I know a few of you aren’t in love with these homemade logos and uni designs from various readers’ adolescence, but I totally dig them and plan to keep running them. And I think even some of the nay-sayers may enjoy the ones recently unearthed by reader Bob Ciani, whose childhood doddlings went above and beyond the realm explored by most of our previous contributors in this area.
A few months ago, I hit the mother lode of my drawings and other materials from the IFL — the Intellivision Football League (so named because the team names were originally used for our teams when we were playing Intellivision Football). Eventually, as Intellivision fell by the wayside, I kept at it, as the Illegitimate Football League.
I believe another major influence was when they announced the formation of the USFL when I was 14, and their search to name the new Boston team. Someone suggested “Boston Massacre” and I was off naming teams across the country.
I’ve got tons of stuff — uniform designs, old logos, “folded” teams, name changes, advertisements, even logos and tickets for the Pseudo Bowl championship games. Looking back at it, it’s funny and embarrassing all at once.
I remember working really hard at that league logo (a takeoff on the MLB and NBA logos, obviously). It’s supposed to be a silhouette of the Heisman Trophy figure, but it never worked quite right. As for the team logos, many of them were rip-offs from other corporate logos I liked at the time, but there are some originals in there too.
One thing I really love about the IFL is the way he didn’t just come up with some team names and uni designs — he created an entire world, with its own little history, for his league. For example, he didn’t just create that one set of Pseudo Bowl tickets — he also created logos and matchups for eight years’ worth of Pseudo Bowls. And look how he modified some NFL photos to fit his IFL designs (which would be easy to do with Photoshop today but is so much cooler and more endearing when done by hand like Bob did it). You can see more of his IFL material here.
Extracurricular Update: Sorry we’ve been slow with the new round of “I Still Call It…” T-shirts. No Mas honcho Chris Isenberg and I have both been slightly detoured by Real Life (he’s getting married next weekend; I’ve had an ongoing family situation), but I can tell you that I’ve seen the preliminary artwork for the Jake, Comiskey, Joe Robbie, and Mile High shirts, and they all look great. I think you’ll like.
Meanwhile, the weekend is upon us, which means the City Reliquary will be open for business, in case anyone wants to check out the Candela Structures exhibit.
Uni Watch News Ticker: New road kit for Arsenal (with thanks to Stephen Wong). … Alan Kreit was staying at hotel up around Lake George and found some old team portraits on the wall of his room. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Mississippi State is soliciting fan input for their new court design. … Also from yesterday: Fun article about Stanley Cup typos. … The Lakers apparently have a 50th-anniversary logo. That was scanned from an envelope sent to a friend of Joe Nocella. … Doug Keklak was watching the Real Sports segment on new NFLPA boss Demaurice Smith and nabbed a coupla screen shots of interest. “One is from Smith’s high school playing days (check out those stripes/shoulders) and the other is something that was left behind by the late Gene Upshaw. They said Upshaw wore it for every game in his career. It does look pretty beat up, but I didn’t think players kept the same helmet season after season.” … Also from Kek: “Here are my Lady Trojans of Johnstown High in playoff action Tuesday against Lewistown. The Lewistown girl appears to have award stickers on her helmet.” … Latest member of Stirrup Nation (although just barely): Rajai Davis (with thanks to Tom Lupoff). … Man, talk about a study in contrasts. The pitcher plays for Cyprus High School in Utah. Interesting to see they’re using the Pittsburgh Pirates’ logo, but otherwise it’s a sharp look. Additional pics here (with thanks to Jon Alviani). … Inspiring uni number news out of Atlanta (with thanks to Allison Kleiber). … Pete Carroll is finding some interesting uses for Twitter (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … No photo, but several people have mentioned that the Yanks’ rear-cap stadium logo has been missing from Robinson Cano’s cap lately. … The Dolphins have made a slight wordmark adjustment (with thanks to Matt Infante). … As you know, the Giants’ equipment guy marks each player’s helmet with a fairly large nameplate decal. But I guess they didn’t have time to do that for Jesus Guzman’s MLB debut yesterday, because they went with a slightly more primitive approach.
Holiday Schedule: Phil will handle the weekend as usual, and we’ll have open jibber-jabbering on Monday. But hopefully you already have long-weekend plans that will be taking you far away from the computer anyway, right? Right.