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    So after entering some teams into @gswansea's WFA Club Championship and seeing @XenonDesigns rebooting the MPL, I decided to finally post the league I have been working on recently. I will begin with posting the first divison teams and then later continue on with the second tier. Vorticoa The fictional country of Vorticoa, which is hypothetically located as an island in the North Sea, the country houses a large francophone population with French being the primary language spoken, however in recent years foreigners have arrived to give the country a lot broader range of cultures. The one thing that unites the nation is football/soccer and with around thirty professional teams spanning across two tiers there is a lot of fan support and rivalry. Below is a map of Vorticoa with city names, each city houses at least one team with some larger cities housing two or more. The capital city of Vorticoa is Viselles which is indicated in red. With that out of the way, I'd like to introduce you to the highest divison in the Vorticoa pyramid, Championnat Vorticoa! Formed in 1988 as a merger of the existing Ligue Nord and Ligue du Sud, which were the North and South leagues, respectively. The aim was to create a nation-wide competition to further unite the nation. Starting off with 10 teams which was later expanded to 14 in 1990 and introduced promotion and relegation in 2000, the quality of the league has grown rapidly and is one of the most competitive leagues in Europe. The title has only been won by 9 different teams with powerhouse Cieux City holding the most titles with 8 to their name. I will begin to start posting teams later today or tomorrow.
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    I'm going to take a random guess...they use the highway shield because teams don't fly during spring training.(?) If I have it correct, everything is by bus.
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    Some people would mock you for this, but i cannot do it because, well... The Packers, while rarely the most dominant team in the league, have an uncanny ability to always be slightly better than whoever they're playing. They're not "great", but they're capable of beating anybody, especially anybody in this year's NFL. They remind me of the 2011 Giants who were a bad football team that won the Super Bowl. Plus, holding is legal for their offense, and officiating on the whole always leans their way. If they qualify for the playoffs I will always expect them to win it all.
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    Speaking of the Steelers, I love the rounded numbers and think they look immensely better than the old block ones.
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    Sorry for the late upload, but here are the two Los Angeles teams for today! First up are the Los Angeles Barons! Uniforms -Inspired by the suave baron of Cloud City, Lando Calrissian, these uniforms feature the color scheme of his iconic uniform. The color scheme is also inspired by nearby UCLA. -The script is elegant and smooth, and put in an arch so as to combine two different uniform elements into a unique set. -One of my favorite uniforms so far is the 2nd alternate, inspired by Lando's gold outfit. Lando has not yet appeared in any of the new movies, so no Force Awakens or Rogue One alternates. Next up are the Los Angeles Ghosts! Uniforms -These uniforms feature three different shades of blue, inspired by the appearance of force ghosts in Empire and Jedi. -Every element on each uniform gets lighter as it grows outward, so as to imitate the glow of a force ghost. -I thought the font, Harlow Solid Italic, worked really well because it's very smooth and graceful. -No force ghosts in Force Awakens or Rogue One, but I have a feeling we might see one or two in Episode VIII... I'd like to hear what you guys think about today's teams!
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    Why are y'all talking about pumpkin spice lattes?
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    League logo from 1917-1921 Introduction: Hello there this is my first major post here on the forums and I am very excited to present you this project. The league is the Continental League of Professional Baseball Clubs or Continental Baseball League. The reason why I am doing this is I was inspired by many guys on here with their fantasy leagues plus I want to work on improving my graphics creations and this site is the best place for me to grow and learn in graphic design. I am looking forward to your opinions and criticisms so please let me have it haha. Anyways Most of the logos were pre made on the OOTP Forum so I won't be taking credit for their design mostly improving on them and the creation of the uniforms and so on. I will be citing my sources when available. Background: The league is a fantasy baseball league that follows historical elements of the NHL and NFL that start in 1917. For example this league starts in 1917 like the NHL did and in 1920 there will be two clubs from Illinois joining. There will be rival leagues and even minor leagues in the background of this adventure. My plan is to give you all each year in the game and present you new clubs and whatnot. For the first several years between 1917-1932 I will be only showcasing the clubs who are important to the story and not a one off type of club. There will be no drafts or minor leagues until the 1930s. Also until 1932 there will be no playoffs. Other Information: I want this to be active from you all in the community. I see guys like Veras and chrisCLEMENT have an expansion committee. I want to have something similar to that where you all can vote on locations and team names. That won't begin until the 1960s or 70s. If anyone wants to be part of my universe with another sport or rival league let me know!!! Thanks: Before beginning I want to thank the following people chrisCLEMENT for introducing me to Inkscape txranger over at the OOTP Forum: Retro Style Logos and Uniforms thread on OOTP Forums cephasjames also over at the OOTP Forum: FREE: Uniforms and logos for 500+ teams spanning 1871-present and many others Raysox for being another inspiration with doing an OOTP based thing here 1917 CLPBC Clubs Toronto Bulls (1917) Royales de Montréal (1910) Ottawa Nationals (1883) Hamilton Steelers (1903) Rochester Reds (1886) Boston Indians (1871) Cleveland Lakers (1915) Syracuse Blackeyes (1892) LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
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    I agree the current logo set is outdated and see where you are going with your concept, but there are two issues: 1) I feel that your concept over emphasizes the "devil" and under emphasizes the "tornado" aspect of the identity. If you took away the text from your logo and showed it to the average person, they would probably not know it was a dust devil and would probably think it was a drawing of a spinning tazmanian devil cartoon. I think this is a good opportunity to do the opposite of emphasizing the "devil" and dropping all of the devil imagery. You could do a kick ass "tornado" style logo without the eyes/horns/arms/tail. Something that would align nicely with their newer alternate logo. You could even have some baseball and/or bats floating around in the "tornado" style dust devil (for that Minor League style), or incorporate a hidden TC or DD in the motion of the rings of the tornado. Maybe put a small cloud puff of dust at the bottom rather than a tail. 2) The "tornado" part of your concept is poorly rendered. The ellipse shapes you stacked on each other do not really give a good "tornado" image. Take a look at Iowa State's logo and how they show motion in their cyclone shape. This is definitely an area you can improve on even if you keep the "devil" theme.
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    Anything after the Nets is "wrong" with VC, even though you might have an argument for Dallas.
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    Commenting now to get the star on the feed.
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    I couldn't disagree more: I actually think that the Steelers have the best stripes in the NFL. The way the gold and white play off of one another, without ever touching, is perfect. The Steelers have perfected the white/gold color balance. All they need is to go back to block numbers, and they'll be all set.
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    I'm at Disney today so I'm gonna try to do today's two teams while I can! These are two of the more famous creatures in the Star Wars universe, first up are the Miami Calamari! Uniforms -I maybe could've made this team named the Miami Admirals, but that's no fun. -This set is inspired by the most famous Mon Calamari out there, Admiral Ackbar. -The colors are also very Miami, with a pale orange paired with teal. -I nearly added some yellow to the set, let me know if you want to see that. -The font is called 'Ocean' and fits well with the aquatic feel. -The uniforms are sleeveless with one stripe running down the entire side, much like Ackbar's uniform. -The Force Awakens alternate is tan to reflect Ackbar's uniform in the movie. -The Rogue One alternate is based off of Admiral Raddus. Next up are the Milwaukee Hutts! -I took the colors from the local football team, which match Jabba pretty well, and added cream/off-white to complete the look. -The font, 'Jimi', was originally going to be used for the Ewoks, but I realized that it would work even better for the Hutts because of its rounded, bulgy look. -The sleeves are colored to reflect Jabba's skin, which the away most accurately reflects. -No Force Awakens or Rogue One alternates. I'd be happy to hear what you all think about today's and yesterday's teams!
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    They never should have benched Flutie for Johnson.
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    Great work on these last two teams! Not much I'd change, especially for the Ghosts. For the Barons, it would be great if you could get the font used on the actual Birmingham Barons' uniforms. It's pretty similar to the one you used, but it's a little more 'baseball-y' looking.
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    The Steelers need to go back to block jersey numbers immediately. This is the most intimidating sports uniform of all time
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    Ah that makes things clearer. Also yeah I noticed that too. It's very strange. Btw, @hendocfc NYCFC looks gorgeous! They only change I would make is making the Adidas stripes orange or white on the jersey, for the shorts, the Dark Blue/Navy/*insert another dark shade of blue here* blue Adidas stripe works, but I personally would put orange. As for the socks...White is perfect for the stripes. Also as for the Pink Cows...er...I...uh mean Red Bulls, I agree with @Paul Lucas the "New York" from the Red Bulls . As for an unbiased view, lets get crazy! How about making the jersey have stripes like the Old Metrostars (RIP) but instead of Black and Red, how about Red and white( maybe with a yellow trim as well) and make the stripes go diagonal instead of vertical.
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    I miss having the Super Bowl logo in the middle.
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    I feel like it's almost a guarantee that the Pistons are changing their logo. It's been said they were waiting for Nike to come in, and now not only is Nike coming in, they're also moving back to Downtown Detroit. Perfect timing.
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    It's the end of the year. Many teams do this to stock for the next season.
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    Do you think there could be a change to something that looks like the Color Rush jerseys? A mesh of old school and their current look/colors?
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    1. Why 3 shades of brown? I see remnants of a really dark shade in the top version in the mascot's eyes and shadowing, and I think in the pitchfork. There doesn't seem to be a reason that the extra dark shade is necessary; you could make the pitchfork the same color as the outline and it would be just as legible. The darkest shade doesn't appear to be adding any depth either. 2. The text just looks like you picked a random font, and added an outline. It doesn't match the C in the second logo. Not that there's anything inherently bad about using a font as/is, but if you want to show some creativity, don't be afraid to customize it a bit more. 3. The second logo doesn't read as a T, so emphasizing the C doesn't make any sense. It's Tri-City, not City. 4. Why a single "D" as the cap logo? The nickname is two words. That would be like the Red Sox having just an R on the caps. It also looks a bit more orange than the other logos, but maybe that's just an illusion. 5. The cap logo is also a bit blurry.
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    Come on. Consistency doesn't matter if you have a bad coach. Some guys could coach a team for 15 years and never win. Having Tom Brady makes it really easy to have consistency at the coaching position. At the end of the day it's about being good. If someone isn't good, then get rid of them sooner rather than later.
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    Wow, I'd completely forgotten Vince played for Phoenix. I suppose then that to me, the Suns are the "most wrong".
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    The start of the league: It was a chilly late September evening in Niagara Falls, Ontario as ten men came together for a very important meeting that would change the game of baseball forever. Before we get to this meeting lets look back at what baseball use to be. Since it's creation in the mid 1800s the sport was one that everyone could play. Between 1880-1917 baseball saw a massive boom. From teams and leagues it seemed as if everyone was playing. In 1892 the first three full professional leagues were formed. They were the Eastern League, Western League and Southern Association. The three leagues never played each other and that was fine. The thing was that in the United States there was no true national league. It wasn't because of transportation issues but because of small and petty differences between teams and the leagues. All three leagues had a different set of rules and style of play. Sadly even with opportunities of a Federal League in 1900 and a proposed American League in 1905 everyone just wanted to be in their own region. In February of 1912 President William Howard Taft was able to get the heads of the six professional leagues together for an opportunity of a "National Championship" All six league presidents had agreed to this and the Baseball National Championship was born. The Springfield Senators of the Triple I league beat the Bakersfield Bears of the PCL. It would run until 1916 as the Continental League of Professional Baseball Clubs would be formed a few months later. The clubs of the Continental Baseball Union did not participate in this tournament. It was not until 1909 that the first steps towards a national league would take place. Three teams (Montreal Royales, Ottawa Nationals and Hamilton Steelers) from the Interprovincial Baseball Union of Canada (1907-1909) and three clubs who played independent baseball in America (Rochester Reds, Boston Indians and Syracuse Blackeyes) would form the Continental Baseball Union. The league would stay strong until the end of 1916 when there was a game fixing scandal between Toronto, Providence and Columbus. This caused the Canadian and American Governments to intervene and Toronto would be suspended. Providence on the other hand moved to the Eastern League. A few months later the surviving seven members of the CBU and a new Toronto club begin what would be known as the Continental Baseball League today. Clubs of the CBU 1910-1916 CBU Champions 1910-1916 On February 8th, 1917 in Syracuse, New York the teams would sign the Marshall Agreement that would create the new league. Since President Wilson was busy dealing with the issues in Europe at the time his Vice President Thomas R. Marshall was the key person of the leagues formation. Thanks to his hard work and the talks moving along fast they league would be able to start in May. Rochester Reds owner Edward James Hawley was elected as the leagues first president. His tenure lasted between 1917-1940.
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    Maybe render the pitchfork as a baseball bat and then add the trident to the top of it? Right now it's way too thin.
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    I think it was because they lost to OK State when they wore blue/white/gold this year. I do agree, gold pants would have looked great.
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    I'd make "Tri-City" all caps, and move the floating horns closer to the head. The pitch fork seems added on and doesn't really have any ties to the dust devil itself (design-wise). Pretty good though.
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    California will be joining UA as well. The original uniform that was rolled out was a throwback to their 1983 style look. It may not be the finished product though as proven by Wisconsin.
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    This is pretty clever, and somewhat better than replica shorts because I like having pockets in athletic shorts. I'd probably buy a pair of these boxers (or more), and it'd be cool if they did throwback shorts too. Just need some breakaway pants to make trips to the men's room worthwhile...
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    Just found out that Stance is making boxer briefs designed after NBA shorts. While buying NBA-styled underwear isn't really something I'd do, I don't recall anyone else doing this before. Don't know why it was only launched for 9 teams though. And it's annoying that due they need to have a team logo somewhere on them, and for teams that don't have a logo on the shorts it feels forced
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    This season got off to a bit of a slow start, but it is finishing strong. Week 16 was another week of solid uniform match ups - and another week of really tough choices for the best list. As @the admiral predicted, one of this week's games is a contender for game of the year, there were a couple train wrecks, and for the first time, a game that made the best list based solely on the strength of a jersey. Put 60 seconds on the clock and let's play our game. As always, the lists are just my opinion. Your opinion may vary. Best: 1. Colts - Raiders: The one thing that drives me nuts with these lists is being unable to find a picture that does justice to the game. This is one of those games. Anyway... A few weeks back, the admiral said to keep an eye on this one as a contender for game of the year. I'm thinking he was right. Two classic looks and an easy choice for the top spot this week. Every game should look this good. I wish I could have found a picture that does this game justice. 2. 49ers - Rams: I'm not as big a fan of the Rams throwbacks as most people are, but put the throwbacks in the sunshine matched up with the 49ers and I like them a whole lot more than I usually do. The drab dome lighting in St. Louis really sucked the life out of this great uniform. Maybe the poor lighting was my only issue with them. In any case, this was a great looking game. Put this one on the "any other week" list. 3. Vikings - Packers: Great looking match up of modern and traditional. Loved how the colors popped in this one - which is no mean feat in Green Bay in December. The Vikings should be on page one of any "this is how you modernize/update your uniform" manual. 4. Indigenous Peoples - Bears: At the start of this season, I didn't much care for Washington's white over burgundy combo. Fast forward to week 16 and here I am liking it quite a bit. It really works against the right teams and the Bears are one of those teams. Great looking game that would easily take the top spot in a week with less competition. 5. Steelers jersey: Can't say I cared for the monochrome black uniform, but the jersey was all sorts of awesome. I'd be the last person to suggest the Steelers change their current look, but if they wanted to wear this jersey full time, I wouldn't complain. Come up with some gold pants to match the jersey and dare I say it, the Steelers might look better than they already do. 6. Lions - Cowboys: Time for the Lions to make their weekly appearance. Good looking game. Worst: 1. Cardinals - Seahawks: Going back to the "this is how you modernize/update your uniform" manual, these two teams should be pages one and two in the "this is what you don't want to do" chapter. Seattle has some good looking combos and this one isn't any of them. The Cardinals need to read page one of the "this is how you modernize/update your uniform" manual and go from there. 2. Buccaneers - Saints: The Bucs look bad because they don't have a choice. The Saints chose to look this awful. That's it for this week. I hope you all are having a great holiday season. Thanks for taking a look.
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    I know "cra cra" means crazy. I wasn't sure if he meant it in a good way or if he was telling me my lists are crazy.
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    "Cra", "cray", or "crae" is slang for "crazy", meaning good. While I like the block-numbered uniforms, the stylized font they currently use is now consistent with the helmet numbers (which have been stylized since at least the 60s). What slightly irks me with the Steelers is that the jersey numbers are italicized. Normalize them and I'd be 100% satisfied.
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    In fact, the original plan at MetLife was to have Giants and Jets logos at midfield during their respective home games. During training camp in the inaugural season of the new stadium (2010), before a single game was even played there, Domenik Hixon tore his ACL on a seam near the midfield logo. (link) Out went the idea of switching logos at midfield depending on the home team, and they decided to just use the NFL shield at midfield instead. Obviously makes converting the stadium from one team to another quicker as well. While I generally would prefer a team logo at midfield, I can excuse it at MetLife Stadium given the circumstances. Also helps that neither the Jets nor the Giants have logos that are terribly conducive to being placed as midfield (the Jets' oval logo would look awkward, though the Giants' "ny" logo would probably look okay). Outside of that situation, though, I really wish the Panthers' would put their logo at midfield, especially because it would align so much better with the end zones and seat color. And I really wish the NFL would go back to using the Super Bowl logo at midfield - put the shields at the 25 yard line if you must, but the event logo should be front-and-center.
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    The Ravens primary looks are really nice. They should stick to the basic purple over white and all white and throw the rest in the trash. The occasional black alternate jersey over white would be OK too.
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    I just spoke with a friend who lives about an hour from NOLA. He and his wife liked to catch the occasional Zephyrs game. He swears that they will continue to cheer "Let's go Zephyrs," come hell or high water.
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    Cousin's husband: "Why do they have to be some kind of Knights?" "The owner is really into West Point." "But if they said no, he should just find something else he's into and call them that." "Apparently that's all he's into." "Well apparently he's an idiot."
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    Another gem, from my sister. "What's going on with the Las Vegas team?" "They got their trademark denied. Some small university in upstate New York has the same name." "Don't they have lawyers to figure this stuff out?" "You would think." *she rolls her eyes*
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    Yeah, same. Conversation avec sister's boyfriend going to school for marketing, about Point #3 of mine up there: "Well, the league wanted Las Vegas and Seattle to buy new teams, but no one in Seattle wanted to buy one, so it was Las Vegas and Quebec, and the league didn't want Quebec." "But that's where hockey is from!" "I know, they want to go where hockey isn't from." "I guess that makes sense in theory but wouldn't they still want to go where they know it's popular?" If nothing else, it's reassuring to know that people who really like hockey but don't deep-dive into NHL stuff can figure this self-evident stuff out. Used to be a time when the diehardiest of diehards were the ones banging the drum for Quebec/Winnipeg/Hartford, now the hockey nerds are the ones who are like "NYEEEEEERRRG, Canada sucks, PK Subban is much better off in a state that once fought a war to preserve slavery, in a city whose primary industry is making music for racists"
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    My dad still doesn't understand why they only expanded by one team. "Why would they only expand by one team?" "Well they really didn't want to give Quebec a team." "Why?" "Well they don't want a team in a small, predominantly French, city." "But it was the only other bid." "Yeah." "That's stupid." He's not wrong.
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    Does this count as DIY? I made these for my LSU alum brothers. They have Tulane grads over all the time.
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    That Indians' set blew hard. It took a classic set and made it worse in pretty much every way. The addition of silver (which looked white on the jersey numbers from a distance). The shrinking of Wahoo on the caps, the triple-outline Wahoo on the sleeves. The swapping red for navy piping on the homes (which persists today). The forcing silver into the sleeve piping so it didn't match the plackets. Maybe the worst of it was the change to the lighter navy caps. The lighter navy absolutely doesn't look good with red. and the caps suffered big time with that switch. Luckily, they switched back to the dark navy on all caps a year or two ago. I've said it before, but the '90s Indians set was pretty much perfection. Their current set is every bit the Sabres/76ers/Suns "We made a mistake, so we'll go back to the great look we had. Except we'll change it in several inane ways to make it worse than that set just to say we're different." The Mets are the only recent team I can think of which was smart enough to go full-sail back to a previous great set without "modernizing" it in some stupid way. Teams shouldn't be afraid to go back to something which was great.
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    . . . except it appears that it was never actually worn as a game cap. At most, it might have been a batting helmet, but I don't think that's clear either. Anything is better than the O's cap. See above. I just quoted this post to show the picture. It is a great looking hat. However, as noted above, it apparently only exists now because Buck Showalter took a liking to it, not because it was previously used as a game hat. That is correct . . . but the Expos and Braves had one before the Orioles.
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    Start spreading the news... I'm back today... New York... New York... OK,I'm going to let you cringe freely for a few seconds,and now we move on to the New Yorkers. First up the blue part of New York,the one that actually is there. So... NYCFC. The shirt itself has a gradient from a sky blue shirt to white shorts; the gradient is made up of five blocks representing NY's five boroughs. The back of the shirt is solid blue. White shorts and navy blue socks complete the ensemble; I originally used orange socks but I found out that I couldn't place orange anywhere on the kit without making it look like someone let their 5-year-old and some crayons free in Adidas' design offices. So I,naturally,switched it to navy blue. Why navy blue you ask? Because... erm... I don't have a reason,I just thought it looked good. I'm open to suggestions. The left sleeve cuff features a graphic with the abbreviations of the 5 boroughs,taken from their neck tape contest thing. The back neck features the "This City Never Sleeps" sign-off from this year's change top. So we move on to the red part of NYC. Or should I say New Jersey? Anyway,the New York Red Bulls... the shirt itself features a PSG/Ajax Amsterdam-ish look; a broad central red stripe bordered in gold. I know some of you are going to say it looks like the Philadelphia Union... let's say I didn't take that into consideration. The stripe was originally thinner,to the right and housed the Red Bull logo; however,I thought Red Bull themselves wouldn't want people to risk snapping their necks in order to figure out what that logo was; see,they need customers! Anyway,not much else to comment here,red shorts and white socks completing the kit and the back features the "New York Red Bulls" wordmark. Yes,there intentionally is no crest on the shorts. Next up: Philadelphia Union... hopefully without a Bruce Springsteen reference.
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    Great Grandfather's 1946 World Series Ring. He was the manager of St. Louis Cardinals in 1940s. Eddie Dyer. My uncle gave it to me for my college graduation gift. Had it for 4 years. Over 70 years old. Cardinals have been my favorite team since I was 6 because of him. - Jack Link: To Contest The local radio station is running a Show and Tell contest and one of the entries is a 1946 World Series Ring. /edit: No, that's not me.
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    Little break there, but we're back at it. CBS: Honestly, I don't have much reasoning behind this. I just felt like this looks like a CBS team.
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