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Uni Watch History Lesson: When Rimas Kurtinaitis Wore a Plain Jersey in the 1989 Three Point Shootout

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Yesterday’s Ticker had an item about Craig Hodges competing in the 1993 NBA Three Point Shootout while wearing a generic NBA jersey, because he was a free agent at the time. But he’s not the only player to have worn a non-team jersey in the Shootout. Check at the player at top-left in the photo shown above, which shows the Shootout contestants from 1989.

That player was Rimas Kurtinaitis, a Lithuanian who was one of the best European players of the 1980s and also played on the Soviet national team. The NBA invited him to compete in the 1989 Three Point Shootout, and he remains the only non-NBA player ever to participate in the event.

Kurtinaitis’s blank jersey has been Ticker-mentioned on the site in the past (most recently last summer), but I thought it would be good to take a closer look today, because the whole situation was pretty unusual. Like, it’s nice that the NBA extended an invitation to Kurtinaitis, but couldn’t they have given him a better jersey? If they didn’t want to give him a something with “NBA” across the chest, why not let him wear his European team uniform? Granted, that would have been weird, but having him participate in the contest was weird to begin with.

The other players didn’t quite know what to make of Kurtinaitis. According to this article, Charles Barkley, then with the Sixers, offered to take him to a strip joint. Karl Malone didn’t want a non-NBA player participating: “If he comes over and wins, a lot of guys are going to be teed off. You can’t just arbitrarily throw a guy in there from anywhere.” Malone’s teammate John Stockton added, “It’s nothing against the fact that he’s a Soviet. It’s just that he’s not in this league. If you have an NBA event, you’ve got to have NBA players.”

Turns out the NBA guys had nothing to worry about. Kurtinaitis performed poorly, scoring only nine points and finishing last. Blame it on the uni, I say. Here’s some footage of him during the Shootout:

Kurtinaitis now coaches in Lithuania. He looks a little different than he did in 1989.

(Big thanks to reader Ben Zoss for reminding me about this one.)

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

I didn’t miss much Bengals stuff from 1972 through 1999 or so, especially in the earlier years. So when I saw this T-shirt, it definitely caught my eye. The Bengals had a cool numerical roster in 1972 — they had a player wearing each number from 10 through 20 — so I can’t quite tell who this is on the shirt, although I think it’s Speedy Thomas. Whoever it is, it’s a great-looking design.

Now for the rest of this week’s picks:

• This is a sales piece for retailers, for an early-1970s NFL Zippo lighter. A profit of $15 is guaranteed to put you into the NFL Hall of Flame!

• This 1970s ABA Indiana Pacers wall clock looks like it’s in good shape, but I’m not sure why the outside case is green rather than blue.

• Packers fans will dig these 1970s “N.F.L. Officially Licensed Receiver’s Gloves.”

• From gloves to wristbands we go: Just wear ’em, baby — an unopened package of 1970s Ray-duhz wristbands. One size, all-purpose!

• This 1970s-1980s Atlanta Falcons button has that kind of generic artwork on it, as if they made the same button for every team using artwork.

• Dodgers fans, how about a set of 1970s Dodgers Cheer Bears.

• Guess they ran out of room for the facemask on this 1960s Packers button.

• For your next formal event, sport this 1970s NFL tie bar and cufflinks set.

• Here’s a promo O.J. T-shirt from Spot-Bilt cleats.

• Staying with promo items, McDonald’s issued this Milwaukee Brewers baseball in the 1970s, part of their McDonaldland All-Star Lineup.

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In living color: I had previously shared the audio from our recent Mets uniform panel at the 2017 Queens Baseball Convention, but now I have the video to share with you (see above).

I chaired the panel, which consisted of uniform designer/researcher Todd Radom; Mets stitcher Russ Gompers; Mets uniform number expert Jon Springer; game-worn jersey expert Nick DiSalvo; and our own Phil Hecken. It was a great time, and plenty informative to boot. Enjoy.

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RSS update: Several of you have mentioned that the site’s RSS feed seems to have gone on the fritz. I’ve asked webmaster John Ekdahl to look into this and hope to have it resolved shortly. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, and doubleplusthanks for your patience.

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T-shirt reminder: Our latest T-shirt, designed by the great Todd Radom, is now available. Check it out (click to enlarge):

Pretty good, right? The design takes inspiration from the old Abe Stark sign at Ebbets Field, which read, “Hit Sign, Win Suit.”

Please note that we’re using the shirt fabric color to fill in the dark portions of the design — the outfielder’s cap, sleeves, stirrups, and shoes, and also the dark part of the sign behind him. We think it looks best on Teespring’s dark navy shirt, which is the version shown above. But you can also order the shirt in black (yes, go ahead and make all your BFBS jokes), in which case the design will look like this:

There’s also an American Apparel short-sleeved version and a long-sleeved version, both of which come in a slightly lighter shade of navy. You’ll be able to see all of this on the ordering page. Just make sure you choose the shirt and color you like best.

The shirt is available here through next Friday, March 3. My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball NewsIn case you haven’t seen it yet, the Braves are using a Spring Training-specific batting helmet logo. They’ll go back to their script “A” logo when the regular season starts (from Glen Macklin). … Do you have a Travis Shaw rookie card? Turns out that’s not actually him (thanks, Mike). … Astros P Lance McCullers will honor Jose Fernandez by using the late pitcher’s glove model this season (from Mike). … New number for Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr. — No. 19, the number he wore in college (from Alex Smolokoff). … New Friday alts for the Nashville Sounds. … The Peoria Chiefs are letting fans pick the style for the team’s Jimmy Buffett jerseys (from Michael). … Rutgers gets it — even if some players are wearing their stirrups backwards (from Todd and John). … South Carolina went all-black with chrome decals last night. … Throwbacks last night, including long-sleeved jerseys, for Nicholls State. Some additional pics here (from Chris Mycoskie).

NFL News: Here’s a nice shot of former Raiders QB Kenny Stabler taking a snap with his chinstrap unbuckled. We can add him to the list of players who’ve gone either unbuckled or strapless (From Thomas Moore).

Hockey NewsThe Maple Leafs will wear these slick St. Pats throwbacks on the day after St. Paddy’s day. … Flyers G Michal Neuvirth’s mask for the Stadium Series game is ready to go (from Kevin Kurz). … Gotta love the stripes on this USA Hockey poster (from Pro Football Journal).

NBA NewsBoogie Cousins will wear No. 0 for the New Orleans Pelicans (thanks Mike). … Speaking of, Matt LaWell did some good research about teams that have had both a No. 0 and a No. 00 on their roster. … Buddy Hield will wear No. 24 with the Kings.

College Hoops NewsLook good, feel good: This story points out that Pitt is 3-0 in football and basketball when they wear royal and yellow throwbacks, and suggests there is a grassroots movement in town to get the athletic department to return to the old colors (from JW). … Color-on-gray last night between St. John’s and Marquette (from Mitchell General).

Soccer NewsHere’s what Minnesota United will be wearing this season (from Rhys McManus). … Free advertising: This Wilson sign includes a UC Irvine wearing nothing but Adidas (from Jonathon Sluss). … FC Laussane, a team in the Swiss Super League, is allowing fans to pick the kit the team will wear next (from Chris Corbaz). … New kits for Fossil Ridge High School (Colo.) girls soccer (from Marc Gustafson).

Grab Bag: This is what happens when you put a GoPro on a curling stone (from Liz Zabel). … Couple of racing notes from David Firestone: Driver Kenny Wallace wore a St. Louis Cardinals helmet during a recent dirt track race. Also, NASCAR recently released a “Family Album” book, similar to the NFL Treasures book Paul discussed yesterday. … Good-looking color-on-color rugby match between the United States and Canada (from Eric Bangeman). … U of Albany’s lacrosse goalie was wearing a different-colored helmet than the rest of his team the other day (from Dan Murtaugh). … Good story on how Columbus College of Art and Design selected its new mascot (from Jason Hillyer). … This feature story about Jordan Speith offers insight into his involvement into the creation of his new signature shoe. … Here’s a cool story that details the evolution of the spacesuit through the years — including the new design, released yesterday (from Brinke). … This artist makes Native American art out of Everlast heavy bags (from Rob Walker). … Chicago native Chance the Rapper struck a Michael Jordan pose in a promotional poster after winning his first Grammy (from Charles Noerenberg).

Uni Watch Bookshelf: ‘The Official Treasures of the NFL’

I don’t think of myself as being particularly scavenger-y, but I do seem to have pretty good luck finding things that other people leave out on the street. A paella pan, a sweater, a nice pair of chukka boots, a pair of hiking boots, the pair of sneakers I use for my daily bike ride, a pair of jeans — I found all of those just on my own block. And a few weeks ago I found something else: a copy of The Official Treasures of the National Football League — and in near-perfect condition!

As you can see above, Official Treasures comes in a slipcase, which is nice, but that actually turns out to be the least interesting thing about it. The more interesting thing is that the book is full of envelopes and pockets, each of which contains a reproduction of some document from the NFL’s past — a contract here, a ticket stub there, photos, trading cards, booklets, and so on. Everything is nicely yellowed with faux-age, and the whole thing feels like a series of nice surprises.

Here are some photo pairings that show some of what’s tucked inside the book. In each case, the top photo shows a photo spread as you’d see it after having turned the page, and the bottom photo shows the various items after they’ve been removed from their envelopes or pockets. For all of the photos, you can click to enlarge.






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I could show more, but you get the idea (you can see a few additional photos here). Having once worked as a book editor, I can tell you that all those pockets and envelopes must have been a complete bitch for the printer and binder — it’s a complex production job. But they did a really nice job with it.

The bells and whistles notwithstanding, the book also features excellent photography and serviceable text. It’s a piece of mythmaking, of course, but in a relatively benign way. Definitely a good gift item, especially if you have a young football fan in the house. (I would have swallowed this thing whole if it had been in the house when I was growing up.) If you want a copy, it’s available here.

Or you could just wait until one shows up on the sidewalk, like I did.

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Signal flare: If anyone out there is a South Carolina Gamecocks football fan, please get in touch Thanks.

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T-Shirt Club reminder: In case you missed it yesterday: As I mentioned a few weeks ago, this year we’re going to have a bunch of new T-shirts, with each one designed by a different creative luminary from the Uni Watch family — the Uni Watch Artist’s Series, I’m calling it. Today I’m ready to show you the first one.

We’re kicking off with a shirt by uniform designer/historian Todd Radom, who I’m sure needs no introduction for most of you. After admiring Todd’s work for so many years, and also drawing on his expertise and knowledge countless times, it’s a thrill for me to be working on a creative project with him.

Here’s his design (click to enlarge):

Pretty good, right? The design takes inspiration from the old Abe Stark sign at Ebbets Field, which read, “Hit Sign, Win Suit.”

An important note: We’re using the shirt fabric color to fill in the dark portions of the design — the outfielder’s cap, sleeves, stirrups, and shoes, and also the dark part of the sign behind him. We think it looks best on Teespring’s dark navy shirt, which is the version shown above. But you can also order the shirt in black (yes, go ahead and make all your BFBS jokes), in which case the design will look like this:

The difference is subtle, but it’s there. There’s also an American Apparel short-sleeved version and a long-sleeved version, both of which come in a slightly lighter shade of navy. You’ll be able to see all of this on the ordering page. Just make sure you choose the shirt and color you like best.

The shirt is available here through next Friday, March 3. My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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The Ticker
By Paul

Baseball News: Yesterday was Photo Day at Cardinals camp. They appear to use generic jerseys with no front numbers. Also, Kolten Wong posed while wearing a helmet with a faceguard. … Throwbacks yesterday for Fresno State (from Jared Buccola). … Very nice striped stirrups for Rutgers. although it’d be better if they didn’t wear them backwards (from @OhHeyItsTodd). … Sensational new Expos-style pinwheel cap for Kansas. … Mallex Smith, now with the Rays, could become the latest MLBer to wear No. 0 (thanks, Brinke). … Remember our recent guest entry from Jeff Callahan, who had DIY’d himself a tabletop ballpark game? He’s been working on a new version based on the Polo Grounds. Lots of photos here. … Check this out: Rice is wearing owls on the bat! (From Denis Costello.)

Pro and College Football News: Last month I had an ESPN piece about the new Schutt F7 helmet. In that piece, I noted that the F7’s ridges and vents might make it tricky for teams with traditional decal placements. Now Michael Princip, who was the lead designer on the F7, has created some concepts of how teams wearing the F7 could apply their team designs to the shell. “These are unofficial,” he stresses, but they’re interesting. … Here’s one of those “What if NFL teams were actually soccer teams?” projects (thanks, Mike). … An arena team in Utah lets the fans call the plays. Fans anywhere can participate via a mobile app. They also choose the team’s uniforms. … Here’s the story behind Clemson’s championship logo (from Benji Boyter).

Hockey News: The Blackhawks commissioned a mask for their emergency goaltender, Eric Semborski. It was done by Corey Crawford’s artist, David Gunnarsson (from Marc-Louis Paprzyca). … Former Coyotes player Mike Gartner, thinking he was signing a promotional jersey, accidentally autographed Shane Doan’s game jersey the other night (from Vince Serritella). … Some local hockey players wore throwback uniforms to re-enact the 1907 Stanley Cup match-up between the Kenora Thistles and the Montreal Wanderers (from Will Scheibler). … The ECHL has a fantasy program in which fans can vote on one player from each team who’ll wear a special patch, plus a goalie who’ll wear a gold-themed jersey. You can see two of the goalies here and here (from K.C. Kless).

NBA News: Here’s a look at some notable sneakers from the NBA’s All-Star Weekend (thanks, Brinke). … Here’s something I didn’t know (or maybe just forgot): Craig Hodges, who won the 1992 NBA Three Point Contest, defended his title in 1993 even though he’d been waived by the Bulls and was a free agent at the time. The NBA initially omitted him from the field of contestants but eventually allowed him to compete while wearing a generic NBA jersey (from Jonathan, who didn’t give his last name). … The Cartoon Network reimagined their shows as NBA logos (thanks, Mike).

College Hoops News: Virginia Tech will be giving away these socks for tonight’s game (from Andrew Cosentino). … Women’s hoops: NJIT and Florida Gulf Coast went red-vs-.green last night (from Jeff Mayer).

Soccer News: I put this in the NFL section, but I’ll put it here too, just in case: Here’s one of those “What if NFL teams were actually soccer teams?” projects (thanks, Mike).

Grab Bag: NASCAR fans are reported in an uproar over risqué Victory Lane models. … This is weird: Vice President Mike Pence was visiting government officials in Germany and was greeted with a 51-star American flag (from DenverGregg). … New logo for the Japan Rugby Football Union (from Jeremy Brahm). … This is pretty cool: NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer’s new helmet has a very realistic-looking faux-rust theme (from David Firestone). … A high school wrestler in Wisconsin was disqualified from a match for wearing multi-colored underwear, which apparently violated an obscure rule (from Jerry Nitzh).

Look at All These Nice People

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Good times at yesterday’s Uni Watch meet-up in Brooklyn. Two people I really enjoyed meeting were Craig (above left, didn’t get his last name) and his lovely wife (can’t remember her name even though she told me two times, ugh!), who made the trip from Princeton, N.J. — more than an hour’s drive. Thanks so much for coming, guys!

Two other stalwart attendees were Marc Rivlin, who wore an Israel jersey from the World Baseball Classic, and Mike Engle, who wore an Expos St. Paddy’s cap and a green-trimmed polo shirt that was nicely accessorized by a Uni Watch 15th-anniversary patch:

It was great to see everyone, including Alan Kreit, Matt Powers, Anthony Burke, our own Phil Hecken, and a bunch of people whose last names I didn’t get, including Dave, Lou, Archie, Jillian, and probably a few others I’m forgetting — big thanks to everyone who came out. I was very bad about taking photos this time around (it’s hard to document everything when everyone’s talking with you and you just want to enjoy their company), but here are a few more (if you can’t see the slideshow below, click here):

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Big yawn in the Big Easy: The NBA All-Star Game was last night, and the uniforms were a total snooze. We’ll never know how much of this was due to the game having been moved from Charlotte to New Orleans due to North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law (the league presumably had a more Charlotte-themed uni set in the hopper that had to be scrapped), and/or how much of it was due to Adidas mailing it in for their final All-Star event of their lame-duck tenure. Either way, not much in the way of eye candy. Too bad.

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T-Shirt Club update: As I mentioned a few weeks ago, this year we’re going to have a bunch of new T-shirts, with each one designed by a different creative luminary from the Uni Watch family — the Uni Watch Artist’s Series, I’m calling it. Today I’m ready to show you the first one.

We’re kicking off with a shirt by uniform designer/historian Todd Radom, who I’m sure needs no introduction for most of you. After admiring Todd’s work for so many years, and also drawing on his expertise and knowledge countless times, it’s a thrill for me to be working on a creative project with him.

Here’s his design (click to enlarge):

Pretty good, right? The design takes inspiration from the old Abe Stark sign at Ebbets Field, which read, “Hit Sign, Win Suit.”

An important note: We’re using the shirt fabric color to fill in the dark portions of the design — the outfielder’s cap, sleeves, stirrups, and shoes, and also the dark part of the sign behind him. We think it looks best on Teespring’s dark navy shirt, which is the version shown above. But you can also order the shirt in black (yes, go ahead and make all your BFBS jokes), in which case the design will look like this:

The difference is subtle, but it’s there. There’s also an American Apparel short-sleeved version and a long-sleeved version, both of which come in a slightly lighter shade of navy. You’ll be able to see all of this on the ordering page. Just make sure you choose the shirt and color you like best.

The shirt is available here through next Friday, March 3. My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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KRC update: The latest installment of Key Ring Chronicles is about a ring that was purchased on a beach in France and never worn. Check it out here.

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Penny for your thoughts: On Friday night I saw a movie with my friend Shane, and then we had dinner in Chinatown. When the check came, it included something I’d never seen before: a “Round Off 5 Cents” line. They comped us one cent in order to round the total down to an even $31.40 (instead of $31.41). I guess they don’t want to bother with keeping pennies in the cash register.

The funny thing is that two of the three the suggested tip amounts are not rounded off to the nearest five cents. But I suppose they’re figuring that nobody would actually tip in non-five-cent amount (and they’re right!).

Incidentally, the movie we saw was Kedi, a documentary about all the cats that roam around Istanbul. If you’re a cat person, it’s a must-see. Here’s the trailer:

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball News: It appears that the Cubs are moving the bullpens at Wrigley to behind the bleachers (from Andrew Cosentino). … Many Pirates took team pictures in caps without the New Era logo yesterday. Others were wearing caps with some sort of wording in place of the MLB logo (from E). … Damon Hirschensohn spotted a Delta plane with Mariano Rivera’s number and signature in Salt Lake City. More on the Rivera plane here. … Which MLB pitchers are currently wearing a single-digit number? Find out here (from Randall J. Sanders). … Ole Miss wore some super-slick powder blue unis yesterday against ECU, who wore purple (from Gnarly Reb and Jordan L. Smith). … Looks like Air Force is bringing the Sharktooth to the diamond (from Adam Henderson). … Maryland broke out the faux-flannel yesterday (from Matt Shevin).

Hockey NewsThe Ducks wore yellow warm-up jerseys in support of the Ronald McDonald House yesterday (from Josh Hunhoff). … Randy Clement was poking around and found this shot of what appears to be a Minnesota North Stars player wearing sunglasses on the ice during the team’s first-ever preseason game. The player is identified as Les Burton, and it appears that he was cut before the season began. … WGN in Chicago must not have gotten the memo that the Sabres retired the Buffaslug in 2010 (from Rob Daniel). … The Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL retired No. 91 for former player Colin Chaulk on Saturday night — but accidentally raised the banner to the rafters upside-down. The banner was fixed after the first period (from Tris Wykes). … Staying in the ECHL, the Missouri Mavericks wore baseball-style uniforms to honor the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues on Saturday (from Adam Fritzen). … The Windsor Spitfires of the OHL wore uniforms honoring former captain Mickey Renaud, who died suddenly at age 19 in 2008. The chest logo includes Renaud’s No. 18 surrounded by a gold wreath (from Wade Heidt). … The New York Riveters of the NWHL wore military appreciation unis yesterday (from Zach Pearce). … A painting company in Virginia is using the Penguins logo. It’s the second time this week a Uni Watcher has spotted a local business poaching the Penguins logo (from Steve B.).

College Hoops News:  Illinois State wore some wild candy-striped shorts as part of a throwback set yesterday (from Trey Volk). … Color-on-color in an A-10 matchup yesterday between George Washington and Duquesne (from Rich Donahue). … Northwestern and Rutgers went color-on-color Saturday night. With the win, the Wildcats are now 3-0 in their black “Gothic” unis (from Dan Sagerman).

Soccer NewsLee Hodson of Rangers FC in the Scottish Premier League took the pitch the yesterday without a crest on his jersey. A crest was applied to his jersey at halftime (from WeeFuse). … Allesandro Florenzi of AS Roma is out at least six months with a knee injury, so his teammates wore his No. 24 on their sleeves yesterday in his honor (from The Rake). … Seattle Sounders debuted the championship star above their team crest last night against Charleston Battery (from Will Chitty).

Grab BagChris Viel found this old Houston Gamblers pennant at an antique store. …  A former Middle Tennessee State football player tracked down his old jersey and got it back after nearly a decade and a half (from Wade Harder). … Teams in Australia’s National Rugby League are selling Marvel superhero-themed jerseys (from Josh Gardner).

A(nother) Bunch of Concepts For Your Sunday Reading Pleasure

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By Phil Hecken

Last Sunday I ran a whole bunch of concepts I’d been saving up over the past few months, and today I have another nice batch for you guys. During the week, I also received a couple new (which I’ll run today) concepts, so if you have any tweaks, concepts or wholesale revisions for uniforms, send them my way. OK? OK. You can click on the photos below to enlarge.

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We begin today with Timothy Lloyd, who has some ideas for a “two year” solution for the Los Angeles Rams before they move into their new home (Tim listed the gold top as a “home” — which I assume would be an alternate):

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Phil,

For Coliseum Years Only! 2017 -2018

2 years left in the Coliseum. These throwback like uniforms fashioned to be like the 50’s-60’s Rams uniforms would be great interim uniforms in my humble opinion. Home and Away.

Thanks,

Tim

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Next up is John Tschudy with some baseball concepts. He’s also only a junior in High School!

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Hello Mr. Hecken,

My name is John Tschudy and I am a junior in high school. I read Uni-Watch every day as uniforms and logos are my passions. I saw your recent post on Uni-Watch and it prompted me to share some of my concepts of made up teams with you. I wish to someday be a graphic designer/ sports uniform designer, and I wanted to know what you think about the designs I’ve made attached below.

Thank You,

John Tschudy

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Next up is Trevor Tierney, who actually has an entire page of concepts — one of them is below, with a link included that will take you to the page where the full set of San Diego (now LA) Chargers is waiting — these were sent in shortly before the Chargers announced their move up north to LA…

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Hey guys,

My chargers uni concept.

Trevor Tierney

The entire set of concepts can be found here

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And we conclude with a set of Dallas Mavericks concepts from Chet Gole:

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I am a huge fan of Uni-Watch. Part of my morning routine is checking your website, reading the article and scrolling down to the basketball section of the ticker.

I am also a huge Dallas Mavericks fan. I became a fan as a kid because growing up in Kentucky because we didn’t have an NBA team, so I chose the Mavericks because their newer logo with a horse and the bright blue reminded me of home – Plus Nash and Dirk were really fun to watch.

When the Mavericks did the fan design contest, I started a design but was not able to finish due to my work schedule. Seeing the design Mark Cuban chose was devastating to me because “Maverick” is kind of a synonym for originality and that design was an OBVIOUS RIP OFF OF THE DENVER NUGGETS YELLOW ALTERNATE. So over the past month I finally finished my design in hopes you could post it on the site.

I love it when franchises redesign by harkening back to their aesthetic golden era while adding something new (a la – Warriors, Bucks and Jazz). I believe the Mavs should follow suit. The cowboy hat logo is classic, and I love the color schemes from both uniform eras (even though the Timberwolves ripped them both off) so I combined both color schemes and added a new element – leather.

I know it sounds crazy, but I remember reading one of your articles on the Padres’ brown uniforms and how brown can be a powerful accent color if used the right way. There are so many elements of Cowboy/Texas culture that involve the color brown and/or leather (i.e – hats, boots, belts, horses, saddles, rope etc.) So I added the color “light tobacco” to the team’s color pallet in my design.

Home design: The definition of a Maverick is a “nonconforming free spirit” or “unbranded livestock” so I thought it would be cool to have the waistband and side stripe resemble a broken lasso rope. I couldn’t find the font from the Diddy designed “Mavs” script, so I created the “D” logo from splicing up the original “M” in adobe illustrator.

Away design: I love the “Mavs” script from the original P. Diddy design. It’s classic and fun without being tacky. I tried to make this one simple without being boring like the Mavs’ original uniforms. As I said before, I love both previous Mavs color schemes so I did my best to incorporate both in one design.

Alternate 1: This one is goofy as hell. The waistband is a cowboy belt with side panel gun holsters and a throwback logo as a belt buckle. I doubt this would ever fly in the NBA because of the whole gun thing, but I think it was worth a shot (no pun intended.)

Alternate 2: The “L”s in this “Dallas” chest script are are also from me splicing the original “M” in adobe illustrator. In an attempt to make that shitty fan contest alternate design ACTUALLY ORIGINAL, I put the skyline around the bottom of one leg and their throwback logo with the “light tobacco” colored basketball on the other side.

I hope the Mavs redesign soon and if they do, I just hope it’s not tangible vomit like the Atlanta Hawks. I know you’re busy, but if you get the chance I’d love your feedback – Thanks again for creating such an awesome site!

Best,

Chet Gole
pronounced “Go-Lay”

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I think that brings me up to date on all the concepts (at least going back through last summer anyway). If you sent me something and you haven’t seen it run, please re-send it. I’ll try to get to the concepts (from now on, in sub-ledes) as they come in! Thanks to all who submitted and keep them coming!

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ESPN reminder:

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In case you missed it Thursday, Paul’s latest ESPN column focuses on what could be the beginning of the end of the BFBS trend, with a great (and exhaustive, though far from total) look at teams who have gone “Black For Black’s Sake” over the years. Enjoy.

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Party reminder:

Uni Watch Gathering - Washington, D.C. 2-6-13

Uni Watch party TODAY, Feb. 19, 3pm, in the back room of the Douglass (which is the same place we used to meet at, Sheep Station, but with a new name). Paul will be there, I’ll be there, and Paul may have theoretical T-shirts to sell, etc. Come join us!

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Stirrups may be a rarity in the bigs, but not at the college level. On Friday ASU broke out some beauties (from Nicholas Badders). … Not to be outdone in the rup department, Northwestern rocked the rups (from Jake Owens). … Rutgers wears a beautiful northwestern pattern on their hose (from TODD). … If you look closely at this photo of Dee Gordon, you can see an All Star Game patch on his sleeve and cap (good spot by Todd Pratt). … Will the Orioles be wearing black pants and striped socks? David Chisholm writes, “Saw this from a screenshot of the new upcoming MLB the Show game. The black pants with orange socks with black stripes the jersey looks like the orange one but I haven’t seen anything about this nor if it’s real.” … The West Virginia Mountaineers broke out the blue tops yesterday (from Coleman Mullins). Can’t say I’m a fan of the modified Henley jersey look. … UAB Baseball has new green jerseys (from UAB Baseball). … Oral Roberts has some nice new mono-navy uniforms and I like them a lot, aside from that awful collar (looks like they’re trying to affect a cadet collar); appears to have some side panels too — but if you’re going to wear a dark top, then I LOVE that paired with dark pants (from Scott D. Slarks). … I’m not a sneaker/cleat guy but apparently WVU has a set of Nike PEs (which I believe to mean ‘player exclusives’ but I could be wrong). “Wanted to send this your way. Entire team (was) wearing a pair of these (yester)day vs Texas Tech.” (from Joshua Exline). The shoes pay tribute to “Coach Huggs.” … Yomiuri Giants and Tokyo Yakult Swallows will both have uniforms saying “Tokyo” on the front. Adds submitter Graveyard Baseball, “Clever SwinG usage.” … “A couple screenshots from after his Monday Night Baseball performance against the Yankees on June 28, 1976,” writes Tom Ekstrand. “Interviewed on-field by Bob Uecker, the camera pans up from the Bird’s feet to his face and Fidrych is showing off his handsome stirrups with no cleats on. There were giants in those days.”

NFL/College Football News: “I thought I knew everything about FSU’s uniforms, but I’m dumbfounded when it comes to these SFSS (Silver For Silver’s Sake) Uniforms in Nikes ‘newest template’ for Junior Day,” writes RJ Waddell. “What are these, and WHY?! Garnet numbers (school color), Gold trim (school color). What’s up with the silver sh*t?” Anyone know? … Ohhhh, check out these beautiful antique store treasures — old Canton-McKinley unis (from Judd Allen). … “I seem to have a USFL t-shirt addiction, and I like it,” writes Eric Gamborg. … Of course, our friend Jim Vilk loves his USFL long-sleeves as well. … How’s this for a stellar uniform matchup? 1990 Freedom Bowl, Oregon vs. Colorado State (from Funhouse). … New home uniforms for Cornell Football (from Old Army Fight).

Hockey News: When the Milwaukee Admirals broke out their Slap Shot-inspired uniforms on Friday evening, they had some special guests: the (original) Hanson Brothers from the movie were special guests (from Zach). … Collectors items or simply overstock? The Carolina Hurricanes’ team shop is selling pucks with the old Toronto Maple Leafs logo (from Michael Nantais). … Here’s a look at the Mr. I (Mike Ilitch) patch (from Funhouse). … The Green Bay Gamblers became the Green Bay Cheese last night (from Ryan Wozniak). … The Fort Wayne Komets retired the number 16 91 last evening (from Best Fans Fort Wayne). … CROSSOVER ALERT: The Flint Firebirds paid tribute to fictional ABA Flint Tropics from the movie Semi-Pro (also posted in the Basketball section). From Wade Heidt. … A little pink-in-the-rink action last evening for the Reading Royals (from Thom Pucks).

NBA/Basketball News: Like Friday Night’s “Rising Stars” Game, yesterday evening’s D-League All-Star Game was a color vs. color affair (thanks to Zach). … Also from Zach, the NBA was using both purple and black basketballs as well as black and white basketballs during the “Skills” challenge at the All Star Game, “probably to differentiate between the 2 players competing at once.” … More from Zach — the 3 point contest uses different colored money balls. … Chad Fields noticed “some diamond-shaped things in the nets, and wondered if anyone knows what they’re all about. Anyone? — Oh, nevermind: we have our answer. … CROSSOVER ALERT: The Flint Firebirds paid tribute to fictional ABA Flint Tropics from the movie Semi-Pro (also posted in the Hockey section). From Wade Heidt. … And here’s our NBA report from Zach Loesl: A look at Eric Gordon’s shoes; here’s a shot of Nick Young’s shoes; and, finally, here is the drone used during the slam dunk contest.

College/High School Hoops News: The Odgensburg Blue Devils, who happen to be the High School of the Bucky, wear some very Golden State Warrior-esque jerseys. And (since they’re the “Blue Devils”) it looks like very Duke-esque pants. … Navy Women’s Hoops wore Navy Jack inspired warmups for the Star Game against Army (from Gregory Koch). … Check out this interesting name/Mascot combo on old Louisville uniforms (from Wes Sparkmon). … “I know UW is about visual art in sports, but what about the performance art side? 1st came TD celebrations, now Dribble Dancing!” says Louise Brooks Fan Club. … “For the second consecutive game, Virginia Tech wore their GFGS/PFPS Coaches vs Cancer uniforms at Louisville,” yesterday (writes Andrew Cosentino). … Also from Andrew, “Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams sweats…a lot! He sweated through his dress shirt so much that he changed into an orange VT t-shirt for the second half.” … LaSalle and St. Joe’s played a color vs. color game yesterday, with submitter steve pointing out that LaSalle’s golds didn’t really match. … Also going color vs. color was Pitt and FSU (from Broc Barwick). Pitt was wearing their royal “Pitt” script throwbacks at home as well (from Mike Slavonic). … Kansas and Baylor went color vs. color retina sear yesterday as well (also from Broc). … George Mason wore dark unis at home against Rhode Island (from Patrick O’Neill). … Youngstown State wore white unis with pink NOBs and numbers yesterday (from Robert Hayes). … I’m not quite sure what’s going on in this photo — hoods on basketball jerseys? (from Greg Stevenson). … More color on color in SoCal: UCLA/USC basketball taking a page from football game (from Johnny Rath). … Oops: ESPN used the Lafayette College logo during a UL Lafayette highlight (from Mike McCorkle).

Soccer News: The Philadelphia Union have announced some new kit numbers for the 2017 season (from ThomPucks). … Reader Mark Eiken thought this was a tribute to the Brownies or Girl Scouts, when it is actually the uniform of the Minnesota United, which was unveiled the other day.

Grab Bag: It’s not just College Baseball that’s been getting started this weekend. Lax is also facing off for the first time. And the Princeton Tigers have new unis this season (from LaxSportsNet). … “Matte white helmets for @cornellLacrosse (yester)day,” writes Maria Canales. “Unsure if that’s new for this season, but either way looks cool.” … “Due to a colour clash, the GWS Giants changed into dark shorts at quarter time of their AFLW game against the Fremantle Dockers,” notes Graham Clayton. … MN native Ryan Dungey was wearing a Viking supercross jersey at usbank stadium supercross (from Justin Cronin). … Tweeter Jay Wright says “Worst uniform/singlet ever, right. Flag desecration on a new level (Iowa HS state wrestling).”

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And that’s it for today. Sorry for the back-to-back Sundays of concepts, but as I’d explained in yesterday’s post — I’d expected to run the All Star Game uni favorites (and not-so-favorites) from Jimmer Vilk, but those plans got changed.

To all the NYC-area readers, the Uni Watch Gathering is TODAY at 3:00 at The Douglass (deets above). Hope to see some of you there!

Enjoy the NBA All Star Game tonight.

Everyone have a great Sunday and a better week, and I’ll catch you next weekend. Till then…

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“What do the 2017 NBA All Star jerseys look like?
First thought is K-mart blue light specials.
Soon to come in bulk to a liquidation store near you.”

— Will S.

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