[Editor's Note: Today we have a guest entry from Ryan Connelly, who's bringing us up to date on his latest DIY projects. Enjoy. -- PL]
By Ryan Connelly
There was a “Taco Shop League” contest over on Plan B’s blog last year. I joined in and created this little guy for the occasion. Ryberto’s Burritos was my idea for hole-in-the wall taco stand that you might find somewhere in your city at 2am, and the logo character was designed to have an old-school/throwback feel based on the Swinging Friar and Chief Wahoo, with the brown/yellow color scheme adopted from my Invaders jersey and the Padres.
I immediately fell in love with the logo, and wanted more. Time to DIY a baseball jersey (or two)!
The first step, with the help of Joe Hilseberg, was finding material that would work best to avoid another DIY disaster (for the full story behind that one, look here). Joe turned me on to a poly twill with an adhesive backing that works much like a sticker. I ordered brown and yellow material. Next step was ordering baseball jerseys online. I ordered one gray vest and one sleeved yellow “home throwback” jersey.
For the vest: I wanted this vest to be an “over the top,” heavily sponsored, softball/adult league-like jersey. I started with the wordmark on the front. I wanted “Ryberto’s” to be a two-toned baseball-type script. So I drew it up in AutoCAD, sized it to the jersey front, printed it out to scale, and made a template.
This is where I found my first problem, namely that the front seam of a baseball jersey doesn’t run directly down the center — it’s offset for the buttons. So I had to divide the word “Ryberto’s” in a way that wouldn’t entail cutting through a letter or leave me with an odd “Philllies” effect, all the while keeping it centered.
Here’s how I did it. I cut the script as close to the left of the “b” as I could, spaced the “y” and “b” far enough apart so that the “y” wouldn’t be buried behind the button seam, and resized the “R” to give the whole wordmark some balance on the jersey, similar to how the Indians, Brewers, and several other teams handle their scripts.
Then I made two different templates: one for the inside yellow letters and one for the outside outline. I traced it onto the the poly-twill, cut it, stuck it together with the adhesive backing, and sewed it together. Then I took that piece, centered it onto the jersey, affixed it the jersey with glue that will hold up in the wash, and sewed.
The back of the jersey is where I wanted to go overboard. I wanted it to look big, bold, and kind of cheesy so that you knew exactly what team you were playing, and their sponsor! The No. 8 is my second-favorite number, and it creates a “Ryberto’s Ate Burritos” effect. Not bad!
For the home jersey: I based this design off of the Indians’ retro alternate, except that none of my letters or numbers are two-toned. At first I was going to add a gray outline but didn’t like how professional it looked. I was really trying to capture an old feel for this! Since it’s the home jersey, I decided to drop “Ryberto’s” altogether created an alternate logo to the whole Ryberto’s identity.
I wanted to use a single letter, much like the tigers. I went back and forth with assorted “R” variations but wasn’t really happy with them. Then one night I met up with some family at a bar, and saw this on a beer ad mirror. That was it, done! I added a ribbon on the sleeve but something still didn’t seem quite right. So I decided to make the character logo into a patch! Got a really great deal from the same company here in Pittsburgh that works with the Steelers and Panthers (had 20 of them made!). So I added that to the other sleeve and couldn’t be more happy with the result: front and back.
Also, found my original sketch in a pile of papers had it framed along with a patch. A good way to wrap up the project.
Invaders jersey update: Earlier I mentioned my Invaders DIY disaster. Deep down, I wasn’t happy with the result, so I used the old templates on the new material Joe hooked me up with and made a new version of the front crest/logo. I glued it over the existing screen-printed logo and covered it up perfectly. The back still has the basic block numbers screened on, so there was no way to avoid that to go back to the Invaders font that I had originally drawn up. So I measured and offset the numbers in AutoCAD, made them two-toned, and glued them onto the back of a (number 14) jersey. The numbers were my favorite element of the original jersey, so I resized them and added them to the shoulder as TV numbers.
Back when I was first designing the logo I was playing around with alt logos, so to balance out the shoulders I made my favorite alt logo into a shoulder patch. Now the team has some sort of regional identity. Totally happy with the result!
Ancient History: Paul here. So the Packers unveiled their alternate uniform, like, nine million years ago (okay, actually on Friday, but it’s pretty much the same thing in today’s short-attention-span media world), which means most of you have already moved on to the next thing. But in case you want to revisit this long-ago episode, here are my thoughts:
• I love the jersey. Unlike Phil, who thinks to the uni numbers are too big, I prefer the gold circle at this size — the 1929 version was too small for my tastes. And the actual numerals are still much smaller than on the typical NFL jersey.
• No TV numbers on the jersey. Are they gonna get away with that on the field? Hope so.
• Pants are fine. Pretty similar the Pack’s Thanksgiving throwbacks.
• But ugh, that helmet — bad news. The brown tone doesn’t fit. If it was supposed to simulate an old leatherhead helmet, they should have gone with a lighter tone, and made it matte to boot.
• As Phil has already noted, they better wear some white oversocks with those navy stockings.
All in all, good or stupid? Let’s say good enough. And if this starts a trend of football teams wearing their uni numbers in a circular/bulls-eye format, we should all chip in and send the Packers execs a muffin basket or something.
Incidentally, the new uni reminds reader Nate Wohl of a certain Seussian duo. That’s the best analysis of the uniform I’ve seen so far.
Meanwhile, the same anonymous tipster who accurately pegged Green Bay’s throwbacks last month now tells me this: “I think the 1960 Eagles throwbacks are for real, but I don’t know if it’s going to be the standard green version, or the beautifully simple white version. Also, I’ve seen an image of a plain navy jersey with solid orange block numbers for the Bears, but I don’t know anything about it, what it’s for, if it’s real, anything, but I thought I’d put it out there just in case.”
Duluth Update: I got a very light response to last Friday’s suggestion that we choose a day and time slot for Uni Watch readers to convene at the House of Hearts Bonspiel in Duluth, which I’ll be participating in later this week. So, one more time: The prime viewing periods will be on Friday (3pm to 9pm) and Saturday (11am to 8pm). Of course, anyone can attend at any time, but it would be nice for local Uni Watch readers to gather together at the club, yes? If this interests you, send me a note with your preferred day and time period (“Saturday, mid-afternoon,” or whatever). I’ll post the most popular choice in a day or two.
And I’ll keep on making this ’spiel appeal: The House of Hearts is a charity event to benefit the St. Luke’s medical foundation. Many of you have already contributed small amounts to help sponsor me in the bonspiel — the fund is currently up to $165. If anyone else would like to contribute ($5 is fine, although larger amounts are also welcome, of course), go to Amazon Payments and either log in to your existing Amazon account or, if you don’t have one, create a new Amazon account. Once you’re logged in, click on “Personal” and then on “Send Money,” and send whatever amount you deem appropriate to plukas64 at gmail dot com. Put “House of Hearts” in the memo line. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: There’s a good Baseball Prospectus radio interview with the CEO of XProtex (the manufacturer of those new padded/armored batting gloves). You can find it on this page (with thanks to Brian Hansen). … The Brazilian soccer team is the latest squad to go BFBS (with thanks to Jeremy Richardson). … Eric Skaugset reports that Washington State is going with a rather unusual baseball jersey design. … Cool video about some adjustments to the baseball scoreboard in KC. … Here are some bases for the upcoming MLB series in Taiwan, complete with the MLB/Taiwan logo (with thanks to Jim McCue). … A few years ago I wrote this column about MLB All-Star Game uni anomalies, but Alan Tompas was watching the 1975 ASG the other day and noticed something not covered in the column: Thurman Munson was wearing Brewers catching gear. … New mask for Alex Auld. Here’s the other side (with thanks to Mario Morgado). … Intriguing discovery by Brian Schulz, who writes: “I was digging through my 10 year old son’s hockey gear and stumbled across this patch. It’s clearly not from 1926 (it’s in immaculate condition), but still pretty cool nonetheless. It’s commemorating the first St. Paul Saints game played in the American Hockey Association in 1926, a thrilling 0-0 tie against the Minneapolis Millers. I have no idea where he got it and he doesn’t remember — very bizarre. I think I see the beginnings of a DIY project.” … Several pieces of pure gold from screen-shot stalward Steve K.: a double-accented NOB (that’s Denis Dupéré from the 1977-78 Colorado Rockies of the NHL), Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld with FiNOB, and Earl the Pearl wearing No. 21 and NNOB, because his usual No. 15 jersey was lost in transit. … Fun if somewhat predictable video segment of former MLBers discussing unusual uniforms they’ve worn here (with thanks to Ben Fortney). … “I was watching an old episode of Full House last night,” writes Aaron McHargue. “Joey was participating in a charity hockey game, and on a close-up shot you could see his helmet’s CCM logo was altered to say ‘COM.’ I found this humorous since the Upper Deck logo was a huge patch on the right shoulder.” … Bit of a nameplate malfunction the other night Buffalo (with thanks to Andy Evans). … Marty Brodeur will be wearing a throwback mask, plus Dan Drutis hears that Brodeur will also being using a throwback stick, matching his 1992 equipment. … So much to like in this old lacrosse photo — the headgear, the quilted shorts, the shoes, and the evident texture in the long-sleeved jersey (great find by Robert Andrews). … Yes, it’s true: The Johnstown Chiefs have a player named Bear Trapp (with thanks to Doug Keklak). … “I went to the Ducks/Avs game on March 3rd in Anaheim,” says Bill Mitchell. “The Ducks made a big deal about the team having the most medalists in the recent Vancouver Olympics, as well as the previous NHL-attended Olympics. They had a display of the seven medalists’ jerseys, along with non-medalist Jonas Hiller’s Switzerland jersey. It was a madhouse around the two display cases, with security constantly yelling at everyone to move along, but I managed to take these three photos.” … Not sure what was more disappointing regarding Manny Pacquiao’s trunks on Saturday night: the giant swoosh on his ass or the Head and Shoulders ad on his hip. … Pacquiao also had an intresting mouthpiece, which I assume had something to do with the Philippino flag. … Jeremy Brahm sent along this cool two-page NBA merch spread from a 1985 issue of Hoop magazine. … Also from Jeremy: “During the 1994 NHL lockout, during the summer lockout, some of the Russian players kept in shape with an NHL Russian All-Star tour. The weird thing is that I found a supposedly game-worn Pavel Bure jersey that was sold at an auction last year, but the angle of the red striping toward the bottom of the jersey doesn’t match up.” What, a “game-used” jersey that wasn’t actually game-used? What a, uh, stunner. … Mike Brethauer spotted this guy at a local store. … According to this story, the Nashville Sounds will wearing 1980s throwbacks for Thursday home games this season (with thanks to Lee Wilds). … Several interesting D3 baseball observations from Ben Gutzler, including some killer stirrups for Lewis & Clark; a L&C player who’s Sikh, so he wears a visor over his turban instead of a cap; and a Williamette player with a jaw-protection extension on his helmet. … Those Norwegian curling pants have inspired a DIY ski cap (with thanks to Justin Rectenwald). … White House spokesman Robert Gibbs paid off a bet the other day by wearing a Canadian Olympic hockey jersey, which just proves yet again that the Obama administration is full of socialist fairies who want to sell out American sovereignty to the New World Order (or, worse, to the Canadians). … Green St. Paddy’s Day caps upcoming for the Rays (with thanks to Cork Gaines). … Some absolutely spectacular photos of old typewriters available here (big thanks to Chad Todd). … Lubbock Estacado’s boys’ basketball team has a really interesting jersey design: nothing on the front but a uni number and an E (fascinating contribution from Jesse Tow). … Still more from Jeremy Brahm, who notes that yesterday’s Indycar race in Sao Paulo featured a green/white checkered flag, instead of the usual black/white. And speaking of checkered, dig this awesome armband. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Second item on this page indicates that the Blue Jackets’ third jersey next season will feature a cannon-based logo. … Kyle Speicher attended a celebrity baseball game in Florida yesterday and filed the following report: “Since the game was presented in conjunction with the military, Doug Flutie wore a camo uni, complete with matching batting helmet. Other active servicemen wore camo as well. Mark Whiten wore a red Cardinals pullover. He was still ripped and banged two doubles off the wall. Perhaps the quirkiest: Dante Bichette playing 1B and wearing the Rockies’ ‘Turn Ahead the Clock’ jersey. Assuming every player was responsible for his own uni, it boggles my mind to think that that’s the one Bichette chose.” … Mike Engle notes the following uni-numerical oddity: “If Nick Johnson’s sticks with No. 26 when the regular season starts, he will be the first Yankees 26 in three-plus years NOT to serve as a backup catcher (Sal Fasano, Aug/Sept 2006; Wil Nieves, early 2007; Jose Molina, 2007-09). … Very cool Leroy Neiman artwork of Joe Namath, including some drawings that show Broadway Joe in football stirrups (thanks, Ricko). … Also from Ricko: an old NFL equipment breakdown. Interesting that they included shinguards, which most players never wore. And man, look at those prices! … Sean Spitzer reports that the Melbourne Heart, an Aussie soccer team, has a logo that basically uses the same visual trick as the Hartford Whalers logo. … Yesterday, Phil mentioned that some L.A. Kings fans were planning a “Burger King jersey appreciation day” event. Sure enough, the event took place. Here’s a very informative report on the proceedings. … Heroic work by Zach Brady, who’s assembled all the NCAA tourney match-ups by uni and logo. … And speaking of March Madness, Vince will check in with his annual contest in the next day or so. … Several good finds by Jon Helf: First, check out this awesome set of old Cardinals photos. Then lookie here: a UPI wire service report on the unveiling of the Expos’ logo in January of 1969. And then dig this early Pilots logo with lots of orange and Royals logo with the “KC” in gold, neither of which actually came to pass. Full details on all this stuff here. … The other day I mentioned that Francisco Cervelli would be wearing the S100. And yup, he is (with thanks to Jonathon Binet).