By Phil Hecken, with Brinke Guthrie
It’s the Friday before the Friday before the Labor Day weekend — so that means the year’s final tennis major, the U.S. Open, begins this Monday. Since Ek is handling the weekends, that means today I’ll be joined by my doubles partner, Brinke Guthrie, to bring you an Open
uniform fashion preview. So, without further ado, here’s =bg=:
The US Open starts on Monday, and it will be missing the defending men’s champ. Juan Martin Del Potro’s got a bum wrist. Serena Williams won’t be there after allegedly cutting her foot in a restaurant this summer, just after her Wimbledon win. (We won’t see her return to the scene of the crime.)
The Fed and Nadal’s Nike looks are here. (Fed can even make pink look cool.) Women’s top seed Caroline Wozniacki is the only player to wear the custom “Stella McCartney for Adidas” line; Wozzy’s 2010 look is here. Ana’s look is here, but of course she’ll bomb in the first round as usual, so you’ll have more time for Woz. Sharapova’s Nike dress is right here and here (in purple for PL.) Venus is doing something with Ralph Lauren. Melanie Oudin is back with another set of personalized Adidas sneakers, just part of a brand blitz for NYC even though she’s had a sub-par year.
Also: You cannot be serious — a new McEnroe shirt with his most (in)famous quotes. The Polo US Open line is here. Fila’s got a new retro womens line here. Speaking of retro, you can get a lot of it here. (And for the coolest retro look ever, look no further than right here.)
Interesting late developments for the Open. Notice in the Fed shot — the “RF” is on the chest in place of the swoosh, a first. Usually it’s small and embedded in the placket. And, a Nike Tennis “lookbook”.
MLB Jersey Contest, Day 5
Alrighty. Today we look at the fifth and final batch of entries in the “Design-A-Baseball-Jersey Contest” (if you happened to miss Monday’s article, refer back there for the full writeup). This one isn’t quite as many entries as the previous four days, but there’s still plenty of gems to be found.
My sincere thanks to everyone who participated in this, and thanks again to Alain Nana-Sinkham and Classic Old School for providing the winner with a custom made jersey based on his design. Alain informs me he should be able to narrow down his final selections over the weekend, so next week we’ll have the voting!
So, without further ado, lets take a look at the last set of entrants:
Mike Sullivan: Washington Nationals. For this tweak I kept the typeface, but removed all gold. Also, I gave it a new outline and removed the outline from the NOB. Then I created a D.C. sleeve patch. No major changes, but I think it makes for a realistic, cleaner, and more classic look for a team that is beginning to change it’s (losing) culture.
Thad Switzer: San Diego Padres. Back to brown, hot dammit! Super-tweaked 1970’s name script and used early 1980’s colors. Super-duper-tweaked friar logo for patch; instead of ballet dancing with a bat, friar’s straight-up mashing! Drop-shadows and a stirrup sighting…sweeet.
Chris Tatek: Chicago Cubs. I created a redesign of the Chicago Cubs home jersey with influences from 1908 and 1929. I removed the blue pin stripes, used the alternate all blue Cubs logo, and added the player number in front. Blue accent stripes were added. The sleeve patch is the Wrigley Field logo.
Jarae Thurmond: San Diego Padres. this uniform was created out of political correctness in a sense.. I am in the navy and San Diego is the second largest navy base in the US. and when they wear their camouflage uniforms thats ok and all but this is what we wear to work in the navy… i would love to see these show up at petco or better yet i would love to show up at petco in this. the number, name and shoulder logo are all triple layered and stitched
Ben Traxel: Tampa Bay Rays. The Tampa Bay Rays jersey I’m proposing starts with a plain white button down. The Rays across the chest is the same logo currently used but with a slightly brighter color blue. I like the old ray logo, just the fish, on the sleeve and is the same new blue color. The undershirt also the same color. The trim color is a muted yellow as not to compete with the blue. The powder blue is based on the color scheme seen commonly in Florida and is supposed to be a more aqua or blueish green color than powder. It represents the ocean. The sunburst on the R is the setting sun over the water thus combining the old and the new meaning of the team name on the uniform. Clean and simple but with a fresh new design.
Jeremy Walker: Baltimore Orioles. First, I created a new sleeve design. Second, I added Black and Orange outline along the edges. Finally, the NOB and Number changed to black. Kept the original “Orioles” and “Baltimore” scripts. After that I had some fun with a new hat logo and added some classic stirrups. Enjoy!
Dwayne White: Cleveland Indians. My entry is the Cleveland Indians. I always loved these jerseys in the 1970’s and I always thought they personified the franchise without going overboard. No red pants, just simple white. I just would hope that the players would not wear the uniform 2 sizes too big and pajama pants and hide the sox. But you know they will.
Jason Whitt: Cleveland Indians. I have always been a fan of the Indians home uniforms from 1933-1935 which featured a red placket. It was the only time the Tribe used that design. I have attempted to bring it back, but this time as a road version featuring the current block “C” logo.
Ben Wideman: Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto Blue Jays jersey submission. I’m not sure why they dropped this road script from the current uniform, but I like it so I’m bringing it back along with the team logo. Blue is the obvious choice for the Blue Jays, and I threw the red maple leaf on the shoulder to match the current set.
Steve Wojtowicz: New York Mets. I thought the team needed something that finally called the team the Metropolitans. For years the have been referred to as the Metropolitans in the media but never committed it to uniform. I thought the more distinguished name deserved to be commemorated in a throwback style uniform.
Adam Wood: New York Mets. This is my redesign for the New York Mets. The inspiration comes from two places. The first is the 2008 Mets civil rights unis. The second is the original Mr. Met logo. Orange was always something I thought the mets should use more, and I never understood why Mr. Met, uni and hat was different from the teams’.
Patrick Woody: Texas Rangers. For my entry I’m going with the Texas Rangers and the jersey I wish they’d wear. The idea is pretty simple – eliminate the drop shadows and unnecessary white outline on the road grays while reversing the colors of the wordmark to red with blue outline.
Joseph Young: Baltimore Orioles. The orioles have always had uniforms with a script logos. To change that, I used the logo that was their sleeve patch from 1954-1965. I kept the striping from the current uniform because it’s simple. I also love the Baltimore/Maryland flag patch, so I kept that as a sleeve patch.
OK everyone. That’s the last of the Official Design-A-Baseball-Jersey Contest. As before, please give everyone a big round of thanks for participating, and of course, your thoughts on the Day 5 entries.
More props, of course, to Alain and Classic Old School for providing the winner with a custom made jersey. Now, the tough part for Alain — shrinking the 94 entries down into 9. We’ll be back very soon with those, and then we’ll let the voting begin.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Starting the show today is Kurt Esposito who says that according to these articles, Purdue U is looking to redesign the mascot Purdue Pete. … David Vines noticed what appears to be Tim Lincecum wearing striped stirrups on the bench in Wednesday’s game against Cincinnati. Says David, “Maybe he’ll trot them out as a slump buster?” … Ryan Connelly was busy yesterday, sending me the evolution of fast food logos, a Virgin plane livery time-lapse movie, and Steelers camo — yikes. … Southeast High School in Bradenton, Florida has been using Florida State’s arrowhead logo and the phrase “Noles” since as early as 1981, notes Nick Hanson. But now they just got smacked with a C&D order from FSU. Gee — if you’re going to steal FSU’s logo, perhaps making it in UF’s colors isn’t such a genius move (also noted by Mike Edgerley and in this story by Marcusky Scott) … The male/female mascot monster rears its ugly head again: Benji Boyter states “The Charleston RiverDogs, single-A affiliate of the Yankees, have a male and female mascot, Charlie and Chelsea Riverdog. I scoured the net for a decent pic of both with no luck, but you can go to www.riverdogs.com and at the very top of the page see a pic of both.” … Not to be outdone, Chip Powell says “Until this season, the Charlotte Knights, AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, had two mascots, Homer the Dragon and his “wife” Caroline. Caroline apparently only makes special appearances now so the team only has to pay one person to play a mascot at every game, but she is still mentioned from time to time.” … No Blues For The ‘boys in 2010 (thanks to Chris Mycoskie). … Dan Richardson informs us the New Westminster Salmonbellies just won their 3rd consecutive Western Lacrosse Association Championship and are now off to the Canadian Lacrosse Championship In September back in Ontario, where they will chase their 25th Mann Cup. … Brian Shane liked “Nat O’s” plaid BoSox jersey contest submission, he thought it might be fun to mock it up — dude, what’s with the rups? … Oh, joy — good thing Paul’s on vacation — Whitmer High School in Toledo, OH will debut new Nike Oregon-like uniforms Friday night (thanks to Ken Watlington). First player on the left. … Jared B. writes, “I work for a store in San Diego that sells team apparel, we also put name and numbers on all types of jerseys. The Padres have been known to come to use when they need a personalized jersey made. So we made one for Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, who throw out the first pitch yesterday. This time we added a Chargers lightning bolt patch to the right sleeve, but did it in the Padres colors. Jersey came out very cool check out the video (sorry no pics).” … Alan Kreit sent in this ticker submission with the subject “Good Old Plaxico,” Says Alan, “What a guy.” … As part of the regime change in DC it looks like the return of burgundy tops and gold pants, notes Ted Bloss. A classic look for the Skins, and great way to start the season off! (also sent in by Geoff Baker … Dan Cichalski brings us the bad news: The BFBS Cyclones. … D. Bragdon passes along the fact that this blog is honing in on UW territory — but at least he gives us a shout out at the end. … A great PSA comes from Aaron Duncan who notes that Just a reminder that Friday September 3, is National Wear Your College Colors Day. Says Aaron, “The beautiful thing about this holiday is that it also falls on Stirrup Friday, which opens up all sorts of cool fantastic fashion possibilities.” … Thom Dennis explains that the Springfield Falcons have unveiled a 3rd jersey. the throwback is of their days as the Indians. You can see it at ahl.com. … I worked late yesterday and didn’t get to watch any NFL action, but Joshua Briscoe did, and what he found, quite frankly, annoyed the shit out of me. The Colts, who arguably have one of the greatest and most iconic unis in football, are truncating the crap out of their once gorgeous shoulder loops. Damn you to hell, Reebok. … Also from Joshua, Dwight Freeney tore his jersey — or someone did. He’s another Colt who annoys me with how he pinches together his shoulder loops. … More Colts loops observations come from Ryan Perkins, who says, “Check out the difference in spacing on the nameplates or Peyton Manning and Anthony Gonzales’ jerseys. Stripes are way different too. Must be the difference in Peyton’s classic fit/cut/fabric jersey and Gonzales’ new/stretchy one.” … Good find from Tom Mulgrew: He discovered an archive of pitcher photos on the New York Daily News website. Dizzy Dean, Whitey Ford with Satchel Paige, RA Dickey (?!), and more. Great photo of Hank Leiber with Mel Ott before Leiber’s only pitching appearance (he was an all-star outfielder) which would have been 1941. The slideshow is here. Hank Leiber is in photo #26. … A “Patriots update” (?) from Caleb Borchers, who writes, “With the Pats mutual love of old Pat and their updated Elvis, isn’t it only a matter of time before this happens?” … Rob Leavell sends along this beautiful set of pics of the 2010 Youth Olympics, with special emphasis on “Picture 26.” … Chris Ashworth says the Flyers’ jersey may have just been leaked, but everyone knows what it will look like anyway. The NHL2K11 game is out for iPod/Phone and they show the Flyers’ away jersey in one of the screen shots. Here’s a link to his Flickr Page with it. “Nothing new,” he says, “but I guess it’s confirmed now.” … Ben Adams saw the SI “greatest player by number” piece and noticed the very odd helmet on Willie Lanier.
That’s all for today (another shortish one — I must be slipping). Everyone have a fantastic weekend — hopefully, two mammoth posts next week, before I turn it over to Paul — voting on the Design-A-Jersey contest entries and a tutorial on colorization. Then I will sleep for a long, long time.
See ya Monday.
In 1989 or 90, I saw a young Ken Caminiti teach a workshop on hitting. Nice guy, intense guy. And he looked like he’d been carved out of marble. In 1989, I didn’t know that ballplayers took steroids. — Cort M.