By Phil Hecken
The results of the “Design An NFL Jersey” contest are in, the polls are closed, and we have our winner. Congratulations to Brad for his fantastic Seattle Seahawks concept.
To refresh your memories, at the time of his submisson, Brad described his creation thusly:
I tried to combine their old and current uniforms but also add some new elements. I used their current logo with their old colours but added a green stripe in the middle so that it wraps around to forms three stripes on the sleeves. I also used the old script.
After more than 5,000 votes were cast (5,168 to be precise), Brad was the runaway winner (with more votes than the next two participants combined). And with good reason — it’s an awesome design. Here are the final numbers:
|Entrant||Total Votes and Percentage of Vote|
|Brad McPelican, Seahawks||1,112…22%|
|None Of The Above||848…16%|
|Kevin Gaffney, Ravens||555…11%|
|Bob Jones, Broncos||550…11%|
|Hungry Hungry Hipster, Cardinals||422…8%|
|John Baranowski, Patriots||334…6%|
|Adam Wood, Giants||325…6%|
|Chance Michaels, Packers||307…6%|
|Anthony McGuire, Saints||265…5%|
|Amos Miller, Lions||165…3%|
|Brandon Bowker, Eagles||151…3%|
|Christopher Kane, Eagles||134…3%|
Uni Watch Pollster, James Huening has also tabulated the results in pie chart and bar graph formats. Even if we are to eliminate those who voted for “None of the Above,” the results still show a landslide: bar graph and pie chart.
Thanks to everyone who participated. And now, a few words from the Alain Nana-Sinkham, who will be creating a custom made jersey for Brad, from Classic Old School.
Thanks to all of the designers who entered the contest. I was impressed by your abilty and imagination. I enjoyed reading the descriptions, as well as all the feedback from the readers about what you liked and didn’t like. I’m proud to be a card-carrying member of this community.
We’ll keep you posted as we turn the winning entry into reality. And for Classic Old School’s final gesture of thanks to Uni Watch and the contest participants, I’d like to offer each of you 25 percent off the custom item of your choice.
Thanks again everyone, and don’t hesitate to think of us when you need Custom Jerseys. Made to order. — Alain
Wow, thanks Alain! So, to ALL who participated in the “Design-An-NFL-Jersey” contest (all 80+ of you), if you’d like a jersey — either the one you designed OR any other custom design — Classic Old School will make it a reality. That’s a sweet discount and you can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks again to everyone who participated, and one last BIG CONGRATULATIONS to our winner, Brad McPelican.
From The Squiddie Files: In 1959 — the year Fidel Castro seized power in the Cuban revolution — the Havana Sugar Kings won the International League championship, and captured the Junior World Series by defeating the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association. Beisbol was hot in Cuba. Back with us today to take us through Life‘s mysteries is Lance Smith, with a fun rundown of “those darn beards.”
Fidel Castro is often linked to baseball. While his try out with the Washington Senators/NY Yankees is an urban legend and we might doubt Lefty Locklin’s story about Castro at the 1959 Junior World Series, there’s no question that Castro loves baseball.
In 1959, before things got extra special tense in Cuba, Life magazine had several photographers in the country following Castro and his 26th of July Movement who had come into power at the start of the year. (Hey! It’s that guy from the T-shirts.)
One event they caught was an exhibition between Castro’s barnstorming team Los Barbudos (The Bearded Ones) and the Cuban National Police team held before an International League game between the local Havana Sugar Kings and the visiting Rochester Red Wings. You can read about it here.
Let’s look at some photos.
Fidel Castro on the mound surrounded by his Los Barbudos team.
Was Fidel Castro the inspiration for Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn?
Comadante Camilo Cienfuegos, The Hero of Yaguajay, was chosen to pitch for the Police team, but he would not play against Castro. Instead he caught for Los Barbudos though he needed some help with his equipment.
Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother, apparently had no game (and a minimal beard) and so watched from the stands.
Opposing flannels for the exhibition.
Barbudos mix with the Havana Sugar Kings. (Why’s Floyd there?)
Probably thanks to some preferential umpiring, Castro records a strike out.
This photo probably didn’t make it into the Coca-Cola promotion files.
“Hey, Camilo. Who does this guy remind you of?”
Thanks Lance! Always great stuff to be found in the Squiddie Files.
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: An oldie but a goodie today, folks. All the clues are right there on the scoreboard itself. Location should be obvious, but the rest may take some detetive work. Ready? Guess The Game From The Scoreboard. Date, location and final score, please, and be sure to link to your answer. And, as always, if you enjoy the game, please send me some new scoreboards! Drop me a line. Thanks!
Back again with more Uniform Tweaks, Concepts and Revisions today. Lots to get to, and if you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Shooting first today is Matt Beahan, who has a bunch of NBA tweaks:
Got a few quick NBA uniform tweaks for ya:
Hornets: Hate the yellow name & numbers, so I swapped ’em for white.
If I get the time, I may have some more elaborate concepts to send you…
Taking the second slot today is…Chad Johnson(!), with some Texas Rangers tweaks…here’s
Here is my idea for how the Texas Rangers jerseys should look. What do you think? I love the Texas flag with the T over it, so I put it on the front for sleeveless jerseys and on the cap for the colored jerseys. I went a little old school with the old script “Rangers’ across the cream and red jerseys. I also tweaked the logo a little by putting a star in the middle to make it look more like a badge. I put that logo on the sleeve of the jerseys as well.
And finally, we have Clint Glaze, who has some neato concepts for the Fathers of San Diego:
It’s no secret that nobody cares much for the San Diego Padres’ unusual “sand”-colored” road uniform. They hardly ever wear the sand jersey, the starting pitcher opting for the navy alternate jersey most of the time. And you rarely see fans wearing them either.
While I personally can deal with the sand (I actually think it’s more interesting than the intentional “dinge” of traditional road greys), but the oddball San Diego logo, which doesn’t really relate to anything else in the entire uniform or logo identity, really ruins the whole thing for me, and apparently most everyone else. Most teams use the same font for the team name and city name on the home and away jerseys, so I thought I’d give it a try by creating a San Diego logo that matches the well-known “Padres” word mark. For the accent color, I used the oft-ignored Sky Blue color in their “home plate” team logo.
Recently, with the news on UniWatch about the return of road blues, I thought that a road blue might be a perfect fit for the Padres, again matching their sky blue color. The new San Diego word mark has a metallic gold drop.
And just to come full circle, maybe if the Padres went the way of the road blue, then maybe that weird “SanDiegO” logo might look OK. After all, the serifs on the S and D match the SD hat logo. I feel that any of these changes would fit in with the team imagery and be a vast improvement.
And while I’m at it, the Padres’ [in]famous Camo alternates (worn for Sunday afternoon games) are, in my opinion, a good idea. But they are horribly executed, using a strange forest/sand non-standard camo pattern, and then confusing everyone with a too-bright green Padres logo and green hats. AND green batting helmets. AND green undershirts. But they don’t spring for the matching pants — they wear their sand ”˜away’ pants with the blue stripe down the leg (which is the only blue on the whole uni). If somebody did some actual research and used a current and correct camo pattern, it could look a lot better. And ditch the green logos for some black and sand highlights. I’m not the world expert on military uniforms, but it seems like it would pay more respect to the people you’re trying to honor by creating a proper and fitting uniform. And for heaven’s sake, matching pants are a must!
Interesting sets today for sure. See you next time on the Tweak Show.
That’s all for today folks. It’s the first day of spring, which can only mean one thing:
You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing. — Michael Pritchard