By Phil Hecken
OK, kids — now the true moment you’ve been waiting for — the voting on the three finalists in the Cleveland Baseball redesign/relogo contest. After a week of voting, in which almost 8,000 votes were cast, we have narrowed it down to our final three contestants. But before that, I wanted to give you an idea just how close it was. The clear leader, Nate Schimelpfenig topped all the finalists with 1,139 votes, followed by Justin Myslinski (with 970). The vote for the third and final spot was extremely close, but “THE” Jeff Provo eked it out with 844 votes. Our next three contestants had 815, 784 and 763 votes apiece. You can view the totals and percents here. Even those who scored in the bottom half of the fan voting still did very well, which goes to show you what a very strong set of contenders we had. Congrats to the top three, and also to everyone who made it to the semi-finals. But only three can move on, and only one can win.
So, one last time, I’ll give you the top three vote getters (in the order of vote percentage) and then you’ll be asked to cast your final ballot, which will decide the winner of this contest. Here are your top three — the poll follows, with thanks again to James T. Huening (after the jump):
And now, the final poll (VOTE FOR ONE):
Good luck to the finalists. I’ll have the winner to announce next weekend.
by Rick Pearson
Never jump to conclusions…
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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 Brock Lusty, with an idea for a baseball team in the Big Easy:
I have always wondered what it would be like to have a baseball team in New Orleans, so I decided to design a uniform. I only made the HOME version but if I have time to make a road jersey I will send it your way.
Next up is Ryan Miller, with some Broncos ideas:
I designed some new uniforms for my Broncos a few years ago, that I’d like to pass along. I’m not great with computers so I drew my uniforms by hand. The logo I used can be seen clearly here.
It was designed by one of the members of the Broncos message boards named “White Dragon”.
Here is a link to a thread with pictures and brief explanations of my uniforms. Of the two sets I designed, I like the second ones a lot better. The first set didn’t really turn out how I wanted.
Finally today we have Neal Dorfman who has an Astros concept:
Glad to finally be writing to you; long time lurker, first time emailer.
After being pressed by my peers over at the SportsLogos.net design board, I present to you my concept for a new logo and uniform design for the Houston Astros.
I wanted to take the classic look of the original Astros team and bring it into the 21st century. The highlight of the concept is the H/A/star/orbit logo that I can proudly say is one of my best pieces of work yet.
I have a whole portfolio of work over at behance.net/ndwas should anyone be interested. Thanks!
– Neal Dorfman
Thanks to all the concepters. That’s all for today. Back next weekend with more.
Why Phil Mushnick won’t be allowed in the “Rename the Nets” contest…
I realize many of you don’t read the New York Post (with good reason), even if you’re a New Yorker. I don’t either, but on Friday, UW reader and my buddy Ed(die Atari) Westfield, tipped me wise to this article by Phil Mushnick, which appeared in Friday’s Post. The first few grafs of the article talk about he Rangers and Knicks playoff games from the days before, but then segues into the following, at the section subheded “Nets on Jay-Z track.” Here’s what he had to say about the colors of the Brooklyn Nets:
As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?
Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!
Did I just read what I thought I did? Are you fucking kidding me? At least he didn’t use code and suggest renaming them “Thugs.”
Eddie Atari included with his tip this article from The Huff Post, which was apparently the first to react to Mushnick’s racist diatribe. The response from around the globe, and the Twittersphere, predictably was swift and harsh.
After the shitstorm, instead of issuing an apology, Mushnick defended himself against the criticism and said it was Jay-Z who was really racist.
Such obvious, wishful and ignorant mischaracterizations of what I write are common. I don’t call Black men the N-word; I don’t regard young women as bitches and whores; I don’t glorify the use of assault weapons and drugs. Jay-Z, on the other hand…Is he the only NBA owner allowed to call Black men N—ers? Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of Black-American culture and I’M the racist? Some truths, I guess, are just hard to read, let alone think about.
All this because he doesn’t like the new colors chosen for the Nets? But of course, it’s not about the colors, even when it is about the uni/logo colors. And if you don’t “call Black men the N-word; … don’t regard young women as bitches and whores; … don’t glorify the use of assault weapons and drugs,” Mr. Mushnick, then why did you say those things in your Friday column? If you don’t like the colors, just say so, and leave it at that.
Is this 2012 or 1912? The least he could have done is wait until the uniforms are unveiled before going all Archie Bunker on us.
• Last evening, the Royals held what just may have been the coolest promotion ever, the “George Brett Mini Pine Tar Bat Night.” Awesome. And they won the game too, so it was doubly good.
• Reprinted from yesterday’s comments (posted by Douglas King), a very cool infographic. He states:
As part of the Orioles 20 year celebration of Oriole Park at Camden Yards they have posted a collection of all the Homeruns that have landed on Eutaw Street and beyond. They mark where each HR that lands out there hits and now you can see that online. The cool part is that by clicking on each spot you can see the video of the home run. No one has hit the Warehouse in a regular game but Ken Griffey Jr. managed to do so in the 1993 All-Star game.
In addition to it being an awesome feature we get to see some interesting uniforms. Including some throwbacks, and a peek at some of the unis in the league in the 90s, like the first edition of the Mariners’ teal jerseys.
• Hopping on the MoVi bandwagon: If you haven’t noticed, everyone’s favorite uniform critic, Jim Vilk has been on a crusade to get the Marlins to wear their orange caps, which they have not yet done this season. In the comments, he’s been keeping a daily count of the “orange
hats caps held hostage” and last evening was the 27th game in which they’ve sported the black caps (and the seldom-seen gray tops too). He’s on a mission, and has a plea:
If you’re like me, and you think the Marlins need to free the orange caps, SEND THEM AN E-MAIL and tell them.
I’d love to see the orange caps too, even if they must be paired with the black tops — because, if they did wear those with orange sleeves and stirrups, that’s not a completely horrible look.
OK — that’s it for today. Make sure to vote for your favorite Cleveland Baseball team redux. I’ll announce the winner next weekend. Everyone have a great Sunday and a good week.
As dumb as moving the Astros to the AL is, it’s even dumber to force interplague on fans all year long. — Scott Merzbach