By Phil Hecken
We’re back today with Part 2 (of 3) of the Redesign the Washington Football contest. If you missed Part 1, you can check out the first 11 submissions here. All submissions are in alphabetical order, so today is the second set of 11 contestants.
By now, I’m sure you guys are familiar with the groundrules, so a quick recap: 11 submissions will be shown on three successive weekend days (Saturday-Sunday this weekend, and Saturday of next weekend), and following that there will be voting on all the entries. The top 10 from there will move on to the final voting, from which one victor will be crowned. All logos and uniform concepts will be displayed below, and you can click on each graphic to see a full-size version. Descriptions of each submission will follow.
Ready? Here’s Part 2:
Hungry Hungry Hipster
Description: Washington Warthogs: named after A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, nicknamed “Warthog” by U.S. Air Force pilots. Alliteration in “Washington Warthogs” gives name a pleasant sound. Moreover, Warthogs has “hogs” embedded in it, making a reference to the franchise’s o-line nickname. Logo: helmet and wordmark. Helmet features a warthog’s mouth as painted on an A-10’s nose. Font named “Top Secret” used in wordmark, which is designed to resemble Washington D.C. flag. Uniforms: traditional burgundy and gold, with D.C. flag as sleeve stripes. Gold alternate jersey makes Warthogs only NFL team with yellow jersey currently.
Description: Here is my re-design for the patently offensive “Redskins.” I’ve renamed them the “Hog Mollies,” mostly for the die hard fans that don dresses and pig heads. This would keep that tradition in tact and honor it at the same time. Mascots should be born out of organic traditions like that (see: Crimson Tide, Boilermakers, etc.). The Hog Mollie is also apt for the Washington lifestyle of pork barrel politics and the fat cats on K Street. The logo is simple, clean, easily recognizable, and unique in that no other NFL team has a swine of any kind for a mascot. The color scheme is much the same, but with a darker burgundy and richer gold. As for the uniform, it is slightly changed by the Northwestern stripes on the shoulders, but other than that the uniform is left to its nostalgic “Redskins” look. No need to mess with a design that works. Enjoy!
Description: I rebranded the team the Hogs – the name that once referenced Washington’s offensive line. The uniforms are based on the old “R” logo worn during the Lombardi years. I removed the feather and helmet stripe, and changed the “R” to a “W” on one side of the helmet. The other side displays the player’s uniform number. As punishment for the Redskins era, I developed an “Atonement Alternate” for the first Sunday in November (Native American Heritage month), featuring ridiculous shoulder yokes, striping, fonts, and BFBS. I inserted a “pants wetter” crotch panel, a deserving home for the Nike swoosh.
Description: For my Washington DC football idea I wanted something that spoke of DC, but did not care for a lot of the other names. I liked the Warriors or Generals, but I wanted to stay away from military names because too many athletes speak of being “warriors”, and Nike has the “Pro Combat” and GI Joe outfits already. It all is so overdone. I chose the name of the Washington Power. I also liked shortening it to The DC Power (a little bit of a double meaning with direct current, but I can look past it). I think the current team has one of the best color schemes in football so I left that alone. This is basically a Redskins throwback with new logos. The name was broken ”“ the unis aren’t. So why fix what is not broken?
Description: Let’s see the Washington Football proposal. As you mentioned in the web, the current Redskins’ colors are sweet and hard to erase from their image. Here I come with some tweaks about this. The team will be renamed to avoid the concerns about the team’s identity, and they’ll be the Washington Stemps. Both the logo (cow skull) and the wordmark are closely related to the far wild west. The name, actually, is an old west slang term which can be translated as legs, which can be related to the speed and explosiveness that you need to play in the NFL. By the way of the logo, I chose it because it fixes with the whole new identity and have some wild connotations, as many of the NFL logos.
Description: I love their colours already, so I stuck with a general refresh to go along with a DC flag/map inspired logo. Used Tim E’s 2-D template.
Description: This re-branding concept is based on Washington Football history and tradition. The warrior here is not a Native American or modern soldior, but the warrior of Washington’s proud football past. The logo uses Sammy Baugh and familiar Washington imagery, to make a connection to the team’s history, without using the Native American theme. The helmet graphics recall the design made memorable by the team’s 1st Super Bowl appearance and fondly remembered coaches – Lombardi and George Allen. The colors and uniform would easily enable fans to identify the Warriors as a Washington team, and help to make the switch to the new name.
Daniel Nacy Meltzer:
Description: I made this way back when the Supreme Court threw the case out of court. I’m a longtime fan and DC native that has transplanted to North Carolina within the last year. Since moving here, my Redskins gear (shirt, scarf, hat) collects dust in the closet, because while it has context within Washington DC, I’m embarrassed to wear such an offensive word emblazoned on me in public without that local context. So the rebranding: The DC Cherry Blossoms, complete with new color scheme of pink/robin’s egg and black. Yes I’m serious.
Tim E. O’Brien:
Description: This concept may look familiar to some because I did a similar theme when trying to rebrand the Washington Wizards. It was fun then and I thought it would be fun now. Most everything is inspired by the almighty dollar (this is Nike’s philosophy, I just took it literally) and yet the uniform still maintains a classic feel.
Description: NAME: DC Defenders (mostly for the alliteration, although maybe it will help bring back some defense to the NFL). LOGO: I took inspiration from the DC flag and borrowed liberally from the Nationals’ style. A stylized DC flag comes out of the D (its missing a white stripe across the bottom, but that made it hard to see). A clipart mashup of Uncle Sam running with the ball serves as a secondary logo. UNIFORM: Colors are red and white like the DC flag, with blue trim and a real retro feel to the uniforms.
Description: The United States of America, with it’s headquarters in Washington D.C., is home to the most lethal ass-kicking machine of a military that human history has ever known. When our nation’s capital is the battleground to the sport most analogous to warfare, it is only fitting that the team that takes the field consist of nothing less than Warriors. Calling upon generation’s of US military aesthetics, as well as years of uniform tradtiion in the Redskins organization, the uniforms worn by the Washington Warriors serve as both an any-given-Sunday tribute to the few and the proud as well as a present day battle armor to bring the outdated “Redskins” into the play of modern warfare. COLORS: deep red, charcoal gray, tan, and gold based on a combination of the current Redskins burgundy and gold and the drab fatigues of combat. LOGO: primary derived from a combination of a capital letter “W”, for both “Washington” and “Warriors”, the District of Columbia’s flag, and the eagle and trident emblem of the Navy Seals, the fiercest of our nation’s real-life warriors
secondary a solitary “W” formed from two parallel stripes and a single star, based on the design of the Bronze Star Medal and intended to be worn as a badge of honor. SHOES: tan. reminiscent of the combat boot style worn by Army in the 2011 Army / Navy game HOME: charcoal jersey & tan pants based on the present combat uniform consisting of tan pants and a dark body armor vest, also reminiscent of the tan pants worn in in the early to mid 1900’s by the Redskins. SHOULDER STRIPES: red -white-red based on the ribbon associated military medals awarded for acts of valor and bravery in combat as well as the double stripe in the District’s flag. HELMET: slightly metalic tan with deep red center stripe bordered by thinner charcoal gray stripes; logo in transparent gray on sides the side logos resemble the subdued color palette used in combat military patches and insignia. ALTERNATE UNIFORMS using a color palette based upon that of the Redskins, yellow is used as an accent / trim color to accompany red over an otherwise entirely charcoal, Seal Team Six style uniform.
Phew. And that’s the second set of designs. I’ll have the third and final set next Saturday. We’ll vote on Sunday next — yes, I realize it’s Memorial Day Weekend when the voting takes place, so if you don’t get a chance to check out Uni Watch then, make sure you check back during the week. We’ll keep the poll open all week.
by Rick Pearson
Indecisions, indecisions, indecisions…
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The Stars Come Out in Detroit…
Yesterday, in an interplague matchup the Detroit Tigers (playing as the Detroit Stars) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (playing as the Pittsburgh Crawfords), threwback in some my-tee-fine negro league uniforms (I’ve written about the Stars and I’m pretty sure I’ve done a rundown on the Craws as well). If you’re interested in yesterday’s matchup, you can read about it here.
I didn’t see the game live (on teevee), but I did see clips, and I thought both teams looked great, despite being saddled with modern gear. And how about those SWEET socks on the “Crawfords”? Hey, Comrade Marshall — how’s about hooking Stirrup Nation, a/k/a the Revolution, up with some of those (socks or rups)…PLEASE. Everyone seemed really into it, and almost everyone played along by showing some sock. Everyone, that is, but one guy. That’s right, Prince Fielder pulled a total douchebag, look-at-me move by wearing his uniform like a big pair of oversized pajamas. Now, I didn’t see the game, but from every clip I saw and every photo I looked at, he was the only one to disrespect the game and the Negro League tribute by the Tigers and the Pirates. Sad. Actually, if you look at the first clip (below), it appeared that possibly Delmon Young was also long-pantsed. Still, almost everyone went with bloused pants/socks.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
After the splendid selection of portraits of Ben Traxel’s grandpappy yesterday, we’re back with a “regular” edition of Colorize This! today.
Last weekend I promised you a very special colorization from our newest stalwart, John Turney, so we’ll start with that one today. As always, with the new format, click on each image to enlarge (unless otherwise specified).
Classic catch by Willie. The same colorization as the Rams/Packers at Marquette field. I overlaid the colors and over the field and crowd, then added a Fall filter in Photoshop to simulate the light of an October day then did used a Alien Skin Exposure Kodochrome 25 filter to brighten image.
Gorgeous image John. He had one more he got into me yesterday, so I’ll run that as well:
Following October 11, 1947 UNC”“Wake Forest football game in Kenan Stadium.
I do do many college, but seeing the likely light blue over dark blue uniforms I couldn’t resist. I colorized in Photoshop and then added an Alien Skin Exposure Kodachome Filter after the colorization.
Thanks John! Well done.
Next up is the first half of the G&G Boys, Gary Chanko:
The 07 May 2012 Uni-Watch News Ticker posted this photo of Bart Starr wearing an unusual version of the Packers’ “G” logo. Most likely this design was a prototype before adopting the current version which remains virtually unchanged since 1961.
The colorized version illustrates the design would have had visibility issues from a distance. It also lacks the football shaped oval design element reportedly requested by Lombardi. I’m not a helmet expert, but the headgear Starr is fashioning could have been a MacGregor model. It appears similar to the helmets used by the New York Titans during the initial franchise years.
Interested in finding out more about this unusual Packers logo? This blogster is searching for an answer.
Beautiful work, as always, Gary.
And closing down the colourizations today is the other half of the G&G Boys, George Chilvers:
People often ask how long it takes to colourise a picture. There are two elements to the answer – actually physically doing it (which is about 6 hours I would say for an average picture), and how long a period those hours are spread over as I don’t normally do a picture in one session. This picture has taken me months because of the latter element. I had doubts about doing it to begin with. And having started it I kept putting it aside, feeling uncomfortable at times. But I’ve finished it now. Maybe some of your readers won’t know why I have hesitated.
This picture is of the Manchester United team on 5 February 1958 before a European Cup tie in Belgrade against Red Star. The team was nicknamed “The Busby Babes” (Matt Busby was their manager), and it is generally agreed one of the most talented teams ever to have been assembled. But on the following day, 6 February 1958, the plane bringing the team home, after a refuelling stop in Munich, crashed on take-off and 8 of these players along with 2 aircrew, 3 Man U staff, 8 journalists and 2 other passengers died in the crash.
The original of this is one of those iconic sports pictures that occur rarely. Although many of the people whose pictures I colourise are now dead, this one just felt a bit odd to do, somehow a bit different. But I did it, and have decided to pass it on, in memory of those who lost their lives that day.
Great stuff, George, even if the subject matter was somewhat troubling. Thank you.
That’s all for today. Thanks to all the colorizers, and I’ll be back with more next time.
And that will do it for this fine Sunday. Had a little trouble with the board going down last night, so that’s all I’ve got for today. Everyone have a great Sunday.
“If I make a veggie burger for some half-wit at a barby but I slather it in bacon grease to make it taste good, it ain’t a veggie burger any more.” — Robert P. Marshall, III