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    The Islanders best set is this: I prefer Navy for the Islanders over the Oilers and these are a simple set that throws back to the Cup-era set. The current set isn't bad, but there's too much white on the Home sweater IMO.
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    Oh, wow. The Thunder did something right. This uniform not only looks good (from the given images), it's much better than that stupid gradient/oversize logo grey uniform from last year. Bravo, OKC ?
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    When your marquee design element is gigantic numbers, you’ve lost your way.
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    Yeah, it's dumb watching legends play the sports. I want more mediocre schmucks out there.
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    For the love of all that is holy, please use this here for a new primary logo. Anything, and I mean anything is better than the ugly-@$$ placeholder.
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    Here’s some better looks at the Ducks’ green uniforms in action Saturday: I thought they looked great all things considered. After seeing both the green and yellow sets on the field, I think the green set is a little bit better as a whole, though I’d say the yellow helmets are slightly better than the green helmets. That said, the anodized satin finish on the green helmets continues to look absolutely beautiful, but the green wings could stand to be a little more visible. Once the sun came out on Saturday, they were slightly more noticeable, but they could still be made a little less subtle. Still, I thought they looked great overall, as did the whole uniform. The yellow cleats provided some nice contrast against the all-green combo as well. Entering week three, it’s expected that the Ducks will go all-black this Saturday. Several players were already posting shots of the new black cleats on their Instagram stories yesterday, so it seems like a safe bet that they will indeed be debuting the new black and neon set.
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    I think Brady is largely a result of Belichick's brilliance while Aaron Rodgers has had to carry an inept coach in McCarthy and an organization that hasn't put a great team around him. Ultimately these conversations always come down to rings, but Brady had elite defenses to ride to Super Bowls in the early years of his career. The Packers have been a hot mess when Aaron Rodgers has missed time while the Patriots are something like 13-6 without Brady. Aaron Rodgers would be in this conversation on any of the other 31 teams, I don't think you can reasonably say the same about Tom Brady.
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    Oregon's uniforms aren't necessarily bad. They're just not as good as Oregon is capable of making them.
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    If I've learned anything these last few years, it's that anything most people agree is good can be argued to be Actually Bad.
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    I still like this hat best (though the squatchee should be red to match the bill but other than that). There are just enough details (the outline, the wideness of the letter, the rounded inside corners versus sharp-angled outside corners) to make it an interesting enough monogram that the current block C lacks, which could have been typed right out of Sports Font Serif.ttf.
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    That’s not only great looking, but everything that the whole “City edition” concept ought to live up to. I’m shocked that such a thing would come from the Thunder, honestly.
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    Wish the Jets would keep the white face masks for the rest of the season.
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    I like that OKC wordmark -- but is that black and not navy? ? If black: why not go with navy?
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    Just read an article from OKC paper. They confirmed these are legit and will be worn this year
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    I apologize for breaking thread rules. I got a little peeved. Anyway, here’s a fun idea for a different “C” logo: the fancy block “C” variants that the Negro League Cleveland Buckeyes used. The AL club used a similar logo from 1921-36 (and again in 1941). While I like the Block C, the Fancy Block C is a fantastic alternative.
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    Couldn’t have said it better. The black pants really brought an edge to those unis. They look so much tougher like that and the black alternate to me is more exciting than those bland throwbacks of theirs that everyone seems to love for whatever reason. Black and red is such a good color scheme, and this is the only team that really has that look, which can and should be taken farther.
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    Thanks! I'm weaning myself off of Liebe's guides for A's-style Old English letters, as they're often messy. They're a good base, but they need expanding upon. As for the question of how I decide the eventual appearance of each team, I find myself looking to two things: 1. How the team looks now, as well as their successful periods in history (e.g., Minnesota Giants and Washington Sens/Nats). 2. What the team in the current location looks like, and how the history of the location and local owners may have shaped the look (e.g., Atlanta and San Diego Athletics). 3. What the team looked like when the move happened, and the initial reaction to said move. Most of the A's relocations I've done involved the Kansas City period's experimentation after Johnson's generic script set. Had the move happened with the Swingin' A's pullovers (albeit in their steep decline), a more radical alteration may be possible. Chicago would involve the eventual sale of the team to Reinsdorf, while Coangelo may have bought the Phoenix equivalent. Such moves will prove to markedly change the A's aesthetics by the 1990s. Throwbacks will happen, but we'll see when we get there (after some time away to deal with a few other teams). Anyway, it's time to put on your red shoes and dance the blues! KANSAS CITY BLUES, PART II A - Royally Blued When one thinks about Kansas City's musical history, one often turns to Jazz before the Blues. However, Kansas City has its own style of Blues music (which helped to found jump blues) that bred several of the genres' best performers (e.g., Pete Johnson, Jay McShann, and Big Joe Turner). Here are some examples of the style: Big Joe Turner - Shake, Rattle, & Roll Pete Johnson - Rocket Boogie Jay McShann - Hootie Street Blues It may not be as famous as the Blues from St. Louis, but it's still an influential school of composition that bled over into Jazz, R&B, and early Rock 'N Roll.1 It's an important part of the city's cultural influence. For further reading, here is the Wikipedia article on the style, as well as a link to the Kansas City Blues Society and an article from Experience Kansas City. Unrelated to this musical tradition, the American Association team in Kansas City adopted the Blues name. The Kansas City Blues were a Yankees affiliate, developing a few of the team's best players of the 1940s and '50s (e.g., Mickey Mantle for 40 games and Phil Rizzuto). Bleephead Arnold Johnson owned both Yankee Stadium and the Blues' stadium (Municipal Stadium), forcing the Blues to move to Denver once the A's relocated. While Johnson insisted on maintaining the Athletics name, let's assume that he decided to be way less subtle about his intentions for running the team, and renamed them the Blues. I reasoned that the name would have stuck around during Johnson's tenure, with Finley maintaining/experimenting with it (think early attempts at double blue, perhaps inspired by the AFL's Oilers' use of powder blue, alongside several universities and the White Sox's 1966 road uniform). Kauffman, seeing the absolute mess the franchise was in by the time of his purchase in the late-1960s, would commission a complete redesign to rejuvenate the club. New ownership would avoid falling back on the visual history of the Blues, as it was fairly conservative and Yankee-like: So, let's assume that much like the Royals, Kauffman turned to Hallmark to handle the new brand. Shannon Manning's designs (along with some other designers' influence) would win, with a guitar pick primary logo, an italicized cap logo, and cursive scripts. All of these elements would subtly incorporate music notes, similar to the "hidden letter" technique of the period (Expos, Canucks, Brewers, etc.). Much like the Royals, the brand would remain largely unchanged with the passage of time, only incorporating minor tweaks and maybe a navy-heavy phase (akin to the Royals' BFBS era). The team uses a double blue color scheme, with a dark royal (294 C, like the Dodgers) and a well-saturated light blue (299 C). The guitar pick primary logo features a baseball with the "KC" logo, the sock stripes, team script, and a music note. The cap logo (a modified version of the Royals' design) is the secondary, while an imitation of a record label is the tertiary. It features the "KC" logo, a music note, a trumpet (based on this reference), a baseball (in the place of the spindle opening), and references to the team's former and current names (the only bit of the A's left in the identity). Clarendon Condensed remains for the wordmarks. EDIT: I have updated the guitar pick logo to incorporate the updated sock stripes, while also moving the "Blues" script to the bottom (and turning it into a Clarendon Condensed wordmark, a la the 1969-78 Royals primary). The tertiary has been simplified, per @vtgco's suggestion. On the uniforms, I've shrunken the white stripes while providing better spacing, as suggested by @the admiral. Also, I flipped the color balance on the royal alternate to favor white with powder outlines (thanks, vtgco). Here are the original images: Logo Sheet, Home and Road, Alternates 1 and 2, and the primary dugout jacket. The home and road set further the multi-blue angle, with powder cap bills, lettering (with royal outlines), and sock bottoms. The sock tops feature the 6-string stripe, a bit of a 1967 Pittsburgh Penguins cue. MLB Block with Serifs is the number font, while Rawlings Block appears for the NOBs. Sleeves feature the primary and a truncated version of the sock stripes, while the road uniform uses a powder blue base (to homage them wearing powder road uniforms for most of their existence). The alternates play with the color scheme a bit. The powder jersey has the tertiary patch and a matching cap (not unlike what the Royals did for a while), while the royal outfit has the "KC" logo on the chest and a powder with white outlines color balance. The second set of alternates features both an alt cap pairing for the home uniform and a Monarchs throwback. Since the AA Blues' visual history was so tied to the Yankees, I reasoned that a Monarchs throwback would be better-received by fans. This is my attempt to recreate the 1924 home uniform of the team, from when they won the Colored World Series for the first time. It was the Monarchs uniform with the most blue on it (save for that season's all-navy road uniform), so it worked with the AL Club's identity. The primary dugout jacket has contrast-colored sleeves (with white shoulder inserts), while the throwback outfit uses the "Monarchs" script on the front. These Blues not only pay tribute to the history of Kansas City baseball, but they also illustrate how the former A's/future Royals' identities could have adopted a more local focus. Having another team named "Blues" does leave a question as to what the St. Louis hockey team would look like. I'd presume that they'd have adopted another local name, such as Crusaders (for the city's namesake, Louis IX) or Pioneers ("Gateway to the West"). C+C is appreciated, as always! Up next, it's time for a coronation. 1Edward Komara, Encyclopedia Of The Blues, vol. 2, 2 vols. (New York, NY: Psychology Press, 2006), http://archive.org/details/EncyclopediaOfTheBlues.
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    It's too bad Ohio State already owns (and owns) the name because the Cleveland Buckeyes could've been a good solution to the team's problem. This logo would still be a good jumping off point for a new look, and that first hat in particular.
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    I wouldn't want them to; their crossed-flags tribute is much classier than the ribbon roundel worn by everybody else.
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    I love that shade of blue
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