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    Here is an idea for a series I've thought about doing for a while now, I got the idea from an old thread made by @User9113 and I thought I'd try my hand on making what I think could be a reasonable color scheme for every major sports team from a certain city or state. No 2 cities can have the same color scheme and every city with more than one team in either the NFL, CFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, or MLS. To start off I went with the first two teams in terms of alphabetical order, up first Arizona. For Arizona I decided that the coyotes current color scheme would be a perfect fit with the other teams, the brick red and sand give a desert vibe IMO and the colors fit in with most of the teams current colors, the cardinals just changed the shade of red and the color of the beak, the suns I thought could work with the colors being warmer, the coyotes already use these colors, and the diamondbacks already essentially had these colors just slightly different shades and no more teal. For Atlanta I knew I needed to have red since all 4 teams from Atlanta use some shade of the color, then I looked and saw that the hawks used to use yellow (unlike their current horrible neon yellow) and the braves have some yellow in their logo as well as Atlanta United having gold as one of their colors, I simple added black to those colors to get what I feel is a pretty "Atlanta" color scheme. Changes to the logos varied in amounts, the falcons just added a yellow outline where silver was and added a lot to their uniforms, for the hawks I just tried to incorporate all the team colors into it rather than their current just red and white, the braves just swited the blue to black, and Atlanta United changed their shade of dark red and their gold to yellow.
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    "Raptors 905" still makes my brain throb. Imagine: "So you're the 905, and you play in Raptors? Where's that?" "No, 905 is the area code for suburban Greater Toronto, where our parent club, the Toronto Raptors, play." "So you play in suburban Toronto?" "No, we play in Mississauga." *cricket chirp* *long pause* "That's dumb."
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    2006 USFL Season Part 2 Brees and the Federals were one of the feel good stories of the season. Their 8-6 record in 2005 had won coach Del Rio the USFL Coach of the Year, but despite this no one saw them seriously challenging the Philadelphia Stars for the Liberty East title, but by season’s end the Federals had knocked off the defending champs twice, including a messy mud bowl in March and a sweltering shootout in June, and won the division and a bye. The other big mover were the Birmingham Stallions, in only their third year back in the league. Led by young Eli Manning and a powerful ground game, the Stallons doubled their win total from 2005, winning the new Independence Central Division and advancing to the Semifinal round. The new 2 conference format produced solid results across the USFL, though not without some complaints from fans in Pittsburgh, whose 8-6 record was not enough to win a wildcard in the Independence Conference, while the 7-7 Portland Grizzlies qualified in the Liberty Conference. However, once the games were played on the field, it was soon apparent that the last wildcard team in each division was not exactly a powerhouse in disguise as both Portland and Denver were absolutely demolished in the first round of action. The Championship, pitting two high-powered offenses, saw Carson Palmer and the LA Express taking on the upstart Washington Federals. Palmer and Brees dueled the entire game, each throwing for over 300 yards and 3 TD’s. Brees found Antonio Freeman and Marques Colston for scores, but it was a late Palmer to Terrell Owens 44 yard TD on a sluggo route that gave the Express the win and their first title since the Steve Young gem in 1997. While LA won the game, the talk around the nation that July was of the suddenly bright future of the Washington Federals. 2006 USFL Final Standings INDEPENDENCE CONFERENCE LIBERTY CONFERENCE EAST *WSH 11-3 *PHI 9-5 *BOS 8-6 NJ 5-9 CENTRAL *MICH 9-5 PIT 8-6 STL 7-7 CLE 6-8 CHI 5-9 WEST *DAL 9-5 *DEN 8-6 HOU 7-7 SAN 6-8 UTAH 3-11 EAST *JAX 10-4 CHA 7-7 ATL 6-8 BALT 5-9 CENTRAL *BIRM 10-4 *MEM 9-5 ORL 7-7 TBY 5-9 NOR 2-12 WEST *LA 11-3 *SJO 9-5 *POR 7-7 ARZ 5-9 LV 2-12 2006 USFL Playoffs Wildcard Round Dallas(3) d. Denver(6) Jacksonville(3) d. Portland(6) Philadelphia(4) d. Boston(5) Memphis(4) d. San Jose(5) Divisional Round Washington(1) d. Philadelphia(4) Los Angeles(1) d. Memphis(4) Dallas(3) d. Michigan(2) Birmingham(2) d. Jacksonville(3) Semifinal Round Washington(1) d. Dallas(3) Los Angeles(1) d. Birmingham(2) 2006 USFL Championship Los Angeles 38 Washington 35 2006 USFL Awards 2006 USFL Most Valuable Player: Drew Brees, QB, Washington 2006 USFL Coach of the Year: Jim Fassel, Birmingham 2006 USFL Rookie of the Year: WR Marques Colston, Washington 2006 USFL Relocation, Expansion and Uniform/Logo Redesign 1. The Las Vegas Vipers began play. Their “tattoo-inspired” design utilized a deep forest green, a metallic copper, and for the first time in pro football, a metallic mint green for the helmets and pants. 2. The Utah Stags began play. Their uniform combined a hunting motif (blaze orange, deep brown and honey gold) with a unique shoulder treatment designed to resemble a rack of antlers.
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    2006 USFL Season Many would argue that the 2006 season in the USFL actually began in August of 2005 when Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Superdome. Unlike the NFL’s Saints, the USFL’s Breakers were not in season during the tragic events of Katrina, but both the Breakers and the league did all they could to help the people of New Orleans recover from Katrina, holding several fundraisers, support activities and personal appearances to buouy the spirit of the Crescent City. For the 2006 season, as the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and the damage, both physical & psychological to the SuperDome made play in New Orleans itself impossible, the Breakers split their time between Lafayette, where they held training camp and where many of the players lived during the 2006 season, and Baton Rouge, where the Breakers games were held throughout the season, at LSU’s Tiger Stadium. The strain of the offseason and the constant feeling that they were playing road games despite a strong Louisiana crowd in Baton Rouge led to a pretty miserable season for the Breakers, who dropped to the worst record in the league. The other big news of 2006 of course was the addition of two more expansion teams in the West, with the Las Vegas Vipers added to the newly renamed Liberty Conference West and the Utah Stags added to the Independence Conference West. Both teams did well at the box office, though the Vipers were handcuffed by the lower capacity of UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium, and a tendency for visiting teams to travel to Vegas and buy up tickets, leading to a general lack of home field advantage for the Vipers. The Stags had no such issues as they were embraced by the Salt Lake-Ogden-Provo corridor. With special provisions that scheduled Stags games only on Friday, Saturday or Monday, the USFL both diversified their scheduling and helped to appeal to the large Mormon community in the region. Neither Las Vegas nor Utah spent heavily to attract top regional or former NFL players. Utah’s biggest snag was rookie QB D.J. Schockley, acquired in a trade during the territorial draft from Atlanta. For the Vipers, former NFL rb Chester Taylor was the biggest name on the roster. As is to be expected from expansion franchises, both teams struggled to find cohesion and to win games. For other USFL franchises, the 2006 offseason was a relatively quiet one. There were, of course, some coaching changes during the offseason. After 7 largely futile seasons the St. Louis Lightning let defensive guru Dick LeBeau loose. The San Antonio Outlaws, having failed to make the playoffs in his entire tenure with the team, also let go their defensive guru, Wade Phillips. St. Louis would go for a young coordinator to lead the team, signing former Michigan OC Mike McCoy, while San Antonio went for experience in the much-traveled offensive coordinator Joe Pendry. In other coaching hires, Las Vegas would nab energetic former Toronto Argonaut player and coach Michael “Pinball” Clemons as its first head man, while Utah went with former Detroit Lions and Chicago Machine DC Kurt Schottenheimer as to lead the franchise. In player news, while there were no big-name players crossing between the NFL and the USFL, there was quite a bit of player movement within the league. Most notable was the draft day trade that sent Dallas CB to Utah for an early draft pick eventually spent on Oklahoma Guard Davin Joseph. Pittsburgh sent 2 defensive players to a shore up a beleaguered Arizona Wrangler defense and snagged Wrangler RB Najeh Davenport and TE Ben Hartsock. But by far the biggest trade was between the Denver Gold and the Charlotte Hounds. In addition to swapping picks, Charlote sent starting QB Matt Schaub to Denver, receiving Denver QB Michael Bishop and receiver Charles Rogers in return. Several big names in college ball also found their way to the USFL, with Ohio State’s A.J. Hawk suiting up to play LB in Cleveland, Vandy QB Jay Cutler going to St. Louis, LSU’s leading rusher Joseph Addai going to the Breakers and USC back Lendale White heading to the Wranglers to replace Davenport. However, when the Rookie of the year award came out, it was not these big name players who walked away with it, but a late round wr from Hofstra, Marques Colston, taken by the Washington Federals who stood above the others. His 52 receptions and 9 touchdowns from new Federal QB Drew Brees turned him from training camp fodder to a Cinderella story star in 2006, and helped propel the Federals deep into the playoffs.
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    I think that's a little too much yellow for the Falcons... It makes them look more like the McBirds than the Dirty Birds...
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    Every team in the league doesn't need a standard block number font. It's a different change of pace than it's predecessor and still legible.
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    Hopefully this is used somewhere on the uniforms/compressions/etc. It seems too good to waste!
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    I thought Dallas announced that they'd use the color rush white pants in this week's match-up?
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    Nice throwback vs. throwback matchup in Miami last night: Of course the original uniforms these are both based on were never actually worn against each other, as the final season the Warriors wore that particular uniform was ‘86/87, and the Heat’s first season in the league wasn’t until ‘88/89, but it was nice to see a matchup of throwbacks from around the same era.
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    Somebody should come up with a place to catalog Sports Logos on the Net. I bet they'd be a kajillionaire. http://www.sportslogos.net/logos/view/059vdba8xygvqj6shc0h65zxt/Houston_Astros/2000/Stadium_Logo
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    DC United does a good job incorporating DC iconography without being over the top RWB: Unfortunately, there's a hint of Third Reich, so you win some and lose some.
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    If that's the case I really want to see Seattle wear the green CR socks with the white over blue combo.
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    Preach. Colombus is closer to Cincy than Sacramento is to San Jose for crying out loud. If you want to use the SoCal teams (which might as well be on another planet in this scenario), Cincy is closer to Chicago than either San Jose or Sacramento are to Carson. Sacramento is also bigger than Cincy. This "California has enough teams already" talk is such nonsense. This area is kinda terribly underserved. If the MLS goes with Cincy and Nashville this round over Sacramento because they want to "Grow the game" (which is garbage) they're going to kill a LOT of the goodwill they have in this market. They've been so far ahead of everyone else for so long now that it would be almost insulting if they passed us up for either Cincy or Detroit, both of which have been kinda rushed. As someone in our circles said, if Sacramento doesn't get a team this round with all of the work they've done to make this happen, people may riot.
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    Yep, well put. I think the argument that multiple teams can’t have similar color schemes doesn’t give good design enough credit. As you stated, no one would confuse the Nets for the 76ers, Pistons, etc. The Kidd set had a look of its own. Its the same for the argument against multiple purple teams back in the day; the Raptors never looked like the Suns, the Suns never looked like the Bucks, and the Bucks never looked like the Lakers, and so on. They each had designs that set them enough apart, so multiple purple teams was never really that much of a problem. I feel it to be the same for RWB teams, not just in basketball but for the most part across sports.
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    I still find it funny how they're on this "we're proud of Oakland! Really!" kick two years before they abandon them. Don't get me wrong, I still love the design and the (very late) commitment to it, but it just feels like a way to soften the blow instead of actually being proud of Oakland and the East Bay.
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    Or baseball players, or basketball players, or anyone else for that matter...
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