Monday, September 29, 2014

WFL Uniform Contest: Southern California Sun Entries

The World Football League uniform contest on Uni Watch is underway.  This is a look at the concepts submitted for the Southern California Sun franchise.

The Southern California Sun were a popular team.  They received the most entries.

Bryan Ross:

Curtis Peddle: 
Helmet Logo -2 interpretations- Football forms an eclipse ...or suns rays peeking out around the football as it rises.
Colors - California=flashy, so I kept the colors unchanged, focus on the unique Magenta color, some UCLA type striping to shoulders, multiple color numbers with modern font. Added black to the color scheme to contrast a bit.
WFL patch to rt chest.

Gene Sanny:

Southern California Sun: Original uniform colors deemed "too 70's" by the early 90's so team adopts the colors of Los Angeles city flag in 1993. By 2014 the uniforms are heavily inspired by elements of the flag. Magenta and orange throwbacks first appear in 2008; magenta changed to hot pink in early 2010's to cash in on the popularity of neon colors and also promote breast cancer awareness.

Jeff Provo:
Southern California - It turns out that both the players and the fans didn't really care much for the team's original magenta jerseys. The color was scrapped and replaced with yellow in 1980. The number font was changed in 2006.

Jordan Reagan: 
The Southern California Sun: I kept the color schemes near the same while breaking up the uniform options. They could still go color on color but it today's day and age they would probably go with Color Top/White Pants at home and the opposite on the road. The stripes on the helmet and sleeves are meant to emulate a California sunset. The only thing that really pops is the orange and magenta tones but I think that's all you need for a uniform like this.

Andrew Seagraves:
The Southern California Sun adopted white pants as a uniform option in the mid-90s. The uniform stripes represent rays of the sun. I have included Dante Marsh's player card from this year with the set.


Robert Kramer:
The working assumption is they would've eventually dropped the 'Southern' part of the name (I have nothing against the south, honestly) and I agonized over the color scheme which I just wanted to ditch entirely, but decided to just subdue the orange so the magenta and the tangerine wouldn't be so damned angry...

Brian Phillips:
After many years of being without a football team, Los Angeles finally has their wish come true! The Sun change ownership again and are relocated to Los Angeles to play at any of the many proposed football stadiums (probably Farmers Field next to Staples Center). They become the Los Angeles Sun and go through a complete overhaul. New colors (Maroon and Burnt Orange). New logo (inspired by the original look) and most notably a new uniform. The uniform relies heavily on what they would call a Sunburst Gradient on the shoulders and pant striping. They would also introduce an all black uniform titled "Midnight Solar Flare". The All-Black alternate would be covered in glowing reflective material on the orange numerals, shoulder gradients, and pant striping that would light up under the stadium lights for night games.

Andrew Schmidt:
The California Sun comeback as the Southern California Sunset. A simple palm tree and setting sun logo accompany a color pallet that is easier on the eyes than the magenta and orange of yester-year.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WFL Uniform Contest: Portland Storm/Thunder Entries

The World Football League uniform contest on Uni Watch is underway.  This is a look at the concepts submitted for the Portland Storm/Thunder franchises on what the teams may have looked like if they were around today.

Gene Sanny:

Curtis Peddle:
Logo - Similar in style, on the lime green helmet. Made the S in the logo blue to emphasize it.
Colors- Unique colors to the history of the team, so I kept them.
Pictured is the # 11 uni of Pete Beathard, QB for the 1974 Storm.

Andrew Schmidt:
"Introducing the first pro football team to truly embrace it's native climate; THE PORTLAND OVERCAST-DRIZZLE! The WFL has always been progressive and the completely re-invented Portland franchise epitomizes this by naming it's team for the cloudy skies and gentle rain that define Portland to all those living in the pacific northwest. The muted grays and green compliment the vibrant number font and NOB pulled straight from the famed White Stag sign.
-Andrew Schmidt"
p.s. I included the White Stag sign for reference to the number and NOB font

Jeff Provo:
Portland - The team actually switched to an Air Force style lightning bolt logo in 1979, which they used through 2002. Silver was added as a trim color in 1988. The current uniform debuted in 2003, and features a modernized version of the original logo. It's no secret that this was designed in response to the Seattle Seahawks color change, and the team has even held multiple promotions where fans could trade in old Seattle merchandise for a free Thunder t-shirt.

Andrew Seagraves: 
About five years ago, the Portland Thunder decided to with the Portland Storm shades of green and blue. They decided to add some color to their helmet with a unique stripe pattern which included the lightning bolt from years past on the back. It came to be affectionately called the "Thunder tail" by fans and the "rat tail" by their rivals. Included is the Brandon Bair player card.

Portland Storm / Portland Thunder / Portland Thunderstorm: Nickname changed to Thunderstorm in 1991 to help differentiate the team from the Orlando Thunder of the WLAF. Team's custom "electric blue" tone debuted in 2011 replacing the navy blue that had been with the team since the mid 70's. Team's green jerseys are a best seller during the neon craze of the early 2010's.

WFL Uniform Contest: The Hawaiians Entries

The World Football League uniform contest on Uni Watch is underway.  This is a look at the concepts submitted for The Hawaiians franchise.  What could the team have looked like 40 years later?  Here are the submissions...
Gene Sanny:

I'm writting to you from POLAND I'm Designer and clothing constructor. I
desire to propose a new uniform for team THE Hawaiians. The graphics are
displayed on the uniform called BULLET brand Lenda.
Unis was held in classic colors. Jersey is fitted to the figure and has a
good ventilation system. Collar is inspired by Hawaiian motive. It is a
strong accent uniform. Team logo is placed centrally on the shirt. From the
internal side was placed team name. The arms are designed to hold the pads
and push them to the body. Graphics used here was inspired by the logs.
Strippers sleeves are decorated with artwork and in the seam finished with
yellow piping. The digits were slightly modernized but retained its classic
style. Colored belts were moved from the sleeves around the waist and go
back. Rear. Above the name has been placed on the league log WFL.

Andrew Seagraves:
The Hawaiians have enjoyed one of the most successful records over the past 15 years winning 5 championships. They ditched their athletic gold for metallic gold at the beginning of the 1980s. They currently wear Brown or Red at home with white on the road. The Samson Satele player card is included in the set.

Curtis Peddle:
LOGO - Simplified the logo to just a palm tree and a football, the palm tree forming the shape of the football with the laces clearly visible. I thought the Hawaiians mid 70`s logo was outdated and I couldn't really find an idea to both modernize it and make it look good. I think the new logo is simple and modern.
Colors - dark brown, gold, red and white.

 Robert Kramer: