Moderator Edit: All of these designs can be viewed at https://cflinhalifax.com/ .
Poster edit: Fog ranking and score dropped. Marauders, Celtics, Leviathans, & Sea Serpents rank and scores adjusted up accordingly. Tritons critique & score added. Further edits likely as other concepts introduced.
PS to moderator, and anyone reading, the website did not have all concepts up last I saw. All concept art being discussed here is available through the twitter account @CFLinHalifax.
I now feel compelled to add the following disclaimer- I have no formal association whatsoever to the CFL, the prospective Maritime franchise ownership group, or the agency behind the CFLinHamilton twitter account and website. I'm just a CFL fan excited about the idea of our league finally expanding to the East Coast, that wants to discuss the "fan art" proposals published via the CFLinHalifax twitter account and website.
By now, we've probably all checked out the CFLinHalifax twitter account that has been posting team name and uniform ideas for the future Maritime CFL team. Some of the concepts are great, some, not so much. Here are my brief thoughts on each design, from worst to best:
Hellfish. They have admitted this was just for fun, just to see what this Simpsons- inspired uni would look like. No chance of it ever actually happening. 0.25/10.
Explosion. Colours suit the concept, but it's a bad concept in poor taste. The colours remind me of the 1980's Vancouver Canucks V's. Except I actually liked the V's. 0.5/10
Herd. Colour scheme is new to the league, but dull. "Halifax", not regional name, Strike 1. Singular team name, strike 2. Stylized moose antler logo and helmet art too simplified, strike 3, this concept is out. 0.625/10
Kraken. I'm not a fan of either colour scheme. I'm also not a fan of singular team names. Ok attempt at doing something other than the standard logo on either side of the helmet though. 0.75/10
Claws. Decent uniforms, except for the cooked lobster claw logo & team name. 1/10
Tidal Boars. A play on words that certainly looks fiercer than the actual spelling, bore. If the team is to be named after an imaginary creature, I'd rather the Leviathan. 1.5/10
Humpbacks. Good unis & logo for the name. Can't see that actually being the name, though. 2/10
Fog. Cool concept. As a minor and high school football official, the two not too far off from each other shades of grey fading into each other would drive me nuts! "What number was that?" Fans in the nosebleed section seats would probably have the same reaction. 2.5/10.
Marauders. I wanted to like this one more, since that was the name of my high school team. Colours too drab. Maybe better with red white and blue, the colours of the flags of Norway and Iceland, where the Vikings came from? Or pretty much anything more colourful? 3/10
Tritons. Initial impression positive, but compared to most of the rest, it doesn't measure up for me. I like the name and the trident logo. Dislike that green. Uni reminiscent of the Seahawks. 3.25/10
Celtics. Cool helmet. Team colours remind me of early "team Christmas" New Jersey Devils. Nope. 3.5/10
Leviathans- Sharp unis, ok logo. Highly doubtful that will be the team name, though. 4/10
Sea Serpents- Uni reminds me of both the Dolphins & Gators. Getting there. 4.5/10
Armada, Good logo, same colours as a warship makes sense. Singular team name is a big strike for me. 5/10
Sharks- the blood red is a nice sharp contrast to the black, grey and white. I like the helmet, another departure from the standard logos on the sides. 5.5/10
Icebergs. I like the logo. Well executed concept. 6/10.
Highlanders- Interesting, unique uniforms that I actually would like to see in real life. Plaid a bit too derivative of current Ottawa franchise, and helmet logo too close to Horn Chen era Ottawa team. 6.5/10
Citadels. Cool logo, sharp looking uniforms, Isn't there a hockey team with the same name? I firmly believe it needs to be the "Atlantic" or "Maritime" team, and not "Halifax", to foster the regional support the team will need. 7/10
Storm. Love the colours! Same colours as the Ukrainian flag, and I'm Ukrainian Canadian. Definitely a new colour combo for the CFL! Good logo. Still not a fan of singular team names. 7.5/10
Admirals. Sharp unis, simple easily identifiable logo. 8/10
Privateers. Badass pirate theme. Great looking logo and uniform. Make it a regional name instead of Halifax, and this is a strong contender. 8.5/10
Acadians. Name ties in to local history, which is good. Best non-traditional helmet design. A strong candidate. 9/10
Schooners. Great looking unis. Ok logo, but I'd rather see the original, maybe "tweaked" slightly. Most likely name for the franchise, since that's what it was supposed to be with the 1980's bid. 9.5/10. I thought this would be my #1 favourite, but...
In my opinion, the best of all of the concepts shared so far is the Atlantic Ospreys! Unique name, great logo, sharp colours totally different from anything in the current CFL. Darker helmet looks better than the white one. If it's not Schooners, then GO OSPREYS GO! 9.75/10
What do you think?
Edit 2- Bolding added to team names added for clarity. Herd critique added.