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Category: Think Pieces

The Connection Between Uniforms and the Anthem

Click to enlarge I reeeaaaally didn’t want to write about the national anthem again today. But this time I’m going to connect it to uniforms — hang in there while …

Which Jersey Numbers are ‘Fast’ or ‘Slow’?

By Phil Hecken, with Jimmer Vilk Follow @PhilHecken Good Saturday Morning Uni Watchers! I hope everyone had a good week and you’re staying safe and healthy. For obvious reasons, we …

Sartorial Justice: Do Some Unis Deserve to Win (or Lose)?

Click to enlarge We all know about poetic justice, and this year there’s been a lot of talk about social justice. But today I want to introduce a new term: …

Some Thoughts About the Cavs’ Rock-Themed Uniform

There was one last spurt of NBA City releases yesterday — mostly stuff that had already leaked, including the Nets’ Jean-Michel Basquiat-themed design; the Cavs’ Rock and Roll Hall of …

Some Thoughts About Virtue Signaling on Uniforms

Back on June 19, I wrote a blog entry about how it looked like MLB was moving toward approving ad patches on uniforms for this season. (Thankfully, the winds soon …

Naming Right or Wrong? Seattle Arena Gets New Moniker

Seattle’s new NHL franchise is set to hit the ice at the start of the 2021-22 season. We still don’t know what the team’s name will be (the latest word …

Should Games in Empty Stadiums Have Fake Crowd Noise?

Ten days ago I did a Q&A post about what the uni-verse might be like when North American team sports return to action. It included this passage: Since fans won’t …

Uni Watch Classics: Coke Teams vs. Pepsi Teams

[Editor’s Note: Today I’m re-running — with some light edits and updates — a post that originally appeared on April 26, 2011. It involves a metaphor that I’ve found myself …

What Will the Uni-verse Be Like When Games Resume?

Good morning! Greetings from Uni Watch HQ, where all three inhabitants continue to be healthy and safe (and where, for the first time in a week, we’re no longer under …

Would Uni Advertisers Really Be on Board in 2020?

Yesterday, as a tangential issue regarding the Rams’ new uniforms, I addressed the topic of whether their new jersey patches are a precursor to NFL uniform ads. (They’re not.) Today …

Masked Mascots Lead the Way in Pandemic Messaging

Good morning! Greetings from Uni Watch HQ, where I’m happy to report that all three inhabitants continue to be healthy, safe, and mostly sane. I hope the same is true …

Which Heroes Will the Post-Pandemic Uni-verse Celebrate?

Good morning! Everything here at Uni Watch HQ continues to be fine. I hope that’s also the case at your home. Now then, here’s something I’ve been thinking about: For …

Some Thoughts About Shame, the Astros, and Rob Manfred

By now you’ve probably heard about the Sunday press conference in which MLB commish Rob Manfred defended his handling of the Astros and their cheating scandal. “I do take issue …

Let’s Stare at Ballplayers’ Butts for a Little While

Click to enlarge As MLB players hit the field yesterday for spring training workouts, an interesting thing happened: A fair number of people got in touch to let me know …

Is a Clever Design Automatically a Good Design?

Where do we draw the line between style and substance? Between endearing and enduring? Between a clever design and a good design? I’ve been thinking a lot about those questions …