By Phil Hecken, with Kyle Evans & CJ Fleck
I’m back today with my “soccer guys,” Kyle Evans and CJ Fleck, with Part II of their Women’s World Cup Preview. Yesterday they looked at the first three Groups (Group A, B & C). With a total of 24 teams playing, the second three groups (and final 12 teams) will be previewed today. Click any image to enlarge.
Here’s Kyle & CJ:
Thanks Phil! Glad to be back to preview the kits for the Women’s World Cup, which is taking place in France from June 7th to July 7th. This is the 8th edition of the tournament, and the United States are the defending champions and have won three of the seven titles. This is just the second time that the tournament will feature 24 teams, which means there are plenty of kits to discuss!
Argentina uses the same kits for both national teams, which includes a new primary jersey with wide (and slightly jagged) sky blue stripes and a black secondary jersey carried over from last summer.
Kyle: I much prefer the classic Argentina stripes than this version, and the secondary kit is just alright.
CJ: I’ll double what Kyle said here, though I like the secondary more than he does. Push.
An all-white primary and an all-red with sublimated roses secondary for The Lionesses.
Kyle: As sublimated designs go, I count this as one of the best.
CJ: I’m not sold on sublimation, but overall good.
Another carryover from the men’s World Cup, Japan will wear a navy with dashed light blue pinstripes primary jersey and a white secondary jersey.
Kyle: Loved it last year and love it now – that Japan primary is one of my favorite jerseys in the tournament.
CJ: I like it, but I can’t quite say why. Call it good.
Another country making their Women’s World Cup debut, Scotland have a navy over white primary and a pink over black secondary look.
Kyle: Completely uninspiring and doesn’t deviate much at all from a template.
CJ: Things could be much worse. Good.
We know the least about Cameroon’s kits, but we do know they will sport a green primary jersey with a sublimated design at the top.
Kyle: A nice start, and I’ll be curious to see the accompanying shorts and socks colors and the entire secondary kit.
CJ: We’ll see what happens but I’m not encouraged by the sublimation.
All-red and all-white options for the Canadians.
Kyle: No problems with retaining a traditional look.
CJ: Simplicity usually earns a good from me, and it does again here.
The defending European champion Dutch will wear a traditional orange primary jersey (with light orange diamond design) and a light blue secondary jersey with a checkerboard-ish pattern.
Kyle: The orange (with design) is beautiful and the light blue looks like an optical illusion of sorts – not a great feature of a soccer jersey.
CJ: The blue appears to be a test page for a new printer. Great inspiration. Stupid.
New Zealand will wear an all-black primary kit with a silver fern on the sleeves and an all-white secondary kit.
Kyle: Love the integration of the silver fern on the sleeves.
CJ: A nice touch on the sleeves. Good.
The defending World Cup champions will wear an all-white primary with thick red and blue stripes on the sleeves and socks and a red / red / blue secondary with sublimated stars and stripes.
Kyle: What an upgrade from the black and neon yellow from four years ago. A fantastic pair of kits, especially the whites. Love the 3 stars on the shorts representing the 3 World Cup titles as well.
CJ: I had hoped we’d be a bit more creative, but knowing the women got their own design is a good in and of itself.
The fourth country making their Women’s World Cup debut, Chile will wear red over blue and a red/white/blue gradient horizontal stripe design.
Kyle: Nice traditional primary look, but I can’t say I’m a fan of the secondary – a really busy design.
CJ: No, no, no. Don’t do that. Stupid.
Sweden will wear a yellow primary jersey with an asymmetrical navy horizontal stripes pattern and a navy secondary jersey.
Kyle: What bothers me most about the yellow is the mismatched blues between the stripes and the collar/shorts. A nice secondary look though.
CJ: I’m not sure I’d categorically say asymmetric designs are bad, but this one definitely is. Stupid.
It appears that Thailand will be wearing an all-navy primary and an all-dark red secondary with a subtle horizontal stripes pattern, but the splash photo (put out by FIFA) does show an unreleased white with sky blue horizontal stripes jersey.
Kyle: These will work, but certainly nothing to write home about.
CJ: The change in stripe size is driving me insane. Please, companies, do not do this. Stupid.
Awesome guys, thanks for Part II the preview! Make sure to thank the lads for their writeups and give them a follow over on the Twitter!
For those who don’t wish to click the links, Graig paints baseball heroes (and regular guys) from the past, and is an immense talent.
Occasionally, I will be featuring his work on Uni Watch.
Here’s today’s offering (click to enlarge):
Title: “Better Days Behind”
Subject: Addie Joss, 1910
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 16″ x 16″
To this day, Addie Joss remains one of the more interesting “what if” stories in baseball. One of – if not THE – top pitcher in the American League during the first decade of the 20th century, we’ll never know what the full arc of his career could have been as the sport approached the era of Babe Ruth. Joss passed away suddenly in April of 1911 from tubercular meningitis.
Images of the man aren’t necessarily super hard to come by. But being from the early 1900s, when sports photography was still relatively in its infancy, there weren’t a ton of photographs of the man that have survived to current day. Playing in Cleveland for the entirety of his career might not have helped matters, as even then, places like New York, Boston and Philadelphia were much greater hubs of media coverage. However, occasionally I’ve come across one or two that have stopped me in my tracks.
This portrait of Joss is one of them. It has ALWAYS haunted me. For one, that gaze is just incredible. Sure, both eyes aren’t necessarily facing the same direction, and perhaps he might not have been the most attractive ballplayer you’d ever seen, but if nothing else, his face certainly had a lot of character. More importantly for me though, the moment I saw it, I was drawn to that beautiful light: what it was doing to his sweater, his upturned collar, those wonderful wrinkles in his ruddy face. And then seeing some of the sky color reflecting back into his cheeks and nose, even catching a little bit of those teeth…man…that’s what painting is all about for me. It was one of those images that I was able to see a finished painting of in my mind, which even to this day is a rare thing.
Thanks, Graig! You can (and should!) follow Graig on Twitter.
After being dormant for a while, the Uni Tweaks/Concepts have returned!
I hope you guys like this feature and will want to continue to submit your concepts and tweaks to me. If you do, Shoot me an E-mail (Phil (dot) Hecken (at) gmail (dot) com).
I received the following e-mail from John Elbertson, who has an interesting concept for the Chicago hawkey team:
What’s up Phil? Here’s a concept for the Chicago Blackhawks. My apologies, this write-up is longer than usual. My goal was to create a design for the Blackhawks that would reduce/refine the Native American imagery, and possibly make it a more proper eponym to Chief Black Hawk.
In the spirit of Mike Ivall’s rework of the main crest, I first addressed the Tomahawk C logo. This was one of my favorite logos growing up, but the tomahawks needed to be modernized to get rid of the stigma of Native American imagery being rendered in a crude manner. I tried to use a decent amount of colors from Chicago’s extensive color palette. Such a range of colors would be nearly impossible to pull off with a modern sports brand, which makes it even more fascinating.
As for a shoulder patch, my research led me to a site where the “Two Wolves” legend, one of my favorites, is attributed to Chief Black Hawk. I started to doodle this idea of a wolf on each shoulder, with a red tuft of hair on top. As much as I was locked into this idea, further research could not confirm that this was accurate, and actually made me somewhat confident that it was flat-out wrong. So I begrudgingly ditched the idea. The more I looked at what I had so far, the more I was convinced of the wise words of Jake Miller (@Jake88Designs), that not every hockey jersey needs shoulder patches.
As for the jersey itself, it’s inspired by the barberpole sets from long ago. I simplified the logo of the 86th Infantry Division (how the hockey team originally got its name) for the breezers. The Chicago script on the helmet is from the Bulls, in particular young MJ from NBA Street: Vol. 2.
Readers, let me know what can be done to improve this idea. Talk to you soon.
– John Elbertson
Thanks John. OK readers (and concepters). If you have some tweaks or concepts, shoot ’em my way with a brief description of your creation and I’ll run ’em here.
from the scoreboard
The game has returned! At least for a trial basis, but I got a lot of positive response to its return, so we’ll see how long we keep this one going.
Today’s scoreboard comes from me.
The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).
This one probably rates a 2 out of 10 on the difficulty scale.
Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):
If you guys like this, and want to continue this as a weekly feature, let me know in the comments below. You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.
Father’s Day 2019
Next Sunday is Father’s Day, and I will be continuing my tradition of posting photos of all the Uni Watch readership “Dads In Uniform” as I have for the past several years.
So, dear readers, I’d love to feature a photograph (please just send ONE) of your father in uniform (it doesn’t need to be a sports uniform — military, sports, work — any uniform will do) along with a short (please try to keep it to 100 words or less) description of your dad in his uniform, or how it relates to him. You can use prior years as a guide to what to say. Even if you’ve submitted before, feel free to do so again.
This is always a very special day and I’d love for as many of you (particularly those who’ve never sent in a photo or description of your dad in his uniform) to participate.
Please send me an e-mail with the subject “UNI WATCH FATHER’S DAY 2019” along with a photo (one picture please) and description, DEADLINE Thursday (June 13) at 11:59 pm. I’ll run all submissions next Sunday, Father’s Day, 2019.
Thanks. Looking forward to it, once again!
No ticker today, guys — sorry. I’m at a bonspiel (that’s a curling tournament for those of you unfamiliar with the terminology) up in Providence, RI. Paul and crew will have a full ticker tomorrow, with any bigger uni news that didn’t make it here today.
Catch you folks next weekend. Have a great week.