[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through Aug. 25, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]
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By Phil Hecken, with Kyle Evans & CJ Fleck
I’m back, once again, with Kyle Evans and CJ Fleck, who last week brought you a look at half the Premier League — and now they’re back with the remainder EPL for 2017-18. If you’re not familiar with their ratings, Kyle goes on a 0-5 star scale, while CJ is in the “good” or “stupid” camp. You can click any photos to enlarge. Take it away, lads…
Kyle: Manchester City has an updated version of their classic sky blue over white primary, an all-maroon secondary, and a leaked Nike camo third. Beautiful primary, the secondary color is somewhat unique and mostly works, and no thanks again to this camo template. Rating: 5 stars primary, 4 stars secondary, 2 stars third
CJ: Can’t beat the simplicity of either the primary or secondary, though the color choice is odd for the secondary. Both rate a good from me. Camo, on the other hand, is always stupid.
Kyle: United have a red primary that has already been worn over white or black shorts, an all-black secondary with a sublimated pattern taken from a 90’s jersey that is not visible on the field, and a multiple grays third featuring a light image on the jersey of the “United Trinity” – a statue outside their stadium of three famous players who played for the club in the 60’s. The primary look is great with either color of shorts, I’m not a fan of the design on the secondary so I suppose it’s a good thing that it effectively can’t be seen, and as in the case of Everton, I don’t like mismatched grays, but I at least appreciate the historical ties here. Rating: 5 stars primary, 3 stars secondary, 2 stars third
CJ: If it ain’t broke…good primary, push secondary for more 90s shenanigans, and a definite stupid on the third. I don’t like this gray (grey, since we’re talking Brits I guess) phenomenon at all. Especially the multiple shades kind.
Kyle: Newcastle returns to the Premier League and comes with their classic black and white vertical stripes for their primary, a light blue over navy secondary, and a very dark gray and black vertical stripes third with some gold accents. As you may have noticed, I like any looks that are classic to the team, and I like the third more here because black is one of their colors. The secondary is necessary to contrast with opponents, but it’s on the boring side for me. Rating: 5 stars primary, 3 stars secondary, 4 stars third
CJ: I do love the Newcastle primaries, which rate a good from me, but the secondary looks too much like Man City for me. Stupid. As for the third, it incorporates team elements while being a useful change kit, so I’ll reluctantly call it good.
Kyle: Southampton take a step away from their traditional red and white vertical stripes in favor of a red primary jersey with a large white front panel and use the vertical stripes on their navy and teal secondary jersey. It may not be their classic look but I really like the primary look and the color combination on the secondary isn’t my favorite, but the design works. Rating: 5 stars primary, 3 stars secondary
CJ: Southampton out here trying to be mirror mode Arsenal or something with that primary. And giving up stripes? A crime. Stupid. As to the secondary, stripes cannot save you from that color combination. My eyes. Stupid.
Kyle: It’s the classic red and white vertical stripes for Stoke’s primary jersey, and their other two jerseys follow the same template (including collars) and horizontal gradient stripe, but with colors swapped. Great primary and I like the consistency of the other two jerseys, but don’t care much for the gradient although I think it works better on the white jersey. Rating: 5 stars primary, 3 stars secondary, 4 stars third
CJ: The primary is a classic and well executed, including the little touch on the collar. Good. The secondary and third give off an 80s vibe to me, and that’s perfectly fine, even if the evil gradient makes a reappearance. You know I love collars. Good for both.
Kyle: Swansea have a traditional all-white with black accents primary, an all-red with green accents and a sublimated design secondary to match the colors of the Welsh flag (Swansea is the only Premier League team that plays in Wales), and an all-black with gold accents third. Primary could use something else, I would like the secondary more without the sublimated waves and triangles, and black and gold seems to be the third kit trend this year. Rating: 3 stars primary, 3 stars secondary, 3 stars third
CJ: Not a huge fan of the collar designs on the primary and third, but nothing here is too offensive. In this modern world of gradients and shades of gray, that’s a win. Good for all three.
Kyle: Tottenham move to Nike and have a simple white over navy primary, a navy (over white or navy) secondary, and also have a leaked Nike camo third. I really like the consistency with the first two looks, and even without being officially released yet, enough with this camo template already. Rating: 5 stars primary, 5 stars secondary, 1 star third
CJ: Similar templates, similar responses. Classically designed primary and secondary rate a good while the camo corruption continues with a stupid.
Kyle: Watford have a yellow over black with red accents primary, and an all-red secondary using an Adidas template with a slight diagonal black and white stripe on the bottom of the front of the jersey. I’m not sure why, but it feels like something is missing on the yellow jersey, and the red look is so similar to Middlesbrough’s secondary kit last season making it seem more “template-y” to me. Rating: 3 stars primary, 1 star secondary
CJ: I’ve always liked Watford’s combination of colors, but the primary seems to be missing something as Kyle stated. A collar might spruce things up a bit. The secondary is adventurous without being offensive, which I’ll take. Both rate good.
West Bromwich Albion
Kyle: West Brom have their classic white and navy vertical stripes along with navy shoulders and white shoulder piping on their primary jersey, and a white over red with red shoulders/sleeves secondary look. I don’t really understand the cross shoulder piping and the navy accents are off-putting on the secondary. Rating: 4 stars primary, 2 stars secondary
CJ: The garish shoulder piping and contrasting adidas logo on the primary are not enough to make me hate it, but it’s pretty close. Good. Personally, I can’t find anything too wrong with the secondary. As has been said before, I’ll take simple over ridiculous any day. Good.
West Ham United
Kyle: West Ham’s primary jersey is their traditional claret and blue, but with a couple of added features – a darker maroon portion on the top of the jersey representing the crossed hammers in their logo, and the Umbro diamonds design on the sleeves. The Hammers also have an all-black with neon blue accents secondary, and a leaked third jersey which is a “very light blue”. I could do without the extra design elements on the primary, but the overall set of kits work well together. Rating: 4 stars primary, 4 stars secondary, 4 stars third
CJ: I agree with Kyle here on the primary; slightly overdesigned, but still okay. Good. The secondary is a bit boring, almost like a training top of some kind, but it isn’t bad either. Push. That third though, my goodness. A collar and buttons? Clean logo design? Sign me up. Good.
Thanks lads. Great stuff ”” thanks for both overviews!
Today we vote on the third group of contestants for the Grand Rapids Griffins “Fauxback Design” contest. In case you missed it, the contest parameters and rules were laid out here.
I received a whopping 119 Entries in this contest, so the voting will be broken down as follows. Thursday: First 30 entrants (you may click here to view that post); Friday: Second 30 entrants (click here to see that post); Today: Third 30 entrants; and Tuesday: Final 29 entrants. As in previous contests, the submissions will be listed alphabetically. The TOP THREE contestants receiving votes in each group will move on to the final group (for a total of 12 finalists — three from each group), from which the Griffins will make a decision and declare the winner who I will announce on Friday, August 25.
We’re using a new polling system, which we hope will eliminate (or at least drastically reduce) any fraud or shenanigans. You will be permitted to vote for as many designs as you would like, but you may only vote ONCE. As you glance over the designs, be sure to write down the name and number of your favorite(s) and then cast your votes in the poll which follows the submissions. The poll(s) will close approximately twenty-four (24) hours after being posted — the TOP THREE vote recipients will move into the final group (the winner of which will be chosen by the Griffins).
REMINDER: The Griffins set out the following parameters for designing an alternate (fauxback) jersey. Please use them to guide you as you make your decision(s) below:
• Create a brand new design for a Griffins alternate jersey (remember: you are ONLY designing a jersey, not a full uniform).
• DO NOT USE current or previous Grand Rapids Griffins logos or previous Griffins jersey design contest winning logo designs. Your work must be original.
• The jersey color must be red or black.
• This jersey will be part of an ’80s Fauxback Theme Night. If the Griffins existed in the 1980s, what would the jerseys have looked like?
• Use official team colors ”“ CMYK Colors: Red 12/100/92/3, Gray 31/25/26/0, Gold 43/49/76/21, Black 75/68/67/90, White 0/0/0/0.
And now, the third 30 contestants (click any design to enlarge):
1. Jason Mildren
2. Randy Miller
3. Hunter Mills
4. Derek Mohr
5. Greg Montique
6. Alex N2B
7. Laura Nekola
8. Grant Newton
9. Katie Nietling
10. Mark Nolte
11. Charles Norenberg
12. Sean Nowosatka
13. Douglas O’Leary
14. Niklas Otte
15. Jonathan Owen
16. Blake Pass
17. Kevin Pazdernik
18. Bryan Phillips
19. Ryan Plachta
20. Tyler Plachta
21. Clark Rasmussen
22. Melissa Redder
23. Spencer Reynolds
24. Wes Rickards
25. Jason Rogers
26. Taylor Roy
27. Zach Rueger
28. Jordan Santalucia
29. Jacob Saylor
30. Layton Scarbrough
Well, that wasn’t THAT bad…
Last evening, as part of a tie-in with the Little League World Series (LLWS), the Cardinals and Pirates played a game at historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, PA (home of the Williamsport Crosscutters
— the Class-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies). It was also the “test” run for the bright and shiny “Players Weekend” uniforms (which all teams will wear next Friday through Sunday). Thankfully, my last day doing UW (until after Labor Day) is Friday, so this may be the only time I watch a game in which these uniforms are worn. Thankfully, this one wasn’t too bad.
The Pirates and Cardinals each had special caps and jerseys for the occasion. The caps (as we’ve known for some time) were…bright:
— New Era Cap (@NewEraCap) August 20, 2017
The jerseys, also created especially for this promotion were pullovers with color contrasting sleeves — the Cardinals had navy for a base color with red sleeves, while the Pirates were black base with gold sleeves. Each player (well, almost all — some chose not to play along) had NickNOB, and the players were allowed to wear special shoes and socks.
I confess I didn’t see too much of this game, and when I had it on, I was actually doing other things, so I didn’t pay super-close attention, but I have to say it wasn’t a terrible looking game — at least not in the way I had envisioned it. The Cardinals wore their uniforms with gray pants, while the Bucs wore white pants.
— Matt Freed (@mattfreedpghpg) August 21, 2017
— Tribune-ReviewSports (@TribSports) August 21, 2017
St Louis Cardinals looking good in the navy blue pullovers tonight pic.twitter.com/4qTGJd4rWk
— Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) August 21, 2017
— Cut4 (@Cut4) August 20, 2017
While the Cardinals had special caps (if you scroll up, you can notice a tinge of blue outline around the StL, but otherwise they looked like normal red caps. The Pirates caps were definitely a brighter shade of gold, dare I call it yellow? Both teams wore their normal helmets (thankfully), so the Pirates didn’t actually look that different from their regular black tops. Except for the bright yellow sleeves, with with helmets the still looked like the Pirates. Of course, with the yellow caps it was another story.
Some of the players wore funky socks
But most of the Cardinals went with “Cardinals” socks:
The jerseys, aside from being pullovers, had special thick collars in red/white (on the Cards navy) and yellow/white (on the Bucs’ black):
— Majestic Athletic (@MajesticOnField) August 20, 2017
You can also see the special “little-to-big-league” chromaflex patch on the back of the jersey above the NickNOB.
Of course, the bases had the Little League Classic plate on them:
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 21, 2017
The players also had a special patch on their right sleeves where they could write the name of someone who “inspired” them growing up.
— Pirates (@Pirates) August 21, 2017
— Matthew Moranigans (@social_media_o) August 21, 2017
Special bats were allowed in the game (I saw a couple Pirates players with bright yellow bats) but by far the coolest were Cardinals bats painted to “match” their hose:
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) August 20, 2017
Both teams watched LLWS games earlier in the day and then those LLWSers all came to the big league park to watch the MLBers play their game. After the game, the Cards & Bucs adopted a “Little League tradition” and did a whole “nicegamegoodgame” handshake/high five, which I have to admit, was pretty cool:
— Pirates (@Pirates) August 21, 2017
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) August 21, 2017
If you can handle the “homemade” highlights, there is some good video of the game here:
Lots more photos of the game here.
This would have been a very cool thing if it were one night only and just between these two teams. But with three FULL days of this coming up, with all teams involved, many of them wearing ‘barely’ team colors, I’m not looking forward to that.
More info on the colourful uniforms being worn tonight in the Cards-Pirates game… league wide next weekend
— Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) August 21, 2017
And luckily for you all, I won’t be around to
bitch write about it.
But as long as I have you, what did you think of this?
The Franchise Returns Home
Besides the solar eclipse, today is the 40th anniversary of Tom Seaver’s first appearance at Shea Stadium in a Reds uniform after the June trade which sent him to Cincinnati.
I got a wonderful note from Bill Moss the other day in which he captured, on his own camera (with film!) the return of Tom Seaver to Shea. I’ll let Bill take it from here:
Here’s … a Super 8mm film I made that day. It includes general scenes of Shea Stadium before and during the game, and shots of NY Mets players Jerry Koosman (36) , Ed Kranepool (7), John Stearns (12), Steve Henderson – who was acquired in the Seaver trade (5), and Manager Joe Torre (9). Cincinnati Reds include manager Sparky Anderson (10), Johnny Bench (5), Dan Driessen (22), Ken Griffey (30), and Pete Rose (14). Lindsey Nelson can be seen doing the pre-game show in the WOR-TV booth. Karl Ehrhardt, the popular “Sign Man” who was a fixture at Mets games in the ’60s and ’70s is in his regular spot on the third base line. There was a big crowd that day, more than 46,000.
Seaver pitched a complete game, defeating Koosman and the Mets 5-1. The boxscore and game summary can be seen here.
My mother and father are also in film. She was so upset by the trade that she refused to wear a Mets cap, and insisted that my father buy her a souvenir Reds batting helmet before the game. He passed away in 2008, and she almost exactly a year ago. It’s nice to see them both looking so young and healthy!
Sorry for the poor video quality. The film itself is clear, sharp and vibrant. It was shot in Super 8mm, so there is no sound.
Thanks so much, Bill — this was awesome — and a very sad trip down memory lane for a then-eleven year old who didn’t quite understand the machinations of baseball and how our favorite stars could be summarily dismissed. It bonded New Yorkers (or Mets fans, anyway) in ways heretofore unknown, and cemented in our hearts what we’d always suspected: that M. Donald Grant was
a piece of shit the greatest villain in Mets history, a sentiment which most Mets fans of a certain age still share to this day.
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: Sonny Gray is still using his Oakland glove with the Yankees. He wore #54 in Oakland, he’s #55 in NY (from David Feigenbaum). … On Saturday, umpires took the field wearing white wrist bands to protest escalating verbal attacks on MLB umpires. Here’s more on that. The Tigers’ Ian Kinsler wasn’t happy about that (from Stephen Santangelo). … On Saturday, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers had small antlers added to the TR logo because it was Milwaukee Bucks Night (from Zach Loesl). … Also from
NFL/CFL News: Check out this photo of the Argos and Alouettes, send in by Wade Heidt. He notes (1) The Toronto Argonauts wore white at home; (2), they introduced solid light (Cambridge) blue socks which they haven’t worn for about a decade; and, (3) the Montreal Alouettes wore an alternate uniform combination of their road blue pants with the red jerseys. … “Jeremy Zuttah used to wear #53 for the Ravens,” notes Andrew Cosentino. “However, he was traded to the 49ers earlier this offseason. He has since been cut by the 49ers. Subsequently, the Ravens signed him. Unfortunately, his #53 was taken by undrafted rookie linebacker Bam Bradley, so Zuttah will now wear #64; this was the number worn by the recently retired John Urschel. My gut tells me that Zuttah will eventually wind up back with #53 before the season starts.” … There is an NFL helmet/uni related moment in this “technical difficulties incident that plagued part of the opening moments of the Eight Is Enough episode ‘Ten Ships in the Night’ (Season 4, Episode 4) on WLS Channel 7,” from Ray Hund. … The Houston Texans have removed their blue end-zone fill (from Garret Heinrich). Here’s a good before/after (from Patrick). … Since they don’t have socks with actual stripes the Cleveland Browns have updated their uni graphic to show solid color socks (from Luke Corbett).
College Football News: Paul’s college preview is coming Wednesday, but my pal Clint Richardson has just published his yearly post documenting every uniform across all levels of college football. Be sure to check that out! … The Virginia Tech Hokies are getting a new 3D bumper on the back of their helmets (from Andrew Cosentino). … Harding University has a new alternate uniform (from DallasEmpire78). … I’d have to agree with this tweet (from William). … New helmets for Mercer (from Bo Childers).
Hockey News: The Erie Otters unveiled new uniforms. Wade Heidt notes they showed off their new white jersey and gloves, and it “Does appear that their yellow jersey with the same template is becoming their new primary dark jersey. The yellow jersey had been an alternate previously. Red has been removed as a trim colour.” … Looks like new Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc Andre Fleury is wearing his old Penguins sweater inside out at practice (from The Goal Net). … New mask for Cal Petersen (from Denis Costello).
NBA News: What would happen if every team were the Toronto Raptors? Not following? OK, check out this Reddit (from Mike Chamernik). … There is already a movement underway in Akron to keep the Chosen One in Cleveland (h/t Jimmer Vilk).
College Hoops News: Here’s a terrific time-lapse of Virginia Tech resurfacing the basketball court floor (from Andrew Cosentino). … “I thought you might enjoy this photo I came across from 1977,” says Nic Waldron. “It turns out Marquette wasn’t even the only college basketball team in their own city rocking an off the wall look. Across town, the Milwaukee Panthers not only had their own untucked tops. They also featued a FNOB across the bottom!”
Soccer News: “We have a NNOLT (Nickname on Lineup Tweet),” says Greg Franklin “‘Ox’ = Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Note that his actual NOB is ‘Chamberlain’.”
Grab Bag: Terrence Crawford went into the ring wearing a red Nebraska Cornhusker jersey with the number 140 on it, before the title bout with Julius Indongo, writes Richard Giron. He adds, “around the same time the 49ers debuted their Nebraska jersey (sarcasm) against the Broncos.” … Here is “a link to the reveal of new athletic logos for my wife’s alma mater, Freed-Hardeman University,” says Wade Harder. “It’s a nice little one minute video that shows close-ups of sketches, the embroidery of the new logo, and finally, the reveal.” … Winston-Salem State University unfeiled a “fierce” new logo & mascot (from James Gilbert).