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  1. andrewharrington

    does the Colts' striping inconsistency bother you?

    They would wear the Jets’ template with the sleeve caps the same color as the body; the Jets’ Color Rush jersey in blue, essentially. Physically wrapping the stripes all the way around would be difficult because today’s tighter fits remove a lot of real estate from the jersey. You’d probably run the risk of having two-digit numbers nearly touch the stripes on either side, especially on smaller sizes. If you look at the image below and imagine the stripes continuing down, you can see how they’ll nearly clip the corners of the numbers. I actually don’t like the look of the full wrap-around. I think the way the stripe pinches under the arm looks kinda clumsy and cheap (just as the blocked off stripes do). I think tapering them into the seam as previously discussed is the most elegant technique because it gives the illusion of the full wrap (it sort of implies the stripe is pinching under and wrapping around), but in a much cleaner and more controlled design. Below is another interesting shot. I think you could feasibly achieve something similar to this by simply cutting the stripe insert into a wedge shape like USC’s shoulder panel. Either way, I think the secret to getting it looking good is finding a way to get that tapered end to the stripes rather than the straight blocked end.
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    Whatever happened to that "middle bar"-style facemask?

    My favorite new design is the Vicis one. It’s got a classic round shape, large smooth sides that are a great canvas for design, a simple raised center portion that’s perfectly formed to hold stripes, and vents that are all specifically placed to avoid interfering with the stripe and logo decals. It also tests better than the others.
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    does the Colts' striping inconsistency bother you?

    You’d just have to alter the base pattern a little. No big deal. Instead of running that seam directly into the armhole cuff (creating a sleeve cap), you’d want to run it all the way around and underneath the armhole cuff. Then you just angle the stripes right into it. If you want the number under the stripe, you may just have to scoot the seam in toward the neckline if the stripes are wider like the Colts.’
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    NFL changes 2019

    That does look really nice. I’d be on board with them removing the black from the helmet and essentially becoming more of a red and white team than a red and gold team. I do like the idea of keeping gold as a tiny accent in the stripe of an otherwise red and white look.
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    NFL changes 2019

    That does look really nice. I’d be on board with them removing the black from the helmet and essentially becoming more of a red and white team than a red and gold team. I do like the idea of keeping gold as a tiny accent in the stripe of an otherwise red and white look.
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    College Football Uniforms - 2019

    The basic form of the 2 is similar to the standard MLB numbers, but the pointed counters and thickness of the numbers depart from it. I actually like the Gators’ football numbers for the most part, though the trim on them is so small it may as well not even be there. Filling in the blue gap with orange would work better for me.
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    does the Colts' striping inconsistency bother you?

    This is the most common way that design has attempted to fix the visual shortcomings of blocked off stripes. It certainly works well when the players’ arms are at their sides, and while it is unquestionably better, to me it just scoots the problem down a little lower. I’d even argue that the conglomeration of seams and panels under the arm is not only just as ugly, but probably not very comfortable, either. UCLA’s new stripes actually feel a little narrow to me as well, and I’ll take it to the grave that this jersey would look better if the stripes were wedged and tapered into the shoulder seam like Johnny’s.
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    does the Colts' striping inconsistency bother you?

    They are. I think it’s serviceable because the full stripe design takes up a larger amount of space and we’re used to seeing it done that way for decades now. No one’s ever done a blocked off single stripe (to my knowledge), so it looks odd to see it that way. Both patterns, though, I think look better wedged into the shoulder seam, as demonstrated by Houston and that old pic of Johnny U.
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    New York Jets are confirmed to be getting new uniforms in 2019

    It’s interesting. It doesn’t look anything like the NFL100 logo we’ve seen, but it definitely wouldn’t surprise me to see a special iteration of the league branding on the collar. I don’t see the NFL100 logo working great on the collar, so maybe there’s an alternate shield-based application for the uniform. Likewise, the design of this feels very in tune with what’s been happening in the NFL (even though I don’t think it’s the ideal result). The logo is simply not working, and I don’t like the numbers, but it looks well done enough to be legit. The only thing I’d question is the fact that there’s no dimension to the applications, but this is also an image of a replica (which often have Photoshopped numbers and such), so I don’t think you can read into that part too much. Long story short, if this is fake, well done all around to the creator (not necessarily on the design itself, but on making it look like it might be real in both content and execution).
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    does the Colts' striping inconsistency bother you?

    I think the issue is that it’s just blocked off at the end. The Texans’ design is wedged into the shoulder seam, which looks more elegant and purposefully designed. Personally, I think all shoulder designs should be done that way. Running the stripes into the seam at a slight angle is the best way to replicate the proper look of a shoulder stripe being gathered under the arm: Here’s that exact technique modeled perfectly on Johnny himself. Perfect balance of truncating the stripe while maintaining the illusion that it wraps all the way around when the arms are down or up. It’s a much better solution than blocking the stripes off at the bottom. Thats a great look as well. I think they could still get by and maintain a lot of design continuity by going with a solid white C (something they’ve done in the past), keeping the current sleeve stripes on both sets, and combining those with the solid-colored numbers that you’ve shown here. Either way, though, people be flippin’ out.
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    New York Jets are confirmed to be getting new uniforms in 2019

    There’s definitely nothing concrete or factual to learn from the video, but I definitely think they are setting someone up to be surprised. Whether that’s the people who already think they know the new helmet will be green or whether it’s the people who don’t pay much attention and will be surprised if the helmet isn’t white, well, that remains to be seen. Marketers are smart, and they don’t create and release content without a strategic goal in mind. With that said, I’d be surprised is this was designed so that people have to pick apart the minutiae of the reconditioning process in order to figure out what’s going on. Personally, I think it’s a lot simpler than that. Occam’s razor, if you will. As WavePunter noted, I’d guess they set it up to look like the helmets are going out for routine reconditioning and the tagging is there so that the manufacturers can rebuild the helmets to spec with the new shells and masks. I’d guess the helmets in the video without tags just haven’t been tagged yet.
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    Goodbye Baby Cakes: New Wichita team seeking name ideas

    Thanks for the rundown. Very informative. I think I heard about the crown and “king for the day” custom from a college friend. Maybe it was his family tradition or something. Most of the documentation I can find on the subject of finding the baby, however, does paint it in a positive light, the only negative aspect, as you said, is having to bring the next one. Additionally, I totally understand not being on board with the concept of national marketing for a regional team, but given that’s obviously the goal for teams that are branding themselves in this manner, I still contend that Baby Cakes works better in the pursuit of that goal. It piques the curiosity of outsiders who aren’t familiar with the king cake tradition, which is a good move when trying to increase the reach of your brand. For better or worse, it engages (some) people to think, “What a silly name. I gotta check this out.” Then, before you know it, it’s, “OMG their logo is an angry king baby breaking out of a pastry! How outrageous! Take my money.”
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    NFL changes 2019

    It’s standard in the sense that it’s a plain athletic block style, but theirs and Oakland’s always stood out to me as being a little more narrow/condensed than other teams who use a basic block letter.
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    New York Jets are confirmed to be getting new uniforms in 2019

    That’s the real nugget here. All this reconditioning/do they/would they paint the shells, etc. talk is far too technical to be part of an unveiling narrative. My guess is one of these two things is happening: 1. The source images/descriptions that the leakers have seen/heard have been planted to mislead them and keep them off the scent, and the helmets will return, still white, but with new stripes and/or logos. 2. These tweets are designed to mislead the general fanbase into thinking that the helmet is staying white, setting them up to be blindsided by a green helmet or something. If I had to put money on it, I’d guess number two, but at some point a brand or team is going to pull something to try and make leakers look like fools. It’s only a matter of time.
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    New York Jets are confirmed to be getting new uniforms in 2019

    It’s also pulled directly from the Winnipeg Jets’ logo with no credit given, for what that’s worth.