By Phil Hecken
If you read the weekend posts, you’re very familiar with today’s featured Uni Watcher, Tim E. O’Brien. Tim has contributed to a few lede columns, and he’s quite a talented graphic artist. You may have seen his work creating college, NFL and NBA uniforms, and together, Tim and I came up with a MLB uniform template (by together, I mean Tim did all the work, but I found the photo from which he created the template).
More recently, however, Tim entered (and came in second in), Paul’s design-the-Winnipeg hockey team contest. Like the MLB template, there previously existed no “NHL” 3-D template, so it was up to him to create one. And a marvelous job he did. So today he’ll share with us how he came up with that and we’ll see a few of his new hockey concepts using the template. Here’s Tim:
Tim E. O’B takes on the NHL
By Tim E. O’Brien
When news broke that the Atlanta Thrashers were officially moving to Winnipeg, I knew what had to be done:
An NHL ‘3D’ Template.
What I didn’t know, however, was that Paul was about to unleash a uniform design contest upon the Uni Watch world.
As many of you know, not only did I come up with a submission (actually, I submitted two designs), but I was chosen as one of the top five finalists by Paul and fellow ESPN Page 2er Kurt Snibble and was voted number two by the Uni Watch followers.
But enough about the contest, what’s really got me here today is the template I used.
Of course, as with my MLB template, I started off with a nice image of a player in his element. This time it was (my boy) Jonathan Toews on the ice. Of course, I didn’t want all that dead space – yeah, I’m talking about you Brian Campbell – so I cropped the picture to just show what I needed.
The next step was to remove the rest of “Soupy”, the boards logos and all of the design elements of the uniform. Finally, I formatted the individual uniform elements so they could edited individually and added my own boards logo to make sure people knew who created this template (T.E.O’B.).
But since I created the template, I figured I would show off some of the unis I’ve already created:
Blackhawks – Home, Road, Third, Old Third — Just for comparison sake, I used my ‘Hawks to see the possibilities of Before and After with the template. I also included the ‘Hawks old Third jersey (even though it should be based on the Home jersey, not the Road one) because I love it when the BLACKhawks have a black jersey but I’m also growing tired of the current throwback.
Falcons (of Manitoba) – Home, Road — This is my first and Top Five selected Thrasher Redesign Contest submission. I came up with a main falcon logo and a flying puck secondary logo both based on Haida artwork – although perhaps that was a mistake (the Haida aren’t from Manitoba).
Penguins – Home, Road — One of my best bros from college was from “the ‘Sburgh” and we quickly bonded over the EA Sports NHL series and the love of our home town hockey teams. While I love the Pens, I would love them even more if they went back to the early 90s look with more YELLOW and less gold.
Predators — Home, Road — The Preds tried to rework their image a few weeks back and boy did they screw the pooch (or, rather, the big cat). Not only did I fix the yellow on the main logo so that it looks like a tiger’s colorization rather than a racing stripe, but I also simplified (the ‘N’) and corrected (the stars) the guitar pick logo. I also made the unis much less cluttered and “modern” (although I could go even simpler) while keeping the yellow Home jersey.
Senators – Third — I’ve only done the Sens’ Third jersey because, frankly, it’s the only one I care about. As a Greek and Roman history buff, I took the garb of a Roman General and took this uniform design to it’s illogical conclusion. If the Sens really want a black third jersey, this looks a lot better than their current Third but way worse than the barber pole.
St. Louis Blues – Home, Road – As a ‘Hawks fan, I hate the Blues. But even setting that bad blood aside (at least I respect the Wings), I still think the Blues are one of the worst dressed teams in the league. I clean them up by ridding the Bettman bib and going back to a more classic look with their two-blue one yellow color scheme.
Well, that’s it for me this time. I’m glad to see so many people using my MLB ‘3D’ Template and I just hope people start to use this template too. I’ll make sure a post these – and other new designs – on my site, TimEOBrien.com.
Until next time, happy tweaking.
Thanks, Tim. Tremendous job in creating that 3-D template, as you did with the MLB one. OK, Uni Watchers, now that you’ve seen some of Tim’s work, how’d he do?
Say It Isn’t Faux…
Reader Casey Nelson noticed something “amiss” with the jersey worn by Red Sox first sacker AdriÃ¡n GonzÃ¡lez, and he wrote in with his obvservations and questions.
First off, I love the site and it comforts me that I’m not alone. I’m a longtime reader, first time emailer.
I’m emailing to ask if you’ve noticed that Adrian Gonzalez appears to be wearing a faux-front road uniform. I noticed it just before the all star break and again in the all star game on his gray uniform. It has buttons the full length of the jersey but there appears to be a seam just below the 2nd button. The rest of the jersey below the 2nd button is stitched together making the jersey a pullover that looks traditional.
I only really know about the faux-front look because I coach softball in TX and that look is becoming pretty popular for softball and baseball. Both Russel and Under Armour make faux-front or faux placket uniforms.
Thanks for doing what you do.
Thanks for that observation, Casey. Johnny Ek and I both looked at some pics of AdriÃ¡n GonzÃ¡lez and it’s tough to tell, but in some photos, it does seem he might have a faux placket. Some more than others. Even if it’s not a faux placket, there’s no question you hardly ever see any separation where the two pieces of fabric are if it is a button-down.
Benchies from the Beginning
By Rick Pearson
For nearly three years, “Benchies” has been appearing most weekends at Uni Watch. While Bench Coach Phil fills in for Paul Monday through Friday during August, we present a retrospective. New strips will continue to appear on weekends. For further background, here’s the “Benchies” backstory and bios on the regular Boys of “Benchies.” Enjoy.
And here is the full-size version.
By Brinke Guthrie
• The Orioles great OF Paul Blair apparently gave someone the shirt off his back- and now they’re selling it.
• Love this old MLB logo pin– why don’t they use this?
• I know the Cowboy colors have been perpetually mixed up—but this 60’s bobble guy is flat-out powder blue.
• Great 70’s Expos poster. And I still can’t figure out that team logo.
• Really nice 80’s Bengals Cliff Engle coaches sweater.
• Mariner fans, please dig this retro look fridge magnet.
• I would gargle ground glass before I’d wear this, but I grudgingly admit this is a classic 70’s Dodger satin jacket.
Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: (mostly compiled by John Ekdahl) Brandon Gomes was flashing some Under Armour logo creep on the field Sunday (Grant Goldman). … Sam asked the Detroit Tigers marketing department about this picture of Jhonny Peralta with his number on the inside of the collar. The Tigers confirmed they add numbers to all jackets and windbreakers. … It’s not very often you see a military uniform that misspells the country’s own name, but that’s what happened to the Australian Navy (Paul). … A little DIY project from Marc-Louis Paprzyca’s girlfriend Kristina, who made a dress out of a Blackhawks jersey. … Ottawa goaltender Mike McKenna is asking fans to pick out his new pad scheme (John Muir). … Here is a gallery from the 50th Annual Congressional Baseball Game at the Nationals Park in D.C., and most of the uniforms look pretty good (Patrick Runge). … Maya Moore was this years top pick in the WNBA draft and her jersey has already become the most popular (Kevin Brown). … David Beckham celebrated the birth of his daughter by wearing pink cleats with the names of all four of his children stitched into them (Nick Orban). … It appears Adidas is planning on blatantly ripping off Nike’s football gloves next year (Brad Griffin). … Pick one shade of gold and be done with it, Colorado (Matthew Robins). … Here’s a great video on the design of the upcoming Rugby World Cup ball (Caleb Borchers). … Most of the news surrounding Rick Perry these days is about his possible Presidential run, but he has managed to land a position in the NCAA 12 video game in the mean time (Greg Stamps). … Jose Reyes has been wearing his Mets batting helmet during his rehab assignment (Robert Silverman). … The MLS All-Star game jerseys are now being sold on their website (Mark Emge). … Interesting “recycling” went on between the Indians and the Twins yesterday afternoon, as both teams wore green caps when they made up their rained-out Earth Day game from earlier this year. … Ribbons aplenty were spotted at
Candlestick PacBell SBC AT&T Park last night, when the Giants and Dodgers (more photos here) played in the 18th Annual “Until There’s A Cure” Game to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS (hat tip to Mike Styczen for the link). … Unfortunately, no photos/video, but Thomas Mallard notes “During tonight’s (7/18) Braves @ Rockies game, Brian McCann had his catching facemask break. He sports the old school-style mask. He has currently replaced the mask, with David Ross’s hockey-style mask/helmet (complete with Ross’s number 8 on the chin). He is also wearing Ross’s cap backwards under the new mask as he doesn’t keep a hat close by on nights he catches.”
“You know those half-assed partial stripes on the shoulders of football jerseys, that are meant to sort of remind us of the sleeve stripes football jerseys used to have, back when football jerseys used to have sleeves? And how pretty much everyone hates those half-assed partial stripes and everything they stand for? 2-in-1s are the exact baseball equivalent of that.” — R. Scott Rogers