Although I bike for at least an hour almost every day (I like to say that it’s my gym and my shrink rolled into one), I’m not really a biker guy — I’m just a guy who bikes. I’ve never owned a pair of biker shorts, I don’t have the funny shoes that snap into the funny little pedals, and I don’t know anything about the Tour de France except that this year’s edition gets underway on Saturday (and frankly, I wouldn’t even have known that unless a few readers had recently brought it to my attention).
Fortunately, Andrew Schmidt knows a lot more about cycling than I do, and he’s put together a kit-by-kit review of this year’s Tour de France attire. Ready? Here we go (for most of the photos, you can click to enlarge).
2019 Tour de France Preview
By Andrew Schmidt
AG2R La Mondiale
Astana Pro Team
EF Education First
UAE Team Emirates
Cofidis Solution Credits
Total Direct Energie
Wanty Gobert Cycling Team
Remembering Tyler: Lots of memorials last night for Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died earlier this week. The Angels added a “45” chest patch and hung Skaggs’s jersey in their dugout. Starter Jose Suarez had two inscriptions on his cap — “RIP 45” with a cross on one side and Skaggs’s initials on the other side.
The Angels were playing last night in Texas, where the Rangers put No. 45 behind the mound in the Angels’ number font — a very nice gesture.
As for other teams:
• Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin, who originally came up through the Angels’ farm system with Skaggs and remained a close friend of his, changed his uni number from 46 to 45 and inscribed Skaggs’s uni number on the mound.
• Corbin’s teammate Adam Eaton wrote Skaggs’s uniform number on his cleats.
• Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer wrote “TS45” on his cap.
• Rays pitcher Jose Alvarado, who wrote “T.S. RIP” on his cap on Monday, still had the memorial inscription yesterday.
I’m sure there were other Skaggs memorials that I missed. Feel free to post them in today’s comments.
By Lloyd Alaban
Baseball News: The A’s wore their regular (not Kelly) green jerseys at home for the first time this season last night against the Twins (from Jakob Fox). … The Potomac Nationals, Single-A affiliate of the Nationals, will wear these jerseys for their upcoming Ghostbusters Night this weekend. … Red Sox C Christian Vazquez had a weird white splotch on his batting helmet last night. Probably rosin (from Abe Gobel). … Padres 1B Eric Hosmer wore the wrong cap (note the MLB 150 patch) last night (from David Perlberg). … Orioles P Asher Wojciechowski started last night. His 13-letter NOB is the longest in Orioles history (from Will Shoken). … Rapper and Cleveland native Kid Cudi helped design a special-edition Indians cap for this year’s All-Star Game (from Jason Hillyer). … The Fresno Grizzlies will wear these uniforms for Independence Day (from Joe Giza). … The Thunder Bay Border Cats of the Northwoods League wore these white uniforms on Canada Day (from Will Scheibler). … The White Sox apologized after including a photo of Emmett Till, a boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, in a video montage of “famous Chicagoans” (from Denver Gregg). … We recently held a contest to redesign the Portland Pickles of the West Coast League. Here’s Kevin McLaughlin’s winning jersey in real life.
Football News: Check out this detail-heavy map of the college football world from 1939 (from @asgardpress). … The Bears have announced this season’s bobblehead giveaways (from Griffin Smith). … Here are the jersey numbers issued to this season’s Auburn freshmen (from Clint Richardson). … Here’s what the CFB 150 patch looks like on Southern Illinois’s home jerseys (from @mrmichael21). … Former WR and Canadian Football Hall of Famer Milt Stegall played his entire CFL career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He is now a TSN analyst for CFL telecasts. During a weather delay yesterday, Stegall put on the jersey of Winnipeg’s arch-rival, the Saskatchewan Roughriders. … UNC will have Carolina blue 22-yard line hash marks on their field next season to honor College Football Hall of Famer Charlie Justice, who wore No. 22 when he played for the Tar Heels (from James Gilbert). … The Pro Football Hall of Fame will give a gold jacket and ring to the family of late Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. Bowlen had been elected but not yet inducted at the time of his death last month (from Kary Klismet). … Here’s an inside look at last night’s Adidas/Huskies uniform cruise (from @thA_Pandabear).
Hockey News: New Rangers F Artemi Panarin will wear No. 10 with the club (from Alan Kreit). … From that same Rangers press conference: F Amanda Kessel from the Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League was named an official ambassador to the newly-created Junior Rangers Girls Hockey program. She was given a custom Rangers sweater to mark the event. Notice the difference between Panarin’s and Kessel’s NOBs: Panarin’s is vertically arched (like the Rangers’ actual sweaters) while Kessel’s is radially arched (from Brandon Weir).
Basketball News: Looks like the NBA may be making some super-subtle tweaks to its logo. … A few items from Etienne Catalan: C Mitchell Robinson will wear No. 23 with the Knicks. … A couple of Pistons have new jersey numbers. SG Deividas Sirvydis will wear No. 37 with the club, and Louis King will wear No. 12. … F Al-Farouq Aminu will wear No. 2 with the Magic. … SG Adam Mokoka will wear No. 20 with the Bulls. … Magic SF/SG Terrence Ross will switch from No. 31 to No. 8. … The Pacers are keeping their arena’s corporate-advertised name even though the advertiser’s naming-rights deal has expired (from James Gilbert). … In this photo at least, it looks like the Lakers’ Summer League jerseys don’t have advertisers on them (from @HitTheGlass). … Here are Kentucky men’s numbers for the upcoming season (from Josh Hinton).
Soccer News: The US women’s national team wore blue socks instead of red with their red strip yesterday against England (from multiple readers). … A Mexican player in last night’s Gold Cup semifinal got a cut on his scalp, so he put on a swimming cap. … A few items from @clash_kit (aka Josh Hinton): The Mexico men’s national team wore white kits against Haiti in their CONCACAF Gold Cup match last night. … New kits for English side Bristol City. … New third shirts for English club AFC Wimbledon. … New kits for English club York City. … New home kits for Northern Irish side Linfield. … New home shirt and second shirt for English club Stevenage. … New Aston Villa kits and training shirts. … New shirts for Bologna FC 1909 in Italy. … New kits Blackburn Rovers. … New kits for Welsh side Swansea City AFC. … New shirts for UD Las Palmas of Spain. … New kits for French side Guingamp. … AS Monaco had their new home shirt leak. … New home (navy), second (white), and third (red) shirts for French club Bordeaux. … New kits for German club SV Darmstadt 98 (in white). … Their league-mates, Hamburger SV, have had additional photos of their new home shirt leaked. … New home and second kits for Valencia. … New kits for Spartak Moscow. … New shirts for Australian club Melbourne Victory. … New uniforms for Japanese club Gamba Osaka. … Items from Ed Zelaski: New kits for Standard Liege of Belgium … Celtic’s kits didn’t make it through customs, so they’re wearing an unusual uni combo for their match against St. Gallen. … New kits for Hajduk Split. … New kits for Bordeaux. … Here’s a teaser of Germany’s BSG Chemie Leipzig’s new home shirt. … New training tops for Manchester United. … From our own Jamie Rathjen: “Scottish team Livingston have silently switched to Nike from a company called FBT. As far as I’m aware, nothing has been said or revealed, but they’ve been wearing Nike stuff at their preseason camp for the past week.”
Grab Bag: New uniforms for Dayton women’s volleyball (from Eric Farrell).