This has been a very NFL-ish week (two more unveilings this evening, whee!), but big things are also afoot in the world of college football. As you may have heard, the long-promised college football playoff series, set to debut following the 2014 regular season, now has an official name: The college football playoff will be called the College Football Playoff.
Boy, they really flexed their creative muscles with that one, eh? Granted, “BCS Championship Game” wasn’t exactly a stroke of rhetorical brilliance either, but come on. The new name is like the nomenclatorial version of a Penn State uniform (NNOB, natch).
There are four proposed logos for the playoff series. And in a nice bit of parallelism, the logo designs are just as bland as the name. Check it out (click to enlarge):
I kinda like the first one — or I would have back in 1973. The others feel hopelessly generic. Fans are being invited to vote on the one they like best, but that seems pointless without a “None of the above” option.
At first I thought they wanted a tame logo design so it wouldn’t compete with the inevitable corporate sponsor logo that would be added later on. But then I remembered that the playoff series won’t have a sponsor. Hmmm. On some level I should probably be pleased that the logos are all relatively simple and avoid many of the design clichés we tend to see so often in sports logos these days. Still, these are so underwhelming.
Or at least that’s my take. What’s yours?
Uni Watch News Ticker: Uni unveilings scheduled this evening for the Vikings (6:15pm Eastern) and Dolphins (7pm Eastern). Once those happen, I’ll summarize my reactions over on ESPN.com and post a link here and on Twitter. … Speaking of the Vikings, here’s an illustrated timeline of their uniform history (from David Teigland). … Yesterday I linked to a story about Nike’s design process for the new Jags uniforms. If you look at one of the photos from that article, you can see that they were indeed tinkering with the idea of including the players’ names above the front-jersey patch, just as I had been told last week. Guess that element got scrapped along the way. … Remember when the Titans let fans vote on their 15th-season patch design? Here’s the winner. … The Chicken Sandwich Bowl may have to be renamed, and wouldn’t that be a crying shame. … New uniforms for the Japanese national table tennis team (from Jeremy Brahm). … Just what the world needs: corporate product placements in standardized school tests (from Andy Horne). … Here’s one guy’s concept of what the most awesome ballpark in the world would look like (from Walter Young). … Sporting KC will debut their third kit this weekend against Portland (from Eric Papke). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: A man charged with a shooting outside of Wrigley Field yesterday has a White Sox logo tattooed on his face (from Jim Walaitis). … The Boston Bombers are changing their name, for obvious reasons. … Meanwhile, in a depressingly predictable development, some douchebags out there want to trademark the term “Boston Strong.” … New design for the $100 bill, and boy is it a stinker. … Latest reason to love Joe Maddon: He has his name and number on his office chair. The penguin is a nice touch, too (thanks, Brinke). … Michael Princip scored an old leatherhead helmet on eBay and cleaned it up, resulting in a gorgeous display piece. … Nationals call-up Anthony Rendon didn’t have the correct size helmet Monday night, and it slipped off in mid-swing (from Laura Aimone). … Some buzz yesterday about this Illinois helmet. “It might be an option as part of the rebrand this fall,” says Eric Lovejoy.