By Phil Hecken
Greetings, and for all who are celebrating, welcome to the Holiest of Holy Days!
That’s right, Major League Baseball begins the 2013 season tonight. Ugh.
OK, I will admit I’m torn between watching tonight’s Astros (making their American League debut, dontcha know — thanks Bud!) versus Texases game on ESPN and the epic conclusion of The Bible on the History Channel. I will also admit that I’ve been hooked on The Bible since it debuted a bit over a month ago, and I really want to see how it turns out. If I end up DVRing it, please don’t tell me the ending.
As far as the other thing, I’m also torn — baseball really doesn’t need to open at night, particularly a Sunday night. Tomorrow should be a legal holiday and all games should start in the mid-afternoon. Following, of course, Cincinnati opening the season, at noon, at home. But we all know that little bit of tradition (and yes, I know that way back when Ricko was still a gleam in his father’s eye, the Reds didn’t *always* have the first game of the season, but for decades, until MLB found a way to $queeze fans, they *always* did) is gone now. And while for some of us, Monday is a National Holiday, the season begins tonight.
As those of you who read Uni Watch, or follow baseball during the off-season know, the Houston Astros have new uniforms for 2013. And, unless I have been remiss in my scouring of 2013 photos, I’m pretty sure they haven’t broken them out in Spring Training (my cursory glance at ST photos has revealed only the BP smocks) — so tonight we should see the true debut of their new home uniform.
Since it’s a Sunday game, I am fearful the Astros will follow this “uniform rotation” (I’m not 100% sure that’s accurate, but I believe it to be true.) Let us hope the Astros DO NOT cross the baseball gods by wearing their batting practice tops for OPENING
In other news, yesterday we welcomed our first two teams to the Final Four (and two more will join them today). First off, to borrow a line from Jim Vilk, we were treated to the color palette special…
…of the tournament — that’s gotta be a contender for the #1 in Jim’s forthcoming “NCAA Tournament 5 & 1”. Number 1 seeds have been taking a beating in the tourney so far, and Syracuse (#4), who took out East Region #1 seed Indiana on Thursday, dispensed with #3 Marquette yesterday. Too bad, Marquette has one of the best unis in all of College hoops, and Syracuse
will be wearing white probably be wearing orange in their Final Four matchup next Weekend. That’s because Wichita State once again…
…SHOCKED the world, this time taking out #2 seed THE Ohio State University in the West Regional. You may recall, especially if you’ve had your bracket completely destroyed, that last weekend, the Shockers ousted West Region #1 seed Gonzaga. As the #9 (and lower) seed in Atlanta next weekend, Wichita will wear their road unis and
Syracuse will be in white, not their gorgeous Orange roadies the winner of Louisville/Duke today will be in white. Syracuse plays the winner of the Michigan (#4)/Florida (#3) matchup today.
Congrats to the giant-slayers from Kansas. Hey, at least Kansas will have one representative in the big dance. It just won’t be Jim Vilk’s Jayhawks.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Again, a smallish set today — but since I had run “Colorize This!” only a week ago, it’s a pretty nice one, all things considered. Two from *newcomers* and a pair from a familiar name.
Click on each image to enlarge.
We begin today with Matt Lange with a nice shot of Terry Bradshaw, long before he needed NutriSystem:
I tried the other email address and it didn’t work. I wanted to submit a side by side colorize I did of Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech.
Owner • Lange Creative
Designer • Atlanta Falcons
Next up is first-timer Matthew Meo with an old time base ball image:
I went to High School in Rutherford, and I have also been really getting into photography as of late, so when I saw the image in the ticker yesterday I wanted to take a shot at colorizing the image. I don’t think it came that bad for my first time colorizing an image.
We close today with NFL Colorizer-extraordinaire John Turney, with two NFL photos:
1949 Bears and Redskins.
Bears wearing the blue over orange combo.
1936 College All-Stars versus Lions.
That’s it for today. Great stuff from everyone, as always. Lets keep those colorizations coming Uni Watchers!
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:
We begin today with Christopher Chayban, who has a name change & new helmet for the Washington Football club:
I saw that people were sending concepts to the uni-watch site, here’s one.
Redskins change name and logo to the Owls Helmet Concept
Let me know what you think. Thanks.
Next up is Jacob Morris, with two separate concepts for two Canadian teams in two sports:
I’ve been a long time reader of your blog, and have decided to wet my feet in the pool of designing some uniforms for the uni tweaks/concepts feature, which has always been one of my favourite sections of the site. I’m including two concepts, one big and one more minor.
The big redesign is a rebranding of the Toronto Raptors as the Toronto Huskies. I’ve always found Raptors to be a gimmicky name, since they were named when Jurassic Park was a big thing, and felt that the name never really matched the city. The Huskies were an NBL team that played in Toronto for one season in the 50s and the Raptors have worn fauxback Huskies jerseys in the past. My concept introduces royal blue to the colour palate, matching the other big teams in Toronto, but retains their Canadian identity through the incorporation of the maple leaf into the logo. I’ve tried to keep one of my favourite aspects of their existing branding intact, the claw design on the back of the jersey and at midcourt has been replaced with a huskie paw.
My less intricate tweak is of the Toronto Blue Jays new BP caps. The current design screams “Canada” but has a notable absence of team branding on in. I’ve added a white front panel, which has been introduced on a number of BP cap designs this spring and the Jays wore proudly from their inception in 1977 until 1993. Additionally I have added an overlay of their primary logo, minus the small maple leaf in the corner, on top of the large leaf in the centre of the hat in order to add team branding to the Canada-imagery heavy that MLB wanted to push. As an added bonus, the logo overlaying the leaf pays homage to the caps the team wore from 1997-2002.
I hope that one, or both, of these designs will end up on the site. Even if they do not, any feedback you have to offer would be much appreciated.
We close today with Michael Patton with ChiSox makeovers:
The White Sox have been red and/or blue for most of their existence, so why not combine the best of the current black uniforms with the best of the classic uniforms of the 1950’s Go-Go Sox. Basically, change the existing black to a very dark navy and use red for the accent color rather than silver, adding a red outline to the Sox logo on the cap. Oh, and get rid of the ugly road uniform script and use the classic Sox logo. We’ll also lose the outline and add a red bill and a red button to a road cap.
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
OK lads and lasses. That will do it for today — A very Happy Easter to all who are celebrating! Enjoy the day, however you celebrate it.
Don’t forget, we’re accepting submissions for the Uni Watch Fantasy Football Design Contest (see link for details) and see yesterday’s post for an update. Thanks (as always) to all the colorizers and concepters. RIP Phil.
Catch you next weekend.
“So who can stake claim to the “Shocker” hand gesture first, teenage boys or fans of Wichita State?”