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    I've been wondering whether this run by Penn State would fuel any JoePa talk. And I don't think it really has. I scrolled through their Football Facebook stories and found only one comment about Paterno being happy about this...and nothing about "now let's get that statue up." The harsh punishment that most of us wanted did not come to fruition and now we've moved back to the point where Penn State is a national powerhouse...wow, that did not take long did it? So I think the lessons and improved practice going forward are minimal. For the most part we did not learn anything except for confirmation of the depressing notion that football trumps decency and that we can talk ourselves into just about anything when hero-worship is in play. What happened at Penn State (dozens of people willfully ignoring on-going disgusting acts) can happen elsewhere. But the aftermath was in some ways even more disturbing. Not just the sheer volume of the Penn State faithful continuing to lionize this man (which is frightening) but the "neutral masses" who basically said "let's not punish the players," as if that's the important victim group, and "well, they got rid of all the bad guys" as if that actually can clean up a poisonous culture. For this little corner of the world (college athletics) a huge opportunity was missed in hitting them with a good decade off of football. And not to be punitive, either. First, I am a believer that getting rid of the bad guys is no way to eradicate the culture that caused the issue in the first place. They got rid of everyone and then said "OK, let's get back to the Rose Bowl as soon as possible." Are the "innocents" that remain connected to the athletic department and the University really going to stop cutting corners and bending rules for that team? Maybe a Sandusky situation won't happen again, but some other messed-up stuff could (and by keeping the culture intact, it's some degree more likely), which brings me to... Second, this was the opportunity to set up a deterrent. "If a player in your program is accused of sexual assault, we're not going to punish you at all, provided you cooperate and there's no evidence that you've tried to cover it up." But any cover-up of such things could and should end in a year or two off. And if that threat was there, there'd probably be no cover-ups because coaches and administrators would be thinking about their own jobs. Sure, we don't think a Sandusky situation will happen, but your run of the mill college date rape? By someone with 11 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss? Any chance the school / athletic department will cover that up so the program can be hidden from embarrassment and the team can win its rivalry game next week? Why not? The NCAA is absolutely impotent on all such things...just make sure your star RB did not get a free taco from his position coach. And Gus Johnson's statement about the win helping "heal" is interesting. It kinda shows where so many people are in relation to this...it's become something that's happened too Penn State. The NCAA picked on them (as proven by their pulling back of the punishments and essentially apologizing). They lost scholarships. They are expected to wrestle with the conflict of what to think of their great coach (they are failing miserably). They did not contend in the Big Ten East for a couple of years. And now, Penn State football is right back where they were when ignorance was true bliss. And all's right with the world. Well, unless you think it's Sandusky's victims that are the ones with healing to do; and you don't think going to the Rose Bowl is key in said healing. But really, how many people think that. Meanwhile, I have no idea what to do; so I talk football...how awesome the QB was picking apart the Wisconsin defense yesterday. I take the high road. Especially since it was my team that was on the wrong end of the greatest day in Happy Valley since before the scandal broke (i.e., I'd be accused of deflecting). Because virtually nobody wants to hear about this (which I get). And I'm not going to change the world. And the opportunities; they're all missed. Everyone failed. EDIT: This board and Deadspin are the only places where I run across people who "get it." I'm glad there are some people that do...
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    About a month after I meant to get started on the final leg of the Anniversary saga, here I go...the multi-team North Stars series finally begins, and we kick things off with the 60s. The Wild do battle with the Predators, whose uniform design is based on one of their spiritual ancestors, the Nashville Dixie Flyers Down in Big D, the Stars face off with a foe that can legitimately be the visting team in any decade...yes, it's the 'Nucks again, this time borrowing from their minor league namesakes. For the upcoming 70s post, I'm considering using the Cleveland Monsters instead of the Blue Jackets for the Barons tribute. Very strongly, I might add. I give you an early preview of the disco decade...the Sharks, paying tribute to the California Golden Seals (at home, for once) take on the Avs (in the style of the Nordiques' originals)
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    In the 60s and 70s, that was important. There was no Internet, color TV wasn't everywhere, and even photography in newspapers and magazines weren't always in color. Fans wouldn't always know what other teams looked like, so it was a treat. Nowadays, we have all those things to the point where there's a national marketing craze over Color Rush. It's hardly comparable, and a team wearing white at home to "show off other teams' colors" is completely unnecessary.
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    Hey Guys! It has been awhile since I've put up a concept, so here we go. This is a concept for the MLS Chicago Fire. I tried to make it more modern so it can fit with the new "feel" of the MLS. I kept a few touches from the old logo and some from around the MLS. I hope you guys like this one! C&C Welcome! Thanks!
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    What a bunch of Paternos.
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    Scott Stevens was a borderline criminal, and if you want the late 1990s seasons of NHL hockey, by all means, take them. Take them far, far away.
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    Retail experts probably are telling them navy blue is much easier to sell than brown. Most of the league has probably talked to those same experts. With that said, hawk36's change to brown and white is really nice and would be a great look for the Padres.
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    Been awhile since I've posted in our Color Rush thread. But next up for me is the Washington Nationals. I spent the last year living and work in the Washington, D.C. metro and this is where I got my inspiration for this jersey. George Washington's family coat of arms is the D.C. city flag and very common site around D.C. - I decided to work this into the Nationals jersey and bring back the old DC logo for this version. Next up for me after the Nationals will be the New York Yankees.
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    I have no idea, but can we agree that the chunky lettering is distinctly Philadelphia Flyers and should be reinstated?
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    In case you missed it, we had an Emergency Amateur Goalie situation today: Corey Crawford underwent an emergency appendectomy (I don't know of another kind for an in-season athlete) and the Blackhawks couldn't get a goalie to Philadelphia in time for a 1 p.m. puck drop. Enter former Temple club goalie Eric Semborski! The Flyers were wearing their 50th-anniversary alternates, so the Hawks were in red on the road AS GOD INTENDED. But in a pinch with only the Flyers' supplies on hand, they used the Flyers' old nameplate lettering, the big, thick, blocky...block I only associate with the Flyers (and the '80s/'90s Maple Leafs but theirs was just a bit different): I don't know how they had this on hand, because the Flyers stopped using the white version of this lettering when they retired the orange then-road sweaters waaaay back in the '90s: the black alts-turned-roads-turned-homes used a thinner block with orange outlines. Semborski was on an amateur tryout and as such was not paid to sit on the bench. He gets to keep his sweater, which is Corey Crawford's #50 with his own name slapped over it like a 2016 election bumper sticker over a 2012 election bumper sticker. Fun conversation piece, if nothing else.
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    FWIW, the silver-green pants, lighter blue numbers, and black-accented striping are all relics of a legitimate issue in the 80s/90s where the correct colors looked too dark on TV. The Cowboys matching numbers played as dark blue/black on old TVs. I know that is all common knowledge, but this change occurred early in the Jerry Jones era and I can only assumed he is overly attached to design elements rendered obsolete by HDTV. I agree with the camp that wants to change the number font and matching colors only - Dallas is arguably the single most iconic NFL team and does not need a major overhaul, just minor tweaks.
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    Heres the problem with that. The original set and the current set aren't the same uniforms. Trying to compare the Cowboys current set to the original, classic look, is problematic because they've made several changes, and haven't adapted the current look well to current jersey cuts. The classic set had some flaws, but it gets a pass for several reasons: 1) The serifed numbers were a really good look for them. They changed them to this really terrible looking SUPER thick block set that looks miserably bad. Look how absolutely bloated Aikman and Romo's numbers look on their jerseys. There's absolutely no rhyme and reason why those numbers should be so damn big and fat. 2) The old look gets a pass on colors because that was more a product of the era and the limit they had when it came to materials. In today's world where we can (theoretically) match every element down to the Pantone value, and where every out of place thread is visible on these huge HD screens (which are even in the Cowboys own damn building), there is ZERO excuse for such a discrepancy to still exist. Especially when it's intentional. You can keep the integrity of a uniform set intact while still fixing some of the glaring weaknesses when possible. Not doing so is just petty and short sighted. You talk about not wanting them to ditch their set for "something so amateur", but the problem is they look downright high schoolish with that white set they currently have. The Cowboys have SO much potential to look like one of the best teams in the league, and it's a damn shame that they don't. And the only reason they don't is because they've got their heads so far up their own smug asses that they can't see that what's holding them back is themselves. The Cowboys are STUPIDLY close to looking amazing. This is evident with how awesome their navy blue set looks. But with Jonnie Walker Jerry at the helm and the kiss their own asses fan base they have, a good home look for them might as well be on Mars because they insist that not matching is somehow iconic instead of completely stupid.
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    I went and looked back at the '16 ASG logo and the signs of the 2017 jerseys were already there. The bow tie shape returned after being away for like 4 years, we should have known what was coming next. The font was the newer one and got away from the more swoosh-like flowing Padres wordmark of the previous seasons. The yellow, if we understand that it was always going to be a one year thing, was temporary from the start and by just removing the yellow in that logo suddenly we have just the navy and white scheme with some "battleship gray" thrown in for the sake of some contrast. No sign of brown or sand either. I think this points to the Padres knowing what their 2017 uniforms were gonna look like even before the 2016 ASG commemorative stuff. They weren't going "backwards" (in their eyes) after already knowing where they were headed in 2017.
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    One thing about passion is that it can fade. What happens to the #BringBacktheBrown people when they get what they want and lose something to rail against. It's not like there are Twitter campaigns talking about how great Toronto's new jerseys are. The unhappy are usually more vocal than the happy. Also, I wonder if going back to brown would be a short-term solution. Who's to say that Generation Z won't grow up and start getting nostalgic for the blue the Padres wore their entire childhood? You're right about the experts though. When the Padres changed jerseys in 2012, they talked about the in-house team that they had design them and these new jerseys look like they were done in-house as well. Next time they change, they really need to hire a professional.
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    I'm interested. I'd be more confident if I knew someone could digitize mine as well, because that's where I feel like I'd have an issue, or we could collaborate. But no I really want to start doing more concepts so I'm totally down.
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    You'd think that the Seahawks would've updated their 12th man flag when they made that re-brand in 2012.
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    You know what was awesome? Old Soldier Field
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    Considering the results :
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    They were insistent that they deserved D1 status alongside MLS while failing to meet the requirements to be D2 set by the USSF, and they're financially insolvent. I won't celebrate the NASL's demise but I'm not sad to see it go. The USL is doing things right and will be a proper D2 league. Making an attempt to supersede the established top league in the country the entire point of your existence just doesn't work.
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    Their reasoning was equally enraging. The team claimed they needed to put the primary logo on the sleeve so people would know it was a Chicago White Sox jersey. A jersey with "Chicago" across the chest and a logo featuring a white sock on the sleeve apparently wasn't enough.
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    I don't think it's really that popular on this board. I made that mistake a while back, commenting on how there were so many people who inexplicably loved that set. Then, after talking it through with others, we determined that like 99% of the posts in favor of that set were from Infrared.
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    $170 for a replica made by Fanatics (who has little to no reputation as a manufacturer) that may not look too much like the on-ice sweater. That is the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard. Anyone remember back to the early 90s when replicas were in the $60-70 range?
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