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    There were no major design changes during the 1988 AFA offseason, however four teams did adopt the relatively new, shorter-sleeved jersey. Cleveland, Houston, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis will all make the change. This is the first time that a cold-weather team has made the move. Before I post the new jerseys, I want to comment on a couple things that I've done differently. Displaying the TV numbers has been a challenge on a 2D template. If I make them the appropriate size, they sometimes interfere with other elements of the uniform. This is particularly a problem when they are located on the shoulder, and they get in the way of the NOB, which has resulted in me displaying NOB's in a font that is far too small. To solve this problem, I will, from this point forward, scale TV numbers to 2/3 of their original size on the horizontal axis to create a foreshortening effect. So, if the sleeve or shoulder numbers look odd from this point forward - that is why. I also wanted to note that Pittburgh's black is much lighter than the previous design. This does not reflect a change by the team, just a change in how I'm displaying them. I've found that when looking at my designs on screens with low brightness levels, dark colors all turn black and blend into the outline of the template. By lightening the shade that I use to represent black uniforms, this effect isn't so bad. It looks a bit odd when viewed with brightness on high, but that seems like a price worth paying - "that looks kind of weird/washed out" is better than "I can't see anything/this is just a black blob." Here are the new uniforms. None of them made any changes at all, other than the shorter sleeves, but if you want to compare it to their old look, clicking the team name will take you there. Cleveland Ghosts Houston Hurricanes Pittsburgh Miners St. Louis Aces
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    Theres exact color codes and other specs in there that could seriously aid counterfeiters in producing accurate bootleg trash.
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    "Championship" without a modifier implies the big one at the end. Referring to winning the AL West twice as "two championships" is kind of a bad-faith argument, even if the accomplishment is nothing to sneeze at.
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    They will. It’s only a matter of time (and if they continue to win). It’s a shame the Rams didn’t win last night, because the crowd was ready to explode at any moment. The whole stadium was ready give the Rams everything we had. Never been apart of something like that before. It was incredible. And even around the city in general, leading up to the game, LA was ready to really support the Rams. It sucks the we’re such front runner fans as a sports city, but it is what it is. As a side note: the overwhelming color of choice among Rams fans yesterday at the Coliseum were royal and yellow. Easily 75-80% of those in attendance had either the royal and yellow throwback jerseys or merchandise.
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    Can he play defense?
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    2001 Playoffs Eastern Conference Philadelphia (1) vs Toronto (8) Philadelphia entered the playoffs as the PHL’s hottest team and carried that momentum into their first round series with the Toronto Racers, jumping to a 2-0 lead before the Racers tied it up with back-to-back wins at home on the strength of Joe Murdock’s four goals between the two games. But a 6-0 blowout back in Philly stopped any momentum the Racers had picked up and the Redshirts went on to win the series in game six thanks to an overtime goal from Sergei Dyatlov. Washington (2) vs Detroit (7) The heavily favoured Generals dominated the Mustangs in the first three games, taking a 3-0 series lead. But facing elimination at home in game four, Detroit played a tight-checking game, stifling Washington’s star forwards Rob Wentzel and Igor Zharkov while Patrick Fletcher scored the OT winner. The Mustangs pushed to tie the series with another win in game five, but the comeback fell short as Detroit ultimately lost game six 3-1 while Washington advanced. Montreal (3) vs Pittsburgh (6) Much of the attention was on superstar Vincent Ducharme As Montreal entered their first round rematch with the Pittsburgh Stingers. Ducharme, playing in the final playoffs of his career, scored six goals in the Royale’s five-game victory over the Stingers, while Zdeno Kadlec added five of his own. “It felt good to be back” said Ducharme, who had missed the entire regular season due to a knee injury. New York (4) vs Miami (5) Game one between Miami and New York had one of the most stunning first periods in PHL history. After just 40 seconds, the underdog stingrays had a 3-0 lead, forcing the Civics to replace veteran goaltender Jason Wyley with Brad Thorne. The Stingrays went on to win the game 3-1 but Wyley was back in the Civics’ net for game two as New York won to tie the series. It would not be enough however, as Miami won the next three to complete the biggest upset in the first round. Western Conference Kansas City (1) vs Vancouver (8) Two years after a tough second-round battle between Vancouver and Kansas City, the two teams met again in the first round in 2001. This time around, it wasn’t even close. Kansas City won game one 4-0 and that set the tone for the remainder of the series. Vancouver did not score a goal until the third period of game two and struggled all series to solve Jason Lind, ultimately scoring only four goals the entire series as the Twisters swept them in four straight games. Minnesota (2) vs Oakland (7) The Lumberjacks were heavily favoured to beat the Oakland Nuggets, who had barely reached the playoffs. But the Nuggets surprised everyone beginning with a 2-0 win in game two as the series remained tight all the way to game seven. Game seven was a 1-1 tie until the final minutes, when Brendan Marlo scored what would be the eventual winner for Minnesota as the Lumberjacks advanced with a 3-1 win. “They were a tougher team than we gave them credit for” said captain Jason Crowley. “We’re just glad to get the win and move on.” Seattle (3) vs Los Angeles (6) The breakout story of 2001, the Seattle Grey Wolves, entered the playoffs with high expectations. But the older, more experienced Los Angeles Wizards gave them all they could handle in the first round, winning game one and then game three to twice take the lead in the series. Drake Klausen, who was having a career season, scored twice in game four to get the Wolves back on track before Seattle won games five and six to take the series. Chicago (4) vs Dallas (5) With Dallas making only their second playoff appearance, nobody gave them much of a chance against the Chicago Shamrocks. Chicago shut the Desperados down in the first two games, taking a 2-0 series lead. But in Dallas, the Desperados treated their fans to two overtime thrillers where Kyle Clark scored the winner in both games in front of capacity crowds. Hockey had finally arrived in Dallas. The Desperados woes on the road continued back in Chicago, as the Shamrocks took the series lead again. After forcing game seven, Dallas broke out their orange third jerseys for game seven, hoping to change their luck on the road. It wouldn’t work, as Gustav Mattsen’s hat-trick gave Chicago a 5-1 win to advance. Second Round Philadelphia vs Miami The Miami Stingrays were coming off the biggest upset in the first round over the New York Civics when they prepared to face the Powerful Philadelphia Redshirts in the second round. Right from the beginning, it was clear the Stingrays were no match for the Eastern Conference’s best team. Early in game one, disaster struck for the Redshirts, as number one goalie Ben Kerrigan went down with a severe leg injury. In came Pierre Noel and Noel stole the show, shutting out the Stingrays in the first two games. Miami challenged the Redshirts at home in game three, but it would not be enough, as the Redshirts took the series in a four-game sweep. Montreal vs Washington The Generals once again me the Royale in what had become one of hockey’s biggest playoff rivalries. The Generals immediately took a 2-0 series lead, leading many to speculate that the end was in sight for Vincent Ducharme. Ducharme responded by scoring the winner in a 2-0 game two win, then had an assist in game four as Montreal tied the series. The series eventually went to a seventh and deciding game, where Vincent Ducharme was the hero once again, scoring the overtime winner to send the Royale to the Eastern Conference Finals. Kansas City vs Chicago In perhaps the best matchup of the second round, the defending champion Kansas City Twisters and the Chicago Shamrocks battled through six tight games before squaring off in a game seven showdown in Kansas City. The game remained scoreless through two periods and through most of the third before Jeremy Kitchen scored for Kansas City to give the Twisters the lead. Just seconds later, Martin Vannier tied the game for Chicago to send it to overtime. After an injury to Jason Lind early in OT, Jimmy Otterburn entered the net for Kansas City. Otterburn made 19 saves through two extra periods before Brett Delaney finally ended it for the Twisters, beating Dan Pilford with a wrist shot as Kansas City advanced to the Western Conference Finals. Minnesota vs Seattle Despite barely making it out of the first round, the Minnesota Lumberjacks were still favoured to beat the up-and-coming Seattle Grey Wolves in the second round. However the Wolves took advantage of some costly Minnesota penalties and won game one 4-2. That set the tone for the rest of the series, as Seattle also won game two 4-2. Despite barely winning game three, the Lumberjacks never recovered and Seattle advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in eleven seasons. Third Round Montreal vs Philadelphia In the Eastern Conference Finals, Vincent Ducharme and the Royale faced the surging Philadelphia Redshirts. The Redshirts took game one at home, then Montreal tied the series with an overtime win in game two, with Ducharme setting up Sergei Vetrov with a beautiful pass as Vetrov beat Noel for the winner. It would be the last great moment for Ducharme. At the conclusion of game four, the Redshirts had a commanding 3-1 series lead. Believing it could be the last game of Ducharme’s career, the Montreal crowd gave their hero a standing ovation last lasted over 20 minutes while Ducharme saluted the crowd. Back in Philadelphia, the Redshirts finished the job, taking the game 2-0 to advance to the Lewis Cup Finals for the first time since 1989. The capacity crowd at the PhillyDome took time to pay tribute to Ducharme, then celebrated the big win. “I think we can do it this time!” said one excited fan. “I can feel it.” Kansas City vs Seattle The Kansas City Twisters stood just one hurtle away from an opportunity to defend their title as they faced the Seattle Grey Wolves in the Western Conference Finals. After Kansas City took a 2-0 series lead at home, the Wolves won two home games of their own to tie the series, then stunned the Twisters with a 5-0 win in Kansas City. The Twisters’ confidence was rattled, but Scott Drayton remained confident that his team wasn’t out of it yet. “We just need to get back to playing simple hockey” said Drayton. Facing elimination in game six, the Twisters took the Grey Wolves to overtime, where Darian Ashmore beat Sean Harrington on a breakaway to send the series to game seven. Back home for the deciding game, the Twisters came out flying, taking a 3-0 lead in the first period and eventually winning the game 4-1 to return to the Lewis Cup Finals.
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    I think the best matchup would be Saints vs Vikings if saints wear gold pants
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    The 1997-2007 Canucks set was awful. As bad as the Spaghetti Skate set was, at least there was a kitsch factor. The Orca Bay/West Coast Express set was so generic, soulless, and grim. That is peak turn-of-the-millennium dullness.
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    The problem with their old look wasn't necessarily that it was bad, rather that it was no longer unique. It used to be every brand in the yogurt aisle looked like Yoplait, then Chobani came along. Because of their dominance in the category, you look at the yogurt shelf and everything looks like Chobani. Other brands, and especially private label brands, mimicked them. This change allows them to stand out again. The off-white color and softer word mark take them from a cold, modern feeling brand to something much more natural and nostalgic, which feels much more aligned with who they want to be. Props to them for breaking out of the expected.
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    Teal needs a rebrand. Maybe switch to Black for a few months, then go back to Teal. If, of course, you can go back from Black, which I've heard you can never do.
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    Hey Sports Fan Fic readers, so over at the concept board I'm doing a big cricket project that involves branding 24 american cricket teams and importing them onto Don Bradman Cricket 17. Read that thread here if you don't know cricket or want to see some cool concepts. It's a group project so you could even join! So today I wanted to do a test of a 6 team league. Eventually if I have time, i'll move this concept series over here and sim some leagues. So we start with the 6 teams in it. New York, Atlanta, LA, IX Counties Bay Area, Dallas and Colorado. Fast forward to halfway. This is the closest I've had any test league, normally there's two teams struggling to win their first game. Each team ranges from 81-77 overall but they all have strengths and weaknesses. Colorado and New York went to the Super Over overtime period with Colorado winning. Colorado, New York, and LA all are showing why they're the best in the league. I jumped into a game between the league leading Colorado Cricket Club vs LACC lead by Deepak Baxter, who is leading the league in wickets, which is like an out in baseball but much much harder to get. Here is our hero Deepak, who got torched in the small amount of this game I watched. Colorado held on to win after scoring 205 runs in 20 sets of 6 pitches. They made 5 outs. LA on the other hand scored 197 runs and had two batters who never got out, but their chase came up 8 runs short when they ran out of balls. Simmed the rest of the season and it ended up the exact same! So from this you can tell that LA slumped at the end, and New York had a crazy Net Run Rate compared to Colorado. New York crushed Colorado in the one loss they had this season. Bairstow got hot in the second half and shot up the statistics board. He scored 124 in a game, and scored 388 runs in 269 pitches. I noticed him when I simmed that LA game and will now remember him scorhing the earth. Looks like Garth Jamison had a really great year in Atlanta, but played for a last place team. Matthew Dunk got 5 Colorado players out in the thumping New York gave them, plus he has a cool name. Deepak had a bad second half as he stopped being the best bowler on the team. Sort of shocking not seeing Colorado have a higher pitcher. So that was my stream of confidence test on this. Hopefully it evolves into something in the next few weeks. Feel free to hop in and help with a concept! I thought my original set of logos lacked heart so I opened it up to the group. Philadelphia is nearly done, Miami is open, and once we have a 9th I can do another league. The league would be 6 divisions of 4, and then a championship league.
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    It's not even a throwback. They aren't even the same team!
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    Yep, if they’re gonna continue with the Hickory thing, they might as well go all out with it and use a court design like the one that’s currently in the Historic Hoosier Gym:
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    The Vikings losing the Super Bowl at home, by any score, would be the worst loss of all time. Except for maybe Brazil to Germany in 2014.
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    You're right. There hasn't been much out there, but the things I have heard aren't making me feel any better. Strunk said something like "the changes are not minor" and "I haven't seen anything else in the league like this." I take both of those things as negatives. Also, when a reporter mentioned to her that most of the fans like the secondary logo better than the primary, she acted shocked and said she had no idea. On that front as well, she just paid a :censored: ton of money to upgrade the locker rooms and I've heard the design there features several expensive permanent fixtures featuring the flaming thumbtack.
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    I'm just gonna stick with the founding colors (although I've lightened the grey/silver).
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    I hope the Saints wear their gold pants because I am really hating their black pants.
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    I really like that Titans-Patriots matchup, very era appropriate (late 90s-early 00s) and good balance.
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    only if it was full color rush.
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    My Chops came OH-SO-CLOSE...hopefully this is just the beginning of our revival.
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    My criticism is the logos themselves. I understand you're using paint, but when it comes to these boards, the tools shouldn't be your excuse for poorly constructed logos. These don't look well-rendered, but it can be done in Paint. It just takes more time and patience. There are some rudimentary tools in paint that will help your design, get comfortable with them and utilize them. Trying to freehand draw in paint will often lead to sloppy, poorly-rendered logos. We'd rather have great logos less frequently, then poor logos more often.
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    Well then Buck Martinez is wrong! This is a stupid argument, even for here.
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    I love those jerseys, but Canucks current colours are WAY superior.
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    For the first time all season, the traditional matchup of white at home and dark away was not the most common in the league. 19 games (41% of the week) saw home teams in dark and visitors in white. Only 16 games (35%) had the traditional matchup. The traditional matchup has now occurred in only 48% of all games this season. Other interesting observations over the past week: The Knicks became the last team to participate in a color v. color game, doing so for the first time on 1/5 at Miami (blue vs. red). The only other team to have only one color vs. color game is the Kings. The Bulls and Rockets have played the most color vs. color games (14 each). The Pelicans are the team most likely to wear contrasting lower body accessories - they've been mismatched in 50% of their games. Only 4 teams (Cavs, Nuggets, Warriors, Suns) have played 0 games with contrasting accessories. The Pistons have the longest current streak in one uniform - 5 straight in gray. They also have the longest streak of the season in one uniform - 10 straight in white. The most commonly worn uniform is the Timberwolves navy - appearing in 66% of their games.
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    Objection, Your Honor. Assumes facts not in evidence.
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    Massive upgrade. I love the style and choice of font. Fantastic.
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    RHODE ISLAND I actually like the Rams' double blue color scheme, even though there are other two double blue teams in CAA football. This concept set was partially based from the soon-to-be old set of the LA Rams. I added a light blue helmet (also with horns) to pair with light blue pants. Both helmets have white-accented horns. Home 1: Home 2: Home 3: Road 1: Road 2: Road 3: Alternate 1: Alternate 2: Alternate 3:
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    OK, Here are my thoughts on Wild Card Weekend: Titans-Chiefs- Tennessee is incredibly lucky. Forget the Mariota TD deflection pass, the Chiefs going full Chief. How they somehow managed to beat out the Ravens/Chargers (teams with positive point differentials) with a NEGATIVE point differential. Seriously, I can't think of anything about the TItans to be excited about. Mariota is basically Jon Kitna with a good PR staff, Derrick Henry apparently only runs well in the 4th quarter. And MIKE. MULARKEY. Worst coach to ever win a playoff game IMO. I cannot believe the football gods did this AGAIN to the Chiefs and yet decided 'Hey, let's smile on Mike Mularkey and a painfully average team.' Mariota is stuck with him again. At halftime, he was gone. Now, he staved off the execution of unemployment. We all lose here. Falcons-Rams- Frustrating. The Rams were a joy to watch all season, the Falcons were joyless and not fun to watch all season. SO OF COURSE the football gods reward the team that quite frankly looked sluggish most of the year. The Falcons quite frankly can't keep relying on a geezer kicker and a no-name defense. They still keep winning in spite of Matt Ryan. Bills-Jaguars- Jags defense is better. Their coach went for it on 4th down. Buffalo's kicked a FG. How much you think Buffalo wishes tiebreakers had sent them to Arrowhead? I still think Buffalo is better than the Tennessee Luckboxes. Panthers-Saints: Seriously, how much do you think Carolina wishes they were playing the Rams? If the Buccaneeers don't hit that late TD in week 17, the Panthers are playing at the LA Coliseum instead of the Superdome. Titans-Patriots.... oh god. This is the type of game where you just wish they went back to the old days and the Saturday divisional playoff games were at 12/3:30. This is a waste of a primetime timeslots. Patriots Saturday night divisional primetime games are especially lopsided. Falcons..... after all the talk about NFC UNPREDICTABILITY and PARITY and WIDE OPEN CONFERENCE, I think Atlanta winning again would quite frankly be a letdown. The last thing I want to see is a SB rematch? A worse Falcons team with SARK against the Pats again? No thanks. Then again, given how this has been an NFL season that has been so wracked with turmoil and injuries and officiating BS, perhaps a SB rematch might be what this mostly joyless season truly deserves.
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    Sorry for the late post, but... I love these. The two-tone red is very unique and I do think it is better than a red/gold color scheme. Nice work.
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    Assuming the Disney purchase of 20th Century Fox is a done deal, it would be nice to have localized editions of Sports Center on most of the former Baby Foxes. Or perhaps the regional channels that carry MLB teams can integrate the Baseball Tonight music, and maybe bring back the National Hockey Night theme for NHL broadcasts.
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    It's the one true way, sorry
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    God I miss those uniforms, logo too. What a great set. It's a shame 2 of the best looks of all time in the Whalers and Oilers are no more
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    I found the perfect uniform for the Titans to adopt, minus the logo....
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    Big Bingo right here. It’s wild how often people on these boards assume that the general public or even the people in the business itself care about or covet sporting aesthetics as much as they do or in the same fashion as they do. There are some folks here who will throw around statements such as “EVERYBODY wants this!” and “It’s a no-brainer!” when really all they are referring is their own aesthetical preferences and, often, nostalgia. It cannot be stated enough that our obsession is kind of strange (I don’t think I could ever bring myself to show it around even my closest colleagues). The people who truly care enough are all right smack here.
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    Again, a player can wear a different helmet every game if the choice to do so is voluntary. The goal is to minimize *unnecessary* situations in which a player is *forced* to wear a different helmet. Moving to a new team qualifies as a necessary situation. A damaged helmet qualifies as a necessary situation.
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    Well, we're still waiting for the Saints overhaul that somebody was on here swearing about years ago, and of course, Dallas' chrome helmets.
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    I think the Titans should embrace the light blue without copying the Oilers look. I think too much red would kill the overall look.
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    Kinda extending the tangent off the main point here, but I can name every MLB division winner from 1969-1993 (the four-division era) off the top of my head, but everything from 1995 to present is a blur. The watering down of the postseason in 1994 (although the strike wiped that first season out) took a lot out of MLB for me, and I've never recovered. After growing up with a Reds-Dodgers yearly rivalry, and then having that unceremoniously stripped away, I've never been as passionate about the Reds or MLB since. In fact, I can't even be considered a fan anymore.
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    For any post that you can point to saying 'you're wrong' by pointing to another post, keep in mind that the reverse is also true. Many of us feel you've missed the boat on this one. Take it as you will.
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    You want to see that winning the division is a significant achievement? Sure, I'll buy it. I'll even agree with you. Deserves a banner or something, because it is a big deal. That said? It is not a significant enough acheivement that deserves a number being retired.
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    thats where i got the idea thank you, but there is no need to endorse your thread on other peoples.
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    Chiefs/Jags, paint the damn endzones!!!!!!!! It's the playoffs, for crikes sake.
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    I think the point trying to be made is we understand your eagerness, because we're all eager to know. But, you'll know when we know or we'll know when you know and eventually we'll know here. The annoyance though comes when you ask the same question every 2-3 pages. Obviously things haven't changed if you haven't heard or seen anything. Patience young grasshopper.
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    Interesting concept to your ideas, but I like it! Nice job on Lyon and Betis. Who thought you could make a nice looking design based off of underwear and socks!
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    MAINE I saw few Maine football uniform concepts that were heavily influenced by their hockey uniforms, and this will add to that collection. However, this version doesn't have contrasting shoulder yoke, so that the design would suit to a Nike template. By the way, I love the design of their New Balance uniforms, but I decided on going with the hockey route. I also brought back the Maine script logo, which suits better than the primary logo or the "M". Home 1: Home 2: Road 1: Road 2: Alternate 1: Alternate 2:
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    Alright I'm gonna go ahead and post the next two teams: one that just missed the playoffs, and one that just snuck in... First up being the Ravens! Logos -Much like in @bkknight95's series, I don't really understand why the Ravens use gold. It really goes against the whole Edgar Allan Poe, dreary, dark vibe. So I also decided to replace it with red, to make a more menacing set and also have a unique color scheme. The only time gold is really used beyond the secondary logo is for the Color Rush, where it is used to embrace Maryland's flag. Uniforms -The Ravens uniforms are pretty simple, so I wasn't sure what I could incorporate design-wise for them. My idea was to do a subliminal form of the Baltimore flag pattern, using alternating colors to make the sleeves and pants shimmer sort of like raven feathers. -In that same sense, the black helmet also has the effect the old Jaguars helmet had of a teal shimmer, but with purple instead. This is pretty much impossible to render in Paint haha, but I did the best I could. -Although I normally don't like monochrome, for some reason I think it really works for the Ravens, both home and away. Obviously they can switch it up at times (maybe wearing black pants occasionally home & away) but I would keep them mostly in monochrome. It seems sharp and fierce, which I think fits the Ravens. -The Color Rush unabashedly takes pride in the famous Maryland flag, embracing the gold and red and incorporating the flag into the sleeve stripes and pants. Now here are the Buffalo Bills! Logos -The Bills most recent redesign went back to a more traditional look, which is something I can't object to. The only change you'll really see is that all of the single-colored elements of the set (i.e. no outlines) will be colored red, to emulate the Bills "streak" in the primary logo and add a little boldness. Uniforms -Overall all I could do with the Bills set is to focus on striping consistency, I made the center stripe on everything red and then worked from there. -The helmet stripe grows towards the back much like the primary logo. -The Color Rush embraces the red. I almost made the facemask red too, but left it blue just to balance it out a little bit. Let me know what you guys think!
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    My list of things a new XFL-UFL League could do to be more attractive: TEAMS & LEAGUE 1) Play in the Spring. April through June gives you 10 week season and 2 weeks of playoffs (assuming an 8 team league) 2) Play in non-nfl cities with at most one team between mlb/nba/nhl to contend with. Cities like these seem a good option: Portland, Louisville, Omaha, Columbus, Raleigh, Orlando, Sacramento, San Diego, San Antonio. Tulsa, Memphis, Birmingham, Boise. 3) Don't let McMahon set the mood. Keep the hyper-masculine "Hitmen", "Maniax" crap away from the league, opting for a tone that stays on the safe side of "XTREME!!!!". 4) Be honest about D-league nature of the league, in the way contracts are written, players are promoted, etc. 5) Keep from the XFL the "winner gets paid more" motivation. 6) Give teams at least 6 weeks of camp/scrimmage before the season starts. Poor play by teams with no cohesiveness killed the XFL on opening night. 7) Get legitimate coaches who understand their role to develop talent and build teams with fluid rosters after each season. Guarantee them at least 3 years to build without fear of firing. 8) Keep ticket prices low. 9) Whenever possible play in MLS or smaller college stadiums in the 20-35k range. Avoid putting teams in huge stadiums where the stands will look empty. Avoid baseball stadiums too, the seating is always horrible. RULES 1) Eliminate all kickoffs. Home team gets the ball at the 25 to start 1st half, road team 2nd half. After a TD other team gets the ball at their 25, after a FG at their 30 (to incentivize TD's over FG's) Cointosses are pointless, why not just have a regular rule about who gets the ball when (like soccer, baseball) and then the kickoff can be eliminated (high injury rate) 2) Eliminate the kneel down play. Make it a penalty to run a play that does not intend to gain yardage (except the spike to stop the clock). Force teams to play until the end, giving the defense a chance for a miracle last second play. 3) Use some college rules, particularly for Pass Interference and possession/down (touch the ground you are down, one foot in bounds is a catch.) 4) Tighten up fumble and completion rules so they are obvious. 5) replace "cross the plain" with a rugby style "ball must be touched to the ground within the endzone" rule. 6) Allow for more contact between DB and WR/TE, just no grabbing, holding or tackling before the catch. 7) Eliminate the "go for the hit" tackling that so many players, especially Safeties, seem to attempt. Require that all hits be an attempt to tackle, to wrap up and bring to the ground, not to hit as hard as you can to force a fumble. Too many injuries come from defensive players trying to clock a receiver instead of trying to wrap them up. Just a few ideas I would implement in an upstart league.
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