Category Archives: Jerseys
I’ll start things off with a bonus design I’ve been sitting on for a while: A Death Star-themed slurpee (slushee?) cup. It just has a single normal green straw that is held in place by the ‘green blast’ (from a fully-operational Death Star). It’s pretty much your normal dome-covered fountain cup. And now for some other news:
- ES Robbins made a prototype chair mat for that NHL ’94 design I made a few weeks back. It looks amazing! The post was updated with the picture. Still trying to figure out the logistics of making it available (requires custom art).
- Ubisoft is offering a Sam Fisher digital watch (as a Collector’s Edition bonus item for Splinter Cell: Blacklist) which looks similar to one I designed a few years back. Very cool. European customers only (sadly).
- 80′s Tees is now offering T-Shirts based on my Direwolves hockey logo design. You can grab one here. Look for more of my T-Shirt designs from them in the near future.
And that concludes an interesting few weeks!
Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch is running this contest on ESPN asking for submissions to rename and redesign the New Orleans Hornets, as apparently the new owner has expressed an interest in doing just that.
For those who don’t know, the New Orleans Hornets were originally in Charlotte. When they moved they kept the name, and now the new owner feels it’s not representative of New Orleans.
To me New Orleans is about gothic culture, so I thought it would be fun to do something Vampire related – because I’m such a geek if you haven’t already noticed.
Names like Hunters, Slayers, and Bats were considered. My favorite was Daywalkers, but that is now used in reference to Gingers (thanks South Park!). Nightwings had a nice ring (like the Batman comic book character), but to make it symmetrical I opted for Nitewings, allowing me to turn the ‘W’ into a bat.
The main logo I didn’t have much time to work on – the submission deadline was this morning. Overall I think it works. It represents the city, the name is two syllables (two or less is ideal for a team), and it sounds similar to New Orleans. The color scheme unfortunately is too similar to the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls. Black and Crimson seemed appropriate.
You can buy NHL-branded socks that feature the team colors, logo, and nickname. But what about socks that look just like the ones the players are wearing? No such thing exists!
What is even more baffling, is that you don’t need an NHL license to produce these. That is because these designs are simply an arrangement of colors and stripes – no team nicknames or logos. You’d think some company would capitalize on this.
I personally would love to throw on some red Calgary Flames socks on game day. Being socks they don’t have much visibility, so I can safely wear these when I am out and about here in Vancouver*.
This could also be done with NFL, MLB, NBA and FIFA too. Well, the teams that wear colorful striped socks. Appears to be an endangered species in the NFL, and seldom seen in the NBA or FIFA.
Note: This was going to be a part of the Geeky Fashion series, but this is not quite geeky.
*When I wear my Flames jersey in Vancouver, I usually end up reminding Canucks fans how many Stanley Cups my team has won (just the one – 1989) with a count of fingers. I don’t use my index finger. Ha.
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Lately I’ve been held hostage by all things Game of Thrones. I took a moment to step back and realize all these different Kingdoms could be represented by sports teams. They each fly a banner bearing a sigil, usually depicting a fierce animal – much like a typical sports franchise would.
The above example shown is the Direwolf, which is emblematic of the House Stark. The Starks reign in the north, and their (foreboding) motto is “Winter is Coming”. To me it all screams hockey.
You could probably design several hockey leagues based on the huge number of banners in the Game of Thrones books, though only a few are prominent. The aforementioned Starks are the main protagonists. The evil Lannisters (I may be editorializing a bit) have the sigil of the Lion. The Targareyans fly the banner of the Dragon. Like Milwaukee, the Baratheons are represented by the Buck.
I know I frequently design hockey jerseys here, and you might think it’s because I’m Canadian and thus have a one-track mind. The real truth is hockey jerseys are a brilliant canvas on which to showcase a team’s identity. That logo on the chest is like a Superhero insignia. No other sport has a jersey or uniform where the team logo can be so prominent. EDIT: A friend tells me these would look better on a “football kit”. Well I say good day to you sir. GOOD DAY.
EDIT: Got an email from Mark, who says the Stark sigil is a full-bodied silver Direwolf on a white background (white = ice/snow), and that the Baratheon sigil is the Stag, not a Buck. My bad. I won’t make a full-bodied Direwolf, but I’ll fix up the logo a bit:
Bonus art! Using the Tampa Bay Lightning royal blue alternate jersey:
I will design jerseys for the other Game of Thrones Houses eventually, stay tuned!
I love this new beer dispenser! It fills up drinks from the bottom of the cup. How it works: there is a metal disc at the bottom of the cup that doubles as the plug and the opening for the beer valve. Genius. As you can see, the attendant can churn these drinks out at a rapid fire pace.
These beer dispensers have been popping up at arenas and stadiums over the past few years, much to the delight of venue owners. The quick pours cut down on lineups and wait times for the fans. More volume can then be sold.
Another program that has caught my eye is a new initiative the Tampa Bay Lightning are trying out for next season. They are giving season ticket holders a team jersey that is fitted with a built-in microchip that will enable it’s wearer to receive discounts from within the arena. Very cool idea. But what happens when it comes time to wash the jersey?
I think it would be awesome to combine these two programs into one, allowing fans to buy a beer subscription they can redeem at their own leisure.
Here is how I envision it working: fans would buy a glass mug (pint size) that is fitted with the metal disc system. The mug would have a bar code or a microchip. The fan can then load up a beer subscription with $100 or whatever amount, that would entitle them to X number of beers. The fan would then fill up their own beer by scanning the mug and then dispensing their booze of choice. The fan is notified in a display how many refills they have left.
This way there would be much less waste – no plastic cups to throw out. Because it is self serve, there would be less manpower needed to pour drinks – though someone would be needed to supervise these drink stations. Also the savings in plastic cups and labor would be passed on to the fan in addition to a discount for buying the subscription. And there would be a lot fewer money transactions to deal with. It’s a win-win for everybody.
There would be some rules naturally. Patrons cannot leave with beer in their mugs and would be limited to 2 or 3 drinks per event, likely at some kind of hourly interval. And of course, no underage brats trying to get beer!
Because the mugs are being reused, you’d need some kind of device that would quickly clean and sterilize the bottom of the mug, as it’s been sitting in a cup holder or on the floor or god-knows-where. These mugs should be emblazoned with the team logo and come with a snap-on cap for carrying about to and from the game.
If you follow this blog, then you know I love hockey. With the new season approaching, I thought I’d whip up a few more hockey-related ideas.
1. Really go all out for the theme nights. For better or worse, Major League Baseball has a few league-wide traditions every year that is commemorated with new uniforms, logos, and patches. These include the July 4th celebrations, where all team logos get the ‘stars and stripes’ treatment; a salute to Spanish Americans where teams are renamed (Los Mariners, Los Yankees); and the Jackie Robinson tribute day where all teams sport a commemorative patch. The NHL doesn’t really do anything league-wide, but has a few events like the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic which focus on the participating teams.
What the NHL could do is have some fun holiday-related events, like Halloween:
Teams could tweak their look like this Senators Zombie concept I made here, or adopt a new identity altogether. For example, the Canucks could turn into the Cannibals for the night. Don’t get me wrong, it would be a merchandising opportunity, but a fun one at that. If the fans can get all dressed-up for the night, the team can too. I’d love to see the goalies wear Jason masks, even if it is only for the pregame skate.
To a small degree, this trend has already occurred, with the New Jersey Devils celebrating St. Patrick’s Day last year by donning their green-trimmed throwback jerseys.
I also think the NHL could do more on Remembrance Day/Veteran’s Day. Teams could adorn army-themed jerseys that would pay tribute to vets, and auction them off after the game. Junior teams do this all the time, so why the NHL doesn’t do this is beyond me. Here is a slick jersey the Manitoba Moose wore a few years ago:
2. More matinee games on holidays please – especially here in Canada. I don’t understand why Canadian teams don’t take to the ice on a stat holiday afternoon – Canadian Thanksgiving especially. Yeah we’re a bit spoiled up here with Hockey Day in Canada and the Heritage Classic, but some matinee match-ups would go great with turkey.
Same goes for Remembrance Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day. I also think Hockey Day in Canada should be a stat holiday, but that’s another blog post in itself.
3. Return the countdown tradition. You probably haven’t noticed it, but a longtime tradition has been dead in hockey for the past 2 decades (since the start of the 1991-92 season). That tradition: when fans counted down the final 10 seconds of the clock to signal a home team victory. The 91-92 season introduced a rule change where the last minute of each period the time clock would countdown in tenths of a second. Before: 00:10 00:09 00:08 00:07 etc. After: 10.9 10.8 10.7 10.6 (Really fast).
This resulted in fans not really being able to countdown in unison, or at all. This practice has been abandoned altogether.
What I propose, is on the main scoreboard (not the timer), a simple countdown which would be visible for all fans to view and countdown with. It’s very celebratory and dramatic.
Check it out at 1:33 of this video (at least that’s when you really start to hear it), from 1988:
4. Need some secondary broadcasting options. CBC should simulcast some of their regional games on CBC Newsworld. For those who might not want to see the Leafs play, simply switch it to Newsworld to see the Sens or Habs. I’m glad TSN has followed in ESPN’s footsteps and added TSN2, it’s just not widely available yet. At least with CBC Newsworld being a tier 1 channel it would be widely available and would make for an attractive option to check out other games – especially come playoff time. CBC does provide online streaming, it’s just not the same quality.
I imagine the CRTC would prevent the CBC from doing something like this. Darn license restrictions!
Once upon a time I used to tune into the french CBC to watch the Habs play on Saturday night, but alas no more. RDS now does the broadcasts (RDS is TSN’s french arm). It was nice to juggle channels though.
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