By Phil Hecken
And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…
No, not Vilk’s 5 & 1 … the announcement of the winner of the Seattle Seahawks Redesign Contest (drumroll, please):
What started out with 35 great designs…whittled down to 10 by the crack staff of uni-nuts, then a reader poll of the top ten resulted in the final two designs…has now ended with Mr. Robida taking home the title of “Seahawks Redesign Contest Winner.” Congratulations. Matt defeated our runner up, Travis Ness, who submitted the following three designs:home, road and alternate. Nike and the Seahawks could do a LOT worse than to come up with something like this when they redesign the Seahawks for the 2012 season.
But the voters have spoken, and they have selected Matt Robida. Matt actually submitted four designs, the home and road and two alternates, but for this contest, our crack panel would only consider one alternate, leaving Matt with this for his final entry. You guys thought it was the best. Nike really needs to consider this design for 2012!
The voting, surprisingly, was not all that close (or at least as close as I thought it might be). In the end, 3,176 votes were cast, and Matt Robida collected 1960 of those, or almost 62%. The final voting, graphically, looked like this:
Thanks to James T. Huening for all his work with the polls.
So Mr. Robida, please take your bows — you’ve earned them. Please get in touch with me so I can get your mailing information — I have a few prizes coming your way.
Thanks again to all who participated. I’m thinking our next contest should be in a couple of weeks — suggestions are still being accepted, but I’m leaning towards a “Design a
Jacksonville Jaguars Los Angeles “Jaguars” (or should it be Vikings or Chargers???) — maybe all three — for the next redesign. The Jags, if the were to relocate, should probably get a whole new uni, while the Chargers or Vikings probably have enough cachet (ahem) to keep their current unis, but with just tweaks. So, let me know what you think would make for a good next contest in the comments below. If you don’t like that idea, I’m open to any and all…
New NCAA Rundown
In what is now a regular Sunday feature during the NCAA season, my buddy Terry Duroncelet is here to give us the uni machinations and assorted athletic aesthetics for Week IV of the college football season. Here’s Terry:
First and foremost, a moment of silence. Thank you.
-The rumors of the Galactic Empire sending forces to Eugene, Oregon were confirmed on Thursday night. Here’s a slew of prototypes (would’ve been cool if one side had the navy/gold “Cal” logo on one side and the navy/gold block “C” logo on the other). Even Nicki Minaj would agree that a black helmet and black pants look like straight hell with a Kelly Green and Lightning Yellow jersey with no black in it besides the outline of the number (also note the Fighting Duck nose bumper). Even Katy Frickin’ Perry isn’t that much of a blockhead. C’mon,
Dighting Fucks Fighting Ducks… On another UO note: the Ducks’ mascot had a chip on his shoulder… literally. But the prize for Most Outrageous Oregon Accessory goes to this guy, who had on a giant zero (I kid) cut out from about a 1/4 inch of diamondplate sheet metal. I think headbanging Metalcore-style for six hours straight would be easier on your neck than wearing that thing.
-Also from Thursday: color vs. color between Western Kentucky University and Middle Tennessee State University. Once you get past MTSU’s screenprint-numbered mono-black horror show, it was actually not a bad-looking game.
-Friday: Boise State wore their fourth? uniform combination of the season: this year’s all-white Pro Combat uniform with last year’s Pro Combat helmet. Check out the leg stylings on this Bronco.
-Saturday: The Maryland Terrapins did their best Pittsburgh Steelers impersonation, and guess what? On the plus side, you gotta love those all-black cleats!
-Arizona binged on Star Wars again leading up to their game against Oregon State, who went orange-over-black in that same game.
-The Tempe Cocktail of the week was a classic blend of gold helmets, white jerseys, and gold pants. And here’s one for Movi…
-The Pitt Panthers faced off against the Rutgers Ebony Knights. I know I’m gonna get the obvious answers (money, recruits, etc.), but for a team called the SCARLET Knights to wear an all-black uniform, which they’ve done before, I’ve just gotta ask… Oh, well. At least they went all the way with the black helmets, but the jersey is a little different from what Paul linked to some months back. The original leak had a full “RUTGERS” across the front, while the actual game jerseys from Yesterday’s game just had an “R” on the front.
-After the apparent success of Central Michigan’s gold pants from last week, they decided to take the Gold Trou Show on the road. No, you’re not seeing things. Those are, indeed, all-black uniforms with pink numbers and names for North Carolina State. From newsobserver.com: “Decked out in all-black uniforms, with pink numbers (for breast cancer awareness) and red helmets, the Wolfpack looked different.” Yeah. But why brand-new red helmets, instead of special black helmets with a pink NC State logo? Presumably to better match the normal unis and get in on the hydra party.
-Kentucky went blue/white/blue *I believe* for the first time this season. I could be wrong BIG time, though.
-Indiana University’s pink helmet logos (and the other pink stuff that wasn’t on the helmet) are apparently an all-October thing. Annoyed Tim E. O’Brien is annoyed. The Hoosiers weren’t the only Adidas team getting in on the act: Notre Dame had pink cleats, sideline gear, and even special benches. (Thanks to Warren Junium for those ND pics.)
-Oklahoma State wore black helmets and jerseys with some foreign color pant. I think it’s some cross between red and yellow? *random guy in room explains situation* Apparently, that foreign color is orange, which made it’s first big appearance for the Cowboys this season. Good look, overall. In fact, I’d say the game will make Jim’s 5&1.
-Michigan’s helmet number encore from last week was rumored to remain for the rest of the season, and it was confirmed last night. Other Wolverine notes: it seems like the entire UM team was wearing the throwback “M” socks (that’s a shot of Denard Robinson’s footwear). No photo, but the game also provided us with a first look at Michigan’s new road super-stretchies (this was their first road game of the season), although Michigan Senior Ryan Van Bergen was actually wearing last year’s jersey. No photo, but Denard Robinson’s jersey was ripped in the 4th Quarter, so he had to put on last year’s jersey as well. No photo, but Northwestern also went full-black in the game. When was the last time the Wildcats went mono-black?
-Portland State wore white helmets in their game against Montana State (note the “FINISH” nose bumper). There’s still no saving that uniform, though… XP (Thanks to Desmond Jones for the heads-up).
-No photo, but San Jose State broke out the gold pants *I think* for the first time this season with the white jerseys, assuming that they’ve been paired with the blue jerseys already. This was against BYU.
-Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin of the Southland Conference wore their home jerseys Saturday in the 2011 Battle of the Piney Woods at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Paul, you may want to turn away… now. Here’s video of the game. (Credit avid Uni Watch reader Chris Mycoskie.)
-And Tim E. O’Brien has updated his Hoosier Tracker.
I realize that I won’t be able to catch every single uni-notable game, so if there’s any uni-notable games on for those that have that College Gameday thingy on DirecTV, feel free to alert me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope everyone has a great Sunday.
MLB Uni Tracking – 2011 Final Results
Now that the MLB regular season has ended (mercifully for some of us fans), all those who spent the season keeping track of your teams uniform machinations should now feel free to send in your final results.
Today we have Glenn Simpkins, who tracked the World Champions for 2010…your San Francisco Giants:
Hello, again, Phil.
Here is the last installment of my Uni Watching the San Francisco Giants
In our World Series Title defense, hampered by injury and ending rather harshly on the weekend of September 23 in Arizona, here is the final tally of our best and worst uniform performance and some notable per-pitcher performance data.
I break the data down for print on the blog is as follows, with the Bullpen’s decisions logged as well to reflect each uniform’s effects on the whole team’s late inning skills.
The list of Pitchers that HAVE started games this season: Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Voglesong, Barry Zito, Jonathan Sanchez, Eric Surkamp, Dan Runzler.
Season overall: 86 ~ 76
Winningest starter: Ryan Voglesong at 13 ~ 7 in 28 starts, he’s a road warrior at 6 ~ 1 in 12 starts and he thrives on OBS, with a record of 3 ~ 1 in 5 starts
The Bullpen ultimately decided 44 games, going 26 ~ 18.
Overall, when MLB had us tack bits NOT part of our standard uniforms, we were 6 ~ 5
Overall OBS, home and road combined we are 13 ~ 11 in 24 games
Overall Home: 46 ~ 35
Standard Home Cream: 28 ~ 23.
Of note are the only pitchers with WINNING records, keeping the average afloat:
Ryan Voglesong — 5~4 in 9 starts.
Barry Zito — one win in one start
The Bullpen — 8~1 (WOW!)
OBS at home: A shockingly stellar 9 ~ 4. A keeper as a uni combo for sure, contrary to how bad it loos as compared to the standard.
Of note are the pitchers with EVEN or LOOSING records, dragging the percentage down
Barry Zito — one loss in one start
The Bullpen — 2~2
Jonathan Sanchez — No decisions in three starts
Orange Friday: 7 ~ 5
Without the Bullpen’s record at 4 ~ 2, this would be an EVEN record!
Special uniforms: Gold Letters = WIN by The Bullpen; Flag Desecration, as you call it, and their Gigantes jerseys = Losses both.
Overall Road: 40 ~ 41
Standard Road Grey: 34 ~ 33
Half the starters loosing, the other half plus The Bullpen winning, nothing outstanding here.
OBS on the road: A dismal 4 ~ 8, they ought to ditch this combo.
A lot of those were lost late, since the bullpen is 1 ~ 4, but that still is a loosing 3 ~ 4 across the board for the starters.
Special uniforms: WINs both on Jackie Robinson day and on a Flag Desecration day
Thanks, Glenn! Anyone else out there still tracking? If you are, you know what to do.
We have another new set of tweaks today.
If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Remember, if possible, try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per tweak. You guys have been great at keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!
And so, lets begin:
We start with Glenn Simpkins, who has new thoughts on the Jays & Rays…
Two Uni tweaks to share today:
Blue Jays: These Identity tweaks, reduxing the pre-97 look, may be moot, given what was leaked a few days ago, but why not get this out there anyway.
>The general shape of that modern “T” of theirs looks nice. Clean the inside of the beveling, use only white and shades of blue, slap it on top of a maple leaf, and a fine Patch and Cap logo are made. Factor this into the redux!
>Take the maple leaf off of the pre-97 ball and bird logo, and you get something nice like this cap logo and patch.
Jerseys: Pre-97 Home and Road. Both need fixed; remove the “TV Number placed” logo, fill in the letters and outline them in light blue yields new home and road.
Rays: WAAAYback on 4/24/2011, Colin Wilcox had the Idea of use their current color scheme on their previous look. I Like it, & thought it could use the Chris Creamer polishing treatment, keeping both the devil ray AND the sunray: Home, Alt, Road. Also, for the lulz from of a quadrant of my brain that could be called Left Field, THIS, just the devil and sun rays on the jersey and no lettering at all, and the strange detail of the tail of the devil ray wrapping around to the back!
Next up is Gregory Kohn, with tweaks to the just release Marlins graphics…
Avid Marlins fan here,
I don’t like the new Miami Marlins’ logo, but I made some hats with it anyway using the color scheme. Gotta say, it’s not so bad without the weird flying Marlin, especially on the all-blue cap. Hopefully, Loria keeps it simple, but knowing him that probably wont happen.
Love your blog!
And closing down the tweak show today is Alex Cloutier, who has a whole bunch of NFL tweaks:
BROWNS: I designed this off of the original uniforms from 1946.
GIANTS: Plain and simple. I made the road uni match the home one.
SEAHAWKS: I wanted to submit this for your contest but never got around to it. I tried a slightly different color scheme with less blue, more green (not neon), and black highlights (that word just doesn’t seem to work with that color). The alternate is based off of the first Seahawks unis.
BRONCOS: A combo of new and old for this one. Brightened the orange a bit, replaced the navy with royal blue, and removed all of the color from the logo to replicate the helmet horsies that came before it.
RAVENS: This is a team in need of a make over. First the logo needs to be fixed, ravens are not purple they are black. (I also removed that anoying letter from the bird). I also created an alternate logo out of the team initials. On the uniform I replaced the black helmet with a red one that has proper striping (Why can’t they tell that those purple helmet horns are not only ugly but also next to impossible to see?). I also made gold a more prominent color in the uniform.
And that will do it for this weekend. Back next weekend with more.
by Rick Pearson
Were Bambi and Thumper there, too?
And, as always, the full-size.
Jim Vilk’s 5 & 1
And now for the part of the post that
I wait up all night for you’ve all been waiting for…
And it was pretty late when I got this…
Terp Tracker – A big improvement over last week (wish we could say the same for Ga. Tech).
Honorable Mention to Air Force/Notre Dame – Gonna say it every time they wear them: “Keep those new unis, Falcons!”
5. Colorado/Stanford – Team colors, Stanford…that’s all you need.
4. BC/Clemson – Would have finished the list sooner last night, but those Tiger unis made me “paws” for reflection.
3. Iowa/Penn State – Classic, baby.
2. Oklahoma/Texas – Love this matchup, but even more when OU’s the home team.
1. Florida/LSU – My color palette special of the day.
And the bad one: Central Michigan/NC State – You can either wear pink numbers OR go BFBS…or better yet, just wear your usual stuff.
At least the Ducks didn’t get the dreaded “and one” spot. But those Terps and GA Tech? You blew the & 1, baby. That was awful.
Tracking The 2011 MLB Playoffs
Alex Rocklein is back…so let’s put ‘em in the books!
All four Divisional Series’ are complete, and the ALCS got underway last night…and it continued into the wee hours of this morning, with two rain delays.
We always know we can count on Detroit to look good, whereas we never know what we’re going to get with the Texases. They broke out the rarely-seen red cap/white jersey combination, which I happen to think looks great, but it’s definitely odd when the blue is so predominate over the red on that jersey.
Since the game ended so late, I wasn’t sure if I’d make it till it was a final. But I did, and the Texases held on for a 3-2 victory. So here is your up-to-date 2011 MLB Playoff Tracker.
That’s it for today. Everyone have a great Sunday, and make sure you post your suggestions for the next Uniform Contest in the comments section below. RIP Al.
“When you combine Al Davis’ death with Nike making the NFL’s uniforms next season, I think it’s pretty much guaranteed the Raiders will now get a uniform redesign/update/overhaul. I think they need it; they’ve had basically the same uniforms for nearly 50 years now.” — The Hungry, Hungry Hipster