By Phil Hecken
The NBA took centerstage on Christmas Day, in what is becoming an annual holiday tradition. Like the previous year, teams were sporting a
Star of David snowflake patch on their unis. The only problem with this is when home teams wore white, rendering the patch practically invisible.
* Not quite sure what kind of shirt George Lopez and his companion are wearing, but it must have something to do with Kobe. Anyone?
* The patch looked good on teams wearing dark colors, as it should. Didn’t the Cavs decline to wear the patch last year?
* Hey, there’s a second team in LA? Who knew?
* Celtics rocked the patch pretty nicely — like the “christmassy” feel with the red headband and kicks on Rondo.
* Seriously, WTF?
* Knicks and Heat had a red and green color-on-color game, in honor of Christmas. The Knicks (like all the other teams) had their patch on their left shoulder, but the Heat sported their snowflake on the right.
Not a bad effort by the NBA, assuming any of you saw the games. I realize a snowflake, pretty much by definition, is white, but perhaps the NBA might have considered, I don’t know, maybe putting an outline around those teams who put them on white uniforms. Just a thought for next year.
The NBA ruled the day, but they weren’t the only game in town yesterday — The Titans and Chargers, two of the AFL’s “original eight” franchises, staged a Christmas night battle, but neglected to wear their gorgeous respective throwbacks. Of course, since it was on the NFL Network, no one would have seen them anyway.
Fortunately, no college bowls were played yesterday, or I would have fallen even farther in the “bowl pool” than my already incredibly lame 1-6 record. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once a while.
And now, a word from Paul:
Research Project: I’m compiling a list of the most unusual uni-related moments of the past decade. This can include typos, players wearing the wrong uni, teams being forced to improvise when their uniforms are lost or stolen, torn uniforms, broken equipment, etc. — anything out of the ordinary. I already have a pretty good list, but I’d welcome your nominations (esp. from earlier in the decade), so feel free to chime in. Thanks.
The Hockey Wing, or at least the “President” of said wing, Teebz, reminds everyone that the World Junior Championships begin today. Teebz likes to rate uniforms on the “good or stupid” scale, only to him, it’s more like “dumb and dumber.” Here’s Teebz:
With the World Junior Championships beginning today — and Canada looking for its record sixth-straight gold medal — in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan, there are a few things that have changed in terms of the way the teams look.
If you’re looking for WJC information, the IIHF website has a ton of it. If you like hockey, this is one tournament that should never be missed. Especially with the 2011 Championship taking place in Buffalo, NY.
Here are some of the changes you may see this holiday season. Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg, but these are the ones I have noticed already.
* TV numbers are now closer to the shoulder instead of the upper arm. While there was no reason to move the numbers, it appears that this was a move to ensure the same placement of all the numbers on TV. Except on Sweden who is wearing Reebok. Uniformity trumps tradition. I’d call this a wash in the “good vs. dumb” debate.
* Swedish players have their names across their lower back. This continues in the same fashion as it did last year, but I’m still not a fan of it. I’m not sure why Sweden is the only team that prefers their names under the numbers rather than over them, but they are the only team that to do this thus far. Dumb.
*Sweden has also been outfitted in Reebok which is nicely highlighted for your enjoyment. Any sane person would expect to see the Reebok vector on the back, but there’s no vector there like we find on NHL and AHL jerseys. Instead, Reebok decided to put it under the collar on the front. In a contrasting colour! If Reebok wants to be like Nike and have its logo on the front, it had better be discreet. Otherwise, Reebok is now saying that they are more important than the entire country of Sweden. Insanely stupid.
* Canada will wear green for one game instead of black. Canada’s alternate jersey was black, which I never liked, in keeping with Hockey Canada’s colours. This year, they have introduced a green alternate jersey as they play in Saskatchewan. The same colour green as the only professional team in Saskatchewan. I’m not calling this a “sell-out”, but it seems pretty darn close when you’re trying to sell jerseys to a football-loving, Roughrider-partisan crowd. Dumb.
We’ve got a name, and we’ve got a logo…. OK, after much deliberation and search, we’re proud to announce the official Uni Watch Deep Freeze, a big event coming up in just a few short weeks in Minnesota — centering around the 2010 U.S. Pond Hockey Championships — but which will include a bunch of sports and uni-related events for anyone who is interested. The event is taking place during January 22, 23 and 24, or 2010, and will include lots of activities for those who want to make the trek.
If you scroll down to the second section (“Uni Watch Winter Classic Advisory”), you’ll see all the details.
Paul will be there, I will be there, and we’re expecting many other UWers traveling from near and far, including, but not limited to: RPM, JTH, Teebz, Ricko, Ben Traxel and several others. Aside from all the activities listed in that link, Paul will be convening a gathering as well. If you’re interested in attending, contact Ricko (his contact info is in the linkie), since those coming in from out of town may want to book a block of rooms at a reduced rate near all the activities.
And who designed the Uni Watch Deep Freeze logo you see here? None other than Ben Traxel, who’ll be attending the festivities. Fantastic job, Ben!
The scoreboard may be grainy,
the picture may be old,
enough clues should be present
for the answer to unfold.
Ah…a boxing day Benchies. How apropos. Here’s Rick:
What fun is Christmas if you don’t have really neat new stuff to play with? JimV19 said…”Hope eveyone has a great holiday season, and hope you get something cool this year.” Yeah, what he said.
Enjoy your Saturday Benchies.
Our next round of NFL uniform tweaks/revisions and concepts is upon us.
Starting off the show today is Scott Hogan, who offers
some thoughts on the Vikings:
I’ve been and will be a lifelong Vikings fan. Excuse
the MS Paint work, I just gave the Vikings the reversal look that the Broncos, Panthers, Falcons and numerous more have. I don’t mind the gold if it can be more gold and less bright yellow. Plus I think the purple would look good in the piping. I even played with reversing the road whites. Love Uni Watch and would buy me a membership card if Paul would make it for the Vikings road unis. But I guess that’s too much purple…? I’d settle for a reddish blue.
Next up is Kenny Jacobson, who feels the Bengals, Seahawks and Ravens can all use an overhaul:
Since I’m sure you don’t have enough to do… I’ve done some uni updates for you.
That’s all for now. Have an exceptional day.
Interestingly enough, our next submitter, Justin Wang also has some thoughts on Cincinnati’s football team:
I decided to redesign the Bengals unis, as they are generally regarded as one of the worst in the NFL.
A few notes:
1. The shoulder panels were inspired by the Seahawks’ away unis.
2. Sock stripes match the shoulder stripes.
3. Took out the “B” chest logo.
Our next tweak comes from Sam Belk, who has some throwback Buccaneer looks:
Alright, alright, I know what people see when they think of Tampa’s unis, Creamcicle. But as a Bucs fan, since half our wins this year came in the delicious uniforms, I’ve got to love them (alright, I admit, I already did).
I’ve created an alternate for the bucs that mixes the old with the new.
From the new, I’ve kept the number script, the numbers on the shoulders, the ‘Buccaneers’ script on the chest and the alternate logo on the sleeves. The jersey is actually a darker orange if you can notice it, it is from the football on the current logo.
From the old, The pants are essentially the same, though I widened the stripes and added some color to the belt, and I modernized the stripes on the socks.
The helmet has the orange facemask and white helmet color but retains the current helmet logo. There is also an alternate helmet I’ve designed for the sole reason that I am jealous of the Chargers’ alternate with the lightning bolt/player number combo. It’s the swords from the logo with the players’ number over top.
Thanks for reading, this is my first attempt even at working with image software beyond MS Paint and definitely my first stab at a jersey, but can’t you see these running onto the new sombrero next year?
And our final uniform revision today comes from Walter Young, who last weekend tweaked the Jets, and who wanted to follow that up with this:
OK, watching the Cardinals/San Fransisco Monday night game and came up with a fast tweak for the Kurt Warner Cardinals helmet logo. All in good fun.
I’d like to thank everyone for their comments on my four “modernized” Jets uni-tweaks that posted on Saturday (12/19/09). My concepts were not my desired direction that the Jets uniforms should take. They were just a possible direction given current trends, while maintaining some semblance Jets “style”.
When I sent my tweaks I neglected to send in this Logo tweak. It is intended to, at the same time, pay homage to the Jets Kelly Green past, and give the “NY” more prominence, while not minimizing the “JETS” in the logo.
Since my initial uni-tweak submission I decided to stay more within the current Jets uniform framework, and address the shoulder loop segments, along with tendency to diverge into the world of monochrome.
The simplest way to address the monochrome tendency was to go with a pair of pants that is neither Green, nor White. I chose to avoid bright colors like Gold or Yellow, or the typical Grey or Silver (kind of been done already). I chose to lean toward the “Tan” colors. While not a traditional Jets color range, it is an old school football color. I came up with two choices, a sort of Olive/Khaki, and a medium Tan. To me, both seem to work well with the Jets Green and White.
Since the Jets shoulder loops have begun to look more like epaulets, I decide to remove them. I also chose to borrow from Ricko’s “comp sleeves” concept, with a ½ to full-length sleeve compression shirt. While it may not exactly match the Jets earlier sleeve designs, I feel it is fairly representative the of the look.
I worked up uniform sets in the Jets current Hunter/Forest Green (it really is closer to Hunter than Forest ) with either Olive/Khaki, or Tan pants. Since it didn’t require much effort I did the same in the Jets old Kelly Green. All of the striping: helmet, comp-sleeve, pant leg, and sock, are proportional. I did away with the current contrasting sleeve cuff, since it tends to disappear nearly 50% of the time. I included the alternative comp-sleeve in each mock-up, given that if you put something in the toy chest, the equipment manager is going to play with it.
I can’t forget to mention Chris Creamers SportLogos.Net, whose templates I used for my tweaks.
Ok, this is all for today’s round. Still have a few more to get to, and there are always new ones coming in. If you have a tweak/suggestion/revamp/whatever, send them to me. Cheers.
I’ve still yet to speak with Coach Marc Walls, the man who brought to us the “Design A Uniform” contest for the Clarksville Wildcats, but I do have the results of the “Reader Poll” in which many of you voted for your favorite design in the categories of “best uniform” and “best logo”.
Here then, are those results (big thanks to James Huening for compiling them and running the poll):
Ryan Muraro…241 votes…43.35%
Whose individual logo design do you think is the best?
Jeff Bahry…197 votes…35.43%
My thanks, once again, to everyone who participated, to everyone who voted, and especially to Coach Walls for coming up with the idea.
Well, there you have it. A Boxing Day Uni Watch. I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas had a wonderful day, hopefully with family and/or friends. Santa didn’t bring me much in the “uni” department, but that’s OK, because I got to spend another Christmas with my pop, who a year ago at this time, wasn’t doing particularly well in the health department (he was recovering in a nursing home/rehab facility after a particularly bad struggle with west nile virus — a disease which can be fatal). He’s still not anywhere near where he once was (health-wise), but just having him “at home” for one more Christmas was the best present I could ever get. Love ya, pop. Just remember, the greatest presents we can receive are not those found beneath the tree.
I did get a pretty sweet cardigan I plan to use for curling (or maybe for sitting around and screaming “GET OFF MY LAWN” in). Either way, it’ll get some good use.
Everyone have a fantastic day!