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Fauxback Jersey Contest - The Finalists

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The concepters have concepted. The readers have spoken. After four “semi-final” rounds involving a whopping NINETY-EIGHT submissions, we’ve narrowed the “Fauxback Jersey Contest” to our final sixteen contestants. I’ll run them all today, in alphabetical order, and you readers will then vote for your favorite(s). The jersey receiving the most votes will be declared our winner, and will receive a custom-made jersey from Steve Rosenbeck of Garb Athletics, who has partnered with Uni Watch (again!) for this great contest. I thank EVERYONE who submitted a design, and all of the readers who voted in the previous rounds, and congratulate our final sixteen. Their submissions (some with explanations, some not) are below. You can click on any image to enlarge. Following the entries, there will be a final vote — you can vote for as many (or few) as you’d like, but you can only vote once. OK? OK!

Let’s get started.

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1. John Baranowski (1930s Columbus Blue Jackets)

Baranowski, John - 1930's Columbus Blue Jackets

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2. Garrett Beatty (1970 Jacksonville Jaguars)

Beatty, Garrett - 1970 Jacksonville Jaguars

My name’s Garrett Beatty and I’m a sophomore in high school. Funny story: I actually made a faxback jersey for the Royals and didn’t realize the year rule until after I finished. But here’s a Jacksonville Jaguars one. If I do win, is it possible to get the jersey in the long-sleeved version? If not that’s fine. Made a long sleeved and normal sleeved version of the jersey.

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3. Gary Chanko (1976 Miami Marlins)

Chanko, Gary - 1976 Miami Marlins

For the 1976 season the Marlins introduced the legendary “collared” jersey. The style was popular among the players and fans and remained unchanged until 1980. The Chicago White Sox attempt with a similar jersey style proved a disaster and was quickly abandoned.

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4. Sean Connor (1975 Miami Marlins)

Connor, Sean - 1975 Miami Marlins

I’ve got a 1975 Miami Marlins road jersey for you. In his first year of free agency, it would have made sense for Jim Hunter to sign with “The Fish.”

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5. Brendan Gargano (1976 Colorado Rockies)

Gargano, Brendan - 1976 Colorado Rockies

i chose the rockies because their uniforms have always sucked. im throwing it back to 1976, including the national league centennial patch worn by the NL teams that year. the color palette was inspired by the state of colorado flag, which i partially incorporated on the other sleeve.

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6. Brent Hatfield (1975 Marlins)

Hatfield, Brent - 1975 Marlins

1975 Marlins Home Faux-back Jersey

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7. Jason Higgins (1973 Nashville Predators)

Higgins, Jason - 1973 Nashville Predators

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8. Jaylen Lane & Ashton Strub (1992 Oklahoma City Thunder)

Lane, Jaylen (& Ashton Strub) - 1992 Oklahoma City Thunder

We chose to throwback the OKC Thunder to 1992 because that was the year I was born in and felt like it would be fun to see a team with a boring identity be taken to life with the wacky and vibrant jerseys of the 90’s.

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9. Michael Malinowski (1967 Anaheim Ducks)

Malinowski, Michael - 1967 Anaheim Ducks

My submission is an imagining of what the Anaheim Duck’s jersey might have looked had southern California been awarded two expansion franchises for the 1967 season instead of Oakland getting the California Seals.

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10. Matt Medium (1979-80 San Jose Sharks)

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11. Justin Peterson (1965 Florida Marlins)

Peterson, Justin - 1965 Florida Marlins

The 1965 Florida Marlins sport a cream colored, vested jersey, featuring orange piping around the neck and sleeves, teal undershirts with team patches, a Miami art-deco style logo and era-approprate NNOB.

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12. Bryan Phillips (1940s Anaheim Mighty Ducks)

Phillips, Bryan - 1940s Anaheim Mighty Ducks

Using the Mallard as inspiration, I picked Forest Green, Athletic Gold, and Purple for team colors, and made the collar white to replicate the ring around the Mallard’s neck. I designed a Mallard logo in a 1940s logo style and kept “Mighty” because adjectives in team names were more common.

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13. Gene Sanny (1932 Iowa Barnstormers)

Sanny, Gene - 1932 Iowa Barnstormers

Iowa Barnstormers arena football team fauxing back all the way to 1932 :)

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14. Matt Tibaldi (1978 Miami Marlins)

Tibaldi, Matt - 1978 Miami Marlins

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15. Brian Wenzel (1920s Anaheim Ducks)

Wenzel, Brian - 1920s Anaheim Ducks

This concept imagines the Anaheim Ducks as if they’d existed in the 1920s, as California’s original hockey team.
A bold ‘A’ and prominent orange color proudly represent the city of Anaheim and Orange County (unlike Anaheim’s other team).
Clean striping and a sublimated flying-V complete the look.

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16. James Yaques (1977 Miami Marlins)

Yaques, James - 1977 Miami Marlins

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And there you have it — the finalists for the Fauxback Jersey Contest. Voting is below (remember, you can vote for as many designs as you’d like, but you may only vote one time).

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Good luck to all the finalists! I’ll announce the winner next weekend!

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Rangers & Angels Throwback…

…with both teams in ROAD unis!

Unlike yesterday’s dissection of the Padres/Phillies, I’m not going to get all that in depth (or upset) at last night’s throwback game — which was very odd in that BOTH teams wore their road uniforms from 1977.

It’s tough to get angry at the little indescrepencies of the throwbacks (more on that below) when the Rangers come at you with this:

(You had to anticipate my answer, right?)

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The teams were throwing back to 1977 last night. Here’s what the unis looked like then (thanks, again, to Paul for the screengrabs):

1977 Angels:

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1977 Rangers:

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The Rangers were the home team for this one, but chose to wear (wisely) their powder blue road unis from 1977. They were in the mood for a TBTC game from the get go, with the obligatory scoreboard graphics and “throwback” dot matrix stats:

Fans were into it too, since the team was giving away replica powder blue jerseys:

I didn’t get to see much of this game, but I did catch a bunch of live look-ins on the MLB channel. Watching the game live was weird, as I was more struck by the fact that it was clearly two teams wearing road unis, moreso even than that they were wearing throwbacks.

Aside from the fact that Adrian Beltre *still* doesn’t like people touching his head (wait till the end of the video), the Rangers got special helmets in gloss finish (they currently wear both red and navy matte finish helmets) for the game:

But it’s weird seeing two teams play in what are clearly road uniforms. I didn’t hate it either:

The Angels did a pretty good job of replicating their 77 roadies:

They wore pullovers and sansabelts, just like back then, and the numbers were done in McAuliffe font (which is the font currently used by the Red Sox, but several teams have used it over the years). Most guys wore their pants “modern” (baggy, pajamed) style, but I did see at least one player rocking actual rups:

Of course, you’ll also notice the player (Cameron Maybin of the Angels) is wearing a red helmet — the current helmet of the Angels. The Rangers didn’t go the extra mile to get period appropriate blue helmets with red bills.

The Rangers looked pretty good too (save for the loose fitting style).

So how’d they do? Well, I’ll let twitter tell ya:

Of course, not everyone was so…critical:

Did we miss anything?

Anyway, it was fun to watch this one…after obsessively studying the athletic aesthetics of Friday night’s tilt…I decided to go easy on this one. I’m sure you’re all pleased.

You can see more game photos here.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: As mentioned in yesterday’s ticker, Big Sexy (aka Bartolo Colon) is now a member of the Rochester Red Wings, who are becoming the Rochester “Plates” next month. The D&C also thinks Bartolo needs to pitch in that game. Even if it doesn’t happen, at least they mocked it up (h/t Nick Lineback). … WHOA — check out these ‘tequila sunrise-inspired’ uniforms for the Everett AquaSox (from Ethan Novak). … Not sure the date of issue, but check out these beautiful Negro League stamps issued by the USPS (from TeamBrownApparel). … Here’s a look at Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighter Brandon Laird’s shinguard. Max G. notes he is known for his “sushi chef making 🍣” hand gesture when he homers. … Robert Hayes saw this tweet and asked, “What’s with that Padres uniform with the swinging friar logo?” He’s referring to the jersey on the rack seen here. Paul had the answer. … Nice before/after colorization of MLB All-Stars Harder & Walker at Cleveland Stadium – July 8, 1935; (from Bruce Menard). … The Spokane Indians have a new cap and jersey, for the #RedbandRally, a collaborative promotional campaign that is designed to connect citizens to the Spokane River, educate about work to clean up the river, and support local organizations devoted to river protection (h/t Gavin Lane). … Good spot by Chris H. who noticed Eric Thames still uses his Korean elbow guard. … If “” does say so themselves, it’s official, Texas has the best throwback uniforms in college baseball. … F.K. Yaaj said, “saw this at @Twins yardsale today. New BP template but diff crest. Haven’t seen before. Prototype? Team issued, not RA” … The Cedar Rapids Kernels wore these jerseys yesterday, proceeds from which go to Animal rescue (from Cedar Rapids Kernels). And here they are in action. … “I don’t know if you got an answer to your question about the Dodgers plane on the 1977 WS ring,” writes Ira Siflin. “This should help.” … Last night the Corpus Christi Hooks wore tequila sunrise-inspired pink jerseys and auctioned them “with all money going to the AutoNation Breast Cancer Research Foundation,” (from Robert). Here’s a look at them in action. … Tremendous photo from John Thorn (the Official Historian for Major League Baseball) who says, “At Fan Fest in Miami Beach, a real treasure: a Montreal Royals uniform from 1946. Maybe Jackie’s, maybe not.” (h/t J E D). … Whoops: Charlotte Knights pitching coach Steve McCatty with a different uniform than the rest of the team (from South Side Jason). … Yesterday the Montgomery “Biscuits (were) donning Stranger Things jerseys for Game 2 of our double header. We’ve thankfully been Demogoran free. No sight of Barbara though.” … Joseph Giordano sent in some shots of the D-backs old timers game. Even their softball top throwbacks are better than their current unis. Joseph adds, “New Era logo creep is of course on the hats.”

NFL/CFL/College/High School Football News: The UT Vols have released their jersey numbers for incoming freshmen. … Rutgers football has added a patch of the State of New Jersey to the back of their new adidas jerseys. … The Toronto Argonauts were serious about wearing all white on Saturday night in Ottawa, going as far as wearing complete white socks with the road uniform for the first time (from Wade Heidt).

NBA/G-League/College/High School Basketball News: In the summer league (and perhaps the regular season as well), new Phoenix Suns player Josh Jackson is wearing #99 (from Zachary Loesl). … Apologies if these were posted before (I know I tweeted them the other day), but check out these Indiana Pacers concepts. … Kevin Forney asks, “Adidas just mailing it in?? Looks like the got summer league refs in a tee.” … Duffy asks, “are the dubs the only team with their logo on their summer league jerseys?”

Soccer News: Here are some new shirts for Lechia Gdansk (from Ed Żelaski‏). … AFC Wimbledon, of English League One, have announced their new third kit for the 2017-18 season. This announcement also included new training gear. All of this comes as the Dons begin a new kit deal with Puma (from Sam Fishel). … For yesterday’s game against Calgary Foothills FC, the Portland Timbers U-23 squad wore their primary green socks with their red alternate uniforms (from Ian Gerig).

Grab Bag: In cricket news, Jimmer Vilk reports that Derbyshire defeated Yorkshire, who also have new jerseys with a sublimated white rose (one of their club logos); also from Jimmer: It’s got to be the new uniforms! Derbyshire CCC are 2-0 to start the season. Even cricket news from Jimmer here too (but I think now he’s actually onto something. … Looks like NYRA (New York Racing Association) has a new logo (from Mr. Farenheit). … In the fight between colleges and high schools poaching their logos, some schools are cool with it, others are not, like this GT vs. Damascus HS tilt (from Malcolm Spicer). Malcolm adds, “I previously resided for several years in the Damascus, Md., area and frequently drove past this high school, noticing the prominent sign/landmark in front with an image of the school mascot and thinking, “That’s a copy of the Georgia Tech mascot. Allowed or just copied?” This article answers that in addition to describing what, to me at least, is an unusual sports logo enforcement.” Here’s more on that story from the WaPo. … Great one from Michael Rawson: “Apparently in the 13th century, King John stayed at this local inn in Kingsclere, Hampshire in England when he got stranded while hunting, and got the shit bit out of him by bedbugs. So of course, he ordered them to install a weathervane shaped like a bedbug. And then when the local rugby team was formed, they took the weathervane as the fucking logo! It’s still their logo today, and they wear it on the game shirt. One of the best backstories I’ve heard. And their facebook, which has some photos of the red and white striped shirt with the bedbug logo on it.” … Here’s an article listing some pretty good fictional jerseys (They call them the Greatest). Nice find by Dave Feit. … “For the old school sign lovers,” writes Coleman Mullins, “This is the sign to Camden Park, a pretty old and well known amusement park here in Huntington, WV.” … Our pal and awesome DIYer Wafflebored noted this excellent hockey jersey quilting fabric at the store. I’d like to see him make a DIY outta that!

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And that’s it for today. Congrats to the 16 finalists in the Fauxback Jersey Contest. VOTE NOW and I’ll have your winner next weekend.

I may also be ready to announce our next contest with Steve Rosenbeck and Garb Athletics, and this one will be a bit different — so stay tuned. You guys have a great week (enjoy the ASG, the Derby, Futures, Softball game, etc., and all the shenanigans that surrounds the festivities). I’ll be back next Saturday…

…but until then…

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.


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“The problem is the ‘now’ in the MLB, and unfortunately too many places, is a severe blanding down to the level of pablum mixed with the worchestire sauce topped on ice cream of the ‘special day’ (Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc.) jerseys.

“If you current uniform pales in comparison with the throwback, the problem is your current uniform. If bringing back the throwbacks for games just highlights the inadequacies of your current uniform it isn’t a bad thing – at least we get a fabulous dessert after our mediocre lukewarm fast food meal.”

— Will S.

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Phillies Tell Padres To #BringBackTheBrown!

By Phil Hecken

So, last evening the Philadelphia Phillies hosted the San Diego Padres in a “Turn Back The Clock” (to 1983) game, and while it was a treat to see both teams in relatively correct throwbacks (and it’s always great to see the Padres wearing brown jerseys), the game was still marred by several minor (and not-so-minor) anachronisms and inconsistencies in the uniform department.

While I’ve given up hope that the players will ever wear “throwback” unis in their appropriate cut and style (which is their wont — I’ll give them that if they’ve made it to the show, they have the right to wear the unis in their preferred tailoring — Chris Sale would agree with me). Still, it would be nice to see tight cuts and stirrups. But I won’t complain about that anymore (other than just now).

What does bother me is when Majestic either doesn’t care enough to get the little (and easily fixable) details right — or simply just doesn’t care — putting out throwbacks that are *close* enough to correct that 99.9% of the public won’t notice or won’t care. It’s the .1% who are Uni Watchers to whom these details make a difference.

Let’s take a look at what the respective teams actually wore in 1983 (thanks to Bill Henderson for his invaluable guide, and to Paul for giving me the screenshots below):

Phillies 1983:

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Here’s some game action shots:



And some video:

Looked pretty great, right? As you can see from Bill Henderson’s page, the team wore that style for quite a while, but 1983 is the year the team made it to the World Series (losing to the Orioles). It was also their 100th Anniversary, and they wore a special patch on the left shoulder. Aside from the distinctive burgundy color, the thing you probably most notice is the fact that the jerseys were zipperfronts, rather than the pullovers or buttonfronts which were much more common at the time. They were raglan style, with NOB’s on nameplates. Pants were belted. Jerseys and pants had solid thick stripes, including side panels on the jersey.

Padres 1983:

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Some action shots:



As you can see, the jerseys were in the v-neck pullover style with vertically arched, direct-sewn NOBs. The caps featured a unique panel cut that neatly formed a mission bell shape. They wore white pants on the road (as did several teams during those years when they wore dark jerseys instead of gray road shirts/pants). They had beautiful brown stirrups with gold sanis, and of course, white cleats. It goes without saying that batting helmets back then were semi-glossy. Their pants were of the sansabelt variety, with brown/orange/gold striping (same as the sleeve striping)

So…how’d they match up last evening?

The first thing that struck me was the helmets worn by the Padres. Yes, they are one of those teams who have gone to matte helmets, including on their Friday Brown alternates. So, instead of the glossy or semi-glossy hats they wore back in 1983, they just wore their current helmets.

In the words of the immortal Keyshawn Johnson “C’mon Man!” Seriously, would it have been *that* difficult to affix some gold decals with old school “SD” on them? They’ve worn the 1983-style unis as throwbacks before, and they had shiny hats with ‘correct’ graphics back then.

They got the front of the jerseys pretty much correct (font-wise, stripe-wise etc.) and they did outfit the players with white sansabelt pants. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see much (any?) hosiery, and they wore black shoes, completely ruining the throwback vibe:

They tried to replicate the 1983-era cap, but (and this isn’t the first time this has happened), it didn’t quite make the cut:

The caps they wore are decidedly less less bell like than the originals and these had the New Era advert on the side to boot.

How about the NOB’s? Were they nameplates, vertically arched like in 1983 (I think you know the answer to this one):

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Nope. Radially arched (but with with nameplates).

Perhaps these errors (small though they may be) aren’t as egregious as an apostrophe catastrophe — they are one of those (to steal Paul’s wonderful turn of a phrase) niggling little thing(s) that drive me totally batshit.

I dearly, sorely want the Padres to #BringBackTheBrown (a popular Twitter hashtag), but it kills me when they actually do bring back brown from their past and screw so many little things up. I mentioned earlier they’ve thrown back to 1983-era unis before — both on the road…

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…and at home:

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As you can see from Bill Henderson’s meticulous documentation, Majestic screwed those up as well (though not as badly, it seems, as last evening). It would be easy to blame the Phillies (since they supply the Padres with the unis) for this, but the Pads even screwed up the throwbacks when they wore them at home.

I know I can’t hope the players will wear 1983 tight cuts, stirrups and sanis, but they could have at least had white shoes and glossy helmets. Guess the Phillies didn’t want to go the extra-extra yard (and apparently the Padres didn’t care in the least).


How about the Phillies?

Well, they did a *pretty* good job of replicating the 1983 uniform — right down to the anniversary patch. They got maroon-red helmets, and had their side panels in tact.

They looked to have nailed the fonts pretty well, and the jerseys were raglan-style, they did have nameplates (sadly, suffering the same radially arched fate as the Padres). The originals were vertically arched:

But wait — take a look at that photo again. Notice anything…”missing”?

That’s right — the damn things are buttonfronts, not zipperfronts! Now, I understand there is a concern for player safety nowadays, and zipperfronts fell out of fashion (literally) not just because of how they looked — they could pose a genuine hazard. BUT…when the Chicago Cubs unveiled their nine throwbacks for 2014, THEY had zipperfronts. Those look to be a much “safer” style than what the Phillies wore in 1983 (or the Cubs wore in several years) — so clearly Majestic can make a zipperfront jersey for a throwback. Perhaps the Phillies didn’t ask for one? More likely, they probably thought no one would notice.

They did pretty well on the rest of the uni — getting the caps (and burgundy) correct, the racing stripes on the pins were fine…1983 patch on the shoulder. Just not the zipper.

OK — all things considered, I liked seeing the throwbacks (warts and all). And anytime the Padres are in brown it’s a good thing. Here’s some nice videos (one before a rain delay, one at the end of the game):

It looked good. Great even. It just could have looked even better. And I hope Padres management realizes it’s time to #BringBackTheBrown. The Phillies do!

(The Rangers and Angels will throwback to 1977 today — more on that in the ticker — lets hope they do a bit better than the Pads/Phils.)

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Your Final Eight Finalists…

…in the Fauxback Jersey Contest.

The results of the third and fourth set of voting are in, and we have our final eight (four from each group) finalists. Let’s look at Group III’s finalists first, followed by Group IV. They’ll join our previous 8 finalists in tomorrow’s final set of voting to determine the winner.

Congratulations (for Group III) go to: Bryan Phillips, Michael Malinowski, Matt Medium, and Justin Peterson. Here’s a look at the voting:

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Here’s a look at the entries of our third four finalists:

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Bryan Phillips (1940s Anaheim Mighty Ducks)

Phillips, Bryan - 1940s Anaheim Mighty Ducks

Using the Mallard as inspiration, I picked Forest Green, Athletic Gold, and Purple for team colors, and made the collar white to replicate the ring around the Mallard’s neck. I designed a Mallard logo in a 1940s logo style and kept “Mighty” because adjectives in team names were more common.

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Michael Malinowski (1967 Anaheim Ducks)

Malinowski, Michael - 1967 Anaheim Ducks

My submission is an imagining of what the Anaheim Duck’s jersey might have looked had southern California been awarded two expansion franchises for the 1967 season instead of Oakland getting the California Seals.

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Matt Medium (1979-80 San Jose Sharks)

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Justin Peterson (1965 Florida Marlins)

Peterson, Justin - 1965 Florida Marlins

The 1965 Florida Marlins sport a cream colored, vested jersey, featuring orange piping around the neck and sleeves, teal undershirts with team patches, a Miami art-deco style logo and era-approprate NNOB.

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And in Group IV, congratulations go to Brian Wenzel, Gene Sanny, Matt Tibaldi, and James Yaques. Here’s a look at the voting:

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Here’s a look at the entries of our final four finalists:

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Brian Wenzel (1920s Anaheim Ducks)

Wenzel, Brian - 1920s Anaheim Ducks

This concept imagines the Anaheim Ducks as if they’d existed in the 1920s, as California’s original hockey team.
A bold ‘A’ and prominent orange color proudly represent the city of Anaheim and Orange County (unlike Anaheim’s other team).
Clean striping and a sublimated flying-V complete the look.

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Gene Sanny (1932 Iowa Barnstormers)

Sanny, Gene - 1932 Iowa Barnstormers

Iowa Barnstormers arena football team fauxing back all the way to 1932 :)

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Matt Tibaldi (1978 Miami Marlins)

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James Yaques (1977 Miami Marlins)

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And there you have it. The second half of our finalists. Everyone make sure to check back tomorrow when we’ll vote for the winner.

Congratulations to the finalists, and thanks to everyone who participated!

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: The Minnesota Twins will wear these “M” caps on July 22 vs Tigers. The caps will feature a patch commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1987 World Series. … Here’s a nice colorized shot of these Baseball legends (none of whom need first names) at the All-Star Game: Gehrig, Cronin, Dickey, DiMaggio, Gehringer, Foxx & Greenberg (which took place in Washington, D.C. on July 7, 1937). From Bruce Menard. … Speaking of great colorizations of famous sluggers: check out this one of the infamous Yankees’ Murderers Row (from Chris Whitehouse). … Interesting: “Local news has story on Indians and babies they are having after their #WorldSeries run …Storks wearing ballcaps!!!” says Andrew Jenkins. What’s also interesting is how the players are all in Wahoo caps, but the storks are wearing block C’s. … Mikkeller Brewing, “one of the world’s most venerable gypsy brewers,” will build a brewery at Shea Citi Field, home of the Mets (from Andrew Cosentino). … When asked the question everyone wants to know, “I just want to know if you guys [Padres] are going to bring back the brown uniforms for good?,” the response of the Padres’ owner was the team will study “uniform situation.” Just #BringBackTheBrown already!!! … Thhere are certain two word phrases that seem destined for each other. Where their coupling achieves a sort of simple, evocative poetry. Summer’s breeze; good dog; sand castle; cold beer, and perhaps most effectively, in New England vernacular anyway: Yankees suck (from Tommy Turner). … The Fort Wayne TinCaps got special jerseys for their 70s night last evening (from Zachary Loesl). … The Cedar Rapids Kernels wore these Iowa State-inspired jerseys last evening (from MiLB Promos). … Here’s the 2017 All-Star Game uniform for the CPBL (Chinese Professional Baseball League), which are featuring Taiwanese aboriginal patterns (from Max G.). … From Gary Chanko: “5 Baseball Jerseys So Swaggy You—and Chance the Rapper—Might Actually Wear ‘Em.” — Don’t let the hed fool you — there are some decent concepts here (including one I’ve been advocating for for a while). … The Portland Sea Dogs wore these A League of Their Own jerseys Thursday Night (from OT Sports). … Of these supposedly game-worn autographed jerseys, Robert Hayes says, “I don’t recall those specific hats ever being worn? Definitely not from this season, anyone have an idea?” (They were worn, I believe, in 2011–PH) … This article makes a case (and not a bad one at that) for the ugliest jerseys in MLB All Star Game history. … This photo is of Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges showing off hands that earned him 3 Gold Gloves. More importantly, he’s showing off Brooklyn’s 1944 satin unis (from Vintage Baseball). … Last evening, the Texas Rangers wore their blue jerseys at home to mark the one-year anniversary of the 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers (thanks, Paul). In a somewhat related note Evan Elder writes, Heard an interesting note from tonight’s Texas Rangers game regarding why every jersey in their current catalogue reads “Texas.” A few years ago they had a marketing campaign called “My Texas, My Rangers” and the team was trying to align their brand with the state of Texas. It was sent it by a friend of the broadcast team and confirmed by team official, John Blake. As a fan of the team all my life, I remember the marketing campaign but I believe their home uniforms said Texas prior to the campaign. I agree their home uniforms should read “Rangers” but in case you or you readers were looking for an explanation, it appears we finally have one. Cool. … There are things that need to happen and then there are things that MUST happen (h/t MiLB Promos). … The Daytona Tortugas wore First Responder Night jerseys yesterday (via Daytona Tortugas). … More MLB throwbacks: here’s a look at the jerseys the Rangers will be wearing tonight night in celebration of 1977 (wish they showed the pants — it’s very important they go full powder blue). Thanks, Paul. Even in this article on the game, there’s no mention of pants. It’s very important to have sansabelt powder with those henley jerseys! … Here’s a look at the Coastal Plain League (college summer league) all-star logos (from James Gilbert).

NFL/CFL/College/High School Football News: With Thursday’s news that the Miami Hurricanes will feature green and black alternate jerseys in the 2017 season, The State of the U set out to mock those up. … “How might an East Coast company come to Westwood and elevate the image of UCLA above its current standing?” Here’s the story of how UCLA & UA hooked up. … In an article, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an offensive lineman for the KC Chiefs, jokes at the end about putting “M.D.” on his jersey. Submitter Kyle Koekkoek says, “I have to imagine that would be a first.” … A man outside of Harrisburg, PA, recently completed his 23 year long quest to get the autograph of every player (and coach Chuck Noll) that was on all 4 of the Steelers’ Super Bowl teams of the 1970’s. The last player to sign the helmet was LB Loren Toews (from Joe Werner). … Could the NFL be close to allowing advertisements on gameday jerseys? Some thoughts on that are contained in this article, which itself is a response to this Mike Florio diatribe, who basically feels ads on unis are a foregone conclusion, the public’s will be damned (h/t Rob S. for the tip). … A Nebraska commit will wear a jersey number in memory of his deceased brother.

Hockey News: Check out this excellent Canucks hybrid beer league jersey on Etsy (as spotted by Wafflebored). … Reader Mike Engle asks, “Any idea whether this (rare 1995 All Star Lindros jersey) prototype is legitimate or not? I’ve never seen this star template in these colors before, haven’t seen NHL ASG jerseys use this color scheme at all, and I’m finally not aware of Athletic Knit doing any NHL work. But either way, it’s not an ugly jersey.” … The Binghamton Devils unveil release date for new logo and jersey — it’s July 29th (from David Feigenbaum).

NBA/G-League/College/High School Basketball News: The NBA has made a slight tweak to its logo, and Chris Creamer has the story. Don’t worry kids, “Jerry West” is still on there — it’s just a font change. … And NOW (at least according to Darren Rovell, it’s official: Nike’s deal with the NBA kicks in on Oct. 1, 2017. … Are these possibly new T-wolves unis? “Found these unis in the comm design in NBA2k. Look too good to be random. Onto something?” said the parent tweet, forwarded to me by Joe Bronk. Our friend Conrad Burry seems to think that’s not the case. … For his help in signing Paul Milsap, Denver has made Brandon Marshall an “Honorary Nugget” (from &rew). … Not sure this is actually official gear, but here are some Thunder unis with a swooshie (from Shane). … New headache LA Laker Lonzo Ball “likes to wear shorter socks, but with @stance official NBA sock he had to modify- his first summer league game” (good spot by EZ).

Soccer News: Foreign soccer correspondent Ed Żelaski‏ reports there is a new shirt for Jagiellonia Białystok. Looks a little bit like a Gryffindor quiddich shirt, no? … The St. Louis Ambush (a professional indoor soccer club, dontcha know) are asking followers “As a part of the Culture of We, please take our survey to help decide which white jersey kit we add for the season!!” Jimmer Vilk, who @’ed me with that, adds, “My vote is for a St Louis Steamers jersey, but sadly that’s not an option.” … The Wycombe Wanderers, a lower-league English team, will be using a keeper kit based on a kaleidoscope next season.

Grab Bag: Cricket season (yes) is now upon us, and Jimmer Vilk (our fashion plate on the pitch) reports “1st game of the English T20 cricket season is a pink-over-blue vs all yellow matchup.” He follows that up with this gem: “Navy blue vs duck egg blue & black for Essex vs Surrey. The best dressed cricket league is back!” … “Saw this add (sic) during Wimbledon for Washington Kastles season tickets,” writes John Muir. “The championship years are listed in ‘reverse,’ newest/highest number on the left and descending in years to the right. While it makes sense to lead with the most recent title, it’s backwards compared to how most things are listed in English language sentences.” … Canterbury and England Rugby have unveiled the new England Women’s World Cup jersey ahead of the 2017 journey to Ireland. … What would it look like if ATC Memes and @airlinepilotmemes re-imagined all 73 MLB teams logos with their cities airport code? Here is a peek (from Gil Neumann). … Kevin Brown “came across this in an old S.I. and didn’t know if you’ve ever seen this (Faces in the Crown feature with Joe Mauer). The only other pro I know that was in this part of S.I. was Mattingly.” Here’s that section blown up, showing Mauer had talents aside from baseball. … This Sherwin Williams paint store bag was found in an old church rectory in Stevens Point, WI. Submitter Michael Bialas notes, “Apparently, the Panthers played in the NFC and the AFC.” … Jason Huber says he’s got a “nice little helmet collection going” on. … Glenn Chavez noticed this “nice borrowed logo on the semi, old color scheme and all.”

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And that’s it for today. Tomorrow I’ll have your 16 finalists in the Fauxback Jersey Contest (and one last round of voting — will those that “won” their respective rounds continue with success…or will putting the top 16 in one bracket change preferences???) Make sure you check back tomorrow to pick your favorite(s). I’ll also cover the Rangers/Angels throwback tomorrow, but I promise it won’t be as nit-picky as today’s lede (and it will *only* be a sub-lede). I’ll catch all y’all tomorrow…but until then…

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— James Gilbert

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A Brief History of Jerseys Presented to Presidents

[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest entry from Dan Tarrant, who has explored the history of how sports uniforms became familiar sights at the White House. Enjoy. — PL]

By Dan Tarrant

In addition to rings, trophies, and maybe a few nice monetary bonuses, national championship winners at the college or professional level can expect an invitation to the White House, where the President of the United States will honor them with a ceremony at the Rose Garden. And as a gesture of appreciation, it has become tradition for the honorees to present the President with a customized team jersey.

But how did this tradition start?

The first championship team to receive a White House invitation was the 1924 Washington Senators, who were greeted by Calvin Coolidge but presumably didn’t have a jersey customized for him (as names were not on backs during that era). John F. Kennedy first hosted an NBA championship team in 1963 (the Boston Celtics), and a photograph of the event does not indicate that the team offered any Celtics garb for Jack’s collection.

Gerald Ford extended the honor to the college ranks in 1976 by inviting the Indiana Hoosiers basketball squad. In this photograph, coach Bobby Knight appears to be presenting Ford with an autographed team ball.

In early 1980, Jimmy Carter hosted a joint ceremony for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates to celebrate their recent titles. The teams gifted Carter with a Pirates hat and Steelers “Terrible Towel,” which appears to mark the first time a uni-related element was presented to a President. Carter was also given T-shirts, but not team jerseys, from such NCAA visitors as Georgia Tech and Louisville.

It was Ronald Reagan who expanded the tradition of hosting championship teams, and it is here that we find our first examples of team jerseys customized for the President. The earliest example I found was when the Gipper hosted the 1983 NBA champion Philadelphia 76ers, although it is not clear if this jersey featured Reagan’s name on the back. The earliest confirmed customized example came in 1985, when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gave the President a Lakers jersey during a ceremony that took place the day after the team clinched the title in Boston. (These days the events happen months afterwards.) Even then, jerseys were not yet standard gifts, as Reagan also received a jacket and hat from the Kansas City Royals and even George Gipp’s Notre Dame letterman’s sweater.

(Update: Subsequent research has confirmed that Reagan’s 1983 jersey was indeed personalized.)

Reagan’s successor, George H. W. Bush, broke new ground by being the first President to host a Stanley Cup champion (the 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins) and also was the first to honor a team not based in the United States when the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays visited the White House.

(Update: Additional research has revealed that the first Stanley Cup winners to visit the White House were the 1983 Islanders, who were hosted by President Reagan. They gave him an Islanders rug and a stick.)

Most of the jerseys Reagan and Bush received featured the numeral 1. By the time Bill Clinton took office, however, we begin to see his ordinal number, 42, or sometimes the last two digits of the year. As the 1990s became the 2000s, this would often result in a jersey with a leading zero, although when LSU visited the White House to celebrate their 2007 national title, they presented President Bush with a No. 7 jersey. As George W. Bush was commonly known as “43” to distinguish him from his father, the vast majority of his jerseys used that number instead of No. 1 or the year.

Barack Obama is currently the record-holder for hosting teams, having met with 86 college and professional squads at the White House during his tenure. It is also noteworthy that his final official public appearance as President of the United States was the ceremony honoring his hometown Chicago Cubs. Interestingly, the Cubs more recently visited the Trump White House, becoming (probably) the first championship team to be honored by two sitting presidents.

While most of the uniforms presented to presidents over the years have fit the standard template, there are numerous unusual examples as well (some of these jerseys were presented at campaign events or other occasions aside from champion ceremonies):

  • In 2012, Obama received a No. 23 jersey from the Dallas Mavericks. The significance of that number is unclear.
  • Obama also honored two teams from the past, receiving a No. 72 “Undefeated” jersey from the 1972 Miami Dolphins and a No. 85 jersey from the 1985 Chicago Bears, whose originally scheduled visit with Ronald Reagan was cancelled after the Challenger disaster.
  • When Obama hosted the 2010 Duke Blue Devils, he was presented with a plaque (which appears to have been made from a piece of a basketball floor) and a framed jersey.
  • In addition to a jersey, Obama received an appropriately numbered helmet from the 2016 Alabama football team.
  • First Ladies have sometimes gotten into the act. Nancy Reagan was given a ’Skins jersey to promote her anti-drug campaign. Joe Montana also presented Mrs. Reagan (and somebody who obviously was not President Reagan) with matching his-and-hers 49ers jerseys.
  • Michelle Obama received a “FLOTUS” hockey sweater from the 2012 Chicago Blackhawks, although curiously it was not a team jersey.
  • Vice Presidents have participated in the custom as well. Here is Mike Pence with a gold-numbered Cubs jersey, which he received just last month. Al Gore, Joe Biden, and Dick Cheney also received team swag over the years.
  • Although she wasn’t First Lady at the time, Senator Hillary Clinton was presented with a “Hillary” Steelers jersey during a campaign stop in 2008.
  • Reagan received both home and away “The Gipper” jerseys from the New York Giants in 1987.
  • In 2008, the Detroit Red Wings created team sweaters for both George W. Bush and his father.
  • In a rare case of political rivals being given jerseys at the same time, Bill Clinton and Bob Dole got Kansas Jayhawks tanks during the former president’s visit to Dole’s home state. Nice touch to make sure that Dole got the home jersey and Clinton the away version.
  • Most of the football jerseys presented to Presidents are obviously of the “replica” type, with real sleeves and tailored to be worn without pads. However, the Clemson Tigers recently choose to present President Trump with actual game-cut versions.
  • The 1992 Dallas Cowboys figured that Bill Clinton would be fine with an Emmitt Smith jersey.
  • And finally, here is a great photo illustration from The Onion depicting Michelle Obama cleaning out jerseys from her husband’s closet as they prepare to leave the White House.

For more information about the tradition of presidents being presented with jerseys and other sports-related gifts, check out this 2007 Uni Watch piece by Vince Grzegorek.


Paul here. Good stuff from Dan, who also has a bunch of interesting paintings and a line of books that he’s written under a pseudonym. Well-rounded cat.

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The Ticker
By Paul

’Skins Watch: The Exeter Chiefs — that’s a UK rugby union team — has come under criticism for its team name and headdress-wearing fans (from @stumpy7780). … The Australian national rugby union team has unveiled its first-ever indigenous peoples jersey (from Adam Ingle).

Baseball News: The DC Metro is now selling Nats-themed fare cards. … I’m quoted pretty extensively in this article about the Astros’ uniform history. … The Toledo Mud Hens will wear jerseys on Aug. 26 that are based on a 100-year-old sign (from Nicholas John). … Nats skipper Dusty Baker was wearing a decidedly non-MLB-approved cap at a presser yesterday. Turns out it’s for a California-based fruit and nut distributor (from John Yerrick and Darren Rovell). … This is pretty awesome: a 1963 shot of Hank Aaron with FIOB! His brother Tommie was also on the Braves at the time. That’s Roger Craig wearing the Mets uni, which didn’t yet have the front number that would eventually be added in 1965 (big thanks to Phil). … For reasons that aren’t clear, at least to me, the A’s are doing a Rickey Henderson jersey giveaway but are using an “Oakland” script on a home white jersey. Weird (from Richard Paloma). … Dodgers 3B Justin Turner really needs to button up (from Matthew Crooks). … As we’ve discussed many times, it’s standard for MLBers to wear their big league helmets while on minor league rehab assignments. That’s because minor league helmets are all double-flapped, but MLBers don’t have to follow that rule while on rehab. But here’s a new one: Mets P Josh Smoke, currently rehabbing with the single-A St. Lucie Mets, wore his big league BP cap yesterday. What’s up with that? (From A.J. Frey.) … Even if you hate the DH, as I do, this pro-DH T-shirt worn by Padres OF Bobby Brown is pretty great.

NFL and College Football News: A man sentenced to death for the murder of his wife and a handyman wore a Tony Romo throwback jersey to his sentencing (from K. Richardson). … USA Today’s advice to high school players who are considering which college to attend: don’t base your decision on the uniform (thanks, Phil). … Wisconsin players wore throwback uniforms, including long-sleeved jerseys, for a poster shoot. … Here are the uni number assignments for Iowa’s incoming freshmen. … New BFBS and green alternates in the works for Miami (from Matt Porter).

Hockey News: Buried within this piece is the news that the AHL teams “will wear light jerseys at home until the Christmas break, and dark jerseys at home after the Christmas break.” Not positive, but I think that’s an extension of the existing policy, not a new thing (from @sparker089).

Basketball News: The Raptors’ jersey advertiser will be Sun Life Financial, an insurance company based in Toronto. … In addition, the box for the Canadian version of the NBA 2K18 video game features a Photoshopped image that appears to show some small changes to the Raptors’ red uniform. It’s not yet clear whether those changes will actually appear on the court. … In a related item, it appears that a Chinese social media site may have leaked catalog images of the new Raptors and Suns road jerseys, although their legitimacy is not yet confirmed. … Blood jersey alert: This video showing highlights from a 1989 Lakers/Kings game shows Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wearing a NNOB No. 8 jersey. It also provides a good view of the Kings’ NOBs at the time, which were positioned below the numbers (good find by @oafhamper). … …New floor design for Yale (from Nolan Rich). … Three items from our own Mike Chamernik: The Grizzlies are taking the unusual step of retiring Zach Randolph’s No. 50, even though he’s still an active player. … Paul George will wear No. 13 for the Thunder. “He was once 24, but changed to 13 to fit the nickname PG-13,” says Mike. … Newly acquired P.J. Tucker will wear No. 2 for the Rockets.

Soccer News: New shirt for Piast Gliwice (from Ed Żelaski‏). … A player for the German team FC Kaiserslautern wore goggles the other day. … The Netherlands is hosting the UEFA Women’s European Championship later this month. To further promote the event, the Royal Dutch Football Association and Nike held an event revealing a logo “sex change,” with team’s crest changing from a lion to a lioness. The new uniform detail will debut in their Euro preparation match against Wales on July 8 (from Saurel Jean, Jr.). … New away kit for Oxford United (from Nate Hargis).

Grab Bag: Wimbledon has been plagued this year by mating winged ants. … New shoes for UNC wrestling (from James Gilbert). … New volleyball uniforms for Minnesota (thanks, Phil). … Female reporters in DC have been barred from some parts of Capitol Hill for wearing sleeveless dresses. … The work of the great Americana photographer John Margolies, who specialized in pics of diners, gas stations, drive-in movie theaters, motels, billboards, and the like, is now available online. Highly, highly recommended. … There’s something really messed up when a new high school announces its team colors and logo and proudly declares that it’s “a great brand” (from Josh Claywell). … Cal’s rowing crew has a tradition of having the bowman wearing his jersey backwards, so the “C,” which normally appears on the chest, is on his back (from Matt Kowalski). … New rugby uniforms for Racing 92 (from @stumpy7780).

Question Time, Vol. 8

Welcome to another installment of Question Time, where you ask me stuff and I do my best to answer. Here we go:

What would you consider the perfect uniform (or closest to it) from each of the Big Four pro leagues?

I go back and forth on some of these, so these answers reflect my mood at the current moment:

MLB: Mets home pinstripes
NFL: Raiders black
NHL: Rangers road white
NBA: Suns home white

How do you genuinely feel about readers pointing out typographical errors in the blog comments? I can see how it’s helpful to have sort of an instant-edit safety net, but do you feel that having that safety net makes you less precise with your own editing? Also, isn’t it just annoying as hell to have people constantly nitpick spelling miscues and other inconsequential inaccuracies in a such a public way? You’re a good sport with the “Thanks, fixed” responses, but doesn’t it grate a little to see these comments nearly every day?

Lots of thoughts here. One at a time:

• I want the site to be as accurate and clean as reasonably possible. To me, typos, broken links, and so on are not “inconsequential”; they’re sloppy. It’s sort of a broken-windows kind of thing: If we’re sloppy about the little things, we’re more likely to become sloppy about the big things, and I don’t want that happening on my website. Think of it this way: Uni Watch is like a house — my house. Each day I invite all of you to come on in. I don’t want to have dirty socks on the floor. And if you spot a dirty sock, I don’t expect you to pick it up, but I’ll gladly pick it up myself if you point it out to me.

• I spend plenty of time pointing out and critiquing other people’s mistakes, so I think it’s important that I take responsibility for my own. Similarly, when people challenge my positions on certain topics, I often push back and refuse to back down, so I think it’s important to show that I’m willing to acknowledge when I’m wrong. And I think it’s best if all of this is done as transparently as possible (i.e., I could just fix the typo and then delete the comment that pointed it out, but I prefer not to erase the evidence). Doing it in public makes the whole thing a bit of an exercise in humility, which is probably something I could use more of.

• I absolutely do not use the collective readership safety net as an excuse to be more lax with my own work. I assure you, I’m mortified by each and every typo and always aspire for the number of typos to be zero.

• I don’t find it grating when people point out my mistakes. I find it grating that I made the mistakes.

• If I thought people were pointing out the typos strictly for “Gotcha!” purposes, or just as a way of getting some cheap glory for themselves (“Look at me, whoo, I found a typo!”), that would be annoying. For the most part, though, I don’t sense that to be the case. Most of our de facto proofreaders are longtime readers who just want to help. I appreciate their eagle eye and the spirit in which they operate.

• My one misgiving about all of this is that I feel bad for the readers who have to scroll through all of the “Typo”/”Fixed” comments each morning, which must get tedious. (I sense that this may be the real impetus for your question, right?) Sorry about that, folks.

Like you, I was born in 1964 and am a Mets fan. When l was a kid in the early ’70s, l thought that their uniforms were boring. I wish they went the pullover/sansabelt route and had uniforms similar to what the A’s and eventually the Pirates wore. Did you ever wish that the Mets had different uniforms?

I’ve always loved the Mets’ pinstripes and am happy that they’ve been largely unchanged over the years. I like what the A’s and Pirates wore as well, but I never wanted the Mets to go that route. As I’ve written before, some teams are Coke teams and others are Pepsi teams, and I’ve always viewed the Mets as a Coke team.

As an aside, whenever people say that a losing team should change its uniforms in order to turn the page on a bad era, I always think of how bad the Mets were from 1962 through 1967 (they averaged fewer than 54 wins a year during that six-year span — think about that), and how grateful I am that they stuck with their uniforms anyway.

Where did you go to college, what did you study, and when did you first fall in love with uniforms?

You’re cheating — that’s three questions! But I’ll cut you a break: I’m a proud graduate of SUNY-Binghamton, where I majored in political science. I became fascinated with uniforms pretty much as soon as I became interested in sports, when I was seven or eight years old.

Was there ever any talk of you being part of the recent layoffs at ESPN?

I signed a new ESPN contract in March. At the time, I had no idea that those layoffs were coming in April. Obviously, it feels good to know that the company was willing to continue investing in me and my work even during a belt-tightening phase. On the flip side of that, I have some survivor’s guilt, because several good friends were let go.

As a Steelers fan, I am interested in which Steelers number font you prefer: the old block numbers that they wore until 1996, or the current Chicago Bears-style round numbers?

First, I just want to say that I don’t consider the Steelers’ current numbers to be “Bears-style.” The Steelers’ font is much thicker and heavier, and the italic numerals look much more sleek.

That said: I realize most Steelers fans prefer the old block numbers, but I actually like both versions. If they went back to the old style, I’d be fine with that, but I also like the current style. Most NFL numbers are either boilerplate block or some ridiculous custom font; the Steelers occupy a nice middle ground in between.

Did you happen to read Gary Shteyngart’s New Yorker piece a couple of months ago, “Confessions of a Watch Geek”?

Yes. It’s really good.

I know that you’ve mentioned on the site before that Lou Reed was a big influence on your younger self. I recently listened through Transformer for the first time and have absolutely fallen in love with it. Where would be a good place in his discography to go from there?

First and foremost, get the six key Velvet Underground albums: The Velvet Underground and Nico, White Light/White Heat, The Velvet Underground, VU, Loaded, and 1969 Live. All of those are essential. Also, get Songs for Drella, Lou’s collaboration with fellow ex-Velvet John Cale, which consists of songs about Velvets patron Andy Warhol.

Lou’s solo output had several different distinct phases, and people argue a lot about which ones are the wheat and which are the chaff. It’s hard for me to think of another major artist whose work tends to divide people into such divergent camps. With, say, Dylan or the Stones, most serious thinkers agree about which stuff was good and which was crap. But with Lou, some people think Berlin is a masterpiece and others think it’s an embarrassment. Some people think Street Hassle is high art and others think it’s a pretentious mess. Some people think The Blue Mask is magnificent and others think Lou was a shell of his former self. And so on.

Some of this, I think, is because Lou represented many different things to many different kinds of people. For some, he was a proto-punk. For others, a bisexual (or at least sexually ambiguous) hero. For still others, a poet. And I think some of it may also be because Lou could be, by pretty much everyone’s account, a real dick, so some of the assessments of his work are no doubt colored by the interactions that people have had with him. (I never met him myself.)

Anyway, this is a long way of saying that my favorite Lou solo albums are Legendary Hearts, The Blue Mask, Coney Island Baby, and New York, but your mileage may vary.

Earlier this year, a big retrospective box set of Lou’s work came out, which prompted this essay in New York magazine. I don’t agree with all of it — like I said, Lou’s work tends to divide people into separate camps — but I do think it’s some of the best writing about Lou I’ve ever seen (and probably some of the better rock criticism I’ve seen, period). Highly recommended.

I follow Uni Watch on Twitter, and I also read the website. But I’m beginning to realize that the daily Ticker is mostly items found in your latest tweets and retweets. By the time I get to the blog, I’ve already seen most of the items on twitter. So my question is this: Can you cut down on tweeting to help avoid this problem?

Great question. As more and more of our Ticker submissions come in via Twitter, instead of via email, it’s true that a lot of the Ticker is somewhat redundant. I’ve been a little conflicted about this — on the one hand, my Twitter activity brings up the problem that you describe. On the other hand, it allows me to keep my finger on the pulse of daily uni events as they unfold. If I stopped tweeting and retweeting, I worry that fewer people would tweet things at me (sort of a “got to feed the beast” problem). Also, tweeting sometimes leads to responses that provide additional info, or answers to questions, etc. It’s a two-way information portal.

I’d be interested in hearing what other readers think. Does anyone else have the same complaint as the questioner here?

Favorite Rolling Stones era: Brian Jones, Mick Taylor, or Ron Wood?

The Stones are my favorite band, and I love a fair amount of their work from all three phases. Brian was probably the best musician, Mick T. the best guitarist, and Ronnie the best complement to Keith.

My absolute favorite Stones LPs are Sticky Fingers and Exile, both of which are from the Mick T. period, although I’m not sure he’s the source of those albums’ greatness — I think it’s more that he just happened to be in the band during the years when everything else fit together perfectly. My favorite Stones are Keith and Charlie, both of whom have been with the band all the way through, so I don’t get too hung up on the rotating lead guitarists.

What is your favorite cut of beef?

Bone-in ribeye. And to be even more specific, I love the spinalis dorsi (sometimes called the “cap of the ribeye”), which is the best muscle on the entire steer. But I’ll also happily eat a hanger steak, a New York Kansas City strip, top sirloin, and lots of other cuts.

Just don’t ever serve me a filet mignon, which is mushy and flavorless — meat for people who don’t actually like meat. And it’s super-pricey besides, so it’s a lose-lose-lose. Since T-bones and porterhouses include part of the filet, I try to avoid those as well.

Which MLB team do you think should move to Montreal, and which team would you like to move to Montreal?

The Nats should move back, obviously. Failing that, I don’t see why Montreal should have to settle for a relocated team. They should get their own new team.

What’s the fastest you’ve ever driven a car?

When my then-girlfriend and I drove cross-country in the summer of 1997, Montana had no daytime speed limit. Drivers were simply supposed to maintain a speed that was “reasonable and prudent.” (This was later struck down as being unconstitutionally vague.) We were driving a pretty new rental car, and at one point we were on an empty stretch of flat, straight Montana highway. My girlfriend was driving, and she said, “I want to do something I’ve never done before: I want to slow down to 100.” So she gunned it to about 115 and then slowed down. About an hour later, I was driving and did the same thing. Pretty sure that’s the only time I’ve gone into triple digits on the speedometer.

Footnote: During the last day of that trip, I got caught in a speed trap outside of Roanoke, Va.

Aside from purple, what is the worst sports uniform color (in your opinion)?

I love orange as an accent color, but I’m not so fond of it as a main jersey color.

Also: MLB road uniforms notwithstanding, all the grey that we see in the uni-verse these days, especially in college sports, does nothing for me.

Does it bother you that this logo essentially misspells the team name? Whale + ers = Whaleers!

I prefer to process the logo elements phonetically: wāl + ers = whalers. No problem!

What is your favorite type of hot dog, and what kinds of condiments do you like to put on your hot dogs?

First and foremost, a hot dog should have a snappy natural casing. If it’s skinless, no cooking method or toppings can save it.

Assuming it has a casing, I like my dogs deep-fried, grilled, or griddled. I prefer a toasted bun, although that seems to be increasingly rare. Personally, I’m fine with just mustard and chopped white onions. If the onions are sauteed/grilled, that’s a nice bonus. And as I’ve written a few times here on Uni Watch, capers work quite well on a hot dog, although that’s something I can only do at home, because I’ve never encountered a restaurant that offers capers as a topping.

There’s also a “When in Rome” factor. If I’m in Rhode Island, I’ll definitely get the thin meat sauce that’s common there; in Chicago I’ll get the full treatment with all the crazy toppings; in Cincinnati I’ll get chili; and so on. But there are limits: People in some parts of the country like coleslaw on their dogs, which is something I cannot and will not do. (My life is a mayonnaise-free zone.)

I avoid cheese sauce (not my thing), the kind of onions served by NYC street cart vendors (ditto), and sauerkraut (gross).

What are the top five hot dog joints you’ve been to across the country?

Hard to stick to just five, but here are my favorites, not necessarily in this order, including a few fondly remembered spots that are no longer with us: Rutt’s Hut (Clifton, N.J.); Hot Dog Johnny’s (Buttzville, N.J.); Olneyville New York System (Providence, R.I.); Superdawg (Chicago); Gold Coast Dogs (N. Wabash location, Chicago); Katz’s (NYC); Blackie’s (Cheshire, Conn.); Ted’s Jumbo Red Hots (Meadow Drive location, North Tonawanda, N.Y.); Charlie’s Pool Room (Alpha, N.J.; now closed); Yocco’s the Hot Dog King (Liberty St. location in Allentown, Pa.; now closed); Hot Doug’s (Chicago; now closed).

With the NBA seemingly ready to phase out the short-lived sleeved jersey trend Adidas forced upon them, why doesn’t the league just adopt soccer’s rules when it comes to sleeves and give players the option to go sleeved or sleeveless?

Before I answer, let’s make it clear that Adidas did not “force” the NBA to adopt sleeves. I swear, some of you people think the outfitters control the world! For the umpteenth time: The outfitters are the source of a lot of ideas, including lots of bad ideas, but they cannot force teams or leagues to do anything. Now, some teams — mainly on the college level — choose to put themselves in an outfitter’s hands and say, “Go ahead, do whatever you want to us, we’ll wear it!” But I assure you no pro team would ever do that, much less an entire league like the NBA. Adidas may have proposed the idea of going with sleeves, but it was ultimately the NBA’s decision to go ahead with it.

Now then, as for your suggestion: I agree, I think it’s a good one. I’d be in favor of it.

When might we see you in Seattle again?

No current Seattle travel plans, I’m sorry to say. In fact, at the moment I have no travel plans at all. I’m hoarding my ESPN vacation days because I have a big extracurricular project in the works — or at least a potential extracurricular project — that might require a lot of my time, so I might need to use a good chunk of my vacation time for that. We shall see.

I have always wondered why we don’t see colored chin straps in football. I figure it must be a safety thing, but when white is not a primary team color, the white strap sticks out like a gray facemask. Are you surprised they still require white?

I don’t mind white chinstraps in the same way that I don’t mind white cleats. White is a neutral color, it goes with everything. But I agree that it’s pretty surprising that the NFL hasn’t gone to colored straps by now.

Why does the Pittsburgh Penguins’ logo have the penguin wearing what appears to be figure skates instead of hockey skates?

You know, I never thought about that before, but you’re right! Wow. How has this never come up before?!

My wife will soon have a Ph.D. in Art History. Her dissertation analyzed the role of a curator at MOMA in the field of photography. If you had to write a dissertation for an Art History Ph.D., what uni-related subject would you use as your focus?

The evolution of the baseball uniform’s lower-leg area, including pants, stockings, stirrups, sanitaries, two-in-ones, cuff heights, blousing, and more.

When you use a pen (or pencil), which finger does the pen rest on — your middle finger or your ring finger? Or do you use some other psychogrip?

I’m not sure I fully understand the question, because I don’t think of the pen resting on any finger. But I hold my writing implements like this. I guess that means the pen is resting against my middle finger.

Why don’t teams incorporate city flags into their uniforms more? I remember the Chicago Blitz had a Chicago flag sticker on the back of their helmets and I figure it would be a great sleeve patch for most MLB teams.

I’d say there are two reasons: First, I’m fairly certain that most city residents have no idea what their city flags look like. Chicago is a rare exception — its flag seems to be fairly well known. (Then again, maybe more people care about city flags than I realize. We had a robust discussion of city flag designs right here on Uni Watch in the comments section of this recent entry.)

Second, city flags are in the public domain and cannot be trademarked, which creates an exclusivity problem for licensing and merchandising purposes. Why put a city flag on your uniform when you can use a secondary logo that you can then exploit exclusively? (To be clear, I’m not endorsing this line of thought; I simply think it would play into a team’s decisionmaking.)

As a lefty, do you notice or pay closer attention to who’s left-handed? I am lefty and I notice it almost off the bat every time. But the weird thing is, I kick right-footed. Are you a true lefty, even with kicking?

I always notice left-handedness. If a waitress is writing down my order with her left hand, I notice; if someone in a movie shoots a gun with his left hand, I notice; basically, if anyone does anything left-handed, I notice. In fact, I even notice if someone’s wearing his or her watch on the right wrist, which is usually a sign of left-handedness.

I’m really weird when it comes to kicking: When punting a football (something I haven’t had much occasion to do over the past 35 years or so, admittedly), I use my left foot. But when kicking something that’s on the ground — a soccer ball, a football on a tee, a kickball — I use my right foot. I can’t explain why. Both motions seem completely natural to me. And I absolutely cannot punt righty or placekick lefty.

Could you tell us more about how Uni Watch gets to our screens each day? I always thought you uploaded the entries for this website the day before and scheduled them to be published automatically at 8am Eastern. But there was recently a morning when nothing new had been published and it was getting close to 9am, and then you published a short notice saying that the day’s new entry would be coming shortly. What’s the process?

Generally speaking, I don’t schedule the weekday Uni Watch entries to auto-publish. The very rare exceptions — maybe two or three per year — are when I know I’m going to be out of the house between 7am and 9am (like if I’m traveling and have an early flight).

For the Monday through Thursday entries, the process works something like this:

• By the time I go to bed, I usually know what I expect the next day’s lede to be. Maybe it’ll be coverage of something that happened that day (a team unveiling, an announcement of some sort, a uni-related oddity in a game that took place that night, etc.), or maybe it’ll be an evergreen (i.e., something that isn’t time-sensitive that I’ve had in the pipeline for a bit). I’ll usually have any sub-ledes or other items (membership updates, “Culinary Corner,” etc.) already written and ready to go as well.

• I usually wake up around 7:15am, give or take (although I’ve been struggling with insomnia lately, which means I sometimes wake up a lot earlier than that). If the girlfriend is also in the bed, I get up and go to the next room; if I spent the night on my own, I stay in bed and just open the laptop. Either way, I immediately start to piece together the day’s entry. Step one is to check my email and Twitter feed to see if any major uni-related event(s) took place overnight. If not, then I can use the lede I had planned to use. But occasionally I find that something big happened in a west coast MLB game or whatever, and that means I have to scrap the lede I had planned on using and write a new lede right then and there. This is what we journalists like to call “a pain in the ass.”

• Usually, of course, nothing lede-worthy has happened overnight. So I retrieve the Ticker that Mike Chamernik (if it’s a Tuesday or Thursday) or Alex Hider (if it’s a Monday or Wednesday) has left for me. They compile the Tickers on their assigned days and leave them for me at the end of each night so they’re waiting for me the following morning (and they do a fucking awesome job, I might add). Once I retrieve the Ticker, I read through it and edit it, and then I add any Ticker items that have come in overnight via email and Twitter.

• Once the Ticker is set, I assemble all the pieces — the lede, any sub-ledes or other items, and the Ticker — proof everything to make sure it looks good (although I inevitably miss some mistakes), and click the “Publish” button. I try to watch for the first few comments of the day as they come in, because those are usually the ones that point out typos or other mistakes, or provide the answers to questions I might have posed. If needed, I then update the entry accordingly.

• The routine for Friday entries is the same, except I don’t have to retrieve and edit the Ticker, because I’ll have compiled it myself.

• My goal is always to publish sometime between 7am and 9am. On the very rare occasions when I’m not ready to go by 9, like on that recent morning that you mentioned, I’ll publish a quick “Please stand by” placeholder message, just to let everyone know that everything is okay and that I’m just running a few minutes late. This usually happens only if I sleep late and/or if I have to write a new lede on the spot and can’t do it quickly enough.

Once the entry is posted, I go feed the cats, eat my breakfast, and read the paper. Then the rest of my workday starts.

I have searched high and low for an explanation of the value of or reason for the railings between “box” seat sections at older ballparks. Even at our beloved Shea, they had those annoying railings against your neck, cramping your space in the box. Was it merely to demarcate the “box” of four seats?

Just to clarify, the questioner is referring to this and this, and the lower seats here.

“Box” seating is something that dates back to the world of theater. It supposedly separates the bluenoses from the rabble, and box seating doesn’t have long rows, so the patrons don’t have to climb over one another just to go to the john, or whatever. Or at least that’s the idea. These days, the term “box” seems to be more of an excuse to charge a higher price than anything else. A seat can be behind the foul pole or have no view of the scoreboard, but call it a “box” and people are willing to pay an extra $20 for it. Morons.

Like you, I always hated the box seats at Shea, and I went out of my way to avoid them. For years I had this one friend who loved the idea of box seats, no matter where they were located. We’d be, like, down the right field line, in the “field box” area near the foul pole — arguably the worst seats in the entire fucking stadium — and he’d be sitting there saying, “Box seats, baby! Are these great seats or what? Box seats!” Drove me nuts.

Have you ever been to or vacationed in Maine before?

I’ve traveled in every state except Hawaii. My family vacationed in Maine when I was 10 years old, and my parents liked it so much that we did it again two years later. The details of those two trips sort of blur together in my mind, but I know we spent a lot of time at Bar Harbor and ate plenty of lobster. More recently, I was in Maine in 2014 (my mom’s best friend, who she met when they were both in the first grade, currently lives in Portland, and they’re both too old to travel on their own, so I brought my mom up there so they could have some time together). I think the time before that was in 2002ish, when my then-girlfriend and I were doing a New England road trip. A very beautiful place. I’m overdue to go back.

If you dislike the New Era logo creep on MLB caps so much, why not just quit watching baseball forever?

“Love it or leave it” is, and has always been, a false choice. I might just as easily say to you, “If you dislike my position on New Era logo creep so much, why not just stop reading Uni Watch?”

The reality is that most situations do not present us with simple binary choices. There are lots of options in between.

How does a Long Island kid who loves the color green not become a Jets fan?

Born into a Giants family. My father and brothers were Giants fans before the Jets even existed. That was the culture of our household.

Do you wear a watch? If so, what kind?

I haven’t worn a watch in many, many years. I work at home, where there’s usually a clock within view. If I’m out and about, I usually have my cell phone with me. I’m not opposed to watches, but I don’t miss wearing one.

I know you’ve previously said you don’t have an ear for rap music, but has anything at all caught your ear in even the slightest bit?

Hip-hop just doesn’t speak to me. As I’ve said before, I wish I liked it, because it’s the preeminent form of contemporary black cultural expression, so turning my back on it means I’m badly out of touch with an important part of America. But it just isn’t my thing.

As a New Yorker, do you identify in any way with Billy Joel’s epic “The Downeaster ‘Alexa'”? Is it your favorite Billy Joel song? If so, why? If not, which is?

My feelings about Billy Joel have nothing to do with my identity as a New Yorker, and everything to do with my identity as a former Long Islander.

Growing up on Long Island in the 1970s and ’80s, Billy Joel was everywhere. I mean everywhere. On the radio, at restaurants, at your friend’s house, at the bagel shop — all Billy, all the time. I didn’t mind at first, because I didn’t really know any better and hadn’t yet developed any taste or ideas about music or culture. I didn’t think of it as good or bad; it was just one of those things that were always there, like the weather.

When I was 13, my next-door neighbor and I would hang out in his bedroom and play with his CB radio while listening to his copy of The Stranger over and over and over. It had that song “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” where Brenda and Eddie decide to get married but “Everyone said they were crazy / Brenda you know that you’re much too lazy / And Eddie could never afford to live that kind of life.” At the time, it had never occurred to me that people could assess the pros and cons of someone else’s relationship, or that they’d even pass judgment on it. Pop music (including much of Billy Joel’s music) was mostly about happily-ever-after, so the bit about Brenda and Eddie seemed really sophisticated and worldly-wise, at least to my 13-year-old self. It made Billy Joel seem very adult.

Eventually, though, I started to get tired of Billy Joel. I was also getting tired of Long Island, which sort of felt like the same thing. At some point in high school I began reading music criticism and became interested in things like punk, jazz, and blues, all of which I had to special-order from our local record store, where the manager always looked at me like I had two heads as he took down my latest request (often with Billy Joel playing in the background at the store). It was around this time that Billy Joel, while testifying as a witness in a court case, had to be told by a judge to stop chewing gum, whereupon he stuck the gum to the side of the witness stand and then, as I recall the reports at the time, put the gum back in his mouth as he left the stand, all of which seemed to symbolize everything that was wrong with, well, everything. It occurred to me that maybe Billy Joel wasn’t so sophisticated after all. By the time I graduated high school, I couldn’t wait to go to college and get the fuck away from Long Island and everything it represented, and that definitely included Billy Joel.

Unfortunately (at least in this particular regard), the college I went to was a New York state university, which meant a lot of the students were from Long Island, and they all brought their goddamned Billy Joel records with them. Three extremely annoying chicks who lived a few doors down from me in my freshman dorm made a point of sitting on the floor each Saturday at 5pm, blasting “Piano Man” from their stereo, and singing along at the top of their lungs. I thought about heaving a cinderblock through their stereo. Instead, I started volunteering at the on-campus record co-op, where I would later become a manager. We sold lots of Billy Joel records, but I made sure we stocked lots of punk, jazz, blues, and other stuff too.

Many years later, what do I think about Billy Joel? He’s not untalented, certainly. His strengths are a serviceable piano technique, an undeniable knack for the catchy hook, a flexible musical approach (probably too flexible, as his stylistic diversions have often come off sounding like rote genre exercises), and an above-average vocal technique (he really knows how to phrase, which is something not enough singers can do effectively). His weaknesses are many but could generally be summed up as a lack of taste and a steadfast embrace of the middlebrow, both of which make him the perfect Long Island artist. Actually, he’s usually been more of a technician than an artist, at least to my ear. And when he’s tried to shed that role and be more of an artist, he’s usually been a bad artist.

I’m genuinely surprised that Billy Joel has never followed the lead of his fellow piano man Elton John by dabbling in musical theater. His piano style and sense of schmaltz are made for Broadway. So are the characters that populate his songs. Wouldn’t the saga of Brenda and Eddie be just the thing for out-of-town tourists to sing along to when they can’t score tickets to Hamilton? (Update: Reader/commenter Adam JK reminds me that there has been a Billy Joel musical on Broadway: Movin’ Out. My bad for not remembering this.)

I’m even more surprised that he hasn’t gone the Rod Stewart route and built a new chapter of his career by singing standards. He has the vocal chops for it, and his audience of aging-Boomer suburbanites would eat that shit up. But he’s apparently content to sing his old hits. (He’s doing that on tour right now, in fact.)

And hey, why not? Some of those hits have aged pretty well. But like I said, I grew up being saturated with Billy Joel, and he and his work came to represent all sorts of things to me (most of them bad), so he’s sort of a loaded proposition for me. I’ll say this: When I think of the songs from The Stranger, I’m reminded of those nights in my next-door neighbor’s bedroom, playing with his CB radio, and that’s not such a bad thing.

As for the song you asked about: I’m not familiar with it (or maybe I’d recognize it if I heard it but just don’t know it by name). I’ve decided to keep it that way, at least for now.

Have you been following the new season of Twin Peaks?

Yes. I was a big fan of the original TV series (although, like many people, I lost interest midway through the second season), and I’m a fairly big David Lynch fan in general (I don’t love everything he’s done, but I think his good stuff is very good), so I’ve been following along with the new version.

So far I think it’s been consistently interesting and also pretty consistently unsatisfying. It all feels like an elaborate setup or prologue for a payoff that still hasn’t arrived, sort of like going fishing and getting lots of nibbles without actually landing a fish. But I’m hoping — okay, expecting — to see that payoff arrive soon.

You and Chris Creamer both seem to break fairly significant uniform news and happily link to each other’s site when one of you has a detailed writeup, most recently with the MLB holiday uniforms. Is this as simple as who gets the story first, or is there a friendly agreement between the two of you on who gets to break a story?

Chris and I do not have any sort of agreement regarding this type of thing. We’re both trying to get every story first. But we’re friends and have plenty of professional respect for each other. So if one of us scoops the other, we always give credit (just as I’d give credit to anyone else who scooped me on a big story, actually).

What are your favorite book covers and why?

This is a great question, because book cover design is a category unto itself. I haven’t really kept a list of favorites over the years, though. Sorry.

Readers: If you have favorite book covers, please feel free to link to them in today’s comments. This would definitely be a good rabbit hole to explore.

NBA uniforms have recently been made by Adidas, and that license is about to change over to Nike. Prior to Adidas, the uniforms were made by Reebok. But who made NBA uniforms before that? Was it up to the individual team, or did the league grant the license to somebody else?

NBA uniform history is murky. For one thing, there’s no comprehensive database (although that will be changing soon — stay tuned). And since the league has never allowed maker’s marks, it’s hard to know who the manufacturers were.

Adidas took over for Reebok in 2006. The Reebok era had phased in over three years beginning in 2001, when Reebok outfitted 11 of the league’s teams.

It’s hard to find definitive documentation for the years prior to that, but there’s a lot of information spelled out in this blog post. Honestly, I don’t know how accurate that is. I have no reason to believe it isn’t accurate, but I’m not familiar with that blog and don’t know its track record.

How far do uniforms go in determining who you personally root for? For example, if the Mets come out tomorrow in head to toe purple, are you still rooting for them? If a team you can’t stand did a redesign with the most beautiful maroon and green uniforms, will you start rooting for them?

My most passionate rooting interests were formed when I was very young and have proven to be pretty impervious to bad uniforms. I remained a Mets fan even during their BFBS phase, for example. For that matter, I’ve remained a baseball fan despite all the pajama pants.

On the flip side of that, there are plenty of good-looking teams that I hate, like the Yankees and Cowboys. (Yes, I know some people think the Cowboys’ uniforms suck because of the mismatched blues and all, but I still think of them as one of the NFL’s better-looking teams.)

But if I’m watching a game in which I have no obvious emotional interest — the A’s against the Rangers, say — uniforms often go a long way toward determining who I’ll root for. And there are some teams, like the Bengals, whose uniforms are so awful that I reflexively root against them all the time, even though I don’t really care about the team per se.

I think your backyard looks pretty cool. Was the grill already there when you moved in or did you have to build it?

My backyard is indeed very nice. The built-in grill was already there when I moved in nearly 17 years ago. In fact, when I first looked at the apartment and the landlord was showing me the yard, the moment when I saw the grill was when I thought to myself, “Okay, I am definitely taking this apartment.”


That’s it for this round of Question Time. My thanks to everyone who submitted questions. We’ll do this again soon-ish. You can see previous installments of Question Time here.

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The Ticker
By Mike Chamernik

Baseball News: Looks like new Blue Jays catcher Miguel Montero is still wearing his Cubs gear (from @AaronBerk14). … The Angels’ Yunel Escobar was still wearing his American flag-patterned sleeve, made from a repurposed sock, during last night’s game (from reader C. Duncan). … Bizarre uni matchup in collegiate summer ball on Tuesday as the Madison Mallards wore mono-yellow against the Kenosha Kingfish, who wore yellow tops (from Nick Mueller). … The Everett AquaSox have a “Hit the sign, win a suit” promotion, which is an homage to Ebbets Field (from Jason Hillyer). … The emojis for the All-Star Game Final Vote has players’ caps with the correct team logos, except for Xander Bogaerts, who has an “X” in the style of Boston’s “B” (thanks, Joanna Zwiep). … A few weeks ago it was announced that most of the regional Root Sports channels will be renamed AT&T SportsNet. An unnamed reader notes that Pittsburgh’s sports channel has had a bunch of different names: It started out as Pirates Cable Network in 1986, then became the KBL Entertainment Network, Prime Sports KBL, Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh, FSN Pittsburgh, Root Sports Pittsburgh, and now AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh. … Some newbie baseball fans read too deeply into the meaning of the K Corner, the section of the ballpark that hangs K signs for every strikeout. … Braves C Tyler Flowers had a lot of yellow and red trim on his catcher’s gear last night.

NFL & College Football News: Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has been accused of using a machine to sign autographs on Panini’s 2016 Prizm set of trading cards. … Steve Johnston was walking around Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City and spotted commemorative plaques for the original AFL teams. … Also from Steve: Here’s how the Missouri Tiger logo has evolved over the years. … A construction worker in New Hampshire was spotted wearing a Cowboys hardhat.

Hockey News: Here’s the first good look at the Oilers’ new road jersey. The shade of blue is darker than before, and the white number outline has been dropped (from Doug McLean). … New 30th-anniversary logo for the ECHL. … Check out this cool Whalers cornhole set. … Tris Wykes was at a hockey training center the other day and saw a goalie with Bamm-Bamm Rubble on the back plate of his mask. “He said Bamm-Bamm is his father’s nickname for him and his dad had that put on the mask when he gave it to him as a gift,” Tris says.

Basketball News: The NBA filed trademarks on a few alternate logos for the 2018 All-Star Game. The primary logo was released earlier this year (from Conrad Burry). … The Chicago Majors, an ABL team in the early 1960s, had their logo between the numbers on the front of their uniforms. Here’s a clearer shot of the logo, a drum major (from @redbuppy and several readers). … New court for Kent State (from Alex).

Soccer News: The Houston Dynamo had American flag-colored numbers last night (from Travis Piercefield). … ACF Fiorentina will have five kits next year, the most a pro soccer club has ever had (from Josh Hinton). … New third jersey for Hajduk Split, a Croatian club (from Ed Żelaski). … Here’s a good piece on how soccer clubs and kit manufacturers have stopped taking risks with uniform designs due to fears that social media backlash could lead to a decrease in sales (from Ryan Keberly). … New home and road kits for VfL Wolfsburg (from Anthony Zydzik). … Also from Anthony: Starting in 2019, Volkswagen will take over from Mercedes Benz as main advertiser of the German Football Association. “In the past the Mercedes logo has appeared on practice jerseys and jackets, so I am guessing the VW logo will have similar placement,” he says. … Here’s the complete collection of all of the newly released or leaked kits for Europe’s top-five leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1) and notable clubs in lesser leagues (from Josh Hinton). … New goalie kits for Wycombe Wanderers (from Edoardo Salvati).

Grab Bag: Wimbledon requires all-white attire, so Venus Williams got some attention for her pink bra straps that were visible under her outfit (from Brinke). … USA played France in a World League volleyball match on Tuesday in a covered soccer stadium in Brazil. It was cold enough that most of the players for both teams wore leggings and sleeves under their uniforms (from Ryan Patton). … Pressure washers can be used to remove tough stains from sports uniforms and accessories. … Here are the liveries for this weekend’s IndyCar race, the Iowa Corn 300 (from Tim Dunn).