Phil here — Paul’s definitely enjoying his Wisconsin vacation — but his eagerly-awaited NBA Season Preview is now Live On ESPN. As the title of the column suggests, there are LOTS of new looks — so go check that out, then come on back here and we’ll discuss. OK? OK.
NFL Superhero Project
By Thomas Correia
With the Chargers facing the Broncos in tonight’s Thursday-night NFL game, the two heroes chosen here may not be particularly familiar to non-comic fans. Still, one of them appeared in a recent Hollywood film (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and will also be in an upcoming film (Avengers: Age of Ultron), and the other is known from a popular video game series (Batman: Arkham). Here, take a look (click to enlarge):
For most fans, the Chargers’ lightning bolt logo represents electricity, so I did consider using Spider-Man villain Electro. But I feel that the bolt also represents speed. I didn’t want to use the DC hero Flash, because his main color is red, so instead I decided on the blue Marvel speedster Quicksilver. His color and the lightning bolts that run across his chest and waist made this a perfect match.
The Broncos presented a huge dilemma. I couldn’t find a way to do anything successful with their current horse head logo, so I turned to their retro logo. I knew I had to find a character whose name begins with a D; if he wears blue and orange, even better. I got both in the DC antihero Deathstroke. I just had to create his pistol to replace the white horse and added in his trademark left eye.
Next Week: Saints vs. Panthers. You may have a good idea who one of these will be, but what about the other? Feel free to guess in today’s comments.
Question of the Week
Every Thursday Intern Mike Chamernik poses a uniform-related question to the readership. Here’s today’s:
Paul or Phil may have explored this topic either on their own, or they might have asked you all before, but I wanted to know what you think is the best-looking World Series? Consider the uniforms, obviously, but also the ballparks, fans, decorations (I miss bunting), historical context, or whatever you want to factor into your decision.
Also, what would you say is the worst-looking, or least remarkable, Series?
World Series Uni Tracking
Last night, the Royals and Giants played game two the World Series, and once again it was the Royals in their home whites and Giants in their road grays:
As they have been doing throughout the playoffs, the guys from the Diamond Uniform Database have been keeping track of the uniforms throughout. You can check out all the Wild Card, Division, and League Championship uniforms for all the teams here.
Thanks to Matt Donnelly for the images.
Uni Watch News Ticker
Today’s ticker was compiled by Mike Chamernik
Baseball News: Check out the cool baseball cartoons inside Action Comics 1. Really the highlight of that issue, by far. … Here’s some more info on the Marlins guy who attended Tuesday and last night’s World Series game (from Phil). He may have also attended some other World Series games too (h/t to Derrick Goold). … New logo and uniforms for the Tennessee Smokies. … Zack Hample tweeted this a few days ago. It’s 64 MLB balls with different logos that he’s collected in the past 15 years at games (thanks to Chris Flinn). … Not much took place during the World Series, uni-wise, last night, but it’s good to know that Homeland Security agents have confiscated unlicensed Kansas City Royals underwear (you can thank Brinke for this). … But here’s a look at the World Series hoodies for the Royals.
NFL News: DeSean Jackson and other NFL players have been customizing their cleats (from Brinke). … The Hungry Hungry Hipster found an NFL bag off of eBay that is missing two stars in the logo. … The Steelers will wear their striped alternates on Sunday. … The Falcons will be playing in London this weekend. Let’s see if you can spot what’s wrong with this graphic depicting their flight (Need a hint? Go here).
College/High School Football News: Team logo-emblazoned belts are now a thing (from Tommy Turner). … Here are two great photos that show how football uniforms have changed at the high school level over the last 65 years (from Blair Thompson). … New Mexico State once paid royalties to Oklahoma State for the rights to use Pistol Pete (from Phil). … Seems that Urban Meyer has had some black Ohio State mock-up unis run past him. Yet, there are no plans to actually wear them (from Phil). … A Maryland high school (unsure which school) has its helmet logo inside the center stripe (from Rick Friedel). … West Virginia is urging fans to wear blue next Saturday against TCU (from Phil). … Cal coach Sonny Dykes is a little dismayed that recruits factor in uniforms into their college choice (from Phil). … Miami will wear white unis with black socks tonight (from Phil). … Do the sleeves on this undershirt for LB Poly say “FUNK HOUSE”? (via Uniform Nation Blog).
Soccer News: Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour’s shin guards are ridiculous (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Bayern Munich gave Pope Francis a signed customized jersey (also from Yusuke Toyoda). … Mario Balotelli will be fined for swapping shirts at the half of Liverpool’s loss to Real Madrid.
NBA News: For reasons that remain unclear, over the last three years, whenever ESPN displays a miniature Bulls logo on its site the nostrils are not present (from Jon Arthur). … Kevin Durant’s Washington DC-themed Nikes will not be available for retail (from Tommy Turner).
College Hoops News: Ohio State set aside a locker for LeBron James (from Brinke). … New unis for Ole Miss. … New road jerseys for Notre Dame. … Maryland’s jerseys have collars that are reminiscent of the Nikelace that NFL teams have (from Rick Friedel). … New uniforms for Detroit (from Scott Held). … New court for Appalachian State (from Phil).
Grab Bag: New names for two NASCAR series. … Gavin Rossdale wore an arm sleeve while performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night (from Chris Perrenot). … This has nothing to do with sports or uniforms, but on Tuesday every episode of The Simpsons became available for free streaming. I’m a huge fan of the show and quote lines like a lunatic. While Simpsons World is awesome and I will undoubtedly watch it until my brain turns to mush, there was still something memorable about the way I viewed the show as a kid. I would plan my afternoon and evening around the three re-run slots (5, 6 and 10 p.m.) on local TV. Sure, it was a pain, and I was a little bummed if I missed an episode, but it just made The Simpsons more special. I had something invested, and it was a small example of delayed gratification. I still would have enjoyed the show if streaming were available in 2002, but it wouldn’t have been the same experience. Even though advances in technology continue to make our lives easier, perhaps it’s not making our lives universally better. I’m sure many of you can relate.
And that’s all for today — everyone have a good Wednesday. Back with more tomorrow. Thanks to Thomas, Matt and especially Mike for all of today’s content.
“This ice girls talk is redic’. They sign up to wear those outfits, they enjoy wearing those outfits. They have good bodies & mostly good looking faces ”“ what do you think they wear when they go out? Not sweaters, I assure you.”