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New Balls, Please

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By Phil Hecken, with Brinke Guthrie

It’s the Friday before the Friday before the Labor Day weekend — so that means the year’s final tennis major, the U.S. Open, begins this Monday. Since Ek is handling the weekends, that means today I’ll be joined by my doubles partner, Brinke Guthrie, to bring you an Open uniform fashion preview. So, without further ado, here’s =bg=:


The US Open starts on Monday, and it will be missing the defending men’s champ. Juan Martin Del Potro’s got a bum wrist. Serena Williams won’t be there after allegedly cutting her foot in a restaurant this summer, just after her Wimbledon win. (We won’t see her return to the scene of the crime.)

You always get a lot of new looks at the Open — hopefully this disaster won’t be one of them. Or this one. Um, or this one. And this just defies description.

The Fed and Nadal’s Nike looks are here. (Fed can even make pink look cool.) Women’s top seed Caroline Wozniacki is the only player to wear the custom “Stella McCartney for Adidas” line; Wozzy’s 2010 look is here. Ana’s look is here, but of course she’ll bomb in the first round as usual, so you’ll have more time for Woz. Sharapova’s Nike dress is right here and here (in purple for PL.) Venus is doing something with Ralph Lauren. Melanie Oudin is back with another set of personalized Adidas sneakers, just part of a brand blitz for NYC even though she’s had a sub-par year.

Also: You cannot be serious — a new McEnroe shirt with his most (in)famous quotes. The Polo US Open line is here. Fila’s got a new retro womens line here. Speaking of retro, you can get a lot of it here. (And for the coolest retro look ever, look no further than right here.)

Interesting late developments for the Open. Notice in the Fed shot — the “RF” is on the chest in place of the swoosh, a first. Usually it’s small and embedded in the placket. And, a Nike Tennis “lookbook”.


Thanks Brinke.


jersey contest hed 5MLB Jersey Contest, Day 5

Alrighty. Today we look at the fifth and final batch of entries in the “Design-A-Baseball-Jersey Contest” (if you happened to miss Monday’s article, refer back there for the full writeup). This one isn’t quite as many entries as the previous four days, but there’s still plenty of gems to be found.

My sincere thanks to everyone who participated in this, and thanks again to Alain Nana-Sinkham and Classic Old School for providing the winner with a custom made jersey based on his design. Alain informs me he should be able to narrow down his final selections over the weekend, so next week we’ll have the voting!

So, without further ado, lets take a look at the last set of entrants:


Mike Sullivan: Washington Nationals. For this tweak I kept the typeface, but removed all gold. Also, I gave it a new outline and removed the outline from the NOB. Then I created a D.C. sleeve patch. No major changes, but I think it makes for a realistic, cleaner, and more classic look for a team that is beginning to change it’s (losing) culture.


Thad Switzer: San Diego Padres. Back to brown, hot dammit! Super-tweaked 1970’s name script and used early 1980’s colors. Super-duper-tweaked friar logo for patch; instead of ballet dancing with a bat, friar’s straight-up mashing! Drop-shadows and a stirrup sighting”¦sweeet.


Chris Tatek: Chicago Cubs. I created a redesign of the Chicago Cubs home jersey with influences from 1908 and 1929. I removed the blue pin stripes, used the alternate all blue Cubs logo, and added the player number in front. Blue accent stripes were added. The sleeve patch is the Wrigley Field logo.


Jarae Thurmond: San Diego Padres. this uniform was created out of political correctness in a sense.. I am in the navy and San Diego is the second largest navy base in the US. and when they wear their camouflage uniforms thats ok and all but this is what we wear to work in the navy… i would love to see these show up at petco or better yet i would love to show up at petco in this. the number, name and shoulder logo are all triple layered and stitched


Ben Traxel: Tampa Bay Rays. The Tampa Bay Rays jersey I’m proposing starts with a plain white button down. The Rays across the chest is the same logo currently used but with a slightly brighter color blue. I like the old ray logo, just the fish, on the sleeve and is the same new blue color. The undershirt also the same color. The trim color is a muted yellow as not to compete with the blue. The powder blue is based on the color scheme seen commonly in Florida and is supposed to be a more aqua or blueish green color than powder. It represents the ocean. The sunburst on the R is the setting sun over the water thus combining the old and the new meaning of the team name on the uniform. Clean and simple but with a fresh new design.


Jeremy Walker: Baltimore Orioles. First, I created a new sleeve design. Second, I added Black and Orange outline along the edges. Finally, the NOB and Number changed to black. Kept the original “Orioles” and “Baltimore” scripts. After that I had some fun with a new hat logo and added some classic stirrups. Enjoy!


Ed Westfield: Houston Astros. Here’s my take on an updated button-down version of the Astro’s tequila sunrise jersey.


Dwayne White: Cleveland Indians. My entry is the Cleveland Indians. I always loved these jerseys in the 1970’s and I always thought they personified the franchise without going overboard. No red pants, just simple white. I just would hope that the players would not wear the uniform 2 sizes too big and pajama pants and hide the sox. But you know they will.


Jason Whitt: Cleveland Indians. I have always been a fan of the Indians home uniforms from 1933-1935 which featured a red placket. It was the only time the Tribe used that design. I have attempted to bring it back, but this time as a road version featuring the current block “C” logo.


Ben Wideman: Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto Blue Jays jersey submission. I’m not sure why they dropped this road script from the current uniform, but I like it so I’m bringing it back along with the team logo. Blue is the obvious choice for the Blue Jays, and I threw the red maple leaf on the shoulder to match the current set.


Steve Wojtowicz: New York Mets. I thought the team needed something that finally called the team the Metropolitans. For years the have been referred to as the Metropolitans in the media but never committed it to uniform. I thought the more distinguished name deserved to be commemorated in a throwback style uniform.


Adam Wood: New York Mets. This is my redesign for the New York Mets. The inspiration comes from two places. The first is the 2008 Mets civil rights unis. The second is the original Mr. Met logo. Orange was always something I thought the mets should use more, and I never understood why Mr. Met, uni and hat was different from the teams’.


Patrick Woody: Texas Rangers. For my entry I’m going with the Texas Rangers and the jersey I wish they’d wear. The idea is pretty simple – eliminate the drop shadows and unnecessary white outline on the road grays while reversing the colors of the wordmark to red with blue outline.


Joseph Young: Baltimore Orioles. The orioles have always had uniforms with a script logos. To change that, I used the logo that was their sleeve patch from 1954-1965. I kept the striping from the current uniform because it’s simple. I also love the Baltimore/Maryland flag patch, so I kept that as a sleeve patch.


OK everyone. That’s the last of the Official Design-A-Baseball-Jersey Contest. As before, please give everyone a big round of thanks for participating, and of course, your thoughts on the Day 5 entries.

More props, of course, to Alain and Classic Old School for providing the winner with a custom made jersey. Now, the tough part for Alain — shrinking the 94 entries down into 9. We’ll be back very soon with those, and then we’ll let the voting begin.


ticker 5 Uni Watch News Ticker: Starting the show today is Kurt Esposito who says that according to these articles, Purdue U is looking to redesign the mascot Purdue Pete. … David Vines noticed what appears to be Tim Lincecum wearing striped stirrups on the bench in Wednesday’s game against Cincinnati. Says David, “Maybe he’ll trot them out as a slump buster?” … Ryan Connelly was busy yesterday, sending me the evolution of fast food logos, a Virgin plane livery time-lapse movie, and Steelers camo — yikes. … Southeast High School in Bradenton, Florida has been using Florida State’s arrowhead logo and the phrase “Noles” since as early as 1981, notes Nick Hanson. But now they just got smacked with a C&D order from FSU. Gee — if you’re going to steal FSU’s logo, perhaps making it in UF’s colors isn’t such a genius move (also noted by Mike Edgerley and in this story by Marcusky Scott) … The male/female mascot monster rears its ugly head again: Benji Boyter states “The Charleston RiverDogs, single-A affiliate of the Yankees, have a male and female mascot, Charlie and Chelsea Riverdog. I scoured the net for a decent pic of both with no luck, but you can go to and at the very top of the page see a pic of both.” … Not to be outdone, Chip Powell says “Until this season, the Charlotte Knights, AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, had two mascots, Homer the Dragon and his “wife” Caroline. Caroline apparently only makes special appearances now so the team only has to pay one person to play a mascot at every game, but she is still mentioned from time to time.” … No Blues For The ‘boys in 2010 (thanks to Chris Mycoskie). … Dan Richardson informs us the New Westminster Salmonbellies just won their 3rd consecutive Western Lacrosse Association Championship and are now off to the Canadian Lacrosse Championship In September back in Ontario, where they will chase their 25th Mann Cup. … Brian Shane liked “Nat O’s” plaid BoSox jersey contest submission, he thought it might be fun to mock it up — dude, what’s with the rups? … Oh, joy — good thing Paul’s on vacation — Whitmer High School in Toledo, OH will debut new Nike Oregon-like uniforms Friday night (thanks to Ken Watlington). First player on the left. … Jared B. writes, “I work for a store in San Diego that sells team apparel, we also put name and numbers on all types of jerseys. The Padres have been known to come to use when they need a personalized jersey made. So we made one for Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, who throw out the first pitch yesterday. This time we added a Chargers lightning bolt patch to the right sleeve, but did it in the Padres colors. Jersey came out very cool check out the video (sorry no pics).” … Alan Kreit sent in this ticker submission with the subject “Good Old Plaxico,” Says Alan, “What a guy.” … As part of the regime change in DC it looks like the return of burgundy tops and gold pants, notes Ted Bloss. A classic look for the Skins, and great way to start the season off! (also sent in by Geoff BakerDan Cichalski brings us the bad news: The BFBS Cyclones. … D. Bragdon passes along the fact that this blog is honing in on UW territory — but at least he gives us a shout out at the end. … A great PSA comes from Aaron Duncan who notes that Just a reminder that Friday September 3, is National Wear Your College Colors Day. Says Aaron, “The beautiful thing about this holiday is that it also falls on Stirrup Friday, which opens up all sorts of cool fantastic fashion possibilities.” … Thom Dennis explains that the Springfield Falcons have unveiled a 3rd jersey. the throwback is of their days as the Indians. You can see it at … I worked late yesterday and didn’t get to watch any NFL action, but Joshua Briscoe did, and what he found, quite frankly, annoyed the shit out of me. The Colts, who arguably have one of the greatest and most iconic unis in football, are truncating the crap out of their once gorgeous shoulder loops. Damn you to hell, Reebok. … Also from Joshua, Dwight Freeney tore his jersey — or someone did. He’s another Colt who annoys me with how he pinches together his shoulder loops. … More Colts loops observations come from Ryan Perkins, who says, “Check out the difference in spacing on the nameplates or Peyton Manning and Anthony Gonzales’ jerseys. Stripes are way different too. Must be the difference in Peyton’s classic fit/cut/fabric jersey and Gonzales’ new/stretchy one.” … Good find from Tom Mulgrew: He discovered an archive of pitcher photos on the New York Daily News website. Dizzy Dean, Whitey Ford with Satchel Paige, RA Dickey (?!), and more. Great photo of Hank Leiber with Mel Ott before Leiber’s only pitching appearance (he was an all-star outfielder) which would have been 1941. The slideshow is here. Hank Leiber is in photo #26. … A “Patriots update” (?) from Caleb Borchers, who writes, “With the Pats mutual love of old Pat and their updated Elvis, isn’t it only a matter of time before this happens?” … Rob Leavell sends along this beautiful set of pics of the 2010 Youth Olympics, with special emphasis on “Picture 26.” … Chris Ashworth says the Flyers’ jersey may have just been leaked, but everyone knows what it will look like anyway. The NHL2K11 game is out for iPod/Phone and they show the Flyers’ away jersey in one of the screen shots. Here’s a link to his Flickr Page with it. “Nothing new,” he says, “but I guess it’s confirmed now.” … Ben Adams saw the SI “greatest player by number” piece and noticed the very odd helmet on Willie Lanier.


That’s all for today (another shortish one — I must be slipping). Everyone have a fantastic weekend — hopefully, two mammoth posts next week, before I turn it over to Paul — voting on the Design-A-Jersey contest entries and a tutorial on colorization. Then I will sleep for a long, long time.

See ya Monday.


In 1989 or 90, I saw a young Ken Caminiti teach a workshop on hitting. Nice guy, intense guy. And he looked like he’d been carved out of marble. In 1989, I didn’t know that ballplayers took steroids. — Cort M.

169 comments to New Balls, Please

  • Ricardo Leonor | August 27, 2010 at 7:51 am |

    The more I look at this pic:

    The happier I am that the Mara / Tisch brain trust decided to go back an emulate that era. I know not all the teams were exactly beauties back then, but some would really work….wish more would do so…..

    • RS Rogers | August 27, 2010 at 10:24 am |

      If the Skins would go back to that helmet, or a modernized version of the feather-over-the-top, I would turn my back on my Lakota friends and my Purple Pride and become the world’s biggest Redskins fan. Heck, the Skins could keep their name, adopt Chief Wahoo as their mascot, hire Michael Vick and a defensive line of spouse-abusing Klansmen, and I’d still root for them if and only if they wore that helmet design.

    • LI Phil | August 27, 2010 at 11:32 am |

      since last night, i tweaked that pic a bit more…that was a VERY difficult one — maybe best left in B&W actually…

      • LarryB | August 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm |

        Nice work Phil. It did look like a hard one to do.

  • Ray Barrington | August 27, 2010 at 7:52 am |

    The Lanier helmet – I think it’s been discussed here before – had a large strip of padding over the top. Ohio State also wore that kind of helmet. It was supposed to cut down on concussions by providing extra padding, but it actually caused neck problems because the padding did not slide off other helmets but stuck.

    • LarryB | August 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm |

      Yes Ohio State was one of several teams to wear that padding. In my never ending search for old football pictures, I am finding more and more teams that wore it. Ohio U in the 60’s also did. Youngstown State had some. My old high school did too. I found a picture of Miami Fla from the 50’s with a very small or narrow strip. May have been a practice helmet?

      Pretty sure Helmet Hut had an article about that Chiefs padded helmet. And I think the helmet was in the Hall of Fame in Canton

      • Bill Scheft | August 28, 2010 at 11:56 am |

        Yes, very common college helmet in the early-mid 1960s. Harvard wore it c.1962-64 and the “hill” of padding was even more pronounced. Don’t remember anyone other than Willie wearing it in the NFL, which leads me to believe (like OJ with Bills) it may have been his college helmet repainted.

  • scott | August 27, 2010 at 8:13 am |

    I’ll take Traxel’s Rays uniform over the powder blue alt the Rays currently wear…

    • Dan King | August 27, 2010 at 8:59 am |

      I applaud all those that submitted an idea to the contest.

      I like Traxel’s ideas behind the design, but to me it looks like an 70’s/80’s polo shirt design into a jersey top.

      • traxel | August 27, 2010 at 9:05 am |

        Ha! I like that analysis.

      • Jim Vilk | August 27, 2010 at 11:25 am |

        And that’s why I’d wear that!

  • Terry Proctor | August 27, 2010 at 8:22 am |

    GD Reetard, the Swooshies and UnderArmpit are the primary culprits in today’s overall horsesh*t uniform designs in ALL sports. These companies have either ruined classic designs (Colts) or created unis that look like they came out of the movie “Rollerball” (Univ. of Oregon). I won’t even go into how they’ve ruined the classic basketball uniform. Performance-enhancing fabrics are one thing. But you don’t have to make teams look ridiculous.

    The helmet that Willie Lanier is wearing was very popular for linemen and fullbacks in the 1960s and early 1970s. That raised center section was made out of the same foam material that was used to make wrestling mats. In their 1961-62 Fall & Winter catalog Wilson Sporting Goods listed it as optional Item F2842 and it could be added to any Wilson helmet in any color for $4.50 extra. Cornell University’s whole team wore this style in the 1960s when Gary Wood (NY Giants) was the Big Red QB. I remember their helmets were White with the padding Red. Looked sharp. The only complaint that we ever got from players who wore these was that it added weight to the helmet.

  • Sonny | August 27, 2010 at 8:25 am |

    I submitted a uni-tweak for the contest but it did not show up. I am positive I submitted it before the 1st. Can you look into that?

  • J.D. | August 27, 2010 at 8:26 am |

    Am I the only one who realizes that the uniforms that Whitmer High School are wearing aren’t exactly “Oregon-like”, but instead just like the Nike Pro Combat uniforms worn by teams such as Florida and Florida State last year? Yes there is similarity between Whitmer and the wings on the neckline of the Oregon jerseys, but that’s very clearly the “Flywire” design of the Rivalry jerseys.

  • Dave Bloomquist | August 27, 2010 at 8:37 am |

    The three things that jumped out at me today were

    1) Thurman’s Padres- although it was similar in concept to Peterson’s yesterday, I give it the nod for both the original font and the clearer mascot patch

    2) Young’s Orioles- a very nice take

    3) Tatek’s Cubs- not to nitpick, but there needs to be a little more red. The sleve patch is BRILLIANT, though.

    Overall this week, no one beat to Hass’ Brewers.

    • marc | August 27, 2010 at 10:06 am |

      Loved that ivy-covered sleeve patch on the Cub jersey. Agreed re: lack of red. Perhaps red numbers (or is that too Dodger-like?) Regardless… another day of great designs.

      • RS Rogers | August 27, 2010 at 10:32 am |

        Love the patch, too. Made me think: most other sports, we’ve seen teams experiment with representational decorations. Like how the Vikings went from linear stripes to stripes that echo the shape of their helmet horn decal, or how Mexico wore sublimated feather patterns on their WC kit. That sort of thing. But not baseball.* Stripes are always just stripes. Makes me think the Cubs could take Tatek’s ivy design would look great running from neck to sleeve edge as a sort of racing stripe.

        *Well, actually the 1972-1979 Braves had representational sleeve decos.

        • marc | August 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

          Or just climbing up the pant leg.

          Man, that looks creepier written out than it sounded in my head.

  • ScottyM | August 27, 2010 at 8:42 am |

    Wow, those Colts jerseys are atrocious!

    How is it that the NFL has “uniform police,” and yet this crap slides? I am absolutely amazed that Reebok is allowed to destroy the fabric of uniform design in the NFL … under the guise of ‘new technology’.

    So new, apparently, that it cannot include full stripes, etc. that aren’t specifically in line with seams.

  • Mark in Shiga | August 27, 2010 at 8:49 am |

    While I’m not a fan of the rest of the jersey (Cubs do not need NOB, and certainly not straight like that), I really love the Tatek Cubs sleeve patch. They should put that on their jerseys in 2014, the 100th anniversary of the construction of the ballpark.

  • Ricardo Leonor | August 27, 2010 at 8:50 am |

    Doesn’t surprise me at all about Plax not paying Feagles. Not sure what it is about really good WRs that turns them into douchebags.

    Too bad he had to be one to catch what was probably the greatest TD in the franchise’s history.

    • Alan #44 | August 27, 2010 at 9:46 am |

      Yes, but he was overshadowed by the Tyree catch. That’s the one that everyone will remember.

      • marc | August 27, 2010 at 10:09 am |

        I still can’t believe Tyree caught that ball. Simply amazing and yes, I will remember it always… and I’m no fan of the Giants.

        • Ricardo Leonor | August 27, 2010 at 10:55 am |

          I happen to have been on a cruise during the superbowl. It was booked months ahead when the last thing we expected were for the Giants to be in the Superbowl. Ship sailed on a Saturday and we woke up Superbowl Sunday Morning to ship with about 2,000 Brady, Vrabel and Moss jerseys! There was some type of New England healthcare / insurance group that decided brought all of their employees.

          It made it all the more enjoyable to watch. Yes gladly everyone remembers David Tyree and it couldn’t of happened to a nicer guy. But it was Plax that caught the TD.

          I never actually saw him catch it. I saw him line up on the left, saw the single coverage and I knew. When the ball was snapped I started running and screaming like a mad man. Thank god someone grabbed me because I would probably have jumped overboard!!!!!!

          What made the day better. I was wearing a road white Tyree jersey that my wife bought me. Not in a million years would it have been my choice…But it was a gift from her and she packed it for me…… I have it framed…didnt wash it!!!!

        • marc | August 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm |

          Wasn’t Tyree’s catch on 4th down? If not for Tyree’s catch, Burress wouldn’t have gotten his chance.

  • traxel | August 27, 2010 at 9:02 am |

    So apparently next Friday we’re supposed to wear our college colors which for me happens to be Purple and white/silver/(black?) for K State. And stirrups for Stirrup Friday. But I don’t have the Packzqrixjpi Day stirrup which I think is the only one RPM has offered that has any bit of purple on it. That itself is unfortunate. I have all the rest but I knew not buying that one would come back and bite me in the arse. What’s an obsessed deranged fanatic to do.

    • Ricko | August 27, 2010 at 9:25 am |


      Just emailed you.


    • Ricardo Leonor | August 27, 2010 at 9:26 am |

      I would like to wear scarlet rups….but then I remember that that lovely school in New Brunswick actually wears this:

    • Broadway Connie | August 27, 2010 at 11:20 am |

      Traxel, what exactly are K-State’s self-declared colors these days and what have they been throughout its history? I have to presume that there was no silver or black until pretty recently (1970s?), but I was wondering whether purple was there from the get-go.

      And what do you think of the stylized wildcat?

      PS I’m a big fan of Manhattan and the places around it. Great country!

      • traxel | August 27, 2010 at 5:24 pm |

        BWC, I really enjoyed my years in Manhattan. It is a great town. People from major metro areas don’t generally like smaller communities and Manhattan get’s that unwarranted wrap from those slickers. I guess they need a million people to entertain them or something. I don’t know, that’s their problem.

        The “Power Cat” came about when Bill Snyder rightfully wanted to change the attitude 100 years of losing brings. I like it. I like the fact it faces foward on either side. It works being mirrored unlike some others.

        As for the colors, I’m not that up on it. According to this the silver came about in the lat 60’s. I like the silver but the black has to go.

        The purple changed a few years ago because of TV. The better darker bolder purple looked blue on TV so they lavendered it out. Not so much a fan. Fortunately I don’t think Snyder will allow these to show up on his watch (thank God).

    • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm |

      the paczsdjkhfdsf day stirrups don’t work for kstate. i do have a solid pair of gray i could send you, just wear a purple sani. i checked the private stock, i can’t find a solid purple pair.

      • traxel | August 27, 2010 at 4:55 pm |

        Ricko just set me up. You Missouri Mule, you.

  • Jet | August 27, 2010 at 9:20 am |

    Kudos to everyone who took the time and effort to make a uni revision. That said, after four days of seeing 3-4 unis per day that wowed me, today was the first day that I didn’t see anything that I thought was exceptional.

    In fact, I found some of the sleeve patch designs more interesting than any of the jerseys – specifically Tatek’s Cubs, Walker’s Orioles and Wojtowicz’s 3-D Mets logo.

    Unis that I thought, “not bad” — Tatek’s Cubs, Whitt’s Indians, Young’s Orioles, Woody’s Rangers…


    • Steven Wojtowicz | August 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm |

      Wish I could take credit for the logo creation but it’s not my design. I found it on-line and liked the look for my layout.

      • Chris | August 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm |

        Love the 3-D logo. If only the team looked that good.

  • Adam Wood | August 27, 2010 at 9:27 am |

    For what it’s worth, I forgot to mention that my submission is a pull-over. BP-esk.

  • Shaun | August 27, 2010 at 9:31 am |

    yes, according to that cowboys article, thanks to the redskins for “rocking the crimsons”, allowing the cowboys to wear white. Crimson, really?

  • Son of Sonny Jergenson's jerky son | August 27, 2010 at 9:35 am |

    Gold pants for the Redskins?! Finally, sanity has returned to our nation’s capital. Now, if they’ll just conveniently misplace all of the burgundy pants, we’ll be in business.

  • Joe Obermaier | August 27, 2010 at 9:45 am |

    Great contest. Does Chris Tatek’s Wrigley logo patch exist yet? If not it should. As should Thad Switzer’s Padres patch. Maybe the next go-around should be a patch contest?

    • Dave Bloomquist | August 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm |

      LOOOOVE that idea!

    • Kevin Hastings | August 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm |

      Yes! Another vote for a patch contest!

  • muskiejim | August 27, 2010 at 9:54 am |

    That Sullivan Nats jersey is nice. I really dig the sleeve patch. Once you see it it’s like it was always supposed to be that way.

    I also like White’s Cleveland entry.

  • JB Early | August 27, 2010 at 10:34 am |

    Steve Wojtowicz Mets tweak is a bold choice – I tend to like the old styles. AS for all the hard work put in – did I mention yet today, I’m glad NOT to be a judge? Sure some stuff smacks you in the face w/excellence. Still, whew -too many good ones. But I dislike pinstripes & logo centric shirts. And I’d never vote for any Chief Wahoo usage i.e Jason Whitt’s Indians is a winner but needs Wahoo off the cap replaced with his C. Hey! I’d even have the NYY use the Black Yankees unis, those say baseball to me. Break a bat, y’all. . ..

    • Steven Wojtowicz | August 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm |


  • Dave Forbes | August 27, 2010 at 10:34 am |

    no blues for the boys, eh? unless teams submit what they’re wearing ahead of time, i don’t see why someone like the eagles or giants won’t want to wear their whites at home now just to mess with the cowboys. i know the eagles have done this in the past. i’d LOVE to see them do it now that this article has come out.

  • marc | August 27, 2010 at 10:38 am |

    Were any of the MLB jerseys that were in the top 5 of last weeks “best home jersey” poll tweaked? Nat O.’s FLAT OUT AWESOME PlaidSox design? Were the BoSox in the top 5? If not, they shoulda been.

    btw: Loved Dwayne White’s 70s inspired Indians jersey.

  • pk | August 27, 2010 at 10:45 am |

    The Whalers are one step closer to “returning”…I will miss the Pack…but I would sure welcome this!

  • the_missouri_kid | August 27, 2010 at 11:05 am |

    The second slide of the pitcher slideshow says, “Walter Johnson holds the grip for his curve” or something to that effect. The ball is in his left hand. Maybe the slide was flipped or the hand belongs to someone else, but I prefer to think that the Big Train was a bit of a prankster.

  • Chris | August 27, 2010 at 11:13 am |

    I absolutely love that lacrosse picture!!

  • scott | August 27, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    Rob Neyer posted a link to this today:

    It’s too bad that some of the historic uniforms on display in Cooperstown and in traveling exhibits aren’t authentic. If you can’t trust the Hall of Fame, who can you trust?

    • GoTerriers | August 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm |

      I was just coming over here to post that link . . glad I scanned the comments first. Was an interesting article but it’s not the HoF that you can’t trust. It’s private colectors like Barry Halper (may he R.I.P.) I’m actually glad that the HoF DOES review their collection so carefully and made sure that several of the pieces that were in the Halper auction never made it to the archives. It’s through the work of Okkonnen and the expertise of folks like Terry Proctor that I feel like we CAN trust the HoF to be the guardians of the uniform history of baseball.

  • Piping Mike | August 27, 2010 at 11:16 am |

    Switzer’s Padres is my top choice. After seeing all the others over the past week, I’m not sure anything else from today deserves the top 9.

    Also, call ne out if you want because I think I picked something similar to Switzer degign in the past day or 2. I guess I just like the original Padres colors on a traditional uni. And that Swinging Padre makes for one of the all time best sleeve patches.

    And for the record I have no ties to the Padres as I’m an east coast guy who grew up thinking the brown Padres unis were the worst in the league. I guess it was just the amount of brown they used that made them bad – as a trim it looks pretty good.

  • LI Phil | August 27, 2010 at 11:24 am |

    i know we’ve discussed it before, but rbk seriously needs to address the shoulder loop truncation issue…

    last night philip wheeler, dan muir (90), anthony gonzalez, joseph addai and pierre garcon were among the offenders sporting the new jersey cut

    seriously…it’s looking like something a pilot would wear as an epaulette

    maybe they should be called the “indianapolis corporals” or something

    • DenverGregg | August 27, 2010 at 11:32 am |

      I never liked shoulder loops, but they look even worse when they’re chopped up and they vary so much from player to player. I had thought the Chargers moved theirs out to accommodate tv numbers on the shoulders, but that move seems to have kept their (modified) loops intact and relatively uniform. Uniformity in what a team wears – what a concept!

  • Dan | August 27, 2010 at 11:28 am |

    The burgundy over gold look for the Skins is beautiful, and I applaud the return to wearing burgundy at home. The idea of wearing white just to spite the Cowboys always struck me as giving the Cowboys too much power.

    • scott | August 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm |

      I like the Redskins in white over burgundy pants. They were winning Super Bowls in that combination and should stick with it…

      • Son of Sonny Jergenson's son | August 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm |

        They’ve lost plenty of games in the burgundy pants. wonder what their record has been

  • DenverGregg | August 27, 2010 at 11:35 am |

    I preferred prior days’ jersey concepts to today’s. That being said, highlights today would be Sullivan’s Natinals and Westfield’s Astronauts. Both of those are big improvements on the current duds those sides put on the field.

    To my eyes, Hass’ Brewers concept wins out.

  • Mike Forman | August 27, 2010 at 11:36 am |

    I would like to see Tatek’s Cubs chest “C” in red. Otherwise I like Sullivan’s Nats deisgn.

  • Jim Vilk | August 27, 2010 at 11:41 am |

    Steelers camo? Would not wear that.

    I wouldn’t wear Sharapova’s US Open outfit either…but I really like it. Now that retro Borg warmup? Oh yeah, I’d wear that.

    No blues for the Cowboys? If they make the playoffs as a road team, there’s still a possibility. Except for the Super Bowl. NFC is the home team this year.

    • LI Phil | August 27, 2010 at 11:47 am |

      I wouldn’t wear Sharapova’s US Open outfit


  • Brian Shane | August 27, 2010 at 11:44 am |

    Here’s a much better mock-up of that plaid Red Sox concept, with J. Ellsbury …

    … yes, I mucked up the stirrups on that last version, I hope Paul doesn’t hate me forever.

  • Richard | August 27, 2010 at 11:47 am |

    Thinking of the Colts, does anyone wear decent looking UCLA stripes anymore? Or more accurately, does any manufacturer bother to make them look decent anymore?

    At least with Nike’s ProWhatever series they manage to make sleeve-now-shoulder stripes look decent.

  • Jim Vilk | August 27, 2010 at 11:48 am |

    Between what Reebok has done to those Colts jerseys, as well as the Giants and Jags, not to mention what they’ve done to CFL unis, I’d think Paul would put them on the same level as Nike. Maybe Majestic should get a contract for football. Spelling problems aside, at least they make a decent uni.

  • Jim TN | August 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm |

    Hope Florida State doesn’t find out about the Riverdale High School Warriors in Murfreesboro, TN.

    • Jim Vilk | August 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm |

      They might now…

      The CIA and NSA just sent your applications back. There might be an opening for you at Wiki Leaks, though. ;)

    • Ricko | August 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm |

      We do all know that the Redskins’ lance helmet pre-dated the FSU lance helmet, right?


      • DenverGregg | August 27, 2010 at 12:19 pm |

        . . . and that was a better look for them than anything before or since, though the single feather was good too.

    • Ricardo Leonor | August 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm |

      Whenever I read stories like this, which there seems to be a couple every week, I wonder….there has to be THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of high schools in the US. That is without counting grammar, elementary, junior highs etc…

      Most have an athletic program of some sort….There are only so many color combination / designs available…… I mean there has to be NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA like logos, nicknames and unis all over the place………..

      • RS Rogers | August 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm |

        Sure, there are only so many color combos and nicknames. But those aren’t at issue: School administrators stealing trademarked logos is the issue. It’s illegal, and worse than any harm it does to the owners of the stolen intellectual property, it’s an educational crime against the students. Any school administrator who permits his school’s athletic program to use stolen trademarked logos is telling his students that (A) it’s OK to steal intellectual property; and (B) they are not creative enough or talented enough to design their own symbols to represent their school.

        Take the high school just down the street from me, the recently built Freedom High in Woodbridge, VA. Their athletic program uses a ripoff Eagles logo. The school is only a couple of years old; what better way to build school spirit and create student buy-in to their new school’s identity than to go through a process of students designing and choosing a logo? Compare to the Freedom High School in the next county over, also the Eagles and also black and gold: if their logo is a ripoff of anybody, I don’t recognize it, but even if so at least it’s not quite as blatant as an Eagles ripoff in Washington, DC. Sure, the second Eagle logo isn’t as good a bit of design work as the Eagles ripoff, but the point of a school athletic program is not to have the best logo. It’s to further the educational mission of the school.

        • Chance Michaels | August 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm |

          Couldn’t agree more. Theft is theft.

        • Ricardo Leonor | August 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm |

          I wasn’t really justifying the logo theft or saying its ok. I USED to feel it was kind of petty for big schools or professional teams to go after local high school athletic programs for using their copyrighted or trademarked material.

          After making a statement on these boards and then reading some of the comments, I actually reformed by way of thinking. I can actually see WHY these institutions HAVE to protect their intellectual properties…I do GET IT now…

          But the statement I was making is more along the lines of…..there are so many thousands of schools…there MUST BE MORE VIOLATIONS than the ones that are being sued. I myself know of a few schools that have copied some NFL teams, colors and logos. In fact the 2 schools in my current town are carbon copies of the Duke Blue Devils and Kentucky Wildcats.

          I was just wondering on the logistics of protecting the school property. How do they do it? Does a school get “turned in” by a disgruntled / rival student or employee?

          Just a a curios thought considering the size of the american school system….

  • Jim Vilk | August 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm |

    It’s been an enjoyable look at all the contestants. Thanks to everyone!

    Today’s favorites: Traxel’s Rays, both Orioles, Westfield’s Astros, both Indians (including a “head soup” design!), Wideman’s Jays (I can handle a black hat with that jersey) and Wood’s Mets (love the two-button pullover).

    Good to see so many designers share my liking for button-down jerseys with logos over the left chest. So I will pick one of them, Joseph Young, as my winner for today. Trax, you’re a very close 2nd. That design gave me a real Astros/Breakers vibe, which is a very good thing.

  • Jim TN | August 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

    Florida has two mascots also: Albert and Alberta Gator.

    • Dave Bloomquist | August 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm |

      OK, we’ve well established over the last few days that male and female mascots are not so uncommon. Let’s let it go!

  • pennytosser | August 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

    OK, now that all of the jersey concepts have been shown, I’d first like to say that everyone did a great job with them.


    (And this is just my 2 cents here, please don’t take this as an insult.)

    …There’s waaaayyy too much stuff that’s really just tweaking the current uniforms.

    I’m not going to single anyone out, but there are some designs that could be done just by modifying an off-the-rack replica jersey.

    For example, I think the White Sox would look great if they added a Chicago city flag sleeve patch to their current home jerseys, but I don’t think that is worthy of consideration by Alain as a custom jersey.

    Again, kudos to all the entrants. Nice work.

    • Ricko | August 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm |

      So it isn’t solid design unless you throw out everything and start over?

      Interesting. 40-some years in the business and I’ve never come across that pearl of design wisdom.

      Nahhhh…I know what you meant. In this contest, simply adding a sleeve patch wouldn’t get a terribly high finish. But most all the changes certainly have been substantial enough to qualify.


    • LI Phil | August 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm |

      ok — just so everyone is CLEAR on the jersey concepts

      there were no rules/restrictions on the submission design — that is, “just a tweak” or “wholesale revision only” — that was left up to each individual, and alain will base his final thoughts on each jersey individually, not with some pre-conceived notion as to what should or shouldn’t have been done with each submission

      i think we’re all in agreement on one thing tho — there are some teams whose uniforms probably only need a few tweaks and others who really need to start from scratch…whether it’s some kind of retro-inspired redesign or something brand new; some might argue, not incorrectly, that some teams uniforms are perfect (or as close as the can get to perfect) right now

      that’s what is both the fun and the beauty of these contests — everyone has a differing opinion; but to put some sort of “well only tweaks are what should be considered” or “these tweaks aren’t very original” isn’t fair or even, necessarily, correct

      because, afterall, we all have opinions…and you know what they say about opinions

      • RS Rogers | August 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm |

        because, afterall, we all have opinions…and you know what they say about opinions

        “If my opinion was wrong, I would already have changed it to one that is right, wouldn’t I?”

        • LI Phil | August 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm |

          “If my opinion was wrong, I would already have changed it to one that is right, wouldn’t I?”

          well, i was kind of going for another analogy, but sure — if your opinion is wrong, either you’ll change it or we’ll change it for you

  • Jim Vilk | August 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm |

    Phil, did you get last night’s colorizations suggestions? I narrowed them down to two:
    And I’m sure you know which one’s my favorite…

    • LI Phil | August 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm |

      yes jim, i did — and they’re great but for the colorization tutorial, they may be a tad too complex

      i am thinking, for a first one…

      we might want to turn this into this

      (i’ll work on the rest of the unis when i have more time, but that’s all i’ve gotten to so far)

      anyone up for that one?

  • interlockingtc | August 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm |

    Debating the aesthetics of the NFL uniform these days is an exercise in futility.

    Just look at what the Colts are wearing. It’s like, why bother?

    The game was played with sleeves, quite well I might add, for a long, long time.

  • EddieAtari | August 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm |

    Aside from my own, I like Mike Sullivan’s Lobbyists and Thad Switzer’s Missionaries, as well as anyone else who insists on going brown (a belated tip-o-the-hat to Mark Peterson too)… Great job all around.

  • pflava | August 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm |

    The Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves wish you a Happy Stirrup Friday!

    • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 1:55 pm |

      i love stirrup friday, i really really do. i need to get a camera.

    • Chance Michaels | August 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm |

      I’ve got mine on to match!

  • interlockingtc | August 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm |

    I’m not typically a fan of sleeve patches. Mostly I find them to be redundant and contribute to the cluttering a uniform. But today’s submissions delivered some examples where sleeve patches really work and are not redundant logo reprisals.

    Mike S.’s Washington DC map!…Chris T.’s brilliant Wrigley ivy…and the catchy off center Oriole from Jeremy W. A simple Texas flag. A simple red maple leaf. A swinging Padre (nice rendition Thad S., but the original is an untouchable).

    Thanks to these and other entries, I nowI love patches. I’ve been converted.

  • divino codino | August 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm |

    To The Jeff and LI Phil:

    I did not want to start a flame war, or hijack the comments section, so I have waited a couple of days to see if I still feel as strongly today about the Marc Nelson ticker item as I did on Tuesday. I do. I am going to try briefly to explain my point of view on the item, and on why we should care about it, and why we should care about our reaction to it.

    What compels me to spend some of my free time here at UniWatch is being part of a community that shares my interest in and passion about sports uniforms. (I remember how elated I was when I first read one of Paul’s Village Voice columns, and thought “Oh my God, someone else cares about this stuff, too!”) As a member of the community I benefit from a far richer experience regarding uni aesthetics than I would have on my own. And as a member of the the UniWatch community, how we treat each other matters to me. Most of the time “live and let live” is the right approach, and most of the time it works.

    Obviously I believe that the ticker submission was offensive and obscene, and should not have been posted. Others disagree. I don’t think it was obscene because of the work “fuck.” In fact, I laughed my ass off at the original card. (Jeff, I see how my initial post might have seemed a simple-minded objection to a naughty word, which might have appropriately been dismissed with the “just a word” response.) The context is what makes the item obscene: a photo of a smiling young girl holding a baseball bat that says “fuck face” under her chin. There are only a few ways this can be interpreted, and the most
    obvious one is that she is being labeled. Another is that she is offering a service. That is what is obscene about that word being used with that image. I’m not saying the obscene interpretation was the intended one; clearly it was not. But it is the obvious one.

    To say “No one was hurt by this guy making an “obscene” (pfft) baseball card of his daughter” is wrong. We cannot just assume that no one was hurt. We don’t know how Nelson’s daughter reacted, but a reasonable person would have to think it was more likely that she was hurt by it than that she was not. We cannot assume that she or any of her teammates would understand the reference to the Billy Ripken card. The simplest interpretation, again, is that she is being called a name. (Maybe I’m wrong, and Nelson’s daughter thought it was the funniest thing ever and was proud of it. I hope that’s how it turned out, but I doubt it.)

    The other dismissive response “Seriously, it’s a throwaway ticker item. No one should even care, let alone make a big deal out of it” is shockingly callous. “No one should even care” how children are portrayed? Are you serious? I find it hard to believe that this is really what the UniWatch community thinks. If we unthinkingly post items like this without some critical thought, we risk appearing to condone them. The sarcastic comment at the end of the item is NOT sufficient criticism, especially when the offensive item is on a separate URL from the comment. We all know how difficult it can be to successfully convey tone with the written word; ‘idiot poster’ side-eye is not a strong enough response.

    I think all members of this community want the same thing: UniWatch to be the best it can be. Phil, I applaud a practice that generally does not censor user submissions for the ticker, but we do have a policy that has pretty much eliminated the “What X?” comments. In extreme cases like the one we saw Tuesday, it should not be too much to ask for a little extra thought about how things might be interpreted, regardless of intent.

    • EddieAtari | August 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm |

      What did I miss?

    • LI Phil | August 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm |

      ok…i am outta here now, but i wanted to write back quickly —

      i appreciate your comments and believe me, i did seriously consider NOT running the picture — in fact, after a few reader complaints, i REMOVED it; i totally disagreed with the card, and i probably could have used better judgment in not running the submission in the first place; i think most of your beef if with THE jeff, so i’ll just address the actual posting of the submission

      in subbing for paul, i get dozens, sometimes close to 50 or more, submissions for the ticker, and i do my best to get everything in — sometimes i don’t even look at what was submitted until i do a final check before submitting the article for post; sometimes the links don’t work, other people send me attachments that i have to flickr, a lot of editing needs to be done (although i try to keep in most of what people say)…all of this on the fly (and it can sometimes take 3 hours JUST to prepare the ticker); i don’t just artibrarily decide “this shouldn’t be in” or “that’s too long”; it takes time and judgment

      obviously, against my better judgment, i allowed that submission — i should probably have decided against it, but again — i didn’t seek it out, i didn’t agree with it and i certainly thought it was inappropriate — but those are mostly value judgments…my opinions as well as ‘professional’ expertise…some ticker submissions i roll my eyes at or think “are you kidding me” but i don’t just willy-nilly decide “well, if he thinks im putting THAT in the ticker, he’s got another thing coming” — i try to be objective and unbiased in adding things to the ticker…and unless something is say, clearly pornographic or blatently racist or something similar, i try never to censor reader submissions

      frankly, i think just posting a picture of your daughter — PERIOD — on a website is asking for problems, but that’s not my call — the guy thought it was funny or clever or whatever

      anyway, i gotta get the hell out of here (won’t be back on line, if at all, till late tonight)

      ev’vybody have a great weekend

      • Aaron | August 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm |

        Awww, I thought my submission was special for making the cut. :(

      • =bg= | August 27, 2010 at 6:43 pm |

        I don’t even know what this is about!

    • JTH | August 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm |

      I’m gonna leave my personal feelings about that particular ticker item out of this. (I already had a conversation with someone about it and don’t want to rehash it.)

      But I’ll say this: divino codino, whether or not I agree with you, that was quite the thoughtful and well-written post.
      Now a big FU to Phil for not running my ticker submission.

      • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm |

        wait, there was an edit?! i’m not pickin’ up what you’re layin’ down there jimbo. did i get you both with that? well in case there was any doubt…how bad was your submission? is it worthy of a term? let’s try it out… phil didn’t post my ticker, maybe it was beyond not good, it must have been a fail of jimboian proportions. works for me mr. effplus. okay, agreed, a weak payback. but i digress, agreed on divino’s post james, that was extremely well stated.

        • LI Phil | August 27, 2010 at 4:58 pm |

          well…the best laid plans of mice and men haven’t quite been well…laid

          didn’t get outta here before lawn gisland rush hour, so im still around…lucky you

          i simply forgot to post jimbo’s submission because he sent it to my gmail account — all the uniwatching email comes to my yahoo, so it was a fuck up on my part, pure and simple

          this was his submission, and it should have been tickerized:

          “Another great male/female mascot tandem: Maurie and Flaurie.”

          mea culpa to james

      • Jim Vilk | August 27, 2010 at 4:42 pm |

        I’m with JTH on this. Well, the first part – very good post, C.D..

        As for the 2nd part, Phil ran my ticker submission last week, so I have no beef with him. Yet.

        • traxel | August 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm |

          I sent my ticker pic to him the other day at gmail and he put it in. Just sayin…

        • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm |

          i know ben, phil is just trying to be nice, everybody know’s superdawg is overrated, clearly james entry just wasn’t good enough. i mean jimboian.

        • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 6:32 pm |

          know’s?! for now on i drive on the little bus.

  • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm |

    todays 1.8…
    sully, you have a great idea with incorporating the potomac into that nationals patch. i want to love it so badly, but i don’t know that it works. corn! such a great idea, i hated to say that, but you are still the .8 today. wood, i love it, and i love both those sleeve patches too, buuuuuuuut not on the same jersey, fail, just pick one and go with it. actually, that seems to be a common theme, people just keep cramming more and more cutsie sleeve patches on, but it no workie, don’t do that. i would prefer none, reserving the shoulder for a special occasion this or that, but for sure, no more then one please, one shoulder must must must remain blank for hand of god lightning bolt strikes to former icons and all star games. white’s indians is winner winner chicken dinner today. oh! i almost forgot trax. um, no. you know i loves ya kid, but, um, no.

    okay, i am going to go day by day, make sure i have my nine favourites to prop up, and then rip them to shreds in a post, and hopefully in doing so get myself my personal fav clearly defined in the brain pan. so nice to have a day off and an empty studio, i am going to enjoy this.

    • traxel | August 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm |

      I fixed it for you. You can now move it to the top of the list.

      Is it now a homer or a roadie?

      • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm |


    • Adam Wood | August 28, 2010 at 7:01 am |

      After submitting it, I took a good look at my jersey and I would agree about the patch. Since the original Mr. Met was one of my inspirations, I would go with that one.

  • Beardface | August 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm |

    Virginia Tech’s 2010 Nike Pro-Combat Uniforms for the Labor Day game against Boise State have been leaked, and I must say… I’ll just say this… This has to be the absolute worst jersey I have ever seen. Period. And I would have said that had they not been ridiculously BFBS. As an alum… I’m embarrassed.

    • Bernard | August 27, 2010 at 3:26 pm |

      Whoa… that’s a shame. What is going on with those shoulder loops/stripes/whatever? As a WVU alum, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but… I feel for you, man.

      The persistent rumor for WVU’s Pro Combats is some kind of coal theme on white jerseys (obviously BFBS). Seeing this, I am now officially concerned…

    • JTH | August 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm |

      I’ll reserve judgment until I see them on the field, but it sure looks like the Hokies have a shot at taking the title of worst pro combat uni yet.

      Of course, that being said, I’ve only seen a handful of the 2010 designs. VT’s could turn out to be one of the better ones.

    • Dwayne | August 27, 2010 at 3:53 pm |

      That VT jersey is absolutely hideous. If I was a coach, I would refuse to allow MY team to take the field in those.

      I know that VT receives money from Nike, but somebody has to say STOP! sometime.

  • AShess | August 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm |

    Return of Northwestern stripes for Northwestern this year…

    • Ricko | August 27, 2010 at 5:35 pm |

      Accompanied by a return of BFBS, too.
      (grumble, grumble)


      • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 7:56 pm |

        no kidding! the roadie is great, but the home it a total dog. how do they get it and not get it so much at the same time?

  • Drake T | August 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm |

    Weighing in further on the male/female mascot question, but slightly off the topic of minor league baseball – University of Arizona athletic teams have two mascots: Wilbur and Wilma.

  • Ricko | August 27, 2010 at 5:09 pm |

    There ARE color photos of that ‘Skins feather helmet out there, y’know…


    • LI Phil | August 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm |


      there sure arehelmet alone

      any idea if the team playing the giants wore white or gold pants?

      i know the skins wore that helmet from 1959-1964 (or at least i believe that’s correct) — according to FUPP, they had white pants in 1959 & 1960 (what i based my colorization on), whereas from 61-64 they wore gold pants

      • Ricko | August 27, 2010 at 5:43 pm |

        “any idea if the team playing the giants wore white or gold pants?”

        In which photo?

        One thing I can pretty much guaran-damn-tee you is that the white pants with the burgundy jersey (with that helmet) never saw the light of day.
        Skins wore white road pants late in the era of the plain gold helmets…and I’m pretty sure they returned to old gold road pants for the final year (maybe two) of the feather helmets. Believe it was Bobby Mitchell’s first year with them. I know he never wore the all-white roads.


        • Ricko | August 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm |

          Yesterday’s lead photo? Johnny O?
          White, definitely.
          For two reasons:
          1) the old gold are completely obvious, even in black and white, because so dark…

          2) Johnny O was off to Detroit by the time they returned to old gold road pants.


  • Bill Westall | August 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm |

    Thurmond’s padres jersey should be of high consideration and if it is true that he is in the navy than i applaud his service but i am a big fan of that camo, its something new and a bit different… GOT MY VOTE

  • Good ol' GW | August 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm |

    I agress with bill i have been following for a while and i think hass’ brewers and thurman’s padres jerseys are the most impressive so thats what i really want to see… every submission looked as if it took some time so good job everyone but those two are my tops

  • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm |

    all i can say alain is good luck, here is my 2 centabosusis…

    near misses.
    Dan Martell:Milwaukee Brewers
    i actually like this better then haas. it brings the athletic gold to the forefront, i like the font, and it doesn’t try to be too much. it also uses the same dopey barrell man haas does as the hook. what’s the problem then? my man, home uni’s have team name, not the city. next.
    Patrick Lange:Minnesota Twins
    love the sleeve patch, the cream, and the interlocking tc. don’t even hate the head soup, but it is just too darn busy. you have shoulder numbers, pins, sleve stripes, head soup soustache, a shoulder patch and ultimately it looks like a fashion jersey.
    Adam Wood:New York Mets it is nice and clean, and i am sure paul would like the two button pullover, but he ain’t judgin’ either, nice try(kidding).choose a sleeve patch and go with it, you shot yourself in the foot here.
    Chris Gough:Baltimore Orioles
    pretty good, and i love that you clearly put some time and thought into it, but i like the gray better then your submission, so how can you win if you can’t even beat yourself? whamo.
    Kirk Carter:Atlanta Crackers
    love the outside the box thinking here, and it is sharp to boot. and i am also sure the bravos can get money from the local cola empire for wearing that c in crackers. but i am not sure nabisco will poney up for the ritz cracker advert, and you use the running red, so i can’t give it to you.

    my nine…
    Jon Allison:Philadelphia Phillies
    i think my favourite roadie going is the dodgers. why? no white. this one has the same feel, and the more i look at it the more i like it. my biggest problem with it is the colour change, and the two tone hat. i know it isn’t about the hat, but you put it there and i see it. makes me wonder if maybe that 6 is being shifty and is a covert 8. this jersey might be a conspiracy.
    Kevin Callahan:Colorado Rockies
    love the colour change to red and green, it would be unque, and i looove the classic yet unique font, but the mountain range underline does not work as well as everything else.
    Rich Stromwall:Minnesota Twins
    some will say that the twins will never wear powder blue because it is a reminder of a losing era, but that does not matter for this contest. i love the lack of superfluous strokes, and the interlocking tc, it’s clean, and would look great, no doubt. my only concern is that it is pretty much a throwback, and not a unique interpretation. i eliminated a lot of people because they more or less did a throwback, and not yours, but is it enough of a change to be a winner?
    Dwayne White:Cleveland Indians
    see stromwall, same crit. but i do like this font, and i do like what you did to convert it to a successful button down. again, enough to be a winner?
    Mike Hass:Milwaukee Brewers
    i love the number font, and after hearing from mike, i like the shoulder stripes. over all, this is obviously strong because of all the comments putting it as the front runner, but i am not sold on the word mark’s floating tale, and i say shoulder patches are gimmicky(not that i don’t take the bait). i also wonder if it is a winner since i might have liked martel’s more if not for a glaring mistake. why is that? why did i like them both? is it just the colour combo? is it they chose a jersey that obviously needs changing anyway? did i get pulled in by barrel man? not sure really, but i do know this is a strong choice that is hard to find flaw with, very strong indeed.
    Mark Rabinowitz:Detroit Tigers
    i love this over all, even the patch. not sure about the slanted text, and the shoulder numbers strike me as someone not knowing where to stop. shoulder numbers in baseball are beyond useless, and they don’t match up on right and left handed batters. more or less they bother my ocd
    Craig Mudie:Toronto Blue Jays
    honestly, i am not sure if i like this or not. i hate raglans, but this is a pretty unique take. i can also see it being left out because it might be unpossible to produce. i don’t know unique enough it should be at the table, but not sure i relly like it.
    Nat O.:Boston Red Sox
    this one is crazy, but damn creative. would i want to see it on the field? heck no. would i like to see it on nat o? heck yes. as with the above, can alain even find plaid double knit? probably not, so this might not make it, but i applaud the effort.
    Patrick Cummings:St. Louis Cardinals
    this is a tough one. it is a throwback to the cards of the 40’s, i referenced it in my own submission. but he did put st. louis on the road bird on bats, i love that, and he does use the style of jersey that the cards, or SOMEBODY should wear. why does nobody wear this style!???! with e exception of the interlockng stl on the shoulder, this is the exact jersey i considered making myself for this contest, but ultimately decided against it because i hate the cards and would never wear it rendering the prize useless. i like the faux wool too, i see that on mine as well if that is possible. i am really feeling this jersey, then i see the stirrups. dude! how can you mess up those stirrups? points off for that, but ultimately, i think if it makes it, this is my vote, because i really do like it a lot despite the patch flaw. why did you add that?! the cards jersey has a big a** patch more or less over the chest, you guild the lily too much on that element.

    speaking of voting. whomever makes it, tell your freinds whatever, but show some class and don’t vote for yourself 60 times, don’t vote for yourself at all, vote for your favourite other then yourself. anybody who votes for themself, i am telling you right here and now now that i hope you lose and are somehow in some way humiliated in your daily life, AND get a bad hang nail to boot.

    good luck alain, and good luck to the 9 that make the cut that matters.

    • Dave Bloomquist | August 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm |


      • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 9:13 pm |


    • JTH | August 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm |

      Don’t listen to this traitor to the cause.

      Vote for yourself. Vote early. Vote often. Call your friends and neighbors. Wake the kids. Take out an ad in the church bulletin. Leave fliers under windshield wipers in the parking lots at the mall. Buy rounds at the local gin mill.
      Superdawg is overrated? Really? You know of another hot dog joint with better mascots? I’m listening.

      Or is this one of those angry punk rock “society sucks” rants? Oh, does society truly suck? Why? You got some specific reasons to back up your claim?


      • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm |

        funny, but i think some of that might confuse the 2 people still reading the comments today since you are commenting on our emails. and i’m on the little bus, pffft. super dawg is overrated ya jive turkey, a suckers dog. the circle before sundown is by far the best, after sundown there, yes, society sucks maaaaaaaan. but damn if they don’t make a fabulous dog and a killer cheese fry. the later is the best i have had anywhere. superdog is all flash, no substance. oh, newsflash, mascots suck.
        pass the word, tell friends to jump on, whatever, but don’t sammy-hop, and vote for yourself. TO would vote for himself. does that put it in words that you would understand sucka?

    • LI Phil | August 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm |

      interesting selections there comrade

      no huening or traxel i see

      oh, that’s right…those guys had ‘rups in their mocks

      if it’s any consolation, i wouldn’t have picked boothEEl ben either

      • Jim Vilk | August 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm |

        They’d be in my top nine. Marshall included.

        But, to paraphrase our Comrade, it’s a serving of head soup for the win:
        Then again, I really like Young’s O’s:
        Change the cartoon bird to this one,
        and it’s no contest.

        • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 11:22 pm |

          i gave away 10 pair of stirrups, and 10 pair of last years football socks to a cash challenged roller derby team today, i betray nothing. AND I PUT THE RUP ON THERE ANYWAY, JIVE TURKEYS.

          corn golly, it is nice to have a day totally free. if i had some bread pudding and a guinness, i would be in heaven

          as for jimbo and trax, they are great guys and all. well trax is anyway, but no, they’re out unless the other 7 selections are some of the total fails. jth did the cubs, but didn’t use the ideas he had that could win this thing, auto fail. and trax, what the hell colour is that anyway? a blue version of vilker green?!

        • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 11:34 pm |

          i have something in moderation, but to continue anyway…
          p’apple is checking out today’s and she says trax “has potential” and it “fits” for tampa, so i stand corrected. who new trax was a genius?

        • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 11:48 pm |

          p’apple says i’m a d**k, but hey, sometimes

        • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm |

          by the way, why wasthis not submitted?!!!!!!!! it is the best jersey every designed for this site.

        • traxel | August 28, 2010 at 12:25 am |

          jimvilk, I really like that Oreo getup too. But with the chosen bird, not the later model. The winning touch was the B on the hat instead of another bird or a repeat of the chestpatch.

          As for the Twinks, it’s gettin a LOT of praise, but I wrote it off quicker than rpm deleted my submittal. WAY too much goin on. Wide sleeve stripes, patches everywhere, repetitive chest/hat logo, pins AND spoony horsey. I say choose one and run with it. Don’t dump the whole spice rack in the chili. A lot of good things to work with but it needs a haircut.

          I’ll have my top however many sometime tomorrow.

    • Mark Rabinowitz | August 28, 2010 at 1:11 am |


      Again, thanks for putting me in your final 9.

      I look forward to finding out what Alain thinks… Just over the last couple days, I’ve heard a few varying opinions, and the only concession I’ll make is this: I wish I hadn’t miscalculated on the size of the “secondary logo” sleeve patch (it *is* too big, and while I hope Alain sees past that, I’ll understand if he doesn’t).

      I understand your dispute of the sleeve numbers. Let me just copy-and-paste this from my blog entry: “Looking at Tiger uniforms of the past, I noticed that the road jerseys of the 1961-1971 Tigers teams had numbers on the right sleeve. During those years, the Tigers produced two 100-win seasons, four second-place finishes, one World Series title and seven seasons in which they won 88 games or more. I brought that feature back back as a tribute to those teams, which featured such notably players as Hall of Famer Al Kaline, Willie Horton, Bill Freehan and Mickey Lolich. Also, sleeve numbers are such an unusual quirk for a baseball jersey (indeed, only one Major League team, the Philadelphia Phillies, uses sleeve numbers today).” Along with the slanting of the Old English, the sleeve numbers are another “daring” design element.

      The most favored part of my road jersey appears to be that there is no white outlining on the numbers, names or “Detroit” wordmark–apparently everybody agrees with me that the white outlining has got to go.

      • rpm | August 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm |

        i liked the sans white so much i didn’t see the numbers right away. i spent some time living in detroit, i am aware of their uni history, and understand why you would put them on, i just don’t like ’em(in general). it wasn’t enough for me to dismiss the jersey, just my biggest complaint about a strong submission. i was trying to look at the positives and negatives of all the ones i liked. your submission is very strong indeed.

        • Mark Rabinowitz | August 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm |

          Cool. Thanks again, and I appreciate all the feedback I’ve been getting.

  • Mike Engle | August 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm |

    With respect to the D. Bragdon ticker entry…
    P-Diddy did the Mavs’ uniforms (I think he did the green ones?)
    I’m almost positive Alexandre Julien (he with the Colours line of clothing) did the original Charlotte Hornets, and maybe the argyled UNC basketball uniforms as well.
    And of course, there’s always Ralph Lauren and his US (Tennis) Open clothes and his Olympic ceremony apparel.
    All kidding aside, have any other famous designers done uniforms?

    • Mike Engle | August 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm |

      *Alexander Julian. American. No Guy Hebert-ification intended, just a total brain cramp on my end.

  • David Murphy | August 27, 2010 at 7:41 pm |

    Are we sure that was Tim L wearing the striped stirrups? Didn’t look skinny enough!

  • JayJayDean | August 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm |

    I’m watching last night’s Pats/Rams preseason game and I see something I’ve never seen before in the NFL – two guys on the same team with the same number. Gerard Warren was wearing #68, as he is listed on the Patriots’ roster, but recently acquired ex-Falcon OL Quinn Ojinnaka was ALSO wearing #68. I first thought I noticed it when they showed Ojinnaka on the sideline, but I convinced myself he was in 66 or 69 and I had seen it wrong, but nope – those guys were both in #68 last night.

  • JayJayDean | August 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm |

    Here’s Warren, playing DL.

    Here’s Ojinnaka standing on the sidelines.

  • JayJayDean | August 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm |

    Maybe that is less uncommon than I thought, because I just noticed the Pats have two 71s in this same game. Weird I’d never noticed that in the NFL before.

  • =bg= | August 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm |

    Before the season, managing general partner Bill Neukom asked players if they would wear high socks with horizontal orange stripes. Purely voluntary. Just an old-fashioned look that he liked.

    Clubhouse manager Mike Murphy ordered scads of the socks, which largely have gone unused. Just to be safe, Murphy also ordered five dozen pairs of similarly styled stirrups, which are really old-fashioned. Nobody touched them until today, when Tim Lincecum donned a pair over white socks for batting practice.

    We don’t talk to the starters before they pitch, but I’m assuming Lincecum wanted to change things up amid his four-game losing streak. Yes yes yes. We all know the issue is velocity and command, not footwear. He knows that too. But you know how superstitious ballplayers are.

    I assume he’ll wear them for the game, along with those orange Friday jerseys (which produced a 9-0 record until the Padres thwarted them two weeks ago).

    The lineup: Torres CF, Posey C, Huff 1B, Burrell LF, Guillen RF, Sandoval 3B, Uribe SS, Sanchez 2B, Lincecum P.

    They will face rookie Barry Enright, who is 4-2 with a 2.73 ERA. He held the Giants to two runs in six innings in Phoenix on July 25, but the Giants won 3-2. Actually, the Giants have beaten the D’backs seven times in a row.

    Read more:

  • =bg= | August 27, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
    • JTH | August 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm |

      Hmmmm… will he be wearing them in the second inning?

      • scott | August 28, 2010 at 12:31 am |

        Too bad the orange softball top ruins the look.

  • =bg= | August 27, 2010 at 10:48 pm |

    And I just bought a gray Majestic LINCECUM 55 T-shirt on sale at Penny’s, too.


  • Frosty | August 27, 2010 at 11:16 pm |

    – Switzer’s Friars.

    Overall: Kick H(ass) Brew Crew.
    Honerable Mention: Nat O’s Red Sox. In the end – that’s the one I want to see Alain make…good fun.

    Any of you fancy computer art folks every thin agout turning the Texas Rangers to brown? Think about it…remember the San Antonio Riders from the World League? Goos shit…and helped the prous Texas flag jump out.



    • traxel | August 28, 2010 at 12:38 am |

      Frosty, pull over and type next time.

      Sorry, some other dillholes on this site put me in attack mode.

  • Mr W. | August 27, 2010 at 11:34 pm |

    I like the Astros ‘number in star’ concept. My fav is still the dark gray ChiSox from earlier in the week.

    • rpm | August 27, 2010 at 11:55 pm |

      did you hear that james?!!!!!!!!!!!

      • traxel | August 28, 2010 at 12:17 am |

        Now if that isn’t self promotion….

        Forget the ankle bloused gutter snow, here’s what the Chisox outta be wearin’

        • rpm | August 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm |

          first word i said. it was well after people stopped reading, and it was more or less a comment to effplus

      • JTH | August 28, 2010 at 7:56 am |

        Hey, I said yours was good. It’s just too bad you jammy-pantsed it and I had to downgrade you — nobody to blame but yourself, comrade. You’re your own worst enemy on that one.

        Now go treat yourself to some fratboy wieners to drown your sorrows.

        • rpm | August 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm |

          it is after dark that the frankfurter society breaks down and the mascots come out. i don’t blame the circle.

          i know i only have myself to blame.

  • traxel | August 28, 2010 at 12:07 am |

    Have I ever told you how much I love pineapple? Of course she’s the reason for the move to the motherland. I bet she likes rock chalk chickenhawk for dinner too. She will soon anyway.

    Also, this is rychess. Has that “googie” flare. Aint nuthin more fun than googie architecture. And to think Phil bagged it. I think this was his low point of the month.

  • M.Princip | August 29, 2010 at 10:06 am |

    Kudos to Steve Wojtowicz and Joseph Young for their Metropolitans and Orioles uni concepts respectively.