By Phil Hecken, with Rob Holecko
At long last the first sets of entries for the Uni Watch Fantasy Football League are ready for your perusal and voting. We received over 100 separate entries, and we’ll display them for each team and allow you, the readers, to vote on your favorite. Because we received the most entries for the “Atlanta Flying Fleet” and the “St. Louis Slaughter,” we’re going to be showing those and providing voting on these today. We’ll have more over the next several weekends until we’re all done.
I want to thank Rob Holecko for all his work on this, and all the great submitters for taking such an interest in this contest. And now, I will turn this over to Rob, who’ll take you through the first two sets of entries, complete with polls (so be sure to view all of the entries for each team and then be prepared to vote — write down your favorite if you have to, so you can easily vote on it after each of the sections). We’ll do these alphabetically, and some submitters sent in more than one graphic. Click on each graphic to enlarge. I’ll post the full sets (some of which include submitter comments) after the second poll, should you wish to read about their thoughts.
Ready? OK — here’s Rob:
Those you of who have been following along the last month or so know that we are running a contest for calling for uniform designs of twelve fictional franchises. Today will be the first of several “semifinals” where you will vote on the submissions for the first two of the twelve teams, Atlanta and St. Louis. We received the most entries for these two, and if you would still like to get us any last-minute entries for the remaining ten franchises, we’ll keep accepting entries for those teams for another week or so. You can see more in-depth the other ten teams here on this page, as well as further information about the UWFFL here:
But for now here are the two teams and entries that we will begin voting on today. We will display the submissions and then you’ll see the ballot where you can vote below them.
Thank you again for your interest in this contest and all of the wonderful entries we have received so far.
Atlanta Flying Fleet
Style Sheet 1 … Style Sheet 2 … Style Sheet 3
St. Louis Slaughter
We’ll be back next weekend with results of this round of voting as well as some more submissions to vote on.
Because we love the stirrup here at Uni Watch, this section is devoted to those of us who sport the beautiful hose on Fridays — a trend popularized many years ago by Robert P. Marshall, III. For many of us, it’s become a bit of an obsession, but a harmless one — a reflection of our times. Where we once had Friday ties, which has been replaced by Casual Friday — we now have Stirrup Fridays. It’s an endearingly simple concept — no matter where you work (or even if you don’t) — break out a fresh pair of rups to compliment (or clash with) your Friday attire.
And we’re back in business again on the stirrup front. Got a few entries, so let’s get right into it:
Not sure if the “Spalding Performance Socks” are actually stirrups, but this rebate offer from the mid-eighties is kinda cool.
Phil & Comrade Marshall,
So you want to buy some stirrups, but does all this talk of revolution sound a little too subversive for you? Well, here’s your chance to be a true American by joining Generalissimo Madrevilker’s Two-In-One Contra Revolucion!
Our first offering is from the city where our National Anthem was born, the Baltimore Orioles two-in-ones. We assume Eddie Murray approves, but he turned down our request for an interview.
Viva la Contra Revolucion!
I normally don’t wear the same stirrups again for a few weeks, but today, these are Boston Marathon Memorial stirrups.
Red Sox this week.
Phil & Robert:
Gold and blue for WVU’s spring game and uniform unveiling tomorrow. Let’s Go Mountaineers! Beat the Mountaineers!
Playing the Safari Masters, the first major of the year on the UMGA Tour (United Mini Golf Association). The stirrups helped me to a 3-stroke victory.
The wife and I are getting our fill of our Cardinals while they’re out here in Philly. And of course it wouldn’t be a ball game without the stirrups!
Hello, I’m Johnny Cash. I decided to re-write a classic for the no purple prison, a-hem, cough, me me me me meeeee…
Well they’re buildin’ the gallows for the 2 in 1’s.
MoVi’s got 25 minutes to go.
And the whole revolution’s waitin’ just to hear me yell.
Mothervilker has 24 minutes to go…
And that ends today’s look at Stirrup Friday — all of you who participate, send me your pics and a brief (~50 words) description of their relevance, and I’ll run ’em here on Saturday (and sometimes Sunday too!). Be sure to visit Robert’s House of Hose for news on rups.
And now…here’s …
Comrade Marshall’s Rupdate:
Comrades and Comradettes!
Let’s begin with this week’s right proper stirrup pixture contest…it’s Soukie, and I will get in touch with Mr. Awesome to let him know how he cashed in on the free pair.
As for new Revolutionary Stirrupboro matters, someone who thinks he can market the revolution wants the Al Smith beer shower Sox. Now I don’t think the revolution is marketable, nor will I pursue it past Uni Watch because I make 5 bucks an hour at best running this pajamist overthrow as is without trying to grow this. Still, I respected the moxie and concern to bring the revolution to the masses. So what the heck, 59 world series beer showers for all at $14 until next weekend. As usual these will take time to manufacture, ship to me, and ship to you, it is why you get the deal, keep that in mind. You can get ahold of me here.
Those of you who have the 59 regular season for the playing of ball, it might be nice to have a playoff version in reserve. And for those of you who might want to wait to see if your team makes the playoffs first, this will be the last 12 of these ever ordered because in general not even revolutionaries other then myself like white stirrups.
from each according their stirrvp, to each according his strype
That’s going to have to do it for today, folks — had major computer problems and was generally a very busy boy yesterday. Tomorrow will be fuller, I promise. Everyone enjoy your Saturday, and don’t forget to VOTE for your favorite concepts in the UWFFL contest!
“I sort of put describing a woman being forced to perform oral sex up there with, oh, naming a sports club after Native Americans. It’s creepy. And offensive.”
There’s some really good concepts today… but I still have to vote for myself. ;)
Yours are derivative. The one is a riff on the Iowa Batnstormers, the other — with its reddish jersey, pewter-ish pants, and skull-and-cutlasses logo — reminds me of the Tamoa Bay Buccaneers.
Unless that was the intent, in which case, carry on.
Yeah… they are, and it was. In the Slaughter’s case, the description for the team all-but-says that they were Bucs ripoffs – and that logo is the one on Rob’s original helmet as well. As for the Fleet, I don’t even like the name, but borrowing from the Barnstormers seemed like a good idea for what they are.
Bah! Two-in-One “stirrups” are just socks with stripes. Wearing them is like
Revolution Odules; Almost the same taste, just without the stirrup-goodness.
Johnny Woods got my vote for the flying douche bottle.
“Fleet” is a brand of disposable enemas. So, when you’re done with it, you throw it away and it flies.
Flying Fleet. Made sense to me…
Stirrup Friday is cringe inducing. Who wants to looks at people’s socks. Self absorbed narcissists.
I don’t know if I’d go as far as to call it cringe inducing… but I don’t get it either. I mean, I totally understand and agree with wanting visible stirrups for baseball uniforms, but they just look freakin silly anywhere else.
Yes, wearing stirrups under your pants is freaking silly, but an adult male saying “Facehoof!” is cool as shit.
Carry on, Jeff.
I went Ciervo and Seagraves. I can’t believe how well some of these turned out, seeing how little they were given to work with, and seeing what little they were given was so terrible.
Can’t wait to see some of the SF Reign Fire concepts. Those should be wild.
I really like George’s logo.
Great concepts by all. As for calling some of them copies of existing unis…..what can be called new?
Special Red Sox jerseys for today:
Weird. I saw a few tweets about it and figured they were just going to wear the normal road greys.
First time since 1911 the Sawx will wear the city name on the front of the uniform. Thank you, Dressed To The Nines.
They wore throwbacks with “Boston” in a red sock a few years back, if that counts.
And they also wear “Boston” on their roadies every away game, but I’m assuming he means for home games…
Yeah, he means “in a home game”.
Yeah, home game.
Why are most of the Slaughter concepts about pirates? Not a lot of Sea pirates in Missouri.
Of course, not a lot of Jazz in Utah or Lakes in LA, but still…
Because, this: link
Just scroll down and look at the original helmet & description for the Slaughter. We were sorta forced into either doing a pirate theme, or going with something completely original, which was discouraged a bit in the 2nd post about the contest.
I wonder if the uniforms worn by Jim Kelly were a major influence in Curtis Peddle’s treatment of the Slaughter.
Except for the ‘special’, that set has a Gamblers-meets-Bills vibe to it.
Well done everyone!
That one is my favorite. Gotta love those sleeve stripes.
Brendan Jang for the win.
The throwback logo and wordmark for St. Louis are just awesome.
Really like Dan Hutchinson’s ATL concept, but it would be better yet if the “A” weren’t so very similar to University of Arizona. The single stripe down the front of the jersey is a startling good look for that color scheme.
I personally love his St.L wordmark on the Skull-and-Crossbones! Some Edward Teach/Stede Bonnet action going on there!
Another look at what the Bo Sox will wear today.
i turned on MLB.tv to watch the Boston game a few minutes ago, and immediately noticed the Red Sox type across the chest of their jerseys are lacking the navy blue outline, they’re wearing just red text on the chest with no outline…anyone else spot this???
I thought they looked different, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.
ooops, apparently i just don’t remember how to read…..
Really strange to see the Royals wearing the Boston ‘B’ on their jerseys inside the Boston Strong patch. Has a team ever worn the opposing teams logo like that before?
New football uniforms from West Virginia. Two word summary: hideous garbage. link
Ick. Probably the yellow/yellow/white or yellow/white/yellow would be least bad options.
The canary is especially stupid
I don’t mind them that much. Instead of the TV patch on the sleeve they should have stuck with the two stripes or done something like Coleman’s flying WV stripes. Numbers would look even better on a football kit.
I know the numbers are supposed to be pickaxe inspired, but they remind me of the numbers Navy used on their jerseys last year against Army.
I like how schools tout “X amount of variations/combinations.”
Seriously, that is extremely important to have 27 combinations when you play 13 or so games. Good thing you have over twice as many combos as games…you need it.
The sad part is someone chose this sorry-assed effort as the “best” option. Makes you wonder what everything else they had to choose from.
It’s not good when “it could have been worse” is the first thing that comes to mind.
I wished more had employed the Iowa Barnstormerish helmet like Jeff Provo did with the Atlanta Fleet. Granted I’m a fan of those helmets when it can be applied appropriately and does not necessarily have to be logo on each side. This like the Philly Eagles, Minnesota Vikings (though not historically accurate), and I even liked Kent State’s application of this concept with the eyes and the “K” on the back. So be it if you hate it, I think it worked for them. Though with all that said, I do not like UConn new treatment for it. I think it is an interesting idead and may look great on the computer in illustrator/photoshop but I just do not seeing it faring well in real life.
also, check out Darmouth’s D on the front helmet! Love that unique design!
No, no, no. You can’t take our Barnstormers’ goggles design. You just can’t.
Lots of very poor submissions on the football league jerseys today on UniWatch. So many poor color combinations and bad logo designs.
You should check out the rules for the contest . The helmet (logo) designs were already provided and asked to be adhered to, most didnt even do that. Had they all done so you would only see 2 logos, total.
Seeing the Red Sox uniform on sat. with Boston on it made me wish the mets would change there Snow White to say New York on it
TATC spotted at the Brewers game tonight:
A little disappointed that it looks like I’m not going to win, but there were some really great other entries.