You never get tired of watching the video, but if you missed hearing the radio version, listen to The Voice of the Seminoles deliver one of his signature calls during FSU's drubbing of Clemson last season in Death Valley.
Here's the banner seen at the introduction of the new Osceola logo. It represents a life span of the original Chief logo designed in 1971, as we've documented here on G&G. But wait. The banner says 1976.
It doesn't take much digging to know that FSU's classic indian head logo was in circulation at least two years before '76. Below are photos of the icon from 1974, taken from various publications. One is a shot of the '74 cheerleaders with the guys wearing shirts emblazoned with it. And if you look closely, it appears the cheerleaders are standing on a large version of the logo on the 50-yard line at Doak.
The point is mainly to set the record straight. Still, we can't help but note that the inaccurate banner is further evidence of how this bombshell of a logo change was, to put it diplomatically, not well thought out.
FSU fans held their collective breath when Brandon Jenkins was helped off the turf in the first half of the Noles 2012 opener. The big DE's crowning senior season was over after just a few plays against undermanned Murray State.
How much of a hit did FSU's defense take? After all, Jenkins recorded 122 total tackles and 22.5 sacks before the injury. Thanks to Tank Carradine the Noles D appeared not to miss a beat. But we'll never know just how great the defensive greatness might've been had the dream combo of Jenkins and Bjoern Werner played all 14 games together.
Jenkins talks about his career being derailed—the physical and mental pain—in this 2012 interivew, during which he casually mentions he won't be back.
Sadly, bad luck continued to haunt Brandon during his rookie season with the Redskins. The fifth round pick played just 16 snaps in two games before an ankle injury sidelined him for the rest of the year.
John Roberge, creator of FSU's Osecola head icon, shared with us what may be the only remaining reproduction of a full-bodied version (seen on the right above). Recently dug up from his art files, it was printed by FSU Office Services, where Roberge worked, in 1971.
Why two images. "At first, just the head logo, then a full-bodied figure was requested," says Roberge.
"It was a bit awkward to make him left-handed, but the position of the head seemed to require it," he explained. "Making him right-handed would have had the tomahawk down, forward left arm empty."
We asked Roberge if he remembers FSU using the full-bodied version. "I saw it around. Decals and small bumper-sticker paper ones, if memory serves," he told us.
And notice something different about the Osceola head image on the left? The original had only one word, "State," on the feather. Since Roberge hand-lettered the original, he thought the single word would make it simpler and easier to read than two. FSU later added the word "Florida," just one of the tweaks made over the years until the major redesign that burst on the scene earlier this month.
It was the arm of Peter Tom Willis versus the swivel hips of Emmitt Smith, back in the days before the gator's home turf was called The Swamp. Go full screen on the video and watch P.T. steal the show with 319 yards passing and TD tosses to three different receivers. It had to be the final nail in the coffin for Gary Darnell, who took over in mid-season when Galen Hall was fired. The game was played on Dec. 2, 1989, and on Jan. 1, 1990, Florida announced the hiring of Stephen Orr Spurrier as its new head coach.
Remember Marcus Ball? The video above might jog your memory. The guy was a headhunting 4-Star linebacker coming out of high school. He signed with FSU and had solid freshman and sophomore seasons. But after getting caught up in the academic scandal of 2007 he asked to be released from his scholarship. Whatever the reason, apparently FSU made a lasting impression on Ball. A few days ago he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
"I had a great time while I was there. I'll always be a Seminole."
So whatever happened to Marcus? He landed at a Mississippi JC, then spent his last two years of elegibility at Memphis. After impressing scouts the past two seasons at Toronto in the CFL, Ball was on the radar of at least four NFL teams. And he recently signed a three-year contract with New Orleans. Watch for him this fall wearing a Saints jersey with the number 36.
Talk about a human highlight reel, PDub was the football equivalent of Houdini: An escape artist that audiences could count on for pure excitement. Whether it was spectacular catches or jaw dropping punt returns, Pete was one of those rare players who, when he stepped on the field, you knew something electric and unpredictable could happen. And often did.
His 3517 career receiving yards plus 1157 yards of kick returns made him an easy choice for FSU's Hall of Fame in 2010. If you were there for plays like the ones in the video, you know what we're talking about. If not, at least you can get a pretty good idea of what you missed.
John Roberge is the artist who dreamed up and designed the now famous Osceola logo back in 1971 (see our previous post, "Florida State's most famous face is about to get a makeover"). Like all of us, FSU's updated version took him by surprise.
So this week Roberge said he "felt like revisiting the design himself" and "spent a couple of hours drawing this one." He told us this newer version "paid attention to ground-crew, etc. repro difficulties," the things FSU maintains were what prompted the refinement.
We believe the one above not only addresses those issues, but still maintains the spirit, excitement and intangibles that FSU fans have loved about the 43-year old image.
Remember, Roberge did this modernized version in a couple of hours just for fun. Now imagine how much time and fan uproar FSU could have saved if only they'd asked the guy who created the first one to reimagine it.
The uproar over the "refinement" of the Osceola icon is far from the first time there's been pushback in the brand identity universe. Two stumbles immediately come to mind.
As the old saying goes, a leopard doesn't change his spots. But a certain jaguar underwent a major facelift last year. And Jags fans all over North Florida let out a collective roar of 'WTF!?"
Some of the more printable comments called it a cartoon, a "putty tat," and "absolutely horrible." Out of 1.7 million who voiced opinions in social media, only 393,000 had a positive response (infographic here).
Jacksonville's logo update, to be fair, was part of an "ongoing revitalization of the Jaguars franchise." New owner Shahid Kahn was wisely trying a number of things to change the culture and losing attitude of a team and its fans. Not exactly the predicament a program that just won a national championship finds itself in.
IDENTITY CRISIS The Mother of all logo horror stories is undoubtedly the Gap gaffe. In 2010 the retailer ripped up its iconic blue box with classic serif typeface and replaced it with a bizzare version with a hint of the original. The reaction was like throwing a stinkbomb into the middle of a Gap store during Christmas shopping season.
For a week or two the company tried to defend, explain and justify their radical logo departure. But by the third week, Gap management apologized and quickly reverted back to the original. The moral of the story, as one brand identity expert said: "...a logo that has a great deal of loyalty must be handled with care." Or in the simplest terms, do NOT piss off your customers with clueless decisions.
And the most amazing part of the Gap logo mess? You'd expect such negative emotional outcry from the fans of a sports team, not a retail chain known for its racks of premium denim.
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