By Phil Hecken
Yesterday evening, the Florida State Seminoles revealed their new football uniforms (they actually unveiled for several sports, but the big unveil was for football). As you can see in the splash photo, they’ve gotten a bit more busy.
Before we even take a look at the stills, I want you to take a look at the following video, which is fairly in-depth, and provides some excellent views and angles of the new uniforms. Be warned…they’ve added a black jersey AND pants, plus a new helmet … and white pants.
OK –that’s a lot to digest. Let’s now take a look at each of the three (because there are now three complete) uniform sets. Click on any photos to enlarge.
There are more photos (which you can view in a Nike press release, which I’ll link to at the end), but that is a pretty good representation of the home uniform.
The helmet is gold (and although it is shown with a gold facemask, FSU assures everyone the actual helmet will have a red facemask), with a garnet jersey and gold pants. Pretty much what FSU has been wearing forever, but obviously there are some additions (the collar imagery, which is replicated on the sleeve panels) and of course, new fonts.
The road uni will also be worn with the gold helmet, and there is the addition now of a set of white pants. Once again, the jersey (like the garnet) has the collar art which is repeated on the sleeve panels. The numbers are gold, which differs from previous sets, which were garnet. You’ll also notice that the new Nike fonts differ from the old rounded ones.
Other than being black, these are mirror images of the white uniforms. You’ll notice there is a garnet and black helmet. It appears that this helmet will be worn with this (hopefully and ONLY this) uniform.
You may note the new helmet is slightly different from the old helmet. Obviously the spears crossing in the back of the helmet (as the video pointed out, mimicking the State Flag of Florida). The spear on the helmets has also been changed. It’s slightly less intricate now, and also features a new feather (which was part of the logo that leaked several days ago).
OK. So. If you watched the video posted at the beginning of this article, you’ll note that the Nike designers made multiple mentions that not only was this redesign two years in the works, they also went out of their way to clear this design by (and get the approval of) the Seminole tribe, from whom the team takes its imagery, logo and name. I will NOT get into any of the debate about Native American names, logos and the like — since this is a completely different situation from those surrounding several of the professional teams who we discuss on these boards quite a bit. Since the team has received the blessings of the tribe, I’ll say that I actually like the collar design quite a bit. I’m not sure the old collar design, which also had a native-inspired design had to go, but OK. I like this upgrade.
If you look closely at the new design, you will see the Seminole tribe’s symbols for arrow, man on horse, and fire. The “man on horse” symbol also looks a lot like the letter “F,” which may or may not be purely coincidental. As was explained in the video, Nike’s designers are trying to go hard on the symbolism, and the collar design reflects that.
Unfortunately, instead of keeping the sleeve patches (I can’t really even call them sleeves) blank, the collar pattern was repeated on each jersey sleeve. It looks OK on the red jersey, since the sleeve design is garnet, but not as great on the white jersey, as that same garnet design is repeated on the sleeves. On the black jersey, the gold is traded for black, so it’s fairly difficult to see. In my opinion, none of the sleeves need the pattern, but it looks best on the garnet jersey.
Overall — I like the new look (except for the font, which is now SOP with every Nike redesign), but I don’t think any change was needed (FSU has had, again, in my opinion, one of the best looking uniforms of all time and have for a while). Even when changes had been made, they always seemed to be more subtle than this one.
It wasn’t broken before, but they fixed it anyway. I liked the old design just fine, but I think the new one is just fine as well. Whether or not the “new and improved” version is any better will remain to be seen, once the unis are on the field. As far as the new helmet, white pants and black uniform — all unneeded, but again, this is now SOP for most programs now. I don’t know if all the new bling will help FSU attract recruits, but I’m sure Nike is telling them it will.
Florida State has always been garnet and gold (although the shades of gold have changed over time); the black uniform — not completely BFBS since they did get talked into wearing black before. They’ve also worn “pro combat” special uniforms before — so change for change sake shouldn’t come as any surprise to the Seminole fan.
OK. I’ve said all I’m going to say. Now it’s your turn. What do you thinK?
Find Your Way…
Today we’ll be taking a look at the seventh set of uniform submissions for the Lewis & Clark Design-a-Uniform Contest, for the team known as the “Pathfinders.” If you’re not familiar with the contest, please give that a read. The contest’s creator, W. Ross Clites will be asking readers to design uniforms for all of the teams in the Lewis & Clark League, and thus far we’ve asked for submissions for a total of eight teams. We’ve looked at the “Captains,” “Diplomats,” “Explorers,” “Governors,” “Lookouts,” and “Navigators,” and today, we’ll see the concepts for the “Pathfinders.”
Two other teams have been put to readers for concepts, the Pioneers and the Travelers. If you’d like to submit your concept for either team, the deadline for submissions for the Pioneers is Wednesday, April 16 and the deadline for submissions for the Travelers is Wednesday, April 23. Tomorrow, Ross will have a short write-up for the tenth team, so make sure you check back then!
At this point I’ll turn it over to Ross, who will go over the guidelines for voting, and then I’ll be back with some final words before we take a look at the entries from our contestants. Here’s Ross (these guidelines will likely accompany each set of voting):
Alright boys and girls, here is how the voting is going to go for each Lewis & Clark Baseball League team:
1. The hierarchy of importance goes primary logo, then uniform design, and then all rest (i.e. hat design, secondary logos, etc.) Cast a vote for the design with your favorite primary logo, first and foremost. Do not fault someone for going outside the design guidelines. Changing a wordmark or adding a third color is not a disqualifier for good thought process.
2. Your votes will take the field of applicants down to a final two per team.
3. We, the LCBL Executive Board will make the final decision on the winning proposal. However — and this is big — design is never complete and collaboration is paramount to success. We will likely settle on a combination of the final two submissions. We might love the logo of one, but prefer the jersey scheme of the other. In this, you will both be winners with full prizes to ensue. The possibility does exist for a total victory, of sorts. One designer could present the best looking jersey, logo, hat, and all the rest. Do not get offended when your submission gets handed back to you with redlined edits. We hate to hand out homework to the winning look, but tweaks may be requested. It is a studio project and not a math equation; the “right” answer takes some massaging of details.
4. With permission from both finalists, our graphics department will meld the two submissions together (if necessary) and place it in our common platform. This is done as a common denominator showcase for all twelve to look uniform when the contest has reached its end.
5. Someone, not even in the top two, could see an element (such as an awesome secondary logo) appear in the final iteration. We would never select the winner based solely on a minor design element, but we will also not let it go to waste. In this, all submissions could be part of a bigger design team. This contest — and frankly this site — was created to identify the best possible combinations of logos and materials in the sports world. This rarely comes from one person’s mind; we will reward any of those that play a part in making our on-field product the best it can be.
Thanks, Ross. A few words about the submissions below:
Some of the contestants sent one single image, others sent multiple images. Some contestants sent descriptions (in some cases, very lengthy ones), others had little or no description. In an effort to make the voting as fair as possible, I have put those who sent multiple images into one single image, and no descriptions of the uniforms will follow. If you’d like to see all the entries for the Navigators and their write-ups/descriptions, I have hosted the entire set on Flickr. Keeping in mind Ross’ rules for voting, you may use these as an additional guide in determining which submission(s) you think are the best.
The submissions will be in alphabetical order and voting will follow. You may vote for any three of the concepts below. You may click on any image to enlarge. OK? OK. Here we go:
OK, readers. That’s quite an impressive set of contributions! Now it’s time for you to vote. You’ll be allowed to vote for up to THREE (3) submissions. You may wish to scroll up for one more viewing, and write down your favorites.
And now it’s your turn! Make sure to vote for your favorites and let all of the concepters know what you think of their designs. They all put a great deal of effort into this, so tell them how they did (and lobby for your favorites, if you wish).
Thanks to all the submitters — we’ll be back next weekend at which time Ross will reveal the winner(s) and how they will adapt the design for the Lewis & Clark league!
One Shining Moment…
Our once (and future???) 5 & 1 man has returned from his multi-year sabbatical to bring us a look at his favorite sporting event (ever???) — the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. And he’s not just going to grace us with his favorite five, and least favorite one, matchups of the tourney — oh no, he’s got that PLUS a whole lot more. So for one shining moment, I turn this portion of the post over to Jim “I’d Wear That” Vilk, for his…
NCAA 5 & 1
By Jim Vilk
Some individual awards before we begin:
Best number font:
A small thin number font that I actually like:
• Delaware – Don’t ask me why, but it works.
• North Carolina Central – Right on.
• Milwaukee – Richie Cunningham would wear that, and so would I.
Points for originality (three-way tie):
It takes onions to stand out in the crowd, so kudos to them.
Now for the matchups:
5: UConn/Michigan State – Congrats, champs.
4: Wisconsin/Arizona – Doesn’t take a lot of courage to like those red Badgers unis.
3: Coastal Carolina/Virginia – Teeeeeaaaaal!
2: North Dakota State/Oklahoma – The Sooners need to stop leaving the tourney so soon.
1 Shining Matchup: Kentucky/Michigan – Simply fab.
And to Tennessee/Michigan – I like bright, not blinding.
Finally, the & 1 goes to…
Baylor/Creighton – Pretty sad when the homogenized court is the best looking thing in that picture.
Send us out, Bill Raftery…
Hope you enjoyed the season!
Welcome back. OK folks — surely there’s something in there worth talking about, right? Right! Now, head down to the comments and tell Jim what you really think…
[Today's Ticker was compiled by Paul]
Baseball News: Holy moly, look at these amazing Japanese baseball player kites (great find by Rob Walker). … The two biggest things that drive MLB jersey sales are apparently winning the World Series and the retirement of a player (from Tommy Turner). … Max Scherzer’s eyes are two different colors, which explains these jerseys and caps (nice one from Kyle Geralds). … Looking for custom stirrups without having to buy huge quantities? Look here. Ignore the hideous camo designs and check out the basic designs in the right-hand sidebar (from Dustin Semore). … I’m quoted very briefly in this very nice article about old-fashioned MLB sweaters. … The Angels normally wear black belts and black shoes. But last night they went with red belts and shoes. They’ll be doing this when wearing their red jerseys at home. … “Elvis Andrus nearly tripped and fell on his super low pants in the 10th inning of the Rangers game (last) night,” writes Mike Klug. “Wouldn’t have happened if he was high cuffed! I’ve attached the video, and it’s on YouTube here.”
NFL News: “I am running the Inaugural NFL Hall of Fame Marathon at the end of the month,” says Jim Jeitler. “I think it’s interesting that there’s no Nike logo on the shirts — all of the stuff they are selling for the race definitely has the swoosh. Also, all the mile markers are going to have team color schemes. I don’t know how that will work with 26.2 miles and 32 teams, but I’m looking forward to finding out.”
College Football News: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: A promo for this October’s Cal/Oregon game appears to show a new Oregon helmet, although it could just be that the person doing the mock-up took some creative license (from Mike Lindquist).
NBA News: “The Magic post scores of their wins with a nice little uni-related touch,” says Erik Morris. “The backgrounds of the score boxes match the uni pattern of the respective teams.” … Ever wonder what NBA team logos would look like if they were all Pokemon-themed? Me neither, but here they are anyway (from Tom Currie).
Grab Bag: Tenth-anniversary logo for the Rat City Rollergirls in Seattle (from Markus Kamp). … Good story on the Heartbleed logo that you’ve likely been seeing a lot of lately (thanks, Brinke). … Oregon’s women’s lacrosse team will be wearing a jersey and “kilt” — that’s their term for it — for the lacrosse Final Four (thanks, Phil). … And finally, good spot by Joshua Edney, who noticed that Jason Day wasn’t wearing a belt during yesterday’s Second Round at the Masters.
Whew! That will do it — almost like two full posts in one, since the FSU new unis bumped our usual Saturday lede to second place. So, make sure you have voted for your three favorites in the Lewis & Clark contest, OK?
I’ll be back again with more tomorrow. Everyone have a great Saturday.
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