By Phil Hecken
There is no surer sign of spring than the first robin … or so the saying goes. So there must be no surer sign of the impending college football season than the introduction of spiffy new football uniforms, including three in the past week by Nike alone — all in their
amateur pacifist pro combat line. Paul already covered the new Georgia Bulldog one off, to be worn against Boise State University during the opening weekend of football. He also gave a few comments on the new Ducks & Broncos duds the other day.
Now, I could go off on a rant about the ridiculousness of introducing a “one game only” uniform, particularly one that is driven solely by corporate greed and really takes a uniform tradition (such as it is with Boise) and basically destroys it in one fell swoop. But, for today, I’d like to judge these things simply on the basis of their actual LOOKS. That is, saying “to hell with what you’ve ever worn before, let me just judge this in a complete vacuum.” So things like traditional design elements, logos or school colors will not come into play. Just how these things look.
Let’s start with Georgia. Wow. That’s a lotta gaddam red, innit? In fact, someone with a lot more graphic talent than I fit the design perfectly in with another team. Can’t say at first glance I’m a fan. Let’s take a peek at the helmet. Hey, that’s not too bad. What’s that…”turn it sideways”? OK…Whoa. That thick red stripe is just gadawful, and what is with the stripe repeating on the facemask? Ugh. I realize that the facemask is now a part of the uniform, rather than just a piece of equipment, but this looks awful. As far as the rest of the uniform, I don’t really mind the mono-red too much, and the black sleeves aren’t bad either. The number fonts aren’t illegible and the white outline is a plus. But as an overall uniform … I gotta give this one a C. Too much red for my liking and that multi-color facemask just ain’t workin’.
Moving on to Boise, who will play the foil to Georgia in the
Christian Sandwich Chick-fil-A game — this is actually their second Pro Combat uniform. They opened last season against Va Tech, sporting a first-generation PC. Now, Boise is all grown-up and gets its own storm trooper uniform, complete with a white helmet. I have to say, I really kinda like this getup. OK, so they only have the helmet logo on one side, and there’s that random blue thing on the right shoulder and orange stripe on the left…but overall, not too bad. Unfortunately, instead of keeping a somewhat clean, streamlined uniform without the usual bumper-stickers, Nike designers couldn’t resist sticking a big-ass design element down the leg. Nay, a stripe would never do there. That knocks this otherwise pretty decent looking uni down a peg. I give this a B.
Finally, we have the Ducks. We almost need a special category for Oregon, because EVERY uniform combo they wear is a one-off, and they basically introduced the concept of keeping school colors to a minimum. But even so, I’m viewing this solely as a uniform in a vacuum, so none of that matters anyway.
Now, I’m probably prejudiced in this, partially because I drank the Nikegon kool-aid years ago, but even viewed purely as a uniform, this one rocks. Yup. I. Love. It. Nobody does the Ninja look as well as WTD (“win the day”). Damn, even the helmet looks great. Am I a huge fan of that neon green/yellow? No, not really, but it surely pops on the matte black. Do I love Bellotti Bold for a font? No, but it isn’t as bad as some fonts nor nearly as bad as some of you *coughjimvilkcough* think. So my verdict? Solid A.
If I were to look at these outside of the vacuum of pure uniform design, and actually took into account all the things Swooshie is doing to ruin college football, I’d feel differently. And I’m sure you’ll hear about that as the season wears on. But strictly from a uni-design standpoint, that’s my take on the Dawgs, Broncs and Ducks.
How about you?
by Rick Pearson
No wonder Ol’ Eddie’s cranky sometimes…
And the full-size.
We have another new set of tweaks 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 at keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!
And so, lets begin:
We start with Bret Ayres who has some ideas to fix the Natinals:
Mr. Hecken :
Here are two separate ideas for the Washington Natinals, er, I mean Nationals. The red/blue/metallic gold of the current uniforms is too much for me, and I’d like to lose their current Walgreens-esque ‘W’ logo. I just cut them down to a blue/metallic gold uniform set and a red/metallic gold set.
Next up is Jason Sampson, who has some ideas for the Bills and Bengals:
In lieu of the New Buffalo Bills uniforms (FINALLY!!), I made some tweaks of my own. Now they basically are the same as the new ones will be with the exception of a few changes, the major one is I took out that stupid red stripe on the charging buffalo. I wish they would go back to the standing buffalo but they’re not. But I think this logo this looks so much better that the current one.
Another change I decided on was the Bengals who are in need of an update. Now I will admit I do love the tiger stripes on the helmet but can’t stand their uniforms, there’s just way to much going on. And as I was going along simplifying their unis I went with another helmet design and actually liked how it came out.
Hope you like these
And closing down the show today is Andrew DeFrank, with some new uni ideas for the Saints & Pats:
This week I bring you the Saints and the Patriots!
Hope you all like them, and you can see my entire set of teams on my Sportslogos.net thread- “DeFrank’s NFL Redesign”
Thanks everyone. Back next weekend with more!
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Like the tweaks’ section, Colorize This! took a hiatus whilst I was relieved of my weekend duties, so, today it returns. The only person to send me colorizations during the hiatus was (surprise, surprise) George Chilvers (Gary Chanko will have some new stuff for us next Colorize This! segment.) So, without further ado, let’s see what George has for us:
George was great, and sent in four different photos he colorized, replete with write-ups. Here’s the first:
For when you next run a Colorize This.
Rugby league (note to Connie; Not rugger! :) ) – 1952 Championship Final – this is Nat Silcock of Wigan scoring a try against Bradford Northern.
OK – here’s an interesting point (well, interesting if like me you need to get out more). The rugby equivalent of a touchdown is a “try”. It is called a try, because originally (100+ years ago) it didn’t score any points in itself, but gave the team achieving it the opportunity to kick a goal. Now I’ll bet you didn’t know that.
That’s the only non-baseball in George’s arsenal this time around. Not bad for someone to whom “our” national pastime is as foreign to them as soccer is to us, right?
Another for when you are ready to run another “colorize this”. Boston Beaneaters infield of 1900.
Original is here
Beautiful, George. The next one George sent to me shortly before my father passed away. Fantastic photo and sentiments, G! And since we’re almost done with the LLWS, it’s rather apropos:
Firstly, can I add my best wishes to you and your Dad. Do whatever is needed for him, and if that means letting UW struggle by, then just do it. Your Dad is far far more important.
The thing about it is that is both timeless and universal — although this little fella is a Little Leaguer in the States, I well remember scrambling over walls and fences to retrieve footballs (soccer type of course) that had been over-enthusiastically kicked (the only difference from this photo is that “he who kicked it, had to go and get it”). And long grass was always a great place for cricket balls to rest – in school a ball whacked into the long grass would lead to a horde of young lads rummaging around while the balll was clearly visible to all of us but whispered threats of “leave it” and cries of “can’t find it, sir”, meant that we got a breather and one over on the teacher. Until he himself started to come to look in which case it was always quickly found before he arrived :)
Happy memopries that this photo evoked.
Once again, best wishes
Wow. Thanks, George. And our last photo is again baseball, this time the college variety:
Don’t when “colorize this” will reappear, but here’s one to add to those I’ve sent.
Hope everything’s OK with you.
Fantastic job, as always. But, we’re not quite done here. Scott Rodriguez sent in this. Now, it’s a little smaller than most colorizers would like, but it’s maybe worth a shot for those of you who do such things:
Huge fan of your website! I would love to colorize this photo and need to know how do I get started? This photo was taken in 1962 or 1963 in Santa Barbara at San Marcos High School.
Thanks for your help.
That’s it for “Colorize This!” this week. Looking forward to all you colorizers sending me your best works! You can send me an E-mail if you have any questions or colorizations to share. Cheers!
Oh yeah…there’s that Seahawks Redesign Contest thing…
In case you guys missed it while Paul was on vacation, and I was pinch-hitting during the weekdays, I’m running a Seattle Seahawks redesign contest along with my buddy, Tim E. O’Brien. Details are all in that post, but the deadline is Labor Day (September 5, 2011), after which we’ll likely have reader voting and I’ll award a prize (still not sure what that will be, but it should be pretty cool) to the winner. I’ve received a bunch of submissions already, most of which are using the “pro combat” template described in the prior post. If you are interested, and want to participate, try to use that template (it’s not 100% necessary, but it is preferred). If you have any questions about the contest, you can shoot me a line. That’s also the address to send your entries to — please indicated “Seahawks Redesign Contest” (or similar verbiage) in the “SUBJECT” line. OK? OK!
Looking forward to seeing what you guys have got!
There you have it, Uni Watchers, another one in the books. Thanks to those of you who complimented my photos and projects in yesterday’s post. All the kind words are greatly appreciated.
Had to get this one done early on Saturday due to the threat of Irene. As of this writing, it’s too early to tell how bad it will be, but I’m hoping by the time 7:00 am Sunday, EDT, hits, I’ll still have power. Peace, and best wishes, to anyone in Irene’s path and I hope everyone comes out of this alright. On a selfish, personal note, I hope this clears out quickly and there’s not a lot of damage, because Paul and I have tickets to tomorrow’s Mets/Fish double-dip at Shea. See ya in a few hours, buddy.
“When you see all of the teams in this year’s Little League World Series wearing pajama pants it’s time to realize that Armageddon is upon the world of baseball uniforms. Damn you, Barry Bonds!” — Terry Proctor