New Era revealed the sideline caps for this upcoming NFL season. The overall design scheme is simple. It’s the main logo along with a larger logo in the background blending into the crown the cap. From a distance, it is hardly noticeable and looks very similar to the caps the players and coaches had been wearing since Nike took over in 2012.
However, if you look at the caps that the teams will be wearing, it will show you what throwbacks you should expect from several teams this year.
There are some old throwbacks that were expected to be worn this year.
You want to talk about breaking the mold and standing out? The Arizona Diamondbacks did just that with their newest uniform set. There are a lot of different things going on and much to discuss.
The new wordmark is fine. It’s not too crazy and it still takes a little hint of the old design. I am fine with it.
The logo also is nice return of the snake head.
Paul Lukas has all the details in his blog. I will share a few thoughts.
- I hope that all these caps are the same red, white and blue color scheme. If the A’s had their green and gold featured in this cap, it will look terrible.
- The flag isn’t necessary. It just clutters it up even more. From the first glance, I was afraid that the gray would be the reflective material New Era has used recently. But that would be illegal so it’s not there.
- This is what happens when they’re running out of ideas. I have no problem with the design really. But the problem lies within the fact MLB is using it as an official part of their uniform.
Marshawn Lynch stayed for the required minimum for his Super Bowl media appearances. The NFL can’t fine him for that.
Lynch may not have answered the questions thoughtfully, but the NFL can’t control how he talks. No fine there.
The interesting topic was whether or not the cap Lynch wore would warrant a fine. But it was made by New Era, a sponsor with the NFL. The product got so much publicity for New Era, it would be hypocritical for them or the NFL to fine Lynch for the exposure. Even the team color thing was too much.
What Lynch did was the bare minimum. He doesn’t care about going all out. He’s the modern day “Office Space” hero and he does what’s just enough. If the NFL wants him to do more, then they have to set the rules that way. Other than that, they are stuck with their own rules and can’t make an exception out of anyone. Lynch cares not about your flair.
When the A’s and Giants met in the World Series, these caps were born.
When the two met again in 1997 for the first ever year of Interleague Play, these caps were dusted off from the closet.
Now New Era and MLB are selling these caps? What a shame!
I mentioned last night that the MLB All-Star game will feature a unique uniform appearance different from years past. Not only are teams wearing new designed caps for the Home Run Derby, it appeared that they will have specially designed caps for the actual game.
Confirmed by USA Today, players will wear caps modeled after the Twins’ batting helmet from the 1970s. The template will be the same, but the colors and logo are team specific.
Rather than have the players wear their normal cap, the branding and merchandising department appears to have the stranglehold here. I like that at least they kept the team colors and logos here, but this is not necessary. It’s all about making the dollars.
The American League is in red. The National League is in navy blue.
Unlike years past with a custom logo for the National and American League, it’s just a recolored cap.
I’m not feeling it. Heck, even the Rangers cap doesn’t look different from what they already wear.
MLB has either had teams wear red, white and blue caps or camouflage caps for their nationals holidays in the past. This year, they will be wearing the above on Independence Day.
The design will use the same template and material as the batting practice caps. Crowns will be red with a navy brim or the reverse, with a navy crown and red brim. The underbrim appear to be all gray. The team logo will be white outlined in navy over a star with the flag design in the interior. (The Rockies cap in the image might be navy with a white outline.)
It appears that the American League could be all red crowns and the National League will all be navy crowns. At least that’s my assumption with this photo and a couple leaks in the past week.
Since their inception as the Baltimore Colts in 1953, the Colts have used the above logo. It wasn’t until 1978 when the team decided to move forward with the horseshoe logo.
Last season, coach Chuck Pagano has been seen wearing that throwback logo. Now their training camp gear features that logo instead of the horseshoe. Does this mean the team is going to use that more often or is this just a design for coach?
Regardless, the team hasn’t mentioned their Baltimore roots as often as I thought they would since moving to Indianapolis. Their current set (gray facemasks, black cleats) does pay homage to that time so maybe this is another step towards it.
Either way, I like this logo a lot and am glad to see more of it.
When I first got a glimpse of the draft caps, I wasn’t too sure of it. But after some time looking at it, I think I am starting to like it.
The thing that threw me off was the gray bill. I initially thought it was New Era’s generic attempt to simplify the manufacturing process. However, as we would learn, each cap is designed specifically for the team with the script and logos. What makes them unique is that when a camera flashes, the reflective text shines. It kind of reminds me of the vests bicyclists wear while riding at night.
I’m from the old school and I like my draft caps simple. These caps are actually very simple in terms of the crown, but the bill is what makes it work for today’s generation. I’m very sure that these will go very well with the players who will wear them when they are announced. I do wonder how they will look like under the bright lights of Radio Music City Hall when the photographers take pictures.