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    Among all the PC discussion here, I think this point here needs to be highlighted. The high school earns my highest respect for progressively naming itself after Frederick Douglass. But if you name yourself after him, is "Stallions" really the best moniker to underscore what he stood for? Frederick Douglass was an autodidact of outstanding intellect who gave a whole new meaning to the term "selfmade man" as he lived his most inspiring life which he dedicated to the fight for equal rights. He escaped from slavery, became a leading voice in the struggle of African Americans and he was a "feminist" fighting for women's rights as well. I'm certain the high school chose Stallions because Lexington prides itself to be the "Horse Capital of the World". So the equestrian theme does have it's merit and I reckon they chose Stallions because it embodies a powerful horse. Well, I have a solution at hand. Combining Frederick Douglass' spirit with a powerful equestrian theme, I would like to suggest: Unbroken Unbroken horses do not accept full submission yet as they are not used to saddle, bridle and the weight of a rider. Figuratively speaking Frederick Douglass was also "unbroken" as he did not accept the chains of slavery. In his autobiography he described it as follows: "I have observed this in my experience of slavery, that whenever my condition was improved, instead of its increasing my contentment, it only increased my desire to be free, and set me to thinking of plans to gain my freedom. I have found that, to make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason. He must be able to detect no inconsistencies in slavery; he must be made to feel that slavery is right; and he can be brought to that only when he ceased to be a man." But Frederick Douglass did not cease to be a man. In his words "The desire to be free, awakened my determination to act, to think, and to speak." Hence, being unbroken means to be able to form your own free will and confidently follow your dreams. A great quality if the students of the high school obtain it. And then there is also a nice quote attributed to Frederick Douglass that goes "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." It emphasizes that children need to be brought up with good moral values and virtues so they grow up to be good citizens. This is a great goal the high school can set set for itself. What do you guys think? Would you prefer the "Unbroken" over the "Stallions"?
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    My biggest issue with your argument is the way you keep stating your case before the quote of the post you're debating. Annoying.
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    Minnesota announces one of 13 uniform combinations to be worn in 2017
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    Not a huge fan of the Titans brand in general, but I do like the light blue jersey with the white pants look. I would make a few minor changes to that: Or with different shoulders:
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    I agree that we shouldn't be offended by everything, but we should also never lose the ability to call something out for being dumb. It's dumb to name a co-ed high school team the Stallions, given the gendered nature of the name, the sexual nature of the definition, and the slang use of the name. I think a gendered name isn't necessarily taboo, if there's some compelling reason why the team should have that name (most likely a local reference); there are multiple horse-related names without the problems I listed above.
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    I was convinced it was stolen until I realized the first two pictures were both the vodka company.
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    I've never heard Washington's uniforms described as "McDonald's colors". Neither on this board nor in real life.
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    This logo gets worse every time I see it.
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    Kansas City vs Detroit would be a thing of beauty.
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    BINGO!!! Last year's NASL Fall Season kicked-off on July 2nd. The same start date this year would give the owners of proposed NASL expansion teams in Atlanta, Orange County and San Diego just 177 days in which to finalize franchise purchase agreements; identify, negotiate leases for, and secure both office space and stadia; identify, interview, and hire staff, including front-office personnel, coaches, and sales/marketing teams; secure sponsorships, advertising, and ticket deposits; identify, negotiate contracts with, and sign players. The list goes on and on. Yet, somehow, we're to believe that the powers-that-be at NASL headquarters have properly vetted the ownership candidates for these franchises? Frankly, the very fact that the prospective owners of the three franchises in question are willing to entertain engaging in the rushed run-up necessary to launch their teams in time to participate in the NASL's Fall 2017 season raises serious doubts about their judgement and, by extension, their suitability to own and operate a team in the notoriously mercurial world of lower-level pro soccer in North America. Label me cynical, but this sort of frenzied, last-gasp sprint to add franchises on a truncated schedule bears all of the earmarks of past NASL missteps. It strikes me that the USSF has done nothing more than grant the NASL's leadership time to rearrange deck chairs on the RMS Titanic.
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    Oh give me a break, the average casual fan isn't some 19 year old who spams "LIT" anytime a new uniform is released, they're 30-40 somethings who only follow their favorite team and don't care about anyone else. And even then, I can tell you first hand from having roommates and friends who fit that maligned age group on this site that the hardcore fans of those ages hate the ridiculous uniforms. You're not better for having "better taste" in uniforms, stop pretending that loving penn state's uniforms makes you special, you're actually pretty average as a whole.
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    5) Winning an Olympic gold medal for playing as much Olympic hockey as you or I have.
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    Is it time to change the name of this thread to "Las Vegas NHL Explosion" yet?
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    Imgur Album Links: Saints Steelers Cowboys Chargers Rams Falcons Packers With the NFL Playoffs starting today, I decided to mock up some ideas I had for a three NFL Teams: the Saints, Steelers, and Cowboys. I loved the color rush uniforms for both the Saints and Steelers; ideas from both are implemented in these concepts. For the Saints, the concept basically is their color rush; there is no reason they shouldn't adopt that look full time. I simplified their helmet logo a bit and brought back the Louisiana state outline logo as a chest patch. In addition to the white jerseys taken from the color rush set, the concept includes a black jersey with gold-white-gold-white-gold stripes as well as a gold jersey with b-w-b-w-b stripes. An alternate white helmet idea is also shown; it would only be used if the NFL were to lift the one helmet rule, obviously.
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    The plan was to have Hart drop the title to Austin at WM XIV instead of Michaels, I think. It would have been the traditional Hart Foundation decrying the changes the company was going through being bested by Stone Cold to catipult the company into the Attitude Era. Michaels was an audible once Hart left. As for Hart leaving for WCW, he didn't want to. Vince, up until that point, had always been good to him and his family. He signed a twenty year contract that would have made him a WWF "lifer." Problem was Vince wanted out of it after offering it to him. There are two stories I've heard about why Vince went back on it. The first was that the WWF was still reeling from WCW kicking their ass through 1995 and 1996, and that Vince simply couldn't afford it (which makes you wonder why he offered Hart the deal in the first place). The second story was that Vince was starting to think about taking the WWF public and he wanted to cut as many long term deals from the books as possible. Either way Brett wanted to stay in the WWF. Vince forced him out for whatever reason. His sub-par stint in WCW wasn't really his fault either. WCW management really had no idea what to do with him. When he was able to sort of chart his own course in the company it all worked pretty well. He had great matches with Flair in early 1998, and his program with Goldberg (the whole plate under the hockey sweater bit) was pretty good until booking ruined it with the garbage finish of Starrcade '99. Not to mention his great matches with Benoit (the show in KC to honour Owen, and the finals of the World Championship tournament at Mayhem '99, which I saw in person ). Boo this man! Seriously though, I would put Sting ahead of Jericho. I love both, but I rank Sting higher. It's the same reason why I rank Michaels a tier below Flair, Rock, Austin, and Hogan. Sure, Michaels was a hell of a performer, but he never drew during his time atop of the card. Same with Jericho. Jericho can get ANYTHING over, and I agree. Each character reinvention is better than the last. Still? Jericho's never been "the" guy. Or even one of "the" guys during a high point. Meanwhile Sting was central to the top card program in WCW during its brief period atop the pro wrestling world. Factor in his great matches with Flair and the Four Horsemen that always drew for the NWA/WCW, and I have to put him above Jericho but below the true GOATs of Flair, Hogan, Austin, and Rock. Well he jumped ship to WCW at the start of the Monday Night Wars in a move that left Vince utterly confused, but sure. That's another way to look at it Luger gets a bad rep. His work in WCW with Sting where they were a heel/face tag team that were still friends was pretty inspired and high concept, and his run at Hogan in the midst of the Sting vs nWo storyline was surprisingly good. Luger in the Wolfpac was a mistake (hell, the Wolfpac in general was a mistake), but his WCW run wasn't a total loss. Well Brett would be one guy who flopped in WCW after a successful WWF run, but that's mostly down to Russo. Also Hogan. Hogan's initial 1994-1996 run, where he was doing his WWF Hulkamania schtick, was bombing pretty bad outside of the initial run with Flair. Anyway your argument is faulty because it presumes "all things being equal..." I mean let's examine it shall we? Dusty Rhodes. Multi-time NWA World Champion gets stuck with a terrible dancing/polkadot gimmick in the WWF. Dusty made it work through the strength of his charisma, but he was never going to be WWF World Champion with that gimmick. You may not "get" DDP, but the man was extremely over with WCW crowds during the late 90s and early 2000s. And the WWF jobs him out to Undertaker's wife. Not much the guy can do for himself once you book him like that. Sting mentions that Vince's treatment of Booker T was one reason why he didn't go to WWE earlier. During the InVasion angle you had that intense staredown with Booker T and the Rock that ended with Rocky going "who are you?" Yeah, way to build up your epic interpromotional angle, Vince. Booker, being incredibly charismatic and great in the ring, manages to get over again though, and faces HHH for the resurrected big gold belt at WM XIX. You remember the one, where HHH said people like Booker "didn't get to be champion," and that he was only there to make him "laugh." And if that was too subtle Ric Flair remarked that someone like Booker T would be carrying his bags back in the day. Then Booker gets pedigreed and loses at 'Mania after HHH waits like twenty seconds to cover him after hitting his move. No real shock why Booker never really managed to reach tippy top status again. You had Goldberg, who they put in a Goldust wig on his second night on Raw. And who got jobbed to HHH at SumerSlam, right at the peak of his popularity. And hey. Goldberg comes back over a decade later, and he's finally treated like the world beater WCW treated him as. What happens? He gets super over! I won't hold Sting against them because he was already mostly retired by the time he showed up, and they did more with him than I thought they would. Still, it's no wonder why he was apprehensive about showing up considering the other names on this list. Point being that WCW really wasn't the cluster you make it out to be. You really can't hold the careers of their big stars in the WWF/E agaisnt them as a company because pro wrestling is a worked sport. You as a promoter can stack the deck against someone to ensure they really can't get over, and I would argue that a lot of the NWA/WCW's top guys who made their way to the WWF/E got that treatment. WCW was sunk by a combination of bad management and the AOL merger, so I'm certainly not saying the company was perfect. Just that they're not the disaster WWE revisionist history paints them to be. And hey. At least Ted Turner always paid his wrestlers
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    Please stay Raiders
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    My high school was the 'Lil Irish. The women's teams were the Lady Irish. It's the only example I can think of were both nicknames were diminutive in some way. Also, I read all that anti-PC/anti-identity politics as "please stop caring about things I don't." The toothpaste never goes back in the tube.
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    I agree paying further homage to Frederick Douglass would do the most to honor his lagacy and squash the controversy. The name unbroken isn't the most phonetically pleasing, but what it represents is exemplary.
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    "Look, if you want to save our marriage, you will cram this geoduck up your pooper for the both of us."
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    The whole process/identity has been/is a little strange. The "official" reason for going with 'Vegas' was that it had a stronger global brand. Really? I don't know about that...I think that 'Las Vegas' is just as strong as 'Vegas'. It seems that those who may prefer 'Vegas' would still be O.K. with 'Las Vegas'...but not so much the other way. From what I've read and heard, a lot of Las Vegans are a little miffed that the full name of their city is not being rep'd. I guess they'll get over it (maybe)- but why even go there? It just seemed unnecessary. Also, a little strange, is that an identity that is so obviously "Army" in its look, colours and name...doesn't have any endorsement at all from the Army. West Point, when asked, refused the use of the "Black Knights" name, and, last we heard, the Army Golden Knights parachute team (who weren't notified for some reason) is looking into the process.
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    Rest in peace, zombie AFL. I knew thee in your past life, and I loved thee. Now, though, tis just a matter of time til Negan comes for thee. ? (I know they're gonna attempt a 2017 season...but the way things are now, the indoor leagues would be better off with a Champions League-like arrangement if any of them wanted to bother with any semblance of a national league)
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    Not sure the Estonians would go for putting their former oppressors primary symbol on their flag.
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    This is still the best uni in Saints history:
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    So, happy holidays, New Year and all that to you guys. I've been stuck behind a designer's block if you will, and haven't been able to figure out a good design to make and post. Then I decided to take a look at who needs new uniforms in the NFL, and the Broncos came to mind. The Broncos Color Rush uniforms were far and away one of the best, and it's too good a look to ignore. The all orange was a little overwhelming, but can be worked with as you see above to create a good looking set. -Basically took the Color Rush and stretched it into a uniform set. -Used the current logo instead of the D logo. -Socks have stripes on them now. -Navy alternate. C&C on these. I might do a few more of these if this takes off.
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    As a football official, I can definitely tell you that a crew that works together throughout the season and playoffs will perform better than a team of "All-Star" crews. Football relies on much more communication within its crews than other sports, especially since anyone can make a call at any time. Crews that work together also train together, and it's far easier to talk your crew mate out of a call (OPI/DPI/etc) when you're familiar with each other than when you're working with newer people. Even though the crews may be made up of the best officials at their positions, compatibility and cohesiveness with your partners can't be defined with mere ratings. And in a game that relies on crews of 7 on-field, plus another replay official in the booth, you need to gel to officiate effectively and correctly.
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    Two good videos I came across a while ago. These guys are struggling to play hockey in climates that can't sustain it, and look up to the NHL. Both are good watches.
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    lets flip the vodka mark and look at them side by side similarities: profile, color, and concept (howling wolf inside a circle) differences: every detail is rendered differently. you can usually look at the intricacies in the highlighted areas and see shapes paths that were copied. in this case, it would seem 2 different artists looked at the same references photo (or similar photos) and drew their own version. verdict: not stolen copyright infringement?: possibly. you never know what a court might decide in such a case. it could still be determined "too close"
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    These three look great! If time permits for you, I'd absolutely love to see more.
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    Before we get to the 2000-01 season, let's take a look at our expansion teams. The first one is the Kharkiv Devils. Their logo features a devil with his horns in the shape of an X to represent the Ukrainian spelling of Kharkiv. They took to the ice in 2000 wearing these uniforms: In 2003, they added a neon alternate: In 2005, the Devils changed their look: In 2008, the Devils added a red third and brought back their more color-balanced home jersey: In 2011, the Devils added a new red alternate with a unique striping design: In 2012, the Devils redesigned their look based on their previous alternate look:
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    Hey guys, Wanted to take a shot at a new project...this is my first attempt working with Illustrator rather than Inkscape. I'm using my own template (which has been slightly streamlined). I envisioned a new look for the Falcons, whose current uniform has been stale for about a decade. This new set would coincide with the new stadium and is more of a throwback look. The overall look harkens back to the beautiful throwbacks from 1966 with the addition of sleeve stripes. I felt conflicted because I love the Northwestern style stripes they've worn before...I also love the gray pants with the red, white, and black stripe (same as the Super Bowl 1998 team's pants)...but mixing those with the helmet and you have a complete hodgepodge of striping patterns. So I've started from the helmet and the throwback pants stripe and expanding into a simple and consistent stripe across all elements. I have designed a custom number font. It's somewhat based off of the wordmark font and tweaked but I think it's still rather simple. I have also included an "Inaugural Season" patch on the black jersey, which I'd imagine they would wear for the very first game at the new stadium. Here's the rest of the number set:
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    Did They Steal "Blank"
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    Agreed on this. The red helmet just does not compliment the Titans style, but other than that, excellent job!
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    Honestly, with the Cowboys, I just wanted to mock up something with Dak Prescott again. My motto for them was "compromise brings consistency." Dallas notoriously uses two different shades of silver and two different shades of navy/blue. For this concept, I took a mix of the colors and created a set that is consistent throughout. The home and away set are exact opposites, as are the two alternate/color rush uniforms, both of which work better with a white helmet.
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    For the Steelers, I only made a few minor changes to their classic look. A darker "steel" gray color is introduced for the logo outline and primary facemask color. The helmet is now matte black, which fits their tough persona. The number font is back to block, with a stencil to fit in with the "steel" theme. The pants stripe now reflects the pattern of the sleeve stripe, as opposed to being solid black. Alternates include the color rush from last season, along with another gold color rush uniform. The alternate helmet, if allowed, would be gold.
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    I think this thread has shown one of my problems with almost all of the Titans redesigns on these boards, namely that people try to turn them into the Oilers. The consistent stripe pattern, prominence of red, and downplaying of navy (which are all present in concepts that we praise more than ones that either tweak the Titans slightly or take them in a new direction) are all symbols of our desire to recreate the departed Houston team. Think of it like the scene in the post-malaise Simpsons episode "I'm Going to Praiseland" where Ned Flanders cuts his new girlfriend's hair to resemble Maude's hairstyle (which in itself was a reference to Vertigo). We want to recreate a defunct identity by updating it for a modern team, even as said team tries to look away from this distant past. What I hope the Titans do is some simple clean-up on their current uniforms. Even out the patterns of the yokes and pants stripes, so they're consistent, emphasize the Columbia Blue/Navy Blue in the color scheme (with red still a secondary accent color), and give the logos a little tweak. Their tweaks shouldn't be drastic, and they shouldn't try to play Oilers dress-up.
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    Well, let's hope they don't. If today is the last day we ever see the glorious Oakland Raiders take the field, well, it's been a great five years of doing a stupid comedy bit that turned into earnestness.
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    Whoa! That sure is a perfect one for this thread!
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    This game needs a catchy 70s jingle. I'm going to go with no, as well. Many little differences to not make it a steal.
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    It's not bad because it fails to improve on the old logo/makes it worse. It's bad because Anthem has an opportunity to completely rebrand the company and they're passing it up. They should be moving as far away from Dixie's legacy as they can.
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    I was thinking if the chargers had a bearverine, it'd be a decent logo with a few changes XD Basketball court mockup btw
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    I left it with her, in Arizona (I'm still "on loan" to the Minnesota branch, until they finish the new department office remodel). But it's one of these. If the sleeves look a little short, that's because they are, a tad. Still awesome. I saw one at a hockey game awhile back and geeked out over it. I was amazed that she tracked one down for me.
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    Lame Duck Years are bad for everyone involved. Just look at the Oilers last year in Houston. The NFL would let the Raiders play at a small stadium for a few years because lame duck leads to poor attendance which leads to losing money.
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    Just another wolf howling.
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    I vote we scrap the crap, go back to this, and call it a day. It won't sell more jerseys, but it'll look better. I'll take that every time.
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    The only way I'd be able to stomach the Cowboys in the Super Bowl is if they wore their vastly superior navy jerseys.
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    Sometimes too much sense is better than what the Browns ended up with. Anyways, I came up with a few more combos that I think make the most sense and look the best: C&C welcome.
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