More than two and a half years ago, I wrote that 2019 would probably be an epic year for anniversary patches. We’ve already seen the beginnings of that wave with the unveiling of the NFL’s crummy centennial logo. And yesterday came word that college football teams will wear a 150th-anniversary patch next season.
The patch, which is shown above (nice to see that it’s embroidered, not plastic), features a logo that’s been public for a while now, although it has had a relatively low profile and most people haven’t been aware of it. Here’s a closer look at the logo on a white background and a dark background:
Can’t say I’m in love with it — I don’t like how the football outline truncates the “1” and creates a pointy tip on the base of the “5” — but at least it’s better than the NFL centennial mark. (Update: Reader commenter Dumb Guy points out that truncated “1” actually looks like an apostrophe, so the logo looks like ’50. Ugh — can’t unsee it!)
According to yesterday’s announcement, the logo will be worn as a jersey patch by all FBC and FCS teams. It will be on the upper-right chest, above the conference logo patch, as seen in the following Photoshopped images (click to enlarge):
D-II and D-III schools, along with NAIA and junior colleges, have the option of utilizing a rear-helmet decal (click to enlarge):
The logo will also be worn by game officials, and coaches will wear it for the first week of the season.
As many of you are aware, the celebration of college football’s centennial back in 1969 was a more random affair, with some schools wearing a “100” helmet logo but most teams not wearing anything to commemorate the anniversary. (On the plus side, however, several players wore No. 100 that year. It would be awesome if the NCAA would let one player per team wear No. 150 next season, but I’m not holding my breath.) There was also a 125th-anniversary patch in 1994.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “So pro and college football have weighed in, but what about MLB? Aren’t they going to have a sesquicentennial logo?” (Okay, maybe you were thinking “150th-anniversary,” not “sesquicentennial.”)
And the answer, I’m fairly certain, is that there will be some sort of MLB-wide program to mark the 150th anniversary. But whatever it is, it hasn’t been announced yet, and I have no idea what it’s going to be. I trust we’ll find out soon enough.
(My thanks to reader/commenter Matt Sampson for reminding me about the 125th-anniversary patch in 1994, which I had not initially included in this post.)
In addition, there was an online-retail leak of the Clippers’ new alternate. It was first brought to my attention by Kev McCarthy and was later confirmed by Clippers beat reporter Tomer Azarly:
The new L.A. #Clippers City Edition jerseys 🔥🔥 (Photo via @LAClippersFilm). I caught a glimpse of a player wearing this at practice the other day with @MirjamSwanson (I’m assuming for a photoshoot), so this is the jersey. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/7DYrVqjNyN
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) November 7, 2018
I don’t know if that chest logo is supposed to evoke the 1984 L.A. Olympics logo or the old L.A. Express (USFL) logo, but it seems like a pretty bad joke from where I’m sitting. Or in the words of Twitter-er Scott Whitt, “That looks like a generic jersey you’d see in a movie where they couldn’t afford the NBA license.” Indeed.
As for the signature at the hemline, it’s from longtime Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler, who’s retiring after this season. That jersey element was first reported back in September. (Of course, it’s neither here nor there from a Uni Watch perspective, because the jerseys will be tucked in and the signature will not be visible. Just another retail gimmick. Grrrr.)
There was another purported NBA leak yesterday, but I’m not yet convinced of its legitimacy, so I’m not going to list it here today. The official unveilings will likely all take place by Friday, so let’s wait and see.
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Meanwhile, over on the ice: Icethetics broke the news yesterday that the Kings, Lightning, and Maple Leafs all have alternate uniforms in the works. The Toronto and L.A. designs are both reprises of looks that the teams had previously worn before the one-season moratorium on alternate unis, while the Tampa Bay design appears to be a new one. Full details here.
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The college basketball season got off on the wrong foot last night in Indiana, where the Hoosiers had to wear their red road uniforms at home because visiting Chicago State hadn’t yet received their road unis for this season.
Chicago State is outfitted by Nike and their primary color is dark green. Sound familiar?
(My thanks to Mike Petry and @NotHotTakes for bringing this one to my attention, and to Chris Howell for the screen shot.)
Give me really excellent striped baseball hosiery or give me death: At least one great citizen of this land — longtime Uni Watch reader John Kimmerlein — voted while wearing stirrups yesterday. I’m ashamed to say that it’s never even occurred to me to do this myself. Nicely done, John — you are a true patriot!
In the “Oh, for fuck’s sake” category, advertising creep has now extended to “I Voted” stickers (as submitted by @squatcheeontop):
And then there’s this:
In other Election Day news, my thanks to everyone who submitted screen shots of TV reporters wearing nonpartisan purple yesterday. I was also intrigued by this Milwaukee TV crew that achieved the same effect with other colors (thanks to Shaun Meulemans for this one):
Used to be we’d “America Up” Election Day wardrobe with reds and blues. In our contemporary politics, those colors prompted questions of favoritism so here is our apolitical mashup of green, orange and maybe a silver stripe on @BNiznanskyTMJ4 tie. #TheVote @todaystmj4 @susankim4 pic.twitter.com/PCyqzZ8sxC
— Vince Vitrano (@vincevitrano) November 6, 2018
Membership update: A few new designs have been added to the membership card gallery. That includes Micah Sledge’s card, shown at right, which was an interesting request: He specifically asked for the throwback version of the White Sox’s 1968 design, rather than the original ’68 version, which had smaller numbers and larger NOB lettering. So the throwback wasn’t particularly true to the original, but he liked the throwback better, so that’s what he requested.
A few other membership notes:
• With the holidays approaching, here’s how to order a gift membership.
• Remember, a Uni Watch membership card entitles you to a 15% discount on any of the merchandise in our Teespring shop. (If you’re an existing member and would like to have the discount code, email me.) And
By Lloyd Alaban
Baseball News: Speaking of elections, here’s an original ballot for the 1970 MLB All-Star Game. And just for kicks, here’s who actually got to play. You can see more old ASG ballots in this 2015 Uni Watch post (from Tailgate Throwback Sports). … Some gorgeous socks on legendary P Satchel Paige in this photo (from David M. Kerr). … Speaking of hosiery, this shot of actress Tatum O’Neal from The Bad News Bears shows her stirrup socks in Northwestern stripes. Could these have been low-rise stirrups with stripes that were altered to show more of the sannies? (from @philsphan20) … Left over from last week: The WWE presented the Red Sox with their own championship belt in honor of their World Series victory. … Chief Wahoo isn’t dead yet: P Dan Otero is Wahoo-clad in this shot of MLBers taking part in the Japan All-Star Series. Also, as is customary for this series, the jerseys have advertising patches (from Alex Burbidge).
NFL News: Last week we mentioned the Chiefs were going to wear a poppy patch for this week’s game in honor of Veteran’s Day. Here’s a closer look at the patch. … Tony Caliguiri came across these NHL-to-NFL uniform concepts. … Jason Heminger found a Lions hoodie at a TJ Maxx in Lansing, Mich., that placed the club in a division that doesn’t exist.
College Football News: Houston will be auctioning off the throwbacks they’re wearing for this week’s game. Proceeds go to the school’s alumni association (from Ignacio Salazar). … Since we’re on the subject of Houston: They’re using a really old Nike template for those throwbacks (from College Sport Design). … Every Lafayette player has selected a veteran to honor on their helmet for this weekend’s game at Army. … UAB will wear flag-desecration dragons on their helmets for this week’s game (from Tyler Greer).
Hockey News: Ten points for this house: The Toledo Walleye of the ECHL will don wizard-themed jerseys for Wizard Weekend Dec. 7-8. The link also includes a shot of a themed scarf (from Steve Johnston). … Cross-listed from the NFL section: Tony Caliguiri came across these NHL-to-NFL uniform concepts. … Ontario Hockey League club Guelph Storm will honor Lt. Col. John McCrae with a Remembrance Day-themed sweater for their match on Friday (from Wade Pink). … The Cincinnati Cyclones of the of the ECHL will wear these Dark Side sweaters for Star Wars Night on Dec. 15 (from Bill Fenbers). … The Blues still have Dimitri Jaskin’s mouthpiece behind the bench. Jaskin was waived by St. Louis during training camp (from David Tolcou). … The Kings wore white at home last night (from @ColoradoZebo).
NBA News: The Heat will debut their Miami Vice alternates tonight, along with their Vice-themed court. Here’s a breakdown of their new court, and a few photos of it. … Former NBA creative director Tom O’Grady offered some interesting thoughts on the NBA’s City alternates and the state of the NBA’s aesthetics. … Take a look at this Hornets logo from the 1988 NBA Draft next to first-ever Hornet G Rex Chapman. The logo was set to debut during the 1988-89 season but was scrapped due to similarities with the Montreal Canadiens’ logo. It was too late to change the uniforms, though, so the logo remained on shorts and warmups until the 1990-91 season (from Matthew Kleiner and Brad Solomon).
College Hoops News: New black uni for Davidson. … New unis for Northeastern. They switched from Nike to Under Armour during the offseason (from Ben Forman). … New court for UNCG. … Ball State men’s teased their new jerseys on Twitter (from Kyle Martinek). … Might be difficult to see, so watch the video closely: Purdue G Carsen Edwards still had “C. Edwards” for his NOB last night despite the departure of F Vincent Edwards (from @lzyl23). … Virginia put in their student manager in last night’s game against Towson and gave him “Virginia” for his NOB (from our own Jamie Rathjen).
Soccer News: Polish second league club Gryf Wejherowo will wear kits celebrating 100 years of Polish independence (from Ed Zelaski). … US Senate candidate from Texas Beto O’Rourke (D) wore a hat bearing the logo of future USL Championship side El Paso Locomotive yesterday (from Josh Hinton). … PSG, in collaboration with Parisian artist Tyrsamisu, released a new kit font that was only available yesterday and not on the pitch. … Brazilian club Corinthians wore the names of each of the 11 victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on the back of their shirts for a match last Sunday (from Jerry Wolper).
Grab Bag: For decades, ballet point shoes were made to match the skin tone of white dancers, basically excluding dancers of color. But manufacturers are now starting to make shoes to match the skin tones of non-white dancers. … Cross-listed from the baseball section: The WWE presented the Red Sox with their own championship belt in honor of their World Series victory. … Veterans of Foreign Wars has a new brand identity (from Mark Cavalli).