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March 20, 2015

Friday: 20/20

TGIF HJC readers! Welcome to the Friday post.

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Lots to talk about today, starting with Flint, Michigan, where we will not be seeing the Tropics, rather the Firebirds, and like I said last week, I'm split!

First, the logo

Photo from Ontariohockeyleague.com

Looking at it, this could be from any sport if not for the hockey puck around the tail, and really reflects how a lot of minor league teams in all sports redesign now, with lots of bold colours, a unique font and such. The colour scheme looks great, and the bird itself is nice too, though I couldn't really figure out the heck at first. I did really want the Tropics to come back, but so long as the jerseys are good then this could be a good substitute. 

Oh....what's that? The Firebirds will be wearing Turdburger templates.......

Photo from Mlive.com

Okay, there don't look too bad, honestly. The orange kind of looks like the curve of the wings, and the two tone socks don't look half bad. Until I see the back, I won't say this is a bad jersey, but as is, this is a unique jersey, (yes I am saying this) improves on both the template and is better than Plymouth's current blue jersey

Logo: 7/10
Jersey 7.25/10

I still think Tropics would have been better, but this is the route they've choses, and it could have been a lot worse. 

As I mentioned on Sunday & every HJC writer has done since, voting! COTW ends tonight, so don't forget to get your votes in if you haven't done so already. 

Let's look at the Video Game Contest entries that have come in since last post:

Ben M.


Scott G.


Jack G.


Taylor R.


Mat W.



Entries are due tonight! 

COTW Mar 8-14 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Video Game Comp entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

On to the concepts!

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NCAA Big Chill Concept (By: Christian C.)


+ Here we have two teams that may never change the core of their looks, but these nice modern jerseys compliment the classic logos
+ The shoulders are perfect, Michigan should reference their classic football helmets, while Michigan State goes for a tapered armband
+ The other striping is simple enough
+ Great execution 

- Wolverines' numbers are a bit too thin, and would match the M better if they were bigger
- Namebar on the Spartans jersey is too low on the body
- Captains' Cs are too small

Rating: 8.5/10

Minnesota Wild Concept (By: Jarrett T.)


+ Wild could update their red jersey to at least have a hem stripe, this wouldn't be a bad substitution
+ Keeping the Green alternate striping is a good move, now the stripes actually stand out
+ I like the lack of yellow
+ Good execution 

- Shoulder patch is way too big and I'd have it one both shoulders
- Never been a fan of Minnesota's font
- Logo is pixelated

Rating: 6.5/10

Surrey Eagles BCHL Concepts (By: Brooks F.)


+ Surrey + Excessive arm stripes=  amazing
+ Jersey doesn't look overcrowded, but still has a lot going on
+ Good logo choices, eagle head looks great
+ Execution is good minus a few problems 

- Pants need some white
- Remember that stitching stops at the hem
- Using a square yoke shape would make the jersey look more uniform
- Logo is too far down on the jersey '

Rating: 7.75/10

Arizona Coyotes Concept (By: Brandon C.)


+ The black is big and bold, sticks out very well
+ Classic striping that would work with any team, but looks great with the logo
+ Good job using all the secondary logos!
+ Great execution
+ Beige & Brick look great together 

- I know it's been said with every concept Brandon has sent in, but don't forget to ID them (I know Brando is IDing future concepts but just a reminder for everyone
- The 'yotes's current font is pretty cool, and putting a double outline on that font would look more traditional, but still keep that Desert personality 

Rating: 8.75/10

Seattle Thunderbirds WHL Concepts (By: Brandon C.)


+ Seattle has decent jerseys, but wear Whalers' edge jerseys, something more original would be better while still keeping the same feel
+ The jerseys are like blend of the 80's Northstars and current Stas jerseys, which are a nice mix
+ Colours are relatively balanced well

- Blank pants are boring, even a simple stripe or logo would fix that
-  More green would be better than silver, and darkening the green would look great too
- Remember to ID

Rating: 8.25/10

South Carolina University Gamecocks NCAA Concept (By: Kevin B.)


+ Nice modern design that is like a different take on the Wings
+ The crossed SC looks better as a primary than the screaming rooster 
+ Colours are balanced well minus a couple points 
+ Gear looks great

- Desperately needs a shoulder patch 
- The black number and red logo clash and would look better if they matched 
- TV numbers and C are too small 

Rating: 7/10

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That's the post!
Don't forget to get your video game contest entires in!
Don't forget to vote!
Go Jets Go!
Have an awesome weekend!

8 comments:

Mat Ware said...

There appears to be a typo on my video game comp submission. Name's Mat, not Kevin.

Taylor Roy said...

How the hell do you mess that up? lol

Vaughn said...

Gotta give COTW Nom to Brooks F. For the BCHL concept evn thought they are our close rivals, look at Google maps to see how close Coquitlam and Surrey are.

winnipegjets96 said...

Oh my, I'm so sorry Mat, There was an artist with HJC that was Kevin Ware (I think) and I saw Ware and just wrote that I am so sorry! It has been corrected

Taylor Roy said...

Oh how awkward I thought Mat had Kevin Ware on his image. How embarrassing.

Which jerseys are Flint's real ones. They released different ones during the press conference

winnipegjets96 said...

The teaser image I've seen has to orange on it, but there's a version without orange that looks really plain!

W/ orange from Official Flint Firebirds Website: http://flintfirebirds.com

W/O orange from Press Conference: http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/banana1015.com/files/2015/03/IMG_0868-630x353.jpg

Huge improvement with the orange if you ask me, the other might be an unused design or somethings

Taylor Roy said...

Either way they still suck, but it is an improvement with the orange

Blake Szudzik said...

Got a Senators jersey concept sent in. :)