By Phil Hecken, with Tim E.
As Tim says below, “Football is back!” With the NFL lockout over and camps just beginning, we’ll be having plenty of football news soon enough. One thing you may have missed, or perhaps not, is that Nike is taking over the NFL clothing contract after this year. Many have speculated they’ll go “crazy” and outfit everyone in Oregon-esque
Pro Combat toy soldier combinations. I (along with Paul and others) disagree. I think they’ll pretty much do what the individual teams tell them to do.
And what team (aside from the Bills, who Rbk already got to fix this season) is most in need of an overhaul? That’s right — the first team Nike will get to fix.
I’m joined today by Tim E. O’Brien and we decided we’d whip up a little contest, if you will. It’s not quite your father’s weekend tweaks, but it’s not a full-fledged “contest” with a known prize. But I have something pretty cool in mind. The contest idea? Lets see if we can’t go about remaking the Seahawks uniform before Nike does. And, with that “pro combat” template floating around (Tim links to it below), lets see if we can see how many GOOD looks we can come up with for the Northwest Birds. OK? OK — I’ll let Tim take it from here, and then I’ll be back with my own submission. Here’s Tim:
Football is back.
Let’s look at the Seahawks’ individual uniforms:
HOME — Wow that’s a lot of… um, blue? I guess… The neon piping and the even darker blue (seriously? blue on blue?) on the sleeves does nothing for me. The helmet, pants and socks are fine as far as I’m concerned, but they could be so much better. I just wish they wouldn’t be so monochrome.
ROAD — This isn’t the worst thing in the world either, but the white on white doesn’t work for me with the blue helmet. The obnoxious area-of-color sleeve “stripe” is even more off putting on the roadie and the neon looks even more out of place. What’s really sad is how much better the Seahawks look when they wear their dark pants with the white top, but they almost never go with that combo.
ALTERNATE — If I have to explain what’s wrong with this uniform, I’ll never be able to convince you it’s hideous. But it is. And it needs to burned from the annals of NFL history. And human history. Forever.
Ok, so the home and road unis aren’t that bad, but they could be a whole lot better. And with the Bills moving back to a more traditional look, the Seahawks (in this author’s humble opinion) are inching ever closer to the worst uniforms in the NFL.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
In 2012, Nike will once again make NFL uniforms (in fact, all of them this time) and will certainly redesign at least a few teams. With their former college head coach, a fanbase that has an inordinate affection for neon booger green and their physical proximity to Nike HQ, it would seem likely that the Seahawks are going to start anew from at least a uniform perspective (plus there’s this…).
A while back, few of my Seahawks uniform concepts from my personal site, TimEOBrien.com made the rounds over at some Seahawks fan sites and blogs (this is where I discovered the, “inordinate affection for neon booger green.” You’re the ‘Emerald City’. We get it. Stop.).
HOME — I go with white helmets and keep the Seahawks current colors but echo the logo in the sleeve, pants and sock stripes. I threw in some emerald to assuage the fans but don’t expect to see too much of it.
ROAD — If you wanted an all white roadie, this is how to do it — namely, with a white helmet.
ALTERNATE — No neon. Just the darker blue from the logo, a nice darker alternate that evokes BFBS but stays within the current color scheme.
But still many fans have said that mine were too tame, or too lame. What a shame. So, Phil and I have decided to set up a challenge to all you tweakers out there to come up with some ideas of your own.
First, find a template or use the Frasier Davidson template I used (or, hell, just draw one and scan it), and then come up with your own ideas for the Seahawks.
Even though I stayed with the same logos and colors, feel free to rename, rebrand or recolorize. Go faux-back or throwback. Go modern or classic. Go Pepsi or Coke. No matter what you come up with, Phil and I want to see it.
Please send all your submissions to Phil directly.
You’ve seen mine, now I wanna see yours. Good luck and happy tweaking.
And here’s mine:
What we’d like you to do is to send in your Seahawks concepts to me and describe, in ~50 words or so, your creation. I’ll run the entries at some point down the road. And there will be a nice prize, but I can’t announce what it will be just yet. I’ll set a deadline for the contest of SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 (that’s Labor Day), right when the league where they play for pay will be just about for the 2011 season. Good luck!
Remember, send your submissions to me (Phil) or give me a shout if you have any questions. OK? OK! Happy connecting!
I will occasionally be featuring the uni-tracking that our various readers undertake throughout the season. Today we have Walter Young, who tracks the Amazin’s.
Walter doesn’t provide a description with his submissions, but the attachments are pretty self-explanatory.
Here is the Mets uniform breakdown for the month of July.
And here is the July calendar, which offers a nice breakdown of the Mets daily uniform choices.
If anyone else is doing the tracking thing, please be sure drop me a line and I’ll share your uni tracking with the UW community.
Benchies from the Beginning
By Rick Pearson
For nearly three years, “Benchies” has been appearing most weekends at Uni Watch. While Bench Coach Phil fills in for Paul Monday through Friday during August, we present a retrospective. New strips will continue to appear on weekends. For further background, here’s the “Benchies” backstory and bios on the regular Boys of “Benchies.” This week, more or less, we focus on Ol’ Eddie.
And here is the full-size version.
Uni Watch News Ticker (compiled by John Ekdahl): Looks like Rex Ryan is sportin’ some new ink. He’s such a “player’s coach”, isn’t he? Also, insert your own foot joke here (Paul). … The University of Maryland will be removing player names from their football uniforms and adding “Maryland” instead (Ryan Rearick). [Update: It looks like I misread this. “Maryland” will be more prominently displayed on the front of the jersey, not the back] Maryland, incidentally, was the first collegiate football program to put surnames on the backs of their jerseys. (Andrew Hoenig). … Jonathon Binet noticed that Auburn has added two stars (for their two championships) above the bottom left tag, much like World Cup teams often do. This could just be for the replica jerseys, though. … Matthew Moon stumbled upon this website that has a lot of information on international soccer kits. … Winnipegger John K. Samson weighs in on the new Jets logos (Jeremy Fallis). … If you haven’t seen it yet, the Kansas City Royals have unveiled their 2012 All-Star Game logo (Paul). … Matt Lesser screen grabbed this shot of Michael Oher getting ice cream after a training camp session and he seems to have some interesting award patches on his jersey. Anyone know anything about this?
“The players looked like reasonably skilled players, wearing something that looked like a cross between French prostitute gear and the trussing for a large rump roast. There was a desultory air about the whole thing — the games appear to be played in the same junior high school gym that my 1978 Police Athletic League team called home, with roughly the same number of spectators.” — Cort McMurray