By Phil Hecken
After the three pack of NBA uniform unveilings on Monday, the LeBron-less Cavaliers of Cleveland introduced their uniform set yesterday. Very nice. Having already slightly tweaked their logo replacing the “vegas” gold with “athletic gold” and making the basketball a more ‘purplish-red,’ (which the Cavs are referring to as “wine” but which I’ll call burgundy) the Cavaliers reflected these color changes in their new uniforms.
The differences are both subtle and dramatic — taking the deeper shade of burgundy for the new jersey, and removing all the side piping and the blue accents — going for a very simple and elegant two-color (burgundy and gold) jersey with five-collar stripes (gold-burgundy-gold-burgundy-gold on the roads, with the opposite sequence on the homes). The numbers on the roads are gold on a burgundy field and burgundy on a white field for the homes. That striping pattern is repeated on the road and home waist band and hems, respectively.
According to the team, the “new expression of wine and gold home and road authentic uniforms … reflect the colors and style elements from the earliest years of the Cavs.” In addition, “On both uniforms, special details make them distinctive. The Cavaliers DNA statement: ‘All for One. One for All.’ is printed along the back of the inner-collar of the crew neck jersey, and the Cavaliers secondary logo ‘C-sword’ appears on both sides of the shorts.”
Indeed, upon closer inspection, “All for One. One for All.” is found inside the collar. Now, I’m pretty sure these uniforms were designed long before “The Decision,” but it’s an interesting coincidence that this now appears where it very easily could have once read “The Cleveland LeBrons.” No doubt every team that doesn’t play it’s home games in Miami will appreciate and applaud the Cavs on this new direction and wish them the best as they move forward.
I’m pretty sheltered, but I don’t live in a cave, yet I’d never heard of a team’s “DNA statement” before yesterday. A slogan or motto, yes — a DNA statement — that’s a new one on me. I love the Dumas line too, it’s almost an “in your face” to the “three amigos” or the “Miami triumvirate” (or whatever they’re calling themselves down in South Florida).
These new uniforms are a very welcome change in an NBA loaded with garish blue uniforms. The throwback portion (the gold-burgundy striping) is tastefully done, and the new font is clean, legible and I love the vertically arched lettering of “Cleveland” and “Cavaliers” (including the large last letters of each). RAL NOB is ok as well.
Fantastic job Cleveland. May you play on the court without the Chosen One as good (well?) as you look in the new uniforms. You can check out the official Cavs unveil here.
Now…what about the Mavs? Did they officially unveil or not? There have been several leaks of their new uniform, which is probably the least well-kept secret in the NBA. But there isn’t really much of a change — the Mavericks appear to simply have swapped the light and dark blue on their road uniforms for 2010-11, and added a new logo to the pants. And, look closely at this picture — there’s actually a new Mavs uni on the player on the far right — #20, Dominique Jones. Briefly yesterday, the Mavericks team store had this jersey for sale (although it had been removed). I’m not sure if it’s back yet. Not much of a change, right? Swapping the light blue for the dark. Meh.
Anyway, the big news yesterday was the Cavs new threads. Gorgeous, right? What say you all — the floor is yours.
Back with some more mid-week tweaks again, and if you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way. Got a few more tweaks in the past week, but there’s plenty of room for some more. Let’s see what we have this week.
Starting off the show is Jody Beamer, who has some looks at the NFL team many of us feel has the worst uniform in the game. These are an improvement, and they don’t necessarily line up with his bullet points, but that’s OK:
1. New Logo: Sans-RedStripe.
2. White Helmet, White Facemask, Solid Red Stripe, New Logo. Very simple considering their current helmet has about 700 stripes.
4. Blue Socks, Solid Red Stripe for Home/Away, Red Socks, Solid Blue Stripe for Alt.
Pictures in no particular order again. Sorry.
— Jody Beamer
Graphic Designer, ACS Manager
The Kentucky Kernel
Next up we have Matt Cunningham, who brings an interesting look to the St. Louis Cardinals:
The Cardinals are one of the few teams that do not wear their city name on their road jersey. I decided to find out. I threw in a few details of my own in with it.
The birds on the bat are from two different generations. The one on the left is from the previous “birds on the bat” design while the one on the right is of the current design. I also combined to alternate logos from the past to create a nifty retro sleeve patch to go along with the jersey. It didn’t work well on the hat, plus I do not think that the StL should never be messed with (I could do without their current Sunday home game hats). I also included a home jersey with the city name just for fun.
Thanks for the time,
In the three spot today is Scott Owen, who has something old, something new, something borrowed and something orange for the Houston Astros:
I made six Astros customer Uniforms that are uni tweaks. I thought I would share.
My inspiration came from the old Astros colors. Why switch colors, ever? The only part of the newer era Uni’s I like is the Astros logo in the state of Texas. That is how I came up with them.
Business Sales Manager
Thanks to everyone for submitting their tweaks.
by Brinke Guthrie
• An absolutely great 60’s NFL advertising poster.
• Help kick off NFL season #41 as the Giants visit the Niners @ Kezar Stadium.
• Patriots FAIL; blue facemask on this gym bag.
• Do you..Wahoo?
• I don’t have the heart to tell this seller his 1969 NFL American Revolution Bicentennial patch is actually for 1976.
• Great look for the Minnesota Twins here. Love how the white gets all pointy at the top.
• Remember the early 80’s Sports Illustrated posters? Jack Ham does.
• I’m used to the new NHL masks. Now when I see an old one I think, “slasher movie.”
• I loved these 70’s helmet plaques. Notice how the facemask kinda points downward?
Uni Watch News Ticker Starting off today is Dan Cichalski who found this cool shot of the Mick’s first pair of cleats with both #7 and his initial #6. … Larry Bodnovich shares this amazing set of 1954 Miami Hurricanes “shoulder pattern of squares.” On closer inspection, I believe those are actually
hurricane tropical storm warning flags. Great find, Larry. … Looks like the Browns brown trou are history. Charles Ryals states that according to Tuesday morning’s Plain Dealer, Eric Mangini confirmed after practice that he has retired the teams brown pants look. “It wasnt very well recieved” he said with a laugh. … Caleb Borchers apologizes in advance, “Excuse me if I’ve missed this in the ticker, but I thought that I would send in the latest shenanigans from Stade Francais. The team that in the past has come out with this, this, and this has decided to offer up this this season.” … Who was first? Carl Gaines provides a fun piece researching the use of “Tampa Bay” by Tampa pro sports teams. Turns out it wasn’t started by the Bucs as many local residents believe. Rather it began with a team wearing one of Paul’s favorite unis, the Tampa Bay Rowdies who had their name a few months before the Bucs back in the mid-70s. … They can’t screw up the pants, can they? Kevin Hastings notes Owen Wilson is in a romantic comedy that comes out in December — he plays a Nats relief pitcher. OK… but what’s up with these pants?? Did he get his baseball uni tips from Champ Bailey? That’s some high cuff action. … Gerry Dincher has found some odd “ears” on a golfer. An interesting choice by Penn State’s Hanule Seo, a golfer for the Lady Lions. … More on a possible Penguins patch comes from Zach Tanner who says, “Rumor is that this is the patch the Penguins will be wearing this season for the new Consol Energy Center. No word on if it will be work on just the home jersey or on the white jersey as well.” … Reader Brad Blunt, the gentleman who first brought to our attention the “out of state college plate” phenomenon, in an attempt to regain “site cred,” has redeemed himself with these absolutely gorgeous photos from the late 1890s through the 1930s at what is now St. Charles H.S. (now called St. Charles East), in west suburban Chicago. Says Brad, “The details in the photographs are amazing, and I am so excited to see the different kinds of protective equipment they used. Primitive shoulder pads and helmets, and are those nose guards around their necks?” More can be seen here. Also from Brad, a gallery of hideous marching band unis. … Big news for you Nike Combat fans: “The Nike Pro Combat System of Dress uniforms the schools will wear are engineered to provide superior protection and durability, while utilizing advanced fabrics and tooling that reduce weight. Nike worked diligently with each university to bring relevant elements of the school’s rich heritage into the futuristic elite fit uniform designs. The collaborations with the universities produced the highly customized uniforms that will be revealed just days prior to the start of the 2010 college football season.” The dates of the games will be announced at the uniform unveiling Sept. 1 in New York. The 10 schools are Alabama, Boise State, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, TCU, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. … Reader Shusiman found this article on the 8/16 Yankee game: Francisco Cervelli wore David Wright’s glove at third base (also noted by David Vines and Brinke Guthrie). And Dan Cichalski has the answer. … Li’l help? Bill Solich noticed that both Eric Mangini and Mike McCarthy had what looked liked a button shirt Reebok branded shirt instead of a polo shirt. He did not see anything like this available on NFL.com. Is this a new head coach specific look? … In ‘honor’ of the passing of Bobby Thompson, Marty Hick sent in an old design he had for a No Mas T-Shirt Contest. Too soon? … More from Brinke: “Cool shirt” on the Fed. He also thinks the same people who make the Giants bobbleheads make these. “Same typeface on the base,” adds Brinke… Shawn De Haven just wanted to tell us that yesterday the Hanshin Tigers (Central League, Japan) wore black uniforms from their 1948-49 days when they were the Osaka Tigers. … High sock comeback? Ari Roth notes, “mark feinsand (@bloggingbombers) who covers the yankees for the daily news just tweeted this sequence: Okay, for all that have been hounding me to ask Dave Robertson why he has seemingly abandoned the high socks, I have your answer…Robertson said all he has right now are high-top spikes, which he thinks look terrible with the high socks…Once Robertson gets the shipment in of his low cleats – which he expects soon – he’ll be back to his high-sock look. He promises.” … Matt Shevin sends along an extremely lame Tiger jersey given to Regis yesterday by a Detroit radio host sitting in for Kelly Ripa. … UW Prexy Paul Lukas announces new football uniforms for Portland State. And finally, what ticker would be complete without a Japanese Baseball update from Jeremy Brahm? “Here are some shots of the throwbacks for the Central League: Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants, who played the home team white Chunichi Dragons” … RIP Bobby.
There’s a long drive … it’s gonna be … I believe — the Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! — Russ Hodges