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Lucky Seven!

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Cover Art by Rob Ullman – click to enlarge

By Phil Hecken

If the artwork on the cover of the January 15, 2015, edition of Las Vegas Seven, pictured above, looks familiar to you, that’s because the artist has been featured on Uni Watch many times before — it’s by none other than UW fave Rob Ullman. You probably best know Rob for his “Atom Bomb Bikini” sketches of ladies in sports jerseys. Many of you have commissioned Rob to sketch your own significant others.

Well, back on the 15th, I noticed that in a tweet Rob posted:

Intrigued, I asked Rob the story behind it and if he’d be interested in sharing it with Uni Watch readers. He was happy to oblige — this is awesome, and I’m really happy for Mr. Ullman, as this is a huge deal. So, without further ado, and of course, click on any images below to enlarge, here’s Rob with …

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Black Jacks
By Rob Ullman

Back in early December, news broke that the NHL might seriously be looking at placing a team in Las Vegas. As I walked through Target one afternoon with that in mind, the idea struck to send an email to Ryan, an art director for a weekly Las Vegas magazine whom I’ve worked with in the past, DEMANDING that should they run a piece on the topic, I be given the assignment. I quickly dismissed the idea, deciding that such a thing was too presumptuous for even as shameless a self-promoter as myself.

So imagine my delight and surprise when, a couple weeks later, none other than Ryan himself emailed me out of the blue, inquiring about my availability to create an illustration”¦for the COVER, no less”¦on the subject of an NHL team in Las Vegas! “Who else would I go to?”, he asked. Who, indeed. It was like something out of “The Secret”.

He had few details about the piece itself, as it was still being written, but he envisioned a collage of pertinent elements: a hockey player, the proposed arena, some desert imagery, and of course, some pretty girls.

I did up a few sketches with different layouts, they chose one they liked, and I set to work.

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It was a pretty tight deadline, so I didn’t have a ton of time to fuss over details, but I did want to bring a little extra effort to the jersey the player would be wearing. I began with a color scheme of red and black, representing the two colors in a deck of cards and many other table games. And at the risk of being hacky, I also decided to make gambling front and center in the fictional team’s identity, both as a challenge to do it in a fun and dignified way, and because it’s gambling that makes Nevada what it is.

I didn’t want to do too much research, lest I influence my design too heavily, but I remembered a vintage team called the Quebec Aces using an image of a poker hand in it’s crest, and that it made for a cool look. As I was sketching it up, however, I thought it was a little too boring for a primary logo. Then a bit of inspiration hit: I moved the cards to the shoulder, and dropped the amount to 2, an Ace and a 10, and decided I’d call my fictional team the Black Jacks. I sketched up a round poker chip, perfect for the jersey crest, and added the number 21 in the center. I had my identity.

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For the jersey’s striping pattern, I wanted to do something classic, but with a little more menace to it, befitting the city’s tough origins. I played up the black, making three bold stripes on the sleeves, socks and waist, with just a little white between them. I briefly considered replacing the middle stripe with side-by-side squares that looked like dice, sort of along the lines of the Hurricanes’ old storm warning flag motif, but decided it would be too over the top. A solid black collar and black neck laces complemented the look nicely. For the one of the girls in the background of the composition, I created a white away jersey, which is basically a mirror image of the red home version.

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As to the super fans in the background…I briefly considered adding a male fan to their group but I thought a third figure might get squeezed out, or worse yet, demand that the girls be smaller and throw off my balance. While I realize a pair of boozy ladies in thigh-high socks and short shorts might strike some as sexist or worse, girls in sports jerseys are what I’m known for, and their raucous expressions and overfilled beer cups speak to the heart of what hockey fans and Las Vegas are all about!

Finally, I added an image of the still-to-be-built arena, bathed in a glorious desert sunset, and I had a cover! The response has been fantastic, and I’ve come around a bit on the idea of a team in Sin City, which I admittedly thought sounded like a disaster at first glance. Provided they’re called the Black Jacks, of course!

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Fantastic stuff Rob! And congrats on the cover. I’ve been a big fan of Rob’s work for years (for those of you who aren’t familiar, he’s got his Old-Timey Hockey Tales, he’s been featured in The Hockey News Big Book, and even though I’m not a Penguins fan, his This Week in Penguins History strip is amazing (I still wish the Pens would return to their powder blue days, but I think I’m in the minority there).

And how about that for a design for a future team for Vegas? As Jim Vilk would say, “I’d wear that!”

Anyway — big ups for Mr. Ullman — loved the cover and the story behind it — so thanks for sharing it with us!

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Leo's NHL
Leo Strawn Goes To Columbus…

…and reports back

Reader and awesome UW contributor Leo Strawn had the opportunity to visit the NHL All Star Game festivities (the game, as you’re all likely aware, is this afternoon). Below is a neat write-up on his experiences there:

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NHL All-Star Weekend Events
By Leo Strawn, Jr.

Went to the NHL All Star Weekend events on Friday in Columbus. The Blue Jackets did an amazing job at giving fans lots to see and do!

The lighting in the Fan Fair was meant for aesthetics, not for photography, so a few of these are a bit blurry, unfortunately.

Historic Ohio hockey sweaters:

• Columbus Chill wore these ghastly jerseys at one time during their 1991-99 ECHL days.

• Cleveland Barons has been the name of multiple clubs. This beautiful jacket comes from their 1947-48 AHL Championship season.

• Johnny Bower won this plaque during his 1957-58 season with the AHL’s Barons.

• They wore this awesome sweater during the 1960s in the AHL.

• Norm Locking represented the Barons in the 1942 AHL All Star game wearing this beauty!

Cleveland Barons AHL jersey from 2005-06.

• The NHL’s Cleveland Barons (who had moved from Oakland and eventually merged with the North Stars) used this logo for their short history.

• After moving from California, the Barons used these pucks (sorry for the poor quality photo) with Golden Seals logos for their inaugural game in Cleveland, on October 6, 1976.

• After two short seasons the Barons merged with Minnesota. These prototypes, which were ready for the 1978-79 season, were never worn.

Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL jersey from 1995-96.

• The World Hockey Association was well represented in Ohio. Here are WHA jerseys from (l to r) the Cincinnati Stingers, 1979 WHA All Star game (worn by Stinger, Mike Gartner), and (sorry for the blur) the Cleveland Crusaders (who, ironically, also moved to Minnesota).

• In 1981-82, Cincinnati Tigers played in the CHL.

• 1996-97 IHL Cincinnati Cyclones sweater.

• Sadly, I did not see any Cincinnati Swords jerseys. Apparently, the HOF does not have any Dayton Gems sweaters, either.

Toledo Goaldiggers 1981-82 IHL sweater. Love it!

Toledo Storm from ECHL in 2005-06.

• Also from the ECHL, 1991-92 Dayton Bombers jersey.

Mascots:

• One section of Fan Fair was the Mascot Clubhouse.

• Bailey was wandering around showing off some bling.

• I also saw Louie making some memories for the young fans.

Misc. sweaters/jerseys:

• What NHL event is complete without the Whale?! (I counted no less than 4 different people wearing Hartford jerseys!)

Upper Deck had their own unique look.

Great Chi-sox! (See what I did there?)

• These two would get my vote for best dressed. She is wearing a sweet 1911-12 Club Athlétique Canadien replica.

Signs:

The Zamboni was dressed and ready.

Oscar Meyer was ready to drive to “Hockeyville.”

Stanley Cup history signs.

• Giant snow slide going down Nationwide Blvd. was covered in corporate signs and ASW logos, with ASW banners hanging from street poles. Nationwide Arena is on the left in both pics. (Okay, those pics were just an excuse to show off the snow slide!)

Misc. ASW signs/banners, including the Ice Haus’ amazing signs! (Ice Haus has an NHL-sized rink for Jackets practices and local league games.)

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Great stuff, Leo! Thanks for the report and taking all those great shots!

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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.

Been a while since we had any of these (sorry to all who’ve sent in, I shouldn’t keep these on the backburner) — but a couple of these are timely, so here we go with them today:

And so, lets begin:

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First up today is Andrew Daniels, who has some concepts for the NHL All-Star Game:

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This concept is mostly, though not completely, uni-centric. The intent is to fix both the format and look of this year’s NHL All Star Game. Instead of two teams chosen by a school yard pick, we now have four teams, one representing each division. The uniforms keep the color scheme of the recently revealed Reebok atrocities, but have a more tradition layout. Within the waist stripe of each jersey, there is a star to represent each team in the division.

I will say that I was a bit handcuffed by the fact that I was bound to MS Paint as my medium. I think they turned out fine, but they do leave a little to be completed by the imagination.

Thanks!

–Andrew Daniels

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And we close today with Jim Vilk who has an idea for how to tweak the Leaves…er, Leafs:

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Phil,

I know the Rangers are famous for the downward-slanting name on their sweaters, but there’s another team that should try that look. Leaves fall off of trees, so why not have a Falling Leafs sweater?

Leafs Concept - Jim Vilk

Here’s how it looks on an actual player.

–Jimmer

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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.

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QBC Uniform Panel

Last weekend, I had a small section featuring the “Uniform Panel” at the Queens Baseball Convention, which Paul moderated (and on which I participated), with some photos and audio. Paul ran the audio again on Monday. Well (and I didn’t even realize it at the time), there’s actual video of the panel as well. So, if you didn’t catch (or listen to) the audio, or if you did and want to see the panel in action. It’s here:

QBC15:UNI PANEL from Media Goon aka Keith Blacknick on Vimeo.

Big big thanks to Keith Blacknick, who goes by @MediaGoon and who basically ran the show with UW friend Shannon Shark, who runs @metspolice.

Hope you enjoy.

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EPL Tracker

Each Saturday or Sunday, Alex Gerwitz will be tracking the kit combinations (shirt/shorts/socks) of the teams in the English Premier League from the previous weekend and the current weekend.

Here is the EPL tracker for Week 21 & 22:

EPL Tracker Weeks 21 & 22

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T-Shirt Club reminder: In case you missed it earlier this week, the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club’s February design is now available, but only until Monday night — then it will be gone forever. Full details here, or just go straight to the ordering page.

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Neat stuff from Paul Stave, who writes, Hey guys. Ran across these (old baseball pennants) when looking for some Seahawk memorabilia. I forgot I had them. Some 35-40 years ago my folks bought an old cabin. Left behind at the time were these pennants, which even at an early age I knew I had to keep. Some were already tattered when I obtained them, but I have kept them in good shape since. Of course my fav it the Pilots one. These are full size, not the minis.” … Tweakin’ Wahoo? “The Indians are making a sljght change to their 2015 Wahoo caps,” writes Chris Marcinko. “The home and road alt caps for this season will now be a darker navy, making them the same shade as the block C fauxbacks. The past few seasons the Wahoo caps were a lighter shade of navy. You can see the difference between the models at the Indians page on mlb shop.com where both last years models and this years are for sale.” … You guys know I love those old school jerseys with the TNOP (Team Name on Placket). Well, this isn’t quite Team Name, but it’s close: 1913 Pittsburgh Filipinos Federal League jersey (thanks to @UniformCritic). … Cubs fan Tim Shay writes, “I, like a lot of Cubs fans, thought the world of Ernie Banks, and in the wake of hearing of his death, took some time to design a prototype for a patch that could be worn as a memorial to the simple, elegant, classy representative of the Cubs – and really all of baseball – that Ernie was. Knowing you are a design guru, I thought you might like to see it.”

NFL News: A bit of non-deflategate “news” from Tom Roddy, as the Patriots posted this pic to Instagram Friday. Says Tom, “And clearly this is an image of a Super Bowl patch on a piece of white mesh fabric or an old Reebok jersey since the only piece is mesh fabric on the Nike costumes is around the nameplate on the back. Unless the visiting team’s SB patch has been relegated to the back of the jersey this year? Ha! Sloppy social media post on the part of the Patriots.” … Hmmm, speaking of the Patriots — Rudy Gutirrez sent in this photo taken at the NFL Experience, and asks, “are the pats gonna wear different socks???” Notice those socks show plain low whites and blue undersocks, not their standard white three striped socks. Paul and I are both pretty sure the Pats will wear their “normal” socks, but this is still interesting. … OK, what the hell is this? Well, it’s a set of pads containing skittles, but why is a fan in a Cardinals jersey wearing it? Shouldn’t that be a Seattle beastmode thing? … Speaking of Seattle, looks like the Seahawks will expand the Link by 1,000 seats for next season. … In preparation for SB XLIX, Mickel Yantz has updated his Seahawks Uniforms site.

College Football News: This is amusingly bizarre: “Recruits often receive cookie cakes on official visits, but Ole Miss just took its fondant game to the next level.” That’s some cake (thanks to Christopher C. LaHaye). … The multi-talented Jim Harbaugh (new coach of UM) is apparently quite the piccolo player (or maybe not). Via Lost Lettermen. … At yesterday’s Senior Bowl, Baylor teammates were allowed to choose which helmet they wanted to wear (via Samuel Brooks). … Hmmm, did anyone who watched the Senior Bowl think it reminded them of a certain hockey matchup, uni wise? (h/t @jeffreybigmoney). … Speaking of the Senior Bowl, what genius decided both teams should wear black pants? Isn’t this supposed to be one of those times the uni maker (in this case, UA) shows off all sorts of “cool” looks? But overall the unis aren’t that bad. … And what’s with different makers for baselayers and tops? (thanks to Tres Lawless). Shouldn’t UA make everything? (OR…are those just Russell pads sticking out, and not a baselayer???). … In a recent rendering for new facilities, is this an inclusion of possible University of Colorado uniforms (nice spot by Joe Mueller).

NBA News: The City of Seattle has been on a bit of a roll lately, what with their football team in their second straight Supe and their baseball team getting some sweet new Sunday creams, so this is icing on the cake: Pearl Jam has some sweet Sonic themed warm-ups (thanks to Douglas Ford). Now, if they can just get a hoops & hockey team, their sports Nirvana will be complete. … We’ve seen a ton of alternate logos and mashups before, but here is a link to some NBA logos as video game characters which submitter Tom Currie doesn’t think we have seen before. … Mike King tweeted this photo of a Brooklyn Nets ‘Blue Nights’ with the sleeves cut off and professionally hemmed. Looks great!

Hockey News: Last evening, the Grand Rapids Griffins played the Iowa Wild, and wore these jerseys designed by Mark Roberts. That’s a fan-designed jersey and they’ll be auctioned off to benefit some charity (thanks to Matt Batchelder. … The Utah Grizzlies played a “Guns and Hoses” game yesterday — the front of the unis repped the police, with the back being for the firemen (thanks to ɹɐʌoʇ (@MHTID85)). … “I am sending an article that I found, highlighting the ‘brightest cheerleaders of the KHL’,” writes Alex Cohen. “It’s not necessary to know Russian in order to appreciate the uniforms, or the ladies themselves.” … Pretty cool ice projection technology at the All Star Game yesterday (h/t Pam Chvotkin). … The AHL Rockford Ice Hogs did a pink in the rink thingy (via Brant D Hulsebus). … More hockey pink, this time it’s the refs, in yesterday’s BC/UConn game (thanks to Stephen Hayes). … At the skills competition last night, the Blue Jackets Ryan Johansen took off his Columbus jersey to reveal an Ohio State jersey underneath (thanks to Chris Flinn). … The Spokane Chiefs wore military support jerseys last night (from Brandon Rose). … Hmmm, check out what’s on the inside of Jaroslav Halak’s leg pad (h/t @BruinsLou).

College Hoops News: Oregon State got some really bright orange script shooting shirts (via Beavers Equipment). … Lebanon Valley College did some sort of pink out yesterday, and the result was a color on color game (via LVC Athletics). … Also going color on color yesterday was Akron and CMU (h/t Zach Liles). … Men also went color on color yesterday, with S. Illinois vs. Evansville doing the deed. Evansville also went sleeved. Not a fan of this matchup (thanks to Joe Ringham). … Last night, the University of Missouri/Kansas City was rocking some gorgeous throwbacks (thanks, Paul). … Also from Paul, yesterday the coaching staff of Northwestern State was wearing some amazing pants (those look like they’re from LoudMouth Golf). Here’s another look. … After wearing 1970s throwback uniforms last Saturday, Houston Baptist wore 1980s throwback uniforms in last night’s victory over Lamar. The Huskies are celebrating their 50th season this year and announced their 1960s and 1970s All-Decade Teams last week and the 1980s team last night. Here is a link to a gallery from the game (big thanks to Russ Reneau). He adds, “I have attached a photo of senior guard Tyler Russell that shows the uniform pretty well and a photo of Anicet Lavodrama that shows the road version of (last) night’s uniform back in the 80s. The only difference is the number was centered to conform to NCAA standards, so we can wear them again.”

Grab Bag: Looks like George Washington Lacrosse has new helmets with skyline graphics (thanks to Jared Buccola). Also from Jared: Possible new lax uni’s for Maryland? And this: a confirmed new helmet for Notre Dame, “better bring your sun glasses,” he adds. … Heh. “The Onion goes Uni Watching,” writes Douglas Ford, as he sends in this uni-related spoof article. … I don’t watch staged, fake sports (aside from maybe the Pro Bowl for a couple plays) so this is news to me, but Josh Claywell points out the logo for WrestleMania 32 in Dallas next year. … A Connecticut brewery says it will rename Gandhi-Bot beer, according to John Dankosky, due to a “kerfuffle over offensive marketing.” … Couple of racing items from David Firestone: The story about how Jeff Gordon’s Rainbow Warrior scheme came to be, and at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Delta Wing, a brand new design debuted. David adds, “Sadly, transmission issues kept it from winning. I’m watching all 24 hours.” … Oooohhh, check out this beautiful 1950’s Wash. St. Letter Sweater and jacket and this anti-Ducks homecoming float (from Jeff Hunter).

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Whew! That’s going to do it for today. Fantastic stuff from Rob and Leo, and thanks to the concepters, Alex, and all you fine readers and submitters as well. Enjoy the NHL All Star Game and NFL Pro Bowl Today, or whatever it is you may be watching.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“[I]f you think you should wear a horrendous looking jersey just because you’re on a winning streak, or if you refuse to wear a great looking throwback because you used to have a bad record when you wore them…then you deserve to lose.”

–Jimmer Vilk

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46 comments to Lucky Seven!

  • Willard | January 25, 2015 at 7:47 am |

    Too bad the HOF can’t get their hands on a Gems jersey. Look at this beaut!

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_FZQNM14GhTw/SlqkC6czDfI/AAAAAAAAAj0/KgET-AwZXa8/s320/GemsOld.jpg

    • 1vox | January 25, 2015 at 11:31 am |

      I used to listen to the Gems and Swords on radio as a youngster. I know what Cincinnati’s jerseys looked like but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Dayton Gems sweater. Awesome!

  • Z.D. | January 25, 2015 at 8:03 am |

    I’ve always preferred the Lumberjacks’ original logo that they brought from Mukegeon MI when they moved.

    http://www.tradingcarddb.com/Images/Cards/Hockey/93963/93963-9813795Fr.jpg

    Never was a fan of the buzzsaw.

  • Clevo | January 25, 2015 at 8:25 am |
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  • AlMaFi | January 25, 2015 at 9:01 am |

    Love the Black Jacks concept. I’m curious what it would look like with the red and black reversed or just a black helmet with the red jersey. It might be too much BFBS, but if any team can get away with that, it would be the Black Jacks.

  • Ryan M | January 25, 2015 at 9:04 am |

    I don’t normally watch much college basketball prior to March, but I happened to catch parts of 3 games yesterday–Wake/Clemson, UCLA/Oregon, & my alma mater MO State/Bradley. I noticed pretty much all coaches were wearing tennis shoes. Was there some sort of show of solidarity for something/someone that I missed, because I seem to remember them typically wearing dress shoes.

    • John Spunkington | January 25, 2015 at 9:20 am |

      It’s an initiative of the National Association Of Basketball Coaches – Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week – to raise cancer awareness.

    • Matt | January 25, 2015 at 4:09 pm |

      It could never be Aces. LV’s former ECHL team’s chief rival was the Alaska Aces. And the LV 51s (AAA baseball) rival is the Reno Aces. Too much dislike for the name in the desert, despite the seemingly perfect fit.

  • StLMarty | January 25, 2015 at 9:11 am |

    I started thinking about names for a Vegas team about three months ago. Gamblers was way too obvious. I then thought Aces could be cool. It almost rhymes with Vegas. As soon as I came up with Black Jacks, I was smitten.
    What an honor it is to share the same vision as Mr. Ullman.

    • David Firestone | January 25, 2015 at 9:16 am |

      What about Snake Eyes?

    • Vee63 | January 25, 2015 at 10:45 am |

      No way the league will go with a gambling-theme name if Vegas gets a team. They will do everything possible to distance themselves from gambling and anything that has any potential connection with corruption etc.

      Having said that the girls in Mr. Ullman’s design have absolutely fantastic expressions on their faces – great piece.

      • DenverGregg | January 25, 2015 at 11:40 am |

        I tend to agree that any explicit gambling term would be off the table.

        Las Vegas Enforcers would connect a hockey term with a trope from the town’s postwar boom. The logo could be a mook in a fedora and shades.

        • Vee63 | January 25, 2015 at 12:26 pm |

          Probably also a no- go due to the organized crime connection. I’m guessing it will be some lame old west theme as many Vegas teams have had before, or a menacing desert animal (snake etc), or some lame modern name with no s at the end.

        • ThePonchat | January 25, 2015 at 1:55 pm |

          There is an amateur soccer team in Las Vegas that plays PDL, the Las Vegas Mobsters. Good “organized crime” connection with their team name.

          Las Vegas is also in the talks for MLS expansion…already received approval for a soccer specific stadium. So, we’ll see this spring if they continue talks of expansion there.

        • Jim Vilk | January 25, 2015 at 3:38 pm |

          The indoor soccer team in Vegas has this logo:
          http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9c/Las_Vegas_Legends_logo.jpg

          Could be mobsters, could be rat-packers.

  • RobYaz | January 25, 2015 at 9:44 am |

    Another self-promoter Rob checking in here, LOL. All this Ohio hockey talk reminded me that a couple years ago I got to spend a full day at the Cincinnati Gardens, one of the last historic/un-renovated hockey arenas in existence. It’ll likely never get a pro-team again but I sure as heck hope they find a way to keep this gem in operation.

    Multiple pages of photos start here:
    http://www.yazcountry.com/rob/cincy/

    Uni-Watch readers may be most interested in the arena’s Sports Legends Museum, with jerseys, pennants, etc:
    http://www.yazcountry.com/rob/cincy/museum-1.html

    Enjoy.

    • 1vox | January 25, 2015 at 11:34 am |

      Swords sweater on the top row!

      I didn’t know the Gardens still existed. Stingers played in Riverfront Arena, IIRC. Will have to visit the Gardens while it’s still standing. Some great history there, thanks for sharing info and photos!

      • RobYaz | January 25, 2015 at 5:15 pm |

        You’re welcome! Glad you liked the photos and info, thanks for letting me know.

  • Rachel | January 25, 2015 at 10:00 am |

    that picture of Harbaugh will be photoshopped into something lewd and rude by noon today I am sure.

  • Vee63 | January 25, 2015 at 10:47 am |

    Thanks for the great piece today, I love seeing and hearing the back story to creative projects and in particular like seeing the early sketches and concepts.

  • Adam w | January 25, 2015 at 11:21 am |

    Awesome piece for the lede. Looks like he unknowingly paid tribute to las Vegas’ now defunct ECHL team, the wranglers. If you google 2008 echl playoffs (sorry, on my iPhone so can’t include link) search for the black jerseys.

  • Steve D | January 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm |

    The Banks patch looks a bit busy…I would take out the word BANKS and extend the pinstripes all the way up and down. Nice thought though.

    Another option, given his highest stature, would be a patch with his likeness, if it could be done a bit better than these, with the words Mr. Cub.

  • random reader | January 25, 2015 at 12:08 pm |

    That darker navy on the Cleveland Indians hats looks to be the same shade they used in the ’90s. Their current shade was introduced when the Chief Wahoo logo shrank in size.

  • Kramer | January 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm |

    Dear Diary,

    Ernie Banks is gone.
    The phrase “stepped up their fondant game” is now in accepted parlance.

    I fear the end times are nigh.

  • Willard | January 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm |

    Check out Ernie Banks hitting improvement set. An LP with instructions plus a tethered baseball!

    http://www.bidami.com/pics/63528_01_lg.jpg

  • Jim Y. | January 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm |

    Slightly disappointed that the EPL Tracker kowtowed to the pressure and put “Tottenham” instead of ‘Tot. Spurs’. While ‘Tot. Spurs’ may not be the accepted or even the correct way of abbrevating the team name, it had become the convention here in the EPL tracker in Uni Watch.

    I honestly don’t really care, other than I don’t like things changing just because someone wants to tell someone else how to do something. You don’t like the way New Coke tastes? Complain. You don’t like the way someone abbreviates Tottenham Hotspurs? Compain. You don’t like reading about the UWFFL in Uni Watch? Complain. A team that you don’t even root for is using a racial slur as a nickname? Complain.

    We’ve become a nation of whiny, complaining bitches.

    • The Jeff | January 25, 2015 at 1:46 pm |

      I have to admit I was hoping he’d switch from Tot. Spurs to Yids, or maybe ‘Ham’Spur.

    • Phil Hecken | January 25, 2015 at 1:53 pm |

      ” You don’t like the way New Coke tastes? Complain. You don’t like the way someone abbreviates Tottenham Hotspurs? Compain. You don’t like reading about the UWFFL in Uni Watch? Complain. A team that you don’t even root for is using a racial slur as a nickname? Complain.”

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      Yes, because the first three things are completely the same as the last thing.

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      “We’ve become a nation of whiny, complaining bitches.”

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      Pot/kettle?

      Seriously, Jim. Quit while you’re behind.

      • Jim Y. | January 25, 2015 at 2:40 pm |

        Yes, because the first three things are completely the same as the last thing.

        No, it’s a comparison of a similar convention on things that are of differing magintudes of importance. It’s the reason that since 3 + 4 = 7 we don’t have to count 7 million things to know that 3,000,000 + 4,000,000 = 7,000,000.

        #logic

    • Terence M.K. | January 25, 2015 at 2:39 pm |

      Jim Y,
      If they change it back, can you promise to write a comment complaining that your complaining got them to change it back? Then I’ll write ti change it again. Then you’ll write complaining and then we’ll have the infinite regression to end all infinite regression that will go on, and on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on,an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on,an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on,an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on,an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on, an on…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

      • Jim Y. | January 25, 2015 at 4:56 pm |

        I’m not complaining about what he calls the Tot Spurs, he can call them whatever he wants, and I’m certainly don’t want him to change it back. I was complaning that what was running perfectly fine for 15 weeks (Not one person that read the chart was confused that they didn’t know what team “Tot.Spurs” stood for) had to get changed because some asshole irritant had to have his way and make sure his beloved Tottie Spurs weren’t being called by inaccurate diminutive.

  • Solomon Duncan | January 25, 2015 at 1:22 pm |

    Cookie cakes for NCAA recruits? I thought that universities weren’t allowed to sweeten the deal with benefits.

    • Jim Y. | January 25, 2015 at 1:36 pm |

      They can have cake, but no icing.

  • Danya | January 25, 2015 at 1:54 pm |

    I have to admit I don’t feel very comfortable with Rob Ullman’s artwork being repeatedly featured/praised on this site. I don’t know many female sports fans who root for their teams wearing jerseys on top while nude below the waist. His acknowledgement that “some might find it sexist, but it’s what I’m known for so whatevs” kind of makes it worse.

    • The Jeff | January 25, 2015 at 2:04 pm |

      You don’t know that they’re nude below the waist. Those jerseys are easily long enough for underwear to be worn.

      • Jim Y. | January 25, 2015 at 2:47 pm |

        Shhh… it’s implied!

  • Jim Vilk | January 25, 2015 at 3:33 pm |

    because it’s gambling that makes Nevada what it is

    I thought it was the buffet tables.

    Great looking concept, Rob!
    I think some of the other commenters are right, though…the NHL would probably frown on a gambling-themed team. But if they don’t mind, they should go with your idea.

  • Matt | January 25, 2015 at 4:06 pm |

    If anyone wants a copy of the magazine, shoot me an email and I’ll try to get one out to you. They are free around Vegas.

  • Alex Gerwitz | January 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm |

    Yes, I changed the Spurs in the EPL Kit tracker, after Phil pointed it out to me. I hardly read the comments, and I’m not British, so I have no idea what the “conventional way” is across the pond.

    • Jim Y. | January 25, 2015 at 5:43 pm |

      Thank you for all your work involved in doing the EPL Tracker each week. I hope you understand that none of my “complaining” was directed at you. 99.9% of us knew what “Tot.Spurs” meant and had no problem with how you had abbreviated it, however I appreciate your desire to make it more accurate.

      I knew little about the EPL before this season, but I’ve been watching the occasional match on NBCSN and have been following along with the kits being worn being listed in your tracker each weekend.

      Besides the rules of soccer, the main thing I know now about the EPL is that their fans are the sort of people who will get their knickers in a twist if you mis-abbrevaite their team names.

  • Mark M | January 25, 2015 at 4:12 pm |

    Odd bit of uniwatching in the FA Cup this weekend. Arsenal was at Brighton, which would lead one to expect all blue hosting red/white/red, both teams in their primary shirt/shorts/socks. What we got was Arsenal in their change yellow/blue/yellow. This actually created less contrast with the Seagulls with both teams in dark shorts. Somewhat surprised the Gunners weren’t forced into their white shorts.

  • Uni Troll | January 25, 2015 at 6:10 pm |

    Maybe I’m out of the loop, but what exactly are we seeing inside Jaroslav Halak’s pad?

    A pair of Grue eyes…? o_o

  • Rob Ullman | January 25, 2015 at 8:54 pm |

    Thanks for the kind words, everybody!

  • Bromotrifluoromethane | January 25, 2015 at 9:19 pm |

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but I don’t HATE the Pro Bowl uniforms this year. They look much better than last season. If they tweaked it to tone down the orange and yellow to a less eye melting color these would be decent. At least for a Pro Bowl game.

    And with the eye melting colors. Is this why the NHL went with the chrome and the bright green whatever they are calling their colors? Competing manufacturers. 2 different leagues. Both “all star” games on the same day. Did Reebok do that just to copy what the Pro Bowl is doing and add the bright green just because? What other reason could there be?

    If the leagues are going to do the bright colors for a while before it gets old can the NFL at least give the bright orange to the NHL where a different shade of orange fits better with their league history and have the NFL play off of their red/blue history and go with a highliter blue vs the yellow?

  • Brian | January 25, 2015 at 11:26 pm |

    The Seahawks’ stadium is sometimes colloquially referred to as “the Clink” not the “Link”.

    The Eagles’stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, opened a year after “The Clink” but was already known as “The Linc” for about 9 years when Century Link became the sponsor of the Seahawks’ stadium in 2012.