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Good Sunday morning, Uni Watchers. I hope your Saturday was a good one!
This afternoon and evening we have what many — myself included — feel is the best weekend in the NFL: the AFC and NFC Championship Games. All the excitement of the Supe without all the (mostly superfluous) pomp and circumstance which surrounds the big game. KC visits Baltimore in the early game, followed by Detroit at Santa Clara to top it all off. I’ll have my picks based on better uni later this morning.
But first, I’m once again joined by UW pal/designer Casey Vitelli, who has teamed up with ProLine to create what is being called the “NBA Rewind Series” (described below), and we’ll have Part One of that series today. It is a pretty fun and well-designed set of NBA jerseys, and as the name implies, will be creating jerseys based on some of the classics worn by NBA teams in the past. Enjoy!
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At ProLine we wanted to create a new template with a classic cut, and we’ve always been fascinated by the vintage NBA jersey designs like the ones from the Hardwood Classics line by Mitchell and Ness, so we opted for something with that look and feel. Whenever we finish 3D modeling and move on to the Photoshop templating we go through a testing process by mocking up various designs. During that process we had an idea to mock up vintage designs with modern branding elements. Normally our testing samples don’t see the light of day, but we thought they were so fun we decided to expand it into a public series with all 30 NBA teams. It was like watching basketball history merge with the present. Now, we’re eagerly waiting to see how other designers utilize our template to create their own interpretations of these classic designs and more, adding their personal touch to a piece of basketball heritage. Today’s featured designer is Casey Vitelli.
NBA Rewind Series (Part I) by Casey Vitelli
Based off the design used from 1970-1972
Based off the design used from 1951-1968
Based off the New York Nets design used from 1972-1981
Based off the Charlotte Bobcats design used from 2012-2014
Based off the design used from 1969-1973
Based off the design used from 2005-2010
Based off the design used from 1980-1991
Based off the Denver Rockets design used from 1967-1971
Based off the Fort Wayne Pistons design used from 1948-1949
Golden State Warriors
Based off the design used from 1988-1997
Based off the design used from 1975-1995
Based off the design used from 1985-1990
Los Angeles Clippers
Based off the Buffalo Braves design used from 1971-1973
Los Angeles Lakers
Based off the Minneapolis Lakers design used from 1948-1958
Based off the Vancouver Grizzlies design used from 1995-2000
We wanted to create a more vintage NBA jersey template to allow users to mockup designs with a retro vibe akin to the cut that Mitchell and Ness currently use for the Hardwood Classics line. When it came time to test we thought it would be fun to bring historical styles to life using current team branding, so Casey got to work and made some really fun and interesting stuff. We look forward to seeing what other designers create with this unique template.
Thanks, guys! Very cool takes on some classic NBA jerseys. I’ll have Part II in the very near future.
Guess the Game from the Scoreboard
Guess The Game…
…From The Scoreboard
Today’s scoreboard comes from Chris Hickey.
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.
Guess the Game from the Uniform
Based on the suggestion of long-time reader/contributor Jimmy Corcoran, we’ve introduced a new “game” on Uni Watch, which is similar to the popular “Guess the Game from the Scoreboard” (GTGFTS), only this one asked readers to identify the game based on the uniforms worn by teams.
Like GTGFTS, readers will be asked to guess the date, location and final score of the game from the clues provided in the photo. Sometimes the game should be somewhat easy to ascertain, while in other instances, it might be quite difficult. There will usually be a visual clue (something odd or unique to one or both of the uniforms) that will make a positive identification of one and only one game possible. Other times, there may be something significant about the game in question, like the last time a particular uniform was ever worn (one of Jimmy’s original suggestions). It’s up to YOU to figure out the game and date.
Today’s GTGFTU comes from Jimmy Corcoran himself!
(Jimmy notes that Jimmer Vilk is not allowed to play.)
Good luck and please post your guess/answer in the comments below.
Craig Brown's 'Threads Of Our Game'
Threads of our Game…
Got an e-mail yesterday from the great Craig Brown, who runs the fantastic Threads Of Our Game website. If you’re not familiar with it, the primary focus is on pre-1900 baseball uniforms and related ephemera.
This may be the best team photo EVER — 1896 Detroit
Hello baseball historians,
Team photos are baseball treasures, especially from the 19th century. The faces of the players, some hopeful, some haggard, tell many stories. The heavy flannel uniforms, the old-school equipment, the soft natural lighting — these all make for enchanting images.
Even so, it was up to the photographer to compose the scene, set the background and instruct his subjects. It’s clear that photographer Clarence M. Hayes of Detroit was a master at all of this.
Remarkably, Hayes may also have been the first to ever photograph the Detroit “D.”
“Here’s some pictures of the Rockies jerseys in the new template.”
From those photos, it appears the team is keeping their same basic look from the pre-Nike days.
As you can see from the photo of the purple alternate, the Rockies (like all teams) will have the same radially arched NOB, and it’s located beneath the MLB logo. I think this new look is something that will definitely take some getting used-to.
…that’ll do it for the early morning lede. Big thanks to Pro Line Mockups and Casey Vitelli sharing the first part of the NBA Rewind Series! I’ll have Part 2 soon. Hat tip also to Craig & Parker for their contributions to this post.
I’ll have at least three additional articles this morning (plus the Ticker), so be sure to keep checking back. And of course, if there’s any breaking uni news early today, I’ll have that as well.
Everyone have a good Sunday — and enjoy the Conference Championships today — and a great week. I’ll see you all back here next Saturday.