A few days ago at that other site, there was a discussion of the possible misuse of the colors grey and blue on the Texas state patch on the MLB Rangers' sleeves. I agree that the lighting and shading is possibly depicted wrong, and while I realize that the limitations of embroidery may have limited the use of colors to just those four as people brought up in the comments over there, another problem I have is the length of the flag in relation to it's height. If you unfurl it, I believe you have a flag that is over three-times as wide as it is high. And I'm not even getting into the gray gradations they added to the 2-Dimensional star, but I'm sure there are regulations about flags and what you can do as far as three-dimensionally representing a two-dimensional flag.
At any rate, in these above images, the lower right is a variation of another way you could depict the flag. It would require a second shade of darker red, but if you use the brownish-gray instead of the blue for the shadow part and then shade it as I have, you have a version perhaps more palatable to those so interested in detail. I'm sure, however, when the Rangers' adopted this patch in 2000 (yes they've had it for over a decade, and we're just noticing it now) they worked up a few different variations, and the team brass chose what they did.
What does this discussion of an MLB patch have to do with football uniforms, our focus here at The Gridiron Uniform Database? Well, as we are discussing state flags, along with the Rangers' use of their state flag, baseball's Orioles and football's Ravens have also used the Maryland state flag within team logos. But what do these items from the Maryland flag that are in the Orioles and Ravens' logos mean?
|The Maryland State Flag|
Many readers of this website, in discussing football uniform color issues, have brought up heraldry, as in our discussion of the tincture of Or, the color gold (not yellow), etc. So today let's take a look at this Ravens' secondary logo and its' heraldric elements. As you can see when you look at the Maryland state flag, the Orioles use the actual representation of the flag, within an orange circle with their team name, yet the Ravens' is not quite the same. But what do these quarters of the flag represent?
|The Crossland Banner|
|The Grenville Armorial in the |
house of Stowe shows a very
extravagant use of marshallling
-- it contains 719 quarterings.
In heraldry, marshalling is when you "cross" two flags in this manner, as in a union of a husband and wife's families, one way to do it is by putting one of the flags in the 1st and 4th quadrants, and the other in the 2nd and 3rd quadrants. There are a few different ways to "cross" in successive generations, depending on which European traditions you are following, i.e. French nobility, British nobility, Spanish nobility, Germanic nobility, etc. In some traditions, if you were crossing a four-field arms with another four-field arms, you would simply choose two of the four fields and cross them, in other traditions you would "quarter" the quartering, and then have eight fields. In this method, after a few generations you would have a very confusing set of arms.
|Philadelphia's City Flag|
Speaking of women's soccer, good luck to the Women's World Cup team today in the final against Japan, but also good luck to Phil Mickelson, who just shot a 5-under par 30 on the front nine in the final round of the British Open to tie for the lead. We know a lot of people "over there" are rooting for Darren Clarke, but a lot of people over here are rooting for Lefty.
|"I love me some baby blue and yellow"|