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Miami Dolphins Re-Design
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There's another contest being run by the Uniwatch column on espn.com, this time to re-design the Miami Dolphins.  Word has it that the team is going to unveil a new logo next year and possibly uniform modifications, so Uniwatch columnist Paul Lukas has challenged his readers to submit Dolphin re-designs and see if they can come up with something as good or better than what the Dolphins will eventually reveal.

My starting point was to come up with a logo that went in the opposite direction of current trends -- instead of going meaner, tougher and more realistic, I went more cartoony and fun.

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While the direction everyone is anticipating in the new logo is to get the silly football helmet off the head of the Dolphins' logo, but I went in the other direction, keeping the helmet and adding a football and a stiff-arming pose.

Now, my actual preference would be for the Dolphins to stick with their original design (with a few modifications), but I didn't see much point in submitting a minor revision on the team's old uniforms so went for something a little more dramatic.  I wanted to play up what I think is the defining characteristic of the Dolphins' uniform, the aqua primary color and the orange trim. So I went with a version of what I'd give the Houston Oilers if they still existed and played up the aqua color the way the Oilers used to play up their light-blue color.

The opposing teams in my drawings are a version of the Oakland Raiders that adds gray as a primary color to their existing silver and black, and a take on a future L.A. Jaguars team with a color scheme of deep yellow and light yellow, trimmed in gold and blue.