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    No way, why should I change? He's the one who sucks.
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    Seriously? Everything? Sunsets? Pizza? Music? Puppies? Sleeping late? Spring? Blue skies? Peel and Eat shrimp? Equal pay for equal work? Holy cow, if that's your world, you must be one miserable SOB. Luckily, I'm OK with really minor things like, I dunno, what a High School chooses for it's mascot. That way "modern feminists" don't have to ruin everything for me.
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    What's so crazy about adopting a name and identity that gives female athletes an equal sense of belonging and representation with their school and community to their male counterparts? Design-wise, I've always been a fan of Hofstra's elegant solution to the issue of equal gender representation in academic sports logos:
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    McCarthy has talked about how there needs to be an NHL Properties department that centrally manages branding for the league's teams: you know, someone to say "no, Tampa Bay Lightning, you can't wear that, you look just like the Maple Leafs" or "no, Tampa Bay Lightning, you can't wear that either, you look just like the L.A. Kings." In this case, without even scratching the surface of infringing on the college and the Army, they'd say "no, Vegas team, you can't wear uniforms inspired by West Point because the Panthers already have uniforms that are sort of inspired by West Point, and, not just that, your division rival Anaheim Ducks also have uniforms that are even more inspired by West Point than the Panthers' are, and also, the Kings also wear black and silver with a shield and have the name of a chess piece." This really is the branding equivalent of Sideshow Bob and the rakes.
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    What are you talking about?
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    I was playing NHL 17 and I found this team name in the create-a-team PBP bank; maybe they could switch to it?
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    A take from Billy Johnson... "The Vegas Golden Knights have said they want to make the team a ‘global brand’. They have hired people dedicated to do that. New York Yankees caps can be seen in all corners of the world, because of the classic ‘NY’ logo playing off existing perception that NYC already has (and not because the Turks have any understanding of the game of baseball). The biggest property VGK acquired for its $500 million expansion fee is the perceived legitimized reselling of the name ‘Las Vegas’ as their own. Initially, it has been squandered. First off, the marks they have settled on, to sell as a ‘global brand’, pay homage to an American military institution, a tough sell in most parts of the world. Secondly, the mark of a knight is not an icon that global markets associate with America, much less to Las Vegas. While the reference to symbolism is respected, and the nod to the Army is admirable, it is medieval, not modern, and not representative. It’s too far a leap for the merchandise buyer in Rome. Thirdly, it does not sell Las Vegas, as a destination, to the world. And this may be its biggest failing. Great global sports brands create more than a ‘handshake’ between the world market place and a community, city, location and lifestyle. They create an emotional connection. Here are some great global sports brands and why they have become so: New Zealand All Blacks. The use of the ‘silver fern’ brings New Zealand to the world. It represents their culture, heritage and mystique. The All Blacks are adopted my millions world wide. New York Yankees. Simple; “NY” and all that it means – good and bad – to the world. Dallas Cowboys. It reflects the world’s view of America; Cowboy movies, big, obnoxious. It’s a lone star on a helmet. Los Angeles Lakers. Hollywood, Movies, Rappers, Nicholson. “LA”. Las Vegas should be in this company. Raising the team’s global profile to compete with FC Barcelona, for example, will be a tough leap. The initial tools and brand (logo, team name, word marks) to do so don’t stack up on a global scale because they do not bring Las Vegas to the world. Years and years ago the Las Vegas Wranglers toyed with dropping ‘Las’ from the name because we wanted to think this was how locals referred to our town. We were not from here ‘yet’ and ‘Vegas’ was not how locals referred to our city. Replica jerseys (and all merchandise) that had ‘Las Vegas’ on the front sold twice as well as jerseys that did not have the name of our town – so the name, or at least ‘LV’ and ‘NV’ were incorporated into the logo/uniform; this was about maximizing sales. Wranglers’ customers resided in Las Vegas; Las Vegas – simply – is the name of our city."
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    Since September, but during the entirety of my time with the league I've never once stepped foot in the league offices -- needless to say I've little influence in matters such as this! Oh they're very aware of the boards and the site! I made sure that nothing related to the site would be effected (affected?) by my deal with the league. Business as usual here as far as I'm concerned.
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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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    I'm from the Lexington area, so I've heard the chatter. There's more to this than the fact that the name is gender specific. A stallion is, of course, a non-castrated male horse whose purpose in life is to breed. But it also refers in slang to a male human with, shall we say, sexual prowess. I don't blame any high school girl if she doesn't want to wear a jersey with a term that has either of those definitions or connotations associated with it. Some of the people who wanted it changed have cited that as the reason, not just that the term referred to a male animal. Yes, the term "Stallions" has been used for decades. I think there are actually a couple elementary schools in the area that use it. In some cases, where there are decades of tradition or whatever, there's more room to be sympathetic to those who don't want to see the name go by the wayside. And, I agree the political correctness has gone too far in the world in recent years, but there's also the thing of just simply being respectful of the feelings of others. In this case, we're talking about a name that had been in existence for about 24 hours. Why christen a brand new high school and it's sports programs with controversy right out of the gate? (horse racing pun not intended) As for the male-centric names that have been around for decades, like I said, there are many (most?) cases where changing it will cause all sorts of unrest. But it has always "intrigued" me (for lack of a better term) that the female teams have to be referred to as "Lady ____". Even when it's not combined with a male-centric name, which makes no sense, why does the "Lady" have to be in front of the female names but "Gentlemen" is not used in front of the male team names?
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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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    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 guess this is an unpopular opinion, but I like the Greek Fire shield much more than the T-sword. The T-sword has a messed-up perspective. Either sword is SUPER short OR it's a HUGE SWORD that's flying right at the viewer with a little tiny shield that happens to be a perfectly parallel (yet still in front in front of the giant flying sword?). And if the second perspective is the accepted view, then the outline should be thickest at the bottom of the logo because that is the part that is closest to the viewer. But nope, of course that's the thinnest part of the outline and results in this really stupid optical illusion. Anyone else see what I mean?
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    Re: The Rose Bowl Two schools with rich football histories, wearing their traditional uniforms on a beautiful field with the San Gabriel mountains as a backdrop ... best looking game I've seen in some time.
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    This may be an unpopular opinion, but those Cowboys jerseys suck.
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    At this point, there is no course of action that Bill Foley can take and call a win. Staying the course, by committing to the current branding, runs the risk of being publicly dragged to court by the institution he so adamantly claims to be trying to honor. Not only is that potentially expensive, but it is embarrassing, to the franchise, the owner, the league, and (most importantly) the fans. When it’s all said and done, you may find yourself in a situation where you are going to be legally required to change. Foley claims to be confident that his branding will hold up, but based on the USPTO’s interpretation of the trademark setting the tone for the entire proceeding, any IP lawyer retained by Foley who isn’t at least a little worried is a fool. Even if the Golden Knights branding overcomes the obstacles, and wins the Sacred Rose and Army jousts (or if the Army decides not to legally press the issue), The brand will forever be linked to this debacle. No matter what, you will be known at the identity that was rebuffed by the entity it tried to honor, and publicly seen as having ripped off one of the oldest institutions in the nation. To top it off, it’s an identity whose reception has been lukewarm, at best, and fares even worse, among the Las Vegas population. Let’s say Foley decides to rebrand. Yes, he loses millions invested into the Vegas Golden Knights brand. Yes, the move will be embarrassing, and yes, it will be seen as admitting you were wrong, by Foley, but what is gained? You get to say that you made the change on your own terms, rather than risk a judge mandating the move. You get to indicate to your fans that the franchise, and the fanbase, matters enough to set your prized “Knights” identity aside, in order to pave a more stable future. With their backs against a wall, maybe the League relaxes its “no gambling” stance, opening up a whole realm of possibilities. And, most importantly, you get a second opportunity to create a uniquely Vegas brand that speaks to the fans and the sport, instead of a lackluster identity that could be slapped anywhere, in any league, and be “good enough.” It's almost impossible for a rational person to not see the merits of this course, especially since option one risks being forced to do it, anyway, and losing more money, as well as the moral high ground. But no, Foley has indicated, through the whole process, that he lacks the humility or sense to go with a voluntary rebrand. He’d rather risk going to war with the US Army over a brand they tried to discourage him from. Expensive legal battles are proven to be the fastest way to kill a franchise, in this league, especially in non-traditional markets. Foley, however, wants to risk setting himself on the path that the Thrashers walked, and the Hurricanes appear to currently be on, all over a pet name that the citizens of Las Vegas never wanted. Many saw the city as unworthy, especially compared to Quebec, but Foley has turned the Las Vegas hockey community into a laughing stock, without having to even take to the ice. I'd be impressed, if I wasn't so disgusted.
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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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    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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    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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    Minnesota announces one of 13 uniform combinations to be worn in 2017
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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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    I see this was the inspiration for the East's set: Just awful, but no sleeves is always a plus.
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    Time to turn back the clock to 1977-78... And the full uniforms: Both uniforms are inspired by what each state's professional hockey team wore in 1977 and'78. From the jerseys, to the gloves, to the pants. C&C always appreciated, there is still more to come!
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    I, for one, LOVE the flaming thumbtack. I hope that sticks around.
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    No idea. This kind of identity is disappointing. It's one thing to have a holdover from an earlier day, but to start with a blank page of paper, the whole world of options open, and end up with this? Shows just why those "modern feminists" are so desperately needed.
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    This. The reality is, Foley openly tried to emulate West Point. He wanted his team to have a West Point theme. He would've named his team the Black Knights if he could have. The fact that he's using West Point's colors, the name "[Insert Adjective Here] Knights," and Army-themed slogans/ad campaigns is not some mere coincidence. It's at the heart and soul of this identity. So when a knight's helmet that's strangely reminiscent of West Point's logo shows up, is it a coincidence? Absolutely not - no moreso than anything else in this awful, derivative identity. Foley has basically taken West Point's identity, repackaged it with as few changes as possible to (try to) skate by the Army's IP lawyers, and is now using it for his own private enterprise making money for himself. That's copyright infringement by any reasonable definition, I'd say.
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    I think @Gothamite is the one who says, "If you start with someone else's idea, it'll never be your own." Even ignoring the unconfirmed, behind-the-scenes stuff, we know that Foley has been set on black and gold and the Something Knights for a long time. He wanted the Golden Knight parachute team at the unveiling. His West Point roots get brought up constantly. It seems pretty clear to me that he wanted to piggyback onto the Army identity as much as he could get away with, so I'm not inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt on something like the barbute. I don't think that just happened to be his favorite kind of knight helmet
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    2016 absolutely flew by. I was lucky enough to spend it with one of the most creative and creatively daring group of designers, photographers, video editors, and brand strategists in pro sports. i'll likely post more of our work soon, but here's a small look back at some pieces from the 2016 Dolphins marketing campaign. Behance link: https://www.behance.net/gallery/46931689/2016-Miami-Dolphins
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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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    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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    Milwaukee Choppers Unveil Logo, Uniforms http://phlnetwork.blogspot.ca/ On September 3, 1985, the newly relocated Milwaukee Choppers finally unveiled their much-anticipated logo. As owner Jerry Drum had already indicated, the logo features a speeding motorcycle imposed on a shield with flames sweeping the bottom corner of the shield. The team did make one last-minute change to their identity, changing their color scheme from Black and Gold to Black and Orange, a tribute to the Harley Davidson company. "We feel really good about our look" said Drum. "We wanted the logo to represent speed and power and I think it definitely accomplishes that."
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    Oppression is a real thing; and men certainly can be oppressed. (I say this speaking both as a feminist and as a Marxist.) Black men are targets of police violence, and of general overpolicing resulting in excessive arrests, convictions, and sentencing. They suffer from rampant discrimination in the fields of hiring and housing. A cursory glance at anywhere on the internet that does not enjoy the standards of moderation of this forum will reveal the hateful and ugly language that is routinely used to dehumanise black men and to cast them as predators and even as subhuman beasts. Asian men are routinely mocked and degraded, and are considered unmasculine by the notions that pervade and dominate American society. Gay men experience the pressure to remain closeted. This pressure is lessening in some circles, but certainly not all (for instance, sports). Trans men face expressions of open hostility and disgust from a huge swath of the population. And they, like gay men, are frequent targets of violence and even murder by people who rarely get punished for those acts. And all working-class men are, as workers, fundamentally disadvantaged by the economic system under which we live. Our laws advantage the owning class, systematically moving wealth upwards, away from the people who create all value apart from the natural world (which is to say: workers). Furthermore, these laws increasingly make the act of workers uniting in our common interest difficult or even impossible. Men as men do also suffer from some forms of unfair discrimination. Men who opt to be stay-at-home parents universally report a dramatic loss of status in their social world, and a change in many of their relationships with their (former) friends. Men are often presumed to be sexual predators around children, such that fathers who are out walking with their sons and daughters have frequently had the cops called on them. Still, none of this changes the fact that the norms of this society -- and of almost all societies, in fact -- default to the perspective of men. Sexual predation and sexual violence is endemic (though, as noted above, to consider every man a potential sexual predator is patently unfair and unjust); and this is excused by far too many people (not just by men, but sometimes by women who are tragically enculturated into their subordinate status). Also, the notions that women's appropriate societal roles consist of the services that they can give to men (from mothering, to sex, to bearing children) still have a frightening currency. The male perspective is the privileged one, the normal one, the default one. When one fails to see the problem with using a male-gendered name for a co-ed sports programme, one is looking through the lens of this privilege. This privilege considers the traditional male perspective as neutral, and discounts and discards the harm that this does to women This privilege also discounts the harm that the traditional male perspective does to men. There is nothing inherently wrong with masculinity (personal note: I wear my mustache as a celebratory expression of masculinity); but masculinity can easily become toxic and destructive. I defer to no one in my defence of the joy of sex. But consider the ways that men tend to talk about sex, consider the violent metaphors that are frequently employed: "to rip that sh-t up", to name just one. Men tend to talk about sex in terms that are indistiguishable from the way they'd talk about assault, in a way that reduces women to objects. (Any man who professes to be unaware of the kind of dehumanising rhetoric that I am describing is lying.) That dangerous and shameful version of masculinity has to be denounced in no uncertain terms, and has to be countered vigorously. So, saying that feminists are trying to feminise society is not incorrect. We feminists certainly are trying to do that, because all of us (men included) have a feminine side that deserves embracing. In the context of toxic masculinity, feminisation provides a necessary corrective. And identity politics is reality politics.
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    Looking at all these concepts, I just don't think more red is the right move at all. The Titans are a two-tone blue team. The red should stay in the logo, like the red in the Steelers' logo.
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    Opinion: - Mediocre, rip-off identity. Nothing that special here. Probably Controversial Opinion: - Is it stupid to get offended at everything? Yes. Is it stupid to get offended at something like this? Maybe, maybe not. As someone said above me, a stallion is a male horse whose entire purpose is to breed. Putting myself in a female athlete's position, I wouldn't want to wear a jersey that had a shortened term for "Male horse with a big " on the front. I'm pretty sure most male athletes wouldn't want to wear a jersey with "Strippers" (Or a word with the animal equivalent of that) on the front of their jersey because it's a little demeaning. Plus, it's not that hard to come up with another nickname for the team that lets them keep the identity. Use mustangs, or broncos, or something else. It's not a challenge. While "modern" feminism has gotten angry at a lot of stupid things, this one at least has a little reasoning besides it. Plus, there's a lot of things modern feminism is pushing for that are legitimately good things. Not all SJWs are campaigning to add gendervoid-foxkin-demiqueer bathrooms to every building, but most of them are pushing for actual equality. Also, I bet this thread gets muted/deleted within the next 5 posts.
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    I always thought Celebrating someone being an "#-time champion" is dumb because all it means is that they got beat n times and then won it back. Sure winning a title match is impressive (kayfabe) but so is successfully defending the belt, which is something a 20x champ isn't really good at.
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    Here's what I'd love to see: Helmets - Light blue helmets, no stripes, T sword logo on the sides, navy blue facemask. It'll be a quasi homage to the Oilers light blue helmets and it'll be a unique helmet color in the league and one less white helmet. Also, the helmet spikes should die a fiery death. Uniforms - new font, light blue, no yokes, some stripes on the sleeves. pants - white pants at home, light blue on the road. Keep the stripes the same. I'd say don't mix and match them with the jerseys, but that ship has sailed in this league. socks - navy blue socks.
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    This logo gets worse every time I see it.
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    Kansas City's franchise tried to do exactly that. They were going to be the Mohawks, not as in the tribe that generally hangs around upstate New York, but MO for Missouri + Jayhawks for Kansas, and wear an Indian head that was for all intents and purposes the same as the Indian Head. The Wirtzes shut that right down, and they became the Kansas City Scouts, who shut themselves right down.
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    Small notes I didn't know where else to put: Population Explorer is a neat little toy that lets you draw circles or polygons on a map and see how many people live in a given area. I started with Hartford. Within a 25-mile radius (well, 40.25 km) of the Hartford Civic Center, there are 1,790,171 people. Within ~50 miles, there are 3,965,083, but the 50-mile radius clips the tippity-top of Long Island so subtract 7,124 for a total of 3,957,959. Down in Raleigh, there are within 1,570,211 within 25 miles of NC State's arena, and 2,471,370 within 50 miles. Quick number-crunching says Hartford has 114% of Raleigh's 25-mile population and 160% of Raleigh's 50-mile population. Of course, this is the rawest of raw data, so you have to consider that among those numbers are Bruins/NYC3 fans who are unreachable as anything but road fans, or myriad Buffalo/Pittsburgh transplants who are unreachable as anything but road fans, or people who just plain don't like hockey. Then you'd have to consider RSN footprints, which would be ~14.7MM for the Carolinas and ~14MM for New England minus Fairfield, and then whittle those down as you will. The upshot would appear to be Hartford-New Haven-Springfield MA and Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill are about the same in terms of relevant population. One can intuit that any edge Raleigh has in terms of market exclusivity vis-a-vis the crowded Northeast would be offset by the number of people who wouldn't figure into the hockey market at all (cough, cough, like, all of South Carolina). Knowing what we know now about the value of owning RSN equity, as the Whalers did with then-SportsChannel New England, the better bet for the Whalers would have been to ride out their arena issues and devote themselves to maximizing a flawed but valuable market. Of course, Karmanos never wanted to ride anything out; he pretty obviously bought the Whalers with the intent of relocating them to Auburn Hills, and only settled on Raleigh-via-Greensboro when the league nixed Auburn Hills and an abandoned aircraft hangar outside Columbus. So yeah, Raleigh sucks, don't ever bother defending it or you also suck. On to Las Vegas, you have 2,013,508 within 25 miles, and in what looks for all the world like an error, 2,061,862 within 50 miles. We don't yet know what the RSN situation will be for this team, but we can safely assume it'll be a subfeed of Fox Sports West or possibly Root Sports Utah rebranded to Mountain West or something. So if it's at the max Nevada and Utah straight-up, that's just under six million. Not really great. Over to Quebec City, there are 860,904 people within 40.25 km (c'est Canada), and 1,038,876 within 80.5 km. But let's add a 100-mile circle, figuring that Canadians are willing to drive stupid amounts of time, and there are 1,769,817. Las Vegas gives you 2,250,200. Still not huge for Quebec, but we weren't expecting huge, just a higher percentage that cares about hockey. The real value of the Nordiques would be in RSN footprint, which, presuming reciprocity with the Habs in Quebec and the Maritimes, would hit 10.3 million (to boot, the Habs add eastern Ontario in English and the whole country in French). So by my computer-aided napkin math, I would have to say both of the old WHA towns still have more to offer than Las Vegas, the old XFL town. The Quebec Nordiques also wouldn't find themselves hassled by a liberal-arts college and the United States Army, and non-Howard-Baldwin-based Hartford ownership would have been able to press play on a video.
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    Shut up London, you can't own the word Knights, you did not invent it. It goes back to year 1300 or so.
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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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    Jericho knows dozens of variations on the arm bar, and I can assure you several of them are near-lethal.
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    The first I heard of this, it was presented as people being "offended by" the bold. And my response was an eye-roll (as I dim-wittedly forgot that a stallion was specifically a male). But this post nails it in my opinion...we don't need to go back and change the name of hundreds of established schools in the country but a brand new school? There's no reason for them not to consider the fact that both boys and girls are going to be playing sports and not to pick a name that represents both. Of course, this could be an interesting discussion but nuance and rational discussion are replaced by dismissive cries of "PC!" and "feminazis!" Hell maybe that's why the name made it to the top; after it was conceived of someone said "uh, it does not really represent half of our student body" and that poor SOB was mobbed with accusations of being "PC" or maybe even a "libtard." Rather than considering the potential merit of this discussion it caused everyone to dig their heels in on it because there's nothing worse than caving to political correctness. In fact, maybe the state will even pass a law that all new mascots have to be male-centric. It can be called the "PC Destruction" law. Geez. This is not about political correctness. There are times when political correctness exists, is annoying, and even problematic. Those times are heavily outweighed by the times it's used as a crutch in place of critical thought and dialog. This instance falls into the latter.
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    Worked on a Knight logo for a client who decided not to move forward with the project. So, thought I'd slap a school name on it & post it here along with a few other color combinations of it including the Vegas Golden Knights colors. Logo is for sale if anyone is interested, lol.
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    A similar style of helmet even though it doesn't fit the hockey team's identity, on a similar shield, in similar colors, and with ample evidence that the hockey team's intent was to ape West Point. It would be like me drawing the Seahawks' logo, but from the front perspective, calling my hockey team the Ocean Hawks, using the same colors, and telling the press every chance I get how I grew up as a Seahawks fan and how I want my team to represent those same values. It stinks to high heaven.
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    Sometimes you have no choice but to clean them up. Back in 1995, I was covering the Syracuse Chiefs. One night a Latin American player on the Richmond Braves had a helluva game. He hit a couple HRs and had 6 or 7 RBI. His postgame interview was the most hilarious interview I've ever been a part of. Long story short, he had been taught that "f***ing the ball" was english for just about any positive result. So...his postgame quotes consisted of gems like "I got a good pitch and I f***ed that ball right out of the park." "That pitcher got to f*** me with a breaking ball but I know if he throw it again I would f*** that pitch. He throw it again and I said you can't f*** me again and I f***ed that ball hard." And so on... Anyway, I think cleaned up quotes make for a better read.