By Phil Hecken
On Friday and yesterday, there had been some speculation that the new Dolphins alternate jersey would be orange, and some additional chatter that the new alternate would be revealed at noon yesterday.
In a bit of a let-down, the Dolphins revealed they would be sporting a 50 seasons patch:
But, they also announced they would not be wearing an orange alt, but a throwback, showing what appears to be their first jersey (at least the blue one is), via this tweet:
We will be wearing throwback uniforms against the Giants. Uniforms will be unveiled and go on sale in July. pic.twitter.com/bPV5ybH5lT
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 9, 2015
If you didn’t recognize the player on the right, that’s Frank Emanuel (who played four seasons for the Dolphins, but is wearing #50, which ties into their 50 seasons theme):
So — depending upon how Nike produces these throwbacks (and assuming they will be the dark aqua color), they could be pretty sweet. As you can see, both from the SI cover and from this training camp photo, the original dark unis appear a lot darker blue than the lighter/slightly greener aqua they wore more recently and now. I think the actual color is closer to this, but it’s still darker than the current color. The darker blue is also confirmed by the GUD (it could be the darker blue was only worn in the preseason).
Of course — the Dolphins could also go with a white throwback, since they didn’t specify which one they would actually wear (also, I believe they Dolphins will be required to wear this alternate for five seasons, so it will be interesting to see if they choose the white throwback). I have no knowledge, of course, but I’d bet they go with the blue.
It would have been nice if they had revealed the uniforms yesterday, instead of teasing them.
According to Paul (and other sources), the Dolphins were supposed to be doing the alternate jersey unveiling next Wednesday — now they’re putting that off until July. That’s disappointing (especially given now that the alternate won’t be just a orange version of the blue/white jerseys). Of course, the Dolphins do have a white helmet still, so swapping on the original stripes and logo won’t be a problem.
Are you guys more pleased with a throwback or an orange jersey? And, given the limitations of recreating throwbacks from 50 seasons ago (no sleeves, much tighter cut, different materials, etc.), do you think Nike can pull it off?
Happy Mother’s Day
Of course, you know there will be plenty of pink at the ballpark today (in the past it’s been shoes, sweatbands, bats, ribbons) so I’m sure there will be more of that today. If you’re taking mom to a ballgame today — well, you got a great mom.
To all the mothers out there, Happy Birthday.
by Rob Holecko
Well, we’re back for one final hurrah here in the Spring 2015 season – it’s time to crown two last champions of 2014-15 and put a bow on this year’s UWFFL competitions.
In our international segment, the La Lega Internatiozale di Uni Watchers Fantacalcio, it’s Adam Cain’s New York Sharks, who had the best record in the league all year long, facing Andrew Seagraves’s Metallurg Petropavlavsk-Kamchatsky in World Bowl XVI.
New York has preferred to wear white at home this season, their first in La Lega, and it has proven successful. They cruised through the regular season with a 14-2 mark, 3 1/2 games better than the next best team at 10-5-1. After playoff victories over Barcelona and Stockholm, the Sharks as the #1 seed find themselves with home field advantage and uniform choice in the title match.
Metallurg Petropavlavsk-Kamchatsky went 9-7, winning the Pacific Division on the final weekend of the season, and were the #3-seed in the playoffs. They wore purple at home in their Quarterfinal win over Amsterdam, but debuted a sharp-looking orange uniform set in the semifinal match against #2 seed Leipzig. Upsetting the Locomotiv, they find themselves now in the title game here against the Sharks.
For World Bowl XVI, the Sharks will stick with their white home uniforms, while Metallurg will again wear the orange uniforms they found success with in the last round. Both teams are wearing the World Bowl logo patch on their jerseys.
Our final competition drawing to an end this week is our tournament-within-a-tournament only for our Canadian Teams, the Maple Leaf Cup. Reaching the title game are the British Columbia Lumberjacks and the Calgary Alpines. Calgary, like New York, is another white-at-home team, and they again break out their white jerseys over red pants for the Championship match. British Columbia is going with their green-over-silver alternate look which was successful this season.
Both teams are wearing the Maple Leaf Cup logo patch on their jerseys as well.
For those of you who submitted potential expansion teams to compete in the UWFFL, the time is now here to prepare for the Summer Developmental League. On Thursday May 14, we will announce the alignment and format for the Developmental League, and the first games will begin the weekend of May 23. There are many teams battling out for few spots in the Fall UWFFL leagues, so competition will surely be fierce this summer. Later this summer we also will be expanding the La Lega Internazionale to 24 teams and may have a Uni Watch contest to decide a few expansion teams, so stay tuned.
For any of you who didn’t get to design and submit a team before this year’s March 31 deadline, in a few months we will open up a new group and begin accepting expansion candidates for the 2016 year.
We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.
Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.
And so, lets begin:
First up today is Robert Siergiej who wants to fix the Peyote Coyote throwbacks worn by Arizona:
Not quite satisfied with the Edge-ified Coyotes throwback, I realized that it could be tweaked to produce a jersey that better emulates the original Phoenix jerseys. It seems that after eight years, we’ve moved to the point where teams don’t have to be so constrained by a few specific templates.
Because the actual jerseys have curved shoulders and sleeves at an angle, the shoulder piping could be done straight across. I’ve also added a wider collar.
I’ve also done a little editing of a photo of the actual throwback to see how my tweaks would look.
And here’s a comparison of the details with the original:
Rob wasn’t done with his Coyote tweaks however:
Based on Mike Engle’s comment last Friday, I decided to take a shot at adding some green to the Coyotes’ modern look. His idea included adding outlined numbers, so I added those too.
I’ve got two variants – one with the modern fonts, and one with the Coyotes’ original font. Personally, I found the latter easier to work with – the Coyotes’ current fonts are a pain!
And we close today with Bill Reese who has a new look for the Red Bulls:
One day somebody will buy the New York Red Bulls of MLS and re-brand them. Many Red Bulls fans feel the same way. I’d have them wear these jerseys under the monicker Metro 96 S.C.
Thanks for all you do, and for reminding us that we’re not alone in our uni obsessiveness.
Bill. Brooklyn, NY
Let’s go Metro!
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
Each Saturday or Sunday, Alex Gerwitz will be tracking the kit combinations (shirt/shorts/socks) of the teams in the English Premier League from the previous weekend and the current weekend.
Here is the EPL tracker for Weeks 35 & 36 (click to enlarge):
for the Ticker
Got an e-mail from Tristan Ridgeway, entitled, “From Opie Taylor to Greg Brady” and which is in follow-up to some comments from UW earlier this week.
There is a slideshow below, if you can’t view slideshows, click here.
As a follow-on to Matt Shepardson’s ticker offering about an old ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ episode (The Ball Game; Oct. 3, 1966) featuring Opie Taylor’s Little League uniform, attached are some screengrabs from a ‘The Brady Bunch’ episode (The Dropout; Sept. 25, 1970) featuring Greg Brady’s Pony League uniform. You can make out the Pony League patch on his left shoulder, and the number 53 he wears on the back (as tiny as it is!) was also the uniform number of Don Drysdale, who guest-starred in the episode. (Trivia: When Greg returns from the baseball game, entering the kitchen, his uniform is filthy. When dad Mike goes to talk to him in the boys’ bedroom, the uniform is completely clean.)
Thanks, Tristan. Great Stuff.
OK. Now, onto the ticker…
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: The Cubs were the Cubs yesterday (thanks to Leon Frager), as Jonathan Herera wore the wrong gray top. And here’s the evidence (from Christopher Overholt). Who had the over/under at 15 games before that screwup happened? …There is lots to love in this Ogden Dodgers photo of Buckner, Lasorda, Garvey, and Valentine (nice find by Douglas Ford). … Also from Douglas, which is cooler? The contrast of the crooked bill Al Oliver’s cap under the straightness of his helmet OR that hip “SCOOP” necklace? … Check out this Astros Style Uni — that’s Myers Park HS in Charlotte, NC sporting their version of the Astros sunrise jersey (thanks to Joshua Edney). … The St. Louis Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles, of course) have a pretty nifty website through the team’s historical society (from Mike Chamernik). … John Daly served up cocktails at US Cellular Field on Friday night, and he wore a customized jersey for it. Says submitter Mike Chamernik, “The 91/95 represents the two years in which he won Majors.” … Yesterday’s ticker mentioned that Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is wearing a “44” on this catching helmet. Interestingly enough, he’s also wearing “44” on his batting helmet. Submitter Matt Connelly asks, “Any idea who ’44’ is?”
NFL News: According to this ESPN article, we can expect less white, and more navy blue on the Titans this season. … Looks like the Steelers will again be wearing the “bumblebee” throwbacks again in 2015.
Hockey News: Ryan Callahan had a torn jersey and was forced by the referees to change on the bench (from Nick Hanson). That’s the before – here is the after. … “Just sending an awesome hockey pic (too bad about the excessive patches). Penticton Vees vs Portage Terriers at the Canadian Junior A Hockey Championships,” writes Jim Wooley. “The Terriers could do without the Black but other than that these both look great. Was always a fan of the North Stars look. We need more green in hockey!”
Grab Bag: “Did we know that Batman cleats were a thing?” asks Cassian Wykes. “(This) photo is from a New Hampshire lax game I attended today.” Here is a link is to the seller of such shoes. … “The Grizzlies really should think about updating their logo banners at the FedEx Forum,” says Jeff Shirley.
OK — that’s going to do it for this Mother’s Day. Everyone enjoy it. I’ll catch you next week. Thanks to Alex, Rob and the concepters as well as those who sent in for the ticker.
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