By Phil Hecken
*Drumroll please* Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Or at least, some of you: the “Design-A-Baseball Jersey Contest” winner. The voting in the contest was incredibly close, and that truly speaks to the quality of all the designs. There were a total of 3,721 votes cast, and a single solitary vote separated the first and second place finisher. So, without further ado:
Congratulations Mike (and Brandi) Duncan!
To refresh, here’s one more look at the full submission. And here’s how the Duncans described the jersey:
Our goal was to create a clean and simple retro upgrade for the Mariners. We reinstate the blue/gold color scheme, but use the darker blue they currently feature. The stripes on the sleeves and socks reference the original Pilots uniform. And, of course, the trident is back!
Mike and Brandi Duncan
And now, a few words from Alain Nana-Sinkham, the proprietor of Classic Old School, which will be making the winner’s jersey:
Thanks to the Uni Watch community for so many great designs, and all of the feedback in comments about the jersey concepts. This is not only a passionate community, but a very creative one, too.
And just as we did for the football contest, we’re happy to offer any of the designers a 20% discount on a custom order, for turning their vision unto reality, or any other project for that matter.
I was telling Paul how Uni Watch is the perfect place for Classic Old School to tell its story, and I hope you think of us for any uni-related project you consider in the future. Thanks again!
Indeed, and again, a big thanks to Classic Old School and Alain for making the prize available. Also a big thanks to James Huening for setting up the poll. Here’s James:
What a barnburner! The poll was set to close on Thursday at 2 pm Eastern time. I was checking the results throughout the day and it was neck and neck between the top two finishers all day.
When I checked in after the poll had closed, it was a tie so I opened the poll back up for another hour. When that hour was up, the final tally was 453 votes for Duncan and 452 for Hass. Clearly, these were two worthy designs.
On another note, perhaps a truly “special” consolation prize can go to Robert Marshall, who collected less than 1% of the votes. That’s right, he got 0.91% of the votes (zero-point-nine-one). Maybe he should rethink his “don’t vote for/promote yourself” policy
If my design had made the list of finalists, you can bet that not only would I have voted for myself, I’d have called my friends and neighbors and told them to vote for me. Hell, I’d, have made my kids tell their friends to vote for me, put flyers under windshield wipers in the parking lots at the malls, taken out ads in the local papers, church bulletins, bowling alley scoresheets, whatever.
Congratulations, Mike Duncan. Wear that jersey proudly as you’re cheering on Ichiro and the boys.
And thank you James. Well, there you have it. Although his design was bested by a single vote we still need to recognize the tremendous submission by Mike Hass. Equally excellent.
Finally, my sincere thanks to all who participated and took the time to really showcase some amazing talent. Out of the 94 submissions, I’d say at least a half dozen should be on the major league diamonds today. And many of the designs certainly represented an “out of the box” thinking which seems to be sorely lacking in baseball design currently.
Trackin’ the Ducks
UW #1 Seahawks Fan Michael Princip has been tracking the Oregon Ducks and all of their 2,456 possible uniform combinations this season. He’ll be updating it after each game.
You fine folks will recall last year’s Duck Tracker, with all those cool graphics and extras was a regular feature during the college football season. Well, Mike’s back with his 2010 Duck Tracker, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Here’s the top
dog duck to explain:
Looking forward to the 2010 Oregon Ducks season and all of those wick wick wacky uniform combinations. As far as what’s new, well looks like the much anticipated ‘carbon’ helmets will finally make their debut, albeit an aqua print type application and not actually made of carbon fiber. In any case, hope they end up using the silver ‘O’, as seen in a 2009 presser, and not the other pics I’ve seen with the yellow ‘O’. Also, looking forward to seeing another throwback, and throwback mod hybrid, as seen in week 4 against Cal, and the Civil War game respectively.
I hope to add some new stuff to the Ducktracker this season, switch things up a little and keep it fun. Not sure exactly what I’m going to do yet, however I have a feeling it will involve their helmets. heh heh
Here then, is your 2010 Duck Tracker
Thanks again for bringing us the Duck Tracker. Last evening, after an initial scare, and a bit of lightning, the Ducks kicked the quack out of the Vols (as a 12 point road favorite, no less) down in Rocky Top. The Webfoots didn’t quite do the storm trooper look, but Team Nike did go white over white versus the Creamsickles, and it was a nice looking matchup. Will that game make Jim’s “5 & 1”? See below.
Yesterday we got back on schedule with the Uni Tweaks portion of the weekend posts. We’ve got a bunch built up, so there are three more for today. If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way. OK? OK! Here’s what’s on tap for today.
Starting off the show is Mike Andrews, who has a whole set of Cleveland Indians tweaks:
I’m a big Indians fan and have really liked most aspects of the team’s uniform sets during the Jacobs Field era (silver trim and the sleeveless look excluded). However, there’s always room for improvement and my favorite team seemed an appropriate place to start for my first attempt at tweaking a uniform.
I had a couple of basic principles that really guided the design of this set. I wanted to go for a fauxback look that was at once classic and modern. So I drew a lot of inspiration from previous Cleveland uniform elements without duplicating them directly (hopefully).
HOME – I really like the current cream alt, but I think it would be a tad too bland as an everyday home set. For my home jersey, I kept the current Indians script, but kept it to a one-color outline and treated it like the 1950’s script by removing the flourish/underline. There’s also some historical precedent for the sock with the team having used the two-stripe look a lot in the past. For the hat, I used the look of the current block C alternate cap, but opted for a plain script I on dark navy (which I should mention is the shade of blue I envisioned on the entire set). The one outside element I added is the collar and cuff outline and the pant stripe, all inspired by the Giants’ unis.
ROAD – Most of what I said for the home jersey applies here, but I kept Chief Wahoo as the road cap because I couldn’t really justify using the script I or block C when neither element was found elsewhere on this jersey. I opted to make the red-billed version the away hat to mix things up a bit.
HOME ALTERNATE – For a significant portion of its history, the Cleveland franchise wore a variety of jerseys with a C on the left chest. I thought the perfect alternate fauxback look would be to use the block C from the current home alternate cap on the jersey. After all, the logo has only been around for a couple of and has a very old-school feel to it. Since I flipped the home jersey to cream, making the alternate white seemed natural. It’s topped off with an all-blue Wahoo hat.
ROAD ALTERNATE – When I started the design, I told myself I’d avoid the softball top. But, I have a confession: I LOVE the Indians’ blue jersey (and have since they started wearing it in 1994). So, I updated it to match the rest of the set and kept it in the rotation as the road alternate. As a new touch, I added a script I (outlined in white) cap with a red bill.
HOME ALTERNATE #2 – The Indians now wear their blue top at home on Tuesdays, and once I broke down and made the softball top, I decided to keep that trend alive by piecing it together with the white pants and red-billed I hat for the final look in the set.
Thanks for enduring my long-winded explanations and giving me a venue to show off my work.
Next up is Jon Stepping, with a quick shot at the ‘skins:
Moving along, we have Matt Donnelly, who has some interesting new duds for the Miami Marlins, circa 2012.
The Florida Marlins will cease to exist after the next season. With a new stadium finishing up, they will switch to the city name instead of the state name. So, it seemed like a good idea to modify their uniforms.
I came up with three options, each of which can be extrapolated into a full home/road/alternate set. The unifying characteristic for all three is the Marlin “M” logo that hasn’t been used much by the team. I made this the cap logo.
HOME: I went with an art-deco font for a South Beach-like approach. I also included the cap logo as a stirrup logo.
ROAD: I tried for a more traditional name/number font, but with a script city name.
ALTERNATE: I kept the black look they wore during the 2003 playoff run, and used the logo as the basis for the city name.
Thanks everyone! That will do it for this round of tweaks, concepts and revisions. Keep them coming, and I’ll keep showing them.
5 & 1
Right on cue, Jim Vilk is here to regale us with his top 5 best, and one worst, uniforms for the college football season. In my next to last August post, Jim broke out a quick Division 2 (pffft) list.
But now the real football is being played, so here’s Senor Vilk with today’s 5 & 1:
5. Georgia Southern/Navy: I think more teams should have helmet numbers.
4. Louisiana Tech/Texas A&M: For those of you who don’t like school names on jerseys, today’s list just
isn’t for you.
3. Iowa State/Iowa: The Cyclones don’t look like USC, they look better than USC.
2. Penn State/Alabama I flipped for this classic matchup, too (the score, on the other hand…not so much).
1. Ole Miss/Tulane: Note to Tulane: Keep those white helmets!
Can’t call it the “non-winner,” since Eastern Kentucky didn’t look bad, but a dishonorable mention to Louisville: Not questioning the sentiment behind it, but they took an already bad logo (cardinals don’t have teeth) and made it a real flustercluck with the stars and stripes.
Now…the Worst Uni Matchup of the day: Presbyterian/Clemson: Separately they’re not bad (yeah, even Presby’s Nevada-ish template, which I like), but together…yikes.
I’m disappointed in you Jim. Bama/PSU @ #2? Yeah, it’s only like the greatest uni matchup of the year. And no love for Duck U? Well, I can see that. Jim will be back next weekend where I’ll probably disagree with his top selection once again.
Let’s put a bow on this one boys and girls. Are you ready for some football? I know I am. Here’s hoping for a great first weekend in the league “where they play for pay.”
Couple uni notes: The New York Football Giants will be opening up their new stadium today. So of course that means a new patch. Gosh, I hope they can read it in the “cheap” seats. And a possible uni change — Douggie Keklak tips us wise (scroll down) to a possibility of the Washington team breaking out the
yellow gold pants today. Not sure I place that much creedence in that, but it’ll be a nice surprise if it happens.
Everyone have a great Sunday.
Well, the world’s coming to an end apparently. I agree completely with everything Phil’s said today. — THE Jeff, 11 September, 2010