By Phil Hecken
A couple of weeks ago I brought you some strange and bizarre helmet concepts from none other than “The Jeff” Provo. While a number of them (even THE admits) weren’t designed to actually be worn (or that good), there were a few gems in there. Last time we had THE’s concepts for the AFC, and today we bookend the set, with the NFC.
There’s not much to say, and what there is to say…well, THE will say it below. So, without further ado, here’s THE:
NFC Helmet Concepts
By Jeff Provo
Hey Phil. Remember when I said I was going to flood you with helmet images? Well, here’s the flood – there’s 81 helmets total. I split them up into AFC and NFC – my (brief) descriptions are below.
…and for the record, I don’t think all of these are improvements. For example I think the Bengals and Rams helmets are perfect as they are, but I felt that I had to do something for each team.
1 – Current logo, no black.
2 – Current logo, embracing the black.
3 – A retro mashup with another Detroit sports team. If the Knicks could use a Yankees’ NY, why couldn’t the Lions have used the Tigers’ D? Note that the helmet is gray, not silver.
1 – Inspired by Michigan State’s pro combat helmets, I tried to make the Vikings helmets look a bit more like the real thing.
2 – Yellow helmet.
3 – A purple helmet with the Viking head logo, which has probably been used in various color combinatons by at least 247 different High Schools around the country.
1 – Royal blue instead of navy, the metallic silver-blue is a bit more noticeably blue, and I made the facemask white. They wear white so often, it just seems more appropriate that way.
2 – Inverted the colors of helmet 1.
1 – Silver helmet with a green wing – basically the inversion of their 80’s helmet.
1 – A yellow version of their current helmet to go with their yellow pants. Pants of that style were first worn with a yellow helmet, after all.
2 – I put the spear on their helmets, but in their current colors. The original spear was metallic.
3 – As a potential shift away from the native imagery, I replaced the face with a W.
4 – Final stage of the shift – the team is renamed Warriors and I put the Circle-W in front of a pair of crossed battle axes. I’m not entirely happy with the axes though, so consider this sort of a rough draft.
1 – I took the black out of the logo, made the lettering gold, and of course switched the facemask back to red.
2 – The Niners used to wear silver… so why not put some of that in the logo? Plus it gives them a valid reason to keep that otherwise stupid gray mask.
1 – Red helmet, nothing real special.
2 – The “birds eye” helmet. Honestly, you could probably do something like this for any of the animal teams, but the Cardinals logo is by far the easiest to work with.
1 – Just kidding. No helmet here. After the Seahawk uniform contest, we’ve all seen more than enough Seahawks helmts for a while.
1 – Current logo, recolored to match the throwback helmet.
2 – I actually did this a while ago – I merged Bucco Bruce with their current logo. The result is a skull wearing a hat with a dagger in it’s mouth.
1 – This has probably been done a few times – the late 80’s red helmet with the current logo on it.
2 – Their logo has a silver outline on it. Why? I don’t know, so I thought I’d just put it on a silver helmet and get rid of the extra outline.
1 – Black helmet with the Louisiana logo that they used to have as a sleeve patch.
2 – White helmet, gold logo.
I thought about doing a Mardi Gras themed helmet with green and purple beads wrapped around the logo, but since Mardi Gras is after the season ends, I didn’t see a point.
Thanks, THE. Like the previous AFC set, a couple of really nice ones in there, I do have to say. OK, dear readers, what say you?
Old Men, Skating
Yesterday afternoon, in preparation for Monday’s Winter Classic, the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers’ alumni participated in a scrimmage or sorts, to break in the rink for the real game. I actually watched a few minutes of the game, in between Bowl-hopping, and it was nice. The game was color-versus-color, and the Flyers wore a small “10” patch to honor the late Brad McCrimmon, who died in the KHL plane crash tragedy back in September.
Here are some pics from the game:
Looks like they did a pretty nice job with the stadium and the rink. The Winter Classic itself is tomorrow at 1:00 ET.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
With another bye weekend last week, the colorizations came in — with an interesting twist — our first colorizer actually recolorized a colorizers colorization. Wait…what? You’ll see:
Up first is John Turney, who first sought to create a new look for the genre:
With more time . . . . it would be better. I used Photoshop to colorize and use a plug-in that simulates the films of the last 75 years. This one is a Kodak Autochrome 1936-62 film filter.
John then tweaked one of Gary’s colorizations:
Also tweaked the work of other poster…who did good job, but I worked with it to make it look more natural, and richer in color.
Next up is Larry Bodnovich, who had a go with a couple of colorizations of the same photo:
I messed around colorizing these 2 kids the other day.
Since I had no idea what color they were wearing I gave them a bunch of different colors.
Not sure when your next colorize this will appear. But you can use whatever and also the album. Let me know if ti works.
I also worked on that Pitt vs Washington Rose Bowl from the other day. I will send that soon.
And as promised, Larry quickly followed up with the aforementioned Pitt/Washington Colorization, plus a bonus Army/Navy game:
The album with the 3
Pitt with slightly lighter blue
Pitt blue tad darker
Next up is the first half of the G&G boys, George Chilvers, who sent this for last weekend — but since I was off, it’ll have to do right here:
Don’t know if you’re doing any features this weekend – but even if not best wishes to you, yours, and all UWers.
Picture is a freeze frame (pun completely intentional) from here.
Next up is Ryan Dowgin, our Colgate colorizer, who has a bit of an unfinished symphony for us:
So you don’t think I’ve been slacking (I have)… Here is my work in progress. I doubt I will be done by Sunday, but next week it will be done for sure.
And we conclude with a couple from the other half of the G&G Boys, Gary Chanko:
Last Sunday’s Vince Banonis colorization showed him in a blue uniform setup based on my guess. Uni-Watch reader Larry B found information that suggested Univ of Detroit football unis might have been red. Some further research turned up this article mentioning the 1939 “red and white” football squad.
So back to the drawing board for a Vince Banonis do over.
And Gary’s other contribution was also sent in prior to last weekend (but the sentiment still applies). Gary, too, took on the Rams colorization:
Mr Wells where are you when I need you the most? Fire up that time machine and set the dial to 1955 and let me escape today’s football uniform madness. Put me back into the LA Coliseum for that December Rams vs Packers game.
This was a difficult colorization not unlike most newspaper images from the era. And although the quality isn’t what I’d like, it does capture the essence of the Rams great uniform history.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to All
And finally, we have a suggestion for the next Colorize This! which comes from my yinzer friend Douggie Keklak:
Here you go — the 1923 Beaverdale Beavers.
That’s all for the first installment of Colorize This! for 2012. Back with more soon. Thanks to all who submitted!
We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.
And so, lets begin:
We start with Tommy Da, who has a new Astros logo concept:
This is a rough sketch I did of a new Astros logo for a move to the AL. It is really rough (done in MS paint) but it’s just the concept. I reverted to the old colors and the logo is meant to evoke a spaceship while still staying simple.
Next up is Leo Chomiak, who comes from the Mike Engle/Jim Vilk school of tweaks:
Growing up in Miami I’ve always been a die hard Canes fan. When Pete Carroll was hired at USC he said something along the lines of that he wanted to make the Trojans a University of Miami on the west coast. After hearing this USC instantly became my second favorite team. I believe USC has one of the best uniforms in all of sports, but I think the one-off pro combat uniforms are fun so I decided to make one myself.
I don’t have any kind of photoshop program so I did this by hand. I stuck with the template used on georgia, boise, and miami and there for replaced the sleeve numbers with a dark gunmetal gray semi-circle sleeve design. I made the shoulder stripes a little skinnier and further off the shoulder. I changed both the helmet and pants to the same dark gray. I also replaced the helmet logo with the one seen on the 50 yard line in the Colosseum. I made the socks black and put a thin red stripe around it because most players now a day put a skinny wrist band there anyways.
And we conclude with Mark Peterson, who thought my Isles Gorton Logo could use some cleaning up:
For the life of me, Phil, I can’t get how or why an old school Islanders fan would like the Fisherman so much! =P
From my perspective on what really gets to me:
• It has a dreadful color scheme: navy, orange, teal, and silver. A total trendy 1990s colors wash & only one traditional Isles color.
• It’s a computer drawn logo that looks typical with a font that’s nothing special.
• His skin tone is orange! Was this to signify early morning / late evening fishing?
• Yeah I like Fish ‘N Chips with tons of tartar sauce, but I would never put the Gorton’s Fisherman on a hockey jersey. It still looks very Minor League.
• The 3-stroke wave graphic – what’s it’s purpose? Is he playing hockey on a dock and the ocean is splashing upward?
• The logo has extreme line width-range issues, including extremely narrow accents on the goal post & netting and hockey stick that are lost in shrinkage.
I tried cleaning this up a bit to see what I could do with it.
• I changed it to traditional colors & removed the teal and replaced it with white. It looks rather glaring.
• Added in silver and changed the ‘wave’ a straight hemline)
• Next I added black to the Fisherman. Here’s how that looks on a jersey.
I don’t know what was going on with the Isles back in the mid-1990s, but was there such discontent with the franchise that they were in such disarray that a complete change was needed? Or was the change just a complete and total random act of ruthless vigilante violence that was met with justified outrage?
As for your Isles fandom, to steal a line from It Gets Better Project (if that’s okay): ‘Trust me, it will get better’ …someday. I know the urge to abandon ship is overwhelming – I became a huge NHL / Blackhawks fan in the mid-1990s and suffered through some really awful seasons and some really bad ownership (old man Bill Wirtz refused to put home games on TV) and once his son Rocky took over, the franchise went through a total rebirth and won the Stanley Cup (conveniently). Like you said to me, stay tough and hang in there. If anything, use your other local teams as your main focus if you put the Isles on the back burner. Honestly, 4 leagues is more than enough for me to handle in a year.
Hope you’re having a good Saturday.
Thanks lads. That’s it for today. Back with more tomorrow.
MoVi’s Bowl 5 & 1…part the first
Who said our man on the street, Jim “I Love The Sun Bowl” Vilk isn’t the hardest working 5 & 1 guy in the business? OK, I did, but I take it back. Not only did Jim take the Vilklan on an entire New Year’s Eve bowling night (no, he didn’t wear that shirt — it was in the laundry from Christmas)…he even had time to throw together the following “first-half of the bowl season” 5 & 1 at midnight.
I’d already put today’s post to bed when the call came in, so I REALLY have no idea what we’re about to see. Let’s hope Jim’s on his game, eh?
35 bowls, so here are the best of the first 18:
Honorable Mentions to the N’awlins Bowl: San Diego State/La.-Lafayette And there’s no better way to end a game than with a field goal, right?
And to the Alamo Bowl: Washington/Baylor Matte-tastic helmets, Bears!
5. I’m Calling it the Tangerine Bowl Florida State/Notre Dame – Lighten that shade of blue next year, ND.
4. Holiday Bowl California/Texas – Cal’s pants (and Baylor’s) normally wouldn’t sniff the Top 5, but on a short list they deserve another look.
3. Pinstripe Bowl Rutgers/Iowa State – You think they would use striped end zones for this game, but nooooo…
2. Pizza Bowl Western Michigan/Purdue – Wow, a MAC team other than Temple on the good part of the list!
1. I’m still calling it the Copper Bowl Iowa/Oklahoma – Wait, you mean the Sooners didn’t retire Marcus Dupree’s number?
And the bad one: Las Vegas Bowl Arizona State/Boise State – Not your lucky day, Broncos and Sun Devils.
You know, if they’d finish the bowls on New Year’s Day, you wouldn’t have to wait two weeks for part II…
Thanks Jim. And in an extra special treat, in case you couldn’t get enough of the Vilkman…he’ll be back tomorrow with my favorite 5 & 1…the ALL-OREGON DUCKS 5 & 1! Woo-hoo. Make sure you tune in just for that.
Meanwhile, more orange versus blue…
… took place down at the
Christian Sammich Chick-fil-A (nee Peach) Bowl in the Georgia Dome last evening.
Auburn wore it’s “normal” home uniform: white/blue/white/white while Virginia wore orange/orange/blue/blue — the first time since 1974 (or something) that the Cavaliers have worn an orange topper.
THE Jeff, Robert Marshall, and Jim Vilk all approved. I’m all for color-versus-color (when used rarely and sparingly at that), and a bowl on a neutral field seems like the perfect occasion for such. Maybe 50 years ago on a 13″ black and white analog television with rabbit ears, a game like this couldn’t be watched easily, but nowadays, when almost everyone has HDTV and pretty much the entire country owns a color TV, there’s no reason we can’t be treated to the occasional color-versus-color game.
Here’s some photos from the game:
Readers? What say you? Color-versus-color: good, bad, meh…
by Rick Pearson
And a force of nature at an all-you-can-eat buffet…
And of course, the full-size.
And that will do it for this first day of January in the year 2012. Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable
amateur night New Year’s Eve. Sadly, even though today is New Year’s Day, there is not a single college football bowl game today, and the Winter Classic, which for the previous four years had been held on NYD, will also be moved to tomorrow — all to make way for the league where they play for pay. But, there are a full slate of NFL games today to keep everyone occupied, plus MOST of us have Monday as a holiday. So it’s not all bad.
Have a great Sunday all.
“I believe Flyover County is in Ohio, and that’s how the Dayton Flyers got their name.” — Gregory Koch