Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bird-Related Sports Uniform Designs: Part 2

In the world of bird-related sports teams, the Baltimore Orioles stand head and shoulders above the rest. Not only is their logo among the most ornithologically-accurate of all the sports teams (except for the eye and bill color), but they are the only team whose name is the same as the whole species' common name. Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Orioles.

It's a great idea, and one that more cities have unfortunately not taken advantage of. Why can't I go catch a California Towhees football game? Who wouldn't want Key West Quail Dove season tickets?

Although there's no good reason for these teams not to exist, there's also no reason I can't use my imagination to invent them. So here we go. Based on my previous post about current bird-related team uniform redesigns, here are the plumage-based uniforms of some teams I'd like to see:

The Carolina Chickadees

A pretty sharp-looking ball team, if I do say so myself. I like the peach-gray combination. The pants could be either gray or white, I suppose.

California Condors

California Condors are a no-brainer. It's a big, intimidating bird. It's endangered. As you can see in the photo above, they've got their own uniform numbers already! I would be terrified of a team wearing the above uniforms. Actually, it looks like the team already exists (although I don't know how good the unis are): the Southern California Condors Mixed-martial Arts squad.

California Gulls

Okay so the Gulls maybe aren't as tough as the Condors, but I think gulls match the laid-back beach attitude of SoCal pretty well. Plus, I can't pass up a chance to make a baseball cap with gonys spots.

Other potential California birds are the California Gnatcatcher, Thrasher and Towhee. These birds don't really, in my opinion, have plumages that translate well into uniforms. Sorry, guys.

Oregon Juncos

Oregon, I assume, is a good place for a hockey team. This bird translates into a pretty cool uniform.

Connecticut Warblers

Cape May Warblers

If Cape May, NJ had a pro team they'd have to be the Warblers, right? Not my best artwork, but I think it'd be a cool helmet in the right hands.

Myrtle (Beach, S.C.) Warblers

I really like being able to use the armpit and back sections of this jersey to mimic the yellow sections of the Myrtle Warbler, the Eastern race of the Yellow-rumped Warbler.

American (University) Oystercatchers

Note the bird's red eye as reflected on the top button of the hat.

Canada Warblers

Of course the Canadian team would be a hockey team. A real sharp jersey I think.

If any other artists out there have other designs you like, or uniforms for any of the other possible bird teams out there, let me know!


Patrick B. said...

I think I like the CT Warbler and Canada Warbler the best. They're all fantastic though.

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