By Phil Hecken
It’s time to get down to brass tacks. We’ve spent the past two weekends looking at Round One and Round Two of the “NFL Design-A-Uniform” contest, brought to us by Classic Old School Gear and their prexy, Alain Nana Sinkam.
We considered all your comments and suggestions, and we thank you for them. We hemmed and hawed, almost coming to blows on several occasions, trying to narrow the selections down to what follows. But the usual suspects in conjunction with Alain have finally agreed upon the eleven.
Now, you’ll be asked to take a look at the jerseys one last time, and to cast your vote for the one. You can only vote once, so … choose wisely.
Here, then, are your eleven finalists:
1. John Baranowski: New England Patriots
2. Brandon Bowker: Philadelphia Eagles
3. Kevin Gaffney: Baltimore Ravens
4. “Hungry Hungry Hipster”: Arizona Cardinals
5. Bob Jones: Denver Broncos
6. Christopher Kane: Philadelphia Eagles
7. Anthony McGuire: New Orleans Saints
8. Brad McPelican: Seattle Seahawks
9. Chance Michaels: Green Bay Packers
10. Amos Miller: Detroit Lions
11. Adam Wood: New York Giants
Take a good look at each one (if you need additional reference or the contestant’s write up, please refer back to the links at the top of the page — Amos Miller’s full submission can be found at the end of this article). Then, directly below…cast your vote.
Special thanks, as always, go out to UW Pollster Justin Tolerable Homerism for his assistance with the poll.
To everyone who participated, we thank you and appreciate the supreme effort. To the remaining eleven: GOOD LUCK!
From The Squiddie Files: Three words: GO GO SOX. That’s all the setup you need from Lance Smith as he brings us yet another wonderful trip through the Life archives. Go. Go. Sox. Here’s Lance:
The 1959 World Series between the Go-Go White Sox and the now Los Angeles Dodgers is notable for a number of reasons. It was the first World Series since 1948 when neither team was from New York. It was the first World Series to take place at least in part on the west coast. Game Five in Los Angeles had an official attendance of 92,706, a single game World Series record that is unlikely to be broken until Jerry Jones decides to get into baseball.
Let’s look at some photos.
Big Klu, running out one of his two home runs in Game 1, passes Gil Hodges.
Games 3, 4 and 5 were held in The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Gene Autry, Burt Lancaster, Joe Dimaggio and Edward G. Robinson were all there. So was this woman.
White stirrups and no sleeves? Check. Big Klu in LA.
Take a look at this crowd photo. There are a significant number of fans who are wearing Dodgers caps. (There’s also someone wearing a Hollywood Stars cap and at least one Yankee fan.) In Chicago, the closest thing to fans wearing a White Sox cap were these. Under the California sun you need a hat, even if it’s like this.
Billy Goodman is injured on a play and has to be taken off the field. Compare the batting helmet logo with the cap. Not bad.
Is there something wrong with Sandy Koufax’s belt loops? Koufax gave up one earned run, but lost Game 5 when three Sox pitchers blanked the Dodgers and the White Sox abandoned the white stirrups. (That’s Nellie Fox scoring the lone run.)
See #23? Who knew that Don Zimmer was ever so svelte? He came in as a PINCH RUNNER in game 5!
In the final in Game 6, the Sox wore their usual stirrups and lost the Series 4 games to 2. Didn’t stop Big Klu from getting his third home run of the series off Johnny Podres. (I’m guessing 98 is a bat boy.)
Lopez shakes Alston’s hand and we’re done.
Thanks, as always, Squiddie. The fall classic may still be months away and the boys of summer have yet to toil, but the fact that they’re playing in Florida and Arizona now means spring is right around the corner. And I’d give my right leg to see an owner as colorful as Bill Veeck again.
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: More baseball today, of course, as we inch closer to Opening Day (which should replace Presidents’ Day as a national holiday, by the way). This one may prove very difficult, and it’s brought to us from reader Steve Presser. 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!
Back again with more Uniform Tweaks, Concepts and Revisions today. Since we’re running the NFL Contest today, we’ll skip the football tweaks for now; but if you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Kicking off today’s show is James Hayden, who has a blue look for the Washington Nationals:
This time I’m switching sports in anticipation of spring, I give you “Blue Dominant” Washington Nationals (see attached)
Basically, prior to 1968, the American League team in DC – either the one that moved to Minnesota or their replacements who moved to Texas – had Navy Blue as their “primary color” – and pinstriped home unis at that! Only under Bob Short’s ownership were the colors changed to, primarily, Red.
The current National League team simply adopted modern versions of the 1971 Senators’ caps (which had in effect been an icon of the “Baseball in DC” movement) and Red dominant unis (albeit with different lettering fonts, etc.) to hearken back to DC’s “lost” franchise(s).
Having been a small child during the Short era and having read “Kiss it Goodbye” by Shelby Whitfield as a teen, I’ve always wondered exactly why any DC baseball fan would have any interest in remembering the short-lived Short-era.
So, long story, erm, short (and before I make another nauseating pun) – here’s what I think the Nat’s should be wearing as their Home Pinstripes and Blue Alternates.
The Home Pinstripes have, of course, Navy Pinstripes and a script “Nationals” logo with no number on the front (Ala’ the Yanks and Red Sox). I’ve shown a Navy cap with a Red brim with this uni.
The “Blues” are basically a navy version of the current Red Sunday/Alt, with a DC flag patch on one sleeve, and a Nats version of the old Senators patch on the other. Another Navy cap – w/Navy brim and Red “Pretzel W” outlined in White is shown with this (very similar to the former “road” cap, but a bit more colorful – i.e. closer to the cap they wore in the mid-60’s w/o the trim).
Have a better one!
Next up is Joseph Obermeier, who takes on the NHL’s Islanders with a neat twist:
Here’s an idea I had for tweaking the uniform of my once-beloved Islanders. I started with the road jersey (though white jerseys still say ‘home team’ to me) that the Islanders will go full time with next season. I love the retro look and laces, but continuing to use the old team logo just reminds me how long it has been since the days of the cups. I hashed together a new logo using pieces from the Islanders’ earlier attempts at redesign, and I don’t think it looks half bad. The old logo still has its place –- I’ve relegated it to the shoulders, where the Sabres wore theirs for many years. I’d love to ditch the orange altogether, and go with a color scheme like the Boston Breakers of the USFL, but that will have to wait for another day when I have more time.
The penultimate of the tweaks today is Patrick Lange, who takes a new look at the new vest for the new look Twins:
This is my tweak for the Twins vest uniform. Their current “vest” just has the sleeves cut off of their primary. I think that vests look best with a logo on the chest rather than a team name across the front. I added the stripes to the sleeves and stirrups to give the uniform an old time feel and also removed the NOB.
Closing down the show is Mike Engle, who wasn’t 100% satisfied with this year’s Olympic duds for the hockey fellas, so…he fixed ’em. Mike really puts his crayolas where his bouche is with these:
For your enjoyment, perusal, entertainment, or all of the above, I present to you uniform design overhauls for my two least favorite hockey jerseys from last Olympics. (Though, in this context, you can’t overhaul anything. Colors basically have to stay the same to match the flag, and tradition is paramount. So overhaul or tweak, whatever, here we go.)
Here’s a new white and blue set for Finland. The 2010 Olympic jerseys had too many line segments going in too many directions. Made no sense to me, and just came across as a blue blob. Sort of reminded me of Italy’s 2006 World Cup soccer jerseys. This is a good thing…for me to headbutt to the ground and refuse to apologize about it. Colors here are white, royal blue, and sky blue, with incidental red and gold on the coat of arms. Traditional socks and pants stripes, but the signature element is the sleeves. Does it evoke anything to you? Well it should. It’s the flag. I personally like my white jersey more than the blue jersey here, simply because of the flag factor. I actually couldn’t decide whether to make the blue jersey on a sky or royal base. I settled on sky because we don’t need another royal-based country.
And here’s a new set for Norway, with a red top (which I like a lot), and a white change (which I don’t quite like as much). Norway’s jerseys from last Olympics were just too plain. The designers really mailed those in, especially with the Rangers word mark. I, however, have something better. You see, Norway’s hockey team just isn’t that good, and their hockey is not at all memorable. Their curling pants, on the other hand, are unforgettable. I couldn’t resist throwing the diamond pattern onto the yoke and the sleeve stripes. I opted for quasi-Blackhawks hem stripes and sock stripes to slightly off-set the radical curling pattern with some conservative old-time hockey flavor. Finally, the new word mark. I messed with the N in NORGE, and had it go SW to NE; this way, the word mark mimics the shape of the country. If you don’t see it, don’t look so hard. Meaning that the captain’s C is now on the right shoulder above the word mark, just like how Svalbard is above mainland Norway. Colors are red, white, and royal, with a touch of gray found only in the curling diamond pattern.
After I overhauled the hockey uniforms for Norway and Finland, I realized my patriotic pride and silver medal buzz were clouding my judgment. My beloved Americans also need new uniforms. I don’t care that their navy may be too dark, but I DO stand by the fact that the USA in VAL across the front doesn’t make a hockey uniform. It makes a basketball jersey with long sleeves. The USA diagonal à la NYR is barely passable–it loses points because USA is only three letters long. It’s fine for the Squaw Valley throwbacks if they stay, but I didn’t want to recreate those.
Oh say can you see THESE hockey jerseys? In white and blue. Please, no red alternate. 204 years before we beat the Red Army, we had to beat the Red Coats. If the USA wears a red hockey jersey, I’m rooting for Canada.) In the end, I made the USA a real crest, which will be a nice and wide target to shoot the puck right into Ryan Miller’s chest for the easy save. The crest itself has two gold stars for Squaw Valley 1960 and Lake Placid 1980. Hopefully, in my lifetime, we can add another gold star. The shoulder stars are an element from the Lake Placid jerseys, carried over, and I made sure the socks have 13 stripes, just like the crest. Nothing else has any intentional symbolism, aside from “I like it and it’s my design, so here you go.” And just in case Nike decides to put a patriotic slogan on the jersey, I’ve relegated it to the inside of the neck. I strongly suggest “E Pluribus Unum.” It doesn’t get more appropriate for a hockey team: it’s Latin for, “Out of many, one.” It’s money.
That’s it for the tweak show today. Back with more next time.
Ricko’s Trivia Question: Got a trivia question from the one and only Rick Pearson yesterday, which he thought might be good to pose to the board. So here goes (it’s a two-parter):
(1) What state can claim the most seasons with more than one MLB team?
(2) And also, at this point, the state with the current longest unbroken string of seasons with more than one team?
Interesting…and not as easy as you might think. Give it a shot.
And finally, your 82nd Academy Awards Predictions:
Don’t know if any of you care, but I’m usually pretty spot-on when it comes to this sort of thing. See if you can’t take me down.
First one to nail all six (unless I get them all right) wins a free Uni Watch Membership on me.
If you already have a UW membership (and you know you should)…I’ll give you another prize. Take your best shot. Here’s my picks:
Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, Precious
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Okie dokie, kiddies. That’s all for this fine Sunday. Have yourselves a great day.