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Also-also: College football season-preview column next week, and the NFL season preview the week after that. A busy time for Uni Watch on ESPN!
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THE Jeff concepts The B1G
What you see below I was going to run on a slow day as a lede, but since Paul is breaking out his much-awaited uni-rankings today, I’ll use this as a “second” lede.
Not too long ago, one of Uni Watch’s more prolific concepters, THE Jeff Provo announced he’d done an entire set of uniform concepts for the Big Ten (B1G) Conference. In typical Jeff fashion, he told me, “I just got bored and decided to do some concepts. I did tOSU first, then just went for the whole conference.”
I asked him if he’d provide short writeups for his concepts, and I would host them. He did.
Take a look at these and let him know what you think. As always, you may not agree with THE Jeff’s ideas (or concepts), but he’s remarkably consistent in his uniform design beliefs. Click any picture below to enlarge.
And now, here are his…
By Jeff Provo
Yeah… I put a Native American logo on the helmet. I know it’d be controversial and that it may bother some people, but I think it looks far, far better than the New York Giants logo they wear now.
I gave them a little bit darker red and changed the white to cream.
I wanted to give them a uniform that was a little bit less of a Steelers clone. It’s still quite similar, but I think different enough to stand on it’s own.
These are heavily influenced by the special uniforms they wore last year. The pant striping was an attempt to mimic the converging 3 stripes from the helmet. I left their classic uniform (complete with a gray facemask) as the 3rd option.
These are also based on a special uniform they’ve worn. Gold isn’t a team color, but that doesn’t seem to matter much today, and I think it works for them.
How can you not love a happy gopher face on the alternate helmet?
I changed the N to match what the school uses on everything else, then I gave them a rounded number font, switched from double stripes to single stripes and gave them a black alt, all in the name of not looking like a clone of Wisconsin.
When you have a striping pattern named for you, it’s probably a good idea to wear it. So I gave them Northwestern stripes on everything, including socks.
With so many teams wearing gray for no reason, it just seems wrong that OSU doesn’t. The helmet is intended to have a matte finish. I wanted to put a logo on the helmet, but causing a riot would be bad for me since I actually live in Columbus.
We all know this team is due for a refresh, but I didn’t want to go too extreme. I’m afraid they had to lose the blank helmet though.
I think that metallic gold looks far better than the matte khaki color they wear now.
I added shadows to the numbers to be a better pairing with the W logo, then I just thought it’d be cool to put Bucky Badger on a helmet.
Also, you may have noticed that I used NFL-style colored socks for every team. I know it isn’t very realistic for NCAA teams, but it’s how I feel a football uniform should look.
Thanks THE Jeff. You’re probably going to rile some strict traditionalists (and of course these are all just in fun anyway), but it’s nice to see there were no real ‘over-the-top’ makeovers. Interesting also that you use the NFL socks — I agree with you there; it’s NOT a college football look, but it’s aesthetically more pleasing to some.
OK. Readers? What say you?
Here’s the latest on the ‘Skins, ‘Skins name and related issues:
• “School faces fines for not changing mascot name” (h/t Nick Endres)
• “HS fighting to keep Indians moniker.” (related story from Leo Strawn)
• “Redskins grant for JM field is less than cost of project” (thanks to TommyTheCPA).
• “Kitzhaber vetoes Native American mascot bill, says he’ll look for consensus bill in 2014” (from Alex Allen).
Uni Watch News Ticker: In Oregon, state law requires that servicemen fuel up your vehicle at the pump. This photo was taken near Astoria, OR at a Fred Meyer. I instantly thought of UW and your coverage of adverts making there way onto uniforms (thanks to David Dinsmore). … Isaac Mizrahi and ESPN’s Roger Bennett rate the mostly ugly uniforms for the new English Premier League season (from Yusuke Toyoda). … “Word on the street is that the National Federation of High Schools is going to change the football official’s uniform over the next 1 to 3 years,” writes Jarrod Leder. The current uniform looks like this. The prototypes have looked similar to the current shirt worn in Alabama. Many associations are recommending that officials not buy new shirts unless they’re needed until the new shirt comes out. … The 2nd to last paragraph from a story on Luther College (DIII in Decorah, IA) and 100 years of football: “Throughout the 2013 campaign the Norse football team will be wearing a 100 Seasons of Football sticker on the back of its helmets. Norse fans will also see five different designs on the helmets, each representing a different era of Luther football.” (with thanks to Aaron Richards). … Nice NYT article from Tommy Turner, “A Tennessee Clothing Factory Keeps Up the Old Ways.” … Also, a .gif from Tommy, “Shirtless belly-shaking Nats fan.” … The Indy Eleven (an Indianapolis soccer team) are holding a contest to design scarves. Submitter Dave Brown thought this is right up Uni Watch’s alley. … This has been noticed before, but more info — Kevin Fox saw that the Panthers will be wearing black at Buffalo. Based on this pick it looks like the Bills are to wear standing-buffalo throwbacks. … “Curly P for Nats in Atlanta,” writes William Yurasco. “Curly letters all look the same, I guess.” … Our friend Shannon Shark from MetsPolice.com has a post about a 1979 game between the Mets & Giants. In a commercial break, during a Schaeffer commercial, there is Willie Mays wearing a completely generic, blank Giants uniform. … Maks Skuz happened to flip on FOX to catch Tampa Bay and New England play. “The FOX robot showed up with its shield. I caught that the ROBOT has a twitter account.” … Great spot from Paul Quinn, who knows the numbers with the serifs are the first digit of a 2 digit number of the new Vikings jerseys. However, this contradicts the back (and left shoulder) of Chad Greenway’s jersey that was unveiled earlier this year, which had both digits with serifs. “Looking back at the pictures from the unveil, Greenway had no serifs on the front ’2′ and right shoulder ’2′ but serifs on the back and left shoulder ’2′.” … Brian Wilson has taken number “00″ with the Dodgers. Asked why, he said, “Instead of getting booed, now I’m going to get ooed,” (thanks to Mark Coale). Here’s another shot of the Beard (h/t Harrison Tishler) … Former Prexy Jimmy Carter wears the 1999 World Series hat. Says Tyler Kepner, “It was the Braves’ last WS, but they got swept.” … Niners Coach Jim Harbaugh was wearing his SB sweatshirt Friday night at Kansas City (Good spot by Brinke). … =bg= also asks, “Is Adidas allowed to show their logo, the three stripes, on the shoe? Just wondering.” Anyone know? … Corporate douchebaggery? Nike withdrew its offer to sponsor the American pole-vaulter Brad Walker after he placed tape over the company’s logo, which he said he did to make sure that a Velcro strap on his shoe stayed tight (good spot by Don Silsby). … Rip City, Motor City, Buzz City? Brad Henry purchased this sticker the Charlotte Bobcats team store–the logo for the “Buzz City” advertising campaign the Bobcats have introduced to build momentum for the name change. “If you notice in the top right corner, the sticker has a NBA copyright date of 2012, even though the name change was not official until just recently in 2013,” says Brad. … We knew this was coming, but now we have photo evidence, thanks to Keenan: “ND contaminated by the new stretch marks.” … More from Brinke: Michelle Wie wearing stars & stripes golf shoes at the Solheim Cup. … Ben Foster found an article about an artist who specializes in drawing baseball uniforms and has been asked to do work for some very reputable baseball organizations. … Busy
body Brinke asks, “RG3 wearing adidas in practice? that allowed?” … Todd Gurley with a name change at UGA, notes Preston Feiler, “He is going with Gurley II this season.” … Here’s a bit about the evolution of the Star Wars logo (nice find by Kurt Esposito). … First the Smokey Vols, now the Gun Metal Grey Lions? Yep, that’s a “last minute uniform change” made by the BC Lions for their Saturday night game against the Stamps. This apparently camouflaged the numbers (upsetting Jim Vilk for certain). Here’s a ton of game photos (from Mike Styczen). … “Thought you would like these ’70s Pirates bumper stickers,” says Chris Plasencia (apologies if I got the last name wrong). … According to this article, “Small tweaks needed after Redskins’ first Richmond training camp” (thanks to TommyTheCPA). … According to Brian Wulff, Jane McManus (@janesports) tweeted at 1:44 AM on Sun, Aug 18, 2013: “It’s almost 2 am, but MetLife worker bees are swapping out end zone logos, Jets for Giants.” … Sagan Tosu of the J-League had a special uniform pattern for their game on August 17th. Watermelon design, notes Pacific Rim Correspondent Jeremy Brahm. “Green is the official color of Saga Prefecture (where the team is based) and watermelons are part of the summer.” … Check out this 1971 NFL serving tray! Makonnen Weaver was helping a friend clean out his Mom’s garage and found that. … Rob Holecko notes, “The Bucs still have the Nikelace, it’s just the same color as the jersey.” … Who doesn’t love a van covered in beaver? (h/t Alex Allen). … Also from Alex, a WA Lottery ad superimposed on field during Seahawks vs Broncos local ‘hawk broadcast. … More from Rob H.: The Rams are going with their “Civil Rights Game” end zone design. … And the boys who run the Gridiron Uniform Database remind us the Weekly pages are now in for every week from present back to Week 1 1997. … Man, the Dolphins really don’t have much orange on their white uniforms any more, do they. … Brinke can’t save this for Tuesday’s “Collector’s Corner” so if you want “Rare vintage Texaco gas station NHL hockey puck promo display with pucks, better bid on it now. … Matt Lesser Grabbed this screenshot from the San Jose Sharks Instagram page during a video. This is the only still anyone could possibly glean from the video. Matt assumes this is a teaser. … Colorizations? Sure why not. “This is a fantastic reddit” says Nicole Haase, and I’d agree. … New TCU helmet coming soon? First look, leaked last night — Full reveal coming this Friday (thanks to Fungo Frog). … So, on Saturday, I checked out the 65th Annual Artists & Writers Softball Game and guess who drops by and delays play for about 20 minutes. … And finally, it looks like St. Louis fans have nothing on Red Sox fans.
That’s it for this fine Monday in August. Hope everyone had a good weekend, and a good day today. Don’t forget, Paul’s ESPN Uni Rankings begin today and will run every day (and I’ll always link them here once they go live).
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“Jacksonville’s fading color thing on the helmet: Just so…stupid.”