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Discussing the Best and Worst of Sports Uniforms

Dallas Mavericks Uniform
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Here's my entry in the uniform contest being run by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban...

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I came up with a wordmark that turned the "A's" in "Mavs" and "Dallas" into little cowboys, then added a mascot on the trunks that's a cowboy dribbling the ball down the court. I was envisioning a gold-and-brown color scheme that for me would have fit the maverick theme, but Mark wanted to see designs in colors similar to what the team has worn, so I took its former green-and-blue colors and livened them up with a bright lime green.  One thing I usually go for in my designs is eye-catching color (I shoot for schemes that would make the team instantly recognizable during SportsCenter highlights) and this was where my instincts took me.  Very reminiscent (though not intentionally) of an alternate uniform the Atlanta Hawks wore in the early 1970s.

OPPOSING TEAMS: Facing the home Mavs is a re-worked version of the Miami Heat. I wanted to try a sky blue-and-orange color scheme and I decided I couldn't let the dreaded singular team name "Heat" stand, so I renamed the team the Miami Oranges. Of course, no such makeover is remotely possible, but it's fun to imagine a world where such a thing could actually occur.  (My brother Bill designed a football team back in 1967 called the Florida Oranges and I take my inspiration for this team name from that.) The road Mavs are facing the San Francisco Warriors in a re-design loosely based on their great uniforms of the mid 1960s, complete with trolley car on the shorts.

Indiana Pacers Re-Design
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In illustrating my Seattle Sonics retro concept a couple months back (http://tombierbaum.livejournal.com/11144.html), I tossed together for an opposing team an idea for the Indiana Pacers that I really liked and I decided I had to give that concept center stage in its own entry.

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The starting point was remembering a toy race car I had as a kid that was a light gold color and had a couple stripes of black-and-gold checkers. That design flashed into my head and I quickly realized it best fit the Indianapolis Pacers (as I did with the Minnesota Vikings, I'll rename my re-designed team after the city, following what used to be the consistent practice, rather than naming the team after its entire home state). As I thought through this design, the idea of a "Pacers" logo that looked something like a checkered flag popped into my head and after a few sketches, I came up with a version that, at first glance, actually looks like a checkered flag.

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Minnesota Vikings Re-Design 2
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Here's my second submission to the Minnesota Vikings re-design contest being run by the Uniwatch column at espn.com. This one is a little less radical than my light purple / metallic light purple design from the prior post, but once again I'm modifying the Vikings colors to make the purple more vibrant and distinctive. In this case I'm going with a magenta shade of purple and an orange-ish yellow for what I think would be a color scheme that would "pop" a lot more on TV than what the team currently wears.

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Minnesota Vikings Re-Design 1
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Another re-design contest by the Uniwatch column at espn.com, this time to re-design the Minnesota Vikings. And my submissions are pretty out there.

I did two full sets this time because I'd coincidentally done one already that I like a lot but didn't feel would particularly stand out in a contest. Meanwhile, I'd just been thinking about another approach to the Vikings, one that felt like it would stand out a lot more, so I spent much of Easter weekend with the colored pencils illustrating that additional Vikings concept.

And the Easter weekend was appropriate because, as you can see, it's pretty much what you'd get if you crossed the Minnesota Vikings with an Easter egg -- a very pastel take on the Vikings' traditional purple-and-gold colors.

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Some Call Me... Tim
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I had a pretty good week on the great sports uniform blog Uniwatch. On Saturday, March 10, I stumbled across an article on the Indianapolis Star website about how the Indiana U. Hoosiers had declined to participate in Adidas' infamous "Fruit Stripe" basketball uniform program and stuck with their "classic look," and that article become the focus on the next day's main Uniwatch post (which included a "hat tip" to me) and then on Monday, the regular Uniwatch blogger, Paul Lukas, returned and again mentioned what a good article it was that I'd pointed out.

And then a couple days later, Paul ran his EPSN.com column about the Miami Dolphins re-design contest (http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/19559/uni-watch-readers-redesign-the-dolphins) and my humble entry was one of the "winners," picked as best mascot character for my "Sunny" logo.  Paul wrote...
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Seattle Sonics Re-Design
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With the NBA's Sacramento Kings set to move to Seattle and be re-dubbed the Sonics, I wanted to illustrate for the record the uniform I think the new Sonics should wear. It's very close to the design the original Sonics wore in the early 1970s, one of my all-time favorite uniforms.

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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.

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Cleveland Browns Re-Design 2
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I'm going right back to re-designing the NFL's Cleveland Browns for a second straight post because ESPN's Uniwatch column is having a Brown Re-Design Contest and the rules render my prior Browns re-design ineligible.

So here's what I came up with in my second shot at the Browns, first the home design...

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Cleveland Browns Re-Design
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Rumor has it that the new ownership of the Cleveland Browns is planning to change the team's classic uniforms. Though I consider this the repeating of a mistake they committed through the 1970s and early 1980s, if they're determined to proceed down that path once again, I decided I might as well see if I could come up with a humble alternative. I remember a few years ago seeing their coaching staff wearing tan jackets trimmed in the team's brown and orange colors and thinking it looked great, so I tried that color scheme. And if the team decides to alter its traditional logo-less helmets (again, not a move I'd advocate), I decided to suggest a "brownie" emblem that's a little more action-oriented than the one they tried to put on the team's helmets back in the 1960s.

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The opposition teams in my artwork are a bright orange / metallic orange color scheme for the Denver Broncos, with a return to its mid-1960s "amoeba" logo and then a light green / metallic light green combination for the New York Jets.

"V" is for Vikings
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vikings home ii

The folks at Uniwatchblog.com found a 1939 Fresno State uniform that had a wedge design under the number and wondered if the readers could apply the design to a contemporary uniform, so I quickly tried my hand at it.  I felt like the wedge design looked like a letter "V" and thus tried the design on the Minnesota Vikings. I used a lighter, brighter shade of purple and gave an orange tint to the team's yellow color to try (as I usually do) to create a color scheme that would pop on TV.  One of my big gripes with current uniforms is that most of them look really bland and generic on TV (black/dark blue, gray, white, maybe a little pale gold and a little red/orange trim covers a pretty big percentage of all major sports uniforms of modern times). In an earlier era, most teams were almost instantly identifiable, largely by their colors.


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