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More than a year and a half after it retired its controversial nickname and logo, the Washington Football Team announced on Tuesday it will reveal its new identity on Feb. 2.

“We know this has been a long process – one that has required a lot of patience from you over the last 18 months,” team president Jason Wright said in a letter to fans. “We are so excited to let you know that the wait is almost over.”

While the franchise has not publicly announced any finalists, Wright did rule out two potential names – Wolves and RedWolves – citing trademarks held by other teams, including Arkansas State University. 

“Early on we understood Wolves – or some variation of it – was one of our fan favorites,” Wright said. “As I’ve said all along, we take feedback from our fans seriously, and because of your interest in this name, we put Wolves on a list of options to explore fully. Once we began looking into Wolves, however, we became aware of a notable challenge: trademarks held by other teams would limit our ability to make the name our own. And without Wolves, variations like RedWolves wouldn’t have been viable either for these and other reasons.

“Understanding the weight and importance of our team name, and excitement around other name options – both internally and within our fan base – we didn’t want to risk going down a route that could be dotted with legal hurdles. The prospect of years of litigation wasn’t something that we wanted you, our fans, to have to bear as you begin to embrace a new brand.”

Accompanying Wright’s letter was a new episode of “Making The Brand,” a video series that has given us a behind-the-scenes look at the rebrand process. Included were some teaser photos of the new uniforms, which fit the vision of former quarterback and current senior advisor Doug Williams.

“It’s a clean uniform,” Williams said in the video. “I believe in clean uniforms. You just got the number and the stripes around the shoulders – and that’s it. That’s going to be a good-looking uniform.”

From the teaser photos, we’ve gathered the franchise will have two new helmets, including one that is burgundy with an anodized satin finish. It has a gold facemask, the team logo on the sides and a single gold stripe down the middle, with the new team logo or wordmark on the front bumper.

Note that the photo above has a glare from the window on the stripe, giving the illusion of a white stripe accompanying the gold stripe.

The other helmet appears to be black with a black facemask, which is notable given the NFL is doing away with its one-helmet rule for the 2022 season and beyond.

The burgundy home jersey features gold numbers outlined in white with a perforation-like design throughout, while the white road jersey has burgundy numbers with a black outline.

There are three stars on the inside of the back collar, which – along with the striping pattern on the burgundy home jersey – have been pulled from the flag of Washington D.C. There’s also a circular logo on the back, right above the player’s nameplate. 

The sleeve design on the white jersey appears to be different than the home burgundy jersey, with a solidly burgundy stripe above a diamond-shaped pattern and another black stripe below that.

Lastly, there is a pair of burgundy pants with a gold Nike swoosh. 

“We can’t wait to hit the ground running with our team name and identity on a clear path – one without distracting obstacles, legal or otherwise,” Wright said. “And while we’ve always understood it would be a nearly impossible task to select a name that all of our fans would identify with as their first pick, we are very excited about our final selection, which aligns with our values, carries forth our rich history, represents the region and, most importantly, is inspired and informed by you, our fans.

“We are confident that this identity is one that our team and our fans across D.C., Maryland, Virginia and beyond can rally behind for another 90 years and more as we continue to cheer on the Burgundy & Gold in this next chapter.”

All that said, stay tuned to SportsLogos.net on Feb. 2 for the full unveiling. 


Note: One name that hasn’t previously been mentioned as a contender is Admirals, as fans have noticed washingtonadmirals.com redirects to the Washington Football Team’s official website despite also being the name of a Major League Quidditch team.

That’s not necessarily indicative of that being the franchise’s new nickname, especially after legal troubles the Cleveland Guardians faced with their name change. They also likely purchased the domain for any and every name under consideration, so it’s just something to keep an eye on as the date gets closer.

Photos courtesy of @WashingtonNFL on Twitter.

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Houston Project Transforms Utility Boxes into Cool Uni Artwork

By Paul Lukas, on January 6, 2022

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Last winter I wrote about how a Baltimore artist had inspired people to repaint and decorate the city’s yellow salt boxes, thereby transforming a drab street fixture into an entertaining civic art program. Now longtime reader Omar Jalife has informed me that something similar is going on in Houston.

The Houston program is called Mini Murals and involves having local artists repaint traffic signal cabinets and other utility consoles with decorative artwork. Since the program began in 2015, more 300 Mini Murals have been painted in Houston. (There’s also a much smaller version of the program in Austin.)

A few of the Mini Murals are sports-related. In addition to the Earl Campbell design shown at the top of today’s post, there’s also this Astros design, celebrating the team’s 2017 championship:

Here’s one that celebrates the Astrodome, with nods to both the Astros and the Oilers:

There’s also a Texans-themed one (although it’s at their stadium, so that seems a little more obvious and less of a fun surprise):

Here are two golf-themed designs:

The golfer depicted in that last photo is, I believe, Gus Wortham, a Houston businessman who’s the namesake of a local golf course.

And then there’s this one, which just shows a bunch of balls from various sports:

There might be a few other sports-related ones that I missed. But a lot of the non-sports designs are really fun too. I especially like this one:

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Isn’t that great? There’s a lot more info, including maps, suggested walking tours, and so on, here.

One footnote: While working on this entry, I discovered that a few other cities have started similar programs of their own. Over in South Carolina, the city of Goose Creek promoted its program in 2019 by posting an article on the city’s website with the following headline: “Artists Give City Color Rush with Traffic Signal Cabinet Project.” Probably the first time Nike’s Color Rush term has been used in that type of context!

(Big thanks to Omar Jalife for letting me know about this wonderful civic art program.)

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Too good for the Ticker: While looking for additional examples of pants-pocketed managers and coaches, reader Chris Hickey stumbled upon something fascinating: White Sox coach Al Lopez (shown here on Opening Day, 1961, alongside Senators manager Mickey Vernon and JFK) had a pocket on the front of his jersey!

I’m a bit confused by the visual evidence, though. On the one hand, the pocket itself clearly appears to be on the outside of Lopez’s jersey. But you can also see the outline of something long and thin in the pocket — a pen, maybe? — that appears to be on the inside of the pocket. Anyone have any ideas about this? (Orioles skipper Earl Weaver, of course, famously had an inner jersey pocket to hold his cigarettes, but Lopez’s pocket looks like it was on the outside, at least to me. Hmmmmm.)

Meanwhile, if you look closely you can see that Vernon also has the extra pants pocket, so we can add him to our pocket pantheon. For that matter, so did Lopez, as you can see in this shot. And they’re not the only ones — Chris has also turned up photos of several other pants-pocketed MLBers, including A’s coach Albert “Chief” Bender; A’s manager Jimmy Dykes; and White Sox manager Eddie Stanky (also, look at plate ump Marty Springstead’s sensational jacket patch!).

In addition, reader Joanna Zwiep has found two Reds managers who wore the pocket: Rogers Hornsby and Bill McKechnie. The McKechnie shot is from 1940, making by far the earliest example of the pocket phenomenon that we’ve seen so far.

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ITEM! Another raffle: A few years ago, when we were offering Uni Watch basketball shorts, reader Matt Sanderson bought a Large pair and found that they were too big for him. They’ve sat in his drawer, unused, since then, and now he’s decided to let me raffle them off.

This will be a one-day raffle. USA shipping addresses only. To enter, send an email with your mailing addressto the raffle in-box by 8pm Eastern tonight. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Meanwhile: The winner of yesterday’s raffle for the copy of Stanley Cup quarters is Matthew Simpson. Congrats to him, and my repeated thanks to Will Scheibler for making that one possible.

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Pin Club update: In case you missed it on Monday, Todd Radom and I are no longer doing monthly pin designs, but there’s still one important order of Pin Club business remaining: sending out the 2021 All-Star pins.

I’m happy to report that those pins arrived from the factory two days ago (much earlier than I expected!). They’re all packed up and ready to go, so I should get them mailed out today to everyone who presented proof of having collected ’em all.

Also: Last year some people created display boards for their pins and shared the templates that they used for the displays. If you have a design you’re willing to share with the Pin Club comm-uni-ty, let me know. Thanks.

Thanks again for your support of this project. Todd and I have really enjoyed working on it.

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He definitely Gets It™ Who’s that in the mix-and-match Uni Watch ensemble? None other than longtime reader and Ticker stalwart Kary Klismet. He won the stirrups in our year-end raffle and thought he’d model them with other items from his Uni Watch wardrobe. Lookin’ good, Kary!

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The Ticker
By Paul

Baseball News: Nice story about Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park (from Kary Klismet). … The women’s hockey teams for D3 schools Adrian College and Trine University played an outdoor game on Sunday at the Toledo Mud Hens’ ballpark (from Kary Klismet). … Juan Francisco, who plays for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League, wears No. 111 (from Robert Flores).

Football News: Riddell has launched a new helmet model called the Axiom. I’m scheduled to interview several Riddell execs today, so I’ll have a thorough rundown on this helmet soon, probably next week. … Remember how I wrote about treDCALs — those custom-designed thigh pads — four months ago? Now ESPN has its own story about the company. … Here are this weekend’s uni combos for the Broncos and Bengals, plus the Lions might wear throwbacks (all from Phil). … Next month’s Super Bowl is slated to take place in L.A., but the NFL is exploring alternate sites in case Covid forces a relocation. … A guy who finished last in his fantasy league had to paint his pickup truck with an “I Came in Last in My Fantasy League” message (from Trevor Williams). … Bills QB Josh Allen has his own limited-edition cereal, Josh’s Jaq’s [sic] (from Trevor Williams).

Hockey News: Reprinted from the baseball section: D3 schools Adrian College and Trine University’s women’s teams played an outdoor game on Sunday at the Toledo Mud Hens’ minor league baseball stadium, with Adrian going G.I. Joke for the occasion (from Kary Klismet). … Penguins Equipment Manager Paul DeFazio worked his 1,500th professional regular season game last night and received a No. 1500 jersey to mark the occasion (from Steven Schapansky and @CantankerousRex).

Basketball News: A photo of Celtics PF Jayson Tatum, currently appearing on a bag of Ruffles potato chips, shows his jersey’s maker’s mark but not the ad patch (from @Finerific). … The Mavs retired Dirk Nowitzki’s No. 41 last night. … New court design for D2 school Montevallo (from Kary Klismet).

Soccer News: New ball design for the Africa Cup of Nations (from Jeremy Brahm). … Here’s a piece on English club Queens Park Rangers’ 1974-75 season, during which they wore nine (!) different shirts, counting all the variations of their blue/white hoops pattern (thanks, Jamie). … Also from Jamie: Brentford’s men’s team has not worn its first shirt for 30 consecutive away league games, dating back to September 2020. … The upcoming World Cup in Qatar will feature ta transportable stadium that can be dismantled and reassembled (from @bryanwdc). … New home shirts for second-tier Japanese side FC Ryukyu (from Jeremy Brahm).

Olympics News: New Winter Olympics uniforms for Russia and Australia (thanks, Phil).
 

Grab Bag: French president Emanuel Macron’s white Covid mask has one blue strap and one red strap, creating a visual effect that mimics the French flag (from Jen Hayden). … An eBayer has been selling off a huge collection of really beautiful milk bottle caps from Western New York dairies. Additional info here (from Brad Loliger). … The official seal for St. Francois County, Mo., got so much negative attention online that the county is now planning to replace it. It’s not that the existing seal was offensive or derogatory — it’s just a comically bad piece of design (from John Chapman and K.C. Kless). … Two cycling items from Kary Klismet: The Union Cycliste Internationale has banned Spanish team Bizkaia-Durango’s uniforms because they looked too much like the UCI Women’s WorldTour leader’s jersey, and a Canadian cycling team’s uniforms have been criticized for being sexist because the male riders wear blue while the women wear pink and purple. … A U.S. Navy sailor has invented and patented a device that keeps his uniform’s nametag stiff, with no puckers or curls.

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Signal flare: If readers Mark Cartman and Marc Rivlin see this, please drop me a line. I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to reach you. Thanks! — Paul

Pocket-Palooza: Floodgates Open on Obscure MLB Uni Detail

By Paul Lukas, on January 5, 2022

Our story so far: In 2019, I wrote a blog entry about how Casey Stengel had a little pocket added to his uniform pants when he managed the Yankees and Mets in the 1950s and ’60s. I thought that was a Stengel-specific thing until two weeks ago, when I learned that Expos coach Duke Snider had the same type of pocket added to his pants in the 1970s. That in turn led to the discovery a few days later that several other Expos coaches and managers had also worn the pocket, including Gene Mauch, who also wore the pocket while managing several other teams from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Today I’m here to tell you that the floodgates have opened. A bunch of Uni Watch readers, apparently as obsessed with this topic as I am, have found a bunch of additional pocket-clad coaches and managers from the 1960s and ’70s, making it pretty clear that this uniform element was fairly common among skippers and coaches during that period. The list of new discoveries includes some fairly big names and also includes several figures from my favorite team, yet I somehow missed the boat on this uni detail until now.

Here are the new additions to the front-pocketed pantheon, listed alphabetically by surname, with photographic evidence for each one. In some cases, I had to use watermarked photos because that’s all that was available; in other cases, the pocket is a little hard to see, so I’ve supplemented the initial photo with a close-up; and in almost all cases, you can click to enlarge.

Luke Appling
Appling wore the pocket while coaching for the Kansas City A’s in the 1960s. In the second photo that follows, you can see that he had a stopwatch strap tied to his belt loop, with the watch in pocket:

Yogi Berra
Yogi wore the pocket while coaching and managing for the Mets in 1960s and ’70s, and while managing the Yankees in the 1980s:

In this next shot, you can see that Berra was doing the stopwatch thing, just like Appling:

Billy DeMars
DeMars coached for the Phillies for 13 years and wore the pocket for at least part of that time:

DeMars also coached for the Expos (!) and Reds in the 1980s, but I haven’t been able to find any good photos of his pants from that part of his career.

Gil Hodges and Rube Walker
Hodges managed the Senators before being traded to the Mets (one of the rare times a manager has been traded), and he took pitching coach Walker with him. Here they are while still with the Senators in the mid-1960s, both wearing the pocket:

Hodges brought the pocket with him to the Mets. In this next photo, the pocket is a little harder to see because it’s closer to his hip, but it’s there:

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You can also see the pocket in this pair of game-used Hodges pants from 1970:

As for Walker, he also brought the pocket with him to the Mets. Here he is doing the stopwatch thing:

Billy Martin
Martin managed a slew of MLB teams and wore the pocket for at least four of them — the Twins, Tigers, Yankees, and Rangers. Let’s start with the Twins:


Now the Tigers (belted and sansabelt):


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Next up are the Yankees:

And now the Rangers:

Martin also managed the A’s, but I couldn’t find any evidence of him wearing the pocket with them. (That was confirmed by longtime A’s equipment manager Steve Vucinich, who said the only request he ever had for a front pocket came in 1976 from first base coach Al Monchak, who liked to keep a pen in the pocket.)

Sam Mele
Mele managed the Twins to the American League pennant in 1965 and wore the pocket while doing so:

Joe Nossek
Nossek coached for a bunch of teams from 1973 through 2003. The only pants-inclusive photo of him that I could find from that period is this 1976 shot of him in a Twins uni — with the pocket:

Mayo Smith
Smith managed the Tigers to the 1968 World Series championship, all while wearing the pocket:

Ted Williams
That’s right, Ted Williams himself — the Splendid Splinter, the Kid, Teddy Ballgame of the Major Fucking Leagues — wore the pocket while skippering the Senators (look just above the “M” in “Images”):

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So what have we learned? Here’s a summary:

• We now know that front pockets were worn by well over a dozen big league managers and coaches. That’s a lot more than I originally thought, but it’s still a really small number. I’m fairly certain most coaches and skippers didn’t wear it, so it was a niche thing at most.

• We’ve so far turned up only one player wearing the pocket — Expos pitcher Clay Kirby. At this point I’m pretty sure he was wearing repurposed pants that had previously been worn by a coach. In other words, this appears to have been just a coach/manager thing, not a player thing.

• As several of the photos in today’s post attest, many coaches used the pocket to hold a stopwatch. This appears to have been the pocket’s primary function.

• I’ve been wondering all along if the pockets were typically added as aftermarket modifications by team equipment staffs, or if they were offered as an optional feature by the uniform manufacturers. Steve Vucinich says that the one pocket he dealt with was added to the pants by McAuliffe, which was Oakland’s uni supplier at the time. On the other hand, I have a lot of vintage uniform catalogs, and I don’t recall seeing this feature being offered, but I’ll take another look through my catalog library soon.

• The earliest pocket example I’ve found so far is still Casey Stengel, from his time managing the Yankees in the 1950s. (He’s also the only one I’ve found to have had a flapped front pocket.)

• At the other end of the timeline, the most “recent” pocket photos I’ve seen so far are from the late 1980s. It’s not clear why the pocket died out after that.

I grew up watching many several of the managers featured in today’s post, so I’m not sure how I missed the pocket. It definitely seems like the kind of thing I would have been attuned to, even as a kid, but somehow I whiffed on it. It’s good to know there are still more things to learn about!

Most of you will be glad to hear that this will likely be the last time I write about the pocket as part of a lede entry. If we turn up any additional examples, those can just go in the Ticker.

I’m super-grateful to the Uni Watch readers who were enthusiastic enough about this topic to do their own photo research and come up with the examples shown in today’s post. I was sometimes able to build on their efforts by finding better photos than the ones they initially turned up, but they deserve all the credit for identifying these pocket-clad managers and coaches in the first place. So please join me in thanking Steve Dodell (who spotted the pockets worn by Yogi Berra, Gil Hodges, and Rube Walker); Mike Barnes (Billy Martin); Chris Hickey (Billy DeMars and Joe Nossek); and Brent Bouldin (Luke Appling, Sam Mele, Mayo Smith, and Ted Williams).

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Billy’s Bracketology, continued: A few weeks ago, reader Billy Ballas told us how he and his friends had made a bracket to determine the worst corporate-advertised stadium or arena name. Now he’s back with a similar bracket for the worst college football bowl name. I’ll let him explain:

I was able to get all 43 of this season’s bowls in the bracket. I began by splitting up the bowls into four regions, based on their naming sponsor/advertisers: Food; Travel & Entertainment; Money; and Potpourri. This means that bowls like the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl were not in the Food region (because their sponsors are not food-related), but the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl was appropriately in the Food Region (because of Chick-fil-A, not because of peaches). Then I loosely seeded the bowls within each region.

Our group voted on each matchup, with the worse bowl advancing. Voting was completely subjective. I tend to prefer names that at least have a traditional bowl name, even if there is a sponsor in front of it. Even though it is officially the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, most people still refer to it as the Sun Bowl, right? There is no avoiding the sponsor name in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl or the LendingTree Bowl. Each voter, however, had his own criteria. I think my favorite was one friend who said he’d hypothetically ask a woman on a date to a bowl, and he would gauge their laughter/confusion in saying the bowl name out loud.

Ha! Love that. You can see the full bracket here.

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ITEM! Another raffle: Reader Will Scheibler has generously sent me many fun gifts over the years, including this 10-pack of quarters that the Canadian mint released in 2017 to mark the the Stanley Cup’s 125th anniversary. Here’s what it contains:

It’s a lovely gift, but I’ve enjoyed it long enough and am ready to part with it now, so we’re going to raffle it off today.

This will be a one-day raffle. No entry restrictions. To enter, send an email to the raffle in-box by 8pm Eastern tonight. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.

Meanwhile: The winner of yesterday’s raffle for the copy of Chris Creamer and Todd Radom’s Fabric of the Game book is Robert DeCorte. Congrats to him, and my repeated thanks to Mike Engle for donating the book.

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Too good for the Ticker: The video above has nothing to do with uniforms or sports, but it’s a really, really cool piece of design that’s totally worth your 20 seconds. Trust me.

(Big thanks to the Tugboat Captain for this one.)

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The Ticker
By Lloyd Alaban

Baseball News: The Orioles officially released their Camden Yards 30th-anniversary logo. A patch version had leaked back in September. Here’s a look at the 20th- and 25th-anniversary patches (from David Cline). … It makes sense that Craig Biggio ended up with the Astros, because he had already worn a blue version of the tequila sunrise design at Seton Hall (from John Turney). … Check out this old shot of Elton John playing cricket in a Cubs hat — and what appears to be a Jetsons T-shirt! (Fun find by John Muir.)

College Football News:New personal logo for Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel (from Bryan Beban). … Kansas State wore jersey patches and helmet decals for last night’s Texas Bowl, to honor former head coach Bill Snyder’s longtime friend and K-State mentor Joan Friederich, who died last week (from David Wiechmann). … Speaking of the Texas Bowl, all Texas Bowl Gridiron Legend inductees received a commemorative belt buckle (from Ignacio Salazar). … EA Sports plans to have a new college football video game by the summer of 2023.

Hockey News: The Bruins went G.I. Joke for pregame activities last night.
 

Basketball News: The Mavs will retire Dirk Nowitzki’s No. 41 tonight (from our own Phil Hecken). … The University of Minnesota is bringing back an old set of benches (from Ben Hagen).

Soccer News: The Coupe de France, France’s top-level cup championship, has some pretty strict kit rules (from Johnny Jatt).
 

Grab Bag: Ever wonder how companies make their signature sounds, also known as “sonic logos”? This podcast episode takes a look (from Andrew Cosentino). … Here’s a look at the fonts of some of the world’s most famous brand logos (from our own Brinke Guthrie). … Lexus is replacing the rear logo on its cars with a Lexus wordmark. … The Republican National Committee has told a local Republican group in Nevada to stop using the national group’s logo.

Uni Watch DIY Project: Another Block-head!

By Paul Lukas, on January 4, 2022

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Two winters ago we had a guest post from reader Loren Southard, who created a set of awesome sports logo-themed building blocks for his new child. That inspired fellow reader Eric Wall to create a similar set of building blocks for his own newborn about a year later.

Our latest block-head is longtime reader Judy Adams, who wanted to create a set of blocks for her nephew’s baby boy. She thought she might need a bit of help getting started, so she recently asked if I could put her in touch with Loren and Eric, which I happily did. With their help, Judy was able to complete a great set of blocks. Take it away, Judy!

My DIY Block Set
By Judy Adams

My nephew and his wife are big sports fans who live in Denver. But he’s originally from the DC suburbs and she’s from Dallas, so I relied heavily on colleges and teams in those areas, even to the point of including logos from minor league sports (which I never would’ve been able to do without SportsLogos.net).

I also included a generous assortment of pop culture references that I thought would appeal to the two of them. For example, they’re both avid skiers, so I included logos from some Colorado ski resorts. Also, they had Voodoo Donuts instead of cake at their wedding, so that was my source for one of the “V” logos.

Here’s a chart showing how it all broke down [click to enlarge]:

I tried not to repeat too many of the same letters that Loren or Eric used, although I did use a few of Loren’s designs (with his permission, of course).

My grandnephew’s name has two “E”s, and I wanted him to be able to spell his name with the blocks, so i did two “E” blocks. I had to dig deep enough to find enough “E” logos!

One of the biggest challenges — aside from not having Photoshop experience — was printing the letters themselves. I have a cheap home printer that would’ve run out of ink after only a page or two , so I had to print everything at my local FedEx Office location. They have a feature that lets you email documents to their cloud and then download them to the printer, but I even can’t tell you how many times I’d get to the FedEx store and realize I’d sent the wrong page of letters or forgotten to bring card stock with me, and then I’d have to drive back home and re-do everything.

The other big challenge: trying to find teams that start with the letters X and Z!

My grandnephew is just now starting to play with the blocks (I’ll let you know if I get any pictures), but his parents were delighted with the gift. I’m grateful to Uni Watch for inspiring me to take on this project, and to the comm-uni-ty for helping me realize it.

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Paul here. How awesome is that? I love how the building blocks concept is spreading throughout the Uni Watch readership. Here are the remaining sides of Judy’s block set:

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New WFT identity to be revealed soon: The Washington Football Team announced this morning that they’ll reveal their new team name and branding on Feb. 2 (that’s four weeks from tomorrow). A few tidbits from the video embedded above:

• The new name will not be Wolves or RedWolves, which were popular with fans but deemed untenable by the team’s legal department due to other teams’ trademarks.

• There will be more than one helmet design (not surprising, since the one-shell rule is being lifted next season).

• The video includes several teaser glimpses of the new uniform, starting at the 5:18 mark. The new look will apparently include black trim, stars on the inner jersey collar, and a non-block number font with a faux-mesh treatment. It also looks like they’re adding a logo to the helmet’s nose bumper (the team has used blank bumpers for years), although it’s blurred out in the video.

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Grrrrr: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played what is expected to be his final home game last night. In all the years he played, I don’t think I noticed before that his front helmet number doesn’t quite sit within the confines of the yellow stripe. Very frustrating!

I looked at a lot of Roethlisberger photos from various seasons before posting this item, and here’s what I’ve concluded: While it’s true that the number sometimes fit within the stripe, it seems like it more often extended outside the stripe. Surprising that we never noticed it until now!

(Blame Twitter-er @J771980 for this one.)

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie
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Here we go with the first Collector’s Corner of 2022, and without a doubt the first time I’ve ever featured … pinto beans. But not just any pinto beans — this is a burlap sack for Bambino Pinto Beans! According to Mears Online Auctions, these were “burlap sack(s) dating to circa the 1960s. Apparently the Ruth family did not grant the company permission to use the Babe’s likeness and as such the bags were pulled from [the market] after a relatively short time frame.”

And there you have it! Now for the rest of this week’s picks:

• For some of us, NFL gumball helmets will always be rememberd as iHop giveaways. (A complete set there — wowsers.) Turns out that Bonanza steakhouses also took part in this campaign — here’s one from 1970 for the Rams.

• Got a couple of items from Pittsburgh here. First, an empty pickle jar (another CC first, I should think) for Darius Kasparaitis Krunchers, “premium ‘Russian-style’ dill spears” from the former Penguin. Also, this 1991 Pittsburgh Pirates-Blockbuster Video pin commemorating Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning no-hitter from 1959.

• Here’s a 1972 “Pour It On” promotional hockey puck signed by hockey legend Bobby Hull. The seller says this was for some type of motivational film.

• It was an April to remember: The 1987 Milwaukee Brewers started off the season with a 13-0 run that month. Here’s a poster commemorating that feat from George Webb Restaurants and WTMJ Radio 62.

Getcha hot drinks heyah, 25 cents! That was the cry of the vendors at Yankee Stadium wearing this 1964 concessionaire’s hat. 

• Here’s a pair of 1970s Wilson baseball cleats. They may be for baseball, but the guys I remember wearing these were NFL quarterbacks Kenny Stabler and Bob Griese.

• Speaking of shoes, Walter Payton was, to my knowledge, the only NFL guy who wore KangaROOS cleats (so named because they had a small pocket on the side). Here’s a Sweetness in-store display for them.

• According to this 1982 print ad, Gold Medal Sporting Goods was the place to get your Phillies merch.

• Check out this Seattle Seahawks medallion from their inaugural 1976 season. Don’t you miss those colors?

• If you like the old sports merch catalogs Paul’s been writing about over the past few months, you’ll love this 1992 Starting Lineup Sears catalog featuring licensed gear from the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

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ITEM! Our first raffle of 2022: We’re going to have a new raffle for each remaining weekday this week. The first one is courtesy of longtime reader Mike Engle, who has an extra copy of Chris Creamer and Todd Radom’s Fabric of the Game book and has generously offered to make it available to a lucky Uni Watch reader.

This will be a one-day raffle. USA shipping addresses only. To enter, send an email with your mailing addressto the raffle in-box by 8pm Eastern tonight. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. Good luck!

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball News: The end of an era: Topps is being acquired by Fanatics. … This piece from The Athletic (hard paywall) offers a fascinating look at the modern baseball bat and why traditional ash wood is no longer a viable material. It also leads with an incredible scene in eccentric Reds 1B Joey Votto’s garage, which is now full of ash bats that he hoarded by the dozen last year (from webmaster John Ekdahl). …  In a 1989 Red Sox/Rangers game in Texas, Sox OF Jim Rice was wearing an older model jersey (circa 1986) where the letter spacing was split BO-STON at the placket, while the rest of the team was wearing the typical BOS-TON jerseys (from Joe Kuras). … This 1990s cover of the Giants’ team magazine featured P Bud Black wearing home whites while pitching to himself, wearing road greys in the batter’s box (from @Spesh98). … This story recaps the oddest stadium quirks in Major League history (from Kary Klismet).

Pro Football News: Browns DE Jadaveon Clowney was flagged last night for taking off Steelers WR Chase Claypool’s shoe and tossing it aside. … Paul noted yesterday that Raiders WR DeSean Jackson paid tribute to John Madden with his cleats on Sunday. However, Jackson later wrote on Instagram that he was told to remove them during the game (from Phil). … The NFL often shares a player’s weekly statline on social media by posting a jersey template. For Bengals QB Joe Burrow this week, they used a NNOB jersey to commemorate him losing his nameplate (from Nicklaus Wallmeyer). … A TV producer mistakenly used a Browns logo instead of a Raiders logo on a graphic (from Jorge Cruz). … We have a couple of notes from Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers got a mention, but the team pictured isn’t even wear blue uniforms. That episode also featured an NFL Draft scene that featured several clever team names (from Johnny Garfield). … ESPN used a four-year-old photo of RB Derrick Henry in an old Titans uniform in a graphic yesterday (from Taylor Crabtree).

College/High School Football News: This blog ranks the uniform combos BYU wore this season (from Phil). … Michigan wore five different uniform combos this season. Their best record came when wearing their traditional blue-on-gold uniforms (from @uofm_graphix). … Funhouse spotted some serious uniform inconsistencies in an old episode of The Brady Bunch.

Hockey News: The Salmon Arm Silverback of the Junior “A” British Columbia Hockey League wore their BCHL 60th-anniversary throwback-inspired uniforms on Saturday night (from Wade Heidt). … A Florida youth 3-on-3 team called the Ice Cubes wears sweaters featuring rapper Ice Cube’s face (from @burkeman78). … Spotted in The Hill in St. Louis, the city’s historically Italian neighborhood: a Blues logo-Italian flag mashup mural (from @stlthrowbacks).

Basketball News: NBA numerologist Etienne Catalanis staying busy with the latest transactions. Check out his Twitter account to see the latest number updates from throughout the league. … Louisville will retire No. 2 in honor of Russ Smith on Jan. 22 (from Phil).

Soccer News: AC Milan and Inter Milan of Italy’s Serie A have unveiled their new stadium design (from Kary Klismet).
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Olympics: The uniforms for the medal ceremony volunteers at this year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing have been unveiled, and one Korean writer thinks they look a little too much like the uniforms from the 2018 Winter Games (from Kary Klismet). … Here’s what Australia will be wearing in Beijing (thanks, Phil).

Grab Bag: Couple of cycling notes from our own Jamie Rathjen: New uniforms for women’s team FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitane Futuroscope and men’s team Quick Step-AlphaVinyl. Also, women’s team Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo had their new jerseys banned by the UCI for being too similar to several other teams’, so they’re selling them on Facebook. … USA Volleyball has signed a new apparel deal with Mizuno. Per volleyball expert Jeremy Brahm, the team left Mizuno to sign with Adidas in 2017. … Also from Jeremy: This behind-the-scenes shot of cameramen filming a Formula 1 race in 1969 is wild — that guy is just a few feet from an oncoming car! … Here’s a feature story on the fall and rebirth of French sportswear brand Le Coq Sportif, which produced many iconic soccer uniforms from the 1980s (from Ed Żelaski). … … The newest edition of the Catwoman comics will feature a new logo for the superhero (from John Cerone). … New uniforms are coming for India’s army (from Kary Klismet). … A bit of irony from Scott Rogers: An Army recruitment center near his home got a new sign installation, thanks to a company called Make Signs Not War.

Monday Morning Uni Watch

By Paul Lukas, on January 3, 2022

Photo by Robert Scheer/IndyStar, USA Today Network; click to enlarge

Good morning, and happy 2022 from Uni Watch HQ! Hope you all had a good New Year’s weekend.

Now then: Yesterday’s slate of NFL games featured several tributes to the late John Madden. First and foremost, as you can see above, the Raiders added a “JM” memorial decal on the back of their helmets, in the same design style as the “AL” perma-memorial for Al Davis that they’ve been wearing since 2011. It’s not yet clear, at least to me, whether the Madden decal will also be worn for next week’s regular season finale (and for the postseason, if the Raiders advance), or if it was just a one-game thing.

In addition, Raiders wide receiver DeSean Jackson wore Madden-themed shoes:

The tributes were not limited to the Raiders. Bills wideout Stefon Diggs had his own Madden-themed footwear:

And Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott wore a Madden T-shirt for pregame activities:

In addition, there was a moment of silence and scoreboard salute prior to each game:

Also, for Fox’s games yesterday, the network intermittently put a little Madden graphic in the upper-right corner of the screen:

In other news from what turned out to be a very uni-eventful day around the league:

• The Bengals wore their orange alternate jerseys:

• In that same game, there was a bizarre sequence involving Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow’s nameplate. First it was coming loose:

Then the nameplate was stripped clean off of the jersey by KC lineman Chris Jones:

That left Burrow to finish the game while wearing a modern-day NFL rarity — an NNOB jersey:

• In yet another Bengals note, wide receiver Ja’marr Chase apparently changed his shoes at halftime:

• In an absolute visual nightmare, the Ravens and Rams went mono-purple vs. mono-dishwater:

• In that same game, Rams running back Sony Michel had a pretty sizable Band-Aid on his left knee:

• The Titans wore their light-blue alternate jerseys over navy pants:

• The Jets went mono-green:

• In the third quarter of that same game, Bucs wideout Antonio Brown removed his jersey, shoulder pads, undershirt, and gloves, tossed the undershirt and gloves into the stands, and left the field. Turns out he’s a southpaw:

• For the fifth time in seven games, the Eagles wore their black alternate pants (which at this point I guess can no longer be considered alternate):

• In that same game, Washington running back Wendell Smallwood took a helmet-to-helmet hit that literally knocked the TV numbers off of his helmet:

• The Panthers went mono-white, including white socks. According to the Panthers Uniform Tracker, it’s the first time in team history that they’re worn that uni combo:

• In that same game, the Saints wore black over gold. Incredibly, according to the Gridiron Uniform Database, that’s the first time they’ve worn that combo at home since 2018 (although they’ve worn it a few times on the road during that span).

• The Cowboys wore their mono-white alternates:

• I always like it when the Chargers wear powder blue over yellow. Such a good look:

• One of Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson’s helmet logos got chewed up:

• Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, whose jersey had the wrong number and NOB fonts last week, had a proper jersey this time around:

• Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter arrived at the stadium wearing a New York Rangers hockey jersey:

• All teams wore “Inspire Change” helmet decals as part of the league’s social justice program, with similar messaging on goalpost padding, sideline hats, and elsewhere on the field. All of this will continue next week as well (additional info here):

• Here’s something I missed: Back on Dec. 7, the NFL announced the 32 nominees for this season’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. For the the past four weeks, including yesterday, those 32 players have been wearing the Payton logo as a rear-helmet decal (the eventual winner, who’ll be named at the season’s conclusion, will get to wear the logo as a jersey patch for the rest of his career):

• Only one home team wore white: the aforementioned Cowboys.

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And that’s it for yesterday. As for tonight, Steelers vs. Browns should be a very good-looking game.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Mike Chamernik, Brinke Guthrie, Marcus Hall, K.C. Kless, Alan Kreit, John Muir, Brad Parker, John Turney, Mike Weston, and the bizillion people who told me about Joe Burrow’s nameplate.)

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And speaking of Madden: According to a tweet from a cartoon-centric Twitter account, Madden was slated to appear in the 2018 movie Ralph Breaks the Internet (the sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph), but his sequence didn’t make the final cut. The exploratory sketches shown above were done by Jeff Merghart, one of the animators who worked on the film. They’re really fun, although reader Jaime Galindo points out that Merghart neglected to include Madden’s longtime visual signature: the dangling sideline-access pass.

I love both of the Ralph movies. If they ever do a third one, maybe Madden could be included in that one.

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Possible NHL All-Star leak: Phil had this in yesterday’s Ticker, but in case you missed that, Icethetics is reporting that this year’s NHL All-Star Game jerseys may have leaked via a retail catalog. The legitimacy of this leak hasn’t yet been confirmed, but Icethetics tends to be a very reputable source. Get the full story here.

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Pin Club update: Today is the first weekday of the month, so I’d normally be announcing our new pin design. But that won’t be happening, because Todd Radom and I have decided to shut down the Pin Club.

This has nothing to do with the December pin’s shipping snafu — Todd and I had already made the decision a few months ago. We felt that two dozen pin designs were enough and that we’d rather stop now, while the designs were still strong.

More pin news:

• All the remaining Pin Club inventory is being sent back to me from the Teespring warehouse (again, this decision had already been made before the recent shipping issues). Once I get everything sorted, I will sell the pins myself at a discounted price and will offer further discounts for multiple-pin orders. I had always wanted to do this via Teespring (I practically begged them to offer multi-pin bundles), but their retail software didn’t allow for it, so now I’ll just do it myself. This should all be ready to go either later this week or early next week — stay tuned.

• Although the monthly pin series is ending, Todd and I will still do a Press Pin this October.

• The 2021 bonus/All-Star pins should be ready to mail out by the middle of next week (and possibly sooner — just waiting for them to arrive from the factory).

Meanwhile, I have a new creative collaboration with Todd — and with some other talented designers — that I’ll be rolling out this year. More on that soon.

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Resolute: I’ve made only one New Year’s resolution in my life. That was in 1999, when I made a resolution to create and sell a column about sports uniform design. I’d gotten the idea several years earlier, but in the intervening time it had become one of those things I talked about doing instead of actually doing. I hated that the idea had been relegated to that mental treadmill, so I figured more drastic action was needed — hence the resolution. A little less than five months later, Uni Watch was born.

Since that resolution turned out so well, you’d think it would have made me a convert, but I’ve never made another New Year’s resolution. I’m not sure why (especially since I frequently make to-do lists, which are sort of mini-resolutions), but for some reason I’ve never bought into this particular annual ritual.

What about you? I realize some of this stuff may be very personal or private, but if you’re willing to share, I’d be interested in hearing what resolutions Uni Watch readers have made for 2022. Feel free to post about that in today’s comments. Thanks!

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Oh. My. God. These spectacular vintage ag company promotional booklet covers are part of a much larger collection, which you can see here. They’re really, really nice pieces of design.

(Super-duper-thanks to Brad Loliger for this one.)

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Sorry, no Ticker today, as the Ticker team had the weekend off. The Ticker will return tomorrow.

Meanwhile, please join me in wishing the happiest of birthdays to our own Phil Hecken, who’s celebrating another trip around the sun today. Enjoy your special day, buddy!! — Paul

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How Peter O’Keeffe wrote himself into Irish amateur golfing history

So much so that O’Keeffe is enjoying the rewards of an elite amateur career founded on a singular approach honed from years of experience that this year delivered the AIG

Irish Close and Flogas Irish Amateur Open titles, a double achieved only once before, by Pádraig Harrington in 1995.

The Corkman also won the Munster Strokeplay in between and his successes were this week recognised with the Irish Golf Writers’ Association’s Men’s Amateur of the Year title for 2021.

The accolade had not yet been decided when O’Keeffe, 40, sat down with the Irish Examiner at Douglas Golf Club to reflect not just on a milestone year but the journey that got the specialist golf strength and conditioning coach to that point and the business ventures that now occupy much of his time and as a result allow him to pursue his “less is more” mindset on the course.

“The thing I was missing as a professional golfer was consistency and that lends yourself to saying, ‘your technique isn’t good enough’, which I always knew,” O’Keeffe said. “I’ve an awful lot more trust now in what I’m doing, especially under pressure, and that actually makes you calmer under pressure.

“You’re not worried about this could happen or that could happen. You say to yourself ‘I’ve repped this movement thousands of times, I know the output if I do it correctly and I’m going to commit to that process and then trust the shots to happen’.

“So, my technique is different, it’s much different now than when I was a professional and I have a lot more trust in what I’m doing.

“I’ve a great coach in Noel Fox who sets me physical and technical challenges and I go away and do it. And I try and implement that into some of the younger players I work with.

“It lends itself to physical and technical. You can’t achieve the technical without the physical. I suppose that’s why myself and Noel tick-tack so well because he knows I’m in that space anyway and I’m willing at my age now to do anything and try anything.

“I’m in a place now where I look back and I’m like, ‘it’s a pity I wasn’t like this in my 20s’. My professional career might have been different but who knows, one thing leads to something else but now I’ve massive confidence in what I’m doing, more than I’ve ever had.

“That’s lovely. It took me until my late 30s to find something I can trust. It’s very hard playing elite golf when you don’t trust your technique or when you’re kind of half with it. But when you can trust it, it’s great. It frees you up anyway.”

O’Keeffe believes there is “an awful lot more to come” from him on the golf course. “I’ve been doing a lot of really good stuff. I think when you’ve been around golf as long I have and you start doing the good stuff you start thinking why wasn’t I doing this stuff for as long as I was?

“A part of that is the physical side of it, for sure. Like I don’t think it’s a fluke that I’m 40 and the next closest age to me on the Irish team this year is 25 or 26. So there’s definitely something in that, both technically and physically, put the two together. And maybe it’s the stage of where I am in my life too. You don’t react the way you used to as a young player.

“I holed a couple of putts at the right time to win. I played lovely golf to get into that space but I did hole putts this year at the right time.”

Those putts came at Tullamore, for the Irish Close, and The European Club, for the Irish Amateur Open. To win the first he defeated Rob Moran in a play-off and it was another play-off success that secured the Open, taking advantage of a change in fortunes at the regulation final hole against Switzerland’s Nicola Gerhardsen to win a three-hole aggregate shoot-out.

“I treated it like Tour School, so you’re applying an experience there that probably no-one else in the field could. And I knew the golf course and how hard it was so the key was not to play yourself out of it, hope for a bit of wind which came and I was there in the second round. Then the last round came against a really good Swiss player and it was just a really good battle all day and I ended up winning the play-off, holing a nice putt on 18 when I was pretty much dead. I just chipped it up to 20 feet and knocked it in for a par and he missed from 12 feet for the tournament and then I win in the play-off. Nice.

“You could miss those putts and have two seconds and go ‘that was a great year’ but when it happens, and all wins are different, you kind of lean on them.”

What O’Keeffe did not lean on was pointless practice rounds. In fact, he said he did not play a single round of pre-tournament practice this year.

“There is a process. I suppose less is more. I’ve learned that as well, and it suits me. Before I would be hitting lots of balls, playing lots of practice rounds. I’ve eased off on a lot of that, kept my mind as fresh as possible, so I tend to just go off by myself.

“If I go to a tournament and I’m happy on the range after 40 minutes or whatever of doing my drills, it’s all about physical feels more than the performance of the golf shot itself, then that reinforces my trust and I won’t play a practice round. I might only walk the golf course then and I’ve more time to relax then and get into the event.

“I’ve found before, if I get too mentally invested in the tournament itself or the process then my performance isn’t as good whereas in latter years, the less I do the better my performance is. That might sound crazy but if I do loads in the off-season and reinforce it with trust and belief I’ve actually learned that less is more for me at a tournament.

“So you don’t have to go through the process because everyone thinks you do and it says Friday is a practice day. Tullamore, I didn’t play a practice round and I was less familiar with that course, I’d just played interpros there about four years previously but I went up with one of the young lads here in Douglas, Mel Deasy, and we walked the course the day before and got as much out of it. I don’t like things that take too long anyway so it just suits me to whizz through a few groups and bring a wedge with me.

“So I don’t think I’ve played any practice round this year, come to think of it. But that’s just what has worked for me… the less is more approach certainly keeps me more focused.”

O’Keeffe has plenty to concentrate on in his career, working out of his gym at Douglas GC, from where he runs his online GolfStrong.ie fitness classes, preparing for the New Year launch of the F45 gym franchise at Cork City’s Elysian building in partnership with Peter Stringer and Paul Buckley; and the development of a one-stop golf fitness app.

There is little time for hindsight.

“I don’t have regrets but if I met myself as a 23-year-old going out on the Challenge Tour I’d say ‘look, you’ve got to address your technique’.

“I got onto the Challenge Tour just by pure grit. I didn’t get picked on an Irish team, just said I’d go to Q-School and found myself all the way in the final stage that year and absolute grit about just getting the ball in the hole, dying it into the hole.

“When I found myself out on Tour then, I had my good weeks but it was inconsistent and I think there needs to be a level of consistency there if you want to progress onto the next stage, which I never did, unfortunately.

“I’ve a much better game now than I had then but again, looking forward if someone told me as a 25-year-old that at 40, you’re going to swing it like this and you’re going to have this, this and this, I wouldn’t have believed that either. It’s a funny sport.”

They are lessons he tries to pass on to the young golfers he helps to mentor at Douglas but he admitted he might not have paid much attention to himself at the age of 23.

“Aaargh, I was very bad at listening back then, I was. That’s probably my biggest regret. Sometimes I sit back and think ‘pity I wasn’t technically good then as I am now, what might have happened’. Of course the other side might not have happened then. We’re getting very deep.”

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More than a year and a half after it retired its controversial nickname and logo, the Washington Football Team announced on Tuesday it will reveal its new identity on Feb, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack. 2.

“We know this has been a long process – one that has required a lot of patience from you over the last 18 months,” team president Jason Wright said in a letter to fans. “We are so excited to let you know that the wait is almost over.”

While the franchise has not publicly announced any finalists, Wright did rule out two potential names – Wolves and RedWolves – citing trademarks held by other teams, including Arkansas State University. 

“Early on we understood Wolves – or some variation of it – was one of our fan favorites,” Wright said. “As I’ve said all along, we take feedback from our fans seriously, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, and because of your interest in this name, we put Wolves on a list of options to explore fully. Once we began looking into Wolves, however, we became aware of a notable challenge: trademarks held by other teams would limit our ability to make the name our own. And without Wolves, variations like RedWolves wouldn’t have been viable either for these and other reasons.

“Understanding the weight and importance of our team name, and excitement around other name options – both internally and within our fan base – we didn’t want to risk going down a route that could be dotted with legal hurdles. The prospect of years of litigation wasn’t something that we wanted you, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, our fans, to have to bear as you begin to embrace a new brand.”

Accompanying Wright’s letter was a new episode of “Making The Brand,” a video series that has given us a behind-the-scenes look at the rebrand process. Included were some teaser photos of the new uniforms, which fit the vision of former quarterback and current senior advisor Doug Williams.

“It’s a clean uniform,” Williams said in the video. “I believe in clean uniforms. You just got the number and the stripes around the shoulders – and that’s it. That’s going to be a good-looking uniform.”

From the teaser photos, we’ve gathered the franchise will have two new helmets, including one that is burgundy with an anodized satin finish. It has a gold facemask, the team logo on the sides and a single gold stripe down the middle, with the new team logo or wordmark on the front bumper.

Note that the photo above has a glare from the window on the stripe, giving the illusion of a white stripe accompanying the gold stripe.

The other helmet appears to be black with a black facemask, which is notable given the NFL is doing away with its one-helmet rule for the 2022 season and beyond.

The burgundy home jersey features gold numbers outlined in white with a perforation-like design throughout, while the white road jersey has burgundy numbers with a black outline.

There are three stars on the inside of the back collar, which – along with the striping pattern on the burgundy home jersey – have been pulled from the flag of Washington D.C. There’s also a circular logo on the back, right above the player’s nameplate. 

The sleeve design on the white jersey appears to be different than the home burgundy jersey, with a solidly burgundy stripe above a diamond-shaped pattern and another black stripe below that.

Lastly, there is a pair of burgundy pants with a gold Nike swoosh. 

“We can’t wait to hit the ground running with our team name and identity on a clear nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack – one without distracting obstacles, legal or otherwise,” Wright said, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack. “And while we’ve always understood it would be a nearly impossible task to select a name that all of our fans would identify with as their first pick, we are very excited about our final selection, which aligns with our values, carries forth our rich history, represents the region and, most importantly, is inspired and informed by you, our fans.

“We are confident that this identity is one that our team and our fans across D.C., Maryland, Virginia and beyond can rally behind for another 90 years and more as we continue to cheer on the Burgundy & Gold in this next chapter.”

All that said, stay tuned to SportsLogos.net on Feb. 2 for the full unveiling. 


Note: One name that hasn’t previously been mentioned as a contender is Admirals, as fans have noticed washingtonadmirals.com redirects to the Washington Football Team’s official website despite also being the name of a Major League Quidditch team.

That’s not necessarily indicative of that being the franchise’s new nickname, especially after legal troubles the Cleveland Guardians faced with their name change. They also likely purchased the domain for any and every name under consideration, so it’s just something to keep an eye on as the date gets closer.

Photos courtesy of @WashingtonNFL on Twitter.

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Houston Project Transforms Utility Boxes into Cool Uni Artwork

By Paul Lukas, on January 6, 2022

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Last winter I wrote about how a Baltimore artist had inspired people to repaint and decorate the city’s yellow salt boxes, thereby transforming a drab street fixture into an entertaining civic art program. Now longtime reader Omar Jalife has informed me that something similar is going on in Houston.

The Houston program is called Mini Murals and involves having local artists repaint traffic signal cabinets and other utility consoles with decorative artwork. Since the program began in 2015, more 300 Mini Murals have been painted in Houston. (There’s also a much smaller version of the program in Austin.)

A few of the Mini Murals are sports-related. In addition to the Earl Campbell design shown at the top of today’s post, there’s also this Astros design, celebrating the team’s 2017 championship:

Here’s one that celebrates the Astrodome, with nods to both the Astros and the Oilers:

There’s also a Texans-themed one (although it’s at their stadium, so that seems a little more obvious and less of a fun surprise):

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Here are two golf-themed designs:

The golfer depicted in that last photo is, I believe, Gus Wortham, a Houston businessman who’s the namesake of a local golf course.

And then there’s this one, which just shows a bunch of balls from various sports:

There might be a few other sports-related ones that I missed. But a lot of the non-sports designs are really fun too. I especially like this one:

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Isn’t that great? There’s a lot more info, including maps, suggested walking tours, and so on, here.

One footnote: While working on this entry, I discovered that a few other cities have started similar programs of their own. Over in South Carolina, the city of Goose Creek promoted its program in 2019 by posting an article on the city’s website with the following headline: “Artists Give City Color Rush with Traffic Signal Cabinet Project.” Probably the first time Nike’s Color Rush term has been used in that type of context!

(Big thanks to Omar Jalife for letting me know about this wonderful civic art program.)

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Too good for the Ticker: While looking for additional examples of pants-pocketed managers and coaches, reader Chris Hickey stumbled upon something fascinating: White Sox coach Al Lopez (shown here on Opening Day, 1961, alongside Senators manager Mickey Vernon and JFK) had a pocket on the front of his jersey!

I’m a bit confused by the visual evidence, though. On the one hand, the pocket itself clearly appears to be on the outside of Lopez’s jersey. But you can also see the outline of something long and thin in the pocket — a pen, maybe? — that appears to be on the inside of the pocket. Anyone have any ideas about this? (Orioles skipper Earl Weaver, of course, famously had an inner jersey pocket to hold his cigarettes, but Lopez’s pocket looks like it was on the outside, at least to me. Hmmmmm.)

Meanwhile, if you look closely you can see that Golf mk5 facelift also has the extra pants pocket, so we can add him to our pocket pantheon. For that matter, so did Lopez, as you can see in this shot. And they’re not the only ones — Chris has also turned up photos of several other pants-pocketed MLBers, including A’s coach Albert “Chief” Bender; A’s manager Jimmy Dykes; and White Sox manager Eddie Stanky (also, look at plate ump Marty Springstead’s sensational jacket patch!).

In addition, reader Joanna Zwiep has found two Reds managers who wore the pocket: Rogers Hornsby and Bill McKechnie. The Nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack shot is from 1940, making by far the earliest example of the pocket phenomenon that we’ve seen so far.

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ITEM! Another raffle: A few years ago, when we were offering Uni Watch basketball shorts, reader Matt Sanderson bought a Large pair and found that they were too big for him. They’ve sat in his drawer, unused, since then, and now he’s decided to let me raffle them off.

This will be a one-day raffle. USA shipping addresses only. To enter, send an email with your mailing addressto the raffle in-box by 8pm Eastern tonight. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Meanwhile: The winner of yesterday’s raffle for the copy of Stanley Cup quarters is Matthew Simpson. Congrats to him, and my repeated thanks to Will Scheibler for making that one possible.

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Pin Club update: In case you missed it on Monday, Todd Radom and I are no longer doing monthly pin designs, but there’s still one important order of Pin Club business remaining: sending out the 2021 All-Star pins.

I’m happy to report that those pins arrived from the factory two days ago (much earlier than I expected!). They’re all packed up and ready to go, so I should get them mailed out today to everyone who presented proof of having collected ’em all.

Also: Last year some people created display boards for their pins and shared the templates that they used for the displays. If you have a design you’re willing to share with the Pin Club comm-uni-ty, let me know. Thanks.

Thanks again for your support of this project. Todd and I have really enjoyed working on it.

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He definitely Gets It™ Who’s that in the mix-and-match Uni Watch ensemble? None other than longtime reader and Ticker stalwart Kary Klismet. He won the stirrups in our year-end raffle and thought he’d model them with other items from his Uni Watch wardrobe. Lookin’ good, Kary!

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The Ticker
By Paul

Baseball News: Nice story about Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park (from Kary Klismet). … The women’s hockey teams for D3 schools Adrian College and Trine University played an outdoor game on Sunday at the Toledo Mud Hens’ ballpark (from Kary Klismet). … Juan Francisco, who plays for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League, wears No. 111 (from Robert Flores).

Football News: Riddell has launched a new helmet model called the Axiom. I’m scheduled to interview several Riddell execs today, so I’ll have a thorough rundown on this helmet soon, probably next week. … Remember how I wrote about treDCALs — those custom-designed thigh pads — four months ago? Now ESPN has its own story about the company. … Here are this weekend’s uni combos for the Broncos and Bengals, plus the Lions might wear throwbacks (all from Phil). … Next month’s Super Bowl is slated to take place in L.A., but the NFL is exploring alternate sites in case Covid forces a relocation. … A guy who finished last in his fantasy league had to paint his pickup truck with an “I Came in Last in My Fantasy League” message (from Trevor Williams). … Bills QB Josh Allen has his own limited-edition cereal, Josh’s Jaq’s [sic] (from Trevor Nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack src="https://dugout.uni-watch.com/app/uploads/2017/08/NewsTickerPuck.png" width="60" height="53">

Hockey News: Reprinted from the baseball section: D3 schools Adrian College and Trine University’s women’s teams played an outdoor game on Sunday at the Toledo Mud Hens’ minor league baseball stadium, with Adrian going G.I, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack. Joke for the occasion (from Kary Klismet). … Penguins Equipment Manager Paul DeFazio worked his 1,500th professional regular season game last night and received a No. 1500 jersey to mark the occasion (from Steven Schapansky and @CantankerousRex).

Basketball News: A photo of Celtics PF Jayson Tatum, currently appearing on a bag of Ruffles potato chips, shows his jersey’s maker’s mark but not the ad patch (from @Finerific). … The Mavs retired Dirk Nowitzki’s No. 41 last night. … New court design for D2 school Montevallo (from Kary Klismet).

Soccer News: New ball design for the Africa Cup of Nations (from Jeremy Brahm). … Here’s a piece on English club Queens Park Rangers’ 1974-75 season, during which they wore nine (!) different shirts, counting all the variations of their blue/white hoops pattern (thanks, Jamie). … Also from Jamie: Brentford’s men’s team has not worn its first shirt for 30 consecutive away league games, dating back to September 2020. … The upcoming World Cup in Qatar will feature ta transportable stadium that can be dismantled and reassembled (from @bryanwdc). … New home shirts for second-tier Japanese side FC Ryukyu (from Jeremy Brahm).

Olympics News: New Winter Olympics uniforms for Russia and Australia (thanks, Phil).
 

Grab Bag: French president Emanuel Macron’s white Covid mask has one blue strap and one red strap, creating a visual effect that mimics the French flag (from Jen Hayden). … An eBayer has been selling off a huge collection of really beautiful milk bottle caps from Western New York dairies. Additional info here (from Brad Loliger). … The official seal for St. Francois County, Mo., got so much negative attention online that the county is now planning to replace it. It’s not that the existing seal was offensive or derogatory — it’s just a comically bad piece of design (from John Chapman and K.C. Kless). … Two cycling items from Kary Klismet: The Union Cycliste Internationale has banned Spanish team Bizkaia-Durango’s uniforms because they looked too much like the UCI Women’s WorldTour leader’s jersey, and a Canadian cycling team’s uniforms have been criticized for being sexist because the male riders wear blue while the women wear pink and purple, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack. … A U.S. Navy sailor has invented and patented a device that keeps his uniform’s nametag stiff, with no puckers or curls.

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Signal flare: If readers Mark Cartman and Marc Rivlin see this, please drop me a line. I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to reach you. Thanks! — Paul

Pocket-Palooza: Floodgates Open on Obscure MLB Uni Detail

By Paul Lukas, on January 5, 2022

Our story so far: In 2019, I wrote a blog entry about how Casey Stengel had a little pocket added to his uniform pants when he managed the Yankees and Mets in the 1950s and ’60s. I thought that was a Stengel-specific thing until two weeks ago, when I learned that Expos coach Duke Snider had the same type of pocket added to his pants in the 1970s. That in turn led to the discovery a few days later that several other Expos coaches and managers had also worn the pocket, including Gene Mauch, who also wore the pocket while managing several other teams from the 1960s through nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack 1980s.

Today I’m here to tell you that the floodgates have opened. A bunch of Uni Watch readers, apparently as obsessed with this topic as I am, have found a bunch of additional pocket-clad coaches and managers from the 1960s and ’70s, making it pretty clear that this uniform element was fairly common among skippers and coaches during that period. The list of new discoveries includes some fairly big names and also includes several figures from my favorite team, yet I somehow missed the boat on this uni detail until now.

Here are the new additions to the front-pocketed pantheon, listed alphabetically by surname, with photographic evidence for each one. In some cases, I had to use watermarked photos because that’s all that was available; in other cases, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, the pocket is a little hard to see, so I’ve supplemented the initial photo with a close-up; and in almost all cases, you can click to enlarge.

Luke Appling
Appling wore the pocket while coaching for the Kansas City A’s in the 1960s. In the second photo that follows, you can see that he had a stopwatch strap tied to his belt loop, with the watch in pocket:

Yogi Berra
Yogi wore the pocket while coaching and managing for the Mets in 1960s and ’70s, and while managing the Yankees in the 1980s:

In this next shot, you can see that Berra was doing the stopwatch thing, just like Appling:

Billy DeMars
DeMars coached for the Phillies for 13 years and wore the pocket for at least part of that time:

DeMars also coached for the Expos (!) and Reds in the 1980s, but I haven’t been able to find any good photos of his pants from that part of his career.

Gil Hodges and Rube Walker
Hodges managed the Senators before being traded to the Mets (one of the rare times a manager has been traded), and he took pitching coach Walker with him. Here they are while still with the Senators in ennis high school baseball schedule mid-1960s, both wearing the pocket:

Hodges brought the pocket with him to the Mets. In this next photo, the pocket is a little harder to see because it’s closer to his hip, but it’s there:

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You can also see the pocket in this pair of game-used Hodges pants from 1970:

As for Walker, he also brought the pocket with him to the Mets. Here he is doing the stopwatch thing:

Billy Martin
Martin managed a slew of MLB teams and wore the pocket for at least four of them — the Twins, Tigers, Yankees, and Rangers. Let’s start with the Twins:


Now the Tigers (belted and sansabelt):


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Next up are the Yankees:

And now the Rangers:

Martin also managed the A’s, but I couldn’t find any evidence of him wearing the pocket with them. (That was confirmed by longtime A’s equipment manager Steve Vucinich, who said the only request he ever had for a front pocket came in 1976 from first base coach Al Monchak, who liked to keep a pen in the pocket.)

Sam Mele
Mele managed the Twins to the American League pennant in 1965 and wore the pocket while doing so:

Joe Nossek
Nossek coached for a bunch of teams from 1973 through 2003. The only pants-inclusive photo of him that I could find from that period is this 1976 shot of him in a Twins uni — with the pocket:

Mayo Smith
Smith managed the Tigers to the 1968 World Series championship, all while wearing the pocket:

Ted Williams
That’s right, Ted Williams himself — the Splendid Splinter, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, the Kid, Teddy Ballgame of the Major Fucking Leagues — wore the pocket while skippering the Senators (look just above the “M” in “Images”):

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So what tenzing 1140 archery pack we learned? Here’s a summary:

• We now know that front pockets were worn by well over a dozen big league managers and coaches. That’s a lot more than I originally thought, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, but it’s still a really small number. I’m fairly certain most coaches and skippers didn’t wear it, so it was a niche thing at most.

• We’ve so far turned up only one player wearing the pocket — Expos pitcher Clay Kirby. At this point I’m pretty sure he was wearing repurposed pants that had previously been worn by a coach. In other words, this appears to have been just a coach/manager thing, not a player thing.

• As several of the photos in today’s post attest, many coaches used the pocket to hold a stopwatch. This appears to have been the pocket’s primary function.

• I’ve been wondering all along if the pockets were typically added as aftermarket modifications by team equipment staffs, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, or if they were offered as an optional feature by the uniform manufacturers. Steve Vucinich says that the one pocket he dealt with was added to the pants by McAuliffe, which was Oakland’s uni supplier at the time. On the other hand, I have a lot of vintage uniform catalogs, and I don’t recall seeing this feature being offered, but I’ll take another look through my catalog library soon.

• The earliest pocket example I’ve found so far is still Casey Stengel, from his time managing the Yankees in the 1950s. (He’s also the only one I’ve found to have had a flapped front pocket.)

• At the other end of the timeline, the most “recent” pocket photos I’ve seen so far are from the late 1980s. It’s not clear why the pocket died out after that.

I grew up watching many several of the managers featured in today’s post, so I’m not sure how I missed the pocket. It definitely seems like the kind of thing I would have been attuned to, even as a kid, but nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack I whiffed on it. It’s good to know there are still more things to learn about!

Most of you will be glad to hear that this will likely be the last time I write about the pocket as part of a lede entry. If we turn up any additional examples, those can just go in the Ticker.

I’m super-grateful to the Uni Watch readers who were enthusiastic enough about this topic to do their own photo research and come up with the examples shown in today’s post. I was sometimes able to build on their efforts by finding better photos than the ones they initially turned up, but they deserve all the credit for identifying these pocket-clad managers and coaches in the first place. So please join me in thanking Steve Dodell (who spotted the pockets worn by Yogi Berra, Gil Hodges, and Rube Walker); Mike Barnes (Billy Martin); Chris Hickey (Billy DeMars and Joe Nossek); and Brent Bouldin (Luke Appling, Sam Mele, Mayo Smith, and Ted Williams).

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Billy’s Bracketology, continued: A few weeks ago, reader Billy Ballas told us how he and his friends had made a bracket to determine the worst corporate-advertised stadium or arena name. Now he’s back with a similar bracket for the worst college football bowl name. I’ll let him explain:

I was able to get all 43 of this season’s bowls in the bracket. I began by splitting up the bowls into four regions, based on their naming sponsor/advertisers: Food; Travel & Entertainment; Money; and Potpourri. This means that bowls like the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl were not in the Food region (because their sponsors are not food-related), but the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl was appropriately in the Food Region (because of Chick-fil-A, not because of peaches). Then I loosely seeded the bowls within each region.

Our group voted on each matchup, with the worse bowl advancing. Voting was completely subjective. I tend to prefer names that at least have a traditional bowl name, even if there is a sponsor in front of it. Even though it is officially the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, most people still refer to it as the Sun Bowl, right? There is no avoiding the sponsor name in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl or the LendingTree Bowl. Each voter, however, had his own criteria. I think my favorite was one friend who said he’d hypothetically ask a woman on a date to a bowl, and he would gauge their laughter/confusion in saying the bowl name out loud.

Ha! Love that. You can see the full bracket here.

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ITEM! Another raffle: Reader Will Scheibler has generously sent me many fun gifts over the years, including this 10-pack of quarters that the Canadian mint released in 2017 to mark the the Stanley Cup’s 125th anniversary. Here’s what it contains:

It’s a lovely gift, but I’ve enjoyed it long enough and am ready to part with it now, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, so we’re going to raffle it off today.

This will be a one-day raffle. No entry restrictions. To enter, send an email to the raffle in-box by 8pm Eastern tonight. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.

Meanwhile: The winner of yesterday’s raffle for the copy of Chris Creamer and Todd Radom’s Fabric of the Game book is Nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack DeCorte. Congrats to him, and my repeated thanks to Mike Engle for donating the book.

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Too good for the Ticker: The andre agassi tennis center las vegas above has nothing to do with uniforms or sports, but it’s a really, really cool piece of design that’s totally worth your 20 seconds. Trust me.

(Big thanks to the Tugboat Captain for this one.)

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The Ticker
By Lloyd Alaban

Baseball News: The Orioles nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack released their Camden Yards 30th-anniversary logo. A patch version had leaked back in September. Here’s a look at the 20th- and 25th-anniversary patches (from David Cline), nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack. … It makes sense that Craig Biggio ended up with the Astros, because he had already worn a blue version of the tequila sunrise design at Seton Hall (from John Turney). … Check out this old shot of Elton John playing cricket in a Cubs hat — and what appears to be a Jetsons T-shirt! (Fun find by John Muir.)

College Football News:New personal logo for Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel (from Bryan Beban). … Kansas State wore jersey patches and helmet decals for last night’s Texas Bowl, to honor former head coach Bill Snyder’s longtime friend and K-State mentor Joan Friederich, who died last week (from David Wiechmann). … Speaking of the Texas Bowl, all Texas Bowl Gridiron Legend inductees received a commemorative belt buckle (from Ignacio Salazar). … EA Sports plans to have a new college football video game by the summer of 2023.

Hockey News: The Bruins went G.I. Joke for pregame activities last night.
 

Basketball News: The Mavs will retire Dirk Nowitzki’s No. 41 tonight (from our own Phil Hecken). … The University of Minnesota is bringing back an old set of benches (from Ben Hagen).

Soccer News: The Coupe de France, France’s top-level cup championship, has some pretty strict kit rules (from Johnny Jatt).
 

Grab Bag: Ever wonder how companies make their signature sounds, also known as “sonic logos”? This podcast episode takes a look (from Andrew Cosentino). … Here’s a look at the fonts of some of the world’s most famous brand logos (from our own Brinke Guthrie). … Lexus is replacing the rear logo on its cars with a Lexus wordmark. … The Republican National Committee has told a local Republican group in Nevada to stop using the national group’s logo.

Uni Watch DIY Project: Another Block-head!

By Paul Lukas, on January 4, 2022

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Two winters ago we had a guest post from reader Loren Southard, who created a set of awesome sports logo-themed building blocks for his new child. That inspired fellow reader Eric Wall to create a similar set of building blocks for his own newborn about a year later.

Our latest block-head is longtime reader Judy Adams, who wanted to create a set of blocks for her nephew’s baby boy, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack. She thought she might need a bit of help getting started, so she recently asked if I could put her kathy griffin nude photo shoot touch with Loren and Eric, which I happily nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack. With their help, Judy was able to complete a great set of blocks. Take it away, Judy!

My DIY Block Set
By Judy Adams

My nephew and his wife are big sports fans who live in Denver. But he’s originally from the DC suburbs and she’s from Dallas, so I relied heavily on colleges and teams in those areas, even to roller skating muskegon mi point of including logos from minor league sports (which I never would’ve been able to do without SportsLogos.net).

I also included a generous assortment of pop culture references that I thought would appeal to the two of them. For example, they’re both avid skiers, so I included logos from some Colorado ski resorts. Also, they had Voodoo Donuts instead of cake at their wedding, so that was my source for one of the “V” logos.

Here’s a chart showing how it all broke down [click to enlarge]:

I tried not to repeat too many of the same letters that Loren or Eric used, although I did use a few of Loren’s designs (with his permission, of course).

My grandnephew’s name has two “E”s, and I wanted him to be able to spell his name with the blocks, so i did two “E” blocks. I had to dig deep enough to find enough “E” logos!

One of the biggest challenges — aside from not having Photoshop experience — was printing the letters themselves. I have a cheap home printer that would’ve run out of ink after only a page or twoso I had to print everything at my local FedEx Office location. They have a feature that lets you email documents to their cloud and then download them to the printer, but I even can’t tell you how many times I’d get to the FedEx store and realize I’d sent the wrong page of letters or forgotten to bring card stock with me, and then I’d have to drive back home and re-do everything.

The other avenues chess challenge: trying to find teams that start with the letters X and Z!

My grandnephew is just now starting to play with the blocks (I’ll let you know if I get any pictures), but his parents were delighted with the gift. I’m grateful to Uni Watch for inspiring me to take on this project, and to the comm-uni-ty for helping me realize it.

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Paul here. U19 cricket world cup highlights awesome is that? I love how the building blocks concept is spreading throughout the Uni Watch readership. Here are the remaining sides of Judy’s block set:

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New WFT identity to be revealed soon: The Washington Football Team announced this morning that they’ll reveal their new team name and branding on Feb. 2 (that’s four weeks from tomorrow). A few tidbits from the video embedded above:

• The new name will not be Wolves or RedWolves, which were popular with fans but deemed untenable by the team’s legal department due hi end snooker club prices other teams’ trademarks.

• There will be more than one helmet design (not surprising, since the one-shell rule is being lifted next season).

• The video includes several teaser glimpses of the new uniform, starting at the 5:18 mark. The new look will apparently include black trim, stars on the inner jersey collar, and a non-block number font with a faux-mesh treatment. It also looks like they’re adding a logo to the helmet’s nose bumper (the team has used blank bumpers for years), although it’s blurred out in the video.

More info to come soon, I’m sure.

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Grrrrr: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played what is expected to be his final home game last night. In all the years he played, I don’t think I noticed before that his front helmet number doesn’t quite sit within the confines of the yellow stripe. Very frustrating!

I looked at a lot of Roethlisberger photos from various seasons before posting this item, and here’s what I’ve concluded: While it’s true that the number sometimes fit within the stripe, it seems like it more often extended outside the stripe. Surprising that we never noticed it until now!

(Blame Twitter-er @J771980 for this one.)

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie
Follow @brinkeguthrie

Here we go with the first Collector’s Corner of 2022, and without a doubt the first time I’ve ever featured … pinto beans. But not just any pinto beans — this is a burlap sack for Bambino Pinto Beans! According to Mears Online Auctions, these were “burlap sack(s) dating to circa the 1960s. Apparently the Ruth family did not grant the company permission to use the Babe’s likeness and as such the bags were pulled from [the market] after a relatively short time frame.”

And there you have it! Now for the rest of this week’s picks:

• For some of us, NFL gumball helmets will always be rememberd as iHop giveaways. (A complete set there — wowsers.) Turns out that Bonanza steakhouses also took part in this campaign — here’s one from 1970 for the Rams.

• Got a couple of items from Pittsburgh here. First, an empty pickle jar (another CC first, I should think) for Darius Kasparaitis Krunchers, “premium ‘Russian-style’ dill spears” from the former Penguin. Also, this 1991 Pittsburgh Pirates-Blockbuster Video pin commemorating Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning no-hitter from 1959.

• Here’s nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack 1972 “Pour It On” promotional hockey puck signed by hockey legend Bobby Hull. The seller says this was for some type of motivational film.

• It was an April to remember: The 1987 Milwaukee Brewers started off the season with a 13-0 run that month. Nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack a poster commemorating that feat from George Webb Restaurants and WTMJ Radio 62.

Getcha hot drinks heyah, 25 cents! That was the cry of the vendors at Yankee Stadium wearing this 1964 concessionaire’s hat. 

• Here’s a pair of 1970s Wilson baseball cleats. They may be for baseball, but the guys I remember wearing these were Nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack quarterbacks Kenny Stabler and Bob Griese.

• Speaking of shoes, Walter Payton was, to my knowledge, the only NFL guy who wore KangaROOS cleats (so named because they had a small pocket on the side). Here’s a Sweetness in-store geneva baseball association for them.

• According to this 1982 print ad, Gold Medal Sporting Goods was the place to get your Phillies merch.

• Check out this Seattle Seahawks medallion from their inaugural 1976 season. Don’t you miss those colors?

• If you like the old sports merch catalogs Paul’s been writing about over the past few months, you’ll love this 1992 Starting Lineup Sears catalog featuring licensed gear from the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

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ITEM! Our first raffle of 2022: We’re going to have a new raffle for each remaining weekday this week. The first one is courtesy of longtime reader Mike Engle, who has an extra copy of Chris Creamer and Todd Radom’s Fabric of the Game book and has generously offered to make it available to a lucky Uni Watch reader.

This will be a one-day raffle. USA shipping addresses only. To enter, send nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack email with your mailing addressto the raffle in-box by 8pm Eastern tonight. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. Good luck!

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball News: The end of an era: Topps is being acquired by Nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack. … This piece from The Athletic (hard paywall) offers a fascinating look at the modern baseball bat and why traditional ash wood is no longer a viable material. It also leads with an incredible scene in eccentric Reds 1B Joey Votto’s garage, which is now full of ash bats that he hoarded by the dozen last year (from webmaster John Ekdahl). …  In a 1989 Red Sox/Rangers game in Texas, Sox OF Jim Rice was wearing an older model jersey (circa 1986) where the letter spacing was split BO-STON at the placket, while the rest of the team was wearing the typical BOS-TON jerseys (from Joe Kuras). … This 1990s cover of the Giants’ team magazine featured P Bud Black wearing home whites while pitching to himself, wearing road greys in the batter’s box (from @Spesh98). … This story recaps the oddest stadium quirks in Major League history (from Kary Klismet).

Pro Football News: Browns DE Jadaveon Clowney was flagged last night for taking off Steelers WR Chase Claypool’s shoe and tossing it aside. … Paul noted yesterday that Raiders WR DeSean Jackson paid tribute to John Madden with his cleats on Sunday. However, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, Jackson later wrote on Instagram that he was told to remove them during the game (from Phil). … The NFL often shares a player’s weekly statline on social media by posting a jersey template, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack. For Bengals QB Joe Burrow this week, they used a NNOB jersey to commemorate him losing his nameplate (from Nicklaus Wallmeyer). … A TV producer mistakenly used a Browns logo instead of a Raiders logo on a graphic (from Jorge Cruz). … We have a couple of notes from Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers got a mention, but the team pictured isn’t even wear blue uniforms. That episode also featured an NFL Draft scene that featured several clever team names (from Johnny Garfield). … ESPN used a four-year-old photo of RB Derrick Henry in an old Titans uniform in a graphic yesterday (from Taylor Crabtree).

College/High School Football News: This blog ranks the uniform combos BYU wore this season (from Phil). … Michigan wore five different uniform combos this season. Their nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack record came when wearing their traditional blue-on-gold uniforms (from @uofm_graphix), nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack. … Funhouse spotted some serious uniform inconsistencies in an old episode of The Brady Bunch.

Hockey News: The Salmon Arm Silverback of the Junior “A” British Columbia Hockey League wore their BCHL 60th-anniversary throwback-inspired uniforms on Saturday night (from Wade Heidt). … A Florida youth 3-on-3 team called the Ice Cubes wears sweaters featuring rapper Ice Cube’s face (from @burkeman78). … Spotted in The Hill in St. Louis, the city’s historically Italian neighborhood: a Blues logo-Italian flag mashup mural (from @stlthrowbacks).

Basketball News: NBA numerologist Etienne Catalanis staying busy with the latest transactions. Check out his Twitter account to see the latest number updates from throughout the league. … Louisville will retire No. 2 in honor of Russ Smith on Jan. 22 (from Phil).

Soccer News: AC Milan and Inter Milan of Italy’s Serie A have unveiled their new stadium design (from Kary Klismet).
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Olympics: The uniforms for the medal ceremony mario power tennis torrent at this year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing have been unveiled, and one Korean writer thinks they look a little too much like the uniforms from the 2018 Winter Games (from Kary Klismet). … Here’s what Australia will be wearing in Beijing (thanks, Phil).

Grab Bag: Couple of cycling notes from our own Jamie Rathjen: New uniforms for women’s team FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitane Futuroscope and men’s team Quick Step-AlphaVinyl. Also, women’s team Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo had their new jerseys banned by the UCI for being too similar to several other teams’, so they’re selling them on Facebook. … USA Volleyball has signed a new apparel deal with Mizuno. Per volleyball expert Jeremy Brahm, the team left Mizuno to sign with Adidas in 2017. … Also from Jeremy: This behind-the-scenes shot of cameramen filming a Formula 1 race in 1969 is wild — that guy is just a few feet from an oncoming car! … Here’s a feature story on the fall and rebirth of French sportswear brand Le Coq Sportif, which produced many iconic soccer uniforms from the 1980s (from Ed Żelaski). … … The newest edition of the Catwoman comics will feature a new logo for the superhero (from John Cerone). … New uniforms are coming for India’s army (from Kary Klismet). … A bit of irony from Scott Rogers: An Army recruitment center near his home got a new sign installation, thanks to a company called Make Signs Not War.

Monday Morning Uni Watch

By Paul Lukas, on January 3, 2022

Photo by Robert Scheer/IndyStar, USA Today Network; click to enlarge

Good morning, and happy 2022 from Uni Watch HQ! Hope you all had a good New Year’s weekend.

Now then: Yesterday’s slate of NFL games featured several tributes to the late John Madden. First and foremost, as you can see above, the Raiders added a “JM” memorial decal on the back of their helmets, in the same design style as the “AL” perma-memorial for Al Davis that they’ve been wearing since 2011. It’s not yet clear, at least to me, whether the Madden decal will also be worn for next week’s regular season finale (and for the postseason, if the Raiders advance), or if it was just a one-game thing.

In addition, Raiders wide receiver DeSean Jackson wore Madden-themed shoes:

The tributes were not limited to the Raiders. Bills wideout Stefon Diggs had his own Madden-themed footwear:

And Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott wore a Madden T-shirt for pregame activities:

In addition, there was a moment of silence apollo mesh fencing scoreboard salute prior to each game:

Also, for Fox’s games yesterday, the network intermittently put a little Madden graphic in the upper-right corner of the screen:

In other news from what turned out to be a very uni-eventful day around the league:

• The Bengals wore their orange alternate jerseys:

• In that same game, there was a bizarre sequence involving Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow’s nameplate. First it was coming loose:

Then the nameplate was stripped clean off of the jersey by KC lineman Chris Jones:

That left Burrow to finish the game while wearing a modern-day NFL rarity — an NNOB jersey:

• In yet another Bengals note, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack receiver Ja’marr Chase apparently changed his shoes at halftime:

• In an absolute visual nightmare, the Ravens and Rams went mono-purple vs. mono-dishwater:

• In that same game, Rams running back Sony Michel had a pretty sizable Band-Aid on his left knee:

• The Titans wore their nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack alternate jerseys over navy pants:

• The Jets went mono-green:

• In the third quarter of that same game, Bucs wideout Antonio Brown removed his jersey, shoulder pads, undershirt, and gloves, tossed the undershirt and gloves into the stands, and left the field. Turns out he’s a southpaw:

• For the fifth time in seven games, the Eagles wore their black alternate pants (which at this point I guess can no longer be considered alternate):

• In that same game, Washington running back Wendell Smallwood took a helmet-to-helmet hit that literally knocked the TV numbers off of his helmet:

• The Panthers went mono-white, including white socks. According to the Panthers Uniform Tracker, it’s the first time in team history that they’re worn that uni combo:

• In that same game, the Saints wore black over gold. Incredibly, according to the Gridiron Uniform Database, that’s the first time they’ve worn that combo at home since 2018 (although they’ve worn it a few times on the road during that span).

• The Cowboys wore their mono-white alternates:

• I always like it when the Chargers wear powder blue over yellow. Such a good look:

• One of Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson’s helmet logos got chewed up:

• Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, whose jersey had the wrong number and NOB fonts last week, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack a proper jersey this time around:

• Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter arrived at the stadium wearing a New York Rangers hockey jersey:

• All teams wore “Inspire Change” helmet decals as part of the league’s social justice program, with similar messaging on goalpost padding, sideline hats, and elsewhere on the field. All of this will continue next week as well (additional info here):

• Here’s something I missed: Back on Dec. 7, the NFL announced the 32 nominees for this season’s Nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack Payton Man of the Year Award. For the the past four weeks, including yesterday, coppell football roster 32 players have been wearing the Payton logo as a rear-helmet decal (the eventual winner, who’ll be named at the season’s conclusion, will get to wear the logo as a jersey patch for the rest of his career):

• Only one home team wore white: the aforementioned Cowboys.

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And that’s it for yesterday. As for tonight, Steelers vs. Browns should be a very good-looking game.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Mike Chamernik, Brinke Guthrie, Marcus Hall, K.C. Kless, Alan Kreit, John Muir, Brad Parker, John Turney, Mike Weston, and the bizillion people who told me about Joe Burrow’s nameplate.)

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And speaking of Madden: According to a tweet from a cartoon-centric Twitter account, Madden was slated to appear in the 2018 movie Ralph Breaks the Internet (the sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph), but his sequence didn’t make the final cut. The exploratory sketches shown above were done by Jeff Merghart, one of the animators who worked on the film. They’re really fun, although reader Jaime Galindo points out that Merghart neglected to include Madden’s longtime visual signature: the dangling sideline-access pass.

I love both of the Ralph movies. If they ever do a third one, maybe Madden could be included in that one.

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Possible NHL All-Star leak: Phil had this in yesterday’s Ticker, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, but in case you missed that, Icethetics is reporting that this year’s NHL All-Star Game jerseys may have leaked via a retail catalog. The legitimacy of this leak hasn’t yet been confirmed, but Icethetics tends to be a very reputable source. Get the full story here.

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Pin Club update: Today is the first weekday of the month, so I’d normally be announcing our new pin design. But that won’t be happening, because Todd Radom and I have decided to shut down the Pin Club.

This has nothing to do with the December pin’s shipping snafu — Todd and I had already made the decision a few months ago, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack. We felt that two dozen pin designs were enough and that we’d rather stop now, while the designs were still strong.

More pin news:

• All the remaining Pin Club inventory is being sent back to me from the Teespring warehouse (again, this decision had already been made before the recent shipping issues). Once I get everything sorted, I will sell the pins myself at a discounted price and will offer further discounts for multiple-pin orders. I had always wanted to do this via Teespring (I practically begged them to offer multi-pin bundles), but their retail software didn’t allow for it, so now I’ll just do it myself. This should all be ready to go either later this week or early next week — stay tuned.

• Although the monthly pin series is ending, Todd and I will still do a Press Pin this October.

• The 2021 bonus/All-Star pins should be ready to mail out by the middle of next week (and possibly sooner — just waiting for them to arrive from the factory).

Meanwhile, I have a new creative collaboration with Todd — and with some other talented designers — that I’ll be rolling out this year. More on that soon.

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Resolute: I’ve made only one New Year’s resolution in my life. That was in 1999, when I made a resolution to create and sell a column about sports uniform design. I’d gotten the idea several years earlier, but in the intervening time it had become one of those things I talked about doing instead of actually doing. I hated that the idea had been relegated to that mental treadmill, so I figured more drastic action was needed — hence the resolution. A little less than five months later, Uni Watch was born.

Since that resolution turned out so well, you’d think it would have made me a convert, but I’ve never made another New Year’s resolution. I’m not sure why (especially since I frequently make to-do lists, which are sort of mini-resolutions), but for some reason I’ve never bought into this particular annual ritual.

What about you? I realize some of this stuff may be very personal or private, but if you’re willing to share, I’d be interested nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack hearing what resolutions Uni Watch readers have made for 2022. Feel free to post about that in today’s comments. Thanks!

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Oh. My. God. These spectacular vintage ag company promotional booklet covers are part of a much larger collection, which you can see here. They’re really, really nice pieces of design.

(Super-duper-thanks to Brad Loliger for this one.)

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Sorry, no Ticker today, as the Ticker team had the weekend off. The Ticker will return tomorrow.

Meanwhile, please join me in wishing the happiest of birthdays to our own Phil Hecken, who’s celebrating another trip around the sun today. Enjoy your special day, buddy!! — Paul

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How Peter O’Keeffe wrote himself into Irish amateur golfing history

So much so that O’Keeffe is enjoying the rewards of an elite amateur career founded on a singular approach honed from years of experience that this year delivered the AIG

Irish Close and Flogas Irish Amateur Open titles, a double achieved only once before, by Pádraig Harrington in 1995.

The Corkman also won the Munster Strokeplay in between and his successes were this week recognised with the Irish Golf Writers’ Association’s Men’s Amateur of the Year title for 2021.

The accolade had not yet been decided when O’Keeffe, 40, sat down with the Irish Examiner at Douglas Golf Club to reflect not just on a milestone year but the journey that got the specialist golf strength and conditioning coach to that point and the business ventures that now occupy much of his time and as a result allow him to pursue his “less is more” mindset on the course.

“The thing I was missing as a professional golfer was consistency and that lends yourself to saying, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, ‘your technique isn’t good enough’, which I always knew,” O’Keeffe said. “I’ve an awful lot more trust now in what I’m doing, especially under pressure, and that actually makes you calmer under pressure.

“You’re not worried about this could happen or that could happen, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack. You say to yourself ‘I’ve repped this movement thousands of times, I know the output if I do it correctly and I’m going to commit to that process and then trust the shots to happen’.

“So, my technique is different, it’s much different now than when I was a professional and I have a lot more trust in what I’m doing.

“I’ve a great coach in Noel Fox who sets me physical and technical challenges and I go away and do it. And I try and implement that into some of the younger players I work with.

“It lends itself to physical and technical. You can’t achieve the technical without the physical. I suppose that’s why myself and Noel tick-tack so well because he knows I’m in that space anyway and I’m willing at my age now to do anything and try anything.

“I’m in a place now where I look back and I’m like, ‘it’s a pity I wasn’t like this in my 20s’. My professional career might have been different but who knows, one thing leads to something else but now I’ve massive confidence in what I’m doing, more than I’ve ever had.

“That’s lovely. It took me until my late 30s to find something I can trust. It’s very hard playing elite golf when you don’t trust your technique or when you’re kind of half with it. But when you can trust it, it’s great. It frees you up anyway.”

O’Keeffe believes there is “an awful lot more to come” from him on the golf course. “I’ve been doing a lot of really good stuff. I think when you’ve been around golf as long I have and you start doing the good stuff you start thinking why wasn’t I doing this stuff for as long as I was?

“A part of that is the physical side of it, for sure. Like I don’t think it’s a fluke that I’m 40 and the next closest age to me on the Irish team this year is 25 or 26. So there’s definitely something in that, both technically and physically, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, put the two together. And maybe it’s the stage of where I am in my life too, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack. You don’t react the way you used to as a young player.

“I holed a couple of putts at the right time to win. I played lovely golf to get into that space but Nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack did hole putts this year at the right time.”

Those putts came at Tullamore, for the Irish Close, and The European Club, for the Irish Amateur Open. To win the first he defeated Rob Moran in a play-off and it was another play-off success that secured the Open, taking advantage of a change in fortunes at the regulation final hole against Switzerland’s Nicola Gerhardsen to win a three-hole aggregate shoot-out.

“I treated it like Tour School, so you’re applying an experience there that probably no-one else in the field could. And I knew the golf course and how hard it was so the key was not to play yourself out of it, hope for a bit of wind which came and I was there in the second round. Then the last round came against a really good Swiss player and it was just a really good battle all day and I ended up winning the play-off, holing a nice putt on 18 when I was pretty much dead. I just chipped it up to 20 feet and knocked it in for a par and he missed from 12 feet for the tournament and then I win in the play-off. Nice.

“You could miss those putts and have two seconds and go ‘that was a great year’ but when it happens, and all wins are different, you kind of lean on them.”

What O’Keeffe did not lean on was pointless practice rounds. In fact, he said he did not play a single round of pre-tournament practice this year.

“There is a process. I suppose less is more. I’ve learned that as well, and it suits me. Before I would be hitting lots of balls, playing lots of practice rounds. I’ve eased off on a lot of that, kept my mind as fresh as possible, so I tend to just go off by myself.

“If I go to a tournament and I’m happy on the range after 40 minutes or whatever of doing my drills, it’s all about physical feels more than the performance of the golf shot itself, then that reinforces my trust and I won’t play a practice round. I might only walk the golf course then and I’ve more time to relax then and get into the event.

“I’ve found before, if I get too mentally invested in the tournament itself or the process then my performance isn’t as good whereas in latter years, the less I do the better my performance is. That might sound crazy but if I do loads in the off-season and reinforce it with trust and belief I’ve actually learned that less is more for me at a tournament.

“So you don’t have to go through the process because everyone thinks you do and it says Friday is a practice day. Tullamore, I didn’t play a practice round and I was less familiar with that course, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, I’d just played interpros there about four years previously but I went up with one of the young lads here in Douglas, Mel Deasy, and we walked the course the day before and got as much out of it. I don’t like things that take too long anyway so it just suits me to whizz through a few groups and bring a wedge with me.

“So I don’t think I’ve played any practice round this year, come to think of it. But that’s just what has worked for me… the less is more approach certainly keeps me more focused.”

O’Keeffe has plenty to concentrate on in his career, working out of his gym at Douglas GC, from where he runs his online GolfStrong.ie fitness classes, preparing for the New Year launch of the F45 gym franchise at Cork City’s Elysian building in partnership with Peter Stringer and Paul Buckley; and the development of a one-stop golf fitness app.

There is little time for hindsight.

“I don’t have regrets but if I met myself as a 23-year-old going out on the Challenge Tour I’d say ‘look, you’ve got to address your technique’.

“I got onto the Challenge Cut n sew golf wang just by pure grit. I didn’t get picked on an Irish team, just said I’d go to Q-School and found myself all the way in the final stage that year and absolute grit about just getting the ball in the hole, dying it into the hole.

“When I found myself out on Tour then, I had my good weeks but it was inconsistent and I think there needs to be a level of consistency there if you want to progress onto the next stage, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, which I never did, unfortunately.

“I’ve a much better game now than I had then but again, looking forward if someone told me as a 25-year-old that at 40, you’re going to swing it like this and you’re going to have this, nike mens club team swoosh soccer backpack, this and this, I wouldn’t have believed that either. It’s a funny sport.”

They are lessons he tries to pass on to the young golfers he helps to mentor at Douglas but he admitted he might not have paid much attention to himself at the age of 23.

“Aaargh, I was very bad at listening back then, I was. That’s probably my biggest regret. Sometimes I sit back and think ‘pity I wasn’t technically good then as I am now, what might have happened’. Of course the other side might not have happened then. We’re getting very deep.”

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