By Phil Hecken
I’m pleased to announce the next Uni Watch contest, and once again, we’ll be having an awesome prize for the winner. As before, I’ll be teaming up with UW reader Alain Nana-Sinkam who is the proprietor of Classic Old School (more on that below), and who has generously offered to offer the winner of this contest a custom made, personalized jersey. So what’s the contest, specifically? OK…let’s set up the ground rules, and then we’ll hear from the man who’s agreed to provide that custom jersey for the winner.
Last time around, we accepted submissions for a “Design An NFL Jersey,” but with summer in full gear, this time it’s going to be an major league jersey. In that contest, we received a whopping 69 submissions from the Uni Watch tweakers and designers, so we’re hoping for a similar response this time around.
You may recall that after a spirited competition, Brad McPelican was voted the winner, and Alain & Classic Old School came through with flying colors. Here’s the winning jersey based on Brad’s design. Beautiful, eh?
Anyway, thanks to Alain & Classic Old School’s generosity, we’re pleased to announce the “Design A Major League Jersey” contest, which will be similar to the NFL contest. So let’s go over the ground rules:
Please submit, in jpg, gif or bmp or similar format, ONE JERSEY redesign for any MLB team. You can submit a home OR away, (and you may include an entire uniform set — cap, jersey, pants, stirrups, shoes), but we’re looking for the jersey. It may be helpful to create the full uniform (for visual purposes) so feel free to do so, but please remember the jersey is the important part.
Please provide front, back and side-on views.
One entry per person. If you send me multiple entries, I will only post the first one you send.
Please describe your creation in 50 words or less. Anything more than that will not be included.
When all the entries are in, they will all be posted — and the top 9 (since it’s baseball, you know) will be put to a vote for the BEST by the UW readership — and the one jersey is judged the best design will be getting a custom-created, top quality jersey, based on that concept, and created by Classic Old School Design.
You can begin submitting your designs to me immediately. The deadline for the contest is August 1, 2010. Because I get a LOT of emails from readers, I need you to put in the subject line: “UNI WATCH BASEBALL JERSEY DESIGN CONTEST”.
Send all submissions directly to me at this address.
* Any team, any uniform, but the jersey is what will be created, so the UW vote will be based on the jersey design
* 50 words or less to describe your creation.
* Deadline: August 1, 2010.
* If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me (same address as above) — just label the e-mail “Question(s) about the baseball jersey contest”.
OK? OK! This an an awesome prize, so lets see some great designs, one of which will go from concept to reality.
And now, a few words from the man who is making this possible, Alain Nana-Sinkam:
A lot has been going on at Classic Old School since the football jersey contest this winter. We’ve gave away a jersey to a lucky fan on Facebook during our “race to 100 fans” campaign (and we just crossed over 250 fans!). We moved the website to a new host (and did a mild redesign), and we snatched a new domain — www.oldschooljersey.com (though the old address [www.classicoldschoolgear.com] works as well).
What hasn’t changed is our commitment to helping customers remake their sports memories. Two of the most satisfying projects we’ve completed recently were both baseball related: A redo of a classic Little League jersey for a father and his son; and a high school jersey remake for a customer’s brother.
We were so pleased to receive the positive feedback in both cases. I’ve had some of my own jerseys done in a kid’s size for my eight year-old, so I know how much it can mean to share a piece of your athletic history with a child. Heck, I was so inspired by these projects, I fired up The Bad News Bears on Netflix (obviously do some extra research).
I hope you enjoy the contest, and I’m sure the UW community will impress again with their fantastic design work. Good luck!
So now that you’ve seen the amazing work Classic Old School provides, how awesome would it be to wear one of their masterpieces that YOU designed? Pretty freakin’ awesome, right. And if you’re not the designing type, but you still love the product, consider having a custom-made jersey for a friend or loved one as well.
So get cracking, all you uni tweakers. Once I have all the submissions, I’ll present them to the readership, and after we narrow them down to the Top 9, you guys will decide which one is the best. The winner will receive a custom designed baseball jersey from Classic Old School.
Thanks again to Alain and Classic Old School for making this possible.
Mick may just be the best lookin’ guy in Bub’s. That’s saying something, right? Here’s Rick:
Lebron, Shlabron. You want a media circus? You want drama, suspense, a “Decision”?
Check this out. Imagine the size of the crowd. Go ahead, it shouldn”t take long.
Here’s your Saturday Benchies.
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. Still finding the tweaks have slowed to a trickle, so if you have something you’d like to show, give me a shout.
Starting off today is Charlie Charnigo who has several tweaks for the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club:
These are ones I did a few years back for the Mets. It started with a tweak of the classic interlocking NY, but incorporating an M as well. I guess if the Expos ‘elb’ mated with the Mets “NY” this would be the offspring. It also would be the focus of a marketing campaign as well. “My NY, my Mets!” As the A’s go by both the A’s and the Athletics I wish the Mets would embrace the Metropolitans name as well. Enjoy!
Next up is Jody Beamer who assures me the following Bengal tweaks are the best ever. Jody makes five points and sent five graphics, although they don’t correspond to each other, but I’ll add them in that way for symmetry:
Attached are easily the best Bengals tweaks you will receive, EVER.
You’ll notice several changes to the current uni:
1. No drop shadows on the numbers. Just a simple stroke.
2. Removal of the colored side panels. Just solid color all the way around.
3. Completely redesigned pants with cropped stripes, which eliminates any evidence of those stupid white stripes on the old ones.
4. Striped socks that incorporate the tiger-stripe design.
5. Collar colors are consistent with the jersey color.
Closing down the show today is Will Risinger, who has a simple plan for the KC Chiefs:
Hello Uni-Man – love the site.
I understand how the chiefs may feel their uniform is too traditional for a revision, but classic qualification probably requires a more recent title appearance than their last in 1967, piloted by the great sartorial icon Hank Stram.
I kept it simple as I hate all the new fangled gimmicks and stripes appearing so haphazardly on NFL uniforms (hello denver). Kept red dominant and threw in a bit more yellow for offset.
And yes I do have too much time on my hands. And the Texans have the most unimaginative uni in the league — they’re next.
OK. That’s enough for today. Check back next time for more, and keep them coming.
Back at the beginning of the 2010 season, I announced the 2010 Uni Tracking that a number of us do. Last year, I devoted about four full weekend columns to it, and that was probably a bit much for most of us to take in one dose, so this year, I’ll occasionally post the updated tracking of certain teams as the trackers send them in. So, if you’ve been doing your due diligence with your team, send me your mid-season tracking reports, and I’ll post them as a “sub article” on the weekends. OK? OK!
Two tracks today. First up is Dickson Kendrick, who is tracking the Red Sox (he also mentions the Nats, but I only see the Red Sox on his tracker).
Long-time reader of UniWatchBlog.com…
The ones I have thus far are for Boston and Washington. Hope this helps out.
And our second tracking set comes from Mike Menner, who is from Minnesota and, not coincidentally, is tracking the Twins:
Here’s a snapshot from my Excel file tracking the Twins unis this year. In addition to noting their jerseys (though not down to the cap choice), I’m tracking which games I’ve seen at Target Field and where I’ve sat.
Thanks for all the great work. You and Paul do a heckuva job!
All the best,
OK, trackers, keep ’em coming. Back with more of your tracking next time.
Don’t be afraid to send in a couple graf write up of any trends or other interesting patterns you’re seeing thus far. Thanks!
That’s gonna do it for today — and I know what you may be thinking: HEY…what ever happened to the “design a stirrup” contest? Well, we’re going to hear all about that from Comrade Marshall next weekend, but I wanted to get this design a baseball jersey contest underway now. So get cracking on that.
Everyone have a great Saturday.
I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer. — Tommy Lasorda