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    maybe they're posting from a rotary phone............ i'll show myself out.
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    I'm sorry, but the critiques of the original post are really bugging me. You might have noticed that, when Americans talk about "the homeless problem", they are talking not about the suffering that homeless people endure, but rather about their own annoyance at having to put up with seeing homeless people. What's more, most people in this country seem to reflexively blame homeless people for their condition, as though there are no structural factors at play. If you asked a hundred non-homeless people at random about what causes homelessness, I would be shocked if at least 95 of them didn't mention the word "drugs" in the first sentence of their response, and if they didn't go on to say essentially that the homeless have done it to themselves. This is an expression of an extreme individualism, an ideology that espouses the false notion that everyone has an equal chance to succeed, and that everyone therefore gets whatever he or she deserves. This belief leads inexorably to a contempt for poor people and most especially for homeless people. From this way of thinking it follows that society has no responsibility to help homeless people, and that the only responsibility that society has with respect to the homeless is to keep them away from me and from other normal people like me — an attitude which accounts for the dearth of social services that would keep homeless people from having to rely on train station benches and other public amenities in the first place. The fact is that a homeless person is just as entitled to use a public space or a public facility as you are or I am. But we have forgotten that homeless people are human beings. And only in a society in which the dehumanisation of the homeless has become a fully mainstream trait could designs such as the seats we see above be installed in public places. @willmorris correctly points out that those designs tell homeless people "you are not welcome here". Indeed, they go farther than that; they are manifestations of the desire to say to the homeless: you are not part of human society; you are the equivalent of garbage. For this reason, I am of the opinion that design which is explicitly intended to exclude homeless people from a public amenity is inhumane and cruel.
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    It's funny, but this year is probably the first time that the postseason has actually lived up to its title of The Rite of Spring. If you don't know, Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring was so dissonant, unconventional, and avant-garde that it caused a riot during its premiere in Paris. There was booing, hissing, the throwing of objects on stage, and the police were called. The delicate sensibilities of the audience could not handle it, and it's likely that Russians were involved in the staging perhaps intensified things. By the time the performance was finished, those who appreciated the work were cheering louder than usual to try to drown out the detractors. Compare that to this year's NHL playoffs, where an expansion team dared to be good, and darling teams like the Jets were eliminated with little fanfare or suspense. It's the perfect formula for the beau monde elite fans to cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about "What's to be done with this NHL"? The ones who appreciated good hockey just watched and enjoyed it, while the detractors worked themselves up in a frenzy, never allowing themselves the pleasure to be entertained by the masterpiece that was right in front of them. Just like in Paris 100 years ago.
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    Better yet, put Johnny in front of the Millionaires' V: That'd be a nice tribute to Vancouver hockey history.
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    Yeah, that roundel with the pick axe in the ball is much better and an actual concept compared to the generic flat ball they went with, a logo that the Utah Jazz already have. The final skyline logo was improved drastically over the concept version, though - which we actually saw on the posted Draft hat, I believe - and got so much more applicable for use.
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    Uh agree to disagree. Squint at that logo and tell me what it is.
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    And finally, part 4. By this point most of the demons had been exorcised and I actually believed in the Caps, even if I didn't want to admit that to myself for fear of it coming back to haunt me. But there were still some solid "Crabcake moments" during the Cup final.
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    People seem to love the Penguins' logo. I don't see how the skating Johnny logo would look that much different on a sweater.
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    MLS should be lauded for shirking pro/rel. It also doesn’t help that a lot of the “pro/rel in MLS” folks are complete jackanapes.
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    Thanks, guys! I really had fun making this one. It took me a while to get to the point where I thought it looked appropriate for the location and name. Thanks! I had no idea about UMass Boston, but I'd like to think I made a slightly better logo than their one (with incorporating gold). Thanks! I tried to do that, but it looked a bit weird for my taste. Thank you! I took a bit of inspiration from the Rays, trying to find a way to execute their whole "Ray of Light" motif in an effective way. Anyway, onto the Houston/Milwaukee Cardinals! HOUSTON + MILWAUKEE CARDINALS - Tax Evasion Escapades This was one of the more surprising relocation threats I discovered in my research. While reading this excellent thread (and discussed in detail by @Gothamite), I learned that the Cardinals almost moved to either Houston or Milwaukee. Fred Saigh, the team’s owner, had to sell the team due to tax evasion charges. Groups in both Houston (the base of their AAA team, the Buffs) and Milwaukee (with Fred Miller of the eponymous beer company) had eyes on the team. Of course, Saigh wanted to keep the Cardinals in St. Louis, so he sold the team to Anheuser-Busch Inc. for less than what Fred Miller was offering.1 However, what if either deal went through and the Cardinals left St. Louis? I figured that the team would have a similar course in their identity. The birds-on-bat would go away in 1956, only to return in 1957 and stay in place (albeit with road versions) due to team/fan uproar. However, there will be key differences in their overall visual composition. HOUSTON CARDINALS The team has an “H” cap logo meant to invoke the current “St. L” insignia’s style, alongside a roundel for the red alternate. The uniforms are red-heavy in accessories, as Houston has a bit more of a “red” feeling than St. Louis. The University of Houston Cougars, Houston Rockets, my ideal Texans uniforms (thanks @oldschoolvikings), and the orange-centric Astros all lead me to that conclusion. There is a “Houston” road wordmark if only to codify the team with their new location. The first set of alternates include a red top for home/road use and a navy cap with a red bill, for playing on the road against other teams with red caps (e.g., the Reds). The throwback/fauxback alternates include a recreation of the early-mid 1940s uniforms, alongside a button-front/belted pants version of the powder blue set. I figured that Oilers nostalgia, plus the Cardinals’ 1980s success, would endear the fans to that color. I also made a “Houston” version of the 1950s-’90s birds-on-bat, for a little vintage touch. MILWAUKEE CARDINALS I decided to go for a decidedly more navy-centric look. Living in Milwaukee and observing the other teams in the area, navy and other shades of blue seem more fitting than a red-centric appearance. I revived the shield from my first Cardinals concept for this purpose. The caps of these uniforms feature an “M” in the “St.L” insignia’s style, along with a navy crown and red bill. My logic dictated that the team would maintain navy-crowned caps to fit with the traditional aesthetic of Milwaukee baseball. Navy belts also appear alongside the caps. I made a “Milwaukee” wordmark for the road uniform, again to assert the new location. The first set of alternates is a throwback to the mid-40s and a “Milwaukee-ized” powder blue set, complete with a retro wordmark logo. I figured that powder blue was a very “Milwaukee” color, so it worked as an alternate. The red cap does appear (along with matching belts), albeit as a Sunday alternate cap and as a variant on the powder blue outfit (my reasoning: it was worn in the 1970s, yet was dumped by the turn of the 1980s, not unlike the Astros’ orange cap). It’s too good not to use somewhere. The dugout jackets reflect the new color distributions in each location, with the Swingin’ Bird on the chest. The 1940s alternate has its own jacket. While I’m glad the Cardinals stayed in St. Louis (as the more successful team than the dumpster fire known as the Browns), both alternatives would have been interesting to see. Heck, Milwaukee Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs might be an even better rivalry than St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs! At the very least, it’d be a revelation as to how much of the BFiB is marketing and how much of it is St. Louis itself. C+C is appreciated, as always! Up next, with the Cardinals gone, the Browns shall reign supreme! 1Frank Jackson, “Now Batting for the Houston Cardinals, No. 6, Stan Musial?,” Fangraphs/The Hardball Times, March 29, 2012, https://www.fangraphs.com/tht/now-batting-for-the-houston-cardinals-no-6-stan-musial/. RetroSimba, “How Close Did Cardinals Come to Moving to Milwaukee?,” RetroSimba, January 17, 2013, https://retrosimba.com/2013/01/17/how-close-did-cardinals-come-to-moving-to-milwaukee/.
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    Thanks, guys! I'm looking forward to putting this series forward to all of you. Thanks! Good catch, I've fixed it in the post. Thanks, guys! This was just an initial list of relocations. I plan to add more as the series goes forward. I've got a few fun ideas for how the make Twins' identity work in the Carolinas. Thanks! Yes, I could almost call this series Milwaukee Madness! You'll definitely see the Milwaukee White Sox and the Brewers (former Browns) in this series. It'll be a bit of a challenge to make the different concepts look seperate from each other, but I think I can manage. Thanks! I too was surprised by how its scope grew in the planning stage. While you won't be getting the Bees, I'm hoping you'll like what I've cooked up here. That color scheme for the Tampa Bay White Sox is a good idea, as I assume they wouldn't have had the "we've finally found our identity" moment they had in 1990. It's also easy to work white into that design, for obvious reasons. Anyway, it's time to shine a light! BOSTON BEACONS, PT. II - Lighting the way to the Bay State When looking at the visual and nickname history of the Boston Braves, one can see a relatively inconsistent identity. While the Braves name was the most consistent (1912-35, 1941-52), they also adopted nicknames like Red Stockings (1876-82), Beaneaters (1883-1906), Doves (1907-10), Rustlers (1911), and Bees (1936-40). The Bees were the longest-lasting replacement for the Braves name, coming about as a result of team president Bob Quinn holding a renaming contest (won by Arthur J. Rockwood). When the Bees name failed to produce a winner, the team-owning syndicate opted to switch the name back to Braves. However, what if things turned out a little differently?1 Instead of going back to the old name, the Boston NL syndicate looked out from Boston University’s campus PD headquarters/Nickerson Field to Boston harbor. While peering into the distance, they found inspiration in the various lighthouses of Boston and New England. They opted to adopt a new name, “Beacons.” It was a two-syllable name that had alliteration with Boston, and in proto-Nike speak, was a symbol of the franchise gaining a guiding light to success. Their design took inspiration from the uniforms worn by the 1929-35 teams, with a logo incorporated into text (which would be a modified Rockwell by the modern day). The team also chose to make Columbia Blue the prominent secondary color (alongside the Bees’ gold color), as it reminded the syndicate of their days on the beach. The uniforms take inspiration from the 1929-35 and 46-52 Braves, using a co-dominance of Navy and Columbia with gold accents. The primary logo occupies the sleeves, while the wordmarks feature the “beacon” above arched text. The cap logo incorporates the beacon into the letter “B.” It may be a bit Rays-ish, but I’d like to think it’s a bit better executed. Rockwell NoB’s appear here, alongside Wilson Varsity numerals. The home/road alternate is a navy version of the home uniform, with no white outlines, as they’d clutter the design. The fauxback alternate is a “Beacon-ized” version of the 1914 Braves’ home uniform, complete with a color-appropriate patch. I added the “block B” to the cap, for an extra flourish. The jacket has a similar design to my Braves jacket, albeit with gold shoulder inserts, the “Boston” wordmark, and the tertiary logo on the back with an “Est. 1871” wordmark. This connects them to the long lineage of the club, predating the National League. Also, I’ve got to give a shoutout to @pcgd and his Beacon Hill of the America League series for inspiring this concept. If you want to read about the Boston Braves’ history, here is an excellent SABR article. C+C is appreciated, as always! Up next: “For want of a Busch, two unexpected relocations occurred.” 1LeMoine, Bob. “Boston Braves Team Ownership History.” SABR. Accessed June 8, 2018. https://sabr.org/research/boston-braves-team-ownership-history.
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    BOSTON BRAVES, PT. I - Classically Bostonian The Boston Braves have long been one of the more neglected defunct teams, perhaps because they were the first team to move and because one can best characterize their stay in Boston with these two images: Despite a World Series win in 1914, an additional NL pennant in 1948, and several pre-World Series pennants, the team was constantly losing money, losing games (5118-5598, .478 winning percentage), and drawing poorly. With it becoming clear that the team couldn’t stick it out in Boston, they moved to Milwaukee and kickstarted a large wave of relocations. However, what if things had worked out differently? What if the Braves managed to gain stable, wealthy ownership while in Boston? What if they were able to coexist with the Red Sox, or even drive them out eventually (Yawkey probably wouldn’t have gone for it)? Well, let’s see the modern Boston Braves! I figured that the team’s identity would take a similar course to that of the Atlanta Braves, wearing a modernization of their “classic” look. This would be their 1946-52 uniform set. I figured that the team would have worn it as long as they did in our timeline, albeit making some slight adjustments to the 1987 restoration. These would be the creation of a “Boston” script and the retention of the contrast-colored tomahawk. The roundel patch from the current identity returns, bearing the new name and the date 1871, as the Braves’ founding predates the National League. The cursive “B” is a far more prominent symbol for the club now, as it's in both scripts and has far more character than the “Block B.” The uniforms are my standard Braves concept with key adjustments. The road uniform uses the “Boston” script and the caps feature the new “B,” while arched NOB’s give way to an arc. I figured minor differences like that would pop up. The navy alternate is pretty much the same as my previous Braves redesign, while the home alternate is a new construction. I used the 1914 Braves’ “Block B” on the cap and jersey, to tribute both the 1914 “Miracle” Braves and the years in which the team wore a “B” on their home jersey (1907-09, 1913-15, 1921-26, 1937-38, 1940-44). It’s my way of honoring the pre-1946 identities. The dugout jacket is much the same as the Atlanta equivalent, albeit with the new patch. C+C is appreciated, as always! Up next, what if the Boston Bees hadn’t returned to the Braves name, but debuted a new moniker?
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    This should be a fun series. Looking forward to following along!
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    Here comes the smallest Canadian market in the World League, the Thunder Bay Muskies! C&C Welcome!
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    Remember in 2007 when people started getting really serious about making their concepts look like legit leaks? That was a fun goddamn summer.
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    Turn the triangle into a thick V and put a blue outline where the green shirt touches the green V... all set.
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    Any hockey sweater worth wearing looks better on a CCM template.
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    WOW! This looks amazing! The home and road for Argentina are great but that alternate is on another level!
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    I can appreciate that perspective but when it seems that they'd rather build benches than actually attack the root cause and help homeless people.
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