By Phil Hecken
Last weekend, we looked at the 35 Finalists in the Seahawks uniform redesign contest. Taking into account the reader comments, I assembled a crack panel of divergent uniform aficionados to assist in narrowing down the 35 submissions into 10 finalists, upon which you will all vote today. Those three were Rob Holecko (who runs the great Gridiron Database and who took the time to rank all the finalists in the comments) and Tim E. O’Brien, who assisted me with setting up the contest. Recognizing there was probably enough diversity there, I also selected Jim Vilk, who has some rather odd ideas on what makes a good uniform design, as a counter-balance to Rob, Tim and myself.
We hemmed and hawed, taking into account the reader comments as well as our own preconceived notions and biases. Literally about four hours and almost 300 emails later, we arrived at our final 10. We had unanimous consent on only two of the ten, while the other eight were all very tough decisions — not because they weren’t great, but because there were so many good ones to choose from. Horse trading, threats upon property and life and intimidation were all used to arrive at the final 10. In the end, I think each of us had at least one or two designs for which we argued strenuously that didn’t make the final cut. But hey, this was a pure democracy (ok, actually it was more like picking a pledge class in a fraternity), and we think we have decided upon a very strong 10 candidates. To the 25 who didn’t make it, there were probably one or two of us who DID want your design in there, but with so many good ones from which to choose, obviously, a few of you didn’t make it to the final round. You’re all winners in our book, and we thank you for participating. Now…a few words from the crack panel — of course, perhaps if we’d had some actual crack, the decisions might have been easier…
But first, and in alphabetical order…here are your 10 finalists (in cases where an alternate or multiple alternates were included, we have included both the home and road, plus one alternate):
1. Tom Bierbaum
4. Michael Hass
6. Travis Ness
8. Jeff Provo
9. Matt Robida
10. David VanCleve
OK, now we need to hear from the crack panel, so simply because he got his exit interview to me first, we start with Jim Vilk:
I’d wear these…every one of them. But, to elaborate…
Bierbaum: Always wanted to see the 80s uni in green.
Brookman: Never saw Seattle as a shoulder-stripe team, but this works.
DeFrank: Wonder if they could wear that alt for 16 games…
Hass: A much better shoulder yoke uni than the Titans’.
Hatfield: Simple design + bright colors = great combo.
Ness: I think Efren Herrera would approve, too.
Ploenzke: Contrast, baby…contrast! This has it, and then some.
Provo: Just a gray facemask away from perfection. ;)
Robida: Probably my favorite jerseys of the whole lot.
VanCleve: VanTastic, Mr. VanCleve.
Next, Tim E. O’Brien:
What a process. With all the haggling and bargaining I felt like I was in a real NFL boardroom rather than just being on g-chat. It took a few hours and a few hundred emails but we narrowed all the submissions down to (what we think are) the best 10. I’d just like to thank everyone who submitted stuff one more time and say that more than a few designs were well recieved by us but – for whatever reason – didn’t make the cut. Now for some thoughts:
Bierbaum: I don’t know what I like more, your Seahawks concepts or your Broncos concept
Brookman: Like the colors, love the shoulder stripes
DeFrank: Great redesign of the current set and colors
Hass: Hass to be the best coffee inspired uni I’ve ever seen
Hatfield: That Scope-green makes these unis fresh (and gingivitis free!)
Ness: A nice take on the ’90s unis and colors
Ploenzke: Love the design, especially the jersey
Provo: Very simple but I love THE colors
Robida: A really cool modern take on the ’90s set
VanCleve: Just a really clean, nice set
And finally, Rob Holecko, who missed the part of the exit interview where you say a few words about each finalists. I kid, of course, but Rob was a bit more elaborate:
Well, Tim & Jim have given you a good break-down on the process and on their thoughts of the ten finalists — I agree with what they’ve said so far, and since you already have my initial responses to all the entries last week in the comments, here and here, I’d thought I’d take this space to mention a little bit about two of the entries that didn’t make the cut – we’ll call them my honorable mentions.
I really liked the entry by David Johnson, he mentioned it was inspired by the Vancouver Canucks, eh, but it instantly reminded me of the Portland Breakers of the USFL. Just like how the Bucs’ 1997 redesign introduced colors that the Bandits had used, I wouldn’t mind seeing a little inspiration from the USFL team of the Seahawks’ region. And the white helmet was clearly a departure from many of the entries which seemed to all derive from the Seahawks’ current colors. Not that continuity with the current design is always a bad thing, I just wanted to recognize this entry and the merits of how starting fresh can bring a new perspective to a uniform re-design.
On a final thought, I’d like to talk a little bit about the neon green that Seattle currently uses as a trim color and for a third alt that they wore in 2009. I was initially opposed to many of the entries that featured this color prominently. (Especially one that used it very brightly and made our final cut.) However after discussions with the other members of the crack staff, I came to realize that that color is an integral part of the Seahawks’ color scheme and should definitely be represented in the finals. I would especially like to mention another entry that didn’t make the cut as my second honorable mention, and that is the entry by George Ciervo. This entry really grew on me, the shape of the numbers, the use of the neon green in such a way that wasn’t over-powering, but complementary to the other colors. And I usually don’t like fancy numbers, but as I said this entry grew on me.
Well congratulations to the ten that did make the cut and good luck to all of them in the final voting, and thanks to all those that did enter, all thirty-five entries were special in their own way.
Thank you gentlemen. OK — there you have it. I’ll keep this round of voting open until Friday, September 30, and at that time the top two vote getters will face off in the finals for the chance to win some neat-o prizes. In addition to the Membership and football, Paul has agreed to throw in some swag and my pollster, James Huening also has a nice prize as well. Plus, now that UW has peel-off stickers, I’ll throw in a set of those along with the membership card.
So…now it’s time to vote. Ready? Ready! If for some reason that poll doesn’t show up below, use this link to take you to the voting…
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Big thanks again to all who participated, to Jim, Rob and Tim, and to JTH for creating the poll.
by Rick Pearson
Last time he thought he was on “Dancing With The Stars”…
And the full-size.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Only two submissons this week, and of course, that means it’s one each from George and Gary. So, lets see what they have in store for us:
First up is George Chilvers, who is back with some football for us:
Another panoramic this week – 1914 FA Cup Final at Crystal Palace between Burnley and Liverpool.
A couple of things to note:
1. These days Burnley’s claret and Liverpool’s red would be treated as a colour clash
2. There are quite a few people towards the top middle of the picture who were behind the edge of the stand, and who presumably could see virtually nothing!!
3. Look at the mowing lines running the length of the pitch – how many times must the groundsman had to walk up and down?!
And we conclude with Gary Chanko, who once again found a beauty in yesterday’s Wire Service #35 post:
From today’s There’s No Service Like Wire Service Vol. 35. This is one example of how colorizing creates the past that most fans never saw.
The Chief Wahoo logo was an interesting research item. It wasn’t just all red and I think I represented correctly. The players only were outfitted in uni shirts only, so the belt thing is really odd.
I sure most baseball fans of that era will remember Herb Score and what happened to him. He might have been one the great ones.
That’s it for this week. Thanks (as always) to the G&G boys. Back with more next time!
Oh no, not Ohio
We all know 17-year-olds like shiny things, and apparently, there’s no shortage of young guys who will turn into
a gang of Justin Bieber fangirls getting hand-autographed pairs of skinny jeans off of his ass a bunch of exuberant youths who are simply excited to finally join the BFBS crowd, 20 years too late to receive a new, alternative uniform for a big game. (Thanks to Terry D. for the first “imagery”). They broke out the BFBS last weekend against Marshall, but the video below didn’t begin making the rounds until after the game.
Yes, boys and girls, the venerable Ohio University, who have pretty damn fine uniforms in their own right, joined the BFBS ranks, while another team who got bored and went BFBS is their opponent today. *Sigh* Can’t we please just stop with the black’s sake in college football? There are even rumors that Boise will be donning BFBS today as well.
Just. Stop. Now.
But hey, if it makes the kids happy, why not right? See for yourself how the Ohio kids reacted to the black jersey:
That’s all for today folks. Yes, I realize there were no tweaks today, but I had a week from hell and I apologize, but I just didn’t get to them. They should be back tomorrow however. Lots of interesting college football today, with Ohio going BFBS and possibly Boise as well. It’s all the calm before the storm, when conference play heats up — where the Internets are ablaze with rumors that Nebraska may go BFBS in their inaugural B1G game against Sconnie. Shouldn’t every team just have a BFBS alternate and get it over with? Everyone have a great Saturday, and don’t forget to vote in the Seahawks Uni Poll if you haven’t already. Back tomorrow with all the college action and even more fun. See you then.
“I can equate the Ohio Bobcats football team’s reaction to them getting their black uniforms to a gang of Justin Bieber fangirls getting hand-autographed pairs of skinny jeans off of his ass. Scary… it’s
almost like chum to them.” — Terry Duroncelet