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  1. Love love LOVE this new Frisco set. Putting Teddy in there is great IMO. Although the bat-swinging logo reminds me of this:
  2. All Purpose Stadium Thread

    It's not funny at all, it's the way things should be. The Nationals don't play in Montreal, they play in Washington. It's not up to Washington to keep alive the legacy of a team from a city that primarily doesn't even speak the same language or have the same culture. The Expos are basically dormant until Montreal makes the conscious choice to do what it takes to bring them back, which is what Washington eventually did after 34 years of hardheadedness and incompetence. Hopefully Montreal won't take that long to bring Nos Amours home. These exhibition games are certainly a nice first step, and the Montreal Baseball Project is also doing good work in that direction.
  3. All Purpose Stadium Thread

    If this was a regular MLB venue, it would probably be regarded as the worst in modern history. Way too much fair territory seating miles away and huge amounts of foul territory.Always wondered, but is there a reason why cricket grounds seem to be built with stands placed at random locations? I would think the best ones would be built like the MCG or the Docklands stadium, with stands basically equal height around the pitch. Also, why is MLB opening at the SCG? Seems like it would make more sense to play at the Sydney Showground given that it was originally built with baseball in mind.
  4. All Purpose Stadium Thread

    Looks nice. IIRC, the last set of renovation/expansion plans for Wrigley had a giant building on that triangle-shaped piece. Looks like they scaled that back significantly. Wonder what's being done with the parking that's on that parcel. Is it going into an underground garage below that piece?
  5. All Purpose Stadium Thread

    Aloha Hawai'i! Honolulu Stadium: Aloha Stadium
  6. All Purpose Stadium Thread

    The California Redwoods UFL team used to play at AT&T Park, they did not pull the stands on to the field, I did not know they could do that! "Used to" is a charitable term. They played exactly 2 games at AT&T Park (and one at Spartan Stadium in San Jose) before decamping for Sacramento the next season. Neither game in SFO drew over 7,000 people ANNOUNCED. The fly-by-night nature of the UFL just may have killed off any chance of the NFL having competition in our lifetimes. The terms "embarrassment", "sham" and "disgrace" don't go far enough to describe that league.
  7. All Purpose Stadium Thread

    A few from the Great White North (eh?): 2003 Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: 2011 Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium, Calgary: 2014 Heritage Classic at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver: 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field, Winnipeg:
  8. All Purpose Stadium Thread

    Weird. Anyone else find it strange they set up home plate at the open end of the Orange Bowl instead of at the horseshoe end (where there would be more seats along the 1st base line)?
  9. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    Yeah, I could see that...but first, adding Kansas doesn't allow the B16 to add the BTN to Missouri cable/satellite subscribers at the higher in-state rate. So any gains there are mitigated. Kansas basketball's renown would be a good addition to bolster the B16's hoops side, but then none of these changes in the college landscape are really about basketball. It's football and the TV cash that comes with it that is driving the B16 here. True, and that may be why we have heard GT over UNC to the B16 lately. On the other hand...a.) does the conference really care all that much about what the NCAA thinks of them, and b.) in the long-run, wouldn't UNC's cache and prestige mean much more to the conference than adding anyone else?
  10. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    I'm not sure what Kansas gains the Big Ten in the area that matters most, which is TV markets and overall state population. Here's a quick thumbnail sketch of what the B16 would get if they added each of the rumored schools: Virginia - share of DC TV market (#9 TV market), Norfolk/Virginia Beach (#43), Richmond (#58) | Population: 8.1 million UNC- Charlotte (#24), Raleigh/Durham (#27) | Population: 9.7 million Georgia Tech - Atlanta (#8), Savannah (#96) | Population: 9.8 million Kansas - share of KC TV market (#31), Wichita (#69) | Population: 2.9 million By those metrics alone, any of the 3 ACC schools would be a better 'get' than Kansas.
  11. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner. Hint: In this modern college landscape, every school is looking out for themselves. No one wants to be left behind in the also-ran conferences that will exist when the dust settles. Notre Dame is no different than any other school that's not tied down in this regard.
  12. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    ESPN reporting the ACC has voted to accept Louisville beginning in 2014 UNC AD: School wants to stay in the ACC "for another 60 years at least" UVA AD: "We firmly stand behind the Atlantic Coast Conference"
  13. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    Only if they suffer more defections. Another thought, why isn't the ACC going after West Virginia. Is WV locked in some kind of contract? The ACC rejected WVU after the SEC did. Yeah but I think things have changed. I think the ACC would be a lot more receptive to adding them now since they lost Maryland and the loss of Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, NC State are all very real possibilities. If the ACC could grab Louisville to replace Maryland and then extend an invite to Cincinatti, they could make a move back at West Virginia say hey, we are the first real super conference. Even if we lose 1 or 2 members, we'll still have more or equal members than the rest of the conferences. Morgantown is a very small TV market. Even if you expand WVU's "market" to the entire state of WV and part of southeast PA (a generous assumption), you're not picking up that many TV households. And we know that the $ that comes from those is what this whole realignment situation is all about. Louisville, Cincinnati or UConn would all be better choices.
  14. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    I'd consider adding Army too. Adding the east coast service academies would keep some of the "prestige" associated with the top-level academic institutions in the ACC, plus would give a presence (though muted) in both the NYC and Washington/Baltimore area markets. And of course, Army-Navy would be a conference game, adding more meaning to an already meaningful game. Assuming you added Army/Navy and UConn/Louisville: Army Boston College UConn/Louisville Clemson Florida State NC State Syracuse Wake Forest Duke Georgia Tech Miami Navy North Carolina Pittsburgh Virginia Virginia Tech * Plus Notre Dame for all other sports than football. That's not half-bad, honestly. The question is, would it allow them to compete with the B1G and Big 12 when all is said and done?
  15. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    Seems like the Big East's desperation to stay afloat is continuing. Maybe with the knowledge that they're going to lose 1-2 more schools in the coming days...? ECU is kind of a "get", but Tulane? Really?