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    YOKE not YOLK NOT
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    Yes! That way we could all use it to create CONCEPTS and post them in the LOGOS/UNIS THREAD INSTEAD OF THE MUTHERF*** CONCEPTS THREAD.
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    The Lacrosse Loggers of the Northwoods league currently sport a pretty bland look, especially for a collegiate club. The Brewers barrel-man stance takes the place of the ever so popular swinging friar stance and a beaver takes the place of well...nothing. I wanted Mr. Cleaver to look like he's got a bit of a lumberjack's beard without being too over the top. Old logo for comparison:
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    1989 Offseason AFA CBA Negotiations With the current CBA set to expire after week 6 of the 1989 season, one would expect negotiations to be in full swing throughout the offseason. However, an ongoing lawsuit over the league’s free agency policies complicated the situation. The case had been ongoing since the previous offseason, with the players winning at both the district and appellate level. However, it wasn’t until February 3rd that the Supreme Court issued its ruling. As expected, the players were again victorious, with the court upholding the lower court ruling that the steep financial penalties imposed on teams signing players whose contracts with other franchises had expired constituted an unlawful restraint of trade. However, the decision also stated that some restrictions on free agents would be acceptable, and that the details should be negotiated between the league and the union. This issue came to dominate the CBA negotiations. The owners wanted teams to bar players from becoming free agents until they had been in the league for 5 years, retain the right to protect 35 players from free agency each season, and force teams signing free agents to provide draft picks as compensation (as determined by the league office). The players preferred restricting free agency for players who had only been in the league for two years, and opposed all other measures. The two sides also disagreed on whether or not a salary cap should be implemented. With the future of free agency in a state of uncertainty, few players or teams were willing to sign free agent contracts. Most players whose contracts expired simply resigned, with many agreeing to one-year deals. As the regular season kicked off, no agreement between the league and the players had yet been reached. Coaching Changes Following a season in which the overwhelming majority of teams finished within two games of .500, very few coaches were on the hot seat as the year drew to a close. Baltimore’s Claud Davidson and California’s Myron Christiansen were both fired the day after the regular season came to an end, while Boston’s Darryl Majors was cashiered a week later after the Captains fell to Minnesota in the wildcard round. Baltimore was the first to hire a replacement, signing the defensive-minded Bill Welch from Florida State. The team will continue to run the 3-4, but Welch will take a far more aggressive approach than his predecessor. The Whales, on the other hand, brought in St. Louis Aces offensive coordinator Dan Storen. Storen helped develop Danny Buckingham into an elite quarterback in just a few years, and the Whales, who have the number four pick in the draft, which they hope to use to select a franchise signal caller. Finally, the Captains hired Sid Cryer III, the grandson of the legendary Sidney Cryer, who led the New York Imperials to glory in the first three Victory Bowls, and is the third winningest coach in AFA history, behind only Willie Krause and former Gladiators coach John Beaulieu. They also managed to coax former Stallions coach Neal Fabbro out of retirement to run the defense. The team is more optimistic about their title chances than they have been in decades. Majors was around for a decade and built an incredibly talented roster, but was unable to convert that potential to wins. This staff is seen as what is needed to finally put the team over the top. Stadium News The Baltimore Royals were set to have their lease expire at the end of the 1988 season, and for the third time in the past decade, the team signed a short-term extension. This one will keep them in the city through 1992, but team owner Paul King has emphatically stated that the Royals will leave if a new stadium is not ready to open by the beginning of the 1993 season. Construction on Houston’s new stadium is proceeding as planned, and the team will be ready to move in to kick off the 1990s. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Miners, Boston Captains, Detroit Gladiators, Minnesota Angels, and Los Angeles Comets will all see their leases run out at the end of the 1990 season. Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Minnesota are all entering the final phase of negotiations few new buildings (with the Angels likely to cross the river into Minneapolis). The Captains want a new stadium, but seem likely to sign a 5-10 year extension and revisit the issue as the new millennium approaches. Los Angeles is in the worst position. The team plays at USC’s Memorial Coliseum, which is the largest stadium in the league, but lacks modern amenities. The team enjoys little fan support, thanks to having posted only one winning record in the past twelve years in a market that is known to be fickle. Moreover, thanks to the presence of other major stadiums in the Southern California area (including the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and Anaheim Field), government officials are reluctant to commit to building a new one. The two sides appear to be deadlocked, and representatives from several other cities have been courting owner Malcolm James. Retirements Two first ballot Hall of Famers will walk away from the game prior to the 1989 season. Officially, Minnesota RE Lee Thomas will retire with an AFA-record 99 career sacks, but that number does not even begin to paint a true picture of how completely he terrorized opposing quarterbacks throughout his career. The AFA didn’t record sacks as an official statistic until 1982, which was Thomas’s 13th year in the league, and near the end of his prime (one unofficial estimate puts his true career total at an astronomical 288.5). He owns literally every individual league-wide record that includes the word sack (a term which he coined). This includes the record for most sacks in a single season with 21.5 in 1983 and in a single game with 6. Again, these numbers are not accurate – by an unofficial tally, he recorded 22 sacks in 1978 and 24 in 1981, and he once took down hall of fame QB Jack Hughes 7 times in a single game in the 1975 playoffs. SS Guy Vacilis, who spent 16 years with Houston and New York, will also hang up his cleats. He will go down as one of the hardest-hitting defensive backs in the history of the game, and is also well-known for both his leadership and for his late-career resurgence with the Imperials, maintaining his status as the league’s best safety well into his late 30s. Unfortunately, he will retire without a ring, having come out on the losing side in both of his trips to the Victory Bowl (1976 and 1983). He desperately wanted to take one more shot at the age of 40, but suffered a knee injury on the second day of training camp which convinced him that his body was no longer up to the task. Several other players have an outside shot of joining Thomas and Vacilis in the Hall, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Paul Jones (DT – ATL), Sly Polzin (DT – BOS), Roy Lowe (RE – SD/KC), James Mann (DE/LB – SEA), Brian Domaschke (MLB – SEA), Kelvin Barker (RB – TEX/TB), and Mike Henry (LE – TEX) all fit this description. Retirees this season also include a number of players who showed great potential, but never panned out. Miami RE Allen McCarty took the league by storm after being take fourth overall in the 1983 draft, and he drew comparisons to Lee Thomas. However, he shredded his ACL and MCL in 1987, and was never the same afterwards. WR Jim Azira was one of the most hyped wideout prospects in the history of the league when the Arizona Firebirds spent the third pick on him in 1981, but he never lived up to his potential. He was cut and departed to Detroit in 1987, and after winning a Victory Bowl last season, has decided to end his career. 1989 Draft The 1989 draft class was incredibly strong. It boasted some very highly-regarded prospects, most notably Scott Taylor (CB –Kentucky) and Gregg Barbosa (RB – Texas). It also included a pair of potential franchise quarterbacks in Brian Olson (Michigan St.) and Nick Horsley (California). The class was also quite deep, especially at running back and wideout. With so many highly-sought after prospects, numerous teams bid heavily to move into the top five, with the first pick (which belonged to the Stallions) being of particular interest. Gregg Barbosa grew up in the shadow of the Cotton Bowl, and the team’s fans wanted them to draft the local hero. However, they had spent their first round pick on an RB a year ago, so they instead traded the top choice, sending it to New York in exchange for 7 picks, including 2-3 first-round selections between 1989-1991 (depending on performance markers). The Imperials took Barbosa, expecting him to be the final piece of the championship puzzle. The quarterbacks came off the board next, with New Jersey taking Horsley second overall. The Cleveland Ghosts entertained numerous trade offers for the third pick before moving down to fourth by swapping with California. The Whales got their quarterback of the future in Brian Olson, while the Ghosts got Scott Taylor (they player they had wanted all along), and the 32nd overall pick. The Tampa Bay Bobcats started a run on receivers by selecting Michigan’s Deacon Cross 10th overall. The next three picks were also wideouts as Kurt McKee (Ohio St.), Mickey Keen (Syracuse), and Jeff Martin (Notre Dame) went to Chicago, Texas, and New Orleans. Howie Calvin (Clemson) then went to the Wolves just five picks later, setting a record for most wide receivers selected in the first round at 5.. Keen is a particularly interesting prospect – he posted the fastest 40 time in the class, but maturity and off-field issues had many teams removing him from their draft board altogether. USFA With the uncertainty surrounding the AFA’s labor situation, 45 AFA players jumped ship, signing short-term contracts with USFA teams. The most prominent of these figures was Seattle QB Rick Ivery, who will join the Florida Swamp Monsters, where he hopes to revive his career and provide the leadership to turn a talented squad into a powerhouse. Several players who had been forced to sit out 1988 will also join their teams. Most notably, QB Steve Parker will be under center for Birmingham, and CB Rick Roudebush will play CB in Tennessee. On the whole, rosters underwent very little change. The 1989 standings are likely to look a lot like they did in 1988, though the addition of passers with a history of success in the AFA has fans in Birmingham and Orlando hopeful for a potential title run.
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    Welp, sonebody go dust off David Coverdale. http://arizonasports.com/story/1457604/coyotes-owner-andrew-barroway-discussions-potential-investors/
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    On the other hand, the Houston Oilers uniform with blue pants looks great Maybe it's the shade of blue.
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    ^^ Looks like the new Nike Vapor Feline Blur Flash Ultimate template, right? Can one of our insiders confirm if this the new alt?
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    EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT THE NEW JERSEYS!!! It does need some teal, but gold and black are "SPOT" on and those wanting more spots won't be disappointed! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Every fan of every team except the one I’m a customer of is arrogant and obnoxious, knows little about the sport, is probably a front running bandwagon fan, and has poor personal hygiene. Did I get it right? That’s all this is going to be.
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    The Sharks' newest alternate logos are absolutely gorgeous. They're well designed, fierce, and simple enough for someone to draw on a sign. I think that they should be the team's full time new logos, along with redesigned jerseys that aren't so bland. (Even if the new jerseys aren't quite as light as the current ones.) So, taking up some inspiration from their inaugural jerseys, here's how I would dress the San Jose Sharks. What do you think?
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    What’s driving the need to replace stadiums that legitimately had a lot of thought and money spent on them? Most of not all are still in very good physical shape, unlike the 70s donuts that were literally crumbling. The only thing I can think of is the need to reconfigure to get new premium revenue streams, like the Flyers said in that article. Wider concourses and better external views are nice and all, but let’s not pretend that’s the difference between someone going to a game or not.
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    I will be ecstatic if the Jags helmet finish looks like Oregon State's. Also, I am TeamNoJaguarPrint until I see a concept change my mind, and I haven't seen any come close to making it look good. Only the Bengals (and teams who've copied them) have made animal print work. Everything else is tacky.
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    They need to just go back to home and away. Barely remember the warriors wearing blue. Dont even get me started on the lakers purple.Its like they dont even have it anymore.
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    PS, I think that uniform above is great. The stars and stripes uniforms got a lot of hype last season, leading to what I feel is some under appreciation of the standard home set. I'd like to just roll with the standard red and white uniforms the majority of the time
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    It would be great if the Cavs would stop wearing that terrible gray City jersey. No one likes it, it's ugly, and they generally lose in it.
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    My team: Looks pretty true to me.
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    As if hockey wasn't white enough already.
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    1951 Offseason The biggest news in the offseason was the addition of second, or away jerseys. Each team was given 3 months to create the jersey design. Most teams just decided to do a color reversal, but some teams created all-new designs. Washington: The Warriors' new away jersey is white, and features just one blue stripe instead of two white ones, with the W still in the stripe. "I'm really happy with this look" said star Leo Edward. "Hopefully we can win the cup with it." The pants are blue instead of white, and the socks are the same. Philadelphia: The Falcons' jersey is also white, and features a chest stripe with the city's name across it. "We want to show everyone who we're playing for, and that's Philadelphia." said owner Thomas Willis. The pants and socks are the same design, but inverted. Toronto: The Nationals made the biggest changes, unveiling an all-new design, a white uniform with blue sleeves and red cuffs. The logo is still on the front and the socks imitate the sleeve pattern. "We wanted to stand out from the rest of the league, so we made this design." said executive Robert Cook. New York: The Knights didn't agree with the idea of the away jersey, so they just inverted the orange and white on their uniform. "We don't think the league needs two uniforms when there's only 8 teams, but here is our jersey." said owner George Small. Small stated that the Knights would only wear their home jersey unless they absolutely had to wear their away. Chicago: The Crusaders were the only team with a different colour on their away, making it the powder blue found on the city's flag. The design is the same, with the powder blue replacing the white and the white replacing the blue. "This is our city and we will fight for its people" said the team in a press statement. Michigan: The Bandits didn't make too much of a deal about the new jerseys, simply inverting the burgundy and yellow on their uniform. "I personally love this look, and I think our gentlemen made the right choice in keeping it the same" said defensemen Harry Keener. St. Louis: The gatekeepers went with a wacky design, with a white jersey resembling a vertical barberpole. When the look was unveiled, many fans were unhappy with the look, even going so far as threatening to switch allegiance. However, many other fans were very vocal in their support in the design. "I don't understand all this fuss over a uniform. It's not like we're overthrowing the president or anything" said Arnold Lejoscasa. Boston: Boston did the same thing as New York and Michigan, simply inverting their current jersey to make a white jersey with a green sash. "I'm not an artist, but I think that this design represents my city well and I hope we can do great things in it" said Grad Rox. In terms of transactions, no major deals happened over the summer, but Washington re-signed forward Leo Edward to a 4-year contract worth 50,000 a year, making him the highest-paid player in the NAML. many other minor signings occured around the league. But nothing major to note.
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    The new logos are extrordinary! I love the batting beaver. My one very minor critique would be to change the teeth to white, I originally thought that it was a tongue. Fantastic work.
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    Hi Bomo...I did up a Kraken (cray-kin) concept w-a-a-a-y back in 2013 (holy crap...5 years ago!) that was very well received. I'm gonna revamp it. The logos and colours will be the same but I'll upgrade the uniforms...I'll get to that real soon...
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    I counter that look with this one: But I prefer this look on the road: and this at home:
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    The Rastafaris! I believe they like to smoke weed, is that popular in Seattle? If so, it's all coming together. I need to submit this to the NHL
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    I see that Larry Bird jersey call out with the school name on the main set.
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