By Phil Hecken
Several weeks ago, in conjunction with Alain Nana-Sinkam, Prexy of Classic Old School Gear, I hosted another “Design a Uniform” contest, this one to Design An NFL Jersey, with the winner receiving a custom-made jersey from Classic Old School Gear. More entries than ever poured in, 69 of them in total, and today we’re going to look at the first batch of those entries. The rules were somewhat simple: design a jersey for one team, and describe, in 50 words or less, that jersey.
MOST of the submitters adhered to those rules, and since we allowed home and away jerseys, several readers submitted both (along with entire uniforms, although only the jersey will be considered for the contest). After consultation with Alain, the contest will work this way: All the jerseys will be presented to the readers, at which time comments on those submissions will be requested. Alain, myself, and a crack staff of UW judges will then narrow the field down to the top 11 (since a football squad is eleven men) jerseys. Once we have those 11, we’ll put them to a vote by the UW readership. The winner, as determined by you, the readers, will receive a custom made jersey. OK? OK!
Let’s get it started.
Craig Ackers: Dallas Cowboys
A simlification of a classic, nay, iconic design. One white, one grey one blue. Why would “America’s Team” need anymore?
If my design was still being worn 100 years from now would it still be as relevant and classy as it is now. Yes is the definitive answer.
In the year 2110 and someone saw my uniform would they know it was the Cowboys, yes hey would, No explanation is needed.
Jesse Alkire: Kansas City Chiefs
My re-design on the left, the 2009 uniform on the right.
I thinned up the stripes on the socks and sleeves, dropped the pants stripes, removed the yellow outline on the numbers and black outline on the arrowhead logo, and moved the TV numbers to the shoulders, all while keeping the traditional minimalist style of the Chiefs
St. Louis Rams. Current blue and gold colors. The white numbers, shoulder stripe, neck and arm collars of the home make for a cleaner look. Added gold stripes to the home socks. For the away uniform, removed the blue sleeves, replaced them with white and added white stripes to the socks. (Check out the sweet helmet, too!)
Can’t make too many changes to a classic uni: Changed number color and added outline. Added double lines to side of jersey. changed color combo of tights stripes. Changed color to road tights. Changed color of NOB. Added alternate color choice of silver/gray. Tweeked logo a little.
John Baranowski: New England Patriots
I created a Patriots fauxback to either replace their lame gray/silver third jersey. This integrates red into the normal set. Pat Patriot, a chest patch here, might be the best logo in sports, but on the helmets, he’d have to charge outward, not forward with the player. This fixes that.
Joshua Bennett: New England Patriots
This is Joshua Bennett. I decided to tweak the Patriots. I’ve always liked their old jerseys, but wondered what it would look like in blue, so i did a blue version, and a alternate red version with my masterful Microsoft Paint skills. The tweaks are brighter colors, the collar color, and the sleeve trim. Thanks Phil!
(NOTE: the numbers look different on the blue unintentionally because i accidently colored over a number and couldnt undo it, so i tried a quick fix)
I used the Brown’s classic stripe pattern; however I decided to move them to the shoulders to make it feel more modern while not changing too radically. I also used the Brown’s old secondary logo on their helmet because I thought the helmet was too boring.
David Bloomquist: Seattle Seahawks
I have been a Seahawks fan since their inception. So here is my proposal. The better elements of the new jersey are retained with all of the great 1983 features added.
1. The large wrap around sleeve logo replaces the tiny one in the current set; 2. The green is limited to the eye on the logo. Silver is brought back as the main secondary color (and helmet color); 3. The crap blue is replaced with the 1983 royal blue; 4. The piping on the pants reflects the logo. If only wishes could come true!
Brandon Bowker: Philadelphia Eagles
I am pretty happy with the current uni set employed by the Philadelphia Eagles. Having said that, I thought it would be a kick to design a new Iggles top. I went back to the kelly green, and applied eagle wings to the shoulders. I picture a lone eagle feather on the hip of the pants. Thanks and Cheers!
Here’s my uniform tweak for the Miami Dolphins. I combined classic Dolphins jersey elements (lighter shade of aqua, striped socks, gray facemask) with a modern feature, the solid-colored shoulder yoke. Had so much fun with that feature that I even created an orange alternate, and I happen to hate the current ones. :)
Two images: first is the uniform set proposal, and the second merely compares my proposal to the current set.
Thanks for all you do for the Uni Watch Blog–keep up the fantastic work!
Rocky Canonica: Philadelphia Eagles
This is the first time that I have ever tried to design a uniform of any kind but I figured it was worth a shot. Most people in Philly (as you probably know) wish the Eagles would go back to their traditional color scheme of kelly green and silver. I tried to include details from past uniforms with the sleeve stripes while modernizing the design with the number font and color nameplate (similar to the Flyers design). Hope you like it.
Walker Carlson: Washington Redskins
I’ve tweaked the Redskins’ uni.
· Darkened the burgundy
· Changed to gold pants and collar
· Added triple stripes on sleeves and socks
· Helmet: Changed the stripes to a burgundy-tipped white feather outlined in gold. Based on a helmet they wore from 1959-1964. Added the arrow as a combination of two previous helmets.
I tweaked Saints uni’s because gold/black is my favorite combination.
I love the old school, college football feel of uniforms with just two
colors, and I wish more NFL teams would adopt styles like it. The
stripes also work with either regular cut or new Reebok cut jerseys.
Since i dont have any artistic ability what so ever, I had to kinda cheat and use EA’s “Teambuilder” for NCAA Football 10.
1st photo (HOME): As you can see i did not do a radical overhaul, I just improved apon what I think is one of the best looking Unis in all of the NFL. What I did do was take out all the pure white in the uni and sub it out for an off white. I also added an orange outline around the number.
2nd photo (AWAY): I wanted to keep with the off white look, but the site forced me in to making the Unis the pure white instead of the off white.
3rd photo (ALT): I debated if I wanted to do an alt uni at all.
Changed the Bills helmet to white with red facemask and no stripe on the buffalo. The jersey incorporates colors and similar design of the 90’s, getting rid of the navy blue while keeping the thick red stripe on the side, trying to make it feel retro yet modern and original.
Joe Csikos: New York Giants
Here is my shot at an NFL uni tweak. I have always liked the simplicity of the NY Giants unis; however the home blue has just bothered me as too simplistic. I added some red contrast around the numbers and to the collar. I think this still keeps the simple and classic look the Giants have but adds some visual interest.
Scott Davis: New England Patriots
For the Uni-Tweak contest, I decided to expand on the enormously popular Legacy jerseys from this season. I took the colors from the classic Patriots jersey and recolored the current jersey with those colors. You’ll also notice that the “Flying Elvises” on the sleeves and helmet now has skin color.
Dave Delisle: Cincinnati Bengals
I chose the Bengals because they are in dire need of a change, as they look like something straight out of the Flintstones. The tiger stripes can stay– but only on the helmet. Design inspiration courtesy of the St Louis Blues. Striping is meant to invoke the Bengals logo.
Dave Ebert: Chicago Bears
I’m Tweaking the Bears 1960’s uniforms. The idea was to eliminate white striping on all elements. (Shirt sleeves, pants and helmet. Oh, and of course a grey face mask). I love the way the orange looks, right up against the navy. I’d Love to see a 3d version (for Free)
Todd Eizikowitz: New York Giants
I think the Giants really can use a complete uniform overhaul. I’ve always hated their gray pants. I always felt The Giants should have blue pants for their road uniforms. My design has a feel for The Giants uniforms from 1975 with incorporating an altered Giants logo into the striping on one of the sleeves and on both of the pant legs. I also went with a deeper blue instead of the more royal blue that Big Blue are using now.
Daniel Finocchio: Miami Dolphins
My concept for this Miami Dolphins away tweak reflects my love for clean, concise, modern uniform design. The design harkens back to a retro style with its simplicity and color palatte, but also has a very modern appeal.
Mike Forman: Philadelphia Eagles
Here’s how I would prefer my beloved Eagles to look. First and foremost, I removed the black and replaced it with gray. I also tried to keep a clean look overall. Hope you enjoy. Thanks.
Michael Fullmer: San Francisco 49ers
Here is my entry. Thanks!
Kevin Gaffney: Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens get wings. All bird teams were candidates but the Ravens already have a great bird logo that I took the wing from. It looks much better on the photo (obvi). The mock-up is inconsistent and bad, the wing would ideally be a shoulder yoke.
Remember Deacon Jones’ Rams of the 60’s and 70’s? They used to look basic and clean like the Penn State. My revision gets them back to basics while keeping a modern and unique look. Changing the gold to silver… the old Rams (look) is back!
Clint Glaze: San Diego Chargers
The Chargers already have a great mix of modern and traditional elements, so my tweak is basically to swap out the “athletic” gold (i.e. yellow) with a timeless “South Bend” or true metallic gold. I also removed the distracting contrasting inserts on the shoulders (and pants) for a cleaner look.
Ladies and gentlemen… presenting the new Jacksonville Jaguars. I made a couple of tweaks to my earlier concept and put it into true “concept” format. I’ve re-inserted gold, put in a nice, simple stripe, and a helmet logo harking back to the prototype days. Hope you enjoy!
Andrew Greenwood: Jacksonville Jaguars
The jersey itself in this one is pretty simple, but I like it better than the Bills revision I sent in before. I got rid of the Jaguars teal (annoying to say the least) and replaced it with a deep brown, tan/sand, and orange combination. Sorta Saints and sorta Browns I’ve been told, somewhere in the middle. I really like the orange facemask and wish I could have worked in some yellow/gold too, but it seemed like three colors was already enough for it.
Michael Hass: Arizona Cardinals
My entry is for the Arizona Cardinals. I took the cardinal and white color palette and added black for a more intimidating look, and sand-colored accents to introduce a desert theme. ‘Feathery’ stripes on the shoulders make the uniform more unique, and hopefully more contemporary as well.
James Hayden: Washington Redskins
Basically, I’m returning the Redskins to the darker burgundy color they wore prior to 1969 with a very heavy influence of the throwbacks they wore during the 1994 (NFL 75th) season. In addition, I’m keeping the “gold/yellow” they allegedly use (although they sometimes use too light of a shade – closer to the Packers yellow than the Steelers yellow they should use) with “old gold” as a trim/shadow effect color, and am omitting any sleeve stripes – since modern stripes look silly anyway. I’ve also adopted the helmet logo from 1982 (the “tucked-in feathers” logo) as their sleeve patch and moved the TV numbers up on top of the shoulder.
My NFL Jersey tweak is for the Arizona Cardinals. I based my designs on the Arizona state flag.
Returning the Broncos to their rightful identity while keeping the sleeves “primarily” blue for those who will miss the “Broncos blues”. This uniform is the blending of the traditional Broncos feel with the current Broncos look. Removing all traces of the Nike hidden logos.
Unique feature: addition of TV numbers on pant stripe.
First up: Dumped the black almost entirely in favor of white or silver/gray more “classic” Eagles look. I changed the black collar and arm cuffs from black to white (big improvement IMHO). Vise versa for the whites. Minor piping on front ONLY (thats why i didn’t include back view –no change)
Joe Katz: Buffalo Bills
Anyway, I decided to take the Bills uni (widely regarded as the worst in the NFL) and change it up a little. The color scheme is creative (to say the least). I kept the same helmet, just eliminating the triple stripe (and of course the colors). The only other thing is the side panels… Hope you guys like it.
I decided the NFL needed to have a military stylized team. The Jets were a perfect choice. I updated their green to a military green and actually included a Jet in the uniforms. Including a new over the top helmet design logo featuring the F-22 Raptor. Thank you.
OK, folks, there’s the first 35 entries. We’ll take a look at the final 34 next weekend. What we need from you, now, is to talk up the submissions — let us know which ones you like — because we’ll definitely take those comments into consideration once we begin narrowing the field down for a vote. Love it? Hate it? Think it’s just about perfect? Let’s hear from you!
Special feature today, which we’ll dub, “From The Taxman Collection:” Reader Jerry Adams, who posts as “Taxman” (and who’s pretty busy these days) has a neat little collection of photos received as a promotional prize for saving Coke caps or Kool-aid packs or something like that in about 1967. Today, he’s sharing them with us:
While searching in the basement for some old football programs, I rediscovered a set of wonderful 5×7 glossy MLB photos. These were issued around 1967, and I am pretty certain I received the set as a promotional prize. My best recollection would be that we collected Coca-Cola bottle caps with player pictures in the liners — unless it was sending in cereal box tops or maybe even Kool-Aid packages. The back side of each photo referenced Dexter Press. Maybe our friends at the Fleer Sticker project would have a clue?
I was 8 years old and an Orioles fan watching games in black and white, so to see these All Stars in vivid color was a thrill. These glossies were of a much higher quality than any baseball cards put out at the time. What is apparent to me is that the twilight of the “flannel era” provided us with some great baseball eye candy. Indulge yourself in the rich texture of the gray roadies of the Giants and the Orioles; the buttons, the ripples in the seams that you never see with double-knits; the iconic beauty of the Red Sox, Yankees and Tigers’ timeless designs – that seem even classier still in the fabrics of the sixties. The set of twelve included eight eventual Hall Of Famers and a pair of perennial all stars a full notch below (Torre and Santo). I have eleven in this gallery and I believe the one I am missing is Willie Davis of the Dodgers, who along with Joe Pepitone would appear to be out of his class here.
One oddity – Roberto Clemente’s hat. Has anyone seen a big league hat logo with this type of application?
Thanks for sharing that neat little set Jerry. Looks like Brooksie’s jersey, ahem…shrank a bit over the winter, eh? And I love the Cubs iconic logo with the thin blue outline (which is considerably different from the one they sport today) on Santo. If you click on the full gallery, Jerry provides some keen insights with each card.
Can one of you fine readers help him complete this collection? Willie Davis, anyone?
After taking on the ladies and the men yesterday, our man on the street, Jim “I’d Wear Every One of These” Vilk returns today to give us his expert opinion of the Men’s Figure Skating costumes from this past week…did I mention that Jim doesn’t like Men In Black?
MENS SHORT PROGRAM
5. Brian Joubert, France: I don’t know why, but I like this one.
4. Michal Brezina, Czech Republic: If this skating thing doesn’t work out, he’d make a fine-looking magician.
Bronze: Denis Ten, Kazakhstan: Playful and colorful without going over the top.
Silver: Jeremy Abbot, USA: Classic…just classic.
Gold: Takahiko Kozuka, Japan: I’d almost wear that…if I was almost hip enough.
MENS FREE SKATE
5. Evgeni Plushenko, Russia: Looks like a tap dancer, no?
4. Tomas Verner, Czech Republic: The striped pants were almost too much, but I still liked the look.
Bronze: Jeremy Abbot, USA: Another solid outfit from the American.
Silver: Nobunari Oda, Japan: Table for two? One moment, please, while I pick up this silver medal from Uni Watch.
Gold: Javier Fernandez, Spain: Give him a sword and let him do some swashbuckling.
“Don’t come near my podium with that”: Florent Amodio, France: Again, there was competition from Kevin van der Perren of Belgium (guy can’t win for losing), but the face paint sealed the deal for the Frenchman.
Please bring on the ladies now…
Thanks, Jim, I think…question is — would you wear this?
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: Back with another guest scoreboard again today, from Chris Rocco, who, if you’ve been playing along the past few Sunday’s, you’ll know has a love for a certain stadium. Today is no exception. 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!
Back again with more Uniform Tweaks, Concepts and Revisions today. Today, because of the NFL Uni Contest, we’ll be featuring a triple-header of baseball tweaks.
Leading off today is Adam Wood, who’s regaling us with a “new” team from Connecticut:
I read an article today by Peter Gammons, which of course means take it with a huge grain of salt. In a nutshell it says that Tampa Bay is considering moving to New Jersey or Connecticut for revenue reasons. I got to thinking about what they would look like if they did indeed moved. So of course, I had to throw a real quick redesign together. First I decided on Connecticut for their location, then I renamed them a semi odd name. “The Arsenal of Connecticut.” This is because I was looking for something in the state’s history that sounded kind of tough and wasn’t a bird. Back when New Haven and most of Connecticut made a ton of military weapons and aircraft they got the nickname, “The Arsenal of America.” The colors were all taken from the Connecticut state flag. I left out green because green and gold is too A’s esk, plus four colors is overdoing it for me. As for a logo, I didn’t have time to come up with one, but I was thinking of an old battleship of some sort. Someone get on that lol.
Our next set of baseball tweaks comes from Marshall Offutt, who has some ideas for the Marlins:
So I had this idea a little while back to tweak the Marlins the way I feel they should have originally been done. My pictures are nothing more than updated colors, however. With these pictures just pretend that the ‘F’ is an ‘M’, and that ‘FLORIDA’ says ‘MIAMI’.
The main changes include ditching the black, and adopting a darker version of the teal. We are also keeping some of the silver, but adding the orange that Jeffery Loria has already been slowly integrating into the baseball team.
Next up is Jason Whitt, who has some changes for the Cleveland Native Americans:
I really enjoy all of the uni tweaks and was glad to see that you opened it up to other sports. I decided to tweak the Cleveland Indians with a few old-school touches and without the superflous white layer on the numbers and letters.
Here’s the home version with the old sock pattern and a new blue & red “I” hat.
For the road version, I brought back the 1948 block print and the current fauxback hat.
Thanks for sharing everybody’s work!
That’s all for today. Hope you enjoyed a look ahead at the greatest sport ever invented. But feel free to keep sending tweaks for all the sports. Drop me a line.
OK, everyone, our work here is done. Don’t forget to let the uniform designers know what you think of their efforts. Your comments will definitely hold sway over the crack panel of Uni Watch judges who will be narrowing down the designs to a final eleven, and upon which the UW readership will soon be voting.
Have a great Sunday — keep your brooms on the sheet, and your rocks in the house, eh?