By Phil Hecken
We’ve been treated to three days worth of submissions for the Washington Football Redesign Contest, and now it’s time to vote. To be as democratic as possible — and so some people don’t feel like their designs were summarily dismissed — I’ve decided to allow reader voting on every submission. Obviously, some are better than others, but that’s not for me (or a crack panel) to decide. So now it’s up to you.
So, before you cast your votes today, make sure you take a brief refresher course by giving each entry one last look-see. The first set is here, the second set is here, and the third set is here. Below (after the jump) is the poll (you’ll also be provided with links to each design in there, but not all the descriptions or in some cases, every design). For the first round of voting you may vote for FIVE of your favorite redesigns.
I’ll keep the voting open all week, and next weekend, the top 10 vote-getters will be advanced to the final vote. The winner of that will win the contest. Simple and fair, right? Right.
I want to again give a HUGE round of thanks to our pollster, James T. Huening, who sets all these polls up and enables the Uni Watch community to have their say in contests such as these. My thanks to all the submitters, and best of luck to you all.
The rest is up to you, dear readers…so, here’s your ballot:
Vote Below — (click on each name for a graphic of the submitter’s redesign)
by Rick Pearson
The battle between flora and fauna resumes…
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another new one 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.
Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.
And so, lets begin:
We start off today with Matt Malinoski, who has some concepts for the AL West, circa 2013…
I have decided to submit my concepts by division, so here are my concepts for the 2013 AL West:
Angels: 1970 uniform with current graphics.
Astros: 1965 home uniform with Colt .45 stirrups and matching number typeface. Road uniform is similar to home but with city name instead. Replaced Astrodome in logo with large baseball, removed the motion lines and added stars to the background.
Athletics: 1951 uniform in green.
Mariners: Removed the compass rose from front of jersey and added stripes to stirrups. Changed belt loops.
Rangers: 1985 home uniform with 1960s MacGregor number font. Road uniform similar to home with some added trim. Changed belt loops.
And our other submitter today is Rocky Vaughn, who brings us some Mississippi State University concepts:
Some Mississippi State University Football Uni Concepts:
1. Maroon Jersey reflects on my favorite MSU uniform under Head Coach Rockey Felker (1986) with the new MState emblem on helmet.
2. White Away jersey paired with optional maroon pants with classic striping.
3. Alternate Gray Uniform, from top to bottom, adds an unconventional twist to the Bulldog look.
4. Alternate Black Jersey paired with Gray pants looks interesting. I used White numerals trimmed in maroon because their previous Black tops with Maroon Numbers were difficult to read and not very pleasing on the eyes, in my opinion.
* When State took the plunge to re-brand themselves, I can’t understand why they didn’t request a newer version of the Interlocking MSU logo. *
5. My version of Maroon Interlocking Logo
6. My version of White Interlocking Logo
And that’s it for concepts for this week. Back with more next time!
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Another great set today, and aside from the G&G Boys, I’m back with John & Pete.
Let’s get right into it:
We’ll start again with John Turney, who has a “correction” from last weekend:
Apparantly I made a big error in that the team in photo was Wake Forrest and not the Tarheels. My apologies.
Here is a corrected version
Thanks John. He also sent a couple others, but I’ll hold off on all but this one — John didn’t identify the teams, so if anyone knows (including John), by all means — speak up:
‘For Next Time’
Next up is George Chilvers, with this:
A quick one for this week:
Bob Marshall, catcher for the Davenport Blue Sox in 1914.
Original at Library of Congress
Great stuff, George.
Next up is Pete Woychick, with this:
Here’s another photo from the Smithsonian site. (Original Hilldales baseball team circa 1940) I always like these group shots for the variety of facial expressions and personalities that transcend time.
Wikipedia: Hilldale Club
The Hilldale Athletic Club (also known as Hilldale Daisies, Darby Daisies) was an African American professional baseball team based in Darby, Pennsylvania, west of Philadelphia. ”¦ Hilldale was a charter member of the Eastern Colored League in 1923 ”¦ Drew disbanded the ballclub in July 1932 after the combined attendance of two subsequent Saturday afternoon games at Hilldale Park totaled 295. ”¦ The Daisies wore red and white. Their jerseys in the 1920s had “Hilldale” across the front in the style shown above as the “team logo”. The club wore a red cap with a white plain-block capital H as seen above.
Due to the discrepancy in the dates (photo “circa 1940”; club disbanded 1932), I don’t know if this is the same team. It seems like it must be, but why would the caps have a W? (On a related note, is there a Negro Leagues uniform database? Seems like there ought to be”¦)
And we conclude with another wonderful history lesson from Gary Chanko:
This early twentieth century postcard is, unfortunately, the last one in my pile to colorize. It turned out to be my favorite.
The image is one of ‘Real Photo’ postcards from the era (it sold at auction for $3600) that captures an afternoon game between the Chicago Union Giants and the locals from the small Wisconsin town of Randolph. The original contains no written material or date information. However we do know the photo was taken between 1900 and 1904 based on Chicago Union Giants history.
Although much is known (more info can be found here and here) about the Chicago Union Giants, one of the top Negro baseball teams in the Midwest in the early 1900s, I was unable to find further information about the game depicted in the image (Chicago probably won) or about the Randolph team. I’ve contacted the Randolph historical society hoping someone may have more info and, perhaps, the location in Randolph where the game was played, but no reply to date.
Some points of interest in the photo:
• Most of the spectators are outfitted in their “Sunday Best,” particularly the ladies which are a large percentage of the crowd.
• The crowd size looks to be a few hundred which is almost ten percent of the entire community population of just a few thousand.
• If you look closely, the protective screen for the grandstand is visible beginning at the pole behind the catcher. The unused screening material can be seen draped over the front of a vehicle on the far left.
• The playing field must have created a few nasty bad hops.
• A line drive down the right field line might be unpleasant for few spectators.
• Where’s the ump? Player’s bench?
Fantastic job, Gary.
Great job all around by all today’s colorizers. Check back again soon for the next edition of Colorize This!
OK, everyone, that’s it for this middle day of the Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy the 500 today (if that’s your cuppa) as tomorrow we brace for the camostrosity.
Have a great Sunday and we’ll be back with the final 10 in the UW Redesign The Washington Football Team contest next weekend. Don’t forget to vote!
“No offense meant but the battle-axe blades on Provo’s Warriors concept primary and secondary logos look a bit like testicles.” — ‘Teenchy’