By Phil Hecken
Well, that didn’t take long.
No sooner had I run two reader suggestions for “timelessly representing the ballclub” (NL here, AL here), then I was contacted by another reader, Joseph Gerard (who I’m pretty sure loves all things Pittsburgh), with suggestions for the same, only for the NFL.
Here’s his brief email description to me:
After reading your articles on baseball’s “classic looks”, that got me thinking of doing one for the NFL. Of course, this is just subjective to personal opinion. I’m taking success largely into the look. With three exceptions largely by default, domed stadiums and retractable-roof stadiums are intentionally excluded from this list, though I did leave Texas Stadium on since it did have an opening in the roof. Also, for simplicity, some of these I combined into one image.
Obviously, trying to pick the most representative look/uni/stadium, like in baseball, is subjective. But it is a pretty fun exercise to try to pinpoint that perfect representation. Joseph was kind enough to supply me with links, although in some cases, the pictures were either small or watermarked, so I substituted some new ones.
And without further ado, let’s see what he came up with — we’ll do the AFC this week, and conclude with the NFC next time.
Cleveland Browns: Uniforms haven’t changed much, so Jim Brown-era uniforms with sleeves (Kardiac Kids with the orange pants a close second). The stadium is a no-brainer: Cleveland Municipal Stadium with the Dawg Pound.
Oakland Raiders: Well, except for their 13-year stay in LA, literally nothing has changed since they initially moved into the septic tank…I mean, the Coliseum since 1966, so we’ll go with John Madden-era uniforms with sleeves, 70’s era Coliseum.
Nicely done, although, as with all lists like this, I would disagree with some of your picks. Personally, I could NEVER think of the Pats (despite all their Super Bowl wins) in anything but the classic red tops and Pat Patriot hats, and I might go back a bit further in time to the Griese-era Dolphins, but by and large, I like it. Glad you selected the Bradshaw/Greene/Harris Stillers with the nice block numerals, rather than the current Nike-inspired Futura Italic jobs.
Readers? I’m sure there will be areas with which you disagree, so feel free to comment and post your own suggestions.
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.
Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.
And so, lets begin:
We begin today with Travis Cuomo, with a tweak of the Arizona Cardinals:
I took the Skillshare uniform design class that you mentioned on the site, and this is my project from the class. I redesigned the Arizona Cardinals, with a touch of inspiration for the University of Maryland and their pride uniforms. I decided that the Arizona state flag would be perfect for giving the Cardinals a new team identity. Home, road and two graphics.
Next up is Alex Carmack, who has some new Titans looks:
This my first time trying my hand at uniforms. It started with an attempt to design some Tennessee Titan harkbacks to their Oiler days, I designed the helmet using the Titans’ “T-Sword” logo because it resembles the old oil tower logo. I put it on the harkback helmet and liked it, it is more balanced and symmetrical than the “Circle T” logo currently on their helmets. I don’t like the current white helmets the Titans use, so I used the “T-Sword” logo on a light blue and dark blue helmet to see how it looked with their current uniforms. I also tweaked the current uniforms slightly, adding some white piping and new stripes on the pants to match the new helmets. Obviously the helmets and jerseys could be mixed and matched to whatever combination, but I think it is at least a small improvement to the bland helmet and unsymmetrical logo.
We close today with Alan Camp who has some logos for the Washington Capitals:
I’m a diehard Caps fan, and I love the logo we have now. However, my friend still has a shirt with the old black/gold/blue logo on it. We thought that it might’ve been cool if the team had just changed the colors and kept the logos from the 90’s and early 2000’s when they redesigned in ’07. I edited the old logos, and it turns out that the team could’ve kept the symbolic logos and looked about as good as they do now.
Thanks for all you do, I love the site!
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
Dads in Uniform
Last Sunday’s column, A Very Special Uni Watch Fathers Day generated a lot of positive comments, and it was one of which I was very proud. The tremendous number of submissions I received was a testament to the power of our fathers on us, and I enjoyed very much sharing those with the readership. It will definitely become a yearly feature.
I received one submission from John Adomaitis after the post had been published, but I wanted to include the photo of his father here, and his short write up. This would also make a great candidate for colorization:
A little late as I was watching the U.S. Open but here’s my dad, John “Daddy” Adomaitis, in uniform as a guard, punter and place kicker for the Bayonne Bulldogs back in the ’40s. He’s been gone for almost 7 years but I have this picture of him on display at home so I see him in his prime every day.
Thanks, John — and again, a big THANK YOU to all who submitted photos and stories of their dads in uniform. To borrow a phrase from Paul, you’re all aces!
That’s going to do it for today. Everyone have a great Saturday and I’ll catch you on the morrow.
Thoughts and prayers go out to all of our friends north of the border in Calgary, who are taking it on the chin. Yes, it’s bad. Stay safe, guys!
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