By Phil Hecken
Greetings UW readers — I hope everyone had a good week and is doing well this fine first Saturday in June.
Back in April, longtime reader Brandus Foust (aka “Bearly Made”) sent me (almost literally) a TON of MLB/NFL “crossover” concepts — these being NFL teams rendered on baseball jerseys and caps. Each one of the 32 NFL teams contained a file featuring multiple caps (usually four) and jerseys (usually six). So, over the course of a few weeks or months, I’ll be showing off Brandus’ concepts — instead of simply running the one “full” file, I will show each of the different cap and jersey designs so that you can get a deep look at the details. Every graphic below can be enlarged by clicking on it.
He sent me the concepts alphabetically by city, so that’s how I’ll group them for you guys. I asked Brandus for a brief introduction and short writeup of his concepts, so this one will be graphic-heavy but you won’t get bogged down with too much text. I think you’re going to like these. Enjoy!
NFL x MLB Crossover Concepts
by Brandus Foust (“Bearly Made”)
As a sports fan, freelance designer (printer & painter otherwise) & longtime reader (LONGTIME reader, think “Mina H.” long), I’ve always enjoyed uniforms, as well as introspective looks into team identities. Since Uni-Watch has come along, it’s been exciting to see other people be as passionate about the science of the sports uniform, as well as seeing other designers showcase their concepts and talents, yet I never had the schedule or nerve to do this myself. However, with the ongoing pandemic slowing things down considerably, I had some time….and I’m rambling. Long story short, I did a NFL x MLB concept. NFL teams on MLB Hats & Jerseys, simple enough. As with UW’s NA-Free Policy (cheesy shorthand for it, I know), I did my best with Kansas City and Washington.
I imagine people will have some words about “the swoosh”. It bothers me too, but I wanted to remain as true to the product as possible (which also includes removing as many football elements as would allow), Mi Scusi…
All the best and Enjoy,
Brandus Foust aka Bearly Made
If there’s a team most likely to go camo, it would be the Cardinals for obvious reasons. Aside from that, a fairly respectable baseball set from a team that needs an update on the gridiron.
The football version grew on people as the season went on, but the gradient jerseys are just brutal. Replaced with pinstripes and cutoff sleeves, makes for a decent softball top. I think those red vintage tops are just purrdy.
Pretty Straightforward. Although I wanted to showcase the “B” logo a little more, and THERE ARENT ENOUGH WHITE HATS IN BASEBALL!!! (I think they bring a classic look during games, sue me.)
I think the vintage hat and jersey speak for themselves…
Full disclosure, Panthers fan. Aside from a few nitpicks (thinning the shoulders stripes, as to bring the TV numbers back to standard size — if not getting rid of them altogether, “silver britches”), it’s been a solid set since the team’s inception. That said, I had to be a little playful with the blue cap.
Had to add the sleeveless tops, as to not rip off the Cubs entirely. The cursive “B” hat is just special.
Just in time for their new redesign, yet still one of the few teams I only did one hat for. As for the vintage set, two words: Paul Brown.
When your current official logo is a helmet, it doesn’t leave much for hat options, so the “C” will suffice. I personally want a Brownie cap made.
Thanks Brandus! We’ll be back with more of these concepts from Brandus periodically.
Did the Cubs “City Connect” Jersey Leak Online?
Leaked images of the Cubs new city connect jerseys. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/qz86RwzQMk
— Barstool Chicago (@barstoolchicago) June 4, 2021
Late yesterday afternoon, the following tweet started making the rounds on Twitter. It appears to be a leak of the (soon-to-be-released-anyway) Chicago Cubs “City Connect” jersey. While I can’t confirm its legitimacy, it certainly looks legit and fits the pattern of the first three “City Connect” uniforms that have already been released. Both Boston and Miami have already worn theirs, and the crosstown Chicago White Sox are scheduled to wear their City Connect uniforms beginning today.
If this is indeed what the team will be wearing starting next Saturday (when the Cubs are scheduled to begin wearing their CC unis), I think this may be the weakest one so far, but I’ll reserve judgment until the official uni is unveiled.
As you can see, “WRIGLEYVILLE” is the wordmark, rendered in either cream or white, with a powder blue outline, on a navy jersey, with powder blue sleeve piping. Wrigleyville is, of course, a reference to the neighborhood where Wrigley Field is located, and the arching on the wordmark would mimic the mimic the arching on the famous Wrigley Field sign.
Looks like there is a patch on the left shoulder which appears to mimic a CTA transit token (I’m guessing they no longer use those). NOB is rendered in a custom light blue font (which I’m sure mimics something else about Chicago), and appears to be very slightly vertically arched. The number on back is also a custom font, and again, I’m sure it takes its inspiration from something related to Chicago (or northern Chicago). If there are any Chicagoans out there who know more about these visual clues, please do let us know below in the comments.
I’ll wait until this jersey is “confirmed” before giving an additional assessment, and obviously it remains to be seen whether the cap will be rendered in powder blue, navy blue…or something else, and we’ll also have to wait and see if Nike creates specific pants for this one (one would assume the pants, whether they be navy, powder or white, will not be the standard blue pinstripes the team wears at home). There is potential here for a very interesting uniform if Nike doesn’t go the white-pants-route. But again, until anything official is released, we’ll just have to speculate.
I’d love to hear what you guys think of this leak — and what you think of their possible CC jersey.
Guess The Game…
from the scoreboard
Today’s scoreboard comes from David Raglin (although he did not submit it as such).
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.
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June pin reminder: Paul here. In case you missed it on Tuesday, our June pin is now available. With the NBA playoffs in full swing, we’ve decided to go with a basketball theme this month. Our “Official Uni Watch Basketball” pin — similar to the baseball pin that we did in April of last year — comes with my signature and is also the first pin we’ve ever done that doesn’t include green!
This pin is available in a numbered edition of 200. You can order yours here while supplies last.
While we’re at it, it’s worth noting that those two early-July holidays — Canada Day on July 1 and Independence Day on July 4 — are right around the corner. For those who care to celebrate athletics aesthetics while celebrating the holidays, you can get Uni Watch shirts for either holiday (or both holidays!) by ordering now — the Independence Day shirt is here and the Canada Day shirt is here. Thanks.
By Anthony Emerson
Baseball News: During last night’s game against the Yankees, Red Sox P Nathan Eovaldi switched jerseys mid-game to his Memorial Day jersey, complete with the patch (from Ryan Walters). … heck out this Red Sox letterhead from 1950. I wonder how long they kept the “Boston American League Base Ball Company” name? (from James Gilbert). … Phillies ushers and other stadium staff looked pretty fly back in the day (from @YourCarGuyStan). … The Akron RubberDucks, Double-A affiliates of the Indians, wore their Conetown unis for the second half of a doubleheader (from Matt Rashford). … It’s Udder Tuggers weekend for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, High-A affiliates of the Brewers (from multiple readers). … Indiana State wore their home whites despite being the designated road team against Georgia Tech. Tech wore blue softball tops with white pants (from Michael Rich).
College/High School Football News: A blogger has ranked the worst helmets of all time among independent and Mid-American Conference football programs (from Kary Klismet). … Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium will have black end zones for the entirety of the forthcoming season (from Bill Fenbers).
Hockey News: Cross-posted from the NFL section: Bill Belichick rocked a Bruins cap during his presser yesterday.
College/High School Hoops News: Ohio has a new court design (from Kary Klismet).
Soccer News: The blog Museum of Jerseys has a new piece on Portugal’s numbering system during the 1984 Euros. Players chose numbers by drawing lots, leading to some players in “wrong” numbers (thanks, Jamie). … New shirt advertiser for Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin (from Ed Żelaski). … Also from Ed, new jersey for EFL Championship club Nottingham Forest. … Another one from Ed: Trinidad and Tobago have unveiled their new kits ahead of World Cup Qualifying (also from Germán Cabrejo). … On a similar note, here’s a cool piece on how Caribbean nations are refreshing their identities by working with smaller companies rather than apparel giants (from @texastrev). … Canada has unveiled their World Cup Qualifying kits as well (thanks, Phil).
Olympics News: India’s Sports Minister has unveiled the nation’s Olympic uniforms (thanks, Phil).
Grab Bag: This week’s episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast is an interview with Sandra Gray, the seamstress for All Elite Wrestling (from Dane Druis). … In the 2017 comedy The Death of Stalin, costume designers put fewer medals on Georgy Zhukov’s (Jason Isaacs) uniform than what Zhukov wore in real life, because Zhukov wore so many that it was ridiculous.
Uni Tweet of the Day
Looking forward to these today…
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) June 3, 2021
— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) June 4, 2021
And finally… big thanks to Brandus for those MLB x NFL crossovers. Hope you enjoy them.
Happy Birthday to Uni Watch team member Jamie Rathjen, who produces the Tickers that run on Mondays and is also our resident expert on soccer, rugby, women’s sports, and all things UVa-related. Enjoy your special day, Jamie!
Everyone have a good Saturday — remember, besides NBA & NHL playoffs, there’s also the French Open and the Belmont Stakes today, so lots of sports to watch if you’re so inclined, including the ChiSox debuting their “Southside” unis plus the Giants in their Pride-themed uniforms (an MLB first!).