By Phil Hecken
For those of you who read Uni Watch on the weekends, you’re very familiar with the “Timelessly Representing the Ballclub” series, the second half of the NBA portion is today. For those who don’t, a brief primer:
Originally envisioned for baseball, several readers have submitted their thoughts on which uniform and stadium (or arena/building) would serve as a “snapshot,” if you will, of a club’s perfect uniform and home, if one were to consider a team’s entire history. It’s subjective, of course, and very likely can be heavily influenced by the ballclubs and stadia from a particular reader’s childhood, although this is not necessarily the case. But based on the more recent vintage chosen of both team and building, it seems like one’s formative years play a role in this.
Thus far, we’ve covered both leagues of Major League Baseball, and both conferences of the NFL, plus the eastern conference of the NBA. I am planning on running one for the CFL (that’s Canadian football, folks),
but as yet no one has stepped up for the NHL, and NCAA Football (probably best done by conference) is still as yet unclaimed. If anyone is interested in these, please let me know.
UPDATE: Apologies to those who already e-mailed me, but the NHL and the B1G have been claimed. If you have interest in another NCAAFB conference, please let me know.
Before we get into today’s Part II for the NBA, if you’d like to reacquaint yourself (or acquaint yourself, as the case may be) with the past “Timelessly Representing” series, you can check them out here: NBA, Part I; NFL, NFC Edition; NFL AFC Edition; MLB, National League Edition; and, MLB, American League Edition.
Comments from previous editions have led to good debate, and I think this is a fun exercise; clearly, there is no “one” best representation for a particular team (although there could certainly be some strong arguments as to era/uniform/stadia that don’t represent well). I hope you enjoy the final NBA segment, which comes to us from reader Brandon Bush. For each of the teams/arenae, there are three links (except for the Warriors which has four): uniform described, and inside/outside of the building.
Thank you Brandon! Nice job with both this and Part I. Obviously, there will probably be some disagreements, but that’s why this is a great starting point for discussion. Readers? What say you? Which ones did Brandon nail and with which ones would you disagree?
NCAAFB Uniform News & Updates
This will be a semi-recurring column on Uni Watch and will appear whenever there is any news or updates on the College Football uniform front.
If you have ANY new NCAAFB news, follow and tweet me at @PhilHecken (and you’ll get your tweet in lights on here). You can also e-mail me (Phil (dot) Hecken (at) Gmail (dot) com) or send/cc: Paul to the following address: NewCollegeUni (at) Gmail (dot) com. OK? OK! (for any image, click to enlarge):
• South Carolina Gamecocks:
The Gamecocks join the shiny helmets will attract 17-year-olds business with this new dome. As of this date, there is no indication when it will be worn, but according to the Twitter account of the Gamecocks equipment staff, it’s definitely an option for 2013. Sigh.
• Texas Longhorns:
The ‘horns have added a raised nose-bumper on their helmets for 2013. We saw them reveal their new cleats and unis in the past couple days, and yesterday they revealed the new 3-D raised bumper.
• Oklahoma Baptist University:
Long-time powerhouse OBU unveiled its first football gameday uniform since 1940 on Thursday. The Bison will be sporting uniforms by Nike.
• Fresno State Bulldogs:
Lost in all of the hullaballou over FSU’s new uniforms (covered the other day), they will be sporting a nice looking throwback helmet, with classic script “Bulldogs.” It’s hard to make out in the photo, but the helmet has their usual green “V” on the back-center, honoring the San Joaquin Valley and its agricultural importance.
• Mount Allison University:
The Mount Allison Mounties have unveiled their uniforms for the 2013 season which features 2 new helmet designs. One of the helmets will feature a blown-up version of the Mount Allison torch design in the shape of a wing. The other new design will feature the Mounties’ trademark “Pride” slogan. You can read more here. (h/t Wray Perkin Mounties Football Manager)
• Baylor Bears:
The Bears have a shiny new gold helmet. You can see a couple of stills and a video here. Nuff said.
• Northwestern University:
Northwestern with some GRADE A uniforms this year. pic.twitter.com/m10qYbTuvC
— Brandon Beam (@Beam0616) July 25, 2013
• Western Michigan Broncos:
Western Michigan football unveiled three new uniforms on Thursday afternoon, moving toward a one-color scheme for each version. You can read more about them and watch a video here.
• UL Ragin’ Cajuns:
— Travis Webb (@travisjwebb) July 25, 2013
• TCU Horned Frogs:
— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) July 25, 2013
The footwear is quite, um, not quite Paul’s favorite color. (h/t to Casey Wieder)
• University of South Florida:
— The Emblem Source (@theemblemsource) July 26, 2013
WEEKDAY Uniform Concepts & Tweaks
Longtime and weekend readers know that I frequently run reader submissions for uniform concepts, revisions, or just plain tweaks. Usually they are in sets of three, but sometimes there are more and sometimes there are less. Sometimes they are so good these deserve their own lede.
During Paul’s monthlong Blogcation, I’ll occasionally run one (or maybe) two of these.
If you have any concept or tweak, and you would like to see it featured here, either during the week while I’m hosting the blog or on the weekends when I return to those, drop me an e-mail. For each particular design, please try to keep your description to ~50 words or so. OK? OK!
And now, here’s what we have for today (click any images to enlarge):
Today’s concept, and entire rebranding, actually, comes from Damon Goldsboro, who has decided the Toronto Raptors need a new name and look. Damon didn’t include any concepts on unis, but the logos and fonts tell the story:
First off, BIG fan of the site and all that you do. Ive read some articles on your site and decided I wanted to take a shot at rebranding the Raptors. The Toronto Flight is what I came up with based off of the company for which the arena is named after, a play off of the blue jays and of course the athleticism of a few of their players, in particular terrance ross. slam dunk champion but in all just a play off of the ability to dunk and get up. The color scheme matches the blue jays, the blue and white for the flag of Toronto. the red for Canada.
Thanks! I’ll be back with more weekday tweaks/concepts again soon.
Uni Watch News Ticker: “Everton misspelled the NOB of a new signing,” says George Chilvers. “It’s not the first time it’s happened in football of course.” (also from Adam Herges). … New away kits for Chelsea & Man United (thanks to Paulie Sumner). … Is this guy sporting orange hair, mustache & bowtie taking fanhood too far? Nah. He’s an O’s fan. Read more here. … Despite a few teasers, it seems the Phoneix Suns are still reluctant to reveal their new unis. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: A Packers fan bought what he thought was an original 1921 Green Bay Packers photo, only to find out it wasn’t. Oops. … How bad were Colorado U’s powder blue uniforms? One of the top 25 worst, according to Lost Lettermen (submitted by Chris Mahr). … Interesting soda can display at a Walmart which supports the Wayne High School Pioneers in Wayne, West Virginia (thanks to Brice Wallace). … Not exactly unexpected, but the home of the Dallas Cowboys is now the corporately-sponsored AT&T Stadium. Or, “I’m Still Calling it ‘Cowboys Stadium’ (thanks to Brayden Ruthart) … The Raiders have taken No. 24 from Tracy Porter, and given it to Charles Woodson. Who knew Charles Woodson was even still playing? … Bit of a fun read/update on B1G uniform machinations (from Martha Hermes). … Here’s a photo of the pillbox cap the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will be wearing (thanks to Andy Bronson). … “The A’s giveaway (last) night for 1968 but can’t even get the logo correct.” said Rich Paloma “The A’s didn’t add the ‘serif’ (tail) on the ‘A’ until 1973 (including KC and Philly).” (As a side note, Todd Radom contacted me and noted that while they had no brand consistency and the A wasn’t serifed on the uniform, the logo was correct for 1968.) … New logo for the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee. “I like it,” said Gil Neumann, “but who knew Congressional committees had their own logos? Anyone ever researched these?” … The New York Giants’ headquarters and practice facility has been renamed the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. … The White Sox wore their 1983 Throwbacks yesterday (Previously only worn on Sundays), because, according to Jimmy Couto, “apparently some of the players wanted to wear them for all home day games instead of just Sunday home day games.” Interesting development. … Wow. Check out these gorgeous Farewell Candlestick Park season ticket designs. … And more beauty: Here’s a wonderful 1949 Philadelphia Athletics scorecard that features their elephant mascot (h/t Todd Radom). … George Washington University had a new basketball court redesign unveiling. … Awww. Another furry friend honoring Bizkit’s memory: Andy Beaton has a cat, Fi, had a memorial “patch” on her kitty tower yesterday. … Five New York Giants have unique facemask designs (thanks to Chris LaBella). … A real nice bit of follow up research comes from Patrick Mackin, who writes, “There was a note and photo in the blog of 7/23 about the Cleveland Browns wearing orange jerseys during the 1953 preseason, and a mention that the photo was a screen capture from week 3 highlights and so therefore the Browns must have worn orange shirts during the regular season too. Judging from the striping on the Browns’ opponents socks, it looks like the opposing team was the Chicago Bears. The Browns did not play the Bears during the 1953 regular season, but did play the Bears in the exhibition game. That being the case it looks like the Browns did not wear orange shirts during the 1953 regular season.” Thanks, Patrick! … Gotta love MiLB, part I: Check out one of the best recent giveaways, a Timber Rattlers Nutcracker at Christmas in July last night (h/t Sully @Pal3327). … Gotta love MiLB, part II: The @AkronAeros will be wearing and auctioning their Christmas in July jerseys tonight. Go bid on a piece of Aeros history (h/t Dave Plante @Plante29). … The Canucks are going to retire Pavel Bure’s #10 over #96 (from Ryan Raymond).
That’s all for today. Webmaster John Ekdahl will take you through the weekend. I’ll be back next week with much more uniform goodness, while Paul continues to enjoy his much-deserved blogcation. Everyone have a great weekend!
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