by Phil Hecken
I’m pleased to announce the next Uni Watch contest, and this time we’ll be having an awesome prize for the winner. I’ll be teaming up with UW reader Alain Nana-Sinkam who is the proprietor of Classic Old School Gear (more on that below), and who has generously offered to offer the winner of this contest a custom made, personalized jersey. So what’s the contest, specifically? OK…let’s set up the ground rules, and then we’ll hear from the man who’s agreed to provide that custom jersey for the winner.
Basically, it’s pretty simple. Many of you have been sending me NFL uniform “tweaks/concepts/revisions” for the past couple of months, and many people enjoy them, so they’re a regular feature now. Several readers have sent me multiple submissions, while others have sent me one or two. Some of you may not have sent in any, but were considering it. This contest will be based off of the “uni tweaks” premise.
Whether or not you have already submitted anything, we’re going to start completely from scratch — so if you’ve submitted something to me previously, feel free to resubmit it now, but anything previously submitted must be sent in anew. If you’re happy with the design, that’s great, but this gives you a chance to make it even better.
So, here’s the deal:
Please submit, hopefully in jpg or bmp or similar format, ONE uniform redesign for any NFL team. You can submit a home and away, and you can submit an entire uniform set (helmet, jersey, pants, socks, shoes), but we’re looking for the jersey. It may be helpful to create the full uniform (for visual purposes) so feel free to do so, but please remember the jersey is the important part.
Please provide front, back and side-on views.
One entry per person. If you have several teams you’ve tweaked in the past, or several looks for one team, select the one you feel is the best. If you send me multiple entries, I will only post the first one you send.
Please describe your creation in 50 words or less. Anything more than that will not be included. I love the lengthy descriptions of concepts, but for this contest, be as concise as possible.
When all the entries are in, we’ll be letting the readers pick the best design — and the one who submits that best design will be getting a custom-created, top quality jersey, based on that concept, and created by Classic Old School Design.
You can begin submitting your designs to me immediately. The deadline for the contest is February 1, 2010. Because I get a LOT of emails from readers, I need you to put in the subject line: “UNI WATCH NFL JERSEY DESIGN CONTEST”.
Send all submissions directly to me at this address.
* Any team, any uniform, but the jersey is what will be created, so the UW vote will be based on the jersey design
* 50 words or less to describe your creation.
* Deadline: February 1, 2010.
* If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me (same address as above) — just label the e-mail “Question(s) about the NFL jersey contest”.
OK? OK! This an an awesome prize, so lets see some great designs, one of which will go from concept to reality.
And now, a few words from the man who is making this possible, Alain Nana-Sinkam:
“I’m a seven-day-week UniWatcher, and I like the blend of Paul’s stories, interviews and ticker items during the week with the weekend coverage that Phil provides. And I’m a HUGE fan of the UniTweaks. I’d like to invite the UniWatch community to flex its design muscle and show some creativity – with a pretty cool prize to boot. So for our first UniTweak Contest, Classic Old School is offering offering to actually construct the winning jersey design, so that the contest champion can show off their creative work.”
About Classic Old School
“I started Classic Old School in the summer of 2008, but the idea came to me about a year earlier, before Christmas. I was thinking of a gift for my brother-in-law, and stumbled upon a picture of him from high school. I thought about having his jersey remade, and since it was a pretty basic design (save for the detailed anchor logo on the sleeves), I was able to find some vendors to get it done. Once I saw his face after he opened his gift, I knew I had a business plan.
“I’ve been intersted in jerseys for as long as I can really remember. But when I was younger, they weren’t as easy to get as they are now. My mother made me a Darryl Dawkins Sixers jersey from a red cotton tank top (blue light special at KMart) and a set of iron-on letters and numbers.
“My first store-bought jersey was a Rawlings Dan Fouts home blue (no name on back, still saving it for my little boy), and I’ve amassed a pretty large collection of throwback jerseys. Because I live in the Philadelphia area, have spent more than a little time at the Mitchell & Ness flagship store in Center City. I got to know the founder pretty well, and even did some informal research for him. I credit him with encouraging me to start my company.
“So, what do we do? A little bit of everything. We do football, baseball, basketball (jerseys and shorts) and hockey. We usually start with the customer providing a photo or description of what they wore, and we work closely to make sure we’re using the right materials, colors and design elements. We don’t carry inventory, since everything is made at the time of order. As a result, it takes longer, but our customers tell us the wait is worth it. We were fortunate last year to make the retirement jerseys for four former Kansas State basketball stars (including Mitch Richmond) who were having their numbers retired, and that project earned us an additional opportunity to make the jersey backs of several former Wildcats who went on to play in the pros.
“If you’re interested, we’ve set up a fan page on Facebook, and we’re just getting on the Twitter. In both spots, I post links to pics of some the jerseys we’re currently shipping, so you can get a glimpse at the process.
“I’m not quitting my day job, but I’ve received such impassioned responses from customers whom we’ve helped to recreate a memory, I know that what we’re doing has value, and I’m grateful to Paul and the UniWatch community for providing the chance and place to tell our story.”
So now that you’ve seen the amazing work Classic Old School provides, how awesome would it be to wear one of their masterpieces that YOU designed? Pretty freakin’ awesome, right. And if you’re not the designing type, but you still love the product, consider having a custom-made jersey for a friend or loved one as well.
So get cracking, all you uni tweakers. Once I have all the submissions, I’ll present them to the readership and you guys can decide which one is the best. The winner will receive a custom designed football jersey from Classic Old School.
Thanks again to Alain and Classic Old School for making this possible.
G’day Mates… It’s time for the Australian Open again, kiddies, which means it’s time to reintroduce my doubles partner, Brinke Guthrie, who’s here to bring you the low down…down under:
Who’s the cute and cuddly pair? None other than Brooklyn Decker (& what’s-his-name) with koala bears.
The Australian Open is here. While much of the USA is shivering, it’s en fuego down under. Lots of equipment changes for the men and women going for the first Slam of 2010. (Even though it’s January, Nike’s fall line is here.) The Fed’s “OZ 2010 Lookbook” is cool. Novak Djokovic has moved to Italian line Sergio Tacchini from Adidas. One of the world’s top overrated players, Andy Murray, dumped Fred Perry clothing for Adidas. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga’s new Adidas line is here, Fernando Verdasco’s is here, and Ana’s is here. (Look quick, she’ll likely be out in R1 as usual.) Sharapova’s look is here. It was rumored that Andy Roddick was going to Babolat clothing to match his frames, but no, he’s staying with Lacoste. Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis has dumped Adidas and has just stuck his country flag on his stuff. (Guess Adidas didn’t want to pay him more.) World #20 Tomas Berdych has moved from Dunlop frames to Head. (No stencil on the string means no money has changed hands yet.) Bob and Mike Bryan, a top USA doubles team, moved to K-Swiss, same as Sam Querry.
Awesome Brinke. Thanks!
Today’s Benchies is brought to you by adidas. Or something. Hey…do they allow “00″ in volleyball? Here’s Rick with the setup:
Learning a new sport can be daunting. Even dangerous. But, on the other hand, it’s worth the risk because (double-eyebrow raise) we ARE playing co-ed, after all.
Enjoy your eight-panel, full-color Sunday Benchies.
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: Ah…earthquakes, power failures, “Black Sunday”…so many things can disrupt a game. Don’t ya just hate when that happens? Let’s see if you have been paying attention to your games stopped due to unforseen circumstances. Ready? Guess The Game From The Scoreboard. Date, location and final score, please, and be sure to link to your answer. And, as always, if you enjoy the game, please send me some new scoreboards! Drop me a line. Thanks!
With the Uni Watch Deep Freeze now only days away, just wanted to remind anyone who’s planning on making the trek (or if you live within driving distance), about the UW Gathering. We’re all going to be meeting on Friday the 22nd, 8pm, at the downtown location of Grumpy’s. While the weather forecasts aren’t really worth a hill of beans outside of 72 hours, the good news is that the long range forecasts aren’t predicting the sub-zero temps that Minnesota was experiencing a couple weeks ago. And the REAL key is of course, the Arctic Oscillation Index, which has been trending upward for the past several days. For any of you who aren’t weather nerds, that’s a good thing. But it should be a balmy 70 degrees or so inside Grumpy’s, so if Pond Hockey and the myriad other activities happening next Friday through Sunday aren’t your thing, but you wanna hang out with a bunch of uniform obsessed folks, come on by and meet Paul and the gang. OK? OK!
Playoffs? Playoffs? Yesterday’s article on “How to fix the BCS” generated lots of heated comments. Of course, there is a great schism when the subject turns to playoffs. Well, my buddy, Ben Traxel (incidentally, the man who designed the “Deep Freeze” poster, as seen above), has for years been contemplating how the BCS would have gone down had there been actual playoffs. (rpm just burst another blood vessel.)
I’ll let Ben explain: “What I have done each year is to create a bracket of what could be (IMO) a great scenario. Obviously there are some who feel otherwise….rpm, ricko… I have always felt that this would be great and a bigger money maker. And as we all know, more money is what it is REALLY about. I probably made some tweaks along the way, haven’t looked at the older ones in a while.”
Very interesting indeed — may have been fun to see how these actually played out. Ben provided me with his brackets for 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, and TWO scenarios for 2008. I put them all into a nice and tidy Flickr Set. The “a” portion of the year is the bracket itself, while the “b” portion is the notes on that bracket. In the case of 2008, Ben provided a regular bracket/notes, as well as an “alternate” scenario, which are noted as 2008a & 2008b (regular) and 2008c & 2008d (alternate).
Great stuff Ben.
Our next round of Uniform Tweaks, Concepts and Revisions is upon us again. I realize today’s main article is about the NFL Uni Tweaks contest, but these were all received prior to the announcement (obviously). I still have a few that have trickled in (and continue to do so), so anything received prior to today’s announcement will still be a part of the regular “Uni Tweaks” series. If you have a tweak for the NFL or any other sport that you don’t want to be a part of today’s contest (or you have MANY teams you’ve tweaked), continue to send them in. Today’s contest is a ‘special’ deal with specific instructions. OK? OK!!!
First up today is Julian Grant, who thinks next year the Eagles really need a revamp. And he’s got an interesting new way of creating them as well:
Watching the Eagles get pasted by Dallas on Saturday, I decided that if they’re going to play badly they should at least look a little better than they do. So here’s a new look for Philly. The first thing I focused on was a new logo. Their current one is fine, but I feel like there’s not enough green and it’s a little overdone and cartoon-y for the NFL, in my opinion. So, I came up with this logo based on this one. The green is tweaked a little- a little less of the midnight, and more of the green. Next, on the uniforms I eliminated black and emphasized silver, with a nice over-the-shoulder striping that’s echoed on the pants. Here are the uniforms (I hope they would never use the green-on-green monochrome, but I included it just in case):
The process for creating these designs is probably a little different than most others; I drew them first by hand, colored them in with markers, took a picture, imported them onto Photobucket, and finally used the fill and draw tools on the editing feature to make them look somewhat more clean. I hope you enjoy this, and I’ll probably have more coming eventually.
Another reader who watched last weekend’s game and wasn’t real happy with one of the teams’ uniforms was Craig Ackers, who offers this tweak for the Cowboys:
having watched the Cowboys last night I felt the need to add my update to the Cowboys uniform. I know people say it is a classic but I have just had enough of the different blues, greys/silvers and the black outline on the shoulder stripes. My update simply uses one shade of grey and one of blue throughout. Picture here. Hope you like.
All the best.
Moving along, we have Bradley Griffin, who has a Texans fix:
Just wanted to get these in before you move to the boring sports llike Basketball and Hockey … have stated to tweak the Astros but can’t bring back the orange and navy without looking like the Meats … will continue to work…
Just did my best to Bring Back the Love Ya Blue feel without looking too much like the Titans… so I completely eliminated the “Deep Steel Blue” but kept the Battle Red instead of the Scarlet. The Powder blue is so much more a part of the city, I remember when the Police Cars used to be Powder Blue, the officers still wear Powder Blue uniforms (This officer is saying no more deep steel monochrome/leotard look.)
So For the Home went PB over Wht. Away Wht over PB. Kept the Red alternates and threw in a few other variations.
Despite White Helmets not doing well in College Bowls I can’t argue that the Chargers White Helmets and the Patriots Throw back look awesome in White. Especially with Red and Blue.
Last up today is V. Yacobellis, who has really gone out and done something interesting with the Jets.
Attached are 5 uniforms 2 home, 2 away, and an alternate.
There have been some NY Jets fans looking to add black to the uniform. With the Jets moving into a new stadium next year, I thought it would be a great time for a new uniform change. I do like there current uniform style, but I always like it when teams change a uniform and a more modern look. I would probably add a Black Metallic Helmet and use the NY logo that they use on their official stationary and outline it in black. Or design a Fierce looking Jet Fighter Airplane on the Helmet, something different. I would also be willing to add a touch of gold piping to connect their Titan history to the new uniform but just a touch. Green, White, Black and a touch of Gold trim.
Thank you for your time,
That’s gonna do it. As you can see, today was all football, but that’s just the order in which they came in. There will other sports in the next set of tweaks. Keep them coming, and if you have a uniform or set of uniforms you have concepted, send them my way. Remember, keep sending me those you don’t want considered for the contest.
OK. Enough for this fine Sunday. Good day yesterday for the best uniform teams, as the Saints whomped on the Cards and the Colts left Baltimore in the middle of the night. Not really any uni-shenanigans, but does it bother anyone else’s OCD that the golds on the Saints unis don’t match? Seriously, the gold on the helmet doesn’t match the gold on the collar, which doesn’t match the gold on the numbers, which doesn’t match the gold on the pants. Depending upon the lighting, that’s 4 distinct shades of gold. Dammit, that’s annoying. The Colts still have the best uni in the playoffs, but the new jersey cuts and Dwight Freeney’s pinched stripes continue to put that “best” title to the test. If the Jets can somehow defeat San Diego today…I may have to lean towards them in the title game.
Enjoy the games today. If the “best uni wins,” then we’ll be seeing Dallas and New York in N’Awlins & Indy next weekend.
Looking forward to anyone who can make the trek to Minnesota later on this week. Hope to see you there. Have a fantastic Sunday.