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    I can't envision it not being the Expos. Like the Hornets, I think the success of the franchise somewhat depends on getting the old name. So the question is whether MLB will stick with the franchise model or not. I tend to think they actually will, given the way history has tracked for so long. But it makes me nervous. The other question is whether they'd be inspired more by the pinwheel era or the more dignified later era. That also makes me nervous. I really liked the more recent uniforms but I am sure the fond Expos memories include the three-tone cap.
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    Ah, I see... So Kaepernick is solely to blame for the 49ers futility over the last few years? Interesting. This isn't about character over content. You seem to be the only one here arguing that Kaepernick is so terrible that no NFL team has any reason to sign him, even as a backup. You're completely ignoring the context of the last two years. So let's talk about content... You're right, he did lose his starting job in 2015 before having season-ending shoulder surgery. Statistically, it was the worst season he's played on a team that was already in a severe decline (not his fault that they lost a lot of talent around him between 2014-2015). He came back to training camp in 2016 and Chip Kelly eventually named Blaine Gabbert as the starter. Eventually, Gabbert was benched and Kaepernick re-took the starting job in Week 6. Here's what he did the rest of the year... 2016 Games: 12 Starts: 11 Touchdowns: 16 Interceptions: 4 INT %: 1.2 Yards: 2,241 Completion %: 59.2 Rating 90.7 Yes, he went 1-10 as a starter. It's kind of hard to win games when your defense ranks dead last in points allowed per game, your running game ranks dead last and your top two receiving weapons are Torrey Smith and Jeremy Kerley (who combined for >1,000 yards). And despite all of this, he still finished with the 6th lowest INT percentage in the entire NFL last season. But yeah, he's not good anymore right? Ryan Fitzpatrick ranked dead last among qualified QBs with a 4.2 INT% last year, and yet he still wound up getting a job with the Buccaneers. I guess it's only fair that Fitzpatrick should get an infinite amount of starting opportunities over his career, but Kaepernick should have to call it quits after a few bad games over a two-year stretch. Now let's look at Gabbert's numbers as a starter last year: 2016 Games: 6 Starts: 5 Touchdowns: 5 Interceptions: 6 Yards: 925 INT %: 3.8 Completion %: 56.9 Rating: 68.4 Kaepernick clearly put up better numbers and won the exact same amount of games (1) with the same team around him as Gabbert did in 2016. So naturally, the Cardinals signed Gabbert this offseason. Because who wouldn't want to bring in a former first round draft bust who is 9-31 as a starter to run the team in case of a Carson Palmer injury? Clearly this is not about wins and losses. Also, I like how you gloss over Kaepernick's leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl and an NFC Championship game as if that was no big deal. But as the team goes into a decline, suddenly that 3-16 record matters a lot more huh? It's pretty easy to nitpick his starting record while ignoring how terrible the 49ers roster has been since 2015. I seem to recall Kurt Warner's career was on a downward trend (got benched for Bulger) following a dominant three year stretch from 1999-2001. But you know what, that didn't stop the Giants and later the Cardinals from giving him another opportunity, and look how that turned out for AZ. I think you're in denial here. This is not about proving some political point, and nobody is playing the race card. FiveThirtyEight did an analysis of this back in August: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/colin-kaepernick-is-not-supposed-to-be-unemployed/ So what? The real issue is why has he only receive a single workout since opting out in March? There were plenty of teams that were in the market for a backup during the offseason and plenty more since the start of the season. The fact that the Packers won't even entertain the thought of inviting him in for a workout and would rather stick with two backups with zero starting experience is stupid. Same goes for the other teams who would rather stick with terrible backups (Raiders, Titans, Rams, Bears, Bills, Ravens, Jets, etc.) Haha, conspiracy theory. I'm pretty sure most people in this thread believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL and feel that he's better than 90% of the current backups in the league. I think you're doing everything you can to come up with reasons why teams are better off not signing him. I'm not sure that's an argument you can win unless you bring up the so-called "off-field issues" that you feel Kaepernick would bring to the table. It's not like we're talking about Johnny Manziel here. I can't help it if you don't see through the NFL's hypocrisy on this issue. Greg Hardy, Ray Rice (before the tape was leaked), Michael Vick, etc. all received second opportunities despite heavy media scrutiny. It's pretty obvious what this is really about. If a convicted dog killer can sign with a team (who had no immediate need for a QB) just months after being released from prison, then surely Kaepernick should be give the same opportunity yes? Now if you seriously believe guys like Matt Schaub, Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Cassel, Ryan Mallet, Scott Tolzien, E.J. Manuel, Tom Savage, Mike Glennon, Brandon Weeden, Mark Sanchez, Kevin Hogan, Brock Osweiller, etc. are all better QBs than Kaepernick, you're delusional. If you can't think of a single NFL team that could utilize his talents as a backup or as a spot-starter, you're delusional. And spare me this notion that front offices always knows whats best because "It's what they get paid to do!!!!!!!" If that were true, the Browns wouldn't be on their 1,000th starting QB since 1999. You seem to think that all these teams have "figured out" Kaepernick's game and that's why he's still unsigned, even though statistically he's still better than all of the jabronis I listed above over the last two years. Stop lying to yourself. I'm done arguing. You're certainly entitled to your opinions, no matter how outrageous some of them may be. I believe @Rockstar Matt was able to sum up everything I've said much more concisely a few weeks ago:
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    Both unis are good, I just wish they used their gold helmets more and their silver helmets like once or twice a season. Everything else is fine.
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    Shutting this competition the hell down. You won't believe who won this week. Week 6 winner: Hbgoo! The ing goober won the competition this week! You've gotta be fricken' joking me. Week 6 loser(s): A few of us. Tracy, ZapRowsDower, and Beast3. This was a rough week for picking games. Week 7 schedule: Kansas City vs. Oakland New Orleans vs. Green Bay Arizona vs. LA Rams Baltimore vs. Minnesota Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis Carolina vs. Chicago Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo NY Jets vs. Miami Tennessee vs. Cleveland Dallas vs. San Francisco Denver vs. LA Chargers Seattle vs. NY Giants Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh Atlanta vs. New England Washington vs. Philadelphia
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    Miami (1972) @ Baltimore (1972 Cleveland Browns) For Baltimore, I decided to make a fauxback based on the team's actual history.
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    Their current gold pants look like khaki Dockers. Maybe they can all get some cornflower blue dress shirts to go along with it. Incidentally, Colorado leads the nation in all-time 5th Down conversions.
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    The Dubs' "Champions" emblazoned warm-up hoodies were pitch perfect in their obnoxiousness. :-) I assume they were a one-off for tonight's ring ceremony, but I'd love it if they went full heel and just wore those all season.
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    I don't think there's any question Kaep is right about the collusion (although I will admit I was skeptical at first, see a previous post I made). The problem, as others have stated, is proving it. It's not what you know, it's what you can prove.
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    Another jersey has ripped. This is honestly pathetic nike.
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    You're gonna do a bunch of number puzzles?
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    And I seem to recall reading that MLB itself owns the marks for defunct clubs via the Cooperstown Collection. Either way, the Expos identity should be readily available.
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    Well, if they decide to adopt a fall-to-spring schedule, then they're a different kind of doomed that has nothing to do with franchise valuation.
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    Honestly, I'd rather see a new Montreal franchise build more off of the old Montreal Royals look than the old Expos look. They'd need a different name, of course (hell, they could even keep the name Expos in this case, but it wouldn't really fit. I don't think you can really bring back the Expos unless your goal is to strictly suck at the nostalgia of the old team. The new team wouldn't have any link to Expo 67, and that would be a weird reach if you ask me), and probably even different primary color (red, or maroon, perhaps), but that'd probably be a better starting point than some of the weirdness the old Expos put out.
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    I think this thing's rigged. I've run it 20 times and keep getting the same combination.
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    Say no more. Don't know how I missed that
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    They should've done things the other way around and changed the sleeve/gen striping to match the socks. The thicker outlines would be a big improvement.
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    Not a fan of the thinner blue/thicker green stripes on the Canucks socks. I get it matches the hemstripes better but I thought the colours were balanced better before when they matched the striping on the pants.
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    I agree 100%. They're gonna have the target on their backs anyways. Embrace being the champs and say bring it on
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    So Boston Braves and Atlanta Braves are the same franchise? Damn that BOS-ATL interleague "rivalry" for making me think there was actually something to fight for between those two teams. Same franchise, with a stop in Milwaukee in between. And Eddie Mathews played for them in all three cities. They had a strong intracity rivalry with the Red Sox; so linking the two teams for an interleague rivalry does make some sense.
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    Yep, those are sweet. The Rams have a long tradition of strong graphics. These 1961 game programs have some of the best design the sport has ever seen. And, of course, my personal favorite: Good to see the Rams are reclaiming their tradition of strong graphics game.
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    best Celtics alt imo. Much better than anything with black
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    Not likely. Countless threads devolve into pizza arguments.
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    It apparently took eons (not counting that ugly shade Ole Miss and the Broncos used to use), but the Giants found a way...no reason the Rams couldn't use whatever be paint job NYG uses if their overhaul goes royal/gold.
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    You can't wear white helmets with a dark jersey. There's literally a screenshot of the gray helmet in this page people..:
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