I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear about it!
I kid, of course — Happy Festivus, everyone!
Got an interesting E-mail from Thomas Fiers, who raised several interesting points during a discussion of NBA uniforms and uniform colors. You can click on the splash photo above for a larger view, and following this post, I’ll run a slideshow of each of his proposals. What are those? Well…see for yourself:
NBA Project 2000
By Thomas Fiers
Hello Uni Watch!
I’m a French Houston Rockets fan (among other interests like Japanese soccer and uniform collecting), and I wanted to share with you a little work I made based on a single question: You know better than me that in their history, nearly all the NBA teams changed their visual identity several times, so I wondered what would be to me the “perfect league composition of colors and uniforms”? Meaning, if the teams had to get an identity they would never change again, what would I want them to look like. So I made a summary.
It’s not about design, those uniforms don’t have any. They just have parts for a secondary color (collar and cuffs), and most of the time a piping for the third color. So it’s just about the team colors, the number of uniforms, the script they should show, and what colors they should have. Also, to keep it simple, I limited the team colors to a maximum of three, and drew the uniforms without any anti-aliasing because it is meant to be used by everybody to make their own “perfect league” and compare. Several questions helped me during the process and were the reflection of what I see as priorities in the choice of colors and uniforms:
• How can each team have a unique color scheme (mainly, how can you distinguish all the potential red & blue teams)?
• Should the teams show their nickname or their city name at home and away? My vision is a bit radical on this one, as I think all the teams should show their nickname at home, and the city name on away games.
• What function should have the alternate jerseys ? A wink to the past, or using one of the team minor colors as a main color?
• Should a team even have an alternate jersey?
• Should a particular jersey have all the team colors on it, or are only two of them just fine?
• Should a team sport its actual colors or the ones it had in the past that are more representative, or a mix of both?
My result shows quite a variety in the main colors used, some of them still underused compared to others but nothing scandalous:
√ White: 30
√ Black: 11
√ Red: 10
√ Blue: 8
√ Navy: 6
√ Yellow: 6
√ Purple: 4
√ Green: 3
√ Light Blue: 3
√ Teal: 2
√ Aqua: 1
√ Orange: 1
√ Redcurrant: 1
√ Grey: 1
Maybe too much black uniforms, but half of them are used as alternate uniforms. The main differences with the actual league are:
• The Bulls’ road jersey is showing “Chicago” again, the Lakers’ purple jersey is showing “Los Angeles”. New York gets a “Knicks” wordmark on the home jersey, New Orleans a “Hornets” wordmark again (while they still can). “Pacers” on Indiana’s home jersey, “Milwaukee” on the Bucks’ road jersey, you get the idea.
• Memphis is getting back its older scheme of black, teal and red. It makes the team stand out.
• Phoenix keeps purple as a main color while leaving space for black again (I know they’re going to ditch the purple to replace it by black and I think it’s sad).
• The Nets get a blue alternate uniform based on their New York Nets days.
• The Rockets get a navy blue alternate. With pinstripes or not, I don’t want to tell. The one they had is my all time favorite (I even customized an authentic one with my name, crazy I know) but the rest of the world hates it. Also, they’re using the yellow color again, with silver.
• The Pistons are getting back their teal uniform as an alternate. Mainly to make the team less boring and create a diversion from their results.
• The Timberwolves and the Mavericks are putting green back on their uniforms.
• The Bobcats get back an orange uniform as an alternate. The only one in the whole league.
• The Heat stops using 27 different uniforms per season.
• The Raptors use purple again. As for the big red Raptor… well that’s another story I think.
• The Sixers include black in their scheme, in memory of their Iverson days, and get an alternate uniform in that same color with a “76ers” wordmark.
• The Warriors get a yellow “The City” uniform again, as an alternative.
• The Hawks stop using that anonymous red & navy scheme they used for two seasons only after they were based in Atlanta, and are mixing it with their more unique red and yellow past identity.
• The Magic swaps the road and alternate jerseys, as the fans seem to like the black one more than the blue one since they started in the NBA with a black road jersey too. With Shaq in it.
• Boston, New York and Washington don’t need alternate jerseys.
• Denver, Cleveland, Washington, Sacramento and Portland already know what’s good for them, nothing to say.
I hope you’ll enjoy that little analysis. Feel free to share it with other uni-fans or to comment it, I’d be more than interested to have your opinion on it. Keep up the good work, I love what you do!
Thanks, Thomas. Very interesting ideas and concepts. Readers?
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.
Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.
And so, lets begin:
First up is Tanner Karp, who has a concept for the Jacksonville team…when they move west:
I created a uni concept for the Jaguars if they end up moving to Los Angeles.
Thanks, Tanner Karp.
Next up is Josh Escobar, with a modern throwback for the G-Men:
Here’s a picture I drew of the 1932 giants uniforms if it was to be worn today. It would love to see uniforms like these. I’m a big fan of throwbacks, no matter how ugly or unusual. I’m also a big fan of this website, I check it almost everyday.
We close today with Kiechel Valentine, with a Roxpos crossover:
I’ve always really liked the Montreal Expos uniforms of the 80’s. Here is a Colorado Rockies version of that design.
Thanks for giving them a look Phil.
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
Because we love the stirrup here at Uni Watch, this section is devoted to those of us who sport the beautiful hose on Fridays — a trend popularized many years ago by Robert P. Marshall, III. For many of us, it’s become a bit of an obsession, but a harmless one — a reflection of our times. Where we once had Friday ties, which has been replaced by Casual Friday — we now have Stirrup Fridays. It’s an endearingly simple concept — no matter where you work (or even if you don’t) — break out a fresh pair of rups to compliment (or clash with) your Friday attire.
Comrade is in holiday mode this week, so this is just going to be a sampling of your ruppage for the week.
Went to a holiday party last night and had to show my cheer through my lower leg styling! Those are Comrade Marshall’s Irish offerings with a pair of smart holiday red sanis to make the look complete!
Here I am in “multi-culti” mode with my Packers stirrups combined with my genuine Austrian knickers, pausing outside the local Packers bar (The Park) in Burbank, California. Even though the Packers haven’t worn striped socks on the field for years (aside from the occasional throw-backs), these stirrups are instantly recognizable by any pro football fan.
Today’s stirrup is the “oops” SF Oaks stirrups Commrade Robert recently got in. Since today is the first day of winter, and the world did not end, I am wearing these Christmas stirrups a little early.
Side note – We’ve been in Islip since Sunday night. I don’t know if it is possable or not to grab a beer. Figuring out my schedule when we are on the island is never easy.
For the Stirrup Friday just before Christmas, I went with the Oaks. You just know that the North Pole Nine wore this style, and looked good doing it. And they work so well for holiday occasions for we folks south of the Arctic Circle, also. Worn over dark socks, the dark green is the perfect stealth-but-festive option for office parties, family gatherings, and even Christmas Eve Mass, or so I am told.
A few notes on the props. The sled also has ties to classic baseball: I pulled it off the bottom of Lake Otsego in Cooperstown as a kid. Really! We added the wood and it has had a place under the tree ever since.
And I admit to staging some “ornaments” received over the years that may be of interest to Uni Watch folks. I will neither confirm nor deny if they actually hang on our tree, or what position of prominence (or how well-hidden) they may be.
And here’s one that Comrade and I had inadvertently forgotten about, but it certainly deserves to be shown:
I wasn’t sure if I should send this to you or Robert directly. This is my youngest brother Jack posing in his Little League uni in our backyard in the summer of 1968.
And, finally — one just for the Holidays, from the movie, “A Christmas Story,” (as interpreted by Pete Woychick), who notes, “It’s a major award”:
And that ends today’s look at Stirrup Friday — all of you who participate, send me your pics and a brief (~50 words) description of their relevance, and I’ll run ’em here on Saturday (and sometimes Sunday too!).
And now a few words from the leader of the Stirrup Nation, Comrade Robert Marshall. Comrade?
Merry Christmas comrades,
The revolution is shut down until December 30th for the holiday, but how could we not show a shot of John’s Christmas look, this weeks winner. I will start giving away stirrups again in the new year, any entries we receive will be run then.
from each according his stirrvp, to each according his strype,
“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.
Now, in the best tradition of the Wise Guys bearing gifts…
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Heading into yesterday’s games, Skipper held a 3-1 vs. 1-3 lead. Shipwreck needed a big day to keep close. Both had picked ECU (getting 6 points) while Shipwreck selected UW (getting 5.5) while Skipper took Boise. Shipwreck got the one game on which they chose different teams, with a cover by Washington. Skipper took a big “Oh-Fer” losing both games, while Shipwreck went 1-1. Lets take a look at the games:
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Things looked good for the ECU Pirates, who looked downright spiffy in their purple/white/white combo, taking on the UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, whose uniforms suffer from a host of maladies, including those awful Russell shoulder treatments (which are actually are sublimated Fleur de Lis’, but you can’t see that unless you’re 2 feet away), pinstripe jersey panels and really awful number fonts. After sprinting out to a 21-point lead, ULL looked unstoppable, but ECU fought back, eventually tying the game. Sadly, the uni gods did not shine their light favorably upon the Pirates, who fell 43-34. With a spread of 6 points, it wasn’t quite enough to cover. Shipwreck: 1-4; Skipper 3-2
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Out in sin city, the uni gods had a very tough call to make: Should they favor a team who goes BFBS over another team who goes BFBS? And, would either team be fool enough to actually wear BFBS in their bowl game? Sadly, yes. Boise State, who have gray and orange tops and bottoms at their disposal, crossed the uni overseers and inexplicably went black/blue/black. It was a close game, with Boise leading most of the way until a late field goal put Washington up with about 2 minutes to play. The Broncos themselves marched back down the field and kicked a field goal of their own — and they would hold on by the final score of 28-26. Now, the Huskies didn’t exactly look great, sporting gold lids, white tops, and purple stripeless pants, socks & shoes, but at least they wore school colors. And while the uni gods did not reward them with a win, they did give them the much more important cover. Shipwreck 2-4; Skipper 3-3.
There you have it kids. Lots of games this week before the big championship week kicking off next Monday. Can either Shipwreck or Skipper even go .500 this bowl season? Stay tuned.
That’s all for this fine Sunday. So, in the spirit of Red Rider and George Bailey…
Now, on to the feats of strength.
“With all the different teams wearing memorials and the such, I wish they would just write ‘GUN CONTROL, GODDAMNIT!’ where the team name should be. Wearing the ‘Sandy Hook’ logo is so reactive, but I guess it makes people feel better.”