I think the goal is to make them look a little like the Team USA jerseys from 2011. Which is a MAJOR mistake. The only good things are the logo and the collar (which is pretty awesome, though I'd use a compound word beginning with "bad", but I really shouldn't swear on this blog). Otherwise these are garbage jerseys, and Indy can do a much better job. Those random red patches on the shoulder/sleeve are, well, random, and serve no purpose. You think you can do better? Well you probably can, but tell us how anyway by submitting your Indy Fuel concepts to the blog for review.
We have four great concepts up for a vote on Concept of the Week, so pick one to move on to COTY-August!
That Griffins Competition is still going on! There's enough time to perfect your entry, but not THAT much time. Send it in soon or you will have no sot at winning!
Here's an interesting thing: The Favorite NHL Team Vote. I've already done it, and fellow Islander fans should stand up and join me in displaying our hatred for the Rangers too. Yes you can vote for your most hated team too. We'll see where the fandom and hatred lies within this blog.
COTW Aug 11-17 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Grand Rapids Griffins Jersey Competition (ends August 31st, 2014)
Favourite NHL Team Vote (ends Saturday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Boston Bruins Concept by Coby S:
Coby sent me this concept before submitting it, so I'll reiterate to everyone how I said it could be improved:
"Double brown schemes are tough. I know the Hershey Bears use a nice triple brown color scheme, but I love it. The big thing when using a double color scheme is that the colors have to contrast enough so that it doesn't look bland. If you use the darkest brown the Bears have combined with the light brown you're using, it may come out better. So try that and then send me the result of it."
He then responded that he wasn't satisfied with the look. Obviously it is executed with excellence, but it all comes down to the colors, and this does not fare well in that area.
Final Score: 75%
Washington Capitals Concept by Matt M:
This is also well done, but looks too modern for the Winter Classic. That said, this is an AMAZING jersey for the Stadium Series or possibly regular use. The stars on the front are a nice nod to their first jerseys, combined with the Weagle logo we all want to see on the front of a jersey. The slanted stripes on the arm are interesting, because with arms down, it parallels the wings of the logo, but arms up, it contrasts it. I have a tough time thinking which one is better. Maybe the one thing I'd change is add a blue outline between the number and the red outline to add consistency with the striping.
Final Score: 87% (No this isn't a Crosby vs Ovechkin joke)
Vancouver Canucks concept by Phil B:
So here is one of three, and this is the best of the three. The V pattern works well here, but the white cuffs and collar stand out awkwardly. Maybe green would look better there. Possibly some blue to green transition on the socks, or green to blue and green shorts. What would you have done?
Final Score: 65%
Washington Capitals concept by Phil B:
When I looked at the logo, I immediately thought "Arsenal": Red shirt, white sleeves. That's exactly what I did here, but no more, which is problematic. Maybe do what Arsenal did two years ago and add a red and blue stripe to the sleeves and socks. The back looks cluttered, but with that wordmark logo, I gotta put the sponsor somewhere. That logo fits so well on the front.
Final Score: 63%
Winnipeg Jets Concept by Phil B:
And thus ends the series. And some will say "Thank goodness that's over with". Some will cry. Actually nobody will cry unless this series harmed their minds, which is entirely possible. But ending on a bang seems too mainstream, as this is pure fill tool. Not that creative. I tried to include the red as a tribute to the previous Jets. But lackluster for the most part.
Final Score: 56%
Erie Otters (OHL) Concept by Steven M:
This is such a great idea, but execution brings this down. Why is the inside of the jersey blue if the outside is red? What happened to the yoke template lines? Where's the helmet logo? The colors also present an issue. White on yellow is never good, and this is best exemplified by the socks (which can use some red) and the pants. The yellow gets lost like that. Also having the yellow numbers next to the red makes the yellow look darker compared to the striping. It's a tough color scheme to work with and I want to love this, but I can't.
Final Score: 78%
The winner of my Concept of the Week nomination is Matt M. and his Washington Capitals Concept!
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