[Editor’s Note: Jim Ransdell, editor of the excellent Sports Design Blog has found some good stuff lurking in his childhood notebooks. Enjoy. — PL]
By Jim Ransdell
In 1985, when I was in high school, I set out to design my own shoe line, complete with apparel, equipment, sporting goods, celebrity clients, and NBA uniform affiliations.
I called the project Pegasus Shoes. I designed several lines of shoes (I know, they look like the Air Jordan 1s, but hey…) and matched them up with some good but not A-list NBA players. I designed a shoe for each player, with product names and even retail prices. I even went as far as designing the tread.
In addition to the shoe designs, I created a unique apparel line for each player. The gear was made to pair up with the shoes and create an entire look for the player represented. I even gave each player his own personal basketball design!
Not to be outdone by Nike or Reebok, the Pegasus line was also going to provide the uniforms for several NBA teams, so I did six uniform concepts for the Sonics, Warriors, Nets, Suns, Spurs, and Kings. Why I chose these teams, I have no idea.
My high school notebooks were full of stuff like this. As it turns out, it was a good indicator as to what my future was going to be, because somehow I’ve managed to stay in the sports design field for nearly 25 years. This was one of my earliest, most formative works.
Paul here. As you all know, I’m not a sneaker guy, but I remain fascinated by this childhood designs. Please keep ’em coming.Extracurricular News, Part 1: Kirsten and I are happy to announce that our upcoming museum exhibit (about the super-cool fiberglass structures located just north of Shea Stadium, don’tcha know) now has its own web site. We’ll be adding additional components to the site soon.
Extracurricular News, Part 2: “I’m Calling It Shea” doesn’t yet have its own web site (it will soon), but response to the T-shirt has been huge — we’ve already sold out of the first batch and ordered a bunch more.
Meanwhile, the Rev. Vince Anderson, who’s the guiding spirit behind this whole project, has written a new song called, of course, “I’m Calling It Shea,” which he’ll be debuting tonight, 10pm, at Black Betty in Williamsburg. I’ll be there, and hopefully some of you will attend as well. The proceedings will be videotaped, so we should have the song up on YouTube shortly.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Good work by David Teigland, who writes: “I flipped on the TV before the Bulls/Celts game on ESPN on Saturday and caught the obligatory pregame ‘Get on Your Boots’ montage. It seemed to feature most of the playoff teams, but I noticed something very wrong when the Jazz image came up. It looks like a Jerry Sloan clone talking to actors (wearing passes around their necks) who are wearing cut-rate replica purple musical note jerseys, without ‘Utah’ on them. I don’t know what this could be from — maybe it’s an inside joke from an ESPN staffer or something.” … Could Logan Paulsen’s foot injury be due to Adidas’s unusually narrow cleats? Rick Neuheisel thinks so (with thanks to Seth Fisher). … FIFA has introduced a new badge for the women’s world champions. Details here (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Ed Hickox, working the plate during Saturday’s Yanks/Tribe game, had his mask damaged by a foul tip
plus he was laughing so fucking hard over the Yanks getting slaughtered, so he disappeared into the clubhouse and came back wearing a spare Yankees mask (screen grabs courtesy of Becky Taylor). … Here’s Salty’s NOB on the red jersey. … Jay Danbom notes that some Oklahoma State players have solid-black hose, while others are wearing stripes. … The Twins’ throwback alts have uni numbers on the front, but Delmon Young’s number was missing on Saturday night (good spot by Jesse Larson). … If you go here and click on “2009 Clemson Series Game Two,” you’ll see lots of pics of Virginia Tech’s tequila sunrise throwbacks. … Good gallery of atypical NHL jerseys, including an excellent old Cali Seals shot, here (with thanks to Skott Daltonic). … Saw Sugar over the weekend. Really good, on many levels. But as you can see on the movie’s home page, they used old Quad Cities Swing uniforms, which have those bizarro mismatched numeral sizes. … Runners in today’s Boston Marathon will, for the first time, have their names printed on their bibs (with thanks to Anil Adyanthaya). … Speaking of Boston, the Red Sox will be playing their annual Patriots’ Day game at Fenway today. One of my favorite sports-related moments of my life was attending the 2001 Pats’ Day game and hearing the P.A. announcer say, “Here are the starting lineups for this morning’s game.” … And another favorite moment came a few hours later, when the Boston Marathon crowd cheered the runners on by with chants of “Yankees suck!!” (which really seemed to confused the Kenyans at the front of the pack). … Kirsten and I were thrift-sopping on Friday and found something really funny: softball uniform sponsored by a uniform company. Unfortunately, it was way too big for me, so I didn’t buy it. … Sean Wilson got this shot of the Pirates bullpen buggy from the 1971 World Series. Note the incorrect cap logo. Then again, it’s impressive that the Orioles had a Pittsburgh “cap” for their visiting-team cart, since they normally wouldn’t have stocked N.L. teams’ caps. … For reasons that we can only guess at, the four male finalists for the Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance wore Red Sox uniforms. … Good spot by Jeff Sak, who noticed that the little compass icon on the Mariners’ jersey insignia is missing from Ichiro’s uni. … Killer auction discovery by Bruce Menard: a Milwaukee Braves usher’s jacket. … Josh Skattum notes that Angels pitcher Shane Loux appeared to have a guardian angel pin on his cap yesterday. After some quick photo research, I found that Loux had worn a Nick Adenhart patch or pin on his cap in his previous start, so he probably leads the league in headwear adornments. … Interesting softball shot here. Note how the helmet has FiNOB (first name on back) and merit decals (with thanks to Vince LoBosco). … What was that lapel pin being worn by NBA coaches during the playoffs? Answer here (with thanks to Eddie Brewer). … Wouldn’t it be nice if hospital gowns didn’t leave everyone’s ass hanging out? Why yes, it would (with thanks to John Muir). … If you scroll down to the last letter on this page, you’ll see a very interesting anti-douchebag proposal directed toward Tiger Woods. … Interesting TV number alignment here. I believe we’ve seen this before on an old CFL jersey, no? If anyone remembers the specifics, please post them in the comments (with thanks to Ben Traxel). … Personally, I don’t really care about what brand of cleats Vicente Padilla is wearing, but Brinke Guthrie wants to know. Anyone..? … Chris Oxford says he had — get this — a uni-related dream the other night: “I was watching the University of Miami (Florida, not Ohio) football team, which I despise, playing a game in which I got increasingly frustrated at the fact that, although they were wearing their white jerseys, their lineman were wearing green pants, while the other players were wearing orange pants. The part where the character John Carter of ER fame was sitting next to me, telling me in confidence that he was to be selected the next Secretary of Defense, is irrelevant, but I thought you might like to know.” … When Adam Cohen graduated from high school in 1998, a friend’s mom made him a quilt made from T-shirts, many of them sports-related. Check out his full set of quilt photos here. … You know how advertisers aren’t allowed to say the words “Super Bowl” unless they pay a licensing fee? That same “logic” now appears to have been applied to the MLB All-Star Game. This is so completely asinine, I think I’ll convene a tea party full of boorish losers to protest just start calling it the Midsummer Douchebag Classic, so as not to run afoul of MLB’s licensing guidelines (with thanks to Don Sherman).