By Phil Hecken
And now we’re down to 10. Ten finalists in the Rename/Redesign the Washington Football Club contest. The voters have spoken, and now it’s time for you to pick the best.
Before the final poll, I’ll give you the rundown of the final 10 designs one last time. Take a good look-see, read the description, then cast your vote.
I’ll announce the winner next weekend.
Designs will be listed in order from the most votes to the least. Thanks to all who participated and good luck to the ten finalists.
Ready? Here we go…
Description: The United States of America, with it’s headquarters in Washington D.C., is home to the most lethal ass-kicking machine of a military that human history has ever known. When our nation’s capital is the battleground to the sport most analogous to warfare, it is only fitting that the team that takes the field consist of nothing less than Warriors. Calling upon generation’s of US military aesthetics, as well as years of uniform tradtiion in the Redskins organization, the uniforms worn by the Washington Warriors serve as both an any-given-Sunday tribute to the few and the proud as well as a present day battle armor to bring the outdated “Redskins” into the play of modern warfare. COLORS: deep red, charcoal gray, tan, and gold based on a combination of the current Redskins burgundy and gold and the drab fatigues of combat. LOGO: primary derived from a combination of a capital letter “W”, for both “Washington” and “Warriors”, the District of Columbia’s flag, and the eagle and trident emblem of the Navy Seals, the fiercest of our nation’s real-life warriors
secondary a solitary “W” formed from two parallel stripes and a single star, based on the design of the Bronze Star Medal and intended to be worn as a badge of honor. SHOES: tan. reminiscent of the combat boot style worn by Army in the 2011 Army / Navy game HOME: charcoal jersey & tan pants based on the present combat uniform consisting of tan pants and a dark body armor vest, also reminiscent of the tan pants worn in in the early to mid 1900’s by the Redskins. SHOULDER STRIPES: red -white-red based on the ribbon associated military medals awarded for acts of valor and bravery in combat as well as the double stripe in the District’s flag. HELMET: slightly metalic tan with deep red center stripe bordered by thinner charcoal gray stripes; logo in transparent gray on sides the side logos resemble the subdued color palette used in combat military patches and insignia. ALTERNATE UNIFORMS using a color palette based upon that of the Redskins, yellow is used as an accent / trim color to accompany red over an otherwise entirely charcoal, Seal Team Six style uniform.
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: Here is my proposed Washington Redskins, oops!, Washington Warriors uniforms.
Description: Inspired by the lovable nickname for the offensive line of the ’80’s “The Hogs”, I decided to rebrand the team as the Washington Wild Hogs. I kept the classic burgundy & gold identity that fits Washington football. The uniform is classic with a slightly updated feel yet honors tradition. I stuck with the Patriots’ theme of no white pants and never mixing and matching the two (i.e. unitard look).
Description: I love their colours already, so I stuck with a general refresh to go along with a DC flag/map inspired logo. Used Tim E’s 2-D template.
Description: This re-branding concept is based on Washington Football history and tradition. The warrior here is not a Native American or modern soldior, but the warrior of Washington’s proud football past. The logo uses Sammy Baugh and familiar Washington imagery, to make a connection to the team’s history, without using the Native American theme. The helmet graphics recall the design made memorable by the team’s 1st Super Bowl appearance and fondly remembered coaches – Lombardi and George Allen. The colors and uniform would easily enable fans to identify the Warriors as a Washington team, and help to make the switch to the new name.
Descripton: I created this because I thought it looks sweet!
Description: I decided just to base my design of of the name that got the most votes, rather than create a new name. That being said, I still think that “Washington Federals” was the most fitting choice. I tried to create a uniform that sort of captured what the city represents, and I think I did a pretty god job.The colors came naturally with the name, and so did much of the design. I like the idea of keeping the helmet simple, especially since the jersey is a little busy. It ended up turning out a little Capitals-y, but I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing; I can live with some cross-sport branding, especially in a city like D.C.
Description: Let’s see the Washington Football proposal. As you mentioned in the web, the current Redskins’ colors are sweet and hard to erase from their image. Here I come with some tweaks about this. The team will be renamed to avoid the concerns about the team’s identity, and they’ll be the Washington Stemps. Both the logo (cow skull) and the wordmark are closely related to the far wild west. The name, actually, is an old west slang term which can be translated as legs, which can be related to the speed and explosiveness that you need to play in the NFL. By the way of the logo, I chose it because it fixes with the whole new identity and have some wild connotations, as many of the NFL logos.
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!
And now…the poll. Thanks again to our pollster, James T. Huening for all his assistance with this…
For this, you may only VOTE FOR ONE:
Good luck again to all the finalsts — we’ll have our winner next weekend.
Another Tequila Sunrise
Deep down in the heart of Texas, those Astros continued their throwbacking for their 50th anniversary season. Last night they threw back to what is arguably both the best or worst uniform in the history of ever. Intermittently referred to as the the rainbows or the tequila sunrise (and sometimes worse), the Astros yet again pretty faithfully recreated one of the most garish uniforms in baseball history.
Amazingly, they wore this uniform for twelve seasons, from 1975 through 1986. Unfortunately, I did not see this game, since I was occupied with watching another game involving a team that got its start in professional baseball 50 years ago as well. But the guys on the Creamer board did a pretty good synopsis of the game.
From the game photos I saw, once again, it appeared that lower leg stylings were few and far between. Fortunately, at least Wesley Wright attempted to recreate the look properly (almost, but not quite perfect — click to enlarge):
Good stuff. Now, just go back to the “Shooting Star” for 2013 and all will be right in the American League West…
another new one 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.
Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.
And so, lets begin:
We start off today with David Firestone, who has some concepts for the Seabirds:
Been working with some more of the Seahawks redesigns, just trying some different colors and designs, since the only things I like about them are the basic helmet logo, and number shapes.
David G. Firestone
Next up is John Turney (he of colorization fame), with some Rammage…
The 1995-99 St. Louis Rams with the Navy and Old Gold colors.
Our final concept today comes from Lee Traylor, with a purplish-black bird gone brown-wine(ish)…
My brother has always maintained that the Ravens should replace the purple in their uniform with a dark wine color. Makes some hazy sense with Poe’s alcohol and drug abuse. Anyway, here’s my attempt to conceptualize what they’d look like.
And that’s it for today. Back with more tomorrow.
by Rick Pearson
They didn’t even ask if it had anchovies…
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And that’s going to do it for today. This afternoon, the Cubs & Giants will be throwing back 100 years. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to this one — here’s hoping the unis don’t disappoint.
Nothing else to see here. Nothing at all…
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Oh yeah…just one thing to see here