By Phil Hecken
And, finally, today we visit the last round of entries for the “Design-A-Uniform” contest for the Clarksville Wildcats. As with the previous three rounds, we have another outstanding set today. The last two entries, you will notice, are not in alphabetical order — one was received last weekend (as the first entries were being run) and the other was my fault, as I had received the entry but neglected to post it in proper order. So, those two will appear at the end of this entry. I believe I was able to upload every single entry sent my way, but if you sent me something that DID NOT appear, please contact me with your submission and I’ll make sure it gets to Coach Walls (and I’ll run it in a future column). So, lets take a look-see at the final entries:
Dylan Visvikis: submission
First and foremost, thank you for considering my submission.
I used the Rawlings Uniform Builder and took some screenshots.
This uni set is designed for a classic high school look with a modern twist–the “cougar head” logo, featured on the shoulder sleeves of the Home Whites, Road Grays, Blackouts, and the CHS Purples. It is featured on the chest of the Gold Alternates. The logo is outfitted with two of the five team colors, each depending on its surrounding jersey.
Home Whites: Self-explanatory.
Road Grays: Again, self-explanatory.
The “Blackout” Alternate Uniform: Can be paired with the pictured white pants or the Alternate Black Pants. This uni is for night games.
TWO ALTERNATE UNI OPTIONS:
Gold Alternates: The logo-centric option, can also be paired with alternate black pants.
CHS Purple Alts: The CHS option.
Adam Walter: submission
Amateurish at best…but actually kinda happy how they turned out.
I attached both the new logo as well as the uniform line-up (both in .jpg form). Have a good one.
Daniel Washburn: submission
I am far too lazy to come up with a complete uni set, but here is a black alt vest set that I put together quick with what was floating around in my head while reading about it. The idea is that the paw is scratching through the vest to show the undershirt. With the pants I wanted to continue that theme by purchasing black pants and then cutting the stripe with a knife. Don’t hem the edges, so they have a frayed look, and then sew a strip of yellow inside the pants. That is my outside of the box part.
20 years with the Cubs hat logo? Time to give the Good Guys their due.
Geoffrey Waterman: submission
I might have a few more (like an away or something) on the way, but here’s what I have so far.
Two versions of home uniforms, and a logo in three colors that could go on a hat. Thanks! Take care!
Michael Watson: submission
For Clarksville High. First time trying this, only have sorry MS Paint to work with… this was fun.
Ed Westfield: submission
My submissions for Clarksville HS baseball
Mark Wilkes: submission
Here are my contributions to the contest.
Same interlocking logo design for CHS applied to two different uni sets with and withough gold outline. Did not use the Cubs “C” – why copy, be original! Same cap for both sets as I felt the two tone cap was needed to get some of the gold in and balance the purple.
CHSa – more traditional, minimalist approach to uni. Exception would be the use of yellow sanitary socks to add color/contrast and balance use of gold in cap (only works if the players show their stirrups of course)
CHSb – more contemporary without being over the top. Uses CHS logo with gold outline to help balance stronger use of purple on sleeves.
Thanks for the opportunity to contribute. I would welcome other opportunities like this (even if it means “devaluing” the design profession – which I am in).
Wesley Willis: submission
Here are my three submissions for the uniform contest. Today, I am presenting a home uniform (mostly gold and purple), an away uniform (mostly white and gold), and an alternate (black and gold with purple pinstripes). I hope the UniWatch community likes what I have to show them, and I thank you and all involved for your consideration.
Vinny Bove: submission
Here’s my Clarksville uniform submission. Purple and yellow (that’s right, Packer and Steeler fans, it’s ‘yellow,’ not ‘gold’) are notoriously difficult colors to work with, and it was a challenge to come up with something that was both new and classic. In the end, I created a few different versions of the main logo (including a ‘CHS’ version), as well as two different versions of both the home and away unis.
The ‘C-cat’ logo is based off of the actual Chicago Cubs ‘C.’ I traced it, then added all the cat elements on top.”
Joe DeAngelis: submission
My designs have hints of classic uniforms (NYY & LAD) and a modern looking alternate vest jersey that I think would look great over a black T-shirt. The alternate cap is black based featuring a “wildcats” claw as a secondary logo.
Well, that’s the final round of the Clarksville Design-A-Uniform contest. And a great bunch of submissions on which to end the weekend. As with the other three batches, please let the artists know what you think, and give them all a standing round of applause for their efforts!
As I had previously mentioned, now Coach Walls will review all the submissions, and I believe he’ll be narrowing down his (and his team’s) favorites in both the caps and the uniforms, which we’ll then put to a non-binding vote of the readership. Each and every one of them has been outstanding in its own right. If by some chance (and knowing me, it’s a decent chance) you sent me a submission and I didn’t include it, please send it to me again (a couple of the submissions actually got sent to my spam folder, and while I do check it to make sure there isn’t spam in there, it’s also possible one or two got through that i just missed). I’ll make sure Coach Walls sees them and I’ll include your design(s) in a future column. If you didn’t send me your design, the contest is officially closed, but I expect we’ll have another contest in the future.
Thanks again to everyone who participated! This turned out to be a LOT of work for me, but it was indeed a labor of love. The designs presented in the past two weeks lend me to believe that contests such as this do NOT devalue the work of true graphic designers, but they better stay on their toes, right? Great stuff all.
Nice, fresh, new color Benchies today. And the author himself to set it up. Here’s the Rick:
“Always good the learn new things, right? Never too old to be a jock, right? Grab life like it’s a flask of Peppermint Schnapps and take a big ol’ hit on it…”
Thanks Ricko. Enjoy your Sunday Benchies.
UW stalwart Ryan Connelly, whom you may remember more for his DIY failures than his DIY successes, is busy with more projects. He recently made a cameo appearance at Sheep Station in Brooklyn, and shot me an E-mail updating me on his newest “project” — a “Uni Watch wall.” What’s that you say? I’ll let Ryan explain:
My dining room wall is being taken over by UniWatch…
Great stuff. Now, if you read the second article (and I know you did), you’ll also remember that Ryan had painted his family’s shed to look like an old Mail Pouch barn. Well, RyCo just finished his latest mail pouch barn last month and sent along those pics for us to enjoy.
Thanks Buddy! Awesome job too. Keep up the DIY’ing.
More uniform designs from the readership today. Some shorter descriptions, but the product is just a great as ever. If you would like to submit a uniform redesign for your team(s), please shoot me an E-mail and put in the subject line “Uniform Tweaks for (your team[s]”). Thanks.
Our first redesign today comes from Michael Weinbaum, who has a design concept for the Jags:
I’m a Jags fan (yes we exist) and I know you said you don’t like their new uniforms. I agree that there are a few problems with them, but I think that the road look is much worse off than the home look. You can barely see the thin stripe on the black pants, and the teal borders on the names and numbers never shows up, not even with hi-def TV. With that said, the Jaguars will be wearing black numbers with a teal border on the road for the next 5 years. For the next 5 years, the road jersey will have a thin snakey-thing so the road pants might as well have it too. So what minor change can be made to make this uniform ‘pop’ in a good way, both on TV and in person? See attached picture.
I believe that black pants are always going to look terrible, and I note that the Saints no longer wear them and the Ravens are phasing them out. There is a chance that teal pants might be a better look for the Jags, but that’s a thought for another day. One thing is for certain, as bad as black pants look in football, they look much much worse when mated to black-top socks. Thus my change. The Jags could start wearing these in a matter of weeks if they wanted too, whereas new jerseys will take 4 more years and new pants at least a year. Hope you like it, hope it earns a mention in your blog, hope they start wearing these after you publish this photo.
Our next tweak comes from Ron Verrecchio, who has a simple solution for the Ravens:
Just a quick fix for the away uni. Changed the helmet stripes to match the new pants stripe.
Next up is Mike Hass, who has a couple different suggestions for the Steelers:
A couple of days ago I sent you my suggestion for a team (the Steelers) that needs a Uni Tweak. I listed my problems with their current uni, and explained how I would fix them. After thinking about it awhile, I really wanted to see what the new uni would look like, so I just designed it myself. Since I was only tweaking the current uni, I was done after an hour or two. I’ve attached what I came up with, and you can do with it what you will. I think it’s a subtle change, but looks way better.
• Block style numbers replace the italic san serif numbers.
• Black outline removed from NOB.
• Yellow stripes with thin black outlines changed to solid yellow, black, and white stripes.
• Stripe pattern added to socks as well.
• White inner stripe added to ultra thick black stripe on pants.
• Yellow added to collar.
And that’s about it. Enjoy!
Moving along, we have Emanuel Caros, who had some ideas for fixing the Browns:
As a means of putting off studying for my law school finals, I figured that I would try and update the Cleveland Browns uniform like a few people did in your last post.
I found a mock-up of a Bowling Green uniform and used it as my basis, adding logos (which i’m sure everyone at uni-watch hates that there are 4 different logos on one uni, but I think since they’re small, they come out as cool little details as opposed to obnoxious), changing the colors, and elongating the shoulder stripes so that they wrap around the entire arm. The helmet logo is supposedly one that was made in 1965 but never used; it looks surprisingly modern to have been made so long ago. I also added matching stripes to the originally solid white socks.
I like a dark/light brown contrast so I wanted to mess around with that two-tone look that comes about when players sweat, a la North Carolina’s kit, but all my ideas seemed too cheesy (“BROWNS” appearing on the side panel). Also, in attempting to be as realistic as possible, I realize that it doesn’t say “Cleveland” anywhere, but I couldn’t find a place for it without compromising my values in regard to uniform designs (I hate tiny words under the neckline!) and so it probably looks a bit too “college football.”
Anyway, I hope you like the result. Have a good one.
Today’s penultimate concept comes from David Sonny, who has some thoughts on how to redesign the Bengals:
Okay, so I did this a while back to show certain people that a return to the past is not always a bad thing. This is just a mix of the 80’s and late 90’s uniforms with a little modern twist. I only did one color, obviously the white would just be an inverted version as would an alternate orange, so I left it as is. The mock ups only take around 30-45 minutes, but why spend the time when people can use their imaginations?
And that is how I see the Bengals uniforms if they decided to go back to revisit the past.
And today’s last set of tweaks come from Mike Forman, who has a couple changes for the Bills and Eagles:
Tweaked the Bills logo by gimping that lame motion eyeball streaky thingy from the current one (here’s how it looks with a new uniform). Also removed a lot of unnecessary black from the Eagles duds. Thanks.
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: Another reader submission today, this one comes from Brian Bennett, and it may be a doozy. That’s probably because you won’t find a link to it. But it does have a date, location and final score. Put on your thinking caps today, boys and girls, because this one may take some thinkin’. You can probably find something on the web that will indicate you got the game. Confused? Guess The Game From The Scoreboard. And, as always, if you enjoy the game, please send me some new scoreboards! Drop me a line. Thanks!
Our man in the street, Jim Vilk, brings you his “Top 5” Best and one WORST college football uni matchup from Saturday’s games:
A posthumous honorable mention to a matchup we won’t see anymore, Hofstra/Northeastern — Somewhere, Wayne Chrebet is shedding a tear and Dan Ross is looking down with a sense of melancholy.
5. New Hampshire/Villanova — ‘Nova looks good anytime, but throw in some snow and a decent opponent and you have a Top Fiver.
4. Oregon State/Oregon — Yeah, it’s from Thursday, but it was a really slow week.
3. Florida/Alabama— Would have been ranked higher with normal unis.
2. West Virginia/Rutgers — My color palette special of the day.
1. Texas/Nebraska — Pithy comments not needed — just look at them and enjoy.
And the WORST matchup: New Mexico State/Boise State — I’d love to see the Broncs bust the BCS…but not in these unis.
Where’s Your Messiah Now? Well, it was a tough day for the Gators, falling
16-33 13-32 to Bama, to lose the SEC championship. This of course, sent my BCS predictions into a tizzy…couple that with frantic finishes from Cincy and Texas, and the whole kit-and-kaboodle almost went up in flames. Texas still isn’t a lock, but if not the Horns versus the Tide, then who? Horney Toads? Boise? Bearcats?
Nope. Gotta go with Texas, who IMHO got royally screwed out of a shot at the BCS last year, to meet Alabama. The rest of the bowls, kind of a crap shoot…anyway…the BCS predictions (they’ll be announced today at 8:00 pm EST on FOX) … check back then to see if I nailed ’em. Here goes:
BCS Championship: Alabama vs. Texas
Fiesta Bowl: TCU vs. Iowa
Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Oregon
Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Boise State
Orange Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Georgia Tech
Tough calls this year…and I’ll probably be wrong…but those are my calls and I’m sticking with ’em. Feel free to disagree or make your own predictions below.
And as for the Heisman, the three finalists will be announced Monday during the 6:00 showing of ESPN’s SportsCenter, so I’ll make my picks now as well. Did Timmy’s meltdown yesterday affect his chances? How about Coy’s last minute save and a beaut? What about that kid from Stanford? Or maybe that kid from ‘bama… I can’t see Tebow winning it again, but he’s still gonna be tough to leave out of the top 3. I thought at the beginning of the year Colt would win, and nothing he’s done this year has led me to change that. So, that’s two finalists. Who’s my third…hmmm.
Gonna go with these three: Tim Tebow, Florida; Colt McCoy, Texas; and … drumroll … Toby Gerhart, Stanford. Real tough to leave out Mark Ingram, especially after he showed Tim Tebow who’s his daddy in the SEC Championship. If anyone sneaks ahead of Tebow, Ingram’s it.
OK, everyone, that’s it for today. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Clarksville Design-A-Uniform contest. Coach Walls will have some tough choices. I believe we’ll be doing a poll to have you, the readers, pick YOUR choice for the best uni and the best logo, next weekend, but that’s dependent upon Marc. No matter what, though, there will be a new uniform poll.
Special HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to out to the man who brings you those polls, James T. Huening, who turns a year older today. Have a good one, JTH. Cheers.
Everyone have a Super Sunday.