Logo A-Go-Go, Volume I

NFL Logos Animated

By Phil Hecken

You fine readers are really in for a special treat today. You will remember back on December 9th, I posted the contents of an E-mail containing an incredibly hi-res Baltimore Colts logo, as crafted by colorizer-extraordinaire Gary Chanko. If you read that section, you’ll note we’d asked for reader feedback as to whether you guys would like Gary to pursue creating more of these beauts. The positive response was overwhelming.

So today, I’m pleased to turn the rest of this over to Gary, who’ll bring you the first of six gorgeous old-school logos, and how he goes about creating them. Here’s Gary with his guide to…

. . .

A Vintage NFL Logo Collection
By Gary Chanko

Several weeks ago Phil posted the vintage Baltimore Colts logo I recreated in a graphic format that allowed resizing without loss of quality. If you ever experienced the horrible “jaggies” when attempting to enlarge a low res jpg format picture, then you know the problem I wanted to fix.

There was sufficient reader interest for additional teams that we decided to complete the entire NFL team set using vector based graphics.

The initial set of logos are completed. Here’s the background story to explain their creation:

. . .

Sources for Vintage NFL Logos

A half century ago there were only fourteen NFL teams. The league was not the multi billion dollar enterprise we know today and the mass merchandizing of NFL licensed team products was still to be formulated. Still, all teams used logos to some degree as a branding mechanism. But the focus, I imagine, was primarily the local fan bases.

I was a kid during the Fifties and actively followed the NFL, but I hardly recall seeing team logos, except those that were sometimes incorporated in the design of football cards. A few, such as the Steelers 1960 logo (included in the set today) I don’t remember ever seeing.

Although these vintage NFL logos may be lost in some of our memories, they are preserved in several online collections, such as the extraordinarily comprehensive Chris Creamer’s Sports Logos, which I relied upon as a primary resource. Some others worth a look include:

Bill’s Sports Maps – a creative and exhaustive compilation of sports enterprises around the globe.

PsPrint Blog – a limited, but excellent set of high quality NFL logos.

The Sports Design Blog – has some interesting charts covering the evolution of NFL team logos.

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit – tons of interesting stuff here, including a few high quality NFL logos. The site also has an incredible collection of vintage AFL game programs.

• For accurate team colors I used the information found at Colorwerx.

. . .

Creating the Logo Graphics

All the logo graphics from the various web resources (at least all the versions I found) are going to be in a bit mapped format, such as jpg. Converting the logos to a vector based graphic solves the scalability issue. Vector illustrations are resolution independent, so entire logo designs, can be resized to larger or smaller sizes without any loss of quality.

There are software applications that will convert a bit mapped to a vector graphic. These probably do a good job if the bit mapped graphic resolution is high and the design isn’t too complicated. Unfortunately many of the vintage logos I found didn’t meet either criterion.

The alternative is to recreate the artwork from scratch, which is the path I took. I’m not a graphic designer, had no application software or experience to create vector based graphics. Luckily there I discovered inexpensive software tools and the learning path wasn’t too steep.

The process is straightforward: find the best quality logo graphic, import into the vector graphics application software, trace to create the new graphic.

Sounds simple and it is, but even the most basic logo still required (for novice me) a few hours to complete. In contrast, the Cowboys logo was a whole different story. Here’s a few screen shots of the Cowboys logo creation so you’ll see what I mean.

I used this graphic as the template. The image resolution is perfect but look at all the detail.

Screen Shot No.1

Each of the individual line segments have to be created and then joined. The screen shot below illustrates a portion of the line segments being drawn for the player’s chin strap.

Screen Shot No.2

I first created the entire logo outline and then filled in all the details. After many hours the last step was simply adding the color fills.

Screen Shot No.3

Screen Shot No.4

. . .

So here’s the first set of completed logos. Along with the individual logo graphic, I also created a corresponding team badge.

. . .

Baltimore Colts LogoBaltimore Colts (1961-78)
[Logo ... Badge]

The bucking colt evolved from the (Real) Colts first logo in the Fifties and was the only other design used before horseshoe became the primary logo.

. . .

Chicago Bears LogoChicago Bears (1954-73)
[Logo ... Badge]

Before the wishbone “C” this logo served as the Bears primary logo for almost twenty years.

. . .

Dallas Cowboys 1960 logoDallas Cowboys (1960-70)
[Logo ... Badge]

This is one of the first logos used by the Cowboys and may have been an alternate to the familiar Lone Star logo. The horse and rider design was modified slightly over the years and sometimes is seen riding in the opposite direction.

. . .

Green Bay Packers LogoGreen Bay Packers (1954-61)
[Logo ... Badge]

Just before the Lombardi era the Packers featured this logo. The passer wears No. 41, worn previously by two Packer QB greats Arnie Herber and Clarke Hinkle.

My version of the logo shows only Green Bay on the Wisconsin silhouette. Although some reference sources indicate the logo also included Milwaukee, I wasn’t able to find a graphic to confirm that.

Creating this logo was a nightmare. All the graphic versions found on the Internet had very poor resolution that lost all detail when enlarged. I looked through several team media guides and game day programs searching for better quality graphics. I found none.

I solved this problem, somewhat, by scanning the logo image from one of my old Ebbets Field Flannels catalog #21. The catalog graphic was barely an inch square, but scanning at a high resolution produced a surprisingly workable image, but still lacking detail.

. . .

Eagles LogoPhiladelphia Eagles (1948-68)
[Logo ... Badge]

This is another logo that proved impossible to find with a decent resolution. I exhausted all the Internet sources and never located a graphic with visible detail. The graphic may not be a totally accurate representation of the original, but close enough. Someday I may find a copy of the original logo artwork to make judgement

The flying eagle served as the primary design for nearly fifty years. Hopefully the next Eagles logo will return to this classic.

. . .

Pittsburgh Steelers LogoPittsburgh Steelers (1960-68)
[Logo ... Badge]

This is one logo I didn’t recognize. I checked the football card issues during this period but the logo apparently wasn’t used.

Like most of the NFL logos from this era, this one is a bit cartoonish. However what’s not to like about a steelworker kicking a football from an I-beam?

The previous Steeler logo (1954-60) also incorporated a steelworker and football. I may have to produce this version in the future.

. . .

There’s still a few more team logos to complete this set. So back to the digital drawing board to work on the next set.

+ + + + +

Tremendous job (as always) with that Gary! Looking forward to Volume II. You can view this batch as a set by clicking here.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

50 Years Ago This Week50 Years Ago…This Weekend

Last year, Rick Pearson took us “back in time” to bring us his look at the featured television college football match-up from 50 years ago. (If you’re not familiar with it, this was the inaugural post of “50 Years Ago” from last year — after that, it became a recurring feature on UW for the remainder of the season). Last year, Rick looked at the 1961 season, and fortunately for us, he “uni tracked” the games from 1962 as well, documenting the game via his “kid cards”. Each week this fall, he’ll do the same, again.

It’s Bowl Season now, so Rick has the Bowls of the Week for us:

~~~

62 Wk 17a Card
Dec. 29, 1962…GATOR BOWL…Florida 17, Penn State 7 on CBS

Wow! A TV bonanza! Three games. In ONE DAY. Jacksonville’s Gator Bowl provided a “mystery” (and this tells you how limited B&W coverage was, and how few close-ups we saw). The announcers told us the Florida helmets had a special “Victory” decal, and my best friend and I watched the whole freakin’ game trying to figure out what it was. I’m not an idiot, and he definitely was no dope (Top 10 in our class, captain of school’s High School Bowl team AND the football team; became a successful radiologist). Anyway, between the two of us we couldn’t figure out it was a Confederate flag. Best we could determine was that maybe it said “WIN”…The unis? Florida wore striped crews and Penn State was, by Penn State standards, flashy as hell….Still wearing royal blue, the Nittany Lions also had a stripe on their pants. Yikes! And for this game added Northwestern striped stirrups under their crew socks…Neither Russ Brown nor Junior Powell went on to pro football.

. . .

62 Wk 17b Card
Dec. 29, 1962…BLUE-GRAY GAME…Blue 10, Gray 6 on NBC

I don’t know why the card says “South”. Probably a screwup I couldn’t correct cuz wrote it in India Ink. A “mono” game: Mono blue vs. Mono gray in Montgomery, Ala…Players’ college helmets were spray-painted to match the unis. Tom Brown either also e-numbered his, or perhaps the number showed through from his Maryland helmet…Brown also was wearing those “Saucony/Adidas/Whatever The Heck They Were” cleats. Raymond Berry of the Colts had worn them for a few years, but dyed the stripes black so they didn’t show…Colorado’s Ken Blair didn’t play pro football…Brown did, as a long-time DB for the Packers.

. . .

62 Wk 17c Card
Dec. 29, 1962…EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME…East 25, West 19 on NBC

The San Francisco Shrine game typically attracted the bigger-name players not involved in Bowl games. Ernie Davis played in this one this year…Paul Flatley of Northwestern went on to a long career as a split end for the Vikings before finishing up with the Falcons…Washington State’s Hugh Campbell played many seasons as a receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, then coached the Edmonton Eskimos to a whole bunch of Grey Cups and later was head coach of the Houston Oilers.

. . .

Thanks Rick! Great job with that as always.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Screen Shot 2012-06-24 at 10.32.36 PM

“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.

. . . . .

They’re rarely seen wearing a suit and tie, though…

12-29-12 d-Here

Click to enlarge

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks Concepts

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 Adam Hill, with a Patriots rework:

pats_concept - Adam Hill

Hi Paul/Phil,

I wanted to share this Patriots concept with you. I love their throwback design and wish they would go back to this look, but I also understand that they put a lot into the “Flying Elvis” logo. Why not combine the two? I think this is a pretty sharp look!

Love the blog!

Congrats on your new hockey team in 3 years!


Adam Hill – Graphic Designer

. . .

Next up is Mike Engle, who put away the crayolas and broke out the sharpies for these Jets concepts:

nyjetsgreen - Mike Engle nyjetswhite - Mike Engle

Hey Phil,

Here’s one for the concepts runway. Equal parts Namath and Gastineau, with dashes of other old-school and modern design flair, and paired with a brand-new helmet logo. I made two helmets — expected it to be a coin flip, but the green one is superior with both jerseys.

Cheers,
MIKE ENGLE

. . .

And we close today with Bryan Molloy, who has a new look for the soon-to-be relocated Islanders:

molloy-islander-uni1 molloy-islander-uni2

molloy-islanderlogo

Paul/Phil

Just read your comments on the Islanders move to Brooklyn, and how you might revisit rooting for them if they changed their name…

As a Islander fan, I am glad they are keeping the name, and while I hope they do not change their colors or uniforms at all (not counting that awful black alternate. They need to kill that thing and fast), I also realize that there is a good chance they do in fact change their uniforms when they make the move to Brooklyn…

So I was messing around with ways to a)make the changes minimal, and b) also have it make note of the new home in Brooklyn.

The one thing in the Isles logo that always seemed extraneous to me was the text… so I dropped that, and then added a star to the Brooklyn area of LI (might not be 100% accurate on placement)… pretty simple, but I like it…. I also tried a variation of the logo using the shield-shape the Nets use (if they want to share some symmetry with their future co-tenant)… I think that could work as well, but it does remind me a little of the OKC Thunder logo. (what with the orange white and blue).

Bryan Molloy

. . .

And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Shipwreck vs. Skipper 12-29
Shipwreck vs. Skipper

When last we left the Shipwreck/Skipper battle, Skipper had edged out to a slight lead over Shipwreck, but a weekful of games awaited. Lets get caught up to speed right quick:

. . .

Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl: The SMU Mustangs started fast and looked great, easily crushing the Fresno State Bulldogs, who somehow ended up wearing Arizona’s pants. Final score: SMU 43 – FSU 10. Shipwreck took the ‘dogs, while Skipper had the ‘stangs. Shipwreck 2-5; Skipper: 4-3

. . .

Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl: Faced with having Skipper run away with things, Shipwreck needed a run. And, boy, did he go on a run with this game, which pitted the CMU Chippewas vs. the WKU Hilltoppers — Shipwreck had the mono-maroon-clad Chips, who had new costumes featuring some godawful shoulder pattern, while the Hilltoppers offended the uni gods by ruining an otherwise beautiful uni by going gray. Ugh. Color vs. color is fine — maroon vs gray is not. The gods were not impressed. CMU (getting 5) didn’t even need the points winning outright, 24-21. Shipwreck 3-5; Skipper 4-4

. . .

Military Bowl: Back in the hunt, Shipwreck took the SJSU Spartans, decked out in blue and gold, while Skipper had picked the Bowling Green Falcons, who came out in mono orange, with a red/white/blue helmet logo, clearly offending the uni gods. Neither team looked good, but in the lesser of two evils, SJSU prevailed 29-20. With the Falcons getting seven, it wasn’t enough. Advantage Shipwreck. Shipwreck 4-5; Skipper 4-5

. . .

Belk Bowl: All knotted up, and with losing records both, this game would unbreak the tie — Shipwreck went with Cincy Bearcats, who’d get a brand new topper for the game, while Skipper chose the Duke Blue Devils, who surprised by actually wearing blue, and went with a blue hat and looked great. The uni gods were initially impressed, with Duke bolting out to a big lead. It wouldn’t last, although the game was tied in the fourth. A late TD & pick-six sealed it for the ‘cats, who ended up turning a push into a “W” (the spread was 7), breaking the hearts of bettors everywhere. Shipwreck 5-5; Skipper 4-6

. . .

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: Both Shipwreck and Skipper had picked classically-clad UCLA versus Baylor, who sported their matte green domes and went white/white — making for a very good-looking matchup, even if the Bruin’s classic uni trumped the Bears‘. Clearly, the uni gods must have had some bad corn, since they saw fit to favor the Bears, who crushed UCLA, 49-26 (and it wasn’t even that close). The spread was “even” so both Shipwreck and Skipper went down. Shipwreck 5-6; Skipper 4-7.

. . .

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl: Both Shipwreck and Skipper took the Ohio Bobcats in their matchup against the ULM Warhawks, and the game — like the uniforms — was no contest. Ohio (as a 7.5 point dog, no less) crushed the ‘hawks 45-14. Ohio went green matte/white/green while the Warhawks sported a white/maroon/white (with gold side piping) combo that was pretty wretched looking, but all things considered the game itself wasn’t too bad to look at. Especially since the ‘hawks mostly saw the backs of the Ohio players running away. Skipper needed to stop the bloodletting and got it. Shipwreck 6-6; Skipper 5-7

. . .

Russell Athletic Bowl: In a game that had all kinds of potential for uni-mischief, Va Tech stormed out wearing another special hat, which featured a turkey on the side and a special ribbon (closeup here and here) with the massacre total of 58 (for the Va Tech & SHES shootings). Skipper took a gamble that Rutgers wouldn’t look like garbage, and the gamble paid off, as they went silver/white/white, opposing the Hokies’ maroon/maroon/white. For 3 quarters, it was all Rutgers, but the Hokies staged a comeback to tie the game at 10, which was the score at the end of regulation. Va Tech would kick a FG in OT to win 13-10, while Rutgers went Norwood. With a 2.5 point spread, Shipwreck (VT) eked past Skipper, who fell to 2 games back against the ‘wreck. Shipwreck 7-6; Skipper 5-8

. . .

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Unlike the fairly boring Russell bowl, the Car Care Bowl featured the not-so-Golden Gophers and somewhat-Red Raiders in an offensive shoot-out from the get-go. Both teams looked aight, but the Red Raiders played dumb in the second half, and were held scoreless by the Gophers until almost the final minute, when they tied the game and won it (34-31) on a last second field goal following a pick. Both Skipper & Shipwreck had the Gophers (getting a whopping 12 points), so it was a cover for both. Shipwreck 8-6; Skipper 6-8

. . .

There you have it kids. FIVE (count ‘em) bowls today (Bell Helicopter Armed Forces, New Era Pinstripe, Kraft Fight Hunger, Valero Alamo and Buffalo Wild Wings), but Shipwreck & Skipper have picked four games the same, so no matter what happens, he’ll keep his lead over Skipper going into the big bowls this week. Can Skipper catch Shipwreck? Can either Shipwreck or Skipper even go .500 this bowl season? Stay tuned.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

That’s all for today, folks — big thanks again to Gary for those logos, and of course, Ricko for Benchies and “Fifty Years Ago.” Great stuff everyone. Back tomorrow with the bowl wraps, and the AFC by TJ. See you then.

. . .

“If you want to argue that using Native American Imagery is not right, then fine, if you want to call it racist (mind you its a laughing Native American) then I have a bone to pick with you.”
–Douglas King

 

100 comments to Logo A-Go-Go, Volume I

  • The Jeff | December 29, 2012 at 7:52 am |

    Nice Jets logo, Mike. I’m not quite sure what’s going on with your jersey near the collar, but other than that…

    • Mike Engle | December 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm |

      The Jeff: You know how the old-school Chargers had a lightning bolt over the shoulder? I tried to do something similar, using the “jet tail” in the stripe motif. Probably would have looked sharper with colored pencils instead of magic markers.
      (This is a duplicate comment. The first one was from my phone, but this is from my computer, where I can “respond” directly.)
      Thanks for your interest!

  • MRB | December 29, 2012 at 7:53 am |

    OK the updating rate of the old school NFL logos… is synced up with the update rate of the No Mas ad right next to me. Highly seizure inducing.

    Anyways, Bryan Malloy’s uni concept is excellent. There is no chance the Islanders actually do something as good on their own and so I hope he approaches the team with his concept, or builds public support for it, or something. It’s probably (IMO) the best uni-tweak/concept ever posted on this blog (which, by the way, would make for a great contest)

  • Chris | December 29, 2012 at 8:20 am |

    Is it strange that I know the name of that Steelers mascot is Steely McBeam…. Probably not as I believe I learned it here.

    • DJ | December 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm |

      Was that character known as Steely McBeam back in the 60s? As I recall, that was the name given to the character a few years ago when the Steelers introduced it as a live mascot (a person in a suit). Didn’t the modern version sort of resemble Bill Cowher?

  • Willie | December 29, 2012 at 8:38 am |

    Gary, give the gold and black Oakland Raiders (pre-Davis) era a shot! Would be cool to see the early AFL logo in HD!

    • Gary | December 29, 2012 at 8:42 am |

      Noted for the future.

      • Ricko | December 29, 2012 at 9:00 am |

        That would be this…
        http://www.footballc...

        • Willie | December 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm |

          Jetstream Smith! Good find Ricko!

        • Ricko | December 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm |

          Nice to know someone else remembers him.

          Early Raiders had some great names: Jack Larscheid, Jetstream Smith, Tony Teresa. Doug Asad, Tom Flores…

  • Jedi54 | December 29, 2012 at 9:05 am |

    NE Louisana looked ok to me. At least the hats and britches matched.

    • boxcarvibe | December 29, 2012 at 10:34 am |

      Britches?

      No, Georgia is the only team with “britches,” silver britches at that. Everyone else….wears pants.

      • Douglas King | December 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm |

        Just because Munson continued to say britches well after the term became a thing of the past does not mean that uga has a monopoly on the term.

      • Jedi54 | December 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm |

        They are britches to me.

      • jedi54 | December 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm |

        Britches is not exclusive to Georgia. I heave heard it all my life, and I will continue to use it.

  • Chad | December 29, 2012 at 9:15 am |

    Gary, can you provide the names of the software tools you used? The logos look great!

    • boxcarvibe | December 29, 2012 at 10:42 am |

      The logos do look great. And as a designer myself, you did a phenomenal job while staying away from Adobe Illustrator and declaring yourself a rookie! Call it “natural talent.”

    • Gary | December 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm |

      I work on a Mac and used a relatively inexpensive application called iDraw.

  • Anil Adyanthaya | December 29, 2012 at 9:16 am |

    I love the Patriots redesign. I definitely prefer the Pat Patriot logo, but the Flying Elvis has grown on me. You’ve made me realize that the real problem with the Pats uniform redesign(s) was not the logo, but all the surrounding elements: the silver helmet, the oversized shoulder logos, the ugly fonts, etc.

    Great work – I hope someone at Patriot Place sees this.

    • Tony C. | December 29, 2012 at 10:04 am |

      that looks good. and if they adopted that helmet on a full time basis, the AFC EAST would have cohesion with all its members wearing white helmets

      • The Jeff | December 29, 2012 at 10:16 am |

        the AFC EAST would have cohesion with all its members wearing white helmets

        Ugh. Let us hope this never happens again.

        • Willie | December 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm |

          Been noticing that the Colts have been using a blue helmet with a white horseshoe lately during PR functions. Something up?

      • Tony C. | December 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm |

        Willie, no they’ve been doing that for years

        • Willie | December 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm |

          Thanks Tony!

  • S. Schieve | December 29, 2012 at 10:15 am |

    The islanders logo redux is good but geographicly incorrect. Just like the actual design it cuts off everything west of Nassau County.

  • Gusto4044 | December 29, 2012 at 11:08 am |

    Steelers should develop an alternate uniform based on the steelworker on a beam logo.

    Helmet: Black with yellow face mask, and old school logo either oversized on one side of the helmet, or placed on both sides.

    Jersey: Black without striping, using the three hypocyloids on the shoulder area, framing the player number.

    Pants: Black with a yellow steel beam on each leg, like the way Air Force has the lightning bolt on each leg. Not all the way from the hip to the knee.

  • Mike Engle on Android | December 29, 2012 at 11:17 am |

    The Jeff: You know how the old-school Chargers had a lightning bolt over the shoulder? I tried to do something similar, using the “jet tail” in the stripe motif. Probably would have looked sharper with colored pencils instead of magic markers.

  • obbs | December 29, 2012 at 11:26 am |

    That Jet tweak helmet reminded me of the one year only Giants helmet

    http://breadcity.org...

  • Phil Hecken | December 29, 2012 at 11:49 am |

    really air force? this is the costume you bring to your bowl?

    • Ricko | December 29, 2012 at 11:51 am |

      I think they’re honoring Bear Bryant’s hat.

    • AnthonyTX | December 29, 2012 at 11:57 am |

      Rice has near-perfect uniforms (GI Joe crap notwithstanding). It’s a shame they got rid of the owl wings on the helmet, though.

      http://www.ebay.com/...

    • LI Matt | December 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm |

      I know, right? Houndstooth??

    • LarryB | December 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm |

      Air Force has to try and attract all those recruits with those.

    • Douglas King | December 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm |

      Already wore them this year (I forget who against), those are Stealth Bombers

      • Coleman | December 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm |

        Yep. Definitely not houndstooth. Tiny little stealth bombers at a diagonal angle.

        • Ricko | December 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm |

          Oh, I knew it wasn’t houndstooth.
          But in the long shots it LOOKED LIKE houndstooth.

      • Phil Hecken | December 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm |

        oh yeah…well aware they were worn before — on october 6 against navy…

        TJ covered those in the SMUW here (scroll down a bit for the review)

  • JeffB | December 29, 2012 at 11:59 am |

    Gary, are you going to make the vector files available as a download, or just the png images?

    • Gary | December 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm |

      Yes, I can provide svg formatted files. I’ll consult with Phil on how to make these available.

      • Phil Hecken | December 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm |

        i just sent gary an e-mail about their availability in their original format…will apprise

        • Joe Hilseberg | December 30, 2012 at 11:40 am |

          I would love to have the vector colts logo! Keep me posted!

  • concealed78 | December 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm |

    Great job, Gary! Can I make a few examples on the NFL logos?

    I know I’ve seen many of these on pennants, old stickers, ebay, etc.

    Packers EaglesRaiders Giants

    • Ricko | December 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Gary | December 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm |

      Thanks for the links. Wish I had the Eagles graphic before starting my work. I might make a few improvements to the Packers and Eagles logos after finishing the next set.

      • Ricko | December 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm |

        Goodness. Wasn’t a criticism.
        Was just offering help if someone wanted to DIY a hat or polo shirt or hoody or some such…by pointing out there’s a lot of stuff to be found on ebay.

        • Gary | December 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm |

          ? Didn’t view the examples as a criticism, but as another useful resource.

        • Ricko | December 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm |

          Good.

      • concealed78 | December 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm |

        You’re welcome, Gary. If you need any more specific logos, let us all know.

        The Fleer Sticker Project is also a great resource as well as sports auctions Lelands, Mears, American Memorabilia, Hunts, Grey Flannel Auctions to name a few.

  • 1vox | December 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm |

    many thanks to Gary Chanko!!!

    i know (from experience) what a pain in the arse it is to carry out what he did there…

  • Gary | December 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm |

    Yes, I can provide svg formatted files. I’ll consult with Phil on how to make these available.

  • Rich A. | December 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm |

    that Patriots re-design was amazing. ditch the silver NE and go red, white, and blue.

    • concealed78 | December 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm |

      The ironic thing is I would have ditched Flying Elvis & kept Pat Patriot & gone with a royal blue jersey with white/red/white Northwestern shoulder stripes. After all Pat did wear a blue coat.

  • Will S | December 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm |

    On the hockey front – the World Juniors are taking place in Ufa, Russia. In Canada, TSN is broadcasting the games; doing “encore presentations” of Team Canada game plus most playoff games at hours more palatable to those of us in North America. http://www.tsn.ca/wo...
    TSN is also the host broadcaster and will “produce and provide the international feed for 16 games …”
    http://www.tsn.ca/wo...

    Those in the United States have the NHL network and NHL.com http://www.nhl.com/i...

    Canada plays the USA Sunday at 4am. Canada will be down 2 players: one is serving the last game of his 3 game suspension for a late hit, and another is serving a 1 game suspension.

  • Coleman | December 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm |

    Amazing stuff Gary. I now have a couple beautiful wallpapers for my new tablet!

  • Ricko | December 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm |

    Ah, gonna be snow for the Pinstripe Bowl.

    Depending on what the teams decide to wear–especially WVA–could be a good looking game.

    • Oakville Endive | December 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm |

      Definitely is, this is one game even if the stands are half empty (although it looks to be not a bad crowd), that the television cameras should not be afraid to show the stands, as Yankee Stadium adds to the great atmosphere.

  • T'Challa | December 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm |

    Awesome article today, great work as always Gary. I really liked Mike’s NYJ tweak very ambitious design.

  • Beats | December 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm |

    Did Reliant Stadium install field turf for the Texas Bowl? The Texans play on grass but last nights game was played on turf, kind of interesting since most bowls do a half assed job even covering the NFL logos on the field. Any reason other than to lay down some fresh sod for the Texans play off push?

    • DJ | December 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm |

      Reliant’s field is made up of grass laid in removable aluminum trays. They swap out the whole field every week and re-line it.

    • Mark K | December 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm |

      Reliant now has new field turf that is used for every non-Texans game. Only the NFL games will be on grass.

      It took them just 2 days to go from a concrete floor to unlined turf to what you saw last night.

  • Coleman | December 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm |

    Looks like WVU will be keeping it modest with white jerseys and blue helmets. Saw a twitpic, couldn’t see the pants.

    • DJ | December 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm |

      White pants

    • Phil Hecken | December 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm |

      it’s a good looking game (cuse in orange/blue/orange) but the mounties should be wearing their gold britches

      • Coleman | December 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm |

        and playing some defense. Haha. Who am I kidding…

        • Phil Hecken | December 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm |

          they are playing defense…the d-unit is out there all the time!

        • Joe S | December 30, 2012 at 12:35 am |

          It’s 12:34a. ‘Cuse just scored again…

      • Joe S | December 30, 2012 at 12:52 am |

        Likely the two most useless uni-related fact for the bowl season.

        WVU hasn’t wore gold pants in a bowl game since 2004 Gator Bowl; and
        WVU has worn white pants for the fifth straight bowl game:
        2012 Pinstripe: Blue-white-white
        2012 Orange: Blue-white-white
        2010 Champs Sports: Gray-white-white (Nike Pro Combats recycled)
        2010 Gator: Blue-gold-white
        2008 Car Care Bowl: Blue-blue-white

  • Ryan da Bear fan | December 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm |

    The Chicago Bears logo is incomplete. There are features missing on the white snout.

    • Gary | December 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm |

      Missing snout now fixed. Update file to Phil tomorrow.

  • Ryan da Bear fan | December 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

    Gary Chanko, google “Chicago Bears 1946 flag” and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

    • Gary | December 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm |

      Thanks, I’ll take a look and make any needed revisions.

  • Douglas King | December 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm |

    Georgia Tech will be wearing their Navy jerseys (same ones they wore against Presbyterian earlier this year), in the Sun Bowl. Apparently the home team cant’t wear white in the Sun Bowl (seems odd to me).

    I wish they would have done all the uniforms the same way, the Gold Jerseys and the regular white jerseys were far too busy and the crisscrossing paneling just didn’t look good. Get rid of the colored nameplates on the design used for the VT jerseys and the Navy Jerseys and apply that design across the board and the uni-situation would look a lot better.

    I need to finish cleaning up my concept and send it in, it uses the combs but it uses it much better, and has a much more palatable design.

    https://twitter.com/...

  • Michael Emody | December 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm |

    The sports logo links given in Phil’s story today are cool, and I think I’ve seen all but one: The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. I have a small suggestion for the Gray Flannel Suit site: don’t make the viewer scroll left and right to read the blog. The content is great, and this point can probably be corrected easily. Otherwise, you’re doing a great job.

  • Phil Hecken | December 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm |

    good lord…just switched over to the hunger game bowl…WTF…navy in their army/navy costume (looks pretty good, although i’d prefer them in their normal clothes), but ASU is wearing…wait for it…white/black/white

    seriously sun devils?

    • CWac19 | December 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm |

      Looks terrible. Another example of a team with dozens of possible uni combos paying no heed to what the opponent is wearing. Too much white on that field. And unnecessarily so.

      • Phil Hecken | December 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm |

        there’s also that whole “school colors” thing which apparently isn’t all that important

  • Brinke | December 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm |

    The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

    GREAT site.

  • brendan | December 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm |

    Here’s the original Dallas Cowboy logo from 1960:

    http://www.mearsonli...

    • Ricko | December 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm |

      You sure?
      Looks like some kind of clip-art unlicensed product.

      I mean, maybe they used it right after they were granted the franchise as a filler (or something), but the riding cowpoke was pretty much the logo from the moment they got going for real.

      • Gary | December 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm |

        This highlights the dilemma I faced doing the logo research. It’s difficult to verify what was produced and issued by the team versus (unauthorized) variations developed by others.

        In the case of the Cowboys, I’m confident the riding cowpoke, as Ricko notes, is the actual logo from 1960.

  • Chance Michaels | December 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm |

    Gary, that’s fantastic work. My hat’s off to you.

    FWIW, the Packers version should indeed have Milwaukee on it. I believe all their state logos did. I have a sticker of that logo, can scan it for you when I get back home on Wednesday.

    • Gary | December 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm |

      Yeah, I’ll include Milwaukee in a subsequent revision.

      Again, these early logos seemed to have multiple variations from the initial issue. Determining the initial issue is sometimes difficult.

  • JNeighbors | December 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm |

    Gary Chanko is a logo God. These are just tremendous Gary… I remember the Packers logo from the 1968 Topps Football trading cards.

    http://caimages.coll...

  • Name Redacted | December 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm |

    Funny bit on BBC Final Score as Gabby Logan was wearing a bed blouse with long white sleeves and a number of people on Twitter said she was wearinf a Retro Arsenal Kit.

  • jedi54 | December 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm |

    Oregon State would look great if they had solid black britches tonight. Longhorn looks great at usual. ASU did it right, but they should have worn the maroon hats and britches with the black shirts. Horned Frog has on shiny purple hats. I wish they would have worn purple britches.

    • Phil Hecken | December 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm |

      “Oregon State would looked great if they had solid black britches tonight. Longhorn looks great at usual. ASU did it right, but they should have worn the maroon hats and gold britches with the black maroon shirts.”

      ~~~

      *phew*

      FIXED

      • jedi54 | December 30, 2012 at 12:13 am |

        That is such a callous response.

      • jedi54 | December 30, 2012 at 12:45 am |

        Mr. Heckin, I would appreciate it if you would not refrain from changing my opinions to fit your views. I have mine, you have yours.

        • Phil Hecken | December 30, 2012 at 1:00 am |

          oh, good lord, mr. skywalker…it’s a joke — you’re not the first and you won’t be the last one whose words i “fix”

          i should have added a “;)” to be sure, but it’s all in good fun

          and it’s “Hecken” (en, not in)

          ;)

        • Jedi54 | December 30, 2012 at 2:10 am |

          It may be all in good fun to you, but in my eyes it’s a lack of respect to my views.

        • Dootie Bubble | December 30, 2012 at 6:03 am |

          An anonymous commentator on a niche blog gets his panties in a wad over this? I’m hoping Jedi54 is just Andy Kaufmaning us. Otherwise (s)he is in desperate need of an enema.

  • jedi54 | December 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm |

    Falcon should have worn the Thunderbird unis today.

  • Chris Holmes | December 29, 2012 at 11:55 pm |

    Thanks for the kind words and the link, Gary. Those logos you produced are phenomenal.

  • Curtis | December 30, 2012 at 12:22 am |

    I love these. Some years ago, I had occasion to head to Indianapolis for what should’ve been the inaugural event in Lucas Oil Stadium. Having significant ties to Baltimore, I relished the opportunity to thumb my nose at the Indianapolis Professional Football Team in their own house, and because it was a marching event (the Drum Corps International world championships) I cooked up a makeshift Baltimore Colts Marching Band shirt for the occasion. The event moved to Bloomington, so the ultimate insult was never realized, but the shirt remains. Would’ve looked beter with the work done here.

    http://instagram.com...

  • Paul Q. | December 30, 2012 at 2:13 am |

    I LOVE the look of Flying Elvis on the white helmet. The whole uniform is a keeper. Great job Adam.

  • jedi54 | December 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm |

    Where can I find those templates? I would like to submit some of the designs I like.

  • Jim Considine | December 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm |

    Hello. I loved the instructions on converting the bitmap graphic to vectors.
    Can you (or anyone) suggest any software applications?
    Secondly, regarding the bucking Colt, I have to get all geeky about the history. The colt is not bucking. He is jumping over the goalpost. He first appeared in 1947, in green. Green and silver are the original Colt colors, which lasted through the 1950 season. The same graphic returned in 1953, but the colors switched to blue and white. This might have occurred because the defunct NY Yankee franchise of the 1952 NFL were going to become the 1953 Colts. They might have kept the colors so they could save the investment of buying new uni’s.
    The horse was nicknamed “Dixie”, as his real life counterpart would appear at the home football games.

    • Will S | December 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm |

      For those of us that don’t have or use advanced image editors (Photoshop and the like), one easy way to convert bitmap to vector is to use Vector Magic online.

      You get 2 free conversions with each email you register. Works well as long as the image is large enough and clean enough. Although it allows you to edit a little bit online, I’d recommend cleaning up your image with MSPaint or Paint.net first.