By Phil Hecken
A few weeks ago, I ran a post with my buddy, Jim Vilk, (Jim & Tim Tweak MLB), in which Jim, with able assistance from Tim E. O’Brien, attempted a league-wide set of revisions for many major league teams. In the comments which followed, “THE” Jeff Provo expressed his opinion of said set:
Too much build-up for not very much change. I’m disappointed in you Vilk. I was expecting much more than just making the wordmarks 5% smaller and moving an inch to the right to split at a different point. I mean, where’s the mono-orange for Baltimore? Or some tiger striping of some sort on Detroit? Come on man…
The Tribe jerseys do look good though.
As I am wont to say, opinions are like certain body parts, in that everyone has one. Jeff certainly had his. While I didn’t feel he was being unkind or untruthful, I felt THE had laid down a bit of a gauntlet. So I offered him a challenge I knew he couldn’t refuse: Show us what you got.
Here we are, a scant few weeks later, and THE Jeff has taken up the gauntlet — and come back with a tweak for every MLB team.
I like Jeff. Despite our occasional rows in the comments, I believe he means well — like the little brother I never had, I think he sometimes posts certain things just to get a reaction or get under our collective skin. And while I find myself disagreeing with him on most everything, like a blind squirrel, THE occasionally finds that nut of genius in his own thought patterns. What you are about to see, then, will probably be met with a similar reaction to my own. “What Are You Thinking?” But look closely at these — for every seven or 12 bizarre, off-the-wall, never-in-a-bazillion-years-would-any-MLB-team-wear-this uniform concept, he does come up with a gem. Seriously, if MLB would ever consider a couple of the not so crazy concepts, they might actually work. Each uniform will simply be labeled “One” “Two” or “Three” (rather than Home, Road and Alternate) if applicable, because as we all know, in THE Jeff’s world, there should be no “home” or “road” unis, just a requirement that teams don’t *clash*.
We’ll do the American League this weekend, and hit the Senior Circuit next week. THE Jeff is not long on explanations, so if you are left scratching your head, just post a comment — he’ll probably be more than happy to explain…
By Jeff Provo
I don’t want to bore everyone with a big wall of text, but before we get to the concepts, I thought I should explain the basic thought process behind it all. Phil asked me to conceptualize the MLB, so I did. I’m not really much of a baseball fan, so I consider this whole project to be an exercise in design and creativity/insanity. I came up with 2 goals and one rule for myself to follow:
1. Add more color to the league – because white vs gray is boring, and changing one of them to navy doesn’t really help.
2. Make the teams more distinctive from each other, for the same reason
…and the rule:
“No one is untouchable. Change *something* for every team, regardless of whether they actually need it or not.”
I agree with the general idea that a few teams are untouchable in reality, but what fun is tweaking a league if you can’t touch some of the teams?
One last note – I’ve depicted all NOBs as straight, simply because I don’t know of a quick, convenient way to arch them in my graphics program I just did 30 teams in a week, I’m allowed to take shortcuts. If you think a certain team should have an arched NOB, you’re probably right.
Now then, to the uniforms!
(traditionalists may want to skip ahead now)
Yes, there are some darker colors… that’s why they have cool flow jerseys and moisture whicking fabrics. Plus they’re in the shaded dugout for half the game anyway. So, no, you can’t complain about that part.
OK, Jeff. Thanks. Definitely some duds there, as I’m sure you’ll be the first to admit, but I gotta say, there are definitely a couple I do really like. Not a fan of the pullover look on some of those, and on a couple, I think you could have used a pullover but went for a button-down. But I did really like what you did with this, this, and this, and if you lose the off-color placket, this is a winner.
We’ll be back with the National League next week, and those are even wilder and crazier (in some cases), but there are a few real future-classics. Seriously. But that’s all for today.
What say you Uni Watchers? I’m sure you’re just dying to let THE know.
by Rick Pearson
Always good to target a market segment. Even better to actually know something about it…
And, as always, the the original.
We have another nice of tweaks today.
If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Remember, if possible, try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per tweak. You guys have been great a keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!
And so, lets begin:
Up first is Hyatt Werling, with four NFL concepts for us:
My name’s Hiatt Werling, with four more tweaks that follow the theme of changing an NFL team’s color scheme based on something that I can in some way relate to the team or the city. I’d like to made such a tweak for all 32 teams. As a disclaimer, obviously I don’t think any team should ever use any of these, they’re just for fun and to see what I can come up with. Here’s 17-20:
Bills – Canada Set: As we all know, the Bills have been playing games in Toronto, and may move there someday, as I’ve heard, so I wanted to make a uniform set that reflected that but still kept their classic red and blue colors intact.
Jets – Second Team Set: New York is big enough to have two of every team, and it’s kind of an unspoken understanding that the Giants, Yankees, Knicks and Rangers are the primary teams, and the Jets, Mets, Nets (when they move to Brooklyn) and Islanders are the secondary teams. So, to better represent their second banana status, I tweaked the Jets uniforms with the blue from the Islanders, the orange from the Mets and the silver from the Nets.
Broncos – Orange Crush Set: I took the idea of the Broncos “Orange Crush” uniforms one step further and gave them the colors from the actual Orange Crush label. Of all the eyesores I’ve come up with, this one, in terms of the colors, is probably the worst.
Rams – Gateway Set: I know it’s a little cliche to use the Gateway Arch for a St. Louis tweak, but the arch is an impressive symbol with a very nice shape, and so I wanted to try incorporating it into the Rams’ current uniforms.
Next up is newcomer Jason Von Stein, who has a whole set of Bills tweaks:
My name is Jason Von Stein and this is original artwork that I wanted to send you for my ideas for the upcoming Buffalo Bills Uniforms.
I hope you like them.
These are the home uniforms:
These are the road uniforms:
Great sight by the way, if you like these I would like to send more your way.
Attached are jpegs, let me know if you need another file type.
Thanks for looking,
P.S. Go Bengals (Ugh, why did I pick the Bengals)
Next up is another first-timer, Matt Thiede, with a logo tweak for the NFL:
For my first ever tweak, I decided to update the NFL Equipment shield for the move to Nike in 2012. the old shield has been around since 2002 when the Reebok contract started.
I found the template for the nike pro combat shield, and with a little bit of Paint magic, i was able to come up with this.
Hope you enjoy it,
Good stuff fellas. Back with more tweaks tomorrow.
The Mets won 2 in a row at
Citi Field Shea, a first this season. In Thursday’s win, they wore what is being called “The Hybrid” — that is, the black/blue road cap with black sleeves and (if you could see them) black socks. Last season, this was only worn with the snow white uniform.
In last night’s victory, the Mets went full on BFBS. While the wins are welcome in what is thus far an extremely disappointing season, more than a few Mets fans now fear that the Mets will feel the “hybrid” or BFBS will bring them success.
I personally hate both looks. But interestingly, in both the comments on here, and in the excellent Mets Police blog, it seems that even those Mets fans who detest any black prefer the full on black jersey & cap to the “hybrids.”
Now, I am finding out that I may be in the major minority here, but I can’t believe that this is viewed less favorably than this. Seriously? One is a baseball uniform the other is a softball top. Neither is good, but I’m still really shocked that people prefer the black tops to the hybrids.
Yeah, I get that one is more of an alternate while the other is just a clusterfuck. But still, if the Mets have to have a softball top, shouldn’t it at least be blue? They could even have a home one. To my mind, the least amount of black on the uniform, the better.
And it’s not even like the BFBS jersey is aesthetically pleasing. The royal script with white outline and orange dropshadow undoubtedly looked much better on a designer’s computer than it does on the field. Even worse is black cap. There’s too many layers and it gets too muddied to even make out anywhere but up close. I understand why they probably couldn’t actually wear this, but c’mon — how much better does that look?
We knew the wearing of the black accoutrements would never be permanently shelved at home, but two wins in two days wearing the hybrids and the BFBS doesn’t bode well for the “Ditch The Black” movement. And I still say the less black the better — if the Mets have to have an alternate, let them go back to blue.
Oh and, the black the Mets wear — it did NOT come from the Giants. Don’t believe me? See the kicker quote:
They did NOT take black from the Giants. That was (and for some folks still is) a back-door rationalization. Just a coincidence. Total BFBS. — Paul Lukas
One Final Thing — hope all St. Louis & midwest-area Uni Watchers are OK following yesterday’s severe weather & tornados. Give us a shout if you’re OK.