By Phil Hecken, with Comrade Robert Marshall
You have been asking about this one for a while, and now it’s here. Time to hear from Comrade Robert Marshall who, amongst all his other Revolutionary Stirrup Party duties, is here to bring us the results from the “Design A Stirrup” contest. To refresh, the contest began about a month and a half ago, and it’s been worth the wait. I’ll now turn the remainder of this post over to Comrade Marshall:
I have been waiting to hear from Twin City Knitting, and I can now report that the latest order will be shipped to me Monday, which means the Revolutionary Stirrup Party will have some fresh offering next week. This also means that it is time to announce the winner of the design a stirrup contest, so if you don’t like stirrups, whimsical twists, or conceptual art, it’s time to get your scroll on.
The idea of this “contest” was for people to come up with an idea, or theme to conceptualize a stirrup design around, and I was not disappointed with the submissions. Would these designs be perfect for teams to wear on the ball field? heck no, but that wasn’t the point, the point was to have some fun, and see how creative the community could be. As I said, I thought there were some real fun entries, and there will be multiple winners.
The contest came on the heels of the New York Americans 4th of July stirrups, but I still got a number of suggestions for similar designs. Alex Giobbi’s illustration looked to me like something out of schoolhouse rock, no? so i’ll unpack my adjectives, and say I think that his submission is saturated with a boyhood zest for grandiosity.
From there we had a number of very clever entries that would be impossible for TCK to manufacture, but cracked me up none the less. This tag team Mothervilker~Ricko job for the opening of backyard Wiffle ball season, would go great with the wooden Wiffle~sized bats i am in the process of making. Or how about this “Bootheel” Ben Traxel submission that shows the broken and strained chains of the teams of the Big 12.
Scott Gurrola submitted these. Of note: Ice Cream Month shows the proportion of Neapolitan he would prefer in the carton, the red white and blue on the Golf Month stirrup represents tee markers, and the Leap Year has one of the four stripes longer then the others. Then there is my personal favourite, and best of his group, Picnic Month which is representative of ants at a picnic with black ant slashes on the table cloth, HA!
Another gent with multiple submissions was Phillip Wilson, all of whose designs i think are self explanatory. In regards to Phillip’s designs, at one time i was considering making phillip a dual winner, with a person whose deigns i lost somehow(sorry). The designs were similar to this, and the idea was a Winter Solstice concept. I was going to pare it with Phillip’s tequila sunrise for the Summer Solstice, and boom, one warm colour and one cool colour stripey winner combo. Then the Rays went slump busting, and I was reminded of the Rasros(sic) actual sunrise stirrups(both hints on this months orders), so I had to scrap that idea. and yes Dan Bart, i am aware you sent a sunrise in too, but it wasn’t all warm for the solstice idea. [Whomever sent in that Winter Solstice idea, get in touch with me please, I don’t know how I misplaced it.]
James Huening choose to create a Packer~Bear boarder war stirrup, but my apologies to the undecided NFL fans of Beloit, this isn’t the choice. Likewise Kenny Okker’s stirrup might be too specific to University of Oregon Daily Emerald staffers who happen to be uni obsessed, but his has 5 green stripes for the number of days a week it is published on a symbolically pure white background. Pretty clever, and i like the budget image for some reason, but like James, *family feud horn*.
Next up, we have Mike Engle, and while I am not a big fan of McDonald’s and less a fan of Diego Primadona, i think you can see why i love these ideas. And of course, if you know anything about me, you know that I love that they are hand drawn. Mike offered some real nice write ups on these too, but in the interest of space, like all of these submissions, i edited, but i will offer this Gorske link to help you understand his first submission.
Last but not least we have Marty Hick’s croquet wicket submission. As you may or may not know Marty’s Society of Olde Crows (not all players pictured) play croquet on every NFL Sunday in St. Louis, and he imposes über strict uniform standards, and this concept would be their uniform hosiery. I guess you could say this is winner 2A, because i will be working with Marty on this one, so if you think you want one, and don’t want to go à la cate after the fact, let me know you are interested.
Congrats to all of the above Uni Watchers, you win the prize, and receive a stirrup of your choice, so there are thirteen winners, not just one. but now, drum roll please, our contest winner, Douglas Witmer. That pixture is of Doug as a kid, and while I prefer the Redleg’s look in stirrups, i think we can agree, that is a pretty awesome little league uniform slash stirrup combo, it’s no wonder he nailed this contest. Douglas had a few submissions, let’s look at them. First was this coffee cup design, it’s in part a nod to Jamie Moyer’s liberty bell, while also celebrating Leslie Buck. I can’t have it manufactured, but I am an old school black coffee in a paper cup at a diner kind of guy, so points scored. Next up, this Barnett Newman design based on the painting Onement I. Again, impossible to manufacture, but the abstract expressionist reference is scoring points. So Doug is barking up the right tree at this point, but nothing that screams winner~winner chicken dinner, until he came a rockin’ with this. To beguine the beguine, that is fantastic execution of articulating his design, just glorious. It is also a great idea, I know we have plenty of cyclists reading this blog, and this stirrup would reference the jersey worn by the reigning world champion of cycling. Now I would love to make this stirrup as Mr. Witmer drew it, but the implied texture of his illustration is more akin to wool, not necessarily nylon, so we will need to work on solving that togehter. The exact details of this stirrup will be revealed when we ultimately go live with the new orders, but congrats Douglas Witmer, and really everybody, I loved the work.
That’s all from the desk of the revolution for now,
OK…there you have it Uni Watchers. The “Design-A-Stirrup Contest” winner(s). Thanks to all who participated and of course, a huge thanks to Comrade Marshall for his herculean efforts in running this one. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from Robert during August.
And speaking of contests, the Design A Baseball Jersey Contest is still going on, and the deadline is August 1. I have lots of submissions so far, but it’s not too late to get yours in. See the referenced post for official rules, etc.
Is Benchies just a reflection of the great American tableau? Here’s Ricko:
Everyone’s favorite protestors are at it again, offering diverse views on the compelling issues of the day. Nice to know so many Americans are so aware, so concerned, with things critical to our way of life. Is this a great country or what?
Here’s your full color Sunday Benchies.
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.
Up first today is Chris Geis (who posts as “Geeman“), with not so much a tweak…but, well…an interesting concept:
I hooked up with Andy Thoele via UniWatch and he made this helmet a couple of years ago (even though we now know it never existed). I was going to buy it from him, but I never heard from him again. No worries, but it’s a cool helmet.
Next up is Adam Anderson, who has a new look for the Chicago Bulls:
The Bulls alt jerseys have just been god-awful since they introduced them back in the 90’s. They almost kind of look like the knock-off, cheap-o, Wal-Mart version of their Home and Away classic versions!
I always loved the ‘Chicago’ script on the old home jerseys, and thought that reincorporating it on the black alts would be perfect. I’m also a big fan of the striping on the Marquette & DePaul unis, as well as the current Cavs alt (it would definitely make LeBron feel at home with his new team…). So why not experiment with my favorites and see what happens!
Here’s the result — looks all right, and at least it’s better than anything the Bulls have come up with in 15 years…
In the third spot today is James Estrada, who has a wonderful concept for the Miami hoopsters:
I am proposing a name change to the Miami Heat in light of LeBron and Chris Bosh’s defection there. Couldn’t decide between Miami Cheat or Miami Cheese for the more apt name. Here are the “new” unis…
And closing down the show today is Patrick Lange who has three separate tweaks:
With Nebraska moving to the Big Ten I thought it was time for a change for the Badgers.
Maybe if Jay-Z and Prokhorov would have shown LeBron these unis, the King would have chosen to join the Nets.
Finally I have a complete overhaul of the Minnesota Timberwolves, I would like them to readopt the Minneapolis and lose the Timber.
That’s all for today — keep the tweaks coming because I will be running them occasionally during the August weekdays.
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!
Today’s tracker is Mike Vamosi, who has actually appeared before, and he’s a Royals tracker. But he’s updated his spreadsheet now and wanted to show it to us:
Dear Mr. Hecken,
I’ve gone back and redone my Royals uniwatch after seeing another fan set his up in excel they are probably similar to one another but thought I’d still send you the results.
That’s all for today. Keep the updates coming — I’ll be sure to run them during the weekdays in August.
And last, but not least, the Houston Astros did another throwback thingy last evening, turning the clock back to 1989 through 1993; according to Mr. Okkonen, they should have been wearing white cleats, but last night they were outfitted in black ones. I didn’t see the game, but from all the photos on the wire, it looked like everyone wore stirrups. Their opponents, the Cincinnati Reds, did not participate in the throwback festivities, wearing their standard road pajamas.
Other than not wearing proper white cleats, the unis were pretty spot on. Of course, even back then, most guys wore their pants a bit longer than last evening. But as far as the uniforms themselves, they did pretty well.
Unfortunately, when guys who don’t normally wear stirrups are forced to do so, they sometimes wear them backwards (high tops don’t exactly help that look). What was surprising, however, is that Roy Oswalt, who has often gone high socked (although not stirruped), also had his on backwards.
Apparently stirrups are much more of a burden to today’s players than we would have imagined. Reader Brad Wray tipped me wise to this Tweet from Hunter Pence, who had this to say about the hosiery: “These stirrups are so uncomfortable. I can’t believe the old schoolers did it every day.”
The Revolution is not deterred. Respect for the proper hosiery is earned, not given.
OK, folks, that’s all for this fine Sunday. This will be my last weekend post until September, as I’ll be pulling an Ed McMahon and sitting in Johnny’s chair (that’d be Paul) and handling the weekdays in August, and John Ekdahl will be sliding into my weekends. Paul, of course, will be taking a much-deserved vacation to recharge his batteries for the upcoming football season.
There will be content (not as lengthy or involved as the weekends) every day, and there will also be tickers, so keep those ticker submissions going to the usual address. If you have any College Football Uniform News, Paul would like you to send that to him (I’m sure he’ll have more on that this coming week, and I’ll remind you guys periodically during August).
Cheers, and I’ll see you the first Monday in August.
These stirrups are so uncomfortable. I can’t believe the old schoolers did it every day. — Hunter Pence