By Phil Hecken
Back today with Part III of the Fauxback Jersey Contest (if you missed Part I, which ran last Saturday, click here. Everything’s explained in that link, so I won’t repeat it all here. Part II was held last Sunday. You’ll see the four finalists from Part I following this post, and I’ll post Part II’s finalists with tomorrow’s post.
Below are the third 25 submissions (in alpha-order), numbered and labeled with the team (and year if applicable) the concepter is throwing back to, as well as a description, if provided; following the submissions, we’ll have voting. As you scroll through the graphics, be sure to make note of the concept(s) you like ”” you’ll be able to vote for as many as you like (but you can only vote once). You guys know the drill by now (click to enlarge, etc.), so let’s get started!
1. Michael Malinowski (1967 Anaheim Ducks)
My submission is an imagining of what the Anaheim Duck’s jersey might have looked had southern California been awarded two expansion franchises for the 1967 season instead of Oakland getting the California Seals.
2. Don Martinez (1976 Arizona Diamondbacks)
My entry is a 1976 throwback for the Arizona Diamondbacks that I’m calling “Phoenix Sunset,” as a tribute to the main inspiration, the classic Houston Astros tequila sunrise. I’ve tried to include multiple throwback elements including a TV number on the left sleeve, the two-button pullover construction, and playful curved typeface for the main word mark. The main visual is based on the state flag of Arizona; I credit my wife for reminding me the sun on the flag is replaced by a copper star, which I’ve included into the design as a pass-through from the front to the back along the left side. The sleeve patch on the right sleeve is a copper baseball diamond with a coiled snake hissing below the AZ lettering.
3. Matt Medium (1979-80 San Jose Sharks)
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4. Mina Mikhael (1986 LA Galaxy)
No description provided
5. Josh [for Elliott] Miller (1975 Arizona Diamondbacks)
Attached is the 1975 Diamondbacks jersey drawn by my 10 year old son, Elliot Miller. He was very excited to submit this creation!
6. Randy Miller (1976 San Jose Sharks)
Attached is my 1976 San Jose Sharks fauxback design. I like to think this would have been a 1970’s representation with added bicentennial stars around the sleeve numbers (which would have been a 1 year thing) Notice NO BLACK. This is way before BFBS!
7. Trayton Miller (1983 Oklahoma City Thunder)
The 1982/83 Oklahoma City Thunder sported one of the most unique jerseys in NBA history. Featuring a striking lightning bolt design and an eye-popping sky blue, sunset orange, lightning yellow, and cloud white color scheme, this road jersey has become an ironic (and sometimes unironic) fan favorite in recent years.
8. John Nelson (1980 Arizona Diamondbacks)
I figured I would send you my idea of what the Arizona Diamondbacks would look like if they where founded in 1980 instead of 1998. Colors are based on the original D-Backs colors (sans purple) , and “threwback” the logos. lettering, and numbers; in a style prevalent for the time.
9. Dave Newlands (1983 Colorado Rockies)
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10. Jimmy Nutini (1976 New England Revolution)
Taking inspiration from the old NASL, I wanted to see what the New England Revolution may have looked like in 1976. I couldn’t think of a more fitting year than America’s Bicentennial.
11. Justin Peterson (1965 Florida Marlins)
The 1965 Florida Marlins sport a cream colored, vested jersey, featuring orange piping around the neck and sleeves, teal undershirts with team patches, a Miami art-deco style logo and era-approprate NNOB.
12. Bryan Phillips (1940s Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
Using the Mallard as inspiration, I picked Forest Green, Athletic Gold, and Purple for team colors, and made the collar white to replicate the ring around the Mallard’s neck. I designed a Mallard logo in a 1940s logo style and kept “Mighty” because adjectives in team names were more common.
13. Timothy Phillips (Colorado Rockies)
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14. Zachary Philyaw (1977 Arizona Diamondbacks)
An alternate past””1977, 40 years ago””where the Diamondbacks shared the same colors as their Phoenix counterparts, the Suns. The design features a pinstriped pullover that places it within the style of the times with a nod to their actual jerseys from the 90s through today.
15. Jared Pike (1963 Jacksonville Jaguars)
If the Jacksonville Jaguars had existed in 1963, I’m guessing they would have the simplest uniform imaginable: white shirt, white helmet, black pants. No design at all, even on the helmet. Too bad the pendulum has swung the other way in the last 50 years.
16. Deuce Prince (1974 Jacksonville Jaguars)
No description provided
17. Alfie Ramirez (1956 Florida Marlins)
I was inspired by the 1956 International league Miami Marlins jersey (which the Fish have used before) as well as the original Florida colorway of teal, silver and Black. It is Gray Wool Flannel with Black and teal accents made for Sachel Paige #26
18. Wilson Ramos (Washington Nationals)
my washington baseball club fauxback. I used to love the nats script on the syracus nationals, and so i tried to combine that with the current alternate design plus the classic senators W.
19. Aiden Rathmann (1961 Minnesota Wild)
I chose to create a 1961 Minnesota Wild fauxback.
20. Derek Reese (1977 Florida Panthers)
Presenting the 1977 Florida Panthers of the WHA.
From an alternate history where Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie purchased the World Hockey Association’s Miami Screaming Eagles franchise rights and based them out of the Hollywood Sportatorium, adopting the doomed effort’s team colors (and it’s high-profile player signings), but changing the team name.
21. Matt Rewitzer (1969 Colorado Rockies)
No description provided
22. Glenn Riley (1976 Jacksonville Jaguars)
1976 Jacksonville Jaguars Fauxback (Home)
23. Matt Rogers (1975 Oklahoma City Thunder)
Because a Sonics throwback is not happening, I took the Thunder back to 1975. Muted the current blue to a sky blue that was used heavily in the 70’s across sports, used an era appropriate woodmark font and created a themed number housing inspired by Golden State during the period.
24. R. Scott Rogers (1976 Washington Nationals)
Had the Washington Nationals existed in 1976, surely they’d have adopted a special jersey to celebrate the Bicentennial. I’ve included tequila-sunrise-esque stripes, stars, and a W based on the text of the Constitution. Since it’s a modern-day fauxback, it’s powder blue for use at home.
And there you have it ”” the third group of entries for the Fauxback Jersey Contest. Voting is below (remember, you can vote for as many designs as you’d like, but you may only vote one time).
Let’s have a big hand for the third set of contestants. Let them know what you think (and maybe even lobby for your favorites) in the comments below!
Your First Four Finalists…
…in the Fauxback Jersey Contest.
The results of the first set of voting are in, and we have our first four finalists. Congratulations to Garrett Beatty, John Baranowski, Sean Connor, and Gary Chanko. Here’s a look at the final voting (it was a very close race!):
I’ll have the results of Group II, and the second four finalists, tomorrow.
Here’s a look at the entries of our first four finalists:
Garrett Beatty (1970 Jacksonville Jaguars)
My name’s Garrett Beatty and I’m a sophomore in high school. Funny story: I actually made a faxback jersey for the Royals and didn’t realize the year rule until after I finished. But here’s a Jacksonville Jaguars one. If I do win, is it possible to get the jersey in the long-sleeved version? If not that’s fine. Made a long sleeved and normal sleeved version of the jersey.
John Baranowski (1930s Columbus Blue Jackets)
No description provided
Sean Connor (1975 Miami Marlins)
I’ve got a 1975 Miami Marlins road jersey for you. In his first year of free agency, it would have made sense for Jim Hunter to sign with “The Fish.”
Gary Chanko (1976 Miami Marlins)
For the 1976 season the Marlins introduced the legendary “collared” jersey. The style was popular among the players and fans and remained unchanged until 1980. The Chicago White Sox attempt with a similar jersey style proved a disaster and was quickly abandoned.
Congratulations to the finalists, and thanks to everyone who participated!
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it, Paul’s latest ESPN piece features 10 things you might not know about the Astros’ classic rainbow uniforms. Check it out here.
Naming Wrongs reminder: Over on the Naming Wrongs project, Paul has made some adjustments to the wording of the Murph and Ted shirts, and has also added several new Rose Garden shirts. Full details here, or just go straight to the Naming Wrongs shop.
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Winnipeg Goldeyes wore these Canada-themed jerseys versus the Sioux Falls Canaries last evening (via Paul, from Andrew Collier). … “My college, the University of Illinois Springfield recently switched their baseball park infield from grass to turf and it really shows off the logo around home plate,” says Erik Fowler. Here’s a look at the new infield. Erik continues, “This tweet shows the work being done, and lastly this one shows a after and before shot.” … Friday night the Fresno Grizzlies (one of my fave MiLB teams, donchaknow) wore these Simpsons-themed jerseys & caps. Mmmm, donuts. Here’s another look. … The Brooklyn Cyclones will be wearing Captain America jerseys tomorrow. … Here’s a neat graphic on Knack of Batting and How to Select and Care for Your Bat. (ca. 1920s) (from 216 Sports History). … Listen to Vin Scully recite the famous Field of Dreams speech (from Nik Faroe). … A couple people noticed this the photo (from a tweet) and remarked on the black cap Bryson Hutchinson”, a newly signed ball player in the New York Mets organization, was wearing. The Mets haven’t *technically* had that cap as an option since 2011 (though it was worn a couple times in 2012). … Like almost all MiLB teams, the Columbia Fireflies are wearing patriotic caps for the holiday weekend (these will be worn July 3). From Daren Stoltzfus. … Last evening, the The Memphis Redbirds threw back, returning to Chicks nickname. Here’s how they looked on the field (h/t Logan Ballew). … The love for the Houston Astros’ tequila sunrise unis remains as strong as ever. … As most of you (I hope) know, today and for the next three days after that, MLB teams will be wearing flag desecration unis, which also means custom shoes for many (from Paul Murphy). … Yowsa, the Charleston River Dogs are giving away these red, white and blue … items this weekend (from Scott Weiss). … Here’s the uniform the Great Lakes Loons will wear on Monday for Military Appreciation Night (from Great Lakes Loons). … The Rochester Red Wings will be sporting these *patriotic* jerseys & caps on Independence Day. … Mike Sullivan got himself a new BoSawx cap and immediately performed a NewEra-putation on it. … The Staten Island Yankees will wear these jerseys for tonight’s Women in Sports Night. … It’s come to this: The A’s are doing a Turn Back The Clock game — for their BLACK jerseys (from Landry E. Heaton”). … Here’s a look at the Arizona D-bax uni tracking for June. … The Seibu Lions added a black stripe to their unis to remember the late Shinji Mori, a pitching coach who died this week (from Graveyard Baseball). … If you look closely and squint, the Brewers Ball in Glove logo almost looks like the state of Wisconsin (from Robert Hayes). … The Braves went with the home cap last night on the road. “Haven’t worn this hat on the road since 2008 I believe,” says smoresarefun. … Reader Mitchell Barbee also noticed this and said “The Braves wore their red-billed cap on the road for the first time since 2009 (I believe), but wore their standard road caps for BP. No matter when they last wore it (maybe one of our Braves sleuths/trackers can confirm when the last time was), it’s been a while. … LA Dodgers affiliate the Ogden Raptors wore new digital camo jerseys for the first time last night (from Brett Hein).
NFL/CFL/College/High School Football News: Our ACC Tracker Rex Henry spotted this NFL/No Canada sticker on a car (and also on the front door of a house). Not quite sure to what it’s referring. Scott Lunn may have the answer, “It is. Made by @store716 when Bon Jovi buying and moving the Bills to Toronto was a topic of discussion.” … As you’re all probably aware, the Arizona Wildcats unveiled new uniforms earlier this week, and not everyone is in love with them. … Here’s a look at some of the shoes the UNC Tar Heels will wear this fall (from James Gilbert). … Nike opposes Rob Gronkowski logo, says too similar to Jumpman (from Mike Chamernik). … Here’s a good look at Colorado’s football combos for the upcoming season (h/t Broc). … Last evening, CFL refs were wearing red/white stripes for Canada Day games (from Liáµ±schitÉ€). Here’s another look. … Yesterday, the Titans tweeted out this picture of Decker’s jersey. Submitter Casey asks, “What’s up with the dots on the nameplate?” … “LSU ditched the Nikelace for the new template,” says Broc who adds, “Naturally the shoulder stripes are back to normal.” Here are some comparisons (from Cameron Lewis, and even more from Evan Saacks. And here’s a look at the back (Broc again). … The Toronto Argonauts wore mono-blue on Friday night. Submitter Wade Heidt adds, “In addition, they unveiled a larger ‘A-shield’ logo on their blue helmets than in the past. The ‘A-shield’ logo on the blue helmets now matches the size of the logo on their white helmets.
NBA/G-League/College/High School Basketball News: Remember when Michael Jordan sent Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to his house to pick up a pair of Air Jordan 9s and his lucky UNC shorts to wear for practice in the 1996 film Space Jam? Well, Jordan Brand Is Releasing MJ’s Famous Practice Shorts from Space Jam (from James Gilbert).
Soccer News: Here’s the leaked Shakhtar Donetsk 17-18 Home kit by Nike (from Ed Å»elaski”). … English League Two club Notts County have revealed their new Puma kits for the 2017-18 season. They will have, wait for it…TEN different advertiser options. … SL Benfica” has a new home kit (from Mike D.). … Here is a list of all 523 Premier League shirt sponsors, by industry/category. The 2017-18 season will be the first without a beer sponsor in league history (from K Berard). … Speaking of the Spurs, Tottenham has announced a multi-year partnership with Nike (h/t Brinke). … Here’s a short video on that (from James Beattie). … Edward Ford writes, In Italy, got my first look at the @juventusfc shirt with new logo today! … adidas Soccer and AC Milan revealed a new design for the club’s 2017/18 season away jersey. … Here’s a look at the new Juventus Away Kit (from tonyjuve10). … New home and alternate jerseys for Sporting Clube de Portugal (from Joey Bertao). … Was Atletico Madrid’s new jersey leaked online?
Grab Bag: Penn State women’s volleyball has new uniforms (from William Yurasko). … The University of Chicago’s Department of Athletics & Recreation recently signed a five-year contract with adidas to serve as the official apparel and footwear provider for the Maroons. … The UCLA/UA parternership officially kicks off today. … “Found at WalMart,” read the subject of the e-mail from Marc Swanson. “Apparently, throwback spray paint is now a thing.”
And that’s it for today. Thanks to everyone who submitted for the Fauxback Jersey contest. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to vote for your favorites! I’ll have the fourth (and final) set tomorrow.
MLB begins four days of “patriotic” unis today (and continues through Tuesday), so if you guys would tweet “@” me anything special/odd/crazy/weird today (especially any custom shoes, sweatbands, bats, etc.), I’ll run your tweets tomorrow. I’m not sure how much baseball I’ll be watching the next four days. Till then…
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