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Good morning, and welcome to our second Monday Morning Uni Watch report of the 2020 season. As you can see in the photo above, the Chargers (wearing mono-white for their home opener for the third consecutive season, and the eighth time in nine seasons) added a jersey patch for yesterday’s game against KC. As soon as I saw it, I thought, “Oh, it must be an inaugural-season patch for their first game in the new stadium,” and then I felt stupid for not having seen any news items or even tweets about it.
But then I went looking for confirmation, and it seems that there were no announcements about the patch, and it wasn’t even mentioned or shown on the team’s social media feeds. So I emailed a team rep to see if he could send me a good high-res photo of the patch — no response. What a bizarre way to promote — or, rather, not promote — a new uniform element. Anyway, here’s the best view of the patch I could find. If anyone else has a better photo, please feel free to share it:
Interesting that the Chargers opted to wear a patch for the new stadium, but the Rams (who opened the stadium last week) did not.
Meanwhile, here’s a doozy from that same Chargers/KC game: KC running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s NOB was misspelled. He must have been wearing a different red jersey this week than the one he wore last week, because the spelling was correct in the season opener. Here’s a comparison:
Granted, he’s probably used to having his name misspelled. But you’d think his own team could get it right!
In other news from around the league yesterday:
• I heard from several readers who thought the Cowboys’ seafoam pants, which they were wearing yesterday for the first time this season, looked bluer than usual — or, if you prefer, less green than usual. Personally, I’m not so sure. Here’s a photo from yesterday (you can see lots of additional game pics here):
And here’s a photo from a game that took place in Dallas late last season:
Is it different? Maybe a smidge. Is it that different? Not to my eyes. Maybe it was the lighting..? There must have been something going on, because a bunch of people mentioned it — too many for it to have been just a random coincidence. But I’m not really seeing it.
• The Panthers wore their blue alternate jerseys on the road against the Bucs, who wore white at home:
• In that same game, it sure looked like one of the goalposts in Tampa was badly misaligned:
• The Cardinals went blood-clot, and that game also gave us our first look at Washington in their white jerseys:
• We got our first on-field look at the Patriots’ new white-over-navy look (additional photos here):
• Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander sported yellow base-layer sleeves during pregame activities. Kinda surprising the Packers don’t do this more often:
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 20, 2020
He didn’t wear it in the game, however.
• After having trouble with his face shield fogging up during the season opener, KC coach Andy Reid used a defogging product this time around (I guess he really doesn’t want to wear a cloth mask). It seemed to work — here’s a comparison:
• It appears that Giants coach Joe Judge, who was previously on the Patriots’ coaching staff, was wearing an old Pats hoodie with a Giants logo sewn onto it. You can see the outline of the old Flying Elvis logo patch:
• In addition to the aforementioned Chargers, Bucs, and Cowboys, four other teams wore white at home: the Jets, Dolphins, Titans, and Texans. That means fully half of yesterday’s 14 home teams wore white.
(My thanks to all contributors, including John Hayes, Scott Lederer, Scott McKechnie, Lenny Vangilder, Vinney Williams, and @AndrewNewts.)
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ITEM! Brooklyn Branches update: When the great DIYer Wafflebored made the one-of-a-kind Brooklyn Branches jersey, complete with wooden buttons made from Branch Rickety itself, he had some extra branch sections left over, so he turned them into lapel pins, complete with standard butterfly clutches on the back:
One of the pins went to Rick Wessley, who won the auction for the jersey; another went to Branches mastermind Ron Ruelle; and Wafflebored sent the rest to me here at Uni Watch HQ, where the Tugboat Captain and I have each taken one for our jeans jackets:
That leaves six pins remaining, which I think I’ll probably give away as part of the year-end raffle. The legend of Branch Rickety lives on!
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ITEM! Trading card update: Illustrator extraordinaire Rob Ullman, with whom I collaborated earlier this year on the Uni Watch Trading Card, recently sent me the original artwork that he used for the cartoon that appeared on the back of the card. Wasn’t that nice of him? I popped it in a frame (had to trim it ever so slightly to get it to fit — sorry about that, Rob!) and plan to display it on the wall here at Uni Watch HQ.
If you look closely, you can see that the “gleam lines” surrounding the Brannock device on the artwork don’t match the ones that were printed on the card. That’s because Rob’s original version of the cartoon didn’t include the lines:
I loved the cartoon but asked Rob if we could see how it would look with gleam lines added. So he added the lines digitally to the back-card design, and we agreed that it looked stronger that way. But since he never added the lines to the real-life physical cartoon, they were missing when he sent the original art to me. I asked if I could send it back to him so he could add the lines by hand, and he said, “Once I sent you the original art, I realized I had forgotten to add the lines to it. It’s been bugging me ever since!” So I sent the cartoon back to Rob, he added the lines, and then he sent it back to me. I kinda like that he didn’t quite match the printed version — a nice document of the whole back-and-forth story.
Rob is open to doing commissions. Would you like him to make a “fun fact” cartoon about you (or about someone else, so you can give the cartoon as a gift)? If so, give him a shout and the two of you can work out the details.
Meanwhile, I still have about 200 of of the Uni Watch Trading Cards remaining, including I think four of the green-signed cards. They’re available here.
Membership update: Remember how we talked a few weeks ago about how Tom Seaver always ended up with a dirt smudge on his right knee? Reader Charles Meisse used that as the basis for his membership card design request — a Mets No. 41 treatment, complete with a dirt smudge. It’s not on the knee, of course, but still a very cool request.
Charles’s card is one of several that have been added to the membership card gallery, as we close in on our 3,000th member!
Ordering a membership card is a good way to support Uni Watch (which, frankly, could use your support these days). And remember, as a gesture of comm-uni-ty solidarity, the price of a membership has been reduced from $25 to $20 until further notice, plus a Uni Watch membership card entitles you to a 15% discount on any of the merchandise in the Uni Watch, Uni Rock, and Naming Wrongs shops. (If you’re an existing member and would like to have the discount code, email me and I’ll hook you up.)
ITEM! Coasters raffle: Uni Watch coasters are currently sold out, but longtime reader/benefactor Max Weintraub has generously purchased two sets for me to raffle off. Each set has three coasters.
This will be a one-day raffle. No entry restrictions. To enter, send an email with your mailing address to the raffle address by 8pm Eastern tonight. I’ll announce the two winners tomorrow. Big thanks to Max for sponsoring this one!
By Jamie Rathjen
Baseball News: Marlins P Braxton Garrett wore the team’s batting practice cap for one inning of yesterday’s game (from multiple readers). … Two items from Joanna Zweip: Reds 3B Eugenio Suárez recently missed time for the birth of his child and came back wearing a hospital bracelet. … New White Sox P Garrett Crochet has an unusual pant-cuffing style.
Football News: Pitt’s new alternate uni that was teased last week has been released. It features a steel motif with multiple shades of grey and is slated to be worn next weekend (from multiple readers).
Hockey News: The AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers revealed their name and first logo 20 years ago yesterday, and the team wrote about how they came up with the name (from @OlegKvasha).
Soccer News: French club Olympique Lyonnais on Friday had the men’s team commemorate on their sleeves the women’s team recently winning the Champions League by adding “Bravo” and then a player’s first name. … Also in France, Paris Saint-Germain wore NOBs in Mandarin, which is something they usually do for Chinese New Year (from @jaysappletree). … Italy’s Serie A added a “Keep Racism Out” sleeve patch and captain’s armband. … Scottish teams Ross County and St. Johnstone regularly play blue-vs.-blue matchups, perhaps against better judgment, and did again this weekend. The shorts are the way to go to tell them apart. … The NWSL’s Orlando Pride, who played their first game of the year after not participating in the league’s Challenge Cup, added a Black Lives Matter symbol and various NOBs of support to their warm-up shirts. Orlando coach Marc Skinner also wore a shirt featuring a BLM symbol for each Black player that has played for the Pride. … Meanwhile, the Portland Thorns wore “Vote” warm-up shirts. … D.C. United held a moment of silence for Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and put her picture on the scoreboard during their game on Saturday.
Grab Bag: Australia’s National Rugby League held a Women in League round this weekend, which featured some instances of pink socks and other pink accents. The North Queensland Cowboys’ half-blue, half-pink shirt for this round created a partial clash with the Penrith Panthers’ second shirt, which is already pink. … Also in Australia, here are the designs (click to enlarge) worn by Super Netball teams this weekend for the league’s Indigenous round. The same “Free the Flag” warm-up shirts worn by Australian Football League teams last month, referring to the Aboriginal Australian flag being copyrighted, also appeared. … Two Japanese volleyball teams have new uniforms: the men’s Suntory Sunbirds and the women’s Hisamitsu Springs (from Jeremy Brahm). … Virginia volleyball has new uniforms, but their court hasn’t yet been updated — it’s in a publicly accessible gym. … Wake Forest field hockey also has at least one new shirt. … If you weren’t aware, when Supreme Court justices pass away their seat and the door to the courtroom are traditionally draped in black crêpe, which was upheld this weekend for Ruth Bader Ginsburg even though the court isn’t open to the public (thanks, Anthony). … Tour de France cyclists Tom Dumoulin and Tony Martin were fined for wearing rainbow striping — the mark of a former world champion — midway up their long sleeves for last Saturday’s time trial. Rules stipulate that the rainbow stripes can only be on collars and sleeve cuffs (from Ted Kerwin). … South African high school Diocesan College’s rugby jerseys have no numbers (from Graham Clayton).
Happy birthday to ace DIYer and all-around great guy Wafflebored. Hope it’s a good one, buddy! — Paul