“Ah, kings at each other’s throats — flawed, driven, prideful men scheming for power and empire. Theirs is a tale replete with willful violations of rules legal, moral, and ethical. Ghosts move in the shadows. Blood is on everyone’s hands. How delicious that all this is told inside a basketball game this weekend in New Orleans — Kentucky against Louisville, Calipari against Pitino.” – Grantland
“We don’t send each other Christmas cards,” Calipari said recently. Said Pitino of the coming showdown: “There will be people at Kentucky that will have a nervous breakdown if they lose to us.” – The Wall Street Journal
“Outside my home here in Louisville, all hell is breaking loose. Insults and predictions are dropping like bombs. Rational people are fleeing bars and restaurants in search of sanctuary. Offices have become battlegrounds, families are being torn apart, and minor events such as weddings are being reorganized.” – Sports Illustrated
What a week for Buckeye Nation. After Jim Tressel’s resignation, we now try to figure out if he’s good or bad. This reminds me of another good/bad icon, Darth Vader–whom the younger generation sees as generally good, but the older generation does not.
After the OSU press conference debacle earlier in the year, it was obvious that this whole thing would not end well. Who is this guy behind the vest? I don’t know, but that red vest looks mighty fine on another pop culture icon. Time for a parody. Order t-shirts here.
Tonight’s NCAA Finals between Connecticut and Butler feature two blue dogs as the mascots. The blues are very similar, but UConn’s blue (Pantone 281) is warmer (has more red) than Butler’s blue (Pantone 541) which is cooler (less red). Just remember the in-game personalities of the two coaches–UConn’s Jim Calhoun tends to get “warm” while Butler’s Brad Stevens remains “cool!”
This UConn dog logo dates to 1996; see the previous dog here.
Here’s a sign I designed for the Kentucky Symphony’s annual Gala. (The ladies here—I think they were Ben-Gals—did not know this, and I didn’t mention it.) When they asked if I wanted to be in the picture with them, I replied “No thanks.” Thankfully, they did not cover up the sign–otherwise I would’ve had to ask them to step aside!
The 2008 college football season ends tonight (a battle of two Ohio boys), so here are some random design observations from two games I attended–arguably the two best rivalry games in the country.
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Ohio-State Michigan. Years ago there was a gray “O” at midfield, and I greatly preferred it. In fact, I think Ohio State should play up the “gray” angle because 1) no one else does and it would be proprietary, and 2) nobody does gray like the upper midwest in November–gray sky, gray stadium, gray everything. Read More→
The top four teams in this week’s AP poll have uniforms that use only one team color and white. There are other teams that do this (Michigan State’s dark green and white comes to mind), but most teams use a combination of two (Scarlet & Gray, Maize & Blue, Garnet & Gold, etc.) Since many teams also add black as yet another uniform color (usually in stripes), here’s a toast to the top teams and the purity of one color and white.
1. Texas Longhorns, Burnt Orange (Pantone 159)
A beautiful design system with an “ownable color” (in brandspeak) and a great symbol (Longhorn on helmet).
2. Alabama Crimson Tide, Crimson (Pantone 201)
Props for having the color in their team name and for the unique typography (player numbers) on the helmets.
3. Penn State Nittany Lions, Dark Blue (Pantone 282)
With their “White Out” at home games they just might “own” white in college football–so why not have the team wear their white (away) uniforms for some of those games?
4. Oklahoma Sooners, Crimson (Pantone 201) Same color as Alabama. Official colors are “crimson and cream; white is an acceptable alternative for cream and more commonly used.”