Craig Priestley is the latest to submit a design for our Oklahoma City uniform contest. He said he didn't have a team name for his submission, but that it was inspired by the Oklahoma City flag.
Does anyone want to take a shot at naming this team in the comments?
If you want to help create this hypothetical NFL team in Oklahoma City, send logo/uniform designs to OklahomIraqis@gmail.com. The deadline is March 15, and the winner may get something from our league store.
Thank you to Mr. Priestley and everyone else who has submitted designs so far.
Skott Schoonover previously submitted a design for the hypothetical Oklahoma City NFL team design contest. His original design included a slanting oil derrick made up of the letters 'R' and 'n,' which was unique and clever. But the slant was a little too much. He sent an updated version without the slant:
"Hi, I updated my roughnecks design. I took away the slant to the logo and the numbers. I like it a lot better. I think the logo could be a bit more legible as the 'R' and 'n,' but I'll work on that. Hope you like the updates."
I like the numbers without the slant more. And the overall look of the oil derrick logo looks better, but I did like the 'R' and 'n.' I think Skott can find some happy medium between his first submission and this one that would be perfect.
Thanks for the extra work, Skott. If you want to submit your own design, send them to OklahomIraqis@gmail.com. The deadline for entries is March 15. Here are the other entries:
The winner may get something from our league store.
The latest submission in our design contest for a hypothetical NFL team in Oklahoma City comes from Lennie Nelson. His Roughnecks design includes my favorite logo of the contest thus far. I do not love the turquoise, but I appreciate Mr. Nelson's reasoning:
"My design is centered around traditional Native American shades of
Again, I love the logo. It is simple and clever. The overall design looks very good. Thank you to Nelson for the work he put into this and for sending it to us. His design will be added into the contest update entry, which you can find here. Nelson did not provide a Web site or social media account, which is a shame because he's clearly talented.
To submit your own design, please email OklahomIraqis@gmail.com.
It is a good thing I check my SPAM folder. Otherwise, Andrew Seagraves's submission for his Oklahoma City Rattlers would have never made it to okiraqi.org. Mr. Seagraves found our contest on Uni-Watch.com, so thanks again to that site. They've referred over 10,000 unique visitors to our site. We appreciate it. Our original post asking for logo submissions is: NFL in OKC? Here is what Seagraves had to say about his design:
It's not Roughnecks but I like the design and concept. Here's his full entry:
Skott Schoonover sent in his Roughnecks design this week. According to him, he completed it entirely using Microsoft Paint, so bravo Mr. Schoonover! It looks too good to be done with that platform.
Here's what Schnoover had to say about his submission:
Keith Good designs logos at his Web site: keithisgood.com, and tweets from @keithisgood. He sent in this Roughnecks design, and we appreciate his work.
Here's what Mr. Good had to say about his design:
Blake Campbell of Friday Night Design was the first to submit a Roughnecks design. It was very popular and the commissioner was a fan. But the clay color he used could be mistaken for something a little too close to Longhorn burnt orange.
So, Mr. Campbell came back with a slightly different shade of clay that is closer to Oklahoma's red dirt than burnt orange:
Our latest design submission for an Oklahoma City NFL team comes from George Burnett. Mr. Burnett found our contest on SportsLogos.net. He named the franchise the Spirits:
"Here is something that I did last year around this time. There are several images to build the case and they will be in order.
Burnett did a good job letting his images speak for themselves. Overall, I like the concept. He also broke the cardinal rule by not naming the team Roughnecks. But he presents something that would be uniquely Oklahoma. The colors match well with the state flag, the Native American influence is noticeable without being offensive, and the name is not used in any other professional sports league.
Because he did such a thorough job explaining his concept through his images, I will just post those with little comment.
I like that the Native American influence is based on genuine examples of that culture and not a caricature of the people that Oklahoma was named for (Oklahoma is a Choctaw word meaning "red people"). I should note that this looks genuine and respectful to me: a lily-white male with zero percent Native American blood. I can't speak for Native Americans, so I'd be interested in hearing other opinions on the design from that aspect.
We asked for logo designs for a hypothetical Oklahoma City NFL team. And, after 12,000 unique visitors over three days, we received our first Roughnecks design. It came from Blake Campbell, who saw our contest link on OperationSports.com. Mr. Campbell owns and runs Friday Night Design. His Web site is still a work in progress, but he has some great work he plans to display under the Fantasy tab.
But Campbell had his reservations about Roughnecks. It's understandable for anyone who is not from oil country. Campbell worked through his apprehension though:
"I must admit, I initially felt the task of branding an NFL team on men in the oilfield was a daunting one. But the more time I spent pondering the idea, the quicker my imagination began to run wild. I hope you and your readers will enjoy the design that I've put together. Let me explain my design.
I love the idea. My only criticism is that the clay color looks a little close to the burnt orange used by the University of Texas. The Longhorns are not very popular here. I shared this concern with Campbell, and he agreed to modify the clay color to more accurately represent the "red dirt" that is famous in Oklahoma. But I love the overall design, so I'm posting the submission anyway. Back to Campbell's design though:
Campbell's helmet design is clean and simple.