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Talking BIG3 Uniforms with Todd Radom

Last Friday I had an ESPN column about how uniform designer Todd Radom collaborated with Ice Cube to create the uniforms for the new BIG3 basketball league. That piece was the product of two interviews that I conducted — a short one with Cube (he’s a busy guy), most of which ended up in the story, and a fairly long one with Todd (that’s him at right; photo by his daughter, Hannah Radom), much of which ended up on the cutting room floor.

It seemed like a waste to lose all the good info Todd had provided, so today I’m going to run a transcript of the interview sections that I didn’t end up quoting in the ESPN piece. I smoothed over a few transitions, but nothing drastic. Here we go:

How did you get involved with BIG3?

I was approached by somebody at the Firm back in, I would say, mid-September. They wanted me to get involved with the league’s primary logo, so that’s where it started — they found me.

How were they steered toward you?

You know, I think they found me on the internet. It was one of those wonderful stories where you google “sports design” and there I am. That’s my understanding.

And how did that balloon into doing all the team logos and uniforms?

As Ice Cube and I moved our way through the primary logo, we just clicked to an extent that it made sense to continue this relationship, so they commissioned me to do the whole deal.

Had the team names already been selected at that time, or did you have a role in that process?

I did not have a role in that. They already had a list of names, and Cube would basically feed them to me: “Alright, let’s start with 3-Headed Monsters,” then “Let’s do the Killer 3s.” And that’s how it went.

One important thing to mention here — and this was made pretty clear to me at the beginning of the process — is that this is a legitimate league. It’s not a vanity project. These are professional athletes here. It needed to look legit, professional, first-class. It had to have some gravitas, some staying power. No gimmicks. That really informed everything that we did.

Killer 3s was one of the first ones we did, and it was pretty apparent what it should look like and what the color scheme would be. So I put together sketches and sent them to Cube, and he would chew on it for sometimes an hour, sometimes a day. And he shared some of these things with some of the players, with the rest of his group, but it was mostly just the two of us doing this and it made for a very tight collaboration. And a big part of that is that everyone understood that we had a very limited amount of time to put this together, so the whole thing had to move at a pretty good pace, and it did.

Did you consult with any of the players?

I did not. I know Cube shared many of the designs with some of the players, because I would get a text from him saying, “I showed this to this guy and he loved it!” Lots of very positive feedback, and you know that’s very empowering.

I’ve always maintained that basketball uniforms present more of a design challenge than other sports, because you don’t have as much space to work with. There’s no headwear, no sleeves, no long pants, and you’re required to have uniform numbers on the front and back, which eats up a lot of your prime real estate. Is it trickier than designing for, say, baseball?

It’s definitely trickier, because everything’s more compressed. And also, when you think about it, this is a half-court league, so everything is going to be compressed even further. I should also say that I designed the court for this league, which was interesting. But anyway, you want some vibrancy and some personality, but on the other hand this is a very crowded space and the uniforms have to sort of conform in some way to that visual culture. So there were definitely some very different dynamics involved.

How did you arrive at some of the design choices you made for the various teams?

Take a team like Tri-State. What is that? It’s not going to lend itself to easy depiction of imagery. So I thought about Interstate highways and the shield-shaped Interstate signs, and I thought about the old shield logo used by the New Jersey Americans, who later became the Nets. And then, what do you know, Dr. J is named the coach of Tri-State! So sometimes these things work out.

Then there’s a team like Ball Hogs — it pretty much has to be a hog that’s not letting go of a basketball, and he should have a headband. Power is a tough one — it’s a very short word. What do you do with it? So it just had to look powerful.

How long did it take to do the eight team identities?

We started on the team logos in earnest right around the first of the year and they were wrapped up by the end of March. It was a lot of work, I will say, but it was such a good collaboration with Cube. My intent all along was really to have a visual program that was robust, because there needed to be some licensing involved, I was thinking about how is this going to look on TV, and so on. So if you start with a primary logo, then there are secondary logos and there are team wordmarks and lettering. And if you lay down that foundation, then you can pivot to uniforms pretty seamlessly, so it all combines for this large suite of assets that all work together.

Out of the eight teams, five of them don’t have a white uniform, so most of these games will be color vs. color. How did you decide which teams would get a white uniform and which ones wouldn’t?

Cube! He literally has a grid where he’s got this figured out. So, week one in Brooklyn, these will be the matchups — seriously. And you know, there is no instance in this league where you’re going to have black versus black, or anything like that. We thought about this, and I know he thought about it quite a bit. So yeah, every game is going to be contrast-y enough so that no one’s going to get confused.

Why do some of the teams have alternate uniforms or third uniforms, and others don’t?

Another Cube thing! Toward the end of the process — just a few weeks ago, in fact — Cube got in touch and asked if we could add a couple of third jerseys for a few teams. Because we did go back and forth with a team like 3’s Company, for example, we knew we wanted one of the uniforms to be gray, but then we kinda vacillated between having navy or orange for the other uniform, so why not have both? So for those teams with the alternate uniforms, that was all driven by Cube. And they all work.

I see that you followed the NBA protocol of including a basketball in each of the team logos. Was that your choice, or were you told to do that?

Totally my choice. And it was really because this is a total start-up. There’s no history to these teams, no memories. Memories will be made and history will be made on the court, but up until then there’s got to be some easy vernacular to kinda circle back to, to make it apparent what these teams are in a pretty overt way. It’s also smart from a trademark perspective: If this is an identity for a basketball team, you can differentiate yourselves in the marketplace — that’s part of what we have to consider throughout, how the mark can be protected. So that was part of it.

The NBA has experimented with sleeves over the past few years. Was there any discussion of using sleeves for BIG3?

Never. It never came up. Like I said before, we want to look legit, and
I didn’t want to get gimmicky at all in any way. And sleeves on a basketball uniform are, let’s face it, a gimmick. We may have seen the last of them now that the NBA season is over. We wanted a clean look where these team identities are allowed to breathe, so fans can become familiar with them.

Who’s manufacturing the uniforms?

OT Sports, down in North Carolina. They do a lot of minor league baseball uniforms, the D-League, stuff like that. They definitely know how to outfit a basketball league. The jersey colors and graphics will be sublimated, with the numbers and player names stitched on in twill. They’re making the shooting shirts, too — I designed those as well, which presented an opportunity to showcase the secondary logos.

Teams throughout the sports world tend to get new uniform makeovers on a pretty fast cycle these days. How long do you think it’ll be before these teams get new designs?

For a new league, you have to get your brand established, get these teams into the public consciousness, so you don’t want to make changes too quickly. Three years — that sounds reasonable. And I think the uniforms we’ve created are pretty versatile. You can swap out colors and retain the core look.

Did you design anything else besides the team logos, uniforms, and shooting shirts?

The uniforms included custom number fonts that I created for each team. I also did the referees’ uniforms, and I designed the court itself, which is actually a half-court.

How collaborative was your work with Ice Cube?

This was a very tight collaboration with him, it really was. The number of emails, texts, and phone calls was probably close 1,000. But it was always informed by this real love for logos and uniforms, seriously. I really think it’s one of the best collaborations of my creative career. Each and every day, despite these very pressing deadlines, it was just joyous, and I’m kind of sad that that the bulk of it is over because it was such a great challenge. It’s been an incredibly fun process.

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So that’s the interview. BIG3 debuted yesterday here in Brooklyn. I had other plans for the day, so I didn’t attend the games, but Todd was on hand to see his uniforms in action. You can see lots of game photos here. Of particular note: Several players wore nickNOBs. Allen Iverson, for example, had “The Answer”; Jason Williams had “White Chocolate”; and Brian Scalabrine had “W. Mamba” (apparently short for “White Mamba,” a play on Kobe Bryant’s “Black Mamba”).

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Culinary Corner: A year ago, almost to the day, I had a Culinary Corner installment about how the Tugboat Captain and I made paella on the grill, complete with shrimps, clams, chorizo, and chicken. Two nights ago we did it again. Turned out about the same as last time, which is to say it was really good, but next time I think we’ll skip the chicken, which doesn’t seem to add much to the dish, and replace it with more seafood.

In short: This is still a very worthwhile preparation. You can see a good instructional video by going here and clicking on the “Watch Every Step” link in the lower-right corner of the header photo. Here’s how Saturday’s version turned out:

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Naming Wrongs reminder: In case you missed it last week, all of the designs shown above have been added to the Naming Wrongs T-shirt project. You can read more about them here, and you can order them in the Naming Wrongs shop. (They’re also cross-listed in the Uni Watch shop, where card-carrying Uni Watch members can get 15% off. If you don’t already have the discount code, get in touch and I’ll hook you up.) I’ve also been updating our Naming Wrongs FAQ page.

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StripeRite reminder: In case you missed it last week, four new StripeRite sock designs are now available for ordering. And as shown in the pics above, they’re plenty versatile.

In addition, most of the designs from the first and second StripeRite sets are still available.

My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball News: Astros’ 2B Jose Altuve appears in this 5-Hour Energy commercial. There are no Astros logos on his jersey or cap — but the New Era logo still appears on Altuve’s cap (from Jimmy Lonetti). … Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen doesn’t get to hit much (he’s only had six at bats in his eight-year career), but the team apparently has a batting helmet on hand for him (from Max Wagner). … Looks like some teams are reusing their spring training jerseys for Dominican Summer League practices and games (from Zac Ipson). … Ian spotted a fan wearing a Johnny Manziel Padres jersey at Petco Park the other day. The Padres did draft him in the 28th round of the 2014 MLB draft. … The Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League wore “Kingsport Spiritjerseys for yesterday’s game to celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary (from Daniel Patrick Owens). … The Salt Lake Bees will wear Salt Lake Trappers throwbacks on Monday for ’80s Night (from Mike). … The AA Trenton Thunder have used bat dogs instead of bat boys since 2000. On Monday they’ll wear “bat dog” uniforms featuring one of those pups, Derby (from Bobby). … We may have seen this before, but worth sharing again: Casey Stengel wearing a cap with Yankees, Mets and Pirates logos —and another pic of Stengel wearing a logo-filled jersey (from Greg Niforos). … New uniforms for the Japanese national baseball team. … Pitchers Jorge De La Rose and Rubby De La Rosa are both on the Diamondbacks’ roster, but they use inconsistent NOB typography (from Josh M). … Latest one-day MiLB makeover: The Peoria Chiefs will become the Peoria Distillers on Thursday. … Jerry Kulig was traveling at the Milwaukee airport and spotted a truck with the Brewers’ old ball-in-glove “‘mb” logo.

NFL News: This mirror at a bar in Amherst Junction, Wis., shows the evolution of the Packers’ helmet through the years (from Michael Bialas). … Shane Hartline found this framed print of NFL QBs at a flea market. Note the FNOB and the stock block number font.

College Football News: According to this pennant, the Utah Uthes — not Utes — were the champions of the 2009 Sugar Bowl (from Daniel Malan). … An Ohio State fan in Sunbury, Ohio, owns a Smart Car and gave it the full Buckeye treatment (from Jason Hillyer).

Hockey News: Strange number placement for Canada during the Inline Hockey World Championship (from Wafflebored). They weren’t the only ones to sport garish jerseys. Check out more photos from the tournament here (from Charles Eldridge). … Kenny Kaplan was watching this video about NHL expansion and spotted some uni-notable moments. At the 16:00 mark, there’s a quick view of the Flyers and Kings playing color vs. color. And at 20:18, there’s a blurry glimpse of the Seals wearing a jersey that isn’t shown in any of the standard uniform databases. Anyone know more?

NBA News: Raptors G DeMar DeRozan talked with Sports Illustrated about why he loves wearing Kobe Bryant signature sneakers (from Brinke). … This is what it would look like if the Nuggets’ rainbow alts had different colorways (from Timbo Slice).

Soccer News: FC Lokomotiv Moscow, a soccer team in Russia, is letting season ticket holders take home their seats as the team prepares to renovate its stadium (from James Gilbert). … Trevor Williams reports that FootyHeadlines.com recently came out with an app for their website. “It is a better experience than their website, as I can apply a filter just for kit news,” he says. “Of course, the app is still full of ads and blurry pictures, as FootyHeadlines’ main goal is to break news first instead of having a clean format.”

Grab Bag: NASCAR driver Danica Patrick wore a camera mounted on the visor of her helmet during a race at Sonoma Raceway yesterday (from David Firestone). … Speaking of David Firestone, he interviewed Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria about her racing suit over on his blog. … What was the highest car number in NASCAR history? No. 999, worn by Wilbur Rakestraw during the late 1950s (from Graham Clayton).

Fauxback Jersey Contest – The Entrants (Part II)

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By Phil Hecken

Back today with Part II of the Fauxback Jersey Contest (if you missed Part I, click here. Everything’s explained in that link, so I won’t repeat it all here.

Below are the second 25 submissions (in alpha-order), numbered and labeled with the team (and year if applicable) the concepter is throwing back to, as well as a description, if provided; following the submissions, we’ll have voting. As you scroll through the graphics, be sure to make note of the concept(s) you like — you’ll be able to vote for as many as you like (but you can only vote once). You guys know the drill by now (click to enlarge, etc.), so let’s get started!

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1. Sean Flaherty (1982 Miami Marlins

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This concept is inspired by the White Sox uniforms from 1982-86. It takes some elements from the original Marlin’s teal and black uniforms and the more orange heavy ones of present day.

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2. Joey Friedman (1970 Colorado Rockies)

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1970 Colorado Rockies jersey. Interestingly enough, the White Sox, Indians, A’s, Pilots, Reds, Expos, and Phillies all tried out the logo on the right chest and number on the left between 1969 and 1970. The logo on the chest is an original attempt at an old, simplistic, and retro logo.

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3. Brendan Gargano (1976 Colorado Rockies)

Gargano, Brendan - 1976 Colorado Rockies

i chose the rockies because their uniforms have always sucked. im throwing it back to 1976, including the national league centennial patch worn by the NL teams that year. the color palette was inspired by the state of colorado flag, which i partially incorporated on the other sleeve.

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4. Kyle Geralds (1976 Colorado Rockies)

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The Powder Purple Era

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5. Dan Hallberg (1955 Anaheim Mighty Ducks)

Hallberg, Dan - 1955 Anaheim Mighty Ducks

To celebrate the grand opening of Disneyland in 1955, Walt Disney Presents, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim!

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6. Kenion Harvey (1963 Colorado Rockies)

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Description in image

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7. Matt Harvey (1974 Memphis Grizzlies)

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Fauxback Jersey Contest Entry

Team: Memphis Grizzlies

Team founded: Vancouver Grizzlies – 1995, Relocated to Memphis: 2001

Fauxback Jersey year: 1974 – Year the Memphis Sounds were introduced.

Description of jersey: Ties to the City of Memphis with the blues colors, music (six string guitar layout on jersey), and ties to the recent team in Memphis, the Grizzlies.

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8. Brent Hatfield (1975 Marlins)

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1975 Marlins Home Faux-back Jersey

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9. Jim Hayden (1986 Baltimore Ravens)

Hayden, Jim - 1986 Baltimore Ravens

Basically, a faux-back from the 1980’s displaying a lingering influence from the (recently moved) Colts’ uniforms exists in the shoulder stripes (although with an extra sleeve stripe ala’ the Eagles and Jets, seen as a sleeve gather on the modern Nike template). Outside of the USFL,1980’s teams tended toward a “2-color” rather than “3 color” scheme – so I stuck with Purple and Gold (I liked the gold pants the Ravens wore, once, during the 2015 season, so “athletic” gold pants – and helmet – would go with this jersey). Standard block font with no shadowing (since it wouldn’t be until the 1994 Forty-Niners throwbacks that drop-shadowing made a comeback).

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10. Michael Hersh (1924 Los Angeles Xtreme)

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11. Jason Higgins (1973 Nashville Predators)

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No description provided

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12. Jason Hight (1976-77 Anaheim Ducks)

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The Ducks wear orange currently and wore green in the past- colors associated with actual mallards. The crest is a modified unused design from the 2006 rebranding, and uses the Angels’ “A” from the time period. (1976-77 NHL season)

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13. Justin Howland (1942 Tennessee Titans)

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Tennessee Titans 1942 “Captain America” Fauxback: my take on the what the modern Titans might harken back to the early WWII patriotic swell, incorporating more red, cream, and (poor drawn) stars aligned in an “earlier” homage to the state flag.

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14. Davis Jaye (1928 West Virginia Black Bears)

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I chose the West Virginia Black Bears, a minor league team from Granville, WV.

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15. Joshua Johnson (1970s Miami Marlins)

Johnson, Joshua - 1970s Miami Marlins

Here is my Marlins late 70s fauxback, a pinstripe V-neck pullover with intersecting city/team name and a new sleeve patch. Typically I prefer more conservative uni designs, but with fauxbacks and alts I’m okay with being daring.

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16. Andrew Jones

Jones, Andrew - 1978 Arizona Diamondbacks

I chose to use brighter versions of colors the team has worn throughout their history, while combining them to create a different look. I also tried to design a logo that their previous logos could have realistically evolved from.

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17. Meghann Kamlin (1970s Anaheim Ducks)

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Here is my throwback 70’s jersey for the Anaheim Ducks. It features a duck flying in from above, centered on the chest. There is also a shoulder emblem with a side view of a flying duck and crossed hockey sticks in the background.
Thanks for the consideration.

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18. Ryan Kluever (Mid 80s Colorado Rockies)

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Colorado Rockies circa mid 1980s
I always loved the baby blue road pullovers of the mid 80s (ie Phillies, Cards, Brewers, etc). I imagined that the 90s trend of purple and teal hadn’t yet begun and instead went with the iconic flag colors and design of the Colorado flag.

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19. Fred Kreiger (Tampa Rays)

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I wanted to throw back the Rays because they are the Pioneers of the Fauxback. I chose 72 for the number because that is the year my dad was drafted by the Cubs (I made him a Cubs fauxback for display on Father’s Day featuring the infamous “Sugar Bear” logo introduced by the club that year). Best of luck to all the participants and thank you for everything you guys do in keeping up with the site.

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20. Brandon Lamarche (1945 Phoenix Diamondbacks)

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This road uniform includes a new take on the Health patch worn by teams of that era as well as the team takes on the name Phoenix instead of Arizona because all teams of this time took the name of the city they resided in rather than the state.

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21. Jaylen Lane & Ashton Strub (1992 Oklahoma City Thunder)

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We chose to throwback the OKC Thunder to 1992 because that was the year I was born in and felt like it would be fun to see a team with a boring identity be taken to life with the wacky and vibrant jerseys of the 90’s.

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22. Ryan Lindemann (1980s Colorado Rockies)

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Attached is my entry for the Fauxback contest. I created an early 1980s solid pullover for the Colorado Rockies. Thanks again for all your work and dedication to the site!

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23. Simon Lindsay (1933 Baltimore Ravens)

Lindsay, Simon - 1933 Baltimore Ravens

This uniform is a faux ‘Ravens since 1933’ jersey (same starting year as the Steelers). Their is very little difference between this design and the team design because their look is simple. I have just adjusted the elements to fit the 1930’s like the front shield and no white.

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24. Nick Lineback (1984 Montgomery Biscuits)

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“1984 Montgomery Biscuits Inaugural Season”

Deconstructed logos / Made into 80’s pullover style jersey / Added shoulder stripes & side stripe pattern for maximum 80’s look!

“Simplify and Subtract Through Adding.”

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25. Ben Lynch (1947 Vancouver Grizzlies)

Lynch, Ben - 1947 Vancouver Grizzlies

Found this sweet program from the 40’s so I have the Vancouver Grizzlies wearing this 1947 fauxback. Had to keep the ridiculous 90’s font with the alternate Griz logo.

Here is the link to the program if you are interested.

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And there you have it — the second group of entries for the Fauxback Jersey Contest. Voting is below (remember, you can vote for as many designs as you’d like, but you may only vote one time).

Fauxback Jersey Contest – Group II

 
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Let’s have a big hand for the first set of contestants. Let them know what you think (and maybe even lobby for your favorites) in the comments below!

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Mariners & Astros Play A Colorful Throwback

Last night the Astros and Mariners played a (late for me) throwback game, featuring both teams in 1977 throwbacks. Mike Acosta, who is the expert on such things, felt the Astros did a great job recreating the Tequila Sunrises worn that year:

Both unis were pretty sweet:

This video, from Sports Funhouse, gives you a great idea of how sharp this matchup was:

Unfortunately, the Astros were not wearing white cleats, which would have been period-appropriate, but I’ve given up on anything the players do below their knees these days (whether it be socks, stirrups, pajamas, or cleats). At least the ‘stros players (most of them anyway) were going with stirrups (though, not all)! Sadly, it appeared most Mariners and Astros preferred pajamas.


Kudos to the Astros for going the extra mile in getting period-appropriate throwback helmets:

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see this game (one of these days I’ll invest in either Extra Innings or the AtBat app, but today isn’t that day).

And, while I love that the Mariners had a “1977 Turn Back The Clock” night, it’s odd they chose to play it versus the Astros, who were an NL team in 1977 — and because Interplague didn’t happen until many years later, the teams never met wearing these unis. So it was sort of a fauxback game. Still, it’s always great to see the Trident and Rainbow Guts uniforms, even if they didn’t quite replicate how they’d have been worn back in 1977:

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Missed it by *that* much.

You can see more photos here.

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Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.

Following the recent (and awesome) colorizations by Chris Whitehouse (aka “ManCave”), our old friend George Chilvers has returned to grace us with some of his beautiful work! His works are (obviously) the pics in colo(u)r, and the originals are in black & white. You can click on any of the images to enlarge!

Here’s George…

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Hi Phil

Nice to see colourisations back on the agenda. Of course what you need are more obscure (to all of you on the otherside of the Pond) sports’ colourisations. This set are rugby league (not to be confused with rugby union, eg the All Blacks etc). They are, I think, as you would say uni-noteworthy.

The pics are:

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1901 Challenge Cup Final (rugby’s equivalent of the FA Cup) at Headingley in Leeds where a Batley player in white is attempting a conversion after a try against Warrington (whose colours are always described poetically as blue and primrose, although we all know they are blue and yellow);

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1901 Challenge Cup Batley v Warrington

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The 1934 Challenge Cup winners, Hunslet, celebrate with the trophy at Wembley. Their colours also have a charming description: myrtle, white and flame;

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Ben Gronow, a Welsh “dual code” international. He started out playing rugby union, then an amateur game, but moved to the professional rugby league in 1910. In this picture he is in a jersey of the Great Britain team probbaly around 1919-20;

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Ben Gronow

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Fred Smith, this being taken in 1910. Rugby league was at the time known as Northern Union (it had been formed as a professional entity by northern clubs who wanted to pay players for lost time from work – the more affluent south still clung onto amateur rugby union based around schools and colleges). Smith is in the kit of the first team to represent Great Britain to tour Australia;

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Fred Smith Northern Union tour 1910

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Sandy Pearce, an Australian player of the same era. He is wearing the Australian national colours of the time, long before green and gold became the standard colour choice for Australian sports teams. The colours comprise the light blue of New South Wales, and the maroon of Queensland, the two states where rugby league was taking hold;

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Billy Batten of Hull, same era, same touring team. He is in his club colours which, despite rugby’s tendency to provide fancy names are described solely as black and white. I would hav ethough tthey could at least have tried midnight black and snow-white. The picture for me was a proof of concept: that you still can colourise black and white :)

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Billy Batten 1914

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Use them as you wish, Phil, I don’t want to jump into Chris’ party, so if you want to keep them for a while that’s fine.

George

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Thanks, George. Great stuff as always! Hope to have you send more our way soon!!!

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So, I was on a Podcast…

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…the other day.

I joined HOVG Proprietor Shawn Anderson and his sidekick Lou Olsen to discuss…wait for it…uniforms.

As they describe it,

The weekend editor (and “bench coach”) for the Uni Watch Blog talks to the boys about those hideous things the Arizona Diamondbacks are wearing, the best (and worst) uniforms in the Majors, why baseball needs to tone down their special jerseys and why 1969 might have been the greatest looking year on the diamond.

You can check it out above or click here.

I’ve done several podcasts before, but I think this one turned out pretty well. If you have some spare time, give it a listen — love to get some feedback! Thanks.

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And now a few reminders from Paul: Hi there. In case you missed it yesterday, I had a new ESPN piece about how the rapper/actor Ice Cube collaborated with uniform designer/historian Todd Radom to create the uniforms for BIG3, the new 3-on-3 basketball league. You can check that out here.

Also: Four new Naming Wrongs designs have just launched. You can see all of the new designs here, you can read more about them here, and you can order them in the Naming Wrongs shop. (They’re also cross-listed in the Uni Watch shop, where card-carrying Uni Watch members can get 15% off. If you don’t already have the discount code, get in touch and I’ll hook you up.)

Also-also: The third batch of StripeRite socks is now available. Most of the designs from the first and second batches are available as well.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have gone retro. Toei Flyers was their name from 1954-1972 (from Graveyard Baseball). … Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras wore a Venezuela flag themed compression sleeve the other day in Miami (from Big Karl). … “The Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders starting selling their July 4th caps (yesterday) — they mirror the Yankees’ July 4th caps but have a traditional embroidered logo on the front (instead of the chromaflex logo),” says Mike Slesinski. “Also, the RailRiders wear ‘glow in the park’ uniforms on Fridays (black and fluorescent yellow-green), but this season they are also using matching helmets that encompass both the matte-finish and 3D logo trends that are popular right now. Here’s their regular helmet for comparison (glossy finish, flat logo).” … More looks at the Railriders neon here (from Chris H). … Great grab from Rich Paloma of Rickey Henderson’s first stolen base in his MLB debut on 6/24/1979 — he’s wearing #39 and has NNOB. … The Louisville Bats threw it back to the Louisville Redbirds on 80s Night at Slugger Field last evening (from John Follett). … on August 5th, the Syracuse Chiefs will become the Salt Potatoes (from Dick Holbrook). … The Peoria Chiefs will undergo a name change for one night — the series finale on Thursday — and officially play as the Peoria Distillers (from Ben Zoss). … The Southern Ohio Copperheads wore some, um, electric jerseys yesterday (from Griffin Ward). … Everyone needs a Joey Votto frankenjersey right? (from Steve Hemsath). … The Salem Red Sox threw back and became the Redbirds (from Chad Hlavaty). … If you eat a meal at “Meat and Potatoes” in Pittsburgh, they throw in a cool poster of Forbes Field (from Russ Flynn). … OK, here’s one of the coolest photos you’ll see today: “3 Rockford Peaches in the house for A League of Their Own Tribute Night! Can you guess which one is an ORIGINAL peach?!” (from Beauty of a Game via Tampa Yankees). … Whoa. Trillvio Dante “Got this unreal Denver Bears hat from the Denver Flea. Made by My Favorite Colors Studio.” … The Salt Lake Bees are “Excited to put on these threads for 80s Night and our Salt Lake Trappers throwback on Monday!” … Jorge Cruz writes, “Yankee 1B Tyler Austins called back up rocking a funny version of Jordan Jumpman Tshirt anyone know what it is?” Apparently it has something to do with the song “Me & Julio Down By The School Yard.” … OOPS! The St. Louis Cardinals gave away a Bob Gibson final out of the 1967 World Series bobblehead yesterday (thanks to Bruce Menard). The only problem? The Birds were on the road for game 7. … Also from Bruce, the Kansas City Royals gave away “Los Reales” BBQ aprons at yesterday’s game

NFL/CFL/College/High School Football News: “The Bengals NBC photo shoot on the team web site shows several players wearing an updated jersey (no neck roll),” says Brian Spiess. “However, the photo gallery also shows three rookies in numberless jerseys that still include the orange neck roll. Not sure what the numberless jersey is used for, but it looks like the team did not update the numberless jerseys.” … Hmmm: CYA or actual sense?: Oregon football players used three helmets last season — green, black and white — that were mixed and matched with myriad uniform combinations. The Ducks were pioneers in football fashion and other schools have followed, using helmets to make a statement. Now, the NCAA wants to determine whether style is coming at the expense of safety. The governing body’s football oversight committee will meet this week in Indianapolis and is to begin studying whether multiple helmets could lead to more concussions and serious head and neck injuries. … “Some awesome person was flying a @ChicagoBears flag at #Glastonbury2017 tonight. #FooFighters” (from Charlie Kranz. … Sometimes, it pays to clean out the garage, as you just might find some treasures (from Erik Gamborg). Paging Gene Sanny & Jimmer Vilk. … The Denver Broncos have yet to find a suitable buyer for the rights to “Sports Authority Field,” named for a company that went bankrupt in 2016 (thanks, Brinke). .. Here’s a look at what could be the new adidas uniform for Rutgers (from Andrew Lind). … Edmonton Eskimos QB Mike Reilly is wearing what looks to be a Qalo wedding band (from Chris Howell).

NBA/G-League/College/High School Basketball News: Believe the hype? He hasn’t even stepped on an NBA court yet, but Magic Johnson sees the Lakers eventually retiring Lonzo Ball’s jersey. … “Came across this read regarding the Lakers rarely used giraffe logo,” says Mina Mikhael. “Uni Watch is cited but I’m wondering if you have further insights on it.” (forwarded from Paul without comment). … Fort Wayne Pistons note the Detroit Pistons cannot seem to make up their mind on when they were established, adding, “Hmmm, to include the Fort Wayne years or not.”

Soccer News: FC Cincinnati of the USL changed their Twitter avatar Saturday to this rainbow colored one. Our own Alex Hider notes this was the same day as the Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival. … Speaking of Pride, the Orlando Pride became next level Pride yesterday (from prop). … The Boston Breakers are wearing a TD Memorial armband (I’m assuming for Tony DiCicco, who passed away a few days ago). From James Gilbert.

Grab Bag: New logo for France Volleyball designed by French agency Leroy Tremblot (from Jeremy Brahm). … The LottoNL-Jumbo team has unveiled a new jersey for the Tour de France, with the black and yellow panels on the original 2017 jersey being flipped so as not to cause a clash with the maillot jaune. … Um…there’s a new furry cyclops mascot for Jewel-Osco, a Chicago-based grocery store chain. Mike Chamernik feels compelled to add, “I send this in only because I go to Jewel literally every day (often times twice a day).” … The KY Bourbon Festival has a new logo (from Josh Claywell).

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And that’s it for today. Thanks to everyone who submitted for the Fauxback Jersey contest. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to vote for your favorites! I’ll have the third (of FOUR) sets next Saturday and the final batch next Sunday, so make sure you check back then. You guys have a great week, and I’ll catch you next month (can you believe next Saturday is July 1?). By they we’ll be ready for four days of flag desecration unis in MLB, so…can’t wait for that. Till then…

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“To be devoid of the appreciation of teal is to lead a sad existence.”

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Fauxback Jersey Contest - The Entrants (Part I)

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By Phil Hecken

The latest contest to create a fauxback jersey (similar to that created by the Tampa Rays to connote a uniform which would have been worn by the team, had the team existed at the time) received what I believe to be a record number of entries — 98 to be exact. So the viewing and voting for this contest will be broken down into FOUR separate groups, with 24 or 25 entries per group. The top FOUR vote getters from each group will advance to the finals. The idea was to design a fauxback jersey for a team which did not exist prior to 1990 (you can see the full post here). Most of the entrants respected this rule, although a few may have gone off the boards, so to speak. You readers & voters can take that into account as we reveal the submissions.

There’s a LOT to get to today — so below will be the first 25 submissions (in alpha-order), numbered and labeled with the team (and year if applicable) the concepter is throwing back to, as well as a description, if provided; following the submissions, we’ll have voting. As you scroll through the graphics, be sure to make note of the concept(s) you like — you’ll be able to vote for as many as you like (but you can only vote once). You guys know the drill by now (click to enlarge, etc.), so let’s get started!

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1. Jeff Bakken (1973 DC Nationals)

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2. John Baranowski (1930s Columbus Blue Jackets)

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3. Tim Batzinger (1917 New England Revolution)

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New England Revolution 1917 fauxback, based on the design of the first New England flag.

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4. Garrett Beatty (1970 Jacksonville Jaguars)

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My name’s Garrett Beatty and I’m a sophomore in high school. Funny story: I actually made a faxback jersey for the Royals and didn’t realize the year rule until after I finished. But here’s a Jacksonville Jaguars one. If I do win, is it possible to get the jersey in the long-sleeved version? If not that’s fine. Made a long sleeved and normal sleeved version of the jersey.

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5. Tom Bierbaum (1966-67 Toronto Raptors)

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For the 1966-67 season, the faux Toronto Raptors, inspired by the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, positioned a winged raptor on their jersey, just as the expansion Falcons had done earlier that fall.

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6. Blake Pass (1979 Florida Marlins)

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No description provided

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7. David Bloomquist (1967 Jacksonville Jaguars)

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Introducing the 1967 Jacksonville Jaguars Fauxbacks

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8. Eric Bogh (1983 California Angels)

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I am submitting a fauxback jersey for the 1983 California Angels. I realized late that this team didn’t qualify, but I wanted to send this along anyways.

I always liked the baby blue away uniforms and thought the Angels would have been a great candidate for them. I’ve created a new cap logo, inspired by the Expos and Brewers of the time, where there is an interlocking C and A. Lastly, I incorporated yellow as a secondary color, as a nod to the popularity of the color at the time and in present day uniforms.

Thank you for hosting these contests and sorry for not following the rules.

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9. Ian Borkowski (1969 Miami Marlins)

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1969 Miami Marlins road fauxback, vest style jersey with blue undershirt, which is adorned with MLB 100th Anniversary patch. Note the NOB below the number, inspired by the mid 1960s Cincinnati Reds.

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10. David Britt (1962 Washington Nationals)

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I’m not really a fan of any post 90s teams, but I like the Nats’ unis, and I like red pinstripes, so I thought I would throwback to 1962. They adopted these until they switched to red pullovers in the 70’s in my alternate history.

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11. Brittany Brown (1974 Anaheim Ducks)

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In the tradition of fauxbacks, this Anaheim Duck jersey is based on the California Golden Seals uniforms from 1974 while utilizing the Duck’s original colors.

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12. Mike Cahalan (1976 Toronto Raptors)

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In an award winning 1976 interview with legendary anchorman, Ron Burgundy, Toronto player/owner, Jackie Moon, revealed that the name ‘Raptors’ came from a dream he had about man-eating dinosaurs that he vowed to make into a blockbuster movie that he would call “Love Me Sexy Dinosaur Park”.

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13. Adam Cain (1946 Miami Marlins)

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Here’s my take on the 1946 Miami Marlins, the 50th anniversary of the city (I would have thought Miami was much older than that).

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14. Michael Candelmo (1984 Colorado Rockies)

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The Denver area lost their original Colorado Rockies after the 1982 season. It would be another full decade before the current Colorado Rockies returned in the form of the purple-hued baseball team. This faux-back is era-appropriate with contrasting shoulder/sleeve panels. The color scheme/logos are based directly on the hockey club that many home-town fans were surely missing at the time.

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15. Erik Ceja (1980s Anaheim Mighty Ducks)

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80’S mighty ducks shirt!

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16. Gary Chanko (1976 Miami Marlins)

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For the 1976 season the Marlins introduced the legendary “collared” jersey. The style was popular among the players and fans and remained unchanged until 1980. The Chicago White Sox attempt with a similar jersey style proved a disaster and was quickly abandoned.

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17. Sean Connor (1975 Miami Marlins)

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I’ve got a 1975 Miami Marlins road jersey for you. In his first year of free agency, it would have made sense for Jim Hunter to sign with “The Fish.”

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18. Matt Cooksley (1949 Dallas Stars)

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Fauxback for 1949 Dallas Stars (although could work for many years of the original six era).

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19. Colin Davis (1962 Marquette Lacrosse)

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Thanks For letting me do a Lacrosse jersey! I enjoyed drawing this.

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20. Gavin Davis (1990 Vegas Golden Knights)

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21. Ethan Dimitroff (1989 Oklahoma City Thunder)

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The colors are the same as the current Thunder which I don’t see as being unrealistic before the teal takeover of the 90’s. This is a road jersey with a block lettering. I made some use of the yellow which is in the logo. The trim of the jersey I used some Native American pattern as a simple nod to the region without going over board. I included the NBA logo in its current place as it would be worn in present day since it is a “fauxback”. Why 1989 you ask? Because it was the year I was born lol. Sorry if I made you feel old.

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22. Craig Dudley (1970 Columbus Blue Jackets)

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My submission is the “1970” Columbus Blue Jackets – NHL. I figured I would create the design using throwback materials (markers). The Jackets began play in 2000 so this is a 30 fauxback.

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23. Leo Dwyer (1972 Toronto Raptors)

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1972 Toronto Raptors.

T is for Toronto!

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24. Bob Farrigan (1936 Atlanta Falcons)

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Fauxback jersey for the Atlanta Falcons 1936 season.

Inspirations;
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· Atlanta Falcons 1968
· Boston Indigenous Americans 1935
· Cleveland Native Americans 1931
· Chicago Cardinals 1927

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· Typeface based on the Atlanta Crackers deco “A”

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25. Rodney Finnegan (1976-77 Colorado Rockies)

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Attached is my entry for the Fauxback Jersey contest. It is a baseball jersey for the current National League leading Colorado Rockies throwing back to the NHL’s cellar-dwelling 1976-1977 Colorado Rockies. The jersey is intended to be used as a road or “third” (special occasion) jersey.

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And there you have it — the first group of entries for the Fauxback Jersey Contest. Voting is below (remember, you can vote for as many designs as you’d like, but you may only vote one time).

Fauxback Jersey Contest – Group I

 
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Let’s have a big hand for the first set of contestants. Let them know what you think (and maybe even lobby for your favorites) in the comments below!

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So, I was on a Podcast…

hovg pod

…the other day.

I joined HOVG Proprietor Shawn Anderson and his sidekick Lou Olsen to discuss…wait for it…uniforms.

As they describe it,

The weekend editor (and “bench coach”) for the Uni Watch Blog talks to the boys about those hideous things the Arizona Diamondbacks are wearing, the best (and worst) uniforms in the Majors, why baseball needs to tone down their special jerseys and why 1969 might have been the greatest looking year on the diamond.

You can check it out above or click here.

I’ve done several podcasts before, but I think this one turned out pretty well. If you have some spare time, give it a listen — love to get some feedback! Thanks.

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And now a few reminders from Paul: Hi there. In case you missed it yesterday, I had a new ESPN piece about how the rapper/actor Ice Cube collaborated with uniform designer/historian Todd Radom to create the uniforms for BIG3, the new 3-on-3 basketball league. You can check that out here.

Also: Four new Naming Wrongs designs have just launched. You can see all of the new designs here, you can read more about them here, and you can order them in the Naming Wrongs shop. (They’re also cross-listed in the Uni Watch shop, where card-carrying Uni Watch members can get 15% off. If you don’t already have the discount code, get in touch and I’ll hook you up.)

Also-also: The third batch of StripeRite socks is now available. Most of the designs from the first and second batches are available as well.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Here’s a great sign from TheGoalNet from his hometown in the Berkshires. … As you may be aware, two of my favorite MiLB teams are the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and the Fresno Grizzlies — and the two teams recently had a contest in which the loser would wear the winner’s caps for a game. The Pigs won, so the Fresno Grizzlies had to wear Iron Pigs Bacon hats after losing the bet. They added their own twist by adding the Carnitas patch on the side (h/t Aaron Wiens). … “Ads on uniforms! No leagues! Goodbye Oakland and Tampa Bay! They seem like mammoth changes that would be difficult for MLB to implement.” These and more are discussed in this article, which itself looks at ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian’s piece on the look of baseball 20 years from now. Recommended reading. … A Colorado Rockies blog asks, “What nicknames, patches, or other personalizations should Rockies players do with their uniforms on Players Weekend?” … Looks like the Major League All-Star Game Home Run Derby caps will be black (from Pete Butera). — However, there are also these caps now available in the MLB shop — possibly for the use in the Futures Game? (from Niko Goutakolis). It would appear to be so (h/t Nicholas Schiavo). … The El Paso Chihuahuas have unveiled their flag desecration caps & jerseys for this Sunday. … It was David Ortiz night at the Fens last evening, and of course, the Sawx wore red tops (from Funhouse). … “Pitching coach Charles Nagy has the wrong hat on,” notes Evan Riggs. He adds, “And it’s an Angels hat that I’ve never seen before, period.” … The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters are honoring the 1962 NPB Champion Toei Flyers with throwback jerseys for weekend Legend Series (from Max G.). … Do the Durham Bulls know about this?: “Fun sign at the Upper Valley Nighthawks’ ballpark in White River Junction, Vt.” says Tris Wykes. “They’re a New England Collegiate Baseball League team.” (If you weren’t aware, there’s a fairly famous sign down in Durham.) … I’m trying to figure out why a “fan” would buy a teal Mariners jersey with a “GO CUBS” NOB (from Lawrence Morgan‏). … A new minor league team that will call Fayetteville, North Carolina, home, but what will the team be called? You can help the team choose a name (from James Gilbert).

NFL/CFL/College/High School/Football News: On some type of Canadian TV show taping, some New Orleans Saints’ were seen sporting old collars and “Michael Lewis wearing the once worn gold jersey (a personal favorite),” (from Ray Garofalo III‏). … BYU Football will honor Hall of Fame Coach LaVell Edwards with this uniform patch this season (from Paul R. Cherrington). … Here’s how it will look on the jersey. … Also, BYU is going to be retiring the jerseys of Marc Wilson, Robbie Bosco and Luke Staley. … What should Rutgers fans expect in new football uniforms? Chris Ash explains. … There was recently an image floating around of a matte black helmet, supposedly for Georgia. Turns out, thankfully, it’s a hoax. … IndyCar driver and rookie Ed Jones is wearing this Walter Payton tribute helmet (here’s a look at the back) in this weekend’s Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Wisconsin (also posted in Grab Bag). From Morgan Webster. … The Alfred University Saxons have new white jerseys (via Paul). … People always like to comment on how player use their cell phones on the field after games in today’s Day & age, but here’s a Youngstown State player in 1994 walking around with one of those big camcorders after winning the National Championship (from Robert Hayes). The players are also wearing some kind of 125th anniversary patch.

Hockey News: Tweeter (and reader) Nick Lineback says of these Jaws-themed jerseys, “Late entry candidate for jersey of the year. They’re gonna need a bigger jersey?” … Here’s just a wonderful 1975 image of a color vs. color game between the Los Angeles Kings and the California Golden Seals (image from Vintage Sports Images). … Tweeter Patrick Thomas saw this NY Rangers tweet of their new jersey and notes that the gray collar is gone. … Holy crap: The Golden Knights name and logo still officially do not belong to the team, leading the franchise to advance this month the legal battle to own its trademark rights (from Tommy Turner). … Goalies wear captaincy patches too! “Collegiate, but are you aware of this example? Cal Petersen of Notre Dame,” says Mike Engle. … With all the uni unveilings this past week, I wasn’t sure if we’d seen this one, so apologies if it’s already been posted: here’s a look at the Tampa Bay Lightning road (white) jersey. Also, the Lightning’s anniversary patch will be on upper right chest of home & road (half of season) sweater (from John Sabol). … UND will have their new Fighting Hawks logo on their hockey sweaters. … Yikes — not the best job affixing a nameplate on the newest Florida Panther (from Greg Rajan). … “Based off this photo, looks like the Hawks sticking with the two layer sewn twill numbers on game jerseys,” says Steve Jankowski.

NBA/G-League/College/Basketball News: In case you missed it, on Thursday, the Phoenix Suns unveiled a FIFTY seasons anniversary patch (from multiple folks). The teams also unveiled several alternate anniversary patches, including one in Spanish (from Conrad Burry). … Here’s a look at a Boston Celtics jersey with a GE ad patch. Robert Hayes notes it’s likely still an adidas jersey. — Here’s a look at the back with the Jerry West logo on the shoulder (from Brad Tatum). … Here’s the Golden State Warriors Championship patch (from The Emblem Source). … This isn’t incredibly shocking, but Lonzo Ball, the LA Lakers No. 1 Pick (and No. 2 overall) pick confirmed he will continue to wear the No. 2 he wore with UCLA with the Lakers. … “Lonzo Ball wearing pre-2014 adidas home jersey…” says Jay Appaji who asks, “is that a Derek Fisher jersey? Lol”. This was also noticed by Football Guy.

Soccer News: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino is changing from number 11 to 9 next season. The club has offered to have him sign for free any eligible 2017/18 #11 Firmino jerseys that were purchased before the change. On top of that, The Anfield Shop, an American LFC retailer is offering $50 rebates or gift cards for those who purchased #11 jerseys (from Patrick Walsh). … “Spotted in NYC,” says James Beattie. “Will likely be Tottenham Hotspur’s home kit in 2017-18.”

Grab Bag: Brazilian volleyball team Olympikus stylist Renan Serrano took used jerseys from Brazil’s biggest victories and cut them into smaller pieces and then transformed them into a new jersey. This new jersey would be the only one in world (from Jeremy Brahm). … This will be…interesting: Citing religious refusal of adoption rule, California bans state travel to Texas: California state agencies, universities and commissions won’t be allowed to send their employees to Texas after the California attorney general declared a Texas law discriminatory. Submitter Josh Hinton asks, “No public university from California can play in Texas. Does that mean that if UCLA wins their region they can’t go to the final 4?” … IndyCar driver and rookie Ed Jones is wearing this Walter Payton tribute helmet (here’s a look at the back) in this weekend’s Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Wisconsin (also posted in Football). From Morgan Webster. … Our pal Douggie Keklak saw this video of the 1972 Munich Olympics and asks, “Is that a Star of David as decimal? A memorial to the tragedy in those games??” … BFBS wrestling singlet for the Tar Heels (from James Gilbert). … Check out this article from NatGeo: “From Blood-Soaked Sand to Retractable Roofs: A History of Stadiums” (great find by Dale Alison, who adds “Didn’t know if you saw this. Impressive? Certainly whimsical and obviously expensive.”) … adidas has nearly doubled its US sneaker market share — at Nike’s expense (thanks, Brinke).

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And that’s it for today. Thanks to everyone who submitted for the Fauxback Jersey contest. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to vote for your favorites! I’ll have our second (of FOUR) sets tomorrow, so make sure you check back then. And if you have a few spare minutes, give the ‘cast a listen too! Catch ya on the morrow…but until then…

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“If Connecticut had a demonym that wasn’t awkward and terrible, I would definitely use it.”

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Draft Day Tradition

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The Timberwolves have never had good uniforms, but they do have one of the best uni-related rituals in all of sports: Each year they mark the day of the NBA draft by preparing draft prospect jersey cookies. How cool is that? The maker’s marks are a bit depressing, but I guess you have to give them points for accuracy.

(Big thanks to Jared Hensch for this one.)

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Odd couple: On the left is rapper/actor Ice Cube. On the right, uniform designer/historian Todd Radom (in a photo taken recently by his daughter, Hannah Radom). My latest ESPN column, which will post today, is about how these two gents teamed up to create the uniforms and logos for BIG3, the new 3-on-3 basketball league that’s debuting this Sunday. Check it out here, and then I’ll have a follow-up blog piece next week with a lot of additional background info from Todd.

And speaking of ESPN stuff, in case you missed it yesterday, here’s my piece on five takeaways from the NHL/Adidas unveiling.

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Just give me all your money already: In case you missed it yesterday, there’s a lot of new Uni Watch-related merch currently available, as follows:

• Four new Naming Wrongs designs have just launched (including the Murph design shown at right; click to enlarge). You can see all of the new designs here, you can read more about them here, and you can order them in the Naming Wrongs shop. (They’re also cross-listed in the Uni Watch shop, where card-carrying Uni Watch members can get 15% off. If you don’t already have the discount code, get in touch and I’ll hook you up.)

• The third batch of StripeRite socks is now available. Most of the designs from the first and second batches are available as well.

• With Independence Day fast approaching, this would be a swell time to order the Uni Watch stars and stripes T-shirt. But in order to get the shirt in time for the holiday, you’ll have to choose rush shipping, which costs an extra $7. (For those of you who ordered this shirt yesterday, I think it will arrive in time for the holiday even with normal shipping. Fingers crossed.)

Okay, end of sales pitch. My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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The Ticker
By Paul

’Skins Watch: In light of this week’s Supreme Court decision overturning the ban on trademarks for offensive terms, which was widely viewed as a win for the ’Skins, the New York Times editorial board, which had previously opposed granting of trademark status to the ’Skins, now supports it (from Tommy Turner).

Baseball News: New bat knob decals for Twins INF Ehire Adrianza. … The Montgomery Biscuits have a new cap with a wraparound biscuit design. Not bad, but nothing can match the anthropomorphized biscuit. … Poutine-themed jerseys this Saturday for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (from Tris Wykes). … The White Sox will retire Mark Buehrle’s No. 56 on Saturday. Fans will receive a commemorative pin with this logo. … This is pretty cool: The old Hale America “Health” patch, which was worn on MLB jerseys in the early 1940s, is now being featured on a cap (from @civil_standard). … Great little video clip about the origins of the Cardinals’ birds on the bat insignia. … Our own Phil Hecken is featured in this excellent podcast by the Hall of Very Good crew — don’t miss.

Pro Football News: The Calgary Fire Department donated a custom-painted Calgary firefighters helmet to be awarded to the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders’ special teams player of the game following wins (from Wade Heidt). … The Ravens hung a motivational sign from the goalpost of their practice facility (from Andrew Cosentino). … Cris Routh spotted the Dolphins using mismatched “2” numerals for two games in 1988: against the Bucs on Oct. 30 and against the Browns on Dec. 12. In that second shot, the 7s are mismatched as well. … For reasons that aren’t clear, Steelers WR Antonio Brown was spotted working out in a Panthers helmet. … The CFL’s Montreal Alouettes have two interesting anniversary decals on their helmets: Canada 150th and Montreal 375th. Halftime performers last night wore jerseys with No. 375 for the Montreal anniversary. … NFL officiating note: The head linesman will now be called the down judge. The designation on the back of the jersey will be “DJ” (from Mike Wilson).

Hockey News: Here’s something I hadn’t remembered: At one point the Florida Panthers’ gloves were supposed to have claws (from Moe Khan). … Gotta love a hockey uniform that references Naragansett beer and Jaws simultaneously (from Joel Mathwig). … The Stars will retire Jere Lehtinen’s No. 26 on Nov. 24 (thanks, Mike).

NBA News: The Bucks’ D-League G-League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, officially unveiled their logo set, although there wasn’t much drama because the primary mark had already leaked a few days earlier.

Soccer News: A uni-related gaffe on Arsenal’s website may have hinted at Alexis Sanchez’s departure from the team (from Ted Arnold). … New road kit for Barca. … The LA Galaxy will celebrate LGBTQ Pride Night on Saturday, with rainbow-patterned warm-up tops and corner flag. … Experts have identified the worst jersey in the history of English soccer (from Matthew Solly).

Grab Bag: American Airlines is searching for a new uniform manufacturer following repeated staff complaints about their unis causing various health problems (from Dan Tarrant). … Longtime reader/contributor R. Scott Rogers put his 2017 Purp Walk sticker on his curling broom handle. … The city of Columbia, S.C., is getting ready to choose a new flag design (from @jhlichty).