Monday Morning Uni Watch

Notice anything different about the Bucs yesterday? Before you say, “Nah — they looked like shit and played even worse, as usual,” take another look at their socks. First time they’ve worn orange hose with the new unis! They had previously paired the white pants with the dark-pewter socks. In fact, the orange socks weren’t even shown during the unveiling back in March (although it was mentioned that they’d be part of the wardrobe). And keep in mind that there’s also a set of red socks that they wore two weeks ago. Anyway: Lots of additional photos from yesterday’s orange-socked game are available here.

In other news from around the NFL yesterday:

• Speaking of orange, the Bengals wore their orange alternates for the first time this season.

• The Eagles, still waiting for those geniuses at Nike to figure out how to manufacture a fucking green jersey already, made good on their threat to go black over black for the first time in team history. But let the record show it could’ve been worse: Not a Pinktober accessory in sight. Lots of additional photos here.

• In a related item, the Eagles did manage to wear green jerseys for their Sunday Night Football intro shots. Retail replicas, presumably.

• What’s worse that Pinktober or G.I. Joe? Pinktober and G.I. Joe, as exemplified yesterday by Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.

• From that same game: Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi apparently had a helmet-to-helmet hit and ended up with some Packers helmet paint on his own helmet.

• One more from that game: Dolphins free safety Louis Delmas was wearing Nike Magista soccer shoes.

• Looks like Bills running back Fred Jackson’s captaincy patch was coming loose.

• At one point the Cowboys sideline featured a cluster of players wearing three different sideline caps.

• This trend of the Bears’ players modifying their socks so that the stripes end up down at their ankles needs to stop. Like, yesterday. Interestingly, when I tweeted that photo yesterday, a surprising number of people immediately said they liked it. Morons, I tells ya. (Fortunately, some players still wear the stripes at the proper calf level.)

• Speaking of the Bears’ socks, check out how many hosiery layers Martellus Bennett was wearing yesterday.

• Several players were wearing non-Bose headphones during pregame warm-ups. But according to this article, that’s okay. Key quote: “Sources say the league will allow any player to wear headphones during media interviews if the logo of that brand is covered up. The league also will allow players to wear headphones with competing logos off the bus, into the stadium, and on the field for warm-ups before they get into uniform.”

• Speaking of pregame, I’ve never seen a uni-numbered pullover like the one Russell Wilson was wearing yesterday. Maybe they’re common and I just never noticed..?

• Looks like Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s helmet was painted over his neck bumper.

• When Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was carted off with a leg injury, the trainers examining him cut open his sock.

• Teams wearing white at home (besides the aforementioned Bucs): the Titans and Dolphins.

• And while this isn’t uni-related, it nonetheless feels appropriate to mention that Raiders fans egged the Chargers’ team bus:


(My thanks to all contributors, including Blain Fowler, Stephen Hayes, Craig Justice, Greg Kantor, Matt Larsen, Jeff Moulden, Chris Perrenot, Tommy Turner, and of course Phil.)

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ESPN reminder: In case you missed it on Friday afternoon, my annual NHL goalie roundup is now available on ESPN.

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Raffle winners: Garrett here. Thank you to everyone who the Nolan Ryan cookbook and bobblehead raffle. Here are our winners, all of whom will be getting a bobblehead, plus the first two people on the list will also be getting a signed cookbook:

Nick Jurista
Robert Erdtmann
Jason Allen
Wilson Moore
Tim Reyes
Chad Cate
Andrew D. Kacvinsky
Jeff Mendenhall
Brian Frasier
Rocky Bonanno

We’ll be mailing out everything soon, so watch your mailboxes.

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PermaRec update: Time capsules (like the 100-year-old one shown at right, which was recently unsealed here in NYC) are a very PermaRec-ish topic that I’ve never addressed — until now.

Also: When I launched the PermaRec blog in 2011, I figured it would be mostly — or even completely — about the Manhattan Trade School report cards that inspired the PermaRec project in the first place. So I never created tags or categories for the individual blog posts, because I thought the blog would have a very narrow focus. (Tagging every post as “Report Cards” didn’t seem worthwhile.)

As those of you who follow PermaRec are aware, that’s not how it worked out. The blog now covers storylines emerging from all sorts of found objects. With the site’s archive now totaling nearly 200 entries, I’ve often found myself wanting to refer back to an earlier post and realizing it would be much easier to do that if I had tagged each post by category. I assume some of you readers have thought the same thing.

So a few days ago I sat down and added tags to every entry. You can see the breakdown in the site’s right-hand sidebar. I hope this will make the site easier and more enjoyable to explore.

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Baseball News: Check out this Dutch artist who carves baseball bats into super-cool spiral shapes (from my pal Friederike Paetzold). … The Giants normally wear this cap and this jersey for Sunday road games, but they didn’t go with either of those uni elements last night (as noted by Richard Paloma). … Meanwhile, Fox Sports analyst Harold Reynolds mentioned that the Cardinals’ uniforms looked unusually bright and white, especially compared to the previous night. Someone else in the booth — can’t recall who — explained that they had worn the off-white alternates that night. … Randal Grichuk of the Cardinals was using teammate Matt Adams’s glove last night (thanks, Phil). … After Kolten Wong’s walk-off home run last night, his teammates tore his jersey off him and ripped it in two, revealing a base-layer shirt that no doubt caused a bit of agita up at Nike HQ (from Seth Moorman).

NFL News: The Rams will be wearing their “Greatest Show on Turf” alternates tonight against the 49ers. … Funny to see Brett Favre wearing a logo-less Packers uni in this MicroTouch commercial (from Steve Schutt). … Here’s a helmet logo that’s sort of a Jets/Eagles mash-up (from Jeff Flynn).

College Football News: Not uni-related, but this investigative report on how the Tallahassee police have routinely looked the other way regarding criminal acts conducted by Florida State football players — and not just Jameis Winston — is essential reading. … Good piece on how the Maryland state flag has become a symbol of Terrapins football. … Mississippi State is outfitted by Adidas, but DB Justin Cox was wearing Under Armour compression shorts the other day (good spot by Connor Ginos). … Following up on a prior item: That guy on the UNC sideline wearing NFL jerseys is the team’s self-proclaimed morale officer. “He wears the jerseys of current NFL players who played at UNC,” explains Akshay Bhavsar. … Whoa, check out what Slippery Rock will be wearing for the Big Game at the Big House. Interestingly, at least one guy there is wearing Nike cleats. Additional info here (from Kevin Olivett).

Hockey News: “Looks like the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are wearing their regular gold/black pant shells with their new late-’60s-inspired baby blue throwback jerseys,” says Rob Ullman. “I don’t know if they’re waiting on new shells or just hoping no one will notice, but it looks like hot garbage and ruins one of the best looks in hockey history.” … “Sunday’s Ticker mentions that Union College wore their garnet sweaters for Friday’s home opener,” writes Benjamin Engle. “They probably wore the garnet in celebration of raising the 2014 NCAA Hockey D1 championship banner. That was the jersey they wore in Philadelphia in May to win the championship. Incidentally, the history of Union wearing garnet is very interesting and dates back to the early 1800s.” … Remember how Chris Kreider of the Rangers was wearing a jersey with an outdated Reebok logo last Thursday? Same thing happened last night for another Ranger, Lee Stempniak (from Justin Foley). … From that same game: No photo, but Dan LaRose says Rangers goalie Cam Talbot was wearing last year’s Stadium Series mask.

Soccer News: Here’s one designer’s concept for Miami’s upcoming MLS team. “You have to admire the attention to detail he put into this,” says Cort McMurray. “I think the design needs some orange, but it’s still pretty impressive.” … Opposing teams don’t want to swap jerseys with Sierra Leone’s national team because of Ebola fears.

Grab Bag: Someone one there has documented and categorized every tattoo in the NBA (from Ben Fortney). … Pinktober jack-o-lanterns? Jeez (from Keith Goggin). … The cycling helmet manufacturer Louis Garneau is recalling 2000 helmets after they failed cold-weather impact tests.

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FYI: I’m heading out to Long Island today to visit my mom. I’ll be checking in on the site, but only sporadically. Everyone play nice while I’m off the grid, okay? Okay.

Sunday Morning Uni Watch

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By Phil Hecken

There were a few new looks and a couple of surprises during week seven of the NCAA football season, including the neon glow of Purdue’s Boilermakers, who wore special uniforms and helmets for some sort of cancer awareness thingy. I guess we should be grateful it wasn’t pink, right? Although there was one game (Friday) where UNLV wore pink ribbons incorporated into their gray helmets, and those actually looked pretty good (all things considered).

Something like four teams wore chrome helmets yesterday, which just might be a record, if those sorts of records were kept.

As always a few teams broke out special looks, or wore uniforms (or combos) they’d never worn before, but all in all it was not that crazy of a week for the NCAA. And that’s always a good thing. But to catch you up to speed on all the new stuff, and stuff you may have missed, here’s my able assistant, Terry Duroncelet, Jr., with your…

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet

I would like to dub this weekend “Sharp Cheddar Saturday”, because there was a fair deal of yellow/gold on the gridiron for week 7 of the 2014 college football season, including Missouri, who I’ll throw in there just because. Also, I was having trouble finding images to use for today, so this may seem a bit thinner on content than normal. I promise I will do better next week. Without further ado…

From Friday:

• Way to go, Stanford Black. Way. To. Go.

• New Mexico wore dark grey jerseys which sorta clashed with their silver helmets. And those pants need work, as well. I think in another world, these would’ve worked. Also, you think the Lobos could’ve waited another three weeks before dressing up for Halloween? Gotta love that field graphic/uniform interaction.

• UNLV not only wore all-grey, but they also wore pink ribbon helmets.

From Saturday:

• Minnesota wore their new gold helmets with maroon tops and gold pants on Saturday. The verdict? They wore those against Northwestern, who wore all-white. My nominee for the top 5 in the 5&1.

• Illinois wore their blue helmets for the first time against Wisconsin.

• Georgia Tech wore their throwback uniforms for the second time this season against the Duke Black Devils.

• Cincinnati wore white/white/red with red decals. I like.

• There’s something monumentally ironic about the wording of this tweet that I can’t quite place my finger on.

• Marshall hasn’t looked good at all at home, but the improved numbers are a step in the right direction.

Good going, Texas Tech. Although, he did score his first two career TDs in this game, so he may want to keep that jersey.

• Anyone know the story behind this? Anyone?

• I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s since March 1st, 2012. Iowa State’s uniforms from Saturday have only made me happier with my decision. Okay, they weren’t that bad. In fact, the game itself looked pretty decent. That being said…

• …They didn’t take advantage of the possible contrast frenzy, like Central Michigan did when they played NIU. On second thought, this wasn’t one of the better color-vs.-color matchups. I’m sorry, but I can take dark monochrome with white helmets seriously.

• Memphis wore these helmets against Houston. It sort of reminds me of the old Jacksonville Jaguars logo.

• NC State’s helmets over the weekend featured Tuffy. Me likey.

• Purdue wore this at home against Michigan State, for their Hammer Down Cancer campaign. I’m torn on this. On the one hand, I personally don’t feel you have to pull a “look-at-me” stunt every single time to garner attention and awareness for your cause. On the other hand, it is refreshing to see something other than the usual Pepto Bismol drunkening that we’ve come to associate with October and sports in recent years. Plus, I give Purdue props for pairing the new gear with their white uniform, which — if you remove the logo on the collar and pants — is entirely black and white. A simple canvas to make almost any extra color work.

• Arkansas wore throwback uniforms against Alabama in honor of the 1964 National Champions (a title shared by — oddly enough — Alabama). I liked just about everything about these unis, right down to the way the back numbers were positioned on the jerseys, due to no player names (best shot I could find). I even dug the font used for the T.V. numbers on the back of the helmets. Although, I will say that had it not been for the different shades of dark red and the lack of a helmet stripe, I might’ve mistaken this as an intra-squad game. Also, look at the “64” logo here. It reminds me of the logo for drummer Eric Moore.

• Georgia Southern wore grey uniforms against Idaho. That helmet is definitely a keeper.

• Currently, I’m having a difficult time finding pictures as I type this (for multiple games. Maybe Google hates my guts), but four teams wore chrome helmets on Saturday, including Baylor, Tulsa, Miami (OH) and Akron.

Michigan, Michigan, Michigan. You were already having a not-so-good season (save for last night’s win against Penn State), but the desecration of the home uniform from your game against Penn State personifies how this season has gone so far. If you look closely, you can see shiny stripes that are the same color as the jersey, which brings to mind past one-offs that Michigan has worn, to much better effect, obviously. I don’t even have an issue with the jerseys, but the pants couldn’t be more wrong if you called them red pants. For shame.

That’s it for this week. Tune in next week as… um… *whispers to self* crap, I’m not good at coming up with outros. Er, Johnny, play me out, see you all next week!

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Thanks, TJ. Good for you on the Mickey D’s thing. I, myself, have not eaten McDonalds since October 10, 2014, so I’m right there with ya. — catch you next Sunday.

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Every Sunday, Catherine will give us the rundown of her best five and one worst uniform matchups from the College Football games played this week. Since it’s practically impossible to watch every game, you guys can help by sending your thoughts on “good” and “bad” matchups (and hopefully with photos from that game) by e-mailing her at UW5and1@gmail.com.

OK, here’s Catherine with this week’s 5 & 1.

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5. Texas vs. Oklahoma: I love watching these teams play as Texas is the only team I enjoy in all-white “road” unis.

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4. Northwestern vs. Minnesota: Unlike Texas, Northwestern’s all-whites do nothing for me. However, Minny’s unis are enough to get them on this countdown.

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3. Middle Tennessee vs. Marshall: Beautiful contrast in this game and I’m a huge fan of Marshall’s green unis.

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2. Oklahoma State vs. Kansas: I think Oklahoma State looked gorgeous here. It took a little while for me to decide whether or not I liked Kansas’ here but ultimately I decided they looked pretty sharp.

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1. Fresno State vs. UNLV: I’m a big fan of these Fresno State unis. UNLV went with the all-gray unis this week and they had a nice contrast on the field.

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+1 Central Michigan vs. NIU: Received a couple of tips about this one and I have to agree: Wow, what an ugly game.

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Thanks, Catherine! OK readers, how’d she do?

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Duck Tracker

Each week, as we have done on Uni Watch for the past five seasons, we’ll be tracking the uniform combinations of the Oregon Ducks. Back for his third season is Tim E. O’Brien, who’ll show you what the Ducks wore in their last game, and add a few words of wisdom.

Young Tim actually had a wedding yesterday, and try hard he did to get the Ducks combo before the wedding, he wasn’t able to.

Since I’m not the graphic artist that Tim is, here’s what I’ll give you for today’s Duck Tracker (click to enlarge):

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Stormtrooper! White over white over white. Which I happen to love (much to the chagrin of many Uni Watch readers and CorCers). If you look at the graphic, it almost appears the numbers can look green or yellow, depending upon the light.

As the game played, however, it seemed as though the numbers and shoulder wings appeared only to be green. Still, it looked clean. And at least one of those colors is actually a school color, so bonus points for that.

The Ducks also wore their “Mach Speed” templates again — remember they have those in white and black only (or at least so far — the Nike engineers are far too busy trying to create a midnight green for the Eagles to devote any time to giving the Duckies a yellow, green, gray, pink or purple version of the Mach Speed Template).

It was a also a nice win for the Ducks (coming off their pinktober embarrassment against Arizona a week ago Thursday), and the contrast with UCLA was good too.

When he recovers from his hangover and creates the graphic, you can follow Tim over at the Duck Tracker and on twitter (@DuckTracker). And if you like pain, you can also follow his Northwestern (@NUniTracker) and Indiana (@Hoosier_Tracker) trackers if you so choose.

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Premier League Games
By Rob Holecko

Hello again it’s time for Week 2 action in the UWFFL Premier League. Of the six games this weekend, only one features two 1-0 squads as the San Francisco Reign Fire and the Vancouver Seawolves face off in a key West Division tilt. These two teams met in August in San Francisco in what was supposed to be the ‘kickoff game’ of the Fall Season, but someone in the league office (ahem) screwed up and the results of that game were thrown out. That matchup has been rescheduled for Thanksgiving, however this week they face each other in their regularly schedule match on Vancouver’s home turf. (and this time we even have the teams in the proper uniforms!)

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Head on over to uwfantasyfootballleague.com to vote on all of today’s action, plus check out yesterday’s games, AAIFA action and a whole lot more! We will see you next week!

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Baseball News: It’s just like when Congress insisted on calling french fries “freedom fries” at the beginning of the Iraq War, only different: the KC Royals changed name of Baltimore Avenue to Royals Avenue for the ALCS (from TommyTheCPA). … “Thought this was interesting,” writes Jason Christie. “Eric Hosmer has a sort of fluorescent yellow tape wrap on his bat. Problem is, it’s awfully close to the ‘green screen’ color in the background and makes for some interesting bat shades.” … Here is the logo for the 2014 Nippon Series (thanks to Pacific Rim Correspondent Jeremy Brahm). … On last night’s Giants/Cardinals telecast, the pink background had the odd effect of changing the Cardinals’ bat pink (great grab by Erik Spoonmore). … Reader Marc Hammill was at an antique store near Toronto and saw this patch. “Not very Canadian” he notes. … It’s not quite Alex Rocklein’s Playoff Tracker (and no, not sure what happened to him), but the Diamond Uniform Database does have the uniforms worn this MLB postseason covered.

NFL News: Interesting New York Times article entitled What I Saw as an N.F.L. Ball Boy which describes how ball boys were playing their part to keep injured players on the field…and more (thanks to TommyTheCPA). … This was tweeted at me by @DJMFF9 from the Dickerson A Football Life piece: Possible memorial sticker for Elmendorf? Anyone know? … There was once a time when football trading cards had the logos airbrushed off the helmets, but I don’t think that is the case here (nice spot by Ryan Perkins).

College, CFL & High School Football News: John Hardin HS in Kentucky had a pink stripe on its helmets for Friday’s game (from Josh Claywell). … The South Christian Sailors honored their teacher, coach Rod VanDyke with decorated helmets. Submitter Joe Hollomon describes it is “unusual duct tape.”. An interesting unfortunate typo in the UK Football tweet is actually pretty funny (great spot by Casey Hart). Come to think of it, maybe that’s not a typo. … Check out these T-shirts from defunct CFL teams. Submitter Kenzie Horn says, “These are cool.”

Hockey News: Union College has a minor sweater change compared to last year. Sender Brian Klejsmyt notes “The yolks (sic) have a slightly different look (Thinner white line that goes completely around the black of the yolk for 2014/15 compared to 2013/2014).” This was also reported by Bobby Pinkham, who writes “Ever so slight change for Union College, who for some reason wore their garnet sweaters at home (Friday) night: Last Year vs. This Year.” … I’m not sure if hockey is just a “club” sport at Maryland, but no matter, these goalie pads may be the best in all college (or pros, for that matter) — sent in by Tommy Richardson. Crabcakes and Goalie Pads: That’s what Maryland Does. … The Flyers took their new “Classic” jerseys out for a spin last night. Here’s a small-ish writeup w/photo (via Mike Engle). … While at the antique store (mentioned in the Baseball ticker) Marc Hammill came across these table hockey pieces. He asks, “Can you tell me what team wore the uniform on the table hockey player?” I’m pretty sure that’s the California Seals — anyone know for sure?

Grab Bag: Boca Juniors sponsored a car in the 2005 Argentinian Top Gear V6 stock car series, with the car being painted in the club’s colors of blue and yellow (thanks to Graham Clayton).

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REMINDER!

Paul is running a Nolan Ryan raffle (for one of two autographed copies of The Nolan Ryan Beef & Barbecue Cookbook and a bunch of Nolan Ryan bobbleheads). Details are in the bolded link above.

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And that’s going to do it for this fine Sunday. Everyone enjoy the NFL games today (including that Eagles game tonight, where they’re in “Midnight Black” from shoulder to knee. Thanks Nike!

Big thanks to Catherine, Terry, Time and Rob. Back atcha next Saturday. You guys have a great week!

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“Moonshiners is fun, but also a little corny. There was a huge backlash when the Arkansas Travelers unveiled their redneck possum logo, and I wonder if Morgantowners might be similarly embarrassed by the ‘Shiners.”

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WFL Contest Entries - Part the Last

By Phil Hecken

Back again with Part III of the WFL uniform contest. If you missed Part I click here, and Part II is here. Very briefly, for those of you unfamiliar with the origin of the contest, the idea was for readers and designers to come up with a uniform for any WFL team had that team remained in existence today (you can read more here and here).

Our first weekend featured teams who had five (or more) designs submit concepts for teams. Last weekend, we took a look at (and vote on) teams for which there were four designers. Today we’ll see the remaining concepts — there were two teams with three concepters, four teams from whom two folks submitted designs, and five teams with a single concepter. Since voting for teams with two or one team is pretty much out, we’ll have voting only for the best design for teams with three uniform designers. The others will just be shown. OK? OK Let’s begin.

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Florida Blazers

Gene Sanny:

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No Description Given

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Curtis Peddle:

Florida Blazers 1 - Curtis Peddle Florida Blazers 2 - Curtis Peddle

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Thomas Felsmaier:

Florida Blazers 1 - Thomas Felsmaier Florida Blazers 2 - Thomas Felsmaier

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FLORIDA BLAZERS – POLL (Vote for One):


Florida Blazers – Best 2014 Redesign (vote for one)

 
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Jacksonville Sharks

Gene Sanny:

Jacksonville Sharks - Gene Sanny

No Description Given.

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Jeff Provo:

Jacksonville Sharks - Jeff Provo

Description

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Curtis Peddle:

Jacksonville Sharks 1 - Curtis Peddle Jacksonville Sharks 2 - Curtis Peddle

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JACKSONVILLE SHARKS – POLL (Vote for One):


Jacksonville Sharks – Best 2014 Redesign (vote for one)

 
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And now we’ll move on to teams with two or one single concepter each:

Chicago Wind(s)

Andrew Seagraves:

Chicago Wind 1 - Andrew Seagraves Chicago Wind 2 - Andrew Seagraves
Chicago Wind 3 - Andrew Seagraves

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Curtis Peddle:

Chicago Winds 1 - Curtis Peddle Chicago Winds 2 - Curtis Peddle

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New York Stars

Gene Sanny:

New York Stars - Gene Sanny

No Description Given

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Curtis Peddle:

New York Stars 1 - Curtis Peddle New York Stars 2 - Curtis Peddle

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San Antonio Wings

Jordan Reagan:

San Antonio Wings - Jordan Reagan

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Curtis Peddle:

San Antonio Wings 1 - Curtis Peddle San Antonio Wings 2 - Curtis Peddle

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Shreveport Steamer(s)

Curtis Peddle:

Shreveport Steamer 1 - Curtis Peddle Shreveport Steamer 2 - Curtis Peddle

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Connor DuShane:

Shreveport Steamers - Connor DuShane

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And finally, we move to the “single team” entry concepts.

Birmingham Vulcans

Jordan Reagan:

Birmingham Vulcans - Jordan Reagan

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Jacksonville Express

Curtis Peddle:

Jacksonville Express 1 - Curtis Peddle Jacksonville Express 2 - Curtis Peddle

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Norfolk Fire

Andrew Seagraves:

Norfolk Fire 4 - Andrew Seagraves Norfolk Fire 2 - Andrew Seagraves
Norfolk Fire 5 - Andrew Seagraves Norfolk Fire 3 - Andrew Seagraves
Norfolk Fire 1 - Andrew Seagraves

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Toronto Northmen

Andrew Schmidt:

Toronto Northmen 1 - Andrew Schmidt Toronto Northmen 2 - Andrew Schmidt
Toronto Northmen 3 - Andrew Schmidt Toronto Northmen 4 - Andrew Schmidt

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Utah Wings

Andrew Seagraves:

Utah Wings 4 - Andrew Seagraves Utah Wings 5 - Andrew Seagraves
Utah Wings 1 - Andrew Seagraves Utah Wings 2 - Andrew Seagraves
Utah Wings 3 - Andrew Seagraves

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And there you have it folks — our final look at the WFL design contest entries.

I’d like to thank each and every person who submitted a concept for this contest, and also Aaron Johnson, who came up with the idea more than a year ago. I think it was great fun (even if it was a LOT of work on my end) and I also think the designs themselves were spectacular! Well done one and all.

OK, there were still two sets above you can vote on, so if you haven’t already, scroll on back up and do so now!

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

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

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Classic Ballpark Scoreboards – Sixth in a Series
by Gary Chanko

Old Comiskey Park and Baker Bowl are the subjects of this week’s look at classic ballpark scoreboards.

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Old Comiskey Park

Old Comiskey Scoreboard

Home of: Chicago White Sox
Last baseball game: September 30, 1990; Demolished:1991

The lollapalooza of scoreboards has to be Old Comiskey Park’s outrageous exploding carnival of lights and sound. In case you missed it or want to relive the scoreboard experience after a White Sox home run, watch this 1977 Super 6 movie footage.

Again it was the creative mind of Bill Veeck behind the design of the 130 foot long scoreboard known as “The Monster.” The Monster was created after the 1959 season. It was not a new scoreboard, but simply created by adding on to the structure of the existing scoreboard. Veeck estimated the scoreboard attracted an added 5000 fans a game during its inaugural 1960 season.

Like all the scoreboards of this era, Old Comiskey’s design experienced change over the years. This graphic illustration recreates the scoreboard layout from the seventies era.

A Few Things to Know

• A William Saroyan play, The Time of Your Life, was Veeck’s inspiration for the exploding scoreboard.

• Pinwheels from the scoreboard were salvaged and are preserved in the Chicago History Museum.

• In the 1970s a Pitch-O-Meter was installed above the Elgin clock (goodbye Longines) that reportedly gave an accurate pitch speed. It also had the capability to display the 20 second countdown between pitches, but this function was apparently never used.

• In 1982 the scoreboard received a final cosmetic and technical upgrade with the installation of Diamond Vision screens.

• The legacy of the exploding scoreboard lives on in the new Comiskey Park or U.S. Cellular Field as it’s now named.

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Baker Bowl

Baker Bowl Scoreboard

Home of: Philadelphia Phillies
Last baseball game: June 30, 1938; Demolished:1950

While Old Comiskey Park was identified with an exploding bells and whistles scoreboard, Baker Bowl’s scoreboard, and adjoining right field wall, was best known for something quite different: soap products to end B.O. Yes, that B.O.

Built in the 1890s, Baker Bowl incorporated the latest in ballpark technology at the time and was praised as one of the best. However the field was shoehorned into an oddly shaped rectangular city space and was ridiculed as a “band box.” The right field wall was only 280 feet from home plate.

The unremarkable manual scoreboard was called the “home of the thin man” in Ed Burn’s 1937 article because of the narrow space it occupied along the outfield wall. And while the scoreboard was insignificant, the right field wall was notable. It was the home of world’s largest soap advertisement!

The illustration recreates scoreboard and right field wall with that famous Lifebouy ad as it appeared in a June 1937 game.

A Few Things to Know

• Batted balls rebounded off the scoreboard’s sloped roof sometimes rolling all the way to the left field foul line.

• The right field wall height was a ridiculous 60 feet (Fenway is a mere 37 feet!). The original masonry outfield wall was only 20 feet high. In the 1920s a tin covered wooded frame and wire fencing extensions were added to moderate the balls flying over the short wall.

• The advertisement says, “The Phillies Use Lifebouy.” Legend is a cynical fan hopped the fence one night and added, “And they still stink.”

• During this era Lifebouy Soap ads also appeared on the outfield walls in Fenway Park, Crosley Field and possibly ballparks.

Next week the series moves farther west to look at Sportsman’s Park and Anaheim Stadium.

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

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EPL Tracker

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

Here is the EPL tracker for 7 – Part 2 (click to enlarge):

EPL Week 7 Part 2

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U.W.F.F.L. News

Division II & III Games
By Rob Holecko

UWFFL 10-11cWe’re back for another weekend of exciting UWFFL action. Today our feature matchup sees the (3-0) Dallas Outlaws heading up north to take on the (2-1) Duluth Frost Dragons.

Long time Uni Watch viewers will recognize the Frost Dragons primary artwork, as they are an expansion team, however they feature the dragon that was a key part of the winning entry design by Brett Callero in the initial UWFFL design contest for the San Francisco Reign Fire back in Spring 2013. The Reign Fire have been taken over by new management team this season, however Callero’s design lives on in the new Duluth franchise.

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In other games, the Winnipeg Winterhawks color uniforms apparently didn’t come in (sound familar?) so they are debuting a new black alt this week at home against Wichita, and in other big games, Staten Island takes on St. John’s, Charleston faces Delaware, Calgary and Seattle square off, plus there is a big rivalry game in Iowa as the Kansas City Crop Dusters break out a special one-off with a “Beat Iowa” slogan-NOB as they try to put the pesticide on the Corn.

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Head on over to uwfantasyfootballleague.com to vote on all of today’s action.

If you’d like to compete in the UWFFL head on over to our Google+ page for prosepctive expansion teams and submit your concepts today. We’ll be back with UWFFL Premier League action tomorrow.

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: It may be off season in the college baseball ranks, but that doesn’t mean teams aren’t thinking about 2015 merch now (thanks to Coleman Mullins). Yes, that’s Marshall and yes, one of those caps is camo. … From the “We’ve seen these before, but once more can’t hurt” file: 1978 MLB Japan tour photo, featuring lots of pill box caps. Says submitter Jeff Flynn, “Pillbox hats galore, most with 5 stripes instead of 3, a couple of years after they were used on the field. Mets, Phillies, Padres, Reds, Pirates of course, TIGERS (AL didn’t wear the pillbox hats!). Interesting that Tug McGraw is wearing pillbox while his teammates behind and in front of him are not. Plus, ever seen that Expos hat in the back left? Looks like a pillbox structure without the stripes and with a blue top! John Candelaria is wearing a completely different version of the Pirates’ bumble bee throwbacks (different font, more pinstripes). This is all National League other than the one Detroit Tiger, wonder what’s up with that. Great names in this photo too and how about that scoreboard, looks like ‘Yokohama Stadium.’ You could play a ‘find the anomalies’ game with this pic, I’ll bet I’ve missed some.” … “Morgantown Professional Baseball” is holding a “Name the Team” contest (from Brice Wallace), with “oline” voting. Some pretty brutal choices, but I love “Coal Sox” and “Moonshiners,” myself. … I wouldn’t normally ever post a photo of an infant, but I’ll make an exception in this case, and that is an amazing knitted O’s cap (nice spot by Brady Phelps). … Talk about dedicated! Our pal Chris Creamer has charted MLB wins/losses by jersey color (prior to last evening’s Royals/O’s game). … During the Royal’s/O’s game, Omar Infante was wearing Terrance Gore’s helmet. Says submitter Jared Hinton, “Trying to channel some of his speed?”

NFL News: “Just watched the bit that was linked to (yesterday) morning about the Bucs and all the travel logistics,” writes John Koziel. “Found it interesting when they interviewed Brian Ford, COO of the team, the logos on the 2 helmets in the background seem to be 2 very different sizes. Hard to tell if the helmet on the right is from past years or not(can’t get a good look at the facemask color), but just found it odd.” Definitely last year’s helmet — nice spot! … NFL shoe fine update from Kyle Hanks: Bruce Irvin got fined for shoes too. He wore white ones while the Seahawks are a black shoe team. “Of course, there were lime green, navy blue, and pink shoes on the field, but apparently white is just one step too far,” Bruce says, adding, “What’s weird to me is that I know that other Seahawks (specifically Jeremy Lane) have worn white shoes in the past and I’ve never heard of them getting fined.” … Reader and optometrist Mike Hoster saw yesterday’s UW that included a piece on NFL players not named Bob Griese who wore glasses on the field. Mike writes, “A few years back, we were combing through our archives for unique vintage advertisements. (Certainly about as “fun” as an assignment will ever be in the realm of optometric publishing.) Being a life-long Dolphins fan, I was both surprised and excited to see an American Optical ad from our July 1980 issue featuring Bob Griese and Dorothy Hamill.” Great stuff! … Michael Crespo noticed that J.J. Watt’s helmet appears to have an air valve in the front of his Riddell Speed Helmet. He asks, “Do you know if anyone else has this or the reason behind it?” … Jeff Flynn spotted this ABC Monday Night Football poster and noticed that the Steelers helmet has the logo on the wrong side. Way back when and up to today, the sticker has always been on the right side of the shell only. On another note, does anyone remember “Bud Ice”? Holy shit that was awful beer. … Yesterday’s Uni Watch mentioned qb’s not gripping balls by the laces (Everett Golson). Kyle Martinek notes that on MNF, Jon Gruden talked about his camp and how they’re using laceless footballs due to the uptick in quick strike offenses in which the QB often doesn’t have time to adjust the ball to throw on the laces. … Douggie Keklak was watching Eric Dickerson: A Football Life, and got this screen grab of a serious jersey malfunction.

College Football News: Reader Joel Husenits, who comments as “Georgy” (and runs “Commie Football”), thinks that the CSU Rams should make the green and orange “Ag Day” uniforms permanent. … SI’s Fan Sided has a list of the 10 best college football team logos. … Here are today’s helmets for Indiana football vs. Iowa (h/t Andrew Lentz). … And here are today’s Purdue helmets for the #HammerDownCancer game (thanks to @Jffdmrly). And also from Jff, a look at the unis they’ll wear. … Oooohhh, check out this time lapse video of the Mississippi State grounds crew painting the field before a game — including the special 100th year of Davis Wade Stadium midfield logo (from Dustin Semore), who adds “Also: it’s shot from an angle that showcases our new seating addition in the end zone.” … From Dave Doop: the Florida Gators will be going orange/blue/blue Saturday night vs. LSU. … This is cool: here’s a story about the people that have been making the Nittany Lion mascot costume for the past 24 years (nice find by Chris Flinn). … Ole Miss will be going blue/white/white tonight (via Shelby Coker). … In addition to wearing their black jerseys with “DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY,” Army will be wearing their camo helmets today. … Looks like Marshall has finally fixed their numbers! (from Clint Richardson). If you’ll recall, they began the season with gradient numbers (which, while acceptable to the NCAA, were very hard to read). … Check out this UC Health air care pilot helmet, modified to look like a Bearcats helmet (nice spot by Doug Smith). … Some of the guys on Mississippi State are gonna have “Stark Vegas” custom shoes (h/t Michael Erhlich). … UNC will be wearing white/white/white vs. Notre Dame. … Here’s a look at the all gold unis for Iowa State, to be worn against Toledo today. … Last night, Stanford wore their all black alternates vs. Wazzu. … Also last night, UNLV wore helmets with the breast cancer ribbon (via Jesse Granger).

Soccer News: Last night, Landon Donovan played in his last International Friendly, and he was given a jersey comprised of all the USA jerseys he’s worn in the past. Here’s another look at that shirt. If you’re interested, you can read more here.

Grab Bag: Couple funny ones from Brady Phelps: First, check out this perfect unfortunate logo placement over Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz’ head. Also from Brady, a New Hampshire man has Patriots logos and the Super Bowl trophy tattooed on his head; he subsequently moved to Florida and was arrested. You can read more about that arrest on the Smoking Gun. … Douggie Keklak writes, “In the category of ‘stuff that may only interest me’ my alma mater Johnstown High School is playing a game with Westmont Hilltop tonight in which they are throwing back to Joe Johns Junior High and Southmont High School (two now defunct schools). The article also states that Johnstown will throwback to the school district’s two other closed junior high schools in the next few years. These are the same two teams that did a throwback game using the schools from the movie All the Right Moves a few years ago (that movie was filmed in Johnstown).” Pretty cool! … D-baggery reaching the highest levels? Apple is now reportedly going to remove all Bose equipment from its retail stores. Here’s a bit more on that (thanks Paul!). That article notes, “There has also been some controversy over NFL players being fined for wearing Beats by Dre headphones after the NFL signed an agreement with Bose that barred players and staff from wearing any other brand of headphones while on camera.” Of course, Apple bought Beats a short while ago. … Andrew Eichner noticed the Susan G Komen Foundation is partnering with a company that makes fracking drill bits to make pink bits. “No joke,” he says. “Here’s one article about the ridiculousness of it.” … Alex Hider notes For The Win has an article about hidden meanings in sports logos. Almost all of this is stuff that’s been seen hundreds of times before, except for No. 9. “When discussing the NFL shield logo, they show a version I’ve never seen before. It’s a post-2008 shield with pre-2008 lettering (the “L” still has the curl),” he notes. … Check out this YouTube video for the 2014-15 Calgary Flames Home Opener Ice Rink Graphic (From Sunny Moon). … Finally, here’s a first look at Baylor’s new home white hoops unis (via Erik Davila).

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REMINDER!

Paul is running a Nolan Ryan raffle (for one of two autographed copies of The Nolan Ryan Beef & Barbecue Cookbook and a bunch of Nolan Ryan bobbleheads). Details are in the bolded link above.

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And that’s going to do it for this fine Saturday. If you didn’t already, make sure you cast a vote for the WFL redesigns (two to vote for today). Big thanks to everyone who participated in the contest — there were some truly outstanding designs, and to Aaron for the idea! Also, big ups for Gary, Adam and Rob for their segments. If you’re watching the NCAA football today (and you know you are), and you see a game worthy of the 5 & 1, shoot Catherine an e-mail at UW5and1@gmail.com. Based on the few uni combos we’ve seen already previewed, there are probably a few good…er, bad…candidates already!

Catch you guys tomorrow.

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How Long Was That Jersey Sitting in a Storage Closet?

Screen shot by John M.

Reebok’s vector logo on NHL jerseys was replaced with the company wordmark at the start of the 2011-12 season — a full three years ago — so it was surprising to see Rangers forward Chris Kreider wearing a vector-emblazoned jersey during last night’s game in St. Louis. Even odder, Kreider made his NHL debut in April of 2012, so his entire career has been in the wordmark era, but he nonetheless wore the vector last night. (He got an assist in the first period, so he might want to keep that jersey.)

That screen shot makes two things very apparent, at least to me: First, If logo creep is unavoidable, logos look better than wordmarks. And man, the Rangers’ NOBs looked sooooo much better when they were direct-sewn instead of nameplated.

Speaking of the NHL: My annual survey of goalie gear will be up today on ESPN — check it out here.

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Swooshie Thursday update: Yesterday’s entry about the NFL considering a proposal to make teams wear new Nike-designed alternate uniforms for Thursday-night games prompted a note from a league source, as follows:

Last year I heard rumblings of a league-wide throwback program. The idea was that each team would have a designated throwback in addition to their “normal” alternate jersey (if they had one). I never really heard if the teams were expected to wear them a certain number of times or on certain days. But when I read your entry about the Nike proposal, one thing came to mind: “Throwback Thursday.” Maybe that’s what they’re planning.

For those of you who aren’t part of Generation Hashtag, Throwback Thursday is this phenomenon in which people who already spend too much time on social media end up spending even more time there by posting old/nostalgic/etc. photos (often of themselves, apparently in the mistaken belief that anyone gives a shit about what they looked like as a seven-year-old, or where they lived in 1998, or whatever). Nobody owns the term “Throwback Thursday,” so there’s no reason why the NFL couldn’t use it, and it would definitely put an interesting spin on the Thursday-night games.

Not sure if this has any connection to the current Swooshie Thursday proposal, but I’m trying to find out. Stay tuned.

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Raffle reminder: We’re currently raffling off a bunch of Nolan Ryan-related items. Details here.

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’Skins Watch: Here’s another high school, this one from Savannah, Missouri, that calls its teams the Savages. That is seriously fucked up. … ESPN.com fantasy football analyst Matthew Berry is a lifelong ’Skins fan, but he’s stopped using the team’s name in his columns. And now he’s explained why (thanks, Phil). … The University of Minnesota, which will be hosting the upcoming Vikings/’Skins game in early November, has invited the ’Skins to a debate about the team’s name on Oct. 30 (Phil again). … In what surely qualifies as a huuuuge surprise, the Native American guy who the ’Skins have been using lately as a human shield probably isn’t a Native American after all. … Here’s a good overview of the situation involving that Pennsylvania high school whose principal and school board insist that the school paper use the word “Redskins” (from Robert Silverman).

Baseball News: Designer/historian Todd Radom has written an excellent piece on the origins of the Orioles’ cartoon bird. … New logo and identity system for the Nashville Sounds. … A bunch of memorabilia from the Yogi Berra Museum has been stolen (from Adam Herbst). … With the Mexican Pacific League about to start, here are some of the new uniforms and caps for the Obregon Yaquis (interesting pullover with partial headspoon on the left), Mazatlan Venados, and Culiacan Tomateros (from Alec Pappas). … Several 1970s MLB players appear in this old clip from the TV show Fantasy Island. “Interesting that Steve Garvey a batting helmet with no logo and George Brett is wearing No. 25 for some reason,” says Jonathan Daniel.

NFL News: While looking for something else, I came across this great 1970s item on NFL players who wore glasses on the field. … The Bengals have posted their home jersey schedule for the rest of the season, and it calls for them to be wearing the orange alts this Sunday (from Andrew Mundhenk). … Here’s another article on that mask that’s believed to be the inspiration for the Seahawks’ logo (from Paul Dillon). … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Packers LB Julius Peppers has been fined for wearing unauthorized shoes. … In a related item, 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has been fined $10,000 for wearing non-Bose headphones after last Sunday’s game. This is the part where I’d normally say, “Douchebags,” but walking around all the time with headphones is almost as bad as corporate branding bullshit, so let’s just call it a wash and say that the headphone makers, the headphone wearers, and the NFL’s branding police all deserve each other. … David Dinsmore III found a children’s book shaped like a Seahawks jersey. … Here’s a look at how the Bucs travel for a road game (from Wayne Koehler). … Twitter polls/votes/etc. are obviously very imperfect barometers, but Phil ran an interesting one last night about the Rams’ throwbacks. … Texans RB Arian Foster’s pink mouthguard last night was not exactly the best look. … Broncos DE Marvin Austin is going JrOB. … What if NFL team logos were rendered in their starting QBs’ college alma maters’ colors (from Jared Buccola).

College and High School Football News: Michigan will be wearing the all-blue unis with the “window blinds” numeral font this Saturday night (from Phil). … I like this weekend’s look for UAB. … New throwback-logo helmet for NC State (thanks, Phil). … Chrome-accented homecoming uniforms for South Dakota (from Cody Schuiling). … Homecoming unis for Vanderbilt, too. … Minnesota’s gold alternate helmet will make its on-field debut this weekend. … White helmets tomorrow for Cincinnati (thanks, Phil). … Remember Tennessee’s attempt to get fans to make a checkerboard pattern in the stadium? That’s nothing compared to what Missouri has in mind: a tiger stripe! … I don’t follow college football, so I didn’t realize that Notre Dame QB Everett Golson often grips the ball without the laces until Matt Mariglia mentioned it to me. Then I did a bit of googling and learned that it’s something that’s been written about quite a bit. Still interesting, though. … Guess we won’t have to worry about the color Todd Gurley’s captaincy patch this week. … Throwbacks upcoming this weekend for Arkansas and UTEP. … Here are this week’s uni combos for Illinois and Washington. … If you’re one of the few teams allowed to wear a slogan on your back, I suppose you may as well do it. … UCF wore gold jerseys last night — except for the guys who were inactive, who wore black. What’s up with that? (Screen shot by Eric Wright.) … North Dakota has a helmet cart (from Brad Reissig). … For the second straight day, the Ticker includes an item about a memorial for an Alabama high school player: “Hazel Green High wore No. 11 helmet decals last night in honor of junior Julian Jones, who died Monday,” says Clint Richardson. “They also placed memorials on the 11-yard lines. Last night’s game against Huntsville was also the now-annual blackout game, so black jerseys and pants were worn. I believe they made this the black game after Monday’s news.”

Hockey News: Rogers SportsNet, the NHL’s new primary network in Canada, has introduced a “ref cam” (from Dane Drutis). … Goalie detail not covered in today’s ESPN column: Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury has added his daughter’s name to his backplate (from Aaron McHargue). … Also from Aaron: Wanna see a pizza with the Penguins’ 1990s logo? Sure you do!

NBA News: The Cavs have now confirmed that this pleasant but unremarkable design, which had leaked earlier, is indeed their new alternate uni. As several readers have pointed out, it’s almost the same as this recent CavFanatics uni. It’ll make its on-court debut for the team’s home opener on Oct. 30. … “During their exhibition game against Maccabi Tel Aviv, players on the Nets’ bench wore T-shirts that read ‘Shalom Brooklyn’ in Hebrew,” says David Landesberg. “The shirts were made available for sale in the team stores and were sold out by halftime (with many still looking to buy them).”

College Hoops News: New home uni for Notre Dame. … Louisville coach Rick Pitino says the shoe companies have had a huge impact on college hoops recruiting. Pretty depressing stuff, but worth reading (from Patrick O’Neill).

Soccer News: Is there a link between artificial turf and cancer in soccer goalies? Shmaybe (from Tommy Turner). … “Landon Donovan plays his last game for the USA men’s national team Friday night — 10/10,” says Harvey Lee. “In honor of his longstanding wearing of the No. 10 jersey, here’s a composite of 14 years’ worth of his jerseys.”

Grab Bag: Pinktober has spread to cinnamon bun frosting. “My wife brought those home,” says Jory Fleischauer. “I couldn’t believe it, so I stopped by the store. Turns out they have pink-iced sugar cookies as well. And no, it’s not strawberry-flavored.” … This is pretty funny: a look at the internet’s best “404 Error” pages. … Super-cool new currency designs for Norway (big thanks, Brinke). … Second day in a row that we’re gonna Ticker-mention the new movie Gone Girl. Today’s issue: an erroneous golf club mention (from Tremaine Eto). … Russian volleyball player Ekaterina Gamova wears her wedding ring on the court. And another Russian volleyballer Nataliya Goncharova wears a ring of some sort, although I’m not sure if it’s a wedding band because it’s on her middle finger. Additional photo here (from Jeremy Brahm). … Hey, speaking of that last photo: Look at the arms on No. 14 and No. 8. Would you say they’re double-jointed? My arms sure can’t bend inward at the elbow like that! But I know someone whose arms do bend like that but insists that that’s not double-jointedness. What say ye? … Garmin-Sharp pro cyclicst Dan Martin will be sporting a bamboo-themed helmet at the Tour of Beijing. “The design is a tip of the visor to the relationship between Garmin-Sharp and the World Wildlife Fund,” says Sean Clancy. … All F1 drivers are wearing helmet decals this weekend in honor of Jules Bianchi, who was seriously injured in a crash at the last F1 race (from Matt Walthert). … “I was reading a book about the summer of 1927 and the author mentioned that ushers working Soldier Field during the Dempsey/Tunney ‘long count’ fight wore armbands that said ‘Tunney-Dempsey Boxing Exhibition,'” writes Phil Johnson. “Sure enough, a quick web search turned up one of the armbands.” Odd that they’d call it an “exhibition” — that was certainly a competitive, professional bout. … Not sports-related but fascinating: “I was fascinated to see the detail on a remote control that my optometrist’s staff uses to project eye tests on a screen for patients,” says Clint Wrede. “I know him well enough that he only thought it was slightly strange for me to ask to take a photo of it.”