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It's Time For A Baseball Contest

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By Phil Hecken

I’m pleased to announce the next Uni Watch contest, and once again, we’ll be having an awesome prize for the winner. As before, I’ll be teaming up with UW reader Alain Nana-Sinkam who is the proprietor of Classic Old School (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.

Last time around, we accepted submissions for a “Design An NFL Jersey,” but with summer in full gear, this time it’s going to be an major league jersey. In that contest, we received a whopping 69 submissions from the Uni Watch tweakers and designers, so we’re hoping for a similar response this time around.

You may recall that after a spirited competition, Brad McPelican was voted the winner, and Alain & Classic Old School came through with flying colors. Here’s the winning jersey based on Brad’s design. Beautiful, eh?

Anyway, thanks to Alain & Classic Old School’s generosity, we’re pleased to announce the “Design A Major League Jersey” contest, which will be similar to the NFL contest. So let’s go over the ground rules:

The Contest:

Please submit, in jpg, gif or bmp or similar format, ONE JERSEY redesign for any MLB team. You can submit a home OR away, (and you may include an entire uniform set — cap, jersey, pants, stirrups, 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 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.

When all the entries are in, they will all be posted — and the top 9 (since it’s baseball, you know) will be put to a vote for the BEST by the UW readership — and the one jersey is judged the 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 August 1, 2010. Because I get a LOT of emails from readers, I need you to put in the subject line: “UNI WATCH BASEBALL JERSEY DESIGN CONTEST”.

Send all submissions directly to me at this address.

Remember:

* 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: August 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 baseball 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:

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A lot has been going on at Classic Old School since the football jersey contest this winter. We’ve gave away a jersey to a lucky fan on Facebook during our “race to 100 fans” campaign (and we just crossed over 250 fans!). We moved the website to a new host (and did a mild redesign), and we snatched a new domain — www.oldschooljersey.com (though the old address [www.classicoldschoolgear.com] works as well).

What hasn’t changed is our commitment to helping customers remake their sports memories. Two of the most satisfying projects we’ve completed recently were both baseball related: A redo of a classic Little League jersey for a father and his son; and a high school jersey remake for a customer’s brother.

We were so pleased to receive the positive feedback in both cases. I’ve had some of my own jerseys done in a kid’s size for my eight year-old, so I know how much it can mean to share a piece of your athletic history with a child. Heck, I was so inspired by these projects, I fired up The Bad News Bears on Netflix (obviously do some extra research).

I hope you enjoy the contest, and I’m sure the UW community will impress again with their fantastic design work. Good luck!

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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 after we narrow them down to the Top 9, you guys will decide which one is the best. The winner will receive a custom designed baseball jersey from Classic Old School.

Thanks again to Alain and Classic Old School for making this possible.

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Benchies HeaderMick may just be the best lookin’ guy in Bub’s. That’s saying something, right? Here’s Rick:

Lebron, Shlabron. You want a media circus? You want drama, suspense, a “Decision”?
Check this out. Imagine the size of the crowd. Go ahead, it shouldn”t take long.

Here’s your Saturday Benchies.

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uni template 2Back 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.

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Starting off today is Charlie Charnigo who has several tweaks for the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club:

These are ones I did a few years back for the Mets. It started with a tweak of the classic interlocking NY, but incorporating an M as well. I guess if the Expos ‘elb’ mated with the Mets “NY” this would be the offspring. It also would be the focus of a marketing campaign as well. “My NY, my Mets!” As the A’s go by both the A’s and the Athletics I wish the Mets would embrace the Metropolitans name as well. Enjoy!

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Next up is Jody Beamer who assures me the following Bengal tweaks are the best ever. Jody makes five points and sent five graphics, although they don’t correspond to each other, but I’ll add them in that way for symmetry:

Hey Phil.

Attached are easily the best Bengals tweaks you will receive, EVER.

You’ll notice several changes to the current uni:

1. No drop shadows on the numbers. Just a simple stroke.

2. Removal of the colored side panels. Just solid color all the way around.

3. Completely redesigned pants with cropped stripes, which eliminates any evidence of those stupid white stripes on the old ones.

4. Striped socks that incorporate the tiger-stripe design.

5. Collar colors are consistent with the jersey color.

Signed,

Jody Beamer

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Closing down the show today is Will Risinger, who has a simple plan for the KC Chiefs:

Hello Uni-Man – love the site.

I humbly submit the attached KC Chief tweak (home; road).

I understand how the chiefs may feel their uniform is too traditional for a revision, but classic qualification probably requires a more recent title appearance than their last in 1967, piloted by the great sartorial icon Hank Stram.

I kept it simple as I hate all the new fangled gimmicks and stripes appearing so haphazardly on NFL uniforms (hello denver). Kept red dominant and threw in a bit more yellow for offset.

And yes I do have too much time on my hands. And the Texans have the most unimaginative uni in the league — they’re next.

OK. That’s enough for today. Check back next time for more, and keep them coming.

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uni tracking header 1Back 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!

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Two tracks today. First up is Dickson Kendrick, who is tracking the Red Sox (he also mentions the Nats, but I only see the Red Sox on his tracker).

Long-time reader of UniWatchBlog.com…

The ones I have thus far are for Boston and Washington. Hope this helps out.

–Dickson

And our second tracking set comes from Mike Menner, who is from Minnesota and, not coincidentally, is tracking the Twins:

Hi Phil,

Here’s a snapshot from my Excel file tracking the Twins unis this year. In addition to noting their jerseys (though not down to the cap choice), I’m tracking which games I’ve seen at Target Field and where I’ve sat.

Thanks for all the great work. You and Paul do a heckuva job!

All the best,

Mike Menner
Minneapolis

OK, trackers, keep ’em coming. Back with more of your tracking next time.

Don’t be afraid to send in a couple graf write up of any trends or other interesting patterns you’re seeing thus far. Thanks!

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That’s gonna do it for today — and I know what you may be thinking: HEY…what ever happened to the “design a stirrup” contest? Well, we’re going to hear all about that from Comrade Marshall next weekend, but I wanted to get this design a baseball jersey contest underway now. So get cracking on that.

Everyone have a great Saturday.

I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer. — Tommy Lasorda

 

67 comments to It’s Time For A Baseball Contest

  • Oakville Endive | July 10, 2010 at 8:27 am |

    I’m thinking that the NFL uniforms tweaks – should be re-named to the Cincinnati Bengals and other NFL uniform tweaks – does a week go by – without a Bengals tweak? I guess it speaks to the universal disdain for their current uniform. Jody may be pointing out something I hadn’t clued into – the comment on the collar colour currently being different than the uniform colour.

  • Bob Gassel | July 10, 2010 at 8:45 am |

    How do companies like Classic Old School get around copyright violations? Aren’t they selling logos and designs owned by third parties?

    • Ricko | July 10, 2010 at 9:15 am |

      They aren’t mass producing them. In fact, they’re producing them one at a time…most of the time.

      Don’t know the legal specifics, but it has to do with being considered “art” or “collector to collector”, something like that. And also…

      Any of us has the right to sing a song in the shower or walking around the house without paying the composer, for example. The issues are if you reproduce it and go into the business of selling copies of your version. Likewise, every band playing in a bar somewhere tonight isn’t paying royalties to use the songs they sing.

      There are legal definitions of such things, and the legal guys here would know better about what’s what in the Internet age, but seems to me it used to be that it took four copies or more to constitute “publication”…as far as liable actions or copyright violations.

      As I said, most of time I had to deal with these issues about an inch deep, but I do know there is some wiggle room for enterprises like Classic Old School to do what they do…and rightly so, I believe.

      —Ricko

      • Komet17 | July 10, 2010 at 9:25 am |

        I would think that a band playing in a bar (and being paid to play, presumably) would need to pay royalties; after all, this is a public performance of copyrighted material. Any attorneys out there know?

      • Oakville Endive | July 10, 2010 at 9:52 am |

        I agree with your points – and I don’t have a defintitive view on it. However I’ll add a couple more points as to why it’s a fair question

        1. Their is an aspect of un-heroic re-treat to it. I can’t lead a team to a champlonship – so I’m going to join D.Wade’s team – I didn’t watch the whole “the decision” show -as it made me sick – but I thought that was the best question Grey asked – to poorly paraphrase “why are you as King , joining someone else’s team?”

        2. This may sound way over the top – but when North Americans are fighting and losing their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq (yes, we’ve lost far too many Canucks in Afghanistan) – it’s just seems so frigging selfish to betray a city – that this means so much more to, than the city he’s going to – who in my regard is mostly an indifferent sports city

        I thought the owner blog – while he’ll probably live to regret it – was remarkably honest. I had heard the Raptors GM Brian C. on a local sports talk show a couple of weeks ago – in a very different style – in many ways say the same things with Chris Bosh leaving the Raptors – i.e. he was unmistakably hurt by the way Bosh had acted over the last month.

        But I also see a lot of validity with the point – he fulfilled his contract – and he earned the right to do what he did.

  • Oakville Endive | July 10, 2010 at 8:50 am |

    One non-uni related comment.

    Will LeBron’s lasting legacy be – that he was the Benedict Arnold of modern-day sports? Or will this all forgotten in a year? Should he have “Arnold” as opposed to “James” on the back of his uni?

    • Ricko | July 10, 2010 at 9:24 am |

      Serious question.

      Why is he being regarded as a traitor when other players who sign contracts with other teams in other towns are not?

      Is it because the Cavs were his hometown team? Probably. I suppose had Joe Mauer not signed this year and then moved on to Boston or New York there’d have been similar Benedict Arnold references.

      But it’s a serious reach as far as I’m concerned, largely because instances of players becoming stars in their hometowns certainly are the exception more than the rule.

      So it’a little unfair to think those guys have to stay put or they’re jerks. But everyone else can go where they choose.

      (Believe me, not being James’ apologist, just that “traitor” seems a bit over the line…as opposed to everything else about THE DECISION, which was over the top.)

      —Ricko

      • Komet17 | July 10, 2010 at 9:26 am |

        I don’t think it’s so much WHAT he did, but HOW he did it. And ESPN gets a douche bag award for facilitating it.

        • flip | July 10, 2010 at 9:54 am |

          Question: You grow up in northeast Ohio and go to Case Western to become a lawyer. You’re a good lawyer. You join a good law firm in Cleveland and you make lots of money — for yourself and your law firm. You even dress well. But after seven years you’re wooed away and start practicing law in Miami. Is there a problem with that?

          Now, I’d like to have had James remain in Cleveland, too. But I don’t understand all the hate. He wants to go play with his buddies. Fine. He wants to go play on D-Wade’s team. That’s his choice.

          Was he a douche? Yeah, with all the skyscraper banners, etc. But he made a career decision, just like millions and millions of other people. Don’t like it? Don’t buy the products he endorses. But don’t hate him.

          The way pro sports are run, he just as easily could have been traded as decided on his own volition to move. It’s a business. More than that, it’s a business where he can ply his trade for a finite time. More power to the athletes. Sure they’re millionaires, but they’re millionaires playing at the mercy of BILLIONAIRES. Wasn’t anyone else uncomfortable at the press conference last night when James and Wade kept referring to their owners?

          We can watch James — or any other athlete — and we can choose to root for him or against him, based on whatever criteria we want: skill, his personal demeanor or the way he wears his uniform. But hate? Hey, this is America.

          For the folks in Cleveland, you have my sympathies. “The Decision” was an awful, awful idea. ESPN deserves all the scorn heaped on it for that.

          Rant over. Back to uniforms.

      • S. Bennett | July 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm |

        Like Chris Bosh, the problem with this situations is that since the host team can offer more money, that’s not an excuse for leaving. Had Joe Mauer left, it’s likely because he’d have received more $$$ and while we’re quick to call that greedy, we all are willing to admit that if we were offered considerably more for the same work, we’d at least give it heavy consideration.

        So, it’s not about contract dollars. In the cases of both Bosh and Lebron, they’ve made it clear that it’s about $$$ off the court. That means they’re not saying “Eff you” to the Cavs or Raptors respectively, they are saying “eff you” to the cities of Cleveland and Toronto.

        Another point: Lebron was supposed to be the guy that made Cleveland a desired destination for NBA FAs. People were supposed to want to move to be with him, not the other way around. As it played out, LeBron and Bosh are both Wade’s pets, which makes Lebron look less the man.

        And, as previously stated, the greasy way he went about this, keeping as many on the string as possible, and the cheese-o-rama TV show

        So, maybe traitor is not the word. Greasebag, loser, poser, narcissist, or douchebag might be better fits.

        SB

  • Aaron | July 10, 2010 at 8:52 am |

    I am unable to find appropriate pictures, but last night Jon Lester was wearing yellow-trimmed shoes. I guess I didn’t realize that the Red Sox had yellow in their colors. Surely Bud Selig is going to fine him, right??? Or at least Lester won’t receive his Uniwatch membership card for at least 2 weeks. That has to be appropriate punishment.

  • DenverGregg | July 10, 2010 at 9:29 am |

    That Bengals tweak is among the best tweaks I’ve seen. Major improvements that would result in them having one of the NFL’s best kits instead of one of the worst as they currently do.

    • Oregonbobby | July 10, 2010 at 11:42 am |

      After so many crappy Bengals designs showing up each Saturday, it is nice to see someone nail it. Far and away the best design. The socks are especially bitchin’.

    • mtjaws | July 11, 2010 at 12:46 am |

      I agree. This Bengals set is fantastic. The socks are awesome, the pants are understated, and the jersey is clean. Make this happen!

  • Graham Jaunts | July 10, 2010 at 9:48 am |

    If anybody is able to grab a screenshot from last night’s Brewers-Pirates game, take a look at the top of the 10th inning. After Ryan Doumit strikes out to end the inning you can see the piping on his collar has fallen off and is hanging off his shoulder. This was on the Pirates’ broadcast if that helps.

    • JTH | July 10, 2010 at 10:40 am |

      It sure looked like the piping was hanging but it was just that his top two buttons were open and his jersey was flopped over.

      • Graham Jaunts | July 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm |

        Huh, weird, it definitely looked like the piping was hanging off to me. Thanks for catching that!

  • LI Phil | July 10, 2010 at 10:35 am |

    Flip said:

    Question: You grow up in northeast Ohio and go to Case Western to become a lawyer. You’re a good lawyer. You join a good law firm in Cleveland and you make lots of money — for yourself and your law firm. You even dress well. But after seven years you’re wooed away and start practicing law in Miami. Is there a problem with that?

    unfortunately, while the analogy is good, you’re comparing apples to oranges…

    no one is PAYING millions of dollars to watch you practice law, selling advertising because you’re a barrister on TNT and ESPN, selling your lawyer jerseys, and generally “personifying” and entire city with your actions

    what’s also the “beauty” of sports is also what makes it so unique; im pretty sure there are far more “important” vocations than professional athlete — president, the guy who splits atoms, the guys working on curing cancer, the lady who is a rocket scientist, etc…but for the most part, their entire “worth” isn’t dependent on their revenue generating power, nor their becoming the face of an entire city

    for decades, we fans have basically lived and died by how “our” teams have done, being a source of civic pride (and despair) — how many of us refer to the team for whom we root as “we” and “our”? im quite certain every (or many) clevelander, a city so bereft of titles in any major sport for so many years, thought finally…FINALLY, our hometown boy is going to bring “us” a title…and now he’s gone

    and it’s not even for the “most money” (although we’re talking strictly ‘salary’ there) — at least in, for example, baseball, you could hate the yankees or the sox because they simply opened their checkbooks and paid more for a certain athlete than their rivals (and usually the hometown team); lebron, salary-wise, could have made more to stay in cleveland than to leave for anywhere else

    maybe there’s sort of a pride in local industry or what have you, and a local boy made good, but no where is it more present in sports…no one cares if a great lawyer from clevo done good and will ply his wares in miama — but if a joe mauer or a LBJ, who carry the “title hopes” of millions on their backs leaves?

    well, then they’re benedict arnolds

    it’s a shame we don’t accord our teachers, writers, artists, brain surgeons, atom splitters and others even 1/100th of the “respect” (and financial recompense) we accord our athletes…but none of those vocations have the ability to buoy entire cities nor do they, in some way, carry the weight and aspirations of entire communities on the success or failure of their performances

    is lebron a benedict arnold?

    the better question is: why the hell do we care?

    • flip | July 10, 2010 at 11:21 am |

      You’re right, but up to a point.

      James had a contract. He fulfilled it. He moved on. His “brand” had more cache in Cleveland, and is diminished. But he made the choice. Franchise owners have the same choice and often trade away favorite players.

      In the end, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld or whoever said it, we root for the laundry. That’s why this site is so cool.

      In fairness, I must admit that I watched “The Decision.” And after the decision was made I felt a little dirty. Almost like I was watching porn. I felt bad for Cleveland. And I felt bad for myself, because, in the end, ESPN succeeded: it got the eyeballs.

      Yes, you’re right. We should accord our teachers, writers, et. al more respect. Certainly, we’re fighting a couple of wars with almost no universal sacrifice (volunteer army, tax cuts, etc. etc) so that makes the spectacle of paying attention to this all the more insane. But insane we are.

      Best of luck to LeBron and his buddies. Best of luck to Cleveland. Let’s move on.

      • Jim Vilk | July 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm |

        ESPN got the eyeballs…but not mine. I knew the show was going to be slimy, so I ignored it. I love sports, but not sideshows. I just want to watch the games (and the unis). I don’t want ESPN turning into another MTV – a once cool channel that seriously lost its way.

        Actually, love is a strong word. I intensely like sports. I don’t, however, base my self-worth or that of my hometown on it. Anyone who does is setting themselves up for a huge letdown.

        And anyone who calls LBJ a Benedict Arnold is, quite frankly, incorrect. While the show was a bit of a stab in the back, the choice to leave was not. He’s a free agent in a free country. Unfortunately, most of NE Ohio doesn’t see it that way. They’re so hardened by caring what the rest of the world thinks of them that there’s a sort of Soviet mentality here: “You were born here, you must stay here. You must root for all our teams. You must work for the greater glory of your home. Defecting is not allowed. Bad publicity (just ask Forbes magazine) will not be tolerated.”

        Flip’s lawyer argument is apples to apples, actually. Other industries are personified here as well. We have all kinds of billboards about how this hospital is rated as one of the best (with pics of the doctors), how this school system (not Akron’s or Cleveland’s, though) is rated as an excellent system, how this local business just won some award, and so on. Those things may not be more exciting, but they mean more, especially if you’re looking to locate here. That LeBron got more attention isn’t his fault, he just capitalized on it.

        Now onto the topic at hand, I like the font for the Mets tweak, Brad McPelican’s jersey looks even better in real life, and I’ve finally figured out what’s not right with most Bengals tweaks – with all the stripes the mix and match colors don’t work. Go monochrome. That being said, Jody’s tweaks are an improvement over the current unis.

        • LI Phil | July 10, 2010 at 2:10 pm |

          “most of NE Ohio doesn’t see it that way. They’re so hardened by caring what the rest of the world thinks of them that there’s a sort of Soviet mentality here: “You were born here, you must stay here. You must root for all our teams. You must work for the greater glory of your home. Defecting is not allowed. Bad publicity (just ask Forbes magazine) will not be tolerated.”

          whoa…seriously?

          maybe it’s different in NY…and probably why the rest of the nation apparently hates NY…but really?

          that just sucks man…so, if you want to leave cleveland for “greener pastures” it’s like you’ve stabbed an entire region in the heart? (or the back)

          i get regional pride and all — wish there was more of it in fact — but that’s kind of scary

      • Ricko | July 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm |

        So when Johnny Damon and Roger Clemmons moved to the Yankees…?

        • Jim Vilk | July 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm |

          Not saying it’s strictly a Cleveland thing. Actually, Cleveland is like a mini version of 20th-century Boston. They think they’re cursed and they hate NY.

      • Skycat | July 10, 2010 at 2:15 pm |

        I don’t know what it is but there is something offputting to me about referring to any athlete’s and his “brand” (and in LeBron James’s case I suppose it could be called “LeBrand”). Perhaps it’s because we’ve been so indoctrinated by the cross-pollination created by the co-opting of our sports culture by everything corporate. I know the ship has already sailed in this regard, but I wish we can come up with a different terminology than using one borrowed from business schools.

  • Oakville Endive | July 10, 2010 at 10:50 am |

    Yep – I was thinking a similar thought – why doesn’t the NBA do away with all city affiliations – and let the NBA players decide who they want to play with each year (a new reality show), we can have a blue team, an orange team, a red team etc – the champions – can- to steal a page from the Tour de France – wear a yellow jersey – and lets see how many people come out and watch that – a third ? a forth? What happened in the last week, was a step in that direction, hurting the illusion of city affiliation.

  • jim greenfield | July 10, 2010 at 11:29 am |

    I would like enter the jersey design contest but don’t know how it is done on the computer. Could anyone give me the basics? Thanks.

  • MFH | July 10, 2010 at 11:38 am |

    Dickson Kendrick’s tracker does include a log for the Nats. There’s a tab at the bottom left, and if you click that, you can switch from the Sox log to the Nats one.

  • MEMAL | July 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm |

    Jody, I was skeptical when I read your assertion that you made the best Bengal revision, but you stand true to your word and delivered a touchdown! I was most impressed with how you just fixed what has generally been accepted as what’s wrong with those unis and stayed true to the original vision. Great job!

  • interlockingtc | July 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm |

    Jody Beamer: You’ve done well. Nice work.

    But I believe your efforts at cleaning up that mess of a uniform could go even further.

    If I may…..

    a) The pant stripe must be a complete stripe that runs parallel from the top of the waist to the bottom cuff of the pant. I don’t care if cropped stripes and piping are in fashion or whatever–they look silly. And the tiger stripes have to stylistically refer to the shoulder and helmet stripes.

    b) You got rid of the drop shadow on the numbers, now get rid of that soft font and return to the conventional block numbers they’ve always worn prior to the mess.

  • Gusto44 | July 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm |

    Watching the CFL game on the NFL Network got me thinking: who had the pony logo on their helmets first, Calgary or SMU?
    Both logos appear to be identical, I’m not referring to colors. I’m thinking SMU started using this logo in the 1960s, have no idea about the Stamps.

    • S. Bennett | July 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm |

      SMU and Calgary’s logos are pretty damn close to identical:

      SMU – http://darrenjcosta....

      Stamps – http://www.scottdeck...

      Stampeders first used the running horse in 1968.

      I read on a message board somewhere that Calgary paid SMU. But the jury is still out whether or not either have to give money to these guys – or vice versa:

      http://www.calmuscle...

      PAUL – maybe an article on situations where a generic animal’s iconic posture becomes almost “un-trademarkable”?

      SB

      • Gusto44 | July 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm |

        According to the Helmet project site, SMU first started using the running horse logo in 1968 as well, so it must have been disclosed before Calgary started their CFL season that year. Perhaps SMU was using that logo in some capacity in early 1968, and Calgary became aware of it.

        • S. Bennett | July 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm |

          Believe it or not, I think it could easily be a coincidence. It’s a pretty standard pose for a racing horse. There would have been some contact between teh 2 schools through scouting and whatnot, but media presence in 68 obviously wasn’t sa ubiquitous as it is today.

          SB

      • Gusto44 | July 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm |

        Interesting you bring up the Ford Mustang, we all remember the situation with the Jacksonville Jaguars first helmet and uniform and the Jaguar brand. Still think to this day that inaugural Jags uniform was better than what that franchise ended up with.

        Wonder if Ford just settled for some kind of one time small financial arrangement for SMU/Calgary using that similar logo?

  • Jim Vilk | July 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm |

    LI Phil | July 10, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
    “most of NE Ohio doesn’t see it that way. They’re so hardened by caring what the rest of the world thinks of them that there’s a sort of Soviet mentality here: “You were born here, you must stay here. You must root for all our teams. You must work for the greater glory of your home. Defecting is not allowed. Bad publicity (just ask Forbes magazine) will not be tolerated.”

    ‘whoa…seriously?
    maybe it’s different in NY…and probably why the rest of the nation apparently hates NY…but really?
    that just sucks man…so, if you want to leave cleveland for “greener pastures” it’s like you’ve stabbed an entire region in the heart? (or the back)
    i get regional pride and all — wish there was more of it in fact — but that’s kind of scary’

    Not too much of an exaggeration. Jim Thome is vilified by some here almost as much as Manny Ramirez or Albert Belle. I wouldn’t rank them all together, but folks do just because they all defected.

    Regional pride’s great, but sometimes we lapse into regional defensiveness. And this week especially, you don’t want to back a Clevelander or Akronite into a corner.

    • LI Phil | July 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm |

      “Jim Thome is vilified by some here almost as much as Manny Ramirez or Albert Belle”

      well, thome went to philly, so that’s completely understandable…think the whole world hated him for that

      • BurghFan | July 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm |

        What kind of reaction did Pettitte and Clemens get in NY when they went to Houston?

        • andrew | July 11, 2010 at 12:52 am |

          I think they (deservingly) got a pass because they were going home, and in pettitte’s case, he felt slighted by how the yankees treated him.

      • EMD | July 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm |

        Thome clearly lied about his intentions, and that is why he is hated.

        Manny less so, even though the difference in the Indians and Red Sox contract offers was slim.

        LeBron leaving does not make him a traitor. Still, the entire charade, the TV show, the Girls and Boys Club props make him look like the gutless tool he apparently is. Word is Gilbert didn’t know ‘The Decision’ until LeBron uttered it on TV that night. I’m sure there are some in Ohio who hate LeBron solely for leaving, but I believe most are upset because he went on national TV to tell Cleveland to F-off.

  • StLMarty | July 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm |

    I still think that the original uniform that the Bengals paired with the striped helmets was their finest concept. I like the wacky tiger print kept within the confines of traditional stripes.

  • S. Bennett | July 10, 2010 at 4:07 pm |

    ßoB ALERT! Stefan Kiessling, # 9 for Germany just entered the field with “Kießling” on his shirt.

    I believe the symbol, which Germans use in plae of our “SS” is called an eszett.

    Tough to find pics.

    SB

    • S. Bennett | July 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm |

      http://s158.photobuc...

      Think that worked.

      SB

    • Jim Vilk | July 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
      • Jim Vilk | July 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm |

        Uruguay’s swirly socks look better in light blue than they did in black. Nice matchup. It’d be nicer if Germany’s stripe colors matched.

        Last game for Ian Darke. Tomorrow Martin Tyler announces the final. Someone at ESPN needs to keep him here for MLS games. If England really appreciated him, he’d be on the BBC instead of Sky Sports. Stay, Ian, stay!

        • Doug in GA | July 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm |

          Mr. Vilk,

          I assume you saw that ESPN has retained Mesrs. Tyler and Darke for 2014 in Brazil?

          Smart move by them. Those of us who regularly watch the EPL are used to those voices.

          I don’t know if you noticed or not, but Jim Proudfoot called a match too. And, I think Steve Banyard was heard from as well.

        • JTH | July 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm |

          It’d be nicer if Germany’s stripe colors matched.

          And what possible reason was there today for Deutschland NOT to wear their white jerseys?

          Was it because Uruguay’s goalie was wearing all white?

    • JTH | July 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm |

      Ja, “Eszett” oder “scharfes S.”

      er, uh…

      Yep, “Eszett” or “sharp S.”

      I could certainly be wrong, but I think there’s technically no true uppercase form. So “KIEßLING” on the jersey is somewhat akin to putting “KIEssLING” on there.

  • Jet | July 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm |

    wow, I really like the Mets uniform tweak!!

    Where can we get uniform templates for this latest contest?

    thanks
    -Jet

    • LI Phil | July 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm |

      you can usually find a bunch if you just google it

      failing that, you can use one of these i created

      • Prentice | July 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm |

        Hello all,

        I would like to participate in the uni tweak contest, but I’m not a photoshop guy. Is there a unibuilder software package or website that you guys can recommend?

  • Skott Schoonover | July 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |

    I am currently having a jersey made by Alain and the ClassicOldSchool guys. It is for my fantasy football team (which I sent in as a uni tweak). I am supposed to have it within the next couple weeks. I would love to write a piece on the process (from design to completion) when I get the jersey. From what I hear, I am expecting a top-notch product. I can’t wait to see what the jersey is going to look like, and to share it with people who share the same appreciation for the little ins and outs of a truly great uniform.

  • Mykal94 | July 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm |

    watching the Mets game here. i’m sure somebody has already noticed this but underneath the armpits of the Mets pinstriped jerseys there is a patch of non-pinstriped material. anybody know what it is? cool base uni possibly?

    not a great shot but visible: http://sports.yahoo....

  • LI Phil | July 10, 2010 at 9:30 pm |

    BurghFan said:

    What kind of reaction did Pettitte and Clemens get in NY when they went to Houston?

    well…clemens had retired after 2003 — and didn’t sign until mid-season; im not sure anyone particularly cared

    there was a bit of upset-ness with pettitte, but i think more people were pissed that the boss really didn’t make any effort to sign him…i think he wanted to stay a yankee, although he was “going home” to texas

    but really — it’s new york — they come and they go…usually they come — the yankees get them when they’re in their prime and the mets get them when they’re broken down or otherwise past their prime

    but no one gets worked up when someone leaves new york

  • odessa steps magazin | July 10, 2010 at 9:49 pm |

    Outside of NE Ohio, I presume most of the dislike of Lebron’s action seem to come from the “HOW” and not the “WHAT.”

    Leaving a team without much fanfare and the token “thank you fans” ad in the newspaper is one end of the spectrum.

    Buying time on ESPN to announce your decision as if you were an 18-year old selecting your college seems to be the other.

    When you add in the whole “this has been planned for weeks/months/since 2008 Olympics,” you get a visceral reaction from people.

    BTW, I think the Clemens analogy would probably be when he signed with Toronto, not when he signed with NY or Houston.

    In terms of smaller market, blue collar cities, I wonder what the reaction would have been like if Ripken had left the Orioles in the mid 90s. Ripken idolatry is so strong here that it would have broken many people in Charm City, hun.

    • S. Bennett | July 10, 2010 at 11:31 pm |

      Would have broken them, but they also would agree that a classy guy like Cal deserves a winning organization. Kinda like Ray Bourque and Boston / Colorado.

      And Cal NEVER wold have pulled a “Decision” type hype thingy.

      SB

  • Jim Vilk | July 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm |

    Doug in GA | July 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
    Mr. Vilk,
    I assume you saw that ESPN has retained Mesrs. Tyler and Darke for 2014 in Brazil?
    Smart move by them. Those of us who regularly watch the EPL are used to those voices.
    I don’t know if you noticed or not, but Jim Proudfoot called a match too. And, I think Steve Banyard was heard from as well.

    I heard they were going to use Tyler again, but I didn’t know about Darke. Huzzah! Everyone I heard from did a great job, but Darke is hands down my favorite.

  • Jim Vilk | July 10, 2010 at 10:08 pm |

    By the way, there was a Cavs #23 jersey sighting at Quicken Loans Arena tonight:
    http://srcleveland.w...
    (it’s towards the end of the article)

    Not many reminders of old what’s his name, though.

    That reminds me of the best line from Bill Simmons’ mailbag:
    Jeff from Cleveland: I’ve learned the moral of the story – stay in school. Wade, three years at Marquette. Bosh, one year at Ga. Tech. The kid from Akron, no college. The smartest guy got his two dumber friends to come to his team for less money.

    • Gusto44 | July 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |

      Speaking of Marquette, I never understood why they chose Golden Eagles as a replacement name for Warriors. Don’t want to enter into a discussion of Indian names for sports teams, that’s already be rehashed or this site before. But knowing the Indian connection had to be eliminated, why didn’t the school just adopt a different type of warrior, maybe a soldier, for example? The Golden Eagles name had already been in use with Southern Miss, so it made no sense whatsoever. I read once a proposed substitute name was Gold, but that was killed.

      • Johnny O | July 10, 2010 at 11:32 pm |

        If I am not mistaken, the name was actually changed to the “Gold”. However, it cause such an outrage that they came up with a voting system. The voting was only open to current students, alumni, and donors of Marquette I believe. One stipulation though, you could NOT vote for “Golden Eagles” and a replacement for the “Gold”.

        I agree though. All “Warriors” were not Native American. They could have kept the name but adopted a different “Warrior-themed” mascot.

        Here is an article about these situations about five years ago.
        http://www.nytimes.c...

  • Jim Vilk | July 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm |

    And here’s a sampling of some of the artwork disgruntled Cavs fans are posting:
    http://sphotos.ak.fb...
    http://sphotos.ak.fb...

  • Johnny O | July 10, 2010 at 11:27 pm |

    Happy Cerveceros day!

    http://www.brewcrewb...

    The Pirates joined the party and wore “Piratas” uniforms. Can’t find a good pic of them just yet though.

  • StLMarty | July 11, 2010 at 2:07 am |

    Lebron is stupid.
    Choosing #6 to have his own identity.
    If you don’t know Dr. J and Bill Russell, your stupid.

    • StLMarty | July 11, 2010 at 2:09 am |

      And what are those green dots?

      • StLMarty | July 11, 2010 at 2:09 am |

        Snowquet.

  • Brian | July 11, 2010 at 10:50 am |

    I was the one who ordered “and a high school jersey remake for a customer’s brother.”
    I must say, Classic Old School did a top notch job!!! Alain kept me informed every step of the way, even helped solve a minor problem. The finished product is high quality, and perfectly done. My brother was amazed. If you are wary of the prices, don’t be. These are truly one of a kind, and the reaction you’ll get if you give them as a gift are worth every penny. I will order another in the future and expect the same satisfaction. Thank you again Alain and Classic Old School!!

  • Scuba Owl | July 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm |

    Jody did an awesome job. I think its much better than what they wear currently. The only change I would make to your design is change the black stripes within the truncated stripe. I like that you neatened them up a bit, but you can still have varied black stripes within the truncated stripe. But again, I think they look great.