By Phil Hecken
We’re back today with the final set of contestants (Part III) of the USA Baseball Jersey Design Contest (if you missed part one, with it’s long description and the first 18 contestants, click here, part two with the second set of 18 contestants is here). The final group (sets V and VI) will be revealed today — with VOTING — so be sure to cast your vote below. As with the first four sets, BE SURE TO VOTE AFTER EACH SET OF NINE IS SHOWN. You can vote for as many (or few) as you like, but you can only vote once. It’s that simple. The top two vote getters FROM EACH SET will advance to next weekend’s final vote. I’ll have the winners from yesterday’s and today’s voting next weekend, when we’ll have our final voting on the top twelve designs.
All set? Let’s get started!
Scott Novosell (aka “Skyline Jackson”)
AND NOW”¦VOTING FOR THE FIRST NINE TODAY ”” “SET FIVE” (You may pick as many as you like)
And now the second nine
C. Todd Davis
AND NOW”¦VOTING FOR THE SECOND NINE TODAY ”” “SET SIX” (You may pick as many as you like)
And that’s it for today. Great stuff, yes? Make sure you voted in BOTH polls. The top two from each poll will advance to the final round.
Let all the concepters know what you think in the comments below!
And The One That Got Away…
I wanted to give a special “final” shout out to Jimmer Vilkanova for helping coming up with the idea for a “redesign the USA jersey (and cap)” contest. Even though he played no part in the contest (that was my choice — I’m sure he would have if I’d asked), he didn’t think he was eligible to participate in it. But he did send in (via Twitter) this entry — it was received after the deadline, so I didn’t include it (rules are rules) but I still wanted to show the Uni-Sphere Jimmer’s effort.
Notice the classic HUGE numbers Jim used. And I love the bunting for sleeve striping! Good job Jimmer — too bad it was after the deadline, or, in the words of Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront you coulda been a contender.
And Now…ALL Your WBC Entries
…in one sideshow.
Now that we’ve seen all the submissions, I’ve put together a little slideshow of all of the contestants’ entries. Enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: Check out the green pinstripe throwbacks the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks will wear on April 28-30 (from BigDaddy45). He adds, “The throwback uniform is the 1980 Nankai Hawks model. It used in only 1980.” … Who are the greatest Mariners ever to wear that uniform? This article attempts to answer that question. … Yesterday’s ticker contained a photo of Henry Aaron that some people believe shows him wearing a uniform other than “5”. It’s possible, I’m sure, but no other photos exist showing this possible double-digit. Other photos of Aaron, including one apparently signed by him, clearly show it’s just the number “5”. Even high-res photos show just the 5. Color photos as well. The venerated Baseball Reference also only shows him wearing 5 or 44 in his career. So what might account for the possible “mystery” digit? UPDATE Just found this photo that appears to show Aaron wearing a “2” (as a second digit), so maybe he was assigned “52” in spring? If so, then either BR needs to be updated or it was solely an ST number. UPDATE #2 According to this Reddit, it’s from Spring Training 1954 … These Crying Jordan softball jerseys need to be mass-produced immediately. … “In case you’ve not seen these — O’Connell High School (Arlington VA) has some seriously blue Tequila Sunrise uniforms,” says Andrew Kling. “There’s a gallery on this page from the Washington Post. The second one is probably the best.” … The Florida Gators’ softball squad had some unique cleats last night. … Jesse Alkire thinks the Cubs should really go for the gold (unis). … Howard Softball wears Under Armour jerseys and Russell pants (from Chad Kollas). … Goddam it Stance socks suck (from Ed Sidawi). … Here we see new uniforms for the Fubon Guardians in Taiwan, the CPBL. (They’re a new team.) From Graveyard Baseball. … Here’s a good shot of Kurt Suzuki wearing the Tyler Flowers style shock absorbing catcher’s mask (nice grab from Glen Macklin). … Tweeter Matthew Gibson “Found my 1984 Rex Putnam High yearbook and a couple pics of the 1998 World Series MVP” Scott Brosius. … Here’s a look at some of the historical Braves jerseys at the new SunTrust Park (from WillChitty4).
NFL News: OOps! Apparently the Vikings now play in the NHL (from Nate Heinrich). Also posted in hockey. … Like
many all of us, Andy Johnson thinks “Color rush unis are awful. But what if the teams didnt have to go full unitard and wear alternate jerseys or pants?” … It wasn’t just the alternate helmet rule proposal the Eagles withdrew the other day, they actually took back four of their five proposals. Key quote from that article (which still doesn’t mean the alternate helmet rule change is dead — emphasis mine): “The Eagles withdrawing those proposals doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t eventually be taken up: The league could still ultimately decide to adopt one or all of those proposals. But it does mean the Eagles won’t be pushing for a vote next week.”
Hockey News: OOps! Apparently the Vikings now play in the NHL (from Nate Heinrich). Also posted in football. … Here’s what a proposed Columbus vs. Detroit outdoor game could look like, with teams swapping colors (pic posted by via 1st Ohio Battery, from Bring Jimmy Home). … Here we have a rare spotting of the Captain’s “C” on a goalie jersey (from Radio Guy).
NBA./Basketball News: A couple people pointed out this photo of the Wizards in their sleeved “throwback”, and note how the angle looks like a U (or conjoined twins) is formed. … Last evening, LeBron James wore goggles to protect a corneal abrasion in his right eye (from Mike Chamernik). However, much as he disliked the feel of the original black sleeved shirt, he tossed them away (also from Mike). Guess he’s persnicketty about stuff (I can empathize). … Not quite uni-related, but funny: A dad called out his son’s bad grades with hilariously ruthless sign at Cavaliers game (from Sarah Beccio). … The NBA report from Zach Loesl Color on color for Cleveland and Washington, and color on gray for the Knicks and Spurs.
College/High School Hoops News: Although Wisconsin ended up losing to Florida in overtime on Friday, Aaron Rodgers was in attendance, wearing what looks like a specialized Milwaukee Bucks cap (anyone know), he was happy when Zak Showalter hit a buzzer-beater three at the end of regulation to tie the game. After Showalter hit the shot, he flashed Rogers a discount-double-check, prompting the shot of Rodgers in the cap. Yes, they’re pals. More here. … ESPN still can’t get the chyron graphics correct (from Will W.). … When the top basketball players from the Boston Public Schools hit the court Saturday for the Boston City League All-Star games, they were wearing custom uniforms created by Mathmatik Athletics (from Paul Friedmann and also Tim Walsh). … The “color tracking” graphic by Alex Gerwitz is now in an easier-to-read bracket format. … Absolutely brutal apostrophe catastrophe from ESPN (nice grab by Michael Driscoll). … Here’s Conrad Burry’s look at the Elite Eight. … On the women’s slate, Oregon and Maryland went color vs color. “It’s a Uni Watch (green vs yellow) special!” exclaims submitter Andrew Cosentino. … Before any of the Elite Eight games were played, Conrad Burry prepared a look at the logo matchups. … James Gilbert notes that Coach Cal’s jacket has the old UK logo. … Connor Hynes asks if the “Teal court design in San Jose a nod to the San Jose Sharks.” … Tweeter Steve Carlson notes that Xavier’s J.P. Macura was basically wearing a full body suit in yesterday’s game vs. Gonzaga. It didn’t take long for twitter to point out the irony of the situation, as he was once wearing no pants at all. And the jokes kept coming. … From Alex Hider: “Ohio HS Tourney: Stars on the floor presumably stand for location of the 8 teams in the finals (4 divisions).”
Soccer News: “I don’t like using the same kit if we get beat” says Everton’s longest-serving kit-man. Read more about that here (from TRiCKETT). … Looks like the new FC Bayern kit has leaked (from Patrick Thomas). … The Charleston Battery wore a Nike all-black kit for last night’s USL game against FC Cincinnati. They normally wear a yellow and black striped kit. It’s the same template as FCC’s (which they will wear April 22 in a blackout game against Louisville City). More here. From Brian Henke.
Grab Bag: OK, I’d wear these: Check out the custom game day dress shoes for Marquette Univ. lacrosse coach Joe Amplo (from Kevin Mueller). … I don’t follow lax much, so I don’t know if this is the norm or a rarity, but there was a nice color vs. color match yesterday between Maryland and North Carolina (from James Gilbert). Here’s another shot (from Matt Shevin). … Reader Charles Rogers thought this Cardinal Motel might be of interest. “From this lovely blog,” he adds. … Here’s a Bowling shirt Paul would love (from Christian Zummer).
And that’s it for today. Big thanks to ALL the entrants in the Redesign the USA Baseball contest. Good luck to the third and final 18 today. Make sure you vote (in BOTH sections). I’ll have the yesterday’s and today’s winners, along with our first four next weekend, for a final vote-off.
Everyone have a great Sunday, enjoy the last of the Elite Eight games today, and everyone have a great week. Because…we have real baseball next Sunday, followed by the Most Wonderful Day of the Year (the *real* start of baseball season and the NCAA Final). But until then…
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— Jon Rose (clearly channelling Jimmer Vilkanova)