By Phil Hecken, with Matthew Drake
Hey boys and girls, how’s everyone doing today? Good thing nothing big happened this week. Hope yours was a good one. I’m absolutely physically and mentally fried myself.
Back when the pandemic was just beginning in March and April, today’s featured artist, Matthew Drake, share with us a number of Major League Baseball redesigns, which seemed to be quite well-received by the readership. I asked Matthew at the time if he had any NFL redesigns, as I wanted to run those during the football season (if there was one). Well, with just a few fits and starts, we have made it about halfway through the football season, so I wanted to begin running his concepts while we’re still following the Sunday gridiron hijinx. Like the recently-run concepts by Bowen Hobbs, there are lots of graphics for each team, so I’m going to be running these in smaller sets. Today we’ll take a look at the AFL East and North Divisions.
Lets get started:
The number font is a modified version of the Seahawks font, and a simplified striping pattern gives the Dolphins a clean, sleek look. I also combined the shape of the previous dolphin logo with the design of the current one.
New England Patriots
New York Jets
This is one team that I completely redesigned, the “cape” design around the collar comes from the 1967 Steelers, inspired by @oldschoolvikings on SportsLogos.Net. The helmet has a black and purple “sparkle” effect to it, similar to the old Jags helmet, mimicing the sheen of a raven’s feathers.
The all-black creates a menacing primetime look. This might be too bold, but I think the gradient effect could work better for the Ravens than it does for the Falcons, so I decided to implement that for the Color Rush.
Thanks, Matt! I’ll be back soon with Matt as we look at some more of his NFL concepts. Readers? What do you think so far?
Guess The Game…
from the scoreboard
Today’s scoreboard comes from Charlie Fogg.
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:
Subject: Honus Wagner, 1902
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 16″ x 22″
Like a multitude of baseball card collectors, I’ve always been fascinated with the T-206s. A card set that was dispersed by means of cigarette and loose tobacco packs, it circulated between 1909 and 1911. Consisting of 524 cards through 16 different brands that were owned by the American Tobacco Company, the set is best known for including a card of Honus Wagner, which to this day is widely considered the Holy Grail of the card collecting industry. The rarity (and story behind that rarity) of the card accounts for its desirability, which was a hot item among early collectors of the set merely a decade or two after its release. The most expensive example to ever sell fetched almost three million dollars, still the most ever paid for a baseball card.
The appealing part of the set to me lays in the images used in the lithography process. The majority of the studio portraiture came from the lens of the Swedish-born Carl Horner, a photographer who was based out of Boston, MA. One of the earlier lensmen of the sport, his depictions of players from the Deadball Era were known for their striking clarity and rich tones. In addition to finding a home in the world of baseball cards, Horner’s work also appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and board games that were consumed in those first decades of the 20th century.
When I started getting serious about painting portraits of baseball players, I was immediately drawn to those same images that were used to create the T-206 set. I had always envisioned having a gallery show displaying paintings of just those subjects found in that issue – kind of a life-long project. I didn’t want to just paint the faces of these men as they related to the cards, especially considering many of the colorful pastels found in the backgrounds – though those motifs lent themselves nicely to the card designs, I was after a more true realism. It was my goal to try and mimic what it was that Carl probably saw in his viewfinder when he himself took these portraits: polished faces of tough men in their clean uniforms, lit by a northern skylight and backed by a simple muslin curtain, seemingly gazing into the ether.
The Wagner painting was my first attempt, and definitely not my last.
Thanks, Graig! You can (and should!) follow Graig on Twitter.
By Anthony Emerson
Baseball News: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Double-A affiliates of the Marlins, have partnered with St. Johns River watchdogs St. Johns Riverkeeper and the state government to offer Florida drivers a Jumbo Shrimp license plate (from @904craftbeerdad).
NFL News: Packers G Elgton Jenkins wore a mask under his helmet during the final play on Thursday night. It wasn’t there for the entire game, as Jenkins had donned it ahead of the post-game handshakes and mingling. … More punishments dropping for mask violations: Steelers HC Mike Tomlin has been fined $100,000 and the team $250,00 for mask violations against the Raiders (fr0m Mike Chamernik). … ESPN has a nice piece on the revival of quarterbacks wearing No. 1, ahead of the Tua/Kyler showdown (from Nicklaus Wallmeyer). … Also from Nicklaus: The Seahawks have filed a trademark for the phrase “Let Russ Cook“. … Here’s a shot of then-Niners QB Jim Plunkett still wearing Patriots shoes on the sidelines. … New Saints wordmark? “I recently signed up for a virtual 5K run the New Orleans Saints organize, and I received my t-shirt and medal the other day,” says Rich Loup. “Note the wordmark for “New Orleans Saints” in the medal picture.” He adds, “I didn’t think much of it until I got this promotional email from the Saints today with the same wordmark.”
College/High School Football News: DKPittsburghSports posted a photo of players at Penn State practice appearing to wear rugby scrum caps over their helmets. Odd (from John Dankosky). … NC State QB Bailey Hockman was wearing a Russell Wilson patch during last night’s game (from Danilo Roman). … Southern Miss is going black-grey-white with a stars-and-stripes helmet decal. … Mississippi State’s “flying M” helmets will be worn today. … So remember those grey camo unis Indiana was supposed to wear this weekend? Turns out that’s not happening, due to a lack of contrast with Michigan’s away unis (thanks to Phil and Mitch Purcell). … Marshall is going with white helmets and green jerseys today, with a camo pattern in the helmet decal (from @RL_Ely). … Nike and Texans QB Deshaun Watson have donated uniforms honoring George Floyd to Alabama’s Yates High School, where Floyd graduated in 1993 (from Timmy Donahue).
Hockey News: This pic of new Blue Jackets C/LW Max Domi in Blue Jackets practice gear is also our first look at the new Blue Jackets pants (from Wade Heidt). … Michigan Tech has announced they will reveal a fifth sweater sometime next week (from Shane Brown).
NBA News: The Sixers will reveal their new “City Edition” uni next week, and they’ve brought Allen Iverson back to help with the launch (from @UntillTheNight). … Here’s an immensely satisfying video of the resurfacing of an old court in Sioux Falls’ Sanford Pentagon (from Greg Enkers).
Soccer News: New home kit for Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys — which, as an aside, is my single favorite football club name in the world (from Ed Żelaski and Germán Cabrejo). … Southampton FC have added poppies to their corner flags ahead of Remembrance Day (thanks, Jamie). … UNC men debuted new GFGS unis ahead of last night’s match against Duke (from James Gilbert).
Grab Bag: Have we ever featured an English muffin anniversary logo before? (from John Cerone). … Also from John, a correction to an article we posted on Thursday: Under Armour’s shift away from wholesalers does not impact the promotional products industry. … Whole Foods has banned Canadian employees from wearing poppies, causing an uproar in Canada (from Michael Sullivan).
And finally… thanks to Matt for the NFL concepts.
2020 sure has been fun so far, huh? What a week. But…lots of college football today (including the return of the PAC-12 and the Oregon Ducks! — so PAC-12 & Duck Tracker Dennis Bolt will make his long-awaited return tomorrow on the SMUW) to take our minds off of…well, everything.
You guys stay safe, sane and well, and I’ll catch you tomorrow with the SMUW crew and a full rundown of today’s gridiron uni-action!