[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul may be popping up here occasionally.]
By Phil Hecken
HurriCanes introduced a new road uniform yesterday, featuring a very handsome white jersey with thin black/thick red/thin black stripes on the sleeves, “CANES” written in a block diagonal font across the front, and the return of the “hurricane flag” pattern near the hem. The sweater will be paired with solid red breezers and white socks, which feature the same thin black/thick red/thin black pattern as seen on the jersey sleeves. I like it a lot — with the possible exception of the shortened (Hurri)Canes wordmark on the front (let’s leave that to the Lightning) … and let’s leave the diagonal wordmark to the Rangers. But other than that, this is a gorgeous looking uniform.
Here’s a look at the full kit:
There’s several small, but important details, on the sweater. I draw your attention first to the shoulders, where the team has added their “Hurricane Warning” flags on a hockey stick logo, which is quite brilliant:
You see, it’s not just a couple flags on a stick — take a look at that again. Check out the negative space between the two flags. See anything?
Yep — that’s the outline of the State of North Carolina. This isn’t a new logo (it’s the logo worn on the current third sweater) — but I’ve loved it since it was introduced. Maybe not quite as great as the FedEx arrow, or the Hartford Whalers hidden H, but it’s pretty great.
There’s another easter egg: contained within the “C” of the “CANES” wordmark are the two nautical flags that constitute a hurricane warning.
The stripe towards the hem also features the return of the repeating storm warning flag(s) in dark red and light red. This element an element of the uniforms from the team’s inception, and appeared on the red, black and white jerseys through 2012-2013. It was removed from the red and white sweaters for the 2013-14 season, but remained on the black sweater through 2017. When adidas took over uni manufacturing from Reebok in 2017, it was removed from the white jerseys entirely. Now it’s back (it did return to the red jersey with their current set):
The biggest change to the uni is of course, the “CANES” wordmark. Why Canes? According to the team,
We are proud of our new word marks that were introduced prior to last season. Our “Canes” nickname is how the vast majority of our fans affectionately refer to us and we want to bring a piece of our fans with us on the road by featuring it as the crest logo.
The team now features three jerseys with completely disparate wordmarks/logos, yet each seems to work well:
Here’s how the team describes the new white jersey fitting with the current set:
This uniform is intended to be a modern take on our classic road jersey by incorporating many updated elements from the 1997 – 2013 models as well as a similar striping pattern to the 2013 – 2019 model. We wanted to create a cleaner look off the most recent iteration with more white showing, a return to red numbers/letters with a black outline, as well as inclusion of some of our most recognizable brand features such as the warning flag pattern in the waistline as well as the reintroduction of shoulder patches featuring our new secondary logo.
The Hurricanes will wear white helmets with this uniform. They feature a 3-D logo (a first for the team, but not the NHL):
This gives the Hurricanes four uniforms now (if you count the Whalers throwback worn last season). While the team hasn’t officially announced its return this year, their publicist hints at a return:
We feel that we now have the most diverse uniform set in the NHL with three uniforms that utilize three different brand assets as crest logos (primary logo, secondary logo, word mark), not to mention a fourth uniform when you factor in our Whalers set. … We’ve released four new uniforms in the last two calendar years which is a high number for hockey standards and, with the exception of the Whalers uniform, we’re really proud that our internal graphic design team has taken the lead on these to ideate and design them all in-house.
Ideate? OK, so it’s press release-speak. I’ve been there. But that sure sounds as if the Whale will make a return to the ice this season. And that’s a good thing.
The back of the jersey features red NOB outlined in black, red numbers (also outlined in black), as well as TV numbers with the same pattern.
All in all, a very nice new uniform, at least in my opinion. I don’t love the truncated (Hurri)CANES wordmark or the diagonal pattern, but other than that, it’s fantastic.
Well done. Readers? What say you?
Hornets Unveil New Purple Pinstripe Uni
Yesterday afternoon the Charlotte Hornets added a new purple pinstripe uniform to their rotation, mimicking the teal and white versions from the last two seasons. Like the teal and white, the new purple uniform harkens back to the design worn by the original Charlotte Hornets.
“After having had teal and white Classic Edition uniforms the last two seasons, it is only right that we complete the set with the purple one this year,” said Hornets President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield. “With this season being the 25th anniversary of the purple uniform’s introduction in 1994, this is the perfect time to bring back a Classic Edition version.”
The 2019-20 season marks the 25th anniversary of the debut of the purple uniforms during the 1994-95 season.
Here’s some additional looks:
As you can see, it’s basically the purple version (which is another harkback) of the previously released white and teal kits, with four thick multi-colored (light blue, royal blue, green and teal) vertical stripes on front and back. “CHARLOTTE” is vertically arched across the chest in white letters, outlined in teal. Numbers (front and back) follow the same pattern. The shorts are solid purple, with white, purple and teal trim as the original, on the hem. There’s also the Hornets logo on the waistband.
With the new purple addition, here’s a look at the three
Classic harkback unis:
The team also supplied a handy-dandy infographic (vomit inducing at worst, hilarious at best):
There’s a couple additional photos here showing more detail.
PRIDE of the Yankees
Normally, MiLB promotions and one-game jerseys warrant only a ticker mention, but this one deserves more space than that.
On August 30, the Staten Island Yankees will again host their annual “Pride Night.” During the game, the team will wear home replica jerseys featuring multi-colored pinstripes as represented in the Pride flag. You Can Play is sponsoring the jerseys, and MiLB Pride “uses the game of baseball to bring communities together and proactively engage and embrace the LGBTQ community with a focus on creating an environment where everyone feels welcome.”
That’s awesome in and of itself, but the real gem here is the jersey: the iconic Yankee pinstripes rendered in the colors of the Pride flag. We NEVER see the pinstripes in anything but navy (unless you go back to 1915). According to Sarah Kogod, who represents You Can Play, “As far as I know, this is only the second time in history the Yankees pinstripes will be seen outside of the navy.”
The jerseys were her brainchild.
“In a brainstorm with the Staten Island Yankees earlier this season, I asked if we could create Pride jerseys with the Yankees pinstripes in rainbow instead of the iconic navy,” she states. “I was aiming high and never thought I’d get a yes, but Will Smith (SI Yankees President and Operating Partner) immediately said yes.”
You can read a bit more about the game here.
Should be a fun evening and great opportunity to see the revered pinstripes in all the colors of the rainbow.
And now a few words from Paul: Hi again. Some quick reminders for today:
1. HQ Sports reminder: I’ll be appearing on a uniform-themed episode of the app-driven trivia game HQ Sports tonight at 8pm Eastern. They’ve told me I have to wear a suit and tie, so I’ll be dressed all fancy and everything. (There was talk of having me wear a Uni Watch Tequila Sunrise Deluxe shirt, which would’ve been fun, but they said I can’t wear anything green because of the green screen. Too bad.)
2. Cycling jersey reminder: You have one more week to get your pre-order in for the first-ever Uni Watch cycling jersey, which you can customize with your choice of number and NOB. The pre-order window will close next Wednesday, Aug. 28, so move fast. Full details here.
3. Anniversary patch price drop reminder: The Uni Watch 20th-Anniversary Patch, which was originally priced at $9.99, can now be yours for only $6.99. Full ordering details here.
4. ITEM! New magnets: Three new Uni Watch logo magnets — our round logo, and the stand-alone winged stirrup with and without a gold border — are now available from StickerYou. You can see them toward the bottom of this page. (Those same three logos are also available as die-cut strickers from StickerYou and also from Teespring.)
That’s it for today. Again, I’m not reading the comments this month, so if you have a question about any of this, feel free to email me.
Now back to Phil with the rest of today’s content. (And please join me in giving him a standing O for the great job he’s doing this month!)
Griffins Jersey Design Contest Update
I wanted to update you quickly on the Griffins Jersey Design Contest.
I received 87 submissions for this contest. As in the past, we’re breaking the designs into four groups, and the first set of submissions will run tomorrow, followed by three more groups to run Friday, Monday and Tuesday. Each group will contain 22 entrants, with the final group having 21.
Readers will be permitted to vote on as many entries as they like, but YOU WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED TO VOTE ONCE. We introduced a new polling mechanism last year, manned by the Great Larry Torrez, and who will be back again this year to monitor it as well. Any suspected cheating and multiple votes will be stricken, so as to ensure fairness for all contestants. Also, like last year, the contestants were randomly placed into four different groups (alphabetized within each group, but chosen randomly), so as to ensure fairness as well.
I will post each day’s entry at 7:00 am (Eastern) when voting will begin and it will end promptly at 11:00 pm each day. The TOP THREE vote getters from each group will move on to the finals (for a total of 12 finalists). Once the 12 finalists have been chosen by you, the readers, the Grand Rapids Griffins will select a winner from those 12. The winning contestant will see his (or her) submission worn on ice by the Griffins, receive a custom-made jersey in their design, and receive tickets to the game in which the jerseys will be worn. I’ll announce the winner on Friday, August 30th.
So be sure to check back here tomorrow, Friday, Monday and Tuesday to vote for your favorite designs. I’ve seen them all and believe me, there are some AMAZING concepts you’re about to see. You won’t want to miss this one. Remember: this was a contest to design a “90s Jersey” — and our submitters did not disappoint!
By Lloyd Alaban
Baseball News: Reds broadcasters last night said rookie CF Nick Senzel has been wearing a pair of cleats OF Matt Kemp gave him earlier this year. Shoes have Kemp’s No. 27 on them. Senzel wears No. 15 (from our own Alex Hider). … Former Orioles IF and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is hosting some youth baseball tournaments at Walt Disney World starting next year. The official press photo from Disney shows Ripken and Mickey Mouse in custom Disney-themed jerseys. Mickey’s jersey includes an Old English “M” (from @ajenkinsCLE).
NFL News: Someone at Thursday’s Packers/Ravens game repurposed an old QB Matt Stover jersey and turned it into a QB Robert Griffin III jersey (from @SimplyMJ42). … The NFL rules changed this year to permit solid color socks of any color (from T Juettner). The Browns took advantage of this rule already by wearing solid white socks with their orange pants (from @TitansUni). … Also from @TitansUni: The Titans are going mono-navy for Sunday’s game against the Steelers.
College/High School Football News: The Sun Bowl is now the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl (from multiple readers). … Kansas State has painted the CFB150 logo to its field (from multiple readers). … East Carolina is bringing back their purple chrome helmets (from Stephen Igoe). … (NYT link) After a serious injury occurred during a game, a Texas high school touch football team is now requiring players to wear soft-shell helmets. … Troy is rolling out some new CARDINAL home jerseys (from Ryan Bohannon).
NBA News: For the latest in new uni number assignments throughout the NBA, check out Etienne Catalan‘s Twitter feed. … The Northern Arizona Suns, D-League affiliate of the — you guessed it — Suns, have a new court design (from Josh Pearlman).
College/High School Hoops News: New unis for George Washington men’s (from Joel Feinberg). … Northwestern is on a European tour through France and Italy, and they’ve altered the colors on their “N” logo accordingly (from Griffin Smith).
Soccer News: In major club news via Josh Hinton: Arsenal is allegedly darkening the shade of red used on their home kit next season. … Club Leon has released a 75th anniversary shirt. … Inter F Romelu Lukaku will wear No. 9 with the club, a number previously taken by fellow striker Mauro Icardi. … Get the latest on other kit news from Josh Hinton‘s Twitter feed, including the many things USL Championship clubs are doing to celebrate Supporters Week. … For even more kit news, be sure to also check out Ed Zelaski‘s feed. … Speaking of the USL: The El Paso Locomotive of the USL Championship have revealed new jerseys (from @El_LBC).
Grab Bag: NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie has revealed his Scooby Doo-themed car for the First Data 500 in October (from Myles Gallagher). … Here’s a website that goes through the history and design of every US flag (national, state, and territorial), including Pantone codes and flag proportions (from Billy Ballas).