Before the Super Bowl completely fades from our collective memory, I want to showcase a pair of DIY projects today — one of them Super Bowl-related, and one of them partially Packers-related.
First up is reader Ben Beattie, who did something special for the big game:
My wonderful girlfriend was nice enough to buy me a home-brew kit for my birthday. I recently used it to brew an ESB (extra-special bitter). As I looked at the calendar, I realized it would be done on Super Bowl Sunday, so I decided it was my duty to be a little creative with the labels.
I had 22 bottles, so I uni-fied them with the starting lineups for each team — Green Bay’s offense vs. Pittsburgh’s defense. I used the sleeve stripes from each team to add a little flair to the labels, modified the Super Bowl logo for the reverse side, and put the helmet logos on the caps. All in all it was a great success, aside from the near cat-fight over which female got the Aaron Rodgers bottle.
Since I came up with this idea during the divisional round of the playoffs, I made proofs of labels for each of the remaining teams at that time. The teams with more traditional sleeve stripes looked a lot better than, say, the Falcons, so from then on I started rooting for teams that would result in decent-looking labels. I lucked out with the Packers and Steelers.
Next up is Brian Pettit, who recently DIY’d himself a few T-shirts, including one that’s particularly appropriate in light of how Sunday’s big game turned out:
I decided to test out this technique by making a few shirts for my brother. I came up with three designs:
1. Acme Packers. This was the first one I printed, and it didn’t come out as good as it could have. It actually looks better in the photo than in person. I guess I could call it “distressed” and go with that excuse. I still like the overall design I came up with for the logo.
2. Barrel Man. I couldn’t find a T-shirt in Brewers blue, so I went with a charcoal tee instead. Maybe a little odd, but I like the contrast. After doing the main design, I thought it needed a little more, so I added the sleeve stencils. I like it because it doesn’t say, “Brewers” in big letters across the chest and is a little bit more obscure.
3. Mario. This one was a little tougher to print because of the two-color design. I think it looks striking against the black shirt. I like how it came out.
The downside of this technique is that you have to destroy the stencil, but it makes these shirts special and one-of-a-kind.
Great stuff. My thanks for to Ben and Brian for documenting and sharing their projects.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Super Bowl tidbit that I neglected to mention yesterday: Antwaan Randle El was wearing very short socks (as noted by Make Mameli). … And here’s a surprise: The logos on the end zone pylons were actually patches. At first I thought, “Hmm, that’s new,” but apparently it isn’t. Turns out the pylon logos have taken a variety of forms over the years (big thanks to Ryan Connelly for getting the ball rolling on this one). … “Here are some photos from my cousin’s outdoor hockey game — Lawrence Tech U out of Detroit against the D3 Michigan State hockey team,” writes Jason Taber. “It was played at Clark Park, right in the heart of an old city neighborhood in Detroit, with a view of the Ambassador Bridge. The Zamboni broke so the teams had to shovel the ice every 10 minutes.” … Yesterday I mentioned that the Giants are changing the sleeve patch on their road jersey. What I neglected to mention, however — until Frankie Parish reminded me — is that the old patch is migrating to the orange alt jersey. So basically those two jerseys have swapped patches. … Speaking of MLB sleeve patches, the Tigers are wearing one in spring training to mark their 75th anniversary in Lakeland. … There are soooo many teams wearing pink for breast cancer awareness now, so I stopped listing them all in the Ticker a long time ago — it gets tedious. But I will never get tired of showing examples of pink ice (with thanks to Brian Schulz). … New logo for the National Volleyball League (with thanks to Paul Lee). … Marvel Comics, having already made a joke out of the NHL, is now turning its attention to the NBA (with thanks to Stu Taylor). … Scroll down on this page to see some uni number news for the Cardinals. … With all this talk about anti-concussion football helmets and such, the protesters in Egypt have their own ideas about protective headwear (with thanks to Michael Stinton). … Jeff Katz found a really fun site devoted to Dick Allen. Lots of great old photos and such — recommended. … Oh. My. God. Jake Doyle sent me that, and holy shit do I want it for my wardrobe, like, yesterday. … Also from Jake: You know how the Flames use the franchise’s old Atlanta logo for their alternate captain “A” patches? The old “A” also appears on Thrashers goalie Ondřej Pavelec’s mask. … Jake also sent a photo that I think speaks for itself. That looks like a textbook case of a jersey that looks awful in real life but would look completely awesome on a Uni Watch membership card, incidentally. … Last one from Jake: Check out the crazy insignia style on this old basketball jersey. … Guess what’s turned 135 years old yesterday? Right, the hockey puck. The 135th anniversary of Don Rickles first calling someone a hockey puck comes up next week (with thanks to Michael Koch). … Would you wear Brent Musberger’s signature on the sleeve of your sweater? You would if you’re Brent Musberger (good spot by Ben Teaford, and it’s worth noting that Jon Beckmann submitted almost the exact same screen shot exactly three minutes after Ben did). … Is Tim Thomas wearing a red Reebok logo? Seems odd, no? (As noted by Casey Grapsas.) … New secondary logo for the Winnipeg Goldeyes (with thanks to Bradford How). … New sponsor for FC Barcelona. “I’m not too happy,” says Joe Schmidt. … Jay Bilas had a few things to say about basketball shorts last night (thanks, Phil). … Twins President Dave St. Peter was addressing several uni issues on the Twitter last night. Closest thing to news was the revelation that the team has at least been talking about elevating the throwback to primary status. Personally, I’d love to see that, although I’m dubious (with thanks to Kyle Petersen). … Now there’s one thoroughly awesome college hoops jersey. Mark Prusinski snapped those pics the other day at the Louisville Hall of Fame, which is located in the school’s basketball arena. … Very sloppy lettering job on Nicolas Batum’s NOB (screen shot by Bob Delano). … Reds broadcaster and all-around cheery guy Marty Brennaman was the keynote speaker at Marshall University’s preseason baseball banquet the other night and had the following uni-related analysis of a certain National League team: “The Chicago Cubs won’t be a factor because, no matter how much they add to their club, at the end of the day, they’ve got ‘Cubs’ across the front of their jerseys. That’s the reason why they won’t win.” Might’ve been better if he’d said “on” instead of “across,” but whatever — Brennaman managed to overshadow that sage commentary with a quip that would’ve made Marge Schott proud, as you can see in the third graf of this article. How lovely to hear that his address received “rousing ovations” … Remember that Super Bowl ad where they digitally dressed all sorts of sitcom characters in NFL gear? Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the original and altered versions of those scenes (with thanks to Scott Davis). … I think we’ve covered this before, but what the hey, once more can’t hurt: Check out these shots of Broadway Joe. Looks like he was wearing a practice jersey — no stripes, NNOB. Those shots are from a Jets/Oilers game in 1969. Video available here (major thanks to Paul Wiederecht). …I’ll be visiting my Mom out on Long Island today, so Phil will be minding the store. See you tomorrow.