By Phil Hecken
How’s everyone this fine Sunday? Hope all is well and you’re staying safe! If you missed it yesterday, I’m hosting my annual “Dads In Uniform” Father’s Day special again this year — details below. Please feel free to send in a pic of your dad, uncle or grandpappy in uniform!
Now then, today’s lede (yes, it’s more concepts — apologies to those who aren’t into all the concepts I’ve been running, but as you know, with the whole COVID-19 sitch we have a dearth of uni news at all, and nothing really lede-worthy) is a joint effort by two graphic artists I’ve actually hosted on here before. One of those is Mike Joseph (who you “met” a couple weeks ago and whose work I’ve featured on here before) and the other is Stefan Vasilev (who was one of the first artists to grace us with crossovers). They’ve teamed up to create some alternate helmets for the NFL — and some of them are out there. It’s food for thought — most teams in the NFL rarely change helmets, and of course, until the one-shell rule is lifted, most won’t be wearing anything different for a while. But…what if they could? And yes, I know the old axiom: “Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should” — but what the hell, let’s have some fun.
So without further ado, let’s see what Mike and Stefan have cooked up. You can click on any of the images below to enlarge (initials by the helmet indicate which creator designed the helmet).
NFL Helmet Concepts
By Mike Joseph & Stefan Vasilev
We put our FieldFlex Helmet Template to the test and redesigned every NFL team’s helmet. We even did some twice! Relax – they’re just concepts.
Some logos and wordmarks were popular alternates found on Google images and did not have artist credit available. Some other logos and workmarks were wholly or partially designed by UniMockups friends and collaborators Nick Mueller of MLR Studios and GamePlan Chicago’s Tom O’Grady and team.
Arizona Cardinals (MJ)
Kyler wants something different? Here it is. Wordmark by Nick Mueller.
Atlanta Falcons (MJ)
Classic red with modern logo and forward movement.
Baltimore Ravens (MJ)
Leaned into purple (sorry, Paul) with a great logo by Nick Mueller.
Baltimore Ravens (SV)
Stefan wanted to maximize use of space with bold logos for all of his designs.
Buffalo Bills (SV)
Break the mold of helmet design with a forward moving design.
Carolina Panthers (MJ)
Can’t be Carolina without the blue. Wordmark by Nick Mueller.
Chicago Bears (MJ)
My only gradient and brought the GSH from the sleeve to the helmet with a white mask to pop.
Cincinnati Bengals 1 (MJ)
Less busy, sleeker stripes, slightly dirty orange like tiger fur. Wordmark by Nick Mueller.
Cincinnati Bengals 2 (MJ)
White Tiger seems obvious. Nick and I have been planning this for months (uni coming soon).
Cleveland Browns (SV)
Make the Browns helmet brown and take the classic stripes and repurpose them in an unexpected way that again indicates forward movement.
Dallas Cowboys (MJ)
The white star on a dark helmet has always spoken to me. It just pops.
Denver Broncos (SV)
Again, maximizing space and suggesting motion was key, using only two main colors for a sleek look.
Detroit Lions (MJ)
Out with silver, in with official lion color #DECC9C according to Wikipedia.
Green Bay Packers (MJ)
It’s hard with these classic “untouchable” looks but I like the idea of a green helmet over the yellow so I made it work.
Houston Texans (SV)
Such a great logo deserves a bold treatment.
Indianapolis Colts (SV)
The horseshoe as a C seems like an easy move to make and it fits the helmet shape perfectly, much like the Rams horn. [Yeah, but what about the other side???? — PH]
Jacksonville Jaguars (SV)
Big cats = big logos = big plays.
Kansas City Chiefs (SV)
Nothing crazy here, just bigger and more upward movement like an arrow flying.
Las Vegas Raiders (SV)
The swords form a V for Vegas.
Las Vegas Raiders (MJ)
Another untouchable look so I just had fun with the Vegas move and added a stylized spade.
Los Angeles Chargers (SV)
A tweak on a near perfect design. Not much else can be done here.
Los Angeles Rams (MJ)
Leaned in to the new bone color with the royal base and a wordmark I created for a previous concept.
Miami Dolphins (SV)
The details get lost with the small dolphin, and a little black trim really pops here.
Minnesota Vikings (MJ)
Imaging a viking helmet with the horns turned upward with a forward tilt, like a bull. When the head goes down, the horns become a weapon. [So, art kinda imitates NFL life then? — PH]
New England Patriots (SV)
TB is gone to TB. A bold new look for a new era.
New Orleans Saints (MJ)
Black and gold on white just looks beautiful, especially with the new fleur-de-lis and wordmark by Nick Mueller.
New York Giants (MJ)
NY is not enough. The Yankees and Jets both use it. Let’s go with the TV abbreviation of NYG with a strong mark.
New York Giants (SV)
Big and bold like NY itself. [I think this is the point were Jimmer Vilk will remind us the Giants actually play in New Jersey — PH]
New York Jets (MJ)
Full protective visor concept with logo design by Tom O’Grady’s team at Gameplan Chicago. To my knowledge we have the only template on the market with the full visor option that the NFL may use when play resumes.
New York Jets (SV)
Something totally new and fresh – jetstreams because the Jets have already passed you by.
Philadelphia Eagles (SV)
An unexpected move and enlargement of the wing creates a unique, striking look.
Pittsburgh Steelers (SV)
Repurposing of the “steel” colored ring as a top stripe and mask color and removal of the large, white circle modernizes a classic look.
San Francisco 49ers (MJ)
I always loved this alternate logo and wanted to see it on a helmet. I hated when the 49ers forced black unis, but for some reason I liked black the most with this logo.
Seattle Seahawks (MJ)
This might be the one I would want to happen the most in reality. These colors need to come back.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (MJ)
White helmets make sense in Tampa. This look merges two eras and brings Bucco Bruce back ever so discreetly.
Tennessee Titans (SV)
Are we detecting a theme here? Big, bold, use of space.
An easy way to create one of the best looks in the league.
Think you can do better? Pick up the UniMockups FieldFlex Football Helmet Mockup (PSD) template and show us what you’ve got.
Be sure to enter our State Flag Helmet Design Contest while you’re at it!
We’re also offering design services for those who don’t have Photoshop or don’t know how to use this stuff — good for coaches, etc. Looking to have UniMockups design a custom helmet for you? Click here.
Thanks Mike & Stefan! Clearly, none of these helmets are going to happen — although there are definitely a few I wish would (looking at you Seattle, Atlanta & Balto!). But this was definitely a fun exercise and the graphics were of course, splendid.
OK readers? What do you think! Please let the designers know in the comments below.
Guess The Game…
from the scoreboard
Today’s scoreboard comes from Mike Styczen.
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).
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!):
Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.
The “BEST OF” Kreindler’s Korner
Hey guys & gals. You’ve enjoyed Kreindler’s Korner for several years now, mostly on the weekends, on Uni Watch, but with the recent coronavirus outbreak, Graig’s time is just too precious and he needs to tend to other things besides coming up with a new writeup each weekend.
So, going forward, for as long as the COVID-19 situation is bad in New York, I’m going to run a few “Best of’s” until Graig returns.
Here’s today’s offering (click to enlarge):
Subject: Los Leopardos de Santa Clara, 1923
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 30″ x 48″
The 1923-24 Leopardos de Santa Clara are considered one of the best Cuban clubs of all-time. The team boasted National Baseball Hall of Fame members José Méndez and Oscar Charleston (perhaps one of the greatest all around players in the history of the Negro Leagues and probably baseball history as a whole). Also featured were Cuban Hall of Famers Alejandro Oms, Pablo Mesa, Ghost Marcelle, Eustaquio Pedroso, Esteban Montalvo, Julio Rojo and Pedro Dibut. And, lets not forget Negro League standouts Dobie Moore, Dave Brown, Frank Duncan and Frank Warfield. This stacked club went 36-11, and won the pennant by 11.5 games over Habana.
This painting is one of only handful team shots I’ve attempted, and though it wasn’t as complicated as the 1927 Yankees monster, it definitely had its own challenges. Like Murderer’s Row, there was a ton of pinstriping to handle, all of which had to follow the forms of these guys, undulating and folding in space. Thankfully, it only included about half of the number of players the Yankees image did, so in that regard it wasn’t as brutal. But unlike Yankee Stadium, I found that everything other than the players was pretty spartan.
Pictured in La Boulanger Park in Santa Clara, it’s obvious that the places these teams were playing in had more of a feeling akin to the American ballparks during the early 20th century. Additionally, I was dealing with a bit of a different climate situation than that of the states. I did my best to illustrate sub-tropical temperatures, and though trade winds can provide some relief from heat and humidity, I wanted to make sure that there was moisture in the air. That feature is probably most noticeable in the modulation of the color temperature of the grass as it recedes into the distance. Also, the very soft edges augmented that feeling.
Overall, I am SUPER happy that I was able to paint this formidable club, and hopefully was able to do them the justice they deserve.
Thanks, Graig! You can (and should!) follow Graig on Twitter.
Father’s Day Is Coming: Next Sunday is Father’s Day, and I’ll once again be posting photos of Uni Watch readers’ “Dads In Uniform,” a tradition that began in 2013 (and has continued in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and last year). This is always a very special day, and I’d love for as many readers as possible to participate — especially those of you who haven’t done so before.
I welcome those who have submitted before to do so again — and this time, I’m going to allow readers to send in photos of their Grandfathers or Uncles (sorry, no brothers — maybe next year). So if you have a photo of your grandpappy or uncle in a uni, please send it in!
To take part in this annual tradition, select one photo of your father (or grandfather or uncle) in uniform (it can be sports, military, work — as long as it’s a uniform) along with a short description of 100 words or less (refer to my prior years’ entries to get a feel for the style of the descriptions). Then email the photo — again, only one, please — and text to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Uni Watch Father’s Day 2020” by this Thursday, June 18, midnight Eastern. I’ll run all of the submissions next Sunday. Thanks!
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: Looks like Cherry Creek HS in Denver, whose teams are the Bruins, has appropriated a Cubs logo for their baseball uni sleeves (from Perry Sailor). … A great announcement yesterday. Youppi! will be inducted in the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, IN. Wade Heidt explains: “There of course was the decision for Youppi! about what team to represent when he is inducted. He will be wearing a Montreal Canadiens jersey for the occasion instead of a Montreal Expos hat.” … Apologies if this is a repeat, but the Tulsa Drillers have unveiled their uniforms for the 2020 season. … Nice little painting update from Andy Brown, who continues his magnificent work during the COVID-19 pandemic. … Pretty sure Paul has written about this one a few times, but Lou Whitaker forgot his uni for the ‘85 ASG (from Goat Jerseys). … Also from Goat: “Watching the ‘85 ASG in the Metrodome. Totally forgot the base lines were red, white, and blue.” … “In watching some 1968 World Series video, this gets even more fascinating. While McLain started Game 1 with the number on his right sleeve. By the 5th inning…” writes Lou Griffel. “By the 5th inning he appears to have switched jerseys and the number is now on the left sleeve!”
NFL/CFL News: How do you feel about the Philadelphia Eagles “unofficial retired” jersey numbers? … Nice throwback to 1980 here, with the Edmonton Eskimos wearing slightly re-jigged jerseys, with an EE on the arm and the Alberta 75 crest (from Vintage Oilers). … Baker Mayfield will absolutely kneel down during the national anthem (from Paul). Looks like JJ Watt will as well. … I can’t believe Paul retweeted this! … Paul’s tweets are embedded in this article acquainting new Las Vegas Raiders fans with the team’s uniform history.
College Football News: A guest columnist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette is advocating for the name of Duke Slater, Iowa’s first black All-American, to be added to Kinnick Stadium’s name in the wake of allegations of racial insensitivity and unequal treatment within the football program (from Kary Klismet). … Liberty Football honored the 75th anniversary of D-Day invasion in 2019 with a one-game special helmet. On the side of the helmet are decals with the faces of 21 men who made up the “Bedford Boys”, in memory of their sacrifice (from Blaise D’Sylva). … Also from Blaise: LSU football
wore numbers on their helmet from ’57-’71. During that time there were three number styles. ’57, ’58-’64 and ’65-’71. … Kent State players will get to wear their area codes on their helmet bumpers (from Colin Ferrell).
Hockey News: The author of this article firmly believes that there are five throwback jerseys (for the Pacific Division) that absolutely need to return.
NBA & College Hoops News: Someone, in their infinite wisdom, decided it would be necessary to rank the five best jerseys that LeBron James ever wore. … Former Murray State star Ja Morant is asking a Kentucky judge to remove a Confederate monument in downtown Murray (via Paul).
Soccer News: MLS will allow teams to sell advertising patches on players’ shorts, an initiative to help organizations offset considerable losses amid the shutdown caused by the novel coronavirus (WaPo link). … Next weekend, AFC Bournemouth “Cherries” will be sporting a new look as they take to the pitch looking for three points against Crystal Palace. The team will be wearing the 2020/21 home shirt for the remainder of the season, with Vitality taking over the front of shirt advertising for the next nine games (from Chris Edwards, Ed Żelaski and Josh Hinton). … Irish football club Cork City FC, which plays in the League of Ireland Premier Division & is known as the Rebel Army, has banned the Confederate battle flag (from Timmy Donahue). … Check out this neat Fortuna Düsseldorf kit to commemorate their 125th anniversary (from Frederick Eloy Vaughn). … Jeremy Brahm observes, “interesting thought on the pre-match photo, how do you it with social distancing? J.League is having warm-up matches before restarting season and this shot happened.” … The Richmond Kickers have released a Pride jersey (via Paul).
Grab Bag: Vancouver cannabis dispensary Herbs “R” Us will need to get a new name and logo. A federal judge ruled Herbs “R” Us Wellness Society has used Toys “R” Us’s registered trademark in a way that damages the goodwill attached to it (from Wade Heidt). … Looks like the US Army has throwback unis(?) (from NY is Blue). … The city of Pittsburg KS has asked the public to vote on new city flag. Members of the public can pick from 3 designs (from Timmy Donahue). … Also from Timmy: The Army’s new ‘pink and greens’ are coming to new soldiers in 2021; Soldiers graduating Basic will receive the new uniform. All Soldiers will have until 1OCT27 to make the switch. … One more from Timmy: Florida Sheriff office bans ‘Thin Blue Line’ logo, citing ‘stigma’ and need for uniformity.
And finally… big thanks to Mike & Stefan for their helmet concepts. I’m not a helmet guy by any means, but a couple of those were really, really good. What do you guys think?
Don’t forget Father’s Day — scroll up for the deets on this year’s post (I’m including all dads, uncles and granddaddy’s so long as they’re in uniform). It’s a favorite of a number of readers and I’m happy to continue the tradition!
Everyone stay safe this week, and I’ll be back here again next Saturday.