By Phil Hecken, with the Mothervilker
Mr. 5 & 1 himself has been busier than a March Hare these days, but a couple weeks ago he told me he was working on his greatest “DIY” ever. He wouldn’t tell me what it was, but I promised him I’d let him tell the Uni Watchers around the world all about it when it was complete. He even promised a video. He has delivered.
That’s right, Jim Vilk is back, and here’s his latest. Yumpin’ Yimminy…he’s back:
March is here, Grapefruit and Cactus League ball is underway and most people have more than had it with winter. Well, no one has ever accused me of being like most people. I love to hang on to the season for as long as possible, and that includes hanging on to winter sports. From early childhood, my absolute favorite winter sport has been ski jumping. Watching the 1972 Olympics (where, coincidentally, fellow Pole Wojciech Fortuna won our homeland’s first gold medal) made me an instant fan, and I wanted more. Unfortunately, Olympic ski jumping is about all you see in America, and even then a whole day of jumping is edited down to a few minutes of late-night coverage. I want more. Yeah, I could go over to Europe, where this year’s FIS World Cup is wrapping up its schedule, but that’s not going to happen. So, you know the saying, when you can’t bring the Mothervilker to the mountain, you bring the mountain…er, ski jump hill…to the Mothervilker.
Paul may be the DIY fan on Uni Watch, but Phil was intrigued by my latest project, so here it is, made with nothing more than cardboard, poster paper, white duct tape, foam-core board and a donut tray. The jumper is an electric football player glued to two wooden craft sticks. Looks as if it would work, but as Paul has said before, “…we might need video to get the full effect.” This time I’m ready, thanks to my friend David Binkley, who dubbed my project The Indoor Ski Machine.
As the video showed, my guy didn’t exactly soar. But, while he may have resembled Eddie the Eagle, that’s a step up from the Agony of Defeat guy. I plan on tweaking this in the future, but I wanted to start with something that wouldn’t take up a lot of space in the house. Perhaps my next jumper will have his skis in the V-style position, which all of today’s jumpers use for greater distance (including my favorite, another fellow Pole by the name of Adam Malysz). I also have visions of a staircase-sized jump or even an outdoor jump. Maybe someday, but March Madness is coming and I have other DIYs to finish.
OK, then, Jimmer. Cool jump and hilarious video. Next DIY better be uni-related.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Not too much new this week, but we have some outstanding submissions nonetheless. Let’s get right to it:
Our first submitter this week has a nice B&W for the colorizers to take a stab at, and it comes from JC Parks:
I would like to submit a photo for consideration of colorization. This photo is of the 1942 Steubenville Big Red, Ohio, football team, that finished 9-1. My uncle was team captain (the one holding the ball). Our colors are red and black. The jerseys in this pic were black, with red numbers trimmed in white. I’m not sure about the pants. The stadium is cement, and the seats were wooden.
Thanks for your consideration.
Next up is frequent colorizer Joe DeAngelis, who has a B&W, a request, and a proposal:
Baseball is among us… my son is completing a school report featuring Babe Ruth, he needed some photos and stumbled across this beauty on line. Finding true color photos of the Babe are seldom if any, which brings me to you.
I think this is a great photo to colorize on Uniwatch, perhaps it could be added to your weekly “colorize this” challenge. I just might take up the task myself, but I would love to see the variations that spawn among regular colorizers like myself. Someone on UW recently said, there is no “right or wrong” when judging colorizations, it’s how the artist alters the canvas to his vision.
Hey, here’s an idea, how about a colorization contest, let the viewers judge … count me in as a participant.
Phil, yourself and Paul do great work on UW, thanks for that and continued success,
Thanks, Joe. Well, the “challenge” is of course up to the colorizers, but I’m sure we can get a few (hopefully more than a few) to take it up. How about it, Uni Watchers and colorizers? Lets see how many of these we can get sent in!
Next up is, of course, the master himself, George Chilvers, who hit one out of the park with last week’s featured image of Casey Stengel as a Brooklyn Dodger:
Here you go, Phil.
Super stuff George. But of course, he wasn’t done. He took on the task of colorizing Nick Maples’ Grandfather’s team, a task made much harder by not knowing the identifying colors. But I’d trust George’s eye and expertise as much as anyone here, and what a tremendous job he did:
A tough one this. Lots going on in the picture, quite a bit of which wasn’t really clear till I got the colour in.
Very piecemeal areas of colour.
Just fantastic again, George!
Our final submission today comes from Gary Chanko, who appears to be every bit the equal of George, and who has also done a tremendous job with Casey
at the bat in the outfield:
Great image to colorize. A little research yielded details on the right field fence: Fatima Cigarettes, Perfection Scotch Whiskey, and Imperial Beer. Hopefully the colors are close to correct.
Looking at the original B&W image there is an absence of strong shadows. Strangely Casey is sporting sun glasses. I can’t recall seeing images of players in this era wearing sun glasses and wonder if they were commonly used during games.
That’s all for today in terms of submissions, but how about all of you out there give the Babe Ruth B&W a shot this week?
And I’ll give you two more for the road:
Denver Broncos, 1962: The jersey, helmet and stirrups are orange, the crew socks, numbers and pants are white, the stripes on the pants are blue-orange-blue. As for the horsey on the helmet…well, it’s one of these two.
Thanks again to all our colorizers — hopefully many of you will take us up on the challenges set forth this week. Of course, feel free to submit your own colorizations or other B&W (high resolution please) photographs for colorization. As always, drop me a line with your efforts or if you have questions.
by Rick Pearson
Sometimes in dating as in sports, there often are other mysterious forces at work (well, we’d like them to be, anyway).
And of course the full size version.
Lots and lots of tweaks keep pouring in, so obviously this is a popular feature. A bunch new to get to today. If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Remember, if possible, try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per tweak. You guys have been great a keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!
Got a smaller of tweaks today…so lets get right into it:
Starting off the show is Ben Trice, who gives us his take on the Falcons, pro combat style:
Just wanted to pass on my 2012 Nike concept for the Atlanta Falcons.
Home -”“ We have grown accustomed to the Falcons wearing red at home, but after the introduction of the recent throwbacks, I wanted to make a change to black. The socks and stripes from that throwback will stay as well as the white pants with a red belt. TV numbers (not shown in image) will be on top of the pads while the Falcons logo will be on the sides of the sleeves. I used Uniwatchblog’s idea of the compression sleeves as a nod to the old longer sleeved uniforms. I also chose to change the Falcons to the red helmet as there are so few red helmet teams and it just helps the logo pop so much more.
Away -”“ The same thoughts for the Home jersey went into the Away one, except that I went with the white.
Secondary -”“ Most hate a secondary uniform but I’m not one of them. If we have the option to go “bolder”, then let’s do it. Red was once the prominent look. Now it is a special occasion thought. I used the old red jersey as a point of reference. It is probably hard to see in the image but the red jersey also uses the gray pants.
Next up is Mike McLarren, who has some University of South Florida Bulls helmet concepts. His one word description:
And last up today is Quinlan Kasal, who has a Cubs road uni tweak:
This is my first time making a uniform edit, but here goes. I am a huge Cubs fan and I like the pinstripes and alternate, but the road uni is overwhelmingly boring. The Cubs experimented with navy from 2004-2006 and didn’t do it very well, but the navy itself was a good idea. I tried the navy here to make it more interesting, including on the socks and cap. Pants striping with black outlining also livens it up, I think. With all this navy and gray, the red bill (which they never should have taken off) stands out. Overall, the changes are simple and not the most noticeable, but I like it. I hope you like it, thanks for your time and keep blogging.
That’s going to do it for this smaller-than-usual Sunday Uni Watch. With my classes shifting into higher gear and the warmer weather coming, I may start scaling back a bit on the length of the weekends, but we’ll see how things go. But before parting, I wanted to share this CNN/SI slideshow, which looked like it came straight from the pages of Uni Watch. “Jersey Misspellings” — I think Paul has covered every single one of those (and there are a few they missed), but it’s cool to see them all in one spot.
Have a great week everyone.
Somewhere around here I have a baseball card of myself dressed as a Pirate. I’ll have to dig that up someday. — The one and only Jim Vilk