By Phil Hecken
It’s time for the next Uni Watch design-a-uni (and logo) contest. We’ll get to the rules in a second, but if you happened to miss the beginning, it started last weekend. Based on a reader suggestion, and fueled by reader feedback, it was decided the next contest would involve a renaming, and then a redesign of a logo and uniform of two teams: the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins. The first part of the contest involved choosing a new name for the Cleveland baseball and Washington football teams.
The polling was conducted by James T. Huening (who does all my polls), and based on your votes, the top three new names selected for Cleveland were: 1) Spiders; 2) Barons; 3) Municipals. For Washington, the top three names were: 1) Federals; 2) Warriors; 3) Red Hawks.
During the week I received numerous comments for names that weren’t offered as choices, and the voting for the top two in each city was pretty close. This leads me to believe we don’t really have a consensus for new names. In fact, I even had a couple individual suggestions for naming EACH team “Americans” (Washington could play off their “Nationals” baseball team, and Cleveland also works on multiple levels — “American” [league], and “American” [Indian], which could pay homage to our native peoples — but the second one is treading a very slippery slope.) So, here’s what I’m going to do.
Instead of using either “Spiders” for Cleveland or “Federals” for Washington (although feel free to do so), I will allow contestants to choose ANY name for the new name, so long as it makes no reference to American Indians (for example, “Warriors” must make no use of native imagery). Since I’ll have a crack panel of judges, we will eliminate from consideration any name/logo which violates this, so bear that in mind please.
Today’s splash was sent in by Justin Myslinsky, who jumped the gun on the contest a bit, but he did come up with some interesting concepts:
Indians fan here with a couple submissions for the Cleveland “Indians” renaming. I chose Municipals for one just because I love the name and I went with Captains for the other 2 in reference to the lake lifestyle of Clevelanders! Hope you enjoy them. Love the website, keep up the good work.
Justin from TORONTO
Now, those won’t count for the contest (Jason can resubmit them, following the rules as set forth below), but they provide a good idea of what we’re looking for. What are we looking for? Well, three things specifically:
1) Pick A New Name (based on the parameters laid out above)
2) Design a Logo to go with your name
3) Design a FULL UNIFORM (for baseball, this means cap, jersey, pants and socks/stirrups; for football, this means helmet, jersey, pants, socks)
After you’ve done your design, describe your concept in 100 words or less, and why it was chosen. Normally, I set the cutoff at 50 words, but since you’re choosing a name, creating a new logo AND uniform, I’ll allow for more creativity.
You may select ONE new name/logo/uniform for each sport — but you must submit each separately. So, if you want to do a new Cleveland baseball and a new Washington football submission, I will ask that they be sent to me separately and with a different title in the “subject” bar.
OK? OK. It’s that simple.
We’ll set the deadline for submissions for APRIL 15, 2012 (Jackie Robinson day). I’ll begin showing the contestants the weekend after that. We’ll select finalists after all the designs are shown.
I haven’t decided upon prizes for this yet, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something good.
Once you have finished your design (remember, cap/jersey/pants/stirrups PLUS you new logo for baseball & helmet/jersey/pants/socks PLUS your new logo for football), send them to me.
• If your entry is for the Cleveland Baseball Logo/Uniform redesign, E-mail me at: Phil.Hecken@gmail.com (Phil [dot] Hecken [at] gmail [dot] com) and put in the subject line: CLEVELAND BASEBALL CONTEST;
• If your entry is for the Washington Football Logo/Uniform redesign, E-mail me at: Phil.Hecken@gmail.com (Phil [dot] Hecken [at] gmail [dot] com) and put in the subject line: WASHINGTON FOOTBALL CONTEST.
Again, you may submit one design for each sport (or two total).
If you have any questions, post them in the comments below or email me at the same address as listed above. OK? OK!
Good luck to everyone, and happy concepting.
by Rick Pearson
“Nothing like watching lotsa video of private jets and SUVs…”
And of course, the full-size.
We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.
And so, lets begin:
We start with Michael Emody, with new unis for next year’s junior circuit newbies:
I was thinking about the Astro’s wanting to change uni’s for their joining the American League in 2013, so I did kind of a mash-up of previous logo’s and kept the current color scheme, with a bit of orange thrown in.
And shortly thereafter came a second set:
I forgot to add some cap logo’s. And here’s some road versions with “Houston” spelled out.
Next is Bryan Moss with some Tennessee tweaks:
Can you please put the concepts on the website I’ve been looking at your website for about a year and you are awesome so is Paul. Here my concepts are the Titans concepts but with Oilers colors. Thanks Phil.
We close today with James Comfort, who wants to take Brooklyn simple:
Thanks to all the concepters. Back with more next weekend.
MoVi’s NC2A 5 & 1
Everyone’s favorite uni critic, the one and only Mothervilker, loves his college basketball almost more than he loves life itself. While most of us dread the dead time between the end of the football season and the beginning of the baseball season, Jim finds himself in his own, very happy place, enjoying amateur basketball, played the way James Naismith envisioned it in more than century ago. I wonder how many of you know that not only did he invent the sport of basketball in 1891, he is often credited with introducing the first football helmet (Naismith, not Vilk). He was also a Canadian. No wonder the Vilkman loveth.
Jim (Vilk, not Naismith) has been kind enough to take time away from watching his most favorite sport (remember, indoor soccer isn’t really a sport) and his favorite tournament to bring us his top five, and one worst (and probably a couple honorable mentions too, I haven’t looked yet) matchups of the NCAA tourney. So, without further ado, here’s Jimmer:
Last night’s games aren’t included, because I need them for the final list. These matchups are from March 18th to the 23rd — sixteen to choose from, but they weren’t all sweet.
5. Lehigh/Xavier — Xavier’s numbers need to be bigger or something.
4. Cincinnati/Florida State — Slim pickin’s this week, plus those neon unis are growing on me.
3. Creighton/North Carolina — Mmmm…aaarrrrgyle…
2. Indiana/Kentucky — Of all the teams I don’t root for, the Hoosiers are by far the best-looking.
1. Ohio/North Carolina — I know why Xavier has an X on the shorts, but why does Ohio?
And the bad one, Ohio/South Florida — The Bulls weren’t bad, but those BFBS Bobcats unis were bad enough for both of them.
No list next week (you’re welcome). Final list will be the following Saturday, and the mega best-of-the-tourney list will be next Sunday (Easter). See you then!
Thanks, Jim…just when I figured I had you pegged for at least one honorable mention, you stick to the script. And how often does one team get both the *best* and *worst* looking game in the same 5 & 1? Like, never, right.
OK — take a well-deserved break and we’ll catch you in two weeks.
‣ Assuming the colorizers (or at least the G&G boys) wish to continue, I plan on making some changes to the format. We’ll run the feature less frequently and the designs will be more prominently displayed. Still working out a kink or two, but I think everyone will be pleased when the next installment runs. Stay Tuned!
‣ My son had a special birthday treat when he visited his grandmother yesterday. Thanks to everyone who wished him a “Happy.” I told him about the adulation and he seemed non-plussed.
‣ We’re getting a little closer to a consensus on Benchies tee shirts. Looks like the initial design will say Bub’s Pub on the front with a small “Benchies” logo on the back. Again, this is all preliminary, but it seemed there was plenty of support for a t-shirt. Stay Tuned on that front too!
‣ OK, everyone. That’s it for today. Best of luck to everyone who plans on participating in the contest. Enjoy the last Sunday in March. The hoops will all be over soon and then the Boys of Summer step on the diamonds up north for some games that count. Everyone have a great week.
“I know Mike’s black and gold adidas aren’t aimed directly at my heart, Ricko. But it sure feels that way.”
— Jason Bernard