SCtoC Exclusive: First look at the Strike Force's new look Aug 7, 2019 13:21:54 GMT -8
Post by David on Aug 7, 2019 13:21:54 GMT -8
LB Ralph Harvey, Jr. shows off the new Strike Force home uniform.
SAN DIEGO, CA -
It's "Bombs Away!" for the San Diego Strike Force.
The team revealed it's new aviator look at a press conference this morning. The look takes advantage of the presence of the United States Navy with a feel of the movie "Top Gun." The press conference was held on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway in downtown San Diego.
A source close to SCtoC provided the first look at the new uniforms and wordmark script for the new-look San Diego Strike Force on August 7. The uniforms were provided to us after San Diego Strike Force announced Monday afternoon that the team would be unveiling a new look for the 2020 season. The team took to social media by posting a teaser graphic with the caption "Bombs Away," with the revealed date of August 14 for the team's new logo and 2020 launch.
As an exclusive, SCtoC was fortunate enough to get a first look at the team's new logos and uniforms, which are designed by PhenomElite, who recently provided the uniforms for the Arena Football League.
The highlight of the new look are the helmets, which highlight a shark-like bomber on the sides facing toward the front. Several uniform patches complete the look, from the shark logo missile, to aviator wings, squadron patches and other items.
The Home Uniforms will be the primary military green with black United Stencil numbers outlined in yellow. These are designated as the "Flight Suits."
The Road Uniforms are white with grey pants with black United Stencil numbers outlined in yellow. These are designated as the as the "interceptor" look.
The Alternate Uniforms are an all-black with military green United Stencil numbers. These are designated as the "stealth" look.
Our first impression from the new look-Strike Force, is that this is a tremendous improvement.
Since San Diego was announced as an expansion franchise in November 2019, the team has had an identity crisis; from the Strike Force's website listing the team as the San Diego Lightning to two different logos, including an interlocking SF that formed a plane, owner Roy Choi's second franchise felt as if it was slapped together with duct tape. At the team's introductory press conference, the Strike Force revealed uniforms that would differ from what was on the field as well as a jet fighter logo that looked as if it was made from a stock image. To make matters worse, the jet fighter logo would eventually be revised during the season when it was pointed out that the aircraft was not based on a United States F-15E Strike Eagle, but a Russian MiG jet fighter.
The Strike Force's uniforms themselves were rather generic; the team took the field with an all-navy blue (that appeared purple depending on the lighting) with black side paneling, very small front and back jersey numbers, and were paired with matte black helmets with the MiG jet in a chrome. To make matters worse, the helmet logo didn't even match the logo on the sleeves of the jersey. The team would eventually ditch the matte black helmet, switching to a silver helmet with the updated Strike Eagle jet on the shell and wearing more of the white pants.
Fans in San Diego should look forward to watching their team take the field in 2020 with the team's new look, which ties in with the city being home to the nation's largest concentration of military personnel.
Eucker made a pair of additional announcements at this morning's press conference. The first is that Burt Grossman will return as head coach for the team's second season, and the second is that San Diego will host the league meetings in September; a departure from the traditional setting of Las Vegas.
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