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Saturday Morning Uni Watch

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By Phil Hecken

The parade of new uniforms costumes for college football teams seems endless, and this week is no exception. Many of them look like clown suits — others are just bad — and some of them are actually quite good (if alternate uniforms is your thing). Week Six of the NCAA season brings us a plethora of new (and old) looks — the good, the bad and the ugly.

Let’s start with the school that has a new combination every week — and sometimes an entirely new uniform altogether — Oregon. Today, the Ducks will be wearing their “Webfoots” uniforms. These are new, or technially they’re new — they actually wore the jerseys before — in their Spring Game. I wrote about them back in April. The only difference is those uniforms (besides being home and away), had tan helmets and pants, which more closely approximated the 1916 uniforms they were fauxing back to. Today’s uniforms will feature black helmets and pants, which doesn’t approximate anything worn back then. Have I mentioned yet this year that Oregon has jumped the shark? No?

You can read more about those here:

Let’s see what else is on tap for today.


The Hoosiers are breaking out a new jersey with “candy stripe” sleeves

SUNY Albany:

The Great Danes will be breaking out throwback helmets. These are actually quite nice:


The Colonels have an, um, interesting uniform inspired by the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department:


I’m really looking forward to this one. Pitt will throwback a couple decades, and go with their royal and gold unis. They should have made these their permanent unis (maybe they will again?), but for now, we can enjoy these beauties!

Central Missouri:

OK, camo-pander shouldn’t really be happening for another month, but that didn’t stop the Mules from busting it out early:

Eastern Washington:

Also going semi-pander are the Eastern Washington Eagles, who will be wearing “military appreciation” unis today against the Northern Colorado Bears.


Jimmer Vilk’s alma mater will be honoring the 1976 team this weekend, and breaking out a really nice throwback hat.


After many years in the wilderness, spanning both the Nike and adidas reigns, Miami will finally return to a classic (and gorgeous) look this weekend against Florida State

Eastern Michigan:

The Eagles will be donning a throwback look today that is VERY reminiscent of the New York Jets. I believe this was actually intentional:

Arizona State:

The Sun Devils have worn a copper and gray uniform for the past two years, first under Nike, and then last year under adidas. I liked both of those. This one…meh.

North Carolina State:

OK — now these I really like. Beautiful throwbacks for the Wolfpack today!

Other, non-new uni stuff:

Phew. There’s probably a bunch of unis I missed (not new ones, but new combos), and I’m sure there are a few that we’ll see today that will surprise us. But of the new uniforms being worn today, I’d have to say I am pleasantly surprised with most of them. Of course, how good they look depends on how they look on the field, the conditions, and (in some cases) what the opponent is wearing. But from the previews we’ve gotten so far…this could be a very good day of NCAA Football uni watching.

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Leo's World 500

Leo’s World
“Leo’s World” is a new, semi-recurring feature here on Uni Watch weekends, featuring some excellent uni-related finds from Leo Strawn, Jr.. Each installment will feature a new, unique or just very cool collection of related uniform observations and research. You can click most of the images below to enlarge. — PH

Familiar Players in Unfamiliar Uniforms, v 7.0 World Series Edition
By Leo Strawn, Jr.

We’re all familiar with those odd photos of our favorite players either just starting or finishing out their careers in unfamiliar uniforms. Rather than just post a bunch of photos, I thought it would be fun to let readers guess who these legends are.

Today’s edition of FPiUU consists of MLB players and managers who won at least one Fall Classic. (Number of MLB World Series championships celebrated in parentheses.)

Ready? No Googling…


1. This MLB legend looks rather odd wearing a Phillies uniform. (3)



2. It is equally odd to see this MLB legend in a Braves uniform. (5)



3. This PCL Oakland Oaks manager, shown in this 1952 photo, is best known for his home run hitting. (1)



4. This player was a winner in the dugout as well as on the field, shown here as manager of the 1942 PCL champion Sacramento Solons. (2)



5. This player came out of retirement during WWII to fill in with the PCL San Francisco Seals in 1941, hitting .248 in 102 games. (5)



6. This player/manager also achieved success in the short-lived Federal League, winning the 1915 FL pennant. (2)



Extra point if you know which two of these six are not in the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.









Extra point.


How did you do on this World Series Edition?

Till next time…


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Thanks, Leo!

Tough one today. Great stuff as always.

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colorize thisColorize This!

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

I have colorizations, or should I say “colourizations” today, from the suddenly (and awesomely) prolific George Chilvers.

George is best known for his football (soccer) colorizations, and today he’s back with a couple of those, which is fantastic

Here’s George…

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Two for you today, Phil.

The first is a team group of a team called Bradford (Park Avenue), dating from 1931-32. They had a long history (never quite breaking through to great success), but went into a long period of decline before finally folding in 1974, having left the Football League in 1970. A phoenix club was set up in 1988 and play in the lower reaches of English football outside the Football League.

What I love about this picture are the colours (that’s what UW is all about, isn’t it?). Bradford clubs (two football teams, a rugby league club and a rugby union club) have all toyed through the years with combinations of red, amber and black. In this one the team are wearing amber with red and black trim, but of “uni-note” is the fact that two different sleeves are shown – amber (with black reverse, just visible at the top left) and black. Exactly why or how is unclear.

Bradford PA 1931-1932 colour

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The second picture is of one of the all-time greats of English football, William Ralph “Dixie” Dean. He earned his nickname in less PC times because of his slightly dark skin, and he hated it, always preferring to be called Bill. However Dixie Dean is the name he is always recognised by. He has a probably never to be equalled record in English football – he scored 60 goals in the 1927-28 season. If I say that last season’s Premier League top scorer was Harry Kane with 26, and the highest in any recent season was 31 by Luis Suarez in 2013-14 you can see that he is way out ahead of modern goal-scorers.

The picture is taken as he leads the Everton team out in the early 30s at Highbury, home of Arsenal. Highbury was a magnificent Art Deco ground, and the cage around the managers’ benches is beautiful. Highbury opened in 1913, and stayed as a football stadium until 2006. The last game Arsenal played there was against Wigan and I was privileged to be in the crowd that day. One nice touch by Arsenal was that on every seat for the Arsenal supporters was a red or a white T-shirt which gave a great effect of stripes.

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Now it would have been easy enough to just fit Wigan fans into the scheme by giving us white T-shirts, and hope we wore them. But they actually gave us blue T-shirts (emblazoned “I was there” — you can see the Wigan fans to the right).

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Two of the main stands were “listed” (I don’t know if you have a similar building control – buildings of historic inteerst are “listed”officially, and cannot be altered in any way without major consent. So those stands have been turned into luxury apartments, with the exterior retaining exactly the look they had.

George (hopefully having eliminated any “teh”s)

PS Hopefully you’re feeling better. I’ve been unwell too with a chest infection that has been slow to shift :(

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Thanks, George. Great stuff as always! I’m feeling much better, thanks — hopefully you’re feeling better now as well. Wonderful colorizations, and great backstories!

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Paul’s Latest on ESPN

In case you missed it on Friday, the NHL’s regular season begins next Wednesday, which means it’s time for Paul’s annual Uni Watch NHL Season Preview, which runs down all of the new uniforms, patches, and related news for 2016-17 (including the Panthers’ new uniforms, shown here).

It’s a great read, so check it out here.

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Important T-Shirt Club update: Paul here. It’s been brought to my attention that the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club’s most recent offering — the soccer shirt — has some problems. First, the orders took way too long to ship. And now that the shirts are finally arriving, most of them — maybe all of them — don’t have the jock tag graphic.

All of this is embarrassing and unacceptable. We will make it right.

As most of you know, this was our first shirt with a company called Represent. We switched from Teespring to Represent because my designer and creative partner on the T-Shirt Club, Bryan Molloy, who used to work for Teespring, recently took a job with Represent. He assured me that Represent was a first-rate company and that the product and service would be better than Teespring’s.

Brian, who’s as surprised and disappointed by all of this as I am, has explained to me why the jock tag wasn’t included. It’s too technical to explain here (having a graphic at the base of the shirt requires a different kind of screen, which in turn requires a different design file, which has to be prepared a certain way, blah-blah-blah), but the short version is that Represent messed up. We’re still trying to get a good explanation for why the orders took so long to ship.

I’ve been told that Represent will reprint and reship all of the shirts — this time with the jock tag — and their expense. If for some reason they do not follow through on this, I will have it done myself, at my expense.

It is mortifying to have our first shirt with a new supplier go so badly. We’re currently finalizing the design for the next shirt, which will have a football motif, and are assessing our options for how to get it produced. I promise that we’ll choose the option that’s best for you, not the one that’s easiest for us. (If those two things turn out to be one and the same, so much the better. But I’m not assuming that that will be the case.)

For what it’s worth (which I admit isn’t much), several of you have told me, “It’s a great shirt — good quality, crisp printing. It just took too long and one of the elements is missing.” So at least there’s that.

My apologies to all our customers, and my thanks for your patience. Hang in there — we’ll get it fixed.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Did you ever want to learn the “art” of pitching the “slow ball”? Well, there was a time you could (thanks to Bruce Menard). … Also from Bruce: check out this great photo of Pepper Martin teaching “little Bobby Wilson” about hitting at the World Series (that photo is from October 7, 1931). … With the NBA season starting shortly, and the Cubs in the playoffs, here’s a look at some Bulls-themed Cubs & White Sox jerseys (from Chris Overholt). … The University of Kentucky men’s baseball team will have lots of leather choices next season (from Reece Wallace). Wonder if they’ll base each choice on individual player comfort or uni combo. … ‘MURICA? Seven of the eight remaining teams in MLB’s playoffs have a red, white and blue colorscheme (from Corey Richards). Of course, the tweet that brought up the “which one is not like the other” devolved into a discussion about Wahoo (read down for some comments). … Prior to yesterday’s Indians/Red Sox game, LeBron James pumped up the crowd wearing a blue “Caveman” jersey (good spot by Robert Hayes). Here’s an even better look. … Due to wearing “volt” bat handle tape, David Ortiz’ bat handle became invisible yesterday against the green screen (from Not A Playoff Team). … Several people mentioned/tweeted this: no New Era logo creep for Kenley Jansen last night.

NFL News: “Here is a 1955 program for a Washington at Baltimore game where the Colts are wearing white helmets. 1955 was their last season in blue helmets,” says William Yurasko. “DC Sports Bog has a good write-up on that game, the last time the burgundy and gold won in Baltimore.” … Here is a recent article about the first NFL game between the Dayton Triangles and Columbus Panhandlers on October 3, 1920. The video imbedded in the article is also worth a view (from Patrick O’Neill). … As you’re all (hopefully) aware, on Sunday the Steelers will wear their throwback “Bumblebee” uniforms for the final time last time. Contained within that article is a key quote about the future from Dan Rooney (emphasis mine): “This will be the last time we wear them,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “Next year, we will not have a throwback jersey to wear. We are evaluating what we will do in the future. We have some ideas and plans, but we’re really not ready to reveal those yet in terms of what the next throwback will look like. This throwback has been a success from a lot of different standpoints. Even though some people didn’t like it, the majority of our fans did like it and a lot of them bought the jersey. It’s been a fun uniform to have.” … Looks like the Clintons (or at least former — and future — First Daughter Chelsea) are the proud owners of a Carson Wentz jersey. … The color rash unis so far have completely sucked, but that’s going to change when San Diego wears theirs. Here’s a look at the beautiful royal jerseys and pants they’ll wear next Thursday (October 13th) against the Broncos (from Chitty2Bang2). … “I was at the Chargers game Sunday and up had my picture take with Boltman, which I’ve tried to attach,” writes Derek Sandoz. “Boltman’s uniform game is not strong. Problems include: 1) Outdated Reebok jersey; 2) totally outdated pre 2007 pants; 3) Under Armour gloves; 4) Wrong socks (no gold stripe); and 5) Carolina Panthers colored shoes of unknown brand.” He continues, “I realize the poor guy probably makes $40 a game (as a long suffering Bolt fan I have witnessed how tight fisted the Spanos family can be), but my goodness hook him up with some new gear Chargers!” … The New York Jets will wear their white shirts and green pantaloons vs. the Stillers tomorrow. … Not shockingly, the New York Football Giants will wear their white jerseys and gray trou vs. the Packers tomorrow night. … Looks like Antonio Brown will have Muhammad Ali tribute cleats Sunday against the Jets (from Mark Kaboly via Paul). … The Jets will have lots of pink. There will be lots of pink tomorrow, but we’re guaranteed it from the Browns and the Rams (you can thank/blame Mike Chamernik for all those). … Here are the BCA cleats Jerick Mickinnon will wear Sunday (from Ryan Rhody). … Several folks tweeted this at me from Josh McCown: “When your daughter has jersey day at school and she doesn’t have enough friends to wear all the teams.” … The Bears will wear white jerseys with blue pants against the Colts.

College/High School Football News: Here’s a nice lookback at the shoulder patches worn during the 2003 Gator Bowl, graphically (from our ACC Tracker Rex Henry). … Looks like Youngstown State University will be introducing a throwback uni of some sorts next week (h/t Robert Hayes). … Here’s a cool video showing the amount of work that goes into cleaning an preparing a helmet before a “new” design (new decals, facemask, etc.) can be worn (h/t Sun Devil Equipment). … Great uni tracking by Brad Denny who has compiled a spreadsheet of Arizona State’s record by uniform combo since the 2011 rebrand. … The Oklahoma State fan site “Cowboys Ride For Free” has made a prediction for the helmet the Cowboys will wear today against Iowa State. … Today, Florida State and Miami will wear stickers honoring Hurricane Matthew victims. … Central HS in Baton Rouge were “backing the blue” to support police. Maroon is their school color (from Benji King). … Under Armour has college football ‘zebras’ on its side (from Frank McGuigan).

Hockey News: The “Saskatoon Blades wore their throwback alternate uniforms Thursday night,” writes Wade Heidt. “Love these uniforms compared to the regular look. They need to consider going back to these blue and yellow classics full time.” … Sublimated corporate sponsor advertiser on UMASS hockey jerseys. Says submitter Mike Diodati, “Lazy D Landscaping!” … The AHL’s Roadrunners will be unveiling new jerseys on Monday (h/t Fred Stillman).

NBA News: Here’s “one that got away” if you care about what uni/sneaker/lifestyle/branding companies *sponsor* athletes: How Adidas’s Lowball Offer Sent LeBron James to Nike — Sonny Vaccaro recounts how Adidas let the NBA’s most important player slip through its fingers (thanks, Paul). … This is a shame: NBA uniform ad sales are facing all kinds of complications.

College Hoops News: Not sure if this has already been covered (it wasn’t in yesterday’s ticker), so apologies in advance if this is a repeat: new hoops uniforms for Middle Tennessee State University (h/t Lee Wilds). … The Kansas Jayhawks have unveiled some “Pearl Harbor” uniforms (from Fried) — no other information available. … Wow — here’s a beautiful historic photo of Iowa state and Nebraska basketball uniforms. Note the “U of N” on the side of the shorts (nice spot by Mitchell General). … The St. Bonaventure men’s hoops team will have some new uniforms for the 2016-17 season (from Bill Kenney). … New uniforms for Siena Basketball (from John Dougherty). … Also revealing new uniforms: Marquette. Here’s a short video (from Peter Aksamit). Here’s an additional look (from Robby Burmeister). And you can read a bit more about that here. … Check out the retro unis FSU revealed (from Jeff).

Soccer News: More Pinktober comes to soccer: The University of Massachusetts (Lowell) River Hawks Men’s team will be wearing these pink jerseys next Wednesday (October 12th) against Vermont, and they will then auction them off for charity. … Here’s an animation that shows the various hairstyles sported by Paul Pogba, who plays for the French national team and Manchester United (from Mike Chamernik).

Grab Bag: Pinktober never stops giving. Here’s a look at more police and firefighter badges [dipped?] in pink (from jStevenO). … Star Trek (The Original Series) recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary, and here’s an article taking a look back at the uniforms worn by the crew of the Starship Enterprise (and other ships/locations), over its many sequels and incarnations (thanks, Paul). … An American Chess player is boycotting a Championship that would require her to wear a hijab (from Paul).

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And that’s going to do it for today. Lots of college action, and of course, the MLB playoffs are also in full swing, so enjoy those National League games today.

Thanks, of course, go to Leo Strawn and George Chilvers for their fantastic contributions!

Back tomorrow with the full Sunday Morning Uni Watch Crew.

Until then, you can follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken


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“The Pluto symbol is OK, but I’ve never identified with it. Too compressed/compact/etc. Or maybe I just don’t like the idea of my initials being associated with the god who ruled hell.”

— Paul Lukas

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Bruins Goalie’s Mask Can Change Colors

Here’s a new one: As you can see in the video shown above the bottom of Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin’s new mask changes colors depending on whether hot or cold liquid is poured over it. It was made with “subzero” paint, which provides the color-shift feature (further info here). Of course, NHL goalie masks don’t usually come into contact with hot liquids during a game, so it’s hard to imagine how this feature will actually come into play, but it’s still pretty interesting.

(My thanks to reader Nick Griffin for letting me know about this one.)

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Time to drop the puck: Speaking of the NHL, the regular season begins next Wednesday, which means it’s time for my annual Uni Watch NHL Season Preview, which runs down all of the new uniforms, patches, and related news for 2016-17 (including the Panthers’ new uniforms, shown above). Check it out here.

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Heavy is the head that wears the crown: Like a lot of people, I identify strongly with my initials, PL. So a little button was definitely activated in my head yesterday when I stumbled across the mascot character for Papillion-La Vista High School in Nebraska. The school’s teams are called the Monarchs, and their character (shown at right; click to enlarge) is an agitated-looking king wearing what appears to be a varsity sweater. It’s an entertaining spokescharacter, but what really makes it for me, of course, is the “PL” insignia. And look, he’s even holding his scepter in his left hand!

I can already hear a bunch of you saying, “That’s perfect for Paul, who’s always agitated about something and acts like he thinks he’s king!” Fair enough — go on, I can take it!

Interestingly, if you go to the school’s website, they use that same “PL” logo on their home page and throughout the rest of the site — except for their favicon (the little logo on the browser tab), which uses a slightly different “PL” mark, with the “L” sitting lower. I like that one a lot better, frankly, but I don’t get to see my initials “in the wild” very often, so I’ll take what I can get.

(Update: Commenter Jon Colosimo points out that the Monarchs character is basically a straight rip-off of this Minnesota Golden Gophers mascot rendering. Shame on me for not picking up on that, and bigger shame on the school for poaching Minnesota’s logo instead of coming up with something more original.)

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The Ticker
By Paul

Baseball News: Three American League teams wore caps with New Era logo creep for the first time last night. Here’s how it looked for the Indians, Rangers, and Red Sox. Also, as you can see in that last photo, the Sox wore their blue road alts — odd, since they normally wear those only on Fridays. … The Chicago Tribune has put together an interactive page showing every Cubs uniform since 1903. A few readers have already found some inaccuracies in it, so feel free to nitpick (thanks, Mike). … A Big Papi tribute that we missed: Last Saturday a bunch of Celtics players showed up at Fenway and wore Celtics jerseys with No. 34 in the Bosox’s McAuliffe font (Mike again). … A retired woodworker has created a scale model of Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, where the Orioles used to play (from Andrew Cosentino). … In yesterday’s lede, I noted that Mets 2B T.J. Rivera had “714” written inside his helmet. Turns out most Mets have something written in there — “734,” “738,” or whatever. Apparently refers to hat sizes — 7-1/4, 7-3/8, etc. Thanks to Mike Styczen for cracking the code. … Anthony Rizzo and David Ross of the Cubs swapped jerseys at yesterday’s workout (from Adam Steinberg). … Back in 1967, National League players were fined $25 for wearing their pants down at their ankles — even if they did it during BP! (Great find by Jerry Wolper.)

NFL News: Last night’s Color Rash game featured one of the league’s worst standard uniforms (Cardinals mono-white) vs. one of the league’s worst alternate uniforms (49ers mono-black). Aside from being a brutal-looking matchup, it was also nothing new, except for the socks. Additional photos here, if you dare. … Neglected to mention that when the Vikings hosted the Giants on Monday night — Minnesota’s second home game of the regular season — they did not wear the stadium patch that they’d worn for their home opener two weeks earlier. So although the patch says, “Inaugural Season,” it will apparently be used only for the inaugural game. … This Sunday will mark the final appearance of the Steelers’ bumblebee throwbacks (from Jerry Wolper).

College Football News: Military appreciation uniforms tomorrow for Eastern Washington (from Alex Bruder). … UNC has pink-outlined 20-yard lines this week (from James Gilbert). … Here’s a piece advocating for today’s coaches to follow Barry Switzer’s lead by wearing “Beat Texas” (or whoever) caps (from Jason Hillyer). … Did you know Arnold Palmer was a Wake Forest grad? The Demon Deacons are adding a helmet decal and an on-field logo in his memory. Other Wake sports teams are expected to wear some sort of uniform memorial for Palmer as well (from @kd1914). … Okay, so it’s a few rungs below the college level, but this has gotta be the best sandlot football photo ever. One kid’s wearing a baseball catcher’s shinguards, and another’s using a saucepan for a helmet! Love that there’s a girl playing with the boys, too (from the always awesome BSmile).

Hockey News: The Lightning are going to retire Martin St. Louis’s No. 26 (thanks, Mike). … The Penguins made an “Obama 44” jersey for the President, complete with custom tagging (from Matt Pontoriero).

NBA News: Check this out: a Thunder starting lineup consisting of five players whose uni numbers use a total of only three numerals — 0, 1, and 2 (from Paul Deaver). … We tend to think of color vs. color as a fairly recent phenomenon, but Kris Kolob found video from a 1982 Jazz/Lakers game that was green vs. purple. Turns out it was held on St. Patrick’s Day. … Slight court-design adjustment this season for the Pistons — old version on top, new on bottom (thanks, Mike).

College Hoops News: New uniforms for St. Bonaventure. … Marquette’s new uniforms will be unveiled tonight, but they’ve released a teaser video with lots of hints. … Interesting new uni for Nevada. Not sure what color that script is supposed to be — silver? putty? — but I like it. Doesn’t work quite as well as an outline color on the numbers, though (from John Frémont). … Florida — and, I think, a lot of other Nike-outfitted schools — has a trimmer cut this season. … New home uni for Wichita State (from Drew Bridges). … New light-blue road uniform for Georgetown (thanks, Phil).

Soccer News: “English soccer clubs were allowed to have shirt advertisers beginning in 1977, but they were prevented from displaying them in televised games until 1983,” writes Denis Hurley. “Coventry City’s jersey carried the Talbot logo so prominently that they had to completely alter their kits for televised games.”

Grab Bag: New logo for the city of Las Vegas. … More pink police and sheriff’s badges, this time in Fulton County, Ill. … Pretty sure we’ve linked to this before, but once more won’t hurt: Love these photos of objects matched up to their Pantone color chips (from Jeff Ash). … I’m not a NASCAR fan, but I might start rooting for driver Kasey Kahne — in fact, we should all start rooting for him — if only because of his new car advertiser (from David Firestone). … Great photos and info in this article about the last upstairs bowling lanes in the St. Louis area (big thanks to Mark Smith).

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As Hurricane Matthew bears down on the eastern seaboard, I’m thinking of all the members of the Uni Watch community who live or have loved ones in the storm’s path. That includes Uni Watch webmaster John Ekdahl, who moved his family to safer ground yesterday. It also includes the Tugboat Captain’s parents, who live in Jupiter, Fla., and are trying to ride this one out. Be safe, everyone — my thoughts are with you.

National League Wild Card Game Notes

Disappointing outcome for my favorite team last night, but protocol dictates that I should provide some coverage of the uni-notable news, so here we go:

• The Giants, like all of the playoff teams, had the Postseason logo patch added to their right sleeve. The thing is, they already had two memorial patches on that sleeve — one for Monte Irvin and another for Jim Davenport — so the sleeve was looking a bit crowded last night:

This arrangement, with the memorial patches underneath the Postseason patch, is the opposite of how things were handled in the All-Star Game, when the memorial patches were positioned above the All-Star patch.

• Remember my interview last week with Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell, who wears a hand-warmer pouch even in warm weather? That’s nothing compared to Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes, who wore a hoodie last night even though the temperature at gametime was 62º. Yeah, I know Yo’s from Cuba and all, but come on (click to enlarge):

• Giants outfielder Angel Pagán had a memorial to José Fernández inscribed on one of his jersey numerals. I know it’s the thought that counts, but it would have been better if he had included the missing period:

• For reasons that aren’t clear (at least to me), Mets second baseman T.J. Rivera had “714” written inside his batting helmet. For my generation, that number says, “Babe Ruth,” but I have no idea what it signifies for a guy like Rivera, who grew up with Aaron’s 755 as the magic number:

And yes, Rivera’s helmet also had a strip of tape with “Believe” written on it, but that’s a word steeped in Mets history — not so hard to figure out.

• The maker’s marks on the caps looked brutal. The only good thing about the Mets’ loss is that I won’t have to see their logo-crept game cap on the field again for the next six months.

With the Mets out of the running, I’m now rooting for a Cubs/Bosox series. Two great-looking uniform sets, two beautiful old ballparks, the whole “We broke our curse, now can you break your curse?” thing, the Theo Epstein connection — here’s hoping the baseball gods make it happen.

(My thanks to @Coach_KT for the T.J. Rivera item)

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PermaRec update: You’d expect a letterhead manufacturer to use really nice letterhead for its correspondence — and you’d be right! Get the full story over on Permanent Record.

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The Ticker
By Mike Chamernik

Baseball News: The Blue Jays’ postgame celebration after Tuesday night’s Wild Card win included a “2016 East Division Champions” logo in background. The Jays, of course, did not win the division — the Red Sox did (from Mike Guterman). … MLB released some special hashtags and emojis for the postseason (from Ted Arnold). … Check out the unis that this Swiss baseball team used to wear. The country is celebrating 35 years of organized baseball. To get around the paywall, just Google the headline (from Douglas Keklak). … Miller Park in Milwaukee uses a wolf decoy to scare away pigeons (from @JohnnyOeleven). … A writer argues that MLB teams should stop hazing rookies by having them dress up as women. … The Braves apparently used a mix of vertical and radial arching on their NOBs back in 2000 (from Scott Turner). … TBS ran a promo for Friday’s ALDS game in Texas, only the network showed an Orioles logo instead of a Blue Jays logo. “Really twisting the dagger on us O’s fans,” says Zach Spencer.

NFL News: NFL players will be permitted to wear cleats with personal messages in Week 13 — the first weekend in December. The idea is to allow the players to draw attention to charitable causes. … Riddell introduced a line of collectible white/silver helmets. They are meant for autographs and will not be worn on the field. More info here.

College Football News: Indiana unveiled a new alternate uniform with candy-striped sleeves. More photos here, more information here. The unis are a homage to the pants the basketball team wears. … Vanderbilt QB Kyle Shurmur was poked in the eye during last Saturday’s game, so he’ll wear an eye shield this weekend. … New Mexico will wear all-red with white helmets on Saturday (from Frank Mercogliano). … Washington State is letting fans vote on which uniform the team will wear for the homecoming game against UCLA on Oct. 15 (from Kenny Ocker).

Hockey News: Sounds like the name, logo, and colors of the NHL’s new Las Vegas team will be unveiled on November 18th. … Colgate’s men’s hockey team wore maroon at home in its season opener against Army (from Joe Makowiec). … The Islanders are holding a T-shirt design contest. The winning shirt will be distributed to fans at the home opener (from Uni Watch alumnus Garrett McGrath). … The Penguins’ new strength and conditioning shirts feature the new black-and-yellow color scheme (from @redbuppy). … The Pens even updated the logo on their bubble hockey game in the team facility (from David Shucosky). … Lots of good shots of the captain’s C being applied to an Oilers jersey in this video (from Steven Schapansky). … Speaking of the Oilers, they’re adding a patch for their new arena. … New mask for Wisconsin goalie Matt Jurusik (from Chad Jorgenson).

NBA News: The Clippers’ Jamal Crawford lost his shoe during the middle of a play last night. Blake Griffin tried to clear the sneaker, but instead tossed it at Cory Joseph’s face. … The Lakers’ Metta World Peace said he wanted to change his number to 60 to honor Kobe Bryant, who scored 60 points in his final game. … The Jazz will have a new floor design this year. More photos here. … Kristaps Porzingis reached a multiyear shoe and apparel deal with Adidas. Nike is not expected to match. … Great question from Reddit: Do Jaylen Brown and Dee Brown, who both wore No. 7 for the Celtics, mark the first time an NBA fan can recycle an old jersey? It is not.

College Hoops News: New home unis for Iowa State. The previous version had “Iowa State” in cardinal (from Phillip Santos and Taylor Atkinson). … SMU’s new uniforms feature the Dallas skyline (from Phil).

Grab Bag: New logo for the Bulgarian soccer team. Here it is on the uniforms (from Ed Żelaski). … An underground UK firefighting station, including uniforms, went untouched and forgotten for nearly 60 years before recently being rediscovered (from Chris Weber). … Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo drank champagne from his racing shoe after winning the Malaysian Grand Prix this past Sunday (from David Firestone). … Also from David: Some spectators wore Union Jack suits at the Ryder Cup.

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Special shout-out to Uni Watch readers in Florida and Georgia. Hope you get through the hurricane okay — be safe!

And So It Begins

MLB caps entered the logo creep era last night, as the Blue Jays faced the Orioles in the American League Wild Card Game. As I’ve noted before in recent weeks, three teams wore the New Era logo on their special-occasion caps in 2005 (Padres on April 20, Twins on July 3, and White Sox of Sept. 9), but last night’s game marked the first time the company’s logo has appeared on standard game caps. It was also the first time that all the players on both teams in a given game wore the headwear maker’s mark.

Well, almost all the players. Jays reliever Brett Cecil pitched one inning in a cap that was blissfully logo-free. Cecil did have the Postseason patch on the other side of his cap, however. So either (a) it was his “lucky cap” and they added the Postseason patch to it (as described in this article that was linked in yesterday’s Ticker) but somehow didn’t/couldn’t add the maker’s mark, or (b) it was a new cap with the Postseason logo and the maker’s mark was either omitted or just fell off (remember, as we covered two weeks ago, that logo is glued/adhered, not stitched).

Also: After the New Era news was announced two weeks ago, a few people asked me if the logo would also appear on the umpires’ caps. The answer, it turns out, is yes.

A few other notes regarding the game:

• Both teams wore their solid-colored alternate jerseys — unusual for a playoff game, and doubly so for the Orioles, who usually wear black only on Fridays.

• I got a few emails about Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson’s white high-tops. Turns out he’s worn them before. People who know more about sneakers than I do tell me that’s the LeBron Soldier X, but with cleats.

• The roof was open in Toronto, marking the first time in more than 30 years that the Jays had played an open-air postseason game.

• Speaking of the ballpark, reader Doug Brei sent in this observation:

There are two rows of seats behind home plate at the Rogers Centre. For a number of years, the padded wall behind these seats has been green, with the TD Bank logo. Aesthetically, the green has been very out of place in an otherwise all-blue ballpark. But for the Wild Card game, it was suddenly blue, with an logo.

You can see what Doug means in these before/after shots (click to enlarge):

• In case you missed it, there was a play in which O’s outfielder Hyun Soo Kim was camped under a fly ball and almost missed it because some moron in the stands threw a beverage onto the field:

That prompted longtime Uni Watch pal/ally Tyler Kepner to post the tweet of the night:

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The Ticker
By Paul

Baseball News: If you click on only one Ticker link today, make it this completely amazing story about bat flips in Korean baseball. Great writing, great animations, great all-around package. Trust me — you’ll enjoy this one. My compliments to the chef. … The Cubs wore vests from 1940 through 1942, and Okkonen shows them wearing the white-yoked undershirt only with the 1941 and ’42 home uniforms. But it appears that pitcher Claude Passeau wore the white-yoked shirt with the team’s light-blue road uni at the 1941 All-Star Game (nice spot by Mark Guttag). … Very cool project: A Staten Island man is nearing his goal of photographing the same baseball with every living Hall of Famer and at the graves of every deceased inductee. … Here’s an oddity: Phillies 1B Ryan Howard bats and throws left-handed but he writes — or at least signs autographs — right-handed. Look, there’s even video evidence (good observation by Sean Kane). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Two nights ago Jeopardy! had a category called “Baseball in Uniform.” Unfortunately, it was about ballplayers in the military, not baseball uniforms (from R. Scott Rogers). … Great feature on a 98-year-old usher at PNC Park (from Rob Ullman). … The Mets held a team workout yesterday and already had the postseason logo on their helmets — and their caps already had the New Era logo creep. … Hadn’t seen this before: a 1984 shot of Joan Kroc, widow of Padres owner Ray Kroc, in a Padres uni, complete with her late husband’s “RAK” sleeve memorial. Incidentally, if you’re a fan of the Salvation Army and/or National Public Radio, you have Kroc to thank for keeping those organizations in good shape: Her will included $1.6 billion for the former and $225 million for the latter (from BSmile). … The Cubs held a workout at Wrigley yesterday, and OF Dexter Fowler took BP while wearing a Miami Dolphins helmet. … There’s a T-Mobile commercial that shows Nats OF Bryce Harper wearing a cap that has the Postseason patch but no New Era logo (from Kevin Monahan).

NFL and College Football News: A Cowboys fan executed a fun modification to his Tony Romo jersey (from David Cline). … Throwback helmets this Saturday for Albany (from Jason Palatsky). … The radio station in Fayetteville, N.C., that normally broadcasts ECU games will not be airing this weekend’s game against USF. The move is meant to punish the ECU marching band, several members of which knelt down while playing the national anthem last weekend (from Andrew Costentino). … Here’s this week’s uni combo for Vanderbilt. … People were so creeped out by Saint Louis University’s new Billiken mascot that the school has decided to redesign him (from @GMMohr).

Hockey News: New uniforms for the Pensacola Ice Flyers (from @SinBingSPHL). … “Police and First Responders Night” jerseys upcoming for the Macon Mayhem. … Slasher-themed “scare away cancer” jersey for the Omaha Lancers (from Andrew Nordmeier). … The Saskatoon Blades have native son Gordie Howe’s number and signature behind the nets this year (from Chuck Loads). … The Carolina Thunderbirds — a new team in the Federal Hockey League — are having a contest to determine the team’s colors (from Mark Richter).

NBA News: With lots of NBA players changing teams, here’s a look at some players in their new teams’ jerseys. … ESPN will have a new NBA graphics package this season. … Here’s a good view of the Knicks’ 70th-anniversary patch (from Matthew M).

College Hoops News: Here’s a word I didn’t know until yesterday: dodransbicentennial. It refers to a 175th anniversary, which is what Fordham is commemorating this year with a patch. “The small Fordham logo under the collar is also new,” says P. Costello. … New BFBS unis for Northern Iowa (from @fred__rick). … New uni set for Richmond (from Matt Estreich). … Dayton is apparently planning some sort of uni memorial for Steve McElvene (from Mary Lynn Delfino).

Soccer News: New uniforms for the Baltimore Blast (from Jim Vilk). … There’s a new book about the Wolverhampton Wanderers’ jersey history.

Grab Bag: Hoover, Ala., is the latest town to go with pink police badges (from Chase Troutner). … Ditto for the sheriff’s offices in Meeker County, Minnesota, and Fayette County, Ohio, and the fire department in Columbus, Indiana. … Here’s a look at some of the best and worst Ryder Cup looks over the years. … There is now a UNC T-shirt archive (from James Gilbert). … Nike is raffling off 89 pairs of self-lacing Back to the Future sneakers. … A children’s museum in Maryland features an exhibit on Maryland sports teams. … There are lots of yellow ribbons tied around mulberry trees in Tehran. But they’re not tributes or symbols — they’re flypaper. … The great typographer Jonathan Hoefler has released a new family of typefaces, called Chronicle Hairline. Further info here. … Spectacular shot of the 1912 Stanford crew team (from Charles Rogers). … Sacramento State is bringing back the hornet as the school’s secondary logo (from Russell Preston). … Party-color role reversal at last night’s veep debate, as Democratic candidate Tim Kaine wore a red necktie and GOP candidate Mike Pence wore blue. … Also, as you can see that last photo link, Pence wore an American flag lapel pin, while Kaine did not. His pin is “the blue star,” the symbol for families with a member currently serving in the military. This apparently led to some confusion when some political operatives criticized Kaine for not wearing the American flag and then had to apologize once they learned what he was actually wearing (thanks, Phil). … The girls’ volleyball team at Marian Central Catholic High in Illinois wore pink last night. … Times are tough in Venezuela’s state-run oil fields, where many workers are selling their uniforms for food.

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For the second consecutive year, my favorite team is in the playoffs (first time since 2000 that I’ve been able to say that), so you know what I’ll be doing tonight. I don’t have particularly high hopes — I mean, even if they win tonight, they’ll just get slaughtered by the Cubs in the divisional round, right? Still, ya gotta believe — Let’s Go Mets!