ESPN Uni Watch On The History of the Wishbone "C"

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  1. BelieveInMonsters

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    Was doing some research and I found the The article below and it's followup which are both from last year. I apologize if this has been posted already.

    I found them to be very interesting reads as they pertain to our beloved Bears. A common misconception is that the Cincinnati Reds were the first sports team to use the wishbone "C" and that the Bears borrowed it from them in the 1960's.

    In reality, the first known use of the wishbone "C" was by the University of Chicago football team in 1898. Therefore it has much more history and prominence in the City of Chicago than Cincinnati or anywhere else for that matter.

    For those uniform history buffs keeping track, the Bears get their uniform cues from two Illinois Universities. The Navy and Orange come from the University of Illinois where George Halas attended (He also chose that shade of blue because he served in the Navy) and the true origin of the wishbone "C" is the University of Chicago.

    Here are links to these articles:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/12724/the-uni-watch-history-of-the-wishbone-c

    http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/13132/more-uni-watch-wishbone-c-history

    Unfortunately, you cannot view the pages from your mobile device. (I couldn't view them on my Samsung Galaxy Mega and had to look at them on the old desktop)
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    And yet no one can explain WHY the Bears is asymmetrical.
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    Do you know the reason why the Bears' Wishbone "C" is asymmetrical? Or were you wondering yourself as well?
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    Wondering myself, never heard an explanation.
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    It's not asymmetrical. The difference is the top leg of the C stops shorter than the lower leg. I flipped the image , superimposed it, and faded the upside down image.

    If it's lined up on the legs of the C instead of the wishbone tip, you see how it's symmetrical. If you continue drawing the legs, they will meet and you would have a nice ellipse. Except for the wishbone. That is what is off kilter. It's a little lower than center.




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    well, technically, the logo image still is asymmetrical, there is no symmetry to it, since if you folded the image in half, it would not line up.

    But, thanks for pointing that out though, i never realized it was cropped short on one leg. Still wish i knew WHY though.
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    Trademark, copy right laws..... Maybe it had to be a little different to avoid any possible lawsuits?

    Just a guess, likely wrong
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    Besides the Reds, not too sure who else had a trademark on it during the 60s, and the reds logo hat the words inside of it:

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    Cubs had a very similar logo in 1916. Not sure if they kept the trademark on that logo though.

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    But then again it had the walking Bear
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    Yeah, doubtful they kept it, and trademarks are pretty specific. Its why Green Bay, Georgia and Grambling State can all have the exact same logo, with different colors.
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    Goon Bay experimented with it... Yes, that's Bart Starr

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