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    What is it about this particular series that makes it so compelling? I ask this in all seriousness in order to figure out how it can be replicated. I (and many other fans of this series) aren't even soccer fans, and yet we are riveted to this series. There have been tons of good series where entire leagues are created. Several going on right now that I'm enjoying very much, but not to the level of the America League. Additionally, there are lots of series that have attempted to create detailed histories for each of the teams, and to be honest, until this one, I always skimmed right over them. The only thing I can think of is that this one started off by saying it had all 68 teams finished and ready to be rolled out. Also, Patrick laid out his goals for himself when creating this league, as well as the limitations he was putting on himself. By establishing from the start that he not only claimed he was going to do this, but had already done so, it put me at ease that I wouldn't be asking myself two months from now, "Hmm... whatever happened to that guy who said he was going to do a whole league of American soccer teams? He did ten, then dropped off the map...". I know most of us don't have the time to create a whole league from scratch before posting the first thing about it, but to be honest, if you're going to propose doing an entire league, this is the way to do it. Get them all done first, and then roll it out. The introductory map was also a great touch, as it allowed everyone to locate their region and being anticipating what "their' team was going to be. As far as the detailed history goes, I think what many of the less-interesting do is when they start listing out individual players that were on those teams, and the specific results of specific games. I think our attention span is limited to the broad scope of history. Other current series that seem to follow many of these unwritten 'rules' are GotPixel's rugby series that just finished, Jabberwockey Hockey, and Eurobasket. Enjoying all three of those and look forward to the new releases every day. Granted, not everyone can be both a great designer AND a good writer. But if you're creating a league from scratch, take note at how much these 'histories' shape and inform and sometimes even excuse a team's logo and uniform design. So keep them coming, everyone. For the first time, I'm checking into this forum not just weekly, but several times a day, excited to see the great series everyone is coming up with.
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    It's March Madness, folks! UD Arena - Dayton, OH (2013)
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    I like the old guy wearing the Picasso Coyote hat. "I hear that young Jerome Roanoke has a bright future ahead of him."
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    Dude, I don't know what I can say about this series that everyone else hasn't already. Awesome execution, incredible depth of thought, one of the best series I've ever seen here. Most of these concepts and designs are total hits. Just like a real league, there are some misses, especially when you put big logos or elements in contrast to the main jersey (Miami and not-Hollywood LA come to mind), where I think subtlety would work better. But overall, this series is so awesome it defies belief. Someone smart at video game modding should mod the most recent FIFA game to incorporate this league. Then we could all take control of our local team and lead them to US Premier League glory! An England-style soccer league in the US is obviously a stretch, but this concept series really makes it seem plausible. I think going on to the next two leagues would basically send most of us into excitement overload. I'm hoping my hometown shows up in one of them. (Annapolis Admirals FC!!!) Absolutely awesome work. Please, never stop.
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    Terry Kath, the late guitarist from Chicago in the 60s and 70s wore several hockey Jerseys when the band toured. I have seen him in jerseys of the Rangers, Blues, and even the WHL's Chicago Cougars. He even had a Blackhawks decal on his guitar. I'm at work so I can't really post any pics.
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