Paul here. Yes, I’m supposed to be on blogcation, but I’m making a cameo appearance to let you know that I have an ESPN feature running today. It’s about a very cool cornhole tournament organized in Chicago a few weeks ago by our own Robert Marshall. As you can see in the animation above (which shows a certain uniform columnist executing a nifty defensive shot against Chicagoland indie-rock luminary Bob Weston, much to his dismay), I dressed for the occasion.
Special thanks to Steven Pate for the photos and animation. I now return you to Phil’s capable hands for the rest of today’s content.
the Nationals didn’t start life with that curly-cue cap that they still wear, which still doesn’t match their home uniform font, and was instead, made to look like cap worn by the Washington Senators?
That almost happened.
Two days ago, Scott Rogers, who played the role of protagonist in this article, made mention of a prototype cap in the comments:
I’ve seen the gold-beveled W that was designed to match the original unis, and it’s a thing of beauty. A crying shame the team didn’t use it. Plus, the original Senators treatment of the curly W was superior to the slightly modified current version. And here’s where I’ll agree with you completely: I know for a fact that the Nats were forced to drop Radom’s custom-designed new W for a rehash of the Senators W by Bud Selig personally, and this was a result of the man’s lifelong pattern of historical denial. He couldn’t wish away Atlanta to rename his own franchise the Braves, but he could force the 2005 Nats to pretend to be the 1972 Senators.
Now, I thought I remembered hearing something about that ‘beveled’ cap around the time of the new Nationals uniform announcements, but I didn’t think I’d ever seen a mockup. So I asked Scott about it, and if he had any more information, and specifically, any photos or mocks. He didn’t disappoint.
He immediately shot me this E-mail:
I was shown a rendering of the cap by Nats marketing staff back in 2005, when I wrote a popular Nats blog, but this was before the era of Me Owning a Camera Phone, so I have no images of my own. However, at least one prototype was made and photographed, being worn at RFK by a team photographer in 2005. I don’t know who snapped the photo; I grabbed it from the web and blogged about it myself, and buried deep in my archives from my blog I have the image saved without any reference to the original source. Alas! I don’t know if the red version I saw a drawing of was ever prototyped, nor whether these were planned as home/road, if so in what configuration, or whether both drawings were produced to help choose between red and blue.
An independent source of mine at the time in the Commissioner’s office claimed that Bud Selig personally vetoed this cap logo and insisted on reviving the 1971 Senators cap logo, which is what the Nats in fact wear. The story I heard was that Selig made this decision just days before the uniform announcement, causing all involved to scramble (and they were already scrambling!). That source claimed that the bevel W was designed by the same designer as the uniforms – Radom, though my Commish office source didn’t know the name – but I haven’t been able to confirm that detail independently.
Awesome! Thank you Scott…you’re the best!
Is the “beveled ‘W'” any better than the curly-cue? I guess that’s in the eye of the beholder, but it sure makes a LOT more sense to wear that with the original uniforms, as designed by Todd Radom. I wonder how different the originals would have looked had Todd been informed he’d need to work with this logo at the time. Might the Nationals be wearing a home uni that more closely resembles this (only with “Nationals” instead of “Senators”) — like so (mock courtesy of Matt Malinoski).
We can only imagine.
Time for a weekday set of “Uni Tweaks”
Since it’s been a while, and I won’t be back on weekends until September, I thought I’d run a few today. So, if you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Our first tweaker is Marcus Hall, who loves him some O’s. And he’d like to fix them:
Oh my beloved O’s.
I have included tweaks that include stirrups (Which are interchangeable with any of the unis)
The home uni is like the unis of the 90s, with the black trim along the buttons (orange trim for the black alt).
The away uni is “buff” colored — I can’t stand the road gray.
The black alt mixes a little of several of the O’s past and present black alts.
The mockups without stirrups is me playing around with an Orange monochrome and a second Orange Alt.
Next up is Dave Lennon, who would like to bring back a certain beloved caricature for the New England football club:
Bring back Pat Patriot on the helmet with color changes to match the existing uniform color scheme. No more “flying elvis”!
Next up is Tyler Keefe, who has a college football tweak for us:
So using the current template for the Washington Huskies, I simply made a black alternative using the same color scheme as they did for the basketball team. I have also attached the other two uni’s for the upcoming year.
— Tyler Keefe
And finally, we have a soccer tweak from Adam Schechter:
Hi Phil and UW,
Out in the Seattle area, we love our Sounders. (Who else draws 35K+ for MLS games? No one, that’s who.) I love the green and blue kits, but those new third ‘electricity’ yellow kits makes my eyes cry out for mercy. For an improved 3rd kit, I cribbed a white retro template from the ‘net (props to Joel, its original designer who had a pretty solid throwback to begin with) and went to photoshop town on it. It’s an amateur hack job, but you’ll get the idea. Thin green pinstripes on white with blue accent and black sponsor text — simple, elegant, not torturous. Enjoy.
That’s all for the tweaks, concepts and revisions for today. Thanks to everyone who submitted. I’ll probably have at least one more set of these before the month is out, but keep sending them in.
Throwback Thursday…on Steroids
As part of a fan contest, the Friars announced they’d be wearing “vintage team uniforms from the 1970s and ’80s.” Today is another Thursday game, and it is expected they will wear the brown tops.
And just who are the Pad’s playing today? That’s right, the Pittsburgh Pirates, who wore the all black “Bumblebee” combination earlier this year. Now, a brown versus black game might not be the most visually appealing, so perhaps the Bucs will whip out one of their other bumblebee throwbacks.
Any way you slice it…it’s gonna be one hell of a colorful game.
Uni Watch News Ticker: First up today is Jim Taggert who points out “The Winston-Salem Dash clearly lost a bet and had to wear these atrocities (Tuesday) night against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.” … Adam James sends this interesting clip about the origins of the Royals logo. … After my Colts throwback article, in which I somewhat blasély mentioned I couldn’t recall throwbacks being worn during the preseason, Marc Nucup informed me that during the NFL’s 75th season, the San Diego Chargers and Atlanta Falcons played the Hall of Fame Game on 30 July (1994) and both teams wore their throwback uniforms. Here’s a photo from that game that Marc took himself. … After Paul’s great baseball cap article on the mothership, Desi Duncker pointed out this article in the Wall Street Journal “about ‘traditional hats’ (i.e., fedoras, etc.) This actually seems to complement your article, and the message of both articles seems to be that baseball caps have become the headwear de rigueur, and although some men are bringing the traditional hat back, the prevalence of the baseball cap is impossible to ignore.” … Hugh McBride isn’t quite sure if we’ve seen this, but Flip Flop Fly Ball has been posting some really cool pixellated baseball card recreations. … Also from Hugh, “Apparently, it’s “Obscure Baseball Card Day” out here in Internets-ville.” … UW Prexy Paul Lukas notes a small item on this page notes that Titans will be wearing white for their home opener. … Jonathan Burr found a bit of an odd uniform convergence from yesterday’s Washington Post sports blog, The Sports Bog. … My new buddy, Dan Cichalski, just saw this yesterday: A photo essay of Pittsburgh’s soon-to-be-eliminated Civic Arena. The naming rights have expired, so all the Mellon signs have been covered up. … With the Padres having another “Throwback Thursday” today, Tim Stoops would like the Fathers to permanently switch back to this circa 1975 uniform. “Reclaim the uniqueness of the brown/yellow color scheme, while still looking like a real baseball uniform instead of those early 70s, late 70s and early 80s looks,” says Tim. “It’s the best uniform the Padres have ever had. I want them to go back to it so badly. I’m sick and tired of rooting for the San Diego Brewers.” … James C found a link to an article asking if Premiere League teams produce new jerseys too often: Says James, “I wonder if a rule for jersey limits would ever be set up in an American league sport? Certainly not the MLB where softball unis reign supreme.” … The “other” Mike Hersh follows up yesterday’s ticker entry with more on the conformance testing of the new Navy uniforms. … “Nobody cares, I know,” states Jonee Eisen, “but here’s a preview of the Clippers new road jersey. It’s basically their old road blue alternate inverted to red with a new collar style. Apparently the home jerseys will also be tweaked. Yes, there are Clippers fans. I consider myself one.” … Ben Henry wanted to alert us to a special poster he created of the poem “Casey at the Bat” using altered baseball card images. “It sounds weird, I know,” says Ben, “but you have to see it to know what I mean, and by the way, it’s been requested for inclusion in the Baseball Reliquary’s collection. It’s perfect for Uni Watch because not only does it use some of the most iconic baseball cards ever, but it includes many classic baseball uniforms — including a player in a custom Mudville jersey — and alters a few of them to help tell the poem.” … Check out this cool HS helmet, The Buckhorn Bucks from Madison Alabama (with thanks to James Noone). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: An Eagles “fan” was asked to remove his Redskins Donovan McNabb jersey during Eagles practice. Imagine that. … Nice little article on Gophers equipment, sent in by Chris Hodge. … Last Thursday, I posted a picture of Peyton Manning wearing a visor and asked, Is that a wedding band? Mat Orefice sent in this picture yesterday, which confirmed my suspicions. “How many players wear their wedding rings while playing? Sure, it’s probably a no-contact practice, but wouldn’t that be really dangerous?” asks Mat. It also looks like it wasn’t a one-time thing. … Tim Gleason sent in this link with only the subject line “French Rugby.” I guess that’s pretty self-explanatory. … Interesting uni-related article, brought to our attention by Geoff Baker: Redskins unis to be decided by former players? … We’ve seen the new Cav’s court design before, but Marc Sugerman found an article with opinion (and it’s not necessarily good) on the new court. … Matt Schudel found an interesting item on e-Bay: a 1964 University of Nebraska usher’s patch. … Paul Lee noticed the change in Laker replicas: purple numbers on home, gold jerseys. Paul says, “Even though this official tweak (or variation) is only being done on replicas (and not just replicas, ‘youth’ sized replicas, to be exact), my theory they might use it to gauge interest before introducing (or promoting) it to the authentic collection. I mean, if you get used to seeing them everywhere, then it wouldn’t be such a shock. Also, who’s gonna tell a kid, ‘your jersey has the wrong colored numbers on them’? Not if their parents are around!” Also from Paul, Lakers alternate logo on back of home, away and alternate women’s replica jerseys. “Now I’m sure they’re going to not only put a logo on the back of the authentic jersey someday (sooner rather than later), but also use the crappy ‘L’ logo instead of the full Lakers logo.” … What’s in a name? Nick Spehar says he likes to see the name/uni changes but usually with new teams not existing teams…then we had the Bullets. … More from our Fearless Leader: Had an item on this above, but here’s a new take — according to Paul, “best jersey story of the day.” …Laren Richardson, he with the eagle eye, noticed Mike Fontenot got traded from one dugout to the other before last evening’s Giants/Cubs game. He took the Sharpie to his spikes to turn Cubbie blue into Giants black. Looks to me like he needs a little more work. … In case you went to bed early last night, this is the first you’re hearing of K-Rod’s arrest — He fought the father-in-law, and the law won. Jackass. … And finally, I was walking to lunch yesterday when I happened upon the following painting out front of the art store next to the deli. Now, I’m admittedly not real good with math, but even I can tell that aint right.
And wait, here’s one more word from Paul: I’ve had a bunch of “Meats” T-shirts printed up in gray and white. I plan to get some butcher shops and restaurants around town to sell them (they’re already available at the Meat Hook), but I’m also happy to sell them directly to you folks. Sizes: M thru XXL. Price: $13 + $3 shipping for the first shirt and $1.50 shipping for each additional shirt. To order, send the appropriate amount via Amazon Payments (for the payee address, use firstname.lastname@example.org) or send a check to Paul Lukas, 671 DeGraw St., Brooklyn, NY 11217. Inquire about special rates for vegetarians and Yankees fans. Thanks.
That’ll do it for today. I have an event I will be attending tonight, so, unfortunately, there will be no ticker Friday. There will, however, be a brand new column. If you have “breaking” news, please post it in the comments, otherwise, just send your ticker contributions to the usual address and I’ll run them on Monday.
You get fed good food, you get first-class treatment. As an athlete, what more can you ask for? — Tony Gwynn