Another day, another leak. Or in this case, two leaks. That was the situation yesterday, as photos appearing to show the Dolphins’ new logo and the Jags’ new jersey began circulating. They were first posted by someone I’ve never heard of on Instagram, then picked up by someone I’ve never heard of on Twitter, and then it was off to the races.
Are they legit? They could be Photoshop jobs, after all, or prototypes. Haven’t heard any confirmation or denial yet from the Jags, but Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, being quoted by a Miami Herald beat reporter, says the Miami logo isn’t kosher. A writer for Chris Creamer’s site, however, claims to have a source who says it’s legit. Gun to my head (or, better yet, thumbs-up to my head), I’d say they’re the real deal.
My feeling about the Dolphins logo is that it’s perfectly nice and feels like a reasonable evolution of the team’s identity. Neither an upgrade nor a downgrade, although I’ll miss the helmet on the dolphin’s head. Of course, we’ll need to see the full uni set before we can render a full judgment, but I’m okay with this logo.
As for the Jags, the partial view of the jersey doesn’t provide enough visual data for a fully informed assessment, but it’s nice to see that they’re reclaiming gold as a team color. That number font looks like it’s gonna be bad, though, and the patch is a waste of space. I think I’m okay with the pointy-stripy things around the collar, although I’ll need to see more before I can be sure about that. The lack of the accursed Nikelace is a plus, although I think that’s just because this is a cheapo retail replica (note the “S” size tag). The game version could still be Nikelaced, and probably will be.
Meanwhile: New ESPN column/video today, about the Fruit Stripe uniforms — look here.
Seattle party update: As mentioned in yesterday’s installment of Question Time, I’ll be convening a Uni Watch party in Seattle on the night of Monday, April 8 (venue still to be determined, but I expect to have that settled in a few more days). I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.
This party will also feature something we’ve never tried before: Uni Watch membership card designer Scott M.X. Turner lives in Seattle and will be attending the party, so I’m going to bring along a bunch of blank membership cards (no name on the front, no design on the back), and party attendees who want to sign up for the membership program can enroll right there for the usual $25 fee and Scott will use colored markers to create your card design while you watch. I will sign the finished cards and bring along my laminator, so you’ll be able to walk home with your finished card.
Obviously, a hand-drawn cardback will not have the same degree of precision as one that’s been digitally designed. And fancy or complicated designs will be out of the question — Scott will pretty much be limited to doing number/NOB treatments. Unusual colors may prove to be challenging as well. Still, there’s something nicely organic about a hand-drawn object, and I think it’ll be cool for new enrollees to be able to watch as Scott creates their card designs.
Maybe a lot of people will want to get a hand-designed card; maybe nobody will. Either way, I think it’s a fun experiment, and I’m looking forward to how it turns out.
Meanwhile, speaking of the membership program, 16 new card designs have been added to the membership card gallery (including Tim Medeiros’s Bruins “Pooh Bear” design, shown at right, a prime example of how the worst jersey designs can often make for the best membership cards). I hope to have the printed/laminated versions of these cards in the mail by the end of this week.
As always, you can sign up for your own custom-designed membership card by signing up here.
March Madness reminder: We’re running a Uni Watch bracket contest for the NCAA tourney. Winner gets a freebie from my swag bag. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Pro Helmet Decals is now making logo wraps for the Mets’ bat weights. “We’re doing some for the D-Backs too,” says PHD honcho Dave Sulecki. “Looks like the Braves and Brewers may be getting on board with the bat knob decals, too.” … Shawn Dobbins took part in a St. Paddy’s Day fun run and was given a T-shirt featuring a leprechaun with footwear logo creep. Sigh. … Danny Garrison’s latest round of NFL teams recast as soccer teams is for the AFC East. … “The trucking company I work for has the Arkansas Razorbacks football equipment truck here for a couple days,” says Mark Dancer. “It comes in Razorback red, complete with the mark of the beast on the side.” … Two items from Brady Phelps: Pau Gasol has been working on a personal logo, and the great MLB brain trust has come up with some seriously hilarious caps. Those are made by American Needle, so we can’t blame New Era for this one. … This is interesting: There’s a move afoot to eliminate pension benefits for all non-uniformed MLB personnel (from Chad Walters). … New G.I Joe alternate for Bemidji State baseball (from Ryan Hickok). … Arizona State is now asking for fan/community input regarding Sparky’s costume (from Kenn Tomasch). … Also from Kenn: “I found this fabulous slideshow with many great (bad) old uniforms of the Wichita Wings, who have been put up for sale.” … New flash: College basketball courts are a canvas for branding. … Hamilton Nolan scores again, and this time he’s actually writing about sports. … Another team that went green over the weekend: Nebraska baseball (from Mike Vamosi). … Is that what I think it is sitting on the passenger seat of Tom Jacobsen’s car? Yessir, that’s a jen-yoo-wine game-worn vertically striped Broncos stirrup from 1960. “It was in a buddy’s collection for a long time and recently migrated to mine,” says Tom. “Originally it came from a reporter from Buffalo who covered the Bills and the AFL back in the day, and who was friends with 1962 Broncs coach Jack Faulkner. Jack gave it to him directly. One of the few to survive the bonfire!” … Longtime Uni Watch pal (and Cooperstown Mayor!) Jeff Katz is writing a book about the strike-interrupted 1981 baseball season. Among the tidbits he’s uncovered in his research: “When Dave Stieb hit in the ’81 All-Star Game, he used Rick Burleson’s bat, Buddy Bell’s batting gloves and Tom Paciorek’s helmet.” … There’s something really sad about dressing high school kids in G.I. Joe costumes. That’s Cardinal Gibbons High in Florida (from Keenan Bailey). … A vote on whether to ban NFL ball carriers from lowering their helmets and initiating contact when outside the tackle box has been delayed, although it could come back up for a vote as early as today. … Good story/video about the making of the Final Four court, from forest to floor (from Tom Fitzgerald). … Interesting situation in the first-round NIT game between top seed Kentucky and No. 8 seed Robert Morris: As the higher seed, Kentucky wore home jerseys, even though the game was actually played at Robert Morris due to Kentucky’s court being used in the NCAA tournament (good observation by JJ Sledge). ”¦ Sports Illustrated put out four regional March Madness cover designs for this week’s issue. If you look at the top one on the page, you’ll see it features Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga, along with several fans wearing jerseys with Olynyk’s number, 13. “This is curious, because there is no Gonzaga No. 13 jersey available anywhere,” says Ethan Dillon. “They were not ordered prior to the season because it was not suspected he would be the star that he is. Interestingly, the jerseys have no Nike logo creep.” ”¦ New kit for the San Antonio Scorpions (Kenn Tomasch again). ”¦ Here’s something you don’t often see (well, not in the bigs, at least): Due to an injured colleague and an equipment switcheroo, MLB ump Tim McClelland called balls and strikes from behind the mound, instead of behind the catcher, for a four-batter stretch during yesterday’s Cactus League game between the Brewers and Angels.