One of my good high school friends reached out to me about getting a logo together for his new flooring business earlier this summer. It was a no brainer to work on it, and here is what resulted.
My aim was to go for something to do with the Gulf Coast, no just OS or Biloxi, but the whole Gulf Coast. So the ONE Coast is where the name came from, and I think that though the Biloxi Lighthouse is a Biloxi thing, it kind of encapsulates the whole Coast as a symbol.
If y'all have any flooring, bathroom, tile, backsplash, or vinyl needs, you know where to go!
It's so good I HAD TO share.
* 1½ cup crushed Graham Crackers (about half a box) Regular, Honey, or Cinnamon to preference.
* ¼ cup melted butter
* ¼ cup sugar
* 2-8oz packages of cream cheese at room temperature
* ½ cup sugar
* 3 large eggs - at room temperature
* 1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
* May add caramel drizzle for preference.
Sour cream topping:
* 1 pint sour cream
* ¼ cup sugar
* 1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
* May add caramel drizzle to preference.
* Preheat oven to 375.
* Finely crush up 1/2 box of Graham Crackers.
* Measure out 1½ cups into a medium sized bowl.
* Stir together the crumbs and the sugar.
* Evenly pour the melted butter into the mixture.
* Stir using a fork until everything is evenly blended.
* Pour crust mixture into pan. Press it evenly around the bottom and and inch up the sides until an even layer is formed.
* Set aside.
* In a large bowl, mix the softened cream cheese and sugar together on medium to medium-high speed.
* Once fully combined, add the vanilla and one egg.
* Blend until smooth and fully incorporated.
* Scrape the bowl down from time to time to ensure everything is being mixed together.
* Add the remaining eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly each time. (Don't mix on high speed - this will incorporate too much air into the batter and the cheesecake won't be as dense once it bakes.)
* Pour mixture over the crust.
* Gently tap the pan to encourage any air bubbles to rise to the surface.
* Place the cheesecake into a preheated oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until the center no longer jiggles when gently shaken.
* Once the first layer has baked, let it cool for at approximately 15 minutes.
* Increase the oven temperature to 450° F.
Sour Cream Topping:
* While the cheesecake is cooling, whisk the sour cream, sugar and vanilla together until smooth.
* Once the cheesecake has cooled for approximately 15 minutes, pour the sour cream topping over top.
* Using a rubber spatula or offset spatula, smooth out the surface.
* Place back into the oven (remember the heat should have been increased to 450° F) and bake for about 10 minutes.
* Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack to let cool to room temperature.
Refrigerate the cheesecake overnight to set. *Don't put cheesecake in the fridge until it has cooled to room temperature.
Originally Posted on huntthejones.wordpress.com on: OCTOBER 21, 2017
Today as I sat down and watched the 100th edition of the Third Saturday in October (that’s the nickname for the annual rivalry game between Alabama and Tennessee, for those who aren’t as football savvy) I got to thinking about how in this modern day of uniforms and aesthetics, a complete brand update is the necessary and sometimes trendy thing to do. Unless you’re Alabama, at least that’s what they say.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty much as traditionalist as they come, especially when it comes to my childhood favorite. Nothing is more familiar to me than the Crimson and White striped helmet with the numbers on the side, and I know the attitude of the Alabama fanbase when it comes to changing that. Heck, I can remember my Bama family chastising me at Thanksgiving for buying one of the Houndstooth collared jerseys back in the day. And that was in honor of Bear Bryant.
But on to the point of this post, which is to say that basically change is eventually and ultimately inevitable. Even if you are Alabama. So here’s my suggestion and attempt at embracing that “change” while still fully keeping within the same Alabama traditional look that we all know and love (or love to hate, I know there’s many of you out there). And that answer is simple. Just update the letter/number font. Georgia already did it pretty will (in my opinion) a few years back, and now it’s one of the most recognizable in college athletics.
First off, I can’t take full credit for the idea, because in a way Alabama is already moving towards this in their posts on social media. It’s been a while since I’ve been in Tuscaloosa, so I don’t know if its catching on around campus or not, but I do know it hasn’t translated into Bryant-Denny yet (at least from what I can see of TV). Here’s a simple example of what I’m talking about in this graphic I pulled from the official Alabama Football Twitter account (@AlabamaFTBL).
Now, here’s where you need to bear with me as I explain. To the untrained eye, you may be saying to yourself, “That’s just the same old block font and number they always use.” But it’s not. Sure, it looks that way at first glance, and that’s the beauty, I think, in moving to it full time. It won’t cause too much of an uproar in Bama Nation, yet it subtly moves the brand forward for another 150 years. If you look closely, the major differences are noticeable with the number “2” and the letter “S” in this font. Other than that, yes, this is pretty much a standard block. To be specific, it’s some variation or form of the Jersey M54 font, thought slightly different.
Here you can see the variation from the old style font to the new style with the “2” and the “S”Run with it Alabama. Jerseys, helmets, merchandise, end zones, do it all. It’s already being used across social media, so run with it. Let’s take a look at how it could work.
The first place you would see a major, noticeable change would be on the football field. Specifically, the end zones, followed by the midfield primary logo.
My updated concept for Bryant-Denny, merging the current italic style with the new block font.As you can see, just a slight change, giving it a modern touch, that does not in any way veer from or impede upon the traditional look. Still very much the Alabama brand.
The old style of the primary, side-by-side with the same logo, modernized with the new font.This is the most noticeable change, in my opinion. But I don’t think it’s bad (of course I am bias) and in fact, the more I look at it, the more I like it. Let’s see how it all works on the uniforms.
Looks pretty good and traditional to me. Just enough change to look modern.
Like I said, the “2” is the biggest change in my opinion. Anyway, that’s my little uniform run down for the day. Hope y’all enjoyed it more than I enjoyed watching Ole Miss display their ineptness again tonight against LSU. Be on the look out for a uniform related post about them next! Until next time, and Roll Tide!
Originally Posted on huntthejones.wordpress.com on: JULY 29, 2017
Back in the glory days (my undergrad years), it wasn’t unusual to find me sitting in the front foyer of the ATΩ house on the campus of The University of Mississippi on any given weekday writing. Whether it was a Southern Literature assignment or my infamous Ole Miss Blog, writing became something of an ongoing ritual for me (whether I liked it or not). Thankfully, one of my Secondary Education professors (Thanks Dr. O.I.) saw a talent in me that she forced me to polish through heaps of writing assignments which, thankfully, she allowed to be on the topic of Ole Miss Football. So, as I am going through my documents trying to organize for the upcoming school year I have found some of them, and I will continue to post them in hopes that they aren’t lost to me forever on the drive of an aging Macbook. This is, in it’s original and severely unedited/revised form, one of those assignments, written after Meg and I returned from one of our many game weekend road trips, this one to Tuscaloosa. Looking back I don’t regret a single second of the hope and optimism that was felt around the Ole Miss Football program and campus during that time, but in light of recent happenings I can’t say it’s not without some tainting, but so it goes. Hope y’all enjoy!
Back to Back
It was a long and visually dull drive across the hills of northern Mississippi into the state of Alabama, and as the Friday afternoon came to a close, I could not help but start to let the excitement slowly take me over. Having finally finished the school week after what seemed like an eternity of classes and homework, we were finally on our way. The Ole Miss Rebels were set for a road showdown with the then number two, and comfortably favored, University of Alabama football team. The Rebels were about to try and do what no other Ole Miss team had done before them, win back to back games over the Crimson Tide. To make things just a little more complicated, factor in that Ole Miss had previously only beaten the Tide once in Tuscaloosa since the rivalry’s inception. On top of that, Alabama had only lost one game in what had become known across the country as the coach’s signature “revenge” games during Nick Saban’s tenure. The Crimson Tide had also never lost a conference opener at home since Saban took over the program. Needless to say, the odds were not in the Rebel’s favor, but Hugh Freeze had put together a good team of his own. Now, in front of a hostile crowd for a primetime kickoff, it was time to find out just how good. There was plenty of reason to be excited. So, as we arrived in Birmingham, I ran inside, jumped in bed as soon as I could get my shoes off, and shut my eyes, hoping to fall asleep as soon as possible so that game day could finally be here.
As we drove into the Tuscaloosa city limits the next day, traffic was surprisingly not as bad as I had imagined it would be. Previous experiences of growing up an Alabama fan and going to games with my family made me all too familiar with the city’s lackluster ability to try and hold a population of around 400,000 on game day. So, like the sucker for tradition that I am, I took Meghan to the mall for our pregame meal in the food court just as I had always done on game day in Tuscaloosa. Romantic, right? The only difference is, this time I was sporting my red and powder blue instead of my usual crimson and white. After eating my customary China Garden box and catching odd looks, which I am not sure were caused by the Ole Miss gear or the food, we hurried out to the car so we could get a jump on finding a parking spot near the stadium for a reasonable price.
We found a spot at Central High School, located four or five blocks south of Bryant-Denny Stadium’s towering columns, so we parked and started the hike towards the Quad. Now, I knew what I was walking into, having been to Alabama games as a kid, but never had I found myself a stranger with no where in particular to go until now. I leaned over and commented to Meghan under my breath, “Now I think I know how other people feel when they come to the Grove.” For anyone who may not know, the Quad is the University of Alabama equivalent to the Grove, just a shoddier version. So we wandered around, returning an emphatic “Hotty Toddy!” to the occasional Ole Miss fan as they would randomly pass. Suddenly, I remembered the invitation we had received to come tailgate from our semi-employer, The Southern Shirt Company, that was founded and based in Tuscaloosa. I say semi-employer because Meghan and I represent the company as campus ambassadors for Ole Miss, so we headed to tent twenty in front of the Gorgas Library. When we arrived, we were met with amazing hospitality. Free drinks and food were continuously handed our way, as well as a seat in front of the TV to watch Auburn getting run over by LSU, which all of the Alabama faithful seemed to thoroughly enjoy. We met and talked to the founder, who is conveniently also from my hometown of Ocean Springs, and many of the other employees and family members. Everyone was just simply having a downright good time, poking fun at each other with the occasional “Roll Tide” or “Hotty Toddy.” A highly contested round of beer pong ensued until the hour we had all been waiting for finally arrived, game time.
Once in the stadium, the atmosphere was electric. I had been going to Alabama games all my life, but never had I seen Bryant-Denny rocking quite like this. I could feel it in the air. The pom-poms and stadium were shaking, “Dixie Land Delight” was blaring, and Alabama wanted revenge. I had the feeling all day that this was going to be a nail biter, but it was at that moment I knew it was going to be a battle until the bitter end. As the teams lined up for the opening kick off, the stadium had reached fever pitch. I could feel the stadium swaying underneath my feet. I could not even hear myself think. Suddenly, through the deafening of the crowd noise there was an even louder sound, the hype inducing intro rhythm of hip-hop artist Drake’s hit record “Back To Back.” The Ole Miss kickoff team and sideline erupted, swaying back and forth swaggerishly to the beat. As soon as it registered, Meghan leaned over and asked simply, “Foreshadowing?” “Let’s find out.” I said, as Gary Wunderlich booted it deep into the arms of the Alabama return man, the echoes of long and drawn out “Roll Tide Roll!” booming through the stadium.
The kick, the catch… Boom! The kickoff team makes contact with the return man and the crowd instantly goes from cheering to silent. The Ole Miss players are swarming around the spot of the ball, pointing in the opposite direction as if they knew that they had gained possession. As I looked and waited, a player in a white jersey and powder blue lid comes bursting out of the pile with the football. “The ruling on the field is that the Alabama player fumbled the football before his knee was down, therefore it is Ole Miss’ football.” said the referee. It was almost as if the life had been instantly sucked from the stadium. The Alabama sideline could not believe it, and neither could the crowd. They had picked up right where they left off in the last meeting, a fumbling on the kickoff. Ole Miss quickly cashed the turnover and field position into points, albeit only a field goal, but the Rebels took the lead early.
Back and forth the teams went, both defenses showing that they were once again a part of the nation’s elite, trading field goals to put the game at a 3-3 draw into the second quarter. Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss’ star number one recruit from a few short years ago, was wreaking havoc on the Alabama offensive line. In the eyes of the NFL Scouts, you could say that he was “putting on a clinic.” The pressure from the Ole Miss defensive front would soon take it’s toll on young Alabama quarterback Cooper Bateman, allowing Rebel safety Trae Elston to make a pivotal play in the game, intercepting a deep throw toward the middle of the field. In stunting a Tide drive, the Rebels also moved into Alabama territory on the return. Against a defense as good as Alabama’s, field position, no matter how it is earned, is vital. Ole Miss, lead by quarterback Chad Kelly, took the opportunity and drove down to the Crimson Tide half yard line. Alabama still would not break defensively, holding the Rebels on three straight plays, making it fourth and goal. Bringing his signature “big” package into the game, Coach Hugh Freeze was about to fool everyone in the stadium, including me. The snap went to the three hundred pound wildcat quarterback Jeremy Liggins for what was sure to be a powerful run into the teeth of the Crimson Tide defense. Just as soon as Liggins caught the snap, then popped the ball back forward right into the hands of running back Jordan Wilkins, who was motioning across the formation. Wilkins strolled into the end zone untouched to take the lead. Silence. The ensuing kickoff went to star Alabama running back Kenyan Drake, who then proceeded to fumble it away as well. The crowd was in disbelief. Three plays later, Chad Kelly took the snap from the Alabama four yard line, somehow getting to the corner and outside of the defense. He dove through a tackle towards the crimson painted end zone, landing defiantly with his arms outstretched for another touchdown. 17-3, Ole Miss leads. But, like all great teams do, Alabama would come roaring back, scoring on a long touchdown drive to end the half with Ole Miss only leading 17-10. The momentum was shifting back to the Crimson Tide, and the stadium could feel it too.
After the half with Alabama’s defense playing on fire and the momentum ever building in the Tide’s favor, the Rebels faced a pivotal third down with one yard to gain. They could not afford to go three-and-out on this drive. If they did, they were at risk of losing any momentum they may have left. As the ball was snapped, trouble immediately followed. The football sailed up over Chad Kelly’s head, barely low enough for him to get a hand on it. It popped straight up into the air and just floated for what seemed like hours. By the time he caught it, three Crimson Tide defenders were swarming, closing in on him. There was no escape. In a Johnny Manziel-esque sequence of events, Kelly swiveled and heaved the ball into the direction of receiver Laquon Treadwell. I could just see the game changing interception coming. The ball fluttered pitifully down as Laquon jumped up to try and catch it, two defenders draped on him. As he grabbed it, an Alabama defender knocked it straight down out of his hands. In an extreme turn of events, instead of falling to the ground, the football bounced off of the second Alabama defender’s helmet back up into the air. It fell right into the hands of Rebel receiver Quincy Adeboyejo, who then streaked down the sideline and into the end zone for a touchdown. Everyone was in such extreme disbelief that no one could say a word. As the Ole Miss sideline erupted in applause, the Alabama sideline was the polar opposite. Nick Saban was irate. He threw his arms up in the air defiantly as he mouthed, “What the?…” 24-10, Ole Miss.
From that point, the game took a huge turn in the Rebels favor as they continued to pour it on. Forcing and taking advantage of Crimson Tide turnover, they just began to beat Alabama in every aspect of the football game. The score grew to a 30-10 Ole Miss lead near the end of the third quarter. It was far from over. Just as before, Alabama would come roaring back, lead by senior quarterback Jake Coker, the starter of the Tide’s two previous games who had been benched in place of Bateman for tonights game. Alabama was then able to crank up the pressure and shut down the Ole Miss offense as they mounted their come back, scoring fourteen unanswered points. Ole Miss’ lead stood only at six, 30-24. Just as it seemed Alabama had regained all momentum, Rebel quarterback Chad Kelly sprinted right as if to run, pulling up at the very last second as if to throw. He pushed the ball over the head of the Alabama defender and it glided right into the hands of receiver Cody Core, who was standing all alone down the sideline. Core took it the rest of the way, racing into the end zone for a touchdown. 36-24, Ole Miss leads with eleven minutes left to play. The Landshark Defense would then step up once again, intercepting Coker on the following drive. This would seemingly give the Rebels the stop they needed to finish the game. Two plays later, Chad Kelly would find Laquon Treadwell in the end zone over the top of Alabama defensive back Cyrus Jones for another touchdown, and just like that, the Rebels had a 43-24 lead with only nine minutes to play. It was at this point that some of the Alabama fans started to pour out of the stadium, essentially conceiting defeat. The Alabama players would not waiver though, again driving down the field for a score, never giving up and cutting the lead to 43-30 with six minutes to play in the game. What followed was a sequence of events that made me sure Ole Miss was going to go back to their old ways and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as I had watched them do so many times before. Alabama kicker Adam Griffith chipped a perfectly executed onside kick. It bounced up into the air, over the Rebel receivers, and into the hands of an Alabama player. The Tide was not dead yet. On the ensuing possession, Alabama quarterback Jake Coker would again find the end zone in the form of his newfound go-to receiver, Richard Mullaney, cutting the Ole Miss lead to 43-37 with three minutes left in the game.
Following the kickoff, Ole Miss was attempting to put the game away on offense. With no time out’s left, the Alabama coaching staff had put in all of their chips in hopes of stopping the Rebels on this drive. Ole Miss only needed one first down to win the game, but it was not meant to be. Forced to punt, the Rebel defenders would once again be called upon to win the game. Now the only thing standing between Alabama and a miraculous comeback victory was the Landshark defense. It all came down to a fourth down play for the Tide. Everyone in the stadium, Alabama and Ole Miss fans alike, collectively held their breath as Jake Coker dropped back to throw and fired across the field. Incomplete! The defense had done it once again, stopping the Tide offense short of the line to gain! Ole Miss had done what seemed impossible, beating the Crimson Tide two years in a row. Drake’s song could be heard echoing from the Ole Miss locker room and team buses for the rest of the night, “Oh man, oh man, oh man, not again..” The Rebels had beat Alabama, and they had done it back to back.
Originally Posted on huntthejones.wordpress.com on: JULY 23, 2017
So as I sit here and watch Last Chance U on Netflix, I get the urge to try and tackle a possible rebrand of JUCO football teams here in the Magnolia State. Being a lifelong resident of the Coast, I wanted to start with Mississippi Gulf Coast (MGCCC) in Perkinston, as it is the “hometown” team around these parts. So for now, they are as far as I have gotten. I plan on doing the rest at some point, but this will be the first of the series.
For those who don’t know, they go by simply by Perk, Gulf Coast, or MGCCC. They are the Bulldogs, and their colors are Navy, Gold, White, and they have started to integrate a light Grey here recently that I think I’ll run with as well. A quick Google search will turn up their current logo set which includes a rendition of the old Mississippi State primary, where “STATE” is replaced by “GULF COAST” and a secondary bulldog head that you see in Walmart on the local high school team shirts. The primary is pretty much cemented into the culture around the school (so much so that they have unofficially adopted the phrase “Hail Perk”, so replacing it won’t ever do, and I attempted to upgrade what is there by simply, well, making it simpler. The bulldog was my real project here. I wanted to create something that was iconic, simple, and theirs. So I searched an image for their particular mascot and turned up this as my inspiration:
The Bulldog Mascot that inspired my Bulldog Head Logo.I started off by doing a simple sketch in order to get an idea of how I wanted my logo to look. This is that sketch:
So, without any more blabbering, here is the logo sheet for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs.
I plan on updating this post as I add sports concepts. Baseball is up first. I hope you all enjoy!
I’m a huge fan of the baseball only logos for teams so I created an interlocking “GC” for Gulf Coast in the block font.
With the uniforms, I went for a classic baseball look with the script across the chest. At home, you can see MGCCC rocking the white uniforms with the “Bulldogs” across the chest. On the road, the primary is a standard Grey with “MGCCC” in block across the chest. For alternates, a Navy top with “Gulf Coast” in script or a Gold top with “Perk” will do.
Here is an ongoing list of my favorite beers, and yes I tend to lean toward the "regular" beer. That's why I call this the "Average American's" favorite beers, because I view myself as the average American. And that's NOT a knock on the craft brew scene, at all, I just tend to lean toward the average beer. I even had a worker at Three Taverns Brewery in Atlanta jump on my butt for asking if they had any beer that tasted more like "regular" beer. No harm meant, just meant something more along the lines of a good ole reliable Miller Light. I'll keep this list rolling as I find any that are worthy. Anyway, here goes.
How do I know? 'Cause my wife says so.
Whole pack of Lemons (5-6 small), halved and squeezed.
Whole pack of Limes (5-6 small), halved and squeezed.
3 big oranges, halved and squeezed.
4 medium onions, peeled and halved.
4 bulbs of garlic, peeled and separated.
2 packs of whole mushrooms.
3 bags of small red potatoes.
1 bag of corn on the cob.
1 and 1 half medium jar of powdered boil.
½ bottle of liquid boil.
1 boil bag.
Salt (to preference).
Pepper (to preference).
Tony’s (to preference).
4-5 Bay Leaves.
Shrimp and/or crawfish and/or crab.
Bring water to rolling boil. Add all boil mix. Add salt and pepper. Add Tony’s. Add Bay Leaves. Squeeze in lemons, limes, and oranges, dropping all hulls into boil as well. Wait 5 minutes and let boil. Add potatoes and corn. Let boil for 10-15 minutes. Add garlic and mushrooms and sausage. Let boil 7-10 minutes. Add seafood. Let boil for 2 minutes (shrimp). Turn off heat. Add extra boil to preference. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Add 2-3 bags of ice. Dump and serve after 5 minutes.
**Save some left over boil water for Coastal Cajun Bloody Mary recipe or Coastal Cajun Bloody Mary ice cubes.