, Jon - San Antonio Gunslingers

Tampa Bay Bandits

Tillis, Jon - Tampa Bay Bandits

Washington Federals

Tillis, Jon - Washington Federals

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And there you have it — the final vote in the Reimagine the USFL contest. Make sure to cast your vote today!

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New Colorado Buffaloes Unis

Yesterday, the (eagerly anticipated?) unveiling of the 2015 Colorado Buffaloes new uniforms took place, and I have to say — they look pretty damn good.

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The first thing you’ll probably notice is there are a LOT of possible combinations, since there are four helmets (white, black dark steel gray, gold and silver), three jerseys (white, black, silver) and four pairs of pants (white, black, gold and silver). This will possibly, should the players/coaches/fans (or whoever ends up deciding) choose, lead to a full season of uniforms where not one single combination is repeated. They don’t look too different from their former uniforms, and they actually use school colors(!). If you want a look at some previous CU unis, click here.

As most of you know, even in college where’s it’s more common (and more accepted), I’m not a big fan of monochrome uniforms — but I’ve gotta say that all silver uniform looks my-tee-fine! And of course the classic gold/black/gold will be outstanding as well. I’m imagining some bad combos (that will probably [hopefully] never be worn), but even the worst ones I could dream up (black/silver/gold, for example) probably won’t look that bad. Most of their possible combos will probably look great.

Here’s a group photo, showing all the helmets, jerseys and pants (though, obviously, not all the possible combos):

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Here’s a gallery of the new unis.

According to this article,

The program now has a dark steel gray option of jerseys, pants and helmet that became a part of the CU color palate in 2007 and has been in use by the men’s basketball team in recent seasons.

The program also now has an all-white road uniform, including a white helmet, which wasn’t previously available for games in which the players chose to wear all-white uniforms. The gray and the white jerseys feature black numbers and letters.

Each uniform retains the traditional Colorado stamped across the front and each features a new number font with a contrasting layered outline. The away and alternate jerseys have texture within the uniform numbers that is reminiscent of the texture of the Flatiron rocks that overlook Boulder from the mountain above.

Each of the four helmet options features a fine metallic paint and satin finish to produce a gun-metal look. The helmets now have a larger version of the team’s stampeding buffalo logo.

You can read the official press release here.

So — it seems the “silver” isn’t actually being called silver — they’re calling it gray (or is it “dark steel gray”):

The Buffaloes will integrate a third alternate uniform with a dark steel gray jersey and pants. The neutral, modern dark steel gray color was established as part of the CU Athletic Department color palate in 2007 and now offers an additional modern look to incorporate into their existing uniform wardrobe.

But I’m calling it silver. (And apparently the black helmet is being called “dark steel gray”)

Coach Mike MacIntyre was all over the Twitter with some vines showing off the looks:






Clearly, we’ll need to see how these look on the field and in a stadium, but I’m giving them very high initial marks — the all silver looks outstanding (but how will that look, for example, in bright sunlight? Will it get washed out and just look white?).

As with almost every new uniform unveiling, this one comes complete with a hype video, featuring lots of corporate-speak. But there are some great points in there as well, with some nice up close looks at the uniform features (like double outlined numbers that aren’t especially easy to discern), the slogan on the back of the neck (“Uncommon”) that won’t be seen (since it’s inside the shirt) etc. But it’s well worth your time to give this a quick look-see:

I love ‘em. What do you guys think?

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I’m pleased to continue with a favorite weekend feature here at Uni Watch, “Classic Ballpark Scoreboards,” which are created by Gary Chanko. You probably know Gary best for his wonderful colorizations, but he has been a solid contributor for many years, and this is his new project. This segment will appear every Saturday on Uni Watch.

Here’s Gary (click on image to enlarge):

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Classic Ballpark Scoreboards – Series II
by Gary Chanko

This week Classic Scoreboards turns back the clock at Connie Mack Stadium to the time when The Athletics and Phillies shared the ballpark known as Shibe Park.

Shibe Park

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Home of:Philadelphia Athletics (1909-1954) and Philadelphia Phillies (1938-1970)
Last baseball game: October 1, 1970; Demolished: 1976

Throughout a sixty year history Shibe Park (later renamed Connie Mack Stadium in 1954 after the Athletics left town) reportedly featured four different scoreboards. The first installation was in left field and manually adjusted from an external ladder in the field of play. The last, the subject of the previous Classic Scoreboards, was the mammoth “Ballantine Beer” sponsored scoreboard installed in 1956.

Preceding the Fifties scoreboard upgrade, in 1941 the Athletics installed a new manually operated scoreboard in right center field. Here’s a photo showing the inside operation along a very narrow catwalk. For those interested to know more, the complete history of Shibe Park’s scoreboards is detailed in this article.

The scoreboard illustration recreates the Phillies-Dodgers game played on September 30, 1951, the last game of the season. The game lasted fourteen innings, with the last six innings pitched by Hall of Famer Robin Roberts who wound up his 21-win season with the loss.

A Few Things to Know

• The 1930s depression era economy and poor teams resulted in declining attendance at Shibe Park. During the more prosperous prior years, the Athletics ownership had tolerated the non-paying fans that populated the rooftops beyond the 12-feet high right field fence. After the 1934 season, the Athletics constructed a 22-foot wall extension on top of the existing outfield wall. The right field wall reached 34 feet high and conveniently blocked the view of the rooftop bleachers along 20th Street. The addition subsequently became known as the spite fence.

• The art deco style Benrus Watch Time clock was not included in the original 1941 installation, but installed a few years later.

• Photographs show electric light indicators for balls, strikes, outs and the current batter. The scoreboard layout provided the lineups on the far right for the Philadelphia home team and the visitors.

• Here’s a photo of the scoreboards’ bones during its removal. Notice the NATIONAL League entries are now on the left hand side of the scoreboard. While the Athletics were still in town, AMERICAN was on the left and NATIONAL League teams were displayed on the opposite side.

Classic Scoreboards next journey is to the Twin Cities and another ballpark that is no more, Metropolitan Stadium.

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If anyone is interested in purchasing a digital copy of these posters, Gary is working on an online purchase option. In the interim you can contact him directly at Classicscoreboards@gmail.com.

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Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.

Our old colorizing friend George Chilvers is back with a couple today. You can probably guess the subject matter for one of them, but the other is a different kind of football.

Here’s George (click to enlarge):

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Hi Phil,

Climb aboard my Colourising Time Machine once again and set the dial to 19 June 1938 and the place to the Stade Colombes in Paris.

The clouds of war are gathering, and we witness a fascist footballing triumph that has Hitler seething, as Italy under the brilliant coaching of Vittorio Pozzo rather than Germany win the third World Cup, their second in succession.

Hungary were defeated 4-2 in a game that the Italians took control of with a 3-1 lead at half-time that the Magyars never really got back from.
Join in the celebrations!

George

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Navy 1913

Phil

I can’t remember at all if I’ve sent this one to you before, but I suspect not.

Navy 1913. In a nine-game season, the 1913 Midshipmen allowed only one of their first eight opponents to score a point. After starting out the season tying Pittsburgh 0-0, future vice-admiral John H. Brown Jr. and his teammates overwhelmed every other opponent, allowing only Bucknell to reach the end zone (once), while scoring 295 points. Their run came to an end against Army on Nov. 29, when future general Omar Bradley and the other Black Knights dominated the contest, defeating Navy 22-9.

George

Thanks George!

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EPL Tracker

Each Saturday or Sunday, Alex Gerwitz will be tracking the kit combinations (shirt/shorts/socks) of the teams in the English Premier League from the previous weekend and the current weekend.

Here is the EPL tracker for Weeks 33 & 34 (click to enlarge):

EPL Tracker Weeks 33 & 34

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Our friend Chris Creamer continues his MLB uniform tracking over on sportslogos, and in so doing, he’s noticed a disturbing trend with the Rays — they’re winless in gray, but undefeated in their navy blue smock. … Here’s what looks like a photo of Twins’ skipper Paul Molitor in a Minnesota Wild sweater (via Minnesota Twins). … Here’s a great shot of the Splinter and the Clipper (from Bruce Menard). … The Brooklyn Cyclones will be giving away Sidd Finch bobbleheads in August. … The Mets finally broke out their blue softball tops (after having worn the full pinstripes every game prior to last night), and predictably, they looked like shit. Also, and no screen grab or photo (apologies), Alex Torres (who wears the protective head gear), wore a custom wrap last night featuring the Mets NY outlined in white (as it is on their orange billed caps). Paul & I had been speculating if he has a custom wrap for each different cap the Mets wear. He will need at least 4: orange NY on blue, white-outlined orange NY on blue, orange-outlined gray/silver (their alternate road cap), and a camo one. That should look good, especially with the camo top and blue pinstriped pants. … Virginia State (yep) has some pretty wretched camo design tops (via HBCU Gameday). … Little orange vs. red action in Frisco last night (via Daniel Evans).

NFL News: As noted in yesterday’s ticker, the draft jerseys held aloft by selected first round players had gold NOBs — with a possible exception (via Blakely Lewis Duke). However, several people tweeted that it was just the angle or lighting, it the NOB was in fact gold. … Speaking of gold, after the 49ers unveiled their horrific black alternate unis on Thursday, the Raiders had some fun by announcing their “new” look for 2015. … The Miami Dolphins will be releasing their new alternate jersey on May 13th (thanks to Alex Cammarata), and they will also have a 50th anniversary aqua patch on aqua jersey, and white patch on white jersey. Here’s how the patch looks on a jersey (via El Big Dooky). … Speculation on the Dolphins’ third jersey is that it will be orange (h/t Dan Waddell). … OOPS! During last night’s draft coverage, the NFL had the wrong logo for Buffalo (via Mike Sullivan). … Check out these NFL toys from Draft Town in Chicago (nice grabs by Anthony Giaccone).

College Football News: The Oregon Ducks have their spring game today, and it looks like they have some interesting new helmet decals (thanks to Leland Privott). Here’s a full look at the uniforms. … Someone’s gotta have mixed emotions about this.

Hockey News: “A growing trend with goalies is to “wrap” their pads when they get traded or play internationally instead of breaking in new pads or mismatching colors,” writes Jan Danbom. (A la Patrick Roy in ’96 with the Avs switched glove and blocker but stuck with his royal, red and white Canadian pads). Tuukka Rask did this last year for the Olympics wearing his regular Bruins pads, just adding strips of blue where his pads were originally yellow and black.” … New hockey mask for Corey Crawford (from Michael Bochum). … Here are a couple more shots of Crawford’s mask from Matt Shepardson.

Soccer News: Here’s an interesting article that looks at the total number of animals on football club badges thanks to Bryan Justman). … Japanese women will wear pink numbers and names during FIFA Women’s World Cup (thanks to Jeremy Brahm).

Grab Bag: You might not think a history of postal uniforms would be interesting, but you’d be wrong (and pleasantly surprised). Nice find by Matthew Moss. … This is cool: here’s what NPR “Planet Money” journalist Robert Smith does with his old notebooks (good spot by Hugh McBride). … Here’s a fun article about boxing championship belts (thanks, Paul). … The Kentucky Derby is today, so here’s a look at vintage hats worn throughout the years. … Microsoft has finally revealed the new logo for its long-awaited IE replacement, Edge (thanks, Brinke). … Here are the official wordmarks for the Milwaukee Bucks new uniforms (from Conrad Burry).

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And that’s going to do it for today everyone. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite USFL-inspired basketball uniform, if you haven’t already done so. Everyone have a great day and enjoy the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports later this afternoon. Big thanks to Gary, George and Alex, and everyone who e-mailed or tweeted items for the ticker.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“Good God, no. Bourbon or GTFO”

— scottyrj (on whether Derby Pie can be made with “decent Scotch”)

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My Favorite Team and I Need to Have a Little Talk

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When I was six years old, I reached into a box of corn flakes and pulled out this giveaway card of 49ers running back Ken Willard. At that moment I became a Niners fan, and I’ve been one ever since.

Since then the 49ers and I have had some ups (all those Super Bowls in the ’80s and ’90s were nice) and some downs (people forget that the Niners went 2-14 two years in a row in the late ’70s), but there’s always been one thing I could count on: My team looked good out there, at least from a uniform standpoint. This isn’t to say their uniforms were perfect — the pants striping was way too wide during the Montana era, I could have lived without all the black trim that was worn from 1996 through 2007, and the current sleeve stripes are a continuing embarrassment. But the red/gold color scheme has always been a winner, the helmet logo has proven to be extremely durable, and the team’s overall look has been solid.

Until now.

The Niners’ new alternate uniform, which was unveiled last night, is a disaster on almost every conceivable level. The best thing I can say about it is that it’ll be worn for only two games. As for the worst things I can say about it, you can get my full take in this ESPN column.

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ESPN update: My latest ESPN column (aside from today’s piece about the Niners) has five key takeaways from the NBA’s new sock deal with Stance. Check it out here.

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Culinary Corner: Tomorrow is the first Saturday of May, which means it’s time for the Kentucky Derby. And that means I’ll be making the dish I always make for the Derby: a derby pie.

Technically speaking, you’re not supposed to use the term “derby pie,” because that’s a registered trademark of some annoying people in Kentucky who insist that they own the name and love to send their lawyers after anyone who thinks otherwise. (They even sued their own chocolate chip supplier, Nestlé, for printing a “Tollhouse Derby Pie” recipe on the chip package.) So you’ll often see wink-wink names like Triple Crown pie, race day pie, winner’s circle pie, and so on. But screw all of that — derby pie belongs to the people. It’s also really easy to make. Here’s how to do it:

If you know how to make pie crust, make some dough and position it in a 9-inch pie pan; if you don’t know how or just can’t be bothered, get yourself a frozen 9-inch pie shell.

Set your oven to 350 degrees. While it’s heating up, get a big mixing bowl and beat together four eggs, a cup of light corn syrup, 3/4 cup of light brown sugar. and 1/3 cup of melted butter. Then add 3 tablespoons of decent bourbon (or maybe a smidge more than that, if you’re so inclined), a tablespoon of vanilla extract, a tablespoon of flour, 6 ounces of chocolate chips, and a cup of chopped walnuts.

Mix all of that together, pour it into the pie dough or frozen shell, and pop it into the oven for an hour. It’ll puff up high like a soufflé, but it’ll settle back down while it cools, which you should allow it to do for an hour or so.

It’s standard to serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream, although I frankly think that’s unnecessary — the pie is rich enough on its own. Less traditional and even less necessary, but nonetheless delicious: this bourbon sauce, which is pretty much the bomb.

Trust me, there won’t be any leftovers.

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Fight-night orphans seek home: Uni Watch reader Marty Buccafusco (who you may remember from this excellent DIY project) and I would both like to watch the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight tomorrow night, plus I have an out-of-town houseguest this weekend who’d also like to see it. But sports bars in NYC are charging at least $45 to see the bout, and in some cases a lot more, which is nuts, especially since the word I’m hearing is that most of these bars will likely be so packed as to be uncomfortable. (Plus sports bars are, you know, sports bars.) The three of us could order the fight at home, split the $100 cost three ways, and save money, but then it’d just be the three of us, without any of the social vibe that normally accompanies a big event.

So I’m taking an admittedly unusual step: If you’re hosting a fight-night party in NYC (preferably in Brooklyn, but we’d consider other parts of the city as well), could the three of us come over? We’ll bring beer and snacks, and of course we’ll gladly pay our fair share of the pay-per-view fee. I can promise that at least one of us is pretty boxing-knowledgeable, another one of us has actually written and recorded a song called “Muhammad Ali,” and all three of us are well-behaved. Basically, we’d just like to see the fight in the company of other fight fans without getting ripped off or being packed in like sardines at some godawful sports bar.

If this appeals to you, please give me a shout. Thanks for your consideration.

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Navels aren’t just for oranges: Had a revelation yesterday morning while making a batch of toast. Speaks for itself:

I know, tans fats are evil, blah-blah-blah, but there's something oddly satisfying and even compelling about the "belly…

Posted by Paul Lukas on Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Design contest — last call: Today’s the final day to get in on the contest to design a Uni Watch smart phone case. The winner will get a $100 cash prize. Full details here.

As an aside, many of the designs that have been submitted so far feature a white background. As you can see, I used a white background for the mock-up shown at right, so maybe people were following my lead, but I want to stress that the base color does not have to be white. If you go to this page and click on “Layout,” you’ll find a link that will show all of the available background colors.

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’Skins Watch: Colorado is the latest state whose legislature is considering a bill that would ban schools from using Native American team names and mascots unless local tribes grant permission. … Lots of people in North Dakota still oppose UND’s change from the “Fighting Sioux” team name. … The Organization of American Historians is the latest group calling on the ’Skins to change their name. … The local high school in Watertown, Mass., is moving away from using Native American imagery, leading to a big debate over what the new team logo and name should be (from Jordan Mayblum).

Baseball News: Autism awareness jerseys this Sunday for the Binghamton Mets. … Two North Dakota high schools will wear “Striking Out Cancer” jerseys next Tuesday. … UCLA’s beautiful blue/gold color scheme doesn’t look so beautiful when used for G.I. Joe pandering (from Jared Buccola). … The A’s will be wearing 1965 Kansas City A’s throwbacks on June 27. Interestingly, their opponents that day will be the Royals, so it’ll be KC vs. KC. No word yet on what the Royals — who didn’t yet exist in 1965 — will be wearing. … Two bad tastes that taste worse together for Michigan State, which will be wearing BFBS and G.I. Joe letters/numbers tomorrow (thanks, Phil). … Big time for black jerseys in the Bay Area, as the Giants’ new black alts will debut tomorrow (thanks, Brinke).

NFL News: In keeping with the NFL’s plan to celebrate the Super Bowl’s golden anniversary, first-round picks in last night’s draft had their NOBs rendered in gold lettering. The one exception was overall No. 2 pick Marcus Mariota, who didn’t attend the draft in person but was given a Titans jersey with standard white NOB lettering. … Football helmets based on Marvel superheroes? Sure, why not (thanks, Phil). … “A Dancing With the Stars reunion/anniversary show on Tuesday featured former NFL stars decked out in horrible jerseys/costumes,” says Richard Stover. … I’ve often criticized the sports world for celebrating the military over and over and over to the near-exclusion of all other sectors of society. And now we may know why, at least in the case of the Jets: because they were paid to do so. “Makes me wonder if the Jets’ situation is a one-off or if these payments are, sadly, commonplace,” says Richard Stover.

College Football News: Some very low-quality photos of Colorado’s new uniforms have leaked. The unveiling will be today. … In a related item, here’s a look at Colorado uniform history (thanks, Phil). … A pair of Wyoming recruits have settled a jersey number dispute. … New field design for Ball State. … Animal Planet has a show called Flipping Ships, which is about renovating boats. In tonight’s episode they turn an old pontoon boat into a Clemson-themed boat for former Clemson football player and current Clemson radio broadcaster Will Forrester. You can watch a preview clip here.

Hockey News: With the Rangers and Capitals opening their playoff series last night, the Rangers’ Twitter feed stopped using capital letters (from alan kreit, who avoided using capital letters in his email to me). … A Halifax shop will stop selling hockey jerseys after an investigation found that a lot of its merch was counterfeit.

NBA News: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Former NBA creative director Tom O’Grady checks in with his thoughts on four recently released NBA team logos (from James Steever). … Why are the Warriors called “Golden State”? Answer here (thanks, Brinke). … Love John Havlicek’s backwards jersey in this sock ad (from Jerid Morris).

Soccer News: An amateur team in Austria has an ad for a massage business in a suggestive spot on the shorts (from Stefan Schubert). … Very sutbtle stripe pattern on Chelsea’s new third kit. … A German lower league club will be sponsored by a local heavy metal band for one game (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Also from Yusuke: West Ham United will be outfitted by Umbro next season.

Grab Bag: Texas A&M’s board of regents has unanimously approved a new design for the school’s official seal. … There’s a really interesting-looking exhibit currently on display in Manhattan about Jewish boxers and wrestlers. It’s full of great Yiddish fight terms, like “knak” (a hard punch), “shtaysl” (an uppercut), and — my favorite — “der gubernator” (jabbing one’s thumb into a foe’s rib cage). … Good piece on how boxing rings aren’t treated with reverence like baseball diamonds or other sporting surfaces. … Consumer Reports has ranked the safety of various bike helmets. … A new restaurant that will be opening in a few weeks in Dallas is being bill as a male version of Hooters. Key quote: “Don’t expect Chippendales, the iconic male striptease troupe, [the owner] said. Food service and bare chests don’t mix in city health officials’ eyes. But customers likely will see waiters in tight red T-shirts and a version of a boxer brief, he said. The uniforms are still being designed.” … The Wounded Warrior Project is suing a small nonprofit that has a similar logo. … Here’s another one of those “Guess the corporate logo” quizzes. … Johns Hopkins lacrosse helmets have “The greatest casualty is being forgotten” on the back (from Jared Buccola).

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Uni Watch mascots Tucker (left) and Caitlin turn 10 years old today — or 56 in feline years. Aside from their steadfast refusal to look at the camera at the same time, they’re pretty damn awesome, and it’s no exaggeration to say that Uni Watch wouldn’t be possible without the endless stream of entertainment and affection they provide for me each day. They’re the best cats in the uni-verse and the universe, and I can’t imagine life without them. They’ll be getting lots of catnip and other birthday treats today. Good kitties! — Paul

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Tommy time: If you’re a longtime reader of the site, you’re probably familiar with the name Tommy Turner (or as he’s sometimes known, Tommy the CPA), who’s been contributing a steady stream of Ticker items, most of them DC-related, for many years now. Tommy and his lovely wife, who live in Richmond, Virginia, are vacationing in NYC this week, and I had the pleasure of meeting up with them yesterday evening at a midtown tavern.

Like so many Uni Watch readers, Tommy’s a bit of a character. He says he has “prodigious amounts” of jerseys, helmets, and other collectibles, and he seems to remember exactly what he paid for each of them (usually at a steep discount).

Interestingly, Tommy is a camo-loving Marine Corps veteran and a lifelong ’Skins fan who has no problem with the team’s name. He’s aware of my positions on those issues, obviously, but that hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm for Uni Watch — or, more importantly, his tremendous graciousness and generosity of spirit — because he’s a true gentleman who doesn’t little differences of opinion get in the way of the big picture. And the big picture is that he’s a uniform guy, so we had plenty to talk about. He also insisted on picking up the tab at the end of the evening, which was completely unnecessary but very much appreciated.

Thanks so much, Tommy. It was a privilege to meet you — enjoy the rest of your time in NYC.

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Design contest reminder: In case you missed it, I’m currently running a contest, with a cash prize, to design a Uni Watch smart phone case. Full details here.

As an aside, many of the designs that have been submitted so far feature a white background. As you can see, I used a white background for the mock-up shown at right, so maybe people were following my lead, but I want to stress that the base color does not have to be white. If you go to this page and click on “Layout,” you’ll find a link that will show all of the available background colors.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Mike Chamernik

Baseball News: Yesterday, the White Sox and Orioles faced off in front of an empty ballpark in Baltimore due to the riots around the city. It was the lowest-attended baseball game ever and it was quite a weird sight. The players had some fun with it though. Sox OF Adam Eaton cracked a joke, O’s C Caleb Joseph signed autographs for invisible fans, O’s 1B Chris Davis tossed a ball into the stands, and O’s broadcaster Gary Thorne called an Adam Jones double like a golf announcer. Here’s a photo gallery of the game. And as an extra touch of video game realism, the online “The Show Live” O’s/Sox matchup on MLB The Show 15 featured an empty stadium. … In a related item, the Orioles’ weekend set against the Rays is being relocated from Baltimore to the Trop this weekend, but the O’s are still the home team and will wear white uniforms. Also, Rays players will not have their usual walk-up music or other rah-rah moves that they’d normally have if they were the home team (from Andrew Cosentino). … Not only did the Padres wear their Wednesday throwbacks yesterday, their game notes were retro, too (from Brady Phelps). … I believe we’ve seen this before, but just in case: Chicago’s St. Rita High School wears 1980s White Sox beach blanket uniforms. “They’re still wearing the same style stirrups that we started wearing while I was there in 2000,” says Marc-Louis Paprzyca. … Staten Island’s Tottenville High School wears tequila sunrise jerseys (from Alan Borock). … A Rangers fan zinged Josh Hamilton with a modified jersey (from Cody the Chicken). … One more from Cody: The Indians put a team-themed Grateful Dead logo on their lineup card yesterday. … Former Cubs and Bears trainer Andy Lotshaw wore a great dugout jacket (from Christopher LaHaye). … Douglas Ford found a video of a few members of the London-based band Jungle performing in MLB gear. … Hanley Ramirez’s helmet ocasionally falls off when he swings. … A pickoff throw from Pirates P Gerrit Cole tore a hole in 1B Pedro Alvarez’s glove last night (from Chris Flinn).

Pro and College Football News: The 49ers will unveil a new alternate uniform at their draft party tonight. Paul will have full coverage on this tomorrow. … New uniforms for UConn and UNLV. As many people have already noted, the UNLV set looks a lot like Rutgers’, and the uni numbers on the black and red jerseys are going to be very difficult to discern. But maybe everyone will forget about that and just focus on the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign that will now be appearing on the back of the helmet.

Hockey News: Fans voted for the best uniform in Chicago Wolves history (from Jeff Wilk). … A fan at last night’s Wings/Lightning Game 7 wore a Steve Yzerman Lightning jersey. Yzerman played more than 1,500 games for Detroit, but he is currently Tampa Bay’s GM (from Matt Larsen).

Soccer News: New all-white third kit for Sporting Kansas City. The team will wear the uniform this Sunday against the Chicago Fire. … FC Bayern renewed its contract with Adidas through 2030. “It’s not the biggest surprise since Adidas owns an 8.33% share in the club,” says Yusuke Toyoda. … Montreal Impact forward Dominic Oduro had a fleur-de-lis shaved on his head (from James Nagasawa).

Basketball News: New court and slightly different logo for Kentucky (from Jon Arthur). … Georgetown is holding a contest for fans to design a new court for the Hoyas. … After attending the Bucks logo unveiling with Paul a few weeks ago, I came up with a uniform idea. When a team changes its look nowadays, the colors, logo and uniform alterations all represent something. There’s a story to be told. What’s a great way to show that a team is tough, gritty and professional? Literally… blue collars! Teams should totally start wearing blue collars and playing up the symbolism. Bonus points if blue isn’t even in the regular color scheme. My other idea is that teams can sew heart patches on their sleeves.

Grab Bag: Here’s a look at the history of U.S. Postal System uniforms (from John Henderson and Andrew Rousch). … Both Maryland governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake have worn Under Armour gear during public appearances over the last few days. UA is based in Baltimore and even sought to produce the city’s police uniforms a few months ago (from Scott Szymendera). … Here’s a great bunch of old ads featuring women playing sports (from Will Scheibler). … GoDaddy will not sponsor Danica Patrick next year. … Douglas Ford thinks the Mayweather/Pacquiao poster looks familiar. … “A fan of VFA Australian rules football club Werribee has created his own scoreboard memorial of the club’s biggest score, against Coburg in 1993,” says Graham Clayton.

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What Paul did last night late yesterday afternoon: I had to make a stop in the East Village yesterday while I was on my way to meet Tommy Turner and his wife. It was a beautiful spring day, and I was in a great mood as I passed a work crew painting a Modelo Especial ad onto the side of a building at the corner of 12th St. and Ave. A. That’s when I noticed something interesting — take a look (click to enlarge):

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As you can see, the painter was using a print ad as a guide for the painting. I watched him work for a few minutes and it was really fascinating to see how he’d look at the print ad and then make a small adjustment based on what he saw there. So cool!

That’s Pure Gold, I Tell Ya — Gold!

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[Editor’s Note: Back in 2012 I ran an entry about how Marquette dropped its “Warriors” team name in 1994. Today we have a guest entry from Brent B, who has an fascinating story about another chapter in Marquette sports history. — PL]

By Brent B

Back in 2005, while I was still in school at Marquette University, the board decided to change the mascot from the Golden Eagles to the Gold. Backlash from alumni and students was intense, and the mascot reverted back to the Golden Eagles in about a week.

It just so happened that I was interning with a clothing retailer at the time. And since we were local to the Milwaukee market, some samples with the new name were created. I made friends with another intern in the men’s athletic apparel department and, when it was clear these shirts would never get into stores, convinced him to get me the samples. Those are the two T-shirts you see above.

The shirts had official NCAA tags on them (they finally tore off in a move) but the trademarks on the screen printing remain:

The “Gold” name didn’t last long enough for a mascot to be designed, so one of the shirts had the Golden Eagle logo that was current at the time:

I’ve never come across any other “Gold” apparel, either in stores or as samples, so as far as I know these are the only two pieces that exist. I’ve never had the desire to wear them to a game for fear of ridicule, so they remain in like-new condition.

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Right, me neither: Ever wonder what it would look like if NBA teams had football helmets? A pair of graphic designers named James Politi and Luke Daly did, so they created helmet mock-ups for all 30 NBA teams.

Frankly, this kind of exercise generally leaves me cold (maybe if it had been done with colored markers or something like that, then I’d be more into it), but a lot of readers seemed to like this one once it began circulating yesterday afternoon, so I thought I’d give it a little showcase. Check out the full set here.

(Footnote: Of course, one NBA player — Calvin Murphy of the Rockets — actually has worn a helmet on the court. But it wasn’t a football helmet.)

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Absolutely essential: Longtime Uni Watch pal Bill Henderson has just put the finishing touches on the latest edition of his definitive Game Worn Guide to MLB Jerseys. As its title suggests, the guide was originally intended just for jersey collectors, but it has become an indispensable visual database for MLB uniform scholars. I usually consult my copy several times a week.

Like its predecessors, the new edition covers pretty much every jersey design worn in the post-flannel era (i.e., 1970 to the present), with detailed team-by-team info about NOB lettering, patches, throwbacks, BP jerseys, tagging, manufacturers, and more. Uni Watch’s highest rating!

You can see a sample chapter and get your copy of the new edition here. Even better, Bill is offering a 33% price break to Uni Watch readers who use the discount code “purple100″ at checkout. You know what to do.

(And if you want a fun little blast from the past, check out this piece I wrote about a previous update to the Henderson guide.)

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Accursed color update: As longtime readers are aware, May 17 — the anniversary of this site’s launch — is Purple Amnesty Day. That’s the one day of the year when I’ll accept orders for Uni Watch membership cards that include purple.

Last year May 17 fell on a Saturday, so I moved Purple Amnesty Day to Friday the 16th. This year May 17 is on a Sunday, so I’m once again moving Purple Amnesty Day, this time to Monday the 18th. That will be the day when all you Vikings, LSU, and Rockies fans can order your membership cards. Mark your calendars now!

Also: Purple Amnesty Day will have a new wrinkle this year. Not ready to tell you the details just yet, but I think you’ll enjoy it. Stay tuned.

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Design contest reminder: In case you missed it, I’m currently running a contest, with a cash prize, to design a Uni Watch smart phone case. Full details here.

As an aside, many of the designs that have been submitted so far feature a white background. As you can see, I used a white background for the mock-up shown at right, so maybe people were following my lead, but I want to stress that the base color does not have to be white. If you go to this page and click on “Layout,” you’ll find a link that will show all of the available background colors.

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Baseball News: With all the Royals-related brawls we’ve seen this season, Indians P Trevor Bauer wore boxing gloves in the dugout for Monday night’s Cleveland/KC game. … The MLB Network ran a Tigers graphic that mistakenly showed the team’s cap logo on the jersey. … Riker Lynch did a 1920s baseball-themed dance and wore a baseball uniform on Dancing With the Stars the other night (from Kelby Phillips). … Due to the unrest in Baltimore, this afternoon’s Orioles/Chisox game will take place in an empty stadium. Poor weather and other factors have led to plenty of MLB games taking place in near-empty ballparks, but has there ever been a previous instance of a game being closed to the public? … Beginning with yesterday’s game, Maryland is wearing five different jerseys in a five-game span — plus there’s that sixth jersey at bottom-right, but it’s not clear when they plan to wear that one (from Ryan Bowles). … Whoa, check out what the Serra Padres wore back in 1982. That’s Barry Bonds on the right, incidentally. That ’82 design is the basis for the team’s current uniform (from @The_Treal_Jay). … Beau Schott got himself a full set of the Mariners’ new striped legwear. … Disappointing to see G.I. Joe uniforms down at the Little League level. That’s a team from Madison, Alabama (from James G.). … Here’s what an eBay seller purports to be a waitress uniform from one of Pete Rose’s restaurants. … Here’s a weird mix of a jersey and a tuxedo jacket (thanks, Mike).

NFL News: The Bills’ practice jerseys will now have NOBs. … Nike has unveiled a new line of NFL cleats. Key quote from the press release: “[The three new designs are called] the Nike Vapor Speed, Nike Alpha Speed and Nike Strike Speed. As the game continues to get faster, now athletes at every level can choose their style of speed, whether explosive, elusive or relentless.” Yeah, I can just picture a player thinking to himself, “Hmmm, do I want explosive speed or relentless speed?” Typical boys-with-toys nonsense from the swooshkateers. … The helmet and shoulder pad manufacturer Xenith is moving its factory operations to Detroit.

College and High School Football News: New uniforms for East Tennessee State. … The Colorado equipment staff is tweeting teaser images leading up to Friday’s uniform unveiling (from Jeff Alexander). … Key quote from this article about Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Classic, which took place on Saturday: “Identifying players by their helmets was near impossible. As has become customary at all-star football games, players decorated their helmets with their opponents’ decals.” … Nebraska’s offensive coordinator is among those who’d like to see college teams start using NFL-style wireless helmet communication. … Penn State coach James Franklin was at Yankee Stadium last night. He wore a PSU baseball jersey and gave a PSU helmet to Yanks skipper Joe Girardi. … UNLV will unveil new uniforms today, and they’ll apparently include an upside-down wordmark on the pant legs. Fortunately, no wordmark for the red and black pants.

NBA News: While looking for something else, I came across this old shot of Jerry West wearing a serious wrap on his thigh. … “On Monday night’s Inside the NBA, Charles Barkley was presented with two custom-made beds for his dogs, Mango and YooHoo,” says Mike. “One dog bed had a Barkley 76ers jersey, one had a Suns jersey. It really upset me that Shaq went over and broke one for no real reason. Like, was that an attempt at humor? Man, he sucks.” … In case there were any doubters out there: Good job by Chris Creamer, who notes that the Clippers have trademarked the logos that I first broke earlier this month. … Meanwhile, a designer named Ian Bakar has come up his own Clippers-redesign proposal. … Are the Rockets teasing a new logo design? Shmaybe.

Soccer News: New home kit for Atlético Madrid. … Arsenal’s new kit has leaked (from Nate Farrer). … Bournemouth clinched promotion to the Premier League on Monday night and for some reason the club chairman celebrated with a sombrero (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Also from Yusuke: “Another day, another kit manager profile. This time it’s Barcelona’s equipment manager’s meticulous pre-match preparation.” … Brazilian team Ponte Preta used to wear neckties as part of their kits. … Looks like FC Barcelona is changing from stripes to hoops.

Grab Bag: Texas A&M’s board of regents is voting on a new school logo today. Lots of discussion among Aggies fans here, here, and here (from Greg Keith). … The Delhi Daredevils — that’s a cricket team in India — will wear lavender cancer-awareness jerseys on Friday. … Here’s your chance to vote on the best New Jersey high school lacrosse helmet. … A new logo to celebrate the Canadian sesquicentennial is causing some controversy. … A series of racist killings carried out by a German neo-Nazi group appears to have been plotted so that the murders’ locations create the group’s logo when plotted on a map. … Very cool article on paper clip design (big thanks to Mark Coale). … With same-sex marriage being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton changed her Twitter and Facebook avatars to a rainbow version of her campaign logo, leading to the observation that the Clinton design is becoming the Empire State Building of campaign logos. … “The Japan Rugby Football Union has reached an agreement to have Astro Boy be a supporting character for the team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England,” says Jeremy Brahm. “Astro Boy is owned by Tezuka Productions, which can now say that they have agreements with baseball (Seibu Lions [current] and Yakult Swallows [throwbacks]), volleyball (Japan Volleyball Association), and now rugby.” … One of the horses running in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby is named Itsaknockout, and the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight promoters are using the horse to promote the big fight (from Jody Michael). … New cycling jerseys for the Tour d’Azerbaidjan 2015. … Canada’s uniforms for the Pan Am games will be unveiled today.