By Phil Hecken, with Rob Holecko
After last weekend’s successful debut, the second batch of Uni Watch Fantasy Football League are ready for your perusal and voting. We received over 100 separate entries, and we’ll display them for each team and allow you, the readers, to vote on your favorite. Our next sets are for the Miami Cougars, Detroit Demons and New York Sharks (these teams received the second most sets of entries). We’ll have the final two sets over the next couple of weekends until we’re all done.
I want to thank Rob Holecko for all his work on this, and all the great submitters for taking such an interest in this contest. And now, I will turn this over to Rob, who’ll take you through the next three groups of entries, complete with polls (so be sure to view all of the entries for each team and then be prepared to vote — write down your favorite if you have to, so you can easily vote on it after each of the sections). We’ll do these alphabetically, and some submitters sent in more than one graphic. Click on each graphic to enlarge.
Ready? OK — here’s Rob:
Well we are back again for round two of the voting on the UWFFL Submissions. Last week, with over a thousand voters, you chose George Ciervo’s Atlanta Flying Fleet entry and Wes Peters’ St. Louis Slaughter. Here are the results of the voting:
Here is George Ciervo’s winning Atlanta Flying Fleet design:
Wes Peters was tied for second in the Atlanta competition, however, he won the St. Louis entry:
Some people, like Wes, submitted for all twelve teams, while others, like George, only entered for one team. Congratulations to the first two winners!
Today we will introduce you to three more teams’ entries to vote on, the Detroit Demons, Miami Cougars and the New York Sharks. That means that for at least another week we will still be accepting entries for the remaining seven teams: Chicago, Minnesota, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Texas. You can see more about these teams here.
You can vote for each of these three teams below the submissions.
Here are the entries for the Detroit Demons:
Here are the entries for the Miami Cougars:
Here are the entries for the New York Sharks:
Good luck to all of the entrants, and to the rest of you, happy voting!
Thanks Rob. OK readers, you know what to do. And how about a nice round of virtual applause for all of today’s concepters (let ‘em know down below). So, who do YOU think should win each of the three teams? Why or why not? Give us (and them) your thoughts, critiques and suggestions.
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 Brendan Jang, with a different look for the Winter Classic:
Here’s a different take on the throwback concept. The idea is to render both teams’ uniforms in black and white or sepia tone, to give the effect of watching an old game on TV, or looking at an old photo. The rest of the playing surface, ads, refs, fans, etc. of course are still full colour but the players themselves look like an old photo has come alive.
The key to the execution, which is hard to get across in the photo as we are all used to seeing doctored 2D images, would be to photographically reproduce the colours and graininess so it doesn’t just look like a gray, black, white uniform. This could be achieved through using the dye sublimation process, which would allow the photographic details to be printed on the entire jersey. Sublimated uniforms are common in hockey which is why I’ve chosen this Winter Classic image.
In addition, equipment manufacturers could apply similar colours on helmets, gloves, etc, to complete the look. I have left the goalie with his equipment in the usual colours to see what it would look like with normal gear.
It would be hard to pull off but would be an incredible effect if successful.
Next up is Parks McLeod, with some Bulldog Hoops:
As a lifelong Georgia Bulldogs fan, its hard enough to watch our basketball team constantly struggle to put it together on the hardwood, but we also have some of the worst uniforms in the SEC. I think its time the Dawgs go to a more retro look back to the Dominique Wilkins days of the 80’s. I will remind you that while teams today seem to be following the all-black or gray/silver look, the University of Georgia has always used these colors, and in no way are we adopting these colors for a special occasion or game. I will attach a picture of some 80’s era unis as well as our current ones that looks like we stole them from the women’s team. I will have a redesign of the football team coming soon too. Thanks and I enjoy the site.
We close today with Tom Bierbaum who a new look for the Sonics:
Phil — I was a fan of the Seattle Sonics all the way back in their first season and loved their early uniforms, so wanted to agitate for the following home and away uniforms for the relocated Sacramento Kings based on the phenomenal Sonics design of the early 1970s…
The opposing teams are pretty radical takes on the Clippers and the Pacers. Note that the checkered flag on the Indy jersey spells out “Pacers.” More details on these concepts at http://tombierbaum.livejournal.com/#post-tombierbaum-11144.
Tom “Tenz” Bierbaum
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.
Only a few submissions this week, and we’ll get to those in a sec. I wanted to wish a belated Happy Birthday to the founder of the Stirrup Revolution, Robert P. Marshall, III, himself, who turned
65 43 yesterday. Happy B-day Comrade!…
Mets rups NOW with orange sanis, for this Saturday’s Mets / Gnats game!
Sweet Tea Emm Que
Heading to Nationals Park tonight to watch beloved Reds take on my beloved Nats. Couldn’t decide which I love more so am sporting both team’s hose today: Reds from the 1930s (right) and Senators circa1945.
Birthday Boy & Phil,
So you want to buy some stirrups, but does all this talk of revolution sound a little too subversive for you? Well, here’s your chance to be a true American by joining Generalissimo Madrevilker’s Two-In-One Contra Revolucion!
Our other offering is the Toronto Blue Jays…wait, that’s Canadian…oh well, it’s North American, so I suppose that’s American enough.
Viva la Contra Revolucion!
Today’s stirrups are Houston Colt .45 stirrups.
I’ve been a UniWatch reader for some time now which raised my pre-existing appreciation for stirrups. I’ve picked up several pairs on eBay and am finally joining Stirrup Friday! I must admit, white Rod Lavers were not the ideal shoe with these green wool striped stirrups. I’ll try harder next week. My contribution contains my reminder to myself because it’s pretty easy to just get dressed and go in the morning.
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!). Be sure to visit Robert’s House of Hose for news on rups.
And now…here’s …
As you are reading this I am in the middle of a ping-pong 10 hour ref/ump softball and hockey shift that starts an hours bike ride away at 8:30. But as I write, that is another story, it is finally a beautiful day in Chicago, and I have moved a table to the back porch to drink coffee with the Pineapple for the last few hours before I go record shopping and some friends take me to dinner in Greektown. Still, on my to do list for today is standing in line at the post office, as I do every Friday, to ship 5 envelopes of stirrups. That’s right, I’m freaking dedicated to the revolution. Then again, only to a point, I am not taking the 2 hours to change the image on the site, so be aware the Cardinals are on backorder for about 2 weeks, the Giants are in stock, and what the heck, the 1959 world series White Sox are still on sale at the “new” price. And since I wont be around to pick a winner in the stirrup Friday contest, let’s let comrade Phil pick the winner, whose name he will insert right after this …get in touch with me for your free pair, congrats.
from each according his strype,
to each according his stirrvp.
Wow — in what will be a first, and undoubtedly a last, our founder has allowed me to pick this week’s winner. And it is a difficult choice, but in the end it comes down to Terence, with his dedication to advancing the Mets cause (it’s hopeless, buddy), and our newcomer, Joaquin. It would almost be a lock for TK, but it looks like he actually is wearing the rups backwards, which is strictly verboten in the Revo. However, I cannot 100% be sure, and those orange sanis w/Mets rups (as I’ve been known to sport) are devine. Joaquin’s presentation is simply awesome, what with the “Stirrup Friday” reminder, but we know the rookie will be back and will “try harder next week.” So we can expect him to blow this week’s effort away, and he’ll be in the running for next time. So — Terence Kearns, get in touch with Comrade Marshall, and collect your booty. Thanks Robert — hope your birthday was a great one!
That’s going to do it for today, folks — a lot to digest — so make sure you’ve had your breakfast before voting.
Big thanks to all the concepters — let them know what you think of their work.
You guys have a great Saturday, and I will catch you on the morrow.
“Poor Miami… definitely the worst of the 3 redesigns. It isn’t bad, but they sorta look like an unlicensed video game version of themselves.”
–THE Jeff Provo