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Adventures of a Uniform Manager

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by Phil Hecken

About a week ago I was approached by Uni Watch reader (and friend of Auburn uni-guru Clint Richardson) Thomas Northcutt, who had an idea for a story:

My name is Thomas Northcutt, and I just completed my freshman year at Auburn. I’m also a manager for the Men’s Basketball Team at Auburn, and I work a lot as well with our equipment department. I was the only freshman on staff, and I got the privilege to go on several trips this year, and even more lucky to go to the SEC Tournament in Nashville, TN. I roomed with our equipment guy during the magical run we had, and we had quite the adventures with our uniforms during this trip, including driving to a sketchy laundromat so we could wash our jerseys and have them for the next day and becoming friends with the Nashville Predators among others. After telling this story to my good friend and UniWatch contributor Clint Richardson, he pushed me to email you about it. I would love to do a little story for the website on our adventures with the uniforms, and was curious to see if you would be interested in having this for the site. Let me know about any questions you have or if you would like any more information on the write up.

War Eagle,

Thomas Northcutt

Intrigued, I told Thomas to pitch me his story. He did. Enjoy:

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Adventures of Uniform Manager
By Thomas Northcutt
Twitter: @RealTCutt

Tournament time is always an interesting time for college basketball teams, with the travel and back-to-back game days, however it is those exact same reasons that make it even tougher on the managers and equipment staff. I speak on behalf of all managers after going through this myself for the first time this spring. I just completed my freshman year at Auburn while working as a manager for the Men’s Basketball team, doing some extra work with the equipment department for the team. This March, I was tapped to fly up to Nashville with the team for the SEC Basketball Tournament, and it was there that I learned the true chaos that goes into a tournament for equipment managers.

Day 1

We landed in Nashville on Tuesday afternoon and drove straight to Bridgestone Arena, where the team practiced and we set up our locker room for the next day, laying the jerseys out as we normally do for road trips.

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We were scheduled to have a practice at a local high school the next morning, so Andrew, our equipment guy and my roommate for the week, began working on a way to wash our practice gear for the next morning. On a normal road trip, we would just wash it all at the hotel laundry room. However, for this one trip we stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, an amazing hotel that charges insane prices for one piece of clothing to be washed. In a quest to not spend what we calculated to be well over $200 to wash all the team’s gear at the hotel, the two of us began to brainstorm ideas on where we could do laundry. Since I spent the first 12 years of my life living in Nashville and surrounding areas, my first idea was to text my parents and get their opinion on the matter. Within five minutes of sending the first text, I got a call from my mom, who contacted an old family friend and asked her for a favor. This retired teacher agreed to come pick up our laundry from the hotel, wash all of it at her home that night, and get it all back to us before 9 the next morning, the same time we had our team breakfast, all without charging us a dime. It was not at all what we we’re planning on doing, but we had our laundry back in plenty of time for practice the next morning. Thanks Mrs. Tish, Auburn Basketball is forever grateful.

Day 2

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The next morning we had our practice at McGavock High School, where I stumbled across the uniforms in the photo above. Those are red jerseys with blue script outlined in white and white shorts from their 1977 State Championship team – quite the sight to see. Anyways, we got to the high school and never actually used any of the clean practice gear, since we only had a light shoot around and it was cold in that gym. Fast-forward a few hours to after the game (our first conference tournament win in years) as we were on the bus back to the hotel, when I get a text from my friend and fellow UniWatch reader Clint Richardson asking about a small uniform detail. Some quick background information – a few weeks prior, NBA great and father of our Antoine Mason, Anthony Mason had passed away and the Texas A&M equipment staff had applied these patches in his honor to all of the uniforms while our team was in College Station (story here). Actually, it was to all but one uniform: Antoine’s. Antoine missed every game at the end of the regular season starting with A&M, coming back in time for the tournament, so his uniform didn’t leave the equipment room until we left for Nashville. Clint was the only person who noticed, and he texted me about it as soon as the game was over, and I noted it so that it could be fixed, especially since it was in his dad’s honor. More on this in a bit.

Andrew, being the only one on the trip who knew exactly how each piece of equipment needed to be washed, decided it would be best not to call in backup, but instead find a close laundromat to wash them ourselves. The two of us got a ride out to a small, sketchy laundromat a few minutes away from the hotel that night and began to wash after buying $20 in detergent from the detergent vending machine. The few people that came through definitely had some odd looks when they saw Auburn shorts and jerseys spread out across the laundromat and two guys in Under Armour from head to toe discussing Texas A&M basketball. That was definitely one experience that I will not forget.

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When we got back to the hotel, the next goal was to fix the patch situation mentioned above. This is where something I learned early in the season on a different trip from our team chaplain came in handy, and is something that everyone should know. Every good hotel keeps a needle and several colors of thread (including gray) at the main desk, and this small tip alone kept us from having to spend even more money elsewhere. Since there was no way to get a patch like the ones on the other uniforms in such a short amount of time, Andrew removed the patch from the uniform of a player who had been redshirted early in the year, but still dressed out, and moved it over to Mason’s. Antoine then got to honor his late father with the patch as well as his play on the court.

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Day 3

After our 66-59 victory over Texas A&M on Thursday morning, we noticed that Tennessee had left one set of their practice gear with the Nashville Predators laundry guy. He was doing the laundry for the Vols with the Predators facilities since the Preds were on a road trip at the time. Since we would need the blue uniforms again for the next day, and nobody wanted to spend another $20 on detergent, my coworker asked if we could leave our stuff with them and come back during the night session to pick it back up. The Preds staff member obliged and gladly washed and folded our uniforms. After asking some of the security guards at the arena and several other members of the Predators staff, we learned that the man behind the washer’s name was Partner. No last name given – everyone just knows him as Partner. Partner has been working with the Predators for some time and spends most of his time at Bridgestone Arena in the laundry room, because it’s all he really knows and he loves doing it. We were able to come in to pick up the laundry that night without worrying about any issues in it. After picking it up, we began a new tradition, laying it out on the bed the night before and tweeting a photo for those loyal Auburn fans.

Day 4

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Friday in Nashville began with a lovely 6 am walk through in the hotel on a manager specialty, the ballroom carpet lane. The day ended with a bang, as K.T. Harrell hit a shot at the buzzer to send us to overtime and eventually beat LSU in what might be the most memorable game of my short career. If anyone would like to laugh at my reaction, I’ve left an arrow in the photo above pointing out where I am. All of the reactions as a whole are hilarious to begin with. But, to quote poet and legend Biz Markie, “Forget about that, let’s go into the story”. With our laundry situation figured out for the night, thanks to our new pal Partner, we did not think we would have any issues preparing for the next day. This would not be the case, as our starting forward Jordon Granger gave us his jersey, showing the medium size tear in the back of it (sorry, no pictures). This was not the first time we had a tear this season in these uniforms, as starting center Cinmeon Bowers had a tear in nearly the exact same spot against Tennessee. After discussing with Andrew, it turns out that this was a common occurrence with this new uniform style from Under Armour. This style of uniform made its debut in around December, and Auburn first unveiled them at beginning of conference play in January, and there had been rips in these uniforms for several teams. The material is very thin, and the style of uniform makes it a tight fit on most players, which allows for it to tear very easily if an opposing player gets a good enough grip on the jersey. South Carolina’s equipment staff has said they have dealt with similar issues. Even though it is a pain, Andrew stitched up the jersey with the needle and thread from behind the front desk (like I said, valuable information) and it was ready to go, even though Jordon had been suspended for fighting with one of LSU’s players and wouldn’t need it. After the repair work, we picked up the rest of the uniforms from Partner, folded them our way, and laid them back out on the bed for the pregame uniform tweet, which had become quite the hit at this point.

Day 5

This last day in Nashville came to a somber end, as we saw our season end to some team from Lexington. We packed up the uniforms for the last time this season, thanked and paid Partner, and said our goodbyes to Bridgestone Arena. That might have been the hardest day for me though, as I packed up the jerseys of our seniors for the final time. Since arriving back in Auburn, all the jerseys have been washed, put on their hangers, and stored safely in the equipment room, ready for the stories that await them next season.

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Thanks Thomas! Fantastic look behind the scenes. Great stuff, and thanks for the write-up.

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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.

And so, lets begin:

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First up today is George Ashburn with a Cleveland Browns concept:

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Hi.

A few years ago, I emailed you a History of the Subtle Changes over the years of the Browns Uniform over the years.

When the Rumor was flying around that the Browns were changing uniforms, I designed these* that I attached. (In 2013) and yes, I did try to set up a meeting with the Browns but got a rejection letter from Alec Schriener. I also made a Video with these and other ideas I had that Nick Camino (WTAM-AM) showed on his Twitter page a few days ago.

The new Browns Unis do seem like High School or College, especially the game pants.

I don’t mind the new number font but the Numbers on the Brown Jerseys should at least be White and Brown Numbers on the White Jersey.

This may sound a little arrogant, but I still think mine are better. Mine are more of a Tweak/Update of the Classic Browns Uni. (*and if I remember, I’ll have to look. I think I sent you the drawings to your Facebook Inbox as we’re Facebook Friends.

The thing is, Nike is capable of making uniforms with new materials but with an old school traditional look. The Ohio State Uniforms made for the College Football Playoff are proof of that. Those were popular with the Ohio State Fans.

Thanks for your time. :)

George Ashburn – Reynoldsburg, Ohio

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And we close today with Justin Wilkinson who has a rebrand for the Portland Thunder:

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Hello Phil,

I’ve got a submission for the “Uni Concepts” portion of Uni Watch.

CLICK HERE

I decided to rebrand an AFL team the Portland Thunder. I’m not a fan of their current logo and uniforms so I wanted to take a whack at new designs. My biggest issue with their logo is it wasn’t stylized enough for my liking. Their uniforms also seems to have a disconnect from their logo as well so I wanted to bring the 2 closer together.

Thanks!

Justin Wilkinson

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

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Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.

Got two this week — one a request for a colorization (unfortunately, the copy I received is not a very high resolution, but perhaps some of the colorizers can work some magic, or locate a higher res copy) and one that’s not *quite* a colorization. Confused? Read on…

First up is Ronnie Poore, with the request.

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Hi Phil,

This shot of Y. A. Tittle playing for the 49ers vs the Rams cries out for colorization.

Ronnie Poore

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The next submission comes from Bruce Menard:

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1948 Birmingham Barons Team (unedited)

Phil,

Here’s that colorization in full-resolution (plus the original).

I know a little bit about the the team.

They were the 1948 Southern Association champs (AA farm club for the Boston Red Sox). Walt Dropo was on the club, he’s standing in the back row, center.

Cheers!
~Bruce

Thanks guys! Bruce — nice work as always. OK colorizers — maybe we can get that Niners/Rams photo colorized?

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: WOW! Check out this St. Louis Cardinals program from 1953 — can you guess who the pitcher is supposed to be? (from St. Louis Cardinals). … Speaking of cool program/scorecard covers, check out this cool one from the ’73 California Angels (h/t PressRoomGFS). … Although we can confirm Jerry Dior did not use Harmon Killebrew for his MLB Logo, Killer was apparently the model for this one (h/t Ex Twins News). … The Nationals are holding a Ladies Night on June 18th, and some felt the marketing is sexist. … The Orioles are giving away t-shirts designed by players this year. The first player designed shirt was given away yesterday and was designed by closer Zach Britton (from Stephen Murphy). … “The St. Thomas Bobcats are performing in the NAIA world series. One of their more interesting players is the 6’2 300 pound Starting PITCHER,” says Dustin Semore. “Put him in complete baby blue uniforms and it’s amazing.” … The Louisville Cardinals have some new gray uniforms for the tourney (from Raise L Cards). Like their white counterparts, these too have the “L” logo on the hamstring (via Tyler McNally. So, if you look at it right, it says “LoL”. Here’s a closeup (h/t Howie Lindsey). … Oops – Paul Molitor was missing the dot of his “i” yesterday (nice spot by Nate Bitterman). … Double Oops (via Harry M.). … In a cross-sport show of solidarity, yesterday the Cubs wore Blackhawks sweaters to support their Chicago brethern. And apparently, the jerseys are authentic (h/t Iowa Girl). … As for the Cubs game against the Royals, Mother Nature solved that, sending a mix rain, wind, cold and all around miserable weather to Chicago, resulting in the game being postponed and rescheduled for September. All of that is really a shame, because the Cubs were scheduled to wear the throwback 1915 Chicago Whales uniforms against the Royals. … Coleman Mullins notes the UCLA Softball ladies were wearing some seriously high stirrups. … I’m just gonna leave this here (h/t Derek Reynolds).

NFL/Football News: We have seen probably a dozen logo mashups over the years, but have we ever seen what would happen if you mashup the CFL and NHL teams? Well, now we have (h/t Griffin Smith. … Take a look at how Auburn’s football unis have evolved since 1892. … “So it’s Organized Team Activities time in the NFL, I’m not sure if this has been reported to you or if you’ve seen this already, but it seems like some of the teams are adding striping to their practice shorts,” writes Jamie Burdett. “They looks pretty good, kinda like it. Looking through some pictures the other day and I came across this picture. It’s of then 1st round pick, Lawrence Taylor at his first Mini Camp with the Giants with his coach Ray Perkins. Obviously the most notable thing here is that LT is wearing his college number 98 instead of his legendary 56.” … KOZN, 1620 AM in Omaha conducts a weekly “draft” where listeners pick their favorites for the topic of the day. The May 28th draft was “best sports uniforms.” Here are the results. Says submitter John Benal, “Love #2, 11, & 18.” … This year’s crop of NFL Rookies showed off their NFL unis (notice the new Browns uniform). H/T to Custom Covers Universe. That group of guys also provided us with an up close look at the new Browns jersey (via Josh Sánchez). It also shows us Karlos Williams wearing an old Bills jersey (note the collar horns) — from Bo Childers. … Is Bowling Green getting a new helmet? (via Steve Day). … Looks like the Dolphins have raised nose bumper lettering (via Josh Sánchez again). … Jay Ajayi was pictured with no NFL shield on his jersey at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere (h/t Nick Colucci). … I’m not sure what the PIFL is, but the Trenton Freedom wore these flag desecration jerseys for Military appreciation night (h/t Nick Cent).

Hockey News: Divy, Chicago’s bike-sharing service, has five bikes painted in Blackhawks colors and numbered by the team’s Stanley Cup-winning years. The bikes are scattered about the city, and apparently finding them, taking photos and posting them to social media can win you some sort of prize (thanks, Mike). … “’79-’80 was a good year for new logos in the NHL if you ask me” says Super 70’s Sports. … The Nashville Predators have released the 2016 NHL All Star Game Logo (from Lee Wilds). Nice! Love that it’s shaped like a guitar pick! … According to Douglas Ford, this is the “Best fan interview this year if not ever.” … NFL Stanley Cup?? asks John Przebieglec. It is a screen grab from AL.com.”

Grab Bag: “What’s with these socks?” asks Chuck Beech. “Looks like strips of fabric attached, has some pretty ragged edges. … “I visited the Pontiac-Oakland car museum in Pontiac, Illinois last weekend,” writes Robert Eden. “Among the display items were baseball uniforms that were worn by locals back in the ’50s. Pontiac was named after an Indian tribe, and the car company featured Indian imagery into the ’60s. The jerseys were beauties.” … Here’s a look at the back of the NBA Draft Caps for the Denver Nuggets and the Atlanta Hawks (both from Conrad Burry), who thinks they could be “showing the uniform wordmarks” (for the as yet-unrevealed new unis).

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And that’s going to do it for today — thanks to Thomas for the neat uni manager writeup, plus the concepters, and Bruce for his ‘colorization’ — hopefully you colorizers can take a stab at that Rams/49ers colorization too! Everyone have a great week and I’ll catch you next weekend.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“I think it’s testament to the power and ubiquitousness of [Jerry] Dior’s logo that the first thing I noticed in the lede story was the black armband photoshopped in. Looks so wrong, but oh so appropriate.”

— Bando

48 comments to Adventures of a Uniform Manager

  • Phantom Dreamer | May 31, 2015 at 7:23 am |

    UCLA’s softball season has concluded but they were dressed much better than their baseball counterparts, pullovers and sansabelts will always be a winning combination.

  • The Jeff | May 31, 2015 at 7:32 am |

    “So it’s Organized Team Activities time in the NFL, I’m not sure if this has been reported to you or if you’ve seen this already, but it seems like some of the teams are adding striping to their practice shorts,” writes Jamie Burdett.

    Note that they’ve also got the NFL shield and a team wordmark. I’m guessing it won’t be long until we’ll all be able to buy official team practice shorts for $30. Woo-hoo & shit, yo! Shame the Giants are using a stripe pattern that’s supposed to be on a gray background so it looks really bad on blue.

    • Uni Troll | May 31, 2015 at 9:20 am |

      I don’t know…the late-’70s Giants had a not-too-dissimilar stripe pattern on their blue pants, and it was ok.

      http://img.spokeo.com/public/900-600/larry_csonka_1976_09_12.jpg

      Come to think of it, maybe a blue line down the middle would have looked pretty good there.

      I had a thought, though.

      I’m not enthusiastic about the possible merchandising angles, but could stripes on practice shorts possibly drive home the point to these guys that maybe their actual *football game pants* should have side stripes, as well?

      (I’m looking at you, Saints and Ravens…)

      • The Jeff | May 31, 2015 at 9:40 am |

        I like the overall look of the late 70’s uniform, but I’ve always thought the 70’s pants stripes should have been reversed. The helmet striping was white on the outside, red in the middle. The pants were wrong.

        • Uni Troll | May 31, 2015 at 10:00 am |

          Hmm.

          That’s fair.

        • The Jeff | May 31, 2015 at 12:02 pm |

          I’d wear a “Troll” jersey… but it’d have to be purple and neon green.

        • The Jeff | May 31, 2015 at 12:03 pm |

          …and I replied to the wrong post. Damn you, alcohol!

        • Uni Troll | May 31, 2015 at 12:14 pm |

          (Somebody’s hitting the bottle early today.)

          But seriously…purple and neon green?

          Who do you think you are? Me?

        • The Jeff | May 31, 2015 at 12:22 pm |

          I work nights, so I’m allowed to drink this early. I’ve already put in my 8 hours.

          Maybe we’re long-lost twins or something. But I’ve been here longer, so I get to be Arnold and you’re Danny DeVito. Sorry.

        • Uni Troll | May 31, 2015 at 12:43 pm |

          That’s cool.

          DeVito’s funny on purpose.

  • Thresh8 | May 31, 2015 at 8:00 am |

    Love the shoutout for the one of the unsung heros of uniform maintenance.

    Re the Cubs wearing a 1915 ChiFeds uniform: If I were a Cubs fan how badly would I want to be reminded that the last major league championship-winning ballclub to call Wrigley* Field home was in a league which folded before the US entered WWI?

    (*It wasn’t called Wrigley then. But it’s the same dang place.)

    And if memory serves, the Pontiac brand was named after chief of the natives settled in the area now called Detroit. And the first European to lead a settlement there was “Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac”. Yes, that Cadillac. Now, like in sports, auto make and model names are often focus-grouped to death, but back then it was just happenstance and hunches.

  • Pandering | May 31, 2015 at 8:17 am |

    I love the George Ashburn concepts for the Browns. Great job!

    Paul,

    any chance there will be a UniWatch jersey paying tribute to BigCockJohnson?

    Maybe put “Troll” as the NOB and have “12in” for the number?

    • Uni Troll | May 31, 2015 at 10:02 am |

      Yeah, right.

      As if someone would voluntarily wear the name “Troll.”

  • BurghFan | May 31, 2015 at 8:25 am |

    Thanks to Thomas Northcutt for sharing his experience at the SEC tournament. And, Thomas, if freshman managers can’t get excited about game winning shots, who can?

    • DJ | May 31, 2015 at 10:33 am |

      It was a great story. Mr. Northcutt must not have too much experience with hockey; otherwise he’d know that the fraternity of hockey equipment people are happy to lend out their industrial size laundry equipment to other teams in a pinch. But I guess finding it out this way made for an even better story.

  • Max F | May 31, 2015 at 8:25 am |

    Yesterday you mentioned Louisville’s SLOH and TAMU’s triangle pads in their pants. If you look at Louisville’s pants, you can see that they also have the triangle pads.

  • Gene sanny | May 31, 2015 at 8:29 am |

    Man those Browns jerseys stick out like a sore thumb…. not because they’re new and I’m not used to it… because that number coloring is wrong… should be reversed. Its too bad for the Browns that the Bucs jersey is hidden mostly so we can’t see the numbers, because that leaves the broken spotlight focused directly on them.

    • The Jeff | May 31, 2015 at 8:58 am |

      Eh, the numbers look fine to me. The stupidly large CLEVELAND above them on the other hand…

  • Uni Troll | May 31, 2015 at 8:52 am |

    ‘“What’s with these socks?” asks Chuck Beech. “Looks like strips of fabric attached, has some pretty ragged edges.’

    They probably gave her some plain stripeless black socks, but fortunately, she had enough good sense to layer a few contrasting scrunchies over them for makeshift striping.

  • Kyle | May 31, 2015 at 9:10 am |

    Nats Ladies Night:

    1) The pejorative “You play ball like a girl” = sexist
    It expresses male superiority over women.

    2) “We will have a ‘Ladies Night’ wine and food tasting event before the game, all 21+ are welcomed.” = not sexist
    Gender superiority is not implied.

    Kroh could better say, “Nats Ladies Night is not gender neutral.” Ok. Major league sports are not gender neutral and women are capable of enjoying baseball without incorporating outside features women generally enjoy. The women I know in the DC area love wine and the Virginia winery culture. If I lived in DC this would be a pregame event my wife and her friends would enjoy.

    I recall from Ken Burns’ ‘Baseball’ Wrigley held Ladies’ Day and many boys were introduced to baseball by the mothers and grandmothers who took them to those Friday games while their fathers worked.

    • P Hoelter | May 31, 2015 at 8:08 pm |

      Whew. “In 2015 let’s not stereo-type women’s interests” = getting it.

      • Kyle | June 1, 2015 at 9:08 am |

        ?

  • Peter Piroso | May 31, 2015 at 9:45 am |

    “Vinegar Bend” Mizell on the program cover?
    I seem to remember he had a high leg kick.

    • Robert Henderson | June 1, 2015 at 7:05 pm |

      1953
      – StLouis Cardinals Scorecard Cover: The model for the cover was Dizzy Dean! Ole Diz, the big-ace, fire-balling right-hander, was also known for his high leg lift. The scorecard cover signified Dizzy’s induction into the Hall Of Fame, in the summer of 1953.

  • teenchy | May 31, 2015 at 10:05 am |

    Looking forward to the colorization of the famous (if not the most famous) Y. A. Tittle photo. Please don’t overlook Leo Nomellini behind him.

  • Will S | May 31, 2015 at 10:14 am |

    “mashup the CFL and NFL teams” is more than just that.

    It’s better described as something like “all-city logos” mashups for CFL cities, or Canadian sports logo mashups. Think it might be better suited to the Grab Bag.

    Went through the thread on Chris Creamer’s site.
    On page 7 (post #139 – second from bottom of page) you can see the progression of the making of the Calgary logo.

    http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/75737-all-city-logos/page-7

  • Uni Troll | May 31, 2015 at 10:21 am |

    On George Ashburn’s Browns concept:

    This is pretty good. I’d prefer a white facemask, of course, and if you’re going to have a contrasting collar (good idea), it needs to go all the way around.

    Two jerseys, three pairs of pants. I never liked the orange jerseys, so I’m not disappointed by their absence here. I’d rather the pant stripes go all the way to the belt line, but I guess the brownie logo is cool enough to mitigate this somewhat (…*somewhat*). Contrasting belts are a good idea; more teams should do this.

    Two pairs of socks! I’m hoping that the brown-top socks go with the white pants, and the white-top socks with the brown pants (orange pants with either, I guess).

    The numbers font is a good choice, though I’m usually in favor of outlines rather than drop-shadows. And as much as I often like the idea of team logos on a sleeve, I don’t think it works here. It looks too cluttered on this stripe pattern.

    I really don’t care for compression sleeves being part of the uniform, though I guess if some players are going to wear them, your color choices here are acceptable.

    Overall, this may be the best Browns concept that I’ve seen. Perhaps they should have listened to you, instead of their design team.

  • Uni Troll | May 31, 2015 at 10:51 am |

    On Justin Wilkinson’s Portland Thunder design:

    Ok, I’m going to level with you, Justin. I was about to hand out a rather harsh critique of this one, until I did a little image search, and found out what this team’s uniforms *actually* look like…

    http://cdn1.bloguin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/82/2014/04/ThunderSaberCats.jpg

    Now that’s painful.

    So, I’d say that you’ve really improved things. Nice logo and a pretty good helmet, at least to the extent that we can consider multi-colored facemasks acceptable.

    The pants need some more work. I don’t really like lettering on pants; they need something more substantial on the sides here, and I don’t think it ever works to have a contrasting knee front (or back).

    The jersey could use a more attractive numbers font, but other than that, it’s not so bad. I wouldn’t recommend going navy-on-navy, though.

    Thanks for sharing the overhaul…this team has clearly been in need of one.

  • Marc Cavalli Sr | May 31, 2015 at 11:02 am |

    PIFL IS THE PROFESSIONAL INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE.

  • KC | May 31, 2015 at 11:34 am |

    Nice article Thomas.

    Pearl is a good to maybe great coach. I foresee much success at Auburn (as long as no one plans a barbeque…)

  • LarryB | May 31, 2015 at 1:38 pm |

    Way to go on the Browns, George Ashburn. My fellow Buckeye buddy.

  • MJ | May 31, 2015 at 2:55 pm |

    Three thumbs up on the Browns concept. (I found a thumb down in the morgue and figured nobody else was using it.)

  • Oakville endive | May 31, 2015 at 3:23 pm |

    On today’s Blue Jays telecast against the Twins, the commentators (Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler) were talking about Twins pitcher T.J. Graham unique stirrup look (straight from the early 1970’s). What’s worth noting is the reason why Graham wears his socks this way. His mom has an eye condition that renders her legally blind, so she has a tough time distinguishing players. However she can tell it’s her son by his unique socks. I thought a uni-watch note worthy of mentioning.

  • Ferdinand Cesarano | May 31, 2015 at 3:58 pm |

    The drawing on the Cardinals’ program reminds me of Satchel Paige. Of course, why the Cardinals would want to depict Paige on that cover is mysterious.

  • Jeff | May 31, 2015 at 5:03 pm |

    Also of note in the NFLPA Rookie Premier: Marcus Mariota (top middle) and Dorial Green-Beckham (top left) are wearing the navy Titans uniform, while David Cobb (2nd row right) is wearing the now alternate light blue. What’s up with that?

  • Original Jim | May 31, 2015 at 5:06 pm |

    The helmet in Bowling Green’s tweet looks like a fan concept. That wing logo is one of the stock sleeve designs in the adidas football catalog.

    Probably unlikely that BGSU would use a stock adidas logo now that they’ve switched to Nike.

  • Jess F | May 31, 2015 at 5:32 pm |

    The SF Giants are wearing their all black caps today. I guess there’s no longer a cap protocol as they had worn the orange billed caps for all Sunday games since bringing that cap back in 2010. Also, they have worn both caps with their orange Friday jerseys this year. I thought the orange jerseys looked better with the orange billed caps. Perhaps cap choice is up to the starting pitcher?

  • Mike Engle | May 31, 2015 at 5:49 pm |

    I definitely really like the NHL ASG in Nashville logo. I love how it borrows its shape from the Preds’ normal shoulder patch logo. Ideally, the jerseys will be white, gold, or navy (what an awesome color on color candidate!), but NHL ASG jerseys tend to run on a two-year template cycle, so unfortunately, we’ll probably be looking at white, black, and neon green–which will clash terribly with that pretty logo.

  • Drew | May 31, 2015 at 6:42 pm |

    Pontiac was NOT a tribe but a military leader. He belonged to the Ottawa nation and was one of the principle leaders in at 1763 uprising against British occupation after the conclusion of the Seven Years’ War.

  • P Hoelter | May 31, 2015 at 8:13 pm |

    Enjoyed the peak inside the Auburn uniformers’ world. Maybe someone will chip in for a sewing kit in the team colors. Listening Under(whelming) Armor? Is the weakness in the fabric exacerbated by the laundry process? Maybe someone will chip in for a laundry kit that suits the troubled fabric. Listening Under(whelming) Armor?

  • Lose Rem | June 1, 2015 at 8:05 am |

    no one knows who Scott Drootin is?

    Hint: There’s more than one “Cavaliers” team

  • Thom Dennis | June 1, 2015 at 10:01 am |

    Re: Trenton Freedom
    Parr of the Professional Indoor Football League…think minor league Arena Football.

  • Robert Henderson | June 1, 2015 at 7:18 pm |

    1953 – StLouis Cardinals Scorecard Cover: The model for the cover was Dizzy Dean! Ole Diz, the big-ace, fire-balling right-hander, was also known for his high leg lift. The scorecard cover signified Dizzy’s induction into the Hall Of Fame, in the summer of 1953.