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While some NFL teams are holding off on adding new throwbacks until 2023, it’s full speed ahead in Atlanta, where the Falcons yesterday announced that they’re bringing back their red throwback helmet. It’ll be worn for the Oct. 16 home game against the 49ers.
• This move isn’t exactly a surprise. As reported here on Uni Watch three weeks ago, the Falcons’ schedule-release made it pretty obvious that the red helmet was being revived.
• The throwback uniform they’ll wear with this helmet is the same one they’ve been wearing (with a black helmet) for the past few years, most recently on Dec. 26 against the Lions. The only change is the helmet.
• That noise you hear in the background is everyone saying, “They should just wear this uni combo full-time.” Yes, duh, they should. But no, they won’t.
— Richard Brodie 🤫🦁 (@QuietLion) June 5, 2021
ITEM! MLB’s most troublesome font: For this week’s Bulletin article, I’ve done a deep dive on the NOB font on the Mariners’ navy alternate jerseys, which over the past 20 years has provided a steady stream of kerning issues and other typographic glitches. In an effort to get at the root of the problem, I interviewed the team’s equipment staff, the guy who created the NOB font, a team exec, and more. Proofreader Jerry Wolper, who usually maintains a very even keel while performing his duties, calls this “peak Uni Watch,” and I don’t mind saying I’m pretty pleased with the article myself.
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Too good for the Ticker: The DC Grays are a team in the Cal Ripken League, which is a summer collegiate circuit. They wear uniforms based on the Negro Leagues’ Washington Grays, and now they’re taking the Negro Leagues connection a step further with the spectacular new logo shown above, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of former Washington Grays players Buck Leonard and Josh Gibson (also known as the “Thunder Twins”) being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Grays haven’t yet announced if this logo will be worn as a patch (it looks like it might be too busy for that). So far they’ve just said they’ll “pay tribute to the Thunder Twins at a special event this season.” For now, we can just enjoy the excellent logo.
(My thanks to Rob Bindeman for letting me know about this one.)
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Periodic pin-ventory reminder: As you can see above, we have now sold out of the 2021 Press Pin. The remaining Uni Watch Pin Club designs are still available at the super-low price of just $3 apiece. Full details here.
Baseball News: Today is Lou Gehrig Day. All uniformed MLB personnel will wear a commemorative patch, and expect to see lots of wristbands and related accessories. … Atlanta OF Ronald Acuña Jr. has a new BMW emblazoned with his personal logo. … New CC-style alternate for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (from R. Scott Rogers). … Here’s a look at the bold team logos in the Old North State League, which is a summer collegiate league. … New SpongeBob-themed alternates for the El Paso Chihuahuas. … Giants skipper Gabe Kapler has gotten a lot of attention lately for his national anthem protest, but I don’t think we’ve mentioned that he has a new tattoo on his hand this season. That’s gotta be an MLB managerial first, no? The tat is a salute to his late father. … The Mets’ Tom Seaver statue is apparently not the only MLB statuary with a design error. William Yurasko reports that the Frank Howard statue outside Nats Park has the wrong uni number. … The Rays announced back on May 1 that they’d be wearing green ribbons for mental health awareness throughout the month of May. They were still wearing them last night for the first game of June. … The hallway leading to the visitors’ clubhouse at Dodger Stadium has some very nice old-school logo displays (thanks, Jerry).
College Football News: New uni and helmet for Georgia (thanks, Phil). … Virginia Tech has announced the dates for this year’s “color effect” games (from Andrew Cosentino). … In a related item, here’s an article on the history of Penn State’s whiteout games (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: I think we’ve seen this before, but BYU’s royal blue helmet now has a metallic finish. … New uni number assignments for Texas.
Basketball News: The uni schedule for the NBA Finals is now available on LockerVision. … Two new logos showed up on the Cavs’ website yesterday — apparently the start of a
rebrand redesign that will be fully unveiled today. … Here’s a backgrounder on NBA championship rings (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: Memphis’s men’s team is inviting fans to design the team’s new court.
Soccer News: New shirts for third-tier English side Accrington Stanley (from Ed Zelaski). … Fans are loving the Vancouver Whitecaps’ new Indigenous logo, which was designed by a local artist. … The USL W League’s South Carolina United wore pink shirts on Tuesday because their coach, Sandy Burris, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer (thanks, Jamie). … Also from Jamie: The USMNT wore rainbow Pride numbers for yesterday’s friendly against Morocco and will do so again for the June 5 friendly against Uruguay, with the USWNT doing likewise for two friendlies at the end of the month. … The NWSL’s Kansas City Current have unveiled renderings of their proposed new stadium (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: New away kits for German side Greuther Fürth. … New home and road shirts for fourth-tier English side Stevenage (from Ed Zelaski).
Grab Bag: Interesting article on a particular trope in movie poster design (from Jason Hillyer). … The mayor of Aurora, Ill., will not march in the local Pride parade this year because police officers have been asked not to participate while in uniform. … Public school students in Lamar County, Miss., will no longer be required to wear uniforms. … Here’s why police uniforms in Trinidad and Tobago include a sleeve patch of the Jewish Star of David. … After an earlier dispute over the size of an ad on her dress, Camila Giorgi changed her French Open outfit (thanks, Brinke). … The U.S. Marine Corps is marking Pride Month with the strangest Pride graphic I’ve ever seen (from Jimmy Lonetti). … Buick has a new logo to symbolize the brand’s transition to all-electric vehicles by the end of the decade. … The rest of these are from Kary Klismet: New jerseys for the Marshalstown-Castledockrell U12 club, an Irish youth team that plays camogie, a bat-and-ball sport similar to hurling. … New Italian airline ITA has crew uniforms created by fashion designer Brunello Cuccinelli. … Brussels Airlines is holding a uni-design competition at a Belgian art school. … The new grooming standards the U.S. Army implemented last year have presented many new hairstyle options for soldiers of color, especially Black women. … At the coin toss prior to the start of yesterday’s men’s test cricket match between England and New Zealand, England captain Ben Stokes wore a shirt with former player Graham Thorpe’s NOB and No. 564, because Thorpe is in the hospital (thanks, Jamie).