By Phil Hecken with James Huening
Just two short weeks ago, I and UW Pollster James Huening presented our latest poll: Worst Uniform Combination Ever. The results are in. You voted early and often, as there were over 8,000 votes cast(!). Apparently (and I’m sure Paul will be in agreement), you don’t like purple, lavender or magenta. I’ll be back with my thoughts after the jump, but first, here’s Jimbo with his breakdown:
Once again, thanks to everyone who participated in this poll.
The results are in and Ben Traxel’s not gonna be happy. His Kansas State Wildcats and their purple over lavender basketball uniforms are the top vote-getters, having been selected 1,052 times. They edged out the WFL’s Magenta and Orange-clad Southern California Sun, who collected 1,007 votes.
There was a close race for third place. The Tennessee Volunteers football team and their Halloween costumes of black jerseys and orange pants squeaked past the Pittsburgh Pirates’ white pinstriped jersey/black pants outfit by just three votes. 756-753 was that tally.
Rounding out the top five with 600 votes, we have the Washington Wizards and their gold jerseys over black shorts.
The remaining teams, in descending order were: Los Angeles Kings (solid gold), Seattle Sounders (antifreeze green top and bottom), Chicago Bulls (Stags throwbacks), Cleveland Indians (blue over red), Colorado Rockies (black vests/purple undersleeves over pinstriped gray pants), Philadelphia Eagles (black over green), Oregon Ducks football (green/black jerseys over lightning yellow pants), Houston Texans (“battle red“), Clemson Tigers football (purple over orange), Minnesota Vikings (purple over purple), Cincinnati Bengals (orange over black), Washington Redskins (burgundy head-to-ankle), Baltimore Ravens (purple over black), Memphis Tams (gold over white), Washington Capitals (red over white), Oakland Athletics (solid green), San Francisco Giants (orange over cream), California Golden Bears football (solid gold) and finally the Tennessee Titans (powder blue over navy blue) who collected a mere 79 votes.
Interestingly enough, we collected only 54 “other” responses, so I guess we did something right. Of these 54 responses, the Seattle Seahawks were mentioned 10 times. 8 of those specifically pointed out the green (purportely one-and-done) alternate jerseys. Also, a different Cal Bears combination (gold over blue), a different Titans option (navy over powder) and a different Indians combo (the infamous red over red that Boog Powell was so fond of) were all suggested.
Thank you Jimbo. Well, there you have it. You have spoken, and a “winner” has been declared. So what do you think? Pretty accurate assessment, or did the voters pull a Florida, circa 2000?
We’re already gearing up for our next poll — and for this one, we’re going to poll you first: what should our next survey, um…survey?
We have three choices, and we’ll let you decide the next one: (1) Best Home MLB uniform; (2) Best World Cup uniform, or (3) Best College World Series uniform. Don’t like any of those choices? Feel free to suggest something else. After all, this is kind of a democracy, innit?
The floor is yours.
Alts and softball tops are ruining the game. Even the boys from Bub’s have them. But at least they keep a sense of humor about the Mets
fleecing trade for Johan. Here’s Rick:
Life sure sucks sometimes, doesn’t it. You want something SO bad…and you get zip. Though there IS always the possibility of Mr. Applegate showing up, I suppose (if you don’t know who “Joe Hardy” is/was, think along Faustian lines)…
Here’s your full color Sunday Benchies.
Back at the beginning of the 2010 season, I announced the 2010 Uni Tracking that a number of us do. Last year, I devoted about four full weekend columns to it, and that was probably a bit much for most of us to take in one dose, so this year, I’ll occasionally post the updated tracking of certain teams as the trackers send them in. So, if you’ve been doing your due diligence with your team, send me your mid-season tracking reports, and I’ll post them as a “sub article” on the weekends. OK? OK!
Moving forward, we have Royals uni-tracker Zachary Brady, who’s got an in-depth mid-season report for us:
Zach Brady, official Kansas City Royals Uni-Tracker, here to give you the mid-season report. A few things to point out that are new this year (just one… actually): The Royals introduced a powder/baby/Carolina Blue hat to match their home-daytime uniform. Not very well received here in KC, but I can understand the needed boost in revenue.
The Blue Crew follow a pretty strict uniform routine: At home you’ll see them in their Powder Blues during the day, and their whites at night. On the road, Kansas City sports Royal Blue uniforms during the day, and grey’s are reserved for night games. White pants at home, grey pants on the road. Royal Blue caps with everything except for the Powder Blue jerseys (except when they sport that ridiculous Ice-Cream man hat).
Now what you all have waited for… what the uniforms have done for the team. As you can see in the Official Royals Uni-Tracking Page and Breakdown, we were actually above .500 in one uniform (Royal Blue, 6-5, .525), while all of the rest were sub-par (White, 9-11, .450; Powder Blue, 5-7, .417; Grey, 9-16, .360). As for the Stars & Stripes Collection, they helped the Royals win a whopping 0 games in two appearances over Memorial Day weekend.
As well as Uni-Tracking, I found some interesting numbers in regard to the Royals performance depending on the day of the week. As we all know, Kansas City has been struggling and currently have a record 29-41. The Royals seem to enjoy playing games at the end of the work week (Thursday, 6-5, .556, and Friday, 7-4, .636) but really struggle on Tuesdays (3-7, .300) and Fridays (1-10, .091). If the Royals could some how have changed their schedule and only played on days other than Tuesday and Saturday, their record would currently be 25-15 (.625). Now thats the kind of improvement the Royals are looking for.
Once again, here’s the Official Kansas City Royals 2010 Uni-Tracking Report.
Track on, my fellow Watchers
Great job Zach. Keep ’em coming, fellow uni trackers!
Back again with more Uniform Tweaks, Concepts and Revisions today. Lots to get to, and if you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way. Still finding the tweaks have slowed to a trickle, so if you have something you’d like to show, give me a shout.
Heeding the call for more tweaks, ex-pat Mike Engle has come through with a thorough revamp of the Pittsburgh Penguins unisets. The crayolas are back. Here’s Mike:
What are the Pittsburgh Penguins’ colors anyway? Civic mojo says, “black and gold,” but the cash register screams “powder blue!” Thanks to me, the two are no longer mutually exclusive. And I killed the metallic gold too. Now, for my traditional extended bullet-point commentary…
• are basically the 90-92 Cup repeat jerseys, tweaked to accommodate powder blue.
• include a shoulder patch that I invented, borrowing from the Pittsburgh city shield. That should read “PITTSBURGH PENGUINS” within the gold border.
• have the checkerboard on the breezers to accentuate the shoulder patch, not necessarily to lure Trevor Kidd out of retirement.
• keep the current name and number font, with reduced weight for the NOB’s. There is no reason for NOB’s to have three layers, so they get the Steelers treatment: gold on black.
The powder alternate…
• would ideally never happen, but since alternate jerseys exist, and because Gary Bettman would demand another Crosby jersey be ready for sale, I bit the bullet and
sold outmade this.
• borrows a striping pattern from their fallen Class of 1967 classmate, the Minnesota North Stars. (Our resident history major LI Phil would liken this to wearing the conquered enemy’s clothes as a trophy. See the 1991 Cup Finals. Sorry, Ricko.)
• has the shoulder yoke from the robo-pigeon jerseys. I knew better than to give Mario’s team something other than the skating penguin crest, but I wanted an alternate more exciting than a simple color swap.
• has an italicized take on the number font, along with a drop-shadow. Respectful of traditions, yet avant-garde. I like it, and if you don’t, I guarantee you’ve seen worse.
• calls for a slightly different breezer shell stripe motif. If and when the players boycott the “standard” pants, the alternates will match the socks and fit right in.
Tying them all together…
• The background for the NHL neck shield is always gold, for The Golden Triangle.
• The officers’ C and A are kept as-is from the current jerseys, with altered backgrounds as required.
If the Penguins want a preseason-only tradition, I can offer two things:
• Gold helmets for every preseason game. (You know the games count and you’re on the team when you don’t have a geeky gold helmet, and even Mario
got hazed inwore the gold lids once upon a time.)
• No Penguins sticker on the left side of the helmet. This needs no further explanation.
And for the second, and final, set of tweaks, we have Ronnie Poore, who has some concepts for the Cincinnati Bengals:
Inspired by the uniwatch interview with the creator of the Bengals striped helmet, I had ideas for a Bengals uni tweak. I like the helmet, but there is way too much going on with the jerseys and pants. Decided to go with a minimalist approach: stripping the stripes, so to speak.
The other day I sent you Bengals tweaks. I neglected to send along the alternate black jersey version (I think the orange should be the primary home jersey)…I’ve attached the black jersey version of the minimalist Bengals concept.
That’ll do it for the tweak show for today. Make sure to keep sending them my way.
excruciatingly painful great weeks of World Cup matches in the books, it’s time for the weekly “Five and One” (that’s five great uniform matchups and one that’s, um…not so good). Last week we had hoped to feature three reviews, but only got two; this week, Jim Vilk and guest ranker Mike Engle will do the honors. Like last week, we won’t reveal which review comes from which ranker, but you’ll probably have no trouble in figuring that out. So, let’s go:
5) Chile vs Spain: Chile is bland, so they add and subtract nothing to the look of the game. But Spain is pure awesome. Their white articles look great, and the navy top corrects the royal mistake. I like Spain’s look so much, I am seeing to it that they carry this game into the 5&1. Also of note: the Spanish keeper. Yes of course, he looks distinctly apart from the team, but check out the shoulder yoke. Take him out of context, and you can still guess his team without resorting to looking at the badge. I like this.
4) Brazil vs Côte d’Ivoire: Brazil looks like Brazil, which is a good thing. And nice shirts, Côte d’Ivoire. VERY nice. Je porterai cette chemise-là!
3) France vs South Africa: The co-Color Palette Special of the Week. Marginally “worse” than #2 just because I’m not totally sold on those Cincinnati Bearcat scratch claws on the French shirts.
2) Cameroon vs Netherlands: The other co-Color Palette Special of the Week. I don’t root for or against Manchester United, so all the Dutch chevron is, to me, is a nice design element that totally works for soccer.
1) Paraguay vs New Zealand: The stripes are back in full force, after an unfortunate Slovakia-induced turn for the blue socks. But wow, look at New Zealand! Yeah, it’s “just” all-black, but so is the world-famous rugby team! New Zealand almost looks foolish and stubborn for wearing all-white for soccer most of the time. A bit of a surprise pick on my end, but when the creators of “Business Time” find themselves up against the best-looking business socks of the World Cup, they earn the top spot.
And the game of shame:
Honduras vs Switzerland: I normally don’t discriminate against foosball games, but Honduras looks like Microsoft Powerpoint clip-art, Switzerland’s badge is terrible, and the whole game suffers from OMBuS Syndrome. (That’s One More Bumper Sticker. Rhymes with rhombus.) Yuck.
And Reviewer #2:
Honorable Mention to my homeboys from Slovakia for knocking out defending champion Italy. Skvelú prácu! (Great job!)
5) USA/Ghana: Great game (well, on offense…) and great contrast.
4) Cameroon/Netherlands: Would have ranked them higher if the Dutch numbers weren’t so blocky.
3) Slovenia/England: Chelsea fans may disagree, but John Terry and England look good in all red.
2) Japan/Denmark: I’ve fallen for Denmark’s funky pattern on their jerseys.
1) Paraguay/New Zealand: Love the stripes, and the All-Blacks look cool (not that I want everyone copying them…).
And the game of shame:
Algeria/USA: Same template as USA/Ghana…but a little too much sherbet going on here.
And, last but not least…there were a couple of turn-back-the-clock games yesterday. Unfortunately, I was away from the television for most of the day and didn’t get to watch either live. But OMG — the A’s in monochrome gold (featuring green rups with gold sanis), a look I’m not certain they wore particularly often versus the Pittsburgh Pirates in monochrome black (featuring yellow rups with white sanis — and the pillbox caps of the We Are Family Days). I’m planning on (finally) running “Monochrome in Baseball, Part II” soon, and seeing these two teams certainly doesn’t make any kind of strong case for any team returning to it. But hey, they appeared to have fun with it.
Now the other teams throwing back yesterday were the Orioles and the Senators…er, Nationals. You can see the gallery here. Obviously, the Senators (Nats) can’t really claim any lineage to the team who wore that uniform, but it DOES show how they could easily improve their current uniform to resemble that. The O’s didn’t really look all that much different, but they did look good with the stirrups. Both teams in rups looked great.
And speaking of stirrups, the Rays were back at it again yesterday with their new “cardinal-striped” stirrups (well, some of them were). It’s a regular stirrupalloza these days.
Clearly, UW and it’s stirrup-loving leader is having an effect on MLB, right? Can’t really say, but for those of us who can’t get enough of baseball hosiery, it’s been quite a weekend. Now, if they’d just realize that stirrups aren’t just for throwbacks anymore…
OK, ladies and germs, that’s all for this fine Sunday. Hope the final Sunday in June is a great one for everyone.
The day Custer lost at the Little Big Horn, the Chicago White Sox beat the Cincinnati Red Legs, 3-2. Both teams wore Knickers. And they’re still wearin’ ’em today. — Charles O. Finley (September 5, 1982)