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There was a very surprising development (at least to me) as the Mavericks opened their season by hosting the Wizards last night: No 5miles ad patch on the Mavs’ jerseys! What was that about?
Some quick photo research revealed that the Mavs didn’t wear the ad patch during the preseason either, but I hadn’t noticed because
none of you told me and you can’t expect me to keep track of all this shit by myself I don’t pay attention to the NBA preseason.
So I dug a little deeper and discovered that the Mavs and 5miles had abruptly dissolved their partnership in early August. That was right when I was getting back from Ireland — and as you may recall, my return was pushed back a day and generally chaotic due to a British Airways computer snafu — so I apparently missed that news. Maybe the rest of you knew about it, but I had no idea until last night. (As an aside: This is every journalist’s greatest fear, especially for those of us who cover a 24/7 beat. It can actually be stressful to take a vacation, because we worry about missing something and being out of the loop, which is exactly what happened to me in this case.)
Some quick background: The Mavs began wearing the the 5miles patch on March 6, 2018 — late in the first season of the NBA’s uni advertising program. At the time, they were the 21st NBA team to add an ad patch. The patch was worn for the balance of the 2017-18 season and again for the entirety of the 2018-19 season, and the deal was supposed to run a third year. It’s not clear why the two sides mutually chose to end the agreement a year early.
At the start of the 2018-19 season, only three teams — the Wizards, Pacers, and Thunder — were still ad-free. But all three of those teams began wearing ad patches during the course of the season. When the last of those teams, the Thunder, announced an ad patch deal on March 15 of this year, that made the entire NBA ad-clad.
But that state of affairs has turned out to be short-lived, as the Mavs have now rejoined the ranks of the ad-free. They also have the distinction of being the first NBA team to drop their uni ad. They’re reportedly searching for a new jersey
sponsor advertiser, so their ad-free status may not last for long, but let’s enjoy it while we can, shall we? Go Mavs! #NoUniAds
San Diego update: I have lots of things to tell you about my upcoming San Diego trip. One thing at a time:
1. Party venue: My thanks to everyone who suggested places where the San Diego Uni Watch party can be held on Nov. 10. After a lot of consideration, I’ve decided to go with the Wonderland Ocean Pub. It’s a sports bar, which is something I’d usually disdain, but it also has a great ocean view (their website even has a live ocean cam!), which really appeals to me. They also have a side room where we can congregate.
I had originally thought the party would commence at 6pm. But sunset on Nov. 10 will be at 4:51pm, and there’s no point in starting an ocean-view party after the sun has already gone down, so I’ve decided that we will congregate at the Ocean Pub at 4pm. I hope to see lots of our San Diego readers there, and it would be great if L.A. readers would make the trip as well.
2. Plus-one raffle: I have a plus-one for the Padres’ uniform unveiling at the Padres’ ballpark on Nov. 9, 6pm, and it is now time for me to raffle off that spot to a lucky Uni Watch reader.
The winner of this raffle will be responsible for getting to the ballpark on his or her own. While there’s no way for me to enforce a “Padres fans only” rule, it would be nice if only true Padres fans entered this raffle, since the unveiling will obviously mean more to them than to anyone else.
To enter this raffle, send an email to the raffle address by 7pm Eastern tomorrow, October 25. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!
3. T-shirt update: The deluxe sublimated version of our brown shirt is now available. It features multicolored collar and sleeve-cuff trim plus a custom sleeve patch commemorating the upcoming Uni Watch party in San Diego (click to enlarge):
That shirt is available here. Meanwhile, the conventional brown T-shirts (cotton, no sleeve patch, no contrasting collar or sleeve cuffs) are also available in white-wing and yellow-wing versions. Interestingly, although the yellow-wing logo won both rounds of reader voting, the white-wing version is selling better so far. Hmmmm.
I’m excited about the trip. My continued thanks to all of you who contributed toward my travel fund!
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Ransom note: I was playing around with a logo-lettering-related project yesterday and ended up taking a detour to create the design shown above. Fun, right? I’ll admit to being very pleased with myself for coming up with the Habs’ logo at the end.
Can’t believe I’ve been writing about uniforms and logos for more than two decades and never thought to do something like this before!
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Breakfast of champions: People who pre-ordered the Uni Watch 20th-anniversary plate are (finally!) receiving them (including longtime reader/contributor/pal R. Scott Rogers, who shared the photo shown above).
The idea behind the plate is that the 20th anniversary is traditionally the china anniversary (as in plates, dishes, etc.), so I thought it would be fun to add a commemorative plate to Uni Watch’s 20th anniversary celebration. Not many people were interested in purchasing one (not surprising, since it’s an odd and somewhat pricey item), so we only had a few of them made.
People who pre-ordered the plates should be receiving them this week. We made three additional plates that should be available for purchase on the Uncommon Goods website next week, so stay tuned for that.
Meanwhile, a few reminders:
• We’re taking orders for another round of Uni Watch cycling jerseys. Just like last time, you can customize your number and NOB. You have to get your order in by the end of the month, so move fast. Full details here.
• If you have a Uni Watch Press Pin, please enter it on our Press Pin Registry.
• I still have some Uni Watch Gumball Helmets available. Get yours here.
Baseball News: Amazing: After last night’s World Series Game Two victory, the Nats’ blue alternate jerseys are now riding a nine-game postseason winning streak. … A Brewers beat writer is hinting that a team redesign may be in the works. … Interesting note from John Muir: “Maybe it’s coincidence, maybe it’s nothing, but the Nationals gave out interlocking-DC rally towels for the World Series Game One watch party at Nats Park — a change from the curly W towels from NCLS Game Four. There’s also been an uptick in DC-logo merchandise in the team store toward the end of the season. I asked several random staffers about a potential return of the DC logo and the general answer was ‘It appears to be the case.'” … Here are the inaugural-season logos for the Rangers’ new ballpark. The one on the right will presumably be used as a sleeve patch (from @wombatnation99). … The NHL’s Washington Capitals are supporting the Nationals’ championship drive by putting the Nats logo on their locker nameplates. … ” Nats reliever Daniel Hudson has made a quick update to his glove,” says Jason Whitt. “He missed the NLCS opener for the birth of his daughter, and then added her initials (in Sharpie) next to the embroidered initials of his wife and his two oldest daughters.” … Check out these amazing murals — including an Astros tequila sunrise scene — made of Lego (from @GoatJerseys). … The Single-A Kannapolis Cannon Ballers — formerly the Kannapolis Intimidators — have released their new their new logos and uniforms.
Pro Football News: The XFL 2.0’s first and possibly last uniforms will apparently be released next month (thanks, Phil). … Some new uni number assignements for the Patriots (from @peskyspole). … One week after going mono-red, the Bills will go mono-blue this weekend. … The CFL’s Montreal Alouettes are having a design contest for an alternate jersey to be worn during the 2021 season. Designs are due by Nov. 30 (from Chris Zuccaro). … The Charlotte Ledger is reporting that the NFL originally wanted the Panthers “to be named the ‘Carolina Rhinos’ instead of the Panthers and worried that too much black in the uniform might appeal to ‘street gangs'” (from Duncan Wilson). … Newly acquired 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders will wear No. 17, with fellow WR Jalen Hurd switching to No. 14 (thanks, Brinke). … If you want 46 photos of the Vikings’ equipment staff preparing the mono-purple uniforms for tonight’s game, today’s your lucky day (from Michael Princip).
College and High School Football News: A Missouri high school team has forfeited all its wins from this season after it was determined that they used an ineligible player and tried to cover it up by having him wear a different uni number (from Chris Hickey). … Here are this week’s uni combos for Iowa State and UVA (from Chad Lehman and our own Jamie Rathjen). … Here’s UCF’s annual astronaut/space-themed uni (from many readers). … Blaise D’Sylva’s latest helmet collection is for Southern Mississippi. … A 7-Eleven football uniform? Sure, why not. John Cerone received that GIF with his rewards email.
Hockey News: “When Sergei Bobrovsky joined the Florida Panthers this season, he was able to pry No. 72 away from teammate Frank Vatrano,” says Wade Heidt. “Payment has now been made with wine, a Rolex and McDonald’s.” … Cross-listed from the baseball section: The Capitals are supporting MLB’s Washington Nationals’ championship drive by putting the Nats logo on their locker nameplates. … For the third straight season, WHL teams will wear Don Cherry-inspired uniforms (from Wade Heidt).
NBA News: Here’s a look at how NBA championship rings are made (from Griffin Smith). … New on-court ad for the Spurs (from Stephen Walker). … The Pacers apparently have a “Craft Beer Partner” logo for breweries whose product is served at the team’s arena (from @DLBrown24). … For last night’s home opener, the Hornets gave away a “teal towel” that was actually white (from Brant Wilkerson). … At last night’s 76ers opener, the 13-star circle outside the paint was replaced by the “Join or Die” snake that they’ve previously used in the postseason (from John Clark). … New generational suffix for the Knicks: PF Kevin Knox is wearing a Knox II NOB (from @HitTheGlass).
College Hoops News: Pretty cool new throwbacks for Louisiana Tech (from Eric Konkol).
Soccer News: Chelsea CB Kurt Zouma’s sleeve patch was mis-positioned yesterday. “It’s supposed to be centered on the sleeve,” says Josh Hinton. … Also from Josh: Russia’s Euro 2020 home kit has leaked. … Lots more soccer news, as always, on Josh’s Twitter feed. … New 90th-anniversary shirt for Ross County (from Ed Zelaski). … Real Salt Lake G Nick Rimando’s jersey was missing its championship star last night (from David Kendrick).
Grab Bag: Interesting intellectual property development: The Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is trying to trademark the term “fake news” and has sent cease-and-desist letters to people that are misusing it, including President Trump. … A retired U.S. Navy service member removed his uniform in court on Tuesday after being sentenced on assault charges. … Metro Los Angeles is selling off a bunch of cool-looking transit signage from the Blue Line (from Brian Addison). … The latest from Pinktober: New York State court offices are wearing pink uniform patches and using — get this — pink handcuffs (from Tim Donahue).
The winner of the Art of Words raffle is Aeneas Koosis. Congrats to him, and big thanks to Art of Words for sponsoring this raffle. — Paul