By Phil Hecken
Back today with part two of the Seahawks Uniform Contest — if you happened to miss the first part, look here. Yesterday we looked at the first 17 contestants, and today we’ll look at the final 18. Lots to get to, so let’s get started:
18. Brent Hatfield:
Submission: This uniform design was created considering both the modern feel of the uniform style provided by Nike with also the classic colors of the Seahawks. The Green helmet I felt was necessary because no other team in the NFL currently dawns a green helmet and I feel it would flow great with these uni’s. Old school stripes, with modern fit. The perfect blend, the perfect uniform.
19. Hungry Hungry Hipster:
Submission 1: Attached is my entry to the Seattle Seahawks uniform redesign contest. The teal-ish blue from the Seattle city flag was very close to one of the blues the Seahawks already use so I chose that as the jersey color. I made their neon green even brighter but kept their navy blue the same. The design of the jersey mimics the Seattle city flag’s design, with the seal located as a patch on the left shoulder.
Submission 2: Basically this design is the same as the first except that the jersey isn’t just inspired by the Seattle city flag, it IS the Seattle city flag. I had to add more swirls to the right shoulder and fittingly they look like upside-down Nike swooshes. Additionally the swirls give the flag and the jersey a very oceany feel and I think this is appropriate for a team called the *Sea*hawks. The swirls also mirror the tip of the beak of the Seahawk head on the helmet.
20. David Johnson:
21. James MacNeil:
Submission 1; Submission 2: I remember the Seahawks from the Cortez Kennedy days, but always dug their classic look. That being said, I’m ditching the bird and going with the blurring rotors of the SH-60 Helicopter. Tried to keep the design simple and minimal, yet different. I hope you find it interesting.
22. Mako Mameli:
Submission: Let’s start with the helmet. I don’t like the blue helmet the Seahawks are using so I went back to silver helmet, keeping the modern logo only on one side (a la Boise State). I think the logo fits for the purpose due to his length. On the other side of the helmet I put the player’s number. I wanted to keep the 2 shades of blue the Seahawks are using, but I decided to bring out the green. I got rid of the logo on the shoulders and used the compression shirt to show proper striping. Brought back gray pants. All in all, it’s an hybrid between modern and classic.
23. C.K. McKenzie:
Submission 1; Submission 2; Submission 3: Seattle fans don’t need a retro uniform to remind us how bad the ‘hawks were back in the day. Blue on blue has given us success, so why mess with it? However it’s Nike, so I’m sure we’ll see something like my Alternate… and frankly, it wouldn’t hurt the NFL to try something new (As long as it’s only one game a year).
24. Josh Nelson:
Submission 1; Submission 2; Submission 3; Submission 4; Submission 5; Submission 6; Submission 7; Submission 8; Submission 9; Submission 10; and Submission 11: I felt that there needed to be more contrast between the color choice in their existing uniforms and decided to pair black with blue as an actual seahawk has elements of black in its feathers. Furthering that inspiration, the accent color has been adjusted to a brown/copper metallic. Again, looking to the actual bird for inspiration. The bird theme is carried to the wing-style graphic on the sleeves that are worn underneath the jersey. As a nod to past franchise color palettes, I included a silver, but chose to give it an edge by going with a darker, platinum silver for the helmets (matte finish) and road pants.
25. Travis Ness:
Submission 1; Submission 2; Submission 3: I’m attempting to create a hybrid using the best elements from Seahawk uniform history. To me, that is essentially their old color scheme matched with the new logo. Here, I’ve returned the logo wraparound to the sleeve as well as stripes to the socks. Tried to keep it simple: no stripes or piping on the pants, etc. Also toned down the neon green and tried to use it sparingly, as a little of it goes a long way. I also did an alternate version with a darker blue with a brighter green, similar to their current scheme but with silver helmet/pants.
26. Shaun Ploenzke:
Submission 1; Submission 2: I am in the minority, but I actually like the neon green that Seattle has been using and would like to see more of it (but not as an alternate). In my redesign I kept the current color scheme (while slightly changing the shade of green) and returned the seahawks to their grey helmets with blue facemasks. I decided to add a stripe to shoulder/collar to add some color to the jersey and give the Seahawks a unique look. I also changed the logo slightly, adding green and removing one of the blues.
27. John Price:
28. Jeff Provo:
Submission 1: Concept 1 retro inspired, but in kelly green and navy and a flat gray instead of silver, and I gave them a green jersey because *someone* should wear kelly green.
Submission 2: Concept 2 is a re-imagining of their current look with silver helmets, no green at all and the navy relegated to just trim.
Submission 3: Concept 3 is what I’d like to call the Neon Nightmare. View with caution.
…and for the record, I like their current uniforms, minus the all-white combo.
29. Matt Robida:
Submission 1: PRIMARY HOME/ROAD: For the Seahawks, I really wanted to combine eras. To do this, I wanted to return to blue, green and silver, while pairing them up with modern looking uniforms. Silver pants and helmet return, and some modern stripes and sleeves are included. I also included several alternate options.
Submission 2: ALTERNATES: For the Seahawks, I really wanted to combine eras. To do this, I wanted to return to blue, green and silver, while pairing them up with modern looking uniforms. Silver pants and helmet return, and some modern stripes and sleeves are included. I also included several alternate options.
30. Andrew Seagraves:
Submission 1; Submission 2; Submission 3; Submission 4: I have two concept styles for you: First has three equal stripes on the shoulder with the silver a light slate grey (hex: 778899). I have adorned them in White, Slate Grey, Dark Slate Blue, and Neon Green. I kept the pants consistent with light slate grey their color.
Submission 5; Submission 6; Submission 7; Submission 8; Submission 9: Second has a “divebombing” Seahawk on both side of the helmet. I have two Seahawks coming in toward the chest for a modern/artistic look. I also used a Modern Gothic font for the numbers and adorned the team in White, Dark Slate Blue, Neon Green and Powder Blue with Slate Blue pants. One fun style I did was an ode to the grunge era: plaid jersey, khaki pants with a black belt, black socks to give a faux “Doc Merten” look with white stockings and white undershirt.
31. Corey Snyder:
Submission: Using neon green and shadowed feathers on two-tone blue creates a classic look with “surprise” details. The silver pants and helmet were brought back from the original uniform. Piping throughout creates definition lines and and “armor plated” look. Helmet is silver printed so you only see the feathers in light.
32. Rich Stromwall:
Submission: I think minimalism – except on socks — is key.
33. Michael Sullivan:
Submission: Here is my Seahawks redesign.
34. David VanCleve:
Submission 1; Submission 2; Submission 3: I sent in this submission to Uni Watch before and I still really like it. I basically reverted to the Seahawks old uniforms but kept the current shade of blue and for the alternate switched to a more standard green. I feel this uniform is a proud representation of both the Largent and Hasselbeck era in Seattle.
35. Pat West:
Submission: I’m from Washington state and I can tell you now that getting rid of the neon green would be silly because the fans in Seattle love it. I added silver helmets and pants. Got rid of all navy. Brightened up the blue. I added a little more neon green trim. I also created a modern looking sleeve stripe out of the Seahawk logo which I recolored to remove the navy.
And that’s the end of the second set of contestants. Great job by all. Now, there’s Tim E. O’Brien with his observations:
Day two and the hits keep coming.
A few trends from day two:
The ’90s colors, again, were out in force.
Someone designed a fantastic Detroit Lions uniform.
One of the few logo changes took inspiration from a helicopter blade. I wouldn’t’a thought’a that…
Another day filled with some great concepts and ideas. I can’t wait to get to the fan voting and see how this all shakes out. Again I’d like to thank all the submitters for their fabulous work, I hope they had as much fun coming up with these as I had looking at ’em.
Thanks, Tim. OK, readers — once again it’s time to support your favorites in the comments and help me decide the final parameters for the contest voting. Based on yesterday’s comments, I’m leaning towards having a crack panel select five uniforms from each day, and next week putting those ten to a vote. The top two vote getters will have a run-off to determine an overall winner. Now, should there be one finalist from the first five and one from the second? Or should the top 2 vote getters of the final ten (regardless of which day they appeared) constitute the final two? Or…do you guys think there is a better way? Let’s have your thoughts below.
New NCAA Rundown
In what will now be a regular Sunday feature during the NCAA season, my man Terry Duroncelet is here to give us the uni machinations and assorted athletic aesthetics for Week III of the college football season. Here’s Terry:
• In Thursday’s game against LSU, Mississippi State had the Nick Bell memorial patch on their jerseys from last year, and although there’s no photo (I wish I was smart enough to take one while the game was on), the 36-yard hashmarks were painted black in memory of Nick Bell (he wore jersey #36 at Miss. State during his time).
• On Friday, Boise State wore a new uniform combination: their white Nike Pro Combat jerseys with standard blue helmets (not to be confused with their Nike ProCom blue helmets) *Also note the asymmetrical TV number on the left sleeve* and new orange pants with no graphics other than the team name “Broncos” going down the leg. Kinda reminds you of that other Broncos team from a long time ago… Upon further examination on that Pro Combat jersey top, I noticed that the shoulder fabric on the Boise State ProCom jersey has a ribbed texture to it. Looks pretty cool (I think Paul would agree).
• Iowa State was rumored to go with this Storm Trooper look, complete with this white helmet prototype, but they had second thoughts on the helmet and went with the normal cardinal lid, but with white pants. Good look, IMO.
• Although it’s hard to see in these photos, UCLA added their “Ucla” logo to the back of their Bruin Blue jerseys to match last year’s “new” road jersey. Found that out in Yesterday’s game against Texas
• No picture, but one of the Notre Dame players was wearing a pair of Nike Volt ripoff Adidas cleats.
• Maryland went with the Darth Vader costumes against West Virginia, and the picture matches the outcome for Maryland quite nicely. Also, WVU’s Geno Smith was wearing an “I <3 boobies!" bracelet. For those who don’t observe high school/college fashion, look here at the Zumiez website.
• Although Clemson wore mono-orange Yesterday, Auburn was seeing red as their 17-game win streak was snapped.
• Tennessee broke out the orange pants against Florida.
• Looks like Boston College went back to last year’s helmet stripe for the second time in three games in their game against Duke. Looks like they also wore white pants with their cardinal?/crimson? jerseys.
• Arizona State went full Storm Trooper against Illinois.
• Virginia Tech not only went full Storm Trooper against Arkansas State, but also had the throwback logo on the white lids. Plus, this seems to be our first look at Arkansas State’s black jersey tops, and one of the Red Wolves players had a jersey that was too small and/or a chestplate that was too far out and left him lookin’ a little like Madonna.
• After watching the Kentucky vs. Louisville game, I discovered something: look at this shot of the mono-blue (although it was from their game against Central Michigan). The pant stripe goes up-and-down the mesh insert on the blue pants, but the stripes on the white pants from their first game against WKU wrap around the back of the knees Pro Combat-style. Kentucky… Y U NO HAVE CONSISTENT PANT STRIPING? ಠ_ಠ
• Minnesota went with maroon helmets, “cheddar” jerseys, and maroon pants.
• Hard to tell, but #55 for South Carolina doesn’t have a player name on the back of his jersey.
• BYU and Utah went color vs. color in Provo Yesterday.
• Georgia Tech’s previous home white jerseys were mothballed due to legibility issues involving the numbers. They got their new home whites just in time for Yesterday’s game against Kansas. Even though this is a microscopic shot, you can *barely* see a Jayhawk logo where the player name used to be.
• Arizona wore mono-blue against Stanford. First time I’ve seen Arizona with the blue lid in a while (actually, this is the most blue that they’ve worn in a while, period).
Great job on that Terry. Looking forward to your weekly rundowns for the rest of the season!
We have another new set 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 at keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!
And so, lets begin:
We start with Tim Weeks, with a new color scheme for the Bobcats:
As a longtime Saints fan, i always wondered why there is no NBA team sporting the black & gold. The Wizards had a black & gold alternate for a few seasons, but it was hideous. I am not a fan of Charlotte’s Blue & Orange color scheme, so i chose the Bobcats for a black & gold makeover. Thoughts?
Next up is Walter Helfer who is back with some baseball concepts:
Here are a couple of Rockies’ ideas, the very essence of a tweak; not much is changed. But for both jerseys I spiked up the titles to something more readable and “baseball-looking”. Unlike many who post here, I like emphasizing the first and last letters; the result looks like a steel arch bridge. Also, I reduced the number of initials on Colorado’s hat. Admittedly, “C” would have been the logical choice but we already have plenty of “C” teams, and I couldn’t think of a major league squad using an “R”.
All the Best,
That’s it for today. Back next weekend with more. Thanks to all the submitters.
by Rick Pearson
“Well, if the Purple Nurples want to play it that way…”
And, as always, the full-size.
Jim Vilk’s 5 & 1
And now for the part of the post that
I wait up all night for you’ve all been waiting for…
The Vilkman has been on a pretty good roll lately, so that’s gotta change, right? Let’s see what’s in store this week:
Introducing the Terp Tracker! – Ninja Turtles > Ninja Ducks.
Honorable Mention to Boise State/Toledo? — THAT’S how the Broncos (Boise as well as Denver) should look!
4. Syracuse/USC — Phil said I should have done an all-orange list, and I was mighty tempted.
3. Texas/UCLA — The Longhorns’ all-whites are better than Penn State’s…
2. Penn State/Temple — …but the Lions were playing against the best unis in the NCAA.
1. North Texas/Alabama — Wouldn’t want to see it in monochrome, but that’s a fetching shade of green!
And the bad one: Akron/Cincinnati — There’s only one thing worse than the Zips’ record, and you’re looking at it.
Only in a 5 & 1 will you ever see the word “fetching” used on UW. And you could have put 6 games with orange teams in the 5 & 1. And…it’s always good to post a 7:00 video of JC Watts & Company after a 3,000 word entry. Oh well…there’s always next week.
And on that note…we’ll call it a Sunday. Thanks to all the submitters for the Seahawks contest, both yesterday and today, and also to Moono, Ricko and Movi. Well, maybe not Movi.
Make sure you show your support for the Seahawks designers in the comments, and continue to give suggestions for the voting — we’ll be back with that next weekend.
Everyone have a great Sunday and a better week. Peace!
“Damn. I may have to not vote for myself.” — THE Jeff Provo