[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest entry from Marc Mayntz, who’s put together a fun little design project. Enjoy. — PL]
By Marc Mayntz
Fan bases of a particular team often refer to themselves as “[team name] Nation,” a trend that I believe began with “Red Sox Nation” in 2004 and has since spread throughout the sports world. It’s an overused trope, but it got me thinking: A nation needs a flag, right?
And there went that weekend. Before I knew it, I’d created a “national flag” for each of the NFL’s 32 teams. I tried to stick as closely as possible to the North American Vexillological Association’s five principles of good flag design:
- • So simple a child can draw it from memory.
• Meaningful symbolism.
• Only two or three basic colors
• No text or seals
• Be distinctive
For this project, I added an additional guideline: no cutting/pasting of the team’s logo, no matter how distinctive or simple.
With those principles in mind, here is the inaugural NFL Parade of Nations:
Taking inspiration from the Arizona state flag, the 11 cardinal/white stripes all converge at a single point, much like the 11 players on a team need to focus on a single goal.
The vertical black bars harken back to the original Falcons logo, while the red triangle stands in as a modified “A” for Atlanta.
A modification of the Maryland state flag using Raven colors, using a reflection of the Lord Baltimore banner of arms.
The red “charge” of the charging blue buffalo is repurposed as a diagonal stripe while the mostly white field matches the team’s current helmet and Buffalo’s snowy weather.
The star from North Carolina’s flag parallels the crescent moon of South Carolina, with the silver diamond representing the Charlotte metro area that straddles both states.
The orange stripes match the striping found on the Bears’ uniform sleeve. The three 6 pointed stars from the Chicago city flag replace the “GSH” perma-memorial.
The three parallel Bengal stripe “waves” represent the Ohio River flowing just outside Paul Brown Stadium and coordinate with the waves on the Cincinnati city flag.
The orange outlines the Ohio state burgee-style flag, while a stylized “CB” sits at the center of the triangular orange field. The three brown stripes represent the three main associations to which the Browns have belonged (AAFC, NFL, AFC).
The horizontal stripes match the most iconic uniform set in the NFL (silver helmet, white top, silver-green pants).
Reversing and offsetting the Colorado state flag’s “C” creates a “D” for Denver. The interior of the orange letter is the classic Elway-era blue.
The five-pointed star roughly points to the directions from Detroit of the five Great Lakes, represented by the Honolulu blue sectors. The white/grey background is divided in the same proportion as the areas of the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan.
Green Bay Packers
A silhouette of the Lombardi Trophy’s football is centered on an evenly divided yellow/green field.
An extreme closeup of the Texans’ longhorn.
The only square flag in the collection, with the checkerboard pattern paying homage to the Indy 500 as well as to the eight counties that surround Marion County.
The teal stripe represents the St. John’s River that bisects the city. The seven gold diamonds correspond to the seven bridges that span the river.
The white triangle acts as a more generic arrowhead to represent Kansas City’s tremendous home field advantage, while the red and yellow trapezoids represent Missouri and Kansas.
Los Angeles Chargers
Two lightning-shaped stripes (one each for Los Angeles and San Diego) divide white fringes from a light blue field.
Los Angeles Rams
The two shades of gold represent Los Angeles (top) and Cleveland (bottom), while the resulting “arch” from the Ram horns represents St. Louis.
Las Vegas Raiders
The silver silhouette of the Raiders logo centered on a black field.
Aqua stripes cross behind an orange sun in the same pattern as the Florida state flag. The sun has 14 flares, commemorating the team’s perfect 14-0 season in 1972.
A Scandinavian Cross for a Scandinavian team name.
New England Patriots
A blend of the American and New England flags. The six stars and stripes represent the 6 New England states (and, for now, the team’s number of Super Bowl wins).
New Orleans Saints
The exception to my cut/paste prohibition, with the fleur de lis centered in a flag similar to the French tricolor.
New York Giants
Big blue with red and white fringes. The five grey stars represent the five boroughs of New York City.
New York Jets
A futuristic jet shape modified from the team’s 1978-97 helmet logo fills the white field.
White triangular eagle wings surround a green keystone with a silver background.
An empty black field next to the red, yellow, and blue hypocycloids on a white field to simulate the Steelers having a logo on only one side of their helmet.
San Francisco 49ers
The red oval contains seven seven pointed stars, giving the flag 49 total star points. The gold field is for both the helmet and the gold that inspired the original Gold Rush 49ers.
The stripe pattern mimics the team’s logo. The green star is placed at upper-left to represent Seattle’s location as the NFL’s northwestern-most team. The star has 12 points, representing the Seahawks’ famous “12th man.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The grey and pewter sword point divides the red and orange sections of the flag.
The diagonal stripe shows the general direction of the franchise’s moves, with Nashville represented as the red star.
The three stars from the DC flag are contained in the triple stripes of the commander rank insignia.
Paul here. Interesting project, right? Obviously, some of Marc’s designs work better than others, and some of his “storytelling” is pretty silly (often intentionally so, I’m guessing), but he also has some good ideas here. Fun stuff!
By Lloyd Alaban
Baseball News: Here’s a photo of Atlanta P Phil Niekro in an 1870s-style uniform to celebrate the centennial of the National League in 1976 (from Austin Gilllis). … Also from Austin: Here’s a young Junior Griffey in an Atlanta uniform — a team he never played for professionally. The photo is from the late 1980s, when his dad played for Atlanta.
Football News: MLS’s NYCFC played their CONCACAF Champions League match at UConn’s home football stadium, Rentschler Field, last night. Even though the football season ended months ago, ghosts of the gridiron markings could still be seen (from John Muir). … With the Seahawks trading QB Russell Wilson to the Broncos yesterday, Wilson will continue to wear his Walter Payton Man of the Year jersey patch in Denver, as Payton winners get to wear the patch for the rest of their careers, regardless of team.
Hockey News: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder wore an Avalanche sweater on his way to the arena on Sunday (from Kary Klismet).
Basketball News: Cross-listed from the hockey section: Thunder G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wore a Colorado Avalanche sweater on his way to the arena on Sunday (from Kary Klismet). … Actor Will Ferrell took some warm-up shots with the Warriors last night in character as Jackie Moon, whom he portrayed in the 2008 film Semi-Pro, complete with a throwback uniform and warm-up jacket (from Josh Claywell).
College Hoops News: Black vs. grey for Wright State and Northern Kentucky men’s last night (from Jacob Russell). … A few Bryant men’s players had square white patches on the back of their white jerseys last night. Anyone know what that’s about? … Wagner men’s head coach Bashir Mason wore a jersey on the sidelines in honor of injured G Elijah Ford, who tore his ACL and lateral meniscus in his right knee last month (from Andrew Cosentino).
Soccer News: Here is the NWSL’s North Carolina Courage’s new shirt for this season (from multiple readers). … Scottish club Aberdeen’s women’s team will play at the club’s Pittodrie Stadium for the first time on March 26 (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … New shirts for the Oakland Roots of the USL Championship (from Ed Zelaski). … New shirts for Brazilian side Internacional (from @HitTheGlass). … Cross-listed from the football section: NYCFC played their CONCACAF Champions League match at Rentschler Field, home of UConn’s football team, last night. Ghosts of the football field’s markings could still be seen (from John Muir). … New outfitter for the Italian national teams which are changing from Puma to Adidas (from Germán Cabrejo). … Following up on an item from yesterday, here’s more on Arsenal’s red shorts (from Dave Ciskowski). … The remaining items are from Kary Klismet: Spanish club Cádiz wore International Women’s Day-themed kits on Sunday. … Barcelona made the center circle on its pitch into a women’s symbol. … New home kits for the Wales and Scotland’s women’s national teams. … New third kits for Paraguayan side Guaireña FC. … New away kits for Hartford Athletic of the USL Championship. … New away kits for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of Korea’s K League 1. … Mono-black for Swiss Super League side F.C. St. Gallen last weekend.
Grab Bag: The head of the Central Russian Bank wears brooches that presumably symbolize her thoughts on the Russian economy (from JohnMark Fisher). … A school in Llandudno, Wales, has adopted a new costumed mascot based on the area’s wild goats that famously roamed the town during the Covid lockdown in 2020 (from Kary Klismet). … Here’s a fun look at the various shades of red that have been used over the years for Super Mario’s red shirt (from @dbrown_50).
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What Paul did last night: Last night I went to a small theater and watched four women — one of them wearing Spock ears and a Spock wig — take off all their clothes and read from science fiction books for about two hours.
This was the latest installment (but the first one I’ve attended) of the Bare Book Club, an ongoing series of themed readings by naked women. It’s ridiculous and absurdist and sexy and nerdy, all of which is the point. The sci-fi texts being read ranged from the classic (a sequence from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451) to the obscure (a 1952 short story about time travel and a butcher shop, called “The Good Provider”). Photography wasn’t allowed during the naked portion of the show, but the four participants posed for a clothed group photo at the end. A fun night!