By Phil Hecken
And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for — the announcement of the ten…er, twelve semi-finalists in the “Cleveland Baseball Club Contest” in which readers were asked to submit proposals for a new name, logo and uniforms for the team currently called the “Indians.” Why twelve and not ten? Well, I probably could have included about 20 semi-finalists, but in the end the crack committee, combined with a heavy weighting of reader support, narrowed it down but not enough to include only ten…the last four or five were so close, rather than dropping two or three, I threw them in there.
To all those that didn’t make the cut — I don’t think there was a single design that didn’t get some support, and all the efforts were outstanding. Truly. But some of the designs had to be left on the cutting room floor, so to speak. And hey, I’m sure there are more than a few of you who are entered into the Washington Football renaming/relogoing contest, so perhaps you’ll be a semi-finalist in that one. I still haven’t even LOOKED at those yet. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Following the announcement of the final 12, there will be a poll (huge thanks to my pollster, James Huening), in which you will be asked to select your THREE favorite designs. We’ll tally the results during the course of the week, and next weekend, the top three votegetters will face off one last time to decide the contest winner. Simple, right? Right.
So, who are our twelve? They’re below (again, in alphabetical roder) — what I’ve done is to simply repost all the designs of the semi-finalists as they appeared last weekend. Once you’ve given them a second (or third or fourth) look, the poll will follow. Remember, you can click on each design (in some cases there are several in one grouping) to enlarge for detail.
Good look to everyone, and next weekend we’ll have our final three.
Ron G. (who asked I withhold his last name)
Well — there you have it. And now — take the poll below (again, big thanks to Jimbo Huening for putting it together):
by Rick Pearson
The gamers do whatever it takes…
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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 Marcus Hall, who yesterday gave us some Orioles tweaks, is back with a few more:
Next up is Antonio Bradley, with a new idea for the Nats:
I apologize for my lack of MS Paint ability, but I really do not like how the Nats, Padres, and countless other teams have a simple neck spoon with the logo on the jersey top. This is my attempt to create a truly unique uniform for the Nats, with an old school feel.
We close with Sean1245, who adds a bit of hockey flair to NFL unis:
I saw in the ticker that the Browns were going to get third jerseys next season. While I do like their classic look, I tried giving them a more modern look.
The first concept stays with the Browns tradition of having no logo on the helmet, but I gave it two stripes that run around the helmet and a matching stripe around the center of the jersey and socks.
For this one, I gave them a helmet logo (based off a nice logo that they use for other purposes) and did a more modern thing with some thin piping on the jersey.
Also, in honor of the NHL Playoff starting this week, I adapted the Bruins jersey to a football uniform. I wanted to see what it would look like and I think it looks pretty good. I’m not a huge fan of the monochrome look in football, but since the B’s wear yellow socks, they avoid the tights look.
Thanks concepters! Back with more next time.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Last weekend, I mentioned I had received a boatload of colorizations from John Turney, and I’ll be running several more today. We’re also welcoming back (at least for today) both halves of the G&G Boys. So buckle your seatbelts…
Based on the positive comments to the new format, I will again be running the photos in this way — click to enlarge all of the photos below.
Beginning with several from John Turney, here we go:
This is another shot I found on internet. Rams at packers at Marquette field, 1952. I made the trees fall colors as they looked like they were losing leaves. I colorized it, then added a Fall orange filter in Photoshop then used a Kodachome filter from Alien Skin Exposure software.
Looks like to NFL teams playing in a back yard. Here’s a portion of the original.
This next one is full-size, so no need to click to enlarge (what follows is a picture of [possibly] POTUS-45):
Uniwatch posted this a while back. I went ahead a colorized it. In my day uniforms often had both red and blue stripes as piping, making kind of a purple color.
I then added a Alien Skin filter that simulates poloroid film, whic is what familes often used for snapshots such as this.
One more from John (again, this is full size):
Ezzerette Anderson of the Dons catch pass over AAFC Yankees in all Navy.
This was a newspaper photo, not a lot of detail, but gives some AAFC colors
Thanks, John – Great Stuff
Next up is Gary Chanko, who returns from his sabbatical, much like George did last weekend. Since Gary has a bit of a story (as always, which is most welcome), I’ll insert his images within his text:
Finally completed this colorization of an early 1900s [semi-pro?] ball club. I recall a Uni-Watch reader submitted the original image several weeks ago, but after some research I was able to track down the original source – post card print:
Equally interesting is the hand written note on the back of the card. Note the 1908 post mark date.
Both images can also be found here.
Unfortunately I was unable to develop more information about the Nebraska Cheyenne Indians Ball Club. There was another team during this era called the Nebraska Indians, but I haven’t been able to link the two teams despite much having been written about the Nebraska Indians barn storming events. For those interested in baseball history in the West, this article provides a concise overview, and does make a distinction between the Nebraska Indians and the various minor and semi-pro teams called the Cheyenne Indians. Perhaps there is a knowledgeable reader that can unravel the mystery.
Lacking any definitive info, the choice of uni colors was my own. The outfits could have easily been gray or even a shade of blue. I believe the tan fabric color also would have been correct for era and it seemed to “work” better for the colorization.
I like these old post card images and plan to look for more as a future project.
Great stuff, Gary, and welcome back!
We conclude today with George Chilvers, the other half of the dynamic G&G duo. This one is for Conn Nugent.
Connie liked this picture earlier in the week, and claimed he’d been a good boy so could it be colourised. Well I’ve no way of knowing whether he has, and I suppose it depends on your definition of “good”, but as he’s always kind to my work here you go, Connie.
Chicago Bears, 1938, and I had to check out that the knee padding was inside rather than patches on top. I’ve gone with the Uniform database on this. The socks are of course awesome, but another problem in doing this was trying to figure out what the heck the thing to the right of the guy is. It looks like a building, but if so the windows have the strangest pattern.
You all just don’t understand the Angst involved in being a colouriser :)
And we conclude today with one more from George:
Another one for you, a relatively small image this time.
This one ticks a few boxes for me. It’s a 1935-ish picture of an Aston Villa player. The jersey is actually interesting. It’s Aston Villa’s change jersey and the pattern is unusual for the time. Actually I think it’s quite stylish.
Note also that it is a wool-rib jersey, and the neck tie looks to be a type of tasseled cord rather than just string that was usual then.
But best of all is the player’s name – quite well known, he is “Pongo” Waring. How he got that nickname I dread to think.
Wow. Thanks fellows. Just really, truly amazing stuff. Great to have John contributing so much and to have the G&G Boys back again! I’ll have more Colorize This! real soon.
No New Bull
Got a press release yesterday from Doug Hoffman, the Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations of Utah State University, which announced the Utah State Aggies were unveiling a new brand and identity program. Pretty standard stuff.
You can read the whole thing here.
You’ll notice Nike is mentioned once in the first graf, twice in the second paragraph and in the third it reads “This branding initiative is another important step in growing our overall athletic program. Our new marks and branding program brings a crisp, modern clarity and consistency to our brand while honoring our rich history. I want to thank Nike and especially Nike President and former USU football student-athlete Charlie Denson for his passion and commitment to this project.”
OK…so Nike wrote this release. Interesting. Sounds like one helluva partnership. Hope they get at least 4 box seats and some of the concessions because I can’t imagine there is much of a merchandizing goldmine in USU gear. But maybe there is. Anyway, enough about that — what do the new logos and unis look like?
See for yourself:
So…how’d they do? I’d say it’s a tremendous improvement, since their old logo was much more cartoonish and stood upright, all muscular, with a scowl. The new logo looks more like, well, a bull. And the uniforms? Well, here’s what the old templated unis looked like. They’ve also been fairly plain and more templatey and pre-nike, kinda all over the place. So the new look, especially with the white helmet (there is also a blue/navy gradient helmet) looks nice. The road uni is also pretty staid. I like it. Looks like (at least from the pics) there is only one pair of white pants. And it appears the blue helmet will be worn with the road uni, while either the blue or the white lid will go with the home.
Nike USU Nikeusu! Well done.
Last night, uber-prospect (and someone many people consider to be a grade-A douchebag) Bryce Harper made his major league debut against the Dodgers. MAN! Boy, do his lower-leg stylings look great! Say what you will about him, but the kid knows how to wear a uniform (even if that uniform is a clownish BP top and the Braves home cap). More photos here.
Funny moment occurred during the game too — when Harper got his first hit, it just so happened that the idiots in the expensive seats missed it because they were doing the wave. Now, on every highlight show, whenever Harper’s first hit is shown, that will be in the background.
So, when the d-bag tweeted to his buddies he was “there for Bryce’s first hit,” they’ll have video proof that, “maybe you were there, but you didn’t even see it.” HAH.
That’ll do it for this fine Sunday. Don’t forget to vote, and give a word of thanks to ALL the concepters, and congrats to the semi-finalists. And a big thanks (again) to JTH for the poll. Peace.
When I was 10 I chose the Bengals as my favorite team based on their helmet design. And as you can probably guess, we’re not talkining tiger stripes. ;) — Jim Hamerlinck