By Phil Hecken
We made it! Today we will look at (and vote upon) our finalists for our latest contest — to reimagine an XFL jersey if the team (and league) were still in existence today. All the details for the contest are here, and if you missed it, the first set of entries are here and the second set are here. I’d like to again thank our partner, Steve Rosenbeck of Garb Athletics for providing the winner of the contest (as selected by you, the readers) with a custom jersey based upon the winner’s submission.
I took a screen shot yesterday of the second round of the voting which you can view here — congratulations to our second three finalists: Ben Polizzi, Hix Myrick and George Miller. Their submissions have been added to the first three finalists (Aaron Jaffe, Sergio DaSilveira, and Michael Candelmo), who advanced last weekend.
With that, lets look at the submissions from our six finalists. The submissions will be listed alphabetically. Click to enlarge. Descriptions (if any) will be provided below the submission.
Good luck to all (and thanks to everyone who participated!). For this round of voting you may vote for ONLY one submission (and remember the rules stipulate you’re considering the jersey only) — so make sure you pick the best! The winner will be declared next weekend!
1. Michael Candelmo – NY/NJ Hitmen
This is my submission for the reboot of the NY/NJ Hitmen. I removed the team’s original royal blue, leaving a minimalist Black and White look to emulate the new logo of the Hitman in Helmet I designed. The helmet is a simple block H in white white Black graphics and facemask. The H is represented on the chest of the jersey. There’s no color-rash here.
2. Sergio DaSilveira – San Francisco Demons
I chose the San Francisco Demons because they were by far my absolute favorite XFL identity in all of the XFL. I’m absolutely sure that if by some miracle they were still playing today, they would completely push the envelope and take full advantage of all of the modern uniform trends…good and bad: chrome face masks, iridescent chrome numbers, metallic helmets, sublimated patterns, BFBS, bright fluorescent accent color, monochromatic uniforms, and a whacky helmet pattern…Enjoy!!!
3. Aaron Jaffe – Memphis Maniax
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4. George Miller – NY/NJ Hitmen
I’ve attached my New York – New Jersey Hitmen, Richard “The Ice Man” Kuklinski edition jerseys for the XFL contest. Are they politically correct? – No. But then neither was the XFL.
5. Hix Myrick – San Francisco Demons
Here’s my entry. Perfect for Halloween.
6. Ben Pollizi – Chicago Enforcers
These Chicago Enforcer threads pay homage to Chi-town Police and Swat. A bulletproof vest with updated Chicago Police Department badge and modified name/number, Sillitoe Tartan on the front/left shoulder [gold/black pattern for team captains (sheriffs) and white/black for all other players]. The sleeves mimic the actual CPD uniform with the Chicago flag on the right and Enforcer-style patch on the left. The inside of the collar reads “We Serve and Protect”. Why Urlacher? Because no one else looks more like a cop. Just because: Riot helmet + light blue combat pants [with holster and baton stripes]. Hope you dig!
Once again — good luck to our finalists. Reminder to our readers: you may vote for only one design, and you can only vote once, so choose wisely! I’ll close the voting down on Tuesday night so (hopefully) Steve can begin work on the winner’s jersey in time for a video/pics next weekend.
Irish Throwing Back To Knute
Due to having a lot of Saturday content, I really haven’t previewed any NCAAFB unis this season, and most of the throwbacks, one-offs and other assorted
clownsuits one-and-done unis this season haven’t been all that great. But I’m actually really looking forward to seeing how Notre Dame handles their “Knute Rockne” throwback uniforms, which they’ll be wearing today against Navy.
Now, up until Under Armour took over both schools uni contracts, a typical game between Navy and Notre Dame looked like an intersquad scrimmage, but recently it’s been a bit easier to tell the teams apart. Not much, but a bit. That all changes today.
Notre Dame will be wearing these faux/throwback unis meant to replicate (as best as is possible) the uni worn back in Knute Rockne’s day. While the jersey and pants aren’t all that special, the helmet is what sets this one apart:
As you can see, they’ve attempted to sublimate the helmet straps that were prevalent when Knute and Notre Dame rocked a leather bucket. Up close, it looks pretty cool — we’ll have to see how it appears on the field.
ND isn’t the first school to try to replicate a throwback hat — Texas A&M did it with pretty pretty good results. On the pro level, the Washington football team also attempted a fauxback leather bucket, with decidedly less impressive results.
The rest of the uniform, if they were truly throwing back, would look like this, but obviously, it won’t. Here’s how UA approximates the tribute uni:
And of course, since UA also makes shoes, they’ve designed a special cleat for the game:
These, too, are meant to approximate the cleats worn during Rockne’s day.
You can get more looks at the uni in this video (which also explains all the
crap special elements on the uni):
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) November 17, 2017
As with any special uni, I’ll need to see how it looks on the field, but I am looking forward to this one. We all know that some fauxbacks don’t always look that great on the field. Here’s hoping these look better.
By Anthony Emerson
NFL and Pro Football News: The Browns will blow the dust off their brown jerseys for Sunday’s game against the Jags (from Robert Hayes). … The Packers are pulling out their Acme Packers throwbacks for this weekend’s game against the Ravens. Here’s a cool video featuring the “First Lady of the Packers,” seamstress Marge Switzer. More pics here (from Jeff Ash, Randy Koehn and @JohnnyOleven). … The Richmond Roughriders of the newly-launched American Arena League have released their uniforms (thanks, Phil). … The Massachusetts Pirates of the National Arena League (a different newly-launched arena football league) have released their helmet and primary logo (from Paul Miles). … This is perhaps the best license plate I’ve ever seen (thanks to everyone who sent that in).
College/High School Football News: Steve Johnston sends along this video about Northwestern’s throwback uniforms from a few weeks ago. … Youngstown State is wearing military appreciation uniforms against Missouri State. Robert Hayes provides us with a better look at them. … Also from Robert Hayes: Pitt is throwing it back against Virginia Tech. … The following are all from Phil: Clemson is wearing all purple for Military Appreciation Day. … Ole Miss is going with blue helmets, red jerseys and white pants for Senior Night. … NC State is going all white with a red helmet against Wake Forest, the same set as last week. … UNC is wearing Carolina blue helmets and jerseys with white pants against Western Carolina. … Louisville is going all red against Syracuse. … Tulane is going all green against Houston. … And here’s what Houston will wear (from @igTXSalazar). … Shepherd University is going blue over white against Findlay. … Rutland High School of Macon, Ga., took logo inspiration from a couple sources (from Jordan Daniels).
Hockey News: Also posted in the NBA section: The Wizards’ Mike Scott has a huge NHL sweater collection (thanks, Phil). … Ohio University wore camouflage alternate sweaters for Military Appreciation weekend. Here’s the back. Those uni numbers probably got lost in the camo.
NBA News: The Pacers wore their Hickory alternates for the first time this season last evening. … Cross-posted from the NHL section: The Wizards’ Mike Scott has a huge NHL sweater collection (thanks, Phil). … Alibaba (a Chinese Internet retailer) is selling counterfeit Nets gear even as its owner seeks to buy a stake in the Nets (thanks, Phil). … The band Lucero had a Grizzlies-inspired sticker for their Memphis show (from Wayne Jones). … The Wisconsin Herd, the G-League affiliate of the Bucks, played a game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee last night, and the Bradley Center added advertisements of Herd sponsors to the Bucks court (from Zachary James Loesl).
College/High School Hoops News: Loyola Chicago have the Missouri Valley Conference logo on the front of their shorts, and it seems unusually large. Compare it to Wright State’s Horizon League logo patch in the same place (from Thomas Juettner). … FSU debuted their new blue alt uniforms last night (from @fernycordal). … UConn’s new Nike PK80 jerseys are not getting the best reviews (thanks, Phil). … Florida will debut their new orange jerseys next week against Stanford. … Michigan State’s new PK80 uniform sets have been released (from Jerry Kulig). … Southern University worse some pretty terrible shorts during their visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium (from Zack Fowler). … New Home (Tx.) High School basketball have unveiled their new uniforms. A little Louisville inspiration there, no?
Soccer News: VfB Stuttgart wore special all black kits for yesterday’s match against Borussia Dortmund. The kit was design by 0711 Künstlerkollektiv – a Stuttgart collective of musicians and artists (from Anthony Zydzik). … Brazil’s 2018 World Cup change kits have been leaked. … England’s World Cup primary kit has been leaked as well. … If the United States had made the World Cup, their World Cup change kits would’ve looked like this. … Nike and Adidas are unsurprisingly dominating the kits of the 2018 World Cup participants, with 22 of the 32 teams wearing either Nike or Adidas. … Next season’s Manchester United away kit will be pink. … Puma is being criticized for the quality of their Arsenal replica kits, as the sponsor logo peels away from the shirt. It’s a feature, not a bug! … Milwaukee Torrent of the National Premier Soccer League have launched their 2018 kits (from Ed Żelaski). … Detroit City FC are selling a retro-styled pennant in honor of their Midwest Regional Championship (from Alex Dewitt).
Grab Bag: Douglas Stark reports that the patrol cars of the Oak Creek (Wis.) Police Department use the Rutgers ‘Scarlet Knight’ logo. … James Lee Gilbert sends along a cool story about how Bellingham, Wa., designed their new municipal flag. … The government of Doncaster in the UK sought the public’s input for names for the town’s new snowplows, with predictable results (from Jim Vilk). … MLB recently released a highlight video on Carlos Beltran’s career, and one of the highlights shows Beltran, hitting left-handed, wearing a right-handed batter’s helmet (0:14). Says submitter Mitchell Barbee, “I was surprised the ump let that happen.”