By Phil Hecken, with Matthew Drake
Hey UW readers! Hope everyone had a good week, and you and yours are staying safe and sane.
Last weekend, I featured NFL Concepts from Matthew Drake (if you missed that, click here), who graced us with his designs (or redesigns) for the NFL’s American Conference, for the East and North Divisions. Today we’ll look at his concepts for three more Divisions: AFC South and West, and the NFC East. There’s a lot to look at, so let’s go.
I went with a bright red helmet to give the team a more unique and aggressive look, as well as dual-colored striping to mimic the Texas flag and the primary logo.
Red pants would be an occasional option, especially against navy-heavy teams.
I’d also like to see monochrome on occasion.
A “Battle Red” alternate as well as an all-red Color Rush give the Texans a multitude of combos.
I made the stripes consistent across all backgrounds, and made the number font more rounded to match the logo.
Blue pants can be worn at times on the road, as well as the all-blue Color Rush being an infrequent option.
Basically a combination of the team’s past two uniforms, I decided to fully embrace teal as much as possible. I rounded off the edges of the number font to look closer to the inaugural uniforms, and to feel more sleek like a jaguar.
The black alternate has teal numbers and would be meant for primetime games. Teal is the obvious choice for the Color Rush.
Like the Jags, these uniforms are basically a combination of the past two designs for the Titans. The striping is still inspired by a sword but is more subtle about it, eliminating the need for silver.
White pants are included as a secondary option.
A navy alternate could be worn twice a year, and the Color Rush really emphasizes the team’s unique columbia blue.
The uniform design is based on the 1966 Broncos, but with the modern logo and fonts. The orange and royal blue combo also makes a due comeback.
Alternate pant options can be worn on occasion.
A royal blue alternate fulfills the same role as the team’s current primetime navy alternate, and mono-orange remains the Color Rush option.
Kansas City Chiefs
No major changes for the Chiefs, I just tweaked the number font to better match the logo.
I don’t mind Kansas City in monochrome as much as I do most teams, so each of these combos could be worn about half of the time in any given season.
Las Vegas Raiders
Similar to the Chiefs, I just updated the number font, this time to feel more menacing. I also went with silver numbers on the away.
The white pants would only ever be worn against another silver-heavy team such as the Cowboys. The all-black Color Rush creates an intimidating look for primetime games.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers new uniforms immediately became one of my favorites in the NFL, so no major changes. I tweaked the number font to match the “pointy-ness” of the old Agency font, and added the wordmark to the front of the jersey.
This might not be realistically visible enough, but I feel like navy numbers on the Color Rush could add a cool “primetime” feel to the look.
I went with a consistent navy and silver across both uniforms, and decided on a design that combines the best of both jerseys in a simplified manner.
White pants would only be worn against other silver-heavy teams, and the Color Rush goes full-on throwback.
New York Giants
I added the red Northwestern stripes onto the home jersey, and went with blue numbers on the away to maintain a good color balance for both uniforms.
The alternate is a fauxback to the 1955 Giants uniform, and the Color Rush throwback remains intact.
I kept the midnight green, but dropped black in place of more emphasis on silver. The number font is an updated take inspired by the wordmark.
Since silver is already so present in the other NFC East teams, I decided to make the Eagles unique by being the only team to have a silver jersey. Midnight green becomes the Color Rush.
Washington Football Team
I decided not to bother with choosing a name yet for Washington, and just worked with the parts that they have currently. Uniform-wise, most things remain the same, I embraced the two-stripe pattern and went with a custom number font.
Alternate pant options to be worn about half the time.
I liked the athletic gold Color Rush jersey that never made the field, so I kept it as an alternate, but went with all-burgundy for the actual Color Rush.
Thanks, Matt! I’ll be back soon with Matt as we look at the last of his NFL concepts. Readers? What do you think so far?
Guess The Game…
from the scoreboard
Today’s scoreboard comes from Mike Wissman.
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.
The “BEST OF” Kreindler’s Korner
Hey guys & gals. You’ve enjoyed Kreindler’s Korner for several years now, mostly on the weekends, on Uni Watch, but with the recent coronavirus outbreak, Graig’s time is just too precious and he needs to tend to other things besides coming up with a new writeup each weekend.
So, going forward, for as long as the COVID-19 situation is bad in New York, I’m going to run a few “Best of’s” until Graig returns.
Here’s today’s offering:
Subject: Roger Maris, 1961
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 38″ x 52″
This is the first – and so far, only – painting I’ve done of Roger Maris’ famous home run in 1961. It’s also one of my favorite images of the moment. Sure, the poetry of the powerful swing is appealing, but for me, this one is all about the light and color. And I mean that as it pertains to the original black and white photograph too, as it was really easy to imagine how this would look on canvas in full color.
I guess it’s just easy to imagine Yankee Stadium in October on a sunny day: the blue sky with very few clouds interspersed throughout; the shadow of the triple-decked ballpark creeping across the diamond; cigar smoke wafting through the stands, the courthouse looming in right-center – seemingly endless motifs.
In this case, with the home run taking place in the fourth inning, Roger has been engulfed by the shade. And because of the angle of the photographer who took the photo, we see the first few rows of the third-base side bathed in that afternoon sun, creating a nice contrast between his silhouette and the action in the stands. Keeping the latter relatively high-key, comparitively warmer, and softer on the scale of edges, the cool notes of that bluish shadowed figure really work in giving the viewer an illusion of space. The fact that Roger is the tightest part of the painting doesn’t hurt either.
Like so many baseball fans, the footage of him doing the deed is so ingrained in my psyche, and despite the fame and scrutiny that it brought Roger, it’s refreshing to see it in a different light.
Thanks, Graig! You can (and should!) follow Graig on Twitter.
By Anthony Emerson
Baseball News: Kansas City has decked out one of their street cars with a Buck O’Neil-inspired livery (from Brian Hansen). … The Auckland Tuatara of the Australian Baseball League have new unis (from @caliglowin).
NFL News: Ryan Greene was trawling through old CBS archival footage and was able to grab a screenshot of the FNOBs for Broncos o-line brothers Doug and Dave Widell. The video Ryan pulled the screenshot from is here. … Apparently, head coach Brian Flores and “a lot” of others in the Dolphins organization prefer the throwback uniforms (from Mike Chamernik). … The New York Post photoshopped Trevor Lawrence into a Jets uni, but left his facemask Clemson white. “I prefer the white facemask so much more than the black,” says Patrick Sesty. Agreed! … The Iggles will wear white jerseys and pants at the Meadowlands (from Sam McKinley).
College/High School Football News: Ole Miss has teased some flag desecration unis for use today, in addition to a flag desecration field (from Kary Klismet). … Miami is going white-white-orange against Virginia Tech (from Josh Lefkowicz). … UNC is going with Carolina blue throwbacks for today’s game (from Christopher Jacques). … Kentucky is going with the chrome lids for the first time this season, along with blue jerseys and pants. … Sam Boyd Stadium has been decked out in New Mexico paraphernalia as the Lobos prepare to take on Nevada as the home team in Vegas, due to New Mexico’s COVID restrictions (from @roblmo). … The following are all from Phil: West Virginia is going with flag desecration helmets. … Northwestern is going black-white-black. … Illinois is going orange-white-orange. … Arizona is going white-blue-white against USC. … Anderson High in Austin, Tx., uses a soccer substitution board to call plays from the sideline (from David Wiechmann).
Hockey News: University of Nebraska – Omaha announced their captains for the forthcoming season, and the announcement video showed the equipment staff actually sewing the “C” and “A”s onto their uniforms (from Oleg Kvasha). … More Reverse Retro teases from Adidas: Rangers, Capitals, Blue Jackets (each from multiple readers).
NBA News: A bunch of NBA City Edition unis were officially launched yesterday, confirming previous leaks: The Spurs new “fiesta” City Edition unis, the Hornets unveiled a matching court design to their City Edition unis, the Bulls’ art-deco inspired unis, (all from Mike Chamernik) as well as the new City Edition unis for the Pelicans (from Ron Norman).
Grab Bag: As election night became election week, many people — myself included — became fans of MSNBC’s numbers guru Steve Kornacki. And now his trademark Gap khakis are selling out (from Tom Turner). … Did you know Richard Nixon had the Secret Service dress in uniforms? Looks like Tricky Dick got them on clearance from a Latin American dictator (from multiple readers). … I’m still calling it Fairmount Park (from @beerbythepool). … A Canadian political scientist photoshopped four of the country’s most famous Prime Ministers into period-appropriate trading cards (from Andreas Papadopoulos).
And finally… thanks to Matt for the NFL redesigns. I’ll have the final set for you guys in the near future.
That’s it for today — everyone have a good Saturday and I’ll be back with the SMUW Crew tomorrow for your Sunday Morning Uni Watch.