By Phil Hecken
This fine Saturday we’re down to the third set (of 3) of the Redesign the Washington Football contestants. If you missed Part 1, you can check out the first 11 submissions here, and for Part 2, the second 11 submissions are here. All submissions are in alphabetical order, so today is the final set of
11 12 contestants.
By now, I’m sure you guys are familiar with the groundrules, so a quick recap: 11 (12 today) submissions will be shown on three successive weekend days (Saturday-Sunday last weekend, and today), and following that there will be voting on all the entries. The top 10 from there will move on to the final voting, from which one victor will be crowned. All logos and uniform concepts for the last
11 12 contestants are displayed below, and you can click on each graphic to see a full-size version. Descriptions of each submission will follow.
Ready? Here’s Part 3:
Description: Here’s my entry for the Washington Football Redesign Contest. LOGO, HOME, AWAY. I chose Warriors for a few reasons. It was the second most popular choice in the renaming poll and I liked it because it’s alliterative, a reliable and classic way to go when naming a team. It’s also one of those names that get chosen because it conveys toughness and superiority in general (plus it’s a somewhat logical progression from Redskins to something less offensive.) I didn’t want to change much else about the unis because who doesn’t love the classic burgundy and gold? The only changes I made were to change the logo t an army font W in a gold circle and I added contrasting yokes to the jerseys for a more classic feel.
Description: Here is my proposal for the newly renamed Washington Warriors. As a D.C. resident, I am acutely aware of the passion people have here for the Burgundy and Gold so I thought that subtle changes would be best. I created the logo by combining the old logo, adding a “W” to replace the head, removed the feathers and added the throwback spear (sans feathers). For the uniforms, I copied the format from my favorite team the New York Jets. I am a big fan of the site, have a great day.
Description: I decided to use the Washington Warriors. I like the alliteration and I think it fits in nicely with the Wizards. Detroit has Lions & Tigers (but no Bears, oh my), Washington can have Wizards and Warriors. The team imagery is based around battle axes (a typical weapon for the “Warrior” class in any RPG), and the team colors are Burgundy & Metallic Gold. I kept the uniform relatively traditional so as to not scare away any of Washington’s current fans.
Description: First off, I feel the NFL is greatly lacking in the reptilian department. What better scaled beast to choose than the Dragon? Besides, a lot of fire-hot air gets blown outta that town, so it’s fitting. I kept the colors the same because it’s a classic combo. Two logos are used on the uni: the “DC Dragon” to be used as a breast patch, and a blown-up version of the dragon’s head, which adorns the helmet. The shoulder stripes branch from a single stripe giving an effect of the framework of a dragon wing. Enjoy!
Description: I wanted to do something that would still feel familiar to longtime fans, so I kept the same colors and integrated some design elements that are found in the current team’s identity (the “dirt” on the eagle’s tail feathers is the one I’m most proud of). I chose Federals as the team name, and played around with elements found on the federal “eagle” seal. The helmet logos are slightly different on each side. The eagle is clutching a bundle of arrows on the left, and an olive branch on the right. In the spirit of Washington’s “feather stripe” helmet, the white stripes are formed by the banner the eagle carries, its tails forming a vague “W” on the back. I wanted the fact that the team is from Washington DC (as opposed to the state) to be apparent, so the pants have a DC hip logo, and the numbers use it as a pattern. The main logo (with the exception of “Washington”), number font, and nameplate font are all custom. The main jerseys are pretty traditional, but I just couldn’t resist doing a Seahawk-esque alternate, complete with its very own swooshbag.
Descripton: I created this because I thought it looks sweet!
Description: If Washington has to have a name change and it has to have a government-themed name on top of it, then the Federals are the only choice, even if the team that originally bore the name stunk. It’s basically a re-dress of a Redskin uniform, as well as a preservation of the color palette, with an element or two from the original Federals thrown in.
Description: Attached my entry for the Redskins re-name game. Took inspiration from Michigan’s legacy jerseys and Pat Patriot. Red, white, and blue make sense in our nation’s capitol, but I tried to use a different enough spin on it to make it both stand out and pay homage to the area’s history. Hope you like it!
Description: I wanted to add a submission to this contest, and then I wanted to apologize for having to do it in Paint, but that’s what I have to work with. Anyhow, I went with Hogs because I think it would be cool to have an NFL team named after an offensive line.
Description: The Washington Green Dots were made specifically to make everyone on the team feel good about themselves by getting to wear the elusive “green dot” that only quarterbacks and middle linebackers typically get to wear. Everyone is a winner on the Green Dots!
Description: As the nation’s capitol, I kept going back to government nicknames and thought Federals had some strength. I also wanted to use the district flag, hence the repetition of two stripes and three stars in red. The logos bring in historical concepts – the first flag’s circle of stars and the quill pen, with three feathers for the three branches of government. The color scheme incorporates the red from the program’s history (sort of) and the district flag, but overall highlights a clean, bold appearance.
Description: I really think the USFL Washington Federals had a very underrated logo. You had the bald eagle symbol, the wings making a green W and the negative space making a white F. There’s no way we could use this logo with Philadelphia in the same division. So I tried using a shield logo to get the W in burgundy stripes and getting the F in the white negative space. I’m not happy with these results but I just wanted to show you where I was going. The uniforms would stay the same so it would still look like Washington vs Dallas.
And there you have it — the third and final set of redesigns. Take notes, pick your favorites, talk about them in the comments. Tomorrow, I’ll have a poll and you will be given the opportunity to vote upon every design. You’ll get to “Pick 5” of your favorites, out of the 33 total submissions.
We’ll tally the votes during the week, and next weekend I’ll announce the top 10 vote-getters. Those 10 will then compete against each other (you’ll get one vote in the final) and the top vote getter in that group is the winner. OK? OK — make sure you check back tomorrow to begin voting, and I’ll keep that voting open all week long.
by Rick Pearson
Not even if it’s multiple choice?…
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And now a quick word from Paul:
Today is a another special date on the Uni Watch calendar, because it was 13 years ago today — May 26, 1999 — that the very first Uni Watch column appeared in the Village Voice. I never imagined Uni Watch would prove to be such a durable project — pretty amazing. My thanks to everyone who’s helped out along the way. You’re all aces.
Big congratulations to Paul! Can’t believe it’s been 13 years buddy. I’m sure the concepters are already busy designing your 15 year patch (you will have a patch, right?). Cheers!
And that will do it for this fine Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Make sure to let today’s contestants know what you really think of their designs, and take good notes, because tomorrow we vote! And hey, Ricko — who’s on first?
Everyone enjoy the day and I’ll catch you tomorrow.
“Camo hats … awful. Camo uniforms … beyond awful. This goes for the horrendous ‘flag’ hats as well. The Orioles have been losers for 24 of the last 26 years, all we’ve had is the history and the uniform to fall back on. Now we get the atrocious (and incorrect) O’s hat and this travesty. Thank you MLB and Peter Angelos. No nuance on the interwebs-just anger!” — Aaron Siemsen